Tuesday, October 27, 2020

Peanut Butter Brownie Puppy Chow


Be warned - this is super addicting! 


·         6 C. rice Chex cereal (I found peanut butter Chex and used that)

·         1 C. milk chocolate chips or melts

·         1/2 C. peanut butter creamy

·         1 tsp. vanilla extract

·         1 to 2 C. brownie mix from the box (dry) 

·         Optional: Brownies, Reese's Pieces, or Peanut butter cups (chopped)


Place cereal in a large bowl and set aside.

In a microwave proof bowl, melt chocolate, peanut butter and vanilla extract and stir until smooth. Pour over cereal and fold until covered.

Dump into a large plastic bag and add brownie mix, seal and shake until coated. (If you don't have a large plastic bag, pour brownie mix over cereal and stir well. Or you can use a pot with a lid to shake it in.)

Toss in whatever chocolate or peanut butter candy pieces you want. I did peanut butter M&Ms, fudge brownie M&Ms and Reese’s pieces.  Shake again.

The original recipe called for 1 cup of boxed brownie mix. I found that didn’t coat the cereal mixture very well, so I added more. Then I made an 8x8 pan of brownies with the remaining mix. You could crumble those into the puppy chow too.

Tuesday, July 28, 2020

Garlic Butter Steak Bites with Lemon Zucchini Noodles

I was pretty on the fence when trying this recipe. I had never had zucchini noodles before. I know that probably sounds crazy, but I’ve always been a “give me all the pasta” kind of girl. But this recipe was better than I could’ve imagined! Easy to make and filled me up fast with barely any carbs. Can’t beat that!

1 - 1.5 lbs sirloin steak cut into small cubes
4 medium zucchini, spiraled (or a 24 oz bag of store-bought zucchini noodles)
1 tablespoon olive oil
3 tablespoons butter, divided
2 teaspoons minced garlic
1/4 cup beef, chicken or vegetable broth
1 tablespoon minced parsley
1 teaspoon fresh thyme leaves
1/2 teaspoon red chili pepper flakes, optional
Juice of 1/2 lemon (or ¼ cup)

1/4 cup soy sauce
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 tablespoon hot sauce (I used Sriracha)
Fresh cracked black pepper, to taste
Juice of 1/2 lemon 

In a ziploc baggie, combine the ingredients for the steak marinade (soy sauce, olive oil, hot sauce, pepper, and lemon juice) and add the steak bites. Mix well and marinate for 15 to 20 minutes minimum, while preparing the other ingredients. I let this marinade for an hour, flipping halfway through.

Heat the olive oil in a large skillet over high heat. Drain steak bites from the marinade. Keep the remaining marinade for later.  Place the steak bites in the skillet in a single layer.  Do not overcrowd the skillet or meat will steam, so you may have to work in batches depending on the size of your skillet. Cook steak bites for 3-4 minutes, stirring occasionally until steak bites are golden brown. Repeat with remaining steak bites if needed.

Once all the steak bites are golden brown, add 2 tablespoons butter and garlic to the skillet; cook for 1-2 minutes, stirring to coat the meat in the sauce. Remove the steak bites to a shallow plate and set aside, leaving the juice in the pan.

Add 1 tbsp butter, lemon juice, red pepper flakes, beef broth, and remaining marinade juices. Bring to a simmer and allow to reduce for 2-3 minutes, stirring regularly.

If you spiral your own zucchini: add the noodles and toss for two to three minutes to cook it up. Stir in the fresh parsley and thyme, then allow the cooking juices to reduce for one minute if the zucchini noodles render too much water. If you use a steam and serve bag like I did, cook the zucchini as directed then drain. Add zucchini and coat in the sauce. Push the zucchini noodles on the side, add the steak bites back to the pan and reheat for another minute while mixing. Serve immediately your garlic butter steak bites and zucchini noodles. Enjoy!

Note: I didn’t have any parsley. And my thyme was the dried kind in a shaker, not fresh. I did add a couple extra shakes of red pepper flakes.

Tuesday, July 21, 2020

Egg roll in a bowl

Love egg rolls but trying to cut carbs? This is the perfect dish for a healthified Asian fix. Quick, easy and makes a big batch.

1 pound ground pork sausage (you could use chicken, turkey or beef also)
1 bag (6-7 cups) coleslaw mix or shredded cabbage
4 cloves garlic minced
1 tablespoon ginger minced
1 tablespoon soy sauce
1/4 cup chopped green onions
1 tablespoon sesame oil

Heat a large skillet over medium heat. Add the minced garlic and sausage. Cook, stirring often to crumble, until cooked through. Do not drain.  Add the coleslaw mix, ginger, and soy sauce to the skillet with the sausage. Cook for 3-4 minutes or until cabbage has softened a bit. Remove from the heat and top with the green onions and drizzle with sesame oil. Serve immediately.

Optional: I also fried an egg, chopped it up and added it.

Drizzle with sriracha, sweet chili or sweet and sour sauce before serving, if desired.

Monday, February 18, 2019

Low Carb Cauliflower Chowder

It’s snowing again. Yes, I know it’s Iowa but I could’ve done without the last 10 inches of snow we’ve gotten in the last 24 hours. And knowing there is 6-8 more inches on the way tomorrow has got me in a soup making state of mind. This is an easy keto soup. And if you like bacon and cream cheese (who doesn’t?!?) you’ll enjoy this soup no matter what the weather is in your neck of the woods. (360 calories, 4 net carbs, 28g fat, 20g protein) Makes 5 servings.  

1 1/2 cups chicken broth
1 head of cauliflower or bag of frozen fleurets
1 cup spinach
1/4 cup cream cheese
1/2 cup diced onion
2 tbsp butter
1 tbsp minced garlic
1/2 pound cooked crumbled bacon
salt & pepper to taste
I also added a can of corn which takes it out of the keto category but added some nice texture and thickened it up

In a large pot, add the butter and onions and sauté until clear. Add the minced garlic and sauté for an additional minute. Add the chicken broth, seasoning and cauliflower to the pot and simmer for about 15 minutes or until the cauliflower is tender. Carefully pour half or more of the mixture (along with the cup of spinach) into a blender and pulse a few times until creamy. Place back on the heat and add the cream cheese. You can add a cup of water or more chicken broth, depending on your consistency preference.  Simmer for 5-10 minutes or until the cream cheese is melted and blended nicely. Top with crumbled bacon, chopped green onion and shredded cheese (I used pepper jack). I also added a couple drops of sriracha because I like things spicy.

Sunday, October 14, 2018

Baked Firecracker Chicken

When it's snowing in October I will find any reason to turn on the oven. Sunday meal prep for lunches this week...baked firecracker chicken. 

1/2 cup hot sauce (I used Sriracha)
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 Tbsp soy sauce
1 Tbsp cider vinegar
1 Tbsp minced garlic
1 pinch red pepper flakes
1 Tbsp oil
1 pound boneless and skinless chicken breasts
Salt and pepper to taste

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Heat the hot sauce, sugar, soy sauce, vinegar, garlic and chili pepper flakes in a small sauce pan until the sugar has melted into the sauce.

Heat the oil in a large oven safe skillet over medium-high heat. Season the chicken with salt and pepper. Add to the pan and brown, about 3-5 minutes per side.

Transfer to oven safe dish. Pour 1/3 of the sauce over the chicken and bake until cooked, about 10-15 minutes, basting with the sauce every 5 minutes.

Enjoy with the remaining sauce!

Tuesday, August 21, 2018

Low Carb Garlic "Bread"

Today was the most Monday-est Tuesday ever. Work was a total poop show. And although every ounce of me wanted to opt for pizza and some wine I went with a treadmill workout and healthy dinner.  Baby steps. But Lyndee for the win today. I paired this with a 4 oz boneless sirloin chop and it was delicious. Not to mention, super easy to make.  18 minutes starts to finish and it tasted just like a slightly doughy cheesy bread stick from Pizza Hut.

1 cup mozzarella cheese
1/4 cup parmesan
1 egg
Garlic powder
Italian seasoning

Preheat over to 350 degrees. Break egg into a bowl and beat.  Add a few dashes of garlic powder and Italian seasoning. Stir in the cheeses. Line a cookie sheet or pizza pan with parchment paper.  Dumb the "bread" mixture on the paper and spread into a circle.  I threw a few squirts of butter spray on top and another dash of garlic but that's optional.  Bake for 15 minutes or until golden brown. I did 15 minutes and then a low broil for 1 minute and 30 seconds. That's it! Remove from oven and cut. I did half of the bread for dinner which was 3 carbs.  Yes, for half of it.  6 carbs if you wanna eat the entire thing and you probably will want to.

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Green Chile Fiesta Chicken Bake

Gluten free and low carb! With only 6 ingredients this Green Chile Fiesta Chicken Bake makes dinner quick on even the busiest evening. And it’s only 7 weight watchers points per serving (makes 8 servings).

4 boneless skinless chicken breasts (about 2 lbs)
1 can corn, drained
1 can chopped green chiles (I prefer Old El Paso)
8 oz Philadelphia light cream cheese, softened
8 oz monterey jack cheese
1/2 cup sour cream (light) 
4 green onions, chopped
Cilantro for garnish (optional)

Preheat oven to 375˚F.
Lay the chicken breasts in a 9x13 casserole dish. Season with salt, pepper and garlic powder.

Mix the cream cheese, corn, green chiles, sour cream, and 1 1/2 cup monterey jack cheese together until combined.  Spread the cream cheese mixture over the top of the chicken and sprinkle remaining cheese evenly over the top.

Bake for 35-45 minutes or until chicken is cooked through (165˚F internal temp)

Garnish with cilantro and serve with your favorite side.  Or just eat it plain like I did for lunch the last three days. 😊