Now that the kids are back to school and holidays time is over, we are all starting to settle into the thought of that Autumn will soon be upon us with cooler days and darker nights . Dare I say it, but Christmas is only around the corner!
In our household this means warming , nutritious and yummy stews, homemade soups and casseroles and lots of batch cooking. This keeps the freezer stocked up for those dark nights when you have had a long day at work and want to come home to something warm and delicious without much effort in the kitchen.
This is particularly pertinent in our house at the moment as we are just starting work on a new kitchen extension which I am very excited about after a long wait, but shortly we will be without a workable kitchen for a few weeks so I am already starting to prep these meals now, as they will come in very handy!
The beauty of batch cooking is that you have a home cooked ‘ready meal’ with little effort when you get home after a long day, the nutrients will remain if freshly frozen, the food often intensifies in flavour and many people even comment that they taste better the next day or week. You should be able to keep most meals in your fridge for up to 3 days and if not your freezer becomes your friend here, as you can keep them for usually up to approximately 3 months frozen if you wish!
Remember to take them out of the freezer in the morning and leave to defrost in the fridge or on the side of your worktop (if you are only out for a short time) and then transfer to the fridge and warm through when you get home.
I have attached a couple links here to ideal delicious and nutritious midweek meals that can all be cooked to eat ahead. These can be served with a generous helping of steamed dark green leafy vegetables for the B vitamins, Magnesium and Vitamin C to keep your energy levels up and boost your immune system over the autumn months, i.e. tenderstem broccoli, kale, spinach, cabbage, chard, mixed greens etc.
Pick a convenient day/evening and start batch cooking and you will thank yourself!
p.s. Look out for my delicious lamb, apricot and kale stew in the next week or so!