I haven't been able to find any old threads using the search function, so hopefully I'm not dredging up a topic that's been gone over enough already.
I've heard of batch cooking for a week or more, where you reheat whatever you'd cooked previously. I was wondering about foods on the opposite end, that you cook once and can serve cold, or don't have to cook at all.
So far, my two favorites have been homemade hummus and yogurt cheese. For the hummus, I only have to cook the chickpeas or white beans once, and the yogurt cheese is simply straining a pint of plain yogurt wrapped in cheese cloth or coffee filters for eight hours with a plate and a can or brick on top to add some pressure (and fan of Alton Brown may know what I'm talking about here). Easy, easy food that tastes great, takes almost no time at all to make except letting it sit in a pot or fridge for several hours, and lasts for weeks.
Even better, they can be had for about a combined total of $15/month.
I can't really seem to find any other recipes that allow this. I don't care for hot foods all that much, but most batch recipes I find are for hot foods.
Any chance at some variety?