Tonight we sat down as a family for dinner for the first time since Monday. Between Christmas parties and Brian’s crazy work schedule (last night he came home from work around 8, bathed and put the kids to bed, then headed back to work until 3am), the week has been a little hectic and we’ve had virtually zero family time. No bueno.
Anyway, I actually made a legit dinner in honor of the occasion: slow cooker chicken gyros (thanks, Pinterest!). The technique is interesting- you toss a sliced onion, tons of garlic, oregano, allspice and oil in a bowl and microwave for 5 minutes, stirring often.
Then you pour in some red wine vinegar and lemon juice, stir, and pour the whole mixture over boneless, skinless chicken thighs in the crockpot.
Cook on low for 6 hours, then shred chicken.
Served in whole wheat pitas with sliced cucumber, hummus and tzatziki (I skipped the recipe and just used storebought):
With roasted brussels and butternut squash.
REALLY good. I loved the flavor!! The onion mixture didn’t smell all that great out of the microwave so I had my doubts… but it was a success! Brian said that he really liked it, too- though I couldn’t get the kids to touch their chicken. Ugh, story of my life.
Speaking of the kids, tonight Isla did her usual routine of refusing to eat and then standing in the high chair. I immediately picked her up, carried her to her crib and put her in “time out.” A minute later I got her out of the crib, put her back in the chair, she stood up and we went right back to time out. After THREE consecutive time outs, she sat in her chair and actually ate her dinner. A couple of times she started to get up and I asked her, “Time out?” She sat right back down again. SUCCESS. Mommy 1, Isla 48612654. But still, it’s progress. I take what I can get.
Hope everyone has a fab weekend!