26 April 2012, by Mandy Loh

One-dish One-ders!

As part of an ongoing ‘food blog’ thingy, I’d like to share some simple one-dish recipes I’ve been using when I’m feeling particularly tired and the thought of cooking a full dinner overwhelms me.

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ALL-IN CHICKEN LEG BAKE

(From www.kidspot.com.au)

I’ve made some slight variations to the original recipe, mostly in terms of quantity, and also omitting pumpkin coz Tim hates that. This recipe below serves 2 adults and one baby.

Ingredients:

  • 1 boneless chicken thigh, cut into chunks
  • 2 large potatoes, peeled and quartered
  • 2 carrots, peeled and cut into chunks
  • 1 green onion, peeled and quartered
  • 2 cloves garlic, peeled and roughly chopped
  • All-purpose seasoning
  • Olive oil to coat

Method:

Preheat oven to160°C.

Drizzle olive oil on a large baking tray. Place chicken chunks and all vegetables except garlic on the tray. Drizzle with a little more olive oil and sprinkle garlic over.

Shake the all-purpose seasoning generously all over the chicken and vegetables and using an egg slice toss to coat everything in oil and garlic. Shake a little more all-purpose seasoning on.

Using a large piece of foil cover the entire tray sealing in all the edges.

Bake for 40 minutes and uncover and bake for a further 20 minutes.

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This has been a super-duper successful dish, as the chicken is naturally sweetened by the medley of vegetables slow-roasting together, so it’s possible to get a full-flavoured dish without much salt (unless we count the all-purpose seasoning which has a tiny amount of salt in it).

You would also be interested to know that this is in fact what I had cooked in the infamous casserole dish, that Tim didn’t wash, that caused us to miss our flight to Bali. From then on, I’ve been using a baking tray lined with aluminium foil instead, which is much easier to clean up!

The finished product! In aluminium foil-lined baking tray. No more casserole dishes! The dish tasted better when baked in a bigger tray too!

The Little Prince enjoying his meal, in his typical Ah-beng fashion...

I also served up this dish when I invited Cristan’s friend over for an indoor picnic lunch 2 weeks ago. Super cute to see 2 babies enjoying a meal together!

Enjoying their indoor picnic in diapers (for easy clean-up after lunch!)

The next recipe was just a “dump-whatever’s-in-the-fridge-together-to-fill-our-tummies” kind of situation. That’s the beauty of fried rice, isn’t it? But at least I made sure it was healthy as it was chock-full of veggies!
By the way, you would notice that I LOVE using boneless chicken thigh meat. It’s the best thing since sliced bread, because our entire family (yes, including Cristan) hates breast meat! Also, if you’re thinking stir-frying isn’t that healthy for baby, I’d say its better to expose baby to a wide variety of cooking styles, rather than boring ol’ steaming or boiling all the time. In addition, using olive oil is a good compromise!
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RAID-THE-FRIDGE HEALTHY FRIED RICE
(Original recipe)
Serves one ravenous mom and one baby

Ingredients:
  • 1 bowl leftover rice
  • 1 boneless chicken thigh, cut into chunks
  • 1/2 head of broccoli, cut into small chunks
  • 1 large tomato, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, peeled and chopped
  • Italian herb mix
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
Method:

Pop the broccoli into the microwave for 3 minutes, just to quicken the cooking process. (You could also steam/ boil it, I guess, but I was lazy and tired, remember?)
Heat olive oil in saucepan, add garlic and fry for a few minutes till brown.
Add chicken chunks, sprinkle Italian herb mix generously over the meat, and stir-fry till cooked (about 5 minutes).
Throw in the broccoli and rice, stir everything around for a minute, then cover the saucepan and let it cook for 2-3 minutes.
Finally, toss in the diced tomato, stir it up for just a bit and serve!
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The great thing about this dish is that it is really healthy, with Cristan’s favourite veggies in it, and it looks appealing because its such a riot of colours!

Pleasing to the eye; good for the bub

Cristan enjoyed feeding himself the broccoli and chicken chunks, while I fed him the rice by spoon.

A happy camper at dinner, much to mommy's relief! His self-feeding also allowed mommy to enjoy her own dinner!

I whipped this up for dinner one evening because Tim had a work thingy to attend, so I had to cook, feed baby, eat and wash-up, in addition to bathing baby and putting him to sleep. Thankfully, I survived flying solo because clean-up was a breeze (just one saucepan!) and the meal was served up in a single dish. Cristan was also in an exceptionally brilliant mood during dinner, which made the evening really pleasant!

Hope you’ll enjoy these recipes too! Bon appetit!

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Posted on : April 26, 2012

Filed under : New Mums & Dads

2 Comments

Mandy Loh

Mandy

May 4th, 2012 at 3:04 pm    


Hi Zihwye, yep that’s right! I try to make dinners that all of us can eat, not just baby. And we sometimes have it with rice. If not, I add more potatoes into the dish so that its more filling and substantial.

zihwye

April 26th, 2012 at 6:02 pm    


the chicken casserole thing looks good enough for normal adults to eat. (: im assuming you guys have this with rice?

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