My new ‘diet’ has been going well- I did cheat a bit this weekend, but I have read that that is ok as long as you get back on the wagon ASAP! I have been loving finding new dinners to cook and logging all of my calories in pepperplate. I am also LOVING pepperplate, it is a free meal planning, recipe sharing, awesome site. It is much like all of the other meal planning sites, but my favorite feature is how many food websites it ‘works’ with, meaning I can go to another site, find a recipe I want to try and click the ‘add to pepperplate’ bookmarklet and it gets added in perfectly, pictures, ingredients, everything. I can also add it to my weekly planner, the shopping list, etc. All for free!
I wish I had thought to take a picture of last nights dinner experiment, it was bold! We didn’t feel like going shopping so we decided to try to throw something together with what we had left in the fridge… Here is how it went;
4 chicken breasts
1/2 green bell pepper
1/2 red bell pepper
3 stalks shallots
1 can diced tomatoes
lots of seasoning- onion, basil, thyme, salt, pepper, etc.
about 1/2 pound of fresh Cauliflower
some shredded mozzarella cheese
5 small red potatoes (all we had left!)
In a big casserole dish we diced all the veggies, except the Cauliflower we just chopped into bite sized pieces. Drizzled on some olive oil, just a little though. Then added the chicken breasts on top, seasoned everything, and finally poured the whole can of diced tomatoes on top. We covered it in tin foil and put in in a 375 degree oven for about 60 minutes, at the end we removed the tin foil and sprinkled on the cheese and put it in under broil for a few minutes just to melt the cheese.
It was really really good! The bell peppers and chicken went together much better than I thought they would! We will be making it again with a few changes- definitely more veggies- more potatoes, maybe some carrots and squash even- and my hubby thinks maybe some rice on the bottom next time but I tend to get sick when I eat rice so I don’t love that idea…. even the baby loved it, and she is super picky!
I really want to start a garden this year to save money on veggies, but I have NO green thumb so I don’t know about that! I am planning on getting one of those small food chopper upper things- so I can buy a bunch of bell peppers when they are on sale, chop them up and freeze them for later use- I think that will help a lot with quick cooking too!