June 25, 2007

Whole Wheat Rosemary Crackers

1 1/4 cup whole wheat flour
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp baking powder
1/4 cup dried rosemary
1 tbsp garlic powder
1 1/2 tbsp olive oil
1/2 cup warm water

Preheat the oven to 350F. Mix the flour, salt, baking powder, rosemary, and garlic powder in a large bowl. Add the oil and water, and mix well. Mix with hands if necessary. The dough will be a little sticky, but it shouldn’t be hard to handle. If it feels too sticky, add a little more flour. Flour a work surface, and a rolling pin, and roll the dough out as thin as possible, approximately 1/16 inch.
Use a knife to cut the dough into rough squares. Lightly oil a baking sheet and place crackers about 1/2 inch apart on the sheet. Bake for approximately 15 minutes.

(From Kitchen Illiterate)

Corn and Black Bean Salad

3 small ears of sweet corn, shucked
1 can of black beans, drained and rinsed
1 tomato, diced
1/2 a red onion, diced
juice from 2 limes
1-2 tsbp olive oil
1 tsbp white wine vinegar
1 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp cumin
1 tbsp fresh cilantro
salt and pepper

Place corn cobs in large pot and just barely cover with water. Bring to a boil and cook for 3-4 minutes. Remove corn and let cool completely. Cut kernels from the cob into a bowl. Add beans, tomato, and onions. In separate bowl, stir lime juice, olive oil, vinegar, cilantro, and spices. Pour vinagrette over vegetables, toss, and serve over baby spinach.

Adapted from Kitchen Illiterate

June 23, 2007

Banana Muffins

1 cup whole wheat flour
1/3 cup oatmeal or oat bran or wheat bran
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp cinnamon

3 ripe or over-ripe bananas
1/3 cup brown sugar
1 egg or 1/4 cup egg beaters
1 tsp vanilla
2 tbsp honey
1/2 cup walnuts or chocolate chips (optional)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees fahrenheit. Grease a muffin tin with butter or PAM. In large bowl, combine flour, bran, baking soda, baking powder, and cinnamon. In a second bowl, mash the bananas, and then combine with the egg, sugar, vanilla, and honey. Make a well in the dry ingredients bowl, and fold in the wet ingredients. Add in walnuts or chocolate chips or other optional ingredients.It is okay for it to be lumpy - do not over-mix. Pour mixture into muffin tin, and spinkle brown sugar and cinnamon over the top of each muffin. Bake for approximately 12 minutes. Let cool for 5-10 minutes when done. Makes 12 small muffins.