Phood Phun with Phlip... Citrus Pepper Wings and Cauliflower Florentine Bake



     This week will be really simple.  In the blitz of life-changing maneuvers and being busy with work and life in general, sometimes cooking needs to be kept as simple as possible.  I am just going to apologize/not apologize right out front.  We normally plan these on the weekend coming into the week, but one of the most important people in my life got hitched this weekend so we were busy celebrating.

Yet, we must still eat good to live good.
Lemon citrus pepper baked chicken wings and cauliflower Florentine bake.

Let’s start with the wings:

Chicken (duh!)1/3 cup lime (or lemon if you prefer) juice2 tbsp olive oilOnion Powder, lemon lepper seasoning and salt all to taste

Plan ahead.  Cut the wings into sections and place into a large bag then mix the above wet and dry ingredients for a marinade and mix well.  Put it aside in the fridge and leave the house for several hours.

     Once back in the kitchen, pre-heat the oven to 375°.  Spread your wings on a lined and sprayed cooking sheet and lightly dust with your favorite seasoning/seasonings.
Then bake for 30-40ish minutes.

Now about that side item, while the chicken is in the oven.
Start by coarse chopping a cauliflower and steaming it in the microwave for 5-7 minutes..
Add 2 tablespoons of sundried tomatoes.

Sauté half a bag of fresh spinach in 2tbsp of butter with 1tbsp of garlic.
 

Add ½ cup plain Greek yogurt, ½ cup half-and-half and 1 cup shredded cheese we used Colby/Monterrey Jack.  Amount of cheese can be adjusted to get your sauce to where you would like it to be, consistency wise.

Now mix the ingredients all together and top with more cheese before allowing it to join the chicken, right about the time it is to come out of the oven.


And now out comes the chicken.


15-20 minutes on the bake and it is ready to come out.


Real quick and simple, we plate it up and enjoy!

Commitment…  We said we’d be here on Tuesday mornings for y’all with low carb tasty foods and dammit we delivered, albeit an hour and a half late.  We will do better in the coming weeks as things normalize back in our lives.  For a last-second decision meal coordinated via text messages, this came out REALLY good.  Ava was still talking about the chicken on the way to school this morning and that bake on the side was REALLY good.  Very little prep work was needed in making this happen and that might be for the better, given the crunch for time we were up against.
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