Big, healthy dinner

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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…

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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!