Monday, April 14, 2014

Comfort Food Chicken and Veggies (paleo)

When I look at my blog stats, my top six all-time popular posts are paleo. As I write this, I have 85 published posts, and only 29 of these are paleo. I've posted a total of two meat-containing posts in my blog's history, but stopped doing so in response to stats. The meat posts seemed to be generating no traffic in comparison to my vegan posts. I figured that it meant that people who were visiting my blog were mostly vegan. Things seem to have changed, though, so I've decided to experiment a little with this.

That being said, don't expect every post on here to contain meat. I'm reaching out to more people, not changing my diet. I still rarely cook meat. I'm even once again considering going back to veganism eventually. Basically, all it means is that when I do occasionally cook meat, I'll consider writing about it. I do definitely welcome comments about this or anything else.

Today, I finished my exams for the semester. This means that I have two consecutive compressed courses left, and then I will have completed my undergrad. It's taken me extra long to complete this degree, so it definitely feels like a relief to be getting to the end of it, finally.

Comfort Food Chicken and Veggies (paleo)

4-6 bone-in, skin on chicken legs/backs/thighs/breasts (choose your favourite)
2 large carrots, chopped into bite-sized pieces
2 cups butternut squash cubes
1/2-1 cup green beans
1 cup button mushrooms
1 small or medium onion, cut in half and sliced
1/4-1/3 cups chicken broth
2-3 tsp rosemary
Salt and pepper to taste
1 tsp oil

In a large "cooker" (like a deeper frying pan with a lid), heat the oil over medium high heat. Salt and pepper the chicken. Place skin down into the cooker and brown for about 5 minutes, then flip it over and brown for another few minutes. Add in the butternut squash, carrots, broth and about half of the rosemary. Salt and pepper some more. Lower heat to medium high and cover for 20 minutes.

After 20 minutes, add the rest of the ingredients. You can add a bit more salt and pepper. Make sure that there is still a bit of broth in the cooker. If not, add just a bit more. It will make the chicken nice and tender, and will give you a nice gravy-like sauce at the end. Cover and cook for another 15-20 minutes.

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