Low Carb Crock Pot Organic Cream of Mushroom Chicken (2 ingredients – 5 Minutes)

Chicken thrown in a crock pot with condensed cream of mushroom soup.  Remember eating that back in the day?  I do.

Over the last few years, I have not only been tracking the carbs in my food, but I have also been focusing of the quality of ingredients in the food we eat.  Specifically, including more organics and not eating genetically modified foods (GMOs) or foods with preservatives or chemicals.  A few years back, I suffered from awful chronic stomach indigestion.  Long story short, I fixed my diet and my stomach healed itself.

If you don’t know a lot about genetically modified foods, here are the basics:

A GMO (genetically modified organism) is an organism (i.e. food product) where DNA from one product is extracted and introduced into the DNA of a completely unrelated plant or animal (this is not a hybrid). For example, GMO sweet corn is genetically engineered to be herbicide resistant (roundup ready) and to produce its own insecticide (Bt Toxin).  It is not like pesticides where they are on the outside of the produce.  The BT Toxin is in every cell of the corn.  The insect takes a bite of the corn and then the BT toxin puts holes in the insect’s gut and it dies from sepsis.  The long term effects of GMOs on humans are not completely known.

Common GMO ingredients come from soybeans (soy, soy flour, soy lecithin), corn and corn products (corn syrup), canola, sugar from sugar beets (food or drinks with sugar that isn’t cane sugar), cotton / cotton seed oil, Hawaiian papaya, and some zucchini squash.  An easy way to avoid GMOs is to eat organic.  Organic food cannot knowingly contain GMOs.  The worst offenders for GMOs is prepackaged food.  The overwhelming majority of food in a box, bag or can contains some form of soy, corn, canola or sugar.  I am not perfect in my eating, but I have greatly improved and like most of us, I am just striving each day to be the best version of myself.

Ok, enough about that.  Back to low carb crock pot cooking : )

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Recently, I was browsing my local Publix grocery store and saw this new item.  Pacific brand organic cream of mushroom condensed soup.

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Regular Campbell’s condensed cream of mushroom soup has these ingredients:

Water, mushrooms, vegetable oil (corn, cottonseed, canola or soybean), modified food starch, wheat flour, salt, MSG , soy protein concentrate, dehydrated cream (cream {milk} soy lecithin) yeast extract, flavoring, dehydrated garlic. The bold ingredients are most likely genetically modified foods.  It also contains MSG.

The Pacific organic cream of mushroom contains this:

Water, Mushrooms, Creme Fraisch, rich starch, rice flour, sea salt, onion powder, garlic powder.

I gave the cream of mushroom soup a try with chicken in my crock pot and it made for a tasty quick meal!  It took less than 5 minutes to prepare and made a great quick lunch with only 5 grams of carbs.

Low Carb Crock Pot Organic Cream of Mushroom Chicken

Ingredients:

2 or 3 organic chicken breasts

1 container of Pacific Cream of Mushroom Condensed Soup

Sour Cream (optional)

Directions:

Add the condensed soup and chicken to your slow cooker.  Do not add any additional  liquid to the condensed soup!!

Cook on high for 3 hours or until the chicken is fully cooked (but not overcooked)!

Serve each chicken breast with 1/4 cup of the sauce.  I like to eat it with a dollop of sour cream.

Carb count:  5 g. of carbs

If you are looking for the Pacific Cream of Mushroom and cannot find it or just want to read the reviews on it, you can find it on Amazon here:

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Super Quick Low Carb Crock Pot Beef Stew (3 ingredients)

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I am trying out pre-cooking and portioning out my meals several days at a time.  Here is something quick I made this morning in my crock pot that took just a few seconds to throw in, but tasted great.  I pre-portioned it out for lunches and dinner paired with a large salad.  It made a delicious gravy! Each serving of the stew has about 1.5 g. of net carbs!

Ingredients:

Uncooked Beef Stew (you can use a much or as little as you like.  I used about 2 cups)

Better than Bouillon beef paste (I used 1 full teaspoon).  [adds 1 g. of carbs]

(1) 8 ounce package of white button mushrooms [adds about 5.14 g. net carbs]

Directions:

Mix all of the ingredients in your crock pot.  Add salt and pepper and any other seasonings you desire.  Cook on low until the beef is fully cooked and tender.  Mine took about 3 hours to cook.  Cook time may vary depending on your type of crock pot.

This made about (4) 5 ounce portions.

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Roasted Pumpkin Seed Recipe: low carb & delicious!

Don’t throw out those pumpkin seeds from your Jack-O-Lantern.  Pumpkin seeds are nutritious AND delicious.  I’ve tried many different techniques of roasting pumpkin seeds and I have found this ‘slow and low’ method to be the best!

The flavorings may sound like an odd combo, but they actually work really well together!  Pumpkin seeds are low carb so eat up!  1/2 cup of pumpkin seeds has approximately 3 grams of net carbs and 19 grams of protein.  I love them as a snack and as a low carb crunch added to salads.

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Ingredients:
1 1/2 cups of pumpkin seeds (you can double this recipe if needed)
2 teaspoons of melted salted butter
1/8 teaspoon of salt
Your favorite seasonings:
I use generous dashes of garlic powder and cinnamon and a small dash of black pepper.

Directions:
(1) Scoop out the seeds from your pumpkin and pick out the large chunks of pulp.
(2) Separate the seeds from the remaining pulp by placing the seeds in a large bowl of water.  The seeds will float to the top and can be strained off.
(3) Dry the seeds a bit by rolling them up in a lint free dish cloth.  Preheat your oven to 300 degrees.
(4) Toss the pumpkin seeds in a bowl with the melted butter and seasonings.
(5) Spread the pumpkin seeds in a single layer on a baking sheet.
(6) Bake for about 40 minutes (stirring after 15 minutes and 30 minutes) until golden brown.  These taste best served warm right from the oven

*If you like them sweet, you can mix them with a bit of your favorite sweetener to them after cooking.

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