Hi, Maria from Two Peas & Their Pod here! I met Lisa on a blogging trip with Stonyfield in Vermont, and we had the best time together—she is the sweetest! I’m hoping she will come visit us in Utah soon. :) I’m excited to share a little about me and my new cookbook, along with a delicious sheet pan dinner recipe below!
Our blog, Two Peas & Their Pod, celebrates a family, friends, and community-oriented lifestyle that has huge and growing appeal. My family and friends would say I’m a fun and relaxed mom next door who’s got the secret sauce: that special knack for effortlessly creating tantalizing and wholesome (and budget-friendly) meals with ease. From a Loaded Nacho Bar bash for 200 guests to quick-and-easy healthy weeknight dinners to never-fail favorites like Pesto-Havarti Mac and Cheese or Asian Pork Lettuce Wraps (always followed by a fab dessert!), I share my best lifestyle tips and home cook smarts.
An essential resource for parents looking to update their healthy, inexpensive, time-saving, kid-friendly meal roster; aspiring home cooks who want to eat-in delicious food more than they eat out; as well as anyone looking to share their love of food and the giving spirit with their neighbors, Two Peas & Their Pod will help readers bring home that (achievable!) slice of Americana, where families come together to enjoy fresh and nutritious meals and there’s always a batch of still-warm cookies waiting on the counter.
We just released our first cookbook, Two Peas & Their Pod, and are so excited to share our recipes with everyone. We hope people turn to this cookbook often to make easy weeknight dinners for their families, to surprise their loved ones with a special weekend breakfast, to bake cookies for their children when they get home for school, and to invite friends and neighbors over to share a meal and good conversation. We want people to USE this cookbook and to love not only the recipes but the memories they create in the kitchen with their loved ones. With our two boys, Caleb and Maxwell, as the taste testers ;), we’re sure you’re going to love them too!
Now for that recipe I mentioned before. Josh, my husband, and I came up with this recipe because, like you, we wanted a really, really easy way to whip up a delicious chicken dish that didn’t involve roasting for an hour or dirtying up a bunch of pans. Enter the sheet pan!
Instead of starting with a whole chicken, we use bone-in, skin-on chicken thighs, which don’t need very long to cook and stay extra juicy while the skin gets nice and crispy. They would be delicious roasted with just a little salt and pepper, but we like to dunk them first in a simple honey-mustard sauce. Brussels sprouts get caramelized and browned right next to the chicken, so they soak up all those delicious pan juices. There’s barely any prep, the oven does all the work, and when you pull out the pan, your family and friends will be amazed by this impressive almost-instant dinner. As for the dishes, done and done!
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