Sugar Free Rosemary Garlic Pork Loin Recipe

Sugar Free Rosemary Garlic Pork Loin Recipe

This week’s recipe is a very simple one but one that has become something we do a few times a month because my local supermarkets like to put pork loins on sale a lot.  The ingredients are very simple and wholesome and taste wonderful on pork.

If you make this for your family, send me a pic at [email protected]  I would absolutely love to see it!

 

Sugar Free Rosemary Garlic Pork Loin
Recipe type: Dinner
Cuisine: American
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Serves: 6 Servings
 
A simple and flavorful pork loin recipe
Ingredients
  • 1 Pork Loin
  • 2 Tbsp Melted Butter
  • 2 Garlic Cloves, diced
  • 2 strands of Rosemary, chopped finely, approx 1 Tbsp
  • 1 Tbsp Kosher Salt
Instructions
  1. Place pork loin on sheet of aluminum foil
  2. Cut 3 slits down from the top of the loin equidistant apart. (Instructional Video)
  3. Stir garlic, rosemary, and salt into butter.
  4. Brush butter mixture across top of loin and down into slits
  5. Fold up sides of foil so juices are held next to loin while cooking
  6. Cook at 350 degrees until an internal temperature of 185 degrees is reached
  7. Let rest for 3-5 minutes before serving

 

Sugar Free Stuffed Bell Pepper Recipe!

Sugar Free Stuffed Bell Pepper Recipe!

Stuffed Bell Peppers has always been in the recipe rotation around here but I usually made it with rice and I used the tomato paste with sugar.  I knew I wanted to bring this recipe into my Sugar Free world so I needed to find a way to make it without the rice and with tomato pate with no added sugar.  The tomato paste was easy, I just needed to remember to read the ingredients before I bought it but the rice was a little trickier.

I knew I needed the filler that rice was but I need whatever the filler was to fairly bland because I didn’t want anything overpowering the taste of the meat.  I settled on zucchini and squash and am pretty happy with the way it turned out.  I diced them in this recipe but after we cooked them my wife pointed out that we could have shredded them and kept it more “rice-like” for lack of a better term.  I may try that next time and see how it goes.

Either way, I’m glad this recipe is back in our family rotation and not only is it sugar-free but also dairy-free, low carb, and gluten-free.

 

Sugar Free Stuffed Bell Peppers
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Recipe type: Dinner
Cuisine: American
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Serves: 4 People
 
Soy, Gluten, Dairy, and Sugar Free Stuffed Bell Pepper Recipe
Ingredients
  • 4 Bell Peppers
  • 2 Lbs Ground Hamburger Meat
  • 1 Onion, Diced
  • 2 Garlic Cloves, Diced
  • 1 Zucchini, Diced
  • 1 Squash, Diced
  • 1 Tsp Olive OIl
  • 1 Tbsp Kosher Salt
  • ½ Tbsp Oregano
  • ½ Tbsp Black Pepper
  • Table Salt for Peppers
  • Chopped Cilantro for Garnish
Instructions
  1. Chop tops off Peppers and remove seeds
  2. Boil Peppers in water for 4-5 Minutes
  3. Place Olive Oil in skillet, cook meat, onions, and garlic until meet is about halfway brown
  4. Place all other ingredients except for Cilantro and table salt in skillet and cook until veggies are soft, approx 20 minutes
  5. Salt inside of peppers and stuff with meat mixture
  6. Bake Peppers for 15 minutes at 350 degrees
  7. Garnish with Cilantro

 

Tea Brined Chicken Recipe!

Tea Brined Chicken Recipe

Tea Brined Chicken has become one of my favorite ways to cook chicken.  It’s easy to prepare, very inexpensive and easily the juiciest chicken I have ever cooked.  I hope your family gets as much enjoyment out of it as my family has!


Tea Brined Chicken
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Recipe type: Dinner
Cuisine: American
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Serves: 12 Pieces of Chicken
 
An juicy chicken recipe that is inexpensive and easy to prepare. Is also gluten, dairy and sugar free.
Ingredients
  • 12 Chicken Legs
  • 2 Large Family-Sized Tea Bags
  • ½ cup Salt
Instructions
  1. Fill a small sauce pan with water and place the tea bags and salt in the water.
  2. Bring the water to a boil, reduce heat and let simmer for 3-5 minutes uncovered.
  3. Remove and discard tea bags and pour tea mixture over chicken, completely submerging chicken. Add water to cover chicken if needed
  4. Let sit and marinate for at least 4 hours but preferably overnight
  5. Pour out and discard liquid and place chicken in a pan
  6. Cook on 400 degrees for about 35 minutes.
  7. Use a meat thermometer and stop cooking at an internal temperature of 185 degrees

Sugar Free Chicken Parmesan with Parsley Recipe

Sugar Free Chicken Parmesan with Parsley Recipe

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Ever since I decided to cut sugar out of my life, one of the things that has brought me the most joy is cooking.  We NEVER used to cook or if we did cook, it was just the simplest thing imaginable because we really didn’t know what we were doing.  I’ve had so much fun coming up with new recipes and experimenting with my food, I hope you like my latest creation as much as we did!

Recipe type: Dinner
Cuisine: American
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Serves: 2 Servings
 
A yummy recipe for Parmesan and parsley crusted chicken breasts
Ingredients
  • 2 Chicken Breasts
  • 2 Tbsp butter
  • ½ cup of Parsley, chopped
  • ½ cup of Parmesan, shredded
  • Salt to taste
  • Garlic Herb seasoning to taste
Instructions
  1. Place chicken in small pan and place butter on top of chicken
  2. Cover with Parmesan Cheese
  3. Cover with Parsley
  4. Salt and use garlic herb seasoning to taste
  5. Cook at 350 degrees for 45 minutes

 

Chicken and Butter in Pan

First up, put your chicken breasts in a baking pan with a few pats of butter.  I chose a loaf pan because I wanted my pan to be the smallest it could be and still have room for the chicken to lay flat.

Parsley Chopped

Next up, I chopped about a 1/2 cup of parsley as fine as I could get it.

Raw Parmesan Chicken and Parsley

Now I’ve shredded a layer of parmesan cheese from a huge block I bought at Market Street.  I LOVE the cheese bar at that place.  Then I covered it with the parsley and added a little salt and a little McCormick garlic herb seasoning to spice it up a bit.  Then it’s into the oven at 350 degrees for about 45 minutes.

Cooked Parmesan Chicken and Parsley

Here’s what it looks like out of the oven.  The small pan kept the breasts sitting in the melted butter to they were incredibly moist and the parsley actually crisped up so it added a little crunch to the meal.

Plated Parmesan Chicken and Parsley

All that’s left is to put it on a plate with a few steamed carrots and okra and serve!  Yum Yum!

Delicious Slow Cooker Okra and Tomato Sugar Free Recipe!

Slow Cooker Sugar Free Tomato & Okra Recipe

I absolutely love okra.  I grew up eating it in gumbo, my dad always had a jar of pickled okra in the fridge, fried okra always went with the fried chicken and a can of okra and tomatoes was a common side dish.

So I thought I’d try my hand at an okra and tomatoes recipe and was so happy with how it turned out.  I used fresh okra but if you can only find frozen, that should work also just don’t get the breaded kind.  Also beware of over-cooking, my first batch was allowed to simmer overnight and was almost completely liquid.  Also beware of the tomato sauce because sometimes they like to add a little sugar to the recipe.  Just check the recipes and make sure it’s just tomatoes and possibly salt.

Recipe type: Side Dish
Cuisine: Southern
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Serves: 4
 
A super easy and delicious Okra and Tomatoes recipe that you can throw in the slow cooker and go!
Ingredients
  • 1 lb Okra, sliced in ¾" pieces (Fresh or Frozen)
  • 1 can of Tomato Sauce (Be sure there is no sugar in the sauce)
  • 1 large tomato, diced
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 Onion, diced
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • 2 cloves diced garlic (or a spoonful of jarred diced garlic)
Instructions
  1. Place all ingredients in Slow Cooker
  2. Cook at Medium setting for 4-6 hours until okra is soft, stirring occasionally

 

Easy Sugar Free Sauteed Cabbage Recipe!

Sugar Free Sauteed Cabbage

As part of our commitment to eating healthy, Dian and I joined a produce co-op.  This has opened me up to several veggies that are outside of my “normal vegetable rotation”.  For instance, the only time I have ever bought cabbage in my life was when Dian wanted Cole Slaw for her hot dogs.  As a true Texan, I know that Cole Slaw on hot dogs is a Yankee abomination and only gets in the way of the chili and cheese. Smile

So now I had a head of cabbage that I really didn’t know what to do with.  (I know, I’m stumped by the stupidest things.  I also got a package of figs that will probably rot before I get to them.)  After a little experimentation, I found a way to use my cabbage that was absolutely delicious and complemented the grilled chicken I paired it with.

This recipe is made for 2 people people but it is very easy to double or quadruple for more people.  I hope you enjoy it!

Recipe type: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
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A quick and easy sauteed cabbage recipe
Ingredients
  • ¼ head of cabbage sliced (any color)
  • ½ an onion, sliced
  • 3 Tablespoons butter or olive oil
  • salt and pepper to taste
Instructions
  1. Remove core and outer leaves from cabbage
  2. Place all ingredients in frying pan
  3. Cook over medium-high heat until cabbage is soft (about 15-20 minutes)

 

Awesome Slow Cooker Sugar Free Chicken Stock Recipe!

Chicken Stock Recipe

So I posted my Slow Cooker Whole Chicken recipe a while ago, promised to post about the stock I make from it and then promptly forgot.  That’s pretty much the story of my life.  So without further ado, let’s take a look at how to make chicken stock with no sugar.

If you haven’t noticed, chicken stock is one of those things that are difficult to find sugar-free off the shelf.  In fact, it my 2nd trip to Whole Foods looking that convinced me that I needed to figure out my own recipe.  This is super-tasty and easy get ready but there are a few things you need to know before you make it.

First of all, you will need to cook an entire chicken in your Crock-Pot like this.  Second, after you pick all the meat off the bone, you will need to put the carcass back in the crock-pot.  Third, once you follow the recipe below you will need to strain out anything solid to leave just the stock.  Fourth, the stock can be frozen for dang near forever, I put some in Ziploc bags and some in an Ice Tray so I get small amounts easily.  Fifth, once you strain out the stock you can pick the bones out and stir the soft bits in with your dog’s food.  Seriously, you will make your dog’s whole year.

Recipe type: Soup Stock
Cuisine: All
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Serves: 20
 
Make your own chicken stock in a slow cooker with no added sugar!
Ingredients
  • Leftover chicken carcass
  • 1 Diced Onion
  • 2 Stalks chopped Celery
  • 1 Carrot chopped
  • 1 Bay Leaf
  • 1 sprig of Parsley
  • 1 tsp salt
  • ½ tsp thyme
  • ½ tsp basil
Instructions
  1. Cook entire chicken in slow cooker. Remove all meat and place carcass back in slow cooker along with all juices and anything leftover from chicken
  2. Place all ingredients in slow cooker and fill with water, leaving about an inch of space from the top
  3. Cook overnight on low
  4. Strain out all solid particles and bones
  5. Store juice in Ziploc bags or ice trays and freeze

 

My Easy Sugar Free Taco Seasoning Recipe!

ugar Free Taco Seasoning Recipe

Taco seasoning was another one of those little things I didn’t expect to have such a problem finding in a sugar free variety.  I mean, it’s taco seasoning!  Who wants sugar in their tacos?  Apparently I did because the brand I had been buying for years had sugar in the ingredients list so I had to do a little experimenting to find one that was right for me.  So, the level of spice something has is absolutely crucial in my house because my wife doesn’t like anything spicy.  Over our marriage I’ve acclimated her to some degree to heat in her food but I think she just endures it instead of enjoying it like I do.  So this was what we finally came up with, not too spicy but with a hint of heat.  Of course if you like some spice, add a little more red pepper and you’ll be fine.

As for storage, we have the little tiny Rubbermaid containers that are too small for any actual food so it works perfectly for my taco seasoning.  It just stays on the counter mixed in with my other spices so it’s always within easy reach.  Also, I’ve found that it is a much more versatile spice than just tacos as I’ve been using it on a lot of different ground meat dishes and have been happy with how they turned out.

Hope you like it as well!

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Recipe type: Spice
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MY Super Tasty Sugar Free Taco Seasoning Recipe
Ingredients
  • 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
Instructions
  1. Combine all ingredients and mix

 

Sugar Free Iced Coffee Recipe

 

ugar Free Iced Coffee Recipe

Sugar Free Iced Coffee Recipe

Summer in Texas means blistering hot days and nights that are almost as bad so we are always looking for ways to cool down and stay Sugar Free.  Here’s our delicious recipe for Sugar Free Iced Coffee.

Sugar Free Iced Coffee
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Serves: 1
 
A delicious drink for hot summer days!
Ingredients
  • 1 cup hot brewed coffee - strong
  • 1 cup cold milk
  • 6 ice cups
  • Splenda to taste
Instructions
  1. Brew a cup of coffee as strong as you can
  2. Mix with milk and ice and sweeten to taste
  3. Top with sugar free whipped cream if desired

Sugar Free Whipped Cream
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Recipe type: Dessert
 
An incredibly easy Whipped Cream recipe. It works best if you can mix it in a cold metal bowl
Ingredients
  • 1 cup Whipped Cream
  • 1 tbsp Dextrose or Splenda
  • 1 tsp organic Vanilla (Just be sure it has no added sugar)
Instructions
  1. Pour all ingredients in cold metal bowl
  2. Wisk at highest speed until cream stiffens. You are looking for peaks that hold their shape.

 

 

Sugar Free Slow Cooker Whole Chicken Recipe

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My slow cooker has really only ever been used for a Velveeta dip I make every Super Bowl season and the occasional chili during the winter.  One of the (many!) things I have been having difficulty finding is a good sugar free chicken stock off the shelf.  In fact, not even Whole Foods had a variety that didn’t add at least trace amounts of Fructose.  So now I had a mission, I wanted a delicious slow cooker recipe for a whole chicken that I could turn around and use the chicken carcass to make a stock I could freeze.  Fortunately Half Price Books had a huge clearance sale last week and I was able to get about a dozen different cookbooks for about $20 and one had a recipe that looked interesting.

This recipe was eye-opening to me for one major reason, I have never cooked anything in a slow cooker that wasn’t mostly liquid.  When it said to just put the chicken in with no liquid I thought for sure I was reading it wrong but it turned out great!  It was literally falling off the bone as I tried to cut it to serve and was so moist and delicious.  I’ll put the recipe for the stock up later this week. (although you might have seen it on my Instagram feed)  The other thing you need to know is that it’s important to line the bottom of the slow cooker with the onions and celery in order to get the chicken off the bottom of the pot.  I hope you enjoy this as much as we did!

Be sure to save the bones to make a tasty Chicken Broth!

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Recipe type: Slow Cooker
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A delicious Slow Cooker recipe for a whole chicken.
Ingredients
  • 1 large chicken
  • 1 large onion
  • 2 Celery stalks
  • 2 tsp paprika
  • 1 tsp Kosher salt
  • 1 tsp Black Pepper
  • ½ tsp Red Pepper (I like it a little spicy, reduce to ¼ tsp for less spice)
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp thyme
  • ½ tsp oregano
Instructions
  1. Dice onion and chop celery, line bottom of slow cooker
  2. Mix all spices in bowl
  3. Be sure you have removed all giblets and rub spices into entire surface of chicken. Put any remaining spices in cavity.
  4. Place chicken in slow cooker, cook on high for 4-5 hours