Tuesday, February 28, 2012

What's for Dinner? It Better Be Quick!

We made it!  We are at the half way point of driver's education and I am still alive and kicking!  I even rode with Cinnamon while she drove and am happy to report that there were no casualties.  All kidding aside, they are both doing quite well actually.  I, on the other hand, am definitely feeling the impact of the additional days of driving into town.  The class is right smack in the middle of the day, so I rush around in the morning trying to get a few things done and by the time I get home I am already faced with the thought of, "what in the world am I making for dinner?"  On these days it better be quick and easy!

Tonight's dinner fit that request perfectly!  We had Baked Honey Mustard Chicken, a Rainbow Vegetable Salad, asparagus, and a wild rice medley.  Quick......check.  Easy.....check.   Delicious.....double check!  Perfect!

Baked Honey Mustard Chicken

Chicken (I used boneless, skinless thighs.  You could use a whole chicken cut up, but I was going for quick and easy.)
1/2 cup honey
1/4 cup Dijon mustard
3 Tablespoons of butter, melted (I used Earth Balance)
Salt and Pepper to taste

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Place chicken in the bottom of a 9 x 13 inch baking dish.  Salt and pepper the chicken.  Mix together honey, melted butter, and mustard.  Spoon over the chicken.  Place in the oven and bake for 1 hour.  Baste the chicken every 15 minutes while cooking.

The results are a deliciously moist chicken that combines the sweet with a bit of twang.  Yummy!

The Rainbow Vegetable Salad is  a combination of what I had lurking in my fridge waiting to be used up!    I used two mini cucumbers, several mini sweet peppers (red, yellow, and orange), grape tomatoes, and an avocado.

I chopped the avocado and tossed it with a bit of lemon juice.  I chopped the rest of the vegetables and placed them in a bowl adding the avocado.  I used a garlic sea salt and freshly ground pepper to taste and then drizzled the salad ingredients with a red wine vinegar and olive oil.  Simple, quick, and healthy.  The flavors really do pop in your mouth! 

So there you have it.  Fast and furious.  I sometimes feel like all I do is run from one fire to the next, but I do take time to stop and enjoy life along the way.  Or at least pose for a dozen pictures Paprika tried to take of the two of us together while I was making dinner.  I liked the first one, but apparently Paprika was not satisfied with the first, or second, or third, or fourth.  Not really sure which number this one was, but I thought it was great, but then again, I liked all the others too.


  1. I made this tonight and it was a hit! Thanks for posting such easy, delicious recipes! I've really enjoyed your blog and I've recommended it to several friends who have gone gluten and/or dairy free.

  2. I am so glad you enjoyed it! I hope to post some other easy recipes soon! I also want to thank you for your recommendations. I really appreciate your support.


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