Rock An Easy Cook-out Even If It Rains

Has it been raining on your side of town lately? In my city, I get one day of pure sun-shine and the next, rain instead of sun-shine. One of the days mother earth decided to moisturize herself, was a day I had planned on cooking out on the grill, this meant of course that I could not and had to find an alternative meal… or did I?

How’s that saying go? Where there is a will,  there is a way. Let’s just say I got my cook-out meal, just in a different way.

Below is the recipe I used to achieve my indoor cook-out dinner

If  you are someone who does not eat chicken you can play with recipe and replace it with salmon or your desired meat replacement.

Recipe directions below

Main course Ingredients:

  • 1 head broccoli – shaved
  • 1 lemon – juiced
  • 1 pinch chili flakes
  • 1 dozen chicken drumsticks
  • 1 bunch scallions – root ends trimmed
  • 2 tbsp olive oil + 1 tsp
  • 1 tsp honey
  • kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper

Ingredients needed for the Southwestern rub:

  • 2 tbsp sweet, smoked paprika
  • 1 tbsp ground cumin
  • 1 tbsp garlic powder
  • 1 tbsp kosher salt
  • 3 tbsp chili powder
  • 1/2 tsp cayenne
  • 1 tbsp ground coriander
  • 1 tbsp onion powder
  • 1 tbsp ground black pepper
  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees
  2. Line a rimmed baking sheet with aluminum foil
  3. On the left side of the baking sheet, add the chicken drumsticks
  4. Drizzle with a tbsp of olive oil, then season with the Southwestern Spice Rub
  5. Next to the chicken, add the scallions and jalapenos, then drizzle with a tsp of olive oil and season with salt and pepper
  6. Bake for 30 minutes
  7. Finely chop the scallions and jalapenos, then add them to a large bowl
  8. Add the lemon juice, honey, and chili flakes, and mix
  9. Season with salt and pepper as needed
  10. Add the shaved broccoli and toss until coated all over
  11. Remove the chicken and the broccoli to serving platters

And there you have it!

A quick cookout, accomplished by not going outside.

A meal is never complete without something a little sweet. To end the night with a bang, you can make home-made popsicles… Adult Version!

All you will need for this is:

  1. A freezer

2. Juice

3. Your preferred spirit

4. Popsicle molder


First pour one shot of your spirits into the mold, two if you want them potent, and then fill the rest of the mold with your juice.

After that allow the mold to sit in the freezer for about an hour and a half ( the time it will take to make dinner) and then enjoy.

Side note: For children you remove the spirit ingredient!

I hope you enjoy this meal, and leave a comment below sharing your thoughts!

Grilled veggie pockets

(serves 6-8)

4 potatoes peeled and cubed

12 oz pack of frozen mixed vegetables

1 packet Lipton onion soup mix

Butter (you don’t need much)

The idea is to mix it all together, divide even portions onto foil squares large enough to fold and enclose vegetables, put the packets on the grill until veggies are tender. Maybe 15-20 minutes. The size of your potatoes will determine the cook time. I cooked the potatoes for 7-8 minutes, then added the veggies and cooked for another 8-10 minutes but I like my potatoes soft and my veggies a lil on the crunchy side.

Of course you can add or substitute ingredients. If you do please share your variation.


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