I love love love love love food and I love love love love love to cook. That said, I’m not always in the mood to whip out a Julia Childs recipe after a long hard day of taming the Wild Seabass.
That’s why I love Quick Roast Chicken and Potatoes. It comes together in a flash, wows Jake every time, and isn’t going to bother Seabass’ tummy with a bunch of hands-off ingredients. (Which isn’t so much of a problem now that he’s over four months, but at the beginning there, I was desperate for yummy, well-rounded, safe meals to eat.)
The recipe is from Gwyneth Paltrow’s website (to which I am repelled yet strangely drawn), and it has become my go-to dinner when I have no idea what to make or I’m just too tired to give it any thought.
The only things I change when I make it are:
- I buy an already-butchered whole natural chicken from Trader Joe’s (saves quite a bit of time)
- I use the tri-color potatoes from TJ’s and cut them into quarters (and if I’m really pressed for time, I forgo peeling them)
- I serve a regular old green salad with whatever veggies I have on hand instead of the farmer’s market salad
Let me tell you, this meal is a lifesaver. When Seabass takes his morning nap, I get everything ready to throw into the oven on a baking sheet, which then goes into the fridge until it’s ready to bake that evening. All told, it takes about an hour – and 40 minutes of that hour are spent with a delicious chicken and potatoes roasting in the oven, making me look fabulous.