One pot chicken dish

What’s the best kind of easy dinner?  A one pot meal!  The biggest buzz kill after a good meal is a sink full of dirty dishes, but this recipe is anything but that! The chicken, green beans, and cherry tomatoes all cook in the same pan.


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Ingredients 

  • 1 lb thin chicken breasts 
  • 1 pint cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 3-4 handfuls of green beans, washed with ends trimmed
  • 1/4 cup Italian salad dressing
  • 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar 
  • 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil

Steps

  1. Heat olive oil in large skillet over medium-high heat. Cook chicken 3-4 minutes per side, until internal temperature has reached 165. Set aside.
  2. Meanwhile combine salad dressing, balsamic vinegar, red pepper flakes, and salt and pepper in a small bowl. 
  3. Add green beans and 1/2 cup water to pan, cover and reduce heat to low. Simmer green beans until tender.
  4. Drain excess water, add chicken pieces and cherry tomatoes to pot. Cover with salad dressing mixture and toss to coat. [/recipe] 

Family friendly meals for baby

Since my son was born, I’ve always been concerned about his food!  Is he eating enough?  Eating too much?  When should he start solids?  Should I skip rice cereal?  Suffer through breastfeeding or start formula?  It’s exhausting and reading articles on the internet is no help because everyone says something different.  It took a while to figure out (and I’m still learning with every new stage), but eventually I learned my son has all the answers.  If he opens his mouth, feed him.  I started solid foods around 4.5 months because he was up to 40 oz of formula!  I did start with rice and quickly expanded to different fruits and veggies.  I’ve made all my own baby food and had a lot of fun figuring out combinations!  Now that he’s almost 11 months, I’ve started to increase his finger foods.  I started searching for recipes that my husband and I like, but also include ingredients my son can eat! 

Family friendly meals for baby

  1. Crockpot chicken noodle soup – Put the following items into the crockpot: 6 cups chicken stock, 2 cups water, 2-3 diced carrots (peeled) and celery sticks, 1-2 cups diced rotisserie chicken, mini meatballs, 2 bay leafs, salt and pepper to taste. Cook on low for 6 hours. Add 1 bag of egg noodles and cook until tender.
  2. Pasta and meatballs with homemade sauce – I made rotini for my son, overcooked by 5 minutes to make sure it was very soft and tender. I cut it into bite size pieces for him and he went to town!  I didn’t add the red sauce, but drizzled olive oil instead.  For another variation, I’ve added peas and carrots that simmered for 20 minutes on the stove, then mashed/cut them into smaller pieces and added to the pasta. 
  3. Veggie enchilada casserole – This recipe is packed with vegetables and since you bake it, they are all soft!  I gave my son mashed up black beans and spiralized carrots. 
  4. White bean soup – So far, this is one of my favorite family friendly meals! Not only is it easy and fast to make, but there is also little to clean up – one cutting board, one knife, and one pot gets me all the ingredients my son can eat!! Time for a victory dance! After the soup simmered for 15 minutes, I sliced the carrot and chicken into small pieces for him, mashed the white beans and put everything on his highchair tray! 
  5. Crockpot chicken taco bowl – This is another perfect meal for the family. The chicken is already shredded, so all you need to do is scoop and give to your little one. I gave my son shredded chicken and black beans served over brown rice.
  6. Fish tacos – The fish is seared on a cast iron skillet, not fried, making it flaky and soft, perfect for those little teeth!
  7. Chicken minestrone soup – Your baby will love everything in this soup. Just cut into bite size pieces and it makes great finger foods!
 

    Meal plan for week of April 2nd 

    MondaySalmon on top of a kale and quinoa salad 


    TuesdayEggplant parm


    Wednesday – Pork tenderloin with roasted broccoli and mashed potatoes. Season pork tenderloin with salt and pepper and sear in cast iron skillet. Finish cooking in skillet in oven set at 350 degrees for 45 mins or until internal temperature reaches 145.

     

    ThursdayStuffed chicken with spinach, feta cheese, and sundried tomatoes 


    FridayPasta with ground sausage 



    Meal plan week of March 19th 

    Monday Noodles and pork This recipe calls for almond butter, which I didn’t have, so I used peanut butter instead.  Cooked up a pork tenderloin on Sunday night and used half with this recipe and the other half for Thursday’s dinner.


    Tuesday Velveeta crockpot mac and cheese –  Mac and cheese is one of my favorite foods!  (I’m such a kid) This recipe was super creamy and unbelievably easy to make in the crockpot! I’ll definitely be using this recipe again! 


    WednesdayTurkey chili in the crockpot 


    ThursdayPork tenderloin on top of a kale salad with grapes and feta cheese – Used the other half of the pork tenderloin that was cooked on Sunday. Cooking the pork in advance makes this the perfect effortless meal!


    FridaySkillet pizza pie – I’m all about using my cast iron skillet. My husband was a little skeptical of this recipe, but the pizza tasted great! Crispy and satisfying! 

    Baby food 


    Spinach/banana muffins – My little one loves these and I don’t feel guilty giving them to him!  I made the mini muffins, they keep great in the freezer! 

    March 5th weekly meal plan 

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    MondayQuinoa fiesta bake. This is one of my favorite quinoa recipes! It’s filling, tasty, and there’s enough for left overs the next day!


    Tuesday – Beef Tenderloin with baked sweet potato and green beans. Season steaks with salt and pepper, preheat oven to 300 degrees, heat 1 table spoon olive oil in a cast iron skillet on stove, sear steaks for 2-3 minutes per side. Place in preheated oven and cook for additional 5-6 minutes.



    Wednesday – Crockpot chicken thighs.



    Thursday – Chicken parmesan with pasta. I used homemade chicken cutlets that were in my freezer – click here for the cutlet recipe. I heated the chicken in the microwave, then topped it with sauce and shredded mozzarella cheese and baked at 350 degrees until the cheese melted.


    FridayChicken minestrone soup


    Baby food

    This week I made mini meatballs and mini cheese ravioli.


    Mini meatballs – These freeze great!
    In large bowl, mix together 1 lb ground meat, 1 minced glove of garlic, 1 egg, 1/3 cup breadcrumbs, 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese, and chopped fresh parsley. Scoop up tiny section and roll into 1 inch ball. Place on a sprayed cookie sheet. Bake at 350 degrees for 15 minutes.

    Mini cheese ravioli – I used Trader Joe’s brand, cooked 1 cup ravioli according to package directions. Seasoned with olive oil after cooking to prevent sticking.