Batch cooking is a great way to keep your meal costs down and make sure you’ve got healthy dinners to look forward to. Pack your freezer full of our wholesome chillis, ragus and curries and never suffer the midweek meal panic again! Make friends with your freezer and enjoy bowlfuls of rich bolognese and other speedy suppers in a flash. Healthy cooking doesn’t have to mean sad looking salads or minimal portions, these recipes are comforting, filling and won’t leave you wanting.
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Big batch bolognese
Or big-batch bolognese is the king of family feasts and simple suppers to feed a crowd. This recipe makes 12 servings, so freeze half for a versatile midweek meal with plenty of pasta and parmesan cheese. You can also try turning it into our irresistible bolognese bake, complete with bubbling cheesy mash topping. Kids and adults alike will love this rich Italian classic.
Lentils three ways
Lentils are our favourite storecupboard staple. Make a batch of our basic lentils and turn it into three different meals. These delicious spiced red lentils are freezable so you have an instant base for a quick dinner.
- Try our lentil kedgeree, it works for brunch, lunch or supper and uses just six ingredients. We can’t resist a runny yolk and flakes of fresh fish.
- In the mood for a curry? Make our spinach dhal with creamy harissa yogurt. It’s packed with nutritents and can go from hob to bowl in just 15 minutes.
- Rustle up our healthy lentil fritters with courgette and carrot ribbons for an easy vegan dinner for two. These crunchy golden beauties are low-calorie but full of flavour.
Make your lentils go further in this hearty roast fennel & lentil salad.
Italian vegetable soup
Warm up your week with our healthy Italian vegetable soup, chock-full of butter beans, pasta, tomatoes and other hearty veg. Freeze the base, then add you pasta and cheese when reheating for a comforting bowlful of veggie goodness. Discover our best ever healthy Italian recipes to get a nutritious taste of the Mediterranean.
Get four steps closer to your five-a-day with our lovely lentil ragu. Even confirmed meat eaters will love this vibrant veggie dish. Who knew lentils could be so delicious? Serve with spaghetti and a sprinkling of cheese for the perfect antidote to chilly evenings and rumbling tummies. We think it tastes even better the next day.
Slow cooker meatballs
Get your kitchen kit cooking up delicious and nutritious meals for you with our slow cooker meatballs. They’re tasty served over rice, pasta or with a simple green salad. This filling family meal uses turkey mince to keep the meatballs light, but doesn’t skimp on the seasoning. Forget labour intensive dishes and try our two-step meatball marvel.
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Faggots with onion gravy
Go for an old-school classic with our faggots with onion gravy and mashed potato. If you’re looking for a thrifty, low-effort supper, look no further. Mix up your usual fare and try mixing some root veg into your mash for even more flavour. Freeze your leftovers, though be warned that this is so yummy there may be none left.
Slow cooker chilli
Our slow cooker chilli is perfect for little palates. Jazz it up with slices of avocado, a healthy dollop of soured cream and grated cheddar for an instant win. The hidden veg in this recipe means it’s an easy way to nourish fussy eaters. We predict it’ll be a firm family favourite in no time. It takes just 10 minutes of preparation before the slow cooker does its magic.
Double bean & roasted pepper chilli
Just a couple of tins of beans can turn into this magnificent double bean & roasted pepper chilli. A bubbling vat of chilli is a sight we never get tired of seeing. Best enjoyed with a splash of Tabasco for an extra kick and a spoonful of yogurt. It also makes a tasty addition to a jacket potato with some green veg on the side or dipped into with nachos for a Mexican-style feast.
Chicken biryani bake
Ditch the takeaway menu and go for our brilliant chicken biryani bake for a simple midweek health kick. Tender chicken, chunky cauliflower florets and a crisp rice and almond topping make this a great dish for feeding a crowd. It can be cooked from frozen if you want an easy evening option.
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