Healthy and delicious meals, don’t have to be relegated to nights when we have hours to spend in the kitchen. Today during the daycare kids naptime I threw together dinner for myself and the family. Cubed up some boneless skinless chicken thighs. Seasoned them up and Sautéed them in a tiny bit of roasted garlic olive oil. Set the chicken aside. Made florets out of a couple crowns of broccoli. I have to say that I love the Ziplock steam bags. I sprinkled the florets with a touch of kosher salt and popped them in the bag. Microwaved them for 4 mins and shocked them in ice water to keep the color and stop the cooking. Grabbed some cremini mushrooms and sautéed them in the pan from the chicken. Grabbed a jar of Alfredo sauce from the pantry. Okay yes, I skipped making my own sauce today. I was lazy and in a hurry, those kids don’t sleep forever! That’s it, combined about 2 svgs of sauce with two cups of the cubed chicken, 3 cups of broccoli and the mushrooms. (I used the sauce sparingly, I didn’t want to Swan dive into a vat of sauce. I just wanted to add a little moisture and flavor to the other ingredients.) Seasoned it well and ta-da. Dinner for Big Guy and myself plus, my lunches for the week.
The girls had the rest of the sauce, chicken thighs, and broccoli, combined with some Protein Plus pasta. WHAT??? They didn’t even complain! That happens…never.
The boy will have a chicken thigh with steamed broccoli, fresh pineapple & kiwi for his sides. NO SAUCE…he’d think I was trying to kill him. I know he’ll happily gobble his meal up because one, he likes everything on the plate. Two, he has no other choice for dinner. Three, he will be STARVING when he gets in from playing with his friends. The stars are aligned in my favor!!!
Everyone will eat roughly the same meal. I was able to prepare it all at once and it was healthy 🙂
Sometimes we over think and make things harder than they have to be. Not me…but, some of you probably do. I’m never an overthinker-ish kind of gal. No…I did not just get struck by lightening! Anyway, simple is really tasty and well, SIMPLE. I cooked from the freezer, pantry, and fridge. No need to run to the store.
Update..Big Guy ate while he was prepping his lunches for the week. So much for the whole family eating roughly the same meal. Oh well, it almost happened!