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Nothing like a loaded croissant

The weather’s been crazy hot these days. So I’m trying to make lunch with as little cooking as possible. Makes sense, right? What’s even better is that I created this loaded croissant that’s simply out of this world.

Tada, our ‘hot’ favorite right now. A simple unassuming croissant loaded to overflowing with lettuce, tomato, guacamole and bacon. This is so so good I can’t even describe it.

Recipe: Crispy Crunchy Chicken Fingers

Chicken Fingers are a perennial favorite in our household. When all else fails, chicken fingers to the rescue! I’m really not much of a stickler for recipes. I generally just make up the recipes as I go along depending on what I can find in my pantry or my fridge.

I created this version here when my oven refused to work.

It’s really simple and crunchy. You just need some chicken breasts cut into long strips and seasoned lightly with salt and pepper. Leave to marinate for an hour or so. Heat up a good amount of cooking oil in a wok or deep skillet.

Beat up an egg (or two, depending on amount of chicken breasts you’re using). In a plate, combine 1 cup of flour and 2 cups of bread crumbs. Dip the chicken strips in the beaten egg. Dredge them through the flour and breadcrumb mixture to coat evenly. Deep fry till golden brown. Serve with your favorite dipping sauce.

You may also like to check out another recipe I posted earlier for Finger-Lickin’ Good Chicken Fingers. These are oven-baked and probably won’t have you running out to look for the most effective fat burners because they’re less fattening.

creative ways with baguette

You know why I love the baguette? There are countless ways you can eat them and they taste good no matter how you make them. If you’re rushed for time, like I often am, even the simplest baguette toast toppings – with garlic butter spread, kaya (coconut jam) spread, or any kind of canned tuna or salmon spread – will make a great meal.

baguette toppings

Or if I happen to have bacon sitting around in the fridge, then bacon and cheese baguette it is! I like to make these when the kids have their friends over because let’s face it, nobody can say no to crispy, sizzling bacon!

bacon baguette

If I have time for something a little fancier, I will make pizza baguette, another hot favorite with the kids and their friends.

baguette pizza

Or if I have leftover chicken curry or Thai green curry, I will simply heat it up and turn it into a quick curry dip for my baguette. Warms the stomach instantly :wink: !

baguette with curry

Whenever I’m just plain tired or lazy to figure out what to cook, the baguette is my savior. It’s not like I have to cram my day into some stuffy classroom furniture to learn these recipes, I just make them up as I go along and surprise myself and my kids with the wierdest, tastiest baguette ideas.

four foods on Friday 85

Valmg over at Fun, Crafts and Recipes has a new format to her Four Foods on Friday meme which I so love playing :grin: . Come join us with your food ideas and learn what the rest of us are cooking.

This week, our challenge is to “create a meal or share a recipe that uses four ingredients – olive oil, chicken, cheese (any type) and a vegetable.”

In my version of a stuffed pita, I use either chicken or beef. I used a beef filling in this recipe but chicken tastes just as good. It’s a pretty healthy meal too with a bit of each food type – carb, protein, veggies and calcium :grin: .

Mom's Pita Mexicana - beef filling

spicy beef paratha wrap

The week before I started my vegetarian diet, I came across this prepacked frozen roti paratha, or Indian flatbread, at the grocery store. Roti paratha is also known as roti canai and is usually served with curry on a banana leaf at Indian restaurants. But instead of doing that, I decided to turn it into a wrap with spicy beef filling.

paratha wrap

I used

  • 250 grams of ground Australian beef
  • 2 onions, finely diced
  • 2 tomatoes, finely diced
  • 2 green chillies, finely diced (feel free to vary based on your heat preference, I used birds’ eye chillies but you can use jalapeno or whatever you like)
  • 3 tablespoons barbecue sauce
  • 1 lettuce, shredded
  • 1 pack of frozen roti paratha (about 5 or 6)

paratha wrap with filling

To prepare the filling, I simply drizzle some olive oil into my non-stick pan on medium heat. I chuck in the onions and tomatoes followed shortly by the chillies, beef and barbecue sauce and saute for 3-4 minutes. Season with salt, pepper and sugar to taste. When beef is cooked through, I scoop into a bowl and leave aside.

In another saucepan, I heat up a piece of roti paratha first on one side, then flip over to the other side. When heated through, lay the bread flat on a plate and layer on the fresh lettuce followed by the filling.

It’s really this simple and it makes a really fulfilling meal. This recipe is entirely my own concoction. I decided to give the old roti canai in curry a breath of fresh air and this is it. I like that this is so different yet tastes so good *gives self pat on back* :smile:, enjoy!

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