Lemon Paprika Chicken

Here is what’s for dinner tonight…

What you will need:

1 lemon (zest the outside and cut in 1/2)

8 oz Peppers (mixed yellow, orange, red) frozen or fresh

8 oz Broccoli frozen or fresh

8 oz Green Beans frozen or fresh

6 oz Corn frozen or fresh

4 Boneless Skinless Chicken Breasts (about 1 lb)

1/4 tsp salt

1/4 and 1/8 tsp ground black pepper

4 tsp paprika (sweet or smoked)

1 1/2 cups mariana sauce (homemade or store-bought)

Spray cooking oil or Extra Virgin Coconut Oil (4 tsp)

The ingredients…

What to do:

1. Place non stick skillet over medium heat add 2 tsp of the coconut oil or spray skillet with cooking spray.

2. Place vegetables and lemon peel in melted oil and cook 8-10 minutes until tender, stirring every couple of minutes to cook vegetable evenly. Then add 1/4 tsp black pepper. When done transfer to a plate and keep warm.

The vegetables cooking in a cast iron skillet

3. Season chicken on both sides with the remaining black pepper, salt, and paprika.

4. If needed add remaining 2 tsp of coconut oil or spray skillet with more cooking spray. Add chicken to skillet and brown on both sides, about 6-8 minutes a side depending on your skillet. While the first side is browning squeeze half the lemon over the chicken, being careful not to get seeds in the skillet.

The chicken browned

5. When both sides are browned add back in the vegetables. Squeeze on the other half of the lemon and add in the mariner sauce. Stir then reduce heat to low/medium, cover, and cook for 8-10 minutes, stirring if needed.

Its all back in the skillet

6. Serve.

Finished and plated

Serving Ideas:

Serve over egg noodles, or for a healthier option serve over whole wheat noodles or brown rice. You can just serve as is too. Also my father and husband like to shake a little Texas Pete on top of it before eating.

Other Tips:

Amount of seasoning can be adjusted to your taste. You can also add more or less vegetables and adjust the recipe to serve more or less people. You can also add different vegetables according to what you have in you freezer or on hand. Other good ideas are zucchini, squash, cherry tomatoes, okra, etc. You can also substitute turkey breast for the chicken if that is what you have.

Prep time: If vegetables are frozen: 4 minutes. If vegetables are fresh: 6-8 minutes depending on how fast you chop.

Cook Time: 28 – 36 minutes

Serves: 4 people

Serving size: 1 chicken breast and 3/4 cups vegetables

Work in progress…

So I have been sitting here all morning trying to figure out how to work all aspects of this blog… I have to admit I am having some trouble… but as the old saying goes practice makes perfect so I will keep at it. Wish me luck.

Today is also a day that I take Baxter my therapy dog to his Therapy Dog event at a library. There kids get a opportunity to read to him without judgement. They love this and he loves kids so it works out well. I will try to post a picture of him later. Have a good Saturday.

Adendium: Here is the picture  promised.

Baxter the Therapy Dog

First Post

Spring 2010

I am sitting in my basement tonight writing this first post. I just finished locking the chickens in their coop for the night and my little dog Chase is always happy to help. The fire is blazing on this cold Virginia night as the wind whips around our house. It seems the last year the wind has been really bad in our neck of the woods.

Before I go any further maybe I should tell you a little more about me and why I decided to become a blogger. It all started one cold rainy night…. not… so seriously… I decided to write this blog as a memory bank not only for myself, but for any kids God decides to bless us with. We have been trying to start a family for a while now, but no luck yet. I have faith God will allow us a blessing when it is his time, so I just go on with daily life until it happens.

My husband and I got married in 2008 and have been together since 2006. We moved to a little piece of property in upper Virginia and have tried to set up a nice life for ourselves. Yet, we still have always had a secret ambition to move out west and start our own ranch or farm with some animals, land, and a nice place to raise our kids like we were raised. We have a couple of Dogs our oldest is a 3-year-old black lab/blue tick named Baxter and a 1-year-old terrier mix named Chase. They have their own personalities, good and bad habits, but I wouldn’t trade them for anything (except maybe my husband if I had to). Baxter is a therapy dog. I can take him to schools, nursing homes, libraries, and any place that need him to cheer someone up or encourage reading in kids.

Baxter

Chase Winter 2011

My father lives with my husband and I, as he was paralyzed in 2005 and can not live on his own anymore. Sometimes its tough, but other times a blessing.

That is the basics…

More to come…