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Meal of my Childhood.

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Happy Monday! It is actually a pretty happy Monday for me, it’s my last class of the year! I’ve also managed to get 2/4 final papers finished. One more week to do a research paper and a take-home exam and I am done for three weeks! Cannot.Wait.

Lunch

When I first started buying tofu as a cheap protein source, I could not make it in a way that tasted good to me. It didn’t matter what flavour or seasonings I used, the texture was always too weird.

Then I learned that you’re supposed to PRESS tofu – well, that was a silly mistake. Needless to say, I’ve gotten a lot better at making it now.

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Pressed, marinated in a steak marinade, and cooked on the stovetop until crispy on both sides. Yup, works much, much better than the bland, watery stuff I used to make. Salad with romaine, baby carrots, bell pepper, cheddar and Italian dressing on the side.

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Popcorn is one of those things that I love, but don’t buy too often. I love these individual bags – it makes for a fun whole-grain meal/snack option! I added a little bit of butter and it was fabulous.

(although, I really, really wish I had some M&M’s. The best friend introduced me to this – go to the movies, buy popcorn and a bag of M&M’s, dump candy into the popcorn. It’s ridiculous how delicious it is).

But…one night I’m going to have to drizzle some chocolate on it…and maybe throw in some crushed up peppermints? (I have that ice cream on the brain, apparently). Yea, going to have to do that sometime.

Dinner

I know I’ve mentioned this before, but I was seriously the pickiest eater ever when I was a kid…right up until high school. Hell, probably right up until university. I went through a loooong phase (8-13, approximately) when I would order chicken fingers and fries in about 90% of the restaurants I went to (once in a while, I’d get a chicken club sandwich and fries. Or, if we were out for breakfast, I’d order pancakes).

So, whenever I see chicken fingers and fries, I think of my childhood, I decided to recreate that meal for dinner last night, just in a slightly more health-conscious way.

yup..child-like tastebuds right there.

There is a massive box of corn flakes in the pantry that I have not touched in about a month (because corn flakes as regular cereal is way too boring for my tastebuds. Give me Mini Wheats or Panda Puffs any day!). But, it does make for a great breading tool – it adds tons of crispiness and crunch to baked foods. Hello, healthified childhood.

Honey Mustard Baked Chicken Fingers

Ingredients

  • 4 small-medium sized chicken breasts
  • 3 cups cornflakes
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin (seasonings are all approximates, I don’t actually measure anything. Adjust to taste!)
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/4 cup milk (I used 1% cows, but really any almond/skim/soy/whatever else would work)
  • 2 tablespoons honey mustard

Directions

1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Line baking sheet with tinfoil and spray with cooking spray. Crush cornflakes in a bowl. Add seasonings and stir to combine.

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2. Combine eggs, honey mustard and milk in separate bowl, Beat eggs until incorporated. Chop chicken breasts into strips (For small-ish chicken breasts, I made 3 strips from each breast.

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3. One by one, dip chicken in the egg mixture, making sure to coat entire surface. Then dip into cornflake mixture, again ensuring that you coat each side. Place each strip on the baking tray.

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4. Cook for 8-12 minutes, or until cooked through.

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Yea, definitely fabulous. Tender and crispy, without the super greasiness you get with traditional deep fried chicken fingers.

Of course, I made sweet potatoes fries to complete the meal.

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Each with their respective dipping pile: ketchup for the fries, plum sauce for the chicken fingers. Because chicken fingers are not complete with plum sauce. (and fries are not complete without ketchup!)

Definitely a fantastic dinner. Smile

 

Jenny’s Christmas Challenge, day 10!

So, my favourite Christmas scent is no longer available. I have no words for how depressing this is.

Seriously, best Christmas scent ever! I will never understand why it’s no longer in production (anyone have one stashed away somewhere?).

 

Slim and Sculpt

Yesterday I finished week 11 of my program with Carrie of This Fit Chick. 11 weeks down, only 1 to go! Still loving this program! I was doing jumping lunges as part of the workout yesterday and it made me realize how much stronger I’ve gotten – they were so much easier than I remember them being a few months ago. Love seeing progress!

Have a good Monday loves! ❤

<— What’s your favourite Christmas candle? I need suggestions for a new favourite!

<— What was your childhood meal?

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35 thoughts on “Meal of my Childhood.

  1. I used to like to mix peanut butter chips or white chocolate chips with individual sized bags of kettle corn! Just mix them in while the pop-corn is hot! M&Ms are also delicious.
    I also used to order chicken fingers and fries ALL the time when out to eat at restaurants. With BBQ sauce, and lots of it. Its too ba sweet potato fires were pretty much unheard of then–but, I am not sure i would have even ordered them! I was definitely picky. My mom made Corn-flake chicken breasts while I was growing up and I remember them being delicious. Hopefully I can get my lazy butt in the kitchen and actually make them eventually (I don’t get home until late and never feel like waiting for something to cook).
    I now see chicken fingers on the menu but always chicken out and don’t order them. Stupid ED. Maybe I will try and make it a goal of mine to order them the next few times I go out to eat.
    I have definitely become much less picky over the years when it comes to eating, but I am so much more rigid. I think I would rather go back to being picky (and not constantly worrying about what was going into my mouth).
    Good luck with the rest of your finals! Merry Christmas!

  2. You have to… press… the tofu? I guess I have been making it wrong for years too :S Chicken fingers are something I really haven’t had in ages but I remember going apes*** for them when I went to family restaurants as a kid. I would not have been opposed to swimming in plum sauce, mmm…

    • It makes it firmer! I found I liked the texture a lot more once I started pressing it. I just wrap it in a dish towel and put a heavy kettle on top of it for an hour or two.
      lmao now I kind of want a plum sauce pool – that shit is amazing!

  3. We were eating twins as children Sam….all I ate for the first 19 years of my life was chicken fingers and fries, no lie haha…I can’t wait to try out your version! I saw a yankee candle scent combining pumpkin, cinnamon, and apple at one point that smelled delightful…and I’m still a wimp about tofu…I don’t know if I could get over the texture 😦

  4. Pressed tofu is a million times better! I took me forever to learn that one! Yours looks amazing:)

  5. I was a pasta kid. Getting back there. 🙂
    However, I was an even bigger popcorn lover. DEFINITELY going to have to get my butt back on that bandwagon. ASAP. Jeepers, Sam. You keep influencing me to take super amazing but super simple food chances. Cut it out? No thanks. 😉 Keep it up. I’ll be following you like a puppy. Hopefully nearly as cute. 😀

  6. Chicken fingers were definitely one of my childhood favorites. Those, Mac&Cheese, and plain spaghetti noodles with butter and parmesan cheese are some notable meals of my growing up days. Loooove them. And I can’t believe they don’t make that candle anymore! I still have one stashed away somewhere and it’s definitely one of my favorites. Another good one for the holidays is Frosted Cupcake… that one seriously makes me want to take a spoon and eat the air, it just smells so great.

  7. what a great way to make chicken fingers! so crunchy I bet. i am a huge fan of popcorn, I could live on that stuff. especially with cinnamon on it. so good. I too have just started eating tofu and am learning the art of pressing it, however i do lack patience to wait for it to fully be dried.

  8. Ahh so close to being done with finals – I don’t miss those but since I’m going back to school I will have them again. Boo! I was the same way with tofu before I started pressing it. Now I often crave it! I used to always order chicken fingers and fries too, but I haven’t had them in so long. I may have to test out this recipe this week. Thanks girll 🙂

  9. that looks like such a good way to make chicken i def gotta try for my fam ! and i love popcorn i buy the kernals in the bulk at wholefoods and put it in a paper bag and its so easy and cheap ! and yess pressing tofu makes the biggest diff i made that mistake for awhile too lol

  10. I used to be the same way with hamburgers. I’d order the same thing every time. Thanks for a great recipe… I’ve been looking for a way to make chicken baked in the oven in the winter so I wouldn’t freeze trying to cook outside!!

  11. Those chicken fingers that you made look so great! You may recall I was the same way…when I went out to eat I legit would just eat the bread at the beginning of a meal and then order buttered pasta or just french fries. Seriously! When I turned 15 I started ordering french fries with plain hamburgers – no veggies no nothin, just meat and bun, and always well done b/c I was a hypochondriac afraid of food poisoning. HA what is wrong with me?
    I suppose that whenever I have PB and fruit on a toasty english muffin, I am putting a spin on the PB and Wonder Bread sandwiches that I ate every day for lunch, huh?
    I really like tofu now but used to be afraid of the texture too! I never make it though, I just order it out at restaurants.

  12. I have that candle too and I SWEAR when I burn it it makes me hungry! haha

  13. Favorite childhood meal is mac and cheese with hot dogs. LOL.

  14. Girl, peanut M&M’s in the popcorn, or if you’re not feeling the sweets: jalapeño! SOOO good, I can’t eat popcorn without the addins, I’ve become too much of a snob about it now to go back.

  15. I have a “pine” candle burning as we speak. I have a fake tree so it gives it that Christmasy feel! 😉 I did happen to see a hot cocoa candle at Bath & Body Works last time I was there that you would love!

  16. Good for you for sticking with the tofu until you figured out how to cook it in a tasty way. Soon you’ll be breading it with the cornflakes and health-ifying your childhood comfort meal even more.

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