Saturday, September 26, 2009

Almond Meal

Almond meal or flour is a delicious addition to a low carb menu.  It has fiber and nutrients, but very few carbs.  The carb count varies depending on your source, but I have seen it range between 1 and 3 net carbs per 1/4 cup.  It doesn't contain gluten, so it is great for those who are gluten intolerant.

There may be a slight difference between almond meal and almond flour according to some sources (with the flour more finely ground), but the terms are commonly used interchangeably.  Either one works great in my recipes, including the LC Garlic Herb Crackers pictured above.  I also use it for breading, cookies, and mini cakes.

You can find my recipe for the LC Garlic Herb Crackers and other low carb recipes containing almond meal at my DARdreams website. 

My Living Low Carb with Almond Meal lists all my recipes using almond meal.

Amazon sells a variety of almond meals/flours:

Amazon also sells almond meal/flour in larger amounts:

You can also use hazelnut meal/flour for a slightly different flavor.

Netrition sells Bob's Red Mill Hazelnut Meal/Flour.

Amazon also sells hazelnut meals/flours:

As usual, check around for the best prices, including shipping costs. Then roll up your sleeves and play!

Sunday, September 6, 2009

DARdreams Designs

I love dreaming up new recipes, but they aren't the only things I dream up.  I have been creating in many different ways since I was a child.  Knitting, crocheting, embroidery, painting, woodwork, photography, sewing, etc, etc...

I recently started a Zazzle store to sell some of my creations called DARdreams Designs.  This will be another ongoing work in progress, so I hope you will keep checking back to see what else I'm dreaming up.

I started with a wonderful photo my husband took of two sea lions swimming blissfully together and created a line of wedding items with it.  Then I expanded the line to include non-wedding items.  These include shirts, hats, cards, stickers, mugs, aprons, mouse pads, etc.  The variety is nearly endless!  Here are some examples:

At the bottom of the page here on DARdreams2, you'll find a display with some of my recent creations.  If you have an idea or request for more creations, please send me a message.  Thanks for checking it out!