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If you grew up in the South, you might recall a game called “Hot Peas and Butter, Come Get Your Supper”. My cousins and I used to play this game at my aunt & uncle’s house out in the country. How you play: Someone hides a switch and yells, “Hot peeeaaaassss and buuuuutttttaaaaa, come get yo suuuuuupppppaaaa!” Everyone comes running and the first one who finds the switch is IT and chases everyone else.
I was reminded of this game that permeated my childhood as I was preparing dinner early this morning before work.
Notice the burned wall in the background. Another post for another day.
I have already made it abundantly clear in a previous post, “Delicious and Nutritious”, that planning and preparing dinner is NOT one of my favorite pastimes. Not only do I not enjoy cooking, but I can rarely find the time to plan and prepare meals the way I would like to. So, this morning, after dropping my kids off at school I stopped by the grocery store to pick up some all natural chicken (boneless breast strips) that was on sale, mini bell peppers, squash and zucchini. I was planning to make a chicken stir fry with fried rice. Easy peasy! When I got back home I decided to start right away. My day has a habit of getting away from me and I didn’t want to have to worry about it after work. I figured it was best to tackle the “chore” while I was already in motion. I took the next 15-20 minutes to chop veggies and rinse/cut chicken. Next, I stir fried my veggies and chicken. I cooked my rice during this time, so I could fry it after the chicken and veggies were done. Finally, I put it all together. Voila!
Chicken stir fry w/ peppers, onions & fried rice
I put it in a glass dish to put in the refrigerator, so we can pull it out and reheat this evening for dinner. Junior has soccer tryouts tonight, so no time for cooking this evening.
How do you plan and prepare for dinner on busy nights? I need all the ideas I can get.
Until next time-
She gets up while it is still night; she provides food for her family and portions for her female servants. (Proverbs 31:15 NIV)