I’ll let you in on a little secret…I love to cook (and bake), but I’m definitely one of those people who is willing to find easy ways to create delicious and nutritious meals, especially during the week. Literally, anytime I am meal planning, meals that take little to no prep and minimal “active cooking” time get the most consideration. And, it’s a real plus if I can just toss something in the crockpot and go. That being said, this week’s frugal, healthy recipe scores on all accounts. It tastes delicious, is relatively nutritious, and it’s an easy prep in the crockpot. This is one of those frugal, healthy dinners that you and your family can love.
Key Considerations for Healthy, Easy Dinners
I meal plan every week or two and make a rough guide each week for what we’ll have for dinner. Nothing makes it onto the plan, though, that doesn’t meet my three requirements for an easy dinner during the week. This little checklist is one of the ways I keep our grocery budget down and still provide healthy, tasty meals! When I’m creating our frugal, healthy dinner plans, I focus on including recipes that are:
1. Easy to Prepare
It’s always my goal to maximize our time in the evening. That means I don’t want to spend hours standing in front of the stove preparing an elaborate meal. (Of course I do that some days, but not on a regular basis and especially not during the week.) I look for meals with as few steps as possible and take as little cooking time as is feasible.
2. High in Nutrition
I always try to consider the nutrition factor in our meals for each week. One of my main focuses is that we maximize on protein and veggies and incorporate a few minimally processed carbs. Keeping these considerations, I’m able to focus on the nutrition value in what we’re eating.
Balsamic Chicken with Roasted Tomatoes
As I was meal planning last week, I came up with this easy chicken recipe that definitely meets all the criteria. It was even better than I thought it would be, though, so I just had to share it with you. If you are looking for an easy weeknight chicken recipe that is budget-friendly and high on nutrition, you have to try this Balsamic Chicken with Roasted Tomatoes. It takes just 3 ingredients and is tender, flavorful, and filling!
- 2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken breast
- 1 pint grape tomatoes
- ½ cup Italian dressing
- Clean and prepare chicken, trimming off any excess fat.
- Rinse and drain tomatoes.
- Add chicken and tomatoes to 4- to 6-quart slow cooker.
- Cover chicken and tomatoes with ½ cup Italian dressing. (Add additional dressing as needed if you notice the chicken becoming dry.)
- Cover and cook mixture for 3-5 hours on low or 2-3 hours on high.
- Serve immediately.
- Optional: Add rice or pasta to bulk up the dish as needed.
It really is that simple! I love this healthy recipe because it’s so easy. It’s also one of these easy dinner recipes that I can run to when I know we’re going to have a late night or just need something that will “wow” a crowd without too much work.
What are your favorite healthy recipes for the slow cooker? Do you have any other easy chicken recipes that are high on nutrition? I’d love to hear them!