Fast & Easy: Baked Honey Glazed Wings with Garlic, Balsamic and Soy Sauce

Fast & Easy: Baked Honey Glazed Wings with Garlic, Balsamic and Soy Sauce - Girl Nesting

 Welcome the month of March with this delicious fast and easy recipe: baked honey glazed wings with garlic, balsamic and soy sauce; created entirely by accident! A couple of weeks ago, my Mom, Michael and I all simultaneously had the craziest work week ever. My mom had a huge project she was working on; she moves entire offices to other buildings when necessary, along with assisting with the design (Project Manager). Michael was in focus mode with a medical convention he was working, along with in-services and demos at hospitals in neighboring cities (Clinical Sales Specialist). I was working for Maserati for 10 days straight at the Chicago Auto show – my feet kill (Model / Picked up some useful information on the prettiest cars you have ever seen, and now I wonder, “do I have a future in being a car salesman?” Hmm). On top of that I had to do a very early (like wake up at 4am early) news segment for Macy’s. So on one of these evenings; after a brutal day, I came home to my family who were just as beat and exhausted as I was. They were looking to me for a meal. I’m not sure how it happened…but I’ve been assigned the “cook of the house” role that was originally my grandmothers.

The Challenge: When they looked at me so famished and tired…I felt really bad for them! They looked so sad! I too was starving. Take out would have been most people’s “go to” in this situation, but to be honest it just seemed like a really bad idea this time. I had two pairs of hungry eyes staring back at me (not including the toddler and the pug – I fed them first of course). It occurred to me that an hour wait wasn’t going to work this time, plus add in the time that it takes for everyone to agree on a restaurant and the time it takes to get the order all straightened out = WAY TOO LONG. That kinda of chaos could have sent us into a state of evil! Ha, no thanks. So under all this pressure to save the night, I kinda just felt the magic so to speak. It was a lot like being on Chopped, but there wasn’t any money to win…bummer. I’m a huge fan of that show ;) 

My Cooking Thought Process: I had to think up a meal fast using what I already had in the kitchen…no plan, no recipe – just a tired momma under pressure to feed her family, who also luckily had two packages of chicken wings in the fridge?!! “Where did these come from?”. You know how it goes. I figured garlic sounded like a great idea because I was getting the sniffles (after this work week I became very ill…I’ll share more on that maybe tomorrow, it explains my extended absence – FYI: the garlic lost this round.). Honey makes everything taste wonderful, it was the perfect solution to achieve the coated glazed texture I was striving for. Balsamic vinegar landed in the dish because I thought it was the Olive Oil that sits right next to it on the counter (I was so freak-en tired). Low Sodium Soy Sauce because that was the original plan. Sea salt and ground black pepper of course and then mix everything together and into the oven it goes! AND guess what?! My “think fast dinner” turned out to be the best baked honey glazed wings we have ever had. The only complaint was that I didn’t make more…of course. Ungrateful savages ;)

Fast & Easy: Baked Honey Glazed Wings with Garlic, Balsamic and Soy Sauce
Serves 2
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Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
30 min
Total Time
45 min
Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
30 min
Total Time
45 min
Ingredients
  1. 2 packages of Chicken Wings, rinsed and patted dry
  2. 5-6 cloves of Garlic, minced
  3. Olive Oil
  4. 1/2 cup of Balsamic Vinegar
  5. 1/2 of Low Sodium Soy Sauce
  6. 2 tbsp of Honey
  7. Sea Salt and Ground Black Pepper
Instructions
  1. Place rack in the middle of the oven and preheat oven to 450 degrees.
  2. Rinse Chicken Wings and pat dry. Place Wings into baking pan. Drizzle lightly with Olive Oil (about 2 tbsp). Add Balsamic Vinegar, Soy Sauce, Honey, Sea Salt and Ground Black Pepper. Toss to mix and coat well.
  3. Arrange the wings evenly in the pan, right side up. Bake for 20 min. Flip wings to the other side and bake for another 10 min.
  4. Serve with wedges of lime! So good - ENJOY!
Notes
  1. *Balsamic Vinegar is not to be confused with Balsamic Vinaigrette. Balsamic Vinaigrette is a salad dressing with added spices and oil - NOT to be used in this dish...although it is a great way to marinate chicken FYI.
  2. Balsamic Vinegar is the healthier choice though ;)
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Parent To Parent: 5 Things I Do Just For Me + Link Up

Parent To Parent: 5 Things I Do Just For Me + Link Up - Girl Nesting

(Photo taken at Hollywood Studios, Florida – During our Thanksgiving Vacation last year.) 

There are moments in your everyday life where you must force yourself to stand still and take in all that is moving around you. We live in a go go go kind of world. Frankly, relaxing may be a priority but that doesn’t mean it actually happens; especially for a parent. Life’s a juggling act: work, kids, spouse, dog, home, bird on the balcony who eats like a horse, extended family…me.

“Me” time tends to end up last on the list…but it should actually come first. Think about it: if you don’t take good care of you, how can you take good care of another? Everyone needs that time where it’s about just themselves. A break. No “where would you like to go?” or “do you need anything else?”. How about making it a habit to change that at least once a day to, “Where would I like to go?” or “Do I need anything else?”. Some might comment that this is being selfish. O.k, well sometimes you need to be selfish. Just ask your doctor.

These are the 5 things I do just for me. For me, myself and I ;)

1. Think in peace. Seems so simple, but it’s so hard to get that time with a little one climbing me like a frog to a tree and a husband with needs (lol). So my number #1 on the list is: to think quietly to myself. I make sure to make time to just sit still and think about the day, or what I hope to accomplish, sometimes I just daydream. It’s often before bed. I make it a priority to put away my electronics (iPhone and lap top) and I just take a moment. It’s that simple. It’s important to take time to reflect.

2. I love to read – especially blogs of course! They’re enlightening, funny, peaceful and most of all inspiring. You can learn so much from how to’s, recipes and insights on life. You can easily follow and find blogs of all kinds on Bloglovin (PLEASE FOLLOW ME). I also love to curl up in bed after the house goes to sleep and read a good book. I’ve been thinking of getting into the Hunger Games series – I’m a fan of the movies, and of course everyone knows the books are always better than the movie it spawned, so I’m looking forward to getting into that ASAP. When I was pregnant I loved reading everything funny about being pregnant, and now I get a good laugh from books about first time parents and the funny “you can’t make this shi..I mean stuff up” that happens along the way. My favorites are: this, this and this. And I just downloaded this because it looks equally hilarious! There’s nothing like a good laugh ;)

3. Photography. I absolutely love my new Canon 6D camera – it’s amazing how clear and beautiful the photos turn out. Photography is the best hobby ever. Capturing memories are important to me, this will be something my family will be able to enjoy for generations.

4. Taking a spa break. This usually involves bath time with a glass of wine and a tall glass of water, maybe some cheese and a good catalog that probably has a page or two missing from our toddler Zoë who gets so much joy tearing up literature..:( Despite the missing pages, this is a relaxing break I am extremely grateful for. Bathroom time alone is so rare…so rare…but it can happen. Even if the whole house is sleeping and its way past your bedtime – it’s worth it. 

5. Yoga. I’m a yogi!…Who hasn’t been to class in two weeks due to a crazy busy schedule and now a cold I’ve caught that I swear is some rare mutant virus. This has got to be one of the worst cold’s ever. There’s no excuse to not work out, except for this cold. I will not move from my bed today unless I absolutely have to. When I do feel better (Lord, please let it be soon) – I will be back to hot yoga at Core Power. It may be a hot room with a lot of sweaty people, but it will be about me and my mat. Namaste. 


What I’m Loving

What I'm Loving - Girl Nesting

I hope everyone had a wonderful Valentines Day weekend! Mike and I ordered Indian food for the night and watched the movie The Last Five Years – a modern-day musical about a young couple going after their dreams – made me cry…but I loved the story and the music was incredible! It truly was the perfect Valentines Day for us; a relaxing evening together.

I have been crazy busy this week with work, so posts are going to be slow through next Sunday I’m afraid :(  But, I wanted to share with you what I’m loving right now. Thought it would be nice for those of you looking to be inspired.

1. Fresh Off The Boat has Mike and I laughing to tears! Great new show on ABC (Tuesday Nights 8/7c).

2. Mike and I LOVE Shrimp and Grits – I can’t wait to make this recipe here!

3. I have a thing for gold and would love to make these!

4. This is a  great post for those of you looking for FREE templates for your blogs!

5. I have been eyeing this rug for way too long – LOVE :)

6. This Blood Orange Bourbon with Spicy Vanilla Sugar looks pretty incredible! Since I’m not much of a drinker though, this gives me an idea for a nonalcoholic drink I could try. Maybe substitute it with seltzer water…hmmm :)

7. What I do drink everyday!

8. I’m absolutely crushing on these hanging wall planters! Love and LOVE!

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