I am seriously wanting this for dinner tonight, but I'm already too tired to go to the grocery store. And especially not the grocery store that carries the chibata bread. Sooooooo I guess it will have to go in the saved recipe file to languish until I rediscover it another day... BUT I WANT IT SO MUCH NOW!!! Maybe I could steal some of my coworkers coffee to get the energy to go. Huummm.... nope not even coffee will help at this point. I miss you yummy chicken ranch chibata sandwich... I miss you soooo much!!!!
Well, this is a magical DIY project! Do it yourself s'more bar for a wedding or fall party. Could anything be any better then this?
I think my ridiculously long quest to find an easy way to cook enough chicken for several meals during the week is finally at an end. I ran across this great post on dashingdish.com on how to make shredded chicken in the crockpot. I am not a huge crockpot cooker because I really hate waiting for food, but if I can cook up 4 chicken breast on Sunday that will feed me for the rest of the week then I am one happy lady.
I used Trader Joes frozen chicken that you get in the big bag (that is super inexpensive). Now, I've read Trader Joe's does something special with their freezing process so you don't have to thaw it before you cook it. And seeing that I have such a problem with raw chicken I just threw the frozen chicken in the pot to see how it would do. I also read that if you use frozen chicken in a crock pot you have to cook it on high not low.
So I just placed chicken in the crock pot with enough broth and water to almost cover the chicken. I think I threw in a little Tejin salt, pepper, seasoning for added flavor, but garlic powder would do just as well. Cover and let cook for 4 hours on high (it did come out a little dry after 4 hours, probably because it was frozen so I will cut down on the cooking time next time I make it) . After cooking shred chicken with 2 forks. I ended up making chicken enchiladas, shredded chicken tacos, and chicken salad sandwiches with it. All were very different dishes because of the different spices I added to it, but all were SUPER easy because the chicken was already made. Now if I can just remember to cook the chicken on Sundays to have it prepared for the week to come I would feel like an unbelievably productive person. The odds of me remembering that are low, but I am extremely happy that I have the option none the less.
Here is my new quick weeknight dinner standby when I have absolutely no idea what I want to eat. And it even makes enough for some left overs for lunch the next day. I dearly love the Trader Joe's Masala simmer sauce. Seriously, you could put that on anything and I would eat it. So I just pop some Trader Joe's frozen brown rice into the microwave. Cut up some of your favorite veggies. Mine are red bell pepper, and broccoli. Roast (425 degrees for 15minutes), or stem them. Top with a little Masala sauce and you have a super healthy, filling meal. And if you want to add meat to it just fry up some chicken, or get the Trader Joe's meat balls. It really doesn't get easier than that.
My lunch options have always been dismal. My mother was never good at packing my lunches (though she did write the best lunch box notes EVER, with the best images of her being grumpy and vacuuming at home while I was at school). And I have never been good at packing my lunches. Even when I did pack my lunches I would never eat them. So lunch has devolved into fast food doldrums, or getting so hungry that I run into the 7/11 for something. Which is sort of terrifying, I know. I've been trying to keep my desk stuffed with good healthy snacks so that I don't get too hungry and just grab the first lunch that passes in front of me. But with the heat of summer my patience/ will power goes COMPLETELY out the window. Planning, and making the lunch the night before is really the only solution, BUT I JUST DON'T WANNA!!! Well, I probably just don't wanna because I don't have any fun options. So while thinking of this very thing I was rummaging around Facebook one day. A friend of mine started posting her pictures of the lunches she was making her toddler. They were so cute, and they looked just like really yummy homemade lunchables. Now, I seriously love lunchables, not so much for what they have in them, but I love the compartmentalized food options. And I think it goes back to when I was studying Japanese culture while eating tons and tons of bento boxes for lunch. So I did a little search on the internet and found a GREAT site on homemade, healthy lunchable like meals. And really they are all so cute after you make them how could you not eat them! Ooooo and there is a whole pin board for ideas as well !!! She even has a book on making lunches just from Trader Joe's store. Which besides Target is pretty much the only place I shop now. So I might have to check that book out. If I end up getting it I'll report back on my findings. Anything to get me excited about making my lunches would be EXTREMELY helpful. I swear when the heat of summer is over, and I start caring again about life, and things I am going to be all over making some of these.
burnt out on meat too, and legumes I waffle on liking then not liking. So I finally did it a week ago. I bought the frozen tilapia and stuck it in my freezer, then forced myself kicking and screaming to make it last night. I procrastinated on it so long I actually made it at 11 pm. But it was soooooo easy, and turned out sooooo amazing that this is going to be one of my new go to lunches. The reason why you see pickles next to it is I'm serving it cold, and those are sweet pickles so it gives you the feel of tuna salad without the mayo.
So all I did was throw the defrosted fish (take out of the freezer and stick in the fridge for a day don't rush the defrost you will thank me in the end), on a baking sheet with foil under it. Squeeze lime on one side, then shake some of Trader Joes 21 Seasoning Salute on it. Turn it over and do the same to the other side. Then stick another sheet of foil on top, and put it in the oven at 400 degrees for 15 minutes. At ten minutes I turn the fish over. Super easy, and super yummy!!!
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