Garlic Lemon Roast Chicken

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Flavorful no-fuss dinners are a great way to get a healthy meal on the table during busy weeknights, which is why they regularly appear in my weekly meal plans

This simply delicious roast chicken is a perfect example of a healthy no-fuss meal. It tastes like you spent hours in the kitchen, but the truth is, it takes just minutes to prep and is ready to serve in 30 minutes!

The secret? Roasting a few simple, yet delicious ingredients at high heat produces an intensely flavorful meal that tastes like it slow-cooked all day.

I love simple, yet scrumptious dinners like this one – just toss all of the ingredients together until well coated and bake. For easier clean-up, line your baking pan with a sheet of parchment paper.

P.S. Be sure to squeeze a couple of the roasted lemon wedges over the roasted chicken before serving for an extra burst of lemony-goodness!

Garlic Lemon Roast Chicken

Serves 4

Ingredients

2 skin-on chicken breasts with ribs (about 2 lbs)
3 lemons, quartered
1 Tbsp fresh-squeezed lemon juice
2 Tbsp olive oil
1 tsp dried thyme
6 garlic cloves, peeled and smashed
Sea salt and fresh-ground black pepper

Instructions

1. Preheat oven to 450°F. Carefully cut each chicken breast in half to form four servings. 

2. In a large mixing bowl, squeeze the juice from 3 lemon wedges to obtain one tablespoon of lemon juice. Add the olive oil and thyme. Whisk well to combine.

3. Add the remaining lemon wedges, garlic cloves, and chicken breasts to the bowl. Gently toss all ingredients together until chicken is well coated.

4. On a 12x17-inch rimmed baking sheet, place the chicken breasts skin side up. Scatter the garlic cloves and lemon wedges on and around the chicken. Drizzle chicken with the olive oil mixture. Then season chicken with salt and pepper.

5. Roast chicken, until golden and cooked through, about 30 minutes. (Juices should run clear when pierced with a fork.) Serve with a side of mashed potatoes and your favorite green veggie! 

Kelly Smith

Kelly loves the Lord, her family, and sharing her passion for gluten-free, grain-free cooking and meal planning with others. She is a full-time homemaker who loves spending time with her awesome hubby and two sweet boys. Kelly's whole food, gluten-free journey began six years ago when she was diagnosed with a chronic autoimmune disorder. Since then, the Lord has blessed her with an amazing recovery - a testament to His grace and the health benefits of eating whole foods. Kelly shares her knowledge and love for whole food cooking at The Nourishing Home.

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When You Need to Fight for Joy

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Are you fighting for your own heart? Struggling through depression or a particularly grim season? When you struggle to desire God, to desire a life of Joy, there is grace- and an experience with God that paves the way to transformation.

Joy has never been a natural way of life for me. I'm not exactly certain why, but I think the pieces of the puzzle have been slowly making their way to building the big picture.

I've been looking for joy in all the wrong places.

It's not found in what I do or in what I have. It doesn't live in my circumstances. It doesn't even reside in my emotions or feelings because they fluctuate horribly.

And though the process of finding and practicing joy is coming slowly, it's coming through grace.

By knowing God's radical grace, it frees me to experience Him.

That is the doorway to finding joy. It's experience, not a way of thinking.

John Piper says,

God is glorified in his people by the way we experience him, not merely by the way we think about him. Indeed the devil thinks more true thoughts about God in one day than a saint does in a lifetime, and God is not honored by it.

Mere thoughts and mere deeds are manageable by the carnal religious mind. But the emotions--they are the weathercock of the heart. Nothing shows the direction of the deep winds of the soul like the demand for radical, sin-destroying, Christ-exalting joy in God. -When I Don't Desire God--How to Fight for Joy

Emotions are an important tool for the heart, but they need to be kept in their place so they can direct us appropriately. If we allow our emotions to run away or take control, they will be tossed with the wind and carry our soul with them. But when used as a gauge to show direction, they open a door to the whisperings of God.

Joy is much more than an emotion. Joy is an experience. Joy is a command {Deuteronomy 28:47-48; Philippians 4:4}, and the object of [our] joy matters.

Joy will not be rugged and durable and deep through suffering where there is not a resolve to fight for it. --John Piper

If we have no fight in us to pursue, seek, and desire joy even through our messy circumstances and suffering seasons, we won't find it. Joy helps us overcome bitterness, anger, and discouragement. When we aren't battling these off, we fall into a lifelong war we're unwilling to fight through.

When did we decide it was better or easier to remain discouraged or angry? Bitter or resentful? When we seek the glory of God, we seek our own joy. They are one in the same.

When we look at our circumstances through the lens of God's glory, we find joy on the other side. Joy in knowing who is upholding us--who is carrying us. Joy in simply knowing who Christ is. But this can only come through faith in God's promises. If we don't trust God or don't believe Him, we will have no hope, no peace, and therefore no joy.

The fight for joy is not something we achieve, but rather a gift God works in us to grasp. Although the fight is our fight, only by the grace of God can we achieve victory. But we're responsible for taking the steps necessary to walk into the battle.

Our joy in him will be the greater because we see him as the one who gives both the joy and the strength to fight for it. -John Piper

 

For His Glory,

Christin Slade

Christin

Christin is wife of 16 years to her high school sweetheart and mother to seven children. She looks for beauty in the simple and appreciates a good cup of coffee. She is learning to live everyday with joy, find gratitude in the mundane, and speak words of grace. You can find Christin writing through her days on her blog, christinslade.com.

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A Patch on the Peak of Ararat and The Beautiful Garden of Eden {A Review}

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Words have magnificent staying power. I remember when I was in kindergarten doing my very first marble art project when I heard a word I'd never heard before. I was rolling the paint covered marble around on fresh white paper. As I was watching the marble roll and leave a color trail, one of the parent volunteer's was giving me verbal instruction. She must've been telling me to avoid keeping the marble in one spot or to roll faster or who knows what. All I remember is when she said I couldn't roll the marble too vigorously or else it would jump out of the tray and onto my clothes and that we would have to wash my clothes and the floor would get dirty and "it would be a big shebang."

I marveled at the sound of that word, "shebang." I can remember that whole marble art craft just because of that word! (And because my mom hung the marble art on the door of my bedroom which stayed there until about 6th grade.) I digress.

Words are soaked up by kids and it is advantageous to offer a wide variety of them. You never know which ones they'll remember! These two books have plenty of words for your kids to latch onto and, even better, two stories that they won't forget.

Are you always on the hunt for resources that help the Word of God sink deep into little hearts? We are too. That's why we're so excited to share these two new books with you- perfect for making Scripture come alive in the live of your children.

The Beautiful Garden of Eden is the story from Genesis 1-3. The story rhymes and builds from one page to the next. So, the first page has a simple sentence; "This is the garden of Eden." Then the second page says, "These are the trees that swayed in the breeze in the beautiful Garden of Eden." It continues to build throughout the book. Certain phrases are highlighted and colored red for the readers to notice. The story and cadence of the word combinations make it easy to remember.

The pictures are colorful, artistic, and large. The words are FUN! "Calamitous curse," "slurpy and sweet," "the tree that caused the upheaval." Very cool groupings of words!

The story does end on a sad note. At first when I looked at this, I was a little put off. Then I thought about it. Isn't this how the story ends? It is a sin story that ends with Adam and Eve leaving the garden. That is sad. On the very last page is the verse from Galatians 3:13, which says, "Christ has rescued us from the curse." This would make an excellent talking point. I wouldn't want to leave my kids or anyone else's kids feeling discouraged. We do have a Savior who can rescue us from the consequences of sin! I'm glad the author included that last page to share the hope we have!

The second book is called, A Patch on the Peak of Ararat. This book is written in the same style as The Beautiful Garden of Eden and is a creative retelling of the well-loved story, Noah's Ark. The rhyming phrases (like the aforementioned book) build on each other. This book has the same illustrator and so there is continuity between these stories. Both books also have a similar page that talks describes God's Word in a different way. The Beautiful Garden of Eden describes God's word as "the Book that shows the first sin." while A Patch on the Peak of Ararat uses the phrase, "The Book of God's promise to men." Both of these are true and it is neat to see similar illustrations used to show kids that this book, the Bible, is both a book that shows us our sin and gives us God's promises.

The last page of A Patch on the Peak of Ararat is also like The Beautiful Garden of Eden in that it gives the reader a reference to find the whole story and a verse to ponder.

I've had the phrase, which is also the title of the book, A Patch on The Peak of Ararat in my head for the last few weeks. I wonder how long this phrase will stick with your children? I'm willing to guess that whoever reads this book will remember that Noah's Ark landed on the mountains of Ararat*. 

So, whether your children remember the word, "Ararat" or that the Bible is "the book of God's promise to men," or whether your children remember the God who rescued Noah and his sons - those three "hard-hammering guys" I'm confident something good will be etched in their minds, and in your mind too.

The small conversations that develop from these books could lead to the "big shebang" conversation where your kids decide, they too want to accept Jesus as their Lord and Savior. You never know. Has there ever been something to make a bigger shebang about than that?

Thinking about rhyming words, stories from Genesis, and marble art,

Lindsey Feldpausch :)

*Genesis 8:4 "the ark came to rest on the mountains of Ararat." (NIV) 

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post. Opinions are %100 my own.

Lindsey Feldpausch

Lindsey Feldpausch is a sinner saved by grace who lives in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Her worship leader/youth pastor husband and four delightful kiddos fill life with unbelievably amusing quotes and sweet snuggles. She enjoys Christian rap music, mangoes, and Tim Hawkins. She celebrates not burning dinner. She thinks God is awesome and that the best adventure starts with saying yes to that still, small voice.

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