Roasted Brussels Sprouts and Cauliflower 

Roasted Brussels Sprouts and Cauliflower

You will Need:
2 lbs of Brussels Sprouts cut in half or thirds if they are big
1 lb of cauliflower….sliced thinly
1 small onion sliced thinly
1/4 cup of olive oil
1 tsp black pepper
1/2 tsp sea salt
1lb of bacon cooked and crumbled
1/2 cup of balsamic vinaigrette

Heat your oven to 350

In a large bowl toss the brussels sprouts, cauliflower, and onion with the olive oil, salt, and pepper. Put them on a greased cookie sheet and Roast for 20-25 min. or until veggies are tender.
Right before you serve it add crumbled bacon and drizzle with balsamic vinaigrette and toss well
ENJOY ~

Poached Salmon with Dill Sauce

Poached Salmon with Dill Sauce

I am always looking for new ways to make salmon, salmon is very good for you and I try to make it at least once a week, this is so yummy, dill is always an awesome combination with salmon and this dill sauce just added the right flavor.  This recipe is for 2 portions just double for more 🙂 Enjoy

Ingredients:
3/4 c fat-free sodium free chicken broth
3/4 c white wine 
1 1/2 Tbsp lemon juice
2 – 6oz salmon fillets
1/4 c fat-free Greek yogurt (plain)
2 tsp dried dill weed
seasoned salt to taste
1/4 tsp dijon mustard

In a skillet, combine the broth, wine, and lemon. Bring to a boil. Add the salmon; make sure the fish is covered by the liquid. (If not, add additional equal parts of broth and wine). Lower the heat and let fish simmer for approximately 10 minutes or until fish just flakes with a fork.
In a small bowl, mix together the yogurt, dill, salt, and mustard. Set aside.
Using a slotted spoon transfer fish out of poaching liquid and place on plates. Spoon the dill sauce over each fillet.

Enjoy

Cherry Cordial Fat Bombs

Cherry Cordial Fat Bombs

Perfect for low carb diets like Atkins.

Ingredients:
4 oz Philadelphia Cream Cheese Regular (softened)
5 Tbsp butter (divided) (softened)
1/4 c + 1 Tbsp coconut oil
1 c frozen dark cherries
juice from 1/2 lemon
3 packets Stevia in the Raw
1 oz unsweetened baking chocolate squares

Directions:
Using a hand mixer, combine cream cheese, 4 Tbsp butter, 1/4 c coconut oil, lemon juice and 1 pk of Stevia, add more to taste if needed.
Line mini cupcake pan with cupcake holders. Add 1 Tbsp of the mixture to each cup. Place in freezer 3-4 hours until set.
Chocolate Topping:
Melt chocolate, 1 Tbsp coconut oil and 1 packet of Stevia or more if needed.
Put a drop of chocolate in each cup and spread it into a thin circle.
63 calories per cup, 2 carbs per cup

Tender Fall off the Bones Ribs

Tender Fall off the Bones Ribs

You will need:
Ribs – beef or Pork (I used Pork)
Spices of your choice
Low Carb BBQ sauce or any store brand (Your Choice)
First I made a spice rub mixture. You can use what you like but I used:
Garlic Powder
Himalayan Salt
Black Pepper
Smoked Paprika
Celery Salt
Worcestershire Sauce
Squeeze of Lime Juice

Next, rub the spice mixture into the ribs and refrigerate – the longer it sits the more flavor you will have but if you choose you can cook right away
Wrap the ribs tightly in aluminum foil before refrigerating/cooking
I baked mine at 300 degrees for 3 hours

I added my Low Carb BBQ sauce (recipe to follow) and turned on the broiler for 3 minutes
Delicious!!!

Low Carb BBQ Sauce

(this has a kick to it, so go easy on the hot stuff if you don’t like it hot)
3/8 cup vinegar
1 1/2 cup tomato sauce
3 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
1 1/2 tablespoon yellow mustard
3/4 tablespoon Franks Hot Sauce
3/4 tablespoon salt
1 dash cayenne pepper. Go easy if you don’t like spicey!!!!
3 teaspoons lemon juice
1 1/2 teaspoon liquid smoke flavoring
6 teaspoons Stevia or 18 drops of Liquid Stevia
Add vinegar and all other ingredients except mustard to a saucepan and slowly heat. Put mustard in a cup and slowly stir in a couple tablespoons of sauce until well blended. Then add mustard mixture back to sauce in the pan.
Bring to a boil, and lower heat. Simmer for a few minutes. Let cool, then refrigerate.
Note: this sauce will taste a bit peculiar if you taste it when it is still hot. Don’t worry! Something magical happens when it sits in the fridge.
Carbohydrates per Serving (1 tablespoon): Less than 1 gram. Half an ounce is 1 gm carbs, 6 calories.

Vitamin Water Recipes

CLEANSE ~ YOUR BODY ~
But if you really want to cleanse then DRINK, DRINK, DRINK.

Here are 8 homemade vitamin water recipes to help you keep the water flowing!

As a rule, you should try to avoid as much as possible industrial food and beverages
***I would peel the fruit first as the rinds will make water bitter.

1) The classical:  lemon/cucumber:
Mix in a pitcher: 10 cups of water + 1 cucumber and a lemon, thinly sliced + 1/4 cup fresh finely chopped basil leaf + 1/3 of finely chopped fresh mint leaves. Leave in the refrigerator overnight before serving
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2) The granite: Strawberry/Lime or Raspberry/Lime
Mix in a pitcher: 10 cups of water + 6 strawberries / 0r Raspberries and one thinly sliced lime + 12 finely chopped fresh mint leaves. Leave in the refrigerator overnight before serving.
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3) The digestive: Fennel/citrus
First: infuse 1 to 3 grams of dried and crushed fennel in 150 ml of boiling water for 5-10 minutes. Allow to cool.
Mix in a pitcher: 10 cups of water + lemon juice (put the leftover lemon in the mix) + a small thinly sliced orange + 12 fresh chopped mint leaves + the infusion of fennel seeds. Leave in refrigerator overnight before serving.
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4) The antiOX: Blackberry/Sage
Note that apart from the berries, sage leafs is the herb that has the highest antioxidant content.
Mix in a pitcher: 10 cups of water + 1 cup of blackberries that have been very slightly crushed + 3-4 sage leaves. Leave in refrigerator overnight before serving.
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5) WATERmelon: watermelon/Rosemary
Mix in a pitcher: 10 cups of water + 1 cup of watermelon cut into cubes + 2 rosemary stems. Leave in refrigerator overnight before serving.
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6) The exotic: Pineapple/Mint
Mix in a pitcher: 10 cups of water + 1 cup of pineapple cut into cubes + 12 fresh mint leaves finely chopped. Leave in the refrigerator overnight before serving.
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7) The traditional: Apple/cinnamon
Mix in a pitcher: 10 cups of water + 1 cup of apple cut into cubes + 2 cinnamon sticks + 2 teaspoons of ground cinnamon. Leave in the refrigerator overnight before serving.
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8.) The Zingiber: Ginger/tea
In advance: heat 1 teaspoon of ginger in two cups of tea, let it cool down.
Mix in a pitcher: 10 cups of water with two cups of the ginger tea + 4-5 pieces of fresh ginger cut into cubes. Leave in the refrigerator overnight before serving

Enjoy

Low Carb Big Mac Meal

I have made this a few times and YES it tastes JUST like a Big Mac 😀 I doubled this recipe for my fam. Below is the thousand island recipe I made as well, it’s really good too. Make sure to share this one its a Keeper 😀

Low Carb Big Mac Meal

 

Ingredients:
1 1⁄2 Pound Ground beef
1 Tablespoon Bouillon   (Use chicken)
2 Tablespoon, dried Onion flakes
1 Tablespoon, dried Parsley
1 Teaspoon Garlic powder
8 Ounce Cheddar cheese

Low Carb Thousand Island Dressing 

1 cup Mayonnaise (16 tbs)
1/3 cup Ketchup (5.5 tbs)
2 Tbs sweet pickle relish
1/2 tsp, Onion Powder
dash of salt
dash of garlic powder

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
2. In a large skillet, brown ground beef. Season with chicken bouillon, dried onion flakes, parsley, onion powder, and garlic powder.
3. In a large bowl, place seasoned ground beef. Add cheddar cheese, thousand island dressing, eggs, sour cream, and dill pickles. Mix together thoroughly.
4. Add ground beef mixture to an 8×11-inch baking dish and spread to corners. Bake for 30 minutes. ENJOY

Thousand Island Recipe:
1 cup Mayonnaise (16 tbs)
1/3 cup Ketchup (5.5 tbs)
2 Tbs sweet pickle relish
1/2 tsp, Onion Powder
dash of salt
dash of garlic powder

Put all ingredients in a jar, screw on lid and shake well

 

Buttery Garlic Spinach With Bacon

This low carb dish is AWESOME to have on the side 🙂 Not only is it low carb its keto approved as well 🙂

Buttery Garlic Spinach With Bacon

Ingredients
5 tablespoons butter
5 cloves garlic minced
1 bag baby spinach
5 strips bacon cooked and crumbled
1 tsp salt

Instructions
Heat up a skillet and add the butter. Add garlic and saute until aromatic.
Add the spinach into the skillet, follow by cooked, crumbled bacon, stir to combine. Add salt if desired.
As soon as the spinach leaves start to wilt, turn off the heat and transfer to a serving platter.
Serve immediately.

 

Cheesy Mashed Cauliflower

Cheesy Mashed Cauliflower

A Great Low Carb option in place of mashed potatoes and very yummy!

Ingredients:

1 med/ large head of cauliflower chopped up small
5 oz Cream Cheese
1/4 cup light cream
1/2 tsp Salt
1 1/2 tsp minced garlic 3/4 cup shredded Monterrey Jack cheese
2 and 1/2 Tbs Parmesan Cheese
1 tsp Paprika
Non stick spray ( I used Olive oil spray)

Directions:
Pre heat oven to 350°
Chop Cauliflower and add to a boiling pot of hot water and boil for 10- 12 minutes.
Drain cauliflower well. ( while draining in colander.. I push out any excess water out with paper towels.)
Meanwhile in a bowl combine the cream cheese, light cream, salt, garlic and Parmesan cheese and using hand mixer mix until blended… add cooked cauliflower and mash together with mixture. I then use hand mixed to mix saving some small chunks and place into greased baking dish, top with cheese sprinkle with paprika and bake for 30 minutes or until cheese starts to lightly brown.
ENJOY!!!!!

GARLIC & LEMON CHICKEN WITH RED POTATOES & GREEN BEANS

WOW!! THIS IS AWESOME!!!! BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND!!!

GARLIC & LEMON CHICKEN WITH RED POTATOES & GREEN BEANS! (Gluten free. Low Carb, Diabetic Friendly and so simple to make)

Ingredients:
6 tablespoons olive oil
2 lemons, 1 thinly sliced, 1 juiced
4 cloves garlic, minced
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
3/4 pound trimmed green beans
8 small red potatoes, quartered
4 chicken breasts

Directions:
Preheat oven to 400°F. Coat a large baking dish or cast-iron skillet with 1 tablespoon of the olive oil. Arrange the lemon slices in a single layer in the bottom of the dish or skillet.

In a large bowl, combine the remaining oil, lemon juice, garlic, salt, and pepper; add the chicken, green beans and potatoes and toss to coat. Pour this mix into the pan and spread around evenly.
Roast for 50 minutes or until cooked through. Serve warm.

Slow Cooker Instructions:
Start by placing the chicken in a 6-quart slow cooker, in the center. Next add the green beans on one side. Then for the potatoes, you will need to mound them high off to the other side.
In a medium sized bowl, whisk together the lemon juice, olive oil, salt, pepper, and minced garlic.
Pour this mixture evenly over the chicken, green beans and potatoes. Cover and cook on HIGH for 4 hours, without opening the lid during the cooking time.
Note- Do NOT use lemon juice out of squeeze bottle and expect this to taste good! 🙂

Healthier Chocolate Pudding

Healthier Chocolate Pudding

Ok DON’T let this recipe fool you. I made this and well Barry HATES avocados and he loved this, I told him after what was in it and he said he would have never guessed. It’s really good. Avocados are rich in heart and brain healthy fats; dark chocolate is loaded with antioxidants and mood boosters. 

4 large avocados – peeled, pitted,
1 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1 cup brown sugar
2/3 cup milk
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
In a blender, blend avocados, cocoa powder, brown sugar, milk, vanilla extract, and cinnamon until smooth. Put into the serving dishes, top with coconut, and fruit, I did raspberries. Refrigerate pudding until chilled, about 30 minutes.
You can top with a little whipped cream if desired.

Note: You can use coconut milk or almond milk if you wish and a sugar substitute.