Wednesday, January 30, 2013

choco chia porridge

yup this is a winner, simple easy and yummy. easy for breakfast or snack and a really good way to add fiber to our diet specially for those whose in a lowcarb diet.

recipe: adapted from i just add the cocoa powder so it will be chocolatety visit her site for more yummy lowcarb dishes
2 tbsp of chia
2 tbsp of golden flaxseed meal
2 tbsp of sweetener of choice
1 tbsp of unsweetened cocoa powder
2/3 cup boiling water or boiling almond milk
heavy creme ( optional)
1tsp of natural peanut butter (optional)

mix all the dry ingredients then pour your hot liquid and keep mixing.
the colder this porridge gets the thicker it will get but you can always add liquid to your desired consistency.
enjoy! and rock on lowcarb junkies!

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

chia chicken porridge

OK so while I'm eating my chia choco porridge it hit me that maybe i can try and use this chia and flaxseed combo into a savory application.
   arroz caldo which is basically a chicken rice con gee usually eaten with boiled egg or deep fried tofu. this dish holds a special place in my heart, i remember when i was young, oh well even when i was already an adult when i get sick this Filipino porridge will be the first thing i want to eat. why? i really don't know why or whats the reason, but if you have any Filipino friends ask them what they want to eat when they are sick and I'm sure most of them will tell you "lugaw" which is the Filipino term for this chicken rice porridge.
          so i made a lowcarb version of it using chia seeds and flaxseed meal well actually if were not going to use some of the spices i can tell you that there will be almost no net carb to this dish! why? because its going to be all dietary fiber! now i think i deserve a pat in the back here guys well my husband gave me one already but really I'm happy with the result and the outcome of my experimental dish.

1 tbsp of finely chopped onion
1 tbsp of finely chop fresh ginger
2 cloves of finely chopped garlic
1/2 tsp of black pepper
1 tsp of fish sauce ( you can use salt instead of this)
1 tbsp of oil
1 1/2 cup of diced small cubed chicken thigh
1/4 cup chia seeds
1/4 cup flaxseed meal
3 cups of chicken stock or water, add more later if you want a thinner soup
1 tbsp of calamansi or lemon juice
garnish: hard boiled egg, chopped fried garlic and finely chopped green onions ( which i don't have but i really wanna cook this so if you have any at your fridge right now add it)

heat your pan
add your oil
add the chopped onion
when your onion starts to sweat add your ginger then your garlic, the reason were adding the garlic last is to prevent it from burning or getting too dark.
then add your chicken, salt and pepper and let it caramelized the more color your chicken gets, the more flavor your broth will have
then when your chicken had some color already add your chicken stock or water let it boil until your meat is tender
then add you chia and flaxseed meal and mix it till it thickens
add more salt and pepper according to taste

in each bowl put one hard boiled egg, tsp of lemon juice, fried garlic and chopped green onions.
serve it hot! the colder this soup gets the thicker it will get.

Sunday, January 20, 2013

My lowcarb pantry

i was talking to a friend last week about her starting a lowcarb life, and i guess its always intimidating to start something new and an unorthodox way of eating. i remember the first time i did lowcarb, i knew i was really lost stuff like eryrthritol and xanthan gum seems so alien to me, and I'm not a novice in the kitchen if i may say i started cooking really early when my mom let me be her pretend sous chef in the kitchen. so I'm making this post for those who is starting to eat this way, i think stocking your pantry or your fridge will always help you stay on track so here it goes....

my pantry items for cooking and baking:
1. almond flour
2.coconut flour
3. whey protein powder ( vanilla and unflavored and chocolate if you want to complete the set)
4. physillium husk ( whole or in powder form)
5. eryrthritol ( its a sweetener made from fermented fruits that wont rise or affect your blood sugar)
6.coconut oil
7. unsweetened cocoa powder
8. unsweetened chocolates
9. liquid sweetener ( liquid stevia )
10. lowcarb ketchup
11. liquid smoke
12. dried spices ( make sure it doesnt have carb in it)
13. baking powder
14. baking soda
15. xanthan gum ( use to thicken soup and sauces)
16. natural peanut butter no added sugar
17. golden flax seed meal
18. chia seeds
19. pork rinds
20. coconut milk in can
21. lowcarb pizza sauce
22. spaghetti sauce with really low in carbs
23. unsweetened coconut flakes

my fridge items
1. egg and eggs and more eggs
3. cold cuts of meats ( in a hurry it makes a really quick snack with cheese)
4. cheese in any shape or form,  i always have Parmesan (cheap kind) cheddar, creme cheese and mozzarella on hand
5.vegetables (frozen or fresh) broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower and zucchini and some Asian vegetables are always in my fridge
6. almond milk or so delicious coconut milk ( check the carb count)
7. butter
8. almond butter
9. heavy cream
10. whip cream ( makes a difference in a jello)
11. pre wash salad and salad dressing, just make sure your dressing is low in carbs and no unnecessarily sugar in it.

my frozen items:
1. meat and more meats
2. frozen vegetables ( microwavable veggie)
3. fish
4. lowcarb ice cream or Popsicles

my cooked items that's always in my fridge:
1. boiled eggs
2.cooked ground beef  (i add this in anything like salad or to my scrambled eggs)

so now go trow all the junk and all that processed and sugary stuff that's in your pantry and go online or go grocery shopping and get your lowcarb essentials, good luck, just keep calm and rock on lowcarb junkies!

Monday, January 14, 2013

cheddar bagels

finally my blog is up! yay! first of all i have to tell you guys that English is not my native tongue so if there are mistakes in spelling or grammar please bear with me.  my first recipe that I'm going to post is not entirely mine i saw this post at ginnys lc kitcken she use this for a bun , i don't have nutritional yeast and i don't want wine in my bread so i just substitute and omit some of her ingredients, also she uses a machine called gt express, i don't have that either so i just bake mine and i add cheddar cheese to add chew in the bread.

4 large eggs
4 teaspoon coconut oil or any oil you prefer
2 tablespoon white vinegar ( you wont taste this)
1/2 cup Parmesan cheese 
1/4 cup almond flour
2 table spoon of psyllium husk powder ( if you don't have this you should stock your pantry it does wonderful for bread recipes)
1 teaspoon of baking powder
2 packet of sweeteners
grated cheddar cheese ( enough for 6 bagels or 6 muffin tops)

pre heat your oven at 350 F
greased your donut pan or a muffin top pan
mix all the ingredients together
divide your batter to 6 donut pan or muffin top pan filled it 2/3 because it will rise, that's the magic of psyllium husk
then let it sit for about 5 minutes or more or till your oven reach the right temperature so that the baking soda can activate
bake for 15 minutes then turn off your oven and turn on the broiler, take out the bagels from the pan, it will be hot so be careful, i used bamboo bbq stick to do this job easily then on a broiler safe pan arrange the breads, top it with  grated cheddar cheese and broil it until cheese turn a little brown, try not to skip this process because the cheddar cheese add chew and texture to this bread. cool it down and put in a seal container so you can store it in the fridge. i actually like this out from the fridge then i put it in the toaster to heat it up a bit, it adds a little crunch that this bread needs.

carbs:     pysillium husk is 9g, dietary fiber is 7.5g so net carbs is 1.5g
               almond flour has 6g, dietary fiber is 3g so net carbs is   3g
                eggs 1.56g
               total carbs  6.06 g divide for 6 serving is 1.01 g of carb