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І usеd tо wоrk аt Тrаdеr Јое’s, уоu knоw, thаt рlасе whеrе еvеrуоnе sееms lіkе thеу’rе hаvіng tоо muсh fun? То bе hоnеst, І rеаllу lіkеd wоrkіng thеrе; оnе оf thе funnеst rеtаіl јоbs І еvеr hаd. Вut іt аlsо ореnеd mу еуеs uр tо hоw реорlе wаstеd sо muсh mоnеу аt grосеrу stоrеs. Аnd іt аlsо gаvе mе sоmе hеlрful іnsіght оn wауs tо sаvе mоnеу.

Тhеre are еаsу hасks оnсе уоu lеаrn tо usе thеm, аnd sооn уоu’ll bе sреndіng lеss оn еасh fооd run уоu mаkе.

Lооk tо thе Васk оf Ѕhеlvеs

Оnе оf mу dutіеs (аmоng mаnу) wаs tо stосk thе shеlvеs, аnd іt wаs аn еаsу tаsk. Вut whеn І fіrst stаrtеd stосkіng рrоduсе, suсh аs bаgs оf kаlе, sріnасh, оr саrrоts іntо thе shеlvеs, mу mаnаgеr tаught mе tо рut thе оnеs lаbеlеd wіth а lаtеr ехріrаtіоn dаtе uр іn thе frоnt, аnd thе оnеs thаt wеrе nеw іn thе bасk.

Whеn уоu’rе shорріng fоr рrоduсе (оr аnу реrіshаblе іtеms, lіkе mеаt), mаkе surе thаt уоu tаkе thе tіmе tо сhесk thе dаtеs аnd rеасh fоr thе bасk. Тhеn уоu wоn’t bе brіngіng fооd hоmе thаt’s rеаdу tо gо bаd, tаkе іt оut а fеw dауs lаtеr tо сооk, аnd rеаlіzе іt’s аlrеаdу sроіlеd.

Тhіs іs оnе оf thе grеаt аnd еаsу wауs tо sаvе mоnеу whеn shорріng.

Κnоw Whаt’s Rеаllу Оrgаnіс

Іt turns оut thаt еvеn thоugh sоmеthіng іs lаbеlеd оrgаnіс, іt sоmеtіmеs dоеsn’t еvеn mеаn аnуthіng. Fоr іnstаnсе, уоu соuld buу оrgаnіс mushrооms fоr $4.99 оr sаvе уоursеlf thе mоnеу аnd buу rеgulаr mushrооms fоr $2.99 whісh аrе bаsісаllу thе sаmе. Сеrtаіn рrоduсе usеs lіttlе tо nо реstісіdеs whеn grоwіng, lіkе mushrооms whісh аrе аll grоwn іnsіdе іn а соntrоllеd еnvіrоnmеnt; nо nееd fоr реstісіdеs (оr thеіr skіn іs thісk еnоugh, lіkе а wаtеrmеlоn, thаt реstісіdеs аrеn’t еvеn аblе tо rеасh thе іnsіdе).

Тhаnkfullу thеrе’s а lіst оf whаt tо buу аnd whаt nоt tо buу оrgаnіс. Аnd knоwіng thіs іs оnе оf thе grеаt wауs tо sаvе mоnеу.

Whаt ΝОТ tо Вuу Оrgаnіс:

Мushrооms, аvосаdоs, ріnеаррlе, оnіоns, mаngо, аsраrаgus, swееt реаs, kіwі, саbbаgе, рарауа, wаtеrmеlоn, brоссоlі, аnd swееt роtаtоеs.

Whаt Yоu Ѕhоuld Вuу Оrgаnіс:

(а.k.а. “Тhе Dіrtу Dоzеn”): Ѕtrаwbеrrіеs, аррlеs, nесtаrіnеs, реасhеs, сеlеrу, grареs, сhеrrіеs, sріnасh, tоmаtоеs, swееt bеll рерреrs, сhеrrу tоmаtоеs, аnd сuсumbеrs.

Lаst Тір оn Вuуіng Оrgаnіс:

Веfоrе mаkіng а fіnаl dесіsіоn оn thе рrоduсе уоu’rе buуіng, сhесk оut thе оrgаnіс рrоduсе аs wеll. Ѕоunds соuntеr іntuіtіvе, but sоmеtіmеs сеrtаіn оrgаnіс fооds аrе сhеареr.

Lооk Веlоw Еуе Lеvеl

Whеn wоrkіng аt Тrаdеr Јое’s, І lеаrnеd thаt sоmе оf thе mоst ехреnsіvе іtеms аrе аt еуе lеvеl. Ѕо lеt’s sау уоu’rе shорріng fоr соffее (оr whаtеvеr nесеssіtу уоu саn thіnk оf.. Соffее’s а nесеssіtу rіght?), wеll thе fіrst thіng уоu sее іs аt еуе lеvеl, thеrеfоrе, mаkіng іt thе еаsіеst thіng tо grаb аnd gо.

Вut оnе оf thе grеаt wауs tо sаvе mоnеу іs tо lооk dоwn. Ѕоmе оf thе сhеареr орtіоns (thаt аrе аlmоst аlwауs thе sаmе), аrе gоіng tо bе а fеw shеlvеs undеr еуе lеvеl. Іt’s аn еаsу hасk tо rеmеmbеr, еvеn іf уоu’rе іn а rush.

Оnе Іmрulsе Рurсhаsе

Тrаdеr Јое’s іs FULL оf іmрulsе рurсhаsеs, аs аrе mаnу grосеrу stоrеs. Аnd thеу еsресіаllу gеt уоu rіght аt thе саsh rеgіstеr (lіkе wіth ТЈ’s swееt srіrасhа bасоn јеrkу… оh gоsh). Νоw І wоuld usuаllу sау, “Rеsіst! Dоn’t dо іt!” Вut thаt dоеsn’t аlwауs hеlр. Іnstеаd, І’m gоіng tо suggеst thаt уоu gеt јust оnе (rеlаtіvеlу іnехреnsіvе) іmрulsе рurсhаsе.

Rеаsоn fоr thіs?

Wеll іt’s twо fоld; fіrst оf аll, sоmе оf us аrе аblе tо rеsіst а tіmе оr twо аnd thеn wе mіght fееl аs thоugh wе dеsеrvе tо gеt а fеw thіngs thаt аrеn’t оn оur lіst sіnсе wе’vе bееn sо gооd (оr уоu јust fееl рlаіn rеstrісtеd whеn shорріng). Ѕо gеttіng оnе іmрulsе рurсhаsе аllоws уоu tо nоt gо оvеrbоаrd, but stіll gеt sоmеthіng уоu lіkе.

Ѕесоnd, уоu hаvеn’t rеаllу grоwn іntо thе аbіlіtу tо sау nо tо іmрulsе рurсhаsеs whеn shорріng, аnd thаt’s оk. Вut іn gеttіng јust оnе іmрulsе рurсhаsе, уоu’rе sаtіsfуіng thе раrt оf уоu thаt fееls lіkе уоu nееd sоmеthіng fun tо tаkе hоmе аnd snасk оn, but уоu’rе nоt оvеrsреndіng аt thе stоrе.

Аlwауs, Аlwауs Наvе а Рlаn

Аnd whаt gоеs аlоng wіth thіs іs аlwауs shорріng wіth а lіst…nо mаttеr whаt.

Dоn’t bе suсkеrеd іntо buуіng sоmеthіng оn sаlе јust bесаusе іt’s оn sаlе. Оn оссаsіоn, І wіll lооk аt а grосеrу stоrе flуеr tо sее іf whаt І nееd іs оn sаlе, but оthеrwіsе, І stісk wіth mу lіst. Νоt bесаusе mу lіst іs mаdе uр оf іdеаl rесіреs thаt І nееd tо fіnd thе іngrеdіеnts fоr, but іt’s fіllеd wіth frugаl stарlеs thаt І knоw І саn mаkе strеtсh іn mаnу dіffеrеnt wауs.

Rеwаrds Рrоgrаm

Νоw І dіdn’t lеаrn thіs frоm wоrkіng аt Тrаdеr Јое’s (sіnсе ТЈ’s dоеsn’t hаvе оnе), but І dіd lеаrn thіs frоm shорріng еlsеwhеrе. Ѕо уеs, уоu саn сut соuроns оr usе Ѕhорulаr, but whу nоt аdd оn уоur lосаl grосеrу stоrе’s rеwаrds рrоgrаms tо сut bасk mоrе соsts. Іt’s nоt а сrеdіt оr dеbіt саrd, аnd іt’s оnе оf thе bеst wауs tо sаvе mоnеу оn grосеrіеs.

І’vе bееn аblе tо sаvе а lоt оf mоnеу bу јоіnіng а rеwаrds рrоgrаm аt thе stоrе. І gеt tо tаkе раrt іn аll оf thоsе dеаls аnd sаvе sоmе mоnеу. Тhіnk оf іt thіs wау, thе stоrе іs bаsісаllу gіvіng sоmе оf уоur mоnеу bасk tо уоu bу thе tіmе уоu swіре уоur rеwаrds саrd.

Іt wаs іntеrеstіng іn mу tіmе wоrkіng аt Тrаdеr Јое’s tо sее hоw реорlе wаstеd mоnеу аnd lеаrnіng frоm іt. Аnd јust usіng а fеw оf thеsе tірs саn рrеvеnt уоu frоm сrіngіng аt thе tоtаl оn уоur rесеірt. Ѕо еvеn іf уоu’rе іn а hurrу, usіng thеsе sіх wауs tо sаvе mоnеу оn grосеrіеs dоеsn’t tаkе muсh tіmе аt аll аnd саn hеlр уоu stау оn budgеt.

Νоw І hоре thеsе tірs wеrе hеlрful аnd іf уоu hаvе аnу tірs уоursеlvеs оn wауs tо sаvе mоnеу аt thе grосеrу stоrе, еmаіl mе оr lеt mе knоw іn thе соmmеnts bеlоw! І’d lоvе tо hеаr whаt уоu dо!

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The Importance of Dinner Time With Your Kids? Washington Post

I was doing a bit of research for further content on the blog this morning; and I found something that was too good and too important not to share with YOU. =)

Actually…this (of course) refers to grandchildren too! So, keep that in mind. <3

This post is short and (hopefully sweet), lol…However, wanted to post the below snippets from the article itself.

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In most industrialized countries, families don’t farm together, play musical instruments or stitch quilts on the porch. So dinner is the most reliable way for families to connect and find out what’s going on with each other.

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In a survey American teens were asked when they were most likely to talk with their parents: dinner was their top answer.

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There are also associations between regular family dinners and good behaviors, not just the absence of bad ones. In a New Zealand study, a higher frequency of family meals was strongly associated with positive moods in adolescents.

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In our family, I always remember the warm fuzzy feeling I got whenever we (all) sat down to a meal…(usually dinner time). =) <3

So, what does The Washington Post have to say about the magical moments of mealtime?

Click The Link Below

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Article Written By: Anne Fishel

The Most Important Thing You Can Do With Your Kids ~~ Eat Dinner With Them

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Anne Fishel is a co-founder of The Family Dinner Project, a professor at Harvard Medical School and the author of Home for Dinner

3 Thanksgiving Breakfast Recipes From Cook’in @DVO

Look What Was In My Inbox This Morning! <3

From DVO.com/ ~~ Via Dan Oaks

 

The following are delicious recipes I thought would be yummy ideas for Thanksgiving breakfast

 

Egg Nog French Toast and Egg Nog Syrup
Serving size: 15
Calories per serving: 511

Ingredients

5 eggs
3/4 cup eggnog
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 pinch salt
cinnamon, as much as you like
10 slices bread
Egg Nog Syrup
1/2 cup butter
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup eggnog
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

Directions

For the French Toast, add the first 5 ingredients to a pie plate and whisk until they are completely mixed together. Spray a large frying pan with non stick cooking spray and heat on medium. Dip bread in egg mixture on both sides and fry until golden brown on both sides.

For the Syrup, add butter, sugar, and eggnog to a large pot and cook on medium and stir constantly until it comes to a boil. Let syrup boil for 1 minute, remove from heat, and whisk in vanilla and baking soda. Mixture will bubble up and then settle into a yummy syrup.

Lemon Monkey Bread
By Kathy Oaks

Prep time: 10 minutes
Cook time: 20 minutes
Yield: 1 monkey feast

Serving size: 12
Calories per serving: 324

Ingredients

12 Rhodes Texas Rolls
3/4 cup sugar
2/3 cup butter, melted
zest from 1 lemon

Glaze:

1 cup powdered sugar
juice from half of a lemon
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Directions

Zest lemon and mix with sugar. Cut rolls in to fourths. Place the cut bread into a bowl and pour in the butter and 3/4 of the sugar, and lemon zest mixture. Mix together with your hands until all the dough pieces are covered.

Spray bundt pan with non-stick cooking spray and place the dough around evenly in the bundt pan. Let rise until double. Sprinkle the rest of the sugar and lemon zest on top and bake at 350° for 20-25 minutes.

For the glaze, mix powdered sugar, lemon juice, and vanilla together.

When the bread is finished baking, invert to remove from bundt pan and pour glaze over the top.

Biscuits and Sausage Gravy Casserole
Serving size: 12
Calories per serving: 284

Ingredients

2 cans Grands refrigerated biscuits
1 pound sausage
1/3 cup olive oil
1/2 cup flour
5 cups milk
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon pepper

Directions

Open one can of biscuits and quarter them with a pizza cutter. Layer them in a large casserole dish that has been sprayed with non stick cooking spray. Bake them at 350° for 10 minutes.

While they are cooking start frying sausage in a large frying pan. when sausage is fully cooked add oil and whisk in flour until all lumps are gone. Add milk slowly and continue to whisk to avoid lumps.

Add salt and pepper and cook until mixture thickens. When the biscuits are cooked top with gravy mixture. Quarter the other can of biscuits and layer them on top. Bake again at 350° for 20 minutes.

Thank you for reading and stopping by! <3

Hope you all have a blessed Thanksgiving! God Bless =)

Sharing Recipe From Illinois Country Living Magazine

loveyourself I was looking through the magazine last night and saw a recipe I’d like to try. 😉

www.icl.coop

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Please Note: This recipe was taken directly from the magazine – including the site’s URL

 

 

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Curried Floret Salad

Ingredients

2 1/2 cup Fresh broccoli florets
2 1/2 cup fresh cauliflower florets
1-6 oz pkg. dried cranberries
1/4 cup vegetable oil – will substitute olive oil
2 tablespoons white vinegar
1 tablespoons brown sugar
1 tablespoons chives, minced
1 1/2 teaspoon curry powder
1 1/2 teaspoon soy sauce
1/4 teaspoon garlic, minced
1/3 cup mayo
1/3 cup slivered almonds, toasted


Directions

In large bowl, combine the broccoli, cauliflower and cranberries.

In a small bowl, whisk the oil, vinegar, brown sugar, chives, curry powder, soy sauce and garlic. Whisk in mayo until blended. Pour over broccoli mixture and toss to coat.

Cover and put in fridge for at least 2 hours, stirring several times. Before serving, stir in almonds.

Enjoy! 🙂

Again, here is the URL: http://www.icl.coop

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Grandparenting Tips and Chocolate

kisses Are you addicted to chocolate? :/

 

 

 

 

 

Yes….I am, I am!! This grandma definitely is! Lol

Although, I associate myself with good grandparenting tips, skills and tricks….in that I hardly ever bring a bag of chocolates in our home or my grandkid’s home. Unless it is Christmas, my grandchildren’s birthday, or some other appropriate holiday, such as Easter.


Why, you ask?

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* I am highly addicted to chocolate. Enough said!

* You need to respect your kids enough not to bring on a confrontation/disagreement by bringing ANYTHING chocolate in their home or surroundings while the grandkids are present. Simple! 😉

* Needless to say, (just as a reminder), DON’T eat chocolate in front of the grands! Some grandparents just don’t think!

* When it IS appropriate for a chocolate treat, get in a good habit of buying “dark” chocolate. Dark is much better for you, AND them!

* Brag to your grandchildren about healthy substitutes to chocolate, or (any candy). This can be fruit, veggies, raw or steamed. Kid-friendly dips, such as ranch and others. Cheese sticks or slices, (homemade) chicken nuggets, etc… Just as long as it isnt, bubble gum, licorice, cotton candy, or those sugar, sweet and sour worms! LOL

* When baking, use dark chocolate…such as the dark chips. Simple!

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I’m not saying your grandchild should NEVER eat chocolate! — See my 3rd sentence above; go for chocolate at appropriate times…or the (dark in moderation).

OK…this post is making me desire CHOCOLATE! 😮 Can’t have that! Lol

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However, I think I got my point across! If not, and you have questionsYou can catch me Here

Have an awesome day! =)

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Low Carb Biscuit Recipe – Shared From a Friend

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By Lynn Terry: @http://www.travelinglowcarb.com/4275/low-carb-biscuit-recipe/

Actual Recipe From Lynn’s Blog

The Photos Below are Mine

 

 

 

I didn’t think they looked like Lynn’s…Wonder if they taste the same??


Ingredients

1 8 ounce bag parmesan cheese
1 cup Almond Meal
2 small or one very large egg
2 Tablespoons melted butter
Optional: Garlic Salt to taste – I did not have the garlic. I’m sure that one ingredient would have made them even more delicious! 🙂

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Directions

Mix ingredients well and chill. Roll small portions into ball then shape them as cheese sticks or biscuits – or you can make them smaller/flatter for “crackers”. Bake in preheated 350 oven for 10 minutes, turning after 5 minutes if necessary. (Keep an eye on them and cook until golden brown on both sides.)

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For Details On Counting Net Carbs – See Lynn’s Recipe Page Here

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Be Good To Your Spirit, Mind, and Body During Stress – One Dozen Tips Plus

heart My very first tip (#1 Tip) is getting to spend time with my grandchildren. This Grandma gets to distress often; as the kids come over quite a lot. They live close by…which is awesome!!!! =)

LOVE Spending Time With My Grands!! <3 >3 (a heart for each one of them) Excellent stress reliever for ME!!

Stress can be down right deadly, if you don’t know how to deal with it. If you’re a negative thinker, then stress can be a nightmare for you.

Read the following tips with an open mind. We are all unique, and we are creatures of habit…(well, most of us) – The following stress relievers below may be just what you need if you’re going through grieving, depression, bad marriage, or relatively anything that is currently stressing you !

Make a List Of Your Own If You Have To

Here is mine…

1) Spending time with my grandchildren…LOVE, LOVE them with all my heart and could NOT imagine living my life without them. <3 Oh wait, I’ve already said that! ~ Well, it’s worth repeating!!

2) Don’t dwell on things that stress you. This can be truly hard sometimes. I know; as I’ve been there. When you’re not your best, make it YOUR mission to always try to do something out of the ordinary to efficiently distract you from your worries and stresses.

3) Workout – Exercise has helped immensely with my mood swings, depression, and stress. It gets my blood pumping; thus, making more oxygen flow to the brain and the rest of my body. Working out just makes me feel better in EVERY way. I think better, I get around better, and it also boosts my self confidence. I LOVE how I feel after a good sweat! =)

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4) Pray – Prayer is ALWAYS an excellent option to everything that we do, and everything we are going through. God consistently answers prayer. However, we may not like the time frame, or we may not like the answer received. The Good Lord knows what our needs (and wants) are before we even ask. For me, praying DOES relieve stress, although I need to spend more time doing it. =)

5) Eat right – Eating right is being very kind to your body, mind, and spirit. When eating the proper nutrients, you will be more productive, your mood swings will most likely level out. In addition, vitamins and minerals found in healthy foods help to lift depression. Eating healthy is essentially good for you in many ways, including stress.

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Side Note: I personally have found that eating bananas helps with my mood swings.

6) Live in an organized environment – If you’re like me, organization is an ever-growing process. That’s right, it never ends! lol 😉 Although, I try every day. It makes logical sense that having everything in its place at all times will undoubtedly relieve LOTS of stress!

7) Walk and breath in, then breath out….slowly. Rinse, repeat! Enough said 😉 lol

8) Spend time with your favorite hobby. If you don’t have one, FIND ONE! I find jigsaw puzzles relax me. However, it seems that the only time I mess with them are on New Year’ s Eve. lol I also enjoy coloring. Have you noticed all the new coloring books (for adults, meaning not cartoonish) that are displayed in stores now? Well, I bought 3 of them. These are hobbies of mine. I also thoroughly enjoy my iPad time every evening. That in its self, is a huge way to get rid of stress for myself.

9) Start a blog; there are free ones on the web. If you have emotions, anger, or no confidence inside of you, writing about them can help you tremendously!!!! Or you can also buy a good-sized journal and just spend time writing. Gets you thinking outside the box. 😉


10) Spend quality time with your spouse – If you are having marriage problems, and (who doesn’t, I mean, all couples go through their sets of problems from time to time). If you’ve never had a disagreement with your spouse, or gotten angry; you are among the very small population that (say) that their marriage is perfect. What’s my point? Start taking extra time to do things you haven’t done in a long time. Maybe it’s going to the show, amusement park, VACATION!!!? I like that last one; and who doesn’t love vacation? <3 Whatever the case may be, do it!

11) Move furniture around, or redecorate to change your environment. I’ve always been like that; in fact, I move furniture around (at least) once every 6 months or so. Just like my (built in) desk. I’m always wishing I could place it on the opposite side of the room. lol

I love change! <3

12) If funds allow, go on a vacation. Or at the very least, go out with a friend or relative and have a good time. It doesn’t have to be expensive to have a good time. If a vacation is NOT an option, go play cards with a couple, take a long Sunday drive, have friends over for dinner. Anything that gets you unfocused on your stresses.

Stress can do horrible things. Often times, it’s silent killer that can bring on a stroke, heart attack, or anything else that can result in death. Stress CAN do a colossal of things. Stress affects people in different ways. YOU just have to find your way around your fight or flight process responses, then go with the flow. Don’t let stress get to you!! Do something special for someone. This could be an elderly, your parents, brother, sister, or anyone that has certain needs.

Lifestyle Change

Sometimes, just changing your lifestyle can be a good stress reliever. If you’re not happy about something, change it. If your job is stressing you out, change that too! In fact, there are tons of jobs that can be performed at home. In the amount of time I’ve been working from home, I’ve come to the realization that work at home writing jobs are the easiest to find. Also, you can turn your hobby into cash by starting a business. There are some home businesses that doesn’t require a high start up fee; if at all.

One last thought…Go Shopping? However, don’t over do it and end up with 6 maxed-out credit cards! — Well, that’s a little over the top there! lol Shopping helps! 🙂

Read through my tips above objectively. Open your mind and let things happen naturally.

What ways do YOU relieve stress?

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2 Low Carb Pizza Crust Recipes

cauliflowerpizzacrust Both Recipes Featured In Allrecipes Magazine

Since I’m eating low carb, I thought I’d share a couple of pizza crust recipes, made the “low carb” way, from Allrecipes. 😉

www.allrecipes.com

Cauliflower Pizza Crust

Recipe by: Alli Shircliff

Ingredients

1/2 head cauliflower, coarsely chopped
1/2 cup shredded Italian cheese blend
1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley
1 egg
1 teaspoon chopped garlic
salt and ground black pepper to taste

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Directions

Place cauliflower pieces through the feeding tube of the food processor using the grating blade; pulse until all the cauliflower is shredded.
Place a steamer insert into a saucepan and fill with water to just below the bottom of the steamer. Bring water to a boil. Add cauliflower, cover, and steam until tender, about 15 minutes.

Transfer cauliflower to a large bowl and refrigerate, stirring occasionally, until cooled, about 15 minutes.

Preheat an oven to 450 degrees F (230 degrees C). Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicon mat.

Stir Italian cheese blend, parsley, egg, garlic, salt, and pepper into cauliflower until evenly incorporated. Pour mixture onto the prepared baking sheet; press and shape into a pizza crust.

Bake in the preheated oven until lightly browned, about 15 minutes.

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Summer Squash Pizza Crust

Recipe by: Dawn Davis

Ingredients

4 cups finely shredded zucchini or yellow summer squash
3/4 cup all-purpose flour — Substitute With Almond Meal For Low Carb
3/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
2 eggs, beaten
1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
salt to taste
1/2 cup shredded mozzarella cheese

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Directions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Once zucchini or summer squash has been shredded (I recommend a food processor) lightly salt the squash and transfer it to a strainer. Let stand 15 to 30 minutes and press all remaining liquid out of squash.

In a medium-sized mixing bowl, combine squash, flour, Parmesan cheese, mozzarella cheese, eggs, pepper and salt. Mix well. Spread the mixture into a greased and floured jelly roll pan. Bake for 25 minutes in the preheated oven.

Remove the crust from the oven and change the oven’s temperature to broil. Brush the top of the crust with oil, and then broil the crust for 3 to 5 minutes until the top is lightly browned.

Allow the crust to cool slightly and slide spatula underneath all edges and under the middle. Place a large baking sheet over the top of the crust and gently flip the crust over so that the bottom of the crust is now facing upwards.

Because it can be difficult to flip the crust smoothly, it may be necessary to cut the crust in half to facilitate the flipping of the crust.

If you want to omit the flipping stage, that is okay, but the crust won’t be as crunchy. Brush the top of the crust with oil and broil for another 3 to 5 minutes until the top is browned. Cover with toppings as desired.

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The Best Way to Make Frosting for Valentine Cookies

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From The Prepared Pantry

Secrets to getting your grandkids to always beg for more! 🙂

 

 

More Than Pretty Valentine Cookies

 

 

 

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Secret #1 is the flavor

We sell sugar cookie mixes that taste very good like key lime, cherry, lemon, and raspberry. The secret is in the frosting. If you put the flavor in the cookies, much of it bakes out. So we put most of it in the frosting. That makes them exceptionally good.

Secret #2 is the meringue powder

If you add a couple tablespoons of meringue powder to your frosting, it will dry with a shell on it–enough to keep the cookies from marring and sticking together. If you add more meringue powder, you have royal icing, the icing that is used to make the hard decorative flowers on wedding cakes.

More Sugar Cookie Tips…

Get the cookies off the sheet as soon as the pan comes out of the oven. Two bad things happen if you don’t. First the cookies stick. (You can get by with a very lightly greased pan if you remove the cookies immediately.)
Second, if you don’t take the cookies off immediately, they continue to bake on the pan. The become dry and hard.

If the bottoms of the cookies are brown, you baked them too long. They should be golden

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Trying Low Carb – Egg Broccoli and Cheese Scramble

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I’ve been thinking about doing low carb for so long.

 

 

 

 

 

All the while keeping in the back of my mind: “Gee, I love bread and potatoes!” 🙂 LOL

Tried My First Low Carb Recipe

Egg Broccoli and Cheese Scramble – Approximately (6) carbs

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Ingredients

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1 tablespoon oil (will switch over to olive oil)
1 tablespoon of butter
3 eggs (too many, in future use 2 eggs)
splash of milk, did not measure
1 cup fresh/frozen broccoli (microwave for 2 minutes) – You can of course use fresh broccoli
1 cup shredded cheese (1/2 cup in scramble mixture and 1/2 cup on top)

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Directions

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Whip together eggs and milk. Set aside. Microwave broccoli on high for 3 minutes and set aside. Heat oil and butter together in small skillet, mix gently with spoon or whisk. Turn heat on low and add egg and milk. Add in broccoli and 1/2 cup of cheese. Cook until done and blended well. Place on plate and add salt and pepper to taste. Top with remaining cheese.

Delicious! 🙂

Drink Water

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It was so good, however, I didn’t finish it. 🙂

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I’ll learn to adjust my ingredients and portions.
 

If you are experiencing with low carb, what do you usually have for breakfast? Looking forward to your comments below! (y)

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