Saturday, February 9, 2013
ROAST BEEF, BACON, AND AVOCADO SANDWICH ON GF, DF, BREAD
Well, once again I'm experimenting to see if I have another food allergy/sensitivity. I've had recurring colds and/or sinus infections since Fall this year. As soon as I get rid of one, a week later I have another. It hasn't been fun! I have my favorite natural remedies when I have a cold that do pretty well in knocking it out in a day to 3 days, and lessens the symptoms quite a bit. So I get through them fairly easily, but then they come back. I've been so run down and weak from fighting off infections all year! It gets old and tiresome. So I'm experimenting with dairy. I'm giving it a couple weeks without, then will eat some one day, and go two days without again and observe. I'm really hoping it proves to me that dairy is not the culprit. I really love my dairy! Giving up wheat was easy. Not too much adjustment once you are already low-carbing. But dairy? I found out how much I use it. I think I have dairy at every meal and snacks besides. Cheese is one of my favorite foods and I use it a lot as a filler or binder in low-carb recipes. Oh I know... the food you crave the most is usually the one you're allergic to, right? Well, I'm still hoping it's not the case here. I can hope! I'm tired of giving up food, changing my diet yet again, and having to adjust recipes again.
My Cheese and Wine bread recipe was one of my favorites. So this bread is a spin-off of that one, without the cheese or wine. I've actually made it two ways. You can do it with flaxmeal as I have below, or you can replace the flaxmeal with 2 tsp of psyllium seed husk powder. I prefer the latter but today I did it with flaxmeal, so that is what is in the recipe and that is what the picture is of.
Avocado has become my new cheese replacement in some things. Not because it resembles cheese in flavor at all, or can be used in all dishes as cheese, but it satisfies the way cheese does in a sandwich or added to a salad or many things. I don't think I ever make a sandwich without cheese! But I didn't miss the cheese in this sandwich. This was really good. And how can you go wrong with bacon, and grilling the inside of the buns in bacon grease! Fabulous!
I made my bread in my GT Xpress. Loving that gadget more every day! How did I live without it? But you can bake it in the oven, or the microwave. I suggest the oven. I know--faster in the microwave, but it's worth waiting for in the oven.
Roast Beef, Avocado, and Bacon Sandwich, (Dairy Free, Gluten Free Bread)
Dairy Free, Gluten Free Bread
1 tablespoon almond flour
1 tablespoon flax seed, golden -- ground into flaxmeal (should be 2 tbsp. flaxmeal)
2 teaspoons nutritional yeast flakes, NOW
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon Granulated Splenda
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
1 large egg
1 tablespoon water -- or almond milk, or other liquid.
1 teaspoon extra virgin olive oil
2 ounces shredded cooked roast beef (or whatever left-over meat you have on hand)
1/4 avocado -- sliced, sprinkled with salt, pepper, and onion powder
2 slices bacon
Bread: In small bowl, combine almond flour, flaxmeal, nutritional yeast flakes, salt, Splenda, and baking powder. Whisk with wire whisk until sifted together and there is no lumps. Add egg, water, and oil. Mix until well combined. Let sit for a minute to thicken slightly. If using oven, place in small oven proof dish and bake at 350 F for about 12 to 14 minutes or until golden brown on top and done through. If using GT Xpress, preheat and place batter in one well, close, and let bake 12 mintues. I have not tried it in the microwave, but I think you could microwave it also just like you would any of the quick microwave breads, probably about 1 1/2 to 2 minutes. Each microwave is different.
In frying pan, fry bacon slices. Remove and place on paper towel. Slice bread bun in half, place each half sliced side down in the pan with the bacon grease and fry about 1 to 2 min. on each side or until toasted.
Place shredded beef, (mine was cold, left over from supper the night before, but you can heat it up or use whatever left over meat you have), avocado, and bacon slices on one half of bun and cover with the other half.
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Entire sandwich: 544 Calories; 40g Fat (65.4% calories from fat); 34g Protein; 13g Carbohydrate; 9g Dietary Fiber;
For just the bread alone: 152 Calories; 10g Fat (57.5% calories from fat); 7g Protein; 9g Carbohydrate; 8g Dietary Fiber;