Winter. I love it. I know most people don't and I'm an anomaly for even suggesting that I do, but seriously, there a long list of things I love about winter. Hearty food, cuddly jumpers and hot chocolate are just a few. One of the main reasons I love winter is you can make dinners that you can freeze for those nights where you can't be bothered.
I'm sure you've had one of those nights, right? Well, here's 8 freezable dinners to double batch for winter nights. To make everything just that little bit more doable. Or get out your slow cooker!
- Bolognaise Sauce. Seriously. Can you go beyond a bolognaise sauce in winter? It's so versatile too, there is a whole series of recipes you can use with this sauce to use up leftovers if you've got one of those families who like mine get bored with the same thing twice in a row.
- Preserved lemon chicken risotto. Risotto. it's a tough one, defrosted it won't be exactly the same, but defrosted it makes the best ever arancini, so go on and make a double batch just so you've got an excuse for arancini!
- Superhero pasta sauce. You can never have too many pasta sauces in the freezer...5 minutes and dinner is ready!
- Carrot and parsnip soup. If you want a super yummy veggie hit that is sweet and delish, you really can't go past this carroyt and parsnip soup. It's making the best of the winter root veggies and just tastes so good. Crusty bread is essential.
- Lamb and veggie pies. Everything tastes better in a pie and lamb and veggies are no exception. Wrap anything in pastry and I'll eat it and these pies are a smash hit with the kids. Store them in the freezer for a quick oven reheat!
- Chicken and coconut kids curry. The beauty of having curry in the freezer is that you only need rice, but you can also make it more exciting with some flatbreads or extra veggies, so it's super versatile. With this in the freezer, your winter nights are so much warmer
- Lamb and farro stew. Farro is an ancient grain that I just associate automatically with winter and being warm because I originally ate it in Italy, in the depths of winter. It makes this stew so hearty and warming that you feel heated up from the inside out. It freezes and reheats beautifully too, and being a complete meal, you can add bread but you don't have to!
- Patatas Bravas. This is not even close to real patatas bravas, but it freezes well and is an awesome comfort food!