As the flower buds begin to bloom and warmer weather peeks through the horizon, my menu plan reflects the change of season. I use the oven less, the grill and stove top more and begin to incorporate more and more fresh veggies into my meals.
I’m always looking to create quick and healthy options that the whole family enjoys and this Speedy Chicken Cacciatore hits on all of them.
During my 17 Day Diet, I focused on creating many chicken dishes, particularly ones that were hearty, full of veggies, low carb and packed with flavor. I wanted to put a slightly different twist on the original, which can typically be much higher in calories. I love this option because there’s a lot of versatility with the seasonings and vegetables. While I incorporated ones that we already had on hand, feel free to omit or substitute some of your favorites. When I am going low carb, I don’t want to be stuck making two different meals, so this was perfect. For the kids, I served it over pasta, but I ate the chicken, sauce and veggie mixture, which was delicious. It can easily be served over rice, as well.
While there’s nothing like homemade pasta sauce with garden fresh tomatoes, it’s rare that I ever make it any more because the store bought options make for an incredibly easy and delicious meal.
Throughout the car, the music boomed loudly. Our teen driver leaned over, grabbed his ipod while driving and started scrolling through looking for a new song from his play list.
Shocked, I barked from the passenger seat, “What do you think you are doing?
“What? I am just putting on a new song,” my larger than life son responded.
In his mind, he was updating his play list. In my mind, the accident statistics that result from distracted driving erupted in my mind.
Right then, a harsh reality sank close to home. We have three drivers in the age bracket of 16 – 20, who represent the highest average annual crash and traffic violation rates of any other age group. Our daughter begins driver’s education in a few months and with four young drivers in one household, you can be guaranteed I’ve done my homework on teen safety, driving habits, as well as figuring out “How in the world do we pay for all this?”
Let me take you step by step through our thought process as we’ve experienced three teen drivers in three years.
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Fresh Basil, garden tomatoes, sliced peppers in my stir fry, and the grill cranked all summer.
Can you hardly wait? I can almost smell and taste them right now.
Our North Carolina ice and snow-mageden is finally over and yesterday’s time outside felt wonderful.
Nearly all of the NC gardeners have been throw for a loop with the low temps that consistently plagued our region, so I am way behind in all my gardening plans. Since I was focused on scraping my car each morning, I only recently got my Gro-ables seed pods planted. [Read More...]