Muffins are a great weekend treat for family breakfast. Here’s a healthy idea for blueberry ones since it’s National Blueberry Month! (more…)
Did you know that you can substitute whole wheat flour for white flour when baking? What better time that September, when whole grains are a Foods of the Month, to try this out?!
ICYMI, whole wheat is a subset of whole grain that strictly applies to wheat products. So when a product is labeled whole grain, it means that it includes the entire kernel of the grain – including the outer bran layer, the germ (the part that can sprout into a new plant), and the inner, starchy endosperm. Refined grains, on the other hand, only include the endosperm; that’s why whole grains generally take longer to cook.
One of our favorite ways to get more whole grains (organic is best) is by swapping out white flour for whole wheat flour in pizza dough. The great thing about making your own pizza dough is that you can make a big batch and store it in the fridge, to create various healthy dinners throughout the week. To make whole wheat pizza dough, we recommend using half whole wheat flour and half white flour in your favorite pizza dough recipe. By leaving some white flour, the dough is not too dense, but you still get the fiber benefits of whole wheat flour. Combine your flour with yeast, hot water, a little salt and sugar, some extra virgin olive oil and mix thoroughly.
Now, what to do with your healthy homemade pizza dough? Get a little more creative than a regular pizza and try making a calzone or Stromboli! To make these traditionally fatty dishes healthier, spread a thin layer of tomato sauce on the dough, add organic cheese, and then top with tons of veggies like tomatoes, peppers, onions and spinach. Carefully roll it up, and put in the oven at 375 degrees for 35 minutes. Enjoy!
Corn side dishes make any meal more delicious!
Corn is a July Foods of the Month! Health benefits of corn include fiber and antioxidants, which our OrganWise Guys love. Also, corn is tastiest in the summer because it is fresh. Be sure to pick up some fresh (non-GMO) corn, which is the best value, from your local grocery store this summer to make these tasty corn side dishes for your next get together: (more…)
Baking with spinach is a great idea…
Spinach is for more than just salads and dips! Besides adding spinach to these dishes, did you think it was possible to put spinach in baked goods? Adding spinach to breads and pastas not only enhances the nutritional profile of these foods, it’s also incredibly easy. We’ll tell you how with this simple recipe for Spinach Hamburger Buns…
You’ve probably eaten a wrap sandwich on a spinach wrap or green pasta before, right? If so, you’ve tried a baked good made with spinach. When you make these things at home, you can guarantee that you are getting a really healthy dose of spinach in your bread product. Also, you know that there are no artificial colors or flavors added, which can be an issue with store bought items.
This recipe for Spinach Hamburger Buns has an entire package of spinach in it! When spinach is cooked and steamed, it packs down considerably. So, even though these Spinach Hamburger Buns don’t have an overly spinach-y flavor, they are full of all the vitamins and minerals that make spinach a super food. Don’t forget that there is also a big serving of iron in these Spinach Hamburger Buns too. Follow the recipe below to make these green beauties for your family.
- 1 10 oz. box frozen chopped spinach (organic if possible)
- 2 tbsp. butter, room temperature
- 1 egg
- 3/4 cups warm water
- 3 1/2 cups all purpose flour
- 3 tbsp. cup sugar
- 1 1/2 tsp. salt
- 1 tbsp. active dry yeast
- 1 egg, beaten
- 1 tbsp. sesame seeds
- Thaw spinach according to directions. Let cool then use a towel to squeeze out all the excess moisture.
- Use a stand mixer or bread machine on the dough setting to make the dough.
- If using a bread machine, add ingredients according to manufacture's instructions and set to dough setting.
- If using a stand mixer, first combine wet ingredients (spinach, butter, egg and water) until incorporated.
- Mix together dry ingredients in a separate bowl and add them to the wet ingredients, until a sticky dough is formed. Add more flour if the dough is too sticky to handle.
- Remove dough, and form 8 small, slightly flattened balls on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
- Cover and let rise for 1 hour.
- After the dough has risen, brush with the beaten egg and top with sesame seeds. Bake at 400 degrees for 15 minutes. Serve hot with a lean ground beef burger or salmon filet!
Two Foods of the Month in one recipe!
We are back with part two of our egg sandwich lunch ideas! Last week, we featured a Simple Egg Sandwich recipe. This week, we have a two for one special. This recipe for Egg Salad with Spinach features both of our May Foods of the Month, eggs and spinach! This yummy recipe can be made using the same hard boiled eggs that you made last week. If you cooked them up in bulk, you will have plenty to supply this Egg Salad with Spinach recipe.
The combination of egg and spinach is usually found in breakfast foods like omelets. But, since spinach is a powerhouse of nutrients, we think that it should be added to dishes whenever possible. Thanks to the spinach in this recipe, you get a good serving of Vitamin A as well as some fiber. Also, don’t you think that the green color makes this recipe extra beautiful? We do! Spinach and eggs really do go together so well. We always have a container of fresh baby spinach leaves in our kitchen to throw into recipes like this Egg Salad with Spinach sandwich, as well as other sandwiches and salads. In addition to the nutritional benefits of spinach, these fresh leaves also add a nice crunch to any meal.
- 2 slices of whole grain toast
- 2 hard boiled eggs
- A large handful of spinach
- 1 tbsp. dijon mustard
- 1 tsp. mayonnaise
- Salt and pepper, to taste
- To hard boil the eggs, use a small pot to boil just enough water to cover the eggs. Carefully (we use a spoon) add the eggs to the boiling water and cook for 12 minutes. Let cool then peel.
- Use a mixing bowl and spoon to mix together the spinach, mustard, mayonnaise and salt and pepper. Add the whole hard boiled eggs, and use the same spoon to break them up inside the spinach mixture (they will be soft enough that a spoon can easy break them). Mix well to combine all ingredients.
- Transfer the mixture to each piece of toast and enjoy open faced like the photo or eat like a regular sandwich. Enjoy!