One thing is for sure, there is just not enough time in the day! For the past few weeks, I have been struggling with planning for dinner. By the time I leave work (thanks to my reminder meeting notice), pick Roland up and get home, it's 5:00-5:15 and I have one hungry kiddo...not to mention Mama! In addition, the Hubby and I recently started running, completing our workouts around 6:00 PM so there's not much time during the evening to plan a meal.
I started this week with a mission...find something that is nutritious, easy to make and will last through the tough part of the week (Tuesday and Wednesday). Tonight was the night! I have two original recipes for you. All you need is one night and one chicken!
C3B-PO (Chicken, Carrots, Celery, Bok Choy, Potatoes, Onion)
For all you engineering nerds, a play on the famous C3PO Star Wars character...if nothing else, it will surely help you remember the ingredients at the grocery store!)
- 3 - 48 oz cans of reduced sodium chicken stock
- 1 - 7 lb roasting chicken
- 2 cups carrots (eyeball)
- 2 cups celery tops (eyeball)
- 1 onion, halved
- Water, as needed (see below)
- Sea salt, Pepper
- 5 Potatoes
- 3 heads (medium size) of Bok Choy
- Large bunch of parsley
"Mmmmmmm....Are you going to describe just how much I love this soup in that blog?"
This second recipe literally came to me as I was grocery shopping last night.
Handful Thanksgiving Chicken Salad
All you need is a handful to measure the ingredients and the flavors really resemble Thanksgiving!
- 2 scallions
- 2 handfuls of shelled walnuts
- 1 handful dried cranberries
- 2.5 handfuls of grapes, halved
- 1 chicken breast, shredded (reserved from the chicken above)
- To shred the chicken, work with the chicken while it is still warm. With two forks, gently peel the chicken apart
- "Lightly dress" - a light stream of dressing drizzled around the bowl, twice
And there you have it, "One Evening, One Chicken, Multiple Dinners!" And remember, you have one left over chicken breast that can be used for a meal on Thursday...a meal of your choice!
The produce (bok choy, scallions, pepper) came from our community garden, a 25x25 foot plot we manage at our local community garden. This is our third year gardening and I think we finally figured a way to keep the deer out!
Enjoy the recipes and feel free to modify as you see fit! Would love to hear your comments if you decide to make the meals!