Archive | June 2015

Low Carb Grilled Pork Loin Rollup

The main course Pork Loin is easy to assemble and very tasty. This was a new one for me I’ve stuffed chicken breast,thighs and pork chops. But have never done the loin. This recipe kept the Loin juicy and tender. I grilled mine, but you can bake it as well. I think you guys will like it.

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Here we go!
Ingredients :

Pork loin
4 slices bacon chopped
1 cup mushrooms (I used portabella )sliced thin stems off
2 cloves garlic minced
1 tablespoon parsley flakes
Provalone or swiss cheese
3 or 4 Pork rinds unflavored crushed
1 cup uncooked spinach
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
Cooking twine
Salt and pepper to taste.

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Unwrap pork and slice through the middle like a butter fly cut.

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Lightly spread apart until it is completely flat, do not cut all the way through.
Next Grap you meat tender and plastic wrap and pound thiner, if you don’t have meat tender tool, you can use the bottom of a pan.

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Let rest for a few, and let’s start our inside ingredients.
First put your 2 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil in pan. Heat on medium high.

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Add Chop bacon and add to oil.
Cook until browned.

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Add chopped mushrooms sliced thin stems off.

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Reduce heat to a simmer. Add minced garlic, salt and pepper and fold into pan ingredients.
Remove from heat, crush your pork rinds and add 2 heaping tablespoons to mixture.

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Then add 1 tablespoon parsley flakes. Mix.
Now it’s time to assemble 🙂
Grap your cheese and layer onto your pork.

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Next, let’s add our pan mixture.

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Yum, looks good already .
Next let’s add our Spinach.

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Time to roll. Just like a burrito we are going to roll and tuck sides as we go. Next take our cooking twine and tie our roast. In spaced portions.

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Time for the grill! Spray grill with nonstick spray and place. Cook until core temp is about 180°. If your cooking in the over heat 375 for about 45 min. Please check temp and try not to over cook.

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When done, let rest for 10 min. Remove cooking twine and slice. It’s absolutely beautiful 🌼

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Hope you guys enjoy, keep low carbing and enjoy your food. I know I do. 😆

TACO PIE

This dish is so good, your going to love it. I could eat it everyday. .really everyday 🙂

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If your doing Atkins Induction Phase save your cheese for the day for this yummy dinner.
Ok, what you will need:

Ingredients
1/2 lb. Ground beef or Turkey (I use Turkey).
2 eggs
1/3 cup heavy cream
1 package taco seasoning  (or make your own,recipe below)
2 cups (8oz. Shredded) of pepper jack cheese.
1/3 cup chedder cheese
1/3 cup onion chopped
1/3 cup green bell pepper
1/3 cup salsa (fresh made or all natural no preservatives )
1/4 cup diced jalapeños  (optional)
Topping: lettuce and sour cream (optional )

Ok let’s begin:
Preheat oven 375°

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In a bowl whisk eggs and heavy cream and 1/2 teaspoon of your taco seasoning.
Grease small deep dish baking pan. Mine is 8 x8.

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Sprinkle in half your Pepper Jack cheese to cover bottom of pan.

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Pour in your egg mixture over your cheesey bottom.
Make sure you speed even.

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Place in 375° oven for about 20 min.
Chopped your onion,bell pepper and jalapeño 
Ok, grab your skillet. Turn burner on to medium. Add your 1/2 pound Ground beef or Turkey to skillet also add chopped onion , bell pepper and jalapeño.

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Remember jalapeño is optional!
Brown protein, if using ground beef drain.

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Return to skillet burner off. Add 1/2 teaspoon of your taco mix stir into protein mixture and then add 1/3 cup Salsa.

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Remove your crust from oven, should be firm but not hard.

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Spread protein mixture over crust.

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Sprinkle the rest of your Pepper Jack and your Chedder Cheese on top.

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Place back in oven,for about 10 minutes give or take.

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This recipe is really versatile.

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Walla!
Grap your favorite toppings and dig in, I would!!

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Hope you guys enjoy this low carb favorite of mine, I know my pics are awful. I’m not a photographer that’s for sure. Take care.
SMILE!

A Look at Low Carb

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Looking at my grocery cart now compared to 8 weeks ago it’s a world of difference. Before in my cart,I may have had boxed potatoes, canned Vegetables , variety of frozen foods, and an assortment of chips and snacks.

Now as I peer down into my cart I feel a since of pride wash over me, like I want everyone to notice MY cart. I almost want to go in front of the supermarket and scream,”look at what I have folks, I’m going to eat right, and love it!” I know that’s insane.

My point is learning how to shop and how to prepare foods I never thought of trying is an amazing feeling of accomplishment. I want everyone to know that all the processed foods out there were REAL before someone added all the crap to make them last longer on the shelf, freezer or can.

So what is Low Carb? A lot of you already know the answer to this, but let’s give it a definition. Low Carb is not just eating meat, cheese and eggs. There are a wide variety of foods. You are just eliminating high carb foods and starches example: potatoes,pasta and bread.

In the Low Carb world there are many paths to choose from. Top of the list is the Atkins Diet, this Diet is my favorite it’s easy to do and the chooses are limitless, I love cheese with Atkins cheese is part of the in-crowd. I must say there is a sigh of  OMG when you say your doing Atkins, a lot of folks still beleive that Doctor Atkins died of Heart Failure, hmmmm, wrong. Doctor Atkins actually died from a slippery fall and suffered head injury. That being said this plan is tried and true. High fat/ low carb.

The Belly Fat Cure. Wonderful diet has tons of good recipes and really helps you how to count your sugar/carbs. How this diet works you are allowed  15 sugars and 6 carbs a day. Here comes the math, sugars are sugars, if the package or diet calculator says this item is 5 sugars its 5 out of your daily allowance , now carbs are different. Up to 4 carbs its 0 carbs, 5-20 1 carb, 20 – 40  2 carbs, get it? Good. this is a very good program and you can make this one a life style plan as well.

Paleo Diet, this one to me is slightly harder, the whole idea of this plan is to eat like our ancestors, The Caveman. No Dairy,Grains,  fake foods it has to be something that is Paliothic. There’s a list, to me this is a highly restrictive for myself. I do love the idea, and I have read tons of testimony on the Diet working very well.

These are just the Top three. If you go into low carb, take it from someone who could not stick with one Plan, find a plan and STICK to that plan. It’s not Healthy to be dangling on the so called Yo Yo string.

That being said, things you’ll need on a Low Carb Diet.

1. Motivation.  If you are NOT ready to cut things out of your diet and change your lifestyle,then this may not be for you. Thinking you can loose weight and just be a part timer, you’ll be frustrated, say the program doesn’t work and gain what weight you have lost back 2 fold.

2. Support . You are your only cheering squad, do not rely on others to get the lbs off of you and cook your food. It’s all YOU baby!

3. Enjoy. Smile, enjoy your new choice and remember how your going to feel in just a few short weeks or months.

4. Eat. You get to Eat, do not starve yourself at any time, pick your battles, find the snack that works for you and always Drink Your Water!!

5. Learn. Find out we’re your food comes from, try different fruits and veggies, have you ever did a chicken roll cooked on the grill with creamy garlic Parmesan sauce. Yummy . Learning is Fun!

Last but not Least.

6. FIBER. You need to take a fiber replacement. Using olive oil in your cooking helps, but let’s go ahead and go to the health food store and get a good Fiber, if you tell your health food clerk he/she will directly to the best one.

I hope some of this helps, next I’m going to start with recipes. Happy Low Carbing Peeps 🙂

Pardon my Progress

                                                           

Hey Guys and Dolls. I’m trying to figure out how the page works. Getting my Catigories to work, ugggg,  I’m having a few issues, with some reading I hope to figure it out.  But, I  want to let you know I’m still here, and I have some great advice and super tasty low carb lovin’ coming your way. 

Sincerely Cindy 💁

Meaty Low Carb Marinara

I love a good pasta sauce, but always poured from a jar and added my own meat.

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After learning about preservatives and all they do to our bodies I started making my own.
I must note they do say low sugar, but buyer beware, there are hidden sugars in the ingredients list.
Pasta sauce is easy, so let’s get started.

THINGS YOU WILL NEED:
1 lb. Of ground turkey or beef
2 Tbl. Extra virgin olive oil
1 small onion
2 cloves of garlic minced well 1(28 oz) cans of crushed tomatoes
1/2 cup water
1teaspoons dried basil
1 teaspoons dried fennel seed
1 teaspoon of Italian season
1 teaspoons dried parsley 1teaspoons salt
2 teaspoon pepper

Instructions
Cook and brown ground turkey or hamburger.  Remove and drain grease.
In a deep fry pan or dutch pot heat oil, add minced onion and garlic. Simmer just 2 min. (Don’t cook too high)
Add meat tomatoes and spices.
Mix well and bring to a boil reduce that heat and simmer for as long as you can, no shorter than 30 min. Good sauce takes time. If you have and hour let’s go an hour. Keep a check on heat as to not dry out, just thicken. Add bits of water if it starts to dry.

Top on your favorite low carb pasta dish, or use with chicken parm. Or eggplant parm.
Omit the meat if you want to go reg. Marinara. ..yum!

This is Easy, I promise. You can store leftovers in fridge for a week or freezer.

ENJOY 🙂

I Love Pasta!

One of the first things on a low carb that hit me hard were the words, NO PASTA.

Ok deep breaths. I found a substitute, in fact I found a couple of substitutes.

My first substitute I tried was Speggetti Squash. 

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What to do with this, well you slice it in half length wise.

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Pre Heat 400 degree. Scrape out seeds. Line an oven tray with foil. Season the spaghetti squash with extra virgin olive oil (lightly), salt, and pepper. Place face down and cook for about 30  minutes until fully cooked. Pull from oven carefully and cool.

When squash is cools,grab a fork and start making magic,as you fork out squash a speggetti like strands ..yeah!! # youdidit

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Top or toss with my marinara recipe or meat sauce. My husband loves Alfredo.
Parmasan cheese is great too.

Hello world!

My daughter and me 2005

Me and my Daugter 2005.

In the photo above 10 years ago I felt great, looked good and had no health issues, weight 125. here is my story.

Thank you for stopping by, I’m hoping I can touch some folks with my ideas and recipes. Me, well I’m Cynthia I live in the South East of Georgia were southern food reins supreme.  At 51 years young I discovered I was developing Diabetes and having Menopausal symptoms and  hypertension, extremely tired all the time. One blood test after the other everything was fine except for my ups and downs with my blood sugar. After some brief instructions from the doctor and givin a prescription or two, I was on my way.

After several months of trying to change portion size eating better foods, less fat, salads  omg I felt like a bunny, in fact I was so misarable eating salads I felt sorry for our pet bunny and started changing his food from fresh to mixed with a verity of goodies.

Another trip to the doc. Not much had changed.  I saw a movie about Food healing,getting away from preservatives,I decided to try a style of eating I touched on some years ago. It was called The Belly Fat cure by Jorge Cruise. Since most of my weight was around my midd presenting itself like a large donut I was trying to hide. In this plan you count your sugars and carbs. Simple, not quite. There’s some math and label reading involved. But otherwise a really good concept.

Starting on the Carb/Sugar plan I allowed myself  12 weeks to feel better, look better and have some overall improvement. Around the 4 th week I started really getting into the low carb plan. I didn’t crave  anything. If I did I found a substitute that was low carb. I started studying Atkins,Paleo and all the other Carb cutting sites and services. Getting more and more involved and tiring to figure out why this plan was working and working well. Could I live like this forever,  I came to the conclusion that this was a life changer.

Going into my 8th week I decided to take the world on this trip with me. If your having problems on yo yo diets,can’t find time to cook, don’t know what to cook, I’m going to try to help.

I’ve got a family to cook for and a home I’m remodeling not to mention a house full of pets and a chicken coop.

My stats, well starting I was 163 and after 7weeks I’m 148 and have no Menapausal symptoms and a lot more energy, I still take hypertension mess. But intend on speaking to doc about getting off when I’ve reached my 12th week. I’m not a professional doctor or nurse or dietician. This is just my options and recipes that myself and my family love. from breakfast to main course it’s all going to be in here.

I’m going to keep the recipes as Simple as possible, but I do have to warn you, if you don’t cook…we are going to learn. In my recipes everything is from scratch absolutely NO preservatives. Your going to learn real flavor. Please don’t be scarred we are going to have FUN!!

So HUGS to everyone and thanks for stopping by.