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  1. These are so awesome!!! I love bean salad as a meatless option –
    A can of beans (pinto or black – or both!) rinse and drain
    Tomato chopped
    Onion chopped
    Limes squeezed over
    Cilantro
    1/2 of an avocado
    If we have it we have also sprinkled cheese on the top and sometimes used green peppers and sometime jalapeño

    – we dip into it with tortilla chips or sometimes eaten just the bean salad – oh and sometime put it on cold rice

  2. I have sort of a “skellet” that I’ve come up with naturally on my own, but didn’t know it. You mentioned asking for Instant Pot recipes. I got an Instant Pot this past summer and am loving it. I can share some of my favorites with you if you want, but most of them have just come from https://www.sixsistersstuff.com. Honestly, they are the queens of the Instant Pot.

  3. I have sort of a “skelet” that I’ve come up with naturally on my own based on our weekly schedule, but didn’t know it. You mentioned asking for Instant Pot recipes. I got an Instant Pot this past summer and am loving it. I can share some of my favorites with you if you want, but most of them have just come from https://www.sixsistersstuff.com. Honestly, they are the queens of the Instant Pot.
    My “skelet” goes like this:
    Monday: Meatless Monday (inspired by you)
    Tuesday: Chicken meal (could be Instant Pot or casserole or grill) (In the winter this is soup night)
    Wednesday: Pasta meal (usually something with red sauce) – Italian night?
    Thursday: Mustgo night – Everything “Must Go” – Leftovers
    Friday: Fun night – either Pizza, Mexican or Chinese (we rotate week by week) or something special
    Saturday: Leftovers again – kids are off to evening Bible studies so it’s just the hubs and me
    Sunday: Family meal (usually crockpot meal because of church)

  4. My kids are grown, but I still cook almost all of our meals. I plan for leftovers for a few nights during the week since I have some health issues that affect my energy. I love cooking, but it is nice to not have to worry about it every night.
    Love these ideas. I will have to incorporate a few in order to help me get past the seasonal funk.
    As far as IP goes, I really like pressureluckcooking.com. He has a few cookbooks. Some of them can be time intensive, but he walks you through each step. His cookbooks are step by step pictures, and all of his recipes are on his website. His meatloaf and mashed potatoes is one of our favorite recipes. I change it a little to use what I have on hand, but it is AMAZING!!!!

  5. I have had a mix-mux of all your skelets over the years (been married 43+ yrs). We also homeschooled & around mid-November pulled out the old set of “Christmas is X-Country” books–a library discard set–the kids would each pick one country to “report” on (country culture, holiday traditions, carols, cookies, plus a full meal menu that they’d make during one of the weeks of Advent. I’ll never forget the Australian meal my oldest made one year: “Carpetbagger’s Stew” which called for a kangaroo steak–we used beef!
    ……
    Prior to kids in the family, I took one of those give-away calendars from the bank & plopped the meats on various days of the weeks for the month: beef, chicken, pork, etc…so I’d remember to take out SOME KIND of meat from the freezer. I had purchased one of those subscription recipe cards sets, so ALWAYS had “good ones” in a To-Try pile. I LOVED having the picture on the front of the card–helped me know what it “should” or “might” look like. Eventually I graduated from needing a picture, to starting to READ (and enjoy reading) cookbooks.
    …..
    I recently started sub teaching; some days I don’t know if/where I’ll be, so my menu/meals are pretty fluid. I generally make enough to have leftovers/reruns or planned overs for another meal. I use pretty note pads (like a to-do list skinny pad) slapped up on the fridge door where hub & 30yo son can see it; some days I’m home by 3:15 & lots of energy to have a good meal; other days get home later, less time to putz. Then the guys can see what’s for dinner & I can text them “prep xyz for supper.” So I put SOMETHING skeleton-ish on for each day:
    Mon – leftovers from weekend
    Tue – fish** taco salad (or pregnant burritos or nachos)
    Wed – crockpot something
    Thur – casserole or freezer meal (M1F1)
    Fri – pizza or fish fry
    Sat – whatever, whatever, whatever
    Sun – chicken dinner*
    If I know ahead of time that I’ll be working that day, or when we have something going on that day/evening . . . I jot that on my weekly menu too.
    * Back in the day we raised pastured poultry so had chix more often during the week.
    ** sometimes we splurge on popcorn shrimp & it’s so tasty!!
    ……….
    When the kids were at home, we had “slower” breakfasts; here’s my skelet; NOTE: we raised laying hens so we always had eggs of some kind (scrambled, fried, omlettes, hard/soft boiled, egg sammies)
    Mon – muffins
    Tue – cereal (hot in winter malt-o-meal or homemade oatmeal packets; otherwise cold)
    Wed – waffles or panks
    Thu – leftover waffles or panks
    Fri – fried eggs
    Sat – fussy breakfast
    Sun – “Sunday cereal” (cereals that had higher sugar content)
    ……
    I now follow an intermittent fasting plan, so eat breakfast a LOT later each day, I take it with me to my teaching jobs (three thick slices of summer sausage, string cheese & nine grapes). But on SATURDAY!? I do a “Saturday Scramble” for me & the hubster with whatever veggies are leftover from the week (asparagus, onions, peppers PLUS lots of cheese, pepperoni coarsely chopped or ham dice). Also a fave is “keto waffles” (with mini-choc chips!!). Oh yum.

  6. We do something similar for suppers and breakfast.

    For homeschool days, I’ve found the easiest way to handle lunch is to predetermine the method of cooking, and then the ”what” falls into place pretty easily (I do have a list of possibilities if I’m really tired and can’t think straight!)

    Monday: panini press (grilled cheese,quesadillas, paninis…lots of options)
    Tuesday: something from the freezer (chicken strips, hot pockets—homemade or otherwise, wontons, ravioli)
    Wednesday: sandwiches
    Thursday: assembly ( salads, cheese and crackers)
    Friday: stovetop (ramen, pasta, soup, etc)

    This has worked amazingly well and saves so much brain power!

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