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Hello There!

Hello. I’m not Cindy. I’m Jennifer.

We do have a couple strong mutual interests. First, we married very difficult, rambunctious, charming, men who happen to be brothers. Clearly these men were put on earth specifically to cause us grief under the guise of laughter and mirth. Or vice versa. I’m not totally sure. Second, we both LOVE food. Other than this, we are pretty different.

Our cooking and eating styles are completely different. I cook for 2-6 in the same week and host holidays that may exceed 20 guests. I play with food a lot. I like trying out new recipes and techniques, but only with simple ingredients. You most likely won’t ever see higher end items in my recipes. You will see a lot of budget friendly items. We are a restless, large bunch and so are our meals. The inspiration could come from anywhere in the world, some show we watched, or just experimenting.

While I am always working on my weight and health, I don’t make any significant progress. Willpower is just not my thing. If I work really hard I want to be able to drop a size or a daily medication. So far, I’ve lost close to 20 pounds and am still a size 16 and they have added pills instead of taking them away.

Why low carb then? Because low fat/low sodium didn’t work at all. I gave up egg yolks and salt and sauces and loads of red meat. My cholesterol went UP. TWICE. Low carb makes nice, family friendly meals, picnics, it is interesting and has taken a full inch off my waist and some of the fat out of my face. I would probably do a lot better if I would stick to it, but I adore bread and ice cream, and sitting on my fat, lazy butt binge watching a show stuffing my face with popcorn.

For that reason, I will just be posting recipes without a lot of preamble but feel free to grill me with questions and suggestions.

Here’s hoping I do not bore you all to death!

Shared from WordPress – Low Carb Pumpkin Bread -by Fit to Serve

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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 Cajun Shrimp and Grits

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Cajun Flavors are in the House! This Creole version of a Southern favorite. Shrimp and Grits.

One of the first things about Shrimp and Grits is the fact that Grits are High in Carbs, So to make this dish  Low Carb Friendly we need to fix that.

So for the Grits, YES, we are going to use Cauliflower. This is only a two serving recipe so you will only need about half the Cauliflower about 8 florets.

Grits:

Ingredients

8 Cauliflower florets (you can use frozen, just  make sure they are not wet when you blend).

3/4 cup Chicken broth

1/4 cup chopped green onion

2 tsp fresh ground pepper

1/2 Cup Cheese if desired (Cheddar, Pepper jack or white Cheddar)

NOTE: no salt I discovered with the spices of the shrimp mixture salt is too much.

Lets get started preparing the Grits.

first cut and wash Florets.

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Next lets blend. (I’m using my Mini blender, you can use food processor if you like ).

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Chop until you get around 2 Cups.

Pour Grits in a small pot. Get your Chicken broth measured and add rest of the ingredients to the Grits

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Stir and put on Med. Heat to reduce (this may take 20 min. Well worth the wait!)

When the Grits start to reduce, lets start our Shrimp!

Shrimp:

Ingredients

12 Large Raw Shrimp (deveined and Peeled)

2 pieces of Bacon Chopped

1 cup of Andouille Sausage (more if you like 🙂 )

1/3 cup chopped sweet onion

1 cup Heavy Cream or Half &Half 

2 tablespoons REAL Butter

1/4 Cup Dry white wine or Chicken broth

1 teaspoon thyme ( I screwed up and put in a tablespoon DONT DO THAT!)

1 teaspoon of Creole Seasoning (any kind) put in 2 teaspoons for a spicier flavor.

1 tablespoon Extra Virgin

1/2 Table spoon of Garlic minced.

Now lets start!

Heat a skillet on Med. High and add your Olive oil, next add your chopped Bacon and slightly brown.

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( I know that’s too much olive oil, my pour spout was off 😦  )

Cook until Med. Slightly brown and add onion, garlic and Sausage.

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Continue cooking until Sausage starts to get a slight brown . Then add Shrimp.

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Cook until Shrimp is Slightly pink, this want take long so DONT LEAVE!

Add Spices: Thyme and Creole

Stir in well!

Next lets deglaze the pan with 1/4 cup of Dry White Wine (or Chicken broth is fine).

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Let reduce that for a min or two.

Now lets get our Grits off the burner they should be done and add 1/2 cup cheese, you can omit the cheese if you like, I just like the cheese 🙂    I’m using Cheddar here but Pepper Jack gives it an extra KICK!

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Set Grits aside with lid on, and let get back to our shrimp that has been reducing with the wine. Add Cream.

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Stir on med. high to start a reduction, this will not take long, add your pad of Butter and Stir, do not leave butter just sitting it will cause a butter river on top, you want it to reduce with the cream and the flavors’ so Stir gently while reducing. 2 to 3 min and your done!

WALLA! your done, lets plate. Scoop out your Grits then strain Shrimp and Sausage from Sauce the spoon over the desired amount of the Sauce mixture you desire.

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           See you Soon 🙂

 

 

 

 

 

 

A NEW START…

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In May I had a terrible accident, I fell and injured my whole right side of my body.

I was just outside mowing my 5 acres, and the next thing I know I flew off the front porch and was laying in the front yard and could not move.

Sprained shoulder, Bruised hip bone, Sprained knee, Sprained Foot and ankle. I also busted my nose.

After my fun ride to the Emergency room, I came home in excoriating pain. I was unable to even get up and go to the bathroom, needless  to say I cried a lot. This was not me, this is not who I was. After about 2 weeks of bed rest I was able to move a little.

Day by Day I improved, its been almost 4 months now and I’m finally able to drive again, braking with my left foot. Doctor said it will still be  4 more months for a full recovery, even then I may still have to have some sort of knee support or a bit.

I apologize to the folks that were following me, Its been hard not to be able to cook and try new recipes. Hug Hugs too you guys.

YES, if your wondering if I gained weight the answer is YES. My family did the best they could, but the easy access food was the best. I’m getting back on track thank goodness, my sugar levels have been high and I’m extremely tired all the time. I think this has led to a lot of the depression I’ve been going through. But Its getting better. 🙂

I still get a lot of swelling in my foot and leg if I do too much, and I will be wearing a knee brace for a while  …BUT, IM BACK!

                                   NEW RECIPE COMING SOON

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Low Carb Green Smoothie

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This to me is one of the best Green Smoothies I have tried, Its refreshing and really helps energize the body with a boost of Freshness.

As always I love to keep my ingredients Simple, and this one my friends is easy and quick. You can prepare the ingredients in a baggy so you don’t have to do them everyday, that i find is the easiest.

One of the main reason I like the Green Smoothie It REALLY REALLY helps for a quick refresh when your doing Low Carb. If I find myself in the “STALL”, I re boot. I don’t like doing the Total Cleansing routine, I just swap out a Meal or Two with a Green Smoothie and eat regular Low Carb Snacks and a God Healthy dinner. Then in 3 to 7 days on this routine, Im back in action again. Actually I have to Confess, I really like the Green Smoothie even if Im not in a Stall.

This recipe is for a Single Serving, if you need to do larger just Double 🙂

I hope you guys enjoy.

 

LETS GET STARTED!!

 

What you will need:

Small blender or whatever you have.

 

Your Ingredients 

1 Fresh Stalk of Celery Leaves on

1 Cup diced Zucchini or Cucumber (Peel on, Nutrients in those skins ).

1 Cup baby Spinach 

1 to 2 Tablespoons lemon juice (your preference I use 2 TBLS)

2 Tablespoons Protein Powder

4 ice cubes

1 Cup Water

NOTE: If your not a big fan of Celery omit and add 1/2 cup Kiwi or Avocado. 

 

Lets Blend!

First lets get our Smoothie Ingredients ready.

   1.Celery, Dice and LEAVE the Leaves, tons of good stuff in those Leaves.

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      2. Zucchini or Cucumber. (Skins ON).

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   3. Spinach (you don’t have to chop)

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   4. Lemon Juice (Fresh is best, I was out).

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   5. Protein Powder

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   6. Water and Ice put directly into Blender or save for last .

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I’m using a small personal blender I got at Walmart for 12 dollars, so don’t worry about those fancy ones for this 🙂

Lets pack it into our Blender and get ready to Enjoy!

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Blend for around 50 Seconds, or until well blended. Grab a Pretty cup and Garnish with a Celery stalk, Pretty!

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I hope you guys Enjoy 🙂 

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