Written by Julie Kelly
March 9, 2014
Batch cooking sounds daunting. Especially when you don't even want to cook one thing, why would you want to cook multiple things?!? Well, let me tell you...because when you batch cook, it means that tomorrow, or the next day, or maybe even next week, you'll have a day (or two!!) where you get to say "I DON'T HAVE TO COOK!!" To me, that makes it TOTALLY worth it.
This might not be the best example of batch cooking, seeing as though I was on vacation and I used the BBQ...on second thought, I think that makes it a better example. When you have a spare second and you have the stuff on hand, USE IT. I have never regretted making two or three meals at once.
In this particular case, I had ground lamb, a lamb roast, and about 15 minutes while the baby was sleeping. That meant all I had to do was double up on some seasoning and herbs (which were minimal since we were in a vacation house) and heat up the grill while I got everything together. Chopped an onion, garlic, some dill, shaped the burger patties, seasoned the roast and got everything on the grill in about 10 minutes. While the grill was doing it's thing, I turned the oven on to finish off the roast, and chopped one more onion, a few zucchini and some carrots to place under the browned roast from the grill. I also added a bit of bone broth that we had brought from home to the bottom of the roasting pan.
The lamb burgers cooked in about 6 minutes, and the roast was sufficiently browned on all sides in about 10 minutes. I let the burgers cool so we could have a decent meal for breakfast and maybe lunch as we traveled back home the next day. I popped the roast in the oven for about an hour while Ivy and I played and waited for Chris to get back from his ride. The roast made enough for dinner and breakfast so the burgers were a great lunch/early dinner treat with some other snacks while we waited at the airport. All in all this 15-30 min of effort added up to way less stress the next day. Not only did I not have to cook a lot, but I didn't have to worry about what we were going to eat as we traveled home. It was a great way to end an equally great first trip as a little family of three!blog comments powered by Disqus