KOFTA: TURKISH MEATBALL SKEWERS

What can you make with a pound of ground beef? A lot! Here’s a terrific addition to the list. There are endless of versions of meatball kabobs with many different names throughout the Middle East and India. This one, made with walnuts, aromatics, spices, and herbs, is based on a Turkish …

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THE WORST DAY OF MY LIFE AND AN IMPORTANT WARNING

If you are on Facebook, you may already know about what happened to my husband. I have put off writing about it because I was not yet ready to relive the worst day of my life, but this very scary story contains an important warning that I feel I need …

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LETTER FROM PARADISE, PART 2, and Hawaiian Coconut Dessert

  I was really looking forward to a five-hour dinner cruise along the Na Pali coast of Kauai while we were in Hawaii. Captain Andy’s crew double checked ahead of time to make sure they had food on board that I could eat. Unfortunately, I was too seasick to eat …

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LETTER FROM PARADISE (with recipes)

Family trip to Kauai, 50th Anniversary, Hawaiian recipes: Chocolate Macadamias and Shave Ice. So much catching up to do! I came back from a family trip to Hawaii with stories to tell and ideas to share. Dean and I celebrated our 50th anniversary in June and our kids treated us …

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CRISP WAFFLES AND LOW-CARB MAPLE SYRUP WITH VIDEO

If you think hot, crisp waffles, topped with butter and thick, sweet maple syrup are off the table on a low-carb diet, I’ve got good news for you! LOW CARB MAPLE SYRUP This simple, no-cook faux maple syrup adds the final touch for my new waffles. The syrup becomes thicker and …

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PARMESAN ALMOND CRACKERS

These taste like my savory Parmesan Crisps from Nourished, but they are bigger and thicker with a lovely soft crunch. They have a few more carbs (0.7 net grams compared to 0.02 net each) but are still very, very low for a nice, substantial cracker. Ingredients: 3 cups almond flour …

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NUT AND SEED CRISPBREAD

Traditional Swedish crispbread is made of rye, wheat, yeast, salt, and water. My grain-free, gluten-free, and yeast-free version is made of nuts, seeds, salt, water, and a little good fat.  I made these from a collection of ingredients I had on hand but you could use almost any nut or …

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FRUIT AND NUT TREATS

I’ve been making my own snack foods since cutting out all the likely sources of allergens. Most purchased low-carb snacks and bars contain whey, egg, chocolate, and/or almonds. I found several raw, vegan, and Paleo brands, but most of them use dates and flax to hold everything together. Chunks of Energy, pictured above, are pretty …

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PEANUT AND CHICKEN SOUP

  Fragrant, earthy, spicy, and perfect for a cold winter day! Recipe adapted from “Nourished; a Cookbook for Health, Weight Loss, and Metabolic Balance.” Ingredients: 2 tablespoons peanut or coconut oil ½ cup chopped onion (2½ ounces) 2 teaspoons minced garlic (¼ ounce) ¼ teaspoon red pepper flakes 2 tablespoons yellow …

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WHITE CHOCOLATE PECAN BARK

I made low-carb Christmas cookies for my husband but I’m still on an elimination diet trying to figure out what I’m allergic to. Chocolate, dairy, almonds, eggs, gluten, sugar, and foods that are high in Chromium (which includes almost everything, animal, vegetable, and mineral!) are off limits for now. This …

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PROTEIN BARS

The recipe for these bars is one my favorites from Nourished. They make a healthful addition to your repertoire of holiday cookies as well as great bars for snacking. Wrap them in parchment paper and then in foil to use as a portable lunchbox treat, much less expensive than purchased protein bars. Ingredients: ¼ cup …

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PUMPKIN SPICE BISCUITS

Biscuits that taste like pumpkin bread! The optional currants will cost you an extra 1.3 net carbs per biscuit. (Gluten-free, wheat-free, dairy-free, sugar-free, and low-carb.) Ingredients: 3 cups almond flour 1 1/2 tsp baking powder 1 tsp ground ginger 1 tsp ground cinnamon 1/2 tsp ground cardamom 1/4 tsp xanthan …

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VIDEO #3: EZ CREAMY STAWBERRY PIE

EZ CREAMY STRAWBERRY PIE This luscious strawberry pie is low-carb, gluten-free, and probably the easiest pie you will ever make! Ingredients: 1 (9-inch) Almond Pie Crust, recipe below, baked and cooled 8 ounces frozen strawberries (to make 1/2 cup of cooked puree) 2 tablespoons lemon juice 10 ounces fresh strawberries, hulled and sliced …

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