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My Meal Planning Follow Up

11 Dec

Well, I must admit that while planning my meals in advance was a great tool in helping me to stay organized, I didn’t quite stick to the plan the entire week.

However, I will say this was quite a learning experience and I think the more I attempt planning my meals, the more successful I will be.

A few of the things that thwarted my efforts were:

•Not having all of the ingredients in stock. While I was writing out my menu, I should have also been writing a grocery list. In the future I’ll try to have my plan written before Sunday so I can buy all of the ingredients for my menu when I go grocery shopping.

•Not making enough food for leftovers. Well, technically I did make extra food. However, my husband ate it for his lunch the next day. So going forward I will keep this is mind so that I’m not thinking dinner is in the fridge, when it isn’t.

•Not taking into consideration that we had plans for Friday and Saturday. I think my menu will always have a takeout or rotisserie chicken day. This will be for those days when there is a Parent Teacher Night, practices, Holiday parties or whatever is going on at the time. My goal is to write down a list of places that has quality takeout that I can buy when I truly have no time
to cook. I am not a fast food fan so I’m thinking that my favorite grocer’s (Wegmans) salad bar, the rotisserie chicken dinner special sold at Whole Foods and the Thai restaurant that we enjoy, will all be on that list.

So, hopefully my next Menu Planning attempt will be even better. Of course, this experience was not a failure by any meals. I did manage to adhere to the following menu on Sunday and Monday. On Tuesday I switched it up and opted to serve a grilled chicken salad instead. I did this because I realized that Meatloaf takes too long to prepare the day of. However, later that night after the kids were in bed, I made the turkey meatloaf and it was served on Wednesday. On Thursday we did have the Quesadillas with various leftovers. On Friday & Saturday we had social events so I did not cook.

So all in all I think it went fairly well and I look forward to planning more often. Below are a few of the pictures I manage to snap of the dinners. Hope my experience helps you and I would love your feedback or ideas on how you plan out your weekly meals.

•Beef & Broccoli Stirfry
~~I used beef short ribs (which I cut into 1/2 inch cubes) for this dish because it cooks quickly and is quite tender.

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•Grilled Chicken Salad
~~As you all know, I love making salads. They are quick, healthy and easy to make. Plus it’s a great way to add in lots of vegetables.

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•Turkey Meatloaf
~~Making your meatloaf the night before allows all of the flavors to combine so that it’s perfect when you serve it the next day. It also makes it easier to cut.

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A Fancy Salad Made With The Simplest Ingredients

9 Sep

Looking for a quick & healthy lunch or dinner idea? Try this simple but hearty salad with chicken, diced apples, almonds, cranberries, pinenuts & cheese (mozzarella & cheddar). Serve with a honey mustard or balsamic dressing.

I chose the ingredients based on items I had in my fridge & pantry. Feel free to substitute based on what you have.

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Yummy, Quick & Easy Seasoned Chicken Strips

4 Feb

Yummy, Quick & Easy Seasoned Chicken Strips

Who doesn’t love perfectly seasoned chicken that’s moist and full of flavor? Usually, crispy fried chicken is the perfect way to satisfy that craving. However, sometimes you want the flavor without all of the calories. So try this recipe and who knows, you may never want to go back to traditional fried chicken again!

 This is a great recipe to add to your collection because it is EASY & QUICK!  It is also quite versatile.  The strips are great inside of a hoagie roll with your favorite fixings, cut up as “nuggets” for your child’s lunch or on top of a salad.  Try adding a peanut sauce if you want more of a Thai flavor.  Or, make several batches of these for your next big party (mmm Superbowl anyone) and serve with several different sauces.  Either way, use your imagination to make a great dish that many will enjoy.

I like to use Chicken Tenderloins for this recipe because they are, as their name suggests, tender. However, Chicken Breast cut into 2 inch strips work just as well. I also use Pan Searing Flour because it is already seasoned and gives the chicken a bit of a crispy coating. I have only been able to buy it at  Wegmans. So if you do not have it at hand, you can just use regular flour. One other thing I prefer is Garlic Flavored Olive Oil. However, non flavored EVOO (Extra Virgin Olive Oil) works just as well.

Ingredients

1lb Chicken Tenders

2 Tablespoons Pan Searing Flour

1 Teaspoon Paprika

2 Teaspoons Seasonings

1 Tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon EVOO

1 Tablespoon fresh garlic

1 Tablespoon fresh or dried herbs

In a large bowl, lightly season the chicken with your favorite chicken Seasonings (Lemon-pepper, Seasoned Salt or Salt & Pepper) and the dried herbs. Also, add 1teaspoon of the EVOO. Mix everything so that the chicken is evenly coated in the oil & seasoning. Be careful not to over season the meat as the Pan Searing Flour already has seasoning in it. Let the chicken marinate for 15-20 minutes.  Place the strips on a large cutting board & lightly coat the chicken with the Pan Searing Flour.

In a large non-stick skillet, heat 1 tablespoon EVOO & add the garlic. Once the oil is hot, place the chicken strips in the skillet. Let the chicken cook for about 3-5 minutes on each side or until the internal temperature is 165 degrees.

Once done, remove the chicken from the skillet & place on a paper towel lined plated to absorb any excess oil. These strips are great by themselves, or served as the entrée (as shown below) along with your favorite side dishes for dinner.  Bon Appetit!