How to make salad interesting

Salad. That five letter word that was my nemesis for so many years. I just couldn’t get into them. Side dish? Yes. Main event? No no no. They just never satisfied me. When I went Keto in January I read Mark Sisson’s book, The Keto Reset Diet. And he touted something called the “big ass salad.”

Maybe it is the way he worded it, but my mind warmed up to it. Basically add what you want to it to make it tasty. You into hot sauce? That’s ok too 😂 Here is what I commonly use in mine.

Lettuce (I prefer a mix of romaine and iceberg)
Shaved Cheese
Cherry Tomatoes
Cucumbers
Nuts (Pistachios)
Protein Source (chicken, eggs or salmon for me usually)
Dressing (I use Avocado oil and Balsamic Vinegar)
Seasonings (I keep it simple with salt and pepper)

Then eat and repeat. It has been working for me. I actually am enjoying making new “creations” with what I have on hand. So for all you fellow “foodies” out there try it. You May get into “big ass salads” too 😉

Chocolate Chip Cookies Using Einkorn Flour

Einkorn Flour: A Wheat for the Gluten Free?

My husband has been gluten free for over 8 years now. In the beginning we were lucky to find one gluten free flour mix at the grocery store. Now there’s pancake mixes, flour mixes, cookies and cakes… and they’re all made with gluten-free ingredients that have been deemed safe.  But what if it didn’t have to so complicated?

What if eating gluten-free was as simple as choosing a better wheat flour?

In the last month we have discovered Einkorn Wheat Flour and every time we have cooked with it my husband has NOT gotten sick. This is amazing as he gets sick from food just fried in the same oil as products containing wheat.

What Is Einkorn Wheat?

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Early on in the history of wheat, Einkorn grew wild in the Far East.  Soon thereafter, the first farmers began to plant and harvest Einkorn, making it one of the earliest crops.  As an unmodified, ancient grain, Einkorn contains 14 chromosomes.

A little while later, Emmer spontaneously appeared.  Emmer is the first hybridization of wheat, being part wild wheat and part goat grass, and contains 28 chromosomes.

Then, Spelt emerged.  Spelt is a hybrid of Emmer and goat grass, intentionally bred by migrant farmers in order to keep the desirable traits of goat grass and diminish the undesirable traits of Emmer.  Spelt is the second hybridization and has 42 chromosomes.

Over time, farmers bred Spelt and Emmer to create today’s Durum Wheat, Spelt and Soft Wheat.  These too have 42 chromosomes and along with Hard Red Spring, are the most common varieties of wheat used in the market today.

Einkorn and Gluten

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This gluten chart shows the low-gluten content of Einkorn Flour in comparison with other grains.
While einkorn flour isn’t gluten-free, it has been found to lack some of the proteins that people with gluten intolerances can’t manage to digest. So if you have a gluten sensitivity — but one not as severe as celiac disease — einkorn flour may prove a good alternative to modern flours for you.

Baking with Einkorn Flour

There are few things you can’t make with this type of flour. While it has its differences from modern varieties of flour, it can be used to make all the same things — everything from breads and rolls, to muffins and cookies.

How It’s Different from Modern Wheat Flours

While you can bake just about anything you’d bake using a modern wheat variety, einkorn flour can prove quite different to work with. Two notable differences are the way einkorn flour absorbs both fats and liquids: Einkorn flour absorbs less fat than the modern wheat flours we’re most familiar working with, so the key is having just the right flour-to-fat (usually butter) ratio. It also absorbs liquid much more slowly.

Our Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe using Einkorn Flour

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This week we made Chocolate Chip cookies with it. They came out delicious and didn’t have that grittiness or blandness that gluten free flours can sometimes bring to recipes.

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 cups Flour
  • 1/2 tsp. Baking Soda
  • 1/2 tsp. Baking Powder
  • 1/4 tsp. Salt
  • 1/4 cup Butter, softened
  • 1/4 cup Sugar
  • 1/4 cup Brown Sugar
  • 1/2 tsp. Vanilla Extract
  • 1 Egg
  • 1 cup Chocolate Chips

 

Directions:

  • Set Oven to 375 degrees Farenheit
  • Beat butter and sugars together until creamy. Add egg. Beat until blended.
  • Add Flour, Baking Soda, Baking Powder, Salt and Vanilla. Beat until blended.
  • Stir in chocolate chips.
  • Drop teaspoon size cookies onto ungreased baking sheet. Push dough into cookie shape.
  • Cook 8-10 minutes or until lightly browned.
  • Makes Approximately 2 dozen cookies.

 

Where to Find Einkorn

Einkorn Wheat was lost in the hubub of modern wheat for a long time, so despite being a very old grain, it’s relatively new to the current market of wheat.  A few health brands carry it currently.  Young Living is one of them.

They currently carry three items with Einkorn

  • Einkorn Flour
  • Einkorn Pancake and Waffle Mix
  • Einkorn Spaghetti

If you are interested in ordering please click here or comment below with questions and I will answer.  Finding this flour has been HUGE for us and I am excited to see what other products Young Living will come out with using Einkorn.

Mickey Mouse Einkorn Flour Pancakes

Recently I ordered two things. A Mickey Mouse Waffle Maker and Young Living’s Einkorn Pancake and Waffle Mix. This weekend my family put both to the test and loved them!

Who doesn't want a waffle/pancake shaped like Mickey for breakfast? We added Coco powder to mix on this try. Yummy!
Who doesn’t want a waffle/pancake shaped like Mickey Mouse for breakfast? We added Cocoa powder to the mix on this try. Yummy!

The Mickey Waffle Maker is more like a pancake maker, thinner than a traditional waffle, but each pancake turned out delicious and cooked in two minutes. I bought mine from Kohl’s but see Amazons sells it too. Bryce loves EVERYTHING Mickey Mouse, so we are hoping this will help entice him to eat more. Who doesn’t want a Mickey shaped pancake for breakfast?

Mickey Waffle

Now onto the Einkhorn Flour mix. My husband has been gluten free for seven years now. He takes gluten hits from food just fried in oil that has wheat products in it. When I saw that Young Living sold a Pancake and Waffle Mix and was advertising it had a .53% gluten content I was intrigued. Brian says he was game to try it and see how his body would react. Below is a chart of gluten content of typical wheat flours in comparison with the Einkorn Pancake and Waffle Mix (Gary’s True Grit Mix) .

This gluten chart shows the low-gluten content of Gary’s True Grit Pancake and Waffle Mix in comparison with other grains.
This gluten chart shows the low-gluten content of Gary’s True Grit Pancake and Waffle Mix in comparison with other grains.

Ingredients of the mix: Whole grain einkorn flour (Triticum monococcum), Brown rice flour, Amaranth flour, Tapioca flour, Sorghum flour (Sorghum bicolor), Dhokla flour (Indian flour made from chickpeas).

Einkorn grain is the oldest form of cultivated wheat. Most of the wheat that is used today is a hybrid.  Hybridization can happen naturally when plants are near each other and the wind blows and cross pollinates. But that is not what we are talking about with the modern hybrid wheat. Modern wheat was engineered to have shorter stalks to create less waste and fuller heads of grain to produce more product. The problem with this hybrid wheat is that it has been engineered to contain 3 genomes and 42 chromosomes while the old Einkorn wheat only has 14 chromosomes! Those extra chromosomes create new proteins that man was never intended to consume. They are foreign to the body and can cause confusion in the digestive system.  This new wheat I believe is a major contributor to the spike in gluten sensitivities we are seeing today.

Einkorn wheat has a higher protein content than common wheat and it is a great antioxidant. In fact, the Einkorn grain has been shown in a study in Italy to be two to four times higher in antioxidants than our modern wheat today. The Young Living Einkorn waffle and pancake mix has 3 grams of protein per serving.

Ingredients

So Sunday morning we made the pancakes and Brian ate one. We waited to see what his body would do. And nothing happened! His reaction time is pretty fast so when two hours went by and still nothing we were shocked. Could we really have potentially found a wheat product that he could eat? This is huge. We will definitely try the Einkorn Spaghetti and Einkorn Flour Young Living sells next. So happy we found this product and found Young Living.

Spaghetti Flour

I am not going to claim everyone will have the same experience (Brian doesn’t have Celiac) but if you are gluten intolerant it may be worth a try to see how your body reacts to it. If you have any questions, leave a comment below and I will try and answer. If you wish to order some, click here to do so.

Einkhorn Mix