Tuesday, August 28, 2012

The "I don't feel like cooking dinner" Dinner

Cooking is something that is fun for me. I love finding new recipes as well as creating my own.  Over the years I have gotten pretty good at "just knowing" what flavors I can combine to make a dish taste great.  Somedays I spend hours in the kitchen making homemade tomato sauce, zucchini chips, muffins, casseroles or whatever I sounds like fun.  Then, other days, I have completely NO desire to cook anything.  Do you ever feel that way?  Yesterday I got quite a bit accomplished around the house--cleaning, folding and sorting laundry--your basic mom stuff.  And then it was 4:00 pm, when I would normally start dinner.  Nope.  Didn't want to.  So, I turned on another episode of Mad Men and continued folding clothes.  Then 5:00 pm.  A call from JF saying he was on his way home.  I told him I had no motivation to cook.  No, no, I wasn't sick or sad, just not in the mood.  So, back I went to Mad Men. We had a few errands to run so it would have been easy to convince my boys into grabbing take-out.  But, then I thought about it.  JF and I try to avoid fast food and try to keep our boys from eating too much junk.  We also, thankfully, have a fridge and pantry full of food.  So I sucked it up and headed to the kitchen.  Here is what I made.  First time ever, but pretty much just a variation on any other chicken recipe.  Remember:  brown your meat.  Add a liquid.  Add more flavor.  Works every time!

Cut chicken into small pieces.  Heat your skillet, add olive oil, heat the oil, brown the chicken until its a bitt crisp.

3/4-1 cup fresh salsa.  Add to skillet with browned chicken stirring constantly for a minute.  Simmer for 3-5 minutes.

Add a can of kidney (or your favorite) beans, with about half the reserved liquid.  Stir and bring back to simmer for 5-10 minutes.  OR cover, reduce heat, and gently simmer for the next hour.

Serve with steamed broccoli or your favorite veggie.

So, there it is.  My lazy-day, don't feel like cooking meal.  Healthy and simple.


  1. I swear to me that is the most frustrating thing on earth! Days when I can not think of what I want to make to eat...blah I wish they had a pill to prevent that..

    1. Hahaha, not another pill! But, yes, it is frustrating. We all need to eat, and most of us want to be healthy. But some days it is just so hard to be motivated to prepare that meal, huh?

  2. I'm going to make this for dinner this week. I got a new blender so I can make fresh salsa again!


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