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Yummy Cheesy Sausage Balls ~ Low Carb and Grain Free

I’ve worked on my old sausage ball recipe and I think it’s a success!

If you love Sausage Balls, try this recipe.

You won’t even miss the baking mix!

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Yummy Cheesy Sausage Balls (low carb & grain free)

3/4 lb. Odom’s Tennessee Pride breakfast sausage (or your favorite brand)
8 oz. sharp cheddar cheese, shredded
1 cup of almond flour
1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese
2 tsp baking powder
dash salt
1/4 tsp ground red pepper
1 tablespoon coconut oil, melted
1 egg

Preheat the oven to 375º F.  Spray a baking sheet with olive oil
oil cooking spray. (Misto)  Place dry ingredients in a large bowl.
Using your whisk, make sure the dry ingredients are well combined.
Add the sausage, grated cheddar, coconut oil and egg.
Mix well with your fingers, or your mixer if you prefer. The mixture
should be packy and hold the shape of a ball.

Form into 1” balls. Place the balls on the prepared baking sheet.
Bake for 16-18 minutes or until golden brown.  To prevent sticking,
move the balls with a spatula halfway through cooking or use
parchment paper to line your pan.  Remove from oven and serve warm.

My batch made 32.

*For the Trim Healthy Mama plan: S category

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The Best Guacamole ~ Simple and Easy

My daughter loves guacamole!  So she learned to make it herself.  Boy, am I glad she did!

Simple and quick with a bright fresh flavor, it is so much better than store-bought!

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The Best Guacamole

3 medium avocados
1 lime, juiced
1/3 cup onion, minced
1 small clove garlic, mashed (or garlic powder to taste)
1 tbsp chopped cilantro (optional)
½ tsp salt, or to personal taste
Place the pulp from the avocados in a medium bowl and slightly
mash with a fork leaving some large chunks.  (We use a potato masher.) Add lime juice, onion, garlic, salt, and cilantro if using. Mix thoroughly.

 

Serve in this totally adorable guacamole bowl for a too cute presentation!

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COOK’S NOTE: Placing the avocado pit into the guacamole before covering securely will help keep it from turning brown.

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Warm Cream Cheese and Bacon Spread

This has become one of our favorite cream cheese spreads.

Full of flavor, it is a tasty and quick party or anytime appetizer!


Warm Cream Cheese and Bacon Spread

2 (8 oz) pkg cream cheese

1/2 cup mayo

1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese

8 slices crisp bacon, crumbled

3 green onions, diced

1 T ranch dip mix

  • Heat and soften the cream cheese in the microwave on 70% power.  Mix softened cream cheese and mayo together with electric mixer.
  • Add all other ingredients and mix by hand.
  • Shape into 1 large or 2 small cheese balls and refrigerate for about 3-4 hours , or serve warm with your favorite crackers (see these gluten free crackers and these low carb flax crackers),  your own Almond Thins, chips, or veggies.

One Saturday my girls had a friend over and we had an appetizer lunch.

It felt like we were having a party!

We had Pizza Rolls, Party Meatballs, Warm Cream Cheese and Bacon Spread, and fresh fruit.  It was delicious and hit the spot!

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For low carbers…serve the cheese spread with Almond Thins.

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Bacon-Wrapped Lil’ Smokies

Yum, yum!  When I saw these on 2 different sites, I just had to make me some!  Anything wrapped in bacon…can it get any better?!

When these came out of the oven, I had to share!  So I quickly snapped a shot with my cell phone and uploaded it even quicker!

Make these and soon.

I made them like my friend, Grace, but since I didn’t have the Sugar Twin Brown Sugar (she’s right! it is very hard to find!), I used Splenda and added some spices…like garlic powder, bbq seasoning, and some Cajun seasoning I had on hand.

These would be great for a Super Bowl Party! or have them for breakfast with a low carb biscuit and cuppa Joe, like me.

Happy Sunday to you all!

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7 Layer Taco Dip and Party food!

My youngest turned 12 on Valentine’s Day.

We had already passed out party invitations for Saturday, when I found out my mom would be having emergency surgery on her broken hip on Saturday morning.

Mom came through the surgery just fine!  We are so thankful.

I spent my morning at the hospital with her and around lunch quickly ran home and started getting the party food together.

I had already planned the menu along with Brooklyn and we had everything ready to go.  My hubby made the Tuna Sandwiches while I was at the hospital and Brooklyn made the Ham Rolls the night before.

Everything turned out to be delicious!

Our Menu:

Cocktail Weiners

7 Layer Mexican Dip and chips

Tuna Sandwiches

Ham Pecan Pinwheels (recipe here)

Chocolate Dipped Strawberries (these were yummy!)

Skillet Cake with pourable Chocolate Icing (cake recipe here)

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So on to the 7 Layer Mexican Dip recipe!

This is my first time making it and believe me, I will make it again!

Combine the refried beans and taco seasoning.  Spread on a large plate or tray.

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Spread the combined sour cream and cream cheese over the bean layer.

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Spread the combined salsa or picante sauce ove the cream cheese/sour cream layer.

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Spread shredded lettuce over the salsa layer.

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Finally, top with shredded cheese and chopped green onions.  Grab some chips and dig in!

7 Layer Mexican Dip

1 (1 ounce) package taco seasoning mix

 1 (16 ounce) can refried beans

1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese, softened

1 (16 ounce) container sour cream

1 (16 ounce) jar salsa or picante sauce

1 bunch chopped green onions

1 small head iceberg lettuce, shredded

2 cups shredded Cheddar cheese

1 (6 ounce) can sliced black olives, drained (optional)

In a medium bowl, blend the taco seasoning mix and refried beans. Spread the mixture onto a large serving platter.

Mix the sour cream and cream cheese in a medium bowl. Spread over the refried beans.

Top the layers with salsa or picante sauce.  Place a layer of lettuce over sauce and top with Cheddar cheese and chopped onions.  Optional: Garnish with black olives.

Super Bowl Party Time!

If you’re planning a Super Bowl Party, here’s some great recipes to get you started.

Whether it’s burgers, wings, chips and dip, cake, brownies…lots of great recipes can be found online.

No matter what you make, enjoy the game, family and friends and may the best team win!!!



Cheesy Sausage Balls

The high carb version of this recipe has been a family favorite for years now.

Usually we get together the night before Thanksgiving or Christmas to cook for the holiday family dinner.  While we’re putting Mom’s Potato Salad together and making her fabulous Coconut Cream Pie, we stick a pan of Sausage Balls in the oven to snack on.  It’s become a family tradition.

Having a little extra sausage on hand, I attempted a low carb version of this easy recipe.

They turned out fairly tasty, tho I think I can back off the onion powder next time or leave it out all together.

All you need is sausage, grated cheese, and something to bind it all together.  I’ve read where some use eggs and others use crushed pork skins.  I used a bit of Carbquik (similar to Bisquik) and some parmesan cheese to make up the dry ingredients.   Bob’s Red Mill has a low carb baking mix that is another option.

It worked and they were quite tasty, although they didn’t have the traditional sausage ball taste, because of the added spices, I think.  So in the future, I think I’ll skip the spices and hope for that famous sausage ball flavor.

Other tasty low carb snacks and appetizers:

Deep Fried Cauliflower

Aussie Squash Fries

Bacon-wrapped Jalapeño Poppers

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Cheesy Sausage Balls

1 lb. sausage
12 oz. shredded cheddar cheese
1 cup of your choice low carb baking mix, such as Carbquik and parmesan cheese, Bob’s Red Mill Low Carb Baking Mix.

Preheat the oven to 375 º F.  Spray a baking sheet with vegetable oil cooking spray.  Combine all ingredients in a large bowl.   Mix well with your fingers. The mixture may very crumbly.  Form into 1 inch balls, squeezing the mixture so it holds together, then rolling it between the palms of your hands to form balls.  Place the balls on the baking sheet.  Bake for 16-18 minutes or until golden brown.  To prevent sticking, move the balls with a spatula halfway through cooking or use parchment paper to line your pan.  Remove from oven and serve warm.

 

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Jalapeño Poppers

Cooking is one thing I enjoy doing. Now, only if I could eat it and be as small as Rachel Ray! That girl loves food and loves to eat and look at how small she is!

The holiday season is just around the corner and hopefully I’ll be able to try some new recipes and take some pictures to share with you.

This Popper recipe is not nearly as hot as you might expect when you remove the seeds. Try them for a party or just a cold night that you feel like staying indoors and having a snack. 🙂

Poppers

Jalepenos peppers ( cut open and clean all seeds and white pith out)
8 oz cream cheese
1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese
seasoning such as Soul Seasoning or Seasoning Salt
Bacon strips cut in half

Mix the cheeses.  Fill the peppers with the cheeses and seasonings.  Wrap in bacon strips.  Bake in a 375º oven for about 20-25 minutes.  Enjoy!