Week nights in the average household are a crazy affair. Rushing home from work on public transport or traffic jams, picking up kids, sorting homework, opening the post, fitting in a work out, planning tomorrow……and what is everyone going to eat?
Feeding yourself and your family healthy balanced meals can feel near impossible on top of all of the others things you have to juggle. But fortunately The Good Human is here to impart some unbelievably simple tips that will have you breathing a sigh of relief when you hear that call….“What’s for dinner?”
These tricks will help you to give yourself a break – because nobody else is going to give you a break anytime soon!
This first tip is a no brainer! Cooking spaghetti bolognese tonight? Why not cook double the amount a pop a portion into the freezer for next week? Fill the pot with plenty of chopped veggies and you can ensure that it is a balanced meal. You can incerase the portions as much as you like. I have been known to cook 4 meals worth of bolognese at once. With simple tweaks you can transform one into a chilli if you are bored of the taste!
If you did this every day for a week, next week’s food would be ready without any extra hassle. And if you hate the idea of eating the same thing on rotation why not team up with a friend, and swap a meal or two each week!
It is always great to have at least one emergency meal like this on hand for those times when there is just no time to cook. Here is a recipe for a double batch of bolognese to get you started. One half can be frozen and the other stored in the fridge to use within a week.
1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
1/2 cup diced bacon
1 onion, chopped
2 sticks celery, chopped
1 large carrot, peeled and chopped
6 cloves garlic, minced
2 fresh bay leaves
2 1/2 pounds ground beef
Freshly grated nutmeg
2 pinches ground cloves
A good glug of dry white wine
2 cups beef stock
2 cups chicken or vegetable stock
2 (28-ounce) cans Italian pureed tomatoes
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