Grilled Garlic Baby Red Potatoes

Grilled Garlic Baby Red Potatoes

I lived in Idaho for a brief period of time as a child, and the one thing I remember is that we truly did eat potatoes often. Our favorites were the baby red potatoes, and they are still a favorite today. Red Potatoes have a more tender and thin peel than the traditional russet potatoes used for baking. This means that  you can wash them, cut them, and bake them without having to peel them. Raise your hand if no peeling sounds good to you (My hand is up!) Even my children will eat the skins of Baby Reds, and that means that they are getting all the good nutrition that is found in the skin. This recipe for Grilled Garlic Baby Red Potatoes is my favorite kind of cooking because it is simple, delicious, easy to clean up, and it doesn’t heat up the kitchen in the summer!

Grilled Baby Red Potatoes with Garlic
2 TB olive oil
1 1/2 lbs redskin potatoes (or substitute Yukon Gold)
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp pepper

Preheat grill to medium heat (375 F). Tear off a sheet of foil about 2 feet long; rub a bit of olive oil on the foil to prevent sticking. Wash potatoes and cut into 3/4″ cubes. In a medium bowl, toss potatoes, oil, garlic, salt and pepper. Transfer potatoes to the foil sheet. Wrap the foil around the potatoes and crimp edges together across top and then sides. Place on a plate to carry to grill. Place packet on the preheated grill and cook for 25 minutes. Remove from grill to plate and carefully open packet (watch out for steam!) Sprinkle with coarse sea salt and serve.

Serves 4

Country Chicken Noodle Soup

Country Chicken Noodle Soup

Country Chicken Noodle Soup is one of my husband’s comfort foods. His mom made it when he was growing up, so eating it means that “all is right in the world.” If you aren’t a fan of de-boning chicken (my husband does that for me), you can substitute boneless chicken breasts as mentioned in the recipe. If you do use a whole chicken, however, you can enjoy the added nutritional benefits of bone broth without actually having to collect and boil bones. Want to learn more about bone broth? The Nourished Kitchen has tons of information about bone broth and some of its nutritional benefits. Additionally, Country Chicken Noodle Soup uses lots of fresh veggies and herbs, so you can feel really good about feeding it to your family. Having grown up in a home where our soup usually came from a can, I can say that if you can plan ahead enough to make soup from scratch, the flavor is soooo much richer and more satisfying.

 Even a small chicken will yield enough meat that you only need to use part of it. Save the remainder of this moist, flavorful shredded chicken for another quick meal like California Beans & Rice, and get two meals out of one!
Country Chicken Noodle Soup
2 onions chopped
2-3 carrots, sliced
2 stalks celery, sliced
2 tsp. salt
¼ tsp. pepper
½ tsp. basil (or 2 tsp. fresh, chopped basil)
¼ tsp. leaf thyme
3 TB dry parsley flakes (or 3/4 cup fresh, chopped parsley)
1 10 oz pkg frozen peas
1 2 ½ lb whole fryer
(or 1-2 lbs boneless chicken breasts)
4 cups water
1 cup noodles (egg noodles)
Place all ingredients in crock pot, except noodles, in order listed. Cover and cook on low 8 hours (high 4-6). One hour before serving, remove chicken and cool slightly. Remove meat from bones and return half of meat to pot. Add noodles and turn heat to high. Cover and cook 1 hour.