Since I need to drop about another 20-30 lbs. I've been watching my calories closely. Occasionally, I get terrible cravings for rich carbs in the morning, and it's easy for me to make a quick dash to the nearest fast food place and grab a biscuit. Today was one of those days. I was craaving the whole enchilada: biscuits and eggs. I don't want to get into the protein vs. carb battle, but I will contend that unrefined, whole grain carbs are much healthier than refined ones, so I experimented on my clan with homemade, partial whole wheat biscuits today.
I say partial, because I've tried total whole wheat and I usually get a thumbs down and a whole host of complaints that run somewhere along the lines of not liking the taste of buttered cardboard, I think I lost a tooth biting into a boulder, blah...blah...blah... and since I am a praise hog, I had to get a little creative with unrefined white flour.
If you're wondering if my clan was happy, I would have to say that I SCORED with a lower calorie and lower fat biscuit. Granted, it doesn't melt in your mouth and the texture is a little grittier, but it's still tasty, nonetheless, and I didn't feel guilty about indulging in a biscuit for the day. Add a no nitrate ham (Hormel is the brand I get) with egg beaters, and that satisfies my fast food craving as well.
I've added the recipe below if you'd like to give it a try, and let me know what your thoughts are. Here's the recipe:
2. 1 cup unbleached white flour
3. 1 tbsp of sugar (substitute with agave nectar if you want to make it diabetic friendly) [Update! A reader commented that agave nectar can actually cause a spike in insulin, so if you are diabetic, it's best to go with the sugar replacement your doctor recommends]
4. 3 tsp of baking powder
5. 3/4 tsp kosher salt or 1tsp of regular salt or sea salt
6. 1/2 vegetable shortening
7. 3/4 almond milk
Stir ingredients 1-5 until well blended
Blend vegetable shortening into your mix with a fork until all lumps are gone
Add almond milk and knead your mix. Roll out with a rolling pin about 1.5 inches thick and cut with biscuits cutters or shape small lumps with your hand.
Bake for 20-30 minutes at 450 degree oven.
Tuesday, July 19, 2011
When You're Craving Fast Food Biscuits
Jax Cortez is a freelance writer, indie author of her own urban fantasy trilogy, and a practitioner of Krav Maga. She is published in various media outlets such as Chicken Soup for the Latino Soul, Black Belt Magazine, Spotlight on Recovery and her current works can be found at: www.amazon.com/author/jaxcortez