FITNESS FRIDAY: Healthy Oven Fried Chicken

I was playing around with healthy alternatives this week! A comfort food staple in our house is fried chicken. What can I say, we’re from the south! I stumbled across this amazing ground nut mixture in the grocery store the other day. It’s a mixture of ground flax, pumpkin seeds, goji berries and sesame seeds. You can pretty much add it to anything you eat and it gives you a great dose of b12, fiber and omega 3!  A light bulb went off in my head and I decided to try the ground mixture as the breading/coating for my oven fried chicken. It turned out great, it was tasty, juicy and I didn’t feel guilty while eating it. Double win!

Here is the super simple recipe and some pics to go with it. Enjoy!

Ingredients 

1 cup of Linwood’s Ground Flax mixture

1 Tablespoon coarse sea salt

1Teaspoon ground pepper

Drizzle of Olive Oil

2-4 Organic chicken breasts

Directions 

Preheat the oven to 425 degrees. Combine the flax mixture, salt and pepper in a ziploc bag. Simply place the Chicken in the bag, seal and shake!!! Drizzle olive oil into a baking dish, place the chicken breast into the dish and bake for 20-25 mins. Its that simple!

 

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“He don’t eat no meat? Okay, I make Lamb.”

Starting this post off with one of our families favorite quotes in the title above!

That’s right you guessed it, it’s from “My Big Fat Greek Wedding.” That movie is an absolute classic and staple on both sides of my family.

Okay, so if you haven’t guessed yet, we’re making lamb today! Lamb chops in particular. This recipe is super easy yet flavorful and turns out great every time.

The key is to let the meat marinate and to let the meat rest post cooking it for about 5 -10 mins for all of the juices to set in. I prefer these chops cooked a nice medium.

When at your grocer, be sure you have the chops “frenched”. It saves you both prep and cooking time. It basically means they clean off the excess fat and cut the rack for you. 🙂 I also LOVE to drizzle a honey balsamic sauce over the top of my finished lamb. I’ll include the simple recipe for that below as well.

Here are the recipes and a couple of photos. Enjoy!

Ingredients 

8-12 Lamb Rib Chops (serves 3-4)

2 tbs Olive Oil

2 pinches of Coarse Sea Salt (note*- a pinch is thumb, index AND middle finger )

3 sprigs of Fresh Rosemary (pulled off of stem)

1 ziploc or sandwich bag

Directions 

Preheat your oven to 425. Place your chops into your ziploc bag. Then, you simply pour in the two tablespoons of olive oil, two pinches of salt and your rosemary. Seal the bag and shake away! Store the meat in the refrigerator for about an hour or two. Next, heat your pan on medium high heat. When the pan is piping place your marinated chops into the pan for about 1-2 mins on each side, or until you get a nice and beautiful golden brown sear. Lastly, place the pan into the heated oven for about 5-7 minutes. This will give you a nice medium to medium well depending on your liking!  Remember to let the meat sit post cooking!

For The Sauce: Simply blend together 1/2 cup of honey, 1/3 cup balsamic and 3 cloves of garlic until smooth and creamy. Lightly drizzle over top of the lamb before serving.

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Perfect Pan Steaks !

This is my recipe for what I consider to be the perfect pan steak! It’s quick, easy and doesn’t require a grill. My steaks always come out tender, juicy and cooked to perfection with this recipe. Try it and let me know what you think!

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Ingredients 

3 Tablespoons of butter

1 tablespoon of olive oil

2 sprigs of fresh rosemary

coarse sea salt and pepper to taste

2 8 oz filets (or any cut of beef you like)

Preheat your oven to 450. In an oven safe skillet/pan heat your butter and olive oil on the stove on a med high heat. Add in the sprigs of rosemary as your pan is heating. Salt and pepper the meat to your liking (I recommend a generous pinch of each, which is a THREE finger pinch 🙂 ). When the butter has melted and the oil is heated add your steaks into the pan to get a nice golden brown sear on them. This should take about 2 mins on each side. Then place your pan in the oven for about 7-9 mins until the steaks are cooked to your preference ( 8 mins makes a perfect medium, my favorite!). These rosemary infused steaks are nothing short of delicious. Enjoy!

Allow the meat to rest 5 minutes before serving

I served my steaks with quick pan potatoes and a caesar salad!

Note*- Allow 2 mins extra oven time for bone in steaks 🙂

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