Cleaning out the freezer and refrigerator was necessary this week due to a food delivery. Yes, our favorite grocer delivers. They deliver fresh, organic, healthy and not so healthy food for our family (as long as it is a big enough order.)
So I started looking through the fridge...yes old rice from earlier in the week...cranberries my sister had given me from her friends' bog...beets, but of course...and in the freezer...what meat is taking up the most room...well it would have to be that roasting chicken from the pick 8 I ordered from the butchers a few months ago (yes 8 choices of meat...about 50 pounds has lasted us months...there is still plenty of it frozen in the chest freezer and the fridge freezer.)
And through this, I pieced together dinner...nothing miraculous...nothing to write home about as my grandmother would have said...just a hearty scrumptious meal to be shared with my family.
Scraps for dinner
Your Own Personal Pot Luck Dinner!
|clockwise from top...chicken...cranberry sauce...rice...roasted beets.|
I mixed my Italian seasoning, garlic powder, and a bit extra oregano with some sea salt and pepper. I coated the chicken with the seasonings under the skin as well as on top. I then also brushed lemon juice and olive oil all over the whole chicken and poured about a quarter cup of lemon juice into the cavity...this lends a lot of flavor. Preheat the oven to 450 and roast the chicken for about 45 minutes and then lower the temperature to 350 for about 45 minutes to an hour depending on the size of the bird. Pull out of the oven and let sit for about 15 minutes (while you finish the beets.)
With the leftover seasonings from the chicken (unused as not to be contaminated by the chicken meat) I made roasted beets. Just wash and trim about a pound of beets and rub with a little olive oil and place them in the oven with the chicken for the first 45 minutes...remove them from the oven and let them cool down. They should be tender. The skins should just slip right off...slip them off, chop them into bit sized pieces and then toss with a little more olive oil and the seasonings....cook for another 15 minutes while the chicken rests.
And the cranberry sauce...well that is simple enough...Just 3 cups cranberries still frozen...one cup water...one cup sweetener (or a little less...honey and sugar work well at a 1/2 cup and 1/4 cup ratio only using 3/4 of a cup) Bring it to a boil and boil until it looks like jelly...put it in the fridge to cool.
Heat up whatever little tidbits you have in the fridge to round out the meal...and what have you got...a cleaned out fridge, dinner, and a scrumptious delight!