Thursday, June 13, 2019

How To Make Low Carb Dark Chocolate Mug Cake (Keto Friendly, Sugar Free, Flour Free, Gluten Free)






Have you jumped onto the low carb bandwagon yet? If not, you might really want to considered that.  Ever since I cut down on sugar and refine carbs, I feel more energetic than before!  I used to feel super tired and sleepy after lunch; Now, not anymore!  Well, it doesn't mean that I wouldn't want an afternoon "pick-me-up".  It's just that I don't NEED it.  I would enjoy one just because I can.  And this Low Carb Dark Chocolate Mug Cake is definitely a perfect afternoon pick-me-up!





This  Low Carb Dark Chocolate Mug Cake is super delicious.  The cake itself is soft, tender, and fluffy.  Best of all, it's sugar free, flour free, gluten free, and you just simply feel guilt-free after eating one!  In this video, I topped the cake with a little sugar free chocolate shaves.  But it's just as awesome if you add berries on top!  And if you haven't watch the video tutorial yet, you need to head right to my YouTube channel and watch it!  It's super easy to prepare and only need a few simple ingredients (I'll list them at the end of this post).  In fact, my kids know how to make these on their own!  That's how easy these Mug Cakes are.






If you tried this recipe, please let me know how it goes and tag me on Social Media! It truly makes my day when you try my recipes.  Stay tuned for more easy and healthy recipes. Wish you all a wonderful start of Summer Holidays!





Tools and Ingredients List:
Closed Star Piping Tips
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Pastry Bags

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Organic Vanilla Extract
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Lakanto Sugar Free Chocolate Bars

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Tea Cup and Saucer Set
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Valrhona Cocoa Powder
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Lakanto Monkfruit 2:1 Powder Sugar
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Organic Almond Flour
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Thursday, May 30, 2019

How to Make Baby Kale Shakshuka





What is your favorite vegetable?  For me, it's kale!  Not only it's packed with wonderful nutrients, such as Vitamin A, Vitamin K, Vitamin C, Calcium, and Potassium, just to name a few.  Kale is also the power house of  delightful flavors. I love the earthy, refreshing, and unique flavors from their dark green leafs. 





Unfortunately, I've heard many dislike kale because of its tough texture.  Today, I'm going to show you the secret to turn this healthy vegetable into a delectable dish that you would want to make it over and over again!  The secret, is to quickly sauteed them, instead of eating them raw in salads.  Also, I'm using baby kale in this particular recipe, so the leafs are particularly tender. 




Traditionally, Shakshuka is a dish with poached egg baked in a vegetable and tomato sauce.  Today, I'm making it lighter by replacing the tomato sauce with chicken stock instead.  You can also substitute with vegetable stock as well.  This way, you can truly taste the wonderful flavor of the kale and not over powered by the tomato sauce.





As you can see from my video tutorial, I topped the Baby Kale Shakshuka with a sprinkle of sumac for a refreshing and lemony punch.  If you haven't tried sumac yet, I highly recommended it.  It truly wakes up the dish and adds such a delightful freshness to this decadent dish.  I served this dish with a couple slices of toasts made from my 90 Seconds Low Carb Quick Bread.  Serving this dish with a slice of rusty bread or toasts is a must!  They will soak up the sauces and runny yolk in this dish.  You can find my low carb bread recipe in the link below.


I hope you enjoy today's video tutorial and recipe.   Stay tuned for more delicious and healthy recipes soon!


90 Seconds Low Carb Bread Recipe:
http://bit.ly/2WxBzzc

Tools and Ingredients Used:

Individual Baking Dish Set

Calphalon Nonstick Bakeware, Baking Sheet
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Organic Sumac:
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Baby Kale Shakshuka
Servings: 2

2 teaspoons olive oil
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 small shallot, chopped
8 ounces baby kale
2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
3 tablespoons chicken or vegetable stock
1 ounce feta cheese, crumbled
2 large eggs
kosher salt
black pepper
1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
1/4 teaspoon sumac

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.  In a medium skillet, heat oil over medium heat.  Add garlic and shallots and cook until fragrant.

Add the kale in 2 batches.  They will wilt significantly as they cook. Continue to stir for even heat distribution. 

When the kale is slightly softened, add the salt, black pepper, red pepper flakes, feta cheese lemon juice, and chicken stock.  Stir well and taste the mixture.  Adjust the seasoning if needed. 

Evenly distribute the kale mixture into 2 oven safe baking dishes.  Gently create a well in the center of each one and crack an egg into each well.

Bake, uncovered, for 12 to 15 minutes.  Or until the egg whites are cooked but the yolks are still runny.

Sprinkle sumac on top.  Let cool slightly and serve warm with toasts or crusty bread.

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Saturday, May 25, 2019

Exciting News and Happy Memorial Day Weekend





Happy Memorial Day Weekend!  What are your plans for this long weekend?  For me, I'm spending time with my family, probably have a small cook out this weekend.  Barbecue, maybe? If it's not going to rain.  To me, spending time with the family is the best activity for a long weekend.





On to the exciting news! If you follow me on Instagram and Facebook, you probably have seen some of my recent posts with dessert using Lakanto Sweeteners.  I've tried several of their products at the beginning of this year and felt in love ever since.  Lakanto Monk Fruit Sweetener is the only zero calorie, zero glycemic sweetener that is just like sugar.  Best of all, it tastes just like sugar and there is NO after taste!  Their Classic Monkfruit 1:1 Sugar Substitute is one of my favorites.  I tested out some of my old dessert recipes and replace the regular sugar with Lakanto's Sugar Substitute.  The dessert came out just like my old recipe would in both texture and taste!  Isn't that amazing?  





Because I love their products so much, I became one of their ambassadors and joined their affiliate program! What's in it for you?  When you purchase their product through my link and use my coupon code, you get 15% off your purchase on regular priced items!  Click here to check out their products for more details!  Please use coupon code UTRYIT15 at check out for your discount.  Currently, they are also having a huge Memorial Day weekend sale from 20-40% off on selected items!  So, don't miss out on this opportunity to try out their amazing products!

Have fun shopping and have an awesome Memorial Day Weekend!


Saturday, May 18, 2019

How to Make the Classic Buttermilk Mickey Mouse Pancakes - With Lola and Alicia





Last week, my Daughter and I met with my Niece, Lola in the kitchen to create this video!  We had so much fun filming and cooking together.  Lola picked a simple yet delicious recipe, Classic Buttermilk Mickey Mouse Pancakes!  As you can see in the video, these pancakes are so easy to make.  The Girls pretty much make the recipe on their own, except that I help them with the hot griddle (safety first!)  These pancakes are light, fluffy, and delicious! You can serve them with maple syrup, whipped cream, and fresh berries, or whatever your heart desires!




As I mentioned in the video, Lola has her own YouTube Channel called, Lola's Toy Review.  Please support her in subscribing to her channel as she works so hard to build it.  Why should you follow her channel?  First of all, her videos are fun to watch.  Plus, they always have wonderful activities and games idea that you can create and play with your kiddos.  Last but not least, you get to see how the most popular toys work before purchasing them for your own kids.  It sure saves you money over time for not spending on the toys that you don't think your kids would enjoy!





I hope you enjoy watching the video as much as we had creating it!  Please stay tuned for more fun recipes and videos!  Wish you all a wonderful weekend!









Tools and Ingredients Used:


Cuisinart Griddler Electric Grill & Griddle:
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Classic Buttermilk Mickey Mouse Pancakes:
Makes 10 Pancakes
 

1 cup all-purpose flour
2 tablespoons Lakanto Monkfruit 1:1 Sugar Substitute
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 cup buttermilk, at room temperature
1 large egg, at room temperature
2 tablespoons salted butter, melted and cooled, plus more for cooking
1 teaspoon vanilla extract or Vanilla Bean Paste
Maple syrup, for serving 

Preheat your griddle to 350 degrees F.

In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the all-purpose flour, Monkfruit sweetener, baking powder, and baking soda. In a separate bowl, whisk together the buttermilk, egg, and melted butter until well incorporated. 

Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients until just combined. It’s okay that it’s still lumpy. Do not over mix the batter! Otherwise the pancake will be chewy instead of tender and fluffy. 

Slightly grease the surface of the griddle (I used avocado cooking spray). Spray the inside of the pancake rings with cooking spray and place the rings on the griddle. 

Scoop batter into the pancake rings and gently spread the batter into an even layer. (You can also scoop batter directly onto the griddle to make round ones if  you're not using a pancake ring) When the edges of the pancakes are set, remove the pancake rings (use a butter knife to help release the pancake).

When you see bubbles on the pancake surface, they are ready to be flipped.  Cook the other side until it's golden brown, about 2 to 3 minutes more. Transfer the pancakes to the serving plate.  Serve with maple syrup, whipped cream, and fresh berries, and enjoy!






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Friday, May 3, 2019

90 Seconds Low Carb Keto Quick Bread




If you follow me on Instagram, you might remember that I shared some pictures and videos of this 90 Seconds Low Carb Keto Quick Bread for a few times when I was testing out the recipe.  Well, it's finally here and I am super excited.  Thank you for your patience if you're one of the many that requested this recipe.





Every since I cut down on sugar and carbs after my breast cancer diagnoses last year, I had been testing out new ingredients and different ways to prepare old recipes that I love with healthier alternatives.  This 90 Seconds Low Carb Keto Quick Bread is one of them.  It doesn't contain any refine sugar, it's flour free, and it's gluten free.  Best of all, my kids are loving it too.





Best the fact that this bread tastes great, I also love how easy and quick it is to put together.  And as you can tell in my video, my kids enjoyed making this quick bread too.  This bread is made in a coffee mug in the microwave.  In my video tutorial, I shared some tips and what coffee mug (in terms of sizes) to use as well.  I'll list those information and mug size at the end of this post for your reference.





This quick bread doesn't contain any flour. Instead, I used almond flour as the main ingredient.  Please make sure to use almond flour from blenched almonds and not almond meal.  The texture of almond flour is more tender and smooth because the almond skin is removed.

The texture of this bread might not be exactly like your traditional sandwich bread.  I find it similar to a sponge cake actually.  However, giving the fact that it's so easy to make and only includes healthy ingredients, I would choose this bread, any day that I crave for a slice of bread or toast. 




This quick bread is wonderful for sandwiches, it also toast up nicely.  You do get a hint of nutty flavor after toasting because of the almond flour, which is quite a nice addition to the crunchy texture.  Next, I'm planning to cut this bread into cubes and give them a quick toast and turn them into croutons for salads!  I will share a picture on my Instagram when I do that.  





My daughter loves to use this bread to replace her bagel! Spread a little bit cream cheese, a couple of smoked salmon, top it with capers, chives, and dill and you get a gourmet Open-Face Smoked Salmon Sandwich!  Boy, what a foodie!  I guess the apple doesn't fall far from the tree! 




From this picture above, you see the 2 different sized of bread I made using different diameter coffee mugs.  I think the small one is perfect for party food and snacks while the bigger ones are perfect for sandwiches.  If you try this recipe, please kindly leave me a message and let me know how it goes.  Thank you for stopping by today and stay tuned for more delicious and healthy recipes soon.


Coffee Mug Measurements (Please refer to the video tutorial): Mug #1 (Sweetest Mom): 3-inch Diameter X 3 3/4-Inch Height Mug #2 (Star Wars): 3 1/4-inch Diameter X 5-inch Height Mug #3 (Starbucks/Disney): 3 3/4-inch Diamemter X 3 1/2-inch Height https://amzn.to/2Lm9g2z Ingredients and Tools Used in this Recipe: Monkfruit 1:1 Sugar Substitute: https://amzn.to/2WlZCxE Organic Almond Flour: https://amzn.to/2GZaQmI Mini Whisks: https://amzn.to/2LmB0Uz Recommended Starbucks/Disney Mug: https://amzn.to/2Lm9g2z

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Friday, April 12, 2019

Super Cute Origami Kit Review

Recently, I had the pleasure to review the Super Cute Origami Kit By Yuki Martin and Illustrations by Emily Watanabe.  It contains a Full-Color Instruction Book, 48 Folding Sheets, stickers, sequins, rhinestones, pearls, and a lace washi tape.  Pretty much everything you needed to create some super adorable origami, and then some.




My daughter was super excited when we received the set.  We opened the package together and she started to read the instruction booklet on her own.  She told me that besides the instructions on creating the origami, the booklet also includes some fun facts.  I love it when a play set is also educational.


My daughter started with a couple easy ones, and she was able to complete them all on her own.  She loves the fact that they were rated in different difficulty levels so that she could practice on easy ones first.



Did you know what the Russian Nesting Dolls are called Matryoshka?  I certainly didn’t.  It was one of the fun fact from the set!  I love learning new things every day!  This Super Cute Origami Set is amazing.  Beside entertaining, it also help the kids follow instructions, and also inspire them to be creative.  My daughter designed and drew the patterns for the dolls’ little dresses (see picture below).  I think they are super adorable!



The Maneki Neko, the infamous Japanese Lucky Cat, was one of the origami with the highest difficulty.  At first, my Daughter wasn’t sure if she can handle it all by herself.  But after completing the cupcake and Russian Nesting Dolls Set, she built up her confident and gave it a try.  She was so proud of herself when she did it!



My daughter had so much fun playing with this Super Cute Origami Kit.  She brought it to a play date to share with her friend (a couple years older than my Daughter) and they had fun making Masquerade Party Masks together!  If you’re looking for fun and educational activities for your kiddos on Spring Breaks, weekends, rainy days, or the up coming Summer Breaks, I highly recommend this Super Cute Origami KitSimply click here for more information.  Thank you again for Tuttle Publishing for sending the kit for review. 



Disclaimer:  I received a copy of “Super Cute Origami Kit” for the purpose of this review and I was not compensated in any way to write this post.  All comments and opinions are 100% my own.



Saturday, February 9, 2019

How to Revive and Use Dried Vanilla Beans


Let’s talk about Vanilla Beans.  Do you use whole vanilla beans in your recipes?  I personally love and adore vanilla beans.  They have this unique, sweet, floral, and earthy (depending on the regions) aromas that you don’t get from any other ingredient.  They certainly make any baked goods and desserts tasted gourmet.  Ever since the shortage of vanilla beans a few year ago, the price of them had been sky-rocketed.  (That is totally a different topic so I’m not going to go in-depth today).

My point is, since vanilla beans are so expensive, you do want to utilize them the best you could so that nothing goes to waste.  If you live in an area that has a dry climate (such as Southern California), you might have experienced that your vanilla bean dried out before you use it.  No need to panic!  I’m here for the rescue today.  Watch my video below on how to revive a dried vanilla bean and many different ways you can use them. 



If you’ve missed my previous video, click below to watch the tutorial on how to split and seed a vanilla bean and other usage ideas.




If you have any other questions, please feel free to leave me a comment below.  

For more product information and vanilla recipes, please visit www://SingingDogVanilla.com



Vanilla Simple Syrup

Ingredients:
1 vanilla bean
1 cup sugar
1 cup water

1) Place all ingredient in a medium pot.  Let the mixture simmer for 5 minutes, stir occasionally.  Let cool completely before use.

2) The simple syrup is wonderful to mix into teas, cocktails, and fruit punches.





Vanilla Spice Poached Pears

Ingredients:
2 Semi-Ripe Pears, peeled
3 Cups water
1 cup Sugar
1 lemon, peel off rind and juiced
1 cinnamon stick
2 cloves
1 star anise
1 vanilla bean

1) Place all ingredient, except the pears, in a medium pot. Heat mixture over high heat until it comes to a boil.

2) Lower the heat to a simmer and add in the pears.  Simmer for 20 minutes or until fork tender.



3) Let pears cool slightly and enjoy them warm or at room temperature!  Accompany poached pears with a scoop of vanilla ice cream, dark chocolate sauce, or fresh berries.



Vanilla Lavender Bath Salt

Ingredients:
1 cup of lavender Epsom Salt
1/2 cup sea salt
1 tablespoon dried lavender buds
A few drops of purple soap colorant (Optional)
1 dried vanilla bean, break into thirds

Stir all ingredients together until well incorporated.  Transfer to an air tight container until ready to use (preferably after a week to let the vanilla bean infused into the bath salt). 

To Use:
Scoop 1/2 a cup of the bath salt mixture and add into a tub of bath water.  Soak, relax, and enjoy!  
















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