Do your evenings go like this;
- get home from school, make the kids a snack and tidy whatever was left on the counter from the morning rush.
- try to figure out what to feed them that you have in the fridge/freezer and can whip up in 30 minutes or less (and isn’t Kraft Dinner for the third day this week)
- beg, cajole and finally yell for the kids to start their homework
- beg, cajole and yell to tell the kids to get ready for skating, violin, cheer, soccer, hockey or whatever else is on that evening.
- put something on the table, with or without any nutritional value, just so they have something in their little bodies before they hit the rink, studio, field etc.
- rush out the door to the event.
- come home and clean up the aftermath of dinner
Yup, we have some version of this a couple/few nights a week and it’s exhausting.
The largest problem, for me, is dinner. You know I hate to cook, and it’s mainly because I have no imagination when it comes to ingredients. I can’t look in my pantry or freezer and visualize a meal from all of the ingredients inside. I wish I could, but my brain just shuts down.
Last week I was desperate – we had McDonald’s one night, mooched dinner from my parents twice (two Thanksgiving meals) and my standard grilled cheese had been used up. I hit Pinterest – searching for “easy” and “chicken” and found this winner…
Doesn’t sound quite as appealing as it tastes – it’s actually quite good and the girls loved it – and it’s EASY!
You will need:
- 2lbs boneless skinless chicken breasts (thawed)
- 1/4 cup yellow mustard
- 1/2 cup seasoned breadcrumbs – add salt and pepper to breadcrumbs if you wish
- Line a cookie sheet with tinfoil and preheat your oven to 400 degrees F.
- Pat the chicken breasts with a paper towel to dry them.
- Paint a layer of yellow mustard on both sides of the breast and drop into the breadcrumbs. Flip back and forth until coated.
- Put on the cookie sheet and bake for 20 minutes (or until cooked through).
I know, there’s no green on this plate.
We are a minimalist family – in that we refrain from incorporating green whenever possible.
Yup, I will fully admit to being less evolved than most and instead I let the chickens or cows eat the vegetables and then I eat them.
(I’m 5’8″ Mom, so you can’t use that “it’ll stunt your growth” argument anymore. lol)
I serve on salad plates – doesn’t that count?
Kidding, the girls only eat this much and I’ve noticed that if I have a larger plate, I’ll fill it – so this is my (weak) attempt at dieting.
Have a great one!