Healthy Comfort Food Recipes: Coconut-Crusted Chicken Nuggets, Shrimp & Cheesy Oats Bowl
1/2 of recipe (5 nuggets): 228 calories, 7.5g total fat (4.5g sat fat), 241mg sodium, 9g carbs, 2g fiber, 1g sugars, 28.5g protein
Green Plan SmartPoints® value 6*
Why should shrimp get all the fun? Coat chicken with a crispy coconut crust, and let the party begin!
Cook: 25 minutes
2 tbsp. egg whites (about 1 large egg's worth) or fat-free liquid egg substitute
1/8 tsp. coconut extract
1/4 cup whole-wheat panko breadcrumbs
3 tbsp. unsweetened shredded coconut
1 packet no-calorie sweetener (like Truvia)
1/4 tsp. chili powder
1/8 tsp. garlic powder
1/8 tsp. each salt and black pepper
8 oz. raw boneless skinless chicken breast, cut into 10 nuggets
Optional dip: sweet Asian chili sauce
Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Spray a baking sheet with nonstick spray.
In a small bowl, mix egg whites/substitute with coconut extract.
In a wide bowl, combine breadcrumbs, shredded coconut, sweetener, and seasonings. Mix well.
Place chicken in another wide bowl. Top with egg mixture, and flip to coat.
One at a time, shake chicken to remove excess egg, and coat with breadcrumb mixture. Evenly place on the baking sheet, and top with any remaining breadcrumbs.
Bake for 10 minutes.
Flip chicken. Bake until slightly browned and crispy, 10 - 12 more minutes.
MAKES 2 SERVINGS
Entire recipe: 334 calories, 10.5g total fat (4g sat fat), 687mg sodium, 30.5g carbs, 5g fiber, 1g sugars, 28g protein
Green Plan SmartPoints® value 8*
Shrimp and grits are a great combo, but you know what shrimp pairs with just as well? Savory steel-cut oats! Delicious and extra nutritious...
Cook: 40 minutes
1/4 cup steel-cut oats
1 slice center-cut bacon or turkey bacon
2 tbsp. shredded reduced-fat cheddar cheese
1 tsp. light whipped butter or light buttery spread
2 tbsp. chopped scallions
3 oz. (about 6) raw large shrimp, peeled, tails removed, deveined
1 tsp. lemon juice
1/8 tsp. garlic powder
1/8 tsp. onion powder
Dash black pepper
Optional seasoning: additional salt
In a medium-small pot, bring 1 1/4 cups of water to a boil.
Add oats and salt, and return to boil.
Reduce to a low simmer. Cover and cook for 30 minutes, or until thickened.
Meanwhile, cook bacon until crispy, either in a skillet over medium heat or on a microwave-safe plate in the microwave. (See package for cook time.)
Add cheese, butter, and 1 tbsp. scallions to the pot. Cook and stir until hot and melted, about 1 minute.
Transfer oatmeal to a medium bowl.
Bring a skillet sprayed with nonstick spray to medium heat. Add shrimp, lemon juice, and seasonings. Cook and stir for about 4 minutes, until cooked through.
Add shrimp to the medium bowl. Chop or crumble bacon, and sprinkle over shrimp. Top with remaining 1 tbsp. scallions.
MAKES 1 SERVING
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