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Cream Cheese Pinwheels

GO BIG ORANGE!!!!!!!! YAY!!!! As Steph reminded us last weekend….IT’S FOOTBALL TIME IN TENNESSEE!!! Here is another fast and easy appetizer option! Its cheap, easy, and goes a LONG way!!! It can be prepared in advanced and enjoyed by many!!

 

Ingredients:

2 blocks of cream cheese

1 packet of Hidden Valley Ranch Mix (you can do 1 1/2- 2 if you want a little more “kick” :)

1 package (8) of Low carb tortilla wraps (any flavor)- I use the Xtreme Wellness, Low Carb, High Fiber wraps (found at Ingles, Kroger, Food City, and Wal-mart; 5 net carbs/ tortilla)

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Directions:

Mix cream cheese and Ranch mix

Spread a thin layer over each of the low carb wraps

Roll wrap tightly and place in a large zip-lock bag

Place in fridge overnight

Next day: cut into 1/2 inch pinwheels and dip in salsa!!!

Tips:

This appetizer is always a huge hit and it is soooo incredibly quick and easy! You can add ham or turkey to the roll ups for additional protein! Unfortunately I don’t have a picture, but they look very “festive” on a platter w/ salsa in the center. They look like you spent LOTS of time, but it only takes a few minutes to prepare (sneaky :)!!) A tip when spreading the cream cheese mixture; it can be messy! I lay out wax paper, or press-n-seal on the counter top and lay out the tortillas on top of that, this way when I spread the cream cheese mixture I can cover them COMPLETELY to the edge without making a huge mess! You want to cover them to the edge so that EACH bite has a great flavor. This is a great appetizer to take to football parties, wedding or baby showers, or church events! I always encourage my patients to take something healthy and this is a great “go-to”! ENJOY and GO VOLS!!!!

 

 

 

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Who Needs An Antibiotic?

Let me tell you a little cautionary tale. Once upon a time (roughly twenty years ago) a strong new antibiotic came forth uniformed in a handy little green 6 pill, 5 day pack. Emblazoned across his uniform was the catchy swashbuckling name, Z-pak. For doctors, easy to write; for patients easy to take – dosed just once a day for five days. And man could he fight! All the common thugs feared him: bacterial sinusitis and bronchitis, skin infections, middle ear infections, strep throat, and even some of the more common community-acquired pneumonias – all of them seemed to melt back into the shadows at his presence.

And so the popularity of Z-pak grew. After a couple of years patients would often ask, not just for any old antibiotic, but for Z-pak by name: “Hey I’ve had a cough and congestion for a couple days. I really can’t afford to be sick. Could you prescribe Z-pak? It always clears me right up.”

But alas as the years went by something else started happening – Z-pak started to fail in his mission. I’d get a call back that the sinus infection was weakened but not gone – could they have another round of Z-pak? Over the course of the next 5 to 10 years those failures went from rare to somewhat common to rather predictable. Increasingly, Z-pak was losing the battle with the bad guys. After repeated battles with Z-pak, the “weak” bacteria were being killed off, but the strong, resistant ones were surviving and multiplying. Soon much of the community of bacteria was resistant to the once-mighty Z-pak. In short, he had become a victim of his own popularity. And we haven’t even mentioned the whole pack of viruses over whom Z-pak never held any power.

What can we learn from this little tale? First of all Z-pak is not alone. Any antibiotic that is frequently used tends to select out more and more resistant bacteria. And so, when an effective antibiotic is really needed, sometimes it’s hard to find one that still works. Indeed there are now some super-bugs out there showing resistance to nearly every available antibiotic.

So who needs antibiotics? Legions of sufferers of serious bacterial infections do. How can we maintain the effectiveness of antibiotics so that when we need them, they still work? There are several vital steps needed:

  • Avoid treating viruses like the common cold with antibiotics. They are simply of no use at all in fighting viruses and they only add expense, side effects and resistance problems.
  • Don’t be too quick to throw an antibiotic at every ear infection, sinusitis or bronchitis. Many of these are either viral (where the antibiotic is useless) or a mild enough bacterial infection where the body can fight it off without the antibiotic.
  • When you really need an antibiotic, take all of it at full strength. Otherwise you may kill off only the weak susceptible bacteria while leaving the partially resistant ones to multiply and re-infect yourself and others.
  • Get appropriate immunizations against common infections so that your own immune system can kill infections before they really take hold, thus reducing the need for antibiotic treatments.

Who needs antibiotics? We often do, and if we can get better at calling them out to fight

for us only at the right times, they’ll be there to help us when we really need them.

Andrew Smith, MD is board-certified in Family Medicine and practices at 1503 East Lamar Alexander Parkway, Maryville. Contact him at 982-0835

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Its Football Time in Tennessee!!

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If you ask me…its about to be the most wonderful time of the year! Cooler air will soon be blowing in, leaves will start to change, the high school bands will be heard across the city on Friday nights, and the VOLS will take the field for what many hope to be the year of redemption! In honor of that, I am posting a few easy recipes for your football tailgates or parties at your pad.

Enjoy!

Low Carb Pizza Bites
 
These are like pizza-flavored mini quiches using pepperoni for the crust in a mini-muffin pan. Feel free to substitute with any of our favorite pizza ingredients.
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Recipe type: Appetizer
Serves: 24 pieces
Ingredients
  • 8 oz cream cheese
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp oregano
  • ¼ cup sugar free pizza or spaghetti sauce (or olive oil)
  • ½ cup shredded mozzarella cheese (or any cheesy combo you like!)
  • ¼ cup minced green pepper (or other pizza toppings)
  • 24 slices of thin-sliced pepperoni (large, thin slices work best)
Instructions
  1. Heat oven to 350
  2. Line the bottom of the mini-muffin cups with pepperoni slices
  3. Cream the cream cheese with a mixer until smooth and fluffy.
  4. Add eggs, garlic & oregano. Beat until smooth.
  5. Mix in the rest of ingredients by hand.
  6. Fill the muffin cups with the egg and cheese mixture.
  7. Bake for 15-18 mins or until lightly brown on top & set in center.
  8. Remove, let cool, then run a knife around the top to loosen.
  9. ENJOY!!
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 24 pieces Calories: 67 Carbohydrates: 1 Protein: 3

 

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Its Football Time in Tennessee Part 2

Here’s another!

Old Fashioned Sausage Cheese Balls

 

Sausage Cheese Balls
 
I must give credit to some of my fav. patients who sent me this recipe along with several others. DELISH! (and soooo easy!)
Author:
Recipe type: Appetizer
Ingredients
  • 1 lb sausage
  • 10 oz (or more) of sharp cheddar cheese (or your preference)
  • 3 cups almond flour
Instructions
  1. Mix all ingredients together
  2. Roll into balls
  3. Put in oven set at 350.
  4. Bake roughly 12-18 mins.
  5. Enjoy!

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