This weekend was jam-packed. I cleaned the house, cooked and decorated for Miss M’s 4th birthday party. I also had my normal school work to do. That’s why I made 10 minute make ahead meals to get us through the week ahead.
Super busy weekends happen every once in a while. Usually, I like to use the weekend to recuperate from the craziness of the school week. However, this weekend turned out to be equally busy.
I spent Friday night cleaning the house and decorating for Miss M’s birthday party. This morning, I went to the grocery store bright and early like I always do. When I got home, I made food for the party. There was no time to work on my make ahead meals, since the party started at 10.
It was 3:00 before the last guest left, and at that point, I was too tired to spend two hours in the kitchen making meals. However, I knew I would regret it during the week if I didn’t have anything ready to eat. Therefore, I decided to make meals that would be ready in 10 minutes or less and use some of the foods from my freezer.
10 Minute Make Ahead Meals
Monday – Hamburger Barbecue
Technically, I cheated on this one. I made the barbecue for the party, so it was ready in the morning. However, it came together in less than 10 minutes. I made plenty, so the leftovers will be our dinner Monday evening.
To make the barbecue, I browned 3 pounds of ground beef. Then, I drained the grease. Next, I added a cup and a half of ketchup, 3/4 cup of mustard, and two tablespoons of brown sugar. Do a taste test, and add more ingredients as needed.
Several guests enjoyed two or three barbecue sandwiches because they liked it so much. Luckily, there’s still enough for our dinner Monday night. We’ll grab a barbecue sandwich and head off to soccer practice.
Tuesday – Chicken Tetrazzini
I picked up some split chicken breasts at the grocery store for $3.00. When I got home from the grocery store, I popped them in the oven for 40 minutes while I set up for the party. Then, I took the chicken off the bone and put it in the refrigerator.
I found the recipe for Chicken Tetrazzini from Kristyn at Lil’ Luna. While the pasta was cooking, I mixed up the other ingredients, including the chicken I cooked in the morning. Then, I added the noodles, gave it another mix, and it was ready.
This meal takes 45 minutes to bake, but we don’t have anything else Tuesday night. The kids are going to love it! Anything with spaghetti noodles is a hit.
Wednesday – Bacon Blue Cheese Burgers
Technically, I cheated for Wednesday night’s dinner. This one only took me a minute because I had the Blue Cheese and Bacon Stuffed Burgers from Andie Mtchell in my freezer. Before school started, I spent an afternoon making freezer meals. That way, during really busy weeks, I have meals ready to go.
I had some extra rolls from the barbecue, so I figured the blue cheese and bacon stuffed burgers would be a perfect way to use them up. I’ll just grill the burgers Wednesday night, and we’ll have an easy supper ready in about 20 minutes.
Check out the other freezer meals I made. They really are a lifesaver when there’s no time to make dinner.
Thursday – Marinated Pork Chops
I picked up a pack of pork chops at the grocery store this morning. When the party was over, I looked for a recipe and found the Grilled Pork Chop Marinade from Laurie at Passionate Penny Pincher. I mixed the ingredients in a gallon-sized baggie and added the pork chops. Now, they can marinade until Thursday night. Then, I’ll put them in the oven with some broccoli, and dinner will be ready.
Friday – Pizza
This Friday, we’re back to our normal pizza night. Weis Markets had Tombstone pizzas for $2.88 this week. I picked up two of them, and that will be our dinner Friday night.
I didn’t have to worry about making dessert this week. We have plenty of Miss M’s beautiful Doc McStuffins birthday cake left. We also had a piñata, so the kids have lots of candy to eat for dessert, too.
The Week Ahead
This week is filled with early morning meetings and soccer practices at night. It’s reassuring knowing that all my meals are ready.
Even if you don’t have a lot of time, you can prepare 10 minute make ahead meals to get you through the busy workweek.
What is your favorite quick meal?
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