I’m about to make your week a whole lot easier. What? The 3-day weekend already did that for you? Well, then jot this grocery list down & I’ll make next week a whole lot easier for you. If you have some of these things in your pantry already, so much the better!
- frozen boneless, skinless chicken breast halves
- frozen mixed veggies
- cream of chicken soup
- shredded mozzarella
- chicken-flavored stuffing (the boxed kind)
- prepared pesto (in the refrigerated section; I use Buitoni)
- Rice-a-Roni or your favorite rice recipe
- penne or rotini pasta (I use the Smart Taste kind with extra fiber, or whole-wheat)
- parmesan cheese
- sour cream
Okay, got that jotted down? Those ingredients will make 3 meals for you this week, & they all have very different flavors so your family won’t get sick of them. Here’s the first one; the other two will come over the next two days.
Baked Pesto Chicken
- Thaw 1 chicken breast half for each person you’re serving.
- Preheat oven to 400.
- Start prepping your Rice-a-Roni or favorite rice dish. The former takes 22-28 minutes to simmer, so get it boiling. Once the rice is covered & simmering…
- Pour about a half cup (or more, if you’re making a lot) of stuffing into a Ziploc bag. Using a rolling pin, crush the stuffing into fine crumbs. Or get your kid to do it for you!
- Coat each chicken breast half in the crumbs using the Shake-n-Bake method: stick it in the baggie, seal it, & shake all of your pent-up aggression out. Put coated chicken breast halves in the bottom of a Pyrex baking dish.
- Bake, uncovered, 18-20 minutes. Towards the end, prepare the appropriate number of servings of frozen mixed veggies (I use the microwave method, don’t add any water, & sprinkle some Goya Adobo Seasoning on top before nuking it).
- Pull chicken out of oven, & spread some of the prepared pesto (to taste) on each breast half. Sprinkle mozzarella over the top.
- Put back in the oven for 5 minutes. While it’s in the oven, your rice should be finishing up.
- Voila! A complete meal in less than a half hour!