I’m back in the kitchen today, creating another meal in the MIND-full Monday series, using the reported guidelines used in a recent study for Alzheimer’s prevention, also know as Dr. Martha Clare Morris’ MIND diet. This week, I’ve been very excited to learn about the molecular level of brain plasticity in my online course on Perception and Action in the Brain from Coursera. I’ve studied basic neurobiology before, but never had I learned the deep-dive formulas and interactions behind both electric and chemical processes behind the brain. Its an even-closer look than I’m used to, which is both challenging and exciting. As you may already know, brain plasticity plays a large role in Alzheimer’s and dementia symptoms. Three cheers for continuing education!
Because I’ve been so wrapped up in studying towards my class, I have been relying on leftovers. How great is it to realize that it is “leftovers day”? Don’t get me wrong; I love to cook. But it makes the off-day sweeter to know I cooked enough for an easy and delicious heat-up meal. So, this is what today’s lunch is all about. Last night, my husband and I tried out a new sauce featured from Club House Skillet Meals. I always try to get new things with a coupon or at a discount so that if we totally dislike it, I’ve minimized the impact on our wallet. This Club House sauce was listed on Checkout 51 as a cashback offer a week or so ago and I picked up their “BBQ Chicken: Applewood and Bacon” flavor. I’m a sucker for those two flavors together, but with all new things, I’m never sure until I take a bite. And, I’m happy to report that it was a hit with the two of us. So savory… even on leftover day!
If today isn’t leftover day for you, but you’d still like to try this meal, just make sure that you thaw out your chicken thighs and allot 30 minutes or so to cook your chicken to the appropriate 180°F internal temperature. I should note as well that I had particularly thick chicken thighs so it took a while to get those little guys cooked fully. At the absolute most, this is still a 30-45 minute meal, which is still pretty reasonable for convenience.
Serves: 4 people, with leftovers
Total Cost: $12.06 (-0.75 cash back) = $11.31 (includes $13% HST)
1 pack of 10 Prime Air-Chilled Chicken Thighs at $4.70 (bought on sale day prior to date of expiration);
1 can of No Name Black Eyed Peas at ~$1.00;
1 bag of PC Frozen Organic Broccoli Florets at ~$3.00;
1 Club House BBQ Chicken Skillet meal sauce at $1.97 (with $0.75 cashback at Checkout 51)
This leftover meal: 10 minutes
Chicken thighs initially took 30-40 minutes when cooked.
*I originally cooked the Prime chicken thighs in the Club House BBQ Chicken Skillet meal sauce for dinner last night. This is my family’s MIND meal using those leftovers.
8 Chicken Thighs
1 can of Black Eyed Peas
1/2 bag of Frozen Broccoli Florets
1 Club House BBQ Chicken Skillet Meal Sauce Pouch
Salt + Pepper to taste
1 tbsp of Olive Oil (when making the chicken)
Adapted from PC Broccoli Floret bag:
Add 2 cups of the florets to a pot of boiling water, turn water to simmer and heat 3-4 minutes.
Drain, add salt and pepper to taste.
Adapted from No Name can:
Empty into saucepan, heat, drain, serve.
*I usually set my stovetop settings to medium heat and let the beans heat for 5 minutes.
BBQ Chicken Thighs:
We made all 10 of these thighs in the sauce last night, sans the onion the sauce packet suggests to add out of preference. So, I heated my leftovers for 1 minute in the microwave and they were ready to go. When they were initially made, my husband and I greased the pan with 1 tbsp of olive oil, cooked the thighs thoroughly for 30-40 minutes in a stovetop skillet to reach an internal temp of 180°F and added the sauce. We let it all simmer for about 10 minutes and the meal was ready to go.
How It Fits MIND
- The chicken thighs satisfy a requirement of 1 serving of poultry 2x per week.
- The broccoli florets are included in the category of “Ten Brain-Healthy Food Groups”.
- The black-eyed peas satisfy a requirement of one serving of beans 3-4x per week.
- The 1tbsp of olive oil used to grease the skillet (when we initially cooked the chicken) is included in the category of “Ten Brain-Healthy Food Groups”.
Ta-da! And that is how we converted our leftovers into a MIND-full convenience meal. Easy, easy easy and thankfully, it was inexpensive due in-part by a great deal on Prime chicken thighs that I ran into a few weeks ago.
Also, to add, I try out a lot of new sauces and talk about everything I like online because… I actually like it. None of my MIND-full meals or reviews are sponsored. If they were to ever become that way, I would be sure to clarify. For now, its just my family and the brands that we personally love, paid from our own pocket and selected off of our own “Lets try it” list! And we hope that you enjoy it!
Do you think that leftover meals can sometimes be even better the second day around? What is your favorite leftover meal? Tell me in the comments below!