Prep Once, Use Three Ways: Pot Roast
Need a faster way to get dinner on the table? Give yourself a head start by cooking one hearty pot roast, then transform the leftovers into two more dinners, each with totally different flavors, later in the week.
Dinner #1: Start with Ree Drummond’s Perfect Pot Roast (pictured above). This easy recipe has more than 470 user reviews and a 5-star rating; how can you go wrong? It’ll take a few hours to make, but in that time your house will smell amazing. Bonus: If you tease your family with the delicious scent of dinner for this long, you can practically guarantee excited kids at the table when that roast is finally ready.
Dinner #2: Cottage Pie with Mashed Sweet Potatoes. (Know why it’s not shepherd’s pie? That is made with lamb, while cottage pie is traditionally filled with beef.) Saute a large onion, then combine with 2 cups of shredded pot roast and place in a casserole dish. Layer on mashed sweet potatoes, which have a little more nutritional heft than white potatoes, and bake!
Dinner #3: Pot Roast-Grilled Cheese Sandwiches. Make a regular grilled cheese sandwich heartier by adding the last bits of that pot roast, plus a thin layer of mustard, and top it off with a few hamburger pickles. Serve on whole-wheat bread or hoagie rolls, toasted in the pan.
Charity Curley Mathews is the founder of Foodlets.com, and feeds four rascals dinner nearly every night.