How to Keep Your Freezer Organized in 6 Easy Steps
Tomato Basil Chicken
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Salt and pepper chicken breasts.
- Heat ovenproof skillet or Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Add olive oil and butter. When oil/butter is hot, add chicken to the pan. Using tongs, brown on all sides, about 2 minutes. Remove chicken from pan.
- Pour in wine, scraping the bottom of the pan to loosen any bits. Cook for 1 minute. Pour in tomatoes with their juice and add tomato paste. Add salt and pepper to taste, stirring to combine. Bring sauce to a boil, then turn off heat. Add fresh basil, 8 cloves of peeled (but whole) garlic, and the chicken. Toss to coat the chicken in the sauce. Place the lid on the pot or skillet and cook in the oven for 1 hour.
- Remove lid and check sauce. If it's overly thin, remove the chicken from the pot and boil the sauce on the stovetop for 5 to 10 minutes. Check seasonings and add salt and pepper, as needed.
- Serve with buttered noodles, steamed rice or roasted potatoes, fresh grated mozzarella and parmesan, a green salad, and crusty garlic bread.
- To freeze: Let chicken cool and place in foil pan, baking dish, or gallon freezer storage bag. Cover tightly, label and freeze. Thaw overnight in the fridge before re-heating in the oven or on the stove for 30-45 minutes or until warm.
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A minute saved, is a minute earned. After December's busy happenings, this is the time of the year that I have to really plan ahead to get everything accomplished. For me, it all starts in the kitchen.
I’m sure we can all agree that cooking and eating at home is healthier and less expensive, but can sometimes be time consuming. With a little pre-planning and cooking at home, you can actually save time and money (and it can even be healthier)!
To save my sanity…I mean time, I create a shopping list for the week. No running to the store for a missing ingredient in our house. I send my (wonderful) husband to the grocery store with the list in-hand and he purchases everything that we need for a week’s worth of meals.
While he is at the store, I begin the meal planning process. With input from my twin girls, I plan our weekly lunches and dinners. This is where planning becomes your friend! Save yourself from the “what’s for lunch?” question by packing leftovers. Eating leftovers can save so much money if you’re willing to spend some time planning on how to utilize the leftovers. Here's an example of what my calendar looked like for December -
For my family of four, this is the norm for us. We all work like a well-oiled machine when it comes to lunch and dinner. I hope this gives you a glimpse into my crazy, but organized life. I love all things healthy and planned and hope to bring more ideas for 2016 from my kitchen.
Summer might have just ended, but the busiest season of the year is right around the corner - the Holiday Season! Fall parties are starting up, which lends its hand to Halloween parties, then Thanksgiving get togethers, Christmas parties, and finally the pinnacle of all, New Year's Eve Celebrations. With this albeit fun, but energy-sucking time of the year, we've got you covered on how to save on time!
- Shop the sale
When running your daily or weekly errands, pay attention to the sale prices and clearance aisles. You may not need it now, but you could next week. If you're already out and about, chances are you have the time to spend now rather than later. Don't put yourself in a bind next week when you need a last minute gift for a birthday party or one more ingredient to finish your meal.
- Make a list
Sure, you get the basics every time you go to the store, but the one time you don't make a list is the one time you forget the very thing you went to the store for. Next time, plan ahead and take stock of what items you need.
- Avoid peak shopping hours
When shopping during the week, lunchtime and rush hour (5-6 PM) are peak shopping times. To avoid long lines, try mid-morning or mid-afternoon to have a relaxing shopping experience.
- Break out the crockpot
The best time saving utensil in your kitchen is your crockpot. Throw everything in before you leave for work and return to a nice smelling house with dinner ready to go.
Get your husband and kids involved. While you're cleaning one room, have them clean the others. Or while you're shopping for milk and eggs, have your husband step an aisle over to grab cheese.
- Make a routine
This may go against the free spirits, but schedules and routines can really help save time. Set a day of the week for cleaning certain rooms, or cooking certain meals. Whatever things you do everyday, make routines for.