Chicken Foil Packets

Serves: 4

6 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
2 tablespoons ranch seasoning
pepper, to taste
vegetable oil
2 large boneless skinless chicken breasts
2 russet potatoes
1 carrot
1 celery rib
1 cup cheddar cheese, shredded

Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Whisk butter, ranch seasoning, and pepper together. Brush vegetable oil on one side of two large sheets of aluminum foil. Place one chicken breast in the center of each sheet on the oiled side. Wash and peel potatoes, carrot, and celery. Cube potatoes. Cut carrot into medallions. Cut celery into half moon shapes. Put veggies in butter mixture and stir until coated. Arrange the vegetables around the chicken breasts. Drizzle the remainder of the butter mixture over the chicken breasts. Seal foil around chicken and vegetables. Place foil packets on a cookie sheet and bake for 45 minutes. Carefully open the packets and top chicken and vegetables with cheese. Set the oven to broil on high. Leaving the packets open, broil just until cheese is melted. Cut each chicken breast in half and serve with vegetables. Have with a glass of water.

Ribs without BBQ Sauce

Serves: 1 rib per person

2 lbs. beef short ribs
salt, to taste
pepper, to taste
garlic powder, to taste
onion powder, to taste
paprika, to taste
ground mustard, to taste

Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Put ribs in a foil lined baking dish and sprinkle with spices. Cover baking dish tightly with foil. Bake for 90 minutes. Have with a glass of water and a healthy carbohydrate, such as one serving of: whole grains, fruits or vegetables.

Homemade Applesauce

Serves: 6

6 apples
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
2 1/2 tablespoons honey

Wash, peel, core, and dice apples. Put diced apples, cinnamon, and honey in a crock pot. Stir until well combined. Cover and cook on high for 4 hours. Using a potato masher, mash until desired consistency. Have with a good source of fat and protein that doesn’t have sugar.

Seasoned Potatoes

Serves: 3

3 russet potatoes
4 tablespoons unsalted butter
Seasoned salt, to taste

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Put butter in a large microwave safe bowl and microwave until butter is melted. Wash, peel, and cut potatoes into bite-sized cubes. Put potatoes in the bowl with the melted butter. Sprinkle potatoes with seasoned salt. Stir until well combined. Put seasoned potatoes and butter in a foil lined baking dish. Bake potatoes for 17½ minutes. Stir and flip potatoes. Bake for another 17½ minutes. Stir and flip potatoes again. Broil on high for 10 minutes or until golden brown. Have with a good source of protein.