Menu Monday: Quick Meals for Hectic Schedules

Life can get a little hectic around here sometimes. Between my husband’s unpredictable work schedule and summer travels starting up, there are many weeks where I need to plan meals that can be changed at a moment’s noticeΒ that also are able to be completed in under 30 minutes. All that being said, here are a few of the meals we regularly enjoy that whip up quickly and without much thought (and planning πŸ˜‰ )

  • Breakfast for dinner β€” We always have plenty of eggs on hand, so whipping up some scrambled eggs and toast is a go-to option for us. Pancakes are another favorite of ours. If you haven’t tried Kodiak cakes, what are you waiting for?! Kodiak cakes mixes are made with more protein than traditional pancake mixes, and they taste amazing!
  • Frozen pizza or Bagel Pizzas β€” Please don’t tell me that I am the only one who grew up eating bagel pizzas. They are super simple to throw together and allow each person to customize their pizza exactly how they want it.
    Pizza Sauce
    Shredded Mozzarella Cheese
    Toppings of Choice (some of my favorites are pepperoni, green peppers, and ham)
    Preheat oven to 375Β°. Toast bagels. Once toasted, add pizza sauce, cheese, and toppings to each half. Place bagels on pizza stone or baking sheet. Bake for 8-10 minutes or until the cheese is melted to your liking. ENJOY!
  • Spaghetti β€” I think I could eat spaghetti every day and not get sick of it. It reheats so well which means you can make a big batch of it to eat throughout the week if schedules are crazy. (We definitely did that this past week, and I am not mad about it.)
  • Frozen meals from Trader Joe’s β€” If you have been following along for any length of time, you already know of my undying love for Trader Joe’s. Their frozen meals are a lifesaver for me when I need something that will cook up fast! Trader Joe’s has a wide variety of frozen meals, so I am sure you will find something that fits your taste. Some of our favorites include: frozen turkey meatballs (For an easy and quick meal idea, pour half a jar of your favorite spaghetti sauce in the bottom of your crockpot, add in meatballs, and top with the remaining spaghetti sauce. Cover and cook on low for 6-8 hours. You could eat these straight from the crockpot or place meatballs in sub rolls and top with mozzarella cheese for easy meatball subs!), cilantro chicken wantons (The dipping sauce recipe on the back of the package is delicious! I usually sautΓ© some vegetables and serve wantons and veggies over rice.), and turkey corn dogs (What can I say, I enjoy a good corn dog every once and a while πŸ˜‰ ).

What are your go-to meals when life is crazy? Please share with me because I am always searching for more ideas! Happy Cooking πŸ™‚

Menu Monday

Happy Monday! Here is some meal inspiration for your week.

MONDAYRoasted Chicken and Vegetables served with sweet potatoes β€” For this recipe, I never use the full amount of pepper it calls for (1/2 tsp). That amount of pepper is too strong for me, so I just use it to taste.

TUESDAYSlow Cooker Asian Sesame Chicken served with rice, edamame, and red pepper β€” *NEW recipe for us this week! This recipe calls for only 4 ingredients and sounds perfect for a busy week!

WEDNESDAYSpaghetti Squash Pad Thai β€” *NEW recipe for us this week! We love Pad Thai, so I am interested in trying this spin on it with spaghetti squash.

THURSDAY – Chicken wraps served with a salad β€” I am planning on using some of the leftover chicken from this recipe that I made a few weeks ago and adding our favorite toppings: avocado, tomato, spinach, cheese, and bbq sauce.

FRIDAY – Cilantro Chicken Wantons served with rice and veggies β€” These frozen wantons from Trader Joe’s are amazing! I have a feeling this is going to become a staple meal for us.

Happy Cooking πŸ™‚

A Hidden Gem

A few weeks ago Ryan and I decided to spend a beautiful Saturday afternoon at Roosevelt Island. I have mentioned Roosevelt Island in a previous post, but I wanted to take some time to explain a little more about why we find ourselves going back there again and again.

  1. Peace and Quiet β€” This is probably the biggest draw of the island for us. Roosevelt Island is located in such a unique spot where you can see the city, but you are far enough away not to be bothered by the noise. It is a great option when you need a few hours to escape from the craziness of city life, but you don’t want to have to travel too far.
  2. Walking Trails and Open Green Space β€” Roosevelt Island offers plenty of opportunities to get outside and enjoy nature from the riverside walk (our personal favorite) to Four Freedoms Park located at the southern tip of the Island and many other options scattered throughout the island. You can actually walk around the whole island, but it requires a lot of steps so be prepared!
  3. Beautiful Landscape β€” Ryan and I have been to Roosevelt Island in the spring and the summer, and the landscape is always beautiful. I am sure this little island is beautiful year round and hope we have the chance to explore the island during the fall and winter at some point.
  4. Public Restrooms and Water Fountains β€” One of the first things that Ryan and I quickly picked up on after moving to NYC was to take note of where good public restrooms are located. I cannot tell you how much stress is relieved when you know there is a place to fill up your water bottle and go to the restroom if needed!
  5. Roosevelt Island Tram β€” This is a unique (and inexpensive) transportation option for getting on and off the island. There is a subway stop on the island, but we love to take the subway into Manhattan just so we can take the tram to the island. (A free transfer is available with your metro card to take the tram to the island! However, if you haven’t ridden the subway yet that day, the fare to get on the island is only the cost of a subway ride.) If you are looking for stunning NYC skyline views, be sure to take the tram from Roosevelt Island back into Manhattan. πŸ˜‰

Have I convinced you yet to go and visit Roosevelt Island? Who knows, you may run into us there πŸ˜‰