Quick and easy cookathon ideas

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I'm visiting my kids in Colorado and I'll return home around 6 in the evening next Sunday. I'll need to have a meal plan ready and do my shopping and cooking in the span of a couple of hours when I usually have all day if I want to really cook. I am hoping I can throw a couple of easy things in the oven and maybe a skillet thing to get me started for the week. I know if I don't plan well to start ill easily get off track. I'm doing some serious off roading this week and I'll need to get right back on track when I get home.

This is what I'm thinking.

Boiled eggs

Grilled steak

Baked sweet potatoes


Greek baked fish


Frozen veges and raw veges and avocado

Any other quick and easy ideas?

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Ground beef browned with onions, mushrooms, black olives and Napa cabbage...toss in some Rao's Marinara sauce (delish and on plan). I love serving this over spaghetti squash.

More ground beef browned with onions, jalapenos and taco seasonings. Recipe link below for great taco seasoning blend. I also add jalapeno powder and chipotle powder because I love hot.


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Frittata: sautee some veggies, add meat if you wish, in an oven-proof skillet. In a separate bowl whisk together a bunch of eggs. Pour eggs over cooked veggies and throw it in the oven until cooked through. I like to do onions and ground turkey, then add fresh tomatoes and black olives right before pouring the egg mixture. Mashed/shredded sweet potato makes an excellent crust, and pairs nicely with bacon in the frittata.

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How about roasting some bone-in, skin-on chicken quarters or thighs? You can sprinkle with a yummy seasoning. Great by themselves, or use the meat for something later in the week. Also, I love throwing a chuck roast in the crockpot with a little water, and veggies (combo of whatever you have on hand - we usually do celery, carrots, parsnip or sweet potato.) Pour a can of diced tomatoes over, drizzle a little balsamic on top, and cook on low for about 8 hours, or high for about 4 (you can go even longer as long as you're sure there's enough liquid).

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