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roast chicken and....? help!

tiffany Nov 20, 2010 03:14 PM

we're having friends over for dinner tomorrow night and the wife is pregnant with their 3rd, so she's been having some pretty bad nausea. she says that protein really helps with the nausea.. i'm racking my brains trying to figure out what to make them for dinner tomorrow night. so far, i've only decided on doing a whole roast chicken (the thomas keller recipe), but i can't figure out what else to serve with it... i've thought caramelized butternut squash or mushroom risotto, but neither of those are really high protein! some help with ideas on what sides and/or dessert to serve would be greatly appreciated!

oh, and since we'll have 4 little kids here too, kid friendly options would be fantastic... thanks in advance!

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    tiffany Nov 20, 2010 04:04 PM

    thanks for the suggestions! i was just reading the thread where a bunch of you were discussing whether one roasted chicken was sufficient for the number of people that the poster had mentioned he/she was having over... so your comments made me laugh. we have a 6 and a half pound chicken for 4 adults, 3 toddlers, and one 11 month old. so i'm really hoping that that one chicken will be enough... had thought of other things as mains, but since our guests never wrote back (which is rare), i just decided on something quick and easy. i had thought of mac n cheese too, b/c i really like barefoot contessa's recipe and it's super easy... so maybe either that or risotto. the salad & dessert ideas sound great too.. i'll have to run to the store later. thanks everyone!!!

    1. LulusMom Nov 20, 2010 03:39 PM

      I agree with others that you have the protein covered (and please do make 2 chickens for all those people). Polenta with cheese or butter? Mac and cheese?

      1. goodhealthgourmet Nov 20, 2010 03:34 PM

        well, the chicken is pretty much pure protein so i'm not sure why you need to do a protein-heavy side as well. however, i hope you're making more than one chicken - there's no way one bird will feed four adults *plus* four kids.

        anyway, if you still feel compelled to serve a protein-heavy side dish, quinoa is a good option. or lentils, or lima beans...or even baked mac & cheese with ricotta, or polenta with cheese (or made with evaporated milk).

        1. Cherylptw Nov 20, 2010 03:27 PM

          Your roasted chicken is the protein..the butternut squash or mushroom risotto would be perfect with the chicken & served with a green salad. The kiddies should do well with this menu also. For dessert, why not consider a milk or egg based dish like cheesecake, pan roasted figs with a dollop of greek yogurt, walnuts & honey or vanilla ice cream with cinnamon syrup & pan roasted apples.

          This link might be helpful: http://new-fitness.com/nutrition/prot...

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