Saturday, January 22, 2011

Healthy Changes

     In the last few months we've been making some changes in how we eat in an effort to be healthier. We bought a bread-maker, which has been wonderful and easy, once you get the hang of putting all the ingredients together. I have a book of bread-maker recipes, although I tinker with almost all of them.     
     One of our favorites is the Banana Cherry loaf. It's not a dessert bread, but more of a hearty wheat loaf. The banana's inclusion gives it a denser texture. The original recipe called for raisins but I altered it slightly, adding chopped up dried cherries instead, to give it a bit of tartness.

The Donvier Yogurt Making Machine. Not high tech at all.
     We've also been making our own yogurt, with organic milk, which is also easy and tastes great. My husband takes a little jar to work every day with a spoonful or two of some jam mixed in. I first got the idea from the book French Women Don't Get Fat, by Mireille Guiliano, which is actually not a weight loss book, but a book about eating healthy.
      It seems extreme, but it's actually a pleasure to have fresh baked bread and fresh yogurt on hand. With practice it isn't that much of an effort.  It becomes natural. Does anyone else make their own staple foods?

Cherry Banana Loaf (for a small bread maker machine)

1/3 cup Milk
1 Egg
1 1/2 tablespoons Butter
1 mashed ripe Banana
1 teaspoon Salt
1 1/2 tablespoons Honey
1/4 cup rolled Oats
1 1/2 cup Bread Flour
1/2 cup Whole Wheat Flour
1 1/8 teaspoons Dry Yeast
1/2 cup dried Cherries (chopped)


Amy said...

I LOVE homemade bread. My mom used to bake bread every week when I was a kid, and my mother in lay bakes it frequently as well. One of these days I'm going to have to learn their recipes.

J.Tuttle said...

Amy - the bread machine makes it easier to do and it is still yummy.

SM said...

My dad used to make his own bread and Portuguese sweet bread (more to eat as dessert than bread). That bread maker looks great.

P.S. I made your carrot cake for our dessert after dinner on new years eve. It was a hit with the family. My mom and father-in-law loved it!!

Tabitha said...

Gorgeous pictures!!! I think I'm going to get out my bread machine and curl up with some yummy jam while I'm watching the snow fall. :)

Ginny the Sock Monkey said...

fun! a yogurt maker! I want one!

J.Tuttle said...

Ginny - It's super easy and it makes fantastic yogurt. Not too expensive either. I can recommend the Donvier brand that use. Try it!

J.Tuttle said...

P.S.- Ginny, were you sitting across from me at brunch? Did I get your name wrong on my Ladies who Brunch post? Let me know so I can correct that!