I read something the other day about the fitness industry that rubbed me the wrong way. Since I've become somewhat of a reluctant fitness professional, I felt kind of unfairly judged. The article talked about the fact that much of the fitness industry looks at people who are overweight and immediately calls them "unhealthy" based not on facts, but on unfair societal ideals. I couldn't help but understand what the author was saying. After all, I have seen "fitness" people on social media talk about how you shouldn't be above a certain size or not have certain attributes (like cellulite or fat rolls). Which is bullshit, because I know some women that are above what a BMI chart would say is healthy but run marathons and eat tons of vegetables every day. But what bothered me most, is the fact that this article lumped ALL fitness people in together. I started losing weight because I was not happy at 210 pounds. I had been a gymnast as a kid, and had always been pretty active, albeit curvy. I wanted to lose a little weight and tone up and just get to a point where it would be easy for me to find clothes I felt comfortable in again. I felt FABULOUS about myself at 170 pounds, and could have easily stopped there...but I also became addicted to fitness. I fell in love with running. I started to feel great because I was feeding myself more nutritious foods. I was happiest and felt the most energetic when I worked out 5 days a week. I loved pushing my body and becoming more fit. The side effect to finding this new lifestyle which made me so happy...was losing more weight. I can't help it if my body has gotten smaller as a result of my hobby, but I also resent the assumption that because I'm now into fitness and helping other women who want to feel the way I do (NOTE: I did not say helping other women who are overweight or unhealthy...it's not up to me to decide what other people want...I'm just here for women who have the same goals as I did), that I am looking other women up and down saying "She needs to lose weight" or "She could stand to tone her arms a bit more." If I'm being totally honest, I don't really give a shit what another women look like. I care what she FEELS like. So if a woman is happy and feels beautiful at 278 pounds, I think that is great. And if a woman is told by a doctor that she's unhealthy but doesn't care to make any changes...that's not any of my business. I'm just here to try and inspire and help women like me. Women who's best self is just a little bit fitter, a little more energetic, and a lot happier.
You guys!!!! First and foremost, I cannot take any credit for this technique. This is all old skool, Alton Brown Good Eats, where science meets yumminess (If you have no idea what I'm talking about, you need to carve out an entire day to watch reruns of the best cooking show ever...Find it here!). Anyhoots, I know you don't believe it. I know you don't think that you can obtain that deep fried crispiness in the oven, but you CAN! I PROMISE! Without further ado, Here we go! If you'd rather not listen to my ramblings and want to skip right to the recipe, you can find it here!
Get yourself some chicken wings, and a spouse/partner/sucker (or in my case, husband) to cut off the wing tips and separate them. If you don't have one of those, you'll have to do it yourself. I wish you good luck.
Once your wingies are all separated, get a large pot and fill it with about an inch of water and place them on a vegetable steamer (you know, the kind you used to put on your head as a kid while you were playing in the cupboards?), like this...
Turn your burner on high, plop the steamer and wings in, cover and steam for 10 minutes. We had to do ours in two batches. You don't want to overcrowd them! The whole point of this process is so that the fat steams out, so you'll notice fatty water in the pot afterwards. Once all of them are steamed, lay on a cooling rack and put them in the fridge for an hour.
Wait in anticipation for 60 minutes...
Preheat your oven to 425!
Take your wings out of the fridge, set the cooling rack on top of a baking sheet and put it in the oven on the middle rack! 20 minutes later, flip them over and let the other side bake! Halfway through, you may feel like they aren't going to crisp up. I was pretty nervous, I'm not gonna lie. But have faith my friends! 20 more minutes and those bitches are gonna be perfect! If your oven isn't exact, maybe let them go to 25, but you shouldn't need much more than that!
Shake them in any kind of sauce you like while they are still hot. We took the easy route and bought Frank's Red Hot Buffalo Wing sauce. I give you....the most delicious wings I've EVER had!
Hi! I'm Andrea Cummings. I am passionate about living a healthy lifestyle that I can MAINTAIN and that still lets me feel like I'm not being deprived. I like to exercise, but I also love to eat (nachos!). My main focus is to be healthy, not skinny, and to help others do the same! I love Jesus, but I also say fuck a lot, so if you're offended, I may not be the gal for you.