February 26th - March 4th
A week of meal plans for your convenience. These aren't always my own recipes, as I love to try others out and maybe even tweak them for my own spin. But I aim to have fairly easy, family friendly meals. A downloadable + printable PDF of plans are available below as well as links to all recipes.
This is my busiest time of year. Travelling for hockey and tax season... so lots of breakfasts at the rink and pizza at the pool!
Waffles - We love to buy the premade Kodiak Waffles in the frozen section. They offer a few different flavors but chocolate chip and the cinnamon vanilla are two of our favs!
3 ripe or overripe bananas
1 tsp baking powder
1 cup oatmeal
Place all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth. Let batter sit for a few minutes as the oatmeal will thicken the batter over time. Thin with any milk of your choice if it's too thick. We like to stir in chia seeds and mini chocolate chips.
Banana Muffins - I make the muffin recipe on the back of the Kodiak pancake mixes, add in chia seeds & mini chocolate chips!
Instant Pot Hard Boiled Eggs - place eggs on trivet and pour in 1 cup of water. Cook on manual for 5 minutes with a quick release. Then immediately place in an ice bath. This cooks the yolk through, reduce time for a less "hard boiled" egg.
Italian Chopped Salad
Lettuce, whatever kind you prefer - I'm a big butter fan.
Turkey or Ham
Olives - again, whatever kind you prefer. I like kalamatas.
Italian Dressing -I'm gonna use the Olive Garden kind cuz I have it on hand.
Just chop everything together and mix! You can add or remove anything you want really.
SaraAnn's Perfectly Tender Pot Roast
3-4 lb chuck beef roast
Lawry's Black Pepper Seasoning
Couple Pounds of Potatoes
Let your roast sit out for a couple hours if you can - pat it dry with paper towels.
Preheat oven to 300.
Season well with lawry's and smoked paprika.
Heat a good drizzle of olive oil in a dutch oven over medium high heat.
Sear roast - at least top and bottom, all sides work too!
Cover dutch oven or roaster with lid and place in 300 degree oven. DO NOT add liquid.
Bake at 300 for 3-4 hours. A 2-3 lb roast for 3 hours, anything bigger closer to 4 hours.
Last 1 1/2 hours, add in your carrots and potatoes. My family doesn't do onions.
Remove roast from oven and put meat onto a cutting board and cover with foil. Put carrots and potatoes in a serving dish and cover.
With juices from roast in pan, put on stove over medium heat and stir in 1/4 cup flour and cook for a couple minutes.
Stir in a can of beef broth and cook until thickened. Salt & Pepper to taste - sometimes it needs a dash of worcestershire and sometimes it tastes just fine. I like to stir in a tbsp. of butter.
Shred meat, serve up with sides & enjoy!
Pesto Chicken Bake
You can make as much or little as you want... so no real measurements here, sorry!
Chicken Breasts or Tenders
Pesto (I highly prefer Kirkland brand)
Sliced Roma Tomatoes (about 2-3 slices per chicken breast)
Shredded Mozzarella Cheese
In a greased baking dish, place chicken in bottom & salt + pepper. Top with a spoonful of pesto to cover the top of chicken, then lay 2-3 slices of tomato on top of each breast and cover entire pan in mozzarella cheese. Bake at 400 degrees for about 25 minutes or until cheese is golden - chicken is usually done cooking by the time this happens, but be sure to check your chicken is cooked through!
** I like to serve this with couscous and drizzle pan drippings over it for added deliciousness!
Pizza Chicken Bake
Again, you can make as much or as little as you want...
chicken breasts or tenders
In a greased baking dish, place chicken in the bottom & salt + pepper. Top each chicken breast with a spoonful of pizza sauce. Sprinkle shredded mozzarella over entire dish and then mini pepperonis and bake at 400 for about 25 minutes or until cheese is golden. Make sure chicken is cooked through and enjoy!
**my family doesn't love pesto and cooked tomatoes, so I will make these in greased foil "boats" instead on a sheet pan so that I can eat what I want and they can eat what they want.
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