Cooking with kids around you? I know it’s tough, especially if they don’t want to play on their own and are grabbing your legs while you are trying to keep them away from the stove.

I have a trick that works most of the time, but some of you may not like it …

Screen time. The best way for me to get my dinner ready without going crazy or taking the chance of my toddler burning herself is to have her safely watching one of her favorite shows. Mickey Mouse Club House is her favorite of all, she learns some interesting things with them, but the downside is that she keeps repeating some of their expressions like “oh boy, oh boy, oh boy!” or “oops daisy!” – quite funny, actually.


Lets get to business! This is another easy and quick meal. Not as quick as some of the other posts but doable if you have a tight schedule.

You will need 1 onion, 4 chicken drumsticks, paprika, dried thyme and dried sage, cayenne pepper, and salt.

For the black bean salad: 1 can of black beans, 1 green pepper, 1 large tomato, bay leaves, salt and black pepper.

Chop the onion and fry it in olive oil to a light brown.

Add the chicken drumsticks, 3 teaspoons of paprika, 1/2 teaspoon of salt (more or less depending on your taste), 1 teaspoon of dried thyme and 1 teaspoon of dried sage. Add cayenne pepper or your favorite pepper to taste.

Mix the chicken with the spices in the pot and let it fry for a few minutes.

Add a cup of water and cover it. Cook it for 30 min or until the meat is well done. Add more water as needed to keep the chicken moist. It should be a thick sauce, so be careful to not add too much water.

Note: I usually precook the chicken in boiling water for 5 min or so. It helps to eliminate some of the fat and it also helps to cook it faster in the pot. 


On a frying pan, add a teaspoon of olive oil and add 2-3 minced garlic cloves. Fry it to a light brown and add the black beans (drained), chopped green peppers and a 1 bay leaf.

Add salt and black pepper to taste.

When the beans are crisp add chopped tomatoes and cook it for 3 min or so (just enough to soften the tomatoes).

Mashed potatoes is also a great addition to this dish!

Enjoy it!