I have a fresh bottle of kefir and will try out this lovely homemade cornbread recipe to go with our beans. For most of the family, this will make the Beans & Cornbread meal a XO (crossover= mixture of fats and carbs, not as conducive to weight loss). This is the one thing I love about the Trim, Healthy Mama plan. She does not eliminate any food category. You will still eat some whole grains. You will still eat healthy fats. You can still eat fruits! I love that you can even have dessert! I read that the sisters who wrote it just learned that by eating whole grains without fats they were able to continue their weight loss. I love this balanced approach. I especially love that it means I can make ONE meal for everyone. Want to lose weight? Just skip the cornbread today or have a tiny piece to keep your fat below 5 grams. Want to feed hungry kids? Just serve them both with some honey and butter. YUM!
Back a long time ago, I had a herd of dairy goats and for a time a Jersey Cow that I milked every day. I used to make the kefir from scratch with the kefir grains that our local goat dairy gave me. It is probably the easiest fermented food you can make. However, since I don't have any cows or goats "in milk" I have been buying some unsweetened kefir at the local store. If you have used buttermilk for baking, this is very similar. Buttermilk is also SUPER easy to make. This reminds me that I still need to schedule an easy cheesy cheese making workshop. Who would like to learn to make some easy cheeses? I have a pregnant Jersey cow ambling around the pasture now, so I may be back in the dairy business this fall!