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Nick whipped this up tonight and it was delicious!

Ingredients:

  • 2 chicken breasts
  • 1 turnips (the root part)
  • 1 golden beet
  • 1 red potato
  • 1 apple, unpeeled, cut into eighths
  • Brussels sprouts
  • Olive oil
  • Rosemary, thyme, salt, pepper
  • Mixed seasoning
  • Whole grain mustard
  • Butter

Skin and dice turnip and beet. Dice potato. Cut brussels sprouts in half. Season with rosemary, thyme, salt and pepper, then toss in olive oil. Arrange on baking sheet (place the brussels sprouts flat side down); bake for for 25-30 minutes at 450.

Meanwhile, season some chicken breasts with whatever mixed seasoning you have on hand (Nick used Trader Joe’s everyday seasoning) plus salt and pepper (depending on how much salt your mix uses). Heat some olive oil in oven proof skillet. Brown breasts for three minutes on one side; flip them over, then place chicken in the oven for 9-10 minutes alongside the root vegetables (we continued using separate pans).

When chicken is ready, remove from pan and keep warm. Return pan to stove; put in 4-5 apple slices and let them brown in drippings. Deglaze pan with 3/4 cup chicken broth; reduce for a few minutes. Add a pat of butter and 2 tbsp whole grain mustard.

Add root vegetables until well-coated (and extra broth if it seems dry). Put the chicken on a serving platter and arrange veggies with sauce on and around the breasts.

This would also be good with a carrot and/or parsnip thrown in.

Bon apetit!

 

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Rosemary roasted chicken

Nick and I were wondering what to cook tonight; he found a recipe online around 5:30, which I adapted into the following with great results!

Ingredients:

  • 4 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 10 shoots of fresh rosemary, divided (strip leaves off of 6-7 shoots, save 3-4 for garnish)
  • sea salt
  • red pepper flakes
  • olive oil
  • two lemons, for juice and garnish
  • 4 chicken breasts
  • 4-5 good-sized red potatoes
  • brussels sprouts
  • cremini mushrooms
  • chicken broth

Chop potatoes into quarters and parboil in salted water for about 8 minutes — NOT until completely done. Drain and set aside. Meanwhile, make a pile on a cutting board of garlic, rosemary leaves, a generous portion of sea salt and some red pepper flakes. Chop together with chef’s knife until a coarse, paste-like consistency is achieved. Place in a bowl with a few tablespoons of olive oil and the juice of 1.5 lemons. Place chicken breasts into bowl and coat liberally.  The chicken may remain in the marinade until ready to cook (10-15 minutes should be sufficient time).

Preheat oven to 400. Place some oil in a dutch oven on cooktop on high heat; when hot, sear chicken breasts on each side until golden brown. Set aside, then brown potatoes and brussels sprouts. Combine chicken, potatoes, brussels sprouts, mushrooms, three spent lemon halves in dutch oven. Pour in remaining marinade and enough chicken stock (won’t require much) to keep the pan from drying out in the oven. Place remaining rosemary on top. Cover and bake approximately 45 minutes.

We enjoyed this with some wild rice. A very flavorful meal, but still tasted light and fresh — and fairly low-fat!

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Cracker pie

My mom used to make this and probably still does. I think she got the recipe from one of our neighbors. I made it yesterday afternoon for us to enjoy after jambalaya last night. Even Nick, who is not a fan of sweets, will eat this.

It’s the easiest dessert ever, and quite tasty:

  • 3 egg whites
  • 1 c sugar
  • 1/4 tsp cream of tartar
  • 16 saltine crackers, crushed
  • 3/4 c crushed pecans
  • 1 tsp vanilla

Beat egg whites with sugar until frothy.  Add cream of tartar. Fold in remaining ingredients. Bake in ungreased glass pie dish at 350 for 30 minutes.

I usually serve this topped with fresh whipped cream (heavy cream whipped with sugar, vanilla and almond extract to taste). Delicious and so easy!

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