Saturday, February 18, 2012

2-12 Flaxseed Muffin for ONE (V, G)

My parents expected me to eat the food they provided. Even if I did not like the food, I had to sit at the table until I finally gave in and choked down every morsel.

The items I disliked the most were carrots, peas, creamed corn, whole wheat bread, eggplant and Brussels sprouts.  With time, I grew to enjoy most of these foods except for the creamed corn! Ugh.

 These days, I am very conscious the effects certain foods have on my body and my overall health and I enjoy a variety of fruits and vegetables at every meal. I have also discovered flax!

Flaxseed is a food that I had never thought about to until it was brought to the forefront as a health food. If a person eats flaxseed meal they can expect to reap the benefits of lowering their cholesterol, blood pressure and blood sugar levels.  Rich in lignans and Omega-3, flax even protects women from breast cancer.
By itself, flaxseed lacks the, 'wow', taste-factor, but combined with other foods it is quite edible! Ground flaxseed can be sprinkled on salads, soups and other dishes. It can be added to smoothies and combined with other flours in baked goods. It can also be the  main ingredient as in the muffin recipe below.

Flaxseed muffins are easy to make and my recipe serves ONE person. How easy is that! All of the ingredients are mixed in the baking container. The baking time only takes one minute and the end product  releases from the container withoutany added fats. The flavored olive oil is a wonderful addtion. If that oil is not available in your area, add grated orange peel or orange flavoring.

Flaxseed Muffin for One

1 egg
¼ C ground golden flaxseed (brown flaxseed meal may be substituted)
½ tsp baking powder
½ tsp cinnamon
2 tsp sweetener
1 tsp margarine, butter or Blood-orange flavored olive oil
1 T mini chocolate chips (optional)
1 T chopped pecans (optional)
Few dried cranberries or cherries (optional)

Add all ingredients to a mug or small ceramic 1-serving soup cup. Mix until well blended. Microwave on HIGH for one minute. Remove and transfer to a plate. May be sliced and eaten with butter, cream cheese or fruit.