WW Garlic Roast Chicken with Crisp Potatoes and Mushrooms

http://simplyrecipes.com/recipes/kellers_roast_chicken/So I didn’t add the potato to this because we had beets instead. Boiled beets with salt on them. OH my goodness were they good. Not sure off the top of my head what the WW points for beets are but they are wonderful. I also used pearl onions and caramelized them prior to adding to the recipe. This and the bannock bread that we made this afternoon was a really good meal. I wish I had used more chicken and less onion but it was very good. I love that this is a Weight Watcher’s recipe too.


1½ pounds small Yukon Gold potatoes,

scrubbed 2 cups cremini mushrooms

3 small onions, each cut into 6 wedges

6 large garlic cloves, minced

1 tablespoon olive oil

1 teaspoon dried thyme or rosemary

1 teaspoon salt

½ teaspoon black pepper

1 tablespoon poultry seasoning

2 teaspoons paprika

1 (3½-pound) chicken, without giblets

1 cup cherry tomatoes


1  Preheat oven to 425°F. Spray large roasting pan with nonstick spray.

2  Toss together potatoes, mushrooms, onions, half of garlic, the oil, thyme, ½ teaspoon of salt, and ¼ teaspoon of pepper in prepared pan. Push vegetables to sides of pan.

3  Stir together remaining garlic, the poultry seasoning, paprika, and remaining ½ teaspoon salt and ¼ teaspoon pepper in cup; add enough water to make a paste.

4  Rinse chicken inside and out under cold running water. Pat dry with paper towels. Rub garlic paste all over chicken. Tuck wings under and tie legs together with kitchen string. Place chicken, breast side up, in center of pan

5. Roast stirring vegetables occasionally, 35 minutes. Scatter tomatoes over vegetables. Roast until instant-read thermometer inserted into thigh (not touching bone) registers 180°F and vegetables are tender, about 30 minutes longer.

6  Transfer chicken to cutting board and let stand 10 minutes. Carve chicken and serve with vegetables. Remove chicken skin before eating.

PER SERVING (⅙ of chicken and vegetables): 304 Cal, 7 g Total Fat, 1 g Sat Fat, 0 g Trans Fat, 89 mg Chol, 498 mg Sod, 29 g Carb, 3 g Sugar, 4 g Fib, 32 g Prot, 60 mg Calc. FYI  You can use other mushrooms in this dish, including oyster, chanterelle, shiitake

Each serving is 8 Points Plus points.

Bannock Bread

http://www.ifood.tv/network/bannockSo whilst reminiscing about Ireland, my mother in law and I were talking about homemade bread. We both thought it was time to make some bread, mostly because we ate the last of our bread last night. So I remembered when we went to Bunratty Castle, we had bannock which is a quick unleavened bread that is cooked in a pan or cast iron griddle. It was delicious. They had made it with a homemade butter…..wonderful.

So this is my attempt at bannock.


3 cups all-purpose flour

1 teaspoon salt

2 tablespoons baking powder

1/4 cup butter, melted

1 1/2 cups water


1. Measure flour, salt, and baking powder into a large bowl. Stir to mix. Pour melted butter and water over flour mixture. Stir with fork to make a ball.

2. Turn dough out on a lightly floured surface, and knead gently about 10 times. Pat into a flat circle 3/4 to 1 inch thick.

3. Cook in a greased frying pan over medium heat, allowing about 15 minutes for each side. Use two lifters for easy turning. May also be baked on a greased baking sheet at 350 degrees F (175 degrees C) for 25 to 30 minutes.

Arrakeen Spice Coffee

I am a Dune nut. I will willingly admit that I am a Dune geek. So thus I have been looking for a Dune Cookbook. Alas, there is none to be found so far. However, there are a few good recipes on the internet regarding Dune and the universe therein.

So thus, this is my recipe for Arrakeen Spice Coffee. I will make some spice cakes to go with it.


1 tsp cinnamon or more

Sugar (optional)

Creamer (optional) Vanilla is good

Set up your coffee pot. Make the coffee as strong as you can stand. Before you brew the coffee, place cinnamon into the grounds. Brew coffee as usual. Sweeten or add cream to taste. Sip coffee. Do not chug. This coffee will have a good strong cinnamon flavor, however, take care not to add too much cinnamon because it can clog your coffee filter resulting in hot water and grounds everywhere. Cinnamon is not water soluable so keep it to 1-2 teaspoons.