Thursday, August 25, 2011

Sugar Free Canned Peaches

We live in a big agriculture town. We are loving all the cheap fresh produce. This week I got a case of peaches (25 pounds) from the grower for $12. Honestly we ate about half of them. I wanted to bottle the rest for when produce is not as plentiful. I didn't want to make them sugary though. I was thrilled when Costco had this Welches 100% peach and grape juice on their coupon. I used this method to peel the peaches. I sliced them and stuffed them in the jar (don't be shy or you will be sad with how much space you gain when they are boiled). I boiled the juice and poured it over them leaving about an inch of space in the top. Wipe the top rims and add boiled fresh lids. I then put the bottles in a large pot of boiling water (cover the jars by at least an inch). The quarts cooked for 25 minutes and the pints 20 minutes.

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Sofrito Mashed Potato

I am a big Guy Fieri fan. I am not only not eating flour or sugar but I am cutting back on starches. To keep it interesting I am trying a lot of new recipes. I LOVED this one (as did the hubby and kids). The beauty of this one is that for my portion I measured half potato and half the sauce so my potato was half veg. Anything that gives me more potato is great in my book. For mine I only did 1/2 a TBSP of butter. In all of them I substituted lowfat buttermilk for the cream. Give 'em a try you will love 'em! Get the recipe here.

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Sugar Free!!!!

Going sugar free (and flour free) really seems to work for me. I have flirted with Diabetes with the last 2 pregnancies and I really am trying to avoid going into full blown Type 2. I have gone about 40 days now without a drop of sugar (not even IN stuff). When I make dinner now I occasionally make adjustments which I will post for mine. It really has not been too bad once I made up my mind. For me it is better to be completely abstinent then but back.
This picture is of my FAVORITE treat right now. My sister Meesha makes it and I LOVE it. It is great at night when the kids and Lee are having ice cream or something.
Sugar Free (but YUMMY smoothie)
12 oz raspberry lemonade Crystal Light (you can use any kind but the tang in this is great!)
8 oz mixed frozen fruit (my favorite is blueberry, banana, nectarine)
Blend until smooth. Please note you can also use non-frozen fruit but it is kinda frothy and not as good. If you use banana (even just a 1/2) it makes it really creamy. Enjoy!