Chicken Nugets

Franks light

I will work on a better photo tomorrow!

My husband recently got a new job.  He does not have time to sit down and eat lunch every day, and really needs a grab and go style meal that is easy to eat while driving.  This is rather difficult on the HCG diet, because even if you are going low carbs, you could usually make a wrap sandwich with a tortilla at least.  He cannot have tortillas so time to get creative!

I am on a support page for all Omnitrition products, but it often is used for support the HCG plan.  I asked for suggestions on grab and go meals and the only thing I really got were a few suggestions for chicken strips or chicken nuggets.  Today I decided to try the chicken nuggets.  They were surprisingly easy, and really good!

First I turned the oven on 400 and let it pre-heat.

I used what Jeremy uses for salad dressing as the chicken dip, which is really simple to make.  The recipe is below.

I took 2 wasa crackers (I used light rye) and put it in the food processor with some onion powder, garlic powder and oregano and created bread crumbs for the breading.

I thawed out a chicken breast and weighed out 4 oz.  Once i had the correct amount, I cut them into 6 nuggets.  I next dipped the nuggets in the dressing mixture and then coated them one by one in the wasa crackers, placing them on a baking sheet when I was finished.

Next is super simple…put them in the oven for 20 minutes.  Pull them out and if you are serving immediately, use a spatula to carefully get them up off the pan without scraping off the breading.    I am serving the nuggets with Franks Red Hot Original as dipping sauce.

The nuggets are deliciously tangy.  Even though they are baked, they are packed with flavor and very easy to grab and go I hope!  I don’t even miss the oil from fried nuggets. 🙂

Serve with some cool cucumber spears to cool your mouth a bit and enjoy!

Salad dressing/dipping sauce:

1 tablespoon Franks Red Hot Original

1 1/2 tablespoon Yellow mustard

splash of Apple Cider Vinegar

Nuggets

4 oz chicken breast

salad dressing above

2 wasa crackers

onion powder, oregano, garlic powder and/or other seasonings to taste

Franks Red Hot for dipping

Daikon Spaghetti and Meatballs

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Well, I have not really posted anything since being back in America, other than my husband’s birthday cake.  It is time to get back to it, and work on the healthy cooking I was enjoying so much in Korea!  

Jeremy is on Phase 2 of the Omnitrition Drops right now.  This is the HCG diet that I was on in January.  He is doing amazing and has lost 20 lbs in 10 days, and is still loosing!  I will be starting again as soon as we have the money to buy another bottle of drops for me.  I have been cooking the food for two weeks now, and struggling to be creative.  I have done meatloaf, burgers, chicken 5 ways from Sunday.  

Since I am not on the diet, I am struggling to stick to the meals, as I am craving bread, pasta and potatoes.  I have been making some flat bread and tortillas for my tacos, but seem to grab chips or soda every once in a while.  

For several days I have been craving spaghetti.  I realize that is something I miss from Korea, as I won’t buy store bought tomato sauce anymore.  I used to make it often for different pastas such as spaghetti or lasagna.  This week I bought some tomatoes and the second I got htem out of the bag to put them in my fridge, I realized that they were either bruised from the bag, or just over ripe when I chose them.  I knew they needed to go into my simple yet beloved sauce!  I like to make this with fire roasted bell peppers, but since they are not allowed on phase 2 of the eating plan, I left them out for more tomatoes.  

First, I put an x shaped slit in the bottom of five tomatoes.  

I boiled them for up to one minute until the slit loosened and started peeling.  Then I put them in a bowl of ice cold water to cool off and quit cooking.  I then peeled the tomatoes (the skin comes right off), and cut the tomatoes into slices.  I put them in a crock pot on high.  I then diced up the onion into bigger chunks, and added them to the pot.  I diced up the garlic and threw it in.  I put the lid on and let this cook for 4 hours.  When it started cooking  down, and getting a little thicker, I added 1 small can of hunts tomato paste.  After it cooked for another half hour, I scooped 2 cups into my food processor.  I added the spinach in, and blended it together.  I added this mixture back into the pot, and added the spices and seasonings to taste.  I put this back into the crock pot to get it back up to temperature, and added 24 meatballs.  I let this cook for a half hour.

 

Meatballs

I began by blending up 2 wasa crackers, 2 cloves of garlic, and 1/4 of an onion in the food processor.  Then to blend, I added 1 lb of meat, and seasoning, and pureed for another 30 seconds.  

Next I weighed out about 40 meat balls from this mix, each 1/2 an oz in weight.  I cooked them in a pan with about 1/4 inch of water, stirring when needed to cook all the way through.  When I took them out of the pan, they went into a bowl that was lined with paper towels to collect any remaining grease that was on the surface.  When the sauce was ready, I put 24 into the sauce to cook for another half an hour (and lend flavor to the sauce), and the rest in the freezer for another day.  

 

Noodles

Now for the easiest part! (Well sort of). 

The hard part of this was locating the one ingredient…Daikon Radish.  I had to go to a gourmet grocery store and pay 1.89/lb for the radish, which was over 2 lbs.  

Today I peeled the radish, and then pulled out my mandolin.  I have a $10 one from Walmart, but it had the perfect attachment for spaghetti noodles.  I used it to slice over half of the radish into thin ribbons.

Next I boiled water.  The directions I was given said to gently boil for 5-7 minutes.  I set my timer for five minutes, but after three minutes, the texture resembled noodles and I tasted them.  The texture was good for noodles as well.  So after three minutes I drained the radish from it’s water and assembled my plate.  

To get a proper HCG phase 2 plate, I put 2 oz. of noodles, and 2 oz. of sauce.  Then I added 8 meatballs on top.

This is my all time favorite HCG recipe at the moment!  I have not had one I like more, which is mostly because I LOVE Pasta, and sincerely miss it!  

 

Spaghetti Sauce

5 large tomatoes

1/2 of a walla walla sweet onion (or one large onion)

4 cloves of garlic

2 cups of spinach

basil, parsley, salt to taste

splash of apple cider vinegar to taste

A few splashes of Franks Red Hot sauce (original)

6 oz Hunts tomato paste

Noodles

1 large daikon radish

Meatballs

1 lb ground beef

1/4 walla walla sweet (half a large onion)

2 cloves of garlic

2 tablespoons Sumac seasoning (1 tablespoon sumac, 1 teaspoon onion powder, 1 teaspoon garlic powder, 1 teaspoon smoked hot paprika, 1/2 teaspoon tumeric, 1/8 teaspoon salt)  I make this mix myself.  (This is optional, season meatballs however you like)

1 food scale

2 wasa crackers (I used lite rye)

 

 

Chocolate Raspberry Heaven!

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Today was my husband’s birthday as well as Father’s Day.  Since we are in Idaho now and near his family, we hosted a bbq for Jeremy’s family after an awesome church  service today!  We had his brother, his wife, and their son as well as his parents and their new Pomeranian over to the house to meet our roommate’s pug  and our beagadore.  This is the first time we have had everyone over to our new house.

Last week I asked my husband what flavor he wanted his birthday cake.  When he said Chocolate Raspberry, I went online to scour new and inventive ideas for chocolate raspberry desserts, that we re not just an ordinary cake.  I came across a ton of ideas, but nothing really seemed right.  Finally, yesterday I got the idea of a dark chocolate cake with raspberry cream filling.  I had no idea how i was going to pull it off but because I don’t have everything in my house for making a dark chocolate cake from scratch, I found a box mix of dark chocolate mix.  Then I wanted to make sure it was super moist, and bought a box of Hersheys chocolate pudding.  I also got some raspberry jello, a pint of cream, and some rasberries.

I followed the box mix directions, with the exception that I added one extra egg and the entire content of a small box of instant pudding mix.  I baked one cake until done, and then used the pan again to make another 1/2 layer of cake.  I could tell it was done when a knife came out of the center clean.  I let them cool and sliced the full layer in half to make a three layer cake.

That was last night.

Today, I came home from church, poured whipped cream and the Jello into a bowl and whipped until it was stiff.  I put it into the freezer for a few minutes, and spread it across the bottom layer of the cake.  then I put a layer of raspberries over it, and covered them with more of the cream, and the next layer.  I did this twice, to fill a three layer cake, and then put the cake in the freezer for about 20-30 minutes for the cream to get stiff.  Next I cleaned up the sides a little, filled in any holes with the left over cream.  Then I took some Betty Crocker with Hersheys chocolate frosting.  I used a pan scraper to carefully spread out the frosting and do my best to keep the pink from showing through.  When it was evenly covered, I used the left over raspberries to outline the top of the cake. Then I filled the  middle with candles.  The funny thing is that I accidentally blew some out after lighting them all…I hope my husband’s wish still comes true!

I love you Babe!  Happy Birthday

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PS…this is NOT diet approved!

Hello Groove Fans!

Hello Groove fans,

Thank you so much for coming to check out my website!  I am back in America now, in Nampa, Idaho.  My husband and I now have a puppy, and are enjoying the puppy parenting thing!  I am sorry I have not kept up on my blog since I have been home from Korea, but life has been a whirl wind trying to get settled.  I do have some pictures to post soon, and rememer, if you need any ideas and find one on my page involing quinoa, you can go to iherb.com to buy it if you cannot locate it in Korea.  If you are a first time buyer to the website, use this code and get an automatic 10% off.

 

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It is really nice because shipping is only $4 to Korea!  Please come back and check out my blog soon, I will try and get some new recipes up within the next few weeks!  Thank you,

 

Jessica, the Felkel Foodie

Chicken Quinoa Casserole

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On Saturday I am selling my oven and all of the pans that go with it.  So tonight, knowing that I have a few veggies and quinoa in my house that need to be eaten up before I leave Korea for ten days.  I was also excited to use my Korean jjigae pot again!

I sliced up 2 medium potatoes into small cubes.  I threw a cup of quinoa into the pot with the potatoes and about 2 cups of water.  I put it on the stove to boil and covered the pot.

I kept my eye on the pot, as I knew for a fact that I didn’t put enough water in for the quinoa.  When the quinoa had soaked up most of the water, I added the rest of the ingredients.  I added one jar of pablano pepper alfredo sauce, then I filled the jar half way full of water, shook it up and added the water as well.  Next I added 2 diced up chicken breasts, 1 diced onion, 1 red bell pepper diced up, and a large handful (maybe two tablespoons) of capers.  When this started to thicken, and I checked that the potatoes were just about done, I added one crown of diced up broccoli, and changed the bowl from the ceramic pot to a glass baking dish.  I would have just baked it all in the pot, but my tiny convection oven was too small.  Once I put the mixture in the dish,  I baked it covered with foil for about 20 minutes, just to finish cooking the quinoa and chicken, and then pulled it out and covered the top with a few slices of Colby jack cheese.  When the cheese was nice and brown and crusty, I pulled it out and served.  It was super easy, really yummy, and it had tons of flavor. You can season to taste after adding the alfredo sauce.  We added just a pinch of salt and some freshly ground pepper to the plate, and it really was not bad for such an easy meal.  I did not cook anything ahead of time, and it all went raw into one pot

My First (and maybe only) Korean Dinner!

Korean dinner

 

This week was the Lunar New Year celebreation in Korea.  This is a huge holiday, where you people are often given a three or four day weekend.  It is a time when Koreans meet with their families, and the women and girls make tons of traditional food.  The families take some of it and offer it to their ancestors at their grave sites, and then they celebrate usually at the husband’s parents houses.  The children bow before their grandparents and are given money as well.  I don’t know a ton more about this holiday, but I sued it as an excuse for me to make a meal out of traditional Korean foods.

Whenever I go to a traditional barbecue restaurant, they always serve a tofu soup that I really like.  It is not super flavorful, but it is good spooned over rice, and since I have gotten over my aversion to tofu, I have wanted to try it…especially since I got my new traditional Korean soup pot!  I learned in the Cooking in Korea facebook page that the soup was called deonjang jjigae, which is fermented soybean paste soup.  This is the one soup I have really tried, and I enjoy it, so I was determined to make it.  I paired it with smoked duck breast, as that is an easy protein, and one of the meats that we most enjoy in Korea, and of course rice.

DSC01892First I made the soup.  I put the ceramic pot on the stove, and prepared the DSC01891ingredients.  I wish I would have had some kale or bok choy but I didn’t so I just used the veggies I had, which are not nontraditional on their own.

 I used 4 small potatoes, 1 carrot, 1 onion, 2 tablespoons of garlic, 2 teaspoons of Korean red pepper paste, and three tablespoons of deonjang paste in this soup.

First I washed, peeled, and cubed the potatoes.  Next I quartered one carrot lengthwise and then cubed it up as well.  I sliced the onion, and threw in the pulverized garlic.  Next I put it into the soup pot and turned it on high to let it boil, and cook all the root veggies.

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I turned the flame on high, and put the lid on.  I let it cook for about 10 minutes, came back and stirred, and checked the carrots and potatoes.  They were already getting soft, so I removed the pot from the stove, since I can only use one burner at a time.  Next I made my rice.  I have a brown and black rice blend, so my rice tends to look redish purple…you can use whatever rice you have.  I boiled

2  2/3 cups of water, and then turned it down to simmer with 1 1/3 cups of rice and covered for 15 minutes.  I added a drizzle of olive oil in hopes of keeping my rice from sticking to the bottom of the pan (I am good and getting rice stuck on pans!)

DSC01897When it appared that the water was gone from the pan (looking through a glass lid), I took the lid off, stirred it a bit, and removed the pot from the burner.

Next I used my grill pan.  I opened my package of smoked duck breast, and grilled it over the grill pan, just for a few seconds on each side, as it is actually pre-cooked.

Smoked duck is dense like ham, and smells a combination of ham and bacon, which is interesting considering it is a flying animal, not a pig!

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Using the grill pan for this is nice, because duck is very very fatty!  The grill pan allows for the fat to run off, and although it is a little dry, it is still very good…especially with the honey mustard sauce that the store included with it!

Once I had the duck cooked, I threw the pot back on the stove for another minute, just to make sure the soup was hot.  Over high heat, it started boiling again within two minutes, showing that this pot can retain heat very well.  At this point, I realized I forgot to throw in the tofu.  So I cubed up a chunk of firm tofu, and threw it into the pot, letting it simmer for a few more minutes.  I should have done this before taking it off the heat the first time, but it still turned out okay.  I tasted it and realized I was in fact missing a little something so I threw in less than two tablespoons of Braggs Aminos (aka soy sauce), and the salty flavor helped.  At the last moment before serving, I also threw in some chopped up green onions which were the perfect complement to the soup!

This is what it looked like done!

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Now in Korea, they would give each persona  spoon, a set of chop sticks, and all serve yourself on community plates and bowls.  I don’t have very many dishes in my house, so I did take advantage of this!  I set out one plate of duck, one large bowl of rice, and because the soup pot was so large, I did serve us each our own bowl of soup, although traditionally, it is brought to the table in the pot, and everyone just scoops from there.  My favorite way to eat the soup is with rice.

So anyway, here is my duck and doenjang jjigae.  It was not the best meal I have ever made, but it was pretty good, and my soup was close to those I have had at Korean barbecue restaurants around here.

Now on the the special dessert we got in Itaewon today…strawberry rhubarb pie!

Miracle Fettuccine ????

 

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I got some miracle noodles in my last batch from Iherb.com, and they were herb and garlic fettuccine noodles.  So tonight, I tried to make fettuccine alfredo with them.  I used three packages of Miracle Noodles, and made an awesome almond milk Alfredo sauce.

The first thing I did was cook up two chicken breasts in a little olive oil and butter.  Once they were crusty and golden brown, I removed them from the pan, and put in one sliced white onion and some garlic.  I sliced up the chicken, and threw it back into the pan.  Next I added 5 cups of homemade almond milk.  I let it simmer for 10 minutes or so until the sauce started thickening up.  I rinsed off about a cup of marinated/rinsed and chopped artichoke hearts.  I added about 1/3  cup of grated parmasan cheese, and salt, pepper, oregano, thyme, and parsley to taste.

I opened and rinsed the noodles under hot water, and sprinkled a tablespoon of flour into the sauce just to get it a little thicker.  Then I put the noodles into the sauce, and let it simmer for a minute. I flavored with a little chicken bouillon and it was perfect!

I was looking forward to trying this, although had a  little trepidation because I was not sure if the texture of this noodle would really hold up to a cream sauce.  It turns out that the trepidation was well founded, as the texture was really really off, and I found myself craving starchy noodly goodness!

SO, my experiment didn’t work  as I had hoped.  The sauce is amazing, but not with the particular noodles that I made.  In fact, for lunch tomorrow, I am going to make some pasta for lunch tomorrow and make another batch of the sauce.

3 packages of Herb and Garlic Miracle Noodles (My suggestion is skip these and use a nice whole wheat pasta or even make your own)

5 cups almond milk

1 large onion

2 chicken breasts

2 tablespoons of crushed garlic (more or less to taste)

1 1/2 cups of marintated (or any kind) artichoke hearts

salt, pepper, oregano, thyme, and parsley to taste

1 tablespoon olive oil

1 tablespoon butter

First cook the chicken in the oil and butter until it is golden brown and crusty on both sides.  Then take it out and while it is resting, slice up one large onion and toss it in the pan with the left over oil.  Slice up the chicken and add it back to the pan.  Pour in all of the almond milk, and simmer until reduced by 1/3 to 1/2 stirring every few minutes and scraping the bottom of the pan.  sprinkle a teaspoon of flour in at a time until it begins to thicken I didn’t use more than a tablespoon.  Grate in parmasan cheese, and continue stirring.  Also add the artichoke hearts, and let cook for just a few minutes.  Once the sauce is done, add the noodles into the pan.  Once they are all mixed together you can serve.

The sauce is so easy, and on real noodles it tastes amazing.  However, this meal was very low in carbs and had lots of protein in it.  I have not figured out the WW numbers, but this honestly can’t be too bad!