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.
> Cook lentils for Middle Eastern Stuffed Cabbage Rolls.
> Preheat oven to 450°F.
> Prep vegetables for Roasted Vegetable Soup and Broccoli-Tomato Galette.
> Roast vegetables for Roasted Vegetable Soup.
> Make sauce and filling for Zucchini-Corn Cannelloni
> 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.)
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.
> Reduce oven heat to 350°F.
> Assemble and bake Zucchini-Corn Cannelloni.
> Make Thai Sloppy Joes.
> Make Mushroom Paprikash.
get the recipes
Making this stew ahead gives the flavors a chance to develop. Serve over egg noodles, gnocchi, or pan-fried polenta slices.more
This rustic pie takes up less space in the fridge or freezer than a typical pizza.more
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.more
Roasted Vegetable Soup
This chunky soup is low in calories yet surprisingly satisfying. It tastes delicious hot or cold.more
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.more
Baked cannelloni is a lighter alternative to lasagna and has the same big, bold flavors.more