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Wednesday I started the Whole30 Program.  My triglycerides were through the roof and I knew I had to do something.  I mentioned it to my friend Kayte and she decided to do it with me.  Then I mentioned it to another friend, Leslie, and she joined in, too.  With the three of us not living anywhere near each other we are not really together but we can keep each other motivated and on the right track.

I didn’t want to not do at least two more recipes from my current cook book for Cookbook Countdown so I am finding recipes that are, or can be, Whole30 compliant.  Like this breakfast.

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Two Three eggs mixed with 1 tsp chervil curly parsley, 1 tsp tarragon, 1 tsp chives, all fresh and chopped. Dash in a little water.  Don’t over beat the eggs.

Make your omelet as you usually would and wrap it around about 1/4 cup – 1/2 cup sliced mushrooms and 1 chopped clove garlic that have been sauteed in about 1/tsp or so of coconut oil. Breakfast is done!

Using the coconut oil instead of butter makes this dish Whole30 compliant. Everything else is already there.

I’m linking this post with Cookbook Countdown 14 hosted by Kitchen Flavours and Emily’s Cooking (Makan2).

This week we are visiting the Orient.  At least their cuisine.  The Orient includes many different countries with many different cuisines.  We had our choice of The Middle East, India, China,Indonesia, Japan, Vietnam just to name a few.  So our choices were wide open. I went with a Thai dish.

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Shrimp with Thai Coconut Curry Sauce

Lots of flavor in this dish. Red/yellow/orange bell peppers,  Onions,  Green Thai Curry paste, coconut milk all coming together for a delicious spicy dish.

I just started cooking with  coconut oil and I love it  It has kind of a nutty fragrance with a clean fresh taste in your dishes.  I may never go back to canola oil again.

Since this is from Ellie’s You Have it Made this is a dish where the sauce can be made ahead of time and either freeze the sauce or chill it for up to two days.  That’s a good thing because I am the only one who will eat it and didn’t want it to go to waste.  I made the whole recipe but only used about a fourth of the sauce for lunch. The rest I will p0rtion out and freeze.  Nice to have a meal almost made in the freezer.

Ellie suggests serving over jasmine rice but since I started Whole 30 I cannot do that.  I just used a little of the sauce with some shrimp. And if you don’t want the rice use a spoon to eat this because you won’t want to waste a drop of the sauce!

What dishes did the other EwE members make -> Travel to the Orient with us.

And if you would like to cook along with us just visit Eating with Ellie and join in the fun.  Themes are on the right. We don’t include the recipes because we want you to enjoy lots of Ellie Krieger by purchasing her cookbooks.

That was the question we were asking ourselves when Kayte came up with this week’s theme – Your Hearts Desire.Tuesday was Valentine’s Day.  The day for lovers.  The day for flowers.  The day for Chocolate!!  Well not for Kayte!! 

 I thought long and hard and decided it wasn’t a food that was my Heart’s Desire.  It was The Man in my life.  HE is my heart’s desire.  We’ve been married 43+ years.  We’ve had hard times and great times.  I almost lost him once.  Do. Not. Want. To. Do. That. Again!  So because of him it was easy to choose a recipe for this week.  Why?  Because his favorite small sweet treat is Peanut Butter Cookies.  And since I deny him almost nothing when it comes to food that is what I made. 

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These were good.  Very good.  It is the first time I have made PB cookies with natural PB.  I usually use the name brand stuff.  You know the ones –  with lots of sugar.  Sugar we don’t need.  And while the recipe did call for 3/4 cup brown sugar and 1/2 cup regular {for which I subbed in 1/4 cup Splenda and a dash of Stevia}  they didn’t need the extra sugar in the PB.  Don’t get me wrong, we love PB and eat it with jelly on sandwiches.  Or melted over ice cream or chocolate cake.  Or out of the jar!!! But we know the extra sugar is bad for us.

Make these cookies.  They will be your faves.  Crunchy! Full of PB flavor (DUH!).  Trust me on this one.

The recipe is on page 260 of Ellie’s Comfort Food Fix.  130 calories in 2 cookies.  2 gm fat.  14 gm cholesterol and 14 mg of fiber.

What, or who, is the Heart’s Desire for the rest of the EwE Group? Visit Eating with Ellie and see.

This week’s theme for Wednesdays with Donna Hay is RICE! While here are lots of types of rice – white, brown, parboiled, wild (although it’s not really a rice), Arborio, even Black or Forbidden rice – we usually only use one or two of these regularly.  With all the rice choices it was not easy to find a recipe.

I finally settled on a rice pudding.  It was easy peasy since it used left over rice.  In my case, basmati.  The ramekins have 2 TBL of rice to which a simple custard is added.  Vanilla and cinnamon give it the flavor.

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20 minutes in the oven and you have a quick, comforting dessert.  And while it was still hot I sprinkled a little turbinado sugar over the top to melt.

I adapted this recipe for use in an Instant Pot.  The ramekins are  stacked in the pot and then cooked  on porridge for only 9 minutes.  I used quick release.

I have been a little intimidated by my new Instant Pot so haven’t used it much.  I’m trying to remedy that in small steps.

Donna’s recipe is on page 138 in new food fast

For more rice visit Rice is Nice on Wednesdays with Donna Hay.

The Man has been asking for something sweet.  The cheese cake is gone as are all the cookies.  So this morning I made some nice muffins from eating to beat high blood pressure my cookbook for February’s Cookbook Countdown.

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These came out well.  We both liked them.  They were fairly sweet and moist.  The crumble topping just added to the flavor and the apples just seemed to melt into the muffin.

    1 2/3 cup AP flour {I subbed in 1/2 with whole wheat}
    3/4 cup packed brown sugar
    1/2 cup oatmeal + 1 tsp cinnamon
    2 TBL margarine
    1 tsp baking soda
    1/2 tsp apple pie spice
    salt to taste
    1 1/4 cups unsweet applesauce
    1/4 cup veggie oil
    1/2 cup fat-free egg substitute
    1 large apple peeled and diced

375 Degree oven.

Mix together the crumble topping: 1/3 cup flour, 1/4 cup brown sugar, 1 /2 cup oatmeal/cinnamon mix, and margarine. Set aside.

Mix together the rest of the flour with the baking soda, salt, oatmeal, and apple pie spice in a medium bowl.

In another bowl stir the applesauce, oil, remaining brown sugar, and egg sub together.  Add the liquid ingredients to the dry and mix just to combine.  Add in the diced apple.

Fill each muffin cup about 3/4 full and sprinkle the crumb mixture over the top.

Bake about 20 minutes or until done.

The recipe said 12 muffins but I ended up with 14.

Each muffin: 220 calories. 7 gm fat. 35 gm carb

The recipe is on page 33.

I’m linking this post with Cookbook Countdown 14 hosted by Kitchen Flavours and Emily’s Cooking (Makan2)

Peggy picked our theme for Eating with Ellie this week – STUFFED!!  That meant we could make anything that was filled or stuffed with something else.  Ellie has quite a few recipes that fit this category but I have had one in mind for quite a while.

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These are Ellie’s Turkey Sausage-Stuffed Pizza Pockets

and they are tasty.  The filling is turkey Italian sausage browned and mixed with spinach or arugula, marinara sauce, and mozzarella cheese.  The filling was so good I easily could have eaten it with a spoon.

I couldn’t find Italian turkey sausage so I used regular and added some Italian seasoning. That worked well.  I also made my own Whole Wheat Pizza dough because I couldn’t find that either.  Ellie said we could use any marinara sauce so I used some that I had made last summer.  

I liked these and plan to freeze the ones that are left.  They are from Ellie’s latest book – You Have it Made. {page 223}  Most of the recipes in the book are made for freezing and doing ahead.  Good plan for these.  

We all stuffed something this week.  Check out what the others made -> Stuff It!

We’d love to have you join in with Eating with Ellie.  We don’t include the recipes.  We’d rather you bought Ellie’s books.  There are some recipes on line.  This pizza pocket one is there on Ellie’s website.

The theme for this week’s I Heart Cooking Clubs is also STUFFED!!  so I am going to kill two meals with one plate!!

This week’s theme – chosen by Kayte – is ONIONS!!  I love cooking with onions.  So much flavor and so many things you can do with them.  Usually onions are NOT the major ingredient unless you are making Onion Soup or Onion Rings but in this recipe they are the star of the show.

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Caramelized Onion and Potato Stacks

The onions are browned first in a skillet and then layered in a muffin tin with slices of potatoes.  Drizzled with melted butter and moistened with chicken broth {I used Veggie}  the onions caramelize and add their flavor to the potatoes.  The recipe called for thyme sprigs but the Man doesn’t care for it so….. {and really neither do I}  Super simple!!

I made 1/2 of the recipe in large muffin cups and they were done in about an hour.  While the recipe didn’t call for salt and pepper I did add some before I cooked the potatoes.

These are a good alternative to your everyday potatoes and made a great side.

The recipe is on Donna’s Website.   

More onions -> Onions! Any way you slice ’em!

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