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Using The Whole Chicken

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Roast chicken is the ultimate.  Poached chicken is equally as delightful for several reasons.  I love the delicate texture of the meat.  You are left with a large pot of good chicken stock which can serve as a base for a soup or a stew.  Poaching a chicken is great year round and any seasonal veg may be added right to the pot with the chicken as it nears the end of cooking time.  And because the chicken is shredded, you have the luxury of leftover chicken for an additional meal or two depending on how many you are cooking for.  

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Oven Roasted Potato Chips

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These rich gold potatoes from Pete’s Greens are perfect for this recipe. As always, I like my veg a little darker – but you may pull them out of the oven anytime. One of the things I like about these chips is that they’re not perfectly crisp, they are a great mix of crispy & chewy.  These chips can show up anywhere – next to a big salad, a bowl of soup, with a grilled steak, as a side for chicken or fish, or by themselves as a snack or an appetizer. Oven Roasted Potato Chips Print Author: Shannon Hepburn Serves: 4 Ingredients

  • 4 medium gold potatoes
  • olive oil – a few tablespoons (or maybe try sunflower oil instead)
  • smoked paprika (sometimes called Spanish paprika or piment d’espelette)
  • garlic powder
  • salt
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 400.

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Poached Eggs in Tomato Sauce with Baby Spinach

Poached Eggs in Tomato Sauce

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Eggs galore!  Here’s a fast and scrumptious way to use the abundance of eggs that happens in spring.  As you can see below I halved the recipe to just serve two.  This makes a speedy weeknight dinner.

IMG_0173 Poached Eggs in Tomato Sauce with Baby Spinach Print Author: Shannon Hepburn Serves: 4 Slightly adapted from Martha Stewart Ingredients

Instructions
  1. In a skillet, heat olive oil over medium-high heat.

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Stir Fried Cabbage with Turkey and Peanuts

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So here we are in the lean weeks of late winter early spring. This can be a challenging time for folks who are feeling winter weary and craving lightness. As a local eater, it’s time to use what we’ve stored and that can feel a tad uninspiring. In the New York Times Magazine Mark Bittman offers up a dozen cabbage recipes. More cabbage, you say? Yet Bittman has a magical way of making the humble crucifer something you want to run to the kitchen and prepare. He offers four modes of prep: braised, raw, soup & stir-fried, with three recipes in each category.

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Meal Planning 101

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I told you I was gonna do it. For two weeks I documented each night’s family dinner.  Here’s what I’ve noticed:

  • It’s not hard.
  • I’m not taking the time to plan anything – YET.
  • I have a much better sense of our nutrition profile for the week. (i.e. – “wow, we ate a lot of rice.”)
  • It’s inspiring me to try new recipes  (so that I don’t have to write the same meal down – again!)
  • I’ll now be able to look back and see that yummo meal we had several weeks ago and know where to find the recipe.
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