“Perfect Chicken”

Ingredients

1 to 1 1/2 lbs Chicken breasts

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon pepper

1/2 teaspoon garlic powder

1/2 teaspoon onion powder

1/2 teaspoon paprika

Directions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Mix salt and spices.

Rub all over chicken.

Bake for 25 minutes.

Notes

The original recipe was reported as a broken link on Pinterest so I can’t share it.  The pin itself shows the full recipe though.

I tried it out because my family was a big fan of Lemon Pepper Chicken – literally just thin sliced chicken breaks with lemon pepper seasoning – quick, simple, delicious; I was looking for something similar just with different seasonings.  This met that mark.

I’m not sure I’d jump all the way to the “Perfect Chicken” it was labeled as but it was pretty good.

1 note though, the recipe called for 1/2 teaspoon of each spice and that was not enough to cover the breaks, I had to mix another few sets of spices to get them all covered.  Otherwise though, pretty good.

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Lightened Up Buffalo Chicken Quesadillas

Original post found here but I adapted quite a bit so below is mine. Unfortunately – because I am awful with noting ingredient amounts.

Ingredients

Shredded chicken – I had a 1.64 lb container that I cooked and shredded

Buffalo sauce – I use Red’s – maybe 1/2 a cup or so, give or take, enough to give a coating of the chicken

About 4 oz cream cheese (I use 1/3 less fat)

2 cups cheese – this time I used cheddar but in regular buffalo dip I’ve used just about anything (cheddar, mozzarella, mexican blend, or whatever else)

8 Tortillas

Oil or cooking spray

Ranch for dipping (I use light ranch)

Directions

Heat skillet to medium heat.

Spread one side of each tortilla with cream cheese.  Toss chicken with buffalo sauce.

Lightly grease pan. Place tortilla on pan, top with 1/8 of the chicken mixture and a sprinkle of cheese and fold in half.

Allow to cook for 2 minutes then flip for 2 minutes on the other side.

Repeat for all tortillas.  Serve with ranch dressing on the side.

Notes

I don’t know if it actually is, but this feels just oh so much healthier than regular buffalo chicken dip.  In regular tip, I use equal parts buffalo sauce, cream cheese, and ranch.  By using cream cheese just on the tortilla, I used about half as much as usual, and by just having ranch for dipping sauce- was far far less.  I also conserved on cheese, actually only used about 1 3/4 cups.  All in all felt healthier than it could’ve.

Plus it was tasty.

Sweet Corn Spoonbread

Original right over here.

Ingredients

1 8.5 oz package of Jiffy corn muffin mix

1 14.75 oz can cream style corn

1 15 oz can whole kernel corn, drained

1/2 cup butter, melted

1 cup sour cream

3 eggs

1/2 teaspoon salt

Directions

Preheat the oven to 375.

Lightly grease a 2-quart casserole dish with non stick cooking spray.

In a large bowl, combine the ingredients, mix well and pour into the casserole dish.

Bake 35 to 40 minutes or until it’s set.

Comments

So this was made as a side dish shortly after eating out at Don Pablo’s, a Tex-Mex style restaurant in my area (not to sure how wide spread the chain is). One of their side dishes is Cornmeal Spoon Bread and I’m pretty sure I could eat it with every meal and not get sick of it.  This recipe was intended as something similar to Don Pablo’s deliciousness.

I was unimpressed with the dish, both on it’s own and in comparison to the Cornmeal Spoon Bread. Simple enough to make but just not impressing to taste.

Ah well. Next time.

Extra Crispy Oven Baked French Fries

Link to original recipe is over here. I just made the fries, didn’t use the seasoning mix.

Ingredients

3 medium Russet potatoes

1-2 tablespoons of olive oil

2 tablespoons of grated cheese

Directions

Wash and peel the potatoes. Cut off the ends and cut the potatoes into thin slices about 1/4″ wide.

Add the fries to a large bowl, cover with cold water, and soak for at least 30 minutes but they can soak for as long as overnight (put in fridge if for more than an hour).

After the fries have soaked, drain, rinse, and lay the fries on a paper towel lined cooling rack to dry while you preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Blot the tops with additional paper towels to absorb any excess moisture.

Line a baking pan with parchment paper or foil and spray with non-stick spray. Make sure the previously used bowl is dry and add the potatoes to it, add 1-2 tablespoons of oil and 1/2 – 1 Tablespoon of the seasoning mixture (if you end up making the one in the link or another seasoning.  I just used plain salt).  Toss to mix.

Evenly line the baking pan with the fries in a single layer. Don’t overlap or they fries won’t cook properly. Bake for about 30 minutes, flipping with a spatula once or twice after 15 minutes of cooking. Remove fries from the oven and turn the oven up to 425 degrees. Return the fries to the oven until they are golden brown and the ends look a little burnt.

Sprinkle the fries with the other half of the seasoning mix and Parmesan cheese (optional). Serve immediately.

Comments

A good chunk of the fries ended up burnt despite checking on them regularly.  The ones that weren’t burnt were pretty tasty but also probably not worth the effort.  I was all for a little more effort if it was a more healthy  option but this was probably just more time consuming than the results were worht.

New Year’s Resolution

I am absolutely awful at this. I know I am.  I always try new recipes but when it comes to actually sitting down and typing – it only takes a few minutes- but still ends up never happening.

Well I decided to start my New Year’s Resolution on February 2nd.  January 1 would have been difficult. A couple weeks ago, we had a 17-hour each way road trip for a wedding and I wasn’t going to pretend to eat well for that.  Then the Super Bowl so quickly after.  Wasn’t going to go well if I tried to eat healthy for the first month – like just about every person in America, I’m hoping to lose weight in the new year.  The first week of healthy eating has gone well – making healthier eating choices, lost a couple pounds, and 3 gym trips in-between twice a week dance classes.

I’d really like to try updating this more regular in the “New Year” too.

I guess we’ll see how long each of these resolutions last.