Schoolnight Staples

I feel like I’ve fallen into such a dinner rut lately, but honestly we’re just so busy that anything that takes more than a few minutes isn’t happening. The two that I’ve been making most often both involve the Instant Pot, and I’ve posted about them (many times) before… but it’s always good to have easy dinners on hand, right?

The first one isn’t really even a recipe. Like it’s borderline embarrassing. I improvise a little bit based on what veggies I have on hand, but these are the staples:

Simply Balanced turkey meatballs (from Target), big jar of Victoria marinara (from Costco), mushrooms and pasta. I made it last night, and started by sauteing a bunch of chopped celery and carrots in the Instant Pot. Once those were soft, I added the frozen meatballs, drained mushrooms and an entire jar of the marinara. Set to “manual” for 5 minutes, then released the pressure once the pasta was done cooking on the stove.

This is one of the only meals I make that everyone will eat. Well, Isla eats the pasta with butter only- but at least I’m not making multiple meals! And that Barilla Plus pasta has a good amount of protein. I probably make this one 3-4x/month.

The second standby is the good ol’ turkey chili taco soup from Skinnytaste. I think I clipped this recipe out of Fitness magazine a million years ago and have been hooked on it ever since. I’ve made this on the stove, in the crockpot and in the Instant Pot and they all turn out great. I always swap out the taco seasoning for ranch dressing mix (3 Tbs) and use mild Ro-tel. The initial thought was to keep it from being too spicy for the kids, but I actually like it this way too (and then just add hot sauce to my bowl).

Apparently I forgot to get the turkey out of the fridge.

Also- this is really good with fire roasted corn, but I couldn’t find any at Sprouts today.

I need some new easy weeknight dinners, so if you have any ideas please let me know!

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