Monday, October 22, 2012

Pumpkin Cheesecake Frozen Yogurt

Yesterday I made pumpkin cheesecake frozen yogurt. It was fabulous that I ate 2 bowls. I didn't get a photo but here is the recipe!!

Pumpkin Cheesecake Frozen Yogurt 
1/2 cup pure pumpkin puree 
6oz cream cheese, softened 
2 cups greek yogurt, plain(look for the lowest carb content)
1Tbsp vanilla extract 
1 tsp pumpkin pie spice 
1/2 tsp pure stevia powder or 3/4 cup sweetner 
1/4 cup heavy whipping cream 

 In a medium bowl, add ingredients. Mix on medium speed until smooth and creamy. Pour in an air tight container and put in freezer. Stir every 30 minutes until frozen or use ice cream maker according to manual. 
Atkins: Phase 2 and up

Friday, August 31, 2012

Cream Cheese Pumpkin Muffins

Good Morning!! I have a few friends that keep on asking for this recipe, so I thought I would post it on my blog. I make these often as my son loves them which is great. My son has a peanut allergy and is very picky about food textures and does not eat meat to often so these work great for him as they are high in protein. Each muffin is packed with 13g of protein!! The original recipe is from Candice's Low Carb recipes but for some reason her blog won't come up this morning.  They freeze well too, so make a double batch!!

Cream Cheese Pumpkin Muffins
8oz package of cream cheese, softened
4 Tbsp Xylitol
4 Lg eggs
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 cup pumpkin puree
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
2 tsp baking powder
1/2 cup + 4 Tbsp Vanilla Whey Protein powder
1/2 cup + 4 Tbsp Almond flour

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F
In large mixing bowl, cream together cream cheese and sweetener till smooth.  Add eggs one at a time, then add vanilla extract.  Add pumpkin puree and mix until smooth.  May need to scrape bowl as needed.  With mixer running add why protein powder, almond flour, baking powder, cinnamon and nutmeg.  Mix until combined.  Line 12 muffin cups with paper liners.  Evenly spoon batter among them( I always get more then 12muffins).  Bake at 350F for 20-25 minutes
Each Muffin: Calories 170, Fat 12g, Carb 4g, Fiber 1.1g, Protein 13.23g, Net Carbs 2.9g
Atkins: phase 2 and up or extended induction due to the almond flour

Monday, August 6, 2012

Big Day!

This morning I started C25K training to get ready for my first 5K coming up in October. Got new running shoes and found the spp that goes with them. I got dark grey and pink Nike lunarswift+4 shoes and you can get the Nike+ app. Well, today I RAN out in public for my first time. It felt good!! You never would of seen me outside 2 years ago let along walk or running. I feel great!! Ran/walked 1.48 miles in 22 minutes. Not to bad for my first day. Now to keep moving forward to reach my goal. My goal is to run the whole 5K without walking. I CAN DO IT!!!

Friday, August 3, 2012

Low Carb Lemon Brownies with Lemon Cream Cheese Frosting

Have a new recipe for you all.  This one is Sweet-n-Sour.  I got this idea from a friend that posted the recipe on facebook.  Here( http://meeshiesmom.com/2012/03/26/lemon-brownies) is the original recipe.  I converted it to low carb.  It is very good.  The frosting I didn't add any sweetener as I wanted it tangy.  It compliments the sweetness of the brownie.  I got 5 thumbs up on this one.  The kids really enjoyed them.

Lemon Brownies
1 cup butter, unsalted, softened
1/2 cup xylitol
1/4 tsp stevia extract powder
4 lg eggs
2 cup almond flour
1/2 tsp sea salt
1/2 tsp baking powder
Juice of 1 lemon
Zest of 1 lemon

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.  Spray 9X13 baking pan with cooking oil. Set aside.
in large mixing bowl, add butter and sweeteners.  Cream together.  Add eggs one at a time until combined.  Add flour, salt and baking powder.  Mix until combined, scraping bowl as needed.  Add lemon zest and juice.  Mix until combined.  Pour in prepared pan.  Smooth out.  Bake for 30minutes or until edges are golden brown and top springs back when touched.  Remove from oven and cool completely before frosting.

Lemon Cream Cheese Frosting
1 8oz package of cream cheese, softened
Zest of 1 lemon
Juice of 1 lemon

In small mixing bowl, add ingredients and mix until smooth and creamy.  Use rubber scraper and apply to top of brownies.

35 servings
Each Serving: Calories 124, Fat 11g, Carb 1.5g, Fiber 0.7g, Protein 2.8g, Net Carbs 0.8g
Atkins: Phase 2 and up or extended induction if added nuts.

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Flax Tortilla Wrap

I got this recipe from the book "Wheat Belly".  In the back it had some recipes.  I wrote some of them done but haven't tried them but today I tried the wrap.  I change the spices to fit my tastes.  You could do the same too.  I bet this would be good with a taco seasoning and use them for a taco.

Flax Tortilla Wrap
3 Tbsp ground flax seed(I like the golden flax)
1/4 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp dried parsley
pinch of sea salt
1 Tbsp coconut oil, melted
1 Tbsp water
1 lg egg

Combine all ingredients in a small bowl.  Grease a glass pie pan.  Pour in batter and spread evenly.  Microwave to 2minutes.  Flip and then microwave an additional minute.  Remove from pan and cool on wire rack for 5 minutes before use.  Makes 1 tortilla wrap.
Calories 164, Fat 11.8g, Carbs 7g, Fiber 6.2g, Protein 10.9g, Net Carbs 0.8g

Monday, July 16, 2012

What's up:)

Well, since my last what's up post, I was back smoking.  On July 1st, my hubby and I made a pact.  He would quit chewing and I would quit smoking.  I threw my pack of cigs away and he threw is tin of chew away.  Since then I have not had one puff and as far as I know, hubby hasn't had any chew.  Also on the 11th of July I started a sugar fast with some friends of mine.  I am doing a modified version to stay on my Atkins lifestyle.  No sweetener, no alcohol, no processed food of any kind(hidden sugars and fillers) for 30 days.  I fell off on the 12th as my in-laws took us out for dinner at a chinese buffet with sushi.  I splurged big time.  So I started over on the 15th when I got home from vacation.  Today, I also started a 10 day whole body cleansing with a all natural kit.  To help kick start my weight loss again and to cleanse my body of toxins.  Been drinking to much these last couple of months:(  It's hard not to splurge with summer here, all the family and friends get-togethers, and weddings.  Now, I need to get back into gear and get back to working out.  Been slacking on that too.  Today is a new day!!!  I CAN DO IT!!!!

Monday, July 2, 2012

Chocolate Mint Creamsicle

I used the basic recipe from Low Carb Layla's peaches and cream popsicles and played around with it.


Chocolate Mint Creamsicle
1 1/4 cup heavy whipping cream
1 Tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
1/2 cup SF chocolate syrup
2  very small drops of peppermint oil(stronger then extract)

Mix ingredients and pour into molds.  Freeze 4 hours or overnight.  If you can't find peppermint oil, peppermint  extract will work too.  Add 1/2 tsp then taste.  Add more to get your desired flavor.



Coconut Chocolate Pudding

I had some left over coconut cream that I needed to use up, so I added some chocolate whey protein powder and it turned out thick and creamy like chocolate pudding.  So I thought I would share it will you.

Coconut Chocolate Pudding
1 cup coconut cream
1 scoop chocolate whey protein powder(i use pure protein)

Whisk until thick and creamy.  Pour in 2 serving dishes.  You can top with whipped cream, shredded unsweetened coconut, chopped nuts, or a strawberry.

Each serving: Calories 170, Fat 11.5g, Carbs 3g, Fiber 0.5g, Protein 13.5g, Net Carbs 2.5g
Atkins: All Phases

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Coconut Flour Bread

I love baking with coconut flour and almond flour.  They have been my favorite since low carbing.  Coconut flour is cheaper then almond flour.  I found this recipe on-line when I first started low carbing.  Don't remember where I got it.  I have made it a few times and really enjoy it.  It is a quick bread, does not rise very high, but it is very good.  I enjoy it with different nut butters, jelly, or just plain butter.  Tonight I will be enjoying it with breakfast for dinner:)


Coconut Flour Bread
6 LG eggs
1/2 butter, unsalted, melted
2 Tbsp sweetener of choice(I used xylitol)
1/2 tsp sea salt
1 tsp baking powder
3/4 cup coconut flour

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.  Grease bread pan with coconut oil or spray with olive oil.
Whisk all ingredients in medium size bowl until no more lumps.  Put batter in prepared pan and spread evenly.  Bake for 40 minutes.  Let cool in pan for 10 minutes and then remove and let cool completely on wire rack.  Slice and enjoy:)
15 slices
Each serving: Calories 106.4, Fat 8.7g, Carbs 4.1g, Fiber 2.4g, Protein 3.3g, Net Carbs 1.7g
Atkins: Phase 2 and up and extended induction. Coconut is considered a nut in Atkins. 

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

What's Up?

Well, last Monday was my last day of smoking!!  The first 5 days was rough.  Ate anything and everything.  Went to the gym every day plus some and gained 10lbs:(  I have gained 17lbs back in 2 months and 10 of those lbs was just last week.  Told my self on Sunday that I need to get back on track.  So on Monday this week I went back to induction phase.  I am doing a clean induction, no sweetners, no processed foods.  Just real wholesome foods.  If its not meat, cheese, oils, eggs, veggies I don't eat it.  This week has been going good and I have been feeling better.  No cravings.  I have also lost 5lbs since Monday!! I'M BACK AT IT!!

Thursday, June 7, 2012

Coconut Berry Smoothie

I have been playing around with smoothie recipes.  I wanted one that would be great for Breakfast.  So I wanted it higher in calories and very filling.  I made this the other day for snack.  It was very filling, I could not eat much dinner that day has I was still full from this smoothie.  So I made it again today for breakfast and took a photo.  So I hope you enjoy this as much as I did.  It is a nice break from eggs:)

Coconut Berry Smoothie
1/2 cup coconut cream
1/2 cup all natural greek yogurt(i used the greek gods all natural yogurt, green container)
1/2 cup water
1/2 cup berries of choice(blueberries, strawberries, red raspberries, blackberries, cherries)
1 scoop vanilla whey protein powder(i use pure protein plus)
1 Tbsp flax seed or flax seed meal

Blend all ingredients in blender until creamy.  Serve immediately.
1 serving
Calories 515, Fat 35.5g, Net Carbs 17g, Protein 30.5g
Atkins: Phase 3 and up due to higher net carbs.

Chocolate Strawberries & Creamsicles

I got this idea from HERE.  I used real fruit puree and just a little SF chocolate syrup instead.  I went to my local Family Dollar and got some popsicle molds for a $1.  Mine has 8-1/4 cup molds.  Depending on your molds you might have to play around with the ingredients.  I measured my molds with just plain water to see how much I needed.

Chocolate Strawberries & Creamsicles
6-7 large fresh strawberries to make 1/2 cup puree
1 1/4 cup heavy whipping cream
1/4 cup chocolate sugar free syrup(you could use vanilla too)

I threw the strawberries into blender until pureed.  Poured in whipping cream and SF syrup and blend until combined(Not to long or soon you will get whipped cream).  Pour into molds and freeze 4 hours or until
frozen. 2 cups of liquid prepared.

8 servings
Each serving: Calories 133, Fat 13.8g, Carbs 2.1g, Fiber 0.3g, Protein 0.8g, Net Carbs 1.8g
Atkins: Phase 2 and up

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Un-Potato Salad

I was craving potato salad, so I threw this together.  It went well with KFC grilled chicken:)  My family gave it 4 out of 5 thumbs up(my youngest would not try it, she don't like potato salad). 


Un-Potato Salad
1 16oz bag frozen cauliflower
2 slices bacon
2 large hard boiled eggs
1 celery stalk
1/3 cup mayo
1 Tbsp mustard
1/4 tsp onion powder
1 tsp McCormick salad supreme
1/2 tsp dill weed,dried

In medium skillet, cook bacon until crispy.  Remove and lay on towel.  Set aside.
Chop cauliflower into bite size peices while still frozen.  Put in a medium size bowl and microwave for 3-4 minutes.  Drain off any excess water. 
Chop up celery and eggs, add to bowl.  Add mayo, mustard and seasonings.  Mix until combined. 
Crumble up bacon and fold into mixture.  Chill until ready to serve. 
5 one cup servings

Each Serving: Calories 160, Fat 14.3g, Carbs 4.5g, Fiber 2.8g, Protein 5.1g, Net Carbs 1.7g

Monday, June 4, 2012

My New Challenge

Well, I have been maintaining around 155-160 which I am very happy where I am at.  I have came along way to get here and I am very proud that I have made it.  Now, my next challenge is to quit smoking.  I know, very bad for you and why did I even start again.  I quit 2 years ago and was doing really good, then started social smoking with friends, well now it has become full time.  This time I am going to quit and quit for good!!  I want to be healthier and able to run without wheezing or coughing.  I am going to go cold turkey.  Hopefully, I won't gain too much weight, as everybody says quiting smoking makes you gain.  I am going to use exercise as my go to.  Making it my new habit:)  Could always use more, right?

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

You Have to TRY this recipe!!!

Tonight for dinner I made Linda's Low Carb Taco Bake for the first time.  You can find it HERE.  It is FABULOUS!!!  I didn't add the green chilies as my kids don't like too spicy.  I also used some left over pizza sauce I had in the fridge for the tomato sauce.  I also added a heaping tablespoon of my homemade taco seasoning.  It was so delicious that I had two pieces.  My kids loved it, even my picky non meat eater!!  My family gives it 5 gold stars and a big A+.  It will be in our menu rotation from now on.

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Low Carb Tuna & Cauliflower Patties and Tomato, Cucumber, Mozzarella and Olive salad

I got this idea from one of my Low Carb cookbooks.  It called for low carb bread and some other ingredients that I don't have.  So I used the base for tuna and cauliflower and made my own version.


Low Carb Tuna & Cauliflower Patties
1 16oz bag of frozen cauliflower
1/4 cup golden flax meal
2 lg eggs
2-5oz can chunk tuna in water, drained
1 tsp onion powder
2 tsp lemon pepper seasoning(watch for added sugar in ingredients, I used Trader Joe's brand)
2 Tbsp dried parsley

Steam cauliflower until tender.  Let cool slightly.  Add to food processor and pulse.  Add the eggs and pulse until combined.  Pour mixture into a bowl, add flax meal and stir until combined.  Let mixture sit for 5 minutes.
After the 5 minutes, add tuna and seasonings.
On Medium high heat, lightly coat a large nonstick skillet with olive oil.  When the skillet is hot, drop 1/4 cup of mixture( I used a ice cream scoop) and flatten with a rubber spatula to form a pattie.  Cook for 3 minutes and then flip.  Let the other side cook for 3 more minutes.   Makes about 13 patties 
I topped mine with 1 tsp mayo and a sprinkle of dill weed.
Each pattie without topping: Calories 58.7, Fat 1.8g, Carbs 2.3g, Fiber 1.6g, Protein 8.5g, Net Carbs
0.7g
Atkins: All phases


This salad I just kind of threw what I had together.  It was tasty and kid approved:) 

Tomato, Cucumber, Mozzarella and Olive Salad
20 cherry tomatoes, cut in half
1 can whole medium black olives
1-8oz fresh mozzarella pearls
2 small-medium cucumbers or 1 large cucumber, cut up into bite size peices
1/4 cup italian dressing.

Throw all ingredients together and let chill for a few hours.  Then serve.
Very easy, and tasty:)
Makes 8 servings
Each serving: Calories 153.8, Fat 11.4g, Carbs 6.2g, Fiber 1.6g, Protein 7.4g, Net Carbs 4.6g
Atkins: All Phases

Friday, May 11, 2012

Low Carb Cream Cheese Brownies

I got this recipe from here.  I made mine with xylitol and stevia as splenda does not agree with me.  So here is what I did:


Low Carb Cream Cheese Brownies
Topping:
8 oz cream cheese, softened
1/4 cup xylitol
1 egg
1 tsp vanilla extract
in a small bowl, beat cream cheese and xylitol until creamy.  Add egg and vanilla.  Mix until smooth.  Set aside.

Brownies:
1 cup butter, unsalted
3 Tbsp oil
1/2 cup xylitol & 1/4 tsp pure stevia extract
2 Tbsp vanilla extract
1/2 cup cocoa powder, unsweetened
4 lg eggs
1 cup almond flour
1/2 tsp baking powder
dash of salt

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F
Butter sides and bottom of a 9X13 baking pan, set aside.
In small sauce pan, melt butter, add oil and cocoa powder until smooth and combined.  Remove from heat and cool slightly.

In large mixing bowl, add chocolate mixture, xylitol, stevia and vanilla.  Mix until combined.  Then add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each egg.  Then mix in almond flour, baking powder and salt.  Mix well.  Spread into prepared pan.
Pour cream cheese mixture on top of brownie and lightly swirl with a knife.  Bake for 25 minutes or until set.  If you like a more cake like brownie, bake an additional 5 minutes.  Cool completely, then cut into 20 equal squares

Makes 20 servings
Each Serving: Calories 208, Fat 18.6g, Carbs 2.5g, Fiber 1.2g, Protein 3.9g, Net Carbs 1.3g
Atkins Phase 2 and up.

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Low Carb Chocolate Bark and Chocolate PB Bark

I don't remember where I got this recipe, maybe from the Atkins site but I make these all the time when I have a chocolate craving(like today).  Also coconut oil is very good for you and is a great healthy fat/oil to use when cooking.  I saved all the little plastic things from the Atkins Peanut Butter cups.  They work great for these.  1 "cup" is 1 serving.


Chocolate Bark
1/4 cup coconut oil, extra virgin and unrefined
1 Tbsp cocoa powder, unsweetened
6-8 drops of liquid stevia or to taste

Melt coconut oil in microwave.  Add cocoa powder and stevia.  Mix until combined.  Pour on to wax paper.  Freeze until hard.  Remove and brake/cut into 4 servings put in zip lock bag and put back in freezer.  They need to stay frozen.  Just remove from bag and enjoy.  You can also use candy molds or small muffin silicone bake ware.
4 servings
Each serving: Calories 120.5, Fat 13.8g, Carbs 0.7g, Fiber 0.4g, Protein 0.3g, Net Carbs 0.3g
Atkins: All Phases

For Peanut Butter ones just add 1 Tbsp of peanut butter or any nut butter of your choice and melt with oil.  Mix until combined and then add cocoa powder and stevia. ( I used almond butter as my son has an allergy to peanuts and so I don't have any peanut butter)
Each Serving:
 Peanut Butter: Calories 145.5, Fat 15.7g, Carbs 1.6g, Fiber 0.7g, Protein 1.4g, Net Carbs 0.9g
Almond Butter: Calories 145.9, Fat 16.2g, Carbs 1.6g, Fiber 0.6g, Protein 0.9g, Net Carbs 1g
Atkins: Phase 2 and up

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Low Carb Egg Muffins

I have made these alot.  Just haven't posted them.  They are very simple and easy to make.  Great for rush morning or if your on the go.


Egg Muffins
Meat
Eggs
Cheese

Spray a muffin pan with cooking spray or grease with coconut oil.  Add an ouce of any meat(sausage, bacon, ham, etc) to each muffin section.  Top with a 1/2 -1 Tbsp of cheese of choice.  Then in a small bowl crack one egg and whip it up, pour over one section and then repeat until all muffins are filled.  Bake at 350 degrees F until cooked( I just check them often until the are cooked and don't jiggle).  Remove from oven and let sit for about 5 minutes.  Remove and enjoy a few.  Store leftovers in an air tight container in the fridge.  Pull out and microwave for a minute or eat cold.

Maintaining!!

Maintaining is hard.  I have falling off and have added to much at once.  I haven't had the motivation to work out, either.  I have gained 4 lbs.  So today, I am going to cut out all sweetners and higher carb veggies and all fruit for a couple days and see if I can drop these 4 lbs.  I AM also going back to the gym today.  If it is not Meat, Oils, Veggies, Eggs and Cheese I will NOT eat it. 

Next week I am going in to get my wedding ring resized.  It has been way too big and I had to get a gold wrap so I could wear it.  Now the wrap is up as far has it will go and it is still lose.  All my other rings are to big too, but those will have to wait.

Have a wonderful. low carb day:)

Saturday, April 28, 2012

Low Carb High Fiber Chocolate Chia Pudding

I don't remember where I heard about this but I had to try it for myself.  So I found some chia seeds and unsweetened almond milk.  I heard it tastes like tapioca pudding(I love tapioca pudding).  Chia seeds are high in fiber and a great source of Omega 3.  I found numerous recipes online to get an idea of how much milk to seed ratio.  Here is what I came up with:


Chocolate Chia Pudding
2 cup of unsweetened vanilla almond milk
3/4 cup chia seeds
3 Tbsp xylitol
3 Tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder

Put all ingredients in a quart glass jar, put lid on and shake or you could use a bowl and stir. I made it fun so my little ones could help.  Put in fridge for 4 hours or overnight.  Shake up once in a while.  spoon into dishes and top with what every your heart desires(berries, whipped cream, nuts, flaked unsweetened coconut, etc) or just plain.
It was very good.  Texture like tapioca, and a little crunch from the seeds.  My kids loved it too.  They topped theirs with whipped cream and berries:) 

6-1/2 cup servings
Each serving: Calories 94.5, Fat 2.8g, Carbs 9.1g, Fiber 8.2g, Protein 4.9g, Net Carbs 0.9g
Atkins: Can be used in all phases

Friday, April 27, 2012

Low Carb Protein Bars

These homemade protein bars are very easy to make and you can make them to your liking.  Very versatile.  These are great for a post workout, cravings, or if your bulking up muscle.

Homemade Protein Bars
200g protein powder, any flavor
200g all natural, no sugar added peanut butter or other nut butter with oil
100g Sugar free flavored syrup(DaVinci or Torani)

Add all ingredient to bowl and mix until combined.  Should look crumbly.  Line a 8X8 inch baking pan with parchment, leaving some go up the side so you can remove easily.  Pour mixture in and press down until all even.  Put in fridge and chill for an hour.  Remove from pan and cut into 10 even pieces.  I cut in half one way and then cut the other way to make 5 rows.  Wrap in saran wrap and store in the fridge.  You can add nuts,dried unsweetened berries, SF chocolate chips, unsweetened coconut.  I add oatmeal and raisins (pic above)for my husband as he is bulking up muscle.   One of my favorite flavors is chocolate raspberry.  I use chocolate protein powder and raspberry syrup.
Makes 10 bars.  Nutritional value may very due to products used.

Atkins Phase 2 and up.

Frozen Coffee protein drink:)

This has been my go to drink when I need a little pick me up.  It fills me up and I get my much needed caffine.  It would be great on those hot summer days too:)  I am so looking forward to warm, sunny days at the beach with friends.  Right now it is 51 degree F and cloudy in MN. 


Frozen Coffee Protein Drink
2 cups of brewed coffee of choice, chilled
a hand full of ice
one scoop of vanilla protein powder(I use Pure Protein brand)

Throw everything in blender and blend until all ice is slushy.  Pour into 2 big glasses and enjoy with spouse. 
All Atkins Phase acceptible

I HIT MY GOAL!!!

This Morning I hit my goal and passed it!!  Weighed in at 149.4!!  Total lost to date: 135.6lbs.  I also took my measurements and have lost 80.5+ over all inches.  I started measuring my progress in July of 2011 after losing 50.5 lbs.  I have made a new goal to maintain now and to keep working out 5 times a week. 
Also, keep an eye out for some new recipes.  I have been in a baking rut and have been to busy with orders(I am self employed.  I do custom sewing and alterations), so it has been the same old boring food for the last month.  In the next week, I have planned some new foods on our supper menu chart.  Hope you all have a great low carb day:)

Thursday, April 19, 2012

More Photo's From my Photo Shoot:)

Here are some more photo's from my photo shoot.  I still can't believe they are me!!!  All I can say is, WOW!!! 




Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Had a Fun Photo Shoot today!!!

I am 4lbs away from my goal!!  This Morning I had a fun professional photo shoot.  I still can't believe this is me.  Here are a few shots!!


Friday, April 13, 2012

Low Carb Lemon Meringue Pie

I made this for Easter.  Was very good and we had no leftovers:)  It was sweet and lemony.  I didn't get a picture, I forgot my camera:(

Low Carb Lemon Meringue Pie
Preheat oven to 350 F
Crust:
2 cup almond flour
1/2 cup xylitol
6 Tbsp unsalted butter, melted

Mix almond flour with xylitol, stir in melted butter and pat evenly and up the sides into a 9 inch glass pie plate.  Bake at 350 for 13 minutes.  If useing a metal pie plate you may need to bake a little longer.  You want a very light golden brown color.  Remove from oven and cool completely.

Filling:
5 eggs, seperated
3/4 cup xylitol
1/2 tsp stevia
1/4 cup Real Lemon lemon juice or 1/3 cup fresh lemon juice
1 Tbsp butter

Separate eggs into 3 bowls as follows..5 yolks in one bowl, 2 whites in one bowl and 3 whites in last bowl.
Cream egg yolks, xylitol, stevia, and lemon juice in a small sauce pan.  Cook on very low heat and stir continuously until thick. (it took a good 20 minutes to thicken up). Remove from heat and add butter and stir until combined.  Let cool slightly.  In the mean time, beat the 2 egg whites until stiff peaks.  Then fold into cooled lemon mixture.  Spread over cooled crust.

Topping:
3 egg white, from egg above
1/4 tsp cream of tartar
1 Tbsp xylitol
1/4 tsp stevia
1/2 tsp vanilla extract

Combine the above and beat until stiff peaks are formed.  Pour onto filling and shape with spatula.  Bake at 350 until top starts to brown, about 10 minutes.  Be careful not to overcook the crust.
Let cool completely before serving.

8 Servings
Each serving: Calories 392, Fat 28g, Carbs 5.1g, Fiber 3g, Protein 11g, Net Carbs 2.1g
Atkins Phase 2 and up

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

This Morning I hit the 150's!!

This morning I weighed in at 159.  I am in the 150's!!!  Only 9 more lbs to reach my personal goal.  It has been a long road but who said it was going to be easy.  When I started back in October 2010 at 285, I never thought I would reach my goal, but with a lot of hard work and discipline I am almost there.  When I started back in October I was at my highest weight of 285 wearing a size 24/26.  I was unable to walk far as my knees and ankles hurt all the time.  I would be out of breathe doing simple chores.  The summer of 2010 I was at the in-laws and we did family photo's as Father in Law was dieing.  When I got home, I looked at the photo's to send them off.  I was displeased with my self.  I was thinking, am I really that big.  I didn't see myself like that.  I decided it was time to change my self.  I started with watching my portions and counting calories.  I lost 6 lbs though December of 2010.  On Janurary 3rd, 2011 I started the biggest loser challenage on my mom forum and started Atkins.  My first month I lost 15 lbs.  I have falling a few times, but got back up and kept moving forward.  I have had stalls, but kept chunging away.  In November of 2011 I hit my 100lb lost mark and then stalled for a good 8 weeks.  In December of 2011 my husband and I joined the gym.  Kept working out and eating to plan, no weight loss.  Was not lossing inches nor weight on the scale.  So in Janurary I decided to cut all cheese, sweenters, and processed foods.  With in a week the scale started moving again and has been going down since.  I have added sweenters and cheese back in, in moderation.  It has been a trail and error.  I have learned what my body likes and dislikes.  I am Happy and enjoying life once again.  Today, I am a size 12 and very happy where I am.  Next week I am getting photo's done.  I am going to add my success story, before and after photo's on the Atkins website.  Maybe some day they will use my photos and story.  I love Atkins.  It has giving me my life back.  Thank you Atkins and for my Family and Friends that have been there for me.  Love you all!!

Monday, March 26, 2012

Low Carb Banana Muffins

These are for pre-maintenance on the Atkins phases as they have banana's.  I made these into mini muffins as I could have one with my eggs in the morning and not be to many carbs.

Low Carb Banana Muffins

3 cup almond flour
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp sea salt
1/2 tsp baking powder
3 lg eggs
3 small very ripe bananas, mashed
1/2 cup xylitol
1/4 cup unsalted butter, melted
2 tsp vanilla extract

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
Mix dry ingredients in a bowl, set aside.  In another bowl, mix the eggs, bananas, xylitol, butter, and vanilla.  Add the dry ingredients until combined.  I used a tablespoon and poured batter in small muffin tin lined with small muffin/truffle liners.  Bake 20 minutes until golden on top.  Cool about 5 minutes and remove.  Then repeat until all batter is used.  Made 36 mini muffins or 12 muffins.

Mini Muffins: Calories 79.8, Fat 5.9g, Carbs 3.8g, Fiber 1.1g, Protein 2.4g, Net Carbs 2.7g
Muffin: Calores 239.5, Fat 11.4g, Carbs 11.4, Fiber 3.3g, Protein 7.2g, Net Carbs 8.1g

Low Carb Pumpkin Muffins

I decided that today would be a good day for baking.  It is cold and cloudy here in MN.  I had some pumpkin to use up so I made up these.  I used a combination of almond flour and golden flax meal.  They are a very hearty and tasty muffin.  Great to use for breakfast or a snack.

Low Carb Pumpkin Muffins

2 1/2 cup almond flour
1/2 cup golden flax meal
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/8 tsp sea salt
2 tsp pumpkin pie spice
1/2 stick unsalted butter, softened
2 lg egg
1 tsp vanilla extract
3/4 cup pumpkin puree
1/3 cup xylitol
1/4 cup heavy whipping cream

Preheat of to 350 degrees F.  In a bowl, mix together the almond flour, flax meal, baking powder, baking soda, salt and pumpkin pie spice.  Set aside.  In a separate bowl, mix together the butter, pumpkin, and xylitol.  Then add the eggs one at a time.  Add vanilla and cream.  Mix until well combined.  Slowly add in the dry mixture until it is fully incorporated.  Mixture will be thick and textured.
Use cupcake liners or spray a muffin tin with non stick spray.  Evenly spoon the batter in each cup.  Bake about 15-20 minutes or until the tops are golden brown.

Makes 12 muffins
Each muffin: Calories 225.6, Fat 18.7g, Carb 7.8g, Fiber 4.1g, Protein 6.8g, Net Carbs 3.7g
Atkins Phase 2 and up.

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Cabbage and Meatball Soup

This recipe is out of Atkins for Life Low Carb cookbook.  The cabbage resembled noodles in the soup.  It was very good.

Cabbage and Meatball Soup

1 lb ground beef
1 tsp onion powder
1 tsp salt,divided
1/2 tsp pepper,divided
1/4 tsp red pepper flakes
1/4 tsp ground allspice
3 Tbsp apple cider vinegar
2 Tbsp granular sugar substitute(I use Xylitol)
1 1lb green cabbage, thinly sliced
1 28oz can diced tomatoes
4 cup water
1/2 sour cream

Gently combine beef, onion powder, 1/2 tsp salt, 1/4 tsp pepper and mustard in bowl.  With wet hands, form into balls(I used a cookie dough scoop and then formed into balls) and set into a large saucepan sprayed with oil.   Set saucepan over medium-high heat and cook meatballs, turning until all sides are brown, about 7 minutes.  Remove meatballs and place on plate and cover with foil.  Add red pepper flakes and allspice to pan drippings.  Cook, stirring, until fragrant, about 30 seconds.  Add vinegar and sugar substitute and bring to a simmer.  Stir in cabbage, remaining of 1/2 tsp salt and 1/4 tsp pepper.  Add tomatoes, and water, bring to a boil.  Reduce heat to low and simmer until cabbage is very tender, about 35-40 minutes.  Add meatballs and cook to warm through.  Serve, top with sour cream if desired.

About 8 serving 1 1/2 cup
Each serving: Calories 242, Fat 16g, Carbs 9.7g, Fiber 2.9g, Protein 15.5g, Net Carbs 6.8g
Atkins Phase 2 and up.

Sunday, March 18, 2012

Low Carb Brownies

Who said you can't have delicious brownies while low carbing!!  I made these for mom night in and all my friends LOVED them.  Try them, I promise you will make them again:)  even my kids LOVED them!!


Chocolate brownies
1 stick unsalted butter
2 cup xylitol, powdered(process it in your food processor until powdered)
1 Tbsp vanilla extract
4 lg eggs, room temp
1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1 tsp sea salt
4 oz unsweetened bakers chocolate, melted
2 cup golden flax meal
1 Tbsp baking powder
1/3 cup heavy whipping cream
2/3 cup water
1 cup walnuts, chopped(optional)

Preheat oven to 350 F and grease a 9x13 pan with butter.
Cream the butter until fluffy.  Add the xylitol and cream until fluffy.  Add vanilla and beat in eggs, one at a time.  Add salt and cocoa, beat well.  Add melted chocolate, beat until fluffy.  Add the rest of the ingredients and mix until combined.  Pur into prepared pan and bake for 35 minutes or until top springs back.  Cool, then cut into 28 squares.  If you  cheat and eat one warm, kow the texture will be different once cooled completely.  That's when they become like real brownies!!

28 brownies
Each brownie: with out nuts Calories 114.2, Fat 10.2g, Carbs 5.2g, Fiber 3.5g, Protein 3.5g, Net Carbs 1.7g
with nuts Calories 142.8 Fat 13.1g, Carbs 5.8g, Fiber 3.8g Protein 4.2g, Net Carbs 2
Atkins Phase 2 and up with nuts, Induction friendly with out the nuts.

Monday, March 5, 2012

160's HERE I AM!!!

This Morning I hit 169!!!  That is a total of 116lbs lost as of today:)  I am over the moon HAPPY that I have made it this far.  Only 19 more lbs to go to reach my goal.  I CAN DO IT!! Friday I did enjoy myself with friends for the birthday mom night out.  Had 2 long island ice teas, spinach & artichoke dip with chips, and got a small ice cream sunde shooter.  We where at Applebee's.  The staff sung to me.  Had a great night with lots and lots of laughs:)  With that cheat I only gained .6 of a lb, so that was great.  I thought I would not hit the 160's until later this week, but I made it today!!  I am slowly moving up the carb ladder on the Atkins program.  I am now at 30-35g of net carbs a day, eating berries, nuts, melon, greek yogurt, cherries, cottage cheese and ricotta, along with protein, lower carb veggies, cheese, fats and oils.  My next rung is Legumes.   Hummus, here I come!!

Sunday, March 4, 2012

Low Carb Almond Butter Cookies

I wanted some peanut butter cookies, but I can't due to my son has an allergy to peanuts, so I made these instead.  Helped with my sweet tooth craving:)


Almond Butter Cookies
1 cup almond butter(I used trader joe's almond butter with roasted flaxseed, crunchy and salty)
1/8-1/4 cup almond flour, depends on oil of almond butter
1/2 cup xylitol
1/2 cup brown sugar twin
1 lg egg
1 tsp baking soda
dash of salt
1/2 tsp vanilla

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.  Line cookie sheet with parchment paper.
Mix all ingredients in bowl with electric mixer.  Form into 22 balls(I used a small cookie dough scoop and then formed balls).  Put on cookie sheet leaving about a 2 inch space between balls.  Use a flork and make crisscross pattern on top.  Bake for 8-10 minutes.  Remove from oven and let pan sit for a few minutes before removing.

Makes 22 cookies
Each Cookie: Calories 95.3, Fat 7.1g, Carbs 2.4g, Fiber 1.6g, Protein 3.1g, Net Carbs 0.8g
Atkins Phase 2 and up.

Low Carb Pizza Cassarole

I made this up Friday for dinner.  I was craving pizza but needed to make something quick and easy.  It was very good.  The kids LOVED it!!  It fixed my pizza craving:)

Pizza Cassarole
1 16oz frozen cauliflower, thawed
2 cups mozzarella cheese, shredded
1 cup parmesan cheese, shredded
1 14oz jar pizza sauce(I used great value all natural pizza sauce, No sugar added)
1 can mushrooms
mini pepperoni

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F
I threw the cauliflower in my food processor to "rice" it.  After cauliflower is riced, add it to large bowl with 1 cup mozzarella cheese and 1 cup parmesan cheese.
Dumb cauliflower cheese mizture in a 13X9 baking pan.  Press down.  Pour jar of pizza sauce on top.  Add mushrooms and pepperoni and top with the rest of the mozzarella cheese.  Bake for 45 minutes or until bubble and cheese is melted.

Makes 8 servings
Each Serving: Calories 198, Fat 10.4g, Carbs 7.4g, Fiber 2.5g, Protein 14.7g, Net Carbs 4.9g
Atkins All Phases

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Chicken Parmesan and Garlic Mashed Cauliflower

Watch out for canned/jarred spaghetti sauces.  They contain added sugar.  I watch labels as well as ingredients.

Chicken Parmesan
3 big boneless, skinless chicken breast(about 2lbs) cut in half length wise
1 6oz can Hunt's tomato paste with basil, garlic and oregano
1 cup water
1 Tbsp italian seasoning(watch ingredients)
1/2 cup parmesan cheese, shredded

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
Place cut chicken breast in a 13X9 inch baking pan.
In a small bowl whisk together tomato paste, water and italian seasoning.  Spoon on top of chicken breast.  Sprinkle parmesan cheese on top.  Bake for 30 minutes.
6 servings
Each serving: Calories 187.5, Fat 3.3g, Carbs 5.2g, Fiber 1.7g, Protein 30.6g, Net Carbs 3.5g
Very simple and good!!
Atkins All Phases

Garlic Mashed Cauliflower
1 16oz bag frozen cauliflower
1 Tbsp cream cheese
1 Tbsp heavy whipping cream
1/2 tsp garlic, minced
1/4 cup parmesan, grated

Steam cauliflower until tender.  Add to food processor: steamed cauliflower, cream, cream cheese, parmesan cheese, and garlic.  Processes until smooth and creamy.  Transfer to serving bowl and enjoy:)
Was very good but not garlicy to my liking.  Next time I will add more garlic.  Thats 2 servings on my plate of Garlic Mashed Cauliflower:)

4 serving
Each serving: Calories 72.2, Fat 3.8g, Carbs 5.7g, Fiber 2.7g, Protein 4.9g, Net Carbs 3g
Atkins All Phases

Monday, February 27, 2012

MIM(muffin in minutes)

Great bread/muffin substitute!!  You can play with the seasoning for your taste.  These are my favorite kinds of MIM's.  All MIM's are friendly for all phases of Atkins:)
Photo above is a simple egg salad on top on a plain MIM.  Made MIM in square container.  Slice in half and toasted in the toaster. 
Plain MIM
1/4 cup flax meal( I use Bob's Mill organic golden flax meal)
1/2 tsp baking powder
1 Lg egg
1 tsp butter
1 Tbsp sour cream

Add all ingredients to a large coffee mug.  Mix well.  Microwave for 1 minute.  Check, if still wet on top, microwave for 30 more seconds. Plop on plate, slice, toast, add butter. You can use a bowl, square tupperware, etc to make different shapes.  I use a microwave square tupperware container, for a bread, just slice and toast just like bread.  Some seasoning I use garlic, parmesan cheese, parsley, basil.  The bread is great for sandwiches!!
1 serving Calories 250.8, Fat 20.4g, Carbs 9.2g, Fiber 8g, Protein 12.6g, Net Carbs 1.2g

Sweet MIM
1/4 cup flax mal
1/2 tsp baking powder
1 lg egg
1 tsp butter
1 Tbsp sour cream
1 tsp cinnamon
1 packet stevia

Mix all ingredients to mug.  Microwave for 1 minute.  Check, if still wet on top, microwave for 30 more seconds.  Plop on plate, slice, add some butter and enjoy:)
1 serving Calories 256.8, Fat 20.4g, Carbs 12g, Fiber 9.3g, Protein 12.7g, Net Carbs 2.7g

Chocolate MIM
1 /4 cup flax meal
1/2 tsp baking powder
1 Tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
1 lg egg
2 tsp butter
2 packets stevia
2 tsp heavy cream

Mix all ingredents in a lg mug.  Microwave for 1 minutes.  Check, if still wet on top, microwave for 30 more seconds.  Plop on plate slice and top with whipped cream, or cream cheese frosting if desired.
1 serving Without topping Calories 305.9, Fat 26g, Carbs 13.9g, Fiber 9.8g, Protein 13.5g, Net Carbs 4.1g

Jello MIM
1/4 cup flax meal
1/2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp sugar free jello powder, any flavor
1 tsp butter
1 lg egg
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
 
Mix all ingredients in large mug.  Microwave for 1 minute, check.  If still wet on top, microwave for 30 seconds more.  Plop on plate, slice and add cream cheese frosting in desired.  This tastes like a jello poke cake.  My favorite is strawberry:)
1 serving without frosting Calories 247.2, Fat 17.8g, Carbs 8.9g, Fiber 8g, Protein 13.8g, Net Carbs .9g


Pumpkin Cream Cheese MIM(My favorite)
5 Tbsp flax meal
1/2 tsp baking powder
1oz cream cheese, softened
1 lg egg
1 tsp pumpkin pie spice
1/4 cup pumpkin puree
1 packet stevia

Add cream cheese, egg, pumpkin in a small bowl.  Mix until creamy.  Add flax meal, baking powder, spice and stevia.  Mix thoughly.  Spray a bowl with cooking spray.  Add mixture.  Mircowave for 3 minutes.  Plop on plate and slice.
2 servings
Each serving: Calories 169.1, Fat 13.2g, Carbs 8.3g, Fiber 5.5g, Protein 8.2g, Net Carbs 2.8g.

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Low Carb Smoked Turkey Chowder

My husband smoked a turkey for a family gathering and I had some turkey left over and the bones.  So I made this.  Was very good.  It went well with the Low Carb Cheddar and Garlic Biscuits. My husband wanted me to call it Turkey Carcass Soup:)


Smoked Turkey Chowder
1 turkey carcass
About 3 cups smoked turkey, cut up
4 cups of turkey broth
1 16oz package of cauliflower
2 celery stalks, chopped
4 slices of bacon, cut up
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp ground pepper
1/2 tsp dried thyme
1/2 tsp ground sage
1 cup heavy cream
2-3 tsp guar gum

I put the turkey carcass in a big stock pot.  Added water until bones covered.  Bring to a boil then put on medium heat and simmered for 3 hours.  Use a mesh strainer in a bowl.  Pour out liquid.  If there is still meat on bones, debone and use in soup, then throw the bones in the trash.  Reserve the liquid.

Use the same pot, add bacon.  Cook until crispy and brown.  Pour out all but 1 Tbsp of rendered fat.  Add celery.  Saute until tender.  Add broth(if not 4 cups add water to make 4 cups), cauliflower, chicken, salt, pepper, thyme, and sage.  Bring to a boil, reduce heat to medium and simmer until veggies are tender, about 5 minutes.  Sprinkle gaur gum on top and stir in.  Simmer until soup thickens to desire, about 2 minutes.  Add cream and simmer until heated throughly before serving.

8-1 1/4 cup servings
Each serving: Calories 240, Fat 16.5g, Carbs 4.6g, Fiber 2.3g, Protein 18.6g, Net Carbs 2.3g
Atkins All Phases

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Ranch Mashed Cauliflower

I made this last night for our Anniversary dinner.  The whole family loved it and you could not tell that it was cauliflower.

Sorry, no picture as there was no leftovers and I forgot to take one last night:)

Ranch Mashed Cauliflower
1 16oz package frozen cauliflower
1/4 cup butter, cut in cubes
1/4 cup heavy whipping cream
2 Tbsp dry ranch seasoning

Steam cauliflower until tender.  Add to food processor, add cubed butter and cream.  Turn food processor on low and let it do it's thing until creamy.  Add ranch seasoning while food processor still running.  Scoop out and serve.  Simple and tasty.  Instead of ranch you could use garlic, chive, or any other seasoning you like or just make plan and add cheese and bacon on top like a loaded potato. 

Makes 5 servings
Each serving: Calories 151.7, Fat 13.8g, Carbs 6.1g, Fiber 2.5g, Protein 1.8g, Net Carbs 3.6g
Atkins All Phases

Low Carb Spinach & Feta Egg Bake

This is my favorite breakfast.  Who want the same old boring eggs and bacon.  Spice it up with something new and yummy.  Give it a try, I promise you will make it again:)  It is also low in calories so you can have 2 peices if you desire!!


Spinach & Feta Egg Bake
3 Tbsp unsalted butter, melted
1/4 cup soy flour
3/4 cup heavy whipping cream
8 lg eggs
1/2 cup parmesan cheese, grated
1 10oz package spinach, thawed and liquid drained
8 oz feta cheese, crumbled

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F
Mix all the ingredients in a large bowl.  Spray a 13X9X2 inch baking pan with cooking spray.  Pour mixture in prepared pan.  Bake for 45 minutes.  Cut and enjoy

Makes 12 servings
Each serving: Calories 204.3, Fat 17.1g, Carbs 3.1g, Fiber 0.9g, Protein 10.4g, Net Carbs 2.2g
Atkins All Phases

Low Carb Mocha Cheesecake

I found this recipe online.  It looks delish so I thought I would make it and modify it to be low carb.  This is the dessert I decided on instead of the Low Carb Red Velvet cupcake I was going to make for our Valentine Anniversary dinner.  Make sure all your ingredients are room tempature, even your eggs.  I did not and it does not look the photo on the link.  LOL  It is more mocha color with chocolate sprinkles.  :) I also did not make the sour cream topping.  So here is what I did:

Crust:
1 cup almond meal/flour
1 Tbsp Xylitol
4 Tbsp butter, unsalted, melted

Filling:
3 tsp instant coffee
3 8oz packages of cream cheese, room tempature
1 1/4 cup Xylitol
4 eggs, room tempature
1 cup sour cream, room tempature
3 Tbsp almond meal/flour
4oz unsweetened chocolate, melted and cooled to room tempature

Place the oven rack in the middle postition, place a roasting pan filled with hot tap water and place in on the bottom rack.  Preheat oven to 325 degrees
Remove the bottom of a 10inch springform pan and cover it tightly with aluminum foil.  Reassemble the pan and spray the bottom and side with cooking spray.

Combine the almond meal, xylitol, and melted butter.  Press the mixture in the bottom of the prepared pan. 
In a small bowl add 3 tsp of instant coffee with 2 tsp of water, set aside.
Using a mixer, beat the cream cheese and xylitol on medium speed until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes.  Add the eggs one at a time beating after each addition.  Add sour cream and almond flour.  Mix until well combined.  You made need to scrap the sides as needed.  Stir in the coffee mixture and the melted chocolate

Spoon the mixture over crust.  Bake at 325 degree F for 1 hour and 10 minutes.  Turn off oven and let cake stand in oven for 30 minutes with door closed.
Take cake out and run a sharp knife around the edges and cool on wire rack.  Then refridgerate 8 hours of overnight.    Remove cake from pan and slice.  Enjoy:)

20 servings
Each serving: Calories 263, Fat 21.5g, Carbs 16g, Fiber 2g, Protein 6g, Net Carbs 14g
A little higher in Carbs then I like, but it was a nice treat.

Even though it looked funny, It was very, very GOOD!
Atkins Phase 3 and up as it has higher Carbs.

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Hit 175lbs!!

I hit 175 this morning!!  Total lost to date, 110lbs.  WOW, I am soooo proud of myself for sticking to my weight loss.  I am just amazed!!  I love my new healthy life.  It is like a NEW me.  I have tons more energy and I am able to do things that I never thought I would be doing, like going to the gym.  I LOVE going to the gym with my Hubby.  We go 5-6 times a week.  He also pushing me when I don't feel like going, like last night.  I was just feeling blah, but I went.  Did 20 minutes of interval on the elliptical and then did some upper body weight training.  I am glad I went.  I felt better after I did and then was rewarded from the scale this morning!! 

Sunday, February 5, 2012

Cheating, WHY!!

Last night, I fell off.  I ate 1/3 of a small bag of cheddar chex mix.  Why, I just wanted them.  I just grabbed them and started eating.  I ended up sick to my stomach and feeling like crap the rest of the day.  Stepped on the scale this morning and gained 2lbs.  I was down to 176, now today 178.  Why, do I do this.  I have no idea.  Everytime I eat junk, I feel like crap.  I think it helps me.  I eat junk and feel sick and then I remember why I don't eat junk anymore.  Why, do we do this to ourselfs?? They where not even that good.  Today, is a NEW DAY!!  Been eating healthy today and staying on track.  Went to the gym with Hubby.  Did 30 minutes on the elliptical and did some upper body weight training.  Then came home and had a frozen coffee protein shake with whipped cream topping and a sliced strawberry on top.  Tonight is the Super Bowl.  No plans.  We are going to have dinner soon and then watch a movie.  My family is not big sports fans.  Which is good, no big parties with tons of unneeded food and junk:)  Hope you all have a good night!! 

Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Low Carb Enchiladas

Every Tuesday night we have a Mexican themed dinner.  The kids love taco's:)  Tonight I thought I would mix it up and make Enchiladas.  I have made this recipe numberous times and the family loves it.  It is from the Dr. Atkins New Diet Cookbook that was Copyrighted in 1994. 


Enchiladas

1 recipe tortillas(recipe below)or 12 low carb tortillas
1 1/2 pounds ground pork
3 cloves garlic, minced
3 tsp chili powder
3 Tbsp cider vinegar
1 Tbsp oil
3 Tbsp chopped onion
1 8-ounce can tomato sauce
1 cup water
1/2 tsp Cumin
1 tsp chili powder
6 drops Tabasco sauce, or to taste
1 tsp salt
1 1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese

Prepare tortilla recipe.  Place tortilla on wax paper and set aside.
Preheat oven to 350 degree F
In bowl combine ground pork, garlic, 2 tsp chili powder and vinegar.
Heat oil in skillet and saute onion over medium heat for 3-4 minutes until soft.  Add pork mixture to onion and brown.  Pour of fat.  Set aside
Sauce:
In saucepan conbine tomato sauce, water cumin, chili powder, tabasco sauce and salt.  Simmer for 1/2 hour.

Pour 1/2 cup sauce in 13x9 baking pan.  Fill tortillas with 2 Tbsp of pork and 1 Tbsp of cheese.  Roll up and place seam side down in pan.  Repeat until you use all pork.  Pour remaining sauce on top.  Bake for 15 minutes.  Top with remaining cheese.  Bake for 5 minutes more until cheese is hot and bubbly.  Serve with sour cream on top

Tortilla recipe
1/3 cup soy flour
1/2 cup water
3 egg

Put all ingredients in blender.  Blend until smooth.  Use a crepe pan or a 5-6 inch skillet.  Cover bottom of pan lightly with oil.  When pan is hot enought to sizzle a drop of water, pour about 3 Tbsp of mixture into pan.  tilt pan to distribute misture evenly.  Tortilla should be thin.  Lightly brown on both side, about a minute on each side.  Place on wax paper until all are made.  Tortillas are very delicate, so handle carefully.  Oil pan again if necessary.

I have made the tortillas once but they fell about, so I just buy the premade Low Carb Tortillas:)

12 Enchiladas
Each Enchilada made with Low Carb tortillas(store bought): Calories 336, Fat 20.5g, Carb 16.5g, Fiber 9g, Protein 25.7g, Net Carb 7.5g
Atkins Phase 2 and up,Only use in Grain rung of Phase 2


Each Enchilada made with homemade tortillas: Calories 273, Fat 19g, Carb 3.6g, Fiber 1.1g, Protein 21.4g, Net Carb 2.5g
Atkins All Phases

9 week Stall has finally broke!!

It has been a crazy few weeks.  Been working on orders(have one right now of 10, 7 inch doll outfits), getting ready for Girl Scout cookie go day, I am the Cookie Manager(last year I had NO GS cookies) for the second year.  Been taking care of sickies.  Just very busy, right now but I got some great news.  My 9 week stall has finally broke!!!!  This morning I am at 181!!  I was hovering over 186-188 for 9 weeks.  I slipped a few times in those 9 weeks, had popcorn, a few sugary alcoholic drinks, and a slice a pizza that made me very ill, but now I am back on track and the scale is moving again.  Only 31 more lbs to go.  I am skinnier now, than when I graduated.  I was a size 14/16.  Today I am a 14 almost to a 12. In the next few weeks I will be coming up with some great goodies.  My 8 year wedding anniversary is coming up on 2/14/12.  Yeap, Valentines day.  We got married in Vegas on Valentines day of 2004.  9 months later we welcomed are son Nicholas on 11-15-04:)  What happened in Vegas didn't stay in Vegas.  LOL  We are having are Anniversary at home with the kids.  Plan for dinner is a nice top sirloin steak with sauted mushrooms, mash cauliflower(loaded) and a green salad.  For dessert, I am going to make Red Velvet Cupcakes with a cream cheese frosting, all Low Carb Friendly:)  Then a week later, my Daughter will be turning 12!!   So, stay tuned!!

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Low Carb Chocolate Chip Cookies

This morning I thought I would play around with my almond flour.  I just bought 25 yummy pounds of it:)  I also needed to warm up this house, it is -13 dregrees F in chilling MN, so I thought some baking would help.  I took a basic chocolate chip recipe and tweaked it.  These turned out cake like, chewy and very yummy.  Yeap, I ate one at 10:30am:)(see it missing from the photo)

Low Carb Chocolate Chip Cookies
1/4 cup stick butter, softened
1/4 cup Xylitol
1/4 cup Sugar Twin Brown
1 Lg egg
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1 tsp baking soda
1 1/2 cup almond flour
3/4 cup sugar free chocolate chips(I make my own as the ones from the store are over $5 a package) see below.

Cream together butter and sugars.  Add egg and vanilla.  Then add baking soda, and almond flour. 
Drop on cookie sheet(I used a cookie dough scoop, looks like a small ice cream scoop).  Bake in a 350 degree pre-heat oven for 10-11 minutes or until golden brown on top.
Makes 19 cookies
Each cookie: Calories 96.5, Total Fat 9.1g, Total Carb 2.4g, Fiber 1.5g, Sugar 0.4g, Protein 2.3g, Net Carbs 0.9g
*Atkins Phase 2 and up

ENJOY:)

Sugar Free Chocolate Chips.
I make the ones that Candice's makes.  Here is her blog: http://www.ticklemysweettooth.com/blog/
Candice’s Low Carb Sugar Free Chocolate Chips
Ingredients:
1/4 cup + 2 Tablespoons cocoa powder *
1/4 cup(2oz) unsalted butter
8 drops liquid Sucralose (I use EZ-Sweetz)**
Instructions:
In heat proof bowl, melt butter in microwave.
Add cocoa. Stir until smooth.
Add liquid sucrose and stir well. If you want a little sweeter, you can add a few more drops. 8 is enough for me though.
Put chocolate mixture into a pipping bag**** and pipe out chips on a parchment lined cookie/baking sheet.
You can pipe as small or large as you like. I make about the size as a normal chocolate chip.
Put the cookie sheet in the freezer for at least 30 minutes to set up chips.
Peal off chips and store in air tight container or baggie in the freezer until you need to use.
Makes approx. 3/4 cup of chocolate chips.

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Low Carb Crustless Key Lime Cheesecake

I found this recipe last March online.  I was looking for a no-bake cheesecake.  I copied a few but this one is my all time favorite. 


Low Carb Key Lime Cheesecake
1 small package of sugar free lime jello
1/2 cup boiling water
8 oz package of cream cheese
1 Tbsp key lime juice
1/2 cup heavy whipping cream

Grease a pie plate.
In a small bowl add boiling water and jello and stir until completely dissolved.  In a meduim size bowl, beat cream cheese until smooth.  Gradually add jello, and lime juice until smooth.  In another bowl whip cream until stiff peaks.  Fold into cream cheese mixture.  Pour mixture into the greased pie plate and smooth out.  Chill until set.
You can use any flavor of jello and juice to change it to your desire.  I personally love Key Lime. 

Servings 8
Each serving: Calories 146.3, Total Fat 13.5g, Total Carbs 0.5g, Protein 2.8g
*Atkins All Phases

Sunday, January 15, 2012

Low-Carb Clam Chowder and Low Carb Garlic and Cheddar Biscuits

Came up with this as my husband wanted New England clam chowder.  It is very creamy.  Even my little picky eater ate his whole bowl:)  I also made it with Low-Carb garlic and cheddar biscuits.  My Husband said "Restaurant quality" and the whole family gave it 5 thumbs up:)  YOU HAVE TO TRY IT!


Low Carb Clam Chowder
3 pieces thick-sliced bacon
2 celery stalks, chopped small
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/4 tsp ground black pepper
1/2 tsp onion powder
3/4 tsp Old Bay seasoning
3/4 cup heavy cream
3/4 cup half and half
3 cups cauliflower, chopped and cooked until tender
1 10oz can whole baby clams, drained, reserve juice
1 tsp dried thyme
2 TBsp minced fresh parsley
1/2-1 tsp guar gum(thickner)

Chop bacon into small cubes and cook until crisp.  I cooked it right in my soup pot.  Remove bacon with slotted spoon and drain on paper towel.  Pour off all but a tablespoon of rendered fat.
Saute the celery in the bacon fat until softened.  Add garlic, onion powder, pepper, Old Bay seasoning.  Stir and cook for about a minute.
Add the heavy cream, half and half, the reserved clam juice, and stir,  Bring until an almost boil.  Add the clams, cauliflower, thyme, parsley and bacon, turn down heat to medium and cook until warmed.  Sprinkle the guar gum on top and stir.  Simmer for 1 minute.  I only used 1/2 tsp of gaur gum, but if you want it thicker add more.  Makes 4 servings
Each Serving: Calories 309, Total Fat 25g, Carbs 12g, Fiber 5g, Protein 12g, Net Carb 7g
*Atkins All Phases


Low Carb Garlic and Cheddar Biscuits
1/2 cup butter, melted and slightly cooled
1 cup almond flour
4 eggs
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1/2 tsp baking powder
2 cups cheddar cheese, shredded
2 TB minced fresh parsley

Pre-heat oven to 400 degrees.  Grease cookie sheet with shortening. 
Whisk together eggs, butter, salt and garlic powder.  Add almond flour and baking powder and whisk until there are no lumps.  Fold in cheese.
Drop batter using a ice cream scoop onto the greased cookie sheet about 3 inches apart.  Bake for 15 minutes or until lightly browned.
Let cool in pan for 5-10 minutes before removing and serving.  Makes about 12 biscuits
Cool completely before storage or they won't stay crisp.   These biscuits are flatter then "normal" biscuits and taste just like the biscuits from Red Lobster:)
Each Biscuit: Calories 213, Total Fat 19g, Carbs 2.2g, Fiber 1g, Protein 8g, Net Carbs 1.2g
*Atkins Phase 2 and up

Saturday, January 14, 2012

Don't get discouaged!!

Last night while I was getting dressed for my Friday night MNO(mom night out), My hubby was helping me pick out a top.  He picked out this little hot number.  It is form fitting and I was just not sure about wearing it as it is form fitting.  He kept on telling me I was "HOT" and that I should wear it.  I was just going to put on a t-shirt and a hoodie.  Well, I ending up wearing it.  He took some photo's(added the new photo in my weight loss photo album) and then I went out with the girls.  Got complinments from my all my friends.  I have been at a stall for 6 weeks now.  The scale goes up and down the same 2 lbs(185-187).  I also started working out at our local gym since December 3rd, 2011.  On January 2nd 2012, I started the Body 4 Life work out routine.  Mondays are upper body, Tuesdays are cardio, Wednesdays are lower body and abs, Thursdays are cardio, Fridays are upper body, Saturday is cardio, and Sundays are rest day.  My body has been sore.  This morning I looked at the photo's hubby took last night and could really see the transformation of my body.  Also my pants are a little losser, So I took my measurements.  I have lost a few over all inches.  Either though the scale has not moved my body has and I am gaining more muscle.  So don't get discouaged when that stuipid scale just won't budge.  Take measurements and photos monthly!!  

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Classic Chicken Fricassee and Low Carb Vanilla Ice Cream

Tonight I made a recipe out of my new Atkins cookbook.  I motified the recipe to fit my tastes.
Here is the original recipe:

3 TB butter
4 lbs bone-in chicken parts
1 medium yellow or white onion, finely chopped
1 celery rib, finely chopped
1/4 tsp dried thyme
1/4 tsp dried marjoram
1 clove garlic, minced
1 1/2 cups chicken broh
1/2 cup heavy cream
3/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp freshly ground pepper

Melt butter in a large, heavy saucepan over medium-high heat.  Add chicken an brown on all sides, about 10 minutes
Reduce heat to medium, add onion, celery, thyme, and marjoram.  Saute until vegetables are soft, about 6 minutes.  Add garlic and saute unti fragrant, about 30 seconds.
Add broth.  Increase het to high and bring to a boil.  Reduceheat to medium-low, cover, and simmer until chicken is tender, about 45 minutes. 
Transfer chicken to platter.  Stir cream into saucepan, increase heat to medium and simmer until sauce thckens slightly, about 10 minutes.  Add salt and pepper. Pour over chicken and serve.
6 Servings
Each serving is 410 Calories, Fat 20g, Total Carbs 3g, Fiber 0g, Protein 52g, Net Carbs 3g

Here is my version:  I used 6 chicken breasts, omitted the onion(Hubby don't like them), add 8oz sliced baby bella mushrooms, used 2 cups of broth, 3/4 cup of heavy cream.  I also used 1 tsp of guar gum at the end to make it more thicker.
6 servings
Each serving is 435 Calories, Fat 19g, Total Carbs 3.9g, Fiber 1.4g, Protein 57.6g, Net Carbs 2.5g
*Atkins All Phases




I LOVE Ice Cream.  Last year in March my Hubby bought me a Cuisinart Automatic Ice Cream maker for my birthday.  It was one of the best present I got:)  So I looked though the recipe book for ideas to make a Low Carb Version.


Low Carb Vanilla Ice Cream
1 cup half and half
1/2 cup xylitol
pinch of salt
2 cup heavy whipping cream
1 TB vanilla extract

Whisk all ingredients together.  Cover and refrigerate 1-2 hours or overnight.  Then add mixture to Ice Cream maker as instructed in manual. 
Makes about 10, 1/2 cup servings.
Each Serving: Calories 222, Fat 20g, Carbs 2.5g, Fiber 0g, Protein 2g
*Atkins Phase 2 and Up.
Yesterday, I was at my local Wal-mart and seen that Atkins came out with some new bars.  One caught my eye: Chocolate chip cookie dough.  I then bought a box.  Then last night as I was eating my ice cream I thought about those bars.  Next time I make a batch of my ice cream I am going to add a cut up bar of the chocolate chip cookie dough and throw it in while it is mixing. I will then have my favorite flavored blizzard treat in a low carb ice cream!!!!

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Low Carb Salmon Patties

I came up with this recipe last summer when I was in the mood for some salmon patties.  I just grabbed a can of pink salmon and through some stuff in it and fried them. So here is my recipe:

Salmon Patties
1 14.75oz can of pink salmon
1 lg egg
2 TB parmesan cheese, grated
1-2 cloves garlic, minced
1 tsp worcestershire sauce
1/2 tsp rosemary, crushed

Mix all ingredients until combined.  Form into 4 equal patties.  In skillet on medium heat, add 2 TB olive oil and 2 TB unsalted butter.  When butter is melted, add patties.  Fry for about 4 minutes or until crispy brown on side and then flip, Fry for another 4 minutes or until crispy brown.  Then add to plate and pour pan drippings on top.

4 servings. 
You can make a sauce for on top with equal parts of mayo and spicy brown mustard.  I just squeeze some lemon juice on top with some mayo on the side.
1 patty: Calories 177, Total Fat 8.3g, Total Carb 0.7g, Fiber 0.1g, Sugar 0.2g, Protein 23.3g, Net Carbs 0.6g
*Atkins All Phases

Monday, January 9, 2012

Challenge-Going out with family or friends

One of my biggest weight loss challenges is going out with friends or family.  Most entertainment evolves around food and drinks.  While sitting at MNO(mom night out) this last friday at our local Applebee's and wondering what I want to nibble on and drink.  While, I was good that night(had water and a serving of Classic Buffalo wings), if that was me a year ago I would of ordered the spinach and articoke dip with chips and a few long island ice teas.  While I still spulge on drinks/food once in a while, I tend to have will power and say "no" and have found other alternatives that are low in carbs and sugar-free.  It has been hard watching other people eat desserts as I LOVE DESSERTS but as long as I have something to nibble on that is lower in carbs and within my calorie intake I am good.  Also sugar-free gum has been my life saver.  When I have the urge for something sweet while out, I throw in a peice of gum and sip on water.   Most of my friends are amazed with my will power.  It was like I switched it on and it has stayed on.  I have been over weight my whole life and never had this much will power with food until last year.  Something in me just kicked in.  I am glad it did and it shows!! 

Low Carb Waffles

Good Morning!!  While I love eggs, there are some morning I like something different.  Who said you can't have WAFFLES!! 

Low Carb Waffles
6 eggs
1 tsp oil
1/4 cup heavy whipping cream
1/4 tsp baking powder
1/8 tsp baking soda
1 tsp vanilla
1 TB Xylitol
1/8 tsp salt
1/4 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp nutmeg
1 1/2 TB protein powder(10g), any flavor
1 TB almond flour
1 TB flax meal(ground flax seeds)
Blend all together in a blender.  Pour into preheated waffle maker.  Cook according to waffle maker's instructions.

Makes about 8 waffles

Each waffle
Calorie 110, Total Fat 8.5g, Total Carbs 0.9g, Fiber 0.4g, Sugar 0.1g, Protein 6.7g   NET CARB=0.5g

Add butter and any sugar-free flavored syrup. I used sugar-free maple syrup:)

Sunday, January 8, 2012

Taco Seasoning

Here is my recipe for Taco Seasoning.  Most pre-packages you buy in the store have added sugar or fillers.  So I make my own.

Taco Seasoning
4 TB chili powder
1 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp onion powder
1 tsp crushed red pepper flakes(add more if you like)
1 tsp dried oregano
1 1/2 TB ground cumin
3 tsp ground pepper
4 tsp salt(optional)
I use an old spice jar and add ingredients and shake.  Add 2-3 TB to one lb of ground meat.
                                                     My Taco Salad from Dinner

My First Post

Hello, My name is Charity and I am a work at home mother to 3 wonderful children.  I do custom dewing and alterations.  I started my weight loss journey back in October 2010 weighing in at my all time highest of 285.  Lossing 6lbs though December tracking calories and portion control.  On January 3rd, 2011 I kicked it up and started The Atkins lifestyle along with a Biggest Loser Challenge on my Mom forum(I didn't win, but I am still a winner in my book).  My first month I lost 14lbs.  It has been hard but I have alot of great support from my wonderful husband, children and all my wonderful friends.  My friends are the ones that told me I needed to start this blog:).  There have been time I have falling off but I got back on, the next meal, the next day.  There has been weight loss stalls, but I kept going.  As I say and I say it often "I CAN DO IT" or "Just keep swimming, swimming, swimming".  I am doing this for me.  I want to be happy, healthy and full of life.  Well I am almost there.  On November 18th, 2011 I hit 185.  100lbs LOST!!!  Since then I have stalled and my weight has been staying at 185-187.  On December 3rd, 2011 my Husband and I joined the local Gym here.  I have gone almost every day.  We did miss a little over a week as we where out of state for the Holidays. I did end up gaining 6lbs but I am almost back down to where I started when I left(187).  This morning I was 188.  I will be posting photo's, recipes, and just other things about me and my journey.  Hope you have a wonderful evening:)