Lasagna – Low Carb

Low Carb Lasagna

1 pound ground beef

Seasoning

Italian Seasoning

Oregano

Basil

1 onion (or you can use minced onions)

1 jar ragu spaghetti sauce

2 T. kale powder

10 oz. spinach

4 oz. cream cheese

5 zucchini, sliced lengthwise

3 c. mozzarella

Parmesan

Cook meat, seasoning, spices, minced onions.  Add cream cheese, kale, and spinach (you won’t taste the kale because it is in powder form).  Once done and drained, add spaghetti sauce (I usually put some water in the bottom of the spaghetti jar and swirl it around and pour that in there too.

Slice zucchini, lengthwise and use as noodles.

In 13×9 greased dish, spread some sauce on the bottom of the pan.  Layer zucchini, sauce, mozz, parmesan…and continue ending with cheeses.  Bake at 350 for 40 minutes.

Servings:  12

Carbs per serving:  8

**I would’ve taken a picture, but we ate it too fast**

Egg Drop Soup – Low Carb

Egg Drop Soup

2 c. water

2 chicken bouillon cubes

Seasoning (a little, not a lot)

1 slice lunchmeat ham, chopped small

1 egg

Boil water, bouillon, seasoning, and ham.  In separate bowl, beat egg.  Put in pan with the rest of ingredients and let simmer.  Swirl it around to make the cool looking egg noodle effect.

I added parmesan to mine cause I love parmesan :)

It could be 2 servings….I drank the whole thing, so I’m calling it 1 serving.  1 Carb.

Feelings of Failure

I feel like a failure, more days than not.  A failure as a wife, a mother, and as a human being.  I do or say things that I regret, instantly.  I do/say them out of frustration, anger, fear, or sadness.  I am aware of these things, yet I am powerless to stop them from ejecting from my mouth.

I wish I could say that I was compassionate, understanding, kind, generous, loving….but I’m not.  Truly, I am not.  I struggle with relating to the emotions of others.  I snap in harshness and I cause pain.  I see the disappointment in the eyes of my husband, my children, my parents and that disappointment stabs me in the heart and makes me fall to my knees.

Is there anything I can do to stop my insanity?  Yes.  I can pray.  I can yield to the wisdom that knowledge brings.  I can listen to that soft voice of the Holy Spirit that says “STOP IT.”  Do I do any of those things?  No.  I allow the beast to permeate my body and I spew out hatefulness.

I live in fear that my children will only remember the harshness of me.  They don’t see me, lying in bed, weeping for them.  I weep for their hearts, their futures, their sadness, their disappointments.  I cry myself to sleep, a lot of nights.  I torment myself with thoughts of I shouldn’t have said that.  I shouldn’t have done that.  I went too far.  I am destroying them.  My heart is so heavy.

They will not know, until they choose to have children, the love that I have for them.  I adore them so completely and I want the best for them.  I want them to love the Lord with all their hearts, all their souls, and all their might.  I want them to find their true love that only the Lord can bring to them.  I want them to live life to the fullest and to always do their best.  I want them to know that no one, on this earth, will love and adore them the way I do.  I want them to be respectful, honesty, humble, kind…..all the things that I struggle with.  I want these things to come easily for them.

I find myself asking, Big Daddy, most nights “if you could do it all over again….knowing who I really am….would you still choose me?”  I don’t feel like I deserve the love that he gives me.  I feel as if I hold him back in some areas because I am not good enough.  I feel as if he deserve better.

My hurts are real.  My fears are real.  I must learn to stop.   I must learn to listen.  I must take every moment and every thought captive and replace it with truth.  I cannot feed into the lies of the evil one.

I am human.  I make SO many mistakes.  I am loved by the One who created me and sustains me.  I can say I am sorry.  I can pray for the Lord to take away the negative memories of my stupidity in my children and replace them with laughter.  I have to choose to believe that Bart was my gift from the Ultimate Gift giver.  He was specifically chosen for me and I was specifically chosen for him.

My heart is heavy because anger got the best of me, today.

Tomorrow is a new day.

Tomorrow is a new beginning.

Tomorrow, I will choose joy.

Tomorrow, I will choose to listen.

Tomorrow, I will hug my babies and tell them how much I adore them and love them.

Tomorrow…..I will remember to breathe in and breathe out.

Tomorrow, I will see the Beauty that comes from Ashes.

Say a prayer….it is needed.

Blessings and know that even when you feel unlovable or undeserving….Our Refuge, Our Strength, Our Jesus has loved you from before He created the earth until He returns and from His mighty return until eternity….You.  Are.  Loved.  I.  Am.  Loved.

Weekly Menu

Italian Bake/Keto Bread/Salad

Creamy Ham and “Potato” Casserole/Cauliflower & Broccoli Au Gratin/Roasted Asparagus with Feta

Pizza

White Castle Hamburger Casserole/Steamed Broccoli and Lemon/Zucchini Spears

Fried Chicken/Mashed Potatoes/Mac & Cheese/Green Bean Casserole/Chips (full of carbs, but it is the last birthday dinner of the season)

Wednesday nights we eat at church and Sundays, I don’t cook.

I’m excited that I’m making some new recipes this week.  I hope they turn out good.

We

Beef Roast Au Jus; Proscuitto Wrapped Asparagus; Broccoli and Cheese Dinner – Low Carb

Beef Roast Au Jus

5 lbs rump roast
2 teaspoons chili powder
1/2 teaspoon celery salt
1/2 teaspoon ground cayenne pepper
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1/4 teaspoon dry mustard
Water
1 tablespoon minced garlic

I have a new oven :)  I put my roast in my roasting pan, frozen….cause I’m a rebel. Before placing in my roaster, I put enough water in the pot to cover the bottom.

I placed each roast in (I used 2 roasts because I will use the leftovers for a quick Chinese, low carb, lunch or soup).

In a separate bowl, I placed all my dry ingredients (which I double because of the 2 roasts, but I did not use all the dry ingredients).  I rubbed this on one side of the frozen roast, flipped it over and then rubbed it on the other side.

I put the lid on and I put it in the oven at 350 for about 2 1/2 hours.  After that, I pulled the roast out, trimmed off the fat, pulled out the bones and then flipped the roast so it wouldn’t get too dried out.  It is now in my oven, on warm and it smells fantastic.

Servings:  about 14

Carbs per serving:  1

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Parmesan Asparagus Wrapped in Proscuitto

Asparagus, cleaned and snapped

1 package of proscuitto

Parmesan

Oil

Heat oil in pan.

Dredge asparagus in parmesan and then wrap it in the proscuitto.

Fry.

Yum.

Servings:  a bunch :)

Carbs per about 5 stalks:  1

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Broccoli and Cheese

10 oz. broccoli, steamed

6 slices of Kraft Deluxe American Cheese Slices

Put steamed broccoli in pan; add cheese.  Stir.  Eat.

Servings:  8

Carbs per serving:  2

TOTAL CARBS FOR THIS DINNER:  4

Weekly Menu

We are doing 20 carbs or less, this week (with looking forward to our cheat day).

Bfast:

Boiled eggs

Scrambled eggs with bacon and cheese

Sausage

Bacon

Ounce of cheese (or 2 LOL)

Ham and cheese rolls

Lunch:

Salad (bacon bits, iceberg lettuce, bleu cheese, boiled egg, 2 T. ranch)

Cheeseburger (just the burger, no bun, and 2 slices American Deli cheese)

Cheese cubes or Cheese crackers (homemade)

Broccoli Salad

Salmon Patties

Tuna Patties

Boiled eggs

Suppers:

Chili, Tacos, Taco Bake (for us low carb people), Nachos (this is for Peach’s 17th bday)

Spinach Lasagna/Keto Bread/Salad

Skillet Pizza

White Castle Hamburger Pie/Steamed broccoli with Lemon/Baked “Potatoes”

Creamy Ham and Potato Casserole/Bacon Green Beans/Salad

Beef Au Jus/Parmesan Asparagus wrapped in Proscuitto/Roasted Broccoli and Bacon/Green beans with slivered almonds

Relearning Things

This healthy eating has totally gotten me out of my comfort zone.  I’m all about cheese, parmesan, potatoes, coke and more CHEESE!  A typical meal would be a pasta dish with homemade bread.  I also cooked a meat, a potato, a green vegetable, and another vegetable.  We were small on salads, NEVER touched greens (collard, spinach, or kale), NEVER cauliflower and we usually did some kind of bread.

I got out of the baking stage (sweets) a while ago.  The only way I can explain that is that the Lord took that desire for me because I was famous for making cookie dough.  Big Daddy and I would divide it down the middle…each grab a spoon….and we’d eat dough and watch television.  I do still love baking breads, stuffed sandwiches, homemade cinnamon rolls…..holy moly makes my mouth water.

I have always been good at drinking water.  I didn’t get the recommended daily allowance, but I still drank it.  I would have a coke for breakfast, one for lunch and one for supper.  I wasn’t religious in taking my medications (blood pressure, cholesterol, meniere’s, antidepressant, antianxiety, vitamin D)…I would go a week at a time and realize I hadn’t had any of them.  Exercise is not happening in this house.

We started our journey on January 5, 2015.  It hasn’t been easy, but it hasn’t been hard.  It’s been different.  My goals (I NEVER do resolutions), for the year, is to lose 50 lbs.  I’m not sure I will attain that, but one can try!

Cooking healthy takes time and more planning then what I usually do.  Now, I am one to cook.  I love to cook.  I would spend a few days planning the perfect menu, but I also relied a lot on past, successful, recipes or I create something new.  I find joy and peace in cooking and finding recipes.  It is more of a chore these days.  I have to think about what I’m cooking and I have to find good substitutes for what we love and no longer buy.

It is a lot of trial and error.  I’m used to creating or making something and it being fantastic.  Now, we are all hesitant to take that first bite, but once we do…we either like it or we don’t.  I’m getting used to scratching out recipes and starting over.  On the other hand, when it is good, it is really good.

Learning how to cook low carb is different.  It isn’t worse, it isn’t better.  It is different.  I have only lost about 12 lbs, but I have lost about 4 inches in my waist!  That is HUGE.  Plus, I can get into pants that I have not been able to wear in a long time (like 3 years long time).  Big Daddy is wearing shirts that he hasn’t been able to wear in….ever….like we have a ton of shirts that he has never been able to wear and now he can.

I still need to move forward in the exercise department, but I’m enjoying the baby steps.  I hate love my body.  I want to be healthy.  I’m never going to be a looker and I don’t want to be.  I know that my husband loves me regardless of what I look like…big or small.  He married me when I was super thin and he has loved me when I’ve been the biggest I’ve ever been.  The Lord created me to be beautifully and wonderfully made.  I have to continue to tell myself that and I have to learn to love myself.

I will post my recipes for the week, tomorrow…cause I don’t want to go downstairs to find them :)  We are doing *really* low carbs this week, so there will be a lot of meat, cheese, salads, eggs, and good green veggies (asparagus dredged in parmesan and wrapped in proscuitto, broccoli, zucchini, green beans).

I think something else that helps is every Sunday, we have a cheat day.  A lot of people do not do that and I’m not telling you to do it or not to do it.  I’m saying, this is what gets us through the week.  We know that Sunday, we can eat Chinese with real rice, eat a burger if we want, drink two cokes….it hasn’t hurt us or stalled our weight loss… maybe we would experience a bigger difference on the scale if we didn’t have a cheat day.  I don’t know and I don’t care.  Life isn’t about eating twigs and cardboard. It’s about loving the Lord, loving your spouse, loving your children, loving yourself and being healthy.  I’d rather be fluffy, healthy and happy than stick thin and hungry!

Sweets….still none here, though I love (and indulge in) candy!  I also make chocolate mousse, pudding mixed with heavy cream instead of milk, layered jello, cream cheese bites, fat bombs.  There are many low carb ways to satisfy that sweet tooth.

Coke….one every other day.

Water….about 90-100 ounces (sometimes I add lemon in mine which helps in weight loss)

Meds….faithful!

Pasta…..learning to love and lean on spaghetti squash.

Greens….shut up….kale chips; kale powder that can be added to ANY dish and give you a huge boost in all the good stuff; kale in soups, sauteed kale.  Spinach; salads, sauteed, wilted, with egg and bacon for a wilted salad, in soups, in sauces…you can do anything with spinach with little taste and added vitamins.  Collards…it is taking more for me to get used to this.  I’m going to tweak the recipes that I have to make them taste better…eventually LOL

Cheese…can totally still have it, just moderate.

Lasagna….make your own sauce (low carb), add in spinach and spices.  Use zucchini strips as noodles.  So so good!

There are so many, low carb, things you can do to satisfy those hunger pangs.

Giveaway: The 5 Love Languages for Men

The 5 Love Languages for Men

My husband and I have been a huge fan of Gary Chapman for many years.

We were thrilled when this opportunity came up to review his revised edition of The 5 Love Languages and to know that this was geared towards men….hey, I’m all about someone helping my husband out in the love language department.

I nag but, Dr. Gary Chapman,…well, he is a professional :)  He doesn’t nag.  He states facts and facts are what my sweet fella needs in order to realize my love languages.

Bless his sweet little heart….in reading this, we have discovered that I am, across the board, equal in all 5 love languages.

Some men find this daunting but not my fella.  He sees it as any nice thing he does will relate to my love language, therefore, keeping him out of the doghouse.

Dr. Gary Chapman.

Thank you.

You.  Are.  Brilliant.

This book is another easy read which is nice.  He is straightforward and honest in how he presents the information.  It is all completely non-threatening :)

This book is a WINNER in our home!

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240 pages

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Cloud Bread

Cloud Bread

3 eggs

1 packet artificial sweetener

1/4 tsp. cream of tartar

3 T. cream cheese (or 3 T. whole milk cottage cheese)

Preheat oven to 300.  Separate eggs (no yolk in the white).

Bowl 1:  mix yolks, 3 T. cream cheese (or cottage), and one packet of sweetner.  Mix well.

Bowl 2:  Beat egg whites and cream of tartar.  Whip until stiff peaks are formed.

Very carefully, fold in the yolk mixture with the egg white mixture.  Be sure and not stir too much, just fold in until incorporated.

I used a 1/4 c. measuring cup to dip out 10 clouds.  I put them on 2 greased cookie sheets.

Bake for 10 minutes (depending on your oven, can be up to 12 minutes). You want them to be golden brown.

Remove from oven, place on cookie rack and cool completely.

Once cooled, they will be crisp, like meringue if you eat them right then.

I put them in a baggie and let them set all day.  By doing that, it became the consistency of a bun.

Serving size:  2 pieces.

Carbs per serving:  0

I used this for my hamburger, tonight.  It doesn’t have much of a taste, but I could tell it was there and it was good.  Big Daddy really like them!  These would be great for any sandwich.  I will be making these again!