Not so Fat Tuesday

I hope everyone had a great long weekend! My weekend was a lot of fun, but I went to the beach yesterday and forgot that I actually looked like Casper, so I managed to get pretty burnt. Really painful.

So I know today is Fat Tuesday but since I’m doing this stupid elimination diet, I don’t really have a legit fat tuesday recipe for you. Still a really good one though so don’t you worry about that. And I promise I will have a good Fat Tuesday recipe soon…I already know what it is going to be!

While I am limited in a lot of things that I can eat, I have been eating more meat than I am accustomed to since it is allowed on the plan I am doing. One thing that is getting old/annoying on this elimination is that there aren’t a ton of sauces I can eat because the various ingredients that go into sauces often include gluten, soy, etc. Even those that appear to be safe can end up containing an ingredient that contains gluten or wheat which can get tricky. Rather than try to distinguish, I have mostly been avoiding them (besides stuff that I know like olive oil, vinegar, etc) but that makes it harder to cook. Last week I made ground turkey, but since I didn’t want to use taco seasoning, I just made it plain. I don’t think it helped that I had a cold because after eating it one day in a salad, the thought of eating it literally made me gag and I had to throw it out. That made me feel really bad since I threw almost all of it out and I absolutely hate wasting food. I don’t know what happens when I’m sick but I end up only having an appetite for very specific things, and everything else sounds really disgusting. Does that happen to anyone else??

When I bought the turkey, I bought chicken too but I didn’t want to repeat my previous errors and make plain, boring chicken that I would have to waste again so I scrounged (is that a word?) through my fridge and cupboard to see how I could make this chicken delicous but still following the rules. I decided to make hummus chicken with an almond crust. I bought chicken tenders (boneless, skinless chicken but already cut down into smaller pieces), not actual chicken tenders…I wish. This recipe ended up being really delicious AND it is super easy and only requires 3 ingredients.

Hummus and Almond crusted chicken

6 skinless, boneless chicken tenders (or 3 chicken breasts)
8-10 T hummus
6 T almond meal

Directions: Preheat oven to 350. Then, coat both sides of the chicken in hummus and place on a baking sheet (I used this recipe with a little less garlic but store bought would work fine too). I used foil for easy clean up. If you are using chicken breasts, you can either leave them as is for bigger pieces or cut them into smaller pieces –I usually use scissors to cut chicken into smaller pieces or cut off any fat.

After the chicken is coated in hummus, pour the almond meal evenly over the chicken, then flip and repeat. Bake for 20-30 minutes or until chicken is cooked all the way through. I think mine took 20 minutes but the time will depend on the size of the pieces.

Notes: I tried making this two ways–one with almond meal on just one side and one with it on both and the taste was similar. I still liked the hummus coating on all sides though. As for the almond meal, you can either buy the kind they sell at Trader Joe’s or make your own by food processing almonds into a powder.

Serve with your favorite dipping sauces. Or not as the case may be.


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