Monday, May 17, 2010

Crispy BBQ Chicken Fingers

 All I can say is "Wow." You HAVE to try this recipe. I found this on How Sweet's blog.

Crispy BBQ Chicken Fingers

1-2 lbs boneless, skinless chicken tenders
2 cups lowfat buttermilk
1/4 cup BBQ sauce (I used Dinosaur BBQ delicious and it's sold at Whole Foods)
2 cups panko bread crumbs
1/4 cup whole wheat flour
2 tablespoons McCormick’s BBQ Seasoning
1 teaspoon sea salt
1 teaspoon garlic powder

Combine buttermilk and BBQ sauce in a baking dish. Add chicken to buttermilk. Marinate for 2 hours or overnight.
Preheat oven to 450.
Combine panko, BBQ seasoning, garlic powder, salt, and flour in a large bowl. Coat chicken pieces in panko mix, then lay on a wire rack sitting on a baking sheet. Continue with remaining chicken pieces. Spray each piece with cooking spray or olive oil.
Bake for 10-12 minutes, flip, coat with cooking spray, and bake for another 10-15 minutes.
When finished, brush with BBQ sauce.

 Let me know how you like this!

Sunday, May 16, 2010

Irish Buttermilk-Oatmeal Raisin Scones

I always like to mention the source of the recipes I try but can't for the life of me remember where I got this one :(

Irish Buttermilk-Oatmeal Raisin Scones

1 stick unsalted butter, frozen
1 3/4c all purpose flour (I used 1c all purpose and 3/4c whole wheat)
1/3c brown sugar, lightly packed
1/2 tsp salt
3/4 tsp baking soda
1 tsp baking powder
3/4c quick oats (I used rolled oats b/c I had those on hand)
1/2c golden raisins (I used regular raisins b/c I like them better)
1/4 tsp cinnamon
3/4c lowfat buttermilk plus some to brush over top
sugar to sprinkle

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
Grate butter and then put back in the freezer
In a large bowl combine flour, brown sugar, salt, baking soda & baking powder
Fold in oats, raisins & cinnamon
Next, fold in frozen butter until combined
Add buttermilk and combine
Using a rolling pin, or a round thermos b/c I don't have a rolling pin, roll out the batter on a floured cutting board (or your counter) into a square 1 1/2" thick.
Using a knife, cut the square into 4 equal squares and then cut each square diagonally into triangles.
Place triangles on baking sheet, brush tops with buttermilk and sprinkle with sugar
Bake for 18-20 minutes making sure to rotate the pan after about 9 or 10 minutes

The scones should be golden brown on top and a little darker on the bottom.

Ok, so I know my scones are not quite triangular and they turned out a little larger than I would have liked but believe me, they taste good! 

Friday, May 14, 2010

Carrot, Coconut Pankcakes

What you need:
Pancake mix
1-2 small carrots, shredded
1/4c shredded coconut or sub coconut milk for the milk on mix
cinnamon, nutmeg and any other spices you may enjoy
powdered sugar 

Follow directions on pancake mix
Add spices, shredded carrot and coconut
Cook until golden brown and garnish with a little powdered sugar

*You can also add nuts and raisins to make it more like carrot cake pancakes. Be creative!

Thursday, May 6, 2010

10 Life Lessons You Should Unlearn

10 life lessons you should unlearn (article here)
By Martha Beck, O, The Oprah Magazine

1. Problems are bad

You spent your school years solving arbitrary problems imposed by boring authority figures. You learned that problems -- comment se dit? -- suck.

But people without real problems go mad and invent things like base jumping and wedding planning.

Real problems are wonderful, each carrying the seeds of its own solution. Job burnout? It's steering you toward your perfect career. An awful relationship? It's teaching you what love means. Confusing tax forms? They're suggesting you hire an accountant, so you can focus on more interesting tasks, such as flossing. Finding the solution to each problem is what gives life its gusto.

2. It's important to stay happy

Solving a knotty problem can help us be happy, but we don't have to be happy to feel good.

If that sounds crazy, try this: Focus on something that makes you miserable. Then think, "I must stay happy!" Stressful, isn't it? Now say, "It's okay to be as sad as I need to be." This kind of permission to feel as we feel -- not continuous happiness -- is the foundation of well-being.

3. I'm irreparably damaged by my past

Painful events leave scars, true, but it turns out they're largely erasable. Jill Bolte Taylor, the neuroanatomist who had a stroke that obliterated her memory, described the event as losing "37 years of emotional baggage." Taylor rebuilt her own brain, minus the drama.

Now it appears we can all effect a similar shift, without having to endure a brain hemorrhage. The very thing you're doing at this moment -- questioning habitual thoughts -- is enough to begin off-loading old patterns.

For example, take an issue that's been worrying you ("I've got to work harder!") and think of three reasons that belief may be wrong. Your brain will begin to let it go. Taylor found this thought-loss euphoric. You will, too.

4. Working hard leads to success

Baby mammals, including humans, learn by playing, which is why "the battle of Waterloo was won on the playing fields of Eton."

Boys who'd spent years strategizing for fun gained instinctive skills to handle real-world situations. So play as you did in childhood, with all-out absorption.

Watch for ways your childhood playing skills can solve a problem (see #1). Play, not work, is the key to success. While we're on the subject...

5. Success is the opposite of failure

Fact: From quitting smoking to skiing, we succeed to the degree we try, fail, and learn. Studies show that people who worry about mistakes shut down, but those who are relaxed about doing badly soon learn to do well. Success is built on failure.

6. It matters what people think of me

"But if I fail," you may protest, "people will think badly of me!" This dreaded fate causes despair, suicide, homicide.

I realized this when I read blatant lies about myself on the Internet. When I bewailed this to a friend, she said, "Wow, you have some painful fantasies about other people's fantasies about you."

Yup, my anguish came from my hypothesis that other people's hypothetical hypotheses about me mattered. Ridiculous! Right now, imagine what you'd do if it absolutely didn't matter what people thought of you. Got it? Good. Never go back.

7. We should think rationally about our decisions

Your rational capacities are far newer and more error-prone than your deeper, "animal" brain. Often complex problems are best solved by thinking like an animal.

Consider a choice you have to make -- anything from which movie to see to which house to buy. Instead of weighing pros and cons intellectually, notice your physical response to each option. Pay attention to when your body tenses or relaxes. And speaking of bodies...

8. The pretty girls get all the good stuff

Oh, God. So not true. I unlearned this after years of coaching beautiful clients. Yes, these lovelies get preferential treatment in most life scenarios, but there's a catch: While everyone's looking at them, virtually no one sees them.

Almost every gorgeous client had a husband who'd married her breasts and jawline without ever noticing her soul.

9. If all my wishes came true right now, life would be perfect

Check it out: People who have what you want are all over rehab clinics, divorce courts, and jails. That's because good fortune has side effects, just like medications advertised on TV.

Basically, any external thing we depend on to make us feel good has the power to make us feel bad.

Weirdly, when you've stopped depending on tangible rewards, they often materialize. To attract something you want, become as joyful as you think that thing would make you. The joy, not the thing, is the point.

10. Loss is terrible

Ten years ago I still feared loss enough to abandon myself in order to keep things stable. I'd smile when I was sad, pretend to like people who appalled me.

What I now know is that losses aren't cataclysmic if they teach the heart and soul their natural cycle of breaking and healing.

A real tragedy? That's the loss of the heart and soul themselves. If you've abandoned yourself in the effort to keep anyone or anything else, unlearn that pattern. Live your truth, losses be damned. Just like that, your heart and soul will return home.

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Mango-Avocado Rolls

Mango-Avocado Rolls
(from Vegetarian Times)
Serves 4

2/3 cup diced avocado
2 Tbs. lime juice
2 tsp. grated lime zest
2/3 cup finely chopped red bell pepper
1/2 cup vegan cream cheese, softened
1/3 cup thinly sliced green onions (white and pale green parts)
1/3 cup chopped cilantro
1 tsp. chile sauce, such as sriracha
8 81/2-inch Vietnamese rice paper wrappers (you can also try this with a whole wheat or sprouted wrap)
2 cups alfalfa sprouts
1 1/2 cups thinly sliced fresh mango


1. Combine avocado, lime juice, and lime zest in small bowl. Stir in bell pepper, cream cheese, green onions, cilantro, and chile sauce; set aside.

2. Fill large bowl (9-inch diameter) with warm water. Submerge 1 rice paper wrapper 10 seconds in water, or just until it becomes soft. Remove wrapper to flat work surface, and let rest 30 seconds; it will become more pliable.

3. Spoon scant 1/4 cup avocado mixture just below middle of rice paper wrapper, leaving 1-inch border on either side. Top with 1/4 cup alfalfa sprouts and 2 to 3 mango slices. Fold bottom of rice paper wrapper up over filling, pressing filling as you go. Fold both sides of rice paper inward. Gently press to seal. Roll up wrapper to top edge. Brush water on top edge, if necessary, to seal. Repeat with remaining wrappers, avocado, sprouts, and mango.

Monday, May 3, 2010

Spring Sprouting Steamer

Spring Sprouting Steamer

Prep Time: 3 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Yield: 4 servings


1 zucchini
1 summer squash
1 package mixed crunchy sprouts (lentil, adzuki, mung, garbanzo)
3 tablespoons of freshly chopped tarragon
1 tablespoon of ghee (clarified butter) or butter
4 lemon wedges
salt to taste


1. Slice zucchini and summer squash in discs about 1/4 inch thick. Steam with sprouts for about 5 minutes or until desired tenderness.

2. Toss with tarragon, ghee and salt in bowl.

3. Serve with lemon wedge.

Note: Try fresh herbs like parsley, dill, cilantro or mint for a totally different taste.

What are chia seeds?

You've probably heard about chia seeds but what are they? Chia (salvia hispanica) is an edible seed loaded with omega-3 fatty acids, fiber, calcium, zinc, magnesium, phosphorous, copper, iron, niacin and antioxidants.

In addition to containing all of those goods things mentioned above, chia combines with liquids in your stomach and creates a gel-like consistency which slows the conversion of carbs into sugar. This will help you stay full longer and will keep your blood sugar from fluctuating.

Its mild flavor makes it easy to incorporate into your diet. Try adding a scoop to your smoothie, oatmeal or yogurt. You can also add a few scoops to your baked goods, grind it up to make flour or sprout it and add to sandwiches or salads. Give it a try and let me know how you like it!