Teens say the darndest things. Also, some recipes.

Some kids stopped by Sunday night to watch the Kentucky game. That was their cover, but their real MO was to play Hubby’s Play Station 3. Here are some gems from the evening:

“I want to tell Ke$ha what to do and she does it.”
“Coach, today my sister slept till 1. She’s lazy!” (this was said with no context)
“Hey Coach, what kind of tattoo should I get?”
“The other day our friends stayed over and we talked about who all we wanted to punch in the face.”
“I’m going to put that I’m dating Ke$ha on my Facebook. It’ll be Facebook official.”
“Let’s drink some victory Mountain Dew!”
“Are there any brownies left?”

There was also an inordinate amount of screaming at the last second shots thrown up ON A VIDEO GAME. I still don’t understand boys.

A few people asked about the recipes I fixed for my little party on Friday. The first is just a link because I dont’ feel like typing it out. This is from Rachael Ray (feel how you will about her, but she makes a mean cheese infused dip. I found the recipe while watching 30 Minute Meals right before New Years Eve. That’s the first time I made it and it was a huge hit. It’s so super easy. I leave out the artichokes because I really can take em or leave em. The spinach gives it plenty of flavor and consistency:

Spinach Artichoke Dip recipe

The next two are from Cook This, Not That .

Spicy Potato Skins

You’ll need:

  • 4 small russet potatoes
  • olive oil
  • salt and black pepper to taste
  • 1 cup 2% milk (I used skim and it turned out fine)
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 1/2 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese, plus more for garnish
  • 4 scallions, chopped, plus more for garnish
  • 1/2 tbsp minced chipotle pepper
  • 1/4 cup sour cream (I used low-fat)
  • 6 strips bacon, cooked and crumbled (I used turkey bacon)

Preheat your oven to 400 degrees F.  Rub the potatoes with a bit of olive oil and lightly salt the skins. Bake for 35 to 40 minutes until tender. When they have cooled slightly (enough that you don’t burn your hands), scoop out the insides of the potato. Leavea  thin layer of potato intact around the skin to keep it from tearing. Add the milk, butter, cheese and scallions to the scooped out potatos and stir until smooth. Season with salt and pepper.

Preheat the broiler. Scoop the potato mixture into the hollowed-out potato skin halves. Top with a little extra cheese and place under the broiler until the tops are brown and crispy (about 3 to 5 minutes.)

Mix the chipotle with the sour cream and place a dab on top of the cooked potato. Finish with a bit of crumbled bacon. (I actually didn’t use the chipotle seasoning in my sour cream because I’m not a big fan of spicy stuff. I served it with extra sour cream for dipping — low fat, of course).

Makes 4 servings (so you get two skins in one serving) and it’s 310 calories, 11g fat.

Chicken Fingers with Chipotle-Honey

You’ll need:

  • 1 lb boneless, skinless chicken tenders
  • Salt and black pepper to taste
  • 3 egg whites, lightly beaten 
  • 2 cups panko bread crumbs
  • 2 tbsp dijon mustard
  • 1 tsp chiptle pepper puree
  • 1 tbsp honey

 Preheat your oven to 450 degrees F. Season the chicken with salt and pepper. Place the egg whites in a bowl, and place the bread crumbs in another bowl or plate (season these with salt/pepper or really anything else in my own opinion — I usually put a little bit of garlic powder on it because I loves me some garlic.) Dip the chicken tenders into the egg, then toss in the crumbs (make sure you coat them fully.)

Spray some non-stick cooking spray on a baking sheet (I use canola oil — obvi — heart health central over here) and place chicken on the sheet. Bake for 10 to 12 minutes. The crumbs should be brown and the chicken should be firm. (I kept them in for closer to 14 minutes, but I think it was just because of my oven. They weren’t done at 12.)

Combine the mustard, chipotle and honey in a large bowl. Toss the cooked chicken tenders in the mixture so they are all coated with the sauce (again, I left out the chipotle, but did put a dash of the Cajun seasoning that we love. I’m sure chili powder would work too.)

Makes 4 servings. 250 calories per serving, 1.5g fat (0g saturated fat).

I didn’t use a whole pound of chicken and I cut them into nugget form so there would be more, but smaller. I was really surprised how good these were. The sauce was exceptionally good.

Do you guys have any go-to recipes for pot lucks or impromptu parties?

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19 comments to Teens say the darndest things. Also, some recipes.

  • Me-Me King

    You had me at chipotle! Sounds absolutely yummy, thanks so much for the recipe.

  • Brooke

    You had me at potato skins. I don't remember the rest :)

  • mariahsmile

    I love Rachel Ray recipes! I'll have to definately try that one. Just don't ever try any of her desserts… she even admits those aren't her strong point.

  • The Step In Mom. . .

    Those potato skins sound great !

  • JMJE

    I want to make the chicken fingers and I usually like Rachael Ray (well I definitely like 30 mintues meals). So the teens are in to Key$ha? Awesome.

  • liz

    Facebook is the new legal system, apparently.

  • Sarah Mac

    I do not understand little boys. Was it the same little guy talking about Ke$ha, or different ones?

    Let's drink some victory Mountain Dew isn't THAT strange…I think I've heard that one when Goog has a "boys weekend" here. ;-)

    Also- Glad you are watching Rachel Ray and the Food Network! Woot!

  • Allyson

    Ah…thank you darling. I'm copying down now. I feel the same way about Rachel Ray that you feel about artichokes. But I do LOVE a good chicken tender/potato skin! Especially at half the fat and calories!! Skippy!! And I am cooking something later this week that calls for chipotle seasoning. Seriously, I can't find it ANYWHERE. What am I doing wrong?? Is it like with the toilet paper or something retarded?

    Out with Britney, in with Ke$ha, I suppose.

  • Crazy Shenanigans

    If I go to people's houses for parties or whatever, I usually make those butterscotch brownies that I've posted about.

  • Sarah

    Hilarious. Mad props for writing down those quotes.

    You know this means you're going to wind up with a house full of boys, right?

  • Monique-aka-Surferwife23

    Well aren't you all fancypants domestic or whatever. Highly impressive!

  • Uptown Girl

    That teen is so right about the FB official relationship. I don't just put anybody on that level.

    And, were there more brownies?? Can I get some?

  • Jackie

    "It'll be Facebook official."

    That is my new system. If I want something, I'm putting it on FB. And then it will be true. ;) love it.

    Thanks for the healthified recipes! I'm practically drooling over the potato skins now.

  • Kiera

    yumm! to be a teen again. and to be a boy, never.

  • OG

    If you ever want to hear an uncensored, completely truthful statement – it's coming from a teenage boy. This reminds me of my days of hanging around playing video games.

  • Nellyn

    Thanks for stopping by my blog!

  • xoxoKrysten

    Mm that recipe sounds GOOD!

  • Salt

    Mmmm recipes. I love me some spinach/artichoke dip!

    "The other day our friends stayed over and we talked about who all we wanted to punch in the face."

    This is typical of convos that I have with my friends, too. Also were all those Ke$ha comments from the same guy? If so, he's clearly obsessed.

  • Sarah With Scissors

    Facebook official… that's like… a super serious relationship dude… wow…

    plus I am so making all those recipes … I'm going to serve them in my scank dishes too.

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