Do your evenings go like this;

  1. get home from school, make the kids a snack and tidy whatever was left on the counter from the morning rush.
  2. 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)
  3. beg, cajole and finally yell for the kids to start their homework
  4. beg, cajole and yell to tell the kids to get ready for skating, violin, cheer, soccer, hockey or whatever else is on that evening.
  5. 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.
  6. rush out the door to the event.
  7. come home and clean up the aftermath of dinner
  8. collapse.

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…

Mustard Chicken

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

Mustard chicken - a quick and easy weeknight meal

  1. Line a cookie sheet with tinfoil and preheat your oven to 400 degrees F.
  2. Pat the chicken breasts with a paper towel to dry them.
  3. Paint a layer of yellow mustard on both sides of the breast and drop into the breadcrumbs.  Flip back and forth until coated.
  4. Put on the cookie sheet and bake for 20 minutes (or until cooked through).

That’s it!

Mustard chicken - a quick and easy weeknight meal

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)

Mustard chicken - a quick and easy weeknight meal

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!

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