Published On: Tue, Nov 7th, 2017

Big Batch Freezer Meals For Winter

Big Batch Freezer Meals For Winter

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Winter is upon us, and you will have probably already whipped out the chunky knits and thick scarves. One of the most exciting parts about the colder season is the warming food which we all enjoy. From gorgeous joints of roasted beef, to comforting bowls of soup: winter is a time where carb lovers can really shine.

A cheap way to make meals this season is to make large batches and either stick them in your master bilt fridge, or pop them in the freezer for a month or so. It will cut down your food bills and also mean you have meals ready to go whenever you are in a bit of a fix. Here are some great ideas for meals which you can make ahead of time and freeze.

Sweet Potato, Lentil and Chickpea Curry

This is a spicy and simple family meal which will fill you up as well as keeping you healthy throughout the winter.

Ingredients:

  •         1 Cup Lentils
  •         1 Can Chickpeas
  •         1 Cup Diced Sweet Potato
  •         500ml Curry Sauce – Madras Works Well With This
  •         200ml Yogurt
  •         1 tsp each of: Paprika, Ginger, Cumin, Curry Powder

Boil the lentils until tender and set aside. In a pan, add sweet potato, a drizzle of oil and the spices. Cook for 5-8 minutes on medium. Add the lentils, chickpeas and sauce. Simmer for 40 minutes. Before serving, stir in yogurt.

How To Freeze: Ladle into a tub, freeze once cooled.

Freezer Life: Up To 3 months

Reheating: Thaw Overnight in the Fridge, then heat in the microwave or a pan

Tomato Sauce

Tomato Sauce is one of those essential dishes which you can add to any meal. You could use it with pasta and sausage to make a warming pasta bake, or simply use as a pizza sauce when making your own pizza. It is diverse and a must for the freezer.

Ingredients:

  •         1 strip diced bacon (optional)
  •         1 red onion
  •         2 cloves garlic
  •         2 tins chopped tomatoes (800g)
  •         2 tbsp tomato puree
  •         2 tbsp mixed italian herbs

Fry the bacon, don’t add oil. Sweat the onions and garlic until fully cooked. Add tomato puree and herbs and mix. Add in tomatoes and simmer for 30 minutes. Blend until smooth.

How To Freeze: Put in a tub after cooking

Freezer Life: Up To 6 Months

Reheating: Microwave or heat in a pan from frozen

Beef stew

One of the most winter-friendly dishes out there is beef stew. You can’t beat a warming bowl of stew after a day in the cold.

Ingredients:

  •         500g stewing beef
  •         1 onion
  •         2 tbsp tomato puree
  •         330ml stout or Guinness
  •         300g diced potatoes
  •         100g pea, carrots and any other veg you like
  •         500ml beef gravy
  •         1 tbsp malt vinegar

Brown the meat in a frying pan by coating with a little flour a frying off. Sweat the onions until soft and golden. Add all ingredients to a large stewing pot or slow cooker, and cook low for around 6-8 hours.

How To Freeze: Place In A Tub after cooking

Freezer Life: 1-2 months

Reheating: Thaw in fridge and then heat in a pan or microwave

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