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What a Vegetarian Knows about Chicken and Toy Story 3


I was a vegetarian my entire adult life; over 10 years when I met my husband, the hunter. I actually had to do some soul searching to even date the guy. I stayed a vegetarian until I was pregnant with #2; when I actually craved red meat and began to re-introduce it into my diet. Since then I've almost completely re-acclimated myself into the land of the carnivores. Changing my diet was only half the battle; I had to learn how to cook meat as well.

I've learned new techniques, I've learned how to prepare some tried and true recipes. Every now and then I learn something that perhaps the rest of the world already knows...but it is an "Aha!" moment for me. That happened this week when I was making my first chicken noodle soup.

In the course of preparation, I decided to bake my chicken first, then make soup...saves time. What I learned was how easy it was to bake a "Aha!" moment came when I realized how easy it would be to double my recipe and freeze the meat for use in a dish sometime down the road. The flavor of the mixed dark and white meat with the seasonings baked in makes a much better flavor in whatever dish I'm going to make next. The best part? It is much cheaper to buy thighs and drumsticks than it is to buy boneless/skinless chicken breasts. Especially when you find a sale like the B1G1 sale at Dillons this week (These ring up at half price).

If you are still leaning like me, or if it just hadn't occurred to you before; here is how I baked my chicken:

Place olive oil in the bottom of a large baking dish (I used 11 x 14) Rinse 3-4 lbs of chicken and place skin side up in dish. Rub olive oil on both sides of the meat. Salt and pepper both sides of the meat. Bake at 400 degrees for 30 minutes then reduce heat to 350 degrees and bake for 10-30 min more.

The chicken was good, I made a double batch to freeze for later and my house smelled amazing. Win, win, win!

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lori 3 years, 5 months ago

Thanks, Jenn! Having also been a vegetarian from late teens to mid-to-late 20s, I am sometimes at a loss on how to fix meat. I appreciate the chicken tip! Do you ever cook them in the crockpot?


Kelly Johnson 3 years, 5 months ago

Is the Pampers deal for a specific store?


letitrain 3 years, 5 months ago

I'm must respectfully disagree with the title of this article. At one time you may have been a vegetarian, but it sound like you gave that up a long time ago. What a vegetarian knows about chicken...a vegetarian knows the steps it took to get that chicken in the super market. May I suggest the title "What a former vegetarian knows about chicken. Perhaps you think I'm just a crazy peta loving idiot....I'm not a peta member (I think they are a bit radical). I usually keep my mouth shut about the subject, but for some reason this article rubbed me the wrong way. Maybe I was expecting an intelligent discussion about where are food really comes from and instead I found something different.


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