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Biscuits and Meat Gravy-Husband Approved!

biscuits and gravyThis is a yummy change of pace for supper!  Hubby went back for seconds and grinned from ear to ear as he ate it!  I’ll take that as a success!!  Easy and delicious…Enjoy!!

Ingredients:

Store bought biscuits (why make them when they are just as good and easier out of a package??)

1 pound ground beef

1 teaspoon Lawry’s Season All Salt

1 stick butter

2-4 Tablespoons All Purpose flour

1 cup milk (you may add more if your gravy is too “pastey”)

Directions:

Brown the ground beef and set aside reserving a teaspoon of grease.  Season ground beef with salt and stir well.  In the pot you browned your meat in add 1 stick of butter and melt on medium heat.  Add flour and milk and stir well.  Continue to stir until you see the gravy thickening to the consistency you like.  Set gravy aside and let it sit for five minutes…it will continue to thicken.  Add ground meat and stir well.  Serve over hot biscuits.  Enjoy!!

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Low Carb One Step Egg-A-Licous!

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Another delicious low carb recipe!  Great for any meal, not just breakfast!!  I found this one on Facebook, too!  Quick, easy, and almost effortless!  Enjoy!!

Here’s what you do:

1) Spray each muffin well with nonstick spray.

2) Place a slice of ham in the bottom of each muffin well.

3) Place about a teaspoon or so of diced tomatoes on top of the ham.

4) Sprinkle some shredded cheddar cheese over the tomatoes.

5) Break one egg into each spot.

6) Sprinkle a little bit of salt and pepper on each.

7) Bake at 180/350 degrees for 18-20 minutes or until the yolks are as firm as you wish and the whites are cooked through.

SOURCE:  Facebook/Juanita’s Skinny Answer

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Easy, Yummy Fall Apple Salad

autumn apple salad

Can we say, “YUMMY”??  On this easy fall salad we can!!  This is so easy, so yummy you will be asked for the recipe every time and it is healthy to boot!  Great for church get togethers, family reunions, or just because it is apple pickin’ time.  Whips up fast and if you can read a recipe you can make it!  Have fun being the hit of your next get-together and enjoy!!

Ingredients:

4 Fuji, Gala, or Red Delicious apples, cored and chopped  (I love the Gala apples!)

1/4 cup slivered almonds, toasted  (I do mine in the microwave on 1 minute…if you want them more toasted, microwave every 30 seconds until you have desired taste)

1/4 cup dried cranberries

1/4 cup chopped dried cherries

1 (8 ounce) container vanilla yogurt

1 teaspoon of honey (optional)

Directions:

 In a medium bowl, stir together the apples, almonds, cranberries, cherries and yogurt until evenly coated.
If this was any easier…you would be sleeping!!  Enjoy, friends!!
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What I Eat; A Complete List of Free to Have and Think About Avoiding

what i eat

 

I have had many people ask me about what I eat, as in a “Do” and “Don’t”  list.   This is what works for ME!  I am not advising you to do this, but it may steer you in a direction you would like to go.

Years ago, symptoms of IBS almost took my life totally over.  I would love to say the IBS symptoms are gone, but if I get under stress or eat certain ways, I do still have symptoms of it.  Just like at the birthday party last night, I had a full blown IBS attack!  I saw a doctor that taught me about a diet that helped to control it to a great degree.  Just like anything else, I HAVE to watch things that induce stress because it is just as much of a cause of it as foods you eat and it does trigger debilitating attacks that can and have left me bedridden.  Wisdom on what is good for you physically and mentally is so important and that you stay in those guidelines.

Here is the food list.  It also is great for blood sugar, and helped me to lose more than 50 pounds!  I have modified the list to fit me, physically.  Since I have been asked so much, here is a printable version of it!

FOODS OKAY TO EAT-

PROTEIN:      Beef, Pork, Chicken, Turkey, Fish, Alfalfa Sprouts,  Eggs, Cheese (Cottage Cheese, Mozorella, Feta, Farmers, Goat, Cheddar, Cream Cheese, Swiss, Ricotta, Colby, Monterrey Jack), Nuts (Almonds, Macadamia, Peanuts, Pecans, Walnuts), Peanut Butter (Natural).

CARBOHYDRATES:       Artichokes, Asparagus, Broccoli, Brussel Sprouts, Cabbage, Cauliflower, Chickpeas/Garbonzos, Fresh Fruit (except for those listed below), Garlic, Green Beans, Green Leafy Vegetables (Collard, Mustard Greens, Lettuce), Green Peppers, Herbs, Old Fashioned Oatmeal (5 minute cook, not instant), Ranch Dressing, Olive Oil (first cold pressed), Tomatoes, Avocadoes

FOODS FOR MODERATION (ONCE A WEEK)  PERSONALLY, I EAT THESE PROTEINS FREELY!!!

PROTEIN:   Cheese (Cream Cheese, Gouda, Parmesan, American)

CARBOHYDRATES:  Bread (Oat, Pumpernickel, Jewish Rye, Spelt), Lentils, Protein enriched pasta, Red Potatoes, Peas

OTHER:   Butter (I eat this freely), Ketchup, Picante Sauce (I eat this freely), Soup (depending on ingredients), Sour Cream (I eat this freely), Spicy Food

FOODS TO AVOID!!!

PROTEIN:  Tofu, Hot Dogs, Dried Fish, Caviar

CARBOHYDRATES:  Bagels, Bananas, Beets, Bread, (except those listed in moderation), Cereal, Chocolate, Corn, Cranberries (I eat dried in my salads, but in moderation), Dates, Eggplant, Beans (Black, Butter, Kidney, Lima, Red, White).  Figs, Mango, Papaya, Popsicles, Potatoes, Potato chips, Prunes, Pudding, Raisins, Rice, Soy Sauce, Syrup, Tortilla, Yogurt (Frozen Yogurt)

BEVERAGES:  Beer, Wine, Sodas, Flavored Water, Fruit Juice, Gatorade, Sports Drinks, Hot Chocolate, Koolaid, Liquor

I try to keep the glycemic index per food below 50!  ALWAYS have one food from the protein group, one from the carbohydrate group.  In other words, never eat a carb without a protein or blood sugar can spike!

Again, I am not telling you to do this, I am only telling you what works for me.  I also take Fish Oil Capsules.  Blessings, precious reader!!

 

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DESSERTS-Easy Apple Dumplings

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When I was still teaching school, I had a volunteer that came in with this recipe.  She ooshed and gooshed over it so much, I went home that night and baked them.  They didn’t last 30 minutes!!  They were just as divine as she described them.  They are easy, and delicious!!!

Ingredients:

2 Granny Smith apples (peeled, cored, and cut into 8 slices each)

2 cans crescent rolls

1 1/4 sticks butter

1 1/2 cups sugar

2 teaspoons cinnamon

1 can Mountain Dew

Directions:

Wrap each apple slice in a crescent roll and place in a 13×9 (spray with nonstick spray) pyrex baking dish.  Melt the butter and add the sugar and cinnamon in a medium saucepan and bring to a slight boil.  Pour the mixture over the apples and then pour the Mountain Dew over the mixture.  Bake at 325 degrees for 40 minutes.  May be served with ice cream or alone.  If this was any easier you would be sleeping!!

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