It has been cold, a little rainy (which is good) and really windy in Southern California this week. It’s definitely winter weather for us spoiled Californians, and this yummy dinner is the perfect remedy for the winter blues. I remember living in Minnesota and getting really sick of winter by early February. This isn’t the kind of meal that conjures up images of beaches and fruity drinks, but it is a hearty meal that warms you up on a cold winter’s day.
It seems like I really crave comfort food during the winter. To be fair, one could argue that I crave comfort food year-round because it is true. But in the winter, I want heartier fare that is delicious and easy to make. And oh yeah — good for you too. After all, I’m trying get healthy, folks!
If you haven’t made my hard cider pulled pork, I strong encourage you to do so, whether it’s for Superbowl Sunday or a regular ‘ol Tuesday night. It’s delicious and takes minutes to prepare, so it truly is a great meal for those super busy days. Because I prefer to lightly sauce my pulled pork, I had plenty of hard cider barbecue sauce leftover, so I created this yummy chicken dinner to use it up.
Chicken was an easy choice, not only because it was a natural fit for BBQ sauce, but chicken thighs were on sale for 89 cents a pound! Major score! So I grabbed a few and decided to make a healthy vegetable medley to accompany it. This veggie mix is one of my favorite combinations with sweet potatoes, brussel sprouts, onion and apples. It’s colorful, flavorful and good for you.
Did I mention this is also a one-pan meal? Yup, it’s easy to make and easy to clean up afterwards. Woot! Woot! Those with larger families may need to use cookie sheets to fit all the veggies and chicken, but clean-up will still be a snap if you put aluminum foil under the chicken and veggies.