Posted by: briellethefirst | October 27, 2010

Easy Roasted…Meat

Whatever…chicken, ribs, chops…even vegies! Whatever’s on sale, cook it up while you do something else and put the leftovers away for later, saving even more time. I first started doing this when my kids were young and I found chicken pieces for 15 cents a pound in 10 pound bags. I grabbed it, then had to figure out what to do with it before it went south! I got out the roaster and all the cake pans I had, put 3 or 4 pieces in each and started with the herbs. Pepper all ’round, then garlic and sprinkled each with chopped onion, then thought “hmm…viva la differance!” (I was already bored). I put basil, parsley and wine in one, popped it in the 350 degree oven. Lemon and orange juice on another, popped it in. Ginger, star anise, soy sauce and Teriaki sauce on another pop! Then salsa and beer on another.

I then put a couple potatoes in to bake with the meat, set some rice on the stove to cook and mixed up some instant stuffing and put some mixed frozen vegies in the microwave or on another burner to warm. That done I had at least a half hour to help the kids finish their homework, vacuüm the living room, do the dishes, sort the mail, pay bills, take a shower… Everyone gets to choose what they want to eat, cooking’s done for the rest of the week (on a weeknight no less!) and I get to get something done while I wait for dinner! Wow! I AM A GENIUS!

So, if you want to try different flavours, experiment. Sesame honey chicken, honey mustard, marinara sauce, cream of ___ soup, enchilada sauce, mole, peanut sauce with sambal oelek, Garam Masala, curry, onion soup mix, rosemary and wine, simple salt and pepper…the possibilities are endless! And you can do this with chicken quarters, thighs, drumsticks, breasts, turkey parts, lamb shanks, lamb chops, pork chops, pork ribs, beef ribs, chuck steak, potatoes, sweet potatoes, rutabagas, jicama…or whatever fleshy vegetables you like, even corn! If you’re roasting something that doesn’t have much fat on its own, like lean meat or vegis, do add butter, olive oil or your favourite healthy fat or oil and your choice of flavourings. How much easier could it be to start or get back into a healthy, home-cooked habit?


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