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Double-Duty Dinners

Created January 10, 2017
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.

Meal 1
Grilled Jamaican Turkey

Meal 2
Turkey-Brown Rice Pilaf

Meal 1
Roast Chicken or Turkey

Meal 2
Chicken Curry
"Healthified" Italian Chopped Salad
"Healthified" Chicken Tortilla Casserole
Hearty Chicken Stew with Dumplings (Cooking for 2)
Tortilla Soup

Meal 1
Crispy Oven Chicken

Meal 2
Curry Chicken Pie

Meal 1
Broiled Salmon Steaks

Meal 2—adapt these recipes using salmon leftovers
Easy Tuna Primavera
Easy Salmon Chowder
Impossibly Easy Salmon-Asparagus Pie
Salmon-Pasta Toss

Meal 1
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

Meal 1
Meatballs in Dijon Sauce

Meal 2
Leftover meatballs and sauce served on hearty hoagie rolls make a great next-day lunch!

Meal 1
Slow Cooker Spaghetti Sauce

Meal 2
Meatball Hoagies
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.