Sweet Potato Fries and Lemon Baked Chicken

Yesterday wasn't a very productive day. I was expecting it to be nice out and it was a pretty dreary day overall. I knitted a lot and worked on a Mother's Day gift that I'll share with you all in a future post. But yesterday I was trying to think of quick and easy lunch ideas. Of course I'm always doing that. I realized that I had one that I've been doing for months now. It's so easy I didn't even realize it.

Sweet Potato Fries

Now this isn't even a recipe really! It's that easy and only takes about 10 minutes to cook. (Depending on how you soft you like you sweet potatoes.) You just need four things!

First preheat your oven to 400°. You need a sweet potato (obviously), olive oil cooking spray, and a knife.

Take your knife and cut the potato into little triangles. Or you can shape them like fries, or anything you want. You're the boss! I usually make mine about half an inch thick because I like softer potatoes. But once again, the choice is yours!

Lay out your potato pieces onto a foil covered cookie sheet and spray the top of the potatoes with your cooking spray. Bake them for about 10 minutes or until they're soft enough to please you.

Take them out of of the oven and there you go! I had these with a cup of yogurt too. But you could have them with a sandwich, salad, anything!

Later in the afternoon I got into dinner mode and decided to whip up a marinade really quick for some chicken that needed to be cooked.

Lemon Marinade

1 cup lemon juice
1/4 tsp garlic salt
1/2 tsp minced onion
1/2 tsp oregano
a pinch of pepper
cayenne pepper to top

Preheat your oven to 350°. Then in a large bowl mix together everything except the cayenne pepper. Place your chicken into the mixture and refrigerate for 2-3 hours. You can do it for a smaller amount of time but the flavor won't be as strong. After your chicken is finished marinading remove it from the fridge and place it in a baking dish along with the remaining marinade. Spread the cayenne pepper over the top of the chicken. The amount used will be determined by how much cayenne you prefer. Cover the dish with foil and bake in the oven for 40 minutes.

Once removed from the oven keep the chicken covered and let it sit for about 10 minutes. Remove the foil and serve!

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I served my chicken with a rice and lentil mixture. Chicken has always been my go to food whenever I'm not sure what to make. I just find it really easy to cook and it can be served with just about anything you're craving at the moment. I've even had my sweet potato fries with this lemon baked chicken before. It's all about variety!

I'm off to do some crafting today. I'm hoping to open an Etsy store in the near future and have to finish a few things up before I'm able to do so. Do any of you run Etsy stores? If so, link me to them so I can check out your stuff! :)