If you’re like me, when cold weather hits, you are looking for something you can cook that is warm, filling, and tasty. You can only cook so much chili before everyone is tired of it. I was recently inspired to try taco soup after a lady at my church served it at a women’s meeting. However, the recipes I found online for it called for ingredients I didn’t have on hand. You know me… I decided to just make up my own recipe and call it “Easy Taco Soup Supreme” and see how it turned out. It was amazingly delicious and filling and will be a new favorite for my family. Continue reading Easy Taco Soup Supreme
French bread is crusty on the outside and soft on the inside. This bread goes perfect with pasta or soup. However, making it takes forever. I like to make my own bread when I can to control the ingredients, limit the sugar in it, and use whole ingredients.
Please pardon my photos. They aren’t the best in the world and I cut the bread in half to make sure the center was done before snapping the pictures. It was done and delicious, by the way.
I started to look for a solution to bake my own French bread without having to knead it, let it rise, punch it down, knead some more. That’s so much work and this isn’t the 1950s.
Here is the recipe I came up with based on my old recipe books, some trial and error and looking at other bread machine recipes I had on hand. The result was a tasty, simple bread that paired perfectly with our dinner.
- 3 1/2 cups of all purpose flour can use bread flour if that is what you have on hand
- 1 packet yeast
- 1/2 teaspoon sugar
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1 1/4 cups warm water
Add flour to your bread machine baking insert.
Make a small crater in the center of the flour and pour yeast packet inside.
Sprinkle sugar on top of yeast.
Add salt and baking powder around outside edge of crater.
Pour water on top and set bread machine to "dough" setting.
When bread machine is finished, divide dough in half and shape into long, narrow loaves.
Cover and let rise 60-90 minutes more.
Bake at 450-degrees Fahrenheit for 20-25 minutes (about 20 in a gas oven and about 25 in electric) or until crust is golden brown.
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I’ve been working hard to eat healthier. While my scale isn’t moving super fast (I’ve lost about 7 pounds in two months), it is moving in the right direction and I feel better about what I’m putting in my body. One of my biggest down falls is my sweet tooth.
I can do well for a while but then those cravings hit. However, I have come up with a recipe that seems to help this tremendously and also puts a bit more protein in my diet. There are a ton of protein cookie recipes out there, but I found them really dry and the cookie would crumble as you tried to eat it. I started experimenting with my own recipe and here it is. It has a wonderful taste to it.
- 1 pat or about 1/4-1/2 tablespoon butter real butter
- 1 teaspoon all natural peanut butter ingredients should be peanuts and salt ONLY
- 1 tablespoon Splenda
- 1 1/2 tablespoons vanilla whey protein powder I like Robb's
- 5 Atkins candy coated chocolates
Melt butter and peanut butter in a small mug (about 20 seconds in microwave)
Stir until smooth.
Add Splenda and protein powder. Stir until smooth.
Microwave on high for about one minute. Check. If it is not starting to firm up around the edges, nuke 20 seconds at a time until it does.
Sprinkle on the candies (they will melt a bit from the heat of the cookie, but not too much).
Let sit for about five minutes and enjoy. I just eat it with a spoon right out of the mug. So yummy and kills that sweet urge in a healthier way than sugar and white flour.
Note: You can also make these with chocolate protein powder. However, I think it gives them a bit of a bitter taste. I much prefer the vanilla. If you are craving chocolate, though, that might be a good solution.