Day 1 of 365- Baked Chicken, Broccoli, & Brown Rice

The state of the refrigerator and kitchen when I got home. Ryder's shoe had gum on it, so I tried the old peanut butter trick.


Well today I spent the 1st 2 hours after I picked up the kids pondering what to make for day 1 of the challenge. I realize that I hate this... There must be some sort of an easy solution. What could I make, what should I make, how would I make, what would I make?? Well, first, what do we have, second, what would everyone like/ agree on, etc? Realizing we're out of apple juice, I haul everyone over to Ralphs . I spend about $12 on random things. Oh, the horrible shopping dilemma. What to pick up at Whole Foods. What to get at Trader Joes. The amazing deals at Ralphs. I hope I don't over buy and things go bad. Then, baby food, snacks that are healthy, but that they will eat. Oh, and the budget:(. Right now there are so many trips to the store like the one this afternoon. And they are not too fun either. Ryder throwing in the mini cart or car everything "he" thinks we need. Then batting my eyelashes at the clerk when I explain that we really don't need the 17 items Ryder brought up to the register. Then, everyone has their special wants... The favorite bread, the applesauce with the waffles, the I only like the pizza from Trader Joes but only the small ones, if it's Ralphs I only like the DiGiorno but only if it's pepperoni. But the health factor.. and I was also going to try to get creative. And the question is still... What should we have for dinner? 6 o'clock frantically feeding Penn baby food ( sweet potatoes, squash, and tzatziki dip ( for whatever reason he loves it ), so he won't cry, and still the mystery of what I should make. Timothy pulls out fruitloops of the cupboard saying " I'm just gonna have this". That's it, I better figure it out quick. Leftovers.. I've failed on Day 1. I guess I need to put more planning into this.

Baked Chicken ( Organic/ Free Range )

Pre-heat oven to 375°
wash chicken
remove giblets
3 cloves of garlic chopped a bit & placed inside
salt & pepper
bake breast side down for 30 min
turn over
breast side up for 1 1/2 hours

Garlic and Broccoli

Chop broccoli
put olive oil in a pan
a couple cloves of garlic
rinse broccoli
put in pan when garlic is golden
leave a bit of water on rinsed broccoli
the steam will cook the broccoli
cover & steam on low/medium
approx. 10 min
shake pan to stir occasionally

Brown Rice

1 cup brown rice
2 cups water brought to a boil
1 TBs chicken bouillon
bring to a boil
then cover & simmer for 45 min

These dishes were leftovers, and I didn't reheat the chicken. The children were not too impressed. I felt a bit bad. I had high hopes, but low results:(

1 comment:

  1. Dear Kristy,
    I adore you! And let me just tell you, I feel your pain every single evening at 6pm when I am wracking my brain about what to make for dinner. It did not help matters much when Zeke recently said to me, "Could you make something tonight - with flavor?" AARRGGGGGHH!! I'm pulling for you for Day 2!
    Much love,
    Jeri Eisner