There are many different buzz words that explain this phenomenon: flexitarian, semi-vegetarian, and week day vegetarian; where you only eat meat on the week-ends. But anyway you want to say it, you are cutting back on the meat you eat. Some do it for health reasons, animal rights, the environment or all of the above!

Removing high fructose corn syrup and preservatives from our table.
This is my on-line recipe book with my adventures into finding healthy food for my family to eat....
Trying to cook more from scratch with less prepared foods.

Monday, October 29, 2012

Honey Oat Quick Bread

So I have been doing manly gluten free meals lately and do quite well... But once in a while I crave pizza so something like that.  I have been to picnics and had a burger on a bun things like that.  So I was thinking after hearing the news about the fact that I might not have power after tonight and might be days before it gets turned on... I need things I can eat without power.  So I thought I break down and maybe make some bread. When I made the pizza crust without yeast I wasn't that bloated so maybe it's the yeast that is getting me all bloated. Ok the truth is my yeast went out of date and I threw it away a week ago... I already ran my errands for the day and really don't want to drive in the rain again (plus I think everyone is stocking up on stuff and bottled water) I found this recipe and thought I try it:

Honey Oat Quick Bread


1 cup plus 2 tablespoons old-fashioned rolled oats, or quick-cooking (not instant) oats, divided
2 1/3 cups white whole-wheat flour (or use half white, half whole-wheat flour)
2 1/4 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1 1/4 teaspoons salt
8 ounces (scant 1 cup) plain yogurt
1 large egg
1/4 cup  oil
1/4 cup honey
3/4 cup milk


Position rack in middle of oven; preheat to 375°F. Generously coat a 9-by-5-inch (or similar size) loaf pan with cooking spray. Sprinkle 1 tablespoon oats in the pan. Tip the pan back and forth to coat the sides and bottom with oats.
Stir together the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt in a large bowl. Using a fork, beat the remaining 1 cup oats, yogurt, egg, oil and honey in a medium bowl until well blended. Stir in milk. Gently stir the yogurt mixture into the flour mixture just until thoroughly incorporated but don't overmix or the bread will be tough. Scrape the batter into the pan, spreading evenly to the edges. Sprinkle the remaining 1 tablespoon oats over the top.
Bake the loaf until well browned on top and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean, 40 to 50 minutes. (It’s normal for the top to crack.) Let stand in the pan on a wire rack for 15 minutes. Run a table knife around and under the loaf to loosen it and turn it out onto the rack. Let cool until barely warm, about 45 minutes.

It's so much like a biscuit I thought why not try it.  It's in the oven right now..... I did use Greek yogurt I hope that isn't going to mess it up...

Sunday, October 21, 2012

Fried Provolone Cheese

Have you heard?

That fried provolone cheese can be used as a sub for bacon? Yea I thought right when my supervisor was telling me that too.... He's a vegetarian and his mom is also.  She used make her kids PLT. LOL you know like BLT but P instead of B for the vegetarians;  fried provolone cheese

He told me I should try it for my daughter. Of course kids they love to turn up their noses at different. Even at twenty something........

I tried and it wasn't bacon... but it was pretty good. I think I will eat that again.  It had the texture of lunch meat and tasted good.

One thing I learned was that it will shrink to half the size so use a whole piece.

I got my pan and got it hot.  Over middle high heat.  Put the piece of cheese down and watch it turns brown quick. I search it online and saw a site that said add herbs and Parmesan cheese.  Now they said that the Parmesan cheese helps absorb the liquid from the cheese. So I added some Parmesan cheese  then fliped over and browned on other side.
 Try it!!!


Saturday, October 20, 2012

No Yeast Pizza Crust Recipe.

My new found trying things with out gluten had me wanting some pizza like crazy.  I thought after reading many sites that to start out at using half of the flour with a gluten free flour, I try that.  I have done really good at not eating much gluten.  I have gotten the it's a cook-out come on have a burger!! PS I found I still enjoy them without a bun... but here is the recipe I used for my pizza crust.... I decided to do a yeast free recipe:

 1 cups all purpose flour
1 cup of gluten free flour mix
1 tbsp baking powder
 1/4 tsp salt
 2/3 cup water
1 tbsp cooking oil

  Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

Grease  pizza pan.
Combine dry ingredients.
 Add water and the oil and stir.
Knead dough by hand 6-8 times on a lightly floured surface.
 Pat  dough onto prepared pizza pan, add favorite sauce and toppings.
 Bake at 400 degrees for 18-20 minutes, depending on crust thickness.