How many times have you run into the following situations:

You're out and about with your's around noon...and all of a sudden hunger strikes you like a Mack truck and your kids are starting to whine about lunch. You're not done running your errands and it will be at least another hour until you get home....but you're STARVING and you know your kiddos won't last without sustenance. What to do?
You've been working all day (whether at a job or cleaning your house and the mountains of never-ending laundry that your kids and husband seem to generate daily). You're tired. You're stressed. It's 4:00 PM. Your kids have just gotten home from school and you've got soccer practice in less than two hours. Crap. You totally meant to put that roast in the crock pot this morning so dinner would be ready by 5:00. Now what?

In both situations, a trip to the nearest fast food drive thru sounds tempting and convenient. But what about your goals to get healthy and lose weight? What about your family's health? Wasn't this the year you were going to make some changes?

Planning meals (or lack of meal planning) is the number one issue that keeps my clients from reaching their health and weight loss goals. The old adage "Fail to plan, plan to fail" was never more true!

Over several years, I've gotten into the good habit of planning a week of meals ahead of time. This helps with time management during the week and keeps me and my family healthy. But like so many people, I still occasionally fail to plan. 

Saturdays and Sundays are my planning, shopping, and food prep days. Last weekend, I had family in town and we had a wonderful weekend visiting and catching up. However, I failed to do my usual planning, shopping, and prep work to get ready for the busy week ahead.

That's okay! I'm STILL prepared because I always have a few essential items on hand to get me through this is exact situation.

Watch the video below to find out what's in my purse, and five items that are always in my kitchen. Plus, scroll down for an easy one-skillet meal that you can have on the dinner table in 30 minutes or less!


Single Skillet Southwest Chicken and Rice

  • 1 pound skinless, boneless chicken breasts, cut into strips or chunks
  • ¾ cup chicken broth or water
  • 16 oz. jar of salsa
  • ¼ tsp garlic powder
  • ¼ tsp salt, or to taste
  • Few drops of Tabasco or other red pepper sauce (optional, if your family likes spice)
  • 1 cup uncooked wild rice or quinoa
  • 16 oz. package of frozen vegetables of your liking

In a medium skillet, cook chicken until well browned, stirring often. Remove chicken from skillet and set aside.

Add the broth, salsa, garlic powder, salt, and hot sauce to the skillet and bring to a boil. Add in the rice or quinoa, reduce heat to low, and cover and cook for about 10 minutes.

Add the vegetables to the skillet and stir in. Add the chicken back to the skillet and stir in. Cover and cook for another 15 to 25 minutes, or until the rice or quinoa reaches desired tenderness. Serves 4.

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