Easy Weeknight Dinner: One Pot Chicken and Vegetables

Picture this. So it’s 1700 on a random Tuesday and I’m staring at the contents of my refrigerator without a plan, praying for some divine intervention on the dinner front. Somebody please tell me I’m not alone in this.

Fortunately – I have the solution!

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One pot dinners – where have you been all my life? I’m a huge fan of my crockpot; but I only just realized I have not been utilizing my sheet pans enough. True, I roast things all the time – but I don’t know why it didn’t occur to me sooner to roast EVERYTHING. TOGETHER. ON THE SAME PAN.

Game changer.

one pan chicken and vegetables

As with pretty much every meal I make, the beauty of this is that you can basically use whatever vegetables and whatever seasonings you have on hand. And speaking of spices – can we talk about this original camp mix seasoning? It’s a super simple yet fabulous blend of garlic, onion, black pepper, white pepper, salt, and celery salt. You pretty much can’t go wrong. Not only do we keep a bottle of it in our camping supplies, but we use it approximately 5 out of 7 days a week.

Anyway. You can’t go wrong with good old bone-in, skin-on chicken thighs – and the broccoli and sweet potato needed to get used up, but it was a beautiful marriage of classic flavors. (Also – roasted broccoli? Is my son’s new favorite vegetable. I literally caught him SNEAKING BROCCOLI off the roaster pan. Is that a bad thing? Never.)

 

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So basically once you toss everything onto your sheet pan, you bake it at 450 degrees for about 45 minutes, or until the chicken is cooked through. Similar to the crock pot, it’s a set it and forget it kind of meal – feel free to have a glass of wine on the balcony do some laundry while you wait for it to finish cooking.

One Pan Roast Chicken and Vegetables

serves: 4

prep time: 10-15 minutes

cook time: 45 minutes

What you need:

4 bone in, skin on chicken thighs

2 medium sweet potatoes, diced

2-3 broccoli crowns, chopped

olive oil

your favorite seasoning blend

fresh rosemary, thyme, sage (I used a fresh poultry seasoning pack from my local grocery store)

What you do:

Preheat oven to 450. Toss sweet potatoes and broccoli with olive oil, salt, and pepper and layer onto your sheet pan. Toss the chicken thighs with olive oil and seasoning (save the fresh herbs for later) and lay on top of vegetables. Dice your fresh herbs and sprinkle over everything. Bake for 45 minutes or until chicken is cooked through. Enjoy!

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10×10 Challenge – Edition 1

10 pieces, 10 days. I was originally just going to do work days, because I work at an office during the week and I’d be totally lying if I said I wore anything other than pajamas all weekend, but then I figured what the heck – go big or go home, right? And I’m fortunate in the fact that my office is on the casual end of business casual, so I can wear jeans on a fairly routine basis, thus the 10 straight days prevailed.
I got the 10×10 idea from Carolyn of the blog Un-Fancy. She hosted a 10×10 challenge a couple months ago, but I was too lazy to get on board at the time. It did get me to thinking, though – I’ve done capsule wardrobes in the past, so why not limit my options a little bit more and see what happens? With so much of my wardrobe the same color scheme, this seems like a pretty fun challenge. I’m deviating a little bit because I’m only counting clothing in my 10 pieces – shoes are counted separately. Is that cheating? You’ll see pretty quick that I have limited shoes, though, so I’m going with a no.
This is my first time playing around with Polyvore, and I’ll be honest I’m not so sure how this is going to work. The original pictures I took of my 10 pieces aren’t great, so I’ve found similar ones in the graphic below. You’ll see the actual pieces (slight deviations only – my pink blouse is from Lularoe and has a teal pattern, and the gray tunic is slightly different) when I post the outfits later.
So without further ado – let’s introduce the clothes!
1. Black leggings (LulaRoe) – because who doesn’t need a pair of basic black leggings?
2. Navy blue corduroy skinny pants (DIANA)
3. Teal crop pants (LOFT)
4. Black cotton skirt (LOFT)
5. Black/Gray dropwaist dress (LOFT) – this is the one piece that’s the same as the pic
6. Black 3/4 sleeve boatneck top (Target)
7. Teal Carly dress (LulaRoe)
8. Pink perfect tee (LulaRoe)
9. Gray Irma tunic (LulaRoe)
10. Gray cardigan sweater (Target)
10x10

 

For those of you who got this far – here’s a picture of my actual 10×10 pieces:
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Meal Plan Monday: 17-21 April

Welcome back for another edition of Meal Plan Monday! Regardless of whether you meal prep or not, having a menu and sticking to it saves tons of time and money – and if you make enough food at dinner to use as lunch the next day, you can save yourself the trouble of last minute rushing around to find food.

As usual, my only slight deviation is lunches for the young one – being in elementary school, he requires a lunch that doesn’t need to be microwaved. So as you can see I’ve added separate school lunches for him, in case you’re in the same boat! (Please note, the lunch includes an afternoon school snack as well).

I’m also only planning for Sunday night through Friday night, because weekends tend to be a free for all in my house.

*Note: I’m feeding two adults and one elementary school age boy, so we try to make enough food for three, plus leftovers.*

This week I’ve added my food prep items for Sunday, as well as a shopping list and approximate cost. I’ve used the current prices for my local Wegmans, but if you shop at Aldi or other discount grocery stores you can definitely get this meal plan for much less!

BEAR FAMILY MEAL PLAN, WEEK THREE

SUNDAY FOOD PREP:

– make your crockpot carnitas

– chop your veggies (onion, potato, pepper, broccoli, zucchini)

– spiralize two zucchini

– cook 2lbs of turkey meatballs

Sunday Dinner: Crockpot Cashew Chicken

Monday:

B: scrambled eggs with crockpot carnitas

L: leftover crockpot chicken

L2: ham and cheese roll-up, grapes, chips, granola bar, milk, apple juice

D: Build Your Own Hamburgers, oven roasted potato wedges

Tuesday:

B: scrambled eggs, bacon

L: carnitas over salad

L2: tuna snack, apple slices, fruit snacks, granola bar, milk, apple juice

D: Greek Chicken Salads (recipe coming soon)

Wednesday:

B: overnight oats

L: leftover crockpot chicken

L2: ham and cheese dino sandwich, grapes, chips, oreos, milk, apple juice

D: Turkey Meatballs with Zoodles

Thursday:

B: scrambled eggs with carnitas

L: leftover meatballs and zoodles

L2: hot pocket, apple slices, chips, granola bar, milk, apple juice

D: One Pan Chicken and Roast Vegetables

Friday:

B: greek chicken “breakfast salad”

L: leftover one pan chicken and vegetables

L2: chicken apple sausage, grapes, chips, granola bar, milk, apple juice

D: Homemade Pizza Night

Shopping List (prices based on my local Wegmans)

Proteins

3lbs pork shoulder          $4.47 ($1.49/lb – family pack)

5lbs chicken breast        $9.40 ($1.88/lb – family pack)

hamburger patties         $5.99 (4 patties)

bacon, uncured               $6.99

2lbs ground turkey         $5.98 (2.99/lb – family pack)

sliced deli ham                $3.00

2 doz eggs                         $2.58 (1.29/doz)

Produce

onions (2lb bag)                $1.99

white potatoes (5lb bag) $1.99

bell pepper (6ct)               $5.49 (family pack)

cherry tomato                  $3.99 (family pack)

cucumber (2ea)                $1.32 (3/2.00)

romaine hearts (3pk)      $2.99

parseley, fresh                  $1.99

blueberries, 1pint            $3.99

zucchini, 2lb                      $3.58

broccoli, 1lb                       $1.79

apples                                  $2.99 (approx)

grapes                                  $2.99 (approx)

Dairy

greek yogurt (lg tub)      $4.99

Siggis yogurt drink        $3.99

mozzarella, shredded   $2.99

sliced cheese                    $3.00

tzatziki sauce, tub         $4.49

Other

pizza dough                    $3.57 (*NOTE: I bought the pizza dough at Trader Joe’s                                                    3 individual bags at $1.19 each)

TOTAL COST:                $96.54

NOTE: This shopping list assumes I have the following items in my pantry (which I usually do)

instant rice

spices

olive oil

gluten free quaker oats

protein powder

spaghetti sauce

pizza sauce

pizza toppings (jarred jalapenos, canned pineapple, canned olives, etc)

What are you eating this week? Do you meal plan in advance? Leave a comment and let me know!