A meal with chicken nuggets and potatoes

I have found that almost everyone likes chicken nuggets. I also know that people are trying to cut out the fats from their diets which includes frying.

Here is a meal that is quick and healthy. I will link to the video for chicken nuggets but I will give some alternative coatings.

Now here is a great way to do oven fries using sweet potatoes as well as regular potatoes.

In a bag or bowl put some oil just enough to coat the potatoes. Add in some spices like salt, pepper, paprika some onion powder and just a pinch of garlic powder. I like to use spicy paprika since it has a bite but is not as hot as chili powder but the spices are totally up to your families tastes.
Toss the potatoes in this mixture and spread them on a cookies sheet in one layer. Put them in the oven for about 10 min at 425 turn them and put them back in until they are browned and soft inside about another 10 -15 min.
If you are trying these with other meats like pork chops, or meatloaf you can add other types of vegetables like carrots, squash, onions and even turnips and parsnips. Cut the onions bigger since they take less time. If doing this cover them with tin foil so they steam for a bit first then uncover and brown them. If you line the pan with tin foil there is very little clean up which is a plus.

Now for the nuggets. 2 half chicken breast should be enough for 3-4 people. Cut them into 2 bite pieces and put them in a bowl. Add spices you like salt, pepper, sage, onion and garlic powder and if you like them spicy some chili powder or flakes. Then add some oil and a bit of melted butter.  Mix all this then take them and add to the bag of spices and coating.
In the video she uses corn meal, flour and some crispy cereals.
I use crushed up cornflakes or rice krispy cereals. I have never used corn meal but I might give it a try next time.
Take them from the bag and place on a cookie sheet and bake at 425 F turning after 10 min. You can have dipping sauces of sweet and sour sauce or a plum sauce or whatever type of sauce you want.  A salsa would be nice if you like spicy things. Even a marinara sauce would be good.
You can cook them about the same time as the veg. Have the vegetables cooking while you do the chicken prep work and then put them in just before you take the vegetables out of the tin foil. They should all be done the same time.
Start to finish should be about 45 min. If you do the prep work like cutting the veg. and spicing the chicken earlier in the day or the night before it will be even quicker.

Here is Katscradul’s version and she is a wonderful cook. I have tried some of her recipes and not had a failure.

I sent this to my son and he is going to make a video of his 2 year old daughter and him making this meal. When he has it done I will post it here.

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Picnic times are here

Finally the warm weather has arrived for part of the time. We are in a crazy weather time right now so warm weather activities have been put on hold for a while.

Here is a video by Deb at Perbain’s Channel on You Tube. She shows how to make a great potatoe salad and since my own have always just been mediocre I thought I would let you see how to make a good one. I have tried a lot of her food ideas and not one has failed me yet.

So enjoy her way of cooking and the final results.

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Easy Chicken Dinner

Today I am posting a video I did on You Tube for making a fried chicken dinner with no carbs no extra fat and so quick and easy it is a great go to meal for those nights you just want to order in a nice meal but don’t have it in the budget.

This recipe calls for a pressure cooker so if you are wanting to try it you will have to have one.

But hey a pressure cooker makes a good gift for a newly wed or a baby shower gift. Who needs more time than a new mom?

Here is the video and the recipe.

I hope you enjoy it and try it. Pressure cookers are not the scary things I grew up thinking they were.  They save time and money.
The time saving is a given but how does it save money?
You can have a meal on the table in almost the same time it takes for a delivery pizza.
Enjoy.

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More new meals with what is in the house.

This week has been totally crazy in our house. My husband messed up his knee so he is using a cane to walk, my arthritis is bad due to the changing crazy weather we have been having and to top it off I have 2 abscessed teeth. I am on major pain meds. and anti-biotics. This does not make for great meal plans.  Add to this the fact that we are going out of town on Tues. I did not go grocery shopping since I want to get groceries in the city where there is more variety and better prices.
I got up on Sat. and had to come up with an idea for breakfast.
I looked and found some bacon, a few eggs some deli ham and that was about it for a meal. Also we have cut down on carbs for health reasons and that does not add up to an interesting meal.
But the other day I had seen a video on making breakfast muffins and thought I would give them a try. So here is what I came up with. Preheat the oven to 350.
You fry the bacon until it is cooked but not too crispy. Then chop it up small and cut the ham about the same size. You can add some chopped onion and any leftover veg. you have in the fridge. Put it into a muffin cup   and set it aside.

Beat about 4 egg (this should do  5 muffins) If you have some cheese cheddar, swiss, or whatever type you enjoy on the tops but that is optional.

Pour the eggs salt and pepper over the meat in the muffin cups.

Bake in the oven for about 20 min. or until they are firm and browned on top.

Let them sit a minute or two and then place them on a plate and serve.
You could serve these with home fries or hash browns but they would also be good as a grab and go breakfast since they can be eaten without forks. If you made up a couple muffin tins of them and freeze them you just have to heat them in the micro wave for 1 min and they are ready to eat.
I had mine with salsa but my husband likes his with ketchup, They were a great way to use up some left overs and still have an interesting meal.
When I set out to make these I found that a few weeks ago when cleaning out my cupboards I had put my muffin tins in the basement since I don’t make muffins any more. So instead of trying to find them I used 2 ramekins or french onion soup bowls. They were great since one made a meal for one person. Nice portion control and if you have different tastes you can make them to suit each individual without a lot of extra work.

These are low carb and a quick easy start to the day. Add a bit of fruit or a glass of juice a cup of coffee and you are ready to go.

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Gift Giving Ideas: Giving Food

Not everyone can cook, but everyone likes to eat. I’ve found that my children don’t always have time to cook, and some of my older friends aren’t always able to cook. For them giving prepared meals, or easy to make recipes with all the ingredients for a quick meal or snack are really good gifts.

Homemade Hot Sauce

Here is a recipe for hot sauce. I am not a great lover of spicy hot things, but my son loves them. So when I found this recipe in the Bernardin guide to home canning book I just had to try it.

I went to the grocery store and saw so many different types of hot chilies I was lost. So I asked someone buying a few different types. He told me the Thai chilies were the hottest so I got those and hoped it turned out. When I tried it the heat was not very much. I have used it on burgers and eggs. So this time I made it with jalapeno peppers and it is much hotter.                                                                                                                                                      Here is the recipe.

Red Hot Sauce

8 cups 2000 ml chopped peeled tomatoes

1 1/2 cups 375 ml chopped, seeded hot peppers

4 cups 1000 ml vinegar divided

1 cup 250 ml granulated sugar

1 tbsp 15 ml pickling salt

2 tbsp 30 ml pickling spice

In stainless steel saucepan, combine tomatoes, peppers and 2 cups 500 ml vinegar. Cook until soft; puree.

Return to saucepan with sugar, salt and pickling spices (tied in a cheesecloth bag).

Stirring frequently simmer until thickened; add remaining vinegar and cook to desired consistency.

Tips I have done.

I use a tea ball instead of cheesecloth for the pickling spice.                             I also use my stick blender instead of a food process or stand mixer. It saves dishes and time.

I also used tomato sauce instead of fresh tomatoes. You could use canned whole or diced tomatoes as well.

This recipe will make 4 250 ml. jars and you process it in a hot water bath for 15 min.

Label it and keep it on a shelf put a card on it and give it as a gift or keep it for your own use. It has to be refrigerated once it is open.

Homemade Taco Seasoning Mix.

This is a good mix to have made up in advance. Make a quantity of it then pre-measure it and put it into snack bags or small containers to just add to the ground meat.
They make a nice gift for taco lovers when accompanied with a bag of taco chips and a jar of salsa. All they have to do is add the meat and toppings.

HOMEMADE TACO SEASONING MIX

1/4 cup ground cumin
1/4 cup chili powder
1 tablespoon + 1 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon + 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
2 teaspoons garlic powder
2 teaspoon onion powder
1 tablespoon paprika
1 tablespoon oregano
1 teaspoon red pepper flakes or slightly less ground red pepper

Optional:
1 teaspoon ground coriander or cilantro flakes
2 teaspoons flour (this will thicken the juices of your ground meat)

Mix all the ingredients in a bowl. Store in an airtight container. Use 2-3 tablespoons per pound of ground meat, according to your taste. Stores great in the freezer as well.


This is a link to katzcradul  on Youtube. She shows how she mixes it up. But the recipe is  here for you.

You can use ground chicken, turkey, pork or hamburg to make the taco. Top it with olives, lettuce, tomato chunks some green onions cheddar cheese or a spicy cheese and some sour cream.  My sons prefer taco salads so I buy the taco chips but you can use the traditional taco shells either dry or soft and make tacos with this.

It is an easy quick meal and by making your own seasonings for it you will almost certainly have most of the ingredients in the house.

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