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Your 10 Favorite Recipes to Turn into a Week's Worth of Meals

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Cooking every day seems as daunting as, uh, cooking every day. Especially after work. Especially when there are other things to do. Especially since, what the heck, there's only a couple hours until bedtime (assuming you go to bed at 9:30 PM—just me?).

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This is where meal planning comes in. Our advice: Make a giant batch of something (tomato sauce! braised cabbage! soy sauce eggs!) at the beginning of the week, and use throughout the week for easier, faster, and, dare we say it, better dinners.

Here are your 10 favorite recipes from this past year to cook in a batch and eat all week long:

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A Summer-Screaming Zucchini Schmear and 10 Ways It’ll Save Your Weeknight Meals
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A Summer-Screaming Zucchini Schmear and 10 Ways It’ll Save Your Weeknight Meals

It'll be a few months before you can make anything with zucchini, but this butter is worth the wait: soft, freckly, and ready to be tossed with pasta or even stuffed into grilled cheese.

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The 6-Ingredient Dinner That'll Get You Through the Post-Christmas Haze
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The 6-Ingredient Dinner That'll Get You Through the Post-Christmas Haze

Or any haze, really. You can use canned chickpeas if you're pinched for time (or just don't want to cook dried chickpeas).

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How to Make a Week of Meals with Marcella's Genius Tomato Sauce
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How to Make a Week of Meals with Marcella's Genius Tomato Sauce

A week's worth of buttery tomato sauce? We don't need to be told twice.

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How to Turn Pot Roast into a Month's Worth of Sunday Dinners (& Then Some)
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How to Turn Pot Roast into a Month's Worth of Sunday Dinners (& Then Some)

We call this "letting your slow-cooker do the work for you."

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The Falafel Recipe That Transforms into 5 Weeknight Meals
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The Falafel Recipe That Transforms into 5 Weeknight Meals

Bake a ton of quinoa and chickpea flour falafel, then expand your falafel horizons by throwing them into tacos, sliders, and fried egg-topped toast.

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The Chickpea Salad That Can Carry You Through a Whole Week
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The Chickpea Salad That Can Carry You Through a Whole Week

We have a healthy obsession with Joan's on Third's Curried Chickpeas: the caramelized onions, the cozy spices, the bright pop of lemon and cilantro.

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Braise a Ton of Cabbage, Be Rewarded with a Week's Worth of Meals
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Braise a Ton of Cabbage, Be Rewarded with a Week's Worth of Meals

Cabbage isn't called King of the Crisper for nothin'.

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Pssst: 8 Very "Adult" Ways to Eat Chicken Fingers for Dinner
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Pssst: 8 Very "Adult" Ways to Eat Chicken Fingers for Dinner

And by "very adult" we mean enchiladas filled with whatever you like (plus chicken fingers), sandwiches as far as the eye can see, and ramen(ish).

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Make a Dozen Soy Sauce Eggs, Eat Them Morning, Noon & Night
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Make a Dozen Soy Sauce Eggs, Eat Them Morning, Noon & Night

You like soy sauce eggs. We understand this.

And the winner is...

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The Corn Salad Recipe to Feed You All Week Long
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The Corn Salad Recipe to Feed You All Week Long

The good news: This corn salad is fast, simple, and with a punch from Sriracha and lime. The bad news: You'll have to wait until summer to make it.

Do you have a favorite make once, eat all week meal? Tell us about it in the comments.


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