I know I am starting to sound like a broken record, but lately I feel like there is less and less time in a day to do all the things I need to do as a mom. Do you feel the same way? Sometimes after the kids’ karate lesson ends at 5:45 pm, I just haven’t gotten around to preparing dinner.
Why does that happen? After picking up the children from school, they want me to prepare snacks or smoothies. Then it’s schoolwork time, helping them with homework and projects. After schoolwork is complete, I insist on teaching them Japanese every day. I find that when I only teach them Japanese on weekends they don’t retain as much. On the days when we have piano lessons and swim lessons, there is even less time I can get to the kitchen. I applaud all the busy parents out there who manage to juggle their children’s activities and prepare home cooked meals each day. The good thing is sometimes I do delegate some cooking duties to Mr. JOC: marinating the meat during the day so when he gets home from work he can grill, or asking him to pick up ingredients on his way home for a quick meal, like my many donburi recipes. Unfortunately there are more times than I could count when the meat’s not defrosted or there just isn’t enough time. I think as parents, we naturally want our children to enjoy home cooked meals and lately I discovered a quick way to make them with Campbell’s Grill Sauces. They are super easy to use and my family enjoys them, especially the Grilled Teriyaki Chicken one! The best part is, I can ask Mr. JOC to prepare and cook the entire meal from start to finish. This gives me a bit more time to help the children with their work, read to them, or work on my blog. Let me show you how easy it is to prepare: First, preheat a grill on medium high & oil the grates. Open your favorite Campbell’s Grill Sauce and heat over low heat in a sauce pan. Butterfly the chicken breast. Butterflying is a really useful technique to create a uniform thickness throughout a piece of meat, so that it will cook more quickly and evenly. Turn the breast over and with the edge of a knife parallel to the cutting board, cut the length of the side of the breast. Carefully slice the breast in half width-wise almost to the other edge. Keep the edge intact and open the breast along the fold. Season both sides of chicken breast with salt and pepper & steam some of your favorite veggies in a pot. Grill breast for about 4 min, then rotate them 90° and grill for another 4 min. This will create the nice crisscross shape. Flip the chicken breast over and do the same. Place the chicken on your choice of carb and pour the sauce over. Garnish with scallion and sesame seeds. Now isn’t that surprisingly simple?
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