I was in a pinch to make dinner last night. I needed something super quick (aka, it needed to make itself basically) and something that the kids would eat. Some weeks I am super organized and I have my menu all planned out on Sundays. Some weeks I just don't feel like menu planning and this was one of those weeks. Even so... I usually know what I am preparing for dinner, in the morning. Last night it was 4:45 and I had nothing! My husband was picking the kids up from school so I knew I had about a half hour before the starving troops arrived.
I opened my fridge and saw a package of chicken breast and knew that baked shnitzel it would be. Most of my boys will eat shnitzel. Since we're basically gluten free now (more about that a different time...) I used almond flour and flaxseed meal (which is a high fiber superfood with omega 3 essential fatty acids which are the "good fats") for the breading so I wasn't sure how well it would go over with the boys.
I always try to look at the food that I am preparing and see how can I add more nutritional value, more "bang for my nutrition" as well as flavor without adding many extra calories and/or fat. The flaxseed meal was a great way to do that in this recipe! Dinner came together in literally 5 minutes. I put up a pot of farro and "breaded" the chicken, popped it in the oven and set it on bake and hold for 30 minutes so I didn't have to even think about it. I went back to my office to squeeze in a few more minutes of work for the day while dinner was cooking away.
By the time the boys came home, dinner was ready and the house smelled SO. GOOD. I was honestly a bit surprised when they asked for seconds. I wasn't expecting that, especially with the Faro. It goes to show, keep offering the healthy options and even if they tell you no... one day you'll be pleasantly surprised!
Changing habits and eating healthier doesn't come overnight, don't give up! Keep trying!
6 pieces chicken breast
3/4 cup almond flour
1/4 cup flaxseed meal
2 tspn smoked paprika
2 tspn garlic powder
2 tspn sesame seeds
1 tspn cumin
salt to taste
1-2 tspn avocado oil
preheat oven to 350 degrees.
1. First cut the chicken breast into thinner pieces.
2. In a small bowl mix the almond flour, flaxseed meal, paprika, garlic, sesame seeds and cumin together. Separate into two different bowls.
3. In a third bowl, whisk the eggs and salt together.
4. Dip each piece of chicken into the first flour bowl. Shake off excess and then dip into the egg mixture and then dip it into the second flour bowl.
5. Lay chicken on a parchment lined baking sheet. Drizzle with olive oil.
6. Bake uncovered on 350 degrees for 30 minutes until crispy and browned.
Serve with a side of farro and kale salad and pretend that it took you hours to make this deliciously healthy dinner. :) :)
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What's something that you've offered your kids and/or husband and were (pleasantly) surprised when they liked it?? to your health, xxx - Chanala