Disclosure: I am participating in the Chicken Farmers of Canada campaign managed by SJ Consulting. I received compensation in exchange for my participation in this campaign. The opinions on this blog are my own.
Over the past few months I’ve started planning our meals instead of just winging it. For years that is what I did…I winged it. Rarely did I ever plan ahead and most dinner decisions would be a spur of the moment kind of thing. Too often, I’d just say I don’t feel like cooking and let’s just order a pizza. I decided a few months ago when we moved to Ontario that I would get organized and that included meal planning. Now I keep a list on my fridge of the meals for that week. This way everyone knows what we are eating for supper. Plus, I always have the ingredients on hand since I plan the meals before I go get groceries. I’ve been saving money and my family is eating better. We’ve only ordered pizza once since we’ve moved here!
Meal planning does come with its challenge. Time is a huge challenge for me two nights per week when Bridget has swimming and piano lessons. I need to plan for quick and easy meals that don’t require a ton of babysitting or prep work. In the past, I would have probably ordered a pizza and just said forget dinner because I have no time to make it. Now, with a little planning, I’m making dinner and still able to take Bridget to activities with some time to spare!
One simple go-to meal for these busy nights is my recipe for Cheesy Chicken and Broccoli. It uses leftover chicken so all you really have to do is cook the broccoli and add in the ingredients for the cheesy sauce. Dinner can be served in 15 minutes!
If you don’t have fresh broccoli on hand, use frozen. That will save even more time since it’s already chopped and ready to cook. I use whatever cheese I have on hand. In this recipe, I use marble cheese, but I’ve tried it with other cheeses in the past. Muenster cheese is good! We had that last week.
As a brand ambassador for the Chicken Farmers of Canada, I’ve had the opportunity to share a variety of chicken recipes over the past year. Their website is full of awesome chicken recipes, health information, cooking how-to’s and more. For those nights you are pressed for time, check out their Quick ‘n’ Easy recipes. Warning: you will be hungry after looking at all these mouthwatering recipes!
You might also like this Chicken & Broccoli Salad.
What is your go-to meal for busy evenings?
- 2 bunches of broccoli, cut into florets
- 3-4 chicken breasts, cooked and chopped
- 1/3 cup milk
- 1/3 cup mayonnaise
- 2 cups cheese, shredded
- pinch of nutmeg
- salt and pepper
- Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add broccoli and boil for 5 minutes. Drain and set aside.
- Add mayonnaise, milk, cheese, pepper and nutmeg to a pot over medium heat stirring constantly until cheese has melted. Add in broccoli and chicken and stir to coat and cook till heated through.
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Nutrition Information:Yield: 6 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 378Total Fat: 25gSaturated Fat: 10gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 13gCholesterol: 111mgSodium: 443mgCarbohydrates: 3gFiber: 0gSugar: 0gProtein: 34g