At Simple As Fat we are all about eating real fresh food. We encourage our members to cook for themselves to know exactly what they’re putting into their bodies – and many of our members tell us they have rediscovered (or discovered!) a love of cooking with us. However, we know that you don’t always want to spend all night in the kitchen. That’s why most of our meals are pretty quick and easy to whip up, but even better than that, many of them are easy to double up, batch-cook and freeze, so you have a home-made ‘ready meal’ whenever you need it. Here our our 10 favourites.
1. Bolognese Sauce
This recipe is simplicity itself and can provide the basis for many delicious SAF recipes. You can serve it on its own over courgette ‘pappardelle’, sweetheart cabbage cut into ribbons and stir-fried in butter and black pepper, or wilted spinach. Or you can use it as the basis for our low carb lasagne. But it is equally delicious simply served in a bowl, with a dollop of mascarpone and a few florets of steamed broccoli on top.
2. Chilli Con Carne
Chilli con Carne is another no brainer for a freezer batch. It reheats tastier than when it went into the freezer. We replace the carb heavy beans with red peppers so it is nutritious and delicious. Serve with our fresh avocado salsa, which provides a cool, spicy, lime infused crunch and full fat soured cream. For something different you can whip up our taco shells to serve with it, or make a batch of cauliflower rice, which also freezes well.
3. Homemade Beef Burgers
If you have a supply of these burgers in your freezer, individually wrapped in baking parchment, some cheese and/or bacon in the fridge, you will never be without a tasty feel-good meal. Add sliced tomatoes, avocados, fried onions, grilled peppers, anything you like, except sugar laden ketchup, pop it between two large baked mushrooms or just wrap in layers of lettuce, roll up your sleeves and enjoy!
4. Shepherd’s Pie
Prepare your batch of this delicious LCHF Shepherd’s pie directly into individual foil tray portions and don’t bake them before freezing. Cook them in the oven (when thoroughly defrosted). They will be moist inside, but crucially all have their own crusty, meaty edges and lets face it, that’s the best bit!
5. Coq Au Vin
Here at Simple As Fat we are not snobby about our food, or about our occasional glass of red. The beauty of this fabulous bowl of goodness is that it tastes best made with cheap and cheerful chicken thighs and doused with any big, fruity red wine. It doesn’t even have to be French! But if you do want to go all Francophile on us why not serve it with a big dollop of creamy Celeriac Dauphinois. Bon appetit!
6. Chicken Curry
No need to order a takeout when you have a portion of our chicken curry in your freezer, we can guarantee you that you’ll be eating before your favourite curry house could even hand it over to their delivery driver. You can also freeze uncooked cauliflower rice portions to serve with it too.
7. Lamb Shanks
Slow cooking lamb shank is the best way to enjoy lamb whether it’s in season or not. Buy and cook in the spring and you’ll have your lamb fix ready to go when you fancy. We buy one shank per person and always have enough meat and delicious sauce left over for tomorrow’s lunch. Goes great with our cauliflower cheese, which you can also make in batches and freeze.
8. Lamb Ragu
Officially the legal definition of comfort food! Well it is at Simple As Fat. Our Lamb Ragu is rich, unctuous, full of healthy fats and totally delicious. Top with strong grated cheddar and steamed greens and settle down to complete satisfaction in a bowl, straight from the freezer! Our Pork and Fennel Ragu is just as good from frozen too.
9. Low Carb Fish Pie
Our low carb and creamy Fish Pie is a great fish dish that you can make in big batches and freeze. After all, this dish starts in the freezer too with packs of mixed seafood. Serve with some fresh greens for a perfect quick midweek tea.
10. Aubergine Parmigiana
Aubergine Parmigiana is a staple in Italian homes and posh Italian restaurants alike but it is deceptively easy to make, and even easier when you’ve made it in advance. The added bonus is that it’s one of those dishes that always tastes even better the second time it’s cooked!