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5 Big-Batch Meal Plans That Feed Your Family All Week

Get a head start on weeknight suppers with this smart meal plan. Just make one big batch of meat and repurpose the leftovers all week long!

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Start With: Garlic-Apple Pork RoastTaste of Home

Start With: Garlic-Apple Pork Roast

This is the meal I have become famous for, and it is so simple. The garlic and apple flavors really complement the pork. It's especially good with steamed fresh asparagus and roasted red potatoes. —Jennifer Loos, Washington Boro, Pennsylvania

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Make: Chinese Spinach Almond SaladTaste of Home

Make: Chinese Spinach Almond Salad

Calls for: 2 cups cubed cooked pork

This recipe combines power-packed spinach, a good source of vitamins A and K, with other veggies, lean meat and crunchy, heart-healthy almonds. Reduced-fat dressing adds a light Asian flavor and touch to each hearty serving. —Mary Ann Kieffer, Lawrence, Kansas

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Make: Homemade BarbecuesTaste of Home

Make: Homemade Barbecues

Calls for: 2 cups shredded cooked pork

We were happy when there was pork roast on the menu because we were sure that, within the next few days, we’d be feasting on leftover pork in these tasty sandwiches. —George Hascher, Phoenicia, New York

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Make: Roast Pork SoupTaste of Home

Make: Roast Pork Soup

Calls for: 3 cups cubed cooked pork roast

This well-seasoned, satisfying soup has a rich full-bodied broth brimming with tender chunks of pork, potatoes and navy beans. It’s been a family favorite for years. Served with cornbread, it’s one of our comfort foods in winter. —Sue Gulledge, Springville, Alabama

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Make: Pork Spanish Rice

Calls for: 1-3/4 cups cubed cooked pork

My family wasn’t fond of pork roast until I used it in this yummy casserole.—Betty Unrau, MacGregor, Manitoba

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Start With: Italian Pot RoastTaste of Home

Start With: Italian Pot Roast

I make this regularly, as it’s a favorite of my husband’s. I’m always asked for the recipe. You’ll love how this tender pot roast seems to melt-in-your-mouth. —Debbie Daly, Buckingham, Illinois

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Make: Roast Beef with Chive Roasted Potatoes

Calls for: 2 cups cubed cooked roast beef

It’s hard to believe that last night’s beef roast could get any better, but it shines in this heartwarming dish. —Taste of Home Test Kitchen

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Make: Beefy Mushroom SoupTaste of Home

Make: Beefy Mushroom Soup

Calls for: 2/3 cup cubed cooked roast beef

I love this tasty way to use leftover roast or steak that puts a delicious supper on the table in about a half hour. The warm, rich taste of this mushroom soup is sure to please. —Ginger Ellsworth, Caldwell, Idaho

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Make: Roast Beef Pasta SkilletTaste of Home

Make: Roast Beef Pasta Skillet

Calls for: 1 cup cubed cooked roast beef

Extra portions of beef star in this mouthwatering skillet dinner. Chopped tomatoes and Parmesan cheese add color and flavor to this no-fuss dish.—Bill Hilbrich, St. Cloud, Minnesota

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Make: Asparagus Beef Stir-FryTaste of Home

Make: Asparagus Beef Stir-Fry

Calls for: 2-1/2 cups sliced cooked roast beef

As appetizing to the eye as it is to the palate, this stovetop specialty features lots of vegetables, beef and crunchy cashews. A local restaurant once handed out asparagus recipes, including this one. —Joyce Huebner, Marinette, Wisconsin

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Start With: Grilled Buttermilk ChickenTaste of Home

Start With: Grilled Buttermilk Chicken

I created this recipe years ago after one of our farmers market customers, a chef, shared the idea of marinating chicken in buttermilk. The chicken is easy to prepare and always turns out moist and delicious! I bruise the thyme sprigs by twisting them before adding them to the buttermilk mixture; this tends to release the oils in the leaves and flavor the chicken better. —Sue Gronholz, Beaver Dam, Wisconsin

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Make: Chicken Biscuit Potpie

Calls for: 1-1/2 cups cubed cooked chicken

This hearty meal-in-one takes just 10 minutes to assemble before popping it in the oven. Plus, a chicken potpie with biscuits combines two of my family’s favorite dishes, making this recipe a slam dunk. —Dorothy Smith, El Dorado, Arkansas

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Make: Flaky Chicken Wellington

Calls for: 2 cups cubed cooked chicken

This fun supper will please everyone at the table. Leftover chicken, eggs and veggies get tucked into crescent roll dough for a surprising (yet tasty!) meal. —Kerry Dingwall, Wilmington, North Carolina

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Chicken Nectarine and Avocado SaladTaste of Home

Make: Chicken, Nectarine and Avocado Salad

Calls for: 2 cups cubed cooked chicken

This salad is really summery and comes together very, very quickly. Using granola adds crunch and makes it different. I’ve tried using a various types of granola, and our favorites have been those that aren’t overly sweet but have lots of nuts. —Elisabeth Larsen, Pleasant Grove, Utah

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Make: Cheese Chicken Soup

Make: Cheese Chicken Soup

Calls for: 4 cups cubed cooked chicken breast

Kids won’t think twice about eating vegetables when they’re served up in this creamy and cheesy soup! —LaVonne Lundgren, Sioux City, Iowa

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Start With: Slow-Cooked Ham

Start With: Slow-Cooked Ham

Entertaining doesn't get much easier than serving this tasty five-ingredient ham from the slow cooker. And the leftovers are delicious in casseroles! —Heather Spring, Sheppard Air Force Base, Texas

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Make: Creamy Noodle CasseroleTaste of Home

Make: Creamy Noodle Casserole

Calls for: 3 cups cubed fully cooked ham

My husband, Ronald, works long hours and frequently won’t arrive home until past 7 p.m. This casserole is great for those late nights—it’s just as tasty after it’s been warmed in the microwave. —Barb Marshall, Pickerington, Ohio

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Make: Quick Antipasto SaladTaste of Home

Make: Quick Antipasto Salad

Calls for: 1-1/2 cups cubed fully cooked ham

This salad is made for nights when it’s just too hot to cook. I used to work in a pizza and sub shop, where this platter was the most popular.

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Make: Ham & Spinach Casserole

Make: Ham & Spinach Casserole

Calls for: 3 cups cubed fully cooked ham

This is down-home cooking at its best! Ham and veggies join forces with a creamy sauce and pretty topping to create a hearty meal-in-one. —Simple & Delicious Test Kitchen

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Make: Cheddar Ham Soup

Calls for: 1-1/2 cups cubed fully cooked ham

I knew this ham soup recipe was a keeper when my mother-in-law asked for it! The hearty soup, chock-full of leftover ham, veggies and cheese, is creamy and comforting. And even though the recipe makes enough to feed a crowd of post-holiday guests, don’t look for leftovers! —Marty Matthews, Clarksville, Tennessee

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Start With: Seasoned Taco MeatTaste of Home

Start With: Seasoned Taco Meat

I got this recipe from the restaurant where I work. It's famous in our town for the blend of seasonings, and now the secret is out! —Denise Mumm, Dixon, Iowa

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Make: Spicy Egg BakeTaste of Home

Make: Spicy Egg Bake

Calls for: 1-1/2 cups prepared taco meat

This family favorite makes a wonderful brunch dish served with muffins and fresh fruit. It’s also a great way to use up extra taco meat. Adjust the heat by choosing a hotter or milder salsa. —Michelle Jibben, Springfield, Minnesota

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Make: Taco Pizza Squares

Calls for: 2 cups seasoned taco meat

This dish is always popular at our house. I top convenient refrigerated pizza dough with leftover taco meat, tomatoes and cheese, bringing a full-flavored fiesta to the table in under half an hour. —Sarah Vovos, Middleton, Wisconsin.

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Make: Meat and Potato Quiche

Calls for: 3/4 cup cooked ground beef

This hearty dish is welcome anytime, of course…but our family especially enjoys it at breakfast! It just seems to get the day off to an extra-good start.—Esther Beachy, Hutchinson, Kansas

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Make: Taco PinwheelsTaste of Home

Make: Taco Pinwheels

Calls for: 3/4 cup seasoned taco meat

Extra taco meat makes these appealing appetizers easy to assemble. I add the seasoned meat to a cream cheese mixture and roll it up in tortillas. —Cindy Reams, Philipsburg, Pennsylvania

Katie Bandurski
Katie is an Associate Editor for Taste of Home, specializing in writing and email newsletters. When she’s out of the office, you’ll find her exploring Wisconsin, trying out new vegetarian recipes and combing through antique shops.

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