It’s been a little nutty yet again this week. That always happens at the beginning of the year, between statements, year-end stuff, and the inevitable calls from everyone and their dog wanting to know about taxes, and how soon they’re going to get their forms so they can file. I will say, I haven’t fielded any of those calls yet, but I know they’re coming. Fun.
Over the weekend, we came to the decision (yeah, again. I know, I write about this all the time and we never follow through) that we’re not eating out for a good long while. For once, though, it has nothing to do with the budget, although it will help in that area. No, it’s more due to the bambino’s horrid behavior over the weekend. I know it’s partially my own fault–I should’ve known better than to take an overly-tired child to a sit-down restaurant and expect him to behave like a perfect angel…Especially when there were birthday presents in the trunk of the car that needed to be played with. We ended up having to walk out soon after getting our drinks because I wasn’t putting up with his antics.
So long story short, it means we’re eating at home (although I can’t rule out the possibility of delivery or take-out from time to time). Which is good, since we have a freezer full of meat (mainly thanks to Karyn), and cooking helps relieve some stress at the end of a long, hard day. And since one of my coworkers is still forwarding me her weekly meal plans, I’ve been utilizing those for new ideas. One of them was something called “Savory Chicken,” but I noticed it right away because one of the ingredients is balsamic vinegar. I’ve been looking for reasons to use the stuff I got from the Pheasant (I’m out of basic olive oil now, which means we need to go back sometime soon…I still have the garlic-infused stuff, though).
Very tasty. A little herby from the rosemary and thyme, but it wasn’t too bad. Those two flavors might be growing on me. I really ought to try fresh and compare, since the dried herbs are just a little too over-powering sometimes. I just did some plain white rice on the side, and some green beans. I did not hit my personal WW goal yesterday, but if things keep going the way they have been, I should hit it next week. Assuming I don’t dive head-first into a cake or bag of chips!
Heat the olive oil in a large skillet. In a large plastic bag, combine the flour, salt and pepper. Add the chicken breasts, one at a time, and shake to coat. Cook the chicken about 5 minutes per side, or until the juices run clear. Remove to a platter, and tent with foil to keep warm. Deglaze the skillet with the water, then whisk in the onion powder, thyme, rosemary, and the balsamic vinegar. Continue to whisk until slightly thickened, about 2 minutes. Serve over chicken.
And I do have some leftovers for lunch tomorrow.
Heat the olive oil in a large skillet. In a large plastic bag, combine the flour, salt and pepper. Add the chicken breasts, one at a time, and shake to coat.
Cook the chicken about 5 minutes per side, or until the juices run clear. Remove to a platter, and tent with foil to keep warm.
Deglaze the skillet with the water, then whisk in the onion powder, thyme, rosemary, and the balsamic vinegar. Continue to whisk until slightly thickened, about 2 minutes. Serve over chicken.
It’s a good thing we’ve decided to abandon the restaurants for awhile, and while I said carryout or delivery might still be an option, I think I’m going to take those off the table. Jay and I were discussing the possibility of a new car, which I’ve been wanting for a couple years now (for the most part, we can get by with a single car, but there are times when it really would be nice for me NOT to be trapped at work all the time!)…And we came to the realization this morning that with getting a couple more things paid off/paid down, it might actually happen this spring or summer. Yay!