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Which recipes can be made once a week and will make good leftovers for that week?

I'm definitely a fan of your site and the ideas you are promoting: good eating and healthy living. I'm still a bachelor for the next eight months and am trying to find healthy recipes that will keep for the better part of five days that I can return to for leftovers. I love to cook but am increasingly finding I have less time for it. Do you have any recommendations for bulk meals that I can make once a week and reuse several times?

Dr. Gourmet Says...

Tamale Pie Casserole

Thanks for your nice words about the Dr. Gourmet web site. There are a lot of recipes on the Dr. Gourmet site that will work well for you.

One approach is to make casserole type recipes. Here are a few ideas:

Baked Penne
Baked Ziti
Quickie Arroz Con Pollo
Tuna Noodle Casserole
Vegetarian Lasagna
Pantry Meals: Tamale Pie with Black Beans

Other good choices include making a pot of soup, stew or chili:

Broccoli Cheese Soup
Pork Stew with Green Sauce
Chili Con Carne
Black Bean Chili
White Chili
Beef Stew
Pasta e Fagioli
Six Bean Chili
Red Beans and Rice
All Soup Recipes

Certainly recipes that keep well and yield 6 or more servings will do, as well:

Pot Roast
Beef Stroganoff with Egg Noodles
Tuscan Meatloaf
Chicken with 40 Cloves of Garlic

Some of these recipes such as the Baked Ziti will freeze fairly well. Thaw them in the refrigerator overnight for about 12 hours before reheating gently.

Thanks for writing,

Timothy S. Harlan, MD, FACP
Dr Gourmet