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Putting aside some time to get batch cooking and filling your freezer is a perfect future time-and-sanity saver when it comes to feeding your family. 

This collection of batch cooking ideas is filled with recipes that are ideal for busy weeks, if you’re a new parent or just someone who is juggling. You will thank your future self for a little dedicated time in the kitchen when you’re reaping the rewards on a hectic weeknight!

Lots of recipes for Batch Cooking ideas to help you cook ahead of time.

Struggling to find the brain space and time to think of dinner during the week?

Me too!

Over the years I’ve realised that if I can keep even just a handful of precooked homemade meals ready (either in the freezer or the fridge), it makes my week so much calmer.

Why batch cook?

Batch cooking is actually a form of self care in these busy times we live it!

I mostly do this by doubling up a recipe a couple of times a week when I cook dinner, or putting aside a quiet day when I can load up on ingredients and spend a blissful few hours in the kitchen.

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Batch cooking tips

➡️ FREEZER SPACE: Try to clear some space in your freezer before you cook to make sure there’s room for everything as you don’t want anything going to waste.

That said, if you don’t have freezer space, it’s still worth batch cooking for later in the week, as long as you store things well in the fridge. You can always eat a different version of the same meal, for example.

➡️ FOOD HYGIENE: Read this advice from the Food Standards Agency about freezing food if you’re unsure. Basically, if you have defrosted meat or fish, then cooked it, it’s fine to refreeze again once. However, you shouldn’t refreeze it again raw.

➡️ STORAGE: Which container you should use depends on the size and style of your batch cook. I try to stay away from single use plastic where possible but it can be very tricky!

For foil trays I use these disposable ones, which are great for pies and lasagnes etc. You could also use plastic containers with lids or heavy duty food bags like these, which I really recommend.


You will find that almost all of my recipes are made with budget and convenience in mind. I don’t focus too much on authenticity or the long way around a recipe. It’s all about what tastes good, what is healthy, what is quick and how can we keep costs down.

Batch cooking ideas for beginners

Don’t worry if you’re not an accomplished cook! My recipes are easy-to-follow and are not overly complicated. 

Below you will find a huge variety of dishes, from curries to soups, stews to pies, breakfast muffins to gravy and much more! There is a good selection of vegetarian options too.

Notes on these batch cooking recipe

⭐️ All of the recipes below link to the respective recipe pages, which include portion sizes, nutrition and information for each meal. 

⭐️ I always like to include some soup recipes in my freezer filling as these make a really quick shortcut meal when we are late home.

⭐️All of the portion sizes are for adult portions. If you’re feeding children they will obviously make even more.

⭐️ If you’d like to get ahead but don’t have the time to batch cook, you could try using my Dump Bag method instead. This is when you put the ingredients into a food bag and freeze them, meaning all you have to do is defrost it and add everything to your slow cooker on the day!

Here are the batch cooking recipes:

Slow cooker pan filled with cooked pulled pork with chipotle and honey, topped with spring onions.
4.88 from 63 votes

Slow Cooker Pulled Pork {The BEST Recipe!}

The ultimate Slow Cooker Pulled Pork recipe – Smothered in honey and chipotle, this easy crock pot pork shoulder creates a delicious sticky and smoky sauce. A winning base for so many meals, this pulled pork freezes well too.
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Two bowls of chicken curry and rice on a white tablecloth.
4.75 from 98 votes

Easy Chicken Curry {Quick & Healthy}

This is a delicious, healthy and easy Chicken Curry recipe for those days without much time or energy. You'll have a tasty, satisfying meal on the table in about 30 minutes.
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A bowl of bolognese and tagliatelle pasta.
5 from 22 votes

Easy Spaghetti Bolognese {with Hidden Vegetables!}

This classic easy Spaghetti Bolognese recipe is delicious AND it has hidden vegetables! A perfect batch cook recipe and midweek win for family dinners.
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Comforting Shepherd's Pie with mince and topped with mash.
5 from 22 votes

Shepherd’s Pie {Easiest Ever Recipe}

This easy, comforting Simple Shepherd's Pie recipe is the perfect antidote to a cold winter's day. It is also ideal for batch cooking and freezing ahead of time. It's hearty, delicious and perfect for the whole family.
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A close up of a creamy chicken and bacon pie, with a spoon in ready to serve a portion. A creamy filling shown inside.
4.99 from 170 votes

Easy Chicken Pie {with Bacon & Puff Pastry}

This simple recipe for Chicken Pie has everything you need in a comfort food pie. With its tasty meat, extra veggies, creamy sauce and light fluffy pastry topping, it's an ideal and simple homemade pie.
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Breakfast muffins being constructed for meal prep.
5 from 4 votes

Meal Prep Breakfast Muffins

Make a batch of these delicious Bacon and Egg Breakfast Muffins ahead of time, then all you have to do is heat them up for those mornings in a hurry. Comfort food to get your day going!
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The end product of a Chicken Tikka Masala recipe.
5 from 183 votes

Slow Cooker Chicken Tikka Masala {SO EASY!}

This tomatoey, creamy-based curry is perfect for a family fakeaway. Slow Cooker Chicken Tikka Masala is not only simple, it's super tasty too.
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Bowl of Easy Chilli Con Carne.
4.95 from 38 votes

Chilli Con Carne {Easiest Ever Recipe}

This Chilli Con Carne recipe is packed with minced beef and red kidney beans. The BEST version of the family classic!
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Peppers, chicken and spring onion in a sweet and sour sauce.
5 from 132 votes

Sweet and Sour Chicken {Slow Cooker Fakeaways}

Replicate a takeaway favourite at home by trying this delicious Sweet and Sour Chicken in the slow cooker. Perfect for weekends or entertaining.
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Sticky Mince Beef Stir Fry with green beans in a bowl with rice.
5 from 237 votes

Sticky Beef Mince Stir Fry

With low cost ingredients, a delicious sticky sauce and a cooking time of 15 minutes, this Beef Mince Stir Fry is an ideal midweek beef mince recipe.
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Slow cooker pan filled with cooked lamb curry.
5 from 47 votes

Slow Cooker Lamb Curry {Easiest EVER Recipe!}

This Slow Cooker Lamb Curry is mixed up in just 5 minutes. This ‘fakeaway’ also happens to be packed with extra veg and super tasty.
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A slow cooker pan filled with cooked beef stew with a rick gravy and vegetables.
5 from 162 votes

Slow Cooker Beef Stew {with Rich Gravy}

Slow Cooker Beef Stew or Slow Cooker Beef Casserole? Whatever you call it, it’s comfort food at its very best. A hearty meal packed with flavour, vegetables and rich gravy for the whole family.
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A big pan full of beef mince keema curry with peas and chillies.
4.99 from 100 votes

Keema Curry {Easy Beef Mince Recipe!}

This Keema Curry is a really simple mince beef recipe. Cooked in under 30 minutes, it's delicious enough for a weekend fakeaway and easy enough for a midweek meal too.
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A close up image of a slow cooker sausage casserole, with chopped sausages, carrots and beans in a tomato sauce.
5 from 154 votes

Slow Cooker Sausage Casserole {EASY recipe!}

With a rich tomato and bean sauce with added veggies, this easy Slow Cooker Sausage Casserole is a hearty midweek dinner.
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The corner of a puff pastry steak pie with a corner missing, with a spoon dipped in ready to serve a portion.
5 from 89 votes

Steak Pie {Easiest EVER Recipe!}

This Steak Pie recipe has everything you need in a comfort food pie. Tasty home cooked meat, delicious gravy and light fluffy pastry topping.
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Weekly meal plan recipe for fish pie.
4.94 from 61 votes

Easy Fish Pie

This Easy Fish Pie recipe with delicious cheesy mash topping is the ultimate comfort food. It has a really simple sauce, involves no pre-cooking the fish, just assemble for a delicious, hearty favourite.
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Beef curry in a slow cooker.
4.95 from 504 votes

Slow Cooker Beef Curry

This Slow Cooker Beef Curry is mixed up in just 5 minutes, no preparation required. A tasty 'fakeaway' it also happens to be light and healthy.
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A slow cooker pan filled with a delicious Honey Garlic Chicken sauce, with spring onions sprinkled on top.
5 from 326 votes

Slow Cooker Honey Garlic Chicken {with Sticky Sauce}

This recipe for Honey Garlic Chicken is cooked in the slow cooker with just 5 minutes preparation needed. It cooks up a sticky, Asian-style sauce and super tender meat.
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A chicken casserole in a slow cooker, ready to be served. With carrots, chicken, bacon bits in a creamy sauce, garnished with parsley.
4.95 from 380 votes

Slow Cooker Chicken Casserole {with Crispy Bacon}

This Slow Cooker Chicken Casserole recipe is so quick to prepare. The stew is packed with vegetables and in a delicious creamy sauce with crispy bacon bits. Cosiness in a bowl!
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Close up of cooked Teriyaki Chicken with sesame seeds and broccoli.
4.86 from 107 votes

Easy Teriyaki Chicken {with Sticky Sauce}

This Teriyaki Chicken recipe with a delicious sticky sauce makes a brilliant, quick, healthy, midweek meal. No need to marinate, just stir fry and serve.
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4.94 from 751 votes

Slow Cooker Chicken Curry – easiest EVER recipe

This healthy Slow Cooker Chicken Curry is SO incredibly easy. No browning, no preparation. Just leave it to bubble away and come home to the most delicious, creamy but light, coconut milk curry.
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Big pot filled with Irish Beef and Guinness Stew, ready to be served.
4.47 from 47 votes

Beef and Guinness Stew

This traditional Irish Beef and Guinness Stew is the most delicious and hearty comfort food for the whole family. Slow cooked for meltingly soft and tender beef and ale flavours.
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A slow cooker filled with cooked chicken in a tomatoey sauce for a delicious Chicken Cacciatore dinner.
4.78 from 27 votes

Slow Cooker Chicken Cacciatore

This rich, flavour-filled and aromatic Chicken Cacciatore (a hearty, rustic Italian-style stew) is a perfect slow cooker recipe for a midweek dinner that the whole family will love.
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A sweet potato cottage pie looking from above onto a table.
4.65 from 28 votes

Sweet Potato Cottage Pie

This healthy, hearty Sweet Potato Cottage Pie recipe makes the perfect comforting family dinner. Make a double batch of this British classic for the double win – one for now, one for the freezer!
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Big pan full of easy lamb keema curry, freshly made.
4.54 from 100 votes

Easy Lamb Keema Curry

A delicious, quick and easy, family-friendly Lamb Keema Curry recipe. Perfect for a midweek dinner or weekend fakeaway. Here's how to make one of the tastiest and easiest curry recipes.
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Easy recipe for slow cooker make ahead recipe ready to serve.
5 from 37 votes

Slow Cooker Gravy {Make Ahead}

This is the ultimate gravy recipe for convenience and flavour. It's roasted then slow cooked for depth of flavour, making it perfect to make ahead for a special meal.
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Vegetarian batch cook recipes:

Courgette fritters on a board with a creamy dip.
4.80 from 93 votes

Easy Courgette Fritters {with Feta Cheese}

These Easy Courgette and Feta Fritters are as simple as they are delicious. Oven-bake for a healthy, golden finish and enjoy as finger food or as part of a meal. Packed with flavour and mouth-wateringly good.
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A close up of Vegetarian Cottage Pie cooked dish being served up for dinner.
5 from 25 votes

Vegetarian Cottage Pie

This easy Vegetarian Cottage Pie recipe is filled with goodness, is wonderfully hearty and totally delicious. Comfort food that’s so good and full of flavour and texture, even meat eaters will love this dish.
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Easy tomato soup recipe with a swirl of pesto in a white bowl.
5 from 28 votes

Easy Tomato Soup {Storecupboard Ingredients}

An easy Tomato Soup recipe from store cupboard ingredients, swirled with pesto, and ready in just 20 minutes.
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A bowl of green Broccoli and Cauliflower Soup with grated cheese and croutons on the top.
4.69 from 29 votes

Broccoli and Cauliflower Soup {Easy 20 Minute Recipe}

This easy Broccoli and Cauliflower Soup recipe makes a quick family lunch or no-fuss dinner. Full of nutrients and flavour, you can batch cook for convenience and use frozen veg for a super quick method!
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Bit slow cooker pan full of creamy vegetable soup.
5 from 49 votes

Slow Cooker Vegetable Soup

This Slow Cooker Vegetable Soup is a fantastic ‘dump recipe’ – one of those favourites where you can stick all the ingredients in together and let the slow cooker do the rest. Out comes delicious, hearty, healthy soup after just a few hours!
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Delicious vegetable filled vegetarian pie topped with golden puff pastry.
5 from 50 votes

Cheesy Vegetarian Pie {with Puff Pastry}

This quick and easy Cheesy Vegetarian Pie is ready in 40 minutes and is packed full of veggies and cheese for that hearty, delicious flavour.
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Sweet potato and peanut butter vegan stew in a slow cooker, garnished with peanuts and parsley.
4.99 from 136 votes

Sweet Potato & Peanut Butter Vegan Stew {Slow Cooker Recipe}

This Sweet Potato & Peanut Butter Vegan Stew is comforting, creamy and totally delicious. Perfect for vegetarians, vegans or if you just want to reduce your meat intake.
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A oven dish filled with rich vegetarian moussaka, with a square missing as it's been served on a plate.
4.89 from 60 votes

Vegetarian Moussaka

This simple Vegetarian Moussaka is made with aubergines, potatoes and courgettes, topped with a creamy cheese sauce. It's a delicious family-friendly recipe that makes a great midweek meal, and is also perfect to batch cook and freeze for later.
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A bowl of Courgette Soup with toppings of chives, creme fraiche and croutons, with another bowl slightly in shot, both on a white tablecloth.
4.87 from 15 votes

Easy Courgette Soup {with Parmesan}

This simple and tasty Courgette Soup recipe makes an easy lunch or simple dinner in less than half an hour. It's gluten free, easily made dairy free and vegetarian – perfect for the whole family.
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A lasagne dish filled with cooked Courgette Lasagne, topped with cheese and basil. One corner is missing, having already been served with a spoon.
4.78 from 18 votes

Courgette Lasagne {with Double Cheese Topping}

This super healthy and delicious vegetarian Courgette Lasagne is perfect for family suppers and is the ideal for a meat lasagne alternative.
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A bowl with butternut squash curry with rice and a fork ready to eat.
4.96 from 68 votes

Easy Butternut Squash Curry {Ready in 30 Minutes}

This vegan Butternut Squash Curry recipe is a deliciously comforting and nourishing dish. It’s also easy, ready in 30 minutes, is full of flavour and the whole family will love it.
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  1. Hi I’m
    Looking for the breakfast burrito recipe that I’ve used a few times and can’t find it now!! Can you help please