A friend asked on facebook the other day for "house maintaining" suggestions now that she would be going back to work part time. I didn't think I had much to say to her but as I started commenting, the advice came flying off my finger tips hard and fast. Turns out I have lots of little tricks I've picked up in the past year of being mom + working part time + blogging on the side to help the house run smoother. I plan to write a full post on my ideas later in the week, but I'll start with the most important for me and that is that on the days I work I follow Dwight Schrute's KISS strategy when it comes to dinner. KEEP IT SIMPLE STUPID. I do enjoy cooking quite a bit, and I have a few fancy recipes up my sleeve that I love to make when I have time and energy, but when I am crawling in the door at 4:30 absolutely dead exhausted and Greg follows me an hour later even more exhausted, we keep dinner prrrrrrrrrretty basic.
One of my favorite easy dinners for work days is Betty Crocker's "Suddenly Salad." The bones of the meal are already there, and then I just add whatever I have in my fridge to spruce it up. Adding meat to it turns it from a side dish to an entire meal. This time around I didn't add any meat, but next time I am going to try adding grilled chicken and make a whole meal out of it. We're making added efforts around here to eat lots of fruits and veggies, so I tried to add a lot of vegetables too, and the salad was very filling. Here's the Suddenly Salad we had for dinner on Thursday, my most recent work day.
(Also, if my recipe doesn't float your boat, check here for tons more easy easy recipes to use with Suddenly Salad.)
1 Suddenly Grain Salad Southwest Grains (Coupon here)
1 Tbs olive oil
1 Tbs water
1/2 avocado, sliced
1 roma tomato, sliced into quarters
1. Prepare grains according to package directions. (Boil 17 minutes)
2. While grains are cooking, use a small bowl to mix box seasonings with 1 tbs oil and 1 tbs water.
3. When grains are done cooking, run grains under cold water and stir in dressing. Put salad on serving platter.
4. Add your fixins! Put your sliced tomatoes on top, (mine are from my garden that I grew by myself and they are so so yummy! I'm just a little bit proud!) and sliced avocados around the edges.
5. Sprinkle feta cheese on top
6. There you have it- a filling, scrumptious dinner with fresh vegetables ready for the whole family in LITERALLY SEVENTEEN MINUTES. Bon appetit!
(PSA: Next time I make this I am using less of the seasonings in the box and a little more water and oil. The salad had more than enough seasoning and I would have liked it to be not quite so dry. Next time I'll probably add about 1/2 the seasonings and a dash more of oil and water and that should make it just about perfect...)
Other simple, easy, and yummy Suddenly Salad recipes:
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