Microwave Magic: Batch Cooking

I would be lost without a Microwave. I know that you can reheat and cook things using hobs and ovens. For sheer quickness and ease though, a microwave is a brilliant invention isn’t it? In fact, I have been a bit obsessed with them lately and come across lots of different types including all singing and dancing ones, like this Combination Microwave by Panasonic.

 

 

Not only does it reheat things, it also steams, grills and bakes as well! I quite like the idea of steam cooking, especially with vegetables for the children as it makes sure you don’t lose any of the nutrients from the food. And more and more I see interesting recipes for mug cakes and steamed puddings that utilise them as well. With the Winter months coming up, it is making me feel quite inspired to try some new things out.

 

Time and Energy Saving By Batch Cooking

 

The main benefit of using a microwave in the kitchen, for me, is the time I save. I know all I have to do is put the food inside, press a button and walk away until I hear the ‘DING!’. To make life even easier, I have been doing a lot of batch cooking recently too. There are so many easy and affordable recipes that you can cook ahead of time and pop into the freezer for when you need them. I find it feels like such a relief when I don’t have to cook and can just rely on reheating the meals in the microwave!

 

 

I wish I was organised enough to batch cook meals on a regular basis but, it is sometimes difficult to set aside time. When I do manage the time though, it is brilliant and really saves my sanity! And it also saves us money. Baby George is currently weaning so I am pureeing fruit and vegetables non stop. He obviously only eats small amounts, so whatever he doesn’t manage to wolf down, I pop into the freezer to be heated up in the microwave another day. I can’t stand wasting food so the fact I can do this eases my conscience a lot.

 

Increased Productivity and Quality Time

 

As a result of cooking in bulk and utilising the microwave at meal times, I can afford to give more time to other tasks and fun things. Yes, there is always the washing to be done and the hoovering to do. And I do dedicate a bit of the extra time to housework. But, mostly, I play with the kids and take them out places without having to worry about stopping what we are doing because I have to rush home and cook. I can also make sure I have time to work as well, rather than being tethered to an oven. Or the kitchen sink! That’s another positive to the batch cooking/reheating concept, you use much less cooking utensils and create minimal mess so clearing up is no tough task at all.

 

Health and safety

 

Of course, when storing and reheating food, you do have to ensure that you follow the correct instructions and safety guidelines. When preparing food from the freezer, it’s best to make sure that it is completely defrosted before reheating it. Otherwise you can subject yourself and your little ones to some pretty nasty food poisoning. If a meal is piping hot when it comes out of the microwave, it makes me feel confident that it is safe to eat. You do have to be careful with preparing food for children though, as the heat distributed by a microwave tends to cluster in pockets within the food. I never knew this until I actually burnt my own mouth one evening whilst wolfing down a spaghetti bolognese! So always stir the food thoroughly at intervals whilst cooking.

 

My Top 5 Recipe Ideas for Batch Microwave Cooking:

 

 

  • Spaghetti Bolognese is, as I have hinted above, always a firm favourite in our house. I make a huge pot of the meat sauce, then serve it with pasta and salad or garlic bread.

 

  • Chilli con Carne makes for a lovely, warming bowl of comfort food and I also use the microwavable rice pouches for quickness and ease too…. Much to the annoyance of my Caribbean mother in law! Sorry Pat!

 

  • Baked Potatoes are such a quick and nutritious meal that can be eaten for either lunch or dinner! I know they aren’t necessarily a meal that can be made ahead. But they are so easy to do that you can create a meal for the whole family in no time. Just as quick as if you had batch cooked something in fact!

 

  • Beef Stew is a brilliant choice for making in bulk. You can use up any root vegetables that are lurking in the bottom of the fridge. I even spruce mine up with a dash of beer or red wine as it makes for a richer gravy. Don’t worry, the alcohol has burnt off by the time the children eat it… And I usually have a glass of what’s left over as a pat on the back for cooking… ha!

 

  • Jam Sponge Pudding and Custard has always been one of my most favourite puddings (see pic above)! I have been making this dessert for years. It was always a favourite within my family when I was a kid. Usually whipped up quickly and popped into the microwave as a treat to end family meals on a Sunday. It is stodgy, sweet and amazing on rainy days. And ALWAYS a firm favourite with the younger house members too!

 

What do you cook in your Microwave? Leave your recipes and tips in the comments below, I’d love to hear them. 

 

 

 

 

 

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Comments

  1. October 16, 2017 / 7:27 am

    Before R was born I spent two days solely cooking to pre-make loads of meals so I wouldn’t have to cook in the early weeks. It was the best idea I’ve ever had. Unfortunately I rarely find the time to do it as much now but it’s something I really need to do! #honeybeelinky

    • mebeingmummy
      October 22, 2017 / 1:34 am

      Yes we did the same before having George too. Made such a difference! Finding the time is hard but if you have a free rainy afternoon that’s always my best time as Teddy helps me cook and I don’t feel guilty for staying home 😉 xxx

  2. October 16, 2017 / 8:28 am

    Great post, I love that you have included the health and safety stuff too! I always make too much so my leftovers are then frozen for those days when I’m too busy or not feeling well enough to cook. That microwave looks great too with all those extra features! Happy cooking xx

    • mebeingmummy
      October 22, 2017 / 1:32 am

      You can never be too careful when defrosting food. Especially meat! That relief of knowing that dinner is catered for without having to stand and cook is lovely isn’t it? Thank you for commenting! Xxx

  3. October 16, 2017 / 9:12 am

    This is a great post for my daughter who has always talked about batch cooking, but hasn’t got into the routine of it yet. Great microwave! x #HoneybeeLinky

    • mebeingmummy
      October 22, 2017 / 1:30 am

      It’s my ultimate choice… all bells and whistles! Your daughter should definitely try to batch cook. It makes such a difference! Xxx

  4. October 16, 2017 / 10:53 am

    I don’t use my microwave anywhere near as much as I should do. Although, I have recently attempted to make some mug cakes that didn’t turn out too bad.

    • mebeingmummy
      October 22, 2017 / 12:56 am

      Am still yet to try and make a mug cake as I always do the steamed pudding but shall definitely be giving it a go soon. Xxx

  5. October 16, 2017 / 11:15 am

    These are all my go to batch cooks too! Freezed in plastic containers so once they are defosted they can be reheated quickly! Would be lost without our microwave!
    Great post!
    #HoneybeeLinky

    • mebeingmummy
      October 22, 2017 / 12:55 am

      Thank you lovely! Yes! Quickness and ease but still very tasty xxx

  6. The Mummy Bubble
    October 16, 2017 / 6:02 pm

    Love the tips here. I do spag bol, lasagne, chicken casserole, lamb and veggie casserole, root vegetable and lentil mash. The microwave is an absolute godsend. X #honeybeelinky

    • mebeingmummy
      October 22, 2017 / 12:38 am

      Ooo that all sounds delicious! Hurrah for microwaves! Xxx

  7. October 16, 2017 / 8:12 pm

    I love our microwave! I’m not sure I could cope working full time and having to cook from scratch every night. I tend to batch cook something every week for 3-4 weeks, so that there’s enough in the freezer to have something different every week-night.
    #HoneybeeLinky

    • mebeingmummy
      October 22, 2017 / 12:34 am

      Oh wow no way! Who has the energy for all of that on top of a work day?! Love batch cooking 😉 xxx

  8. October 17, 2017 / 9:22 am

    We are big fans of batch cooking. We do it regularly and it is so useful to have a freezer full of tasty food! Bolognese is also a favourite in our house, the little one loves it!

    • mebeingmummy
      October 22, 2017 / 12:29 am

      I love that feeling you get when you know the freezer is full of easy dinners. Kind of relief mixed with hunger. Haha! Xx

  9. October 17, 2017 / 9:40 am

    Some great ideas! I definitely need to get more organised in the kitchen department x

    • mebeingmummy
      October 22, 2017 / 12:28 am

      Thank you! Here’s a good place to start my lovely xxx

  10. October 17, 2017 / 9:31 pm

    Some great tips here. I’m a big ol microwave fan too. It’s just essential, especially when you have little ones. No easier way to get food on the table quickly.

    • mebeingmummy
      October 22, 2017 / 12:23 am

      Exactly! I would be completely lost without mine! Xxx

  11. October 18, 2017 / 12:13 pm

    Do you know I never really cook with my microwave I heat up. some lovely ideas here to think about #honeybeelinky

    • mebeingmummy
      October 22, 2017 / 12:17 am

      There’s lots of things you can make! I heat things up too a lot of the time but there are some lovely recipes out there. Thank you for commenting lovely Xxx

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