How To Turn Your Husband On, Keep Your Baby Happy, Save Time and Eat Like Royalty

18 Oct

Wow. Isn't the maid supposed to do that?

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.

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2 Responses to “How To Turn Your Husband On, Keep Your Baby Happy, Save Time and Eat Like Royalty”

  1. mamasowould October 18, 2010 at 2:47 pm #

    you need my chicken enchilada recipe.
    http://imthemamathatswhy.blogspot.com/2010/07/susan-branch-chicken-enchiladas.html

    • jaimeclewis October 18, 2010 at 7:59 pm #

      Megan – that’s so funny. I just made Sue Branch’s butternut squash recipe tonight. I will definitely give the enchiladas a whirl.

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