Low-carb milk that tastes GOOD!

Posted by leannekarella on December 7th, 2013 |Filed Under Helpful Hints For Cooking, My Thoughts | Leave a Comment

I was born on a farm, and my first year I drank goat’s milk. I don’t remember this, and now, I can’t stand anything with goat’s milk in it. The smell of even the most expensive goat cheese gags me. But one of my clearest memories was going to my uncle’s cattle farm in Nebraska and being able to go to the fridge and pull out the big glass pitcher of fresh, right out of the cow, milk. Nothing tasted better than that creamy, sweet milk!

Through my childhood and teen years, we drank store-bought whole milk, we ate the thick, full-fat sour cream, and we never worried about low-fat cottage cheese. When I married, my hubby drank 2%, and that was a bit of a change. In fact, I started not drinking much milk at all, other than to put it in my coffee. Once in a while I’d get a craving and have a whole glass, or of course, if I ate cake or cookies, I’d have a glass. Once I was diagnosed with diabetes and high cholesterol, my doc told me to go to skim milk. Well, hubby made the switch no problem. I quit drinking milk all together and had to search and search to find the best tasting fat-free sour cream. (It’s Tillamook, by the way).

I only put milk in my coffee, hardly ever drink it at all, and then when I went low-carb, I cut myself off milk all together, and switched to almond milk, which is good in cooking and to mix with protein drinks, but it doesn’t really taste like MILK. I even got tired of all my coffee tasting the same…like it has a hint of almonds in it.

I read about Hood milk on another blog, and thought I should try it. It’s not very popular in my area, and it took quite a search to find it, and frankly, the customer service wasn’t very helpful (they didn’t answer any questions) when I contacted them via email from their website. But I did find it in my local Fred Meyers (Kroger) and they only carry one kind of milk from the brand, but boy oh boy is it ever good!

I have no idea how they do it, and frankly I don’t want to know because I love this stuff. It reminds me of the creamy full-fat milk I grew up on.

You can check out their line of low-carb milk products at: http://www.hood.com/

Big, healthy dinner

Posted by leannekarella on November 22nd, 2013 |Filed Under My Thoughts, Recipes | Leave a Comment

First, this was not MY plate, it was my hubby’s. I didn’t eat a potato, but I did eat the rest.

This is a whole Cornish hen, and from an earlier recipe, the Thai stir-fry veggies.

I did not eat the skin either. Without the skin, a whole hen is only 460 calories.

The veggies are about 100.

The bbq sauce is also from an earlier recipe, the low-carb bbq sauce recipe.

And I was STUFFED when I was done eating!

For the hen. I bought it frozen, and thawed it in a sink of lukewarm water until it was thawed through and room temp. I did a salt/pepper/smoked paprika rub with a little olive oil.
Bake at 350 for about 50 min (check internal temp is at least 160F with a meat thermometer) and then let set for about 5 min and serve with your fav veggies. YUMMY!

Carbquick Cinnamon Rolls

Posted by leannekarella on November 11th, 2013 |Filed Under Recipes | Leave a Comment

These ARE low carb; they are NOT low calorie, so beware. They are soooo gooood tasting it’s hard to stop at just one. And no, I don’t have nutrition info on them… Just know that if you make these/eat these, your calories will be high. I had to try the recipe though, after finding it on the Carbquick website. This recipe is my modified version to use the the imitation sugars I have.

Cinnamon Rolls:

1 2/3 cup Carbquik
1 Tbls Splenda
1/2 cup low-carb milk (or 1/4 cup cream and 1/4 cup water. I used half and half)

In my food processor bowl with dough hook, combine:
Carbquick, 1 Tbls Splenda and milk until moist. Let it sit for a minute. Stir again until well combined. Let stand 5 min. Stir again until good dough texture.

Sprinkle some Carbquik on a kneading surface and turn dough onto surface. Let rest 5 minutes and then roll out to a triangle shape and dough is about 1/8″ thick.

Mix:
1/2 cup softened butter
1/4 cup brown sugar substitute
3 teaspoons cinnamon

Spread sugar mixture evenly over the rolled out dough.

Sprinkle over sugar mixture if desired:
1/2 cup raisins
1/2 cup nuts (Optional)

Roll the dough into a long log. Slice with sharp knife about 1.5″ and then lay on ends, sides touching, in a baking sheet lined with oiled tinfoil.

Bake at 400 degrees for about 20 min until golden brown.

While it’s baking, make icing.

2 oz cream cheese
2 Tblsp Butter
3/4 cup powdered sugar substitute
1 teaspoon vanilla

Ice while hot so it melts into the rolls.

Serve warm or cold and say YUM!

Quick Strawberry Protein Shake

Posted by leannekarella on November 6th, 2013 |Filed Under Recipes | Leave a Comment

This is so yummy and so fast.

1 container EAS Advantage Strawberry drink.
5 medium frozen strawberries.
1 Dash vanilla extract.
4 ice cubes.
Blend it up until it’s a thick milkshake. ENJOY!

My New Toy

Posted by leannekarella on November 6th, 2013 |Filed Under My Thoughts | Leave a Comment

I bought this a couple of weeks ago as an early “house” Christmas present.

Ninja Professional Master Kitchen.

I’m SOOOO glad I did. I still haven’t used the big pitcher that comes with it, but I’ve had protein smoothies every afternoon for my snack—it mixes whey protein like a miracle! And I used the food processor attachment with the dough hook for making the Carbquick recipes, and I made chicken salad with it sooo fast!

I highly, 100% recommend this item!

Carbquick Pizza

Posted by leannekarella on November 5th, 2013 |Filed Under Recipes | Leave a Comment

This turned out super duper yummy and I’m SOLD on Carbquick for sure now!

Following the recipe on the box, I made a pizza crust with the Carbquick.

On it I put: Sugar-free pasta sauce, low-fat turkey peperoni, a little extra-sharp cheddar cheese, motz cheese, cooked spinach, mushrooms, diced fat-free ham, onions and yellow peppers. Basically a “supreme” pizza.

DELISH!

Protein Jell-o

Posted by leannekarella on November 5th, 2013 |Filed Under Recipes | Leave a Comment

I have been buying the flavored protein gelatin online for the last 9 months. I really like it, it makes a yummy dessert, but it’s expensive, isn’t a complete protein, and only makes 1 serving.

Well, I figured out a solution to the problem!

I used 2 packages of sugar free generic cherry flavored geletan, disolved in 2 cups boiling water.
Take 2 servings (two scoops or two packages) Syntrax Nectar Crystal Sky flavored protein powder and ran it through the blender with 2 cups ice cold water.
Mix the two together and put in the fridge until set.

Yes, the two things separated a little but not completely, so I suggest putting it in individual serving bowls before you put it in the fridge.

Makes 4 - 1 cup servings that has 12 g protein and 50 calories

Carbquick Baking Mix

Posted by leannekarella on November 3rd, 2013 |Filed Under My Thoughts | Leave a Comment

Well, I have no idea if I’m just slow on the uptake or what, but I have “just” discovered Carbquick baking mix.

Actually, I’ve seen it around for the last year that I’ve been low-carbing, but it’s really expensive at the local stores where I buy low-carb foods, so I have avoided it. BUT I’ve tried several other brands, such as Bob’s Mill, which I absolutely HATED. The biscuits I made with the other brands came out like bad-tasting hockey pucks.

Well, I caved the other day and bought a $20 box of Carbquick. Even while I was making the cheddar/garlic biscuits from the recipe on the side of the box for dinner yesterday, I didn’t have much hope for it. (90 calories and 2 net carbs per 2 biscuits when making 12 biscuits per recipe)

Boy was I wrong! These biscuits equaled Bisquick in my opinion, and my hubby said they were the best biscuits I’ve ever made (though I tried not to take offence since I used to make them from scratch). ;-)

Anyway, I highly recommend this stuff. I’ve found it for much cheaper on Netrition.com and am ordering a couple more boxes. The Carbquick website has a plethora of really tasty looking recipes I will be trying.

I’ll keep you posted! I am going to try the pizza dough recipe tomorrow, and I have a special family recipe that uses white bread dough to make these tasty meat pockets… Can’t wait!

I must confess…

Posted by leannekarella on November 3rd, 2013 |Filed Under My Thoughts | Leave a Comment

I’m have a real hard time getting back and staying on plan. It’s been about a week since I decided to it, but the last three days, I’ve been bad. Eating the bun and fries with a burger. Feeling hungry constantly. Wanting junk food like crazy.

I made it through Halloween with no chocolate. I’m not craving sweets, just bread, chips, fries, muffins, CARBS.

I have a feeling my body is still undergoing changes due to the surgery (I’ve just passed the 4 week mark.) On the upside, I’m walking at least a mile a day, so that’s helping me not gain weight, but one mile shouldn’t make me add that many calories to my diet.

My cycle, before surgery, for an entire year, was on a 3 week cycle, versus a normal 4 week cycle. Well, I’m at 4 weeks today, and it’s nowhere in sight, which means I may just be in a major PMS mode. Usually, every month, the day before I start, I go through a must-eat-everything-in-the-house day, and I usually give in a bit to it, but that feeling has been going on for about 5 days now.

Why am I telling you this? Because I want to be honest. I’m struggling. I’m working on it, I’m trying to be good, but I’m struggling.

Let’s hope this coming week is better!

Thai Chicken Veggie Stir Fry

Posted by leannekarella on October 24th, 2013 |Filed Under Recipes | Leave a Comment

Oh yum yum yum. I haven’t asked if anyone else likes it but YUM!

Thai Chicken Veggie Stir Fry… mixed a couple of different recipes I found online.

Marinate 2 lb chopped up chicken breast for a couple of hours in:
soy sauce
minced garlic
minced ginger
red chili paste
(I didn’t measure… I put the chicken in a big Ziploc then added the other stuff to taste)
Veggies:
cabbage
zucchini
mushrooms
broccoli
onions
Chopped up the veggies and stir fried the onions, cabbage and mushrooms in a little olive oil, a little sesame oil, 1 tblsp brown sugar substitute and about 1/2 cup beef broth.
Once those were almost tender, I dumped in the whole bag of marinade and chicken, broccoli and zucchini and another 1/2 cup beef broth and covered it until the chicken was cooked. Thickened the bubbling juices with a little xanthan gum, poured in about 1/4 cup sweet chili sauce and served over shritaki noodles.
Again I say YUM!


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