Skip to main content

Easy Roasted Chicken

Written for the River Current Publication

My friend proud of his chickens.

I learned a new word recently and to be honest, I’m surprised I have never heard this word before.  Orthorexia.  Orthorexia describes someone who obsesses and fixates upon eating healthy, pure food.  Now this may surprise you…but I am not that person. 

My goal is to be informed.  Never to be pushy or preachy or judging of others….when it comes to food anyway…lol.  I love hanging out with what I call, like-minded people.  People who think like me and respect learning about health and nutrition.  It is often when I am with these sort of folks, that on occasion I find myself feeling embarrassed as they chastise a waiter because the restaurant is not serving organic butter or because they don’t know where the foods they are serving have come from…or most importantly, if they are not organic.

I was at a party once when a young (orthorexic) lady literally ran out of the room when a beautiful cake was brought to the table in celebration of a birthday.  She was horrified to even be in the same room.  I on the other hand, anxiously awaited my serving and joined in the joyous celebration amongst friends and family.

I have this theory; we must learn to live in this big world that surrounds us.  And if that means having an occasional ‘treat’ that isn’t typical of our preferred food preferences…that’s ok.  I am sometimes surprised when I am in a store or restaurant and people will make an effort to apologize to me, for what they are purchasing or eating.  And even more uncomfortable, sometimes I feel they are watching with great interest to see what I am eating.  Eek!  I guess if we have to apologize, then perhaps we shouldn’t be eating it in the first place?  A friend of mine calls it a ‘once in a while treat’.  And I am 100% ok with that.   I have said it many times; all things in moderation folks.

Be informed.  Make wise choices whenever possible.  And for those moments when a friend offers you a piece of cake, say “Heck yea…I would love to share a piece of cake with you.  Where’s the ice cream?”

This recipe is for Barb.  When I was leaving work tonight, she asked me for some healthy recipe ideas.  She shared how hard it was for her to cook healthy, because she lives alone.  She is wanting to clean up her diet and already has some great ideas as to where she will start.   

I suggested she try roasting a chicken for dinner and then enjoy it sliced on a salad or in a wrap the next day for lunch or dinner.  We discussed cooking larger portions so she could cook once; eat twice.  I’m a big fan of making a pot of soup on the weekend and packing it in my lunch during the week.  With fall right around the corner, soup recipes will soon be on the way!

Not exactly a roasted chicken pic; but it is a roasted chicken...
and he looks so fine, doesn't he?

Easy Roast Chicken
1 whole chicken (3 to 4 lbs.)
Sea salt
1 lemon, quartered
2 sprigs fresh thyme
2 sprigs fresh sage
2 small onions or leeks; sliced
½ bag baby carrots
1 cup dry white wine (If preferred, substitute chicken broth)
1 cup filtered water
1 Tbsp. butter
Freshly ground black pepper

To prepare:

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

2. Wash the chicken and pat dry with a paper towel.  Sprinkle the inside with salt, then add half of the lemon wedges and herbs.

3. Place the chicken in the middle of a roasting pan and arrange the onions and carrots around the chicken, along with the remaining lemon wedges.

4. Add the wine (or broth) and water. 

5. Rub the butter over the chicken.  Sprinkle generously with salt and pepper.  Cover the pan and bake for 1 ½ hours.

6. Uncover the chicken, baste the chicken and bake uncovered for another 15 to 20 minutes or until internal temperature is 165 - 170 degrees.


  1. Love the photo of Jack! :)

    And of course, awesome advice! Sometimes we complicate things when all we need to do is simplify.


Post a Comment

Popular posts from this blog

Supplement Store Grand Opening!

      SUPPLEMENT STORE GRAND OPENING   Well here it is....finally!  I have aspired for the longest time to make an addition to my website where you can order quality supplements.  REAL supplements vs. the pretend ones you pick up and throw in your shopping carts along with your toilet paper, light bulbs and frozen green beans at Wallie World! As a Certified Nutrition Therapy Practitioner, I am super excited to be able to offer these quality products to you.    Why do I want to make Biotics products available to YOU ?  Because they are REAL my friends, and to state it simply and honestly...they will make you feel great!  These superior products are all natural, organic, plant and animal based.   If you want to run like the wind from 6 a.m. until 11:30 p.m. every day like me...I suggest you give them a try!          More nitty gritty on these fabulous products:   Biotics Research Corporation has been a leading manufacturer of specially designed nutritional p

Pumpkin Doughnut Pleasure

Written for The River Current Publication      I think I have said this before, but I just have to say it again…I love all things pumpkin!   If one doesn’t share my love of pumpkin around this time of year, I suppose it could be a difficult thing.    All that one could do I suppose, would be to sit back and wait for the pumpkin madness to subside!   As we have slipped into the magnificence of a Mid-Western fall season, you will find in my kitchen simmering pots of pumpkin chili, pumpkin breads, pumpkin pies, pumpkin muffins, pumpkin coffees…well, I think you get the pumpkin picture!     For the last couple of weeks I have been craving a good pumpkin doughnut.   I have always been a huge fan of doughnuts, but in my quest for eating healthier, doughnuts are now a ‘once in a blue moon’ kind of treat for me.         I decided to try my luck at baking my doughnuts, rather than the typical fried version…making them a much healthier option.   What can I say…p

11.12.13 Random Anniversary Thoughts

Last week was a shit storm of unpleasantness for me.  For the last week it seems, I have fought back tears and sadness.  Silly things such as a looney ex-husband, rudeness, rejection and the death of a friend's husband; they all seemed to pile up on me like the autumn leaves in my back yard....or cow shit out in a pasture...they just kept piling up!   Perhaps also tucked in the back of my mind were the memories of the beautiful wedding weekend that Rick and I shared two years ago today.  I shared on my blog, Marital Status: W  last year, how I have always been fascinated with the unique sequencing of numbers on a calendar...weird, I know.  Special dates that will never occur again.  Rick and I had teased each other when trying to select such a numerical sequence for our wedding day.  Today the uniqueness of 11/12/13, for some silly reason even brought tears to my eyes.  What a cool date...Rick would have liked it, just as I do.   It is almost unimaginable that it has b