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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

Not-So-Hot Wings ~ Lifeofjoy.me

Not-So-Hot Wings

These tasty wings are good for dinner, a lunch, or a snack when watching sports or whatever you enjoy.

This is a super simple “recipe”. I saw an online video where a lady said she cooked her wings in a crock pot with butter and Franks hot sauce. So the first time I tried this, I did what she said she did but the meat was too done for my liking and there was LOTS of juice in the pot. So I dumped it all on a sheet pan and baked it on, like 450º, until they were browned up a bit and most of the liquid was evaporated. They were okay but I decided to just bake them on a low oven for a couple of hours.

Oh! I don’t like spicy things and I enjoy these!

So here’s how it’s done . . .

Cover you sheet pan with foil to save elbow grease later. Put the wings, in one layer, on the foiled pan.

Add a bit of butter to each wing piece. This probably isn’t necessary but it’s what I do. ;) Then shake some Frank’s hot sauce or your preferred variety on each wing. (Almost forgot to take pictures again. :o)

Not-So-Hot Wings ~ Lifeofjoy.meI then put them in the oven on 250º for about 2 hours or sow. They should be done and just need to be browned.

Turn the heat up to 450º or broil (I have a gas oven and hate to broil in it.) for about 20-30 minutes, until most of the liquid is gone and wings are nicely browned. See, I almost forgot pictures! Flip them if one side is getting too brown and the other isn’t crisp yet. Since I over cooked them, I had to turn each wing over to brown the other side this time.

Not-So-Hot Wings ~ Lifeofjoy.meI baked these too long! I forgot they were in the oven. :) But they were still good. I baked them for like 3 or 4 hours on 250º, which I don’t recommend.

Not-So-Hot Wings ~ Lifeofjoy.meI’ll try to remember to take more pictures next time I make these, which won’t be long from now, because Michael likes them a lot, and add some prettier pictures.

Not-So-Hot Wings

Ingredients

  • One bag of wings (ours are 3-4 pounds)
  • butter
  • Franks hot sauce (or your preferred brand - I've used Aldi's brand recently and like it)

Instructions

  1. Put a layer of foil on baking sheet.
  2. Add wings in a single layer
  3. Add a bit of butter to each wing
  4. Shake hot sauce on each wing
  5. Bake at 250º for about 2 hours or so
  6. Then at 450º for about 20-30 minutes to brown/crisp them up.
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Until next time, God bless,

Michele ºÜº

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Taco Salad ~ Lifeofjoy.me

Taco Salad

Versatile hearty salad made with meat, cheese, lettuce and whatever else you like.

It is the middle of March and ridiculously hot already here in Oklahoma. Okay, maybe it isn’t quite that hot but our air conditioner is in need of help, a.k.a. it isn’t cooling. At any rate, it is too hot to make something in the oven for dinner tonight, so I’m changing up my menu and having Taco Salad instead. It’s good to be flexible.

This salad can be fixed in a variety of ways to meet your dietary needs. I’ll be making it TWO ways today! Yep, two ways. Since Sean, Tiffany, and I are doing keto we need high fat, so I’ll be using 73% ground beef. Currently Michael cannot eat beef or he breaks out in a rash and has difficulty breathing, so I’ll fix his with ground turkey. The only other difference will be in what ‘chips’ we use. Michael will use plain tortilla chips and the rest of us will use pork rinds. :)

So, let’s get started.

Brown the ground meat.

Browning Hamburger ~ Lifeofjoy.meWhen it is about half done, I like to season it with salt and pepper.

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Now add remaining seasonings. This depends on your tastes. You can simply add a package of taco seasoning or a mix of seasonings like I do. Tiffany doesn’t like purchased taco seasoning, so I’ll use some onion powder, garlic powder, paprika, cumin, and chili powder.

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Prepare your lettuce. Wash it if it is dirty. We like green leaf lettuce; it has nutrition unlike iceberg.

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I put each ingredient in a separate bowl so that each individual can put on the toppings of their choosing. Since this meal was not on my menu when I shopped last week, I don’t have an avocado; thus, we’ll use some sour cream (which I don’t need if we have avocado).

We have tomato, refried beans (for Michael),  sour cream, and CHEESE tonight.

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Tiffany put a little carrot, green pepper, broccoli, and zucchini in the salad. Seriously, a little of each, like a tablespoon or two. Most times it is just plain lettuce. ;)At dinner, everyone will build their salad to their liking. This is mine. :) Mmmm, mmmm!

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Serve with nacho tortilla chips, plain tortilla chips, or to keep it keto use pork rinds.

Taco Salad and Pork Rinds ~ Lifejoy.me

I crushed up a few in my salad.

Taco Salad

Ingredients

  • 1-1½ pounds ground meat
  • ¼ teaspoon each cumin and garlic powder
  • heaping ¼ teaspoon chili powder
  • ½ teaspoon each paprika and onion powder
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • lettuce
  • cheese, your preferred variety
  • various veggies on hand, like tomato, onion, green pepper, zucchini, broccoli, carrot, avocado, etc.
  • sour cream, optional

Instructions

  1. Brown the ground meat.
  2. Season with the listed seasonings.
  3. Tear washed lettuce leaves into bowl and add in variety of veggies or none at all.
  4. Serve salad with meat, cheese, sour cream, and tortilla chips or pork rinds, as desired.
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Until next time, God bless,

Michele ºÜº

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Enchilada Bake

This casserole is a bit like the Enchilada Pie but low carb. It satifies that desire for Mexican food.

This is another wonderful recipe from Genaw. I usually put off making it because it is baked twice: once for the ‘crust’ and then once for the casserole cheese to melt. But when we eat it, we always remark about how good it is.

Set out 4 ounces of cream cheese to soften. Beat the softened cream cheese and eggs until smooth.

Eggs and Cream Cheese ~ Lifeofjoy.me

Add seasonings. I combine onion powder, garlic powder, paprika, cumin, chili powder, salt, and fresh ground pepper but you can use your favorite taco seasoning. Mix well.

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Add in 8 ounces of shredded cheddar cheese.

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Spread evenly into a greased 9×13″ baking dish.

Spread Enchilada Crust in Dish ~ Lifeofjoy.me

Bake at 350º for about 35 minutes. It should be lightly browned but not too dark because it will go back into the oven again in a bit.

Baked Crust Enchilada Bake ~ lifeofjoy.me

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Let stand for 5-10 minutes before adding the topping.

Brown the ground meat and add some more of the seasonings, the enchilada sauce, and green chiles. I like to purée the green chiles. Combine well and spread over the slightly cooled crust.

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Top with remaining cheddar cheese.

Enchilada Bake Add Cheese ~ Lifeofjoy.me

Bake another 20 minutes or so until the cheese is melted and bubbly. Oops! Almost forgot to take final pictures, so this is all that was left in the baking dish at the time.

Echilada Bake Serving or two ~ Lifeofjoy.me

 

Serve with your choice of toppings: lettuce, tomato, sour cream, salsa, avocado, et cetera.

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Enchilada Bake

Ingredients

  • Crust:
  • 4 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 teaspoon taco seasoning
  • 8 ounces cheddar cheese, shredded
  • Topping:
  • 1 pound ground meat
  • 1 Tablespoon taco seasoning
  • 8 ounce (or so) jar enchilada sauce
  • 4 ounces chopped green chiles (I purée mine)
  • 8 ounces cheddar cheese, shredded

Instructions

  1. Beat cream cheese and eggs until smooth.
  2. Add in taco seasoning.
  3. Add in the cheese and mix well.
  4. Spread into greased 9x13 baking dish.
  5. Bake at 350º for 35 minutes or so, until it is lightly browned.
  6. Remove from oven and cool for 5-10 minutes.
  7. Brown the ground meat and drain away any excessive grease. I use ground turkey so there isn't much.
  8. Add in taco seasoning, enchilada sauce, and green chiles. Combine well.
  9. Spread over crust.
  10. Top with remaining cheese.
  11. Bake 20 minutes or so, until cheese is melted and bubbly.
  12. Serve with your favorite toppings. (lettuce, tomato, sour cream, salsa, avocado, green onions, etc.)
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I hope you enjoy this one, it really isn’t difficult. Just be sure to plan to start about an hour and 15 minutes before you desire to eat. :)

Until next time, God bless,

Michele ºÜº

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Serving of Pork Loin Roast ~ Lifeofjoy.me

Crock-Pot Pork Loin Roast

This meat is tender, full of flavor, and yes, delicious.

I have never made pork roasts prior to the last several months. I mean, seriously, never. Then I started the ketogenics diet and things are very different around here.

About a month ago, I noticed that Aldi was having a pork roast on sale for $1.49 a pound, so I put it on my menu and grocery list. When I got there, the only one I saw was this but it was $1.69 a pound.

Crock Pot Pork Loin ~ Lifeofjoy.me

I bought it anyway because it was on my menu and I didn’t want to have to think up something else to eat to substitute and other meats are more per pound. (Turns out that I had looked at the following week’s flyer instead of the current week’s flyer, online.)

When I cooked it, I just put it in the crock-pot and seasoned it with salt, pepper, onion powder, and garlic powder. That’s it! Seriously! And it was scrumptious.

So today I am sharing my super easy “recipe” with you.

Buy roast. Remove roast from packaging. Place fat side up, in a crock-pot.

Pork Loin Roast ~ Lifeofjoy.me

Sprinkle with a little salt, onion powder, garlic powder, and freshly ground black pepper.

Cook on low for 6-8 hours.

Serving of Pork Loin Roast ~ Lifeofjoy.me

Now I have to say that this one wasn’t as good as the last one because it was mostly white meat. So look for one that has the darker pink rather than the lighter pink, because the darker is much better.

Eat!

Crock-Pot Pork Roast

Ingredients

  • pork roast
  • about 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • about 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • about 1/4-1/2 teaspoon salt (I used Kosher salt today)
  • about 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground pepper

Instructions

  1. Put roast in the crock-pot, fat side on top.
  2. Sprinkle with seasonings.
  3. Cover and cook on low 6-8 hours.
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Garlic Parmesan Chicken Wings ~ Lifeofjoy.me

Garlic Parmesan Wings

Quick to prep, easy, and delicious slow-cooked chicken wings.

I had been watching some keto recipes on youtube, not too long ago where a couple of the vloggers talked about this easy recipe for chicken wings and said they were delicious. I’m not much of a wing fan but easy and delicious sounded good to me. So I bought a bag of wings to give it a try.

A four pound bag of chicken wings were about $8.99 at our local Aldi. Since I hadn’t bought wings before, I didn’t think that was a very good price until I checked them at another store or two. I decided it was an okay price after all. ;)

Michael, Tiffany, and I can eat a four pound bag easily. When Sean is eating them with us for a dinner, I make two bags but have some leftover for another time. Of course, if we had anything else with them them, one bag would probably be enough but I didn’t feel like making a salad and the kids don’t generally feel like eating a salad. :D

I like to thaw the wings first but you can just cook them a bit longer if you are cooking from frozen.

Begin by covering a rimmed baking sheet with aluminum foil or I guess parchment paper would work if you are opposed to foil.

Spread the wings out in a single layer on the sheet. Place a thin slice of cold butter on each wing. Then sprinkle with salt, pepper, garlic powder, and onion powder.Garlic Parmesan Wings ~ Lifeofjoy.meThis was a picture from the first time I made them seasoned this way and I used some jarred minced garlic, which got a bit dark having been roasted for so long. So the next time I made them I just sprinkled them with a little garlic powder and onion powder, which tasted just as good.

Put them in the oven on 250º. Yes that is right, 250º. Slow cook them for about 2 hours. Then crank up the heat to 350º-400º depending on how impatient you are to eat. This takes around 20 minutes or so. You want them to be browned and for a lot of the liquid in the pan to be evaporated.

Garlic Parmesan Wings ~ Lifeofjoy.meI used less butter on future pans because there was so much left in the pan when they were finished; so my thin slices of butter got even thinner. ;)

Sprinkle them with Parmesan cheese before eating. I think the next time I make them, I make sprinkle them as soon as I remove them from the oven or even pop it back in for a minute or two to melt that lovely cheese.

Garlic Parmesan Wings ~ Lifeofjoy.me

Garlic Parmesan Wings

Ingredients

  • 1/2-3/4 stick of butter
  • 4 pound bag of chicken wings (preferably thawed)
  • salt, pepper
  • onion powder (optional)
  • garlic powder or about 1-2 tablespoons of minced garlic

Instructions

  1. Cover a rimmed baking/cookie sheet with aluminum foil.
  2. Spread wings on pan in a single layer.
  3. Put a small slice of butter on each wing.
  4. Sprinkle with salt, pepper, garlic powder, and onion powder (if desired).
  5. Bake at 250º for about 2 hours.
  6. Increase heat to 350º-400º and bake for another 20 minutes or so, until they are nicely browned, and most of the pan liquids are evaporated (unless you use too much butter like I did the first time, as in the picture)
  7. Sprinkle with shredded Parmesan cheese (or shaker Parmesan, if you prefer).
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I hope you enjoy these too. I’ll be sharing another wing recipe in the next few weeks that is even easier. ;)

Until next time, God bless,

Michele ºÜº

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Chicken Sausage Casserole ~ Lifeofjoy.me

Chicken Sausage Mushroom Casserole

The combination of chicken, turkey sausage, mushroom, cauliflower and cheeses is like chicken and dressing without those carbs.

This is yet another wonderful recipe from Linda’s Low Carb Menus and Recipes. I don’t know why I don’t make this more often. We really like it and it is tasty. It tastes almost like chicken and dressing, at least when I make it with turkey sausage; I don’t think I’ve ever made it with pork sausage.

It is another of the recipes that I found when I did the hCg diet and was on phase 3. However when I was watching calories, I tried making it with less cheese and it just wasn’t creamy enough. But when you include all sixteen ounces of cheese and your cauliflower is nicely cooked, it is just delicious! :)

So let’s get to it.

Dice the celery and onion. I do it finely, because we do not like chunky crunchy veggies in our casseroles.

Chicken Sausage Casserole ~ Lifeofjoy.me Chicken Sausage Casserole ~ Lifeofjoy.meI start by sautéing them in a little coconut oil; I use refined coconut oil so there is no coconut flavor. Tiffany went a little overboard on the onion this day. ;) It was still delicious.

Add in the diced mushrooms. We don’t use the entire package, only about four ounces worth because Sean does not care for them. This is also why they are diced into small pieces rather than simply sliced. :)

Chicken Sausage Casserole ~ Lifeofjoy.meI like to lightly salt these because salt helps them release water and thus, speeds the cooking process.

When these veggies are well on their way to losing their crunch, I add the sausage to brown.

Chicken Sausage Casserole ~ Lifeofjoy.meWhile that is browning, I steam my cauliflower, unless of course, I have forgotten about it and need it quickly. In which case, I steam it in the microwave. Then give it a course chop. It’s already cooked and has lost it crunch so I don’t have to chop this too finely.

After the sausage is browned, add in the softened cream cheese and blend it in well. Add in the cooked chicken, cheddar, salt, and pepper. Spread into a greased 9×13 baking dish.

Chicken Sausage Casserole ~ Lifeofjoy.meBake at 350º for about 40 minutes, until the top is nicely browned. We accidentally left ours in a little longer this time. (I have no idea why this picture has a green hue.)

Chicken Sausage Casserole ~ Lifeofjoy.me

Chicken Sausage Casserole ~ Lifeofjoy.meThis is a hearty dish and there will be leftovers, even when I serve it to four hungry adults with no side dishes.

Chicken Sausage Mushroom Casserole

Ingredients

  • 3-4 cups cooked chicken, chopped (1-1½ pounds boneless skinless chicken breast or the meat from a small-3½ pound-rotisserie chicken)
  • 1 pound sausage
  • 1 stalk celery, diced
  • 1 tablespoon onion, diced
  • ¼-½ pound mushrooms, diced
  • 8 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 16 ounces cauliflower, steamed
  • 8 ounces cheddar cheese, shredded
  • salt
  • pepper

Instructions

  1. Sauté onions, celery, and mushrooms, lightly salted
  2. Add sausage and brown.
  3. Stir in softened cream cheese, until well blended
  4. Add coarsely chopped cooked cauliflower and the rest of the ingredients.
  5. Spread into a greased 9x13 baking dish.
  6. Bake at 350º about 40 minutes until the cheese is completely melted and top slightly browned.
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I hope you enjoy this.

Until next time, God bless,

Michele ºÜº

Meaty Casserole ~ Lifeofjoy.me

Meaty Casserole

Very meaty bowls of deliciousness with lots of cheese!

This is a recipe I found years ago, shortly after I’d started my first low-carb diet. I copied it out of a book from the library but have been tempted to call it pizza bowls because it has all the things I love on pizza. It’s just that it doesn’t have enough sauce to really be a pizza bowl and of course, there’s nothing replacing the dough/crust. In the end, I opted to just leave it as meaty casserole.

So this is pretty simple and doesn’t take very long to accomplish either. It is made in individual serving bowls, so can be made to order. :) Thus, the kids and I use ground beef and Michael gets ground turkey.

So begin by browning the ground meat.

Meat Casserole ~ Lifeofjoy.meSeason it with salt, pepper, onion powder, and garlic powder.

Meat Casserole ~ Lifeofjoy.me(This pan already had some grease from cooking some bacon or steakumms on it earlier. I didn’t bother to get rid of it but probably should’ve since my meat is a fatty one. ;) )

Add diced tomatoes, which I choose to puree with a stick blender.

Meat Casserole ~ Lifeofjoy.me(I add a tiny bit of baking soda so that there is less chance of heartburn later.)

Meanwhile, make sixteen meatballs out of the Sweet Italian Sausage links. I don’t know how large the links are generally but these are rather large. I ended up only using one and a half.

Meat Casserole ~ Lifeofjoy.me I think I’ll make twice as many but half as big, next time, since it is difficult to cut them when eating them. Smaller would definitely be better. Who knows, maybe there are only supposed to be four that size. ;)

Next add additional ‘toppings’. I add canned mushrooms and diced green pepper to Michael’s and mine. Sean and Tiffany do not care for those items. Next comes pepperoni, which I cut into quarters, so it’s more bite-sized.

Meat Casserole ~ Lifeofjoy.me Top with the ground meat, after the tomatoes have thickened. (About 5-8 minutes)

Meat Casserole ~ Lifeofjoy.meI like to put some pepperoni before and some after the ground meat.

Then top with cheese.

Meat Casserole ~ Lifeofjoy.meI like to put them all on a rimmed baking sheet so that it is easier to move them.

Meat Casserole ~ Lifeofjoy.me

Bake at 400º for 15-20 minutes, until cheese is melted and bubbly.

Meat Casserole ~ Lifeofjoy.me

It’s supposed to have the shredded parmesan cheese added before baking but I always forget until just about the time I go to put it in the oven and then I’m in too big of a hurry, and decide to just wait until later. ;)

Meaty Casserole

Ingredients

  • 1/2 pound ground meat
  • 1 can diced tomatoes
  • 4 ounce can sliced mushrooms, drained
  • 1 teaspoon oregano or Italian seasoning
  • 1 teaspoon crushed garlic or a sprinkling of garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion salt or a bit less onion powder
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • 6 ounces pepperoni slices
  • 2 links Italian sausage
  • 1/2 cup diced green bell pepper
  • 2 cups shredded cheese of choice
  • 4 tablespoons parmesan cheese

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 400º.
  2. Brown ground beef over medium heat, drain, if desired. 😉
  3. Add tomatoes, which I purée first.
  4. Add 1/8 teaspoon or less of baking soda along with the other spices, salt and pepper.
  5. Cook until sauce thickens, about 5-8 minutes.
  6. Remove casing from Italian sausage and form into 16 small balls.
  7. Divide sausage, pepperoni, green pepper, and mushrooms between individual dishes.
  8. Add beef mixture to each.
  9. Top with 1/2 cup shredded cheese and 1 tablespoon Parmesan cheese.
  10. Bake 15-20 minutes, until cheese is melted and bubbly.
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I hope you enjoy these. We have. :)

Until next time, God bless,

Michele ºÜº

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Chicken and Garlic Cream ~ Lifeofjoy.me

Chicken and Garlic Cream Sauce

This is a satisfying creamy, easy to make entrée. It is good served over raw spinach or with broccoli.

I got this one from a menu-planning service YEARS ago. I think it was the first one of its kind-actually, I think she invented the whole concept. At any rate, I had been given a small gift from my aunt for Christmas and had been wanting to try out this service. As it turned out, they were having a special that week, so I paid for something like a six-month subscription and got three months free. It was a great help to me since I was on the Atkins diet at the time. Oh! she had two versions: regular and low-carb. As you can probably surmise by now, I got the low-carb one.

The original recipe, and the one we tried first, used pork chops, so feel free to substitute the meat. However, I was going through my recipes for something different to eat and happened upon this one. I realized that I could substitute chicken for the pork, and we could enjoy this recipe once again, since Michael couldn’t eat pork because of a reaction he gets when doing so.

I like to buy chicken breasts on sale and they are usually family packages. Well the breasts in those packages are nearly a pound each, so I try to find packages that have five breasts and weigh as close to five pounds as possible. In this way I can freeze each individual breast in a freezer bag and thaw one for dinner, since about one pound of meat is appropriate for a family of four. Unfortunately my family was extra hungry tonight and I should have had an extra half pound of meat. (It’s okay thought; they ate dessert.)

A one pound breast is rather large. :) So I cut it in half horizontally and vertically, creating four smaller pieces weighing about a quarter pound each. Salt and pepper each piece.

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Melt some butter, olive or coconut oil in a skillet and sauté the chicken a few minutes on each side.

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Remove from pan and keep warm.

Add the butter to the pan and melt, over medium heat. Add garlic and cook for a minute or so. Be careful not to burn it or you’ll need to start over.

Chicken and Garlic Cream ~ Lifeofjoy.me

Add the cream cheese and milk, stirring until it is thick, scraping any brown bits from the cooked meat into the creamy sauce.

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Serve on a bed of raw spinach. The meat and sauce will perfectly wilt the spinach.

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When I serve broccoli with this meal, I double the sauce because we like to add it to the broccoli.

Chicken and Garlic Cream ~ Lifeofjoy.meIn order for the spinach to wilt properly, it has to be under the hot food, chicken and/or sauce.

Chicken and Garlic Cream Sauce

Ingredients

  • 1 pound boneless, skinless meat
  • 1 tablespoon olive or coconut oil
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 3 ounces cream cheese
  • 1/3 cup milk
  • Raw Spinach

Instructions

  1. In a skillet, heat oil (or substitute butter) over medium high heat.
  2. If using chicken breast, cut it into four cutlets.
  3. Brown the meat on both sides.
  4. Remove from pan and keep warm.
  5. Melt butter over medium heat.
  6. Add garlic and sauté for a minute or so, careful not to let it burn.
  7. Add cream cheese and milk.stirring until thick, incorporating the browned bits from the bottom of the pan, left from cooking the meat.
  8. Serve on raw spinach.
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I hope you enjoy this recipe.

Until next time, God bless,

Michele ºÜº

 

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