Pinterest-Inspired Make-Ahead Meals

Use these Pinterest-inspired make-ahead meals to save time during the busy work week.

 

Since we’re heading into the second week of September, it seems like cooler weather should be here soon.  I’m starting to crave fall foods.  I keep pinning soups and stews to my Pinterest boards thinking that I will need them soon.  Then, I walk outside, and the hot, humid air hits me.  It was above 90 degrees again in Pennsylvania today.

Since Tony is trying to cut back on the air conditioning, I wanted to find some recipes that I could make quickly that wouldn’t add extra heat to the house.  I also needed to use up the rest of my cabbage and some peppers from last week. With those goals in mind, I headed over to Pinterest to find some new inspiration.  I guess the soups and stews will have to wait.

 

Use these Pinterest-inspired make-ahead meals to save time during the busy work week.

 

Monday

Tuna was on sale at the grocery store last week for 88 cents.  I bought a few cans and wanted to use it this week.  My mom made a delicious tuna casserole when I was growing up.  I pulled out her recipe binder to see how she made it and realized that it used canned soup.  I try to avoid using those whenever possible, so I decided to search for a healthier alternative.  The Tuna Noodle Casserole from Scratch from All Recipes was just what I needed.  Spending just a few extra minutes making a roux to thicken the sauce would save my family from lots of sodium and unnatural ingredients.  Totally worth it!

 

Use these Pinterest-inspired make-ahead meals to save time during the busy work week.

Tuesday

Next, I wanted to find a recipe to use up my extra cabbage.  Last week I bought a huge head of cabbage at the farmer’s market for one dollar.  I used some of it to make coleslaw for last week’s Make-Ahead Meals and had about half of it left.  Faith from Home Ec @ Home left a comment recommending her Lazy Cabbage Roll Casserole to use up the extra cabbage.  I decided to give it a try.  This recipe was so easy to make!  I had the ground turkey browned in under five minutes, and my slow cooker did the rest of the work for me.  I can’t wait to eat this Tuesday night!

 

Use these Pinterest-inspired make-ahead meals to save time during the busy work week.

 

Wednesday

I also had some peppers left over from last week.  They were only 35 cents at the discount grocery store, so I bought a lot.  This week Chi-Chi’s salsa and tortillas were on sale.  I knew I had to make fajitas.  My kids love adding toppings to their fajitas and rolling them.  I think I could make fajitas weekly, and they would be happy.  Usually, I make them on the stove, but I wanted to make them ahead of time this week.  I’m going to need as much time as I can get in the evenings to clean for Miss M’s birthday party, which is next weekend.  I searched on Pinterest and found the recipe for Oven Fajitas from Beth at Budget Bytes.  Maybe I can get my kitchen cleaned while they are baking.

 

Use these Pinterest-inspired make-ahead meals to save time during the busy work week.

Thursday

My family loves Chinese food.  General Tso Chicken is one of our favorite things to order at Chinese restaurants.  I was wondering if it would be difficult to make myself.  When I found the recipe for Baked General Tso Chicken from Caroline at Pickled Plum, I realized it might not be too hard.  I used panko breadcrumbs in place of the cornflakes.  I also didn’t include the dried red chiles, and I cut back on the Sriracha.  My family doesn’t like things too spicy.  I quickly prepared some ramen noodles and put the chicken and sauce over them.  Who needs takeout when you can make it quickly and easily at home?

 

Use these Pinterest-inspired make-ahead meals to save time during the busy work week.

Friday

We are going to take a break from pizza night this week.  I bought a loaf of Italian bread at the grocery store, and it is hanging out in my freezer right now.  I am going to use it to make an Italian bread stromboli for Friday night.  I bought extra ham and cheese at the deli, and I love stromboli.  The last time I tried to make it, my pizza dough was really sticky, and it fell apart.  It also didn’t get brown and crispy, which is the way I like my stromboli.  When I saw the Italian bread, I wondered if I could use it as the “dough” for a stromboli.  I’ll update with the results next weekend to let you know if it turns out well.

 

Dessert

I wanted something fun for dessert this week.  I knew I had found it when I saw the Lofthouse Sugar Cookie Bars from Ashton at Something Swanky.  The pretty frosting and sprinkle decorations are so cute, and who doesn’t love a sugar cookie?  My kids haven’t seen these yet, but I know they are going to love them.  They are going to stay hidden until after supper.  Then, we’ll have the big reveal.

 

Use these Pinterest-inspired make-ahead meals to save time during the busy work week.

 

With my refrigerator stocked with meals, I am ready for the first 5-day week of school.  What are your meal plans for the week?

 

 

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10 thoughts on “Pinterest-Inspired Make-Ahead Meals

    1. [email protected] says:

      Erin, the sugar cookie bars are delicious! I think I’m going to have to make another batch soon. Fall is definitely a great time for baking!

    1. [email protected] says:

      My kids love tuna noodle casserole. They love cheese and noodles so the tuna slips by unnoticed. I hope your kids like it!

  1. I envy your organization skills! This is a great-looking menu and I totally want to try the baked general tso chicken. Thanks 🙂

    1. [email protected] says:

      I am definitely looking forward to the General Tso Chicken. I hope you get to try it, Haley!

    1. [email protected] says:

      Kellie, tuna noodle casserole is definitely a comfort food for me, too. It reminds me of my childhood. Both my nana and my mom used to make it.

    1. [email protected] says:

      Jacky, the General Tso Chicken was so good. It was actually easier to make than it would have been to go to the Chinese restaurant.

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