WIAW – An easy Gourmet Dinner

WIAW – An easy Gourmet Dinner

Good morning!

I’m going to get right into the reason why we’re here today.  The food!

Peas and Crayons

Thank you as always to the lovely Jenn for hosting this delicious get together.

Now, here’s a look at my eats from yesterday.

Un-pictured hard boiled egg and macadamia nuts before my 5:30 am Crossfit class.

Following my workout I ate another egg over sweet potato, cabbage hash with avocado.

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Then it was off to an apt., gymnastics and finally meet up with friends at Bagaan.  I was still full from breakfast so I shared a beet, carrot, apple, ginger and lemon juice with The Love Nugget and stole a few bites of his sunbutter and superfruit sandwich on gluten-free bread.  It was pretty good!


I parked it on the couch when we got home to catch up on blogging, The Bachelor and enjoy my latest water obsession.

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I don’t know why I haven’t tried this sooner but it’s really good! A little later my tummy was grumbling so I ate a bowl of roasted veggies, kabocha squash and chicken breast.

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Followed by a few carrot sticks dipped in sunbutter 🙂


The Love Nugget napped the afternoon away which gave me time to prep dinner.  Which turned out to be amazing!

A gourmet dinner that looks like it’s a lot of work but really isn’t!


Roasted Chicken over Roasted Carrot and Butternut Squash puree with a side of balsamic roasted asparagus.  Yum! Guess what… I’ve got all three recipes for you today!  Starting with the main event,

Simple Roasted Chicken

Simple Roasted Chicken


  • 1 whole roasting chicken (I like Rosie's Organic Free Range, air chilled chickens)
  • 1 apple
  • 1/2 small yellow onion
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 2 lemons
  • 2 tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 tsp. sea salt
  • 1 tsp. pepper
  • 1 tsp. All purpose seasoning


  1. Pre-heat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Wash and pat chicken dry then place into a roasting pan.
  3. Cut onion, apple and lemons into large chunks.
  4. Stuff the garlic, onions and one of the lemons into the chicken cavity.
  5. Squeeze the remaining lemon over the chicken then massage the olive oil into the bird.
  6. Sprinkle with sea salt and pepper then tent a sheet of foil over the chicken before placing it in the oven.
  7. Bake for 45 minutes with the foil then remove and continue to bake for 25-30 minutes or until a meat thermometer reads 170. Cooking time will depend on the size of the bird.
  8. Allow to sit for 5 minutes before carving and serving over Roasted Carrot and Butternut Squash Puree!

After you’ve put your chicken in the oven, get started on the puree,

Roasted Carrot and Butternut Squash Puree

Roasted Carrot and Butternut Squash Puree


  • 3-4 large carrots
  • 1 small butternut squash
  • 2 tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 tsp. sea salt
  • 1 tsp. pepper
  • 1 tsp. all purpose seasoning


  1. Peel and dice butternut squash and carrots.
  2. Place into a medium bowl then toss with olive oil and seasonings.
  3. Spread evenly onto a baking sheet.
  4. Bake at 400 degrees for 30-35 minutes or until tender.
  5. Once cooked completely, transfer to a food processor and pulse until pureed to the desired consistency.
  6. I left mine a little chunky which was perfect!
  7. Enjoy!

While the puree is cooking, prep the asparagus and pop them in the oven after removing the butternut squash and carrots.

Roasted Balsamic Asparagus

Roasted Balsamic Asparagus


  • 1 lb of fresh asparagus
  • 1 tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 tsp. sea salt
  • 1/2 tsp. pepper
  • 1/2 tsp. garlic powder
  • 2 tbsp. balsamic vinegar


  1. Wash and trim ends off of asparagus.
  2. Toss with olive oil and seasonings, not the balsamic.
  3. Place in an oven pre-heated to 400 degrees and bake for 25 minutes.
  4. Drizzle balsamic over asparagus and continue baking for 8-10 minutes.
  5. Toss and serve!


It might sound like a lot of work but I promise, if you do it in the steps, it’s actually really easy and delicious!

The best part is, the chicken will now be turned into homemade chicken broth which can be made into soups!


  • Do you roast chickens often or feel like it’s too much work. 
  • What was one thing you ate and loved yesterday?


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  1. Your whole meal looks delicious! I’m pinning this so that I can try all of the recipes. 🙂 I love to cook a whole chicken because you get so much meat, and it’s so much more affordable. I love to cook mine in the crockpot though!

  2. What a perfect, healthy, easy and delicious meal! It all sounds and looks amazing! I’ve actually never roasted a chicken in the oven, but my husband has smoked one on the grill before. I love that smoke flavor and it turns out so juicy that way too.

  3. Wow! What an amazing dinner. So perfect. To be completely honest, I let my dad roast chickens… the perks of living at home! But next time I want him to teach me

  4. Perfect and fresh! Everything looks delicious! 🙂

  5. Wow that looks good! I made carrot/ cauliflower purée the other night and it was yummy”

  6. Everything looks so delicious! For some reason, I think of cooking a whole chicken as being a lot of work, but whenever I decide to do it, I realize it’s not bad at all. I need to do one again!

  7. Thanks for sharing all of the recipes! I’ve always wanted to try roasting a chicken. I also love the mixture of carrots and butternut squash…. definitely need to give that a try!

  8. Woooow! I’m impressed! I’m definitely pinning this post because I love recipes that look and taste fancy-shmancy, but are easy to make. Thanks for sharing!

  9. I loooove roasting asparagus! Looks delicious! 🙂

  10. Oooh muh gosh! It all looks so amazing! I love roasting chickens and even better is that my hubs will do all the carving and picking. The broth is so delicious too! Hmm, the most favorite thing I ate yesterday would probably be the sweet potato fries I roasted.