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Broiled Tilapia Parmesan

This simple broiled fish recipe is naturally low in carbs and very delicious! 

I served the fish with pan sauteed green beans and summer cucumber tomato salad.

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Broiled Tilapia Parmesan

1/2 cup Parmesan cheese
1/4 cup butter, softened
3 tablespoons mayonnaise
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
salt and pepper to taste
2 pounds tilapia fillets

Preheat your oven’s broiler. Grease a broiling pan or line
pan with parchment paper.

In a small bowl, mix together the Parmesan cheese, butter,
mayonnaise and lemon juice. Season with garlic, salt and pepper.
Mix well and set aside.

Arrange fillets in a single layer on the prepared pan. Broil a
few inches from the heat for 2 to 3 minutes. Flip the fillets over
and broil for 2 more minutes.

Remove the fillets from the oven and spread with the Parmesan
cheese mixture on the top side. Broil for 2 more minutes or until
the topping is lightly browned and fish flakes easily with a fork.
Be careful not to over cook the fish.

Serve immediately with your favorite sides.

Spiced Pumpkin Latte

‘Tis the season for pumpkin!

This warm Spiced Pumpkin Latte, full of  flavor, hits the spot and can satisfy that desire for something sweet and delicious!

Spiced Pumpkin Latte

Spiced Pumpkin Latte

8 oz brewed coffee
1 tsp real butter
1 tsp coconut oil
½ tsp pumpkin pie spice
½ tsp cinnamon
1 heaping Tbsp of real pure pumpkin
2-3 packets of Stevia (to taste)
1/4 cup cream

Add cream to a 12 oz mug.  Pour latte mixture into mug.
Top with whipped cream and a sprinkle of pumpkin pie spice or cinnamon.
Serve immeadiately.

*Spiced Pumpkin Latte (S) in the Trim Healthy Mama’s plan.

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Fried Fauxtatoes – Low Carb and Grain Free

This crunchy tuber has quickly become one of my favorite potato replacements!

It just satisfies that need to crunch and chew, which I love!

(Don’t these look like the real deal?!)

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This crispy tuber has a hint of sweetness and resembles a turnip in appearance.  A cup of jicama contains 11.5 g carbohydrates (with 6.4 g being fiber), which is about equal to a carrot.  It also brings to mind water chestnuts, so it would probably work great in a stir-fry.

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(Photo courtesy of COOKING LIGHT)

For my Fried Fauxtatoes recipe, I first peeled the jicama and cubed it up into small bite-size pieces.  I diced up some onion and skillet fried both in bacon grease for great flavor.  The jicama retained its crunch instead of softening like potatoes but it was still a very satisfying breakfast.  I topped it with a fried egg.

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Friendship Casserole – Keep one, share one

This hearty meal makes enough to share!  

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I happened upon this recipe when I was looking for a dish to take to a friend who had just had surgery.   This recipe is just right!  It makes enough for you to keep and then you get to share with a friend.

FRIENDSHIP CASSEROLE

2 pounds ground beef, browned
1 jar 48 oz of your favorite spaghetti sauce
16 oz bag medium egg noodles
½ cup butter
½ teaspoon onion powder
½ teaspoon garlic powder
½ cup grated parmesan cheese
12 oz shredded mozzarella cheese

Preheat oven to 350º
In a skillet, brown meat and drain fat. Then put the meat back in the skillet.  Add spaghetti sauce to meat; simmer for 20 minutes.

Cook noodles as directed on the package (cook to al dente); then drain and
toss the noodles with butter, seasonings and parmesan cheese.  Spray two
9×13 pans with non-stick spray ( I prefer to use my Misto sprayer that I fill with oil).

In each pan layer one quarter of the sauce, half of the noodles, then split the remaining sauce between the two. Top each with half of the mozzarella cheese. Cover with foil; bake 45 minutes.

*You can also add some sauteed green bell peppers, onions and
mushrooms to the sauce.  I added mushrooms after checking with my friend to make sure she liked them, too.

**You can use foil pans like these if you’re sharing with a friend.

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NOTE:  I use Dreamfields pasta for low carbers.  It’s possible that another low carb pasta or veggie “pasta” could be substituted as well and be equally delicious.  Enjoy!

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Olive Garden Salad

Did I mention how much I love salads

I really do!  

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This is another special salad I enjoy and got the recipe from my niece who makes it quite often.  When she serves this, she also serves Zuppa Soup (yum!) and breadsticks.  What a meal!

This is some of what you’ll need:

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Doesn’t it look good already?!

OLIVE GARDEN SALAD

1 (12 ounce) bag iceberg garden salad (I used iceberg lettuce)
1/4 small red onion, sliced thin
6 -12 pitted black olives
3/4 cup pepperoncini pepper rings
1 -2 small roma tomatoes, sliced bite-size
1 1/2 cups Italian seasoned croutons
freshly grated parmesan cheese, to taste
fresh ground black pepper, to taste

For the dressing:

½ cup Mayonnaise
1/3 cup White vinegar
1 teaspoon Vegetable oil
2 tablespoons Corn syrup (I use 1 Stevia packet)
2 tablespoons Parmesan cheese
2 tablespoons Romano cheese
1 clove Garlic
½ teaspoon Italian seasoning
½ teaspoon Parsley flakes
1 tablespoon Lemon juice
1 tablespoon Sugar (optional -I use Stevia if I add this)

In a large glass or wooden salad serving bowl, toss together the lettuce,
onion slices, olives, pepper rings, tomatoes, and croutons. Add dressing and toss to combine.

Sprinkle with fresh Parmesan cheese and black pepper to taste.

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Toss with these unique bamboo salad hands.

Serve chilled.

 

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Kool-Aid Pie

I’ve been on a Kool-Aid Pie kick lately.

And why not?!  They’re so easy!

I know they’ve been around for a while but it’s a new attempt at an easy and delicious pie.

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I’ve had several elderly friends to pass away lately and I was looking for something quick and easy to take to the dinner for the family.    It’s kinda hard to make a complicated recipe when you work full time.  This recipe is exactly that…easy, that is, and delicious, too! You can change the flavor depending on what kind of Kool-Aid you use.

I’ve made three flavors…Strawberry, Lemon-Lime, and Orange.

Delicious…very easy…and perfect for Spring!

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KOOL-AID PIE

1 graham cracker pie crust
1 pkg unsweetened Kool-Aid powdered drink mix
1 (8 ounce) container Cool Whip
1 (14 ounce) can sweetened condensed milk
In a medium bowl, mix condensed milk and Kool-aid until well combined.  Fold in Cool Whip and spoon pie mixture into the graham cracker crust. Garnish according to flavor.  Chill for 2 hours and serve.

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And for my low carb readers…
3-INGREDIENT LOW-CARB LEMON ICEBOX PIE

from Jimmy Moore’s site.  Sounds yummy!

Blender Coconut Pie (low carb)

My Mom’s Coconut Cream Pie was always my favorite.

On a low carb diet, this is the next best thing.   It’s not so much like a cream pie, but it sure is good.  And easy.  That counts a lot.

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Blender Coconut Pie

4 whole eggs
¼ cup butter
¼ teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons coconut extract (flavoring)
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
½  teaspoon baking powder
1 cup unsweetened coconut
2 cups heavy cream
½ cup Splenda
, or my favorite, Swerve

Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees. Butter a 9 inch pie pan.  Place all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth.  Pour into prepared pie pan and bake for approximately 1 hour until top is golden brown and set.  Cool.  Store in refrigerator overnight to give the “crust” time to better set up.

Optional, top with whipped cream prior to serving.

Total net carbs are 31. Divided into 8 slices, each piece has right at 4 carbs.

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Recipe courtesy of the  Low Carb Friends Recipe Board.  

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Summer 2010

I just thought I’d share some pictures of my summer.  Most of these were taken with my cell phone camera, so please forgive the quality.

Hope you’ve had a great summer!

My daughter is all excited about Fall, so we’ll probably be sharing some photos of an Autumn project she has in mind.

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(Click on the pictures to enlarge.)

My hubby went fishing this morning.

Chicken Fried Steak and Gravy

My great-nephew enjoys the pool.

Homemade Pizza on a Low Carb Tortilla

The Pool on a beautiful day!

Purple Hull Peas from my garden

Purple Hull peas on my plate.

This was one of my mom’s favorite summer suppers…purple hull peas, fried summer squash, ripe tomatoes & cornbread.

My daughter’s cat, Angel, goes to the garden with me every day.

Pretty pepper plant.

Fresh green beans.

Fresh tomato on toasted sour dough bread sammie.

A wedding cake by my friend’s daughter…she is self-taught and a mom of 2 young children who bakes out of her home.  I don’t know how she does it!

Another cake by Jada.

(Hopefully someday to be called The Cakery Boutique.)

Chicken Club Ring

Ribs…

Our family made a trip to Lambert’s in Sikeston, Mo.  They are famously called “The Home of the Throwed Rolls”.  When you raise your hand, they’ll throw you a hot yeast roll.  The food is wonderful!

I hope you’ve enjoyed this glimpse of my summer.

I hope to be back soon with some great low carb recipes and stories that warm the heart.  Come back soon!

Smoked Turkey Salad

This is surprisingly yummy!

I say surprisingly because I wasn’t sure how it would turn out.   After my hubby smoked the turkey breast,  it was a little on the dry side and not very tasty.

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After sitting in the fridge overnight, it was better, but still dry.  I didn’t want to waste it so I got to searching for turkey salad recipes.

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First of all, I pulled out my Joy of Cooking.  Sure enough, there was a Turkey Salad recipe in there and I had all the ingredients except curry powder.   I wasn’t sure I wanted curried turkey salad anyway, so being the Queen of Substitutions, I proceeded to make my own version.

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I sliced, then chopped the smoked turkey breast into small chunks.

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I ran the turkey breast and onions through the food processor, then dumped it into a mixing bowl.

I then added mayo, honey mustard, raisins, chopped pecans, celery seed, salt and pepper.  I even threw in a dash of nutmeg.

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If only I had some leafy green lettuce to put it on!  I didn’t, so I proceeded to put it on some honey wheat bread and had some plain Lays potato chips to go with it.  Yum!

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My daughter ate it with Ritz crackers and loved it!

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(Sorry for the poor picture quality.  Time was short.)

Smoked Turkey Salad
 
2 cups chopped smoked turkey breast
2 tablespoons diced onion
3/4 cup mayo
2 tablespoons honey mustard
1/2 cup chopped pecans
1/2 cup raisins
1/2 teaspoon celery seed (or chopped celery if you have it)
dash of salt, pepper, nutmeg to taste
 
Mix all together in a medium size bowl.  Serve on lettuce with crackers or on a toasted bun or bread.

Note:  This was better the next day, so maybe chilling in the fridge first to let the flavors blend makes a difference.
 
* To reduce carbs, use regular or spicy mustard, remove the raisins, and if you like it a little sweeter add a small package of Splenda or sweetener of your choice.

 

 

Banana Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting

So simple yet so delicious!

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What to to with 2 nice bunches of very ripe bananas, but bake?!  This cake is made with a recipe I’ve been using since the early 90’s.   It is very simple, with few ingredients, but it is so delicious and moist!

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I usually top it with a Brown Sugar Glaze, but since I had cream cheese, this time I decided to make a traditional Cream Cheese Frosting for the cake.

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BANANA CAKE

1/2 cup shortening or butter (I used softened butter)

1 cup sugar (or Swerve)

2 eggs

1 cup (2 med) bananas, mashed

1 1/4 cups self rising flour (or low carb baking mix, or even Carbquik)

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Cream shortening (or butter) and sugar until fluffy.  Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition.   Add flour to mashed bananas and mix well.  Next, add the banana and flour mixture to the cake batter.  Stir well.  Pour into greased pan.  Bake at 350º for 45 minutes or until cake is browned on top and springs back to the touch.

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***NOTE- I used a 7 x 11 glass baking dish and the cake rose to the top of the dish and was fairly thick.  The layer could be sliced and a filling added to make a 2 layer cake.

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Cream Cheese Frosting

½ cup butter
1 (8 oz.) package of cream cheese
½ teaspoon of vanilla

3 ½ cups of powdered sugar (or Swerve Confectioners)

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In a medium sized mixing bowl cream the butter and cream cheese together.  Add the vanilla.  Slowly add the powdered sugar.  When you are adding the powdered sugar, use a low speed on the mixer.   After you have it all in, put up on a medium to high speed.   Mix the frosting until it is fluffy.

Make sure your cake is completely cooled and spread the cream cheese frosting on it.

More delicious cakes:

Layered Peanut Butter Cake

Applesauce Snack Cake (Egg Free)

Sour Cream Pound Cake

Chocolate Chip Cheesecake (sugar free)

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The Holidays and your favorite recipes

The holiday season will soon be here. 

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Thanksgiving is a very special holiday for our family and usually centers around our family dinner.  

Mom’s Southern cornbread Turkey and Dressing is the usual star of the main meal.  There are other favorites that complete our meal.  My brother has to have Chunky Potato Salad, made the same way my grandmother made it.  I usually enjoy the Sweet Potatoes and baked Ham.  

One daughter loves the Green Bean Casserole and Yeast Rolls while daughter #2 loves the Ham and Cream Style Corn.

And of course, the dessert choice wouldn’t be complete without mom’s Angel Salad on the menu.  (Pictures and recipe forthcoming)

 

 I’m a dessert eater.  Below are some of my favorites.

 

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Peanut Butter Balls

 

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Southern Pecan Pie

 

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Chess Pie

 

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Sour Cream Pound Cake

 

And if you’re watching your sugar intake…

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Low Carb Mini-Chocolate Chip Cheesecake

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What special dish are you looking forward to? 

Apple Dumplings: The Ultimate Fall Dessert

What other recipe speaks Harvest Time than an apple recipe flavored with sugar, butter, and cinnamon?

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Pioneer Woman’s Apple Dumplings with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.  Go here for this easy yet decadant recipe and enjoy the season’s bounty of  delicious apples.

3 Ingredient Cheesy Burger Skillet (low carb)

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Three ingredients!

That’s all it takes to make this delicious low carb dish.

3 Ingredient Cheesy Burger Skillet

1 lb. Ground Beef, cooked and drained
1 can french style green beans, drained
4 oz.  shredded cheese

In a skillet, brown the ground beef.  Drain. After browning and draining the grease off the ground beef, add the green beans; stir.  Cover and cook on low for 10 minutes or until grean beans appear tender.  Remove from heat and stir in the cheese.  Cover for 5 minutes or until cheese is melted.  Season with salt and pepper, then serve.

*I know I’m bad, but this  is really good with Velveeta cheese, too.  🙂

Sugar-free Oreo Blast (low carb)

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Want a quick and easy treat or a simple after-dinner dessert?  What about a Sugar-free Oreo Blast?

Sugar-free Oreo Blast (low carb)
 
1 serving Breyer’s CarbSmart vanilla ice cream
1 serving Sugar Free Oreos, broken into pieces
 
Place ice cream and cookie pieces into food processor. 
Pulse until blended.  Serve in a cute ice cream dish or
small glass.  Top with 1/2 a SF Oreo. 

Now, find a nice quiet spot outside in the swing on a warm sunny day and eat slowly.

Tomorrow…an easy 3 ingredient recipe for a quick supper.

Steak and Onion Salad with Creamy Homemade Dressing

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I like to use leftovers and I love salads!

What better way to use up the leftover grilled ribeye steak than on a bed of crispy salad greens and top it with homemade salad dressing, shredded cheddar cheese, and bacon pieces?

We had some leftover steaks  that kinda cooked longer than we like’m to, (it wasn’t quite as “done” as it looks in these pics, really) so I decided to make Steak and Onion Salad.

Usually I stir-fry a cheaper cut of steak for this dish.  Sometimes I sauté the onions or sometimes I used fresh green onions or sliced Vidalias.  Sometimes I even throw both on there!  I’m liking onions, okay?

Sorry, there’s no real recipe for this.   I just throw together a salad using my favorite salad ingredients, top it with the grilled steak, dressing, and peppercinis.

Steak and Onion Salad with Creamy Homemade Dressing (Lower Carb)

Your favorite salad greens: baby lettuces, radicchio, endive, butter…
I used Fresh Express prepackaged.
Shredded cheddar cheese
real bacon pieces
cucumbers, peeled, sliced, quartered (my DD did this 🙂 )
sliced radishes
grape tomatoes, quartered
sliced yellow onion or green onions
sliced peppercinis.
steak, grilled or stir-fried and sliced into strips
To serve: Toss tomatoes, cucumbers and salad greens and other salad ingredients in a large salad bowl.  Place portions in individual salad bowls.  Add steak and onions.  Serve dressing alongside.
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Ok, don’t laugh, this is not a fancy-schmancy recipe, I usually just throw together some type of mayo based salad dressing.  I can’t stand the bottled stuff.  Not sure if this is kinda like a homemade Thousand Island, maybe?  Nevertheless, it’s pretty good.  🙂
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Creamy Homemade Dressing
1/2 cup mayo
1 T Heinz LC ketchup
1 tsp mustard
1 T peppercini juice
a dash of spices: salt, pepper, garlic powder
1 pkt Splenda, optional (if you prefer a sweeter dressing)
Mix all together in a small bowl.  If you prefer a thinner dressing, add some water or milk.

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For a great low carb dessert, what about Mini Chocolate Chip Cheesecake Pie?