Low carb rice

Low Carb Rice. Have any of you tried the different konjac noodles and rice? They are definitely different than wheat noodles or than either brown or white rice! It’s great that they are 0 carb! And they are fairly simple to prepare.

The first time I tried konjac noodles, though, I was NOT impressed! I ate them, but I don’t know that I wanted to eat them again! Now, I love them! Whether that’s because they grow on you, or because I’m learning how to better prepare them, and what dishes I like them in, I’m not sure.

I’ve frequently used the noodles, but I’ve still been having a hard time with the rice. This recipe features the rice, cooked with a very small amount of brown rice! And, I think it does the trick! I feel like I’m eating a plate full of rice, although I’ve only used 2 Tablespoons! And perhaps it’s all in my mind… but it tastes so much more like rice! 😊

Here is a link to my store, to the konjac rice I sell.

Miracle Rice

If you are following Trim Healthy Mama, this could be used as an S Helper. Or you can use it in an E. You would need to have another carb source in your E meal, as there is not much from the rice. You will want to be aware that this has a full E allowance of oil, so if you are going to have any other fat in your meal, take that into consideration.

Low Carb Rice:
1-8 ounce package Miracle Rice
1 cup water
2 Tablespoons dry brown rice
1 teaspoon coconut oil
1/4 teaspoon salt

Instructions:
Drain and rinse konjac rice well. Transfer to a small saucepan, and add the other ingredients. Bring to a boil. Turn down to low and let simmer till the brown rice is cooked and the liquid is gone.

That’s it! Top it how you like! Hope you enjoy this!

Wraps

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Wraps!
These are simple, hold together well, are flexible, and are so nice to have ready made in the fridge to fill however you like. They make a great grab and go meal or snack at anytime!
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Each recipe makes one wrap. I just have each ingredient sitting on my work space, to the side, and mix and roll one at a time. I try to get the next one ready while the last is cooking.

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Oat Fiber Wrap
(This would be a FP on THM)
2 Tablespoons oat fiber
1 teaspoon glucomannan
1/2 teaspoon psyllium husk
Pinch of salt
4 Tablespoons water

Directions:
Mix dry ingredients.
Add water and mix. Will quickly set up. Form into a ball and flatten. Roll between 2 sheets of Saran Wrap till thin and flat. Cook on a heated dry cast iron griddle. (Something else may work, but this is what I used and it worked well.) Cook on one side till dry enough to flip, then turn and cook on the other side. That’s it! I like to make about a dozen, and store them in the fridge in a gallon size ziplock bag.

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Light Rye Wrap
(These have about 5 carbs each)
Use above recipe but ADD 1 Tablespoon rye flour to the above recipe. Below, is how I used these in an E meal. With beans as a carb source.
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Coconut Flour Wraps
Just replace the oat fiber with 2 Tablespoons of coconut flour! And follow the directions in the first recipe.

Edit: Thought I’d add a couple notes. Maybe I can add a video later, too. First, I roll these out really thin. They are bigger than a corn tortilla, more like a wheat burrito.

Second…have you checked out my store? It’s here on the same website as my blog. The link is http://lotsalittlelambs.com/shop I carry the oat fiber and the psyllium! And lots of other items, including some of the THM products! I also have a flat rate shipping. The payment method is not working right, but you can still place an order through my website and then pay me through PayPal. You can message me through Facebook or call me! Thanks!

Carrot Cake

This carrot cake is a companion recipe to my applesauce cake. It is my kids’ favorite of the two!

Carrot Cake

Dry Ingredients:
1 cup oat flour
1 cup quinoa flour
1 cup garbanzo (or chickpea) flour
2/3 cup erythritol and 1 tsp NOW stevia extract,
OR 2/3 cup Pyure and 1/2 tsp THM stevia extract
1 teaspoon salt
2 Tablespoons cinnamon
4 teaspoons baking soda

Wet Ingredients (In Blender):
1 cup lowfat cottage cheese
1 cup pumpkin
1 cup eggwhites

Other Wet Ingredients;
1 cup applesauce
2 Tablespoons vanilla

Other Ingredients:
4 cups grated carrots

1 recipe of Lowfat Cream Cheese Icing
( next recipe on this blog 🙂 )

Instructions:

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Measure dry ingredients into a large mixing bowl. Put the cottage cheese, pumpkin and egg whites into your blender.

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Measure applesauce and vanilla into a small bowl. Grate 4 cups of carrots.

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Blend the contents in the blender until smooth. Add to the dry ingredients along with the applesauce and vanilla. Mix.

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Add the grated carrots and mix again.

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Pour into a 9×13 pan. (I use a glass casserole dish). Bake at 300 degrees for 1 hour and 15 minutes, or until cake is set in the middle, and a knife inserted near the middle comes out almost clean. This particular cake needs the lower temperature and the longer baking time.

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Remove from the oven and let the cake cool COMPLETELY before frosting! 🙂

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Make and frost with 1 recipe of my lowfat cream cheese icing.

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I cut this into 12-16 pieces to keep it within an E setting while following Trim Healthy Mama.

Enjoy! And plan to have a FP (Fuel Pull..a Trim Healthy Mama term) with this to complete your meal or snack!

Applesauce Spice Cake

This is a recipe I developed a couple of years ago after starting THM, and it features quinoa, garbanzo (or chickpea) and oat flours! I think I ‘perfected’ it in 2014.

I wanted a gluten free, sugar free cake. And I wanted to use the flours THM classes as E. Particularly some of the ones I used in here! 🙂 (Anyone else ever get tired of coconut and almond flours?). 🙂 Besides, I am particularly partial to my carbs! 🙂

It is very easy to whip up! The baking time is long. But, it turns out nice baked longer at this lower temperature.

I have ground all 3 flours in my grain mill, before. Although, I don’t think the chickpeas are very easy on it, and it is probably best to buy chickpea flour already ground. I have also ground my oat flour from the groats. And ground quinoa into flour. I like being able to grind my own flour..minus the noise! That thing is loud!

Lately, however, since I am buying my garbanzo or chickpea flour, I have found that the vitamix easily grinds quinoa. And I have been grinding my oat flour from regular rolled oats in it, as well. This is a little quieter, less mess, and a bit easier!

I used erythritol and NOW brand stevia in this recipe when I first made it. But now, I generally use PYURE. Today I used PYURE + 1/2 tsp of the THM stevia.

Applesauce Spice Cake

Dry ingredients:
1 cup oat flour
1 cup quinoa flour
1 cup garbanzo (or chick pea) flour
1/2 cup erythritol + 1 tsp stevia (NOW extract)
3 Tablespoons cinnamon
1 teaspoon nutmeg
2 teaspoons ginger
1/4 teaspoon cloves
1 teaspoon salt
4 tsp baking soda

Wet ingredients:
1 cup lowfat cottage cheese
3/4 cup eggwhites (about 6)
2 cups applesauce
2 Tablespoons coconut oil

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Instructions: Mix the dry ingredients together in a bowl. Place the eggwhites and cottage cheese in your blender. I normally don’t add the applesauce and coconut oil to the blender, but today I did. I forgot, but it’s ok!

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Blend the eggwhites and cottage cheese well in your blender and add with the rest of the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and mix.

Pour into a 9×13 baking dish. I just use glass casserole dishes for my cakes! Bake at 300 degrees for 1 hour.

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I will cut this into 12-16 pieces and eat 1 piece as my source of carb fuel in an E (THM terms) setting. I like to have it with a shake to further fill me up! This would also go well as a dessert after a FP meal. Enjoy!

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Stuffed Peppers

I’d like to share my stuffed pepper recipe with you!

If you make it as it is written, and you are following THM, this would be an E type meal. Which means, for those of you not familiar with THM, that this meal type is low on fat, and has moderate carbs.

To keep the carbs within the E limits, you will want to stick with two peppers. If you know that will not be enough, you may want to have other veggies, more protein, or a shake to fill up on. Alternately, you could halve the rice in the recipe, and increase the meat by a pound or two. Then you could have four peppers! If you can eat that much! 🙂

Stuffed peppers:
20 green peppers
2 cups brown rice
3 cans chicken broth
1 teaspoon tumeric
2 Tablespoons marjoram or parsley
2 Tablespoons coconut oil
2 pounds lean ground meat (I used turkey, but deer meat is good, too. You can also use half deer and half turkey).
1 huge onion, or 2 small onions, chopped
6 ounces tomato paste
5 Roma tomatoes
1-2 Tablespoons salt, or to taste
1 Tablespoon black pepper, or to taste

Instructions:
In a medium size pot combine the rice, chicken broth, tumeric and marjoram or parsley. Bring to a boil, then turn down on medium low and cover to finish cooking.

Now, it’s time to prepare the peppers.

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First, slice off the tops of the peppers. Save the tops.

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Reach inside the peppers. Twist and pull the seeds and membranes out.

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Place the peppers in a large baking pan. I have a huge one that perfectly fits 20 peppers! You may have to use more than one pan, if you do not have one large enough. Add one cup of water to the bottom of the pan and stick in the oven to bake for about 1/2 hour at 350 degrees.

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Pop the stem out of the top of the peppers. If they wont pop out, cut the stem away. Discard the stems, and get ready to use the tops, next.

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Chop the onion, and mince the pepper tops.

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In a huge skillet (mine is a cast iron one that covers two burners), put the two Tablespoons of coconut oil, the lean ground meat, and your chopped onions and pepper tops.

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When the meat and veggies are cooked through, add the 6 ounce can of tomato paste and mix well.

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Then stir in the prepared, cooked rice, and the salt and pepper. See how the colors contrast? The rice should stay yellow and not pick up the color of the tomato paste. 🙂

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Dice the Roma tomatoes and stir into the rice.

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Stuff the peppers, and stick them back into a 350 degree oven, untill they are nice and hot. 20 minutes to one half hour should be good!

I made these again last night. The kids and I ate real quick before leaving to go watch a video at our church. I was happy to find my husband home, enjoying a couple of peppers when we got back! I did, however, have a complaint from my 18 year old son. He only got 1 last night as we were in such a hurry. His sister took the two leftover peppers to work.. (Not that he minded that.) It seems like I may need to make some more, soon! 🙂

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Here’s how I ate mine last night! (Cause just two peppers aren’t enough for me 🙂 )

Chicken Apple Salad

This is a really quick, easy salad to whip up and take along if you need to leave quickly and bring food! I only used 1 apple in this, because I am trying to stay within the limits of an E meal while following THM (Trim Healthy Mama). And I could, at the time I first made this, eat the whole jar. Well, the contents of the jar, that is. I am sometimes one hungry mama… 🙂 But if you plan to feed 2 or more with this, you could use 2 apples, if you prefer. 🙂

Chicken Apple Salad
1-12.5 ounce can chicken breast (drain, save broth if you like for use in another dish).
1 cup 0% or non-fat Greek yogurt
1/2 to 1 cup chopped celery (with the leaves, if you like them!)
A few Tablespoons of diced onion
1 diced apple
1-2 Tablespoons goji berries
Salt and pepper, to taste

Measure, chop or dice ingredients as called for. Mix all together! This fits nicely into a quart canning jar. I like to use a wide mouth one for this, as it doubles nicely for my bowl, later! 🙂

Serving ideas: Besides just eating this straight from the jar.. 🙂 This would be good in a wonder wrap (recipe from THM cookbook) or any low carb wrap. Or you can eat this over a bed of lettuce.

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