Easy zucchini bread recipe lowers the glycemic index of the usual loaf.
These summer courgettes can proliferate so fast that within weeks you have an enormous abundance of them. Their mild flavour lends them to all sorts of culinary treats. They can be thinly sliced in a salad, lightly sauteed in butter for a stir fry and you can bake them into a lovely loaf.
Bread has a relatively high glycemic index; one way to lower it is to add extra fibre and there's no easier way than to mix in a cup of grated courgette.
Because they are mostly water, you need to reduce the liquid by about a third; otherwise it will sink in the centre; as the one in the photo has done.
One other small factor is not to add the courgette initially; allow the dough to stir thoroughly first and then tip in your grated squash. Otherwise I find the flour doesn't mix properly.
They are particularly rich in many different carotenoids; the antioxidants that mop up free radicals in the body. In short, they are a strong in the cancer prevention stakes.
Whilst there's not much information about a lignan called DHCA in the squash itself, this compound is found in the roots; researchers have found that it binds to estrogen receptors, competing with circulating hormones in the body, thus reducing the risk of breast cancer.
Simultaneously it promotes osteoblasts that promote bone growth and inhibits osteoclasts that break down the bony matrix. You could pay a lot of money for the new drug, or just eat more zucchini. 100% wholewheat flour also is a rich source of lignans.
For the organic gardener there's absolutely no necessity to consider spraying them; the odd one may be stung and be partly, or wholly inedible. If you're buying them off the shelf, make sure you wash each one thoroughly because you are going to eat them skins and all. Just slice off the two ends.
When the words easy and bread come into the same recipe then a machine is a must; there's nothing easy about kneading dough, allowing it to rise, and then baking it; it's demanding in time and electrical energy.
The bread machine is the green way of baking the perfect loaf. And it gives you control over the salt, and all the chemicals that are added to the commercial offering.
Easy zucchini bread recipe takes less than ten minutes to prepare.
Add the yeast, flour, salt and honey, water and butter to the baking pain that goes in your bread maker; oops, sorry, baking pan. You can see the word that this chiropractor is used to typing.
When the machine starts to knead the dough, after about an hour, add the grated zucchini. Four hours later you'll have the perfect easy zucchini bread recipe loaf.
Less than ten minutes work plus a five hour wait; that's slow food, made fast in my book.
Zucchinis incidently contain a large amount of pectin; that's the soluble fibre that the colon just loves and, because it controls carbohydrate absorption, prevents surges in insulin, the hormone that stores blood sugar as fat.
Zucchini health benefits abound, whether in a salad or in our bread loaf.
Many easy zucchini bread recipes want to turn it into a pudding, and add lots of sugar; we all break down now and then, and that's okay if you're not to become a health hut neurotic, but it's no longer a health food; for high and holy days. Fattening and glycemic and definitely no longer a diabetic zucchini bread recipe.
Is there any difference between our easy zucchini bread recipe and the basic Panera bread menu recipe slice, smothered in butter and lightly sauteed zucchini and onion like I have for breakfast most mornings in the summer? Probably not.
It's just a nice little variation; perhaps add extra honey, and a dollop of ice cream and turning it into a pudding isn't such a bad idea after all; then you want to remember the pecan nuts. Learn the knack and crack them yourself if you want them not to taste rancid.
Your own wheat grinder is worth a consideration, but they don't come cheap. This is our 20 year old Hawo which today costs $650. If you bake a loaf like this easy zucchini bread recipe most days you'll pay your electric flour mill off in about three or four years; the numbers may be different in your country.
I grind around 4kg of wheat per week for our various different bread recipes. In South African terms that means a $3 saving x 52 weeks = roughly $150 per year.
In other words it would, on the face of it, take about 3-4 years to pay it off; add to that price of vitamins, minerals and smart bran that you should be taking if you are using semi refined flour, and you're looking at a couple years.
However, given the whole wheat vs whole grain controversy, by which millers can call their products "whole wheat" provided they haven't removed more than 40% of the wheat - the best part, of course - it makes a whole different equation.
Once you add $13 dollars per month alone for the vitamin E removed, never mind all the other vitamins and fatty acids, you realise this is a whole different ballgame.
If you are serious whole wheat flour baker, then I unreservedly recommend your own wheat grinder.
Your easy zucchini bread recipe is particularly rich in carotenes, and especially those that give protection against macular degeneration; lutein and zeaxanthin. Much is found in the skin, so preferably grow your own or choose young organic fruit that doesn't need to be peeled.
They are also particularly rich in pectin the soluble fibre that helps soften the stool and keep us regular. It also slows the absorption of simple sugars from the small intestine, meaning we don't get an insulin rush. Furthermore, studies on mice found that zucchini squash gives protection against diabetes.
These phytochemicals are the vital component giving us protection against disease; promoting health and preventing disease.
Really, growing zucchini is very, very simple. Plant three seeds in a mound, water occasionally if it's dry, weed and six weeks later you can enjoy very healthy summer courgettes in abundance. We give half a dozen to our chiropractic patients every day in the summer.
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