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Focaccia Style Flax Bread

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups flax seed meal
  • 1 Tablespoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 5 beaten eggs
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/4 cup oil

Preparation:

Preheat oven to 350 F. Prepare pan (a 10×15 pan with sides works best) with oiled parchment paper or a silicone mat.

  1. Mix dry ingredients well – a whisk works well.
  2. Add wet to dry, and combine well. Make sure there aren’t obvious strings of egg white hanging out in the batter.
  3. Let batter set for 2 to 3 minutes to thicken up some (leave it too long and it gets past the point where it’s easy to spread.)
  4. Pour batter onto pan. Because it’s going to tend to mound in the middle, you’ll get a more even thickness if you spread it away from the center somewhat, in roughly a rectangle an inch or two from the sides of the pan (you can go all the way to the edge, but it will be thinner).
  5. Bake for about 20 minutes, until it springs back when you touch the top and/or is visibly browning even more than flax already is.
  6. Cool and cut into whatever size slices you want. You don’t need a sharp knife; I usually just cut it with a spatula.

Nutritional Information:

Each of 12 servings has less than a gram of effective carbohydrate (.7 grams to be exact) plus 5 grams fiber, 6 grams protein, and 185 calories.

 

Quick Chicken Gumbo

Ingredients

  • 1 package frozen gumbo-style vegetables, 16 oz, a mixture of okra, peppers and onions.
  • 29 oz canned diced tomatoes, with mild chiles.
  • 12 oz refrigerated grilled chicken breast fillet, cubed, about 3 cups.
  • 1 Tbsp all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp Creole seasoning

Instructions

  • Coat a large skillet with nonstick cooking spray. Add vegetables and saute over high heat, stirring frequently, for 2 minutes. Stir in flour and cook 1 more minute. Stir in tomatoes, chicken, and Creole seasoning. Cook over medium heat, stirring frequently, until hot, about 6 minutes. Yields about 1 1/2 cups per serving.

Servings: 4

Notes

  • 4 points per serving
  • Cooking time around 20 minutes

Peanut Brittle

  • Step One Ingredients
    • 2 Cups sugar
    • 1 Cup corn syrup
    • 1/2 Cup hot water
  • Step Two Ingredients
    • 2 Cups (10 oz) raw Spanish peanuts
  • Step Three Ingredients
    • 1 teaspoon salt
    • 2 teaspoon baking soda
    • 2 tablespoon butter
    • 2 teaspoon real vanilla

Preparation:

In a medium size saucepan, combine the “Step One” ingredients. Bring to a boil over a medium to medium-high heat.

In another container, such as a Pyrex measuring cup, combine the salt and butter. Microwave the mixture to melt the butter and dissolve the salt before adding the baking soda and vanilla.

Cook the sugar mixture around 20 minutes until it changes color slightly and the mixture will stream from your spoon around a foot when raised above the pan. The string should be as fine as a hair and will string a foot before breaking. Add peanuts and cook until peanuts are browned (around 3-8 min). Don’t over-cook the peanuts as they will brown a little more after the mixture is poured out to cool.

Get a long spoon! I like to use a long wooden spoon for this next step. You want a long spoon because you will burn your hand from the steam when the “Step Three” ingredients are added.

Stir the “Step Three” mixture well and pour into sugar mixture. STIR LIKE CRAZY (with long spoon) and remove from heat. Stir briskly for 30 to 60 seconds or so.

Pour out into 9×14 pan. I suggest a new “Bakers Secret” pan because I’ve never had any problems with the candy sticking. Cool as fast as possible! A snow bank works well for this.

Multigrain Bread

Ingredients

  • 1 1/4 cups 7-grain hot cereal mix (this is hot cereal mix, not cold cereal labeled 7-grain. I prefer the Bob’s Red Mill)
  • 2 1/2 cups boiling water
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
  • 4 tablespoons honey
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons instant yeast
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 3/4 cup unsalted sunflower seeds
  • 1/2 cup old-fashioned rolled oats

Instructions

  1. Place cereal mix in the bowl of your stand mixer and pour boiling water over it. Stir to mix and let stand until mixture cools to around 100°, stirring occasionally. Once mixture has cooled, add yeast and stir to mix. Don’t add yeast until the mixture has cooled or you will kill the yeast.
  2. While the mixture is cooling, combine both types of flour and the salt in a bowl and use a whisk to mix.
  3. Combine honey and butter in microwave safe measuring cup and microwave to just melt the butter. Ensure this mixture is not over 100º and stir this into the hot cereal mix.
  4. Using the dough hook on your stand mixer at low speed, start adding the flour mixture 1/2 cup at a time. Using the mixer, knead dough for 3-4 minutes then add the sunflower seeds and knead just long enough to incorporate the seeds into the dough.
  5. Transfer dough to floured work surface and knead by hand until seeds are evenly dispersed and dough forms a smooth, taut ball. Place dough into greased container double the size of the dough ball. Cover with plastic wrap and allow to rise until doubled (45 to 60 minutes).
  6. Preheat oven to 375°. Coat two 9×5 loaf pans with shortening or nonstick cooking spray.
  7. Transfer dough to lightly floured work surface and divide into two loafs.
  8. Roll the loafs in the oats to coat (you may need to lightly wet the loaf to ensure the oats stick) and place into loaf pan. Cover pans loosely with plastic wrap and allow dough to rise.
  9. When dough peaks over the top of the pan 1 to 2 inches, bake on middle rack for 35 to 40 minutes. Remove from pans and allow to cool on wire rack for 2 to 3 hours before cutting.

Cooking time: 120