Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Cook Once, Eat Twice

My post today at Familyeducation.com is on the whole idea of cooking to "cook once, eat twice." I have been deliberately trying to use this method of reusing parts of one meal to use in another meal, but I am still getting the hang of it.

Reheating leftovers? I am good at that. But trying to fine tune my menu planning so if I cook chicken one night, cooking double to use the leftover chicken in a second meal? Not so much.

But you know my Chicken Taco Soup? I tweaked a few things with this soup and was able to get three meals out of it...

You'll have to hop on over to the FE link above and check it out. I was quite excited about my new discovery...I will never make the soup the same again.

Do you have any good "cook once, eat twice" tricks you can share?

SPC

5 comments:

Dianna said...

One of my favorite cook once, eat twice ideas is to make my favorite chili recipe one night, keep the leftovers in the fridge and then usually 2 nights later make the leftovers into tamale pie, with that yummy cornbread layer on top. It's just different enough to qualify as a 'new' meal!

Here's our FAVORITE recipe (I usually use 1 lb. of ground turkey instead of the shredded), if you're interested. In fact, ALL of the recipes on this site are AWESOME!
http://elise.com/recipes/archives/001571turkey_chili.php

Shannon said...

Great idea with the cook once, eat twice. Did the kids like the enchiladas? Also your onion freezer idea was a great thought. I love that idea and I may have to to try it.

Shannon

~Dana said...

Love it!

rookie cookie said...

Hey lady. I need a favor. Could you e-mail me? I couldn't find your e-mail address anywhere on your blog.

whitney_leigh_ingram@yahoo.com

Famiglia Grande said...

Love this idea. The only thing I have to contribute.. and it's a little bit different. I picked up a cookbook after testing it out at the library - Don't Panic Dinner is in the Freezer. Last night I made Bombay Chicken Curry and I froze enough for 2 other meals. SWEET! I do one of these meals once a week and then I always have dinners in the freezer and dinners for friends who need a hot meal for their family.