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    • Trow
    • By Trow 29th Dec 04, 4:01 PM
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    2-in-1 recipes
    • #1
    • 29th Dec 04, 4:01 PM
    2-in-1 recipes 29th Dec 04 at 4:01 PM
    Do any of you have recipes that do one meal one day and a different meal the next - eg mince to shepherds pie but more interesting? I want to be able to maximise my cooking....

    I have a veggie minestrone soup recipe (can be amended to be non-veggie) that is great for soup the first day, the next day the 'soup' has all soaked in to the pasta and veg, so I bung it in the oven with breadcrumbs and cheese on top for a pasta bake - I'll post it if anyone wants the recipe, but I'd appreciate anyone elses recipes too - veggie or non-veggie.
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    • Bogof_Babe
    • By Bogof_Babe 29th Dec 04, 4:47 PM
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    • #2
    • 29th Dec 04, 4:47 PM
    Re: 2-in-1 recipes
    • #2
    • 29th Dec 04, 4:47 PM
    I will have a think, but in the meantime yes please do post your recipe.

    I suppose the obvious one is bolognese sauce, to have in lasagne one day and with spaghetti the next, but it isn't very adventurous is it? !I often do a veggie version of that, with a packet of Beanfeast.

    Are you a veggie too? I'm not but hubby is, so all my cooking is geared that way.

    (Modified to clarify that I am not a veggie personally)
    • catznine
    • By catznine 29th Dec 04, 8:16 PM
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    • #3
    • 29th Dec 04, 8:16 PM
    Re: 2-in-1 recipes
    • #3
    • 29th Dec 04, 8:16 PM
    I often cook extra mince for a curry when I am making a shepherds pie or lasagne. Extra tomato sauce (sugo) to spread on a pizza when I am making a bolognaise or gnnocci (that italian potato dumpling thingy). I also cook up extra chicken pieces or a larger whole chicken so that I have some for a pie or a pasta bake (or a curry!)
    • jaybee
    • By jaybee 29th Dec 04, 8:35 PM
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    • #4
    • 29th Dec 04, 8:35 PM
    Re: 2-in-1 recipes
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    • 29th Dec 04, 8:35 PM
    I've got an old paperback cookery book called Left Over for Tomorrow which is brilliant. Mine is falling apart now. I'll try and find out if it's still available and let you know.
  • Wishfairy
    • #5
    • 29th Dec 04, 10:03 PM
    Re: 2-in-1 recipes
    • #5
    • 29th Dec 04, 10:03 PM
    My 2 standard ones are a bolognese turned into a chilli by adding a couple of cans of beans and some chilli/cumin powder.

    Also roast 2 chickens to get 3 meals and save energy! From the one chicken you can have a slap-up roast dinner. With the other half the meat can make a chicken and muchroom pie, while the other makes chicken and sweetcorn pasta sauce. If you are particularly good at stretching the chicken there may even be enough for a chicken and broccolli bake.

    Leftover mash and veg is always mashed up together and made into a topping for 'bean pie' - one tin beans one stewed steak and half an onion. It's a fave with the kids.

    Ham, gammon or bacon (whoever has leftover bacon?) can be added to a cheese sauce and served with pasta for a quick and tastey meal.
    • tiff
    • By tiff 29th Dec 04, 10:08 PM
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    • 29th Dec 04, 10:08 PM
    Re: 2-in-1 recipes
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    • 29th Dec 04, 10:08 PM
    At my sister's house today, she had some left over bolognese for her son, and stretched it for my two kids by adding a tin of ratatouille.
  • Squidgy
    • #7
    • 29th Dec 04, 10:17 PM
    Re: 2-in-1 recipes
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    • 29th Dec 04, 10:17 PM
    I'd love to have some leftovers, but even when I plan for some the hubby eats them!

    As for bacon, he's eaten it before I've managed to cook it!
  • chardonnay
    • #8
    • 30th Dec 04, 12:23 AM
    Re: 2-in-1 recipes
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    • 30th Dec 04, 12:23 AM

    try to do make extra and freeze the leftovers for another time but ends up we have all these tubs of weird mince that we're not sure what it is.

    we reused our turkey by making tandoori turkey tikka curry. we had it with rice and nan last night, and had enough for another two meals have frozen half and had the rest in pitta breads (eaten with a knife and fork) tonight was delicious. we marinated turkey in tandoori spice with water and garlic sauce. then added to veg and cooked with a tikka sauce (shop bought)

    another option for bolognese is to spice it up then add to pasta shells - spicy mince delicious!
  • filigree
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    • 30th Dec 04, 2:18 AM
    Re: 2-in-1 recipes
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    • 30th Dec 04, 2:18 AM
    My son was raving earlier about my chicken casserole which is a 2-in-1 meal.

    I buy large chickens (especially if on sale) to get several meals instead of buying just one small one because I reckon it's better value that way. This is what I typically do with a chicken:

    Roast the bird with stuffing made of sausage meat (peel the skins off special offer sausages). About halfway through cooking, take the chicken out of the oven and cut the legs off. Put them in a casserole dish with a can of tomatoes (ratatouille if you can get a dented can cheap!) and put back in the oven to cook slowly with the chicken. If you're really frugal you can bake potatoes and possible even squeeze a cake into the oven too

    Serve half the chicken as a roast dinner. Use the sausage stuffing to make sausage hash (sausage, spuds, onion, baked beans). The casserole makes another meal, you can use the other half chicken in a leftovers recipe like curry or pasta bake. Finally you cook up the chicken bones for stock - use for soup or gravy for the next roast.

    Padded out with potatoes/pasta/rice and plenty of cheap veg, this serves two adults and a hungry 11 year old boy for four main meals.

    Sometimes I make a huge casserole where I double all the ingredients except the meat. On the first day you serve the meat, casseroled veg and some of the sauce as gravy. The next day you have lots of tasty sauce, which you can use to tart up something cheap like mince, lentils or more veggies.

    I try to make the most economical use of the oven, so if I have it on for hours to cook a roast or casserole it's second nature to try and squeeze several meals from one cooking session.
    • Glad
    • By Glad 30th Dec 04, 10:02 AM
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    Re: 2-in-1 recipes
    Delia Smith has a section on leftovers in her cookery book

    and online she has a xmas leftover ideas which could be adapted here
  • Lucie
    Re: 2-in-1 recipes
    I always buy the largest chicken I can find to roast. We have it as a Sunday roast dinner on the first day (Not always Sunday!) & then make up a chicken curry or thai green curry or chicken & pasta bake or my hubby's speciality "chicken muck up". There's often enough left over for chicken sarnies to take to work too.
    Same goes for a joint of beef too - beef sarnies for work & a cottage pie.
    Gammon joint - leftovers go into a chicken & ham pie (often with chicken leftovers from the week before that have been in the freezer)

    I seem to naturally make most meals into 3 portions - there are only 2 of us at home, so the 3rd bit either goes into the freezer or one of us will take it to work for lunch the following day.
    • elona
    • By elona 30th Dec 04, 12:26 PM
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    Re: 2-in-1 recipes
    Whenever I make extra someone eats it all so I am back to wondering what to make.
    • culpepper
    • By culpepper 30th Dec 04, 12:53 PM
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    Re: 2-in-1 recipes
    I buy a 2.4kg chicken
    first day cook it in the micro in a big bowl (lots of stock) and eat the drum sticks/thighs with a bit of breast as a roast
    2nd day stew using stock and chicken with barley, potato, carrots , broccoli and dumplings
    3rd day on a pizza or in a pie or bolognese
    4th day chicken paste sandwiches and put the carcass in the freezer till there are 4 when I make soup.
    We eat about 8oz of meat for 4 in most meals except for 1st day of a chicken which might seem a bit low but it is plenty.
  • filigree
    Re: 2-in-1 recipes
    I can recommend Jocasta Innes' "Pauper's Cookbook" which describes her method of Programmed Eating. !She recommends one big cooking day each week where you fill the oven with casserole, roast joint etc and suggests menus for a week's leftovers. !It was written in 1973 so it's a bit dated - you don't have to go to a Soho deli to buy salami these days! !Even if you don't want to follow her menus exactly, it's still useful. !Sadly I dropped mine down the back of the fridge last night !: so I can't quote any recipes!

    I got mine in a charity shop or you could order it online via, here's the link:

    I recommend abebooks, it's a good place to look if you are trying to track down a good ol' days cook book.

    ETA: You can get Greasypalm cashback if you order through abebooks
  • stellagypsy
    Re: 2-in-1 recipes
    I used to have a heap of these years ago - one of our favourites was ~

    Bolognese - make double (or more anyway) - Bol for day 1 then day 2 any one of -

    Bolognese pie - a great favourite with son and friends, make pastry case, bake blind, shovel in cold bolognese and top with heaps of grated cheddar ans mozzarella, pop into oven for about 15 minutes till cheese bubbling and browned. mmmm!

    Chilli - shove in some red kidney beans (or baked beans - another favourite of son's) and a bit of minced chilli.

    Lasagne - make it a bit sloppier with a splash of water and layer it with lasagne sheets. top with 1/2 to 3/4 pt of white bechamel sauce and grated cheese - bake inoven @ 190 deg C for 25 - 30 mins.

    Italian Shepherd's pie - warm up bol in microwave and put it in pyrex, top with mashed potatoes and cheese if likes, grill for a few minutes till top is crunchy.

    Italian mince and dumplings - put bol in saucepan, add a splash of water to make it more runny, maybe an oxo or some bovril to make it more beefy. make up dumplings (use 4oz s/r flour, pinch salt, 2oz vegetable suet - makes 4 canonball-sized dumplings, add herbs or mustard powder if liked) - drop the 4 doughy dumplings in to the stew (the liquid should be half way up the dumpling). cover tightly and simmer for about 10 - 15 mins then serve.

    HTH, Stella

    • Trow
    • By Trow 30th Dec 04, 10:22 PM
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    Re: 2-in-1 recipes
    wow, some great ideas - thanks - I'm going to look at those cookery books once I have finished here

    Anyway, the recipe for minestrone soup/pasta bake is as follows - well, its more a guide as I *never* make it as it is supposed to be... It serves 3 easily for 2 days, I find.

    2 large onions
    oil for sauteing
    1 large potato
    2 carrots
    some cabbage, chopped
    I sometimes add courgette or sweet potato or really any suitable veg I have needing to be used up

    garlic to taste ( 1 or 2 cloves usually)
    1 tin tomatos
    1.5 pints stock
    herbs to taste - oregano, bay, basil, thyme - whatever you like, really
    2 tins white beans (haricot, cannellini are recommended, but I sometimes use chickpeas or even aduki (which are red) if its what I have - rough equivalent of 8 oz dried beans, soaked and cooked)
    2oz macaroni
    salt and pepper

    Saute the onion till softened, then add the veg and garlic and saute for 5 mins. Add the stock and tomatos and herbs and cook for 20 mins or so. Add the macaroni and leave to simmer until it is cooked (10 mins or so) - add salt and pepper to taste.

    Serve with some grated cheese on top if liked.

    Leave the leftovers in the fridge overnight and then simply bung in an ovenproof dish, top with whizzed up breadcrumbs and cheese and bake for half an hour at about gas 6/7 (roughly 200C or 400F *I think*)

    Hope this is of use to someone.
  • franky
    Re: 2-in-1 recipes
    sounds lovely trow
  • jo_b
    Re: 2-in-1 recipes
    Minestrone recipe sounds lovely. Thanks. :P
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