its-spring

It is Spring!

We went out to Beacon Hill Park one sunny day. Along the way I captured some flower photos. Here is one I greatly enjoyed.

Jonah

its-spring

Easy Flax Bread

I found the Bread In A Mug (S) recipe on page 265 of THM. I was looking for something to catch the gooey yolk from my over easy eggs. We can’t have almond flour, so that was out. I wanted a savory bread, so we subbed all flax meal for the almond flour. After some reading on the internet, I discovered that you can sub flax meal 1:1 with almond flour. Originally I had skipped over recipes that called for almond flour, but I might reconsider some of them now that I know we can swap flax meal 1:1 with almond flour.

easyflaxbread

Ingredients

  • 1 egg
  • 1 tbsp butter
  • 4 tbsp flax meal
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • pinch of salt
  • herbs and spices as desired

Instructions

  1. Stir well.
  2. Microwave for 1 minute.

What I was looking for was a savory bread that would nicely soak up the drippy yolk from my over easy eggs. I didn’t want something dry or anything weird tasting. I love the taste of the yolk and this bread does not over power that. This easy flax bread has a slightly nutty flavor. It is not dry. It was easy to spread butter on. Overall it was awesome!

I am looking forward to changing up the flavors by trying different combinations of spices and finding different uses for this Easy Flax Bread.

Fajita Casserole

Another meal everyone loved. Everyone went back for seconds and NO ONE complained. Did you hear that? Not one of my picky kids complained about this meal. I am loving finding foods that we all enjoy. Oh and get this… the recipe is super easy!

fajita-casserole.jpg

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 10 thickly sliced pieces of left over roast (chopped into small pieces)
  • 6 peppers, chopped
  • 1 large onion, diced
  • 1 can sliced black olives, drained
  • 1 tbsp Taco Seasoning (add more for a spicier dish)
  • grated cheese (optional – we used old cheddar)
  • sour cream
  • salsa

Instructions

  1. Put everything into one pan and fry it until cooked. (We use a stainless steel roasting pan across 2 burners.)
  2. Add your favorite toppings.
  3. Enjoy!

See, I told you it was simple! This was an S meal for me (Honey) and we added a side of brown rice  and black beans (rinsed and strained, straight out of the can) for anyone who wanted or needed them. We need to find a place that sells giant bags of brown rice. This served 9 with a wee bit of leftovers and everyone who wanted seconds got them. 

Other Ideas:

  • Cook it in the oven – Put it all in a pan and cook in the oven at 350 for 30-45 minutes.
  • Cook it in the crockpot – Throw it all into the crockpot and cook it all afternoon (not sure how long).
  • Serve it with low carb tortilla shells. Or regular for everyone who is not on THM.
  • Ways to make it go faster – chop your meat before you put away your next leftover roast.

Chocolatey Goodness Muffin

made in a mug in the microwave.

I attempted to make one of these for myself and then my children all wandered into the kitchen. What is that smell? What smells so good? Mmmmm chocolate. Mom, can I have one too?

chocolate muffins

Ingredients

  • 1 egg
  • 1 tbsp heavy cream
  • 1 tbsp butter (or coconut oil)
  • 1 tbsp vanilla
  • 1 tbsp coconut flour
  • 1 tbsp ground flax
  • 1 tbsp cocoa powder
  • 1 tbsp erythritol
  • 1 scoop stevia (with the scoop that comes with it)
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • pinch of sea salt

Instructions

I made the first one to play with my recipe (using what I had in the pantry) and see how it would taste. It worked well. How do I know? Well, I know because I had to divide that first one between the twins and then I had to make 4 more (the adults and the oldest kid got their own and the other two kids had to share). I should have made everyone there own, but I just wanted to sit and have my snack and what I thought would take me 5 minutes took me 30 because everyone wanted one. Note to self: make these when kids are sleeping.

  1. Go find a big coffee mug that can go in the microwave.
  2. Crack the egg into it.
  3. Add everything else into it.
  4. Stir well. You don’t want any dry spots.
  5. Put in the microwave for 1 minute and 20 seconds.
  6. Check it. If it is still wet try another 10-20 seconds.
  7. Put a big scoop of butter on top and eat your yummy goodness.

This was just like a rich decadent chocolate cake and totally satisfying. It definitely feels like an individual snack size rather than a dessert (unless you shared it between 2 people).

I have a few ideas that I plan to try because I really like to play with my food:

  • spicy (cayenne pepper and cinnamon)
  • brownie – ish (adding a second egg and adding 2 tbsp of Gwen’s Brown Sugar in place of the Erythritol)
  • adding mint extract and dark chocolate chunks
  • using flax meal instead of coconut flour
  • making a sweeter version (for my son with autism)

If you try it, I would love to hear how it worked for you.

And I will have to try for pictures next time because my people ate them before I even had a chance to think about the camera. Sorry…

Version 2 (for Mama)

  • 1 egg
  • 1 tbsp heavy cream
  • 2 tbsp butter (or coconut oil)
  • 1 tbsp vanilla
  • 1 tbsp coconut flour
  • 1 tbsp cocoa powder
  • 2 tbsp erythritol
  • 2 scoops stevia (with the scoop that comes with it)
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • pinch of sea salt

Instructions

I was wanting something even more moist and brownie like, so I upped the fats and the sugar substitutes in this one. The baking instructions are exactly the same as the regular recipe above.

  1. Go find a big coffee mug that can go in the microwave.
  2. Crack the egg into it.
  3. Add everything else into it.
  4. Stir really well. You don’t want any dry spots. It looks like smooth cake batter when it is ready.
  5. Put in the microwave for 1 minute and 20 seconds.
  6. Check it. If it is still wet try another 10-20 seconds.
  7. Put a big scoop of butter on top and eat your yummy goodness.

This one is even more yummy than the one I shared above.