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Quinoa Burgers, Chicken Fingers and Roasted Corn on the Cob!

Posted Apr 29 2010 5:10pm
Last night, the boys wanted chicken fingers.  I little while back, I got some Kinnikinnick Panko Style bread crumbs .  I knew right away what I would be making with them.   The illustrator is a good 'ol Southern boy and he has dearly missed his fried chicken since being diagnosed with celiac disease. Well, I don't typically fry things.  Call me a health nut...I don't care, but I will come up with another alternative to frying any day!  So, breaded baked chicken fingers it is!  Trust me, one bite of these bread crumbs and there was no complaining!  Honestly, I have never heard all three of my boys speak so highly of breaded chicken like this!  They absolutely love it.  In fact, the illustrator has already asked me when we are getting more of "those"  bread crumbs .  The boys had the chicken fingers for leftovers today and even after being microwaved, the bread crumbs were still crispy!    I used the directions on the box and it works perfectly.  I will definitely be buying these again!
    
Since I don't eat meat, I decided to use them in some bean burgers for myself.  I don't know if you know this about me, but I love making bean burgers!  I never buy them, and with my handy pressure cooker, I always have beans on hand.  I cooked up a mess of quinoa the other night and was trying to think of something to do with the rest of it.  I had made burgers with it before, but they just did not hold up to my standards for a good burger. I hate when they crumble and fall apart.  It totally ruins the experience for me.  I like a crispy outside and I want the inside to have some texture (not be mush).  So, last night I took out my original recipe, changed it up a bit and added Kinnikinnick Panko Style bread crumbs .  I used chickpeas in the mix and while rummaging through the herbs and spices...I picked turmeric.  I love that stuff, especially with chickpeas!  The bread crumbs were the perfect addition!  I made little patties and they were perfect for my little sliders!   The illustrator loved them too!  I loved the crisp texture the bread crumbs gave them...perfect!
For the side dish, since it was on sale at the store, I oven roasted corn on the cob!  I discovered my love of raw corn last summer.  I love crisp sweet corn!  I hate when corn is cooked to death...it is just gross!  I am also a purist with my corn.  I cleaned the corn, roasted it and put a little salt and pepper on it when it was done...I am so ready for summer food!
Oven Roasted Corn on the Cob

Preheat your oven to 375 degrees.  Clean your corn and put it on a broiling pan.  Bake for 15 minutes, turn and bake for 10 more minutes.  Now turn your broiler on and broil the corn for 5-10 minutes or until it is done to your liking.  Make sure you watch it so it does not burn...unless you like it that way!
Don't forget I used Kinnikinni graham cracker crumbs in the smore's brownies !  You have to check these out!

Review written for Go Dairy Free
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