3 Tips for Embracing a Low-Carb Diet

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Many people have asked me what I’ve done to lose the weight (and keep it off) this last go round.  I don’t have one simple answer, but I do know what I was doing that probably contributed to my weight gain.  

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Fran’s Fixings: Homemade Fries

I LOVE fries! I love potatoes, actually. All things potatoes…fried, boiled, baked.  I’m like the Bubba Gump of Potatoes!

I remember going home from college one weekend in the summer and getting some potatoes from Nick’s Pick Quick– THE main chain of convenience/gas stations in my hometown — only to hear my grandma say, “You know those potatoes go straight to your thighs.”

LOL.  Gotta love grandma’s. They hold no punches! 😀

But she was right.  Despite my love for potatoes, they are not friendly to my thighs, so when I do have them, I have to try to make them in the healthiest way possible.  That means minimal grease, fresh seasoning, and avoiding purchasing them from a drive through — In other words– MAKING THEM AT HOME.

French Fry Potato Cutter Review on FixItWithFran

We’ve been making lots of meals using Blue Apron recipes and both my husband and I are showing the results as far as weight loss is concerned (YAY #TeamBHenry). Having all of the necessary ingredients delivered to your front door gives you even more incentive to cook your own meal and it’s even better when you know that they are fresh and flavorful! 

It’s pretty easy to cut up a potato, but it’s even easier when you have a tool like the French Fry Potato Cutter with Suction Base.

The manual lever takes most of the effort out of cutting the potato and the suction base keeps the device stationary.

We now make our fries almost exclusively from fresh potatoes and have no regrets. That simple swap has saved us so many unnecessary calories and we can still enjoy having a meal of a burger and fries in the comfort of our home.  

For a recipe idea, check out one of our favorite Blue Apron recipes on My Fran’s Fixings Pinterest Board.

Until next time, Go Fix Something!

Ready. Chef. Go!

Wednesday’s are always busy in our home. I’m usually working and  running errands for the majority of the day, followed by recording my podcast, and the evening is typically occupied with Bible Study.

This makes my daily meal planning even more important!

I wrapped up today’s activity by prepping these Ready. Chef. Go! Microwave steaming bags for tomorrow’s dinner.

I LOVE steamed asparagus and I’ve found that microwaving asparagus provides the perfect amount of crisp for my desired tastes. 


Step 1: Trim the ends of the asparagus stems.


Step 2: Insert asparagus and your desired seasonings into the Ready! Chef! Go! Steam Envelope. I love lemon pepper asparagus, so I’ve added lemon slices and a savory seasoning blend.


Another close up.  This time with tabs of butter added.  Tomorrow, I’ll be microwaving these packets for 3 minutes each and serving them along with salmon filets.


Pictured above is a close up of the rear of the packet. For more info, check out the product website!

Morningstar Blackbean Crumbles Recipe on FixitWithFran.com

Meatless Monday: MorningStar Chipotle Black Bean Crumbles

I had two back to back meetings scheduled for this evening, so I knew I needed to plan ahead. I came home at 4:30pm and used these MorningStar Chipotle Black Bean Crumbles to make tacos for the Husboo. He loved them and EVEN had seconds. My final evaluation is always completed by asking if he would have that meal again. With NO hesitation he said, “YES!” Another #meatlessMonday win!

Product review: The crumbles are a new MorningStar product and I highly recommend them. They are preseasoned and the cook time was only 8 minutes. I had taco seasoning on standby just in case the flavors weren’t to my liking, but I didn’t add a thing.

I served the tacos using Old El Paso’s new Tortilla Bowls and added Sargento 4 Cheese Mexican Blend and Wholly Guacamole’s spicy pico and guacamole dip. A quick, 30 minute meal.

I also purchased the Grillers Recipe Crumbles, so I’ll review those at some point in the future. Until then, “Go fix something!” 🙂