Simplify Mealtime with A New Approach to Dinner Prep

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You simply put all of the ingredients into a Dutch oven and keep in the fridge till ready to cook. I’ll do this first thing in the morning, as well as placing the toppings into small serving bowls and readying some yellow rice as I did above. As this dish takes 2 hours to cook, I’ll pop it in the oven after school, before we run out for the afternoon’s activities. All I need to when I get home is put the rice in the microwave. Dinner is served!

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After just a few times cooking this way you’ll look at all of your recipes with a new eye. What can be done in advance? What can be doubled up – for use later in the week?

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Chili Chicken Tacos

adapted from Martha Stewart

  • 2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken thighs
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1 chopped canned chipotle chile in adobo
  • ½ cup salsa
  • 4 garlic cloves, thinly sliced
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 cups water

accompaniments: hard or soft taco shells, chopped fresh cilantro, shredded cheddar, salsa, sour cream, yellow rice 

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Preheat oven to 350. Place all ingredients into a Dutch oven. Cook for 2 hours. Transfer chicken to a medium bowl and – using 2 forks – shred into small pieces. Serve immediately with accompaniments. 

{ MORE: The Healthiest Meal Plan? Feed Yourself Like You Feed Your Kids }

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Simplify Mealtime with A New Approach to Dinner Prep

Sheri Silver is a mom, landscape designer and author of the blog Donuts, Dresses and Dirt . She loves sharing tips and tricks on the things she's most passionate about - including baking and cooking, gardening, shopping and her adventures in and around New York City with her 3 kids. ... More

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