Tuesday, September 1, 2020

Keto Pancakes and Sausage

When you have a food restriction, sometimes your memories and emotions that you associate with certain foods revolving around seasons or days get pushed away and can add a little bit of disappointment to life. Breakfast for dinner was one of those things for me. These pancakes are light and fluffy and super yummy with a blend of cinnamon and stevia blend BUT then I just happened to be looking at the Pyure brand on Amazon and saw that they had a Maple Syrup! Life has been just a little bit brighter ever since. We just had these this past Saturday and I told my husband that I felt like we had gotten take out for breakfast, it was so yummy! 

Preheat your griddle or pans. We use cast iron pans. 

Ingredients for Sausage:
1 pound of ground turkey
1 tsp of salt
1/2 tsp of pepper
1/2 tsp of garlic
1/2 tsp of oregano
1 tsp fennel seed
1/8 tsp of red pepper flakes
2 TBSP of stevia blend

Form into small patties and pan fry until cooked through. Keep warm until pancakes are ready. These also reheat wonderfully, for leftovers, in a pan with a bit of oil. This same recipe can be used for any recipe in which you need a sweet Italian sausage. 

Ingredients for pancakes:
2 cups of almond flour
4 eggs
1/2 cup of unsweetened nut milk- we like to use vanilla almond milk
2 TBSP of oil
1/2 tsp of baking soda
1/2 tsp of baking powder
2 TBSP cup of stevia blend

Place all ingredients in your blender and blend until smooth. This is highly important. Pour into pans as usual. Allow bubbles to form before flipping. 

Tuesday, July 28, 2020

Keto cake

Having food sensitivities and restrictions is hard and can suck the joy out of life. Sometimes you just need to bake some muffins or it's your birthday and you just want to feel  normal and have a birthday cake. If this is how you find yourself feeling then this is your answer! It is so easy to work with and mold into what you are needing. It's a base cake that you can then add ingredients to to take it in whatever direction you desire! 

Ingredients for the base: 
4 eggs
1/2 cup of oil
1/3 cup stevia blend
1 1/2 cups of almond or cashew flour
1/2 tsp of salt
1/2 tsp of baking soda
1 tsp of baking powder
1/4 cup unsweetened almond milk- or dairy milk
* I have added 1 cup of grated zucchini and also 1/2 of an avocado at different times to add more nutrition and moisture but it's optional. 
*You can also add 1 tsp of vanilla extract but my body does not like the alcohol in that so I do not use it, 

For the buttercream:
1/2 cup of softened butter- dairy or non dairy works
2-4 TBSP of powdered stevia blend- taste to adjust sweetness to your liking
Dash of cinnamon if using the icing for a spice cake. 
Refrigerate cake if using the non dairy to harden it up. 

Add 2 TBSP of cocoa for a chocolate cake. Sugar free chocolate chips in it and on it for a brownie like texture.
Add 1 tsp of cinnamon, 1/2 tsp of ginger, 1/8 tsp of cloves and 1 dash of black pepper for a spice cake. If able to eat carrots, add grated carrots for a carrot cake. 
Add the zest and juice of 1 lemon to make a lemon cake.
Add chopped nuts, unsweetened coconut flakes, flax and chia for a breakfast muffin.

With a whipping attachment, whip the first three ingredients for a minute or two. This will add a thickness and fluffiness to the cake. Then add the rest of the ingredients and mix with the same attachment. You can make this into a 9 x13 cake, muffins, one thick loaf for a sweet bread style or two thin loaves for layering or just a simple round cake. Double the batch for a round, layer cake. Bake at 350 degrees. I bake for 5-7 minutes and then sprinkle with a bit more of the stevia blend to give the tops a yummy, sweet crust.  Timing will vary for the different variety of pans. 18-20 minutes for muffins. 30-35 minutes for the full loaf. 12-15 for the thin loaves. 25 minutes for cakes.  Muffins and cakes are done when they are no longer wet on top. They will be firm. 

Tuesday, June 30, 2020

Keto Chocolate Chip Skillet Cookie

When I discovered this trick, I think it changed up the cookie game in our home forever! I had had skillet cookies out at restaurants, back in my sugar eating days, but had never made one myself and honestly this idea came out of simply not being in the mood to scoop a bunch of cookies that day! I know you will love these because even my teenage son, who does not have food restrictions, "mmmms" over this one. 

Preheat oven to 350 degrees

1 stick of softened butter or 1/2 cup of vegan butter
1/4 cup of Pyure stevia blend
1 egg
1 3/4 cups of cashew flour
1/2 cup of collagen- adds a chewiness
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt 
1/2 a bag of stevia sweetened chocolate chips

Simply mix all of the ingredients in a bowl with a spoon and spread into a medium sized buttered cast iron skillet. Bake at 350 degrees for 23-25 minutes. Until it's a bit browned and set in the center. You can eat warm but they stay pretty gooey until cooled. 

This cookie base would work with many other add ins. 
Add walnuts or pecans to the chocolate chips. 

*If you're not strictly keto then add some marshmallows for a s'mores version! 
Or you could skip the chocolate chips and add some whole oats and raisins, some orange zest and dried cranberries, lemon zest and dried blueberries. YUM! 

I have included the brands that I use for these. This Pyure brand tastes the best, in my opinion, and is organic and non gmo. I find the sweetener and the chocolate chips at Walmart. The collagen comes from Amazon. For me, collagen has been a great addition into my smoothies to give my body extra support. You can see the benefits in your hair, skin and nails! 


Wednesday, June 24, 2020

Sweet and Spicy Ginger Beef and Broccoli

This has quickly become one of my weekly go to meals because it tastes like such a treat! It really does satisfy and taste like it came out of one of those cute, white cardboard foldup boxes. Don't have or like steak? This works perfectly with chicken as well or with just the veggies but with slivered almonds added for some protein and fat for a vegan option. 

1 big round sirloin steak or 3 chicken breast, sliced very thin and small
1/2 of an onion, diced small
2 colored peppers, diced small
1 head of broccoli, diced small
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp pepper
2 tsp minced garlic or powder
1/4 tsp of red pepper flakes unless you love spice, then do 1/2 tsp
1 TBPS of ground ginger 
2 TBSP sesame oil
3 TBSP of Pyure stevia blend
sesame seeds 

Sauté the onion in oil for a few minutes and then add the meat, season with salt, pepper, garlic. Sauté for another few minutes. Add the veggies, season again with salt, pepper and garlic and stir. Seasoning each layer of any meal you are making makes a big difference in flavor. Make a small well in the center, add a drizzle of oil and then add the red pepper flakes and ginger to sauté there for just a few seconds, this will bloom the spices to bring out all of their flavor. Stir. Add the sesame oil and stir to combine and finish cooking the meat through. Taste to make sure it's to your liking of sweetness, zing and flavor. Because of varying ingredients, I usually always have to add a bit more salt, sweetener and sesame oil. 

Finish with a sprinkling of sesame seeds and even slivered almonds if desired. Enjoy! 

Here it is pictured with chicken instead of steak

This is the sweetener that I use available at Walmart or Amazon. It's organic and non gmo. I have found it to have the best flavor for replacing sugar. 

Gluten Free Meatloaf with Keto Ketchup

Meatloaf. That word makes me think of my grandma, who made the best meatloaf. And in turn, of course, it's how my mama made it for us while growing up. You know, the one with Saltine crackers and bread crumbs and Heinz ketchup smeared all over the top. Those ingredients are not an option for me these days but I still had that hankering for my grandma's meatloaf so I took on the challenge to be creative and make a gluten free version that would taste just as yummy. Becuase sometimes you just need to make a meal that makes you feel at "Home" and this meal did that for sure! It had been a long time since I had made meatloaf because for me, meatloaf isn't quite as good without ketchup and after walking through this health journey, that left me unable to eat sugar, ketchup just wasn't even a thought. Then it dawned on me that I could probably make it pretty easily.  This ketchup recipe is derived from one on the Wholesome Yum website with my tweaks made to suit my tastes and the ingredients that I had. 

And by the way, this also makes an AWESOME barbeque sauce for this delightful time of year which is grilling season! 

Make ketchup and set aside
For the Ketchup:
1 6 oz can of tomato paste
1 cup of water
3 TBSP Apple Cider Vinegar
1/3 cup of Pyure stevia blend
1 tsp salt
1 heaping tsp of onion powder
1 heaping tsp of garlic powder
1 heaping tsp of smoked paprika
1/4 tsp of mustard powder
1/8 tsp of ground cloves

Wisk all ingredients in a sauce pan and bring to a boil. Make sure to cover because it splatters all over. Reduce heat to simmer and simmer for 35 minutes. This is important because if you don't simmer for long enough, it will still have that earthy tomato paste flavor. Use it right away on top of this meatloaf or grilled chicken or cool and store in refrigerator for all of your ketchup or bbq needs. 

For the Meatloaf:
1 pound of ground beef
1 egg
1/3 cup of cashew flour-could use almond flour as well but the texture of cashew is softer
1/2 of a colored pepper, finely diced
1/2 of an onion, finely diced
1 tsp of salt
1 tsp of pepper
1 tsp of garlic powder

Mix well and form a loaf shape on you baking sheet (I used a piece of parchment for easy cleanup) and cover the top with the ketchup. Bake at 375 degrees for 45 minuts or until browned and cooked through. Enjoy! 

This is the sweetener that I use available at Walmart or Amazon. It's organic and non gmo. I have found it to have the best flavor for replacing sugar. 

Wednesday, June 10, 2020

Peanut Butter Cookies

Oh my... how things have changed since I had last posted! A very long health journey, one of which is still a story still being written, but one detail in  that story is that it has left me with food sensitivities. Because of that I have had to become creative if I wanted to ever eat anything other than a "protein" and vegetable at any meal or ever think of having a dessert. These cookies were born out of that latter desire. I hope that if you have dietary needs, that you will try these and they will bring a bit of joy and variety to your "feels like I eat the same thing everyday" menu. And they're quick and simple!
These are Gluten Free. Dairy Free. Sugar Free. 
KETO and THM approved

Preheat oven to 350 degrees
1/2 cup of unsweetened natural peanut butter
1 egg
1/4 cup of ground flax, collagen, almond flour or cashew flour. Any work just fine
1/4 cup Pyure stevia blend
1/4 tsp baking soda
dash of salt

Simply mix all of the ingredients into a bowl. I use a small ice cream scoop and scoop them onto my cookie sheet. Then I press each one with three of my fingers to give them that peanut butter cookie look. 

Sprinkle them with a bit more of the stevia blend and bake for 10 minutes. They shouldn't feel very firm just set. Allow to cool... or not. ENJOY! 

Don't be afraid to add some sugar free chocolate chips! 

This is the sweetener yhat I use. Available on Amazon or at Walmart. It's organic and non gmo. I have found it to have the best flavor for replacing sugar. 

This is the collagen that I use. 

Thursday, June 5, 2014

Corn and Black Bean Pico De Gallo

 Spring has come. The weather is warm and my porch is bursting color and best of all fragrance! Basil and cilantro! Inspiration with every sniff! 

5-6 fresh tomatoes
1 jalepeno
1/2 of a vidalia onion
1/2 of a green bell pepper
1/2 a can of black beans
1/3 cup of corn
1/3 cup of cilantro 
salt, pepper, garlic powder

Finely dice all of the ingredients and stir together. It's that easy!

Saute some sliced onion and bell peppers. Saute with salt, pepper, garlic and cumin. Top with some guacamole, cheese and this pico! Dinner is done...