Happy Independance Day to all of my American friends. I thought I would show you a quick, easy and tasty meal that you could serve to your friends and family on the 4th. A meal which you could do ahead of time, leaving your hands free to enjoy all of the festivities of the day! This is the type of food I like to eat in the summer. Light and fresh, and easy to prepare.
We do eat a lot of chicken in this house. It's such a versatile meat and goes with just about anything. I always have boneless chicken breasts in the freezer. Just perfect for this delicious chicken recipe. I have adapted it from the Betty Crocker website.
It always turns out moist and delicious, and let's face it . . . chicken breasts are so very easy to get wrong. I hate dried out chicken breasts . . . cardboard is every bit as palatable . . .
These are always moist and delicious, easy to make and perfect for eating cold with salads, or hot . . . as you like. They are great both ways. The chicken is dipped in buttermilk and then rolled in a tasty coating and baked just until golden brown on the outsides, yet still moist inside. These are fabulous! You can also do chicken tenders in this way. Just cut the baking time down!
*Oven Fried Picnic Chicken*Serves 4
A tasty and easy way to prepare chicken to bring with you on picnics or for those summer evenings when you want something tasty to serve with your salad! Adapted from a recipe found on the Betty Crocker site.
Tip the buttermilk into a bowl. Put the cereal, biscuit mix (flour) and ranch dressing mix into the bowl of a mini food processor. Blitz to combine well and crumble the cereal. Tip this mixture into a plastic food storage bag. Roll your chicken breasts in the butter milk, turning to coat, one at a time. As you coat them, drop them into the bag with the dry mixture and give them a shake in it to coat. Place them onto the baking sheet, presentation side down. Repeat until all four breasts are coated. Spritz well with the cooking spray. Bake for 25 minutes. Flip them over and spritz them again with the cooking spray. Bake for a further 15 to 20 minutes or until the juices run clear when pricked at the thickest part. Serve hot or cold.
Of course a tasty salad goes well with these. I like a tossed salad myself . . . but the Toddster is a meat and potatoes kind of a guy . . . so I like to make this creamy garden Potato salad, which meets both of our desires. He gets to please his meat and potatoes soul . . . and I get part of my daily dose of veg . . . both in a tasty salad. This dressing is a type of honey mustard, creamy delish!!
*Creamy Garden Potato Salad*
Serves 6 to 8
A delicious potato salad with a punchy low fat Honey Dijon mayo dressing. The green bush beans and radishes add a bit of crunch and colour.
1 pound of small new potatoes
2 TBS Cider Vinegar
4 TBS low fat mayonnaise
2 TBS honey Dijon mustard
1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
fine sea salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
3 to 4 spring onions, chopped
(white and green parts)
a handful of radishes, trimmed and chunked
a handful of bush green beans, trimmed and cut in half crosswise
1 TBS Dill Weed (or a handful of fresh dill, finely chopped)
Place the potatoes in a pot of lightly salted water to cover. Bring to the boil and then simmer on medium heat until tender, about 15 minutes. Add the green beans for the last 5 to 6 minutes of cooking time.
While the potatoes are cooking whisk together the vinegar, mayonnaise, mustard, and cayenne pepper along with salt and pepper to taste. Set aside.
Drain the potatoes and beans once they are tender. Leave in the colander and place the colander over the hot pot. Allow to cool until you can easily handle. Cut the potatoes into halves or quarters. Place the warm potatoes and beans into a bowl. Pour the dressing over top of the warm vegetables. Add the onion, radishes and dill weed and gently toss together.
Serve at room temperature.
If you are looking for a simple and delicious dessert why not try Strawberry Tiramisu! Easy to make and very pretty to look at. If you really want the colours of the flag you can add a layer of fresh blueberries. Very pretty!
*Strawberry Tiramisu*Serves 6
Whisk the whipping cream until soft folds appear. Fold this into the mascarpone mixture also. Fold in about 1/3 of the crushed amaretti.