Feb 11, 2019

Trim Healthy Mama Snatch 'Em Up Chicken Tenders

Happy Valentine's Week Mama's!

Where has the time gone?  I did not plan to press the pause button for so long before returning to a somewhat normal routine around here; but, Victoria Leigh moved to China at the end of January and needless-to-say, we had busy days getting her ready to move, and then we intentionally spent time together going and doing all the things we wanted to do together before she sailed away to China.

Yes, China.

Victoria is living out her dreams, and there is no one more happy for her, or misses her more, than me.

So, we did art museums together, we visited botanic gardens, we sat and drank hot tea together at 60 Beans, made several road trips, we meandered through thrift stores that we needed nothing from, but enjoyed being together.  We grocery shopped, made dishes together in the kitchen, sat at the dining table and enjoyed the food and company, worked out together, watched movies together, discussed important and needful things, made trips to the Chinese Embassy, and then made visits to say her so longs, and also made a visit to say good by to her great grandmother.  Oh, that one was precious, and hard, at the same time.

The days were full. And now, my heart is full.  Victoria is a brave young woman and I am so very proud of her. I am thankful that she moved home for three months.  It was an unexpected and blessed season for me.

I'll share more about Victoria's adventure later; but for today, we have another winning recipe for a delicious chicken dinner!  Seriously Mama's, make this recipe.  It is Salesman approved, too!  I will definitely be making this one again.  It is absolutely fantastic!

Here are all the recipe details:

Cookbook:  Trim Healthy Table Cookbook
Chapter:  Patties, Tenders & Fritters
Recipe:  Snatch 'Em Up Chicken Tenders
Serving: Family Serve - Feeds 6-8
Fuel: S - satisfying
NSI: No special ingredient

This was an easy, three step recipe with the spices adding the perfect flavor to the chicken tenders:

My only complaint with this recipe is the amount of egg mixture and breading still left after the breading process is complete.  The recipe called for 3 pounds of chicken tenderloins, so I cut the breasts I had into tenderloins and coated each piece really well.   The baking blend is a precious commodity to me, and it was very difficult to throw away the remainder of the mixture.  I did throw it away though since it had the eggs and the raw chicken dredged through the breading mixture.  It may be hard to tell from this picture the amount of breading left; but, next time I will probably fourth the breading mixture.  Yes, fourth it.  And, I will half the egg mix too.  Why fourth on one and half on the other?  Good question.  It is because the egg mixture because it calls for 2 eggs, and I'm not sure that I could fourth it, so, I will settle for half.

The rest of the recipe instructions were right on, and once I got over throwing away all the baking blend, the last step went quickly.  I enjoyed using my mom's iron skillet to skillet-fry the tenders.  Options were given for air-frying or oven-frying.

The tenders browned evenly and smelled oh, so good while frying.

And then I could understand why the sisters named them the Snatch 'Em Up Chicken Tenders, because, well, that is what I wanted to do.

And The Salesman liked them!  It's an easy-peasy recipe and delicious!  It paired well with a mixed green salad.


And Happy Valentine's Week!

Dec 28, 2018

For The Love of Lamp Lights - The Frist Center for Visual Arts

For the love of lamp lights in Nashville...

We went to enjoy the art; but the architecture and lamp lights were amazing too!

Look up, my friends!  There is beauty all around.

Dec 25, 2018

The Joy of Christ to You!

 Merry, Merry Christmas!

Madonna and Child
Style of Agostino Duccio
Probably 1481
The National Gallery of Art

Dec 24, 2018

Trim Healthy Mama Hubby Lovin Chicken Review

Merry Christmas Week, Mamas!!!  I hope you are having a joyous holiday season!  Are you ready for Christmas?  I hope so!  

Will you be hosting and preparing a Christmas meal?  When we discussed what we wanted to eat this year, guess who voted to go out for Asian food?  You guessed it, The Salesman!  Victoria has made our Christmas dinner menu and I hope to share the meal plans and pictures with you next week.  It involves The Salesman grilling, which means I can be chilling!  Grilling does free up time in the kitchen.  I'm glad that I'm going to have extra hands to help in the kitchen this year...what a blessing!  

The recipe I'm reviewing today, Hubby Lovin Chicken, is a definitely make again.  Thumbs up from our household.  It reminds me of a pre-Trim Healthy Mama recipe that I made often, Parmesan Chicken.  

Knowing that we are all busy, busy, busy at this time of year, I'm going to get straight to the Trim Healthy Mama Hubby Lovin Chicken details, in case you still have shopping to do, or gifts to wrap (me):

Cookbook:  Trim Healthy Table Cookbook
Chapter:  Oven Baked Meats & Fish
Recipe:  Hubby Lovin Chicken
Serving:  Family Serve - Feeds 6 to 8
Fuel: S - Satisfying
NSI: No special ingredients
DF: Dairy free option offered

This recipe is super easy and is delicious.  One of the steps includes mixing the seasonings together to coat the chicken.  This chicken has a kick to it, a yummy kick.  

After fifty minutes of baking, Hubby Lovin Chicken is ready!  I made mashed faux-tatoes and a broccoli, cabbage, kale, chicory salad, topped with cranberries and sunflower seeds, for sides.  Oh my, this is a keeper recipe, mamas!  The chicken is crispy and has a kick to it...oh so tasty!  We had plenty of leftovers, so I plated the leftovers so The Salesman could just pull them out of the refrigerator like a convenience meal.  Here is one of his convenience meals:

Go look this one up in your Trim Healthy Table cookbook, and add the ingredients to your market list.  Enjoy!

And Merry Christmas Eve!!!

Dec 21, 2018

For the Love of Lamp Lights - The National Gallery of Art

Happy Friday, friends!  I hope you have had a fabulous week and that your weekend is full of rest and hope and joy!

Look up!

There is so much beauty all around.

Dec 17, 2018

Trim Healthy Mama Soft Double Chocolate Chip Cookies

Good morning, Mamas!

Just thinking about milk and cookies takes me back to my childhood.  My mother enjoyed baking, and my dad, and my brother and I, were the blessed recipients of her efforts.  Mom made all sorts of delicious cookies for our family.  Since settling in to the Trim Healthy Mama lifestyle, I have made and enjoyed some good cookies that satisfy a sweet tooth craving.  This recipe is going to be added to my regular rotation here, it is a bit of chocolate heaven!  

Through the years, if I made cookies, I always wanted to sample the dough.  And it was no different when I whipped up this batch of Trim Healthy Mama Soft Double Chocolate Chip Cookies!  And yes, the batter was delicious!  I think that is always a good sign that the cookie itself is going to be delicious if the batter is delicious.  No scientific evidence there; but in my few experiments, it has been true.  So much about this cookie recipe reminded me of making my regular sugar-laden chocolate chip cookies.  Then, I read the story added to the recipe page and found out that one of the Trim Healthy Mamas took a regular cookie recipe and modified it to be Trim and Healthy.  If you are a Trim Healthy Mama, you are going to like these cookies so much!  They are soft (and more cake-like in consistency); but, totally delicious!

Here are all the recipe details:

Cookbook:  Trim Healthy Table Cookbook
Chapter:  Cookies, Brownies, & Pies
Recipe:  Soft Double Chocolate Chip Cookies
Serving:  Makes 30 to 32 Cookies
Fuel: S - satisfying
NSI: No special ingredients

The cookbook also gives an option to make a Chewy Peanut Butter Cookie variation.  My only suggestion would be to double the batch!  Seriously, these cookies are that good.  And not that they need it; but what would it be like to make a cookie sandwich out of these with Trimtastic Cake Frosting or with whipped cream?  Or what about crumbling them over ice cream?  Oh my, the possibilities.

Two thumbs up for the Trim Healthy Mama Soft Double Chocolate Chip Cookies!  Yum. Yum.


Dec 14, 2018

For the Love of Lamp Lights - O P Jenkins

Happy weekend, friends!  I hope you have a wonder-filled, relaxing weekend!  Enjoy these recent, and beautiful, pictures from O.P. Jenkins.  

There is so much beauty all around us.


Look up!