Everybody has days when they just don’t feel like cooking dinner. I have been having lots of these days over the last few weeks. I’m not sure why I’ve turned against cooking, but I’m so over it at the moment. Why can’t someone else offer to cook dinner one night, huh?? Right??
These cooking hiatuses usually pass, but to see me through the evenings when I don’t feel like cooking, I like to fall back on my ‘stockpile’ meals.
Stockpile meals are simply where I’ve made a double batch meal and frozen half. This way when I don’t feel like cooking or are running short on time, I know I have a healthy, home cooked meal ready to go. I don’t have to fall back on expensive takeaway or average tasting processed meals. It’s also highly economical as you don’t use much more energy to cook double or triple the amount.
If you’ve never stockpiled meals before, it’s really easy to start. Look at your weekly meals and choose one that will freeze well, and simply make a double batch. Allow the meal to cool on the kitchen bench for 30 minutes, then pop it into a freezer-safe container and put in the fridge to cool completely before transferring it to the freezer. You can divide the meal into individual portions for a handy 1-person meal, or else freeze whole for a family dinner. Just make sure as you make the meals, you clearly label the contents so you don’t confuse the vegetarian casserole with the beef stroganoff. Don’t forget to add the date it was made as well.
These meals can be reheated in the microwave or the oven, depending on the container you’ve used. So simple.
A few ideas are:
When making a Bolognese sauce, made a double or triple batch. The sauce can be used with spaghetti, ravioli, gnocchi or turned into a simple chilli con carne.
When roasting a chicken, roast two. Shred the second chook for sandwiches or portion into pieces to add to a quick curry.
Use your slow cooker. They are a fantastic time saver. Making a double or triple batch in your slow cooker requires no extra cooking time, just set in the morning and it’s ready for dinner. Portion the leftovers for future stockpile dinners.
Here are some easy recipes you might like to try:
- impossible quiche
- Steak and Bacon Pie
- Easy chicken Casserole
- Mum’s Chicken Soup
- Borek – Great for lunch as well, can be eaten hot or cold
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