You take those four chicken leg quarters, sprinkle them with a healthy dash of salt, pepper, garlic powder and smoked paprika. They go uncovered into a 375 degree oven where the skin will crisp up and turn a golden brown. Now what else, your head feels a little fuzzy, you're thinking too hard. A glance at the counter, a quick peek in the fridge and you come up with this...
|Photo: Instagram Feed, love those fancy filters|
What you see in the photo has become my new fall go-to salad. This is what happens when you combine a little baby kale that needs to be used up stat, two cups of cooked farro, a quickly roasted acorn squash and one sliced apple. Throw together a vinaigrette of olive oil, apple cider vinegar, mustard, and a splash of maple syrup and viola! You have a side salad that is savory, sweet, filling, satisfying and the cure for my lingering headache. Not convinced, well I'm back at the computer trying to get a few things done before my evening of television watching commences. Yes television, my respite from everyday life. I no longer live in an exciting urban area where there is always something "to do", no dinners out, cocktails with friends, etc. Those happenings are usually reserved for special occasions and particularly on weekends. No tonight it's all about Greys Anatomy and trying to watch Scandal and Elementary at the same time (thank goodness for Hulu). So next time you're having a rough day, give this salad a try, if it worked for me and I can be a miserable little mistress when the mood strikes then it can certainly work for you.
*Oh and if you were concerned about the headache, wish I could tell you where it came from. If I was to take a guess I would say it was some combination of eye strain (damn computer screen), dehydration (I never drink enough H20), stress (it should be my middle name), and the barometric pressure (say what you want but 80 degrees one day with 90% humidity, then 60 degrees the next has my sinuses doing the river dance).