Grilled Garlic Green Beans Recipe!

Grilled Garlic Green Beans Recipe!

I hope everyone had a wonderful Mother’s Day!  We had all the kids and grandkids over yesterday for a little cookout and I made 2 delicious recipe that I want to share with you.  The Stuffed Jalapenos I made will go up next week but you can see a picture of them here.  For now, I want to show you my favorite way to make fresh green beans.  Keep in mind that if you don’t have a grill or a vegetable wok, that you can do this in a skillet just as well.  However, if you have a grill, you should absolutely buy a vegetable wok.  They are usually less than $20 and make it easy to grill up veggies while you are cooking your meat.

Green Beans Marinating in Baggies

First, get your beans and cut off the tips, then put them in a Ziploc bag or the equivalent.    I divided my beans among 2 bags only because I didn’t have anything bigger than a quart size but you don’t have to do this if they will fit.   Then add enough Olive Oil to coat the beans, in my case it was about a quarter cup per bag.  Then season with Garlic Salt (make sure it contains no added sugar, spice blends are sneaky) or garlic powder and salt.  Then shake the bags to evenly coat all the beans and throw throw them in the fridge for a couple hours to marinate.

Grilled Green Beans

Then throw the beans into your vegetable wok over an open flame and stir occasionally to cook evenly.  Again, you can cook them in a skillet but everything tastes better on the grill.

Grilled Green Beans

The beans are done when they darken and soften.  They also shrink a bit when you cook them so always make more than you think you need.  Serve them warm and enjoy!

Grilled Garlic Green Beans
Recipe type: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
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Cook time: 
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Serves: 4 Servings
A Paleo, Vegan, and Vegetarian grilled green beans recipe.
  • 1 Lb Green Beans
  • 2 Tbsp Garlic Salt
  • ¼ cup Olive Oil
  1. Cut tips off green beans and place in ziploc bags
  2. pour in olive oil and garlic salt. Seal bag and shake vigorously to coat beans evenly
  3. Let marinate in refrigerator for at least 2 hours
  4. Cook in vegetable wok on grill or on skillet until darker green with brown spots and soft

Grilled Garlic Green Beans Recipe!

What’s Sugar Free at The Grocery Store: Sausage Edition!

What's Sugar Free at The Grocery Store: Sausage Edition!

It’s time for another What’s Sugar Free at the Grocery Store!  This week we are looking at the dinner sausages and a few breakfast sausages.  I was really excited about doing this because I LOVE sausage and cutting up a few sausages with peppers and onions is one of my favorite meals.  However, in doing this I was surprised to find out that most of them had sugars added, just not any of the sugar that contain fructose.

So in making this list, I’ve only included varieties that contain no added sugar with fructose but I’ve included the sugars with glucose in parenthesis after the product.  This way you can make an informed decision about what to buy.  This list was made by looking at the sausage at a Walmart so that’s why all the Great Value (Walmart’s house brand) products are included.  If you shop at a different store, you will need to check those house brands for yourself.


Johnsonville Brats Hot & Spicy Bratwurst (Contains Corn Syrup and Dextrose)


Johnsonville Brats Beer & Bratwurst (Contains Corn Syrup and Dextrose)


Johnsonville Italian Sausage (Contains Corn Syrup and Dextrose) (Hot Mild, or Sweet)


Johnsonville Brats Cheddar Cheese and Bacon (Contains Maltodextrin)


Johnsonville Original (Contains Corn Syrup and Dextrose)


Johnsonville Chorizo (Contains Corn Syrup and Dextrose)


Great Value Beer & Bratwurst (Contains Corn Syrup and Dextrose)


Great Value Ground Italian Sausage (Contains Corn Syrup and Dextrose) (Regular, Hot, Mild or Sweet)



Great Value Pork Style Italian Meatballs with Parmesan Cheese (Contains Corn Syrup and Dextrose)

Great Value Pork Meatballs with Jalapeno (Contains Corn Syrup and Dextrose)


Great Value Premium Pork Sausage

Great Value Italian Breakfast Sausage


Hillshire Farm Kielbasa (Contains Corn Syrup and Dextrose)

Oscar Mayer Select Uncured Turkey Sausage (Contains Corn Syrup and Dextrose)


Butterball Everyday Turkey Sausage (Contains Corn Syrup and Dextrose)


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5/4 Weightloss Wednesday: 31 Lbs Down!

5/4 Weightloss Wednesday: 31 Lbs Down!

It’s time for another Weightloss Wednesday!  I was a little disappointed that I only lost one pound this week but it was my own fault.  I had a family member in the hospital and a dentist appt that lasted all day, in both cases I ended up eating a bunch of chips and salsa at a Mexican restaurant.  Those salty chips are absolutely my biggest weakness right now but even with that, my weight still went down a bit.

I’ve also been really good about riding my bike for 5 miles a day.  In fact, bike riding has become my can’t-miss, must-do exercise every day; to the point that I feel really odd if I miss it for whatever reason.   The yoga I wanted to start my day with?  Not so much.  I haven’t done it in weeks and don’t miss it at all.  Maybe I tried to do too much too soon and maybe I’ll circle back to it in a few weeks.

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5/4 Weightloss Wednesday: 31 Lbs Down!


My Sugar Free Meal Plan: May 2nd – May 8th

My Sugar Free Meal Plan: May 2nd - May 8th

Here is this week’s Sugar Free Meal Plan!  Instead of mailing the PDF to you because I don’t have any confidence that I set up that whole thing right, I’m letting you download the PDF by clicking here but after you do that, I sure would appreciate it if you signed up for my daily email by clicking here.

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I appreciate you all and hope this Meal Plan helps you eat healthy and lose that weight.  Thanks!

Sugar Free Meal Plan for May 2nd-May 8th, 2016


All recipes are for 2 people.  Just double recipe for 4 people or triple for 6.



4 Chicken Breasts

2 lb Hamburger Meat

1 Pork Loin

1 Salmon FIlet

Sugar Free Sausage







Garlic Cloves




Green Beans

Butternut Squash




Bell Peppers


Chili Powder

Garlic Powder

Onion Powder

Red Pepper









Chili Powder



Kosher Salt




Sour Cream

Cheddar Cheese


Olive Oil

Apple Cider Vinegar with “The Mother”

Sugar Free BBQ Sauce

5oz Bag of Shelled Pecans

Aluminum Foil

Ziploc Bags


Day 1

Chicken Fajita salad

  • Mix 1½ tablespoon chili powder, ½ teaspoon garlic powder, ¼ teaspoon onion powder, ¼ teaspoon red pepper, ¼ teaspoon basil, ¼ teaspoon oregano, ½ teaspoon paprika, 1½ teaspoons ground cumin, 2 teaspoons kosher salt, & 1 teaspoon black pepper to make taco seasoning
  • Pan fry 2 sliced Chicken breasts and a sliced onion in a little butter until internal temp of 165° is reached
  • Add Spinach, diced tomatoes to bowl.  Top with Chicken and onions and a ½ an avocado, sliced.  Top with Sour Cream.


Day 2


  • Preheat oven to 350°
  • Finely dice 1 cup of mushrooms
  • Cook Mushrooms with 1 tsp of butter in skillet for 5-7 minutes until soft
  • Put 1 lb of hamburger meat, 1 egg, 3 finely diced garlic cloves, ½ finely diced onion, 2 tsp salt, 2 tsp black pepper, 1 tsp of Thyme, 2 Tsp Oregano and cooked mushrooms in bowl and mix with hands
  • Place in small greased pan and cook in oven until brown throughout, approx 35 minutes
  • In small bowl, mix equal parts yellow mustard and sour cream
  • Let meatloaf cool for a few minutes, then spread mustard mixture on top

Cauliflower Mash

  • Steam cubed ½ head of Cauliflower until fork passes easily through, approx 15 minutes
  • Place into food processor with 2 Tbsp butter, a splash of milk and ½ cup of shredded cheddar cheese
  • Blend until smooth

Steamed Carrots

  • Chop 2 Carrots and steam until soft


Day 3

Rosemary Garlic Pork Loin

  • Place pork loin on sheet of aluminum foil
  • Cut 3 slits down from the top of the loin equidistant apart. (Instructional Video)
  • Stir 2 Diced Garlic cloves, 2 finely chopped strand of Rosemary, and 1 Tbsp Kosher salt into 2 Tbsp melted butter.
  • Brush butter mixture across top of loin and down into slits
  • Fold up sides of foil so juices are held next to loin while cooking
  • Cook at 350 degrees until an internal temperature of 185 degrees is reached
  • Let rest for 3-5 minutes before serving

Baked Zucchini Chips

  • Slice a Zucchini into rounds, drizzle with olive oil and season with salt and pepper.
  • Bake on 350° for 10-15 minutes until crisp

Garlic Green Beans

  • Cut ends off fresh green beans and place in ziploc bag.
  • Put ¼ cup of olive oil, 2 Tsp of garlic powder and 2 Tsp of salt in bag.  Mix well and let marinate for at least 2 hours
  • Fry in skillet for about 10 minutes until soft


Day 4

Grilled BBQ Chicken Breasts

  • Place chicken breasts on grill and cook until internal temp of 165° is reached, flipping once.  5 minutes before chicken is finished, brush a sugar free BBQ sauce on both sides
  • (If you don’t have access to a grill, oven bake the breasts for 25 minutes at 375°)

Baked Butternut Squash

  • Peel Butternut Squash, cut in half lengthwise and scoop out seeds
  • Cut Squash into cubes and place on baking sheet
  • Season with nutmeg, cinnamon and 2 Tsp of butter
  • Bake on 375° for 35 minutes until soft


Day 5

Pecan Encrusted Salmon

  • Pre-heat oven to 350°
  • Cover half of baking sheet with tinfoil.  
  • Coarsely chop ½ cup  pecans in food processor with ½ tsp of chili powder
  • Crack 2 eggs into bowl with a little milk, whisk until mixed well.
  • Put egg mixture in one plate and spiced nut mixture on a second plate
  • Dredge Salmon filet in eggs, then nuts
  • Bake in oven for approx 15-20 minutes until Salmon is flaky

Steamed Broccoli with Cheese

  • Cut Broccoli into individual florets and steam until soft
  • Shred Cheddar Cheese and cover broccoli

Green Side Salad

  • Place a handful of spinach, a diced tomato, and a avocado cut into cubes in bowl.  Cover with 2 tsp of olive oil, 1 tsp of vinegar, salt and pepper and toss.


Day 6

Hamburger patties covered with mushrooms and onions

  • Pat out 2 ¼ Lb Hamburger Patties and slice ½ an onion
  • Fry patties in frying pan, add sliced onion and mushrooms to cook with meat, season with salt and pepper
  • Place on paper towels to drain

Rutabaga Fries

  • Cut both ends off a Rutabaga, peel and slice into french fry sized strips (Instructional video)
  • Place on baking pan with 4 Tbsp butter and season with salt (Sometimes I add parmesan cheese and garlic powder)
  • Cook on 350° until soft, about 35 minutes. Turn the Broiler on for the last 5 minutes to brown on top

Quick and Easy Guacamole

  • Peel and cube an avocado, add to bowl with diced roma tomato
  • Season with 1 Tsp lime juice, ½ tsp pepper, ½ tsp salt, ½ tsp onion powder and ½ tsp garlic powder, mix well


Day 7

Sausage and Peppers over Cauliflower rice

  • Slice a sausage that contains no added sugar into ½” thick slices and place in skillet with sliced onions and bell pepper with a pat of butter, fry until onions and peppers are soft
  • Shred a half a head of cauliflower and place in steamer basket for 5 minutes
  • Serve sausage and peppers over cauliflower rice

4/27 Weightloss Wednesday: April Goals Reached!

4/27 Weightloss Wednesday: April Goals Reached!

It’s time for Weightloss Wednesday!  These posts get more fun to write the less I weigh. 🙂

So way back in the beginning of April, I set a few goals.  This is the last Weightloss Wednesday of the month so lets check in on those.

4/27 Weightloss Wednesday: April Goals Reached!

The most important one is that goal weight and I am happy to report that as of this morning I’m 270.1 lbs so I’m rounding down to 270.  I’ve got a few days left to lose that last tenth of a pound so I know it won’t be a problem.  Of everything that I’ve managed to accomplish this month, that 270 on the scale is what I’m most proud of and seeing my weight go down a little each day gets me so freaking excited I can’t hardly contain myself.

Next I decided I wanted to experiment more with my cooking and that is going awesome.  The recipe I’m most proud of is my Cauliflower Tots because it took me so many tries to get it right but once I did, it was worth it!  You can check out all my Sugar Free Recipes here.

Then I wanted to reduce the Sweet n Low in my evening tea by a third.  I wanted to do this because I really want to totally break myself from the “tyranny of the sweet” where I don’t feel a meal is complete without something sweet in it.  Plus, removing sweeteners has enabled my tongue to taste the natural sweetness in other foods.  I’m continually amazed at how sweet foods are now that I don’t eat sugar.

2 nights ago I went with my son to the Rangers game and really struggled internally with what I was going to drink.  I knew I didn’t want a beer but I also knew that the only other real option was a Coke Zero.  I managed to stay strong while my son tore through a BBQ sandwich, a chili dog, and 2 beers.  I got home and had a nice glass of tea to celebrate.

The yoga I’ve been VERY inconsistent with and it’s the one thing I’ve really failed with.  I started off strong and then just stopped.  Not sure why but I think I’m just not a morning person.  Maybe I should move this to the last thing I do each day instead of the first.

The 5 miles on the bike is a different story.  Not only has this been easy to do but I really enjoy it.  I find myself working harder during the day to get everything done just so I have enough time to get those 5 miles in before I cook dinner.

So all in all, goals are good and it feels great when you meet them.  If you would like to see my May goals, be sure to follow me on Instagram because that’s where I will be posting them as soon as I figure out what they will be.

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4/27 Weightloss Wednesday: April Goals Reached!