Monday, November 29, 2010

100% Whole Wheat Rolls

 I decided instead of bread this week, it would be more user friendly for my kids to have rolls. I modified a recipe I found at to be 100% whole wheat with flax seed added for texture and Omega-3's.  They turned out SO good, light and fluffy!

Makes 4 dozen

* 4 tbs active dry yeast
* 3 1/2 cups warm water (110 degrees F/45 degrees C)
* 1 cup white sugar
* 2 teaspoon salt
* 1/2 cup butter, melted and cooled
* 2 egg, beaten
* 9 cups whole wheat flour
* 1/2 cup flax seed meal (you can use more flour instead, but the flax gives it a beautiful texture and adds Omega 3's.


1. In a large bowl, dissolve yeast in warm water. Let stand until creamy, about 10 minutes.
2. Mix sugar, salt, melted butter, egg, salt, flax and half the whole wheat flour into yeast mixture. Stir in remaining flour 1/2 cup at a time, until dough pulls away from the sides of the bowl. Turn dough out onto a well floured surface, and knead until smooth and elastic, about 8 minutes. Lightly oil a large bowl, place dough in bowl, and turn to coat. Cover with a damp cloth, and let rise in a warm place until doubled in volume, about 1 hour.
3. Punch down dough, cover, and let rise in warm place until doubled again, about 30 minutes.
4. Punch down dough, and shape rolls as desired. Makes 4 dozen large rolls. Let rise uncovered in a warm place 40 minutes, or until doubled in bulk.
5. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C). Bake for 12 to 15 minutes, or until golden brown.

Monday, November 15, 2010

Granola: Chocolate Chip, Coconut, and Peanut Bars

I made these last week and they are so good! Very easy and with ingredients I always have on hand. Perfect for treats to add to a sack lunch.

Prep: 10 minutes
Yield: 20 bars

2 1/2 cups crispy rice cereal
2 cups old fashioned oats
2/3 cup packed brown sugar
2/3 cup honey
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 cup peanut butter
1/4 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp salt (optional)
1/4 cup packed coconut
1/4 cup mini chocolate chips
1/4 cup peanuts

In a large bowl combine the rice cereal and oatmeal. Grease a 9x13 inch pan.

Mix brown sugar, honey and peanut butter in a small sauce pan. Stir over medium heat until just boiling. Add to cereal mixture along with vanilla extract, cinnamon, salt, peanuts, coconut, and chocolate chips.

Press into the prepared pan using a spatula. Set aside to cool, then cut into bars. (I put the pan in the freezer for about 20 minutes before cutting.) Bars can be individually wrapped and frozen, or store in an airtight container.

Monday, November 1, 2010

White Chili

My SIL made this chili for a Halloween Party this weekend and it was so good!

Yield: 6 servings

1 16 oz bag frozen white corn
2 (15oz) cans white beans
1 (4 oz) can green chilies
1/2 white onion, chopped
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 cup veggie or chicken broth
juice of 1 lemon
1 1/2 tsp ground cumin
1/2 tsp Italian seasoning
salt and pepper
2 boneless skinless chicken breasts

Cook for 8 to 9 hours on low and 4 to 6 hours on high in your crock pot.  Recipe can be doubled.

Top with cheese and sour cream.