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Feb 27, 2014

Mixed Fruit and Nut Salad with Low Carb Dressing

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Mixed Fruit and Nut Salad with Low Carb Dressing


I love a good salad as much as I love cupcakes. Sounds crazy I know, but it's fun  throwing together all sorts of yummy ingredients and trying different low carb dressings. So many flavors and textures--bright colors, vitamins, and antioxidants. I try to eat a salad a few times a week and sometimes it ends up to be daily. There's so many awesome combinations out there---trust me, salads aren't boring! 

The one pictured above was one of my favorite ingredient combos to date. It was so simple, but mouthwatering good! 


Salad Ingredients
Chopped strawberries
Chopped fresh baby spinach
Chopped boiled egg
Blueberries
Avocado
Pecans

Dressing: Walden Farms: Super Fruits Balsamic Vinaigrette (0 cal/fat/carb/sugar) 



Happy Low Carbing! 

Low Carb Meatballs, Sauce, and Cheese

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Low Carb Meatballs, Sauce, and Cheese


One of my favorite quick and easy lunch or dinner recipes is Italian meatballs with sauce and melted cheese. I heat frozen Italian meatballs in a sauce pot on the stove with either low sugar marinara sauce or pizza sauce (which is almost always low carb), or sometimes I mix them both together. These are usually lower sugar/carb options than spaghetti sauce. Although if you can find a spaghetti sauce with a sugar/carb count your comfortable with--great! When the meatballs are heated through and the sauce is hot, I put it in a big bowl and top it all off with shredded mozzarella or parmesan cheese. So delicious! It makes a great low carb alternative when your craving spaghetti.

 Want some garlic bread to go along with it? Check out these Flax Sandwich Buns!

Feb 24, 2014

Flax Sandwich Buns

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Low Carb Flax Sandwhich Buns

As my low carb lasagna was on it's last 15 minutes in the oven, I jumped on my Low Carb Pinterest Board to see if I'd pinned any quick and easy recipes for a low carb bread that would make do as a sub for garlic bread. I ran across THIS RECIPE for Flax Sandwich Buns, which was really my only choice because it was the only one I had all the ingredients for, but I really was pleased with this recipe! The taste took a few minutes to get used to i'll admit. I'm now very used to the taste of baked goods that use nut flours, but i'd never baked anything using flax meal as my base. I will say that these tasted best when very toasted.  I simply used a regular muffin tin to bake them, then I  cut them in half and then put them on a cookie sheet and back in the oven on broil for about 2 minutes. You could also toaster them.  


I added butter and extra garlic salt for the ones I was eating with my lasagna. 
Low Carb Flax Sandwhich Buns




and let me tell you, it was SO nice to have a hefty chunk of bread to eat with lasagna! 





I also toasted 2 more in the morning to make a delicious mini sausage, egg, and cheese mcmuffin. 
Low Carb Flax Sandwhich Buns



According to the Original Recipe, from Where Your Treasure Is,  these contain only 3.5 grams of carbs each! 

Caesar Portobello Mushroom

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Caesar Portobello Mushroom


 I was craving a caesar salad, but I was all out of romaine lettuce and spinach leaves. However, I did have a few portobello mushrooms; so I smothered one in caesar dressing and shredded parmesan cheese and it was a fantastic spin on an old favorite! It was also very filling. Definitely a repeater! 

Feb 12, 2014

Low Carb Onion Rings with Pork Rind Breading

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Super Easy Low Carb Onion Rings

So my youngest son was playing with his pretend kitchen set and was "cooking" me all this food to eat and he brings me a fake onion ring. Now, prior to my low carb life I was never like a HUGE fan of onion rings, but when they were in front of me I ate them...and enjoyed it. For some reason though when he handed me that plastic onion ring, a deep craving immediately set in and I literally jumped up from my chair to get to the kitchen and find a way to make some low carb onion rings. I didn't even bother looking through Pinterest or Google, because I went straight to my favorite low carb "breading" alternative...Pork Rinds. From there I just winged it and the result was amazing! These are oh so simple and I can't even imagine a non low carber turning these babies down...they were delicious! 


Ingredients
Pork rinds (orginal or flavored- your choice)
Onion 
Eggs
Frying oil
Seasoning (optional) 

Directions

1. Take a few handfuls of pork rinds and either hand crush them in a bowl or bag, or put them in a blender (as I did), until it forms somewhat of powder. You can add any seasonings you'd like at this point. This will be the breading for your onion rings. 




2. Cut a few "rings" from your onion

3. Whisk 1-2 eggs (just depends on how many onion rings you're doing) together in a bowl. Put your pork rind powder in a separate bowl, and gather your onion rings near. It's time to bread them! 

Super Easy Low Carb Onion Rings




4. One at a time-- dip the onions in the egg, then transfer to the pork rinds and cover completely, then lay on a plate.



5. Heat some cooking oil in a frying pan on medium high heat and then add your onion rings. Turning them a few times, fry until breading is crispy and golden brown. Lay on paper towels to cool a bit and soak up any extra grease. Done. Enjoy! 



Happy Low Carbing! 












Feb 10, 2014

My Low Carb Weight Loss Before and After Transformation Pictures

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Ok, so over the last few years i've posted 5 of these before and after picture comparisons either on here or on my Sugar Free Like Me Facebook Page. I thought i'd post them all here on this post and then throughout the rest of my journey and I'll keep updating this post to include any more I make as I get closer to my goal! I'm such a visual person so when I first started my weight loss journey, transformation pictures like these were so motivating to me! So I hope that in any small way, my testimony of success will help and motivate others that it can be done (low carb or not), you can change unhealthy habits and feel so much better about yourself! 

To see more about my story, click HERE, although keep in mind that the post was written a few years ago which was before I had my 2nd child where I gained back and then again lost another 80 lbs! 



Sugar Free/Low Carb Weight Loss Before and After Pics



Sugar Free/Low Carb Weight Loss Before and After Pics




Sugar Free/Low Carb Weight Loss Before and After Pics




Sugar Free/Low Carb Weight Loss Before and After Pics




Sugar Free/Low Carb Weight Loss Before and After Pics


Feb 6, 2014

Low Carb Dark Chocolate Covered Strawberries

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I've been thinking ahead to Valentine's Day which is right around the corner, and I thought i'd taste test some dark chocolate covered strawberries. Ummm, why haven't I ever made these before?! It couldn't be more simple...just melt some dark chocolate and dip the strawberries in it. Remember though...the higher the cacao percentage (the darker the chocolate), the lower the carbs.  I used 86% dark chocolate, Ghirardelli Midnight Reverie to be specific. Easy peasy...and ohhhhh so yummy! Perfect as a low carb dessert, and we'll also be enjoying them on Valentine's Day :)



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