This past Sunday I decided to make this recipe from Real Simple for dinner because it looked healthy, tasty and easy to make. It was certainly easy to prepare as it required very little active cooking time and the chicken was tasty but I did have a few issues. First, I thought the green beans ended up tasting and looking like what I might have ended up with had I used frozen or canned green beans. I much prefer to quickly cook them in salted water where they come out bright, crisp and tasty. I ended up taking the potatoes out and cooking them in a separate baking dish for the last ten minutes because they weren't getting crisp enough with all the juices from the lemons and chicken. The chicken came out perfectly tasty with nice crisp skin. Would I make this again? Probably not.
On a somewhat unrelated note, I watched Forks over Knives this weekend. If you haven't heard of it, which I hadn't until my mom told me about it, here's the quick synopsis. It's a documentary that makes the claim that much of this country's health problems come from our diets and that a plant-centric, whole foods diet can prevent or even reverse many degenerative diseases. I found it very enlightening and while I can't ever imagine giving up meat and foods produced from animals (no cheese, no way!) this movie has made me think harder about what I'm putting into my body. OK, so there's my side rant.