Health

Sun-dried Tomato Pasta Salad

Ingredients

16 oz. cooked brown rice pasta

2-4 green onions, diced

1 avocado, diced

1 orange bell pepper, diced

1/2 cup black olives, sliced

1/3 cup chopped sun-dried tomatoes, packed

Dressing:

5 tbsp balsamic vinegar

2 tbsp maple syrup

2-4 cloves garlic, minced or pressed

2 tsp dried basil, or 4 tsp chopped fresh basil

2 tsp onion powder

Instructions

Cook pasta according to directions on package, then let it cool.

Whisk together all dressing ingredients. Mix vegetables separately, then pour dressing over and stir to combine. Gently stir in pasta until evenly distributed.

 

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Homemade Bread

Ingredients

2 cups very warm water

1/3 cup pure maple syrup

4 cups whole wheat flour

3 tbsp vital wheat gluten

2 tbsp ground flax seed

1 1/2 tsp salt

1 1/2 tbsp dry active yeast

Instructions

Add all ingredients to a bread maker and use the knead only setting. 

If you don't have a bread maker, you can form the dough using a mixer, or by hand. Knead the dough until it is soft and smooth. Cover the dough and allow it to rise in a warm place for about an hour. 

Once the dough has raised, remove it from your bread maker or mixing bowl and form it into a loaf. Place the loaf into a loaf pan lightly sprayed with cooking spray. Cover the loaf pan and let it raise for about 15 minutes while preheating the oven. 

Bake at 350° for 30 minutes. 

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