Friday, November 10, 2017

CHICKEN AND RED PEPPER LASAGNA




This is a layered chicken casserole with chicken being in the place of pasta.  You need to make sure you have large chicken breasts and slice them with a very sharp knife into very thin slices.  You can pound them if necessary to get them as thin as possible.  I didn't do this and wish I had as once they cook they fatten up a bit, which was still okay.  This was so yummy it just didn't matter really.



We loved it, and will serve it again.  I hope if you try it you'll love it too.  It will be a dish I will make again.

                 

                      Chicken and Red Pepper Lasagna


Recipe By     :Ginny
Serving Size  : 6 

  2  pounds  chicken breast
  16 ounces  Mezzetta Deli-sliced Roasted Red Bell Peppers -- drained
  1  tablespoon  avocado oil -- or olive oil
  1  teaspoon  oregano
  1  teaspoon  garlic powder
  1  tablespoon  marsala cooking wine
  4  slices  Gouda deli sliced cheese
  1  cup  mozzarella, shredded low-moisture, part skim

With a very sharp knife, slice thin slices off chicken breast. This works best if you have a couple very large chicken breasts rather than small ones.  Slice them as thin as you can get them. 

In food processor, process drained red peppers until as smooth as you can get it.

Add avocado or olive oil, oregano, and garlic powder.  Add cooking wine.

Process again until combined.

In 9-inch square baking pan, layer 1/2 of the chicken slices.  Cover with half the red pepper sauce.  Top with slices of gouda cheese.  Sprinkle half of the mozzarella on top.

Add another layer of the rest of the chicken slices.  Top with remaining sauce and mozzarella cheese.  Bake in preheated 375F oven for 45 minutes.  Let stand 5 minutes before serving.


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Per Serving: 348 Calories; 21g Fat (53.4% calories from fat); 34g Protein; 7g Carbohydrate; trace Dietary Fiber




Monday, November 6, 2017

FLAX CHEESY BREAD WITH PROTEIN



I was not going to share this recipe at first, because it is a variation of my already loaf of "Cheesy Loaf of Bread" but it is a little different.  And some may like this variation.


I decided I want to use more flax and less almond flour for a while, to see how it affects me.  I usually feel better when eating flax.  So this is a variation of that, plus some added whey protein and MCT oil powder, which is optional.  I have some to use up and so thought I'd use it.  If you have it you can add it, if not, don't worry about it.

I know flax has gotten a bad rap on the internet, but I believe the bad information on it is not according to scientific studies.  All those show it to be a very healthy food.  You can read my take on it here: "One Big Fluffy Pancake"  where I provide several links of studies done on Flax and its benefits.   If you choose not to use it, that's fine.  I merely provide this recipe for those who do and want a substitute for almond flour or coconut flour.  I cannot tolerate coconut flour very well, except in very small amounts added with other flours.  Flax adds a sort of "whole grain" flavor and feel many times to bread recipes.  The amount of flax actually is rather small in this loaf compared to the other ingredients.  Parmesan cheese gives it a good bread flavor and feel, as well as the psyllium powder.

One thing I would also like to mention to my readers, if you notice, I took the ads off my blog.  I am no longer monetized in any way.  I only keep up this blog because I like to share recipes, it's a hobby.  I'm happy going back to that, which is where I started.  I never wanted to really be "out there" and I'm not a professional.  I find I'm back to really enjoying my hobby once again, where as while doing a cookbook, trying to keep up a facebook page, trying to keep up with all the competition, I was stressed and not enjoying it.  I'm back to having fun cooking and sharing, which is what I like to do.

I also enjoy people!  So feel free to comment or share tips or recipes yourself if you have any suggestions or things you've tried different of one of my recipes!  I enjoy hearing from you.



                   

                      Flax Cheesy Bread with Protein

Recipe By     :Ginny
Serving Size  : 16 

1 cup  Parmesan cheese
1/2  cup  golden flaxseed meal
1/3  cup  whey protein isolate, Isopure -- unflavored
3     tablespoons  Psyllium husk powder
3     tablespoons  nutritional Yeast Flakes, NOW brand
1     scoop  MCT oil powder, Quest -- (optional)
2 1/2  teaspoons  baking powder
1/2    tablespoon  Pyure -- or 1 tbsp  equivalent to sugar
8       large  eggs
1/2    cup  Marsala cooking wine or regular wine (can substitute any liquid, but this gives it a wonderful flavor and aroma, like bread! I also think it gets a better rise)

Preheat oven to 350F. Line 8 x 4-inch loaf pan (size is important to rise), with parchment paper and spray with non-stick cooking spray.

In mixing bowl, add parmesan cheese, flax meal, whey protein, psyllium powder, nutritional yeast flakes, MCT oil powder, (if using), baking powder and Pyure sweetener.  Mix with whisk to get any lumps out and combine.

Add eggs and cooking wine and beat with electric mixer until well combined.  Pour into loaf pan and bake for 1 hour.  Remove from pan onto wire rack and cool completely before cutting.

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Per Serving: 111 Calories; 6g Fat (48.0% calories from fat); 8g Protein; 5g Carbohydrate; 4g Dietary Fiber

1g net carb per slice




Saturday, October 14, 2017

PUMPKIN MUFFINS




I love pumpkin, as do most people, especially in the Fall.  These made my kitchen smell amazing as they were baking, and did not disappoint when we tasted them either. The texture came out perfect.  They were just the right moistness and flavor.  I decided to glaze them but you could do a crumble topping (which I am going to try next time), or just dip in butter and sprinkle with granulated sweetener or powdered sweetener.  Feel free to add nuts or homemade craisins or whatever.

Next week is our 42nd wedding anniversary.  We're going to take a trip back to our honeymoon location. Many of you know I shared that my husband has mild cognitive impairment, probable Alzheimer's.  We did find he has the Apoe4 gene that makes him more susceptible genetically.  So far our supplement regimen and mct oil (and lots of prayer) has kept him pretty steady for the last 3 years, so I'm thankful for another anniversary we can enjoy together yet. I'm thinking of some ideas for food that can be taken with on our trip.  This will be one of them.  I may try this in a bundt pan as well, or even a loaf pan for pumpkin bread.  Hmmm, in fact I think it would make a great french toast!


                      


                             Pumpkin Muffins


Recipe By     :Ginny
Serving Size  : 9    
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1  cup  almond flour - Honeyville
1/3  cup  whey protein isolate, Isopure -- (unflavored)
2  tablespoons  psyllium husk powder
1/2  cup  Pyure sweetener -- (or your choice granulated sweetener)
2  teaspoons  baking powder
1/2  teaspoon  salt
1  teaspoon  cinnamon
1  teaspoon  pumpkin pie spice
1/2  cup  Silk unsweetened almond milk, vanilla
1/2  cup  canned pumpkin
1/4  cup  cocout oil -- melted
2  eggs

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.  In mixing bowl, add almond flour, whey protein isolate, psyllium powder, sweetener, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, and pumpkin pie spice.  Whisk together to combine.

Make a well in the center and add almond milk, pumpkin, coconut oil, and eggs.

Whisk the wet ingredients in the center until combined and then from the sides, stir in dry ingredients and stir together just until combined. Don't overmix. 

Scoop into greased muffin tins, or I used silicone muffin cups which don't need to be greased.  

Bake 18 to 20 minutes.

Cool and sprinkle with powdered sweetener or ice with your favorite icing*


*Icing idea - mix powdered sweetener, vanilla, and heavy cream to icing consistency. I powder my sweetener in my coffee grinder.

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Per Serving: 118 Calories; 8g Fat (54.3% calories from fat); 7g Protein; 7g Carbohydrate; 5g Dietary Fiber

NOTES : I got 9 muffins, filling 3/4 full.  

2g net carbs 




Monday, October 2, 2017

"PRETZEL CRUST"-STRAWBERRY PRETZEL DESSERT ALTERNATIVE



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Everybody loves the Strawberry Pretzel Dessert when holiday season comes around.  Being low carb we can't do the pretzels but here is a very nice alternative.  This was an idea brought to me by a facebook friend, Jeanette, who did her own wonderful version and gave me the idea of using pork rinds.  Now, I'll have to say, I'm not really a fan of pork rinds.  I think they smell bad and I'd never eat them all by themselves.  They just gross me out.  But I've been discovering some really good uses for them when you crumble them up and use them in recipes or for breading on chicken or in this case, in a pretzel crust.  I couldn't believe how good it tasted in this crust! 

I made the cream filling from my Raspberry Delight


and then I decided since I had blueberries to make a blueberry topping this time.  But you can do any topping really for this that you like.  Any frozen berries can be easily made into a nice topping. My blueberry topping was made with thawed berries and Walden Farms blueberry syrup.  You can use the raspberry topping in my recipe above, or use strawberries instead if you want the strawberry pretzel dessert alternative.

I hope you'll be as excited about this as I was!  My non-low-carb family loved it, and nobody asked me what that was in the crust or questioned it.  I didn't tell them either.  That will be our little secret.

"Pretzel" Crust

Recipe By     :Ginny
Serving Size  : 16 

1  cup  pork rind crumbled in food processor
1  cup  finely chopped pecans
1/3  cup  whey protein
1/2 cup brown sugar replacement*see below
1/4  cup  coconut oil
1  tsp.  vanilla.

1. Preheat oven to 350F.

2. In 10-inch pie plate, add crumbled pork rinds, chopped pecans, whey protein, and brown sugar replacement. Stir together with a fork until well combined.

3. Melt coconut oil in microwave and add vanilla.  Pour over crumbs and stir together until well combined.

4. Press into bottom of pie plate.  Bake for 10 minutes.


*brown sugar replacement: I mix 1/2 cup of erythritol and 1/4 tsp blackstrap molasses in my food processor and pulse until it comes together and looks like brown sugar.  There are other brown sugar replacements as well available on Amazon.com.  You can use whatever you like, or just use plain sweetener such as Pyure (erythritol and stevia-double the sweeteness of sugar, so 1/2 cup equals 1 cup sugar) or erythritol, or Swerve, whatever you prefer.

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Per Serving:  166 Calories; 13g Fat (69.8% calories from fat); 12g Protein; 1g Carbohydrate; 1g Dietary Fiber


Thursday, September 28, 2017

CARROT CAKE




Today was my hubby's birthday.  Carrot cake is his favorite.  I decided to take my zucchini cake recipe and turn it into a carrot cake, with a few changes and it turned out great.


I was very happy with the texture, which I tend to have a hard time getting right when it comes to cakes, many times.  Since my zucchini cake turned out so good I thought it was a good one to use for this.  I used carrots instead of zucchini, added more spice, and added more liquid because zucchini adds more liquid but carrots don't.  You could make this as a layer cake if you want and do a cream cheese frosting.  


                     


                               Carrot Cake

Recipe By     :Ginny Larsen
Serving Size  : 16  


5 large  eggs
1/2 cup  erythritol
1/4 cup  Pyure
2 teaspoons  vanilla
1 teaspoon  baking soda
1/2 teaspoon  baking powder
1 tablespoon  cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon  nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon  allspice
1/4 teaspoon  ginger
1/4 teaspoon  cloves
1/2 teaspoon  salt
2 cups  shredded carrots -- (easy to do in food processor)
1/3 cup  coconut oil -- melted
1 1/2 cups  almond flour - Honeyville
1/4 cup  whey protein isolate, Isopure
1/4 cup  golden flaxseed meal
1/4 cup  oat fiber
1/4 cup  einkorn flour
1/2 cup  liquid -- you can use almond milk, coconut milk, or water. Because of the coconut oil, it works best if hot.

In mixing bowl, add eggs, erythritol, Pyure, vanilla, baking soda, baking powder, cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, ginger, cloves, and salt.  Blend together with electric mixer.

Add carrots, oil, almond flour, whey protein, flaxseed meal, oat fiber, and einkorn flour.   Mix until combined. pour liquid over all and mix until smooth with electric mixer.

Pour into Bundt pan (silicone is best), sprayed with non-stick cooking spray, and bake in 350F preheated oven for 1 hour to 1 1/4 hr. If knife inserted comes out clean it is done. It was done for me at 1 1/4 hour.

Cool completely on wire rack.  Turn out onto plate and add a glaze if desired.

Copyright:
  "9/28/2017, Ginny Larsen"
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16 servings/Per Serving: 151 Calories; 12g Fat (63.0% calories from fat); 6g Protein; 10g Carbohydrate; 6g Dietary Fiber

Serving Ideas : Add chopped nuts if desired but don't forget to count the extra calories and carbs

NOTES : 4g net carbs, fiber is all soluable, pure fiber so does not count



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