cook // easy chooken cookin’

My gang LOVE to eat.  It’s no secret.  I don’t mind cooking. so it’s a WIN WIN.  EXCEPT when I slave away, cook for hours, and turn out a delicious meal, only to have four little noses turn up at it.  UGH.

So – I try and keep meals super simple, HEALTHY, and creative. Not too much spice, but still with taste.  Oh… most importantly, there needs to be enough to feed a small army, whilst relatively cheap.

Without further ado – I give you a super quick to whip up chicken and grilled corn with rice and beans meal!  It went down a treat.

let's cook / easy chooken cookin'
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Recipe type: quick dinner
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Serves: 6 people
 
Ingredients
chicken
  • 2 extra large well-fed chicken breasts (was definitely enough for us - with left-overs)
  • smoked paprika
  • salt and pepper
  • olive oil
vegetable component
  • a whole cucumber
  • 4 corn on the cob
  • enough beans for your family (MUST have greens!)
spiced rice
  • enough jasmine rice for your family
  • cumin
  • onion
tzatiki
  • greek yoghurt
  • cucumber
  • garlic
Instructions
  1. I whipped this up fairly quickly - within 30 minutes - in this order....
prepare
  1. Heat two grill pans (or frypans - whichever you have will be fine - I just like the grill marks on my chook!) on high.
  2. Small saucepan with water on to boil for beans.
rice
  1. Put rice onto cook - once it is cooked - we will come back to it and spice it up a little.
chicken
  1. Spread some baking paper on a board, and 'butterfly' your chicken breast (this will help them cook quicker). Sprinkle over the smoked paprika, and season with salt and pepper. Add a good lug or two of olive oil, and rub it all together.
  2. Another lug of good olive oil onto the pan.
  3. Whack the butterflied chook into the pan, and cook.
  4. Don't forget to turn every now and then - keep an eye on it (turn the heat down to medium).
corn
  1. Throw the cobs into the second grill pan - turn them often - don't let them brun (or your six year old will turn her button nose up at them)
beans and cucumber
  1. Prepare the beans, and blanch in boiling water. (plenty of time for this whilst corn and chook are cooking)
  2. MAKE SURE YOU ARE STILL TURNING YOUR CORN, AND CHECKING YOUR CHOOK!
  3. Chop the cucumber up and throw into a serving dish, reserving a couple of inches for the tzatiki.
tzatiki
  1. Finely chop the reserved cucumber, and mince the garlic. Add to a bowl full of greek yoghurt (I use around 1 cup - if there are leftovers, we use it the next day as a dip), and mix. Season with s&p if you desire.
  2. ARE YOU STILL TURNING THE CORN AND CHOOK?
rice
  1. The rice should be cooked - time to spice it!
  2. Finely dice the onion, and add to a pan with a lug of oil and cumin. Saute until that delish cumin aroma permeates your nose!
  3. Add the rice, and stir until it is coated with the oinion and cumin mix.
  4. Pop it on a serving platter.
chcken
  1. The chook should be cooked now - make sure it is.
  2. Remove from heat, and slice accordingly - I serve it over the rice.
corn
  1. Throw the charred and yummy corn on a platter, with a knob or two of butter on top.
Put it all together
  1. I throw everything on the bench with serving 'apparati', and let the tribe attack accordingly.

Get stuck into it – it’s a winner!

Please share some quick, simple and HEALTHY recipes that you LOVE!

 

muze*ing…#1

So this month so far has been a doozy.

I was shot down and put in my place by a sinus infection.  Who has had one of those.  I wanted to rip my face off.  Specifically my nose…..  The pain was unbearable – it was akin to birthing twins simultaneously via my nostrils.  The antibiotics have kicked in, and I’m up to round two.

I got rid 3kg of crap and 70-odd cmd from my body of toxic waste! (then I got struck down by the sinus killer – and the antibiotics have bloated me a treat…), in the space of two weeks.  nutritional cleansing ROCKS – you heard it here first!  I have never slept so well, run so hard, had such clear skin, no ‘girl’ pain, lots of energy and awesome CrossFit PBs.  Winner winner.  I want to tell the world and share my secrets with everyone!

Umm – I had a hair cut – and a bloke in hi-vis (he was a stranger) told me “your hair looks great . Hot”.  I tell you – I pranced away from him with my head held high, and a grin on my face like a Cheshire cat!


A all right looking bloke (categorised as such - he was wearing hi-vis!) just made my day! He said

I shared the BEST lock screen photograph EVER! It seems that 85 of you thought it was pretty awesome too!

 

This is THE best lock screen ever, yes?! #lovethetribe

Milla feed the local chookens, and thrilled me by continuing to take an arvo nap.  Lucky kid.

I found this gem (and how about that – 35 of you agreed with me!)

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Milla helped me make this clip….. and reminded me just how much I will miss her next year when she goes to school..

Murphy told another parent that she is a “foster child”.  I had no words.

The girls appeared in their school pantomime – it was a beautiful evening – full of colour and life.  Perfect…

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Madison ran in her school District 1500m race – and accidentally ran in the age group above her (the 12/13year olds, instead of 11years) and she romped it in!  Well done kiddo!

Madison just accidentally raced in the next age group up (12/13yrs instead of 11yrs) for her 1500m District Aths - and came first! What a cracker! Not sure how this will work for the next level - which age group she races in..... BUT - well done kiddo!!!!

I decided to enter my first ever individual Crossfit competition – it’s next Saturday – send me strong, fast and fit thoughts!

I am off to Nursey-school this week.  Five days in Melbourne, practising and learning nurse-like skills!  Can’t wait to get my hand on a real patient!!!

Nursey Kylie....... #tryingtolookthepart

The girls picked up a few canvases at a garage sale……. they spent the afternoon “artisting”…..

Four canvases for $5. Paint in the back of the cupboard $0. Sunshine $0. Creativity for hours. Priceless. :)

That’s it.  Over and out!

insert witty title here….

I could go on a diatribe as to why I have been … you know… absent, but really – that can be summed up in one word … LIFE.

Here’s some of what’s happened in the last three and a half months since I sat my backside down and thought about writing….

I am sure there were sevenhundredandeleventybillion MORE fabulous things that occurred……, but I am headlong back into studying, parenting, and living life again.

AND…. (never start a sentence with AND – I know…), because I can’t post without photographs……. here’s a couple of my favourites from our day at Dubbo Zoo!

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me // What grinds my gears?

Oh so much.

Ungrateful whingey bitchy grudge-holding people. Get over it girls (coz let’s face it, girls are the main culprits), there’s more to life.
First-year just out of high school uni students that think it is their right to study and not a privilege. Suck it up kids, do the work, if you get a bad mark, learn from it and do better next time.
Getting a passport photo taken – especially when it’s not even for a passport.
Being two vials (out of six) through a blood test, and your blood stops flowing. Thank you circulatory system for being inadequate!
Public toilets.
Box art. Or specifically the mountains of creations Milla brings home from Kinder and puts in the bed “for Daddy”. Never mind that Daddy won’t be home for three weeks, I am still expected to sleep with it ……. and her, when she comes in for snuggles. We need a bigger bed.
Meal planning. Going through a day with a seed between your teeth and no one telling you about it. My own indecisiveness. Double unders. Talking on the phone whilst in the library. Odd socks.  It’s ALREADY May 1st. Why don’t I have a maypole, and ohmygosh, it’s almost Christmas again……

Ahhh. I feel better. :)

On another note, I have two cheeky giraffes in the house…..

Tell me, what grinds YOUR gears?

A catastrophe ended in fabulous memories…

The other day, Mackenzie did the unimaginable, and forgot her Ipad passcode. Catastrophic. We are not big electronic item users, and she had a iPad purely because she has been through some tough stuff, and we felt it would help her in many ways. We were right. Whilst she doesn’t use it a lot, it is treasured. So. Imagine the devastation when she couldn’t remember her passcode. The tears were ginormous. Anyway, long story short – I had to restore her iPad and erase everything.

Whilst syncing some photographs, I came across these gems and they brought back beautiful memories…..

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