Meals can eat up a lot of time in the day. Not being the biggest fan of freezing and thawing meals or an owner of a large freezer, I look to save time and money by following a general theme for the week based on a main ingredient or two. This allows me to purchase what’s in season or on sale.
I meal plan based on “planned-overs”. One set of leftovers morphs into a new recipe the next night with not much work.
Let me be more specific….
The local farmer’s market provides the freshest produce as well as most of the ingredients for my weekly meals.
One simple chicken thrown in the crock-pot on Sunday night can bring you the base of many meals for the rest of the week.
Chicken in the Crock-Pot
I throw a chicken, carrots, celery & onions in the crockpot to cook overnight. In the morning I unplug it and let it cool. Draining the chicken stock into a container I throw it in the fridge. Then comes the least favorite part of mine ~ take the chicken off of the bone.
From these staples I add an ingredient or two and pick a few of these for the week:
Chicken & Dumplings (adding fat-free half & half, carrots, canned biscuits & garlic)
Chicken, Noodles & Mushrooms to head a different direction try this unique lasagna recipe.
Chicken Bruschetta (using french bread, salsa recipe & chicken chunks)
Cold Rice Salad (using salsa, cold long cook rice cooked, feta cheese & optional chicken)
What main staples can you make into a new meal later in the week? Any favorite recipes to share with me?
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