Sunday, November 14, 2010

Jamie, I have a confession....

(This was originally posted in April, 2010)

I've had a new reason to watch TV lately - Jamie Oliver's Food Revolution on ABC.  It's a six part series on his efforts to change the way Americans eat, with special emphasis on changing our school lunch system.  Now I'm no newbie to healthy eating - I had to toss out the processed food years ago because of my family's food sensitivity problems.  I bake our bread, spend a few hours a day in the kitchen preparing meals, and even went through a phase where I was making ketchup and mayo from scratch!   So when Jamie came on to show America a healthier way to eat, I was ready to sit back and watch everyone else get converted.

His profile of the school food system showed meals filled with premade processed food with little nutritional value, accompanied by sugar filled (strawberry and chocolate) milk, with some kids being served pizza for breakfast at school.  He showed how food served at school and some homes in America has contributed to the surge in obesity, diabetes and other health complications among our children.  And then came his segment on chicken nuggets.  Oh, yeah... those nuggets that after a period of abstinence had crept back into our diet.  One of the few convenience foods (Ian's gluten, casein, soy and egg free) I send for my son to eat at school.  Well, words can't really describe the segment, you must see it for yourself.

My son watched this once, and announced he's done with nuggets forever.  The only way he will eat them is if I call Ian's to confirm this is not how they make their nuggets.  Fair enough, but I will save myself the trouble.  This is a great opportunity for me to learn how to make gluten free chicken nuggets and improve his diet.  I enjoyed the process and my son loves the new recipe.


2 chicken breasts
3/4 cup almond flour
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1/2 tsp sea salt
1 tbsp coconut, olive oil or other allowed oil for frying


Cut chicken breasts into chicken nugget size slices.  Mix almond flour, garlic powder and sea salt in a bowl.  Place oil in frying pan and heat to medium high.  Dip chicken slices into almond flour mixture and coat well.  Place chicken in hot frying pan and cook until lightly browned.  Flip and cook until other side is lightly browned.  Add oil as needed.  Serves  2.  Source:

Since the chicken nugget episode, my son has been an avid viewer of Jamie Oliver.  I've found that watching Jamie and other movies together like Super Size Me and Food, Inc.can have a profound impact on children.  They want to be healthy.  Giving them knowledge about where their food comes from helps them to make smart choices at an early age.

Jamie is a pretty cool cat in my house, so we headed over to his website for cooking inspiration.  My son picked out a new recipe to try - 
Chicken Chow Mein.  We've had it twice - it's easy and delicious.  To make a gluten free version, substitute tamari for the soy sauce, and rice noodles (I used Thai Kitchen Stir-Fry Rice Noodles) in place of the chow mein noodles.

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