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Friday, June 17, 2011

Simple Summer Meal

I'm always looking for quick summer meals that don't require a lot of time or heat. Today we had our main meal at lunch - I love doing that because our schedule can be more flexible the rest of the day. This is what we had:

Crockpot Barbecued Chicken
Ciabata Rolls
Broccoli Raisin Salad
Fruit Plate

The only thing that took any time was the broccoli raisin salad, which could be left out or swapped for something easier and faster. But I was in the mood for this salad and had an overabundance of broccoli that needed to be used up.

I cooked two chicken breasts (bone in) and eight boneless skinless chicken thighs for 3 1/2 hours on high, and they were done perfectly. I placed the breasts on the bottom of the crockpot (meat side down) and topped them with the thighs. One large bottle of barbecue sauce was enough to cover them. 

When ready, I deboned the breasts and served the chicken with some of the sauce spooned over it. There were five of us eating, and we had leftovers.

I had been eying these ciabata rolls for some time, and bought some yesterday. I heated them at 400 degrees for 5 minutes and served them with garlic Parmesan olive oil for dipping (just pour some olive oil on a saucer and sprinkle with garlic salt and fresh Parmesan). Or the rolls could be used with the chicken to make a sandwich.


The fruit plate consisted of sliced honeydew, raspberries, blueberries, cherries, and strawberries. 

More on quick summer meals:

Quick summer meal

Quick, Frugal Meal

Hassle Free Dinners