Why You Should Taste Test Your Recipes

Do you always taste your cooking? Of course you do, and you should! Especially, if you are sharing said recipes for the public to try! Always taste test your recipes!!

This morning I tried a recipe for “Best Low Carb Chocolate Cookies” that were anything but! Now, in all fairness, we could have used different products, I slightly altered the recipe, and maybe she didn’t taste the end product to make sure they were palatable.

My results-looked better than they tasted

I did taste them however, and they were horrible! Even frosted, or iced, I don’t think these cookies were salvageable. I felt like it was an expensive waste of precious ingredients and I have to wonder if she even bothered to taste them herself.

Another admission is that this was my first time to try Swerve sweetener, I always use Pyure brand stevia for my baking. The internet is full of great recipes using Swerve, so I thought it must be all the rage. Maybe the amount called for just was too little.

The result was like eating chocolate flavored sand.

I found the recipe on Pinterest by Ditch the Carbs and from the get go, I thought 2 cups of almond flour would be excessive, so I only used one cup. I had read the reviews and many people were complaining they were too dry.

The results were skewed because the recommended time for cooking was too long, and the first 7 cookies burned, I tasted them anyway and they tasted like a dry popcorn fart.

The dough was plentiful, so I added 1/2 cup of coconut flour, mixed it in very well and cooked 7 more. (I also added a few Lilies chocolate chips to add some sweetness because they were so bitter.) The result? Like eating chocolate flavored sand!

So, at this point, I had dough with 1C almond flour and 1/2C coconut flour, still not the recommended 2C almond flour!

To the last bit of dough left I added 1 T more butter and there was no improvement at all. Dry, bitter, tasteless. I was so bummed. I kept them thinking that maybe I could use them as a crumbly topping for Keto pudding or ice cream. Ten it wouldn’t be a total loss.

Please, people, taste your recipes!! All I’m saying is, had I made them with the originally called for 2 Cups of almond flour, they would have been even drier!! I will go back to the drawing board with these, once I get over wasting so many expensive ingredients.

Check out the recipe for yourself, and let me know how they worked out for you. One other note here: I used Hershey’s unsweetened cocoa, Kerrygold butter, and Swerve granulated sweetener.

Next time I might try with the 2 cups of almond flour but add an extra egg, or some nut butter (or both), and definitely more sweetener! I’ll keep you posted! For the original recipe, click on the link here.

Finally, A Porridge I Can Love!

Baby, it’s cold outside and that calls for a nice, hot bowl of tasty, low-carb porridge to warm you from the inside out! Finally, I have stumbled on one that I can love, made from almond flour, flax, egg, butter, and cream, with the texture I’ve been missing from cream of wheat.

Photo credit: Deryn Macey for Unsplash

I was searching through my Pinterest board, looking for a warm bowl of something tasty to make for breakfast, since it’s 29 degrees here in Texas this morning, when I saw it. A post from The Low Carb Maven about a porridge that’s simple, quick, and tastes just like the cream of wheat I used to eat back in the pre-Paleo, pre-Keto days.

She calls it just what it is, Almond Flour Porridge Breakfast Cereal (Low Carb, Keto, Paleo) and I was in such a rush to eat it, I totally forgot to take a picture of it! I’m a terrible blogger! (Just click the link for a photo.)

Since I can no longer eat oatmeal (and never was a fan anyway), I love the thought of a warm, buttery bowl of goodness like this here porridge provides. It is also important that it has the same mouth feel as cream of wheat, or malt-o-meal like I used to eat as a kid.

The recipe comes together quick, I opted for a mix it-microwave it til it’s ready version, but you can make it on the stove as well. I was in a rush. It still turned out perfect! It looked a little different in the bowl, yet tasted perfectly fine on my tongue.

Photo credit: Pixabay

My sweeteners were the only change to her recipe, as I don’t have any of the kind she mentioned. I always use Pyure brand Stevia and/or coconut sugar, in this case I used a little of both. She didn’t say, but I use Kerrygold grass-fed butter also. (Always!)

The link above will take you to the recipe, or my Pinterest board would, but if you’re in a rush and want it now, here it is:

Almond Flour Porridge

Ingredients:

3 T Sukrin Defatted Almond Flour

1T ground golden flax

pinch salt

3/4 C water

1 lg beaten egg

1T Sukrin Gold (or your favorite sweetener to taste)

1T heavy cream

(She added berries but I did not, totally up to you, just figure in the added carbs)

She also gives on the stove instructions, but I mixed everything into the beaten egg except the cream which I added later as the cereal started to thicken in the microwave. I cooked it in 45 second bursts until it was thick and hot.

Let me know your thoughts if you try it, oh, and one more thing of note; I used the almond flour I had on hand, and the flax too, which was brown…it turned out just as good. 😉

Food Poisoning Blows! 🤮

Ugh!! I guess I contracted food poisoning somewhere over the last few days, and food poisoning ( otherwise known as foodborne illness) really blows y’all!! 🤮

I spent all night in one or the other of our two bathrooms…vomiting, and then suffering the watery diarrhea, over and over. Now I’m writing from my bed, too weak to want to do much at all.

There is no telling where I picked it up, Tuesday I ate at a salad bar, Wednesday I ate at a Chinese buffet, and last night I made my first attempt at Keto Green Curry.

See the Asian eggplant in the Green Curry I made last night?

I was a bit worried that the frozen chicken had been on the counter thawing for 7 hours, yet it still felt cool when I stuck it back in the fridge til Dave got home to cut it up for me.

Then it cooked hard for 15 minutes and simmered about 20 more as I made the    “Miracle Rice”. All of t tasted good, I just didn’t feel that hungry, as the night went on, my stomach hurt worse and worse til all heck broke loose around 10:30 pm.

Miracle rice boiling in the pot

Besides, if it was the chicken, wouldn’t Dave be sick too?

Now I’m sipping water and nibbling on crackers, laying in bed feeling gross and all I can think about is what needs to be cleaned. With Clorox! Ugh!

signs and symptoms of food poisoning

  • nausea
  • vomiting
  • watery or bloody diarrhea
  • abdominal pain and cramps
  • fever

I had every single one of those, and a throbbing head-that part is still hanging on.

According to the mayo clinic, “signs and symptoms may start with an hours after eating the contaminated food or they may begin days or even weeks later sickness caused by food poisoning generally last for a few hours to several days.”

I don’t know what to do first,  eat something like soup, clean up all the messes I made, or take a shower, but all I FEEL like doing is laying here.

And to think, I was trying to remain Keto compliant. Eating salad one day for lunch,then meats off the buffet the next…only to catch some kind of virus or food poisoning. Not the way I’d go about losing a pound or two! 🤮

Stay vigilant y’all! Wash your hands and be careful of your food choices when out…better yet, cook your own as much as possible. I normally cook at home but dad and I go out once a week at least for lunch.

Have any of you every had food poisoning?

When to see a doctor

  •  Frequent episodes of vomiting and inability to keep liquids down
  •  Bloody vomit or stools
  •  Diarrhea for more than three days
  •  Extreme pain or severe abdominal cramping
  •  An oral temperature higher than 100.4 F
  •  Signs or symptoms of dehydration excessive thirst, dry mouth, little to no urination, severe weakness, dizziness, or lightheadedness
  •  Neurological symptoms such as blurry vision muscle weakness and tingling in the arms

Luckily I’m over the worst of it!

I had it the worst one time in Korea. what was weird about that time was, I used to eat food from the village in Oijonbu all the time, yet I got this horrible case of food poisoning ON BASE!

I had eaten lasagna from what I remember at the officers club.

Since I started this post I managed to eat some soup and a few more crackers clean up the mess I made and now I’m about ready to go lay back down. I’m sorry that I’m out of it today, I tried to catch up on my email, but my eyes even hurt.

I hope everyone is having a way better Thursday and feeling great! I’ll be back as soon as I recover. 😊

 

 

 

Why It’s Good to “Eat the Rainbow”

Morning everyone, do you know why it’s important to “eat the rainbow”?

Because we cannot make our own Vitamin C, it is essential we get it from our diet. We need this important vitamin to help provide antioxidant protection, enhance wound healing, help synthesize collagen and more.

Living the Keto lifestyle means eating all types of low-carb foods, yet you could be missing your recommended amounts of Vitamin C and other nutrients.

Since fruits typically high in Vitamin C are not normally consumed on a Keto diet, it may be handy to have a list of the top ten foods that do. Vitamin C deficiency can lead to symptoms like these:

  • Dry hair
  • Slow wound healing
  • Rough, scaly skin
  • Increased bruising
  • Frequent illness or infections

So, oranges and other citrus may be out, what foods are in?

Top Ten High Vitamin C, Low-Carb Foods

  1. Bell Peppers-higher in Vitamin C than any citrus fruit
  2. Kale-also protects against 4 kinds of cancer
  3. Broccoli-provides more than 100% of your daily Vit C requirement
  4. Sugar Snap Peas-one serving exceeds recommended daily value of Vit C
  5. Brussel Sprouts-Low calorie, cruciferous veggie, helps meet daily goal
  6. Strawberries-can be consumed on keto since they contain less sugar
  7. Kohlrabi-a type of cabbage best eaten in soups or stews
  8. Cauliflower-rich in Vit C, delicious raw or cooked
  9. Red Cabbage-a veggie in the Brassica family
  10. Chicken liver-one of the only animal foods considered a good source of Vit C

Following a Keto diet doesn’t mean getting suboptimal levels of Vitamin C if you “eat the rainbow”. Try to incorporate some or all of these foods on a daily basis to maintain healthy skin, bones, and prevent certain cancers.

Why I Drink ACV Tea (Why You Should Too)

Why Drink ACV (Apple Cider Vinegar) Tea? Why use ACV in general?

Well, first off-I know for a fact that apple cider vinegar (ACV) has many benefits and uses:

  • weight loss
  • kills germs
  • home remedy for lots of ailments including arthritis, athlete’s foot, bone health, burns…the list goes on
  • pet care
  • hair care
  • cooking

The main reason however, is that I call it the mistake eraser. Yes, you read that right, I occasionally slip up and have a cheat…that’s why this blog is called Keto For Beginners. You are following me on this journey of ups and downs, hits and misses, trying things to see what works for me and what doesn’t.

If I’m being honest here, and I always try to be, I have probably not been in ketosis for a while now. I just learned that every time I cheat, I come out of ketosis, and then it takes about a week to get back in.

This is where ACV tea comes in and I’m hoping, saves my butt. Here’s why:

  • Detoxes the body
  • Slows the rise of blood sugar levels
  • Appetite suppressant
  • Reduces water retention
  • Increases metabolic rate

Much research has been done on how ACV works in the body and all of it’s many benefits, taken daily it should help at least maintain my weight if not help me lose a couple of pounds a month.

I’m no scientist, but my theory is that if I fall of the keto wagon, ACV tea will help me make up for my mistakes by speeding up my metabolism and helping me maintain a feeling of well being because I’m doing something good for my body.

Tools for making ACV Tea

How to make ACV tea:

Add this to 6-8 oz. hot water-2 TBS ACV with the “mother”

2 TBS pure lemon juice (Not the kind from concentrate)

Stevia to taste or raw honey 1-2 TBS (if not on keto)

Healthy shake of Ceylon cinnamon (click link to purchase)

Stir and drink this “tea” once a day or more. Some say before meals, I just drink it in the morning before my coffee, or in the evening after my dinner, one of the two.

Now, am I saying it’s ok to cheat? Absolutely not, I’m admitting I’m human, and I make mistakes. I go out to eat with my husband and sometimes I don’t have the willpower to say no to the chips and salsa.

I went with my mother-in-law to eat after her CT yesterday and we both sat down to a steaming bowl of grits. I knew it was wrong, but I wanted it anyway. 🙂

Now, I get to start all over getting back into ketosis. According to the experts, that takes time, depending on how much you restrict your carbs and other factors. Dinking ACV tea can help.

Where to purchase ACV

Amazon, through my links here on the blog (which helps me out if I make a few cents) or in your grocery store or health/whole foods store. Just make sure you get the kind with the “mother” as that is the most beneficial type of ACV.

Bragg is one brand and Whitehouse is another that I use sometimes. Never drink ACV undiluted, it is bad for your teeth and esophagus. That’s why you should drink it in a pleasant tasting tea.

Has anyone reading this taken ACV for a spin? Did you like it? Tell me about it in the comments or ask me any questions you have regarding this natural cure-all.

 

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