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Old 04-04-2009, 10:21 PM   #1
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Bread crumb substitute?

A few months ago, inspired by lots of reading (especially Michael Pollan's "In Defense of Food"), I began converting to a diet based entirely on whole foods. That meant no processed "food products", including chips, sweets, white flour, cereals, pasta, energy bars, HFCS, and so on. I don't buy into the full paleo concept - I still eat milk products, legumes and drink alcohol - but it's not too far from it. So far, I've absolutely loved the change as getting away from processed, pre-packaged food has forced me to try and learn to cook a ton of new food. My diet is now much more varied, I've found a bunch of new favorite dishes, and I feel awesome.

Surprisingly, I don't miss most of the processed foods I've removed from my diet. However, there is one exception: bread crumbs. I used to use them in a lot of recipes, including breaded chicken, breaded shrimp, eggplant parm and a whole bunch more. Anyone have good ideas for a tasty "whole food" substitute for bread crumbs?
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Old 04-04-2009, 10:29 PM   #2
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Re: Bread crumb substitute?

put some almonds in your blender and use that, or unsweetened shredded coconut works too
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Old 04-05-2009, 06:33 AM   #3
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Re: Bread crumb substitute?

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put some almonds in your blender and use that, or unsweetened shredded coconut works too
+1 for both.

Re: almonds. I recently made "Country Fried Steak" using raw almond flour I blended in my cuisinart. I added some salt, pepper, paprika, garlic powder, onion powder, and a little bit of cayenne. They were awesome!!!

Make sure you use ample eggs to coat your meat to help the almond flour to stick well.
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Old 04-05-2009, 06:52 AM   #4
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Re: Bread crumb substitute?

wow...almonds and coconut...great ideas.

I buy brown rice bread crumbs from the health food store (my publix carries them in the organic section). The ingredients are one: medium grain brown rice. The brand is "Hol-grain". Wheat free/gluten free. Look and taste real close to the old school stuff.
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Old 04-05-2009, 09:35 AM   #5
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Re: Bread crumb substitute?

Awesome ideas everyone, thanks!
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Old 04-05-2009, 06:20 PM   #6
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put some almonds in your blender and use that, or unsweetened shredded coconut works too
so when my mom makes meatloaf next time, she can use blended almonds and it will work just as well as bread crumbs? I thought that almonds didn't have enough "stickiness" to them so you had to add something else in order for the meat to stay together...
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Old 04-05-2009, 07:59 PM   #7
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Re: Bread crumb substitute?

+1 for almonds and coconut.

Macadamia nuts and Pecans too. The pecans seem to scorch more easily, so watch your heat.

I once ate some pumpkin seed crusted salmon at a restaurant that was really good. I haven't tried using pumpkin seeds like that myself, but it's in the back of my mind to do so. (Pumpkin seeds were ground up.)

This evening I made an apple tart (special occasion). I used ground almonds combined with melted butter and cinnamon to make a "crust". It was a bit like a graham cracker crust. (The tart was sugar free, but surprisingly good!)
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Old 04-05-2009, 10:52 PM   #8
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Re: Bread crumb substitute?

Jack, can you please post the recipe? I'd love a sugar-free apple tart!
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Old 04-06-2009, 06:47 AM   #9
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Re: Bread crumb substitute?

ground flaxseed also is great.
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Old 04-06-2009, 06:55 AM   #10
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Re: Bread crumb substitute?

For meatloaf, ground, fried pork skins works well as a breadcrumb substitute.
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