Here you will hopefully some inspiration to cook efficient, smart and sustainable. I call this section food for days!
But what exactly do I mean with that?
It is actually quite simple! You cook one main dish and I show you some variations of it. So if you decide to cook ahead or like to find new ways of using your leftovers, then you have come to the right place!
Is food for days a meal planner?
It is quite similar to meal prepping (and meal planning) but not the same! It’s smarter, and you don’t eat the same meal every day. Which is fine if we are talking Spaghetti Bolognese here 😉
But I get tired after the second (OK- third) day of it. And that’s why I like to call it food for days, as it’s just not the same.
So if you have been wondering, ah, another meal planner! Then I have to disappoint you. It’s more like my way of trying to cook with less waste and be a bit more sustainable and organized. It also will help you save money in the long run.
So you will find ideas about how can I use the same main ingredient again or cook smarter beause you cook ahead and get inspired to cook a new meal out of something you already prepped.
There is definitely lots to explore on food for days! Click through it and let me know if you are missing a recipe or idea!
love sabrina x
- Is food for days a meal planner?
- Chicken Schnitzel
- Tomato Sauce
- Sheet pan chicken
- Chili con carne
- Sauce Bolognese
- Asian marinated Salmon
A Tafelspitz is one of those classic meals which are fantastic for Food for days. Serve the first day a Tafelspitz with potatoes and an apple horseradish Béchamel, next an Asian inspired Salad with Tafelspitz and last a heart-warming German stew, a Gaisburger Marsch.
Apart from the beef, the broth is really what makes this dish so amazing. I always freeze my leftover broth for a homemade risotto or just for kinda pimping my sauces and other meals.
Such an amazing dish which just simmers alone for hours. The smell it brings to the house in unbeatable. If you can, use some fresh lovage- the broth is so much better with it.
Asian Salad with Tafelspitz
Great to reuse all your leftovers in the kitchen. You can use all kind of vegetables which need to be used as soon as possible. And have you ever tried Japanese Mayonnaise?
That is one of my favourite stews ever—it’s full of carbs, so it is not suitable for a low-carb diet. But it’s worth breaking the habit for this stew! 😉 Trust me on this.
Nothing beats a Schnitzel. And yes, leftovers of a Schnitzel are really rare. Sometimes I make double the amount of my Schnitzel on purpose, just to have some for a wrap. Or, another favourite of mine- a slice of bread with butter, Schnitzel on top with some lemon juice. And if I can tell you a secret, that’s actually a perfect cure for a hungover 😉
Make sure you make enough of them! They are gone in a second!
Chicken Schnitzel Wrap
And if you do have some left, try a Chicken Schnitzel Wrap. Super easy to make and a treat!
Tomato sauce is a classic family staple like sauce bolognese.
We always make a big batch of it and then I freeze most of it in portions. My daughter used to call it the square sauce… But have you ever thought about using your tomato sauce as a pizza base? Why not? I have to puree the Tomato sauce as my kids don’t like pieces in their tomato sauce so it works perfect as a base for pizza.
And have you ever heard of Piccata Milanese? Its veal coated in an egg and parmesan crust and absolutely delicious. I make mine with chicken and I am pretty sure you will love it too!
Spaghetti with Tomato sauce
Family classic in every household. We have to puree our sauce to hide the vegetables and I have to cook it at least once a week!
This is not just a great dish, but its also perfect when you have friends coming over and the kids are fussy eaters.
who does not love Pizza? And believe me, homemade Pizza is a gamechanger.
Sheet pan chicken
There are not many recipes which always work straight away. A sheet pan chicken is definitely one of it. You simply marinate the chicken and put it in the oven. That’s it. And you can straight away make more of it, so you have some leftovers for a chicken sandwich or just a quick salad. Love my food for days!
Sheet pan chicken
Bake your chicken in the oven with your favorite vegetables!
Add your leftover chicken to a salad
or simply make a quick sandwich!
Spätzle is the German equivalent to comfort food. They are perfect on any rainy, windy day. Believe me. But they are also extremely versatile and therefore ideal for food for days! One day you can make Kässpätzle (the German version of Mac and Cheese), and with your leftover Spätzle you can simply make a hearty lentil stew (saure Linsen) and serve with some Spätzle.
Kässpätzle are the ultimate comfort food- just ensure that you serve it with a side salad as they are very filling.
Lentils with Spätzle
The next day you can make a lentils stew and just quickly pan fry your spätzle with some butter for it. Its a classic Swabian dinner!
Chili con carne
A chili con carne is the perfect crowd pleaser! I think I have seen it at most home parties, and they are absolutely perfect for it! I also like a good spicy chilli con carne on any couch day- or when I need a pick me up!
Why is a chilli a good fit for food for days? If you have leftovers, you can always fill some Tacos with it. Where you can also use all kind of veggies and salad which won’t survive a day longer in the fridge.
Or maybe some Nachos? That would be my kind of idea for a movie night (well with a beer of course) 🙂 ! Try it!
Chili con carne
Start with a homemade Chili con carne
Tacos with chili
then make some Tacos with Chili
Nachos with chili
or you can prepare some quick Nachos!
This is a perfect idea for food for days- and who does not love a sauce bolognese?
Exactly, it is everyones favorite! You can start with making the sauce, we like to call it Bolo, and make double the amount straight away. After serving the spaghetti bolognese, you can either freeze the sauce (only) or you can store the remaining sauce in the fridge for the next day. Then you can amaze your family with either a homemade Lasagna or maybe some delicious Rigatoni al Forno? They are both prepared in an instant, as you already have your key ingredient, the sauce bolognese! And that’s food for days!
We like to call it – Spaghetti Bolo and it definetly is one of our favorites in the house.
Lasagne al forno
Normally, a Lasagne is definitely a labour of love. But when you already have your key ingredient, it is sooo easy! And tasty, 🙂 I also have a cheats’ version for you-without the Béchamel.
Rigatoni al forno
This is some serious pasta! A pasta family favourite! Add a generous dash of cream to the Bolognese sauce, Rigatoni Pasta and then bake it with mozzarella and maybe some other leftover cheese- ohhhh. I am hungry now. Comfort food as it’s best!
Asian marinated Salmon
Salmon is currently my favourite fish. I love to marinate it with soy sauce, ginger, and garlic and just pan fry some veggies and serve with some cooked rice with it.
And the best part is the next day I will make my Salmon bowl- if that is not perfect for food for days then I don’t know!
Asia marinated Salmon
I always make sure to make plenty of the Asia marinated salmon- it’s quick and easy to make!
Salmon Buddha Bowl
And it does taste fabulous the next day as the key ingredient in a salmon Buddha bowl.