Yep, you read that right. In this recipe we’ll be making a healthy version of the Chick-Fil-A sandwich – and then smothering it in a copycat Raising Cane’s sauce; this is a copycat recipe, and so obviously there will be no MSG, and for this healthy version, we will be using a flax and ancient grains gluten-free flour mix for the breading, and will be semi “deep-frying” the chicken in a mixture of avocado oil and coconut oil. There is no need to deep-fry in this particular kind of oil; you may use peanut oil or another oil with a high smoking point.
Category: Main Dishes
Butternut Squash Soup – RV cooking
Living in an RV doesn’t mean that you can’t cook meals for yourself and your family. It just means you must make do with conventions – for this reason, high-speed blenders, instant pots, and crock-pots are the kitchen tools of choice for preparing meals in a limited space. The same goes for my family and I; six people in a small RV makes meal prep slightly different than those in houses with full sized kitchens.
In this recipe, for example, we’ll be making an extremely easy and quick to make soup with butternut squash, onions, garlic, and a few other healthy and basic ingredients. The soup will be piping hot and silky smooth, and all we’ll be using is a pan to saute and boil, and a Vitamix for pulsing everything into a smooth concoction.
Eating During Quarantine
As of yesterday, the state of California has issued a mandate, and now people are now being mandated to do what they’ve always done – stay at home and avoid society. Of course there’s always that minority who will miss the gyms and the face-to-face conversations (OK maybe most of us). If this describes you, then you’re probably wondering “can I still stay healthy during quarantine?” and, “is it humanly possible to binge-watch the entire Office TV show for the fifth time before quarantine is over?” To the latter, I’m not sure, but for those worrying about their health, I’d like to comfort you by explaining that it isn’t quite as hard as you think.
Easy Meals: Lemon Caper Chicken
In developing, this recipe, I was aiming for a result that was both easy to make, and healthy. The finished dish is just that; requiring a minimal amount of ingredients, this Lemon Caper Chicken recipe has the easy capability of serving a large family, while also being a practical solution to the need for a low grocery bill.
If you prefer Chinese or Japanese cuisine such as spring rolls or Chow Mein, you probably enjoy the Teriyaki sauce that is common, especially in Japanese foods, and consists essentially of Soy Sauce, sake (or mirin), and sugar.
In North America, this sauce has been used in multiple ways, and any sauce resembling traditional Teriyaki is called “teriyaki” even though it may not have sake or mirin, or if garlic is added (which is not typical in Japanese cuisine).
Garlic Mushroom Gnocchi
Merry belated Christmas! Christmas baking is done for this year, but let’s not get ahead of ourselves – New Year’s is just a few days away, and more cooking must be done. An amazingly cheap and fast dinner that the whole family can enjoy is Gnocchi, in all of it’s related recipes.
This particular Garlic Mushroom Gnocchi is extremely time-and-cost efficient, healthy, and full of flavor. Gnocchi takes only 3 minutes to boil, and don’t cook it too long otherwise it will get chewy and harder to consume.
Garlic Potato Soup
Especially on a cold day, potato soup goes a long way. Serve with my Garlic Spiral Rolls for a complete meal.
This easy chicken recipe can also be referred to as one-pot chicken, it’s that simple! It has a delicious and thick balsamic sauce with pungent smell mixed with garlic. Enjoy with a side of brussel sprouts, green beans, or other vegetable side of your choice!
The chicken I decided to use for this recipe was chicken thighs, not only because I personally like dark meat over white, since it is darker, it is usually moister, and boneless thighs are usually thinner than boneless chicken breast.
I also am going to start posting a poem per post from now on, so here’s the next one: (if you hate poetry, skip to recipe below)
This poem is actually food related in some sense, as it is an unrealistic and humorous account of the ‘danger’ of microwaves:
Microwaves Are Harmful POEM
By Michael Metzler Jr.
Microwaves are harmful,
Don’t let anyone fool you,
They are full of electricity,
And worst of all; the flu
But more than anything else
Microwaves are inactive
In good consumer reports
And also radioactive
So if you dare put food
In this hazardous box of metal
You may as well try something different
Perhaps munch on a rose petal
For if you use this thing
And from it hot food eat,
You are as good as dead
As an unused brown golf cleat.
So if you own a microwave
If you bought it from a store
Please just throw it away at once
And we won’t bug you more.
So for your information,
In case you want to clap,
Please try our new product:
A brand new Food-o-Zap!
Balsamic Chicken recipe – – – – PRINT
Hello all, thanks for tuning in on today’s recipe! This one is a really really awesome sandwich that you can make at home–it is full of healthy good protein and offers a healthy lunch.
You also have the option to make-ahead if that’s how you like doing things. The protein in here is simple: Boiled eggs and meat. (In this recipe I use pastrami, but you can use whatever meat you so desire.)
This method of eating is important for those of you who, admittedly, rarely eat wholesome foods because (like me) you are picky, or are constantly on the go and simply grab whatever is within reach.
A tip for those who like throwing things together quickly: Boil lots of eggs and slice them ahead of time. This way, you can simply throw everything on your sandwich when it’s time to consume.
OK, now for a bit of NEWS. As you might know, not only do I like making food, but I like writing, so I decided to shake things up a bit on my food blog and and start including not only a recipe but also a poem I wrote before I give the recipe (below):
Ok here it goes: (if you hate poetry you can skip down to my recipe)
The Seasons by Michael Metzler JR
Spring grows most plants in rocky soil,
It takes new life to withered things.
Death defying through turmoil,
And to new life it spreads and clings.
Summer swathes the world in heat
It drapes the land around in glow
It bakes the clay and warms the feet
It is not spring and is not snow.
Autumn brings a yellow air,
It scatters orange like the sand.
Sprinkling leaves as though to share.
It is most glorious and grand.
Winter veers around the bow
With clutching hands and stale breath
It swarms the earth in clear-white snow
It brings no warmth and sometimes death.
Here’s the recipe for my PROTEIN SANDWICH:
Protein Sandwich recipe – – – PRINT
Looking for a quick, healthy, and easy make-ahead breakfast recipe?
Among other things, eggs are an awesome way to go, and if you are tired of simply making scrambled or fried or poached eggs every single morning, then quiche is an amazing use of eggs. Quiche is easy to whip up, and works great as a make-ahead breakfast. This means you can freeze it at least a month ahead of time. Because of this, you have the option of making a few quiches and storing them in the freezer, bringing one out each time you need one. Plus, it tastes delicious!
This particular quiche recipe isn’t anything fancy; merely a whipping up of eggs, milk and spices, and then poured over a couple essentials: ham and cheese. But this recipe can give you a base to build off of. You can improvise and add spinach and/or broccoli, and certainly bacon, or turkey, you name it. There are countless ways to tweak quiche to your taste.
So try this quiche recipe and let me know how you like it!
Breakfast Quiche Recipe —- PRINT
So this is my first entree in a while–a quite easy one, too. If you’ve ever been to Rubio’s, you may have had one of their fish tacos, perhaps a Blackened Fish Taco? Gradually spicy but satisfying, these Blackened fish are simple to make, and have the potential of feeding a larger group, depending on how much fish you have.
Basically, blackening your fish involves heating butter or other fat on a (cast iron) pan on high heat, then putting your fish on, just a minute or so, in order to sear each side, which will previously be coated in a particular spice mix.
Next comes the familiar part, which is assembling the tacos. You can do this any way you want of course, which makes this meal more custom than not.
I use Tilapia, and it works very well with this recipe, but you can use any white fish, and it should work just fine.
Fish Tacos recipe – – PRINT
Chow Mein is a great make-ahead-of-time lunch. This recipe uses normal spaghetti noodles, which are easy to find and cook.
1/2 a head of cabbage, shredded
2/3 cup of soy sauce
1 (16 oz) pkg. of spaghetti noodles
1 Tbs. Brown Sugar
1 medium sweet onion
3 cloves of garlic
4 carrots, peeled and grate
2 tsp. chopped fresh ginger root
First, peel the ginger root to get skin off. Then chop into small chunks.
Then peel garlic cloves (in picture, note I used a silicone sleeve thingy to peel the garlic cloves, it works really well), and chop into medium chunks, too.
Place Ginger, Garlic, Soy Sauce, and brown sugar into wet-ingredient blender. (you can use a blender, or whatever else works, too.) Blend for 20 seconds, or until everything is finely chopped up.
NOTE: To make things much easier, you could possibly buy cabbage already shredded, and carrots, already shredded, but I just did it manually:
Peel all the carrots with a vegetable peeler, and cut the ends off. Shred with a food processor shredder attachment.
Next, peel outer leaves off cabbage for sanitary reasons, and cut half (the half you’ll be using) into small chunks, small enough to fit in the processor’s chute. If you prefer to chop the cabbage, then do it.
If not, use the easier way: the food processor. With the blade attachment, shred cabbage, and place into a bowl for keeps until you need it.
For onions: Cut onions into inch long thin segments.
Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Break your raw noodles in half before placing them in the boiling water. Cook for the time indicated on the back of your package. (9 min, average).
WHILE your noodles are boiling, pour two tablespoons of olive oil into a large skillet over medium heat.
When heated up, Put carrots and onions in, stirring, until cooked mostly, about 3 minutes. Then place cabbage in, and stir for one or so minutes. Remove from heat–but be sure it’s warm for when you want to use it.
When noodles are done cooking (you’ll know if they are tender when bitten) then take them out, and pour into a colander in an empty sink to drain. Pour into large serving bowl.
Finally, pour soy sauce mixture into Vegetables, and stir until combined. Then pour the whole vegetable thing into the prepared noodles, mixing until combined. If you wish, you may pour more soy sauce in for more flavor.
See my original post of this recipe on instructables