Jul 182010

This is a staple in our home. I make this just about every week and eat it for breakfast with yogurt or soy milk and maybe some fresh fruit.

Homemade Healthy Granola

3 1/2 cups rolled grains
1/2 cup chopped nuts/seeds
1/8 teaspoon salt
5 teaspoons canola oil
5 Tablespoons honey, maple syrup, agave nectar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla or other extract
1/2 cup dried fruit, diced (if desired)

Mix this all (except dried fruit) together and bake in a 325-degree oven for about 30 minutes, stirring once about half through. Mix in the dried fruit, if using, when the granola comes out of the oven.

Cool completely and store in a sealed container for up to 2 weeks.

You can use all rolled oats in this recipe, or mix the grains any way you’d like. I really like rolled barley, but you can use rolled rice, rye, spelt, triticale, anything you like.

You can mix nuts, seeds, grains, and fruits a thousand ways. Choose flax seeds, pumpkin seeds, shredded coconut, raisins, dates, dried mango, cranberries, blueberries – yum! Mix it up anyway you would like and enjoy a healthy homemade breakfast!

Jul 152010

We learned a really easy way to cook beans. Dried beans are very inexpensive and very nutritious. They are a good buy for your money when you are trying to spend as little as possible.

Put your beans in an oven proof pot – or get an oven proof casserole out to pour the beans into – and cover with water.  Bring to a boil.

Set the oven for 325 degrees.

When beans boil, put pot into oven, or pour into oven proof casserole and then carefully place in oven.

Check your beans about 30 minutes apart. Most will take about 2 1/2 to 3 hours.

You can cook several pots/bowls of beans at once this way.

When the beans are done to your liking, remove from oven and allow to cool completely. Scoop one or two cup servings and freeze in heavy freezer bags.

The beans are one of the best freezable foods there is. To thaw, place in microwave (we don’t own one, so can’t tell you for how long), thaw on counter or in refrigerator – even in a bowl of cool water if you’re in a hurry (and don’t have a micro-thingy)