On the Kitchen Counter April 3, 2017 – Using the Instant Pot to Save My Bacon

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My lovely Instant Pot has saved dinner on more than one occasion. Read how I used it on frozen meals.


As Spring has shown up I’m spending more time away from home or just out in the backyard. So I want easy dinners that don’t take a lot of time and preparation.

Last week I blessedly had 2 dinners that came from the MyFreezEasy monthly freezer menu plan but stupidly I forgot to thaw them (I’m horrible about that).  Most freezer meals require 24 hour thawing before you can cook them. Some marinate during that time and some won’t cook evenly if you don’t completey thaw them before cooking. So yeah I messed up.

And while I don’t reccommend this as a regular way to cook, I found that by my using [easyazon_link identifier=”B00FLYWNYQ” locale=”US” tag=”mommybabytool-20″]Instant Pot[/easyazon_link] to get me out of my jam was the way to go. And the way to make sure dinner was on the table before midnight.

That’s the beauty of the [easyazon_link identifier=”B00FLYWNYQ” locale=”US” tag=”mommybabytool-20″]Instant Pot[/easyazon_link]. The Pressure Cooker setting allows you to cook all sorts of ways quickly in a one-pot fashion (yaaay).

If you use freezer meals, and you have an Instant Pot you probably want to know how to solve this same issue in your own kitchen. So I’ve linked up to some of the posts that help me figure how to use my instant pot to save the day.


Last week a reader asked me for my oven nachos recipe. The original recipe comes from MyFreezEasy and is part of her freezer menu plan service, but since I’ve made a few adjustments I’ve got a revamped recipe below here. Check it out below my Weekly Menu Plan.

My Weekly Menu Plan:

Monday:  Leftover Spaghetti with Meatballs

Tuesday: Ground Turkey Lentil Soup

Wednesday: Homemade Pizza

Thursday: Baked Chicken Thighs with Homemade Shake and Bake

Friday: Ground Turkey Oven Nachos (recipe below)

Ground Turkey Oven Nachos

Course Main Dish
Cuisine Mexican


  • 1 pound ground turkey
  • 1 14 ounce can black beans
  • 1 cup shredded cheese
  • 1 cup salsa
  • corn chips
  • 1 tablespoon taco seasoning
  • green onions (optional)


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Add foil or parchment paper to a 9x9 inch baking dish.
  2. Brown ground turkey in a pan. After all the pink is gone add spices and then the salsa and black beans and heat through.
  3. Spread the chips out on the pan. Then sprinkle the meat/salsa/bean mixture over the chips and top with cheese.
  4. Bake in preheated oven until the cheese melts throughout, 10 to 15 minutes.

What’s on your menu?

    • Read some Menu Planning articles for tips on planning your weekly menu

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