Can’t We Just Have Something Simple?

“Does every meal have to be a production? Can’t we just have something simple?” – My 17-year-old son

For the first ten years of my marriage, much of the family dinners were focused on providing a good meal at a low time and cost factor. Occasionally there would be something special, but we ate our share of Tuna Helper and spaghetti with red sauce. The next nine years I really started branching out in cooking. I needed to expand the variety of dishes (for my own sanity) as well as explore a few new things. At first dishes were added to a much smaller rotation. As the exploration continued, I started tracking the last time I made the dish and tried not to make it again first for three months, then six and ultimately a year.

In the last year, as I have been writing this blog, I have really been branching out for new recipes. In order to fill daily posts, I will often try two to three new dishes a day (lunch, dinner, sides, dessert). With the creation of my foodie bucket list, I have added even more interesting or less common items to my menu.

The other day I asked my 17-year-old what he wanted on the menu for the week and I received the reply above.

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Point taken. I’ll throw in the frozen mac and cheese tomorrow. Tonight, we’ll try this very simple chicken dish.

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While this was very simple with using the can of soup, it was still delicious.

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One pan and you are done.

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The combination of flavors was very flavorful!

Lemon Broccoli Chicken

Prep Time: 5 min. | Cook Time: 25 min. | Makes: 4


  • 1 lemon
  • 1 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 1 1/4 skinless, boneless chicken breast halves
  • 1 Campbell’s® Condensed Cream of Broccoli Soup
  • 1/4 milk
  • 1/8 ground black pepper


1. Cut 4 thin slices from the lemon. Squeeze 2 teaspoons juice from the remainder of the lemon.

2. Heat the oil in a 10-inch skillet over medium-high heat. Add the chicken and cook for 10 minutes or until well browned on both sides.

3. Stir the soup, milk, lemon juice and black pepper in the skillet and heat to a boil. Top the chicken with the lemon slices. Reduce the heat to low. Cover and cook for 5 minutes or until the chicken is cooked through.

Nutritional Info:

Calories 258 Total Fat 10g Saturated Fat 2g Cholesterol 87mg Sodium 541mg Total Carbohydrate 10g Dietary Fiber 1g Protein 32g Vitamin A 5%DV Vitamin C 11%DV Calcium 5%DV Iron 8%DV


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Categories: Chicken, Fruit, Low Carb, Recipes, Vegetable2

Author:The Ranting Chef

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11 Comments on “Can’t We Just Have Something Simple?”

  1. May 4, 2013 at 1:07 pm #

    Love chicken and lemon together – simple & delicious!


  2. May 4, 2013 at 1:11 pm #

    Lemon chicken sounds awesome. Great idea.



  3. May 4, 2013 at 2:51 pm #

    Simple and delicious – that’s my style of cooking.


  4. May 4, 2013 at 3:57 pm #

    I am very amused with this post and it strikes a familiar tone in my home also. A few months ago I found myself in your shoes. Adding more and more less common meals to my rotation….heck rotation, that seemed to disappear when I started my recipe blog. I asked Mark one week what he would like for dinner and he replied “I love everything you make for us to eat, but could you try making hamburgers, tacos and enchiladas more often in a week, please?” Needless to say I have fewer blogs, but a much more comforted diner at my dinner table. It’s amazing what a little bit of comfort food can do for them. Good luck with your 17 year old, I still have my hands full with my 50 something diner.


  5. May 4, 2013 at 6:13 pm #

    Sometimes you just need a bowl of spaghetti.


  6. May 5, 2013 at 9:29 am #

    definitely a keeper of a recipe….we eat spaghetti at least once a week, we just vary the meat used!


  7. May 5, 2013 at 9:44 am #

    My favorite dish.. I may try this sometime. Thanks..


  8. May 5, 2013 at 8:33 pm #

    Now that’s my kind of recipe! Looks so yummy, too! I even have all the ingredients except the soup at home already (and that never happens with about any recipe I look at), so I’m pretty much good to go for tomorrow!


  9. May 6, 2013 at 2:32 pm #

    Not make the same dish for an entire year????? Holy MOLY! That would not go over well, in this house. We have our favorites and our go-to meals. Sometimes I even get in a rut and it seems like I cook the same thing over and over . . . but we like it.

    This looks super easy!


  10. May 22, 2013 at 8:53 pm #

    I’m glad I saw this post!!! I’m always trying to find quick things to cook, since I’m always on the go. I will definitely be trying this!!!!



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