All of this recipe can be made with things you keep in stock regularly, and repeated in various forms alternating veggies and seasonings.
So you start with ol’ trusty. (No need to thaw.)
And sprinkle on a bit of your favorite dressing, AKA whatever you have open in the fridge.
Put a lid on that sh..stuff and set the flame to low.
While you have that going it is time to pick your frozen veggie out of the freezer and get your glass dish with a lid ready. This week I chose Brussels sprouts because I loved them as a kid. Garlic and butter those babies up and nuke ’em. 5 minutes for the first run .
Stir it folks.
Put it back in for another five or so.
This gives you time to unload the dishwasher, and pour a glass of wine. Use the glass that is technically “clean” but you wouldn’t use to serve company. Add vinegar to your grocery list.
Get out the larger glass dish with lid. (They come in a pack together at HEB, holla!)
Time for another veggie. I like the corn because it costs the same as fresh, keeps in the freezer well, I can buy it in bulk, and it tastes just as good as fresh.
Don’t do it exactly like this folks. Always remove from packaging. (I laughed while I wrote that, but have done some pretty ridiculous things while sleep deprived.)
There, that’s better.
Put a lid on it and add nothing because this corn is so sweet and delicious all by its self.
Don’t forget about that chicken! Better give it a turn and put the lid back on.
There goes the corn. 6 minutes is a good starting point.
The brussles sprouts are, uh…. resting? Yeah, let’s go with that. And yes, that is a waffle forgotten about from breakfast in my toaster. This is also when my youngest starts trying to “help”.
Now it is time to clear the table of musical intruments, and bits of food left over from throughout the day, and any other crap that may be hanging about.
Hey look! The chicken is done! Better turn the fire off.
Keep the lid on the chicken, because you need to turn and rotate the cobs and give it however much time you think they need. Make it a game and see if you guessed right. Tips for winning: aim low because you can always add more time, and the center cob goes to the toddler since it won’t be as hot. Bonus points if the kids set the table!
This will also give you time to give the “resting” Brussels sprouts a quick run through the heavily used microwave.
Kids gave it a thumb halfway up. That works for me.
Tip: start training your kids to clean up a specific area. I have one designated table cleaner and one designated floor sweeper. They have become so proficient in their area that it is as if I have cleaned up…… Whoa. (insert twilight zone theme music)
As a reward for a job well done, pour yourself another glass of wine. Cheers!