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Crispy Chicken Fingers

7 Aug

(First post in Healthy in a Hurry Meals and Tips Series)

Before you pull in to that McDonald’s drive through to have your fill of greasy bag goodness – I’d like to give you something to consider…  The ingredients in their infamous McChicken Nuggets include a few mystery ingredients, but the one that stand out to me is:  Dimethylpolysiloxane added as an antifoaming agent.  I don’t know what dimethypolysloxane is but I am certain it’s not something I’d like to digest if I can help it.


Yes I know drives through are quick and sometimes hard to avoid – HOWEVER – with proper planning we can enjoy a healthier alternative.  Now I will admit, I pretty much like chicken fingers in any form… crispy, broiled, tempura style, I usually don’t discriminate.  So don’t be surprised if you see some variation of a chicken tender recipe featured here often.  Okay here goes – Crispy Chicken Fingers.


Chicken Tenders (tender portion of the chicken breast)


Paprika, Cayenne, Salt, Pepper, Garlic Powder, Season-All

2 Eggs

Panko Bread Crumbs



  1. Season tenders lightly with season-all.
  2. Coat with seasoned flour (your favorite seasonings… i.e. garlic powder, salt, pepper, old bay – whatever you enjoy)
  3. Mix eggs with about 1/2 cup water.
  4. Dip flour coated tenders in egg wash.
  5. Season panko crumbs with paprika.
  6. Roll flour and egg coated tenders in seasoned panko crumbs.
  7. Fry in small amount of peanut oil or Oven bake at 375 degree oven coated with cooking spray.  (If you are oven frying spray tops of fingers with cooking spray)
  8. Cook until brown!


If I were you, I’d double the batch for leftovers.  The leftovers can be used as an after school snack, chicken sandwiches, or salad toppers.  Just place on parchment paper and freeze.  Then add to zip lock bags once frozen.  Yep.





Role Models speak out in support of Chick-fil-A

1 Aug

Role Models such as Miley Cyrus, Lindsay Lohan and Kim Kardashian are reported to have launched their own boycotts against Chick-fil-A. With the way their lives are shaping up you would think they would be reaching out to Dan Cathy for advice. It’s laughable.

Chick-fil-A President Dan Cathy told the Baptist Press that, “We are very much supportive of the family — the biblical definition of the family unit. We are a family-owned business, a family-led business, and we are married to our first wives. We give God thanks for that.” This man just has to cut it out. Who does he think he is?


Chicken Florentine with Fresh Spinach Sautee

30 Apr


The hubby loves pasta – me not so much… which makes it an ideal dish when I am trying to cut calories.  I whipped up this Chicken Florentine the other night and it was a hit.  I love a dish that looks as good as it tastes… it is an excellent idea for entertaining.  The recipe is courtesy of MopTopMaven – my only changes were to add sun-dried tomatoes and mushrooms.  Oh and I doubled the sauce of course!



Roasted Turkey Breast

5 Oct

In an effort to reduce the amount of sodium nitrates in our diet I decided to roast a turkey breast. I figured it would be dinner on night one and used for sandwiches on night two.

Remembering turkey roasting from long ago I was prepared for a long and arduous process. However it was not so. My thawed turkey only took 2.5 hours to roast with two basting sessions in between.

It was completely juicy and completely lovely to look at.

To top it all off my $10 bird saved me major bucks figuring it will last us at least two meals.

Dutch Oven Decision

23 Apr

I knew it would happen eventually.  My favorite pot bit the dust… It wasn’t one of the higher end dutch ovens, but it got the job done.  I tried to salvage it with Barkeepers Friend, Vinegar, baking soda and just plain on scrubbing – but there was no reviving this pot.  So, thus began my search for a “true” French style dutch oven.

I planned on purchasing a Le Crueset, but they are just so pricey!  Then I was turned on to their less expensive competitor, “The Lodge” but it received very mixed reviews.  Well, last night on one of my weekly trips to SamsClub I ran across this beauty.  The color is wrong – but the price is right.  It is in the oven seasoning now, so I will let you all know how it holds up later on…


Hand Cream

23 Nov

I am constantly washing my hands.  They are already dry to start with, and the constant washing really doesn’t help.

As a result, I’m always on the hunt for a rich handcream.  My favorite so far is Aveda Hand Relief – but it is on the pricy side.  As I was roaming the aisles of Ulta today looking for something to purchase and use my coupon I ran across this… looks authentic enough huh?

C. Booth Honey & Almond Hand Cream

So far so good, very rich and thick and has a  sweet smell (but not overpowering).  Also, did I mention the price?  $4.99 – yep this is a keeper. 

How about you?  What’s  your favorite hand cream?

Shrimp Alfredo

19 Aug

Classic Alfredo Recipe:

  1. Peel and devein shrimp.  Season with creole seasoning and set aside.
  2. Prepare water for pasta
  3. Prepare sauce:

1 stick of butter

1 cup of heavy cream

1 cup of  parmesan regianno cheese

1 heavy pinch of nutmeg

1 clove of garlic


Add cream, butter, nutmeg, and garlic to saucepan.  Bring to boil and simmer for 15 minutes.  Add cheese and remove from heat.  Taste and season with kosher salt and freshly ground pepper if necessary.

While sauce is simmering prepare shrimp.  Heat saute pan over medium high, add 2 TBSP of olive oil… add shrimp and sear on one side.  Toss and add sliced red pepper and fresh basil.  Continue to saute for about one minute and remove from heat.

Toss pasta (we use angel hair) with sauce and top with shrimp mixture.

Yes ma’am.  This sauce is simple and really good.