A low-calorie & gluten-free homemade garlic & herb bread made with almond, flax & spice that doubles as a muffin. The perfect light side bread to serve with dinner, salad or soup.
Hi Muffins! Happy Friday!
Last Friday I was minding my own business at the gym, doing my workout thing, lifting weights when this
boy, guy appears next to me. You guys. He looked like he just got off the college graduation bus. He says he wants to show me something to stabilize better. Of course in the back of my mind I’m thinking what’s this pesky kid want. So he shows me this thing & I politely say thanks. Then he introduces himself as “CJ,” I introduce myself as “Megan” cuz that’s my name (in case you didn’t know), we shake hands & I scurry off to the pulley like a rabbit.
Minutes later I’m on my knees working abs on the pulley & look up CJ’s next to me again. Really? My music’s loud I can’t hear what he’s saying. He tells me something about how he likes to breath when he does this core move. I’m like “ok, yeah, yeah, thanks.” I already knew that. By this point, I’m thinking get away so I can finish my workout. What’s up with this kid sneaking up on me, telling me what I should be doing? I don’t like people breathing down my back. The gym is my time and I need my space. Who is this kid? I know all the morning gym rats and he’s not one of them. He just showed up this week. When did he start coming here?
Before I know it, he asks me what I’m doing the next day and if I’ll meet him for coffee at Starbucks. It happened so fast I didn’t have a chance to come up with an excuse. He walks away, then it sinks in. He asked me out. Whaaaaaaaatttt? My first thought. Can I back out? Probably not. We go to the same gym. That would be weird. My second thought. I’m going out with someone on Valentine’s Day. I hate Valentine’s Day. Funny how God laughs after I admit to the world I’m the grinch of Valentine’s Day. Careful what you say. It’ll come back to bite you.
When I get home from the gym, I tell my Mom the story. She’s overjoyed, of course. Then immediately she goes into Mom mode asking a thousand questions. What kind of job does he have? Does he have a nice car? How much money does he have? Notice these are all material things, she’s not concerned that he may be a controlling psycho stalker. I told her the story again & explained there was no way of knowing those things.
The next day I met the kid at Starbucks. He really was a kid too. Based on our conversation, I’m guessing 15 years younger. I knew immediately he was a dud when he didn’t even offer to buy my $2 tea. We started talking & right away I felt something was off. He wouldn’t answer questions. He was vague about everything. I asked him what he did for work. He said he was an actor. I asked if he auditioned a lot. He said sometimes, it’s underground thing. I asked where he went to college. He said on the west side. I asked him if he grew up in Phoenix and what part of town. He said all over. I asked what lake he swam in during the summer. I’m not from here & was genuinely curious. He said one of the lakes.
After 20 minutes, the shady responses got old. Then he asked me to come to his house for dinner Sunday night. I told him I didn’t think it would work. All the while I’m thinking are you serious, I have no idea who you are? Then he left. The end. No sense in going out with someone you know isn’t right. He wasn’t willing to open up about anything. Maybe he’s not as comfortable with himself as I am. Either way it never would’ve worked. At this point in my life, I’d rather be alone than with the wrong person. I’m holding out for a hero. I want someone really freaking awesome. The best part of this story was the homeless guy from my gym was sitting next to us at Starbucks sleeping. It couldn’t have been staged any better. The story of my life…
Now that we’ve got the date out of the way, let’s talk bread. But first I want to set the record straight. I’m not a bread maker. I’m a muffin maker. I think it’s the circular shape of the muffin that hugs my heart. It’s not boring like a rectangular loaf of bread. Muffins are the way to my heart.<- Pay attention boys. The glorious thing about bread batter is you can usually make it into a muffin so that’s what I did. Pick your path whether it be bread or muffins. Whatever your heart sings. Either way I guarantee it’s delicious. It’s light & airy. Perfect coupled with a vegetarian soup. I still like making muffins the best. Just so you know…
- ½ cup golden flaxseed meal
- ½ cup almond flour
- 1 tsp baking powder
- ½ tsp dry oregano
- ½ tsp dry basil
- 2 tsp garlic powder
- ½ tsp red pepper flakes
- 2 egg whites
- ½ cup water
- 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees
- Prepare a bread or muffin baking tin cooking spray
- In a medium bowl, mix dry ingredients
- In a small bowl, add wet ingredients & blend together until it becomes frothy
- Add wet to dry & combine gently
- Pour into baking or muffin tin
- Bake 20-25 minutes
- Cool 5-10 minutes prior to serving
Have you ever had a first date on Valentine’s Day? What do you prefer muffins or bread?
Friday Favorites with Katie
Lots of Health, Food & Love,
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