Easy Weeknight Dinner

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Every now and then my girlfriends and I will get together for dinner last minute. This past week, we decided to have dinner over at my place and watch some great trash television, true BFF bonding! Because I wasn’t planning on making dinner, I needed something I could throw together quickly without much fuss.

As I was stuck in traffic for over an hour, I began to think of some ideas, and suddenly I had an overwhelming appetite for BBQ. I made a quick list in my head of some options for sides and how I was going to craft this BBQ in under an hour.

On the Menu:

Pulled chicken sandwiches

Boneless pork ribs

Green beans

Mac n’ Cheese

For dessert ~ my leftover Crockpot Apple Crumble with a scoop of vanilla bean ice cream.

I stopped by Sprout’s on my way home and grabbed the following:

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Chicken breasts already cut into tenders

Boneless pork ribs

BBQ sauce

Fresh green beans

Macaroni & Cheese from the deli section

Rolls

I used two 9 x 12 pans, covered both in tin foil and placed the chicken in 1 and pork in the other. then coated each with BBQ sauce. After covering the top with a layer of tin foil, I placed in oven for 30 minutes at 400 degrees.

While the meat was baking, I rinsed and chopped the green beans. My friend Victoria sauteed them in a pan with olive oil, salt, pepper, onion powder, and a sprinkle of chile flakes.

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Once the meat was cooked, I pulled it out of the oven and threw the chicken into a mixing bowl. LIFE HACK– take your hand mixer or Kitchen Aid with the paddle attachment and, on low, take to the chicken. This will shred the chicken for you in seconds! Set aside.

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Finally, heat up rolls, and the Mac n’ Cheese.

I brought plates out and served this buffet style!

Besides waiting for the meat to cook, this meal was quick with easy clean up.

I always love to entertain, even if it is last minute. The BBQ came out perfect, and we got to enjoy our show!

After we had finished dinner, we all made room for dessert.

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I warmed servings of my apple crumble and topped with a scoop of ice cream. Garnish with cinnamon, if desired.

This was a perfect fall comfort meal.

To make it healthier, I omitted the roll and just ate the pulled chicken, doubled up on my serving of green beans while only taking a tiny serving of the mac n’ cheese. My tummy appreciated this!

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And yes, I ate dessert! The key is to maintain control over your portions. I had one serving of the apple crumble and a spoonful of the ice cream.

I do find that serving my meals, especially dessert, on smaller dishes, and using regular spoons instead of serving spoons is very helpful when trying to maintain some structure in your diet.

There is a time and place to say no to the extra stuff but last night was not one of them. Instead, I said no to seconds and was mindful of the amount in my first serving.

xo ~ Taryn

 

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