Thursday night. I week till Thanksgiving, and I still have not made it to the grocery store. I went through the freezer and saw a chick’n roast. I was inspired. I had celery, onion, carrots, baby potatoes, and 1 Delicata squash. That sounds like a good oven baked meal on a coldish day.
I got out my favorite white casserole dish, and began our mini feast. I loaded the bottom with sliced carrots, celery, baby potatoes and sliced of the squash. I poured about 1/2 cup water into the bottom of the dish. I had the oven preheating at 400. Notice I forgot something, one of my favorite things, onions. I didn’t notice until I served our plates! Anyway, when all the veggies were on the bottom, I seasoned them with sea salt, pepper, and thyme. I hit them with a drizzle of olive oil, then I popped the dish in the oven for 20 minutes. After 20 minutes I added my chic’n roast, put foil over the whole dish, and back in the oven 20 more minutes. When those 20 minutes were up, I removed the foil, added a little more water and cooked another 15 minutes to brown my “roast”.
During the final 15 minutes, I made a new side I love. I had 2 crisp Granny Smith apples and fresh cranberries. I heated a small pot on the stove, added 1 tbsp. buttery spread, then my diced apples. I tossed them around and then hit them with some cinnamon and sugar. Just a little. I let them cook a few minutes before adding the fresh cranberries. I also had a Myer lemon which I zested into the pan with the cranberries. It was still a little tart and need some liquid. So I added 2 tbsp. agave nectar, and 1/4 unsweetened cranberry juice from the fridge. It simmered into the BEST apple cranberry sauce I ever tasted. We all were crazy over it. It will absolutely 100% be on my Thanksgiving table.
I also made a little pot of gravy on the side. It literally took 3 minutes and tasted fabulous. All in all, this meal made me really look forward to Thanksgiving. Or, as Mya says in our house, because we don’t eat animals, THANKSLIVING.
I apologize the pictures are not my best, I just could not get the indoor lighting and camera to cooperate.
I am looking forward to Mya having off next week, I hope I can get my office rearranged for the millionth time. I will take some before and after shots once the renovation begins.
Enjoy your day.