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The final trials of our new grain free mug bread mix are finished, after eating many modified versions of this mix. We now have a complete mix that makes 2 servings with only 1/4 cup of water added to the mix. Now that the formula has been tweaked, we can experiment with different uses for the bread mix and some add-in recipes.
Aside from the health benefits that go along with eating grain free bread, a second benefit to note is a little bread goes a long way to make you feel full. This means, instead of needing a double decker burger and full-size empty carb bun to fill the hunger gap, a simple little slider burger can do the job and allow for some extra carbs and calories to enjoy some healthy side dishes.
How to make a single serving slider bun
For the demo images showing how to make the slider bun, I used a 3.5 inch diameter ramekin, which was sliced twice to make 3 pieces of bread. This made a top and bottom bun with the middle slice to be saved for a later use.
If you want a little larger bun, a 4 inch diameter ramekin or mug can be used, however I would recommend the bread is only sliced once.
A four inch diameter bun will have 6 net carbs, where a 3.5 inch diameter bun will have 4 net carbs.
Making a bun with our mix is so easy.
Our bread mix has all the ingredients needed to make the bun.
You simply add 1/4 cup of water and mix well so all dry ingredients are moistened. Smooth out top of the batter and your bread is ready for the microwave.
Microwave for 90 seconds
Let the bread cool for a minute or so then use a table knife to loosen sides. Tip container over and the bread will fall out.
Slice as suggested above according to how thick you want your bun to be.
My greatest frustration with grain free buns is knowing the perfect ratio of toppings to prevent the bun from disintegrating. Too must liquid such as ketchup or BBQ sauce, or even melted cheese can create a mushy bun. So use condiments sparingly. Skip melting the cheese on the top burger and enjoy a cheese wedge as a side dish with a few crunchy good carb vegetables.
Slider Burger with Spinach & Feta Cheese
One of our favorite sliders combines the meat, cheese, and veggie all into one slider burger.
When using frozen spinach, thaw first and then press out any excess water before mixing into the meat mixture. Some burger recipes call for a beaten egg, but I omit the egg so the texture is less like meat loaf and more like a burger.
Form patties that fit the size of the bun you are going to use. Pan fry or grill.
You can add some zesty flavor by topping with a small scoop of pesto.
Hope you find our mug bread mix to be a quick and easy choice for making a grain free bun. Check back for my next blog post which will give the details of my frustrating love/hate relationship with grain free recipes.
Hello gardeners and foodie fans. We are James LeValley and Cathy LeValley, owners of New Earth Micro Farm llc and our Good Carb Foods brand.