Cooking with a Houseful

Brandon’s Daycare is closed for these next two weeks which means we have family coming and going..and therefore, meal prep is even more important! Here are some quick meals to feed a crowd!

American Chopped Suey (also known as Cheeseburger Pasta)

DSC_0035Prep – 5 minutes / Cook – 15 minutes


1lb Ground Beef or Turkey
1/2 Onion – chopped
1 cup Elbow Pasta – cooked
1 Tomato – diced
2 Pickles – chopped
1/2 cup Shredded Cheese
**Cook onions until soft and translucent, add beef and cook until no longer pink. Strain pasta and add to beef and onion mixture. Serve with sides of tomatoes, pickles, cheese and ketchup.

Bonus: opt for a different kind of salad. We like to slice veggies and make a homemade thousand island dressing (ketchup & mayonnaise), or serve some sliced tomato and cucumbers on a piece of romaine lettuce.

Chicken and Sweet Potatoes on the Grill

Prep – 10 minutes / Cook – 20 minutes


Chicken Breasts
Sweet Potatoes – peeled
**Slice chicken and sweet potato into bite size cubes. Grease/oil a foil pan and add the chicken and potato. Top with Sriracha or any other hot sauce you prefer. Grill (top down) on medium until heated through.
Stuffed Zucchini

Prep – 10 minutes / Cook – 20-25 minutes


3-4 Zucchini – sliced lengthwise and ‘gutted’ (save guts)
1lb Ground Turkey – cooked
1/2c Onions – copped
1 Clove Garlic – chopped
**Cook turkey, guts, onions and garlic in some olive oil until almost done. Strain any liquid that remains after cooking. Spoon meat mixture into zucchini boats and top with cheese of your choice. Can also add tomato sauce! Place on baking sheet and cook 20-25 minutes at 350 until zucchini is tender or place in foil pan and place on grill for 20-25 minutes on medium. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

Prep – 10 minutes


2 Ripe Avocados
2T Red Onion – finely chopped
2T Corn – roasted
2T Tomatoes – chopped
2T Sour Cream
1 Lime – juiced
Chili Powder
**Mash avocados until smooth. Mix remaining ingredients and spices to taste. Serve with tortilla chips.

Homemade Dijon Vinaigrette


Good Seasons Bottle (or any glass bottle with tight fitting lid or mason jar)
1/4c Vegetable Oil
1/8c Water
1/4c Red Wine or Cider Vinegar
1T Shallot
1 clove Garlic
1.5T (heaping) Dijon Mustard
1T Lemon Juice
1tsp Agave Syrup
Basil / Parsley
**(If you have the Good Seasons Bottle, follow the measurements for O, W and V). Add all ingredients into the bottle and shake vigorously until well blended. Store in fridge. When ready to use, let sit at room temperature for 5-10 minutes to allow oil to blend back in easily. (seasonings and measurements are at your own level of taste)

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