It’s Friday, I’m tired, and I don’t have that much to write about today. All I want is some rain for my garden (it’s a thousand degrees and sunny) and maybe a nap. And an ice cold adult beverage. At the beach. okay, maybe I want a lot of things, but I thought I’d post a few summer-time pics!
and I’m not talking about a drink, of course, nothin’ wrong with a drinkipoo or two (or more, depending on the situation). I’m talkin’ good old Southern COMFORT FOOD. The list is loooonngggg – but right now I’m talking about a biscuit. You CAN NOT be from the South (capital “S” – show some respect) without having consumed some homemade biscuits. Maybe with molasses……..mmmmmmm. Or some homemade strawberry preserves. It’s a right of passage. HOWEVER, unless I want to walk around looking like I have two giant, lumpy bisbuits in the back of my pants, I have to avoid my beloved biscuits. BUT (I love prepositions) the other day I wanted to make something good, and comforting. I did not want high fiber cereal. SO, as I was perusing the internet for a recipe, I came across Chocolate Chip Breakfast Biscuits, found here . Hold up!!!! Chocolate and biscuits TOGETHER!! Who is this genious? I must make them immediately. Which I did. And they were awesome.
Just saw this awesome article which describes what I’ve been thinking and trying to do in my own family. It’s definitely a work in progress, because convenience foods are so…..well, convenient. It’s all about eating healthier by eating REAL foods and getting away from high fat, high sugar and high salt content. Of course, I had french fries at lunch.
I will use a low-carb almond crust in place of the graham cracker crust, b/c my husband is diabetic. I made this for his birthday, and it was really good. I used reduced fat cream cheese instead of fat-free, b/c he doesn’t really like the taste of fat-free. I also used a sugar substitute instead of sugar. I have lots of mixed feelings about sugar substitutes, especially for children, and am currently trying to avoid using Splenda and Aspartame, however Splenda is my husband’s preferred artificial sweetener in baked goods. My preference is Stevia – there are several items on the market now using Stevia, which has been used for many years over in Europe and other countries, but has only recently been FDA approved for use here. Anyway, enough about my sugar/fake sugar preferences.
The almond crust recipe was found somewhere on the internet, but I can not find from where, so I can’t give props, but it was AWESOME, easy and very low carb! It may be hard to do if you do not have a food processor.
- 2 cups of whole almonds (unsalted)
- 5 T. of sugar sub
- 1/4 t. almond extract (I used vanilla b/c that’s all I had)
- 5 T. room temp, unsalted butter.
In food processor (one of the best inventions ever), blend almonds, sugar and almond extract until almonds are coarsely chopped. Add butter and process until almonds are finely chopped. Then take the mixture and press firmly (very firmly) into a springform pan and up the sides a little. Bake the crust until light brown, about 15-20 minutes at 375 degrees. I could eat the crust by itself! After making crust, you just follow the cheesecake (or whatever pie filling you want) recipe.
Since I started the day with yummy, homemade, blueberry muffins – which the little man would not eat – what other fabulous concoctions did I come up with? uhmm, isn’t one homemade item a day enough? Lunch was basic (and lame), PBJ sandwiches (at least it was whole grain bread, PB without hydrogenated vegetable oil and lower sugar grape jelly!), except for said little man – I think he ate some grapes. I gave him some gross, processed cheese slices – because he picked them out, but of course, then he refused to eat them. Oh, and he had some chips. (what?! they were baked…does that count as a vegetable?) Okay, so LAME. Then I had the great idea that we would all go outside and play. It was like 100 freakin’ degrees in NC today, the humidity so thick that my head feels like it’s going to explode. But hey, let’s go OUTSIDE and PLAY! Eat less, move more….WHAT.EVER.