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Working Mom Tips: Making Dinner

Toddler making and eating pizza
Everybody is a little cranky when they're hungry and being they're hungry AND tired tends to bring out the worst in us.  Indeed, dinner time during the workweek can be where time pressures, fatigue and bad tempers collide.  Back in the day, some families relied on KFC or Boston Market, the pseudo healthy dinner options for working families. However, in a world where there is increasing pressure to be a perfect parent and provide your family with healthful meals, on a budget, that your kids actually enjoy making dinner can be stressful!

So what's a weary working mom to do? I recommend finding a full time chef, which really isn't an option for most people. In the alternative, I recommend identifying a trusted filter of information so that you don't have to do the leg work yourself. Allow me to be your filter!
I'll be running a series of posts related to helping you save time and money making economical meals that are healthy and delicious. The first one comes from Parents Magazine and relates to transforming the old staple, "chicken breast". We all know that chicken breast can be your best friend and your tired, dried out, worst enemy that keeps showing up at your house begging to be eaten that you have trouble stomaching even with copious amounts of water or wine.

The recipes through the link below show how to make chicken breast delicious and fun to eat. What could be better than that?!

Here's a bonus recipe from me:

Chicken Breast Pizza
All kids love pizza. You might as well make one that is quick and healthy! Also, they can help you make it, which they love. However, beware they like to eat sauce and cheese as they make it.
  1. Pillsbury Pop and Fresh Pizza Dough (for an individual pizza use flour tortilla)
  2. Tomato sauce (Pizza Quick or Spaghetti Sauce works well)
  3. Parmesan Cheese (Shredded)
  4. Mozzarella Cheese (Shredded)
  5. Chicken Breast
Thoroughly cook the chicken breast. Follow the directions on the dough. It tells you to cook it first. Then, cover the dough with tomato sauce. (I usually season the sauce with some Italian seasoning and a little minced garlic in advance.) Then layer the cheese and chicken.

(If you choose to use the tortilla you can just cover the tortilla with the ingredients and bake it for about 12 minutes at 450.)

Toddler enjoying making pizza!
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