I love motivational Monday – it’s such a great way to start my week, and really reminds me to hit the ground running (so to speak) after the weekend. This time last week I posted about my appalling eating habits heading to lethargy and thickness in the waist (and in the head most days), so this week I have really been making an effort to eat better, and eat more regularly.
When my kids were smaller, I often batch-cooked meals on a Sunday and froze them for the week. Now I am battling a disability rather than two toddlers, but I thought that what was a great help to me then could be a great help to me now. I wasn’t quite up to half a day in the kitchen making cottage pies and casseroles, but I did manage batch cooking in the week, and concocted one meal, two ways.
I started with the humble meatball. I am more of improvisational cook than someone who follows a recipe, so please forgive me the lack of measurements. If I manage to get this cooking and eating thing a little more established, I shall endevour to post recipes at that point.
I started off with a very large (800g-1kg) of lean beef mince. Simply seasoned with salt and pepper, I formed into mini meatballs. I made around 50 from this amount of mince.
I dry fried them in a pan, drained and set to one side. I then fried onions and mushrooms with some low calorie cooking spray. When they were cooked, I split the onion and mushroom mix, and the meatballs between two pans. This is where the dishes started to differ.
To one pan I added two tablespoons of curry paste, and a teaspoon each of coriander and cumin. After cooking off the spices, I added a tin of chopped tomatoes, and enough water to cover. I simmered for around 30 mins and set to one side to reheat the following day. If you’re doing a reduction in advance, it’s important not to reduce it to the consistency you want it at first cook, or it will catch when you reheat. It would go just as well in a slow cooker, which is one of my favourite tools too, but I put in the fridge, and then continued reducing on the day we ate the meal.