1. New Apricot Soy Ginger Chicken Recipe
On Sunday I decided to try a new recipe for our lunch after church. I had a chopped salad in the fridge (more on that below) and wanted to build the meal around that.
I decided to grab the apricot jam that I was planning to use for Apricot Oat Bars (like these Cherry Oat Bars, only apricot instead) and use it for the chicken instead. It turned out great and I’ll share the recipe with you on Wednesday. It works equally well in the oven or slow cooker, so you can match it to your day.
2. Adapting a recipe for slow cooker so that it’s ready after church.
I really wanted Butternut Squash Skillet with that chicken recipe, but I didn’t want to have to fix it after we got home from church.
So I started it in the skillet, but instead of finishing it in the oven like the recipe calls for, I transferred it to the slow cooker. I do prefer the oven version better, but the slow cooker worked fine. Having the food ready to eat when we came in from church was wonderful.
If you’re looking for more ideas for after church, here’s a list of easy meals that work especially well for Sundays.
3. Chopped Salad Mixes
Recently I’ve been buying chopped salad mixes. The one above is from Costco. It has brussels sprouts, cabbage, kale, cranberries and more. We’ve also tried an Asian Chopped Salad and a Southwestern mix from Kroger.
The chopped salads seem to hold up better than bagged lettuce salads. And we like them better too. Even the boys have been known to eat them. They don’t go for lettuce salads so much.
The other thing I like about them is I don’t have to make it. For some reason, I hate making salad. It’s not hard, of course, but I don’t like doing it. This way we can get a big serving of raw veggies that we wouldn’t normally eat. I mean, I’m probably not going to chop brussels sprouts or broccoli stems up for a salad. But we’ll eat them if I buy the mix.
Am I lazy? Probably so, but these salad mixes are working for us right now!