whole wheat flat bread

Healthy Summer Recipes the Kids will Love

(NC) With summer vacation, your kids will be home more often.  Is it possible to keep them eating healthy while you’re at work, or to eat great, nutritious meals together while you all enjoy some time off?

Turns out, there are many family-friendly recipes that can feel new and fun with a few ingredient tweaks.

For a healthier take on pizza, try whole wheat dough. If you’re rushed, try whole wheat pitas as your base.

You can swap out toppings to create new flavour combinations. Have you tried brushing your base with garlic butter before building your pizza? Play with cheeses – maybe brie chunks, apple, bacon and a barbecue sauce base.

Think gluten isn’t a great option for your health-conscious family? Wheat and other grains are actually quite nutrient dense with fibre, iron, protein, Vitamin B, magnesium and more. Plus, the University of Saskatchewan recently finished a study that showed that those on a non-grain diet often saw an increase in body mass.

Whole grains have also been shown to reduce the risk of heart disease, diabetes and some cancers, while aiding in healthy digestion. A recent survey by Grain Farmers of Ontario shows that only 12 per cent of people who reduced or eliminated wheat from their daily diet have a doctor-diagnosed gluten sensitivity or celiac disease.

It’s easy to make whole-wheat dough from scratch with this recipe.

Whole wheat flatbread
Prep time: 20 minutes
Cook time: 1.5 hours
Serves: 4

Ingredients:

  • 2 ¼ tsp dry active yeast
  • 1 cup whole wheat pastry flour
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • ½ tsp kosher salt
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 1 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 3/4 cups warm water

Directions:

  1. Combine water and sugar in a bowl. Stir to dissolve.
  2. Sprinkle yeast over the top and let it become foamy; about 5 to 6 minutes.
  3. Meanwhile, combine flours and salt in a large bowl. Mix well.
  4. Pour foamy yeast water mixture into flour mixture. Stir until a dough ball forms. Knead 3 to 4 minutes or until smooth and stiff. Add flour to prevent sticking.
  5. Place dough in a lightly oiled bowl, cover with a clean kitchen cloth and allow to rise (1 to 1.5 hours).
  6. Divide dough into small balls. On a floured surface, roll balls out until flat or ¼-inch thick — you don’t want them very thick or they won’t cook properly.
  7. Cook in a hot skillet with a little oil for 3 to 4 minutes on each side.
  8. Place flatbread on a baking sheet and add desired toppings. Bake for 5 minutes at 400°F (205°C). Broil until cheese is melted — this only takes a minute or two so watch carefully to avoid burning.