Sunday, April 23, 2017

Weekly Meal Plan Week 10




My goal this year is to cook more for my family.   We are very busy and as a result, we eat out a LOT.  This year, I want to serve food at home that is fast, easy and nutritious.  No frozen dinners high in sodium, I want real food.

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The first 2 months, I looked online at blogs and found recipes.  I want to try something different though.  I want to try out different cookbooks.  Each month, I will cook recipes from a different cookbook.  It could be a side, main dish or dessert, but I will try to incorporate new dinners into our rotation.  So far the family is loving it.


This month, I am cooking out of this book:






This is in addition to our typical meal plans.    On Saturday nights, we have a family pizza night, and sometimes one other night per week we do not eat at home (usually at a friends house, we rotate).  This means 5 to 6 meals per week I need to plan.

Please note that some of my meals may seem a little heavy.  I am feeding three teen boys, so I cook to fill them up.  Some people may omit the starch from the meal and be just fine with the meal plan.

This week's meal plan:


Buttermilk Oven "Fried" Chicken  Page 151 of the cookbook.  I plan on serving this with cole slaw and potato wedges baked in the oven.

Mongolian Beef and Broccoli  Served with rice.  Page 190 of the cookbook.

Teriyaki Chicken Bowls.  Here  A family favorite

Steak Kabobs and roasted corn on the cob.  Steak Kabobs

Taco Casserole  Recipe  I plan on making this one ahead then heating it up to eat.

Leek and Garlic Chicken  Recipe  If I told them they were eating leeks and garlic they would probably refuse, but I serve this recipe with mashed potatoes and I never have leftovers.



If something isnt to your taste, check out my other weeks for different recipes.  Weekly Meal Plan Index



Saturday, April 22, 2017

Declutter Your Home Free or Nearly Free Books - Free Motivation!



If you are a KonMarie fan, did you know you can already pre-order her next book? It's due out in June and if you pre-order, it comes in the mail. I got my last book on the release date and I didn't even have to put on shoes to go get it! I can't wait to read this one.



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Even if you dont have a kindle, you can get these free books. First go to the link below and download the free kindle reader for your computer. It's FREE!!! Amazon.com - Read eBooks using the FREE Kindle Reading App on Most Devices




Next check out the books below.  The books change often, so I will try to keep these updated, but If one stops being free, there are others you can buy.

When you want to buy a book for free, simply click the "buy now with 1 click" button and tell it to send it to your kindle or your kindle app, then you can open it and read it.  It does not require you to have kindle unlimited.

So why do people give their books away?  They would like you to review them.  They cannot require you to review them though, so they offer them for free hoping you will.  Some books are only free for a short time though, so grab it when you see it!


Here are some I found:

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Weekly Meal Plan Week 9




My goal this year is to cook more for my family.   We are very busy and as a result, we eat out a LOT.  This year, I want to serve food at home that is fast, easy and nutritious.  No frozen dinners high in sodium, I want real food.

I would love for you to join us on our facebook group here:  FACEBOOK
The first 2 months, I looked online at blogs and found recipes.  I want to try something different though.  I want to try out different cookbooks.  Each month, I will cook recipes from a different cookbook.  It could be a side, main dish or dessert, but I will try to incorporate new dinners into our rotation.  So far the family is loving it.


This month, I am cooking out of this book:






This is in addition to our typical meal plans.    On Saturday nights, we have a family pizza night, and sometimes one other night per week we do not eat at home (usually at a friends house, we rotate).  This means 5 to 6 meals per week I need to plan.

Please note that some of my meals may seem a little heavy.  I am feeding three teen boys, so I cook to fill them up.  Some people may omit the starch from the meal and be just fine with the meal plan.

This week's meal plan:


Petite Baked Crab Cakes.   These are on page 115 of the cookbook and they look really good.  My family will eat salmon patties, so I figure this will be a light refreshing change that they will eat.  I plan on serving it with steamed green beans and rice on the side.


Bangin' Good Shrimp.  Page 116 of the cookbook.  My entire family loves bang bang shrimp, and I cant wait to try this lighter version.  I got some shrimp on sale this week, so it's time to try it!   I will add oven fried potatoes.

Baked Ribs, broccoli and carrot mix, baked potato halves.  You can find this recipe here:  Baked Ribs

Tostadas    In a rush this week, so I am buying premade tostada shells (they are sold near the tortillas in the grocery).  I am  making them with chicken, so I will add a little taco seasoning to the shredded chicken meat, top with cheese then place them under the broiler just long enough to melt the cheese (watch carefully they burn quickly).  I then serve them bar style with chopped tomato, peppers, lettuce, tomato, sour cream, extra cheese and beans in bowls.  The family tops them with their favorite toppings and dinner is done.

Best Beef Stew Ever.   Crock pot meal!  This is one of those busy days when we all arrive home at different times, but everyone arrives home hungry.  I've found the best result of keeping them out of mcdonalds is to know that they have food waiting in the crockpot.   I buy dinner rolls and place them beside the crockpot.  Everyone eats when they have time.  The recipe is here:  Best Beef Stew Ever


Hope you enjoy!  Here is to eating at home!

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Tuesday, April 18, 2017

My review of the Shark Vacuum nv752 Rotator Powered Lift Away TruePet Bagless



I really really wanted a Dyson Cinetic Pet vacuum, but hubby refused to budge.  He flat out refused to pay over $500 for a vacuum.  I still have a vacuum cleaner at home,  but I noticed that it is losing suction and it's well over 10 years old.   I started my search while I still had my eye on that Dyson.

First, I had to narrow down which Shark to get. The choices seemed endless and the differences between them weren't always clear.  I nearly bought one that did not have a hepa filter, but a washable filter.  Who wants to wash a filter????  Why would they even make that model?

My needs were a vacuum cleaner that can do stairs easily, that can switch from hardwood to carpet easily, a bagless model and of course, one with a hepa filter.

After much sweating, I decided on










I got free next day shipping and it arrived the next day.  I was a little worried when I tried to get the box into the house, because it was HEAVY.

I opened the box and found it on the easy side to put together.  There is only one design flaw that I found putting it together.  If you have the cord rapped up, you cant use the lift away because the cord is in the way.  You have to unwind it to remove the canister.


There seemed to be a lot of parts that I was not using.  It came with a huge bag of tools and a piece that makes it a canister vac.   It also had a swiffer looking piece that cleans up dust on a wood floor.  I will try to use that later.


After about 20 minutes of assembly time (I am not good with assembly and it only took me 20 minutes), I was ready to go.   I took the vacuum to my front room.  It's a room we dont use very often, but I wanted to test out the carpet thickness.

The first thing I noticed is that if you put the setting for the highest carpet pile, it feels like the vacuum pulls itself away from you.  I did not see that it is self propelled, but it felt like it was.  I still am not sure if it's self propelled, but that was different.

I vacuumed the front room we rarely use, then decided to have a look in the canister.  It was almost full.  WOW.   My other vac did not get hardly anything up from that floor.  I also noted that it was dust and dirt and not carpet fibers.  I've had a vac before that pulled my carpet up as I vacuumed and made it wear out fast, so I was happy to see only dirt in the canister.

Next I decided to tackle the stairs.  I knew the stairs would be bad because my other vac wasnt really cleaning them and I could see the dirt on them.

I had to empty the canister halfway up.   The stairs look new now.

I then went upstairs and vacuumed my daughters room.  This was when I found the second design flaw with the machine.  My daughter has long hair and she leaves it all over the floor in her room.  Our other vac was not picking it up, but boy this one was....but it was also rapping itself around the roller.

I tried several different ways, but there was no easy access to the roller to remove the hair.  Hubby walked in and saw me poking a screw driver into the machine and offered to do it for me.  He used the screwdriver to remove the hair from the roller and there was more around the roller than in the canister and let me just say that the ball of hair he pulled out was larger than our small dog.    I do wish there was an easy way to remove hair from the roller, but this is common with vacuums.  The last one we had did not even allow screw driver access.  The machine had to be taken apart to clean the roller.  At least I could get to it, but in a perfect world, the roller would be right there for me to access.


I am going to end this review before I even get to all the other wonderful tools and I will do a followup.  We all know that vacs lose suction over time, and I want to see how well this one does over time.  Over the coming week, I will try out the tools and post about how well they work.

I am only one day in and have used this vac only a few hours, but I am in love with it.  I cant wait to pull out the attachments and clean under things, and I am also going to try to clean the curtains later this week.


If you have questions, post them below and I will try to answer them.

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Free or Nearly Free Books on Decluttering and Organizing Your Home



If you are a KonMarie fan, did you know you can already pre-order her next book? It's due out in June and if you pre-order, it comes in the mail. I got my last book on the release date and I didn't even have to put on shoes to go get it! I can't wait to read this one.



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Even if you dont have a kindle, you can get these free books. First go to the link below and download the free kindle reader for your computer. It's FREE!!! Amazon.com - Read eBooks using the FREE Kindle Reading App on Most Devices




Next check out the books below.  The books change often, so I will try to keep these updated, but If one stops being free, there are others you can buy.

When you want to buy a book for free, simply click the "buy now with 1 click" button and tell it to send it to your kindle or your kindle app, then you can open it and read it.  It does not require you to have kindle unlimited.

So why do people give their books away?  They would like you to review them.  They cannot require you to review them though, so they offer them for free hoping you will.  Some books are only free for a short time though, so grab it when you see it!


Here are some I found:



If you want to join us in organizing our home, our 5 weeks to a clean and organized home starts Tuesday of this week! You can read about it here :
5 weeks to a clean and organized home

Friday, April 14, 2017

Instant Pot Cookbooks for Free or Nearly Free

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Even if you dont have a kindle, you can get these free books. First go to the link below and download the free kindle reader for your computer. It's FREE!!! Amazon.com - Read eBooks using the FREE Kindle Reading App on Most Devices




Next check out the books below.  The books change often, so I will try to keep these updated, but If one stops being free, there are others you can buy.

When you want to buy a book for free, simply click the "buy now with 1 click" button and tell it to send it to your kindle or your kindle app, then you can open it and read it.  It does not require you to have kindle unlimited.

So why do people give their books away?  They would like you to review them.  They cannot require you to review them though, so they offer them for free hoping you will.  Some books are only free for a short time though, so grab it when you see it!


Here are some I found:

Sunday, April 9, 2017

Instant Pot Cookbooks for Free or Nearly Free

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Even if you dont have a kindle, you can get these free books. First go to the link below and download the free kindle reader for your computer. It's FREE!!! Amazon.com - Read eBooks using the FREE Kindle Reading App on Most Devices




Next check out the books below.  The books change often, so I will try to keep these updated, but If one stops being free, there are others you can buy.

When you want to buy a book for free, simply click the "buy now with 1 click" button and tell it to send it to your kindle or your kindle app, then you can open it and read it.  It does not require you to have kindle unlimited.

So why do people give their books away?  They would like you to review them.  They cannot require you to review them though, so they offer them for free hoping you will.  Some books are only free for a short time though, so grab it when you see it!


Here are some I found:

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Get Free Instant Pot Recipe Cookbooks On Amazon

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Just an FYI Update:  Most of the books below are now charging..check back here once a week for new lists of free books.

Even if you dont have a kindle, you can get these free books. First go to the link below and download the free kindle reader for your computer. It's FREE!!! Amazon.com - Read eBooks using the FREE Kindle Reading App on Most Devices




Next check out the books below.  The books change often, so I will try to keep these updated, but If one stops being free, there are others you can buy.

When you want to buy a book for free, simply click the "buy now with 1 click" button and tell it to send it to your kindle or your kindle app, then you can open it and read it.  It does not require you to have kindle unlimited.

So why do people give their books away?  They would like you to review them.  They cannot require you to review them though, so they offer them for free hoping you will.  Some books are only free for a short time though, so grab it when you see it!


Here are some I found:


Monday, March 13, 2017

Week 1 of 5 Weeks To A Clean And Organized Home Divided.

Daily list:
Take out trash
Make sure all items for dinner are available and make a list of anything needed
Clean up all breakfast dishes. Wash them and put them away
Quick clean main bathroom: Wipe off counter and sink, wipe off mirror. Put anything away that was left out.
Make beds
Start a load of laundry
Fold and put away a load of laundry
Wipe off kitchen counters and sink after each meal
Sweep kitchen floor after dinner
Scoop litter box
Go through mail and either throw it out, deal with it or put it into the decision file

Run the dishwasher
Unload the dishwasher
Close the kitchen at the end of the day
What does close the kitchen mean? Click here to find out:Close the Kitchen


Sunday:  
Clean out fridge
Plan menu


Monday:

Grocery shop
Clean out car
Clean Front Porch

Tuesday:

Deep clean your main bathroom and change the towels out
Wipe inside and outside of garbage can
Water plants
Clean out your dryer vent
Clean cobwebs on entire house


Wednesday:

Wash bedding
Deep clean kitchen
Magic eraser walls


Thursday:

Dust house including ceiling fans
Pay bills
Vacuum entire house


Friday:

Organize kitchen
Polish wood in house

Catch Up


Saturday:

Catch up


Sunday, March 12, 2017

5 Weeks to a Clean and Organized Home Starts MONDAY!!







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This is a cleaning rotation that lasts 5 weeks.  You can continue to go through it over and over if you like it.  For me, it has made my house in so much better shape than it was before.

First off, the list will say things like, "organize kitchen".  This does not mean organize your entire kitchen in a single day while your baby sleeps.  If you only have time to organize one drawer, do it.  Try to pick something that will stay done once you organize it.  Organizing the sponges over your sink won't do because in a few hours, they will all be back in the sink or in the dishwasher being cleaned and it's just like you did nothing.  We are aiming for overall organizing.

Don't kill yourself.  The goal of this is to allow you to spend time with friends and family, not take away from it.  If you have a sick household, spend time with your sick kids and just do the bare minimum.

If you want to see the week divided into days, hop over to our facebook group.


Hope you enjoy.  Here is week 1:

Daily list:
Take out trash
Make sure all items for dinner are available and make a list of anything needed
Clean up all breakfast dishes. Wash them and put them away
Quick clean main bathroom: Wipe off counter and sink, wipe off mirror. Put anything away that was left out.
Make beds
Start a load of laundry
Fold and put away a load of laundry
Wipe off kitchen counters and sink after each meal
Sweep kitchen floor after dinner
Scoop litter box
Go through mail and either throw it out, deal with it or put it into the decision file

Run the dishwasher
Unload the dishwasher
Close the kitchen at the end of the day
What does close the kitchen mean? Click here to find out:Close the Kitchen

Weeklies this week:

Clean out the fridge before you grocery shop
Write your menu if you do it weekly
Grocery shop
Clean out the car
Deep clean your main bathroom and change the towels out
Wipe inside and outside of garbage can
Water plants
Wash bedding
Deep clean kitchen
Dust house
Pay bills
Vacuum entire house

Monthly or more list:
Clean out your dryer vent
Clean front porch
Clean cobwebs on entire house
Magic eraser on walls
Dust Ceiling fans
Organize Kitchen
Polish any wood 






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Week 8 Weekly Meal Plan

So far so good.  I am getting better at planning and cooking meals for my family.  We have a few new favorite meals too!

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Here is this weeks list:

Monday:

our new family favorite  Chicken with Leeks and Garlic and mashed potatoes



Tuesday:

Best Ever Beef Stew



Ribs and Green Beans



Chicken Pot Pie with Biscuits







And for my try something new recipe this week:

We will have ham steak which is easy and does not need a recipe, but with it we will have this:

Thank you Wannabite!!!

Cheesy Potatoes


Sunday, March 5, 2017

Week 7 Weekly Meal Plan

I'm on week 7!!!  My goal for this year was to make healthy, varied meals for my family that weren't chicken nuggets at least five days a week.   Each week, I search the internet and find a new recipe.  Sometimes, we keep them in our rotation because they are our new favorites.  It has been an adventure and I am having so much fun!   I hope you enjoy the recipes.

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Chicken Stir Fry




Crockpot Spaghetti Sauce







Potato Chowder








Make ahead Chicken and Rice   - this one is too new for a photo...It's in the freezer!





Thank you forgetful mama for this really cool looking recipe.   If you make her recipe, comment and let her know!!!

Burrito Skillet





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Not Your Mom's Chicken and Rice - Make Ahead Freezer Meal


When I have leftover rice or chicken, I put them into a bag labeled with the start date (the date I first put leftovers into the bag).  Once I have 2 cups of rice and 2 cups of chicken, this is our goto leftover recipe.  My family HATES leftovers and if they figured out they were leftover, they wouldn't eat them....no one has figured me out yet!   By adding so many flavors to the chicken and rice, the recipe taste like I made it all today.  




Chicken and rice
  • 2 cups cooked white rice
  • 2 cups cooked chopped chicken (about half of a rotisserie chicken)
  • 8 oz French onion dip
  • 1 can cream of chicken soup
  • 1/2 cup chicken broth
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1/2 cup French fried onions  (We use homemade croutons)



Preheat oven to 350. Spray a 9x13-inch pan with cooking spray. Set aside.

In a large bowl, combine chicken, chicken soup, French onion dip, cheddar cheese, chicken broth and cooked rice. Spread into prepared pan. Top with French fried onions.

Bake for 20-25 minutes, until cheese is melted and bubbly.



This can be a make ahead casserole.  Simply combine all ingredients except cheese and freeze (I freeze it with the cheese in a separate zip lock bag.  The reason you freeze the cheese separately is that you want the cheese melted, not crusty and brown.  Cook the casserole until it's hot, then top with cheese and cook a few minutes longer to melt the cheese.  

Monday, February 27, 2017

Honey Chicken Stir-Fry Recipe


This recipe is so easy!  You can add your favorite vegetables, like snow peas, red peppers...really anything will work.  I slice my vegetables up when I am cooking lunch, so this recipe goes together so quickly.  I serve it over rice, but you can use noodles or rice.

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1 cup thinly sliced carrots (I bought presliced to save time)
1 cup broccoli florets
1 onion sliced (optional)
1/2 cup soy sauce
1/2 cup chicken broth (or water)
1 T. brown sugar
1 T. honey

1 T. cornstarch dissolved in cold water
1 lb chicken cut into bite sized pieces


In a skillet, cook chicken until no longer pink inside. Add onion and a little water.  While chicken cooks, in a separate pan, steam carrots and broccoli.

In a bowl, mix together soy sauce, broth, brown sugar and honey.    Add all ingredients except slurry of cornstarch to the skillet and toss to coat.  Add slurry and cook until the sauce is thick.  Serve over rice.



Rotation: 5 Weeks to a Clean House Week 4


You have made it to week 4!!!  My house looks so much better, however, we had sickness in the house last week.  I did the bare minimum and you know what...my house didnt fall apart!!!

I still tried to close the kitchen and I did a quick clean on my bathrooms plus when someone "used" the bathroom I cleaned up after them.  I expected to see my house fall back to its prior state but it did NOT!

If you have a sick week, you can choose to do that week over again, or you can choose to skip it and move on.  Since we rotate through, you will catch it again the next time through.


Remember you are not a martyr!!  If the list says organize a space, you are not required to take everything out of the room and put it all back again in order in a single day.  Your goal is to spend some time in that room organizing.  An example of this is my bookshelf.  I have been working on my bookshelf with each rotation through.  First, I decided that organize bookshelf meant having all the books actually on the bookshelf.  I did that in one week.  The next week, the bookshelf was crammed full of books, so I scanned the bookshelf for books I could easily part with and donated them.  The next week, I started on the top shelf, dusted and organized it.  I am still working my way through it, but all the books fit now.  In a few weeks, organizing the bookshelf will mean scanning it, running a dust cloth over the outside of the books and moving onto something else.

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And this week!!!


http://emmafrancisisathome.blogspot.com/2016/11/week-4-cleaning-list.html



This week divided up into dailies:


Daily list:
Take out trash
Make sure all items for dinner are available and make a list of anything needed
Clean up all breakfast dishes. Wash them and put them away
Quick clean main bathroom: Wipe off counter and sink, wipe off mirror. Put anything away that was left out. 
Make beds 
Start a load of laundry
Fold and put away a load of laundry
Wipe off kitchen counters and sink after each meal
Sweep kitchen floor after dinner
Scoop litter box 
Go through mail and either throw it out, deal with it or put it into the decision file
Run the dishwasher
Unload the dishwasher
Close the kitchen at the end of the day
What does close the kitchen mean? Click here to find out: Close The Kitchen




Sunday:
Clean out the fridge before you grocery shop
Write your menu if you do it weekly

Monday:

Grocery shop
Clean out the car
Organize Family Room

Tuesday:Deep clean your main bathroom and change the towels out
Wipe inside and outside of garbage can
Water plants
Organize Entry (any winter stuff gets put away)

Wednesday:Wash bedding
Deep clean kitchen

Thursday:Dust house
Pay bills
Organize Entry (any winter stuff gets put away)
Organize Office Space

Friday:Vacuum entire house
Remove cushions from sofa and vacuum under them...vacuum under sofa


Sunday, February 26, 2017

Week 6 Weekly Meal Plan


I am still working on my goal to make my family at least 5 cooked meals per week that are not chicken nuggets or hot dogs.  Each week, I try a new recipe and some of them have made it to our favorites.  I may repeat some recipes for a few weeks because when they are new, my family wants them served often.  They do get tired of them eventually and I stop serving them weekly.  So far, I am really growing from this experiment.




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This week's dishes:

Day 1:
Ribs, green beans, mashed potatoes
http://emmafrancisisathome.blogspot.com/2017/02/pork-baby-back-ribs.html
http://emmafrancisisathome.blogspot.com/2017/02/family-favorite-green-beans-with.html







Day 2:
Teriyaki chicken bowls:
http://emmafrancisisathome.blogspot.com/2017/02/teriyaki-chicken-bowls.html



Day 3:
American Goulash, salad
http://emmafrancisisathome.blogspot.com/2017/02/american-goulash-macaroni-in-tomato.html


Day 4:
Stacked Enchiladas
http://emmafrancisisathome.blogspot.com/2016/07/stacked-enchiladas.html



Day 5:
New recipe day!!!!

Sugar Spice and Family Life has a great recipe for chicken and dumplings that I cannot wait to try.  It looks Soooo GOOOOD!  A big thanks for them for allowing me to post their recipe!

Chicken and Dumplings






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Saturday, February 25, 2017

Vegan Bites - Energy Bites



My family absolutely LOVES vegan bites.  They are so easy and the kids can help make them.


10 dates (pitted)
1/2 cup oatmeal
1/4 cup freeze dried raspberries
2 tablespoons vegan cocoa
1 tablespoon maple syrup

Place all ingredients into a blender or food processor and blend until it starts to stick together.  Roll into balls.  EAT!


I was inspired when I saw a recipe that called for raspberry powder in an energy bite and it was so expensive that I decided to find another way to bring that great taste into a bite.  I liked it so much that we ditched our other energy bites recipes and just eat this one.


Here are some helpful links:

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Hawaiian Chicken Bowls - Healthy!




Who doesnt love teriyaki chicken?  This recipe can be grilled or made on the stovetop.  Be sure to make enough, my family eats more than 4 servings!  I listed all the vegetables we use, but you can add any vegetable to yours..there is no limit!  Some other additions can be chinese cabbage, red peppers, green peppers, green onions, asparagus...whatever your family loves. 

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Recipe for Teriyaki Chicken Bowls

· 4 Boneless skinless chicken breasts
· 1/2 pineapple cut into spears
· 1 zucchini sliced
· 1 summer squash sliced
· 4 carrots, thinly sliced on the diagonal
· 1 small head of broccoli
· 1 small onion sliced
·  Recipe for teriyaki sauce


Teriyaki sauce:
½ cup low sodium soy sauce
2 Tbsp rice wine vinegar
1 Tbsp sesame oil
¼ cup  brown sugar
¾ tsp ground ginger
1 clove garlic, minced
2 tsp cornstarch+ 2 tsp cold water, mixed together


In a 2 quart saucepan, mix ingredients for teriyaki sauce except for the cornstarch slurry.  Bring mixture to a boil, then add cornstarch. Remove from heat as soon as it will coat the back of a spoon.  It thickens very quickly.

Marinate chicken breasts in ¼ cup of teriyaki mixture for at least 15 minutes.
Grill or bake you chicken until no longer pink inside.  If you bake it, bake it at 375 for about 20 minutes (test for doneness).  
You can grill your remaining vegetables, but I feel I don’t have enough control over them on the grill, so I heat a skillet and cook them.  I cook the onions first, then remove them from the pan.  I add the broccoli and carrots and enough water to steam them.  Remove them from the pan and add remaining vegetables and cook until done.  Next lay the pineapple in the pan and cook on both sides until lightly brown. 

Serve over rice by arranging ingredients by color on top of the rice. 





 If you want to make this recipe ahead, freeze the chicken in the ¼ cup marinate and freeze the rest in a different bag and tape the two bags together.


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