Cooking can be fun, relaxing and, best of all, everyone can do it! With these Easy Peasy Cook recipe cards, you and your children can make tasty, healthy and economical meals. Easy Peasy Cook features a selection of cook and no-cook recipes, both for mains and snacks, all under £5 (serving 4). Most of them require short preparation and cooking times and are ideal to get the children involved and entertained.
What is batch cooking?
Batch cooking is when you prepare larger quantities of a meal, so that you can freeze some for another time. It’s also handy to have some meals ready to go if other members of your household come home at different times. Freezing in smaller portions means quicker reheating and not resorting to ready meals which can be more expensive and less healthy.
It can also help save you time and money on your weekly shop because buying in bulk is cheaper than buying small amounts regularly. Batch cooking can help reduce your food and energy spend and reduce food waste. For example, heating a pre-cooked home-made meal in the microwave costs far less than oven cooking a meal from scratch.
What food can I batch cook?
We’ve all got favourite recipes so batch cooking is not only a great way to save time and money but also makes sure there’s something there that the whole family likes. Some meals that freeze well are soups, pasta sauces, stews, casseroles, curry, chilli, bolognese, lasagnes, cottage pie, meatballs, mashed potatoes and vegetables.
If you need a little inspiration, try some of our easy-peasy recipes to get you started.
Many family favourites from curries to stews can be batch cooked in a slow cooker. Slow cookers have a low wattage, so even cooking something for 8 hours will use less energy than an oven or hob.
How do I store it in my freezer
You will need suitable containers or bags for freezing batch-cooked food into small portions.
Slow cooker recipes
Thick and chunky vegetable soup