It is a truth universally acknowledged that cooking is not everyone’s favorite pastime. However, cooking does not have to be time-consuming at all. Spending your precious time with your family or doing things you enjoy should not feel impossible. By making food in bulk and freezing it, you can cut the time it takes to prep dinner in half! If you are interested in knowing more about such recipes, check out the next few options.
Only a few things are as heavenly as pancakes in the morning! Yet, when you are rushing to get to work on time, you might not be in the mood to prep anything fancy or look for suitable toppings in your fridge. In this case, how about making pancakes beforehand and taking a few out of the freezer when the mood strikes? To try this recipe, mix 380g of flour, 2 tablespoons of baking powder, and 64g a cup of sugar. In another container, combine 2 eggs, 2 cups of milk, and 5 tablespoons of melted butter. Combine all the ingredients and whisk the mix till it becomes smooth. Add several dollops of the batter in a non-stick skillet, and let the pancakes cook until they are golden brown. Put the pancakes in a baking tray, leaving them in the freezer for an hour, and then transfer them into Ziploc bags.
If you want a nutritional freezable meal, this chickpeas recipe is for you. Not only are chickpeas very healthy, but they are also great if you are on a diet. To prep this dish, you will need 450g of chickpeas that were previously soaked overnight, an onion, 5 cloves of garlic, 3 tablespoons of lemon zest, half a cup of olive oil, and some salt and pepper for seasoning. Add all the ingredients into a large pan and pour 8 cups of water over the mixture. Cook the mixture over medium heat for 2 hours. You can then put the chickpeas in an airtight bag or container to freeze them.
Ziti is one of these dishes that seem too hard to make at first glance, but it is actually very easy. First, you need to make the bechamel by mixing 2 tablespoons of flour with 2 tablespoons of melted butter and then adding 2 cups of warm milk. Whisk the mixture until it becomes creamy. You can also add half a cup of parmesan to make the bechamel creamier. Next, cook 28g of Italian bacon in a pan with 5 cloves of garlic and a large, sliced onion, steering in 2 tablespoons of tomato paste and a can of tomato puree. Combine 500g of cooked penne, the bechamel, and some of the bacon mixture. Transfer the mix to a casserole, adding the rest of the bacon sauce and half a cup of parmesan on top. Bake for 20 mins, then cut the ziti into small helpings, putting them in an airtight container in the freezer.
Halloween is just around the corner, so there is no better time to make pumpkin soup! Start with roasting 1kg of pumpkin and 70g of ginger in a baking tray by pouring some oil over them. Let the pumpkin and ginger roast for 25 mins. Put the mix in the blender and add 350ml of vegetable stock. In a large pan, put the pumpkin/ginger puree and add another 350ml of stock. Let the mix simmer for 10-15 mins. Leave the soup to cool down and then put it in airtight containers.
Chocolate Chip Cookies
Making cookies does not have to take hours. Our special chocolate chip cookies recipe calls for 2 sticks of butter, 200g of flour, 200g of brown sugar, a teaspoon of baking powder, 2 eggs, 70g of white sugar, 2 teaspoons of vanilla extract, and 200g of chocolate chips. Combine all the dry ingredients except the sugar, and melt the butter, whisking it with the sugar, vanilla, and eggs. Add all the dry ingredients and the vanilla, sugar, butter, and eggs mix in a large bowl. To freeze the mixture, create small dough balls, put them in a baking tray, and cover the top with plastic wrapping. When you are ready to bake your cookies, take the dough out of the freezer, letting it reach room temperature before baking it at 365o.
You do not have to worry about cooking anymore when you can prep meals in bulk and cook or heat them when needed. Regardless of whether you end up going with our pumpkin soup, ziti, or delicious chocolate chip cookies, you will surely enjoy your time in the kitchen. Moreover, your kids will always have a delicious dish to look forward to.