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

Beetroot Quinoa Risotto

How To:

1. Ideally soak the quinoa overnight or for 8 hours in double the volume of filtered water with a pinch of salt. Drain and rinse thoroughly before cooking

2. Preheat oven to 200˚C/180˚C fan assisted/gas mark 5. Wash and quarter the beetroot. Roast for 30 – 40 mins until tender (we use a knife and fork to handle the beetroot to avoid pink fingers or wash your hands immediately to avoid a pink stain!)

3. Meanwhile, peel & finely dice the onion(s). Peel & finely chop, grate or crush 1 large or 2 smaller garlic cloves. Wash the thyme, pick the leaves off the stalks

4. Wash the celery. Finely dice it. Heat the butter in a pan over a medium heat. Add the onions and fry until softened for 8 mins, stirring occasionally

5. Add the garlic, thyme and celery to the pan. Fry for 30 secs. Add the quinoa. Squeeze in the juice from ½ the lemon. Add 600ml of water. Turn up the heat to bring to the boil, then turn down to a medium simmer. Leave to cook for 12 -15 mins until the quinoa is tender. Try a little and if not tender, leave it to cook for a few mins longer. Add more water where necessary to stop the quinoa drying out

6. Meanwhile, prepare the parsley oil by peeling 1 garlic clove, washing the parsley and putting them both in a blender. Squeeze in the juice from the other lemon half and blend everything together. Transfer to a small bowl for later, but don’t wash the blender out.

7. When the beetroot is tender, remove from the oven, leave until cool enough to handle, then peel off the skin as best you can (some skin is fine, be sure to get the knobbly harder ends off). Blend to a purée (in the same blender) with approx 4 tbsp or so of water, just enough to get it moving.

8. When the quinoa is cooked, stir through the beetroot purée. Season. Leave to simmer for 3-4 mins to warm it through, then turn off the heat. You might want to add another ladle or so of water if the risotto is getting dry as the quinoa will continue to suck up any liquid (it depends on your preference if you like your risottos a bit wetter or less so)

9. While the risotto simmers, crumble or chop the cheese. Gently fold it through the quinoa. Check the seasoning. Divide between two serving bowls. Serve each bowl with a drizzle of parsley and lemon oil.



source https://hemsleyandhemsley.com/recipe/beetroot-quinoa-risotto/

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