Simple Meals to Cook in Independent Living

Start by Cooking a Main dish
What are the most time consuming aspects for planning a meal? There are many contributing factors: defrosting meat, cutting up vegetables, creating a side dish, cooking the meat, and finally, the massive clean up!! This daunting task is especially tiring if you are cooking only for yourself. Think about picking one staple food for several meals to come, and we’ll show you how to cook more efficiently.

Chicken Staple
A low fat chicken breast is a very healthy option. If baked (not fried or sautéed) it becomes even healthier! Start by placing an entire package of spilt chicken breasts into fitting glass cookware. Cover with Aluminum foil and cook at 350 for 30 to 40 minutes. Occasionally check the center of the chicken by making a small cut in the meatiest portion. If it is at all pink, it is not quite yet ready.

Make Yourself a Meal!
Take a package of broccoli florets (or cut up some fresh broccoli using 2 to three stalks). Take a half of a split chicken breast and season as desired. Finally, cook about four to six portions of rice. Now you have your first meal ready! Season the chicken and rice to your liking, and add a small amount of butter or other flavor enhancer to your rice.

What about Tomorrow?
Here are just a few of many recipes using these ingredients:

1. Tacos or Burritos
Add a can of black beans and one can of corn to a medium sized pot. Cook on low until warm, and add about two cups of your leftover rice. Chop up ½ of remaining chicken breast and stir all ingredients together. Add a packet of package taco seasoning and mix thoroughly.

2. Spaghetti
Cook the recommended amount of spaghetti (remember, you can make more and save for later!) Once the pasta is done and drained, add it back to the pot it was boiled in. Pour in enough olive oil to lightly coat the spaghetti. Season with basil, garlic, and oregano and parmesan cheese. Add your precooked chicken and broccoli to the mixture for a delicious and healthy meal.

3. Egg Casserole
Scramble six eggs together (three of which should have the yolks discarded). Add the eggs to your glass cookware and mix in broccoli, chicken, cheese, peppers or any other vegetable of your choice. Cook at 350 until the middle is solid.

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