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Rollover Dinners Is Our New Recipe Series That Helps You Cook Once, Eat Twice

published Jul 24, 2020
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Welcome to Rollover Dinners, a series to help you make smart use of leftovers. Step 1: Make a family-friendly big-batch recipe for the first night. Step 2: Cook a meal later in the week that transforms the leftovers into a new dinner with minimal extra work.

“Cook once, eat twice” is a wonderful mantra, but Rollover Dinner recipes are an actual roadmap to doing just that, helping you make new meals out of intentional leftovers.

Rollover Dinners are what I call the strategy I started using this year as cooking fatigue became all too real: I could make a big batch of something one night, then turn the leftovers into an easy meal that tasted entirely different the next night. And because I was planning for just two meals at a time, I didn’t feel overwhelmed by shopping lists or prep work.

In this post, I’m sharing my family’s favorite dinner duo thus far: pulled pork sandwiches that roll over into saucy, crunchy lettuce wraps. Here’s how to do it.

Credit: Meghan Splawn

Up First: Slow Cooker Pulled Pork Sandwiches

Slow cooker pulled pork is one of easiest big-batch dinners I know, and this recipe is extra simple (just pork shoulder, apple cider vinegar, salt, and brown sugar) to create a blank canvas for lots of low-key dinners. Up first? Pulled pork sandwiches with a kid-friendly slaw.

These sandwiches are sweet and tangy with a super-crunchy slaw that makes it a satisfying all-in-one meal. Cook the pork on a day when you have a little more prep time, like a weekend or day off, and then mix up a simple BBQ sauce and toss together a slaw. The slaw requires almost no prep, thanks to a store-bought shortcut, so you can make it right before eating. Add some buns and dinner is done.

Credit: Meghan Splawn

Roll It Over: Pulled Pork Lettuce Wraps

Rollover Recipe Number 2: Pulled Pork Lettuce Wraps

After your easy and delicious sandwich dinner, reserve 2 cups of pulled pork, 1/2 cup BBQ sauce, and 1 cup of the slaw mixture. You’ll turn it into fillings for extra-easy lettuce wraps another night, which are drizzled with a pantry-friendly sauce and served with a cucumber-peanut salad that doubles as a topping and a side. Thanks to the work you put in earlier in the week, this recipe is packed with flavor from the crisped-up pork and rich sauce, and everything gets wrapped in fresh, crisp lettuce leaves.

Rollover Dinners will win over your whole family with their flavor and ease, and you’ll avoid wasting food and cooking fatigue. Look out for more of these smart, delicious recipes each month here on Kitchn.