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Ginger Beer aka The Mule, Refreshment With A Kick

Ginger Beer?

When it comes to spring and summer cocktails, lite and refreshing is the key. As the temperature begins to rise, and clothes become skimpy, adults tend to enjoy socializing with an alcoholic beverage. While most mixers are just cheap fillers, ginger beer adds a surprisingly refreshing kick that you are sure to enjoy.

One of my personal favorites over the last few years has become “The Mule.” The Moscow Mule (vodka), the Mexican Mule (tequila) or the American Mule (bourbon) added to a few ounces of ginger beer and a dash of lime juice creates a lite drink with a surprising kick.

While you may find recipes that substitute ginger beer with ginger ale, it will not nearly be the same drink. Ginger ale, like most sodas, is overly sweet and syrupy. Even the driest ginger ales don’t have half the kick that ginger beer does.

With all of that said, here I present to you a few unique takes on “the Mule.”

The Mexican Mule

1 oz El Mayor Tequila Blanco

4 oz ginger beer or diet ginger beer (less kick, no carbs)

1/2 oz of Santa Cruz Lime Juice

2 blackberries (garnish)

Served over ice in an old fashioned, double old fashioned or collins glass

The American Mule or Kentucky Mule

1 oz Bulleit Bourbon

4 oz ginger beer or diet ginger beer (less kick, no carbs)

1/2 oz of Santa Cruz Lime Juice

1 Lime Wedge (garnish)

Served in a mug or mason jar

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Gosling Diet Ginger Beer $5.98
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Santa Cruz Organic Pure lime Juice, 16 Fl Oz, 1 Ct $5.28
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Feel free to leave a comment about your experiences being kicked by the mule!!!

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Surf and Turf Chowder – Pressure Cooker Recipe

Surf and Turf Chowder

A great hearty soup is not always the best option on a ketogenic or low carb diet, especially if you are looking for something premade. Normally there are potatoes, rice, bread, and added sugars are included. Here I present a healthy, flavorful, low carb alternative, Surf and Turf Chowder.

While you can make this recipe in a conventional oven, the directions here are for a pressure cooker. It only takes about 30 to 40 minutes to complete this recipe with the pressure cooker. Below I will have a link for a great pressure cooker for under $100.

Ingredients

  • 1 lb Top Sirloin Steak
  • 1 lb Chicken Breast or Thighs
  • 1 lb Shrimp (peeled and deveined)
  • 4 oz Cream Cheese
  • 1/2 Cup Heavy Whipping Cream
  • 1 Cup Unsweetened Almond Milk
  • Montreal Steak Seasoning
  • Garlic Parmesan Seasoning
  • Old Bay Seasoning

Directions

Chop the top Sirloin Steak and chicken into small chunks. Season the steak with the steak seasoning and the chicken with the garlic parmesan seasoning. Set your pressure cooker to cook meat for about 5 to 10 minutes and add a half cup of water with the seasoned meat. Meanwhile, peel the shrimp, if necessary and season with the Old Bay seasoning. Prepare your Cream Cheese, Heavy Whipping Cream and Almond Milk. The cream cheese does not need to be melted down. Release the steam off the steak and chicken and dump as much of the water off as you can. Add the rest of the ingredients and close the lid and cook for another 10 to 15  minutes.

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Grilled Zucchini and Squash – Recipe

Grilled Squash and Zucchini
Grilled Squash and Zucchini

Squash and Zucchini can be fun

Squash and Zucchini are great veggies with lots of vitamins and nutrients. Many avoid these vegetables because of the taste but if seasoned and cooked properly, all can reap the many benefits of squash and zucchini.

I personally enjoy grilling. While I prefer to grill outside with charcoal, grilling inside on a griddle or George Foreman grill can be quite enjoyable when the weather is not so great.

Squash and Zucchini on the Foreman Grill
Squash and Zucchini on the Foreman Grill

Ingredients

  • 2 Zucchini
  • 2 Squash
  • 1 Onion or Onion Salt
  • 2 Cups Shredded Cheese
  • 13 to 16 oz Sausage
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Salt
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Pepper
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Paprika
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Cilantro

Directions

Cut up the squash, zucchini, onion, and sausage (if necessary) into slices and mix in a bag or bowl. Add salt, pepper, paprika, onion salt and cilantro seasonings to the mix. Grill the seasoned mix to your liking or the sausage is fully cooked. Add the shredded cheese while still hot and allow it to melt on top.

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Low Carb Tacos

 

Tacos Can Be Low Carb

Low Carb Tacos
Low Carb Tacos

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Before I realized the Keto was a thing, I actually thought that Tacos were healthy. A Taco is basically a salad on a tortilla, right. But when I actually started counting macros, I came to the conclusion that corn tortillas have just as many carbohydrates as bread, maybe more. Nowadays there are a few options for low carb tortillas. Some taste great and others, not so much. My favorite, La Banderitas Carb Counters are only 5 net carbs per wrap. The only problem is that they are a bit large for tacos. If you want Taco Tuesday, you gotta do what you gotta do.

Taco Ingredients
Taco Ingredients

The Recipe

  • 2 pounds of ground beef or 1 pound of ground beef and 1 pound of ground pork or chorizo sausage
  • 8 oz of cream cheese
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon of soul seasoning
  • 1 teaspoon of garlic salt
  • 1 bag of shredded lettuce
  • 2 cups of diced tomatoes
  • 1 cup of sour cream
  • 8 carb counter tortillas
Beef, Pork and Cream Cheese Mix
Beef, Pork and Cream Cheese Mix

Mix the ground meat, cream cheese, paprika, pepper, soul seasoning, and garlic salt together and cook to brown. Open the tortilla, add the meat, then lettuce, tomatoes, and sour cream on top. That’s it. Very simple and quick. You can fry the meat or pressure cook it as I did for this article. Makes enough for at least 8 tacos. It takes about 30 minutes, great for a quick family meal after work.

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Low Carb Pecan Pancakes

The Best Pancakes Ever

Unless you’re indulging in a “cheat day,” pancakes and waffles are almost definitely a no-no on a low carb diet. We recently got our hands on a low carb, Keto-friendly alternative called Carbquik. Most of the content creators I’ve seen use Carbquik have created great alternate bread recipes. They have also all failed to create a fluffy bread. None of the recipes on the Carbquik box add an ingredient to make a fluffy bread alternative either. One secret we found was adding a little bit of baking powder.

Low Carb Pecan Pancakes

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Recipe makes 5 large pancakes

Mix all ingredients together. Using a non-stick pan or well-oiled pan, cook to a golden brown. Add your favorite sugar-free pancake sweetener or use the Torani Sugar-Free Salted Caramel as I did. If the Torani syrup is not thick enough as is, you can mix it with baking powder or some other thickener.

At less than 5 grams of carbs per serving, you’ll never want to go to a pancake house again.