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Friday, January 6, 2017

Prep 2 meals at 1 time

hello everyone.  So far, I am continuing with the meal list and it is truly making my life easier.  Each morning,  I only have to decide which meal on the list to cook and I know I have everything needed to make it.

This week, I had a slow day and a very busy day.  So I decided to do 2 meals at once on the slow day.
I picked the Eggroll in a bowl and hamburger soup.

These are the ingredients I used- mostly regular pantry and fridge ingredients.

First I started cooking the 1 1/2 pound pack of 96% lean ground beef.  Once it was brown, I drained it and added the whole chopped onion to sauté together.
The carrots and potatoes  and celery were peeled and/or diced or grated.
For the hamburger soup, I covered the carrot and potato cubes in a bowl of water in the fridge until needed the next day.

Some of the carrots were grated for the egg roll in a bowl.

To make the eggroll in a bowl, just add the grated onions and grated cabbage (or cole slaw mix) to to the browned ground beef and a good splash or so of soy sauce and black pepper.  I also added water chestnuts and they were OK but I prefer to use more celery for the crunch instead of the water chestnuts.
It doesn't take very long to cook it until it's done and resembles the filling inside a restaurant egg roll. These are lots of recipes online for this tasty and economical dish if your want more in depth instructions.
I set out the crockpot so I could cook the hamburger soup in it the next day.  It was very fast to drain the carrots and potatoes and add them to the crockpot along with the cooked meat, canned tomatoes and a little beef boullion and black pepper.  

That pack of ground beef yielded enough meat for 3 meals so i labeled and froze that 1/3 and will it later for goulash or something like that.

I timed myself from start to finish and I was done with all this cooking, cleaned up and running the dishwasher after 45 minutes.  

Tonight I won't really be cooking at all. 2 grands are here and they want frozen pizza so I'll bake a Digiorno one and maybe cook me a Marie Callander pot pie in the microwave.  

So, that's my report so far on my meal plan.  😄


  1. What a fantastic idea.. Love it.. Thank you for sharing.. This would save so much time..

  2. That's a great idea for the eggroll in a bowl, Rhonda! I was thinking about making some, but putting it off, since it's a lot of fuss.


  3. I cook this way too. Saves so much time!

  4. I love to cook like this -so much time and effort saved. The eggroll in a bowl sounds delicious!

  5. Well done, Rhonda. I hope to do more of this in the coming weeks. Soups work really well for this.

  6. Hello there! Egg Roll in a bowl sounds wonderful. I am excited to try and find more info and make this. Thanks for sharing your ideas.

  7. You and I have a lot in common as I cook like this also. It really does make life easier. I hope you had fun with your grandkids!

  8. I love to cook ahead! I'm glad you got a chance to get 2 days worth of food done in one. I often cook on weekends for the week ahead when I'm working.

  9. Nice job! I am stealing the Egg Roll in a Bowl recipe from you. This is something that Hubby and I would love without the work of putting them in wrappers and deep frying them which isn't healthy. Thanks for sharing.

  10. Wonderful idea and both recipes sound great. I need to implement this sort of thing on busy weeks (all of them - ha!).

  11. Dear Rhonda, This is really good! I never cook one meal I always do lunch for the next day or another meal at the same time. In the crockpot I might times something by five or six and portion it out. It saves so much time plus energy. It is such a relief sometimes and it means we don't need takeaway on busy days or if I am sick or whatever. Plus a big money saver really because of that! Keep showing us what you make next! With love Annabel.xxx

  12. I made your Egg Roll Bowl recipe for our Chinese New Year potluck on the 31stof Jan. My first ever Chinese style recipe. I live in a independent senior apartment and one of the women who live here and three of her friends asked the group assembled who made it.I got lots of "authentic" praise. My neighbor used to have a
    Chinese (Mandarin) restaurant. No leftovers to bring home. Thanks for sharing! Shirley (Near Seattle USA)


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