“Fried” chicken (without the deep fryer!)

This recipe is too good not to share.  Although I have reduced the amount of meat I am eating, Miss S and the Hubz have not so I knew I had to make this for them.  And everyone has got to love fried food – but who really loves the deep fryer?  The splatter messes, the lingering smell and the oil that has been used a few too many times…no thanks!

That said I will have to experiment making this vegetarian.  Maybe fried cauliflower – ah yes, that would make it a pakora :P

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So what’s the trick to getting that crispy fried coating – corn flakes!

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This is what you need:

  • Cornflakes
  • Ziplock bag + rolling pin
  • Garlic powder
  • Butter
  • S & P
  • Dill (or other herb of choice – optional!)
  • Chicken breasts (I usually slice them length wise)

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This is what you do:

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees
  2. Clean and slices your chicken, set aside
  3. Using a ziplock filled with cornflakes, crush the cornflakes.  Transfer to a bowl
  4. Add S & P, garlic powder and herb of your choice to the bowl
  5. Melt butter in the microwave (2+ tbls)
  6. Add Salt, galic powder to the melted butter and mix well.
  7. Set up your assembly line: chicken ready to be coated, melted butter mixture, cornflakes mixture and a baking sheet lined with parchment paper
  8. Dip the chicken into the melted butter mixture being sure to coat both sides well, then cover the chicken with the cornflakes making sure to cover all areas of the chicken breast then place on lined baking sheet.
  9. Complete above step for all remaining chicken pieces
  10. Pour any remaining butter on all the pieces and fill in any missed places on the chicken with the cornflakes
  11. Bake 25-30 min.  Check centre of chicken is cooked before removing from oven.

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Banana Oat Pancakes + Coconut Cream

It was one those mornings, when we had no plans, no where to be and all the ingredients to make some fun home made pancakes!

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I made some banana oat pancakes using this recipe and the melty coconut cream (lol) was made using this recipe.

tly_pancakes3 tly_pancakes4 tly_pancakes5We spent the rest of the day getting office space inspo at Ikea, getting my steps in at the mall and just taking it nice and easy!  #PerfectWayToSpendTheDay

 

Homemade Nut Granola

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Knowing that store bought granola isn’t as ‘healthy’ as we want to believe it is – I’ve always wanted to make this.  I first read about it on instagram and then later found it on a blog and dived right in.

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It’s super easy and perfect for breakfast or a protein packed snack.  The best part is you can switch up/down the ingredients depending on your tastes.  I add a little less honey and added half a banana to mine in the morning and it was peeerrrfection!

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What you’ll need:

  • A variety of nuts: I used 1 cup of almonds, 1/2 cup of pecans, 1 cup of walnuts (because its what I had in the house but of course you could use cashews, hazelnuts etc)
  • A few table spoons of flaxseeds, which I roasted in a small pan on the stove and then ground
  • A few table spoons of chia seeds, which I also ground
  • 1/2 cup of solid coconut oil
  • 1-2 tablespoons of honey (you could also use maple syrup)
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon of: cacao, vanilla and cinnamon
  • A few table spoons of shredded coconut

What you’ll do:

  • Although this step is not necessary, I chose to crush all my nuts
  • Preheat the oven to 400 degrees
  • Melt the coconut oil and add the seeds, honey, coconut, salt, cacao, vanilla and cinnamon
  • Add the nut mixture and fully coat it with the coconut oil mixture
  • Line a baking pan with parchment paper and lay the granola flat (like below)
  • Bake for 10 min and cool before eating
  • Store in an airtight container in the fridge

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#CookieMonster + Recipe

Despite the weather, we had a great weekend.
We took Miss for her first hair cut on Saturday which was quite pleasurable experience.  She looked like a doll during the entire process and her hair no longer resembles a mullet.  Later in the day, we met some friends and went to Fantasy Fair.  I haven’t been there since I was a kid (maybe 9-10 years old).  I remember it being a huge magical place full of midway rides and indoor play area which had THE-BEST slides and ball pit.  It was all that and more.  Just to see the sparkle in her eyes as she saw all the fun she was about to have.  Of course every ride came with a lesson in patience because we didn’t do what my parents used to do (aka one parent waits in line while the other has the kid at another attraction).
Speaking of when I was a kid, since as long as I can remember… I’ve always been a cookie monster.  But it wasn’t until recently that I thought I should start making them from scratch.  I’ve got a handle on a few recipes and wanted to share them :)
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This first one is perfect for the mid-week (or mid-day) pick me up.  When it only requires 3 ingredients who’s is going to complain!
½ Cup of peanut butter
1 tablespoon of honey
1 Egg
Optional:
Chocolate Chips
Walnuts
Raisons
  1. Preheat oven to 350 Degrees
  2. Mix 3 ingredients together in a bowl (mixture will be gooey and shiny)
  3. Place a heaping table spoon of cookie mixture on a wax paper covered cookie sheet, continue placing heaping tablespoons of the cookie mixture 2 inches apart
  4. Bake for 15 minutes, remove from oven and let stand for 5 minutes before eating scoffing down a dozen LOL
Sidebar: If you want to add the optional items, do so after the 3 ingredients are mixed well! (as you can see I added chocolate chips)
Cookies taste even better the day after (I stored them in the fridge and they were soo soft!)
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