Monday, May 6, 2013

Another new BLOG to share....

... The Slim Palate... 

Wonderful recipes, beautiful pictures, great commentary ..... what more can we ask for?
Check it out!

I made the Cauliflower Tortillas yesterday for Cinco de Mayo and they were fantastic!

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

New BLOG discovery...

I will be adding this blog to my blog list ASAP!  I just discovered this blog this morning and cannot stop looking at all the lovely low carb and gluten free recipes......
Thank you "I Breathe ... I'm Hungry ... "

I cannot wait to try the Jamaican meat patties, lemon almond shortbread cookies, the coconut frenzy cake (the PF one was a favorite weakness back in the day......) and SO MANY OTHERS!

Monday, March 25, 2013

Meal ideas for this week...

Well since it still feels like winter, I am still making winter foods... so there.  As my in-laws in IL just got 17 inches of snow, I think it qualifies as NOT spring!

Tonight I pay homage to Mike (as I dislike cabbage... a lot) and will make Your Lighter Side's Easy Italian Cabbage Rolls.  Scoring points I hope!

Later this week, probably Wednesday I will doing a recipe renovation on one I saw this past weekend on Mexican Made Easy - Zucchini Tortilla Casserole (Pastel Azteca).  I have a whole plan worked out on my low carb, almost paleo version.  Very excited!  I am not sure what I would without Mexican food in my life .... regularly!

Stay Tuned!

Update... As you can see below from Mike's comment - the Cabbage rolls were definitely a winner - but needed a little salt, pepper, and maybe red pepper flakes, if you roll that way!  Here is a picture of them piping hot in the pan....

We served with steamed broccoli over shirataki noodles - the first time we had tried these... not too bad!

Saturday, March 23, 2013

This weeks' eats!

While we had the usual roasted veggies ...broccoli, cauliflower, eggplant .... with a piece of chicken, steak or pork on some nights, I also tried my hand at making my own enchiladas, wheat free. I used DJ Foodies all purpose crepes, Maria Emmerich's taco seasoning, my own doctored enchilada sauce and voila! .... Spicy Chicken Enchiladas was born. They were fabulous and honestly, while a lot of work, will totally be made again.

The whole pan...

Served with roasted asparagus...

Last year I was a recipe tester for Dana fun fun! This year I am testing a few recipes for Maria Emmerich!

This week's recipe was for a Pork Ramen Crockpot soup. It was a hit with the whole family ....

I bought a larger pork roast than I needed for the Pork Ramen, so we threw it in the crockpot the next day with my husband, Mike's, special low carb BBQ pulled pork spice rub.  I decided to throw them in some of DJ Foodie's crepes again (LOVE these), put a little green salsa, some tomatoes, cilantro and cheese on top and toss in the oven for 20 minutes... VOILA!  Pulled pork enchiladas lite!  I think these would be fun to do with a full sauce like the chicken bake above.

Happy Low Carbing!

Friday, March 8, 2013

2012 - My Year in Review

Well another year has gone by with my utter neglect of this blog.  I apologize to my few readers - including family and friends - for my lack of posting.  Our lives have been quite chaotic this year with many challenges in our family.  However, Mike and I are still living the low carb lifestyle having moved even further towards a paleo-low carb lifestyle   We buy local, organic and sustainable whenever possible.  The majority of our eggs and cream come from a local poultry farm and we have a friend that we buy beef from - totally delicious!  We try not to routinely buy processed food.  Mike is totally wheat free!  I, on the other hand, try hard to be so, but succumb occasionally to Mama Lupe's Low Carb Tortillas.  :)

Low Carb Highlights:

  • I am still maintaining an H1AC within normal range - so still NO DIABETES!
  • I was a recipe tester for Dana Carpender's new 500 Paleo Recipes
  • New Sites/ Blogs discovered:
  • I have begun to test recipes for Maria Emmerich's forthcoming Slow Cooker cookbook
  • We have moved our cats to a totally grain free diet as well... pricey but worth it
  • I have made hundreds of fabulous low carb recipes this year and plan to keep on experimenting in years to come - pictures forthcoming & mouth watering!  I have gotten much better at adapting some of our old time favorites into healthy, low carb alternatives.... some you cannot even tell the difference!
I want to thank Carolyn, Maria, Peggy, Linda, Jamie, Dana and all of the other bloggers out there for their dedication and hard work.  I could not maintain my lifestyle and health without your efforts and innovation. 

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Asiago Cheese Crackers

I  took  recipe from the Gluten-Free Almond Flour cookbook - Cheddar Cheese Crackers and made a few substitutions to come up with my own twist!

As this great cookbook uses some higher carb ingredients, I usually have to substitute a little bit, but the recipes are still fantastic.

Her recipe says it makes 60 crackers.  I made 100 crackers and with substitutions (Asiago for Cheddar and Olive Oil for Grapeseed Oil) the nutrition breakdown for each cracker is as follows:

25.5 Calories
2.2g Fat
0.2 Net Carbs
1g Protein

Not too shabby!

Monday, January 16, 2012

'Bread' Pudding

While leafing through Low Carbing Among Friends, I realized I had all the ingredients in the house to make the 'Bread' Pudding recipe by Maria Emmerich.  The secret ingredient?  Eggplant!

After roasting - with added custard ingredients

And ... cooling on the stove!

Dessert tonight!