Sourdough Soft/hard Pretzels THM-E

A warm, soft, chewy pretzels is a special treat at our house. they are a favorite to make for a weekend evening meal. These sourdough pretzels can even be made into hard crunchy one. And what’s not to like about that!

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No-knead Jalapeno Cheddar Sourdough Bread THM-E

After the busyness of the past few weeks, I got to spend all day in my kitchen doing something I love, Sourdough!! By now most of you all should know that I love to create recipes using sourdough starter. There is something so rewarding about taking flour, water, and salt and creating a warm crusty loaf of bread. Best of all, most of my family enjoys eating the recipes I create. Tonight this bread was served with Southwestern Chicken and Bean Soup for the men and I also made Beefy Cabbage Soup for myself.

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Sweet Potato Skins THM-E

This post was created in partnership with Ninja and I received a complimentary product but all opinions in this post are my own.

Some days I forget that healthy carbs are so important in our diet, too. Today, I was in my basement and saw three bushels of sweet potatoes that we harvested from our garden last fall. My husband had wrapped each sweet potato individually in newspaper and packed them in crates. They are still as nice as when we first harvested them. I decided to try something different with them. Roasted Potato Skins were a former treat for our family and sweet potatoes worked wonderful for a healthy option. They were a hit with our family and I hope you will enjoy them, too. The Air-Fry Crisping with the Ninja® Foodi™ Pressure Cooker created a caramelizing crispness to these sweet potatoes.

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Sourdough Bagels THM-E

Have you ever walked past in bagel shop in the city and wondered if you will find a healthy on-plan one? These sourdough bagels have a chewy crust and a dense interior just like those from a specialty shop. The dough for these bagels can be mixed and allowed to ferment in the fridge overnight. They are then cooked and baked the following day. You can top them with any topping of your choice or even leave them plain. I mixed a Homemade Everything Bagel Topping for those pictured below. A favorite of mine is toast a split bagel and top with just a tiny bit of cultured butter.

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Barbecue Chicken Sourdough Personal Pan Pizza…THM-E

Who can resist a crispy chewy crust personal pan pizza? This Barbecue Chicken Pizza is just perfect paired with a large garden salad for a delightful THM-E meal. Sourdough is very easy to do and makes the best pizza crust. I use low-fat cheese to keep under 6 grams of fat and use cooked chicken breast. In the summertime I process garden tomatoes into Memphis Barbecue Sauce that is wonderful on this pizza.

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Two Starters – Two Loaves

I decided to do an experiment with my two sourdough starters. My one starter as some of you know, is 6+ years old, has made many beautiful loaves of bread and has been sent all over the US, Canada, and even into Mexico. This starter is strictly fed with King Arthur Bread flour. The other starter is only 4 weeks old; was started and has been fed with a mixture of half King Arthur Bread flour and half white whole wheat flour commonly known as Prairie Gold Flour. There is a day to day blog post when I started this starter with pictures and detailed instructions.

Loaf made with mature starter on left and loaf on right was made with my new 4 week old starter.
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Nicaraguan Rice and Beans with Cabbage Salad, THM-E

Our daughter spent two years living in the loving country of Nicaragua at a Christian Mission as a relief worker. We, as a family, traveled to see her and acquired a taste for native food. Black Beans and Rice soon became a favorite in our house. In Nicaragua a thin sour cream is served with this dish. I will at times use fat-free Greek Yogurt but most often just hot sauce and a few tomatoes. This meal may look complicated but with the use of a Crockpot and Insta-pot it is a very simple economical meal to put together. I always make a double recipe so I can have leftovers for the next day.

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