Saturday, August 23, 2014

Margarita Wings made with Lime-A-Rita

Back to school means back to Football! We love wings in my house. We make all kinds of wings using different spices and seasoning packets. They take a little longer to cook than my regular dinners, but they are so worth it!

We made these with a can of Bud Light's Lime-A-Rita. It gives it a limey margarita taste that, together with some cilantro and garlic seasoning, makes wings that are sure to fly off the serving plate!

Margarita Wings made with Lime-A-Rita
1 pkg chicken wings (7-8 wings)
1 can of Lime-a-Rita
Juice from 1 lime
1 tsp salt
1 tbs lime, garlic, cilantro seasoning + more for sprinkling
1 tbs chopped fresh cilantro

On a clean cutting board with a sharp knife separate drumette, middle, and tip. Discard the tips.
Place the chicken in a zip topped bag and add Lime-A-Rita, lime juice, salt, seasoning, and cilantro. Zip the bag tight and shake to distribute the flavors. Let bag sit in the fridge for minimum 30 minutes, 1 hour is optimal.

Heat oven 425*. Place a non-stick wire rack on a baking sheet covered with foil. Place chicken on wire rack leaving space between each piece and sprinkling additional seasoning on the wings if desired. Bake for 25 minutes and then flip. Bake another 25 minutes and remove from oven allowing to cool on the rack for about 5 minutes before removing.

Salt to taste and serve.

Monday, August 18, 2014

Touring Through Blogland

Hey y'all,

This post will be a little different. Okay, a LOT different. I rarely post personal things on the blog (mostly for the privacy of my family) but today I've been invited by Doree from Top Notch Mom to participate in this "behind the scenes" kind of post.

Doree and I are not only bloggy buddies, but we are also real life friends and I truly adore her. I would not have done this for just anybody!

So, without further ado, welcome to my kitchen!

1) What am I working on?- I was hired for a new teaching job this summer so setting up my classroom,  meeting all my new coworkers, and being incredibly anxious has been taking up most of my time. However, I am still cooking for my family and am thinking a lot about meal planning for the school year. Last year I had a weekly menu posted which helped everyone know what to expect. I wrote out the menu on Sunday and did the grocery shopping around the menu. This helped with the grocery bill AND made sure I had no excuses!

((I do not post pictures of the kids for privacy reasons, but I can post pics of our furbabies!))
Lisy (Lee-See) our baby boo
Maddy- Princess Wiener

2) How does my work differ from others of its genre?- When I went to FitBloggin I explained it like this:
I cook real food, for my real family, that we really eat.
I don't post recipes we don't eat (uhh, wasteful!) I try really really hard to make it healthy because I am very conscious of our nutrition, but I'll never shove the "Healthy" thing down your throat. We are real people! 

And we really like M&M Cookie Pie!
Everything in moderation!
3) Why do I write/create what I do?- I started because I wanted to track my unique recipes that I was creating while on a weight loss journey. I continued because I liked it. I like being creative with food! I cook for the ones I love, and I love knowing that my recipes are doing good things for their bodies and helping them to live a healthier life.
I am still trying my best to live a healthy lifestyle. I am not on a diet, it is a lifestyle. I cannot call these pictures "before and after" because I am still in progress. (It's more like "unhappy" and "happy")
I am so impressed with the things my body has been capable of by providing it with the right fuel!

4) How does your writing/creating process work? I am so inspired by the full time bloggers out there. I know it's an incredible amount of work for so little actual pay. I will never be a full time blogger. Instead, I chose a different profession that is a helluva lot of work with very little pay- I'm a teacher. :-)
Because I'm a full time teacher who also juggles a family and somewhat of a social life, my writing/creative process is sporadic. I am inspired by, of course, other bloggers, as well as meals I have at restaurants and things I see on my favorite cooking shows. I have a constant written list of recipes and ideas I want to try. When I can, I create one or some of these recipes, taste test, shoot some pics and write a post. 

I have invited one of my FitBloggin roommates to join me. Y'all go check out Denise's blog Almasdays!
We met through the FitBloggin facebook page and were roomies for the weekend. She is a southern belle from Northeast Florida/Louisiana who blogs about her journey to live a healthy life.
She will post her Tour Through Blogland post on Monday, August 25th.

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Oatmeal Energy Bars

When I was in college I lived in South Austin and commuted to San Marcos for class. Okay, actually in college I lived all over. Between my parents house in Cedar Creek, my South Austin apartment, and spending a summer house-sitting for a friend's parents I was once called a vagabond!

Specifically, the nine months I lived I South Austin and commuted to San Marcos for class 2-3 days a week, I would grab a breakfast that I could eat in the car. Most of the time this was a whole grab a bagel with some peanut butter. It wasn't a terrible choice, but it left my diet with some nutritional holes.

Baking these bars really reminded me of that time of my life. If I had thought to do a little more food prep back then, maybe I would not have gained the weight that I did!? Having a grab-n-go breakfast is still something I need most mornings, but now I have the nutrition knowledge to make much better choices for my body.

These Oatmeal Energy Bars are full of whole grain, good for you nuts and seeds, plus are sweetened with the tropical flavors of banana and coconut. Keep them wrapped in the fridge for a great in-the-car breakfast, or toast them in a taster oven and pair them with your favorite fruit!

Tell Me: What's your grab-n-go breakfast?

Oatmeal Energy Bars
makes aprx 9 bars

2 Cups Rolled Oats
1 tsp baking powder
1/3 cup mixed nuts/seeds (I used NowFoods Raw Energy Nut Mix)
1/3 cup brown sugar
2 Bananas (overripe and mashed works best)
2 tbs Coconut Oil
1 large egg
1/3 cup shredded coconut
*optional* 1/4 cup coconut water

Preheat oven to 350* and grease an 8x8 baking pan.
In your stand mixer, combine brown sugar, bananas, coconut oil, and egg. Mix on low.
Chop the nut/seed mixture to desired size and add to the mixing bowl. While the mixer is on low, slowly add in the baking powder and the rolled oats a little bit at a time. If the mixture is too dry, add in the coconut water (or water).
When everything is mixed well, pour into the baking pan and spread the batter evenly.
Bake for 15 minutes, allow to cool on the stove top for 10 minutes before slicing and serving.
Leftovers need to be wrapped in airtight plastic wrap and kept in the fridge.