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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!

sausage balls

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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Spicy Fried Deer Tenderloin

This is our favorite way to cook deer tenderloin!

It so yummy and great served with some white beans and broccoli cheese cornbread.

Prepare the marinade and allow the meat to marinate overnight for the best flavor.

deer tenderloin

SPICY FRIED DEER TENDERLOIN

Marinade:
1 large bottle Worcestershire sauce
1 bottle of Louisiana hot sauce
2 eggs

Mix marinade in a large bowl with a lid and set aside.

Prepare the deer tenderloin by cutting into about 1’  thick slices.  Pound on both sides with a meat mallet. Place in the marinade and set in the fridge overnight.

When ready to fry, drain the meat.

I use a large freezer bag filled with a seasoned flour mix to dredge the tenderloin slices and then fry in batches until all the tenderloin is cooked.

Happy eating!  🙂

Benefits of Cooking with Cast Iron

Cast iron vessels have been used for cooking for hundreds of years.

In the early 19th century, meals were cooked in cast iron pots suspended over the fire in the fireplace.  In the 1960s cast iron became less popular as teflon-coated non-stick cookware was introduced.

I have to admit I have both types, but am leaning toward going to cast iron cooking full time.  I just got my Paula Deen cookware for my birthday, so it may be a gradual thing.

There are benefits in cooking with cast iron.   For one, it is very durable and can last a lifetime.  It can even be passed down to the next generation.   Cast iron retains heat and evenly redistributes the heat.  It’s even oven safe.  I have my favorite 10″ skillet for baking buttermilk cornbread and the cornbread just slides out of the well-seasoned skillet.

Cooking in cast iron actually adds iron to your food while avoiding the chemicals that non-stick cookware adds.  If it’s well seasoned, your food won’t stick.  The more you cook with it, the better it gets!  I even use it on my ceramic top stove.  I just try to be extra careful.

Cast iron is relatively inexpensive.  Most sets run around $100 and single skillets can run under $15.  This is for something that lasts for a lifetime!

Also, it doesn’t scratch so there’s no need to use the rubber coated cooking utensils, unless you just want to.  Sad to say, my large non-stick skillet is not looking too good, just after several months use.

It does get hot, so be sure and use a pot holder or handle mitt.

To clean and season cast iron, some people do not use soap.  If my pan was real messy, I have used soapy water and immediately dried and oiled the pan to prevent rust.  I have also cleaned with salt sprinkled in the pan and a scrubbie.  This works for pans that don’t have a lot of leftover residue.

Sometimes when camping I’ve used scrunched up  tin foil and some hot water.  So there’s several cleaning methods.  Just be sure to rub with a light coat of oil before storing.  I love my Dutch Oven for baking biscuits when we’re camping.  I’ve also fixed up a Beef Stew over the fire.

Lodge is my favorite cast iron brand.  There’s lots more cleaning and seasoning information found here on their site.

So enjoy cooking in your cast iron and think about all the healthy benefits that comes with it.  Pass some down to your children and grandchildren.  Tell them the history behind it.  Maybe generation after generation will benefit from your lovingly cared for cast iron.

Be sure and share any stories that you have of cast iron that’s been in your family, or how many pieces of cast iron you have.  I’d love to hear them!

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Crockpot Mac and Cheese by Trisha Yearwood

Talk about decadent and rich!  That’s this ooey, gooey homemade mac and cheese recipe for the crockpot! When I tested it straight out of the crockpot, I could not stop eating it.  Total comfort food!

mac and cheese

Crockpot Mac and Cheese by Trisha Yearwood

8 oz box or bag of elbow macaroni, cooked  …  (try Dreamfields)
One 12 oz can evaporated milk
1 1/2 cups whole milk
1/4 cup (1/2 stick ) of butter, melted
1 teaspoon salt
Dash of pepper
2 large eggs, beaten
Two 10 oz bricks sharp Cheddar cheese, grated (about 5 cups)
Dash of paprika
Cooking spray (I just buttered the dish)

In a large slow cooker, or crock pot (here’s a great 5 quart crock pot) lightly sprayed with cooking spray (or buttered), mix the macaroni, evaporated milk, milk, butter, salt, pepper, eggs and all but 1/2 cup of the grated cheese.

Sprinkle the reserved cheese over the top of the mixture and then sprinkle with paprika. Cover and cook on low heat for 3 hours and 15 minutes. (Mine was done in about 2 1/2 hours).  Turn off the slow cooker, stir the mixture and serve hot.  Makes 12 servings.

Cook’s Note: If you don’t have a slow cooker, grease a 9-by-13-by-2-inch pan with butter, add the mixture and bake at 350 degrees F for 50 minutes.

Low Carb Note: I’m thinking about trying this delicious mac and cheese recipe with cauliflower or baking it as a turnip gratin.  I’ll keep you updated!

recipe courtesy of Food Network

~Did I mention that my daughter has a guitar signed by Trisha Yearwood?  🙂  It was a 15th birthday gift from her grandpa.

mac and cheese

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