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Valentine’s Day Dinner Part 1: Seasoned Asparagus

baked asparagus with seasoning for valentines day dinner

 

I’m really excited for this week’s post because I will be launching a Valentine’s Day special!  This means that throughout the week I will be updating the blog with recipes I created as part of a full Valentine’s Day dinner.  So by the end of the week, all you soon-to-be cupids out there will have a super delicious meal to make for the person you are trying to trick into liking you…I mean your loved one <3

We’ll start with the simple recipe first, and work our way through the rest of the course together, as the recipes become a little bit more complex as we go.  But no worries, I will be here every step of the way!  To keep your motivation up, just think of the finished product, how proud and accomplished you’ll feel, and how special it will be for your person! 

(And if all goes to hell in a hand basket, abort mission and go to plan B.  Order a pizza and have a great laugh about it!)

Now let’s get started with our first guest of honor…the one and only, seasoned asparagus!

 

asparagus in skillet with seasoning

 

 

Never underestimate the power of some simple baked veggies in oil and seasoning.  This dish takes very little time to prep, but has maximum taste bud satisfaction…oh and asparagus is super healthy too!  For one thing, it has a really low calorie count, but more importantly it’s a good source for antioxidants, and contains high amounts of folate and vitamins A,C, and K.  

 

asparagus in skillet with oil and seasoning
Asparagus pre-bake

 

For this recipe, you’ll want to take a bundle (or large handful) of fresh asparagus, and cut off the bottom stems.  Usually this part of the asparagus is white, or I just cut the bottom inch off to keep it simple and easy.

Rinse your asparagus before placing in a greased baking dish.  Drizzle oil on top and then season with Trader Joe’s Everything But the Bagel Seasoning.  Bake and serve!

 

baked asparagus with seasoning on top ready to eat

 

And just remember, nothing says love like the gift of stinky pee…

 

baked asparagus with seasoning
Baked Asparagus

 

Seasoned Asparagus

Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Total Time35 mins
Course: Side Dish
Keyword: asparagus, baked, everything but the bagel, healthy, seasoned, simple, trader joes
Servings: 2 people
Author: Lulu's Table

Ingredients

  • 1/2 bundle fresh asparagus
  • 2 tbsp EVOO or avocado oil
  • Everything But The Bagel Seasoning Trader Joe's

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F and grease a small baking dish.
  • Take bundle of asparagus and cut an inch off the bottom stem.
  • Rinse asparagus, then lay in baking dish.  Drizzle oil overtop and season with Everything But The Bagel.  Add as much seasoning as you'd like, or enough to cover surface of asparagus.
  • Bake for 30 min.
Meat

Easy One-Pan Baked Chicken

Easy One-Pan Baked Chicken Thighs

Gotta love yourself an easy baked chicken dish to chow down on during a busy week, right?!  Sometimes life gets hectic and time to make a homemade meal gets away from us…and if you’re trying to be good during the week and avoid eating out, then those busy days really suck!

This is one of my go-tos if I’m ever feeling stretched for time and energy.  Its so simple and the majority of the cook time is just baking the chicken…HALLELUJAH!  The broth makes the chicken super juicy and tender, while the spices give it extra flavor!  I love the meat from chicken thighs, so that has been my cut of choice as of late, but you could really use any cut of chicken.  Especially if serving kids, you may want to try a cut of meat without bones.

Easy Baked Chicken pre-baking

You can add veggies to cook with the chicken or just bake it in broth…I have done both and either way works great!  Add a side dish, use it as a salad topping, or store in the fridge and eat throughout the week.  Also makes as a great option for a group dinner (add the veggies…it’ll really dress it up)!  Make it in a nice baking dish or skillet, and serve with mac and cheese! 

The best thing you can do when picking your poultry?  HINT…it’s not removing the skin.  BUY ORGANIC and FREE RANGE, if possible.  Keep the hormones, nasty bacteria, and antibiotics from commercially available chickens out of your own body and get yourself a chicken that was fed its proper omnivorous diet (not an entire existence worth of grains, soy, and corn…YUCK).  And contrary to popular belief, chicken skin is actually OKAY to eat.  Its when the skin is cooked to a crisp and fried that it creates harmful chemicals.  So, baking organic chicken with the skin on is the way to go.

Also the skin holds most of the juices and flavor, so HECK YEA I’m keeping it on!

Easy One-Pan Baked Chicken ready to eat

 

Easy One-Pan Baked Chicken

Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time50 mins
Total Time1 hr
Course: Main Course
Keyword: baked, chicken, easy, gluten free, paleo

Ingredients

  • 2-3 lbs chicken thighs (I like mine with skin) or any part of chicken
  • 1 cup broth vegetable or chicken
  • 1/2 white onion (optional) quartered
  • 1 handful baby carrots (optional) cut in half long ways
  • 2 tbsp EVOO or avocado oil
  • 1/2 lemon juice

Spice Mixture

  • 1 tsp garlic
  • 1/2 tsp paprika
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Pour broth into a baking dish or skillet.
  • Add onion and carrots to bottom of baking dish, then lay chicken on top of vegetables (if you choose to bake chicken without the veggies, just add chicken after broth).
  • Brush some oil over chicken, then evenly cover the tops of each chicken thigh with spice mixture.  Bake for 50 min.  Squeeze lemon juice over chicken once done baking, serve with a side dish or over a salad!