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  1. Michelle says

    I’ve been at my new job since the end of May and I still am adjusting! I’m learning to make dishes like slow-cooked pulled pork that can be used in different ways in different meals throughout the week. You’ll find your rhythm soon, I promise!

  2. kitchenbelle says

    Congratulations on the new job! I agree with Michelle. The slow cooker is the way to go! You can use it to make spicy shredded chicken sandwiches one night and then repurpose the shredded meat for the remainder of the week. Reheat and use it in quesadillas, tacos, burritos, and on salads!

  3. Vanessa says

    Ooooh nom! Love buffalo flavor and chili too and will want to make this for a football party soon!

  4. joan says

    Chili sounds good. It is cold here this morning!
    Spaghetti!! Tastes better each day, so it’s great for leftovers. Here is a good sauce recipe.

  5. sweeter salt says

    this sounds so good! totally bookmarking this one.

    one of my favorite make ahead meals is my sweet potato chili. super easy and stores well.

  6. Justine says

    when in doubt and i need a quick meal i always go for cous cous and shrimp. cous cous is a lifesaver! and its a good leftover piece to use throughout the week with other things like veggies. also… make a big thing of soup on sunday and use it through the week 🙂 this one is my fave and so easy…

  7. lauren says

    Congrats on the new job! I’m bookmarking this for next week, I wonder if this would work in a crock pot? I generally make my chili in one and it comes out pretty well, aside from the fact that you need to chop the veggies large or they’ll completely blend into the “sauce”.
    Stir fries are great for busy nights, you can even make some rice ahead. I’ve also found that I can broil veggies and chicken on a pan with foil and serve that over rice, salad or in tortillas.
    I just made your buffalo chicken mac & cheese for the 3rd or 4th time, and it was delicious! It takes a bit of time to put together, but it was worth it! We had leftovers one night, plus enough to freeze for a few more nights in the future.

  8. Kelly says

    Sounds like a definite transition. I have similar feelings about my job. I really enjoy it. My co-workers are great. The work itself is challenging, creative, and at times, fun. But boy does it leave me drained! I often try to do as much menu planning and prep as I can on weekends when I have the most energy and freedom.

  9. Lindsay says

    I made chili for the first time EVER tonight, too! It also had ground chicken. And corn. Mmmmm! So happy to have leftovers. My life is a LOT like yours… I leave at 8:00 am and I walk in the door around 8:00 pm on most nights. There is no such thing as cooking, except on the weekends. So I make big one-pot meals that can be split into smaller portions for the week!

  10. Kerstin says

    What a great twist on chili! Congrats on your new job too, so exciting!

  11. sarah k. @ the pajama chef says

    looks like a great chili recipe. congrats on the job!!

    as for leftover-friendly recipes… lasagna is always great and can be made ahead. african peanut pineapple stew is also a big favorite in our house!

  12. Megan says

    I know exactly what you mean. It’s that hour on the T/walking to work and then back again that really wipes me out. Lots of leftovers are key for getting through the week! Congrats on the new job! I just made a huge batch of meatballs and sauce yesterday and stocked the freezer. Baked mac and cheese, lasagna, and hearty soups are some other good ideas.

  13. Daisy says

    oh the life of a working girl. congrats on your new job and welcome to the corporate world!!

  14. To Kiss the Cook says

    Congratulations and welcome back to corporate America- may your benefits be bountiful! On another note, this chili looks incredible and I want to make it rightthisminute!

  15. Betty @ scrambled hen fruit says

    Leftovers are a working girl’s best friend. I love things like soup and chili that I can freeze in individual serving sizes to grab for lunch as I’m going out the door in the morning. 🙂 This chili looks awesome!

  16. Shannon says

    sounds delish! and congrats on the new job! i totally know what you mean too, i’ve been adjusting to my new commute… and wondering how to make up that lost hour :/ Settling into a routine, though, and getting in some cooking when I can!

  17. allison says

    I think I need to try this chili.

  18. Susan says

    I’m sure this is a big adjustment for you but it sounds like you have a very supportive family and boyfriend, thankfully.

    You chili sounds wonderful and I love the idea of using shredded rotisserie chicken too.

  19. Cara says

    Office jobs + long days = quick dinners a must. I actually made a pot of chili yesterday for the week since I’ll be out of town and my husband isn’t all that kitchen-savvy. Definitely will be giving this a try next time we make chili!

  20. Telebrands says

    This buffalo chicken chili sounds great. Thanks for the post (and recipe).

  21. Eliana says

    This chili has delicious and comfort written all over it.

  22. Maiah says

    (1) Congrats on the job! I hope the corporate world treats you well 🙂
    (2) Love the idea of your fiance waiting with a glass of wine by the door. Officially on the top of my future-husband-wishlist.
    (3) MUST try! Can’t wait – sounds & looks delicious!


  23. Lane | With Two Spoons says

    5 stars
    Fellow working girl here. Never enough hours in the day! Looks like this chili (with my absolute favorite flavors) is going to help a lot! Thanks for the recipe!

  24. Madi says

    5 stars
    This is such a brilliant dinner idea! Combining buffalo chicken and chili sounds so good!

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