We’re rolling into spring break, so I want an easy weeknight meal plan that will feed a hungry crew of skiers. I need easy prep, big batch meals that will satisfy a crowd. We’ll have five kids with us, so I’m planning approachable people-pleaser dinners with a heavy dose of carb!
Pizza party! You can buy pre-made pizza dough at Trader Joe’s, or at Central Market if you’re in Texas. It’s not difficult to make your own pizza dough, you just need to plan ahead an hour or so to let the dough rise. Use Rao’s marinara or your favorite pizza sauce, shredded mozzarella and a variety of toppings: Pepperoni, mushrooms, red and green peppers, olives, basil or anything else that sounds good. Serve with a big green salad and super simple salad dressing. We had a looooong travel day, so our pizza will be homemade by the local pizza shop and delivered with a big salad on the side.
Loaded baked potatoes with all the toppings are just what the doctor ordered after a long day on the mountain. Make baked potatoes in an Instant Pot, they only take about 15-20 minutes depending on the size. You can fit about 6 to 8 potatoes in the Instant Pot (depending how big they are), if you need to make more use your oven. I try to cook meatless on Mondays, but we may have a side of buffalo chicken wings with carrot and celery sticks.
Rigatoni with bolognese all the way. Broccoli sautéd with garlic and red pepper flakes on the side.
A big pot of white chicken chili. I have a similar recipe that’s not on my site yet. I use twice as many white beans, some diced Yukon gold potatoes and ground chicken. Serve it with all the regular chili toppings: jalapeños, shredded cheese, sour cream, cilantro, green onions and radish slices.
Weeknight lasagna made with mild Italian sausage and a big kale salad.
Shredded chicken quesadillas, a big batch of Instant Pot black beans and a Mexican-style chopped salad with jalapeño ranch.
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