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June 2, 2008 9:06 AM Subscribe
What are your favorite, efficient, menu-planning sequences that use a limited set of ingredients in several different ways?
posted by Miko to food & drink (25 answers total) 49 users marked this as a favorite
I love home cooking and like to make really good things, but keep the budget down. A lot of meats I buy locally, so they tend to be complete cuts with bones in and need different handling and planning than convenience cooking. For this I'm finding the tried-and-true strategy of using a few main ingredients in different dishes one after the other can really work.
For instance, I had a great week last week: roasted chicken with wild rice and sweet potatoes on the first night, which became chicken enchiladas on the second night, and also provided for a chicken and wild rice soup with thyme on the third night. Everything got used and was delicious. The best part about this is the variety: it wasn't just chicken, chicken salad, chicken salad, chicken salad.
What are some other meal plans that result in three iterations or so with different spins on a main ingredient or two? I'd love to do this more often!