Low Carb Sriracha/ Hot Pepper Cheese Enchilada Bake

I try to eat a low carb/ keto diet as often as possible. I originally found a similar enchilada bake recipe on Pinterest a while back but it wasn’t quite spicy enough. I tweaked this receipt to include a bit more spice while still keeping it low carb.

When I first started adjusting this recipe, I used some delicious Sriracha Cheese from Yoder’s Meat & Cheese in Shipshewana, Indiana. They have the BEST cheese and it is totally worth the drive. If you aren’t able to get to Shipshewana this recipe should work well with any type of spicy cheese and even regular cheese if you don’t want the spice. When I went to Walmart this weekend to pick up supplies for this recipe I was unable to find any Sriracha Cheese or even any Hot Pepper Cheese but the Pepper Jack Cheese added a nice spice to the dish. The next time I make this I will be looking at some other local stores and see if I can find a different spicy cheese to use.

Low Carb Spicy Enchilada Bake Ingredients: 
Crust:
  • 8oz Shredded Sriracha, Hot Pepper or Pepper Jack Cheese
  • 8oz Cream Cheese – Softened
  • 3 eggs
Filling:
  • 2lbs of ground beef or turkey
  • 2 – 12oz cans of Hot Enchilada Sauce (can use mild or medium enchilada sauce)
  • 8oz Shredded Sriracha, Hot Pepper or Pepper Jack Cheese
Directions:
  1. Pre-Heat oven to 350 degrees
  2. Spray a 9×13 pan with baking spray (I love coconut oil spray but any spray will do)
  3. In a bowl, combine the 8oz of softened cream cheese with the eggs and 8oz of shredded cheese
  4. Spread the mixture on the bottom of the pan
  5. Cook for 30 – 35 minutes or until lightly brown.
  6. While the “crust” is cooking brown your meat.
  7. In another bowl, mix the enchilada sauce, cooked meat and 4oz of the shredded cheese for the filling.
  8. Once the crust is done let it cool for 10 mins before putting the filling in.
  9. Pour the meat/cheese/sauce mixture on top of the crust
  10. Sprinkle the remaining shredded cheese over the top and cook at 350 degrees for 20 -25 minutes or until cheese browns.
Final Results:

Essential Oil Face Toner Pads

Since diving into  essential oils I have been trying to find the best synergy of essential oils for my face toner. I love using witch hazel but thought that some different essential oils might be a beneficial addition.  I wanted to create a balance between keeping the  bacteria out of my pores but  also not drying out my face.  I think I found a pretty good combination.

Supplies You’ll Need: 
  • Small Mason Jar that cotton rounds fit into. I prefer to use Jelly Jars
  • 16oz Mason Jar to mix the ingredients
  • 4oz Witch Hazel – ( I prefer the Rose Petal Witch Hazel from Thayers)
  • Cotton Rounds
  • 1/2 Tsp Vitamin E
  • 3 Drops – Tea Tree Essential Oil
  • 3 Drops – Elemi Essential Oil
  • 3 Drops – Geranium Essential Oil
Why These Ingredients & Essential Oils?
  • Witch Hazel – Witch Hazel is a natural astringent that can help minimize pores, reduce inflammation, decrease oil and leaves skin feeling clean.
  • Vitamin E – Can help reduce wrinkles and brown spots
  • Elemi Essential Oil – This oil is often called the poor man’s Frankincense. This oil helps to pull out much more bacteria and make-up even after washing my face.
  • Geranium Essential Oil – Promotes healthy clear, glowing skin
  • Tea Tree Essential Oil – This oil has fantastic anti-septic and anti-inflammatory properties
Directions:
  1. First, in the 16oz mason jar mix your 4oz of Witch Hazel, Vitamin E, and drops of essential oil.
  2. Next, place the lid on the mason jar and shake it up. Make sure to shake this up really good so the oils are dispersed evenly in the mixture.
  3. Then, place your cotton rounds into the smaller mason jar.
  4. Now, pour some of your witch hazel mixture over the top of the cotton rounds.
  5. Then, use your fingers to push down the cotton pads to help evenly distribute the mixture.
  6. Keeping using this pattern until you feel that the cotton rounds have absorbed the mixture and seal up the mason jar until you are ready to use.
  7. Finally, if you still have extra of the witch hazel mixture but sure to put the lid back on the mason jar and save for later.

Let me know what you think in the comments below.

Kid-Friendly Immunity Support Roller

It’s that time of year where all the yucky stuff is floating in the air and immunity support is so important. I wanted to create a roller that was safe for both little ones and the whole family so i used a 3% dilution rate. (Check out the Robert Tisserand dilution chart here: http://tisserandinstitute.org/essential-oil-dilution-chart/)  . I wanted to create this blend with oils that I already had in my collection and safe to use, so here is what I came up with:

Ingredients: 
  • 2 drops Frankincense Cartieri essential oil
  • 2 drops Lemon essential oil
  • 2 drops Lime essential oil
  • 2 drops Copaiba Balsam essential oil
  • 2 drops Tea Tree essential oil
  • Fractionated Coconut Oil or other carrier oil
  • 10ml roller bottle with stainless steel roller ball

Be sure to use a Roller ball bottle with a stainless steel roller ball since this recipe calls for lemon and lime. Citrus oils can disintegrate plastic and plastic can leach into the mixture.

Directions:
  1. First, mix together the essential oils in your roller bottle.
  2. Next, fill up the rest of the roller bottle with the carrier oil of your choice
  3. Then, put the roller ball and lid back on
  4. Be sure to shake the bottle well before each use to emulsify the oils.

DIY Face Serum

I have been using some type of oil blend on my face for a couple years now. Most recently I was using the Beauty Sleep Serum from an awesome Natural Beauty Company called Root Pretty. I decided that I would try to make my own recipe and see how different essential oils work with my face. I came up with a mixture with jojoba oil, grapeseed oil, Patchouli Essential Oil, Bergamot Essential Oil, Geranium Essential Oil and Frankincense Carteri essential oil.

Why these oils?

• Jojoba Oil is a noncomedogenic oil which means that it shouldn’t clog your pores and can work as a protectant and cleanser for your face instead of just sitting on top of it. Jojoba helps to moisturize and even helps to fight harmful bacteria growth that leads to breakouts. It can also soothe fine lines, wrinkles and might even slow down skin aging.
• Grapeseed oil is easily absorbed, gentle on the skin, and could even help reduce clogged pores. This oil is lighter than jojoba oil and has a large amount of Vitamin E. Grapeseed oil can reduce the appearance of age spots, wrinkles and stretch marks.
• Patchouli Essential Oil can sooth inflammation of the skin and promotes a smooth, glowing complexion. It can also help reduce the appearance of wrinkles, scars, and stretch marks.
• Bergamot Essential Oil can help to reduce the appearance of marks or scars on the skin and is commonly used to reduce the unsightly effects of acne. When using bergamot oil topically be sure to look for a bergapten free Bergamot. Bergapten is what makes citrus oils phototoxic, so I would recommend avoiding bergamot in this blend unless the oil is bergapten free.
• Geranium Essential Oil can treat acne, dermatitis, and skin diseases. It can also help with wrinkles and scars and also smells amazing.
• Frankincense Carteri can be used to rejuvenate the look of mature skin and scars. It can also provide moisture to dry skin and reduce inflammation.

DIY Facial Serum Ingredients:

Jojoba Oil ¼ ounce
Grapeseed Oil ¼ Ounce
Patchouli Essential Oil: 2 drops
Bergamot Essential Oil: 2 drops
Geranium Essential Oil: 4 drops
Frankincense Carteri: 4 drops
½ Ounce Glass Dropper Bottle

Directions:

Place the Patchouli, Bergamot, Geranium, Frankincense Cartieri, grapeseed oil and jojoba oil into your glass bottle. Use on face in the morning and evening after cleansing your face.

I have been using this mixture for a few weeks now and absolutely love it. My face feels so smooth I don’t have many red patches on my face. I also love putting this on right before I put my make-up on in the morning, it really helps to keep my make-up on all day and keeps my face nice and smooth.

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