Pumpkin Coconut Muffins (3 Net Grams)

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Autumn has always been my favorite time of year. Namely because of all the holiday treats one has to look forward to as summertime melts seamlessly into autumn. One favorite that instantly came to mind was Libby’s Pumpkin Roll. It has been a holiday staple of my mother’s for decades. These pumpkin coconut muffins came to be because I was challenged by a friend to come up with something that used pumpkin in it. This is a deliciously different take on the Libby’s pumpkin roll recipe that is equally as good and one thats loaded with pumpkin pie flavor. Continue Reading

Apple Streusel Muffin (3 Net Grams), Gluten-Free

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An Apple, My New Banana. Much like the discovery I made using that single banana I applied this same principle to an apple. An apple by itself, just like a banana is very high in carbs. Again though when you divide that apple over 12 individual servings you have a muffin that comes in at 3 net grams per serving. Yup, that’s what I’m talking about, that’s low carb math done Mike’s way. Continue Reading

Blueberry Coconut Muffins (3 Net Grams), Gluten-Free

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Blue About Blueberry. I was standing in line at Starbucks to get myself a tall, dark roast red eye. I glanced over at the display case and eyed a fairly large blueberry muffin that was sitting there beckoning to me. Memories of La Brea Bakery came flooding back. La Brea Bakery is that wonderful bakery from my Los Angeles days. This was the home of Nancy Silverton. Her artisan bakery in days past was second to none. My daily sojourn there always ended with me being seduced by one of her daily offerings. Continue Reading

Radish, Bacon and Bell Pepper Papitas – (4 Net Grams)

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My childhood in New Mexico is filled with memories of waking up to smell of coffee brewing and fresh flour tortillas cooking on the stove top at my grandmothers house. One of my favorite things to eat that she constantly prepared were papitas. This is a very humble dish made by slow cooking finely diced potatoes, bacon and a little yellow onion. It is more commonly known to other folks as a potato hash. Pure down home comfort food. Nothing fancy, or expensive, but oh so filling and absolutely delicious. Continue Reading

Lemonicious Hollandaise Sauce – (1 Net Gram)

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Nothing makes me happier than a really well made hollandaise Sauce. It has that buttery lemon finish that just glides across your tongue. It’s one of those classic French sauces that makes you close your eyes so that you savor and relish each delicious mouthful. The first time I encountered this noble sauce was at a little French bistro in Los Angeles. I had gone to go have breakfast with some friends. Trying to be sophisticated I ordered the Eggs Benedict on the menu. I had no clue what it was. Much to my delight it was love at first bite. Continue Reading

Lemon-Chia Seed Muffins -(2 Net Grams) Gluten-Free

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There is nothing I like more than really good baked goods. There was an amazing little place I used to frequent in L.A. called La Brea Bakery. I didn’t know this at the time, but the baker there was Nancy Silverton, both she and her then husband Mark Peel are legends in the culinary world. Her little bakery carried the most amazing artisan baked goods and I stopped by daily to see what wonderful things I could be seduced into buying. One of the things I never passed up (if by some miracle there were any left) were her lemon poppy seed muffins. Continue Reading

Deb’s Frappuccino Style Smoothie – (1 Net Gram Carbs)

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The first time I tried a Starbucks Frappuccino was at a hotel I worked for. Starbucks had just opened a retail outlet that was situated right inside the hotel. On opening day I remember walking out smiling triumphantly as I took that first, very long, cold sip. The strong, syrup sweetened coffee, blended with ice and topped off with whipped cream and caramel. What was not to like. Back in those days I had no interest whatsoever in knowing, or for that matter caring, what they were made up of. All I knew was that this thing was delicious knowing full well where those empty calories would lead. Continue Reading