“Kitchen sink” Fritatta..- Wednesday Weekly Recipe post

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THIS, dish, is honestly, one of the most awesome culinary tidbits..A Fritatta is SERIOUSLY, one of the most versatile, healthy, quick, EASY meals to make- with WHATEVER you happen to have 😉  I used my medium skillet for this one, it was late, we were hungry, I was running out of stuff, BUT we ALWAYS have eggs..ALWAYS have some sort of veggies, and meats ..so ..get busy!!  😉  sautee whatever mix of stuff you happen to have..(mind you- NOTHING is “off limits” for this dish..) I used some grass fed BUTTER to sautee this in..>.. mmmm BUTTER…..( or you may use olive oil if you prefer)  Be creative 😉 get everything nicely sautee’d and soft. On the side, whip some eggs up ( with or without some cream, or broth for posterity)  pour egg mixture over your sautee mixture, cook until set a bit. If you add cheese, (or not) you may want to brown it a bit, so- set under a broiler for a few minutes, and wallah!

This is the best option, because it is a virtual crowd pleaser. You can tame the meatlover, or the vegetarian, the Paleo person, the Keto person, and pretty much just anyone who likes food. It is also great for breakfast, lunch and dinner too 😉 also served hot, room temp or cold..;-) win win win win!!  As always , I highly recommend using only the cleanest food available in your area, free range , grass fed, organic.. Health is Wealth.   ENJOY!

 

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Low Carb Herby Dinner Rolls

Low Carb Herby Dinner Rolls

Makes 12 dinner rolls

rolls.

The Stuff you need:

  • 2 TBS coconut flour
  • 2/3 C almond flour
  • 1 & 1/8 C golden flax meal
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • 2½ tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1½ tsp crushed, dried herbs (or 2 T. fresh, chopped herbs) you can use basil, rosemary, or mixture of any 😉
  • 4 eggs  beaten
  • 1 c.water
  • 4 TBS olive oil

What to do with the Stuff:

  • Preheat oven to 350º
  • Lightly grease muffin pan with olive oil
  • In a large mixing bowl Beat eggs, olive oil, and 1/2 of the water
  • Measure all dry ingredients & add to egg mixture. Mix well
  • Batter will be stiff, gradually add more water in small increments
  • Mix well after each addition until batter becomes smooth enough to spoon into muffin pans
  • Spoon into muffin cups nearly full (they don’t rise much)
  • Bake for 20 minutes
  • Cool on wire rack for 15-20 min

EACH roll contains:

150 calories

6.1 g carbs, 4.43 g fiber, 1.6 g NET CARBS

5.51 g protein

12.5 g fat

It’s just the way we eat – Wednesday Weekly recipe post

It’s just the way we eat 😉

A picture speaks 1000 words …

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Savoury Healthy Butter – Wednesday Weekly Recipe post

Savoury Flavoured Healthy Butter

(Makes 16 oz)

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THIS is truly, amazing butter. It is not only versatile with ALL your savoury dishes, but it also has an excellent source of much needed Potassium for all those Low Carb & Keto people trying to keep their electrolytes in check.

And, its TOO easy!  you can add anything to it really. I LIKE the taste of salt, so this is our “go to” standard savoury butter. Once it is sent in the fridge, (after about 6 hours) we stir it up, as a lot of the garlic/parsley chili’s sink to the bottom. WE then and store it in a covered plastic container on our countertop next to the stove, as we use it all the time for cooking, adding to broth, etc.

The Stuff you need:

  • 16 oz grass fed butter ( I prefer salted, as it adds more much needed sodium)
  • 1+ cup organic fresh chopped parsley ( I used a mix of my garden variety Italian Flat leaf /and parsley)
  • 4-6 cloves organic garlic chopped
  • 2 red bullet chili’s finely chopped (I keep the seeds in there, I like it spicy)
  • 2 anchovy’s finely chopped..optional- they were BEGGING me to use them, they were the only 2 left in the jar 🙂

What to do with the Stuff:

  • Over really low heat, place butter, and all ingredients in a saucepan
  • It is only to melt the butter into liquid, and mix in all ingredients
  • Do not bring to simmer, it is not to cook the ingredients
  • Once all melted, pour into small plastic container with lid
  • Store in fridge to harden
  • All the yummy stuff will sink to the bottom, I just stir it up when I use to get all the goodies in a serving
  • You CAN opt to use a stick blender to better combine the ingredients before putting in fridge
  • Optional to store in fridge or on countertop

Nutrition facts (as calculated by MyFitnessPal) –  Per 1 TBS serving:

  • Calories – 121
  • Healthy fat – 13.6 g
  • Healthy Cholesterol – 35.8 g
  • Sodium – 120.9mg
  • Potassium – 16.7mg
  • Carbs – 0.3gr

 

 

 

 

Ketofabulous Zucchini Rolls – Saturday Weekly Recipe post

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THE BEST APPETIZER ..
Satiating, low carb, amazing snack.. UBER easy, Uber yum!

Everything I use is always fresh, local, Organic, and the cleanest possible food 😉

Serves 2

The Stuff You Need:

  • 2 Large Zucchinis sliced lengthwise
  • Extra Virgin Olive Oil to taste
  • 4 oz cream cheese
  • 3/4 cup fresh bacon crumbles
  • 2 TBS chili garlic sauce (to taste)

What to do with the Stuff:

  • Preheat oven to 350
  • Coat each slice of Zucchini with salt pepper and EVOO
  • Roast/Grill Zucchini until soft and workable, set aside
  • Mix cream cheese, chili garlic sauce, and fresh bacon bits togetehr
  • Place 1 tsp cheese mixture on end of zucchini, roll into a pinwheel.
  • Set on baking sheet lined with parchment paper, seam side down
  • Bake at 350 for 10 min until warmed through
  • Can be made ahead and refrigerated.

Getting a “head start” on Keto- with “Ruled Me” 30 day plan – Wednesday Weekly Recipe Post

I GOTTA SHARE people, I just HAVE to 😉

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I’m SO energised this week~!! from not just eating REALLY well, but also from all the reading, networking, researching, creating recipe modifications, knowledge sharing, the new forum groups I’m a part of, and just the plain ole’ the “keto fascination” that many people are experiencing right now.

A new found “friend” told me, that the Ketogenics way of eating ( I HATE the word “diet” lol) BUT, it is now “trending, being the 6th most popular /researched/ “new” eating plan IN THE WORLD right now. I have a feeling that after more people watch “Cereal Killers”, and more people in social media keep sharing recipes, blogs, and these really informational/supportive forums keep popping up everywhere, that the “Ketogenics diet” will end up in the top 3. Eventually, when all the sheeple, decide to take a more proactive stance in their personal nutritional health and choices into their OWN hands we will be less of a minority. I look forward to those days.

I can’t say ENOUGH about an amazing young man, that I “met” online while on my continuing quest/obsession for more and more knowledge on this impressive eating plan ( or WOE = “Way of Eating”). Craig who started the website “Ruled Me” has an impressive story of his own.

The reason I mention he, and his website- I am on a woman’s forum about Ketogenic diet, and over 100 participants all started Craig’s 30 day plan on Monday, and all are there supporting one another, sharing the ups/downs/concerns/achievements to go strong and accomplish this goal until the end of 2014.

THAT is dedication! and also inspiring, and motivating!.. that is ONE HUNDRED WOMEN, from all over the world, who all “met” on a spin off of another forum, after a great gal just put it out there.. “Hey ladies, I’m starting the 30 day “Ruled Me” eating plan starting on Monday, to take us through the holidays, who’s in?.  The charge is US$5.00, Craig calls it a “donation”. I GLADLY paid my US$5.00 because the information I received in the 5 .PDFs is on point! Craig breaks it down “Barney style” for those of us who have more of a challenge grasping the full science of things. PLUS, THE RECIPES, and meal plans..all the way down to a shopping list for your essentials.. YAH.. THAT in itself, makes it pretty much a “no brainer” with absolutely zero stress for all, your meals for the next 30 days are simply PLANNED out, and super easy to do..

I HIGHLY recommend, and FULLY support this “30 day WOE plan,..so much, that I WANT TO SHARE THIS WITH EVERYONE.. not that I, personally have a huge following (as of yet), but it is something WORTH sharing.. and the best part?….the guy who wrote the plan?, CRAIG,- WOW.. what a GREAT guy!  He will answer ANY question you have..and address concerns, uncertainty, or just if you want to say hi, he sincerely appreciates it ! He will help you out with ANYTHING Keto related. He is an incredible plethora of hands on knowledge, and a REAL, down to earth, super smart, sincere guy..

He VOLUNTEERED to simply be “on call” for our little group of 100 women whom have started their new nutritional journey during the most CHALLENGING time of the year (for most).. I’m just really impressed, and simply wanted to share.  I have been making amazing delicious foods, from the “Ruled Me” website, and it goes to show that this man can COOK!, AND photograph..;-) It is inspiring, so much that I am on the quest to be able to modify most ANY food to “Keto Ize ” it 😉  Anyway take a look if you want some GREAT information.. Knowledge is power..share the knowledge!

The link for this awesome plan, is found below..Let me know how you fare ! 😉

http://www.ruled.me/30-day-ketogenic-diet-plan/

“Keto Friendly” AMAZING Homemade BEEF JERKY – Saturday Weekly Recipe Post

YUM jerky !  AND..the BEST part?  for my new approach to eating, I am tweaking ALL my fave recipes to be KETO FRIENDLY 😉

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For the Jerky:

We bought a nice hunk of scotch filet..(as they call it here in AU) In the states,
I think a “London broil” type would be AWESOME!) after looking up cuts of meat..
because the names of the cuts are TOTALLY different than home
“Bottom Round Roast” seems to be the winner lol they have that here,
as well as in the States;-)
ANYWAY  we just made 1Kg ( 2.2 pounds) and this a roughly the measurements..
1 K or 2 lbs or Steak – about 1 ½ to 2 inches thickness

GETTING READY

Put a steak into the freezer for like 10 min ( while you make the marinade)
This helps firm up the meat and make it really easy to slice –

The Marinade  ( to taste 😉 we like SPICY so added more peppers 😉

Tamari (or soy sauce)  – 3/4 cup
****Ketoliscious Worcestershire 3/4 cup ( recipe below 😉  )
Onion Powder – 1 TBS
Garlic Powder – 1 TBS
Ground Peppercorn – 1 TBS
Red Pepper Flakes – 1 TBS

The Jerky

For a steak cut into slices that are 1/8th to ¼ inch wide (slice with the grain)
For a roast cut into 1 ½ to 2 inch slabs- then cut into 1/8th to ¼ inch slices
Place the slices into the marinade and let sit at least 4 hours (up to
24 hours in the refrigerator)
Set up your grill(s) for indirect heat on a gas grill only heat the far side,
and on a charcoal grill -hot coals on one side of the grill and no
coals on the other side of the grill
You’re looking for a grill temperature of 140 to 150 degrees F

We used our gas grill for some, our little charcoal grill for some,(
LEAST fave way, we transferred to gas grill after 2 hrs..)
we also used our oven for some strips..( heated it to 68C (150F) Low – slow heat
just to see which worked best.. we prefer the gas grill to all.. but
the oven will work nicely, and
really good for winter time for you guys freezing in the States 😉

OK..
Take Jerky slices from the marinade and dry them REALLY WELL with paper towels
Place the jerky slices on the side of the grill with no coals for low
and slow indirect cooking
and in the oven, also on a rack, just in the center
You are looking at a cook time of 4-5 hours, you will know. try REALLY
hard to just let them cook
for the 4 hours.. ours on the grill were done first at about 4 and a
half.. the oven ones we let go till 5..

Then, we put them in a paper bag, and stored in our dark pantry, for a
day- but now we store in the refrigerator 😉

******(Keto-Liscious- Worcestershire ******  😉
it’s REALLY good! key being it’s sugar free-
this below ended up being the amount to use for the jerky 😉

Ingredients

1/2 cup apple cider vinegar
2 TBS water
2 TBS Tamari sauce
1/4 tsp ground ginger
1/4 tsp ground cloves
1/4 tsp mustard powder
1/4 tsp onion powder
1/4 tsp garlic powder
1/8 tsp cinnamon
1/8 tsp freshly ground black pepper
Smoked paprika to taste
Hot sauce to taste, (optional) check the ingredients! and chose a
high-quality sauce

Combine all the ingredients ( all to your taste, i guessed on the
amounts, use your palate 😉

ANYWAY…in a saucepan, combine and slowly bring to a boil stirring frequently.
Let simmer for about 10 min for the flavors to develop, cool down. If
storing, store in fridge.

Shredded Beef Enchiladas- Saturday Weekly Recipe post

Shredded Beef Enchiladas

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Serves 4-6

The Stuff you Need;

  • 3 pounds beef chuck roast
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 1/2 cups beef broth
  • 3 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons chili powder
  • 1 tablespoon ground cumin
  • 2 TBS butter1 large onion, chopped
  • 2 (4 ounce) cans chopped green chile peppers
  • 1 large diced jalapenos (optional- for heat )
  • 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups sour cream
  • 3 cups shredded Monterey Pepper Jack cheese, divided ( unless you want plain Jack-no spicy)
  • Olive oil for corn tortillas OR
  • 1- 2 cans Enchilada sauce ( to moisten instead of oil)
  • 20 (6 inch) corn tortillasWhat to do with the Stuff:You may eliminate stove top meat preparation altogether, and simply use crockpot with all spices on high 4-6 hrs the day before, or while at work.. otherwise, this method works well, as long as you follow instructions

Also: in reference to corn tortillas.. to prepare them for rolling; you may use the oil preparation OR use the your red enchilada sauce ( topping) to moisten. Another option, if you do not want to roll individual enchiladas, or the corn tortillas are breaking, you may layer them as a lasagne type dish- using all ingredients, topping with red enchilada sauce , cheeses, and avocados

  • Place roast in a large saucepan that has a tight-fitting lid
  • Pour in water, cover, and simmer on low for 30 minutes
  • Increase heat to medium/high, and brown the roast on all sides
  • Once the water has boiled away, pour in the beef broth, vinegar, chili powder and cumin
  • Cover tightly and reduce heat to low
  • Simmer for 1 1/2 to 2 hours or until the beef falls apart when you try to pick it up
  • Shred the beef, using 2 forks or your fingers
  • Place shredded beef back into the saucepan with all the juices, and let cool to room temperature
  • In a large skillet, saute the onions in butter until just soft
  • Mix in flour and green chilies
  • Stir to make roux constantly for 2 minutes to cook the flour taste out
  • Stir in sour cream and 2 cups of Monterey Pepper Jack cheese
  • Cook on low for 10 minutes, stirring often, until the cheese is all melted and mixed.
  • Set aside and let cool.
  • Corn tortillas may be warmed in saute pan either with oil, or red enchilada sauce
  • Using tongs dip the tortillas, one at a time, into the oil or sauce for 10 seconds each side
  • Drain on paper towels, if using olive oil
  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C)
  • Spread sour cream mixture down the center of the tortilla
  • Top with about the same amount of beef
  • Roll up and place seam side down in greased baking dish ( 9x 13)
  • Repeat for each tortilla
  • Continue until you are out of the filling
  • Top with 1 can red enchilada sauce
  • Sprinkle with remaining Monterey Jack cheese
  • Top with avocado slices
  • Bake for 30 minutes or until cheese is melted and bubbling

Black Bean Burrito Bake – Wednesday Weekly Recipe Post

Black Bean Burrito Bake

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Makes 4 Burritos

  • The Stuff you need:

  • 1 (7 oz can) chipotle chilis in adobo sauce
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1 (15-ounce) can black beans, rinsed, drained, and divided
  • 1 cup frozen whole-kernel corn, thawed
  • 4 (8-inch) flour tortillas (I use whole grain tortillas)
  • Cooking spray
  • 1 cup salsa
  • 1 cup shredded Monterey pepper jack cheese ( or plain if you don’t prefer spice)
  • Chopped avocados, onions, lettuce, tomatoes, olives, cilantro and jalapeno’s for garnish

What to do with the Stuff:

  • Preheat oven to 350°
  • Remove one chile from can
  • Chop chiles & reserve remaining adobo sauce and chiles for another use
  • Combine sour cream and chile in a medium bowl; let stand 10 minutes
  • Place half of beans in a food processor; process until finely chopped
  • Add chopped beans, remaining beans, and corn to sour cream mixture
  • Spoon 1/2 cup bean mixture down the center of each tortilla
  • Roll up tortillas; place, seam side down, in an 9 x 13-inch baking dish coated with cooking spray Spread salsa over tortillas; sprinkle with cheese
  • Cover and bake at 350° for 20 minutes or until thoroughly heated
  • Serve with listed garnishes
  • This dish can be made in advance and chilled; just bring it back to room temperature before baking.

Uber EASY- Roasted Chicken- Wednesday Weekly Recipe post

UBER EASY, Roasted Chicken

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serves 2-4

ALWAYS buy clean, range fed, organic, grass fed, cage free, healthy, whole, cleanest foods available 😉

Paleo friendly, Gluten Free, Dairy free

The Stuff you need:

  • 3-4 pound roasting chicken

  • 2 medium onions

  • 2 carrots

  • 2 stalks celery

  • potatoes (optional)
  • 1 bulb garlic

  • olive oil

  • salt & pepper, garlic powder to taste
  • 1 lemon. lime or orange, or onion (to stuff inside)

  • 1 small bunch fresh thyme, rosemary, bay or sage, or a mixture of all 3

What to do with the Stuff:

  • Preheat oven to 475°F
  • Take your chicken out of the fridge 45-60 min prior to baking
  • Trim off excess fat, and stuff underneath breast skin on either side
  • Liberally salt and pepper the chicken, set aside (you may do this the night before, and leave uncovered in fridge)
  • Chop veggies into nice sized chunks
  • Separate garlic bulb into individual cloves, leave them unpeeled
  • Put all the veggies and garlic into the middle of a large roasting tray, drizzle with olive oil, salt & pepper to taste
  • Drizzle the chicken with olive oil and additional garlic powder, salt and pepper to taste- rubbing it all over the bird
  • Cut lemon or lime or orange or onion in halves or quarters
  • Put the fruit or onion inside the chicken’s cavity, along with the fresh bunch of herbs
  • Place the chicken on top of the vegetables in the roasting tray and put it into the preheated oven
  • Turn the heat down immediately to 400°F and cook the chicken for 1 hour and 20 minutes
  • Baste the chicken halfway through cooking
  • If the veggies look dry, add a splash of water to the tray to stop them burning
  • Chicken should be @ 160-165 on an instant read meat thermometer inserted between thigh and breast
  • When cooked, take the tray out of the oven and transfer the chicken to a board to rest for 15 minutes

MMMMMMM, ROAST CHICKEN!!