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Health, Home, and Happiness: Traditional Food in Real Lives- Tuesday and Wednesday

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Traditional Food in Real Lives- Tuesday and Wednesday

*This is a part of our Working Around the Work Schedule series*

Breakfast: Smoothie! Quick and easy, easy cleanup.  5 minutes to blend, 5 to clean up, about 15-20 to eat (my kids are slow eaters)

Put a 1-pound bag of brown rice in the crock pot with 5 cups of chicken stock; I hope this is the right proportion!  Going to have chicken (from the crock pot on Monday) and rice taco salad for dinner. We'll use the salad we made on Sunday as the 'green stuff', some grated cheese, avocados that may or may not become guacamole.  If we had beans done, I would have added them but I didn't have them done. Those are easy to do in the crock pot too.

Lunch: Lunch was packed, as before.  I only ended up eating half a sandwich, so I saved the other half for the next day.

Dinner: Mixed up the chicken, veggies, and rice as salad in a big bowl, we didn't use chips but just ate it with a fork.  Guacamole thinned with some yogurt was the dressing.  The rice was a little gummy from being in the crock pot so long- I wonder if I put it on 'keep warm' rather than the 'low' setting that would work better.  Any rice tips for people who are out of the house all day? 
Dinner put together time: 10 minutes
Clean up: 15 minutes
Lunch packing for the next day: 10 minutes


Breakfast: Scrambled eggs with lots of cheese and garlic.

Lunch: Chicken Salad that we made on Monday.  Included in it is chicken (protein), mayonnaise (fat), sauerkraut (vegetable, probiotics), some chopped crispy almonds and chopped onion- a meal all in one dish, plus it saves having to get all those individual containers out each day to make sandwiches.  

Dinner: Chicken Fried Rice- I chopped an onion, kale, cabbage, and used the peeler to make thin carrot  strips. Sautéed in butter. Added chicken.  Hubby really likes eggs in fried rice, so I added 4 eggs, just moving the veggie/chicken mixture to the side of the skillet while scrambling the eggs on the other side. Then added leftover rice from Tuesday's dinner, mixed, and covered to heat it through faster.

Time: Dinner took 45 minutes to get on the table- it took a while for the rice to heat through from the fridge.
Cleanup again was pretty simple- I love one-dish meals!

What one-dish meals are favorites in your house?  

Edited to add all parts of this series: Continue below
Traditional Food in Real Lives- How can this be done around the work schedule?
Grocery Shopping and Menu Planning
Weekend Meal Prep
Tuesday and Wednesday
Thursday and Friday- the home stretch
Reflections on this week and how it impacts me as a stay at home mom, and adjustments I'd make if I did work outside the home



Blogger Jaime @ Like a Bubbling Brook said...

Cara, one of our favorite one-dish meals here is Chili Pie. It's easy, very frugal, and yummy, too! I have the recipe on my site:

I've been enjoying this series!

P.S. I think I'm "un-lurking" here... not sure that I've commented before :P

May 20, 2010 at 5:29 AM  
Blogger Lisa said...

Do you have a "time bake" option on your oven? I posted this the other day on my blog: Did you know you can use the time bake on your oven to cook rice? I put my soaked rice along with another cup of water & a pat of butter in a covered casserole in the oven. I set the delay bake on the oven so it would cook at 350 for 45 minutes before we were going to have dinner- it worked great!

Because it's just water (not chicken broth) I don't worry about it spoiling from sitting in the oven all day waiting to cook. I did this when I cooked my whole chicken in the crock pot all day.

May 20, 2010 at 11:13 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I must admit one pot meals are terrific for clean up! Our favorites are huge omelets where we throw in whatever is in our fridge, and hearty soups. We also do a lot of rice bowls, but cook the rice separately in a pan. I will work on incorporating it all!

May 20, 2010 at 11:30 AM  
Blogger Cara @ Health Home and Happiness said...

we don't have a timer feature on our oven- that I'll look to that when we're oven shopping next! Great idea!

May 20, 2010 at 11:47 AM  
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May 20, 2010 at 4:59 PM  
Blogger Sarah said...

I work sometimes VERY long days - if I remember to soak the rice overnight the night before, it cuts the cooking time of the rice by more than half, even for brown rice. Then I just cook the rice in a regular saucepan on the stovetop.

May 21, 2010 at 10:28 AM  
Blogger stacey said...

my favorite one-dish meals....roast and fixins in crockpot, chicken spaghetti, mexican bake.

enjoying your series! fun to what you are making and how. it says a lot about you that you are doing it on "work day" time to help others see that they can do it too.

May 23, 2010 at 3:00 PM  
Blogger Rebecca said...

Rice tip: Sometimes I bake the rice the day before (instead of boiling it) and then reheat it quickly in the oven right at dinner time.

May 25, 2010 at 8:06 AM  

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