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Batch cooking: make one batch and enjoy three meals

Prawn dumpling pad thai

Make one base recipe go a deliciously long way, and enjoy easy weeknight dinners or leftover lunches in the process

Batch cooking is a great way to make the most of your time spent cooking; you’ll have dinner sorted, yep, but you’ll also have leftovers available to eat throughout the week. Creating a base meal also saves time by ensuring you have a versatile dinner shortcut on hand to transform into a variety of delicious meals whenever you need. If you’re worried about eating the same food and flavours on repeat, don’t stress. These recipes all feature unique twists on the main event, and they’re freezer-friendly – so you can spread them across your weekly menu. Enjoy three meals for the price of one!

Fragrant Pork Larb

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Fragrant pork larb

A little planning can help you stick to your goals and this recipe ensures you’ll get three light and refreshing meals out of the one batch. This Thai-inspired pork larb is fragrant and versatile, using affordable pantry staples and fresh herbs and spices.

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Pork larb & rainbow veg stir-fry

Pork larb and veg stir-fry

This colourful stir-fry makes the most of your pre-made batch of pork larb. Just add a convenient vegetable mix and a bit of fluffy microwaveable rice for a quick and easy weeknight win.

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Pork Larb and Noodle Salad

Pork larb and noodle salad

Delight in a mid-week lunch or dinner that’s speedy and tasty. Slurpy noodles and crunchy veggies are a match made in heaven when paired with this pre-made portion of fragrant pork larb.

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Pork Larb & Mint Pizza

Pork larb and mint pizza

Trust us: this one works! Premade pizza bases, a batch of made-in-advance pork larb, and fragrant fresh mint truly change the game for this weeknight wonder. Pizza night never looked so tasty.

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Kofta Mince

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Kofta mince

Try this freezer-friendly kofta mince recipe to get ahead with meal prep for the week. Shape the kofta mixture into ovals,  thread onto pre-soaked bamboo skewers and cook. Serve the juicy kofta skewers with tabouli and hummus for a tasty Lebanese-inspired dinner. You can also roll the mince into meatballs to use in a variety of  mid-week meals.

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Kofta pizza

Kofta pizza

It’s best to use your fresh kofta mixture in this recipe. Make sure you spread the mince right to the edge of the pizza base to enjoy more flavour in every bite. Paired with rocket, red onion, beetroot hummus and crumbled Danish-style feta, this pizza definitely has the wow factor!                                                                       

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Kofta Bowls

Kofta bowls

These hearty kofta bowls with couscous are the perfect way to use up everything you might already have at home. Take your meatball-shaped koftas out of the freezer, and grill. Use up whatever rice, beans and veg you’ve already got on hand to toss with lettuce, cucumber and cherry tomatoes. Don’t forget the tzatziki!

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Kofta Hot dogs

Kofta hot dog

Prepared with pre-made kofta mince, this easy family dinner is ready in just 25 minutes. Enjoy these flavour-packed kofta hot dogs while relaxing on the couch watching the footy for a match made in heaven.

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Slow Cooker Chicken

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Slow cooker chicken

Get ahead with meal prep for the week and let the slow cooker do most of the work for you. With just five ingredients, and using up those forgotten sauce bottles in the fridge, create the perfect base for so many delicious weeknight dinners. Simply shred your cooked chicken, divide the meat into three airtight containers and freeze.

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Traybake Chicken Sliders

Traybake chicken sliders

This one-tray wonder makes dinnertime a breeze. Ready in two easy steps, just pop leftover shredded slow-cooker chicken, pasta sauce and mozzarella in brioche sliders, then bake! Enjoy devouring these tasty cheesy sliders with the family.

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Leftover Chicken San Choy Bow

Leftover chicken san choy bow

When you’re short on time and have veg in the back of the crisper drawer you need to use up, grab the leftover slow-cooker chicken out of the freezer and whip up this recipe. Budget-friendly, versatile, fresh and easy, what’s not to love about san choy bow?

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French Onion Chicken Pasta Bake

French onion chicken pasta bake

Satisfy the fam with this French onion-flavoured pasta bake recipe. It transforms your leftover slow-cooker chicken into a hearty and filling dinner. This recipe creates six servings so you get more bang for your buck. Save any leftovers for lunch the next day.

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Prawn dumplings

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Prawn dumplings

Just six ingredients are needed to make 60 dumplings. Place uncooked dumplings on a baking paper-lined tray and freeze for two hours, then transfer the dumplings to an airtight container and pop them in the freezer. (This will make sure they don’t stick together.) Versatile, delicious and perfect for a warming weeknight dinner.

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Prawn Dumplings With Vegetable Fried Rice

Prawn dumplings with vegetable fried rice

You’ll save time with pre-made prawn dumplings regardless of whether you choose to make your fried rice from scratch or with quick microwave rice. Make sure you raid your fridge to use up any leftover veggies you have on hand.

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Prawn Dumpling Soup

Prawn dumpling soup

For a tasty, comforting meal, try prawn dumplings in a fragrant ginger, soy and garlic vegetable soup. This great meal makes the most of any leftover veg you might have in the fridge. Try your hand at making homemade vegetable stock with your food scraps. Roughly chop all the scraps. Cook for about five minutes, before adding water and seasoning. Let it simmer for a bit, then strain.

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Prawn Dumpling Pad Thai

Prawn dumpling pad Thai

This Thai classic is super speedy when you’ve got pre-made prawn dumplings on hand. With a powerful Asian flavour combination like no other, it’s a family favourite recipe to keep up your sleeve when you’re short on time.

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Basa fish cakes

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Basa fish cakes

Put aside 20 minutes to prepare these hearty fish cakes for three different weeknight dinners. You only need six ingredients to make 36 fish cakes, which you can freeze until you’re ready to use. Simply shallow-fry for two minutes each side until the fish cakes turn crispy and golden-brown. These delicious fish cakes make the perfect base for a quick and affordable dinner.

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Fish rolls with onion aioli

Fish rolls with onion aioli

Ready in a flash and perfect for lunch or dinner, these fish rolls are sure to satisfy. Serve up a batch of your pre-made fish cakes drizzled with an onion-based aioli on toasted hot dog rolls. If you’re short on time, you could always use a store-bought aioli. Shoestring fries make a perfect crunchy side.

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Fish-cake Salad With Sweet & Sour Dressing

Fish-cake salad with sweet and sour dressing

Serve Asian-style fish cakes with a sweet and sour salad for a light, fresh and tasty midweek meal. This recipe has dinner on the table in two simple steps. Simply shallow-fry fish cakes for two minutes each side, then toss together your salad and pour over your dressing.

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Fish-cake san choy bow

Fish-cake san choy bow

Fish-cake san choy bow makes a deliciously easy midweek dinner. Serve leftover fish-cake patties and slaw in a lettuce cup for a twist on the popular Chinese starter. Time-saving and budget-friendly – what a winner!

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Batch beef mince

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Batch cooking with beef mince

We accepted the challenge of turning one packet of mince into three affordable family dinners. Cooking a batch of mince to use for multiple meals is the ultimate budget-friendly hack. It’s freezer-friendly and so versatile. Try our kofta mince recipe and turn it into three dinner favourites, or go for a basic batch of mince with Italian flavours, perfect as a topping or a pasta sauce.

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Cheats ragu

Cheat's ragu with creamy polenta

Cooler nights call for quick meals that feel like a hug in a bowl. This cheat's ragu pairs beautifully with creamy, buttery polenta, offering a comforting dish that ticks all the boxes. Perfect for those chilly evenings when you crave something warming.

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Jacket potatoes

Jacket potatoes with ricotta and basil leaves

Transform your batch-cooked mince into a filling for these delectable jacket potatoes. Topped with creamy ricotta and fresh basil leaves, this dish is a fantastic option for a no-fuss dinner that packs a flavour punch. Simply bake the spuds, heat your mince and assemble.

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Easy Pastitso

Easy pastitso

Savour the layers of this easy [Pastitsio, a delightful Greek-inspired dish that combines pasta, mince, and creamy béchamel sauce. It’s a wonderful way to use your batch-cooked mince for a meal that promises to transport your tastebuds straight to the Mediterranean.

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