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Chicken Nuggets as an Appetizer & Food Finds

Good Monday morning to you! I love Mondays as they are the start of a new week. Ours was a busy weekend, they go by so fast don’t they? To recap my food for the weekend, I made Chicken Enchiladas on Friday, spaghetti with meat sauce on Saturday and we ate out on Sunday after church. Sunday evening we went to a friends house for some incredible tandoori chicken. I took the appetizer (not knowing what the entree was), I fixed my home made chicken nuggets. No one seemed to mind that we were heavy on the chicken! I served the nuggets with tooth picks and dishes of chipotle ketchup, honey mustard and ranch dressing to dip them in. Everyone loved them. I used the breading recipe for my Oven Fried Chicken but cut the chicken breast into nuggets and bake for 12-14 minutes. I was going to say that kids love these but I have found that adults love them as much as the kids! For the chipotle ketchup just add some canned chipotle sauce and or minced up canned chipotle pepper to taste to ketchup. You will never want plain ketchup again!

I also had a roll of frozen artichoke and spinach puff pastry appetizers already in the freezer  that I had made a month ago, so I baked those up as well. I forgot to get a photo of them! Last week I posted a photo of some new to me products that I bought with the promise of reviews as I tried them. Of course I have not tasted everything yet but I have gotten off to a good start. I bought this bread at Trader Joes and it does taste good,(I like Eziekel bread better) I like it toasted and also used it to make my Boca Patty Melt sandwich.


I buy a lot of Kashi products but this party cracker was a new find for me at Whole Foods. I don’t include a lot of crackers in my diet as they are easy to over eat. Sometimes I do want some crunch and these will work well for that. I had a couple of these with some of  Trader Joes Eggplant hummus. These are very good!

 

 

This is my favorite purchased hummus. The nutritional stats are great and I love the flavor.

 

It is no secret to my friends and family that I love chocolate. I am always on the outlook for ways to include a little chocolate in my diet without it being overly fattening and unhealthy. I do enjoy dark chocolate and I have a small piece of good quality dark chocolate when I want it without any guilt or shame. Dark chocolate is low in calories, does not cause cravings since it has very little sugar and satisfies my desire for chocolate!

I am not a huge fan of ice cream (I do like frozen yogurt) but once in a while when the weather is warm I enjoy having a little frozen treat. I found these little and I do mean “little” frozen treats at Whole Foods last week. When I was checking out, the clerks told me how much they loved these little bars and that everyone who buys them raves about the flavor. I have to agree that they are delicious! They are small but if you eat it slowly and savor every creamy bite it is a delightful treat. I would buy these again.

The actual bar does not look much like the photo on the box, it is much lighter in color! It does taste rich, creamy and smooth from the coconut milk. It is not full of fake ingredients either, no artificial sweeteners but only 6 grams of sugar which isn’t too bad.

The nutritional information isn’t too bad. There are suppose to be lots of good health benefits to including coconut oil, coconut milk and young coconut liquid in your diet. I have more research to do on that for a future post.

On the box it says this; coconut milk tastes delicious and is a rich source of medium chain fatty acids (MCFAs). MCFAs are recognized as “good fat”. They are readily absorbed, digested, and utilized as energy by the body, unlike long chain fatty acids which the body stores as fat. Two of the primary MCFAs found in coconut milk, lauric and capric acid, are known for supporting, the body’s immune system. Additionally, coconut milk is naturally cholesterol free.

I am not saying that these frozen treats are health food, but they are a better choice than a lot of other frozen treat items. My personal goal is to try and eat things that are not harmful to my health, that contain some nutritional value but still satisfy my desire for good taste. This is one of those foods!

I have more product reviews waiting for another post. It is so much fun to find new food products! I enjoy having variety in my diet and it sure helps to keep me eating a balanced and healthy diet. If you don’t have a Trader Joe’s where you live be sure to check out a Whole Foods or your local health food stores. The grocery stores where I live also have health food sections and you can find some awesome products when you look beyond your usual aisles.

What new food finds have come home with you?

Eating a variety of fun new foods and feeling nourished from the inside out.

Tami


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  1. WaistingTime says:

    Those bars look good. I do love ice cream and so avoid eating it but as it is warming up would love a substitute. I have been eating Healthy Choice fudge bars but yours are lower calorie:) My favorite go-to chocolate snack right now is SF jello pudding cups with LF cool whip on top. Yum.

    1. Tami says:

      Just to let you know these bars are about half the size of the Healthy Choice bars, they are very little but big on flavor.

  2. karen@fitnessjourney says:

    I’ll have to try your chicken nugget recipe. I’ve tried to make a healthy nugget for my kids, but they just didn’t end up having much flavor.

    1. Tami says:

      I have been making these since my kids were in grade school. They are now in college and they still love their nuggets!

  3. JourneyBeyondSurvival says:

    Thanks for reviewing those bars. Chickadee seems to be developing lactose intolerance. I’ve been wondering what to do about yogurt, ice cream etc. She gets VERY upset when she can’t have the same thing we have.

    I appreciate it!

    1. Tami says:

      You are so welcome. Check out all the other dairy free products they carry in the freezer, I think you will be able to find plenty of good options for chickadee.

  4. Marisa (Loser for Life) says:

    Waaaaaaahhhh! I’ve been looking, but my TJ’s doesn’t carry that eggplant hummus yet!

    I love Ezekiel breads, too :)

    1. Tami says:

      Marisa I know that all Trader Joes don’t carry the same stuff. If things don’t sell well in an area they stop stocking them. I hate it when that happens.

  5. tj says:

    I want those chicken nuggets SO BAD! YUM! Be right over ok? lol
    BYOBBQS (bring your own BBQ sauce!) lol

    1. Tami says:

      Hey girl you come over and I will make chicken nuggets for you! That would be so awesome!

  6. Carol says:

    I just bought a box of those bars Tami but I think the ones I bought have almonds in them. I remembered you posting about that brand before.Maybe I’ll have one tonight!

    I also bought some Ezekial bread & will try it tomorrow. I usually eat Squirrly bread so now I can compare the two to see which I like better!

    Also found the fat free Greek yogurt….so thick & creamy! All this I found when I went to the HF store to buy my arthritis minerals!:)

    Like your idea for the chicken nuggets!!!

    1. Tami says:

      Wow Carol you got a lot of new goodies to try. You will have to do a product review when you try your new foods!

      We don’t have your squirrel bread so I can’t compare them.

      The Greek yogurt is good. I have now discovered Trader Joes European yogurt and it has become my favorite. So many foods so little calories to try them all!

  7. Diane Fit to the Finish says:

    I just love this review. Thanks so much for the review of the bars. I’m sometimes hesistant to buy new things because I don’t know if I will like it.

    I am definitely going to try those chicken nuggets – they look real!

    1. Tami says:

      Diane I hope your family likes them as much as mine does. Be sure and report back to me with a review!

  8. Kat says:

    Yummy post. I am definitely going to try your nugget recipe! I bought the Masala Veggie Burgers from Trader Joe’s and am looking forward to trying them soon.

  9. Jody - Fit at 52 says:

    Thx for stopping by my blog yesterday & lots packed into this post. I am a lazy cook meaning I am not great at it & look for easy recipes with minimla list of ingredients! Will have to check your site out more when I have time!

    I do love Trader Joes & prices so much better than Whole Foods which I love but can’t afford on a lot of things! :-)

    Thx for all the tips here!

  10. Carla says:

    You are such a great cook. Your food photos totally make my mouth water!!! I have really been enjoying your blog.

  11. fittingbackin says:

    Great reviews! I want to try those bars and your chicken recipe!!

  12. Erica @ Fashion meets Food says:

    Awesome review, and you always make some amazing looking food! Yum!

    xo

  13. Weight Watcher Wannabe says:

    Yummy Yum Yum…

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