Spice Roasted Chicken with Lemon

It’s been a busy week in our house. School ended, sickness invaded, three rooms in our house were painted, so it’s been a wee bit crazy around here and I am already going to go ahead with the old, easy “recipe” post. Good news, though! It’s a good one.

Every once in awhile I stumble upon a recipe that’s a “game-changer”, and this is one of them. Ridiculously simple, healthy, delicious, goes a long way. I don’t know about you, but I detest cooking in the summer — I’d rather put that time and energy into a trip to the pool or the park with my kids. This recipe fits the bill for me! It makes a tasty dinner, can be used cold (or hot!) in leftovers throughout the rest of the week, and I confess I’ve even snacked on it before. It’s a whole lot of citrusy, flavorful numminess.

SPICE ROASTED CHICKEN with LEMON

Ingredients:

  •  1 1/4 teaspoon Kosher salt
  • 3/4 tsp black pepper
  • 3/4 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1/2 tsp dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • 2 medium lemons, washed and thinly sliced
  • boneless skinless chicken breasts (I usually buy a family pack from the refrigerated aisle)
  • parsley garnish (optional)

Directions:

  1. In a small bowl, combine Kosher salt, black pepper, paprika, oregano, cumin and olive oil. This will be your marinade.
  2. Slice the fat off the chicken breasts., then pierce each chicken breast several  times with a fork (this will allow the marinade to seep in).
  3. Place the marinade and the chicken breasts inside a gallon sized ziploc freezer bag, kneading the bag to ensure that the marinade fully coats the chicken.
  4. Place the bag in the refrigerator for 4-8 hours.
  5. When you are ready to bake the chicken, place the marinated chicken breasts in a glass pan. Place a slice or 2 of lemon on each breast.

BAKE at 400 for 50-55 minutes, until chicken is thoroughly cooked.

Serve with Wild Rice or Baked Potatoes.

Bon Appetit!

(thanks to my mother-in-law for the recipe!)

Days Like This

It was one of those days. A fussing. bickering, misbehaving, ball-point-pen-ink-artwork-on-the-leg kinds of days (and also on the couch—which actually happened yesterday, I think, but I discovered it today, so I feel like that counts toward today. But I digress.) The chaos of the house needed to take a back seat to other necessary and pressing tasks of the day,  which of course needed to take a back seat to parenting, but it’s hard to parent well in a house that is in the state that ours was in. Was. OK, is. And my patience tank ran pretty low. Like, low. Pull-out-my-hair kind of low.

So I sit here at the end of the day with the windows open to the night air, the sound of crickets chirping in our woodsy neighborhood and the murmur of a train whistle echoing from across the river bluffs behind us. I am soaking in the peace of this moment, breathing and remembering the old saying of Anne Shirley’s*:

“Tomorrow is always fresh, with no mistakes in it”

and then of Miss Stacy’s brilliant addendum:

“Tomorrow is always fresh, with no mistakes in it—yet”

and then of the greater promise:

The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases;b
his mercies never come to an end;
23they are new every morning;
great is your faithfulness.

Lamentations 3:22-23 ESV

Whatever kind of day we’ve had— filled with joy or tainted with regrets, big or small—may we sleep in peace, knowing that tomorrow is new and that forgiveness is readily available in a God who loves us with a never-ending love.

Now if you’ll excuse me, I’m going to go clean my house. Time to reset. 🙂

*from Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery. Come to think of it, though, Miss Stacy’s addendum might just be from the movie. I can’t remember, though, and I don’t have it in me to do the research right now, so can we just go with it? kthanxbye

The Simple Life

Well, here we go. The beginnings of a blog. 🙂 If you want to learn more about what it’s all about, check out the About page. In the meantime, I couldn’t think of a better way to kick this thing off than by sharing this video of one of my favorite songs by one of my very favorite artists, Ben Kyle. The chorus of the song really sums it up for me: Lord, I need the simple life. Enjoy!

*fun fact: this video was taken from a living room concert performed at my friend Barb’s house about a year ago!