12/28/19

Our favorite low carb, keto hamburger bun!



I've already posted about using the ever popular mozzarella based almond flour dough for buns, pizza crust, bagels, garlic bread, etc. but last night we were having burgers and I whipped up the dough to make keto buns using one of the many variations of 'fat head' dough, but because I was preoccupied, I left out an ingredient.

I also baked them a little differently by using a pizza stone this time, and... I also am partial to one, and only one brand of whey protein powder, and I like to use that added to my almond flour to give it a more wheat like texture - because almond meal is so 'wet' and heavy and dense when you bake with it. A lot of people add a tablespoon or two of coconut flour but I really hate the taste of coconut flour and yes, I can taste it, even in small amounts in my food.   (I added a link to my favorite whey protein powder above - and will also link to it at the bottom of this post).  I've been buying this brand for years... and years and years.  In vanilla and unflavored for baking as well as the flavored versions for my husbands work out smoothies. 

All of these things came together to make the best hamburger buns yet! 

So here it is again.  And these are something like 1.3 grams of carbs each (you'll have to do your own ingredient check using your own brands as the brand of ingredients you use can be the difference in 10+ carbs depending on the protein powder; and even have hidden sugars in them. Mine don't.)


These are best used right after you bake them.  Because they are cheese-dough based, they will get hard when cool.  I still like them that way as it reminds me a little bit of a chewy ciabatta, but they aren't good as a 'hamburger' bun at that point.




RECIPE


Low Carb Hamburger Buns

1 1/2 c good quality blanched almond flour
1 T baking powder
1/4 c unflavored whey protein powder
1/4 t salt
1 egg
1 1/2 c shredded mozzarella cheese (I found Sam's Club brand in the really large bag works best)

Preheat your oven to 400.
If you have a pizza stone, leave it in the oven to preheat as well.
Mix the dry ingredients together in a bowl while you melt the mozzarella cheese in the microwave until it's just melty, but not cooked or sizzling.  Place an egg in the bowl of a food processor and pulse a couple times, then add the melted cheese and pulse a couple more times.  Add the dry ingredients, pulse until it comes together to form a ball.  If it's too wet, add 1 or 2 tablespoons of almond flour and pulse.  It should come together and form a ball of dough. Sprinkle some parmesan cheese (optional) on a piece of parchment paper and flip your dough on a couple times and knead a couple times, then divide your dough into 5-8 portions depending on how large you want your buns.

Form them into rounds, and flatten just a bit so they are the shape of a regular hamburger bun.  I make them about  1 1/2 inches tall maybe?  I don't measure them obviously.  I get about 5 average sized buns from this.  Leaving them on the parchment paper, transfer them to the hot pizza stone in your oven.

Bake for 10-12 minutes until they are golden brown on the top, and have a crust so they are not squishy.  Now, you should easily be able to flip them over.  Let them bake another minute or two, just until the bottoms are golden, as this helps the almond flour dry and form a light crust so it's not wet, moist or squishy when you take them out to cool/use.  Remove from the oven as soon as the bottoms aren't wet anymore.  Cool briefly on a cooling rack, split and add your burgers (or eat them as a bun  - they are fabulous with a bit of garlic butter!)

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YUM!  I ate one straight from the oven just as a roll/bun plain because they were so good, I was hungry, and I just couldn't wait.  But yes, the others were used with our cheeseburgers. 



This is hands-down my favorite unflavored whey protein powder.  I add it to my almond flour to give it a better texture in baking.  I usually get the huge 3 pound container from Netrition or Amazon but I think you can also find this at your local GNC if you have one near you.  

Isopure Zero Carb, Keto Friendly Protein Powder, 100% Whey Protein Isolate, Unflavored, 1 Pound














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12/26/19

Keto, Sugar Free, Protein Packed Items, Low Carb and More - Netrition's Year-End Inventory Sale has begun. Lots of discounts on soon-to-be discontinued products, as well as overstock and short dated items.



https://www.netrition.com/cgi/goto.cgi?aid=4108&url=cgi%2Fclearance_display.cgi


Netrition's Year-End Inventory Sale has begun. 
Lots of discounts on soon-to-be discontinued products, as well as overstock and short dated items.
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Readers know that generally speaking, my husband and I are completely sugar free throughout the year.  We are also generally low carb most of the year with keto a good portion of it.  I don't worry about being strict between Thanksgiving and Christmas because frankly, I cook and bake for so many people and so many things that it's just exhausting to do both.  (If you are new here - I bake holiday goodies and cookies numbering about 1200 or so?  I've not really counted.  But average 1-4 batches of anywhere between 19-26 different recipes).  

My love is carbs though.  Not sweets.

Homemade stuffing. Gravy. Rolls.  Potato chips. Crunchy. Salty foods.  And yes, even though I don't really crave sweets, there are two cookies I love and this year I had about 5 'regular' cookies made with sugary goodness, 2 pieces of fudge and even sugary marshmallows in one of the cookies.

BUT I did so with the full knowledge that we'd been clearing out the cupboards, refrigerator and pantry and getting BACK ON TRACK right after Christmas.

I am posting the link to Netrition's year-end blow out because not only am I an affiliate of theirs, I became an affiliate because I SHOP there.  

I've shopped Netrition for years and it's my favorite online retailer for items not only for low carb, keto or sugar free, but my husband's protein powder drinks too.  I can find the low carb and sugar free protein drinks there, while most of the options in store have high sugar contents or carbs along with the protein.  No thanks!

I do order from Amazon as well, but many times I not only get better pricing through Netrition, but I trust them a little more.  I don't have to spend a LOT of time reading the small print to make sure the seller (on Amazon) is legit, doesn't have old, used or damaged products.

This morning I got the email from Netrition announcing their end-of-year blow out and while I clicked on it to shop for MYSELF - I realized "duh" I should link it on my page too!  So there ya go.  

I'm off to order my own low carb and sugar free items from Netrition and if you need some items, you are more than welcome to too!

https://www.netrition.com/cgi/goto.cgi?aid=4108







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12/13/19

Thousands and thousands of cookies and goodies - and a repost of 2018's and 2017's - A Cookie a Day Until Christmas Recipe List

https://www.housewifebarbie.com/p/blog-page_2.html
2018's A Cookie A Day Until Christmas Recipe List

An American Housewife (HousewifeBarbie.com) has been around since about 2006 - although it was around much longer just under my personal blog(s) since about 1998 and without a name or a .com.  Many of my Christmas cookie recipes are here online and many have been posted numerous times in the past 13 years.

They can be found through links on the right hand sidebar with search labels like Christmas or Cookies or you can do a search through the search engine on site as well.  

If you are new around here or don't know me in real life, I bake 1000+ items each holiday season.  Yes, literally.  I average about 22-26 different recipes - some are so popular I have to make double and triple batches. This is all for personal use!  It's for our family holiday get-togethers, some friends and family platters to gift and also, the big one; my husbands job, which we bake goodies to share with about 100 people. 

This year, I'm about 2 weeks behind getting starting on my baking (for various reasons) but yesterday I got started and although I had good intentions of getting an early start again this morning on the molasses cookies (a quadruple batch... oh my!) I woke with a wicked headache and I'm treating it with some hot caffeine now before I get started.

Every year I make a rough 'list' of the cookies and treats I'm making that year, drop a few, change up a couple and I add a few new recipes as well.  The ingredient shopping trip is a big one; it typically runs about $400-$550 depending on what I already have on hand.  Even though we are sugar free and generally lower-carb throughout the year, I obviously bake traditionally at Christmas so I 'deck the halls with bags of flour and sugar' fa la la la la!


Here are some images of random items I've made in the past (all the recipes are available on An American Housewife).


https://www.housewifebarbie.com/p/blog-page_2.html

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https://www.housewifebarbie.com/2017/12/24-christmas-cookie-recipes-plus-links.html

https://www.housewifebarbie.com/2017/12/24-christmas-cookie-recipes-plus-links.html

https://www.housewifebarbie.com/2017/12/24-christmas-cookie-recipes-plus-links.html

https://www.housewifebarbie.com/2017/12/24-christmas-cookie-recipes-plus-links.html


This list of recipes was from 2018

December 1: Almond Macrons
December 2:  Mexican Wedding Cakes (or Russian Tea Cakes)
December 3:  Fruitcake Bars (no bake)
December 4:  Molasses Ginger Cookies
December 5:  Homemade Chocolate Truffles
December 6:  Cream Horns (easy with Puff Pastry!)
December 7:  Cut out Sugar Cookies with an easy Glaze
December 8:  Peppermint Meltaway Cookies with Crushed Candy Canes
December 9:  Homemade Girl Scout Style Thin Mints
December 10:  M&M Kiss Pretzels
December 11:  Cream Wafers
December 12:  Peppermint Pretzels
December 13:  Candy Striped Cookie Sticks
December 14:  Melted Snowman Cookies
December 15:  Stenciled Icing Sugar Cookies
December 16:  Peanut Blossoms
December 17:  Peanut Butter Fudge
December 18:  Sugar Cookies:  Snowflakes with Edible Glitter
December 19:  Red Velvet Cake Balls
December 20:  Gateau Bon Bons
December 21:  Swedish Rosettes
December 22:  Peppermint Teacakes
December 23:  Salted Nut Chews
December 24:  Mini Peanut Blossum Muffin Tin Cookies





This recipe list was from 2017

December 1st:  Molasses Cookies
December 2nd:  Chocolate Caramel Thumbprints
December 3rd:  Peppermint Pinwheels
December 4th:  Candy Striped Cookie Sticks
December 5th:  Peppermint Teacakes
December 6th:  Peanut Blossoms
December 7th:  Peanut Butter Fudge
December 8th:  Sugar Cookies:  Snowflakes with Edible Glitter
December 9th:  Swedish Rosettes
December 10th:  Cream Wafer Cookies
December 11th:  Cherry Poppy Seed Winks
December 12th:  Peppermint Pretzels
December 13th:  Candy Pretzels
December 14th:  Homemade Truffles
December 15th:  Cream Horns
December 16th:  Angel Bars
December 17th:  Red Velvet Cake Balls
December 18th:  Glazed Sugar Cookies
December 19th:  Gateau Bon Bons
December 20th:  Lithuanian Torte (or Napoleon Torte)
December 21st:  Peppermint Meltaways
December 22nd:  Melted Snowman Cookies
December 23rd: No Bake Fruitcake Bars
December 24th:  Stenciled Icing Sugar Cookies








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12/11/19

I tried the new Palmini (Hearts of Palm) Fake Pasta Linguine.... and what do I think?


I don't watch television, (no, not at all) and I don't visit cooking blogs or read magazines so I had never heard of the product "Palmini" before, which apparently was a featured product on the TV show Shark Tank.  I happened to see one tiny little ad for it as I scrolled through my Instagram story feed and caught the image of a yummy looking alfredo sauce... and it was served over this new low carb faux 'pasta'. 





Palmini Low Carb Pasta

"Palmini is 100% made out of Hearts of Palm, so if you eat it straight out of the can it will taste like Hearts of Palm. Prepared with a regular pasta sauce and properly rinsed, the resemblance to regular pasta is remarkable."
I wouldn't say it's 'remarkable' but it was good!

You simply drain Palmini and rinse with water, then you can eat it any way you wish, in any recipe or with any sauce.

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I've tried many of the 'faux' pastas that are known as Miracle Noodles, Shirataki Noodles, Keto noodles of all brands made from the konjac yam, and I CANNOT eat them.  I gag. I have to force myself.  

They are basically like chewing on rubber bands and worse?  I can't get over the fact that I feel like I'm eating tape worms.  Which, unfortunately is often what they look like after they make their way through your system.  Pieces of tape worms in your...  anyway!  So yes, I've bought them and tried them when I was desperately craving carby pasta like Tuna Casserole but honestly, it's a huge mental and texture block.  I actually threw the last package out into the trash unopened because I couldn't stand the thought of the feel of them in my mouth - no matter how strong the craving for 'noodles' was.  I would prefer to give in an have a carb-fest of real pasta than eat tape-worm looking and feeling things.

But since I DO like to try new 'fake pasta' products, I was game to try these and I knew I'd probably find them at my local Publix grocery store.  And I did!



Hearts of palm tastes and feels like bamboo shoots (you know them from your favorite Chinese food or other Asian dishes perhaps).  The thing is, I've always liked them and I like the taste so I figured I'd be ok with trying them in noodle form as a pasta, but I also knew I'd want them a little more soft and I'd like to try to get rid of the bamboo/palm taste if I wanted to think of them as 'pasta'.  Some people say they can't taste them at all, but I can!  (I genetically have a crazy good nose and therefore, taste buds, thanks to my olfactory system.)

I read their advice of boiling them 5-10 minutes if you wanted a softer noodle (I do) and I thought that would help with diminishing the taste too.  It did.  It actually was difficult to let them boil 5 minutes as I kept thinking they would be too soft and fall apart.  They don't! They were still a bit too al dente (firm to the bite) at 5 minutes and next time I'm boiling them 10 without fear.

I served them with my homemade spaghetti sauce and keto almond flour cheesy garlic biscuits. 

Will I buy them again?  Yes!  I've already tried!

I was at Walmart yesterday and specifically looked for them but my local store doesn't carry them (*yet).  But my local Publix does and although a bit pricey ($3.48 a can last weekend when I purchased these) it's something I'd like to keep on hand when I'm in the mood for 'pasta' but want to do something other than spiralized zucchini noodles, etc.









Apparently they sell these in pouches as well as cans, although I didn't see pouches at my local store.  I did find them available online though.

Palmini Low Carb Pasta - 4g of Carbs - Pouch 12 Oz.




You can also purchase the Palmini Low Carb Lasagna style, which I did see at Publix but I wasn't sure I wanted to try that one yet.  I thought I'd try the linguine style noodles first.  I'm pretty happy with my other faux lasagna noodle options right now, and I also thought that these might taste and 'feel' more like planks of hearts of palm (or bamboo shoots) to me, which would make it hard for me to enjoy the 'lasagna' I made with them.  However, since they are available locally to me, I do plan to purchase them on my next shopping trip and give them a trial run.




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12/10/19

NEW! Genius Gourmet Keto Bars - Chocolate Dream and Creamy Peanut Butter Chocolate



I'm getting ready to place another Netrition order soon as I regularly buy my low carb 'everything' and 'onion' bagels from them as well as our zero carb/zero sugar whey protein powder, and sweeteners.  Thought since I was on the whole "Netrition" topic myself today I might as well share....


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12/8/19

24 Christmas Cookie Recipes! Molasses Cookies, Thumbprints, Truffles, Sugar Cookies and More

Originally posted: 2012



This is just a few of the thousands of recipes I've posted on my site since 2006.  What I did in  2012 was post this list as a 'cookie a day 'til Christmas' list with some random cookies I had posted on An American Housewife.  If you need some ideas, you can check them out.  Most of these recipes have been mentioned 2 or 3 times on An American Housewife as I've made many of them since the early 1990's.  Some of these I don't personally make anymore, or make every few years.


My typical holiday baking is about 22-24 different recipes and about 1000 items total but these are some of the goodies I sometimes include in my 'changes a little every year' list.




December 1st:  Molasses Cookies
December 2nd:  Chocolate Caramel Thumbprints
December 3rd:  Peppermint Pinwheels
December 4th:  Candy Striped Cookie Sticks
December 5th:  Peppermint Teacakes
December 6th:  Peanut Butter Patties
December 7th:  Peanut Butter Fudge
December 8th:  Sugar Cookies:  Snowflakes with Edible Glitter
December 9th:  Swedish Rosettes
December 10th:  Cream Wafer Cookies
December 11th:  Cherry Poppy Seed Winks
December 12th:  Peppermint Pretzels
December 13th:  Candy Pretzels
December 14th:  Homemade Truffles
December 15th:  Cream Horns
December 16th:  The Best Brownies
December 17th:  Red Velvet Cake Balls
December 18th:  Glazed Sugar Cookies
December 19th:  Gateau Bon Bons
December 20th:  No Bake Chocolate Bars
December 21st:  Peppermint Meltaways
December 22nd:  Melted Snowman Cookies
December 23rd: No Bake Fruitcake Bars
December 24th:  Mini Peanut Blossom Muffin Cookies













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Recipe for The Spice Sachet for A Crab Boil and the Garlic Butter Sauce too!

Originally posted:  2014




A normal "crab boil' or 'crawfish' boil is typically going to have a bunch of other 'stuff' added to it, like broken corn on the cob and sausage...  neither of which we want.  We just want the seafood, so that's what I make but you can add the traditional corn and sausage.  Without extra ingredients, this comes together super fast too!

I serve this with wild long grain rice and garlic toast (to sop up the garlicky goodness) but serve it with whatever you like.

ALSO:  this meal was just my husband and I so we only used the crawfish and mussels (in the photo above).  I am making this next week when we have family here for the holidays and birthdays.  I will be cooking for about 8 adults so I'm going to double the recipe for the sauce below AND we are using a mixture of;  Crab legs, mussels, crawfish, large shrimp and possibly little baby potatoes.  I'm serving crab cakes on the side as well as garlic toast and long grain wild rice and oyster bisque.

The seasoning is fine for about 5 lbs. of seafood - double if you need more.  The sauce was for 2-3 people - double if you need more.

1 sachet of herbs for the boil
Seafood:  crab legs, mussels, crawfish, shrimp
sauce:
  • 2 sticks butter
  • 3 T minced garlic
  • 1 T Garlic & Herb Old Bay seasoning
  • 1 T lemon pepper
  • 1 T cayenne pepper
  • 1 T paprika
  • 1 T chicken bouillon

Melt the butter in a saucepan.  Add the garlic and cook about 3 minutes until soft - do not burn or brown.  Add the seasonings and simmer for about 5-10 minutes while the seafood cooks.  Drain the seafood, pour into your bowl or serving container and pour the sauce over all and toss.

Spice Sachet for the Crab Boil

2 T dill seed
4 bay leaves
1 T crushed, dried red pepper
4 T mustard seeds
3 T coriander seeds
1 t Cloves, ground
1 T ground Allspice

Combine in cheesecloth, tie up with string and add to your big pot of water for boiling seafood, along with 1/2 a lemon.  Discard after seafood is done (seafood cooks fast so about 7-10 minutes depending what kind of seafood you are using).

The seasonings

Gather up in a cheesecloth

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