I’m dreaming of a tradi-tion-al Thanks-giving…

Just like the ones I used to know! But here’s the twist, I have found a website that offers tasty low carb alternatives to your favorite Thanksgiving dishes. Click the picture below for the recipes!

And in my other perusing I have found low carb recipes for the following!

If I’ve missed a low carb version of your favorite Thanksgiving dish please leave a comment below! Happy Eating!!

 

Low Carb Fall Goodness…

Here are few more low carb goodies for you to enjoy ๐Ÿ™‚

low-carb spaghetti squash lasagna recipe

Spaghetti squash is my new buddy, I’m in love with this unique vegetable. I’m very excited to try this particular dish, I already love to serve spaghetti squash with a homemade alfredo sauce or with butter and a sprinkling of parmesan cheese. Uber yummy! It’s a wonderful substitute to noodles, in my humble opinion ๐Ÿ™‚ You can click the picture above to visit Kitchen Stewardship to snag the recipe!

Low Carb Caramel Apple Coffee Cake

If you aren’t already following All Day I Dream About Food then you need to get on it Jack! I am always on the look out for new recipes that I can sneak in on my family ๐Ÿ™‚ This is one of them! It is very similar to a low carb apple cake I’ve made before, minus the caramel sauce. This is definitely scrumptious, you won’t want to miss out on this treat!! Click the picture to snag the recipe!

Garlic Chicken Recipe

Eating Well has a sure winner here for the low carb community…Garlic Chicken! No joke, this is some killer chicken y’all! If you’re not a drumstick fan you can certainly do this with chicken breasts, thighs, or leg quarters. You serve these up with creamy fauxtatoes, roasted veggies and a tall glass of iced tea. Leftovers? If you have any it’s makes yummy chicken salad but that’s only IF you have leftovers ๐Ÿ™‚ Click picture for recipe!

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And what is a Thanksgiving feast without cranberry sauce? Now, I’ve NEVER been a fan of the jellied canned stuff, but I’m crazy hooked on homemade cranberry sauce and making it lower in carbs was cinch. Luckily All Day I Dream About Food has a very simple recipe! See, I told ya y’all need to follow her blog ๐Ÿ™‚ My only addition to this is that I add some orange zest for a little zing! It adds just enough orange flavor without compromising the recipe ๐Ÿ™‚ Click the picture for the recipe.

So, what’s your favorite Thanksgiving dish? Comment below!!

Mine, hands down, is my Mom’s cornbread dressing! It’s not low carb by any means but it is amazing!

Low Carb Dinner & Dessert

Good day everyone!! Got a yummy soup that I’ve been making now for over two years. Just a little note, the soup isn’t induction friendly. It’s meant for those who are past the induction phase or are maintaining. The dessert, however, is safe for induction and it’s gluten free! It’s been a while since I have made it and had forgotten just how yummy it actually is, and I’m not a chocolate fan.ย 

Picture by Linda Sue

(The above picture isn’t mine, for whatever reason I couldn’t a decent shot last night so I’ve looked at the recipe that Linda Sue shared and have received the proper link from whom the recipe originates, and it’s not much far off from mine, except Cheri’s soup is creamy. Please click HERE. Mine would be creamy too after adding sour cream to the bowl. Her picture is perfect and her recipe is just as yummy and safe for induction!)

Amanda Gayle’s Low Carb Nacho Beef Soup

2 pounds ground beef
1-10 ounce can rotel tomatoes
2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp pepper (additional seasonings I’ve added over the years have been 2 Tblsp chili powder and 1 Tblsp paprika)
2 cups chicken stock or beef broth
8 ounces cream cheese
4 ounces velveeta cheese
1 15.5 ounce can black beans

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In large pot, brown beef. Add remaining ingredients, bringing temp back up till bubbly.ย  Serve with salad or homemade low carb chips. Top with shredded cheese and sour cream if desired!

I rediscovered my recipe on Spark Recipes and compared it to my modified recipe that we keep in our family cookbook. I no longer use xanthan gum because it’s too easy to use too much which will make the dish slimy. Plus it grossed me out after I found out that xanthan gum is the same thing that is on the outside of vegetables as they begin to rot, that slimy coating…ick. This is why I now reduce the liquid and get a thicker soup!

For Linda Sue’s soup, 1/8th of a serving, the total net carbs comes out to 4 grams. That’s why I say it’s safe for induction, it’s a great soup and perfect for the colder months! I always like to cut up low carb tortillas into strips and deep fry them to serve on top ofย  the soup. It’s a nice guilt free addition. For my soup, 1/8th of a serving is 12 net grams of carbs. Big difference between 4 and 12…but that’s the difference in adding black beans and not adding black beans. My family loves this soup with the black beans, can we say spoiled?! ๐Ÿ˜‰ We have frozen the leftovers of this soup without any problems. Last night there was still half a dutch oven’s worth of soup that I put into a gallon size freezer bag, labeled and placed flat into the freezer. Next month it can be added to a new batch of Nacho Beef Soup for the family. If you can’t handle beef try making this with ground turkey, it’s delicious and you can’t even tell it’s turkey!

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Low Carb Chocolate Coffee Cake

Cake Layer:

2 cups almond flour

1 tsp baking powder

1/2 tsp baking soda

1/4 tsp good cinnamon

1/2 tsp salt

3/4 cup Ideal Brown, or other natural sweetener

1/2 cup sour cream

2 tsp vanilla extract (almond or hazelnut)

2 eggs

Chocolate Cream Cheese Layer:

3 ounces unsweetened baker’s chocolate

6 ounces cream cheese

1/8 cup heavy cream

1 egg

1/2 cup xylosweet or Stevia in the Raw

Topping:

1/2 cup ground or chopped walnuts (or pecans)

Instructions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Prep 9×13 inch baking pan, I like using those disposable pans for easy clean up.

Mix almond flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, and natural sweetener. Set aside.

Blend together sour cream, eggs and vanilla until smooth. Set aside.

In a sauce pan over low heat melt chocolate and cream cheese, adding heavy cream to help keep it loose. This can also be done in a double boiler to ensure nothing burns. Remove from heat after completely combined, whisk in natural sweetener of your choice. Let sit for a couple of minutes before adding in the egg. (Reason being you don’t want to scramble your egg in the hot chocolate mix. It helps to already have the egg whisked before adding. And how will you know that it’s safe to add the egg? I can always tell once I can touch the outside of the pan completely with my hand and barely feel any warmth. That’s when I quickly whisk in the egg. The French would then say to strain the chocolate mixture just to make sure you’re not adding in any scrambled egg bits, but this stuff will be too thick to strain.)

Assemble:

Add sour cream mixture to almond flour ingredients. Pour cake batter into prepared pan (I just sprayed my pan with cooking spray). Now with a spoon, add half the chocolate cream cheese layer. Sprinkle with half the ground walnuts. Repeat with remaining chocolate and walnuts. Bake for 30-40 minutes (33 minutes always works for me) until the middle is set and edges are lightly browned.

This is especially good with low carb vanilla ice cream!

Serves 16 @ 2 net carbs per serving

Several folks have asked me over the years what is xylosweet/ideal brown, and where can it be purchased. Quite simply, those two sweeteners are all natural made from xylitol. You know, the sweetener found in most chewing gums. Both sweeteners are safe for diabetics but neither are safe for pets. Please do not share baked goods containing xylitol sweetener with your animals. It could make your fur–babies sick or worse.

Both sweeteners can be purchased online or in health food stores. You could try looking for them at Kroger’s or Publix as well. Both sweeteners measure cup for cup like sugar, takes out all that guess work, and there is not guilt in even eating low carb sweets that use xylitol because it helps to burn belly fat and promote healthy gums!

Bob’s Red Mill has almond flour, a little on the pricey side though. You can do what I do: in a clean unused coffee grinder, grind frozen almonds. Freezing the almonds retards the processing from turning the hard almonds into a paste or butter. I then pour each batch into the measuring cup that I have to use and continue grinding the almonds until I’ve reached the desired amount for the recipe. You’ll have more an almond meal/flour consistency but it still turns out just as nice.

Hope you all enjoy ๐Ÿ™‚ Happy Eating!

Low Carb Cream Cheese Brownies

Here’s a family favorite that is suitable to actually replace the real deal. Just need to say that this recipe is made with Xylosweet which is not safe for pets. Please do not feed your pets anything that contains a xylitol sweetener, it can make them sick. And to all my PCOS Cysters you are going to love these brownies…they are the best yet!

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4 oz unsweetened baker’s chocolate
1 c butter (2 sticks)
2 c xylosweet or Ideal Brown sweetener
4 eggs, whisked
2 tsp vanilla extract
2 Tblsp gluten free flour*
1 c almond meal/flour
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 c chopped walnuts

8 oz cream cheese, softened
2 Tblsp xylitol or Ideal Brown
1 Tblsp heavy creamPreheat oven to 350 degrees F. Spray or line with foil a 9x 13-inch baking dish.

In double boiler melt chocolate and butter together. Remove from heat and stir in sweetener. Let cool for a few minutes and add whisked eggs and vanilla extract.
Stir in gluten free flour, baking powder, almond meal/flour, and walnuts.
Pour into baking dish, set aside.

In medium bowl stir together cream cheese, sweetener, and heavy cream. Dollop mixture on top of brownie batter and with knife swirl around. Bake for 20 minutes, do not over bake! Let sit until warm and serve with low carb ice cream.

***Note***
The gluten free flour isn’t a must but I find that it helps with the brownie texture.
Nutritional Info:
Servings: 24
Per Serving: 1
Calories: 268
Fat: 22g
Cholesterol: 183mg
Total Carbs: 4g
Dietary Fiber: 2g

Total Net Carbs: 2g

My son who is the pickiest eater in the family loves these brownies and he’s not a cream cheese fan either. I made them in a similar fashion to the one bowl brownies recipe found in the Baker’s Chocolate box. They come out perfect every time! If you want them more fudgy you can leave out the gluten free flour.ย  I’ve never tried freezing leftovers because honestly there’s never any to freeze lol but I do recommend keeping them in the fridge if you are the only one eating them, mostly due to the cream cheese topping. Hope you all enjoy!!

Low Carb Soup Recipes for the Fall

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I’m downright determined to get these low carb recipes out to y’all even if that means I do them one or two at a time! I’m making such a fuss because I know what it’s like to see all these wonderful traditional recipes for Thanksgiving and not be able to enjoy them. Knowing that if and when I do I’m going to feel miserable later and gain about five pounds! Tonight I’m sharing a link to several soup recipes that are actually great for everyone if you think about it. You can definitely fiddle with the recipes to suit your dietary needs/preferences, so don’t let the words “low carb” stop anyone from trying them ๐Ÿ™‚

She Knows posted an article with three delicious soup recipes last year in September, I’m sure these might still be fresh in everyone’s mind. You’ll definitely want to try these out this month now that the cooler weather is settling in. After looking over the recipes, I’ve decided I’m going to try Low-Carb Cauliflower Pepper Jack Soup next week, seeing how anything with pepper jack cheese is my oldest nephew’s favorite! My only beef, and apparently it’s been voiced by others as a concern, is that the carb counts were not posted. There are a few places online where you can enter a recipes ingredients and it will calculate the carbs, fat, calories, etc. for you. My Fitness Pal is one, Spark Recipes, and Calorie Count are three that come to mind. I’m quite partial to Spark Recipes since I’ve been a member there for many years (since 2006…oy time is flying). They also have a plethora of yummy recipes to look through, it’s how I’ve discovered many of our favorite low carb recipes. I’ve even shared a few on there myself (under the name MANDAJO1982) ๐Ÿ™‚ย 

Another great site with 10 low carb soup recipes is I Breathe…I’m Hungary…love the name! I’m a lover of creamy hearty soups, anything with chicken, shrimp, and lots of veggies! I’m looking most forward to the Brazilian Shrimp Moqueca and the Roasted Broccoli and Cheddar Soup. Both look absolutely delish! I think the Brazilian Shrimp Moqueca would be fabulous for Christmas Eve since my family traditionally serves shrimp cocktail that night…be a nice change ๐Ÿ™‚

What’s your favorite regular recipe that you would love to see done low carb?!

Hope you all have a wonderful Tuesday and happy eating!

Low Carb Peach Dessert

This is such an easy treat to make and you can use any sugar free jello flavor you like!

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Low Carb Peach Dessert

1 small pkg SF peach jell-o
1 ounce pkg SF vanilla pudding
8 ounce whipped cream (1/2 cup cream, whipped until firm peaks and doubles to 1 cup)

Dissolve jello in 1 cup water. Add 1 cup cold water. Pour in SF vanilla pudding powder and whisk until dissolved. Fold in 8 ounces whipped cream until completely combined. Distribute amongst four to five dessert glasses and let chill for 2-3 hours before serving. Top with triple berry compote if desired or eat as is.ย 

1/5 serving:: 1.9 NET Carbs

It’s a nice little finish to any meal and for 2 carbs per serving you really can’t beat that!

Hope you enjoy and have a blessed day!