Last week when I planned out my menu for our annual progressive dinner, I was thinking ahead.
I purchased all the ingredients for the 3 dishes that I would be serving - salmon, potatoes, and green beans, doubling the proportions in my mind.
As Hubs and I started preparing the main course for our progressive dinner the day of the party, we doubled up on all of the recipes, using my 2 for 1 cooking plan.
2 for 1 Plan
• Marinated twice as much salmon, storing in a Ziploc bag
• Cooked a huge pot of parsnips, rutabaga and potatoes (so big, I had to get my canning pot out!)
• Marinated a very large package of fresh green beans, also storing in a Ziploc bag
Then we decided which family we wanted to invite!
And they said, yes!
2 for 1 Table Setting
Using the exact table setting from the night before, I pulled out clean napkins and changed it up a bit.
by adding RED ...
and a special homemade gift ...
2 for 1 Cooking
Why not enjoy the same dinner for the 2nd night in a row? The food was prepped, so all we had to do was follow through with the cooking!
• Broil the salmon
• Roast the green beans
• Heat up the potatoes
Bake Costco’s frozen bread – 350 for 23 minutes
Fresh spinach salad
Hot Apple Ring
My daughter made an Apple Ring using our canned Apple Pie in a Jar, because we knew “apples” were one guest’s favorite! This time she sprinkled the top with cinnamon and sugar before baking.
And then she served it hot, with vanilla ice cream!
Back to my “2 for 1” cooking concept, the idea of cooking double portions and freezing has been around for a long time. Women love to “cut corners” and save on time. I find it extremely helpful as a working mom because time is so precious to me and I have to be organized!
Have you thought about doubling your cooking to cover 2 events in a row, especially during the holiday season?
(Did you know that broiling salmon is a great way to cook it in the wintertime? Any kind of marinade works!)