Summer Recipe Ideas.


Uhm. It’s really freaking hot. Right?! I am so over cooking. I don’t want to turn my oven on at all if I can help it. Here are some quick and easy summer recipes that I plan on making soon.

 

Check out my pinterest board!

https://www.pinterest.com/gracekeyxo/light-summer-recipes/

 

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Low carb French onion soup.


Sunday night my husband and I were just hanging out talking about dinner. He mentioned French onion soup and so I knew instantly what had to be done. We ran to the store and I got some beef broth + onions + smoked Gruyere. This recipe is so simple anyone could make it.

For 8 servings.
6 tbsp of butter
2 tbsp of extra virgin olive oil
1 container of beef broth {32 oz}
2 medium size onions of any variety (I like Spanish and white)
1 tsp of dried thyme
Salt and pepper to taste
8 oz of cheese of choice. I suggest Gruyere, provolone, or Swiss. Anything smoked is good too!
Small bag of plain pork rinds.
Ramekins or oven safe bowls for soup

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pumpkin cheesecake ice cream!


What I use for 2 servings of PCI- Sweetener about 1 tbsp, 3 tbsp of full fat cream cheese, 1/2 cup of pumpkin, 1/4 cup of heavy cream, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, pumpkin spice. 1 cup of ice.
What I use for 2 servings of PCI- Sweetener about 1 tbsp, 3 tbsp of full fat cream cheese, 1/2 cup of pumpkin, 1/4 cup of heavy cream, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, pumpkin spice. 1 cup of ice.
Measure out ingredients. 1/2 cup pumpkin, 1-2 tbsp's sweetener of choice, 3 tbsp of cream cheese, 1/4 cup of heavy cream. Add to blender. Add 1 cup or so of ice. Add spices. I just do a few shakes of each. Blend in blender. Mixture will be thick because of the whipping cream. Keep adding ice until you get your desired texture.
Measure out ingredients. 1/2 cup pumpkin, 1-2 tbsp’s sweetener of choice, 3 tbsp of cream cheese, 1/4 cup of heavy cream. Add to blender. Add 1 cup or so of ice. Add spices. I just do a few shakes of each. Blend in blender. Mixture will be thick because of the whipping cream. Keep adding ice until you get your desired texture.
 Around 7 carbs and such a wonderful treat if you are on a low carb diet. Tastes delish!
Around 7 carbs and such a wonderful treat if you are on a low carb diet. Tastes delish!

 

 

 

Cauliflower Pizza Crust!


Warning- this literally took forever to make!! Next warning- It was sooooooooo worth it and delish!!

I know I am late to the cauliflower crust party but I had to jump on board. I have collected a million recipes and just went with the most simple one.

Ingredients for crust- 1 head of cauliflower, 1 egg, 1/2 cup mozzarella cheese, and spices like oregano and a bit of sea salt. Also, toppings. I used mozzarella, pepperoni, yellow pepper, and mushrooms.
Ingredients for crust- 1 head of cauliflower, 1 egg, 1/2 cup mozzarella cheese, and spices like oregano and a bit of sea salt. Also, toppings. I used mozzarella, pepperoni, yellow pepper, and mushrooms.
Clean and cut cauliflower into florets. Use a food processor or a blender and rice your cauliflower into little pieces. Do small batches. I had to do about 6. If you don't have a food processor or blender, start chopping with a knife? Good Luck!
Clean and cut cauliflower into florets. Use a food processor or a blender and rice your cauliflower into little pieces. Do small batches. I had to do about 6. If you don’t have a food processor or blender, start chopping with a knife? Good Luck!
Riced cauliflower! Now you are on your way. Boil about one inch of water.
Riced cauliflower! Now you are on your way. Boil about one inch of water.
Boiling water!
Boiling water!
Add rice in and cover. Let cook for four minutes.
Add rice in and cover. Let cook for four minutes.
Now comes the fun part (not really). We have to strain the cauliflower. I started with a simple mesh strainer and switched to paper towels to really press out the water. You have to get the cauliflower rice completely dry or you will have a crappy crust!
Now comes the fun part (not really). We have to strain the cauliflower. I started with a simple mesh strainer and switched to paper towels to really press out the water. You have to get the cauliflower rice completely dry or you will have a crappy crust!
Most people use a tea towel. I had no such thing. One whole roll of paper towels gone and finally the rice was dry!
Most people use a tea towel. I had no such thing. One whole roll of paper towels gone and finally the rice was dry!
Add one egg, cheese, and seasonings to bowl. A sprinkle of oregano, and a bit of sea salt.
Add one egg, cheese, and seasonings to bowl. A sprinkle of oregano, and a bit of sea salt.
Add rice in. Use your hands and mix all the ingredients.
Add rice in. Use your hands and mix all the ingredients.
Your oven should be on 400. Layer parchment paper on a baking sheet. Shape your dough into whatever shape you want.  We made a slightly higher crust for a more pizza effect.
Your oven should be on 400. Layer parchment paper on a baking sheet. Shape your dough into whatever shape you want. We made a slightly higher crust for a more pizza effect.
Bake in your 400 degree oven for 40 minutes or until golden brown. Pull it out.
Bake in your 400 degree oven for 40 minutes or until golden brown. Pull it out.
Pick your toppings! I loved this boarshead pepperoni, mushroom, and yellow pepper slice combo.
Pick your toppings! I loved this boarshead pepperoni, mushroom, and yellow pepper slice combo.
Put your sauce on. We kept ours super light to avoid carbs :)
Put your sauce on. We kept ours super light to avoid carbs ๐Ÿ™‚
Top with your cheese and toppings. Put back into your 400 degree oven for 5 or so minutes or until pizza cheese is bubbling.
Top with your cheese and toppings. Put back into your 400 degree oven for 5 or so minutes or until pizza cheese is bubbling.
All done. I am so impressed with this crust.
All done. I am so impressed with this crust.
Pizza you can hold and everything!! MMM.
Pizza you can hold and everything!! MMM.

 

I give this pizza a 10/10. I will for sure be making this crust again. Being on low carb this crust is a miracle. It’s amazing!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cream Cheese Balls!


Super fun and easy snack or low carb dessert. I used this recipe-ย http://lowcarbpinay.blogspot.com/2010/05/i-cant-believe-this-isnt-cheating-cream.html

 

Ingredients- 1 stick of unsalted butter, 1 block or 8 oz of regular cream cheese, low carb sugar of choice, nuts of choice.
Ingredients- 1 stick of unsalted butter, 1 block or 8 oz of regular cream cheese, low carb sugar of choice, nuts of choice.
Make sure butter and cream cheese are room temperature. Add to bowl.
Make sure butter and cream cheese are room temperature. Add to bowl.
Whip together. You can use a hand blender or a fork. Add sugar of choice. I only needed to add 5 packets of stevia.
Whip together. You can use a hand blender or a fork. Add sugar of choice. I only needed to add 5 packets of stevia.
Crush nuts of choice. I didn't measure, but I think I used like 20 pistachios or maybe 1/4 a cup. These balls are versatile. Use what you like! Stir nuts in. Put in fridge for one hour for mixture to get cold.
Crush nuts of choice. I didn’t measure, but I think I used like 20 pistachios or maybe 1/4 a cup. These balls are versatile. Use what you like! Stir nuts in. Put in fridge for one hour for mixture to get cold.
After being in the fridge for one hour, roll into balls and keep in freezer. So good! The carb count will depend on how many nuts you use as it's the only thing with carbs.
After being in the fridge for one hour, roll into balls and keep in freezer. So good! The carb count will depend on how many nuts you use as it’s the only thing with carbs.

 

 

 

 

 

Cedarlane Omelet Review!


  • I never know what to make for breakfast. About 4 years ago, I went on a smoothie binge and literally drank a smoothie every single day for a year. That kind of died out. I am always looking for other options.ย http://www.cedarlanefoods.com/ asked me to try out their omelets. They are a 30 plus year natural company with healthy but still super convenient choices. With 20 grams of protein per omelet I knew this would make a good breakfast for when all I had time for was to pop something in the microwave. They sent me fourย flavors.
  • Spinach and mushroom
  • Garden vegetable with mozzarella.
  • Turkey bacon, vegetable and cheese.
  • Green Chile, cheese, and ranchero sauce.

chiliIMG_7116.JPGThe green chile was my favorite. It was filling, and spicy but not too spicy. I love mexican for breakfast!

IMG_7117.JPGThe spinach and mushroom omelette left me super full! I always love the combination of spinach and mushroom so this was a win.

IMG_7034.JPGThe turkey bacon omelette was good too! My only complaint? Needs more bacon. Everything needs more bacon ๐Ÿ˜‰

IMG_7036.JPGThe veggie omelet was my least favorite of the bunch. It wasn’t bad, but it just wasn’t amazing. A little bland. I added some hot sauce and that helped.

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Is it cheaper just to make your own egg white omelet for breakfast? Absolutely. Do you always have the time to chop up your veggies, get your protein together, and cook. Oh and not screw up the flip part of the omelet?! Ha. No you probably don’t. These are great in a cinch. Left me full for 3-4 hours.

Check out their facebook! They have a ton of other products ranging from tamales to enchiladas.

https://www.facebook.com/cedarlanefoods

Low carb grocery haul.


When all else fails I turn to low carb. Here is a quick little haul.

IMG_6818.JPGFew bags of lettuce, organic zucchini and red pepper, spaghetti squash, and mushrooms. I have a ton of frozen veggies in the freezer to get through before our move so I went light on fresh veggies.

IMG_6816.JPGProtein! Turkey burgers, ground turkey, chicken tenders, steak slices, and new york strips.

IMG_6815.JPGMore protein! Bacon, organic roast beef, cheese (I always buy block when I do low carb..The bagged cheese has a carb) eggs, turkey pepperoni, and 3 packs of protein shakes. I love these shakes! So good!

 

Looking forward to getting into ketosis! ๐Ÿ™‚

 

Getting back on track. Grocery Haul.


So I have eaten many a noodles, curries, burgers, pizza.. you name it. I have been home for two weeks but have not gotten on track at all. So today I said enough! I am not doing any specific way of eating. I am just trying to eat BETTER!! Here is what I scored.

IMG_6319.JPGRomaine, mushrooms, broccoli, spinach, squash, green beans, raspberries, 2 things of tomatoes.

IMG_6318.JPG3 lbs of lean turkey, a turkey tenderloin, 2 packages of chicken, chicken burgers, wild salmon bowls, and coconut lemongrass with chicken bowls. The frozen stuff is for in a pinch and has great stats!

IMG_6317.JPGQu0rn chicken patties, soy sausage, and garden veggie burgers.

IMG_6320.JPGWhole wheat bread, couscous, stocks, chimichurri, wraps.

IMG_6322.JPGTrying to go easy on cheese. Got myself the daiya shreds! Mozzarella and cheddar.

IMG_6321.JPGEggs, hummus, salsa.

 

I feel better knowing that their are some healthier choices in my fridge. One day at a time!!!!!

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Skinny noodles shirataki review.


I finally got a chance to try my skinny noodles last night. I wish I had tried them earlier. I am super impressed. If you are into asian dishes like stir-fries, soups, pad-thai…this is IT. The noodles were very thin. They really have no taste. Very neutral. They pick up the flavor of the sauce you put them in. So versatile. My next plan is to put them in a some kind of soup.

20140703-110838-40118971.jpgI made stir-fry with my noodles.

20140703-110840-40120944.jpgYou can use whatever veggies you want for yours. Just chop them all up.

20140703-110841-40121671.jpgAdd a bit of oil to your pan and get the veggies cooking.

20140703-110839-40119863.jpgWhile my veggies were cooking I started draining the noodles. I drained them 3 times.

20140703-110842-40122631.jpgI cooked my chicken on the side as the veggies were cooking. I can’t find my wok so the process took a bit longer!

20140703-110843-40123194.jpgAdd cooked chicken and spices. I used some ginger and some ponzu sauce + a tbsp of peanut butter.

I used a paper towel and got out any extra water from the noodles. I simple popped them into the pan and mixed everything together.

20140703-110843-40123759.jpgThe final product. It was delish. Peanut/soy sauce was amazing and the noodles added a lot of volume with barely any calories! Super excited to try the rest of these guys!

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Don’t forget I am running a giveaway for these noodles right over here– 5 packs!

https://gracegothealthy.com/2014/07/02/giveaway-5-packages-of-skinny-noodles-shirataki/

You can find out all of the information on their website here-

http://www.getskinnynoodles.com/