Each month, we encourage you to Cook Once, Eat 3x: Start with one special Sunday recipe that yields a bit extra, then try two quick and easy recipes that transform those leftovers during the week. This is get ahead cooking at its most inventive: instead of repeats night after night, our strategic recipe trio gives you three completely different dinners and zero food waste. Cook a little extra now, and save time and money later!

This week, start with a big batch of white beans. Dried white beans are inexpensive, and once soaked and simmered, they become lusciously starchy and creamy. They’re also versatile: delicious in a soup, blended into a puree, or sautéed.

Start your soak on Saturday night or Sunday morning, then simmer until tender. One cup goes into a cheesy cauliflower puree topped with seared shrimp. More beans become the base for a two-bean soup, and the rest are incorporated into a quick collard sauté with collards, bacon, chicken, and a splash of vinegar. Bean boredom? Not with these recipes.

Sunday Night: Peppered Shrimp with White Bean and Cauliflower PureeUse 1 cup beans tonight; reserve 41/2 cups beans for 2 weeknight recipes below

Weeknight 1: Collard Greens Sauté with Chicken and White BeansUse 21/2 cups of the reserved cooked beans from Sunday

Weeknight 2: Two-Bean Soup with Tomato-Chive CrostiniUse 2 cups of the reserved cooked beans from SundayWant less? If you want just beans for tonight, substitute the equivalent amount of canned unsalted cannellini beans, rinsed and drained.

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