My name is Allison Robicelli, and I am a chef, cookbook author, food writer, entrepreneur and mother of two crazy boys. Even though I'm a pro in the kitchen, when you're a modern woman juggling career and kids, dinnertime can be hard, because I would rather repeatedly slam each of my fingers in a car door than have to cook. Seriously — smash them up good and busted so I can never make dinner again.
Fortunately my professional skills have given me an edge in creating meals that are not only healthy and affordable but also specifically designed for me to spend as little time in the kitchen during the workweek. With some advance planning and clever kitchen hacks, you too can make dinners that look so good that everyone on Instagram will believe you have your life completely under control.
This menu was written to take advantage of the fact that chicken leg quarters were $0.59 a pound. Legs and thighs are hands down the best part of the chicken (seriously, you'll never see a chef buy boneless, skinless breasts if they can avoid it), so when they're this cheap, I'll buy a few bags and shove them in the freezer. And look at these beauties!
OK, perhaps it's hard to make raw chicken look sexy, but I paid less than five bucks for all that hotness and am getting a week's worth of dinners from it, so it's sexy in my wallet. You'll also need to pick up a dozen eggs, which are on the menu in my house at least once a week since they're cheap, easy and delicious. The Italian sausage is optional for this plan, but it was also on sale, so I figured I'd squeeze it in.
I never purchase exact numbers of vegetables for recipes. I mean, who are you, telling me I can have only three zucchini at dinner? What if I want 86? You can't stop me!
I similarly despise recipes that call for "half an onion" or, worse, "1 cup of sliced mushrooms." These measurements are meaningless. Use the whole damn onion! Use a package of mushrooms. Roast 86 zucchini. So you have leftover vegetables to eat for lunch tomorrow — big deal.
This week we've got:
Total cost for a week of dinners for two adults and two kids: about $65. Not too shabby, right?
Now, on to the recipes.
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