I’ve had requests for the recipe for the artisan bread and pizza dough. We received the book Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day for our wedding, and I HIGHLY recommend it. I did adapt the recipe in there, and have seen recipes on the Internet that are same as the original in the book, but I really do suggest purchasing that book as it really spells it all out and gives SO many different bread recipes. I want to make pita bread next!
Wheat Dough (for bread or pizza)
(This will make 2 loaves of bread, or two pizzas)
1 packet of yeast
1 Tbsp. Kosher salt or Sea Salt (I use sea salt)
2 cups room temperature water
1 cup white whole wheat flour
3.5 cups unbleached, all purpose flour
1. Combine water, yeast and salt in a very large bowl that comes with a lid (4 qt. bowl or container). You do not need to wait for it to dissolve.
2.Add the flours and combine with a wooden spoon, or in a mixer with a dough attachment, or food processor (I just use a wooden spoon!) If it gets too tough to mix with the spoon, wet your hands and work with the dough until all the flour is combined-but you don’t need to knead! Hey look, homophones! (Nerd!)
3. Cover bowl with lid, but NOT AIR TIGHT and leave at room temperature. The dough will rise, then flatten back out (takes around 2-5 hours).
4. Refrigerate and use within 10 days.
We went to my in-laws last for dinner and my father-in-law, Larry, likes to bake bread too!! Check out his masterpiece:
We had such a yummy spread. I had grilled pork, stir fried veggies, sweet potato, a little bread, and some of this really good salad my sister-in-law, Anna, made. It had black beans, roasted corn, tomatoes, pasta, and some spices. Yum!
I’ve been making these smoothies A LOT this week. Joe and I love them and I keep telling everyone to try them! So far, there have been some new followers to the Peanut Butter Banana Smoothie
1 frozen banana (cut in chunks then frozen)
~1 cup milk (organic 2% makes it extra creamy!)
spoonful of peanut butter (I love Costco organic P.B.)
Blend away, sip, and say lots of “mmmm…yummmm!”
Need a recipe that literally takes under 10minutes? Here you go!
Shrimp, Broccoli and Whole Wheat Couscous
To serve about 2-4 I used:
1/2 bag of frozen, pre cooked, medium shrimp (rinsed under cold water to defrost)
2 servings of whole wheat couscous (can’t remember how much-follow directions on box)
1/2 bag frozen broccoli
1/4 tsp. red pepper flakes
~1/4 tsp. pepper and sea salt
1 can diced tomatoes (found organic diced tomatoes at Costco for great deal!)
I started by getting the shrimp under cold water for several minutes. While that was going I started the couscous, then started to steam broccoli. Then I added shrimp, tomatoes, red pepper, and salt and pepper to a skillet, cooked for a few minutes, then added the cooked couscous and broccoli and served!
Here is another no brainer recipe:
Spaghetti Squash with Meat Sauce
1 spaghetti squash
1 lb of ground meat (I used organic ground beef from Costco-it is really good!)
1 jar of spaghetti sauce
Parm or Romano if you like!
Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Pierce some holes in the spaghetti squash with a fork, place on baking sheet, and bake for 1 hr. Cook meat in skillet and add sauce. When squash is done, cool for a few minutes, and then cut in half with a knife, scoop out seeds, and take a fork to it so you get “spaghetti strands.” I served mine on top of some spring greens since I didn’t feel like a salad but wanted to get some green in. Easy!!!
This is also a really easy way to cook any kind of hard squash so you don’t have to cut it when it’s super hard. I pretty much only cut butternut squash before cooking when making roasted pieces or “fries.”
As this season is so busy and I feel like I’m running around a ton, I MUST remember what this time is all about: Celebrating Jesus. How he came down to this rough place so that we could have a right relationship with God. To love us, forgive us, show us how to live, and give us everlasting life.
“People need more than bread for their life; they must feed on every word of God.” Matthew 4:4