Monday, July 19, 2010
What's Cookin', Mama? (Recipe Swap)
I was trying to come up with a topic to blog about this morning when I suddenly realized..It's Monday! It's time for What's Cookin', Mama? I love a routine.
I forgot to give you a topic to think about last week. Let's go with that theme, shall we? Dinner's in less than an hour, nothing's defrosted, it's 2 days to payday so you're not ordering pizza...what are you making for dinner? That's right, today's theme is Last Minute Meals.
What is your go-to meal? Which brings me to:
Lemon-Garlic Chicken Nuggets
(I'm going to write this for a "normal" family of 4-5 people. We double or triple this regularly.)
4 large frozen chicken breasts
1-2 lemons (I keep these on hand for just such an occasion)
1 1/2 cups of flour
1 tbsp salt
1tbsp garlic powder
1/2 tbsp black pepper (adjust to taste)
Olive oil for frying in (use what you like, I convince myself that olive oil makes it healthier)
Toss your chicken breasts into the microwave on "defrost" setting. If you're like me and don't like defrosting in the microwave, crank up your oven to 150* and put the chicken in there while you get everything else ready. You don't want them to defrost all the way, as slightly frozen chicken is easier to cut into cubes.
Mix up seasoned flour. Don't be afraid of adding more spices to your own liking.
Juice the lemons.
Put oil in the pan and begin heating to 350* (Kristen Horner, the nutritionist, says cooking in butter is healthier, so fry it in butter if you like! Yay butter!)
Cube chicken, and then place in lemon juice to soak. Give it a few minutes. Make your salad, set the table, yell at the kids to untie their brother. The longer you leave it, the better the taste, but we're on a time crunch, so a few minutes is plenty.
Drop chicken into flour and toss it around to coat. Place it into hot oil until golden brown. Drain briefly on paper towels.
Serve to starving children with ketchup. Serve to yourself and spouse with a glass of wine. I'm not sure wine goes with chicken nuggets, but if you're in this much of a hurry, then you probably need the wine.
Now it's your turn, post your recipe on your blog and then add you link in the linky below. (I'm trying a new linky thing. Please be patient with me as I try to get this right.)
Next week, we'll do the opposite and pretend that we've actually planned ahead. You guessed it Summertime Crock-Pot Dinners they're not just for stews anymore.