HAPPY FRIYAY EVERYONE!
Coming from the perspective as a post graduate, full time working 8-to-5 Boss Girl, there have been very few times where I have done a full walk through about how to cook a dinner for two (where it was actually never written. It was only verbal and most of the time centered around sweets). So, this will be my first Foodie Friday Favorites post sharing some of my favorite options on how to cook an overall healthier, flavorful, and more affordable dinner in a savvy sort of way.
In life, scheduling can quickly become hectic. Things happen. So, I can completely understand the struggle of not ever having enough energy or time to make the dinner you truly want. Whether you didn’t get enough sleep or you had to work overtime at work or are just plain mentally exhausted from the day (or you were up late blogging away like me), it’s so easy to choose the more convenient option to just order take out, ask your roommate, parent or significant other to pre-order or make food, or UBEREATS your way potentially to broke town. I get it. I’ve totally been there and sometimes, there just really isn’t enough time, money or energy to spare for a healthier, satisfying dinner. However, there’s many routes you could go depending on your mood, how much you’re planning to consume and what your taste buds are really craving for.
So, this is the route I went for last night costing about $25.00.
Let me just add a DISCLAIMER now: I am completely self-taught and an amateur homemade chef. Cooking chicken has never been my friend nor has it gotten past the warming up stage of being my friend in regards of toughness. However, I’ve never ever served meat unless it was thoroughly cooked and that’s all that matters to me.
Please see below for recipe of my dinner consumed last night (PS, shout out to KewPie for providing some of this awesome Deep Roasted Sesame dressing & marinade NOW available in local San Diego stores such as Costco):
Deep Roasted Sesame Marinated Chicken with Garlic Green Beans & Cauliflower Rice
- 4 10oz Chicken Breasts
- Green Beans
- 4 cups Cauliflower
- 1 cup Cilantro (chopped)
- 1 Lime (cut in 1/2)
- 1 tablespoon Garlic Salt
- 1 tsp Minced Garlic
- 12 oz Marinade of choice (mine is KewPie Deep Roasted Sesame Marinade)
- Internal Kitchen Thermometer
FOR THE CHICKEN:
- Preheat your oven to 375F
- Defrost and wash the chicken breasts accordingly. Place chicken into baking dish.
- Take about 1/2 cup of marinade and rub onto each chicken breast.
4. Then pour the rest of the remaining sauce from the bottle into the dish. Cover baking dish with foil and place in the oven until chicken reaches an internal temperature of about 160F. (**TIP: Highly recommend taking chicken out of oven at 150 because the internal temperature will continue to cook once out of oven and could raise about 10 degrees or so.**) Cooking the chicken takes about 20-25 minutes.
5. Pull out of oven once done. Don’t uncover until about 10 minutes or so prior serving dinner.
FOR THE GREEN BEANS
1. Wash green beans and place in stir fry wok pan at medium to high heat.
2. Mix in the minced garlic and stir around for about 10-12 minutes.
3. Remove from heat (OPTIONAL: and place in microwave for 1.5 minutes to soften a bit if you like your green beans softer rather than crunchy) and serve.
FOR THE CAULIFLOWER RICE
1. Chop up cauliflower in food processor until about rice size.
2. Place in pan and cook on medium heat. Add garlic salt (and dash of pepper if desired)
3. Remove from heat after about 5 minutes and add chopped cilantro and squeeze lime over top. Mix together and serve.
Once you have completed all these steps, then plate as desired and you’re DONE!
Hope you guys like my first #FOODIEFRIDAYFAVORITES post of what I made for dinner last night! If you ever have any recommendations or suggestions for future recipes that could be done in a Savvy way, please don’t hesitate to share with me!
Also, don’t forget guys to keep it SAVVY!
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