Monday, January 21, 2008

Our 10 day forecast looks like this:

And I have caught my kids' cold. So I am on the prowl for warm, fuzzy comfort foods that are low in carbs and dairy free. A tall order. I can do some modifications to make things dairy free and I can always make a small separate version of a dish for DS2 who cannot have milk/cheese/sour cream/etc. I have been hankering for casseroles in particular. Any suggestions would be appreciated.


Monday - cream of tomato soup, grilled cheese, carrot & celery sticks with dip
Tuesday - turkey & black bean chili (from freezer), salad, tortilla chips
Wednesday - turkey & spinach egg casserole(based on breakfast casserole recipe), salad
Thursday - beef stew
Friday - baked planko encrusted tilapia, baked sweet potatoes, steamed zucchini

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Friday, January 18, 2008

Frech Fried Broccoli

Obviously not the healthiest way to eat broccoli but tasty!

French Fried Broccoli Recipe
Modified from a recipe By youtoo1955
A unique, yummy way to serve broccoli


* 1 and 1/2 pounds fresh broccoli floweretts washed and drained well on paper towels
* 1/2 cup flour
* 1/4 cup cornstarch
* 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
* 1 tablespoon beaten egg or egg substitute
* 1 teaspoon olive oil
* 1/2 cup water
* oil for deep frying


1. Heat oil in deep fryer to 350 degrees
2. mix flour, cornstarch, and baking powder together
3. in a seperate bowl mix together well the egg, teaspoon of oil and water.
4. Add wet ingredients to the dry and mix well
5. dip serveral pieces of the broccoli at a time in the batter
6. do not crowd the broccoli in the deep fryer so it will not stick together
7. deep fry for 2 minutes or until the batter turns a nice golden brown
8. drain on paper towels
9. season with salt and pepper to taste

Monday, January 14, 2008

Menu Planning Monday

Chardonnay pork loin roast, whole wheat pasta with spinach cheese sauce, sauted asparagus and applesauce. Low carb mini almond cheesecakes.

turkey & black bean chili (from freezer - add extra veggies), cornbread muffins, salad

Wednesday (library & grocery store)
Mediterranean Tilapia, spinach, orzo

Mom is going OUT! Take out or quickie dinner for DH and kids.

chicken & apple sausage with peppers and onions on rolls, coleslaw, apple slices

Take dinner to a friend

Sunday - My baby is THREE!
William's birthday choice

Low Carb Mini Almond Cheesecakes

Verdict - big thumbs down. The dog liked them.

1 1/2 cups almond meal
3 tablespoons butter
2 tablespoons Splenda

2 8oz packages cream cheese at room temp
2 eggs
1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract
1 teaspoon almond extract
2 tablespoons Splenda (or to taste)

Melt butter. Mix with almond meal and splenda. Divide evenly between 12 lightly sprayed muffin tins and pat down with tamper or fingers. Set aside.

Mix together cream cheese, eggs, extracts and splenda. Beat until smooth. Divide evenly on top of the crusts in the 12 muffin cups.

Bake at 350* for 25 minutes, until tops are cracked and golden. Cool. Refrigerate. ENJOY!

Modified from these recipes.

Monday, January 7, 2008

Menu Planning Monday


I was trying to find the time to really plan well this week - including carb counts for recipes and finding some carb-friendly baked goods recipes. But instead time has got the best of me and I am just trying to get a basic menu plan down.

Monday - Leftover turkey and black bean chili
Tuesday - take out steak sandwiches
Wednesday - flax pasta, turkey & mushroom sauce, salad
Thursday - baked tilapia, spinach, leftover pasta w/ "butter" sauce & parsley
Friday - (bake cakes)pork roast, mixed veggies, applesauce, mashed sweet potatoes
Saturday - the boys' birthday party! Something easy or take out for dinner
Sunday - leftovers or sandwiches