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05/17/2017
On a cold day, everyone appreciates a comforting meal. Unfortunately, a lot of comfort foods (buttery mashed potatoes, fatty pies, oily french fries) are grievously unhealthy. Fortunately, Great Harvest in Austin have a few ideas for healthy, nourishing meals that are the culinary equivalent of a blanket and a warm fire.

Pizza

Healthy pizza sounds too good to be true, right? Well if you knock up this dough containing whole wheat flour (see the benefits of whole grains here), and make sure to cover it with lots of vegetables, then you'll achieve just that.

Ingredient for the dough:
2 cups bread flour
1 cup whole wheat pastry flour
1 teaspoon olive oil
1 sachet active dry yeast (or 2 teaspoons)
Salt

Combine your flours and ; teaspoon salt in a large bowl. Mix 1 ; cups warm water together with the olive oil and yeast and then pour this mixture into the well in your flour. Stir until a craggy dough starts to form, then turn onto a lightly-floured board and knead until springy. Transfer to a bowl coated with non-stick spray or olive oil, cover and let stand until the dough has doubled in size (this should take around an hour). Divide into two pieces and roll into balls. Cover loosely and rest for 30 minutes. Then they're ready to be rolled out, coated and cooked! Cook the bases for around 8 minutes in an extremely hot oven (as hot as yours will go!), then remove them, add your toppings, and pop them back in to cook to your liking.

In terms of topping suggestions, we love; spinach and ricotta, goat cheese and mushroom, or a classic margherita with mozzarella, tomato and basil.

Greek yogurt blueberry pancakes

On a chilly morning, nothing beats a stack of pancakes. These are made using Greek yogurt, so where normal pancakes are fatty and sugary, these are stuffed with protein and healthy carbs.

Ingredients:
; cup Greek yogurt
1 egg
; cup flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
Fresh blueberries

In a small bowl, stir together your yogurt and your egg until smooth. In another bowl, mix together your flour and baking soda. Pour the yogurt mixture into the flour and stir to combine. Heat a non-stick pan over a medium heat and spread ; cup of batter in an even circle in the pan. Add some blueberries and cook, flipping the pancakes when they start to bubble a little. Serve and enjoy!

Adapting your favorite dishes

As you can see from the pancake recipe, it's really easy to adapt an unhealthy recipe to make it more nutritious (and often tastier!). Try swapping out refined white flours for whole grain flours (whole wheat, rye, spelt, etc.); though it may take a little experimentation to get the perfect results, it's worth it! You can also substitute Greek yogurt in place of cream and sour cream in most recipes, and it works especially well when baking brownies, scones and so forth. Swapping healthy oils such as olive, coconut or canola oil in for margarine, butter or lard can also help make your comfort foods healthier. Lastly, you could think about swapping out some of your ingredients. Try using sweet potatoes in place of regular potatoes, or whole wheat pasta and bread in place of refined varieties. It's all about experimenting!

Great Harvest have a neverending supply of healthy and delicious treats for you, so make sure to pay us a visit over the holidays. We fresh mill our own whole grain flour every morning to bake the healthiest, tastiest bread in Austin. Call (512) 329-9216 or (512) 345-0588 to find out what we have in store today.
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