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Healthy & Delicious: Marcella Hazan's Lemon Roasted Chicken with Carrots and Potatoes

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Generally speaking, I'm a healthy eater. Sure, I dig the occasional tire-sized doughnut, but produce and lean meats are more my thing. My boyfriend, a former vegetarian, usually goes along with this. He's a soup and salad lover and does a few decent rice dishes himself. Our fridge is always stuffed with fruit, and I make sure both of us bring nutritionally sound lunches to the office.

Sometimes though, the man just wants his nachos. And pizza. And wings. And this can present a problem.

See, it's difficult creating meals that both satisfy his cravings and keep me feeling relatively guiltless, especially when I'm neck-deep in my semi-annual Failed Attempt at Weight Watchers. So, I like to have a few compromise dinners in my back pocket--rich, hearty dishes that won't put me in the triple digits, points-wise.

Thank jeebus, then, for Marcella Hazan. Her moist, delectable Lemon Roasted Chicken is sublime, and ideal for the dieting/non-dieting couple. For starters, it's the best roasted chicken I've ever eaten, hands down. (For real.) Even better, with the addition of carrots and potatoes, it becomes a full, hearty meal that won't make me want to buy a corset the next day. My boyfriend can drown the legs and tubers in the rich, citrusy sauce while I get away with the carrots and a few ounces of breast meat.

As if that's not enough, it's incredibly simple to prepare, costs under $10, and produces mad leftovers if you go for a six-pound bird. And for all you diet-mismatched couples out there, nothing could be better. (Except maybe some nachos.)

Adapted from Essentials of Classic Italian Cooking by Marcella Hazan

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