Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Weeknight Dinner

My husband and I have been cooking dinner together at home every night for the last couple of weeks and it has been great! We try and use all the fresh fruits and vegetables we have on hand to create healthy and tasty meals that we can enjoy with our little girls. 
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Here's what we cooked up tonight:
Sweet Potato Fries
Mixed Vegetable Stir-Fry
Baked Chicken over Root Vegetables

Here's how we did it...

We sliced up one white onion, one orange bell pepper, one jalapeno and added in some fresh cloves of garlic. We tossed all the veggies with olive oil, salt and pepper to taste, Italian seasoning, and thyme. Then the vegetables were laid in a rimmed baking sheet.

We topped the vegetables with uncooked, seasoned chicken breast and baked it in the oven at 415 degrees for about 40 minutes, flipping the chicken halfway through and stirring around the vegetables. Make sure the vegetables are tucked under the chicken so the edges don't burn.

We also made sweet potato fries (well, actually yams, but yam fries sounds funny). Anyway, we peeled the yams...

cut them into fry-size pieces and...

tossed them with olive oil, garlic powder, a pinch of salt, cinnamon and a small sprinkling of brown sugar. I also like to add a pinch of cayenne pepper for heat if the kids aren't eating them. All the seasonings work really well together and you get a nice balance of sweet and savory. We bake the fries in the oven along with the chicken.

We also had some eggplant, zucchini and mushrooms on hand, so we chopped them up, seasoned them and gave them a quick toss in the wok.

** Here are all the dishes out of the oven **

Veggie Stir-Fry

Baked Chicken with Root Vegetables

And Yam Sweet Potato Fries.

Everything was fresh, healthy and delicious. We usually have the above ingredients on hand, so we do different variations each evening. I love using up all of our fresh fruits and vegetables and it's a tasty and easy way to eat healthy!

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