Low Carb-in’ It Up

If you know me in the slightest, I am a magnet for sickness. Not that I’m always sick, but when I’m sick, I’m reaaaal sick forever. So of course, since colds and the flu and upper respiratory illnesses are going around in my area, I’m basically dying over here. Being sick, I have no energy to work out, nor can my extremely sore throat handle that pressure. While I’m waiting to go to the doctor and, hopefully, have her fix me up, I’ve been looking to incorporate some low-carb meals into my diet.

Here are a few I’ve found in my searching that look delish.

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Chicken Enchilada Stuffed Zucchini Boats by Skinny Taste

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Pesto Zucchini Noodles by Perry’s Plate

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Bacon Cheddar Cauliflower Chowder by Iowa Girl Eats

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Baked Spaghetti Squash and Cheese by Skinny Taste

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Chicken in Creamy Green Onion Sauce by Low Carb So Simple

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Cauliflower Pizza by Umami Holiday

Enjoy!

Vanilla Almond Snakaroons Knockoff

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These things are AMAZING. Literally, I could eat them all day everyday and be a happy camper. I found them at Whole Foods, naturally, and once I realized how delicious they were, I had to replicate them. $10 a bag is a little steep, considering I also have to drive 45 minutes away to my nearest Whole Foods.

I looked around the web and found a plethora of recipes for these cocoballs and here’s what I came up with.

You will need…

2 cups of unsweetened coconut (Sometimes this can be hard to find, believe it or not, so crack open a coconut and grate it yourself!)
1 1/2 cups of nuts-almonds, pecans, walnuts, etc
1/4 cup of agave nectar
1/4 cup of coconut oil (I only used 1/4 cup and mine could still use less oil, so eye ball it before pouring it all in.)
2 teaspoons of vanilla
A splash of honey

Mix together and use a cookie scoop to make little balls. Scoop onto a greased pan and place in refrigerator to harden.

Once hard, place in a air tight container and enjoy!

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Healthy Morning Glory Muffins

DSC_0051Today, I made some muffins. Not just any muffins. Some delicious, healthy muffins. I know, I know. You’re excited too.

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You’re probably thinking why does she have liners on muffins?  Because our cupcake pan has cracks in it and is starting to rust.

 

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I took this recipe from Can You Stay For Dinner, yet again. That woman is amazing.

Here’s my version.

1 1/4 cup whole wheat flour
1 cup all purpose flour
2/3 cup sugar
1½ teaspoons baking soda
½ teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
¾ teaspoon salt
½ cup coconut oil
3 eggs
1 (8-ounce) can crushed pineapple with the juice.
1½ cups shredded carrots
1 cup shredded coconut,  mine was straight from the coconut!
½ cup walnuts

Bake at 350 for 15 minutes.

Enjoy the next morning for breakfast 🙂

 

Strawberry Sensation Milkshake

After dinner, I was creepin’ about trying to figure out what to have for dessert. I have a bit of a sweet tooth, and that is a complete understatement.

Anyway, last week I got this delicious tub of nom from Trader Joe’s.

Obviously, it’s fat free, and is…I wanna say about 100 calories for a 1/2 cup. So pretty good for stand in ice cream.

So I just made a strawberry “milkshake” if you will.

WP_20130217_004Don’t look at how gross the counters are. But now that you will, I totally hate these counter tops. They never get clean. Stain easy. Pain in the ass.

Also, do you like how we have a row of oils and UV Blue at the end? Hahaha. Classy.

Anyway.

Milkshake necessities:

A cup of strawberries. You’re gonna blend them, so no need to chop them or anything. Probably cut off the stems.
About a 1/4 cup fat free frozen yogurt.
About 3 tablespoons of fat free vanilla yogurt.
Tablespoon & 1/2 of honey.
Almond  milk -use to your desired consistency.

I know this sounds like a strawberry slurry with some dairy products, but it’s delicious and not all too bad considering a normal milkshake is probably a thousand times worse. 🙂

Lastly, I know that no one probably likes The Used as much as I do, but I saw this video today and it made me laugh. I have a stupid sense of humor, but regardless. If you don’t like The Used, here is a video of a possibly homeless man rapping to another grown man. Funny, right? Just watch it.

Peanut Butter Brownies

So V Day is rolling around and I know Alex is the kind of guy to make me something delicious as to buying it. Which brings me to the impossible task of finding something healthy to make him. Well the beautiful Miss Katie Farrell at DashingDish.com helped me along! Peanut Butter Brownies. Alex is a peanut butter freak and I am just…not at all. So something great for him that I won’t be wanting to eat? Sounds like a deal to me!

You will need…

1/2 cup peanut butter
1 3/4 cup low fat plain yogurt
1/4 cup almond milk (or any milky substance)
1 egg
1/4 tsp salt
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 cup sugar
2 1/2 cup cocoa powder
1/2 cup oats (Miss- She may be married? Oh well, Miss Farrell says to not use quick oats,  but I did cause that’s all we have-turned out fiiiine!)

Mix all but the peanut butter and toss into a brownie pan of your choice. Slop that peanut butter on top (after warming it for a second or two, I used organic, so it was pretty soft already) of the brownies and run a knife through it to give it a marbled effect. Throw that into a 350 degree oven for about a half hour.

Have fun dishing it out because it is moist and delicious and falling apart! 🙂

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Happy Anniversary to Us! :)

Upon opening up WordPress today, it greeted me with a Happy Anniversary! Well, thank you WordPress. I had no idea I’d been blogging for a whole year now! Not to say I’ve been super active for the whole year, but nevertheless.

We’re up to 150+ posts, which is cah-ray-zee if you ask me. I had no idea I even had 150 things to say!

Anyway, this is just a nonsense post as I was shocked KingandCowan has been around a whole year. They grow up so fast.

A big thank you to our 20 + followers!! I don’t even know 20 people! 😉 You guys are awesome for reading my silly little blog of healthy foods, occasional yummy (and unhealthy) desserts, and random personal ramblings. I love you all in a blog to blog follower way! 🙂

Enjoy your Valentine’s Day! ❤

Margarita Pizza

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Nomnomnom!

Dough:
1 3/4 – 2 1/4 cups of flour
1 envelope Pizza Yeast
1 1/2 teaspoons sugar
3/4 teaspoon salt
2/3 cup of very warm water
3 tablespoons oil
garlic

Pizza toppings:
two tomatoes
enough fresh mozzarella to fit your liking
olive oil
salt, pepper, other seasonings

Firstly, make the dough and roll into the size that you’d like. Then brush one side with olive oil and seasonings. Grill one side for about a minute, then repeat the oil and flip. Flip three times until you are on the side that’s been cooked twice. Place the cheese and tomatoes on top and season. If the cheese is not melted enough, stick in the oven at 200 degrees or “warm” to finish it off. Cut and eat! So amazing and simple!

Quinoa Cookies with Cherries and Walnuts

So, for Christmas, Alex’s dad’s girlfriend, Patricia, got us some quinoa and other assorted healthy goodies. Never having tried quinoa, I was a bit nervous. What do I do with little pebbles? Anyway, having tried them (it?), I like ’em. They have a nutty/earthy taste that is subtle, but always there. Alex, on the other hand, hates it. So, now we have all this quinoa and no one to eat it besides me. Lately I’ve been trying to sneak it into little things and these cookies are a product of that sneakiness.

I found these at power hungry and the original recipe is a little different. Here is my version.

1 1/4 cups whole wheat flour
1 tbsp cornstarch
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1 cup sugar or healthier alternative
1 egg
1/2 cup coconut oil, or butter
1 tsp vanilla extract
1-1/2 cups cooked quinoa (that is one cup water and 1/2 cup quinoa boiled until it absorbs the water.)
3/4 cup dried cherries
1/2 cup walnuts
2 tbsp plain yogurt
honey to taste, about 3 tbsp

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Ta da! Delicious! 🙂

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Healthy Triple Chocolate Chunk Muffins!

My goodness. I have found the muffin of ALL muffins!  This woman is a genius. She has altered a muffin down to 95 calories, but my god is it delicious! I’ve been trying to aim at the “clean baking” lifestyle, it’s hard sometimes. But recipes like this make it a little bit tastier 🙂

Check it out.

1 3/4 cup oats
3 egg whites
3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa
1/2 cup applesauce
1 tsp vanilla
1/2 cup yogurt
1/2 tsp cream of tartar
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1 1/2 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
1 cup hot water
1/2 cup sugar, or sugar alternative
1/2 cup semi sweet cho-o-chips.

Bake that deliciousness at 350 for 15 minutes. The author recommends adding half the semi sweets to the batter and half half way through baking for the cute-ness effect. But I added them all in the batter, and they were still amazing. Super moist, super healthy!

Has anyone else had luck with the clean eating wave?

 

Hawaiian Chicken Kabobs: AMAZING.

I found this recipe on food.com, and PRAISE MissNezz for making it and putting it out there! This is literally one of the best things I have ever had! TRY IT IMMEDIATELY. Just saying…

Here is her amazing recipe; no need to be changed:

1 1/2 lbs boneless chicken breasts, cut into 1 inch cubes
1  can unsweetened pineapple chunks
1/2 cup soy sauce
1/4 cup vegetable oil
1 tablespoon brown sugar
1 teaspoon garlic powder
2 teaspoons ground ginger
1 teaspoon dry mustard (I didn’t use, just because we didnt have any!)
1/4 teaspoon fresh ground pepper
1 large green pepper, 1 inch pieces
12 medium mushrooms (I didnt use tomatoes or mushrooms, cause I’m not a fan, but use to your liking!)
18 cherry tomatoes
Drain the pineapple, pouring the juice into a pan. Heat this along with the soy sauce, oil, sugar, garlic, ginger, mustard, and pepper until the sugar is melted down.
Throw this in a bag with the chicken and refrigerate for an HOUR. It smells so good, you wont want to wait, but it is worth it!
After an hour, throw the chicken, peppers and pineapple on kabobs and grill that shit up!
Save the marinade to brush on everything continually through grilling.
Make it for dinner TONIGHT! 🙂