I hinted about a new journey that my family & I have embarked on, and it’s time that I share it with you. For several years now, I’ve been wanting to make a change in our eating/baking habits, but my dear hubby has been against it for a variety of reasons, one of them being hat he’s a picky eater. His tastes have changed a bit over the years, but it is very hard for a tiger to change his stripes. But, through God’s timing, we finally started this wonderful journey about two months ago. It’s still a slow process since Brian is not the only one who is picky in our family. Two out of three of our kiddos are picky. It does make for some interesting meal times around here, even with our rule of “everyone has to take at least one bit of everything that’s fixed.” But, this journey is going better than I anticipated! Everyone is really enjoying all the delicious goodies that I’m baking for them! Would you like to know what I’ve been up to & what changes we’ve made?
Here’s a hint:
Yep! That’s a L’EQUIP Nutrimill Grain Mill" target=_blank>Nutrimill Grain Mill, and I’m absolutely head over heals for it and all the, fresh, delicious (& health(ier)) creations it’s allowing me to make! I’ve made some delicious breads, as well as cornmeal, cookies, bagels, & tortillas from the fresh whole wheat (cornmeal for cornbread) that I get from my new grain mill! My baked goods have a wonderful, fresh taste to them that they didn’t have before. Not to mention the fact that we are now eating foods that are even less processed/bleached, as well as we are eating the WHOLE grain, which means we are getting all of the natural nutrients that God intended when eating wheat. Most people don’t realize that even the “whole wheat” breads/flours in the store are so processed that there’s really nothing nutritionally left in them. Here is a great article about the benefits of grinding your own wheat, and here’s one more article on grinding your own wheat.
Here are a few of the delicious goodies that I’ve made for my family so far:
Freshly ground cornmeal for cornbread!
Fresh homemade whole wheat tortillas!
Fresh homemade whole wheat bagels!
I’ve also made loaves of bread, hoagie-style buns, and cookies, but I don’t have pics of those, for some reason. But, needless to say, my family is loving the new, fresh taste of the foods that I’m making. This is just the beginning of our journey to using whole grains. I’m also in the process of adding in other whole grains, but I’ve got to take baby steps and do things slowly. I’ve also picked up my first bulk food order this week and am excited to really begin this journey. Whole grains are not the only changes that have been going on. For a while now, I’ve also been adding in more fresh fruits and veggies, as well as steaming veggies. For years, I’ve already been doing more baking and Crock Pot ™ cooking than frying, and grilling when we can. But, my hubby has bee and always will be a meat and potatoes man, and two of my children are just like him. But, they are learning right along with him to try new things, and some of them they are evening enjoying. Baby steps. Stay tuned for future installments. I hope to see more and more whole grains in my menu planning in the future.