Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Spiced Pecans - Low Carb, Gluten & Sugar Free Recipe

We had a group of friends over and while I didn't have time to throw together a meal, I knew we'd do well to have some finger food for them. So I present for you a culinary arts display of colorful veggies...  an assortment of cheese... and spiced pecans to boot! Feast your eyes! ;)

In this spread you see:

- Cucumbers
- Grape Tomatoes
- Green, Red and Yellow Peppers
- Baby Carrots
- Celery
(Literal) Side note here:
In dips, salads, etc. 

The dip consists of: 
- 2 Cups Mayonnaise
- 2 Cups Sour Cream
- 2 Tablespoons of my own spice mix goodness that will remind people of ranch. Yes. Will share later! 

The Cheeses:
- Mild Sharp Cheddar
- Pepper Jack Cheese
- Monterrey Jack Cheese

I cut the vegetables into sticks for easy dipping and the cheeses I cut into cubes. What you're really here for though is the pecans... I know.. I see it in your eyes. Here's the recipe for the spiced pecans already ;) ...

Spiced Pecans:

What you'll need: 
- 1 1/2 cups pecan halves
- 2 Tablespoons melted butter
- 1 Tablespoon Tamari Sauce
- 1/8 Teaspoon Cayenne
- 1/4 Teaspoon Garlic Powder
- 1/4 Teaspoon Sea Salt
- 1 Tablespoon Chili Powder

What to do: 
1) Preheat your oven to 300 degrees
2) In a medium bowl, add the melted butter, Tamari, Cayenne and Garlic Salt. 
3) Add pecans to mix and coat. 
4) From the Tablespoon shake Chili Powder over pecans and stir to coat.
5) Spread pecans on a baking sheet (parchment paper would work wonders here, you know - for clean up sake ;)).
6) Bake nuts for about 30 minutes, stirring about every 10 minutes. 
7) Let cool a bit before serving.

In closing... if you miss Chex mix... these spiced pecans will satisfy that craving. 
These are salty, crunchy, slightly spicy and fun to eat! But don't take my word for it ;)

Finger Food for the win! Enjoy! 

Sunday, December 29, 2013

Cinnamon Crisp Cookies - Gluten Free & Low Carb

It occurred to me as I shared my first post on Honest to Goodness Eats that I have seriously been lacking in the desserts area. So in an effort to add to the list of desserts that are gluten, sugar and flour free I present to you, for your eating pleasure...

Cinnamon Crisp Cookies
Pin it for later HERE.

What you'll need:
- 2 1/2 cups blanched almond flour
- 1/3 cup Swerve (or 1/3 cup Erythitol & 1/4 tsp liquid stevia glycerite)
- 1/4 teaspoon celtic salt
- 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/2 cup melted butter (or coconut oil)
- 1 tablespoon vanilla extract

What to do:

1) In a medium bowl add all dry ingredients - almond flour, swerve, salt, baking soda and cinnamon. Whisk all ingredients together.

2) In a small bowl mix together melted butter (or coconut oil) and vanilla.

3) Mix wet and dry ingredients, then chill in fridge for about 30 minutes.

4) Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

5) Roll dough out to 1/4 inch thick, cut out cookies with a cookie cutter about  an inch and half width.

6) Using a metal spatula, transfer cut out cookie to cookie sheet.

7) Bake at 350 for 10 - 15 minutes, until the edges are golden brown.

I recommend serving these once they are completely cooles to get a truely crispy cookie! 

My apologies to Santa, he'll have to wait till next year to have these on Christmas! ;) 

I hope you and yours enjoy these!

Sunday, December 22, 2013

Welcome to Honest to Goodness Eats!

Welcome to Honest to Goodness Eats!

 Here I will be sharing recipes with you that I've tried at home and have been received well by my critics.;) My husband is a very picky eater, his taste buds do not appreciate many vegetables. He's a good sport though and knows I'm feeding him for his health because I want him around for a very... long... time... :). I want him to enjoy his time too the older he gets so I feel it's super important to feed my family what their bodies need to age with grace :). 

To start here is a list of recipes I've concocted in the past and shared on my crafty blog Lostsentiments.

Recipes with CP after the title stands for - Crock Pot. 


Side Dishes:

Main Dishes: 




Nutter Butter Sammiches

Rest assured there is more where all this came from ;).
I look forward to sharing more with you in the posts to come!
Best, Dawn