I had such awesome ideas for tonight’s meal! I was even going to do a before and after video to accompany it. The before video was naively uploaded before I had an after video. Total rookie mistake there… (the video is uploaded onto the JOABC FB and Insta pages)
Unfortunately, awesomeness was not meant to be. Here’s the story:
First off, I started off much later than usual. With piano practice, preschool orientation, and our first day of blended home school, we were running behind on time and energy once dinner rolled around. Luckily, on Saturday we had an amazing (albeit a little dry) roast and I saved a little to make BBQ Stuffed Potatoes.
However, I did not check the expiration date on the barbecue sauce until I was WELL into cooking. We are talking about completely and utterly ruined the potato stuffing. The sauce expired in September 2016!
I mean…COME ON! Really?! How in the world has this barbecue sauce been hiding in the back of my pantry for that long? I just noticed it a week ago and patted myself on the back for having a good, easy staple sitting on the pantry shelf. I’m just going to assume it magically appeared. There’s no other explanation…
Luckily, a little quick thinking with a half pack of bacon and a half block of sharp cheddar cheese saved our meal tonight.
Whew! I definitely deserved those few extra double stuffed Oreos I sneaked after my kids went to bed!
Oven Baked Potato
This delicious potato is crispy on the outside with fluffy goodness on the inside! Finish with your favorite toppings to make this a go-to and simple meal. Also, absolutely no foil is needed in this recipe!
This serving size can easily be adjusted to feed as few or as many friends/family as needed.
Wash and dry potatoes thoroughly. Make a few holes in the potato with a fork to release steam during baking.
Put the potatoes directly on the oven rack for 45 minutes.
After 45 minutes, remove the potatoes (use an oven mitt or tongs!!!) and brush thoroughly with oil and put a small pinch of salt on each side of the potato.
Return the potatoes to the oven for another 15 minutes.
Once the potatoes are done cooking, they should be slightly crispy on the outside, but slightly "soft" to the touch when removed from the oven.
Slice open, fill with toppings, and enjoy!
Today was busy. Not just a little busy either. It was (and for the record, one child had not had a nap, one had a pre-teen attitude issue, and the other asked approximately 265,873,005 questions about everything from space to why some flies bite. Plus, the husband worked overtime today.) :
- piano- 2 kids=1 hour
- lunch with my husband (30 minutes away)
- drop off paperwork at doctor (that said husband forgot)
- drive back 30 minutes to meet my brother with a camera charger
- drive to my aunt’s business to pick something up
- drive past the grocery store (oops) so stopped at the dollar store to grab a few things
- go back to grocery store #1
- leave #1, go to house to deliver cold stuff
- unpack cold stuff into the refrigerator while kids stayed in the car and played WWF (well, they wrestled. They’ve never actually seen WWF)
- go to grocery store #2 because #1 didn’t have everything I needed
- as I was unloading the car at #2 it came a monsoon
- got home and unpacked the car for a second time while all three kids whined for drinks
- started laundry and dishes
- started dinner
- did more dishes
- changed out laundry
- continued dishes
- finished supper
- ate dinner with kids
- bathed kids
- etc. etc. etc.
See! But do you want to know the thing I’m most annoyed at? I did dishes for TWO HOURS. Why? I keep thinking if leave them there, they will get done. No one does them though. I have to cook and clean?! What kind of torture is this?
Tonight, in protest, I made One Pan Chicken Dinner. Okay, okay… It wasn’t technically in protest. I basically picked this meal because it’s one pan. It really is the easiest meal ever and incredibly yummy! Actually, since it is so simple to make, I’ll just share a few pictures and then the recipe. I’m too exhausted to write too much anyhow!
And the best part? Simply rinse the pan out, shove that baby in the dishwasher, and you’re done! A glass of wine to celebrate the simplicity is optional!
One Pan Chicken Dinner
This easy recipe only messes up on pan and is easy on the wallet.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray a 9 X 13 glass baking dish with cooking spray.
Wash and dice red potatoes and put on one side of the dish.
Line chicken down the middle of the dish (if it's thick, butterfly first and then place in dish)
Pour entire bag of frozen green beans down the open side of the dish.
Sprinkle Italian seasoning over entire dish.
Place small pieces of butter over entire dish.
Cover with foil and place in the oven for 60 minutes. Chicken is done when it is no longer pink inside and the juices run clear when the chicken is cut.