Weekend Cooking: 7 Meals for the Week

One of the best things you can do for your health (and your wallet) is to cook meals at home. However, a busy schedule often keeps us from achieving this ideal, and instead finds us eating take-out food in a hurry.

A solution is to cook for leftovers. If you cook on the weekend, you can enjoy the rewards for several meals – lunch and dinner – during the week. Plan ahead with these seven recipes that will serve you well.

1. Chicken with Pancetta, Mushrooms & White Wine Sauce

Get 4 to 6 servings with this easy recipe. Chicken thighs, mushrooms, and French pancetta create quite the comforting dish when slow-cooked in a creamy white wine sauce. It’s our version of Coq au Riesling. Serve with mashed potatoes and crusty bread for a rustic, satisfying supper. Pack up a thigh or two for lunch, or just reheat for a weeknight dinner.


2. Pork Shoulder Chili Verde with Potatoes

Use the Dutch oven, slow cooker or Instant Pot for this one. Our Berkshire pork shoulder cooks slow and low in a mixture of fresh salsa verde, roasted green chili peppers, and chicken stock in this versatile recipe, which will provide 6 to 8 servings. Stash away in individual portions for easy reheating later. Hello, Wednesday night dinner.


3. Spicy Cajun-Style Jambalaya

This quick-cooking, one-pot jambalaya is satisfying and super easy to make. Tender chicken, shrimp, andouille sausage, and Tasso ham create a hearty meal with layers of flavor and texture. Get 4 servings from one pot – and double up if you need more.


4. White Rabbit Lasagna

Take the time on Sunday to make this staff favorite. There are no tomatoes to be seen in our white lasagna. Hearty, mushroom-flecked rabbit ragout and creamy bechamel are layered then topped with sharp white cheddar. So good you can eat it cold for lunch. Expect 6 servings – depending on how large you cut those servings.


5. Slow Cooker Wild Boar Shoulder

Let the slow cooker do the work.  This easy recipe yields tender meat and a rich sauce, and serves 8. Not only delicious as is, the leftover meat can be shredded for BBQ boar sandwiches, wild boar tacos, or even pulled boar nachos. The possibilities are endless.


6. Potato & Leek Gratin with Pancetta

While we think of it as a side dish, this gratin can be the basis for a light lunch or supper. Serve with soup and a salad, and savor the creaminess. The sautéed leeks and crispy ventrèche add extra flavor and delightful texture to this classic scalloped potatoes recipe, which yields 6 servings.


7. Perfect Roast Chicken

The classic roasted Sunday chicken – who can resist it? Enjoy the succulent, juicy meat and crispy, golden skin of a perfectly roasted chicken for dinner, then pack the leftovers for lunch. Depending on the size of your household, you may need to roast several chickens to meet the demand. But our basic, practically no-fail recipe will make it easy. And it’s sure to become a family favorite.

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What is your strategy for eating well all week? Do you cook on Saturday or Sunday? Let us know what’s cooking in your kitchen. Comment here, or come chat with us on social media. Tag @dartagnanfoods on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram. Pin your favorite recipes and share with us!

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