13. Welcome To Kay's Kitchen
Six mouths to feed is one of the most difficult challenges of having a big family. Meals need to be made quickly or at least prepped in advance! I have to teach the kids, get my own school work done, and keep an eye or ear out for the littles while I make a meal.
I am here to share some of my tried and true go to's. I love to cook and create new dishes and I'm excited to share. As a total heads up though, my recipes use measurements such as "a dash", "a sprinkle", and "pour for 3 seconds". What I love about cooking, and hate about baking, is the flexibility to be creative instead of being bound by precise measurements.
To kick this off, I want to start with last nights dinner. Super quick, super easy, super affordable.
Chicken Thighs (boneless and skinless)
Gravy of Choice
Rice of Choice
Simple, right? I didn't give measurements because you really want to aim for making how much you would need for you or your family. Although I used my instapot, air fryer, and rice cooker, all of these things could be cooked without those. A couple of pots and pans or microwave works too!
Lets Get Cooking
Step 1: I used 2 cups of jasmine rice and cooked it in the instapot. Whenever you're cooking rice in the instapot, the ratio is always 1:1. I added my 2 cups of rice and 2 cups of water. It cooks on manual for 3 minutes with a 10 minute natural release. Finish with a quick release and the rice is done.
Step 2: While the rice is cooking, I took my frozen broccoli and put it the rice cooker. I can NEVER get rice to come out right in the rice cooker but it has a steaming basket and cooks frozen veggies to perfection! It also only has on switch. I switched it to cook and when it was done it switched to keep warm.
Step 3: While the rice is cooking, and the broccoli is steaming, I seasoned my chicken thighs. Seasoning is completely personal preference. I drizzled olive oil over the chicken and then seasoned with lemon pepper, garlic powder, onion powder, pink Himalayan salt, and sazon (hence the orange color). Rubbed it all together and popped it in the air fryer at 350 degrees for 15 minutes (and did not wait for it to preheat)
Step 4: Once the rice finished, I layered the bottom of a casserole dish with it. Then, I topped with the broccoli. I sliced the chicken into thin strips and then added to the top of the casserole dish. Finally, I used two jars of Heinz gravy and poured it over the top. Now that the casserole is prepped, it goes in the oven at 350 degrees for 10-15 minutes.
Step 5: Dinner Time!
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x Kay Turner