Because of the way I was raised I take pride in the dinner time rituals. I like to meal plan and try new things. I prefer to mostly cook from scratch (thanks mom), and of course I like to keep it healthy... (for the most part). Of course every now and then I love me some comfort food. Kielbasa and potatoes are on the menu this week as exactly that: comfort food!
I do have one huge weakness! When Austin is gone on trips I get down right lazy! I find myself feeding Landon chicken nuggets and PB&J sandwiches. Of course he eats vegetables or fruit as side items so thats how I justify it. I tend to eat leftovers or just other random things. Austin happens to be on a trip today so I had no plans....Okay, I planned on being lazy, maybe frozen pizza lazy if I'm being honest!
THANKFULLY for me and Landy I was inspired by a mom friend. We had a play date at her house and I asked her what they were having for dinner. Whatever she had in her crockpot was making my mouth water! She told me they were doing pulled pork fajitas. I seriously kind of wish she had invited us to dinner. That simply sounds divine. Instead, I decided myself and Landy would have a proper meal. The only problem was I had nothing planned so I would have to work with very few ingredients. So, here you have it, a delicious (mostly homemade) and healthy dinner with less than 10 ingredients.
Chicken (I had 1 HUGE breast so that worked for me and Landy)
Fresh Green Beans (2 handfuls was plenty for us)
Box of Quinoa
|Landon has always loved quinoa!|
|I hate how Rachel Ray calls it EVOO!|
|How are lemons this pretty? And delicious?|
|I'm lazy, plus fresh garlic goes bad, this is just easier sometimes.|
|Fresh Basil, I happened to have it on hand...this is rare!|
|I like to have this on hand in case I don't have fresh|
Pre-heat oven to 400
For the marinade:
Mix 2/3 C olive oil with the juice from 1 lemon (you can save a slice or two for garnish), add 1 teaspoon minced garlic, rough chop the basil (I used 4-5 leaves b/c I love basil), and mix everything together. (Set aside enough to sauté the green beans in later. I saved approx. 1/3 C)
Pound out chicken (this is great for getting aggression out PLUS it really does make it more tender)
Salt and pepper both sides
Drop in bowl of marinade
While the chicken is bathing in yumminess line your chicken pan with foil because why scrub dishes if you don't have to... Then put the chicken on the pan and bake for 25-30 minutes. Flip halfway through. When you pull the chicken out BEFORE you cut it let it rest for a couple of minutes. It really does help keep the meat tender. Slice right before you serve.
The quinoa takes approx. 20 minutes to make so its a great side dish and the hardest thing you have to do is boil water! Prepare according to package.
The green beans only need to steam for like 5 minutes after the water is boiling so you can do that at the end. I have a steamer that just sets in the pan of water so thats how I do it. While the green beans are steaming I put the marinade I set aside earlier in a sauté pan and get it hot. After the green beans have steamed I just transfer them to the sauté pan and cook them for an additional 3-5 minutes. Don't forget to salt and pepper them.
Thats it, in less than 45 minutes you have a complete delicious and healthy meal. I transferred everything into one dish so that IF there are leftovers (there were b/c there is only two of us) I can just pop the whole dish in the oven to reheat.
Landon ate everything on his plate! The green beans may have been a bit citrusy for him so I chopped them up and mixed them in with the quinoa. Next time I may just set a few aside and skip the sauté part.
|How awesome is this guitar plate!?! I want to be a kid!|