The Benefits of Oatmeal

Eating oatmeal has many benefits. The best oatmeal that I like to use is rolled oats because its more versatile in cooking than quick oats. Oatmeal is naturally gluten-free, however if you are gluten sensitive, you should check packaging to make sure it hasn’t been processed in a facility that also processes wheat.

  1. Oatmeal is high in fiber and great for digestion.
  2. Oatmeal is an anti-inflammatory and contains Avenanthramide that is great to lower blood pressure.
  3. Helps control weight and keeps you feeling fuller longer.
  4. Can reduce your bad LDL cholesterol levels and regular cholesterol levels.
  5. Oatmeal has a low glycemic index and can stabilize your blood sugar levels.
  6. Reduces the risk of colorectal cancer.
  7. Oatmeal has antioxidants and reduces the risk of heart disease. 
  8. Lowers the risk of asthma and asthma attacks.

Cranberry Sauce

1 teaspoon Corn Starch

1/2 cup Monk Fruit Powder

1/2 cup Water

1 cup Raspberries

2 cups Cranberries (fresh or frozen)

Puree Cranberries and set aside. In a saucepan combine Corn Starch, Monk Fruit Powder and water. Stir on low heat until dissolved. Add raspberries and cranberries. Turn up the heat to medium high heat stirring constantly until it starts to simmer. Remove from heat when the mixture starts to get thicker like jam.

Amount per serving – 1 tablespoon = 2 g carbs 1 g sugars

This cranberry sauce is super easy and delicious blend of tart and sweet. This sauce is not only gluten-free and vegan but also diabetic friendly too.

The latest book featuring Gluten-Free Frugal Gourmet Recipes

The latest book, Feel GOOD and GET Tough With Your HEALTH – A Guide To Better Health features recipes from the Gluten-Free Frugal Gourmet. There are different options to choose from. Digital pdf download or kindle version. The kindle version does not include recipes. In the book I talk about food and inflammation. I know many of my followers here already know Gluten is a huge culprit to inflammation. You will find lots of good food facts and how to resolve your own health issues. Of course, all of the recipes in the book are low carb delicious and gluten-free.

There are a few days left to get a discounted copy of the book with some FREEbies. A huge thank you, thank you, thank you, to everyone that has supported me. If you haven’t had a chance to check out my IndieGoGo campaign, I am including the link.

Feel GOOD and GET Tough

Buffalo Style Cauliflower

I found this recipe from JJ Virgin I love this alternative to Chicken Wings. I made some slight changes to this recipe.

1 Head Cauliflower

2 tbsp Avocado Oil

1 tsp ground Cumin

1 tsp Garlic powder

1/2 tsp Turmeric

2 tbsp smoked Paprika

1/4 tsp salt

*1/2 tsp New Mexico chile powder (*optional for extra spice)

Preheat oven 475 to In a small bowl, mix all seasonings together. In a large bowl, thoroughly coat Cauliflower with oil. Sprinkle seasonings on cauliflower and stir until well coated. Bake on a cookie sheet for 10 minutes. Remove from oven place cauliflower back in large bowl, coat with 1/4 cup favorite hot sauce. Place back in over for an additional 5-8 minutes.

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Greek Salad

1/2 cup Olive Oil

1/4 cup Apple Cider Vinegar

1/2 Tablespoon Oregano

1/4 tsp Thyme

1/4 tsp Black Pepper

1/8 tsp Sea Salt

2-3 sprigs fresh Dill

1 small clove minced garlic

1 cup Grape Tomatoes cut in half

1 Cucumber sliced and quartered

1 sliced Red or Bell Pepper

1 cup chopped Cauliflower

1/4 cup chopped Red Onion

1/4 cup sliced Kalamata Olives

1/2 cup Feta Cheese (optional)

I like to use a canning jar to mix these ingredients together; olive oil, apple cider vinegar, garlic, dill, spices, shake in a jar by shaking with the lid on (or use a blender). After it is well mixed, pour over vegetables mixture.  Cover and marinate in the fridge for at least 1 hour. The longer you marinade the better.

Grandpa’s Kitchen Pull-A-Part Dinner Rolls

Photo courtesy Allyson Kauwe, Grandpa’s Kitchen.

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This recipe uses one of my favorite products Grandpa’s Kitchen Bread Mix. When making this, you can use any gluten-free flour mix. This recipe I made is a variation from one of Grandpa’s Kitchen recipes, that I revised to be more diabetic friendly.

12 oz plain yogurt

2 eggs, slightly beaten

1/4 Cup Avocado Oil

2 1/4 C Grandpa’s Kitchen Bread Mix

1/3 Cup Oatmeal Flour

1 tsp Salt

3 tsp Baking Powder

1 Tbsp Monk Fruit Powder

1 Tbsp Yeast

Mix all dry ingredients in a mixing bowl. On lowest mixer speed, slowly add wet ingredients and incorporate with the dry ingredients and mix for five minutes until thoroughly mixed. Cover the dough and refrigerate for about 2 hours.

Grease hands well. With a 2-inch scoop, make dough balls, roll gently and place in a greased 9×13 pan. Let rise for 40 minutes or until rolls touch each other. Bake in preheated oven at 400 degrees for 20-30 minutes or until golden brown.

1 roll = 20 g carbs,  0 g sugar

You can find the original recipe on Grandpa’s Kitchen website.

The Ultimate Vegan Veggie Burger

Making homemade veggie burgers is a tricky business. I have tried many recipes that have failed. For best results, I have found that a food processor will work best for grating and mixing ingredients.

8 oz Mushrooms shredded

1/4 cup Onion shredded

1 clove Garlic minced

1 can Black Beans

1 1/2 tsp Chili Powder

1 tsp. Cumin

2 tbs. Cilantro

1/4 tsp. Black Pepper

1/4 tsp. Salt

Shred Mushrooms, Onion.  Drain and rinse beans. Place in food processor minced Garlic, seasonings, beans with mushrooms and onions. Gradually add flour until dough forms. Place on a cookie sheet and bake in the oven at 350 for 12-15 minutes. I like to top with a slice of avocado and eat in a lettuce wrap.

Feel GOOD and GET Tough With Your HEALTH

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Finally this 10 year project is almost finished. “Feel GOOD and GET Tough With Your HEALTH” is the first of a series that will goes along with the Gluten-Free Frugal Gourmet Recipe Books. The focus in this books is a guide for reversing Type 2 Diabetes.

This book addresses how food affects diabetes and other he how health conditions can be related to products containing gluten and other foods that cause inflammation. Feel free to share #FeelGOODandGETtoughwithyourHEALTH.

This is your chance to purchase an advance copy of the book at a discount before it’s available on Amazon.

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Low Carb Spicy Vegan Tacos

Taco Seasoning Mix

½ tsp Salt

½ tsp Chili Powder

1 tsp Minced Onion

½ tsp Cumin

1/8 tsp Garlic powder

1/2 tsp Black Pepper

1/8 tsp Cayenne Pepper or Red Pepper flakes

Taco Filling 

1 cup Water

1 cup TVP

1 can Tomato Paste

1 Jalapeño sliced small

Taco filling can be cooked on the stovetop or microwave. Boil water in saucepan or microwave. Add TVP to water, add Tomato Paste. {If you like Jalapeños, add to TVP mixture or can be served fresh on tacos.} Let it simmer for 5-6 minutes until water cooks down. Add Seasoning mix, let stand for 5-6 minutes. Serve in a lettuce leaf. Also great served with Black Beans topped with Tomatoes. Some other suggested toppings are Avocados, Guacamole, Olives, Cilantro, Green Chilis.

Sugar I Quit!

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The truth is, most artificial sweeteners can be more harmful to you than sugar. Some artificial sweeteners are as much as 20,000 times sweeter than sugar. According to MD Anderson, studies have shown that many artificial sugars have been linked to cause cancer. However, sugar by itself doesn’t typically cause cancer. Additional studies have shown that there are multiple health risks associated with too much sugar consumption.  Sugar has its own set of issues. I have noticed how addictive sugar can be. Like a drug, there are so many other things I have been able to quit easier than sugar. I have been weighing out the pros and cons of eating sugar. Here’s the facts;

  1. Sugar can make you gain weight and increases your appetite.
  2. Sugar can affect your mental health and causes Brain Fog.
  3. Sugar causes inflammation.
  4. Sugar has been linked to Heart Disease.
  5. Sugar can cause higher blood pressure.
  6. Sugar causes tooth decay and cavities.
  7. Sugar can affect your hormones and lowers your immune system.
  8. Sugar affects kids and adults with ADHD.

 

None of this evidence is new information. There are many aliases that sugar can be found under different names. Here are some of the names to find where sugar is hiding.

  • Beet Sugar (sugar beets)
  • Brown Sugar
  • Cane Sugar
  • Corn Syrup
  • Corn Syrup Solids
  • Dextrose
  • Fructose
  • Galactose
  • Glucose
  • High Fructose Corn Syrup
  • Invert Sugar
  • Lactose (milk sugar)
  • Maltose (malt sugar)
  • Molasses
  • Sucralose
  • Sucrose
  • Treacle (refined from molasses)

So.. based on the facts, sugar I quit! All of the previous recipes I have posted here, I will be revamping and refining them to exclude the dreaded evil sugar that none of us need in our life. Here is a good article how to detox from sugar. I am looking forward to enjoying a better healthier life without it.