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Monday Meals

Whew! The weekend flew by…and thankfully, it’s only a two day work week!

As I’ve mentioned before, one of my “go to” bloggers for recipe ideas is Shay at Mix and Match Mama. This past week, I made a few of her meals. I love that she posts recipes for Meal Planning Monday each week. I do my grocery shopping on Sundays, so I usually get an idea or two for the next week which makes me feel ahead of the game!

Last night, I made her Instant Pot: Chicken Tetrazzini, and it was delish!

The best thing about these ingredients? Travis made the trip to the store to purchase them…and not me! πŸ™‚


  • 1 onion, chopped
  • about 2 cups of mushrooms, sliced
  • Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • salt and pepper
  • 2 lbs boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • 2 cups chicken stock
  • 1 (10 oz) can cream of mushroom soup
  • 1 (4 oz) jar of chopped pimentos, drained
  • 3/4 box of penne pasta (from a 16 oz box)
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese plus a bit more to garnish
  • chopped parsley to garnish


Linked below

And we have enough for leftovers tomorrow night!

I’m also linking the other recipes of hers I made last week! All delish!

I know you’ll love all of these recipes! There isn’t a recipe of hers that I’ve made that my whole family didn’t enjoy! Have a great week!


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Monday Meals: IP Creamy Shells and Cheese

Instant Pot Creamy Shells and Cheese

Confession 1: I haven’t used my Instant Pot all summer. I’m trying to get back in the cooking swing of things and a find that a meal that includes pasta usually provides us with two dinners. I made this last Wednesday evening knowing our Thursday evening would be crazy, and it was a hit.

Confession 2: I do like the Instant Pot although it took some time for us to become friends. I received one for Christmas last year and when I’m in the normal swing of things, I’d say I use it once a week. Once I got over the fact that it isn’t really “instant,” I decided I do find it useful enough to incorporate into my meal planning. Once everything is in the pot, I do like that I have that time free to pack lunches, get a quick workout in, or my favorite past time: taking a quick power nap.

All of my IP recipes come from Pinterest, but I hadn’t tried this one yet.


1 tablespoon olive oil

1 medium yellow or sweet onion, diced

1 pound lean ground beef

1 tablespoon Italian seasoning

1 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon pepper

1 teaspoon garlic powder

1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes

1 tablespoon tomato paste

1 (16 oz) box medium pasta shells, uncooked

1 (24 ounce) jar pasta sauce

3 cups water

1 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese

1 cup heavy cream

2 ounces cream cheese, cut into chunks and softened

Ingredients: (minus tomato paste which I forgot to buyπŸ€¦πŸΌβ€β™€οΈ), but it all tasted just fine.
Time for my nap πŸ™‚
Dinner is served! (Real talk: Wednesday night was so busy, we all ate when we could. I ate this by myself on the couch while watching Real Housewives of OC!)

When I get two nights out a meal, I usually make a vegetable one night (my kids love fresh green beans–I blanch them, drizzle with extra virgin olive oil, salt and pepper, and they eat their weight in them) and then a bagged salad another night. I try to keep it simple.

Here’s the link to the Pinterest recipe:

This is definitely a recipe I will make again…and hopefully remember the tomato paste next time!

Take care,


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