braised chicken

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Pick your recipes wisely.
Meal prep is easiest if you select recipes that can "bear the burden of being stretched and poked and prodded to adapt," says Stubbs. That is, you want to choose dishes with some flexibility, that you can change up, depending on the season and what ingredients you have. One example: a chicken dinner Stubbs calls a "braise/roast." She'll toss in herbs, if she has them, or skip them entirely; also wine, chicken stock or no liquid at all. It works, no matter what.