Our Space {Recipe: Garden Vegetable Roasted Chicken}

Garden Vegetable Roasted Chicken Recipe from dineanddish.netI’ll admit it… I have been completely and totally uninspired lately. I’ve lacked interest in cooking and photographing and even writing… nothing blog wise has been giving me that spark. Personally, I’ve been  having a blast with my kids and enjoying the heck out of summer, but when it comes to the “should dos” versus “want to dos” the “want to dos” are definitely winning.

I’ve felt guilt though… I love my blog and sharing recipes and life moments with you all. I should WANT to come here often and cooking has always been a passion of mine…but instead of cooking and blogging, we’ve been eating out all the time or eating quickly thrown together, just get it done, meals.

It became very apparent to me recently that I needed to find that spark of inspiration again and luckily the stroke of inspiration came… thanks to Zombies and a baker named Joy, of all things!

zombie burger overhead

Ella at Zombie Burger in DesMoines Iowa

Yesterday we stopped at a restaurant in DesMoines, Iowa called Zombie Burger. I know, random, right? Who knew that looking at their menu…one of the most creative menus I’ve seen… would fire up my desire to be creative again and to get back in the kitchen? We returned home to Kansas City and I went straight to the grocery store and found inspiration right there in the aisles. It felt good to want to cook and share with you all again!

I’ve always felt like Dine & Dish was my space… but after listening to Joy the Baker on the Jess Lively Show Podcast  (listen to this podcast…it’s so good), I thought about it again. As Joy said about blogging burnout… “I have an obligation to my readers to share creative content on a consistent basis” or something like that. So friends, I realize now that Dine & Dish is not my space… it’s our space and has been for close to 8 years now. I’m going to do my best to keep up my end of the bargain to continue to find inspiration, create inspiring recipes and share what inspires me with you.

Garden Vegetable Roasted Chicken Recipe from dineanddish.net

This recipe isn’t a burger or even zombie related… in fact it’s probably about as far away from zombie like you can get. However, the significance is that this recipe got me back in the kitchen and anxious to photograph, share and blog again!

I loosely adapted this Garden Vegetable Roasted Chicken recipe from a Real Simple magazine cutout from years ago… it’s funny what actually happens when you look through the notebooks of recipes you cut out but have never made. You find some pretty darn good ones!

I hope you enjoy it and I’ll be back again later this week with a delicious cocktail, perfect for your summer time sipping! Enjoy!

Garden Vegetable Roasted Chicken
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A garden vegetable inspired roasted chicken dish. A simple weeknight meal with fresh, summery flavors. For a more flavorful dish, replace chicken breasts with boneless chicken thighs.
Serves: 4 servings
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • 1 Tablespoon dry mustard
  • 4 Tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 pound red potatoes, quartered
  • 2 carrots, sliced into 2 inch sticks
  • 1 small zucchini, sliced and cut into wedges
  • 1 bunch fresh rosemary
  • kosher salt and pepper
  • 4 6-ounce boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  1. Preheat oven to 400° F.
  2. In a small bowl, whisk together olive oil, dry mustard, and Worcestershire sauce. Set aside.
  3. Place chicken in a 9x13 glass baking dish. Arrange prepared vegetables around the chicken. Pour the prepared sauce over the chicken. Top with Kosher Salt and Cracked Black Pepper.
  4. Roast for 25 minutes.
  5. Toss the vegetables, turn the chicken over, and continue roasting until the chicken is cooked through and no longer pink (approximately 15 minutes).
  6. Remove from oven and divide chicken and vegetables among 4 plates. Serve and enjoy.




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  1. says

    It’s funny the things that kick start our blogging mojo again isn’t it? Whatever reason, I’m glad to see you back here. I always enjoy your simple and delicious recipes so much.

    • says

      I seem to get this way once or twice a year and then am thrilled to pieces when I get over the hump! You never know :)
      Thanks for your kind words, friend!

  2. says

    LOVE this post Kristen – you are so right! Our blogs are not just our own personal spaces – thank you for that!
    Also thank you for this roasted chicken. I think my hubs is getting tired of me making chicken dipped in ketchup (judge away) so he will lurve this 😉 Pinned!

  3. says

    You’re absolutely right about blogging burn-out. I’ve been experiencing that a lot lately, doing other things in hopes of being inspired to cook, photograph, and write again. But as much as sticking to a regular blogging schedule is as good for me (as a writer) and good for my readers (as people looking for creative content on a consistent basis), I think it’s good to step back every now and then. Readers always understand, and the really enthusiastic readers will be ecstatic about your return. :)

  4. says

    I LOVE Zombie Burger! The past few times when I’ve visited Des Moines, we always make a stop there…and at the High Life Lounge for a mega-big Pork Tenderloin Sandwich =)

  5. says

    Glad you’re feeling inspired again, I love your blog :) But it’s also good to be loving summer with your family! I think it’s a balance between a blog being an obligation to uphold and your own space to use as you like, and I always love seeing what you post no matter how few and far between posts may be!

  6. says

    I LOVED that podcast (well, I love the entire podcast, but that specific episode) too! I’ve actually been feeling really inspired lately and it’s been a really sweet season of meshing all the good together and feeling like there’s finally a balance. Soaking it up while I can, but I KNOW that after the food holidays I’m going to be burned out again!

    I love your honesty here, and I love that you said it’s not your space, it’s our space. Such a great reminder for me!

  7. says

    You’ve got me wishing I had an excuse to go to Iowa just so I can check out Zombie burger! My boys would love it! Sometimes it’s hard to get back into the blogging groove when you’ve taken some time to do other things… I’ve been there (recently), and am happy that I’m starting to get my groove back as well.

  8. says

    I love this post, Kristen! After this week, I am taking some time off from the blog. I talked to my Hubby and he can see how tired and burned out I am. Time to enjoy the summer and recharge!
    Also, this chicken dinner – making it this week!

    • says

      My rosemary is doing so well this year! My basil, which usually is my best grower, is struggling though :(
      Thanks for your kind words, Liz! :)

  9. says

    I absolutely love your blog! This post is perfect — a really great looking recipe (that I can’t wait to try) and stories about family, zombies and burgers. That’s pretty awesome!! :)

  10. says

    I usually feel the same way about my blog; it’s my space to share what I love to do but I’m occasionally reminded of that greater truth you discovered. When I hear from someone who looks forward to a cocktail every Friday or who loved a cheesecake and shares my blog with all of their friends or…well, you know, I realize it’s become more than that. And with that comes some obligation. Still, if people are expecting you to share yourself then they must know you have young children, a busy life and are in the middle of summer and they might have to be patient because the person they want something from is living the life they want to see shared! Seems your loyal readers are willing so enjoy those kids while you can; time does not stop flying by!

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