Vinegar Tea

Fruity, light and refreshing, with just a tang; don’t let the name of this fool you! You won’t be thinking vinegar, as this goes down real nice!

You can make it by the quart, by the gallon, or like I most often do; by the five gallon thermos. That way there is enough for my kids and husband to guzzle, too!!

You could probably use any type of herbal tea that you like. I used the Celestial Seasonings cranberry apple zinger. I’ve also used raspberry zinger before. These have hibiscus in them which I think really think adds to the flavor!!

These are the basic ingredients:

Vinegar Tea – (1 quart)

Clean quart jar
Boiling water
2 tea bags
1 Tablespoon apple cider vinegar
1/4 teaspoon THM stevia extract
Cold water and ice

Instructions:
Place 2 tea bags in the clean quart jar. Pour about a cup of boiling water into the jar. Cover and let this set for about an hour. Remove the tea bags and squeeze them out, then throw them away. Add the apple cider vinegar and the stevia extract to the tea. Fill the jar with cold water. Serve over ice.

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Vinegar Tea – (1 gallon)

Clean gallon jar
Boiling water
7 tea bags
1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
1 teaspoon THM stevia extract
Cold water and ice

Instructions:
(Follow instructions above for quart size.)

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Vinegar Tea – (5 gallon thermos)

2 gallons boiling water
20 tea bags (1 box)
3/4 cup apple cider vinegar
1 Tablespoon stevia extract
Block(s) of ice, ice cubes,
Cold water

Instructions:
Add the tea bags to the pot of boiling water. Turn it off. Cover the pot and let it set for a couple of hours or overnight. Pull the tea bags out of the pot of tea and squeeze them out well. Discard the tea bags. Add the vinegar and stevia extract to the tea. If you are using store bought ice, a block of ice and a bag of ice cubes are perfect. (Or make your own ice blocks by freezing water in plastic containers). Start by putting the block of ice in the bottom of the thermos. Pour the tea over the block of ice, then add the bag of ice cubes and finish filling with cold water.

I’d be pleased if you’d consider purchasing the stevia extract from my store. This is the one I used in this recipe:

THM stevia extract, 4 ounce

Cinnamon Crunch Buns

I’m pleased to offer you this recipe for cinnamon buns. These have a nice moist crumb with a crunchy cinnamon topping!

These were requested by a customer of mine. I wasn’t sure if I could fulfill her request… tweaking my original cinnamon bun recipe so much! But, after 5 tries, this may be a new favorite! I baked another batch this morning. After eating one and sharing one with a daughter, I wrapped and put the others in the freezer. They will
make quick snacks or an easy breakfast along with a cup of tea.

If you are following THM, this is a FP!! That is, if you stick to 1 or 2 to a serving. 😌 There are two whole eggs, which are usually kept for S… but it equals to 1/4 egg per bun. There is no other fat added besides the egg.

Makes 8.

Cinnamon Crunch Buns

Before starting, trace the bottoms of 8 ramekins onto parchment paper, then cut the rounds of parchment out. Very lightly grease the sides only of the ramekins. I used coconut oil. Place the parchment rounds inside on the bottoms of the ramekins.

Wet Ingredients:
2 eggs
1/2 cup lowfat cottage cheese
1/2 cup pumpkin purée
1 cup grated or riced cauliflower
1/3 cup erythritol
1 1/2 teaspoons monk fruit extract
2 Tablespoons vanilla extract
1 Tablespoon cinnamon

Dry Ingredients:
3 Tablespoons oat fiber
3 Tablespoons coconut flour
6 Tablespoons Garden of Life raw protein powder
3 Tablespoons collagen
2 Tablespoons golden flax meal
1 teaspoon glucomannan
1 Tablespoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt

Sprinkle:
2 Tablespoons erythritol
1 Tablespoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon monk fruit extract

Directions:
Place all wet ingredients in the blender. Blend well. Combine all the dry ingredients in a bowl and whisk. Mix together the sprinkle in a separate bowl and set aside. Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and whisk till combined. Spoon a little into each of the 8 ramekins. Sprinkle on part of the cinnamon sprinkle generously. Spoon the remaining batter into the ramekins and sprinkle the rest of the sprinkle over. It may seem like a lot. That’s ok.

Place in the oven on the middle rack. Bake at 325 degrees for 35 minutes or until just set in the middle.

Now, to make the crunch! Turn the broiler on high and set the timer for 2 minutes. Don’t leave and forget them! Set them out to cool. When they are cooled enough you can handle them, loosen the edges with a butter knife. Carefully turn them out into your hand or a potholder then set them right side up to cool.

If you wish to freeze these, you can wrap them in Saran Wrap, then put them into a container or ziploc bag. I like to do this when they are almost cool!

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I’m so excited to introduce 30 new products to my store.

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But, not just any seeds! These are heirloom! Since they are not hybrids you can save the seed yourself for replanting next year.

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These seeds are free of GMO, patents and corporate control.

I have put together 30 packets of a variety of basic garden seeds.

(Images used courtesy of Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds/ RareSeeds.com) You’ll get corn and green beans.

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30 Packet Seed Kit

Let me leave you with this quote: Finally, there seem to be but three ways for a nation to acquire wealth. The first is by war as the Romans did in plundering their conquered neighbors. This is Robbery. The second is by commerce which is generally cheating. The third by agriculture.. the only honest way; wherein man receives a real increase of the seed thrown into the ground, in a kind of continual miracle wrought by the hand of God in his favor, as a reward for his innocent life and work of industry. Benjamin Franklin

Whey Oat Waffles

Whey Oat Waffles. So now that I’ve got my soured whey and oat starter… it’s time to make it into waffles! Because, of course, I have to try out my ‘thrift store new’ waffle iron! I’ll link the recipe for the starter at the end of the recipe, before the picture instructions, in case you haven’t seen that.

If you are following THM this is an E with appropriate toppings. 1 waffle is a serving size.

Whey Oat Waffles
1/2 cup garbanzo flour
1/2 cup quinoa flour
1/2 cup coconut flour
2 Tablespoons baking powder
1 Tablespoon Pyure or Monk Sweet or Super Sweet
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup water
2 Tablespoons oil
4 cups Whey Oat Starter
1 1/2 cups egg whites
1/2 teaspoon xanthan gum

Instructions:
In a bowl combine the garbanzo, quinoa and coconut flours, the baking powder, sweetener and salt. Mix. Add the water and oil. Mix until combined. Add the Whey Oat Starter. Stir until mixed well. Lightly beat the egg whites and xanthan gum till white and frothy. I just put them in my blender for about a minute. Add to mix. Mix just till combined. Lightly spray a heated waffle iron with coconut oil. Pour about 3/4 cup batter in the waffle iron. Cook. Mine has to be flipped and cooks till the light shuts off. Approximately 4 minutes. When it is done, gently open the iron. You may need to gently wiggle the handle up and down till one side of the waffle releases from the iron. When it is open, carefully loosen the corners or edges and lift the waffle off. I like to eat mine topped with yogurt for more protein. The kids often have theirs with butter and maple syrup or honey.

Here is the recipe for the starter:

Whey Oat Starter

I’ll give you the directions again with pictures, so you can better ‘see’ the process. Directions are UNDER each picture. 🙂

In a bowl combine the garbanzo, quinoa and coconut flours, the baking powder, sweetener and salt. Mix.

Add the water and oil. Mix until combined.

Add the Whey Oat Starter. Stir until mixed well.

Lightly beat the egg whites and xanthan gum till white and frothy. I just put them in my blender for about a minute. Add to mix.

Mix just till combined.

Lightly spray a heated waffle iron with coconut oil. Pour about 3/4 cup batter in the waffle iron. Cook. Mine has to be flipped and cooks till the light shuts off. Approximately 4 minutes.

When it is done, gently open the iron. You may need to gently wiggle the handle up and down till one side of the waffle releases from the iron. When it is open, carefully loosen the corners or edges and lift the waffle off.

I like to eat mine topped with yogurt for more protein. The kids often have theirs with butter and maple syrup or honey.

Enjoy!!

Whey Oat Starter

This recipe uses up the leftover Whey from my cottage cheese recipe!

Cottage Cheese

Very simple… and just the base for another recipe. I will update and post the waffle recipe or any following ones using this starter at the end of this recipe. 🙂

Whey Oat Starter
4 cups whey
3 cups whole oat groats

Instructions:
Blend in a high powered blender for a couple of minutes till very smooth. Pour into a container and let set at least overnight.

I started this with about 6 batches for my large family. I leave this in the refrigerator. When I use from the starter, I make more batches of the starter and replace it.

After the starter has sat it begins to ferment and seems to work even better.

Cottage Cheese

Cottage Cheese

I’ve wanted to try to make cottage cheese for some time.

Growing up, my family would visit the Amish. They had a real easy way of making cottage cheese. Which they loved… but, made me want to puke. I remember seeing the jar of milk, which they simply left to set on the cupboard till it curdled. This was then strained and called cheese. 🤢 Perhaps this is ‘real’ cottage cheese… and I need a stronger stomach, but, I am glad that a cultured cottage cheese, without a strong taste (or smell!) is also VERY easy to make.

I learned how to make this from another Amish lady, several years ago. I don’t know why I haven’t tried it before, myself. It has a very pleasant taste. Really much like store bought cottage cheese. My children were pleased! And so was I.

Cottage Cheese
Heavy bottomed stainless steel pan
1-1/2 gallons skim milk (cream removed and reserved) or fat free milk
1-1/2 cups buttermilk (I used 1%), or saved culture
Salt, to taste
Cream, reserved or 1/2-2/3 cup (optional)

Instructions:
Bring milk to about the temperature of baby bath water. (I actually started with cool milk…and didn’t warm it! 🙄) Stir in the buttermilk or culture. (I’ll tell you more about saving a culture, later.) Let set in a warm place, covered till it is set. This should take about 8-12 hours, I think. When I left it on my slightly warm cooktop in the evening, it was set by morning. When I left it to set in my cool kitchen, it still wasn’t set by the end of the day. Back on the warm cooktop, and the next morning it was set.

Cut the curd:
With a knife, score the set milk into about half inch squares. Cut straight down all the way through. Then turn your knife and cut again starting at the top and cutting toward the sides at an angle, towards the left all the way across, and then score again at an angle to the right. You should have rough cut squares or pieces.

Cooking:
Begin to warm the curd on medium low heat. Do not scorch. 😉 Give it a gentle turn with a spoon here and there. The curds will begin to separate from the whey. Let it continue to cook on low heat till the curds have mostly shrunk into about 1/4″ pieces, and the curds and whey are hot. Let cool.

Strain:
Strain the curds from the whey. You can save the whey for other uses. Rinse the curds gently, but well, in cool water. Drain.

Finish:
Salt the curds. Surprisingly, the flavor of the cottage cheese is mild, but it really needs enough salt to bring the flavor out.

If you want a fat free cottage cheese, just add salt, no cream. This will be more of a dry curd cheese. There may be something else you can add for moisture/flavor, but I haven’t tried any fat free options for this, yet. I plan to use the fat free cheese in baking.

For a more regular cottage cheese, salt the rinsed curds and add cream. I added about 1/2 to 2/3 cup of cream to a batch. I started with fat free milk.

The Amish woman who told me how to make this removed and saved the cream from her milk before culturing it. Then after the cottage cheese was made, she had that cream to add back.

Below, I have three batches setting.

Another lady told me that keifer will work as a starter. I haven’t tried that yet, but that sounds neat.

My Amish friend would save some of the whey from each previous batch to use as a starter in her following batch.

I hope you try this. It really is much easier than it sounds!!

Fried Chicken Breasts

These breaded and fried chicken breasts are delicious and great for a quick sandwich. I freeze them in sandwich size ziplock bags ready to thaw for a quick sandwich.

I make this recipe using half of a 10 pound bag of Costco’s frozen chicken breasts. I like to season and bake the other half to cut up and freeze in individual salad size portions. I’ll try to post the recipe for that, soon.

If you are following Trim Healthy Mama these would be an S.

Fried Chicken Breasts

Ingredients:
5 pounds of thawed chicken breasts
3/4 cup oat fiber
1 Tablespoon glucomannan
1 Tablespoon salt
1 Tablespoon smoked paprika
1 Tablespoon granulated garlic
1 teaspoon black pepper
Coconut oil for frying

Instructions: Slice chicken breasts in half, lengthwise, through the middle.

Pound the chicken pieces horizontally and vertically on both sides with a knife.

Add about 1/8 to 1/4 ” oil to your skillet and start heating it. Don’t forget it and burn down the kitchen! (I did this once. 😳)

Mix oat fiber, glucomannan and all of the spices together. Coat each piece of chicken in the flour mix.

Check to see if your oil is hot enough. A drop of water flicked into it should spit and sizzle!

Fry the chicken breast pieces on one side till nicely golden browned. Then turn and fry on the other side till also brown and thoroughly done inside. Add oil when and if needed.

That’s it!

These are great used on chicken sandwiches.

Here are some ready for the freezer.

Summer Squash Casserole

Similar to my eggplant lasagna, but a bit easier, yet! I made this and took it to a potluck. I made double the size of this recipe, and used my huge stainless steel pan passed down to me by my mother in law. And the dish was nearly cleaned out. 😊

If you are following Trim Healthy Mama, this is an S. If you’d like to lighten it up, you can replace some of the sour cream and cream cheese with with silken tofu or low fat cottage cheese.

Summer Squash Casserole

Ingredients:

Summer squash, sliced into 3/16″ rounds. 1 huge one… or several small should work, too.

Meat mixture:
2 1/2 to 3 pounds of hamburger
1 onion, chopped
1 cup green peppers, chopped
1 Tablespoon Pyure
1/2 Tablespoon minced garlic
1 Tablespoon salt
1 Tablespoon Italian seasoning
1 teaspoon black pepper
9 Ounces tomato paste

White Sauce:
1 1/2 cups sour cream
12 ounces cream cheese
1/2 cup egg whites

1 pound grated mozzarella

1 cup grated cheddar

Instructions:

Meat Mixture:
Brown meat. Add onions and peppers and continue cooking until they are soft. Add the spices and tomato paste and mix well.

White sauce:
Put sour cream, cream cheese and egg whites in the blender and blend.

Grate cheeses. Slice squash

Layering:
Lightly grease a deep 9×13 casserole dish. Place a layer of summer squash slices in the bottom. Layer half of the meat mixture on next. Reserve about 1 cup of the white sauce. Then pour about 1/2 of the remaining white sauce over the meat mixture in the casserole dish. Sprinkle on 1/2 of the white cheese. Repeat with another layer of squash, the rest of the meat, the other 1/2 of the white sauce and the rest of the white cheese. End with a third and final layer of squash slices,the reserved 1 cup of white sauce and the one cup of cheddar cheese.

Cover and bake at 325 degrees for about an hour, or until white sauce is totally set and squash is very tender. Uncover and bake about 15 more minutes till the top is lightly browned.

Spaghetti

I think this is the best spaghetti ever, even though it does use low carb konjac noodles!

Miracle Noodle Angel Hair

Above is the one I used, and sell.

Here is the recipe! It would be an S if following Trim Healthy Mama!

Spaghetti
1 – 7 ounce bag konjac noodles, angel hair
1 Tablespoon coconut or olive oil
1/4 cup diced onion
1/4 cup diced green pepper
1 teaspoon minced garlic
1/4 cup browned hamburger (I take from the family sauce I am making).
1 – 14.5 ounce can diced tomatoes
1 1/2 teaspoon erythritol
1 teaspoon dried basil
1 teaspoon dried oregano
1/2 teaspoon mineral salt
1/8 teaspoon black pepper

Toppings
Grated cheddar cheese
1 small zucchini chopped and sautéed
1 small tomato
Salt
Black pepper

Instructions:
Rinse konjac noodles. Sauté noodles, pepper, onion and garlic in the olive oil until the vegetables are soft. Blend the can of tomatoes.Add the blended tomatoes and all the other ingredients besides the toppings to the noodles and vegetables. Simmer on a medium low heat for at least 1/2 hour, or till the juice from the tomatoes has cooked in and the noodles and sauce are not soupy. Meanwhile, sauté the zucchini, chop the tomato and grate some cheese.

To serve, place the spaghetti on your plate. Sprinkle with grated cheddar cheese. Top with first the sautéed zucchini, then the chopped tomato. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Enjoy!

Red Curry

Red Curry

A very easy and simple, but extra delicious crockpot meal.

This was created by accident some months back. And I could not believe how delicious it was. I have repeated it quite a bit!

The aroma from this cooking in the crockpot is almost the best part! I have had visitors ask about what is cooking!

I buy a 10 pound bag of boneless, skinless chicken thighs from Costco. I use about 1/3 of the bag in this recipe – which ended up being about 8 chicken thighs, for me.

Here is the vegetable stir fry blend, also from Costco, that I use. If this is not available, you can sub a similar blend from what your store has available.

If you follow Trim Healthy Mama, you could enjoy this as a soup, or over mashed cauliflower for an S meal. I give my kids rice… but in this instance, they are missing out on the cauliflower! It seems to be the perfect compliment for this dish.

Red Curry
8 small boneless, skinless chicken thighs (or about 3 – 3 1/2 pounds).
1 large onion, chopped
3 – 13.5 oz cans full fat coconut milk
2 – 14.5 ounce cans chicken broth
2 cans tomato paste
6 cloves garlic, thinly sliced
2 Tablespoons salt
2 Tablespoons cumin
1/4 teaspoon red pepper
1/2 bag frozen stir fry vegetables

Instructions: Assemble all of the ingredients in your crockpot, except for the frozen stir fry vegetables. Let cook in the crockpot all day. About 1-2 hours before serving, break the chicken up with a fork and add the frozen vegetables. Continue cooking till the vegetables are just done and hot all the way through.

I will repeat that this is absolutely wonderful over mashed cauliflower! I’ll post my variation of that soon!

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