What is better than ranch with chicken am I right? Well maybe more vegetables! We are avid gardeners and love to eat our veggies so I knew I wanted to add more to this recipe.
But my girls are not fans of ranch. What kind of mid-west kids are they? I mean ranch is basically a beverage here.
I did however not tell them ranch was in this and got them to eat chicken and some carrots! So I call that a win. My girls loves veggies but tend to be picky about how they receive them. Raw is their preferred method!
I do find it key to figure out what you need to do to get your kids to eat veggies. If they like smoothies throw some in, if they like them raw then do it that way, but just don’t sneak them in. You want them to like them, even if that means they eat carrots every day!
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Ranch Chicken with Potatoes, Carrots, and Spinach
You can scroll down to the bottom of the page for the printable recipe.
This lunch turned out so yummy and was so easy to make! We have lunch as our big meal since Luke works second shift. So the 4 of us ate the ranch chicken and Luke had plenty for a big supper. We enjoyed a salad on the side and strawberries.
There is nothing better than a tasty and healthy recipe! Okay, maybe there is…. a healthy tasty recipe that your kids will eat!!
This is recipe is a great source of nutrients aside from the ranch…. but man is it tasty! This was a great way to use my homemade buttermilk ranch!
I do not peel my potatoes in this recipe. Why? Because the peel is healthy for you. Actually besides having some carbs potatoes are really healthy for you. In my honest opinion you need carbs for your body, but I’m not here to argue.
So just what is in a potato? Protein, potassium, fiber, iron (like a lot), vitamin C, vitamin B-6, and naturally fat and gluten free! Pretty incredible if you ask me, but if you want to read more about the potato you can find that here.
Carrots are not only delicious but they are low on the glycemic scale meaning they don’t spike your blood sugar. They are also a great source of vitamin A, Vitamin K, and Potassium you can find out more information on the carrot here.
Growing up we did not eat spinach and as I got older I avoided it like the plague thinking it was gross, but well that is not the case, especially baby spinach. I have had terrible luck growing it though…. But my 3 year old LOVES fresh spinach and fresh kale… yeah she is a bit strange!
Spinach is a great dark green veggie for you to add to your diet! It is high in potassium, vitamin A and C, and fiber. These benefits are greatest when eaten raw as with most veggies but it is easy to add to any dish as it cooks down quick and releases water as it cooks so your dish won’t become dry.
Here is a list of our favorites to add spinach too:
- any chicken dish
- top of a salad with some spinach
If you would like to read more about the health benefits of spinach you can find it here.
I think we all know chicken is a great source of protein without all the fat that other meats provide. And it is the cheapest of them all! But did you know you are probably eating more than a serving of chicken? The average chicken breast has 2 almost 3 servings of chicken!
Crazy, right? But it is true! A serving size of chicken is 3 to 4 ounces which provides 19 grams of protein and a great source of potassium while being low in fat and carbohydrate free.
So here is my package of chicken this package had 5 chicken breasts! Meaning on average each breast weighed over a pound! There was one that was quite a bit bigger than the others but they were all huge!
What does this mean? Each breast has 4 to 5 servings each! How crazy is that? Knowing this made it so much easier for me to budget and you know what push vegetable to fill up on instead of chicken!
I now feel better when I make a meal that has 1 chicken breast because that is all we need for a family of 4! So this package of chicken can provide us 5 meals! And then some because we eat our meal and then have so left over for work lunch!
Budget friendly recipe
When it comes to meal planning for a family I like to buy ingredients that can be used in many different ways without feeling like the same thing and are budget friendly! Potatoes are usually $3 for a 10 pound bag, carrots are $1 for a pound, spinach is $1 a pound, and chicken is $1.89 a pound for skinless boneless breast.
If I find a good deal on chicken I will freeze some pre-seasoned and portioned out for easy thawing and cooking. A vacuum sealer is great for this if you plan on it being in your freezer for a longer period time (anything over 3 months.)
I will also buy whole chicken because I can usually get that for $.95 a pound and can cook the whole chicken and use it all week and then boil the bones for bone broth!
I also have dehydrated our garden grown carrots and potatoes for easy soups! Seriously if you don’t have a dehydrator you need to get one. Even a cheap one will help your family save money and you can make some amazing snacks!
So after breaking down and using one chicken breast that cost approximately $2.27, I used 3 potatoes so lets say $.75, one carrot $.15, some spinach $.25 and add about $1 for the homemade ranch I used.
So this meal cost $4.41! What less than $5 to feed a family of 4 and have some left over for a work lunch! Then you have chicken, potatoes, carrots, and spinach for other meals and all of those ingredients can be used in many different ways!
Okay, on to what you came here for! The ranch chicken recipe!
Ranch Chicken with Potatoes, Carrots, and Spinach
This is a budget friendly, delicious and healthy family recipe.
- 1 cup Diced Carrot 1 large
- 3 cups Diced Potato 3 Potatoes
- 1/2 cup Onion
- 1/2 tsp Salt
- 1/2 tsp Paparika
- 1/4 tsp Black Pepper
- 1/2 tbsp Butter to grease pan
- 1 tbs Olive Oil
- 1 Pound Chicken Breast Diced 1 Chicken Breast
- 1/4 tsp Salt
- 1/4 tsp Black Pepper
- 1/2 cup Ranch Try my homemade ranch recipe
- 1 cup Spinach
Pre-heat the oven to 375 and butter your 13X9 glass pan.
I'm a super organized cooker especially when it comes food prep. So I get all my veggies washed and ready to dice at the same time. Then peel then carrot and onion and dice all the veggies.
Mix the veggies with oil and seasonings, cover and bake for 20 minutes. While that is in the oven you can prepare the chicken.
Ranch and Chicken mix
After you dice the chicken mix in the the salt and pepper. Then add ranch and spinach. Mix together and let rest while the veggies finish baking.
Once the veggies are done, mix in the chicken and spinach and cover again. Put it all back in the oven for 25 for minutes or until the chicken reaches a temperature of 165.
Delicious Recipe Changes
Want to change up this recipe a bit? You could add some cheddar cheese and throw it back in the oven for a few minutes. And then top with bacon and green onions!
Make it more of a loaded baked potato with chicken and ranch! Man now I want me some of that!!
You could totally change it up and do Italian dressing instead of ranch!
You could change it up and use different vegetable too. If you want a low carbohydrate version you can switch out the potato for cauliflower.
Having a food budget doesn’t mean you can’t eat delicious food too! And remember chicken serving sizes are smaller than you think they are!
I hope you enjoy this recipe just as much as we have! And can add this budget friendly chicken recipe in to your families meal plan!