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Feelin' Like a Spring Chicken

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Now that we've experienced the terribleness of springing forward for Daylight Savings Time and the weather is starting to warm up, it's finally starting to feel like spring. While the official equinox is still a few days away, I'm ready to kick off the season with some springtime eats. See below for your perfect spring meal!

xx,
Allison

Protein

At my bachelorette party last weekend, it was officially unearthed that my roast chicken is Kevin's favorite meal (and yes, I guessed that correctly!). To give credit where credit is due, this is actually Thomas Keller's recipe, and I've actually shared the recipe before right here.


Here's the shortcut version:

1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees F.

2. Rinse a ~4 lb chicken with water and make sure to dry it completely, inside and out, with paper towels.

3. Salt and pepper said chicken, both inside the cavity and on the outside.

4. Truss the bird, stick it in the oven for an hour. Iit should read 165 degrees F on a meat thermometer, but honestly, I just cut into it after letting it rest for 10 minutes or so to confirm that everything is cooked. If not, it goes right back in the oven in 10-minute increments until cooked through.

That's it. Voila! On to sides. 

Sides 

Before I started trying to adhere more strictly to a wedding diet, I was obsessed with gnocchi. The real trick is to roast the gnocchi in the oven rather than boiling it, which makes it a perfect side to go with the chicken.

When you've got about 25 minutes left on the chicken, pop a package of gnocchi, asparagus (cut into two-inch pieces on a diagonal), olive oil (about 2 tablespoons), salt, and pepper into the oven.

Roast for about 6-8 minutes, checking to make sure that the gnocchi is crisping but not burning (it should be turning a golden brown on the pan side). Give it a stir, then leave it in the oven for another 8-12 minutes. 

I like to hit this mixture with some fresh lemon juice and freshly grated parmesan when it comes out of the oven. If you'd prefer a lower carb version, sub the gnocchi for Trader Joe's cauliflower gnocchi! 

Dessert

I've been on a major chocolate kick lately. I've also been extra busy, so in addition to one-pan dinners, chocolate bars have been my savior. Chocolate has a decent amount of dietary fiber (for a dessert...). Plus, dark chocolate has antioxidants, which of course are good for us! If you haven't tried it, buy this Mexican chocolate IMMEDIATELY. To say I'm addicted is...not really a stretch. I am obsessed with the discs, and my favorite flavors are Salted Almond and Guajillo Chili. Nothing better than eating a disc while kicking back and watching Vanderpump Rules. You'll thank me later.

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