Thursday, August 9, 2012


People are always asking me how I have time to cook every night. Well, the truth is that I don't cook big meals every night. It really is just a matter of planning ahead. If your meat already cooked then it takes only a few minutes to whip up a healthy dinner. And at least one night a week we have turkey or chicken smoked sausage with sauerkraut which takes no more than 10 minutes. We also eat lots of salad and popcorn for dinner.

I buy meat in family packs. For instance, cook a family pack of ground beef, put 1/3 or 1/2 in a container for later and use 1/3 or 1/2 now. First night can be used for spaghetti, the next night or a few nights later, use the other 1/3 or 1/2 for fast & easy tacos, burritos, sloppy joes or pizza. I buy chicken breasts in the family pack, bake them all in the oven, then put 2-3 in Ziploc bags & freeze. When I cook roast beef, I always cook two. We eat one with potatoes, carrots and gravy, then later in the week I shred the other one and simmer with our favorite barbecue sauce. Or send one home with Cole. Before he got married, I sent lots of food home with him every weekend. And, of course, I enjoyed doing it.

Kevin has made great progress in eating healthier, but Grant is a whole different story. He is very picky, so coming up with something healthy that he likes is very challenging. Grant loves fajitas and he loves rice so a couple of months ago I had some leftover fajitas, cooked some brown rice, mixed them together and Grant ate it up. This has become a new family favorite and a regular in our dinner routine. I hope your family loves it as much as mine does.


2   cups brown rice, cooked
2   cups (more or less) chicken fajitas, cut into bite size pieces
1    can Ro Tel tomatoes
1/2  cup cheddar or Monterey jack cheese, shredded
1/2  onion, chopped
Veggies – your choice (corn, peas, chopped zucchini, etc.)

Cook rice in microwave according to package directions.  While waiting for rice to cook, heat a little olive oil or coconut oil in skillet, add onion and your choice of veggies and sauté until veggies are soft.

Add chicken fajitas, rice, tomatoes and cheese to skillet with veggies. Mix together and heat until cheese is melted.

NOTE:  See previous post for chicken fajita recipe. This is a great way to use leftover chicken. You could also use a rotisserie chicken from your grocery store or buy the pre-cooked chicken fajita meat for a super fast & easy meal. But, making your own fajitas only takes about 20 minutes, you have control over the ingredients & it tastes sooooo much better.

Blessings to you all, 


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