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Boyfriend Recipe: Zesty (baked) Chicken Wings.

I never really considered myself as someone who was “into fitness.” That is, until I dated my last boyfriend, who didn’t give a flying fuck about being healthy or fit.

When it came to me needing time away from him to hit the gym, he would get angry. If I told him I was cooking turkey tacos, he groaned, because he didn’t appreciate healthy eats. However, I couldn’t eat his diet of Buffalo Wild Wings and pizza all the time, unless I wanted to be as big as a house.

So I tried to make things he liked to eat, but make them healthier. While my efforts went unnoticed (he was sleeping with a fat girl on the side), I’m happy to share my recipe with you, assuming your boyfriend gives a damn.

I made Bethenny Frankel’s Zesty Baked Chicken Wings from her book, The SkinnyGirl Dish. I nixed the bread crumbs, and they were still delicious, but here’s Bethenny’s recipe:

  • 3 tb olive oil
  • 1 tb dijon mustard
  • Dash of cayenne pepper
  • 1 ts minced garlic
  • 1/2 ts salt
  • 1/2 ts pepper
  • 1 tb lemon juice
  • 1/2 ts lemon zest
  • 16 chicken wings, halved at joint with tips removed
  • 1 c freshly grated parmesan
  • 1 1/2 c whole wheat bread crumbs

Combine the olive oil, mustard, cayenne, garlic, salt, pepper, lemon juice, and zest in a bowl until well-combined. Pour the marinade over the wings in a Ziplock bag and let them sit in the fridge for at least 30 minutes (up to 4 hours).

In a separate bowl, combine the bread crumbs, parmesan, and parsley. When the wings are done marinating, coat them in the breadcrumb mixture and place on a pan. Bake at 425 degrees for about 30 minutes, rotating halfway through.

I made these with baked onion rings, and everything tasted delicious!


A Place of Yes (part II).

I just finished reading “A Place of Yes” by Bethenny Frankel.

I was taking my time with this one, because it has so many great takeaway lessons and I often took lots of notes while reading it.

If you are a Bethenny fan already, I don’t need to explain to you how amazing she is as a woman, a businessperson, a mother, a wife, and now, a writer. She’s got her hands in all the pots, but for all the right reasons, and it works.

In “A Place of Yes,” Frankel shares her secrets as to how she overcame a tough childhood, a rocky adulthood, and even the ins and outs of previous business failures and her persona as the runaway bride.

She breaks the book down into 10 rules to live by, or as she says, 10 rules to living the life you dream:

1. Break the chain. You don’t have to carry baggage from the past; take the good and leave the bad.

2. Find your truth. Listen and do only what’s right for you.

3. Act on it. Don’t wait, don’t sit, don’t put off, just DO.

4. Everything’s your business. Do everything like it’s your job.

5. All roads lead to Rome. Stay focused, work hard, and you’ll end up where you need to.

6. Go for yours. Put yourself first, achieve your goals for you.

7. Separate from the pack. Don’t follow the crown, stand up for your truth.

8. Own it. Even when it’s difficult, admit it, own up to your actions.

9. Come together. Get yourself right first, then connect with others (who deserve you).

10. Celebrate! Drop the worries, and celebrate the good times.

In reading this book, I found I could relate to Frankel and use her rules to help me get over my past and tear through my future with drive and success. Whether dating woes, childhood baggage, or dead-end careers are holding you back, I recommend this book to you! It was such an inspiration to me and I hope you find it to be also.

A Place of Yes.

The best qualities in you have always been there, but when you get stuck in the past and make your pain your identity, then that’s what you become.

—Bethenny Frankel, “A Place of Yes”


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