Easy and tasty. That’s how I prefer most things in my life. I wish that was as clever as it sounded in my head, but I’m leavin’ it in here, b/c it did run thru my head after all. It’s just that things are so complicated (by that I mean uber stressful) around here. And by things I really only mean 2: my Real Estate Business and Financials. As I’ve said before I find comfort in cooking and baking so, tonight for dinner I had to come up with something. It was 25 degrees out so I had the need to turn on the oven. And I came up with this. But first I owed a 3 1/2 year old a special chocolate milk. It’s the half capful of vanilla and small handful of mini marshmallows that makes it awesome. And every time I smell vanilla it reminds me of making snow cream with my mom (who’s from Michigan) and my younger sister, back when I was super young and had no idea about the stress of financial matters. MMmmm. Now, on to dinner!
30 Minute Roast Chicken and Veggies
6 boneless skinless chicken thighs
2 large yukon gold potatoes, sliced up to even thickness, about 1/2 inch. Don’t go to thick, they won’t cook completely.
5 carrots halved and quartered
2 T diced red onion, or more based on preference
1 T olive oil
2 large pinches Rosemary
1 T Oregano
Kosher Salt to taste
Pepper to taste
Preheat oven to 400 degrees, then get to work on choppin’ the veggies.
Line roasting pan with foil, lightly spray foil with cooking spray.
Place chicken and veggies in pan, don’t cram them in.
Sprinkle olive oil on top add rosemary, oregano, salt and pepper.
Place in oven, do NOT cover.
Since I used boneless skinless thighs I laid them out flat and not tucked under. Cook to temp, 30 minutes (surely depends on your oven). About half way thru I did pull the pan and toss the contents, just cuz. Once the cooking is complete I always let my food rest for about 5 minutes to allow everything to settle before serving it up.
Tonight we accompanied this with King’s Hawaiian Rolls and Diced up Pears.
Now, there was only one complaint and surprisingly not from the kids who actually ate all their food. No, this was from the hubbs. Apparently he didn’t feel that the chicken had enough flavor. Said the man who dunks chicken in bbq sauce or sweet & sour anytime we have chicken. I told him next time I will make gravy for him to douse everything with.
But the kids and I thought it was perfect as is. So quick and easy to make. Great for a week night meal, too. And now I look forward to cooking dinner tomorrow. Hooray for getting a ham on sale. So, here’s to simply easy things and memories that bring us moments of peace during worrisome times. Peace & joy to you. E.