Monday night was a really yummy dinner night at our house! I just called it “salad bar.” I always love a meal, such as taco night, where we have the table filled with little bowls of ingredients to build your own meal the way you like it. For our salad bar night I served a big salad of mixed greens, chicken tenders, chopped hard boiled eggs, shredded cheese, chopped cucumbers, chopped tomatoes, salad dressings including Greek Yogurt Ranch Dressing, chopped avocado, AND Sprouted Seven Grain Homemade Croutons. So delicious! There were also some homemade blueberry muffins with oat streusel, but more on that later. 🙂
I am of the opinion that croutons are essential to a good salad. They just are. As I prepared for my salad bar dinner I was thinking I really wanted to serve some healthy croutons. Not the fat-free little pellets called “croutons” that you buy in a bag at the grocery store. I wanted something hearty, delicious, and more nutrient dense. Enter the sprouted grain bread…
Here is a simple method for creating your own croutons. Feel free to make it your own by adding whatever other ingredients and flavors you like!
3 slices of a sprouted grain bread (such as Food for Life or Ezekiel Bread. You’ll likely find this in the refrigerated section of your grocery stores “healthy food” section.)
2 tablespoons of butter
Dash of salt
Dash of garlic powder
Dash of onion powder
Melt the butter in a small bowl (I use a mug) in the microwave or in a small pan on the stove. Add a dash of salt, garlic powder, and onion powder to taste and stir.
Lay the bread out on a baking sheet. Use a pastry brush to evenly coat both sides of each slice of bread with the butter mixture. Once the bread is coated in the butter, slice each piece into small squares to make croutons.
Bake the croutons at 400 degrees for 5 minutes then flip with a spatula. Return the croutons to the oven for an additional 5 minutes. Keep an eye on these so they don’t burn! Your oven may cook a little differently than mine. The object is to brown the croutons.
Serve fresh. Makes 4 servings.
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