Baked Chicken and baby potatoes

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Chicken thigh fillets is my new find! The meat is tender and moist and really delicious! I used to buy chicken breast fillets but I find the thigh meat much better! It has more flavour. Here is a very simple and easy way to cook a quick evening meal.

1 kg chicken thigh chops
500 gram baby new potatoes, halved
30 g butter melted
2 bacon rashers chopped
2 cloves garlic, crushed or finely sliced

1. Preheat oven to 350°.
2. Remove most of the skin from chicken thighs.
3. Crush garlic and rub all over tops of chicken.
4. Peel potatoes and cut into wedges each.
5. Add salt and pepper to potatoes, drizzle with olive oil and toss to coat.
6. Sprinkle chicken with black pepper and place in roasting pan.
7. Place potatoes and bacon in and around thighs.
8. Pour chicken broth into side of pan.
9. Sprinkle lemon juice to taste over top of dish.
10. Bake at 350° for about 1 hour and 15 minutes or until done.
11. Turn chicken and potatoes over halfway through cooking time.
12. Add more chicken broth during baking, if pan becomes dry during cooking.

Serve with bread or a salad accompaniment.


Simple food for Lent

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club-sandwich_2988403Lent is here! I have been thinking about what to give up for Lent. For many years I have given up eating chocolates. It has worked! Mind you the temptation starts just before Lent for me, I crave chocolate! And then I think to myself of people in poor countries where they never have chocolate at all and do we really need these luxuries in life? Lent is a good time to take stock of your life and get into a strict regime. Some people fast or abstain from meat, give up watching TV, drinking excess, smoking, etc. Those are positive steps to improve your life. How do you fill in that time? Maybe read spiritual books or meditate on the scriptures, pray, exercise, walking. I have read somewhere people are clearing the junk from their houses – 40 days of clearing junk! People are making a very big effort to simplify their lives!

I had a thought today! Why not give up buying Take Out food every day for lunch! That is a big ask, a big effort! Why be extravagant and pay extra $ for food! Keep it simple!

Think of the $ you will save if for the next 6 weeks you have home made lunches and dinners. After all you go to the grocery store, spend the time and energy and $ to shop for your family at home. Why not add a few extra foods to your shopping trolley to prepare for work or school?

Here is an idea…

The day before you do your grocery shopping, make a list for the next week of all the homemade lunches you can prepare, so that when you shop you can add those extra items in. Ask the family what they would like to make the decision making easier for you!

Here are a few suggestions …

  • Curried egg sandwiches with chopped celery. Cook up a batch of eggs, mash, mix with a little curry powder, salt/pepper, finely chopped celery, or avocado, add some mayonnaise and butter.  I have added some sundried tomatoes with this mix which is delicious!
  • Slices of cheese and pickled gherkins
  • Ham and Tomato with chutney or with coleslaw
  • Shredded chicken with coleslaw or mashed avocado
  • Bacon, lettuce and Tomato
  • Meatloaf slices with chutney
  • Tandoori chicken with lettuce, cucumber
  • Bake muffins to add as a special daily treat

Another good idea, is to make a roast on the weekend and save some leftover meat for sandwiches. I also use the leftover roasted veggies as well.

Make sure to include pieces of fruit for each day, for morning teas and lunch as well.

You save $ money, eat healthy food and you’re giving up something for Lent!

~ Mary

Cook your own take away meals!

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Recently I was laid up in bed with flu and had no food! No fun! So we decided to have take away food e.g. Chinese hot soup, noodles, pizzas, burgers, etc. It is great when the food is hot and delicious but it comes with a cost, especially if you have a large family!

Well when you are laid up in bed, you try and make up for lost time by at least planning how to organise and plan things in advance. I thought why not make a list of all your favorite take away meals and prepare them in advance and freeze it. That way, even if you are sick or tired you can prepare food in less time and have take away in your home once a week!

Some of my favourites are:

– burgers with fries
– Chinese food, Fried Rice, sweet and sour chicken
– Thai noodles
– pizzas
– Nandos chicken with chips
– fish and chips

The advantage is you know the quality of the food is fresh and nutritious too.

Burgers with fries or salad
For 4.
Burgers or patties: 500 gram minced beef or chicken (makes about 12 burgers)
2 finely chopped onions
Ground ginger 1 tablespoon
1 grated carrot
Herbs – a little chopped parsley
1 beaten egg
1 tablespoon olive oil
Salt and fresh ground pepper to taste
2 slices of bread soaked in little water and squeezed
Zuchini grated

Bread rolls, tomato slices, ketchup, onion rings, pickled gherkins, slices of beetroot
Potato chips

Mix all the above ingredients well
Form into burgers
Place on flat tray and freeze. Frozen burgers can be stored in plastic containers before hand.
When ready to cook, take out of freezer night before and store in fridge.
Grill or bake in medium hot oven.
Toast buns while burgers are grilling
While burgers are getting cooked, prepare fresh hot chips
Have ready slices of tomato, onion rings, pickled gherkins, lettuce, ketchup.
Preparation and cooking time should take 1/2 hour.
Added Nutritional value of vegetables and herbs.

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