At some point this weekend, you may have a chance to catch your breath. When I do that, I usually gasp at the sheer volume of things facing me in the week ahead. If you have time to plan ahead this weekend, you could be proactive when it comes to meals and save yourself an emergency trip through the fast food lane.
Why not try one of these recipes tested in the Ft. W kitchen this week?
We enjoyed these recipes so much, they are being added into the rotation of Ft. faves.
Our new programmable slow cooker has changed the way we think about dinner. One of, if not the first, recipe we made in it was this Skinny Balsamic Chicken. Don't let the name fool you. This recipe was small on steps and huge in taste.
You can definitely play with these recipes. We used a chicken breast and some thighs we had in the freezer.
We also cooked it on low for 6 hours and then the cooker switched to its warming mode. The food remained vibrantly colorful and extremely tasty.
My oldest and I had seconds. My husband was a little surprised to see we had devoured that much before he had arrived home from work, but once he tasted it, he totally understood! It was completely delicious. You could serve over pasta, but it's completely hearty enough to go without if you're watching your carbs.
You may also wish to try a side dish that is so delicious that it is holiday worthy. But, you won't want to wait until the next holiday to have it! Sweet potatoes aren't just for fall anymore. With this Lemon-Glazed Sweet Potato dish, you will perk up those potatoes and make them worthy of accompanying any great meal.
There is something to be said for sweet potatoes of the uncandied variety. Yes, this recipe has brown sugar, but it only adds sweetness and body to the glaze. It doesn't mush up the potatoes, coat them in shellac or make your teeth ache.
This dish is light, it's citrusy, and it makes you wish you'd just made it for the main dish (because you eat enough for it to be your entree anyhow).
You could serve these potatoes with chicken you make in the slowcooker (seriously, just throw in chicken breast with some broth & herbs & you're good to go--or maybe go with some citrusy chicken to compliment your potatoes) and have a super easy meal.
This recipe came to me years ago from another time-pressed mom. It sounds odd when you read it, but it really truly is the best Slow Cooker Pot Roast there is. I would suggest putting the meat in the slow cooker and sprinkling the onion soup mix over it. Then, in a separate container, mix the can of cream of mushroom soup with your 8 ozs. of Pepsi. Poor that over the meat and start the cooker. I, usually, will boil quartered potatoes and baby carrots separately right before I'm ready to serve the meal. You can cook those veggies in around 12 minutes. You might be able to do them with a programmable cooker, but I wouldn't have them in with the meat the entire time. Trust me. This one is worth trying--even picky M2 eats it.
Swirl these recipes in with two or three of your favorites and you'll have your meals for the week DONE!