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Food Is Fuel Friday – Easy Chicken & Veggies

My friend Lindsay started to post every week to encourage families to eat healthier. She titled her posts Food Is Fuel so every week I plan on joining Lindsay and encourage healthy easy meals by posting my own recipes. Lindsay is right though, food is fuel and I fully believe that food doesn’t have to be complicated.

I’m starting this week with my basic go to meal. I always keep fresh veggies and chicken in the house so if I ever am stumped for dinner I know I can use my fall back. There’s something to be said for a basic meal that even kids love that takes 20 minutes to make.

Chicken: Cut it’s pieces and marinate overnight in Annie’s Organic Italian Dressing. Saute in a little olive oil in a pan on the stove. I didn’t cook it enough to brown it because it didn’t need it, perfectly cooked and moist inside.

Asparagus: The old olive oil, pepper, bake at 375 for 15 minutes trick. Perfect every time!

Carrots: Steamed in the rice cooker while rice, or wheat salad, or couscous cooks. Rice makers are under rated, I bought mine at Target for $15 and it’s one of the most used small appliances in my house.I don’t add anything to my carrots, organic carrots are perfect as is. My kids love how sweet they naturally are.

See a good meal doesn’t have to be complicated, and since one of the hardest parts about making dinner is what to make there’s always options. If you’d like to join in every week please feel free to do a post, I’d love to see your healthy and easy dinner ideas.



  1. Eve on February 14, 2011 at 9:40 pm

    I never thought to use the ricecooker to steam veggies. They look yummy though and not overcooked

  2. Lorna Schuster on February 12, 2011 at 6:59 pm

    I’m all about easy these days, but also need to keep it healthy and edible — thanks for the quick tips!
    BTW, I find my daughter likes the foods I make that require less fuss. It’s discouraging if I have time to be creative, but it’s a relief otherwise.

  3. The Urban Momtographer» Food Is Fuel Friday – Creamy Chicken Lasagna on February 11, 2011 at 5:34 pm

    […] Today I want to make sure to let you know to hop over to Our Ordinary Life where Kristin has joined us for Food Is Fuel today. Check out her super dinner solution of Chicken and Veggies! […]

  4. Lindsay on February 11, 2011 at 12:06 pm

    That’s great, I’m linking yours up on mine right now. This looks so good.
    We don’t have that many stores who carry Annie’s products. I’ll have to look for this dressing.