I’m painfully Italian. I live on a combination of pasta, pizza, or bread, most days…which in hindsight isn’t always the best for my health & fitness goals. Whoops.
Either way, carbs are the way to my heart.
What’s not the way to my heart? Spending excess cash. Especially when I’m making this my year to finally save for a mortgage.
Luckily, John Lewis just published some pretty surprising facts about batch cooking – did you know that batch-cooking for lunch (instead of eating out – something I’ve been pretty guilty of, this year) could save you £1,493 per year? I don’t know about you, but that’s enough for a chunk of my solo mortgage for me, in 2018 – and therefore completely worth it!
The one recipe you need for batch cooking? A good tomato sauce.
Make homemade pizza. Fresh pasta. Shakshuka. Lasagne. Use it as a base for chilli. Or, my personal favourite? Make a pasta bake…with a twist. Feta, olives, rosemary. Eat it every day, for a week.
Save money, in the most delicious way.
- 3 tbsp rapeseed or sunflower oil
- 1 clove garlic peeled and finely sliced
- 400 g tin chopped tomatoes
- 6 large fresh basil leaves torn
Heat the oil in a saucepan and fry the garlic over a medium heat for a couple of minutes until soft.
Add the tomatoes and basil, and season. Cook for 12-15 minutes or until thick and glossy. Stir in a pinch of sugar if desired.
You can make this sauce in advance and store it in the fridge in a covered container for up to two days.
How do you prepare for a few meals, in advance?
*This recipe was provided by John Lewis, and this post is in collaboration with them. You can find more of their batch cooking recipes, here.
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