Jan 26, 2015

Zesty Skinny Coleslaw Recipe! {Low Carb & Tastes GREAT}

Jan
26
2015
Monday

Zesty Skinny Coleslaw Recipe! Low carb and tastes great!!



Skinny coleslaw is a savory coleslaw that is perfect for a low carb diet. It is not as sweet as most coleslaw recipes, and you’ll get a zesty kick from the fresh garlic and cayenne pepper.

A major ingredient in this recipe is mayonnaise. I try to avoid soy most of the time, and I have noticed that commercial mayonnaise is almost always made with soybean oil. You can skip the soy by making your own mayonnaise, or by buying a soy-free mayonnaise (my newest discovery is that Trader Joe’s mayo is soy free!)

Coleslaw is generally chilled for at least an hour to allow the flavors to mingle, and this recipe is no exception. But let’s be honest – sometimes last minute coleslaw is what you have to make, and I’m happy to tell you that this recipe is delicious even when you need to serve it right away. That’s what I usually do!

Coleslaw complements main dishes like fish, ribs, or baked chicken. You can also use it in your menu to replace a green salad.

Skinny Coleslaw
 
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Our skinny coleslaw will be the perfect accompaniment to your next low carb meal. The touch of cayenne and fresh garlic give it a spicy kick.
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Recipe type: Side Dish
Serves: 10 servings
Ingredients
  • 1 head of cabbage, shredded (about 10 cups)
  • 3 carrots, shredded (about 1 cup)
  • 2 green onions, chopped
  • ⅔ cup mayonnaise
  • ½ cup white vinegar
  • 1 clove garlic, crushed or minced
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • ¼ teaspoon celery seed
  • ½ teaspoon salt
Instructions
  1. Core cabbage and shred it in a food processor, or make very fine vertical slices to shred by hand. Place cabbage in large bowl.
  2. Add shredded carrots and chopped green onions to cabbage and stir well.
  3. In a small bowl whisk together mayonnaise, vinegar, garlic, cayenne pepper, celery seed and salt.
  4. Pour dressing over cabbage and carrots and combine well.
  5. If you have time, let the coleslaw rest (covered) in the fridge for an hour before serving. But if you are in a hurry it will still be delicious!

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Jan 21, 2015

Gluten Free Flour Recipe – How to Make Gluten-Free Flour!

Jan
21
2015
Wednesday

Make your own gluten free flour with this basic recipe.


 

Gluten-Free Flour Recipe

When transitioning to eating gluten free, many people hope to find a way to continue making their favorite recipes. It is handy to keep a gluten free flour substitute on hand that you can use as a replacement in those old standby recipes. And we have just the gluten free flour mix for you!

This simple gluten free flour mix recipe has just five ingredients. You can use this flour mix in a one to one ratio in your recipes – for every cup of flour called for in the original recipe, use 1 cup of gluten free flour.

If you are avoiding dairy, you can omit the milk powder. Milk proteins help to bind bake goods together, and help them brown better. So if you leave it out, you may find your end result is a little more crumbly and not as browned as you are used to.

Gluten Free Flour Recipe
 
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A basic recipe for gluten free flour.
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Serves: A little over 8 cups or 3 lbs
Ingredients
  • 5 cups superfine brown rice flour
  • 2 cups potato starch (not flour!)
  • ½ cup tapioca flour/starch (they are the same)
  • ¾ cup non-fat powdered milk
  • 2 tablespoons xantham gum
Instructions
  1. Combine all ingredients.
  2. Stir well.
  3. Use 1 cup gluten free flour mix to substitute for each 1 cup of wheat flour.
  4. Store in an airtight container.
  5. Note: Powdered milk can be removed for dairy-free alternative. Baked goods may be more crumbly and not brown as well without milk powder.

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Jan 16, 2015

Easy Homemade Yogurt Bites! #AussieStyle @YuluYogurt

Jan
16
2015
Friday

Easy Frozen Yogurt Bites




I’m in love!! And I’ve found our family’s new favorite EASY dessert! But before I tell you what it is, I have a confession to make. I force myself to eat Greek yogurt because I know that it’s good for me, but I really just don’t like it that much. I try to like it. I really do. I know they say it can be an acquired taste for some, but I just don’t think it’s possible for me to acquire it. But have you heard of Aussie style yogurt? I was asked to try a new brand of Australian-inspired yogurt called Yulu. It is packed with protein (9 grams per serving), and completely free of artificial ingredients! Now, it does have a fair amount of sugar per container (14-17 g), so I decided to divide a container up among the kids by making frozen yogurt bites. These are SO good, and they will definitely be something that we have on hand as a fun, and articifial-ingredient-free dessert. Plus, it’s so much less messy than eating yogurt out of a bowl! All you have to do to make the yogurt bites is scoop the yogurt into a quart-size baggie and cut a little bit off the corner. Lay parchment paper down on a cookie sheet (the parchment paper is SUPER important!) and squeeze out small “drops” of the yogurt. Freeze for around 30 minutes to an hour! The kids think that it’s ice cream, it’s filled with probiotics, AND it doesn’t make a mess! This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Yulu. The opinions and text are all mine.

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Jan 12, 2015

Homemade Ranch Dressing Recipe: DIY Ranch Spice Mix!

Jan
12
2015
Monday

Make your own Ranch Dressing and Ranch Dip with this DIY spice mix! Can be made with or without dairy!



Homemade Ranch Dressing Recipe

Save money and eat healthier by making your own Ranch Dressing Spice Mix! Ranch is a favorite in our house. I feel good serving this Ranch Dressing to my kids because not only is it delicious, it is real food – no preservatives or corn syrup here!

Whenever you need some salad dressing or dip, just combine Ranch Dressing Spice Mix with sour cream, mayonnaise and buttermilk. Altering the proportions will yield either dressing or dip – your choice!

If you are out of sour cream or buttermilk, try substituting. Greek yogurt can be used in place of sour cream. Buttermilk can be replaced with thinned yogurt, or by adding a few tablespoons of lemon juice or vinegar to a cup of milk. You can use store bought mayonnaise or make your own.

If you don’t eat dairy products, having the spice mix on hand means you can use appropriate dairy substitutes that meet your dietary needs, and still enjoy the yummy flavor of Ranch Dressing!
This recipe will make four batches of Ranch Dressing or Dip.

DIY Ranch Dressing Spice Mix
 
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Keep Ranch Dressing Spice Mix on hand, and you'll be able to whip up fresh Ranch Dressing or Dip in minutes!
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Recipe type: Salad Dressing
Serves: 4 batches
Ingredients
  • FOR RANCH DRESSING SPICE MIX
  • 4 teaspoons dried parsley
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 2 teaspoons black pepper
  • 2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon dried chives
  • 2 teaspoons dill
  • FOR ONE BATCH OF RANCH DRESSING:
  • 3½ teaspoons Ranch Dressing Spice Mix
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • FOR ONE BATCH OF RANCH DIP:
  • 3½ teaspoons Ranch Dressing Spice Mix
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • ½ cup buttermilk
Instructions
  1. Mix all spices together and store in a lidded container.
  2. For a single batch of Ranch Dressing, whisk together 1 cup sour cream, 1 cup mayonnaise and 1 cup buttermilk, then add 3½ teaspoons of spice mix. Store in the refrigerator and use within a week.
  3. For a single batch of Ranch Dip, whisk together 1 cup sour cream, 1 cup mayonnaise and ½ cup buttermilk, then add 3½ teaspoons of spice mix. Store in the refrigerator and use within a week.

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Jan 8, 2015

Easy Broiled Parmesan Tilapia Recipe

Jan
8
2015
Thursday

Easy Broiled Parmesan Tilapia! This is a delicious way to quickly prepare a serving of heart-healthy fish -  a kid pleaser too!



Some nights I just need to get dinner on the table quickly, and Easy Broiled Parmesan Tilapia is the perfect solution.

I can put together a meal of tilapia and vegetables (like steamed broccoli and coleslaw) in less than the time it would take to boil up a pot of pasta! My kids really like this recipe too, which is a definite bonus. Broiled Parmesan Tilapia is also low carb and gluten free.

If you tend to be a distractable cook, it is a good idea to use a timer to help you remember that you are broiling. That way you don’t end up with a very smoky kitchen! I sometimes set the timer for just 1 minute and reset it every time I open the oven door, just to be sure I don’t lose track.

There are many health benefits to eating fish. I am thankful that Easy Broiled Parmesan Tilapia is a simple way to incorporate it into our family’s diet!

Easy Broiled Parmesan Tilapia
 
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Enjoy the health benefits of eating fish with this delicious broiled tilapia recipe finished off with a parmesan topping.
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Recipe type: Fish
Serves: 4 servings
Ingredients
  • ¼ cup Parmesan cheese
  • 4 Tablespoons butter, softened
  • 1 Tablespoon sour cream
  • ⅛ teaspoon dried basil
  • ⅛ teaspoon black pepper
  • ⅛ teaspoon onion powder
  • salt to taste
  • 1 pound tilapia fillets (about 4 filets)
Instructions
  1. Preheat broiler
  2. Rinse fish and pat dry
  3. Lay fish on a baking sheet covered with parchment paper
  4. In a small bowl, combine Parmesan cheese, butter, sour cream, basil, pepper and onion powder. Add salt as needed and set aside.
  5. Broil tilapia filets for a few minutes (2 or 3)
  6. Flip filets over and broil the other side for another few minutes
  7. Remove the fish from the oven and spread ¼ of the butter mixture on each filet.
  8. Return to the oven and broil for another minute or so (until top is lightly browned)
  9. Serve immediately

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Dec 22, 2014

Homemade Peppermint Patties – Dairy-Free & Paleo-Friendly!

Dec
22
2014
Monday

The BEST Homemade Peppermint Patties I've Ever Had!
Who doesn’t love Peppermint Patties!?

Ok, my 7 year old doesn’t (she dislikes anything minty), but besides her.

Our four year old doesn’t have the same aversion to mint-flavored desserts as his older sister, so I wanted to show him just how amazing a Peppermint Patty can be… except he’s allergic to dairy. And eggs. And the traditional store-bought Peppermint Patties have both (along with a lot of other ingredients that I’m not thrilled about anyway.)

So, off to Google I went to find something that I could make for him.

After sifting through several different recipes, I found this one that seemed easy enough! But I didn’t have cashews, and if I did… who SOAKS their cashews? (Please don’t get mad at me if you soak your cashews.) ;)

I worked with what I had and came up with what I believe is an AWESOME adaptation of the recipe above! In fact, I can’t imagine another version tasting better than this one!

Instead of the cashews, I used blanched almond flour that I found at my local Costco, and instead of Almond Milk, I used Silk’s new Cashewmilk!

Yes, Cashewmilk that you don’t have to make yourself is now available! And it’s GOOD! If you’re a cashew fan then you have to try it. It comes in both an unsweetened version, and a sweetened version. But even the sweetened version of Silk’s Cashewmilk has almost HALF the sugar that regular cow’s milk has!

To read more about Silk’s new Cashewmilk AND be entered to win a $500 Spa Gift Card, just click here!

And, not that I did this or anything, but just in case you forget to melt your coconut oil BEFORE putting it into the blender with the rest of the ingredients… a blow dryer works really well to melt it.  ;)

Pour yourself a big glass of Cashewmilk and enjoy!   These really are heavenly!

Homemade Peppermint Patties!

Be sure to let Silk know what you think about their new Cashewmilk on the Silk Facebook page, and find more awesome recipe ideas on the Silk Pinterest Board!

Oh!  And for those of you who need a visual for the cupcake liners, here’s what mine looked like before I put them in the freezer…

Peppermint Patties In Muffin Molds

This conversation is sponsored by Silk. The opinions and text are all mine.

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