A one pan dinner the whole family will eat!
It’s a new year and I love new years resolutions! Having a food blog, and making healthy eating a top priority is part of my life, every single day. However, this new year I am passionate about changing my attitude about providing my family with healthy meals.
I remember when I was very young there was a song on a record I would listen to. The song was about how everyone hates house work, but we have to do it anyway. My mom hated that song! She told me so many times that she didn’t hate housework, and in fact, enjoyed having a clean home for us. As a result, I have never seen housework as a chore. I’ve always seen it as something we do because we love those we serve, and because we want to make our home a beautiful place.
I think having this a new attitude about cooking can do the same thing for our kids. I want my kids not to consider cooking a chore, but rather see it as something they do for those they love. Cooking for my family is so much more than the nutrients I want them to get. Cooking for my family is also about nourishing them, creating bonds, showing that I care, and giving service to those that I truly love the most.
I’m always on the hunt for simple and quick recipes, but perhaps they come at a small price. If the pursuit of quick recipes comes at the expense of disconnecting myself from the process, I believe we lose a little bit of the experience that brings food and family together. A sense of belonging and community can be developed under your own roof, with your own family through cooking and meal time.
So, for my new years goal, I want to reconnect with that nurturing side of being in the kitchen. For me, that means, enjoying the process of preparing food and eating with my family. Taking my kids one by one, under my wing to create memories in the kitchen and teach them the skills that I have. I want my kids to feel that they are important and worth the time I carve out to serve their basic needs. The new year for me will become a fresh start so they can see me enjoy connected cooking, rather than avoid it.
One Pan Chicken & Veggie
- 1 none cooking spray
- 1 pound butternut squash
- 2 medium potato, red
- 2 medium carrot
- 1 cup Brussels sprouts
- 2 tablespoon olive oil
- 2 tablespoon vinegar, balsamic
- 2 clove garlic
- 1 pound chicken thigh, boneless, skinless
- 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
- 1/4 teaspoon black pepper, ground
- 1 teaspoon oregano, dried
- 1/2 teaspoon thyme, dried
- 1/2 teaspoon basil, dried
- 1/4 teaspoon rosemary, dried
- 2 cup grapes
- Preheat oven to 400° F. Spray baking sheet with cooking spray.
- Cut squash into cubes, quarter potatoes, peel carrots and cut into 2 inch pieces, and slice Brussels in half. Place all onto baking sheet. Drizzle with olive oil and vinegar. Mince garlic and sprinkle over veggies.
- Nestle the chicken into the veggies and then season everything with salt, pepper, oregano, thyme, basil, and rosemary.
- Roast for 25-30 minutes, checking to be sure chicken is no longer pink and veggies have become fork tender.
- Serve with grapes on the side.
This one pot meal is a delicious dish that can involve all the kids. From slicing potatoes to seasoning. There is a job for everyone.