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Every week, I try to come up with a few recipes for the upcoming evenings. As a full time teacher, I have very little energy for detailed recipes, and we don’t have enough of a budget to eat out every night. Here is our menu for the week:

Homemade Pizza

I love to buy pre-made pizza crusts, instead of making my own. I’ll admit, I have yet to be successful with pizza crust and breads, despite my best efforts, and to be honest, I don’t have time to conjure up a crust on a Monday night. I love to take advantage of Amazon Prime Pantry, which is where I was able to find 3 pack Flatzza Pizza Crust. These crusts do not require pre-baking, so they are optimal for weekly meals!

I toss a few dollops of Ragu Pasta Sauce to the crust, and spread it around. I do not like a lot of sauce, so I usually only use about 3 teaspoons of sauce, I purposefully use pasta sauce instead of Marinara sauce. Marinara sauce is hard to reuse, and I prefer the pasta sauce taste. I add shredded Cheddar and Colby Jack cheese on top of the pizza, sliced tomatoes, spinach, mushrooms, and olives. The beauty of this recipe is that it can be topped with anything you like. Once topped, bake this pizza on 500 degrees for 10 minutes.

Roasted Garlic Veggies with Chicken Breast

Roasted veggies can really be delicious, and this week, I’ll be making my favorites. I roast broccoli florets and brussel sprouts in olive oil and minced garlic. It is so easy. Lather your broccoli and brussel sprouts in olive oil, salt, pepper, and minced garlic (I use about a teaspoon). Bake your veggies at 350 degrees for 20-30 minutes.

At the same time, saute your chicken breast (I like to thinly slice the breast before I cook it) in lemon pepper seasoning. It is easy and tasty!

Pancakes and Homemade Syrup

This barely counts as a recipe because I am mixing up Bisquick to make some tried and true pancakes. I will top my pancakes with homemade syrup. If you’ve never made homemade syrup, you’re missing out. It is so easy!

For this syrup, you mix equal parts water and brown sugar. Simmer your simply syrup on low heat, and toss in a little bit of Maple Extract (the amount is up to you).

Cold Chicken Pasta

This week is parent-teacher conference for my school district, so I have to do a little meal prepping. This Cold Chicken Pasta is perfect.

I boil some penne noodles in salted water, drain, and toss in about a tablespoon of butter, fresh spinach, diced tomatoes, red pepper flakes, salt, and black pepper. Top with the dressing of your choice, I’ve made Carmy’s Homemade Garlic Dressing. Carmy has a very similar Cold Chicken Pasta, that I love, from which I adapted this recipe!

Blue Apron – Seared Steak and Roasted Potatoes

Doesn’t this look delicious? This will be delivered straight to my door Friday. I will be enjoying seared steak, roasted potatoes, spinach, and mushrooms. It is a fan favorite, and I cannot wait. All ingredients are included. Isn’t this an awesome Valentine’s day celebration?

Are you interested in trying a Blue Apron meal? To the first person that comments with your first and last name and email, you will be sent a free Blue Apron meal of your choice! You will get a meal request from me (Kendra!), for which you will pay absolutely nothing for one subscription box! It’s a Valentine’s day gift from my family to yours!

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