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Thursday, October 19, 2017

5 Ways Baking is Beneficial

Baking together as a family has a number of benefits. Consider these advantages to heading into the kitchen together…
 
  • Time spent together. Preparing a meal or treat together puts everyone in the same space and offers a no-pressure opportunity to open up about what’s been going on in each other’s lives.
  • Cost savings. Rather than spend several dollars on a store-prepared cake, save money by easily making one at home with inexpensive ingredients that are probably already in the pantry.
  • Teach and reinforce simple math skills. It’s much easier for children to visualize concepts such as addition and subtraction or fractions when they have tangible objects to work with.
  • Learn to work together. Baking together fosters lessons of patience, cooperation and joint effort.
  • Reward for hard work. The reward for all of the effort is a delicious treat when the preparation and cook times are done.

Encouraging Healthy Eating Habits

Childhood obesity is a serious health concern. The health problems they may experience range from heart disease caused by high cholesterol or high blood pressure, Type 2 diabetes, asthma and sleep apnea. Warding off this serious health concern can begin as simply as making small improvements in the diet.
 
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that you:
  • Provide plenty of vegetables, fruits and whole-grain products.
  • Include low-fat or non-fat milk or dairy products.
  • Choose lean meats, poultry, fish, lentils and beans for protein.
  • Serve reasonably sized portions.
  • Limit sugar-sweetened beverages.
  • Limit consumption of sugar.

Good Eats = Glowing Skin?

Cool weather can wreak havoc on your skin due to humidity loss and colder air.

Healthy skin needs year-round care. Eating a balanced diet with vitamins, specifically A, C, D and E, is as essential to healthy skin as it is to overall health.

Pretzel Coated Honey Mustard Chicken Tenders

 

Ingredients

1 lb. Boneless/Skinless Chicken Tenders
A few pinches Salt & Pepper
1/2 cup Honey Mustard Dressing
1 1/3 cups Honey Mustard Pretzels
PAM Cooking Spray to grease
 
 
Directions:
 
  1. On a cutting board, lay out the chicken tenders and lightly season with salt and pepper. Transfer to a large bowl, then pour over with honey mustard dressing. Cover and allow to marinate in the refrigerator for at least 1 hour.
  2. Pre-heat oven to 350F. Fit a wire rack to a baking sheet, then amply grease with cooking spray. *
  3. In a food processor, pulse pretzels until they resemble breadcrumbs, scraping the sides with a spatula as needed – Some bigger chunks may remain; that’s okay! Spread out the pretzel crumbs onto a large plate.
  4. One chicken tender at a time, shake off excess dressing, then coat in pretzel crumbs before placing on the greased wire rack. Bake for 30–35 minutes until the chicken begins to brown/crisp, then immediately plate and serve, pairing with extra honey mustard dressing if desired.

* If you don’t have a wire rack and/or one that fits into a baking sheet, make sure you turn the tenders half-way through cooking.

Source: http://www.wrytoasteats.com/pretzel-coated-honey-mustard-chicken-tenders/

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