Two in One Meals Recipe Ideas
No one likes cooking when they’re busy or especially on a super hot day. Seriously, there doesn’t even need to be a reason for not wanting to cook. The less you can fire up the oven no matter the reason the better. If you plan ahead you can create a situation where you cook once and eat twice.
1. Double It — One obvious way to cook once and eat twice is to simply double the recipe and “feed the freezer”. Cooking twice the amount usually doesn’t take any more time or effort, simply freeze one for later use. This works well for foods that freeze easily such as pasta dishes, soups, stews and casseroles.
2. Use Leftovers — Any protein prepared today whether it is seafood, chicken or steak can be used again the next day as the main protein on top of a healthy salad. Cold meat is delicious the following day mixed with a variety of veggies and a delicious dressing. Just slice it and store it properly for use the following day or frozen for use much later. Don’t forget to label it so you’ll know what to use it for.
3. Match Meals — During your meal planning put meals in order of what you’re cooking. So, if later in the weak you know you’ll need black beans for your black bean tacos, you will cook enough black beans on Monday when you have black beans and rice. If you plan to have roast, rice and gravy on Tuesday, Pot pies on Wednesday, and Stir Fried Rice on Friday, make enough gravy for the pot pies on Tuesday as well as enough rice to use on Friday.
4. Have a Sandwich — Any protein you make can translate later into a sandwich or wrap of some kind. You can use leftover meat, beans, and even salad to make delicious complete meals inside bread or a wrap. If you have a Panini maker the sandwiches will be even better. Add some avocado, some protein, salad and prepare in the Panini maker for a really crispy delicious meal.
5. Use the Slow Cooker — Make a brisket one night and the next shred up the leftovers, add in your favorite BBQ sauce, put it on some toasted buns and serve with a side of coleslaw and potato chips. No need to go to a restaurant as this could not be easier. First night eat at as a roast.
Just a bit of planning in advance can help you create more meals with less cooking. You’ll not only save time but you’ll lower your energy bills too. Between cooking double, using leftovers strategically meal matching, sandwich night and using your slow cooker you’ll be able to create delectable meals that are less work allowing you to cooking once and eating twice.