Feb 25, 2015

Gluten Free Chicken Taco Meat Recipe – Low Carb & Grain Free!

Feb
25
2015
Wednesday

Chicken Taco Meat is gluten free, low carb and grain free! Tastes amazing on a big salad - add to lettuce along with tomatoes, salsa, cheese and sour cream!



If you are looking for a crowd pleasing chicken recipe, you should definitely try Chicken Taco Meat! This is one of my most tried and true recipes. My kids love it, I serve it to company, and Chicken Taco Meat has been very popular with new moms when I bring it along with all the fixings for tacos!

One of my favorite things about Chicken Taco Meat is how flexible a dish it is. I sometimes serve it with tortillas, lettuce, tomatoes, salsa, and cheese for chicken tacos. Other times I serve it on lettuce (with the fixings!) for a delicious chicken taco salad. I have even included it in casseroles.

For fix-your-own tacos and salads, I like to put out:

  • shredded Chicken Taco Meat
  • lettuce (cut large for salads or shredded for tacos)
  • chopped tomatoes
  • chopped avocado
  • diced onions
  • shredded cheese
  • chopped cilantro
  • sour cream
  • salsa
  • tortillas (for tacos!)

I like to bake my Chicken Taco Meat in the oven, because I think the flavors are more intense, but I have also made it in the crockpot. If you prefer to use a crockpot, just cook it for four hours on high, then shred the meat.

Gluten Free Chicken Taco Meat Recipe - Low Carb & Grain Free!
 
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Chicken Taco Meat is gluten free, low carb and grain free! Tastes amazing on a big salad - add to lettuce along with tomatoes, salsa, cheese and sour cream. Or put out tortillas and make chicken tacos!
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Recipe type: Dinner
Cuisine: Mexican
Serves: 6
Ingredients
  • 1 tablespoon onion powder
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 2 teaspoons chili powder
  • 1½ teaspoons garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon oregano
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 4 chicken breasts
  • ½ cup chicken stock
  • (optional: use 3 T pre-made taco seasoning instead of above spices)
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350°
  2. Combine all spices in a small bowl.
  3. Place chicken breasts on baking pan.
  4. Sprinkle most of the spices on the chicken breasts.
  5. Pour chicken stock gently over spiced meat.
  6. Sprinkle remaining spices on chicken breasts.
  7. Bake for around 40 minutes, or until meat reaches 165°
  8. Shred meat with two forks and serve with taco fixings.

 

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Feb 23, 2015

Gluten-Free Strawberry Cheesecake Recipe in a Jar! Low Carb & THM!

Feb
23
2015
Monday

Gluten-Free Strawberry Cheesecake Recipe in Mason Jars - DELICIOUS and easy to make and take! Low Carb and Trim Healthy Mama "S" friendly!



These adorable no-bake miniature strawberry cheesecake mason jars are so delicious! Made with no grains, cheesecake jars are the perfect snack to stock in the fridge to help keep sugar cravings at bay.

Because I am trying to stick to a healthy diet (Trim Healthy Mama is amazing!) I use erythritol with a sprinkle of stevia as my sweetener. Other low carb options include xylitolTruvia or Sweet Blend. You can use any sweetener you like of course, including sugar if you prefer.

Unlike baked cheesecake, which uses eggs to help the cheesecake mixture set up, this recipe uses gelatin. The recipe is simple and quick to mix up – just be sure to leave time for your jars to chill in the fridge.

Strawberry cheesecake jars are great to have on hand for when you are on the go too! I love being able to pop a little cheesecake jar in my lunch cooler on days we are running around. It helps me resist those pretty but not-so-good-for-me baked treats at the store!

THM-FRIENDLY: For those who are doing the Trim Healthy Mama plan, this recipe works very well with THM. This recipe would be classified as an “S”

Gluten-Free Strawberry Cheesecake Recipe in a Jar! Low Carb & THM!
 
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Gluten-Free Strawberry Cheesecake Recipe in Mason Jars - DELICIOUS and easy to make and take! Low Carb and Trim Healthy Mama "S" friendly!
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Recipe type: Dessert
Serves: 8
Ingredients
  • .25 oz envelope unflavored gelatin
  • ½ cup sweetener (I use erythritol with a little stevia added)
  • 1 cup boiling water
  • 2 8 oz packages low fat cream cheese (softened)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 lb strawberries
  • optional sweetener for strawberries
Instructions
  1. In a small bowl, stir together gelatin and sweetener.
  2. Add boiling water and stir well until gelatin and sweetener are dissolved.
  3. Beat cream cheese and vanilla with an electric mixer in a large bowl until creamy and smooth.
  4. Slowly add gelatin liquid while continuing to beat.
  5. Put bowl in refrigerator and set timer for 15 minutes.
  6. Stir well at 15 minutes, and reset timer for another 15 minutes.
  7. Repeat one more time for a total of 45 minutes of chilling and three stirrings.
  8. Spoon cheesecake mixture into eight 4 oz Mason jars.
  9. Put lids on jars and chill in refrigerator for three hours.
  10. While cheesecake jars are chilling, wash and chop strawberries (16 - about 2 per jar)
  11. (optional) If strawberries aren't sweet enough, put chopped berries in a bowl, sprinkle with a little sweetener and stir.
  12. After three hours, top cheesecake in each jar with chopped strawberries and serve!

 

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Feb 18, 2015

Mexican Turkey Spinach Casserole Recipe – Gluten-Free!

Feb
18
2015
Wednesday

Mexican Turkey Spinach Casserole is low fat and full of protein! This recipe is gluten free, and would work as an "E" dish on the Trim Healthy Mama plan.



Mexican Turkey Spinach Casserole is a yummy, family-friendly dish that is both gluten free and low fat. It can be put together ahead of time on a busy day, then just popped in the oven. You can even assemble this casserole and freeze it!

While I love to make elaborate meals, I have three children who keep me running. There are plenty of nights when I need to keep dinner very simple! Those are the nights I often put casseroles on my menu plan.

I have been trying (roughly) to follow the Trim Healthy Mama eating plan. This recipe for Mexican Turkey Spinach Casserole was created when I decided to adapt another recipe to be “E” meal friendly (low fat, high protein, moderate carbs.)

The cream cheese and taco seasoning combine with spinach and tomatoes to make a nice sauce for the turkey. I like to steam brown rice in a rice cooker to serve with Mexican Turkey Spinach Casserole. A sprinkle of cilantro on top adds the perfect final touch!

Mexican Turkey Spinach Casserole Recipe - Gluten-Free!
 
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Mexican Turkey Spinach Casserole is low fat and full of protein! This recipe is gluten free, and would work as an "E" dish on the Trim Healthy Mama plan.
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Recipe type: Dinner
Cuisine: Mexican
Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • 1 lb ground turkey
  • ½ cup onion
  • 1 10 oz package frozen spinach, thawed and drained
  • 1 8 oz package fat free cream cheese (softened)
  • 1 tablespoon taco seasoning
  • 10 oz can diced tomatoes with green chiles (drained)
  • coconut oil spray
  • cilantro
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350°.
  2. Saute turkey and onion in pan until meat is cooked.
  3. In large bowl, combine cooked turkey, drained spinach, softened cream cheese, taco seasoning and tomatoes. Stir well.
  4. Lightly spray a 2½ qt casserole dish with coconut oil.
  5. Pour turkey mixture into dish and cover with foil.
  6. Bake until heated through and bubbling, about 40 minutes.
  7. Serve with cilantro sprinkled on top.
  8. Delicious served over brown rice!

 

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Feb 16, 2015

Gluten-Free Zucchini Noodles Recipe – Grain-Free, Low Carb, & THM!

Feb
16
2015
Monday

This Gluten-Free Zucchini Noodles Recipe is grain-free, low carb, & Trim Healthy Mama (S) friendly! Great substitute for pasta, cooks up in just one minute!



Zucchini noodles sound, at first, like a very unusual idea indeed. Especially if you grew up eating mushy zucchini (like me!) You have to wonder – how can such a floppy vegetable retain the shape of a noodle?

The answer is very simple – don’t overcook it! I saute my zucchini noodles over very high heat, very quickly – basically stir frying them.

These zucchini noodles are a great alternative to pasta for those who are eating gluten free or low carb. When cooked al dente (cooked but still firm,) zucchini noodles hold up well enough to even handle sauce.

I love to eat zucchini noodles fresh out of the pan, with no addition other than parmesan. My kids eat them happily and even fight over who gets to use our spiralizer. If you don’t have a spiralizer, you might want to look into a mandoline. Our spiralizer has been well worth the investment.

THM-FRIENDLY: For those who are doing the Trim Healthy Mama plan, this recipe works very well with THM. This recipe would be classified as an “S.”

Gluten-Free Zucchini Noodles Recipe - Grain-Free, Low Carb, & THM!
 
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This Gluten-Free Zucchini Noodles Recipe is grain-free, low carb, & Trim Healthy Mama (S) friendly! Great substitute for pasta, cooks up in just one minute!
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Recipe type: Side Dish
Serves: 1
Ingredients
  • 1 zucchini
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 clove garlic, peeled crushed or minced
Instructions
  1. Wash zucchini and slice off ends.
  2. Create zucchini strands with spiralizer or mandoline.
  3. Preheat pan on high and melt butter to cover bottom of pan.
  4. Working quickly, place crushed garlic and zucchini in very hot pan.
  5. Stir continuously for about 1 minute.
  6. Remove from pan immediately and place on plate.
  7. Do not overcook! Zucchini should be al dente.
  8. Serve with freshly grated parmesan cheese or your favorite sauce.

 

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Feb 10, 2015

Gluten-Free Breakfast Sausage Patties Recipe – Paleo, Low Carb, & THM!

Feb
10
2015
Tuesday

Gluten-Free Breakfast Sausage Patties are Paleo, Low Carb, & THM friendly! This simple recipe is better than store bought and will save you money!



Once you see how easy it is to make your own breakfast sausage, you won’t go back to buying it!

In our house everyone’s day starts better when we have some protein for breakfast. I like knowing what I am putting into our bodies, so I prefer to make sausage from scratch instead of buying it at the store. Cooking from scratch can be a real money saver too!

In fact, I first learned how to make breakfast sausage because we were blessed with a mother’s budgeting dream – free meat! We live out in the country, and in our area the wild hog population is dangerously high (hogs are very destructive!) One day a friend brought us some hog meat, and my sausage making career was begun.

With some ground pork and a few spices, in no time you will have sausage too!

I make my breakfast sausage into patties if I want to fry it up in a pan and serve it with eggs or fruit. Sometimes I just brown the sausage crumbles to add to an egg casserole or omelet. You could even put it on pizza! If you like your breakfast sausage a bit sweet just add the optional sweetener.

THM-FRIENDLY: For those who are doing the Trim Healthy Mama plan, this recipe works very well with THM. Breakfast sausage would be classified as an “S.”

 

Gluten-Free Breakfast Sausage Patties Recipe - Paleo, Low Carb, & THM!
 
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Gluten-Free Breakfast Sausage Patties are Paleo, Low Carb, & THM friendly! This simple recipe is better than store bought and will save you money!
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Recipe type: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Serves: 6
Ingredients
  • 2 pounds ground pork (uncooked)
  • 2 teaspoons sage
  • ¼ teaspoon marjoram
  • 1 pinch ground cloves
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • (optional: 1 tablespoon brown sugar or sweetener)
Instructions
  1. Combine sage, marjoram, cloves, salt and pepper in a small bowl.
  2. In a large bowl, mix together the pork and spices (using your hands is easiest.)
  3. Shape the pork into patties (about ¼ cup meat makes a nice sized patty.)
  4. Cook in a pan over medium heat, flipping so both sides are cooked well, until internal heat is 165°F.

 

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Jan 30, 2015

Bacon Garlic Avocado Bites Recipe! Great for Parties!

Jan
30
2015
Friday

Try Bacon Garlic Avocado Bites for your next party! A delicous appetizer that can be enjoyed by all! #lowcarb #paleo #glutenfree



If you are looking for an appetizer that will be a crowd pleaser, Bacon Garlic Avocado Bites won’t disappoint!

Bacon is one of the most beloved foods in our house. When the smell of bacon is in the air, the people I love start showing up in the kitchen with little smiles on their faces.

And when I take that yummy bacon and wrap it around avocado and a little sauteed garlic? I just can’t make enough to satisfy everyone!

These are great appetizers for parties – they look fancy but are simple to assemble. They also work well for those on low carb, gluten free or paleo diets. Yum!

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Sizzling bacon wrapped around avocado and garlic - a bite of happiness!
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Recipe type: Appetizer
Serves: 20 bites
Ingredients
  • 10 slices bacon, cut in half crosswise
  • 5-6 large cloves of fresh garlic, sliced into ⅛” thick pieces
  • 1 large avocado, skinned and cut in 1” cubes
  • optional: Tabasco Sauce
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 375°F, and warm up griddle.
  2. Place slices of bacon on griddle, cooking the first side until partly done (still soft).
  3. Flip the bacon slices over then add the garlic slices to the griddle, making sure a flat side of each garlic slice is touching the griddle.
  4. After a minute, flip the garlic slices and cook for 30-60 more seconds (at most let the garlic brown lightly)
  5. Remove the bacon and garlic from the griddle quickly so it doesn’t overcook.
  6. Working as fast as you can, wrap one piece of avocado plus one slice of garlic with a strip of bacon, and secure with a toothpick.
  7. (Optional: for a spicy bite, put a few shakes of tabasco sauce on each avocado chunk before rolling up)
  8. Bake at 375 for 3 minutes until sizzling.
  9. Serve immediately.

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