Simple Kitchen Chicken & Rice-Lightened Up!

Almost halfway through my twin pregnancy and I have almost gotten this meal planning program down. I am incorporating one new recipe a week to get my arsenal of delicious and family approved recipes under control. There are a few keys to the recipes: They must incorporate fresh ingredients (not 100%, I am not Ghandi) and I must use whole grain when I can. If fresh is not available – opt for frozen over canned.

I found this recipe in Real Simple by Martha Stewart….but I had to change it so much that it doesn't even resemble the recipe….So I will simple reference the recipe as “inspiration”. We ate the entire batch in one dinner. Remember my husband is a 6 foot 4 athlete and I am pregnant with twins….so at this time we may be eating a bit more than the regular family…haha ( I am laughing wryly)

Simple Kitchen Chicken & Brown Rice – Lightened Up


3 tablespoons olive oil

1/4 cup chopped onion

2 tbs flour

2 cups chicken stock

3 cups poached chicken breast, chopped

2 cups cooked brown rice

2/3 cup peas (fresh or frozen)

1/4 cup chopped parsley(optional)

1/2 cup low fat sour cream

1 cup fresh bread crumbs

Salt and pepper (I used a healthy amount of pepper – this dish loves pepper!)


Preheat oven to 375. Heat 1 tbs olive oils up and sauté the onions. When they soften and become translucent add remaining 2 tbs oil and add the flour – stir to combine for a minute – over medium heat.

Add chicken broth and whisk constantly. Bring to a boil and add the chicken and reduce to simmer. Add peas, parsley and sour cream. Season with salt and pepper. Transfer to an 8×8 square baking dish. top with breadcrumbs.

Bake about 15 minutes until top is golden brown and mixture is warmed through and bubbly on the side! Serve with a crisp garden salad!



PODCAST – Simple Kitchen with Missy Maki 2/17 Girl Scouts and @BeeLocal Honey!

Local Girl Scouts invade the Simple Kitchen Studio and give Missy an education about Cookies!  Damian Magista of Bee Local also swung by and talked about the AMAZING world of honey and Missy got to taste some local honeys and Gadget Girl teaches us about Salad Spinners!


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Simple Kitchen with Missy Maki February 17, 2013

Tasty n Alder…..12th n Alder has a new friend!

It is always lovely when a new gem opens up downtown. The upper SW area (to me this means 10th-12th) is blossoming with restaurants who are doing a bang up job of bringing what Portland is known for: Delicious food without a conscience. I use this phrase because we seem to be throwing our hands up, devil may care, to the health movement. I am not averse to this simply because I believe that our normal life should be focussed on being good, covering the health bases, and when we go out we should SPLURGE! Well, that is how I view it!

John Gorham of Tasty n Sons and Toro Bravo has brought Tasty n Alder to us. I walked by the building for 6 months 5 days a week watching the renovation, when I learned he was moving in, I was overjoyed! When I went in for a late lunch/brunch, I was astounded by how well thought out the entire operation was.

Comfortable seating, accesible menu and fun, cheery cocktails. This corner restaurant is located on has walls of windows offering a bright cheery experience even on the darkest of Portland days! I really enjoyed the service I received, I was gently walked through the menu and selected the Pork Schnitzel and the Steakhouse Sandwich. Check the menu out here:

Fun touches like real softdrinks in bottle and entire caraffes of water set at your table make the experience unique and comfortable. Do not miss out on dessert either…We enjoyed a panna cotta that I ate before I photographed….proving that it was that good.

Hours:……See you there!!!!

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A Portland Neighborhood Restaurant

Open daily: Brunch: 9am to 2pm | Dinner: Sun-Thurs 5:30pm to 10:00pm Fri-Sat: 5:30pmto 11 pm |
Happy Hour: 2:00pm to 5:00pm


Let’s Talk Love in the Simple Kitchen!

Anyone who knows me knows that I am in love.

I am head over heels in love with my husband who I know I was meant to be with.  It was a long, winding, crazy road that I would not  change any of since it lead me to his arms.  A love worth waiting for.

Loves found, loves lost, and loves that were stormy.  Every love we come across teaches us what we need, what we can do without, and what makes us shine in our most glorious light.  I believe the love that makes us start to ACHIEVE and go above and beyond what we thought we were….that is the love that we are most glorious in.  I am not saying that someone must push you…I am saying the presence of the love you have makes you push yourself to places and heights that were never even on your radar.  The ultimate YOU, defined by YOU.  This is what I live for.

When I give birth to the two darlings that are currently growing inside my belly, it will have been a 4 year journey.  A long, expensive, painful, arduous journey filled with doubt and very dark days.  Imagine that during this 4 years, I also nearly doubled my earning potential as well as started this blog, and am now the solitary host of my own weekly radio show.  LOVE.  Love is support when you are at your lowest… somehow reach your highest potential.  But is this my highest potential?  I think not.  Just you wait.

My husband is currently coaching his most winningest season of his career as a head varsity basketball coach.  He has a team of young men that he has worked with for 4-5 years who are all beyond amazing.  My successes are not the only ones we are celebrating at our household.  This has been a year of successful bliss built on hard work, focus, and undying belief in ourselves and those around us and dare I say it, our passionate love for one another.

It doesn’t take a brain surgeon to know that it takes confidence to be a success.  That confidence can come from the words “I Love You” from the right person.

Are you someones “right person”?  Make sure they know it.  Life is short, and we all need our backbones strengthened by the love of those we admire.  Tell them you love them.  Do it now.


Tomorrow Marlynn Schotland of will come on the air and talk “Love in the Kitchen” with me.  She will share a few recipes, one of which is Chocolate Chip Pancakes…..but I may be able to entice her to talk about her Thin Mint Milkshake!

So, what the heck?  Lets make love in the kitchen!