Friday Night Date-In

Congrats, DO What You DON’T challengers! Sounds like A LOT of really positive changes were made this month! It was so fun to hear about (and if you didn’t check in yesterday, tell us how you did today!)! I hope we can all continue our running, yoga, flossing, meal planning, snacking habits, etc. in May and beyond! April was a successful month! Kudos!!! :-D

I love evenings home with Mr. Prevention. Once in a while, Lily settles down for a nap and we can enjoy one another on the couch. Sometimes. Regardless, date-ins always include good food. Typically of Mr. Prevention’s choice, but that’s okay. What can I say? I am to please. ;)

Crispy Honey Ginger Chicken from How Sweet It Is

1 lb boneless, skinless chicken tenders
2 cups low-fat buttermilk
1/4 cup honey
2cups panko bread crumbs
1/4 cup whole wheat flour
2 tablespoons ground ginger
1 teaspoon seasoned salt
2 teaspoons garlic powder

Combine buttermilk, honey, 1 tablespoon ginger and 1 teaspoon garlic powder in a baking dish. Cup chicken tenders in half or thirds and add to buttermilk. Marinate for 2 hours or overnight.

Preheat oven to 450º F.

Combine panko, ginger, garlic, seasoned salt, and flour in a large bowl. Coat chicken pieces in panko mix, then lay on a wire rack sitting on a baking sheet. Continue with remaining chicken pieces. Spray each pieces with cooking spray or olive oil.

Bake for 10 minutes, flip, coat with cooking spray, and bake for another 10-15 minutes.

When finished, drizzle honey over chicken pieces. Yield: 4 servings with 2 tsp of honey drizzle

Nutrition Information (per serving): 277 calories; 3.3 g. fat; 86 mg. cholesterol; 612 mg. sodium; 37.3 g. carbohydrate; 0 g. fiber; 28 g. protein

Result: Yummmm! The honey drizzle brings out the ginger flavor so well! A++!!

I also whipped up some muffins Jessica posted a recipe for earlier this week. They looked and sounded so amazing, I was sure to save the recipe. I hadn’t made it through the list of ingredients until yesterday and I realized I had everything on hand. Including coconut oil. Not gunna lie, I chuckled a bit. Oh, the irony! But man, these guys are good!

Whole Wheat Banana Coconut Muffins adapted from How Sweet It Is

1 1/2 cups whole wheat pastry flour
1/2 cup sugar raw turbinado
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/3 cup coconut oil
1 egg
2 ripe bananas, mashed
1/4 cup coconut milk -or- 1/4 cup fat-free half and half with a splash of coconut extract
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 cup shredded coconut (I used Let’s Do Organic reduced-fat shredded coconut*)

Preheat oven to 400º F.

Mix flour, sugar, and baking powder in a large bowl. Add coconut oil, coconut milk, bananas, vanilla, and eggs, and mix until combined. Fold in shredded coconut. Top with a sprinkling of raw turbinado sugar.

Bake for 15-20 minutes or until golden brown. Yields 12 muffins.

Nutrition Information (per muffin): 206 calories; 10.4 g. fat; 18 mg. cholesterol; 11 mg. sodium; 25.9 g. carbohydrate; 2.2 g. fiber; 0.9 g. protein

*I swear by the Let’s Do Organic reduced-fat coconut. The flavor is wonderful and it is much lower in calories and saturated fat.

Result: Delicious! I haven’t made muffins in AT LEAST 3 weeks. Entirely too long! I love that these muffins contain plenty of fat (albeit saturated). I think next time I’ll add some pecans or walnuts for some more protein and healthy fat. But they were VERY good…and easy!

Question: Do you prefer dates in the home, or outside of the home? If you stay in, do you prefer to cook or order in?

Off to the Farmer’s Market! :-D

Happy weekend!

Whole Wheat Banana Coconut Muffins

1 1/2 cups whole wheat flour

1/2 cup sugar

2 teaspoons baking powder

1/3 cup coconut oil

1 egg

2 ripe bananas, mashed

1/4 cup coconut milk

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1/4 cup shredded coconut

Preheat oven to 400.

Mix flour, sugar, and baking powder in a large bowl. Add coconut oil, coconut milk, bananas, vanilla, and eggs, and mix until combined. Fold in shredded coconut. Top with a sprinkling of raw turbinado sugar.

Bake for 15-20 minutes or until golden brown.

Comments

  1. says

    Those muffins look so good!!

    Your post shocked me – today’s date – I can’t believe it is May already!

    And, totally agree- I love date nights in!! Have a great weekend!

  2. says

    You are too cute Nicole, Mr. Prevention is a lucky guy to have such an amazing wifey and a good cook! I love dates in and dates out. I usually like to cook if we stay in because it makes it more romantic, but nothing beats a good dinner out either.

  3. says

    Both those recipes look super yummy.

    I prefer date nights out, it is my one night off from cooking and dishes and dogs :P I love my dogs but a break is nice and a break from the dishes even more so!

  4. says

    Those chicken tenders do look so delicious! Now after seeing them on yours and Jessica’s blog I really want to make them. The muffins of course look great too. :)

    Date nights. We go out if its a special occasion or if we’re doing things with friends but usually we stay in. It’s cheaper and nice to kick back instead of always being go go go.

  5. says

    Also ironic? My sister told me she just bought coconut oil this week, after hearing rave reviews! I might have to try it out, at least once. :-)

    I’d just prefer….a date! LOL. Usually I am a homebody (read: cheap). It is fun to go out sometimes, though – and especially wonderful to not have to cook/clean up afterwards!

  6. says

    I didn’t do as good as I would have liked to have done, but I think my excuse is somewhat legit. I got braces 2 weeks ago and even after the pain went away I still can eat hardly anything crunchy or that requires a lot of chewing. So..most of my food as of late has been soup, oatmeal, yogurt. My goal was to eat more veggies. So when I did try to eat them, they were always steamed so I didn’t have to chew on them. But I plan to keep working on it!

  7. says

    I saw those chicken nuggets on Jessica’s blog and drooled too! Lucky duck that you are going to the farmers market!

    Love date night in – and 9 times out of 10 – I cook! :D

  8. says

    The Crisp Honey Ginger Chicken looks very good. And those bananas? I love bananas when they get to that stage.

    Hope you’re enjoying your weekend.

  9. says

    I love date nights in because Matt and I like to cook together.

    Although it is nice to go out once in a while – someone else has to do the dishes!

    Enjoy your weekend!

  10. says

    I love staying in. Partly because it means I dont have to get dressed (or shower) if I dont want to.

    My boyfriend have a sweet deal going, he buys the groceries and I cook the dinner. I also insist he provides the wine. Its only fair! :)

  11. says

    Delicious looking eats! Isn’t Jessica the best? :)

    I can honestly say that I love staying in AND going out. It all depends on the mood I’m in. Same goes for cooking vs. ordering out! Sometimes cooking with the (non-existent at the moment) hunny is a good way to bond, but sometimes nothing but Chinese take-out will do ;)

  12. says

    After a loong week, a date night in so SO Much more fun than going out! We seldom order in, but it really is a treat when we do. :) It’s also super romantic.hehehe

    I LOVE your banana muffins!! The recipe is simple and short, definitely doable for me and my uh…limited pantry? heheh

  13. says

    Chicken looks tasty! I LOVE to cook and I LOVE to go out, so like a few others have said, it totally depends on the night! In the winter I usually opt to stay in because I’m a little wimpy when it comes to cold weather ;) But nothing beats a summer evening spent enjoying a nice meal outside on a restaurant patio. :)

  14. says

    Peter would be drooling if I made him crispy honey chicken and banana muffins for a date-in. You’re such a good cook, Nicole! We definitely prefer staying in for a date night, and cooking our own food. Mostly so we can sit around in pajamas and cook and bake and try out fancy new recipes (well, Peter makes the fancy recipes, and I eat them :) ).

    Have a great time at the Farmer’s Market!

  15. says

    Sounds like a fun Friday night! If I were dating (ha) I think I would like a good mix of date-ins and date-outs. Since I feel like I can cook most things, it seems silly to go out…unless of course it’s for SUPER good food. Otherwise, I’d rather just cook. Ice cream out though. For sure. Or pinkberry. A pinkberry date would be excellent.

    That chicken looks fabulous and so do those muffins! Yum!

    Have fun at the Farmer’s Market…let us know what you get!

  16. says

    What a great date night and oh wow, that chicken looks fantastic! I need to make that ASAP! I usually like to go out for date night for 1 reason — no clean-up, lol! :)

  17. says

    I’m not gonna lie, I actually like going out. Simply b/c we don’t do it often. But sometimes, date nights in are the best thing you could ask for if its been a stressful week!

  18. says

    Funny, I was testing a coconut crusted chicken nugget recipe on Friday for my next book! Love the coconut flavor and I agree with you on the supposed ‘health benefits’. Coconut is fine, but not some new miraculous health food. It’s the whole moderation thing… As far as date night, since I have kids, I opt for dinner out!

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