Friday, June 25, 2010

Rosemary Chicken and Veggies

While my parents were in town meeting their new grandchild, my mother whipped up a delicious meal. Rosemary is the star performer in this dinner. This dish is elegant enough to serve to special guests, a romantic night at home, or just every day life. It's a beautiful dish and very tasty! If it's been awhile since you've tasted rosemary, you will fall in love all over again. Here is her recipe. Thanks Mom!

Rosemary Chicken

Chicken Breast (best quality you can afford, preferably hormone/antibiotic free)
1 or 2 sprigs of Rosemary per chicken breast
tsp Basil
Dash of salt and pepper
1 large onion, sliced into rings
1 slice of Bacon (nitrate free) per chicken breast

1. Salt and pepper chicken breast. Chop basil and sprinkle on chicken.
2. Lay sliced onion rings on top of chicken breast.
3. Place sprigs of rosemary on top and wrap chicken breast with the bacon.
4. Make sure the ends of bacon are underneath the breast. Place the pieces on a jelly roll pan.
5. Cover and Bake @ 425 degrees for about 30 minutes, uncover cook for additional 15 minutes, until juices run clear.

Rosemary Potatoes, Broccoli, and Onion Medley

1 Head of Broccoli, cut into pieces
12 New Potatoes, sliced thickly
1 large onion, sliced thick
1/4 cup of Olive Oil
salt and pepper to taste
2 sprigs Rosemary, chopped

Place all chopped veggies in a glass casserole dish. Pour olive oil over vegetables. Add the salt, pepper, basil and Rosemary to the veggies. Stir well, until all is well coated with the oil and spices. Cover vegetables with tin foil for about 30 minutes and bake in oven at 425 degrees for 45 minutes. Uncover and bake 10 more minutes. Enjoy!

Nutritional Tips:

Rosemary is a potent anti-inflammatory due to caffeic acid and rosemarinic acid. These are strong antioxidants which protect our bodies from degenerative diseases. Rosemary has a long history of culinary use and it is exciting to hear the research proving the medicinal effects for protecting us from cancers, asthma and pain-causing inflammation. Eat rosemary regularly for the protective benefits to build up in your system!