This post contains affiliate links. Thanks for your support! No, this really is nothing like a real deal, but it will probably leave your body a lot happier than what you get from the drive-thru. Some of the fast-food flavors are just so comforting. I grew up on it, so it's no surprise that I sometimes get some serious cravings. For me, chicken tenders + barbecue sauce or ketchup, and any kind of "fry" will get the job done. This recipe is not rocket science or anything fancy, but it's certainly simple and quick. paleochickenandfries I love sweet potato fries and roasted brussels sprouts because they're able to get so crunchy. These take a while - about 45 minutes. Make sure you plan ahead - preheat the oven and start chopping about an hour ahead of time. A lot of people express frustration with getting sweet potatoes crispy enough. My favorite tricks to help them crisp up are: 1. don't use too much oil 2. don't crowd the pan 3. make sure they are on the bottom rack 4. absolutely do not move them around until the very end!!! Some people say to toss the sweet potatoes in a bowl with the oil. This is certainly one way to to do it...if you like making more dirty dishes. I just put the oil on the pan first and move them around in it, sprinkle a little salt, and done! I've also tried soaking them in water first and I thought they were less crispy. It's kind of a trial and error experiment. The brussels sprouts really taste best when you slice them - remove the bottom part and slice lengthwise into thirds. This will give you more surface area to get crispy. Also, don't worry about loose leaves, they end up tasting great when they crisp up! I used olive oil, but I've also successfully used lard and coconut oil. I'm not a huge coconut oil person with savory food, but if you like it, go for it! For the chicken, you'll need some chicken breasts or thighs, almond flour , eggs, and spices for the tenders. I used 3 organic chicken breasts that I cut into thirds, 1 egg, and about 1.5-2 cups of almond flour. I set up a really simple dredging station - like this: paleochicken I usually then coat all the chicken in egg + flour, heat up a skillet with butter, and add them when it's hot! If you're anything like me - you've got 2 hungry babes and a dog begging you to be done with dinner... all while getting in trouble for coming near the hot stuff 1000 times. IMG_3486 Don't turn the chicken until it's completely browned on one side, or you might lose the coating! paleochickentenders That's pretty much it! Super easy weeknight meal. Healthy, but might satisfy some of your bad cravings. Definitely toddler approved! [amd-zlrecipe-recipe:4] Let me know if you try it! What's an easy dinner you've been making lately? Is there any recipe that you've made healthier that reminds you of something unhealthy?

(This post contains affiliate links - please see what that means here). Today's workout was some quick and dirty cardio. I woke up at 5 to snow falling outside and definitely needed to get warm.  Since I usually try to get in a shower and few sips of coffee before the babies wake up, the timing of this one worked out nicely. This one is very cardio focused, as it is higher reps and lower weight. I'm trying to alternate days of heavy lifting and what I like to call "panic breathing" workouts. IMG_2359 Strength:   Worked on power snatches (see video of movement here) I warmed up with a few sets of ten with just the bar. I eventually worked up to 65# and did three sets. Snatches are something I don't like to go very heavy on. Any heavier than 65# right now, I'll end up with bad form. I'm happy to stay injury free, thank you very much! Workout: Use an interval timer app to program 6, two minute high intensity rounds with 1:30 rest in between. Each round is an AMRAP of:
  1. deep squats with 45# bar on back (could sub air squats)
  2. pull-ups*
  3. OH lunge with 25# plate
  4. burpees
  5. jump rope
  6. Sumo deadlift high pull (I used 35# KB)
Push yourself, because each round is short! *I will use a band or stool to help me get more reps. I'm still working on stringing my strict pull-ups together! Cool down: 3x30 russian twists with medicine ball or weight plate This workout only took me 45 minutes, definitely do-able if you're on a time crunch.