I am currently on a quest, as one of my 2014 goals, to have 30 “go-to” meals that all members of #hurdlepartyof4 will gladly gobble. They meals have to be cheap, clean and quick. Eventually it would be fun to have them be seasonal as well, but for now I am trying to get a good skeleton, thus making Sunday night meal planning easier. Using a frame with some scrapbook paper behind the glass has been the only way I have successfully kept up with meal-planning. When 4 o’clock rolls around I merely look at the frame and breathe a sigh of relief that the thinking has been done for me!
Here’s how we rolled this week…and below is a recipe that is a current fave! Not the most gourmet of menu’s this week (trying to use what we have in the pantry) and clearly I lost steam to plan Saturday and Sunday…perhaps inspiration will strike to find two new recipes to add to our list…or perhaps (hint, hint, wink, wink) YOU will comment below and give me one of YOUR go-to quick, cheap, clean faves??
Oven Chicken Risotto (adapted from Southern Living March 2000)
- 2 Tbsp butter
- 2 1/2 cup chicken broth
- 1 cup uncooked Arborio rice (short-grained)
- 1/2 small onion diced (or less to taste)
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 2 cups chopped cooked chicken (or see below if you’re like me and forget to cook the chicken ahead of time!)
- 1 (8 oz) package of fresh mozzarella cheese, cut into 1/2 inch cubes
- 1 cup cherry or grape tomatoes
- 1/4 cup shredded fresh basil
Preheat the oven to 400 and while it’s warming, melt 2 Tbsp of butter. I didn’t have my chicken pre-cooked, so I cut up 4 chicken cutlets (2 cups) and threw them in the butter to cook. Once the oven is preheated, add 2 1/2 cups of chicken broth, 1 cup uncooked Arborio rice,1/2 small onion, 1/2 tsp salt, covered it with aluminum foil and cooked at 400 fro 35 minutes. Around the 20 minute mark I added 8 oz package of fresh mozzarella cut into 1/2 inch cubes, 1 cup cherry tomatoes and 1/4 cup fresh basil. I took the aluminum foil off and let it brown just a bit, then served with green and yellow haricots verts. YUMM. #hurdlepartyof4 approved. Perhaps you can add it to your list!