Super Stay At Home Mommy!

Adventures in the life of a stay at home wife and mom

Low Carb Recipes

This is going to sound a little strange…. after much research I have finally found a low carb substitute to use in place of MANY things. I know, you’re all anxiously waiting on the edge of your seat to find out what this miracle ingredient is. I’ll tell you one thing, it’s nothing you’d ever expect. The one thing that you should always have in your house (to help make your low carb diet successful) is…… PORK RINDS!!

Crazy, right? They have zero carbs and virtually zero flavor, and they make for a great secret ingredient in some unexpected places.

Here’s just a few of the recipes we’ve tried using pork rinds–

Breading Chicken- Crush your pork rinds and use as you would use breadcrumbs on chicken

Meatloaf– Use in place of breadcrumbs

Pancakes– Yep, I said it, pancakes. It’s tough to get past the idea of eating pork rinds in your pancakes, but it’s actually quite yummy. I follow this recipe.

Pizza Crust– I’ve been searching high and low for the perfect low carb pizza crust, and I think this one may be it! I use this recipe

And there’s many more that I haven’t tried yet. Cheesecake crust, nachos, bread pudding, believe it or not the list goes on and on. Let me know what you’ve tried and how you like it!!

Here’s the pork rind pizza I made. It was tasty!

 

***We’re leaving for Missouri tomorrow and will be gone for a week! I’ll be taking a break from blogging, but will do a post on “traveling with a toddler” when we return! Everyone have a wonderful week!

 

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Activity Tote and Crayon Roll

These were the last things I needed to make before we go on our road trip to Missouri. I wanted Linnaea to have a few things to keep her entertained, and this activity tote and crayon roll were absolutely perfect! I made the activity tote from an old denim dress I got at Good Will for cheap, and used a fat quarter from my Tuesday Morning stash for the pockets and handles. For the crayon roll, I used 2 more fat quarters and some leftover flannel from the Quiet Books I made a while back. Now I’m excited to go out and buy a few more things to stock up her activity tote.

Nice little holder for all her crayons

All rolled up

Outside of the activity tote

Inside

Perfect!

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Toddler Sundress

I’m still working on making Linnaea a few things to take with us to Missouri and THIS toddler sundress is one of them. It took me about an hour to whip up yesterday during her nap time and I couldn’t be more in love with it. It’s simple and adorable! I used an old sheet I got at Good Will for $1 (although I only used about 1/8 of it), and a fat quarter from the goods I scored at Tuesday Morning. Another 25 cent outfit 🙂 Cute AND affordable, gotta love it!

 

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Sugar-Free and Low Carb Chocolate Souffle!

The hardest thing about dieting is my sweet tooth. So, I have been looking for alternatives so that I can “indulge” every once in a while. Here’s one we found that was a real winner!

 

Low Carb Chocolate Souffle: Via Low Carb Desserts

8 oz sugar free chocolate chopped
6 tablespoons (3/4 of a stick) unsalted butter
2 tablespoons coffee (rum or water can be used)
6 large eggs (divided into 6 egg whites and 6 yolks)
ÂĽ teaspoon cream of tarter, heaping
½ cup Splenda

Fill a sauce pan 1/3 with water and heat until water becomes hot but before it simmers. Preheat your oven to 375ËšF.

Combine chopped chocolate, butter and coffee in heatproof bowl and place over the hot (but not simmering) sauce pan of water and stir until the mixture is smooth. Remove the bowl from the heat, let cool for ten minutes and then whisk in the egg yolks. Set aside.

Beat the egg whites on medium speed until the eggs are foamy then add in the cream of tarter and beat on high speed until soft peaks form. Gradually beat in the splenda until the peaks are stiff but not dry.

Using a large rubber spatula, stir in 1/3 of the egg whites into the low carb chocolate mixture, and then gently but thoroughly fold in the remaining mixture. Butter 6 (10 oz) ramekins and sprinkle with Splenda and arrange on a baking sheet. Divide the batter equally among the 6 ramekins and bake to risen and set, about 20 minutes. Once you remove it you have one minute maybe two to get the low carb soufflé to the table before it falls!

The low carb soufflés can also be covered with plastic wrap and refrigerated for up to 24 before baking.

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Romper!

We are heading to Missouri to visit my parents soon, so I wanted to make Linnaea something comfy and light to wear in the heat. I found this awesome pattern and tutorial for a romper at Fabric.com, and just HAD to make it! To make things even better, I made it out of an old sheet that I got at Good Will. The whole little outfit cost me about a quarter. You can’t beat that!

Just adorable, right? And it only took me an hour or so to make from cutting to finished product. I love it!

With the cute little sash around the waste.

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Great Deal!!

I just wanted to quickly share a great deal that I got today, that maybe you can snag too! A friend of mine, who lives in Texas, told me about a deal she got on quilting fabric bundles at a store called Tuesday Morning. Naturally, I had to go to our local store and see if they had some on clearance too, and they did!! I spent about $35, and got a ton of great stuff. Some of it will be used for quilting, but a lot of this can be used for clothing, so I am super excited!!

Here’s everything I got. Such a great deal!

fat quarters…. I love the polka dots in this one. I may have to find something to make for Linnaea out of fat quarters!

Fat quarters

8 fat quarters. This actually matches some quilting material I already had, so this will be turned into a quilt soon!

1 yard

1 yard of each fabric

1 yard of each fabric

Two jelly rolls…
These alone are worth $35.

So, if you have a Tuesday Morning near you, go take a look! Hard to pass up these deals!

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Cauliflower Crust Pizza- LOW CARB!!

Jason and I have been working on losing weight. I gained 60 lbs when I was pregnant (Ugh, I know!), and now that she’s 1.5 I guess baby weight is no longer an excuse for why I’m overweight. lol. Anyways, we have cut out all junk food, sugar, bad carbs, etc and have both lost quite a bit of weight. One thing that I’ve struggled with is finding healthy recipes to replace some of our not-so-healthy cravings. Pizza is a bad one for me. I LOVE pizza. So, I’m trying out a few different low carb variations. The one we tried this week was the cauliflower crust pizza from Spark Recipes. It was actually pretty good. Not sure if I’d really call it a pizza, as you can’t pick it up and eat it with your hands. Although, if you read the comments, some people suggest using raw cauliflower and say that it comes out better. I’ll have to remember that for next time!

Here’s the recipe for you to try at home!

 

Minutes to Prepare: 15
Minutes to Cook: 20
Number of Servings: 4

Ingredients

Cauliflower, frozen, cooked, riced, 1 cup
Egg, fresh, 1 large
Cheddar Cheese, 1 cup, shredded
Fennel, 1/2 tsp
Oregano, ground, 1 tsp
Parsley, dried, 2 tsp

Directions

Rice or finely chop the cauliflower. Beat egg, add the cauliflower, and shredded cheese. Mix, then press into a greased pizza pan then sprinkle with the spices. Bake at 450 for 12 to 15 minutes. If you double the recipe cook 15 to 20 minutes.

Add desired pizza topping such as red sauce, mushrooms, green pepper, onions, cheese, etc. Bake until brown and cheese is bubbly.

This makes four pieces.

Number of Servings: 4

**Thought I’d add…. When the recipe says to “rice” the cauliflower here’s what it means:  How to rice cauliflower

I prepared ours in a cake pan, and topped it with cheese and turkey pepperoni. YUM!

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