I need 4/5 recipes that will do more than one meal & can be frozen

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yolothankgod Sat 08-Feb-14 23:46:33

I need to fatten my Dp up as he has lost to much weight due to stress so I thought the best way would be some good winter meals such as Stew,Casseroles, Chilli, Curry etc

I have no idea where to start , I made a Stew once & by the time it had simmered their were barely enough for one person hmm

So can you please help me with your best recipes & some other ideas , ill be eternally greatful smile

I'll be feeding 4 & their are no allergies only dislike is fish if any kind

MasterOfTheYoniverse Sun 09-Feb-14 04:29:53

beef cheek stew.
Its a cheaper cut and very tender when braised.
Cook with onions, carrot, red wine and bay leaf and a 2 pints of water.
Eat the half a batch with mashed potato/sweet potato or bake as a shepherd's pie.
Add tinned tomato and garlic to the second batch and spoon over buttered pasta.

Chicken curry. Cook in bulk and do the following meals
1) reheat as is and serve over rice
2) thin the curry with chicken stock and eat as a noodle soup. Great with fat udon noodles and a sprinckling of coriander/spring onion
3) any leftovers can be mixed to mashed potato and turned into samosas or "cornish" pasties (add peas, cumin and fresh coriander/lemon to season)

make a huge batch of bolognese and use ass follows:
1) Moussaka (line baking dish with bolognese, cover with sliced grilled aubergine and cover in a sauce made of steamed blended courgette + single cream + grated cheese)
2)mix into lentils or red beans and spice it up as a chili
3)stuff pancakes and cover with a light white sauce and cheese and bake
4)slather over a mexican tortilla, add a fresh chopped tomato/onion/coriander salsa + crushed avocado/lime/salt + sour cream + grated cheddar. roll & eat

CogitoErgoSometimes Sun 09-Feb-14 07:45:53

I've been making this quite a lot recently.

Pork and Prune Casserole
1.5 - 2kgs shoulder or belly pork, trimmed and cut into a large dice
1 large cooking apple, peeled and chopped
2 onions
150g pitted prunes, halved
100ml cider
Chopped thyme
Seasoning
Potatoes, peeled and thinly sliced

- Preheat the oven to 160C
- Fry off the pork cubes until they take on some colour and transfer to a wide, shallow casserole dish with a lid
- Fry off the onions in the same pan and add those to the dish together with the rest of the ingredients barring the potatoes
- Arrange a layer of overlapping potato slices on top, put on the lid and bake for about 1 hour
- Remove the lid and bake for a further 50 minutes until the potatoes are a little crisp and golden

BTW. If your DH needs to gain weight he should be eating high-energy, low-bulk foods in a 'little and often' pattern. Good snacks are things like dried fruit, nuts and nut butters, avocados, bananas.. eaten every two hours. High energy drinks are also a good way to bump up his calorie intake. If he has lost a very lot of weight, he may benefit from asking his GP to refer him to a dietician.

melonribena Sun 09-Feb-14 07:56:00

You've received excellent ideas already, but I wanted to add risotto to your list.

Fry off an onion and a mug of risotto rice. Gradually add 3 pints of chicken/veg stock while it simmers.

You can then chuck in anything you like! Our favourite are chorizo, tomato and sweet potato, or bacon, mushroom, and pea!

Cook until all of the stock is absorbed and the rice is cooked.

I often double the amount and freeze lots.

You can even divide up the rice mixture while cooking to add different ingredients to each.

Serve with salad or garlic bread!

KeatsiePie Algeria Sun 09-Feb-14 08:28:13

This will make you a huge pot of very good chili.

2 onions, diced
4 garlic cloves, diced
3 large cans (28 oz) crushed tomatoes
2 small cans tomato paste
3 bags dried beans - I usually do 1 black, 1 red, 1 white
1 bag frozen corn (fresh is better but obviously not possible right now)
2 green bell peppers, chopped
1 small can green chiles
1-2 c. millet or rice
Spices:
1/4 c. chili powder
2 T. oregano
1 t. cumin
1 T. salt
1 t. black pepper
Optional: 1/2 lb.-1 lb. ground beef

Soak beans overnight, then cook (or you can use canned, which is much easier). Cook millet or rice.

Saute onion in olive or coconut oil on medium heat in large pot till it's browned a bit. Add garlic and saute some more. If you want to add meat, add it now and brown thoroughly.

Add spices and salt. If you want the peppers soft and cooked, add them now. Stir for a few minutes on low.

Add crushed tomatoes, tomato paste, and 2-3 c. water.

Add beans, corn, and millet/rice.

Bring to faint boil, turn down to simmer. Check spices and adjust as you like. Add water if it's gotten too thick; it tends to do that.

I let this simmer for a couple of hours but I think it will be fine after 30 minutes. I serve it topped with grated very sharp cheddar cheese.

KeatsiePie Algeria Sun 09-Feb-14 08:33:06

Shoot! Meant to add, if you like the bell peppers crisper/less cooked, just wait and add them at the end. Also, you add the chiles when you add all the beans. And I am very liberal with pretty much everything here -- if I have more peppers, I throw them in, if I have more corn or fewer beans, that's fine too. I always end up adding more and more water and it's still really thick and nice. It works out smile Original recipe also calls for a few bay leaves but I get too irritated fishing them out so I don't bother.

I came to add risotto, and the leftovers as arancini, which are amazing and calorie laden. Arancini is my favourite bit of making a risottogrin

AllMimsyWereTheBorogroves Sun 09-Feb-14 11:54:08

Shepherd's pie. These quantities will make at least 4 good helpings so to bulk cook, just double or triple them. It will freeze very well.

500g lamb mince (or use beef mince or any other kind of mince - but I think lamb is best)
3 or 4 onions (ordinary white ones) - topped, tailed, peeled and roughly chopped
2 or 3 large carrots, topped, tailed, peeled and chopped
A good big bit of swede, trimmed, peeled and chopped
A little oil (I use sunflower but any bland oil is fine)
Some stock - I use Kallo vegetable stock powder, a stock cube would be fine too - dissolve powder or cube in about half a pint of boiling water.
Bisto powder - about 1 tbs. Blend with a little cold water in a cup before you add it to the meat.
Potatoes - Jamie Oliver says 1.5 kg for 500g mince, which seems a lot to me. I think you could get away with 1kg. For mash I use Desiree potatoes which give a very good result. Delia says King Edward's are good too. Peel the potatoes and cut them into even-sized pieces so they will all cook at the same time.
Salt for the potatoes
Butter/spread - just a little bit
Milk - also just a little bit
Green vegetables to serve

I expect you could use gravy granules instead of Bisto powder. I grew up with Bisto powder so always use it!

Method: start by getting the potatoes on. As you peel and cut them add them to a pan of cold water to stop them discolouring. When you ready to cook them put the pan on the hob, add a bit of salt (not much) and bring to the boil. Once it's boiling turn the heat down just enough to keep the water boiling but not boiling over and leave them partially covered for about 15 minutes. Then test to see if they are cooked through. If they're not cooked through you'll get lumpy mash.

While the potatoes are cooking, you can get on with the mince. Take a large saucepan or frying pan. Heat the oil in it over a medium heat. Add the mince and onions. Stir about till the mince is all coloured and the mince and onions are nicely mixed. Add the carrots and swede and mix well. Now add the stock and when it bubbles stir in your Bisto and water mix. It will thicken up quite quickly. There is salt in the Bisto and in the stock so personally I wouldn't add any more but that is a matter of taste. You can add pepper if you want. For my taste, this is not a dish that needs any other seasoning. Leave the mince to bubble away for a bit.

Preheat the oven while you mash the potatoes. Once they're all cooked through, drain off the water. Leaving the potatoes in their pan, add a lump of butter or a dollop of low-fat spread (whatever you have) and a good slurp of milk to the pan. Now mash the potatoes. I do this with an old-fashioned potato masher. Make sure they're nice and smooth and creamy.

Now put the mince mixture in the bottom of a baking dish. Smooth it out and then spoon your mash all over the top, evening it out. You can rough up the surface with a fork which helps it get a nice colour when it's cooked. Put the dish in a hot oven for about 20 minutes which should be long enough to get a nice golden colour on the top. That gives you time to sort out a nice vegetable accompanimnent! My husband insists on having baked beans with shepherd's pie but I like something green - peas, cabbage, kale, that sort of thing.

Lovely! I only recently tried out adding swede and carrot and to my mind it's a big improvement. I always do it now.

melonribena Sun 09-Feb-14 12:21:14

Pregnant pause??!!! What is arancini and how do you make it??!!

ShoeWhore England Sun 09-Feb-14 12:24:11

Some great ideas here - BBC Good Food website is great for this kind of thing OP.

yolothankgod Sun 09-Feb-14 13:06:58

Thanks for all the great ideas smile

Arancini are rice balls stuffed with mozzarella, breadcrumbed and fried. grin Delicious. You take leftover cold risotto roll it into small balls, poke a lump of cheese in the middle, roll in egg, then breadcrumbs and fry. Google for better recipes, but that's basically it. I serve then with a homemade chunky tomato and red pepper sauce.

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