Rhubarb Pie Filling

This can be used for a pie filling (it would make two), or as a side on its own. I also use it in my rhubarb raspberry cake… recipe coming. 🙂

If you are following THM, this would be a FP, so you can eat it with anything.

This makes a very thick, pie like filling. So, if you want it more runny, you could use less glucomannan.

Rhubarb Pie Filling
Ingredients:
6 cups rhubarb, cut small
1 cup water
2 Tablespoons vanilla
3/4 cup Pyure
3/4 cup xylitol
1 1/2 Tablespoons glucomannan
1/8 teaspoon salt

Instructions:
Combine the cut rhubarb, water, salt and vanilla in a bowl. In a separate bowl combine the sweeteners and glucomannan. Combine these well. Then pour into the rhubarb and mix well.

Place into a sauce pan with a lid and cook on a very low heat on the stove top. Use a very low heat, or this will burn. This will take a while. Check it periodically, and very lightly turn/stir it ONLY if you need to, to prevent burning. Be careful not to over stir it so you do not have mush. It is done when the rhubarb is very soft and not crunchy at all. And it should have thickened nicely like a pie filling.

Yum!

Red Rhubarb

I’m calling this red rhubarb, because you can make it with strawberries or cherries.

This would be great as a pie filling… if you have a piecrust you like. But, it is also great just as it is, as a fruit type side. Or a topping for bread.

If you are following THM, this would be a FP if using strawberries, or an E if using the cherries. Of course, cherries do not have enough carbs to be your full carb source, so you’ll need to include this with your E meal containing another carb source.

I used frozen strawberries. When they thaw, they make their own juice, so the 2 cups of sliced strawberries had juice to the top. If you use fresh, you may want to press or mash them a bit to get the same volume. No air spaces in those two cups! Rhubarb is measured loose.

Make sure you mix the glucomannan with the sweeteners well, before adding to the “fruit”. You don’t want big blobs!

Red Rhubarb
3 cups Rhubarb, cut into small pieces
2 cups small cut frozen (thawed) strawberries in their own juice.
OR: 1 can unsweetened cherries in their own juice, each cherry cut in half
1/3 cup Pyure
1/3 cup xylitol
1 Tablespoon glucomannan

Here are the cherries I used.

Instructions:
Combine the cut Rhubarb and berries or cherries in a bowl. In a separate bowl combine the sweeteners and glucomannan. Combine these well. Then pour into the fruit and mix well.

It should look like this.

Place into a small sauce pan with a lid and cook on a very low heat on the stove top. Use a very low heat, or this will burn. This will take a while. Check it periodically, and very lightly turn/stir it ONLY if you need to to prevent burning. Be careful not to over stir it so you do not have mush. It is done when the rhubarb is very soft and not crunchy at all. And should have thickened nicely like a pie filling.

Raspberry Yogurt

Simple to make. And much cheaper than buying flavored!

I used the Greek yogurt that comes from Costco in two to a box.

If following THM, this is a Fuel Pull! That means you can have a serving in any setting! 🙂

Raspberry Yogurt
Ingredients:
32 ounces of 0% Greek yogurt
1/2 cup frozen raspberries
1/2 cup hot water
1 Tablespoon Gelatin
1/4 cup Pyure
1 Tbs. vanilla
1/2 teaspoon glucomannan

Instructions:
Soften the gelatin in the water. Put the raspberries, softened gelatin, and the rest of the ingredients EXCEPT for the yogurt in the blender. Blend well. Combine the blended ingredients with the yogurt in a bowl and stir well. Place in small containers or canning jars if desired!

Grapenuts

These grapenuts are simply my applesauce spice cake. Baked, crumbled, then dried. I remember seeing an Amish lady make grapenuts. She had this wire type basket that sat over the top of her cookstove to hold them while they dried. I also remember my mom making grapenuts when I was very little. I think she dried them in the oven, but what I remember was her putting the baked cake through a grinder, first. I don’t have any fancy equipment, but a cookie sheet and the oven worked very well!

Here is my link to the cake you’ll need to complete this recipe.

Applesauce Spice Cake

You can make the whole cake into grapenuts, or you can eat a couple pieces fresh or freeze a couple of pieces for later. It’s very good crumbled fresh in a bowl and eaten with almond milk for cake and milk. I actually didn’t bake the grapenuts till the cake was a couple days old. And then it was about 1/2 gone. I think it would crumble best when it is fresh.

Here is the recipe. It would be an E if following THM. About 1/2 – 3/4 cup is probably a good serving size.

Grape nuts
1 applesauce spice cake, or part of one.

Directions:
Crumble with your hands. Spread on cookie sheet(s). Bake at 170 degrees (the lowest setting on my oven) till completely dry. I left them in overnight and it was perfect. Let cool completely. Put into containers or bags.

Technically, this should keep at room temperature if it is totally dried. But, because of the eggs and cottage cheese, I chose to store it in the freezer. That should also keep most of my kids out of it!

Here it is, ready to freeze.

Low Carb Granola

A pretty easy to make low carb granola. This is an S if following THM.

Low Carb Granola

Dry ingredients:
1/2 cup oat fiber
1/2 cup coconut flour
1/2 cup unsweetened whey isolate powder
1/2 cup almond meal
1 cup coconut shreds
1 cup sliced almonds
1/4 cup golden flax meal
1/4 cup seseme seeds
1/4 cup collagen peptides

Wet ingredients 1:
1/2 cup water
2 Tbs. beef gelatin

Wet ingredients 2:
1/2 cup melted butter
2 Tbs. vanilla
1/2 tsp. THM stevia extract

Directions:
Mix the dry ingredients together. Boil the water and add the gelatin. Pour over the dry ingredients and mix well. Combine the melted butter, vanilla and stevia extract. Add this to the other ingredients and mix well. Should be in clumps and crumbs.

Spread out on a large cookie sheet. Bake at 275 degrees for at least 30 minutes, turn and continue baking on the other side till dry and lightly golden.

Cool thoroughly.

After it has totally cooled you may add 1/2-1 cup freeze dried berries, and lightly mix. Store in ziplock bags in the freezer.

I added raspberries to the granola pictured!

I also have added 1 Tbs. of cinnamon before baking, and added freeze dried blueberries after baking for a blueberry cinnamon granola.

Corn Tortillas

Low carb option for a corn tortilla! This is a variation of my first wrap recipe:

Wraps

It uses a little masa harina flour, but just a little for flavor. The recipe makes 4 corn tortillas. Which I figured is one serving. If you are following Trim healthy mama, I would use these in an S.

I’m hoping my friend Susanna and I can get together and make her yummy authentic enchiladas, so we can share that recipe with you next! Susanna was born and raised in Mexico! And her food is yummy!

Here is the plate she served me at her house a week or so ago.

She used regular corn tortillas, but I’m hoping we can sub mine! 😉

Corn Tortillas

Ingredients:
Dry:
3 Tablespoons oat fiber
3 Tablespoons coconut flour
1 Tablespoon Masa Harina (I used Bob’s Red Mill)
1 teaspoon glucomannan
1/2 teaspoon psyllium husks
1/4 teaspoon salt

Wet Ingredients:
1/2 cup water
1 teaspoon rice vinegar

Instructions:
Mix the dry ingredients together. Mix the wet ingredients together and then add them to the dry ingredients. With your hands make a ball of dough and slightly flatten it into a round. Divide it into 4 pieces. Pat each into a round and then press each piece on a tortilla press between a plastic liner. Carefully pull back the top layer. Lay it on your hand and pull off the other layer. Transfer to a skillet heated on about the lowest temperature on the stove. Cook for about 1-2 minutes on each side. I used a cast iron griddle, but a non stick skillet would probably work, too.

What can you make with these and how would you use them?

Chicken Avocado Salad

I love how these ingredients meld for a light and lovely taste. My favorite way to serve this is wrapped in sushi nori sheets(seaweed). But, they would also be good served in my wrap recipe, or Wonder Wraps.

Here are my wraps:

Wraps

This is best served immediately, but I often have eaten the other half the next day. It does become watery/ juicy, though, the next day.

Serves 2

This would be a THM S.

Chicken Avocado Salad
1 avocado, diced
Lemon juice, up to 1/2 squeezed onto avocado
2 mini orange peppers, sliced
2 Roma tomatoes, chopped
1-12.5 can chicken breast, drained
1 handful of pine nuts
2 Tablespoons minced onion
Keifer, just a drizzle
2 Tablespoons olive oil
Handful of fresh basil, minced
Salt, to taste
Black pepper, to taste

Instructions:
Dice the avocado and toss in the lemon juice. Prepare the other ingredients as specified. Combine all ingredients and stir gently. Serve in your favorite low carb wrap. (I love the sushi nori seaweed sheets for this).

I made this recipe times 5 for my family of 13 at lunch. It was the perfect amount. We served it in the seaweed wraps. I believe my kids weren’t too sure what to think of those. I guess some things are an aquired taste. 😊

Broccoli Noodle Soup

A good, warm soup for lunch, or even supper. Originally, I tried to make this just a small individual ‘diet’ soup for a quick supper for myself, while my kids had more ‘regular’ food. They were unhappy about this arrangement, thinking my soup, and my ‘diet’ noodles better than theirs. Konjac noodles can be very different at first. Rather chewy. I was not impressed the first time I tried them. But now, I love them. And so do my kids, I guess. What’s to complain about them liking my food, and liking healthy food. ❤️ Although they don’t need 0 calorie noodles, and eat whole grain rice noodles more often, this soup is a perfect one to be able to share a few of them with the kids.

If you are following THM this would be an S.

If you are really in a hurry you can substitute canned chicken for the chicken breasts.

You can also leave out the noodles. Thicken the soup with glucomannan, and serve it over the noodles.

Konjac noodles, or shiritake noodles can be found in the produce department at some Wal-Marts, from health food stores, or on line. I try to get the ones without soy or other ingredients. If you’d like to order them from me, I’ll show you which ones I sell and used in this soup. Make sure to take advantage of my flat rate shipping and stock up on some other items at the same time! 😉

Miracle Noodle Angel Hair

Broccoli Noodle Soup
2 bags angel hair konjac noodles
2 small or 1 large onions
1/4 cup coconut oil
2 14.5 ounce cans chicken broth
2 quarts water
2 large chicken breasts
1/2-2 teaspoons red pepper flakes (how hot do you like things?)
2 Tablespoons mineral salt
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
2 13.5 ounce cans coconut milk
2 pounds frozen broccoli

Instructions:
Drain and rinse the konjac noodles. They will smell funny. Fishy, maybe. Cover them with water in a small pot and boil them for awhile. Maybe 10 minutes to 1/2 hour.

While they are boiling, cut the onion and sauté it in the coconut oil.

Add the chicken broth, water, chicken and spices. Drain the noodles and add them, too.

At least bring it to a boil if you are in a hurry, and make sure the chicken is done. But it is better to cook it longer. Up to an hour on low is good. This allows the konjac noodles to absorb the flavors and to be more tender. When the chicken is done, remove it and let it cool for a few minutes before dicing it and adding it back to the soup.

Just before serving add the coconut milk and broccoli. Continue simmering just till the broccoli is done and while it is still bright green.

Peppermint Tea

My husband’s all time favorite drink! (Yes, I think he even likes this better than Dr. Pepper! 😳) Peppermint tea is easy to make, but it goes way too fast! I make two gallons at a time, as that is about what it takes for a drink, for one meal, for my family. The recipe here is for 1 gallon.

Here is the tea I use. You can get this from many grocery or health food stores. Or if you’d like to support my small business, you can order it from me. 😉 Make sure to take advantage of my flat rate shipping and stock up on some other things while you are at it! Like the stevia for sweetening this!

Peppermint tea, 40 bag, Celestial Seasonings

Peppermint tea
About 2 cups of water
7 tea bags
3/4 teaspoon THM stevia extract
More water to equal a gallon

Instructions:
Bring a couple quarts of water to a boil. Add the tea bags. Turn off the heat and cover. Let set for at least 1/2 hour. Remove and squeeze out the tea bags. Be careful not to break them! I do this by putting them into a cup and pressing them with a spoon. Pour the tea into a gallon size jar or pitcher. Add the stevia, then add water to fill the gallon. Chill.

We like to serve this over ice. image

I used to make this with 1 cup of loose, dried peppermint leaves. I find that these tea bags seem to be stronger, though.

I also used to, and sometimes still do, sweeten this with honey for my husband and kids. It takes a cup for a gallon.

Creamy Spinach Soup

With Indian Spices, this quick, fragrant, warm and creamy soup makes a great lunch with a side of bread and butter. (Low carb bread for those of us following Trim Healthy Mama). It is a thin, almost drinkable soup, but it is delicious!

Of course, this is a large recipe. You may cut it in half or further.

If you are following THM this would be an S.

Creamy Spinach Soup

1/2 cup coconut oil
2 onions, chopped
2 teaspoons minced garlic
Seeds from 8 green cardamom pods, optional
4-14.5 ounce cans chicken broth
12 cups fresh spinach
1 teaspoon cumin
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
1/8-1/4 teaspoon cayenne or red pepper
2 teaspoons salt
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
1 13.5 ounce can coconut milk
1 teaspoon glucomannan

Instructions:
Sauté the onions, garlic and cardamom seeds in the coconut oil. Add the chicken broth, spinach and spices. Bring to a boil and let simmer a bit till the spinach is cooked and wilted. Transfer to a blender (I used a vitamix) by batches and blend till smooth and creamy. Add the can of coconut milk and glucomannan to a partial batch and blend. Return all to the pot and bring back to a boil.

If you are not dairy free, you could always add some cream in place of the coconut milk. Maybe a cup?