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Winter has arrived and cookies in the oven..

12 Nov

A very chilly day here in Minnesota and our first snowflakes are flying around.  What could be better to help deal with reality of winter than the smell of gingersnaps baking in the oven.  I am not totally convinced about using sugar substitutes. There is no denying there is a cloying taste but until I find a better substitute I will just deal with it.  I love to bake and and a cookie and cup of coffee sometimes just essential.  Going back to using white sugar is just not happening so I am learning to adjust.

Low Carb Ginger Snaps                                    

1/4 C coconut flour

2 tsp ground ginger

3/4 tsp baking soda

1/2 tsp ground cinnamon

1/4 tsp salt

1/8 tsp ground cloves

1/2 C unsalted butter, softened

1 T shortening

1 C granulated Splenda

3 large eggs, room temp

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

In small  bowl, mix together first 6 dry ingredients.  Set aside. In mixing bowl cream softened butter with shortening and splenda.  Add one egg at a time, mixing well after each addition. Scrape sides of bowl.

Add dry ingredients slowly until combined and smooth.

Suggest putting in refrigerator for 30 minutes to help firm up the dough.  I made cookies immediately and the dough was a bit hard to work with.  Lightly flatten each cookie with the back of a spoon before baking. Bake on cookie sheet lined with parchment paper. I used a small scoop to form each cookie. Approximately 1 T each cookie.

Bake for 12 minutes for soft cookies, a bit longer if you want them harder.  Cool on rack, store in airtight container.

These are a very delicate light cookie.  Each cookie is around 2 g carb.

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Spicy nuts from Cindy

2 Nov

This recipe comes from Cindy my intrepid exercise partner, when she starts talking three miles flies by! Cindy is a low carb fan.  Her only stumbling block might be that “liquid bread” or beer she occasionally imbibes.  I must say beer sounds good with these almonds.  Any low carb beer recommendations out there?

Cindy’s Chili Rosemary Almonds 

1 Tablespoon finely chopped fresh rosemary
1 Tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
1-2 teaspoons chile powder
1 teaspoon kosher salt
Dash cayenne pepper (optional)
2 cups whole almonds

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Arrange almonds in single layer on baking sheet and bake 15-20 minutes.

Keep your toasters!

20 Sep

 

I have been on the lookout for low carb bread that tastes good. I had heard about Julian Bakery bread but until recently it was not available in our area. This week I found it frozen in the health food section of our local grocery store. I bought the cinnamon raisin loaf.  It is so good! I am not just saying that because it has been 4 months since I had a piece of bread, at least I don’t think I am. The protein count of 14g/slice and fiber count of 13g/slice and net carbs of 2g/slice is so impressive. 

This fits perfectly in my low carb life.  In my short experience with this bread, I am so full after eating one slice that I don’t feel hungry for hours.  Look there are even raisins in it!

This bread is only available frozen in my area, which works out great.  It will keep for a long time and is easy to grab a slice to toast and add lots of butter! This would be a great snack with low carb natural peanut  butter.

Great way to make Hard boiled eggs~

9 Aug

Here is a fool proof recipe for making perfect Hard Boiled Eggs. I found this in Fine Cooking Magazine. The trick is to steam the eggs.

Arrange eggs in single layer on steamer basket over boiling water. Cover and cook for 10 minutes. Turn off heat and let eggs sit, covered, for 5 more minutes.
Meanwhile prepare an ice water bath.  Plunge eggs in ice water. To remove shell, take each egg and roll on counter and then under cold running water, peel shell.
Let come to room temp before cutting them.
Get fancy and make deviled eggs.  I use fresh dill, chopped red onion, a little Dijon Mustard and mayonnaise. 

Beware of the Coffee Break

2 Aug

I love coffee.  Sipping a tall skinny latte or a warm cappuccino was just heaven for me. Just the aroma made me feel great. That is until I realized a 12 ounce latte has 14g of carbs. A cappuccino the same size around 9g.  If you put a sugar in it the carb count even more.

So now I enjoy a fresh brewed cup of dark roast with 0g carbs and add 2T of half and half* with 1g carb.  The upside is I am saving money, limiting carbs and best of all I get my coffee so quickly! No more waiting for the barista!

 *don’t get fat free half and half it has more carbs than regular half and half.  Be sure to check labels.   Once you start looking at labels it is amazing.

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Easy Snacks

1 Aug

Need a quick snack have these on hand.  No carbs and easy. I have mozzarella string cheese and cheddar cheese sticks in the fridge. Pepperoni sticks and Slim Jim’s also quick and easy. Great with a handful of nuts. Very filling.

Nuts

23 Jul

I eat lots of nuts. I make my own mixture because buying mixed nuts there are always some I don’t like or want to avoid. My mixture includes Pecans, Walnuts, Almonds, Sunflower Seeds and Peanuts.
I even keep a small bag in my purse.  Good source of fiber to! 

Net Carbs per ounce:

Dry roasted peanuts with sea salt = 3g
Almonds with sea salt= 2g
Walnuts= 2g
Pecans= 1g
Sunflower Seeds= 3g

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