Monday, April 26, 2010

Oh, Paula Deen... The Better-For-You Nuggets!

I'll admit it, Paula Deen is one of my Food Network faves. She's happy, spirited, has a great charming Southern home in lovely Savannah, and she loves what she does. (AND I have an autographed cookbook with my name in it!) My only complaint? She may love it a little *too* much.

Some of her recipes are a little ... much. On the butter side of things.

A few months ago, I made this recipe. (Paula Deen's Homemade Chicken Nuggets) I was a little confounded by the melted butter, especially as I was pouring it over the greasy chip-covered chicken that had already been dipped in egg. Was this all really necessary? And yeah, they tasted great, but my eat-healthy side couldn't help but frown at me. So, I made a few changes ...

(Those aren't mine! And I wish my nails looked that nice.. hee hee.)

Take away the potato chips and replace them with ... Total. Yes, Total. Take it, toss it in your blender or food processor, and crumb. I was skeptical (althought not as skeptical as Matt) but it made a nice, dry, tasty, better-for-you crust that actually came out crunchier than the chip coating! Eggs are ok to use, but Egg Beaters are better! And the butter? Not even needed! Serve with warm honey and you have a four ingredient, yummy meal that's great for you and not your average dinner fare. I love making these at home!

I will, though, still wear my bright lime green HAY Y'ALL! Paula Deen t-shirt with pride.



Hope everyone had a lovely weekend - the clouds have finally skedaddled here and it's sunny, balmy, and just a great Southern spring day. I've got some plans for a few fun excursions this week to balance out unemployed job-searching Sami with enjoy your time Sami. :) Yay!

8 comments:

Krysten @ After 'I Do' said...

Mmm those look YUMMY!

Shelley Ann said...

have you ever watched barefoot contessa? she uses the same amount of butter paula dean does! its ridiculous! although, their food is quite tasty...

Gnetch said...

Oh my goodness, that looks delicious. You made me so hungry!

Oh, nice new layout. ♥

Melissa said...

That looks delicious! Did you fry or bake these? I've used rice crispies before, but the flakes work much better and they make for a good crunch.

Cara said...

Thank you SO MUCH for that sweet and encouraging comment! It means a lot to me. Thank you!

xoxox

Luna said...

those look good but a bit too fattening. i like your total idea. you can still have what you like and and eat healthier at the same time.

Michele said...

These sound great! I love Paula. One of my favorite's of hers, which is by no means healthy except for the fish, is her fish & chips. She makes a beer batter for it. So easy and SO good.

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Megha Singhal said...

Oh my...Paula Deen is one of my fav too. I can watch her all day. I am vegeterian so cannot enjoy the nuggets but yeah her desserts...i just cant miss on trying.