I would be following Jamie Oliver's 'family tree' concept to get a few meals out of one thing. Or, embracing a slow cooker (one pot meals or slow cooked roasts).
Some ideas would be:
- Cook a roast leg of lamb on Sunday. Make sure you buy a big one - I understand the initial outlay is huge (up to $30 for a large leg) but, if you can make a couple of extra meals on top of a traditional roast, that's got to be a winner! So, Sunday - traditional roast with all the trimmings, next night you could have a shepherds pie using finely chopped leftover lamb and the night after that, lamb ragout with pasta.
- Pop a piece of roast beef in the slow cooker. Add some stock for moisture and any flavours you like (herbs, mustards, red wine etc.). Chuck a nice salad together and boiled potatoes - easy!
- Make a beef stew in the slow cooker. If you make a large batch you could just get home and add some dumplings to the stew and the next night use the beef stew as a filling for a pie.
- Roast a large chicken (no need for complicated stuffing's). Just baste with melted butter, finely chopped thyme and salt & pepper. On a Sunday, roast chook and all the trimmings. Another night a chicken pasta or curry. (I tend to get only two nights out of a chicken)
- Make a large batch of bolognaise sauce. Freeze into family size portions. Make sure you add heaps of finely grated vegie goodness - tomatoes, zucchini, mushrooms, fresh herbs. There's the bog standard spag bol, lasagna (using fresh sheets to speed up the cooking process) or, get fresh lasagna sheets and use them to roll up and make cannelloni.
- Don't forget soups that can be made on the weekend and frozen. There's nothing wrong with having an omlette or poached eggs on toast.
You can definitely do it if you plan ahead without compromising nutrition and learning to cook a 'family tree' meal that can be stretched across another one or two nights.
Edited by Funnington, 19 December 2012 - 06:20 PM.