The Working Mom’s Guide to a 20-minutes-or-Less Dinner

Let’s face it.  If you are a working mom, you know that you have 20 minutes – though often less – to put food on the table before your ravenous kids start eating every snack at hand.  Occasionally (emphasis on ‘occasionally’), I am well-organized and will have made a large meal on Sunday night to provide enough left overs for at least two other days of the week.  This weekend was a busy one though, so I am not prepared for the week.  I have, however, planned ahead and much like a squirrel readying for the winter, stored some goodies in the freezer for days when fresh, hot food is not available!

Pictured below are some of my freezer favorites:

Frozen Food, http://chicinacademia.com

Morey’s Marinated Wild Alaskan Salmon, ~$14

Purchased at Costco.  Comes with 6 filets.  Toss the number of filet packets that you plan to cook that evening in the fridge to thaw.  When you come home, cook for 20 minutes and prep sides while fish is cooking!  The kids, by the way, LOVE this salmon. I will often split one filet between the two boys, and my hubby and I will each eat one.

Trader Joe’s Organic Jasmine Rice, $3.49

There are three pouches per box.  1 pouch contains two cups of rice (enough for two kids and at least 1 adult). Cooks in 3 minutes!  Sticky, flavorful, white rice.  NOM!

Bird’s Eye Steam Fresh Frozen Vegetables, $1

This pouch contains enough veggies for two meals.  The package includes asparagus, gold and white corn, and baby carrots.  Kiddies will often pick out the asparagus and toss it to the side, but I rather like it in the mix, so I think it works for us all.

Total cost: $18.49

Total meals: 2

For less than $20, you get two meals for the week!  Plus, this meal is relatively healthy and the sodium content is also fairly low for all three items.  The items with the highest sodium content is the salmon filet, and even it only has 10% sodium!  Not too shabby!

As you can tell, I am missing a photo of the actual meal, but TRUST – it was good. 😉

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Let me know if you have any other suggestions for quick meals that are kid friendly in the comments section below.  I’d love to hear them!

Until next time!  Stay ‘Chic’!

Easy Peasy Lemon Chicken

The rain was constant throughout the day today.  Fall is officially here, though it definitely felt a bit like winter today with the persistent rain and cold temps.  On days like today, hubby either asks me to make White Bean Chili (recipe for a different post) or Lemon Chicken for dinner.  As I had most of the ingredients for Lemon Chicken already, I decided to go with that for the night.  I posted a pic of the plate on Instagram and got some requests for the recipe, so here it goes!

Lemon Chicken Recipe, http://chicinacademia.com

The recipe is SUPER simple and doesn’t take a ton of time to make.  Maybe an hour perhaps?  Definitely something you want to make on the weekend.  I happened to have made the chicken a day before, so all I had to do was make the sauce today.  So, it maybe took me 30 minutes to make dinner tonight.  Btw, mashed potatoes were store bought and broccoli was frozen and heated in the microwave.  It’s the way of life these days, my friends.  Efficiency. 😉

Lemon Chicken Recipe, http://chicinacademia.com

Lemon Chicken Recipe, http://chicinacademia.com

Let me know if you make this recipe at home!  I taste as I go, but I think the proportions are pretty accurate.  Definitely taste as you go as well in case you need to modify any of the steps listed above.  Good luck and happy eating, friends!!

Until next time!  Stay ‘Chic’!