You may not think it's an ideal way to spend a Sunday, but finding some time to do a bit of batch cooking is like putting money in the bank. It's incredibly satisfying to look ahead to a crazy week and know that a home-cooked meal is ready to put in the oven.Photo: Ryan Szulc
All of these recipes make 4 to 6 servings, but are easily doubled so that you can enjoy this meal tonight and in the near future.
Freezer tip: Chest freezers keep food colder than upright freezers.
Get the recipe here: Thai Red Shrimp Curry
Double this recipe and freeze the assembled but unbaked portion in a casserole. Defrost fully and bake at 350°F for 35 minutes before serving.
Freezer tip: In general, wrap foods tightly to prevent freezer burn and moisture loss.
Get the recipe here: Fresh Herb and Ricotta Stuffed Shells
A new spin on a classic comfort food.
Get the recipe here: Moussaka Meets Shepherd's Pie
Freeze cooked portions of beans. Defrost and warm gently in a saucepan on medium-low, adding a little water and salt if needed.
Freezer tip: Keep a list of the meals you have in your freezer to help you keep track.
Get the recipe here: Zesty Baked Beans
Freeze raw, coated chicken in a single layer on a baking sheet, then wrap well. Defrost fully and fry.
Freezer tip: Line casserole pans with tinfoil for dishes you intend to freeze; wrap well. Then when frozen, you can lift it out so your pan doesn't need to stay in the freezer. Peel off tinfoil and return to original dish before defrosting and baking.
Get the recipe here: Parmesan-Crusted Chicken
Freeze cooked portions of beef, defrost and warm gently in a pan on medium-low, adding a little water or stock if necessary.
Freezer tip: Eat freezer meals within three months of freezing.
Get the recipe here: Juicy Ground Beef Tacos
Freeze cooked soup in portions. Defrost fully and reheat gently in a saucepan over medium-low, adding a little water and salt if needed.
Freezer tip: Freeze a couple of lunch-sized portions for days when you just don't feel like making another sandwich.
Get the recipe here: Delicious Lentil and Kale Soup
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