Monday, November 7, 2016

Oopsie Bread - Great alternative for sandwiches!! No Carbs

About three months ago I ventured into the "Keto" program.  I won't spend explain it on this post, but I will on others.   It's been used for years to treat diabetes and severe brain disorders such as epilepsy. With Paleo fading, Keto is picking up popularity.  So why not give it a try!!  The basics of Keto......High Fat, Moderate Protein and little to no carbs.  Eat Cheese it says, OK. Eat high fat foods like butter. OK. Eat proteins but don't skimp on cutting off the fat. OK.  Eat Bacon.....need I say more.

During my research on Keto I came across the Oopsie Bread recipe.  I already tried Cream Cheese pancakes that were to die for, so how can the bread be bad if it's made with cream cheese also?   It was super easy and super delicious.  Like with any food we're making healthier, if you think you are going to eat bread when  you bite into it, you'll be disappointed.  But it does have good flavor and the consistency is great for eating things like a hamburgers or if you want a tuna salad sandwich for a change.    This morning I had an open faced fried egg sandwich with mashed avocado spread on the oopsie bread before I placed the egg on it.  

Crazy easy.  I took three large eggs and separated them.  I put the egg whites in my counter top mixer, added 1/8 tsp cream of tarter and turned it on with the whip.  Then I took the hand mixer and mixed together the egg yolks and 3 oz of cream cheese.

You have to let the whites beat a good 4-5 minutes and make sure they are forming firm white peaks.  Then fold in the egg yolk and cream cheese.  Careful not to "mix" to much as you'll break down the whites.  Just fold in with a spatula until combined.  Spoon onto a greased cookie sheet and bake 30 minutes on 300 degrees.

Don't over cook.  I had one a little crumbly on the edge that clearly cooked more cooked then the other ones.

Let sit and then place on cooling rack, let sit overnight or a few hours.  Store in Ziplock with paper towel to keep them from getting moist.

Enjoy!!

http://yourlighterside.com/2009/05/gluten-free-low-carb-buns-aka-oopsie-rolls/


Monday, May 16, 2016

Meal Prep Day - Stuffed Peppers over Sauteed Red Cabbage, Shredded Dijon Chicken with Brown Rice, Baked Cod, Broccoli and Red Potatos

Well, it's been a while since I've blogged.  The last six month have been a roller coaster of emotions, pains, attempts, failures and basic down right depression.  But when all else fails?  Try Try Again.  I have new goals and a plan to reach them.

Sunday I spent the day on Meal Prep. WHAT?  BUT IT"S SPRINGTIME, BE OUTSIDE, WORK IN THE YARD, GO KAYAKING......NOPE IT'S NE OHIO.  IT SNOWED AND HAILED. So I stayed in and cooked. ALOT

I can't stress enough how important meal prep is. I have proven this over and over again. Without some level of meal prep, it's hard to be successful in staying on track with your nutrition. Meal prep can look like a lot of things.  It could be just grocery shopping so you have the foods you need on hand.  It could include meal planning, where you lay out the plan of what you are eating through out each day for the week.  Or it could be full blown meal prep where you spend a day making each meal you plan to eat for the whole week!  I went full blown meal prep this week!!

My new favorite website.  http://fitmencook.com/   Go check it out!!

I chose to follow his post for Epic $75 Meal Prep 2016  http://fitmencook.com/epic-75-meal-prep-2016/  with some alterations.

I didn't do the breakfast wrap, I don't have time in the morning to put any meal together!  I did make his breakfast casserole, I'll blog about this separately.



Meal 1
Honey Mustard Chicken with Long Grain Brown Rice
Ingredients for 5 servings:

  • 3 3/4 cups cooked long grain brown rice
  • 1 3/4 lb (794g) chicken breasts
  • 1/3 cup Dijon mustard (you can add more according to your preferences)
  • 1/2 cup raw honey
  • 1/3 cup low sodium soy sauce (or Bragg Liquid Aminos)  *totally used Bragg
  • 1 tablespoon garlic (paste or minced)
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper (optional)  *Oh yeah

  1. Spray the inside of a slow cooker with olive oil and then toss in the chicken breasts.
  2. Then, toss in low sodium soy sauce, honey, Dijon, garlic and a little cayenne for some heat.
  3. Stir it up and then add the chicken breasts.
  4. Add the top to the slow cooker, then cook on high for 3 or 4 hours.
  5. Add brown rice & water to a rice cooker (or a small pot) and let it cook for about 25 minutes.
  6. When the chicken breasts have nearly finished cooking (about 1 hour left of cooking), remove the chicken breasts from the slow cooker, place them in a bowl, and pull them apart using forks. Once you have shredded the chicken, place the chicken back into the slow cooker, mix it in with the sauce and continue cooking for the remainder of the time.
  7. Once the chicken has finished cooking, build your meal. Add 3/4-cup brown rice to a meal prep container and top with shredded chicken.
I followed this one pretty much as written!   If you are not a fan of the taste of leftover chicken, this dish is for you.  Be sure to add the sauce to the chicken in each container.  Makes it so yummy!!

 Approximate macros for 1 of 5 servings: 286 calories, 37g protein, 24g carbs, 2g fat, 1g fiber, 17g sugar
 Meal 2

Spicy Cod, Roasted Potatoes & Broccoli

 Ingredients for 5 servings:
  • 2lb (907g) wild-caught cod
  •  1.8lb (816g) broccoli crowns
  •  1.7lb (771g) red potatoes
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon smoked paprika
  • pinches of sea salt & pepper
  • spray olive oil
 Steps:
  1. Set oven to 400F.
  2. Prep the vegetables by chopping the potatoes and broccoli into chunks.
  3. Place the vegetables on a nonstick baking sheet (or parchment paper or aluminum foil) and spray with olive oil. Add a few pinches of sea salt and pepper and mix the veggies together using your hands to ensure each piece is coated.
  4. Roast the veggies in the oven for about 25 minutes, until the potatoes have softened and the edges of the broccoli have turned brown.
  5. While the veggies are roasting, prepare the cod. Rub the cod with olive oil, smoked paprika, sea salt & pepper(and a pinch of cayenne pepper if you want a little heat). **see below
  6. Place the cod on a nonstick baking sheet and bake in the oven for 18 to 20 minutes; ensuring the cod flesh has turned white.
  7. Prepare the meal by adding a portion of roasted vegetables to a container and then a few pieces of cod fillet.
** I changed it up a bit with the seasonings, so use what you like.  Just watch the salt.  Some pre-mixed seasonings for fish have a lot of sodium in them.  I also am not shy with cayenne pepper. I really like how well COD holds up when reheated. 
Approximate macros for 1 of 5 servings:  300 calories, 32g protein, 32g carbs, 4g fat, 4g fiber, 3g sugar
 Meal 3
 

Bison-stuffed Poblano Peppers with Sautéed Purple Cabbage

 Ingredients for 5 servings:
  • 24oz (680g) lean ground bison (store didn't have this so I used a mixture of turkey and sirlon. I would not do this again, the meat turned out way to dry)
  • 5 to 6 poblano peppers (store didn't have these either, so I used green peppers, which ended up to big for a serving and contributed to the dryness)
  • 1 1/4 cup reduced fat mozzarella - didn't use
  • 3/4 cup no salt added black beans
  • 3/4 cup golden corn
  • 1/2 cup no salt tomato sauce
  • 1/3 cup chipotle peppers in adobo  This added great flavor!
  • 1/3 cup chopped green onion
  • 1 tablespoon cumin
  • 1 tablespoon smoked paprika (optional)  YEP
  • Cabbage
    • ~8 cups shredded purple cabbage
    • 1 tablespoon garlic (paste or minced)
    • sea salt & pepper to taste
    • spray olive oil
    • I threw in one sauteed onion for flavor and a splash of red wine vinegar at the end of cooking.  I was surprised at how much I liked this!!
 Steps:
  1. Set oven to 400F.
  2. Skim the top off a poblano pepper, carve out the inside using a knife or “grapefruit spoon,” and remove the stem and seeds. Repeat for the remaining peppers.
  3. Chop the canned chipotle peppers into small pieces.
  4. In a large bowl, mix together bison, black beans, corn, chipotle peppers, tomato sauce, cumin and green onion.
  5. Evenly divide and stuff the meat mixture into the poblano peppers.
  6. Place the stuffed peppers in a baking dish and cover with aluminum foil.
  7. Bake for the peppers for 30 minutes in the oven. Once the peppers have finished baking, remove the foil, and if desired, top each pepper with about 1/4 cup mozzarella, then place the foil back on top and bake for another 5 to 7 minutes to melt the cheese.
  8. While the peppers are baking in the oven, prepare the cabbage by chopping it up so it becomes shredded.
  9. Set a large nonstick skillet on medium high heat and spray it with olive oil. Once the skillet is hot, toss in the garlic and cabbage. Cook the cabbage until it begins to soften, about 6 minutes. Continually stir and flip the cabbage using a spatula so it does not burn in the skillet. You still want a little bit of crunch in the cabbage so don’t over cook them.
  10. Season to taste with sea salt & pepper.
  11. Build the meal by adding sauteed cabbage to a meal prep container and then placing a stuffed poblano pepper on top.
 Approximate macros for 1 of 5 meals:
472 calories, 37g protein, 27g carbs, 26g fat, 6g fiber, 6g sugar

I love the message of this website!  fitmencook.com

My message is simple: “Our bodies are built in the kitchen, Sculpted in the gym.”


Sunday, February 14, 2016

Banana Muffins! with Whole Wheat Flour

http://cookieandkate.com/2015/healthy-banana-muffins-recipe/

Who doesn't love a good banana muffin! 

I've searched and tried several different recipes to make a healthy version of these.  This one proved to be a good one!

I did make it a little sweet at the end with some regular sugar, butter and oats sprinkled on top.  But we are speaking about a teaspoon of sugar and a tablespoon of butter divided between 12 muffins.  I'm okay with it.  If you are not, simply follow the directions on the website and add oats and cinnamon to the top only.

INGREDIENTS
  • ⅓ cup melted coconut oil 
  • ½ cup maple syrup 
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup packed mashed ripe bananas (about 3 bananas)
  • ¼ cup almond milk
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1¾ cups  regular whole wheat flour
  • ⅓ cup old-fashioned oats
  • 1 teaspoon sugar 
  • 2 tbls oats
  • 1 tbls butter

 INSTRUCTIONS
  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees.  Line muffin tin with 12 liners or spray with non stick spray (I like to use coconut oil spray instead of Pam) 
  2. In mixer bowl, beat the coconut oil and maple syrup together.  Add eggs and beat well. Mix in the mashed bananas and milk, followed by the baking soda, vanilla extract, salt and cinnamon.
  3. Add the flour and oats to the bowl and mix just until combined. 
  4. Divide the batter evenly between the 12 muffin cups. Mix sugar, oats and butter until combined, sprinkle the tops of the muffins with a small amount. Bake muffins for 23 to 25 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into a muffin comes out clean.
  5. Place the muffin tin on a cooling rack to cool. 

Monday, January 4, 2016

Sausage and Sweet Potato Hash (Made with Turkey)

This is one of my favorite dishes to make.  SUPER Easy and although it sounds like a weird combination, it's delicious!  Trust me.

I whipped some up today so I'd have a few meals to take with me to work. It's a great make and take meal.  It's good warm or cold, by itself or add some scrambled eggs.












Part 1
3 lbs of sweet potatos
2 teas garlic powder or minced garlic
1 teas onion powder
1 teas chili powder
1 teas salt
1 teas pepper
4 tablespoon butter or coconut oil

Clean pototaos and peal.  Shred them.  This is what I perfer. They cook better.  But you can also chop them into little pieces, but make them little and even size.  Sprinkle them with the seasoning and dot with coconut oil, mix well so everything is evenly distributed.  Spread onto a cookie sheet and Bake at 425 degrees for about 30 minutes.  This time varies depending on how you shred or chop the potatoes. Stir at least once during the cooking.

While this is cooking, prepare the sausage (aka Turkey)

Part 2
1 lb of ground turkey
1 teas sage
1 teas onion powder
1 teas salt
1 teas pepper
pinch of ground ginger

Start cooking the turkey, breaking it up as it cooks, add the seasoning and brown until completely cooked and crumbled.

When the potatos are done cooking, combine with the turkey.  ENJOY.    Sometimes I'll make scrambled or fried eggs and serve overtop with a veggie side!!!

 This batch I used less potato then it called for and it's still good!!!





Sunday, September 6, 2015

Fresh Plum Jam

Tis the season for fresh plums!  We have a neighbor with an abundance of fruits and veggies we love to buy from!  Today was their first harvest of the plum trees.  YAY!!



With starting the Sane Challenge in a day, what a better prep item to have on hand then Plum Jam!! Delicious on a slice of sprouted grain toast for breakfast or top some cottage cheese with it for a easy sweet snack.



Ingredients?  Plums and Chia Seeds








It's as easy as cutting up the plums, (about 3 cups diced) and adding them to the sauce pan with about 1/4 Cup of water. Bring to boil, cover and lower heat. Let simmer about 15 minutes.  Stirring frequently. 














After 15 minutes, turn the heat off, take lid off and let cool a bit.   Then add 2 tablespoons of Chia seeds. Mix it up really good and let it sit until almost cool.  



Throw the mixture in the food processor for a few turns to make a chunky jam or really let it spin for a smoother jam. 


You could add a little honey for a sweeter jam, but these plums were perfect and we didn't need to add anything!!






                                                                                                 



ENJOY             

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Italian Sausage with Peppers and Onions

Day two of Crock pot freezer meal!  Another success!

The next time I will add some yellow and red peppers along with the green.  Just for flavor. I may omit the onion and garlic powder.  I'm still deciding.  I make this on the stove top with a simple can of tomato sauce, not tomatoes and no seasonings.  I think I like that better.  But this was still delish!   So much I'll probably double the recipe!!

I just bought what ever Italian sausage they had at the store.  I will search out a cleaner, fresh, homemade sausage for the next time.

Italian Sausage with Peppers and Onions

Ingredients
1 lb of italian sausage links
1 large green pepper
1 medium onion
2 cups diced tomatoes
2 teas onion powder
2 teas garlic powder

Mix together in ziplock, label to cook 6 hrs on low or 4 hrs on high.

Serve it however you like.  I just put it in a bowl and ate it!!

Nom Nom Nom Nom.....
































Monday, June 29, 2015

Crock Pot Freezer Meal "Southwest Chicken"

The first day of crock pot freezer meals was successful!

Southwest Chicken

Ingredients:
1 can corn, drained  ( I think its about 14oz)
1 can black beans, drained
1 16 oz can of salsa   ( remember to use clean salsa.  If you like it spicy use a hot salsa)
3-4 chicken breasts ( 2lbs)
1 8 oz cream cheese

Put all the ingredients in a zip-lock except the cream cheese.  Mix well and freeze.

On the label put the instructions to add the cream cheese, cut up in cubes the last 30 min of cooking. Also remove the chicken and shred, then return to pot when cheese it melted.  Mix all together and salt & pepper to taste. 

Cook on low 7-8 hrs. 


This reminded us of chicken paprikosh ( I have no clue how to spell that and neither does spell check)


 I added more salsa to the top and salt and pepper.  I thought it needed more flavor.  My husband just added salt and pepper and said it was fine.  So I guess it depends on you.  The consistency of the chicken was a little mushy, but you're going to have that with chicken cooked in a crock pot. 

I ate mine over spinach like a salad which was very tasty.  My husband ate his with nacho chips.  

Over all....this was really good and it fed three of us plus a couple bowls of leftovers for lunch tomorrow!!

Winner Winner Chicken Southwest Dinner!!