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Meal Plan: Week Two, Day Two

Written by Kristi Ondo, Community blogger | Oct 16, 2012 4:58 PM

The second day of week two brings us an easy one pot meal, Chicken and Rice with Peas.  Well, it would have been one pot if I had read the directions through before jumping right in to cooking when I got home from work.  I saw that rice was in the dish, so I prepared to make a double batch of Basmati (we have a lot of starch lovers in this house).  However, as the rice, water, salt, and oil were sitting on the stove, I read that the rice actually gets cooked in the Dutch oven along with the chicken.  Oops.  So, I drained the rice and went back to the cutting board (see what I did there?).

Anyway, the meal is pretty straightforward, brown the chicken, put it aside while you sweat down the onions and peppers, then add it back in with the rice, broth, and thyme.  Bring to a boil, then reduce to a simmer for 20 to 25 minutes.  When it is finished, remove the chicken, fold in the peas and olives and let that sit for about 5 minutes.  Dish and serve.  It was a lot of food for four people, but thankfully a friend stopped by later that I could feed too!  That left a nice amount for a lunch the following day.  Everyone thought the dish was so/so.  Not amazing, kind of boring, the only "pop" was the olives in the mushy rice.  Too much broth for the kind of rice we used we believe.  Plates were cleaned though, and seconds appeared, so it was not all bad!

Chicken and Peas Finished.jpg

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