Friday, August 31, 2012

No Julienne?

They say necessity breeds innovation...

So I made some taco meat, then I discovered that I only had enough lettuce and tomato for one serving.
The taco meat was good. I don't typically measure my ingredients so there won't be a recipe. I do throw in a bunch of chili powder and cumin. Some salt, pepper, oregano, cinnamon and a tiny bit of red pepper. I add alot, think about as much as in a store bought taco seasoning packet.

I was also out of cumin....
So i decided I would try adding a can of tomatoes and tomato paste, thinking it would be more on the chili side of things. I was dreaming about my own kind of low-carb hamburger help. 

That's not really what happened. I mean it was definitely edible. But it wasn't hamburger helper.

But it did result in this tip.

I've been seeing all over the internet that people are using zucchini as spaghetti noodles by cutting them with a julienne slicer.  I don't have one of these. 

However, if you take a long knife and score your zucchini the long way, not quite all the way through...you can than take a carrot peeler and peel yourself some noodles. 

It worked pretty great. You can set them in a colander for 15 mins with some salt and let them soften up, squeezing the moisture out after the 15 mins is done.

I also tried eating them without the salt, (it was a little too salty for my taste) and my stomach kinda sounded like I had trapped Chewbaca inside of it. I clearly need to find a happy medium.

 

Saturday, August 18, 2012

Low Carb Nutella Crepes

Sometimes I regret having a super old Minolta E323 camera from I'm guessing 2005ish...
The photo I took for the knock off Nutella Recipe that I low-carbed is underwhelming to me. I thought it would be prettier in a crepe.

I've also been meaning to try the recipe for the Cream Cheese pancakes from this blog:
http://www.ibreatheimhungry.com/2012/01/cream-cheese-pancakes.html

Today was the day to try for another "Nutella" picture and make some pancakes.

I made my "Nutella" first. Sliced up some berries. Whipped up some cream. Made the pancakes. Put it all together and here is what I got.

These crepes are also great with Sugar Free Maple Syrup.
I will never buy a low carb pancake mix ever again.
These are much better.
Sadly...you can't see the hazelnut spread inside.
I find that the pancakes are really more crepe-like.

Recipes:
Cream Cheese Crepes
2 oz. cream cheese
2 eggs
1 packet artificial sweetener. (today I used Truvia)
1/4 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 tsp. vanilla

Combine all ingredients in the Magic Bullet, or some sort of food processor until smooth. Let rest for two minutes to allow some of the bubbles to disperse.
Cook over a medium heat. Approximately 2 mins for the first side, 1 minute for the flip side.
This made 6 crepes for me. Net Carbs: 2.5

Whipped Cream
2 Tbsp heavy cream
Dash of Stevia
Dash of Vanilla

Whip together in the Magic Bullet with the flat blade. It takes mere seconds.
Net Carbs: 1

Chocolate Hazelnut Spread
Ingredients:
1 oz. roasted hazelnuts
1 oz. sugar free chocolate chips
1 Tbsp. heavy cream
(optional)
1/2 tsp of sugar free hazelnut syrup. (I currently have Torani. I like Monin O'Free as well)

Directions:
Chop up hazelnuts in food processor. Depending on your processor switch blades.
Continue processing nuts. In my machine they get really fine and form a ball.
Continue processing nuts. Eventually the ball flattens out and starts to glisten.
Stop processing nuts. Switch back to a chopping blade.

In a microwave safe container combine chocolate chips with cream.
Microwave for about 30 seconds on a medium high setting. Check with a spoon to see if the chips are melty.
If not, microwave a bit longer.
If they are melty, add the cream and chocolate chips to the nut butter. Blend all ingredients together.

Net carbs: 6

To assemble spread hazelnut spread on top of the crepes and roll up. Dollop whipped cream on with a spoon.

Net carbs without berries: 9.5 (That's for all 6 crepes!)