Steak Melt on Zoodles

Steak Melt on Zoodles

Steak Melt on Zoodles

Most often we low-carbers think of zoodles (zucchini noodles) for Italian recipe applications.  Today, with a nice hunk of leftover sirloin steak in the fridge, I was thinking along the lines of a Philly Cheese Steak for lunch, but not with the traditional Frankenfood cheese sauce.  And certainly not with a big old carb-laden bun (although I have some low-carb psyllium hotdog buns cooked and ready today).  I was thinking more along the lines of a Swiss/white cheese Patty Melt sort of thing, but on noodles.  The above lunch is what evolved from that thought.  And it came out quite tasty!  My husband REALLY liked this!  It was very filling, too!

This recipe is acceptable for all phases of Atkins, Keto diets and those Primal folks that eat some dairy.  The portions were quite large and you might find this will feed 2 adults and 2 children quite nicely.  But I have calculated the numbers below for 3 equal adult servings.

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INGREDIENTS:

16 oz. zucchini, cut into noodles

4 T. olive oil (total)

6 oz. cooked steak, sliced thin (I used pan-seared sirloin)

4 oz. yellow onion, sliced thin

6 oz. cheese, shredded (I used a mix of Swiss & Monterrey Jack)

DIRECTIONS:  Preheat broiler.  Have two non-stick skillets ready, one large enough to fry steak and onions, one to cook the zoodles.  Cut the zucchini into “noodles” with a spiral tool or julienne peeler and have ready.  Slice the steak and onions and brown them in 2 T. of the oil in one skillet.  You want the onions to begin to brown and caramelize to release their natural sugar. When nearly done, heat remaining 2T. oil in the second skillet and place the zoodles in the hot oil.  Reduce heat to medium and stir-fry the zoodles just until they are no longer opaque, but not too soft. Plate the zoodles onto 3 serving plates and top with 1/3 of the meat and onion mixture.  Top with 1/3 of the cheese and pop into hot broiler just long enough to melt the cheese on top.  Remove with pot holder and serve at once.

NUTRITIONAL INFO:   Makes 3 large servings, each contains:

513 calories

39 g  fat

8.66 g carbs, 2.3 g  fiber, 6.36 g  NET CARBS

32.2 g  protein

521 mg sodium

Einkorn Hotdog Buns

Einkorn Hot Dog Buns

Einkorn Hotdog Buns

I can’t take full credit for this recipe.  My inspirational recipe was Maria Emmerich’s “Healthified Sub” recipe, to which I added a bit of Einkorn Flour, added 1½ tsp. of dry yeast for flavor and reduced the salt.   Man, the house smells like a bakery while these things are baking!  I just love the smell of yeast bread baking!   These rise nearly double and have a very nice texture inside.  They have the mouth feel of real yeast bread and even my picky husband likes them!  They are simply DELICIOUS!!  I got eight hot dog buns out of this recipe.  Being made with psyllium, these are very, very filling. :)

It goes without saying this recipe is not suitable until you reach the grains rung of the Atkins carb reintroduction ladder in  Pre-Maintenance or Maintenance due to the Einkorn Flour.  I order my Einkorn Flour from JovialFoods.com but some grocery stores carry it I am told.  I order my NOW psyllium husk powder from Netrition.com.

If you want a lower carb bun, you can either reduce the Einkorn flour to 2 T. or just make Maria’s recipe as it is written.  But DO add the yeast and pinch of sugar, as that adds a lovely yeast-y taste to these buns. :)

INGREDIENTS:  

1½ c. almond flour

5 T. psyllium husk powder

2 tsp. baking powder

¼ tsp. sea salt (I used Himalayan Pink Salt)

1½ tsp. dry yeast

pinch of real sugar (consumed by the yeast)

¼ c. Einkorn Flour

2½ T. apple cider vinegar

3 egg whites

1 c. boiling water

DIRECTIONS:   Preheat oven to 350º.  Mix all the dry ingredients in a medium mixing bowl.  Stir well to be sure it is uniformly mixed.  Mix the egg whites and vinegar in a small bowl with a fork and add all at once to the dry ingredients.  Stir quickly with the fork to moisten all dry ingredients.  Pour the boiling water over the dough and using the fork, stir into a smooth liquid.  Transfer to using a rubber spatula and continue to stir and fold as it thickens up.   Portion off 8 equal portions using your spatula.  Roll each portion in your palms into an oblong hot dog shape about 5½” long and 1″ wide.  Place on a non-stick, silicone or parchment lined or oiled baking sheet.  They don’t spread much, so be sure you are shaping them the size you want right now.  Pop into preheated 350º  oven and bake for about 40-45 minutes.  Cool almost completely before attempting to slice these buns or they will get pack-y inside just like regular flour bread when sliced hot.

NUTRITIONAL INFO:    Makes 8 hotdog buns, each contains:

154.37 calories

10.62 g  fat

12.6 g  carbs, 6.98 g fiber, 5.62 g NET CARBS

6.52 g  protein

193 mg sodium

 

Apple-Squash Cobbler

Apple-Squash Cobbler

Apple-Squash Cobbler

We low-carbers can’t afford to eat a lot of higher-carb fruit, especially if we are on the beginning of our weight-loss journey.  But once we have increased our daily carbs a bit, we can enjoy the occasional treat with fruits other than berries.  I find that if you mix a high-carb fruit with a lower-carb “disguising” vegetable, like a mild squash, one can trick the palate into thinking you’re eating the  real McCoy :).  This little cobbler is a perfect example of that.  We both LOVED this cobbler!  The flavor was truly amazing.

I learned early on in my Atkins journey that Baked Spaghetti Squash tastes almost exactly like apples, with nearly the exact same texture, too!  When I tried this cobbler creation, I decided to add some real apple and see if I could keep the carbs low enough.  I also decided to use my latest Einkorn Flour Pie Crust.  As you can see by the per serving carb total below, this dessert is a wee bit higher in carbs than most of mine.  HOWEVER, if you use only one apple and use my “Flour” Pie Crust recipe rather than my Einkorn Pie Crust, you can drop the per serving count to a more “palatable” 6.82 net carbs, which isn’t bad at all for a pastry dessert with real fruit in it.

This absolutely delicious recipe is not suitable for Atkins Induction but is OK once you reach the final high-carb fruit rung of the Atkins carb-reintroduction ladder.  Keto followers should make the alternate version suggested above for lowering carbs, and use the “Flour” Pie Crust and 1 less apple if you want to try this recipe.

INGREDIENTS:

½ spaghetti squash (mine was 9″ long and yielded 4 c. threads)

2 medium apples, grated or sliced (I used Delicious apples)

3 T. unsalted butter, melted

1 tsp. cinnamon

1/3 c. erythritol (or preferred sweetener to equal 1/4 c. sugar)

2 pkts. stevia

3/4 c. water

Dash of xanthan gum (or 1 tsp. chia seeds)

1 recipe Einkorn Pie Crust  (or my “Flour” Pie Crust for lower carbs)

DIRECTIONS:  Cook the spaghetti squash cut side down in ½” water in a dish in your microwave for 13 minutes.  Remove, cool and fork out the threads into a large bowl. The exact amount isn’t crucial, but the stats below are based on 4 cups of threads.

Grate the apples.  I find that cut in half and grated cut-side down, the grating process sort of peels the apples for you.  :)  Now is a good time to preheat your oven to 350º.  Add the grated or sliced apple to the bowl of squash threads.   Melt the butter and drizzle over the fruit-squash mixture.  Add the cinnamon, sweeteners, water.  Dust the xanthan gum or chia seeds over the surface and stir well.  Pour into a buttered baking dish.  I used an 8×11″ rectangular ceramic dish.

Make the pie crust according to the directions for that recipe (linked above). Chill the dough 30 minutes.  Remove dough from refrigerator and roll between 2 sheets of plastic to the approximate shape of the dish you are making.    When you have rolled the crust slightly larger than your dish, remove the top plastic and gently lift the bottom sheet up over to the cobbler dish and flip the crust onto the cobbler filling.  Push or crimp the edges of the dough up into to the dish and poke a few holes in the top of the crust with a fork randomly to allow air to escape.  Pop into a 350º oven and bake for about 30 minutes or until the crust is dry to the touch in the center and golden on the edges.  Serve warm.  Leftovers store nicely in the refrigerator and reheat in the microwave quite nicely.

NUTRITIONAL INFO:    Makes 8 servings If baked exactly as written, each serving contains:

195.4 calories

14.7 g  fat

18.6 g  carbs, 7.88 g fiber, 10.72 g NET CARBS  (only 6.82 NC using just 1 apple & the “Flour” crust)

6.05 g  protein

202 mg sodium

 

 

 

 

 

Tuna Cheesies

Tuna Cheesies

Tuna Cheesies

I’ve been making these for probably 20 years or more.  My husband just LOVES these things!  I do, too, really.  The original version was melted on saltine crackers.  My low-carb version here is baked on my Almond-Flax crackers.     This time I cut them into 12 oblong rectangles as shown above, but more often I cut them into 24 saltine shaped squares.  These are suitable once you get to Atkins Phase 2, and they are OK for Keto diets.

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INGREDIENTS:

½ recipe my Almond Flax Crackers  (or 24 pre-baked low-carb crackers)

1   6-oz foil pouch tuna (or a 5 oz. can, drained)

1 c. shredded Cheddar cheese

2 slices American cheese, shredded

3 T. mayonnaise (I use homemade)

2-3 shakes cayenne pepper

3-4 drops Worcestershire sauce (optional)

DIRECTIONS:  Preheat oven to 350º.  As to making the cracker base for these, I tend to mix up a whole recipe of the cracker dough and shape it on the baking sheet into two rectangles, one on each end, not quite all the way to the edges of the pan, with a slight separation between them.  I use half the cracker recipe for these Tuna Cheesies and save the other rectangle to cut into plain crackers to have on hand for other uses.  Or if you’re having a party, you could double the topping ingredients and use the entire recipe of crackers for a total of 48 Tuna Cheesies.  Your call depending on how many of these you want to make.

Prepare and bake the crackers by that recipe’s instructions at 350º.  Cool slightly on the pan.  If you made the full recipe of crackers, go ahead and score that extra rectangle into 24 crackers and store them in a lidded container on your kitchen counter for up to 2 weeks.

While the crackers are baking, mix the filling ingredients in a bowl.  Spread onto the baked and slightly cooled cracker sheet.  Pop back into the oven and bake for about 5-10 minutes longer, just long enough to melt the topping nicely.  Remove from the oven and with a knife or pizza cutter, cut into either 12 wedges as shown above, or into 24 square-shapes. Serve warm.

NUTRITIONAL INFO:  Makes 12 rectangular Tuna Cheesies, each contains:

147 calories

11.83 g  fat

3.5 g  carbs, 2.01 g  fiber, 1.49 g  NET CARBS

7.9 g  protein

203 mg sodium

NOTE:  If cut into 24 squares, divide the nutritional numbers above for by 2 to get the per serving numbers for each smaller square.

Loaded “Potato” Casserole

Loaded "Potato" Casserole

Loaded “Potato” Casserole

Who doesn’t like a loaded baked potato?  This is the low-carber’s version, with meat added for a complete meal!  Not such a pretty dish; but a very tasty dish!   I had a leek on hand so I just used that, but green onion is traditional on a loaded baked potato.  This goes together fast and was truly delicious.  Makes a big casserole that will serve 6 hungry adults.  :)  This dish is suitable for all phases of Atkins, Keto diets and those Primal folks that eat occasional dairy.  This is suitable for all phasees of Atkins, Keto diets and Primal folks who enjoy occasional dairy.

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INGREDIENTS:

½ large head cauliflower, cut into medium chunks

4 oz. bacon ends (or lean bacon), chopped

1½ c. green onion (or leek), chopped

1 lb. ground beef or pork (I used 90% lean grass-fed beef),

2 oz. cream cheese

½ c. sour cream

1/8 tsp. coarse black pepper

2 c. shredded cheddar cheese

DIRECTIONS:  Steam or boil cauliflower until almost fully tender, but not quite.  Drain well.  Preheat oven to 350º.  While the cauliflower is cooking, in a large skillet or wok, brown the bacon.  Add the green onion or leek and saute until tender. Add black pepper and mix in well.  Salt won’t be needed with bacon and this much cheese. :)  Add ground beef, breaking apart and stirring as it browns.  Add cream cheese, stirring to allow it to melt and disperse into the mixture.  Add sour cream and blend well.  Stir in the drained cauliflower gently. Top with grated cheese and pop into preheated 350º oven for 20-30 minutes to allow flavors to blend and cheese to melt.  Serve at once with a lovely green salad or green veggie of your choice.

NUTRITIONAL INFO:   Makes 6 servings, each contains:

465 calories

37 g  fat

8.68 g  carbs, 2.41 g  fiber, 6.27 g  NET CARBS

26.6 g  protein

676 mg sodium

 

 

 

My Heartfelt Thanks

The outpouring of kind thoughts and prayers at my brother’s passing has touched me deeply. My sincerest thanks to all who expressed your sadness, and who shared so many kind words and prayers.  He was one of the brightest stars in my world and will be greatly missed by me, my Mother and all those whose lives he touched.  God bless all of you.

Blog Absence

I will be away from my blog for a period of time.  My brother lost his very brief battle with Myelodysplastic Syndrome last night.  I will answer any recipe questions when I am able.

Einkorn English Muffin

Einkorn English Muffin

Einkorn English Muffin

Tried my Peggy’s English Muffin today as an Einkorn version to see how that would improve texture and flavor.  I tried that a couple days ago but added in too much Einkorn and although flavor was outstanding, that trial didn’t toast as nicely as I would have liked in the middle.  I decided to also add a little psyllium husk powder for elasticity and the results were amazing.  Toasted in my broiler nicer than any other toast to date.  Flavor was just like real toast.  Still haven’t achieved that acidic “sour dough” flavor that store-bought English muffins have though.   I’ve never been into messing with sourdough starter and such, quite frankly, so that may never happen.  But I’m pretty happy with this muffin and may not do further experiments on it.  Peggy, who are you kidding?  I can’t quit until I reach Nirvana and this muffin just isn’t quite there yet.  But it is vastly improved over my old version linked above.  I see that as all “goodness”.   :)  As always, if there are further tests and improvements, I’ll come back to this post and make those changes.  :)

As with all my Einkorn experiments, they are not suitable until you are nearly or at goal weigh.  Keto dieters can have these occasionally if the day’s menu allows the carbs.  These would not be suitable for Primal-Paleo folks.

INGREDIENTS: 

1½ T. unsalted butter

¼ c. egg whites (I used the ones in a carton)

2 T. very hot water

3 T. almond flour

1 T. Einkorn flour

1 tsp. oat fiber

¼ tsp. baking powder

2 tsp. psyllium husk powder (I use NOW brand from Netrition.com)

DIRECTIONS:   Melt butter in a small bowl.  I used a 5″ oval dish.  Add the egg whites and hot water.  Add the dry ingredients in the order listed, stirring after each addition.  The mixture will be very fairly soupy at this point.  Add the psyllium husk powder last and the “batter” will now begin to thicken up.  Stir well with your fork to insure all is well-mixed.  Allow 1 full minutes for the psyllium to do its job of thickening your batter.  Pop into your microwave and cook on HI for about 1 minute (should be dry to the touch in the center).  Cook a few seconds longer if still damp in the center.  Microwaves vary. Preheat your broiler.

Remove, loosen the edges with a knife tip and tip the muffin out onto a cutting board.  Cool a minute or so and then carefully slice laterally into two slices using a serated bread knife.  Place on a metal pan and toast/brown the bottoms and then the tops to your liking.  Serve hot with butter and your favorite jam.  You can also toast these in your toaster if you prefer, but I find they tend to “slump” or crumple down, even with the toaster support wires.  They then are misshapen and inclined to burn when they crumple down.   Just sayin’.  Your call on the toasting method. :)

NUTRITIONAL INFO:    Makes one muffin.  Entire recipe contains:

314 calories

26.5 g  fat

12.2 g  carbs, 7.1 g fiber, 5.1 g  NET CARBS

11.1 g  protein

354 mg sodium

Fruity Chicken Salad

FruitychickenSalad

This delicious salad is a bit carbier than most of my recipes, but I wanted to see what some fruit would be like in chicken salad.  I’m here to tell you it was DELICIOUS!  Most of the carbs are in the prunes, of course.  If you omit the prunes the count per serving on this recipe drops to a mere 3.3 net carbs.  Blueberries would perhaps be a better, lower-carb choice and still maintain the fruity taste and healthy anti-oxidants as well. a small amount of diced apple would also be a tasty choice.

I wanted to use up a lone poblano pepper in my refrigerator today and thus I seared it off and used it as a “base.  It didn’t really contribute much to the overall dish’s flavor and I will just serve this salad on a leaf of Romaine or curly leaf lettuce in future.  Therefore I have not included the poblano in the nutritional numbers below.

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DISCLAIMER: I do not get paid for this book promotion or for the inclusion of my recipes therein.  I do so merely because they are GREAT cookbooks any low-carb cook would be proud to add to their cookbook collection

INGREDIENTS: 

10 oz. cooked chicken, diced

1 shallot, minced fine

½ c. finely chopped celery

3 dried prunes, chopped

1/3 c. homemade mayonnaise

1/3 c. sour cream

Seasonings (I used a pinch each chipotle chili powder, garlic powder and cumin)

1/4 c. toasted slivered almonds (optional, but very good on chicken salad)

DIRECTIONS:  Mix the mayo and sour cream with the seasonings in a medium bowl. Add all the ingredients (but toasted nuts, if using) and toss to coat all the chicken well with the wet ingredients.  Spoon onto your serving plates, on a leaf of lettuce if desired.  Top with toasted almonds for garnish.

NUTRITIONAL INFO:   Makes 2 servings, each contains: (does not include almonds)

529 calories

33.2 g  fat

10.6 g  carbs, 1.5 g  fiber, 9.1 g  NET CARBS  (3.3 net carbs if prunes omitted)

45.3 g  protein

780 mg sodium

Einkorn Blueberry Pancakes

Einkorn Blueberry Pancakes

Einkorn Blueberry Pancakes

I continue my Einkorn flour experiments.  I had just a few blueberries (½ c.) left in a carton to use up and hubby wanted to have pancakes. Though I don’t eat stuff like this much anymore myself, I don’t deny him such treats.  They came out so fluffy and delicious I continue to be very pleased with my new Einkorn Bake Mix.  I only wish I had had a few more berries on hand and will definitely use 3/4 c. next time.  But ½ c. was almost enough.  :)  These are not suitable until you reach Atkins Pre-Maintenance or Maintenenance phase due to the small amount of wheat in them.  They are only OK for Keto if you can fit them into your current daily carb limits.  These are not acceptable for Primal or Paleo.

INGREDIENTS: 

1½ c. my Einkorn Bake Mix

3 large eggs, beaten

3 T. heavy cream

1 pkt. stevia or sweetener of your choice (optional)

coconut oil to lightly oil griddle

DIRECTIONS:  Preheat your griddle or skillet and lightly oil with coconut oil.  Beat the eggs and cream with a fork in a medium bowl.  Add the bake mix and sweetener (if using) and beat until well blended.  It won’t be perfectly smooth, but moderately so.   Stir int he berries.  With a ¼ measuring cup, scoop out 6 portions of batter onto oiled griddle.  Brown both sides and serve hot with your favorite sugar-free syrup.

NUTRITIONAL INFO:   Makes 6  4″ pancakes, each contains:

237 calories

19.38 g  fat

10.23 g  carbs, 2.66 g  fiber, 7.57 g  NET CARBS

10.63 g  protein

123 mg sodium

 

Einkorn Sausage-Cheese Balls

Einkorn Sausage-Cheese Balls

Einkorn Sausage-Cheese Balls

I already have a Sausage Cheese Ball recipe on my website that rings in at only 1 net carb per ball.  But it has a long list of low-carb baking ingredients.  I decided I wanted to try making them with my new, convenient Einkorn Low-Carb Bake Mix (similar to Bisquick and Carbquick) and have come up with what I think is an even better end product.  And it only rings in at 1.76 net carbs per ball.  Not bad for the convenience of just reaching for 3 ingredients in lieu of a whole bunch of ingredients.   These are not suitable until the grains rung of the carb re=introduction ladder of Phase 2 OWL.  They are OK for Keto diets if you can fit them into your daily carb limits.  They would be totally unacceptable for Primal-Paleo due to grain.

INGREDIENTS:

12 oz. breakfast sausage (I used my homemade breakfast sausage recipe)

1 c. shredded cheddar cheese

2 c. my Einkorn Bake Mix

 

DIRECTIONS:  Preheat oven to 350º. Mix the above ingredients in a medium bowl with your hands as you would a meatloaf mixture.  When thoroughly blended, form into 30 1″ balls and place on non-stick baking sheet or one lined with parchment or silicone sheet for ease of clean-up. Bake for 15-20 minutes until lightly browned.  Remove to paper towels to drain off any excess grease (mine had none actually).  Serve warm and ENJOY!

NUTRITIONAL INFO:  Makes 30  1″ balls, each contains:

95 calories

7.81 g  fat

2.4 g  carbs, .64 g fiber, 1.76 g  NET CARBS

4.82 g  protein

81 mg sodium

 

 

Italian Chicken and Spaghetti Squash

Italian Chicken and Spaghetti Squash

Italian Chicken and Spaghetti Squash

I whipped up this tasty little dish for our lunch today.  I had small portion of leftover cooked chicken breast I needed to use up but it wasn’t enough for sandwiches.   The spaghetti squash that has been calling to me for 2-3 days now seemed to be a solution.  I made this with a mere 1 ¾ cup cooked squash threads for 2 people.  Double the recipe for 4 servings.  It was delicious and the flavor reminded me of a cross between Chicken Primavera and Shrimp Scampi.  I’ll definitely make this tasty dish again.  It was light and VERY filling, too!  Best of all, it’s suitable for All phases of Atkins after Induction and if you leave the wine out, even those on Induction could enjoy this dish. It’s also suitable for other Keto diets.

VARIATION:  use shelled shrimp instead of chicken.

More delicious low-carb recipes can be at your fingertips with your very own set of Jennifer Eloff and friends’ best-selling cookbooks LOW CARBING AMONG FRIENDS.  She has collaborated with famous low-carb Chef George Stella and several other talented cooks to bring you a wealth of delicious recipes you are going to want to try.  Even a few of my recipes are in the cookbooks! Order your 5-volume set TODAY! (also available individually) from Amazon or: http://amongfriends.us/order.php

DISCLAIMER: I do not get paid for this book promotion or for the inclusion of my recipes therein.  I do so merely because they are GREAT cookbooks any low-carb cook would be proud to add to their cookbook collection.

INGREDIENTS:

1 ¾ c. cooked spaghetti squash threads

4 T. unsalted butter

2 cloves garlic, minced

4 oz. cooked chicken (more if you have more on hand)

¼ c. white or rose wine (omit for Induction)

¼ tsp. Italian Seasoning blend or crushed dried oregano leaves

Dash cayenne pepper (optional)

½ c. parsley, chopped

5 San Marzano small tomatoes, cut in thirds, or 6-8 cherry or grape tomatoes, cut in halves

DIRECTIONS:  Cook your spaghetti squash and fork threads onto a plate.  I cut a 4# squash in half, cooked half, cut side down in 1/2″ water in my microwave for 13 minutes on HI.  I only ended up using half of the threads the half a squash made for this, as I didn’t want too much squash flavor to come through.

Melt the butter in a non-stick skillet or wok.  Add the garlic and saute a couple minutes on medium high heat.  Add the spices, parsley and chicken and allow the chicken pieces to brown a bit on the surfaces. Add the wine next and simmer for 2-3 minutes to allow the some of the alcohol to burn off.  The tomatoes should be added last and only cooked a minute or so to slightly soften but not go to mush.  Stir in the cooked spaghetti squash threads and toss well.  Plate and serve.  This paired nicely with a small green salad.

NUTRITIONAL INFO:  Makes 2 servings, each contains:

371 calories

25 g fat

12.7 g  carbs, 2.85 g  fiber, 9.85 g  NET CARBS

20 g  protein

514 mg sodium

 

 

 

 

 

Chicken-Sausage Roulades

Chicken-Sausage Roulades

Chicken-Sausage Roulades

This is an excellent way to use up that dab of cooked spinach that I, at least, invariably seem to have leftover every time I cook it.  This dish is quick, easy and so flavorful!  You’ll want to give this a try sometime.  It’s suitable for all phases of Atkins and Keto diets.  Primal followers can enjoy it but it is not suited to a Paleo lifestyle.

More delicious low-carb recipes can be at your fingertips with your very own set of Jennifer Eloff and friends’ best-selling cookbooks LOW CARBING AMONG FRIENDS.  She has collaborated with famous low-carb Chef George Stella and several other talented cooks to bring you a wealth of delicious recipes you are going to want to try.  Even a few of my recipes are in the cookbooks! Order your 5-volume set TODAY! (also available individually) from Amazon or: http://amongfriends.us/order.php

DISCLAIMER: I do not get paid for this book promotion or for the inclusion of my recipes therein.  I do so merely because they are GREAT cookbooks any low-carb cook would be proud to add to their cookbook collection.

INGREDIENTS: 

9 oz, chicken breast, skinned

2 slices (1 ¾ oz.) Muenster cheese (you can use Swiss or Jack cheese)

2 oz. pork breakfast sausage (or Italian sausage)

¼ c. cooked spinach

Seasoning blend of your choice

DIRECTIONS:  Preheat oven to 350º.  Oil a small baking pan.  Pound the chicken breast between two pieces of plastic wrap with a meat mallet.  Try not to tear it and strive for ” thickness.  Remove top sheet of plastic.  Cut into 2 equal portions.  Form sausage into two flat oblong pieces and fold the cheese slices around them.  Lay those “logs” in the center of each piece of chicken.  Spoon 2 T. spinach down each “log” of cheese & sausage.  Tightly roll chicken around the log of sausage and cheese.  Lift onto the baking pan, seam down.  Drizzle the roulades with the olive oil and brush with a brush to spread it evenly on the surfaces. Sprinkle the roulades with your favorite seasoning.  I used a blend of Mrs. Dash (original), onion powder and granulated garlic.  Pop into 350º oven for 20 minutes.  Remove and baste all surfaces with the olive oil in the pan (add more if needed).  Return to oven and bake another 15-20 minutes or until firm and golden brown.  Sausage will be done by now and cheese will have begun to run out the ends.  Plate and serve with mashed cauliflower or your preferred vegetable.  ENJOY!

NUTRITIONAL INFO:  Makes 2 servings, each contains:

456 calories

27.9 g  fat

1.65 g  carbs, .95 g  fiber, .7 g  NET CARBS

48 g  protein

913 mg sodium

Cold Cuts Stack with Swiss Chard

Cold Cuts Stack with Chard

Cold Cuts Stack with Swiss Chard

I had a hankering for a sandwich for lunch but am trying to avoid bread these days.  So I decided I would try doing something totally off-the-wall new today.  I had a bit of Swiss chard I also wanted to use up and the light bulb went off in my head.  This breadless sandwich was just amazing in flavor.  It’s high in sodium because……well…..it’s cheese and cold cuts folks!  So nothing I can do about that sodium.  But the bed of sauteed chard mellowed that sodium quite a bit and added something to the sandwich.  The final dot of my Sofrito sauce was an after thought but it ended up “making” the dish the flavor bang I wanted it to be.  I hope you’ll try this some time.  It was really delicious!  This is suitable for all phases of Atkins, Keto diets and Primal if you eat occasional cheese.  Unacceptable for Paleo, however.

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INGREDIENTS:

2 slices bacon

1 oz. (2 very thin slices)  Black Forest ham

1 large leaf of Swiss chard, stemmed, chopped coarsely

1 oz. (2 very thin slices) Muenster cheese (or other white cheese like Swiss)

1 oz. smoked Gouda cheese, sliced thin (or more Muenster)

1 oz. (4 very thin slices) hard salami

1 slice Roma tomato

1 tsp. my Sofrito sauce (optional, but it’s REALLY good on this creation)

DIRECTIONS:  Brown the bacon on one side of a non-stick skillet.  Brown the 2 slices of ham on the other side. Remove to paper towels and turn off heat.  Add chard to the pan and stir in the hot pan until it is wilted (pan is hot enough without any heat added).  Plate the chard.  Lay 1 slice of Muenster cheese on top.  Next lay 2 slices of hard salami in an overlapping fashion.  Next the other slice of Muenster.  Next the second slice of ham followed by the other 2 slices of hard salami.  Lay the smoked Gouda next and follow with the two slices of bacon criss-crossed.  Crown it all with a single slice of tomato and dot with the tomato with the teaspoon of sofrito sauce.  Pop in microwave on DEFROST for about 1-2 minutes to melt the cheese and serve at once.

NUTRITIONAL INFO:  Makes 1 serving which contains:

454 calories

89 g  fat

4.2 g  carbs, .9 g fat, 3.3 g NET CARBS

30.5 g fat

1781 mg sodium  (use less luhchmeat, cheese and bacon to lower the sodium)

 

Asian Meatza

Asian Meatza

Asian Meatza

I got this idea from all the meatza recipes I see on the internet.  I’m always looking for new ways to use napa cabbage (also called Chinese cabbage) and this creation just made my regular pork recipe rotations.   This was absolutely DELICIOUS!!!   One of the best Asian dishes I’ve made in a very long time!  Even my picky husband liked this and had seconds!  And it wasn’t as “heavy” as the meatzas made with beef crusts I’ve tried.  This recipe is not suitable for Induction as written.  That said, you could use pork rind “flour” or the dry ingredients for a one minute flax muffin (the recipe with no almond flour in it!) and still be able to enjoy this recipe.  Those that need it to be gluten-free can substitute in Jennifer Eloff’s Gluten-Free Bake Mix for the Einkorn Bake Mix (though mine is actually a tad lower in carbs ;).

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MEAT CRUST INGREDIENTS: 

1 lb. extra lean pork, ground

1 T. low-sodium soy sauce

1 T. Sriracha chili sauce

1 clove garlic, minced

½ tsp. fresh ginger root, minced

1 small jalapeno, seeded and minced fine

FILLING INGREDIENTS:

1/3 c. red bell pepper, chopped

1 T. olive oil

2 c. shredded napa cabbage

½ c. green onion, chopped

3 large eggs

1/3 c. sour cream

3 T. my homemade Shawarma mayonnaise (or low-carb mayo)

¼ c. my Einkorn Bake Mix (or Jennifer Eloff’s Gluten-Free Bake Mix for gluten-free version) [Use pork rind flour if still on Induction]

¼ tsp. salt

2 tsp. baking powder

DIRECTIONS:   Preheat oven to 350º.  Mix the meat crust ingredients in a mixing bowl using a fork or your hands and press into a greased tart or quiche pan.  Press evenly and up the sides of the pan about ½ inch.  Pop into oven and bake 10-12 minutes to partially cook.  Remove and gently tilt to drain off excess juices.

Shred the cabbage and place in a bowl.  Chop the green onion and red pepper.  Heat the oil in a skillet and saute red pepper until tender. Add green onion to the skillet and saute just 1 minute. Scrape this mixture into the cabbage and stir.  Add all remaining ingredient to the bowl and mix well.  Spoon the mixture into the meat “crust” and bake for 20-30 minutes longer or until center is firm and set.  Remove and cut into 8 wedges.  We each ate two wedges.

NUTRITIONAL INFO:    Makes 8 servings, each contains:

281 calories

25 g  fat

4.06 g  carbs, .91 g fiber, 3.15 g  NET CARBS

13.8 g  protein

322 mg sodium

 

Shortcake Cups

Shortcake Cups

Shortcake Cups

Who doesn’t like shortcake in the summer time?  These 3½” tasty yellow cake cups are quick and have a lovely flavor.  Not to sweet, either.  You should use all golden flax meal for the lightest color.  These can be eaten as is, for a lovely plain single serving cake or topped with your favorite berries or sliced fruit and covered with sweetened whipped cream.  My favorites are strawberries, banana and peach.  These are not suitable until the grains rung of OWL.  Only use fruit whose carb count you can fit into your daily limits.  These are fairly large cups, so you might want to slice laterally into two “rings” for those that want a smaller portion.  These should freeze nicely for up to a month.

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INGREDIENTS:

½ c. Jen Eloff’s Gluten Free Bake Mix

¼ + 2 T. Carbquick bake mix (substitute more of Jen Eloff’s Bake Mix for gluten-free version)

¼ c. golden flax meal

2/3 c. granular Splenda or erythritol (or sweetener of your choice)

2 tsp. baking powder

Dash salt

4 eggs, beaten

2 tsp. melted butter

2 tsp. vanilla

DIRECTIONS:  Spray or lightly oil a shortcake pan, or 4 large muffin cups or 4 individual cake pans and set aside.  Preheat oven to 350º.  Measure dry ingredients into a medium mixing bowl.  In a smaller bowl, beat the eggs with the melted butter and vanilla.  Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and beat the batter well with a spoon.    Pour batter evenly into the four pan slots or muffin cups.  The cups will be about 1/2 full.  Place individual pans onto a small baking sheet and pop into a 350º oven for about 20 minutes or until firm in the center.  As ovens vary, check them at 15 minutes.  Partially cool before attempting to remove from pans.   I used a Chicago Metallic shortcake pan, but as I can’t find it on their website, they may not make this particular pan anymore.  Some other bakeware manufacturer might make something similar, however.  See photo of my pan below:

NUTRITIONAL INFO:    Makes 4 large cakes, each contains:

Shortcake Pan (you can use mini cake pans, large muffin cups or mini bundt pans)

Shortcake Pan (you can use mini cake pans, large muffin cups or mini bundt pans)

188 calories

15.35 g  fat

16.55 g  carbs, 10.6 g  fiber, 5.95 g  NET CARBS (only 2.9 NC if you slice laterally and just eat half.  they’re pretty large, so that’s quite enough for me actually.)

11.25 g  protein

481 mg sodium

 

Einkorn Loaf Bread

Einkorn Loaf Bread

Einkorn Loaf Bread

I took my Lupin Flour Bread recipe and did some major tweaking to come up with a delicious Einkorn Loaf Bread today.  My husband even said this was quite good and he’s real hard to please with low-carb baking.  It has a nice elastic mouth feel one finds in a good traditional yeast bread.  I even included some dissolved yeast but I think it only impacts flavor, not rise.  There’s not enough gluten in 2 T. Einkorn flour for proper yeast “action”.  But it does give a little yeast taste.

I am not eating baked goods right now, so I only tasted and my husband will get to finish off this loaf.  This should make very nice sandwiches and slices into fourteen ½” slices or twenty-eight ¼” slices.  Yes, this bread has enough structure to be able to slice it into ¼” slices!  WOO HOO!  :)

The loaf didn’t rise up to the top of the pan but it does dome up nicely.  :)   It doesn’t toast a lot better than most low-carb breads, but the crust toasts quite nicely.  Flavor is nice toasted.  I think next time I’ll try separating the eggs and beating the whites to stiff peaks and folding them  into the thicker portion of the batter after the boiling water has been incorporated into it.  That should fluff the batter more and render a higher rise loaf.

I order my Einkorn flour from Jovial Foods.  It’s not as expensive as some low-carb baking ingredients.  Einkorn is real, ancient variety wheat, that has not been hybridized.  I use only the tiniest amounts in the occasional baked goods recipes.  It brings so much texture and flavor for little carbs.

This recipe is not suitable until you are near goal weight (Pre-Maintenance).

DRY INGREDIENTS:

½ c. almond flour

2 T. Einkorn flour

½ c. egg white protein

2 T. oat fiber

2 T. coconut flour

1 T. baking powder

2 T. golden flax meal (dark flax can be used for a darker, nuttier-tasting bread)

¼ tsp. sea salt

3 T. psyllium husk powder (I use NOW brand)

WET INGREDIENTS:

1 tsp. dry yeast dissolved in 2 T. warm water + pinch sugar

5 large eggs, beaten

3 T. olive oil

¼ c. egg whites (I used the ones in a carton)

½ c. boiling water (added last)

DIRECTIONS:  Preheat oven to 350º.  Grease or oil a standard 5×8″ loaf pan and set aside.  Dissolve yeast in 2 T. warm water and add a tiny pinch sugar.  Set aside.  In a large mixing bowl, measure out all dry ingredients.  Stir well.  In another medium bowl, ad the first 5 wet ingredients (all but the boiling water) and beat with a fork.  Add the dissolved yeast mixture to the wet ingredients and stir.   Now add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and beat well using a rubber spatula. Slowly add the boiling water to the batter and mix until smooth.  Spoon better into greased loaf pan and bake at 350º for 30 minutes and test for doneness with toothpick.   If not done, cook 5-10 minutes longer.  Remove from oven and in a few minutes, tip onto board to finish cooling.  Stats below are calculated for 14 slices ½” thick.  I will also provide numbers for entire loaf so that you can figure out your for the number of slices you choose to cut.

NUTRITIONAL INFO:  Entire loaf contains:  1480 calories, 102.8 g  fat, 78.4 g  carbs, 47.2 g  fiber, 31.2 g  NET CARBS, 58.2 g  protein, 2669 mg sodium

If cut into 14 slices, ½” thick, each contains:  106 calories, 7.34 g  fat, 5.60 g  carbs, 3.37 g  fiber, 2.23 g  NET CARBS, 4.15 g  protein, 191 mg sodium

If cut into 28 slices, ¼” thick, each contains: 53 calories, 3.67 g fat, 2.8 g carbs, 1.68 g fiber, 1.12 g NET CARBS, 2.07 g protein, 95 mg sodium

 

Asian Chicken Salad with Peanut Dressing

 

Asian Chicken Salad with Peanut Dressing

Asian Chicken Salad with Peanut Dressing

I love this recipe in the summertime!  It’s so easy to prepare and simply DELICIOUS!  Best of all, no oven required to heat up your kitchen.  Summer in Texas forces us to think about such things.  We’re already averaging 92º daily! Lord what will July and August be like this year?  I don’t mind doing a quick skillet sear, but don’t want to turn that oven on very often in summer.   And since I’m not eating sandwiches much these days, this salad is is just perfect and suitable for all phases of Atkins and Keto diets as well.

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INGREDIENTS:

1 large chicken breast, skinned (8 oz.)

1 T. butter

2 T. lime juice

2 T. rice vinegar

1 T. olive oil

1 tsp. sesame oil

1 tsp. hot sesame oil (or 1/8 tsp. Sambal Oelek chili sauce, or Sriracha)

2 drops liquid stevia

1/2 tsp. low-sodium soy sauce, tamari or coconut aminos

1 T. peanut butter

4 c. Napa cabbage, shredded

½ c. fresh cilantro, chopped

2 large green onions, chopped

½  carrot (5″) shredded with a carrot peeler

1  fresh jalapeno, seeded, sliced in thin strips 1″ long

DIRECTIONS:

Slice chicken diagonally into smaller pieces for quickest cooking.  Heat butter in skillet and sear chicken well on all sides.  Remove and slightly cool.  Slice into smaller slices if desired.

For the dressing, whisk the next 8 ingredients together in a small bowl and set aside for flavors to develop.

In a large bowl or on your cutting board, shred cabbage and place in large bowl.  Add grated carrot, cilantro, green onion and chopped jalapeno.  Toss well and plate greens equally on two plates.  Top each with half the chicken meat.  Provide dressing in individual cups on the plate for each person to add as they please.

NUTRITIONAL INFO: Makes 2 large servings, each contains:

450 calories

25.5 g  fat

10.2 g  carbs, 3.35 g fiber, 6.85 g  NET CARBS

39.5 g  protein

632 mg sodium

 

Buttery Sriracha Pot Roast

Buttery Sriracha Pot Roast

Buttery Sriracha Pot Roast

The pan juices this roast made, melded with the butter, Sriracha sauce and caramelized onion was so sweet and tasty I was spooning it out onto my meat and licking the pan before I washed it after dinner tonight.  I made sure to not use much Ranch seasoning so as not to drown out the magic of the other flavors.  Man, was this roast ever good! If you’re a pot roast fan, this one is definitely worth.  I’ll bet you add it to your regular rotation roast recipes.  It’s THAT good.    It’s incredibly simple, too.  for those that shy away from spicy foods, there was a bit of tingle on my tongue, but this was not very hot with Sriracha really.  It wasn’t too hot for me, and I don’t like my food very spicy when push comes to shove.  :)  This recipe is suitable for all phases of Atkins and Keto diets.

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INGREDIENTS:

2¼ lb. beef chuck roast (this was a very small roast)

½ pkg. Ranch Buttermilk dressing powder

3 oz. onion, sliced pretty thin

2 tsp. Sriracha sauce

4 T. unsalted butter, cut into smaller bits

DIRECTIONS:  Preheat oven to 350º.  Place meat in suitable pan.  I used a 9×9 square metal pan.  Sprinkle the Ranch powder over the top surface of the meat.  Next top with the sliced onions.  Now invert Sriracha bottle and in a zig zag motion like they do chocolate sauce over desserts in the fancy restaurants, zig-zag about 2 tsp. Sriracha sauce over the onion layer.  Next dot with small pieces of the butter to evenly cover.  Top with a good sprinkling of black pepper.  Pop into oven without a cover and bake for about 2 hours.  Chuck takes longer to get tender.  There is a fair amount of shrinkage, so you’ll only end up with about 2 lbs. cooked meat which will serve 4 people nicely, perhaps even 5.  I’m calculating for 4 adult servings.  Cut meat into thick slices and serve with pan juices (that’s the best part!).  No need to thicken the pan juices.

NUTRITIONAL INFO:  Serves 4 adults, each generous serving contains:

397 calories

19.1 g  fat

2.9 g  carbs, .2 g  fiber, 2.7 g  NET CARBS

50.7 g  protein

432 mg sodium

 

 

 

Smoky Kale and Squash (with ham)

Smoky Kale and Squash (with ham)

Smoky Kale and Squash (with ham)

I threw this little dish together for lunch today and it was so tasty I thought I’d share it  with my readers.  I just love one-pan dishes.  The cleanup is just as easy as the cooking. :)  This recipe is suitable for all phases of Atkins and Keto diets.  Leave the cheese off for Primal-Paleo compliance.

VARIATION:  Make without the ham for a lovely vegetable side dish.  :)

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INGREDIENTS:

4 tsp. bacon grease

2 oz. yellow onion, sliced

5 oz. yellow squash, cut into medium chunks or slices

5 oz. cured ham (I use individually packed ham steak, trimmed of fat), sliced or chopped

3 oz. kale, stemmed and cut coarsely

2 oz. smoked Gouda cheese, shredded

Dash black pepper

INSTRUCTIONS:  If you’ll soak your ham in warm water for 30 minutes, changing water at least once, this will draw out about 50% of the sodium they put in it.  Remove from water and pat dry with paper towels.  Cut in small pieces.  Heat bacon grease in non-stick skillet. Add onion and saute until the onion begins to caramelize.  Add squash and saute, stirring often, until it is half done (no longer opaque).  Add the pieces of ham and saute 2-3 minutes or until done (squash should be done by now, too).  Add kale and saute 3-4 minutes, just until kale begins to wilt but isn’t overly cooked.  You don’t it want to lose its pretty green color.  The ham will make this dish salty enough, but add a dash of black pepper and stir one last time.  If serving in the skillet, top with the shredded cheese and put lid or foil on top for a couple minutes to allow heat to melt the cheese.  If serving in a pretty ceramic dish, dip up the mixture into baking dish.  Then sprinkle with cheese and pop into microwave on 80% power for about 2 minutes to melt.  Serve at once.  This would be good with a piece of your favorite low-carb bread slathered in butter.

NUTRITIONAL INFO:    Makes 3 servings, each contains:

227 calories

15.3 g fat

6.63 g carbs, 1.26 g fiber, 5.37 g NET CARBS

16.2 g protein

609 mg sodium

 

Egg Protein & Rind Buns

Egg Protein & Rind Buns

Egg Protein & Rind Buns

I continue to try to improve the Oopsie-style sandwich buns.  My forays into using whey protein powder in the original Oopsie recipe dried them out a bit and made them crumbly.  This time I tried adding a bit of egg white protein and some crushed pork rind “flour”, a bit of glucomannan powder and eliminated the cream cheese totally.  The egg white protein idea I got from a bun recipe I saw over on Maria Emmerich’s blog, seen here:  http://mariamindbodyhealth.com/eggs-benedict-on-protein-bun-and-athletes/.  Thank you for that idea, Maria.  I think I will use a little less egg white protein next batch in an attempt to make them a bit less chewy.  This adventure makes me want to try pea protein in these buns next time, which I have on hand.  :)  I know some folks having some amazing results baking with pea protein.  So many types of protein to try; so little time. :)  Lynne Daniel at the Duke University Low Carb Support Group put me on to the idea of pork rinds in them.  Thanks, Lynne.

Definitely this is an improvement.  They are sturdier, even chewy, without the slightest interior “egg-white wetness” the original recipe always had.  I could definitely eat a hamburger or cold cut sandwich on these.  I see some sweet applications for these in my future, too.  :)  The texture is somewhat like angel food cake to me, drier and somewhat chewier then the original Oopsie recipe, which I always found to be a little wet inside.  Best of all, these only have .51 net carbs, as the recipe makes nine 3″ buns!  Oh, and these toast pretty nicely for butter or your favorite jams, but be warned, set your toaster low, as they are inclined to burn around the edges.  Keep an eye on them as they toast.  :)  They tend to still get camp on the tops in the refrigerator, but I’m working on improving that issue next.  I really think the solution is to not refrigerate them and though I may lose a batch, plan to test that theory.  The egg is worrisome, but I need to find out how long they will keep on the counter without refrigeration before they go bad. Stay tuned. ;)

These are suitable for all phases of Atkins, Keto, and Primal-Paleo as well.

INGREDIENTS: 

5 eggs separated

½ tsp. cream of tartar

½ c. pure egg white protein (No substitutions. Some grocers carry in the baking aisle. I order on-line)

¼ tsp. glucomannan powder

2 T. melted butter

3 T. (½ oz.) finely crushed pork rinds

DIRECTIONS:  Grease, line with parchment or cover 2 cookie sheets with silicone sheets.  Preheat oven to 350º.

Melt the butter.  Separate the eggs into two immaculately clean medium mixing bowls.  Add the crushed pork rind flour to the yolks.  Add the melted butter and glucomannan.  Whisk together and let sit to swell/soak up moisture.  Sprinkle the cream of tartar over the egg whites and with an electric mixer, beat them to the stiff peak stage.  Slowly sprinkle the egg white protein over the egg whites once they are stiff, continuing to run the mixer while you add them.  When all the egg white protein is incorporated, stop the mixer.

Using a rubber spatula, scrape the yolk mixture over the egg white mixture evenly and slowly, very gently fold the two mixtures together until they are well blended.  Do not stir roughly like cake batter or you will deflate the egg whites.  Using a ½ cup measuring cup, scoop the batter onto the baking sheets (they don’t spread much) and gently shape them round.  TIP: You have to use your finger to get all that batter out of the cup so they will all be uniform in size.  Pop into preheated 350º oven and bake for 17-18  minutes. Turn off oven and let them stay in there (DOOR CLOSED!) for a few minutes to begin to cool down. Remove and finish cooling.   I found the crust on these “powdery” and off-putting when right out of the oven.  But once they were totally cool and I bagged them up for an hour, the crust developed into a nice chewy crust.  They did NOT get sticky and stick to each other in the bag like the original Oopsie rolls always did.  Yaaaaay.  :)

NUTRITIONAL INFO:    Makes nine 3″ buns, each contains:

88 calories

5.81 g  fat,

.57 g  carbs, .06 g  fiber, .51 g  NET CARBS

4.48 g  protein

124 mg sodium

Einkorn Sandwich Buns (or Hamburger Buns)

Einkorn Sandwich (hamburger) buns

Einkorn Sandwich Buns

I can’t take full credit for this recipe.  My inspirational recipe was Maria Emmerich’s “Healthified Sub” recipe. I had tried to make that bread on a previous occasion with Konsyl psyllium.  Big mistake.  Had to toss the whole mess into the trash can, as the dough was a brick and impossible to work with.  Clearly Konsyl is a unique psyllium product.

I finally ordered some NOW band Psyllium Husk Powder to test the recipe again and did so today.  You all know I’m hopelessly addicted to tweaking recipes, so I made just a few changes.  I added a small amount of Einkorn flour.  I will probably reduce the amount next time to pull the carbs down a bit. I also added 1½ tsp. of dry yeast for flavor, reduced salt and increased the water to 1 cup.  These had way too much sodium for me as the recipe was originally written so I greatly reduced that.

Man, the house smelled like a bakery while these were baking…..you know that yeast-y smell?!  These rose nicely, have a chewy crust and have a very nice texture inside, as you can see in the photos above and below.  They have the mouth feel and taste of real yeast bread, perhaps a wee bit more “elastic”, but not unpleasantly so.  These were simply DELICIOUS!!  I got five 3″ small buns from this recipe.   Being made with psyllium, these are VERY filling. :)

I then turned around and made the recipe a second time, making just four larger 4″ hamburger buns.

It goes without saying this recipe is not suitable until you reach the grains rung of the Atkins carb reintroduction ladder in  Pre-Maintenance or Maintenance due to the Einkorn Flour.  I order my Einkorn Flour from JovialFoods.com.  I order my NOW psyllium husk powder from Netrition.com.

If you want a lower carb bun, either reduce the Einkorn flour, or I just make Maria’s bun as her recipe is written (no Einkirn flour at all), but I would still add the yeast and pinch of sugar, as that added a lovely yeast taste and aroma to these buns. :)

UPDATE:  These freeze beautifully for up to 1 month.  Reheat directly on the oven grate for about 10 minutes at 350 minutes or toast in your toaster.  The crust will get semi-crusty and chewy again. Man, these are like eating REAL BREAD!  Not sure I need to do anymore bread experimenting.  And they make OUTSTANDING hamburger buns that hold up to hot meat patties.  They do NOT fall apart while you eat your burger!!  :)

Einkorn Hamburger Buns

Einkorn Hamburger Buns

INGREDIENTS:  

1½ c. almond flour

5 T. psyllium husk powder

2 tsp. baking powder

¼ tsp. sea salt (I used Himalayan Pink Salt)

1 tsp. dry yeast

¼ c. Einkorn Flour

Pinch sugar (consumed by yeast)

2½ T. apple cider vinegar

3 egg whites

1 c. boiling water

DIRECTIONS:   Preheat oven to 350º.  Mix all the dry ingredients in a medium mixing bowl.  Stir well to be sure it is uniformly mixed.  Mix the egg whites and vinegar in a small bowl with a fork and add all at once to the dry ingredients.  Stir quickly with the fork, to make a thick dough.  Pour the boiling water over the dough and using the fork, stir into a smooth liquid.  Transfer to using a rubber spatula and continue to stir and fold as it thickens up.   Portion off 5 equal portions (using your spatula) in the bowl (mark off only 4 portions if making the larger hamburger buns).  Roll each portion in your palms into a round ball.  Place on non-stick, silicone lined or oiled baking sheet.  Press them down to about 1″ thick.  They don’t spread much, so be sure you are shaping them the size you want right now.  Pop into preheated oven and bake for about 45 minutes.  Cool partially before attempting to slice or they will get pack-y inside just like regular flour bread when sliced too hot.

NUTRITIONAL INFO: 

Makes five 3″ sandwich buns, each contains: 247 calories, 17 g fat, 20.16 g carbs, 11.18 g fiber, 8.98 g NET CARBS, 10.46 g  protein, 308 mg sodium

Makes four 4″ hamburger buns, each contains:  309 calories, 21.2 g fat, 25.2 g carbs, 13.97 g fiber, 11.23 g NET CARBS, 13.1 g  protein, 385 mg sodium

 

 

 

Einkorn Heavenly Biscuits

EinkornHeavenlyBiscuits

Well, this morning I thought for a moment I must have died and gone to heaven!  These biscuits are the best I’ve made in 5 years of low-carb biscuit experiments.  Every one that preceded these was either dry, hard as a rock, crumbly, soda-tasting, too cheesy, too coconut-y, or were mediocre at best.  Well, I’ve finally gotten one that even my husband says tastes (and feels) just like a real flour biscuit in his mouth.  Not crumbly, browned nicely, soft, smooth-textured and no odd aftertastes in your mouth when you’re through eating one.  I’ve defo got a WINNER here!  :)

This one will truly WOW you.   If you’ve already purchased some Einkorn flour (old wheat that is not hybridized or modified like modern wheat)…….. get thee to thy kitchen and try this recipe ASAP.  These are unbelievably good!!  Truly heaven to your taste buds. I used an Ebelskiver pan to make mine, as the batter is not real thick and needs “confining”.   A muffin-top pan or even a regular muffin pan should work, too.

These are not suitable until you are near goal in Atkains Pre-Maintenance or Maintenance.  They’re a little carb-y for Keto, but if you want one bad enough, you might be able to fit it into your daily numbers occasionally.  These are not Primal-Paleo appropriate.

INGREDIENTS:

2 c. my Einkorn Bake Mix (I order my Einkorn Flour from Jovial Foods )

½ c. shredded Monterrey Jack Cheese

2 large eggs, beaten

2 T. coconut flour (I use Honeyville Grains)

¼ c. cream

¼ c. water

1 T. olive oil (to oil pan)

DIRECTIONS:  Preheat oven to 375º.  Lightly oil pan slots with the olive oil and set aside.  In a large mixing bowl, measure out 2 c. my bake mix.  Though it helps to let the mix come to room temp, you still need to rework shortening lumps with a fork until the mix is again the texture of cornmeal.  Add all remaining ingredients and stir well.  Let batter sit on counter 3-4 minutes to “thicken” a bit.  Using a ¼ c. measuring cup, dip out 7 portions of batter and drop ¼ c. into each oiled pan slot.  If any remaining batter, evenly distribute it.  Pop pan into 375º oven for 15-17 minutes or until browned to your liking.  These rise up nicely baked in a pan this way.  If you try to do them like drop biscuits, I fear they will spread out and cook much differently than mine above.   You could reduce the water and try them as drop biscuits, but that’s YOUR experiment.  I’m happy with these. :)  Serve hot with butter and your favorite jams.  Leftovers should keep nicely for a week in the fridge in a ziploc bag or in the freezer for a month.

NUTRITIONAL INFO:  Makes 7 large biscuits.  Each one contains:

297 calories

25.5 g  fat

10.68 g  carbs, 3.20 g  fiber, 7.48 g  NET CARBS  (a bit carb-y, so just for “occasional use”)

12.4 g  protein

191 mg sodium

Pork & Chorizo Salad

Pork & Chorizo Salad

Pork & Chorizo Salad

This is a variation on the popular taco salad we all know and love.  Constructing it with pork and chorizo, along with the spices and sofrito I included, was quite delicious and a pleasant change of pace.  I didn’t have an avocado in the house or else a layer guacamole would have been added under the cheddar cheese.  You might want to consider adding one mashed up with a pinch of garlic powder.  :)  This salad is suitable for all phases of Atkins and Keto diets.

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INGREDIENTS:

8 oz. lean ground pork

2 oz. chorizo sausage, removed from casing and crumbled

Dash ground cumin

¼ tsp. garlic powder

1-2 tsp. my sofrito sauce (optional, but real good in this)

1/8 tsp. my Smoky Chipotle Spice blend

2 c. Romaine lettuce, chopped

2 c. endive or curly leaf lettuce (green or purple), chopped

½ c. tomato, chopped

2 slices Monterrey Jack Cheese

½ c. shredded Cheddar Cheese

DIRECTIONS:  Have two plates ready by the stove.  If using guacamole layer as suggested above, make that now.  Brown ground pork in a non-stick skillet, along with the crumbled chorizo until they are done.  Add salt, cumin, smoky chipotle blend, sofrito and garlic powder.  Stir often as the meat browns.  Remove from heat when done.  Mix the two types of lettuce in a bowl and plate half on each of two plates.  Add half the chopped tomato on top of each.  Place 1 slice of jack cheese in the center of each stack of greens. Top each with half the hot meat.  The heat should melt the jack cheese nicely.  If using guacamole, add it now.  Top each with ¼ c. of cheddar shreds.   Serve at once.

NUTRITIONAL INFO:    Makes 2 salads, each contains:  (does not include guacamole)

597 calories

46.7 g  fat

6.95 g  carbs, 2.20 g  fiber, 4.75 g  NET CARBS

37 g.  Protein

748 mg sodium  (coming from the chorizo and cheese)

 

 

Einkorn Pancakes

Einkorn Pancakes

My Einkorn Bake Mix experiments continue.  Hubby wanted pancakes this morning. I’m off baked goods right now, and didn’t have much appetite this morning anyway, but I figured, what the heck.  The bake mix is mixed up already so I made him a batch.  I did taste test just to see what they were like.  Not bad really.  Pretty light and very nice flavor.  He commented he thought they were quite nice this time, too (I used less egg last time and they were a little dense on first trial).  The recipe made 7 and he ate 3 and was very full.  The remaining 4 will get frozen and reinvented as a dessert, maybe strawberry shortcake or for making rum trifles with pudding and fruit.

These came out very tasty, but not quite as “fluffy” as Peggy’s Fluffy Pancakes.  Maybe I’ll add another egg next time or a tad more baking powder.  But we both thought they definitely passed the flavor and “I’d eat these again” tests.  :)  It goes without saying that all Einkorn experiments are not suitable for Atkins Induction due to the Einkorn flour.  They’re OK for Phase2 OWL and beyond and Keto diets.  Obviously, the grain makes them not suitable for Primal-Paleo programs.

INGREDIENTS:

1½ c. my Einkorn Bake Mix

3 large eggs

¼ tsp. baking powder

splash vanilla (1/8 tsp)

1 T. flax meal

¼ c. heavy cream

¼ c. water

1 tsp. coconut oil to oil griddle

DIRECTIONS:  Heat griddle over medium-high heat. Glaze with coconut oil. Place mix in medium bowl.  Add baking powder, flax meal and stir.  Add eggs and beat in.  Add cream and water and stir well.  Using 1/4 c. measuring cup, dip out mix onto hot griddle, spreading into a 5″ circle with the back of the cup. Repeat 6 more times.  When bubbles begin to form, flip to second side and brown that side.  Serve at once with butter and sugar-free maple syrup.

NUTRITIONAL INFO:    Makes 7 5″ pancakes, each contains:

216 calories

18.4 g  fat

7.6 g  carbs, 2.25 g  fiber, 5.45 g  NET CARBS

9.27 g  protein

120 mg sodium

 

 

 

 

Crawfish Dumplings

Crawfish Dumplings

Crawfish Dumplings

WOW!  I found a fantastic way to shake up my glucomannan dumplings! This is 5-star restaurant tasty as far as I’m concerned.  It was every bit as good as the lobster ravioli served to my at Gershwin’s in Dallas, that’s for sure!  My husband and I were astounded at how good this idea I hatched sometime last month came out.  I hesitated to actually make it for the longest time, as I was afraid putting that much bulk into the dumpling batter would make them just totally fall apart in the simmering water.  As you can see in the pic, that just didn’t happen!  What potential I now see for other recipes with this dumpling batter.  :)

This recipe will be a keeper for sure! For those still on Atkins Induction, omit the wine and substitute 1/2 c. seafood stock or chicken stock in your sauce.  This recipe is suitable for Atkins OWL Phase 2 or beyond and Keto diets as well if it fits your daily carb limits.  You’d have to make the sauce with coconut milk for it to pass Primal-Paleo muster, but that’s doable.  By the way, these freeze beautifully and tasted even better than the first night they were made!  :)

VARIATIONS:  Substitute either crab meat or shrimp for the crawfish.  These made smaller would also be lovely in a simple wonton-style soup, standing in for the meat-filled wontons.  :)

DUMPLING INGREDIENTS:

6 oz. cooked, cleaned crawfish tail meat (the rest of the 12-oz. package goes in the sauce)

4 T. butter, unsalted

2 oz. celery, chopped

2 oz. green bell pepper, chopped

2 oz. yellow onion, chopped

½ c. green onion, chopped

1/3 c. parsley, chopped (3 more T. needed for the sauce, so go on and chop 1/2 c. total ;) )

1 clove garlic, minced

1 tsp. my Seafood Spice Blend

2 recipes my glucomannan Dumplings batter

 

SAUCE INGREDIENTS:

4 T. unsalted butter, melted

6 oz. remaining crawfish

½ c. wine (omit for Induction)

1 T. lemon juice

3 T. parsley, chopped

½ c. heavy cream

½ c. water

1 small clove garlic, minced

Dash each salt and black pepper

DIRECTIONS:  Chop all the vegetables up.  Melt 4 T. butter over high heat and add the celery, bell pepper, onion and minced garlic.  Saute until they are tender.  Add 6 oz. of the crawfish, the parsley, and seafood spice mix.  Lower heat and let simmer 2-3 minutes for flavors to blend.  Turn off heat.

Bring a large stew pot of water to a boil.  While it is heating, make up a double recipe of my glucomannan dumpling batter and add the veggie crawfish mixture to the egg/water mixture and stir well. Stir the dry ingredients in and mix with a rubber spatula until it begins to thicken up.  Keep turning the dough until it is stiff enough to roll.  Roll 24 1″ dumpling in your palms and set on a sheet of silicone (best) or a baking sheet.  When all 24 are formed, your water should be at a rolling boil.  Drop all 24 dumplings gently into the water, cover and cook for exactly 10 minutes without lifting the lid.

Make the sauce while the dumplings are cooking.  Melt 4 T. butter over medium heat in a skillet.  Add the remaining 6 oz. crawfish, garlic, wine, lemon juice parsley and simmer long enough to cook the garlic well. Add the cream and salt and pepper to taste.

When dumplings have cooked 10 minutes, lift lid and using a slotted spoon or tongs, gently lift onto a serving platter and spoon the sauce around them.  I served with steamed, buttered broccoli, but they would be good with a nice green salad and low-carb dinner rolls.

NUTRITIONAL INFO:   Makes 6 servings of 4 dumplings each and ¼ c. sauce.  Each contains:

258 calories

20.4 g  fat

10.55 g  carbs, 5.96 g  fiber, 4.59 g  NET CARBS

13.25 g  protein

481 g  sodium

 

 

 

Chicken a la King

 

 

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This dish comes together amazingly fast and is very easy.  Make the condensed chicken soup in the food processor or blender.  Sear the chicken quickly.  Cut everything up.  Simmer until tender and add toss it altogether and serve over the chicken.  How’s THAT for simple?  And it’s DELICIOUS!  Because of the slightly higher carbs of carrots and peas, this is not really Induction friendly or Keto friendly as written.   However, if you substitute cut green beans for the peas, use a little less of the condensed soup and add a bit more broth/water, you could fit it into Induction and a Keto program.  This recipe is not suitable for Primal-Paleo.

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INGREDIENTS: 

1 large chicken breast (8-10 oz.)

1 T. butter, unsalted

2 oz. frozen peas

2 oz. carrot, chopped

5 oz. daikon radish, chopped

1 oz. red bell pepper, chopped

1 oz. green bell pepper, chopped

1 oz. onion, chopped

Dash black pepper

½ recipe my Condensed Cream of Chicken Soup

DIRECTIONS:  Cut up the vegetables and simmer in boiling water until just tender.  While they are cooking, skin the chicken and remove from bone with a sharp knife. Slice the chicken into 3 lateral slices for 3 equal portions.  Pound with meat tenderizing tool without tearing them apart.  Sear the chicken until nicely browned on both sides.

When veggies are tender (in about 10-15 minutes), strain off water.  Stir in the condensed soup and toss gently with a spoon.  If too thick, add a bit of water of chicken broth to thin.  Plate the chicken “filets” and spoon the sauce over them. Serve at once with a lovely green salad.

An alternate method of cooking and serving is to cut up the chicken into bite-sized pieces and saute that way and add it right into the creamed veggie mixture.   Then serve over toasted low-carb bread of some sort. Be sure to calculate the bread into the numbers below if you serve it that way, which is traditional for Chicken à la King.

NUTRITIONAL INFO:  Makes 3 servings, each contains approximately (varies with size of chicken breast):

437 calories

27 g  fat

10.9 g  carbs, 2.8 g  fiber, 8.1 g  NET CARBS

25.6 g  protein

917 mg sodium

 

 

Chicken-”Potato”-Kale Soup

Chicken-"Potato"-Kale Soup

Chicken-”Potato”-Kale Soup

This lunch creation this week was just scrumptious.  My husband had to admit (although he was expecting to not like the daikon) this soup really tasted like it had potatoes in it.  The daikon radish doesn’t taste at all like radish when it is simmered in soup.  Be sure to try it in your next soup, stew or seafood chowder.  You’ll just be amazed!  This recipe is suitable for all phases of Atkins and Keto diets.  It is not suitable for Primal-Paleo.

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INGREDIENTS:

2 c. chicken broth, preferably homemade

1 c. chopped kale leaves (ribs removed)

½ c. green onion, chopped

1 c. cubed daikon radish (Japanese radish)

½ c. celery, chopped

Dash each salt and pepper

2 c. water

1/2 recipe my Condensed Cream of Chicken Soup

1  13 oz. can chicken breast with juices

½ c. heavy cream

DIRECTIONS:  Make up the Cream of Chicken Soup recipe. Portion out half for this recipe and store rest in the fridge, covered, for up to a week.  Cut up all the vegetables as indicated above. Place all but the last 3 ingredients in a medium-large 4 qt. soup pot.    Bring to a boil and them reduce heat to a simmer.  Cook until veggies are just tender.  Add the chicken meat (and juices), breaking up the meat a bit as you add it to the pot.  Add the 1/2 recipe of the condensed soup next.  Stir to blend.  Add the cream last.  Simmer a couple minutes and serve.

NUTRITIONAL INFO:  Makes 9 cups of soup or six 1½ c. servings.  Each serving contains:

345 calories

26 g  fat

6.6 g  carbs, 1.33 g  fiber, 5.27 g  NET CARBS

4.16 g  protein

656 mg sodium

 

Condensed Cream of Chicken Soup

Condensed Soup for recipes that can also be diluted for ready-to-eat soup!

Condensed Soup for recipes that can also be diluted for ready-to-eat soup!

I just LOVE Jennifer Eloff’s Condensed Cream of Mushroom Soup recipe.  It’s a no-cook food that I can whip up fast when I need a casserole or recipe “binder.” Well, I was wanting a Condensed Cream of Chicken version this week and thought I had seen one on her site before.  So I went to grab a copy and lo, despite much searching there, alas, I did not find one!  Maybe I just imagined seeing it there, or saw it elsewhere.     Sooooo, I took the mushroom version, omitted the mushrooms and subbed in canned chicken.  I made a couple other changes and VOILA!  A very tasty condensed soup that rivals what comes in the Campbell’s can, and ever so much healthier!

The recipe made exactly 21 oz. or 2 cups, so it is equivalent to two cans of condensed soup and can be used in recipes you have that call for 1 can of soup!  How’s THAT for convenient?  Only thing is this should not be frozen or the cream cheese will break down.  Just whip it up in your food processor or blender right when you need it.  Any leftovers can be stored for probably up to a week in the fridge.  If you choose to make this up as soup, this undiluted soup should be diluted 1 for 1 with water:  1 cup undiluted + 1 c. water or broth = 2 cups finished soup.  This entire recipe, diluted with 2 cups of liquid (5o:50) will yield 4 c. finished soup or four 1-cup servings ready to eat.

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INGREDIENTS:

4 oz. cream cheese, softened

½ cup heavy cream

2 T. hot water

1 chicken bouillon cube (use back of spoon & dissolve in hot water above)

1 T. olive oil

Dash onion powder

¼ tsp. xanthan gum

1 tsp. arrowroot powder or cornstarch (or 1/4 tsp. more xanthan gum if you prefer)

1 short squirt liquid sucralose (a few drops)

1  13-oz can chicken breast, undrained

DIRECTIONS:   Place all ingredients in food processor or blender but the chicken.  Process until smooth.  Add chicken with its liquid and pulse a few times to chop and blend.  Scrap out into 2 storage contains equally.  There will be 10.5 oz. in each. Cover and refrigerate if not using immediately.  Keeps about a week in the fridge.  DO NOT FREEZE!

NUTRITIONAL INFO:  

Makes two 10.5 oz. soup cans worth of condensed (undiluted soup). Each “can” worth of my undiluted soup (half the recipe) contains:   660 cals., 52 g fat, 8.1 g carbs, .65 g fiber, 7.45 g NET CARBS, 5.9 g  protein, 1392 mg sodium.

If reconstituted with water or broth this recipe will make four 1-cup servings of reconstituted, ready-to-eat cream of chicken soup.  You should dilute with 50:50 water or plain chicken broth.  Each 1-cup serving of soup contains:  330 calories, 26.2 g  fat, 4.0 g  carbs, .3 g  fiber, 3.7 g  NET CARBS, 2.9 g  protein, 696 mg sodium.

 

 

 

 

 

Creamy Scalloped “Potatoes” & Smoked Pork Casserole

Scalloped Daikon-Smoked Pork Casserole

Scalloped “Potatoes” & Smoked Pork Casserole

My husband has to eat some Vitamin K every single day, on his Coumadin medication.  When I started to make dinner tonight, we realized he hadn’t yet had any today.  So the casserole I planned ended up getting some thrown in as an added layer and it turned out to be quite unobtrusive, perhaps even good, in the originally-planned scalloped pork casserole!  It added nutrition but it’s so mile, not so much flavor, actually.  This casserole is DELICIOUS!  And it would be even if you decided to leave the kale out!  The daikon does not taste like radish when cooked, so if you like scalloped potatoes, I think you’ll want to try this dish!  This recipe is suitable for all phases of Atkins, Keto diets but off-limits for Primal-Paleo with all the dairy in it.

VARIATION:  The top layer of “scalloped” diakon, without the meat or kale, would make an excellent side dish on it own. :)

INGREDIENTS:

1 T. bacon grease

3 oz. onion, chopped  (I used purple onion)

2 c. chopped kale, ribs removed

10 oz. cooked smoked pork loin or pork butt, cut in bite-size pieces

10 oz. daikon, peeled, sliced thin and then cut into 1″ pieces

½ c. shredded mozzarella cheese

2 oz. cream cheese, softened

¼ c. heavy cream

2 T. mayonnaise (I used my Homemade Shawarma Mayo)

1 c. shredded Cheddar Cheese

DIRECTIONS:  Grease a casserole dish and set by stove.  Preheat oven to 350º.  Heat bacon grease in non-stick skillet over high heat.  Add onion and saute until it begins to get tender.  Add chopped kale and just saute until it begins to wilt.  Spoon this mixture evenly on the bottom of the casserole dish.  Add daikon pieces to the skillet and saute until it begins to get tender.  While the daikon is cooking, soften cream cheese in a microwave in a medium bowl.  When daikon is just beginning to soften, remove from heat and add to the cream cheese in the bowl.  Add the mozzarella, cream and mayo to the bowl and stir well.  Last, add the pork to the skillet and saute (add more bacon grease if needed) a couple minutes. Layer the meat atop the kale mixture in the casserole pan.  Then evenly distribute the daikon mixture evenly on top.  Finally top with the shredded Cheddar.  Cover with foil and pop into a 350º oven foe 30 minutes.  Remove foil and bake another 10 minutes.  Serve at once.

NUTRITIONAL INFO:    Makes 6 servings, each contains:

358 calories

28 g  fat

6.91 g  carbs, 1.31 g  fiber, 5.6 g NET CARBS

22 g  protein

557 mg sodium

 

Beef-Eggplant Curry

Beef Eggplant Curry

Beef Eggplant Curry

This is a quick, tasty and wonderful way to use up leftover beef pot roast (chuck).  Made the above delicious curry for lunch today.  This one’s a keeper!   I started this at 10:45 and it was done by 11:15!  Super easy dish.  We are very pleased with this quick curry.  I love how easy most Indian curries are to prepare!  This dish is suitable for all phases of Atkins, Keto and Primal-Paleo as well.

More delicious low-carb recipes can be at your fingertips with your very own set of Jennifer Eloff and friends’ best-selling cookbooks LOW CARBING AMONG FRIENDS.  She has collaborated with famous low-carb Chef George Stella and several other talented chefs to bring you a wealth of delicious recipes you are going to want to try.  Even a few of my recipes are in her cookbooks! Order your 5-volume set TODAY! (available individually) from Amazon or: http://amongfriends.us/order.php

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INGREDIENTS:

2 T. olive oil or coconut oil

2 c. cooked beef, trimmed of fat, cut in ½” dice

6 oz. eggplant (I used Japanese purple eggplant), cut in 1″ cubes

3 oz. onion, diced large

½ c. red bell pepper, chopped

½ c. cilantro, cut roughly

1 large tomato, cut in 1″ cubes

2 tsp. my Garam Masala Spice blend

Dash turmeric (about 1/8 tsp.)

Dash salt

½-1 c. water (beef stock if you have some is better)

DIRECTIONS:   Cut up meat, eggplant and onion as indicated above. Heat oil in non-stick skillet over hi heat.  Add onion and slightly brown.  Add eggplant and continue to saute, stirring often.  Add beef and brown a bit.  Add cilantro, tomato and all spices.  Add water as needed to just barely surround meat.  Lower heat.  You don’t want this soupy, but add more water as you cook the dish if all evaporates.  Simmer on medium heat about 15 minutes to allow flavor to mingle.  Serve on cauli-rice, cauli-mash, toasted low-carb bread or muffins, or eat it straight up!

NUTRITIONAL INFO:   Makes 4 servings, each contains:

237 calories

12.5 g  fat

7.05 g  carbs, 2.77 g  fiber, 4.28 g  NET CARBS

24 g  protein

107 mg sodium

 

 

Italian Dumplings

Italian Dumplings

Italian Dumplings

I had exactly 1 cup of delicious spaghetti meat sauce in my freezer and decided to give it a whirl on my delicious dumplings for lunch today.  Man, was this ever delicious!!!  I felt like I was eating real gnocchi or noodles in this!!   This just made my regular recipe rotations and hopped right on up to the top of that list!  Although I made the dumpling dough in small round dumplings, it tasted like I was eating lasagna or ravioli.  The dumplings held up well in the sauce and through the baking process, too. Mmmm. This was sooooooo good!  This is suitable once you reach the Atkins Phase 2 OWL, and OK for Keto dieters.  It would not be appropriate for Primal or Paleo followers.

More delicious low-carb recipes can be at your fingertips with your very own set of Jennifer Eloff and friends’ best-selling cookbooks LOW CARBING AMONG FRIENDS.  She has collaborated with famous low-carb Chef George Stella and several other talented chefs to bring you a wealth of delicious recipes you are going to want to try.  Even a few of my recipes are in her cookbooks! Order your 5-volume set TODAY! (available individually) from Amazon or: http://amongfriends.us/order.php

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INGREDIENTS:

(pot of simmering water to make dumplings)

1 recipe my Dumplings

1 c. my meaty Spaghetti Sauce (or low-carb Italian meat sauce of your choosing)

½ c. mozzarella cheese, shredded

¼ c. Parmesan cheese

¼ c. ricotta cheese

DIRECTIONS:   Preheat oven to 350º.  Mix up the dumplings per that recipe’s instructions.  Form the dough into 24 small balls about 3/4″ in diameter.  Drop into boiling water and lower to a gentle simmer, cover and simmer for 8-9 minutes, DO NOT LIFT THE LID during cooking.   Drain off the water and pour the dumplings into a baking dish (no need to grease it).  Dot evenly with your spaghetti sauce.   Dot evenly with the ricotta.  Sprinkle the mozzarella over the top evenly and finally, top with the Parmesan cheese. Bake at 250º for about 15 minutes to heat all and melt the cheese.  ENJOY!

NUTRITIONAL INFO:   Makes 3 servings, each contains:

286 calories

18.7 g  fat

13.93 g  carbs, 6.76 g  fiber, 7.17 g  NET CARBS

21.03 g  protein

451 mg sodium

 

 

 

 

Daikon “Hashbrowns”

Daikon "Hashbrowns"

Daikon “Hashbrowns”

If you’re missing hashbrowns with your morning eggs, wait no more.  I’ve tried this with grated jicama, but that’s not quite as satisfying.  These made with Daikon or Japanese radish (available in Asian grocery stores) have a closer texture to potatoes than jicama.  I add the onion because my family always added it, and it helps to hide the very mild radish taste.  You mustn’t judge these until you’ve tried them.  They are pretty amazing.  And they are low in carbs.  They are suited to all phases of Atkins, Keto diets, Primal and Paleo.  As seen in the picture below, they can also be made with traditional red radishes.  Both are equally tasty in my opinion.

More delicious low-carb recipes can be at your fingertips with your very own set of Jennifer Eloff and friends’ best-selling cookbooks LOW CARBING AMONG FRIENDS.  She has collaborated with famous low-carb Chef George Stella and several other talented chefs to bring you a wealth of delicious recipes you are going to want to try.  Even a few of my recipes are in her cookbooks! Order your 5-volume set TODAY! (available individually) from Amazon or: http://amongfriends.us/order.php

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Daikon (Japanese) Radish

Daikon (Japanese) Radish

INGREDIENTS: 

2 c. daikon radish, peeled and cubed

1 T. + 2 tsp. bacon grease

2 oz. onion, chopped (I used purple onion)

Dash salt

Dash pepper

DIRECTIONS:  Melt bacon grease over high heat.  Add onion and saute until it is softened.  Add diced daikon and continue sauteing, stirring often to brown on all sides.  When tender, salt and pepper to taste and serve warm.

NUTRITIONAL INFO:  Makes 2 servings, each contains:

Red Radish Hash Browns

Red Radish Hashbrowns

127 calories

10.8 g  fat

7.0 g  carbs, 2.1 g fiber, 4.9 g  NET CARBS

.9 g  protein

468 mg sodium

 

 

Creamy Green Beans

Creamy Green Beans

Creamy Green Beans

This isn’t in any way intended to be like the classic green bean casserole we all know and love.  I wanted creamy, but also the tang of sour cream and a bit of cheese as well.  The final dish I created last night was DELICIOUS!  This one will definitely be in my veggie recipe rotations from now on.  I always have these ingredients on hand.  This dish is suitable for all phases of Atkins and Keto diets.  My Primal-Paleo followers will have to pass on this one due to all the dairy.

More delicious low-carb recipes can be at your fingertips with your very own set of Jennifer Eloff and friends’ best-selling cookbooks LOW CARBING AMONG FRIENDS.  She has collaborated with famous low-carb Chef George Stella and several other talented chefs to bring you a wealth of delicious recipes you are going to want to try.  Even a few of my recipes are in her cookbooks! Order your 5-volume set TODAY! (available individually) from Amazon or: http://amongfriends.us/order.php

DISCLAIMER: I do not get paid for this book promotion or for the inclusion of my recipes therein.  I do so merely because they are GREAT cookbooks any low-carb cook would be proud to add to their cookbook collection

INGREDIENTS:

4 c. frozen green beans, French-Style, defrosted

1   4-oz can mushrooms, undrained

¼ c. sour cream

¼ c. chive and onion cream cheese, softened

1½ c. Monterrey Jack cheese, shredded

1 T. dehydrated or fresh sliced shallots (or minced dehydrated onion)

DIRECTIONS:  Preheat oven to 350º.  Grease an 8×11″ baking dish lightly.  Place green beans in a large bowl  Soften cream cheese in a medium glass bowl.  Add sour cream and stir to blend.  Add the mushrooms with juice and Jack cheese and stir again to blend.  Pour mixture into greased dish and sprinkle with dehydrated (or fresh sliced) shallots.  Bake at 350º for 30 minutes or until bubbly.

NUTRITIONAL INFO:   Makes 6 servings, each contains:

188 calories

13.7 g  fat

8.61 g  carbs, 2.76 g  fiber, 5.85 g  NET CARBS

9.0 g  protein

365 mg sodium

 

 

Einkorn Cinnamon-Pecan Coffeecake

Einkorn Cinnamon-Pecan Coffeecake

Einkorn Cinnamon-Pecan Coffeecake

This quick little microwave coffeecake made with my new Einkorn Bake Mix was delicious.  We were amazed at how filling 1 slice (1/8 cake) was!  Even my coffeecake hound husband only had half a second slice.  This had a very nice, soft, slightly spongy texture.  It was moist and flavorful; sweet enough,  without being too cloyingly sweet.

This recipe is not suitable until the grains rung of the Atkins carb reintroduction ladder.  It is suitable for Keto diets if you can fit the carbs in your daily limits.  This would not be acceptable for Primal-Paleo on multiple levels.

BATTER INGREDIENTS: 

2 c. my Einkorn Bake Mix (you’re on your own with substitutions in this mix)

4 large eggs, beaten

¼ c. Davinci vanilla sugar-free syrup (or sweetener to =1/4 c. sugar + 1/4 c. water + splash vanilla)

2 T. erythritol (or 2 pkts stevia)

 

TOPPING INGREDIENTS:

¼ c. pecans or other nuts

2 T. erythritol (or 2 pkts. stevia or Splenda)

1 tsp. cinnamon

2 T. cold butter

DIRECTIONS:  I find this mix doesn’t bake as well (less rise) in conventional ovens as it cooks in a microwave, though not sure why.  But if you insist, or don’t have a MW, bake in oven at 350º for about 20-30 minutes. I forewarn it does not rise as well cooked in a conventional oven.  I hope to figure out exactly why that happens. I used a 7x7x2″ vegetable dish, but you could use an 8×8″ square baking dish, or any shaped dish that will hold about 4 c. batter. Oil the dish.

Pulse or blend topping ingredients in processor or blender or with fork in a small bowl and set aside. In another bowl, beat the eggs, Davinci syrup, erythritol until well-blended.  Add in the bake mix and stir until well blended.  Pour 1/3-1/2 the batter in the baking dish.  Crumble half the topping on the batter evenly.  Pour remaining batter evenly on top and crumble remaining topping on top.  Microwave on HI for 4½ minutes.  Check, if no longer wet in center, it’s done. May take 30 seconds longer in some microwaves.   Run knife around edges and tip upside down on serving plate or cutting board.  Cut into 8 portions and enjoy warm.

NUTRITIONAL INFO:   Makes 8 servings, each contains:

257 calories

22 g  fat

9.05 g  carbs, 2.81 g  fiber, 6.24 g  NET CARBS

9.22 g  protein

123 mg sodium

 

 

 

Einkorn Individual Vanilla Cake

Shown on left = 1 recipe, on right is ½ recipe for an interior view.

Shown left = 1 recipe.  Shown right= ½ additional recipe for  interior view.

This little vanilla cake is very light, spongy, smooth and tasty.  It is good eaten alone, or sliced laterally, would make a GREAT cake for Strawberry Shortcake or Peach Shortcake.  It uses my new bake mix.  The cakes above were baked in a microwave.  I couldn’t recommend baking this cake in a conventional oven as the muffin I baked in the oven in a 3¼” ramekin rose half as much and was hard on the surface and dense in texture.  So this cake seems to prefer being microwaved for best results.  This recipe is not suitable until the nuts and seeds rung of the Atkins carb ladder.  It is acceptable for Keto diets if you can fit the carbs into your daily limits.  This is not suitable for Primal-Paleo.

INGREDIENTS:

½ c. my Einkorn Bake Mix

1 egg, beaten

2 T. DaVinci or Torani sugar-free vanilla syrup (or 2 T. water or cream + 1/4 tsp. vanilla + 1 pkt. stevia)

DIRECTIONS:  Beat a large egg in a bowl.  Add syrup and beat again.  Add bake mix, stir and scrape the batter into a 4″ x 6″ oval ramekin, similar size ceramic/glass dish or equally into two 3½” ramekins.  Place dish in microwave and cook on HI for 1 minute or until top is no longer wet.  Cool a few minutes.  Run a knife around the edges to loosen and tip out.   Cut in half and serve.

NUTRITIONAL INFO:   Makes 2 servings, each contains:

203 calories

16.6 g  fat

8.45 g  carbs, 2.3 g  fiber, 6.15 g  NET CARBS

8.85 g  protein

125 mg sodium

102 mg potassium

13% RDA Vitamin B12, 15% E, 10% calcium, 29% iron, 18% manganese, 32% phosphorous, 11% Riboflavin, 15% selenium, 17% zinc

 

Einkorn Low-Carb Bake Mix

Einkorn Bake Mix

Einkorn Low Carb Bake Mix

Please let me say up front, this is an experiment in progress.

This is a low-carb complete baking mix which includes a small amount of ground Einkorn wheat, one of the oldest forms of wheat that has not been hybridized or genetically modified.  Einkorn is said to have less of a detrimental effect on blood glucose levels and the gut than modern wheat that has been altered to the point it is no longer digested properly and therefore is stored, leading to weight gain and partially to blame for the obesity problem we see in America and globally.   I’m posting this recipe only so I can link to it for actual tested and successful recipes that come out good enough to post on this website.  I make no promises regarding performance of this bake mix other than recipes I test and post that I think are worthwhile.  I’m learning as I go with this mix.  Time will tell (and further recipe trials) if this mix is going to be exchangeable cup for cup in conventional flour recipes.  So far, that is proving to be the case.  I will always post tested recipes in the Einkorn Flour Experiments category of my recipe index.  The word Einkorn will always appear as the first word in the recipe name so the recipe will not be confused with it’s non-einkorn cousin.

I’ve been experimenting for several months with the flour and am really liking the results.  As I said, mostly I have just been adding 1-4 T. to my already tested low-carb recipes.  But with this bake mix I am just starting to explore, I hope to come up with a mix that can be exchanged in flour recipes 1 cup for 1 cup.  We’ll see if that comes about.  If not, this recipe may vnish from my site.  Like I said, it is an experiment in progress.

I limit my use of this organic flour to very tiny amounts so that carbs on the final baked goods per serving are not too high for a low-carber like me.  I have been able to accomplish some very tasty items with it to so far.  If you type Einkorn into the search box, the site will bring up the recipes I’ve tested with this flour and now this bake mix.  Or you can just click this category in the recipe index.

PRODUCT INFORMATION

EINKORN FLOUR – ¼ CUP

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EinkornStats

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This bake mix has evolved from my personal experience with low-carb baking ingredients, how they tend to act in the oven and what ratios they seem to like to co-exist in to produce tasty baked goods.  I think I finally have the ratios about right.  This bake mix produced a very nice vanilla cake that serves 2 people.  It was moist, tasty, spongy and somewhere between a commercial box mix cake and a pound cake in texture.  This cake makes lovely Strawberry Shortcake.  I can see many uses for this 2-serving treat.  :)    The texture is quite smooth, too.  To see the recipe:  Individual (2-serving) Vanilla Cake .

 

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Einkorn Vanilla Cake [shown is 1½ recipes of this cake.  Cake on the left took ½ c. mix]

This is a very large recipe of bake mix and you may prefer to make only a half batch to start out with if you want to experiment with it.  You SHOULD be able to use this like Bisquick or Carbquick in recipes, or replace the flour+leavening+shortening in your regular flour recipes successfully with this mix but I don’t yet know this for certain until I do further testing.  Like I said above, this mix is an ongoing experiment you trial at your own risk If you decide to test the waters yourself, tread lightly.  I would recommend perhaps making half or quarter recipe of the mix to start out.  Trial it in a half recipe of muffins, for just a few donuts or half a cake recipe first before you try this in a recipe you want to serve company, have a failure and are disappointed with less than stellar results.  Feel free to post links to pictures of your experiments with it.  We’d all love to learn from your experiences.  :)

MIX INGREDIENTS:  (I recommend making NO SUBSTITUTIONS)

5 c. almond flour

2 c. plain whey protein powder (I use NOW brand)

1 c. Einkorn flour

1 c. oat flour  (ground from 1¼ c. rolled oats unless you can buy it pre-ground)

¼ c. oat fiber

1 tsp. glucomannan powder

3 T. baking powder

2 tsp. cream of tartar

2 tsp. salt

1½ c. palm shortening (I order at Tropical Traditions)

DIRECTIONS:  Grind the oats into flour in your food processor or blender as fine as you can get it.  Place the oat flour into a large mixing bowl. Measure out all remaining dry ingredients and stir well.  Using a fork or pastry cutter, cut the shortening into the mixture until it resembles coarse cornmeal.  Place in a lidded container.  Can be stored on the counter safely as palm shortening is very stable at room temperature and has a very long shelf life.  If you decide to store in the refrigerator, be aware the shortening will firm up and cause the mix to clump a bit.  So you need to set it out, bring to room temperature and re-work with a fork in a bowl to evenly distribute shortening clumps before attempting to measure for use in recipes.

BAKE MIX NUTRITIONAL INFO:     Makes 11 cups of mix.  ½ cup mix contains:

338 calories

28.2 g  fat

15.99 g  carbs, 4.6 g fiber, 11.39 g  NET CARBS

14.5 g  protein

170 mg sodium

 

 

Savory Onion “Pancake”

Upside-Down Crustless Onion Quiche

Savory Onion Pancake

Allium Cepa, better known as the mighty onion, in the food world is something I would not want to live without.  I truly believe if I had yo stop cooking with onion and garlic, I wouldn’t want to cook anymore.  Not a day goes by I don’t reach for yellow onions, green onions, purple onions, shallots or chives, garlic.  So many foods would be so incredibly boring in flavor without the spunky taste of some onion in it. Can you even imagine spaghetti sauce without it?  or the stuffing for your holiday turkey? or virtually any one of you favorite casseroles?  I just cannot.

Today’s lunch pays tribute to the mighty onion.  This was the creamiest, most delicious thing I’ve made with eggs in a very long time.  Funny thing is, I think it was the cream cheese with chive and onion that was the pièce de resistance in this “pancake”.  I LOVE that stuff and keep it around all the time for dipping pork rinds into for a quick snack, or spreading on one of my low-carb crackers. :)  But I digress.

This quick meal I will definitely be cooking again!  This tasty dish is suitable for all phases of Atkins, Keto diets and Primal (if yo do a little dairy).  It is not suitable for Paleo followers.

More delicious low-carb recipes can be at your fingertips with your very own set of Jennifer Eloff and friends’ best-selling cookbooks LOW CARBING AMONG FRIENDS.  She has collaborated with famous low-carb Chef George Stella and several other talented chefs to bring you a wealth of delicious recipes you are going to want to try.  Even a few of my recipes are in her cookbooks! Order your 5-volume set TODAY! (available individually) from Amazon or: http://amongfriends.us/order.php

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INGREDIENTS:

4 large eggs, beaten

2 T. cream

3 tsp. bacon grease

1½ oz. onion, chopped (I used purple onion)

1 large green onion, chopped

1 lg. shallot minced fine (about 1½ T.)

2 T. chive and onion cream cheese spread

DIRECTIONS:  Preheat oven to 350º.  In a medium bowl, beat the eggs with the cream and set aside.  Heat the bacon grease over high heat in a skillet (mine was non-stick).  Add the onion, green onion and shallot and saute until tender.  Lower heat.  Add the cream cheese and allow to melt.  Stir and spread the onion mixture out evenly in the pan.  Gentle pour the eggs evenly over the onion mixture.   Pop into hot oven and bake for about 10 minutes or until center is set.  I flipped mine upside down to serve, but you certainly don’t have to do that.  :)  Serve at once.

NUTRITIONAL INFO:   Makes 2 large adult servings if eaten as a meal  It would serve more people if used as a side dish. :)  Half the batch contains contains:

313 calories

26 g  fat

5.95 g  carbs, .5 g  fiber, 5.45 g  NET CARBS

14 g  protein

215 mg sodium

250 mg potassium

30% RDA Vitamin A, 14% B6, 55% B12, 10% D, 9% E, 15% copper, 27% iron, 30% phosphorous, 46% riboflavin, 58% selenium,, 15% zinc

 

 

 

 

Kale-Ham Upside-Down Omelet

Kale-Ham Upside-Down Omelet

Kale-Ham Upside-Down Omelet

Now THIS was a very pleasant surprise.  I’ve only fallen in love with kale in the last few years, but what a love affair!  This morning I found yet another tasty way to incorporate this nutrition-packed veggie into our diet.  Check out the nutrtional stats below!  I had a tiny 1-oz piece of smoke ham to use up and some lovely kale, and although not typically used in omelets, I thought Why Not?   Glad I stepped out of my  usual breakfast box today!  This is delicious!  And it offers another way to vary boring eggs in the morning. This recipe is suitable for all phases of Atkins, Keto diets,.  Primal and Paleo folks can eat this if the cheese is omitted.

INGREDIENTS:

2 T. bacon grease

1 oz. onion (I used a purple onion), chopped

1 oz. smoked ham (or bacon could be used)

3/4 c. chopped kale leaf (1 large leaf, stem removed)

6 large eggs, beaten

½ c. Monterrey Jack cheese, shredded

DIRECTIONS:  Preheat oven to 350º.  Beat the eggs and Jack cheese in a small bowl and set aside.  In a non-stick skillet, melt the bacon grease and saute the chopped onion until nearly tender.  Add ham and continue to cook until ham i s done.  Add kale and saute, stirring, until it just softens a bit and turns bright green (not fully cooked).  Spread the mixture evenly in the skillet and gently pour the eggs evenly on top.  Pop into oven and bake for about 10 minutes or until egg is just set in the center.  Remove from oven.  Invert a plate over the skillet skillet and using potholders, flip the skillet to drop the omelet onto the plate and serve at once.

NUTRITIONAL INFO:    Makes 3 servings, each contains:

313 calories

24.8 g  fat

3.33 g  carbs, .43 g  fiber, 2.9 g  NET CARBS

19 g  protein

388 mg sodium

245 mg potassium

38% RDA Vitamin A, 15% B6, 56% B12, 27% C, 9% D, 7% E, 6% calcium, 18% copper, 6% magnesium, 10% manganese, 31% phosphorous, 47% riboflavin, 60% selenium, 13% thiamin, 17% zinc

 

 

Pork in Queso Flameado Sauce

Pork in Queso Flameado

Pork in Queso Flameado Sauce

If you’ve ever ordered Queso Flameado in a Mexican restaurant, it’s a flavor you won’t soon forget. It’s a thick melted cheese fondu with chorizo crumbled in it served with flour tortillas to roll it up in. It is considered an appetizer.  It is sooo good!  Well, this new dish I created this evening is an entree with pork that features the ingredients of that popular appetizer.  If you love Mexican food, you’ve GOT to try this dish!  My husband just loved it, as did I!   This dish also sports some very impressive nutritional numbers below, so it’s a keeper in my book.  It is suitable for all phases of Atkins and other Ketogenic diets.

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INGREDIENTS:

12 oz. pork loin, cut into 4 portions

1 link chorizo, removed from the skin and crumbled

2 T. unsalted butter

4 large green onions, chopped

1/2 c. red bell pepper, chopped

1 c. cilantro, chopped

1/2 c. heavy cream

1/2 c. water

6 oz. Monterrey Jack cheese, shredded (or more if you can afford the carbs)

DIRECTIONS:  Preheat oven to 350º.  Pound the 4 pieces of pork with a meat tenderizer.  Melt butter in large skillet over high heat.  Brown pork on both sides until nearly done.  Remove.  Add crumbled chorizo and brown, crumbling as small as you can as it cooks.   Add the green onions, bell pepper and saute until they are tender.  Lower heat to medium low and add cream, water and cilantro.  Simmer a couple minutes to reduce a bit. Sprinkle the cheese over the sauce and lay pork on top.  Pop into preheated oven and bake for 15 minutes or until bubbly and the meat appear to be done.  Serve 1/4 of the sauce over each portion of meat.  This pairs nicely with mashed cauliflower or a nice guacamole salad alongside.

NUTRITIONAL INFO:   Makes 4 servings, each contains:

567 calories

45 g  fat

4.35 g  carbs, 1.15 g  fiber, 3.2 g  NET CARBS

36 g  protein

654 mg sodium

527 mg potassium

33% RDA Vitamin A, 37% B6, 33% B12, 40% c, 8% E, 5% calcium, 10% copper, 18% iron, 11% magnesium, 5% manganese, 39% niacin, 36% phosphorous, 33% riboflavin, 55% selenium, 83% thiamin, 30% zinc

Tex-Mex-Chix on Zoodles

Tex-Mex-Chix on Zoodles

Tex-Mex-Chix on Zoodles

This is my variation on a recipe called Chicken Lazone that has circulated on many low-carb websites.  Though the recipes vary slightly, they all seem to have cream and chili powder in common.  When I cooked the inspirational recipe as written a few months back, we found it to be lacking in depth of flavor.  So I took this recipe and added onion, cilantro and BACON!!   After all, you can’t go wrong with a little bacon, right?  Or a little cilantro, for that matter.  The absolutely delicious dish that evolved is suitable for all phases of Atkins, Keto diets but not for Primal-Paleo unless you substitute coconut milk for the cream.  My husband is not low-carbing 100% and he had his portion on regular pasta.  He liked this dish a lot and said it reminded him of both Italian Chicken Carbonara and 7-layer dip.  He gave it a resounding thumbs up!

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INGREDIENTS: 

2 medium zucchini, julienned or made into noodles

12 oz. cooked chicken, skin removed, cut into bite size pieces

3 slices bacon, chopped

3 oz. onion, chopped

1½ tsp. chili powder

1½ tsp. onion powder

2 tsp. garlic powder

¼ tsp. cayenne

¼ c. butter

1 c. heavy cream

1 c. water

¼ tsp. xanthan gum to thicken (optional)

1/2 c. cilantro

DIRECTIONS:  Using a noodler, spiralizer-type tool or julienne peeler, cut the zucchini into noodles.  Place 2 T. of the butter oil in skillet over medium heat.  Place zucchini noodles in butter and allow to saute/wilt until just barely softened.  Turn off heat and set aside. Brown bacon in another skillet over high heat.  Add rest of butter and onion and saute until tender.  Add chicken and continue to saute to slightly brown the chicken. Add all spices and stir.   Lower heat to medium.  Add cream and water.  Dust in xanthan gum slowly, whisking to blend and allow it time to thicken sauce.  Add cilantro and simmer for 1-2 minutes longer.  Serve the chicken mixture over the zoodles.  Garnish the top with a sprinkle of chili powder.  This pairs nicely with a green salad and low-carb buttered dinner rolls (see my breads recipes for several roll recipes).

NUTRITIONAL INFO:   Makes 4 generous servings, each contains:

559 calories

47 g  fat

8.3 g  carbs, 1.92 g  fiber, 6.38 g  NET CARBS

27.25 g  protein

478 mg sodium

 

Southwest Ham-n-Cheese Squash

Southwest Ham-n-Cheese Squash

Southwest Ham-n-Cheese Squash

Once again, the Queen of Leftovers creates a surprisingly delicious dish with a bit of “this and that” she has been staring at the last few days in the fridge.  One small piece of thick ham steak, half a spaghetti squash and an avocado getting way too ripe on my kitchen counter.  Just sounded like a Mexican meal in the making to me!  This creation sort of reminds me of Ham-Mac-and-Cheese.  But the generous handful of cilantro really takes it to a different flavor level.  For those that don’t like cilantro, just leave it out and sub in a little chili powder.  This dish will be nearly as good without it, I’m sure.

The Mexican Poinsettia stuck onto my guacamole was an afterthought, but I thought it came out very pretty!    I quartered 2 San Marzano tomatoes and 1 thin slice of jalapeno pepper for my flower.  This recipe is suitable for all phases of Atkins and other Ketogenic diets, but is not suitable for Primal-Paleo unless you sub in coconut cream for the cheeses (might also require a little chili powder to kill the coconut taste.).

More delicious low-carb recipes can be at your fingertips with your very own set of Jennifer Eloff and friends’ best-selling cookbooks LOW CARBING AMONG FRIENDS.  She has collaborated with famous low-carb Chef George Stella and several other talented chefs to bring you a wealth of delicious recipes you are going to want to try.  Even a few of my recipes are in her cookbooks! Order your 5-volume set TODAY! (available individually) from Amazon or: http://amongfriends.us/order.php

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INGREDIENTS:

1/2 of a medium, 7-8″ long spaghetti squash (about 1¾ c. threads)

2 tsp. bacon grease

2 oz. onion, chopped (I used red onion)

4 oz. chopped ham

¼ c. red bell pepper, chopped

½ c. chopped cilantro

2 oz. American Deluxe or cheddar cheese, shredded

2 oz. Monterrey Jack Cheese (I used 2 slices)

DIRECTIONS:  Preheat oven to 350º.  Place the half squash cut-side down in a dish with ½” water and microwave on HI for 13 minutes.  Fork the threads into a bowl and save the shell to stuff.  While it is cooking, Melt the bacon grease in a skillet and saute the onion until tender.  Add the ham and bell pepper and saute until they are done/tender respectively. Turn off fire and stir in the cilantro.  Add half the ham mixture to the bowl of squash and stir well.  Add the American or cheddar cheese shreds and stir again.  Spoon into the squash shell.  Top with the 2 slices of Jack cheese any way you want to arrange/cut and place it.  Top with the remainder of the ham mixture and pop into the 3350º oven just long enough to melt the Jack cheese, or about 15 minutes.  Remove and scoop half the squash contents onto each plate and serve with guacamole or a green salad.

NUTRITIONAL INFO:    Makes 2 servings, each contains:

399 calories

26.5 g  fat

14.45 g  carbs, 2.65 g  fiber, 11.80 g  NET CARBS

26 g  protein

1600 mg sodium (soak ham in water for 1 hour before frying to lower sodium)

531 mg potassium

21% RDA Vitamin A, 29% B6, 29% B12, 35% calcium, 18% copper, 20% iron, 12% magnesium, 13% manganese, 33% niacin, 45% phosphorous, 32% riboflavin, 29% selenium, 46% thiamin, 34% zinc

 

 

 

 

Shrimp “Crowned” Swai with Creamy Cauliflower

Shrimp "Crowned" Swai wiwth Creamy Cauliflower

Shrimp “Crowned” Swai with Creamy Cauliflower

This delightful seafood dinner was just one of those incredibly successful uses of a dab of some leftovers in the refrigerator.   You’ve had those, too, I’m sure.  My husband calls me the Queen of Leftovers!  I had a little leftover Smoked Gouda Cauliflower , exactly 1 c. to be exact.  It was right at eye level in my refrigerator today, sitting beside the two Swai filets and bag of shrimp I thawed for dinner.  I had yet to decide how to prepare my fish and shrimp this evening.   I just DO NOT like storing leftovers more than 2 days.  Thus, this idea “hatched” and what a tasty “egg” it turned out to be!  I decided to serve it atop a bed of sauteed fresh spinach, but that didn’t have great flavor impact on the final dish, so I’d say the bed of spinach is purely optional here.  But since that’s how I prepared it and photographed it, I have included it in the recipe and nutritional calculations below.  This dish is perfectly suitable for all phases of Atkins and Primal diners who eat occasional dairy.  This is not suitable for Paleo due to the cheese, but a creamy homemade mayo might be subbed into the cauliflower mixture, resulting in an equally tasty and allowable dish for my Paleo readers!

More delicious low-carb recipes can be at your fingertips with your very own set of Jennifer Eloff and friends’ best-selling cookbooks LOW CARBING AMONG FRIENDS.  She has collaborated with famous low-carb Chef George Stella and several other talented chefs to bring you a wealth of delicious recipes you are going to want to try.  Even a few of my recipes are in her cookbooks! Order your 5-volume set TODAY! (available individually) from Amazon or: http://amongfriends.us/order.php

DISCLAIMER: I do not get paid for this book promotion or for the inclusion of my recipes therein.  I do so merely because they are GREAT cookbooks any low-carb cook would be proud to add to their cookbook collection

INGREDIENTS:

2   6-oz. filets of Swai (or mild fish of your choice)

12 medium shrimp, peeled, deveined, tails left on for visual impact

5 oz. raw spinach

1 T. bacon grease

2 T. butter (I use unsalted)

1 clove garlic, minced

1 T. lemon juice

1 c. cooked cauliflower, drained and slightly mashed with a fork

1 oz. each cream cheese (softened) and Smoked Gouda (grated)

1/8 tsp. my Seafood Spice Blend

2 tsp. parsley, chopped (for garnish)

DIRECTIONS:  Preheat your broiler. Steam or boil cauliflower, slightly mash with a fork and stir in the two cheeses so they will begin to melt.  With the cold butter (or olive oil), lightly grease 2 individual baking pans or a heat-proof baking platter (which I used).  In another small baking pan, melt the rest of the butter in your oven.  Remove, add minced garlic and Seafood spice Blend to the butter and stir.  Holding the shrimps by the tail, coat each on both sides with the seasoned butter, lay them flat in the pan and broil the shrimp just a few minutes to slightly brown. Remove shrimp from broiler and change oven setting to 350º.

In a small skillet, melt the bacon grease and saute the spinach leaves just until wilted.  Place half the spinach into two lengthwise batches on your platter (or into individual serving dishes), roughly the size of your fish filets.  Lay a fish filet atop each batch of spinach.  Neatly spoon half the cauliflower mixture down the center of each filet, pressing flat with the back of your spoon (which will allow for more even cooking of the fish).  Attractively lay 6 broiled shrimp in a row on each filet as seen int he pic above.

Next, squeeze the lemon juice into the juices left in the pan you broiled your shrimp in.  Stir and drizzle over each serving.  Pop into 350º oven for about 20-30 minutes or until fish is opaque.  Shrimp should be beautifully golden now.  Remove from oven, garnish with the chopped parsley and ENJOY!  I served with a nice green salad.

NUTRITIONAL INFO:   Makes 2 servings, each contains:

435 calories

31.6 g  fat

7.6 g  carbs, 2.8 g  fiber, 4.8 g  NET CARBS

34.1 g  protein

 

Einkorn Cake Donuts

Einkorn Cake Donuts

Einkorn Cake Donuts

Well, I went and modified my Low Carb Cake Donuts by adding some Einkorn flour (non-GMO wheat) to the batter and altering a few ingredients and came up with an outstanding donut this morning. For those in to experimenting with this flour, you’ve GOT to try this recipe!  They were tasty, light and very moist.  This batter is going to become my basic donut batter for making variations like pumpkin, cherry, blueberry and chocolate donuts.  Can’t wait to try the other ones!  I’m so pleased with this recipe!  And these taste even BETTER on day 2, right out of the refrigerator!

This recipe is not suitable for Atkins Induction.  It is OK once you get to the Pre-Maintenance or Maintenance levels.  It’s acceptable for Keto diets if you can fit the carbs into your daily numbers, but totally unacceptable for Primal-Paleo.  Please see the “Where to Buy Ingredients” tab for sources on the unusual ingredients.

This is a very nice batter and without sweeteners and nutmeg, could be used to make very nice vegetable fritters.  :)

INGREDIENTS:

½ c. oat fiber

½ c. coconut flour

½ c. plain whey protein powder

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¼ c. egg white protein powder

¼ c. Einkorn all-purpose flour

1 T. baking powder

1 T. glucomannan powder

½ tsp. salt (omit if using salted butter)

1¼ tsp. ground nutmeg

1 pkt. stevia

½ c. granular Splenda

½ c. erythritol

3 T. unsalted butter, melted

3 large eggs, beaten

3 T. Da Vinci Vanilla sugar-free syrup (or 1 tsp. vanilla extract + 2 T. water + 1 tsp. Splenda)

½ c. cream

½ c. water

OPTIONAL:  you can sprinkle cinnamon/erythritol “sugar” on top if you like, OR frost them

DIRECTIONS:  Preheat oven to 350º.  Lightly oil 2 non-stick “standard” donut pans (you need 12 slots).  Measure all the dry ingredients into a medium mixing bowl.  Stir well. Break the eggs into the center and beat.  Add cream, water, DaVinci syrup and melted butter.  Stir well until batter is smooth and well mixed.  Batter will be fairly thick.  Spoon batter carefully into the slots until full (that’s right, FULL).  These don’t rise much, just forming a nice little dome.   Pop into preheated 350º oven for about 17 minutes.  Slightly cool and remove using the tip o f a knife to loosen.  allow to cool a bit for flavor to develop.  Enjoy with a nice cuppa coffee or tea!

NUTRITIONAL INFO:   Make 12 standard size donuts, each contains: (no frosting/topping included)

123.9 calories

9.36 g  fat

10.17 g  carbs, 5.84 g  fiber, 4.33 g  NET CARBS

6.15 g  protein

12% RDA Vitamin A, 10% calcium, 11% iron, 22% phosphorous, 10% riboflavin

 

 

 

 

 

Quick Breakfast Danish

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Blueberry Quick Danish

I discovered a wonderful new way to use my Peggy’s Sliced Bread recipe!  Fruit Danish!  Or at least a cross between that and a fruit-topped pancake type breakfast. :)

I keep some sort of plain, neutral low-carb bread at the ready in a gallon plastic bag in my refrigerator at all times.  That practice makes creating this for breakfast a snap! 

I took a piece of my Peggy’s Sliced Bread (linked above), sliced it laterally into two thinner slices and filled it with a delicious thickened pineapple filling with a smear of cream cheese.  Doused with cinnamon.  Nuked it on defrost for 20 seconds and man, oh, man, was it ever good!  A little carby as I had no berries in the house today, but REALLY good if you can afford the pineapple carbs when you get farther along in your weight-loss journey. Net carb counts for other fruits and some berries provided below.  Those early in OWL phase should stick to the berry versions.

If using other fruits, you will want to use some other DaVinci syrup (vanilla or appropriate berry flavor) or use other sweetener of your choice with 2-3 T. water added to compensate for the syrup’s water. This is not suitable until the grains rung of OWL.

You can sure pull the carb count down using other berries.   As you can see, I have explored several varieties of this Quick Danish.  By the way, this reminded me very much of pineapple upside-down cake, just without the cherry.  But that could be remedied on special occasions! :)  With a dollop of sweetened whipped cream on top, this would make a lovely, easy dessert for unexpected company!  If serving on black/dark plates, for visual impact, I would dust the plate with powdered sweetener/erythritol along with the cinnamon.  Of course, you can use any plan-suitable bread you prefer over the bread I used, but you wil have to calculate your nutritional info from scratch.

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Pineapple Quick Danish

PINEAPPLE VERSION (shown  right) :  Slice the bread laterally into 2 thins slices and place 1 on a plate.  Set aside.  Place in a saucepan ¼ c. crushed pineapple, juice pack (I didn’t drain), ½ T. unsalted butter, dash cinnamon, dash xanthan gum, 2 T. Davinci Pineapple sugar-free syrup (or sweetener to taste).  Heat, stirring until slightly thickened.  Remove. Spoon half onto the slice of bread on the plate.  Top with 1 T. softened cream cheese (sweeten if you like).  Place the second thins slice of bread on top and spoon on the rest of the fruit mixture.  Warm a few seconds int eh microwave on defrost and serve while hot.

BLACKBERRY VERSION (BELOW)  OR BLUEBERRY VERSION (TOP OF PAGE):  Mash 2 oz. berries with a fork in a saucepan with 1-2T. water, pinch of stevia + 2 drops liquid Splenda and a sprinkle of xanthan gum to thicken.  Cook on medium heat a couple minutes until thick.  Slice bread laterally and place 1 thin slice on a plate.  Spoon half the berry mix onto it.  Top with about ½ T. cream cheese. Placed second half-slice bread and add remaining berries to top and dot with cream cheese.  Mmmmm.

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Blackberry Quick Danish

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NUTRITIONAL INFO (for the pineapple version, the first one I made):  Makes a single serving which contains:

256 calories

21 g  fat

16.2 g  carbs, 3.7 g  fiber, 12.5 NET CARBS (pineapple is pretty high in carbs)

8.5 g  protein

243 mg sodium

132 mg potassium

Made with 3 medium strawberries sliced:  5.3 NET CARBS

Made with 1/4 c. frozen blackberries: 7.3 NET CARBS

Made with 1/4 c. canned tart cherries:  10.9 NET CARBS (another high carb fruit)

Made with 1/4 c. fresh blueberries: 7.6 NET CARBS

Spinach Salad with Olive Dressing

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Spinach Salad with Olive Dressing

Whenever I make up a batch of my Olive Tapenade, I love to use part of it for a lovely salad dressing.  This salad came about in just such a scenario.  We had enjoyed the tapenade I made this week on my Almond-Arrowroot Crackers and there were just a few tablespoons left.  I had an open bag of fresh spinach, with just enough left for two salads, so I took the balance of the tapenade and created a tasty spinach salad to go with our dinner tonight.  It was DELISH!  This recipe is suitable for all phases of Atkins, Keto diets and Primal-Paleo as well.

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INGREDIENTS:

3 c. fresh spinach leaves

12 slices cucumber

8 tiny San Marzano tomatoes (or cherry tomatoes), sliced in half

2 T. my Olive Tapenade

3 T. olive oil

3 T. red wine vinegar

Dash each salt and pepper

Sprinkle of Parmesan Cheese (optional)

Few Slivers of red onion (optional)

DIRECTIONS:  Plate half the spinach in each of 2 salad bowls or plates.  Top each decoratively with 6 slices of cucumber and 4 of the tomatoes.  Add red onion if using.  Sprinkle with Parmesan if using.  Drizzle each salad with half the dressing and serve at once.

NUTRITIONAL INFO:   Makes 2 salads, each complete salad contains:  (does not include Parmesan or red onion)

254 calories

26.3 g  fat

4.15 g  carbs, 2.2 g  fiber, 2.95 g  NET CARBS

1.75 g  protein

239 mg sodium

390 mg potassium

9% RDA Vitamin B6, 32% A, 25% C, 27% E, 12% copper, 20% iron, 14% magnesium, 27% manganese, 10% riboflavin.

DRESSING ALONE:  half recipe contains: 239 calories, 26 g  fat, 1.2 g  carbs, .5 g  fiber, .7 g NET CARBS and .2 g  protein

FREEZING FOODS

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My readers often ask “Can I freeze this?”  In my personal experience, I haven’t found very many foods that don’t freeze well, but there are a few discussed below.  I often just wrap food up well and stick it in the freezer and find out by trial and error.   I freeze most casserole leftovers in 1 or 2 portion containers. Those come in very handy when hubby is out of town and I don’t feel like cooking just for me alone.  Nice to be able to pop out an already cooked meal I can just defrost in the microwave and be eating in under 15 minutes.  Just make sure foods are  properly wrapped to seal out air.  Store in proper freezer bags, freezer containers with tight lids  meats in waxed white freezer paper. 

Perhaps the most important thing to remember about freezing food is that once you throw it in there, DON’T FORGET ABOUT IT!  Label/date them and keep the foods you need to use up first at eye level or in top baskets of chest freezers.  That old saying “out of sight, out of mind” applies here.  :) 

Do not keep foods frozen beyond recommended lengths of time for that food. My freezer book recommends the following storage times: Bread under 1 month; baked goods up to 4 months; beef and lamb 6-8 months; pork just 4 months; chicken 2-4 months; turkey 2-4 months, vegetables 1-2 months depending on packaging.  The food won’t necessarily spoil for longer periods of freezer time, but food moisture, nutrients and overall quality is diminished greatly beyond these recommended time limits.

FOODS THAT DON’T FREEZE WELL:

The few foods that I don’t like to freeze and why are discussed briefly below.  Please note that this is just my knowledge gained from 1 freezer book and personal experience over 50 years of freezing foods in a chest freezer.  It is not gospel and you may have good experiences freezing some foods I prefer not to freeze.  :)

Pumpkin, whether fresh or canned, bleeds water after thawing in all but pumpkin baked goods. This simply ruins a dish for me. As we low-carbers often substitute pumpkin into sweet potato recipes, bear this “water bleeding” issue in mind before freezing a recipe made with pumpkin.

Rice gets mushy on the surface and the grains break down a bit into the surrounding food/soup when frozen. Flavor of the dish is still OK, but texture is off-putting for m.  Of course, low-carbers rarely eat rice, so this may not be important to you.  Wild rice freezes a little bit better than white or brown rice.

White and red potatoes (cooked) will get mealy and break down in soups and make the stock “grainy”, which just ruins it visually in my opinion.  The flavor will not be affected, however.  Interestingly, cooked sweet potatoes freeze quite nicely! 

Cream cheese tends to break down or separate when frozen.  This can really spoil the smooth texture you expect cream cheese to bring to a dish like a cheesecake or sauce. Makes it look kind of like curdled milk.  Fortunately, cream cheese keeps a very long time just in the refrigerator if unopened, so I just choose to not freeze it at all, even if I buy large amounts.   

Cheesecakes made with cream cheese don’t freeze well for the reason just discussed. The baked ones fare better than the unbaked, but there is still a tendency to break down. I just try to make and consume my cheesecakes the week I make them to avoid freezing them, but that’s never a problem in my house. :)

Heavy cream and milk I prefer not to freeze, but some say they freeze OK.

Low-carb breads can be frozen for 1 month, but my experience is that they deteriorate in flavor and dry out a lot after just 2 weeks in the freezer.  I, personally tend to not freeze breads of any kind.

Low-carb cakes, sweet breads, muffins and cookies freeze fine for about 1-4 months, as they have higher oil content than breads.

I highly recommend investing in a good freezer book that will give you recommended lengths of time for holding specific foods.  I have used Farm Journal  Freezing and Canning Cookbook for over 40 years.   A real gem, that one, giving info for blanching and freezing specific veggies, fruits, meats and other foods as well.  It also has canning tips, instructions and wonderful recipes. But it’s no longer in print.  Copies can still be found out there on the web if you Google.  I’m sure you’ll be able to find newer publications on freezing as well.

Creamy Broccoli and Mushrooms

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Creamy Broccoli and Mushrooms

This dish is a variation on a broccoli dip a friend of many years often served at parties.  I didn’t chop my broccoli as fine as she did, and there was no cheese in her dip.  Mine instead is made with a delicious low-carb soup.  The flavor was so memorable I decided to try and reproduce it as a vegetable side dish today.  It came out delicious!  Just as good as her dip, maybe even better with my addition of cheese!  This recipe is suitable for all phases of Atkins, Keto diets but not acceptable for Primal or Paleo.

VARIATIONS:  Add 1 c. cooked leftover chicken or 1 cup cooked shrimp for a complete meal

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INGREDIENTS:

½ bunch broccoli, stems and flowerettes cut into medium chunks (about 3 cups)

1 oz. onion, chopped

6 large mushrooms, sliced (or a 4-oz can sliced mushrooms, drained)

1 T. olive oil

½ recipe Jennifer Eloff’s Condensed Cream of Mushroom Soup

½ c. shredded Monterey Jack Cheese

¼ c. heavy cream

Dash black pepper

DIRECTIONS:  Preheat oven to 350º.  Lightly grease a medium casserole or vegetable dish and set aside. Make a recipe of the mushroom soup.  You will only use half of it for this recipe.  The remaining soup should be reserved for some other use.  It will keep a week in the refrigerator.  Chop and steam the broccoli over water or in your microwave just until tender crisp.  Heat the olive oil in a medium skillet and brown the onion and mushrooms until nearly tender.   Turn off heat.    Toss the broccoli into the skillet and toss lightly.  Stir the cream into the soup mixture and blend well.   Spoon it over the broccoli-mushroom mixture, add the cheese and stir gently with a spoon to mix. Sprinkle with black pepper and bake at 350º for 30 minutes or until hot and bubbly.  ENJOY!

NUTRITIONAL INFO:    Makes 4 servings, each contains: (does not include optional meat)

215.5 calories

18.35 g  fat

7 g  carbs, 2.22 g  fiber, 4.78 g  NET CARBS

6.45 g  protein

348 mg sodium

268 mg potassium

13% RDA Vitamin A, 10% B6, 9% B12, 64% C, 8% E, 20% copper, 15% iron, 8% manganese, 8% niacin, 15% phosphorous, 13% riboflavin, 7% selenium, 8% thiamin and 11% zinc.

 

 

Spinach Mayonado (with optional Sausage Meatballs)

Spinach Mayonado (optional meatballs)

Spinach Mayonado (optional meatballs)

This is essentially a creamed spinach dish, but with a very special cream indeed.  I decided to not stir it altogether as that does not photograph so prettily.  The flavor of this creamy spinach dish will blow you away.  It’s sinfully rich and ever so good!  So good, in fact, I lick every bit of the sauce off the spoon and food processor bowl.  Seriously good eats.

Of course, you can always stir the sauce right into the spinach. It certainly ends up mixed on my plate while eating it.  :)  To be quite honest, ANY meat, seared chicken breast strips, beef or pork meatballs or smoked sausage would be good alongside (or on top as shown) this extremely nutritious dish.

This recipe is Atkins Induction friendly, as well as being suitable for Keto diets, Primal and Paleo followers as well.

VARIATION:  This makes a great side dish without meat.  In fact, that is the first way I ate it when I created this creamy sauce.

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INGREDIENTS:

5 oz. lean pork bulk sausage (I use homemade sausage but any low-carb sausage will do)

6 T. my Shawarma Homemade Mayonnaise

1 avocado

16 oz. bag of frozen, chopped spinach

Water to cover spinach

DIRECTIONS:  Place spinach in large saucepan, cover with water and bring to boil and cook per package directions, about 5 minutes.  When done, drain spinach in strainer pressing out excess water as best you can.  Set aside while you make the rest of the dish.

While spinach is boiling, roll sausage into 6 small meatballs and brown in a non-stick skillet over medium-high heat, turning and rolling them frequently to brown all sides.  Cook until fully done (about 10-15 minutes, turn off heat remove and drain meatballs on paper towels.

In a bowl of a food processor (or blender), process the avocado with the 6 T. homemade mayo until fairly smooth.  You can also just mash it well with a fork, as it doesn’t have to be perfectly smoothe.  Add a few drops of lemon juice (to prevent darkening) and pulse.

Spoon the spinach into your serving dish, Add the thick, creamy mayonado sauce to the top as shown (or stir into the spinach if you prefer) and top with your cooked meatballs.  ENJOY!

NUTRITIONAL INFO:  Makes 3 servings, each contains:

468 calories

48 g  fat

12.03 g  carbs, 8.66 g  fiber, 3.37 g  NET CARBS

15.2 g  protein

453 mg sodium

 

Tzatziki

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Greek Tzatziki

This well-known Greek sauce is one of those recipes I’ve been meaning to put up on my site for ages and ages and just kept forgetting to do it.  This year I’m really trying to get to posting all those recipes I make often but are the meal “extras” and not the “main attraction”.   This is typical condiment with Middle Eastern/Mediterranean grilled beef or lamb kebabs and ground beef/lamb koftas.  It’s also great on tuna, salmon or crab cakes or on shawarma gyros-type sandwich wraps.  I’ve even used this sauce on cucumber-tomato salads as a dressing!  It’s ever so simple to make, too!

Be sure to squeeze out as much water from your grated cucumber as you can before combining all the ingredients or else it will bleed out its water into the sauce and really weaken the flavor and spoil the appearance.  This recipe is not suitable for Induction due to the yogurt, but you could make it with all sour cream and enjoy 2-3 Tbsp.  This sauce is suitable for other Keto diets and Primal Blueprint (occasionally), but not at all Paleo approved.

More delicious low-carb recipes can be at your fingertips with your very own set of Jennifer Eloff and friends’ best-selling cookbooks LOW CARBING AMONG FRIENDS.  She has collaborated with famous low-carb Chef George Stella and several other talented chefs to bring you a wealth of delicious recipes you are going to want to try.  Even a few of my recipes are in her cookbooks! Order your 5-volume set TODAY! (available individually) from Amazon or: http://amongfriends.us/order.php

DISCLAIMER: I do not get paid for this book promotion or for the inclusion of my recipes therein.  I do so merely because they are GREAT cookbooks any low-carb cook would be proud to add to their cookbook collection

INGREDIENTS:

1 large 8-9″ cucumber, peeled, seeded and grated

1 c. drained or Greek yogurt, or half yogurt and half sour cream (my personal preference), or all sour cream (for lower carbs)

1 clove garlic, minced

1 T. yellow onion, minced finely

½ tsp. dried dill weed (or 2 sprigs fresh, chopped)

½ tsp. dried mint (or 1 T. fresh, chopped fine)

Dash each salt and black pepper

DIRECTIONS:  At least 1 hour before serving, peel the cucumber.  Cut in half and seed with a spoon.  Grate the cucumber onto paper toweling double thick or even better, place it in a clean cotton kitchen towel (not terry cloth, please).  Blot the water away with paper towels or wrap, twist and squeeze it in the kitchen towel to remove all water.  You want to get as much water out as you can.  Add the cucumber to a medium bowl.  Add all remaining ingredients and stir well.  Cover and chill until ready to serve.  It will bleed out more cucumber water over time, so blot it from around the edges with a paper towel, stir and serve.

NUTRITIONAL INFO:   Makes about 2 cups or 4 servings (perhaps more depending on how much people eat).  1/4 of the batch contains:

102 calories

8.1 g  fat

4.6 g  carbs, .8 g  fiber, 3.8 g  NET CARBS

3.2 g. protein

110 mg sodium

290 mg potassium

<10% all macronutrients.