Tonight I wanted to make a wholesome Sunday night dinner since starting tomorrow, family dinner will be put on a back burner, as we move into full Band Camp. Ian has to be a practice at 7:30 a.m. tomorrow and he gets done at 9 p.m., the following week is pretty much the same, then school starts and practice and Friday night games take over. Family dinner been just a part of our life forever, and last year, I really missed how disconnect we became without it. So, on the nights that we can have a family dinner, I want to make the most of it.
Yesterday we did our big Costco shopping and I came home a did all my prep work. That means breaking down all the meat into individual packets and freezing them for the next two weeks. One of my favorite things to do is get their organic chickens and then marinate them in a food saver bag. You can even freeze the chicken with the marinade, then all you have to do is take it out of the freezer and you are ready to cook. I guess what I am saying, is that a little prep time goes a long way. I love Food Saver Bags because them eliminate so much potential mess and dirty dishes. I throw all the marinade ingredients into the bag along with the chicken and voila – Step 1 is done!
As part of my prep work, I butterfly all my chickens. I like the way that they grill better.
Step 2- cut open the bag and lay chicken flat on the grill at 400 degrees for 60 minutes.
I do double duty and wrap a couple of potatoes in foil and toss them on the grill too!
This is the Barefoot Contessa Ina Garten’s recipe for Tuscan Chicken – only I used Tarragon instead of Rosemary and added Red Onion.
I cooked it over indirect heat for about an hour at 375 to 400 degrees. While it was cooking – I whipped up some low fat deviled eggs, substituting Greek yogurt for mayo.
Ian made some True Blood for tomorrow Zombie Adventure day at Band Camp. Yuck!
Li Li did her thing and read a book and enjoyed a pre-dinner brownie
Dan was around the house today doing his “Honey DO List” and oh did he get so much done!
Dinner was awesome by the way