May 2011

Cooking is Therapeutic

by Meghann on May 31, 2011

Today was a stressful one.

I made a lot of headway with Healthy Living Summit (I still don’t have a definite answer when tickets go on sell, but it will be soon!) and worked on my freelance articles. Basically I parked my booty at a Starbucks after I met Becca for lunch and stayed until after well after 7:00. By the time I did make my way home, all I wanted to do was get in the kitchen and put my hands to work cooking something fabulous.

And that’s exactly what I did.

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Whole Roasted Chickens was something I mastered back in college. It’s one of those things I was once afraid of, but after trying it “for fun” one time I discovered how easy it was and kept at it. I was good at it, but after moving to Orlando and living on my own for so long I sort of lost reason to roast one.

Yesterday Derek and I were browsing the chicken section of Publix when memories started flooding back to me of juicy chicken from long ago. When I suggested the whole chicken as a dinner idea for this week Derek confided in me that he didn’t like dark meat I know shocker!), so my whole chicken dreams quickly shifted to whole chicken breasts.

Luckily the concept was still the same – coat under the skin with olive oil, rub with paprika, Mrs. Dash, salt and pepper, squeeze lemon juice, and bake at 350 for 45 minutes.

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See? Easy!

It was nice to let my mind escape for a few minutes in the kitchen. The only thing that needed my attention at the moment was the chicken breast and I gave it to it.

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The results were even juicier and flavorful than I remember whole chicken being. I don’t know what it is, but roasting chicken with the bone in always dictates much more palatable results than plain boneless, skinless chicken breast purchased at the store. i think the secret is seasoning the chicken under the skin and then re-securing the skin back over the breast before baking. When it’s done I just feed the skin to Maddie and enjoy a moist piece of breast on it’s own.

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The rest of the meal was kept simple.

Just steamed broccoli

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and reheated White Cheddar Cornbread (still so, so GOOD)

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Ice cream is good for releasing the mind too 😉

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I also had a serving of trail mix at Starbucks.

Do you find cooking or baking soothing? It’s right up there with running in my opinion. 😉

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