Ain’t Nobody Got Time For That
Lately I’ve been finding myself having less and less time to cook meals. Or has it been less of a priority? Yeah, probably that actually.
There are just so many cool things to do when the weather is nice! I don’t want to waste it. So, instead of losing interest, giving up and eating a bunch of junk, I’ve been working on some ways to make quick meals that are still super healthy.
Fast and Easy
Last week, I bought a chicken. A rotisserie chicken. You know, those prepared chickens they have at the grocery store? In the five minutes it took me to buy the chicken (for seven dollars!), I pretty much had all my meals prepared for at least four days. Aside from some vegetable chopping and maybe some cooking, I didn’t need to do any other preparation.
What about eating local and focusing on good ingredients?. Right so, obviously this isn’t the ideal meal. Ideally, I would pick up a chicken from a local farmer and cook it myself using my own ingredients. But when I have very little time to prepare meals this is pretty much the best option. Plus, check this out.
I’m lucky enough to live next to a grocery store (whole foods, obvi) that knows their customer base well and knows a lot of people are interested in what goes into their food.
On the back of the package, they list allllll of the ingredients for every type of rotisserie chicken they sell. Unfortunately for me, Whole Foods cooks pretty much everything in canola oil (groan), but fortunately for me, they have ONE type of chicken that isn’t prepared in canola oil (yay!). And, even more fortunately for me, they had a plain chicken there that day.
So how’d you eat it?
Obviously my go-to meal was a salad.
I just chopped up some lettuce, avocado, green onion, sprinkled on some salt, squeezed on some lemon and BAM! meal done.
My second go-to meal? …a salad.
Haha, but this one was a chicken salad. So you know, more chicken than salad.
For this salad, I chopped up some onions.
And chopped up some of the chicken.
Added some dill, olive oil, fresh parsley from my Grandma’s garden, red wine vinegar, and salt and pepper.
I mixed it all up and had myself a chicken salad. I ate this with a side of roasted brussels sprouts and pickled beets. But those are so good I can’t wait long enough to take a picture. Woops.
Once I finished off the chicken, I saved all the bones. Once I get enough bones, I’ll cook up a pot of chicken bone broth and be able to eat that as soup, or add it to other dishes that call for chicken broth.
With one chicken I managed to make three dishes. Two of which took me under seven minutes. Easy-peasy.
What is your go-to food when you don’t have much time to prepare a meal? Obviously if I was feeding more than one person, the chicken wouldn’t last as long but it’s still a great option when you’re running short on time!