Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Healthy Chicken Fingers (4th of July Post 2)

Normally when you think chicken fingers you think calories, fat, unhealthy, heart disease and "I really shouldn't be having this" and well you know what - you're right. Traditional chicken fingers are the devil and so bad for you- why you ask? Well because they drench it in bread crumbs that normally are not whole grain, white flour and lots of oil and served with some high fattening zero nutritional value dip (ranch, BBQ sauce)...However I believe that chicken fingers can be made healthy and enjoyed without any guilt and still keeping the taste. I mean seriously who wants to feel like they're eating diet food ever, especially on the 4th of July? These chicken fingers is a recipe I developed when trying to come up with a healthy alternative. As always it has been tried and tested and was received well...well it was received with an "Amazing, I love this!!"

Healthy Chicken Fingers
1 pound of boneless white chicken breast (cleaned and cut into slices)
1/2 cup of 100% whole wheat flour
1 extra large egg
2 cups of crushed Terra chip veggie chips
Sabra's Hummus/Tahini
olive oil for frying

Heat the oil on a large skillet - takes about 2 minutes

1. coat the chicken in the flour
2. then dip it in the egg
3. coat the chicken strips in the crushed veggie chips
4. place the chicken on the large skillet (that was preheated with oil) 
5. cook on each side of about 6 minutes on low-medium frame, turning over 1-2 times
 6. serve with Sabra's Hummus/Tahini - garnish with oregano (I placed on a plate with spinach to make it look even healthier, but there is no need to do that)

Happy 4th!

Monday, May 27, 2013

So Healthy Oatmeal Cookies

So for my birthday this year (May 26) and I knew I had to have something sweet, after all it was my birthday. But I needed something that was treat like yet still healthie foodie worthy and I came up with this recipe. It is healthy, simple and very tasty!

1 cup of 100% whole wheat flour
1/2 cup of white sugar (natural)
1/2 cup of packed light brown sugar (natural)
1 tsp. of baking soda
1/2 tsp. of sea salt
1 tsp. of cinnamon
2 eggs (organic if you can)
1 cup of melted butter (yes butter the one thing you're going to have that isn't super healthy)
2 1/2 cups of quick oats

Optional: cup of raisins or dried cranberries

1. melt the butter
2. mix the flour, sugar, baking soda, salt and cinnamon together
3. add in the eggs and melted butter and mix well and then add in the oatmeal and raisins/cranberries
4. cover tightly and refrigerate for 1-3 hours
5. Preheat oven to 350*
6. flatten the dough and shape into 2 inch balls or use a cookie cutter to cut them (that's more fun!)
7. place on a baking sheet and bake for 13 minutes. Let cool for 20 minutes

Serve and Enjoy!!

Sunday, May 26, 2013

Patriotic Fruit Sticks (4th of July Post 1)

I will be posting numerous recipes for the 4th of July, but my first one is dedicated to the flag. On the 4th of July we tend to eat a lot, which is fine after all it is a holiday but knowing that bathing suit season is in full swing we need to watch what we eat and pace ourselves. If you're having a party or just a snack these are perfect. Serve them as your guests arrive- I promise you that they will love (love, love) them!

Patriotic Fruit Sticks
Sticks (the kind you use for kabobs)
4 bananas
1 pints of strawberries
2 pints of blueberries 

1. cut the strawberries in half
2. cut the bananas into 1 1/2 inch thick slices
3. stick 5 sticks with strawberries, 5 sticks with bananas
4. cut 5 sticks a little smaller and stick them with blueberries
5. lay out the stiks with bananas and strawberries- rotating everyother creating a the strips of the flags
6. then put the sticks with the blueberries in the corner - you can create multiple fruit flags depending on how many people you are serving.


French Toast Souffle

This recipe you may think isn't healthy but it actually can be if you make it the right way. It calls for white egg bread (challah) but if you switch it with whole wheat bread it can healthy. It calls for 2% milk but if you use skim milk it can be made healthy and if you organic eggs, 100% natural cinnamon and Equal instead of sugar you can save so many calories! I suggest you serve this for a brunch party or at Sunday dinner. I made it on a Sunday but plan to make it at my next brunch party. Everyone will love it and is almost guilt free.

French Toast Souffle

1. one large loaf of whole wheat challah (about 7 cups)
2. 6 organic eggs
3. 1 1/2 cups of skim milk
4. 2 tbsp. of cinnamon
5. 8 packets of Equal or Sweet and Low or Splenda
6.  confectionery sugar, natural strawberry preserves and/or 100% maple syrup or fresh fruit

1. cut the bread into cubes
2. pour into the pan
3. mix the egg and milk together and pour over challah. Cover and place into fridge for 1 hour minimum- ideally 3 hours.
4. preheat oven to 350*- mix cinnamon and Equal together and sprinkle over challah and bake for 45 minutes.
5. let it cool for 10 minutes - sprinkle confectionery sugar and serve with jelly or syrup