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20 of the best cook once, eat all week recipes: make-ahead meals and batch dish ideas to shave hours off your working week

When we come home at night during the week, often the last thing we feel like doing is cooking. Either we're exhausted from a miserable commute, slightly tipsy from post-work drinks or simply want to crash out on the sofa and feast on the latest episode of Homeland

But wouldn't life be great if we were one of those super-efficient people who batch cook meals on a Sunday night and simply roll them out through the week.

Our fridge would be crammed with make-ahead sauces and warming winter casseroles  - preferably with cute little handwritten labels - to use as and when we fancy. And we'd never experience that horrible "what shall I cook there's nothing in my fridge, sod it I'll just have cereal and wine" moment again. 

With that in mind, we've pulled together a selection of hard-working and versatile dishes that you can cook en masse over the weekend and then enjoy all week as breakfasts, lunches or mid-week dinners.

From piles of caramelized onion quesadillas to a warming skillet of vegetarian chili and jars of blueberry oatmeal smoothies, check out our 20 delicious make-ahead meals that promise to shave time, sweat and possibly tears off your weekly routine.

We never thought we'd say it (it is, after all, rather a Stepford Wives concept) but three cheers for batch cooking!   

Please note: if followed correctly, these recipes should last three to five days but refer to each individual recipe for further guidance and always err on the side of caution if you're unsure about the appearance or smell of any of the ingredients you use. 

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