Lauren’s Hope

I get a lot of emails for products to try and promote on my blog.  Something when I first started out thought would never happen in a million years.  I take each email seriously, and think if its someting I actually want to try or promote.

I get on average about 30 emails regarding the blog each day – sometimes it can be overwhelming to keep up with my family, cooking and a full time job.  So much so that it took this company two emails to see if I was interested in trying their product.

Lauren’s Hope is a medical i.d. bracelet company, but unlike anything I’d ever seen.  I already have a Road I.D. for when I exercise outside, but its got a velcro tab and isn’t very fashionable to wear on a normal basis.  Barb from the company asked if I wanted to try out a bracelet, and after seeing some of their products I jumped at the chance.

She sent me one of their most popular bracelets (this one retails for $59!).  I love it!

I love that its black, because it goes with just about anything.  Best part is the medical i.d. part stays on the underside of my wrist, so it really does just look like a fashion bracelet from the outside.

While I wish I had the $$ to do a giveaway, the company has agreed to give My Bizzy Kitchen readers a 10% discount if you put “BIZZY” in the discount code during check out.  If you know of someone who has a medical condition, it would make a great holiday gift – they even do men’s bracelets and kids bracelets!  Thanks again Barb for my bracelet – I’ve worn it every day since I got it! 😀

I have to say that I am getting a bit tired of my egg breakfasts and every time I see french toast or waffles my mouth starts to water!  I thought “I’ll make my crustless quiche!”  Until I realized, um, no dairy!  Well, I made an almost Paleo version (I snuck in 1 ounce of shredded mozzarella!)

Makes 4 servings – each one is 170 calories, 8.2 fat

  • 4 eggs
  • 1 cup egg whites
  • 1.5 cups chopped spinach
  • 2 ounces turkey kielbasa
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 ounce shredded mozzarella
  • pinch of salt
  • pinch of pepper
  • paprika sprinled over the top

Heat the oven to 425.  Lay the spinach and the kielbasa in your pie pan.  Mix the rest of the ingredients together except paprika, pour over spinach and kielbasa, then sprinkle with paprika and bake for 35-45 minutes or until browned.  I threw this in the oven before I started exercising, so it went the full 45 minutes – almost too far, but delicious.

It was still warm by the time I made it to work, so I just cut myself a piece and had some kiwi on the side.  Breakfast comes in at 263 calories, 9 fat, 24 carbs, 5 fiber and 20 protein, or 6 WW points.

My store had pork stew meat on sale, so I decided to make another version of pumpkin chili using pork stew meat, ground beef and Italian sausage (can you tell I cleaned out some stuff from my freezer??!!)

I based the recipe off of this one, but of course, made my changes.  They had an avocado cream on theirs too that I skipped.

FortheChili – makes six, 1.5 cup servings:  366 calories, 20 at, 22 carbs, 6.8 fiber and 26 protein – or 9 WW points.

2 lbs ground beef (mine was a 1.5 combo of pork stew, ground beef and Italian sausage)
1 large yellow onion, diced (nope)
6 cloves garlic, diced
1/2 sugar pumpkin, diced (about 3 cups) or 1 ½ c canned pumpkin (I use one 15 ounce can of pumpkin)
1 (28 oz) can diced, fire roasted tomatoes
1 (15 oz) can tomato sauce
1 (7 oz) can diced, roasted green chilies (left out because I didn’t have)
1 c chicken or beef stock (I used beef stock)


2 T chili powder
2 T cumin
1 T paprika
2 t salt
2 t coriander
2 t cinnamon
2 t cocoa powder
1 t garlic powder
1/2 t cayenne

I put all the meat in a large stock pot and cooked just until no longer pink.  I drained the fat, and then added the rest of the ingredients to the pot, stirred and let simmer on low for 60 minutes.

I served my 1.5 cup over steamed broccoli and added sliced jalapeno peppers to the bowl.  Lunch comes in at 397 calories, 20 fat, 28 carbs, 9.2 fiber and 29 protein, or 10 WW points.

OMG, this was so filling!  I made the mistake of adding tomato paste to this recipe and it made it REALLY tomatoey, so I left it out of the recipe above, still delicious though. 😀

It was 62 degrees yesterday so even though I got my strength training and cardio in yesterday morning, it was just too nice not to take a walk.  I ended up taking a brisk 50 minute walk – such a nice break to get away from my desk.  Some of the leaves are still hanging on!

I had planned pork chops and cauliflower gratin for dinner, and try as I might, I just couldn’t figure out how to Paleo a gratin without milk or any dairy.  So I didn’t! 😀

Makes Four, One Cup Servings:  120 calories, 3.7 fat, 15 carbsw, 2.5 fiber and 6.5 protein, or 3 WW Points.

  • 1 medium head of cauliflower
  • 2 teaspoons butter
  • 1/8 cup flour
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese
  • 2 ounces fat free cream cheese
  • 1/4 cup panko bread crumbs tossed with 1 teaspoon melted butter for the topping
  • salt and pepper to taste

I just tossed my cauliflower head in the microwave and put “fresh vegetable.”  Then I melted the 1 tsp. of butter and tossed it with panko bread crumbs.  In a large pan I melted the butter, added the flour and cooked for 1 minute.  Slowly I added the heavy cream to make a thick sauce, and at the end added the cream cheese and stirred until the cream cheese melted.

Once the cauliflower was cool enough to touch, I chopped it up, tossed it with the cream mixture, then topped the casserole with the buttered panko bread crumbs and Parmesan cheese.  Just a couple minutes under the broiler to toast the top.  Tony declared this delicious!

I lightly breaded our chops with 2 tablespoons of panko bread crumbs, about a teaspoon of flour and egg whites – first dip in flour, then egg white, then bread crumbs.  I cooked it in a cast iron skillet over medium high heat – I cook for about 3 minutes a side, then put a lid on and take it off the heat until dinner was ready to plate.

It’s okay to eat your pork pink! 😀  This was perfectly cooked – tender and juicy.

Dinner comes in at 510 claories, 21 fat, 36 carbs, 2.9 fiber and 40 protein, or 12 WW points.

Stats for the Day

  • 1344 calories (includes pistachios eaten while watching t.v.)
  • 57 fat, 118 carbs, 21 fiber and 45 protein
  • 34 WW points
  • 15 minute strength training, 20 minutes hard cardio, 50 minute walk
  • average blood sugar 144

Off to get ready for work – hope you have a great day! 😀

17 thoughts on “Lauren’s Hope

  1. I bought a Lauren’s Hope bracelet a couple of years ago for my Gram who’s diabetic. She loves it!

    Have a great day, Biz!

  2. That bracelet is way prettier than I was picturing – so cute!

    Great eats Biz!

  3. Why don’t you try using almond or coconut milk in your recipes that call for “dairy?” My guess is that it would provide the texture, etc. that you’re looking for and allow you to stay mostly Paleo!

    I really like the look of that medical ID. So much better than the old metal style!

  4. that is just the cutest, im going to go to their website and print out a copy of the bracelet and bring to our clinics for pts, i am a nurse at a huge army hospital, i think our pts would wear them more being more stylish..i want one and i dont even need one…

  5. Beautiful bracelet. It’s so important to let others know of your condition in an emergency (my dad and brother are both type 1 diabetics). Wonderful that you have the option to do it in style.

  6. Great looking food Biz. You really have to think outside the box with this new food plan but you are so creative with making everything you eat the best it can be.

    I agree with Helen about trying some coconut products to swap for the dairy. I love the coconut creamers and also almond milk works as a good sub for milk.

    The bracelet is adorable. My dad is diabetic so I will check out what they have for men. What a smart idea.

  7. Yum that pork looks so good. I’ve never made pork chops before! Only pulled pork or variations of pork loin. I need to change that.

  8. I was such a dork in elementary school that I totally thought medic alert bracelets were cool and wanted one. These are much prettier! 🙂

  9. That bracelet is so pretty – I was just checking out their website, and I’m impressed with the options! Nice that you don’t have to wear a boring old ugly medical ID anymore. 🙂

  10. You get THIRTY product emails a day for the blog?????????? Holy crap, I don’t think I’ve gotten a TOTAL of 30 in my 3 years of blogging!!

    I’m going to be making a similar quiche like meal for our dinner tonight. We have some ham and a lot of veggies to use up. I thought mixing with eggs and baking would be a quick fix!

    • No – I get 30 emails a day regarding the blog – mostly readers – I get about five product emails a week. 😀 Most of them diet supplements – ha! 😀

  11. Lovely bracelet. Very stylish.

    The cauliflower looks yummy [I like the stuff raw!] but does it disturb your diet to have the little bit of cheese and the cream for the two meals? I am not too sure how the Paleo works so I was wondering if it makes that big of a difference.

    Such pretty weather you are having. Enjoy.

  12. Boy – do I miss you & your blog. After a hiatus it’s good to be back. I can’t wait to catch up on how you’ve been & what you’re up to.

    That bracelet is great!

    That cauliflower has me wanting to hit the store tonight to pick up a head. Add the pork – I’m in heaven!

  13. Roz@weightingfor50

    Hi Vat. OOH…you are an “oz of cheese sneakin'” Paleo MACHINE!!! Your creativity is incredible and your food looks delicous. The bracelet is lovely too, but I wouldn’t want to eat it as much as I’d like to eat the cauliflower dish. 🙂 Have a great Wed.

  14. I really do like the bracelet too. It’s quite pretty to cover such an important purpose.

    🙂 Marion

  15. Love the bracelet…and the food! 🙂

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