Weekly Meal Plan 8/26 – 9/1
We are back to school now and I am hoping to keep up with making meals each night. I want Nolan to help with something whenever possible. He has developed a love of cutting things up and stirring!
Sunday: Meatballs and Pasta
Trying to using up freezer ingredients is a major goal right now. Found some ground pork so meatballs it is. I am going to make them on the small side so we can repeat it later in the week as meatball subs! PLUS, I am going to make a whole pound of pasta so I can use the left over noodles for Nolan’s lunch during the week! Getting a lot of out this meal’s prep!
Monday: Mashed Potato Bowls
Always a big hit with my kids, mashed potatoes, gravy, chicken, & corn are layered into steaming hot deliciousness! I use my Instant Pot to make the potatoes in no time and NO BOILED OVER WATER!
12 Minute Instant Pot Mashed Potatoes:
4 pounds (appx. 8 medium) Potatoes, Peeled and Chunked
1 T. Salt
4 T. Butter
1/2 c. milk
2 T. Sour Cream (optional)
Salt & Pepper to taste
After peeling and cutting up potatoes (I cut mine into eighths), add to Instant Pot (no trivet). Add cold water, just until all potatoes are covered. At 1 T. salt. Cover and seal pressure cooker and make sure vent is set to seal.
Set cooker to High Pressure Cook for 12 minutes. After it comes to pressure the timer will start. Once the timer goes off, you can either let it automatically release or after a few minutes do a manual release. I usually let mine automatically release while I finish the rest of my meal prep!
CAREFULLY lift out the Instant Pot insert and drain the water. Add potatoes back and add butter, milk and sour cream. Mash to desired consistency and salt and pepper to taste!
Tuesday: Pizza Roll Ups
Turn a loaf of frozen bread dough into a tasty pizza meal in no time.
1 Loaf Frozen Bread Dough
2 c. shredded mozarella cheese
Pizza Fillings of choice *
Allow bread dough to thaw and rise on a greased cookie sheet for the day. (usually about 6 hours). You can get it out in the am, spray with some non stick oil on top, put a piece of saran wrap or parchment over and cover with a towel. Let it rise all day!
When ready to prep, punch down the dough and shape into a rough rectangle on the cookie sheet. Sprinkle with toppings and cheese. Carefully roll up and seal the ends very well. Place seam side down on the baking sheet.
Bake at 350 for 20 minutes until brown and it sounds ‘hollow’ when tapped. Allow to rest 10 minutes before slicing into individual spirals. Serve with warm marinara for dipping.
*I LOVE to use leftovers in this. Meatballs, shredded chicken, steak, pulled pork, taco meat or sloppy joe filling is EXCELLENT! Add whatever cheese you like. Pepperjack, cheddar, jack, anything goes!
Wednesday: Breakfast for Dinner
I don’t know for sure what I am going to make, but probably egg sandwiches. Toasted bagels, fried eggs, cheese and bacon! Bacon always comes through for the win!
Thursday: Leftover remix – Meatball Subs
Since we have tumbling, I need an easy to make meal that is done quickly. From my meatball & pasta meal, I am reheating the meatballs and serving them in toasted hoagie rolls topped with cheese.
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