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Delish Dishes

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It was so nice to have a week of yummy meals after firing some recipes last week.  To find the recipes that we really liked follow my Pinterest page (www.pinterest.com/radishesarepink).  I have one page, Favorite Healthy Recipes, for recipes that I think fit into the healthy category and one page, Favorite Sinful Recipes, for recipes I think are not the healthiest but that we can fit into a healthy diet here and there.  I am a firm believer that there is room for a few bites of anything in a healthy diet…but maybe not a whole serving on a daily basis.

Sunday: Kansas City style ribs with pasta salad and salad.  This was my first foray into making ribs and it was a success!  The ribs were super tender and flavorful.  Ryan loved the “bid chitten wing” (he has some trouble with “g” and “ck” sounds sometimes).  Both kids loved the pasta salad that hubby bubby whipped together and we just had a simple side salad to go with it.

Crispy chicken with shallots.  Such a pretty color!

Crispy chicken with shallots. Such a pretty color!

Monday: Sloppy Lasagna Joes, Romaine salad with Parmesan Vinaigrette.  I just didn’t feel like using a recipe today so I used the ground beef that would have been for the lasagna joes to make some meat sauce that we had with penne.  This is definitely not one of hubby bubby’s faves so we still had the Romaine Salad with the Parmesan Vinaigrette.  It was delish!  Ryan did his “happy eating dance”! 🙂

Tuesday: Crispy Chicken with Shallots and Lemony Bean Salad.  This one required some planning ahead which I surprisingly did not forget about!  Hannah and I prepped the chicken while Ryan napped. The chicken was moist (from the dry brine, I’m sure) and yummy, but the bean salad was just okay.  Hannah said I should have made the beans with radishes and she was right!

My little kitchen helper helping me prep the dry brine for the crispy chicken.

My little kitchen helper helping me prep the dry brine for the crispy chicken.

Wednesday:  Leftovers.

Thursday: Grapefruit-and-sugar-rubbed Pork Tenderloin with Chickpea, Fennel and Citrus salad and Seeds of Change whole grains.  These were really good and everyone liked them.  Ryan even ate the fennel since I told him it was a special lettuce (that little white lie isn’t so bad, right?!). 

Friday: Thai shrimp cakes with Thai celery salad with peanuts.  Leftovers.  Hubby bubby had a fancy work function come up last minute that he had to go to so the kiddos and I had leftovers.

Saturday: Stuffed acorn squash with sausage, barley and goat cheese.  Thai shrimp cakes with Thai celery salad with peanuts.  Hubby bubby made these and they were yummy!  I definitely ate more than my share of the celery, I just couldn’t get enough!  The shrimp cakes were a hit with everyone, but Ryan didn’t eat too much since he thought it was a little spicy. 

Pork with fennel salad.  The pork is pink but is safe since it was cooked to 145 degrees (see USDA.gov for more information on meat cooking temps).

Pork with fennel salad. The pork is pink but is safe since it was cooked to 145 degrees (see USDA.gov for more information on meat cooking temps).

Did your week go as planned?  Did you have anything extra yummy this week?  Do you eat your pork pink with the new food safety guidelines on cooking temps from the USDA?  

Hope you had a great week!  Thanks for reading!

 

 

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A Healthier Way to Make Chicken Wings

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We LOVE chicken wings!  There is just something about eating a chicken wing that really makes any day feel like a party.  A grilled chicken tender with some wing sauce is a mediocre substitute…I’ll eat them that way in a pinch, but it is just not the same as eating a true chicken wing.  I am partial to the drummettes (the ones that just have one bone and look like a mini drumstick).  Over the past few years hubby bubby has really had a tough time eating fried chicken wings and I never liked them prepared with all those extra calories.  We didn’t want to never eat wings again so I figured out a way to make chicken wings that are easy, somewhat healthy, tender, crispy and delicious!

Chicken wings just finished cooking in the slow cooker.

Chicken wings just finished cooking in the slow cooker.

Here is the method I use when I make chicken wings:

Ingredients

  • 1 2# bag frozen chicken wings (we use drummettes, you can absolutely use fresh wings, I just never feel like breaking down the wings 🙂 )
  • 2 Tbsp canola oil
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 12 (ish) ounces of your favorite wing sauce

Directions

Wings on the rack ready to go under the broiler.

Wings on the rack ready to go under the broiler.

Place the frozen wings in a 5-6 quart slow cooker (if you have fresh wings or thawed frozen wings decrease the cook time by about half).  Top with canola oil, salt and pepper and toss to coat evenly.  Cook on low for 6 hours or high for 3 hours until cooked through and tender (this cooks out a lot of the fat under the chicken skin…you’ll pull the chicken out of this drippy goo, no worries).

During the last 30 minutes that wings are cooking in the slow cooker prepare your sauce and preheat your broiler to 450 degrees Fahrenheit.  Cover a roasting pan or broiler pan with aluminum foil and top with a nonstick baking rack that is able to withstand temperatures up to 450 degrees.  When wings are done cooking remove them from the slow cooker and place them on the rack.  Broil for 4 minutes on each side until crispy and browned in spots.  Brush with your favorite wing sauce and broil for 4-8 more minutes.  You may also toss the broiled wings in your favorite sauce, though, they will be very tender and may fall apart so it is best to pour or brush the sauce on the wings.  Garnish as desired and enjoy!

Here are some of our favorite sauce options:

  • Sticky miso chicken wings topped with scallions (see my Pinterest “Favorite Sinful Recipes” Page for the sauce recipe)
  • Chicken wings with angry sauce (there is also a link to this sauce recipe on my Pinterest page.  Caution: these are quite spicy, as advertised!)
  • Traditional wings with Frank’s Red Hot Buffalo Wings Sauce
Chicken wings with angry sauce (recipe on Foodandwine.com).  Say it with me...yum!!!!

Chicken wings with angry sauce (recipe on Foodandwine.com). Say it with me…yum!!!!

Hope you enjoy some of these lightened up wings for your next game day party!

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