Our “big grocery” day is every Monday. Every Monday, SG and I go to Aldi’s and HyVee and any other place I decide we need to go for groceries.
For some reason, I cannot get us ready and out of the house before 10 am. I don’t know why. Seriously, I’m so slow at getting us out of the house unless we have a doctor’s appointment. Does anyone else have this problem or is it just me?
Leaving at 10 o’clock (ish) puts us at a dangerous spot— we end up shopping at lunchtime when we are hungry! And y’all know we just can’t go to any drive thru. I pack snacks for SG, but by the time we come home we are both hungry.
A few weeks ago, I started buying one package of Just Bare chicken breasts on grocery day. The minute we drag the groceries in, I preheat the oven. In less than 25 minutes, we have yummy and fresh baked chicken breasts.
Here’s the best part- we use them for lunches several days in a row!
Here’s how I use our chicken breasts for lunch. Look for how I bake the chicken at the end of the post.
1. Chicken Salad Sandwiches. This uses a lot of the chicken so I don’t do this as much. I usually get 2-3 breasts per pack. I use about 2 breasts for this recipe.
2. BBQ Chicken Nachos. This is my current absolute favorite! I eat this for lunch several times a week. I even bribed SG into taking a bite for the cost of just one skittle… and she LOVED it! (The bbq chicken nachos and the skittle.) She had bbq chicken nachos today and declared she wanted bbq chicken nachos for lunch every day.
- Safe Tortilla Chips
- BBQ Sauce
- Daiya Mozzarella Shreds
- Cooked and cubed chicken
- Spread out chips on microwave safe plate. Top with Daiya shreds.
- Microwave until “cheese” is melted. I microwave mine for 20-30 seconds.
- Chop chicken and put in a bowl. Pour in some bbq sauce and coat the chicken.
- Spread the bbq chicken over the nachos. Serve with additional bbq sauce for dipping, if desired.
Preparing the nachos with LOTS of Daiya mozzarella shreds!
BBQ Chicken Nachos
Alternatively, plain chicken and “cheese” nachos with Daiya cheddar shreds are yummy, too, and are served for lunch in our house quite a bit.
“Plain” Chicken and Daiya Cheddar Shreds Nachos. And a jeweled three year old’s hand.
3. Chicken Quesadillas. Here’s a link that describes in more detail how I make these. You can be so creative with quesadillas. SG loves plain chicken and Daiya cheese quesadillas. Anything can be added to quesadillas: onions, peppers, ham, carrots, salsa, rice, beans…whatever you want! SG has quesadillas for lunch at least twice a week.
4. I use the chicken as I would at dinner. I buy these microwaveable tater tots and they are great for quick lunches. I can quickly serve her baked chicken, tater tots and some fruit for lunch. Easy peasy!
5. Chicken, Rice, & Beans. Occasionally, while the chicken is cooking, I’ll make a quick pot of black beans, Spanish style. (I promise I’ll share my recipe soon.) While the beans simmer away, the chicken bakes, and I throw some rice in my rice cooker. It sounds like a lot of work, but it’s really not. And I can eat leftovers for lunch for a few days. And that’s the best!
Here’s how I bake chicken.
- 1 package of boneless chicken breasts
- Olive Oil or Olive Oil Spray (I use the spray)
- Sea Salt
- Adobo Seasoning
- Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
- Use a 9×9 pyrex & spray the bottom with the olive oil spray.
- Put the chicken in the pyrex. Spray the top of the chicken. Season with salt and adobo. Flip chicken over. Spray again. Repeat seasoning.
- Bake for 11 minutes. Turn the chicken. Bake for another 10-13 minutes, or until the chicken is cooked completely.
Olive Oil Spray
Raw chicken seasoned and ready to bake!
Baked and lightly seasoned chicken. The adobo gives it just the right flavor.
Do you have any yummy and easy ideas for lunches? Please share. We love new recipes!