Monday, February 22, 2010

Flax Seed Crackers

Back to work day. Those nine days off just flew and I'm getting back to the grind now.  We had a wonderful weekend spent with my family. Yesterday my mom's cousin cooked for us at her house. He went to culinary school and was a chef for a couple of years when he took a break from his job in the travel industry. He is unbelievable. 

He brought fresh mozzarella and cheeses that were so tasty and just could be eaten without anything else.  I basically ate my weight in cheese, my favorites being the mozzarella and the ricotta salata. AH-MAZING...but trust me I also ate the locatelli and the provolone too. Benny also made an incredible salad with his own homemade dressing that had extra virgin olive oil, garlic, fresh oregano and red wine vinegar. I ate 3 bowls of that salad alone. It was our typical Sunday dinner with an extra kick. I could go on and on about that dinner, but I'll say it it was delicious and not ramble on. For Lent I gave up white flour, so I made sure I brought homemade whole wheat bread and my mom picked me up some fresh whole wheat pasta because she loves me. (Thanks Mom!)  I was proud of myself because the pasta they were eating was one I've never had before and was VERY tempting. 

I contributed the whole wheat bread and I made my favorite chocolate chip cookies and vegan chocolate chip chunk cookies (from Eat, Drink & Be Vegan). 
so good.
Look at that chocolate goodness.
and these guys were great too.

Now I made it through dinner and we were having some dessert and coffee, when I decided to try my chocolate chip cookies. I've made these 4 or 5 times and have never tried them. I was explaining about the vegan cookies and all the ingredients...maple syrup, applesauce, whole wheat flour...when I realized I ate white flour when I had the cookie. I was pretty bummed because I made it through a 5 course Italian dinner eating no white flour and I blew it on the cookie. Oh was worth it and I didn't realize it, so I'll start over and give myself a pass. 

Getting back to the fact I have to go to work...I was making my lunch last night and threw a flax seed cracker in with my gigantic salad. 
They are crunchy, nutty and salty and go perfect paired with a salad, dip or just by itself. They are also super easy to make. 

Flax Seed Crackers
Original Recipe from here.

1 cup flax seeds
1 cup water
1/8 cup low sodium soy sauce
1/4 tsp garlic powder
salt and pepper to taste

  • Place the flax seeds and water in a medium bowl and mix. Let sit for 1-1/2 hours. The mixture will thicken and look gell-y.

  • Preheat your oven to 300 degrees F. Spray a cookie sheet with non-stick spray.

  • Mix in the soy sauce, garlic, salt and pepper.

  • Pour mixture onto baking sheet, spread into a large rectangle -- about 1/8-inch thick with a spatula.

  • Bake for 40 minutes, then check for firmness. If it's firm, flip and continue baking for another 40 minutes or so. If not, keep baking. Crackers should be firm and crispy when finished. 

  • Cut your large cracker into bite-sized squares.

  • There are many benefits to eating flax seed. Flax seed fights high cholesterol, diabetes, heart disease and benefits the immune system. Read more about the benefits of eating flax seed here

    Enjoy the rest of your day! What is your favorite type of cracker to eat? This is one of my new favorites for sure!


    Simply Life said...

    wow, I'm so impressed at how you make your own crackers!

    p.s. you won an award on my blog today :)

    denise @ quickies on the dinner table said...

    This is a fantastic idea! I love it when something is not only healthy but tastes absolutely delicious as I'm sure these crackers will.

    Emily Ziegler said...

    I will take three cookies and eighteen crackers!!! Idea- mail them to me! :o)

    Estela @ Weekly Bite said...

    Wow, look at those crackers! They look so good and healthy! I've never attempted to make any kind of cracker before. These look perfect!

    Christine said...

    That looks like it would go great in humus!

    Jeanne said...

    These look really good! I still haven't tried flax seed yet, and I know that I should!

    Angie said...

    Those look very gourmet and trendy, and tasty too! So nutritious.

    Vegetable Matter said...

    Your crackers look gorgeous. We were on a strange schedule yesterday (it was Sunday) and didn't have "lunch" until around 4. So dinner wasn't going to happen, but I was dying for some cheese and crackers. Of course, we didn't have a single cracker in the house and no one volunteered to run to the store. These would have fit the bill perfectly. I guess I'll have to file your recipe away for another Sunday.

    pegasuslegend said...

    these look so good would have never thought to make crackers look like I will need to try this sometime

    my29thyear said...

    These look great! I can't wait to try them sometime. :-)

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