Get on the right track in the new year with a one-skillet, healthy-ish meal that doubles up as lunch for the next day. Chicken Mushroom Rice Skillet is sure to go into the dinner rotation this year.
We are back! Happy New Year to all!
Did you have a nice and relaxing winter break? Do anything fun? Travel anywhere new? Cook something delicious?
Similar to years past, I was unceremoniously lazy – I mean we are talking almost sloth like lazy. I blame it for the fact that I was gifted with an early Christmas present of a head cold that took me out for 3 days. Honestly though, I think I just like the comfort of my home instead of the crowds on the street. Each year, I tell myself it will be different, that I will actually go out and do things.
Nope, each year it’s the same. I watched way too much television in the last week – three seasons of Vikings and the new season of Transparent completed! There was movie time in house and at the theater tossed in there too. Plus a mini Doctor Who marathon leading up to the Christmas Special and one outing to spend New Years Eve with They Might Be Giants.
I did cook and ate way too many cookies. Isn’t that the way it’s supposed to be? This year could be the year I get over my fear of frying because there was freshly fried calamari in the house but also some healthier fare like this chicken and rice skillet.
This dish was my attempt to get back on the healthy eating track before the new year started. Let’s face it, we can eat all the cookies we want but there needs to be some balance. That my friends is the goal for this year! I had noticed that on the January issue of Bon Appetit they had Healthy-Ish written out in big bold letters. The theme for that issue but it’s has always been my theme and way of eating. There’s room for little indulgences everywhere, from a cocktail on Friday night (or after a rough day at work) or that once in a while cookie or piece of cake. You can’t go through life denying the things that you love, if you do then you’d be unhappy.
So healthy-ish is how we will continue in 2016. Expect more meals like this dish, full of flavor but tastes good for you with our desserts and drinks tossed in.
Sounds like a plan? Good!
So for now, let’s get cooking and start with dinner tonight because in 40 minutes you’ll have this one skillet meal on the table and if you’re a small household it’s enough for lunch the next day.