Sometimes I feel like chewing something…

Since I most of my dietary choices come from a plant-based, whole food diet with very low amounts of processed foods, salt and oil I avoid eating bread, bagels and crackers. That’s nice for my health but sometimes I miss having that texture or something I can pack to go.

When I saw this recipe I knew I had to try it. I bit the bullet and baked two loaves. I’m Portuguese and we like doing everything in bulk when it comes to cooking and baking. It was a risk I was willing to take even if no one else liked it and it meant I would be eating this alone for two months.

Imagine my surprise when my son, who teased me about it not being real bread and looking like a brick in the process, actually ate it and liked it. Then my husband had some and his reaction was so positive that me and my son thought he was being sarcastic. It turns out that he really liked it.

This bread reminds me of those dense breads you get with a nice texture and a slice is all you need. I made it without the salt or coconut oil because I avoid both and it doesn’t taste like anything is missing. It is certainly a keeper and I look forward to trying the recipe again with some cinnamon and dried fruit pieces in it.

Hearty Seed, Nut and Oatmeal Bread

1 cup (250 mL) unsalted sunflower seeds

1/2 cup (125 mL) flax seeds

1/2 cup (125 mL) raw, unsalted, skin-on hazelnuts

1-1/2 cup (375 mL) rolled oats

2 tbsp (30 mL) whole chia seeds

4 tbsp (60 mL) whole psyllium husk

1 tbsp (15 mL) maple syrup

1-1/2 cups (375 mL) water

In 9x5x3-inch (23x13x7.5-cm) silicon loaf pan, combine sunflower and flax seeds, hazelnuts, oats, chia, and psyllium.

In a small bowl using wire whisk, whisk together maple syrup and water. Using wooden spoon, stir into dry ingredients until well combined.

Using spatula, smooth top of dough. Let dough rest uncovered at room temperature for at least 2 hours to overnight (to ensure dough is ready, it should retain its shape and be quite dense even when you pull the sides of the loaf pan away from it).

Bake on middle rack in preheated 350F (180C) oven for 20 minutes. Remove bread from pan and place upside-down directly on middle rack. Bake 30 to 40 minutes, until loaf sounds hollow when tapped.

Let cool 30 minutes.

Store bread in airtight container for five days or freeze up to two months.

Makes one loaf.

I’m so glad I discovered this recipe and appreciate Sarah Britton’s creativity in creating this recipe.

Nutrients per serving (1 slice or 1/12 loaf): 159 calories (this is from the original recipe which included coconut oil so it would be a bit lower since I omitted it)

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Quick & Tasty Indian Cabbage

This is fast and easy…need I say more? I could tell you how great cruciferous veggies are and how you should find as many ways as possible to get it into your diet. If you’re going to eat them, they’re beneficial to you in raw form or lightly cooked. This recipe is perfect because it’s good without cooking the cabbage to death. This is nice al dente and it pairs well with other indian dishes without being overpowering.

Enjoy!!

1.5 tsp yellow or brown mustard seeds
5 cloves of garlic chopped
1/2 a head of cabbage sliced thin
1.5 tsp ground turmeric

Spray a non-stick pan or wok with cooking spray. Add 3 tablespoons of water to the pan once it’s hot then add the mustard seeds. They may pop and that’s ok. Add the garlic and stir it around along with the turmeric. Add the cabbage and stir fry it until it’s all well incorporated and cooked to your liking.

Banana Colada Smoothie

I usually have berries in my smoothies but once in a while I like a change and this one hits the spot. It reminds me of a pina colada but much healthier.

2 ripe bananas
1 thick slice of fresh pineapple (1-2 inches thick)
1 tbsp dried coconut (unsweetened)
1/4 to 1/2 cup almond milk
10 ice cubes
baby spinach (optional, if you want to boost the nutrient content)

Blend this all in the Vitamix and enjoy!

This is super tasty and it reminds me of a tropical vacation.