Culinistas's Kitchen

Supper Sprint

by The Culinistas

When shopping and cooking for a week of family meals, repurpose ingredients across dishes not only to be efficient with the grocery shop, but also to diversify by way of flavor profiles and preparation techniques.  The following five dishes have baton-passing ingredients that will keep the grocery list slim and, bonus!, are also easy to make, versatile, and will last a few days in the fridge.

Zucchini Nuggets
Cauliflower & Quinoa Salad
Meatballs Marinara
Cauliflower Mac & Cheese
Lentils & Quinoa


Sneak some leftover lentils and zucchini into the meatballs to introduce your kiddos to some legumes & subtle veggies.

Utilize cauliflower two ways- for a lighter Mac & Cheese and a hearty Cauliflower & Quinoa Salad- in order to use each part of the cauliflower.

Quinoa  chameleon: toss in the Cauliflower & Quinoa Salad, as well as the Lentils & Quinoa.

Some great meals for mixing and matching dishes:

Zucchini Nuggets + Meatballs Marinara
Cauliflower & Quinoa Salad + Meatballs Marinara
Meatballs Marinara + Lentils & Quinoa
Cauli Mac & Cheese + Zucchini Nuggets
Cauliflower & Quinoa Salad + Lentils & Quinoa


Extra! Extra! Eat All About It.

There will be leftover watercress from the cauliflower salad that can be used to make a simple salad to accompany the Mac & Cheese or Meatballs Marinara, or simply for a salad later on in the week.

There will be extra eggs from the Zucchini Nuggets for a couple hard boiled for the morning, or scrambled for the kids.

There is extra smoked mozzarella from the Lentils & Quinoa, so be sure to make a super deluxe grilled cheese for lunch on Saturday.

A special thanks to Sylvie Rosokoff for the beautiful photograph.