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Hey guys  :)  I just wanted to share what I found the other day when I was out shopping.  These are very similar to the MIOs that you find everywhere but I suppose they are mostly for coffee.  That is where I found them anyway...the coffee aisle next to the Torrini's sweetener.  If you have a Harris Teeter close they are worth checking out   ;) ;)  Keep in mind though...they are concentrated Haha  Don't ask me how I know   :-[

Hey Forum family   :)   We have been busy planning a menu for this coming holiday and I was wondering what wonderful FTS friendly dishes everyone is planning so they aren't tempted by the sugar and carbs?? 

Our menu will be

FTS friendly items:
cauli mash
green beans
sugar free relish tray
deviled eggs
sugar free cranberry jelly
upside down pumpkin pie
spiced bundt cake
Coffee and Tea

For our carb lovers: 
fruit tray
mashed potatoes
cranberry sauce

Of course the trick will be to not over do it   ;D ;D ;D

Plenty of choices to stay on track  ;)

Dinner Recipes / Mock low carb Chick-fil-A Nuggets
« on: November 20, 2013, 04:01:51 AM »
Ok guys, here is the recipe I found.  I got my inspiration from here:  while the recipe is great as is, it’s a little too high on the carb count using the starch that he suggests.  Konjac Glucomannan Powder to the rescue!!  ;D ;D    You could probably add more to these for a coating such as ground pork rinds, flax meal or almond meal but I liked them with just the light coating.  These are very filling too so don't go crazy eating them up like popcorn  Haha    

Mock low carb Chick-fil-A Nuggets

2 lbs boneless, skinless chicken breasts = 0 net carbs
1/4 cup dill pickle juice  (I'm really not sure what to put for here.  My pickles say 1 for 3 but that is for the pickle itself.  They are the baby dills with no sugar added.) I used just the clear liquid from the jar.  I'm counting it as a 0
1 egg, mixed = .6 net carbs
2 Tbsp.  Heavy Cream = 0 net carbs
1/4 cup Konjac Glucomannan Powder = 0 net carbs
1 Tbsp. paprika = .39 net carbs
1 tsp. each salt and black pepper = 0 net carbs
1/2 tsp. garlic powder = 1.06 net carb
¼ tsp. ground cayenne pepper = .53 net carb
½ cup oil for frying (I used coconut oil)  = 0 net carbs

1. Cut chicken into 1 inch chunks and place them in a Ziploc bag with the pickle juice; marinate in the fridge for at least an hour.
2. When marinated pour out as much of the excess pickle juice as you can.  Mix the egg and cream together and add to the bag with the chicken making sure all is coated.  Let sit and marinate for at least 5 minutes.  
3. While waiting you can prep your dry ingredients by stirring them all together.
4. Drain any excess egg and heavy cream mixture and add the dry ingredients to the bag.  Be sure to close the bag first and then give it a good shake to be sure all is mixed and coated evenly.  
5. Fry the pieces in the cooking oil until golden brown.  I placed mine on a paper towel lined plate to drain the excess oil.  

These are very good with a nice ranch dressing for dipping.  Hubs really enjoyed the flavor too  Yumm   :D   Oh and there isn't anything in these that is unhealthy so you can feel good about feeding them to your family especially the kids.  It's a yummy way to add some extra fiber  ;)

My recipe program lists this recipe as having 45.35 g total carbs - 42.77 g fiber = 2.58 net carbs for the whole recipe.  It makes about 6 servings @ .43 net carbs.   ;D ;D

Sides and Snacks / Ground Beef Jerky
« on: September 09, 2013, 12:19:12 PM »
Yummm!!  And you can control what goes in it   ;)

Ground beef jerky

1 pound extra lean ground beef
1/2 teaspoon onion powder
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1/8 teaspoon hot pepper sauce, or to taste
2 Tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
2 Tablespoons soy sauce
1 Tablespoon reduced sugar ketchup
1 teaspoon kosher salt

Combined all ingredients and chill for 4 hours.
Spoon 1 TBS balls and mash between plastic wrap to make disks about 1/8 inch thick.
Put in dehydrator using your dehydrator instructions for making jerky.  Or you can use your oven (in oven at lowest temp setting 160 - 180 °F with the door ajar) Be sure to turn your jerky halfway through.  

Here is another great one  ;D  And I really like this one

Happy snacking  ;)

I changed the temps for the oven method.  It makes sense to me that you would want to be careful because of the risk of e-coli   Here is a good source that explains how to use the oven   

Meal Plans / TooSweets quest for un-sweetness
« on: July 06, 2013, 02:53:43 PM »
Ok guys I have given myself a challenge to not eat anything sweet for a two week period....Morgan you have inspired me  ;D  
I would like to see if I can break my habit and my unforgiving sweet tooth.  I'll post my meal plan on here to keep me accountable and give me an outlet to grumble along the way Haha

It's day one and already I am stressing.  I'm thinking it is mostly because I know I can't have any....I am determined to have control over this even if I do keep the sweets FTS friendly   ;)  Really want to have a hard candy right now but will refrain   :-X   :-\

Usual cup of coffee x 2= 0 carb
1 oz of cheddar cheese = 0 carb
hard boiled egg= .5 carb

Drinking water water water  ;D ;D

2:30 pm:
Joseph's pita (yes I ate a whole one  :D ) = 4 carb
smoked turkey = o carb
deli style baby swiss cheese = 1 net carb
pepperoni = 0 carb
lettuce (2 small leaves) minimal....= maybe .5 net carb
mayo = 0 net carb
Water to drink

I'm not sure what I will have planned for later...I'll come back and post when I know  :)

6:30 pm:  Dinner was delicious.  I had two hamburger patties topped with 1/4 cup sauteed mushrooms and swiss cheese = 2 net carbs
1/2 cup broccoli and 1/2 cup of cauliflower steamed and topped with butter = 3.5 net carbs
Water to drink

Total of 11.5 net carbs for the day.  I have almonds and almond milk set aside for a snack if I get hungry tonight   ;D

Funny but my head is hurting and has been most of the day....wondering if this is a withdrawal symptom from the artificial sweeteners    ::)   HA!    Feeling inspired and determined   :)

Has anyone tried these???  I think I'm in love  Haha   ;D ;D

They have several flavors in pint containers with 4.... 1/2 cup servings each:
No Sugar Added Vanilla Bean: (Sorry I don't have the stats for the vanilla...daughter didn't get that one for me)
No Sugar Added Chocolate:  18g Total Carbohydrate - 10g Dietary Fiber - 3g Sugar Alcohol = 5g Net Carbs
No Sugar Added Toasted Almond Chip:   18g Total Carbohydrate - 10g Dietary Fiber - 4g Sugar Alcohol = 4g Net Carbs
No Sugar Added Mint Chip:  18g Total Carbohydrate - 10g Dietary Fiber - 5g Sugar Alcohol = 3g Net Carbs  ;D
No Sugar Added Butter Pecan:   17g Total Carbohydrate - 10g Dietary Fiber - 3g Sugar Alcohol = 4g Net Carbs

My wonderful daughter found these at Whole Foods and bought me a case  Haha   ;D ;D  (love that girl!!)  What I like best about these is that they are sweetened with erythritol and stevia extract.  Here is the ingredients list for the No Sugar Added Mint Chip


If you don't care for the taste for coconut then I suppose this isn't for you.  While the flavor is slight I do taste the coconut in there.  It is so nice to be able to find something like this to enjoy that I don't have to make myself.  I know....I get lazy sometimes.   ;D  So far the mint chip is my favorite...I have to admit I haven't tried all the flavors yet, but it won't take me too long  ;)  I'm thinking of making some ice cream sandwiches to help control my serving sizes....Yumm!!   

I'm also excited to try the single serve So Delicious Coconut Milk 1g Total Carb - 1g Fiber = 0g net carbs  ;D ;D  These would be great for on the go  ;)

On the web site they have a store finder so you can see where to find it in your area.  By the way if your store carries any of this brand they should be able to order these as well.  Bug your grocery store manager  ;) ;D

Just thought I would share my recent find with my FTS peeps.

Stay cool out there folks  8)

Product Reviews / Panera Bread's hidden menu
« on: June 17, 2013, 09:29:47 PM »
Here is one more great place to enjoy some low carb options while our family and friends AKA carb lovers enjoy what they like.  I do wish they would advertise this stuff though  :-\  Thought I would share with my FTS peeps incase you have one near you  ;) 

Check these out....    yummy   ;D ;D ;D

General Discussion / Happy Mothers Day!!
« on: May 12, 2013, 12:50:03 PM »
It's a slow day on the forum today I'm hoping that means everyone is out enjoying this beautiful day! 

Happy Mothers Day to all our FTS Moms   ;D

Oh my gosh everyone take a look at this!!!  I've been thinking of doing this with just egg whites but this is too cool!!!  

Gonna try it soon  ;D

Bravo for Rachael Ray for having something like this on her show  :D  

Oh man!!  I am so happy to see this!!  Maybe manufactures will pay attention to this and clean up their acts!   ::) ::)  It's about time the FDA started to crack down on them.   Notice though they say they were working on the problem since 2011!!   :o  You would think they could get it straight in that amount of time  :-\

Sides and Snacks / Cauliflower Tater Tots
« on: March 05, 2013, 10:46:00 PM »
Hi everyone  :)  Here is a fun recipe for you  ;)  Very easy too

I had a head of cauliflower that I needed to use up.  I've been seeing posts about this and decided what the heck.....curiosity finally got to me  ;D  I have to say these are pretty good!!  Hubs even gave them a thumbs up.  I got my inspiration from here and just adjusted them to a low carb version.  This recipe made about 72 tots with a medium size head.  What I have in the freezer would fill one of the real tater tot bags that I used to buy in pre FTS days  :)

Low Carb Tater Tots

1 Medium Head  Cauliflower
2 Tbs Unsalted Butter, Melted
2 Tbs Heavy Cream
1/3 cup Sharp Cheddar, Grated
Sea Salt to taste
Ground Pepper to taste
1 Egg White
1 cup Parmesan Cheese

1. Preheat oven to 375

2. Make rice with your cauliflower by grating it with a cheese grater or food processor.  Place it dry in a microwave safe dish and cook for 5 minutes.   LET COOL BEFORE MIXING IN OTHER INGREDIENTS.  Tip: If your cauliflower is wet from washing, it will be mushy when you cook it.  Dry it as much as possible by placing it on paper towels before making rice with it.  You can also use frozen cauliflower, just steam/cook as normal.  Be sure to dry as much as posible before processing it into rice.

3. Mix in cheddar cheese, melted butter, heavy whipping cream and season with salt and pepper  to taste.  Keep in mind that the parmesan cheese will add some saltiness.  You can always add more to the finished product.

4. Whip your egg white until it has stiff peaks and fold it in evenly.

5. Scoop out spoonful’s and roll into about 1" balls.  You want them to be about the size of a regular tater tot.  Flatten two ends; shape and roll in the parmesan cheese putting them on a baking sheet using parchment paper for easy clean up.

6. If they aren’t holding together well place them in the freezer to firm up a bit before baking. (They don't need to be frozen solid and you could probably skip this step if in a hurry)  Tip:  If you don't plan on using the whole batch finish freezing the rest and store in freezer bags.  Just increase your baking time when you do use them from the frozen state.

7. Bake for 15 minutes, turning halfway through to brown evenly.

8. Enjoy plain or with reduced sugar or sugar free ketchup.  Better yet have them with low carb chili and cheese!!  Yummy!!

Yield: Makes approximately 70 - 80 Tots depending on the size you make them, at about 20 net carbs for the recipe.  

Update:  I used some of the frozen "tots" I had in the freezer tonight for my dinner with a hamburger patty.  Yummy by the way.  Anyway I needed to prepare the real thing as well for my non FTSer (mine were way better by the way  ;) )  I just baked them along side the others and they came out perfect.  I really enjoyed the ones that were very crispy.....wondering if they will hold together when fried?  Will try that next.  So if you are using them from frozen state.  Preheat oven to 425 and bake for 17-18 minutes.  Turning them half way through.  Enjoy  ;D ;D

Breakfast Recipes / A different twist on french toast
« on: February 02, 2013, 09:19:18 AM »
I finally got around to trying this recipe for french toast made with pork rinds this morning...I have to say I was very surprised how it came out!  No really!!  LOL  It was pretty darn good.  This will make 3 to 4 nice size pancakes depending on how you split it up.  Mine made 4 and I only ate 2.  I had it topped with Walden Farms maple syrup and a couple of slices of bacon.   I plan on trying to make a bread pudding with the rest if I can find some time today... I couldn't remember where I found it and I'm not sure if this is the original poster/creator of this recipe because you can find it all over if you google it.  I think this is the original though:

This does not taste like it is made with pork rinds in the slightest little bit if you don't use the brands that have the heavy pork rind flavor.  There are some brands that I can't eat because of the pork rind smell or I'm picky with what brand I buy.   ;)

Meal Plans / TooSweets meal plan 1/23/13-1/26/13
« on: January 23, 2013, 02:58:21 PM »
Hi all  :)

I thought maybe it would help some of the newbies if I would post my meal plans.  It might give them an idea of what some of the folks that have been in the FTS lifestyle for a while handles their day.  Maybe some others can post theirs along with me  ;)

I'll come back and post the rest of the week here as well.  

My day so far: 1/23/13

Morning:  6 am
Not hungry so I just had coffee and a hard boiled egg (.5 net carbs) and my multi-vitamin
Ice water after brushing teeth  ;D

10 am Ice water  

After noon:  1:30 pm

left over pulled pork on 1/2 low carb Joseph's peta (2 net carbs) and 1/2 cup my Mock KFC cole slaw (2 net carbs) Water to drink.

3:00 pm Ice water

Tonight:  I made this chicken soup because I wasn't feeling well tonight. I'm only counting it as (.5 net carbs) because I used regular hot sauce instead of the Picante sauce.

I always have a sweet tooth at night so.... Jello with whipped topping for tonight and herb green tea (0 net carbs)

Ice water before bed

This will make 5 net carbs for me today.    

General Discussion / What was on your holiday plate?
« on: November 25, 2012, 02:47:36 PM »
So very quiet here  ;D  I hope all the FTS family enjoyed their Thanksgiving holiday.

We very much enjoyed ours.  Lots of yummy good eats....all FTS approved of course  ;) ;)  I love how I can now sit down to eat a meal like this and not feel so miserable after.  

Anyone want to share a list of what they had on their plate along with carb counts for this holiday??  It will go a long way in helping others when they are faced with the holidays in the future.

Fried turkey = 0 net carbs
Ham  = 0 net carbs
Cauli-mash   = 1.5 net carbs
1 Tbs Low carb gravy  =  1 net carbs
Green beans  = 3 net carbs
Sugar Free cranberry jelly  = 1 net carbs
Deviled eggs  = 1 net carbs
Upside Down pumpkin pie   = 2.5 net carbs
Pumpkin roll  = 1.5 net carbs
Sugar Free cheese cake with a few berries and 0 carb whipped topping = 6 net carbs    

Grand total = 17.5 net carbs    I know guys   I probably over did it a bit.  But believe me I wasn't hungry later that day so that was it for the day  ;)  What a yummy day  ;D

What was on your plate??

General Discussion / It's very quiet today
« on: October 28, 2012, 03:45:35 PM »
I hope that means everyone is out having a wonderful relaxing time!!! 

I hate to say that I put on 2 lbs on a recent trip the Hubs took me on.  We celebrated 9 years together.   :)  This sweet man took me on a dolphin cruise to see these wonderful creatures.  Wow!!  Just simply breath taking!   ;D 

I'm hoping the 2 lbs are from drinking too much soda LOL   :P :P  Back to just water for a while....all and all a great time.  Just checking in with my FTS family...hope all have enjoyed their weekend  :)

Here is a few pictures I took I thought I would share  ;D

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