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

Christmas With Jasmine

12 days to go!!!! How does it go from “too early to think about Christmas” to “bloomin’ heck it’s just around the corner!” in a heartbeat?! Check out how I’ve prepped for this party season and the big day itself.

In the run-up to Christmas 2019 I’ve created a brand new recipe for the Christmas table: a colourful roasted sweet potato wreath decorated with rosemary and cranberries that makes an impressive centrepiece, tastes amazing and is so versatile — just pop your favourite festive filling in the middle! I’ve also gathered together the rest of my celebration recipes here if you need a little inspiration.

I’ll be serving the stuffed sweet potato wreath with pickled red cabbage, toasted hazelnuts and griddled apple for a delicious balance of tastes and extra crunch.

I’m also getting down with some bake-off therapy and gifting delicious little baked bites in ribboned jars to friends as an eco gift that I know will go down a treat! I’ve got two new festive recipes, one for all-things-spice carrot biscuits and one for chai spiced cranberry cookies — all vegan and gluten-free.

Botanical cocktails are the way to go during the party season and if you’re looking for a healthier alternative to overdoing the booze. I’ve just taste-tested a full range of alcohol-free and low alcohol alternatives, from gin alternatives to herbal ferments, to turn a teetotal drink into something totally worth drinking.

If you’re still on the hunt for a thoughtful present for your loved ones, I’ve put together a list of ethical and sustainable gift ideas, including beautiful objets d’art and homemade gifts. For something that gives back, I’d love if you would consider one of my charities – the Women for Women International programme Sponsor a Sister, which allows you to support a woman survivor of war through a year-long course to build up essential skills for a brighter future, in your name or on behalf of someone on your list. You can learn more about it here.

With all that preparation, things can get a bit overwhelming, so make sure you’re taking care of yourself, too. Have a browse through my party season tricks to get you through and have a truly merry Christmas!

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