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Grain Free Granola Recipe

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Ever since my husband started his low-carb, high-fat diet, he’s eaten eggs for breakfast. This can get a little samey, and on mornings when he needs to get out the door fast, it’s nice to have a quicker option. For this reason, I’ve been developing a grain-free granola for him, and I’ve finally succeeded. Unfortunately for him, we all like it!

My first attempts at this granola mostly involved using regular recipes and subbing in seeds for the oatmeal. The result was gross and greasy, because the seeds and nuts release oil, in addition to the butter and oil my recipes called for. This recipe is so much easier and tastier!

I checked this diet with a few friends (not doctors, mind you; this is all the advice of laymen) who follow specialized diets:

Gluten Free–My friend with celiac disease confirmed that the recipe is gluten free as long as you are careful about the vanilla extract, as some contain malt. The kind she uses says, “Gluten Free” right on the box.

Paleo–This recipe should be good for Paleo according to my research, though some do not accept honey on a Paleo diet. Vanilla should be fine, especially if you use the gluten free vanilla. However, reduce or eliminate these ingredients if you like–I bet it would still be good!

Gestational Diabetes–My sister recently had a baby and also recently had Gestational Diabetes. Her nutritionist advised her to have three meals with 45 carbs each and three snacks of 15 carbs each. At about 7 net carbs in a half cup serving, this can work into that diet anywhere. Pregnant woman are advised not to go into ketosis, so pair this with some other healthy carbs if you’re making it a meal. (Berries and yogurt sound tasty.)

Keto–this very low carb, high fat diet is followed by some epiletics and by spouses who want to drive their mate mad with unusual menu demands. My husband, who is not epileptic, advised me that he wanted only 23 net carbs a day (the carbs left after fiber is deducted from the total carbs.) A 7 carb serving could fit into that diet, or leave out the honey for only 4.15 net carbs.

Grain Free Granola

12 ounce bag of unsweetened flaked coconut

9.5 ounce bag of pepitas (shelled pumpkin seeds)

9 ounce container almonds (I prefer salted)

Generous dusting of ground cinnamon

2 t. vanilla

3 T honey

Directions

Preheat the oven to 250

Divide the coconut, pumpkin seeds, and almonds between two cookie sheets and mix.

Dust with cinnamon

Combine the honey and vanilla, drizzle over both sheets, and mix. (This is a little easier if you heat it so it becomes runnier.)

Put both sheets in oven for 15 minutes; stir and return to oven for another 10-15 minutes, until nice and brown.

Let cool and pack in an airtight container if your family doesn’t eat it all while it’s sitting on the counter!

An easy, tasty granola that works with gluten free, paleo, gestational diabetes, and keto diets.

  1. 12 ounce bag of unsweetened flaked coconut
  2. 9.5 ounce bag of pepitas (shelled pumpkin seeds)
  3. 9 ounce container almonds (I prefer salted)
  4. Generous dusting of ground cinnamon
  5. 2 t. vanilla
  6. 3 T honey
  1. Preheat the oven to 250
  2. Divide the coconut, pumpkin seeds, and almonds between two cookie sheets and mix.
  3. Dust with cinnamon
  4. Combine the honey and vanilla, drizzle over both sheets, and mix. (This is a little easier if you heat it so it becomes runnier.)
  5. Put both sheets in oven for 15 minutes; stir and return to oven for another 10-15 minutes, until nice and brown.
  6. Let cool and pack in an airtight container if your family doesn’t eat it all while it’s sitting on the counter!

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Cottage Cheese Crepes

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While travelling to Alberta a couple months ago, I tried my very first cottage cheese crepes.

We had stopped at an Ukrainian restaurant for dinner, and my goodness; the food was amazing, and I knew I would try to recreate them once I got home.

The crepes at the restaurant were served with a dill sauce, so I had to make my own version to smother these cottage cheese crepes in too.

These cottage cheese crepes make a great side dish. Serve them up with sausage, cabbage rolls and maybe a bowl of borscht and voila! Ukrainian dinner!

Cottage Cheese Crepes Recipe

What you will need:

 Crepes:

  • 4 large eggs
  • 1 cup 2% milk
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 cup flour
  • good pinch of salt
  • oil
  • 4 Tbsp. butter; melted

Cottage Cheese Filling:

  • 2 cups, dry cottage cheese
  • two egg yolks
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 tsp. pepper
  • two Tbsp. whipping cream

Dill Sauce:

  • 2 cups heavy cream
  • 1 Tbsp. fresh chopped dill
  • salt & pepper to taste
  • cornstarch slurry (1 Tbsp cornstarch to 2 Tbsp. cream)

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Cafe Style Breakfast Sandwich Recipe

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A lightly toasted Sourdough English muffin, paired with a fried egg and melted Swiss cheese, back bacon and tomato.

A Sunday staple in our home, we cannot get enough of these simple and flavorful sandwiches.

Be sure to give these a try – pair it with a fresh cup of coffee and you are good to go.

In a small fry pan, crack eggs and cook over easy. Or until you yolk is cooked to your desire.

Add cheese to the eggs just before they are done cooking and melt cheese. Place back bacon on pan and heat

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Lemon Poppy Seed Muffins Recipe

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These lemon poppy seed muffins are just the thing to fill up your family in the morning with their bright citrus flavor.

I think it is fair to say that many of us struggle with time management.

When you add kids to the mix chaos can abound.

From finding homework or the lost left shoe there can be a million and one distractions from keeping up with your daily schedule.

I know personally we have spent half of a day looking for the right craft supply for a project that was due the following day.

After that adventure I knew I was looking for was to free up time the next morning to help haul in this amazing project to school.

Since we were going to be up late hot gluing,

I decided to whip up some muffins with the ingredients I had on hand.

When I found the poppy seeds I knew what I was going to whip up.

These lemon poppy seed muffins are just the thing to fill up your family in the morning with their bright citrus flavor.

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