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Easy Lemon Pepper Chicken

Lemon Chicken

 

The other night I came home to a cloud of smoke in the kitchen. The smoke alarm wasn’t going off, but something had clearly burned. I would have panicked, but I opened the door to find Andy standing next to the stove, spatula in hand, and a very sad look on his face. I couldn’t be mad at him, after all, there was a not quite charred plate of food waiting for me.

The real surprise was that the food was amazing. (Not burned at all, I think he just burned the seasoning in the pan.) It was probably one of the best meals I’ve had in a long time, and it wasn’t even difficult to make. Oh yeah, and it was Paleo all because Andy has used almond flour instead of regular flour. So good and honestly, I think I’m using almond flour to bread my chicken from now on. It turned out way better than when I use flour. Not sure why, but it stuck to the meat so much better.

Recommending this to everyone. It’s so good, so easy, and like I said, Paleo and Whole 30 approved.

7 Ingredient Lemon Pepper Chicken and Asparagus

Gather
1/2 pound boneless skinless chicken breast
1/4 cup of almond flour
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
2 tablespoons olive oil
Lemon Pepper Seasoning
2 lemons, sliced
1 cup of asparagus, cleaned

Cover chicken in plastic wrap, and using a mallet, pound the chicken to about 3/4 of an inch thick. Dredge chicken in almond flour and salt to coat.

In a medium heat skillet, add olive oil and saute for 5-7 minutes on each side, turning when golden brown. Dash with lemon pepper seasoning in pan. Remove from pan and set aside.

Add lemon slices to pan and then add asparagus. Make sure lemon slices are on the bottom of the pan so they caramelize. When asparagus is done and lemons are golden brown, add chicken back into pan and allow chicken to be coated in lemon sauce.

Plate with asparagus and lemons on top of chicken. Enjoy.

 

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Homemade Garlic Bread

Homemade Garlic Bread

Most of my life has been surrounded by bread, somehow. Which is odd that I recently had gone through The Whole 30, which meant I couldn’t eat any bread. I remember proofing dough on the radiators in our kitchen when my mom and I lived in Pennsylvania. And I remember putting all the ingredients in the bread machine for poppy seed bread with my grandmother when we lived at the campground (they owned it). My favorite part was getting the end of the bread, fresh out of the oven or the bread machine, slathering it in butter and eating it. It truly is the best part about bread, that warm end piece.

So while we’re not on The Whole 30 anymore, I opted to raid our cabinets and make my own since we’re refusing to buy it right now. And we had just enough flour to make two loaves. I didn’t need two loaves, but I didn’t think through dividing the recipe in half. Whoops. And because my grandmother always made flavored breads, I had to do something different, which is how the garlic came into play. Dusted on the top of the bread, it’s delicious.

Homemade Garlic Bread

Gather
1 (1/4 oz) package of active dry yeast
2 1/4 cups of warm water
3 tablespoons of sugar
1 tablespoon of salt
1/2 tablespoon of garlic powder
2 tablespoons of vegetable oil
4 1/2 to 5 cups of all-purpose flour

In a large bowl, dissolve yeast in warm water. Add sugar, salt, oil, garlic powder, and flour (1 cup at a time as you combine it( into bowl. Combine to form a soft dough ball.

Turn onto floured surface and knead until smooth, about 8 minutes. Place into a lightly greased bowl and cover with a towel. Place in a warm place to rise until doubled, about 1 to 1/2 hours.

Divide dough in half and shape into loaf. Lightly grease loaves with oil and place in two 9-in x 5-in loaf pans. Cover and let rise again, about 30 minutes. Lightly sprinkle garlic powder on top of dough.

Bake at 375 degrees for 30-35 minutes or until golden brown. Remove loaves from pans and let cool on wire racks.

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Fried Buffalo Potato Chips

Buffalo Potato Chips

This one was an accident. I think. But the most delicious accident. I had sliced up some potato for baked fries, Andy had the fryer on, and he was making Buffalo chicken. He wanted to experiment, so I gave him a few slices of potato. He dipped them into the batters and then popped them in the fryer. A few minutes later, he had these golden, delicious spicy buffalo potato bites.

Fried Buffalo Potato Chips

Gather
2-3 large yellow potatoes
1/4 cup of Frank’s Red Hot Sauce
1 cup flour
1 teaspoon paprika
1 teaspoon cayenne

Preheat your fryer to 360 degrees.

Use a mandolin on its medium setting to slice potatoes. In a bowl, place your hot sauce. In a separate bowl mix flour, paprika, and cayenne. Dredge slices in Frank’s Red Hot (it’s your wet base), then dredge in flour mixture. Shake off excess flour and place potatoes in fryer. Try not to overcrowd potatoes and do this in batches.

Cook until golden brown, for about 3-5 minutes. Remove from fryer and let cool on a cookie cooling rack. This will remove excess oil. Remember to place paper towels under the cookie cooling rack. When cooled a bit, serve.

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Philly Cheesesteak Jalapeno Poppers

Jalapeno Poppers

 

So we made these for the Super Bowl and I keep forgetting to post the recipe. Andy wanted to try something different and stumbled upon these Philly Cheesesteak Jalapeno Poppers. Anyone who knows me, knows I love spicy foods, so this was right up my alley. Also, they were surprisingly easy to make. The only problem is they’re not baked, they’re fried. So you’ll need a small kitchen fryer for this one. Continue Reading