Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Sausage and Cabbage

A simple quick meal that only uses 3 ingredients! Perfect when short on time and short on ingredients. This is also great for people on a high fat, low carb diet! And also, it tastes delicious! 

You will need:
1/2 a head of cabbage 
1 pound of sausage

So far I have used brats, kielbasa, pork sausage, chicken sausage
My favorite is with brats and kielbasa
When buying your meat you want to make sure it is uncured and nitrate and nitrite free
Also, if you can, buy organic grass fed meat it tastes the best and is so good for you

Preheat oven to 350 F 
Butter the bottom and sides of your 13x9 baking dish
Dice up the cabbage and add it to the baking dish
Pour in 2 tablespoons of water 
Cut up the sausage and layer on top of the cabbage 
Cover with aluminum foil or lid and place in the preheated oven 
Bake for 30 minutes with the cover on
Then bake for another 10 minutes with the cover removed to brown the top

I enjoy this meal just as is, I think it tastes amazing and is extremely satisfying. But if you would like to fancy it up a bit, you can add more vegetables to the mix or season with some salt and pepper. My husbands favorite thing to do is add mustard. Let me know if you have any suggestions of anything else that would taste good with this meal! 

Oh and one last thing, do not be afraid of the fat from the butter and sausage, healthy fats are good for you and keep you fuller longer :) 

Thursday, August 9, 2012

Cinnamon Truvia Pecans

I love pecans, but I them even more when they have cinnamon and sugar on them! 
This recipe is low carb and and sugar free because it uses Truvia a natural sweetener that doesn't have affect on your blood glucose or insulin levels.

What you will need:
1 egg white
1 tbs water
1 pound of pecan halves
1 cup Truvia
1 tsp ground cinnamon
3/4 tsp salt

Preheat oven to 250 degrees F

In a large mixing bowl whisk egg white and water together till it is a little frothy.
Add nuts into egg mixture, and stir around the pecans till they are all covered.
In a separate bowl mix the dry ingredients together, 
then pour the mixture in with with the nuts.
Stir the nuts until nuts are coated in the cinnamon sugar mixture. 
Spray a pan lightly with coconut oil and spread out the nuts. 
Bake in the oven for 1 hour, stir the nuts every 15 minutes.
Let cool, and enjoy!

These are a great sweet treat you don't have to feel guilty about! 
To add some extra flavor add a tsp of pure vanilla to the egg mixture instead of water. 
Or you can add any type of flavoring you like your nuts to have. 
If you want to have the nuts with less coating just add more nuts 
to the batch and keep the other ingredients at the same amounts. 
You can eyeball it as you stir the nuts to see if you should add more or not! 
Experiment and have fun with it!

Let me know what you think, or if you have any other recommendations 
on how to make this recipe even better!