Tuesday, April 15, 2014


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We had this for supper the other night, and it was one of those recipes where you just got an idea and started throwing things together, and voila! it turned out wonderful.  My husband and son said I HAVE to share this or something! I agreed. It was too good to keep it to ourselves.  Good things must be shared. Hence... I am back sharing recipes now and then.  And I am once again on the Low-Carbing Among Friends team on facebook. All the teams cookbooks are available here: http://amongfriends.us/GINNY.php

This is a wonderfully spicy flavorful green chili.  You can make it more or less spicy as you please.  In the recipe I went mild on the seasonings compared to what I actually put in.  So since that is a matter of preference, I leave it to you.


6 servings                    

1/4 cup  coconut oil
1 pound  chicken breast -- diced
1 tablespoon  chili powder
1 tablespoon  cumin powder
1 teaspoon  onion powder
1 teaspoon  garlic powder
salt and pepper -- to taste (I just sprinkled it over all)
1/4 teaspoon  hot sauce
32 ounces  green taco Sauce, Ortega-mild -- (2 16 oz. bottles)
15 ounces  black beans, canned -- drained and rinsed well
15 ounces  diced tomatoes -- (canned)

In large frying pan, add 1/4 cup coconut oil, or oil of your choice, and melt.  Add chicken, chili powder, cumin powder, onion powder, garlic powder, salt and pepper and hot sauce.  Stir and cook until chicken is cooked through.

Transfer the chicken into a 2 or 3 qt pan and add green taco sauce, black beans, and diced tomatoes.  Stir together, bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer for 30 minutes to blend flavors.

  "Ginny Larsen, 4/14/2014"
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Per Serving: 268 Calories; 16g Fat (52.9% calories from fat); 17g Protein; 14g Carbohydrate; 5g Dietary Fiber; 39mg Cholesterol; 1038mg Sodium.  Exchanges: 1 Grain(Starch); 2 Lean Meat; 1/2 Vegetable; 2 Fat.

NOTES : 9g net carbs per serving

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Friday, January 17, 2014


I first began this blogging journey back in March of 2010, and it's been a challenge, an adventure, and a blessing to me.  I was surprised when people actually started reading it and subscribing to it, as it was only a hobby, which I had no idea so many others would enjoy!  I came across some opportunities through it, ended up writing a cookbook, and meeting some great people out there.

But alas, some changes are happening in my life right now.  First of all, I'm retiring in just 3 more weeks!  My job in Early Childhood Family Education has been a fun job, working with the cutest little people and again, meeting a lot of great people both as co-workers and the families that come to the program!  But for various reasons, I decided this year was the year for me to retire.  I've been tossed back and forth about what turn my life will take now.  I considered making this blog my career. Up to now it's only been a hobby.  I don't make any money from this blog.  I thought about writing more cookbooks.  But I have other things tugging at my heart that I am being drawn to, so after going back and forth and up and down with this for over a year, I've made the decision that the food blogging is not going to be my career, or what I will be putting all my time into.

I will be leaving the blog up for people to enjoy any recipes they like, and I also will probably still post a new one now and then if I happen to have one.  I still cook and eat!  But I won't be regularly active in that.  My facebook page is also still there and will continue to be there for people to get recipes from but I won't be keeping it up regularly either.

I'm excited about new directions I feel God is taking me right now, and not completely sure where the road will lead, but I believe there's a new adventure ahead, and I'm trusting Him to lead me.

I am blessed by all who have stopped by my blog, enjoyed my recipes, and commented.  Happy low-carbing! :)


Wednesday, December 11, 2013


I have not been blogging much lately, and that's because a very dear friend of mine who is more like a sister to me recently had a terrible accident a couple weeks ago.  Brenda was coming home from grocery shopping and going up the stairs from her garage into their town home.  We don't know what happened but she fell backwards off the steps onto the concrete floor and fractured her skull. She had multiple spider fractures and massive bleeding in her brain and has been in a coma.  She very recently came out of the coma, but is only semi back.  She has a long road of recovery ahead of her.  Each day we hear of a little more progress.  She doesn't recognize people yet, but she is beginning to say a few words now and then.  She just had her feeding tube removed and hopefully will be able to eat again on her own.  There is a very long road of therapy and rehabilitation needed for her and the financial burden is tremendous, so I started a fundraiser.  I hope nobody will get offended at my posting the link to that here, but I want to give every opportunity I can for people to help this dear couple.  I'm just bringing it to the attention of everyone I know, because I love my friend and I miss her greatly and pray daily that we'll have her back again to her normal self one day.  I would want someone to do the same for me.
Me (left) and Brenda (right) in 2010 when she came to visit
I've set up a site where people can donate http://www.youcaring.com/medical-fundraiser/brenda-jean/115358  I'll be placing a widget with a link to the site on my sidebar as well.

All donations go directly into their paypal account.  I'm doing all I can to get the word out!  I want my friend back!

God bless! None of us knows what tomorrow brings.  Be thankful for friends and family while you have them and show them you love them!  If all this makes you do is be thankful for them and give them a huge hug today, then that too is a good thing.

Saturday, November 23, 2013


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I looked outside this morning and it was a beautiful sunny day.  Said I to myself, "Good day for a walk!" I checked my Weather Bug however, and discovered it was 7 degrees F out there with a -7 degrees F windchill.  Quickly I changed course and decided to spend some time in the kitchen warming up the house with something good.  Hot sounded really good today.

If you have my recipe book, "Low-Carbing Among Friends," Vol. 2, you'll find my recipe for "Egg Noodles or Crepes" on p. 215 of the book, which I used in this recipe, or you may use zucchini noodles if you prefer, or even shredded cabbage.  All make great noodles.

CHICKEN NOODLE SOUP                    

1/2 Egg noodle or crepe recipe
32  ounces  chicken stock -- (organic or homemade)
10  ounces  canned chicken -- (or use left over chicken or turkey)
1/4 cup  chopped onion
1 small  carrot -- shredded
1 stalk  celery -- chopped
1/2 cup  green pepper -- chopped
1 tablespoon  minced garlic
1 teaspoon  sea salt
1/2 teaspoon  basil
1/2 teaspoon  thyme
1/2 teaspoon  onion powder
1/8 teaspoon  cayenne pepper
2 tablespoons  cold water
1 envelope  knox gelatine, unflavored

Cut egg noodles out of "Egg Noodles or Crepes" recipe, (OR you can use zucchini noodles, or shredded cabbage - nutrition info will vary).  Set aside.

In large pot, add chicken stock, chicken, (OR turkey), onion, carrot, celery, green pepper, garlic, salt, basil, thyme, onion powder, and cayenne pepper.

Bring to boil, reduce heat, and simmer 15 minutes.  While soup is simmering, in small cup, add cold water and sprinkle gelatine over the top and let it dissolve.

After soup has simmered 15 minutes, add gelatine mixture and stir.  Add noodles to soup and simmer 1 more minute.

Nutrition information is for entire recipe.

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Per recipe: 695 Calories; 26g Fat (36.5% calories from fat); 77g Protein; 26g Carbohydrate; 6g Dietary Fiber

You can find LOTS of other recipes for soups, stews, and many other goodies in our Low-Carbing Among Friends recipe books http://amongfriends.us/GINNY.php

Also check out Ginny's Place for some food for the soul

Friday, November 22, 2013


It's that time of year again! So many ideas out there it's hard for one to know where to start!  Most of us tend to have the same traditional meals each year, but when low carb and gluten free it can be a challenge and somewhat depressing not to be able to have our favorites. But with such an array of choices out there, there is no need for deprivation on the holidays whatsoever!

Carolyn Ketchum from "All Day I Dream About Food" has a Thanksgiving Roundup for us to make it a little easier to find some great low carb choices to make. She has 30 delicious low-carb recipes to choose from.
30 Great Low Carb Recipes for Thanksgiving
There are many choices to choose from for every part of your meal from the stuffing to the dessert and everything in between!  A few of my own recipes are shared.

My Pumpkin Chiffon Pie

My Spiced Cranberry Sauce

My Browned Butter Squash

A couple more of my favorites are Butternut Squash Pie

Pumpkin Cheesecake


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