Batch Cooking for the Family

Batch Cooking for the Family

Personally I think batch cooking is the bee’s knees! It means that on busier week’s you’ll have healthy foods on hand and it also means you don’t have to cook from scratch every night. Start to look at batch cooking for the family as soon as your baby is able for some texture usually around six months of age. It’ll allow you to offer lots of variety and healthy food throughout the week.

Tips for batch cooking:

  1. Recipes - There are some meals that you can double up and others that are not so great. Plan ahead and have about 4 meals that you can batch cook (double up when cooking), and then freeze off for future use. Meals like Bolognese, tomato sauce and chicken curry work great as freezer friendly meals.
  2. Use a food processor – this is essential when batch cooking. Doubling up on the ingredients means you will have a lot of vegetables to prepare. Pop the veggies into the food processor and use the pulse button to chop them up. Everything works well except for peppers.
  3. Have the right containers – there is nothing worse then preparing all this food and not having enough or the right size containers. Also think about portioning your food so that what you remove from the freezer is exactly how much you need. You don’t want to waste any of your delicious meals after all!
  4. Cool foods fully – there are a few steps we need to consider before placing in the freezer. Food should be cooled for up to 2 hours after cooking before being refrigerated. It should also be kept in the fridge for about half an hour before it is ready for the freezer. Your batch cook will be good for about 3 to 4 months in the freezer.
  5. Label everything – it’s not always easy to see what food is inside your containers when they are frozen. Label everything with the contents and date.

Choose your family’s favourite meals and take some time at the weekend to prepare your food for the busy week ahead. Here are some meals that I recommend for batch cooking.

Hidden Veg pasta Sauce – this is a great recipe to have on hand when you want to get some extra veggies into your little ones. It works equally well with meatballs as a mid week meal. Make sure to store some in your small containers and use as a sauce with pasta in a food flask for your child’s school lunch.
View the full recipe HERE

Lamb Curry - Flavourful and satisfying, a lamb curry is the perfect weeknight dinner the kids and family will enjoy. Simply adapt for your weaning baby by pureeing to the desired consistency.
View the full recipe HERE

Sweet Potato & Chickpea Curry – You can whip up this easy chickpea curry with just a few store cupboard staples – it’s perfect for an easy mid-week meal. This is a low cost meal that is really nutritious for your family.
View the full recipe HERE

Easy Bolognese – Bolognese makes a regular appearance in our house. Its one our favourite batch cook meals. Make a large pot of Bolognese and use it on its own with spaghetti or make up lasagna.
View the full recipe HERE

Portion Guides:

When feeding your family, it's important to be portion wise so we've put together a simple table to make things easy.

Main Meals: An entire balanced meal for example, Rice & Curry or Spaghetti with Bolognese.

Sauces: For example, Curry, Pasta Sauce or Vegetable Stir Fry.

Portion table

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