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Follow Kristi Ondo's adventures feeding her little family! Neither Kristi nor her husband are chefs, but they enjoy cooking fun new recipes and raising their daughter.

Meal Plan: Week One, Day Three

Written by Kristi Ondo, Community blogger | Oct 10, 2012 7:08 PM
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Another mixed review evening.  Tonight's meal was Roasted Chicken with Collards.  The roasted chicken and the tomatoes were a big hit, the collards? Not so much.  Of course, helpful hubby remarked "I'm sure they'd be better if they were prepared right."  Don't worry, he is still alive.  I know what he means.  While I followed the recipe to the letter (a rule in the house, often broken, is that the first try of a recipe, we follow it), I still felt like I was not quite getting it right.  They were still gritty, so I did not clean it correctly, and the flavor was off-puttingly strong. I did slice them and discard the stems as instructed.

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See? I sliced them into inch ribbons as instructed...

The prep and the cooking were ridiculously easy.  After a tiring day at work it was nice to not have a lot of steps.  The recipe itself had only two bullet points.  The chicken and grape tomatoes get tossed with olive oil, kosher salt, and pepper.  That all gets placed on a rimmed baking sheet and into a 450 oven it goes for about 30 minutes. 

In the meantime, sliced onion and more salt and pepper go into a saute pan.  After the onion softens you add in the collards. After about 10 minutes, that part is done. 

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I just typed up the steps of that recipe, after having done it once, from memory.  I love recipes like that...especially for work/week nights.  The chicken was so, so tasty, even my 4 year old had seconds!  We all loved the tomatoes too (a rarity in this house).  The collards, as previously mentioned were not as loved.  However, if you mix in the tomato with the greens, that was a tasty bite.  I will have to work on my collard green cooking.  However, night three was still a win in the house!

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