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Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Cook It Once, Serve It Twice

I'm back from the gym and feeling proud of myself for going when I didn't want to!

I'm also happy because I already have dinner covered for today. Lunch actually. While we're off, we're eating our big meal at lunch time. It really seems to work better with my appetite and energy.

I'm a morning person and am hungrier and have more energy at the beginning of the day. And my husband is enjoying the change, too. Even when I know what I'm cooking for dinner, by 4 pm I have trouble getting up the desire to cook! (Not that it matters - I have to cook anyway!)

So back to lunch. Lately I've been trying to cook extra meat one day and serving it twice. On the second day I turn it into something else - especially nice for those who don't like leftovers.

So two nights ago my husband grilled a bunch of chicken. We had leftovers yesterday, but today the chicken is going into stir-fry. Last week I marinated chicken in a Hawaiian marinade. We had the chicken one night and I created a Hawaiian salad the next night (greens, chicken, pineapple, grapes, red peppers, cucumbers, onions, sesame seeds, grated cheddar, sliced almonds). I even came up with a Hawaiian salad dressing to go with it! Yum! It was a hit with the girls.

When we grill steaks, I remove the extras before they go to the table - so we will actually have leftovers! Both chicken and steak can be turned into fried rice, stir-fry, fajitas, or wraps.

Just another way to save time in the kitchen - especially during the summer months!

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Other Time- and Energy-Saving Cooking Tips:

Grill Your Entire Meal
Dinner in 15 - A Grilling Twist
Quadruple Batch of Teriyaki Marinade