Cook Comfort Food Once, Enjoy It Twice

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Cook once, eat twice. It’s a kitchen practice as simple as it sounds. Cook a base dish that can be enjoyed today and used for an entirely different meal tomorrow. For example, bake some fish for tonight’s dinner, and enjoy fish tacos for tomorrow’s lunch.

Now that we’re making more meals at home, the practice of cooking once and eating twice can extend grocery budgets and make meal planning less stressful.

Cooking meals that feed the entire family is essential and even better if they give you a jump on a second meal. Whether your love for cooking runs deep or is being newly discovered, keep the following in mind when planning to cook once and eat twice:

Stock up on staples.

Before heading out to the store, develop a list of ingredients that can be used for multiple dishes. Canned goods, such as black beans and corn, are great items to store in the pantry and have on hand for a variety of favorite family recipes. Other basics like corn tortillas can be used in multiple ways, such as tacos, casseroles and even salads.

Don’t forget produce.

To increase flavor and nutrition, adding produce is key in your planning. Mushrooms are a popular choice thanks to their irresistible umami flavor, nutritional benefits and versatility. Crimini and portabella are an excellent source of selenium, an antioxidant that protects cells from damage that may lead to serious chronic diseases. For example, four crimini mushrooms provide 38% of your daily recommended value. Also, the variety of mushrooms contain essential vitamins and nutrients, such as vitamins B and D and riboflavin.

Make meat go further.

Use The Blend to create multiple dishes such as tacos, pasta sauce and burgers. Mushrooms’ ability to mimic the texture of meat makes them easy to incorporate. Plus, adding chopped mushrooms makes portions go further, allowing you to enjoy a meat-mushroom base two days in a row in two different ways like the Mexican Lasagna and Blended Tacos recipes below.

Cook Once, Eat Twice Recipes

The Base: Mexican Mushroom-Beef Blend

Use this Mexican Mushroom-Beef Blend as the base for two different meals, allowing for less time in the kitchen!

Dinner #1: Mexican Lasagna

Simply layer your Mexican Mushroom-Beef Blend in a baking dish with tortillas and cheese, bake and enjoy.

Dinner #2: Blended Mexican Tacos

Fill tortillas with the Mexican Mushroom-Beef Blend and add your favorite toppings for a fun and easy taco night.