Buffalo Chicken in 3 Easy Steps with French’s Crunch Time Entrées

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 Easy Buffalo Chicken with French's. Find out more on My Life: A Work in Progress

French’s sent me some of their Crunch Time Entrées to try out. My favorite was the buffalo chicken flavor, since I love hot sauce and all things spicy.

The Crunch Time Entrées come with the breading and sauce. You will also need an egg (lightly beaten), 2 tablespoons of flour (add to the breading), and 1.5 pounds of chicken breast (cut into strips).

The three steps are easy: coat it, bake it, and top it.

Some notes….

I used chicken tenderloins that I cut into two. I wanted them to be about the size of chicken nuggets, so they’d be more appealing to Baby J (the boy loves chicken nuggets).

Also, in the photos below, I’ve halved the recipe. Hubby is still away for Navy training, so it’s just Baby J and I. Half of the bread crumbs and half of the sauce went into jars that I refrigerated (well, the sauce, not the crumbs) for a later meal.

Finally, I left the sauce off a few of the chicken pieces, because I knew the buffalo sauce would probably be too hot for Baby J.

 Easy Buffalo Chicken with French's. Find out more on My Life: A Work in Progress
 Easy Buffalo Chicken with French's. Find out more on My Life: A Work in Progress

Simple, isn’t it? It was delicious too. Yes, I like to cook from scratch, but I like the idea of keeping a couple of Crunch Time Entrées in the pantry to have on hand for last-minute meals.

What side should I pair my buffalo chicken with?

 

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Rice Krispies Easter Egg Treats

This may sound crazy to you, but I have never made Rice Krispies treats until now! My parents were health nuts long before it was popular. To give you an idea, I had my first chocolate bar when I was nine; it was so rich, I almost threw up afterwards. We rarely had salt or sugar in the house. I think the only times we did were when Mom was making something special for guests or a church potluck. We definitely never made Rice Krispies.

I wanted to make a special Easter-themed treat for Baby J, but baking with my oven is hit or miss. It had to be something no-bake, and eventually these Rice Krispies Easter Egg Treats crossed my mind. They are very easy and quick to make.

Rice Krispies Easter Egg Treats- My Life: A Work in Progress

What you need:

  • 4 cups of mini marshmallows
  • 4 tablespoons of butter
  • 5 cups of Rice Krispies cereal
  • Empty plastic Easter eggs (washed and dried beforehand, since you never know where they’ve been!)*
  • White chocolate (optional)
  • Sprinkles (optional)

*I used large plastic eggs (I don’t have exact measurements, sorry), and the mixture filled up 10 of them.

Rice Krispies Easter Egg Treats- My Life: A Work in Progress

Directions:

Place a large pot on the stove, with the burner at low heat. Melt the butter, then add the marshmallows in, stirring occasionally. Once the mixture is thoroughly melted and blended, turn off the burner and add the cereal. Stir.

Rice Krispies Easter Egg Treats- My Life: A Work in Progress

 Rice Krispies Easter Egg Treats- My Life: A Work in Progress

When the mixture has cooled enough for you to touch, grease the inside of a plastic egg with butter or oil. Stuff each side of the plastic egg with the Rice Krispies mixture; let the mixture overflow slightly. Then press the sides of the plastic egg firmly together, until it’s sealed. Let the plastic egg sit on a cookie sheet or the counter for about 30 seconds.

 Rice Krispies Easter Egg Treats- My Life: A Work in Progress

Rice Krispies Easter Egg Treats- My Life: A Work in Progress

 Rice Krispies Easter Egg Treats- My Life: A Work in Progress

To remove the treat from the plastic egg, press your thumbs at the center of the egg, one on each side of the seam, and press gently until the egg pops open slightly. Then you can carefully pry the egg open all the way with your thumbnail or a fork prong.

Rice Krispies Easter Egg Treats- My Life: A Work in Progress

If at any point your mixture starts becoming too hard for the egg-shape to form, you’ll need to melt your mixture slightly on the stove top again. So work quickly! My mother in law and I were forming these as quickly as possible; many hands and small batches are best for this treat.

Rice Krispies Easter Egg Treats- My Life: A Work in Progress

Decorating:

These are cute just as egg-shaped Rice Krispies treats, but this is how I decorated mine:

I melted a block of white chocolate in the microwave at 50 percent power (30 seconds at a time). After dipping an egg in the melted white chocolate, I sprinkled Spring-themed cupcake sprinkles over top. Then I placed the finished and decorated Rice Krispies Easter Egg Treats, one by one, into an empty egg carton with the decorated side up. The carton then went in the fridge. After the chocolate was firm, the treats were ready to eat!

Other Decorating Suggestions:

  1. Mix crushed, small Easter-themed candies in with your Rice Krispies mixture, before you form the eggs.
  2. Use cookie icing to draw fun designs on your eggs.
  3. These eggs would also taste delicious dipped in melted milk chocolate.
  4. Or, dip the eggs in white chocolate that has been dyed with food coloring into pastel colors.
What yummy treats have you had lately? Do you have a favorite way to “dress-up” Rice Krispies treats and make them extra special?

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Overnight Oats

Have you made overnight oats yet? I’ve been making it for years, but noticed it’s been gaining popularity online recently.

Oats are high in fiber and can help lower cholesterol. They also contain protein as well as vitamins and minerals like iron and magnesium. And they are gluten-free too, provided you buy the right ones. Many brands of oats possibly come into contact with wheat, so if you need to eat GF, look for oats that have GF marked right on the package. Bob’s Red Mill and Trader Joes both sell GF-certified oats.

The overnight oats concept is really simple and customizable. The night before (or several hours before you plan to eat it) you mix your rolled oats with milk (or another liquid) and let it all sit. The oats soak up the liquid, soften, and expand, without any cooking involved.

Before adding almond milk

You can take it to the next level by adding in yogurt, fruit, and spices like cinnamon or vanilla extract. It may take you a couple times to decide how much of each ingredient you want to use. For my overnight oats, I like to use a cup of rolled oats, half a banana (sliced),1 tablespoon of honey, and about a 1/2 cup of plain yogurt.

Whatever ingredients you choose, I recommend stirring the mixture well before letting it sit, and again before you eat it.

All ready to eat the next morning

A tupperware-type container with a lid will work for overnight oatmeal, but I like to use my mason jars for as much as possible, including these oats. Why? Because they look cool and are fun, obviously! 😉

Eat your oats straight from the jar…
or spoon/pour them into a bowl.
How do you eat your oats?
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