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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!

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!!!

 

 

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!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Low Carb Frick-A-Dilly Burger

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When I was younger my Mom made Frick-A-Dilly Burgers all the time, it was a way to stretch the Hamburger meat to feed us all. It was amazing how she could stretch a dollar.

This Burger can be eaten alone or as a burger, as a Low Carb Dish I don’t recommend what my Mom would do, load with gravy and treat like Meatloaf someday’s. lol

This is an easy recipe with very few ingredient’s, I’m only making this a two burger recipe just double the ingredient’s for more.

Here is what you will need.

INGREDIENT’S:

1/2 lb ground beef or turkey

1/4 cup peppers any kind will do (green bell,yellow,red,orange).

1/4 cup Onion chopped fine

1/4 cup pork skins any flavor is fine (this is to replace bread crumbs.)

1/4 cup olive oil

Garlic Salt

Pepper

NOTE: I’m going to fry these burgers on the stove but these are GREAT on the grill, just make sure you spray the grill with Pam,non-stick spray.

LETS COOK!

Prepare your ingredient’s

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Add Burger meat and all ingredient’s except Egg. Mix with fork well.

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Add Egg to middle and fork and fold , mix well.

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Next separate and pad out your patties, add more salt and pepper to top.

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Add oil to pan and heat on medium high. Add burgers when oil is heated.

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  Leave it alone let it cook about 3-5 min each side. Don’t rush it will start to crumble!!

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Take out of Pan and set on paper towels for a min.

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Is it Done??

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Sure is, my Orange peppers looks like carrot, its not…lol.

Ok you can plate these a few way but in going to show you two.

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OR……

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Don’t forget the Top!!!

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YUM! You guys play with this, you can add Low Carb ingredient’s of all kinds, Spice it up! My mom use to add tomato sauce and chili powder , very tasty. But watch that Carb #’s.

Take care Guys see you soon…..HUGS!

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 🙂

 

 

 

 

 

 

Low Carb Crock Pot Chicken Fajita Soup

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I hope everyone had a Wonderful Holiday! I know my family and I did. 2016 will be a wonderful year I just know it!

Last year this time I had know idea about Low Carb High Fat living and all the Health Benefits that can be achieved. 

                             Low Carb Crock Pot Chicken Fajita Soup

 

Its getting chilly hear in the South this is a fantastic recipe to warm your soul, I found the original recipe on Peace, Love and Low Carb I tweaked alittle for my family’s taste. But I would like to thank Peace-Love and Low Carb for this recipe. 🙂

 

 

Ingredients

1 Crock Pot family Size (If you don’t have a Crock you can make on Stove top).

1 pack skinless Chicken Breast about 1 to 1 1/2 lbs 

2 Cups Chicken Stock lower sodium

1 Cup beef Stock lower sodium

14.5 can organic diced tomatoes 

2 Cups sliced Mushrooms

2 Cloves of chopped diced Garlic. (I had to use my backup minced, I was actually out of fresh 😦 oh no!)

1 Onion diced

1 Green Bell Pepper Chopped Diced

1 Orange Pepper Chopped Diced

1 Red Bell Pepper chopped Diced

4 Heaping Tablespoons of Fajita or Taco Seasoning

1 Tablespoon Garlic Salt

1 Tablespoon Fresh Ground Pepper

Salt to taste. If needed.

 

Lets Cook!

 

 

First lets Wash and Trim our Chicken Breast. Set Crock pot on 6 hr. low setting. Lets get our Vegis. washed and Diced. Place Chicken Breast in Crock pot and Cover with Diced Tomatoes.

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Now lets add the remaining ingredients.

 

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Your Crock pot should look like This :

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Put lid on and cook for about 5 hrs. then REMOVE chicken and Shred. Works better for me Removing Chicken but if you want you can do it in Crock.

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Return to Crock and Cook for an Additional Hour. 

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Serve with Pepper jack cheese and Cheddar…YUM!

I Really Hope You Guys Enjoy This Wonderful Heart Warming Dish. 

 

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Once again I would Love to thank : peaceloveandlowcarb.com

 

The Stall!

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It Happens, Don’t stress about the ,”Stall.” Do yourself a favor stay off of the scale and quit torturing yourself. We all have Stalls and think its all over, no more weight loss, another diet FAIL!!! 

Low Carber’s often loose inches compared to pounds. Don’t obsess over those numbers in front of you, Grab a pair of tight jeans that is one size too small and use those, trust me quit beating yourself up. Especially us Ladies during that time of the month, our weight will fluctuate and yuk!

How do I know I’m at a Stalling point , well if your staying on track with your Low Carb lifestyle and your NOT Cheating yourself. 

If you haven’t lost weight or inches for more than 4 to 6 weeks,then you very well may have entered the dreaded “Stall.”

If you ARE at a Stall then lets try a few things to get you back on track:

  1. Try raising carbs. Sometimes eating too few carbs can cause metabolic slowdowns, upping fat or increasing fiber. I take a teaspoon of Coconut oil each day, and make sure I take a Fiber supplement. YES, I too have Stalled, I was initiated into that special club 2 months ago. I’m just now starting to loose again. 

  2. If your still eating the same thing, change it up. Add more good FATS, maybe little less Protein. Watch those vegis! Corn, beans and potatoes even in small amounts can really throw you off. I want you to eat Vegis, just the Good Carbs. Go back to the Original Plan you started on and CHANGE one thing,something.

  3. LOOSE the Fruit, if you are eating Fruit stop for 1 week or 2.

  4. I love my Beer too, but reality check! Find a substitute like really Dry Wine, and limit your glass to 1 or 2.

  5. Sweeteners, I know touchy subject, but lets face it, even the slightest taste of sweetness can cause an insulin spike.

  6. All Nuts are created equal..NO..if your snacking on Nuts stay away from Peanuts and Cashews. Watch your portion size on the others, I’ve found alot of folks will put a can on the desk or counter and snack all day, NO you have portions on Low Carb no matter what you’ve heard 1/4 Cup a day!

  7. Remember EAT, I know it sounds crazy, but when you skip meals and you let your belly get hungry, its like starting all over, you’ve got to keep you metabolism going. Don’t let your body think its starving.

  8. Know your body, get your measuring tape out and measure. Now lets get started and get you guys off the STALL!

I hope this helps some of you, we are all different, not all one thing works for All! When you get to that Happy Weight. Then we will work on keeping it Off and keeping you guys Healthy!

I recently went to the Doctor and He took me off 2 of my Blood pressure meds. I’m down to 1 now and no Diabetic signs or symptoms. How long have I been on Low Carb/High Fat? Since late May. With all good things it takes time, be patient,be true to yourself and stay motivated. Hugs to All 🙂