1) Hunk o meat; 2) Cook; 3) ??; 4) Profit!!
September 3, 2013 8:52 AM Subscribe
I'm a big fan of the cook-a-big-hunk-of-protein, turn-it-into-dinners-all-week thing. I need more ideas!
posted by peachfuzz to food & drink (17 answers total) 67 users marked this as a favorite
We like to eat the meat as a main the first night (it's our only big meat meal of the week) and then stretch it, both for budget and for variety (and to make subsequent meals quicker). Things we do often:
- grilled or roasted whole chicken --> enchiladas, salads, cottage pie, and finally stock;
- grilled flank steak --> tacos, salads, stir-fry
- pot roasted chuck --> fake barbacoa for tacos and salads, ropa vieja, beef stew
- roast leg of lamb --> shepherd's pie, gyros, quick vindaloo
- roast pork --> sandwiches, fake carnitas, fake Vietnamese bun, fried rice
I usually cook things pretty plain the first night so that they can be remade with whatever flavors we want on subsequent nights. Do you have other ideas for me for stretching a big hunk of meat over multiple meals? OR! Ideas for other things that can be cooked once and served up in multiple ways (like, make a pot of chili, have with cornbread the first night, as part of a taco salad the second, chili mac at the end of the week).
Assume we've got sandwiches, salads, and soups covered (though if you have a favorite I'd love to hear about it!). We're capable and adventurous cooks with a well-stocked kitchen and pantry. No diet restrictions. I try to stick to a budget overall for groceries but would love all kinds of ideas. Thanks!!