Childhood Food Favorites All Grown Up

12 Apr

Childhood FavoritesSome days, I want to eat like a five year old. I want dinosaur shaped chicken fingers and boxed mac and cheese. Most college students have these moments of food nostalgia.

Although there’s still a big spot in my heart for kid-friendly food, I know it’s not always the best for me. With that in mind, I made it my mission to take some of my childhood favorites and give them a grown-up and slightly healthier twist.

Instead of frozen chicken fingers, I made panko and thyme spiced chicken tenders. As a stand in for mac and cheese, I made cheesy cauliflower. They’re prefect substitutes for those kid food craving nights.

Panko and Thyme Crusted Chicken Tenders

Ingredients: (Serves 4)

  • 2 large boneless, skinless chicken breasts (cut into long strips)
  • 1 cup panko bread crumbs
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 tablespoon thyme
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tablespoons milk

Step 1: Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Egg and Milk Wash

Step 2: In a small bowl, mix together egg and milk.

Panko, Pepper, Salt and Thyme

Step 3: In a medium sized bowl, combine panko, salt, pepper and thyme.

Step 4: Place chicken strips in egg wash and then dredge in the panko mixture. Make sure the whole piece is fully coated.

Chicken Tenders

Step 6: Place breaded chicken on a cookie sheet and bake for 15 minutes. Be sure to flip the chicken tenders at 7 minutes.

Panko and Thyme Chicken Tenders

Step 7: Dip in ketchup and enjoy!

Cheesy Cauliflower

Ingredients: (Serves 4)

  • 1 head of cauliflower
  • 4 slices of Velveeta cheese singles

Step 1: Steam cauliflower in the microwave.

Cheesy Cauliflower

Step 2: While cauliflower is still hot, add cheese and cover with aluminum foil. This will allow the cheese to melt over the cauliflower.

Cheesy Cauliflower

Step 3: Enjoy!

Childhood Food Favorites

These two recipes are sure to make your child at heart grin from ear to ear. Do you have any kid-friendly favorites you like to make? What’s your grown-up twist? Let me know!

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One Response to “Childhood Food Favorites All Grown Up”

  1. Brent ~ College Recipe Cafe ~ May 1, 2013 at 9:33 am #

    As a kid I loved nachos with salsa and melted cheese. Now I often make nachos to use up leftovers like grilled chicken or chili. I also love topping them with chopped green onions. Making me hungry just writing about it. Cheers!

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