Although making all your batch-cooked meals for the week may mean spending a Sunday
afternoon in the kitchen, you should see this time as an investment because it will save
you so much time in the long run. After all, there’s only one lot of chopping and
one lot of cleaning to be done when you prepare a full week of meals at once.
There are so many ways that batch cooking can save you time and effort. For example,
washing and pre-chopping vegetables will save you from hours of peeling late in the
evening, and cooking all your rice will ensure that reheating only takes a few minutes
when you’re ready to eat. As a bonus, batch cooking will also provide you with
more time in the evening to do the things that you love.
On top of all this, you don’t need much equipment for batch cooking. All you need
is a few large pans, several storage containers and some labels (it’s easy to
forget what’s what in the freezer). Range cookers of
all sizes are suitable for batch cooking, so you’ll have no problem roasting veg,
boiling rice, and cooking meat at the same time.
When you’re batch cooking, it’s best to think of one base recipe that can
apply to multiple dishes. That way, you’re not having the same meal night after
night. For example, if you cooked chicken, broccoli, cauliflower, sweet potato and brown
rice, then you could make a curry sauce one night and turn everything into a stir fry
the next. This way, every night is different and there’s no need to eat the same
meal again and again.