This weeks assignment was to share our favorite healthy recipe. I may be in trouble here. My husband cooks the majority of our meals and while I do cook, mostly it's a lot of experimenting to make normal meals more exciting. I do have my specialties, but those are definitely not on the healthy side of life. Just ask anyone who has eaten Tex Mex Sheppard's Pie (recipe from Ed's grandma). I usually have to make 3 casserole dishes of the stuff to satisfy everone's over indulgence in it.
Today I will share my chicken and rice recipe.
You will need:
3-4 chicken breast (dependent on size)
spices (this is where the experimentation comes in)
2 bags of boil in bag brown rice
Healthy Selection Cream of Mushroom Soup
2% Shredded Cheese
The first thing to do is season up you chicken. My go to spices and herbs are garlic, Tony's (old bay will work too), Italian seasoning, rosemary, pepper, and usually a light Italian dressing. If I run across something that strikes my fancy in the fridge or spice rack - I add that too. Broil the chicken until it is cooked through. Cooking time will vary depending on the thickness of your chicken and they oven you use (I like to use my convection toaster over - less energy and cooks faster). There are also times I cheat this part and just buy a preprepared rotisserie chicken from the grocery store.
While you chicken is cooking away, throw your rice bags into boiling water for 10 minutes and steam your broccoli. I also cheat on the broccoli steaming. I will either use the green giant frozen steamables or fresh and use Ziploc steam bags. I don't know how those things work, but they are amazing and I wash them out and use them multiple times when I'm just steaming veggies.
When all of your cooking is completed, cut up your chicken and mix it with the rice, broccoli and mushroom soup. Pour it all into a greased casserole dish and bake it in the oven at 400 for 15-20 minutes. Sprinkle on the cheese (if you want it) about a minute before pulling it out of the oven.
It took me a few times of making this before coaxing my picky eaters to try it, but once they did they loved it!
On another note. I haven't weighed in this week, but when I did last Friday, I found I was down 8 lbs from starting. I set a new goal to loose 10 lbs every 2 months so I don't have to beat myself up on the times I don't resist temptation. This will also put me at my ultimate goal weight by early December!
I am a wife and a mother just trying to stay sane in the crazy world of our lives. My goal in life tends to be getting my house clean and keeping it that way for more than 2 days. But when you're never home who has time to clean?