As part of this week’s 3-blog 3-ebook giveaway, we’re offering a copy of Divine Dinners by Lydia of Divine Health from the Inside Out. Lydia is a single mom of 4 boys who lives near me. I first met Lydia about 2 years ago when I invited her to join me for an interview on Real Mom Radio. I had such a great time talking to her and hearing her perspective on real food. At the time, she was studying to be a nutritional therapist, and last spring, she became certified.
Like the other authors we’re including in the giveaway this week, Lydia came to real food nutrition and cooking because of personal health issues. She continues to share what she has learned and is learning about her own issues on her blog, Divine Health from the Inside Out, along with an active Facebook group.
Part of the fun in offering you real food ebooks in giveaways is that I get to try out the recipes as part of my review. While I love reading the cookbooks, I feel like I’m cooking alongside the authors when I take their recipes into my kitchen and make them for my family. Going into the kitchen with Lydia’s Divine Dinners was such a fun experience that I’ve included more recipes from her ebook in this week’s menu plan.
Since it’s grilling season, I tried Lydia’s Lemony Grilled Chicken Legs for dinner last week. Unfortunately, the best laid plans went awry when I discovered we were out of propane as I started making dinner. Fortunately, I had done the prep work of marinating the chicken legs so they were ready to go, even if it meant going in the oven.
Recently, I’ve been buying chicken legs more often at Whole Foods. The family packs usually have enough legs for 2 meals for our family of 7. A 4 person family could get 3 meals out of a pack. If you buy the packages weighing more than 3 lbs., chicken legs are $.99/lb.
Back to the chicken legs – I put them in a large Pyrex container, basted them with Lydia’s butter, garlic, and sea salt mixture, and baked them at 400 degrees for about 45 minutes. This chicken leg recipe is a easy weeknight meal. You can prep the chicken the night before, or in the morning, and let it marinate in the fridge. If you’re grilling it, take it out about an hour before dinner, and start grilling. Or, pop the chicken legs in the oven, and work on the rest of dinner while the legs bake.