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Mimi is a mother of two and the founder of “Lipgloss and Binky,” a blog about parenting, crafting, cooking and DIY.

Mimi's Healthy Twists On Comfort Foods

Fried foods are the ultimate comfort foods. No need to be Southern to truly enjoy them! Now that there’s more attention being focused on healthier eating, you don’t have to forego classics like fried chicken and fried steak. Just reduce the amount of fat by oven-frying or oven-baking instead of deep-frying!

Oven Baked Steak Fried steak, although delicious, can be high in calories and fat. This is an easy way to lighten it up without sacrificing flavor. Ingredients: Steak cut of your choice Lawry’s Steak and Chop Marinade Directions: 1. Preheat oven to 475 degrees 2. Marinate steak for at least 30 minutes (up to 1 day) in Lemon Pepper Marinade 3. Place steak on lightly greased, aluminum foil-covered baking tray 4. Bake on top shelf of oven for 20-25 minutes 5. Optional: Broil for 1-2 minutes to finish if you desire extra golden color

"Nothing says football, tailgating and good times with friends than chicken wings."

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"Nothing says football, tailgating and good times with friends than chicken wings."

Oven Fried Lemon Pepper Wings 

Nothing says football, tailgating and good times with friends than chicken wings. Keep your game favorites healthy by preparing them in the oven. 

Whole wings or wingettes
Lawry’s Lemon Pepper Marinade
Lawry’s Lemon Pepper seasoning
Ranch sauce for dipping (optional) 

1. Preheat over to 475 degrees.
2. Marinate chicken wings for at least 30 minutes (or overnight) with Lawry’s Lemon Pepper Marinade
3. Remove from marinade bag and lightly dab to remove excess liquid. The drier the chicken is, the crispier it will be.
 4. Place chicken parts on lightly greased baking tray.
5. Bake at 475 degrees for 15-20 minutes, flipping half way through.
6. Sprinkle with Lawry’s Lemon Pepper and serve

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Oven Fried Chicken 

1 lb chicken parts
Lawry’s Seasoned Salt
1 egg
2 cups panko (Japanese) breadcrumbs
1 cup milk or buttermilk
Preheated oven at 425 degrees

1. Mix egg and milk together in a bowl
2. Season chicken to taste
3. Lay out beaten egg and milk in separate bowls. Dip chicken first in milk, then in egg, then in breadcrumbs.
4. Lay coated chicken pieces onto a lightly greased baking tray
5. Bake at 425 degrees for 30-45 minutes. .