We’ve been doing a lot of cooking at home, recently. I’ve been trying to meal plan and prep as much as possible, especially now as I’ve been trying to eat better.
So here’s some of the greatest hits.
Blueberry Oat Muffins – I’ve been making these suckers a couple times a year for about three years. I usually end up getting somewhere around 18 muffins per batch. They’re delicious, filling, and freeze well. I generally leave out 3 or so of these at a time and toss the rest in the freezer. They’re a nice alternative to Clif bars in the morning or for an afternoon snack.
Instant Pot Jambalaya – I’ve become a big fan of the Instant Pot since I finally caved and got one two years ago. I use it for as much as I can. Meals are quick, tasty, and it’s an easy way to make healthy meals for all three of us. This jambalaya is stupid good. I made it about a year ago for the first time, and a month or so ago a good friend was coming over for dinner and she specifically requested that I make this again. I’ve made it with one, two, or all three meats. All options are delicious. It hasn’t been easy to find andouille recently, so smoked sausage works just as well. And this recipe makes a ton. Be prepared for leftovers. It’s just as good heated up over the next few days, and it’s a great fall recipe. Warm, spicy, and filling.
Instant Pot Meatlof – Another Instant Pot classic in this house. It’s so good I’ve even got my picky-eating parents eating it twice a month (we don’t eat it nearly that often, thankfully). It’s perfect because you cook the potatoes in the Instant Pot at the same time, so they end up soft and savory. I actually bought the stuff to make it sometime this week as Mike’s been asking for it.
Make Ahead Chicken Fajita Lunch Bowls – This is one of my favorite things to take to work for lunch or dinner. It’s easy to make, easy to assemble, filling, healthy, and tasty. It can be eaten heated up or cold, and if you’re making it to take to work, you can get anywhere from 4-6 servings out of one prep. To make it even easier Tyson makes excellent already cooked chicken strips and breasts that you can use rather than baking your own chicken. I’m all about convenience, so if you go this route the only thing you actually need to cook is the rice. And guess what – the Instant Pot has a rice cooker function! (I swear, I’m not being paid to rep the Instant Pot. It’s just so damn useful.)
Lastly, my personal favorite.
Bread Pudding II – I love bread pudding. If I had to pick one thing to eat for the rest of my life for every meal and never gain weight or get sick of it, it would be bread pudding. And this is the best recipe I’ve found to make it at home. The same friend from above asks for it for her birthday and Christmas and as “payment” whenever she does me a favor (I’m not kidding). I’m not a big fan of raisins, so I just leave them out of the recipe. It ends up tasting like warm, soggy French toast. It’s the most perfect bread pudding recipe. Last time I made it I made a caramel sauce to drizzle over it. It was absolutely decadent.
So there you go. Five of my go-to recipes for all occasions. All of these are relatively quick to make, generally don’t require a lot of prep and will keep you going through the day.