Silicone baking mats
I've been using the same two from Crate & Barrel since we got married - they are awesome! Non-stick, easy to clean, reusable, everything! I feel like a jerk every time I toss the aluminum foil I line my pans with, and these eliminate the need.
They don't seem to sell ours anymore, but these look almost identical:
Italian seasoned panko breadcrumbs
An extra-crispy coating on everything, awesome topping for my bacon mac & cheese, and makes my meatballs so light and fluffy! Giant brand sells them cheapest, but I've found tons of different brands on sale.
She drives me nuts with that scary chain smoker voice, but these meatballs are YUMMO!
Oh wait, that stupid "Yummo" thing drives me nuts, too. Sorry, haters gotta hate.
I double the recipe and it makes about 3 dinners' worth for 2 adults & two toddlers. We had ours with baked penne and broccoli on Sunday. Delicious! And not spinachy at all, despite the entire bag of spinach I used.
Oven baked chicken nuggets
Sometimes (most of the time) I REALLY want some Chick-fil-A but I can't leave the house to get any because, you know, all these children. But these totally satisfy my craving!
Adapted from this recipe:
1 lb chicken tenders (sub breast if you prefer - I buy them frozen from TJ's and the tenders defrost faster)
1 cup italian seasoned panko breadcrumbs
1/2 cup grated parmesan
1 stick butter, melted (1/2 cup)
Preheat oven to 400. Cut chicken into bite-sized pieces.
Mix dry ingredients together in large bowl (or a big ziploc bag - one less dish to wash...). Melt butter in large bowl.
Now stick all that chicken into the butter and make sure it's well-coated. Lift with slotted spoon (or your hands) into breadcrumb mixture. Coat well and transfer to baking sheet lined with nonstick mat (or sprayed/greased). Pour remaining butter over nuggets.
Bake at 400 degrees for 20 minutes, broil for 5 minutes until crispy and browned.
Yeah, we all LOVE these!
And what's a blog post without a cute picture of the kids?
Taken last summer on top of a mountain.
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