“Vacation” is a broad term. Just getting away from the home routine and consistent focus on must and should do’s is a welcome relief. But that doesn’t necessarily do away with all of a day’s responsibilities. Unless you’re on a super-pampered-class-one vacation, you still have to deal with planning and preparing food, sometimes with the added challenge of feeding a larger group. Fussy, step-intensive cooking, particularly in a rental kitchen, becomes laborious, especially if you want to make it an add-on to the day’s activities and not the main event.
I have a few stand-by recipes for this situation including this simple, juicy chicken which can be served for dinner with a couple of sides or cooked for the sole purpose of using it in recipes calling for shredded or cubed chicken like White Chicken Chili.
It’s also great for making sandwiches and chicken salad.
With only two ingredients, the preparation effort is incredibly minimal considering the impressive results and makes this a good match for those needing a break from the kitchen on vacation, or any other time. Granted Lawry’s Seasoning Salt may not be pure real deal, but because you’ll likely have limited access to a variety of herbs and spices when away, shortcuts can be necessary. Lawry’s is a good staple to have on the pantry shelf as it gives great flavor to steaks, burgers and eggs too. But at home, try making your own. See recipe below.
Vacation is coming to a close so back to a more regular posting schedule soon!
Simplest, Two Ingredient Juicy Baked Chicken
Prep Time: Under 5 mins | Cook Time: 60-75 mins
- Chicken Breast on the Bone (1/2 to 1 per person depending on size. Make extra for leftovers.)
- Lawry’s Seasoning Salt (enough to liberally sprinkle on chicken) * See Real Deal Substitute below
- Preheat the over to 350º.
- Line a baking sheet with foil. Use enough baking sheets to fit chicken without touching.
- Sprinkle generously with Lawry’s Seasoning Salt.
- Bake for 1 hour or up to 1 hour and 15 minutes, depending on your oven. Skin will be crispy. Juice should run clear when pricked with a knife and internal temperature should reach 160º close to but not touching the bone. The temperature will continue to rise when chicken is removed from the oven.
* Lawry’s Seasoning Salt Real Deal Substitute
- 2 tablespoons salt
- 2 teaspoons sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon paprika
- 1/4 teaspoon turmeric
- 1/4 teaspoon onion powder
- 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1/4 teaspoon cornstarch
- Combine all ingredients in a small bowl and mix well.
- Pour into a spice bottle with a shaker top to store.
Recipe adapted from Top Secret Recipes
And some …
Vacation and posting do not go hand in hand. Lots of time to develop ideas, nary a moment to act on anything related to sitting in front of a computer.
One stop on our journey was Vermont where the food movement is experiencing strong momentum. Last month was the second annual University of Vermont Food Systems Summit.
This one-day event will shine a spotlight on and amplify the most important ideas, initiatives and voices for the necessary food systems revolution. The power of this day and the hundreds gathered together will awaken some, re-energize others, help advance a shared vision for the future of food we desire, fortify the movement and make clear specific ways each person can help transform the system.
She is a “Food Sovereignty Activist” and focuses on the ability to control your food, not to be confused with food security, or the means of obtaining food.
Her message is that in the hood, “if we eat, then that is good. Period.” But the reality is, it’s cheaper to eat at McDonald’s than to go to the grocery store where she found food expensive and of low quality. So she came up with a take-control solution, an eco pimp my ride farmers market on the move that will provide direct access to locally sourced, healthy food while at the same time supporting local producers.
“The new mobile market concept works to address rising health issues including obesity and diabetes in the Bronx, which—according to the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene—maintains the highest rates of obesity and diabetes-related deaths in the city.” Source
“This had to be the first time that food advocacy organizations – an astonishing 88 of them – joined forces to induce candidates for city office to agree to respond to questions about issues of concern to every one of those groups. … they thought this audience important enough to come and state their positions on how food production and consumption affect public health, and how political leaders can use their authority to improve the food system.” Source
Great to see the momentum!