If I had to sum up Christmas 2014 with just 8 photos, it would look something like this:
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A little reset before New Years
After a few wonderful days spent with family and friends, full of big meals and so, so much wine, Andrew and I wanted the cleanest, most simple meal possible for dinner last night. So we went back to basics with baked chicken breast + roasted vegetables (broccoli and butternut squash).
All three components called for a 400 degree oven.
For the chicken… I found a new method for baking chicken on The Kitchn that uses parchment paper to keep the chicken moist and tender, and not in any way dry.
Spray a baking dish with olive oil, place up to four chicken breasts, patted dry, in the dish and season with salt, pepper, and anything else you like. I placed a couple stems of rosemary next to the chicken because I’m Martha Stewart.
Cut a piece of parchment paper to roughly the size of the baking dish, and spray one side with olive oil. Place it, olive oil side down, directly onto the chicken and tuck the edges underneath.
Bake for 25 – 35 minutes, or until the internal temp of the chicken is at least 165 degrees.
We roasted broccoli and butternut squash along with the chicken in the 400 degree oven, for just a few minutes fewer, about 20 total (compared to the 25 minutes the chicken needed).
An easy, flavorful, clean and healthy meal that didn’t require much cleanup. Ideal for a Sunday night.
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As soon as I finish my bulletproof coffee (severely missed over the past few days), I’m out the door for a run. I completely abandoned any and all efforts to exercise over the past few days (despite my foolproof strategy!). With so many family members and friends to catch up with, I simply wasn’t willing to sacrifice the time. And I don’t regret the workout hiatus one bit.
Have a great Monday!