Oven-Roasted Drumsticks & Manitoba Harvest Hemp Hearts GIVEAWAY

I received a free package of Hemp Hearts from Manitoba Havest to review on the blog. All opinions described in this review are my own.

Oven-roasted chicken drumsticks breaded with hemp heartsSince my last weight-loss update, I’m now down another 3 lbs for a total loss of 18 lbs since January. Woohoo! As I’ve mentioned before, increasing protein intake has really helped me feel full longer, and it has gone a long way in helping me stick to my weight-loss goals.

In addition to filling up on healthy high protein foods like meat, eggs, yogurt, and nuts, I’d started regularly using protein powder, which I added to my low-sugar green smoothies. My favourite protein powders are from Kaizen and Vega, both of which offer delicious protein powders in a whole variety of flavours (I usually stick with vanilla or chocolate).

But for Sugar-Free September, I’m avoiding Stevia in addition to other added sugars and sweeteners, so my usual protein powders are off limits for the month.

Just in time for Sugar-Free September, Manitoba Harvest generously sent me a package of their hemp hearts to try. Hemp seeds are a great, sugar-free source of plant-based protein. Each 30 gram serving contains 10 grams of protein. Hemp hearts have a subtle nutty flavour and can be blended into smoothies, stirred into sauces and soups, and baked into muffins and cakes. I’ve been enjoying them sprinkled on salads, stirred into oatmeal and today I’m sharing a recipe for Oven-Roasted Drumsticks with a hemp heart breading. Click here for the best rotisserie oven options.

Hemp Hearts are a great protein sourceHemp breaded chicken drumsticks

For even more protein, Manitoba Harvest offers a selection of protein powders. (Also, looking forward to trying these hemp snack bites!) Manitoba Harvest’s manufacturing facilities are exclusively dedicated to hemp products, which eliminates the risk of cross-contamination with allergens, including peanuts, which can be a challenge with other protein powders.

Manitoba Harvest is offering one lucky reader the opportunity to try their Hemp Hearts, too. For your chance to win, enter the contest with Rafflecopter below. Winners must be from Canada or the US.

A winner will be randomly selected on September 23rd.

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Oven-Roasted Drumsticks Breaded w/ Hemp Hearts

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Serves: 4

Ingredients

  • 8 chicken drumsticks (bone-in with skin)
  • ¼ cup Dijon mustard
  • 3 cloves garlic, crushed
  • ½ cup Manitoba Harvest hemp hearts
  • 2 tbs bread crumbs
  • 2 tbs grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 tbs Italian seasoning
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • pinch of red pepper flakes
  • 1 tbs coconut oil

 Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350F
  2. Rinse chicken and pat dry with a paper towel
  3. In a shallow bowl, mix mustard with crushed garlic
  4. In another bowl, combine hemp hearts, bread crumbs, Parmesan cheese, Italian seasoning, salt and pepper
  5. Roll chicken in mustard mixture and then thoroughly coat with bread crumb mixture
  6. Place chicken on pan greased with coconut oil
  7. Bake for 25 minutes, flip and bake for an additional 30 minutes
  8. For extra crispiness, broil for 2 minutes

Hemp-Breaded Chicken Drumsticks

Weekly Meal Prep & Wedding Planning Update

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This weekend was pretty gross and rainy, so it was perfect for getting in some meal prep. While I don’t do this weekly, when I do it really helps keep me on track with my healthy eating goals. Mike and I worked together and stocked the fridge with pre-portioned chicken (3 oz), sweet potato (150 g) and steamed broccoli and carrots (200 g). We also made a dozen muffin-tin eggs topped with cheese, and a week’s worth of green smoothies. An hour and a half on a cold, rainy day and the week’s meals got a whole lot easier.

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Christmukkah Dinner

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I hope everyone enjoyed celebrating the holidays with friends and family. We had a wonderful time visiting with my Mike’s parents, who were in town from British Columbia. Mike’s mom hosted us for Christmas where we enjoyed a delicious turkey dinner, and we now have a fridge nicely stocked with leftovers.

The weekend before, Mike and I hosted his parents and our siblings and their partners for a Christmukkah dinner. On the menu was: matzoh ball soup with jewdles (Jew+Noodles, get it? ha ha ha), brisket (I followed Tori Avey’s recipe), steamed beans, honey-roasted carrots and rosemary potatoes. For dessert I made the little apple tarts we made at our cooking class in Paris.

In typical holiday dinner party fashion, some things went smoothly, while others ended up burnt and in the bin. But the brisket was tender, the smoke alarm went off only once, and we ate, drank and were merry.

matzoh ball soup

 thyme rosemary roasted potatoes

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 christmukkah dinnerfrench apple tart

Leftover Turkey Pot Pie (the mini version!)

mini turkey pot pies made with phyllo - thanksgiving leftovers!

These Leftover Turkey Pot Pies are so easy that even someone who is recovering from surgery and really shouldn’t be in the kitchen can do it. Ok, so if you are actually recovering from surgery then I don’t recommend it, but you can only watch so many episodes of Storage Wars and Say Yes to the Dress… I popped a couple extra pain pills and gingerly put together these mini pot pies using turkey from our Sugar-Free Thanksgiving that I’d frozen and phyllo leftover from my Shrimp and Sweet Potato Mousseline that I’d forgotten to re-freeze.

turkey pot pie - thanksgiving leftovers!

I used phyllo dough for these turkey pot pies, since I had it on hand, but it’s also lower in fat and calories than other pastry doughs. These leftover turkey pot pies can be made in a full-sized pie pan or in jumbo muffin tins. I made both, but I prefer the mini version. They’re cute, tasty and you can eat them with your hands. If you’re celebrating Thanksgiving next week then file away this recipe to use for your turkey leftovers. Might as well shove in any leftover stuffing or mashed potatoes, too.

For other leftovers ideas, check out the great recipes from Day 3 of #blogsgivingdinner.

turkey pot pie - thanksgiving leftovers!

Leftover Turkey Pot Pie (the mini version!)
 
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Use that leftover Thanksgiving turkey in these turkey pot pies wrapped in golden, flaky phyllo dough.
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Serves: 6
Ingredients
  • 2 cups shredded cooked turkey
  • 8 sheets phyllo dough
  • ¼ cup fresh or frozen peas, carrots, beans
  • ¼ onion, chopped
  • 1 rib celery, chopped
  • ½ cup sliced mushrooms
  • 1 cup shredded kale
  • 3 cups broth
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • salt and pepper, to taste
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 F
  2. Heat a small amount of oil in a large pan over medium high heat
  3. Add celery and onions and cook until translucent
  4. Add remaining vegetables and cook for a few minutes
  5. Add 3 cups broth and flour, stir to combine well, and gently simmer to thicken before adding cooked turkey and season to taste
  6. Meanwhile, lightly grease a jumbo muffin tin or pie pan
  7. Gently brush oil onto one sheet of phyllo dough and layer with another sheet. Repeat until 4 sheets are layered
  8. Do the same with the remaining 4 sheets and (if making mini pies) cut each stack into 6 (you should have 12 squares of phyllo, each 4 sheets thick)
  9. Line muffin tin with phyllo sheet squares, and fill with turkey and vegetable mixture
  10. Bake for 10 minutes
  11. Remove from oven and top pies with remaining phyllo sheet squares and gently tuck edges
  12. Cut slits to allow steam to escape and return to oven and bake for another 10 minutes, or until tops are golden (watch carefully so they don't burn)
  13. Allow to cool slightly before removing from tins and serving

turkey pot pie - thanksgiving leftovers!