Friday, December 30, 2011

I came across this post the other day from Super Healthy Kids and knew I had to try it! My daughter loves chicken nuggets, but the thought of what they are really made of disgusts me. I've been looking for an alternative and I think I might have found one.....after I tweak it. I made this recipe:
1 can Chickpeas, drained and mashed with a pastry blender
1/2 onion, 1 garlic clove, fresh parsley - all chopped up in a food processor. Then, add to the chickpeas.

In a separate bowl, combine 1 egg (I used flax seed because of my daughter's egg allergy), 1 tsp cumin, 1 tsp salt, dash black pepper, 1 tsp lemon juice, 1 tsp baking powder, 1 Tbsp olive oil. Mix and add to bean mixture.

Slowly add in 1 cup Panko bread crumbs (I found one brand free of milk, eggs). Shape into chicken nuggets. Bake or fry til outside is crispy.

My daughter liked them, but not completely head over heels. I think I will tweak this recipe using less onion and instead of chickpeas - maybe black beans or refried beans. They are a little more tasty to me than chickpeas. I absolutely love the idea, though!
You should check out Super Healthy Kids for some other great ideas. It is not an allergy-free website, but a lot of things can be substituted to meet your allergy needs.

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