Finally, summer! I know it’s technically been summer for over ten days, but this is my first week off – and my only week before going back for Extended School Year – and it’s already shaping up to be a busy week. We had company on Saturday, a pool party yesterday, 4th of July celebration tomorrow, a party on the fourth – July and August are shaping up to be jam-packed. As a result, I’m taking a cycle or two off from meal-planning using Pinterest, and instead falling back on some tried-and-true recipes of my own.
But before we get to that, let’s talk about the last cycle.
GODSEND. I might make this in a deeper pot next time (stove top got some collateral damage are I tried to flip and stir) and add some different cheeses – I used Mexican, which in in line with the spirit of the recipe, but man, I’d love to add some cheddar. We paired this with a little salad, and next time I might use the suggestion made in the recipe and add crushed tortillas to the top.
Beans and Rice Kielbasa Skillet:
I think for this recipe I was supposed to use smoked kielbasa, but instead we picked up fresh. The recipe was still pretty good (God, what a difference in rice just by using broth instead of water to cook it), but as I was eating it, it occurred to me how much different/better it would probably have been, to have that smokiness. Still, it was a blessedly fast meal, and held up really well for next-day leftovers.
Stuffed Pepper Casserole:
Honestly, might become my go-to in lieu of actual stuffed peppers. Stuffed pepper are always so time consuming, and in the end, we wind up tearing them apart so they look like this anyway – why not just eliminate the middle man and nearly halve the time? (Cook time on this is 25 minutes – even with 20 minutes of prep time, that comes to a total of 45. Cook time alone on my traditional stuffed peppers was nearly an hour). This is a great base for a lot of variant casseroles, I think – next time I might add black beans, corn, and taco seasoning, and serve it with some corn bread.
So, as I said, I’m taking a cycle or two off from cooking other people’s recipes, and I’m going to spend a few days falling back on some old favorites, those meals you sort of developed/improvised that became staples for you. I often adapt and tweak these recipes as I go, but I will provide a recipe for the versions I cook this week in the next Meal Plan post. Because of our schedule this week, this cycle is only two meals:
Lo Mein with Egg Rolls
Meatloaf with Green Beans and Mashed Potatoes
I hope your holiday week is equal parts busy and relaxing! As always, if you have recipe suggestions, please comment them down below, I’m always looking for new meals to try out!