Saturday, September 14, 2019

Lo Carb Chicken and Vegetables

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Good Morning bloggers and friends!

The beginning of the this week was very busy. We are trying to finish up outdoor projects. I only have 6 weeks before my knee replacement, and there is a lot to accomplish before then.

We pretty much picked the garden bare on Monday because the critters were eating everything faster than the veggies could ripen. After a few days in the house, the tomatoes were all ripe. Zucchini is still and issue---a good one but still an issue. 

Midwest gardening has been pretty good despite crazy weather, and our small garden has had some great yields.

I made a jug of Danish pickles with some more cucumbers I had waiting in the fridge without the dill, recipe Danish Dill Pickles.

I also made Eight 3-cup containers of spaghetti sauce for the freezer, without the meat. Then it can be used with any type of meat or cheese. I simmered  that for about 4 hours and it was really nummy. (I pulled 2 bags of tomatoes out of the freezer to help do the sauce. I chop my tomatoes, skin and all, to make sauce. This gives you a rich deep red sauce and it thickens well).

We farm GREEN organically, so I don't have to worry about harmful things on our veggies. 

That evening we had roasted chicken and vegetables. We are eating low carb for health reasons, and also because it is good for you.

We have our own fresh herbs growing, so I cut up zucchini, onions, tomatoes, basil, cilantro, oregano, thyme, parsley and garlic. This is very low carb and delicious. You could easily add smaller potatoes to this also.

A delicious way to celebrate the end of summer.

Lo Carb Fresh Herbal Chicken and Veggies. 4 servings 

I used a rectangle glass pan or baking dish

Place all in 
1 1/2-2 pounds of your favorite chicken parts cut into portions.
4 medium tomatoes quartered
2 medium onions quartered 
1-2 garden peppers
1 medium to large zucchini cut in half rounds of 1-2"
(If you use a very large zucchini- scrape the seeds out if you wish)

Drizzle all with 2-3 Tbsp. of olive oil
Sprinkle over the dish, the following:
4-6 cloves of garlic chopped fine

A large handful of mixed fresh herbs: basil, parsley, cilantro, oregano, thyme (pull off the stems and chop larger pieces)

Salt and pepper to taste (you could certainly add hotter peppers here, also)

Toss all this with your hands until all the herbs and oil are distributed and re-arrange everything evenly for baking.

Bake uncovered at 375 degrees for 1 to 1 1/2 hours on middle rack. 

To add richness, you could sprinkle with your favorited Italian cheese 30 minutes before finishing. I've also done this with Asian eggplant-the long skinny ones, split and cut in pieces

 (I leave the skin on the chicken to keep it moist, and remove before serving-you can also use 2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts split down the middle into 4 pieces.

We had a fresh salad with the garden cucumbers and lettuce...a complete meal and only one dish to clean up! 

(PS this is my own recipe and way of cooking fresh and without preservatives)