Aug 16, 2014

Low Carb Lemon Coconut Icee

I concocted this lemon coconut icee after my grandma made her famous lemon meringue pie which was sadly not sugar free and so I had to pass (sorry grandma, no hard feelings!) For the next few days though I had a hankering for something lemony. Actually, I LOVE anything lemony. It's one of my favorite flavors. 

I keep tons of lemons in the fridge to add to my water, but I decided to put them to "better" use. I wanted to make a lemon icee, but at the last minute I added coconut and it made for a wonderfully refreshing summer treat! 


1. Juice 6-8 lemons or until you have a cup of lemon juice. I let my boys have fun with this part and they juiced all my lemons using a good ole fashioned handheld citrus juicer, but you could also use bottled lemon juice here. 

*add a few tablespoons of lemon zest for extra zing if you want

2. Add your choice amount of sweetener to 2 cups of warm water. This is basically up to you. This part is customizable for sure, and if you want you could go without any added sweetener! I added 1/2 cup of granulated Stevia to the 2 cups warm water. 

3. Add coconut extract (flavoring) or coconut water (your choice) Since I had already added Stevia sweetener, I didn't use coconut water, I used 2 tablespoons of coconut extract. IF you would like to use coconut water, I would suggest replacing 1 of the two cups of water with your coconut water in the mixture in step 2. 

4. Combine the sweetened water and lemon mixture in a blender with a TON of ice! I used like 4 handfulls of ice. If your blender has a puree setting, I would suggest that. You want it to reach "icee" texture. You may need to add more ice or spoon excess liquid. That's it! 

*I garnished mine with mint from my garden just to make it pretty, but I ended up crushing it and mixing it around in my icee because it added great flavor! 

This isn't an exact science type of recipe. It's very customizable. Just play around with the basic 2 cups of water, some sweetener, and lots of ice. Add your favorite fruits and flavors! 

Jun 9, 2014

Low Carb Omelette Muffins

Low Carb Omelette Muffins

Omelette muffins were one of the first things I made as a newbie low carber 5 years ago. Because I had a new baby then, I wanted something I could make a bunch of at one time and then be able to easily reheat throughout the week at any time. These were the epitome of quick, easy, and convenient! 

It couldn't be more simple. Crack as many eggs as you'd like (I usually use about 8-10) into a large bowl, whisk the eggs and then add whatever you'd normally want in an omelette...cheese, cooked bacon, cooked sausage, bell peppers, veggies, mushrooms, etc. Your choice.

Then, spoon or pour the egg mixture into greased muffin tins. If your omelette extras settle to the bottom of your bowl, you can scoop it out and place it in muffin tins that you think didn't get enough of something.

Bake at 350 for 10-15 minutes or until they don't wiggle anymore. 
Low Carb Omelette Muffins

Store in ziplock baggies for up to a week in the fridge. Reheat as needed. 

Happy Low Carbing! 


Jun 3, 2014

Low Carb Taco Salad 3 Ways

3 Ways to make Low Carb Taco Salad

Taco salad is one of my personal low carb food favorites. It's quick and easy, and never fails to satisfy! Just a quick note--I use ground turkey as a substitute in all beef recipes. It's healthier for you and there's almost no taste difference. 

I usually eat taco salad without a shell at all, with all the taco fixin's thrown together in a bowl, but i've also made a few different low carb versions WITH a taco shell or taco bowl. Both of these options are really simple!

This is a truly awesome way to make a totally low carb taco salad shell! 
Check out the how to, HERE!
Low Carb Taco Salad with a melted cheese taco shell

Low Carb Tortilla Taco Salad Shell
 If you want to eat taco salad and truly not feel like your low carbing at all, making a tortilla bowl is  super easy. I sprayed both sides of a low carb tortilla with pam (you could just use any cooking oil here) and then laid it inside an oven safe ramekin. You could use any other oven safe bowl shaped cookware here. It just needs to be small enough so when you lay it in the bowl, the sides are up high enough to form a tortilla bowl. You then put the bowl in the oven (350-400) for 10 minutes or so...Basically until the tortilla inside the bowl is stiff. You can check every few minutes since tortillas in the oven tend to go from perfect to burned pretty quickly! 
Low Carb Taco Salad with a low carb tortilla shell
If you'd like to know how to make these seriously awesome cheese chips, it's the exact same way I made the taco shell above! 

Then of course there's the option of no shell or bowl at all. This is my usual go to, it's just fun to splurge with an extra 10 minutes to make it with a low carb shell sometimes. However, it's perfectly satisfying without! 

Low Carb Taco Salad without the shell

 Happy Low Carbing! 

Easy Shrimp De Gallo Ceviche

Quick and Easy Shrimp De Gallo Ceviche

I found a huge tub of ready-made pico de gallo on sale and so I grabbed some avocados, limes, and a bag of precooked shrimp to make quick and easy shrimp de gallo ceviche. Literally that's all there is to it. I thawed the shrimp, cut up the avocado, and threw it all together with the pico and then doused it with tons of lime juice and added some sea salt. DONE! It's a perfect low carb summer meal..or snack, and soooo good! I gave half to my mom whose also a fellow low carber, and we ate on this for two days. 

Happy Low Carbing! 

Jun 2, 2014

Low Carb Fried Turnip "Potatoes"

Low Carb Fried Turnip "Potatoes"

After being give a giant white turnip at this farm my family volunteers at, I gladly took it home but wondered what the heck to do with it...I'd never eaten a turnip before! I did already know that turnips were low in carbohydrates though so I was excited to add this to my non starchy veggie repertoire if I did like it. 
After googling "turnip recipes" the ones that were sticking out the most to me were "fried." I didn't even look at a specific recipe, I knew immediately what I HOPED my turnip would turn out to be on my plate in the end...a replacement for fried potatoes. Man I miss those! Well, these turned out to be so much like the "real" thing that I couldn't believe i've lived my low carb years not knowing about turnips! They become soft like potatoes, and didn't have a turnip-y taste to them at all. 

1. So I cut it up into about 1 inch pieces, put them in a bowl and tossed with olive oil. Then I seasoned them with garlic salt, onion powder, and pepper. No measurements here, I just eyeballed it. You can season these to your preference. However, you don't want to overdo it on the seasonings here because you can always add salt to your liking when your done, but you can't undo over-seasoning after it's cooked.  

2. I added some canola-olive oil and a bit of butter to my frying pan and then heated to medium heat. I threw in my turnips and covered them for a bit. Covering them helps to soften them up (just as you would when making fried potatoes.) After about 5 minutes I uncovered, turned them over, and covered them for about 3 minutes more. After poking them with a fork to check if they were soft, I uncovered and upped the heat to medium-high then fried as normal. Brown them to your liking. **All stoves are not created equal, so your covered and frying times may vary. Basically you just want to cover them until they get soft, then uncover to fry as normal and let them crisp up a bit.** 

Transfer to a paper towel when they are done. 

This was my first attempt at these and they were delicious! I made a whole meal out of just the one turnip. I sauteed the turnip greens with butter and sea salt and had the fried turnip "potatoes" as well. After these turned out so well, I went to the store to stock up on plenty of turnips. 
Low Carb Fried Turnip "Potatoes"

And then I finally made them as a breakfast side...ahhhh just like old times. 
Low Carb Fried Turnip "Potatoes"

Note to the low carber: These are turnips, not potatoes, and if you go into this thinking they should taste EXACTLY  like potatoes you'll probably be disappointed. Give yourself a little mental wiggle room. I will say however, that I couldn't believe how much they DID taste like fried potatoes! I'm sure seasoning played into that a lot, so if you try them fried plain I don't know how similar in taste they will be. I absolutely loved them like this and will be making these a lot as well as experimenting with other turnip recipes. 

Also, though i've not tried it, i'm quite sure you could bake these if you'd rather. I may try that next time as well! Let me know if you do, and how they turned out :)

1 medium turnip has approx. 5.8 net carbs
1 large turnip has approx. 8.7 net carbs

PS: I've been receiving a lot of "hate" comments on here and Pinterest from people who try my recipes and don't find them to their liking. Cooking styles differ, taste buds differ...and I only post what I eat as SUGGESTIONS for other people who are trying to live with less sugar and less carbs. To each his own, and I although I absolutely don't mind if you let me know if you've tried something i've posted here and you just didn't like, I definitely appreciate when you can say it without being mean. Thanks to you all! 

Happy Low Carbing, 
and here's to trying new things! 

May 29, 2014

Low Carb CRUNCHY Snacks

Crunchy Low Carb Snack Ideas

When you go low-carb (especially when you first start out), you may really miss the crunchiness of some of your pre-low carb go-to's like chips, popcorn, crackers, pretzels, etc. and no i'm not trying to drive you crazy here I promise! 

Here you'll find some simple low carb alternatives when you just want something crunchy to snack on. Click on the picture title links to be taken to the original post for the how-to's and more info!

Other Suggestions
Pork Rinds
Celery Sticks 
Dill Pickles
Raw Veggies

The "I Ain't Got Time For That!" Quick and Easy Low Carb Chili

Quick and Easy Low Carb Chili

I am a big fan of chili, but I really like mine loaded with beans. Well, I used to anyway. I'll occasionally splurge on some black beans which are lower in carbs than a lot of legumes, but mostly I avoid beans altogether. Therefore, sometimes I miss chili the way "mama used to make it." I've only ever eat chili a few times a year but to ease those once in a while cravings, my quick and easy chili fix is Hormel's Turkey Chili with NO Beans and then I just add extra meat for a more substantial meal. You can go for an all beef hotdog, or a little "fancier" with smoked sausage like I added to mine (which is really just a bigger more flavorful hotdog in my opinion lol). But, it really works for those comfort food cravings or on a cold winter's night. 

Keep in mind though that if you're currently really strict with your carb intake or you don't want to splurge too much, that this may be a little more carby than you want.  
There are 13 Net Carbs (Total carbs - Fiber) 
in 1 cup of Hormel's Turkey No Bean Chili
Compared to other store bought or canned chili, this is a REALLY great low carb alternative though! However, Iv'e seen plenty of recipes nowadays for low carb homemade chili...I just don't usually have the time for that. So for me, the turkey no bean chili is a great lower carb option! 

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