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Monday, July 6, 2015

Whole30 and Spaghetti Squash

My husband and I are gearing up for Whole30.  I say gearing up because we wanted to get through the 4th of July and finish eating some things in our house that aren't permitted on Whole30.  As those "illegal" items have disappeared, we are using Whole30 items.  Sugar is going to be VERY hard to get rid of.  And bread.  I love both!  But I've started noticing some issues lately that may be related to food allergies.  Whole30 is an elimination diet, not a weight loss diet, although 96 % of people lose weight on it just be eliminating sugar and a lot of unhealthy food from their diet. 

If you read labels, it is VERY difficult to find foods that don't have some amount of sugar added!  All Jimmy Dean sausage has sugar but not all Bob Evans does.  Who knew?  I've never checked a sausage package for sugar before!

I LOVE my creamy sweetened coffee in the morning but have given up the sweetener and creamer.  I can use unsweetened almond milk or coconut milk in my coffee.  I'm sipping it right now.  I miss the sugar but it isn't bad.

We both like spaghetti squash and I made a version of  spaghetti without sugar and with spaghetti squash " noodles" this weekend.  It was yummy.  There is no diary on Whole30 but I didn't miss the parmesan.  The worst thing about spaghetti squash is getting the darn things open!!!  I decided to experiment and put it in the microwave for 5 minutes.  It really helped!!!  The skin was much easier to cut through.  I then proceeded to roast it in the oven with a little olive oil.

So that is my big tip of the day....microwave your spaghetti squash a bit before attempting to cut it!

Monday, June 29, 2015

Best-Ever Banana Bread

It's been forever since I've made a blog post entry.  Someday I may get a chance to sit down and write why.

As for right now, I just made some amazing banana nut bread.  I found the recipe on the back of a bag of Gold Medal flour.  I've been told before that you can't go wrong when you try the recipes on the package of something.  the company doesn't want to put a recipe on there that makes their product look bad.

It is super moist and totally yummy!  I didn't have a stick of butter that wasn't frozen so I used Coconut Oil  instead.  We frequently seem to have a banana that gets too ripe before we eat it so I just toss them in my freezer.  I had 4 bananas in the freezer so when I ate breakfast I took them out to thaw.  Later in the day I had a few minutes to get the bread made.

Andy and I really enjoyed it!  It had a slightly crunchy crust and was soft and moist on the inside.  Delicious!

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