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Friday, August 31, 2012

I wish I was as thin as I was....

Healthified Cereal

Red Meat is Bad for you?


It's Labor Day weekend again.  Where does the time go?  This is one weekend when picnics are a fun activity.  Make the food ahead of time and be ready to roll when the time comes.  Picnics are family time (or time for couples) and  food, even simple food, tastes so much better in the outdoors.  Have you ever noticed that?  I also enjoy snacking in the car on road trips - actually I love it!  Haha!  So make some tea and put it in a flask and you can enjoy a mug of tea and slice of one of my sweet breads or cookies or squares, or even fudge before you even get to your destination. Yum!  Watch the beautiful countryside go by and chat with your hubby and enjoy the R and R.  Aah, wish I was going on a road trip like that sometime soon! :-)

That said, you can also picnic at home.  If you have a lovely shady tree, you can set up a buffet table underneath it and still enjoy yourselves with the comforts of home right there.

Here are some easy picnic ideas:

Instead of the usual hamburgers and hot dogs (although those are always welcome with kids, especially), try cold meat loaf for a change. You can use my Jiffy Bun recipe (just make a few beforehand) or Hamburger Buns with cheese slices and condiments.  Here are two that would fit the bill:

Bobotie - Curried Meat Loaf Extraordinaire

Bacon Wrapped Meat Loaf - my husband's favorite!  This recipe is from Splendid Low-Carbing


This is based on one of my husband’s favorite recipes for meat loaf from his childhood.

2 eggs, fork beaten
1 tbsp instant beef stock mix (15 mL)
1 tbsp vinegar (15 mL)
2 tsp SPLENDA® Granular (10 mL)
1/tsp salt (2 mL)
1/2 tsp black pepper (2 mL)
2 lbs lean ground beef (0.9 kg)
1/2 cup finely chopped onion (125 mL)
1/3 cup Gluten-Free Bake Mix - can possibly skip this! (75 mL)
1/4 cup tomato paste (50 mL)
6 slices raw bacon, thawed

In small bowl, combine eggs, beef stock mix, vinegar, SPLENDA® Granular, salt and black pepper.  In large bowl, combine ground beef, egg mixture, onion, Gluten-Free Bake Mix and tomato paste. Place on 15 x 10-inch (38 x 25 cm) jelly roll pan.  Form into 14-inch (36 cm) loaf or roll. Wrap bacon around loaf, leaving small spaces in between. Bake in 350°F (180°C) oven 1 hour and 20 minutes.

Variation:  Hamburgers:  Omit tomato paste, vinegar and SPLENDA® Granular.  Form meat mixture into 16 hamburgers, 3-inches (8 cm) across. Serve with small piece bacon on top, if desired. (1.1 g carbs)

Helpful Hint:  Any pinkish-red color that you may see in the meat loaf after it has cooked, is due to the tomato paste, and does not mean it is undercooked.

Yield:  10 servings
1 serving
252.9 calories
22.5 g protein
16.1 g fat
2.8 g carbs

OR ENJOY GRILLING OUTDOORS!  Faux stuffed baked potatoes and ribs along with a Miller Lite 

Salads - Broccoli Salad

Dessert - Hmm, fruit salad and yogurt - what could be simpler?  Otherwise how about dessert to feed a crowd such as 

Cheesecake always goes over well.

Mock Sweet Potato Casserole

Old Fashioned Blueberry Muffins

Steak vs Soda Health Risks

Cadmium Increases Breast Cancer Risk

Thursday, August 30, 2012

Shepherd's Pie

Roasted Seasoned Eggplant

Irish Soda Bread

Pesto Pasta

Chicken Quesadillas

We all need a bit of SUN

Cinnamon Bun Pancakes

Sugar Wars

Review of Nourished by Judy Barnes Baker

Trans Fats can lead to Alzheimers

What A Mistaka to Maka!


To see how to make this incredibly easy and delicious no-bake pie (other than the almond crust), watch this lovely video by Judy Barnes Baker, one of the authors of Low-Carbing Among Friends, Volume 3 coming out at the end of the year.  Judy has her own fabulous cookbooks, Carb Wars and Nourished.

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

I'm warning you a Low-Carb Diet is bad for your health

Contributor to Weight Problems

Chicken Parmesan Bake

Ultimate Weight Loss System

Low-Carb Banana

I can't have Carbohydrates on my Diet

Stir-Fried Cabbage

Scream until Daddy Stops

Always Give 100% at Work


I am happy to announce that all the pre-orders have gone out as well as the cookbooks to the authors and contributors.  Yay, that means mine is on the way!  I cannot wait to see it!  It's been so long, it almost doesn't seem real anymore.  However, we have to wait until all the pre-orders are filled and sent out before ours gets shipped.  I know my fellow authors are also curious.  Now both volumes are also available in coil-bound versions.  It's a little cheaper than having to take the perfect-bound cookbooks to Staples to have them coil bound, which is what a lot of people were doing.  To order your copy, go to this website.

EZ LIME DRINKS - Video by Judy Barnes Baker

I believe this video was done by Judy's son, Nathan. :)  Good job!

I do not want to BRAG or anything!

Chicken Marinara and Notato Gnocchi

Cream of Veggie Soups

Coffee Owls

Stressed is Desserts Spelled Backwards


If you love eggplant, you’ll enjoy this no-fuss, easy recipe.  The eggplant chunks are crispy on the outside and creamy-soft on the inside. 
4 Chinese Eggplants
1/4 cup light-tasting olive oil (60 mL)
1 tsp crushed garlic (5 mL)
3/4  tsp seasoning salt (3 mL)
Chop eggplants into small cubes, around 1-inch (2.5 cm) or so in size.  Place in large bowl.  In small bowl, combine olive oil, garlic and seasoning salt.  Pour over eggplant and immediately toss well to distribute oil mixture.  Let it sit on the countertop half an hour to allow flavors to blend.

Preheat oven to 450°F (230°C).  On cookie sheet, spread eggplant (not touching if possible) and bake about 30 minutes, until the cubes are browned with some crispy pieces and the inside is creamy.  Check after 20 minutes and remove smaller pieces that are ready.  Some pieces will appear very dark (the skin darkens up considerably), but typically it is not burned and tastes wonderful.  Serve hot or at room temperature.

Helpful Hints:  You can easily double or triple this recipe.  Just use more cookie sheets, obviously.

Yield:  2 large servings

1 serving
287.8 calories
2.4 g protein
27.0 g fat
7.5 g carbs

I will not be Naughty!