If there’s one snack that Ashton goes through more than any other, it’s cheese and crackers. He absolutely loves it! He eats almost a whole block of cheddar cheese and a few boxes of crackers a week. I actually started to worry about his digestive system… I mean, come on! That’s a lot of cheese!!
At the time, I was buying him whatever crackers looked semi healthy at the store, but was always frustrated that I couldn’t find better ones that were more natural with comprehensible ingredients. I eventually just stopped buying him crackers and cheese altogether and told him to find a healthier snack.
You can imagine how well that went over. He was in the car so fast, driving to the store to buy them himself. And of course, he came home with even unhealthier crackers.
Then about a year and a half ago, I was walking through Costco and came across some almond flour crackers with “Nothing artificial, ever” printed on the box. The ingredients: almonds, sunflower seeds, flax seeds, tapioca, cassava flour, sunflower oil, sea salt, onion, garlic, rosemary.
BOOM!! I had found them. Simple Mills Almond Flour Crackers. Ashton loves them, which is saying a lot because he’s picky about the crackers he eats his cheese with. And even though I’m not a big crackers and cheese eater, I’ve found other ways to use them.
With football season heating up, and because I have no willpower when it comes to game day food (give me all the potato chips and chicken wings!!), I thought it’d be cool to do myself, and you guys a favor, and create a healthy, game day appetizer that doesn’t make you feel like you’re missing out.
Introducing my Game Day Chicken Fingers. They’re coated with almond milk, ground up crackers and walnuts. This keeps them dairy-free, gluten-free and adds a dose of healthy fats. They’re also baked in the oven, not deep fried, and they literally only take 10 minutes of effort. Just pop them out of the oven and serve with a delicious dipping sauce.
Let me know how much you guys loved these chicken fingers by commenting below and using #EatonGood on social media so I can see all your epic (and healthy) game day food!
And last but not least… Go Ducks!
Game Day Chicken Fingers
NUTRITION FACTS (per 3 chicken fingers) Calories: 620 Total Fat: 40g Saturated Fat: 5.5g Polyunsaturated Fat: 10g Monounsaturated Fat: 14g Cholesterol: 86mg Sodium: 700mg Potassium: 14g Total Carbohydrates: 25g Dietary Fiber: 3.8g Sugars: 0.5g Protein: 40g
- 1 box (4.25 oz) Simple Mills Ground Sea Salt Almond Flour Crackers
- 1/2 cup walnuts
- 1/2 tsp oregano
- 1/4 tsp sea salt
- pinch black ground pepper
- extra virgin olive oil
- 1/4 cup almond milk
- 2 tbsp dijon mustard
- 1 lb boneless, skinless chicken breast tenders, cut into strips
- Step 1 Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Prepare a large cookie sheet with aluminum foil and grease well with olive oil (if you don’t grease it well, chicken fingers will stick).
- Step 2 In a food processor, add the crackers, walnuts, oregano, sea salt and pepper and process until in fine particles. It might be a bit damp from the walnuts. That’s okay. Pour into a shallow dish.
- Step 3 Whisk the milk and mustard together in a bowl.
- Step 4 One piece at a time, add the chicken to the milk, turning to coat and immediately dredging it in the crumb mixture.
- Step 5 Place the chicken tenders on the baking sheet and bake for 15 minutes before flipping the chicken and continuing to bake for an additional 10 minutes on the other side, or until it’s no longer pink.
- Step 6 Allow to cool for 5-10 minutes and serve with your favorite dipping sauce.
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