From challah to naan, homemade bread plays a central role at the dinner table in so many cultures. Using a bread machine or kneading with your own two hands, you can make loaves and rolls that are at least as memorable as the main course.
See also: Cook with ancient grains
by Viktorija Todorovska
This authentic and easy recipe from southern Italy makes a large focaccia topped with tomatoes, oregano, capers and olives (though you can add your own favorite topping, of course). Slice it into pieces, and enjoy.
Per serving: 285 calories, 2g saturated fat, 31g carbohydrates, 5g protein, 2g fiber, 1,180mg sodium
by Bernice Hunt
This is a hearty whole-grain bread made with whole-wheat flour and a 10-grain cereal mix that you can find at many health stores. It's a healthy blend that includes rye, oats, millet, barley and flaxseed.
Per serving: 93 calories, 0g saturated fat, 12g carbohydrates, 2g protein, 2g fiber, 422mg sodium
by Pat Sinclair
This sweet and tender loaf is on the decadent side — stuffed with raisins and laced with butter, sugar and cinnamon. It's delicious for breakfast, especially when topped with some high-protein peanut butter.
Per serving: 392 calories, 3g saturated fat, 65g carbohydrates, 6g protein, 2g fiber, 275mg sodium
by Jennifer Katzinger
The method for making this savory gluten-free bread is the same as for a standard quickbread: Mix the ingredients in a standing mixer, divide the batter into pans and bake. Pumpkin, sunflower and flax seeds provide protein and healthy fat.
Per serving: 126 calories, 1g saturated fat, 22g carbohydrates, 3g protein, 2g fiber, 171mg sodium
5. Lazy Loaf
by Nigella Lawson
The dough for this simple recipe doesn't require kneading or a bread machine, only time. Hearty and moist, it's a good mate for butter and marmalade or a hot vegetable soup.
Per serving: 105 calories, 0g saturated fat, 21g carbohydrates, 4g protein, 1g fiber, 143mg sodium