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  • SaraAnn Rasmusan

October 23 - 29

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.

I signed up for Home Chef - I like to do this every once in awhile for a change up in meals, easy planning and because one of my favorites, Half Baked Harvest, has partnered with them! You can google the recipes or search it on

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.

*I'm gonna throw in some discard for funsies!

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!

Cheesy Ramen - Cook ramen according to package directions, drain most of the water off, stir in the seasoning packet and then rip up a piece of american cheese and stir in. So gross but yet so good, haha. My kids LOVE this - their dad's creation.

Meatballs - I picked up some premade meatballs from a market while out of town. They are HUGE and look amazing. I'm going to put them in the crockpot on low with a jar of Carbone pasta sauce. I will serve over noodles with salad and broccolini (also from the market).

Paprika Chicken + Rice


  • 5 chicken thighs

  • 1 teaspoon salt

  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper

  • 2 teaspoon paprika

  • 2 teaspoon dried oregano

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil

  • 1 1/2 cups jasmine rice

  • 2 1/2 cups chicken broth

  • 1 tsp minced garlic

  • heaping spoonful chicken base

  • salt + pepper to taste

In a gallon ziploc bag or large bowl - mix salt, pepper, paprika & oregano. Add in chicken thighs and shake/stir til chicken is coated. Heat skillet over medium high heat, pour in olive oil. Once pan is hot and oil is shimmering, brown chicken on each side and remove to a plate. Stir in rice and toast for a couple minutes, add in garlic then pour in chicken stock and bring to a boil. Stir in a spoonful of chicken base then add chicken thighs back in, cover and bake at 400 degrees for 20 minutes or until chicken and rice is cooked through.

Butterfly Chicken Wings - not sure how these are done, it's something my husband wants to make so letting him take over!

Pork Chops - this is a recipe I'm working on so stay tuned!

Taco Soup

1 lb hamburger, ground turkey or chicken - whatever you prefer

64 oz jug Pace medium picante sauce

15 oz can black beans

15 oz can pinto beans or red beans (NOT kidney)

15 oz can whole kernel corn

15 oz can crushed tomatoes

sour cream

shredded cheese

candied jalapenos


Fritos or Tortilla Chips

Brown burger then add in picante sauce and crushed tomatoes. Drain and rinse your beans and corn then add in. Bring to a simmer, salt + pepper to taste. If you like spicier - add in some canned green chiles or jalapenos. Top with cheese, sour cream, candied jalapenos, cilantro and eat with Fritos or tortilla chips. Cornbread is great too!

Cornmeal Pancakes

1 cup flour

1 cup cornmeal

1/4 cup sugar

1 tsp baking powder

1/2 tsp baking soda

1/2 tsp salt

1 1/2 cups buttermilk

3 large eggs

1/2 cup butter, melted

Mix flour, cornmeal, sugar, baking powder, baking soda + salt in a bowl. Whisk in buttermilk, eggs and butter until smooth.

Over medium heat, grease your pan and cook pancakes, turning when they bubble up and bottoms are golden.

*I'm going to add some sourdough discard to this!

Mummy Hot Dogs

hot dogs

can of crescent rolls

Cut crescent rolls up with a pizza cutter and let your kids wrap em' around hot dogs or little smokies. Bake according to package directions!

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

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