Melissa’s Batch Cooking Recipes and Tips for Busy People

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    When time isn’t on your side, it can feel quite overwhelming to keep yourself nourished and cared for so here are some tips & recipes you can batch cook or prep when short on time or in need of some love. Batch cooking is such a saving grace for busy times and befriending your freezer is a game changing tip for new mums, busy parents, times when you’re sick or recuperating or you’re caring for others; you can really give the gift of care through nourishing and simple food. Here are 6 tips for prepping your food to help you in a busy period: Boil eggs, lots of them!   These are always a great base for a salad or throw them into a noodle soup or just pack for an on the go breakfast or snack. Roast some veg.  Whatever veg you have lying around, chop it all up and roast with some garlic and oil. It’s great on it’s own or mixed into quinoa or with leftover chicken. Cook some quinoa, lentils or noodles.  Quinoa keeps really well and is great mixed in

Let’s Go Bananas With Jasmine

OK, I’ve created a LOT of banana bread recipes in my time and they never fail to amass countless fans — in fact it was one of my first recipes for H+H way back when. The funny thing is that bananas are one of those foods that some people really get squeamish about. “But the texture!” they cry, and they’re also put off by the colour and even the fruit’s propensity to bruise. If you’ve ever had to deal with a squashed banana at the bottom of your bag you’ll see where they’re coming from. Bake bananas with other yummy ingredients, though, and suddenly they’re everybody’s favourite — weird, that 🤪 If you often find yourself with a fruit bowl full of bananas ripening at the speed of light, where does your mind go? To that banana bread, of course. You can’t beat a classic… but if you’re anything like me you love having a go, getting creative with a sprinkling of spices and more wholesome ingredients. Here are my 3 ways with banana bread — I can’t decide which is my favourite, they’re all so delish!

Buckwheat Banana Bread With Salty Butter

Buckwheat banana bread served with salty butter

The cult recipe from my Ayurvedic cookbook East by West This is my trusty banana bread, one that I’ve been baking for well over a decade, and it’s always a hit. It’s malty and not too sweet, and anyone who tries it immediately wants the recipe. I add cinnamon and raisins to sweeten it, and walnuts for crunch, and it’s so simple yet wonderful! Try toasting it and serving with salty butter, or almond butter for a vegan option.

#BakeForSyria: Chickpea Banana Bread With Cinnamon, Dates and Aleppo Pepper

I created this recipe as part of the #BakeForSyria book project that benefited those affected by the Syrian refugee crisis. This is a variation on my banana bread above, but with flavours and ingredients inspired by Syrian cuisine: chickpea flour as the protein-rich base, cinnamon, dates, olive oil, walnuts and the kicker, Aleppo pepper. A warming delight.

Banana Bread Caraway Cake

Banana bread meets cake, and it’s a love story! For this recipe, I felt inspired to work with caraway seeds after an afternoon with my Polish friend, an unexpected and beautifully fragrant flavour. Kids love this cake (as evidenced by my toddler godson!) and it’s both timeless and versatile (and Mum loves it, too).

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