Double-Duty Dinners: 11 Dinner Recipes with Twice the Yum!

Use tonight's meal to get a head start on a second supper by making extra of one ingredient and freezing it to repurpose later on. Deliciously clever, right? 

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Make It Now: Shrimp and Bell Pepper Fajitas

Biz Jones

Make It Now: Shrimp and Bell Pepper Fajitas

A simple skillet supper makes quick work of getting dinner on the table—and sets you up for a future meal of pasta salad with feta cheese, chilled Asian noodles, or a flavorful frittata.

Make It Later: Orzo Pasta Salad With Shrimp, Shrimp and Bell Pepper Frittata, or Chilled Peanut Noodles With Shrimp

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Make It Now: Baked Turkey Meatballs With Couscous Salad and Feta Sauce

Biz Jones

Make It Now: Baked Turkey Meatballs With Couscous Salad and Feta Sauce

A large batch of moist turkey meatballs tops a simple couscous salad one day and then transforms into quick pizzas, crowd-pleasing pasta, or lettuce wraps the next. The kids will be so happy!

Make It Later: Baked Pita Pizzas, Spaghetti and Turkey Meatballs, or Greek Lettuce Wraps

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Make It Now: Jasmine Rice and Red Lentil Bowls With Tahini Sauce

Biz Jones

Make It Now: Jasmine Rice and Red Lentil Bowls With Tahini Sauce

Up your grain-bowl game with rice, lentils, and mix-and-match toppings. Use the leftovers for a creamy soup, a zesty hummus, or a produce-packed wrap.

Make It Later: Creamy Red Lentil Soup, Red Lentil and Rice Hummus, or Lentil and Rice Veggie Wrap

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Make It Now: Simple Sunday Roast Beef

Yunhee Kim

Make It Now: Simple Sunday Roast Beef

This savory supper is comfort food at its finest. To help the beef hold its shape you could tie the meat with cooking twine. But, it will taste divine whether you tie it or not.

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Make It Later: Savory Beef & Mushroom Potpie

Yunhee Kim

Make It Later: Savory Beef & Mushroom Potpie

With a store-bought crust and frozen veggies, this dish comes together in a snap. And if you buy pre-sliced mushrooms there's no chopping required.

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Make It Now: Butternut-Apple Soup

Yunhee Kim

Make It Now: Butternut-Apple Soup

This creamy soup is both delicious and extra-healthy since the squash is packed with Vitamin A, and the apples are full of antioxidants

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Make It Later: Butternut Squash Ravioli

Yunhee Kim

Make It Later: Butternut Squash Ravioli

By using wonton wrappers homemade ravioli is weeknight simple. Get the kids involved to make the process go even faster.  

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Make It Now: Easy-Peasy Risotto

Yunhee Kim

Make It Now: Easy-Peasy Risotto

Many risotto recipes call for constant stirring, but this one leaves your hands free to do other things—sip a glass of wine, perhaps?

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Make It Later: Baked Arancini

Yunhee Kim

Make It Later: Baked Arancini

Your family will fight over these cheese-filled rice balls. They're that good.

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Make It Now: Honey-Soy Salmon With Zucchini

Yunhee Kim

Make It Now: Honey-Soy Salmon With Zucchini

Serve this wholesome combo with white or brown rice for a complete meal. For an extra flavor boost drizzle the zucchini with a little more soy sauce.

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Make It Later: Teriyaki Salmon Cakes With Avocado-Pineapple Relish

Yunhee Kim

Make It Later: Teriyaki Salmon Cakes With Avocado-Pineapple Relish

These patties call for only five ingredients and cook in less than 10 minutes! A fruity relish makes them even more kid-friendly.

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