What We Eat: Flax Crackers

It has been said that flax seed is one of the world’s healthiest foods since it is rich in omega-3 fatty acids, anti-oxidants, and fiber.  The only “problem” with this super food is that some find it challenging to add flax seed into their daily eating patterns.

These tasty crackers are a great way to add flax into your diet.  Dip these diet friendly crackers into hummus, load them up with salsa, or even dunk them in your favorite soup.

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Makes about six 150 calorie crackers

Ingredients

  • 1 cup flaxseed meal
  • 2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt
  • 2 Tbs Italian seasoning
  • 1/2 cup water

Directions

  1. Heat oven to 400°.
  2. Mix all ingredients together.
  3. Spoon onto a sheet pan that is covered with lightly greased parchment paper.
  4. Roll mixture out to 1/8 inch thick.
  5. Bake until the center is no longer soft, about 15-18 minutes.
  6. Let cool completely and then cut into pieces with a cookie cutter.

Flax Crackers

What We Eat: Fiery Beef Satay Skewers

Marinades are great as they add tons of flavor without a bunch of unwanted calories typically included with cream sauces, butter, or oil. Also, there are many different marinades out there to keep your dinners different through the weeks.

The below marinade we included in the recipe for fiery beef satay skewers is one we really enjoy. The sweet heat and fresh lime make this a perfect summer day meal, but good enough to enjoy any time of the year. I made the dish  with peppers and turnips. The green peppers really complemented the beef nicely. I’m still working out the kinks with the turnips! And please use any veggie you prefer, or have left over in the fridge.

Fiery Beef Satay Skewers

Serves 4

Ingredients
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  • 1-1/2 lbs top sirloin steak
  • 5-6 green onions, cut into 1” pieces
  • 1/2 cup Dijon-style mustard
  • 1/2 cup soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 2 Tbs fresh lime juice
  • 4 tsp minced garlic
  • 1 Tbs ground Cayenne

Instructions

  • In large bowl, combine mustard, soy sauce, honey, lime juice, garlic and cayenne.
  • Remove and reserve 1/2-cup of this marinade mixture for basting.
  • Trim fat from beef steak. Cut into 1-1/2” cubes.
  • Add beef to remaining marinade in bowl. Toss to coat.
  • Cover and marinate in refrigerator for 20 minutes.
  • Remove beef from marinade. Discard marinade.
  • Alternately thread an equal amount of beef and green onion onto each of four 12” metal or bamboo skewers.
  • Place skewers on grill over medium ash-covered coals.
  • Grill, uncovered, 10-12 minutes for medium-rare to medium, basting frequently with reserved 1/2-cup marinade and turning occasionally.
  • Let sit for 3-5 minutes before serving.

Nutritional Information (per serving)

Calories: 264
% Calories from fat: 27
Fat (gm): 8
Saturated fat (gm): 3
Cholesterol (mg): 85
Sodium (mg): 1011
Protein (gm): 30
Carbohydrate (gm): 16

 

What We Eat: Jalapeno Hummus

Add a little spice to your life by turning your traditional hummus into healthy Jalapeno Hummus.  This zesty little dip is perfect to dunk veggies in as you settle in to watch a little March Madness.Facebook Link Image_Jalapeno Hummus

Jalapeno Hummus

Ingredients:

  • 1 can garbanzo beans
  • 1 jalapeno pepper
  • 1 cup chopped red pepper
  • 3 Tbs lemon juice
  • 1-2 Tbs flaxseed oil
  • 1 tsp cayenne pepper

Directions:

  1. Drain garbanzo beans, save some of the liquid.
  2. Place all ingredients in a food processor and blend until creamy.
  3. Use the leftover liquid from the garbanzo beans if too thick.
  4. Garnish with garbanzo beans and cilantro.
  5. Serve and enjoy with fresh veggies.

Jalapeno Hummus