August found me in an experimental cooking mode. I tried several new recipes, tweaked a couple of comfort-food favorites, and revisited some tried and true go-to meals. In the course of my experimenting, most were hits with me and the fam! A couple left a little to be desired. That doesn’t mean I won’t try them again. It simply means I’ll try them with some changes.
First up is a THM Satisfying/Keto recipe that I found on Pinterest. It is from Officially Gluten Free blog…Keto Beef Taquitos. (Random musing of Cindy: Say Keto Taquitos…out loud! It’s fun!) The picture on Pinterest is what caught my attention. Taquitos! And on-plan! Wow! I had to substitute monterey jack cheese for the cheddar because my cheddar had disappeared. 😉 That substitution “worked” but messed with the end result as far as taste goes. Or at least that’s what I suspect. We all liked them, but there were a couple things I’ll tweak the next time I make them.
Of course, I’ll make sure I have cheddar cheese. I think this would help with the taste PLUS the look. The only other thing I’d change is adding more spice to the beef mixture. Also, I made them as an entree. They are a bit heavy for a main dish. So, next time they’ll be an appetizer or snack type choice. One word of caution: be careful when rolling the cheese shells! They are hot even once you let them cool for a couple minutes!
Next up is a coffee concoction I made in a pinch.
A little backstory: I love fall…all things fall. I especially enjoy pumpkin spice lattes. This past weekend, I had decided that I would indulge and buy the pumpkin spice creamer when I got groceries to use as a now-and-then treat. On the way to pick up my groceries, I thought I’d just really splurge and have one of the “real” things while I waited for my groceries to be brought to the car. (I know! So completely not on plan!) Anyway, I drove up to the ever popular coffee spot and the drive-thru line had probably twenty cars in it. Sign number one: I didn’t need the real thing after all! Then, I pulled into my spot to wait for my grocery order, pulled up the email with substitutions and out-of-stocks. Right there…staring me in the face…OUT OF STOCK! Sign number two: I also didn’t need the chemical laden creamer!
Do you ever just get a craving in your head and can’t get it out? That’s what this was! When I got home, after lamenting to Doug and Brooke my sad sad pumpkin spice story, I set to work to make one.
I used espresso brew coffee to make my typical cup of caffeinated goodness! I then whipped 3 tablespoons of heavy whipping cream with pumpkin spice extract/flavor and a couple teaspoons of BochaSweet sweetener. (Next time, I’m going to try it with Swerve brown.) I poured the cream mixture into my coffee. Then, I topped it with about two tablespoons of whipped cream and sprinkled cinnamon and nutmeg on top.
It was good! The kicker was when I compared the calories in the real thing and my creation. (Note: THM is not about counting calories. However, I find that some calorie consciousness helps me stay on track.) (Also note, this had no protein in it, which technically is what should anchor all THM snacks and meals. I could probably add some collagen powder to it, but I didn’t.)
Now, I’m sure you realize it doesn’t taste like the real thing. However, it was a great substitute. I’ll definitely make it again.
Happy September, folks! Which to me translates to…It’s almost fall, y’all!