Blink and you can make ¬†gluten free pasta!

It was a couple of years ago when I decided one warm humid day to try to make pasta from scratch. My best friend and “Italian sister” told it was not the best day to try this. I went ahead anyway. That’s what I do.  I made the sauce from fresh tomatoes and even baked my own bread. Needless today I spent most of the day in the kitchen to cook a meal my family ate up in moments. It was good and I did enjoying making pasta from scratch. Just seemed like so much work for it to be gone in 15 mins. Oh well, I learned I could make pasta. 

While I did my 10 Day Kick Sugar Challenge, I wanted pasta. But I was giving up flour and I wasn’t looking to eat rice pasta or quinoa pasta or any other gluteen free pasta. Just wasn’t sounding good. Spaghetti squash isn’t in season so that was out.  Then I remember thinking I saw someone make noodles out of zucchini. Which lately I am addicted to.  

How easy was it? To easy. All you need is a freshly washed zucchini and a carrot/potato peeler.  Then you simply cut the ends of the zucchini off, take the peeler and peel off ribbons untill you get to the seeds. Turn the zucchini and peel again untill you reach the seeds. Repeat untill you have peeled all your zucchini.  

  
To cook the  “noodles”,  I just heated some olive oil in a pan and cooked untill they were slightly softened. Top with your sauce and your set. I used these recently in my favorite Leeks & chorizo pasta dish. It worked perfect! My guys even liked it so much there was nothing left. 

Looking for a sugar free pasta sauce? You can find mine by clicking here.

So give it a try in your favorite pasta dish.  

Untill next time!

Shelly

 

Turkey isn’t just for November. (Green Chili Turkey Burgers)

Monday is the big kick off day for Shelly’s 10 Day Kick Sugar Challenge. Got a great group of folks together who are learning all kinds of things about sugar and how it is the real enemy isn’t fat but it’s sugar when your trying to loose weight. Also that sugar can mess with everything from hormones , diabetes, cancer, heart disease infertility, impotence and even depression.

If your interested in joining this FREE online group, email me at Shellyowens88@gmail.com. 

One thing I admit that I love is a good greasy cheeseburger with bacon. There is nothing wrong with a good cheeseburer to be honest, if you hae one every now and then.  The issue usually lies in the sugar in the white bun, the fries and the soda (diet or not) that people wash a good burger down with.  I wanted a burger but the idea of making my own burger, skipping the bun and cheese while on the sugar kick, got me sort of sad. But this easy to make turkey burger is full on flavor, can be put in a large piece of lettuce as a wrap or even put on top of a salad and taken to work as leftovers.   I served it with a nice corn & tomato salad that is super easy to toss together while you got your burgers on the grill or ahead of time and chill.

  
Green Chili Turkey Burgers

  • ground turkey 2lbs
  • 1 can of diced chili peppers
  • 1 small red onion , diced
  • a bunch of cilantro, chopped
  • 3 tsp cummin
  • 3 tsp chili powder or chipolte powder
  • 2 tsp paprika
  • salt and pepper 
  1. Mix all ingredients in a bowl.
  2. Form into patties
  3. Grill or broil.

I served with a dalop of freshly mashed avocados mixed with lime juice and salt.

Corn & Tomato Salad

  • 2 cans of organic corn (check for no sugar), drained
  • 1 pint of cherry tomatoes , halved
  • green onion , chopped
  • 1 small can of sliced black olives (optional)
  • salt and pepper to taste
  1. mix everying in a large bowl.
  2. Serve right then or chill in the fridge.

My superpower is not eating cookies.

  
I just recently completed a challenge I set for myself. I’ve wanted to do it for awhile but something finally just clicked that now was the time to do it.

It had become very clear to me that I had a problem. I would wake up in the morning and while waiting for my healthy breakfast to cook , I would walk mindlessly over to the cookie jar and grab one out. You know because Oatmeal raisin is a health thing right? 

I would come home after work, grab a cookie on my way to the fridge to figure out what I was going to eat for lunch. 

Dinner time would find me choping vegetables and once again mindlessly grabbing another cookie out to just “hold me over” till dinner was ready.  

Sometimes I would grab a cookie before bed to go with my cup of tea.If that wasn’t enough there were times I just would grab a cookie because I passed the cookie jar. I wasn’t hungry. I didn’t need it. 

I could say that cookies are a source of comfort for me. I know they are. I know as a mom I even am guilty of when my kids were little I would offer them a cookie when they were hurt or sad. Somewhere I learned cookies the pill that cures what makes you sad. 

  
Last summer I was sick. I wasn’t sleeping well, I was stressed , I was told I was predibetic, I was told a bunch of other things. Doctors offered no help. My naturopath listened, did some blood work and finally I got a diagnosis. My thyroid was a little funky but the real issue was my adrenals. I was offically burnt out. I had done to much, been through to much and my body was seriously trying to get my attention to slow down.  I can see clearly how not only was my cookie addiction playing a part to “comfort me” it was also the sugar my exhausted my body was  thinking it needed to keep me going.  That cookie was doing more damage than good.

So I sat down, wrote out a plan and announced I was going to be doing this crazy kick sugars butt challenge. I was happy to find out I had a buddy who wanted to do the same thing. It is always so much easier to do something when you have support of someone else.

How did it go? Wonderully, I think.  We not only kicked sugar , we also kicked butt on white flour. We decided to go gluten free for the ten day challenge too.  Dairy was another thought to dump. The only dairy I had was plain yogurt. 

The weekend before the challenge we did go out and eat all that we wanted. There was a bday party to hit, a cherry blossom festival and well that indian place to try. It was all good.

We started the challenge on a Monday. I did a little prep work Sunday to get us ready. Off we went.

The first few days are hard. Those are the days where your sugar cravings are super hard. Where after I dropped my teenage son at school one morning , came back to the house that was completely empty, I am positive the cookie jar was calling me and the cookies were say “just one…who will know??”  That was the hardest morning for me. But I made it.  The days that followed were easier. And soon the cookie jar was just another thing in my kitchen. I just wanted something like a bagel or a crusty baguette. Oh and a glass of wine. Yes, alcohol was on the no-no list too. 

The results for me were that I lost 2 1/2 lbs. If you know me, you know I don’t need to loose weight. So I was doing a little more eating of protein snacks to keep my weight up. What I did loose was my  bloated belly. My pants fit a lot better and I felt better. I had more energy. more focus. The brain fog I had been walking around in was gone. It was an over all sense of well being that I had that made me feel like the 10 day challenge was well worth it. I wasn’t expecting to feel that good honestly. My buddy doing the challenge lost 8lbs and reported similar things, more energy, felt more focused and just feeling way better over all.

Did I go back to eating crap right after? Nope. I did have another bday party to go to and there was mother’s day and some treats my oldest son made for me. But I am happy to say that the cookie jar, is not a thought at all. I have refilled it for my son and the kids that pop in to visit but I am no longer eating cookies mindlessly. If I am going to snack while cooking dinner I eat some veggies.  I am currently in the process of maintaince. Which means lifestyle changes. Nothing drastic but it’s easy after those ten days. 

Hippocrates said “Let food be thy medicine, and medicine be they food”.  It’s true.  I felt better in just ten days than I had felt in months.  I am still following the advice of my natropath to care for my adrenals. But I am so happy that I don’t feel the way I did two weeks ago. 

So now I’m going to be sharing what I did with others. Are you looking to kick sugar to the curb? 

If your interested in doing a 10 Day KIck Sugar Challenge, send me a message here on WordPress or email me at ShellyOwens88@gmail.com and I’ll tell you how you join in on the challenge I am going to be helping others with. The kick off date is June 1st. I’ll be doing a prep program leading up to it.  What do you have to lose? A few pounds? Mindless eating? Feeling like crap?  I think you have more to gain. 

I’ll be providing recipes, support and tips while your on the challenge. The cost? $0.  Yes that is correct. Not a typo. I am offering this for free. There is a limited number of people I am going to have in this group program so message me to get info on how you can join in. 

Blessings, 

Shelly