Updates from last week’s meal planning: the major new hit of the week was definitely those mozzarella-stuffed meatballs, which we ended up eating as sliders on garlicky-cheesy toasted rolls, and which my girls both demanded I make again, and soon! The honey-balsamic chicken was also a hit and would have been perfection with some nice fluffy rice to soak up that good glaze, so notes for next time I make it. We didn’t get to the PB & banana quesadillas or the sweet potato fries, so those are still ahead of us.
This was a busy week for us, with several musical rehearsals for Sophie, the middle school winter concert Wednesday afternoon and a big school project for both girls, along with a field trip Friday. For me, my students are preparing to take midterms next week, and I’m staring down the Mt. Everest of ungraded work. Stressful all around! So this week’s recipes had to be time-sensitive and popular.
Root beer pulled pork for sandwiches: I’ve wanted to try root beer with pork like this for a long time, and good slow cooker recipes are always a hit with our busy schedule. I think in the summer, Southwest spiced corn would make a great pairing here, but to be honest, we will probably have apple slices and potato chips. Easy! Quick!
Leftover root beer pork will get repurposed into Stuffed Baked Potatoes: love baked potatoes, love serving leftovers in different ways, love meals like this on cold winter nights! Baked potatoes, potato skins, and twice-baked potatoes are also great to heat up for lunch the next day.
Parmesan Portobello Orzo: a twist on our familiar pasta noodles, plus mushrooms in a creamy Parmesan presentation–I have high hopes for this one, and it seems like it would make great lunches too, but I’ll have spaghetti and sauce ready (jarred) if this is not popular.
Finally, Tuesday waffles, tied to the final season premiere of one of our favorite shows, Parks and Recreation. More on our P&R Waffle Fest in an upcoming entry…….
Breakfast: I’m experimenting with baked oatmeal this week, because my girls like instant and I’d love to give them a healthier option. I’m going to use this funky monkey baked oatmeal recipe, but skip the coconut (none of us are fans) and try baking in a muffin pan for easier portioning, consulting this recipe for tips too. If this works for us, I’ll try apple pie baked oatmeal next and baked pumpkin steel-cut oats down the road. I’d love for them to have a quick and hot breakfast when the weather is so cold.
If you click through on these links, you’ll see I’m on a big Budget Bytes kick this week. I don’t know about you, but I like to dive deep in particular websites and sample their recipes until I trust that whatever I make will turn out well. Keeping my fingers crossed that I can add Budget Bytes to my regular meal planning rotation.