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Rosemary Balsamic Roasted Chicken with Vegetables

Posted Mar 15 2010 6:59am
So, despite feeling horrible and losing an hour with daylight savings time...yesterday ended up being pretty productive.  Seriously, if you saw the amount of laundry that needed to be folded, washed and then put away (yes in that order since I had a mountain of laundry that needed to be folded), you would have been really proud of me for getting all of it done!  We planned on making buckwheat pancakes, but since I was up at 5am (now 6am) and was generally laking in energy, we decided on oatmeal.  Besides, I was really wanting something warm and soft since my glands are so swollen again!  We did not end up eating breakfast until after 11am, so we decided to do a big Sunday dinner. 
The illustrator and the kids have been on a roasted chicken kick lately, so that's what we did.  Nothing better than a throw in the oven kinda meal on a day when you don't want to do anything! 
I wanted the potatoes, carrots, onion and garlic so I did a seperate dish for myself.  I threw in some chickpeas I had in the freezer for a little extra protein for the day and Sunday dinner was on it's way. 
We seasoned our meals with fresh rosemary, balsamic vinegar (the real stuff...did you know that what you buy in the grocery store is really red wine vinegar??), salt and pepper.  We had both hoped that the flavors would be more intense, but since I can't taste anything anyway, I was not really a good judge in the flavor department.  The meal was good, it just needed a little more umph!  I loved the roasted chickpeas, though!  They got crunchy, like peanuts, but were still soft on the inside.  Really tasty.
I had an idea a little later to make some rolls to go with dinner.  I love buckwheat and thought I could do something kind of like a wheat muffin/roll.  Well, lets just say you can't win them all!!!  Yet again, I failed on the gluten free dinner roll.  The science is just off and these are what we lovingly refer to as bug muffins.  They stink and they taste as bad as they smell!  Oh well, I guess I have some practicing to do in the dinner roll arena!
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