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Blank Mind, Pay Attention, Stranger Things, & Coconut Cassava Chicken Fingers w/Honey Mustard Sauce

So, it’s Friday….I’m sitting here and I  have to say…my mind is blank this week.  It’s been quite a week for reasons I can’t explain right now, but my focus this week was not on food and coming up with new recipes for the blog.  The good news is…I’ve been eating fantastic because last weekend I prepped sooooo much food!  I’m also doing a 10-day shred with a big group of clients and have been so excited about it.  They are on day 4 today and I’m happy I decided to join them.  It’s kept me focused on not eating crap….especially Halloween candy!  Oh, I ate plenty of halloween candy on halloween night.  And I loved every minute of it.  I even had a piece of pizza! (yes…call me a rebel).  But, it’s a holiday and I don’t deprive myself on those days if I think it’s worth it.  And oh, it was worth it!  100 Grand Bars, Baby Ruth, Nerds, Heath Bars, Laffy Taffy.  You name it…I love it.  I used to be a sugar-aholic (if that’s even a word).  I LOVE candy.  And I still do.  Which is why I don’t eat it anymore.  But again, I do treat myself every once in a while.  And when I do eat it, I crave it more.  Luckily I learned that I have enough will-power to have it and then move on.  I used to not be able to do that.  This came with years of practice…LOL!  What also helped was starting this 10-day shred, so I had no choice but to not eat it.  If I’m going to do a challenge, I’m going to do it right!

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Remember last week I told you about my session with the animal communicator and Zoe?  If not, you can go back to last week’s and read about it.  Well, I decided I needed to speak with her again, as I had so many more questions.  It was really cool, because after talking to her last week, things started to become more clear to me.  I was told what Zoe wanted from me and she was right.  Everything she said made sense, but hearing it made it all more clear!  And that’s what was told to me this week.  That she saw more openness from me.  More curiosity and more happiness.  But the curiosity was leading to more questions, which is true.  Once you start to open your mind to new things or making decisions on current situations, even more questions can arise.  It can become even more confusing.  Zoe saw me avoiding quietness and it’s true.  Sometimes I avoid quietness and stay busy because I DON’T want to have to think and make decisions…LOL!  Anyone else ever feel that way?  Who wants to make decisions anyways?  Not me…ever!  Ask my husband.  I’m the worst decision maker EVER!  And my son gets it from me.  I think he’s even worse.  Anyways….everything still holds true.  Zoe says I need to calm down.  She says it’s time for me to let something go.  But, I don’t know yet what that is.  She wants me to sit in nature and take time to myself to think.  The crazy thing is, I asked a few things about Zoe.  Like…why does she constantly lick me?  Well, she’s telling me STOP and relex.  And if I have to give her attention, I have to stop what I’m doing.  I also mentioned that I’m constantly worried about Zoe eating.  She told me this was a sign of my worrying.  Zoe told me everything was fine and if I was calmer, she could be calmer and eat.  Ok Zoe…so, you’re saying you’ll only eat if I calm down?  She’s a little stinker, isn’t she?

Anyways, I put it to the test.  The next day, I actually took some time out of my day to SIT.  I grabbed a cup of tea and a bunch of catalogs I just got in the mail.  I put my phone DOWN.  At first, Zoe came with me on the couch and started licking me like crazy.  But, once she realized what I was doing she stopped.  She lied down and put her head on my lap and fell asleep.  It was the craziest thing.  She knew what I was doing.  And that night, it was the first time in weeks that she didn’t jump on the bed and lick me to death.  Seriously…she’s been attacking me with “kisses” every night.  I can’t stop her.  But that night, she didn’t do it.  Now…the rest of this week, I didn’t take the time for myself.  And yes…back to uncontrollable kisses…LOL!  I will have to test this again soon.  I absolutely love the fact that I have the ability to connect with my fur-babies.  It really is a cool thing because they are here to help us and teach us something.  As I said last week, our animals choose us…we don’t choose them.  I will work on figuring out what it is I need to “let go” of.  Sometimes I think we even know what it may be, but we are afraid to actually let it go.

Here’s a little funny…sometime I feel like Zoe is saying this to me 🙂  But then again, sometimes I want to say that to others:

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On to less deep stuff.  I finally started watching “Stranger Things” on Netflix last weekend…YAY!  I was so excited to get started as I’ve heard so many good things about it.  We made it a family affair.  Made popcorn, cuddled up on the couch.  Well, here’s the verdict….it’s strange!  But, I love it.  We watched back to back episodes and I wanted to watch more, but it was 10:00 and we all needed to go to bed.  My son was a little creeped out by it, so I wasn’t sure if he was going to continue to watch.  Come to find out, a few days later, he told me I needed to catch up because he watched 2 more episodes without me (insert angry face)!!!  So….maybe this weekend we can watch more.  Seriously, it’s finding the time to sit and do it.  Why is this so hard???  Oh yea…I need to relax more (sigh).

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So, to be honest, I don’t have a ton to write about this week.  So, let’s move on to food!  I loved chicken fingers as a kid.  And also when I think of chicken fingers, I think of the amazing ones I used to have at UNH…late night.  I think the name of the place I used to get them was Scorpions.  They had the most amazing honey mustard!  Now mind you…this place is a pit.  And if I ever ate there now, I’d probably puke.  But, it did the job back then.  Every once in a while I have a craving for chicken fingers.   I’ve made so many versions of them, but the honey mustard never changes.  Here’s one simple version made from Cassava Flour and Shredded Coconut, so they are not only healthy, but they are nut free!  And these bake well.  Some that I’ve baked with almond flour just don’t hold well together.  I’ll also sometimes make them in my air-fryer if you have one.  Anyways, enjoy these!  And don’t forget to make some fries with them, because you can’t have chicken fingers without fries 🙂

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Coconut Cassava Chicken Fingers w/Honey Mustard Sauce
Coconut Cassava Chicken Fingers w/Honey Mustard Sauce
Course Dinner
Servings
2-4 people
Ingredients
Chicken Tenders
Honey Mustard Sauce
Course Dinner
Servings
2-4 people
Ingredients
Chicken Tenders
Honey Mustard Sauce
Coconut Cassava Chicken Fingers w/Honey Mustard Sauce
Instructions
Chicken Tenders
  1. In a bowl, mix together all the ingredients for the chicken tenders up to the eggs (flour, coconut and spices).
  2. In another bowl, whisk the eggs.
  3. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  4. Dip each chicken tender into the eggs, then coat in the flour mixture and place onto the baking sheet.
  5. Coat the tenders in the olive oil or coconut spray. Flip them over and coat again.
  6. Bake the tenders at 425 for 22 - 24 minutes, flipping them halfway through.
Honey Mustard Sauce
  1. While the chicken is baking, make the mustard sauce.
  2. Whisk all the sauce ingredients together in a small bowl. Refrigerate until ready to use.
  3. NOTE: This can be made a few days ahead of time and stored in a glass jar or container in the fridge.
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