Some ideas for cooking during self-isolation: Easy slow-cooker meals, simple nutritious soups, and meals for batch cooking and freezing

Such strange times we are in at the moment- corona virus is dominating all of our lives in ways we never could have predicted a few months ago. We are all in limbo, waiting to see what’s going to happen, and dealing with the anxiety of the unknown. It’s very easy to be misled by social media at this time, not all outlets provide reputable and reliable information, and it’s always worth checking your source before taking advice. Some of the most reliable sources to find up-to-date information are:

The World Health Organisation: find some of their myth-busting here, and you can even find them giving out useful information on TikTok where they have more than 2 million followers!

The NHS: Find all the latest guidance and information on the NHS website

Gov.uk: Find guidance here for individuals, businesses, travel-advice and up to date information

CBBC Newsround: Let your kids learn about Corona Virus in a factual and appropriate way by watching this

 One of the positive things that I feel I can do at the moment is get some nutritious meals prepared for the freezer, so that if my husband and I are both poorly at the same time we can feed everyone and do our best to keep our immune systems strong with good food. Also just thinking about the types of meals that we can cook using both tinned/jarred ingredients, and longer-life veg. 

I absolutely don’t condone panic buying and selfishly emptying the supermarket shelves, but our lives during self-isolation will be made much easier with a bit of preparation and forethought.

Some of the things that I always have in for easy meals, but are particularly useful now when considering potentially a period of self-isolation are:

One of things that I wouldn’t do without in my kitchen is my slow-cooker, it’s a great way to prepare a low-maintenance tasty and nutritious meal, and even if you are feeling under the weather you can just pick one of the meals listed below which are just quick and hassle-free to put together. If you don’t have a slow-cooker, the good news is they are great value to buy, Amazon has a fantastic selection, if I were buying a new one I’d probably go for something along the lines of this one (affiliate link):

 


Slow-cooker meals that are unbelievably easy to throw together!

1. Amazing 5 ingredient salsa chicken This is a tasty Mexican-style dish that is full of flavour, and it couldn’t be easier to make! Perfect served with rice, cauliflower rice, over baked sweet potatoes or in a wrap or tortilla boat

5 ingredient salsa chicken dump dinner slow cooker

2. Slow -cooker Chinese pulled pork This one’s a winner with the whole family- it’s rich, dark and tasty and a really verstaile meat dish- serve in lettuce wraps, alongside rice or just with crunchy chopped peppers, beansprouts and spring onions!

Slow-cooker Chinese pulled pork Slimming world

3. Campfire stew: Smoky and satisfying bean and ham stew- the perfect comfort food that can feed everyone in the family!

Slimming World easy slow-cooker campfire stew

4. Slow-cooker honey garlic chicken Pulled chicken in a rich, sweet honey garlic sauce. Combine this with my recipe for egg fried rice and it’s really as good as take-away!

Slow-cooker honey garlic chicken Slimming World

5. Slow-cooker pork and apple stew: Simple and tasty, a little like pork in cider- perfect comfort food!

Slow cooker pork and apple stew Slimming World


Nutritious soups that are easy to whip up!

  1. Pea and mint soup with green chilli cheese toasties: Pea and mint soup is the perfect quick soup that doesn’t require much forethought- you just use frozen peas, and only need to cook it for 15 minutes before it’s ready

pea and mint soup Slimming World

2. No fuss traybake tomato and basil soup: I love a traybake soup as you don’t need to worry about pre-frying certain ingredients and keeping an eye on it, just throw everything into a baking tray and leave it roasting in the oven for a super-tasty soup. This one is also brilliant as it uses tinned tomatoes from the cupboard, and if you don’t have fresh basil, just use dried. If you want to bulk it out a bit just add some pasta such as orzo to make it extra filling.

Easy tomato and basil soup

3. Simple carrot soup: Carrots make a fantastic soup- not only do they keep really well in the fridge for anyone stuck at home for a couple of weeks, they make a delicious base for many soups- this simple soup is just the easiest to make but really comforting, and popular with kids too!

Simple and easy carrot soup

4. Easy mushroom soup: Another tasty basic soup which only requires simple ingredients.

An easy mushroom soup recipe that is Slimming World friendly

5. Lentil and bacon soup: A hearty, tasty and filling soup that the whole family will love.

Slimming world lentil bacon soup


Nutritious and tasty meals perfect for batch-cooking and freezing

  1. Sweet potato and coconut curry: Packed full of healthy ingredients, this is ideal for making in a big batch and portioning up into the freezer for when you need a quick, satisfying and warming meal

Sweet potato lentil and cocnut curry vegetarian Slimming world

2. Vegan lentil bolognese: lentils are a fantastic ingredient. Cheap to buy, they are full of fibre and make a great-tasting filling meal. This lentil bolognese is perfect served with pasta, and it also freezes well for a quick and filling meal.

Vegan or vegetarian lentil bolognese ragu

3. Tender beef and ale stew: a delicious comforting bowl of beef and ale stew is nourishing, hearty and you can serve it with all sorts- mashed potato, baked potato (or sweet potato), brown rice, cous-cous, quinoa, cauliflower rice… whatever you have in!

Beef and ale stew

4. Healthy Beef Madras: This is a rich and satisfying curry, with tender beef and a lovely thick lentil sauce- perfect for freezing!

Slimming world beef madras with lentils


I hope that some of these ideas are helpful!

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