Spring Roast in 30 Minutes
Hi everyone! And Happy St. Patrick’s Day!!
This is going to be a quick post, as I am running out the door to celebrate with some friends, decked out in green! When cooking for myself I am often in a rush. I like to have plans on nights I will be alone, but I also like to eat at home to save money instead of going out to dinner. It’s all about balance! Tonight when I got home from the gym I had an hour to cook, eat, shower, get ready, and head out to catch the T.
Today was the most beautiful day! It was at least 65*, the sun was shining, the skies were blue, and the fact that everyone was wearing green even brightened up the landscape. All day I craved one of my Mom’s springtime roasts. A roast dinner isn’t just for a cold winter night; throw in the right veggies and seasoning and it can be the perfect refreshing meal on a sunny day with a warm breeze.
One of my all-time favorite celebrity chefs, Jamie Oliver, has in one of his cookbooks, Cook with Jamie, a section on cooking an entire meal based around a chicken breast in a single dish. Season the chicken, and put it on some foil with whatever vegetables you want, throw it in the oven at 400* and let it cook for 30 minutes. And out comes an amazing roast for one! That is exactly what I did tonight.
Spring Roast Chicken Breast adapted from Cook with Jamie by Jamie Oliver
1 chicken breast
1/2 package frozen brussel sprouts
1 sweet potato, chopped into cubes.
Preheat the oven to 400*
Put a piece of foil in a pan and spray with cooking spray. In a bowl, season the chicken breasts, brussel sprouts, and sweet potato with some salt, pepper, garlic, and lemon juice. Toss with a little olive oil.
Place on the foil and put in the oven for 30 minutes. (Then shower, get dressed, and write a blog post!)
Make sure the chicken is not pink in the middle when you take it out.
I have a new favorite flavor combination, and that is brussel sprouts and sweet potatoes!! They are amazing together! They both have a nuttiness to them, but while the potatoes are sweet the sprouts are fresh and light. I could have eaten an entire dish just of them, roasted together in all their glory! The chicken was good too, cooked perfectly and not dry (dry chicken is the worst). It may not be the most complex meal, but I think it has an elegance to it. Light, healthful, and roasted. Now that is my cup of tea!
One hour later, I’m out the door!
What are you doing for St. Patrick’s Day