Cooking in Bulk: The Master Plan

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This dish can be eaten alone as a stew, or served over pasta or rice. Cooked leftovers should be used within 4 days in the fridge or up to 3 months frozen. Cook it Once, Use it Again

Reusing bulk ingredients can be a time and money saver when it comes to meals. Many meats can be bought in bulk and then prepared in a variety of ways for many different dishes. The various parts of whole chickens can be used in several meals, and ground beef has too many uses to list!

Using boneless, skinless chicken breasts as an example, you can put your slow cooker to use and create shredded chicken for a variety of meals. Use a simple seasoning, like a garlic and herb mix with a little chicken broth to cook the breasts on low for 6-8 hours. They'll be falling apart with the natural grain, and perfect for many dishes. Flour tortillas and cheese will turn into chicken quesadillas, while a bag of frozen Asian vegetables and a bottle of teriyaki stir fry sauce can make a healthy chicken stir-fry you can serve with rice or noodles.

Ground beef is a common meat to find both in bulk and on sale - take advantage and stock up! Not only can it be portioned out and frozen for use later, but it can be browned up one night and used in dishes for the next two. The common staples of taco meat and Sloppy Joes are great, but try adding a can of French onion soup and a can of cream of mushroom soup, plus a half-cup of sour cream or low-fat plain yogurt...instant beef stroganoff!