Wednesday, 3 September 2014

Blueberry Honey Coconut Cups

  • 1 cup Coconut Cream Concentrate or 1 cup homemade coconut butter
  • 1 cup blueberries
  • 1 cup Gold Label Virgin Coconut Oil
  • ⅓ cup raw honey
  • ¼ cup unsweetened shredded coconut
  • ¼ cup cashews, chopped (or other nut of choice)

Monday, 1 September 2014

Meat, Tomato, and Mozzarella Stuffed Zucchini Cups

Ingredients:2 large zucchini or yellow squash, about 12 inches long
2 tsp. + 2 tsp. olive oil (may need more, depending on your pan)
1/2 cup finely chopped onion
1 green pepper, finely chopped
2 T finely minced fresh garlic
1 lb. ground beef (10% fat or less)
12 oz. ground turkey (10% fat or less)
(use any combination of ground meat you'd like, but use low-fat ground meat for the South Beach Diet.)
1-2 tsp. Spike seasoning (optional but recommended)
2 C flavorful tomato-basil pasta sauce
2 cups low-fat mozzarella or other mild white cheese (I used low-fat blend of six cheeses called Italian blend.)


Wednesday, 6 August 2014

Mini Cauliflower Pizza Crusts

Pizza crust made from cauliflower. Low in carbs, high in tastiness.

I’ve had this thing for cauliflower lately — doesn’t matter whether it’s roasted, grilled, or baked into a pizza crust, I LOVE it! It has such a mild flavor that it makes for the perfect healthy and low-carb substitute to flour. I like the idea of serving these little cauliflower bites as an appetizer. They are quite messy when eaten with your fingers, but are easy to eat with a fork. You can top them with just about anything you’d like — go crazy!


1 large head cauliflower (about 4 cups shredded)
 2 large eggs
3 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
1 teaspoon dried oregano
 1 teaspoon dried basil
2 teaspoons garlic powder
1 cup pizza sauce
12 fresh basil leaves 
1 tomato, sliced into 12 rounds
1/4 cup finely shredded Parmesan cheese

Tuesday, 5 August 2014

Loaded Cauliflower Casserole

Loaded Cauliflower Casserole - like mac 'n cheese, but low carb instead

I just love cauliflower because it is such a versatile vegetable.  Cauliflower can be added to soups and stews or into the amazingly delicious creation from Louanne's Kitchen called Loaded Cauliflower Casserole.  May I begin by saying it has sharp cheddar, Monterey Jack, cream cheese, cream, onions, bacon and garlic? A low carb dieter's dream come true!!!
  • 2 lbs cauliflower florets
  • 8 oz shredded sharp cheddar cheese, divided
  • 8 oz shredded Monterey Jack cheese, divided
  • 8 oz block cream cheese, softened
  • 4 tablespoons heavy cream 
  • 2 bunches green onions, sliced (1 1/2 cups)
  • 6 sliced bacon, cooked and crumbled
  • 1 clove garlic, grated
  • Salt & pepper to taste

Tuesday, 29 July 2014

Cheesecake Stuffed Strawberries

Cheesecake stuffed strawberries are a fun, tasty dessert. The strawberries aren’t stuffed with real cheesecake, but – in this recipe – with a mixture of cream cheese, honey and vanilla. For the prettiest presentation, pick large, firm strawberries.
  • 1 lb. fresh strawberries
  • 8 oz cream cheese
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • ½ teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 oz raw pistachios (or any other raw nut)

Stuffed Poblano Peppers

  • 1 teaspoon olive oil for the pan
  • 4 medium poblano peppers (1 lbs. total weight including refuse, 12 oz. cleaned )
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 medium tomatoes, diced (10 oz.)
  • ½ medium onion, diced (4 oz.)
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 2 cups cooked chicken breast, shredded (10 oz.)
  • 1 cup part skim mozzarella, shredded (4 oz.)
  • ½ cup chopped fresh cilantro
  • ½ cup cheddar, shredded (2 oz.)

Chocolate Covered Mint Leaves

Yummy! Looks so refreshing!

Chocolate covered mint leaves make an incredibly unique, fresh-tasting dessert. This is mostly for grownups – the kids tend to be less appreciative of the natural mint flavor.

Makes 20 leaves
Total time: 1 hour 15 minutes
Prep: 15 minutes
Inactive: 1 hour
20 fresh mint leaves
1 ounce (60 pieces) semisweet chocolate chips
1 teaspoon light olive oil (not extra-virgin)