Category Archives: #food4life

Chocolate gravy

One of my mom’s favorites ;-D ~ Shopping List ~ 3/4 cup sugar1/2 cup flour1/3 cup cocoa3 cups milk1 tsp vanilla1/2 stick butter ~ What to do ~ Mix dry ingredients together.  Add 1/2 cup warm water.  Stir well.  Heat milk in saucepan to almost boiling.  Pour boiling milk into cocoa mixture, stirring constantly until thickening.  Add butter and vanilla. Halsie Tanner Butler recommends them with homemade biscuits.  

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Citrus shrimp

90 sugar calories ~Shopping List~ 5 medium shrimp 1-2 Tbsp lime juice 1/4 cup black beans 1/2 cup cooked rice Olive oil Salt and pepper Shredded lettuce or spinach ~To do~ Heat grill or broiler on high, brush shrimp with olive oil, and season with salt and pepper.  You can skewer the shrimp if it makes them easier to handle on the grill.  Place in the broiler or on the grill and cook 2 minutes on each side until pink throughout.  Toss shrimp with lime juice, rice and beans and adjust salt and pepper to taste.  Serve  on a bed of lettuce or spinach. ~Alternatives~ You can replace the black beans with kidney beans.

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Low Carb Peanut Butter Cookies

~Shopping List~ ½ cup almond flour 1/2 cup granulated Truvia 1 cup peanut butter (creamy or crunchy, you choose) 3 eggs ¼ tsp salt 1 tsp. vanilla extract ~To do~ Pre-heat oven to 350 F.  Prepare baking sheet with baking parchment or cooking spray. Mix all ingredient in mixer until well combined and dough has formed.  Make balls of dough and place balls on pan. (They don’t need to be far apart, they don’t puff up.)  Flatten cookies slightly making a crisscross mark on cookie with a fork.  Bake for 15-17 minutes till edges are golden brown. Makes 16.

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Open-faced avocado sandwich

65 sugar calories ~Shopping List~ 1 slice pumpernickel bread, toasted 1/4 avocado 1 slice provolone cheese 1 or 2 radishes, sliced thinly 1/4 apple, cut into 5 thin slices 2 Tbsp goat cheese, crumbled Salt and pepper ~To do~ Preheat broiler.   In a small bowl mash avocado, add salt and pepper to taste.   Spread the toast with avocado; Top with radishes, apples, provolone, and goat cheese; Sprinkle with salt and pepper.   Place under broiler just until cheese melts (about 1 minute) ~Alternatives~ You can turn this into a skinny recipe by creating avocado cups instead of a  sandwich.  Dice up the provolone, radishes and apple and toss with the goat cheese, salt and pepper.  Slice an avocado in half, take out the seed and fill one of the avocado halves with the mixture, reserving the other half for another meal.  Serve on a bed of baby spinach […]

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Spicy corn cakes

87 sugar calories ~Shopping List~ 1/2 ear corn 2 Tbsp flour 1 Tbsp cornmeal 1/2 Tbsp red onion, diced 1/2 Tbsp fresh basil, chopped Pinch baking powder Pinch baking soda 1 egg 1 tsp buttermilk 1 tsp butter, melted Olive oil 2 Tbsp tomato, chopped 2 Tbsp avocado, diced Pinch cilantro, chopped Salt and pepper ~To do~ Pulse the corn kernels in a food processor or blender, or chop finely by hand.   In a bowl, mix the kernels with the flour, corneal, red onion, basil, baking powder, baking soda and a sprinkle of salt and pepper.   Set aside.   In a coffee mug or small bowl, whisk the egg with a fork and measure out approximately 1/4 of the egg mixture into another small bowl (reserve the remaining egg for breakfast or toss it out).   Mix the egg with the buttermilk and melted butter, then add to the […]

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Chicken salad stuffed tomatoes

0 sugar calories ~Shopping List~ 1 hollowed out tomato 1/2 cup cooked chicken, shredded 2 Tbsp mayonnaise 1/2 sliced scallion 1 Tbsp chopped cilantro 1 tsp lime juice Pinch garlic powder Pinch cumin Pinch chili powder Salt and pepper ~To do~ In a small bowl, mix chicken, mayo, scallion, cilantro, lime juice, garlic powder, cumin, chili powder, and salt and pepper to taste.  Fill tomato with chicken mixture. ~Alternatives~ Use rotisserie chicken or keep cans of chicken for this recipe.

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Green greek salad

0 sugar calories ~Shopping List~ 1 chicken breast 2 cups arugula 1/2 cucumber, chopped 5 cherry tomatoes, halved 5 Kalamata olives, pitted and halved 2 Tbsp red onion, chopped 1 Tbsp feta cheese 1/2 garlic cloves, minced 1 Tbsp olive oil 1 tsp lemon juice 1/2 tsp red wine vinegar Salt and pepper ~To do~ Heat grill or broiler on high.  Brush chicken with olive oil, and season with salt and pepper.  Place chicken in broiler or on grill and cook until no longer pink inside and juices run clear, about 10 minutes each side.  when done, slice chicken thinly. In a bowl or on a plate, arrange the arugula and top with the chicken, cucumber, tomatoes, olives, onion and feta cheese.  In a bowl, whisk the garlic, olive oil, lemon juice, and vinegar.  Drizzle over the salad and season with salt and pepper.

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