On the weekends, when I'm prepping dinners for the week, I'll often cook a handful of basics to have around. These come in especially handy for lunches. Today, for instance, I layered arugula with flageolet beans (that I'd simmered until tender and put in a container in the fridge), olive oil-poached tuna (jarred would have been fine), and roasted Brussels sprouts (also cooked and put in a container). The pickled onions were left over from our Sunday night tacos.
To dress the layered components, I used some of the tuna poaching oil, and a squeeze of lemon juice. I could have sliced up the Asian pear and slipped it in the salad, but I thought it would work better as a complimentary dessert—that also happened to be easier on me!
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A New Way to Dinner, co-authored by Food52's founders Amanda Hesser and Merrill Stubbs, is an indispensable playbook for stress-free meal-planning (hint: cook foundational dishes on the weekend and mix and match ‘em through the week).
Before starting Food52 with Merrill, I was a food writer and editor at the New York Times. I've written several books, including "Cooking for Mr. Latte" and "The Essential New York Times Cookbook." I played myself in "Julie & Julia" -- hope you didn't blink, or you may have missed the scene! I live in Brooklyn with my husband, Tad, and twins, Walker and Addison.