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Book/website for efficient/streamlined meal planning, prep, and cooking?

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scarletcerise Sep 5, 2010 09:09 AM

I try to plan out meals a week or so in advance, so I only have to make one trip to the farmer's market and one to the grocery store each week. And when I can, I also try to streamline my prep work--for example, chopping extra vegetable to use later in the week, grilling extra chicken for salads, etc.

I'm wondering if anyone knows of a cookbook or website that is organized around this principle of efficient weekly meal planning/shopping/prepping that minimizes shopping trips, cost, time, and food waste. There are loads of books aimed at low-cost cooking but they're typical recipe books based on individual meals rather than a cohesive week that makes use of the same ingredients.

Here's an example of how I do this on my own (when I'm being super-organized!), but what I'm looking for is a book or site with more ideas and inspiration:

Sunday: pre-soak dried cannellini beans, roast a chicken with onions and lots of vegetables
Monday: make cannellini and kale soup, reserve some cannellini beans for later
Tuesday: make a casserole with Sunday's leftover chicken and veggies
Wednesday: grill some fish fillets and lots of veggies
Thursday: make flatbreads with Sunday's roasted onions, reserved cannellini beans and mixed greens
Friday: make fish tacos from Wednesday's leftover fish and veggies
Saturday: make a fritatta using any leftover beans and veggies

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    The 1st and only KSyrahSyrah Sep 5, 2010 06:38 PM

    Try Living Cookbook. It is NOT easy to use, but it is thorough, and I think it wil fill your need: http://www.livingcookbook.com/?gclid=...

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    1. re: The 1st and only KSyrahSyrah
      jmfriend Sep 5, 2010 06:39 PM

      Thanks!

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