Showing posts with label whole grains. Show all posts
Showing posts with label whole grains. Show all posts

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Using Flax Seed Meal Update

I've had a little break from preaching the benefits of flax seed meal, although I've continued to use it on a regular basis.  Last night I was able to experiment with in a way I've really been curious about.  I was out of eggs (I naturally forgot about it) and started to make some muffins.  It was the perfect opportunity to test out the claims I read on the flax seed bag.

To use flax seed meal in place of eggs in baking, measure out 1 Tbs. of flax seed meal and put into a small bowl.  Add 2 Tbs. of water to the flax seed and let it soak for two minutes, then add it to your baking just as you would regular eggs.  Use this once for each egg needed.

I tried this in my banana blueberry muffins last night and it worked out great.  The texture was great and they were nice and fluffy and lovely.  I'll keep trying it out in other things and keep you all updated.  This is a way that using flax seed meal could really pay!  It would be nice to save the eggs for the good stuff!

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

The Flax Seed Challenge (part 2)

Here's my most recent update on the flax seed challenge.  Congratulations to me, I've purchased my first flax seed product.  I was thinking about buying some last week, but was a little put off about what to buy.  They have golden flax seeds or regular flax seeds about the size of a sesame seed, but they also have flax seed meal.

regular flax seeds

I needed to think on the practicality for a week or so, and I decided to go with the flax seed meal for this reason:  it'll be less visible to the nutrient-resisting faction in my family.  If there is a way I can incorporate the flax seed without it being visible, then that's definitely for us.  After all, it's a time-honored Mom tradition to hide vegetables and whole grains within foods, isn't it?

That was my line of thinking, then a clearance at Meijer sealed the deal.  Meijer carries a medium size bag of regular flax seed (16 oz.) and flax seed meal for the regular price of $3.59.  For some reason, the meal was clearanced to $2.99 this week.  I took it as Divine intervention (after all, the virtuous woman is supposed to seek wool and flax, right?), or perhaps just an ironic prod in the right direction! 

The Bob's Red Mill bag has all kinds of interesting information on nutritional value, as well as the heart-stopping claim that you can use a flax seed meal/water combination in place of eggs in baked goods.  Can that be true?  Only 2 Tablespoons to replace an egg?  If it is true, the purchase will be worth it!  

I'll be giving it a whirl soon, and keep you updated on the results! 

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

The Flax Seed Challenge...

Over the holidays, my sister-in-law Kathi, and I were chatting about some of our cooking and nutrition challenges.  Somehow we got onto the topic of flax seed.

golden flax seed
For those of us unfamiliar with flax seed, they do have a startling number of health benefits!  Kathi apparently was given some by a friend, but hasn't been able to try it yet.  I've never bought it, but having heard some about it, I thought it might be a good try.  I've heard that some of the organicy, so-called 'crunchy' Moms use flax seed all the time in many different ways.

It is really good for you, and after pricing it, I've found that it's not out of this world expensive, so can we incorporate it into our diets?  Can we afford it on a regular basis?  Will the hubby and kids like it or even be able to tell?  Will we notice any health benefits (such as cancer fighting, cholesterol lowering, weight-loss miracles)?  I don't know, but I've decided to give it a try.  I'm 'making' Kathi try, too, for additional input, and since she already has it at home and hasn't tried it yet.  

I'll be posting occasionally about my flax seed challenge.  I'll be pricing it, reviewing the health benefits, thinking through any necessary frugal considerations, and I'll let you know what we think of it overall.  Let's start off this year at least giving this super food a chance, shall we?

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Baked Brown Rice


Here's an easy way to make brown rice to go along with your dinner.  It comes out of the oven with perfect individual grains instead of all mushed together.  Now that it's practically fall, you should try this out to warm up your house...or stick it in the oven along with that roast you're planning. 

Just so you know, brown rice is practically the same price as the regular, not-so-great-for-you rice, so this time eating healthier is not more expensive!

Baked Brown Rice
1 cup brown rice
1/2 tsp. salt
2 1/2 cups water

Toast the rice in a skillet over medium-high heat, stirring frequently.  Rice will brown and maybe even puff up and pop slightly like popcorn.

Pour rice into a 1 qt. casserole dish with a good lid.  Stir in the water and salt.

Bake covered at 325 degrees for 1 1/2 hours.

***You can subsititute tomato sauce for all or part of the water to get a spanish rice type of dish for Mexican, if you wish.

Friday, May 20, 2011

Baked Oatmeal

One of the cheapest things you can do to lower your grocery bill is to do breakfast for dinner.  We try to on a weekly basis.  If you have something yummy that takes too long to make in the morning, try it at night.  Many of the traditional breakfast proteins are very inexpensive, and you can really cut some major dinner calories with the right choices.  Here's one of my favorites.  It's easy and very flexible...feel free to swap out and experiment with different fruits and stir-ins.  One of our favorites is subbing frozen blueberries for the raisins.

Baked Oatmeal

1 egg
1/3 cup brown sugar
1/3 cup oil (not olive)
2 cups quick oats
1 1/2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt
3/4 cup milk
1/2 to 1 cup raisins
1/2 cup chopped nuts, optional

Beat egg; add brown sugar and oil.  Mix well.  Add everything else; mix well.  Put in an 8 x 8 pan and bake at 350 degrees for 25-30 minutes.