Its been way too long since I have chatted with all of you. I hope to be back to blogging soon. I hope you like this quick video on my latest addiction ICE CREAM!
For realz guys these Gluten Free Low Carb Sandwich Thins are AMAZING!
I am always on the hunt for quick things I can make for breakfast or lunch. Ideally, I would always be in the kitchen with a smile on my face whipping up a tasty homemade meal but that shit any REALZ! I love to cook and do it 80% of my meals but sometimes you just need a little help. These thins and pizza crusts from Outer Aisle Gourmet are a huge find for our household. The nice kicker is they are made from cauliflower and also lower in carbs. Score.
Check out these recipes, OMG!
Here are the nutrition breakdowns.
Here are the ingredients.
- Fresh Cauliflower
- Parmesan Cheese
- Nutritional Yeast
I have contacted Outer Aisle Gourmet to see if I can grab us all some coupon codes to order right from their site as well, stay tuned.
So are you excited?
PS if you are looking for a low carb pizza crust you gotta check out this recipe.
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KitchenAid Sheet Cutter Review
Yes, I am a kitchen gadget freak BUT I do use all of them so that’s ok right? 🙂 My latest purchase just might make it into my FAV list. It is the KitchenAid Sheet Cutter!!! Just the name alone is intriguing right?
This is a fairly new attachment for the KitchenAid mixer so you might not find a lot of recipes or reviews on it yet but if you ask me, its a winner.
The below is a very impromptu video I did but it gives you an idea of how it works. The second video is a quick glance at when I used it correctly.
There are a few things that I learned from my initial experience.
- You do not need to lock the lever when you move it forward, you just release and let it naturally move to the food item.
- Measure out your food before you cut it. I have found 4.5 inches is the sweet spot for me
- Do not throw away the food that is left over. Chop it up and throw it into a sauce or juice it
- Make sure you have the food pressed in firmly to the end thingy. ( professional term )
- I like the thin blade the best
I have only had this machine for two full days so I have not written up any recipes but I will share with you what I have created with it so far.
For the above picture, I used one sweet potato and one russet potato. ( I had a lot of potato leftover by the way ) After creating the sheet of potato, I cut them into individual pieces and filled them with salmon, instant pot beans, and a little cheese. I placed them in a glass pan that was covered in salsa verde. I then topped it with some more cheese and a little taco seasoning. I baked them at 350 for 35 minutes. Super yummy friends and SUPER easy. In some ways, it was way easier than using the traditional corn tortillas that tear so easily. These guys were super easy to fold and they were very sturdy. You could get very creative with this dish. I am going to try it next week with cashew cheese instead of cow cheese. By the way, these were even better the next day. My neighbor loved them as well.
For dessert, I made apple sheets. For realz, this was so easy. The apple did really well on the cutter. I tried using the apple for two different desserts. BOTH were freaking AMAZING. One of them I just cut the apple sheet into small squares and then layered them placing some date paste*, cinnamon and walnuts between each square. I baked them on 350 for 10 minutes. Mike loved it. The next dessert I cut the apple sheet into squares again and put them in a glass dish. I then added a small amount of ricotta cheese and VERY small amount of maple syrup, a dash of cinnamon and then topped it with some gluten-free graham cracker crumbs. I baked it on 350 for 15 minutes. Mike loved this one more. I did not take any pictures, sorry. But seriously you can’t go wrong with these ideas.
Last night for dinner I made a zucchini, lentil lasagna. If the picture below is not convincing you to get on Amazon right now and buy it then phooey on you. 🙂
This was so simple and so tasty. All I did was spread some Trader Joes spaghetti sauce in the bottom of a 13X9 glass pan then put some layers of zucchini sheets over the sauce. Next, I diced up some onions and mushrooms and made another layer in the pan. Next in was the ricotta cheese and another layer of the zucchini noodles. ( this cutter makes sheets of zucchini that are PERFECT to replace high carb noodles ) Continuing on I just repeated each layer one more time. I wanted to add some texture to this dish so I cooked some green lentils in my instant pot ( 10 minutes cook time ) and then layered them in. I undercooked the lentils so they would be kinda crunchy. The final layer was the zuchinni noodles and some fresh spices. This was not hard as you can tell. If you have made lasagna before then you can make this. This was so good I had some of the leftovers for breakfast 🙂
The last thing I made was a snack for Mike to take to work. I used an English Cucumber. One of them was filled with some cooked non gmo frozen corn that I just blended into a paste and then rolled in some cilantro and the other is filled with Kite Hill chive almond cream cheese, fresh dill and some leftover cauliflower bites I had made the other day. I told you it was time to get creative 🙂
Here are the Pro’s as I see it on this machine:
- Easy to use out of the box
- Storage box is awesome
- Allows you to create beautiful different dishes
- Perfect for the person trying to avoid or limit grains
- Easy to make snacks with leftover stuff in your refrigerator
- The ideas are endless………………..
Here are the Con’s as I see it on this machine:
- It is annoying that you have to cut the pieces into 4-5 inch pieces
- You could end up wasting a lot of food if you do not use the leftover pieces
- I would love to see this for $59.99 not $79.99( hopefully Costco will pick it up )
- Learning curve with what fruits and veggies will work ( minor )
*to make the date paste I used 6 pitted dates and 1/4 cup of coconut cream and put them in my Blendtec twister jar
I love me a good cup of Joe in the early AM but towards the end of the day I like to try and stay away from the caffeine if at all possible. Awhile back r at one of the wellness conferences I attended I was turned on to this thing called “herbal coffee” that I just can’t say enough about. This product truly is amazing and it has some added health benefits to make it even better.
The product I am talking about is from a company called Teeccino. Their main focus of business is offering their customers coffee alternatives. Now don’t get me wrong, like I said I like drinking a cup or two of coffee everyday. I just was on the hunt to find something that could satisfy the cravings I had in the afternoon without the caffeine side effects.
There are two products that I love from them. The Dandelion Caramel Nut and The Dandelion Dark Roast. Both of these products have zero caffeine and actually look just like a cup of coffee once brewed. One very important thing to note is that not all of the herbal coffees with Teeccino are gluten free. The two that I am reviewing are considered gluten free. Both of these products have a dandelion base. Did you know that the dandelion root carries with it tremendous health benefits? Score in my book, zero caffeine, good for you and it taste good! I was hooked.
The Caramel Nut Flavor comes in a box with 10 individual bags. You can also buy it in one pound bags and brew it in your french press. I use the bags. The bags look just like tea bags. You just brew your hot water and put your herbal coffee bag in a cup, pour the hot water and watch the magic happen. The taste is not going to be as rich as a cup of dark roasted coffee. At first it baffled my senses as it looks just like coffee. The taste to me was a little nutty, it did not have a strong caramel taste, it was more like woody to me. After about the third time of brewing these guys I caught on that it was not going to taste exactly like coffee and it really became a delightful thing for me to drink. Now when I brew a cup it taste very full bodied and very rich in flavor, it is funny how your senses can play tricks on you. One nice thing about this product is it does not leave a icky residue taste like some alternative coffees do. Another thing I like about this stuff is it is the real deal, just a different real deal. This is what these little bags are made up of: Organic carob, organic chicory, organic dandelion, dates, almonds, natural caramel nut flavor, organic figs. Contains: Almonds. Interesting right? You got to try it.
The Dark Roast flavor is very similar to me but is a little bolder in my opinion. This flavor as well is brewed the same way. It is so easy and quick. If you like french roast this might be a good choice. Ingredients: Roasted organic carob, organic chicory, organic dandelion root, organic ramón seeds, natural dark roast flavor.
What I super really love about these products is they are all natural, organic, have a buss load of antioxidants and nutrients, are low acid, gluten free and they provide a great alternative to someone wanting to kick the caffeine habit or just cut back. You can usually find them at the higher end health food stores, and on Amazon.
If you try either of these products out I would really love to hear what you think about them. If you are looking for other coffee alternative ideas check out this other article I wrote and see what you think.
I am a huge fan of all types of tea. I got hooked on tea when I was trying to control my senseless snacking years ago. I discovered that the different varieties of teas satisfied the vast amount of cravings I would have throughout the day. Since that day back in 2010 I have discovered I love green, white and herbal teas the most. One thing I did discover was that brewing tea can be very tricky and can make or break a good cup of tea.
I think I’ve tried all types of brewing teas and purchased every gizmo on the market. My tea experience changed the day I was messing around on Amazon and found the Breville One Touch Brewer. At first the sticker price gave me pause but after seeing a demo and watching what this stainless steel beauty could do I was hooked.
The BEST part of this machine is its ability to regulate the temperature and steeping time according to the type of tea you are brewing. Nothing irks me more than when you go into a coffee shop and order green tea and they pour the same hot water into the cup they use to make Americanos. HELLO, people, green tea needs to be at 160 degrees not 212 like Americanos. The wrong temperature and incorrect steeping time can make an excellent blend of tea taste bitter and stale.
I am so thrilled to see tea spring into stores and health shops. Tea is not only amazing for you but it is also busting with flavors when you get the good stuff. I have tried the good, the bad, the ugly and the OMG this stuff rocks kind. One thing that I have discovered is I am a tea snob and insists on full leaf loose leaf organic tea. It DOES taste different. Tea is very heavily sprayed so getting the organic stuff matters to me. I can almost taste the chemicals in the tea dust that comes in bags. My favorite teas right now are these beauties I found locally in my own town. I know the herbalist and trust her completely. She pours her heart into these organic blends. My second favorite is Curr Berry from Wild Tea and my third favorite is Cape Town Rooibos from The Tao of Tea.
I did want to share with you another way to brew your loose leaf tea. Mike laughs at me all the time because I have so many kitchen gizmos’s. I can’t help it I love the kitchen!!! This is a brewer I use when I travel. It is super convenient and works really well. It makes a great gift too.
Brew some tea, it does the body good 🙂
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