Warmer Days…

Get your grills ready!

Tonight we didn’t get to use ours, but this is such a delicious recipe we will no doubt be making it again very soon!

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Burger Patties, Romaine Salad with Turkey Bacon and Avocado Ranch Dressing

Very simply pan fry or grill your burgers to your desired taste. We like salt and pepper on one side and a cajun seasoning on the other. Get a little heat with your burger πŸ™‚

The avocado ranch dressing is what really makes this meal! You’ll need:

2 small ripe avocados

1/2 cup ranch dressing

pinch of salt

1 Tblsp lemon juice

a little garlic for flavor, powdered works nicely

Put all your ingredients in a blender and blend until creamy. ForΒ  chunkier version, smash the avocado with a fork, combine with lemon juice. Stir in ranch dressing, salt, and garlic (if using) and serve over salad or meat.

This is such a keeper! There’s no cooking required and as for leftovers? Well, there might be some left but are you seriously going to let that go to waste and possibly turn brown? Nah, I didn’t think so πŸ˜‰ I topped my salad off with a few chopped bits of cooked turkey bacon in lieu of croutons.

But what is a fantastic summer meal without a cool dessert?

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Cran–Strawberry Fluff

2 cups frozen cranberries

1 cup water

3/4 cup stevia in the raw

a splash of lemon juice and zest from one lemon

1 small box of strawberry jello gelatin

1 cup heavy whipping cream, whipped

In a large sauce pan add the cranberries, water, stevia, lemon juice and zest. Cook over medium heat, the cranberries will pop. Continue to cook and mash the berries slightly. Remove from heat and strain liquid from cranberry pulp. Set liquid aside and place mashed cranberries in a medium bowl. Set aside.

In strained liquid add strawberry gelatin and stir until completely dissolved. Stir in cranberry mash. Let set up slightly in the fridge, till it’s mostly cooled.

In a clean small bowl whip heavy cream until firm peaks form. Fold into cran–strawberry mixture, it’s ok if some white pockets don’t get fully mixed. Put it back in the fridge for a couple of hours or until set. Serve in high ball glasses or dessert cups and enjoy!

I personally loved this dessert, the best yet! It’s not too terribly sweet, has just enough tartness to pull a slight pucker πŸ™‚ If you want it sweeter you can increase it by a 1/4 cup or mix your sweeteners. Add a little xylosweet till you reach the right level of sweetness. Do not feed this dessert to your cat or dog, xylitol isn’t safe for them.

Both of these recipes are low in carbs and are based off of Linda Sue’s recipes(Recipe #1, Recipe #2).

Happy Eating!!

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