I try every week to add a new meal to our menu. I attempt to follow the food guru and 30 minute meal making queen, Rachael Ray. The best part of my quest is I use items that I bought on sale so these meals are yummy and affordable… and oh, yes they can be completed in 30 minutes or less!
Help! I do not have time to cook tonight. I have a meeting at 4:00pm. The funny things is I said this time was okay before I thought about cooking dinner and what my kids act like when they do not eat by 5:15 pm. I decided I had to go to super doubles at Harris Teeter last night so I didn’t get home until well after 10:30 PM. We didn’t have any food and Max is up until 11:30 anyway so I might as well do something productive since we are not sleeping. I started out at 7:00 pm but after feeding the baby twice and a Sam’s club run for veggies I am exhausted. The thought of putting together a meal frankly, makes me reach for my phone to dial pizza but it is Wednesday so I am going to put my crock pot to work. The best part of this recipe is I have everything I need. Well. aside from the fresh thyme but thus is life. I guess the stuff in the jar will have to do. This year will be my journey of self discovery and balancing life one meal at a time. (I know you are wondering how I did at Harris Teeters… I spent $112.00 and saved $87.46. I know not that great but I bought $30 worth of beer and $12.50 in soda for our cook out this weekend. I also had to account for the company we are having. I spend almost $50 at Sam’s. You guessed it I am over budget by $42 which is fine since we will have two extra adults here for 4 days. I raised our weekly budget to $120 to account for Max. I am still able to feed us all for just $20.00 each total for all three meals all week. I took the extra $20 out of meals out fund since lets be serious with a toddle and a newborn we will not be eating out every other week. Did I mention we are having steak and shrimp this week for dinner? I never thought it was possible to have expensive meats and still be with in the budget until I started couponing.)
What magical meal do you have ready to cook this week to make life easier? All ideas are appreciated. Renae and I need some easy and quick recipes.
- 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil (EVOO)
- 8 bone-in, skin-on chicken thighs
- Salt and ground black pepper
- 1 1/2 pounds baby potatoes
- 1 small onion, chopped
- 2-3 cloves garlic, finely chopped or grated
- 4-5 sprigs thyme, leaves picked and chopped
- 2 lemons, thinly sliced
- 1/4 cup honey
- 1/4 cup chicken stock or water
- Zest of 1 lemon, cut into strips
- 1/2 cup flat leaf parsley, chopped
- 1/2 cup pine nuts, toasted
- Balsamic Drizzle
In a skillet, heat the EVOO over medium-high heat. Season the chicken with salt and pepper and brown on both sides.
Scatter the potatoes, onion, garlic, thyme and lemon slices in the bowl of a crock pot. Season with salt and pepper. Lay the browned chicken over the veggies and drizzle with honey. Add the stock or water, cover and cook, undisturbed, for 4 hours on high or 6-8 hours on low.
Serve each portion topped with a combination of the lemon zest, parsley, toasted nuts and balsamic drizzle.