Dinner/ Lunch

Slow Cooker Black Beans Recipe

You gotta love a big ol’ pot of black beans. They’re so good for you. Plus, they can rock main or side dish status with ease. This recipe is the perfect make-ahead meal because you cook it hands-off style in the slow cooker, then just microwave it the day you want to eat.

Oh, and it’s vegan and gluten-free, but not by design. Beans are just born that way.

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Method

Tips for Doubling or Tripling a Recipe

Making large quantities of several meals on your Cooking Day just makes good sense. You’re maximizing the time spent in the kitchen, plus you can stock the freezer for future use. (Economies of Scale! Thanks, Econ. 101!)

Standard recipes are typically crafted to make 4 servings. To get the most bang for your Cooking Day buck, double or even triple a recipe to crank out the amount of food you need for the whole week.

But sometimes recipes act a bit … shall we say … funny when they’re doubled or tripled. It’s not always as easy as dumping more ingredients in the pot. Here are some hints to make doubling go smoother:

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Dinner/ Lunch/ Travel

Make Ahead Chana Masala – Vegan, Gluten-Free

This chana masala recipe might be one of the recipes I’m most proud of. My favorite Indian restaurant is on the other side of Nashville, and it takes some planning to get out there. Now I can make this dish on my Cooking Day and have creamy, tangy, perfectly spicy Indian any night of the week. I’ve got a sneaking feeling mine’s also probably healthier than the gloriously fatty-salty goo I always order. Sorry Sitar.

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Method

Make Ahead Salad Dressing Technique

The Make Ahead Modern Method is all about prepping elements of meals ahead of time. This gets food on the table quick. Some of the best elements to make ahead are dressings. Dressings add the flavor to your fresh stuff. They make the difference between naked lettuce and awesome salad. Plus, they don’t mind sitting in the fridge, waiting until you’re ready for them.

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Breakfast/ Snacks/ Travel

Oatmeal Breakfast Cookies

Yep, cookies for breakfast. Don’t worry, I haven’t given up on life. These cookies are healthy, hearty, vegan and gluten-free. They essentially have two ingredients – ripe bananas and oats. When these two things come together and bake, they firm up to create a simple breakfast treat. The add-ins (raisins, cinnamon, seeds, nuts, etc.) give these little cookies their character.

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