Sweet Potato Chicken Nuggets

For Valentine’s Day I made heart-shaped chicken nuggets. I’m not a great Pinterest mom but occasionally I impress myself. 😉

This recipe is from a friend of mine. It’s simple, delicious, and healthy. The kids and I devoured them. Served with sweet potato fries and spinach, it makes a great meal.

Sweet Potato Chicken Nuggets

  • Servings: 6
  • Difficulty: easy
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Ingredients:

  • 1/3 cup rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup flax meal
  • 2 tbsp Parmesan cheese
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1tsp onion powder
  • 1 lb. chicken breasts
  • 1 small sweet potato, steamed and skin removed
  • 1 garlic clove
  • Seasonings of your choice – I use salt, pepper, garlic powder, onion powder, basil, oregano, and parsley

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 375*F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Pour oatmeal into a food processor and grind about 20 seconds. I like when some pieces are still large and some are very fine. Pour into a bowl. Mix in flax meal, cheese, onion and garlic powder. Set aside. (This will be your breading.)
  3. Into the food processor, put chicken breasts, sweet potato, garlic clove, and seasonings. Blend this together until well combined.
  4. (Here comes the gross part!) Spoon out 1 spoonful of chicken nugget mixture and put into breading. Roll it around until completed covered.
  5. Place chicken nugget onto parchment lined baking sheet. You can now shape it into any shape you’d like. Continue this process until all the chicken nugget mixture is gone.
  6. Place in the oven for 18-20 minutes, flipping halfway through.
  7. Enjoy!

 

 

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I hope you likes these as much as my kids and I do! You can also easily add in some hidden vegetables. I think carrots and cauliflower would taste good. I thought about adding beets to make them red but opted to leave them out this time. If your kids don’t mind seeing green flecks in their food (my 6 y/o does) some spinach, kale, or broccoli could totally be added to the mixture.

Happy cooking!

-KB

Weekly Workouts Feb. 5-11

I’m back at CrossFit this week. I am going to go back to the other gym but I’m waiting for my membership at CF to be up later this month. I do LOVE CrossFit and will continue to go once a week along with the new gym and running.

Monday:
For time:
100m Farmers Carry 15# dumbbells
30 DB Thrusters 15#
30 Toes-to-Bar
30 DB Snatches 15#
30 Pull Ups (strict with green band)
30 Front Rack Lunges 15#
30 Ring Push Ups (on knees)
100m Farmers Carry 15#

Tuesday:

30 minutes of 3 min run/2 min walk. I took the dog and the toddler for this run. I don’t think I’ll do that again for a while.

Wednesday:

It was Jog-A-Thon day at my son’s school. I hoped to make it to CrossFit but ended up at the photographer when the one they hired didn’t show up. Oops! It was a blast. I jogged 1.25 miles throughout the morning.

Thursday:

AMRAP in 20 minutes of: (11 + 6 I think)
2 Bar Muscle Ups (modified to using a bar banded to a rack)
4 Handstand Push Ups (modified with a box)
8 American Kettlebell Swings

Friday:

Every 2 minutes, for 12 minutes (6 sets) of:
3 Power Cleans + 3 Front Squats + 3 Jerks

then

AMRAP in 12 minutes of: (8 total rounds completed)
1 Complex – 3 cleans + 3 Front Squats + 3 Jerks
30 Double Unders

Saturday

4 mile run/walk. 2 minutes jogging/2 minutes walking. My knee didn’t begin hurting until right at 4 miles which is a big deal for me! That’s an entire mile longer than I’m generally able to go. Hoping all the stretching is working and I’ll be able to run farther without pain.

Sunday

Rest day!

Castration

My toddler is hitting his terrible two’s and they are pretty terrible. I’ve been stressed and frustrated and tired. By the time my husband has returned home each evening, I’ve wanted to walk right out the door. Which leads to last night’s conversation:

Me: Today, while riding bikes to Vons, I was thinking about how I’d like to saw off your balls and watch them burn in a raging fire.

Husband: Is this because of toddler?

Me: Yes.

Husband: You know, there are doctors to do exactly this.

Me: Yes, but it’s be much less satisfying.

My husband laughed it off and I had a(nother) glass of sangria. On to a new day…

-KB

Lemonade Stand

My sweet 6 year old is kind of obsessed with having lemonade stands. Over the summer he noticed some kids having one and decided it was the perfect way to make money. We ended up doing 4 in the fall and raised $150 for the Red Cross. We went through a cold spell but it has warmed back up and he asked me again (and again and again) to have a stand. I relented and here we are, on a beautiful, sunny, 76* day selling lemonade and cookies in front of the house.

When he first started, I wanted to use it as a learning opportunity. He had to buy the supplies, help make the lemonade and cookies, set it up, count money, etc. It has been great. He loves to bake and it has helped his math (and practical life) skills practicing measuring and adding fractions to determine how much flour needs to go in the batter. He’s learning about money, adding and subtracting, multiplying, and managing. He’s also learning about time management – he has to bake the cookies and make the lemonade the day before so they are ready when he gets out of school.

What I’m more excited with is how he’s learning patience, humility, kindness, and compassion. It’s hard to be 6, having prepared for your big sale, and then no one walks by. He has to wait for his customers (although he holds signed on the corner of the street and yells to everyone passing by). He is also learning that not everyone who passes by is going to buy his snacks and is learning to be okay with their decisions.

When we first started running lemonade stands, we researched organizations which we could donate the proceeds. It was around the time of hurricanes Harvey and Irma and he wanted to help people affected by the storms. I did a little research and found 5 organizations doing the most work in those areas. After much deliberation he chose the American Red Cross. With today’s earnings of $45 he’s almost at $200 in donations!!

 

 

Dreaming of Europe

Shortly before I turned four, I moved to southern Spain. My dad was in the military. We were actually supposed to go to Italy but, three weeks before our move, orders were changed and Rota was our new destination. It. Was. Amazing.

We lived in Spain for three years. I spent my summers traveling around Europe. I lived in a tiny, safe, friendly little town. In school we learned Spanish starting in first grade. I would spend my afternoons outside, wandering around base with friends. Each holiday was spent with all the neighbors. There would be 40 people at one house. It was fun. It was a great way to spend my early childhood. It’s what I want for my boys.

I have had the strongest desire to move to Europe recently. It has always been there but lately it has really been tugging at me. We can’t move overseas right now. We are in Ca for at least another year. After here we have four “options”, one of which is to stay put. The other three are Florida, Hawaii, or Japan. We have a few month to decide on which order we want to list our preferences but, lets be real, it doesn’t matter how we order them, we will get what the Navy needs from my husband. (Hence the quotes around options above.)

After the next tour, we *may* have the option to move to Europe, most likely to Germany. This is when it is supposedly easiest for us to be stationed in Europe. My husband can take a joint tour job and the boys and I will traipse around Europe. At that point, the boys will be 5 and 10. How perfect!! But (and it’s a BIG BUTT), I hate the cold. I struggle in southern California with the chilly weather. I had a hard time in the winters in Jacksonville, Florida because a few days would see highs in the 40’s. I’m that person who needs a jacket when it’s 73*. Eek!

Maybe we will be sent to Japan next and I’ll learn to live in the cold? Maybe I’ll be that ridiculous American wearing 3 pairs of pants, 5 top layers, a hat, scarf, multiple pairs of socks, boots, and a ski mask to leave the house when it’s 35*? And, let’s be real, when I would leave for work in Jacksonville on those cold days, I would most certainly be wearing all of that, minus the ski mask. Maybe I’m getting way ahead of myself and we won’t be given the opportunity to live in Germany?

Sigh. I think I’m going to watch another House Hunters International.

-KB

Weekly Workouts Jan 29-Feb 4

Monday: I’m trying out a new gym this week. I went on Friday as well. It’s very different from CrossFit but it seems like it will really help with getting ready for the half-marathon I will be running in a few months. I think my abs are going to hurt all week after this workout…

21-15-9-3   with a 50m sprint between each couplet

  • Russian KB Swings
  • Thrusters

21-15-9-3 with 100 single unders between each couplet

  • 20in box step-ups, each round do the total number for each leg
  • Slamballs

14  min AMRAP

  • 8 burpees
  • 50 mountain climbers
  • 15 V-ups
  • 15 Chrunches
  • 15 Reverse Crunches
  • 12 KB squat into upright row

3 rounds of 30 seconds on – 30 seconds off

  • Plank
  • Flutter kicks
  • Russian twists

Tuesday: Today should have been a 28 min run going 2 mins on/2 mins off. I miscalculated my time and ended up only being able to run for 22 minutes before I had to be back for a webinar.

1.8 miles in 22 minutes. 2 minutes of running, 2 minutes of walking.

Wednesday:
I loved this workout!

4 Couplets done 3x each with a 400m run after finishing the three rounds

  1. 10 Dealifts – 10 Box jumps
  2. 8 Back squats – 20 twisting sit-ups
  3. 12 Dumbbell lunges – 12 leg lifts
  4. 12 KB Plie – 12 Pirouette bar jump overs

After the last run, we did two rounds of:

  1. 1 minute plank
  2. 15 hanging leg lifts (one front, one left, one right = 3)
  3. 5 Ab Wheel Roll Outs
  4. 12 Windshield wipers

Thursday: Yesterday was leg day. Today was arms. It was the same style workout though and lots of fun.

4 Couplets done 3x each with a 400m run after finishing the three rounds.

  1. 8 Bench Press (45#) – 10 Up Down Planks
  2. 8 Barbell Bent Over Rows – 10 Side Plank Reach Throughs
  3. 5 Strict Pulls ups (with a green band) – 10 Slamballs (20#)
  4. 8 Dumbbell front raises/8 side raises – 4 Ab Wheel Roll Outs

After the last run we did 30 seconds on/30 seconds off for three rounds of:

  1. Rope Slams
  2. Burpees
  3. Flutter Kicks
  4. Mountain Climbers

 

Friday:

I took the day off but did spend 90 minutes walking around the San Diego Zoo.

Saturday:

4.73 miles – For the first three miles I ran 2 minutes, walked 2 minutes. At 3 miles my IT band started bothering me. My running time got shorter and shorter until I couldn’t run at all. 😦

Sunday:

Lots of stretching my IT band.

 

January Reads

I love to read but I don’t always make time for it. I’ve been putting more effort into getting everything done early so I have at least 20 minutes to read each night before bed. It doesn’t always work but I’ve read more books in 2017 than I have in a long time and I’m hoping for even more this year. Here is what I finished in January…

The Aviators Wife by Melanie Benjamin

The book follows the life of Anne Morrow Lindbergh as she meets, travels with, begins a family with, and eventually lays to rest her husband, Charles Lindbergh. It was an interesting story. It provided a lot of insight into the life of someone I knew very little about and the trials and tribulations of their marriage, other than the kidnapping and death of their first born. It was fascinating and heartbreaking. Benjamin is a good author. Unfortunately, I didn’t really care for Anne or Charles as people. It took quite a while to really get into the story but I’m glad I stuck it out and finished the book. I learned a lot. I give the book a 3.5/5. Worth the read if you’re interested in the Lindbergh’s or WWII historical fiction.

Someday, Someday Maybe by Lauren Graham

I read this book because of my love of Gilmore Girls. It wasn’t my favorite but not terrible either. 3/5 stars. It follows a woman who is trying to make as an actress in New York. She works as a waitress, lives with a friend and acquaintance, and takes frequent acting classes. The story was kind of predictable but it was easy and quick.

And Every Morning the Way Home Gets Longer by Fredrik Backman

I loved this book. It’s a novella about a man who is aging and his family connections. Some parts were a little confusing but you can really see the pain of being on both sides of a family member aging. 5/5

What are you reading? Have any good suggestions?

-KB