weekday dining

Along with everything else that has need modification and tweaking with this life transition, I have had to re-examine dinner as well. I'm a busy Mom who could very well use all the new responsibilities on my plate to give in to chicken nuggets and tots, but I don't like to. Steve always tells me he would be happy with chicken, rice and veggies every single night. For the record, he would actually be okay with boiled chicken, BARF. We DO have chicken, veggies and rice at least once a week, but I really pride myself on the variety of good food I present to my family each night. So I've had to dig deeper into my bag of dinner tricks.

We fancy up chicken tacos with all the fixings, we do a slow cooker meal, I use pre-made veggie packs from Whole Foods to make chicken stir fry. My latest and greatest find is the Lemon Pepper Pappardelle from Trader Joe's. I cook it in a large stock pot with enough salt to make it "salty as the sea" a la Mario Batalli, mix it with a bit of olive oil and toss in a box of frozen Green Giant Frozen Green Beans with Almonds. I eat or toss the almonds while I'm cooking. I serve it with an amazing salad and everyone wants seconds. I had to start buying TWO bags of this $1.99 delight at Trader's just to ensure I get a second plate. My only word of warning, serve it immediately, otherwise the pasta might get sticky.

In order to make my life even more streamlined, I'll be posting some of my new stand bys over on mcchow for my own reference, but why shouldn't YOU benefit from my streamlining too? Consider making one of these next week, I promise you won't be disappointed, your family will be well fed, and you will feel like a superstar.

Sesame Garlic Green Beans

Lemon Parsley Fish Cakes

Citrus Butter Salad


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