Friday, March 11, 2011

Yummy and SUPER easy Dinner

I am so bad about waiting till the last minute to plan dinner.  By that I mean, we make a trip to Wal-Mart just about every day to pick up the fixin's for dinner and our random buys (juice, milk, granola bars, baby food, wipes, diapers, etc).  I would prefer Kroger, but it is too far for my every day habit.

Today I went with no idea in my head of what to make.  I was wandering around clueless.  I knew that I wanted it to be healthy and filling.  I picked up chicken, still with no clue.  I found myself wandering down the spice isle, and ran across McCormick Bag and Season.

How amazing, a bag for steaming and the spices ready to go (I am not a good spicer, FYI, so to me, this was AMAZING).  I picked up some veggies, and we were ready to roll.

First I trimmed the remaining fat off of the chicken.
*The package called for 2.5 pounds of chicken parts, but I only used 1.25 pounds of chicken breast.*

Next I used part of the packaged seasonings and seasoned both sides of the chicken.
*I left some of the remaining seasonings for the veggies*

I put the chicken in a single layer in the bag and put the bag into a glass pan.

I chopped up my veggies.  I used squash, zucchini, carrots, and then I added some red potatoes.
*2 things I have learned from watching too much TV
1st-Buy organic fruits and veggies if you will be eating the skin (Dr. Oz)
2nd-Chop everything the same size, so that it will all cook at the same pace (Robert Irvine, Dinner Impossible)
*I didn't buy organic, because with produce prices being out of control, it was just too expensive, so I thoroughly washed my veggies, and cut off the skin of the pots.
*I tried my best to cut the veggies the same size, but I didn't do too great.

I seasoned the veggies with the leftover seasonings in the package.
I put my veggies on top of my chicken in the bag.

The you seal the bag loosely, with the given tie, and cut 4 small holes in the bag.

You bake in a preheated oven on 350 for an hour.  

*Using less chicken, I should have used less time.  My veggies were a little mushy, but the chicken was fork tender.*

My verdict, a HUGE thumbs up!!  The seasonings were great, and it was SO easy!


Arlee Bird said...

I've used some of those seasoning bag mixes in the past and they are pretty good, though I really don't cook much anymore since it's usually just my wife and I at home. We eat a lot more things like salad now.

Here I shop at Ralph's Supermarket which is owned by Kroger and pretty similar. I'll probably start doing a lot more shopping at Walmart though because their prices are usually so much cheaper. I bought a few comparison items the other day and they were almost all about a dollar cheaper at Walmart--that's a lot!

Tossing It Out

Yvonne said...

Yummy! The seasoning mixes can really be a lifesaver sometimes! Something to notice as you're using them... look at the ingredients so you can start creating those flavor profiles on your own (since you mentioned you have a little trouble with spicing). This also lets you control what goes onto your food a little better... lots of times the pre-mixed stuff has a ridiculous amount of sodium... but you could take their same basic ingredients and just be able to control the amount of salt! :)

Chelsea said...

I LOVE these tips! Thanks a bundle. I am definitely going to try out this recipe. I was just married about three months ago, so I love these kinds of things!

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