Sunday pancake day. As I mentioned yesterday, today is going to be a day of Pumpkin! I have great plans to make a couple batches of pumpkin bread and muffins today.
So, to start the morning, why not some Pumpkin Pancakes topped with bananas, berries and Grade B Maple Syrup. Of course a cup of coffee is a must. Oh, I almost forgot the Venison Breakfast Sausage.
Starting the process of getting the house and food prepped for the 14 person Thanksgiving at our house this week. I am pretty excited. I love to entertain and rarely get the chance. This means lots of cleaning and cooking. The family and I spent the morning getting our basement cleaned. We have a small office, guest room and playroom down there. CHECK! Now just to shut the door and pretend we don't have a playroom until Thursday. Then the clan of 6 kids can destroy it all they want.
When making baked anything it is necessary to test the product. No matter how many times you have used the same recipe. This means tasting the batter (with the help of the kids), and tasting a finished product. I ended up with three loaves and 8 muffins. I had a little issue with the muffins sticking today, boo, so we ended up with muffins without bottoms. They were still delicious!
Feels pretty good to have a jump start on Thanksgiving.
Since we slept in and had a late breakfast (plus snacking on pumpkin batter and broken bits all day), I kinda skipped lunch. Oops.
I made a Crockpot Elk Roast today. Sadly, it was not one of my better roasts. I did some homemade gravy and some sautéed asparagus in addition to the crockpot Cabbage, Potatoes, Carrots and Onions I did with the roast.
Let's talk about ingredient quality real quick.
Often times what makes a meal healthy and not healthy is the quality of its ingredients. For example: Fried Chicken.
Frying the enriched white flour coated commercial chicken in vegetable oil is a recipe for poor health. The enriched white flour is full of simple carbohydrates and synthetic vitamins that are very difficult for you body to digest and absorb. The commercial chicken is full of Hormones and Antibiotic. The Hormones work within our bodies the same as our own and disrupt our normal hormones. The antibiotics create antibiotic resistance. The vegetable oil that is heated to an extreme temperature becomes rancid and is carcinogenic in the body.
Now can Fried Chicken become "healthy." Yes it can.
Using Organic Pasture Raised Chicken gives you nutrient rich meat source with no added antibiotic or hormones. Just pure Chicken with good flavor.
Get creative with what you coat your chicken in. I like to use a 50/50 combo of Whole Grain Sprouted Grain Flour and Almond Flour. The sprouting increases the natural nutrition available from the grains (so no need to "enrich"), and the Almond Flour adds extra protein, and healthy fats.
Cooking in the oven at a medium temperature keeps the oil from getting too hot. It also requires less oil. So, you can drizzle a bit of Avocado Oil, or a dab of Grass-Fed Butter or Ghee.
Now you've taken a food that is linked with healthy problems and modified it to be a healthy part of a balanced diet.