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Thursday, January 17, 2013

Simple Staples

Love it when a plan comes together, don't you?

In the kitchen, if the ultimate plan is to prepare just the right or slightly too much food, the second best plan is when you have ideas for the leftovers.

One night, I roasted 6 chicken breasts - yes, with skin and bones.  The skin can be removed and cooking meat on the bone really does produce more flavorful finished dishes.  Simple seasonings used were salt, pepper, oregano, and garlic in a 375 degree oven until the skin is crisp and golden.  If chicken skin could be the next potato chip flavor... well, maybe not.

One of the side dishes served was a simple salad of iceberg lettuce, grape tomatoes, carrot, celery, and green bell pepper. These were the vegetables in the drawer and so into the salad they go.

Leftovers?  Well, the chicken was turned into chicken salad in this case.  I placed a scoop on top of my salad, the Mr. had two sandwiches on toast, older son had some on a plate (he tries for a Paleo-ish diet) and younger son had two sandwiches as well.  We all had salad again and Circle Soup.  For more on Circle Soup - click here.

Keeping it simple sometimes is what creates comfort foods and in our house, keeping the conversation on a cold, dark January night equally light brings ends with us all together, gathered around the television to watch Top Gear on BBC.  It is these simple times that truly leave me feeling like I've done a good job ensuring my family is Fed Well.

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