Crazy moving week and a gluten free unfried chicken recipe!

I know I have been seriously neglecting you this week. We are in the process of moving and there are boxes of stuff sitting all around right now, everything is chaos as we try to get everything where it needs to be! The good thing is, I don’t need to go to the gym because lifting heavy boxes and walking up and down stairs and going back and forth 8,000 times has it’s benefits of being a full body workout.

The good news is, I have a delicious recipe for you today and I know you’re going to love it!

Flickr: Andrew-Hyde

(Photo credit, Flikr: Andrew-Hyde)

Gluten Free Unfried Chicken  🙂

Calories per serving: 310

Ingredients
¾ cup Bisquick Gluten Free mix
½ cup grated Parmesan Cheese
1 tsp. Paprika
½ tsp. Garlic Salt
1 pound Boneless Skinless Chicken Tenderloins
2 eggs, slightly beaten
3 TBS butter, melted
Instructions

Mix Bisquick, Parmesan, Paprika, and Salt together.
Line a cookie sheet with foil, and spray lightly with cooking spray.
Dip chicken into eggs then Bisquick mixture. Place chicken on cookie sheet
Repeat, by re-dipping the coated chicken into eggs then Bisquick mixture and returning to cookie sheet
Drizzle olive oil over the chicken
Bake at 450 degrees F for 8 minutes, and flip chicken
Return to oven and bake for another 8 minutes or until chicken is no longer pink in the center.

Yum! Now you have dinner all planned out for you 🙂

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Copycat Zaxby’s Sauce

Okay, so I lived in Georgia for 2 years and I LOVED Zaxby’s, unfortunately moving back to the North means no more Zaxby’s. So when I saw this recipe in the Atlanta Journal I was super excited!! So try it and let me know what you think 😀

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1/2 cup mayonnaise
1/4 cup ketchup
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1/4 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
1 teaspoon black pepper
Instructions
1. Mix together the mayo, ketchup, and garlic powder, blending well. Add Worcestershire sauce and blend well. Cover the surface of sauce with lots of black pepper until just coated. Blend well. Repeat process covering surface with black pepper and stir until blended well.
2. Refrigerate for at least two hours prior to use to allow the flavors to mingle.
Serve with chicken fingers or fries!
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Have allergies? Try beans!

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Are you suffering from allergies or asthma?

Research from John Hopkins School of Medicine says that beans may be your answer! You could be low in folate and scientists examined the medical records of over 8,000 participants in a natural health and nutrition survey. They found that if you were low in the B vitamin folate you had a 40% more chance of wheezing and 31% more risk for allergies. People lacking folate had higher levels of immunoglobulin E antibodies, which is what your body makes when it detects a foreign invader such as an allergen. The more you create, the more likely you are to have allergies because it creates more histamines that cause allergy symptoms.

How can you get more folate into your diet? Eat some beans! Beans are an awesome source of folate. Eat them in chili, spread them on toast, have some lentil soup, make a bean dip out of pinto beans and hot sauce.

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Out of Electricity

Alright, so, normally I make more posts than I have this week. However, we had some strong storms come through (a tornado touched down about 10 miles away from me!) a few days ago and we are just now getting our electricity back on. I haven’t been able to do my normal planning, picture taking, etc. due to the outages. So, I will try to get back on track on Monday and get things going again. 🙂

 

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Turkey Rollup

Alright, so these turkey rollups leave much to be desired from the way that I made them. In reality I had planned to get a bunch of vegetables and make this AMAZING salad and homemade dressing. Unfortunately, when I went to the grocery store all of the fruits and vegetables were literally rotting on the shelves. I was like are you kidding me right now!? I went to another store and the SAME THING! So, sadly I had to abort my idea of awesome delicious, vegetarian healthiness and figure out what else I could make today.

rollup  As you can see, there are no vegetables on there, because there were no vegetables for me to put on it!

This rollup is a tortilla, 2 tablespoons of spicy brown mustard, a handful of cheese and 4 slices of turkey rolled to perfection. It may have tasted better had I grilled it, but it seemed to be lacking… vegetables. It would have been a lot better with a bunch of lettuce and some red and green bell peppers on it. However, it’s a simple lunch that’s way healthier than a fast-food lunch, so I guess it’s a win there!

Dinner: Turkey Sliders and Baked Sweet Potatoes – recipe to come later 🙂

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10 Ways to Naturally Repel Mosquitos

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Alright, so it’s summer time and you want to go outside and have fun with your friends/kids/family, but you HATE being eatten alive by mosquitos. Well I have some great news for you! Here are 10 ways for you to naturally repel mosquitos. No DEET please and thank you!

10 Ways to Naturally Repel Mosquitos 

1. Add a few drops of citronella oil to an unscented lotion and apply. Or dillute it with coconut oil 🙂
2. Crush Rosemary leaves and rub them on your skin – the mosquitos hate this smell!
3. Oil of Lemon Eucalyptus, put 10 drops into a 2oz travel sized spray bottle, fill the rest up with water, spray on for an insect repellant. Provides similar protection to those that have low doses of DEET in them (avoid eye area!)
4. If you can stand tea tree oil scent, then put that on you, mosquitos are like eww you’re gross. If you’re not so fond of it, you can put 10-20 drops into a bowl of water and dip cotton strips into it and hang it around the back deck, patio, etc.
5. Wear light colored clothing, mosquitos are attracted to dark colors, so if you’re always wearing black or navy blue, time to change it up!
6. Geranium, Soybean and Coconut oil mixed in equal parts can repel mosquitos for up to 2 hours.
7. DIY Bug Spray #1 lavender essential oil, tea tree oil, witch hazel and distilled water. In a 4oz spray bottle fill halfway with distilled water, halfway with witch hazel, add 10 drops of lavender essential oil and 10 drops of tea tree oil.
8. DIY Bug Spray #2 5 tablespoons of pure cedar oil in 32oz of water in a spray bottle.
9. DIY Bug Spray #3 Basil, water and vodka, put a handful of fresh basil into bowl, add 1/2 cup of boiling water, let it steep for 2-4 hours. After the steep time is up, squeeze the basil to get all of the juice out, discard basil leaves and add 1/2 cup of vodka. Pour into a spray bottle. This is safe, but keep it out of the reach of children.
10. Eat more garlic! Mosquitos are like vampires, they suck your blood, well also like the rumors about vampires mosquitos HATE garlic. If you want to smell like an Italian restaurant you could even rub garlic cloves on you before you go out for extra protection.

There you have it! 10 ways to naturally repel mosquitos.

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Clean(er) Eating, Kid Friendly Recipe: Healthier French Toast Sticks

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We have been on this journey of trying to eat healthier. We’re not always successful and still eat things we shouldn’t, but we are working on it. My 4 year old daughter is really picky and only likes things like Mac and Cheese, Chicken nuggets, Peanut butter and Jelly and then if she’s in the mood for it, carrots or apples. So I’ve been trying to think of ways to gradually introduce her into clean eating, by using foods she already likes but making them healthier. Of course I do these things behind her back, because if she were to see me using whole wheat bread instead of Italian or potato bread an all out whine fest would occur. Yes, I blame myself for feeding her terrible foods to start with, but I’m correcting it! Soon she wont know what those gross foods used to be.

Alright, so Healthier French Toast Sticks, they were good, but it might take a little getting used to, if you’re like my family and typically don’t eat wheat bread.

What you’ll need:

4 Slices of Whole Wheat / Whole Grain Bread (avoid anything with high fructose corn syrup in it!)
6 egg whites
1/2 cup of water (or skim milk)
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp ground ginger
1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract
1 tsp ground flax

1 tsp olive oil/ coconut oil/ghee (for in the pan)

Heat up a skillet or pan to medium/high. Mix the egg whites, water, cinnamon, ginger and vanilla together in a bowl. Put the ghee/olive oil/ coconut oil in the pan so that the french toast doesn’t stick. I find it easier to dip the whole pieces of bread into the mixture and then put them on the skillet/pan so that I can flip it all in one piece, then I cut it afterwards. However, if you want to you can cut the slices of bread beforehand and then dip them in the mixture and place on the skillet/pan. When it’s in the pan sprinkle some ground flax on top of it for added fiber and nutritional benefits 🙂

Cook for about 4 minutes on each side or until it looks golden brown. Add a little bit of pure maple syrup and enjoy!

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