Make Once, Enjoy Twice (or more)

With a busy weekend coming up, the last thing I want to do is spend a lot of time in my kitchen.

Really, who has time to prepare each and every meal fresh from scratch?

If you’re like me, and don’t want to waste away in your kitchen, here are some of my favorite meal ideas that STRETCH into a second, third, or even a fourth, meal!

Vegan Lasagna. This is my go-to meal for Austin, since it will serve him for 3-4 days! We are still working on a less-processed version of this dish for him– one that doesn’t include soy “burger” crumbles– but for now, it works. I’m thinking a mushroom variation is up next!

*If you want a detox-friendly, vegan lasagna, try making this version!

Millet Veggie Burgers. One batch makes 7 burger patties–> meaning lots of easy dinners in your future. ๐Ÿ˜€ (if you have a large family, make a double-batch!) Once they’re cooked and cooled, I simply pop these patties in a freezer bag, and thaw them one at a time for each meal. For an even faster cooking process, try using quinoa instead of millet. (Austin actually prefers the texture with quinoa.) The best part of these burgers? They’re properly combined, even when enjoyed on a bun!

Spaghetti Squash. The one I bought the other day was HUGE! Since I baked it all at once, I enjoyed half for lunch, and the other half as last night’s dinner! Simply wrap the extra cooked half and store it in the fridge until you’re ready to prepare it, then heat a pat of butter or coconut oil in a large pot, add in the noodle-like flesh, and season to taste! In less than 5 minutes, a piping hot dinner is ready!!

Savory Quinoa Pilaf. The perfect dinner for a chilly evening! Make a double-batch, and you’ll have the perfect chilled salad topper for another meal!

Vegan Mac n’ Cheese. This baked dish makes great leftovers already, but I like to make extra “cheese sauce” and serve it over a pile of steamed broccoli for a properly combined dish! (throw some of that broccoli into the Mac n’ Cheese, too!)

I even prepare my morning juice in bulk! I only like to break out my juicer every other day– because it’s a pain to clean, and I know how lazy I am. ๐Ÿ˜‰ I make one BIG batch of juice (around 32 oz.) and save half in an air-tight glass container in the fridge, so it’s ready for me the next day! Sure, I may lose a few enzymes by saving it overnight, but it definitely beats not having juice at all!

And let’s not forget dessert…

Detox Macaroons! I always, always have a stash of these in my freezer. They freeze amazingly well– and thaw quickly when you need something sweet!

I may have a new version of these macaroons up my sleeve, so keep your eyes peeled. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Hope these ideas save you some wasted time in the kitchen!!

And also save you from a pile of dishes like this…

Eeek.

Reader Feedback: What are your favorite meals that stretch?

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Beth (Well I'll Be)

Genius saving a grain and veggie dish for a salad topper the next day. You don’t even have to heat it up!

Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat

All of these sound delicious Megan! I love the looks of that lasagna and am going to check it out right now! My favourite meal-that-stretches right now is pumpkin chili (http://eatspinrunrepeat.wordpress.com/2010/03/03/pumpkin-chili/) which I’m sure could easily be made vegan if you were to substitute grated tempeh for the ground turkey/chicken. I’ve eaten it at least once a day every day this week!

    Holly

    Ohh Angela I have to try this one! I LOVE pumpkin!

Red Deception

I love vegan mac and cheese. It’s heavenly!

Keri @ Mrs.Rawnk

Yum! Every time I see a picture of your macaroons I remember that I really need to make them! I have all of the stuff so I think I will have to whip them up tonight!

Robyn@GirlonRaw

I am not a big fan of faux meats so I’ve been dying to try this meat free lasagna recipe for a little while too http://nofooddiet.wordpress.com/2010/12/30/meaty-gluten-free-vegan-lasagna/

    Megan

    That recipe looks perfect! I can’t wait to try it. ๐Ÿ˜€

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