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The Powerful Peanut
Wednesday, January 15, 2014 • Posted January 16, 2014

Did you know that a serving of peanuts has 7 grams of protein and 2 grams of fiber? Just remember peanuts or nuts in general can be deadly to those who do have the allergy, (especially small children) so always make sure to ask before you prepare a dish with nuts in it for company or a public function! If no one in your family is allergic, they are a great source of inexpensive nutrients. They do have a fair amount of fat, so remember to eat nuts in moderation. I hope you enjoy these recipes from the Texas and National Peanut Producers. They are kid-friendly!

Peanut Breaded Chicken Fingers

2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts

1 cup plain bread crumbs

1/3 cup unsalted, crushed peanuts

1 large egg

1 cup milk

1 cup all-purpose flour

salt and pepper, to taste

Cut chicken into 1/2-inch-wide strips. In a bowl, mix together peanuts and bread crumbs. In a second bowl, mix together egg and milk. In a third bowl mix, flour, salt and pepper.

Dredge the chicken in the flour mixture, then in the egg wash and lastly in the bread crumb mixture, coating well. Bake in a preheated oven at 350 for approximately 20 minutes. Serve hot.

Freshly ground Peanut Butter

Place freshly roasted peanuts in a food processor and blend until mostly smooth. Blend in salt, cinnamon, cocoa, honey, or maple syrup to taste. Divide the contents into airtight jars and store for up to one month in the refrigerator. For easier spreading, microwave it for 30 seconds.

Peanut butter Banana Melt

This is just like a quesadilla, but I couldn’t call it that since it doesn’t have cheese on it, ha ha! Spread a tortilla with peanut butter and top with bananas and cinnamon, and then another tortilla. Spread the outside of the tortillas with a little butter, sprinkle with a little cinnamon sugar and toast on a griddle. Yum!!

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