What do you do ahead of time to make throwing dinner together for the family easier on weeknights?
We’ll roast a chicken for dinner on a Sunday, then pull the remaining scraps for black bean and chicken quesadillas on Monday. Bones make stock for a vegetable soup on Tuesday. Three day chicken.
I also try to do some prep ahead of time. Many vegetables do okay being chopped the night before. For a stir-fry, for example.
Also, pasta. We go through a ton of it in our house because you can make a delicious sauce in (literally) a couple of minutes. Heat olive oil in a skillet, smash a clove of garlic and add to pan. While that cooks for a few minutes, chop a tomato in half and squeeze most of the juice out. Chop into 1-inch pieces. Remove garlic from the pan, add cooked and drained penne, the tomatoes. Stir to evenly disribute, add salt and pepper and servean preferably with some torn basil and grated parm. Brilliance in less than ten minutes.
What plan-ahead tips do you follow during the workweek?