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Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Kettle Corn Crusted Chicken Tenders

Slightly sweet, slightly salty, and totally crunchy, PopCorners make a delicious breading for my gluten-free Kettle Corn Crusted Chicken Tenders. It's an easy, kid-friendly dinner!


I just received my latest Degustabox, a surprise subscription food box company based in Barcelona. They've recently launched in the United States and I'm lucky enough to receive my very own box of goodies. 

If you follow us on Instagram, you've already had a sneak peek at what I found in this month's box. Of all the tasty foods in my Degustabox, I decided to make a recipe using one of my son's favorite special treats: Carnival Kettle PopCorners. This is the snack my son requests if we're hosting a special playdate or a movie night. Of course, I admit that I'm also a sucker for the slightly sweet, slightly salty flavor of this crunchy snack. 
 
I thought the Carnival Kettle PopCorners would make a great, crispy breading for chicken fingers. These popped corn chips are gluten-free, made with non-GMO ingredients, and taste amazing. There's just a hint of sweetness and a hint of saltiness so the chips are just perfectly salty-sweet. Although my family isn't gluten-free, we do have friends—both kids and adults—who are; these Kettle Corn Crusted Chicken Tenders are a great option for them.


Ingredients
serves 2 to 4
  • 3 cups Kettle PopCorners
  • 1/2 cup gluten-free flour* (or substitute all-purpose)
  • 1 large egg, beaten
  • 1 pound boneless, skinless chicken tenders (about 7 or 8 strips)
  • 1 Tablespoon ghee or butter
  • 2 Tablespoons vegetable oil
  • salt
  • pepper
  • Tabasco or other hot sauce (optional)

*I use this gluten-free baking mix, it makes for a light and crispy coating.
 
In a food processor, pulse the PopCorners chips until they look like coarse bread crumbs. Transfer to a shallow bowl. Place flour, with some salt and pepper, in a second shallow bowl. Place the egg—with a few dashes of Tabasco, if you're using it—in a third shallow bowl. (I use pie plates as my shallow bowls.)

Dredge each chicken strip in flour and shake off excess, then dip it in beaten egg, then in the PopCorners crumbs. Turn each chicken tender to coat fully. Transfer to a large plate and repeat with the remaining chicken tenders. Throw out any leftover flour, egg, or crumbs.
 
In a large skillet over medium to medium-high heat, add ghee and oil. Once the ghee melts, add the chicken tenders. Do not crowd the pan; you may have to work in batches. Cook, turning one time, until chicken is golden brown on each side and is cooked through, about 8-10 minutes total. If you'd like, sprinkle some additional salt on top of the Kettle Corn Crusted Chicken Tenders while they're hot.

 
I served my Kettle Corn Crusted Chicken Tenders with honey mustard for dipping; it has a similar savory-and-sweet flavor profile to the chicken. But you can use any dipping sauce you like!
  

If you're interested in trying Degustabox, check out their website or follow them on Instagram. If you sign up to receive your own Degustabox through one of our links, I'll receive a referral fee and you'll help to support this blog!
 
For recipes inspired by my previous Degustaboxes, check out my Chipotle Fried Egg Avocado Toast:
 


Friday, September 9, 2016

Spinach Artichoke Puff Pastry Galette

Flaky puff pasty is the perfect crust for this easy, cheesy Spinach Artichoke Galette. Just 20 minutes in the oven and you've got an impressive savory appetizer, a rustic brunch dish, or a hearty meatless meal.



Each time I participate in Freaky Friday, I have so much fun. In case you don't remember from my previous #FreakyFriday posts, this event is a "blog hop," in which a bunch of food bloggers are assigned to another's blog; we choose a recipe, recreate it, and share it on our own blog. Best of all, it's a secret, so we don't know who is assigned to each blog! I can't wait to find out who is making a Full Belly Sisters recipe this time around. And special thanks to Michaela, from the wonderful An Affair from the Heart, who organizes this fun foodie event.


I was lucky to be assigned to LeMoine Family Kitchen. Angela, the brain and palate behind the blog, loves family-friendly recipes that are simple, tasty, and packed with veggies. And they usually have an Italian flair, thanks to Angela's roots. A girl after my own heart, that's for sure.

There were lots of recipes that were calling my name: the Balsamic Chicken Salad looked like a wonderfully light and flavorful summer meal; Black Bean Burgers with Cheddar, Avocado and Scallion Crema feature some of my very favorite ingredients, all in one dish; and the Tortellini in a Portabello Mushroom Cream Sauce sounds so delicious and hearty. 


Those all would've been good choices and yet...I couldn't say no to Angela's Spinach Artichoke Puff Pastry Cups. Spinach and artichoke (both great sources of folate, for you pregnant gals out there) and cheese and flaky, tender, easy-to-use puff pastry? Count me in! I decided to switch her recipe up a teensy bit and make a galette—a rustic, freeform tart—instead of the hors d'oeuvres. I figured this savory tart would be an amazing brunch dish, alongside perhaps a green salad and some fresh fruit. Or top this Spinach Artichoke Puff Pastry Galette with a runny egg for an amazing vegetarian dinner. Bonus: it's a great way to get your kids to eat spinach!



Ingredients
makes one galette
  • 1 sheet puff pastry (1/2 a package), thawed according to instructions
  • 3 ounces baby spinach, finely chopped
  • 2/3 cup chopped, marinated artichoke hearts*
  • 2 ounces cream cheese, slightly softened
  • 1 egg
  • 4 ounces Italian blend shredded cheese
  • about 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 to 2 cloves garlic, grated
  • a couple of pinches of red pepper flakes
  • freshly-grated black pepper, to taste
  • 2 Tablespoons chopped chives, plus more for garnish
*drain marinated artichoke hearts before chopping

Preheat the oven to 400°F.  

In a bowl, mix together the cream cheese and eggs until incorporated. Stir in the spinach, artichokes, shredded cheese, garlic, salt, pepper, chives, and red pepper flakes until evenly combined.

Unfold the thawed pastry on a parchment-covered baking sheet. Roll the dough out just slightly. Using a sharp knife, score a line about 1/2-inch inside the edge of the pastry sheet to form a border. Prick the pastry sheet inside the border with a fork. And remember: this is a rustic dish, it doesn't have to be perfect.



Place dollops of the spinach artichoke mixture on the pastry inside the border. Lightly spread the mixture so the whole area inside the border on the dough is covered.

See all those yummy chunks of artichoke??

Bake for 20 minutes or until the crust is golden brown and the spinach-artichoke-cheese mixture is hot and melted.  


Sprinkle with freshly-ground pepper and fresh, chopped chives before serving. Cut and serve warm. I cut mine into nine pieces, but you could certainly cut them into smaller, bite-sized pieces to serve as finger food.



And check this out: I had some leftover pieces of the galette and they reheated wonderfully the next day. I did it in the toaster oven, so the pastry would stay crisp; I think a microwave would make it soggy. Angela mentioned that she ate her leftover pastry cups with a runny egg. And, since my blog's unofficial motto is "Everything is Better with a Fried Egg on Top," guess what I did?





This Spinach Artichoke Puff Pastry Galette with a fried egg was a beautifully hearty—and super scrumptious—vegetarian meal! It would be perfect for Meatless Monday. Thanks to Angela and LeMoine Family Kitchen for the great recipe.





Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Chipotle Fried Egg Avocado Toast

This simple Chipotle Fried Egg Avocado Toast is a spicy and delicious way to kick off your day. A tasty twist on the standard avocado toast!


I'm about to head out on vacation, but I'm still cooking till the very last minute! I just received my latest Degustabox, a surprise subscription food box company based in Barcelona. They've recently launched in the United Statesand I'm lucky enough to receive my very own box of goodies.

If you follow us on Instagram, you've already had a sneak peek at what I found in this month's box. Of all the yummy treats in the box, I decided that I needed to use the Chipotle Mayonnaise from Sir Kensington's immediately. I'm already a fan of Sir Kensington's products and this mayo was calling my name: smoky and spicy, with a bright citrus flavor. Yum. It's made with certified humane, free range eggs. And it's a non-GMO-certified product. Pretty great, huh? This mayo was the inspiration for my simple Chipotle Fried Egg Avocado Toast.


I thought the Chipotle Mayonnaise would be the perfect way to add a whole lotta zip to some avocado toast. Then, I had to throw a fried egg on top of it all because everything is better with a fried egg on it. Fact.

The ingredients in this Chipotle Fried Egg Avocado Toast recipe are minimal—we're going for quality over quantity. I used a
Stonefire mini naan; I just love them and they're the perfect size for open-faced sandwiches. Of course, you can use a small pita or a regular slice of bread instead.

Ingredients
serves 1
  • 1 mini naan bread
  • 2 teaspoons Chipotle Mayonnaise
  • about 1/4 to 1/3 avocado
  • 1 fried egg
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • chopped scallion greens, optional

Just toast your bread, then spread the chipotle mayo on top. 


Using a fork, smash the avocado on top of that; sprinkle on some salt and pepper. 



Place a fried egg over the avocado toast. If you want, squeeze some additional chipotle mayo on top, and scatter some chopped scallion greens over everything.


It all takes just a few minutes, but then you've got a filling, healthy, protein-packed meal! The cool, creamy avocado perfectly balances the spicy chipotle and the hot, runny egg. It's food heaven, let me tell ya.


If you're interested in trying Degustabox, check out their website or follow them on Instagram. If you sign up to receive your own Degustabox through one of our links, I'll receive a referral fee and you'll help to support this blog!

For a recipe inspired by my previous Degustabox, check out my Chocolate Peanut Butter Cinnamon Smoothie



For more on why avocados should be a part of your diet, check out 13 Proven Health Benefits of Avocado.

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

goodbody goodmommy Cardigan: Maternity, Nursing & Beyond

Maternity clothing that's stylish and functional? Yes! The goodbody goodmommy cardigan is perfect for pregnancy, breastfeeding—and beyond.

The Full Belly Sisters are proud to share a our buddy's new venture: goodbody goodmommy maternity clothes. They're fashionable and functional, they fit flawlessly—and they'll transition long past your pregnancy. And they're made in the USA (in our hometown of New York City. Holla!). This isn't a sponsored post; we just want to share a great product created by awesome moms.


Goodbody goodmommy is made up of a mom-midwife duo who believe getting pregnant doesn’t need to be a fashion death sentence. We blend trend-worthy styles with strategic support and functionality to ensure every piece we make not only looks good, but works with your changing body and its changing needs.  We have pored over every detail of our carefully-designed garments so that they will transition through pregnancy and beyond.  Our pieces are fashionable, functional athleisure items that offer comfort and support while working out, segueing right to a stylish brunch with friends, or wherever your busy momlife takes you!  With our first garment, the goodbody goodmommy cardigan now on the market, we couldn’t be more grateful to the Full Belly Sisters for the opportunity to introduce ourselves to you!  Hello, loves!


The goodbody goodmommy cardigan is a gorgeous blend of model jersey and spandex that boasts a full design that looks great with your athletic leggings, jeans and even a dress.  You can wear it during your pregnancy but, unlike most maternity clothes, this will stay a wardrobe staple after you meet your baby to ensure you get the most from your investment.  It transitions to a cover for nursing or baby-wearing by using our easy button-loop system.  It was designed with a non-maternity size base so it can continue to be worn beyond your pregnancy and nursing experience.  This cardigan is manufactured with love in The Bronx.
 
goodbody goodmommy was born when Erin Howard, an avid marathoner, couldn’t find running clothes with the fit and support she craved during her pregnancy.  She elicited the help of Melissa Peard, a midwife in NYC with a love of spinning and fashion.  Their passion can be summed up best by what co-founder Erin said at the beginning of this journey: “As a mother, I want to look at my daughter and tell her she can do anything!”  goodbody goodmommy is here to give you the clothing you need to do it all.  

 
We know everyone’s journey through pregnancy and after is different.  We support you literally and figuratively on your path, wherever it may lead. 
The goodbody goodmommy cardigan multitasking cardigan is now available for $59.
 
Athletic leggings (with and without supportive belting) are in the works and coming soon. We hope you love the garments we have created for you—and we look forward to hearing from you!
 
For more on goodbody goodmommy, follow them on Facebook and on Instagram.

Friday, July 15, 2016

Almond Joy Protein Shake




Chocolate, coconut, and almond in an easy smoothie! This healthy almond joy protein shake is fantastic for portable energy.


Somehow, summer seems even busier than the school year. Running around to camps, playdates, afternoons with buddies at the town pool, sports. I don't know. It always seems like we're going to have all this down time but then we end up hauling from one (admittedly fun) commitment to another. Between the busy schedule and the hot weather, smoothies really come in handy: they're packed with filling protein and they're super refreshing. Plus, you can whip 'em up fast!

I usually make shakes in my blender. But sometimes there's not even much time to do that! That's where the new Thermos® #ShakerBottle comes in quite handy. The 24-ounce bottle is leak-proof, BPA-free, and has an integrated mixer—kind of a whisk—that helps blend your ingredients and ensures you don't get clumps of protein powder in your shake. Thermos® is having a giveaway for these cool bottles: go here to enter!


Ingredients
  • 1/2 cup chocolate almond milk
  • 1/2 cup coconut milk
  • 1 Tablespoon unsweetened shredded coconut
  • 1 Tablespoon almond butter (or almond flour)
  • 1 scoop chocolate protein powder
  • ice (optional)
  • coconut, sliced almonds, chocolate for garnish (optional)
Pour the milks into the Thermos® #ShakerBottle. The bottle has capacity markings, which is great when you're pouring in your ingredients—no need to use separate measuring cups. 

Add the shredded coconut and almond butter. Then add the protein powder. (When you are adding all of the ingredients to the shaker bottle, be sure to add the protein powder last. This ensures that the integrated mixer will blend it all in smoothly.) Place the integrated mixer in the shaker bottle and screw on the bottle top. Shake for about 30 seconds, or until the ingredients are blended together. Add crushed ice, if you'd like. Drink up!


If you prefer to make this smoothie in your blender, try blending it with about a cup of ice, until frothy. Cool and creamy! 

Then just pour it into your Thermos® #ShakerBottle and take it with you: the bottle is perfectly portable, with a locking, push-button lid to protect it from spilling. The shaker bottle is also super easy to take apart and clean in the dishwasher. I love that there is no impossible-to-effectively-clean straw. And the bottle fits into my car's cup-holder!

My almond joy protein shake, heading out the door with me.

Wouldn't you love one of these shaker bottles? Thermos® brand is offering you a chance to win a Genuine Thermos® Brand Shaker Bottle through a sweepstakes hosted on the Thermos® brand Facebook page. Head on over and enter to win now!

You can find also Thermos® brand on Twitter, Pinterest and Instagram.

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