Did You Know?

Did you know??
Although using avocados and bananas are all the buzz now to get soft and shiny hair, all it will get you is a messy kitchen and bathroom. These products are great to help your hair for one day, but the proteins in them are way too big for your hair to absorb. And unless you are going to use them each day (yikes!), then you should head to a beauty supply store and check out some Vegan products that use "hydrolyzed" proteins - proteins from avocados and bananas that actually are small enough to help your hair.

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Ezykiel Bread


During the fall, there is nothing better than warm, fresh bread.  This recipe is a vegan alternative to the famed Ezykiel Bread supposedly given from God to the chosen people.  Regardless of religious affiliation, this is a delicious and nutricious breakfast waiting to happen.  If you've never had it, you're in for a treat.  While the ingredients are a little bit expensive for this bread, if you buy these items in larger quantities it really isn't too bad.  I find that a lot of these ingredients have other uses that I wasn't aware of, mostly because I wouldn't have looked for uses for many of the items.  This bread goes great with Cinnamon and Nutmeg Coffee, and it's a great excuse to crank up the heat from the oven on a brisk morning (hey, we're in New England-- the rest of you get to enjoy summer for at least another month!).

Alas, here's the recipe:

2 1/2 cups wheat berries
1 1/2 cups spelt flour
1/2 cup barley
1/2 cup millet
1/4 cup dry red lentils
2 tbsp dry great Northern beans
2 tbsp dry kidney beans
2 tbsp dry pinto beans
4 cups warm water (110 degrees/45 degrees C)
3/4 cup agave nectar
1/3 cup olive oil
2 (.25 ounce) packages active dry yeast
2 tbsp salt

Mix the water, agave, oil, and yeast in a large bowl and let sit for 5 minutes.

Stir all the grains and beans together until well mixed.  Grind in a flour mill.  If you don't have a flour mill, a coffee grinder works well too.  If you don't have a coffee grinder either, try a food processor.

Add the freshly ground flower and salt to the large bowl with the yeast mixture; stir well until mixed, about 8-10 minutes.  The dough should be like that of a batter bread.  Pour dough into two well-greased 9x5 inch loaf pans.

Let the dough rise in a warm place for about an hour-- the dough should reach the top of the pan (or close to it).  I usually put it near the oven while it pre-heats (and I'm usually making something else at the same time, so around the oven works well).

Bake at 350 degrees F for 50 minutes to an hour, or until the loaves are golden brown.

Caloric Info
Servings 16
Total Fat: 5.2 grams
Sat Fat: 0.7 grams
Polyunsat. Fat 0.8 grams
Monosat. Fat: 3.2 grams
Cholesterol: 0 grams
Sodium: 185.1 mg
Potassium: 188.2 mg
Carbs: 41.1 grams
Dietary Fiber: 8.8 grams
Sugar: 2.6 grams
Protein: 9.3 grams

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