Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Chicken and a Vegetable

Back in our first months of marriage, I was making great efforts to wow my new husband with my amazing cooking skills. I took pride in creating healthy meals and even trying some new things. One of his favorites (apart from the velveeta-laden chicken spaghetti) we very originally named "chicken and a vegetable."

He was terribly impressed. He praised my fabulous entree as though he had never eaten baked chicken in his life. I didn't have the heart to tell him how easy it was because--you know--I liked hearing it! And then one day, I was running late leaving work and instructed him on how to prepare it.

He discovered what I had known all along--that this is the easiest meal in the world. I take a boneless skinless chicken and marinate it with one of the Target Archer Farm branded marinades, then bake it for about 15 minutes. Heat a can of whatever vegetable is in the pantry with a little Tony Chachere's, and voila--chicken and a vegetable.

Now that we're in a house, chicken and a vegetable has become grilled chicken and a vegetable on the back patio. We always have the ingredients on hand in a pinch. I'm glad I revealed my secret because now I can turn it over to the grill master!

So tell me, what's your go to meal? I need quick and easy!


  1. I am having flashbacks to all those velveeta dishes we grew up with. ;) Our super simple meal is steamed fish in parchment...create little parchment envelopes by stacking citrus slices (lemons or oranges), a salt & peppered white fish fillet, sprinkling of veggies mix (anything on hand). Hit it with some olive oil, wrap it up and bake for 10 minutes at 400 degrees. I promise it is sooo tasty and healthy.

  2. For me, scrambled eggs, toast with jalapeno jelly, and microwave bacon. It's way easy, really high in protein, and I never get tired of it.

  3. black eyed pea soup:

    2 cans rotel-use one mild and one regular, 2 cans black eyed peas, 1 pound browned & drained jimmy dean sausage (not maple). With jiffy corn muffins, this is s a fast easy winner from the pantry!

  4. All sound great! I will have to give them a try. Doug--where do you get jalapeno jelly?

  5. i'm a little late on this one....but...pork chops in the crock pot with a jar of italian dressing.


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