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Low Carb Grilled Hot Wings

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I am always trying new recipes to have while I am on Atkins and this time I wanted to make my Hot Wings a little different. My recipe for these is already low carb but I have always cooked the wings in the oven.

This time I decided to try them on the BBQ grill instead and man they are delicious this way, they got a nice smoky taste and are really crispy. The sauce is the same as my other recipe but this time I added more seasonings to the wings before I grilled them, I used 2 parts good Garlic Salt (Lawry’s Brand), and 1 part Paprika to the wings before grilling them. For the sauce, 1 stick of butter, 2 tsp minced garlic, 1/4 cup of your favorite hot sauce (I use 1/2 Cholula regular and 1/2 Cholula Garlic Lime to make 1/4 cup total), melt the butter with the garlic then add the hot sauce and simmer for 1 minute longer. Grill the wings to your liking  and then toss with the sauce using a big bowl.

I freeze mine then enjoy whenever by re-heating a few in the toaster oven or if making for a party I just re-heat them in the oven or back on the grill. These are so good…ImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImage

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Atkins Diet

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It has been 4 weeks since beginning this diet and so far I have lost 18 pounds. I am really getting used to not eating sugars or refined foods like flour or rice and pasta. To say that I don’t miss those items would be a lie but they are no longer controlling me. I do not run to them for comfort anymore.

I have discovered some cool recipes that I can have while on Induction (Induction is the first phase of Atkins, to learn more click here). I found these amazing cream cheese pancakes:The recipe for these is simple: Just 2 tbsp of cream cheese, 2 eggs, 1 sweetener packet and 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon and blend all in the blender. I found it over at Melissa’s blog “I breathe… I’m Hungry…” She also has a low carb book of recipes available at her site. These pancakes are thin, more like crepes but with sugar-free syrup they taste really good.

God wants me to eat right, that is to eat to honor Him and not to eat to serve my body (ie, my fat cells or my taste buds!) This is His plan, he says in Proverbs 23:21: “for drunkards and gluttons become poor, and drowsiness clothes them in rags.” No good ever comes from giving in to any desires when they fall outside of God’s will.

Other recipes I have come up with are braised roast beef with zucchini, celery, onions, mushrooms and garlic.. braised in a bit of beef stock. Seasoned with cumin, parsley flakes thyme, salt and pepper. It was really flavorful and the beef was very tender. Tonight I am making home made hamburger helper without noodles. I am doing it with cheese over hamburger, zuccini, brocolli and possibly green beans. I will try to get a picture of it.

I have been enjoying the looks on waitresses faces when I order a burger with no bun and cottage cheese instead of fries. It really is pricless. One waitress said after I ordered: “That’s does not sound fun”. I said it does to me. 🙂

Also I have to say that Wendy’s will serve up any of their burgers without the bun and the double burger is really good without a bun, they wrap it up in lettuce and it still has the cheese, tomato, onion and pickles and really hits the spot. Also I went to Taco Bell and got taco’s without the shell, they serve them in a bowl and I think ya get more fillings that way. Seems like there is more meat, cheese and lettuce.

Well I guess that is all for now, remember keep looking up and stay focused on Jesus. I could not have gotten this far without Him and my friends Darin and Rich.

Making Gnocchi from scratch

So I had some leftover baked potatoes and I decided to peel them and make some gnocchi. If you don’t know what they are here is a link from Wikipedia: Gnocchi

I really like the Italian dumplings so I went to work.

Now I don’t have a potato ricer so I just used a fork to break up the potatoes into crumbles then mixed in 1 egg to the 2 small potatoes that I had left over. Then added flour until the dough was no longer sticky (Sorry I did not measure this all out because it was just a quickie to get some Gnocchi in the freezer for a future use and to use up the leftover baked potatoes).

Then I added more flour and cut off a small handful of dough and rolled into a long rope about ¼ an inch thick and then cut the rope into ½ inch pieces, then I indented them with the end of a wooden spoon (you can also use your pinkie to make indentations, just flour your pinkie first!) so that they would hold whatever sauce I will be putting them in (Actually they will be used this time in a chicken soup recipe).

After I cut the potatoes with a fork it hit me that I could have grated the potatoes on the smallest side of my box grater and that probably would have worked great (no pun intended.)!

Well these baby’s will be going into my next pot of chicken soup, now mind you they do not take long to cook at all so if you use them for soup add them the last 5 minutes to the cooked soup. Make sure the soup is simmering well and when the Gnocchi float to the top they are done. You could also ladle out some of the broth and cook the Gnocchi separate then add all to the soup and serve. So yummy.

Almost Vegetarian Chili

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I love chili, from chili made with beef, to veggie chili. I wanted to make a pot for this cold that I have so I was off to the pantry to see what was in there. I found a package of pinto beans and a package of black beans so I thought why not make two bean veggie chili?

So I did not want to make two large pots of beans for my chili so I just made a half cup of each. First I picked through the beans then rinsed them and put them in separate pots. Cooked for about 2 hours then added salt to both of them and combined the two into the bigger pot. I had to add water to the beans as they cooked, maybe next time I will add more water in the beginning. To the pot I added about ½ cup of onions and about 4 cups of chicken stock (that is why it is ‘almost vegetarian’). Then I added 1 tsp. Thyme, ½ tsp. cumin, 1 tablespoon chili powder and some more salt and pepper to taste. To that I added some frozen vegetables (Carrots, broccoli, and cauliflower), 1 8 oz. can tomato sauce (I did not have any diced tomatoes in the pantry), then tasted to see if the seasonings were just right. It was really good but it needed a bit more salt. The pintos and black beans really complement each other. You may want to double the amount of beans, but I wanted just the flavor.

I also decided to try a double apple pie. It has a top and bottom crust and a crust in the middle. I cut out a round of dough and pre baked it in the oven on a baking sheet lined with parchment. Then I put the bottom crust in a deep dish pie plate, and poured in caned pie filling that I doctored up a bit with a little more sugar and cinnamon. I layered some of the pie filling, then placed the baked round of dough on top of that then more filling and topped with the top crust. Here is a picture, can you see the extra crust layer?

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