Simple Roast Chicken Recipe | 3 Step, No Prep!

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Jamie here, if you’re looking for a simple roast chicken recipe – here’s your guy.  No kidding – if I’d ever realized in the early years of marriage that making a beautiful roast chicken was this easy, I would’ve saved my husband from years of Hamburger Helper :)

I learned this tip from my friend Meg, who is an amazing cook and the type of woman you secretly kind of hate, who makes a home-cooked dinner every. single. night.  She’s also cute  - which is just unfair (right?).  But while hanging out with her recently she told me that she roasts chicken pretty often to make chicken salad for the week – or soup, or other recipes.

After she shared her secret, I had to try it right away.

Prep:

Nothing, girl.  Just put a cheap fryer chicken in a large Pyrex dish or roasting pan.  Do not butter the pan.  Do not cover in foil.  Do not take the innards out of the bird or get grossed out from man-handling it over a sink.  Just put it in the dish.  Done with that?  Good.  Moving on!

3-Steps to Dinner:

  1. Sprinkle salt & pepper on your chicken and put it in a 450 degree oven for 1 hour.
  2. After you take it out, to get crispy skin, baste the greasy juices in the bottom of the pan all over your chicken.
  3. Let it cool for about 15 minutes and serve.  (Or let it cool all the way and then tear it apart for chicken salad, soup, casseroles, etc….)

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After-dinner leftovers = Chicken Salad lunches and Chicken Quesadillas for tomorrow night!

Meg said she often puts two fryers in the pan side by side so she has plenty of roast chicken for lunches all week.  Instead of getting two fryers, I just picked up an extra pack of leg quarters that were on markdown.  (My husband and son really love the drumsticks)  Even after feeding my husband, myself, and four boys – we had this much chicken leftover!

I used most of the chicken for chicken salad and the rest to make Chicken Quesadillas the next night for the boys.

This large fryer chicken was $7.40, and the markdown legs were about $1.80.   We ate on them for two dinners and my husband got 3 days of lunches.  Not bad!

Make-Ahead Lunchbox Snack Bags (10¢ per Baggie!)

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Make-Ahead Lunchbox Snack Bags

I get 4 kids off to school each morning, and that can be a crazy task when I’m  also helping people find their “favorite socks” and last night’s homework – or being called-in to solve a cow-lick crisis in the upstairs bathroom.  Not to mention – this girl is not a morning person AT ALL.  My mom always tells me that if I’ll just stop staying up late I’ll become a morning person, no problem!  Well I’ll tell you something – that dog don’t hunt.

 

Anyway – I try to make things ahead to help myself out in the mornings – like making sandwiches in advance and freezing them (Just like lunchables!  They thaw to the perfect softness by noon) and I also make the entire week’s snack bags in advance.

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Homemade Whole Wheat Pancakes Recipe

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Homemade Whole Wheat Pancakes

Kasey here, as my family continues our quest to eat healthier I am always looking for new recipes. Since we are staying away from boxed processed foods as much as possible, I have prepared many of our favorite meals from scratch. I’ve been looking for a good homemade whole wheat pancake recipe but have had a hard time finding one that sounded good.  As I was perusing recipes online this morning, I found one that looked delicious and I just so happened to have all the ingredients on hand. I modified the original recipe a bit and can’t wait to share my version with you.

My kiddos have raved about these pancakes all day long! They said they were the absolute best they have ever had. Although I still think that it’s hard to beat Cracker Barrel’s pancakes, these turned out delicious! [Read more...]

Cake Mix Cookie Bars Recipe

 

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Here’s a super-handy recipe for Cake Mix Cookie Bars!

Having kids in school means lots of parties, banquets and the giving of teacher appreciation gifts.  If you need a quick easy idea for a treat to bring, you may want to try out these Cake Mix Cookie Bars!  This recipe is so easy and quick – it’s my go-to recipe when it come to last-minute classroom treats.

Plus – you can customize it with any flavor cake mix (Chocolate for brownie-like bars, orange or lemon for summery bars!)

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5 Healthy Squash and Zucchini Recipes

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This time of year squash and zucchini are typically bountiful especially if you happen to have your own garden. Just over the past year or so, I’ve fallen in love with squash and zucchini and add it to all kinds of recipes. If you are looking for clean eating recipes or low fat meal ideas, these recipes are fabulous. Here are 5 healthy squash and zucchini recipes [Read more...]

Pasta Salad Recipe {Tons of Fresh Vegetables}

Pasta Salad

I whipped together this super easy pasta salad this morning and thought I’d share my recipe. My daughter even said that it was so delicious it was definitely Pinterest worthy. This Pasta Salad recipe is chock full of fresh veggies, in fact, there are more vegetables than pasta. You could add in whatever vegetables you have on hand. I basically cleaned out our fridge, chopped all the vegetables and tossed them in. Viola we have a healthy Pasta Salad. It is best chilled overnight but I doubt we’ll be able to wait that long. [Read more...]

Groupon: $10 Shell Gas GiftCard for $5!

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UPDATE: This deal is available by invite only, so check your email if you’re subscribed to Groupon alerts. :(

Hurry over to Groupon to get this sweet offer – snag a $10 Shell Giftcard for only $5 right now! I’m sure this will sell out quickly, so don’t delay!

Use your card on gas, snacks, car washes and more.

- Thanks, FreeStuffFinder!

Easy Summer Salsa Recipe (Great for Cookouts!)

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Easy Summer Salsa Recipe

Jamie here, my husband’s favorite words that come out of my mouth are probably “I think I’ll make Salsa today!”  His face lights up, as do the boys’, with unadulterated joy.  It’s an understatement to say that my whole family loves Mexican food – so when I make my salsa recipe, I usually do a triple batch.  That way I can use it over the next few days in any other Mexican recipes I wind up cooking.  Plus – it tastes even BETTER the second day…

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