An Easy Dinner Idea with Less Meal Prep
This post is sponsored by Everywhere Agency on behalf of PERDUE®; however, all thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.
Dinnertime is chaotic in our house, and I’m embarrassed to admit that we have cereal for dinner some nights. Cereal is so good, am I right? But, it might not be the most nutritious, and I also find myself hungry again 30 minutes later. It’s just that some evenings, we don’t have the time (or energy, quite honestly) to whip up even an easy meal. Do you ever feel that way? And if you don’t, please send some of your energy my way! These days, I’m all about putting good food on the table, but also finding as many time-saving tricks that I can.
Lately Milo has been going to bed around 7:30pm. I love playing with him in the evening, bath time, and reading stories together, but then cherish the post-bedtime hours to catch up with my husband. The evening goes so quickly (way too fast, in my opinion) and the last thing I want to be doing is spending more time cooking dinner than I have to. Dinnertime should be about spending time together as a family, catching up on one another’s day. We recently partnered with PERDUE ® to share how cooking with PERDUE ® FRESH CUTS™ chicken saves you up to 30 minutes of prep and cleanup time per meal. Instead, you can be using that time to have a glass of wine and enjoy your family. PERDUE ® chicken is raised entirely without antibiotics, which is really important to us as a family. In fact, they are a leader in the “No Antibiotics Ever” movement. As a side note: we always ate a lot of PERDUE ® chicken as kids, and we loved their commercials.
Another embarrassing Natalie anecdote, but I used to never cook meat while Matt was away. I don’t like handling meat. Also, it’s hard to know when the bigger pieces are done cooking. After cooking with the PERDUE ® FRESH CUTS™ Chicken Breast Strips, I know they are going to become a staple in our fridge. It eliminates the unappealing parts of cooking with meat. A time saving tip I’m into lately is preparing big batches of vegetables, protein, and grains on Sunday so that you can mix and match all week. For instance, you can make a rice bowl one day, a salad the next, and even whip up an omelet with leftover vegetables. I find that the prep time is the most consuming, so why not do it all at once?
I am really on a bowl kick, and so today I am sharing an easy dish that you can make with whatever you have on hand. I made chicken burrito bowls — always a crowd-pleaser. I seasoned PERDUE ® FRESH CUTS™ Chicken Breast Strips with paprika, salt, cayenne, cumin, onion powder, ground white pepper, and dried thyme. I love blackened chicken (give me the spice!), and so I wanted to make a version of that.
Here’s how to make your own bowl:
Use this blackened chicken recipe to season and cook the chicken. While the chicken is cooking, place cooked rice (or whatever grain you prefer) in a bowl. Add chopped avocado, romaine lettuce, and black beans. Once the chicken is cooked, place it on top of the bowl. Garnish with salsa, cheese, and cilantro. Enjoy!
I should note that these kinds of bowls are super toddler-friendly, too. I would just make sure that each piece of food was a manageable size.
By the way, PERDUE ® is hosting a #30MinutesMeTime contest celebrating the extra time you have by cooking with PERDUE ® FRESH CUTS™ chicken. The winners will receive a $100 gift card to Amazon, Fandango, or SpaFinder. (No purchase necessary. Void where prohibited and outside US.)
Must be legal US resident 18+ (19+ in AL and NE; 21+ in MS). For full rules, see here. Do you have any cooking tips to share? How do you save time in the kitchen?