I have been baking a lot lately, since the rainy season has hit and the oven can be on without roasting us. We decided not to buy bread anymore, though we’d eliminated “pan frances” which is white, from our diet when Irving was diagnosed with diabetes. We bought whole wheat bread still, but it gets pricey when you have kids scarfing it all down adn since I have a bread machine, I decided to try making my own again. It’s been going well, so last week, we got these:
That is a 25 lb bag of whole wheat flour and a 50 lb bag of white flour. It might seem like a lot, but I’ll be very surprised if it lasts longer than a month! We found a deposito near the market where we can get the flour for considerably cheaper by buying in bulk.
I mix my bread in the bread machine, then turn it out into loaf pans to get two one pound loaves. However, since the oven is on, I usually make other stuff, too. Like these delicious whole wheat oat rolls:
These are so yummy and healthy. We use them for everything from hamburgers to sloppy joes!
The other day, I made baked “fried” chicken, which the kids loved. It’s healthier than regular fried chicken and MUCH cheaper than Pollo Campero.
We’ve also discovered that oven roasted broccoli is a HUGE favorite around here. Everyone loves it and I don’t even like broccoli! It’s soooo good though, that we buy three heads of broccoli every couple of weeks in the market to use this way.
I made potato crusted chicken nuggets the other day and the boys liked them so much that Dante said he was never going to Pollo Campero again. Which was kind of the point. I also made sweet potato fries, which everyone pretty much scarfed down. This photo was taken seconds before they devoured the food like a group of piranhas. It was a little startling!
Another favorite around here is bagels. Mmm, we love our bagels. I try not to make them too often, since we would just overdose, but I do make them from time to time. I usually do a batch of whole wheat ones just for Irving.
And finally, we have been playing around with snack ideas that I can pop in the oven when I’m baking bread, to take up the extra room. A big favorite is the banana oat cookies I wrote about previously, but carrot crackers are also a favorite.
What’s happening in your kitchen these days?