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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.
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.
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.
Pears are sometimes overlooked when it comes to the fruit aisle. For an orchard hobbyist they are one of the easiest fruits to grow. Bosc, Bartlett, and Sickle are few of my favorite and I have canned many jars of sugar-free pears from our orchard. This dessert combines lime and pears for a tasty refreshing THM E dessert.
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.
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.
I have come to love my Insta-pot, especially when it comes to cooking dried beans, meats, and rice. Our family likes baked beans but so many are filled of sugars and preservatives. This easy to make recipe uses dried navy beans for a very filling tasty side dish to a meal.
Quick and easy meals — we all love them, don’t we? Mondays are hectic days for me as a mother of eight. My laundry room usually has this enormous mound of dirty wash waiting for my attention. Our family has come to expect simple meals and this is one of my favorites. Everything can be done in the Insta-Pot and all I need to do is add cornbread or a salad to finish out the meal. Any leftovers are saved for lunches the next day.
Sourdough bread is so fascinating to me. I love to experiment with different ways, methods, and with my large family, they eat it right up. This method is very easy and the gluten is developed by the stretch and folds. It is a simple recipe that only uses 5 ingredients and is just stirred together using a large spatula or spoon. I found my clay baker at a thrift store for just a few dollars and I love it.
The key to a successful sourdough baking day is a mature starter. I do send small jars of starter for the cost of $6 for packing/shipping. Message me if you are interested in starter. You will find many more sourdough recipes in the spiral bound 600+ page Around the Family Table Cookbook. All recipes are sugar-free and label with the correct fuel. Books can be purchased using this link. Buy It Now.
Oatmeal is a comfort food to me. As a young girl, my mother often made cooked cereal for breakfast because it was a very economical dish. My children prefer Baked Oatmeal but I still enjoy a simple bowl of oatmeal. It is so handy to keep a couple jars of these dry ingredients in my pantry and in a few minutes my breakfast is ready. This is just as easy as those bought packets of oatmeal but so much healthier. I hope you will enjoy it as much as I do.