Saturday, March 21, 2015

Grilled cheesesteak wraps *low carb, THM S*

So tonight I made one of hubby's favorite meals, cheesesteaks! Such a manly and yummy meal all that meat and cheese, it's one of my favorites too! Since we are following trim healthy mama principles a high carb roll with a fatty filling is a big no no! So I came up with a grilled cheesesteak wrap that fills the craving and is a hit with my manly man! I sharing this recipe at his request if that gives you an idea of how much he likes it! ;)

Grilled cheesesteak wraps
          *Serves 2*

1/4 small onion
1 large bell pepper (color of your choice)
4 portions 100% beef sandwich steaks (I get mine at aldi in the freezer section)
Salt to taste
Pepper to taste
1/2 tsp Garlic powder
2 low carb tortillas
Cheese of choice (shredded, or slice, we also like pepper jack)

Peal onion and slice thinly and put in a hot sautee pan, you can add a little oil if you like, cut pepper into thin slices and sautee with the onions till tender add in the steaks and chop up and cook thoroughly then add seasoning. Get out your tortillas and put some of the cheese in the center in a line and split the meat mixture between tortillas top with more cheese and wrap up folding all four sides in. Grill in a pan with a bit of butter or coconut oil. 
     Enjoy it hot!  ♡

Monday, March 16, 2015

Peanut butter and chocolate chip granola bars *low carb, THM S*

So on weekends we generally get super busy and often forget to eat!  I know, I know it's terrible! So most weekends we tend to rely on cliff bars, not the worst choice but not the best either, also the cost adds up shockingly fast!  So this past week I actually thought ahead and made some! I couldn't find any recipes that had stuff I actually had on hand regularly and were on plan for trim healthy mama. So I made up a recipe and hubby loved it! Score! Saved us a couple bucks this past weekend and are also great for hubby to grab on the way out the door to work in the morning. Here is the recipe!

Peanut butter chocolate chip granola bars

1&1/2 cup old fashioned oats
2 cups shredded coconut
1 cup chopped pecans
1/2 tsp sea salt
1/4 cup sweet blend (this much makes it like cookie sweet, use less if you like)
1/2 cup peanut butter
1/2 cup coconut oil
1/2 tsp caramel extract (optional, but hubby and I love it with this!)
6 squares 85% chocolate bar (i used 3 min bars from the pack at aldi)

Blend 1/2 cup of the oats in blender and pulse for flour, put it and all dry ingredients in a bowl. Melt the coconut oil and peanut butter in a pot over low heat. Add to the dry ingredients with the caramel extract
Mix all together.  Chop up the chocolate into small pieces and add, mix well. Take mixture and put in a 9 by 13 pan lined with parchment paper and store in fridge till set. Cut into at least 8 bars to keep it a THM S with 9 net carbs.
*note* If you want you can add protein powder, I have never used it myself so wouldn't know how much to add, If you figure out an adjustment with it you really like please share in the comments below!  :)

Enjoy!

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Chocolate Chip Caramel Poke Muffin *low carb, THM S*

So today I was really in the mood for some good caramel!  So after looking through pintrist I found a suger free low carb caramel sauce, that I went ahead and gave a try! And wow it was amazing! Here is the link to the recipe, 

(I'm trying to figure out how to link to the caramel sauce recipe but having trouble,  for now it works to copy paste the written out link. Sorry for the inconvenience!)

http://alldayidreamaboutfood.com/2014/10/the-best-low-carb-caramel-sauce.html

So after making this fabulous sauce I really felt like it was crying for something baked with chocolate!  So I whipped up a chocolate chip muffin in a mug and used the caramel sauce and turned it into a poke cake.... or rather muffin! I was very happy with the results so here is the recipe so everyone else can enjoy it too!

Chocolate chip caramel poke muffin
Serves 1 as a meal or 2 as a      desert its rather large ;)

2 tbs melted butter
1egg
2 tbs heavy cream
3 tbs coconut flour
1.5 tbs sweet blend
1 tsp vanilla
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp xanthan gum
2 squares 85% chocolate bar chopped

Mix all ingredients in oven safe container of your choice and bake at 350* for 30 min till golden and fork comes out clean when poked.
Take out of container poke some holes and top with caramel sauce!  That's it! :)
     
       Enjoy!

Monday, March 9, 2015

Spaghetti squash casserole recipe *low carb, THM S*

So for dinner tonight I came up with a spaghetti squash casserole recipe and it's a total hit with hubby and my 7 month old!

Spaghetti squash casserole
              Serves 6

1 medium or large spaghetti squash
1/2 onion
3 garlic cloves
1/2 lbs grass fed ground beef
1.5 cups shredded cheddar cheese
1 cup sour cream
1/4 cup parmesan cheese
1 tsp Parsley
Salt to taste
1/2 tsp Pepper
1/2 tsp Red pepper flakes
1/2 tsp Garlic powder
1/2 tspThyme
Butter

Preheat oven to 450*, cut squash in half and scoop out the seeds, place cut side down in a pan with about 1/2 inch water salted and bake about 1 hour or till tops are brown and easy to poke with a fork or knife.

Chop onion and garlic and sautee in butter over medium heat, add ground beef and thyme, pepper, salt, red pepper flakes and half of parsley and finish sauteeing till brown.
Scoop the cooked squash into large bowl and add beef mixture, sour cream and half the cheddar cheese.  Mix well and spread in a 9 by 13 pan top with parmesan, the rest of the cheddar,  rest of the parsley, the garlic powder and a pinch of pepper. Bake at 350* for about 30 minutes till cheese is bubbly and starting to brown.

Enjoy! 

My review of Just mayo

Ok so this week I've decided to do a food review!

We have been trying in our house to switch to as many organic and non GMO foods as possible and since we were out of mayo we decided to give the product Just Mayo a whirl.

Just Mayo is mayo like spread, in addition to being GMO free its gluten free, egg free, soy free, dairy free, kosher and vegan. The basic ingredients are canola oil,  water, lemon juice, vinegar,  spices, organic suger, pea protein, modified food starch, bete-carotene and calcium disodium EDTA

So I totally know what the first few ingredients are but I had to Google 2 of those last ones!

Modified food starch comes from
·corn
·potato
·tapioca
·rice
·wheat
I'm not sure what the starch used in this is from but it says its gluten free so probably not wheat.

Calcium disodium EDTA
Is s chemical salt that is used in food preservation and medicine.  After reading up on it I'll probably be trying to get foods that don't have it added. I'm definitely going to look into it more!

As far as taste of the product, its pretty good! Tastes fairly like mayo though lighter some how,  also I may be nuts but when tasted on it own I was pretty sure it was slightly gritty and the taste of pea seemed to be faintly there, it wasn't there in recipe I made though. I'll have to get hubby to try it when he gets a minute free.
All in all i find it a pretty good substitute for mayo! I would definitely recommend it to someone who was allergic to eggs!

I probably wont get it again though and in the future plan of perfecting homemade mayo!  :)

Peace everyone! 
 

Monday, March 2, 2015

My Carolina BBQ *THM S*

So this week hubby requested Carolina BBQ for dinner and after looking for a recipe I liked the looks of and not finding one I ran up one of my southern bell friends and got some tips! Here is the recipe I came up with that was a winner! 

Base pork

Your choice cut of pork (I used a boneless pork butt from Aldi)
1 small onion
3 cloves of garlic
Salt
Pepper
Water

Chop onion and garlic and toss all ingredients in a crock pot and fill with water to half covering the meat. Cook on low at least 8-12 hrs. I ended up going on a day trip that lasted longer then expected and it want for 24 hrs! It was beautifully tender but i normally dont have that kinda time.... but a shorter amount of time is awesome too! When cooked pull apart the pork using forks.
*tip* save the broth and cook some dry beans in it over night, totally yummy!

Sauce

1 cup Apple cider vinegar (ACV)
3 tbs tomatoe sauce
1 pinch (doonk for THM) stevia
Dash of garlic powder
Dash of salt
1/4 cup hot sauce (I used Aldi brand)
1/2 tsp red pepper flakes

Put all ingredients in a bowl and mix together and pour over the pulled pork.
*tip* you make this ahead of time and store of the fridge to sort of brew.

Enjoy!  ♡