Saturday, January 5, 2008

Good ole' recipes times 2




I've been trying to get even more creative with our recipe collection of healthy dishes.

I still have yet to find a good homemade whole wheat bread recipe without any white flour that can easily be made without a bread machine. But, then again I haven't really looked very hard either nor attempted to make a loaf more than once. There are so many out there. So, if you know of one feel free to pass it along. Jason will be thrilled.

In the meantime, we've come to like this Ezekiel bread. You can find it in your grocer's freezer in the health/bread section. The texture is a bit stiff for my liking, but the health benefits are wonderful. My search still continues for homemade bread.

However, I have successfully mastered an amazing homemade cornbread recipe that goes great with a pot of soup or chili on a cold winter's day.

Healthy Cornbread

1 cup of Cornmeal (Bob's Red Mill Cornmeal, Medium Grind- flour/baking isle)

1 cup Stone Ground Whole Wheat (Bob's Red Mill)

1/2 tsp Salt

4 tsp baking powder

1 tbsp of Sugar (optional- we use Organic Evaporated Cane Juice)

1 egg
1 cup Goat's milk (trust me here, it is good:)

1/4 cup Olive Oil

Preheat oven to 425. Sift together dry ingredients in a bowl. Then add the remaining ingredients and stir really well making sure all ingredients are evenly dispersed. Coat a cast iron skillet with olive oil really well. If you don't have cast iron, use a glass dish (the next best healthy thing to bake with). Still coat the glass with olive oil. Pour cornbread mixture into skillet/dish and bake for 20 minutes.

The texture of this cornbread is amazing. And so soft too! We love this stuff with a touch of honey drizzled on top.

Here are a few other recipes that have been cooked, tasted, and approved!

Chicken and Cabbage Soup

4 cups of chicken (shredded and picked off bone)
4 cups of Organic free-range chicken broth

3 cups of water

6 red potatoes cut into cubes

1 1/2 cups carrots (shredded or sliced....which ever you prefer)

3 cups of chopped cabbage

1 white onion chopped up

1 bushel of chopped parsley

2 tbsp of garlic

Dash of red pepper (be careful not to add too much because it will be spicy)

1 tbsp of celery salt

Salt

Pepper


Bring all ingredients to a boil. Reduce heat to simmer for about 30 minutes. Cabbage is soooooo good for you. The only problem is actually eating it. This soup is a great way to get cabbage incorporated into your diet and taste really well too! I'm serious. My house didn't STINK at all when I cooked this.

Chicken, Lime, & Cilantro Pasta

3 cups of chicken (cooked and cubed)
1/2 chopped white onion
artichoke hearts (not marinated in oil, but vinegar)
1 can diced tomatoes and green chiles
1 cup Organic free-range chicken broth
1 bushel of chopped cilantro
2 limes
1 tbsp Nutmeg
2 tbsp Garlic
Salt
Pepper
1 box Whole Wheat Penne pasta (we use Heartland)

Prepared chicken as you normally would. I cook mine in a little bit of olive oil, salt, pepper, and garlic. Sometimes I boil a whole chicken and pick it off the bone. It just depends what I have on hand. Boil noodles as directed. Place all ingredients except for broth and lime in a cast iron skillet and saute together on medium high heat for 15 minutes. Add broth and squeeze lime into the pasta. Simmer for another 5 minutes. Stir pasta and mixture together. You can always increase lime if you prefer more. Yummy!

Deliciously Healthy Salad Dressing

2 cloves of Garlic
Lime Juice (I like a lot!!)
Kosher Salt
Cracked Pepper
One Part Apple Cider Vinegar
One Part Balsamic Vinegar
One Part Olive Oil

Whisk all ingredients together and serve over your favorite salad. Apple Cider Vinegar is AMAZING for your body. Read more about that HERE. We love this salad dressing. And this is a great way for me to eat ACV without having to guzzle it down.

For other healthy recipes, you view those from a previous post HERE.




3 comments:

Rachel said...

That pasta sounds yummy! We've been eating the Ezekiel bread off and on for a while (had to take a break during the bad nausea time). I have a good whole wheat bread recipe that's really yummy, but I bake it in the bread machine. There's a lot of honey in it! http://www.hillbillyhousewife.com/brdm_honeywheatbread.htm

The Kramer Family said...

Thanks Rachel! That recipe looks simple and yummy. I like things with minimal ingredients. I think we just need to get a bread machine. It seems worth to me. I will let you know how it turns out.

Twinville said...

Thanks for sharing your recipes. I can't wait to try them out for my family soon.