Thursday, May 31, 2018

Meatball Stuffed Portabella Mushrooms - KETO

I saw a recipe recently and it made me think. If we stuff crab meat in mushrooms and cheese in mushrooms, why not meatballs?
This was really easy to do and delicious. I used what I had in the fridge so if you want to change it up, you can.

I had purchased a package of baby portabella mushrooms, so I picked out the largest ones and popped the stem out. I chopped the stems and put into the meat mixture. I also had some leftover Mexican cheese, queso fresco, which I crumbled into the mixture as well. You could omit the stems and add whatever type of cheese you want or have on hand. I chose to not add any flour, crushed crackers or bread crumbs. This helps keep the carbs down.
These would be a great appetizer or if you wanted you could use large mushrooms for a bigger meal and even cook them on the grill.

Meatball Stuffed Portabella Mushrooms
9 baby portabella mushrooms
stems removed and chopped for meat mixture
1 TBSP parsley 
1 lb ground beef
1/2 tsp each of: cumin, chili powder, paprika, onion powder and garlic
1 tsp fresh cracked pepper
1/4 cup queso fresco crumbled
1/4 cup fresh salsa (left over) you could use crushed tomatoes and add more spices
Mix the ingredients well and form balls, place in the mushroom and into a baking dish. Bake at 400 degrees for 20-30 minutes depending on your oven.

Thursday, May 24, 2018

Philly Cheesesteak Stuffed Peppers - KETO

I've cut back on the "keto" but am trying to remain low carb. KETO is very difficult when your husband LOVES carbs. I can do without the bread, rice and pasta but potatoes are difficult to leave alone. I don't buy them, so that helps.

At least once a week I get a hankering, similar to a craving except I'm not pregnant, and I want something carbs. This desire normally comes in the form of pizza or a sub.
Oh a sub...a hot sub with melty cheese. Philly cheesesteak! YES that's the ticket but come on let's be honest, that is super high in carbs because of the large roll. So I opted for a low carb version.

I love sweet bell peppers so I decided they would be "the bun" in the cheesesteak.
Top it with some nice thick slices of provolone and it's a winner.
You could do this in the oven but I did it on the stove top, just placed it on low heat with a lid on top and Viola! 

2 large sweet  bell peppers (use green if you prefer)
1/2 - 1 lb lean ground beef
1-2 TBSP butter
1/2 onion thinly sliced
1/2 cup chopped mushrooms (optional)
salt and pepper to taste
garlic,minced 1 clove
2 TBSP steak sauce (A1 or something similar)
provolone cheese slices

In a large cast iron skillet or non stick pan, saute the onions, garlic, mushrooms and ground beef in butter until done. Add salt and pepper while cooking. Slice the peppers in half and clean out the seeds. Stir in the steak sauce then simmer until it reduces. Now spoon the mixture into the pepper halves and set them in the skillet. Top with cheese. Place a lid on top, reduce heat and allow cheese to melt. If you want your peppers "cooked" you can do this longer or place them in the oven. I like mine a tad crunchy.

You can serve these alone, with a salad or whatever you choose. I happen to have some leftover collards so that is what we had.

Friday, May 18, 2018

Dark Cherry NO BAKE cheesecake with chocolate and almonds - FOTW

Okay it's official. I have lost my mind. Why you ask? Well, because I caved in. I gave to the power of cute puppy. OhMyGoodness...with Spring comes babies, both human and animal. Everyone has been posting adorable photos. My husband was wanting a dog. Okay, dog. I'm good with that. Oh no...not a dog, we got a puppy. A 5 week old puppy to be precise. Well, now he's 11 weeks. He's a mix, a Heinz 57 well not really. His mom is a registered papered German Shepherd and his dad is a black lab. Here he is, Tucker.
This photo was taken when we picked him up in SC. What a teeny tiny cutie. Now the next picture, this is him currently.
He went from 6 lbs to almost 25!
I'm thinking about signing him up for the 2019 Kentucky Derby! AND buying stock in the dog food company because lord knows this chow hound can put it away!!

Just so you'll know, YES, I still have all 3 kitties. THEY are NOT happy. At all. But they will adjust, just like he will. Some times I wonder if I'll survive all the hissing, growling, barking and slapping that goes on but we get by one day at a time.

I love cheesecake and yes, it can be KETO or LOW CARB friendly. I'll share each way so you can be low carb or full sugar.
So, I was having a sweet attack. Now if you do low carb or keto you know, that a sweet attack happens after you have consumed refined sugar or a ton of carbs. Well, I had 3 days in a row where I ate bread. So my body was craving more. You either give in to the cravings, which I sooo wanted to do or you come up with something to satisfy the craving without killing you with sugar.
I created this delicious low carb no bake cheesecake.
Racking my brain trying to come up with a recipe, I thought ooh cheesecake would be good AND it is easy to make keto. I've done it  before. See HERE
Looking in my fridge I see a strawberry cream cheese spread and an almond one. I said oooh what if I combine them for a cheesecake. Upon opening them I see that my husband has eaten most of it. Okay, now what. Opening the drawer I see a block of good old fat cream cheese and then I spy the big jar of dark red cherries! BINGO! Now we're cooking with gas! I also have a small 16 oz carton of heavy whipping cream. Ooh baby come to mama!
Here ya go! Doesn't that look heavenly?

1 block cream cheese
1 cup powdered sugar (now if you are KETO or low carb, use the Swerve powdered sugar)
1 cup dark red cherries and 1/4 cup of the juice (mince - I used my ninja)
1 cup heavy whipping cream
Now the cream cheese needs to at room temperature, then whip it and the powdered sugar on high until fluffy. Now slowly add in the whipping cream. Once it is thick and glorious stir in the chopped cherries. Pour this into a spring form pan, I made a graham cracker crust. Top with a few almonds and drizzle with chocolate. BAM there ya go!

We went last month and saw the boys! YAY and my littlest grand daughter. I can't believe how much she's grown. She's not interested in being held, she wants to do it all by herself and is go go go from the time her feet hit the floor. Still a very happy child and precious. It was a very short visit but so nice. My husband had not seen our youngest in 4 years, he had never seen the baby and he had not seen our oldest in over a year. I had just gotten a new phone and had not had time to set it up, so I only managed a few photos. Which saddens me but I have memories.

Tucker keeps me busy and we do a lot of traveling. Mostly weekend trips but I love it.

Just last week we had one afternoon hit 89 degrees. No big deal, it's the South however, Tucker thought it was a big deal. He was panting and rolling on the tile. He wanted to go out but every time we did, he'd run back for the door. I was tired and not wanting to deal with it. So what did I do...something crazy. I took him in the bathroom, put him in the tub and turned the water on a low drizzle. He went NUTS! Biting at the water, jumping around, flipping, he was having the time of his life. AND since the water was on so low, it was very little splatter. I let him have at it until he was ready to get out. I toweled him off, gave him a treat for being a good boy and off to his bed he went for a two hour nap...hmm this might become a regular thing.
Or I might have created a monster.

This post has been part of the monthly Fly On The Wall, brain child of Karen at Baking In A Tornado, this monthly post gives you a glimpse into our lives. Enjoy
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Monday, May 7, 2018

Strawberry Cream Cheese Stuffed Angel Food Cake -Gifts From The Garden - BWF - May

When we chose "gifts from the garden" I thought awesome! All sorts of things grow in the garden that I can use for a recipe. A dessert was not on my mind at the time BUT when strawberry picking opened up AND hubby wanted a dessert, I said wonderful. Two birds with one stone.
All of a sudden I had this vision in my head. I'm sure it's not new. I'm sure someone has done this before but it was new in my head. It turned out fabulously!
I chose strawberries because it's that time of year. When I was in junior high, now called middle school, our FFA used to have huge strawberry fields and for extra credit, after school I'd go pick strawberries and sell at the school stand. That was in late May early June. These days, I guess due to global warming, strawberries are earlier and earlier each year. At home in NC my aunt went to White's and picked strawberries over a month ago.
There is nothing in the world as good as a strawberry standing in the field. Find the perfect one, dark red, full and ripe, wipe off the dirt and take a bite!

In this recipe I did  cheat a little. I used a box cake mix. I know I know but I just wasn't in the mood to stand in the kitchen and whip egg white into stiff peaks, about 20 minutes. I normally do things from scratch but sometimes I have to use short cuts when my fibro is in a flare. So there ya go.

1 angel food cake mix
1 pint fresh strawberries
1 8 oz block of cream cheese
2 tsp vanilla extract
1 cup powdered sugar
Prepare the cake according to instructions. Sit out the cream cheese so it can warm up, otherwise the mixture will be chunky which is not appealing. I drop mine in the mixing bowl and let it sit. Once the cake has cooled off, slice in half, try to make it even, as you see, mine was not. LOL hubby didn't care one bit. Mix the cream cheese, vanilla and powdered sugar together until smooth and fluffy. Dice your strawberries and gently stir in. Spread the mix on the cake, add the top back on and sprinkle powdered sugar, decorate with strawberry slices. This needs to be stored in the fridge because of the fruit and cc. Ours didn't last but a few days. My husband loved it and said "well we can't let it go bad". Such a sweet jester! hahaha
A very simple, light and delicious dessert.
He loved it!

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