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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. So A busy life for a stay at home mom.

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 like I was learning is FUN.

So HUGS to everyone and thanks for stopping by.

Low Carb Fall Favorite Pumpkin Pie

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Pumpkin Pie…hmmm What can I say, its fantastic, it feels comforting and it definitely feels like FALL.  

This is a recipe that I decided had to be done, and yes I’m going to start Thanksgiving meal planning Low-Carb style with the dessert. Why? Well I like my Pumpkin Pie Chilled before I eat it, and this Yummy re-du classic takes a minute or 60 to cool down. My husband likes it Warm with Vanilla Bean ice cream instead of Whipping Cream I always say…To Each Their Own!

My first memory of Pumpkin Pie was eating it at my Grandmothers house, a dessert often scene hanging around with Pecan Pie on Thanksgiving. I remember thinking I was eating Sweet Potato Pie,  but told it was Pumpkin, the pleasure of the spices burst in my mouth and the soft creamy texture was awesome. It was love at first bite!

Creating a new twist for this recipe was difficult, I wanted that same feeling of Spices and texture you have with Normal Pumpkin Pie to shine in this recipe,  think I did it. Even the Hubby liked it, without that scoop of Vanilla Bean ice cream. Points in my court 🙂

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Ingredient’s

Crust

8 ounce Bag of Pecans

4 tablespoons Butter (real butter)

1 tablespoon of Stevia or 2 tablespoons Splenda

 

Filling

2 Cups Pumpkin puree (use can if you like, just make sure no sugar added 100%)

2 Eggs

1 tablespoon Pumpkin Spice

1 teaspoon Cinnamon

2 teaspoons Vanilla extract

3/4 cup Splenda or Stevia (NOTE: beware Stevia is a little on the bitter side so make it 1/2 cup if using Stevia.

1/2 teaspoon salt

1 Cup Heavy Cream

 

Whip Cream Topping

1 Cup Heavy whipping Cream

1 Tablespoon Splenda or Stevia

1 teaspoon Vanilla extract

pinch salt

 

OK Lets COOK!!!

First lets make our Crust. Pre heat oven 350 degree.

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Spoon into Pie pan (grease slightly with wrapper from butter).

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Put in Pre Heated oven for about 5 min. or 10 Min.

WALLA!!!

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Let start our Filling!

Grab your hand mixer and let beat our 2 Eggs, once that’s done add all other ingredient’s BUT the Heavy Cream.

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Once every thing is Mixed well slowly add your Cream. I Know these two handed gigs are hard, but lets give it a shot.

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Ok, lets take this yumminess and pour into our Pecan Crust.

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Bake for about 50 min. how to tell if your pie is done, well there is always the toothpick test, or watch this : https://youtu.be/_u8GXGhWLSc

When you feel your pie is done, set on cooler surface other than your stove top (that might be warm). and cool completely before cutting.

NOTE:  when pie is cooled you DO refrigerate .

Lets make our Whip Cream Topping!

In a medium mixing bowl pour in Whipping Cream, add Splenda (stevia) and Vanilla Extract,pinch salt. Here is a good video to show you: https://youtu.be/Yc0Q-7cdsxo

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In a few min. you have a finished product, store in fridge until ready to use.

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Ok Pie is Cooled LETS EAT!!!

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Chicken Pot Pie – Low Carb

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Chicken Pot Pie..Yumm that says Fall is here. I found this Recipe on my search for new Fall dishes, I had to tweak just a Bit for my Family Flavor. Pot Pie is one of those dishes that we are all familiar with those warm taste of Vegetable’s  and the Crispy Crust that brings it all together. This is a must have in anyone’s Low Carb Lifestyle. 

The Original recipe came from Peace, Love and LowCarb. Thank you  🙂

Lets get ready!

Ingriendents:

Filling

3 tbsp butter

1/2 cup onion diced

1/2 cup celery diced

1/2 cup carrots diced

1 Tbsp minced garlic or 2 to 3 diced well cloves

salt and pepper

1 1/2 cups leftover baked or rotisserie chicken 

3/4 cup heavy cream

1/2 cup chicken broth

2 tbsp Dijon mustard

3/4 cup sharp white cheddar cheese, shredded

1/2 cup frozen peas or green beans(fresh not canned) cut green beans about 1 inch.

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Ingredient’s:

Crust

1 1/2 cups mozzarella cheese, shredded

3 Tbsp cream cheese

3/4 cup almond flour (not meal)

1 tsp Italian seasoning

1 large egg

1 tsp onion powder

1 tsp garlic powder

1 tsp sea salt

1 tsp black pepper

 

Lets get everything prepared our  Mise en place .( https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mise_en_place )

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Ready? Ok lets get started!

First grab your deep skillet and melt the 3 Tbls. of Butter on Med. heat.

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When Butter is melted Add  onion, celery, carrots, green beans, garlic and a little salt and pepper to the skillet.

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Sauté until vegis are tender, for alittle faster add a lid for a bit. After Vegis are tender add remaining Ingredient’s. Stir and simmer for about 10 min.

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 Yum Looks good already!

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when you cook for the additional 10 min. Last step remove from burner and add the Yummy White Cheddar Cheese and mix into Skillet .

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Cover and set aside, want take but a few minutes for us to get our crust ready.  Pre heat 375 Oven!

First grab a med. Microwave safe mixing bowl, add Mozzarella and Cream Cheese Microwave for 1 minute. Stir to combine and microwave 1 extra minute. 

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Next, after getting out of Microwave stir, Add almond flour, egg, garlic powder, onion powder, Italian seasoning, salt and black pepper.

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Stir and Mix well until you form a Dough Ball. (if it starts to get stringy pop in Microwave for another 20 sec.)

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Walla! Ok your supposed to separate into 4 equal balls of dough, but this girl bought big pot pie pans. Yep! So I’m going to only do 3.

Lay out your Parchment or wax paper, roll out circles (my easy method put another piece of wax on top so don’t get sticky on roller).

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Fill your Tins . Add your crust to the top. Try to make it prettier than mine.  🙂

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Bake at 375 degree for about 30 min. Brown on Top!

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Let Cool for 5 min. and EAT! There is tons of yummy goodness inside!

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Enjoy Everyone!  Happy Fall Weather!!!

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 Link to: Peace Love and Low Carb

http://peaceloveandlowcarb.com/chicken-pot-pie-low-carb-gluten-free/

Thanks to Kyndra Holley for the wonderful ideas!!!

 

 

Fried Green Tomatoes with Spicy Sauce- Low Carb

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I love Fried Green Tomatoes, not just because I live in the South, but they are just simply Good. Some of you may consider this a Summer Dish, it is really, But its also a wonderful appetizer for a warm bowl of Vegi Soup.

There are tons of recipes online for these wonderful tasty little green things, here is my take on the Low Carb version of Fried Green Tomatoes.

You will want to use a Cast Iron Pan or a Heavy Skillet.

 

Here’s What You Will Need.

Ingredient’s:

2 Medium to Large green tomatoes

1/2 Cup Almond Flour or Almond Meal

2 Eggs

2 Tablespoon Parmesan Cheese  

1/2 Tablespoon Black Pepper

1/2 Tablespoon Salt

1/2 Tablespoon Cayenne Pepper

I/3 cup to 1/2 cup Olive Oil or Peanut Oil (all pan bottoms are different adjust oil to cover just the bottom).

NOTE: If you want to fry more Tomatoes for a larger crowd adjust recipe as needed.

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Low Carb Creole Dipping Sauce:

1 large Egg Yolk

2 tsps Fresh Lemon Juice (or in the little cute little lemon)

1 tsp Dijon Mustard

1/2 tsp Salt

1/8 tsp Black Pepper

1/2 cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil

2 tablespoons Sriracha (more if you like heat less if you want milder)

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Ok lets Cook!!

We are going to make our Sauce first, so we can have it handy when our Tomatoes are Hot and Freshly Cooked.

First lets separate our yolk from those whites, you can use any method that works for you, if you don’t know how here’s a link:     https://youtu.be/yAGX-54iR30  or if you like to do it the COOL way:   https://youtu.be/_AirVOuTN_M

Next:

Combine egg, lemon juice, mustard, Sriracha, salt and pepper in Small mixing bowl and combine with whisk. Pour in the oil in a thin, steady stream and Whisk as you go constantly. Mixture should start to become thick .

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DONE! You can use this Sauce for a lot of dishes including Shrimp and Hamburgers. I don’t like Mayo. But this is Good!  

OK, lets get our Tomatoes ready, Wash and dry your Green Tomatoes. Now slice as thin or thick as you like, the Norm is 1/2 inch, I like mine a tad smaller. Lay your Slices on Paper Towel and Salt and Pepper both sides. let them fellows sit there for about 5 to 10 min. to drain most of the moister out.

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Next get your Eggs whipped up in one bowl and your Almond Meal/Flour in the other. Add all the seasoning to the Flour mixture and mix with a fork.

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Get your Frying pan ready add your oil and heat Med. high . While that is heating up lets get started with our Tomatoes.

Dip Tomatoes  in flour first, then Egg wash, then back in flour. Add to hot pan, Don’t crowd your pan, take your time and only do a few at a time 3 – 5 min that’s all, watch don’t let them burn!

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You may loose some crust No worry’s, they will still be terrific!

When you take the out of pan put on a cooling rack and serve as soon as possible!

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Serve Sauce on the side or Pour over Hot Tomatoes.

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OH MY!

Grab a Fork Guys were digging in!!

 

 

 

Frittata Muffins /share post from – Simple and Healthy Foods

I don’t know about you, but I am always looking for quick, easy, and healthy breakfast recipes that can be prepared ahead of time for the busy work week. Well, I just found a delicious one from Health.com! It uses a sautéed mixture of onion, mushrooms, and red bell peppers with chopped parsley and basil; […]

via Frittata Muffins — Simple and Healthy Foods

Low Carb Chicken Minestrone Soup

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Low Carb Minestrone Soup is a wonderful meal for the Fall. Normally we add Pasta to Minestrone, but keeping it Low Carb we going to substutite and add Chicken in place of the noodles, but to be perfectly honest, this soup is just as delicious without the Chicken.

I originally found this recipe online at LOW CARB MAVEN very good site, I want to thank her for the inspiration. I tweaked the recipe to my family taste. 

Getting all your ingredients together is the best way to approach any soup, so lets get started.

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In this picture I have all my Ingredients ready, these are called Meas and Plas  (french culinary phrase, meaning: “everything in its place.”

Here are your Ingredients

1/4 cup Olive Oil

1/2 cup chopped onion

1 Tablespoon minced Garlic

1/2 cup sliced Celery

1/2 cup fresh Zucchini or yellow squash ( or use both to equal 1/2 cup ) Chopped in small squares.

1 cup fresh green beans cut

1 cup Cabbage ruff chopped

1  – 14.5 oz can crushed or whole tomatoes (if whole mush with fork before putting in soup)

1 Table spoon of Garlic & Herb Seasoning (recipe to follow)

1/4 cup White Wine

4 Cups Chicken broth

2 Cup of leftover Chicken or if you wanna cook some that’s fine also, thighs have more flavor, remember to remove skin for this recipe.

Ok I think that’s it!

Here is the Garlic & Herb Seasoning recipe

You can use this in a lot of recipes, but its a good soup Seasoning.

2 teaspoons of Salt

1/2 teaspoon Pepper

1/2 teaspoon dried Rosemary

1/2 teaspoon of Thyme

1 teaspoon Oregano or Marjoram

1 Tablespoon Onion powder

1 Tablespoon Garlic powder 

Mix all ingredients and Muddle well, I don’t have a Muddle so I used the end of my Pizza cutter, it was flat. 🙂

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Store in Container and save for other uses, you’ll only need  a Tablespoon for this recipe.

Ok lets get Cooking!!

 

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Heat Oil to a small soup pot on Med. high, add ingredients as follows:

Onions

Garlic Minced

Celery

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Stir, cover pot and cook for 5 min. stirring occasionally

After 5 min. ADD Zucchini and Garlic & Herb Seasoning.

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Stir, and Cover again for 1 to 2 minutes.

Add Green Beans.

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Stir and cover again for 1 min.

Next, Cabbage, Wine. Stir cover for 2 minutes.

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Add Tomatoes and their juices,
Add Chicken Broth.

Stir Well.

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Reduce heat to Simmer, Cover and set timer for 40 to 50 min. Just until your Vegis tender up.

Add Chicken, Stir, and Cover for about 5 min. on Simmer.

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Quick taste, Add Salt and Pepper if needed to your taste .

 

Walla!! Finally all done, that’s wasn’t so bad was it. You just made Soup! Its Good For You Too, Bonus!

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You can garnish with some cheese, I do!

Warm Hugs Enjoy Guys!