Lisa Leake is a wife, mother, foodie, blogger and author of the #1 New York Times Best-Seller, 100 Days of Real Food. She began chronicling her family’s journey on 100DaysofRealFood.com when in 2010 they decided to start seeking out the real food in our processed food world. What started as a simple pledge has turned into a valuable and practical resource that’s now read by millions around the globe. Lisa has appeared on Dr. Oz, Good Morning America, CNN, and The Doctors TV Show. Follow Lisa on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest.
I love how my friend Andrew is once again spreading the good word about eating real food through his annual October Unprocessed challenge! I think it’s imperative for people to know that eating right doesn’t have to be complicated, and more importantly (except for during this challenge, of course) it doesn’t have to be all or nothing.
As I learned during my own “100 Days of Real Food” pledge, living by a set of rules for a brief period is enlightening and allows you to gain a new (and often, much-needed) perspective. But I also soon found that following strict rules for life just isn’t for me because – let’s face it – stress never did anybody any good either!
Taking my own challenge back in 2010 basically forced me to come up with alternatives for things I was relying on like daily white chocolate mochas made with highly processed powder, dessert after almost every meal, fruit snacks and goldfish for the kids, and white bread for sandwiches (oh yes, I did). Then after our pledge was over we decided what “rules” we wanted to adopt long-term (turns out most of the changes were here to stay), and where we wanted to make exceptions as needed (usually at restaurants and traveling, just for convenience sake).
So as you near the end of your own challenge, I encourage you to think about what unprocessed rules will soon become your own “new normal.” This isn’t exactly a fad diet after all, it’s a new and improved lifestyle that you’ll (hopefully) agree is here to stay! And with that I’d love to share a super-easy real food recipe with you from my brand new #1 New York Times Best-Selling cookbook, 100 Days of Real Food How We Did It, What We Learned, and 100 Easy, Wholesome Recipes Your Family Will Love. Enjoy!
Recipe from the 100 Days of Real Food Cookbook. Vegetarian & Freezer-Friendly.
- 2 cups whole-wheat flour
- 4 teaspoons baking powder
- ½ teaspoon salt
- 4 tablespoons (1?2 stick) cold butter
- 1 cup cold milk
- Preheat the oven to 450°F.
- In a medium bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, and salt. Mix well with a whisk or a fork.
- Cut the butter into little pea-size pieces and scatter them over the flour mixture.
- Mix the flour and butter together, using the back of a fork to mash the butter pieces into the flour until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs. (You can also just forget the fork and use your fingers to mash the butter into the flour. It’s okay if the outcome just looks like pea-size pieces of butter covered with flour.)
- Add the milk and mix together thoroughly without overmixing. Knead the dough with your hands 8 to 10 times, then turn the dough out onto a floured counter or cutting board.
- Pat the dough out flat with your hands until it’s about ¾ inch thick. If the dough sticks to your fingers, sprinkle a little flour on the top and bottom. If it’s too dry (not holding together), add a splash or two of milk or water.
- Using a cookie cutter (any shape) or upside-down drinking glass, cut out biscuit rounds. Gently press together the scrap dough and cut another biscuit or two, taking care not to over-handle the dough.
- Place the biscuits on an ungreased baking sheet and bake for 10 to 12 minutes, or until lightly browned.
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