Friday, March 14, 2008

A little bit country....

Opportunities to cook weekday dinners don't come too often. It's not that I'm super busy, it's just that I haven't really gotten my act together to think ahead, shop in advance, meal plan. I'm a fraud. I'm not a foodie anymore. But on the rare occasion, I do come up with something... And sometimes, it's even fabulous.

My other admission is that I'm a complete hick. I like being a mall rat; I love eating in chain restaurants where the portion size is too big to be at all healthy, and where the drinks are refilled for free. I really like eating fancy food in fancy restaurants with fancy prices, but sometimes, just sometimes, I wish I could just sit in a restaurant booth, with a big pile of chicken fingers in front of me, with yummy mustard on the side for dipping.

So, because we really don't have money to go out all the time, I decided to recreate this somehow at home. I used a ready-made spicy mix to add to the chicken breast, because where would we be in the world without ready-made spice mixes!?? {I used the one on the left.}

So, then, because it was going to be spicy, I decided my dinner would then be a little bit country, so I wanted to make creamed corn. Knowing that creamed corn is about a million thousand calories, I searched the web for a healthy creamed corn recipe, and I found it!

The chicken breast was coated in the spice mix, then I dipped the pieces into egg, and then into plain breadcrumbs that had more spice mix added in. To stay on the healthy track, I baked the chicken with a only a few drizzles of olive oil on top.

The corn took mere minutes to make - and it is one of the most satisfying things I've made in a long time! It was really creamy, made by the lowfat milk and the cornstarch. Genius!

Dinner was delicious!! I keep saying to people that I'm not particularly sophisticated, and it is not anymore true than when it comes to food. So I'm a weekend foodie... So what's wrong with that? :)


Kelly-Jane said...

A mall rat? I have never heard of that, what does it mean?


Lady M said...

Hi, KJ. A mall rat is someone that likes to hang around in shopping malls, usually with friends and on the weekends. It is more common in suburbia where malls are found everywhere, and where you could go to see a movie, have a meal, go shopping. I have to admit that I just love walking around stores.. I just wish I had the money to spend in them. LOL.


Anonymous said...

Ahh Ilana you're a true foodie, so what if you don't have time to cook from scratch every night?

That chicken looks gorgeous btw.

George xx

Kelly-Jane said...

Ah I see =)

As George says you are still a foodie, don't worry!


Nickki said...

Yum Ilana, that looks really tasty. I must make creamed corn one day. And the chicken looks yummy! I'm with you on the ready made spice mixes, they are a great standby to have in the cupboard. It certainly doesn't make you any less of a foodie. XX