Friday, June 29, 2012

Why Do I Need To Know How Many Carbs My Body Can Handle?

We interrupt this post to bring you a breaking news item!!

Leave It To Beaver a classic 60's sitcom!
Image courtesy of IMDb
Fluffy Chix Cook Turkey Meatloaf will be delayed another day because I’m thinking we need to have a little talk bout ‘trition, Beaver. (That’s Nutrition to those of you who can’t read my colloquial prattle. And that’s Beaver, referencing Leave It To Beaver for those of you who are not children of the 60s and 70s. Poor you. You missed out on an awesome lot and a mostly happy era!) But good news! Apparently Leave It To Beaver, The Movie is coming to a theatre near you, soon!

I’m kinda guilty of tending away from talking about all things Nutrition Nerdville these days. Lately, Fluffy Chix mainly squawk about yummy recipes and silliness. Maybe it’s because of the cancer recovery? Maybe I’ve gotten lazy? Maybe I’m just tired of trying to convince people that this way of eating helps us and in my opinion, should be a preferential method of eating for most people. I’m talking of course, about low carb/controlled carb and paleo nutrition.

I’ve kinda left it up to the professionals and brainiacs in our nutritional world to take care of the education for all humanity on greater Earth. The brainiacs and metabolic

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Oven Fried Green Tomatoes a Low Carb Summer Sensation

Tomatoes Make June Heat Waves in Texas Totally Worth It!

Low Carb and Paleo Friendly to many, Oven Fried Green
Tomatoes make a great side for Barbequed Pulled Pork and
Summertime and the livin’ is easy! Fish are jumpin’ and the cotton is high.

June in Texas is more than Gershwin tunes and tall cotton! June means triple digit thermometer readings. On the Gulf Coast, June means the hurricane watch begins and will continue into September. But June, means something else in Texas.

June means tomato season busts wide open and between now and about mid-July, it isn’t rainin’ men (thank you to The Weather Girls for helping me continue my musical theme), heck, it isn’t rainin’ much of anything. Texas is in a drought, you know!

Nah, I think this song best describes the affinity I feel towards homegrown tomatoes. Wish I could embed the video but maybe you'll go listen to the link. Apparently there are others who feel as I do! :) (Homegrown Tomatoes by Guy Clark).

Sunday, June 17, 2012

Six Simple Golden Rules to Great Grilled Steak

Six Golden Rules to Great Steak - a Timeless Classic from our Daddy to Yours

Grilled Ribeye, Asparagus in Browned Butter and
Chopped Salad with Blue Cheese and House Vinaigrette.
Steak was a delicacy in our house. Not only was it expensive, but we had to make a special trip to the grocery and it seemed like Daddy had to talk to the butcher for hours in order to procure it. I would twiddle my thumbs, run up and down isles and touch every package of meat in the case, while Daddy talked shop with his butcher pal.

Our dad hunted and between him and the boys, plus Nanny and myself, we managed to put most of the meat on our table from the wild: venison, pig, dove, ducks, geese, turkey, rabbit, squirrel, fish, crab, shrimp and heck, even the odd armadillo – it is Texas after all. So we didn’t see the butcher very often. We even made our own ground meat, chili meat and sausage.

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Life's a Load - A Load of Loaded Broccoli

Sometimes it’s hard to find balance, especially when life is loaded with traps and pitfalls!

Loaded Broccoli - low carb, paleo friendly, diabetic
friendly, and sock monkey approved works
great as a side dish with anything - especially steak!
Because I want to share my journey with each of you, I tend toward TMI (too much information) and often, I fear it’s off-putting.

This is primarily a food and recipe blog and if I share too much personal “schtuff”, will it make you go, “Eww. Ick. I prolly wouldn’t a said that one, buddy…” a la Lewis Grizzard – a well-known, now-dead, southern humorist?

Will it put the male readers permanently “off” women or anything remotely involving the Secret Gynocracy, to which all women belong and of whom DSFW’s (Delicate Flowers of Southern Womanhood) hold many of the seats on the SG Board of Directors?

So I’m gonna take a leap of faith and jump in deep and wide. But beware! This post is loaded! And with much more than the delicious and healthy Loaded Broccoli!

Men, you may want to pull your bottom lips up over your head now and just skip forward to the recipe below, singing smurfily, "La la la la la lah, la la la la lahhh!" It is quite the recipe. Steeped in difficulty and mystique!

Sunday, June 10, 2012

Kent Altena's Jamaican Jerk Chicken is Awesomeful of Awesomeness

Sometimes Jerki-ness is good - when it's Caribbean Jerk, mon!

Kent's Jamaican Jerk Chicken and Pork makes
ya feel like dancin' to reggae mon!
My buddy Kent Altena and his missus attended the Low Carb Cruise to Jamaica not long ago. They returned, inspired by visions of Jamaican Jerk and reggae in the night. Kent came back a craivin’ kind of guy. Inspired by the abundance of excellent low carb cooks on board, great food and inspiration and visions of Caribbean dancing in his head, it didn’t take him long to dream up a cure for the modern Jerk jones.

Please take the time to visit Kent’s site, Atkin’s Diet Geek and read his terrific recipe – then don’t forget to mark a reminder on your calendar to make it! He has a very good video tutorial on YouTube where he demos the recipe. Don’t forget to take notes on his grilling technique! Grilling bone in chicken pieces is not an easy feat, my friend, but Kent de-mystifies the process! Way to go, Kent!

I have to admit, I don’t have much experience with Caribbean cuisine. Prior to test driving this baby, I’m ashamed to admit my only run in with jerks was

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Texas Chicken Pizzaiolo - It's Texan, Low Carb and Paleo! Yeehaw!

Oh Texas Chicken Pizzaiolo How I love Thee. You Paragon of Leftovers Complete Me!

As I mentioned in the Armadillo Egg post, this is a love story devoted to leftovers.

Texas Chicken Pizzaiolo will never give your secret away.
No one will ever call you the Leftover Queen!
Texas Chicken Pizzaiolo translates to the Pizza Maker’s Chicken – Texas Style! Why do I call it Texas Style? Well because there are big honking jalapenos and goat cheese involved and jalapenos and goat “anything” is almost synonymous with Texas. Look up Texas on Wikipedia. You’ll see a goat and a big honking jalapeno. Would I lie to you?

Texas Chicken Pizzaiolo really translates into a marriage between three leftovers and cheese – the lovely cheese - that scrumptious cement that binds. Armadillo Eggs, Roasted Tomatoes (recipe follows), and Pizza Sauce (recipe follows) layer to make a breathtaking entrĂ©e that will never resemble leftovers. In fact, you will love it so much, it might take the place of Chicken Parmigiana!

Friday, June 1, 2012

Texas Armadillo Eggs - Have Grill Will Travel

Sometimes Havin' A Plan, Especially a Plan for Leftovers Makes Life Easy.

Armadillo Eggs - Low Carb, Gluten Free and so good you
wouldn't give a hungry dog a bone! No sharesies!
This is a leftover love story. What I really mean is this is a love story about leftovers. Done correctly, "leftover" is not a four letter expletive! I actually love leftovers when they can be disguised and morphed into a completely different dish!

No. The chicken breasts in this story aren’t leftover! But the Armadillo Eggs themselves are meant to be leftover. So make lots, okay?

Armadillo Eggs taste divine in their own right, but used in the next recipe comin’ your way, well they become transcendent. You might just cry from taste bud overload.

But why are they called Armadillo Eggs, you might ask? Good question from the little lady in the first row. They’re big. Very big. And they’re egg shaped. And I don’t have a lot of creativity. Meh. And the name amuses the ‘boys.’ So they’re Armadillo Eggs.