One-Pot Chicken and Rice (plus a tip on making perfect rice)

Whatever you do for a living, wherever your heart is, you still must eat. Having some basic skills will smooth out the rough spots in the day. Every week I add basic recipes to this website. These are early days, still in building this site, so please be patient with me.

This recipe is one of the easiest chicken meals to make and involves very few ingredients. I have added suggestions for vegan alternatives. It’s already gluten free. And the best part is that there’s only one pot to wash when it’s done. 

Perfect Rice: Everyone has a favorite way to make rice. My secret formula is to cook the rice in two stages. The first stage is 10 minutes long at medium high and the second stage is 10 minutes long on low heat. In this way, the pot maintains enough heat for the rice to absorb the water without burning the rice on the bottom of the pot. And that’s it! Perfect rice every time.

[To print this recipe, please click on the link below to bring you to the recipe page. Or, you can use the drop-down menu above under Recipes.]

One-Pot Chicken and Rice

Time: This recipe takes about an hour to make.


  • 2 Tablespoons Olive Oil
  • 1 whole cut-up chicken or 4-5 chicken breasts.
  • Salt and ground pepper to taste
  • 2 medium onions, chopped
  • 1 Tablespoon minced garlic
  • Pinch saffron threads (Optional – this is expensive. It’s great, but not necessary)
  • 4 cups chicken broth (if I’m short broth, I add water to make up the difference.)
  • 2 cups long grain rice (you can use other types of rice, but adjust your liquid if necessary)
  • 1 cup or more frozen peas and carrots (or any small cut up vegetables you like)

Serving options: A wedge of a lime as a garnish.

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Pumpkin Spice Oatmeal Muffins

Here’s a fun and healthy treat to bring a little fall cheer to your table. These muffins are hearty and tasty. Add chocolate morsels or dried fruit and nuts into the mix, or just serve them plain. I also love to spread fruit jam onto them after they are baked.


I used steel cut oatmeal for my daughter, whose diet is Gluten Free for health reasons. This makes the consistency similar to corn muffins (which I love). For those not concerned with gluten you can use rolled oats instead.

The pretty silicone baking cups are reusable. I bought them Amazon and the link is below. (Please note that I get a commission on this link if you click on it) Prefer Green Reusable and Non-stick Silicone Baking Cups/Cupcake Liners/Muffins Cup Molds in storage Container-24 Pack

You can use the drop down menu at the top of the page or find the recipe here: Pumpkin Spice Oatmeal Muffins.

Until next time 🙂

Sloppy Joes: An easy, fast, and frugal meal

Every week I am adding recipes that have worked well for my family. We never had a lot of leftovers and we needed to keep our food budget under control.

Putting these recipes up on this website will serve a number of purposes:

  • If your food tastes are close to mine, you might find some recipes you like. These are inexpensive meals with ingredients that are easily bought at your grocery store. There are notes for Gluten Free and Vegan diet restrictions, meal suggestions, and ways to stretch or store meals for different family sizes, including singles.
  • Even if your tastes or diet requirements are different, it’s an example of using a set of ingredients that one can almost always have on hand. (The secrets include: keep the meals simple, group them under type of protein, and use recipes where the ingredients are similar. In this way, you are almost always prepared to make something out of the things you have on hand.)
  • Being online, my kids can download the recipes for their own use. Having made changes here and there over the years, there are many recipes that no one but me can read. So it’s a legacy for them, too.

I’ve been making this recipe since I was a teenager and my family still loves it. It was one of only three meals I knew how to make. The other two were spaghetti and sauce from a jar and Pot pies from the freezer section of the grocery store.

This week I’ve added one of the simplest meals in my recipe booksUnti: Sloppy Joes.

You can find it under Recipes (and then under the sub-menu Hamburger Recipes) on the menu at the top of the page. Or you can go directly to it by clicking on the link below:

Sloppy Joes

Until next time 🙂

Meatballs and Sauce

This is my mother-in-law’s recipe. I loved it and asked her for a copy. Like many favorite recipes there was no written version. She showed me what she did and I’ve been doing it ever since.

You can find it under Recipes on the menu at the top of the page. Or you can go directly to it by clicking on the link below:

Meatballs and Sauce

Photos will be added later.