Got a really busy week ahead? Here's a little plan that will get you through with flying colors! This fast strategy will take care of 4 days this week-
Night 1 - Seasoned chicken breasts with baked potato and salad
Night 2 – Spaghetti with salad and Italian or French bread
Night 3 - Killer chicken Parmesan Sandwiches
Night 4 – Chicken Wraps
The secret to this strategy is taking an extra half hour on Monday night to make the rest of the week a breeze.
So, here’s what you do -
Monday night – cook up 3 skinless chicken breast halves per person seasoned with garlic powder and McCormick Fajita Seasoning. Organic would be best, but do the best that you can afford. Avoid Tyson and Perdue. They contain the most growth hormones, antibiotics, and nasty stuff.
Put enough butter, or olive oil, or coconut oil just to coat the pan. Don’t be afraid of butter. You’re not actually going to ingest much of it. Let’s be real here. It takes about 5 minutes per side. I cook them covered and on medium low heat. Keeps them juicier, and they cook through faster.
(It takes about ½ of a chicken breast half per sandwich and wrap that you’ll be making Wednesday and Thursday.)
Serve one chicken breast, a baked potato and salad on Monday night. You can serve a baked potato, a baked sweet potato, green beans, fruit - like cantaloupe or fresh pineapple, broccoli, baby carrots, tossed salad, all easy stuff. Pick a couple things.
Slice, or shred the extra chicken breasts - Whichever you prefer - and throw it in the fridge.
Make fresh spaghetti sauce on Monday night for Tuesday dinner. Spaghetti sauce is always better the next day you know - plus it will make Tuesday’s dinner a breeze. No jar stuff! That stuff tastes nasty and has all kinds of things in it you don’t want to eat, and you certainly don’t want your kids to eat.
Reserve a cup of sauce before you add meat - if you’re going to add meat. (I like to add some browned Italian sausage for flavor.) You’ll need the reserved sauce for Wednesday’s dinner.
Tuesday night, heat up the sauce, cook your pasta, throw together a salad and put out some sliced Italian bread with olive oil and Parmesan for dipping. Wa-la.
On Wednesday, you have the major ingredients ready for the Killer Chicken Parmesan sandwiches.
This sandwich is soooo good! And every ingredient has a health benefit.
I like to call them Secretly Healthy Killer Chicken Parmesan Sandwiches
French Bread (lower in fat)
Olive Oil (good for lowering cholesterol)
Garlic (numerous health benefits - used medicinally for centuries - also keeps vampires away)
Spaghetti Sauce (lycopene- cancer fighting - also anitoxidents)
Skinless Chicken Breasts (low fat - protein)
Mozzarella Cheese (low fat - calcium)
Serve with a big tossed salad and a glass of red wine. You’ll be stuffed and healthy!
On Thursday night – make creative Chicken Wraps. Yes, it's chicken again, but it tastes totally different from everything else you've had this week and they're casual and fun.
Well, that will get you through most of the week without tearing your hair out.