Tired of cooking? Sick of leftovers? Almost six years ago, I read an article in Bon Appétit about Italian peasant cooking and was drawn to the practice of cooking a big pot of beans for dinner and then reusing them in other meals later in the week.
This simple, economical concept is now one of my favorite ways to prepare food and save time... I refer to it as Progressive Cooking! You make a big pot of a protein one day (I usually prefer Friday evening for Sabbath) and then continue to use that dish reinvented as other meals over the next few days. The majority of the cooking is done once but it doesn’t feel like you’re eating leftovers!
There are a couple of other benefits as well. It’s a great way to get distance out of a recipe if you’re cooking for just one or two. And since we're all trying to be better humans, it makes it easier to eat smaller servings of meat when it’s topping vegetables or used as a filling to a dish. There are endless options but here are a handful of my favorite Progressive Cooking ideas:
5. ROASTED TOFU OR SALMON
Meal 1: Diced and tossed into a noodle dish similar to pad thai.
Meal 2. Brushed with BBQ or Buffalo sauce and served over a salad with creamy dressing.
Meal 3. Rolled into rice wrappers with veggies and grains as spring rolls.
+ Note that I’m linking to a bunch of recipes in this post. The recipes themselves aren’t as important as the inspiration they provide. I like to use them as guidelines for meals but you can always simplify or cater the ideas to your pantry.
+ And an article with some other great tips for cooking for one.