Monday, April 14, 2014

Shrimp & Spinach Spaghetti Squash

I love all these new recipes I'm trying, thanks to Trim Healthy Mama.  This Shrimp & Spinach Spaghetti Squash I cooked up the other night was so good.  My kids even liked it.  Here's how you make it;


1/3 c butter, divided
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 c raw shrimp
1 Tbsp lemon juice
1 small tomato, diced
3 c fresh spinach leaves
salt and pepper
3 c cooked and shredded spaghetti squash
2 Tbsp chopped fresh basil
1/4 c feta cheese, crumbled

Melt 2 Tbsp butter in big skillet. Add garlic and shrimp. Cook on low heat for a couple of minutes. Add lemon juice and tomatoes. Add the rest of the butter, spinach, salt and pepper and basil. Cook until the spinach is wilted. Stir in the spaghetti squash and cooked until warm. Sprinkle with feta cheese and serve. Makes 2 servings.

I used our last spaghetti squash from last year to make this.  It makes me excited to put our garden in, but we can't until the end of May here. Everything in it's season.

Friday, April 4, 2014

Could This Be Spring?

Wow! This has been a cold, snowy winter in Central Alberta. As it has been for a lot of you too. BUT, today, the sun shone warm (11 deg. C) and some of the snow started to melt. We really enjoyed spending time outside, soaking up all the vitamin D we could from the sun's rays.

After spending too much time inside doing things like; hop scotch on the concrete floor in the basement, exercise videos and this;

An indoor slide the boys made out of some plastic covered mats.

We got to go outside and do things like this;

playing soccer on the tiny patch of grass in our yard.

made snowmen

Jacob wanted to build a bat house

I even barbecued hamburgers for supper. I ate mine on Marcy's Cheesy Rolls from the Trim Healthy Mama book, pg 271. Instead of baking them, a friend of mine told me she used her waffle maker. I tried that and liked how they turned out, but I think they need more flavoring. I only used 1/2 tsp onion power. Maybe some of you have variations you'd like to tell me about.
It's starting to look like spring inside the house too. When I told a friend that I hadn't even thought of starting any vegetable seeds yet, she offered me some of her seedlings.  I told her I'd like to plant my garden in about 80% tomatoes this year and she gave me 49 tomato plants!  She also gave me some basil, celery and leeks. What a blessing!

This is how we are ending our day. The same friend that gave me all the plants sent this package home as a thank you for driving her children along with mine to various activities throughout the year.  In the package was, a movie, candy, apple juice, chips, microwave popcorn and hot chocolate. What a thoughtful gift. 

Our forecast is looking pretty nice for the next week. Tomorrow, we are looking forward to walking on the trails along the river that goes through our small town.

God bless!

This post is linked up to; Happy and Blessed Home

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Low Carb Sponge Cake Recipe

I have been trying to convert some of my favorite recipes to be Trim Healthy Mama friendly.  This recipe was such a great success, I had to share it with you. Sponge cake with strawberries and whipped cream is one of my favorite desserts. 

Here is the recipe;
4 eggs, separated
equivalent of 1 cup of sugar replacement. I used a stevia type that was twice as sweet as sugar, so I used 1/2cup. I would suggest using a granular type instead of liquid drops to help with the bulk and texture.
1/4 cold water
1 tsp vanilla
1/3 cup cold old fashioned oats
about 2/3 cup almond flour
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
Beat egg yolks with sugar until light in colour. Beat in water and vanilla.  Grind oats in a coffee grinder, pour into a 1 cup measure.  Add enough almond flour to fill cup.  Stir dry ingredients into egg yolk mixture.
Beat egg whites until stiff. Fold into yolk mixture.  Pour into a greased 8x8 pan and bake at 325 degrees for 30 minutes. It makes 8 servings.
I like to eat this cake cold from the fridge with strawberries and whipped cream, both sweetened with stevia. I want to try in next time with a chocolate cream cheese icing.
 This post is linked up to: Hope in Every Season  Rasising Arrows  Sew Crafty Angel