After eating fry bread taco’s last Friday, I’ve been sort of on a bad food bender. BAAD food. Fried stuff that’s going to shorten my life and sabotage my Weight Watchers subscription.
If it wasn’t that it was so delicious I might even resist eating it.
But I can’t because I am weak. That’s the first thing I learned at weight watchers, I am weak. Accepted. Next. Weight watchers for men, really isn’t. Matter of fact I’m pretty certain that many of the “men” staking the WW FOR MEN boards are in fact women who think they’re helping.
Example, no one supports my saving up all my weekly “extra” points for the weekend to use on alcohol. The idea that a good substitute for a pint or two of Summit Ale is a Miller Light, 1 mind you because beer has a lot of empty calories. I get that, I think a better substitute is scotch which has less calories but more alcohol. However, the idea that I would save up 30 points or so in order to drink 7 scotches seems alien to the WW folks. I thought it was a nice compromise.
They weren’t impressed with my breakfast either. Bowl of Weetabix (Man do I love me some Weetabix and keep your anglophile comments to yourself. It’s even more delicious on Saturday morning when eaten whilst watching EPL Soccer on the Dish for some reason.) Whoops I digress. Breakfast- Weekdays, A bowl of Weetabix and 6 cups of coffee. Black. No points in coffee. And still they frown on it. Clearly there’s a Mars/Venus thing going on over at the WW’s site. Not sure I have the energy to point out that out them.
But the fact is, every once in a while you want something crispy. Frying is great for crispy, but not the only option. So here’s a couple quick things this week that weren’t on the WW list of great food, but which the kids effectively inhaled.
No such thing as a tenderloin on a bird. When you buy a turkey tenderloin from the mad scientists at Jenny-O you have to ask, exactly what part of the bird did this come from? Especially when there’s two of them in a package. So.. here’s how to make them work.
Slice the loins into ½” thick slices.
Put several slices of crusty French bread in a food processor and process them to crumbs.
Three shallow pans- Flower, Eggs beaten, bread crumbs. Heat up a pan, add some canola.. olive doesn’t seem to work for this. Run the slices through the flower, eggs and bread crumbs, in that order and fry’m up. 2-4 minutes a side.
Baked Crispy Chicken Breasts
The other version, a bit healthier. This one works great for those disgusting bagged chicken breasts you get in the frozen section. The ones they add salt water too in order to add taste to what would otherwise be tasteless chicken flesh.
In this version swap the breadcrumbs for corn flakes. Put a cup or so of cornflakes into the processer and grind them down. Swap the eggs for 1 cup mayo, 4 tbl Dijon mustard, handful of grated parmesan cheese. This time start with the mayo mixture, then the cornflakes.
Instead of frying them, put the coated breasts in the oven at 400 for about 20-25 minutes until done.
Both of these methods add a nice crispy coating to the meat, adding great texture and taste.