There are many foods that can be prepared all at one time then show back up on you family’s menu as totally different foods.
My first thoughts are always what is in season from our large family garden and what is on special at the market. Before I know it a menu is forming. I make some notes to take with me for the shopping trip. Your list of purchases may have to include things such as eggs and produce; we are blessed to have those here on the farm. The final menu would be determined on how some of the meats looked and such. Always make a quick look through the pantry to be sure you have all the ingredients needed – you do not want to get in the middle of making potato salad to realize you are out of mustard.
Think of the building blocks of your family’s meals or try some new ideas. Then fill in the blanks with foods that lend well to preparation ahead at time.
Boneless skinless chicken breast – allow ½ breast per person – recipes below
Flank steak (also called London Broil)
Fillet of Salmon
Extra ground beef patties
Pork Shoulder roast
Eggs – make enough hard boiled, for potato salad and deviled eggs
Potatoes – Make extra eggs for potato salad to serve later in week
Pasta – your favorite cold salad and Baked Chicken Pasta – recipe below
Bulgur Wheat – recipes below
Bulgur Wheat Recipes:
Hot Bulgur Wheat Pilaf
2 c. bulgur wheat
3 ½ c chicken or beef bouillon
3/4 c butter
1 c chopped celery and leaves
1 c chopped green onions (tops too!)
½ c chopped parsley
1 TBSP lemon pepper
Use heavy skillet with lid. Sauté onions, celery and parsley lightly in 1/2 cup of the butter, then add bulgur wheat and remaining butter. Stir until all is blended, lightly browned, about 5 minutes. Lower heat and add bouillon carefully, when mixture starts to boil lower heat to simmer and cover
Cook slowly with tight lid, don’t open, until all liquid is absorbed, about 35-40 minutes. Let wheat set for about 5 minutes. More liquid can be added if not done or too dry. Serves 8
Reserve half from the Pilaf recipe and make Tabbouleh Salad later in the week.
Chilled Tabbouleh Salad
Half of above prepared bulgur wheat
4 ripe, medium size tomatoes, chopped into small cubes
1/2 tsp allspice
1/2 c finely chopped fresh mint
4 or 5 finely chopped spring onions (with the green parts) – chopped into ¼’ lengths
1/2 c lemon juice
1/2 jalapeno pepper, de-seeded, chopped fine (optional)
5 TBSP good olive oil
Salt and Pepper
In a large bowl place: bulgur wheat, tomato, parsley spring onions, salt, pepper, allspice, lemon juice, olive oil, mint and jalapeno.
Toss well. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and leave in the refrigerator for a future meal – toss daily and recover.
Serve in lettuce leaf cups and enjoy! Serves 4
Chicken Breast Recipes
Grilled Chicken Breasts
4 whole skinless, boneless chicken breast
Split chicken breast into 8-pieces (1/2 breast each) Grill your chicken breast through fully (If you don’t like to grill you can sauté, bake or broil them).
* Grill half the breasts with BBQ sauce, or a spicy rub
* Use Italian dressing to baste – all chicken during grilling
Reserve ½ breasts per person for usage in Baked Pasta Recipe
Baked Chicken Pasta
Chicken reserved from grilled chicken breast above – shredded or cut into cubes
Half of cooked pasta
1 jar favorite tomato sauce
1 egg – beaten well
8 oz shredded Mozzarella cheese
½ c Parmesan cheese
Extra Mozzarella and Parmesan cheese for top
Preheat oven 350°
In a large bowl mix together: tomato sauce, mozzarella cheese, parmesan cheese, well beaten egg. Add pasta and toss together well. Spread into 13×9 baking dish. Cover all of top with mozzarella and parmesan. Bake 30 minutes or until top is golden and bubbly. Allow to rest 10-15 minutes prior to serving.
A little planning and a lot of fun and you too can cook less and enjoy your time with your family more.
For further meal, recipes or menu ideas – feel free to e-mail me at: firstname.lastname@example.org