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3.30.2011

Recipe review and a giveaway!

Here's a little PSA for you lovely ladies who, like me, enjoy a good giveaway. Katie, over at Words by Katie is hosting a FABULOUS giveaway, if I do say so myself! The giveaway consists of her favorite things, and I can tell they would be some of my favorites, also! I hope you get a chance to stop by her blog and enter to win, although I do not wish you luck, because I want to win!! Just click her blog title above to be taken to the correct entry :)

Tonight, I roasted a whole chicken for the first time. Now, I usually work with plain old, trustworthy boneless skinless chicken breast, so roasting a whole chicken, skin, bones, giblets and all, was quite intimidating. In my healthy recipe research I did last week, I stumbled upon this recipe for Lemon-Rosemary Chicken and filed it away for another evening when I felt brave enough to attempt it. 

Well, my dears, that day was Tuesday evening. I rather audaciously invited my running buddy Nicole and her boyfriend Jason over for dinner. We realized last week that though we know each other socially, we have only really seen each other for workouts for the last 6 months or so, and had to remedy this quickly! Now, it's pretty brazen to attempt a new recipe, with a whole new take on chicken that I have never endeavored to cook before, but I figured if I was going to make a whole bird, I might as well share it, good or bad. 

Thankfully, this recipe is pretty fool proof, and made the roasting much easier by directing me to stick the whole chicken in the crock pot, turn on high, and not touch it for 4 hours. Simple? Yes, please! I did double the amount of butter called for, and stuffed it under the skin with about 6 cloves of garlic, as well as rubbed butter over the skin, and stuck garlic inside. I also used lemon pepper, instead of plain old pepper, and I have a little tiny crock pot, so no rack was used. Let me tell you, it was delicious! So simple and easy, even for a whole chicken newbie like me! It was juicy and tender, and broiling it after the crock pot did make it look all goldeny-brown and awesome. My little 4lb chicken fed 4 adults, and gave me a ton of shredded chicken leftovers for tomorrow. I will definitely be making this recipe again! I served it with steamed fingerling potatoes, and a beautiful and tasty salad that Nicole brought over.

For dessert, {because there HAS to be a dessert if you have company} I quickly found this recipe for Hot Chocolate Fudge Cakes that seemed simple enough while still being lower calorie {Nicole and I are very calorie conscious, but love our desserts} that would fit the bill. I didn't have enough brown sugar, so I supplemented with granulated white sugar and honey. I didn't have enough cocoa powder, so I added a tiny extra bit of flour. I didn't have a dark chocolate bar so I used milk chocolate chips. Even with fudging the recipe as I did, the cakes turned out awesome, and everyone was happy! I now have a new go-to chocolate cake recipe for company!

The reason I was able to eat all of this yummy food was because for the first time, I completed a triathlon! Well, not a race anyway, but I did do all three of my events back to back at the gym. I swam 900 yards {race distance is 880 yards} in the pool, went to my Tuesday spin class for an hour which would be about 10 miles {race distance is 14 miles}, and then decided I was feeling all sorts of cocky and would run on the treadmill for 3.25 miles in 32 minutes {race distance is 3.1 miles}. I am used to doing a swim and spin workout 1-2 times per week, so that wasn't too bad, but adding in the run at the end was killer! I can't believe I made it through all three activities today. When I got home, I could literally wring out my clothes because I was so sweaty. I also felt like I could eat everything in the fridge. I burned over 1,200 calories, so I was able to eat a lot more today than I normally would, and it's a good thing because I was hungry!

3 comments

  1. Thanks for the shoutout! And, congrats on your triathalon! That's awesome-- I'd love to be able to do that. Someday soon, I hope. :)

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  2. Holy moly, girl!! I need you to drag me to the gym with you!

    PS- Whole bird is a huge accomplishment and it's on my list! Thanks for the encouragement! :)

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  3. I was just talking about how roasting a whole chicken scares me to death! I did branch out last night and do thighs instead of breasts and it turned out amazing - I'm going to have to try the whole roasting thing. And congrats on your triathlon!! That's awesome!

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