Good food and time saving too – a bonus for the run up to Christmas
We’re staying with the ‘store leftovers for later’ step of the food cycle for the next 2 weeks. If you accepted our challenge last week you now have a freezer that looks a little empty – ready to be filled with your cook once, eat twice home-made ready meals.
A cook once eat twice meal – ‘A what?’ I hear you asking. It’s not a new style of cooking and could be described by some as batch cooking. We want you to save time so the cook once eat twice meals aren’t about cooking vast quantities of food or spending the whole of the weekend making meals for the week, it’s about cooking a bit extra a few days a week, as even one or two extra portions come in handy!
In fact, food freezes better in small portions and also gives us the advantage of being able to defrost exactly the number of helpings that we need. It’s particularly useful when people are eating at different times or with large gatherings, as there’s often one person who can’t or won’t eat what you had planned. Having alternatives in the freezer reduces stress. With Christmas coming up this could be pretty handy!
But how can this save you time?
Research (‘Mars Food: Feeding the Nation for 50 Years’ 2013) has shown that time spent making family meals takes on average 38 minutes, so by simply making extra portions for the freezer or putting it in the fridge for lunch tomorrow, you’ll be able to avoid cooking another time as that meal is already sorted.
Cook once eat twice doesn’t mean you have to eat the same thing over and over again though. Next week we’ll take you through a few recipes that form the base for lots of meals.
In the meantime though, take a look at some of these Cook Once, Eat Twice recipes – some only take just a few minutes to prepare before being left to simmer or cook in the oven while you get on with other things.
- Individual lentil lasagnes
- Sausage and Bean Cassoulet
- Cauliflour and potato bake
- Butterbean crumble with garlic and chilli
- Roasted sweet potato soup
- Beef in Beer
- Vegetarian chilli
- Spicy chicken fajitas
- Baked apples
- Gingerbread and apple muffins (yes cake can be frozen)
There’s loads more too. Visit the Love Food Hate Waste recipe section and choose cook once eat twice in the ‘any recipe type’ filter.
What to do with that spare time…
It’s already November and Christmas is approaching faster than adults probably want it too. Now is a great time to spend those 38 or more minutes in the evening getting ready for Christmas. You may have a to do list as long as your arm that you can get started on, or may need at least 38 minutes to write that list!
Sarah from our team is a big fan of defrosting an already made meal and having that for dinner so she can do something else. She’s already started putting together her mum’s Christmas present but making it is going to take a long time.
You could start planning your present buying now too. If you’re concerned about the amount of rubbish generated by presents have a look at our ideas for gifts with less packaging.
A tip from Slice this week
Breadcrumbs can be frozen too – ready to top a crumble or bake. Put them in a plastic container or bag and when you want to use them just cut up the block of crumbs, take out what you need and leave the rest in the freezer. They defrost really quickly too.