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?



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!

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.


Dana Fallentine said...

Love it!

whitneyingram said...

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


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.