Wicked Stuffed, Where Have You Been All My Keto/Low-Carb Life??

If you have not heard of wickedstuffed.com, get thee there ASAP!

The recipes use simple, easily found in most grocery store, not “specialty” ingredients.

I’ve tried several recipes from the blog and Amanda’s cookbook on Amazon:

And have loved them all.

If you’re thinking Keto but haven’t taken the plunge yet, she has some fantastic information and recipes free on her site:

http://www.wickedstuffed.com/keto-tips/basic-keto-diet-plan/

With the new year barreling down on us like a freight train, do yourself a favor and check her blog out 🙂

Her ideas and recipes remind me a lot of the original Dr Atkins New Diet Revolution plan: KISS (Keep It Simple Sweetie).

Although she has a lot of dessert recipes (one of my pet peeves: all desserts, no meals/real foods) she has a lot of side and main dish recipes. And her cookbook (above) is not all desserts! On that alone, I’d recommend her!

I highly recommend starting with her Chicken Ranch Bacon Tacos:

http://www.wickedstuffed.com/keto-recipes/ranch-chicken-bacon-taco-shells/

Anyway, I hope you have all had a great Holiday season so far, and wish you well in the New Year!

 

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Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas and may you be Blessed with health and happiness.

Busy morning.

Meal plan is always a little odd since we plan for anywhere from 3 to 15 as people drop in during the day.

  • Smoked brisket
  • pinto beans
  • corn bread (fathead muffin for me IF I want one)
  • potato salad
  • cole slaw
  • green beans sauteed in bacon fat with onions
  • Pecan Pie
  • Pumpkin pie
  • Cinnamon Apple crumble (gluten free)
  • halo top vanilla ice cream

As you can see, not traditional at all lol.

The cinnamon apple crumble is easy and I made it ahead and just kept the crumble separate so I can toss it in the oven and let it just bake off in the residual heat after everything else is cooked. Since I’m probably the only one who will eat it (instead of the pies and whatever else everyone brings) I make a small batch.

Cinnamon Apple Crumble (for 2)

  • 1 apple (I use a granny smith) peeled or unpeeled, sliced thin, diced or spiralized your choice
  • 3 tablespoons water
  • 1/2 teaspoon tapioca starch, arrowroot or thickener of your choice dissolved in 1T water or heavy cream
  • *1-2 packets sweetener of your choice
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 1/2 tablespoon butter (divided)
  • 3 tablespoons almond flour
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped walnuts or pecans or whatever nut you like, optional

In a small skillet, add the water and 1 packet sweetener, along with half the cinnamon and the prepared apples.

Let simmer until apples are soft, add more water if needed, but you don’t want it swimming.

Add the starch and the liquid it was dissolved in and simmer just until it’s thickened slightly. Add 1/2 tablespoon butter, stir in and set aside to cool. Refrigerate until you’re ready to bake it.

For the crumble, mix the almond flour, remaining cinnamon and sweetener then crumble it with the butter by working it with your fingers.

If you’re not baking it right away, put the crumble mixture in a container in the coldest part of your refrigerator.

The nuts are optional and you can add them to the apple mixture OR the crumble, depends on your taste.

When you’re ready to bake, put the apple mixture in a small oven safe dish (I have a 6″ pyrex pie pan and it’s perfect) and crumble the crumble over the top. Add more cinnamon if you like.

Bake at 350f for 10-12 minutes or microwave for 1-1/2 minutes or until it’s hot and bubbly.

Since almond flour doesn’t need a long cook time like other flours, it works fine either way.

Planning Christmas Eve Day’s Food

Traditions, we all have them

When our son was young we would drive around once it was dark and look at all the decorations and lights. Then we’d stop at our favorite truck stop (lol yes -it’s gone now but…) and get a peppermint hot cocoa and these amazing cookies that Barbara the waitress (I’m pretty sure that was her actual name :p) made that were kind of a combo of chocolate chip, snickerdoodle and oatmeal. They were so good, and about the size of a salad plate!

Kids grow up and traditions change. But the memories stay with you:)

What we do now is keep a lot of snacky foods on hand, for anyone that drops by, and I usually prep what I can for Christmas dinner on Christmas Eve day. We listen to Christmas songs and might watch an old classic like White Christmas.

Since I’m really keeping the gluten to a minimum, I’ve shopped ahead of time and will do:

  • assorted cheeses
  • summer sausage and Italian salami gluten free
  • deviled eggs
  • rice crackers
  • a variety of olives and peppers
  • cream cheese wrapped olives rolled in bacon crumbs
  • shrimp cocktail (for me melted butter instead of cocktail sauce)
  • marinated/pickled mushrooms
  • cucumbers, cherry tomatoes, carrots, broccoli and bell peppers cut up with Ranch and a Spinach Artichoke dip on the side.
  • Guacamole and chips for them, veggies for me to use as “chips”
  • I usually do a fruit fluff thing with canned fruits, gelatin and cool whip but I think I’ll opt for some fresh fruit (berries, grapes, etc) instead

That’s pretty much it for the Eve day.

We don’t do a lot of sweet stuff since Christmas Day usually has a variety of pies, cakes and cookies.

I hope you’re all doing well and enjoying the Season 🙂

Well I Disappeared Again, sorry!

I last posted in May and, well it’s been a weird Summer.

I won’t go into all the gory details, but I did find that I have a gluten sensitivity that triggers migraines IF I eat past a certain threshold.

I found this out trying Weight Watchers (summer, fruits, all that “not good for low carb” stuff, turned into daily grilled cheeses, and all THAT stuff – which is why I can  never go back to a high carb plan, I have zero control).

I found my threshold is: I can eat a little gluten. Say a low-carb pita or something like that, but only once every 3-4 days. More than that and it’s migraine city.

So I’ve been working that into my plan, figuring it out, you know all that stuff.

My plan is to be low(ish) carb, and 99% gluten free.

Now onto other things.

I joined a low-carb support forum on facebook, finally. That’s a roller coaster ride.

Did you know people get really offended if you tell them something they don’t want to hear?

You know, like “that’s for 1 serving, not the whole box”.

 

Anyway, I’m back-ish and will try to be more supportive :p