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Now that school’s back in session, we’ve got a crazy busy schedule, with a lot of after school activities, and that means that there’s not always a lot of time to cook dinner — sound familiar? Now, I really love to cook, and I hate spending money on takeout, unless it’s something I really want to try. So, I’ve pretty much mastered the art of cooking once and stretching the leftovers over several days. And, the leftover meals have to be different because the kids roll their eyes at the thought of the same meal over and over, but when you change it up a little, they love it.  

I’ve put together four meals that you can get from one pork roast, and best of all, you can use your Crock-Pot the first time around.

collage of four meals from one pork roast cook once eat all week



I love making roasts in the slow cooker, and there really isn’t a set recipe — just plop the roast in, add garlic and onions, and add your favorite seasonings. I shared a basic recipe for Crock-Pot Pork Roast before, and this is what we use most often. So, on the first night, you can enjoy the roast with your favorite sides.

Roast pork with mashed sweet potatoes and green beans

For this particular meal, I mashed a few sweet potatoes and topped them with some feta cheese. I also added a side of green beans — super simple!

roast pork in slow cooker and sweet potatoes and green beans
  

Shredded Pork Tacos

We love, love, love Mexican food around here, so the kids always look forward to Taco Tuesdays or any day! Just heat the leftover pork, add your favorite taco seasoning and shred the pork before serving. 

shredded pork taco with lettuce and tomato and avocado


Shredded Pork Burritos

These are just an alternative to tacos. For some reason, adding the same fillings to a large tortilla or soft taco shell makes it a different meal in the kids’ eyes. I also love burritos because I can sneak some extra veggies in there, and they stay hidden until the kids start eating. By then, they like the taste and don’t complain!

shredded pork burrito


Pulled Pork Sliders

Sliders are perfect for small hands, but I think the smaller size makes them appealing to adults too. Can you use the word cute to describe food? My kids laugh when I say this! Of course, sliders would be perfect for a Super Bowl party or gathering, as well.

pulled pork sliders with cheese and coleslaw for game day

Depending on the size of your roast and the size of your family, your food mileage may vary. There’s seven of us, and we usually get at least four meals out of a large roast, which I think is pretty awesome. It makes getting everyone fed so much easier!

What are your favorite ways to stretch your food budget and save time? I would love to hear them!

Thanks a bunch for taking the time to visit. Have a super day!

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  1. Michelle Nahom says:

    I love this! We try to do the same thing, although I usually only get two meals out of it. I should get bigger roasts…this is just such a smart thing to do! Thanks for sharing it with us at #FoodieFriDIY…hope to see you at the party again tonight!

  2. Miz Helen says:

    Hi Dee,
    I love your recipes for the Slow Cooker Pork, this is great. Thanks so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday and have a great week.
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

  3. Dee M says:

    That's exactly what we do, and it saves a ton of time and money! Thanks so much for visiting. šŸ™‚

  4. Dee M says:

    Thanks so much for stopping by — It's great to connect! šŸ™‚

  5. Dee M says:

    It definitely makes things a lot easier — I wish I figured this out long time ago — ha ha. šŸ™‚

  6. Dee M says:

    I don't know, but it's nice to know my kids aren't the only ones like this. Thanks, Leslie! šŸ™‚

  7. BritishMumUSA says:

    OH MY GOODNESS!!!! I do the same thing with chicken breasts, SERIOUSLY!!!!! I love cooking up six of them at the beginning of the week, shredding them and making several dinners out of them. We do Chipotle bowls one night, burritos another, BBQ Chicken sandwiches, and I will also make a soup out of what ever is left….. Will take your ideas, and do this as well. Awesome.
    xoxoxo

  8. Leslie says:

    What is it about kids that they hate seeing the same food more than once? Thanks for the great ideas and have a fantastic weekend!

  9. Leslie says:

    Pretty good idea here! Hmmm, I should really start thinking about this. I usually eat something small when I get home from work but this would be an excellent idea for lunches during the week.

  10. Laura Sue Shaw says:

    I definitely need to try this out! Pinning so I can find later.

    Found you on Saturday Sharefest šŸ™‚