You are tired of the long sunny days and the hot smoke from the grill bathing your face, but you still long for that delicious succulent meal that grills deliver.
It is okay to ditch it for the simplicity of the oven.
Your Dietitian’s Choice is Gerber’s Amish Farm® Whole Chicken for $1.99 per pound.
The Gerber's Amish Farm Values
Gerber’s have been in the chicken industry for over 70 years with 150 farms and 500 employee. On average they produce 3 million chickens a year which are raised on 77 acres of corn and 38 acres of soybeans each day.
Gerber’s believe that chickens should be free of antibiotics and growth hormones.
Gerber’s Amish Farm has been recognized for a couple iniatives due to their agriclutral practices.
The Animal Welfare Humane Certified recognition is provided through FACTA. FACTA is a national third-party leader that audits agricultural businesses for the proper treatment of animal from farm to plant to processing.
Additionally, the Where Food Comes From verification further validates humane practices for animals. Criteria includes evidence of
- freedom from hunger and thirst
- freedom from discomfort
- freedom from pain, injury, or disease
- freedom to express normal behavior
- freedom from fear and distress
Health and Wellness Benefits
Trytophan is a non-essential amino acid (protein) that is produced in the liver. This protein is used to help your body produce more serotonin – the happy hormone. Chicken, and other poultry, are a high natural source of this protein. When a person consumes a high intake of poultry, they tend to get sleepy after an hour or so from the meal. That is because your increase in serotonin levels is helping you relax!
Zinc is a mineral that is often not discussed enough for its benefits. It is important for skin health by repairing damage tissue (ie. paper cut), support blood coagulation, and reduce scar formation. Additionally, zinc is essential for the metabolic processes of fat burning. Though not directly involved in fat burning itself, zinc helps develop and communicate to the body to release insulin. Insulin itself, is what helps regulate fat metabolism (not just carbs!).
Herb and Lemon Roasted Chicken, Grace Parisi, Food & Wine, May 24, 2023
– 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
– 5 garlic cloves, 1 minced
– 1/2 teaspoon minced rosemary plus 2 rosemary sprigs
– 1/2 teaspoon minced thyme plus 2 thyme sprigs
– 1/2 teaspoon finely grated lemon zest
– Salt and and ground black pepper
– One 4-pound chicken, at room temperature
– 1 large onion, cut into 8 wedges
– 1 lemon, cut crosswise into 8 rounds
– 1/2 cup chicken stock or low-sodium broth
1. Preheat the oven to 425°F and position a rack in the lower third of the oven. In a bowl, mix the butter with the minced garlic, minced herbs, and the lemon zest; season with salt and pepper.
2. Pat the chicken dry. Rub half of the herb butter under the skin and the rest over the chicken; season with salt and pepper.
3. Set the chicken breast side up on a rack in a roasting pan. Scatter the onion, lemon, garlic cloves, and herb sprigs and add 1/2 cup of water. Roast for 30 minutes, until the breast is firm and just beginning to brown in spots. Using tongs, turn the chicken breast side down and roast for 20 minutes longer, until the skin is lightly browned.
4. Using tongs, turn the chicken breast side up. Add another 1/2 cup of water. Roast for about 20 minutes longer, until an instant-read thermometer inserted in the inner thigh registers 175°F to 180°F.
5. Tilt the chicken to drain the cavity juices into the pan; transfer the bird to a cutting board. Remove the rack from the pan and spoon off the fat. Set the pan over high heat. Add the stock and cook, scraping up any browned bits. Press the lemon to release the juices. Carve the chicken and pass the chunky jus at the table.