Weeknight Beef and Broccoli

My kids may complain about not being able to order from our favorite Chinese/Japanese restaurant all the time, but this recipe is just as almost as good as what we get there. It’s a nice change from the regular meals I make and it’s quick and easy to make on a weeknight.

It’s made with simple ingredients and ready in about 30 minutes … perfect for how busy our nights have been come. My kids are back to sports, we’re attending games to cheer on our teams and starting to have evening events for work again.

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Instant Pot Hamburger Soup

Shortly after the temperatures start to drop and there’s a chill in the air, I want to make every type of soup I can. This is the first recipe of 2020 … I have at least 4 other recipes on the dock to make.

Using the Instant Pot, this soup was ready in a short amount of time – it’s perfect for a busy weeknight dinner. I enjoyed the delicious broth – it’s a slight tomato base with beef stock. I used frozen vegetables, but you easily use any fresh veggies you have on hand. The recipe made enough for us to have another dinner one night, plus I frozen a quart for lunches later this fall.

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Garlic Beef and Broccoli

Lately, I’ve been in a rut for dinner. We’ve been eating the same almost every week and I decided it was time to change that. I’ve been in the mood for garlic beef and found this recipe I had pinned.

My kids complained the entire time about what I was making – but lately that’s been a common theme around here. It’s exhausting and I’m blaming it on the recent phase of Mercury being in retrograde. I enjoyed the meal and it was a nice change.

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Beef Ragu over Papparedelle

We’re coming out of the Polar Vortex and I’m so glad I made this dish earlier in the week. It was the perfect thing for leftovers. I also love that it’s made in a slow cooker … throw it all into one pot and let it do it’s thing while cooking. All this cold weather is making me want to hunker down and eat comfort foods, and this sure hit the spot!

One of my kids loved it and other was “meh” on it. Those were her words…LOL! She’s been quite picky and outspoken lately. I guess that’s what happens when she’s almost 12. If you have any tips on how to deal with preteen and teenage girls, please send them my way. I don’t know if I’m going to make it with all the attitude and sass. I hope when my son gets to the be this age, he continues to be a sweet angel.

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Quick Beef Stroganoff

Winter break is over and it’s time to get back to school, work and all the usual activities we have going on. I’m always on the hunt for quick and easy dinners that I can whip together during the week and this definitely was one of them!

I love stroganoff and even though my family is not a huge fan, I make it every now and then. This recipe reminds me of growing up and my mom making the stroganoff version of hamburger helper. You could easily substitute ground turkey for the ground beef for a lighter version.

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Salisbury Steak with Mushroom Gravy

Salisbury steak is one of the those foods that I associate with frozen dinners. I don’t think I ever ate one, but this recipe is nothing like a TV dinner. The steak patty is moist and packed full of flavor. Then add on the mushroom and onion gravy and you have a delicious dinner. I served it with green beans and buttered noodles for my kids. It was so filling and kept me from snacking at night. Even better this recipe is low-carb for anyone that’s watching their carbs.
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Mongolian Beef Stir-Fry

I’m always looking for quick dinners and this one fits! I love stir-fry – there’s something about meat and veggies in a delicious sauce served over rice or quinoa……except when your kids complain about it. When I made this, my kids were off – I’m blaming the full moon! My son told me he doesn’t like broccoli (news to me) and my daughter took a plate but complained about how “chewy” the beef was. My husband and I loved it and we had no complaints! I guess you can’t please everyone.

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Instant Pot Beef Stroganoff

Another delicious recipe made in my Instant Pot! I’m really enjoying the ability to make inexpensive cuts of beef taste like they’ve been cooking all day long in such a short amount of time. This was a big hit with everyone in my family including my 4 year old who is currently being super picky! I loved the addition of the spinach too!

My noodles were a little soft and when I make it next time, I’m going to try whole wheat noodles to see if that helps. If you’re using regular egg noodles, I would drop the time down 1-2 minutes to see if that helps. Even with the soft noodles, it was a delicious dish!

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Asian Skillet Slaw

It’s been an insane week here lately. Cooper and I both have had colds that we’re fighting and Madeline is in a walking boot. I want to restart March over again!

Now that the weather is finally turning, I’ve been trying hard to get back into eating healthy and working out again…especially since I have to run a 5K in May with Madeline. I found this recipe for a healthy slaw and it reminded me of an eggroll…without the roll. The kids were iffy on it, but I enjoyed it and it’s great that it’s made in one pan! Quick and easy!

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