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Low Carb Sweet Potato Casserole

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Fall is Coming, even here in the South we can feel a change in the air. Its actually raining and quite humid out there, but you can tell. One of my favorite fall desserts is Sweet Potato casserole, even as a side dish during the fall Holidays this is one of my favorites. I had to do a little research to get this Fall Favorite to fit into my new way of Loving My Food. I believe I’ve accomplished just that. I hope you guys will enjoy this Wonderful little Dessert/ Side Dish. Please keep in mind this is NOT Induction friendly if your on Atkins or just starting out to Loose Weight. Please limit to Portion size of about 1/2 cup. I hope you guys will enjoy this Wonderful little Dessert/ Side Dish.  🙂

What you’ll need

4 Cup Peeled, Diced and Boiled Sweet Potatos

2 Tablespoons Sugar Substitute

1 Teaspoon Cinnamon

1/2 Teaspoon Nutmeg

1/2 Teaspoon Salt

2 Tablespoon Imitation Maple Flavoring

3 Tablespoons Coconut Oil

4 Tablespoons Real Butter Unsalted

1/4 Cup Almond Milk Unsweetened

The Crumble Topping

1 Cup Chopped Pecans or Walnuts

2 Tablespoons Imitation Maple Flavoring

 3 Tablespoons Almond Flour

3 Tablespoons Melted Real Butter Unsalted

 

OK! Lets Get Started!

First lets Peel and Dice our Sweet Potatoes and get them Boiling.

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Once these are Diced, rinse well and Boil in water until Fork Tender. 

While that is cooking, preheat oven to 350. 

Lets Get the Topping Started.

Blend your Pecans to Crumble stage. Place in Small bowl the Add Almond Flour, Add Imitation Flavoring to soften butter and pour over mixture and mix well. And just set aside until the end.

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Next lets Drain those Fork Tender Sweet Potato Cubes. Then Place in Mixing bowl and Mix.

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Mix half way then add your ingredients one by one and keep mixing, until mixture is mixed very well! 

Ready your Pan!

20150928_164242This is a typical Loaf pan about 9 + 5. Greased with Butter.

Pour Ingredients in your Prepared Pan and Add your topping.

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Place in Oven and Cook for about 30 minutes.

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Let Cool and Enjoy! 

I love this dish Warm or Cold. I sometimes leave it in the fridge overnight and slice into bar size, the perfect portion.

Have a Great One!!   Hugs Too All!!!

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Why LCHF?

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After all the Diets and Weight Loss programs I have tried, and failed. Not from not loosing weight, but failed as to not seeing the full effects of Better Health and Feeling of Success in weight loss. All ended in Gaining back All or Part of my weight back and giving up.

But Do to the Health issues I had, I needed to find something that was RIGHT, so what was it. I researched Low Carb and from all the testimonials I’ve read and the results I have heard from the Low Carb lifestyle, I thought I would give this one a fare chance as well.

As I have told you before in previous Post, I was in poor Health, But the big picture was much worse than previously described. Symptoms:

*Fatigue

*Muscle Aches

*Female issues (Hormonal, and Fibroid s)

*Arthritis

*High Blood Pressure

*Pre-Diabetic

*Not sleeping through the night

*Severe Acid Re-flux

 

Going to the Doctor I was diagnosed with Onset  of diabetes, Fibromyalgia, beginning of Rheumatoid Arthritis, One Doctor even told me I may have Lupus. Lupus, OMG I was falling apart. The list goes on and on, not to mention they tested my Thyroid every time I had an issue. So I tried to take the medication I ws prescibed, tried to do what I was told and still No Relief. 

That being said, I decided to just take one step at a time and start with helping the Pre Diabetes to STOP. So I took it upon myself to change my eating, Low Carb. I had no Idea, that after starting this program in May of this year that I would be were I am now. Today, I have No symptoms of any of the above problems. I do still take my Blood Pressure medications, that my friends is alot better as well. hopefully in a few more months I can resolve that as well. 

I really believe being a YO YO dieter is the cause of alot of my formal Health issues with my Metabolism. This lead me to research Metabolic Syndrome.

Metabolic Syndrome

Many people do not realize that they are insulin deficient and may have Metabolic Syndrome, changing your diet and sticking to it may change everything, What is Metabolic Syndrome, well the definition is simple:

Metabolic syndrome is a cluster of conditions — increased blood pressure, a high blood sugar level, excess body fat around the waist and abnormal cholesterol levels — that occur together, increasing your risk of heart disease, stroke and diabetes.

Having just one of these conditions doesn’t mean you have metabolic syndrome. However, any of these conditions increase your risk of serious disease. If more than one of these conditions occur in combination, your risk is even greater.

If you have metabolic syndrome or any of the components of metabolic syndrome, aggressive lifestyle changes can delay or even prevent the development of serious health problems.

For ME, it was the High Blood Pressure, Pre diabetes and weight around my middle. The weight around my middle would Never decrease when I lost weight with other diet programs, I chalked it up to the fact I did not exercise enough, so adding exercise it was still there. So I gave myself the excuse of being over 40 was the culprit. Little did I know it was the way my body was now taking all the Carbs I was eating and turning them into Unhealthy Fat. 

So whats going on now with my waistline and my weight, well. I’m not loosing Muscle but I am loosing the Fat around my middle, example, well when I first started my Wii (love my Wii Fit) said my BMI was 29.4 that was back in May. Today its the 3rd. of September and my Happy little Wii Helper said my BMI is now 24.1 ,A healthy BMI for a person of my size is 22. So guys, I think this is good. I’m 11 lbs away from my goal and 2 away from Healthy BMI.

It may not happen overnight, But it will happen, just the simple, easy way of just changing what you Eat.

So Why LCHF, Why Not!

Low Carb BlueBerry Walnut Mini Cubcakes

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Yes you can Have a Muffin…At least one or two. These fabulous little Mini Cupcakes will make you think there is NO WAY these are Low Carb and good for you! But guess what guys…THEY ARE!

We are going to start with the Batter for the LCHF Cream Cheese Pound Cake from my friends Group: Fittoservegroup.com

Here is that recipe: LCHF Cream Cheese Pound Cake by fittoservegroup.com

1 ¼ c almond flour

¾ c of swerve or other sugar substitute

1 tsp baking powder

¼ tsp of salt

4 eggs

3 ½ oz cream cheese

4 tbs softened butter

1 tsp of vanilla

In a mixing bowl mix with an electric mixer on high beat the butter with the sugar substitute until well mixed then add the cream cheese next add the eggs one at a time. Add the vanilla. Next add all the dry ingredients until well combined.

When that is completed lets get ready to add the Muffin Stuffin’

Preheat oven to 350 degree

1 cup Chopped Walnuts (I use a mini food processor you’ll want them Fine chopped.)

1 Cup Frozen Blueberry or fresh is fine also. You’ll need to chop these as well, semi smalls.

Get your Mini Muffins ready or use Big up to you 🙂

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Chop Walnuts

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Add to LCHF Cream Cheese Pound Cake mix. Take mixer out and use large Spoon to mix in!

 

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Next Blend Frozen Berrys  (or your Fresh. NOTE: DO NOT BLEND Fresh Berrys just chop with knife.

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Make sure mix is Blended well, and then Fill  Mini Cupcakes 🙂

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Now Lets BAKE!!! 

These cook pretty fast so keep an Eye on them, about 15 min. When you insert small knife or toothpick it should come out clean. Let cool and Enjoy!

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Low Carb Grilled Bacon Cheese Sandwich

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OH YES! This is a Wonderful quick, easy recipe and so tasty. With this Simple Bread, Bun recipe you can use for the Grilled Cheese or Hamburger or Even a Toasted Reuben YUMMM!

Here we go Hope you guys enjoy!

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What you’ll Need

2 Eggs

2 Tablespoons of Water

2 Tablespoons Coconut Flour

1/2 Teaspoon Baking Powder

Microwave safe dish, (I used a plastic rubber made sandwich container, worked really well!)

For your Grilled Sandwich

1  1/2 Tablespoons Butter (I used Unsalted, But you don’t have too)

Cheese, Bacon or anything you want to Grill.

Here’s What We Do

In a small mixing bowl add Eggs and Water then Whisk well.

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When you mix the Eggs add other ingredients  (Coconut powder and Baking Powder).

When Ingredients are mixed well with Whisk pour into your Microwave container.

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Place into Microwave for approximately 2 minutes.

Next place cooling paper or board down and flip container upside down and flip hot bread onto paper or board to COOL.

(should come out really easy).

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LET COOL until you can place hand ontop ! Then Slice in half.

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Next ADD Butter to pan on Med high and melt slightly DO NOT BURN BUTTER before adding Bread.

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Add Bread, Cheese and Bacon.

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LETS GRILL!!

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NOW LETS EAT!!

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Hope you guys enjoy, Take care and have a GREAT Day.

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Low Carb LCHF Cream Cheese Pound Cake

I am Re-Blogging this Wonderful Recipe from FITTOSERVEGROUP this is the BEST Cake I have found. Please enjoy and Serve with Low Carb Topping just like a Pound Cake. ENJOY I know I did!!

Sometimes you just want something buttery rich and I was wanting a pound cake. Back when I used to bake with regular flours I made a mean cream cheese pound cake. I remember distinctly the day my brother- in- law, Paul almost ate that entire cake. Well, I wanted to create that same rich flavor but low carb of course. I wanted my cake and to be able to eat it too!

I am very pleased with the results of this recipe. Enjoy and skip the carbs!

1 ¼ c almond flour

¾ c of swerve or other sugar substitute

1 tsp baking powder

¼ tsp of salt

4 eggs

3 ½ oz cream cheese

4 tbs softened butter

1 tsp of vanilla

Preheat oven to 350 degrees

In a mixing bowl mix with an electric mixer on high beat the butter with the sugar substitute until well mixed then add the cream…

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Low Carb Chicken Marsala with Zucchini Noodles

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One of the comfort foods I love to get when I’m at Olive Garden is Chicken Marsala. I decided to find a Low Carb way to enjoy one of my Favorites MY WAY low carb. This is a Simple Easy way to lean to re-love Chicken Marsala without all the Carbs the restaurants love to put in our food. If you love Chicken Marsala like I do, you’ll see this Easy fix is well worth a try.

In this recipe I did use a short cut sauce and I’ll explain why later, so we are not going to be making our Marsala sauce from scratch, well not exactly 🙂

What your going to need

Chicken Breast slightly pounded

1/2 Cup Crisco

1 Zucchini 

2 Cups sliced Mushrooms ( I used Portabella)

2 Tablespoons of Butter for mushrooms

1 Tablespoon Olive Oil

1 Tablespoon of Butter for Zoodles

1/2 Tablespoon Garlic Powder (fresh Garlic 2 Cloves crushed well).

Salt and Pepper

 

LETS COOK!

First lets go ahead and get our chicken ready cover with plastic wrap and pound lightly. Then place your large pan on a Medium high burner and add Crisco and heat.

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Salt and Pepper Chicken and Add to HEATED oil.

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Brown both sides. Turn over chicken pieces, and Brown slightly on both sides about 4 minutes each side. Then Remove from the pan set aside for a min.

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Add Butter to Pan and use to deglaze your Pan.     

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Once Butter is melted and still on Med. High Add your Sliced Mushrooms.Incorporate and stir into Butter.

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OK…here is my shortcut, now I preach about Man Made foods and making everything from scratch all the time, but, every now and then we find a decent substitute. Living were I do getting to a Liquor store is 45 min. away. So I found a Low Carb alternative thats not to bad at all.

I found this product at Walmart, its inexpensive and the taste is almost spot on. But do add the extra mushrooms as shown above.

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Okee Dokee, that said lets move on.

Next after mushrooms are slightly Saute, lets add our Short Cut Sauce. Then add Chicken.

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Lets get our Noodles ready while that is Simmering. 

I have a cool little device I got at the store, I think its called a Vagetti or Zoodle. If you don’t have one of these GET ONE, but in the meantime you can slice your Zucchini very then.

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In a Small Sauce Pan add 1 Tablespoon of Butter and 1 tablespoon of olive Oil, Garlic,Salt & Pepper.

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20150713_195912   Stir and Heat until Zoodles are Heated and flavors are totally incorporated.

Thats it!

Lets Plate and Eat, You guys enjoy the fresh Flavors and Low Carb LOVE IT!!!

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Low Carb Spicy Chili

20150803_190149 Living in the Southeast in the Summer is a Challenge, right now outside it is 95 degree heat index 105 and 82 percent humidity, in other words, if you go outside you will Melt. Not only do you break a sweat just going to your car, we have these lovely little bugs called Gnats, they Love to stick to your sweaty body and fly up your nose, really I don’t make this stuff up. What I am getting too, is the other day we had a Fabulous all day rainstorm, I decided with the Temp break I was going to take advantage and get a head start on the Fall.

Its Chili Time!

 

This is one of the best Chili recipes I have ran across, I actually had to tweek it for us Low Carbers, and it worked out Wonderful, my husband does not care for Chili but he actually ate 2 Bowls. 

Here is what you will need:

You can use prepackaged Chili spice, just pay attention to the Sugars they are usually about 5. But here is a good mix if you want to do scratch.

  • 1 Tbsp chili powder
  • 1/2 tsp ground cumin
  • ¼ tsp cayenne pepper
  • ¼ tsp garlic powder
  • ½ tsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • ¼ tsp  ground pepper

Mix and set aside. 

Chili Ingredients

1 lb. Ground Beef (you can use Ground Turkey if you like)

1 Small sweet onion chopped well

2 Garlic Cloves chopped well

1 Cup Bell Pepper

1 Cup Sweet Peppers(yellows/Red/Orange)

1/4 Cup of Chopped Jalapenos (Optional, but really helps if you want it Spicy) 

1 6oz. Can Tomatoe Paste

2 Cups Water

1/2 Cup beef broth (or  1/2 cup xtra water)

1 to 2 Cups Chopped Mushrooms (These guys take the place of our Missing Beans)

2 Tablespoons of Olive Oil

1 Big Pan

1 Medium Pan

Ok thats it!

Lets Cook

First we need to get everything Chopped. 

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 Now, Lets get our Protein started cooking, grap your pan and slap in that Protein and chop up with spatula and Salt and Pepper get cooking on a Medium high heat.

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When Cooked, remove from heat drain grease. And Wipe pan gong to use this pan later.

In Medium pan, add Olive Oil and Heat on Med High. Then add all Copped ingredients except the Mushrooms we will add those in a bit.

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Mix and Cook Ingredients for about 10 min. Not long just until they tender alittle.

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Next get the big Pan you cooked your Protein in, turn burner to Med. high,  add your tomato Paste, then 2 Cups of water, Season mixture. Mix all very well.

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At this point you can add your Jalapenos, if you wish not to, that fine too 🙂 Salt and Pepper to taste.

20150803_130756 After all ingredients are added, set your burner to Simmer, you may notice how THICK your Chili is, at this point we need to add our 1/2 Cup of beef broth (or Water) so that when we set our Chili to Simmer it will not burn. So add the extra liquid, mix into Chili well and Cover. Let Chili Simmer for 30 minutes or up to 1 hr. Checking and stirring occasionally. when Chili is done Remove from Burner and let sit for 15 minutes.

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Now I’m one of those Folks that use too add tons of crackers to my Chili. Now as a LCHF Gal. I use my Cheddar Crisp Crackers. They are easy, just grap your parchment sprinkle cheddar or any flavor cheese you like and bake use Microwave or pan until Crispy.

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NOW LETS EAT!!!!

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                                               Hope you guys enjoy! Take Care.