Lemon Caper Rosemary Roasted Chicken with Potatoes

imageSometimes you just need a nice homey meal for dinner when you come home from a long day of work…and this dish makes it easy for those days. You can make or even prep this dish the night before so all you have to do it pop it in the oven or heat it up when you get home.  How easy and quick is that?! Chicken and potatoes have always one of my favorite dinners even growing up and I am not a huge chicken fan but there’s just something about it being roasted that blows me away.

Yield: 6-8
Ingredients:
3-4 tablespoons olive oil
2 Tbsp cup fresh lemon juice
1 (3.5-oz.) jar capers, drained
6 garlic cloves, smashed and coarsely chopped
2 teaspoons kosher salt
1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
6 skinless chicken legs
4 skinless bone-in chicken thighs
2 pounds small red potatoes
3 tablespoons fresh rosemary leaves
2 lemons; sliced

Steps:
1. Preheat oven to 450° F. Place all ingredients in a roasting pan and add olive oil, lemon juice, capers, garlic, salt, pepper, chicken, and potatoes. With tongs or your hands (I use my hands because its easier), mix until chicken and potatoes are coated with juices and seasonings.

2. Place lemon slices and rosemary on top of chicken and potatoes, bake for 45 to 50 minutes or until chicken is done.
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Homemade Macaroni & Cheese

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Yield: 8

Ingredients:

1/2 lb macaroni pasta
1 cup of american cheese
1 cup of sharp cheddar cheese (I used reduced-fat)
1 cup of reduced fat milk
2 Tbsp butter
1/4 cup seasoned breadcrumbs
Pinch of salt

Steps:
1. Preheat oven 375 degrees F. Bring a medium sized pot to boil. Once water starts to boil, add pasta and stir occasionally until cooked (about 8 minutes). Drain and set pasta aside.

2. In a medium sized pan, add milk, cheeses, and salt. Stir occasionally until cheese starts to melt. Add salt and let make sure cheese coats the a spoon to tell if it is ready.

3. In a large mixing bowl, add pasta, cheese sauce, and breadcrumbs. Mix until pasta is evenly coated. Place in a baking dish and top with more breadcrumbs for an extra crunch. Bake for 10 minutes unatil cheese is a light golden brown on top.

 

 

Chicken Marsala

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Yield: 5

Ingredients:


1 Tbsp olive oil
5 chicken breasts; pounded
1/2 cup flour
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp pepper
3 cups fresh mushrooms
2 Tbsp butter
1 small yellow onion
2 garlic cloves; finely chopped
1 cup chicken broth
1/2 lemon

Steps:
1. In a medium bowel, add flour, salt, and pepper. Place chicken in seasoned flour bowel and flour on both side. Shake off any remaining flower on chicken breast and set aside.
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2. Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat until very hot but not smoking. Add 1 tablespoon of the butter and cook the chicken breasts until golden brown on both sides, about 3 minutes per side. Transfer to a plate and set aside

3. Add 1 tablespoon of the remaining butter and olive oil to the pan and add the mushrooms and onions. Cook, stirring frequently, until mushrooms and onions are golden brown around the edges and have given off their liquid.
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4. Add the Marsala wine and garlic and bring to a boil, scraping to remove any browned bits from the bottom of the pan.

5. When wine has reduced, lower the heat to medium and return the chicken breasts to the pan and continue to cook until they are cooked through and the sauce has thickened, about 5 to 6 minutes. Add salt and pepper, to taste. Enjoy!
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