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Weekend Adventures, Pre-teen Attitude and Meal Prep for the Week

Took the kids to Canada’s Wonderland last weekend on a whim, and took advantage of our season passes and the 19-degree fall weather. The day started off rocky with my pre-teen son being in a moooooood. But by the end, everyone pulled through and we finished the day strong with a few rides and funnel cakes!  We're excited to go back and experience Halloween Haunt in a few weeks! This coming week will be busy so I've pre-tracked some meals in my WW app to keep me on track.  A few things I prepped for easy grab-and-go meals: I made some WW Vegetable Soup. Baked some portobello mushrooms for a meatless main dish.  Made some hard-boiled eggs. Cooked some quinoa and chopped veggies to make some quick salads. Washed and chopped lettuce, cucumbers and peppers for easy meals and snacks. What's on your to-do list this week? On our favourite ride!

Recipe Review: Skinnytaste Lemon Chicken and Brown Rice Pilaf

I'm always on the lookout for new and easy family friendly recipes and I really hit the jackpot when I bought copies of The Skinnytaste Air Fryer Cookbook and Skinnytaste One & Done....you can check them out on her website here (no I'm not an affiliate, calm down).

I've tried a few things from the air fryer book, but hadn't really dug in to the other one so last night I tried her "Lemon Chicken and Brown Rice Pilaf" recipe. OMG. It was so tasty. This one was made in a skillet on the stove and the ingredients were all things I (mostly) had at home. 

I say mostly because I had to substitute a few items. I left out the vermicelli, swapped peas for chopped carrots, and didn't have brown rice so I used white parboiled rice, and lastly, no fresh garlic so I used garlic powder and hoped for the best. Sometimes swapping out ingredients can really kill the whole vibe of the recipe, but in this case, I found it worked and I didn't feel like it was missing anything. I truly loved it. Adrianna (pickiest eater ever) loved the chicken and said she would eat it again. The boys didn't love it as much as I did, but they're not big lemon fans so I take their opinions with a grain of salt lol. And really, since I am the cook in the family, they have no choice but to eat what I make. I always say, if you don't like it, there's always toast or cereal. Deal with it bitches (I usually mutter the 'bitches" part in my head so they don't hear me...it makes me feel pretty badass lol).

Before it went into the pot

This recipe will definitely make it into my recipe rotation.

Tonight I'm going to try her American Goulash recipe in the Instant Pot - I'm determined to get along with that thing...it's been a love/hate relationship from the moment I bought it. But that's another post for another day. 

What's your go-to one pot recipe?

The chicken was hiding but it's there, underneath the lemon slices

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