Sneaking Veggies into Spaghetti

I thought I’d share my win of the day! Today, as usual, I had eight wee people age 5 and under. These little ones that have previously chowed down on their veggies and fruits, have recently begin to turn up their wee little noses. Once one of the older ones balk, they all seem to follow suit. So I’ve been thinking of ways to sneak veggies in. Of course I will still continue to offer fruits and veggies in their natural state, but if I can sneak some more in, I will!

One thing they all absolutely love is spaghetti. So today I decided to sneak some veggies into the sauce. I chopped up some sweet potatoes and got out some organic baby carrots. I steamed them until they were soft, and then put them in my Ninja with a little sauce and water.

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I already have used Barilla’s veggie pasta, which is made with zucchini and spinach. It looks and tastes the same as regular pasta, and the kids love it.spag

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The sauce with the added veggies looked and tasted EXACTLY the same as it regularly does. I think it’s important to puree the veggies, as these little guys would immediately spy (and reject) grated veggies.

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All of my wee people ate multiple helpings!

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Banana Danish

So I have modified my morning breakfast danish. I look forward to it each morning, it is just heavenly!

I melt 1 T cream cheese and 2 T butter at 30 secs in the microwave. I put a paper towel over it as it nukes, so it doesn’t splatter.

Whip in one egg, 2 spoons splenda, and about 1/4 of a banana.

Microwave 1 min, 25 secs. I top with a big spoon of cool whip.

The carb count depends on the amount of cool whip and banana you add. Bananas are fairly high carb fruit, with 26 carbs in a medium banana. If you are eating low carb, I believe fruit is healthy enough to include some and your carb count will still be low.  This is just wonderful!

 

~ Enjoy!

Best Low Carb Burger Buns!

Hands down, these are the best hamburger buns I’ve tasted! They also would be fantastic for any other bread purpose. I toasted one and smeared on peanut butter. I toasted another and topped it with butter, equal, and cinnamon. It’s excellent!!

I got the recipe here at low carb friends, an older post back from 2003.

I ordered the Atkins mix and a muffin pan for about $10 each on Amazon. This is the link for the muffin pan I bought: OvenStuff Non-Stick 6-Cup Muffin Caps Pan And this was the Atkins mix I bought: Atkins All Purpose Bake Mix, 2-Pound Bag I ordered them on Thursday and they came Saturday! That was super fast and I couldn’t wait to try.

Here are the ingredients:
1 8oz Pkg cream cheese
2 T olive oil
3 eggs
1/2 cup Atkins Bake Mix
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/4 cup heavy cream
1/2 tbsp lemon juice

1) first thing is to put the lemon juice in the heavy cream to ‘sour’ as you get the other things ready

2) soften the cream cheese in the microwave about 30 seconds

3) mix all the ingredients with a blender until smooth

4) spoon in 2 Tablespoons mix for each muffin onto pan sprayed with Pam


5) bake at 350 for 12-15 mins

These were perfect!

And as I said, the possibilities are endless.  Add or top with sweetners like butter, cinnamon, and equal. Or add some garlic powder and top with butter and cheese. Or make a sandwich! It’s bread without the carbs.

Using a measured 2T per muffin, I made 18 muffins with one mix. That’s less than 1 carb per muffin and it was the perfect size to hold a hamburger as well as tasting exactly like a bun.

One of these days I’m going to try to make my own almond flour mix… but for now, this is awesome!

Enjoy! And be blessed! ~

Low Carb Hamburger Bun / Bread

Since hamburgers are allowed on the low carb lifestyle — but the bun is not — I have been looking for a way to eat the burger besides with a knife and fork. I tried the Oopsie/Revolution bread and wasn’t able to get it right. I found the Atkins mix kind and ordered the Atkins mix and a muffin pan, but it’s not here yet. So, yesterday I got the bright idea to try the egg/cheese pizza crust as my hamburger bun. It was delicious! And super easy. I think it might be my new lunchtime favorite.

1) Stir one egg and add in a handful of cheese. So far I’ve used cheddar, mozzarella, and a bagged mix. All worked. I added sea salt, garlic powder, and ground pepper as well.

This is what it looked like.

2) I divided it into two lumps on my cast iron skillet. The skillet didn’t even need greasing, because it’s already well oiled.

I cooked them while my hamburger cooked. I love low carb because I was free to add mayo and I added a slice of American cheese.


Doesn’t this look yummy?!
It was! It is kind of like a pancake consistency, but it holds all of it together so I can eat it in my hands. It’s quite filling.

I was so excited about them that I made them for dinner last night too. Same amount made into smaller rolls for the family. I added a bit of cheese and more garlic.

SO, so easy!!!

Enjoy! And be blessed! ~

Mock Danish

My new favorite low carb breakfast each morning is “mock danish.” I read about it in some forum and tried it out. Linda has it on her site and just now I did a search and see someone even did a youtube video for it.

Here’s my recipe ~ I make it and eat it in one microwaveable bowl:

1) gather eggs, sweetener substitute, cinnamon, butter, and cream cheese.

2) melt 1 tsp butter and 1 oz cream cheese in a bowl for about 20 seconds.

3) stir in 2 eggs, some cinnamon, and 1 pack equal.

4) microwave for 30 seconds, repeating till done (until the center isn’t jiggly)

5) I top with another tsp of butter, a dash of cinnamon, and a spoon of whipped cream.

It may look funny, but it’s quite yummy!

I count it as 5 carbs. 1 for the cream cheese, 2 for the cinnamon, and 2 for the whipped cream.

It is very filling and satisfying! And very quick and easy as well.

Enjoy! And be blessed! ~

Easy Egg Muffins

This morning I tried something new. Egg muffins!

1) I mixed two eggs, a bit of sour cream, and some sea salt in a bowl. Poured 1/2 in the bottom of a buttered cupcake tin.

Added in some chopped veggies, bacon bits, and cheese. Then topped with the rest of the egg mixture.

2) Popped in the oven and baked for 15 minutes at 350.

The finished product! I ate all three. 🙂  I was able to pop them out and eat them by hand. Plate and fork were not necessary, so this would be a very convenient food to eat on the go. It wasn’t crumbly at all. Very tasty and easy!

Enjoy! And be blessed! ~

Low Carb Pizza

Pizza is my favorite food. I used to work in pizza places, then managed some, then even co-owned two. I LOVE pizza! All kinds. My favorite around here is Three Brothers. We (used to) get Papa Johns a lot, as they’re nearby. Dan’s favorite (but my least) is Dominoes. I also like Ledo’s. Thick, thin, crispy, chewy… it’s all good!

Now that we are eating low carb… the one thing I miss most is pizza. I don’t really miss bread or pasta. But I do miss pizza! I’ve tried several online crust recipes and they were awful. I tried one on Linda’s site and so far it’s the best.

I woke up this morning craving pizza for some reason, so I made some and remembered to take photos.  It’s a pretty easy recipe.

1) Crust

In a bowl, mix an egg and a handful of cheese and a bit of garlic powder. We always have cheese in the house- I’ve used mexican 4 cheese, cheddar, and mozarella. Use whatever is your favorite.

Spread it out on a stone if you have one, or a very well greased cookie sheet. I’ve tried well greased foil and it was awful. It sticks and the whole point is a real crust. It doesn’t take like real crust if half of it is stuck to the foil.

This is the egg/cheese mixture before baking. It looks like mac and cheese, but it’s not. 😉

Bake at 450 for 5 minutes, then turn down the heat and bake at 400 for 5 more minutes.

2) Top the cooked crust with your favorite toppings.

Pizza sauce is the only real carb source here. Mine has 6 carbs per serving and I only used about 1/2 a serving.

I added a handful of cheese, and 4 peperoni. I would have also added veggies, but I didn’t feel like cutting them up.

Put back in the center of the oven on Hi Broil for 5 minutes.

Here is my finished product:

Doesn’t it look scrumptious?!

It has a bread-like crust consistency where you can pick it up and eat it by the slice in your hand. And it takes like pizza, not like egg. It’s crazy to me that eggs and cheese can taste like pizza crust, but it does!

Enjoy! And be blessed! ~

Low Carb Cookies

I wanted to make something off of Linda’s low carb site, so I found a recipe that I already had the ingredients in the kitchen. I changed her recipe a little, here’s what I did:

1) Put these in a bowl in the microwave for 20 secs to melt:
2 teaspoons peanut butter (2 carbs)
2 teaspoons butter

2) Mixed in:
1 egg white
2 scoops chocolate whey protein powder (6 carbs)
8 tsp equal
3 tsp water

3) Dropped on wax paper and microwaved at 20 second intervals
It took me a total of 70 seconds.

Here is what they looked like coming out of the microwave:

It made 8 cookies, for a total of 1 carb each (total, not net).  I’m not sure why her recipe only makes 4 cookies. Mine were a pretty good size.

This was incredibly easy. It only took me a matter of minutes. I ate one right away and it was surprisingly good! My husband LOVES these!

Enjoy! And be blessed! ~

Misawa Japan

We spent 3 years in Misawa from ’94 to ’97. We especially loved eating at a little dive called Companions. We had some of the greatest food there and we sure do miss it! We especially loved cheese gyoza and yakisoba. We also liked their chicken, although I’m a vegetarian now, but Dan’s not. We’d love to try and recreate some of it.

So, I looked around the web and tried to come up with some things to try:

~ gyoza: use a wonton wrapper with cheese. Seal with water and cornstarch.

~ what cheese? try mozzarella, Monterey Jack, smoked gouda (what’s that?), or farmer cheese chill cubes
~ chill after rolling so the cheese won’t bleed out when it’s cooked

~ chicken: the boneless chicken marinade – 3 parts milk to 1 part soy sacuce. Marinate overnight, roll in rice flour, dip in egg, roll in Panko breading. Chill or fry.

or soak the chicken in milk, dip in flour, egg, and panko bread crumbs. Fry in peanut oil.

But what about the yakisoba? Theirs was so unique and delicious! If anyone stumbles across this that was there and has any insight, I’d love to hear from you! Well, even if you don’t have any insight I’d love to hear from you!

Misawa is up on the northern part of Japan. This is Misawa when it’s warming up with cherry blossoms:

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This is Misawa in the dead of winter (there is an average of 120″ of snow per year!)

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And this is Lake Towada, which was one of our favorite vacation spots. It was the top of an inactive volcano!

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A Peruvian Meal!

Papa a La HuancaínaKJ Style

Ingredients:

8-10 Medium Red Potatoes
1 lb Mexican Blend Cheese
One Small Slice of Green Pepper
1 Cup Evaporated Milk
1/2 Cup Vegetable Oil
2 Finely Chopped Garlic Cloves
Salt and Pepper to Taste
Lettuce
3-4 Hardboiled Eggs

Method:

Boil potatoes until you can stick a fork in easily. Boil eggs.
Peel and cut in slices the potatoes.
In a blender, blend the cheese, peppers, milk, oil, garlic, salt and pepper.
The sauce should be pretty thick, if it’s not thick enough, add more cheese and oil. If it’s too thick, add milk.
Lay a bed of lettuce in a serving dish and place the sliced potatoes on top.
Cover with the cheese sauce.
Cut the hard boiled eggs in quarters or halfs and place on top of the potatoes and cheese sauce.
Add black olives if you want. This can be served a bit cold.
And voila! You now have Papa a La Huancaína.
Now you just need to learn how to pronounce it. Good luck with that.

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Oh, you see in the picture there? That’s only half of it.

If you’d like to make a Peruvian dessert, you could consider making this Rice and Milk Dessert I got off of the Compassion website.

Rice and Milk Dessert 

Ingredients:
4 cups water
1 stick cinnamon
1/4 tsp. salt
3 cups sugar
1 tsp. vanilla
1 cup rice, rinsed and drained
1 small piece of orange skin
1 cup evaporated milk

Method:
Bring to a boil four cups of water with the cinnamon stick, orange skin and salt.
Add rice. Simmer on low heat until the water evaporates, then add evaporated milk and sugar.
Stir constantly while letting the mixture boil 15 minutes.
Add vanilla and let boil five minutes.
Pour into serving bowl. Sprinkle with cinnamon and serve.

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You know, it may not look very good, but it tastes really delicious!