Cooking instructor and author Stephanie Stephens has developed a method to make home-cooked meals every weeknight.
Once a month she devotes a block of time to cooking enough dinner fare for at least 20 weeknights, then loads it all in an average-size refrigerator freezer. Each day she pulls out one entrée to reheat and serve with a salad or fresh vegetable.
It creates a big cooking weekend, but she saves time by combining prep work and grocery shopping. And she saves money by taking advantage of bulk bargains.
Inspired by Stephens's concept, we've organized 11 entrées ― from old family favorites to innovative international combinations ― into three recipe groups.
One set shares a lively tomato sauce:
Another stars with a huge batch of onions and garlic:
- Oven-Sautéed Onions and Garlic
- French Onion Soup
- Gruyère Croutons
- Chicken Pot-au-Feu
- Garlic Mashed Potatoes
- Lamb Shanks with Sherry and Onions
- Chard, Bean, and Pancetta Soup
- Lentil-Barley Stew
The third is a group of meats packed in simple seasonings:
- Moroccan Pork Loin with Dried Fruit and Lemons
- Soy and Ginger Flank Steak
- Grilled Rosemary-Mustard Lamb
Each recipe makes enough for two batches (except a leg of lamb, which is geared for a crowd or leftovers) to be thawed, one at a time, for a total of 21 entrées for family meals.
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