Best Roast Chicken!

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This is how to bake the most perfect roast chicken ever!

Yummy.

It’s ridiculously easy. This is my own recipe. Prep: About 10 minutes. Baking time 85-90 minutes.

I love garlic and lemon, my recipe has a lot of garlic, but you can add less, it will come out delicious either way.

If you’ve never roasted a chicken before, you simply must try it. It will fill your home with aromatic heaven.

It may save your life. Or at least feed your family full of wholesome, heartwarming and delicious food for a couple of days.

Start with a large baking dish that is deep enough and big enough to fit an average size chicken and some veggies underneath and around it.

The breast comes over very moist this way, the skin brown and crispy and it doesn’t dry out.

Ingredients:

1.) A roasting chicken, about 5-6 pounds, mine was 5.5.

I used an organic chicken from the refrigerated section that was already brined with the giblets removed.

2.) Two or more large carrots, I used two very large organic ones.

3.) Half of a very large yellow onion or a whole small to medium one.

4.) Two full bulbs garlic with the skin on. I used organic garlic- note full bulbs, not cloves.

You can alternately use a lot of cloves with the skins removed if you prefer.

5.) Two to three lemons. I used two.

6.) Three tablespoons extra virgin olive oil.

7.) Two tablespoons salted butter.

8.) Four or five small potatoes, I used organic ones.

9.) Optional seasonings: I used garlic powder and garlic salt.

I didn’t use herbs this time, I just wanted a lemony-garlic flavor, but add some fresh or dried herbs before baking if you’re in the mood.

Rosemary and Thyme are popular choices for roast chicken.

Directions:

Preheat your oven to 425 degrees.

Wash the veggies well but don’t skin them, slice up the raw carrots into thin rounds and ditto the small raw potatoes.

Chop up the onion coarsely, removing the skin first, of course.

Wash the outside of the full garlic bulbs and just chop off the dirty hairy looking end with a good knife.

They will kind of fall apart, remove any excess skin that falls off.

In the bottom of the roasting/baking dish, toss the chopped onion, sliced carrot and potatoes (still raw) in one tablespoon of olive oil and salt and pepper if desired. I used the garlic salt (Lawry’s).

Take the chicken out of the plastic or other packaging and pour out any liquid from the cavity into the sink or garbage can.

Lay the bird on top of the veggies tossed in oil.

Wash your two or three whole lemons very well and cut them in half, removing all the seeds with a knife.

Stuff two of the lemon halves and all of the garlic inside the cavity of the bird.

Tuck the other two to four lemon halves around the sides of the bird with the veggies.

Drizzle the other two tablespoons of olive oil over the veggies and sides of the dish and over the top of the bird.

Lightly massage it over and under the chicken with your clean hands until it’s thinly coated all over with the oil.

Melt the two tablespoons of butter in a small dish (I just microwaved it) and pour it over the top of the chicken.

That will help it brown nice and crispy on the skin!

Now is the time to add your herbs or other seasoning. I just lightly sprinkled organic garlic powder and more of the garlic salt over the top of everything.

Bake the whole thing now uncovered at 425 on a center oven rack for 80-90 minutes.

Just check around 80 to make sure the skin doesn’t burn, but I cooked mine for a whole hour and a half and it was perfect.

Let it sit for 15-20 minutes if you can wait, carefully pull the baked lemons and garlic out of the cavity and squeeze the lemons all over the veggies and pan juices (gravy) and serve.

The leftovers are fab.

Enjoy.

XOXO-

~ Heidi

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Scary Mean Landlady

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Please meet my current landlady.

You know the one.

The woman who’s heartlessly evicting a young family with a child in school during the holidays.

The most wonderful time of the year.

She actually tried to enter our home with one hour’s notice at 9am this past Saturday morning with yet another of her multiple realtors and contractors.

It’s actually illegal to do that on a weekend to your tenants and we had to send her a list of California tenant’s rights, then she flipped out like a crazy baby and sent some sort of vicious emails that our neighbors were talking shizz about us.

A total, bitchy schoolgirl lie from a 60 plus year old woman.

Yikes. Continue reading

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Skinny Verde Cheesy Chicken!

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I’m on a skinny chicken thigh kick!

My new recipe is so easy, with that great green chile taste of Mexican style salsa verde and melty cheese, and you won’t believe how tender and yummy it tastes.

I made this with baked chicken thighs, but you could do it with chicken breasts or even tenders. Just adjust the cooking time.

Ingredients: (Serves 4-5)

1.) About a pound of boneless, skinless chicken thighs or boneless, skinless chicken breasts- I like to use organic when I cook at home.

2.) Store bought or homemade salsa verde.

This time I used Archer Farms thick and chunky brand Roasted Salsa Verde (mild) in a jar, from Target.

3.) Three tablespoons plain, nonfat Greek yogurt, I used Fage.

(Plus more for using as a garnish topping, if desired.)

4.) One tablespoon extra virgin olive oil.

5.) Olive oil spray or other cooking spray.

6.) About a half cup shredded white cheese, I only had organic mozzarella and it was divine.

I have no problem with mixing food cultures, but use a Mexican cheese if you prefer.

Monterey Jack, white cheddar or a mix would be yummy, too.

7.) Cumin powder, a few shakes or about a teaspoon. (If you don’t like cumin, you can leave this out.)

8.) Garlic powder, a few good shakes.

9.) Garlic salt (I like Lawry’s) or salt and pepper to taste.

10.) Optional toppings: Sliced avocado or guacamole, low fat sour cream or plain Greek yogurt, cilantro, lime, hot sauce, etc.

Directions:

Preheat your oven to 400 degrees.

Cover the top of a large baking sheet with aluminum foil. Spray the foil well with the cooking spray.

In a small bowl, combine the olive oil, the yogurt, the garlic powder and the cumin powder. Mix well with a spoon into a creamy paste.

Stretch the chicken pieces out with your hands until they are a bit flatter and lay them a few inches apart on the sprayed foil.

Using a spoon, plop a good amount of the yogurt/cumin mixture on top of each piece of chicken.

Use your fingers to rub the paste over the top and sides of the chicken until all visible chicken is lightly coated with the rub.

Lightly shake a bit of garlic salt all over the top of the chicken and put in the oven at 400.

I bake mine for exactly 35 minutes. It’s probably cooked through before that, but I like it crispy on the edges.

When the chicken is cooked to your taste, remove the pan from the oven and spoon about 3 or more tablespoons of salsa verde over each piece.

Lastly, sprinkle the shredded cheese lightly over the tops and put back in the oven.

I crank the heat to 425 for about five to ten minutes, or until the cheese is melty and lightly brown in spots.

Some cooks let chicken thighs “rest” for 5-10 minutes after baking.

To serve, use a spatula to move the chicken to plates and garnish as desired. This is yummy shredded in tacos, with salad, with warm tortillas, beans and rice or just by itself.

The meat gets so tender, it almost has the consistency of slow cooked pulled pork, if you know what I mean- yum!

Calories:

A pound of these thighs is about 520 calories.

Because some of the oil and fat burns off and stays on the aluminum foil, I would estimate the entire dish comes to about 1,000 calories with the cheese and salsa, before the optional toppings.

So each serving, depending on size, would be roughly about 250 calories each.

Enjoy and “Like” Skinny Mama Meals on Facebook for more recipes and weight loss inspiration.

XOXO-

~ Heidi

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Pikachu Oops

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The adults in this house used to watch “Chelsea Lately,” a show on which Chelsea Handler would refer to her vagina as “my Pikachu.”

She also called it her Hot Pocket, but this is not a post about food.

Pokemon is a brand new thing in our house and last weekend, our 7 year old boy Bexon went to Legoland for his best friend’s birthday.

There, he played a game and won this stuffed toy Pikachu (pronounced PEEK-A-CHOO), some sort of animal, I gather, from the world of the Pokemon game.

He came home with it and said it was one of the best days of his life, etc., falling asleep with the little guy.

In the morning, my husband Nick, who only thinks of the word Pikachu in relation to the Chelsea Handler joke (not that I call my vagina that!)…

Well, Nick goes to wake Bex up in the morning for school.

The first thing out of my little boy’s mouth to his bleary eyed, tired Daddy that morning was, (brightly) “Do you want to see my Pikachu?!”

Of course, Nick was shocked, rattled and confused, until Bexon held up this little weird yellow toy, innocent as the day is long- for parents.

Lolz. :-)

XOXO-

~ H

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Princess Jellyfish DIY Costume- Part One

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I’m already getting excited about Halloween!  Simma down now, Heidi.

This year I wanted a costume that was clever and not too expensive, more of a fun gesture than a big hassle or expense.

And not too skimpy, I am the mother of a young child, after all.

I decided on being a DIY (do it yourself, homemade costume) jellyfish.

princess

And then I found this awesome anime character with lavender hair, Princess Jellyfish!

I looove the whole look and feel of anime. My costume will have a bit more material than this, though.

I still don’t have all of the parts to put the jellyfish together, yet, but I was in the craft store recently gathering a few random, sparkly and concerning items.

It involves bubble wrap and duct tape.

There is no segment of the human population more crazy than women of all ages in a craft store on a Saturday in October, believe me. They will cut you like a MUTHA.

The people who work in Micheal’s talk to you like you’re close to the ledge. There are not far off.

I hear it’s part of the Micheal’s training.

Stay tuned, I’ll do an easy tutorial soon, so anyone else who wants to be a jellyfish can be one, too. Katy Perry lavender wig optional.

I don’t think you’re ready for this jelly, haha.

Fun!

XOXO-

~ Heidi

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Moving Emotions

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Hi. It is with a heavy heart that I write this. My family’s life has been thrown into sudden upheaval, into a spin, and it feels like standing on quicksand.

We have been raising our sweet boy for over half of his life, over four years out of seven, in the lovely house we live in and we just found out our landlady is giving us just a month to move our entire existence.

I’m heartbroken. This is our home. We’re basically being evicted from our home. That’s what it feels like.

I mean, we don’t own the house, but we have paid thousands of dollars, well over a hundred thousand dollars, to live here.

We’ve taken care of this house, never missed rent. Our child is in a great school district here and the worst part of the whole thing is that he may lose his school.

Bex’s best friend lives right down the block. They play together almost every day. We walk to school, an incredible luxury, we know.

It feels like almost no time. We have Bexon’s next medical trip to Salt Lake City Shriners Hospital for Children in early November.

It takes a month to pack. And we have no place to live. Continue reading

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Pumpkin Pi

pumpkin pi

In case you don’t feel like baking.

xo- h

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