Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Flaxseed Crackers

Howdy folks. First off I take no real credit for this recipe. I searched the web long time ago and found this basic recipe everywhere. So, I can't really give anyone particular person credit either because when I did the search again I found at least 14 sites that had this basic recipe.

  • 1 cup flax seed meal - I always use golden flax seed meal but you can use any kind
  • 1/3 cup grated Parmesan cheese - yup the stuff in the green can :)
  • 1 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup water

-Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.

-Line a cookie sheet with either a silicone baking mat or parchment paper.

-Mix all ingredients in a bowl.

-Place mixture onto cookie sheet and use another piece of parchement paper, silicone mat, or wax paper to lay over top so you can roll out dough to the thickness you desire. I try to get it about 1/8 inch thick, no thinner

-Once dough is rolled out I try to smooth the edges. Then with a butter knife score dough to make cracker squares.

-Bake in oven for about 10 mins then cut through the score marks and flip each cracker over.

-Bake another 5-8 mins and continually check for doneness. I like mine not too hard with just a soft bite.
You can make them until they are more crisp if you like. Just be sure to continually check on them so they don't burn.

-Let cool completely. They can be stored in a zip bag or sealed plastic container for a week nicely

Saturday, May 3, 2014

Flaxseed Bread

Finally got a chance to get the basic recipe posted for the flaxseed bread that I have been making for a few years now. I really like it and it's loaded with fiber and super low in net carbs.

Here's what you will need to make 1 flaxseed bread/bun
  • 4 tbsp flaxseed meal. I prefer golden flaxseed
  • 1 tbsp grated parmesan cheese. Yes the kind in the green shaker can :)
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 tsp oil. Can use canola, olive, vegetable, or coconut oil
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tbsp water
  • Seasonings of your choice. Italian seasoning, garlic powder, onion powder, etc. The skies the limit. I do recommend on just a pinch of salt if adding any because the cheese is salty already
Mix all the dry ingredients into a microwave safe bowl. You want to choose a bowl that when the bread is done, it is the the width you want your bread. I slice mine in half to make two pieces so I make sure my bowl isn't too big so that the batter spreads out too much and makes the bread too thin. After mixing the dry ingredients and getting the clumps out of the grated cheese, add in the remaining ingredients. Mix up well making sure all the dry ingredients are incorporated. Now the cooking time will depend on the strength of your microwave. Over cook this and it will turn into a hockey puck! I have a fairly new higher watt microwave so I put mine in for 2 mins and 10 secs. My older, less wattage microwave, took about 2 mins 30 secs. Yes, 20 secs can make a big difference. After cooking I let cool for about a 1 min. let slice it into 2 pieces. If I am using this for a hamburger I toss the slices into the toaster to firm up a bit. If I use if with sandwich meat or something less dense, I leave it as is. This recipe makes 1 serving
Calories- 263 kcal
Fat- 19 grams
Carbohydrates- 9 grams
Fiber- 8 grams
Net Carbs- 1 gram

Thursday, May 1, 2014

Rutabaga oh Rutabaga

When I went on Atkins back in 2010 I was in dire need of some kind of french fry substitute. I had seen recipes using celery root and some with rutabagas. Well since my local grocery store did not carry celery root, I went with a rutabaga. I must say I rather enjoyed the results. My daughter was not fond of them, but that's ok...left more for me :) It was easy to peel and pretty easy to cut into fries with a descent knife. I tossed them in olive oil, seasonings, and some grated Parmesan.

peel your rutabaga...easy peasy

use a good heavy knife to cut into fries (be careful)

toss with 1 to 2 tbsp olive oil, salt, pepper, garlic powder, onion powder and parmesan cheese

spread out evenly on parchment covered baking sheet. I was out of parchment paper so made sure to spray my pan with non stick spray. Bake at 420 degrees for 20 mins, then flip them and keep baking for about 20 mins more, but keep checking them every 5 mins till the reach your crispness level you want

Yum! Enjoy alone or with your favorite low carb dip

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

What?! Low Carb Pizza :)

Here's a low carb pizza me and my daughter recently made. It is so good and the crust is made out of cheese, egg, & cauliflower. I use low carb pizza sauce, pepperoni, and red onions for toppings. I just finished my half and I have to say I love it more then my Little Ceasars pepperoni pizza that I am so addicted to.

This is the lovely crust after it has baked in the oven for about 12 mins at 450 degrees. I usually flip it over and bake it for another few mins.

Topped with pizza sauce, pepperoni, cheese, and red onions. Oops, I forgot to buy mushrooms.

Popped that bad boy under the broiler just for a minute or two. Keep a close eye on it or you will burn this awesome creation :)

The recipe for this fantastic pizza crust can be found at Your Lighter Side

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Welcome to my weight loss journey

Hello and welcome to my weight loss blog. My name is Lany and I am 40 yrs old. I currently weigh in at 312.6 lbs and being only 5'2", that makes me morbidly obese. I have severe sleep apnea, high blood pressure, extreme gout attacks 5-10 times a month, osteoarthritis in my knees, and waiting to see the Rheumatologist to see if I have rheumatoid arthritis. My liver shows build up of fat which can lead to Cirrhosis. I've been seeing a Nephrologist because of high proteins in my urine (nothing to do with eating low carb, more protein) and he said I seem to have all the health issues of obesity EXCEPT diabetes. Which really surprises me since diabetes runs in my family.

I have a 17 yr old daughter and I'll be damned if I am not going to be on this earth to watch her become an adult, get married, and start a family of her own. I need to do this, I HAVE to do this. I hate feeling miserable. I want to be happy and LIVE again!