Carrots!!

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Hi Friends,

Dear hubby went to Costco the other day.  I think he went on an empty stomach. He brought home a large bag of organic carrots for our family of 4.  This bag probably had 40 huge carrots inside!  So funny!  So we have used them in a pot roast, eaten them raw and some will go in a chicken and veggie soup I’m planning.  The trouble is we still have close to 30 left.  And yet, it has helped me to be creative.

I decided 2 days ago that I am going to eliminate refined sugar and some natural sugars (from juice and dried fruit) from my diet (because of weight and pain issues).  That got me to thinking of different food choices for snacks.  It hit me that I should try to make carrot chips (or shavings)!  I found a recipe and then adapted it.  Here is my recipe:

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CARROT SNACK:

Ingredients:

  • 3 carrots, shaved into thin peels with a vegetable peeler
  • ½ – 1 tablespoon melted coconut oil (enough to lightly coat)
  • 2 – 3 pinches of fine sea salt

Instructions:

  • Preheat oven to 425 degrees F.
  • Combine all ingredients and toss.
  • Arrange carrot shavings in a single layer on baking sheet lined with tin foil.

Bake for 12 minutes @ 425F, checking every few minutes and tossing if needed (they can burn easily).  If not yet crispy, turn oven down to 300F and bake for another 5 to 15 minutes.  Keep checking until desired crispness is achieved.

Enjoy!  I really like them and have made them twice since yesterday.

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The word ‘carrots’ also got me to thinking about ‘Anne of Green Gables’.  Do you know the story?  If so, you know exactly what I’m talking about.  🙂 If not you definitely need to read the book by L.M. Montgomery or watch the miniseries from Sullivan Entertainment (with Megan Follows as Anne)!  It is a wonderful, heart warming story that we have watched over and over since the kids were little.  Our whole family enjoys it.

Word of advice on the miniseries:  ‘Anne of Green Gables: The Sequel’ is also excellent, but ‘Anne of Green Gables:  The Continuing Story’ is awful and does not follow the books at all.

Do you have a favorite carrot recipe (or healthy snack recipe) or favorite Anne of Green Gables scene?  If so, please share!

Joyfully,

Jackie

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Healthy Spaghetti?

Hi Friends,

I think I may have created a healthier spaghetti option tonight for my dinner.  The family had the traditional noodles while I substituted white sweet potato “noodles” instead.  We also used bison ground beef.  So my meal, pictured below, was made of  the following ingredients:

1/2 white sweet potato (made into noodles with the fancy gadget you’ll see in the picture) steamed in  a small amount of water.

1/4 C prepared spaghetti sauce (I cheated)

1/4 C cooked bison ground beef (I sprinkled basil and garlic powder on the meat while cooking)

Mix all ingredients together.  Bon Appétit! 🙂

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It was delicious! Yay!

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Here’s to our healthy choices, Jackie