You guys are going to be proud of me. It’s been five days since I’ve gone out to eat. That means no breakfast, lunch, or dinners out! Not even a Starbucks drink. But, I can’t promise to go all weekend without dining out. I’m heading to Charleston this afternoon to visit my parents for a week, and Charleston has the best restaurants. My mom and I like to cook a lot together, so there will be recipes posted! I will also have a lot of free time to work on the post about blogging. I have been receiving so many emails about other bloggers who would like to guest blog and I can’t wait to start collaborating more! I know I’ll be working on some things tonight.
Last night, I decided to continue the not-eating-out streak and make a healthy dinner. I thawed out chicken legs all day long in the refrigerator, while they marinated in a bag of olive oil and minced garlic.
I wanted the seasonings to be easy and quick. I grabbed olive oil, roasted garlic & herb ( I put that shit on everything!), and barbecue seasoning. I like the barbecue seasoning because you get the grill taste without having to grill them! Okay, duh Tara!
Preheat then to 350 degrees.
Place the chicken legs in a baking pan and season the tops and bottoms of them with both seasonings.
I love a crispy top on chicken and honey is the trick! It adds a glazed finish and gives the chicken a sweet and savory flavor..
Bake the chicken for approximately 45-50 minutes.
While the chicken is in the oven, start preparing the rice. I don’t like plain brown rice unless it has butter and we all know that’s not too healthy. I do a couple of additives to give it more BAM! After the brown rice is done, add 2 tablespoons of olive oil, 1 tablespoon garlic powder, 1/4 cup italian bread crumbs, pinch of sea salt and a pinch of pepper. I used about 4 cups of uncooked rice.
After adding all the seasonings, you’ll love it and it’ll be hard to go back to eating brown rice the regular way!
Check the chicken to make sure it’s done. It should fall right off the bone.
I haven’t bought store salad dressing in months. I used to be afraid to make my own dressing, thinking that it would taste gross, but now I think store bought is gross!
You can make the dressing in small amounts too. In this cup, I have 1/4 cup olive oil, 1/8 cup Trader Joe’s Balsamic Vinegar of Modena
, 3 tablespoons honey, 1/2 tablespoon garlic powder, pink of sea salt, 1 teaspoon of italian seasonings.
I’ve been living on this dressing for months and I haven’t gotten sick of it yet! So good! Make sure you mix it up well before adding it to the salad.
We had a French baguette with pasta night last Sunday and it definitely went stale. When I used to work at a coffee shop in high school, we would take our stale bagels and make them into croutons. I decided to turn the baguette into croutons for our salad.
The baguette was hard enough and did not need any baking. I mixed together olive oil, garlic powder, minted onion, pepper, sea salt, italian seasoning, and parmesan in a little bowl. I added the diced baguette and coated the bread.
I warmed them up for about fifteen seconds in the microwave and bam! They were delicious and done!
I spy Grumples! I swear he is the best photo bomber, especially when food is around.
Everything tasted delicious!
What did you have for dinner last night?