Tuesday, April 23

Food For Days {A Recipe!!}

Once again, this isn't really a recipe. It's more of a pseudo-meal planning method that I have fallen madly in love with.

It's fantastic when Ryan is out of town but if you're a busy family (with members in or out of town), I guarantee you will love this.

Because you will have food for days with the minimalist of efforts.

The ingredients are as simple or as complicated as you would like.

Here's my usual roster:
  • Chicken breasts - boneless, skinless and pounded flat
  • Cheese - I use Kraft's Tex Mex
  • Seasoning of choice - I typically use taco seasoning (store bought or make your own) and Red Garlic Sansel
  • Bell peppers
  • Green onions
  • Mushrooms
  • Tomatos (Roma are best)
  • Avocado (by the wheel barrow full)
  • Tortillas, tortilla chips, salad fixings, sammy fixings....
  • Anything else your heart desires

Hopefully you have one of these:

I think that's the best way to cook the chicken. But a barbecue, a frying pan or an oven will all get the job done.

If you do have an indoor grill, preheat that sucker to a touch hotter than medium.

Then pound the crap out of your chicken - for me, nothing does this better than a freezer bag and a two-six of vodka.

And since you already have your vodka out, you might as well make yourself a drink.

Once your chicken is pounded flat, you'll need to get it out of the bag and season it.

I like to split open two sides of the Ziploc.

It's just less salmonella-ish.

Season 'em up and throw them on the grill.

If you don't have these in your kitchen, you are wrong.

The chicken should take about 10 minutes (5 per side) to cook depending on your grill and how voracious you were with that vodka bottle.

While the chicken is cooking, prepare your toppings.

Slice and sauté the mushrooms, dice the bell pepper, seed and dice the tomato and slice the green onions.

(The quantities of all these things depend on how many you are feeding and how many days you would like to feed them for.)

Hopefully you have a container similar to this:

If not, individual containers won't kill anyone. You'll just have 42 containers in your fridge while I have one.

Once the chicken is cooked, it can be stored in a separate container. I dice some of it and leave some of it whole - for sammies and such.

Though with this batch, I seasoned all of it with taco seasoning and diced all of it up.


Now you're ready to eat.

Eat what? you might be asking.

My dish of choice is tacos. 

I add freshly diced avocado and sour cream and stuff that baby in my face.

But the options are endless.

With the taco seasoned chicken, I've made nachos, taco salad, quesadillas and, of course, tacos.

With the Red Garlic Sansel chicken, I've made sammies (like this delicious little number), salads and pasta. Really, what CAN'T you do with chicken??

(Truth be told, I usually use ALL the chicken for tacos/quesadillas because chicken and fresh veggies with cheese, avocado and sour cream is my JAM.)

So, I know this isn't exactly a recipe or anything groundbreaking but it's such a time saver and it's a great way to get fresh, healthy food into your family with practically no effort and almost no time - I can make a taco or a quesadilla in less than 10 minutes.

Older kids can even assemble on their own!

For me, I find cooking when Ryan is out of town so trying.

The boys eat next to nothing, I don't want to eat fruit salad and grilled cheese sandwiches, I don't want to cook a meal every night just to be the only one to eat it and I certainly am not cooking two meals every day.

Having all of this prepared ahead of time ensures that I actually eat on regular basis when Ryan is gone and that I don't eat garbage the whole time he's gone.

Plus, it's just damn tasty.

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