Ideas for next big cooking extravaganza. So as a single guy, with only myself and bro to worry about, I often have trouble figuring out what to make for food. I'm pretty content to have a bacon, egg, lettuce + whatever else looks like it might taste good on that breakfast, and i keep that sort of stuff in stock (that and oatmeal, since I'm not a huge fan of cold cereal), but I don't know what do do with dinner. Usually, I'll pick something and make a lot, then eat it until it's either gone or goes bad. It's a lot easier to cook several portions at a time, and being able to just grab something from the fridge, and nuke if necessary is key. Here's some examples i've done recently: Salad - usually lettuce from mom's garden mixed with stuff on sale at the meijer. romaine, arugala, and the butter lettuce, grill up 4-5 chicken breasts, some bacon, any onions in the fridge, red or yellow peppers if I have them and other random veggies i think are in danger of going bad. this is my "clean up the fridge meal". Tabouleh/shawarma/hummus in pita - it's boneless chicken thighs, either on a grill or in the pan depending on weather, made to taste like the stacked chicken thighs and breast they make in israeli/lebanese restaurants. The veggie part is parsely, cucumber, tomato and bulgar wheat soaked in oil and lemon juice. hummus is store bought. Baked ziti - 2 13x9 pans stuffed with ziti, my tricked up red sauce (I buy the cheap stuff from the store and then add some flavor) and lots of cheese. Thai/asian mock-stir fry - a rotation between various stirfryable veggies and chicken in sauces that are vaguely thai-esque. Leftovers are just the meat veggies heated up and poured over nuked up white rice that I made with stock and a little seasoning. I've both made my own sauce (still have a lot of leftover fish sauce), and appropriated various dressings and marinades that i thought would work. Making it myself was pretty good, the rest was a lot of mixed success. The coconut juice/milk was pretty expensive, so when I do this one again, I might try to substitute something else. Mini burgers - instead of regular sized burgers, i grilled up a bunch of much thinner ones--very carefully because they're prone to breaking and then every meal i'd nuke one up and throw different toppings on it. This also helped get rid of the avocadoes from the: Tacos - my ultimate get crap out of the fridge dish. you can wrap anything in a tortilla and make it better with some black beans, hot sauce and guacamole. Plus the leftovers are really good for making chicken wraps, breakfast burritos, and you can make crazy salsas in a food processor. I've found it's also the best way to eat the cheap steaks that I think are unfit for grilling. Because it's hard to clear out all the ingredients at the same rate, taco time often takes a couple months to end, and I have to hit the store a few times to restock the proteins, eventually I get bored of it. I also do crockpot meals when its cold and crappy. pot roasts are still affordable, and you can throw chicken and soup in a crockpot and crank out decent stuff. This is also the only way I've found i can get rid of cornflakes that my bro insists we buy and then never eats. I make them into a crunchy topping by toasting them in dressing. My problem is that I'm basically cycling between this all the time. I need some inspiration for inexpensive, tasty, foods that make great long term leftovers and aren't all starchy with multiple sticks of butter in them (like the ziti which is NOT healthy at all). I'm pretty decent in the kitchen, and while i rarely follow recipes, I generally know how things will turn out, and i'm not really picky about everything being perfect after a few days. Do you guys have any meals like that that would be really good?