Healthy eaters often turn to chicken as a means of satisfying their protein needs. Don’t forget about pork – the other white meat! It’s easy to prepare and goes a long way. I made this recipe last week and it was a hit the first and second time around!
As with most families, we often can’t seem to agree on what to eat. I prefer a vegetable side dish and my husband of course prefers a less figure friendly side dish such as potatoes or pasta. Since I don’t want to spend hours making multiple dishes but want to make everyone happy, I love this dish! I combine red potatoes, peppers, squash and some Italian seasonings to create a dish that is sure to make everyone happy!
The first date that I ever had with my husband over 24 years ago was a homemade meal at his house. I remember it clearly. He plopped a big steak and some canned corn on my plate and asked if I wanted some ketchup. Romantic right? Well, I thought it was. That is about the most cooking he has done over the passed 24 plus years with the exception of his one and only signature meal, spaghetti. It is a family recipe passed down from his mom who isn’t much of a cook herself although she makes some tasty dishes.
However, in fairness my husband never really needed to cook because I love to and his mom always made sure he had something to eat. He’s a simple man with “meat and potato” taste who happened to marry a women who loves to cook. In fact, if you ask him why he married me, he’d probably say “because she’s a great cook!”
While I love to cook and do the majority of cooking, that doesn’t mean that I don’t think that a husband shouldn’t be able and willing to cook. Due to my hectic schedule I often have “fend for yourself nights.” Those are nights when I simply have prepared nothing and everyone is expected to eat leftovers (we always have good leftovers) or prepare something on their own. And then from time to time, I tell my husband he is in charge of making dinner. His Spaghetti is his “go to meal” and for good reason. On this one night only, I promise myself to step back, bite my tongue and let him have at it.
In case you don’t know, I’m a huge Pioneer Women fan. While her “down home” cooking is far from mine in terms of healthy, I love all of her recipes, love her cookbooks (they are beautiful!), love her photography and love her love of family. She makes the perfect cheat meal when I want to treat my family to something special. This meal is actually very healthy and made a perfect date night meal for me and my hubby. I added a few extra veggies to mine to make it even more healthy.
With an Italian husband, we eat a lot of “Italian inspired food.” However, as a FitChick, I stay clear of the pasta so I can stay free of unwanted calories. I love any and all chicken dishes because they are cheap, high in nutrients and family friendly. This recipe is a family favorite due to it’s easy preparation, “One Pot Wonder” power and awesome leftovers. I of course serve it with pasta because my hubby and kids can handle the pasta.
So winter to me means comfort food and there is nothing more comforting than a big pot of homemade soup. So put down those 100 calorie per servings cans of soup and fire up the stove! This is my favorite soup recipe because it stays true to my desire to be fit and healthy. It’s packed with protein and veggies, is hearty and one pot last me all week long.