My husband, Frank, has two favourite dishes.
Pizza and baked chicken parmesan.
For his birthday this month, I made a healthy chicken parm that’s gluten/grain/dairy-free and still delicious.
When I start working with a new client in The Clear Skin Solution, a common thing I hear is they’re a little nervous about removing things from their diet. The two things they always mentioned is gluten and dairy. These two are common acne food triggers and tend to make up a big portion of people’s daily diets.
My #1 goal with new clients is to make sure they never feel deprived. If we ever need to remove something, I make sure they have a healthy substitution in place.
Let’s talk why dairy is enemy #1 when it comes to acne.
Hormones: even organic, hormone-free dairy STILL contains over 60 naturally occurring hormones that are big time acne triggers.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Leaky gut: the proteins in milk, casein and whey, are difficult for most to digest and thus can lead to gastrointestinal distress, inflammation and potential damage to the gut lining. Gut health is the foundation to clear skin.
Zinc: casein has been shown to negatively impact the absorption of the skin-healing mineral zinc — which is bad news for acne sufferers. Zinc is also important for healthy hormones. And an imbalance in hormones is common place for adult women dealing with chronic breakouts.
Insulin levels: dairy contains insulin-growth factor (IG1) which increases insulin levels. An elevation in insulin can causes blood sugar swings that contributes to acne.⠀
In this baked chicken parmesan, the cashew cheese adds that creamy factor without the need for dairy.
This is a pretty standard mix I use for chicken fingers, fish ‘n’ chips or even baked pickles. Feel free to make a double batch and save the unused amount for any future breading needs. I sprinkle the amount I think I’ll use for breading the chicken into the dredging bowl. Doing so ensures I don’t waste any of the almond flour mixture.
A staple in our house, this recipe is a variation of my Nonna’s homemade sauce . The surprise ingredient is a cinnamon stick. It was my Nonna’s secret weapon for her sauce and gives it an incredible flavour.
My cashew cheese is something I always have on hand. It’s super creamy and can be used in a variety of ways. You can thin it out with some water and use it as an Alfredo-style sauce, use it in tomato soup for a creamy addition, or as a dip alongside veggies.