What’s for dinner, Mum? Yes it comes around seven days a week, 52 weeks of the year, with hopefully some time off to chillax by yourself or with the family.
With school runs, homework, soccer, dance classes and so on, the daily dinner demand can become exhausting and relentless. You still want dinner to be healthy, something to please every member of the family, but some days you would love it to involve no effort – or even no cooking at all!
A smart way to buy time in this busy world is to batch cook for freezing. Batch cooking favourite dishes, such as soups, stews, bolognese sauce, curries; fish, meat or vegetarian pies, helps plan the family’s menus for the weeks ahead as well as saving cooking time.
For example, when cooking some family favourites, you can double or triple the quantities and pop extra servings in the freezer. Stocking the freezer with wholesome dinners saves money and is a great way to make sure you have a healthy, homemade dinner on the table that everyone will enjoy. Just remember to label and date the dish and mark the number of portions.
Here is a dish that’s a standard favourite with most families, and some ideas on how to transform the basic bolognese recipe into a completely new dish.
Serves 4-6 or more