Menu Plan Monday – February 28

Menu Plan Monday is back! I apologize for the lapse but I was sick last week and the last thing I was thinking about was food, much less trying to plan what to eat for the week. My family survived on leftovers and my husband’s cooking from the pantry and freezer (which he is quite good at!). While it was a little difficult for me not having  plan in place, I just didn’t have the energy to do otherwise.

But I did make a fun new purchase this past week once I was feeling better. I decided to take the plunge and get a pressure cooker. I’ve been thinking about it for a while, and although I still love my slow cooker, an efficient and fast way of cooking is certainly appealing too. I found a great beginners series over at Hip Pressure Cooking that I plan on following one recipe at a time. I’ve incorporated the first two into this week’s menu plan (smashed potatoes and carrots):

Monday: Skillet gnocchi with spinach and white beans

Tuesday: Dinner out for father-in-law’s birthday

Wednesday: Beany Cheesy Zucchini Quesadillas from Meal Makeover Mom’s No Whine with Dinner

Thursday: Cheesy Meat Loaf Minis with Smashed Potatoes and Green Beans

Friday: Leftovers

Saturday: Salmon Cakes, Broccoli and Pressure-Cooked Carrots

Sunday: Dinner out for my dad’s birthday

Stay tuned for my pressure cooking adventures. Please share some of your pressure cooking favorite recipes or tips!

  • Jenn

    I only know how to cook one dish in my pressure cooker, but it’s really good. Heat some oil in the bottom of the cooker. Brown several seasoned (garlic & onion powder) thin pork loin chops (boneless); I usually do 5-6 depending on how many people I’m serving. Just keep rotating them so everyone gets a chance to be on the bottom of the stack. Once they have started to brown, cover them with a couple small handfuls of brown sugar. Then place a layer of saurkraut, then sliced raw potatoes, season with carraway seeds. Repeat the layering until the cooker is almost full. Pour the saurkraut juice in until the cooker is full (you probably won’t use it all). Place the lid on the cooker and secure it. Cook on medium high heat until you hear the ratt-tatting of the pressure built up in the cooker. Cook an additional 20-30 minutes. Enjoy. This is the only dish I like saurkraut in. I serve it with apple sauce and a salad. You could use Kielbasa instead of pork chops.

  • Jenn

    Here’s a follow up: after I read my directions, I wanted to specify a couple of things. You only put one layer of meat on the bottom. The just layer the saurkraut and potatoes. The meat will fall apart during the cooking process (at least pork chops do) and gets mixed in with all the other layers. I just pour the whole thing in a big bowl and let folks dig for what they want. It really is very good. Please don’t let my crude description of it turn you off.

  • anndunawayteh

    @Jenn Thanks, Jenn! I’ll have to give it a try. I’m not a big fan of sauerkraut either, but I’m willing to give it a shot!