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With my little one due any day, I have started to batch cook recipes and store them in the freezer for when I am home and too tired to cook or even worry about food. Being a coeliac during a pandemic has meant we have even more reduced options for takeout in the UK and I do not want to be in a situation where I am so hungry but we have no food. Hanger is a big problem for me, anyone else the same?
In my preparations for my little ones arrival (I am currently 38 weeks pregnant when writing this) I came across the idea of batch cooking. It is by no means a new concept, but the Good House Keeping gives a good explanation on it. You can find the details here if you are interested but basically, batch cooking involves cooking large portions of food that you then freeze to enjoy at a later date.
Top Tips for Batch Cooking
I love the idea of batch cooking meals and decided to give it a try. All of the recipes below worked perfectly and I had no troubles. Here are my top tips for Batch Cooking.
- I cooked all the recipes fully first, allowed them to cool before storing in a container and placing in the freezer.
2. I would recommend to use all these recipes within 2 weeks of making them, easily worked out by writing the dates on the boxes in a Sharpie Marker.
3. Stick to recipes you love. I made this mistake a lot, I would try out new recipes and freeze them without being certain we loved them.
4. Use leakproof containers that collapse such as these ones from Amazon. These are perfect because you don’t have to fully fill them and can squash out any air, allowing you to store more food in the freezer.
5. Take out all meals from the freezer and allow to fully defrost before cooking.
6. Make sure all food is piping hot before serving.
My 5 Favourite Gluten Free Recipes for Batch Cooking
1. Breakfast or Snack Idea: Muffins
Now breakfast for me is one meal I have never been very good at remembering to eat, before I have a child needing my attention. I just never seem to make time for it. With this in mind, I decided to batch cook some of my favourite Muffin Recipes to store in the freezer for easy grab and go breakfasts. I love how simple they are to make and I can pack them with fruit to make me feel like I am eating a bit more healthy.
Simple recipes I have had great success with batch cooking and freezing include my: Banana Chocolate Muffins, Blueberry Muffins and my simple Banana Muffin Recipes.
2. Breakfast Idea: Breakfast Muffin Cups
Somedays you just crave a full fry up for breakfast, and if you are anything like me, this is happening more and more at the moment. This recipe for my Simple Breakfast Muffin Cups are perfect for when you don’t have time to cook a fry up. Simply add the ingredients to a muffin tin and bake for 10-12 minutes or until fully cooked. I love how I can freeze these and grab them and cook them for a quick breakfast. Add the ingredients you love and you are good to go!
I enjoy mine with toast or just with Tomato Ketchup. You can find the recipe here.
3. Lunch Idea: Pea and Broccoli Soup
This recipe is so easy to make and can easily be frozen to enjoy at a later date. It is also a quick and easy meal, needing only a slice of toasted bread to make a good meal. I love that it is packed with vegetables as well as being easy to enjoy, perfect for when I won’t have much time to cook and prepare food. Other options include Leek and Potato Soup which you can find my easy Gluten Free recipe here.
You can find the recipe for my Gluten Free Broccoli and Pea Soup here.
4. Lunch/ Dinner Idea: Chilli
Who can resist a Chilli? This simple meal is so easy to make and freeze ahead of time. I love how you can enjoy it with rice, nachos, jacket potatoes and even pasta. This recipe is super simple and easy to make too. I would only recommend freezing the meat part of the food and cook your sides separately. Easy simple meal without the fuss, always a yes in my book! On my blog you can find a vegetarian option too which is what I have linked below. An easy way to enjoy a nutritious meal without having to worry.
You can find the recipe here.
5. Dinner Idea: Easy Tomato Sauce
Pasta and cheese with a tomato sauce is just a total comfort food for me. Sometimes, its all I want to eat. Sadly, most of the store bought pasta sauces contain gluten which doesn’t help when you need a quick and easy meal. I created my own Gluten Free Pasta Sauce when I first found out I was a coeliac and I still love it. The sauce works great for Spaghetti Bolognaise, Chilli or Pasta Bakes too. Here is my go-to recipe. So easy to make.
So there you go! 5 of my Favourite Gluten Free Recipes that I am batch cooking to help me out when my little one arrives. I hope you love these recipes too. They are all gluten free and easily adapted to dairy free too! Please let me know what recipes you would batch cook; I am always looking for new ideas.
Speak to you next week. -x-