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Cook Up a Storm

Whip up a week's worth of tasty, healthful dinners in one weekend afternoon
Cook Up a Storm

Back when my husband and I commuted two hours a day, the last thing either of us wanted to do when we got home was cook. One weekend when I found myself with spare time and an overflowing refrigerator, I decided to put my skills as a recipe developer to work, and cook all our dinners for the week ahead. I planned dishes that would last a few days in the fridge or freezer and taste as good (or even better) when reheated. Most importantly, I sketched out a game plan that would let me work on several recipes simultaneously without wasting any time.

Monday came, as it always does. When I got home and opened the fridge to figure out what was for dinner, I remembered that dinner was ready! And dirty dishes? They were practically nonexistent. Ready to try it for yourself? Here are six delicious dinner recipes and a simple plan to make them all in about three-and-a-half hours.

THE GAME PLAN
Follow this timeline to have all six recipes ready in about 3 1/2 hours.

Sprint 1
30 minutes

> Cook lentils for Middle Eastern Stuffed Cabbage Rolls.
> Preheat oven to 450°F.
> Prep vegetables for Roasted Vegetable Soup and Broccoli-Tomato Galette.

Sprint 2
35 minutes

> Roast vegetables for Roasted Vegetable Soup.
> Make sauce and filling for Zucchini-Corn Cannelloni

Sprint 3
30 minutes

> Put large pot of water on to boil.
> Roast vegetables for Broccoli-Tomato Galette.
> Blend Roasted Vegetable Soup, and transfer to storage container.
> Cook lasagna noodles for Zucchini-Corn Cannelloni, then cabbage leaves for Middle Eastern Stuffed Cabbage Rolls in a single pot of boiling water. (Remove with tongs or slotted spoon so you use only one pot.)

Sprint 4
1 hour 15 minutes

> Reduce oven heat to 375°F.
> Assemble and bake Broccoli-Tomato Galette.
> Assemble Middle Eastern Stuffed Cabbage Rolls, and place in oven.

Home Stretch
45 minutes

> Reduce oven heat to 350°F.
> Assemble and bake Zucchini-Corn Cannelloni.
> Make Thai Sloppy Joes.
> Make Mushroom Paprikash.

March 2013 p.54

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Mushroom Paprikash

Mushroom Paprikash

Making this stew ahead gives the flavors a chance to develop. Serve over egg noodles, gnocchi, or pan-fried polenta slices.

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Broccoli-Tomato Galette

Broccoli-Tomato Galette

This rustic pie takes up less space in the fridge or freezer than a typical pizza.

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Thai Sloppy Joes

These spicy sandwiches need no garnish to be satisfyingly delicious, but you could add freshness and crunch by topping them with watercress or arugula, a tomato slice, a few fresh basil leaves, and some chopped dry-roasted peanuts.

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Roasted Vegetable Soup

Roasted Vegetable Soup

This chunky soup is low in calories yet surprisingly satisfying. It tastes delicious hot or cold.

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Middle Eastern Stuffed Cabbage Rolls

Middle Eastern Stuffed Cabbage Rolls

Crinkly savoy cabbage leaves (which pull apart more easily than white cabbage) are stuffed with a combination of lentils, currants, and olives, then blanketed in a spicy tomato sauce. Serve over rice.

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Zucchini-Corn Cannelloni

Zucchini-Corn Cannelloni

Baked cannelloni is a lighter alternative to lasagna and has the same big, bold flavors.

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comments

This was a total life saver. I wish it had a shopping list made up already and it would have been perfect! I made it and the recipes were awesome. My family loved it, and I loved having the time to relax when I got home from work.

Laura - 2013-09-28 02:12:10