I will have to confess that my husband is the healthy one around here. This is true. He knows more about what our bodies need nutritionally than anyone I know! My idea of health is eating salad and all kinds of fresh fruit. And then playing in my garden and riding my bike. I know this makes me feel good mentally and physically – but he is the one who knows why it makes me feel good.
But after some researching this winter on both of our parts (his part far outweighed mine however) . . . we are realizing we need to cut down on our processed foods. For about a year now, I have kept in touch with Lisa Leake’s blog: 100 Days of Real Food. She has great recipes and tips for folks who are trying to switch over to real foods. If you are wondering what she defines as “real food”, you can visit here: Real Food Defined (the rules).
In addition to her blog with lots of recipes, she has two cookbooks out. I purchased her most recent one and almost wish I had the other one as well! (affiliate links below – click on pictures to go to Amazon)
So as we begin down this journey of getting back to more whole foods in our diet, I will share some recipes and tips – and probably some flops! Today, Dallas and I tackled our homemade bread. For it to be considered real food, it cannot have white flour or sugar in it – or any bad oils. I searched on Pinterest and found a recipe on the Six Sisters’ Stuff blog that is a copycat of the Great Harvest Honey Bread that Lisa Leake talks about often. It has only 5 ingredients: whole wheat flour, water, yeast, honey, and salt. No oil or eggs!
Also, if you are interested, I am pinning real food recipes I find on a special board: Real Food Cooking.
AAHH. That is about enough links for one day! On to the bread….
Oh wait. Never mind the bread . . . we have a bug situation in the kitchen.
It died. He done killed it, folks.
It’s called “protecting the Mama of the house while Dad is working”!
I love it . . .
So we mixed up our bread like the recipe said to and then set it in front of the heater on this drippy, cold, wet March day. This is the warmest place in the house!
Soon it was ready to put into pans and we let them rise again.
While they rose, we did some work. My protector is also learning how to empty the dishwasher. He will need both of those skills once he is married!
And here is the final product. I will tell you honestly how it was! It was softer than I thought it might be – but did not rise as high. Instead of using four pans, I will use only three next time. There was a definite wheat flavor, but beyond that and the size, I was pleased with how it turned out!
Lowell said it was good so that is a definite plus. Now to get the kids to like it . . .