This Week in the Charming South Kitchen

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French Silk Pie

This week I’m trying to stick more closely to a low carb, high protein, high fat diet at least through Sunday.  I’ve been slacking in the french fry and dessert and sandwich department so I am starting to feel fluffy.  No one should ever like to feel fluffy.

My hubs has his comfort food this week: Chicken herb casserole (complete with two cans of cream of something soup – best convenience food ever invented)

I’m going to also be making some nutty and citrusy muffins for the misters breakfasts this week.

I love beets and had a friend deliver some to me a few weeks ago.  I’m going to be making this detox bake

Plenty of salads for me this week.

And we are going to be having a homemade taco salad with homemade guac tomorrow night for an in house date night.  I’ve got a blog post to do for a skincare line and why not avocados?  So, the mister and I are going to be working on lots of food photos tomorrow night!

And I’m working on a downloadable menu that can be used weekly or reused.  I’ll let you know when its avail!

What are you cooking this week?

Grain-Free 4-day Detox

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Grain Free Detox  A new month brings a new detox. These, in 2014, are going to be monthly challenges. When you’ve been cooking and baking as long as I have, you get in ruts. You need challenges in your kitchen. And when you are trying to lose weight (two babies back to back will do that to you), you also need something to spruce up those rice cakes (I’m really kidding – no rice cakes here).

So, what began yesterday, my husband and I will begin on a 4-day journey to experiment with new recipes and old ones – just nothing containing grains. Here are the reasons/challenges for this detox for me:

1. Grains have been my go-to the last few weeks. Since my raw detox back in the middle of January, I’ve indulged in muffins, cookies, pastas, sandwiches. This detox will get me out of the habit of instinctively reaching for bread.

2. I eat a lot of soups or salads in the winter – my main side for those is bread. I want to get out of that rut or realize I don’t have to have bread with soups and salads.

3. Breads really do create bloating in me. I can tell. Jeans fit tighter, they don’t like to zip the whole way. But, mostly a diet full of breads and carbs bloat my tummy more than anywhere else on my body. I want my jeans to fit better!

4. When you do a detox you practice self-control. I just can’t sneak a bite of my son’s granola bar or muffin at breakfast. I can’t eat a small handful of goldfish as I dish him some. I definitely won’t reach for those cookies at ministry events. Self-control, weight loss, less bloating, more vegetables and proteins. This is going to be a good detox. So what meals do we have planned? Broccoli Stir-fry Pork Sirloin with apples and sweet potatoes Pan sauteed fish with sugar snap peas Carrot-Ginger-Apple Juice for breakfast with some scrambled eggs. Spring Minestrone soup Tyson Chicken Tenderloins on salad. What else should we try?