I have this friend who does a lot of make ahead lunches. She cooks up a large batch of something on Sunday afternoon, separates them into lunch containers and then stores them, for lunch retrieval during the week. She varies the meals quite a lot, from curried vegetables on couscous, to Chinese fried rice, to chicken and pasta. It all sounds good, but I just couldn’t get over the idea of eating the exact same thing for lunch, 5 days in a row, even if I varied it really well from week to week. She challenged me to give it a good try before I judged. I decided to take her up on it, so this week I prepared some make ahead dishes on the weekend to eat for lunch for the week.
I made up baked beans that I’d been wanting to try since last winter and a summer quinoa salad of my own making. I guess I feel really between the seasons right now? The baked beans were good but need some tweaking, and the salad was amazing and after two days I didn’t really want to eat either of them anymore. So, I started to mix things up a little, like a side of beans with grilled cheese.
|Baked Beans with Grilled Cheese|
Making lunches was certainly smoother this week, but I’m not sure I love this system. I do like to use leftovers for lunches, but I prefer last nights leftovers. More than two or three days of the same thing starts to get to me. On the other hand my husband really LOVED it. If he could, I think he’d choose to cook only once a week and eat every meal the same for the whole week.
So, what’s your take on once a week cooking? Good idea or bad? Would this work for your family?
Have you ever tried it?