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Old 10-20-2013, 08:09 PM   #151
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Rich and Thick Parmesan Cauliflower Mash

1 medium head of fresh cauliflower, broken into 1-inch florets
1 cup (8 oz) of chicken broth or stock
2 ounces brick style cream cheese (1/4 of an 8-oz brick)
3 to 4 tablespoons heavy cream
3 to 4 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese
Sea salt, to taste
Freshly ground black pepper, to taste

In a medium saucepan, place cauliflower and chicken broth; bring to a boil and then cover pan; turn heat down to low and simmer until cauliflower is very soft and tender and chicken broth has completely cooked into the cauliflower (about 20 to 30 minutes). Make sure there is no liquid left at all in the bottom of the pan (remove the cover if necessary and cook until any remaining liquid is gone and the cauliflower is no longer wet looking). Remove pan from heat and add cream cheese and heavy cream. Using an immersion blender stick, blend or puree the cauliflower until the cheese and cream are fully incorporated and the mixture is smooth. Add grated Parmesan cheese and salt and pepper, to taste. Blend another minute. Adjust seasoning and add additional cream, if necessary, to thin out a little bit. The cauliflower mash should be thick and not runny at all.
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Old 10-20-2013, 08:15 PM   #152
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A mirepoix is simply chopped carrot, celery and onion that is used in cooking as an "aromatic". It adds flavor and aroma to soups, stews, stocks and sauces. I diced 2 carrots, 2 stalks of celery and 1 small onion and added in 2 minced cloves of garlic and about 1/4 cup of chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley. I placed the mirepoix in the bottom of my crock-pot as a base to cook the roast on. I seasoned the tri-tip roast liberally with sea salt and cracked black pepper and rubbed it all over and then placed it on top of the bed of veggies. I then sprinkled a pinch of dried thyme on top and added a splash (2 to 3 tablespoons) of red wine (merlot) on top and then covered it and cooked it on high for the first 2 hours, then turned it down to low to cook for the last 6 hours. I sliced only half of the roast this morning for our dinner this evening and left the remaining half intact to use to make something else later this week. When I got home this evening, I strained the juices from the veggie mixture and discarded the cooked mirepoix and heated the juices (slightly more than 1 cup) until boiling and reduced it by almost half and then whisked in a couple tablespoons of butter, a couple tablespoons of heavy cream, pinch of thyme small splash of red wine (about 1 tablespoon). I seasoned it with salt and pepper to taste. I wanted to make a concentrated demi-glace sauce (glaze-type) since I am not a big fan of gravy. A demi-glace is super concentrated and flavorful, so you don't need your food to swim in gravy for moistness and flavor. This roast is tender on its own and the demi-glace sauce simply adds a burst of concentrated flavor and richness.

This is a roast I made months ago, and had forgotten all about. So tender, and flavorful. Could make it with that mashed cauliflower
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Old 10-20-2013, 08:20 PM   #153
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So, I believe I am slowly creating my menu for this week. I have so many good recipes on here now to try Off to bed for now. I will work on the grocery list tomorrow morning.

The pork chop was delicious, but the best part was the sauce OMG...delicious. I didn't have dijon mustard, but did have dijonaise. Yum yum yum.

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Old 10-20-2013, 08:40 PM   #154
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sounds yummy ! Sleep well !
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Good that you enjoyed your pork chop. You obviously like different "flavors" and cooking. I always look for the easy, simple way.
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Old 10-21-2013, 08:10 AM   #156
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Here's a closer up of the hair. I think you can see it better in this pic.

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Debby...you are right. I do love cooking. I enjoy it so much. I have always made different foods lol. My children's taste buds are so unique...Andrew's favorite food is poached Salmon and Christian's favorite food is roasted asparagus. People comment on their eating habits all the time. I just started young with them and always gave them a variety of foods. One of the things I love about this way of eating is that I can explore and try a variety of foods by using the rules. It makes it work for me. I have rewritten about 20 of my own personal recipes at home to make them carb friendly. It's sort of like a hobby.
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Old 10-21-2013, 09:01 AM   #158
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Lisa! I love your hair --the reddish auburn shade is so pretty with your eyes and complexion!
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Old 10-21-2013, 12:52 PM   #159
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Thank you Gail!

Tonight I have called off of work. I have been feeling a little out of sorts all day. I have a bad headache and sore throat. Andrew now says he has a sore throat too. So, I am making a pot of soup and relaxing at home with the kiddos. Gonna get some medicine.



I have made this soup before. I am thinking about getting some low carb tortillas and frying them into little chips to put on top.

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Oh my gosh, we LOVE that soup. I make it all the time !! Hope you feel better !
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Your pic is great ! You look healthy and happy ! Hope you are feeling better
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I love your picture! You look so pretty & your hair is a gorgeous color.

Sorry you're not feeling well. Hope you & your son feel well soon. The soup sounds yummy
I used to love cooking... worked as a camp cook for sports-fishing camp for years... always trying out new recipe's... so I can do it, just would rather not, anymore.
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I just LOVE this picture of you! It really brings out your eyes! Gorgeous!
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Yes! The eyes! I was going to say "no wonder you're called "greeny"
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ha ha, yeah I get a lot of comments on the eyes. They are hazel, but sometimes look brighter. In that pic they look a lot brighter...maybe cuz I didn't have my glasses on? I don't know.

I decided to skip the low carb tortillas. I picked up a package of them at the store and checked the carb count, and it was like 6 per tortilla! Forget it. Not worth it so I put them back. I just ate the soup by itself and it was very good as it was!! The boys loved it too.

I am feeling a little better now. Its 11 at night and Im starting to feel better lol.

The second picture I posted wasn't catching me off guard. And, my friend took it, so she is more careful of what picture looks good and which one makes me look red in the face!
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Good choice! I would of done the same. Although I'm sure they would of been yummy too. That soup really sounds decadent!
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Hope you continue to feel better. I know what you mean about a red looking face. It seems every picture I take, my face is always red, unless I wear makeup which I hardly ever do.
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Red face... rosacea? I have that (actually I think I've had it all my life, but it didn't look bad... people have always told me I have such a lovely complexion). Have found that certain foods & stress flare mine up.

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Debby, mine is from Lupus. I get the "butterfly rash" across my cheeks and nose and a little up onto my forehead. Nothing helps it, I can only hide it with makeup. But it is a lot like rosacea.
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Ah, sorry! Lupus is really painful isn't it? Are you able to keep it in check? or do you suffer pain all the time?
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I have no idea why my face looks red. It's not like it goes away. It just is always red. I don't have any diseases except a bad thyroid. I am so sorry to hear that you have Lupus!! I have a friend who has lupus and her hands and feet are blue

I am feeling better today. But, just not hungry. I forced myself to eat this morning, but only ate half. Made a 2 egg omelet w/ leftover taco meat, a little cheese and taco sauce on top. For lunch I just popped a fat bomb. I really am just not hungry today. Maybe due to coming out of the crappy sick day??

Well...I am definitely going to work tonight. Momma's gotta pay the bills. Wish me luck and hopefully I make it through the evening.
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I love that post! I have to remember that. Good luck tonite for work. Sorry, you have no appetite, but are you feeling better at least?

Maybe you'll lose some more weight from being sick...not that that is a good reason to get sick. But I try to see the good side of it somehow.
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Found this recipe for a low carb bread. Going to use it for stuffing this year at thanksgiving!!!

2 1/2 cups almond meal
1/3 cup powdered egg whites (these are optional, but create a dryer bread which is less likely to get soggy. If you don't use the powdered, add an extra egg and use 1/3 cup water instead of 1/2 cup)
1 Tablespoon baking powder
1 Tablespoon poultry seasoning, such as Bell's Seasoning
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup (1 stick) melted butter
2 eggs
1/2 cup water
sugar substitute equal to 2-3 teaspoons sugar
Preparation:

Heat oven to 350 F.

Butter the bottom of a large loaf pan - if desired, line the bottom with parchment paper and butter or oil that as well.

1) Mix dry ingredient together (a whisk works well).

2) Add wet ingredients and mix well.

3) Pour into loaf pan.

Bake for 35 to 45 minutes until top is lightly browned (if you insert a toothpick into the loaf and it comes out clean, you can remove it from the oven.)

When cool enough to handle, remove from pan and break into large chunks. Let cool. At this point, I like to leave it out to dry for a few hours, or put it in a low oven. You can cut it into cubes first, if you'd like, or after it dries out a bit.
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So, work was good. Nice and busy! Kept me moving. I just got home not too long ago, and guess what? I feel perfectly fine I will know for sure when I wake up in the morning, because that always seems to be the worst for me. On the other hand, my son is still sick, and seems to be getting more symptoms. I picked up some Nyquil for him on my way home and just woke him up to take it. I hope he feels better in the morning.

B~2 eggs scrambled with taco meat, cheese and taco sauce (ate half)
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D~tapas at work~baked prosciutto and mozzarella (2 of them) and spicy sausage and peppers (3 pieces)

I feel very full. I didn't finish one thing I ate today, but I am okay with that. I am sure I still hit my fat, protein, carb ratio. I'm too lazy to put it in the computer and figure it out tonight.

I am proud of myself. It's been a few weeks now since I started lc. On that day, I decided to take my meds regularly. I haven't missed one day since. I binged one time on peanut butter cookies. That day I vowed to pay closer attention to it, and I have not binged again at all. Not even tempted. I came clean with my doctor about my eratic history with taking my meds, with my new eating lifestyle, everything, and now it's like I have a weight lifted off of my chest. My clothes are definitely feeling looser. People are commenting. I had two parents at the football game last week comment that I was looking great, what was I doing? ha ha. All of these things are big steps for me. New changes that I am embracing. It feels so good to be doing things that I know are good for me.
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That's so great! Its wonderful to take inventory & see where you are... count your blessings! You are 1/3 of the way to your goal! Wow! So awesome that you can lose wt. so quickly. As for me, I find those comments so encouraging, really motivates! But watch out for the negative ones... don't let them penetrate... I've let them 'deflate' me in the past... people sometimes don't think before they speak... so only keep the "good" ones! Sleep well!
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Lisa, so glad that you are feeling better. Hope your son is on the road to recovery too. Thank you for sharing the bread recipe -- what a great idea to use it for Thanksgiving stuffing. I may do the same.

Love that you keep getting nice compliments for others! That is wonderful.
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Dinner tonight...I am making MissyDee's version of the bacon beef rolls, and Bren's zucchini fritters. I can't wait!!

Breakfast is 4 sausages fried up in butter and a dab of canola oil. Splash of hwc and a little onion. I don't know what lunch will consist of. I will be at work during lunch and not sure if I will eat there, or have a late lunch when I get home. Might just take one of those Atkins bars with me as a meal and call it a day.

Tonight I am also going to make those sausage balls as a go to breakfast, snack, etc. for the next week. Hope they turn out delicious!!

Andrew still isn't feeling up to par, but he went to school today. He is a trooper. He doesn't have a fever or anything, just a sore throat and stuffy head. Now that he is 18, it makes me happy that he is choosing to go on his own, and not putting "his foot down". Still my baby at heart <3

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I got mentioned in your post

I am glad you are feeling better and I hope your son feels better. I don't know if you can find it where you are, but we use Kids Relief Cough and Cold. It is an all natural product that really works and tastes great. Even us adults use it, we just double the dose. It is a homeopathic syrup that my DD says tastes like rootbeer float. We buy it at Fred's if you have one there.

Congrats on the compliments. You deserve them! I am so proud of you for doing so well. KUTGW!
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Glad DS is on the mend. My boss has that cold now... I sat next to him last night at the meeting. We fought that thing off last week.
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