Dinner Prep: Cook Once, Eat All Week


Time is at a premium these days, so make the most of your moments in the kitchen. Double up the recipe for your favorite meat, and your dinner prep for the whole week will be well in hand.

Cook Once, Eat All Week

If we are eating meat in my house, nine times out of ten, it’s chicken. It’s so versatile! So that was my inspiration for this blog post, but substitute your favorite shredded beef if that’s more your family’s style.

Here’s our menu for the week.

To get all this done, we start with a batch of Gimme Some Oven’s Instant Pot Shredded Chicken. (Bigger family and/or no IP in your house? This recipe for slow-cooker chicken is great, too.)

While that is brewing, cut up your sweet potatoes for the fries, veggies for your burrito bowls, and anything that will last for 36 hours for the Asian slaw. Additionally, you can make your buffalo sauce and slaw dressing and shred your cheese ahead of time, too.

After you shred the chicken, divide it into at least four baggies. I don’t make my baggies totally even. The sliders will take a lot of chicken, whereas the pizza only needs about a cup. You can pop any extra in the freezer to help with dinner down the line.

On night one, assemble the buffalo chicken sliders using three cups of meat. Serve with sweet potato fries or your favorite side dish. Just be sure to have ranch or blue cheese dressing on the table to cool off.

On night two, make the chicken tacos. This Asian Slaw looks like a great side!

The next night we’re making burrito bowls allowing everyone to have dinner exactly how they want it. Make a pot of rice and prepare all your favorite toppings – lettuce, beans, chopped peppers, avocado, salsa, shredded cheese, and sour cream. Your reheated chicken (maybe tossed with 1/2 cup of salsa for extra flavor and to keep from drying out) will love this new lease on life.

By the fourth night, we might be getting a little sick of poultry, so let’s give it more of a supporting vs. starring role with this BBQ chicken pizza recipe. (P.S. Grocery stores sell pre-made pizza dough, or buy an Angelic Bakehouse flatzza instead if you want this to come together quick.)

Let us know if you try any of these recipes or if you have other secret ways to get most of the week’s dinner prep done ahead of time. (P.S. The best way to get meal prep done quickly? Let The Real Good Life take the whole production off your plate!) Happy cooking!


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