Easy + Delicious Homemade Bread {Recipe}

Easy + Delicious Homemade Bread Recipe

Can we take a minute and talk about comfort food? I think now is the time more than ever to let food be a comfort, and what is more comforting than homemade bread? I used to find the idea of making my own bread intimidating, but I’ve gained some confidence and wanted to share our family’s favourite homemade bread recipe for you to try out with yours! This recipe calls for simple, basic ingredients and requires no more than a beginner skill level.

With the kids home all day, errrryday right now, I’m trying to think of activities that can incorporate a little bit of learning. Baking is something we enjoy and do fairly often (or we cheat and do a no-bake recipe, like these GF No Bake Protein Bites that the kids love) and it’s a great way to teach kids about measuring, chemistry, where our food comes from… just call me Ms Frizzle lol! And let’s face it, knowing how to make your own food is a life skill, so why not just go ahead and call this home ec 101. 😉

New to making bread? This recipe is perfect for beginners!

I started dappling with making my own bread in the Fall of last year and after a few tries, I felt like I had found a recipe I liked and that had consistent results. While searching for a recipe to use as a jumping-off point, I found Butter with a Side of Bread‘s recipe for Easy Homemade Bread and it lived up to its name. My homemade bread recipe is an adaptation of that one, and I absolutely recommend you check out this awesome blog for more great recipe ideas!

Another bonus of baking your own bread is that you can control the ingredients that are used (no yucky fillers/ preservatives, etc), and it’s a great money- saver. Ok, maybe that’s 2 benefits, but hey, the more the merrier! 😉  Enjoy it as a sandwich bread, or dip it in your fave oil/ vinegar combo- it’s a delicious, versatile loaf!

If I’ve got you convinced to give making your own bread a try, check out my recipe for Easy Homemade Bread below! 

Easy + Delicious Homemade Bread Recipe

Recipe: Easy + Delicious Homemade Bread 

Ingredients

-2 cups of water (warm is best!)

-1 1/2 tbsp yeast

-1/4 cup raw sugar

-1 tsp salt

-1/4 cup organic sunflower oil (olive oil or another neutral-flavour oil is also good)

-3 cups each organic whole wheat flour and unbleached all-purpose flour 

(+ more for kneading)

Directions 

  1. In a Pyrex jug, pour the yeast into the warm water. Set aside for 5- 10 minutes
  2. While you let the yeast proof, measure the salt and sugar into a large bowl 
  3. After 5- 10 minutes, pour the yeast/ water combination into the bowl with the salt and sugar, followed by the oil. Stir until combined
  4. Add in flour 1 cup at a time, kneading to combine with the wet mixture
  5. Once all the flour has been added, knead the dough on a floured surface for 5 minutes
  6. Roll the dough into a ball and lightly coat with more oil. Place in a large bowl and cover with a damp cloth or towel and let rise until the dough has doubled in size- approx. 1 hour
  7. When the dough has doubled in size, punch it down and turn it onto a lightly floured surface. Knead the dough back into a large ball and cut in half
  8. Lightly oil two loaf pans. Roll the halves into two loaves and put one in each pan. Cover again and let rise for another hour
  9. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and bake for 30- 40 minutes (when ready, loaves will be slightly golden brown and baked through when tested with a toothpick)
  10. Pop the bread out of the pans and cool on a rack or enjoy warm and fresh from the oven!

I love that this bread is healthy + not too heavy!

Easy + Delicious Homemade Bread Recipe
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Find more delicious ideas on the OHP Recipes Page!

To check out the recipe that helped me kick start my bread making journey, check out Butter with a Side of Bread

Have you tried this recipe? I’d love to know what you think! oxox Kat

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Mediterranean Pasta Salad | Recipe

Mediterranean Pasta Salad Recipe with Homemade Dressing
 
Now that we’re headed into the warmer time of year, heavy cooking and turning on the oven for meals is becoming less of a thing. It’s time to make room for lighter dishes and a hearty salad is a perfect option for Summer. Pasta salad is a big hit in my house and it’s even better when made with homemade dressing, so I thought to finish up my 3-part recipe series with reebee this Mediterranean pasta salad would be perfect- and just in time for Summer entertaining.

This Mediterranean pasta salad is great as a side dish or as a meal on its own, perfect for Summer

Thanks to reebee, you can find everything you need for this recipe at the lowest price, just click on the links below to see the best prices on the ingredients in your area. 
 
Great to serve at a BBQ, pack up for a day at the beach, picnic, and afternoons at the spray park, this Mediterranean pasta salad is light and filling. It takes a few minutes to make, and the dressing is well worth skipping buying the stuff from the store. 
 

Find everything you need for this recipe (+ more!) for the best price thanks to reebee!

All you have to do is download the app and enter your location to receive current and upcoming flyers from a variety of stores for your area.  To show you how it works, simply click on the items in the ingredient list below and reebee will do the rest, showing you what ingredients are on sale and where to find the best prices this week. Savings at your fingertips! 

Mediterranean Pasta Salad Recipe with Homemade Dressing

Ingredients

For the salad

2 cups pasta (gluten-free or regular), uncooked

1 large tomato, diced

1 green pepper, diced

1/2 red onion, diced

1/2 cucumber, diced

1 cup pitted kalamata olives

1/2 cup feta cheese crumbled for topping

For the dressing

1 cup extra virgin olive oil

1/4 cup red wine vinegar

juice from 1 fresh lemon

2- 3 cloves of garlic, crushed

1 tbsp Italian seasoning (or the equivalent of finely diced fresh herbs)

Directions

1. To get things started, boil a pot of water and get your pasta cooking. While that’s on the go prep your veggies and set aside.
Mediterranean Pasta Salad Recipe with Homemade Dressing
 
2. When the pasta is ready, drain and allow to cool. You can speed this up by rinsing under cold water. Put pasta into a large mixing bowl and add your veggies and olives. Toss until everything is combined.
Mediterranean Pasta Salad Recipe with Homemade Dressing
 
3. To make the dressing: In a mason jar combine all of the dressing ingredients and shake well (if you want to, you can make the dressing a little bit ahead of time to help the flavours develop). Add in the dressing and toss until everything is evenly coated. Garnish with the crumbled feta or put it on the side for people to add themselves.
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Like this recipe? Check out my other recipes with reebee:

Slow Cooker Lasagne Soup

Rainbow Vegetable + Shrimp Lettuce Wraps

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About reebee

Reebee puts finding the best price for everything your family needs right at your fingertips. Simply download the app and enter your area to find the best prices on everything from groceries to appliances, seasonal items, and more. reebeefeatures flyers from favourite stores including Costco, Superstore, Walmart, Canadian Tire, just to name a few.

Features include:

  • Search option to help you quickly find exactly what you’re looking for and compare prices
  • Shopping list- stay organized and create lists within the app to keep track of what you need
  • Sync Reebee across devices for seamless use for everyone in the family

For more information about Reebee and how it works, visit the reebee website and find them on social media: Facebook| Instagram

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Slow Cooker Lasagne Soup | Recipe

Slow Cooker Lasagne Soup Recipe

Heading into Spring, we’re stepping away from heavier foods and turning to lighter options. This lasagne soup is one of those recipes that is hearty and filling and is a great way to get in a healthy serving of veggies. I’m excited to be teaming up with reebee on this recipe to help you enjoy easy-to-make, healthy comfort food, and to help you whip up your favourite recipes at the best price.

Make it on the stove top or slow cooker, either way this lasagne soup is a yummy, simple recipe.

I based this recipe off of one of my favourites from Liv B’s cookbook, Vegan on a Budget, and adapted it a little for our family. Every time I’ve made this soup it’s been a hit, and I thought I would try making it in the slow cooker for this blog post for the added bonus of extra convenience and it doesn’t disappoint. Her recipe for Famous Lasagne Soup caught my eye when I was first going through the pages and knew it would be one my family would love. Her original recipe is a vegan one so I swapped in a few different ingredients and have made this soup with and without meat, both turning out equally delicious; I also made ours with gluten-free lasagna noodles, but of course this is a simple substitution you don’t have to make if you don’t need to.

Slow Cooker Lasagne Soup Recipe Ingredients

I love that this is a healthy comfort food option that is simple to make, especially if you’re using a slowcooker, and thanks to reebee, I can help you find where to stock up on the ingredients you need at the lowest price. Our family has used reebee for a few years and it is our go-to resource for finding the best prices for our weekly grocery list. Whether it’s for regular items that we use all the time, or big-ticket purchases, reebee is a great resource right at your fingertips.

Find everything you need for this recipe for the best price thanks to Reebee!

For this recipe, I have teamed up with reebee to show you how to get the best prices on the ingredients you’ll need for this lasagne soup. All you have to do is download the app and enter your location to receive current and upcoming flyers from a variety of stores for your area.  To show you how it works, simply click on the items in the ingredient list below and reebee will do the rest, showing you what ingredients are on sale and where to find the best prices this week. Savings at your fingertips! 

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Ingredients

1 carton or 3.5 cups of broth ( I used chicken, but vegetable or beef also work)

1 jar or 2.5 cups of marinara pasta sauce 

1/2 an onion, diced

1 bell pepper, diced

1 cup mushrooms, sliced

1/2 cup dried red lentils

1 cup spinach, rinsed and patted dry

8- 10 lasagne noodles

Optional:

1 package of ground beef

Shredded cheddar or mozzarella cheese

Directions

  1. In your slow cooker, pour in broth and pasta sauce, followed by the onion, bell pepper, mushrooms, and lentils. Stir to combine. Note: If including ground beef, brown in a frying pan and add with these ingredients.
  2. Set your slow cooker on high for 4 hours or low for 6 hours.
  3. About 15 minutes before you’re ready to serve, bring a pot of water to a boil and cook the lasagne noodles as per the package directions.
  4. Add the noodles and spinach to the soup approx. 5 minutes before serving. 
  5. Top with shredded cheese if desired and serve.

Slow Cooker Lasagne Soup Recipe

Slow Cooker Lasagne Soup Recipe

Slow Cooker Lasagne Soup Recipe

Slow Cooker Lasagne Soup Recipe

Slow Cooker Lasagne Soup Recipe

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Slow Cooker Lasagne Soup Recipe

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About reebee

Reebee puts finding the best price for everything your family needs right at your fingertips. Simply download the app and enter your area to find the best prices on everything from groceries to appliances, seasonal items, and more. reebee features flyers from favourite stores including Costco, Superstore, Walmart, Canadian Tire, just to name a few.

Features include:

  • Search option to help you quickly find exactly what you’re looking for and compare prices
  • Shopping list- stay organized and create lists within the app to keep track of what you need
  • Sync Reebee across devices for seamless use for everyone in the family

For more information about Reebee and how it works, visit the reebee website and find them on social media: Facebook | Instagram

reebee is available for through the App Store and Google Play.

Slow Cooker Lasagne Soup Recipe reebee app

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For more simple + healthy meal ideas, visit the blog’s Recipes page!

Disclosure: This recipe post is a paid partnership with reebee. I was compensated to share a recipe in partnership with reebee, an app my family loves and has used weekly for several years. All opinions are my own.

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Gluten Free Blueberry Banana Oat Muffins Recipe

Blueberry Banana Oat Gluten Free Muffins Recipe

There’s something about a good, warm muffin right out of the oven that’s hard to beat. Even more so when it’s gluten-free muffins that are just as good (if not better!) than the regular version. We’ve experimented with a variety of recipes over the years but this one for gluten-free blueberry banana out muffins has been a hit on many levels: Healthy? Check. Tasty? Check. Liked (loved) by the kids? Check. Easy to make? You guessed it, check!

I’ve made these muffins with both regular unbleached flour and GF flour and you can’t tell the difference, they’re that good

If you’re gluten-free, you know how satisfying it is when you find a recipe that doesn’t taste like cardboard, isn’t loaded with sugar, and is as good (maybe better?!) than the regular version. Whip up a batch of these for weekday breakfasts or snacks, or add them to your weekend brunch selection. Whatever way you make them, I hope you enjoy them as much as our family does! PS for more GF recipes like this one, make sure to check out the blog’s Recipes page!

PPS- if you like this recipe, you’ll also love this recipe for chocolate chip banana bread, which is also amazing gluten-free

Blueberry Banana Oat Gluten Free Muffins Recipe

See below for the easy recipe for these yummy gluten-free muffins!

Ingredients

3 ripe bananas

1 egg

1 tsp vanilla extract

1/3 cup butter, melted

1/4 cup brown sugar

1 cup gluten-free flour (I used a combination of brown rice and coconut)

1 tsp baking powder

1 tsp baking soda

1 tsp cinnamon

1/2 tsp salt

1/2 cup gluten-free oats

1 cup blueberries (fresh or frozen)

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line a muffin pan with paper liners (silicone liners also work great for these).
  2. In a large bowl, mash bananas and add the egg, vanilla extract, and melted butter. Mix until combined.
  3. In another bowl, combine all the dry ingredients and fold into the wet ingredients a  little at a time until everything is added.
  4. Stir in the blueberries until evenly distributed throughout the batter.
  5. Scoop batter into liners and bake for 20- 25 minutes (test with a toothpick to check when ready).
  6. Pop out of the oven and enjoy!

Blueberry Banana Oat Gluten Free Muffins Recipe

Blueberry Banana Oat Gluten Free Muffins Recipe

Blueberry Banana Oat Gluten Free Muffins Recipe

Blueberry Banana Oat Gluten Free Muffins Recipe

 

Blueberry Banana Oat Gluten Free Muffins Recipe

Blueberry Banana Oat Gluten Free Muffins Recipe

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Blueberry Banana Oat Gluten Free Muffins Recipe

Blueberry Banana Oat Gluten Free Muffins Recipe

Blueberry Banana Oat Gluten Free Muffins Recipe

Blueberry Banana Oat Gluten Free Muffins Recipe

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Healthy Smoothie Recipe Ideas + Giveaway with Love Child Organics

Healthy Smoothie Recipe Ideas

Hands up whose kids pick and choose what they like to eat on the daily? One day they’ll happily snack on apple slices and the next they push them away with a ‘really Mom?’ kind of look. Kids, amiright?! I totally admit I was a picky eater as a kid (sorry Mum and Dad!) and now with my kids I’ve gone from one end of the extreme to the other: I’ve had phases where they’ll try anything I serve them (yessss!!!) to days when everything I put in front of them is pushed away/ spat out/ thrown on the floor, etc.- and everything in between as part of the crazy yo-yo that is feeding children. Ughhhhhh. Somedays I just throw my hands up and ask for a little more patience and ideas for foods they’ll eat. View Post

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