Monday, April 30, 2012

Cook Yourself Thin Chicken Tenders

Cook Yourself Thin Chicken Tenders
You know what's hilarious?
When I speak to people I know in real life, and this blog is brought up, they always say, 
"You post the most delicious things! Poor thing, it must be so hard not to eat them."
To which I respond, "Uh....I eat pretty much everything I put on the blog. If it's a dessert I probably eat almost all of it."

Then they look at me in confusion.

Alright, so a lot of what I post isn't the lowest in calories, and sometimes maybe even not healthy at all. But I try to use moderation, try to eat as good and real (AKA natural, no preservatives, etc.) as I can, and make a  (sometimes) concentrated effort to put more healthy things (such as veggies) into my diet. I'm obviously not perfect. And, in comparison to many of my model/actor colleagues, I am an unhealthy glutton. However-I drink almost exclusively water (I prefer to eat, not drink, my calories), I walk a lot, and I have been blessed with a somewhat fast metabolism (that's not to say there aren't a few pounds I'd like to drop). Anyway, my point is: there's nothing wrong with having a piece of cake. Maybe just don't eat the whole thing. It's even alright if, once in a blue moon, you eat some greasy french fries, because a life with none forever would be sad. Just make sure to temper the good with the bad, eat a good breakfast, make some smarter decisions about some things, etc. I'm no expert on this. I'm not saying I am. What do I know? Maybe nothing. Don't make any life altering decisions based on what I'm saying here, this is just one girl's opinion, one girl's path. My best friend is a food science/nutrition major--I can tell you right now she definitely thinks I should eat less of some of the things I eat. Perhaps she is right. But I think I'm doing alright. In the spirit of me showing you a healthier (but still comforting and tasty) option, enjoy these chicken tenders. They're from the Lifetime TV show "Cook Yourself Thin". So, see, we're off to a great start!

Cook Yourself Thin Chicken Tenders

Cook Yourself Thin Chicken Tenders
  • 2 cloves garlic, smashed
  • 1/4 tsp. dried thyme
  • 1 bay leaf (if you have it, I've omitted)
  • 2 tsp. salt
  • 1/4 tsp. red pepper flakes
  • 1/2 cup non-fat buttermilk
  • 1 pound chicken tenders
  • 1 1/2 cups cornflakes, crushed to medium crumb (you may need more)
  • In a medium bowl combine garlic, spices, and buttermilk. Add chicken and cover in marinade. Cover and refrigerate for at least an hour.
  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  • Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil and spray with non-stick spray.
  • Place cornflake crumbs on a plate.
  • Drain chicken, then coat in crumbs.
  • Lay on a baking sheet in a single layer.
  • Bake about 15 minutes-until firm.
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