Thursday, May 21, 2009

Mock bread

So you feel like a sandwich?

If you are like me, even the most elaborate healthy breads out there leave you craving more. They either lack enough fiber to fill you up in just two slices or they have so many calories, that you are better off just having a regular piece of bread. What good is healthy bread that leaves you hungry and craving more? What good is white bread that deprives you of nutrients and leaves you craving more?

I've been experimenting with different ingredients, trying to come up with something that can be used in the place of bread, that is easy to make and can be made fresh in a short time. So here it is, my "it's so easy to believe it's not bread" recipe.

For four slices like the ones in the picture above you need:

2/3 cup oat bran
1/6 cup rolled oats
2 eggs
pinch baking soda
pinch sea salt or pink salt

Mix all ingredients well and set aside for 5 minutes.

If you are in a hurry, cook in a pan that you sprayed with cooking spray or brushed with melted butter, on medium heat, for about 4 minutes on each side or until golden brown. If you have time, preheat your oven to medium, then bake for 10 minutes or until golden brown. I usually make a large round patty if I use a pan, or a square one in my square silicone baking dish.

Let the slice of mock bread cool down and cut in four equal pieces (squares or triangles depending on how you cooked it). Fill with a source of protein of your choice. The one above has three slices of honeyed ham, some cream cheese and lettuce.

Other options are mozzarella, olive paste and tomatoes and chicken and mustard.

It's the closest you will get to do it yourself fast food.

This recipe makes two sandwiches, perfect for breakfast and lunch, and if you are dieting, they are amazingly filling and easy to take to work.

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