The other night, on a fluke, my friend and I decided to head to the grocery store, grab some stuff, and make a dinner. Instead of looking up a recipe or making some weird, pre-made meal like Hamburger Helper, I decided to just invent a dinner from scratch, because, you know, laziness.
I wanted to start with a salad because it was nice and warm down here in Nashville. I threw some baby spinach in a bowl, tossed in some dried blueberries, golden raisins, sunflower kernels, and a little bit of lemon juice and zest. I made a honey vinaigrette and tossed the salad (no joke necessary), and then sprinkled some fresh mozzarella on top.
For the entree, I wanted to make a light chicken, since it would go well with the salad and the spring night. I juiced a full lemon, grated some zest, and added salt, ground white pepper, rosemary, and thyme. After scoring the chicken breasts, I soaked and lightly kneaded the meat to infuse the flavor. I seared them in a pan for a few minutes before putting them in the oven to cook fully. While they cooked, I made some long grain white rice with a quarter cup of butter to thicken the consistency. Once the chicken finished, I poured some of the juice onto the rice.
All in all, it turned out pretty damn good. Not too creative, but simple, easy, and ridiculously delicious. I think if I made it in the future, I would add some asparagus to the entree, because what meal wouldn’t be better with asparagus?