Meal Plan for the week is here!
I hope you all enjoy these meal plans. I will always try to keep them simple and mostly healthy. Don’t ever be afraid to change up the recipes a little to suit your own taste buds! If I don’t like an ingredient I simply leave it out. Or replace it. (This is also why I don’t bake. That shit is like a science experiment. If you leave something out, you’re in trouble.)
Let’s take a quick minute to talk about the instant pot again. For this week’s meal plan I will use mine for Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. Don’t let your Instant Pot intimidate you! You’re the boss, not the machine. It will not blow up. I promise. My mom’s pressure cooker blew up once and we all survived. Except the wall paper. It was a goner. An my brother will forever have a panic attack at the mere mention of a pressure cooker.
Wednesday: I will cook the chicken in my instant pot ahead of time. If your chicken is thawed already simply put it in the pot with 1 cup of chicken broth or water. Press “manual” and set the time for 9 minutes. Make sure the pressure valve on the top is closed (just push it towards the back of the pot.) The screen will show “on” until it reaches pressure. Then your timer will begin to count down. When the timer goes off push the pressure valve back towards the front to release the pressure. Done! Super easy. If your chicken is frozen, set the timer for 12 minutes. This is the BEST for when you forget to leave the meat out to thaw and it’s five o’clock and your vultures are suddenly starving death and throwing fits. (Anyone else’s kids act like this? No? Just mine?)
Thursday: I will cook the bacon on saute mode first. In this mode your pot won’t need the lid on so you can cook the bacon just like you would in a skillet. When the bacon is finished I will just dump all the other ingredients in, set the timer for five minutes, close the valve and let it cook. Because of the amount of liquid in the pot it will take a little longer than the chicken to come to pressure and start counting down. Let the pressure release on it’s own for soups, or else it will spew out of the top when you try and move the pressure valve. It should take about ten minutes to naturally release the pressure on it’s own. When your timer goes off, the pot will start to count up, showing how many minutes it has been since the pressure started releasing. Sooo basically once I put the lid on and set the timer I will go back to wrangling babies and forget about it until after bedtime and Daddy Darnell and I finally get to sit down and eat.
Friday: I will slice the sausage, chop the cabbage, and throw everything else in. Since the pot needs liquid to come to pressure, add about 1/2 cup of chicken broth or water. Set the timer for 3 minutes and you’re done. Adding the liquid will make this dish a little more liquidy (is that a word?) than it would be in a skillet but the three minute cook time is soooooo worth it to me. Remember, my toddler starts circling like a hungry shark around 5 o’clock. I just serve it with a slotted spoon to get rid of some of the extra liquid. This meal is seriously so easy I cook it almost once a week. It’s not Manuel’s favorite, but until he starts making the meal plans and cooking dinner, well, he will keep eating cabbage and sausage 🙂
Let me know in the comments if you have ANY questions on how to use your instant pot.
Link to meal plan below