Keto Copycat Chick-Fil-A Nuggets

So Chick-Fil-A has been amazing at making some low carb options for their customers. Grilled nuggets, kale salad, no sugar lemonade, sugar free iced tea, and the list goes on. And as great as these items are, I still kinda miss that breaded chicken nugget!  So I decided to take a crack at these Keto Copycat Chick-Fil-A nuggets.

So here’s how you start, it does have a bit of prep time (the marinade) marinate the chicken in pickle juice for approx 2 hours.

Now the first time I made this I didn’t do exact measurements, so I would just mix to taste on the seasonings.

keto copycat chick-fil-A nuggets

Ingredients needed:
Chicken breast
Mayo
Egg
Crushed BBQ pork rinds
Parmesan cheese (freshly grated)
Garlic powder
Onion powder
Salt and pepper
sugar free ketchup (optional) or sugar free bbq sauce

Directions: 

Cut chicken breasts into chunks

Mix egg and mayo together, and coat chicken chunks

For the breading mix equal parts pork rinds and Parmesan cheese
and season generously with garlic powder, onion powder, and salt and pepper

Cook in air fryer at 400 degrees for 15 minutes

Serve, and enjoy!

 

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Keto Air Fryer Bacon Wrapped Asparagus

So last year I decided to take the plunge and buy an air fryer. It was one of the best decisions I have made. The kids and I have so much fun making different foods in the air fryer, and it’s been very beneficial for eating healthy. One of my favorite things to make is this Keto air fryer bacon wrapped asparagus. It’s delicious and doesn’t take too long to make one batch.

This can be a great snack, or go along with some grilled chicken or steak. My family loves asparagus, and of course bacon always helps =)

keto air fryer bacon wrapped asparagus

Ingredients:

  • 30 Spears of asparagus (1 bundle from the store)
  • 1 Tbsp. Olive oil
  • ½ tsp. Garlic powder
  • 2 Tbsp. Parmesan cheese grated
  • 5 Strips of bacon
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Instructions:

  1. Preheat the air fryer to 350 degrees.
  2. Break the woody part of each stem off of the asparagus spears. 
  3. Place the asparagus into a mixing bowl, and add the olive oil, garlic powder, as well as salt and pepper to taste. Toss to combine well. 
  4. Separate the asparagus spears into 5 even bundles. 
  5. Wrap each bundle of asparagus around the bottom with a strip of bacon. 
  6. Cook the asparagus bundles for 8-12 minutes depending on the side of your spears and bundles. You want the bacon to start to be crispy and the spears to become tender. 
  7. Top the bundles with the Parmesan cheese and continue to cook for another 2-3 minutes before serving. 

keto air fryer bacon wrapped asparagus

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Keto Bang Bang Cauliflower

As I mentioned the one thing I have missed during our Keto journey is my takeout. For the most part I can order things with a Keto twist, like burgers without buns, wings (with bones) even pizza without the crust. But one food that I miss that has failed to come to the Keto-side is Asian food. So we’ve had to make our own Keto twist to some of our favorites, like our recipe last week for Keto Beef and Broccoli, and this weeks Keto Bang Bang Cauliflower!

keto bang bang cauliflower

Now you can sub the Cauliflower in this recipe for shrimp, or chicken if you prefer, but I do know quite a few Keto followers who prefer to go meatless when possible. The key is just to make sure the ‘breading’ and the sauce is Keto friendly, which is what this recipe does.

Ingredients: 

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  • About ½ of a large head of cauliflower
  • 1 large egg 
  • 1 tbsp heavy cream
  • Fresh parsley finely chopped 
  • 1 cup superfine almond flour
  • 1 cup finely grated parmesan cheese 

Bang Bang Sauce Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 tbsp chili paste
  • 1 tsp sriracha
  • 1 tbsp granular erythritol 
  • 1 tsp lime juice

Instructions: 

  • In a small bowl, whisk egg with heavy cream. Set aside.
  • In a medium size baking bowl whisk together almond flour and cheese. Set aside.
  • Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. 
  • Dip cauliflower in the egg wash. I put a few pieces in at a time and used a spoon to coat the cauliflower.  After it is fully coated, shake it a few times, to shake off any excess egg dripping back into the bowl before adding it to the breading.  You don’t want the egg dripping going into the breading since the moisture will cause the breading to clump and it will be harder to stick to the cauliflower.
  • Place the cauliflower piece into the bowl of breadcrumbs, use your fingers to apply a little pressure so the breading sticks to the cauliflower.
  • Once coated, set the cauliflower onto a clean baking sheet. Repeat with remaining cauliflower.
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  • To deep fry the cauliflower, pour cooking oil into a pot. When the oil reaches 350F, gently add a few pieces of breaded cauliflower, stir the cauliflower a few times to prevent sticking to the bottom of the pan. Cook until a deep golden brown. Remove cauliflower and place onto a paper towel-lined plate. Repeat with remaining cauliflower.

To make the Bang Bang sauce

  • Add all sauce ingredients into a small bowl, whisking until smooth. Taste and adjust as needed. If you prefer less spicy you can use less sriracha.
  • Drizzle Keto Bang Bang sauce over cauliflower. I have found it’s better to drizzle the sauce over the cauliflower to prevent the breading from getting soft from the sauce. 
  • Garnish with parsley. Serve immediately.

keto bang bang cauliflower

 

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Best Parental Control App for Kids Phones: Our Pact

What is the best parental control app for kids phones? I have talked before about internet safety, and how important it is with our kids. This is a problem that our parents never had to deal with. The constant access to literally almost anything is scary.  We have to protect our children from themselves, and also from the unknown dangers of the web. The best way I found to do this is with the best parental control app for your kids phone: like Our Pact

our pact app
.I know a lot of parents who have struggled with the right age and times to get their children a phone. With school events, sports practices, clubs, meetings and rehearsals its almost impossible for your child not to have a phone. But then there is the worry about inappropriate apps, websites, and the list goes on. That is why I love the Our Pact app; you can set boundaries and control the phone with the app, right from yours.

Create a Schedule

For each phone that you register, you can set up a usage schedule. For example if you have a teenager who you know would be on their phone half the night, you can block the phone during their bedtime, say from 10:30 p.m. to 6:30 a.m. If you have a younger child, and you want to limit them a bit more , say during homework or dinner time along with bedtime, you can do that as well. During the scheduled blocked times they will not have any access to their phone until the time is up, or you remove it.

Block Apps 

Smart phones can be convenient for many reasons; sometimes its easier to text your child you are on your way, or tell them they need to take out the trash versus calling. Its nice that they can access apps that can help them with homework, or Facetime their Grandma on her birthday. But if you do have certain apps you don’t want your child to have, you can block the app so they aren’t able to download or access it whatsoever.  You can also just block the app store, so once they have all the apps you have given permission for, they don’t have access to get anymore without your approval. (that gives you plenty of time to research any new app they might want, so you can decide if its appropriate).  You can also go in and block certain apps for certain times – if you prefer your child to have their phone accessible during school (like I do mine, hello, emergencies) you can block games or social media during those hours. Or maybe if they are under punishment (grounded) for something, and you still want them to have their phone to call for a ride, or for an emergency, you can block everything temporarily until you are ready to give it back to them (or they earned the privilege back) .

Screen Time Allowance

This is probably one of the top features; limiting screen time can help kids keep track of exactly how much time they are spending online. I find myself actually wasting hours of time scrolling through Facebook or Instagram – imagine how hard that is for a teenager? You can get lost in TikTok for hours and not even realize it! If you limit their time each day, when the time is out, it’s out! They will be much more aware of their day, and times online, and hopefully will learn to use it wisely.

Family Locator

Though we do use Life360 as a family, (for safety reasons) I do like that the app has family locator. You can also block your child’s ability to ‘turn off location’ (not that they would – but sometimes you gotta’ think ahead) and also God forbid, if the phone is lost or stolen, it’s a great way to find it.

Block Anything Now

Besides scheduling access and screen time, you also have the ability to just block the phone whenever you want. My favorite place that I used it? Church. My oldest has a tendency to try and listen and play on her phone at the same time; though I know its a “skill” if that’s what you want to call it, of the new generation, I do feel like kids need to learn when to keep the phone away. So instead of the whispering, pinching of the arm and nasty stares, just pull out your phone for a second, block theirs, and bam, it’s done.

A few questions I have had from friends and family who knew we were trying Our Pact out, so in case you were wondering?

Is it hard to install?

For iOS it kinda is. It took me several time to get it to finally work on Premium mode. (like downloads from the computer to the kids phone – this isn’t something you can do in a rush for sure) but overall, I’ve dealt with worse. As far as using it? Pretty simple and self explanatory definitely the best parental control app for your kids phones is our pact!

My kid is pretty sneaky; will they be able to remove it? 

Well it won’t be easy, but it is possible. However, if they do manage to you’ll get an alert on your app immediately letting you know so you can resolve the issue.

Can my kid turn it off?

That’s the nice thing – no they can’t.

Can I control it even if they aren’t around?

YES! You can be out and your kids at home, (or visa versa ) and if you need to block or add something you can, right from the parental control app on your phone!

How many devices can I use this on?

You can actually control up to 20 devices, which is pretty awesome. You can add their phones, tablets, iPads, etc.

How much is it?

Our Pact has 3 different plans to including a FREE one.
The free plan offers you one device, and one schedule. You can set screen times for sleep hours (or all day if you really wanted to) so at least there is that.

The $1.99 per month plan allows you to control 10 devices. You can set unlimited schedules, access to unlimited blocks, etc.

The $6.99 plan allows you to control 20 devices. Unlimited schedule, blocks, grants, block and allow specific apps, set screen time limits, block texts, and use the family locator.

Hands down, Our Pact is the best parental control app for kids phones. Plenty of access, without invading too much of their privacy, giving you peace of mind.

 

 

 

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Visiting Someone in a Hospice with Children

You might be concerned about visiting a hospice with your children. However, hospices are places where people go to be made comfortable when there is no hope of recovery before they die. This means that they are often nicer than hospitals and are made to be as positive as they can be. Perhaps you are still deciding whether to move your loved one into a hospice, here you can read about hospice vs nursing home.

You might be tempted to keep your child away from their loved ones during their final days. However, you might be denying your child a wonderful last memory or from being able to say goodbye. Plus, your loved one will likely be uplifted by the presence of your child. If you do decide then to visit a hospice with your child there are certain things you can do to make it a little easier.

 

Prepare your child

Firstly, you should have an open conversation with your child. If you are unsure whether or not to bring your child, then you may want to ask them if they want to visit. Be open with them and talk to them about what to expect. You may have to describe what smell to expect or medical machines, reassure them that everything is in place to keep your loved one as comfortable as possible.

You may also need to warn them about the condition of your loved one. If they are confused or delusional, or unable to speak. The best thing you can do is tell your child what to expect.

 

Encourage questions

Children will have a lot of questions. They don’t need to know every detail but try and be honest when answering their questions and tell them if you do not know an answer.

Depending on your child’s age they might have questions about death. Try and embrace this and the unknowns surrounding it. If you have a faith then this might help you to explain it, but if not, that is also ok. Acknowledge that it is sad that you won’t get to see your loved one anymore, but that they will be at peace.

 

Bring something

Your child may like to draw a picture or write a poem for your loved one. You could also bring flowers or photos.

If your child is very young you may want to bring toys for them to play with. This is ok, hospices are not all doom and gloom. Staff will try and make it as cheerful as possible. While it probably isn’t a good idea for your child to be running around, having something for them to play with is a good idea.

 

Enjoy your visit

Losing a loved one is a difficult time for everyone. However, try and make bringing your child into the hospice a joyous occasion.

 

Conclusion

Never force your child to go to a hospice. Be open and honest with them and make the decision together. Everyone’s situation is different and there is no right or wrong answer. If you do decide to visit, then make it as positive as possible and be prepared to answer difficult questions.

 

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