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Cook Once, Eat Twice

Cooking a big meal and using some of the prepped meat, pasta or grains later is a great way to save both money and time.

A cook once, eat twice strategy can easily be applied to practically every cooking style and cuisine. If you know you’ve got a busy week ahead, some kitchen pre-work can make all the difference.  Here are some ideas for how you can cook once and eat twice.


Buy a couple of chickens (two to three pounds each) and roast them. If time is really tight, you can also pick up rotisserie chickens. Serve one for dinner and use the meat from the second bird to make one of these recipes:


Bake a spiral-sliced ham for dinner and serve with sweet potatoes and a vegetable dish. Any extra ham will taste great in:

Pot Roast

There’s nothing better than pot roast for Sunday dinner with vegetables and a salad. Try these ideas for using the leftover beef:

  • Mexican: shred the meat and warm it in a skillet with a little Swanson® Beef Stock and taco seasoning mix, then fill taco shells or wrap inside tortillas for burritos. Serve with Pace® Chunky Salsa on the side.
  • Italian: shred the meat and simmer in Prego® sauce before tossing with cooked, drained pasta.
  • Sandwich: replace the deli roast beef in barbecued beef sandwiches with shredded leftover pot roast.
  • Skillet: use chunks of leftover beef in place of the sirloin steak in beef stroganoff.
  • Salad: Stir-Fried Beef Salad in Tortilla Cups.
  • Soup: use thin slices of leftover roast in Asian Beef & Snow Pea Soup in place of the steak called for in the recipe.

After roasting a pork loin try the leftovers in:

  • Mexican: enchiladas. Simmer chunks of pork in Pace® Picante Sauce, wrap in flour tortillas and top with enchilada sauce and Monterey Jack cheese. Bake until cheese is melted and sauce is bubbly.
  • Asian: a stir-fry, adding thin strips of roast pork to the skillet with the vegetables.
  • Sandwich: barbecue sandwiches on Pepperidge Farm® hamburger buns.
  • Skillet: use thin strips of roast pork in place of the pork called for in this recipe.
  • Soup: a hearty soup.
Turkey (Whole or Breast)

Sure, cold turkey sandwiches are great, but there’s so much more you can do with the leftovers. Give any of these recipes a try.