Now Reading...
The Kitchen

How to Class Up a Chicken Nugget Dinner

Last night was one of those hectic nights: we raced from one place to the next all afternoon, making it home just in time to get oldest boy into his football gear and off the practice. Then there was the matter of still needing to feed the rest of the family. Too exhausted to put together a proper meal, I broke out the frozen chicken nuggets. The kids were happy (such simple creatures!), but it was unappealing to me–until my favorite kitchen towel reminded me that wine is, indeed, a perfect complement to chicken nuggets. So I decided to class up my plate a little.

Instead of french fries, we had whole-wheat couscous with fresh tomato and cucumber. It’s a healthier alternative and takes five minutes to cook. The kids aren’t too adventurous when it comes to condiments, so they had their usual Hunt’s No High Fructose Corn Syrup Ketchup. I, on the other hand, am not a big ketchup fan. So using about 1/3 of a cup of the Hunt’s as a base, I added it to 1/4 cup chopped tomatoes, about 2 tsp snipped fresh basil, a pinch of sugar, and a drizzle of extra-virgin olive oil in the processor and pureed it. Since my husband and I like a little kick in our seasonings, I stirred in a few drops of Cholula garlic hot sauce. Voilà! Grown-up ketchup.

Poured a glass of Bartenura Moscato (the BEST moscato EVER) and my classed up dinner was complete. Not bad for 30 minutes in the kitchen.

If you are so inclined, you can make this meal even classier with homemade nuggets and ketchup from scratch. Here are a few recipes to get you started:

Homemade Chicken Nugget Recipes

Homemade Chicken Nuggets with BBQ Dipping Sauce
Healthy Baked Chicken Nuggets
Panko Chicken Nuggets
Weelicious Easy Chicken Nuggets

Homemade Ketchup Recipes

Hillbilly Housewife Ketchup
Southern Catsup
Jamie Oliver’s Ketchup (Level: Difficult)
Make and Can Your Own Ketchup

What do you do to make simple dinners a little fancier? Any tried and true recipes for making your own condiments and dipping sauces? Share with us in the comments below!

About L. Catharine Tayler

Mom, Wife, Writer, Catholic, Thinker, Reader, Amateur Gourmand, 'Phins Fan, Superwoman--not always in that order. Fueled by passion and too much caffeine. Lost my cape--it's buried somewhere under that mountain of laundry. Once I find it, look out world!

Discussion

Trackbacks/Pingbacks

  1. Pingback: Tomato Catsup » How to Class Up a Chicken Nugget Dinner « A Common Sea - August 9, 2012

Talk to us!

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

Mama's Gotta Bake

she's bad, she's bold…and she likes sugar

Lucid Dreams and Saturn Skies

The Life and Writing of Andrew Kincaid

Rev. Evan Dolive

"We love because God first loved us." -- 1 John 4:19 (CEB)

Interrupting the Silence

"Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable to you, O Lord." Psalm 19:14

MK is Stacked

The epitome of librarian boob puns.

LE ZOE MUSINGS

A Creative Lifestyle Blog KELLIE VAN

BunnyandPorkBelly

life is always sweeter and yummier through a lens. https://www.facebook.com/BunnyandPorkBelly https://twitter.com/BunnyNPorkBelly bunnyandporkbelly [at] gmail [dot] com

adoptingjames

Read our Mission. Find out how you can help us adopt James.

A Common Sea

"I feel we are all islands floating in a common sea"--Anne Morrow Lindbergh

Pie Eyed

Pies aren't square anymore

fatherhood in babylon

real life adventures of a first time father

(My Life is) Full of Grace

Love & Mercy given by God, not because I deserve it, but because He wants me to have it.

lick the fridge

inane (and sometimes insane) musings of a twin dad

The Cake Eccentric's Blog

Artistic Expression in the medium of sugar, frosting, fondant, and gumpaste

PRETTY INN PINK

...and a little touch of blue!

WriterzBlox

Resources for Writers

What Matters Most

A Mother's Devotional

musingsofanoldfart

Independent views from someone who offers some historical context

Gastronomical Three

"First we eat, then we do everything else." --M.F.K. Fisher

Follow

Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 71 other followers

%d bloggers like this: