Shhh! Here's a Secret from my Kitchen, and a Super Quick Meal!

Some days it is nearly impossible to get dinner on the table, isn't it?  It's nice to have a plan for the days when you have only thirty minutes (or less!) to prepare a healthy, economical, and family-pleasing meal.

One thing I do that saves me significant time during the week is to fill the grill with boneless, skinless chicken breasts.  Just once.  Lots of chicken.  Grill them all :)  It doesn't take any longer than grilling four or five.

Then, we have grilled chicken for dinner that night, but.... I CHOP ALL THE REST OF THE CHICKEN AND FREEZE IT.  I fill sandwich baggies with the chopped chicken, then put all the little bags into a larger freezer bag.  When I need a quick meal, I pull a sandwich bag out of the freezer.  We use the chicken for quick and easy pitas, burritos, tacos, pasta, and the list goes on.

For example, you can add the chicken to a skillet, along with a chopped zucchini,

add some tomato sauce, salt, and pepper,

then stir into a pasta of your choice and sprinkle some parmesan over the top.

You can use white pasta, if that is what your family prefers, but might I suggest mixing white with whole wheat pasta?  It's better for you, and I don't think your children will be able to tell the difference.

Dinner is served, in less than thirty minutes!  Isn't that a finer thing?

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  1. Thank you for sharing. I could eat the chicken and zucchini alone, what a pretty picture, it made me hungry! We didn't get enough squash this summer, the squash bugs were relentless, but I love using zucchini in pasta dishes.

  2. Smart idea! Why waste that fuel, right? It's so much easier to make dinner when something is prepped ahead of time.
    I also like to put a whole package of hot dogs on, even if I'm the only one eating. When you re-heat them they have that barbecue flavor without firing up the grill.

  3. Fabulous idea Jaime. We eat a lot of boneless chicken breast around our house, and your idea is a fantastic one! Thanks so much for sharing. Happy weekend to you.



  4. Great idea! And I have to say when serving whole wheat pasta it is all about the brand. Some of them are horrendous but some of them are pretty darn hard to tell apart from the white stuff!

    Stop by and see me sometime over at Free 2 Be Frugal.

  5. Great idea! And your pasta dish looks delicious!

  6. What a fine, fine idea. Love it. It would be great on tortillas, too, with cheese, etc.

  7. What a great idea! I regularly cook chicken in the crock pot with the same idea in mind, but BBQ has such nice flavor!


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