5 easy recipes to batch cook this weekend

Batch cook. Trust us. It might not seem like a glamorous weekend plan, but your midweek self will thank you for thoughtfully preparing these delicious dishes in advance.

By Amy Valm

5 easy recipes to batch cook this weekend

Photo: Erik Putz

Weekend batch cooking recipes

Big Batch Turkey Chili

Chili is a nice meal to stash in the freezer. Sure, you could trick out a bowl with a dollop of sour cream, but for the best mileage, repurpose leftovers into enchiladas or topped on a baked sweet potato. Get the recipe: Big Batch Turkey Chili

Dutch oven of turkey chili with chunks of tomato and cornPhoto: Erik Putz

Big Batch Meatballs and Tomato Sauce

We love us a good pasta sauce and this meaty concoction is no exception. When not topping a big pile of spaghetti, leftover meatballs are right at home between a soft baguette with loads of shredded cheese. Get the recipe: Big Batch Meatballs and Tomato Sauce

Speckled plate with spaghetti and meatballs topped with grated Parmesan cheese with a fork. Looks very appetizingPhoto: Erik Putz

Big Batch Chana Masala

Just 30 minutes of prep yields a motherload of restaurant-style Indian fave, chana masala. It’s got a rich flavour that’s not too spicy and is great over rice, wrapped up in a roti or piled on a plate of nachos. Get the recipe: Big Batch Chana Masala

Two bowls of rice topped with tomato-y chickpea masalaPhoto: Erik Putz

Double Sheet Pan Chicken Dinner

It’s a party on a tray with seasoned chicken quarters, carrots, potatoes, onions, garlic and lemons roasting to perfection. Try adding leftover chicken in a risotto or using your cold meat and veg in a salad. Get the recipe: Double Sheet Pan Chicken Dinner

Sheet pan with chicken leg quarters, carrots, potatoes and lemon roasted on a trayPhoto: Erik Putz

Slow Cooker Split Pea and Ham Soup

The slow cooker does the grunt work for this savoury soup. Dried split peas soften up in a low-sodium broth alongside chunks of smoked ham, carrot, celery and onion. Leftover ham can be repurposed in a frittata or added to stir-fried rice. Get the recipe: Slow Cooker Split Pea and Ham Soup

Bowl of soup with large chunks of veggies and hamPhoto: Erik Putz

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This article was originally published on Mar 09, 2019