Delicious, budget-friendly vegetarian and vegan batch cook and meal prep recipes for busy people that will save you time and money, keep you healthy and eliminate food waste.
Delicious vegetarian and vegan batch cook recipes for busy people.
The phenomenal rise in the popularity of veganism, plant-based meals and flexitarian diets means that more of us are regularly choosing to cook meat-free dishes. Concerns about waste and budgets have ensured that making conscious decisions about using leftovers and root-to-shoot eating is becoming mainstream.
But as traditional batch cook recipes often lean towards meat-based meals, finding brilliant vegetarian and vegan ideas can be tricky. That's where The Green Batch Cook Book comes in, harnessing the vibrant fresh flavours of fruit and vegetables in an innovative and breezy collection of 70 meat-free recipes.
Start your day with beautiful breakfasts - Sweet Potato, Pepper and Feta Frittata, No-knead Marmite and Cheese Loaf, Rose-pink Rhubarb and Vanilla Custard Pancakes - or simply bake a batch of Brown Sugar Rusks and Cranberry to eat on the run. Lazy make-ahead lunch recipes include Garlicky Mushroom and Chestnut Sausage Rolls, Edamame and Spring Green Pot Stickers and a simple but irresistible Broccoli, Lemon and Almond Salad.
Feeding a crowd? Check out the family-friendly big batch chapter with tempting recipes for Mushroom, Broccoli and Walnut Lasagne, Summer Veg Patch Risotto or Sticky Aubergine Bao Buns with Smacked Cucumber. And if it's sweets or treats you're after, you'll love the ridiculously easy Cornflake Florentines, Blood Orange Upside-down Cake, tangy Lemon and Elderflower Slices or the wild Jumbleberry Sorbet.
Praise for The Batch Cook Book:
'Redefines the concept of batch cooking' Stuart Heritage, Guardian
'Batch made in heaven' Daily Express
'Mouth-watering new recipes and hints and tips for the best batch and meal prep techniques' Eat Your Books
'You won't be disappointed with these winter warmers' Huffington Post
Sam Gates is an author, cookery teacher, TV guru and mum. She worked as marketing director of the UK's first food channel before starting her own company, working with clients such as BBC Food, BBC Radio and small food producers. Her first family cookbook, Food for your Brood, was published in 2015.
Sam is also a contributor to the Royal Marsden Cancer Cookbook, Liz Earl Wellbeing Magazine, and a regular guest on BBC Radio's Cook on the Books. She is a member of The Guild of Food Writers, and runs cooking classes for corporates, schools and charities, teaching toddlers, students, pensioners and the WI how to make sushi.
Sam's second book, The Tin & Traybake Cookbook featuring 100 sweet and savoury recipes, was published by Robinson in 2018.
Juggling family, work, life and cooking was the inspiration behind The Batch Cook Book and its budget friendly, low-waste recipes. Sam has been batch cooking since she was a frugal student, and now as a working mum to a hungry family (and even hungrier rescue dog) it's become a way of life.
Sam - and some of her cooking - can be found on Instagram at @samgatesfood.