make-ahead meals

By Friday, January 08, 2010 , , , , ,

my boys with banana stickers on their noses

In response to my 2010 goals posting, my friend Katie of Art Wall Online shared with me her food-related goal for the year:
I have one food goal, which is to plan and prepare a nice dinner from a recipe once per week with enough for leftovers. Ryan has the same goal so we should be set 4/7 days. Baby steps.

With the busy lives we all lead, it's tough to get a home-cooked meal on the table — at a reasonable hour — without wanting to pull your hair out or have a lie-down. As I wrote before, prepping on the weekend is the way to go. Casseroles and roasts scream “leftovers,” and are great things to tackle over the weekend.

I am so enamoured with Katie's idea of making one dinner that has enough leftovers for the next night — be it in its original form or morphed into another dish — that I am going to try my hand at it and share my results with you.

Here's what I am going to make:

Dinner One (Sunday): French chicken in a pot, served with crème fraîche mashed potatoes and mixed greens vinaigrette
On sunday, I'll make the sauce for the enchiladas and post-dinner, I'll shred the leftover meat, too.

Dinner Two (Monday): Layered chicken enchiladas with arroz verde
Preheat the oven, assemble the casserole and pop it in the oven; then start on the rice. Both should be done within a few minutes of each other.

Dinner Three (Wednesday): Roasted winter squash and mushroom tacos (my own recipe) with goat cheese and scallions, served with mixed greens
On your "day off," (a.k.a. carry-out night) roast the squash and mushrooms, so they're ready to go for the next day.

Dinner Four (Thursday): Joy of Cooking's winter squash soup with warm, crusty bread
Use the reserved roasted squash to make this quick, velvety and warming soup. Great topped with pepitas.

Happy eating, -s.

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  1. Great Post.....

    I found your site on stumbleupon and read a few of your other posts. Keep up the good work. I just added your RSS feed to my Google News Reader. Looking forward to reading more from you down the road!

    Thanks for sharing....

  2. There's no mistaking that those two are related. Good luck on the meal mission.

  3. My Bambino ... thanks for "stumbling" upon me. And thanks for the encouragement. I love hearing from the people who read my blog. Cheers!

  4. Devon, good to hear from you again! Yes, if I didn't in fact gift birth to my hungry bambino, I would think he's a clone of my husband! Thanks for the luck!