Sunday, May 11, 2008

Chicken Sticks with Sweet Carrots

Chicken Sticks

Thinly sliced strips of chicken breast
yogurt - plain
crushed cereal - shredded wheat, cheerios or corn flakes
Shredded parmesan cheese
Add-ins- ground flax seed, wheat germ

Mix the crushed cereal with flax and/or wheat germ if using. Roll chicken strips in yogurt then coat with crushed cereal of your choice. Bake on lightly greased baking sheet at 400 degrees for 20 minutes or until done.
Serve with a dipping sauce like:
Tomato Sauce
Yo-Ranch- mix plain yogurt and ranch dressing
Honey Mustard Sauce- mix honey and your preferred type of mustard to taste

Mozzarella Sticks
Same as above but roll mozzarella sticks instead of chicken.

Brown Sugared Carrot Sticks
Or the Maple Syrup version

1 small bag of baby carrots or bag of large carrots skinned and sliced
Brown sugar or maple syrup

Steam carrots until tender. Shock under cold water in a strainer. Quickly add to empty pot while still the carrots are still warm and stir in 1 Tbsp of butter and 1 Tbsp of brown sugar. Stir till the sugar is dissolved. (turn on the heat under the pot if needed to dissolve sugar)

The maple syrup version is a little less sugary (and not as sticky).
Just as you begin to steam the carrots drizzle some maple syrup over the top of them. They will steam and soak in some of the flavor, but a lot of the sugar will seep down below into the water. Do not rinse in cold water but remove them from the steamer and let them cool in the fridge or serve right away while still warm.

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