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Almond “Breaded” Chicken Tenders

Have you ever had a craving for some good ol’ fashioned chicken strips?? I did the other night, and after scouting out a few recipes I found one that I liked, jazzed it up a bit, and went to town making a healthy version of chicken strips.

Almond “Breaded” Chicken Tenders

Adapted from EatingWell 

  • 1 lb of chicken tenders (or chicken breast, sliced into smaller strips)
  • ¼ cup almost slivers
  • ¼ cup rough chopped roasted almonds
  • ¼ cup whole wheat flour
  • ¼ cup Panko crumbs
  • 1 ½ tsp paprika
  • ½ tsp dry mustard
  • ½ tsp garlic powder
  • ¼ tsp onion powder
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • 2 eggs
  • Cooking spray



Directions

1. Preheat oven to 475°F. Line a baking sheet with foil (this helps with cleanup, I would NOT skip this!). Coat a wire rack with cooking spray and place it on top of the foil-covered baking sheet.

2. Place almonds, flour, Panko crumbs, and spices in a food processor; process until the almonds are finely chopped and the seasonings are well distributed. Transfer the mixture to a shallow dish.

3. Whisk eggs in a second shallow dish. Add chicken tenders a few at a time and make sure they are each coated in the egg mixture. Transfer tenders one-by-one to the almond mixture; turn to coat evenly. (Discard any remaining egg white and almond mixture after you are done…yuck).

  1. Bake the chicken fingers until golden brown, crispy and no longer pink in the center, 20 to 25 minutes.

These are not fried chicken strips by any means, but they are tasty and an excellent healthy substitute for when the craving hits ya :)

Enjoy!

-Melissa

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WIAW: A Grown Up Kids Meal

Hooray for another WIAW post! I’m just thankful that I remember to take pictures of all of my meals once a week. That is a miracle, my friends.

I decided to spice things up about on the breakfast routine. Usually I enjoy my own version of the McMuffin, but lately I’ve been craving sweet potatoes, so I concocted my own sweet potato hash to accompany my eggs in the morning (recipe coming soon!). It…was…awesome.

I mixed up the hash with one egg and 1/2 cup of egg whites and a touch of cheddar cheese. Yum. Then, it was off to work where I got hungry at the usual 9:45. I snacked on a ThinkThin bar, which is full of protein and tastes delicious. I needed the extra protein to prep for my heavy leg workout that evening. ThinkThin bars are fairly yummy, especially the Creamy Peanut Butter flavor. They contain sugar alcohols, which can upset some stomachs, but for a quick snack they’re perfect.Lunchtime rolled around, and I found myself staring at a protein-less fridge when I came home. Luckily, I had tons of veggies from my Sunday Night Prep, so I mixed those up with a small breakfast sausage (that was supposed to be for my husband…oops…what’s mine is yours, right?), some avocado, and half of a whole-grain English muffin. This turned out to be one of my favorite lunches. The avocado made everything so creamy, and the veggies were super tasty.

My afternoon snack was a fairly big one for me. I knew that I needed to seriously fuel up for my workout, so I went down to the kitchen at work and toasted up the other half of the whole-grain English muffin from lunch, topped it with 1 TBS of Peanut Butter, a banana, and cinnamon. It was delicious, and really helped me get over my afternoon slump.

After my heavy leg workout, I came home and was REALLY in a nostalgic mood. I just had to have chicken fingers and mac’n’cheese. HAD TO. So, I whipped up my own healthy version of chicken fingers, paired it with some Annie’s and green beans and called it a day.

This was definitely a “grown up kids meal” and I loved it. Sometimes you just need a little comfort food :)

What did YOU eat today? Anything that brought back some memories?

Talk to you soon!
-Melissa

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WIAW – Memorial Day Weekend Cleansing!

I hope all of you had a wonderful Memorial Day weekend! We are so blessed to live in a country that values personal freedoms, and that we have men and women choosing to fight and lay down their lives for those freedoms.

My weekend was jam-packed, to say the least. It started on my Friday off, when I drove down to Houston to watch one of my best friends and old college roommate graduate from MEDICAL SCHOOL!! That’s right, Sarah became Dr. Sarah. It was such a great moment for her, and I’m so glad I got to be there. It also was a rude awakening, that we had been out of college for 4 years already :(. Ha!

Hey graduate!

What made an amazing moment even MORE amazing, was that as soon as my best friend walked across the stage to graduate, I got a text saying that my precious little niece had been born! I am officially a first-time aunt, and I could NOT be more excited! So, after spending Friday night celebrating Sarah’s awesomeness, I woke up Saturday morning and immediately trucked back up to Dallas to meet sweet Georgia Eve.

She is the most precious gift!

After spending too short of time with my girl, we headed off to Tyler, TX to spend the remainder of the weekend with friends at the lake! Needless to say, as jam-packed as the weekend was, it was FULL of blessings and friendships and I wouldn’t of changed one thing about it!

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Speaking of jam-packed…my weekend was ALSO jam-packed full of unhealthy eating :( Between road trips, celebratory dinners, and meals on the lake, I came home Monday night craving fruit, veggies, and my healthy eating routine. I spent Monday night grocery shopping and food prepping, so when Tuesday rolled around I was ready to go.

Breakfast was amazing, per usual. It is my FAVORITE meal of the whole day. I had my own version of a McMuffin, with one whole wheat english muffin topped with 1 egg and 1/2 cup egg whites (scrambled!). I also added a tiiiny bit of breakfast sausage to give it some extra yummy-ness. Oh, and coffee. Duh!

A few hours later, I was working away and got hungry again (naturally), so I grabbed a Luna Bar. I was SUPER excited about this one: Peanut Honey Pretzel. All of my favorite things rolled into one bar. It was more amazing than I thought it could be. I highly recommend this flavor!!

For lunch, I was able to go home and put together a bowl full of some veggies that my awesome husband grilled for me, and one Al Fresco Chicken Sausage (sun-dried tomato is my favorite!). I topped it off with a little bit of cheddar and I was good to go.

I was still pretty full by the time 4:00 rolled around (heck, I was probably still full from the weekend!), but I knew I needed to grab something to eat before I headed to boot camp, so I snacked on a banana with 1 TBS of PB2
(powdered peanut butter…if you haven’t tried it yet, I highly suggest you do!).

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That snack definitely helped fuel my body for my ridiculously hot, humid, intense, cardio-filled workout. I was DYING the entire hour, but so glad that boot camp has started back up! There is honestly no better workout, in my opinion. But I definitely had to pause a few times to keep that banana down, if you know what I’m sayin’ :).

Due to my near-death experience at boot camp, I wasn’t in the mood to whip up an extravagant dinner by ANY means, so protein smoothie it was! I blended some Advocare Vanilla Meal Replacement Protein, ice, water, 1 banana, 1 TBS PB2, and 1 TBS cocoa until smooth, and slurped that bad boy down. It was so refreshing after the super hot workout.

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So, there you go! That was my first day back to normal eating. I woke up today feeling much better about myself, all after one day of eating well!

What are some ways that you “detox” from a food-filled weekend?

Talk to you soon!

-Melissa

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This or that?

Here I am, all alone on a Thursday night, blogging and watching Mad Men on my DVR. And why am I alone, you ask? Oh, that’s because my RIDICULOUS husband got offered tickets to the MAVS PLAYOFF GAME tonight! Are you kidding me?! He is such a bandwagon fan, and he always gets to go to games! He’s got some pretty sweet seats, too. Sigh.

Bitter, party of one.

Despite my lonely evening (totally being dramatic here, by the way…I actually LOVE a little “me time”), I’ve had a fairly good day. After my yummy breakfast, I was fairly full until lunch rolled around. I am lucky enough to be able to go home sometimes during lunch (I live roughly 7 minutes away from my office), so I decided to head to the casa and whip up another random meal of sorts. I had a tiiiiny bit of filet left from my birthday dinner, so I sliced that up and placed it in between two corn tortillas, added a little cheddar cheese, and made myself a quesadilla. Added on some carrots and black beans and I had myself a pretty decent lunch!

I love throwing together leftovers and making something completely new out of them! Plus, I hate wasting food!

The rest of my day consisted of a pre-workout snack of a banana and peanut butter, followed by a killer weights workout at boot camp. Love, love, love weights days! Please take a look at what my slightly OCD very organized husband did to my trunk while I was in Florida:

Yup, he organized my mats/weights in a bin so that I can easily transport my gear from camp to camp. Thank goodness for him, because I am so far from organized it’s not even funny! Speaking of not funny…check out the temperature in my car after my workout:

Yup….106. It’s May 3. Help?

The rest of my night will most likely consist of a Meal Replacement Shake from Advocare (vanilla, with 1 TBS of PB2, 1 TBS of cocoa powder, and 1 banana), Mad Men, and an early bedtime. Definitely not cooking dinner for just me, plus I need the protein the shake provides. Me time = bliss :)

I got this fun little survey from Beyond Bananas, a fun blog I discovered not too long ago. It seemed like something to do to help pass the time :)

Coke or Pepsi?

Unfortunately, neither now! I gave up Diet Coke almost two years ago and I’ve never looked back! Every once in a while I’ll have a Sprite, and recently I tasted that new Dr. Pepper 10 and that stuff is GOOD…I’ll need to stay away :)

Lemonade or Fruit Punch?

Fruit punch, hands down! Lemonade is too tart for me :)

Caramel Apple or Cotton Candy?

Neither, to be honest! Caramel Apples hurt my teeth, and Cotton Candy is too sugary (if there is such a thing?!?)

Butterfinger or Snickers?

Neither…Twix!

Pudding or Jell-O?

Pudding! Absolutely!

Turkey or Chicken?

Chicken!! I eat it every single day almost!

American or Provolone Cheese?

Neither…cheddar (and NOT the orange kind…do you know what makes it orange?!?)

Crackers or Cookies?

If I’m being honest…….cookies :)

Pretzels or Chips?

Pretzels!!! I don’t care for chips, UNLESS they are tortilla chips. Then it’s game on.

Mexican food or Japanese food?

Mexican food! If my husband and I could have it for every meal, we would!

Chinese food or Italian food?

Italian :) yay pasta!

Pie or Cake?

If we’re talking the cold-pie variety, like ice box pies, or chocolate pies, then definitely pie :) but if I had both sitting in front of me, I wouldn’t discriminate…I’d eat both!

Ice cream or Cookies?

Frozen Yogurt! Ice cream makes my tummy hurt. I’ll put a few cookies IN my frozen yogurt though!

Pasta or Pizza?

Pizza. Definitely.

Soda or Juice?

Tea!

Chocolate Bars or Chocolate Truffles?

Chocolate Bars I guess, but I can’t eat too much of one or I’ll get sick

Apples or Bananas?

Banana’s!

Salad or Soup?

Salad!

Cauliflower or Broccoli?

Broccoli…roasted, with lemon and garlic :)

Onion Rings or French Fries?

Sweet Potato Fries!

Blizzard or McFlurry?

Blizzard, hands down. There are FAR more options with the Blizz.

Fried or Poached Eggs?

Scrambled! I suck at this quiz!

Crepes or Pancakes?

Pancakes….big fluffy ones

Hashbrowns or Roasted Potatoes?

Hashbrowns with ketchup….yup, I said it. KETCHUP.

Oatmeal or Cereal?

Oatmeal! I’ve developed a new love for simple rolled oats…who knew?

Thanks for reading :) Talk to you tomorrow

-Melissa

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