Amish Baked Chicken (And Meal Planning: One Small Change At A Time)

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-post and recipe by Gretchen Kingsley

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We live smack-dab in the heart of Amish country, and this is by far, one of my favorite recipes!  It almost tastes like fried chicken, but it’s baked! But before we get to the recipe…here are my menu planning thoughts for the week…

If you haven’t already read Kelsi’s most recent blog post, you will want to. She shared a lot of great information and links to wonderful resources for organic shopping. For most, it’s not feasible to start buying all organic fruits and vegetables in addition to organic raw dairy and organic grass-fed, hormone-free, antibiotic-free meat. Nor, is it feasible to change one’s other eating habits overnight and always make everything from scratch.

But, you can make small changes.

I have felt overwhelmed at various times over the past 3 years, when I really started learning more about wholesome foods. Even though, Chris and I have eaten “healthy” for awhile (aka: lots of fresh fruits and veggies and few processed foods), I realized that there was so much that I wasn’t doing. There were many things that I still had to learn in the kitchen. With this realization, there have been several times when I wanted to throw in the towel because I couldn’t do it all. Why do anything when I can’t do it all?

Why spend money on some organic produce when I can’t have all organic produce? But with most things, even small changes can have big impacts.

At the beginning of my real food discovery, I had ample time, sometimes spending whole days in the kitchen. I was a stay-at-home wife with nothing other to do than keep a home and have good food on the table each night. I learned so much in that year. I ground my own grain to make fresh bread, harvested wild blackberries to put into the freezer for winter, and made my own butter, yogurt, cream cheese, and sour cream from raw dairy. Homemade kefir and lacto-fermented veggies were a regular part of our diet. I had the time (and energy) to do so many of the things that I read about.

Then a change…we packed up our stuff, and moved overseas, to Ecuador. One year in a rural, indigenous community with fresh cuy (guinea pig) becoming almost a staple.  I no longer had my grain mill or food processor. I no longer had access to whole grain, safe raw dairy, or my kombucha grains. It was also almost impossible to find (or extremely expensive if you did) whole wheat flour, plain whole milk yogurt, and many of the other staples that had become part of our food diet in the States. I had to change my expectations. We were still eating healthy (fresh fruits and veggies at a fraction of the price and lots of free-range chicken and eggs) even though I couldn’t do everything I knew to do.

Then another change…a child. Though we are now back in the States, I am doing far less than I had envisioned. My grain mill is still packed away from when we left for Ecuador and my fresh bread is now made in a bread machine with store-bought sprouted whole wheat flour. Our lacto-fermented veggies have dwindled to a singular fermented-veggie (homemade sauerkraut). Some weeks I feel so accomplished and others I find it challenging to do even one extra in the kitchen.

So with all of these changes, I’m learning to start small…or continue small. Remember, even one small change has big impacts.

MEAL PLAN FOR THIS COMING WEEK:

Monday ~ French Onion Soup with Homemade French Bread

Tuesday ~ Huevos Rancheros

Wednesday ~ Dahl (recipe to come)

Thursday ~ Amish Baked Chicken (recipe below)

Friday ~ Homemade Pizza

Saturday ~ Dairy-free Mac-n-Cheese (This is a hit with even dairy lovers!)

Sunday ~ Dill popcorn (though we use coconut oil) and smoothies

**A fresh salad is a nightly staple. The Sweet & Spicy Roasted Pumpkin Seeds make a great salad topper!

– and now –



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Amish Baked Chicken

Ingredients

  1. 1/2 cup flour

  2. 2 teaspoons paprika

  3. 1 teaspoon black pepper

  4. 1/4 teaspoon dry mustard

  5. 3 teaspoons salt

  6. 3 pounds of chicken pieces preferably organic, free-range...

Have you had to adapt for life’s changes?  What small changes have you made in your kitchen?

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