Every once in a while, there is a day when you just don’t think you have the time to make a healthy meal for your family. I have these days more often than not right now since I’m trying to get a blog off the ground while working full-time. It becomes draining after a while, and the last thing I want to do is cook dinner for myself and my husband. But we’ve gotta eat, right?
So, how can you make a quick meal that still healthy and delicious?
I’ve come up with a pretty much foolproof plan for quick, healthy meals! All it takes it a preheated oven and foil. Lots of foil.
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First, preheat the oven. 350 degrees is my go to temp since it’s pretty much the standard.
Next, decide on a side dish. Rice and garlic bread are usually what I stick with in these situations. At this point, I would put rice in the rice cooker and let it do its thing. For garlic bread, I broil it on a piece of foil for the last 5 minutes of cook time on the rest of the meal.
After you’ve set your rice to cook, pull out a baking sheet with sides or a large, glass baking dish and line it with foil. You don’t have to line it, but I recommend it because who has time to scrub a dish with baked-on food?
Now check out what meat you’ve got defrosted. I am the absolute worst at remembering to defrost something for dinner… it’s a habit I really need to develop.
For the sake of ease, let’s say you’ve got some chicken. Cut it up into strips or cube to reduce cooking time. Dump it in a resealable bag and add some flavor. For example, try some barbecue sauce or even just salt and pepper. (My favorite seasoning is lemon pepper.) Shake the bag until all the chicken is coated, then dump it on one side of the baking dish.
Next, pick a vegetable. You probably have broccoli or something similar in your fridge somewhere. Put some on the other end of the baking dish, spray it lightly with cooking spray and season with some salt and pepper.
By now, the oven should be preheated, so slide the dish in, set the timer for 20-25 minutes and relax! Or do some laundry or give the kids a quick bath. Whatever you choose to do with that 20 minutes, at least you aren’t slaving over that hot meal you’ll get to serve your family tonight!