Lena's Multigrain Blend with Vegetables and Chicken Surprise

I just realized something.  I have a blog.  Does this mean I can write about anything? Considering I am the first link when you search "photographerhood" on Google (I made that word famous!) I thought I would take a moment to talk about the joys and wonders of the latter part of my made-up word: parenthood.

My friend once told me that  getting married doesn't really change your life; having a baby does.  She was absolutely right.  Becoming a mother has changed everything, from the things I think to the way I dress.  Life will never be the same.

One of the major changes for us has been to our food: what I cook and what we eat.  Long gone are the days of fancy dinners out (e.g. Chili's) and picking up fast food on the way home from work.  Instead, we now eat in almost every meal and those meals need to be prepared fast.

So, in an effort to share some ideas on the types of meals we eat (as well as remind myself of simple recipes when it's 6pm on a Tuesday night and I have no idea what to make for dinner again), I thought it would be an interesting exercise to write down some simple and quick recipe ideas for dinner.

Lena's Multigrain Blend with Vegetable and Chicken Surprise (I never measure anything when I cook so take my measurements as a guideline.  The surprise is that, everytime you make it, it never tastes the same.)


  • 1 bag of Trader Joe's Multigrain Blend with Vegetables
  • 1/2 tablespoon of grapeseed oil
  • 3 cups of chicken stock
  • 2 cups of water
  • 2 pounds of chicken legs or other dark meat
  • salt to taste


Place the bag of Trader Joe's Multigrain Blend with Vegetables in a pan with grapeseed oil and sautee until it is less frozen (this needs to be very precise; don't mess this up).  Pour in 1 cup of chicken stock and 1 cup of water.  Bring to boil and reduce to simmer until the liquid is completely reduced.

Simultaneously, in a separate pot, place chicken in with 2 cups of chicken stock and 1 cup of water (enough to cover chicken).  Bring to boil and reduce to simmer.

When both are done, combine and eat!

I also want to note that another major change of parenthood is that you will most likely lose touch with many of your friends.  In order to fill that void, you will make one very best friend: Joe... Trader Joe.  He helps you make semi-homemade meals.  Accept this.