Welcome Back to School

The 10 stages of a mother summer holiday. 

  • Euphoria
  • Peace
  • Euphoria dissipation
  • Panic
  • Screaming Phase
  • Swearing Phase
  • Bribing
  • Alcohol
  • Euphoria
  • Peace

Welcome back to school!
Of course with peace and back to school we also get back to lunches, dinner, snacks and the dreaded stinky soccer shoes. I don’t know what to do about smelly shoes, but I know how to cope with meal’s prep anxiety.
I personally enjoy cooking for my family because I believe nourishing is the best part of being a woman and a mother.
The food I like to cook straddles both my vision, and passion for eating well and my love for taking care of family and friends. I truly enjoy cooking wholesome recipes that are good for the mind and body. Then I find immense joy in sharing my recipes. Essentially, I believe in the power of food to nourish the body and in the power of women to nourish loved ones. I also know how hard it is to find the time to shop and cook healthy but delicious meals for a family every day.
This is way I’m excited to be working and to be sharing my recipes with RealEats.com
RealEats is a prepared meal subscription service that makes it quick and simple to eat real food. Meals are vacuum-sealed in food-safe, recyclable pouches to lock in the freshness, flavor and nutrients, then shipped directly from our kitchen to consumers weekly. Meals stay fresh for seven days when refrigerated, and can simply be reheated in a pot of boiling water, ready to eat in under 10 minutes.

The first 3 meals are $30  Among many yummy recipes you can try my shrimp, beans and pancetta, a shiitake chicken and a braised chickpeas and tomatoes vegetarian stew, a brilliant meat free dish. It’s served with a delicious spinach couscous for extra energy. This toothsome and tender chickpeas stew is seasoned to perfection. The tenderness comes from the slow and low cooking; the punchy flavors come from the healthy and powerful blend of spices. The braised chickpeas and tomatoes vegetarian stew is a brilliant meat free dish. It’s served with a delicious spinach couscous for extra energy.

If you are still not convinced you can read the raving reviews in The Manual or watch me tomorrow live on Good Morning CT at 9 when I demonstrate how easy it is to prep a meal in less than 8 minutes.

Of course if you feel euphoric enough to get back in to the kitchen and cook for the family click on this link to get the recipe for my satisfying shiitake chicken. It’s a delicious one tray dinner the whole family will love!

 

Shiitake Mushrooms, Lemon, Parsley One-Tray Dinner
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Servings Prep Time
4-6 people 15 minutes
Cook Time
30-35 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4-6 people 15 minutes
Cook Time
30-35 minutes
Shiitake Mushrooms, Lemon, Parsley One-Tray Dinner
Print Recipe
Servings Prep Time
4-6 people 15 minutes
Cook Time
30-35 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4-6 people 15 minutes
Cook Time
30-35 minutes
Ingredients
  • 2 lbs. skinless, boneless chicken thighs
  • sea salt and black pepper
  • 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 medium organic lemon, juiced
  • 6-8 thyme sprigs
  • 1 lb. Shiitake mushrooms cleaned, stemmed and halved if too large
  • 1 organic lemon sliced
  • 1 tsp. sherry vinegar
  • 2 large cloves of garlic, smashed
  • 2 tsp. thyme leaves
  • 1/2 cup chopped parsley
  • 2 tbsp. sherry vinegar
  • extra lemon slices and parsley for garnish
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Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven at 450F. Line a thick rimmed oven tray with parchment. Season the chicken on both sides with salt and pepper then place on the lined oven tray. Drizzle the chicken with 2 tablespoons of olive oil and half of the lemon juice and add the thyme sprigs.
  2. Place the chicken in the oven for 5 to 7 minutes or until the chicken begins to brown, then pull out of the oven.
  3. Meanwhile in a medium bowl, toss the cleaned mushrooms with the lemon slices and two tablespoons of the olive oil, one teaspoon of the sherry vinegar, the garlic and the thyme, then scatter around the browned chicken. Roast for about 30 to 35 minutes, until the chicken is cooked through and the mushrooms are browned at the edges.
  4. While the chicken is cooking, mix the remaining olive oil with the 1/2 a cup of parsley the 2 tablespoons of vinegar. Season the sauce with salt.
  5. When ready to serve, squeeze the remaining half of the lemon on the chicken then spoon some of the parsley sauce on top of the chicken and mushrooms. Serve with the remaining sauce. Garnish with lemon and extra parsley.
Recipe Notes

I adore Shiitake. Of course fresh porcini would  make a wonderful substitute. I have also used marsala instead of the sherry vinegar for a slightly sweeter finish.

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