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

Jasmine’s 6 Supreme Summer Salads

It’s salad time! I’m not one for craving or missing salads, but when that sun kicks in, I definitely get that salad feeling. With a dish that’s light, seasonal and nourishing, there’s truly something for everyone. Here are some of my favourites that play with textures and ingredients to keep things fresh and delish.

Vata Pakti Bowl: Sautéed Cucumber, Green Beans, Beetroot and Carrot

Designed to ground you when you’re feeling wired, this bowl of sautéed veggies is a great one to wind down from stressful summer days.

Pitta Pakti Bowl: Caramelised Celery, Avocado and Radicchio Salad Bowl (East by West page 144)

Designed to cool you off with that creamy avocado and crunchy veg, this is the ultimate hot summer day recipe.

Kapha Pakti Bowl: Roasted Broccoli, Cauliflower and Aubergine Salad Bowl (East by West page 145)

This bowl is perfect for when you need a bit of a kick — slow, sweaty August days, anyone?

Caramelised Celery, Courgette and Pumpkin Seeds With Mint, Manchego and Rocket

A salad that plays with textures — with caramelised celery, toasted pumpkin seeds and freshly grated courgette, this recipe will soon be a family favourite.

Salad Supreme

If you’re on the market for a refreshing side or starter, look no further than this simple-as-ABC salad with just a squeeze of lemon, a touch of olive oil and a handful of fresh mint leaves.

Fresh Fruit Salad With Spicy Dip (East by West page 68)

Seasonal, local fruit is one of the best parts of summer. This spicy twist on a classic fruit salad is just what you need for a tasty breakfast or afternoon snack.



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