Dinner was salad and
Our quest to eat less pre-packaged stuff continues apace. Our normal lemon pepper chicken involves marinade out of a bottle, with tons of preservatives and sodium and such, and we wanted to avoid that tonight. So I cracked open a cookbook that I'd purchased a couple of years ago but never actually used (The Complete Book Of Sauces) and found a marinade recipe. I'm normally scared of making stuff like this from scratch, and I'm not sure why; it turned out to be dead easy and quite tasty.
Lemon Pepper Marinade
2 tbs olive oil
1/2 small onion, finely minced
1 clove garlic, minced
2 tbs chopped fresh rosemary (pulled off our plant on the front porch, num)
freshly ground black pepper (or, really, whatever you have; better pepper would have, of course, been better, but whatever.)
grated zest of one lemon
1/4 c fresh lemon juice
Mix. Marinate. Cook. Yield: About 1/2 cup.
I more-or-less made the recipe times 2.5 (less onion, less zest, since I hate zesting fruit), and had more than enough marinade for 1 pound of chicken. It marinated for half an hour, and the chicken picked up the flavor beautifully. I thought it needed more pepper, but everyone else liked it quite a bit. I think we have another thing we won't need to buy in a bottle again.