Recipes by Anne Bailey; Photographs by Mark Thomas
Garlic, a key ingredient to the spice mixture, contains a chemical called allicin that researchers believe may discourage the development of artery-hardening plaque. If you have time, rub the mixture over the birds the night before so the herbs and spices have a chance to meld, creating a more intense flavor.
Prep time: 20 minutes
Cooking time: 45 minutes
Make it kid-friendly: Prep some of the hens with just the olive oil, mustard, and salt, then serve sliced with diced tomatoes over cooked cheese ravioli.
Second-meal secret: Make burritos by using two forks to shred the meat from the birds and reheating it along with the spinach and tomatoes in the microwave. Wrap sauteed chopped onions, canned black beans, fat-free sour cream, and reduced-fat cheese inside 10-inch flour tortillas.
Pair it with: Covey Run 2002 Fume Blanc, Washington State, $9 This crisp, dry white wine balances out the lemony flavors of the hens and oven-roasted tomatoes.