Spinach and squash curry

7 tasty recipes ideal for batch cooking

Whether you are cooking for the week ahead, or want to ease the pressure in the evenings, these simple recipes will help you plan ahead

7 tasty recipes ideal for batch cooking

Whether you're trying to get the most out of the food you have in the house or you're trying to stock up the freezer with some easy, home-cooked dinners that won't need long in the oven, batch cooking can help take the pressure off and keep tasty food on your table all week long. 

It can be quick too! From curry to lasagne, these tasty recipes can all be made ahead without taking hours to prepare.   

Squash and spinach curry

Low in fat, sugar and salt, this squash and spinach curry is quick to make. The spices develop over time so it might even taste better if you wait a day or two to dive in. 

vegan mac 'n' cheese

A pasta bake is always a good option for batch cooking and this vegan take on a classic is no exception. It's full of vegetables with a cauliflower sauce and serves four but you could always increase the recipe and freeze or refrigerate spare portions. 

BEEF ragu

This ragu is one for the weekends as it takes a while to cook. Crucially, however, it only takes ten minutes to prepare, so you can leave it while you get up to something more fun. It makes six servings and provides two of your 5-a-day! 

cous cous, roasted peppers and kale 

Veggie cous cous is a great make-ahead lunch. Roast the vegetables, cook the cous cous and combine before separating into containers and storing in the fridge. A week's worth of lunches: sorted.

make ahead lasagne

This classic lasagne recipe makes two meals (your welcome!) meaning you're sorted for the day you make it and you can freeze the second lasagne for future meals. You could divide it up and store in separate Tupperware too if you want smaller portions.

Pea and Chorizo Soup

Pea and chorizo soup only takes 10 minutes to make and you can freeze it making it an ideal meal to cook up and save for a busy day. When it comes to serving all you have to do before eating is fry up the chorizo and sprinkle on top. Inspired? Check out some more delicious soup recipes here

Sausage and apple casserole 

Casseroles are a great way to batch cook as you can pop everything in together and leave it to cook. It also means you can easy swap ingredients in and out depending on what you've got in the fridge and increase the quantities without it requiring too much extra work which is a winner in our book!