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Cook Once, But Get Several DIFFERENT Meals!

Cook Once, But Get Several DIFFERENT Meals!

Just when I think I’ve got a handle on our schedule…up comes PTA meetings and the youngest one’s swimming classes!  Whoa!

So here’s what made the menu this week to easy the stress!

Layered Frittata
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1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
1 yellow onion, thinly sliced
½ cup sliced olives
½ pound spinach, kale or bok choy
6 tomatoes, sliced
12 eggs, beaten with 1 teaspoon salt
½ cup shredded provolone

Preheat oven to 400degrees. Warm 1 tablespoon oil. Add onion, salt and pepper. Cook 5-7 minutes. Stir in olives and transfer to bowl.

Add spinach, salt and pepper to pan. Cook 2-4minutes. Transfer to a separate bowl.

Add tomatoes, salt and pepper to pan. Cook 2-3minutes.

Spread tomatoes across bottom of pan. Pour 1/3 of egg mixture into pan. Cook 1-2minutes.

Top with spinach and cheese. Pour ½ of remaining egg mixture on top. Cook 2-3minutes.

Spread olive and onion mixture over top. Pour remaining eggs over mixture. Cook 2-3minutes.

Transfer to over 10-15 minutes.

Bonus Meal 2:
This doubled as a quick and healthy breakfast all week!  Just heat and go!

Sugar and Spiced Chicken
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Brine:
1 cup kosher salt
1 cup maple sugar
1/4 cup black peppercorns
1/2 tablespoon ground cloves
1/2 tablespoon cinnamon
1/2 tablespoon ground sage

Chicken:
6-7 pounds cut up organic chicken
3 medium onions, roughly chopped
2 big carrots, roughly chopped
3 celery stalks, roughly chopped
2 tablespoon thyme

Sunday Prep:
– place chicken in a large ziplock bag.
– fill bag with enough water to cover chicken.
– add brine ingredients and shake (over sink in case bag isn’t completely sealed! ;)) to combine.
– cut up all veggies and thyme and place in another bag or container.

Day of cooking:
– preheat oven to 400 degrees
– drain chicken
– place chicken and veggies in a large roasting pan
– add 1 cup water to pan
– roast for 1 hour – 1 hour 30 minutes or till chicken registers 160 degrees on a meat thermometer.

Serve with a spinach salad!

Bonus Meal 2:
I then used the leftovers (chicken and veggies), as the base to a chicken soup.

Leftover Chicken Soup
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Shred chicken
Rice spaghetti (broken into pieces)
6-8 cups Chicken stock

Combine shredded chicken, rice spaghetti and chicken stock.  Bring to a low boil and continue till spaghetti is cooked through.

This makes a yummy, healthy and quick soup in under 20 minutes!!!!  And tastes different than the meal the night (or 2 nights) prior!

Meal Plan for the Busy Woman

Meal Plan for the Busy Woman

Several friends and I sat down the other night for a party and get together!  It was wonderful!  Great Wine!  Great Food!  Great Conversation!  Great Laughs!  Great Women! I could have stressed over all the prep and cooking, but instead I prepped all week and everything came together stress free in under 1 hour! That’sContinue Reading

Hot and Cold Balsamic Veggie Salad

Hot and Cold Balsamic Veggie Salad

Meet my little friend. Ok, that was a really bad Scarface impression, but as a busy working mom to 3 little kids, I need tools in my kitchen that will help me get healthy meals on the table fast during the week.  One such tool for me, is my oven.  Chop, season and bake, allowsContinue Reading

I Hate “Health” Thanksgiving

I Hate “Health” Thanksgiving

I Hate “Healthy” Thanksgiving Thanksgiving for me is full of memories.  Memories of watching the Macy’s Day Parade.  Memories of hearing my mom put the turkey in the oven and family chats.  Memories of grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins, siblings, friends sitting around a table and sharing a meal.  Memories of the wonderful smells that madeContinue Reading

Healthy Fish and Chips

Healthy Fish and Chips

Healthy Fish and Chips Fish and Chips are a New England staple.  Being a proud New Englander, I was determined to find a way to get my 3 kiddos to love fish and chips.  Up until this recipe they were not fans!  Not anymore!  And you’ll love it too! Ingredients: 4 potatoes, peeled and slicedContinue Reading

Mango Chicken Wraps…A little sweet, a little spicy!

Mango Chicken Wraps…A little sweet, a little spicy!

A little sweet, a little spicy!  To appease my kiddos, I serve it to them separately on a plate (my kids are not fans of their food all combined together!)  And the extra components (chicken veggies and mango, make for a wonderful salad served over greens for lunch the next day!) Mango Chicken Wraps Ingredients:Continue Reading

Tuscan Hummus

Tuscan Hummus

Tuscan Hummus   1 head of garlic, roasted (cut top off of garlic, place in aluminum foil and drizzle with olive oil – seal and bake in a 300degree oven for 15 minutes) 1 & 1/2 cup cooked chickpeas 1 & 1/2 cup cooked cannellini beans 1 teaspoon onion powder 1 teaspoon oregano 1 teaspoonContinue Reading

3 Summertime Salads

3 Summertime Salads

Summer brings longer days, lots of sun, time with friends and family, trips to the ice cream pallor, the beach. farmers markets with fresh produce and loads of FUN!  It also brings heat, humidity and a desire to make things easier. So I created 3 completely different and unique summertime recipes just for you toContinue Reading

The Solution for Meals the Whole Family Will Love……And Eat!

The Solution for Meals the Whole Family Will Love……And Eat!

For the next 6 weeks or more, we’ll be staying with my family as we house hunt and get settled into life back in the good ole US of A. Its great to have family around.  But with it, comes new “issues” to navigate.  Lets face it, family can lure us into old unhealthy habits,Continue Reading

My Healthy Travel Pack to Beat The Airplane Bloat

I’m often asked what I take for snacks and food when I travel. Since we’re preparing for a loooooong plane ride back to the states in 11 days, I thought I’d share what I’m packing in a carry on for me and the family. I like to have variety when I travel, as well as thingsContinue Reading