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Plan for not one, but two (or even three) evenings' meals. These ‘planned-overs’ create new meals from a previous night's dinner and give you more time to spend doing what you love.
If you cook for two or brown bag for lunch double-duty—or planned-over cooking—makes sense. If you hate throwing out leftovers—and who can afford to do that—these cook once, eat a time or two ideas will give a whole new meaning to that word! Look for Planned Overs tips on some of our recipes for more ideas.
Grilled Jamaican Turkey
Turkey-Brown Rice Pilaf
Roast Chicken or Turkey
"Healthified" Italian Chopped Salad
"Healthified" Chicken Tortilla Casserole
Hearty Chicken Stew with Dumplings (Cooking for 2)
Crispy Oven Chicken
Curry Chicken Pie
Broiled Salmon Steaks
Meal 2—adapt these recipes using salmon leftovers
Easy Tuna Primavera
Easy Salmon Chowder
Impossibly Easy Salmon-Asparagus Pie
Grilled Ham Steak
Meal 2—adapt these recipes using ham steak or baked ham leftovers
Creamy Bow-Ties with Ham and Vegetables
Dijon Ham and Pasta Salad
Quick Ham and Cauliflower Soup
Ranch Ham and Pasta Salad
Meatballs in Dijon Sauce
Leftover meatballs and sauce served on hearty hoagie rolls make a great next-day lunch!
Slow Cooker Spaghetti Sauce
Chunky Vegetable Spaghetti
Meal 1, 2, 3, 4
Tomato-Basil Meat Loaves
Trim prep time using these quick tips:
- Boil water with the lid on the pot. Be sure the water is unsalted; it will boil faster.
- Chop extra onions, celery and bell pepper, and refrigerate or freeze for ready-to-use veggies. Do the same when cooking pasta and rice.
- Use convenience items such as sliced, shredded and cubed cheeses, pre-cooked bacon and meat; and packaged salads and vegetable mixtures.