Saturday, November 18, 2006

Recipes by popular demand

Little did you know that three or four requests could equate to "popular demand."


Here are the flour tortillas that I made. I swiped it from the internet, but didn't save the site. So, I give credit to whoever came up with this ... you-know-who:

2 cups whole wheat flour
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
2 T olive oil
1/2 cup warm tap water (I ended up using closer to 3/4 cup)

Combine flour, baking powder and salt. Add olive oil (extra virgin - luv your heart) and stir until well combined. Put in warm tap water 1 T at a time until dough can be gathered into a ball. Add more water if needed, 1 T at a time (which is what I had to do). Knead on floured surface 15-20 times. Let dough rest for 15 minutes (ie ... YOU go rest for 15 minutes too!). Divide dough into 10-12 equal portions and shape into balls. On floured surface, roll out ball from center into a circle (or, if you stink at this like me, they'll look like ameobas!). Cook on ungreased skillet over medium-high heat on each side about 30 seconds, or until puffy. If you cook them longer, they get crisp like a tostada. Wrap them in a towel to keep them warm. I've put just about everything on them, from beans for a yummy meal, to honey for a late night sweet craving.

Christine's dee-lish smoothie:

8-12 oz of 8th Continent vanilla soymilk (that's our favorite brand - and you can buy at the Blackwell United - for all you local folks!)
1/2 cup frozen berries (raspberries, blueberries, mixed berries - doesn't matter)
1 banana
2 T milled flaxseed (or flaxseed oil - whatever you prefer)
I also throw in some wheat germ

Throw it all in a blender and give it a whirl! This makes me a giant smoothy, filling one of my large iced tea glasses. I put 8-12 oz of the soymilk, because some days I like mine thicker ... thus lowering how much soymilk I add. By buying a few different bags of berries, you can change it up each time. Also, if you have any leftover, just pop it in the refrigerator. It may look brown and funky after a few hours, but you can just throw it back in the blender the next time, add some more berries and bring it right back to life!

My favorite bread is this one (ya' gotta click here) by Sara Lee. It's whole grain, and the sugar content is low. Stick with their Heart Healthy line, and try to get the sugar content under 4 grams.

Other great breakfast choices are any Kashi cereals. You can sprinkle some flaxseed on them, as well. If you need something sweet, just cut up some fresh fruit and add it in. You can toast up some of their frozen waffles, but be sure you drizzle on locally harvested honey, instead of syrup.

I also love the Kashi snacks for in between meals, or just a handful of almonds or sunflower seeds. Some other quick-and-healthy-grabs are grape tomatoes, baby carrots, a slice of the Sara Lee bread with some natural peanut butter (yeah for Smuckers!) or fruit spread or locally harvested honey ... or, or OR!

OH, I will give you all this little nugget. I still have one splurge meal a week. For one full meal (appetizer to dessert), I eat whatever I want. I enjoy the guilty pleasures ... the non-hydrogentated, full dairy, WHATEVER I am craving that week (and it's usually covered in CHEESE!). Last night that included a big slab of swordfish (not so bad), dipping every last bite in butter sauce (here it comes ...) and a baked potato with butter, butter, butter (oh, yeah), homemade bread with more butter, and ... well, I actually ate really well at the salad bar. But throw in the trip to Braum's afterward, and the big scoop of cappucino chocolatey yummy yummy yummy ice cream in a waffle cone ... well, you see what I'm saying! Once a week I say, "Good job, Steeen! Treat yourself!" All day Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day are also freebies of poor nutrition. I plan ahead on what I will and will not be bringing home as leftovers from wherever we are. Enjoy it. Don't pass on grandma's famous pecan pie. Sop that white wheat roll right through the giblet gravy. It's okay. Then walk away, and remember that you earned a treat, and you'll be right back loving your body again the next day.


Mama Chaos said...

Mmmm, the flour tortillas don't sound too hard to make. I think I'll have to try them soon. :)

Anonymous said...

Where can you get locally harvested honey? I live in Burleson, TX. Any suggestions?