Menu Monday!

I had lasagna on my menu last week. I made sure I had the noodles and cottage cheese, the spaghetti sauce and meat. I planned to make it Saturday. It was not until Saturday morning that I realized I had completely forgot to purchase the cheese.. sigh.. Living in the country means I don't just hop in the car and head to store for one item. So lasagna is on my menu again this week, after grocery shopping day! :)

I will not be having Thanksgiving dinner at my home this year. Feels very strange not to be planning this! But honestly the break is nice. The main reason is I'm not sure if I'll be here or in California. My daughter Hannah told me not to worry about it, she will do it at her house. The family can meet together at her home and if we are here, we, of course, will just join in.

The thoughts of Thanksgiving and turkey prompted me to buy a turkey breast, again. We had one a few weeks ago. This time I bought some stuffing as well. I think I do a little mini Thanksgiving dinner this week.

Here is what my menu for the week is looking like...

Turkey Dinner
Turkey breast, stuffing, mashed potatoes, gravy, green beans, salad.. all in small amounts.

My basic recipe, but I'm still planning on trying to cook one in the Instant Pot, just to see how that goes. The other in the oven. I suspect that it is probably just as easy to do it in the oven, unless one small lasagna is all that is needed. The one in IP would be perfect for 2 people.

It will be as simple meal of meatloaf, rice pilaf, and a veggie of some sort.

Chicken Soup
I love my Instant Pot for making soup. I have some bone in chicken legs that I'll use to make the broth and maybe add a little more chicken meat to the pot (boneless skinless thighs), plus lots of veggies. French bread and a salad will be served on the side.

That should do it for the week! How's your menu planning going?


  1. Hi Crystal,
    I'm using and loving my Instant Pot a lot. I'm really wondering if it would be possible to cook a small stouffers veggie lasagna in the pot. Perhaps putting it on the rack?? How about some of the other frozen foods that have an aluminum pan? Could I cook it in another stone casserole (on the rack)if I popped it out of the aluminum (or some have the hard cardboardlike ovensafe pan) and put it in the casserole pan? I know this works for cheesecakes but I'm just wondering how far I can extend the concept for other foods that I don't want sitting in a cup of water in the bottom of the pan. Do you think a stonewear oven pan could work in a pressure cooker?


  2. I'm so glad you are loving your IP Alice!! As far as I understand anything that is oven proof will be just fine in the IP. My daughter in law cooked a quiche in an aluminum pan and said it turned out great.. and yes.. putting it on the rack is the way to go.. just make sure you have a cup or two of water in the bottom. You always have to have water/liquid in a pressure cooker. Let me know how it goes! Crystal :)

  3. After reading the great reviews of instant pot I'm considering getting one. Is it easy to use if I have no prior experience with this type of cooking? I like that I can make nutritious meals quickly. Do you have any tips?

    1. Yes it is easy to use.. but there is a learning curve to it. I had no previous experience with using it. I have lots of tips. I'm thinking this would make a great blog post.. so stay tuned... :)


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