THE PUDDING OF HAPPINESS

Pudding Cups Judy Barnes Baker

My husband counts the pills I put out for him in the morning to be sure I didn’t sneak in anything new. If he doesn’t recognize one, I have to show him the bottle. Once, when my children were small, I overheard my vegetable-phobic son whisper to his sister, “Don’t eat the spaghetti~she put PARSLEY in it!” The only foolproof way I’ve discovered to convince the people I care about to eat things that are good for them is to turn them into foods they can’t resist! I call this the “pudding of…

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LOW-CARB, GLUTEN-FREE, FLAX-FREE, FLEXIBLE WRAPS

I’ve been experimenting with flexible wraps since I posted an article about the potential dangers of flax, a common ingredient in many gluten-free wraps, breads, and tortillas. The original post is here. I wanted a replacement that would taste great, be easy to make, low in carbs, and flexible enough to use for tacos and sandwiches, but free of plant estrogens and toxins. It took a lot of tries, but I’m very pleased with this recipe. No kneading or rolling and they have only 1.6 net carbs each! EASY WRAPS Ingredietns: 4eggs 4 tbsp coconut milk or other low-carb…

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STUFFED ZUCCHINI BLOSSOMS FROM “NOURISHED”

Stuffed Zucchini Blossoms Fresh zucchini blossoms only last a day or two, so don’t expect to find them in the supermarket. Zucchini is notoriously prolific, however, and very easy to grow. A few plants on a sunny patio should give you an abundant supply. Many farmers’ markets sell them in season as well. Recipe from Nourished; a Cookbook for Health, Weight Loss, and Metabolic Balance. Ingredients: 1 cup (8.5 ounces) fresh, whole milk ricotta cheese 2 egg yolks 6 fresh chives, green part only (2 tablespoons or 6 grams, chopped) 1/4…

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SHIRATAKI NOODLES WITHOUT SOY: NASOYA PASTA ZERO

Suffering from pasta withdrawal? Here’s a clip from Portlandia to show you how hard it can get! (Thanks to Laurie-Avalanche Rosen for sharing this.) I’m still looking for the perfect pasta substitute. Dreamfield’s contains wheat; spaghetti squash is, well, squash; spiral-sliced zucchini, sorry, still squash; shirataki is rubbery and tasteless; tofu shirataki contains soy… Regular shirataki noodles are not really food. They have no calories, no carbs, no nutrients, and no taste. They are 100% konjak fiber. If I came across a bowl of shiritaki noodles in the wild, I would never say, “Yum, food!” I’d be no…

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TOO BUSY TO COOK? TRY DIET-TO-GO

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  It felt like Christmas came early this year when I got a knock on the door and discovered a huge Styrofoam crate full of food from Diet To Go, a company that puts together meals to fit your diet of choice (low-fat, vegetarian, or low-carb) and ships them directly to you. They take the guesswork out of dieting ~ no shopping, no cooking, no counting calories or carbs, and no estimating portion sizes ~ mindless eating, but in a good way. One of the things I…

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VALIDATION: Peter Reinhart

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   Gluten-free products, recipes, and cookbooks are everywhere these days, but most of them just sub high-carb starches like potato, corn, tapioca, and rice for wheat, rye, and barley. The cookbook above is different. You can’t read the subtitle very well here, but it says, “80 Low-carb Recipes that Offer Solutions for Celiac Disease, Diabetes, and Weight Loss.” It was written by Peter Reinhart and Denene Wallace. Peter Reinhart is a world-class expert on bread and baking. Mario Batali called him the Leonardo da Vinci of bread. He has written nine books, including The Bread Baker’s Apprentice,…

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CRISP-BRAISED CHICKEN THIGHS WITH SPROUTED BEANS AND PUMPKIN SEEDS

Crisp-Braised Chicken Thighs with Sprouted Beans & Pumpkin Seeds 4 servings The classic French pairing of duck confit and lentils inspired this dish of crispy-skinned, succulent chicken thighs atop a savory combo of sprouted beans and sautéed pumpkin seeds. Inexpensive chicken thighs cook up moist and tender and the gluten-free, grain-free, low-carb side rivals the original starchy version for depth of flavor, but with a unique texture and a bit of crunch. Tip: I used a dried mix of sprouted lentils and adzuki and mung…

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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 16 ounces (two 8-ounce tubs) whipped cream cheese 8 ounces plain, Greek yogurt with live cultures 2 teaspoons vanilla extract Liquid sweetener, such as EZ-Sweetz* or LC-Sweet, equal to 14 tbs of sugar A few grains of…

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COOKIES FOR CHRISTMAS

PEANUT BUTTER COOKIES Ingredients: 1 large egg 1 cup natural peanut butter, crunchy or plain, brought to room temperature High intensity sugar substitute, such as sucralose or stevia, equal to 3/4 cup of sugar 1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons of brown sugar replacement, such as Diabetisweet, LC Sweet Brown, or Just Like Sugar Brown 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 1/2 teaspoon baking powder 1/2 teaspoon baking soda 1/4 cup sugar-free chocolate chips, optional Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease a large baking sheet. Directions: Beat the egg…

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THE PERFECT HUMAN DIET

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The USDA is now advocating a plant-based, very low-fat diet. What can we do beyond writing letters? Here’s a chance for you to help get the truth out. I blogged about a fantastic documentary called “In Search of the Perfect Human Diet” in a previous post after I had a chance to preview an excerpt: http://carbwars.blogspot.com/2009/10/in-search-of-perfect-human-diet.html. Some of the world’s leading scientists in human evolutionary nutrition were involved in this international endeavor, including: • Dr. Loren Cordain (author of The Paleo Diet, Colorado State University)…

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