Air Fryer Broccoli (Low Carb, Keto Friendly)

By Shelly Marie Redmond, MS, RD, LDN – Culinary Dietitian
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VIDEO: Introduction to Induction Cooktops

Have you heard of induction cooktops? Induction cooking is faster, easier and more efficient. This means a lower SWEPCO bill, while cooking your food faster and better.

Induction elements transfer electromagnetic energy through the glass surface directly to the pot, with no burners — and no wasted energy. It’s also a great safety feature. No heat is transferred from the induction elements – even when they’re on – until the proper pots and pans are placed on them, keeping you and your family safe.

The induction elements also use 30% less energy than electric coils and far less than gas burners, adding up to more cost savings. Induction cooking lets you control and maintain cooking temperatures easily and precisely, in no time at all. Just look, in the time it takes to boil water, you’ve learned about the benefits of induction cooking!

For more ways to save energy and money, visit SWEPCO.com/Save. While you’re at it, be sure to check out SWEPCO.com/Recipes for induction cooktop recipes!

Induction burner recipe: Low-Carb Chocolate Pecan Fudge

Break out the induction burner for a delicious holiday treat that is guilt-free.

By Shelly Marie Redmond, Culinary Dietitian, Founder of Skinny Louisiana

Looking for a delicious low-carb fudge and keto fudge recipe for your family’s holiday menu? Shelly’s video gives you the step-by-step instructions on how to make low-carb fudge and how to make low-carb fudge keto friendly.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 2 tbsp. Swerve granular sugar replacer (can use 2 tbsp. Monkfruit)
  • 3 cups Lily’s Dark chocolate chips (can use Lily’s Milk Chocolate Chips)
  • 1 tbsp. vanilla extract
  • 1 cup pecans, chopped (optional, can use any nut)
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Brussels Sprouts with Bacon (Air Fryer and Convection Oven friendly)

By Shelly Marie Redmond, Culinary Dietitian, Founder of Skinny Louisiana

Ingredients:

  • 1 lb. Brussels sprouts, washed, trimmed, and halved
  • 2 slices of low-sodium turkey bacon, cut in small pieces
  • 2 tsp. olive oil
  • 1 tsp. low-sodium Cajun seasoning (we used Tony’s Spice N’ Herbs Creole Seasoning)

Air Fryer Directions:

  • Combine all ingredients in a large bowl. Toss until Brussels are well coated.
  • Pour all ingredients into Air Fryer basket.
  • Cook at 360 for 15 minutes. Shake basket. Cook for an additional 3-5 minutes.

Oven Directions:

  • Line baking sheet with non-stick aluminum foil. Pour Brussels on lined baking sheet. Bake at 400 degrees for 30 minutes.

Yield: 6 servings

Calories: 60, Total fat: 3g, Cholesterol: <5mg, Sodium: 250mg, Total carbohydrates: 7g, Fiber: 3g, Sugars: 2g, Protein: 3g.

NET CARBS: 4g.

Recipe Developed by Culinary Dietitian and Skinny Louisiana Founder, Shelly Marie Redmond, MS, RD, LDN. She is the author of Skinny Louisiana…in the Kitchen and Skinny Louisiana…in the Slow Cooker and Instant Pot. Be sure to like Skinny Louisiana on Facebook and watch her weekly cooking videos on the Skinny Louisiana You Tube Channel. Questions for Shelly? Email her at shelly@skinnylouisiana.com.

SWEPCO sends linemen to California to assess/inspect lines in wildfire-affected areas

Pictured left to right: SWEPCO Linemen James Matlock, James Rowe, Cedric Thomas, Michael Rath, Mike Smith, Michael Butts and Grant Zich

Fifty-four line workers from Southwestern Electric Power Company (SWEPCO), an American Electric Power (NYSE: AEP) company, today arrived in Sacramento, California, to assist Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E) in addressing power outages associated with the state’s ongoing high winds and wildfire emergency.

Employees from across SWEPCO’s territory – including Northwest Arkansas, Southwest Arkansas, Northwest Louisiana, East Texas and West Texas – will receive their work assignments and locations this afternoon.

Due to ongoing high wind conditions, PG&E power lines have been de-energized to prevent them from causing or contributing to wildfires. Other power lines have been damaged by fire. SWEPCO linemen will inspect and assess the condition of PG&E facilities to help determine which are ready to be re-energized and which will require repairs.

“PG&E has a critical need for experienced line personnel to help them get a handle on the best and safest way to help address this emergency while their workers focus on outage recovery,” said Drew Seidel, SWEPCO Vice President for Distribution.

SWEPCO’s sister companies AEP Ohio, Indiana Michigan Power and Public Service of Oklahoma also sent employees. The total AEP employee count is 112.

There is no definitive timeframe for the AEP personnel to remain in California, but they were told before leaving to prepare for a stay of a week or more.

Breast cancer was an unexpected curveball

In 2012, a routine mammogram turned into something Elizabeth Dailey did not expect. But the procedure enabled her cancer to be detected early sparing her the pain and expense of chemotherapy and radiation treatments.  Photos by Henrietta Wildsmith.

Breast cancer survivor Elizabeth Dailey knows firsthand the benefit of regular mammograms.

In spring 2012, the SWEPCO budget analyst went for what she imagined would be a routine appointment, however, it turned out to be anything but.

She’d had annual mammograms for the past 12 years and knew the process well. Therefore, she thought nothing of it when she received a certified letter asking her to return for additional screenings.

“I had received such a letter before, so I was not overly concerned,” she said. “I went for the follow up, which consisted of additional mammograms and an ultrasound.”

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‘Breast cancer didn’t break my spirit’

Survivor says joyful outlook helped her through difficult journey

The day Cassundra Mayo discovered a lump in her left breast; it did not even cross her mind that it could be cancer.

“I was lying across my bed talking to my sister on the phone and said ‘Oh, there’s a little knot right there.  Hmm, better get that checked out,’” said Mayo, who works in meter services at Southwestern Electric Power Co. (SWEPCO) in Shreveport.

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