Phase 2 and 3 Holiday Eating

Good Morning,

The Holiday is less than two weeks away and some of you will be in phase 2 for the Holiday.  I have made the white chicken chili and the apple crisp from our blog/phase 2 recipes when I have a gathering as I feel like I am cheating (if you want to feel even more comfort add just one tablespoon of greek yogurt to your chicken chili bowl).  This may help you stay on track and not feel so left out.  Fresh squeezed lemonade – I have made 3 large glasses from one lemon (allowed per day) and plenty of stevia packets.  I have used this trick or the ultima drink when at a party it keeps something in my hand and I sip it all night. 

Phase 3 eaters:  you will want to stay with no sugars or starches.  I always get asked if one can eat mashed potatoes or pumpkin pie.  Here are some recipes that may help you out. 

Make a large salad: add olives, avocado, nuts and all kinds of veggies.  Yummy!!

Make the Fudge recipe on the blog/Phase 3 and dip strawberries (or other fruit) in it before you put in pan to set.   Or you can just heat 1 T of virgin coconut oil, 1 1/2 T coco powder and stevia to taste in a small sauce pan.  Dip fruit and place on wax paper or plate and put in fridge.  variation: coat with chopped nuts.

Parsnip Mash

1 lb parsnip roots, trimmed, peeled and cut into large chunks

1 wedge light garlic & herb cheese

Salt and pepper

4 tbsp chopped chives 

Directions

Steam the parsnips until they are very soft, for about 15 to 20 minutes. Transfer to a blender, add the cheese, and purée until smooth and creamy. Add salt and pepper to taste. Top with chives before serving.

Crustless Pumpkin Pie

1 3/4 cup (small can) Pumpkin

2 eggs

1 c organic fat free milk

2 tsp cinnamon

1/2 tsp ginger

1/2 tsp nutmeg

1 cup of no calorie sweetener (Xylitol) measures like sugar

Real whip topping (allowed in phase 3) use stevia or Xylitol

Directions:  Put all ingredients in a microwave safe bowl.  Beat with a wire wisk.  Put in microwave uncovered.  Cook on high for 8-10 minutes, depending on the power of your microwave, checking pie halfway thru.  Pie is done when the outside edges start to pull away from the sides just a little, and knife inserted in middle doesn’t quite come out clean.  take out of microwave and cover bowl with a plate for 5 minutes to finish cooking center.  cut into 6 pieces lite you would a pie.  Serve warm or cold. 

Brussels Sprouts

  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 6 whole garlic cloves
  • 4 slices bacon
  • 3/4 pound (about 12) Brussels sprouts, cut in 1/2
  • 1 teaspoon xylitol
  • 1/2 cup chicken broth
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper

Directions

In a large skillet melt the butter over medium heat. Put the garlic cloves in the skillet and brown completely. Remove the garlic to a small bowl. Add the bacon to the skillet and cook until crisp. Transfer the bacon to paper towels to drain, then cut into small pieces and set aside.

Put the sprouts in the skillet with bacon grease,  flat side down, and saute until they begin to brown, about 2 to 3 minutes. Turn them over, increase the heat to medium-high and add the xylitol and the broth. Cook for a few minutes, then add the cooked bacon and the garlic cloves. Cover and cook for 2 more minutes. Transfer to a serving bowl and serve.

I wish you all a very Merry Christmas – Jesus is the reason for the season. 

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