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Multi Grain Breaded Veal Chops


Most breaded and fried foods are considered 'bad' for us. However, when you make the bread crumbs from whole grain bread yourself, you know that you are lowering the glycemic index and increasing the fiber content making it a healthier choice. I also use whole wheat flour in place of white enriched flour. This also helps in the effort making this a healthy recipe.

Use a healthier oil such as canola, peanut, or extra virgin olive. While these oils still have calories they are not the saturated fats we're trying to avoid and won't jack up your cholesterol levels.

Ingredients...

2 veal rib chops
2 tablespoons whole wheat flour for dusting
1 egg beaten
1/2 cup whole grain bread crumbs
salt & pepper to taste
3 tablespoons oil

Here's how you do it...

Sprinkle the veal chops with a bit of salt & pepper
Dust with whole wheat flour
Coat in beaten egg
Press both sides into whole grain bread crumbs

Bring your skillet to medium heat
Add the oil to the heated pan
Place the veal chops in the pan
Cook for 5-6 min per side until they are rich golden brown in color.

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