Sunday, February 12, 2017

Chicken and Cornbread Dumplings

I have not made chicken and dumplings in FOREVER. I knew it was time when I suggested it and my daughter thought I meant Asian style dumplings to dunk in soy sauce LOL she is a hot mess!

So we had to make it together for her Southern training, and I thought I wanted to try a cornbread twist to the dumplings. They turned out divine. Both kids declared them a make again! I really liked the macros and all the veggie goodness hidden inside ;)

Ealier this week, we made flat out pizza using a flat out wrap! Huge and so tasty! This time I added mushrooms and olives with my turkey pepperoni and spinach! 429 cals and 33 g of protein ๐Ÿ’ชRecipe HERE if you need more deets!

This is our "supplement cabinet" (it also holds coffee and teas, but I digress). Perks of our new huge kitchen! I was asked for a recommendation for a pre-workout the other day, and my answer is the Optimum Nutrition Amino Energy in Blue Raspberry (I am pointing to it). My husband ALWAYS does a pre-workout and I am an occasional user. When I lift in the morning, I prefer my normal coffee with creatine in it. But today I lifted in the afternoon, and I prefer this. It tastes good, and does not have extra junk. I use creatine separately so it does not have that.  I just need something for energy and focus, the amino acids are a bonus ;) we have tried a lot of different ones, and we keep coming back to this one. Do you have a favorite pre-workout need to try?

Tempo can completely change your weight lifting game. ๐Ÿ’ฏHere are feet-elevated glute bridges done with a 2-3-3 tempo in the middle of my workout. So 2 counts up, hold for a count of 3, then lower on a count of 3. That is 1 rep. I did about 20 reps for 3 sets. The 3 count isometric hold at the top and the 3 count slow eccentric will LIGHT your glutes on FIRE ๐Ÿ”ฅ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ”ฅYou can use this tempo for any set on any body part to really increase the complexity of your workout and get those #gainz ๐Ÿ’ช It also hones your mind-muscle connection which is HUGE for progress!

Some pull-up action! I just got this grey tank in from Lululemon ...Their stuff washes and wears so well but DANG the $ hurts my feelings! Coach Jenny got me hooked by sending me an outfit for my birthday ๐ŸŽ‚ totally her fault that I love it! What is your favorite gym wear line and what item?

Anyway, onto the recipe :)

Chicken and Cornbread Dumplings

Serves 4

3 stalk large (11"-12" long), Celery, raw
4 T., Butter- divided
3 medium, Carrots, raw
1 medium, Onion
0.50 cup, Masa (can also use corn meal)
3.50 cup, Chicken Broth (can also use water)
16 oz (112g), Chicken Thighs, Boneless, Skinless (I used frozen)
4 oz, Milk
0.50 cup, All Purpose Flour
2 tsp salt and pepper, each
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1 tsp tarragon

Bring broth to boil with chicken in a large Dutch oven. Meanwhile, chop onion, celery, and carrots into bite size pieces and add to Dutch oven. Stir in 2 tbsp butter, salt, and pepper. Cover and cook until chicken pulls apart and vegetables are tender; using frozen chicken, it took mine about 30 minutes.

In a large bowl, add 2 tbsp butter with flour and masa. Using a pastry cutter or potato masher, chop butter into flour mixture until resembles course crumbles. Stir in milk, tarragon, baking powder, and baking soda until combined.

Drop flour mixture by the tablespoon into simmering soup. Cook for 15 minutes. Enjoy!

Southern girl in training ;)

Nutrition Facts
Servings 4.0
Amount Per Serving
calories 424
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 16 g25 %
Saturated Fat 7 g36 %
Monounsaturated Fat 0 g
Polyunsaturated Fat 0 g
Trans Fat 0 g
Cholesterol 133 mg44 %
Sodium 302 mg13 %
Potassium 547 mg16 %
Total Carbohydrate 30 g10 %
Dietary Fiber 4 g14 %
Sugars 5 g
Protein 33 g66 %
Vitamin A166 %
Vitamin C9 %
Calcium8 %
Iron4 %
* The Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet, so your values may change depending on your calorie needs. The values here may not be 100% accurate because the recipes have not been professionally evaluated nor have they been evaluated by the U.S. FDA.