Hey Friends 🙂
Happy Sunday! Maggie wanted to say hello…
What do you do on your Sundays?
This weekend I booked off specifically to make the trek home to see my parents, my Maggie-poo aaaaannnd my Nana and Papa on Saturday evening for dinner. Andre happened to be able to tag along too and has been enjoying some quality play time with the pups as well.
So yesterday night I had my Nana and Papa over, as I mentioned. This was kind of a make up date for us as we missed our yearly Swiss Chalet date due to always having Mother Nature gettin in the way of our plans. 😦 SO I decided that I would take the opportunity while I was at home to cook a whole dinner for all 6 of us. It was quite the treat as my Dad was kind enough to make the splurge at Whole
Paycheck Foods on a HUGE slab of bison tenderloin. #Drool. Best Dad ever? I think so.
I had promised my dad I would make him a bison steak as I went on and on about how it was better than a filet mignon and this was my chance finally to show him + allow my Grandparents experience the #Mouthgasm that it is too.
So here was the menu for the evening:
- Seared bison tenderloin with sauteed onions and mushrooms
- Baked potato stuffed with onions, garlic, olive oil and fresh rosemary sprigs
- Fresh veggie-licious salad using all the mixes my Mom picked up for me.
- Roasted asparagus
- Multiseed sourdough De La Terre loaf from GoodnessMe!
- My Mom’s apple-cranberry pie + Caramel ripple ice-cream for dessert
I marinated the steaks in some garlic powder, chili flakes (none for my Mom or Nana), couple shakes of liquid smoke, ACV (tenderizer..like bison needs it..), olive oil, dried rosemary and fresh cracked black pepper. I let them bathe in that for a few hours while we all caught up and had some family time.
To cook’em up, I seared them off first in a lil coconut oil then finished them off in the oven. This is a great way to cook a steak as the sear gives it a nice colour (for you foodies out there obsessed with a nice presentation ;-)) while sealing in the juices while it is baking in the oven.
Other random snaps I took for the night…
The salad was made with Dole’s Very Veggie (has the radishes, snap peas and carrots in it) and Italian Blend pre-packaged mixes, baby spinach, fresh thyme (came with the rosemary sprigs and added a nice flavour here and there. Try herbs in your salad!), raw orange peppers and cucumber. Nice and simple.
Again, done simply with pepper, some rosemary sprigs and olive oil.
After me freaking out that the steaks were taking longer than I expected to finish in the oven (I hate making people wait for food :-(), we finally sat down to enjoy our dinner. It was delicious and everyone raved about the bison! #Success!
Overall it was a lovely dinner and so nice to see my Nana and Papa. I really love cooking for other people I just need to calm down when it comes to lil changes to my original schedule. Cuz I mean lets be real, cookin never goes according to a time schedule. You’re always later than expected!
Do you enjoy cooking?
Last family dinner you had?
As for today, it’s pretty chill around here. Sunday’s are my rest days from the gym so I enjoy a nice 2 hour nap after breaky with Andre. 😀
After my nappin it was actually time for lunch as my tummy was screamin at me. #HelloMetabolism. So I fixed that real quick with this lovely lunch…
I then dove into this plate of veggie goodness…
Roasted chunk of acorn squash stuffed with mushrooms, eggplant, zucchini, onion, garlic, chili, and liquid smoke (love that stuff!), kale sauteed with onions, garlic, more mushies and chili flakes AND…
These lil fingas I baked up
This was my first time that I had attempted to make my own chicken fingers and they turned out pretty tasty. They aren’t as crispy as I would have hoped for but I think that I will experiment with almond flour next time so that the natural oils will help with that lil issue. Anyways thought I would still share the recipe with you guys as they tasted good. Spicy finga’s ahead!
Omega Boosting Chicken Fingers
Makes 3 servings
Per Serving: 122 calories 3g carbs 2g fat 22g protein 0g sugar 1g fiber
- 1 package of thin chicken breast cutlets (about 244g)
- 2 egg whites (1/4 cup liquid egg whites)
- 2 tbsp gluten free oats
- 1 tbsp flax meal
- 1/2 tsp chili flakes
- 1/4 tsp garlic powder
- 1/4 tsp Italian Seasoning
- Cracked black pepper to taste
Directions: Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Place your egg whites in a shallow dish. In another dish, combine our seasonings. Trim any excess fat from your chicken cutlets and cut them into equal sized ‘fingers’. Dunk each chicken piece in the egg whites, flipping multiple times. Place the chicken in the seasoning mixture and flip to coat each side. Place each tender on a sprayed tin foil pan or sheet. Dip your finger into some fo the remaining egg whites and dab it on the tops of each tender. Bake at 350 degrees for about 20-25 minutes (mine took about 22 to be cooked through), flipping over half way through to get both sides crispy.
Ever tried making your own chicken fingers? Any tips for making them crispy without pan frying or using cereal as the ‘breading’?
After I was refueled, my Mom was finally up…LOLZ it’s now noon…so I made her some french toast with some of the left over De La Terre bread from our dinna.
As for the rest of the day, before heading back to the Hammer with Andre this evening I plan to get up some posts on this here bloggy AND we are going to Whole Foods for dinner!! #FoodieParadise. Weeeeooo.
Have I mentioned I have been craving WF hot bar food for like a month now?
It’s sad I know.
BUT you know what I’m also super excited for after seeing them in our quick WF trip to get the steaks Friday night…
OH MAN! Let’s hope I don’t buy the whole freezer’s worth. Butter Pecan?!? Mint Chip. NO SUGAR! This is the first time I have seen the sugar-free version of these guys in a store! They are sweetened with monk fruit (or lo han which is what Quest uses in their bars) instead of icky, not so low glycemic agave and you have no idea how excited I am to try it out for my next cheat…which I guess is tonight 😉
I was planning on picking up a cookie dough one anyways as I have been craving ice cream like mad ever since my digestive issues started. To be honest, I could have tried this particular ice cream earlier than now but I have been afraid to thinking that it will knock my digestion off. I shouldn’t be though because not only are they dairy free but they are also (most of them) gluten free too. No triggers to be found. So now I just need to get past the mental aspect and hopefully allow myself some ice cream bliss to accompany my wf meal tonight.
I haven’t really truuuulllly cheated in a bit I would say. I have gone out in the last month (Chucks, Thai) but I tend to stick to a pretty clean meal for cheat meal standards. I’m supposed to be challenging myself mentally and allowing myself to have somethin a lil dirtier. Don’t get me wrong, I won’t ever force myself to have a french fry because that’s not what I enjoy BUT telling myself I can’t have this ice cream, even as a cheat, because..well it’s ice cream…is a lil ridiculous. I’m not sure if the digestive issues are fully to blame for the reason why I haven’t cheated a lil more badly lately…I could just be using that as an excuse to let my mind win and not let me have anything off my regular meals. I feel like I’m gettin a lil more strict and fearful of stupid foods recently and I know that it’s irrational and should be something I work at. We will see tonight if I am victorious against that lil mental game and try the ice cream I have been wanting for literally 5 months. Yeah, it’s been that long.
One craving that I don’t feel guilty for…
…indulging in one of the new Cookies and Cream Questbars for part of my nightly snack. OMG are these things are heaven no joke! I want to do a review of Questbars soon so I won’t say much more other than I haven’t even been able to bake one yet because I have just been eating them raw. They are so good.
Have you tried a C&C Questbar yet?
Oh and before I end this post off, I will say to Tina (a lovely reader of mine) this is what I do with my non-gym me time…
- Family and Friend time
- Puppy Time
- Sleep (lol)
What do you do with your “me ” time?
Have a great Sunday Friends!