Happy New Year and Welcome 2018! I love the feeling of the New Year and the endless possibilities that it brings. I know how cliche! Currently, with the current cold snap here in New England, I need anything to keep me motivated to stay out of hibernation mode. Winter is not my friend. The shortened daylight, the current arctic temperatures (the temperature has been hovering at the high of 14 degrees), and snow-covered ground do not make it easy to get outside. I much prefer the other three seasons. I can handle a little cold and snow, not days of temperatures close to zero.
When the weather is this cold, all I want to do is curl up in a warm fluffy blanket and drink lots of warm tasty beverages. I also find that I like to cook comfort food that I prefer not to eat in the warmer months. One of my favorite things to make in my kitchen when I have a little extra time is a roast chicken. There are so many possibilities when you roast a whole chicken. One advantage of this recipe is that it makes a lot of food for future lunch or dinner leftovers. As a busy mom, maximizing the portions of recipes I create or recreate in my kitchen is important to me. Whenever I can have leftovers for another meal I feel as if I have won the recipe lottery. Being prepared for an extra healthy meal at my fingertips is ideal for keeping me focused on my health goals. I always keep the mantra”always make the easiest thing to eat the right thing to eat” in the back of mind. Chicken is one of those ingredients that can be used in so many healthy ways. I also find that it is one of the most affordable proteins on my shopping list and something that all my children will eat. I don’t know about you, but finding that all my kids will eat is a rare occasion.
On most nights I do not have an hour to slow roast a chicken. I have used my slower cooker on numerous occasions, but sometimes I feel that it
On most nights I do not have an hour to slow roast a chicken. I can’t imagine many busy moms having the time do that on a weeknight. I have used my slower cooker on numerous occasions, but sometimes I feel that it becomes overcooked and not as tasty as the oven version. When I started to use my Instant Pot for various recipes I found, I quickly realized how meat could cook and still taste as if it using the typical cook time. Roasting a whole chicken in the Instant Pot did not disappoint. In about 30 minutes, a whole roasted chicken was ready to eat with leftovers to bring to work the next day. While the chicken cooked, I quickly roasted a side of veggies to create a complete healthy meal.
What is your favorite quick healthy meal to create?