When you eat healthier…..

Your body will revolt when you don’t.

I learned this the hard way last night.  After bowling league, Damien asked if we could get something to eat before going home.  I should have gone with the first choice, Subway, but didn’t.  We ended up at Taco John’s per my husband’s request and Damien’s final agreement.

One soft taco, some Potato Oles with nacho cheese and a little bit of soda later, we were on our way home.

Not so bad, right?

Wrong!

I’ve made a lot of changes to the way I eat in the last couple months.  The biggest one is to cut almost all prepared foods out of my diet.  My body has been happier with me, working better and feeling better.  Losing weight is a bonus.

With these changes, I expect a bit of a reaction when I ‘splurge’ on prepared foods.

I was not prepared for the night ahead of me.

Every two hours, almost like clockwork, the bathroom was my friend.

My body was making quick work of disposing of the offending foods.

And I was not reacting well to this.

Twelve hours later, I feel much better.  I treated myself to a small amount of greek yogurt with blueberries and strawberries.  My body seems happy again.

The moral of the story:  Years of eating processed crap and your body will mildly revolt when you introduce healthy, whole foods to it.  Keep your body happy with healthy, whole foods on a regular basis and the one time you indulge in that nasty, processed crap your body will revolt in a way that will make you regret your momentary lapse in judgement.

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Don’t take someone else’s stuff!

Don’t take their toys.

Don’t take their men or women.

Don’t take their money.

Don’t take their photos.

Don’t take their writings.

Don’t take their recipes.

And claim them/it as your own.

It’s theft, no matter how you look at it.

I post recipes here a lot.  Some of them take from many different ideas/recipes I read.  If I use the majority of one specific recipe or if I get them from somewhere else, I’ll reference that person/place/thing/blog.  It was brought to my attention that one of the blogs I follow is thieving recipes from other blogs and claiming them as their own.  This is unacceptable.

 I will not repost any recipe from another person or place without giving them proper credit.  I hope you will all do the same.

Baked Chicken Nuggets and Roasted Potato Wedges

My kids would love if I would just go to McDonald’s and get them food, but they know that’s not going to happen often.  So, when my daughter asked for homemade chicken nuggets, how could I say no?

Homemade Panko Baked Chicken Nuggets, Roasted Potato Wedges and a nice salad was dinner tonight.

Baked Panko Chicken Nuggets
1 1/2 lb boneless, skinless chicken breast, cut into 1 1/2″ chunks
3 C Panko Bread Crumbs
3 TBSP Olive Oil
3 Large Eggs, lightly beaten
3/4 – 1 C All-Purpose Flour
2 TBSP Garlic Powder
3-4 TBSP Seasoning Salt
Preheat oven to 400. 
If you like, you can lightly toast the Panko first.  Line a cookie sheet with foil and spread the Panko out on it.  Place in oven for about 6-8 minutes, watching closely.  As soon as you see it start to brown, pull pan out of oven.  Transfer Panko into a bowl.  Spray foil lined cookie sheet with cooking spray.
In a medium bowl, mix flour and seasonings with a fork or whisk.  You should have 1 bowl with flour, 1 with egg, 1 with Panko.
In batches, coat the chicken in flour, shaking off excess, dip into egg, then coat with the Panko, pressing it to stick. 

Place in oven and bake until chicken is cooked through, about 12 minutes or so depending on your oven.


Roasted Potato Wedges  
4 medium russet potatoes, scrubbed and rinsed
3 TBSP olive oil
3 TBSP Garlic Powder
2 TBSP Seasoning Salt

Cut potatoes in half, then each half in half, then each quarter in half.  Place in a large bowl.  Add olive oil, garlic powder and seasoning salt.  Toss to coat thoroughly.  Lay wedges out on cookie sheets or glass pans with one cut side down.  Bake for 20 minutes, or until potatoes are tender and sides start to crisp.