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ROAST GARLIC & ROSEMARY CHICKEN

Whole roast chicken really gives you a reason to love that traditional Sunday dinner – this is the meal that keeps on giving.  Use the deliciously stuffed chicken to complete a meal of caramelized sweet potato mash (recipe coming soon!) with a side of veggies, and then save the remainder of the meat for sandwiches, and of course don’t forget to turn the last of it into chicken stock!

Roast Garlic Rosemary Chicken | Foodie for the Soul

With this recipe we’re going back to the basics with something that you can personalize to flavours you like!  This time, we chose a classic mix of garlic, lemon, rosemary and thyme (Scarborough Fair, anyone?).  And who doesn’t love homemade gravy made easily with the drippings (see quick recipe for gravy in the notes section of the recipe card)?

Roast Garlic Rosemary Chicken | Foodie for the Soul

Read on for the juiciest, most delicious roast chicken recipe.

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CLASSIC HOMEMADE LASAGNA

Okay guys – this right here is my most treasured recipe, my holy grail recipe…my homemade lasagna.  Lasagna is something I have made for many years (some might call it my signature dish), and it really comes down to a simple formula that is easy to customize.  If you’re vegetarian, for instance, you could easily omit the meat in this recipe and replace with something thick like mushrooms in the sauce.

Classic Homemade Lasagna | Foodie for the Soul

When I first started making this recipe (back when I was 14), I always used cottage cheese rather than ricotta.  This is acceptable, if it’s all you have or by personal preference, but I have never heard anybody turn down delicious and creamy ricotta cheese – I highly recommend you get the good stuff.

Classic Homemade Lasagna | Foodie for the Soul

Lasagna can be heavy with all those layers, so try pairing it with something simple like garlic bread or an even lighter salad (balsamic vinaigrette goes well).  Check out my beloved recipe after the break and let me know what you think in the comments!

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BETTER THAN CHIPOTLE PICO DE GALLO

Okay, so I know these are grand claims – trust me, I’m a huge (yuuuuge) Chipotle fan.  But something I’ve realized over time is homemade is always better.  I don’t know if it’s the beauty of knowing where your ingredients are from, handling them yourself and being able to make special touches based on your taste, but this pico de gallo recipe is one of my favourites and is easy to personalize.

Pico de Gallo | Foodie for the Soul

Case in point – the boyfriend hates cilantro, so that would be why the green bits in there are actually parsley!  Yes, after some experimenting I realized that while cilantro and parsley have much different tastes, parsley actually completely works in pico de gallo and other mexican-inspired meals.  If you have a picky cilantro eater, try replacing with parsley to still get that green kick!

Pico de Gallo | Foodie for the Soul

Pair this recipe with chips like in the picture, or pair it with fajitas/tacos, nachos, top a salad or steak – this really is a super versatile side that tastes a bit more perked up than your usual grocery store salsa.

 

Check out this great recipe after the jump just in time for summer – this will taste fresh no matter the season!

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