Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Tortilla Cups

I recently went out to eat with some friends.  It was Mexican and I ordered the Taco Salad.  When they brought it to me, it was in one of those giant fried tortilla shells.  Blak! I was so offended.  It never said 'served in a giant, fried, tortilla' on the menu.  I dumped the salad out and low and behold half the food was the shell.  I don't like to waste my calories on stuff like fried shells.  Just so not worth the love handles.  Since then, I have designed my own 'healthy' shell!  This has certainly been done before, so I'm no genius here.  

Tortilla Cups

Ingredients:
Low Carb Tortilla (this one is from Trader Joe's at 4 net carbs)
butter
1 Tbs granulated erythritol and 1 tsp cinnamon
Fillings 
(here I have sweetened with stevia greek yogurt and strawberries)

Preheat oven to 350
smooth out a very small amount of butter on tortilla
sprinkle with cinnamon mix
fold in such a way that is forms a cup in a muffin pan


I baked mine for 9 min.  It really wasn't crispy, but hard.  I think if I had let it go farther it would have crisped.  *more experiments to follow*
When it's done you'll have a pool of butter and sweet cinnamon mix at the bottom.

FOR THE LOVE OF ALL THAT IS GOOD DO NOT DUMP THAT OUT!
That is the equivalent to the chocolate fudge at the bottom of a Nutty Buddy.

This was messy to eat.  I did end up with some on my pants.  No more messy than, say, and ice cream sandwich.  You start out fine and then by the end you have it on your face, hands and well... like I said...pants!  

Tip: If you're gonna do fruit, put some fruit on the bottom and then fill with your yogurt or ice cream and then more fruit on top.  That way after you've munched the top you still have a fruity surprise at the end.  

As far as Trim Healthy Mama categorizing goes, it can go either way.  It's all in how you fill it and how much butter you use on the tortilla.  Note: not that much is needed.  Seriously it's just to get the cinnamon and sugar to stick.  You could do a plain one with no butter or a light spray of coconut oil.

  Also, think savory with some avocado and chicken!  
Yum!



Friday, January 17, 2014

Snickers Smoothie

ONE WORD.... Snickers!  Yep!  Makes your mouth and mind BUZZZZZZZZ!

This recipe was graciously shared to me by a trim healthy mama.  I am always skeptical when something says 'healthy' and has a name brand tagged on it.  Like brownies made with cottage cheese.  Or how about 'Doritos' kale chips!  C+C Music Factory comes to mind with "Things that make you go hmmmmmm!"  

BUT.................

This really has a Snickers-ish flare to it.  And- I love it.  
Go all out on your extract.  I have friends that get theirs at Walmart, but quality verses quantity wins me over.  You usually have to use more of the cheap stuff to get that punch of flavor.  My favorite is Bakto.  The other spotlight in this Snickers Shake is Glucomannan.  You can read its wonderful qualities here.

Snickers Smoothie

Into your favorite blender add the following: 

1 cup of Unsweetened Almond milk
(or if you're in heavy weight loss mode, 1/2 cup of almond milk and 1/2 cup of water)
3 Tablespoons of Peanut Flour
2 Tablespoons of Cocoa (dark or milk)
1/2 teaspoon of caramel extract
1/4 teaspoon Glucomannan 
a sprinkle of sea salt
1-2 Tablespoons of Truvia
1 cup of ice






Thursday, January 16, 2014

Tacos with no taco shell!  

Trim Healthy Mama is all about not mixing fats and carbs.  In the book the authors go into the importance of not eating corn.  Corn is used heavily to fatten animals.  Can it be fattening humans too?  Of coarse.  I have no problem with eating a Taco Salad.  I've done it for years.  But, there is something about filling a shell and hearing that "Cruuuuunnnnch!"  

No recipe here.  Just brain cells flowing in genius way.  I was gonna cut my Romaine lettuce for my usual salad and I saw how firm and big the leaves were.  Insert lightbulb above head.  They were quite messy, but what taco isn't?  My filling is standard: Taco meat with homemade seasoning [always], cheese, avocado, sour cream, salsa, a few tomatoes and chopped orange peppers.

Incidentally, a very smart friend of mine makes enchiladas and burritos with collards.  She removes the stem (not cutting all the way up the leaf), boils them in salted water until wilted, fills them, rolls them up an bakes them just like normal.

Genius!
Happy Taco-ing! 


Saturday, January 11, 2014

DOUGHNUTS AND BACON FOR BREAKFAST????  YES, PLEASE!!!

This is a fairly quick, easy, {Trim and Healthy} donut recipe.

Doughnut?  Donut?  No matter how you spell it... it is yummy!

Now, this is a 'cakey' type doughnut, so get the Krispy Kreme taste outta your head!
I have tried many recipes and then quickly deleted them all!  This is the only I use and trust it whole heartedly.  If I'm in a hurry or just tired or hungry- I skip the icing and just sprinkle a little homemade Truvia on top.  But... the glaze does add a level of sweetness that is to be desired!  

Run, don't walk to your kitchen now and make these delicious DOUGHNUTS!!!!




*** I subbed the vanilla with new flavor that arrived yesterday via UPS.  Different types of extracts give a wide range of variety!  I used Yellow Cake Mix in these donuts and you can find it here! ***