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Hack Your Dinner: Cook Once Enjoy Two Different Meals

Hack Your Dinner: Cook Once Enjoy Two Different Meals

Brooke Tucker-Reid, Lifestyle Writer 

The 9-5 hustle can leave you tired and scrambling for something to make for dinner. Sure you can make a big ol’ batch of chili or tikka masala but the same leftovers all week can get boring. Here is one of my favourite, super basic recipes for a busy work week. Cook on day one, then transform your leftovers into a different meal the next day.

Meal #1 – Grilled chicken and veggies


2-3 chicken breasts
2 cups of broccoli florets
1 package of sliced mushrooms
½ large sweet yellow onion, diced
1 clove of garlic, minced
1 tbsp olive oil
¼ cup of water
Salt and pepper to taste

Optional: add or swap-out your favourite veggies to include in the sauté, like eggplant, peppers or zucchini. 


In a medium bowl, toss chicken with olive oil, salt and pepper. Cook chicken with your preferred method (i.e. grill, pan fry, bake). Heat olive oil in a large pan over medium heat. Sauté garlic for one minute. Add onion and sauté for two minutes. Add mushrooms and sauté for five minutes. Add broccoli and water and bring back to a simmer. Sauté until broccoli is bright green, warm but still crisp. Serve chicken breast over a mound of veggies. Finish with salt and pepper.



Meal #2Next Day Salad


Leftover chicken, cold or warm, cubed or sliced
Leftover cooked veggies, cold or warm
1 cup of sliced cucumbers
3 cups of baby romaine, chopped
½ a small package of goat cheese (substitute for feta if desired)
Balsamic vinaigrette


Combine romaine, cucumber and cooked veggies in a large salad bowl. Add desired amount of balsamic vinaigrette and toss. Add chicken and goat or feta cheese and gently toss once more. Serve and enjoy.

Why it’s my fave 
The grilled chicken and veg recipe is super simple yet incredibly healthy and satisfying. What I love about the next day salad recipe is that the romaine and cucumber add some crunch to the leftover chicken and veggies. Different textures are a must. The tangy balsamic vinegar and salty goat or feta cheese really changes the flavour profile as well.

Read one of my recent posts on work week hacks for the 9-5er for more time saving tips!