Winner, winner…chicken dinner?ย 

I know it’s been so long since I actually wrote on my blog… I mean actually wrote- not the easy way out with quotes or pictures. I guess life got busy and my focus shifted elsewhere but I wanted to slowly get back into it so that I give myself some time to reflect and even learn as jotting down things usually allows me to do so. I really find a sense of peace when I have some time to myself to write and even read some of my posts that I’ve written in the past. We all have our own version of therapy! 

Anyone who knows me could tell you that I am such a foodie. This hurts both my wallet and my waist! Since I do really enjoy cooking, I thought I could save myself some money from going out for a bite and I could also get back into writing with a recipe and a “humble brag” photo of my food hahaha. I made chicken dinner yesterday. Bear with me as I try to put down all the steps of making it. Since I’m not a chef or a cook of any sort, the recipe will probably be a little longer in reading length than you’re used to but if you decide to try it out, I promise it’ll be worth it! I know there’s really nothing that complex about it but I always get some sense of pleasure from plating food I made from scratch. It was by no means healthy but I got to enjoy a delicious meal without having to dip into bread or pasta that not only make my world go round, but unforuntely my belly too! I made honey garlic chicken thighs in my slow cooker, bacon covered green beans and roasted potatoes. Here’s the beauty of it… most of my ingredients were ones I already had. Basic- ketchup, soy sauce, honey, garlic… 

Crock Pot Honey Garlic Chicken Thighs

Prep time: 5 minutes

Cook time: 6 hours on low 

Serves: 4-6

Ingredients:

6 chicken thighs 

2 tbsp honey 

2 tbsp ketchup 

2 tbsp soy sauce 

3-4 minced garlic cloves 

Roasted sesame seeds to your liking 

I started with my chicken thighs that went in the crockpot. There’s just something so comforting in the smell that flows through the air as the food is cooking ever so slow. 

Lay chicken thighs in pot. Mix the remaining ingredients (minus the roasted sesame seeds) together in a bowl and apply to chicken in slow cooker until well mixed. Place lid on crockpot with setting on low for 6 hours! 

If the chicken skin isn’t browned to your liking, place the chicken thighs on a baking sheet with some of the remaining sauce in the crock pot and broil in the oven for 3-4 minutes. Plate and sprinkle roasted sesame seeds. 

Roasted Bacon, Onion & Green Beans

Prep time: 5 minutes 

Cook time: 20 minutes 

Serves: 6

Ingredients:

2 pounds green beans 

8 slices of pork bacon sliced thin 

1 chopped medium onion 

1/4 olive oil 

Salt and pepper to taste 

Preheat oven to 425 degrees F. Cut ends off of the beans and place on a baking sheets. Sprinkle over the onion, bacon, and add the olive oil, salt and pepper. Toss to coat every bean. Bake for 20 minutes or until the bacon is sizzling and the beans are starting to brown (note not to put green beans in until you’re done prepping roasted potatoes). 

Roasted Potatoes

Prep time: 10 minutes 

Cook time: 1 hour 

Serves: 6

Ingredients:

1 pound baby potatoes (half red half white)

1 1/2 tablespoon herbes de Provence 

3 minced garlic cloves 

1/4 cup extra Virgin olive oil 

Salt and pepper to your liking 

Oven is already preheating at 425 degrees F

Place potatoes in large bowl 

In a smaller bowl whisk together oil, minced garlic, herbs and mix well. Pour over potatoes and sprinkle salt and pepper to your liking. Place potatoes in a baking sheet with space in-between. Place the potatoes in the oven and rotate occasionally for about an hour. Place the potatoes back in original large bowl and add more olive oil or seasoning if desired.

Here is my end result

 

I went heavy on the portion but isn’t that what Sunday is all about? So that on Monday we have that extra motivation to always start fresh! xx 

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