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Basic Low Carb Meatloaf

Low Carb Meatloaf

It’s a New Year and I am determined to get things started off right. Although I could have celebrated New Year’s Day eating badly, I found some time to cook a low carb meal. The weather is cold and some comfort food was in order. This meatloaf would have been better with a little mashed cauliflower, but to keep things simple I just served it with a mix of steamed vegetables.

This is a basic meatloaf recipe that can be adjusted to suit different tastes. Some may want to add some low carb vegetables or cheese like parmesan. Additional spices can also be added to enhance the flavor. The tomato paste, sweetener and vinegar can be omitted to lower the carbs, but I wanted to have the tangy taste of catsup mixed in so I added these.


1 comment  Posted by Lisa - January 3, 2013 at 8:36 pm

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Hi-Lo Cereal

Hi-Lo Cereal

It has been a while since my last post. As some of you may know from my recent Facebook post, I was blessed with a healthy baby girl several days before Christmas. I decided to take a break from the blog due to long hours at work late in pregnancy which left me fatigued and with little free time. Now, I am busy caring for a newborn baby so finding the time to prepare meals and snacks in the kitchen doesn’t come easy. During my pregnancy, I did up my carbs and even enjoyed some sweets I never would have touched before. Once the holidays are over, I intend to get back to my regular low carb diet. I gained about 30-35 pounds during pregnancy. As of this morning, I have about 15-20 pounds to lose to get back to my pre-pregnancy size.

I wanted to do a quick review on one of the cereal products I recently discovered. The brand is Hi-Lo by Nutritious Living. I found and purchased the product at Netrition.com where it got very good reviews. It is my new fix for morning hunger as I don’t always have the time or energy to make eggs. The cereal is sweetened with Splenda and comes in two flavors, Vanilla Almond and Maple Pecan. I love both flavors, but do like the Maple Pecan a bit more. This cereal is great paired with Silk Unsweetened Almond Milk. It makes a great quick and easy Hi Protein, low carb breakfast. Net carbs are about 6g for each 1/2 cup serving. The protein for one serving is 12g so it will fill you up for several hours.


3 comments  Posted by Lisa - December 28, 2012 at 9:22 pm

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Frosted Baked Cake Donuts

It was time to dust off my donut pan and make some Sunday morning donuts. With all the summer outings and parties, I have veered a bit off my normal low carb diet. Now that the kids are back in school and the summer has reached an end, I need to get back on track before falling into the temptation of the holidays.

These are a lightly spiced cake doughnut. I didn’t want the spice to be too strong, so I only added about half a teaspoon spice for nine donuts. They aren’t overly sweet either so if not adding a sweet frosting on top, some may want additional sweetener in the batter. Overall, these are a good distraction to prevent going for the real thing when getting back on track with a low carb diet.


6 comments  Posted by Lisa - September 9, 2012 at 11:26 pm

Categories: Breads, Cakes, Desserts   Tags: , , , , , , , ,

Chocolate Zucchini Muffins

Although it hasn’t been a good year for zucchini, we got another large one from our garden this week. I was tempted to bake another bread, but decided to try a new recipe using chocolate. I’ve had some really good chocolate zucchini breads, but wanted something that I could quickly grab to snack on at work so I opted to bake muffins. These came out better than expected. Maybe next time I will add nuts and/or chocolate chips.

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2 comments  Posted by Lisa - August 24, 2012 at 1:53 pm

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Zucchini Bread

My search for a good low carb zucchini bread is over. Although I love to eat plain steamed zucchini, I’ve tried a few low carb zucchini bread recipes that just didn’t make a good replacement for the real thing. Using the basic quick bread recipe as a guide, I came up with a recipe for zucchini bread. I only had five eggs so that is all I put in. I’m not sure if adding additional eggs would have made a difference. This bread did have a good texture and cooked well throughout. In the past, I’ve had trouble getting the bread to cook in middle, but this one did not have that problem. I will be making another loaf very soon.

* * *     11 votes


2 comments  Posted by Lisa - August 17, 2012 at 2:52 pm

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Yellow Squash Quesadilla

Here’s an easy way to use up some summer squash if you are getting a bumper crop this year. After picking, I usually cut up the squash, slice it then steam it and keep it in the refrigerator for a quick snack or side dish. I have tried freezing squash for later, but I don’t think it tastes as good as it does when it is fresh. These quesadillas make an easy lunch or appetizer for dinner. They can be served with sour cream and or salsa if desired, but I usually just eat them plain.

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3 comments  Posted by Lisa - August 10, 2012 at 2:27 pm

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Coconut Summer Squash Pie

Although I have made a mock coconut pie before with summer squash, that recipe here did not have any real coconut in it. I thought the pie would be better with some unsweetened coconut added instead of relying only on the extract for flavor. The summer squash always grows well for us in our garden so I’m always trying to use it for more than just a steamed vegetable side dish for dinner. I like this recipe a little better than the one I posted last year because this one adds coconut.

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7 comments  Posted by Lisa - July 28, 2012 at 1:25 pm

Categories: Desserts, Pies   Tags: , , , ,

Easy Blueberry Cobbler

My husband and kids picked nine pounds of blueberries while I was at work last week. A friend has a large area of blueberry bushes and was having trouble keeping the birds out of the nets. So, he invited my family over to pick as many berries as possible. Although I froze a bunch, I still had a lot of fresh blueberries to use up. This is a real simple recipe that doesn’t take much time or effort. It’s my favorite low carb cobbler recipe of all that I’ve tried. It tastes great and I doubt others who try it would guess it was sugar and gluten free.

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3 comments  Posted by Lisa - July 21, 2012 at 11:48 pm

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Strawberry Almond Milk Shake

Although I like different flavors of protein shakes, I only buy the vanilla powder because it can be used as a base to make other flavors. The brand I prefer is Designer Whey because it is sweetened with stevia and naturally flavored. I used frozen strawberries for this shake, but any other frozen or fresh fruits can be used.

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Be the first to comment  Posted by Lisa - July 15, 2012 at 1:40 pm

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Green Beans with Mushroom and Sun-dried Tomatoes

We picked our first ripe green beans from the garden this week. We got things started a little late this year despite the warmer than normal spring weather. Although I usually just steam the fresh vegetables, I made something a bit more on the gourmet side. The white wine gives a nice flavor and the sun-dried tomatoes provide a contrasting color. I threw in a can of mushrooms just because I had it. This is something that I will most likely make again.

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Be the first to comment  Posted by Lisa - July 10, 2012 at 9:59 pm

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