By Isadora Baum
Big batch cooking is the secret to eating well all week. Making meals in larger portions also helps make the most of your time in the kitchen and, chances are, it’ll also save you a few bucks, too. If you have time this weekend, make one (or more) of these big batch recipes. When you’re tucking into lasagna on Wednesday, you’ll thank us.
There’s big flavor packed into this easy-to-make dish of roasted chicken and potatoes — and it only gets better the next day.
Meatballs are always a good idea, and they can be a healthful choice if you use high-quality ingredients. We recommend grass-fed beef and organic options for both canned tomatoes and jarred tomato sauce. Sprinkle with red pepper for heat and serve over zucchini noodles to make it low-carb.
This chicken casserole dish is packed with veggies and black beans. It takes just over an hour to make and leftovers are even better. Don’t forget the dollop of Greek yogurt for serving.
Never underestimate the power of a sheet pan to get a volume cooking done. Brussels sprouts, butternut squash, carrots, and red onion pair nicely with everything from chicken thighs to tofu. The leftovers are also delicious in a breakfast scramble or rice bowl.
Think of this recipe as a template and feel free to swap chicken thighs for steak, pork, tofu, lentils, or more veggies too. You can also go with lettuce wraps for a low-carb option. All that’s missing is a scoop of guacamole!
Make a big pan of this chicken-and-veggies number and enjoy the leftovers for lunch with a big salad or dinner, part two. We love that the clean-up is super easy.
This is a classic lasagna recipe, so be sure to use the highest quality ingredients you can. Choose grass-fed beef, lean sausage, and organic dairy to ensure you’re getting the best possible nutrition.
This hearty lentil dish is the platonic ideal of big-batch recipes since all of the work happens in the slow cooker. Once the lentils are cooked, serve them with roasted sweet potatoes, a dollop of Greek yogurt, and your favorite grain for a deeply nutritious and filling meal.
We’re always looking for new healthy takes on mac and cheese, and this veggie-packed recipe is a winner. Broccoli, spinach, or even Brussels sprouts are fair game, so use what you have on hand. While this recipe calls for traditional pasta, go ahead and swap in the version you prefer to make this healthy mac and cheese your own.
10. Grilled Steak Tacos from Two Peas & Their Pod
Grilled steak can be made in a big batch and saved for toppers for salads, and grain bowls, and of course, used for tacos or fajitas.