I actually like cooking. I really do! However, I do not like cooking at 4:59 PM with three kids who all want to be held/entertained and are grumpy and hungry. (PS: Two things that have helped this: 1) we always go for a quick walk/bike ride after my almost-3 year old wakes up from his nap; 2) my kids can only watch one short show a day, and it's only when I'm cooking dinner and ONLY after they have cleaned the entire house. They are extremely motivated to do so--it's a win-win!)
Our usual go-to meals involve some type of Mexican meat for burritos and rice/qunioa bowls; pasta dishes (with easy butter sauces or a quick homemade marinara); home made pizza; big salads with croutons made with Costco ciabatta bread; some kind of baked chicken with rice; and a recent favorite: nachos.
About 1-2 times per week, I try to branch our from our go-tos and make something new. When I do so, most of my recipes come from two sources, because I don't have time for the wormhole that is Pinterest: Our Best Bites (I own this book and this one), and Mel's Kitchen Cafe (which Janssen introduced me to years ago, and I am forever indebted to her for it).
So, today I'd like to share Mel's fantastic recipe of Indian Butter Chicken. I had almost everything on hand, and substituted other spices with whatever I was missing--however, the garam marsala spice can't be subbed. Make sure you do have that one, because the very, very last thing you need is to run to a store at 5:30 to get a missing ingredient.
Also, I replaced half of the chicken with one big sweet potato that I diced, steamed in the microwave for 3-4 minutes (my microwave takes forever, so start lower), and then put into the pan at the same time as the chicken.
This really was a yummy dinner. My kids gobbled it up, especially my 8 month old.