Soaked Honey Wheat Bread

I think we’ve all recovered from stuffing our faces at Thanksgiving, so now we are back home and trying new ways to incorporate healthy, whole foods into our meals. I’ve always wanted to make my own bread and to stay away from the yucky additives. But, I also want to make sure it’s healthy and good for us by soaking the grains or using sprouted flour. Right now, I buy sprouted whole grain bread and feel good about the quality, but it is in a bag on the shelf at the store and isn’t cheap. I’m not sure I’ve made it to the point of continuously making our own bread, as other things are at the top of my priority list for now, but this recipe proved to be easy and good!

Soaked Honey Wheat Bread

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 cup room temperature water
  • 1 Tbs yogurt
  • 2 Tbs melted coconut oil (or other oil)
  • 3 Tbs honey
  • sprinkle of ginger
  • 1 tsp lemon juice
  • 3 cups whole wheat flour

 

DIRECTIONS

  1. Mix all ingredients together, cover, and sit out on counter overnight.
  2. The next day, sprinkle 2 tsp yeast and 1 tsp salt on top of dough. Knead well. I used the dough blade on my food processor, watching to make sure it didn’t get too sticky. Shape dough into loaf and put into greased bread pan. Proof for 30 minutes.
  3. Bake at 350° for 30 minutes or until internal temperature is 200°.

 

TIPS

 

Creamy Chicken Leftovers Makes Lunch

And baby makes three. 3 kids to feed, that is. With the boys being in preschool 2 days per week now, I really enjoy our lunches at home. They seem to be so much easier for me than packing a lunch to go. Maybe it’s because I often just warm up leftovers and cut up some fruit. Easy! And, Anna just loves to watch her brothers eat and they think it’s so fun that she gets to eat with them now.

Here’s a sample of my lunch for 3 this week. The boys had creamy chicken and black beans from the freezer, a leftover sweet potato from dinner the previous night and kiwi. Anna had porridge and sweet potato.

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Creamy Chicken and Black Beans

in the slow cooker or crock pot

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 1/2 lb uncooked frozen boneless skinless chicken breast
  • 15 oz can black beans, drained (or dried beans soaked overnight and cooked)
  • 1 1/2 cups diced tomatoes OR 15 oz can of diced tomatoes, drained
  • 16 oz jar salsa
  • 8 oz whole fat cream cheese

DIRECTIONS

  • Put frozen chicken breasts in crock pot, cover with black beans, tomatoes and salsa.
  • Cook on high 4-5 hours or until chicken is cooked.
  • Place block of cream cheese on top. Cook for an additional 30 minutes. Stir to incorporate cream cheese into sauce. The stirring
  • should cause the chicken to shred.

SERVING IDEAS

  • Serve with brown rice and guacamole.
  • Roll in tortillas and add your sides of choice.
  • Put a serving on top of salad greens and add any salsa, sour cream, or guacamole.
  • Put on a tortilla and make into a quesadilla.
  • This is a great recipe to freeze. I just store in serving size containers that I know I want to use for lunches.

Christmas Dessert Substitutions

First, let me say HAPPY NEW YEAR to everyone. I hope you had a good close to 2011 and are looking forward to a great 2012. I usually take desserts when traveling to visit relatives for a holiday. It’s just easier than prepping or cooking and trying to keep a vegetable or side dish ready to eat. This year, I tried something different. It’s not my grandma’s pecan pie by any means, but I think it turned out satisfactory. Yes, just ok. Now, I’m only judging from the reactions as I don’t care for pie myself, but overall it was all eaten and some even had it twice. I was told it was a little bitter (maybe the chocolate chips or the rapadura) and even a bit rich. And to some, just having the chocolate added made it just enough different to catch their attention. Anyway, I made this Shortcut Chocolate Pecan Pie from Lisa at 100 Days of Real Food with just a few minor substitutions. Check out her page for the original recipe and I’ll post mine with substitutions here.

INGREDIENTS

For the crust:

  • I  cheated and used a spelt pie crust from Whole Foods

For the filling:

  • 3 eggs
  • ½ cup rapadura
  • ¼ cup 100% pure maple syrup
  • tablespoon melted butter, unsalted
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • cups pecans, chopped or whole
  • ¾ cup dark chocolate chips

DIRECTIONS

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
  2. In a bowl whisk together the eggs, rapadura, syrup, butter, vanilla, and salt. Fold in the pecans and chocolate chips.
  3. Pour the filling into the prepared crust and bake until pie is set, about 20 – 25 minutes.
  4. Let cool for 5 or 10 minutes before serving.