So pretty, so delicious, and SO on your diet! As a rule, white potatoes are not allowed on a no- or low-carb diet. But sweet potatoes, in moderation, are definitely on the list, so why not make something different with them?
     The ginger gives it a sweet bite, and the homemade mayo just makes it, if you know what I mean. Icing on our proverbial cake.
Perfect for those of us who are diabetic, on a diet, or not!
--- Jenny


SWEET POTATO SALAD

4 cups sweet potatoes, cut into bite-sized pieces
1 cup homemade mayo, see recipe below
4-5 small green onions, diced
1/2 cup diced red pepper
1/4 cup diced fresh parsley, any variety
2-3 tablespoons fresh grated ginger
Salt to taste (optional)

Boil cut potatoes until softened. Set aside to cool completely. Make mayonnaise and refrigerate until potatoes are completely cooled. 

In a large bowl, toss in green onions, red pepper, parsley, ginger and mayo and mix well, making sure mayo is incorporated throughout.

Refrigerate at least an hour before serving. 

Homemade mayo:
1 egg
1/2 cup grapeseed or olive oil
1/2 cup sunflower oil
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon ground red pepper
1/2 teaspoon ground mustard

Add egg, salt, red pepper and mustard to food processor and blend for 1 minute. Slowly stream oils into mixture as processor continues to blend. Transfer to a bowl or other container and refrigerate 1-2 hours to allow mayo to set.
 
 
     Hooray! I have found a way to CHEAT on my diet without technically cheating!
     This whole "no sugar, no flour" thing has been aggravating sometimes. The only sweet thing I eat, usually, is some berries with plain yogurt. "Whoa, there. Calm down! Don't get crazy now!" you say.
     Yeah, I know. I was about to lose my ever-lovin' mind. Then, about a week ago, a friend shows me this recipe. Not sure who is the real author of this treat, but I am happy to pass it along for those of you struggling with gut or sugar issues.
     The sweeteners here are stevia and xylitol. Stevia you have probably heard of as it has been made popular in the last couple of years. It is actually a plant, and the extract can be made into a liquid or a powder. It is 100 times stronger than sugar, so it takes very little to sweeten, say, a glass of iced tea. Not only that, it has absolutely NO affect on your blood sugar.
     Xylitol, too, is a natural sugar found in many different foods, but in such little amounts that it cannot be harvested naturally from those foods. Instead, it is made from birch tree bark. The only side effects that may result from its use are diarrhea and gas. But I imagine you have to eat quite a bit, because I didn't experience any gut problems.
     Anywho, once you've assembled all your ingredients, this recipe takes no time at all to make! And they are soft, chewy, chocolaty deliciousness! Enjoy this one, folks!
----- Jenny


CHEWY CHOCOLATE I'M-ON-A-DIET COOKIES

2 large eggs
1 cup raw unsalted creamy almond butter
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
12 drops liquid stevia
1/2 cup xylitol
1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1/2 teaspoon buckwheat flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon sea salt
1/4 cup shredded dried (unsweetened) coconut, optional

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper. Beat eggs in an electric mixer in a medium bowl. Add the rest of the wet ingredients. Do not mix until you have added the sifted dry ingredients.

Add dry ingredients in a large bowl and mix well. Then combine with wet ingredients and blend with electric mixer until well mixed. Use a small scoop (I used a 2-teaspoon spoon) and drop dough onto paper. 

Bake for 10-14 minutes, and allow to cool. Best served hot out of the oven or cold out of the fridge!

 
 
     So far, I've lost seven pounds. I'm not too frustrated, I guess, because this is a healthy way to lose it. I'm on my way, and by the end of the year, I hope to have completely reached my goal. That means I will have lost 54 pounds and likely 8-10 dress sizes. I'm embarrassed to admit that I have to lose THAT MUCH, but whatever. At least I'm doing something about it!
     I have found that cabbage is an awesome diet aid. It is bulky, so it fills up your tummy. It's high in fiber. And it helps me drop the weight more easily. 
     For this recipe, I had some kale that I needed to use. Kale... Kale... cole slaw... KALE SLAW! So crunchy, and healthy, too, because I used my homemade mayo recipe. A great raw food, diet food, side dish, BBQ side, gluten-free, YUM!

--- Jenny


KALE SLAW

2 cups kale, stemmed and finely chopped
2 cups red cabbage, finely shaved or sliced
1/2 medium onion, diced
1 celery heart (the inner stalks, including leaves), chopped
1 fresno pepper, seeded and diced
1/4 cup chopped flat-leaf parsley
1/2 cup homemade mayo or more to taste (recipe below)
juice of half a lemon
salt and pepper to taste
other herb or spice to taste (I used a Thai blend)


Combine and toss all ingredients. Refrigerate until ready to serve.


Fresh Mayonnaise:
     1 egg
     1/2 teaspoon ground mustard
     3 tablespoons lemon juice
     1/2 teaspoon salt
     1/2 teaspoon ground red pepper
     1 cup unrefined sunflower seed oil (or olive oil)

     In a blender or food processor, blend egg, lemon juice, salt and pepper for about a minute. While processor is still running, stream oil until mayonnaise thickens. Add more salt and pepper to taste. Refrigerate to set. 
 

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