A New Sunday Dinner Tradition

We will be having a new tradition every Sunday from now on, and it will be…..chicken, potatoes, and beans.  Sounds exciting, hmmm?

Lately I have been getting tired of coming home from church and trying to get dinner on the table.  There’s not really enough time for the crock pot by noon, and everything else requires cook time.

I remember when I was a kid, coming home from church on Sundays to the smell of chicken.  Mom would set the oven to a low temperature and put chicken legs/thighs in there and let them cook while we were gone.  Then she would whip up homemade mashed potatoes and some form of vegetable, and we would have lunch.

I am not a fan of making mashed potatoes.  They annoy me, and are far too much work.  I don’t like getting my mixer out unless I absolutely have to.  So here is what I came up with this morning on a whim.  It worked like a charm, and when we got home, we were greeted with a lunch completely ready for us.

I thawed out a bunch of chicken legs ($0.59/pound I might add) and sprinkled them with our favorite seasoning.  I covered them with foil and put them in the oven.

Then, I took an old idea from years-ago camping trips, and did foil wraps with quartered potatoes and green beans.  I peeled about 5 potatoes and quartered them, and stuck them in foil.  Then I put a good-sized handful of frozen greens beans and a dab of butter in with them, and folded the foil up.

I made 3 of these, and put them in a 9 x 9 glass baking dish in the oven.

I set the oven to 250 and we walked out the door around 8:20.

We got home at 11:30 and this is what was waiting for us:

Preparation start to finish:  20 minutes.

Coming home to a ready-made meal:  Priceless.

This one is definitely going to be repeated.

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  1. What a great idea! Thanks for sharing. I’ll give it a try!

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  3. I love this idea!! I think I’ll use it on those aftenoons when I have to run the kids to this and that, it’s always nice to come home to a cooked meal and this would be a nice change from the crock pot. Thanks for sharing!

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  5. Great idea! We have soup every Sunday because it’s easy for mama and I don’t really have to THINK about it – but my kids hate it.

  6. what a great idea! I love roasted chicken and veggies. wouldnt have thought of putting them in the oven together and with foil though, will try this for sure. thanks!

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