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LC Cinnamon Donut Holes

Finally got to making some Donut holes. I searched and found a few but not what I was looking for. So this is what I came up with.

Ingredients

  • 2 cups almond flour
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1/2 cup sweetener
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 tsp cinnamon

Preheat your Pops Maker or preheat the oven to 300c. Mix up all the ingredients. Make 14 balls, place in Pops maker or on a baking sheet. If you’re doing them in the oven, you might want to flatten them a bit. Bake for 15 mins or until golden brown. I rolled them in some cinnamon and splenda.

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I think next time I will try it with pumpkin spice.

South Beach Eating Plan

Gregg and I have started doing the South Beach diet. Well, I don’t call it a diet, It’s just another way of eating. I took the time a really read the book, not just skim through it and “think” that I know how to do it.

I’m learning what are good carbs, bad carbs, good fats and bad fats. It’s all quite different from the Atkins‘s diet that we did a few years ago. I like that it’s not as low carb as other diets.

We are just starting and I thought I would post the recipes that I am going to be trying out. Most of the recipes are just from web or from my cook books. I’ll add pics when I remember to take them. Last night I made Garlic Chicken. It was pretty good. Very simple and I could have added more salt and pepper. I doubled the recipe so that I had enough leftovers to make 2 lunches for Gregg.

I also made a simple leafy salad with a low carb dressing. Peeled and diced sweet potato that I tossed with olive oil, salt and pepper and then baked it alone side the chicken.

Easy Garlic Chicken Breasts

1/4 cup lime juice 
1/4 cup olive oil 
1 Tbsp. minced garlic 
2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts 
salt and pepper 

In a medium bowl, whisk together the lime juice and olive oil. Add garlic and season with salt and pepper generously, and add chicken, making sure it is well-coated with the marinade. Marinate chicken, covered in fridge for at least 3 hours and preferably overnight. 

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Remove chicken from marinade and discard marinade. Arrange chicken breasts in a shallow baking pan. 

Season with salt and pepper and roast for 25-30 minutes or until chicken is cooked through and the juices run clear when you prick it with a fork. Serves 2. 

**This is really simple, but surprisingly good. The chicken is somewhat garlicky and tangy because of the lime juice, but it is not too strong-tasting.

Simple yet tasty!

Blueberry Crumble

I was surfing pinterest.com for a blueberry recipe. I have 4 freezer large bags full of frozen blueberries and I need to use them up. So! I found this recipe. I changed it a bit so it won’t have as many calories. I also didn’t have the right pan so I used 2 8×8 pyrex dishes.

I used splenda instead of sugar. Margarine instead of butter. Lime instead of lemon. And I topped it with a bit of brown sugar and cinnamon. I made a double batch, but only used 6 cups blueberries since they were huge berries. They turned out so delicious!

yummmmmmmmm

 

 

 

Meat Muffins

Sounds almost sexy…lol “hey there meat muffin” Wink Wink. LOL  ok anyways, Last night I was planning to make stuffed pork tenderloin but decided on something different. I was looking for ground beef recipes. I didn’t really find anything that said “pick me!” I found one that I changed a bit and Gregg and I gobbled them up.

Meat Muffins

1 pound ground meat(beef,chicken,pork)
Spices(I used Mexican,but you can spice the meat how you like)
1 cup chopped onions
1 cup chopped mushrooms(optional)

Fry all that together till brown and yummy. I let it simmer for about 30 minutes. Then drain the fat out. Put in paper towels to squish the rest of the grease out. Let it cool down.

Make some pancake batter. I used Krusteaz’s buttermilk pancake mix(found it at Costco). You want whatever mix you make to be a bit runny so it pours. Take a muffin pan and fill the bottoms of each just so they are covered. Then spoon in the meat  and cover with the rest of the batter. Makes 12 muffins.

Put in preheated oven(375c) for about 20 minutes or until the tops are brown. Remove let cool and then….

NOM NOM NOM!!!!

Meat Muffins

It’s that easy!

Southern Sweet Tea

Iced tea with lemon.
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When I lived down in South Carolina for a couple years I learned how to make Sweet Tea. This is something that can be found every where down in the South. If you ask for it here, people look at you like you have something growing on your face. I make this every summer.  I was surprised that Gregg knew what it was. He used to drink it all the time when he was living in Idaho. Only he calls it Sun Tea.

This is the recipe for Sweet Tea.

  • 3 bags of Tea-can be any kind but I use Orange Pekoe
  • 12 cups water
  • 1-2 cups sugar-I use Splenda

Boil the water. Remove from heat. Add the tea bags. Let steep for 7 minutes. Remove tea bags. Put sugar in a big pitcher and pour the tea in. Add a tray of ice cubes. Let cool, then put in fridge. When you serve it, have lemon or limes wedges on the side. I like a bit of lime in mine. You could also have other fruits.

SunTea- is made by taking a big gallon jar filling it with water and adding the tea bags, then letting it sit in the hot sun for the day. It tastes really good. You just add the sugar to each glass as you you drink it. Gregg doesn’t like it sweet so I don’t add the sugar into the jar.

You can also make it in your coffee maker. Put the tea bags in the the strainer basket, not in the pot. Run the water through. Then add it to the pitcher with sugar. Let it cool. Pour some in a glass and add ice.

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Banana Muffins

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I had to use up some bananas today. I decided that I would make some low calorie muffins. Its a simple recipe. Anyone can make these and they taste pretty good.

Mix together the first 4 ingreidents.

1 3/4 cup flour
1 tsp baking powder

1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp baking soda

Then mix the rest, and blend it all together.

1/2 cup no calorie splenda
1/4 cup brown sugar
1 egg
1/2 cup apple sauce
1/2 cup low calorie vanilla yogurt (can try other flavors)
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 cup bananas

Pour into muffin pan or loaf pan, I used silicone muffin pans. This makes 12 muffins. Bake at 350 for about 12 minutes or until brown on top.

The calories for one muffin is 110 cals . 1 gram of fat. 22 grams of carbs. 1 gram of fiber. 6 grams of sugar.

You can add nuts or top with frosting. Or maybe add a few dark chocolate chips. There are so many things you can do with this simple recipe. Now we will see if Gregg like them 🙂

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ShortBread Cookies

I had bought everything I need to make Shortbread cookies but then Gregg and I saw this box of mix at Costco. We thought, why not?! So we did. And they are easy and yummy. A bit crumbly.

Shortbread Cookies
Shortbread Cookies

So far Gregg has enjoyed them…a lot. Me too…hehehe If you want to see the rest of the cookies just follow the link to our Flickr site. Or you can go to my new Photo page.

Reindeer Poop

I did some baking this year for the first time in about 15 years. Yes I said 15 years. You might wonder why its been so long. Well, After Leaving my old life behind. I never really felt the craving to bake anymore. For some reason this year the baking bug hit me.

So I went on a internet search for some new recipes to try. I was hoping to use Gregg’s Mom’s recipes but I still havent found them. I did find 8 recipes just not the ones I wanted. So I found some online and tried them out. I have been reading a certain blog for a while now and really enjoy all the recipes they have. A lot of the food reminds me of the food I grew up on. If you know anything about German Mennonite cooking you will love this blog.

Here I found the recipes for snow drops. I made these but changed a few things plus renamed mine to Reindeer Poop.. lol. Instead of Crispex (I couldnt find any) I bought a box of Rice Krispies and a box of Corn Squares. Mixed and crushed them together. Then melted the chocolate chips and peanut butter. Poured that over the cereal and stirred. I didn’t have a paper bag so I used a large zip lock bag. I added the mixture to the bag of icing (which, by the way was made out of splenda and cornstarch) And shock the bag till it was all coated. Then scooped it our with a large strainer to get some of the sugar off.

Once it was all coated I put it in a pan and then into the freezer. An hour later it was hard and easy to package into containers. Measuring
Pan of Poop

This stuff is so yummy! So I made a second batch For Gregg’s dad. He is Diabetic so it was made with 8 unsweetened baker’s chocolate squares and a cup on Splenda. I actually forgot the peanut butter and poured the chocolate on the cereal mix and then covered it the same way with the Splenda and cornstarch icing sugar. It tastes good too!

Piles of Poop

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