Doritos Heat Wave Wings

Whether you’re at the pool or relaxing inside by the fan this heat wave recipe is too hot to pass up. Doritos are great chips to turn into your crust mix for any “fried” food. In this recipe I used chicken wings, and let me tell you, they are fire! 

Here is this simple 30 min recipe: 

  1. Preheat your oven to 375 degrees. Then, in a mixing bowl, place your rinsed and towel dried wings with a table spoon of EVOO, OR one egg white. 
  2. Grab a few handfuls of chips and release some anger! Crunch them down to flake size or conveniently use the broken chips at the bottom of the bag. See, they do have a purpose after all!
  3. Mix your chips with the chicken and toss them all around to ensure they have an even coating. Then place them in a baking pan/ sheet to bake for 25min. 
  4. Remove them from the oven and flip your wings over with tongs to make sure the underside gets that crunch it needs. Place them back in the oven for 5 more minutes and remove them to cool. 
  5. Bite into your heat wave wings or impress guests with your creativity. Tell Doritos I sent you. 

Rain and Times New Ramen

Blogging keeps me busy, focused, and gives me an outlet to the artistic realm of the world wide web. “Eye on the prize” like my momma says. I’ve always loved writing. Since I could remember I always wrote in a journal and shared my moments vividly. Recently my mom dug up some of my old diaries from elementary school and I couldn’t help but crack up reading them. Talking about the rude boy that keeps pulling my hair in class behind me, or how me and my friends would fight over which spice girl we wanted to be and who the family structure was in our made up playground household. Life seemed so simple because it was.

So what has changed from that little girl with barely any cares or worries. A lot, lol. The world has dimmed the light in a lot of us but it’s not to take over our shine. Simple things like making an easy and simple dinner can sometimes bring the comfort right back to life. Soup’s usually do that for me. They’re warm, flavorful, rich in ingredients and come in so many variations, make for great leftovers and are typically inexpensive.

For this recipe time I decided to go asian style and pay homage to the little orange rectangle bag and silver aluminum square seasoning packet we call, top ramen. This super simple recipe will have you full and back to your (not so simple) life in no time, so good, you might even want to tell your journal all about it, shall we?

Ingredients: (serves 1).

  • Bone in chicken breast (1) 
  • Chives
  • 1 egg
  • Ramen noodles 
  • Cilantro 
  • Corn 
  • Carrots 
  • Sriracha and soy sauce

Directions:

  1. In a pot bring 6 cups of water to boil with cilantro and a pinch of salt and pepper. 
  2. Drop in your breast to make your broth. Bone in breasts create the most flavor. 
  3. Remove your cooked breast and set to the side to let cool. Then shred the meat off of the bone. 
  4. While the breast is cooling, reduce heat to medium low and drop your noodles and veggies into your broth. Tasting as you go adding more spices, soy sauce, and sriracha for an extra kick. 
  5. Add your chicken back to the soup and start spooning away. Garnish with more cilantro or sesame seeds for added texture. Enjoy! 

Shrimp + Asparagus Rigatoni 

Pasta and wine. It’s the perfect go to dish for the soul that hits all senses (just me?). It’s packed with flavors combined that one can only imagine and yet is super simple and inexpensive to make. Tonight I went for a seafood (shrimp) dish with a power green like asparagus to bring a rich crunch and health benefit to the plate. Shall we?

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  • Garlic (4 cloves)
  •  Red onion minced (1/4)
  • Deveined shrimp 1.5lbs.
  • Rigatoni pasta (1 box)
  • Asparagus (one bundle, cut off bottom inch, trash, and divide the rest into chopped 1/3’s.
  • Vodka Sauce
  • Parmesan cheese (shredded)
  • Olive oil (2tbsp)
  • Spices: fresh ground pepper, celery salt, red pepper flakes, Italian seasoning, garlic sea salt, fresh basil.

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Directions:

  1. Set a pot of water to boil your noodles on high heat for about 10 min.
  2. In a pan place your EVOO, minced garlic and onions and set to sautee on low heat.
  3. Peel your shrimp and rise. Place in the pan with all spices (leave out basil).
  4. Add 1/2 cup of water and place your chopped asparagus in with your almost done shrimp to steam them.
  5. Noodles should be done. Remove them from the water. Strain and rinse them with cold water.
  6. Place noodles and empty out your vodka sauce into the same pan (or bring to bigger pot) to mix all ingredients.
  7. Add a handful of cheese, a little more pepper and garlic sea salt and stir. You’re almost done!!
  8. Pour your favorite glass of wine. Yup that’s it. You’re all done.

 

This simple recipe will have you unwinding and hugging yourself in no time. Enjoy, until next time!

Kellogg’s Crunchy Oven Fried Chicken

When cereal for breakfast is so right, you cant go wrong! Get the comfort of fried chicken with out the grease, calories, or mess. Try this super simple and fun recipe at a dinner table near you.

What you’ll need:

  • small-medium baking pan
  • 1 small and 1 medium pot
  • 2 paper plates or medium plates for your egg wash

Ingredients:

  • Chicken breast fillets
  • Kellogg’s corn flakes
  • panko break crumbs
  • 1 egg
  • Brocoli
  • Red potatoes
  • 1/2 cup of milk
  • 1/2 stick of butter (salted)
  • 1/2 cup jack and cheddar cheese
  • spices: seasoning salt, minced garlic, black pepper, parsley

Instructions:

  1. Preheat your oven to 375 degrees.
  2. Fill corn flakes and Panko bread crumbs in a ziplock bag to smash into tiny pieces. Go ahead release your anger lol this is the fun part (try using your hands because hard edged objects can rip/ tear the bag). IMG_2015
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  4. Fill the other plate with one raw egg and using a fork, wisk it so that your egg is beaten and spread around the plate.
  5. Grabbing each chicken filet dip and flip each side into the egg batter and then into the cornflake mix. then lay them flat in your oven safe baking pan. IMG_2017
  6. Place your chicken in the oven uncovered to bake for 20-25 min. Once the chicken is done, broil and flip to both sides to get an evenly crunchy golden color all around.
  7. In a medium pot boil your cut potatoes (they cook faster this way) all the way through.
  8. Once boiled, add in your milk, cheese, butter, and spices and mash your potatoes (taste to gage flavor).
  9. Flash steam your broccoli in boiling water until they turn bright green adding a little salt and pepper once the water is drained, to toss.
  10. Dinner is now served! P.S. this chicken is SO moist! A great alternative to a scary cheat meal.

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Nothing beats homestyle and homemade. Enjoy.

Lemon Pepper Tilapia + Shrimp Fried Rice

Forget takeout when you can make it at home! Hot Spring lazy days makes it the perfect season to eat fresh and spend more time outside than inside. This simple Asian inspired recipe keeps you full so you can go outside and conquer your day. Plus it makes for great leftovers 😉img_2169 Ingredients:img_2158

Directions:
Start by boiling rice. cook the rice plain and alone. If you have plain cold rice it’s even better, don’t worry it will still turn out delicious!

Place your Tilapia in a baking pan. cut lemon wheels to place on top of the fish for fresh lemon infusion and pepper to offset the citrus. This fish is very light so try not to over season it. Place in the oven on 350* to bake uncovered.

In a wok pan place finely chopped green onions and peeled shrimp cut into fourths with olive oil to cook. Shrimp is cut small so they can be bite sized in your rice.

Stir the shrimp around so that it is cooking with the onion on medium heat. Don’t let them cook fully, we’re not done yet.

Add in your mixed vegetables and allow those to warm up and mix too.

Add in your plain cooked white rice to the wok, before you mix add soy sauce, sesame seeds and a small amount of butter. Now get to mixin’!

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In a small saucepan you will put minced garlic, your uncooked edamame and water to boil, covered to steam. 5min.

Now its time to plate your meal! Everything smells so fresh, Im so excited!

Grilled Pesto Chicken Panini with Parmesan Fries

Lunch doesn’t have to be boring and it damn sure shouldn’t be expensive, baller account or not! Well, maybe sometimes lol. I have this special place in my heart for pesto. It’s so rich and it goes great on almost anything. Just that these last couple of days (not complaining) have been a little warm, and let’s be honest, no one wants to be sweating in March, its barely spring! So this simple, quick and fun recipe is perfect for our mini spring heat wave. Let’s dive right in!

**Shoutout to Shonda for this amazing panini grill, it works amazing!**

Ingredients: (serving 4-6 people)

  • 1/2 a yellow onion
  • 4 medium/ large red potatoes
  • 1 red bell pepper
  • sliced provolone and shredded parmesan cheese
  • sourdough bread
  • 1 clove of garlic
  • 2 tbsp pesto sauce
  • 2 tbsp mayo
  • 1 lemon
  • 4-6 boneless breasts filets
  • small bottle of virgin olive oil
  • 1 tbsp salt and pepper
  • 1 tbsp chopped parsley

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Directions:

1. First preheat your frying pan to medium high heat to cook/ fry your fries. TIP: Fries end up crispier when you drop them in oil that is really hot, it avoids mush. While you are heating the oil cut your potatoes into rounds and then cut them into “sticks”. I used EVOO. You can also bake them at 350 with a light brush of EVOO and a few rotations for 25 min.

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2. Once your oil it hot, drop them in and sprinkle on some salt and pepper. Now you can cut your bell peppers that we will grill/ roast. Always remember to cut your veggies before you handle meat.

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3. Now mince your garlic and cut your lemons into wheels.

2015-03-24 23.11.214. On a panini grill place your chicken the garlic and lemon wheels to grill and cook. This is a great time to check/ turn over your fries. They should be getting crispy by now.

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5. Now were making the pesto-mayo to cover our bread and make the flavor punch that makes the sandwich fun! Equal parts mayo and pesto sauce. See, easy!

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6. Now your chicken should be done and after it is you should begin grilling your red peppers. This should only take about 3-4 minutes and in this time you want to get ready to prep all of your sandwich ingredients. BTW your fries should be all the way done. take them out and put them over a paper napkin to remove excess oil.

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7. Now you can begin to plate your lunch/ dinner! build your sandwich entirely and place it under the panini grill to melt your cheese and fuse the flavors together. 3 minutes max.

8. Grab a handful of fries while they’re hot and sprinkle some parmesan cheese and chopped parsley. Then viola!

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