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Batch cooking is a brilliant way of stretching ingredients, cutting down on food waste and adding an easy meal to a busy week. Our newest Slimming World recipe book, Cook, Slim, Save, has a whole chapter dedicated to freezable recipes that make two deliciously different meals with minimal extra effort, including: 

  • Cajun chicken – it’s cracking with quinoa and jazzed up into a jambalaya 
  • ratatouille – serve with broad bean couscous, then add sliced potatoes to create a hotpot 
  • Mexican mince – use it to make juicy burgers and a saucy meatball pot 
  • slow-cooker Spanish beef – keep it simple with added chickpeas tonight. Transform it into a cottage pie with a twist for next time! 

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Jump on the batch-wagon with our slow-cooker chicken recipe 

This comforting chicken casserole is perfect served with mash and veg – and the leftovers can be used to make a tempting chicken and bacon tettrazini. Double bubble without the trouble! 

What makes this dish even better is the fact that you simply throw everything in the slow cooker and leave it to work its magic. Brilliant for those hectic days when you don’t fancy cooking – and you’ve got the basis of an easy pasta dish for the following day, too. 

Slow-cooker chicken casserole  

Slimming World slow cooker casserole

Serve with mash and your favourite vegetables for a cosy, satisfying meal. 

serves 8 (or 4, if you use half to make the tettrazini) 
ready in 3 hours 30 mins 
What you need: 

low-calorie cooking spray 
1kg skinless and boneless chicken thighs, visible fat removed, cut into chunks 
3 large onions, chopped 
2 chicken stock pots 
500g carrots, sliced 
2 medium leeks, sliced 
4 celery sticks, sliced 
2 tsp dried thyme 
2 tsp yellow mustard seeds 
1kg floury potatoes, such as King Edward or Maris Piper, mashed, to serve 

What you do: 

1. Spray a large non-stick frying pan with low-calorie cooking spray and put it over a high heat. Brown the chicken in batches, then tip it into a 3-litre (or larger) slow cooker. Repeat with the onions (browning the chicken and onions first really boosts the flavour, but if you’re short of time you can skip this step). 

2. Stir the stock pots into 300ml boiling water and add to your slow cooker with all the other ingredients and a little salt and pepper. Cover and cook on high for 3 hours or until the chicken is cooked and the vegetables are tender. Serve hot with the mash and your favourite Speed veggies. 

Fancy a roast? Try our air fryer roast chicken dinner

Chicken and bacon tettrazini 

Slow cooker chicken and bacon pasta

Add bacon, mushrooms and filling pasta to totally transform your leftover chicken casserole. 

serves 4 
ready in 25 mins 
What you need: 

½ of your chicken casserole 
500g dried tagliatelle pasta 
low-calorie cooking spray 
8 back bacon rashers, visible fat removed, cut into thin strips 
300g mushrooms, quartered 
6 tbsp fat-free natural Greek-style yogurt 
½ small pack fresh parsley, chopped, plus parsley sprigs to serve 

What you do: 

1. Roughly shred the chicken from the casserole and stir it back into the sauce. Tip into a saucepan over a medium-high heat, cover and simmer for 10 minutes. 

2. At the same time, cook the tagliatelle according to the pack instructions. 

3. Spray a large non-stick frying pan with low-calorie cooking spray and put it over a high heat. Add the bacon and stir-fry for 3 minutes or until golden brown and slightly crispy. Transfer to a plate. 

4. Wipe the frying pan with kitchen paper, spray with low-calorie cooking spray and add the mushrooms. Stir-fry for 2-3 minutes, until golden brown and tender. 

5. Drain the pasta and return it to the pan. Stir through the casserole, mushrooms, yogurt and parsley, and season to taste. Toss well, scatter over the bacon and serve with the parsley sprigs. 

Cook, Save, Slim with Slimming World 

Batch cooking is just one of the genius cost-cutting ideas in our new cookbook. With more than 60 thrifty dishes, Cook, Slim, Save includes budget breakfasts, low-cost lunches, store-cupboard superheroes and fantastic fast feasts, to help you trim your food bill and lose weight – the tasty way! 

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