Free Meal Plan: 5 One Dish for Two Meals

This week is all about multitasking – cooking once, eating twice, and repurposing leftovers from one meal to the next. After all, why shouldn’t dinner do double duty? Roast chicken makes great salad the next day, and a pot of pasta sauce, chili or meatballs produces enough leftovers to act as dinner insurance on a busier night.


Free Meal Plan: Pasta with Classic Red SauceSimmering a pot of tomato sauce is simple and satisfying.. there’s no need to peel fresh tomatoes, you can start with canned, and a chunk of butter. Make a large batch and serve some right away, then stash the rest in the freezer for almost instant meals down the road. It also does well in soups and as pizza sauce.

Pasta with Classic Red Sauce

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Free Meal Plan: Classic Roast Chicken & Root VegetablesA classic midwinter dish, roast chicken is easy, family-friendly and a great way to use those root veggies that abound at this time of year. Best of all, it’s just as easy to roast two alongside each other, for leftovers to go into soup, sandwiches, pasta and salads for the rest of the week.

Classic Roast Chicken & Root Vegetables

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Free Meal Plan: Creamy Avocado Chicken SaladLeftover roast chicken makes a wonderful chicken salad, served in ripe avocado halves. It’s simple and delicious and although it’ll make you feel like you’re hosting ladies who lunch, it’s perfect post work, school, gym, or other extracurricular activities!

Creamy Avocado Chicken Salad

Photo credit: Brooke of Cheeky Kitchen


Free Meal Plan: Chocolate Chip ChiliUnsweetened cocoa powder has long been a secret ingredient among great chili makers, imparting a richness and dark colour that intensifies spicy chili without making it taste like a chocolate bar. Dark chocolate has the same effect – toss in a handful of chocolate chips for a richer mouthfeel – and to excite kids, who will think it’s cool to get chocolate for dinner! Best of all, leftovers are freezable for quick dinners down the road.

Chocolate Chip Chili

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Meatball Subs RecipeMeatball subs make a fun family meal, and extra meatballs can be frozen to serve on spaghetti (or to make extra subs) on another day. While you’re at it, double the recipe to get a head start on dinner down the road.

Meatball Subs

About the Author:

Julie Van Rosendaal is the food and nutrition columnist on the Calgary Eyeopener on CBC Radio One, the author of five best-selling cookbooks, with a sixth - Alice Eats, the Wonderland Cookbook having just been released in October. She's the food editor of Parents Canada magazine and a freelance writer, contributing to local, national and international publications including Swerve, Avenue, Western Living and Readers Digest. She is also co-host of It’s Just Food on the OWN television network, and writes and is the photographer for her award-winning food blog,, which documents real life in her home kitchen in Calgary, Alberta, Canada with her husband, Mike, and 8 year old son, Willem.

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