Thursday, June 13, 2013

EZ Eats: Chicken Bake

This is one of the easiest meals in the world to prep. It stores well in the fridge or even the freezer for busy nights. And it only has 5 ingredients! I was inspired by a Pinterest image for this recipe, but the pin was not linked to a recipe! Hate when that happens. Here is the recipe I came up with.

Whatcha Need:
1lb chicken thighs or legs
Vegetable of choice, I used a head of broccoli and half of a red pepper, you can use green beans, squash, cauliflower....
2 medium sized red potatoes or sweet potatoes (you can use white potatoes, but they don't have as many nutrients and are higher in starch content)

How to cook it:

Cut your veggies and finely dice your potatoes, so they can cook faster. In a 13x9 baking dish, place the chicken thighs on one side, the veggie in the middle and the potatoes on the other side. Add seasoning, I used lemon pepper, to the whole dish. Add 5 pats of butter throughout the dish. Bake at 350F for 45-60 minutes until the chicken is cooked through and the potatoes are soft. Cooking time will vary based on the size of the chicken and potatoes. Enjoy with a side salad for extra greens!

I left these for E to cook while I wasn't home, and wrote the directions on top.

Health Notes:
When we make this, E eats the potatoes, but I skip them. Potatoes are high in carbohydrates and promote weight gain. Chicken is a great lean meat, but make sure to buy chicken that is hormone free and free range. God made animals for us to enjoy and use, but I don't think he wanted us to torture them first! Remember that green beans are actually a legume and are an inflammatory food.

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