We danced, we celebrated, we started looking at apartments (the plan is to rent a townhome for a while and then start looking to buy again in the spring)...
And then the sale fell through.
And then I cried. Just a little bit. And took a nap. And went for a drive with The Hubs where I am pretty sure I saw a homeless person living in his car in a parking lot And then I remembered that the world is full of people who have it a lot worse than I do, and if having to live in a perfectly fine house is the worst of my problems right now, I should probably suck it up and quick complaining.
So, I quit complaining and I started cooking.
Last week, with all the showings and meetings and such, I did a TERRIBLE job of food prep - I'd had a friend in town the weekend before, so I didn't do my usual "Sunday shop," and the weather (just so fricking hot), meant that NOTHING sounded good. Which meant a lot of evening conversations that went something like this:
The Hubs: What do you want for dinner?
Me: I dunno. What do you want?
The Hubs: I dunno.
Me: Let's just go pick up (chipotle, Noodles, frozen pizza, Subway)
The Hubs: Ok. Let's get Dairy Queen, too.
Yeah, that's not a good plan.
So this week, I got up super early on Sunday, and by noon, not only was my list-making and shopping done, but I had dinners planned and prepped for the whole week**. We still have a busy week, so convenience and planning are super important -- tonight we're having a new recipe (crock pot lasagna), tomorrow we'll have crock pot ribs (are you sensing a theme here?), and we'll probably grill on Wednesday and Thursday, because the temperature, once again, is in the God-forsaken-90s.
But yesterday -- when I woke up to rain and drizzle and cool air -- I cooked.
*I called this a "7 ingredient recipe" because really, all the recipe called for was chicken, beans, potatoes, lemons, salt, pepper, and olive oil -- however, I did add onions, basil, and garlic, which really made it a 10 ingredient recipe. Wait, and parsley. 11 ingredients. Details, details. Without further ado, I present:
One Pan Productions, Roast Chicken, Green Beans, and Red Potatoes:
Bone-in chicken breasts, green beans, red potatoes, 2-3 lemons, garlic, onion, salt, pepper, extra virgin olive oil.
First, preheat your oven to 450 degrees.
Wash and trim some beautiful green beans....
Slice up some lemons, reserving the juice of one lemon.
Slice the red potatoes lengthwise and sprinkle with salt and pepper and parsley.
Layer the lemon slices in the bottom of a baking dish; around them, arrange crushed garlic cloves, basil, and a sweet yellow onion, sliced.
Pour the lemon juice, about a tsp of salt and a tsp of pepper into a zip lock baggie with a TBSP of EVOO.... shake....
Arrange the beans over the lemon slices.
Using the same bag, shake the potatoes in the remaining mixture...
Arrange the potatoes around the edge of the baking dish.
Arrange chicken breasts in the middle, and toss a few more onions and lemon slices on top.
Roast for 50 minutes. After 50 minutes, remove the chicken breasts and set on a separate plate and return the vegetables to the oven for another 5 or so minutes.
Because I was FAMISHED by this point, I forgot to take a picture of the finished dish -- but here is a picture of my plate, which I cleaned in short order!
- By the time I went to cook this, it had heated up to 80 degrees outside and full sun -- and the house was hotter than Haiti by the time I finished cooking. So this is definitely a FALL recipe.
- WAY too much lemon -- in the future, I'd skip the part where you reserve the lemon juice to coat the vegetables, and just stick to layering the lemon slices in the bottom of the pan. It was overkill.
- Probably should have lined the baking dish with foil to make cleanup easier, but oh well!
- **other food prep included quinoa chicken salad for my lunches, apple turnovers out of some semi-softening apples that I didn't want to waste, buffalo blue cheese chicken bites, ground chicken marinara sauce for lasagna.