It’s So Easy! Amazing Lemon-Pepper Baked Chicken That You’ll Want Again and Again

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Easy lemon-pepper roasted chicken

Easy lemon-pepper roasted chicken

Sometimes we forget that the most simple dishes can be the absolute best tasting. This simple meal uses less-expensive chicken thighs, and the bones are used later for chicken stock as well, making this the dish that keeps on going.  See that crispy chicken skin dusted with pepper? It tastes even better than it looks.

If you want your kids to eat more protein, this is an irresistible dish.

Ingredients:

3 pounds skin-on chicken thighs (boneless or with the bone) (purchase pastured chicken here)

1 teaspoon lemon-pepper (purchase here or make your own)

1/2 teaspoon sea salt (purchase sea salt here)

 

Equipment:

2 shallow casserole dishes or rimmed baking sheets

 

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350*.  Lay chicken, touching but not overlapping, skin side up on the baking sheets or casserole dishes.  Sprinkle with sea salt and lemon pepper.  Bake for 60 minutes for bone-in chicken, 40 minutes for boneless chicken, on the middle rack, turning the trays once to keep the chicken cooking evenly.  Check for doneness by piercing one chicken thigh and seeing if the pink is gone and the juices are clear.

Serve while hot, or cool to touch and remove bones before serving. Reserve bones to make chicken stock (recipe).

Side dish suggestions: 

Southern-Style Grain Free Biscuits

Quick Sugar Pea Saute

 

Want to eat recipes like this every night? What if I told you that it’s really not that difficult to make grain-free delicious home-cooked meals each night?

This recipe is part of my Grain-Free Meal Plan – my meal plan that delivers delicious easy-to-make food packed full of flavor and nutrition to your table every day.  We don’t only do dinners like most other meal plans – no we give you seasonal recipes and a plan for 3 meals a day, 7 days a week PLUS a page of Craving Busters so that you’re never tempted to stray away from your healthy eating goals.

Want to learn more? Learn more here.

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Easy Homemade Jerky From Ground Beef

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jerky from ground beef

Beef jerky is an easy portable way to get needed protein in either as a quick snack, or even a meal replacement in a pinch. I love to bring this camping and when we do errands or otherwise are out and about.  Less chewy than beef jerky from a roast, this beef jerky from ground beef is crunchy if you roll it out thinly. When rolled out a little thicker, it’s more substantial and less crunchy.

In any case, this is a delicious protein-rich treat, and you save lots by making it on your own – both health-wise since you can choose beef from a source you trust and only add seasonings, but also money-wise because purchasing jerky, even the yucky supermarket kind filled with additives, is expensive!

Try it this week, and see how fast this recipe is and how much you enjoy the ease of having easy protein!

This recipe is also part of my Dehydrator Recipes roundup – if you need more ideas for what to do with your dehydrator, this is the place to go!

Ground Beef Jerky Recipe

2 pounds ground beef (find grassfed beef here)

2 tablespoons sea salt (find sea salt here)

1 teaspoon ground black pepper (find organic herbs and spices here)

1 teaspoon other spices, as desired (I like garlic powder and smoked paprika, 1 teaspoon each)

Equipment needed: Dehydrator, optional paraflex sheets, optional jerky gun

 

In a bowl, mix seasonings into the beef until evenly distributed, with your hands.  Divide beef mixture into 3 or 4 sections. Roll to the size of your dehydrator trays between either paraflex sheets or plastic wrap if you don’t have paraflex sheets.

Remove plastic wrap as you flip the meat onto the dehydrator trays.  Score into jerky-sized strips with a sharp knife, being careful not to cut the dehydrator tray, and dry on high overnight, or until thoroughly cooked. Break apart at the score lines.

Store in the fridge long term, though the salt and dehydrator preserve this well to last for a weekend camping trip or all day on a hike.

Tip: Use scissors, like the ones that came with your knife set, to easily cut this jerky once dehydrated.

Tip 2: You can also use a jerky gun. I don’t have one, but I’ve heard of people absolutely loving theirs!

 

 

This recipe is part of my Grain-Free Meal Plan – my meal plan that delivers delicious easy-to-make food packed full of flavor and nutrition to your table every day.  We don’t only do dinners like most other meal plans – no we give you seasonal recipes and a plan for 3 meals a day, 7 days a week PLUS a page of Craving Busters so that you’re never tempted to stray away from your healthy eating goals.

Want to learn more? Learn more here.

You already know you want it? Purchase right now by clicking here for a special discount – only $10/month!  Hurry! This offer won’t last long!

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