Maple Turkey Sausage Patties(LC/DF/GF/SF)

Afternoon all, trust everyone has recouped from the after effects of watching the solar eclipse yesterday. I know a lot of folks were complaining of having headaches, eyes were burning, and feeling tired. If you’re still not feeling well I pray for speedy recovery soon, I know how draining those types of headaches can be. 

Yesterday I spent some time, post solar eclipse, making some breakfast meat for myself. I love maple flavored sausage, especially with extra maple syrup drizzled on top…mmmmm, the best! But carb wise it’s like the plague attacking my body, which is why I haven’t had that in quite awhile. I do miss regular sausage though…and bacon, deli ham, spam, kielbasa…😑I’ll stop. (Le sigh)


Most of what’s available in stores I can’t even trust. There are hidden sugars, preservatives, and msg in almost everything. I’m not being as strict with my anti-candida lifestyle as some folks have suggested. I still eat meat whereas others tend to become vegetarian. Nothing wrong with that at all, I personally cannot go without meat, which is why I think such things ought to be tailored for each person. There is no clear cut and dry protocol that will work for everyone. I’ve learned a lot in the last few weeks about the various candida protocols and have taken from each one customizing what I think will work best for me. So far, everything that I’ve been doing is helping and most of the die off on my chest has cleared up. PTL!! Since I have to resort to making my own breakfast meats, desserts, and meals, it does take a little extra time and effort, but the end results are worth it! 

I do want to mention that the maple flavoring is optional, I only added it because I personally LOVE it. 😍😉 However, you can use maple syrup if the carbs are not an issue for you. Ground chicken can also be used in lieu of ground turkey. Or you can mix ground turkey with ground hamburger, which I’ve done in the past when making meatballs. It’s just as good and the ground beef lends some fat to the mixture since ground turkey tends to be lean. 

What you’ll need: 

1 pound ground turkey

2 tsp poultry seasoning

2 tsp maple extract(optional)

1 tblsp granulated stevia(optional)

1/8 tsp marjoram

1/2 tsp black pepper

1/4 tsp nutmeg

1/4 tsp Cassia cinnamon(purchased from The Spice House)

1/8 tsp red pepper flakes

1 tsp Himalyan pink salt

Coconut oil, for cooking

Heat oven to 375*F, line sheet pan with parchment paper and set aside. In a medium size bowl mix all the ingredients by hand thoroughly. There are a few methods with which you can make sausage patties. METHOD 1: on a clean work surface place a piece of wax paper down and add half of the meat mixture on it. Cover with another sheet of wax paper, then use a rolling pin to flatten out to desired thickness. Cut into 8 rectangular pieces and repeat with second half of mixture. METHOD 2: skip the wax paper all together and free form patties by hand. METHOD 3: on clean work surface lay down wax paper, place half of the meat mixture down and flatten out with hands to desired thickness. Use a biscuit cutter cut to shape the patties. Repeat with second half of the meat mixture. Cook in coconut oil over medium heat until browned on both sides. 

You can freeze these raw or cooked, I went ahead and cooked all of mine up to help cut down on my time in the kitchen each morning. I used wax paper to keep the patties separated and put them into a quart size freezer bag. 

Depending on the size and how thick or thin you make the patties will determine how many it yields. I was able to get 16 rectangular patties. The carb count for these is basically non existent. Using maple syrup would change that, so keep that in mind. If you decide to make these with maple syrup just remember to omit the granulated stevia. 

I had three this morning with a couple of egg muffins that I made, such a nice carb free meal! 

(Pictured above: Half of the egg muffins are dairy and meat free for me. The other half have ham, pepperoni, and mozzarella cheese which are G-Man’s fave!) A simple and easy low carb breakfast that you can customize with any flavor and add ins. These were really fluffy, the almod milk added a nice light texture to these. I used cajun seasoning, turmeric powder, kosher salt, dried oregano, and dried parsley. Gave a good whisking and portioned it out to all the silicone muffin cups. Baked @375*F for 20 minutes, plan to make more to freeze. I love breakfasts that I can grab and warm up. Makes for a hassel free morning. 

Hope you give these sausage patties a try, play around with the seasonings and let me know what you think. I love getting feedback from you all! If you have any questions please email me at nightowlkitchen@yahoo.com. You can also follow me on Instagram: @nok_amandagayle, for more recipe ideas/inspirations. 

Have a blessed week! 

My Life with Candida Albicans(Here I Go Again)

Afternoon everyone, hope your Wednesday has been a blessed one so far. Today I want to share an update on my candida detox, plus an article I just found that explains what foods to eliminate when you suspect you have a candida overgrowth, and a recipe that I made a couple of nights ago that was absolutely delicious and dairy free! So this will be a jam packed post, but bear with me! ☺️ Below is a picture that is NOT the most flattering, but it shows just how bad this mess has gotten. 

Picture from Sunday night. It spans from shoulder to shoulder, the worst of it in the center. It’s still creeping slowly up my neck, but for now it’s not as bad as it was last Wednesday. As of today, it only itches around the edges of the rash site. There is a soap I found that I plan to try, it’s designed for these areas so I’ll share more after I give it a go. 

For a while now I have been dealing with this candida overgrowth and die off. Ever since my first die off from a few years ago I have done just enough to get over the worst of the symptoms and once the die off would clear up I would slowly begin to add certain foods back into my low carb diet. I can already hear the clucking of tongues from certain folks 😉, trust me I have been kicking myself since last week for not having realized sooner how detrimental that decision was to my health. Just like low carb/keto is more than a diet, it’s a lifestyle, so is eat to keep your candida in check. And yes, EVERYONE has candida in their bodies. It’s a nasty bacteria in your digestive system and when we aren’t eating right, when we are pumping our bodies full of antibiotics(including the animal meats we eat) we are feeding the candida. That’s when things get out of balance and we start having issues with our sinuses, allergies, skin related problems(ie rashes, eczema), flatulence, brain fog, IBS, fibromyalgia, yeast infections, and so on. It just seems to snowball and we can’t figure out why all of the sudden we are having all these issues. 
That’s been my life now since 2011 and quite possibly longer if I think about it. This could explain my most recent issue with the top of my left foot. It was hurting to the point where I could barely walk. Which that has actually started to improve over the last few days! I’m not hobbling around as much and I can stand for short periods of time with minimal issues. This is great news since this means I will be able to get back to my workouts! 

So what is it EXACTLY am I doing to improve my health? What protocol am I following to eliminate the candida overgrowth? It’s not any one thing or method. I spent last weekend reading anything and everything online, refreshing my memory of what needs to be done. The first thing I did was change my diet. Since I am already living a lower carb life, I knew I was going to have to give up more even MORE foods that may have been contributing to the overgrowth. And Saturday night proved to be a near breaking point for me. I was emotionally drained and frustrated by the realization that I would have to give up a lot of my favorite low carb foods for a while(possibly forever) and it all hit me that night. I was hungry and wanting stuffed green olives. My go to snack food when I have the munchies. High in fat, zero carbs, and I can easily eat half a jar! No judging. 😒My 13 yr old comes in and asks me what I’m doing. Trying to keep the shreds of emotions in check I tell him I’m hungry and can’t have the things that I would normally go to. At this point I could feels the tears welling up and I absolutely hate crying in front of people. When I cry it’s messy and ugly, so I took a few breaths to calm myself and without skipping a beat G-Man told me “so fix yourself some eggs.” 

I won’t lie, I scoffed at that idea. For one eggs don’t like me. Honestly, they make me sulfur gassy(and there goes any hope for finding a future husband). Before I could stop him, G-Man was already grabbing the container of eggs and asking me what meats and veggies I can have. He was shocked when I told him I can’t have sausage patties, deli ham or turkey, and no more bacon. Pitiful, I know. 😔 So he grabbed tomatoes(which aren’t EXACTLY a safe thing but it added color to my dish), frozen green beans, and a green onion. He stood there watching me fry a couple of eggs in coconut oil with a handful of green beans, added in a few tomatoes for color, seasoned it all with Himalayan seas salt, black pepper, and turmeric. Garnishing the top with thin slices of green onion. And that was dinner! It was so satisfying, delicious, and simple! 

I know not too many folks like to give God credit these days, but I have to take a moment to. If my son hadn’t come into the kitchen when he did I wouldn’t have eaten such an amazing meal. I would have eaten half a jar of stuffed green olives, maybe some cheese slices, and hated myself later. God intervened by using my son to ground me (meaning forcing me to focus) and get me thinking what I should do instead and kept me from eating the very things that have led to this overgrowth and further the issue more. 

Sunday was even better! I had to make the decision to stay home from church since I was experiencing some IBS issues(again I’m just killing my prospects here lol) and didn’t want to chance anything. I rarely eat breakfast y’all, I take after my Memaw, leave me alone for an hour after I get up and let me enjoy my morning coffee(only for her it was hot tea). Coffee fills me up but I made half a cup instead and fried up two eggs just so I could get something into my system. Lunch came and I was starving! That’s when I made this…


All right, it’s not the prettiest bowl of food, but it was tasy! Stir fry veggies and garlic ginger chicken, it made four servings so I had enough for dinner and some to freeze! Sunday afternoon my detox pills arrived and I was actually excited! Me, I hate swallowing pills, but I was actually excited about having THOSE! I know, crazy. 😏 With my biggest meal I take my pills every day and haven’t had too many issues with them(mild burping…I’m batting a thousand already who cares anymore?!). And this is what is helping me to combat the candida overgrowth. I still pine for the foods that I used to eat, but I know in the end it’s better that I go without and finally get well after years of neglect. 

So…

Goodbye to : dairy(heavy cream, butter, cheeses, cream cheese), processed meats(kielbasa, spam, hot dogs, bacon, pepperoni, deli meats), mushrooms, peanut oil, mini sweet peppers, fathead pizza dough and bagels, creamy/cheesy casseroles, homemade ranch dressing, ketchup, mayonnaise, low carb brownies(because of the chocolate and butter), pork rinds, low carb protein smoothies(because the protein powder I love has whey in it), mashed cauliflower(I tend to make it with cream cheese, parm cheese, and heavy cream), pickled foods(sliced jalapenos, dill pickles, stuffed green olives), naturally sweet veggies and fruit, and the list goes on. 

Say hello to: dark green veggies(kale, broccoli, chard, romaine), cruciferous veggies(cauliflower, cabbage), organic meats(beef, chicken, and pork…not a fish fan), peppers, fermented foods(soy sauce, sauerkrauts, kimchi), squash, zucchini, green beans, onions, garlic, coconut oil, evoo, safflower oil, avocado oil(and avocados), hemp seeds, chia seeds, almonds, eggplant, blueberries, unsweetened cranberries, stevia, xylitol, vitamins and supplements, and candida detox pills(two pills once a day). 

Here’s a link to a site I found today that gives a basic outline of what foods to avoid and what foods are safe when killing off the candida. CLICK HERE

A friend recently asked me how my ice cube diet is going. 😏 I love her cheekiness! If it were anyone else I wouldn’t have laughed. For the most part I am able to maintain my low carb lifestyle while incorporating more of the anti-candida regimen. I don’t feel as bloated, the gas is slowly going away, mental clarity is emerging, I’m not as tired during the afternoon, but I am still battling with cold extremities, that might take a bit longer to get over since I’ve dealt with it for years. Plus I actually dropped a pound over the weekend which I haven’t been able to do for a while! 

Now, what yummy recipe do I have for you?! 


It’s baked chicken legs(you can use breasts, thighs, wings, or the whole chicken, go nuts!!) with oven roasted broccoli and cauliflower, served over a very basic romain salad topped with spicy brown mustard. 

What you’ll need:

12 chicken legs, skin on

No salt added seasoning of your choice(the one I used is pictured below)

Evoo

2 pounds frozen broccoli

1 pound frozen cauliflower

Pink Himalayan Sea Salt

Directions:

Heat the oven to 375 degrees. Line two sheet pans with non stick foil. Coat the chicken legs evenly with salt free seasoning and place on sheet pan. Bake for 40 minutes uncovered. Crank the heat up to 425 degrees and bake for another 30 minutes. 

In a large mixing add frozen broccoli and cauliflower. Drizzle on evoo and season with pink Himalayan sea salt. Spread out on remaining sheet pan and bake for 30 minutes or until it reaches a desired doneness. 

Serve with chopped organic romaine lettuce and use your favorite dressing. It’s simple, it’s easy, and leftovers are great the next day for breakfast with a couple of fried eggs. Leftovers can be frozen or used for those Bento boxes. Just make sure to debone the chicken first before storing. Makes it easier to enjoy later on! 

Below is the no salt added seasoning recipe I used. 


I store mine in a regular mouth glass jar and washed off a screw on lid from a Kraft Parmesan cheese container. This way I can shake on the seasoning on one side or measure it out from the other. I can’t remember if I doubled or tripled the recipe at the time I made this, but it is worth it! I use it on my eggs, veggies, beef, pork, and of course chicken. 

You can make a non-spicy version by leaving out the cayenne pepper. I think the next batch I make I’ll add turmeric and ginger powder since both of those are amazing anti-candida seasonings. 


If you have any questions please feel free to ask me below or email me at nightowlkitchen@yahoo.com, don’t forget to follow me on Instagram(@nok_amandagayle). I tend to post a little more frequently on IG these days since it’s quicker. But I hope this post has helped to shed some light on this growing issue. If you suspect you are suffering from a candida overgrowth, here is a link with a list of symptoms. CLICK HERE. This is definitely something you DO NOT want to leave untreated. I will be honest with you, there is a lot of controversial information out there, please be careful with your research and take a majority of it with a massive grain of salt. What works for one person won’t always work for another, there is no one size fits all protocol. There’s a basic outline that we all have to follow, but how I am approaching treatment is not necessarily going to work for the next person. 

In the meantime, take care, happy healthy eating, and hope you all have a blessed week! 

Low Carb Cauliflower & Ham au Gratin


After searching the web for a simple low carb au gratin recipe I beginning to think that I wasn’t going to find one. Mind you I did find several that sounded amazing, even looked incredible, but the list of ingredients were insane. So I decided to do my own thing and take certain ingredients from the few recipes I really liked and created this! 

What you’ll need:

2-16 oz bag frozen cauliflower, thawed, chopped, and sauteed

1 large onion, diced

4 garlic cloves, minced(or less if you prefer)

2 tblsp butter or coconut oil

Salt n pepper to taste

1 pound of ham, chopped 

8 oz cream cheese brick, softened

4 oz velveeta, cubed and melted

3/4 c plain greek yogurt, or sour cream

2 c shredded cheese

Directions:

First heat the oven to 375 degrees F. Lightly grease a 15×11 glass casserole dish with a little coconut oil or your favorite cooking spray. Set aside.

Chop thawed cauliflower into bite size pieces and dice the onion. Cook in a large skillet with butter until onions are trqnsparent. Add minced garlic and cook for another 30 seconds. Stir in chopped ham and set aside. 

In a medium microwave safe bowl add cream cheese and velveeta. “Nuke” on high until velveeta is melted, stirring after a minute each time. Once melted, stir in greek yogurt. And now the fun…

In your casserole dish combine the cauliflower ham mixture with the cheesy sauce mixture. Smooth out into an even layer and top with shredded cheese. Bake covered for 40 minutes or until bubbly around the edges. Remove the foil and bake for another 10-15 minutes for the brown slightly. Let cool for 5 minutes before serving. 

Goes great with your favorite salad and/or veggie side. 

1/10th serving: 8g net carbs

This has a keeper for us, might tweek it a bit and add some chopped fried bacon next time and maybe sausage instead of ham. Of course, if you want to keep a meat free dish you absolutely can! Whatever works best for you! 

Now my dad wasn’t too keen on the twanginess, I personally didn’t notice it and neither did anyone else. If you are not a fan of cream cheese or greek yogurt by all means cut back on those two or eliminate one all together. I just like how the greek yogurt doesn’t break down as much as say sour cream or mayonnaise. It lent to the creaminess of the sauce which helped to offset the velveeta a bit. 

It is important to cook the cauliflower with the onions. This will help produce a more thoroughly cooked vegetable in the end. I’ve discovered that cooking in the microwave doesn’t cut it, cauliflower still comes out crunchy even qfter baking in the oven for 40-50 minutes. Crazy I know. So be sure to precook it just until the onion is transparent. 

You can also make this amspicy dish, just a dash of red pepper flakes for a kick! Or leave the velveeta out all together and add jalapenos for a jalapeno popper version. Play around with the flavors and enjoy!

Almost forgot, this freezes well too! Just thaw out completely before baking. Have a blessed week!!

Low Carb Cream Cheese Pizza Sauce

I am a pizza junkie! No joke, if there were an option of foods in front of me, I would always choose pizza! And a few weeks ago I discovered a wonderful low carb dough recipe that is allowing us to enjoy pizza again. And Saturday night I made my all time favorite, sausage jalapeño! 


The dough recipe I like to use is found over at Ditch the Carbs. Super easy recipe, I like doubling it to make sheet pan pizzas. Each sheet pan will yield 15 slices, and you can add any toppings you like. So far, I have made the traditional pepperoni cheese pizza, Hawai’ian pizza, a meat-za, supreme, and sausage jalapeño. 

The cream cheese white sauce that I made is a lower carb version of one that I’ve already shared on here (<—click). The low carb version can be made without jalapeños if you prefer, substitute with banana peppers which are mild, or use thin slices of sweet bell peppers. You can also use this sauce over zoodles and chicken for a chicken alfredo night. Just make sure to thin it out a little more. Next on my list is philly cheese steak pizza and I plan to use this sauce for that. 

What you’ll need:

8 oz brick cream cheese

2 tblsp butter

Heavy cream, to thin out

Grated parmesan cheese

1 tsp each: granulated garlic, onion powder, dried basil

Black pepper, to taste

1/4-1/3 c chopped jalapeños, optional

Directions:

In a medium bowl add cream cheese, butter, and seasonings(granulated garlic, onion powder, dried basil, and black pepper). Microwave on high for one minute, or until butter is mostly melted. Use a whisk to incorporate the butter into the cream cheese. Add parmesan cheese and enough heavy cream to thin out the mixture just enough so you can spread it. Again, using old time southern measuring here, if you want it thick then use very little to no heavy cream. Finally, stir in the chopped jalapeños, if using, and you’re set! 

Prebaking the fathead crust is key, I find that I don’t have to flip mine and bake again if I just bake it for 13 minutes. The bottom gets nicely browned but not burnt. Once you’ve prebaked the crust, that’s when the fun really begins! Add the cream cheese sauce, some mozzarella cheese, sausage that’s been cooked, drained, and crumbled. Bake for 10 minutes or until cheese is melted and slightly browned. 

Now what I like to do is let the pizza rest for 5-10 minutes. This will help the crust to cool down enough to where you can actually pick it up and it’s not flopsy at all! The best part….leftovers are even better the next day! Taste more like a high carb pizza even though it’s not! I love mine cold, I know that childish. 😉

What are the carb counts? When I entered in the ingredients on MyFitnessPal it came out really low, less that 1g net. No. Joke. Now, depending on the brands of ingredients you use it will determine the carb count, so please keep that in mind. I use full fat EVERYTHING. Ooo and I’ve made calzones out of the fathead dough! Those were bomb diggity! I highly recommend seasoning the dough before baking it. I like to mix in our homemade Italian seasoning, but take care the dough will be hot and you’ll need to work quickly. I usually have to wear two sets of nitrile gloves on my hands. It helps but I still managae to cook my fingers anyway. Eventually it’s going to get to the point where I’ll lose all feeling in my fingers lol! 😜 Hopefully not, but I did notice that when I accidentally gave myself a mega steam burn on my right thumb last week, it took a few seconds longer for me to notice what had happened. Oh well, all part of being a cook! 😁 

Let me know what you think about this low carb cream cheese sauce and if you tweak it please share, I love hearing from you all! Have a blessed week and happy low carbing! 

Low Carb Gluten Free Bagels


Super easy recipe, are they just like real bagels? Not quite, but they are chewy, not eggy, and 100% satisfying! My brain sees bread, thinks bread, but is relieved to finally have something without all the heinous carbs and gluten. Thanks to Wholesome Yum this recipe is already out there for the masses! Plus with it being 5g net carbs per bagel it’s an absolute win!! 

For 6 bagels you’ll need:

1 1/2 cups almond flour, super fine

1 tblsp baking powder

2 1/2 c shredded mozzarella cheese

2 oz cream cheese

2 eggs

Melted butted, optional

Heat your oven to 400 degrees and line a baking sheet pan with either parchment paper or non-stick foil. Set aside.

In a small bowl combine almond flour and baking powder, set aside. 

In a large bowl add mozzarella cheese and cream cheese. Melt in a microwave for 2 minutes stirring halway through. Once melted add dry ingredients and eggs mixing throughly with a spoons or your hands(I wore nitrile gloves while mixing). Let it cool for 15-20 minutes, or longer, depending on how warm the dough is. 

Portion out into six balls and roll out into a rope shape. The smaller the better, and join the two ends pressing gently to seal. Now here’s where you can get creative: you can brush the tops with butter before baking, or add seasme seeds, chia seeds, or whatever your heart’s desired. I keep it simple and just brush with butter. 

Bake in the oven for 10-14 minutes(I find that 12 works great for me) and voila! Don’t dive in immediately, let these cool before serving. Trust me, they are easier to slice in half once cooled and enjoyed in numerous ways! 

When I first made these last week, no joke, they looked horrendous. 😒 See…


Yeah, not exactly what a bagel is supposed to look like. However that did not stop me from frying it butter and adding a slice of deli ham and pepper jack cheese to it! 🤤


And that picture is why I had to try again! 


So glad I did! I even made them smaller and tried using my small donut cutter which proved to be a very bad idea. That just forced me to go back to free forming them and this time I took care to not make them too big. These cute little morsels are so delicious! 

G-Man loves to take these and make bagel pizzas, naturally he says it’s not as good as his Grandma’s pizza dough but hey for a quick low carb option it is pretty darn good!

So if you’re like me and miss bread then this is the way to go! Make the bagels the night before for a quick breakfast on the go, toast them up in the oven or fry them in butter, add cream cheese or pack it full of protein! Lox bagel anyone?! 

Happy baking!

Low Carb Keto Chicken Pizza Crust

This is fairly new to me, it never dawned on me to use ground up chicken as a pizza crust. Now that I have it’s out of this world! 


I had my doubts at first, it seemed like an odd alternative. Wouldn’t there be a strong chicken flavor? Would it hold up to the toppings? Would my family even like it?! That’s a biggy around here, pizza is a sacred thing in my family. You monkey with it and you might as well become an outcast. Ok, that might be exaggerating it just a bit 😏 but all the same, pizza is a serious food for my family. Especially when my mom makes the dough from scratch and uses homemade Italian seasoning, homemade pizza sauce, etc. You can understand my apprehension in making a chicken pizza crust. 


Mine is an easy recipe, you can do this one of two ways: buy ground chicken meat from the store or put raw chicken breasts in the food processor(which is what I did).  I made enough ground chicken for two sheet pans worth of pizza. Please note that during the baking process the chicken crust will shrink up. If you see in the above picture I had pressed a thin layer of ground chicken out all the way to the edge of the pan. The shrinkage isn’t too bad though, still was able to cut it into 15 pieces.

What you’ll need:

3 1/2 pounds raw boneless, skinless chicken breasts, thawed completely

1 tblsp Italian seasoning, homemade or otherwise

1 tbslp pizza dough seasoning, optional*

1 c grated parmesan cheese

3/4 c shredded mozzarella cheese

1 tsp black pepper

Directions

Depending on the size of your food processor will determine how many chicken breasts you will be able to fit in it at one time. I have a 7qt bowl on my food processor so I’m able to fit three chicken breasts in at a time. You’ll want to process it down till it looks like a pate. Yummy! Only don’t eat it, k? 

Once your chicken is ground down, add the remaining ingredients and mix thoroughly. Divide the mixture, line your sheet pans with either non-stick foil or parchment paper sprayed with non-stick cooking spray and flatten out the chicken mixture evenly on each pan. 

Bake in a 400 degree oven for 20 minutes for a lightly browned crust. You can increase the temp to 425 if you want a darker crust. Once baked, add your favorite toppings! One pan was a supreme pizza and the other was half meatza and half Hawaiian-ish. 


Once you add your toppings, you’ll want to pop it back into the oven for 10 minutes. Just long enough for the cheese to melt. Before you cut into it let it rest for about 5 minutes, trust me it makes it ewsier to handle and less likely to burn your mouth! 

This is a nice safe pizza crust version for those with nut and egg allergies. Carb counts will vary according to the toppings you use so please take note of that. The crust is virtually carb free which makes this a safe option for those on induction and a nice break from cauliflower crust. Changing things up helps to keep this low carb keto life a little more interesting and less likely to fall off the wagon. 

I must say though, the next day the pizza was even better! I couldn’t even taste the chicken, all I could taste were the pizza flavors. And the crust held up perfectly! Now, does it get crunchy like a bread dough crust? Nope. Unless you burn it and then you might get close to a more traditional crust. It’s meat, it is what it is and what it’s not is your body will thank you for in the long run! Plus this pizza is more satisfying, fills you up faster. Meat will do that, you won’t be able to eat the entire pan unless you’ve been fasting. I was only able to eat three slices, now with regular high carb pizza I can easily eat half a pie and still want more as a midnight snack. 

My pickiest eater, G-Man, scarfed his pianeapple pizza! He really liked it, but he admits it’s not as good as a regular crust. Dude is preaching to the choir! 

Before I forget…what is pizza dough seasoning? It’s something we make and use in our regular pizza dough. It enhances the flavor. Basically is parmesan cheese and other seasonings, very awesome stuff. I used a tablespoon of each but you can just get by with a tablespoon of Italian seasoning no problem. 

Play with the seasonings, toppings, have fun and have a blessed week! 

Easy(Lazy) Jalapeno Popper Chicken Casserole/Soup

Tonight I based this recipe off of a recipe called Lazy Chicken. Basically, you take a chicken breast, add a dollop of cream cheese mixed with chopped jalapeno peppers and cheese mixed in, cover with bacon slices and bake it. Sounds amazing, but I knew my family might prefer it a bit broken down. Which is what I did! 


What you’ll need:

1 1/2-2 pounds chicken, thawed and cubed
2 bricks cream cheese, soften

1 green onion, sliced thinly

2 garlic cloves, minced

1 pound bacon, lightly fried and drained

2 c shredded cheese, divided

1/2 c pickled jalapenos, chopped

Directions

Chop chicken up and blot dry with paper towels, set aside covered. Partially fry up bacon, drain on paper towel and set aside.
In medium bowl combing softened cream cheese, sliced green onion, minced garlic, and 3/4 c shredded cheese. Stir chicken into cream cheese mixture and spread out into a 9×13 pan in an even layer. Cover top with bacon and bake in a 375 degree oven for 40-45 minutes, uncovered. Afterwards, add remaining cheese on top and bake for 10-15 minutes. Remove from oven, let it cool for 5-10 before serving

NOK NOTES:

It looks soupy, letting it sit out to cool before serving will help it to tighten up. This can be served with tortilla chips(if you can handle the carbs), salad, or eaten by itself. I ate mine just as is, very filling too! For 1/10th of a serving it comes out to 1.3g net carbs, so not only is this incredibly low, but did you notice that I didn’t mention salt in the ingredients list? With a pound of bacon on top you really don’t need any extra salt. Now, I leave it up to you if you want to add some black pepper. 
In my above picture I didn’t let it cool before serving. I dished mine out as soon as I pulled it from the oven. Hence why I call it soup on my Instagram post. You don’t have to let it cool if you don’t want to. Serve it immediately, whatever floats your goat! Leftovers are great the next day on low carb wraps and on salad! 

Hope you enjoy and happy low-carbing!!!

Keto Bread (Review)

Hey y’all!! I know I haven’t done a recipe review in a while and with this particular recipe I will admit I was a tad leery of it. Mostly because I have had the oopsie bread and numerous others like it in the past. The one thing all these recipes have in common are eggs. There’s no escaping it, when you remove gluten from any recipe the go to ingredient to add in its place are eggs. I am still on the look out for a low carb bread that is soy free and still looks like bread with a similar texture. I know, wishful thinking perhaps, but a girl can dream! 😉

This Keto Bread recipe provided a nice addition to our Friday night meal of meatball casserole and caesar salad. Click HERE to get the recipe for this bread and to see their scrumptious pictures. Right off the bat what sold me on trying this recipe was that all the ingredients were items that I already had! Almond flour, eggs, baking powder, butter, salt, and cream of tartar. I didn’t have to have psyllium, tapioca, rice or oat flour. The second thing that sold it for me is that it’s 1.3 carbs per slice! That’s a HUGE difference from 11 carbs per slice of store bought bread.

All week I spent a little time each day looking through the reviews seeing if anyone had any questions, concerns, or possible ideas on how to take this basic recipe and do other yummy things with it. That’s when I decided to turn it into cheesy garlic bread, cutting it into sticks was something on the fly at the moment when I realized loaf slices wasn’t going to happen for me.

After checking all the loaf pans in my possession, I discovered that I didn’t have an 8×4 loaf pan(that is going to be remedied soon), instead I had an 8-in round cake pan, which I then lined with Reynolds Non-Stick foil. The recipe said to butter the dish, personally I prefer to reduce the amount of dishes I have to do. But you’re welcome to flour the pan if you prefer. Don’t let my laziness deter you! 😉 Resolved on the pan I plan to use, I set about following the recipe to the T! For me baking is something I don’t take lightly, ingredients are expensive(especially almond flour) and this is why I measure carefully. Always. The only time I relax on not measuring ingredients exactly is when I’m cooking, which is totally different.

It really is an easy recipe from egg separating, egg white whipping, to the making of dough. Which you can either usea food  processor or a hand mixer(I chose the latter, gee wonder why?!). The only part I was remotely concerned about was when I had to incorporate the whipped egg whites into the almond flour dough. My concern was that I was going to lose all that wonderful air, thankfully I didn’t. After letting it bake for 30 minutes, I removed it from the oven and let it cool on the stove top.

After letting it sit in the pan for 30 minutes I sliced off a sliver and was not surprised at the familiar taste or texture. Eggy bread, but not too bad. It was definitely something I could work with! That’s when I began to slice the round “bread” and then each slice was cut in half to make short bread stix.(Yes, I spelled it like that on purpose!) See below…


Those who follow my blog know that I make my own garlic butter(click HERE) by the pound. It’s great to keep on hand, perfect on steaks, in soups, sauces, and shrimp scampi. After I sliced the keto bread, I placed it on a half sheet pan, again lined with foil, and proceeded to dress the stix with garlic butter and mozzarella cheese.

At this point I was still iffy about the final results, with my bread loving family I knew it might be hard to sell it to them. Fingers crossed, little prayers sent up, and dinner was finally ready. Who was first to the trough, why none other than G-Man! Shocked me, this child has come a long way. Just this week I made a chicken parmesan and he ate it without hesitation!! He  dove into the keto garlic bread and right off he said, “this is like cornbread.” That made me nervous, I hesitated at first and asked him if that was a good thing or a bad thing. Mind you this child is a hard nut to crack, he will like something completely or hate it vehemently! He took another bite and he said……”it’s good!” SUCCESS!!!!!! I felt like Sebastian from The Little Mermaid, “thank you, thank you!”

The rest of the family thought it was ok. Dad was expecting something thicker, crispier just like with regular bread. Mom concurred its texture was a bit like cornbread. And JJ, well I haven’t heard from him yet. Usually he walks through and will tell me “Amanda do good!”

For me…I am pleased, I mean it is what it is, but when you’ve gone for so long without bread it’s a welcomed substitute. It’s definitely a keeper in my book since I can eat it without worrying about it messing up my ketosis or aggravating my lower intestines. I think the next time I make this bread I’ll used my square silicone baking cups and make keto bread muffins. Something I can keep on hand in the freezer and pull out when I want a small breakfast sandwich or a roll to go with a hearty soup. This keto bread recipe would make a decent grilled cheese sandwich, pb&j, or toast it to enjoy with eggs and bacon.

As for making this dairy free, all I can say is try it out and let me know how it goes. I’m still new to the dairy free baking realm and lack the expertise. However I am eager to learn since it is better for me to be as lactose free as possible. I welcome suggestions, as long as they are soy free.

Hope this review has been a blessing to you and perhaps persuade you to try it out! Have a wonderful weekend!!

~Homemade Bisquick Mix~

Oh it’s been a busy month so far, but it’s been a good one! Last night I had a few folks ask me at church about the homemade sausage balls I made for our 3’s&4’s Christmas party. I’ll be honest, I haven’t purchased Bisquick mix in years. It’s pointless to do so when the only thing I use it for are the sausage balls and I don’t make those with any regularity! Enter in the homemade mix version! It makes a little over 4 cups worth of mix but that’s at least two batches of sausage balls(about 2–3 dz per batch depending on the size you make). 

There is a difference in texture and overall flavor when you make the mix from scratch. It’s a great way to remove the chem–lab flavor from this holiday party staple. I have some not so fond childhood memories of sausage balls, normally they were dry, really hard, and kind of blah in flavor. It was usually one of those things that when you’re moving through the buffet line you’re looking at all the yummy delights until your eyes spy a platter of sausage balls. My heart would sink every time, so when I decided to make these for last night’s party I was determined to not over work the meat mixture and treat them no different than the meatballs we make and freezer. I seriously think it’s all in how you handle the mixture, there’s no need to mix and mix to the point where it becomes stiff. Trust me, you will know and the end result will be a firm unpleasant sausage ball.
Before I get into the recipe I want to first give cred to  Myra over at My Blessed Life for posting this recipe back in 2013. I’ve tried other homemade bisquick recipes in the past, but this has become my go to recipe every time! Be sure to check out her blog to check out her other awesome recipes, diy projects, life hacks, etc.

homemade bisquick mix

Homemade Bisquick Mix

3 cups all purpose flour
1/2 Tblsp salt(I used Kosher)
1 1/2 Tblsp baking powder
1 stick cold butter, sliced

Place all ingredients into a food processor and pulse for a minute. Done.

See! EASY! Now if you don’t have a food processor, Myra says you can use a fork or a pastry blender tool. I cannot guarantee that using either of those will get the desired results that you see above in my picture, which is a super fine powdery mix. Using a fork or pastry blender may result in a more crumbly texture, in which case just be patient while working it and don’t fret too much if it’s not the same as mine. You’ll be incorporating it into the meat so no worries!

And I love her recipe for the sausage balls. It’s simple, easy and delicious! I’ve come across other recipes in the past where they add other seasonings and spices…for me Myra’s Three ingredient recipe wins the blue ribbon every time! Here’s what you’ll need::


2 cups bisquick mix(from above)
1 pound mild sausage
1 generous cup of cheddar cheese, shredded

Mix by hand(I wore gloves) but don’t over work the mixture. I used a melon baller to portion out the meat mix. Bake in a 350 degree F oven for 20 minutes. Let them cool and store in an air tight container until you’re ready to serve.

I don’t have anymore, the evidence of their existence is gone! LOL! Yes, they are THAT good! I will be making more for my family next week, per G–Man’s request, and will definitely take a picture then! 😉 In the meantime, you can click HERE to see Myra’s picture on her blog!

Anyway, I hope you all have a very Merry Christmas and a blessed New Year!

Vegetable Beef Soup

It’s been a chilly day, you get home and all you want to do is get the fireplace going and enjoy a bowl of hot soup and melt away the damp chill that has consumed you. 

With all the rain we’ve been having and now the cold has moved in, all I wanted was to feel warm and cozy again. Inspiration hit me whilst looking up recipes for an up and coming Christmas party I’m throwing with a couple of my friends for some very special kids. While scrolling, I saw a recipe for beef  soup, which called for stew beef(not a fan of). Remembering that we had a package of ground beef in the fridge I decided to make a soup from my childhood! Mom would make vegetable beef soup with ground beef and after living in Brazil we switched over to a vegetable chicken soup. Whichis absolutely scrumptious, but tonight’s soup brought back so many wonderful memories! After letting it simmer for 20 minutes I felt like a little girl again. Flavor train had pulled in and I was totally on board!! 

  

Vegetable Beef Soup

2 Lbs ground beef, cooked, drained

1 large onion, chopped

3 garlic cloves, minced

3 tsp beef bouillon granules

1 1/2 tap kosher salt

1 tsp black pepper

1/2 tsp dried basil

2 bay leaves

2 cans of diced tomatoes

2 cans beef broth or stock

1 10 punce package frozen mixed vegetables(I used Asian mixed veggies)

1 can yellow corn, drained

1 cup filtered water, optional

In a large dutch oven pot over med/high heat, brown ground beef with onions and garlic. Drain fat if desired. Stir in beef bouillon granules, kosher salt, pepper, dried basil, and bay leaves. Pour in beef broth/stock, frozen vegetables, diced tomatoes and drained corn. Stir and reduce temperature till soup is just simmering, cover for 20 minutes. Adjust seasonings if needed and add water if too thick. Serve with your favorite salad, crackers, cornbread, or dinner rolls. 

This recipe will easily serve 8–10, perhaps more if you choose to serve 1-cup servings. This soup will also freeze well and will make enough for another meal. Which is great on a night when you don’t want to cook but want a quick meal!  G–Man is not a vegetable fan, he did enjoy the broth and bits of meat, making sure to eat around pieces of tomato and pepper of course. He even went back for seconds! Being able share this dish with my son makes it even more special and perhaps one day he’ll get his aversion to vegetables! 😉 

Hope you all enjoy this soup, stay warm and have a blessed evening!