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Batch Cooking Using Microwave Ovens

I don’t know about you but as soon as weaning starts when you have a baby you need every kitchen appliance and accessory going. I have to admit I would be lost without my microwave, I need to make cooking quick, easy and fuss free. Although I have a basic microwave there are some fantastic models on the market and also on my wishlist for my new house, I really love the latest range of Panasonic microwave ovens. They are combination microwaves which enables you to steam, grill, bake and microwave food, making life that little bit easier for busy mums (and dads) when feeding the family.

Cooking healthy and nutritious meals and snacks for my children can be a challenge but by using a combination microwave you know that vitamins are retained whilst cooking, this is really useful if you are starting the weaning journey with your baby as you can steam the first tastes – broccoli, carrots and sweet potatoes .

When I’m feeling organised I do like to make batches of food to freeze for when I’m rushed off my feet, forget to go shopping or want to have a budget week. I also made batches of food just before Charlie was born as I had an active toddler already, was going to have an elective C-Section so didn’t want to have to worry about what to feed everyone whilst I was recovering. Batch cooking can be really cost effective too, my little Nan is a whizz in the kitchen and regularly makes up meals for her and my granddad, she stores them in those little takeaway pots in the freezer to eat at a later date, she puts the meal name on the lid along with the date she cooked it – quite important.

As you know I’m an avid meal planner and cannot go a week without setting my meals out. I do this for evening meals and lunches, as I like to have a filling and healthy (ish) lunch I will quite often cook poached eggs using the microwave. Another favourite is sweet jacket potatoes with spicy tuna, baked beans or left over chilliĀ – perfect for this time of year.

But there are some foods that cannot be reheated in the microwave and you need to be really careful.

  • Chicken
  • Eggs
  • Potatoes
  • Mushrooms
  • Rice
  • Breast Milk – a really important one I think and possibly not commonly known.

These are just a few foods that must not be reheated in the microwave, to be honest there are a couple on that list alone that I had no idea you couldn’t reheat using a microwave.

Nxx

Disclaimer: This is a collaboration post, all words and opinions are my own.

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