Low Carb Chicken Tenders – Meal, Salad & Snack

Low Carb Chicken Tenders

Low Carb Chicken Tenders

Recipes for low carb chicken tenders are on almost every beginner low carb website on the net.  They are amazingly simple to make, and no one would ever guess they are “diet food.”  I’m including them here only because not many of my readers spend a lot of time at low carb diet boards.  🙂

At some point, every new low carber will start craving something breaded and fried.  And even long-time low carbers sometimes miss an occasional junk food fix.

Here’s a legal solution!

Ingredients:

Fresh or frozen chicken breast strips
1 beaten egg
dry grated parmesan cheese (the kind in the plastic jar)
Oil for frying

Cut chicken breast strips into bite sized pieces.  Dip in beaten egg.  Put 1/2 cup parmesan in a bag and drop chicken pieces into bag, shaking to coat, adding more cheese as needed.

Fry chicken tenders over medium heat.  (High will burn the cheese.)  Cook just till white, moist and tender inside.  Drain on paper towels.

Chicken tenders in salad.

Chicken tenders in salad.

The cheese is pretty salty, so you might not need additional salt.  If you do, sprinkle the salt over the tenders while they are draining on the paper towels.

You can use the tenders as a main dish for a simple meal, in salads, or just as a snack.  I use spicy brown mustard with a little splenda stirred in to make a “honey mustard” dip.

The tenders are very portable and are easy to pack along for lunches or picnics.

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Wild Edible Foods in My Yard

Wild strawberries in my yard

Delicious, sweet wild strawberries

Our land is completely surrounded by forest.  We keep the area as natural as possible, which leaves a transition area between the forest and the yard where all kinds of wild plants thrive.

Since we were out camping, the yard went a couple of weeks without mowing.   This also allowed all kinds of cool edible plants to do their thing.

Late this afternoon I took the camera out to see what had sprouted up in our yard in our absence.  I was amazed at the variety I found.

best kind of wild lettuce

This is the best variety of wild lettuce. Tender, and not a hint of bitterness.

There were all kinds of greens at their prime.  I also noticed that the blackberry bushes were covered in little green blackberries, and the blueberry bushes had tiny little green blueberries.

There were many wild strawberries fruiting.  The ones that are reddish orange are not quite ripe.  The ones that are a deep red are beyond description.  Sweeter than any domesticated strawberry with a burst of intense, fruity pleasure.

I have noticed something odd about the poke salad.  It used to have a scrumptious flavor that was a cross between asparagus and green beans.  But this year it is very bland.

I noticed that when I was in Florida, too.  I had picked poke shoots to cook for my sister to show her how good wild edibles could be.  They were so bland I threw them out, rather than introduce her to something that wouldn’t impress her.

I know that Steve Brill says poke salad in New York has a very pungent flavor.  So the taste must vary from location to location.  Maybe all the rain we have had has affected the taste.

The blog editor is  not letting me insert photos where I want them, so they will be out of logical sequence.  For some reason, it is inserting the last photos here instead of at the end.  Hope it’s not too distracting.

wild salad greens

Wild salad greens. I threw the plantain leaves out as they were too tough to serve raw.

Another variety of wild lettuce... slightly bitter

Another variety of wild lettuce. This one is slightly bitter, and is best mixed with other greens.

sheep sorrel with wood sorrel in background

Tangy sheep sorrel with lemony wood sorrel in background

unripe blackberries

Little green blackberries, soon to be fat, juicy, purple blackberries!

unripe highbush blueberries

Little green blueberries

passionflower vine

Passionflower vine promises maypops in a few months

poke salad

Poke salad

common plantain

Common plantain. A decent cooked vegetable. Also edible raw when very young, although I don’t care for it raw.

poke salad shoots ready to cook

Poke salad shoots ready to cook

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