1. I wish a “cook” came with these! Ha ha.
    I’ve started cooking boneless chicken, thin sliced potatoes, thin sliced onions, mushrooms and asparagus, layered and drizzled with olive oil, lemon and garlic all in a folded parchment pocket (one per person). Place pockets on baking sheet. Bake at 425 for about 15 min. (Watch it because I’m guessing on temp). Yummy and easy. No clean up. Vary with favorite sauces – BBQ, taco, balsamic. Whatever.

  2. Christina

    I can’t wait to try the chicken sausage tortellini soup. My husband also doesn’t like soup, but I could trick him with this! 😉

  3. Great list! These are all things I would make! We don’t have an instantpot, just a crock pot, but it is still a life saver. I’ll be sure to check some of these out! I love to make bigger meals and then save the leftovers.

  4. Dawn

    Yes, parchment packets! I like to do a piece of fish with assorted veggies and a splash of white wine (or lemon).

    Have you seen the new trend around sheet pan meals? It uses a sheet pan (duh!) with a protein and veggies roasted along with seasonings. THere are a whole bunch of different ideas out there with salmon, chicken, etc.

  5. That Mexican quinoa pan is similar to what I usually cook when I cook quinoa. I love that it’s so light but filling.

  6. Yum! This looks so good! I always am looking for week night meal ideas, as I feel like I’m always so pressed for time! I’ll have to try this!

    • Annie

      I always fall into a rut and make the same things over and over so I hope this helps! 🙂

  7. Super excited to try the quinoa recipe! We got some quinoa to use instead of couscous in the salmon dinner we have, but didn’t like it as much as the couscous. Hopefully the mexican one will have better flavor.
    Might try the tortellini one too..ILOVETORTELLINI!!!!! My dad makes a tortellini soup that I used to make all the time too, but it was different, had alfredo sauce (I used the light version of course), which I actually normally hate, but in the soup was good…but I still feel like it is a bit too unhealthy to be having that often, but it was so yummy! It also had chicken, sun-dried tomatoes, spinach, and ….hmm maybe that was all….I haven’t made it in so long, I forget! But I can give your recipe a try! We always have a giant bag (or 2) of tortellini from BJs in the freezer.
    We always end up eating the same meals every week and we get so tired of it, less exciting when it’s meal time. Would love to be able to have a bigger list to choose from!

    • Annie

      Please do not tell my husband about the alfredo sauce in soup or he’d make me do that every week! HA! I love couscous actually and haven’t had it in years, it is definitely very different then quinoa! I hope you like the soup if you try! It’s nice because its totally customizable to what you like and don’t like!

      • Haha! That’s too funny, I showed my boyfriend your recipe and he was like but why can’t we have the other one????? Oh! Why haven’t you had it in years? It’s super quick and easy! Which is half the reason I love it

  8. Jo Anna Villarreal

    OMG!! That tortellini soup looks amazing!! I would probably substitute ground turkey just because I love that stuff…lol I can’t wait to try this soup!! Thanks for these ideas!

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