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  • SaraAnn Rasmusan

May 21st - 27th

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.

Super easy and low key week for meals as we are busy with family things, baseball, spring programs and preschool & high school graduations!

Meal Plans
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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!

Banana Pancakes

3 ripe or overripe bananas

5 eggs

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.

Air Fryer Potatoes - Chop potatoes and season with olive oil, garlic salt + pepper. Air fry at 400 for 15 minutes or until golden brown.

Air Fryer Broccoli - I will generously season chopped broccoli with avocado oil, garlic salt + pepper and air roast at 375 for about 8 minutes or until my desired liking, which is pretty done!

Air Fryer Brussel Sprouts - Toss in olive or avocado oil with garlic salt + pepper. Air fry at 400 degrees for 15 minutes or until desired doneness.

Jasmine Rice in the Instant Pot

2 cups jasmine rice

2 cups water

Spray your insert with oil, add in rice and water, stir & cook on manual for 4 minutes. Natural release for 10 minutes or more. Voila! The perfectly cooked white rice!

Pork Chops - I season with Lawry's Black Pepper Seasoning and Smoked Paprika, generously. Grill on medium high heat until desired doneness - we like ours about medium to medium well. Pork must be cooked to at least 145 degrees.

Spaghetti Sauce

1 lb hamburger

1 28 oz can crushed tomatoes

1 14.5 oz can tomato sauce

1 6 oz can tomato paste

1 tsp minced garlic

1 tsp oregano

1 tsp basil

1 tsp thyme

1/2 tsp onion powder

1 tsp garlic salt

1/4 tsp black pepper

1 tbsp balsamic vinegar

Brown hamburger and remove excess fat. On medium heat, stir in garlic, oregano, basil, thyme, onion powder, garlic salt + pepper. Cook for a couple minutes until fragrant. Then add in crushed tomatoes, tomato sauce + tomato paste. Bring to a simmer and stir in balsamic vinegar. Simmer for 20 minutes.

You can also just put cooked + seasoned meat in the crockpot and stir in everything else and cook on low all afternoon, this is actually my favorite way to have it. Let those flavors marinade and that meat get nice and tender!

If you're feeling extra, pour a splash of heavy cream into your sauce for added richness!

Grilled Chicken Thighs

2 lbs Chicken Thighs

1/2 cup Soy Sauce or Balsamic Vinegar

1/2 tsp Onion Powder

1/2 tsp Kosher Salt

1/4 tsp Pepper

1 tsp Minced Garlic

1 tsp oregano

Splash of water to thin

Mix all marinade ingredients in a ziploc then add chicken thighs and marinate for at least an hour. Then grill or cook in a skillet on medium high heat and cooked to 165 degrees.

Click the buttons with the recipe title below to be taken to the link!

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