We're currently a (very busy!) three-member family! (Who isn't busy?!) So, following my brother and sister-in-law's example, I've been working on a plan that involves cooking big batches of two (favorite) main dishes per week that we can combine with other staples (like pasta!) – in an effort to maximize on time, energy, and other resources. So far, we're still in the experimental stages, but I think we've been happy with our progress.
Meat Loaf is definitely a favorite – and lends itself well to this idea. Because I made a double batch of Meat Loaf last week, not only did we enjoy the Meat Loaf itself, we also enjoyed Meat Loaf Sandwiches (with homemade bread) for several lunches. And I almost used some as modified meatballs in spaghetti sauce (but at the last minute forgot to include it/them).
This week, we'll be enjoying Sweet Butter Bread and a huge pot of Chili – along with other yet-to-be-decided additions. One plan is to use the Chili over spaghetti, like they do in Cincinnati!
We're also enjoying fresh, homemade applesauce!
Stay tuned... We'll keep working on the meal-planning and time-saving ideas...