From my BreadBeckers cookbook.
3 cups freshly milled flour
1 tsp salt
1 tsp baking soda
2 1/2 tsp baking powder
1/3 c oil
3-4 cups buttermilk*
Mix together dry ingredients (or empty your homemade mix into a bowl). Add liquids. Stir just until mixed. Fry on hot oiled griddle or nonstick pan. Serve with fresh chopped fruit and real maple syrup or raw honey.
Sometimes we have some leftover breakfast oatmeal from another day; this can easily be mixed in to the pancake batter. Tastes good and eliminates waste!
*Anyplace I see buttermilk in a recipe, I substitute 1 cup milk (any kind; I use nut milk) + 1 tbsp vinegar. I know some like to avoid vinegar; I am not sure if lemon juice would work instead, but it might.
Thursday, April 29, 2010
Wednesday, April 28, 2010
singing...."Nothing could be finer than the taste of Aunt Jemima in the mo-ho-ho-rning.."
Do you remember that? I actually paused here to look on YouTube to find that commercial, but couldn't...I'll look later.
Back to Aunt Jemima. Or Bisquick. Or any mix. (um...Pillsbury brownies, anyone? I'm not saying I like them or anything. Ahem.)
Here are the ingredients of original pancake mix as listed on Aunt Jemima's website: INGREDIENTS: ENRICHED BLEACHED FLOUR (BLEACHED WHEAT FLOUR, NIACIN, REDUCED IRON, THIAMIN MONONITRATE, RIBOFLAVIN, FOLIC ACID), SUGAR, LEAVENING (SODIUM BICARBONATE, SODIUM ALUMINUM PHOSPHATE, MONOCALCIUM PHOSPHATE), SALT, CALCIUM CARBONATE (A SOURCE OF CALCIUM).
I made bold the bleach, the bleach, the sugar. By the way, that's bleached WHITE flour, in case you weren't sure. And the other stuff....basically other than the salt and the baking soda, none of it should be added to your food.
Flour should be whole wheat, (or other whole grain), and freshly ground. I began a post series on the benefits of freshly ground flour;I didn't finish it, but hope to soon. But read here for the first part.
A box of pre made mix costs about $2. Your ingredients cost less than that. But to make it all from scratch takes too long, you say. So...why not make your own mix? A mix is just the dry ingredients pre-combined with instructions of what to add. I can do that!
I made a pancake supper last night, and while preparing my batter, I grabbed 2 ziplocks and made 2 mix bags. Easy as pie. Or should I say pancakes. :)
By the way, you can do the same thing for all kinds of mixes. Makes it easier to "whip something up."
Homemade mixes are definitely something that work for me.
This post is linked to Works For Me Wednesday.
Tuesday, April 27, 2010
I've been away (from posting, not really away) for too long. It's going to change. Starting by just keeping it "real", not only informative about health stuff. That stuff is important, and I love researching and teaching it, but the truth is, I don't have much time. Go figure.
But I miss posting, and I have aspirations of a blog that actually reflects my life on a regular basis. So, I'm going to start adding more, but very regular day to day kind of stuff. And as I have time, I'll share my "natural" version or take on the topic, as well as add others specifically in that vein.
I long ago discovered the many pluses of creating a menu plan for the week. No need to think about what to make at the late hour of 5:00. That's stress I don't enjoy. But, for whatever reason, I haven't been doing it. That needs to stop.
So, yesterday, I sat down and made a plan. A menu plan, that is, for this week. I'm a day late posting it, but here it is:
Monday- Vegetable&tuna noodle casserole (it was good!)
Tuesday- Pancake supper (whole-grain, of course) with fresh fruit toppings
Wednesday- Baked potatoes with grilled mushroom&onions topping, and steamed peas & lima beans
Thursday- Minestrone soup & salad
Friday (Shabbat dinner) - Roasted Chicken, steamed broccoli or green beans, coucous or mixed grains, fresh challah bread, chocolate chip banana bread
Saturday- (breakfast) Homemade granola, fresh almond milk. Dinner: leftover minestrone soup & challah.
Sunday- Cuban Black Beans and rice
There are plenty of food & recipe blogs out there. I will add recipes slowly. Please ask me if there's something specific you want me to post or explain.
I'm going to try to post our menu plan each week on Monday. I have no idea if any of you out there give a hoot what we eat, but posting it each week will help keep me accountable for actually making a plan. I'd love your feedback. Share what you're making!
I'm going to link up to Menu Plan Monday at I'm an Organizing Junkie. See more menus there.