Diet Level 2 Recipes

Pumpkin Cheesecake

Pumpkin Cheesecake

It’s PUMPKIN TIME! This cheesecake is sugar-free and no-bake and all pumpkin!  Moreover, it’s even healthy with all the dates and nuts included in this recipe!!!

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Pumpkin Cheesecake
Diet Level:5
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Prep Time 20 Minutes
Cook Time 5 Hours
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6" Cake
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Prep Time 20 Minutes
Cook Time 5 Hours
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6" Cake
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Diet Level:5
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  1. Place all crust ingredients into a food processor and process into a sticky crumble. Transfer into a 6″ spring form pan and shape into a crust {either by flattening it entirely to the bottom, or pushing it up the sides a little for a taller crust effect}. Set aside.
  2. Place all white layer ingredients into a high-speed blender and process until mixture is smooth. Scoop out about ¾ cup of this mixture into a bowl and set aside.
  3. Add pumpkin layer ingredients to the blender to the remaining mixture and blend until mixture is smooth and uniform.
  4. Pour pumpkin cheesecake mixture into the crust in the spring form pan. Smooth out the mixture a little using a spatula. Pour white layer ingredients (that were set aside earlier) on top of the pumpkin layer, being careful not to mix the two layers in the process {it helps to freeze the pumpkin layer for about 20 minutes first to help it firm up, which makes adding the white layer without having the two layers mix up a lot easier}. Gently smooth out the surface.
  5. Freeze the cheesecake for 4-5 hours {or overnight} to set, and then transfer and store in the fridge until ready to serve. You can also have it straight out of the freezer as a pumpkin ice-cream cake, but when you have it out of the fridge it has the consistency, texture, and flavor of a real cheesecake.
Slow Cooker Chicken Cacciatore

Slow Cooker Chicken Cacciatore

This is another great slow cooker recipe!  The sweet aroma of bell peppers simmering slowly with onions and chicken in crushed tomatoes will make your home smell great and like you’ve been cooking all day! Serve this over cauliflower rice, quinoa, or challenge friendly pasta (like quinoa pasta!) to keep it Diet Level friendly!

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Slow Cooker Chicken Cacciatore
Diet Level:5
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Prep Time 5 Minutes
Cook Time 4 Hours
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Prep Time 5 Minutes
Cook Time 4 Hours
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Diet Level:5
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  1. Season chicken with salt and black pepper and place in the slow cooker.
  2. Pour tomatoes over the chicken, top with onions and peppers, add oregano, bay leaf, salt and pepper, give it a quick stir and cover.
  3. Set crock pot to HIGH for 4 hours.
  4. For the last hour of cooking, remove lid and keep the crock pot on HIGH to help it thicken.
Apple Pecan Chicken

Apple Pecan Chicken

I absolutely love ONE PAN dishes! All the spices used in this dish are such a delicious compliment to the apples! This recipe uses coconut milk to keep it dairy-free and at ALL Diet Levels. However, if you are on Diet Level 6, then you may substitute half and half or heavy cream. Serve this dish with cauliflower rice or red potatoes and a salad and you’ll have an economical and quick meal on the table in no time!!

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Apple Pecan Chicken
Diet Level:5
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Prep Time 5 Minutes
Cook Time 20 Minutes
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Prep Time 5 Minutes
Cook Time 20 Minutes
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  1. Begin by heating a large skillet to medium high heat.
  2. Prepare your chicken breasts (or thighs) by pounding them to be thinner, and possibly cutting (breasts) in half (if they are HUGE).
  3. In a small bowl stir together the cumin, cinnamon, cardamom and salt. Coat or rub the chicken with spices.
  4. Add 2 tbsp olive oil to your pan once hot, and begin to cook the chicken or thighs. Sear on each side for 2-3 minutes (depending on thickness of chicken). Chicken does not need to be fully cooked, but almost cooked. Set aside and cover with foil.
  5. Place remaining olive oil in the skillet and add garlic, apples, and pecans. Cook for 3-4 minutes or until apples soften and pecans are fragrant. Continue to scrape the bottom of the pan to collect spices from the chicken.
  6. Pour in coconut milk, and scrape the bottom of the pan to flavor the sauce. Add chicken back to the skillet.
  7. In a small bowl, mix together arrowroot starch and water. Pour into the pan.
  8. Cover with a lid and let the mixture cook for another 3-5 minutes, or until the mixture is thickened and chicken is cooked through.
  9. Serve immediately over rice, greens, or vegetable noodles.
Banana Bread

Banana Bread

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Banana Bread
Diet Level:4
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Prep Time 5 Minutes
Cook Time 50 Minutes or 2-4 Hours (depending on method used)
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Thick Slices
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Prep Time 5 Minutes
Cook Time 50 Minutes or 2-4 Hours (depending on method used)
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Diet Level:4
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Oven Method
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Spray a loaf pan with cooking spray.
  3. Mix all of the ingredients together in a large bowl (or if you are starting with whole oats instead of oat flour, you could throw everything in a blender to mix, blending until mixture is smooth).
  4. Pour mixture into prepared bread pan and bake for 40-50 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean.
  5. Let cool and slice into 8 slices.
  6. Enjoy, or store leftovers in fridge for up to one week, or in the freezer for up to one month.
Slow Cooker Method
  1. Start by finding a loaf pan that fits inside your slow cooker. It may not sit perfectly in the bottom, but you may prop it up on some balls of foil, and it will fit just snuggly at the top. If you don't have a loaf pan you may pour the batter directly into the bottom of your slow cooker. Spray either the loaf pan, or the bottom of your slow cooker with cooking spray.
  2. Mix all of the ingredients together in a large bowl (or if you are starting with whole oats instead of oat flour, you could throw everything in a blender to mix, blending until mixture is smooth).
  3. Pour mixture into prepared bread pan and place bread pan in slow cooker. (If you are not using a pan, pour batter directly into slow cooker.) Place a dish cloth or 2 thick paper towels over the top of the slow cooker. Place lid snugly on top of towel, (the towel helps prevent moisture from forming on the lid, and making the bread wet).
  4. Cook for 3-4 hours on HIGH heat (depending on your slow cooker, and if you are cooking it in a loaf pan versus the bottom of the slow cooker, which would take less time). Cook just until a toothpick comes out clean.
  5. Let cool and slice into 8 slices.
  6. Enjoy, or store leftovers in fridge for up to one week, or in the freezer for up to one month.
Recipe Notes

NOTE ON BAKING BLENDS:

JoJo Erythritol Stevia Baking Blend (click on name to go to Amazon purchase link) is a good one to use in recipes. The reviews on Amazon are great as well.  It only has the two ingredients listed in the name: Erythritol and Stevia. It is non-GMO and organic. While erythritol IS a sugar alcohol, it does not cause the digestive issues of other sugar alcohols and has been approved by the FDA. Also, when purchasing, be sure to watch labels for non-GMO and organic erythritol.

SweetLeaf SugarLeaf Sugar Mix (click on name to go to Amazon purchase link) is great for recipes as well. It has stevia and raw organic cane sugar as its ingredients. This brand is non-GMO and contains no sugar alcohols. Organic cane sugar is unrefined sugar, minus the cancer-causing and environmentally damaging pesticides present in conventionally grown sugarcane. Compared to white sugar, organic cane sugar has the full-bodied taste of sugarcane and is much less processed, retaining a lot of the nutrients present in cane juice. 

Both erythritol and stevia (by itself) are sugar-free and neither raises blood sugar at all. However, the biggest difference comes in the form of taste. Stevia is super sweet. It’s 250 to 300 times as sweet as sugar. That’s why it has a bit of that artificial sweetener aftertaste, even though it comes from a natural source. Erythritol is much less sweet, coming in at 60 to 80 percent as sweet as sugar.

Sooooo, if you process ALL the information out there regarding sugar substitutes...and, believe me, there is A LOT of information out there...here is the bottom line---QUANTITY MATTERS!  It always does, right?

If you are going to have a treat once a week, then either one of the above baking blends is a great choice for you. Neither one of them is going to send you into a diabetic coma! They both taste great substituted in recipes. They are BOTH a much better choice than table sugar!

NOTE ON DIET LEVELS:
This recipe is marked as a "Diet Level 4" recipe and is also marked as "sugar-free." However, if you are going to use the SweetLeaf SugarLeaf Sugar Mix, then you would, technically, NOT be within a "sugar-free" diet level. Only utilizing the JoJo Erythritol Stevia Baking Blend would keep you within the sugar-free boundaries.

Date Sweetened Cookies

Date Sweetened Cookies

This is a great Diet Level 4 cookie recipe, although it also fits nicely into DL’s 1, 2, 3, and 6 (NOT DL 5, due to the inclusion of oats, so not grain-free). They are crispy-on-the-outside-soft-on-the-inside cookies. You can make these as chunky or smooth as you want, depending on how long you let the blender or food processor machine go. These cookies are made with raisins, but you could also substitute Lily’s chocolate chips (see image below), which are made with stevia and you would still be in the “sugar-free” diet-level realm! You can find them at HEB with all the other baking chocolate chips.

Lilys Baking Chips No Sugar Added

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Date Sweetened Cookies
Diet Level:4
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Prep Time 10 Minutes
Cook Time 30 Minutes
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Cookies
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Prep Time 10 Minutes
Cook Time 30 Minutes
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Cookies
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Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Place dates and vanilla in a food processor or high-speed blender until smooth, about 1 minute. Add almonds until smooth, another minute or so.
  3. Add in the oats, salt, cinnamon, baking soda, and oil, and process for another few minutes. You might need to stop periodically to scrape the sides in order to get the mixture to blend evenly. Add in the banana for 10 seconds.
  4. Stir in the raisins.
  5. Shape dough with a spoon into 20 cookies on 2 lightly greased cookie sheets and flatten slightly with a spatula.
  6. Bake for 8-10 minutes, or until the edges are lightly brown.
  7. Place on a cooling rack and store uneaten cookies in an airtight container.
Carrot Cake Smoothie

Carrot Cake Smoothie

Carrot cake–YUM! Calories and sugar–YUK! How about this smoothie instead? It is reminiscent of all those carrot cake spicy flavors, WITHOUT all the bad stuff!!! It also offers up a whopping 19 grams of protein and 10 grams of fiber!

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Carrot Cake Smoothie
Diet Level:5
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  1. Throw everything into the blender, and mix until smooth.
  2. Enjoy!
Morning Workout Protein Smoothie

Morning Workout Protein Smoothie

This is a simple protein smoothie that satisfies sweet cravings and keeps you full for hours. This is a great pre-workout smoothie if you plan to hit it pretty hard in the morning.

There’s a lot of “vanilla” flavor in this recipe, as well as some “optional Stevia drops,” so it can be pretty sweet depending on what brand of protein powder you use, so you may want to omit the Stevia drops. You could also opt to use unflavored protein powder and include the Stevia drops.

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Morning Workout Protein Smoothie
Diet Level:4
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Diet Level:4
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  1. Combine all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth.
  2. Enjoy!
Sweet Potato Pie Smoothie

Sweet Potato Pie Smoothie

This smoothie offers tons of filling fiber and vitamin A, which supports the immune system and helps prevent skin from aging. Due to their relatively low glycemic index rating of 50, sweet potatoes can also help you lose weight by preventing blood sugar spikes after you eat, which can also help cut down on sugar and carb cravings.

Perfect for your morning meal, the “sweet potato pie” smoothie is low in sugar (the only sweetness comes naturally from the sweet potato). It’s also a great option for people who don’t love bananas. With a balance of protein, high-fiber carbohydrates, and healthy fats, this smoothie should become part of your breakfast meal rotation.

Note: Bake or steam a sweet potato ahead of time, so you can make this smoothie in minutes.

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Sweet Potato Pie Smoothie
Diet Level:5
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  1. Place all the ingredients in a blender, and blend on high until smooth.
  2. Add a handful of ice, and blend again.
Chocolate Almond Smoothie

Chocolate Almond Smoothie

It’s the weekend and everyone is indulging in 400-calorie desserts! DON’T DO IT! Make this smoothie instead!!!

At only 150 calories, this four-ingredient recipe offers all the chocolaty goodness you want and it contains less than two grams of sugar. With 16 grams of protein it’s also a great post-workout drink to help your muscles recover after a Fit for GOD kettlebell or barre workout–much better choice than that other popular post-workout chocolate milk drink!!

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Chocolate Almond Smoothie
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  1. Throw the ingredients in a blender, and puree until smooth.
  2. Enjoy immediately.
Strawberry Milkshake Protein Smoothie

Strawberry Milkshake Protein Smoothie

This is a great smoothie when you want to sip on something that tastes a little more decadent and dessert-like. This sweet strawberry milkshake smoothie is only made with six ingredients, so it’s easy to whip up and tastes like melted strawberry ice cream.

Not only does this smoothie make the first meal of the day more delicious, but it also follows the perfect breakfast formula for weight loss. At just under 400 calories, it offers almost 27 grams of protein, 9.5 grams of fiber, and 10.5 grams of healthy fats. Sip on this, and you’ll also get half your daily calcium and 75 percent of your daily iron.

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Strawberry Milkshake Protein Smoothie
Diet Level:4
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Diet Level:4
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  1. Add all the ingredients to a blender and mix until smooth.
  2. Enjoy!
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