Easy Dinner Ideas 🥗 Meal Prep For The Week


– Hey, guys, Jennifer here and
welcome to The Family Fudge. Well, you guys, it’s
that time of year again. All the summer activities are over, the kids are back in school and that means it’s time for me to get back to my dinner routine. In today’s video, I’m going
to be sharing three easy and time saving meal ideas
perfect for busy nights and I’d like to thank
the National Pork Board for sponsoring today’s video. Now, one of the ways I love to save time when it comes to making dinner is to cook up one big piece of meat and then use that meat in
different dinners during the week. Now, one of the things I
love to use for these meals is pork because number one, it’s so easy to change
up the flavor of the pork to suit the meal that you wanna make. You can use different
seasonings, different marinades. There’s so many options and number two, pork is
also very budget friendly and it’s a really great option
for feeding a large crowd or to use in meal
prepping and freezer meals and number three, it’s
super easy to prepare without a lot of prep work. For all of the dinners
I’m sharing in this video, you don’t even really need
a recipe to make them. They’re that easy. Now, there are lots of
different cuts of pork that you can use but today
I chose to use pork shoulder and this one is about four pounds which is a really good size for making several different meals. The thing I like about this cut of meat is that it’s super easy
to put in your slow cooker or your electric pressure cooker. Of course, with this piece of meat, you could go ahead and
cut it into smaller pieces but you really don’t have to. Now, since I’m gonna be
using this one piece of meat to go into several different recipes, I wanna keep the seasonings
kind of universal. So I’m gonna be adding some garlic powder, onion powder, salt and pepper of course. I’m gonna go ahead and mix
all of my seasonings together and then rub it on the
outside of the pork. This is gonna add so much awesome flavor. Now, when it comes to cooking
this large piece of meat, there are two ways I like to do it. The first being my trusty slow cooker. I can just put the entire
piece of meat right in there. I don’t even have to cut it up. I just cook it on low for
about eight to 10 hours and then the other that I’ve
recently fallen in love with is using my electric pressure cooker. Of course, this makes meal
prepping a lot faster. I add about a cup of water. You could also use apple
juice if you prefer and then I just cook mine on Manual for about 60 to 75 minutes but really, you guys,
when it comes down to it, no matter which way you
choose to cook your meat, the cooking time really depends on how big the piece of meat is. Now, once this is completely done cooking, it should be nice and tender
and easy to pull apart and it’s also really easy
to remove any excess fat. I definitely don’t like
to keep that in there. Now, once I have this
completely shredded up, I can either use it right away or sometimes what I’ll do is portion it up into several different freezer bags and then stick it into the freezer. That way I can quickly pull it out. That way I can throw it into
a recipe whenever I need it. It’s super convenient. Let’s move on to three
different easy recipes that you can make with this meat. First up, I’m gonna be making some delicious pulled pork sandwiches and I like to use a Hawaiian
style barbecue sauce. This has a little bit of
teriyaki flavor in there, also pineapple juice and ginger. It is delicious. So what I’m gonna do is mix about a pound of the shredded pork and I’m gonna add in that
Hawaiian barbecue sauce then I like to add this meat
to a lightly toasted bun. Next, I add some lettuce, a
few slices of purple onion, maybe one or two pineapple rings and then I top it all off with a little drizzle
of extra barbecue sauce. This one is such a delicious combination. It’s a little bit sweet,
it’s a little bit tangy. This is definitely a kid
friendly meal as well. Next up, I’m gonna be
making a cheesy pork burrito with cilantro lime rice. Now, I used to only get cilantro lime rice when I was eating out but
I was so surprised to learn that it’s actually really
easy to make at home especially if you have an
electronic pressure cooker. Now, I do actually have a recipe on how I make this cilantro lime rice and I’ll go ahead and put a link in the description box if
you wanna check that out and another great tip for you guys. Did you know that you can actually cook up a bunch of rice and then freeze it? That’s right. Just like you can freeze
the fully cooked pork, you can also freeze fully cooked rice. So I’m definitely making
extra cilantro lime rice. I’ll go ahead and put it into freezer bags then whenever I need it, I can just pull it out of
the freezer, defrost it, heat it up and it will be ready to go. So now I’ve assembled all of my favorite burrito
making ingredients. Let’s throw some together. Now, for this, I like to use
the extra large tortillas. I like to add some of that shredded pork, lots of cilantro lime
rice, lots of cheese, some black beans. I also love to add some
salsa and then finally, I top it all off with a
little bit of sour cream and to give this extra flavor, I like to squeeze a
little bit of lime juice into the sour cream and then
add a few dollops to my burrito and finally, one of my
favorite dinner options is a barbecue style pulled pork salad. Now, sometimes I’ll make just
one individual bowl of salad or other times I’ll make
a huge family sized bowl. So first, I’m gonna add
my favorite salad mix. This comes with the lettuce, there’s also carrots and
some cabbage in there then what I like to do is throw in some spinach leaves as well. This is a great way to get
your kids to eat spinach if they don’t think they like it is go ahead and mix it with the salad. That works really well in my house and now it’s time to add all of the delicious
toppings to this salad. Of course, I’m gonna be
starting with the pulled pork and I did go ahead and mix this with a little bit of just
plain barbecue sauce. So on goes the pork and then I have lots of
other yummy toppings, things like thinly sliced onions, some shredded cheddar cheese, an avocado and check out this really
fun avocado slicer, you guys. I recently picked this
up at the grocery store. Wasn’t quite sure it
would work but it does. It actually works pretty well. I’m also adding some tomatoes and I’m opting for the cherry tomatoes so that those kids that
don’t like tomatoes can easily pick them out and then instead of using
croutons on this salad, I thought it’d be really delicious to use some of these
crispy onions instead. Now, these are actually the type that you might put on
your green bean casserole at Thanksgiving but if you’ve
never tried them on a salad, you totally should,
they are seriously good. Now, for my salad dressing,
I’m keeping it really simple. I’m just gonna use equal
parts ranch dressing and more of our favorite barbecue sauce. I’m just gonna mix the two together. It’s super quick and easy and
the whole family loves it. Okay, guys, I hope you
like these dinner ideas. Give this video a big thumbs up if you’d like to see more videos like this and don’t forget to hit
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and convenient to prepare so make it part of your meal routine. I wanna thank the National Pork Board for sponsoring today’s video. Visit pork.org/cooking to learn more.

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