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I’m not sure about your family, but we get in a dinner rut a lot around here. I feel like I make the same 5 dishes over and over again Sometimes it’s with chicken, hamburger or turkey meat, but overall it’s the same meal. I know why I always tend to make them too…
They’re easy to prepare.
They don’t require a ton of different ingredients.
I wanted to break out of our shell. Try something new for a change, but it had to fit my criteria for an easy dinner.
On Wednesdays we drive 30 minutes one-way to go bowling every week. We have to leave the house no later than 5:45 to make it there on time. So I prefer a slow cooker meal those nights. I pop the ingredients in the crock pot in the morning and then J can finish up when he gets home a little before 5. That way when I walk in the door I’m not rushing around making dinner.
I hate feeling rushed!
I always get flustered and end of forgetting something.
With a little prep time I pulled together an easy slow cooker meal for this week. On Sunday I prepped a freezer bag full of chicken and a few ingredients, popped it in the freezer then the night before I pulled it out to place in the fridge. That’s all it took for a freezer lemon pepper chicken meal. Simple.
Remember my criteria for a good weeknight dinner? This one fits them all!
It’s easy to prepare.
It doesn’t require a lot of ingredients.
I also love my slow cooker. I got as a gift a few years ago and it has earned every penny it costs! I love that it has a timer, so I can set it to low for 6 hours and then it automatically switched to the keep warm setting. No more burnt or overcooked dinners! Here is a Hamilton Beach slow cooker similar to the one I have. This one is great because it has a strap to seal the lid when traveling.
- 2 chicken breasts
- 1 T. lemon juice
- 1/4 c. low sodium soy sauce
- salt and pepper to taste
- Place the ingredients into a freezer storage bag
- Seal, pressing out any air
- The day before preparing, place in the fridge to thaw.
- Cook on low for 4-6 hours.