We were at Trader Joe’s the other day and at the sample station, they had a DELICIOUS salad that both Mike and I adored. I usually have a prejudice against lentils, so I didn’t think I’d like the salad when they offered it to me. Then, I thought that it would be too difficult to make, but it was hilariously easy.
A couple of weeks ago, I found this recipe online:
I was wanting something very low carb because my cravings were going out of control, so I remembered parts of the recipe and tried to make it from memory. It probably would have helped had I read the whole recipe, but I hadn’t.
So, I created Tuna Patties, which are a little different and WAY easier to make because they don’t require parchment paper, heating up the oven or almond flour.
Tuna Patties Ingredients (more…)
On Weight Watchers, you can eat as much fruit as you want for “free.” Zero points for fruit. That has been a drastic change in my diet because I have been eating low carb for the last year off and on (mostly off), so fruit feels like a decadent treat to me. Not nearly as decadent as ice cream, mind you, but sweet and delicious.
The other day, someone at Weight Watchers talked about her Yonanas machine that turns frozen fruit into ice cream. I would have scoffed at that idea, but twelve years ago, I had eaten a delicious treat at Banana Joe’s Fruitstand in Kauai, Hawaii. The girls at the stand assured me that it was only frozen fruit. I had chosen a pineapple and banana concoction and it tasted like the best ice cream on earth. If this Yonanas machine was the same as that machine they had in Hawaii, then maybe this lady was right.
Here is a video showing you how to use one:
I hate having a different appliance for each food, but I couldn’t resist. I’m here to tell you that the mango “ice cream” that I made the first night tasted SO good that I could not believe that all that was in it was mango. The texture was creamy, just like ice cream, but the only ingredient that went into the machine was frozen mango that I had purchased at the grocery store on the way home.
When I tried blueberries, it wasn’t as creamy as the mango, however. It was more like a hard, sorbet… with blueberry skins. It still tasted good, but the texture didn’t feel like ice cream.
Honestly, the pineapple treat didn’t taste as good as the one from Banana Joe’s twelve years ago. That one was made with fresh pineapple straight from the vine, so I’m pretty sure I’ll never be able to top it. It was still delicious, but didn’t taste like the best ice cream on the planet like that one at Banana Joe’s did.
These treats are so delicious and because they are made from fruit with no other ingredients, they are “free” on Weight Watchers. I have my doubts that I’ll be able to lose weight by scarfing down frozen treats like this, so I guess I’ll have to see how my weigh-in works out next week.
I have my McDonalds trained well. I can go through the drive-thru and order an Egg McMuffin without the muffin and they will give me an egg, ham and cheese wrapped up without the muffin. They don’t even blink when I order it anymore and they send me through the drive-thru pretty quickly.
I timed it once. From the time I stepped into the garage to the moment I got back home, I was able to get myself a Low Carb Egg McMuffin in only fifteen minutes. That was five minutes driving there. Five minutes driving back and less than five minutes in the line.
For fun, the other day, I threw together one egg, some ham and a slice of cheese. It was the same ingredients I get from McDonalds, but I had to cook them. I thought that it was a big pain in the butt until I timed it.
How long does it take me to cook a Low Carb Egg McMuffin on my own? FOUR minutes.
FOUR MINUTES! I can’t even drive to McDonalds in that amount of time!
So many times, I think that getting “fast” food is easier, but it’s not. By the time I get into the car and drive over there, I could be EATING my homemade version. All I need to do is make sure I have the ingredients in the fridge and I am ahead of the game.
The next time you’re tempted to just grab some fast food, remember that it might just be quicker to make your own.
Photo via: Treadmill Tricks & Drive-Through Shopping
Last July, I invented one of my favorite breakfast treats, called the Chocolate Cream Cheese Omelet.
Every time I make it, it’s uglier than the last, but it tastes like a deliciously chocolate pancake, despite not having a lick of flour in it.
Last Tuesday, I figured out how to make it ever so slightly better. The original recipe had you heating a tablespoon of butter in the pan so the omelet wouldn’t stick. I used a tablespoon of coconut oil instead and the flavor was divine! It adds about twenty calories to the recipe, but the coconut flavor of the oil pairs so well with the chocolate and cream cheese that it’s worth it.
When you eat low carb, it’s really easy to eat too much protein. In fact, the biggest mistake rookie low carb eaters make is eating too much protein. You have to LOOK for ways to add fat to your meals in order to keep your percentages at a level that won’t give you gout. Adding coconut oil to my chocolate cream cheese omelet gives it a boost in flavor and some well-needed calories from fat.
The next time you’re at a loss for what to eat for breakfast, try my chocolate cream cheese omelet and give yourself a treat!
The most interesting thing about this Breakfast Burrito from Finding My Fitness is the egg white tortilla.
Does it actually work? Does it hold the burrito together so well that you can eat it with your hands, or do you have to use a fork? The blog entry doesn’t clarify, so I guess I’ll have to try it myself. (more…)
I found some pancake forms at the dollar store the other day, so I made some heart-shaped eggs and star-shaped eggs for breakfast.
When I cracked the eggs into the forms, some of the egg whites escaped, but that didn’t ruin them. It worked really well and I loved having the same breakfast I have every day shaped in fun shapes instead. Why should having a heart-shaped egg make it taste better?!
- Norpro Nonstick Heart Pancake Egg Rings at Amazon.com
- Norpro Nonstick Star and Flower Pancake Egg Rings at Amazon.com
- 6pc Silicone Egg Rings at Amazon.com
- Mickey Mouse Icon Silhouette Egg/Pancake Rings at Amazon.com
The next time you’re feeling bored of your normal eggs and bacon in the morning, drag out the pancake forms and have a treat for breakfast!
I love the presentation on this Caprese Salad. I found it here:
I’m used to seeing Caprese Salad looking like this:
Cutting the tomatoes partially looks so pretty and allows the vinegar and olive oil to pool nicely between the mozzarella and basil. Here is how it looked when I made it.
Here is the recipe:
- 3 tomatoes
- 1 pound fresh mozzarella
- 20 to 30 leaves (about 1 bunch) fresh basil
- Extra-virgin olive oil
- Balsamic vinegar
- Coarse salt and pepper
- Cut the tomatoes into 1/4-inch thick slices, but only 3/4 of the way through the tomato.
- Cut the mozzarella into 1/4-inch thick slices.
- Tuck one slice of mozzarella and a couple of leaves of basil between the tomato slices.
- Drizzle olive oil and vinegar over the tomatoes.
- Sprinkle salt and pepper over the tomatoes.
- Serve chilled.
Next time you’re not in the mood to cook in the hot kitchen, make this chilled salad and enjoy the fresh flavors!
Paula Deen recently lost 30 pounds to help keep her diabetes in check. She talked about it on the July 9th issue of People Magazine, but the recipes that she shared were LOADED with carbs. I’m glad that she has lost weight and I hope her diabetes is controllable for her, but most of the things she recommended to lose weight with, like fruit smoothies, would send my blood sugar through the roof.
She did have one good recipe, though. Chicken Kebabs with grilled onions.
- 3 cloves garlic, chopped
- 2 TBSP soy sauce
- 2 TBSP lemon juice
- 2 TBSP teriyaki sauce
- 2 TBSP olive oil
- 2 TBSP Worcestershire sauce
- Pinch pepper
- Pinch salt
- 1 lb. chicken tenders cut in half
- 1 small bunch green onions
- In a large, resealable plastic bag, combine the garlic, soy sauce, lemon juice, teriyaki sauce, olive oil, Worcestershire sauce, pepper and salt. Add the chicken. Seal the bag and chill for 1 hour.
- Soak 10 wooden skewers in water for 30 minutes.
- Spray a grill track with nonstick cooking spray, then preheat grill to medium high.
- Drain the chicken, discarding the marinade.
- Thread the chicken onto the skewers.
- Grill the chicken about 3 minutes on each side.
- Grill green onions until browned, about 3 minutes on each side.
- Arrange onions on a platter, top with the chicken and serve.
I wish Paula Deen the best and I hope she lives a long and healthy life. I just want the world to know that her love of butter did NOT cause her diabetes. It was the carbs.
If your morning bacon and eggs has gotten a little too routine, here is a way to mix it up. I made myself a chocolate and cream cheese omelet on Sunday and it was divine!
- 1 TBSP butter
- 2 eggs
- 1 TBSP heavy whipping cream
- 1 tsp unsweetened cocoa
- 2 packets of stevia
- 1 oz. cream cheese
- Put the butter in your skillet and set the flame on medium.
- While the skillet is warming up, mix the eggs, cream, cocoa and 1 packet of stevia in a bowl. The cocoa won’t fully mix in (there will be tiny chunks of it), but that doesn’t affect the taste.
- Once the butter is fully melted and bubbling, pour the egg mixture into the pan and put on a lid for approximately three minutes.
- Mix the cream cheese with the other packet of stevia (you can use the same bowl that you mixed your eggs in).
- Flatten the cream cheese mixture until it is approximately the size of half your omelet.
- Place the cream cheese on the egg mixture and gently fold in half.
- Cook for two minutes more or until the cream cheese is melted.
- Allow to cool slightly before serving (no one wants molten cream cheese lava burning their tongues in the morning).
- Calories 396.6
- Total Fat 37.2g
- Total Carb 3.6g
- Fiber 0.6g
- Protein 15.3g
The next time you’re feeling chocolate deprived, remember that you can create low carb chocolately food on your own without sacrificing your health.
I’ve found that Sweet N Low tastes better than Splenda in this recipe. Additionally, using coconut oil instead of butter makes it taste especially yummy and only adds twenty calories. I talked about it here: