Breaded Garlic Chicken Chunks Dinner Recipe #recipe #foodie

I have been on a mission to stop cooking boxed meals for dinner. Being that I wasn’t that great of a cook and didn’t spend time learning, I always reached for that boxed meal. The time came when I realized I could get more for my dollar if I started cooking from scratch. The first cookbook that really helped get my creative cooking juices flowing was $5 Dinner Mom, I highly recommend this book. I now work to create my own dinner meal ideas so that my large family can have more food without us breaking the bank to feed them. Today I share with you my Breaded Garlic Chicken Chunks Dinner recipe, the other day I shared my Chicken Parm for Larger Families Recipe.

Breaded Garlic Chicken Chunks Recipe for Dinner

Breaded Garlic Chicken Chunks
Serves 5
A delicious treat of garlic and chicken for the cold winter season.
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Cook Time
1 hr
Cook Time
1 hr
Ingredients
  1. 2 tbs minced garlic
  2. 1 1/3 cups olive oil
  3. 1 lb boneless skinless chicken breast
  4. 2 cups bread crumbs
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees F.
  2. Heat garlic & olive oil until warm on stove top.
  3. Cut chicken breasts into 1" chunks
  4. Place chicken chunks in a bowl. Place breading in a bowl. Place the garlic & oil mix in another bowl. 3 Bowls total.
  5. Dip chicken chunks into garlic and oil bowl.
  6. Dip same chicken chunk into bread crumbs, ensuring the chicken chunk is completely covered in bread crumbs.
  7. Place in a casserole dish in a single layer at first, adding second layer of chicken if necessary.
  8. Repeat prior steps of dipping chicken chunks until the casserole dish is full of raw breaded chicken chunks.
  9. Bake in preheated oven for 50-60 minutes or until chicken reaches the recommended temperature for fully cooked chicken.
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The Picky eater and The Not So Picky Eaters

It always amazes me just how different my three children can be, it’s oh so obvious at dinner time. My youngest is the pickiest eater alive and for the first four years of his life he would occasionally try new foods while other times he would go 4-5 nights without diner because he was that stubborn to even try dinner. My older two kids always impress me, it makes me proud at how they handle the food situations.

Chili Home madeYou see, sometimes we are broke so all we have for food is pasta, sauce and maybe a veggie of some sort. There was one time we had egg noodles and peas for dinner, because that is all we had to eat. There are other times where ramon noodles are our only option for dinner or a sandwich. If we go long periods like that, I feel like I am failing, but short term it doesn’t bother me so much. I was a single Mom for the first few years of my daughter’s life so I was used to having little to no food at times. My daughter was used to it as well. Even while the boys were growing up we would go without great food options due to low funds.

I feel that the two older kids are better at saying “I don’t really care for this but I will eat it” because they have lived longer, are more mature than the little guy and that they realize Mom does her best to provide, which means sometimes I offer all I can offer. Nothing makes me more proud than when I hear my older two kids tell me it’s okay I will eat this food, even though I don’t really care for it. This shows me that I have taught my older two kids to be thankful for what they do have and that they do have something. I often remind my kids that there are families who literally have no food, so for us to have any food is something to cherish.

I am still at a loss as to how to get my youngest to try more foods and eat more nutritiously like the rest of us usually do. My youngest is extremely high strung, the pediatrician said ADHD but I feel ADHD is a diagnosis that is tossed out too freely. While I agree, my youngest appears to be ADHD more often than not, he usually can go grocery shopping, go to the library events and even attend school just fine, to me that isn’t ADHD.  His Dad and I are in agreement that we refuse to medicate our youngest unless his hyperactivity makes it impossible for him to function in society as expected. To us, he is a normal five year old and while the pediatrician says ADHD he also said that the youngest is a normal five year old boy.

One way I can think of to get this picky eater more nutrition is to make smoothies and sneak same color veggies into foods he will eat. The pediatrician agreed that is probably the best way to deal with this picky eater for now, because while he can prescribe vitamins, they wouldn’t be as great for his body as getting those nutrients in variety of foods would.

So … as school is in session for all three children I am working more and gearing up to ensure we don’t have to go long periods without food, leaving me with more options to sneak in those healthy things my youngest needs.

What are some ways you have snuck good foods into your child’s diet?

It is How it Is, Just Deal With It

Three kids in the woodsI can be what some call a pushover mom or a softy with some things that have to do with parenting my children, or being in charge of any children for that matter. I firmly feel that there is a different between choosing when you can be somewhat “soft” and when you have to be firm with a child. The theme that comes to mine is “pick your battles”, obviously if you have said no and the child continues to ask why or debate the topic with you then you stand firm. With that being said if you chose not to quite give a solid yes or no to a question, bad idea by the way, then you can be soft on the topic if it’s not some major thing.

There is a few areas where I am firm and simply tell my kid that this is how it is. There is no negotiating. There is no changing my mind. My decision has been made. That is when it comes to meals, I work from home. I don’t make that much money each year when you consider the size of my family. If I were not a Mom and simply just a woman working from home, well I would be made financially probably. That is not the case. I am a Mom of three. My money is hard earned and I buy food to keep the kids healthy and nourished but cannot afford to have many extras all of the time.

With breakfast and lunch there are usually choices. Basically for breakfast I let the kids order from me as if we are in some restaurant because I enjoy cooking a nice breakfast for the kids. With lunch there are usually two options laid out because it’s just not as important of a family meal to me as dinner time. Speaking of dinner, that is the one meal where I cook what I cook and you just accept that. There is no ordering as if we are in a restaurant. Deal with it.

Thankfully my kids have grown up knowing that I am this way, that they have some negotiating room for lunch as well as breakfast but dinner is set in stone. The way I deal with dinner is that I do take into consideration what each child likes to eat combine that with maybe a new food option here & there, this enables them to have something they like while also requiring that they at least try something new.

Christmas Tree Cut DownEach child must try a new food before attempting to plead they do not like it. If they do not try the food, they go without. I stick firm by this. There are many a nights where my youngest went to bed that night without dinner. Being that my youngest is super stubborn there were weeks where he would go 4-5 nights without dinner because he would flat out refuse to try anything new. Then finally once I stood my ground forever, he finally started to try new things, just to determine that he truly doesn’t like anything.

It is difficult to find any meal that my youngest actually likes because every sort of meal option I serve for dinner, he has tried without successfully liking it. My oldest and middle child usually like whatever they try, even my six year old will admit “well I don’t really like this a lot but it’s okay” and he will eat it.

I love that I have taught my kids that in some areas of life I stand firm and they accept that without question. There isn’t a fight about it, there isn’t this big issue over the food, nothing. They simply accept the rules and are just fine after trying the meal.

Family Dinners: Reclaiming a Lost Tradition

Despite the constant innovations in modern kitchen appliances making it quicker and easier to cook, the modern family now spends less and less time eating in. In fact, whilst in in 1900, 2% of meals were eaten outside the home, in 2010 that figure had risen to 50%.

In part, this can be put down to the fact that in an increasing number of families, all parents are working full time. That, coupled with the sheer number of convenient alternatives to the home-cooked meal on the market these days mean that family meals occur about three times a week on average, commonly last for less than 20 minutes and are generally spent in front of the television.

So, is this the end for the humble domestic meal, or is it worth hanging on to this age-old tradition?

Health Benefits

A home-cooked meal is, in general, healthier than the convenient alternatives that adorn the shelves at the local supermarket.

Obesity in the UK is becoming an increasing problem for the UK, with diet-related diseases now two of the top five causes of premature death for people under 60 years old.

Even high-quality processed meals have been found to contain high levels of salt and sometimes harmful additives.

And whilst home-cooked food contains less nutritional nasties, families will usually find that cooking from scratch using natural ingredients is also cheaper than buying good-quality convenience foods.

Children’s Behaviour

For children in America, eating a family meal has been found to help them achieve better grades at school, as well as steer clear of substance abuse into their teenage years. In fact, in the US, teens who ate fewer family dinners (3 or less per week) were:

  • Over three times more likely to abuse prescription drugs
  • Over three times more likely to use illegal drugs other than marijuana or prescription drugs
  • Three times more likely to use marijuana
  • More than twice as likely to use tobacco
  • Over twice as likely to use alcohol

General Contentment

The more family meals children enjoy per week, the happier they are. Studies have shown that the general health and wellbeing of children who regularly eat family meals is greater than those who don’t, and that doing so provides parents with an opportunity to teach their children appropriate and effective communication skills, manners, nutrition, and good eating habits for later in life.

What with swimming lessons, sports clubs, Brownies and Cubs, it’s not always convenient to take the time out to eat as a family every night. However, it is a good idea to take time at least once or twice a week to enjoy each other’s company as a family.  Sitting around the dining table to eat wholesome, healthy meals with your children is a positive for everyone.

This article was written by Laura Moulden on behalf of AHF, the carpets and furniture specialists.

6 Money Saving Tips – You know it makes sense!

So, maybe now you are feeling the financial pinch and need to kick back and look a little more closely at the money issues you are facing?

What can you do as a quick fix to help you out of this mess? Try some of these and see if they help towards sorting out some of your financial worries.

  1. Cut up your credit cards. Everyone knows that the simple thing to do is to pull out that money spending card, take your credit cards and put them in the bin, not in your wallet where it’s easy to spend them! If you argue that you need it for “emergencies,” just be sure to keep a small amount of cash hidden in your wallet for these emergencies. Don’t keep plastic on you until you have the willpower to not use it even when you’re sorely tempted.
  2. Master the easy ten-second rule. Whenever you put an item in your shopping cart or to take it to the checkout, stop for ten seconds and ask yourself why you’re buying it and whether you actually need it or not. As this way you will save on all that unwanted stuff which will sit in your cupboards unused, if you can’t find a good answer, put the item back. This keeps you from spending the cash that you don’t have.
  3. Eat breakfast and exercise more. So, we were always told that breakfast is the most important meal of the day; statistics show that breakfast fills you up with energy for the day and also decreases your desire to eat a big lunch in the middle of the day. Not only that, breakfast can be very healthy, quick, and inexpensive. A bowl of porridge in the morning is often the one thing that keeps you from running out to eat an expensive lunch later in the day – and it keeps you full of energy for the entire morning instead of in a drowsy daze.Exercise more. Take the dog for a walk in the morning and in the evening, and practice stretching and some light muscle exercise at home. These exercises can be done at home for free meaning you’ve got an activity without a lot of cost, and the health benefits are enormous. Just set aside some time each day to get some exercise, and your body and wallet will thank you and so will you waist size.Turn off the television and gizmos. One big way to save money is to switch of your television and electrical goods when you are not using them. This will lower your energy bills massively.
  4. Master the thirty-day rule. Whenever you’re considering making an unnecessary purchase, car, television, phone etc… wait thirty days and then ask yourself if you still want that item. Quite often, you’ll find that the urge to buy has passed and you’ll have saved yourself some money by simply waiting.
  5. Cut back on the convenience foods – had a hard day at work and you cant be bothered to eat… the first thing that comes to mind are fast foods, microwave meals, and so on. Instead of eating fast food or just some prepackaged food when you get home, try making some simple and healthy replacements. An hour’s worth of preparation one weekend can give you a ton of cheap and handy meals that will last you for the week will end up saving you a lot of cash and not eat into your time when you’re busy.

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