Copy of Wellness Wednesday: Dinner In A Flash


Helloooo Denizens!!! Its your friendly neighborhood dietitian, Lauren, here and I’m back with more time-saving ways to make your meal prep a breeze. When looking for timesaving recipes, it’s important not only to consider the total length of time involved, but also the amount of active time. Active time is the amount of time you’ll spend doing things that require your engaged participation- things like chopping, mixing, stirring. Etc. Look for recipes with low active time- as low active time means that the bulk of the total prep time will be spent cooking the dish without you needing to watch it, meaning that you can use the time to get something else done- like making that last minute business call, folding a stack of laundry or going through your pre-test flash cards.


To start it off, I’m leading with one of my favorites- a recipe that’s easy as pie and goes together in less than five minutes. May I present, “Thing In a Bag”. Thing In a bag is one of my favorite cooking techniques, not only because its easy, but also because its almost impossible to overcook the chicken that is its main component.




4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts

1 can of black beans, rinsed

1.5 C. salsa- your choice

½ C. shredded cheese


roasting pan or 9” x 12” baking dish




1.     Preheat oven to 375F.

2.     Rip off a piece of tinfoil that is twice as long as the baking dish you are using and line the bottom of the baking dish with it.

3.     Place the chicken breasts in a single layer  on the foil

4.     Dump the can of rinsed beans over the chicken

5.     Dump the salsa over the beans

6.     Sprinkle the cheese over everything.

7.     Optional* add ¼ C. of beer for moisture/ flavor. Its perfectly fine to skip this step and pour all the beer in your face- just make sure you’re tracking it.

8.     Close foil and crimp edges to seal

9.     Bake 35-45 min or until done.


This goes great over a bed of greens, with rice and a salad or just plain.  Delish!