Friday, January 7, 2011
Seasonal Eating Oven Roasted Dinner
The seasonal challenge for us has started off really well. It's new to us, so not hard at this point. Just wait until my precious apples go out of season. Trust me, for all those months, you will hear me crying over those most delicious, juicy, treats from heaven.

Ok, enough of that, to the challenge...

For a full list you can look here, I will spare you having to read it if you aren't interested. I will tell you that this dish of oven roasted carrots, sweet potatoes (thank you Lisa for these-delicious) and brussels sprouts** are my all time favorites along with broccoli, cauliflower and pumpkin (of course)...well, and butternut squash.

I balanced out this meal for me by serving it with quinoa. Did you know that quinoa is actually related to spinach and Swiss chard? Hello protein rich amino acids that fall into my seasonal challenge accidentally! I personally love quinoa, but I have found this is another one of those things people either love or hate. Make sure you rinse it really well before you cook it or it is BITTER. I will confess to eating all of the sweet potatoes and carrots...and most of the brussels sprouts. Yes, I am ok with turning orange and looking like an oompa loompa. I call it my winter tan.

The boys had their oven roasted chicken with carrots, onions and potatoes. The illustrator and Max were allowed to have a few brussels sprouts. I am nice that way.

Oven Roasted Chicken Pieces

1 cut up chicken whole chicken (washed)
whole garlic
garlic powder
onion powder
Kosher Salt
fresh ground pepper

Preheat your oven to 375 degrees.

Layer your veggies on the bottom of the pan. Add the washed chicken pieces. Season with garlic powder, onion powder, salt and pepper. Roast for about 1 to 1 1/2 hours or until the chicken is browned and the temperature is 165 to 170 degrees. Allow the meat to rest before serving.

**I roasted the vegetables at the same temperature as the chicken for ease of preparation.

So, here is my question and where our dilemma comes in to play with the seasonal challenge. We have people coming over for dinner on Sunday and I think we need to stay within the seasonal vegetable challenge even though a salad would be a great accompaniment to the meal. I know this is not the worst dilemma in the world, but I think it is interesting to consider what conditions should allow you to change your thinking on the importance of where your food comes from. You see, cantaloupe is on sale right now...and I love cantaloupe (almost as much as apples). Why and where did it come from? These are important questions when it comes to food. Normally, I wouldn't be too concerned about what I am serving our friends because I know what they like and don't like. The guests we are having on Sunday are friends of the illustrator's from high school and I have no idea what they like, so a massaged kale salad might be too much for them...I know it would be for my boys (well, Max would eat it, but I don't think he is the norm). Any thoughts on this? Do you think seasonal eating is even important?

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posted by Sarena Shasteen - The Non-Dairy Queen @ 7:43 AM  
  • At January 7, 2011 at 7:49 AM, Anonymous Estela @ Weekly Bite said…

    This looks delicious! We need to do more seasonal eating in our house :)

  • At January 7, 2011 at 8:01 AM, Anonymous lee said…

    I think seasonal eating is good because the food tastes better, but I think you can make exceptions, especially if you are having guests. That said, they might really like something different that they've never tried.

  • At January 7, 2011 at 8:40 AM, Anonymous Heather (Where's the Beach) said…

    I do think seasonal eating is important but will readily admit that I don't know if I could really do it completely. I love my bananas and apples for my oatmeal each morning. I could probably do without many things like strawberries and blueberries - I pretty much only buy frozen this time of year anyway. But what about tomatoes... I know I'm very spoiled.

    What are you going to make for dinner? Can the salad just be a green salad with maybe thinly sliced onions and a sweeter dressing - maybe some nuts?

  • At January 7, 2011 at 9:16 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Does it have to be seasonal AND local?
    Also this site says spinach, cabbage and lettuce are winter veg fro Georgia.
    Cat Story

  • At January 7, 2011 at 9:43 AM, Anonymous Anna @ Newlywed, Newly Veg said…

    I always love the idea of seasonal eating...but then I start thinking about all of the stuff I eat out of season, and I get worried that I could never do it! I guess I need to make the switch slowwwwly. :-)

  • At January 7, 2011 at 9:56 AM, Anonymous MelissaNibbles said…

    Good question. Can you make a spinach salad?

    I love roasted veggies! I made something similar the other night and plopped some hummus on top.

  • At January 7, 2011 at 10:02 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    This may make me seem naive, but I only really grasped the concept of seasonal eating when I joined my CSA over the summer! Before that I never put any thought into it. But honestly, I would totally buy some on-sale cantaloupe right now. :)

  • At January 7, 2011 at 10:22 AM, Anonymous Deanna said…

    I like to eat at least marginally seasonally - but some things I will always eat out of season - like bananas. I eat those year round. And, apples, even though I know they've been stored.

    Citrus is in season right now - how about a salad of spinach and citrus? Light and refreshing to go with all those heavy root veggies.

  • At January 7, 2011 at 10:28 AM, Blogger Heather said…

    I think it's important to stick to your principles, but I also think it's ok to make exceptions.
    We have a "no chain restaurants" policy this year but I know that's going to have to bend a little when it comes to family and work outings.

  • At January 7, 2011 at 10:49 AM, Anonymous Amy B @ Second City Randomness said…

    Is there some sort of winter salad recipe you could look into? Maybe one that is "leaf-less"? Just a thought...

  • At January 7, 2011 at 10:50 AM, Anonymous Lisa @ Thrive Style said…

    I think seasonal eating is really important for a lot of reasons! I love the idea of supporting my locals, and also, since I'm in farm country I know that even the non-organic farms don't use pesticides (they just don't pay for the process of becoming certified organic). It's better for the environment too---so I'm definitely putting emphasis on this this year!

  • At January 7, 2011 at 11:54 AM, Anonymous thehealthyapron said…

    I am really trying to challenge myself to eat seasonally as well! I t can be difficult but it truly is the best thing for our health AND environment! Kudos to you for trying!! I can't wait until berries come back in to season!!

  • At January 7, 2011 at 12:25 PM, Blogger Emily said…

    I love that you are doing this challenge, Sarena and definitely think that it is important. I think it will make you (and us) more aware of where our food comes from - and when!

  • At January 7, 2011 at 12:50 PM, Anonymous Jennifer @ Evolving Well said…

    Oh're pictures look awesome! I miss my mom's roasted chicken with potatoes... In fact, I think I'm having some for lunch! Yay!

  • At January 7, 2011 at 1:23 PM, Anonymous Kate (What Kate is Cooking) said…

    That's a great challenge! Seasonal food always tastes better :)

  • At January 7, 2011 at 4:12 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    I am so loving reading about you eating seasonally! We've been having lots of soups lately because it's so cold out and I love that the minestrone I made the other day was all totally in season. So proud of myself. ;)

  • At January 7, 2011 at 6:22 PM, Anonymous Madeline - Greens and Jeans said…

    My parents actually did a seasonal and local challenge through their co-op. 80% of their food had to come from within a 100 mile radius. Of course, my mom is on the co-op's education board so she gets a nice discount, which made this challenge a little easier financially than it might be (think having to buy all your groceries at Whole Foods...). I wish I could do better with this, but with my new job I travel so much that it just isn't something that makes sense. I try to eat seasonally as much as possible though!

  • At January 7, 2011 at 6:35 PM, Blogger Averie @ Averie Cooks said…

    seasonal is great if you can swing it..but in iowa in january or arizona in july, the choices can be limited...but if you can do it, rock it!

    have fun w/ your friends tonite!!!


  • At January 7, 2011 at 7:01 PM, Anonymous Bianca @ Confessions of a Chocoholic said…

    Quinoa is related to spinach?? Wow! Love meals like this. Anything oven roasted gets my vote!

  • At January 8, 2011 at 1:36 AM, Blogger Amy said…

    I would like to eat seasonally. Sadly in our house, by the time you rule out intolerances and dislikes it can be somewhat impossible not to eat things that aren't in season :(

  • At January 8, 2011 at 10:41 AM, Blogger LifeasKristina said…

    I'm right there w/ya with the season eating and roasted veggies-yummm...yes please! It's breakfast time and yet now i'm craving roasted brussel sprouts and sweet potatoes!

  • At January 8, 2011 at 4:03 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    i love the idea of seasonal eating, but at the same time I am a college kids - I eat what my dining hall has. While yes, the pineapple is delicious and I love the strawberries that we have all year round, i know it isnt as nutritious but atleast I am eating fruits!

    ps. roasted sweet potatoes & brussels sprouts look GREAT

  • At January 8, 2011 at 10:03 PM, Anonymous Kayla said…

    I LOOOVE roasted brussels sprouts~~

  • At January 8, 2011 at 10:55 PM, Blogger Tip Top Shape said…

    Looks great!! I love brussel sprouts!! Probably one of the few college students who actually does, haha.

  • At January 9, 2011 at 5:14 PM, Blogger Girl on Raw said…

    Quinoa related to spinach? No way. Your oven roasted veggies look pretty yum.

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