Batch Cook These 17 Quick Delicious Recipes and Eat Well All Week
Call me greedy, but I want delicious food, batch cooked and at my fingertips. All the time.
Because nothing makes me feel like I’m winning at life more than a fridge or freezer full of delicious prep-ahead recipes.
I’m not about to spend Sunday in the kitchen though, or bulk cook food that won’t freeze (what if I want to eat out? I won’t be tied down by Tupperware!)
So for all my fellow meal prep lovers out there, I’ve made this collection of quick and freezable Gousto recipes, so we can win at life together without spending hours in the kitchen. Repeat after me, we will eat well all week.
Got a big bag of lentils gathering dust in your pantry? Perfect.
These versatile, protein-rich pulses are perfect for batch cooking. They go well with meat and work as a meat replacement.
Cheesy Aubergine Lentil Moussaka (vegetarian)
When you need extreme comfort food. Prep time takes 35 min, then just bake from frozen ‘til bubbling and golden. Next time this is just a freezer door away, remember to thank me.
Two Lentil Dal with Spiced Aubergine (plant-based, gluten-free)
This velvety vegan lentil stew is the perfect antidote to a long day, and so easy to scale for meal prepping too. Great on its own, or with some rice.
Pasta bowl Tuesday
On Tuesday the plan is: not to plan ahead. Hopefully I’ll have batch cooked some of these pasta sauces (that aren’t just for pasta) in my freezer.
Walnut & Cheddar Pesto Chicken Bulgur
A big batch of pesto doesn’t just have to be for pasta, and this sauce takes about 5 minutes to meal prep. Chicken, vegetables, bulgur – you name it, you can put pesto on it (probably).
Red Pepper & Sausage Pasta with Garlic Crumb (dairy free)
This addictive sauce is simple and delicious. Quadruple batch = mandatory.
There’s something about midweek that has me reaching for that takeaway menu. These batch cook curry recipes pack all that convenient flavour, homemade in your own kitchen.
Chicken Tikka Masala (gluten free)
Step away from the takeaway. This much-better tikka masala is waiting in your freezer.
Easy One-Pot Vegetable Biryani (plant-based, gluten-free)
Biryanis can be a lavish, complicated affair. Not this. Packed with cauliflower, juicy sultanas and rich spices, it’s one of those delicious Gousto one-pots that should be in anyone’s vegan batch cook recipe arsenal.
Norman Musa’s Malay Chicken Curry (gluten free, dairy free)
Curry lovers, explore new horizons with Norman Musa’s rich and big-flavour chicken curry from Malaysia. It’s so good, it might bump your favourite off the top spot!
Palak Paneer & Spinach Curry, Cardamom Rice (gluten free)
My favourite meat-free curry has to be this one. It has a rich and fragrant gravy, golden brown paneer and crispy onions.
Thai Beef Meatball Massaman Tray Bake (gluten free, dairy free)
Baking not frying the meatballs, and using red curry paste, helps speed this creamy curry up.
Flavourful stews are perfect batch cook recipes when you’re in a pinch. Like on Thursday night, when finishing that pile of work between now and the weekend seems impossible.
Green & Black’s Chicken Mole (gluten free)
Gousto streamlined the ingredients for this signature spicy-smoky sauce from Mexico, and created a 35-minute recipe too. Don’t worry, it still involves lots of chocolate.
West African Maff-Style Chicken Stew (gluten free)
The addition of peanut butter is what’s so unique about this Senegalese-inspired stew. it only takes half an hour, but tastes like it’s been slow cooked all day.
Feel good Friday
It’s been a long week. If I’m having a quiet Friday night, dinner better bring a party of flavours in my mouth. These Gousto twists on British classics tick that box.
Moroccan-Inspired Shepherd’s Pie (gluten free)
Shepherd’s pie is excellent maybe… once a week. This fragrant, vibrantly spiced Moroccan version with fibre-rich sweet potato is incredible all week long.
Simple Smoked Fish Florentine (gluten free)
Enough with fish pie already! As much as I love those creamy, mashed-potato-ey bakes, they’re due a swap. To this. A lightened up, smoky fish florentine with everything you love about pie – just fewer steps and ingredients.
Spoil yourself Saturday
A rich ragù is a magical thing. It doesn’t take a lot of ingredients, tastes so deliciously indulgent, and it’s easy to freeze in individual portions, making it a classic batch cook standby.
Bolognese Ragù with Pappardelle
And luckily, this short-cut Bolognese Ragù sauce means it doesn’t take a lot of time to bulk cook either. 45 minutes. Still rich and flavourful.
10-Min Spag Bol
Or if you’re in a pinch, this fast-track batch cook recipe is full of flavour and is ready in (nearly) an instant.
Chestnut Mushroom Bolognese (vegetarian)
For veggies, this recipe swaps beef with chestnut mushrooms to add loads of savoury umami.
Lentil Balls with Tomato and Aubergine Ragù (plant-based)
Or my favourite recipe with lentil balls and crispy aubergine. Both meat-free batch cook recipes are just as tasty as their meatier cousins.
Time to top up your stash and batch cook more recipes for this week. Or if you have enough prepped already, congrats: you’ve got Sunday off!
Batch cooking may seem like a faff, but these recipes are proof it doesn’t take hours. It’s cooking on your terms, having choice at your fingertips, saving time and eating well.
Do you batch cook? Tell me why (or why not!) in the comments.
Wondering where these recipes came from? You can find all our delicious, tried and tested recipes on the Gousto Cookbook. Or subscribe and order from this week’s menu, and Gousto will deliver all the pre-measured ingredients to your door, any day of the week.