Meals to prepare ahead

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Meals to prepare ahead

Postby mamapup » 22 Jul 2015, 20:12

we are going camping next week, it'll be three adults, three smalls and a teenaged boy. The puppy is fussy, his five year old cousin is bordering on seriously weird when it comes to food and little croc is currently barely eating. I need to provide one pre made meal. I don't really cater for my kids being fussy and I don't want to do so for nephew either as I think his mum gives him far too much leeway and that's a lot of his issue.

Do people ever cook ahead and just take food to heat up when there? Sister in law is taking bolognaise and I was thinking about a hearty chickpea and lentil stew but wondered what else I could do. Thoughts?
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Re: Meals to prepare ahead

Postby bigcatmaniac » 22 Jul 2015, 20:54

Will you have a fridge? Definitely something one pot / one dish and easy to heat up. Or eat cold if you can't heat up.
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Re: Meals to prepare ahead

Postby mamapup » 22 Jul 2015, 21:01

Freezer boxes.
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Re: Meals to prepare ahead

Postby bigcatmaniac » 22 Jul 2015, 21:12

Do you want something veggie? Your stew sounds nice. I love that kind of thing or I do a butternut squash, chickpea and spinach mild Thai curry which is yum cold too. Or else Melanzana parmigiana. Serve with crusty bread. Kids will probably just eat the bread but it's only one meal!
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Re: Meals to prepare ahead

Postby mamapup » 22 Jul 2015, 21:50

Melenzane, great call.

No, not vege particularly . Just trying to remember what I do I slow cooker! Making my strew Thai sounds good too. Thanks.
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Re: Meals to prepare ahead

Postby StJuniper » 22 Jul 2015, 22:05

http://www.chow.com/recipes/30473-slow- ... cken-adobo

This chicken adobo recipe is apparently better the day after, but we've never had leftovers to find out.
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Re: Meals to prepare ahead

Postby Kanga » 23 Jul 2015, 04:48

When we camp I take meals frozen so they last longer & keep cool box cool. I do things like chilli, bolognaise, stroganoff, curry, stews etc then just cook pasta/rice or whatever while we're there. I did this once too. I made all the sauce at home & just cooked spaghetti & put it together in the tent.
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Re: Meals to prepare ahead

Postby LucyLastic » 24 Jul 2015, 13:07

Sausage and bean casserole? Chilli is pretty versatile - serve with rice or jacket potatoes or nachos or wraps or tacos. And can hide extra veg (finely grated carrot and courgette) in it. Hope you have a great time :-)
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Re: Meals to prepare ahead

Postby mamapup » 24 Jul 2015, 17:48

Chilli too close to bolognase and I hate sausages in slow cooker and am planning on slow cooking this meal. But yes, otherwise that's a good idea. Ta.
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Re: Meals to prepare ahead

Postby EnigmaFish » 24 Jul 2015, 21:37

Meatball and bean casserole?
Or, if beans are a possibility, I've got a great slow cooker recipe for Boston baked beans.
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Re: Meals to prepare ahead

Postby FestiveTidings » 26 Jul 2015, 09:48

EnigmaFish wrote:Meatball and bean casserole?
Or, if beans are a possibility, I've got a great slow cooker recipe for Boston baked beans.



I would like the Boston bean recipe please!
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Re: Meals to prepare ahead

Postby EnigmaFish » 26 Jul 2015, 11:06

Sure!
The original recipe is from our Mary Berry cookbook, and I've adapted it for the slow cooker as below.

Boston Baked Beans

Serves 6-8

375g dried haricot beans
60g dark muscovado sugar
2 Tbsp tomato purée
2 tsp black treacle
2 tsp golden syrup
2 tsp mustard powder
2 tsp salt
Black pepper
250g streaky bacon cut into 1 inch cubes
3 onions, quartered
600ml water

First, soak the beans overnight, then cook.

Put the sugar, tomato purée, black treacle, golden syrup and mustard powder into a large flameproof casserole. Season with salt and pepper and heat gently, stirring constantly.
Add the bacon and onions to the casserole. Add the drained, cooked beans and the measured water.
Bring to a boil, cover tightly, and cook in a preheated oven at 140C, stirring occasionally, for 4.5 to 5 hours. Season to taste.

Healthy option: leave out the bacon

My notes:
To make in the slow cooker, use high setting for the stirring and boiling stages. Reduce heat to Low, complete steps as above, and leave to cook for 5 hours. (This is the correct time for my slow cooker.)
The liquid measurement remains the same if cooking in the slow cooker.

Also, rather than streaky bacon, I use leftover ham. I have a great recipe for slow cooker ham with a mustard glaze. I make an extra big one, and freeze some to use in this later.
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Re: Meals to prepare ahead

Postby FestiveTidings » 01 Aug 2015, 19:29

Thanks EF!

Love a good bowl of Boston Beans!
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Re: Meals to prepare ahead

Postby EnigmaFish » 01 Aug 2015, 22:00

FestiveTidings wrote:Thanks EF!

Love a good bowl of Boston Beans!


Me, too! If only my stupid ancient beans hadn't ruined the dish this time! :(
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Re: Meals to prepare ahead

Postby FestiveTidings » 03 Aug 2015, 19:43

EnigmaFish wrote:
FestiveTidings wrote:Thanks EF!

Love a good bowl of Boston Beans!


Me, too! If only my stupid ancient beans hadn't ruined the dish this time! :(


What did they do? I may have to buy new beans as mine have been lurking for a while!
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