Classic Roast Chicken

Roast Chicken Double with spooned sauce

Some suggestions for serving:

  • Try a side sauce. Aioli, béarnaise sauce, salsa verde, romesco sauce, chimichurri, and make-ahead gravy can be prepared in advance, and transform a simple roast chicken into a something a little more special. Even a dollop of Dijon mustard does wonders here.
  • Serve your chicken directly on top of a pile of watercress, baby kale, tatsoi, arugula, or other tender, dark greens that have been sprinkled with lemon juice and dusted with salt. The heat of the bird will wilt some of the greens while others remain crisp, and the hot chicken fat makes an instant dressing once it mixes with the lemon juice.
  • Substitute hot toasted bread for the watercress or greens, above. The hot chicken fat makes these croutons exquisite.
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Pumpkin Pie Cheesecake Smoothie

Fresh raw pumpkin

From GreenBlender:

If you’re looking for a sweet, creamy base for a smoothie, look no further than raw pumpkin, which packs a ton of vitamin A and fiber, but not a lot of calories.

“The “crust” for this pie comes in the form of cashews and banana (protein, good fat and potassium), and there’s a hint of additional sweetness from lucuma, a Peruvian superfruit that’s full of beta carotene. Add a dash of anti-inflammatory power from pumpkin pie spice, and you have a pie-in-a-glass that will curb even the toughest cravings.”

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Sunken Apple Cake (Versunkener Apfelkuchen)


From Kitchn:

There are countless apple cakes in Germany, but this one, in which a rather plain batter rises up and bakes around sliced apples, has to be one of the most popular. Cakes like these are often called Mittwochskuchen (Wednesday cakes) because they can easily be made during the week when time is short.

  • Make ahead: The whipped cream can be made and stored in the refrigerator for up to 1 hour.
  • Storage: The cake will keep at room temperature, wrapped lightly in plastic wrap, for 2 days.
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SpicySoba & Miso Soup

This delicious Japanese soba noodle dish is shared by Elizabeth Kirby of Local Milk in this recipe perfect for any expecting or recent parents. Since this recipe is cooked with buckwheat noodles it has no gluten, is low-calorie, and high in amino acids. Elizabeth blogs:

At the beginning of my pregnancy, I developed a recurring craving for this soba miso soup with plenty of spicy kick, shiitakes, and seasonal greens.

“My roots may be Southern American, but my pantry has a strong Japanese influence: kombu for dashi sits next to my sorghum and sticky rice keeps company with the grits.”

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Potato Skins

A photograph of potato skins with topped bacon, sour cream and scallions, crisp baked.

Included are estimated nutrition amounts for this adapted recipe that can change with each new preparation.

Baking or russet potatoes are found in any supermarket where fresh produce is sold. They are starchy, large and filling. This appetizer can be made ahead of time, to store for 1-2 days. Reheat in a microwave or oven to serve hot, with fresh cool sour cream topped with chopped scallions.

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