Hello Monday! Hello October!
Time to start a new week/month and make it a good one. That’s my mind set. Things always go better when you’re thinking positive…which by the way, is usually easier said than done. But I’m stating it here to keep me accountable. Who’s with me?
Yesterday for Sunday Food Prep, I wanted to make something that would leave me with a lot of leftovers that I could easily add things to to make different meals throughout the week. This immediately made me think of an old favorite, Jamie Eason’s Monster Meatloaf!
I follow her recipe fairly closely, but here are the changes I make:
- 2 packages of ground turkey instead of 3 (1 lean, 1 extra lean)
- 1/2 cup oats
- sauteed mushrooms, red bell pepper, and onion
- 1/3 cup ketchup for topping
- 2 egg whites
- up the tomato paste to 1/4 cup
It is so. good. It has a lot of liquid flavor, which helps to keep it nice and juicy. I’m pretty happy I have a whole pan of it to eat this week.
Since things have been very busy lately, I’m really relying on my food prep for meals. The larger amount I can make at one time, the better, and helps to balance the craziness that is my life right now! It got me thinking about some of my other quick, easy, and large quantity favorites that can be made in advance.
- boatload of enchiladas
- ground chicken cheesey lasagna
- one-pot turkey chili
- white chicken chili
- veggie chili
- easy taco soup
- shrimp pasta with marinara cream sauce (can sub any protein for shrimp)
- tuna burgers (double/triple recipe)
Those came to mind, but mostly all meals can easily be doubled or tripled. I will be making an effort to do this more, although I would love to be able to cook a new meal every single night. But let’s be realistic here. I just don’t have that time. So I’ll cook when I can, and make it count!
Do you have any go-to large quantity meals? We’re all busy; lets help each other out and share!
Have a great night everyone!