Meal Plans for December 18-24
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.
You will see some repetition from week to week... we are RELIGIOUS about Taco Tuesday, sometimes we switch it up but it's always taco related! One night a week we have a leftovers or breakfast option to help clear out the fridge. This typically falls on a night where we have sports happening, so for now, that's Wednesdays for us! ENJOY!
Fried Cube Steaks
Package of Cube Steaks
1 cup flour
1 tsp seasoned salt (we like Lawry's Black Pepper Seasoning)
1/2 tsp smoked paprika
Oil for frying
14.5 oz can beef broth
Pour oil into skillet til it covers entire bottom of pan, heat on medium to medium high heat. Mix flour, seasoned salt + smoked paprika in a gallon ziploc bag. Add the cube steaks in and shake around until all steaks are coated. Add to pan and fry until each side is golden then place on a paper towel lined plate.
To make a pan gravy, dump a few tablespoons of the flour mixture left from the ziploc bag in and whisk. Let cook for a minute or two. Dump in a can of beef broth while whisking constantly. Season with salt & pepper accordingly. You can add a couple shakes of worcestershire or a small spoonful of beef base to deepen the flavor, if needed. I also like to add a pad of butter at the end to make it even better!
1 lb chicken breasts, thighs or tenders
4 teaspoons smoked paprika
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon onion powder
1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1 teaspoon dried oregano
1 teaspoon dried basil
Kosher salt and black pepper
1 pound long pasta, such as linguine or fettuccine
1 tsp minced garlic
2 cups heavy cream or half & half
1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese
4 tbsp butter, 2 tbsp for chicken & 2 tbsp for sauce
Combine smoked paprika, garlic + onion powder, cayenne pepper, oregano, basil, salt + pepper to a gallon ziploc bag and shake to mix. Add chicken and shake to coat.
Boil a large pot of water and cook pasta according to package directions. Reserve some pasta water for sauce.
Melt 2 tbsp butter in a skillet, add chicken and cook about 5 minutes per side until cooked through. Set aside on a plate and cover with foil to keep warm.
Melt 2 tbsp butter in the pan, add garlic and cook until fragrant. Whisk in cream and bring to a simmer, add parmesan cheese in two batches, bringing to boil each time and stirring until cheese has melted in. Add some reserved pasta water as needed if sauce becomes too thick.
Add pasta into pan sauce and toss to coat. Serve topped with chicken!
1/2 cup coconut oil, melted
1/2 cup honey
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp salt
3 heaping cups old fashioned oats
2 Tbsp chia seeds
2-3 Tbsp maple syrup
1 tbsp vanilla
Preheat oven to 300 and line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper.
Whisk honey, oil, salt and cinnamon. Stir in oats and chia seeds. You can add a cup of nuts too if you’d like as well as any other seeds. Then stir in maple and vanilla. Spread on parchment paper and bake for 10 min at 300. Stir and bake for an additional 12 minutes at 325 degrees. Remove from oven, give a good stir and let cool. Break up into pieces and let cool completely. Store in airtight container for up to a month.
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 like to use the recipe on the bank of Kodiak Pancake Buttermilk & Honey mix... we don't add cinnamon but do add chia seeds and mini chocolate chips!
1 1/2 cups oats
1/2 cup milk
3/4 tsp salt
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup butter, melted
1 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. vanilla
Mix all ingredients together and pour into greased 4 greased ramekins or baking dishes. Sprinkle the tops with brown sugar and cinnamon and baked at 375 degrees for 30 minutes. You can also add chopped nuts to the top before baking for an added crunch, we like pecans! Serve topped with fresh berries and to make it even more decadent, top with a drizzle of heavy cream.
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!
Cut up any kind of potato you prefer, we like yukon golds. Drizzle with olive oil, kosher salt & pepper. Roast at 425 for 30 minutes or until golden.
Roasted Brussel Sprouts
Cut brussels in half, toss in olive oil, garlic salt & pepper. Roast at 425 for 20 minutes or until they get a nice browning on them. You can also add some bread crumbs and grated parmesan cheese to step them up a notch!
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