Monday, November 2, 2009

The Monday Recipe Blog

How about a healthy Native American Fry bread?

We are proud of our Native American heritage in Oklahoma. We have the largest Native American population in the country, and Native American Fry Bread is something that many of us enjoy often.
However, using the traditional recipe too often can be dangerous to your health. Fry Bread contains lots of fat and things that are really bad for your heart.

Now a healthier Native American Fry Bread recipe has been created, and this makes it easier to enjoy this delicacy.The following is the recipe for Native American Fry Bread after its healthy makeover....

Healthy Native American Fry Bread

1 c. self-rising flour
1 c. whole wheat flour
1 c. fat-free milk
1 t. baking powder
1 T. Splenda
Canola oil
In a large mixing bowl, mix flours, baking powder, Splenda and milk.

Place dough on wax paper sprinkled with self-rising flour. Knead the dough, and add more self-rising flour to make a good dough. Allow the dough to sit for at least an hour. Can be more if you need more time.
When you are ready to begin the frying process, pour about 1 inch of canola oil into a frying pan, and heat it. You will know it's ready if, when you sprinkle a little flour on the oil, it sizzles.
Divide the dough into 8 pieces. Shape into round forms that look like dessert plates. Fry in the oil until golden brown, then remove immediately from the oil and place on paper towels to drain. Makes 8 servings.
The best-known way to use Native American Fry bread is for the base of an Indian Taco. This is made by layering cooked pinto beans or chili with beans, onions, lettuce, tomato, grated cheddar cheese and sour cream on the fry bread.
Another, more traditional way to eat it is with a meal as bread. You can also serve it as a dessert with honey or ice cream.
Each fry bread using this recipe is 148 calories, 4 grams fat (less than 1 gram of saturated fat), 24 grams carbs, 2 grams fiber, less than 1 mg. cholesterol and 5 grams protein.

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