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So if it looks like bread…

Here’s the website that I got the recipe from.

Let me say right off that this post does not mean that I am or support going all Keto.  But I do look for creative replacements for some of the carbs in my life, and I am seriously a lover of bread.

Not biscotti.
Not biscotti.

 

So, this is what it looked like out of the oven. It *did* raise some, and I wonder if I mixed the ingredients longer (basically whip the eggs more), if it’d be taller. Either way, here are my thoughts so far:

By itself, it tastes exactly how you would think it would-like peanutty eggs, which, in and of itself, is not too bad.

Now, I, too, paired it today with tuna salad.

A tuna "sandwich".
A tuna “sandwich”.

My opinion of this is simple: No.

I think it might just have been that I DID NOT like the flavor mix of the tuna and peanut butter. It was kinda terrible if I’m being honest.  I’m going to try it in the morning as a toast replacement, maybe with a little pumpkin butter or something and we’ll see how that goes.

See, I’m all about trying things, but I utterly refuse to eat something that tastes terrible just to fit into some self imposed ideal.  I’d rather do without something completely than to settle for something that the best I can say about it is that it isn’t terrible.

I do like some of the other recipes there, though-especially the fact that they look awesome for cooking ahead, so please don’t think my review of this one recipe is a slam on this dude’s site.  And I don’t want hate mail from folks who swear by keto.  If that’s your thing, awesome. I like boy bands.

See, we all have our weirdnesses. :p

 

 

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Woo! An actual Recipe (Or why I love spaghetti squash)

I love spaghetti squash, it is awesome. We bought one at the farmer’s market, so today we’re having a spaghetti squash bake.

It goes like this:

  • 1 decent sized spaghetti squash
  • 1 lb. of ground beef or ground turkey (or whatever meat-type thing you prefer)
  • 1 decent sized tomato
  • 1/2 a medium onion (I used a white one today, although I generally prefer the red ones)
  • 3 button mushrooms
  • 1/2 a bell pepper
  • garlic, basic, oregeno, pepper to your preference

You cut the squash in half and take out all the seeds and whatnot, then stick it in a pan with a half inch or so of water, then stick it in the oven at 350 degrees for about 45 minutes or so (Your time may vary, of course).

While you’re doing that, brown the meat, and cut up the veggies.  Add the onion and mushroom to the meat towards the end of the cooking. You can add the bell pepper here too, but we don’t because my gents are picky about “mushy” green pepper. When the meat’s all cooked, set it aside till the squash is done.

When the squash is done, take a fork and scrape out the strings of squash (I’m assuming you already know how to do this-if not, Google is your friend. :D).

Mix the squash, meat and all veggies into a bowl (or the dish you’ll bake everything in, if you want to save dishes. ), then pour it all into a baking dish. Add 1/2 a cup of shredded cheese, then toss it into the oven (350’s fine) for 15-20 minutes. It’s awesome, it tastes amazing, and serves 6, I would say. (It serves us three, with some for hubby to take to work, and kiddo and I to have as leftovers)

Here's what it looks like before going into the oven!
Here’s what it looks like before going into the oven!

Yum!

 

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Maybe a recipe?

This week it’s pretty hot and muggy where I am, and we don’t have central air.  We do have a wonderful and hardworking window unit in our living room, and it is really all we need 98% of the summer. Which is honestly why we haven’t converted to central air (Well, why it makes it convenient for us to ignore the idea haha).

However, when it *is* super hot outside, I try not to do too much with the stove because the kitchen gets hot. So, I do a lot of cooking in the slow cooker.

This morning I looked around my kitchen at what I could throw in to the cooker with the boneless chicken breast  I was thawing, and I saw on my counter the bag of massive zucchini (I need to shred and freeze the rest tonight), an onion from the farmer’s market, and in the fridge were green beans and tomatoes, from the garden. So, look, it’s dinner!

I cut one of the big zucchini into squares and tossed them in, cut the onion small, and in it went, and the beans with half a cup of water.  Then I let it all cook on high for a couple of hours, added some rosemary and garlic, turned it on low for an hour or so.

I tasted it at that point and decided to add some chicken base I had (Das Dutchman Essenhaus brand, if anyone’s curious), and I tossed in a chunked tomato and some pepper.

At that point, I was thinking about how awesome it was tasting, but should I throw a carb in? I dithered for about half an hour, then threw in some quinoa (I think about a cup).

And there is enough left over to either be my lunch for the rest of the week, or to heat up and eat again tomorrow night. 🙂

One of my big problems as a cook has always been that I cook for more than the three of us.  I’m better now, and I’m not afraid to set things aside as left overs, or freeze what I can.

My favorite thing though, is that I can just throw fresh ingredients into a pot and make something tasty and healthy. This is the part of summer I love most. 😀

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Tuesday, and a recipe!

I’m serious about getting a writing schedule down, and I think I’ve got it, although I probably won’t start anything like a routine until Sunday night.  This week is going to be maybe hit or miss with the blogging. Tomorrow’s my anniversary, and hubby will be taking the rest of the week off for some much much needed family time. 🙂

I will still do my dailies, but you may not get much else. 🙂

Breakfast!
Breakfast!

So, this was my breakfast. First I should mention that that’s actually a small plate, not a dinner plate, and in the future, I will include some frame of reference, because it looks very huge. 2 eggs, no milk or anything, with a tablespoon of shredded cheese in the middle, with this amazing apple salsa/stuff.

I’m a big experimenter in the kitchen, and sometimes it’s awesome, but sometimes it’s not.  This turned out nice, and I’m still going to tweak it until I get it just right.  But the recipe is basically this:

2 apples (I used red ones because that’s what I had in the house.)

2 tomatoes

half a purple onion (it was decent sized)

a tablespoon of lime juice

1 teaspoon of white pepper

2 teaspoons of Tony Chatere’s cajun seasoning (this stuff, like most spice mixes has a good deal of sodium in it, so basically any spices that make it, you know, spicy)

1/2 teaspoon of garlic powder

Chop everything up and toss it in a bowl overnight. Yum! Gonna get brave and add a jalapeno to it next time. I don’t want to heat to overwhelm the flavor.

Anyway, on to my dailies:

My Food Diary

Situps: 51 (I will freely admit I didn’t feel like doing them.  But I treated myself like I treat my kiddo: “That’s great. You’re allowed to not want to do them. While you’re doing them.” *grin*)

Water: 8! and I’m gonna be up for awhile, so I’ll probably have one or two more. 🙂