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No knead, no rise “insta-bread”

Haven’t we all had those nights where we’re scrambling for something to make for dinner and realize (about 4 hours too late) that freshly baked bread would nicely complement the soup bubbling on the stove?

I made these amazing little dinner rolls last night and knew I had to share the recipe. They take about 40 minutes from mixing to serving, so they’re perfect for the last-minute bread addition.

I adjusted the recipe I found to have less sugar and half whole wheat flour. I’m going to keep tinkering with it to try for all whole wheat, as that is what my family prefers. I made some rolls plain (as we love honey on ours!), and some with cheese and sage. I think these would be great at...

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Recipe: Perfect Veggie Burgers

Anyone who knows me personally will attest that I’m pretty good at cooking. I don’t often need to follow a recipe to pull off a great tasting dish.

Veggie burgers are my Achilles Heel, though. I simply cannot get them right!

I ran across this Perfect Veggie Burger recipe from a new favorite food blog called Oh She Glows. I love her story, the focus on healthy whole foods, and these amazing burgers.

Try them; I bet you will love them too!

I’ve got a couple of my own recipe inventions lined up for you, but we are in the process of moving (I know: again!) and things are a bit wild over here in HLW-land. I’ll take a break from packing and logistics and toss up a great end-of-summer...

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Recipe: Mac & Cheez (vegan)

My nearly-5 year old has become increasingly sensitive to dairy again, over the past few months. I have no idea why, except that she is very sensitive in lots of areas right now, what with all the hormonal and developmental shifts that happen to little kids at this age. That her gut is responding to all the emotional upheaval does not surprise me; our bodies are very complex machines!

She is very sad that she can’t have dairy, so tonight for a treat I whipped up a batch of SusanV’s famous “Cheeze” sauce.

I wasn’t quite sure how it was going to go over. Miss Priss used to love nutritional yeast flakes (we call it “Orange Stuff” and she’d sprinkle it on everything!), but in the past year...

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Recipe: Laura’s No-fail Whole Wheat Bread

I adapted this recipe from the King Arthur Flour bag. It really is incredibly simple: you just mix up the dry ingredients, mix up the wet ingredients, and then stir and knead them together.

Don’t get intimidated by “how long” baking your own bread takes. Most of the time is hands-off rising time, so what bread really requires is forethought!

No Fail Whole Wheat Bread

6 c whole wheat flour
1 c AP flour
3/4 c flax seed meal
2 TB vital wheat gluten
2-3 TB millet seed
5 tsp instant yeast
2 1/2 tsp salt
1/2 c vegetable oil
1/2 c honey (maple syrup is ok too)
2 2/3 c luke warm water

Mix the dry ingredients in a large bowl.

In a separate bowl (I use my Pyrex 2-cup measuring pitcher), mix...

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Recipe: Laura’s Perfect Banana Bread

Laura’s Perfect Banana Bread

I made up this recipe last night in order to make a healthier version of the white-flour-brown-sugar recipe I had on hand. It’s delicious and totally worth turning on the oven on a hot afternoon!

2 1/2 c white whole wheat flour
1/2 c flax seed meal
1 c almond flour
2 tsp baking soda
Scant 1 tsp salt
1 tsp cinnamon
1 c coconut oil, melted
1 1/2 c Sucanat
1/2 tsp vanilla
4 eggs, beaten
10-12 overripe bananas, mashed or chopped up
1 c walnuts or pecans, chopped

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease two 9x5 loaf pans (I use coconut oil).

In a large bowl, combine flours, baking soda, salt, and cinnamon.

In a separate bowl, cream together coconut oil and...

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Recipe: Apricot-Coconut Brioche Roll

I was toying around with the portmanteau name: “Copranot” for this little bundle of joy, but I was worried that it might confuse you.

I’m also worried that if you imagine yourself not an apricot or coconut fan, you might not try this bread, and you would be really missing out.

If you don’t trust my abilities to convert you to liking good things, I have another, non-apricot, non-coconut version of this up my sleeve which I will post later. :)

Without further ado, the very simple, very delicious…

Apricot-Coconut Brioche Roll

NOTE: This is for those of you, who, like me, do not always read the entire recipe before you set about cooking or baking on a deadline. This recipe calls for a...

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Recipe: Salad Dressing Roundup

With the weather warming up and the increasing desire to shed winter layers, I thought I’d remind you of the fantastic salad dressing recipes here on HLW.

“Crack” Salad Dressing - as in, totally addictive. A simple dijon vinaigrette that has me looking for excuses to eat salad.

Strawberry Balsamic Dressing - incidentally low fat, this is great for my Weight Watchers friends. Add crumbled feta, slices of pear or some craisins, and these Spicy Candied Nuts to really impress.

Roasted Red Pepper Dressing - also low fat, since it uses pureed red peppers to replace a lot of the oil. Nice if you aren’t into fruity dressings.

Healthier Asian Salad Dressing - great if you have a lot of random...

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