Saturday, January 19, 2019

Touch Down Chocolate Chips

     If you want your team to have the advantage, then feed them well...same goes for the cheering section!  Start it off right with sugar free gluten free treats that will keep you on your toes.  Even better news, each of these 12 servings are only 232 calories, 20g carbs, 5.5g fiber, 11.7g sugar alcohol, 2.8g net carbs, 5.3g protein and 21.4g fat.   Fueling the body right will keep your inner super fan charged up, and ready to go til the final whistle blows.

Ingredients for 12 servings~
1/2 cup Butter, softened
1/2 cup Lakanto Monk Fruit~use code Paige20 for discount at checkout
2 Extra Large Eggs, room temperature
1.5 cups Almond Flour
3/4 cup Lily's Stevia Sweetened Dark Chocolate Chips
1 teaspoon Baking Powder
Dash Cinnamon
Dash Vanilla
Dash Salt
2 Tablespoon Heavy Whipping Cream
1 Tablespoon Cream Cheese
2 teaspoons Lakanto Confectioners Monk Fruit~use code Paige20 at checkout for discount

     Stir together Butter, Monk Fruit, and Eggs til well incorporated.  Add Almond Flour, 1/2 cup Chips, Baking Powder, Cinnamon, Vanilla and Salt to wet ingredients and stir til thoroughly combined.  Pat into football shape on silpat lined cookie sheet and bake at 350 for 20 minutes.  Meanwhile, stir together remaining 1/4 cup Chips and Cream, microwave 10 seconds and stir til smooth, repeat if necessary.  Once cookie has cooled, spread Ganache into football shape on top of cookie, leaving an even border around perimeter.  Lastly, stir together Cream Cheese and Confectioners Monk Fruit til smooth, add to baggie, snip corner, and pipe football strings for a finishing touch.  Enjoy...and may the best team win!  ;)

Winning Brownies

     Football always brings out the best food, and Winning Brownies are no exception.  If you want to get the party started, ...and keep it going, then these will take their place front and center on the 50 yard line...or just the food table.  And everyone will be happy to hear that each of the 9 servings are only 225 calories, 22.4g carbs, 5.6g fiber, 13.3g sugar alcohol, 3.5g net carbs, 5.6g protein and 20.5g fat.  Whether your team wins or not, these will be scoring points all game long.

Ingredients for 9 servings~
1/2 cup Lily's Stevia Sweetened Dark Chocolate Chips, divided
1/3 cup Coconut Oil
1/4 cup no sugar added Peanut Butter
1 Tablespoons De Caf Coffee Granules
1 Tablespoon Vanilla
1/2 cup Lakanto Monk Fruit~use code Paige20 at checkout for discount
2 Extra Large Eggs
1/4 cup Cocoa Powder
1/2 cup Almond Flour
Teaspoon Baking Powder
Dash Cinnamon

     Melt 1/4 cup Chocolate Chips, Oil, and Peanut Butter in microwave for 15 seconds, stir til combined, repeat if necessary.  Combine Coffee Granules and Vanilla til fully incorporated, and syrup like, add to Peanut Butter mixture, then stir in remaining ingredients, saving the remaining chips to stir in last.  Bake in a parchment lined 8X8 and bake at 350 for 22 minutes.  Enjoy  :)

Sweet Bacon Chicken

     A few appetizers never hurt no one.  For example, my Sweet Bacon Chicken will add happiness to your tummy, while smiles fill your belly.  Each of these eight hearty servings are only 138 calories, 12g carbs, Zero Fiber, 12g sugar alcohol, ZERO net carbs, 18g protein, and 9g fat.  Dip these babies in your favorite whole grain Mustard and experience all the feels.  Enjoy  :)

Ingredients for eight servings~
1 pounds Chicken Breast, diced into 32 pieces
12oz Center Cut Bacon, sliced in half to yield 32 pieces
1/2 cup Lakanto Golden Monk Fruit~use code Paige20 for discount at checkout
Dash Chili Powder, according to taste
Dash Garlic Powder, according to taste
Dash Cayenne Pepper, according to taste
Whole Grain Mustard for dipping, if desired, not included in macros

     Stir together Golden Monk Fruit, Chili Powder, Garlic and Pepper, set aside.  Roll each of the Chicken Breast pieces in the sweetener mixture, wrap Chicken in a piece of Bacon, roll again in sweetener mixture and lay wrapped side down on aluminum foil lined cookie sheet.  Bake at 350 for 30 minutes, remove, flip each piece over and bake another 15 minutes.  Skewer each piece with a toothpick.  Best enjoyed warm!  :)

Pizza Muffins

     If you want to make Pizza even "funner", try Pizza Muffins on for size!  And if a low carb crust grabs your attention, you are in for even more good news.  Each of these 12 servings are only 95 calories, .4g carbs, .2g fiber, .2g net carbs, 10.7g protein and 5.5g fat.  Whether you are hosting a party, or just having a yummy meal at home, this is one to try out, and watch your taste buds come alive!

Ingredients for 12 servings~
1 pound 93% lean ground Turkey
1 Extra Large Egg
1/2 cup shredded Mozzarella
Dash Salt
Dash Pepper
Dash Garlic Powder
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1/4 cup Tomato Sauce
1/4 cup shredded Mozzarella
12 slices Pepperoni, more if desired
36 slices Black Olives, more if desired
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Chopped Parsley, as garnish if desired

     Stir first set of ingredients together til well combined, divide equally into 1 5/8 ounces/ 47grams (you will need a food scale, or come as close as you can to 12 equal pieces).  Pat into bottom of a 12 silpat lined cupcake tin, bake at 400 for 20 minutes.  Remove, add one teaspoon Sauce, one teaspoon Mozzarella, one Pepperoni, and 3 Black Olive slices.  A simple trick is to reserve a smidgen of Cheese to set under the Black Olive to hold in place as it melts in the oven.  Return to oven and bake til cheese melts, approximately 10 minutes, just keep an eye on it.  Garnish with Parsley if desired.  Enjoy  :)  PS  If you want a thinner "crust", then divide the "dough" in half and make 24 disc's.

Chelsea Dip

     I'm all about simple...especially if it is healthy and delish.  This fits that bill perfectly, and is such a tasty little treat that I had to share.  This is actually a recipe my daughter came up with, which makes it a much loved post.  Each of the 10~1/4 cup servings are only 108 calories, 2.8g carbs, Zero fiber, 6.4g protein and 8.3g fat.  Add them to my Salt and Pepper Crackers and you will have the perfect mother daughter combination.  #familiesthatcooktogetherstaytogether

Ingredients for 10 servings~
16oz 4% Cottage Cheese
1/3 cup Mayo
1/2 cup shredded Mozzarella Cheese
1 Packet Ranch
Chopped Parsley, for garnish if desired

     Stir together til well combined.  Chill any leftovers.  Enjoy  :)  PS  If this is too salty for you, then reduce the Ranch Seasoning.

Mozzarella Tortilla Chips

     Isn't it high time that you channel that secret inner Martha Stewart and try your hand in the kitchen.  A good place to start would be this fun experiment with Mozzarella Tortilla Chips.  Super fast super easy super delish.  Each of these 4 servings are only 170 calories, 3g carbs, 1.5g fiber, 1.5g net carbs, 11g protein and 12.5g fat.  These can be adorned or eaten plain, and enjoyed over several days.  Use your imagination and get to chippin'!  :)

Ingredients for four servings~
1 cup shredded Mozzarella
1/2 cup Almond Flour
1/2 teaspoon Ranch Seasoning

     Add Cheese to mixing bowl and microwave for 15 seconds, stir til melted and smooth, if necessary repeat process but for 10 seconds.  Once melted, stir in Almond Flour and Ranch til fully incorporated.  Lay on Silpat (mine was 11.5X16 inches) lined cookie sheet and top with Parchment Paper and roll to perfect rectangle, leaving the trim free from dough.  Using a pizza cutter, slice dough into Tortilla shaped triangles.  Bake at 350 for 6-9 minutes, more if needed.  Allow to cool and crisp.  Enjoy  :)

Salt and Pepper Crackers

     Crackers in a jiffer!  These are so quick it will take longer for your oven to pre-heat than to whip these together.  And the ingredients could not be simpler.  These make two filling servings, each for 215 calories, 7g carbs, 4.5g fiber, 2.5g net carbs, 7.5g protein and 17.3g fat.  Add your favorite sliced Cheese or Dip and you will have a real comfort meal on ...errr... in your hands...literally!  ;)

Ingredients for two servings~
1/2 cup Almond Flour
2 Tablespoons ground Flax Seed (Bob's Red Mill Golden Flax Seed is my preferred ingredient)
2 Tablespoons Water
Salt to taste
Pepper to taste
Seasonings, optional (I added a Garlic Salt blend, but you could add any extra flavors you desire, but please know the simple Salt and Pepper are fabulous just by themselves, and I like them equally with the simple Seasoning)

     Add all ingredients to a bowl and stir til completely combined.  Add to the small Silpat (mine is 8 inches X 10.5 inches) lined cookie sheet, cover with parchment paper and roll into a perfect rectangle, keeping inside the trim.  Use a pizza cutter to make 30-36 equal crackers.  Bake at 350 for 15 minutes, remove, cool, break apart and enjoy!  These can be topped with all your faves, or simple savored by themselves.  They stay nice for several days if you wish to make ahead, or slowly consumer over the week.  :)

Keto Coleslaw

     If you are a Coleslaw lover, then this will surely make you smile, ...and in a BIG way!  Super delish super simple!  The trick is grating your own fresh Cabbage, ...and might I suggest doing a hair flip while zipping thru the the Produce Department, and passing the bagged stuff eyeballing you zoom by ...smell ya later pre-made.  Each of these crisp 6 six cups are only 107 calories, 10g carbs, 2.4g fiber, 4g sugar alcohol, 3.6g net carbs, 1.1g protein and 9g fat.  Add this to your favorite low carb wrap (mine is Joseph's Lavish Bread), with some pulled Pork and a Sandwich length sliced Dill Pickle ... you will be in hog heaven!  #seewhatIdidthere

Ingredients for 6~1 cup servings~
Small Head Cabbage, to yield 5 cups grated
1 cup grated Carrots
1/3 cup Mayo (I used Helman's)
2 Tablespoons Lakanto Monk Fruit~use code Paige20 at checckout for discount
1-2 Tablespoon Apple Cider Vinegar
2 sliced Green Onions
Garlic Salt~I use Flavor Gods Garlic Lovers

     Grate Cabbage and add to large mixing bowl, add Carrots, Mayo, Monk Fruit, Vinegar, Onions and season as desired, stir well to combine.  Enjoy  :)

Stuffed Olive Salad

     Before you send me hate mail about how many things I pack on my plate, save your's so worth it you won't even care after your first bite of this luscious combo.  PLUS, my hot tip is to have enough of these ingredients on hand to make this several times a week.  The macros are a tad high, so feel free to cut this in half, but I do Intermittent Fasting so this is a good example of my large meal for the day.  To that point, a full portion is 601 calories, 15.6g carbs, 8.6g fiber, 7g net carbs (if you want to reduce this number by 4.6 then omit or reduce the Tomatoes), 46.5g protein and 38.4g fat (if you want to increase this number then use regular Bacon).  Happy eating!

Ingredients for one Salad~
2 cups Baby Spinach Leaves
3.5oz cooked and shredded Chicken Breast
1 Tablespoon Ranch
2oz sliced Avocado
1 boiled shelled Egg, sliced
2 slices cooked and crumbled Turkey Bacon
10 Cherry Tomatoes
6 Blue Cheese stuffed Olives (sub with your favorite Olive, but these are seriously delicious)
Seasoning as desired

     Lay Spinach on plate, top with Chicken, and drizzle Ranch on Chicken, continue to add remaining ingredients.  This Salad is so rich with so many wonderful flavors, very little Dressing is needed, and quite frankly would be a distraction.  Enjoy  :)