Food Prep | The Best Recipes to Cook Right Now #3

March 15, 2024

Run out of dishes in your repertoire? You’ll want to try out these recipes

You’ve decreed that 2024 is going to be the year you cook more and rely on Deliveroo and meal deals less but you’re already bored of your regular rotation of dishes and are struggling for inspo in the kitchen. Sound familiar? We hear you and we’ve got you.

We’ve rounded up some of the best recipes that deliver big flavour without requiring you to source obscure ingredients and use every single pot, pan and utensil you own. The seasons may be changing but there’ll always be a place for comfort food – especially as the weather doesn’t always play ball. That’s why we’ve taken inspo from the currently gripping the capital and rounded up some nostalgic -inspired dishes to keep you well-fed. From spaghetti and meatballs to pizza bowls, here are five hearty recipes to whip up.

Spaghetti & Meatballs | Notorious Foodie

As well as being an absolute classic and the cornerstone of Italian-American cuisine, spaghetti and meatballs is pretty easy to make at home. You can use whatever blend of meats you like – Notorious Foodie uses three in his recipe – and you can batch-make these so you always have a stash on hand. The same goes for his tomato sauce, which you can spend time over at the weekend and then dip into during the week when you want a speedy meal.

Serves: 4
Time: 2 hours
Vibe: Batch Cooking

Sausage, Harissa & Pea Risotto | Eleanor Wilkinson

With her ‘One Pot, One Portion’ series, Eleanor Wilkinson is the queen of fuss-free meals for one, and she’s delivered another cracker with this risotto. The harissa adds a little kick to the sausage and pea combo, and it’s all made in one pot so there’s minimal washing up, which is just how we like our meals to be.

Serves: 1
Time: 35 minutes
Vibe: One pot / Easy

Pizza Bowls | Mimi Harrison

Meal prep lunches for the week, and on a budget too, with these crustless pizza bowls from Mimi Harrison. Basically all the bits of a , minus the base, these bowls are infinitely customisable – she includes sausages in her bowls, which contain 26g of protein but you easily could swap out the meat for more veggies.

Serves: 4
Time: 30 minutes
Vibe: Budget-friendly / Easy / Low Carb / Meal Prep

Spaghetti & Veatballs | Radhi Devlukia

Want and meatballs without the meat? Say hello to these ‘veatballs’ from Radhi Devlukia. Her meatballs are made from a mix of tofu and mushrooms, with breadcrumbs and flax adding texture and nutritional yeast providing that savoury hit of flavour. The ‘veatballs’ can be used in a range of sauces so make a double portion and have some on hand for additional meals throughout the week.

Serves: 4
Time: 1 hour
Vibe: Vegan / Batch Cooking

Spaghetti Bolognese | Gizzi Erskine

You can’t beat a good spag bol, particularly this one from Gizzi Erskine, which she pimps with chicken livers for an extra rich ragu (it’s also a great way to start cooking with offal if that’s something you’re leaning into). It’s one to take your time over, perhaps for a leisurely Sunday cook, as caramelising the beef and simmering the tomato sauce adds proper depth – and yes it’s another great one to batch cook.

Serves: 8
Time: 2 hours 30 minutes
Vibe: Batch Cooking

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