Cook Once, Eat Twice: Meals That Do Double Duty

One mom shares her secrets for making meals that can transform from one dish into another with fresh flavors all their own.

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2 Ways to Use Taco Filling

Double the beef mixture while prepping for tacos, and use half later in the week for a second dinner of Stuffed Peppers or Taco Soup.

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Min Kwon, 2015,Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

What to Do with Ground Turkey (or Any Ground Meat!)

Start with Sloppy Joes, but sautee extra ground turkey so you’ll have the fixings on hand for two bonus dinners this week: Ground Turkey Enchilada Stir-Fry with Couscous and Three Bean Chili.

Slow-Cooker Pulled Pork and Beyond

The juicy meat is ideal in a simple sandwich, but it can be repurposed into Pork Tacos and Penne with Pork Ragout from Giada De Laurentiis.

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FN_ItalianWeddingSoup

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Armando Rafael Moutela, 2012, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved.

More Meatballs, Please

My family like a dinner of Baked Turkey Pesto Meatballs, and after that, I   transform leftovers into two more meals that work for either lunch or dinner: Italian Wedding Soup and Pesto Meatball Pockets.

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WKN FEATURE_ Sheet Pan Dinners

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Bobbi Lin

You Can't Have Too Many Roasted Vegetables

Broccoli, cauliflower, carrots — whatever vegetable is your favorite can turn into a super-simple side dish when roasted. And don't be afraid to use the frozen stuff if that's easier! Afterwards, use whatever is left in new ways, think a Roasted Vegetable Frittata or Breakfast Sandwiches with Eggs, Veggies, Cheese & Ham, or Roasted Vegetable Chili with Cornbread Biscuits for dinner.

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FNK_Pancakes

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Tara Donne, Food Network: 2012, Television Food Network, G.P.

Bonus: Breakfast Becomes Lunch

Make a few too many pancakes for Sunday brunch? Come Monday, put them to good use in your kids' lunchbox. The extras become the “bread” for the coolest PB&Js ever.

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