Let’s do Lunch

By Ralph McKechnie

Of the Independent

On the way to work every morning, I have to pass by Carl’s Junior and there is one particular sandwich that calls my name each time I pass.  Actually, there are two and I like them equally well. The bacon, egg and cheese sandwich and the sausage, egg and cheese just seem to call out to me when I pass.  Of course, I know I should pass them by, but don’t always do that.

The other morning, I got thinking that I could perhaps create one of those at home, only with ingredients I can tolerate with a special diet.  Then I saw a recipe on You Tube and decided to give it a try.  The recipe is for coconut flour English Muffins, but that is close enough to call it good, it is, after all, the bacon, egg and cheese that is the exciting part.

For some time, we’ve had these pyrex glass bowls in two sizes, five inch and 3.5 inch.  For this recipe we will use the smaller 3.5 inch bowl and will begin by melting about 1/2 tablespoon of butter or coconut oil in it.  When that is done, add one egg and beat with a fork until the oil and the egg are mixed thoroughly.  Then add one tablespoon of coconut milk and coconut flour or almond flour, 1/2 teaspoon baking powder, a pinch of salt and mix very thoroughly.

The muffin does not turn out exactly like an English muffin, but it is close enough and it makes one very good sandwich.

This smaller size is perfect for the English muffin, the larger glass bowls ake very acceptable bread for sandwiches or hamburgers.

I fried some bacon and then toasted the muffin in the toaster oven while I combined one egg with cheese and cooked that in the microwave for one minute. This turned out a great little sandwich, especially when I used butter on the muffin.  It is not exactly like the commercial variety, but is close enough to keep trying to perfect.

I made a second sandwich for Bev only I used Almond flour and blended the entire mixture in the little bullet blender.  Wow, the bread portion came out with a very fine texture, Bev said it reminded her of sponge cake, dense but spongy.

A really great thing about these little sandwiches is that you can make up a batch ahead and save them for quick lunches during the week.  They can also make the basis for other sandwiches (like the sausage, egg and cheese) or even make great biscuits for biscuits and gravy–the possibilities are endless.

As always, pay attention to what you are eating.  The things you put in your mouth will have a greater effect on your health than anything else.  Eat wall, live well and most of all, live with purpose and passion.