The Quest Continues

100_1059If you have been following my blog for awhile, you know I’m on a mission to share 101 crescent roll recipes with you. This one comes from a popular Pinterst photo. The recipe comes from a Navy wife’s blog. Two of my uncles served in the Navy and I dated a Naval Academy alum (even visited the college in Annapolis for homecoming once) so you have to respect that. I wouldn’t say this isn’t something you couldn’t have come up with on your own but it was quite taste and a fun  way to make it.

Bacon, egg, & cheese ringBacon, Egg, & Cheese Ring
1 can of crescent rolls
5 eggs
1 c. cheese
8 slices of bacon, cooked

Scramble and cook eggs. Layout the crescent rolls in an eight sided star shape (make the wide sides lay on top of each other in the center). Top with 1/3 c. of cheese and cooked bacon. Top with scrambles eggs and remaining cheese. Pull the skinny tips up and seal together. Bake at 375 degrees for 15-17 minutes.

Notes:

  • I used reduced fat crescent rolls.
  • I used three eggs and the equivalent of two egg whites with from substitute. I also added milk because I like my eggs fluffy.
  • I used probably the equivalent of 3-4 slices of crumbled reduced sodium bacon. I thought it was plenty. You could easily use turkey bacon. If you substitute the precooked bacon, you might want to use all eight slices. If you prefer ham or sausage, you can also easily substitute.
  • I decided to smear a thin layer of nacho cheese on the bottom instead of cheddar cheese. I topped with about 1/3 c. of fat free cheese. As long as you cover it, the cheese will melt fine.
  • I cooked for 15 minutes on an air bake pan and it turned out perfect. The original recipe suggests foil or parchment paper on your cookie sheet.
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Not Fried “Fried” Chicken

Fried chicken is one of my favorite food items. And let’s be honest, who doesn’t crave a little KFC now and then. Unfortunately, traditional fried chicken isn’t super healthy. I ran across this Mr. Food’s recipe for a baked chicken that promised a fried chicken crunch. I have to say, this chicken did have a nice crunch as well as nice and juicy. You have to try this diabetic friendly “fried” chicken.

Mr. FoodNot Fried “Fried” Chicken by Mr. Food’s
1 chicken (3 to 3.5 lbs), cut into 10 pieces (skin off)

2 T. flour
1/2 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. black pepper
3 egg whites
1 & 1/2 c. cornflakes
1/2 tsp. ground sage

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Mix flour, salt, and pepper in a shallow dish. Beat egg whites in a second shallow dish. Crush cornflakes and sage in a plastic bag. Then, pour into a shallow dish. Take each piece of chicken and flour it. Then, coat it in egg. Finally, coat in cornflakes. In a sprayed dish, place each piece of chicken. Bake for 45-50 minutes.

Nutrition Facts: (2 pieces per serving) 299 calories (64 calories from fat), 7 g. fat, 2 g. saturated fat, 84 mg. cholesterol, 627 mg. sodium, 25 g. carbs, 1 g. fiber, 3 g. sugar, and 32 g. protein.

Notes:

  • I cut the recipe in third. I only ate one piece with potatoes and felt satisfied.
  • I used boneless, skinless chicken breasts.
  • I also used egg white substitute.
  • Recently, I met Bobby Deen at an event featuring his new cookbook. I was surprised to learn during a conversation with him that unsweetened cornflakes aren’t any worst for you then Panko bread crumbs. Since I like the taste better, I wouldn’t worry about using them in recipes. Bobby did still suggest using Panko bread crumbs on veggies though.

Mini Ham & Cheese Frittatas

What exactly is a frittata? I always thought it was like an omelet. When I went to cook this recipe I noticed the amount of milk compared to eggs seemed off for a traditional omelet or scrambled egg recipe. I Googled it and found that the definition of frittata is “an Italian egg dish made with fried beaten eggs, resembling a Spanish omelet.”

I ran across this recipe while I was home for Christmas. If you think I have a lot of recipes, you should see my mother’s house. One of the lessons I learned over the years was to get rid of recipes you will never make. This often means tearing recipes out of cookbooks and putting them in three ring binders. I also throw away recipes that I made and don’t love enough that I think I want to make them again. My mother refuses to do this so she has LOTS of recipe books. Two of her most recent purchases include Taste of Home and Simple & Delicious cookbooks. They were very colorful and filled with lots of great recipes. This is one I made while I was home for the holidays.

Ham & CheeseMini Ham & Cheese Frittatas by Simple & Delicious
1/4 pound fully cooked cubed ham
1 c. shredded cheddar cheese
6 eggs
4 egg whites
3 T. minced chives
2 T. milk
1/4 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. pepper

Spray eight muffin cups of a muffin pan. Put in ham and top with cheese. Beat together all remaining ingredients. Pour over ham and cheese. Bake at 375 degrees for 22-25 minutes.

Notes:

  • I felt like the eggs would have been better if I had used more milk.
  • I used Egg Beaters Whites for the egg whites. Way easier and healthier for you.
  • Be sure to spray the entire cup good with cooking spray or use silicon muffin cups. My recipe stuck a little more than I would have liked it to.