#FreedomFood:  Recipes to Make Your Life Easier

March 6, 2017


PHS columnist, Nicole Locke, brings us one of those go to recipes which make life that little bit easier when you're rushed off your feet or facing a tight deadline...


There are recipes that are no longer recipes. It’s just food everybody eats when you can’t spare one more second and have half of a brain cell after a stressful day.


I have several such recipes. I blame my procrastination and deadlines. I’m almost embarrassed to share the following recipe because it’s so simple. But the bottom line is it’s really good. I’ve made changes over the years, so I’m going to share the original and altered recipe.




6lbs chicken thighs (with or without bone, about 10 pieces)

Salt and pepper to taste

1 lrg chopped onion

1 tbl garlic granules

5 tbl of paprika

2 tins tomatoes


1 cup soured cream

Buttered egg noodles

Broccoli (for something green!)


1. Skin chicken, set aside

2. In large oven proof dish mix: chopped onion, tinned tomatoes, paprika, salt, pepper, garlic

3. Snuggle the chicken in sauce and bake uncovered at 350 for 45 min


When almost done, cook egg noodles drain, slather with butter. At the table serve with soured cream (people can put as much as they want), and some broccoli on side.





3 lb chicken pieces w/ skin and bones

1.5 tsp salt

1/2 tsp black pepper

2 tbl veggie oil

1 lrg onion, chopped

4 garlic cloves, chopped

1.5 tbl sweet hungarian paprika

2 (8 oz) cans tomato sauce

1.5 cups water

1 cup sour cream

accompaniment: buttered egg noodles, garnish parsley

1. rinse chicken and pat dry, then sprinkle w/ 1 tsp salt and pepper

2. heat oil, brown chicken, transfer chicken

3. add onion and garlic to pot and saute'

4. add paprika, tomato sauce, water, chicken w/ skins side ups, simmer until chicken is very tender, add salt pepper to taste

5. transfer 1 cup sauce to bowl, whisk sour cream, then stir mixture into remaining sauce and serve with buttered noodles


Do you have the perfect recipe for making busy lives easier?  Share your #FreedomFood recipes with us on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook.


Nicole's latest release is In Debt to the Enemy Lord, the fourth book in her Lovers and Legends series:


"You have a debt to pay. You owe me your life."


Anwen, bastard of Brynmor, has fought hard to find her place in the world. But she’s forced to rethink everything when she’s saved from death by her enemy Teague, Lord of Gwalchdu. Instead of releasing her, he holds her captive…


Teague trusts no one. So with ominous messages threatening his life he must keep Anwen under his watch, no matter how much her presence drives him wild. And when passionate arguments turn to passionate encounters Teague must believe that the strength of their bond will conquer all!


Nicole Locke is the author of Harlequin Lovers and Legends series; and subsists off of procrastination and champagne. For more information about her and her writing, check out her website and follow her on Facebook, Twitter, Google+ and Pinterest.

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