8 Cook Once, Eat Twice Budget Meals

A little bit of advance prep leads to big rewards with these cook-once, eat-twice dinners that won’t break the bank.

Orange Sesame Chicken Bowl

Orange Sesame Chicken Bowl
Photo by Ronald Tsang

The balance of sweet and sour flavors, a keystone of Asian cooking, is the inspiration behind this veggie-packed bowl.  

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Red Wine Steak with Caramelized Vegetables

Red Wine Steaks with Caramelized Vegetables
Photo by Ronald Tsang

This French-style dish is all about the wine, so pick a red that you enjoy drinking – Merlot, Pinot Noir and Cabernet Sauvignon are great options.

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Mushroom, Walnut & Chipotle Chile Taco Dip
Photo by Darren Kemper

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Ditch that sad desk lunch for good! These easy and energizing eats can be made ahead, easily packed up for work and, best of all, each recipe is less than $5 per serving.

Grilled Chicken Tacos with Jalapeño Lime Crema

 Chicken Tacos
 with Jalapeño
 Lime Crema
Photo by Ronald Tsang

Super-stuffed tacos are the perfect vehicle for this double-take dinner, which uses up leftover grilled chicken and vegetables from the Basil Lime Chicken with Grilled Vegetables & Herb Sauce. A quick radish salsa adds a nice crunch to the filling.  

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Cauliflower Steaks with Quick-Braised Swiss Chard

 Steaks with Quick-Braised
Swiss Chard
Photo by Ronald Tsang

Why splurge on infused oils when you can so easily (and inexpensively) make your own? Here, we quickly heat sage and garlic in oil to add herbaceous notes to the cauliflower and greens.  

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French Onion-Style Beef Vegetable Soup

French Onion-Style
 Beef Vegetable Soup
Photo by Ronald Tsang

This shortcut version of French onion soup gets a start with leftovers from the Red Wine Steak with Caramelized Vegetables recipe.  

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Pineapple Chicken Stir-Fry

Pineapple Chicken Stir-Fry
Photo by Ronald Tsang

Pineapple lovers, this one’s for you. The juicy fruit lends a sweet-tart flavor to this stir-fry. Using the leftover sauce and chicken from the Orange Sesame Chicken Bowl saves loads of time.  

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Basil Lime Chicken with Grilled Vegetables & Herb Sauce

Basil Lime Chicken
 with Grilled Vegetables & Herb Sauce
Photo by Ronald Tsang

Cutting chicken breasts into thin cutlets helps them cook quickly on the grill. A speedy blender sauce with fresh basil and lime is smothered over top for a zesty, spicy kick.  

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Herb-Crusted Cod with Cauliflower Purée & Arugula

Herb-Crusted Cod
 with Cauliflower Purée & Arugula
Photo by Ronald Tsang

Leftover roasted cauliflower turns into tonight’s creamy side dish to this company-worthy crusted fish.

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Stretch tonight’s dinner into tomorrow’s clean-and-easy meal with a little advance prep. Lucky for you, we’ve done all the planning for you!