Poptart Love

poptart love 001Happy soon-to-be Valentines Day!!!

With the happy holiday right around the corner & a long weekend ahead the hub & I have decided to plan a last minute trip to Scottsdale, Arizona – helllooooo fun in the sun! Not sure what we are planning on doing but don’t you fret, I will have a great post about it coming up soon.

Anywho, with our flight leaving on valentines day I am not going to be able to whip up a four course meal like last vday (it was amazing to say the least). This time around I am treating him to a nostalgic gift – homemade poptarts! I mean, the hub is partial to this tasty treat from back in the day, but who doesn’t love a pastry that is filled with strawberry & chocolate!!!

…and with that obvious answer being no one, lets get baking!

  1. Preheat your over to 350degrees & line a cookie sheet with parchment paper
  2. In a small bowl whisk together 1 egg yolk & 1t water – set aside
  3. Roll out prepared pie crust til it is very thin, then cut into rectangles (~2.5×3.5)
  4. Keep re-rolling the dough when needed & continue to make rectangles till all the pastry dough is used up (you should end up with 8 cutouts)
  5. Take 4 of them – spread 1T of almond chocolate spread & 1T strawberry jam (make sure to leave a 1/4inch border for sealing)
  6. Grab 2 strawberries, slice them & then shape them into hearts with a knife – set aside
  7. Take the remaining half of the pastry cutouts, place a strawberry heart in the center & cut around it (to make a heart in the dough)
  8. Place the dough with the cutout on to the layered bottom half – set heart shaped strawberry in the cut out
  9. Seal the edges with a fork, brush with the egg wash & sprinkle generously with sugar
  10. Bake for 12-15minutes or until golden brown

Let cool & then treat your loved ones to this delicious valentines day surprise!

*Note to self, I am never buying store bought poptarts – these were so simple!

Nutritional Info Per Poptart (Makes 4): 235 calories – 14 grams of fat – 25 carbs – 2 grams of protein 

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Cornmeal Crusted Chicken Nuggets with Blackberry Mustard & Bok Choy Slaw

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My hubs best friend has been traveling abroad for some time & was in the city for the night so Jon wanted to give him a semi-homey meal. With that I twirled up nuggets & slaw, or so they thought! Little did they realize that the chicken was baked, the dipping sauce was packed with blackberries & the slaw was bok choy… they practically licked their plates clean!

  • Preheat oven to 400degrees
  • Either buy strips of chicken or cut up breasts into nuggets
  • Grab two bowls – fill one with egg whites(~1/2C) & one with ground cornmeal(~3/4C)
  • Dip chicken into egg bowl then cover in cornmeal
  • Set chicken on wire rack placed on cookie sheet & put in oven for roughly 20 minutes or until golden (flip if necessary)

While the chicken is baking prep the bok choy slaw & blackberry mustard dip:

  • Thinly slice one head of cleaned bok choy – place in large bowl
  • In food processor add 3 heads of scallions (ends cut) & 2 handfuls of baby carrots – blend & add to large bowl
  • In veggie bowl add:  1/4C rice vinegar, 1T sesame oil, 2t truvia & 3t dijon mustard – toss
  • Clean food processor & add 1c rinsed blackberries, 1.5T whole grain mustard & 2t honey – mix & set aside for dipping sauce

I went further then I usually do cause the bf was in town &  sprayed a fry pan with cooking oil- I quickly seared the fully baked nuggets on each side for about 1minute to give a more charred appeal.

I have made the cornmeal nuggets before & actually switched it up many times to make cornmeal baked fish sticks & tofu sticks. Both were a success! Overall this is a quick & delicious meal any adult & kid would love – well, assuming about the kids but I am sure my future kids will be asking for seconds!! Enjoy!

Original recipe here.

Nutritional Info for Nuggets (Serves 3): 410 calories – 7 grams of fat – 23 carbs – 60 grams of protein  
 
Nutritional Info for Dipping Sauce (Serves 3): 35 calories – 1 gram of fat – 8 carbs – <1 gram of protein
Nutritional Info for Slaw (Serves 3): 60 calories – 5 grams of fat – 3 carbs – 1 gram of protein
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