After a long day of work and school, a warm meal with the ones who make your heart smile should not be burdensome. Satisfy your takeout cravings at home with these easy to prep meals.
Your grocery delivery just landed –and what are you going to do with all that chicken? Oven fry it of course! Cut the chicken breast in half, and season it with Adobo, pepper, and a bit of cayenne. Heat your oven to 425 degrees and lay the chicken on a foil lined pan. Generously spray the seasoned chicken on both sides with canola cooking spray. (You could bread it first, but I avoid the extra white flour.) Set the timer for about 15 minutes, then turn it over. Depending on the size of the chicken breasts, it should be done and sizzling in another 10 minutes. Add a whole grain bun, pickle and tons of spring mix to make it a meal!
Lean ground turkey is a great base for Caribbean inspired meat patties. This simple recipe shortens prep time by using roll out pie crusts! Season cooked ground turkey with salt, pepper, a little curry, a dash of cumin, chopped onion, diced tomatoes or tomato sauce plus finely chopped spinach. Let this mixture simmer on the stove to seal in the flavors, then cut the pie crust into triangles. Scoop the meat mixture into the center, fold, and press closed with a fork. Bake at 350 degrees until the pie crust is golden brown and enjoy! Apple sauce cups on the side take this meal to the next level!
Stuffed twice-baked potatoes are comfort food at its finest! Rinse and wrap your potatoes in foil, then bake for an hour or until soft when squeezed. While the potatoes are baking, chop and boil a head of cauliflower and grill chicken breasts on an indoor grill. (If you have leftover chicken from Monday, use that!) Mash the cauliflower in a bowl and set aside. Chop the chicken into bite-sized pieces. Cook some broccoli on the stove and chop that as well. Next comes the fun part! Slice the potatoes down the middle. Scoop out most of the potato into the bowl of cauliflower. Mash and season this mixture with Adobo, pepper and paprika. Scoop the cauliflower/potato mixture back into each potato and top with broccoli, chicken and shredded cheese. I always save a few pieces of cooked bacon from breakfast to chop and add on top of this masterpiece. Pop the potatoes back into the oven and bake until the cheese melts.
By Thursday we mix it up with very lean ground beef burgers containing a surprise ingredient, –lentils! Cook your lentils until soft and blend them to a puree consistency. Add about a cup and a half of lentils to the lean ground beef and season with Adobo, pepper, minced onion, and a dash of cayenne. Add a few dollops of barbecue sauce and an egg to bind the patties. Pop these on a hot grill and when one side is cooked, turn them over. Add a slice of cheese, a whole grain bun, and spinach spring mix to round out the food groups.
There is something that is just right about pizza on Fridays, and this version is quick and easy! Using bagel thins as the crust, add your favorite pizza sauce, turkey pepperoni, chopped spinach with mozzarella cheese. Bake at 450 degrees until the cheese is melted to perfection. Way to usher in the weekend!
Sure we can order pizza, burgers or other foods from local eateries BUT there is a level of care that is tough to match when food is lovingly prepared at home. The ingredients are super fresh, the hands are washed, and the food is served piping hot! Let the little ones help you in the kitchen, and comment to share what your favorite weeknight meals are. Stay strong and nourished!