Cooking, eating, Food

Budget-Friendly Tasty Crispy Mustard Chicken Recipe with Spring Potato Salad

Chicken Recipe

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Skinless, boneless chicken thighs are meatier, quicker to cook, and surprisingly healthier than you might think. They’re also budget-friendly and less expensive than breasts. It definitely saves you money and adds a delicious flavor to your meal.

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Chicken thighs are the most delicious alternative. Marinate them so they can soak up flavor, grill for a smoky crispness, or coat in crumbs and pan fry for a lighter “fried” chicken. 

INGREDIENTS

1 1/2 lb. yellow new potatoes (about 25)

Kosher salt and pepper

medium chicken thighs

2 tsp. Dijon mustard

2 tbsp. olive oil

2 tbsp. white wine vinegar

1 tbsp. prepared horseradish

scallions, finely chopped

1 tbsp. tarragon, chopped

small radishes, thinly sliced

1/4 c. flat-leaf parsley, chopped

DIRECTIONS
  1. Place potatoes in a large pot. Add enough cold water to cover, then bring to a boil. Add 1 tsp salt, reduce heat, and simmer until tender, 12 to 15 minutes. Drain and run under cold water to cool.
  2. While potatoes are cooking, season chicken with ¼ tsp each salt and pepper and place in a large, heavy skillet, skin side down. Brush with mustard and place a piece of foil on top. Place a second skillet on top of the chicken and put heavy cans in a skillet (the contents won’t cook) to weigh it down (this will flatten the chicken so it cooks up evenly and extra-crisp). Cook on medium until skin is deep brown, 10 to 12 minutes. Flip chicken and cook, uncovered until cooked through, 2 to 3 minutes more.
  3. In a large bowl, whisk together oil, vinegar, and horseradish; stir in scallions and tarragon. Halve potatoes (or quarter if large); toss with vinaigrette, then radishes.
  4. Fold parsley into potato salad and serve with chicken.

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Cooking, eating, Food

4 Healthy Breakfast Ideas for a Busy Morning

CABBAGE HASHBROWNS

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BELL PEPPER EGGS

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APPLE NACHOS

4 Healthy Breakfast Ideas for a Busy Morning

HAM & CHEESE ROLL-UPS

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Skipping breakfast is associated with an increased risk for obesity, metabolic syndrome, elevated triglycerides, high LDL cholesterol, and low HDL cholesterol (all risk factors for cardiovascular disease) in children.

A large study published in the journal Circulation followed over 20,000 men for 16 years and found that those men who skipped it were 27% more likely to develop coronary heart disease.

Children who regularly eat the first meal of the day have higher IQs than those who only eat it on occasion.

Regular breakfast consumption is associated with better behavior in school and better academic performance, including better grades and achievement test scores. 

Food, Nature

Bees Love You with Sweet Honey

Spring is here and so is the time to make your honey! If you have a swarm in your backyard I will tell you how to catch the bees. If you have beekeeping then I assume you already know how to collect and pack your honey from the honeycombs.

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Catching a swarm isn’t easy the first time you do it. When you realize the bees are coming out to swarm and not just working hard, you can try to settle them.

When the air becomes thick with bees, get a metal pan and spoon and start banging on it. This helps to settle the swarm into one place.

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Once all the bees have settled into a ball, collect them into a hive box. Ideally, the swarm will have settled low enough to get the box under it to the position where you can brush them into the box. Sometimes if they settle on a limb you will have to cut that off and then shake that over the hive box.

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Make sure the top is removed. Take a few frames out when you are brushing or shaking the bees. You can replace the lid when the bees start going in. You can tell if the queen has gone in because the other bees will start “bowing” to her as they’re going in.

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Cooking, eating, Food

Healthy Wednesday: Delicious Salad With Avocado

You may be wondering what is in this salad that makes it such a party! We start with a blend of chopped spinach and cilantro, then top it with brown rice, pinto beans, and kidney beans. Next comes a generous pile of pico de gallo, fire roasted corn, and sliced avocado. Top it all off with homemade queso and you are good to go!

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Cooking, eating, Food

Delicious Messy Fun Food of the Day

I have many passions in my life, being my family number one,  medical science second, then not in any particular order: traveling, cats, cars, music, cycling, movies, farming, gardening, blogging, reading, learning languages and food, I love food, it’s one of my true passions, and if there’s a special kind of food I love, it’s messy fun food.

I have been taking care of my calories and exercising, bicycling, and jogging for quite a while without a break. Today I rest and it´s time to enjoy my Messy Food Day.

Food Dungeness Crab pan-roasted in Chermoula Butter

food eat

Steak and Eggs…Yummy!

CRAWFISH BOIL with Potatoes and Corn on the Cob

A Messy Cake for a Messy Dessert Time!

Food, Photography, Travel

Remembering Traveling San Blas Islands In Panama

The San Blas Islands are in Panama. They are a true paradise!

A visit to the San Blas islands can be an incredible experience. You will love it just like I did when I visited there. I was so pleased that we risked the unknown! 

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What was there to do on these paradise islands? Other than swimming, snorkeling, walking their perimeter, and relaxing on the beach… not very much! What a beautifully unfussy life!

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No one is in a hurry or clutching a mobile phone. There is no TV or radio blaring. You can spend hours relaxing in a hammock suspended between two picture-perfect palm trees.

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The locals are very friendly. I felt like there was a real sense of passion and pride amongst them. It was a real pleasure to meet them and talk to them.

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