Almost every week there is big pieces of meat on sale - Roasts (pork and beef), whole chickens, ham, turkey, etc. Often you can buy these meats for less than $1 a pound. I've been buying one of these meats each week - then using it for 2 or 3 meals for my week. Here is what I've done:
- Roasts - Have a regular roast meal for the first night. Then you can use the meat in many different ways. I usually make a BBQ beef/pork meal. I use the beef juices and some leftover meat to make a stew. You could use it to make pot pie, fried rice, enchiladas. The goal with roasts for me is to get 2 additional meals out of the roast (besides the original meal).
- Chickens - Again, I roast it the first night. Then I throw the carcass in the crockpot to make some broth. I use leftover meat (along with the broth) to make either chicken soup or chicken and noodles. If you have lots of leftover chicken (or roast 2 birds) you can also make any number of casseroles, enchiladas, pot pies, stir fries, etc. I usually am only able to get 2 meals out of a chicken.
- Ham - Again, I make a traditional ham the first night. Then you can use the ham in soups and casseroles. Make ham salad. I also usually slice some of the ham and freeze it to pull out for a future meal.
- Turkey - Turkey's will be going on sale here soon. I try to make several turkeys around Thanksgiving time and freeze the meat to use in casseroles. I use it in place of chicken . . . so anything you use shredded or chopped chicken can also use turkey.
- You can do this with so many meals! I made chili on Sunday - we had it on Monday night (Chili is better the second time around - right?). Then we had chili dogs. I also have used it in a baked potato bar. So many meals can be stretched and the leftovers used for new and inventive meals.
So, try to cook at least one meal a week that you can look ahead and use in a future meal. Be creative so your leftovers don't taste like leftovers! Saves time, money, and it Works for Me!