Happy Thursday gang!
Boy am I happy Wednesday is over!!
You see, one of the things I decided I was going to do this January was try to get healthier. I know, how original right?
One of the changes I made was to switch from coffee with creamer, to green tea. There are a lot of health benefits from green tea, so I thought it would be a good choice for me. I already had a box of green tea in my cupboard so, for the last couple of weeks, that is what I have been drinking in the AM.
My routine was, two tea bags in a huge, I mean HUGE mug (I use it for a soup mug and it fits and entire can of Progresso soup), fill with water, and zap it in the microwave for 3 minutes. Then, as I drank it, I would just add more water, heat it up, and keep going. I was drinking about 3 or 4 of those big mugs every morning, then I switch to water.
I ran out and asked Kevin to pick some more tea up on his way home from work. When he got home he asked me if he was supposed to buy decaf.
Ummmm decaf? I never drink decaf.
Then he pointed out that the old box said decaffeinated on it
Oh well, I have had decaffeinated coffee before, and to me there really wasn't that much of a difference. Of course we make our coffee on the weaker side, but no biggie right?
I got up yesterday, and went through my whole routine. Tea, breakfast, work, work, work. Until I got 3/4ths of the way through the second mug
BAM! I started shaking, my heart was racing, I felt nauseous, and like I was going to faint. Thanks goodness Kevin had stayed home from work because I was a mess. I was recipe testing, and he ended up having to do all of the prep for me because there was no way I trusted myself with a knife (my trip to the ER for 6 stitches from my run in with the mandolin has me very wary)!
Since he was on his own for food, Kevin popped some tater tots into the oven. Once they were done, he made me eat a few just to get something into my tummy, but I didn't start to feel better until about 6PM last night.
I still have a bit of a headache today, but I am much MUCH better.
So, I guess green tea and I do NOT make a good match ! It is back to it's decaf brother I go ASAP!
Anywhoo, let's get onto these crackers. A friend of mine sent me a recipe for crackers that were similar to these, but, with my "let's eat healthier attitude", I decided I wanted to tinker around with making them with different kinds of flour. I tried regular all-purpose, white whole wheat, regular whole wheat, and quinoa flour.
Well, the 100% quinoa was a no-go, that could have been cook's error by not rolling them out as thin as they should be, but they just seemed a bit gummy to me.
So I tried 50/50 all-purpose flour with both white wheat, and regular whole wheat. Both were great. I also did 100% white whole wheat, and 100% regular whole wheat. The regular whole wheat had a nuttier flavor, which I really enjoyed, but they were both tasty as well. Of course you could do 100% all-purpose flour, but remember, I was trying to get my "healthy" on
Bottom line is, these crackers kind of remind me of my fave everything bagels, another things I have sworn off, at least for a little while between the onion, and the seeds. The herbs just take them over the top for me! I could eat these every day!
Well let's just say that he loved them too, but asked me to give the crackers a rest for a bit
Oh the woes of living with a food blogger!
P.s. they are pretty amazing with spinach and artichoke hummus (recipe coming soon)!
Onion and Herb Crackers
- 1 cup all-purpose flour
- 1 cup whole wheat flour
- 3 tablespoons room temperature butter, cubed
- 1 teaspoon kosher salt
- 1/2 medium yellow onion, grated (about 3 tablespoons)
- 1 tablespoon fresh thyme leaves, chopped
- 1 tablespoon fresh sage leaves, chopped
- 1 tablespoon fresh rosemary leaves, chopped
- 1/2 cup milk
- 1 egg white, beaten
- Toasted sesame seeds
- Poppy seeds
- Sea salt
- Preheat oven to 450 degrees F.
- Combine the all-purpose flour, whole-wheat flour, butter and salt in a stand mixer. Mix on medium-low speed until the mixture resembles a coarse meal. Add the onion, herbs and milk and mix until just combined. Do not overwork the dough.
- Remove dough from the mixing bowl, form into a ball, and cut in half. Cover one half with plastic wrap and place it in the fridge.
- On a counter, or cutting board, roll out the other half of dough into a 1/8-inch-thick rectangle on lightly floured parchment paper. Brush the top with egg wash and sprinkle with the seeds and sea salt.
- Transfer the dough and parchment to a baking sheet and cut into 1-by-2-inch rectangles.
- Bake 10 to 12 minutes, or until golden and crispy.
- Repeat with the second half of the dough.
Prep Time: 00 hrs. 15 mins.
Total time: 25 mins.
Tags: healthy recipes, snacks, crackers
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