Saturday, February 28, 2009

Quick Healthy Meal for People that Have NO Time!

Want a meal in 15 problem.

I came up with this idea for a quick meal when I was working 6 days a week and still making lunches for me and Aaron every day. It packs well for lunches and you can make it very quickly. I like to serve with this with fruit.

A couple make-ahead ideas can really help you for quick weeknight meals. On Sundays, I cook chicken breast under the broiler and keep it on-hand for the coming week for meals like this or salads. To help you during a crazy week, you can also wash and cut broccoli into florets and store in a sealed plastic bag for later use. Or sometimes, I blanch broccoli ahead of time and use for salads or other quick meals.

Broccoli, Chicken, and Cheese Baked Potato
Serves 1

  • 1 medium golden potato
  • 1 1/2 cups broccoli florets (if using frozen, defrost)
  • 4 oz cooked and seasoned chicken breast
  • 1 oz shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 tbs sour cream
  • 2 tsp butter
  • Salt and pepper to taste

  1. In a small saucepan, add water and heat on high to bring to a boil.
  2. Scrub potato and pierce with a fork. Cover in wax paper and cook in the microwave using the "Baked Potato" setting. If you don't have it. Try for 5 minutes and add more time until the potato is soft.
  3. When water is boiling, add broccoli. Cook until bright green 3 minutes. Drain and add back into pan. Season with a small amount of butter and salt and pepper to taste.
  4. When potato is cooked, season with butter and salt and pepper and put on a serving plate.
  5. Add cold, cooked chicken and cooked broccoli to the potato. Spinkle with cheese and warm in the microwave or under the broiler until the cheese has melted.
  6. Serve with a drop of sour cream and you're ready to eat.

TIP: my favorite chicken seasoning is Mural of Flavor from Penzeys Spices and it's also salt-free. The seasoning has a spring-like fresh flavor. When you buy from their site, they send you a small free sample.

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