Warm Broth Instead of Ramen

I love Cup of Noodles mostly for it’s broth. The noodles are kind of plain, but it’s so convenient. Plus, the broth really makes me feel warm and cozy on a cold day. If you look at the labels though, you start to worry about what you’re actually doing to yourself. So I wondered, could I mix my own together in a convenient amount of time? without all the junk I don’t want. Turns out, it wasn’t difficult at all.

Amy’s Nearly-Instant Broth

I suggest you use low sodium options if you’re lowering your salt intake.

Ingredients:

  • 6 cups of water and 6 t. beef or chicken bullion (or 6 cups of Canned broth)
  • 1/4 t. Black Pepper
  • 1 T. Garlic – minced (I buy it by the jar) (or 1/2 T. garlic powder)
  • 1/4 t. Basil
  • Sprinkle of Cayenne (optional)
  • Sprinkle of Red Pepper Flakes (optional) I like mine spicy!
  • 1/4 t. Garlic Salt (optional)
  • 1/2 bag of frozen bell peppers and onions
  • Various frozen vegetables you have on hand – I used broccoli, spinach, and green beans (I try to keep a variety of vegetables on hand for cooking convenience)
  • Drizzle of Sesame Oil (optional – I enjoy the aroma)

Directions:

Dump in a saucepan and bring to a soft boil for about 5 min., pour, and enjoy. Save remaining.

 

 

Philly Cheesesteak Salad

Cheese steak sandwiches, the ultimate comfort food. Growing up, my mother fried up Steak-Umms and served on a french roll or sourdough. While the rest of my family eats their sandwiches, I create a salad with the same comfort flavors.

Amy’s Cheese Steak Salad

Salad:

  • 2-3 Steak-Umms fried and seasoned with salt
  • Salad Greens of your choice
  • Grated cheese (I use cheddar, but you can use any)
  • Tad of Butter
  • 1 Green bell pepper – Julienned
  • 1 Red bell pepper – Julienned
  • 1 small onion – Juilienned
  • Tamed Jalapeno Slices

Dressing:

  • Mayonaise
  • Mustard (Yellow, Spicy, or Dijon)
  • Paprika

Directions:

Make the dressing ahead of time. Adjust the amount to taste.

Fry Steak-Umms. Saute the peppers and onion slices in butter and drippings from the steak. (Salt to taste) Place salad greens of your choice on a plate. Slice steak into bite size pieces, add to salad with a portion of the peppers and onions. Place a few slices of jalapenos on top and top with grated cheese. Drizzle dressing over the salad and mix.

Next time, I’m going to try to create this bell pepper stuffed cheese steak instead of salad. I’ll let you know how it goes.

“This keto recipe for philly cheesesteak stuffed peppers turned out AWESOME. And if you don’t eat the shell (I love the flavor, but I don’t eat the whole pepper) they are ONE CARB EACH.

Source: Keto Recipe: Philly Cheesesteak Stuffed Peppers (No Rice!)

London Broil

I found a london broil recipe similar to the one I make in my crock pot.

Amy’s Crock Pot Garlic Peppered London Broil

  • 1 – London Broil
  • 1 t. Garlic Salt
  • 1-2 t. Fresh Cracked Black Pepper
  • 1 T. minced garlic
  • 1/2 c. beef broth

Put all the ingredients in a covered crock pot on low for 8 hours or until desired doneness.

For a similar recipe, l recommend this link.

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Source: London Broil

 

Quick Chicken Soup

Last night, I wasn’t sure what to fix. After searching my cupboards, I decided to use the canned chicken I’d bought to make a quick soup perfect for cold winter nights without a lot of carbs. Each bowl is only 110 calories and 6 carbs.

Chicken No-Noodle Soup

  • 1 T. Butter
  • 1/2 yellow onion, cubed
  • 1 celery stalk, sliced thin
  • 1/4 cup of carrots, cubed or grated
  • 10 fresh green beans (or frozen), bite size cuts
  • 1/2 zucchini, cubed
  • 1 T. frozen spinach
  • 1/4 c. green, red, or yellow bell pepper, cubed
  • 1 t. salt, or to taste
  • 1/4 t. black pepper
  • 1/4 t. cayenne pepper (optional)
  • 1/4 t. dried basil
  • 2 t. garlic powder
  • 1/2 t. thyme
  • 4 cups of chicken broth (or 4 c water with 4 tsp. chicken bullion)
  • 1- 10 oz. can of white chicken breast in water (add water with chicken)
  • 1 T. cornstarch (optional thickener)

Directions:

  1. Saute onions, celery, carrots, bell peppers, green beans, and zucchini in 1 T. butter until soft.
  2. Add 4 cups of chicken broth.
  3. Add can of chicken with water.
  4. Add frozen spinach, salt, pepper, cayenne, basil, garlic powder, and thyme. Adjust seasoning if needed.
  5. Bring to a boil and remove about 1 T. of chicken broth into a measuring cup. Mix cornstarch in and return to soup. Stir until thickened slightly, reduce heat, simmer for an hour.

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Breakfast Low Carb Choices

Skipping Breakfast Isn’t Good For Your Waistline.

Not eating actually causes you to stay overweight because your body goes into starvation mode, or slows your metabolism to conserve energy by burning less calories. That means all that fat just sticks around for future use. The only way to get rid of it is to use it!

Keto Diets Tell Your Body to Use Fat

When we’re filling our bodies with a healthy amount of calories which are low in carbs, your body has to reroute the storage for energy. Just changing the way you eat gets your body working for you.

Convenient and FAST

There are many options premade in the freezer section for busy people who don’t feel like cooking every meal. If you give yourself fast options, you’ll be less likely to go back to old habits.

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I make 5 pattie sausages with an egg or two when I’m in a hurry. Precooked frozen sausage broils in less than 10 min. and tastes delicious.

Trying New Foods Can be Fun

Don’t let new foods scare you. Get creative in the kitchen and out of your comfort zone. You might be surprised at foods you like that you might not have tried before.

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Use Leftovers

I like to use leftover meat in the morning. For example, after making too many hot dogs on the grill, I put them away for breakfast and fry them into a scrambled egg with onions, salt, pepper, and cheddar cheese.

Don’t Stick to One Breakfast

There are lots of meats to choose from. Unless you’re the type of person who does well limiting your foods, you’re going to get bored fast. You’ll never want to see an egg again if you always scramble it with just salt and pepper. I know this is harder if you’re used to eating sweet breakfast foods. In that case, try peanut butter celery instead or in addition to eggs and meat. There’s only 6 carbs in 2 T. of peanut butter, so you won’t have to feel guilty for having extra carbs.

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Don’t forget the variety of low carb vegetables and seasonings!

Low Carb Snacks Out of Spam!

When I’m craving something salty and crunchy, one of the first things I do is grab the spam. Fry or broil and delicious!

  • Cut thin slices and cut in squares or strips.
  • Arrange slices on a broiling pan
  • Broil on high, but watch closely so they don’t burn.
  • Flip when Spam begins to brown. When the other side browns, remove from oven.
  • Set on paper towels to drain and cool.

You can also cut the Spam into long square strips and fry or broil to make Spam Fries.

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You could make some low carb dipping sauces for added flavor. Post your suggestions in the comments.

Reinventing Fried Rice

Since I mentioned Spam yesterday, I thought I’d talk about my mother’s fried rice. She always make it with Spam, cubed and fried to a crisp brown. While I love it, the rice is not so carb friendly. Instead, I add more vegetables and enjoy the same flavors without the carbs.

When I started this journey last week, I found that I can still feel satisfied without the carbs.

 

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ZUCCHINI RICE – Prepare separately.

  • Grate 1 zucchini and add to a saucepan with 1 T. Butter, salt, and pepper.
  • Let cook 4-5 minutes.

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SPAM STIR FRY (or chicken, or beef, or pork, or kielbasa, or tofu, or meatless…)

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Ingredients:

 

  • 1 can of Spam, cubed (or any protein. I just love Spam for it’s bacon like saltiness)
  • Sesame Seed Oil
  • Frozen stir fry vegetables or fresh cut vegetables like onions, bell pepper, snap peas, water chestnuts, cabbage, carrots, green beans, snap peas, broccoli, cauliflower, …
  • Garlic
  • Soy Sauce
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • 1 egg
  • Sesame Seeds
  1. Fry Spam in a hot wok until crisp.
  2. Prepare the grated zucchini rice.
  3. Add about 1 T. of Sesame Oil and heat.
  4. Add vegetables. If you’re cutting fresh vegetables, you will need to cook them a little longer than frozen vegetables.
  5. Add salt to taste, pepper, and soy sauce (about 2 T.),
  6. Add scrambled egg and garlic to pan.
  7. Finish cooking and add to the top of the shredded zucchini.