1-Step Quick Meal

This is supposed to be a blog all about design…but I know most of you are moms or working women or both, and I’m sure we could all use tips to simplify our life. I rarely have time to cook these days, and I like extremely simple and fast, so I wanted to share this BRILLIANT meal idea a friend shared the other day.

My husband loves chicken, but I never know when he’ll be home, and I find there is only a 2 minute window for baked chicken: either it’s under cooked or chewy rubber.

Must have #1: The Digital Crockpot (world’s greatest kitchen gadget invention ever) You set the temp high or low, set the time, and when it’s done, it automatically sets to “warm”. No more rushing home in fear of burning down the house. I dump the ingredients, set it, and when I’m home, bam, dinner is done!

Ingredients: Boneless Skinless Chicken Breasts, BBQ sauce

Recipe: Put Chicken Breasts in crock pot, pour whole bottle of BBQ sauce and stir. Set temp on Low for 5 hours.

I’m a little very embarrassed to share that I never thought of this. Staubs BBQ sauce from Whole Foods is great if you’re a naturalist, or Sweet Baby Ray’s BBQ sauce from any grocery store is always great too. You can shred the chicken when it’s finished and it’s so tender you can’t tell if it’s white or dark meat. It would be great alone or on bread as a pulled-chicken sandwich. Don’t I have great friends!

My little secret #2: Quick Side Potatoes

You would NEVER guess how easy these are with the great taste. I’m a huge McCormick fan. They have lots of “crackpot” powder packets with the same dump and go idea, and the recipes are on the back of the packet. So basically, you get a bag of little potatoes, cut in 4, toss in bag with 2 tbsp oil & McCormick seasoning powder, bake for 25 minutes. I’m telling you…you’ll score major brownie points with your significant other (or your poor child that never gets to see the oven used…he thanked me 3 or 4 times the other day :(

Was this post cheesy or would you like to see future “life saving tips”!!??


  1. I love to cook and bake and love it as much as decorating! It brings me so much joy. Always appreciate a quick and easy meal idea. I’ll be sure to give this one a try! xo

  2. Hmmmm …. I suppose even *I* could make that. I’ve been saying that the fact I don’t cook is a boon to my future daughters-in-law — If she so much as makes my boys a Rice Krispie treat, they will think she is a saint!!

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