If you didn’t already know, I am a fifth grade teacher. This upcoming week happens to be parent-teacher conferences! This means that I am at school from when I get there in the morning (normally 7:30) to 8pm at night. Instead of giving myself the chance to order something unhealthy, I decided to prep lunch and dinner this week. This will also give my husband some dinners while I am gone so he doesn’t get tempted to order something either!
I had a craving for white chicken chili. I am not sure why especially since I have never had it before, but whenever I see it, white chili looks so good! I searched Pinterest and found this recipe that looked delicious from Averie Cooks. I also liked it because it gave me a chance to bust out my Le Creuset, the wedding gift that I really wanted, but seldom use. Luckily, it is beginning to be soup season, so I will be changing that! Back to the chili…I followed the recipe exactly, except for the part where I started to burn the onions because I was too busy shredded chicken…so don’t do that! This recipe was pretty simple once you read the ingredient list a few times, at first it seems pretty long, but a lot of it is spices. From the taste I took, I think I’ll be making this again! It was quick too, which is a huge bonus.
My husband loves pot roast slow cooker meals with potatoes and carrots. When we saw it was going to be a cold week, we knew chili and pot roast were perfect meals! My husband got me an Instant Pot for my birthday (yay!), and I wanted to use it this weekend. So back to Pinterest I went to find a recipe for the Instant Pot. I decided to go with a recipe from Favorite Family Recipes. It was easy and because it was my first time using the Instant Pot, that was perfect! Being able to sear the meat in the Instant Pot is a game changer. I really hated having to sear the meat in a pan before putting in the slow cooker. I always thought that a slow cooker meal should be super easy, and this definitely fit the bill! From start to finish, this meal only took 2 hours and OH MY that first taste was amazing. We will definitely be making this again.
Meal prep doesn’t have to be crazy! It doesn’t have to last all day. If it did, I definitely would not do it! Both of these meals will be filling, delicious, and easy to heat up at school. I will be steaming some broccoli and bringing a salad to get more veggies in as well. If you fail to plan, you plan to fail, and I was not going to let this busy week get the best of me!
What is your plan for meals this week? What are your go to Instant Pot recipes?
Here’s to being happy & fit,