BREAKFAST LUNCH DINNER

02/27/2014

We spend a lot of time in the kitchen. A lot time preparing meals, baking, gathering around the table for family dinners, entertaining, playing board games, working, learning, this list goes on and on. This little kitchen of ours feels like the heart of our home. Now that the sun is starting to shine and we’ve had a couple of warmer days, we are opening the doors and windows and it makes kitchen time even better. I have felt inspired to cook more over the past couple of weeks and I thought it would be nice to share a day of breakfast, lunch and dinner with you.

Breakfast / Homemade Granola with Greek Yogurt, Honey & Fruit

You will need:

3 cups gluten-free rolled oats
1/2 cup coarsely chopped candied pecans
1/2 cup coarsely chopped almonds
1/2 cup unsweetened coconut flakes
3 tablespoons (packed) brown sugar
3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
1/4 teaspoon (generous) salt
1/3 cup honey
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
1/2 cup cranberries

1 1/2 cups vanilla greek yogurt
1/2 cup fresh fruit, we used blueberries
Honey to drizzle on yogurt

Preheat oven to 300°F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and spray with a bit of non-stick cooking spray.

Mix first 8 ingredients in a large bowl. Combine honey and vegetable oil in saucepan over medium-low heat and stir until smooth. Pour warmed honey and oil over oat mixture; toss together. Spread on prepared baking sheet. Bake granola until golden, stirring every 10 minutes, for about 40 minutes. Once granola is slightly cooled, stir and break up pieces. Mix in cranberries.

Next, place greek yogurt in a bowl, drizzle with honey and top with a big spoonful of granola and fresh fruit. Enjoy with your favorite cup of coffee or tea.

Lunch / Spring Salad

You will need:

One bag of organic baby spinach
1/2 cup yellow and red cherry tomatoes, cut lengthwise
1 persian cucumber, cut in half then sliced
1/4 cup diced apple, any kind will do
Half an avocado, diced
1/4 cup chopped strawberries
1 blood orange, segmented
1/4 cup dried cranberries
1/4 cup chopped almonds
3 tablespoons of your favorite vinaigrette, we used fig balsamic

Toss all ingredients together in a large bowl and serve.

Dinner / Roasted Chicken with Veggies

You will need:

1 4 1/2-5 pound roasting chicken
1 pound of fingerling potatoes, sliced in half
3 carrots, roughly chopped, keeping the pieces fairly large
2 yellow onions, cut into quarters
1 large lemon, cut in half
1 small head of garlic, cut in half
1/2 stick of melted butter
1/2 stick room temperature butter
Freshly ground black pepper
Kosher salt
Smoked paprika

Preheat oven to 425°F. Arrange a bed of chopped potatoes, carrots and onions in a large roasting pan and set aside.

Rinse the chicken, inside and out and toss away the bag of giblets. Pat the chicken dry and salt and pepper the inside of the chicken. Fill the cavity with the lemon halves and garlic and close the loose skin over the cavity by using a toothpick. Lay the chicken on top of the vegetables. Next, pour your half a stick of melted butter between the breast and the skin, lifting the skin away from the breast. Then take the half a stick of room temperature and rub it all over the bird. Generously salt and pepper the chicken and sprinkle with smoked paprika.

Bake the chicken for an hour and a half. After the first 30 minutes of cooking, flip the bird over completely so that it cooks evenly. Cook for another 30 minutes and then flip it back over to cook for the remaining 30 minutes. Take the chicken out of the oven after a total of 90 minutes and cover tightly with foil. Let it sit for 20 minutes to finish the cooking process.

72 comments

  • sweetmillie

    Your granola looks so nice! I never tried mixing fruits and vegetables on the same salad. I should, it looks very nice! ;) Emilie

  • Taylor

    Love this! I hope you continue to post more of these! I love being inspired by the kitchen and spending my whole day in it making fuel for myself and the people that I love.

    xoxo
    Taylor

    http://www.welcomehometaylor.com

  • Lauren

    Oh my, these all look delicious. Especially the Granola and the salad x

  • Rachel Parker

    Looks delicious! I can never eat granola fast enough to justify making it, but I roast whole chickens in my crockpot on the regular. SO EASY!

  • nikki

    love all three of these meals! delicious, pretty, and healthy!

    xxoo,
    nikki

    http://www.dreaminneon.blogspot.com

  • Rachel

    Yummy! All three of these look amazing!!! This is a very delicious post. This would be a fun post to do every week. I would love to see your inspiring meals.

  • Valerie

    Everything looks good and healthy, especially the granola and the salad ;-) I’m hungry! xx

  • Lauren

    Oh, I am so ready for open doors and windows in the kitchen with the kids running in and out of the back door! It’s one of my favorite things about spring and summer! These meals look so fresh and tasty. Thanks for sharing!

  • Mia Arp

    Wow so lovely! My favorite is the salad :-) As you know I am all into raw food and salad is then of course an amazing option.
    I also feel that now when the sun is coming out that I have more joy being in the kitchen and preparing food. It is so lovely to stand in front of the window chopping veggies with sunshine in your face…
    The other day I wrote down recipes for a complete delicious and raw breakfast – with a drink, a smoothie and a porridge. OMG this porridge is soo tasty, James you have to try it!
    http://hippiechic.blogg.se/2014/february/breakslow.html

    Love, Mia

  • Jesse

    i’ve been wanting to try my hand at granola for awhile — this recipe seems so simple and delicious. i hope i can resist it for more than a day♥

    http://semiweeklyeats.blogspot.com/2014/02/work-outfit-10.html

  • Rose D. Frenchtown, NJ

    We are big on homemade granola in our house! Thanks for the recipe.

  • Wendi

    I am drooling. These all look amazing! Must try.

  • nanette

    everything looks delicious!

  • Stephanie

    This is my favourite post! I love that your venturing into posting more about food. Breakfast is my absolute favourite part of the whole day, but its because I know very little recipes for dinner so this is a good recipe to try.

    Stephanie
    http://www.whimsicalappeal.com

  • Jaclyn

    Wonderful post! Love these ideas!

  • Tara

    Each of these meals look delicious! I’ve been wanting to try something different from my typical, boring oatmeal breakfast, thank you for sharing :)

  • Heather

    umm… Yuuuummmm! That chicken looks absolutely mouth watering!!! Total deliciousness!!!!

    You should do more posts like this! I love food! I’ve been addicted to your carrot soup recipe! I will definitely have to try these recipes out!

    Thanks!!!
    Heather
    southernnorth.com

  • Diana

    I love that dressing! We use it on everything — salads, sandwiches, dipping sauces… So addictive!

  • Cleshawn

    Oh wow! This looks amazing! I will be trying out the granola and salad !

    xx/ http://www.hometohem.com

  • Briseidy

    the chicken looks delicious!

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