Meal prepping can be tough—planning dinners, cooking multiple meals, portioning everything perfectly and finding a place in your fridge for all those Tupperware containers can feel overwhelming. Though this practice will save you time on busy weeknights, there’s a better, less time-consuming meal prep option: big-batch cooking.
Big-batch meal prepping lets you cook a dinner staple, like roasted chicken or turkey, in bulk and then repurpose them throughout the week. This takes the pressure off having to meticulously plan and cook a week worth of meal and gives you a handy shortcut you can reuse all week long. To get started, we’ve rounded up four weeks of big-batch mains and weeknight dinner suggestions that’ll turn you into a pro in no time.
The simple seasonings of this quick-roasting chicken recipe give it an irresistibly delicious flavor. Enjoy one of the fryer chickens as prepared with some dressed up baked potatoes and green beans, and reserve the other chicken (and any leftovers) to be repurposed throughout the week.
A mix of sweet and spice, this Epiphany Ham recipe will have your family drooling as it bakes! Serve with some buttered rolls and glazed carrots for a cozy first meal. Either slice or cube leftover ham to save some room in your fridge.
Feel like your back in your grandma’s kitchen with a dozen or two of these tasty meatballs. For your first meal, have a classic dinner with a mountain of spaghetti, a loaf of this herby chive garlic bread and this super simple spaghetti sauce. Be sure to serve the meatballs and sauce separately so you’re able to cook non-Italian dishes during the week, too.
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This flat roasted turkey cooks up in half the time of your Thanksgiving bird! This herbed turkey goes great with loaded mashed potatoes and some seriously good creamed corn. Not sure how to spatchcock? We’ve got your back with a handy DIY video.