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MaryPopped Mon 02-May-16 20:07:10

Im looking for ideas for some meals I can make in bulk and freeze in portions so that the after school nanny doesn't have to faf about cooking. DCs are 5 and 7 and fairly adventurous with new foods, though it often feel like a crap shoot and what they like one day they will refuse to taste the next. .

I do a fair amount of bulk cooking but the nanny is vegetarian and I'm struggling to think of vegetarian meals that freeze well. (She's not actually eating them, but I think she'd prefer to not have to prepare meat, though she does if that's what's on the menu.)

DC don't like soups unfortunately, and stews can be hit and miss. I make little mini crustless quiches which are good and pasta bake (mac and cheese, or tom with shredded carrots and courgettes in the sauce). They also usually like rice and dal.

Any other ideas for me?

megletthesecond Mon 02-May-16 20:10:47

Veg lasagne with lentils for protein. Easily made in bulk, I even borrow extra lasagne dishes.

notagiraffe Mon 02-May-16 20:17:35

Have you tried veggie chilli made with quorn mince, tomatoes, garlic, peppers and kidney beans? That was one my very fussy DC were happy to eat from a young age.

Same with mild kormas and satays. You can use quorn chicken pieces or just use chunky veg you know they like: sweet potato, sweetcorn and peas etc in a peanut butter and coconut milk sauce.

Home made cheese and onion pasties? You could probably add meat to a pasty as she wouldn't have to touch the meat if it was encased in pastry.

MaryPopped Mon 02-May-16 23:45:56

hadn't thought of using quorn for bulk cooking for some reason, but yes, we have some in the freezer. Presumably its okay to cook and freeze again?

They love a bit of peanut butter sauce (as they call) satay sauce so another good idea there.

notagiraffe Tue 03-May-16 07:38:47

Pretty sure you can refreeze quern once it's been cooked. We do it all the time.

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