Monday, July 9, 2012

What's for Dinner?!

I used to toy with meal planning. Now, I'm serious. We have a small grocery budget each month and we have been going grossly over it lately. Not just with groceries, but with eating out too.

I sat down, looked through recipes and came up with this weeks plan. We buy groceries weekly. I just can't do it for a whole month.. or even two weeks. We do, however, take out cash every two weeks for groceries (haven't been.. but will now) and once that money is gone, so are our trips to the grocery store. BUT that's where the meal plan comes in! We plan it out, only buy those things and then we don't need to go back! And by buying each week, we are able to refill on basics like milk and bread.

July 7-13th Plan
Crunchy Pecan Chicken Tenders
Greek Salsa Chicken
Grilled Cajun Ranch Chicken Pasta
Tinga (a Mexican tostada dish)
Chili dogs
leftovers (twice)

(we eat small lunches i.e. sandwiches, rice, noodles, leftovers...)

So, tonight, we had Crunchy Pecan Chicken Tenders from the Plain Chicken.

So, grab these things:
chopped pecans
creole seasoning
chicken tenders
melted butter

Heat oven to 350*

Combine 1 cup of Bisquick, 1/2 cup chopped pecans, 1 teaspoon of creole seasoning, 1 teaspoon paprika and 1/2 teaspoon of salt in a bowl.

like so.

Now, swish the tenders (about 2 pounds worth) in 1 cup of buttermilk. Then dunk them in the Bisquick mixture. Lay them in an ungreased 13x9 inch pan. 

Melt 1/4 cup of butter and drizzle it over the chicken.

like so.

Bake for 18-20 minutes or until the chicken is done.

There ya have it! I served ours with steamed broccoli and roasted squash. It was pretty good! Cohen and Hector liked it a lot. Can the record just show that I don't love "tenders"? I think they're a little tough and whyyyyy do they all have that nasty tendon running down the middle???? 

It didn't turn out too crunchy, either. But the flavor was good and I loved getting little bits of pecan in bites. :) Maybe less Bisquick? Less butter? Not sure how exactly to make it crunchier. 

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