Easy Lemon Chicken Recipe

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Easy Lemon Chicken Recipe
Serves 4
Far from boring, this lemon chicken recipe is moist, flavorful and easy to make. It bursts with lemon flavor along with herbs, toasted garlic and tangy mustard. What you need to know: At home, we love to use bone-in, skin on chicken thighs, which we've found to be more moist and flavorful than chicken breast. With that said, this recipe can be made with chicken breasts and will still be very tasty.
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  1. 1 1/2 pounds chicken thighs, skin-on, bone-in, trimmed of excess fat
  2. 1 tablespoon whole grain mustard
  3. 1 tablespoon lemon zest (1 teaspoon for rub and 2 teaspoons for sauce)
  4. 1 1/2 teaspoons dried oregano
  5. 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
  6. 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  7. 2 tablespoons olive oil (1 tablespoon for rub, 1 tablespoon for cooking)
  8. 1/4 cup (60 ml) lemon juice (about 1 lemon)
  9. 1 1/4 cups (300 ml) low-sodium chicken stock
  10. 2 garlic cloves, smashed
  11. 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
  12. 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
  1. Heat oven to 400 degrees F (200 C).
  2. Prepare Chicken
  3. Make rub for chicken. Combine mustard, 1 teaspoon of the lemon zest, oregano, thyme, salt and 1 tablespoon of the olive oil in a small bowl. Use fingers or a brush to coat chicken on both sides with the mustard rub.
  4. In another bowl or measuring jug, combine remaining lemon zest (2 teaspoons), lemon juice and the chicken stock. Set aside.
  5. Flavor Oil with Garlic
  6. Heat remaining tablespoon of oil in a large oven-safe skillet or frying pan over medium heat. Add the smashed garlic then cook about 1 minute or until you can smell toasted garlic and the garlic has browned around the edges. Remove and discard the garlic, but leave the oil.
  7. Cook Chicken
  8. Add chicken, skin-side down into the hot garlic-infused oil and cook 2 to 3 minutes or until the skin has turned golden brown.
  9. Flip the chicken then add the lemon juice mixture from before. Stir then slide the pan into the oven and bake 25 to 35 minutes or until a thermometer inserted into the thickest part of the chicken reads 175 degrees F (79 degrees C).
  1. Special Equipment: Bowls, large oven-safe skillet or frying pan, and a whisk
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How the heck do I get dinner on the table?

Roslyn GordonI remember asking myself this when I first started motherhood.  I wanted to be the best mom, wife and budding entrepreneur yet still make sure I made nutritious home cooked meals for my family.  As a Nutritionist I felt this was very important, but I had no idea the work and planning involved when I first started out.  Without asking for help or guidance I would scramble around for dinner ideas at the last minute.  Between nap time and working on my business, pick ups and drop offs from school, laundry, cleaning, connecting with friends, making beds and having a shower (thank goodness for dry shampoo) and of course bonding and spending time with my children; I would try to muster whatever energy I had left and head to the grocery store to pick up what I needed to start preparing dinner.

I would struggle with what to make, what it might cost and how much time it would take.  By the time I finished prepping the meal, I always had accumulated so much mess just to get the meal in the oven and even more mess when the meal was done.  I would often stare at the mess on my table, counters and in my kitchen sink and of course on my kitchen floor and think, “there must be an easier way”.  Just to do it all over again the next day.

So I channeled my skills and expertise as a Nutritionist into designing ways to improve the process and deliver healthy meals to my family in less time while spending less money.  Then, I built my business around sharing my experiences and guidance to thousands of men and women; helping them to improve their nutrition and make healthier choices for themselves and their families .

I would like you to consider how you can do this.  It takes about 6 weeks to master, but once you do, your grocery bill will be approx $200 – $400 less a month for a family of four and you could be eating more nutritious meals while increasing the amount of time you spend with your family.  And of course, with NO stress.

H2H-cloudsMy name is Roslyn Gordon and I have a degree in Applied Human Nutrition, a designation as a Registered Nutritional Consulting Practitioner and own a wellness studio called Highway to Health in Burlington Ontario.   I am a busy mother to two young daughters and two stepsons.  We often have a very busy household with many mouths to feed.

Here are some tips I use to make the transition from grocery store to meal on the table less painful and more enjoyable.

  1.  Cook 2 large meals a week  When I cook these large meals, I double the recipe.  I make 14 hamburgers instead of 7 and I make 2 lbs of spaghetti sauce to get 2 or 3 more meals.   I roast 2 whole chickens at a time and either freeze the leftover chicken whole, or cut it up and make a stir-fry, chicken sandwiches a casserole or soup.   So I end up cooking less and having more frozen options to choose from on the other days where time is tight.  This takes a few weeks to develop a stash of items to choose from, but once you do, you cook WAY less and ultimately lower anxiety around meal preparations.   So please note when I say I cook twice a week, I COOK TWICE A WEEK…Some moms make the mistake of doing a half day grocery shop on a Saturday and taking an entire Sunday away from their family to prep a bunch of meals.  For me this causes more stress and anxiety and defeats the purpose of developing an easy flowing meal program for you and your family.   Start by doubling up 2 meals a week and then go from there.   Don’t worry about how it may look;  just DO IT and watch how easy it becomes.
  2. Make a list of easy fill in meals as you are building up your freezer:  Mine are baked beans and veggies, eggs, taco salad, fish on the barbecue/oven, steak and salad, cooked chicken from the grocery store with salad and rice from the freezer, grilled cheese, make your own pizzas (I freeze my pitas and pizza sauce so I always have on hand), sandwiches, cold plates (veggies and hummus, rice crackers and sliced avocados/boiled eggs) etc…
  3. Cut once not twice  When I cut a cucumber, I cut the whole thing.  When I wash broccoli I wash and prep the whole floret.   I cut my whole pepper and my whole stalk of celery.  Cutting once and not twice saves clean up and gets you eating more fresh vegetables because they are ready to go and easy to use.
  4. See your food  Store all your leftover food and prepped food in clear ziplock bags or clear containers.  Being able to see your food is essential for knowing what you have on hand in the fridge.  You can then take a quick glance when determining your grocery list or dinner meal.
  5. Never throw leftovers away  I keep leftover rice and freeze it, ripe bananas I slice and freeze.  Canned black olives I freeze and leftover tomatoes.  I freeze anything and everything that I won’t eat right away.
  6. Freeze leftover cooked vegetables  When I have a few cooked vegetables leftover I throw them into my “soup bag”.  This is a ziplock bag I have in the freezer where cooked or raw leftover veggies can go.  I use this bag when preparing soups.   Sliced tomatoes, onions and squash can also go in here.
  7. Shop in less time Instead of doing a HUGE grocery shop weekly where food often gets thrown out by the end of the week.  I shop everyday to every other day, running in quickly for a couple items I need to complete my day and prepare dinner.   I am able to bring my kids without cause into the grocery store and use the fast check out lane.  We are in and out for less than $20.   A big grocery shop used to cost me way over $200; and I always ended up throwing half of it away.
  8. Learn a new recipe each week  Every week try one new recipe that you can learn and memorize.  I have many recipes now that I used to struggle to prepare, reading the processes and the ingredient measurements.  Now it is quick and easy, all off the top of my head.  I double up the recipe and store for later.
  9. Eggs for dinner  When in a pinch, eggs are fantastic for dinner.  Crack a bunch and whisk into a crustless quiche in the oven or throw into buttered muffin cups with leftover veggies, and spices.  Cheap and super easy.  Bake at 350 until set.
  10. Get help  children can help out too!  My 5 year old is cleaning out the dishwasher everyday.   It is a great time to bond and chat with her while I am preparing dinner.   I have my 9 year old taking out kitchen garbage and recycle to the garage and setting the table.

The possibilities of easy meal preparation are endless.   I love to teach and explore new, flavourful foods which are easy to prepare.   The tips I have developed are from all of my experiences and struggles of finding the perfect solution to less mess, less stress and more time for myself and my family.  I have developed many programs to support this.

Check out my programs at www.highwaytohealth.ca for my upcoming classes.

Garden Tomato SauceUse up your Garden Tomatoes

Garden Fresh Tomato Sauce:


  • 6 ripe tomatoes, diced
  • 2 cloves of garlic minced
  • 3 tbsp red wine
  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 tbsp fresh oregano
  • 1 tbsp maple syrup
  • dash of salt and pepper

Mix ingredients and simmer for 30 minutes.   Store in your fridge for up to 3-5 days or store in freezer for up to 6 months.This sauce is excellent on fresh pizzas, in soups or stews or on top of turkey meatballs.



Cooking With Your Kids

Cooking with KidsI have been using Sandi Richard’s line of Meal Planning Cookbooks for over 10 years now. I am a raving fan! I buy every one of her books because they have taught me how to meal plan, her meals are easy, delicious, and healthy and even my husband can follow the recipes!

Her newest cookbook is entitled Anyone Can Cook Dinner .
I decided to put Sandi’s book title promise to the test in my own home with my 8 year old daughter Trinity.

We used Sandi’s printable grocery list to purchase all of the items for our week of dinners. It is so nice to know that you have everything on hand for 5 healthy meals!

I let Trinity choose what she wanted to make out of the 5 meals.

I will admit, I was nervous. Was my daughter ready to cook? When is the right time to start showing your kids how to cook? It was time to see what she could do.

Trinity’s dinner choice…Tuna Tetrazzini with Corn & Peas.

Cooking with KidsTrinity read over the recipe. First thing Sandi tells you to do is take out all of the tools you will need, which are nicely detailed under the equipment list. Trinity did as she was instructed and pulled everything out.
Cooking with KidsNext, Trinity gathered up all of the ingredients as instructed and laid them out on the counter.
She followed the easy step by step instructions to prepare one of her first real meals by herself.

I was in the kitchen the entire time just for support and to answer any questions. I was pleasantly surprised!
Trinity excelled at cooking! She was so excited to embark on this cooking adventure, and I could tell how proud she was of herself. Just that fact that I was turning over the kitchen to her made her smile!

While the dinner was in the oven, Trinity set the table and even prepared a menu for our family to show what we were having.

Cooking with KidsIt was amazing to watch my little girl succeed in the kitchen. As parents, I think we forget that it is our job to teach our kids how to be INDEPENDENT of us. An essential skill that we all need is cooking! It is amazing to see what skills children can learn in the kitchen…math, preparedness, cleanliness, healthiness…the list goes on! It is time for us to stop doing everything ourselves, and let our children LEARN!

Cooking with KidsSandi Richard has done it again! She is not only helping families get back to eating together, she is helping families learn to cook together! Give yourself permission to ask for help in the kitchen and you’ll create an amazing change in your family dynamics. Life is all about teamwork. Start introducing your children to the kitchen and cooking as early as you can. There is always something you can get your children doing…pulling out equipment, ingredients, washing and cutting vegetables, or just watching you and chatting with you about each other’s day.

Cooking with KidsUnlock the kitchen and let your children and your husbands in! Make it easy for them to prepare dinner by having everything on hand to prepare a meal, along with an easy to follow, no fail recipe. Plan meals as a family, and dinner will be a lot more fun. Reduce your stress by knowing what you are having for dinner tomorrow, and prepare for tomorrow’s dinner before you go to bed. It is not hard, especially when you use one of Sandi’s cookbooks. I truly believe ANYONE CAN COOK DINNER, if they are given the proper tools.

Thanks Sandi. Getting back to basics is easier than I thought it would be. With 3 daughters, I’m hoping to be sipping my wine while I watch my dinner being prepared. They cook, they clean! Win-win!

Be That Girl LogoTina O’Connor
President & CEO
Be That Books Inc.

Helping Your Kids Build Confidence and Self-Esteem

Helping Your Kids Build Confidence and Self-EsteemTime and again parents share with me their concerns over their child’s lack of confidence and self-esteem in school. They intuitively understand that grades and confidence often walk hand-in-hand. Confidence among children seems to be such a fleeting emotion. A young student can start the day feeling that all is right with the world but come home feeling like an utter failure. The challenge for parents is to help their kids move past the “emotion” of confidence and, instead, understand that confidence is more than a feeling—it’s a mindset.

While there are many factors that can contribute to a young student’s level of confidence, here are three approaches or “mindsets” that, followed consistently, can go a long way in building your child’s academic confidence and self-esteem.

Actions vs. Words

As kids grow older, they begin to recognize the difference between words and actions. For example, if you tell your child that you believe she can accomplish a certain goal, but the end result is failure, your words will ring hallow.

The challenge is to not simply tell your kids that you believe they can succeed at something. Tell them they can succeed, but explain what they’ll have to do in order to be successful. From there, come alongside your child and “get your hands dirty.” In other words, be careful not to do the task for your son or daughter, but be there to teach, model and assist.

Cause and Effect

In school, many struggling students often don’t recognize, or ignore, the connection between effort, organization and good grades. The truth is, most students who struggle on tests rarely study for them. Yet, these same kids would insist that they are simply not able to achieve a better grade because they’ve bought into the myth that ability is the sole requirement for academic success.

It’s important for parents to help their children understand cause and effect. For example, not studying equals poor test results. If a child continues to be convinced that she lacks the intelligence or ability to succeed in school while never understanding the true causes, her self-confidence will only continue to plunge. It’s important, as parents, to debunk this myth.

Real Challenges

Some parents and teachers, in an effort to inspire a child’s confidence through success, will assign tasks that fall well short of a child’s ability. The problem is not with the intent but it’s with the approach. Sooner or later, a child will recognize that she is being given assignments or tasks that are anything but challenging. In turn, a student will likely perceive this as confirmation of her lack of ability or intelligence.

Don’t be afraid to give your child a real challenge, even if there is the possibility of failure. However, it is just as important that you make your son or daughter realize that you believe that he or she can be successful, but only with some real effort. As always, work with your child to teach the tools necessary for success. The feeling a child gains from accomplishing challenging tasks, and being recognized for them, is like nothing else.
Remember: Measure success in small increments and build upon each step with meaningful encouragement. With time, effort and patience, a child can gain the type of confidence that isn’t fragile or fleeting and has the potential to propel her to great things.
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H2H-Shadow-LogoWhether you would like to lose weight or just become healthier, this program is for you!
Highway to Health’s 6-week “Down-to-the-Basics” Weight Loss Series is a REAL program that focuses on REAL food. Designed and supported by Registered Nutritionist, Roslyn Gordon, our clients learn how to lose 15-25 pounds across the six week series and leave feeling confident and better than ever.
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  • This 6 week program increases your metabolism to allow you to continue to lose weight after the 6 weeks has been completed.
  • Each participant will receive their own individualized food plan. All health concerns and diet restrictions welcome.
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  • Constant contact with Weight Loss Facilitator and our Registered Nutritionist throughout the entire program to answer any questions you may have.
  • A new topic discussed each week that will add more pieces to your plan.
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If you are not keen on classes and would like to do your own individual program, please register for one of the dates indicated above and put in the special instructions that you would like to do the program from home. We will guide you daily with the same approach and guidance to achieve results. OR Our NEW! “Start-Now” Package features everything from our standard package above Plus you get a number of exclusive, self-start tools to get you up and running in advance of your chosen program’s start date. If you’re super-motivated to get at it now, this option is for you.


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