Thursday, May 19, 2011
Life Before 7 am
Too often, I come home from work and I have no idea what we are having for dinner or when I am going to find the time to make something healthy. Between helping with homework and driving to piano lessons, ball games and so on, those golden arches look friendlier and friendlier all the time. But, I am determined to stay away from their magical ability to provide dinner without getting out of the car or stepping foot into my kitchen.
Anyway, back to my wake up call. At 5:30 this morning, I got out of bed, rubbed my eyes and made my way down to the kitchen. Briefly blinded by the light, I pulled out my cookbook and turned to an easy chicken recipe that pleases everyone in the family (see below for the recipe). I pre-heated the oven and got busy. Within 25 minutes, the chicken was pounded, dipped in a yummy honey-dijon mustard mixture and breaded evenly.
Satisfied with myself, I suddenly remembered the load of laundry that I put in the wash last night. I ran downstairs to put it in the dryer and then went to take a shower. By the time I got dressed, dinner was ready and that load of laundry was almost done. And when I put on my rose-colored glasses, I can't even see the enormous pile of dishes sitting in the sink!
I must say that being a morning person has its benefits. There is so much I can accomplish with a little coffee and the notion that I'm not distracted by other responsibilities and errands. It is great to start my day knowing that I don't have to worry making dinner tonight. I will have extra time to spend with my kids, their homework, activities and maybe even watch the last few episodes of Oprah without guilt.
Hmmm, I could be on to something here. This might become a new habit for me. And perhaps, a new blog theme as well. After all, I even wrote this post before 8 am!
Recipe: Chicken Dijon
(From The Six O'Clock Scramble Cookbook)
4 chicken breast halves
1/4 cup bread crumbs
1/4 cup flour
1/2 tsp paprika
3 Tbsp dijon mustard
1 Tbsp honey
1 Tbsp water
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp peppr
1 Tbsp margarine
Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Line baking sheet with foil and spray with non stick spray. Pound chicken breasts. Combine bread crumbs, flour and paprika. Combine mustard, honey, water, salt and pepper. Coat chicken with mustard mixture and then bread crumbs. Put on bakng sheet. Melt margarine in microwave and drizzle over the chicken. Bake for 10-15 minutes.
Dinner is served!