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Monday, July 18, 2011

Heart Smart Garlic Naan Bread

  A diet high in whole grain foods is associated with a significantly lower risk of developing cardiovascular disease, including heart disease and stroke according to many studies.
A grain is "whole" when the entire grain seed is retained: the bran, germ and the endosperm. The bran and germ components are rich in fiber, vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and healthy fats. These are the parts removed in the refining process, leaving behind the energy-dense but nutrient-poor endosperm portion of the grain. Examples of whole grain foods include wild rice, popcorn, oatmeal, brown rice, barley, wheat berries and flours such as whole wheat.
In addition to protecting against cardiovascular disease, which accounts for one-third of deaths worldwide, there is evidence that whole grains also project against diabetes and other chronic conditions.

1 teaspoon active dry yeast, 1/2 tsp agave nectar, 1/2 cup luke warm water (slightly warm when skin touches the water)

1 1/2 cups whole wheat flour

1/4 teaspoon kosher salt

2 tablespoons Canola oil or olive oil

2 tablespoons fat free plain yogurt
1 teaspoon garlic powder

In a small bowl, combine the yeast and agave nectar. Add the water to the yeast then still in agave nectar. Let sit until frothy, approximately 5 minutes.
 In a large bowl, combine the flour,garlic powder and salt. Make a well in the center and add the yeast mixture, oil, and yogurt.
 Knead together for 3 minutes, adding more flour as needed. I used an industrial kitchenaid mixer. Place dough in an oil sprayed bowl and cover with plastic wrap, then a towel. Rest and rise for one hour.

  You will need to punch down the  risen dough then divide it into 6 balls. Roll each ball out on a floured surface until about 1/4 inch .
I use a george foreman grill to bake mine. If using an oven, place in hot oven of 400 degrees and bake 8 to 10 minutes on a baking pizza stone or in a cast iron pan.