Saturday, February 4, 2012

Dinner Inspiration

As I mentioned in my last post, we have been trying to avoid sugar, flour and grains (more on why in a future post). These limitations have put us in a definite dinner rut of meat, winter squash and kale/chard. So I set out to find some inspiration that looked tasty, healthy and affordable. Here's what I found:

10 Grain-Free Dinners on a Budget from Holistic Kid

A delicious looking/sounding Taco Salad at Riddle Love. Also planning to check out her weekly meal plans too.

One of my favorite blogs, Nourished Kitchen, is always inspiring, but this Chipotle Chile, Chicken and Black Bean Soup looked especially appealing to me.

Do you have any recipes to recommend for an affordable grain-free dinner? Please share your dinner inspiration.

Last night we enjoyed a roasted lemon garlic chicken with baked butternut squash and sauteed red chard with garlic. Still part of our basic pattern, but it was tasty. We drizzled the pan drippings over the squash, and I highly recommend it.

Lemon Garlic Chicken
5 cloves of garlic, finely chopped
zest of 1-2 lemons
1 pasture raised chicken
1/2 C Chicken Stock
2 T butter

Pre-heat oven to 300 degrees.

Mix the garlic and lemon zest together. Gently loosen the chicken skin and push the garlic and lemon under the skin. Try to evenly distribute over the whole chicken. Place the chicken into a dutch oven and add the chicken stock. Rub the butter over the chicken. Cook the chicken for 1-2 hours (until a leg wiggles easily). Remove the lid, and turn up the heat to 400 degrees and cook for another 20 minutes or until the skin is golden.

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momto8 said...

yum!! easy and simple....and delicious!!

Anonymous said...

Thanks for hopping over to our weekend gathering hops, now following you via gfc, hoping you can follow us back at thks in advance xx

Laura said...

Clearly, I have given up on my own blog, but I am loving that you are back to writing in yours. I swear that I think we live a parallel life - joining CSAs at the same time, starting blogs about how we use them, having kids, and now? Going grain/sugar free! We started a couple weeks ago and it's going great if you ignore my husband's occasional whining. I can't wait to hear all about your reasons for doing it!

Judie said...

What a delightful meal! Thank goodness you left the skin on that chicken. There is nothing more tastless and dry than skinless chicken. The squash looks so yummy. It is one of my favorites.

Thanks for stopping my my blog and leaving a comment. I believe that the blogging community should try to promote other blogs. There are so many wonderful ones!!

Allison Downes said...

New GFC Follower! If you could follow back that would be great!

Unknown said...

new follower of your blog
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City Share said...

I refer to you as my blog twin. Clearly there was a reason for it! :) We'll have to see where our parallel lives lead us next... I have to check in at Partum Me to get an update on you.

Laura said...

You inspired me. :)

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