The best laid plans of Monday morning can fall apart after a busy day. Do you ever give up dreams of the dinner you’d planned to cook for a takeaway or cheesy pasta (our fave)?  

If you want to cook healthy, affordable dinners but just can’t find the time, this is the page for you. Save yourself hours during the week and cash at the till with these fab batch cooking recipes that will keep you going all week long. They're all freezable too if you'd like to up the savviness and cook now and eat weeks or months later.

1) Thai Pumpkin and Tofu Curry 

Portions: 4 

A delicious and fragrant vegan Thai curry, amazing served with jasmine rice or noodles. This is an aromatic and flexible dish that is perfectly suited to being tuned to the time you have available and the ingredients you have available. If pumpkin isn’t in season, you could use butternut squash or sweet potato instead.

Our top tip is to make this on Sunday so you can put your feet up on Monday! 

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2) Aubergine Lasagne  

Portions: 6

A great dish to bung in the oven while you get on with something else and a veggie take on a normally meaty family favourite. Perfect for batch cooking as you can freeze it before or after baking depending on when you want to eat it. This recipe gives you a tasty six portions so great if you have people over or to have for lunch the next day.  

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3) Panzanella  

Portions: 4 

A great way to use up stray vegetables in your fridge and any stale bits of bread you have lying around. If a salad alone isn’t cutting it bulk out this recipe with grilled aubergine or organic, free-range chicken.  

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4) Fridge Forage Stir-fry 

Portions: 4

Only cook the noodles for what you need on the day and freeze the stir-fry veggies on their own.  

Fridge forage dinners make the most out of the ingredients you already have in the house. It’s better for the environment and your pocket. This fridge forage stir fry is versatile to help you make use of what you have, and the sauce totally pops in a way that means you’ll be making it again and again. 

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5) Tikka Masala

Portions: 4

 

The perfect recipe to get you through the week. Mix up your flavours and try this delicious fakeaway tikka masala recipe.  

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If you couldn’t resist a takeaway on Friday, check out these great recipes for using up leftovers. 

PIZZA CRUST CROUTONS 

SPICY FRIES 

CURRY PASTIES

For more batch cooking recipes and top tips for saving money on your weekly shop head to Ways To Save.