3 Thing That Work in the Kitchen This Week – Fast and Easy plus new recipe ideas

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1. Spaghetti Squash in the Instant Pot

The other night I made Italian Chicken and Tomatoes.  Instead of regular pasta, I made spaghetti squash.  Surprisingly everyone ate it and liked it.  I think they’ve finally figured out that the words just because the vegetable is called squash doesn’t mean it’s going to be “squishy”.

I cut it in half crosswise instead of lengthwise, sprinkled the inside with a bit of kosher salt and poured 1 1/2 cups of water in the bottom of the pot.  I set the cook time for 7 minutes.  It worked great, although next time I think I’ll try 6 minutes instead of seven.

2.  Quick Bean Quesadillas

The other night we needed a fast and easy meal (story of my life).  There were only three of us home and two of us were much later than expected so I’d abandoned my original planned dinner.  Instead I found a bag of Slow Cooker Beans for the Freezer and gave them a quick thaw in the microwave.

We made quesadillas by adding some shredded cheddar and salsa.  It was as easy as a grilled cheese sandwich, but even better.

3. Meals on my to-make list

I’ve been following Weekly Meal Plans lately and trying a lot of things in the Instant Pot too, but I found some notes I’d made for new meal ideas I want to make.  I’m adding the ingredients for these to my grocery list this week.

Pan Fried Chicken Topped with Tomato and Basil served with Skillet Greens and Roasted Parsnips – This may end up being a sheet pan dinner instead, we’ll see how it goes.

Lemon and Parsley Roast Chicken – I’m thinking sheet pan dinner for this one too, but it could turn into a different type of recipe.

What’s working in your kitchen this week?

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