As everyone who has moved out of the house and has been living on their own for a while knows, there is a “transitional phase.” Having been the kid who basically moved out when I was 15 to go to a sports academy then on to college, I would say that I was rather fortunate to have already learned how to/was comfortable doing a number of things around the house like cleaning, doing laundry, grocery shopping etc. I also had spent a decent amount of time in the kitchen growing up. Whether my mom and/or grandmothers liked it or not, I was always under their feet wanting to be involved 🙂 . So over time I have become pretty comfortable with throwing things together and being a little creative when it comes to cooking.
When I “officially” moved out of the house after my grad program, it was the first time that I was really only cooking for one, or often two since the future Dr. Hubby lived on the same block (Yes that was intentional 🙂 ). I personally would prefer to cook for a family of four than just one or two because 1. it gives you a reason to and 2. no one likes just cooking for themselves, it’s just frankly too much work after a long day at work. I would be perfectly satisfied with a bowl of cereal.
But, over the years I have come up with a few things on my own and I enjoy tying new things when I have time. Wednesday night I had my brother and his fiancé over for dinner and prepared something that I came up with on my own, and I would like to share it with you. Ingredients and directions are below. Enjoy!
Ingredients: (Serves 4)
- 1 green pepper
- 1 red pepper
- 1 small onion
- 1 cup Basmati rice (I use Wild American Long Grain)
- 4 Boneless, skinless chicken breasts
- Teriyaki sauce
- Olive oil
- Start the rice. Basmati rice takes about 45mins to cook properly. Follow directions to make 1 cup.
- Dice the onion, green and red peppers and put them in a pan on the stove with a little bit of olive oil.
- Cube the chicken breasts and put them in a non-stick pan on the stove. Season with pepper.
- Sauté the onion and peppers to your liking.
- Start cooking the chicken and when the chicken cubes are almost all white add some teriyaki sauce and let it simmer for a few mins.
- Once all the items are fully cooked it is time to put it all together. In this order put the items on the plate (use photo for reference) 1. rice 2. Sautéd onions and peppers 3. Chicken 4. drizzle teriyaki sauce over everything.