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Choc Peppermint Fat Bombs ~ lifeofjoy.me

Chocolate Peppermint Fat Bombs

These chocolate peppermint candies fat bombs are great at curbing hunger without increasing carbs.

Today’s recipe is super simple. It may look like a lot of ingredients but it really isn’t.

Choc Pep Fat Bombs ~ Lifeofjoy.meNo, don’t go away! Three of those bottles is just because I have them; they are totally unnecessary! :D

My coconut oil is refined because we do not care for the unrefined coconutty taste and it sits on my counter and it has been warm, so it is pretty soft. The butter on the other hand is fresh out of the refrigerator, so I grated it to make it easier to combine.

Coconut Oil and Shredded Butter ~ Lifeofjoy.meThe next ingredient is the only one that is really unusual . . . coconut butter or also called coconut manna. It is simply processed coconut. Literally, I put unsweetened coconut into my food processor and processed until it was kind of smooth. (It can be processed until completely smooth if you have the patience or inclination to do so.)

Coconut Manna ~ Lifeofjoy.meNext add cocoa powder, three drops of peppermint spirits, a tiny bit of cinnamon, and a tiny bit of instant coffee–Michael says this one I bought is gross when drunk, so I’ll be able to make oodles of these fat bombs before I run out of it.

For sweetener, add powdered sweetener of your choice. I use Sukrin Melis/Icing or powdered Swerve. You could also take your favorite granulated sweetener and blend it in a coffee grinder to powder it. You could also just use your favorite liquid sweetener. I used 4 heaping teaspoons of melis, about 8 drops of chocolate liquid stevia, about 8 drops of vanilla cream liquid stevia, and about 4 drops of liquid stevia concentrate. :/ We like it a little bit sweet. ;) (I only use all those liquid stevias because I’ve had them in my refrigerator forever and I might as well use them up. ;) )

I added the rest of the ingredients and then thought I had done something wrong and forgot to take a picture before blending, so there is no picture here. :(

But this is what it looks like once it is all whipped together.

Chocolate Peppermint Fat Bomb batter ~ Lifeofjoy.meFat Bomb ~ Lifeofjoy.meAt this point you could put it all into a glass dish and pop it into the refrigerator until it sets or in the freezer if you are impatient. ;) But I prefer to put it in these little ice cube trays I found at dollar tree. I think they are a great size.

Choc Peppermint Fat Bombs ~ lifeofjoy.me

I have ordered some really cute smiley face candy molds. I’m eager for them to arrive but alas, I must have patience for my $2 purchase will take several weeks to get here.

Oh! I just scooped the fluff out onto the tray and spread it across with a spatula and continued doing so until all the holes were filled. Then I used the spatula to level it all off and clean it up a bit. You can see on the second tray where it isn’t as level because it was the last bits.Choc Peppermint Fat Bombs ~ lifeofjoy.me

You can also melt the butter and the oil together and use a hand blender to emulsify it all together, then just pour it into the cups or dish. I think it sets up a bit harder if it is melted first, but I’ll have to wait until later to decide for sure.

Now, I can almost hear some of you asking why on earth you’d want to eat a fat bomb. Well, when you are on a ketogenic diet, the object is to get your body to burn fat for fuel instead of glucose. If you a lot of carbs or a lot of protein, your body will produce glucose and will burn that first, because it is easier to burn. So if you are hungry but have already eaten as much protein and carbs as you should, then fat bombs are to the rescue. It also helps that they are a sweet treat as well. If you are cold, you probably need to stoke that fat furnace as well, to get it going. As far as sugar free sweet treats go, these are the bomb. ;)

Chocolate Peppermint Fat Bombs

Ingredients

  • 4 ounces coconut oil (softened or melted)
  • 4 ounces butter (I use salted. If you use unsalted, add 1/4 teaspoon salt) (softened or melted)
  • 2 tablespoons coconut butter/manna
  • 3 drops peppermint spirits
  • 4 heaping teaspoons Sukrin Melis/Icing (or your preferred powdered sugar free sweetener)
  • 1/4 teaspoon instant coffee granuals
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • liquid sweetener, as needed

Instructions

  1. Place all ingredients in mixing bowl combine thoroughly with either a hand blender or a mixer.
  2. Fill candy molds, mini ice cube trays, or other rimmed container and chill or freeze until solid.
  3. Remove from molds and serve. (If large rimmed container was used, cut into pieces and store in plastic zipper bags until serving.)
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Until next time, God bless,

Michele ºÜº

Bacon in the Oven ~ Lifeofjoy.me

Baked Bacon

For the juiciest, most tender, delicious bacon you have to bake it! Oh! And it is super easy!

Can you tell I’m passionate and excited about this? :D

This is delicious stuff! It is super easy. I’m talking, much easier than babysitting it over a stove top and getting splattered by it.

Now, save yourself some elbow grease and line your rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper. You can use aluminum foil but I have read and heard that it is not good for you, as it can leach bad stuff into your food. I get a twenty-five foot roll at Dollar Tree for a dollar. I don’t know how good that is but it is a good way to try parchment paper to see if you like it. I have found that I love it!

Baking Bacon ~ Lifeofjoy.meThis is one package of thick cut bacon; I guess it was about one and a half pounds, I don’t remember exactly and the trash has already been taken out of the house, so that’s as close as we’re getting on the amount. ;)

As you can see, I flip and rotate the pieces so that they fit nicely onto the sheet pan. Sometimes one end is smaller than the other and so I situate them so that there’s a narrow part on the same side of the pan as a thicker piece beside it. Here you can see what I mean, although the pan is not full. (We did this one last week and had too many pieces for one pan but not enough for two full pans.)Bacon ~ Lifeofjoy.meNext you put the pans in the oven and turn it on 375ºfarenheight. I have been told that there is something really good about putting it into a cold oven but do not know the reason or paid attention to why yet.

Set a timer for ten minutes, at which point you will check the bacon and rotate the pans. You may want to flip a few pieces but I don’t usually.

Set the timer for five minutes. Check bacon for desired crispiness.

I usually bake mine for about twenty minutes total.

 Note:  If you are using thin bacon, I’d rotate the pans at about  eight minutes  and keep a close eye on it.

Yummy Breakfast ~ Lifeofjoy.me

I hope you love this bacon as much as we do. Oh, if you failed to set a timer and your bacon got extremely well done, I encourage you to taste it anyway. Bacon is not cheap, so I ate the burned bacon . . . it wasn’t all that bad . . . honestly. ;)

Until next time, God bless,

Michele ºÜº

Chicken Alfredo Pizza ~ lifeofjoy.me

Chicken Spinach Alfredo Pizza

Creamy alfredo sauce with spinach and chicken pizza! Yes, this one is good and lower carb because the cheese sauce is less carby than the tomato sauce.

So, here it is . . . finally, the full recipe. First I gave you the delicious Alfredo sauce. Then I gave you the pizza crust. Now today, we combine it and add toppings.

I think this would be really good with some sautéed onions and fresh mushrooms but I haven’t tried it that way yet because the kids don’t care for onions and mushrooms. But that’s okay. :) It is still good!!! (Please note that if you decide to add onions and mushrooms that you should sauté them before putting them on the pizza, as it is only in the oven long enough to melt the cheese on top and heat up the toppings.)

So you have your crust and your sauce made. We put all but about a quarter cup of the batch of sauce on the crust but you use however much you like. Then add some cooked chicken. I had some pieces left over from a rotisserie chicken that I’ve used before. I have also just used about a half a pound chicken breast cooked and diced.

Chicken Alfredo Pizza ~ lifeofjoy.meThen we added about a cup or so of thinly sliced spinach. It’s nice not to bit into a big leaf and struggle not to pull it away with most of the cheese from your slice. ;)

Chicken Alfredo Pizza ~ lifeofjoy.meThen we used about 1-2 cups of shredded cheddar cheese. We’ve tried it with white cheddar and we didn’t care for it nearly as much as with regular cheddar.

Chicken Alfredo Pizza ~ lifeofjoy.mePut it back in the 350º oven for 5-10 minutes, just until the cheese is melted and bubbly.

Chicken Alfredo Pizza ~ lifeofjoy.meCut and enjoy!

Alfredo Pizza ~ Lifeofjoy.me

Chicken Alfredo Pizza ~ Lifeofjoy.me

Until next time, God bless,

Michele ºÜº

Fathead Pizza ~ Lifeofjoy.me

Low Carb Pizza Crust!

Hallelujah!!! Real hold-in-your-hand pizza! This is a great alternative for that carb-laden delight of the past.

Fathead pizza is all over the internet. I’m so glad I came late to the keto diet because people have figured out things like pizza crust, bagels, donuts, and muffins, not to mention cakes and cookies. Pizza is one of my favorite meals. My mother taught me to make pizza the way her mother taught her. It has been a staple in our family for a VERY long time.

I, like many others, have tried all kinds of pizza crusts: cauliflower, chicken, corn thins (during the Let’s Do Lunch diet), tapioca (good for paleo diets), and even egg based crusts. This one is a winner though. The others were an okay substitute for a while but eventually I would really crave that regular bread dough crust.

I had stayed away from this one while on other diets and even in the beginning of this way of eating because of the large amounts of cheese in the crust. You see, I didn’t know how it would work to have so much cheese IN the crust and then ON the crust too but I finally gave it a try and I love it!

Another reason I avoided this one was because every recipe I’d seen melted the cheese with the cream cheese in the microwave and I don’t like to use the microwave. Actually, for a long time I had my microwave put away. Then I learned that it works just as well on the stovetop.

Here’s how easy it is to make . . .

Put 1½ cups shredded mozzarella (I use part-skim because I was told it works better than full fat for this recipe) and 2 tablespoons of cream cheese in a heavy saucepan over medium heat. As it begins to melt combine the two and stir occasionally, until it is all melted.

Fathead Pizza ~ Lifeofjoy.me

Fathead Pizza ~ Lifeofjoy.me

Then add 1/3 cup of almond flour, 1/3 cup oat fiber 500, 1 teaspoon garlic salt, and a teaspoon dried oregano.

Fathead Pizza ~ Lifeofjoy.meGarlic Salt and Oregano ~ Lifeofjoy.me

When partially combined and cool enough that it won’t cook the egg on contact, add the egg.

Fathead Pizza ~ Lifeofjoy.me

Combine thoroughly.

Fathead Pizza ~ Lifeofjoy.me

Spread out thinly on parchment paper on a pizza pan or cookie sheet.

Fathead Pizza ~ Lifeofjoy.me

Bake at 350º for 10-12 minutes, lightly browned.

Fathead Pizza ~ Lifeofjoy.me

Low Carb Pizza Crust!

Ingredients

  • 1½ cups shredded mozzarella (6 ounces)
  • 2 tablespoons cream cheese (1 ounce)
  • 1/3 cup almond flour
  • 1/3 cup oat fiber 500 (brand does make a difference)
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon garlic salt
  • 1 teaspoon oregano

Instructions

  1. Melt mozzarella and cream cheese over medium heat in a heavy saucepan.
  2. Thoroughly combine the two cheeses.
  3. When melted, add almond flour, oat fiber, and seasonings.
  4. Add egg and combine thoroughly.
  5. Flatten out onto parchment paper on a pizza pan or baking sheet.
  6. Bake at 350º for 10-12 minutes, until lightly browned.
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Sausage egg and cheese biscuit ~ Lifeofjoy.me

Sausage, Egg, and Cheese Biscuit

This is so simple, it is hardly a recipe but maybe a menu idea instead. The delicious combination of sausage, egg, and cheese on a light biscuit.

I have recently been making this wonderful breakfast sandwich using Belle’s Biscuits, which a recipe in Kristie Sullivan’s new Keto Cookbook and on her youtube channel here. It is an easy mixer recipe, that whips up rather quickly. I have also made this with Mug Bread, which I shared here.

So here is how to do this simple breakfast. Start with a biscuit or mug bread, sausage, an egg, and some cheese; I used some mild cheddar.

Sausage, Egg, cheese, biscuit ~ lifeofjoy.meCut the biscuit in half and toast it or just heat it up.

Cut Biscuit ~ Lifeofjoy.meForm a patty out of some bulk sausage and cook. Cook an egg. Tiffany doesn’t like egg whites, so we scramble up her egg for this sandwich.

Sausage and Egg ~ Lifeofjoy.meI like to add butter or mayo to my biscuit/sandwich.

Butter the Biscuit ~ Lifeofjoy.meFlip the sausage and egg and cook to desired doneness.

Sausage egg and cheese biscuit ~ Lifeofjoy.mePlace the egg on the bottom half of the biscuit. (I overcooked my egg today but it was still delicious.)

Sausage egg and cheese biscuit ~ Lifeofjoy.meNext comes the sausage.

Sausage egg and cheese biscuit ~ Lifeofjoy.meAnd now add some cheese.

Sausage egg and cheese biscuit ~ Lifeofjoy.meAnd then put the top half of the biscuit or bread on top.

Sausage egg and cheese biscuit ~ Lifeofjoy.meIt really doesn’t matter that there is some overhang of delicious food. I just eat those bites first or with just a little nibble of the bottom part of the ‘bread’.

Sausage egg and cheese biscuit ~ Lifeofjoy.meSausage egg and cheese biscuit ~ Lifeofjoy.meThis is definitely one of my favorite breakfasts! :)

Until next time, God bless,

Michele ºÜº

Cheesy Breadsticks ~ Lifeofjoy.me

Cheese “Bread”

Nice little cheesy breadstick kind of thing. ;)

This reminds me of the appetizer available at pizza places where they cook a pizza crust with some cheese on top and serve it with marinara. It is not as thick but it resembles it all the same.

I saw this on facebook and have no idea who created it. I took a screenshot of the nice graphic but I keep having a hard time retrieving it from my computer. I decided the best way to be able to find it was to put it on here. Plus it is good. :)

I cover a pizza pan with parchment paper.

Cheesy Breadsticks ~ Lifeofjoy.meCheesy Breadsticks ~ Lifeofjoy.meCombine 1 cup of shredded mozzarella with 1/4 cup shredded Parmesan, an egg, and a little sprinkling of garlic powder.

Cheesy Breadsticks ~ Lifeofjoy.meFlatten it out to an even layer.

Cheesy Breadsticks ~ Lifeofjoy.meBake at 350º for about 15 minutes (it really depends on how thick or thin you spread it out on your pan.

Cheesy Breadsticks ~ Lifeofjoy.meCut into strips and eat. You could have it with some marinara but that would add more carbs. I just eat it plain with whatever else I am having.

Cheesy Breadsticks ~ Lifeofjoy.me

Cheese “Bread”

Ingredients

  • 1 cup mozzarella shredded (4 ounces)
  • 1/4 cup shredded parmesan
  • 1 egg
  • garlic powder

Instructions

  1. Combine all ingredients and spread on parchment paper on a baking sheet (I used pizza pan.)
  2. Bake at 350º for 15 minutes
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Enjoy!

Until next time, God bless,

Michele ºÜº

Bacon-Wrapped Chicken ~ Lifeofjoy.me

Bacon-Wrapped Chicken

Chicken with cheese, wrapped up in bacon! Yummo!

This deliciousness is excellent for those on a keto or low-carb diet but it is not great for those on a calorie-restricted diet. I found it when I was on phase three of the hCg diet. However, when I decided I needed to watch my calories, this meal became taboo. But since being on the ketogenic diet, I have revived this awesome recipe.

I see on my print recipe copy that I got it from this website. She has lots of ideas for other ‘fillings’ in this chicken that I may yet have to try.

Here’s what I did. I started with a generous one pound chicken breast and sliced it about half both horizontally and vertically to get individual portions. Chicken and Garlic Cream ~ Lifeofjoy.meChicken and Garlic Cream ~ Lifeofjoy.meNext lay down about three slices of bacon, side-by-side in one direction and then two in the other direction.

Bacon Chicken ~ Lifeofjoy.mePlace your chicken on top of the intersection of the bacon.

Bacon Chicken ~ Lifeofjoy.meAdd some slices of cream cheese.

Bacon Chicken ~ Lifeofjoy.meThen sprinkle with garlic salt and any other seasonings of your choice.

Bacon Chicken ~ Lifeofjoy.meNow add some cheese of your choice. I used mild cheddar.Bacon Chicken ~ Lifeofjoy.meNow fold in the two slices, overlapping if possible.

Bacon Chicken ~ Lifeofjoy.meBacon Chicken ~ Lifeofjoy.meThen wrap/roll the three slices around the chicken.

Bacon Chicken ~ Lifeofjoy.mePlace seam-side down on your baking pan.

Bacon Chicken ~ Lifeofjoy.me

Bake at 400º for 45 minutes. Check it around 30 minutes and turn over to brown/crisp the bottom side.

Bacon Chicken ~ Lifeofjoy.meBacon-Wrapped Chicken ~ Lifeofjoy.meThis really is delicious! Give it a try.

Bacon-Wrapped Chicken

Ingredients

  • 1 pound boneless skinless chicken breast
  • 1 pound thin bacon, about 5 slices per serving, about 20 total
  • garlic salt
  • cream cheese
  • cheddar cheese

Instructions

  1. Cut cut your breast into 4 pieces and pound a little, between parchment paper or such to thin it evenly.
  2. Lay down three thin strips of bacon side by side and then two slices in the other direction.
  3. Lay the chicken on top.
  4. Add a little cream cheese, garlic salt, and cheddar cheese.
  5. Fold over the two strips.
  6. Then fold/roll the chicken on the three strips of bacon.
  7. Place seam side down on baking sheet.
  8. Bake 400º for 45 minutes. Flip chicken when top is crispy to crispy the bottom bacon.
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I hope you enjoy this one, if you try it.

Until next time, God bless,

Michele ºÜº

Alfredo Sauce ~ Lifeofjoy.me

Alfredo Sauce

With just three simple ingredients, this one is a breeze to make. Oh! and it is delicious! ;)

I was on a keto facebook group perusing the posts when someone mentioned this alfredo sauce. I’ve seen alfredo sauces before that use cream cheese, so I was surprised when this one did not. The person said that the recipe was from the Pioneer Woman, so I did a search for it and was pleased to find it so easily. I was also pleased to find that it was a very simple recipe.

As you can tell from the featured image, I used this sauce on a pizza crust. It was very good and my family asked if we could have it again a couple days later . . . and we did.

So here’s how you do it:

Put half a cup of heavy cream (or heavy whipping cream) in a saucepan with half a stick of butter and heat it over medium low heat until it thickens up a bit.

Butter and cream ~ Lifeofjoy.meAdd a little salt and pepper if desired. Remember that the Parmesan cheese is salty, so don’t add too much.

Stir in salt and pepper ~ Lifeofjoy.meAfter it thickens up a little, add 1 cup shredded Parmesan cheese and stir.Add Parm ~ Lifeofjoy.meUnfortunately, I forgot to take a picture of the sauce before I added it to the pizza crust, so this is the best I can do. ;)

Alfredo Sauce ~ Lifeofjoy.meWe put it on the pizza crust, added cooked chicken, turkey bacon and spinach. I’ll share that recipe another time (probably next week).

Alfredo Sauce

Ingredients

  • 1/2 stick butter (salted)
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 1 cup Parmesan cheese, grated

Instructions

  1. Combine butter and cream in a saucepan over medium-low heat.
  2. Add a little salt and pepper to taste.
  3. When it thickens a little, add the Parmesan cheese and remove from the heat.
  4. Stir until it is all melted.
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Until next time, God bless,

 Michele ºÜº

Bacon Hack ~ Lifeofjoy.me

Thick Bacon Hack

Make the less expensive thin bacon into thick bacon, with this tip.

My family has gotten spoiled with the thick cut bacon I’ve been buying at Sprouts lately. It truly is delicious. But it is a tad bit expensive. So I buy the cheaper thin bacon to add to what I buy of the thicker bacon.

However, nobody really cares for the thinner bacon. Although I do have to admit, sometimes it is so nice and thin and crispy that I call it a bacon chip. ;) But  most of the time, we don’t prefer this cut.

Well last weekend when I was baking up some of the bacon for the week, I had run out of space and still had half a package of thin cut bacon left. Then it hit me . . . I can put two pieces together and make it a thicker piece of bacon. And that is just what I did and it turned out nice.

So for today, I thought I’d show you how to do it in a skillet but the same technique applies to putting it on sheet pans and baking it.

Place two pieces on the skillet together. The big ones on the right are two pieces and the little piece on the left is just one.

Bacon Hack ~ Lifeofjoy.meThey may separate some as they cook but this is okay. :)

Bacon Hack ~ Lifeofjoy.meJust turn the two-piece piece over as one piece.

Bacon Hack ~ Lifeofjoy.meI actually prefer it baked in the oven but this was okay too. Now, I’ll admit that this is not as good as thick bacon but it makes it a bit tastier this way.

Until next time, God bless,

Michele ºÜº

Baked Pancakes

An unconventional, easy, time saving way to make pancakes.

Being on a low-carb diet, sometimes means that you need to incorporate more fiber. Sukrin has a fiber syrup that we like to use on pancakes – yes, low-carb pancakes. :) Yummo! Anyway, I decided that maybe Sean might want to have some on a daily basis but making pancakes every day is NOT going to happen.

Then I remembered reading on a fellow Oklahoman’s blog, that she made pancakes in the oven. She said it works for any batter that has two cups of flower in it. I wondered if this would work for these low-carb pancakes I’ve been making. (Well, actually, I’ve been using the recipe in her cookbook: Cooking Keto With Kristie: A Journey Worth Taking and it is slightly different than the one in her video, which is slightly different than the one she references on the video.)I decided to give it a try when I wasn’t under pressure; so I attempted it for my breakfast yesterday. It Worked! :) I use her recipe but substitute coconut flower for the pork rinds right now, since Michael cannot have them.

So, here’s how to do it.

Prepare you batter.

Baked Pancakes ~ Lifeofjoy.meGrease your sheet pan. Mine is about 15″x11″ in size. I used coconut oil.

Baked Pancakes ~ Lifeofjoy.meSpread batter into pan.

Baked Pancakes ~ Lifeofjoy.meSorry about the bad pictures today!

Put in the oven and bake on 375º for 12-15 minutes.

Baked Pancakes ~ Lifeofjoy.meI cut it into 16 pieces because this recipe is for 8 servings.

Baked Pancakes ~ Lifeofjoy.meOne serving. :)

Baked Pancakes ~ Lifeofjoy.meTiffany was in the mood for some chocolate, so she added some Lily’s chocolate chips (they’re sweetened with stevia).

You cannot see my pancake very good but it was delicious.

Baked Pancakes ~ Lifeofjoy.me

Baked Pancakes

Ingredients

  • Pancake batter that has 2 cups dry ingredients.

Instructions

  1. Prepare batter.
  2. Grease sheet pan/jelly roll pan.
  3. Pour batter into pan and spread out evenly.
  4. Bake at 375º for 12-15 minutes.
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I hope this makes your life easier. I believe it will mine.

Until next time, God bless,

Michele ºÜº