Have a Holly, Jolly, Low-Carb Holiday!

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With Thanksgiving and Christmas right around the corner, a lot of us low carb newbies are getting a little nervous. It’s one thing to eat low carb in the comfort of our own home or in a restaurant where we can always just get a salad…but it’s completely different during the holidays. And, if your family is anything like mine, they will likely bombard you with questions and concerns when they realize you’re not eating much. Especially if you’re anything like me and used to eat 3 plates heaping with all kinds of food! *sigh*

So, how do we enjoy the holidays without partaking in all that carb-loaded food??? Well, if you’re having Thanksgiving at your house, this is definitely something you can control! When I first started scouring the internet for yummy low carb meals, I came across a whole blog post revolving around Thanksgiving dinner.

Check it out here: http://healthylivinghowto.com/1/post/2012/11/healthy-thanksgiving-2012-recipe-round-up.html

Obviously, the biggest part of Thanksgiving is the turkey. As long as it is prepared right, it will be fine for us to eat as much as we want, right? Then we’ve got mashed potatoes. Ohhhh, mashed potatoes. I love the suggestion in the link I posted above about tossing a couple of yellow potatoes in with your mashed cauliflower to make it fluffy and more potato tasting. I will definitely be implementing that for my Thanksgiving. She also provides us with some yummy bread alternatives and a homemade cranberry sauce. Yum! But my favorite was the green bean casserole topped with…BACON! If you follow my facebook page, you know how much I loooooove bacon! 😉

If you’re going elsewhere for the holidays, take some dishes with you! You know there will be at least a couple things there you can eat, but if you take a couple of your own low carb dishes, you’re ensuring that you will have plenty to eat while you’re there.

Ultimately, friends, you need to know that even if you cheat a little this holiday season (which I probably will!), you can always jump right back on the low carb train! We’ll save a seat for you. 🙂

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The Basics of an Easy Low Carb Dinner

First off, please forgive me for not posting yesterday. My internet was out all morning and, by the time it was back up, I was too busy to post anything. 😦

But anyway…when I think of an easy dinner, I think of 3 things–skillet, casserole, crock pot. I believe this holds true whether you are low carb or not. Before, when I would fill my crock pot or casserole dish, there was always pasta or potatoes involved. Now, it’s strictly veggies and meat. And there are just so many things you can do with meat and veggies. Things I never would have thought about, considering I was just addicted to carbs. So here are a few examples of what I do for an easy low carb dinner.

Sausage and Veggie Skillet

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This is one of my favorite dishes and I make it at least once a week. Cut up the sausage and fry it in some olive oil, then toss in some cabbage, onions, garlic, or whatever veggies you feel like frying up that day. It really is delicious!

Pork Roast and Veggies

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You can do it in the oven or, my personal favorite, in the crockpot. Rub the pork roast with your choice of seasonings, toss in some carrots, onions, and celery, and you’ve got a yummy, low carb meal! 🙂

Chicken and Veggie Casserole

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Cut up some chicken and toss it into a casserole dish with some veggies (I usually just get a bag of california blend and thaw before adding it). Use a can of cream of mushroom soup and some mayo to make it nice and creamy. Top it with shredded cheese and bake it till the veggies are tender. This is one of my 4 year old’s favorite dishes. 🙂

Side Note: When in doubt, add bacon! 😉

For more recipes, visit my Pinterest board here: http://www.pinterest.com/tkprice42206/low-carb/

Upon Request: Fat Bombs 101

When I first started low carbing 2 months ago and was seeing all sorts of recipes for “fat bombs”, I was like…what the heck is a fat bomb? That doesn’t sound good for me at all! BUT, as it turns out, when eaten for the right reasons and with the right low carb diet, fat bombs can be extremely beneficial to your health! Here’s a few reasons why fat bombs are good:

  • Regardless of what was thought before, when paired with a low carb lifestyle, saturated fats are actually essential to our diet. Fat is our body’s main source of energy and, as my doctor told me, “We must consume fat to burn fat.”
  • They can help curb your sweet cravings! A big one for those of us trying to lose weight!
  • Most fat bomb recipes contain coconut oil, which is extremely beneficial to our health.

So, what is a fat bomb exactly? To answer that, I’ve compiled a few recipes from my Pinterest board. Here are my 3 favorites:

Lemon Cheesecake Fat Bombs

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Mmm…you had me at “lemon”. 😉

Chocolate Peanut Butter Fat Bombs

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Basically, it’s a healthy alternative for those who looooove Reese’s…like me…

http://guppytales.wordpress.com/gluten-free-goodies/fat-bombs/

Fat Bomb Smoothies

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Yes, that’s right. I said “smoothies”. I haven’t tried these yet, but I think they’re worth mentioning.

http://ketolchf.com/fat-bomb-smoothies/

If you have more questions about fat bombs, leave them in the comments or post them on my Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/tristaslowcarbjourney?ref=aymt_homepage_panel

I will try to respond to any questions/comments. OR…if you have a favorite fat bomb recipe, PLEASE share it with us! We love hearing from you! 🙂

5 Low Carb Lunches on the Go!

I’ve seen several posts here and there on other Facebook pages about people who struggle with taking their lunch to work with them. Now, I don’t currently work outside of the home. But I used to, and I know how hard it is to eat healthy when it comes to a “packed lunch”. It’s so easy to pack a sandwich, or a hot pocket, or some other type of frozen lunch. It may take a bit more planning and effort to pack a healthy lunch, but it’s worth it in the end, right?

So, I’ve compiled a list for those of you who may need a little inspiration. 5 Low Carb Lunches on the Go:

1. Chicken & Veggies

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When I worked in an office, this was my favorite lunch. I would bake 3 or 4 chicken breasts in a little water, butter, and seasonings. Once they were done, I would let them cool, then cut them into strips and put 5-6 strips per baggie. I would also fill other baggies with celery or carrots and I kept a bottle of ranch dressing in my work fridge. I usually took a string cheese with me as well. It was super easy, not messy, and one time baking chicken gave me a week’s worth of lunches.

2. Chicken Salad

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You know that chicken I baked at the beginning of the week? It’s also great for making chicken salad! Now, I used to eat this with crackers, but since going low carb, I would simply eat it with carrots or celery. Maybe even have some colby jack cheese cubes on the side. (Yes, I love cheese.)

3. Broccoli Cheddar Bacon Salad

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How about tossing some broccoli, bacon, and shredded cheddar cheese together with a little dressing? Sounds good to me!

4. Egg Rollup

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If you’ve never tried an egg rollup, it’s time! Roll it up with ham and cheese. Yum! 🙂

5. Chicken & Hummus Lettuce Wrap

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Hummus–especially homemade hummus–is one of my favorite dips/spreads. I like mine super garlicky and it tastes great with turkey or chicken!

Send Me Cauli-flowers!

When I first started this low carb journey, the first thing I did was look up recipes. Tons of them. My Pinterest board is proof of that! ( http://www.pinterest.com/tkprice42206/low-carb/ ) And I was amazed at the amount of recipes that called for–of all things–cauliflower! I’ve never been a big user/consumer of cauliflower. In fact, I’m pretty sure that before I went low carb, I had never used cauliflower in a recipe. Ever. So, as I scanned through all of these recipes, I looked over at my husband and said “Next time you want to get me flowers, get me cauli-flowers!” (Yes, I literally said that. My husband says I tell the worst jokes.) He, of course, looked at me like I was a weirdo, as I’m sure you’re all looking at your computer screen right now. But, I was serious, to some degree. From pizza crust, to pasta, to potatoes, to rice–cauliflower seems to be the solution to ALL of my low carb problems!

So, with that said, here are a few of my favorite cauliflower recipes so far:

CAULIFLOWER TORTILLAS

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http://www.recipegirl.com/2014/05/05/cauliflower-tortillas/

FAKER-TOT CASSEROLE

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http://www.thecoersfamily.com/fakertot-casserole/

CHEESY CAULIFLOWER TATER TOTS

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http://sugarapron.com/2014/06/25/cheesy-cauliflower-tater-tots-recipe/

CAULIFLOWER RICE

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http://andhereweare.net/2014/02/making-cauliflower-rice-3-ways.html/

CAULIFLOWER PIZZA CRUST

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http://detoxinista.com/2012/01/the-secret-to-perfect-cauliflower-pizza-crust/

CHEESY CAULIFLOWER HAM CASSEROLE

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http://www.sugarfreelowcarbrecipes.com/category/main-dishes/page/2/

MOCKAFONI AND CHEESE

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http://www.dianarambles.com/2013/01/mockafoni-and-cheese.html

Just A Sample: My Weekly Meal Plan

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On my Low Carb Thyroid group on Facebook, I had a request by someone to share what a typical day of eating looks like for me. So, I decided it would make a good blog post. Only I’ll do one better. I’ll give you a week’s meal plan! You, of course, don’t have to follow what I eat. It’s just an outline. I would also like to point out that I’m not very exciting when it comes to meal planning. 🙂

Hope this can help you out a little!

  • Monday:
    • Breakfast – Scrambled eggs and bacon
    • Lunch – Simple salad with ham, egg, cheese, salt/pepper, and a little dressing
    • Dinner – Chicken and Broccoli casserole
  • Tuesday:
    • Breakfast – Brocolli and cheese omelet
    • Lunch – Turkey & Cheese wrapped in leaf lettuce with mayo
    • Dinner – Fathead Pizza
  • Wednesday:
    • Breakfast – Fried ham topped with an egg over easy
    • Lunch – Tuna salad, homemade cheese chips
    • Dinner – Bacon wrapped Chicken, fried radishes
  • Thursday:
    • Breakfast – Cottage cheese, 4 strawberries
    • Lunch – Salad or leftovers
    • Dinner – Pork Roast, loaded cauliflower (Made like loaded potatoes, but with cauliflower)
  • Friday:
    • Breakfast – Cream cheese pancakes
    • Lunch – Crustless pizza bites (use canadian bacon for “crust”)
    • Dinner – Garlic butter shrimp, zucchini noodles

For the weekends, we are usually eating leftovers and eating on the go, so I almost never have a plan for Saturdays and Sundays. I’ll try to get a list together of good low carb party dishes within the next few days.

For more low carb recipes, check out my Pinterest board: http://www.pinterest.com/tkprice42206/low-carb/

10 Delicious Low Carb Breakfast Ideas

If you’re anything like me, when you decided to go low carb and looked at the list of things you CAN’T eat, your first response was probably, “Okay. What CAN I eat???” Am I close? Well, that was definitely me. So, I started searching feverishly for recipes. And, to my surprise, they were super easy to find! I now have 2 Pinterest boards full of delicious recipes! So, I’ve decided to share some of those amazing recipes I’ve found. Specifically the breakfast ones this morning. Here’s 10 of them…

1. Pumpkin Muffins! Just in time for Fall, I found this recipe. I’m hoping to try it for breakfast Thanksgiving morning. 🙂

Here’s the recipe: http://empoweredsustenance.com/coconut-flour-pumpkin-muffins/

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2. I am an absolute sucker for a Monte Cristo! It’s my absolute favorite breakfast. The whole sweet and savory thing gets me every time. So, when I found this recipe on Pinterest, I was ecstatic! 🙂

Find the recipe here: http://www.ibreatheimhungry.com/2014/01/monte-cristo-breakfast-casserole-low-carb-gluten-free.html

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3. Monte Cristo Waffles…As I said above, I am a sucker for a Monte Cristo!

Get the recipe here: http://247lowcarbdiner.blogspot.com/2013/08/monte-cristo-waffles.html?spref=pi

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4. Plain Old Coconut Flour Pancakes. Nothing like a classic pancake and these look fluffy and delicious!

Here’s the recipe: http://alldayidreamaboutfood.com/2012/04/light-and-fluffy-coconut-flour-pancakes-low-carb-and-gluten-free.html

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5. Ham & Egg Breakfast Cups. These look pretty self explanatory. Eggs, chives, and cheese in a ham cup. Yum! 🙂

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6. Eggs in a Hole with Basil Pesto. This just looks yummy and…well…strange. I must try it.

Also pretty self explanatory, but here’s the recipe: http://www.joyfulhealthyeats.com/egg-hole-basil-pesto/

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7. Cream Cheese Pancakes. They look pretty flat…a little more like crepes than pancakes. But anything with cream cheese in the title and I’m in! 🙂

Here’s the recipe: http://eatingketo.blogspot.nl/2012/01/cream-cheese-pancakes-or-crepes.html?m=1

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8. Breakfast Casserole. Who doesn’t love a breakfast casserole–or any casserole for that matter? I know I do! They’re just so easy to make!

Here’s the recipe: http://joansdiet.blogspot.com/2011/03/recipebreakfast-casserole.html

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9. Blueberry Poundcake Mini Donuts. Man, these look delicious! Also, I love this 24/7 Low Carb Diner blog! So many good resources!

Here’s the recipe: http://247lowcarbdiner.blogspot.com/2013/08/blueberry-poundcake-mini-doughnuts.html?spref=pi

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10. Breakfast Stuffed Peppers. I loooooove stuffed peppers for dinner. So…why not have them for breakfast too? I’m not sure if I’d do it exactly how they did it, but I definitely want to try some variation of it. Maybe a little less spinach, add some cooked sausage and some cheese? Yum!

Here’s the recipe: http://stupideasypaleo.com/2012/09/16/breakfast-stuffed-peppers/

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If you’ve tried any of these, please feel free to comment and let me know what you thought and/or what changed you made to the original recipe. I would love to hear from you!

And, keep an eye out tomorrow for a list of low carb lunches!

Till then, check out my Pinterest boards for TONS of low carb recipes: http://www.pinterest.com/tkprice42206/low-carb/