Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Chicken Nuggets

I posted this recipe a couple of years ago, but thought it deserved another shout out. I have a very picky daughter.  She has never been a good eater! She literally almost starved herself when she was born cause she couldn't be bothered to wake up and eat. Thus began the food battle with her. She will not touch any vegetable or fruit. If there is even a speck of either on her plate, she will not eat the carbs or meat she has agreed to try. We can usually trick her into eating her meat by letting her pretend to be a dinosaur at the dinner table, otherwise,she is strictly a carbs and junk food girl! Tonight we are having a delicious veggie soup for dinner. My daughter will get these homemade chicken nuggets. My kids love chicken nuggets and I love these because I know how they were made. I'm not a huge fan of the processed stuff. So this post is for you, Tess. I hope someday you at least taste a strawberry:)
Homemade Chicken Nuggets

1 cup or so of seasoned breadcrumbs
5 or so tbsp Parmesan cheese
1 egg
Splash of water
2-3 tbsp of butter, melted
1-2 chicken breasts, cut into smaller pieces

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. In a shallow dish, whisk together egg and water. In a separate dish combine breadcrumbs and cheese. Place chicken in egg wash and coat chicken pieces, then coat in breadcrumbs, turning chicken to make sure it is covered. Place prepared chicken on greased baking sheet and drizzle each piece with some melted butter.
Bake at 400 degrees for 15-18 minutes depending on how large or small your chicken pieces are. Serve with your favorite dipping sauce. (These freeze really well too!)

Thursday, February 2, 2012

Spicy Peanut Noodles

It has been so nice to be back in the kitchen cooking, although doing it some evenings with a screaming newborn is less than fun. On Monday we had some fake out Chinese food to celebrate a belated Chinese New Year. I tried this new recipe and we loved it! It's more Thai foodish, but still delicious.
Spicy Peanut Noodles
another day in paradise

3 tbsp peanut butter
3 tbsp soy sauce
1 1/2 tbsp honey
3 cloves mined garlic
1 tsp ginger
2 tsp hot sauce
1/2 cup chicken broth
8 oz spaghetti noodles
shaved carrots
chopped cilantro
chopped peanuts

Cook noodles according to package directions. Drain noodles and put them in a serving bowl. In the meantime, in a small saucepan over medium heat, mix together peanut butter, soy sauce, honey, garlic, ginger, hot sauce, and broth. Mix until peanut butter is melted and things are well combined. Add peanut sauce to drained noodled and mix well. Garnish with carrots, cilantro, and peanuts.