Roast Chicken

Roast Chicken. That most simple and comforting food. And yet I hardly ever roast a chicken. A whole one that is. I am the only one in a house who appreciates a home-roasted, bone in chicken. Everybody else – (husband)- doesn’t want to deal with the bones.

So my “roast chicken” is usually a boneless cut (thighs, breast etc) and it is usually a “one pan plan.” And this recent one was no exception. Everything on pan, cut to similar size.

 

By adding big rough cut pieces of tomatoes, I knew the chicken would stay moister and there would almost end up being a bit of a “pan sauce” created. Just cook up some rice or pasta or steamed greens and serve in bowls.

Very easy, very comforting.

 

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Vacation Clean-Out

How do you pack for vacation AND turn all the fresh veggies in your fridge into a delicious dinner plus extra for the freezer the night before you leave?

ROAST them of course!

It is hands free and while the oven does the work – you can spend more time deciding how many pairs of shoes to pack.

Here is what I had hanging around my fridge that night….

yup – I have to brag – I grew that basil and those cherry tomatoes myself!

Not shown here but I chopped and threw in a small onion as well. Speaking of chopping, I kept it easy by just rough chopping everything into large pieces. Roast in a 375 degree oven with olive oil, S&P, a dash of balsamic vinegar and a shake of Italian seasoning blend. I did wait and add the fresh basil towards the end of roasting.

Disclaimer

You know how when you pack sometimes you find yourself with a little extra room. (It can happen.) So you get a little crazy and add some more clothes “just in case” – that is how I feel about cheese. I will just add it “just in case” to every dish because it always works! So the finished veggies above have some shredded Romano added.

Dinner time

While you are taking a break from your packing – boil some pasta and enjoy dinner. Kinda like the marathoner who “carbo-loads” the night before – eating this delicious blend of roasted veggies and pasta – will give you the strength to struggle on and finish your packing. And whatever doesn’t fit in your suitcase or stomach can be put away for another time.

…And no I am not scared to freeze cooked pasta.

I made sure to add all the juice from the roasted tomatoes and “packed” it really well for its trip to the freezer.

All packed and ready to go!