Archive for April 2014

Fresh Fruit Pie

Well folks, spring is in the air, the warm weather has arrived, and the fruits are finally starting to look super fresh & delicious! All the fruit screams to be used in a fresh pie, doesn’t it? Did you know that by making a few simple switches, you can make a pie that is much better for your health, much lower in carbs, and tastes just as good! Check out the recipe below & let me know whatcha think!

low carb blackberry tart

BETTER PIE CRUST: (compliments of the “Low Carbist-


  • 2 cups almond flour
  • 3 egg yolks
  • 2 tbsp. softened butter
  • 2 tbsp. heavy cream
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 1/4 tsp. vanilla
  • 1/8 tsp. cinnamon

Preheat oven to 350°F.

Mix all ingredients together until throughly incorporated. Press into pie dish starting from the middle and working out towards the sides.

Bake for roughly 20 mins or until golden brown.

THEN FOR THE FILLING: Typically what I do is combine the following ingredients, put everything in a sauce pan & heat until nice & thick.

1 1/2 Cups of Fresh or Frozen Blueberries (or your other favorite fruit of choice. Remember if doing frozen fruit to make sure there is no added sugar!)
1 Teaspoon of Vanilla Extract
1 Lemon (zested)
1 Teaspoon of Cinnamon

Talk about delicious! Hope you enjoy!



A View From the Other Side

A View From the Other Side

“So, I was body surfing off the coast of Nigeria…” Not a bad way to start an explanation of why your shoulder is injured; definitely better than my later explanation for my burned and bandaged hand a couple months later: “I was making popcorn in the kitchen when…”

But let’s get back to the shoulder, which has allowed me to take a little walk on the patient side of the doctor-patient relationship. Nine months ago I had the opportunity to go on a ten day medical mission trip to Nigeria where my second oldest daughter teaches school. On the last night, after avoiding cases of malaria, dengue fever, car accidents in the crazy traffic, and other mishaps, I succumbed to a case of poor judgment. We were staying at a little hotel with no toilet seats and spotty electricity but a nice location near the ocean.

It was getting dark and the surf was pounding. It seemed a little beyond what I was comfortable riding, but I thought one good ride would be worth a little risk. As the wave came up behind me I swam for shore and it definitely caught me very strongly. Immediately I knew this wasn’t going to end well. The wave lifted me high up and the water in front of me drew back until I was practically looking at sand. It kind of felt like being held up by a WWF wrestler intent on body-slamming my helpless little frame.

My thought was to not reach out my arms to catch myself because I knew of others who had torn up their shoulders by doing just that. So I tucked in my arms and the wave absolutely pounded me into the bottom. It about knocked me out as I landed on my right shoulder and side of my face and head. As I started swimming for the surface I was amazed at how deep it suddenly felt and how long it took to get to the surface, only to be hit and pushed under by another wave.

I swam as hard as I could for shore feeling completely done in. As I finally trudged up the shore, my normally very calm wife met me with, “You’re bleeding from everywhere!” The sand had scraped off a sizable piece of the skin of my face and scalp, probably taking a few hair follicles that I could ill afford to lose. She later apologized for what was really a pretty understandable reaction with, “Hey, sorry about the freak-out wife thing.”

So, over the next couple of weeks I retold the explanation of my leprous-appearing face a couple hundred times to inquiring patients. Eventually the face healed up. But that right shoulder just nagged along – not severely painful, just achy – except when I tried bowling – then more than just achy.

Like many of my patients I kept figuring it would eventually just get better. I tried some anti-inflammitants, and a few exercises, but no real improvement. Then I got working on a barn renovation with some good heavy power tools. Oh, yah, now my shoulder was talking to me and occasionally screaming at me. Pretty soon minor movements like reaching into my pocket for my keys could light me up with a locked-in spasm of pain.

Ok, time to see my primary care doc and then off to get and x-ray and an MRI when it was obvious that therapy wasn’t going to make this one go away. The report had five items including some of the most common shoulder injuries:

  • Rotator cuff tear
  • Rotator cuff tendonitis
  • SLAP tear (a type of tear of the cartilage cup that makes up the ball and socket part of the shoulder joint
  • A ganglion cyst sitting on a nerve – a ball of encapsulated joint fluid caused by the other injuries and probably responsible for the recent rapid increase in pain
  • Arthritis – yah, I’m getting old

So, the day after you read this I’ll be getting arthroscopic surgery. My hope is that you’ll be less stubborn than me and get a joint checked out sooner than nine months and when it is only talking to you, not screaming at you. There’s giving things a chance to get better on their own, and then there’s just denial.



Cauliflower Buffalo Wings

Ok folks are you ready to “shake it up” a bit with some cauliflower?!!! Sounds exciting huh! :) Seriously, this recipe is super duper simple and loved by ALL, well most anyway! :) So, everybody loves some yummy  buffalo wings and this is a super easy way to get in those veggies and provide a great side dish for any meal or appetizer for any get together, such as tailgating or other sporting events!  Prep is so easy, the kids can join in the fun :) And what a great way to get them to try cauliflower when you soak it in some Frank’s hot sauce (that’s if they like the “hot” stuff! :)) The best part, only 7 ingredients and I guarantee you have at least 5 of them in your cabinet right now!!! Enjoy!
Cauliflower Buffalo Bites

Prep time
5 mins
Cook time
20 mins
Total time
25 mins
Make these up for any party or an amazing side dish. Frank’s Buffalo Style Wing Sauce is a must for this recipe.
Author: Good Dinner Mom
Recipe type: Appetizer
Serves: 6
  • 1 large head cauliflower, cut into bite-size florets
  • Olive oil to drizzle
  • 2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ⅛ teaspoon pepper
  • 1 tablespoon melted butter (Use coconut oil for vegan option)
  • ½ to *3/4 cup Frank’s Buffalo Wing Style hot sauce or other hot wing sauce of choice
  • Other: 1 gallon or larger size plastic bag
  • *I probably use about ⅔ cup of hot sauce and they have just enough heat.
  1. Preheat oven to 450F degrees.
  2. Place cauliflower florets into plastic bag. Drizzle olive oil over florets to barely coat.
  3. Add garlic powder, salt and pepper. Close bag and toss ingredients around so all florets are coated.
  4. Place on ungreased cookie sheet or baking pan and bake on middle rack for 15 minutes, turning florets once during baking. Check them at the 10 minute mark for desired tenderness. You don’t want them to be soggy!
  5. Remove florets from oven. Melt butter in medium glass bowl. Add hot sauce to butter. Toss cauliflower and stir to cover all florets with hot sauce.
  6. Return to oven and cook for additional 5 minutes.
  7. Serve with any dip you like, ranch dressing or Blue Cheese dip.

*** My best friend and I prepared this for our “better halves” one evening and they devoured it!!! We kept it in a few minutes longer because we liked the cauliflower just a bit softer. We also used a little more hot sauce because she could drink the bottle if you let her :) ha! but I am not that brave! So, they were a little hot for me but I bet 2/3 cup would be just perfect. We also did not add the butter and I am not sure why?? Either I was just out or we forgot but they still turned out fabulous so don’t let that stop you! They are super duper delicious with or without dipping sauce. Remember to put your dipping sauce out in a pre-measured amount to help you control portions with it! Dipping sauces can be full of sugar, however blue cheese and ranch are very low carb. Though low carb, they are calorie dense, so watch portions and try to keep around  2 tbsp or so! You don’t want to fill up on the dipping sauce, fill up on the super tasty cauliflower!!!! YUMMY! We also had a little left over and it re-heated well for the week!


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