Pssst! I don’t do glamorous dinners. Gone are the days when I could spend 4 hours in the kitchen experimenting with various Food Network recipes for just the hubs and I. Actually, that pretty much went straight out the window by the time my first child rolled around.
Yep, here is my dinner, very exposed and a bit pathetic looking really, but MMMMMMM so good! What do you think about my plate? Fancy huh? We just got those puppies recently after my husband broke just about every single plate and cup we owned over the last few months.
His Huntington’s Disease makes it hard for him to hold onto things, so he drops A LOT. I don’t mean, a little, I mean A LOT. We’ve gone through a bazillion, no really, glasses, bowls, plates, EVEN PLASTIC GOBLETS! His HD gives him some type herculean strength too, so when it breaks it breaks! We even had traded in our pottery dishes years ago for the ulta-nice Corelle. It’s anti-chip technology is no match for HD! I think that should be a source of income for him! A product tester to ensure the durability of products! LOL 🙂
I always try to see the lighter side of our situation. It’s better for your health too. Anywhooooo, onto the recipe! I mentioned once before about saving money by eating at home. I admit we eat out way too much but I love to cook so one of my favorite things is going through menus that other people make. I’m not super creative, I think I was absent that day God handed that out. So I take a nod to others and what they do. I mentioned Dining on a Dime before, well she had MENUS too! Not only are her recipes super easy, budget friendly, yummy but they are quick too!
I need to save TIME. So copying what she does is a life saver for me!
So here are some examples from her book Menus from Dining on a Dime.
add 1 chopped apple to pancake batter
Sausage Patties or Bacon
on Buttered Toast
Fresh Strawberries and Bananas
Maple Glazed Chicken*
Ninety Minute Rolls*
Mexican Hamburger Casserole*
Lettuce and Tomato Salad
Items with an asterisk means it is a recipe from her book. Now, my meal was the Chicken one. I did the maple glazed chicken and cucumber salad. Yes, there were supposed to be ninety minute rolls and glazed carrots, but work with me people. In real life we have to adjust as special needs families! When I dug out the carrots, they didn’t give me the warm fuzzies, so out they went. And the 90 minute rolls, well I was running late from work so buttered bread it was. IMPROVISE!
But I do have to tell you this was QUICK and EASY and CHEAP! The cucumbers were on sale 3 for $2 and I used them again in another dinner and for packing the kid’s lunch for school with dip. I used chicken tenders, well because my children only eat about two tablespoons of anything that is NOT BREAD. So that allowed me to reduce waste. Plus I’m not a big meat eater, I’m a carbaholic like my kids, lol! Speaking of carbs and health and such. I decided I needed to take control of my health better. If you are interested, why not join me in my FB group where I share recipes, tips and tricks to stay healthy. You don’t have to be a special needs parent to join, so bring a friend! The group is called Flab-U-Less Weight Loss, lol! 🙂 Request to join, hope to see you there!
I gotta tell you, I’m not a fan of cucumbers but I LOVED the cucumber salad and ate an entire serving. It was a hit with the kids and it went into their lunch the next day as a side item.
Okay onto the recipe!
1/4 cup maple syrup
4 tsp. lemon juice
1 Tbsp. butter or margarine
salt and pepper (to taste)
4 pieces chicken
Preheat oven to 450°. Mix maple syrup, lemon juice and butter together in small saucepan. Simmer for 5 minutes. (or cheat like me. Dump it in a Pyrex glass measuring cup and microwave it for 3 minutes stirring each minute!) Spray a baking dish and place chicken in it. Salt and pepper the chicken. Bake for 10 minutes (I flipped mine over here and added salt and pepper on the other side). Remove from oven and pour on glaze. Bake for 15 minutes more or until juices run clear. Serves 4.
I think the tenders really made this quick and easy, so try it out.
3 medium cucumbers, peeled and diced (I seeded mine)
1/2 medium onion, diced
1 Tbsp. white vinegar
1/3 cup sugar
1/4 cup water
Mix all the ingredients in a bowl. Cover and refrigerate several hours or overnight. Serves 4.
That’s it folks! If you’re looking for more easy recipes and menus, I encourage you to go check out her books! What do you get?
The “Menus On A Dime” e-book series includes over 150 menus and 187 recipes to make your life easier!
She’s offering the 3 book set for $9.99
You get the following:
Menus from Dining on a Dime
Quick & Easy Menus on a Dime
and Plan Ahead Leftovers
You can get your set here! Menus On a Dime 3-book set
Oh and if you’re at all interested in those plates I had above here they are. They are by Nordicware and they are microwavable. You can’t use just any plastic in the microwave, PUHLEASE be careful. These are pretty good. Obviously not super thick, but they are heavy duty and my husband hasn’t broken one yet. I got a set of their bowls too because he likes to microwave his oatmeal in the bowls, so I picked those up too. I really do like them. The glasses are wine glasses made of a shatter resistant plastic as well. So far they’re holding up. My husband tends to crack those as well. They’ve been through the dishwasher and are still nice and clear and not dull or dingy, yet.
Drop me a comment below. Do you have a menu plan that you stick to? What is your family’s favorite?
Have a special day!
P.S. Don’t forget to meet me over in my Flab-U-Less Weight Loss group on Facebook!