Thursday, October 25, 2012

Zucchini Chocolatey goodness

OK so the picture is blurry but the bread is sssooo yummy!!! We made chocolate zuchinni bread and it was great, the friends we had over for dinner couldn't tell the different.
BIG THANKS TO THE PALEOMG.COM site for the foundations of this recipe!!!
1 med zucchini, shredded (about 1.5 cups)
2 eggs, whisked
3/4 cup nut butter (almond, sun etc)
1/3 c. honey
1/4 C cocoa powder
2 tbsn coconut flour
1 tsp vanilla
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/4 c. pineapple (tidbits drained)
pinch of salt
Preheat the oven to 375.
After shredding the zucchini dry on papertowels and add to all other ingredients. combine well.
put in greased bread pan, I used my stoneware pan which is great, no greasing needed!
Bake for about 30 min. But check often, the top can burn quickly and the middle will seem raw only because it is a little spongy until it cools. If you stick a toothpick or knife in the middle to check it, it should come out fairly clean, no raw dough but the inside is very fragile until it's cooled so it could take small peices with it when you're checking it.
Cool and serve.

Monday, October 1, 2012

Non-parmesan chicken

 This was a last minute dinner idea that turned out great! Quick, easy and tasty, my kind of dinner, unfortuately I didn't make enough to satisfy the whole clan, oops. I'll know better for next time.

3 chicken breast, sliced into long strips
1 jar Classico spaghetti sauce (or your favorite sauce)
2 eggs lightly beaten
1/2 C almond flour
1/2 C coconut flour ( **you can use a whole cup of one or the other if you don't have both, if you're going for the nuttier, crunchier feel use the almond if you like the sweeter more like wheat flour texture go with the coconut)
To taste: garlic powder, salt, pepper, onion powder

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. In a bowl lightly beat the eggs until fully blended. On a plate mix all the dry ingredients.Take one slice of chicken at a time, coat with the egg and than roll in the flour mixture. I use a fork because it gets pretty sticky and messy.

Lightly cover the bottom of a frying pan with olive oil and heat on med/high. Once the oil is heated place a few battered pieces into the oil and brown on all sides. Be careful not to turn them too much the batter will fall off.  You may have to add more oil as you go to keep the chicken from sticking to the pan.

Next, cover the bottom of a baking dish with about half of the sauce. Lay the battered chicken on top of the sauce, cover the top with more sauce and place in the over to cook for about 20 minutes. Checking as you go to make sure the chicken doesn't over cook.

Remove and serve. It is hard to dry out the chicken with all the sauce in the pan, but can be done, other than that, this was an easy and delicious meal that we all enjoyed. Maybe next time we'll add some zucchini or spaghetti squash noodles to go along side.