Croutons are so easy to make, I can’t believe I bought them for so many years. They make a great topping for casseroles, soups and salads. You can be absolutely sure there are no flavor enhancers like MSG in your own croutons.

Stale 7 grain or other whole grain stick bread
1/4 – 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
organic garlic powder
unrefined sea salt or herbal salt
savory or thyme (optional)

Slice stick about 1/3″ thick (the thickness of a crouton). Cut each slice into cubes. Toss with oil, salt and herbs. Spread out on cookie sheets, you’ll probably need two. Toast in oven at 250°F for 1 to 1 1/2 hours or until very dry and slightly golden.

For gluten allergies, just use whole grain rice bread instead.

Store in large glass jar.

© 2009 Lisa Robbins, BScHN, RHN, CTT

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