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.

Quick and Easy Greek Meatballs

quick-greek-meatballs

Dinner was to die for tonight. The kids ate it all before I even had a chance to get a photo.

Greek Meatballs

1 package of hamburger (it was a big pack from Costco – not sure size)
1 zucchini (grated)
10 tomatoes diced up small (bigger than cherry – maybe 100’s ?)
1/2 a large onion diced small
2 cups crumbled feta cheese (it was very dry and salty tasting)
1 tsp (or a good shake) steak seasoning

  1. Mix it all up well – knead it all together like bread.
  2. Form into balls about the size of your hand – they shrink ALOT.
  3. Place them in a roasting pan side by side.
  4. Bake at 450 for 30 minutes.

Notes:

DO NOT ADD SALT! The feta is very salty and it turns out perfect.

Do not cook in a muffin tin because it will drip all over the oven and cause the smoke alarm to go off (please don’t ask me how I know).

It could be made into meatloaf – but might be drippy in the bottom?

We made 24 meatloaves and 9 people devoured them all and would have eaten more. They are quite possibly the best thing I have ever made. There is nothing I would change. They were awesome.

PS – I will add more specific details the next time I make this recipe – which will be VERY soon.

Recognizing Bad Habits

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I can’t be the only one with bad habits. I can’t be the only one that ignores them and just keeps going on my merry way. I’m just saying.

Recognizing Bad Habits

  • starting my day with 2 cups of strong coffee
  • not eating breakfast
  • sometimes skipping lunch
  • not drinking enough water
  • going too long between meals without eating
  • drinking cola as an afternoon “keep me awake”
  • drinking 1-2 more cups of strong coffee with dinner
  • eating a late night bedtime snack
  • drinking cola (I think I like the straw, ice, and carbonation)
  • ketchup flavoured potato ships (I think I crave the salt)
  • Wendy’s Baconator (I think I crave the red meat and fat)

I love dark chocolate once or twice a week too, but I realized that the kind I like is not really a bad habit. I just need to use it properly and in the right combinations with the rest of my food.

Writing this list makes me realize that I don’t eat a lot of food, but I live on caffeine and do most of my eating at night. I am excited to change my bad food habits with Trim Healthy Mama.

Do you have bad food habits too?

Something Clicked

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I am still reading.

I wish I could read it faster, but there is so much information to digest in there.

I am so glad that I went ahead and purchased the PDF book because my Christianbook.com order arrived yesterday and apparently Trim Healthy Mama is backordered and was not available (so it did not come). It won’t be available until March (insert tears here).

I have made it to page 110 so far. That’s chapter 11. When they first started talking about the S meals and E meals my brain started working overtime to fully understand, but then something clicked.

Something Clicked

It is so simple and it makes so much sense. I have much experience with reading food labels and identifying carbs, so I may be ahead of the game, but it really is simple. With S meals you get your fuel from fat, so you have to keep your carbs super low. With your E meals you get your fuel from carbs, so you keep your fats super low. Alternating between the types of meals is what keeps your body burning fat. Remembering those two things will be the key to being successful.

As I was reading, I realized that the only piece of information I need to fully grasp right now is what the S and E meals are and how to use them. Since I need to focus on losing weight, I don’t need to know about S Helpers or Crossovers or Fuel Pulls right now. If weight-loss is slow or I hit any rough spots, my next step will be to learn about Fuel Pulls.

I don’t need to know or remember everything. What a relief that is.

PLEASE NOTE: I am NOT a medical expert. I am a mom sharing my thoughts after reading Trim Healthy Mama