31 Days of C.O.$.T. Cooking (Cook Once, Serve Twice or Three Times)

COST Cooking Cook Once Serve Twice

Over the last year, I’ve slowly introduced my 10 Minute Dinner approach.

Recipes requiring no more than ten minutes of prep time in the kitchen evolved from my desire to spend more time connecting and sharing life around the dinner table and less time frazzled over the “What’s for Dinner?” turmoil.

With five children (four of then teenagers), my cooking techniques have arrived through years of trial and error. My desire at 10 Minute Dinners is to equip you with the skills, techniques and easy recipes necessary to save both time and money.

With my fall schedule slowly starting to reek havoc on our family dinner time, what better way to kick off this October than by sharing 31 Days of C.O.S.T. Cooking (cook once, serve twice or three times) recipes and ideas.

While my family loves left overs, I’ll never forget the day when my good friend confessed, “My husband will not eat ANY left overs.”

Surely, I misunderstood. No left overs? Is that even allowed?

After hours of brainstorming meal plans, she convinced me that reheating left overs would not work, but completely transforming a new meal idea would be the answer.

I hear you. She was not the only one who needed new ideas because she had HAD it with trying to be creative every single night.

C.O.S.T. Cooking is the answer for nearly everyone’s meal plan.

I am going to introduce to you a main dish, typically a protein, and show you ways to transform it a second and third time without any one being the wiser.

For instance, one of the first C.O.S.T. Cooking recipes I shared gives our favorite Asian Pork Tenderloin recipe.
Showcased first as a main dish with rice and vegetables, we rounded out our “Take Two” meals by serving it sliced on a warm hoagie roll topped with provolone cheese for a quick and hot sandwich.

So delicious and clearly NOT left overs.

I’m so excited for you to join me. Not only will you get some great meal ideas, but hopefully, you’ll learn some great tips for getting dinner on the table.

Do you love to connect on social media? Join me on instagram, pinterest and at my 10 Minute Dinners facebook page. 

10 Minute Dinners is a spin off from my frugal lifestyle blog, Balancing Beauty and Bedlam, where you can follow along about all things family, finances, fashion, food and home DIY.

This month I am specifically sharing 31 Days with a Mentor Mom. I’d love to have you join me for this journey.

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  1. Indeed, I love this idea! I’m restocking my freezer by cooking double portions of certain meals, but I love new ideas that can turn one meal into a different one. I can’t wait to see what you share, Jen! Great logo, too.

  2. 10 minute dinners sound great to me! I’m not sure I could make something new every night, and I love to cook!

  3. I have been wanting to do this for a long time. We have five kids and very seldom have any leftovers, unless it’s something no one really likes.

  4. I so need this series. Life is about to get more hectic at my house with swim team starting TONIGHT for my 8 year old. It is 3 days a week. On top of church on Wednesdays, home work, and my husband working late nights. I need quick, but hearty meal ideas, so we have time to sit down (for a few precious minutes, at least) to eat as a family.

  5. I know I’m gonna love this series! I spend a lot of time on Sundays making different meals for the week. It would be AMAZING I could cut that down and instead make a few things that I could easily transform into a new meal during the week!

    Good luck! 😀

    • So glad you are excited. I know it’s been such a help for me when my kids don’t feel like all they get are left overs. 🙂

  6. OHHH! I just ran across your blog and your 31 days! I am in love! Can’t wait to dive in! Kinda excited that I jumped in on the 14th so I can spend some time reading!


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