Italian Dressing Marinated Chicken

In a way having a baby has been the most humbling experience I have ever been through. I remember before I had Morgan I would see or hear about parents that hardly ever cooked and their kids grew up on a diet of frozen dinners or going out. I would think to myself what is wrong with people, why don’t they just cook dinner? It’s so much cheaper and a lot easier to make sure that your family eats healthy and well-balanced meals, so I didn’t understand why people didn’t make more of an effort. But that was before I had a baby, before I truly understood what they were going through.

I really thought I understood what it meant to be tired, I use to work too jobs while going to school. For a year of my life every Wednesday I would show up to work at one job at 5 in the morning, working until noon, and then getting to the next job at 1 and working until 9. Then somehow I had to make it to my 8am class on Thursday. I was exhausted. But the difference between then and now is that when I did get some free time I could relax, hang out with friends, drink beer or even watch a movie. These days I am exhausted but my job never has a break. I still have a 8 month old crawling all over me, not sure if she wants to be put down or held, screaming and twisting herself around when I do either. There is no such thing as this free moment and it is draining. When she does finally fall asleep I have to use that precious free time to catch up on everything I wasn’t able to do while she was awake. I feel humbled and guilty that I ever judged someone for eating out all the time, now I don’t blame them, in fact sometimes that is all I want to do too. But this house is on a strict food budget. We decided a long time ago that we would be wise with our family budget and not get back into debt and so far we are almost two years into our debt-free life and I wouldn’t trade that for all the take-away meals in the world. Instead I have had to try to make sure that I don’t get too carried away, like I often do, and make sure that I have simpler meals ideas for hectic days.

This particular marinate recipe comes from the crazy time in my life when I had two jobs. I worked at a restaurant that marinated its chicken this way, it’s hassle-free and tastes like you put a lot more effort into your meal then you actually did. Each chicken breast is only 5 weight watchers points so not only is it easy but it is also a healthy, low-fat dinner option.

Italian Dressing Marinated Chicken

4 Chicken Breasts
118mL (1/2 c.) Italian Dressing

Coat the raw chicken breasts in the Italian dressing and then cover and put in the fridge to marinate in the dressing 2-3 hours. Or for even better flavor prepare your ingredients the night before and allow to marinate for 24 hours.

Pre-heat oven to 180 C (350 F). Place chicken on a baking sheet (add foil to the bottom of the sheet for easier clean up) and add to the pre-heated oven. Cook for 25-30 minutes, you want the internal temperature of the chicken to be (165 F) or if you don’t have a internal meat thermometer cut into the thickest part of the chicken, it should no longer be pink.

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