Recipes

Pad Thai Shrimp Tacos

 

Pad Thai Shrimp Tacos

Pad Thai Shrimp Tacos

Servings 2, Prep – 10 minutes, Cook time 4-5 minutes

Ingredients                                                                                            

Garnish suggestions:  Shredded lettuce, grated carrot, minced cilantro, crushed peanuts, mung bean sprouts, and lime.

Instructions

  1. Heat oil in medium skillet over medium-low heat.  Add dipping sauce, peanut butter, vinegar, and water and stir until blended.
  2. Meanwhile, heat griddle and begin warming tortillas.
  3. Add shrimp and simmer, stirring often until sauce begins to thicken (about 4 minutes).
  4. Add shredded lettuce to warmed tortillas, spoon half shrimp mixture into each tortilla and garnish. We like carrot, peanuts, & cilantro. Sprinkle with fresh squeezed lime and enjoy!

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No Starch Almond Pancakes

Almond Pancake Recipe

These pancakes are delicious and won’t spike your blood sugar like regular pancakes! Chopped apples are sauteed in butter or coconut oil with cinnamon, mix in a little pure maple syrup and pour over the top. Or try topping with melted butter and chopped walnuts, or even wild blueberries or any other berry for that matter, the options are endless!

Almond Pancakes

*Recipe from the back of Bob’s Red Mill Super-fine Natural Almond Flour

Ingredients

  • 2 cups Bob’s Red Mill Natural Almond Flour
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 cup mashed ripe banana (approximately 2 small to medium bananas
  • 3 eggs

Instructions

Preheat skillet to medium heat (350F)

In a small bowl, combine almond flour, sea salt, baking soda and cinnamon.

In separate large bowl, whisk together mashed banana and eggs until thoroughly combined.

Add dry ingredients to wet and mix well.

Ladle 1/4 cup batter for each pancake onto preheated skillet and cook for about 4 minutes then flip. Pat down the pancake slightly to encourage uniform heating. Cook an additional 4-5 minutes until no longer wet in the center.

Serve immediately with toppings of your choiceStarch Free Almond Pancakes

Makes 8 pancakes

Find more healthy,  starch free recipes here

Green Smoothie Recipes for Beginners

Green Smoothie Recipes for beginners  Getting started with green smoothies can be daunting. With so many choices and exotic ingredients to choose from, it can seem a little overwhelming, especially if you’re also learning a whole new diet. The whole point of a smoothie is that it’s quick and easy to make while incorporating healthy fruits and veggies into your diet

In this post, I’ve put together five simple-to-make green smoothie recipes for beginners that can be made in a flash and have inexpensive, easy to find ingredients.

Aside from being delicious, all of these recipes are designed to help you avoid blood sugar spikes, which can lead to weight gain and other metabolic issues like Type 2 Diabetes over time.

If you choose dairy as the first ingredient, just make sure you stick with full fat versions like half-and-half or heavy whipping cream. For more info on why that’s important to weight loss, see my post “The Best Diet Plan for Weight Loss”.

Lemon Creme Green Smoothie

Ingredients

  1. 1 cup half & half, coconut or nut milk of your choice
  2. 1/2 avocado or 1 serving cup of Wholly Avocado Minis
  3. 2 scoops ViSalus Vi-Shape Nutritional Shake mix (Vanilla Creme)
  4. 3 drops DoTerra Lemon Essential oil or juice of 1 lemon

Instructions

Place all ingredients in order listed into a high speed blender such as Vitamix or a food processor and blend until smooth. Pour and enjoy!

Green Dream

Ingredients

  1. 1 cup coconut or nut milk of your choice
  2. 1/2 avocado or 1 serving cup of Wholly Avocado Minis
  3. 1 pear, cored and cut into chunks
  4. 1 cup kale leaves

Instructions

Place all ingredients in order listed into a high speed blender such as Vitamix or a food processor and blend until smooth. Pour and enjoy!

Hydrating Citrus Green Smoothie

Ingredients

  1. 1 cup unsweetened coconut water like Vita Coco Pure
  2. 3 stalks celery (preferably organic)
  3. 1 cucumber cut into chunks
  4. 3 drops DoTerra Grapefruit essential oil or 1 grapefruit, peeled and pith removed

Instructions

Place all ingredients in order listed into a high speed blender such as Vitamix or a food processor and blend until smooth.

Super Detox Green Smoothie

Ingredients

  1. 1 cup unsweetened coconut water
  2. 2 stalks celery (preferably organic)
  3. 1 tsp Hawaiian Spirulina or 1 cup spinach leaves (organic)
  4. 3 drops DoTerra Lemon essential oil or juice from 1 lemon
  5. 1 granny smith apple (preferably organic) cored and cut into chunks

Instructions

Place all ingredients in order listed into a high speed blender such as Vitamix or a food processor and blend until smooth. Pour and enjoy!

Waldorf Salad Green Smoothie

Ingredients

1 cup coconut water or coconut milk

3 stalks celery (organic if possible)

2 granny smith apples cored and cut into chunks (organic if possible)

Handful of walnuts (optional)

Instructions

Place all ingredients in order listed into a high speed blender such as Vitamix or a food processor and blend until smooth. Pour and enjoy!

 

I hope you enjoy these, please let me know what you think (or if you have any questions) in the comments section below.

To Your Success,

Karyn

Related:  Green Powder Superfoods – What You Need to Know Before You Buy

See a green smoothie made here:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FjbkRAqJnNU

Low & Slow Creamy White Chicken Chili

This creamy, low carb chicken chili couldn’t be easier! Toss the simple ingredients in your slow cooker and enjoy this slightly spicy chili on a cold winter night!

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 8 hours (low setting), 4 hours (high setting)

Total Time: 4 hrs, 5 min – 8 hrs, 5 min depending on the setting

Serves 6

Ingredients

  • 1 lb boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 1 yellow onion, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 24 oz. low sodium chicken broth
  • 1-15 oz. can Great Northern beans, drained & rinsed
  • 1-15 oz. can black beans, drained & rinsed
  • 8 oz. diced green chiles hot, mild, or combo of choice
  • 1 tsp. cumin
  • 3/4 tsp. oregano
  • 1/2 tsp. chili powder
  • 1/4 tsp. cayenne pepper
  • Small handful of fresh cilantro, chopped
  • 4 oz. cream cheese (full fat)
  • 1/4 c. Half & Half
  • Salt & pepper to taste

Toppings

  • Shredded Monterey Jack or Mexican cheese blend
  • Sliced jalepenos
  • Sliced avocado
  • Dollop of sour cream
  • Chopped cilantro
  • Low carb tortilla strips

Instructions

 

  1. Add chicken breasts to bottom of slow cooker, top with cumin, oregano, chili powder, and cayenne pepper.
  2. Top with diced onion, minced garlic, beans, green chiles, chicken broth & cilantro.
  3. Cover and cook on low for 8 hours or high for 3-4 hours.
  4. Remove chicken to large mixing bowl & shred, then return to slow cooker.
  5. Add cream cheese and Half and Half, stir. Cover and cook on high for 15 minutes, or until chili is creamy and slightly thickened.
  6. Season with optional salt & pepper to taste
  7. Stir well and serve with desired toppings

**Recipe inspired from The Chunky Chef

Low Carb Diet Recipes -Tasteaholics Review

 

What if instead of searching online for hours looking for delicious, low carb diet recipes, you could have entire meal plans sent to your inbox auto magically each week – just in time for grocery shopping day?

That’s exactly what Tasteaholics offers when you sign up for their Low Carb Weekly Meal Plan service. As low as $7.49 per month, they promise delicious, done-for-you meal plans complete with recipes and shopping lists.

When people tend to fail at their weight loss goals, it’s for two main reasons: The diet plans aren’t simple enough and they get bored with the food.

I can totally relate to that so when I saw what Tasteaholics had to offer, I had to try it. Here’s my honest review.

The Tasteaholics Low Carb Weekly Meal Plan

Tasteaholics offers a very low carb, high fat diet plan called Keto, short for Ketogenic. Ketogenic diet plans normally range anywhere from 20 to 60 grams of carbs per day with overall calories to come from 70% fat, 25% protein, and 5% carbohydrates.

When your body goes into Ketosis, it uses fat as it’s main energy source instead of the glucose created by carbs resulting in more efficient weight loss. And since you don’t eat starchy carbs on this diet, your body doesn’t have to deal with insulin spikes so you’ll feel more satisfied, your cravings disappear, and you’ll have more energy, as well.

Tasteaholics offers 3 plans to choose from: Monthly at $9.99, quarterly ($8.33 per month), or yearly ($7.49 per mo), and ordering was super simple. No obnoxious up sells!

The process took just a few simple clicks and I had my first weekly meal plan complete with the following:

  • Week-at-a-glance – a very nicely laid out overview of the week including daily calories, fat, protein, and carb counts so I don’t have to take time to figure it all out
  • Shopping list – grouped by meats, dairy, produce and pantry items, this makes my supermarket visit quicker, who wants to hang out here for an hour or more when you’ve got better things to do with your time?
  • Snack ideas – it’s super important to have handy snacks at the ready so you can avoid the all to available starchy, sugary snacks that seem to be everywhere
  • Substitutes for common food allergies – no, you don’t have to figure this out either, a very nice additional benefit, tailored to the week’s recipes

Low Carb Diet Recipes

I think one of the best features of the Tasteaholics recipes is that the ingredients aren’t exotic or expensive, they can be found at pretty much any supermarket. I live in the middle of nowhere and I found all of this week’s ingredients at Walmart except for the sugar substitute erythritol, but it’s easy to order from Amazon

Here’s a brief sample of my first week: Chorizo and Red Pepper Skillet, Ham & Egg Souffles with Avocado, Chili Con Carne, Herbed Dijon Chicken, Bacon Pancakes, & Cheesy Baked Shepherd’s Pie.

Sticking to the menu exactly, the highest daily carb count was 26.5 grams, but if your carb goal is a little higher, you can certainly add more veggies, a snack or low carb dessert and still stay on track to lose weight.

My overall opinion of the Tasteaholics Low Carb Weekly Meal Plan – 4.5 of 5 Stars

The only reason I didn’t give it 5 Stars is that I kind of wish the recipes came with pictures. For instance, the Crispy Pork Belly recipe did not sound that appetizing to me, so I passed on it. However, my southern friends tell me that pork belly is incredible, so…

Review Summary

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Pros:

  1. Fast & easy ordering, no annoying up sells
  2. Good value – A totally done-for-you week of meals and recipes
  3. Simple, tasty and satisfying recipes
  4. Organized shopping list
  5. Snack recommendations
  6. Food allergy substitutes

Cons:

No recipe pictures

Tasteaholics does offer a full line of cookbooks complete with photos at their website,  you can find out more and get started with a FREE week of meal plans by clicking here

You can learn more about low carb diet plans here.

I’d love to hear from you! if you have a question or would like to leave a comment below, that would be awesome!

To Your Success,

Karyn