Until today, you would cook with leftovers! Leftover food that you would heat up again the next day and enjoy! Yes, it was an easy way to have food for two days in a row. To basically have the SAME food, for two consecutive days. Leftover food. Now, this tactic belongs to the past! You see, there is a way to cook food once and eat for many days. It doesn’t even have to be the same food, but a completely different food, which (having cut down the basic part of its preparation the previous days), will take much less time to make! This, my friends, is called the nextovers technique. A different… strategy that will free up so much time for you that planning your weekly menu will be a piece of cake!
Let’s start from the beginning. Boiling rice or potatoes? Lentils or beans? Making chicken or ground beef? Don’t just stop at the 4-5 servings you need… triple them! Your goal is to use a part of the “ingredient” on the day it is cooked… and store the rest in order to use it the following day or the day after that, in a completely different way. You will be cooking a food from the “middle” instead of starting from scratch, which will take half the time (or maybe even less) than you would need if you had started it all from the beginning ;-)
Have I confused you? No! Don’t get confused! It’s so simple: Boiling or roasting chicken fillet? Then simply add more chicken than you would normally need to your pot or roasting pan. Making roast chicken and potatoes? When it’s done, keep the amount of chicken you need to enjoy along with the potatoes and store the rest in the refrigerator (or in the freezer – depending on how much you are going to make and when you believe you will be using it again).
The following day, you can chop the chicken up and add it to a salad, creating a quick meal full of valuable nutrients for your bodies… like a super delicious Caesar Salad for instance!
Potatoes, also offer great alternatives, of course! Whether boiled or roasted, you can then turn them into super delicious dishes…. Like these:
This is the way to plan your menu for the whole week! Prepare your basic ingredients during the weekend so that you cut down the time you need to cook on weekdays to half. The most important thing though, is that you can enjoy a variety of meals that are all home cooked, nutritious and… super delicious!
So what will be your first… nextover this week? I look forward to seeing how many different ways you will find to cook the same ingredient! Good luck and happy munching ;-)