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

Melissa’s 10 Spring Weekend Recipes

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Hello, Melissa here, sharing 10 of my absolute favourite Springtime recipes to enjoy over the long weekend or whenever you please.  I’ve picked these out especially as they are all simple, cheerful and based on easy to get ingredients like seasonal veg, popular cupboard items and frozen produce too.

 
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1. Chocolate Clusters
Totally flexible chocolate bites – inspired by the rice krispie clusters that my Mum never let me have! Use whatever you have to hand in your cupboards; coconut flakes / seeds / chopped nuts work really well too. And look out for fairtrade chocolate.
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2. Asparagus Tray Bake
This one pan tray bake makes use of frozen peas, broad beans or edamame if you have it in your freezer and if you can’t get asparagus yet, swap for broccoli of any kind or greens you already have.
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3. NEW: Broccoli & quinoa salad with pickled pink onions
I love this with quinoa or lentils but if you’ve got rice or pearl barley that works too.

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4. NEW: Spring Veg & Feta Tart
This Spring Veg & Feta Tart just went live as part of my monthly column for the Telegraph magazine – you will absolutely love this and leftovers will keep for a few days too.

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5.  Spinach Pancakes with Asparagus
Made with chickpea flour (also known as gram flour) this is a cheap and readily available flour and is super versatile.

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6. A Simple Elegant Salad
Halloumi keeps very well in the fridge and this is lovely with apples or pears. If you’ve got any apples turning a little brown, then add them in to this to stop them going to waste.

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7. Spring Minestrone
Minestrone is one of my all time favourite soups and this brings it all the colour and freshness of Spring in.

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8. Lemon Blueberry Pancakes
Using porridge oats and ripe bananas and frozen berries, this pancake recipe brings lots of cheer.

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9. Cheesy Pea Risotto
This is inspired by a risotto but you can use quinoa or buckwheat or maybe you have pearl barley or something else to use up? Add kale/rocket/spinach/wild garlic/any greens are perfect.
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10. Iced Teas & Mocktails
Stay hydrated (& avoid waste) by using up herbs, herb stems & herbal teas for these iced teas & mocktails. Peel ribbons of veg, slice wedges of fruit and use their peel.
Get inspired.

For more delicious recipes, head to www.melissahemsley.com or keep up to date with me on instagram @melissa.hemsley 

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