It’s been a quiet week not because I’ve been purposely neglecting this blog, but because I had been out of town for the second half of last week through the weekend. To prepare for this, I had actually frozen two of my lunches that I prepared last week so that gave me Monday and Tuesday to recover without having to worry about food. I was especially thankful because I definitely indulged – I was in Toronto and they have some fantastic (but not the most waist friendly, unfortunately) food over there. I can confirm that last week’s meal prep reheats well (part of the reason why I chose to make it!)
Back to this week. One of my goals with documenting my weekly prep is to motivate myself to be more organized and creative… I often resort to just going to the store and grabbing whatever jumps out to me first, and then making something that I always make. Unfortunately, this week was not the week for me to break out of that. I went to the store and saw that sweet potatoes were back at Costco, and the Pork Sirloin was on sale (both regular staples for me) and I just went for those. I often pair these together.. Pork just goes so well with potatoes (sweet or regular!).
With the potatoes, I prepared one of my favorite ways to prepare them in the Instant Pot. I made Roasted Sweet Potato Puree and if you have a pressure cooker, it is a must try! See the recipe here on Dad Cooks Dinner (great site!). I usually make this with half the amount of salt (it is too salty for me otherwise), and I leave out the maple syrup (although adding it would be lovely – I just think it is great without.) If you don’t have a pressure cooker, a simple sweet potato mash (just cook the potatoes, add some butter, milk/coconut milk, salt, pepper, & paprika) or roasted sweet potatoes would be nice with this meal too.
The Pork Sirloin is 98% fat free, yet it doesn’t dry out like other lean cuts of pork which is why it is a staple for me. I often grind it myself in a food processor to use in recipes for ground pork, and I also often use it to make pulled pork/carnitas/shredded pork. All are basically the same thing to me, just different ways of flavoring it. To keep it simple this week, this is what I did:
I lined the bottom of the Instant Pot (can you tell it is a staple in my household?! It’s the best.) with diced onions. I put 1 lb of sirloin on top and seasoned it pretty liberally with salt, garlic powder, oregano, pepper, cumin, and paprika. I added about 3/4 cup of water and then cooked it on high pressure for 60 minutes. I then took it out and shredded it, only adding a little bit of the liquid – the liquid becomes very salty so don’t add all of it! I used the liquid for the next part…
“His” meal prep: Hamburger on mashed potatoes and gravy on top. Loco Moco inspired without the egg/with potatoes. 🙂
This one was pretty fast and easy (although with everything together, it ended up being an unusually long cooking evening… being out of town threw me off a little but I was determined to get this all in). The hamburger is just 1 lb ground beef, salt, pepper, and a little bread crumbs mixed in to make it tender. Formed 4 patties and cooked on the stove. Once they were almost cooked through, I added the onions and about half the liquid. I removed the meat from the stove once they were cooked, whisked in about a tablespoon of flour into the liquid I hadn’t added yet, and then added it to the pan. Cooked everything on med until it thickened. The gravy was still pretty salty so I ended up adding some water to it too. At the same time, I had some peeled potatoes boiling in water. When it was done, I mashed it with some butter, milk, salt & pepper. To assemble, I added some mashed potatoes, then topped with hamburger and gravy.
This week was a little less organized (and I believe this post reflects it a little) but I hope it still provides some inspiration and ideas for your own meal prep. 🙂 I’ll be back with more, soon!