Creamy Cucumber Dill Salad

Cucumber Salad

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  • 2 long English cucumbers
  • 1/2 cup sour cream or plain Greek yogurt or skyr Icelandic yogurt
  • 3 tablespoons mayonnaise
  • 1/4 cup fresh dill chopped (Start with 1 tablespoon first to taste)
  • 3 tablespoons white or apple cider vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon white sugar
  • salt to taste

Optional

  • 1/3 cup finely diced white onion
  • or add steamed and cooled broccoli

Directions

  1. Peel the cucumbers and cut in half lengthwise.
  2. Slice into 1/4″ slices.
  3. Mix dressing together and add to cucumbers.
  4. Refrigerate before serving.

Enjoy

Cabbage Soup(s) Diet (Quick Start Diet)

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This soup will kick start your diet. This is the 7-day diet. All versions require you to eat as much soup as you want any time you are hungry throughout the week. This is a low carb diet, check with your physician before starting any diet.

Cabbage Soup Diet

Recipe No. 1 (Original Version)

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  • 1/2 head of cabbage (chopped)
  • 1 cup of carrots (sliced)
  • 1 green or red pepper (diced)
  • 1 cup celery (sliced)
  • 1 cup white or yellow onion (diced)
  • 3-4 cloves of garlic
  • 4 cups of chicken broth (or beef or vegetable)
  • 14 or 28 oz can of diced tomatoes (I used Italian Seasoned Tomatoes)
  • 1 tsp basil
  • 1 tsp oregano
  • 1/4 tsp red pepper flakes
  • salt and pepper to taste

Recipe No. 1 (Italian Marinara Sauce)

Ingredients

  • 1/2 head of cabbage (chopped)
  • 1 cup of carrots (sliced)
  • 1 green or red pepper (diced)
  • 1 cup celery (sliced)
  • 1 cup white or yellow onion (diced) and caramelized
  • 1 clove of garlic
  • 4 cups of chicken broth (or beef or vegetable)
  • 1 (700 ml) jar of marinara sauce
  • salt and pepper to taste

Instructions:

(Instantpot version)

  1. Put all ingredients into the Intantpot and press “soup” and that’s it.

(Non-pressure cooker method)

  1. Heat some olive oil in a pot
  2. Add onions, peppers, celery and carrots
  3. Lightly saute
  4. Add garlic
  5. Add tomatoes (or marinara sauce) and cabbage
  6. Pour in chicken broth (or beef or vegetable)
  7. Add spices (if you like)
  8. Bring to a boil and reduce heat
  9. Cook until cabbage is tender
  10. Taste soup and add salt and pepper as needed

Enjoy

Cabbage Soup Diet (7 day Plan)

Day One:
Fruit: Eat all of the fruit you want (except bananas). Cantaloupe and watermelon are lower in calories than most fruit. Eat only your soup and the fruit for the first day. Drink at least 6 to 8 glasses of water this day to wash the uric acid from your body.

Day Two:
Vegetables: Eat until you are stuffed will all fresh, raw or cooked vegetables of your choice. Plus for dinner, you can have a baked potato with butter. Do not eat fruit today. Remember to drink water throughout the day. (This is a great salad day, but be light on the salad dressing)

Day Three:
Fruits and vegetables, you want. No Baked Potato. Plus have your soup throughout the day. Remember to drink water throughout the day.

Day Four:
Bananas and Skim Milk (or Almond or Cashew Milk): You can eat as many as eight bananas along with glasses of skim milk throughout the day, along with your soup. This day is should reduce your desire for sweets. Remember to drink water throughout the day. (I like to make a banana shake or make yourself a frozen banana dessert)

Frozen banana dessert:

  1. Cut a banana into slices and put in a freezer bag
  2. Put frozen slices into a blender or food processor and pulse til smooth. You can add a few drops of milk to make it creamier.  (you can also add some cocoa powder)

Day Five:
Beef And Tomatoes:
Eat ten to twenty ounces of beef or (no-skin chicken or fish but not both) and up to six fresh tomatoes. Eat your soup at least once this day. Remember to drink water throughout the day.
For breakfast, I have a fried tomato
For lunch or supper, I have a tomato salad (yes, with cucumbers and onions, oregano and basil. This is my take on the original diet). You can also make a baked tomato with Italian spices sprinkles on top, or make beef or chicken with a tomato sauce and Italian spices, no sugar added.
I also get myself some tomato juice (low sodium) and have that as a drink instead of some tomatoes during the day

Day Six:
Beef and Vegetables:
Eat beef or (no-skin chicken or fish but not both) and vegetables this day. You can even have 2 or 3 steaks if you like, with leafy green vegetables. No Baked Potato. Remember to eat your soup at least once.
Make yourself a beef or chicken stir fry if you like (remember to use only a little oil)
You can also roast your vegetables or make yourself a hearty salad (easy on the dressing)

Day Seven:
Brown rice, unsweetened fruit juices and vegetables: Be sure to eat your soup at least once this day.

Day 8 and Beyond:
The Cabbage Soup Diet is not intended for long-term weight loss. This diet is low in fat and high in fibre that will jump-start the diet that works for you and a long-term eating plan.

Truly Delicious Low Carb/Low Sugar Chocolate Chip Blondies

Sugar Free Blondies

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  • 4.5 ounces (130g) unsalted butter softened (You can use salted butter if that’s what you have)
  • 4.5 ounces (130g) natural peanut butter smooth (You can use regular smooth peanut butter if that’s what you have, just watch the sugar content)
  • 3 ounces (85g) Stevia/Erythritol Sweetener or Sugar substitute
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 ounce (28g) coconut flour
  • 1 teaspoon Baking Powder
  • 3.5 ounces (100g) Sugar-Free Chocolate Chips

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven 180C/350F
  2. Put peanut butter and softened butter into a mixing bowl and beat on medium speed until smooth
  3. Add your sugar substitute and beat on medium speed until the mixture is light and fluffy
  4. Add eggs and vanilla and beat continue to beat until well combined
  5. Add coconut flour and baking powder and beat on until the ingredients are mixed
  6. Fold in with a spatula the chocolate chips
  7. Pour the mixture into an 8″x8″ lined square cake tin
  8. Bake for 20 minutes, or until a skewer comes out clean
  9. Allow to cool before cutting into 16 pieces (note: the squares will drop a little as they cool)

Enjoy

Gluten Free Soft Cheese Buns

Cheese Buns

These are light and fluffy and full of flavour. And best of all they are gluten free.

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  • 1 cup of whole milk
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup of vegetable oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups of tapioca flour
  • 5 ounces or 1 cup of grated Parmesan cheeseCheese Buns Split

Directions

  1. Add egg, milk, vegetable oil and Parmigiano Reggiano cheese in a blender and mix for 10 seconds. Turn off blender
  2. Add the baking powder, salt and tapioca flour
  3. Blend for 30 seconds
  4. Pour batter into sprayed muffin tins (I use large size muffin tins). You can also make mini buns by using a regular muffin tin.
  5. Bake at 400 F. degrees for 20-25 minutes or until golden grown on top
  6. Store cheese rolls in an air proof container or zip bag for up to 5 days.

Note: If you are lactose intollerant, natural Parmigiano Reggiano have only a trace of lactose and can be digested by many people with lactose intolerance.

Enjoy

Cannoli Filling

The trick is to balance the right sweetness to the richness of the Ricotta cheese Cheese. The ratio is 3 parts of Ricotta cheese to 1 part of sugar.

cannoli

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  • 475 Grams (2 1/3 cups) of Smooth Ricotta Cheese
  • 160 grams (3/4 cup) of regular sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon of Vanilla
  • 4 oz of Mini Chocolate Chips

Directions

  1. Cream the Ricotta cheese
  2. Blend in sugar and vanilla til smooth
  3. Fold in the Mini Chocolate Chips
  4. Put into a piping bag and pipe into prepare Cannoli Shells

Enjoy

 

 

Cheeseburger and Cauliflower Hash

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cheeseburg and cauliflower hash

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  • 2 lbs of ground meat (chicken or beef)
  • 1-4 teaspoons of your favourite steak seasoning (note some steak seasoning are extremely high in salt. Please add a little at a time and taste. A little goes a long way.) I use Paul Prudhomme Blackened Steak Magic Seasoning.
  • 4 cups steamed and chopped cauliflower
  • 1/2 cup of shredded cheddar cheese
  • 8 oz of cream cheese (broken into pieces)
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 cup heavy cream (whipping cream) or substitute a can of mushroom soup
  • 1 cup of shredded cheddar cheese

Directions

  1. Put cauliflower into a microwavable dish with a cover and microwave on high for 5 minutes
  2. While cauliflower is cooking, brown your meat until it’s cooked
  3. Drain the fat off the meat and mix in seasoning
  4. Add the cooked cauliflower and 1/2 cup of cheddar cheese and the cream cheese
  5. In a separate bowl whisk together the egg and cream mixture (or mushroom soup)
  6. Pour egg mixture in with the meat and cauliflower
  7. Spread into a baking dish (approx 8″ x 11.5″)
  8. Top with 1 cup of shredded cheddar cheese
  9. Bake in a 400 degree F. oven for 30 minutes (uncovered)

Enjoy

Adapted from the original recipe: https://mylifecookbook.com/low-carb-cheeseburger-cauliflower-casserole/

 

 

 

Instapot (Slow Cooker) Split Pea Soup

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You can either use your Instapot (Pressure Cooker) or you can use a slow cooker to make this flavourful soup. It’s so easy and so tasty

slit pea soup

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  • 1 cup diced smoked ham
  • 1 Tablespoon of butter or oil
  • 1 Large carrot – diced
  • 1 Large onion – diced
  • 2 Large stalks of celery
  • 1 pound (454g) dry split pea (yellow or green) – not pre-soaked
  • 6 cups of low sodium chicken stock
  • 1/8-1/4 tsp of dried thyme
  • 6 cloves of garlic (minced)
  • 2 Bay leaves

Directions if using Instapot

  1. Use the Sauté function and add the butter or oil along with the diced onions
  2. Sauté onions til transparent, turn off pot
  3. Add the garlic, ham, thyme, carrots, celery and bay leaves
  4. Pour in a little of the chicken stock to deglaze the pot
  5. Once the pot has been deglazed add the dry split peas
  6. Add the remainder of the chicken stock
  7. Set Instapot to manual and cook at high pressure for 15 minutes (or use the soup feature)
  8. Once the 15 minutes let the pressure release naturally for an additional 10 minutes or until the silver button (float valve) drops down
  9. Open the pot and remove the bay leaves
  10. Stirring will thicken the soup

Serve and enjoy

If using a Slow Cooker

Use can use the same recipe in a slow cooker. Instead of using an Instapot, sauté the onions in a pan and add them to the slow cooker along with all the other ingredients. Then set slow cooker for 5-6 hours on high or 8-10 hours on low

Double Chocolate Chip Cookies

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Double Chocolate Chip Cookies

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  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt (use only half if you use salted butter)
  • 4 ounces milk chocolate squares (chopped)
  • 4 ounces of chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup or (8 tablespoons) unsalted butter
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

DirectionsDouble Chocolate Chip Cookies 2

  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
  2. Whisk together flour, baking soda, cocoa powder, and salt (if using unsalted butter) into a bowl (put aside)
  3. Over medium melt butter and add chopped chocolate into a pan. Cook until all is melted
  4. Put melted chocolate mixture into a mixing bowl and add sugar, eggs, and vanilla; mix on medium speed until combined.
  5. Reduce speed to low and gradually mix in flour/cocoa mixture.
  6. After all is mixed fold in chocolate chips.
  7. With a cookie scoop (1 1/2 inch) scoop batter onto a lined baking sheet (I prefer a silicon pad)
  8. Bake approximately 15 minutes or until cookies are flat and surfaces begin to crack.
  9. Let cool on wire racks.

Options: Add your favourite chopped nuts (ie. Walnuts or Pecan) along with the Chocolate Chips

Enjoy

Chicken Breasts Stuffed with Spinach

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Chicken stuffed with spinach Cropped

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Ingredients

For Rub

  • 4 Boneless Chicken Breasts
  • Olive oil to rub onto breasts
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon paprika

For Stuffings

  • 4 ounces (114 grams) plain cream cheese
  • 1 1/2 cups of chopped baby spinach
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan Cheese
  • 2 tablespoons of Mayonnaise

Directions:

  1. Drizzle olive oil over both sides of chicken breasts
  2. Add all the “rub” ingredients into a bowl and sprinkle over both sides of chicken breasts
  3. Using a sharp knife, cut a pocket into the side of the chicken breasts
  4. Combine all the “Stuffing” ingredients into a bowl
  5. Spoon mixture into each chicken pocket
  6. Place breasts onto a baking sheet and bake 30 minutes at 375 degrees F. uncovered or until thoroughly cooked

Enjoy

 

 

 

Meaty Meatballs

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Meatballs in sauce

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  • 1/2 cup of bread crumbs
  • 1/2 cup beef broth or milk
  • 2 onions diced
  • 2-3 pounds of ground beef or 2 pounds ground beef + 1 pound of ground pork
  • 3 eggs
  • 1/4 cup of dry parsley or 1/4 bunch of fresh parsley (chopped)
  • 3-5 cloves of crushed garlic (your preference)
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons of salt
  • 1  1/2 teaspoons of ground black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon of red pepper flakes
  • 2 teaspoons of dry Italian herb seasoning
  • 1 teaspoon dry basil
  • 6 tablespoons of grated Parmesan cheese
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil (or cooking oil)

Directions

  1. Soak bread crumbs in beef broth or milk and set aside for 15-20 minutes
  2. Heat olive oil  and cook onions til lightly caramelised (set aside to cool)
  3. Put all ingredients into a bowl and combine well
  4. Cover with plastic wrap and put into the refrigerator for an hour to blend flavours
  5. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F
  6. Put a little vegetable oil on your hand and with an ice cream scoop (for large meatballs) or cook scoop (for small meatballs) for your meatballs by rolling between hands. (I use latex cloves)
  7. Arrange meatballs on a prepared baking sheet lined with foil and lightly oiled
  8. Bake in oven for 30-40 minutes or until done or lightly brown
  9. Either serve them with your favourite Italian sauce or just plain with a little Parmesan cheese sprinkled over them. I put them into a pot Italian sauce and let them simmer for an hour or so.

Enjoy