Chicken Florentine

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I’m re-posting one of the most popular recipes on my website.  Sometimes we food bloggers get so wrapped up in creating new dishes, we can easily get lost and forget some of the old favorites and need to be reminded of them from time to time.  I’m making this again tonight, so I thought I’d share it with you again today.

This recipe takes a mere 20-30 minutes to pull together.  It’s amazingly tasty and worth every one of those minutes.  So attractive on the platter, too!  And better yet, it’s Induction friendly!  The creamy spinach-mushroom topping compliments the seared chicken so nicely!  If in Atkins OWL Phase 2, adding 2 T. white wine to the spinach mixture is very, very good!  :)

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INGREDIENTS:

3 large chicken breasts, deboned and skinned

1 T. unsalted butter

½ lb. fresh mushrooms sliced thick

1 clove minced garlic

Pinch salt and pepper

6 oz. fresh spinach (3-4 oz. if using frozen)

1/3 c. heavy cream

1/4 c. chicken broth

3 T. grated Parmesan

2 T. white wine (optional)

Pinch xanthan gum (if needed to thicken)

DIRECTIONS:

If using frozen spinach, cook in water as directed on package in a saucepan and drain well.  Set aside.  Now slice each chicken breast diagonally into 3-4 thinner slices to speed up cooking.  Melt butter in non-stick skillet and saute the chicken slices or “filets”, as I call them,  until lightly browned and thoroughly cooked (medium-high heat).  This won’t take long at all, which is precisely why I like to slice them.  Remove chicken to serving platter.  Add mushrooms to the same skillet and saute until done.   Add fresh spinach and garlic.   Saute until spinach is wilted.  Lower heat and add cream, broth and cheese to spinach/mushroom mixture in skillet.  Add pinch of salt and pepper.  Lightly dust with xanthan gum 2-3 times, stirring between each addition to slightly thicken sauce.   Pour sauce over chicken.  Garnish with a sprinkle of parsley if desired.

NUTRITIONAL INFO: Makes 4 servings each with:

467 calories

26 g  fat

6.8 g  carbs

2 g  fiber

4.8 g  NET CARBS

49 g  protein

200 mg sodium

Smoked Gouda Cauliflower

Smoked Gouda Cauliflower

Smoked Gouda Cauliflower

This recipe has proven to be a real winner in my collection.  I thought I’d feature it again today as I’m making it for dinner tonight.  It’s one of my favorite cauliflower creations.  Smoked Gouda doesn’t melt easily, but if shredded, it usually melts OK.  In this dish, it takes an ordinary cauliflower casserole and transforms it into the sublime.  It is the smoked Gouda that truly sets this dish apart from all the other cauliflower casseroles I have ever eaten.  I served it to my brother, who was once an executive chef at Top of the Mark in San Francisco and he RAVED about it!  It’s Atkins Induction friendly, too!  I buy my smoked Gouda at Sam’s Club and have discovered, not all stores carry quality smoked Gouda.  The brand I bought in San Antonio at my mother’s grocery store was just awful….totally tasteless.

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INGREDIENTS:

1 medium-large head cauliflower

6 oz. cream cheese, softened

4 oz. smoked Gouda cheese, grated or shredded

¼ tsp. coarse black pepper

Dash salt (optional)

Optional:  chopped chives or green onion to top

DIRECTIONS:

Cut up cauliflower into manageable pieces and boil or steam until tender.  Drain off any water and mash the chunks up slightly with a fork (do not puree, however).   Stir in softened cream cheese until it is melted and blended well.  Grease glass casserole dish and spoon half the cauliflower mixture in.  Sprinkle with half the grated smoked Gouda (I do not recommend using slices for this.  Grate it to facilitate melting).  Spoon remaining cauliflower into dish and top with rest of Gouda cheese.   Sprinkle with just a dash of salt and pepper if desired, but cheese has a lot of sodium.  If you are sodium sensitive, I wouldn’t add ANY salt.   Sometimes I add some chopped chives or green onion to the top, but this is not in the nutritional info below.  Bake at 350º for 20-30 minutes or until bubbly.

NUTRITIONAL INFO: Serves 6, each serving contains:  (you may get up to 8 servings and that will lower the net carbs even more)

190.3 calories

15.22 g  fat

6.17 g  carbs, 2.4 g fiber, 3.77 g  NET CARBS

8.77 g  protein

312 mg  sodium

Dad’s Peppered Rib Roast

Peppered Rib Roast

Peppered Rib Roast

This recipe was my Dad’s pride and joy.  In 80 years of cooking he never found a marinade he liked better.  I often make this truly out-of-the-ordinary roast for company and holidays, but we do it on smaller cuts of beef year-round!  It’s DELICIOUS!  You grilling fanatics MUST try this recipe sometime!  This is truly my all-time favorite beef marinade as well and has been since I was in high school over 40 years ago.  We invariably have this recipe for Christmas dinner, because we are usually turkey’ed out by then.  This recipe makes enough marinade for an 8 lb. boneless rib roast, which will (after shrinkage) serve 10 nice servings, with some leftover for the most delicious cold roast beef sandwiches you ever had.  I do not recommend reheating this meat, as the meat and marinade loose some of their impact on reheating.   But it makes the best cold roast beef sandwiches you ever ate!  :)

In the beginning, I only made this roast for large dinner parties and holidays, not because it was hard to make, but because that’s when I tend to purchase, cook and serve rib roasts. But once I realized this marinade could just as easily be used on smaller cuts of beef, we enjoy it much more often now.  I have done it for a  3-4 lb. rib roast, lean piece of boneless chuck, sirloin roasts and individual steaks.  It’s also good on wild game you plan to do on the grill.  It’s a truly unique flavor when cooked over charcoal (not so good oven-cooked though).  It is Atkins friendly (just not Induction friendly, because of the wine).  Leaving out the wine just isn’t an option for this recipe, so wait until the Atkins OWL (Ongoing Weight Loss) phase to enjoy this wonderful dish.  I guarantee, this is so good you’ll be fighting over who gets the two end slices, just like at my house.  :)

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MARINADE INGREDIENTS:

1/2 tsp. garlic powder

1 tsp. paprika

1/8 c. low-sodium soy sauce (1/4 c. if you can tolerate the sodium, I don’t though)

1/2 c. dry red wine (burgundy or claret work nicely but any dry red will do)

1 T. tomato paste

1½ T. coarse ground black pepper (or enough to entirely coat your meat thickly)

DIRECTIONS:

Pound the coarse ground black pepper over all surfaces of an 8 rib roast using the butt of your palm. Use less if doing a small piece of meat. Place meat in glass dish. I drizzle marinate every half hour (as often as you can remember to stop and do it) most of a day (minimum 6 hours). Most efficient way to marinate without disturbing pepper coating is to use a basting brush. Do not touch the meat with your brush, or you’ll wipe all the pepper off! Hold it over the meat and let it drip off the brush. When surface is soaked, put in refrigerator to marinate between “bastings”.  I baste hourly until cooking time.

COOKING:

This recipe really is not good cooked inside in your oven. Not sure why, but it just isn’t.  It seems it is the marriage of the marinade with charcoal smoke that makes this recipe taste divine.  You need to grill the 8 lb. rib roast for about 2 hours over medium coals (using a rotary spit if you own one).  If you don’t have one, like me, just turn the meat every half hour to sear all surfaces nicely. Best if not cooked past medium to medium rare stage.  I take mine off when my meat thermometer reads 120º degrees and set it on my cutting board for another 10 minutes to “rest”.  A piece of meat this large will continue to climb to around 130º while resting. That’s usually a nice pink medium-rare inside.

If doing sirloin or chuck roast or individual rib steaks with this recipe, cook a 3-4 lb. chuck about 20 minutes on a side for medium-rare. This marinade really does a nice job of tenderizing a chuck or sirloin roast.  Cook steaks as you usually would to your desired doneness.

This recipe always gets the WOWS when I serve it.  Hope you folks will try it! I think you’ll find you won’t be sorry you did! The outside slices are so good we always fight over them at home.  :)

NUTRITIONAL INFORMATION:

The marinade is discarded when you cook the meat.  No further basting should be done while cooking as there is now raw meat juice in the marinade.   Calculating how much marinade is consumed is difficult.  It would also be impossible for me to know how many servings you are able to get out of your roast.  So I’m providing the totals for the entire batch of marinade and you will have to see how much it makes and how much is left in the pan before discarding to determine roughly how much is staying on the meat and thus consumed by how many people you are serving.   Most of the sauce goes down the drain, to be perfectly honest, so you’re getting mostly sodium from the soy sauce and a few carbs from the wine and tomato paste that cling to the surface of the meat (a little more if you get the end slices).  The figures below DO NOT INCLUDE THE MEAT.

The entire batch of marinade has:

131 calories

.7 g. fat

18 g. carbs, 4.6 g. fiber, 15.4 NET CARBS (entire batch)

5.5 g. protein

1070 mg. sodium

 

Chicken-Brussels Sprouts Casserole

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Chicken-Brussels Sprouts Casserole

I needed to get some Vitamin K into my husband’s daily food for the day.  He is now on Coumadin therapy and that requires we keep his Vitamin K intake consistent from day to day.  Brussels sprouts are high in vitamin K, so that was my best option considering the vegetables I had on hand.

I had thawed a large chicken breast but had not yet decided on how to cook it.  As I flipped through my chicken recipes, a picture of a creamy chicken dish triggered off this idea.  The dish was literally a toss-in-a-little-of-this-and-a-little-of-that creation.  Sometimes those dishes come out tasting quite good, as we all know well.  My husband ate seconds, which is always a good indicator, so I thought I’d share this one with you.  Although quinoa is technically a seed, this recipe is not suitable until you reach the higher-carb grains rung of the Atkins carb ladder (Phase 2 OWL).

You may find this dish a bit carby for your nutrition program, but all the carbs are pretty much coming from the Brussels sprouts and quinoa.  But quinoa is a super food (just take note of the nutritional stats below!)I like to include in my diet once in awhile.  If you are still on Induction or wish just to lower the carb count, you could omit the quinoa.  :)  Hemp hearts are a good low-carb substitution for the quinoa, but those are still not suitable for Induction.  Sorry.

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INGREDIENTS:

1 c. homemade chicken broth

¼ c. quinoa (substitute hemp hearts for much lower carb count)

10 oz. chicken breast, deboned, skin removed, cut in small pieces

4 slices bacon, chopped

2 T. butter

1 c. celery, chopped

2½ oz. onion, chopped

1/2 recipe Jennifer Eloff’s Condensed Cream of Mushroom Soup

¼ c. heavy cream

Dash each salt and black pepper

3 oz. Smoked Gouda cheese, shredded  (or cheese of your choice)

5 oz. frozen Brussels sprouts, cut into quarters lengthwise (do not precook)

DIRECTIONS:    Preheat the oven to 350º.  First, prepare the mushroom soup, set ½ the mixture into a medium bowl for inclusion in this recipe.  Store the remaining soup in the refrigerator for another use.  Bring chicken broth to a boil in a medium saucepan, add the quinoa and simmer covered for about 5-10 minutes while you prepare the other ingredients.  In a large skillet, fry the bacon until done.  Add the butter, celery, onion, salt and pepper and saute until the vegetables are getting tender.    Add the pieces of chicken next and saute until no longer pink. Lower the heat and add the soup mix and cream.  Stir well.  Next add the shredded Gouda and Brussels sprouts.  Turn off heat and stir gently.  Add in the quinoa and remaining broth (or steamed cauliflower if substituting).  Toss the mixture well with a spoon.  Pop into a preheated 350º oven and bake for 30-40 minutes or until hot and bubbly.  Serve at once.

NUTRITIONAL INFO:   Makes 4 servings, each contains:

468 calories

33 g  fat

15.27 g  carbs, 2.9 g  fiber, 12.37 g  NET CARBS

25.8 g  protein

549 mg potassium

880 mg sodium

26% RDA Vitamin A, 30% B6, 18% B12, 38% C, 19% calcium, 33%, 33% copper, 34% iron, 15% magnesium, 22% manganese, 51% niacin, 36% phosphorous, 27% riboflavin, 26% selenium, 14% thiamin, 20% zinc

Chicken Quesadillas

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Chicken Quesadillas

You guys know how I am about using up leftovers promptly and making them totally different than how they were cooked the first time around.  Well, I had one small chicken thigh and half a chicken breast leftover from my baked chicken in the refrigerator and wanted to use it up for lunch. Chopped up, it totaled about 1½ c. chicken meat.  It make the most delicious quesadillas shown above.   I haven’t made quesadillas since we left the Texas Gulf Coast and it just seemed a great way to use up that chicken. Good decision! They really hit the spot!  Whipped up a little Chimichurri Sauce and  a batch of my No-Flour Tortillas and then it was easy sailing.   These lovelies are not suitable until the grains rung of Atkins Phase 2 OWL and are not suitable for Paleo-Primal.  Keto followers can have them if the carbs will fit into your daily limits.

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INGREDIENTS:

4 of my No-Flour Tortillas  (it takes TWO tortillas to make one round, uncut quesadilla)

2 T. my chimichurri sauce

1½ c. cooked chicken, chopped, skin removed

1 c. grated Monterey Jack cheese

DIRECTIONS:  Make the flour tortillas according to that recipe and set aside.  Make your Chimichurri Sauce according to that recipe and set aside.  Chop the chicken meat and place in a mixing bow.  Add the grated cheese and stir.   The chimichurri sauce can either be tossed in with the meat and cheese for more uniform distribution, or dotted on top of the mixture during assembly.

Place 2 tortillas on a lightly buttered griddle.  Top each with half the meat/cheese mixture.  Dot them with the chimichurri sauce if you didn’t already toss it into the meat mixture.   Place another tortilla on top and turn the heat to medium on the griddle. As cheese begins to melt, press the quesadillas with a spatula as the first side browns.  This will facilitate the top tortilla bonding with melting cheese, making them easier to flip.  When the first side is browned, carefully flip the quesadilla over and brown the second side, continuing to press with your spatula as it browns. When done, remove to plates or a large platter and I usually cut mine into quarters (to make calculating carbs consumed a little easier).  This would go nicely with a tasty guacamole salad.

NUTRITIONAL INFO:  Makes 2 whole quesadillas.  I cut mine into quarters.  However my husband and I both found we could only eat 3 of the 4 pieces on our plate.  So I am providing below the values for 1 whole, uncut quesadilla and you will need to calculate the numbers consumed based on how much of the quesadilla you actually eat.

1 whole, uncut quesadilla contains:

699 calories  (high because it takes 2 tortillas to make a quesadilla)

55.2 g  fat

10.35 g  carbs, 3.1 g  fiber, 7.25 g  NET CARBS

42.7 g  protein

950 mg sodium

 

Gluten-Free Grain-Free Pizza Crust

Gluten-Free Grain-Free Pizza Crust

Gluten-Free Grain-Free Pizza Crust

Finally a pizza crust I’m really proud of!  It’s tasty, sturdy enough to be eaten with your hands, and best of all, it has NO WHEAT FLOUR or GRAINS in it!  I am eating little wheat these days (other than a wee bit of Einkorn flour).  This recipe is VERY close to my older Carbquick pizza crust recipe, but this one has an even better texture!    I’m most pleased with this crust and think you’ll like it!  This recipe is OK once you reach Phase 2 OWL of Atkins.   It would be OK for Primal folks that eat occasional dairy, but it is not suitable for Paleo.

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INGREDIENTS:

½ c. almond flour

¼ c. golden flax meal

¼ c. plain whey protein powder

1 tsp. baking powder

3 T. cream cheese, softened

2 large eggs, beaten

1 c. grated Monterrey Jack cheese

½ c. grated Mozzarella cheese

1 tsp. cider vinegar

1 T. heavy cream

1 T. water

DIRECTIONS:  Preheat oven to 350º.  Soften cream cheese in medium mixing bowl in microwave.  Beat in the eggs, cream, water, vinegar and both cheeses.  Measure and add in all the dry ingredients and stir well with a rubber spatula. Line a sheet pan or pizza pan with parchment paper.  I use a pizza pan that has air circulation holes in it. Scrape the batter onto the prepared pan, spreading it as evenly as possible with the spatula into a circle that is roughly 13½” in diameter. Batter will be about ¼” thick.  Pop crust into a 350º oven and bake for about 20 minutes and remove.  Slide the parchment paper out from under the crust so air will flow to the bottom and it will brown nicely.  I DO NOT recommend cooking this crust on a silicone sheet.  It doesn’t brown properly on silicone.  Add sauce, cheeses and toppings of your choice.  Pop back into oven and bake an additional 20 minutes or so.

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Before toppings are added

NUTRITIONAL INFO:   Cutting into 8 slices, each contains: (crust only)

168 calories

12.95 g  fat

3.29 g  carbs, 1.73 g  fiber, 1.73 g  NET CARBS

11.3 g  protein

214 mg sodium

70 mg potassium

13% RDA Vitamin B12, 11% calcium, 120% phosphorous, 11% selenium.

Gluten-Free Grain-Free Focaccia

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Gluten-Free Focaccia

Now that I don’t use Carbquick much anymore, this new gluten-free bread has become my go to bread for sandwiches.  It has blown away all my previous sandwich bread recipes (but maybe one)!  It has a lovely bottom and top crust and is not crumbly like so many low-carb breads.   A piece hot from the oven with butter is amazingly good!  It toasts OK, but not great. But then what low-carb bread does?  It makes great deli-style or grilled cheese sandwiches!  No flax taste at all!  I will definitely explore other uses, both savory and sweet.  Already found out it makes a wonderful pizza crust  and great sandwich buns as well.   It makes wonderful “bagels”, muffin top buns and muffins, as seen below.  You can even make sweet things with this batter, like blueberry bagels and cinnamon donuts!

TIP:  If you are not gluten-free, I find 1 T. oat fiber improves this bread’s texture greatly.  But remember, if you add it, OAT FIBER IS NOT GLUTEN FREE.

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Before Slicing

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Made as slider buns, cinnamon donuts and herb muffins

This recipe is suitable for Phase 2 Atkins, Keto diets, Primal folks if consumed only occasionally.  This bread would not be suitable for Paleo.

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INGREDIENTS:

½ c. almond flour

¼ c. golden flax meal

¼ c. plain whey protein powder

1 tsp. baking powder

3 T. cream cheese, softened

2 large eggs, beaten

1 c. grated Monterrey Jack cheese

½ c. grated Mozzarella cheese

1 tsp. cider vinegar

1 T. heavy cream

1 T. water

1 tsp. yeast dissolved in 1 T. warm water (optional, for flavor only)

Spices or seeds of your choosing sprinkled on top before baking.  I often use this mixture:  http://buttoni.wordpress.com/2012/10/09/peggys-8-seed-spice-blend/

DIRECTIONS:  Preheat oven to 350º.  Soften cream cheese in medium mixing bowl in microwave.  Beat in the eggs, cream, water, vinegar, both cheeses and dissolved yeast (if using).  Measure and add in all the dry ingredients and stir well with a rubber spatula. Line a sheet pan either with parchment paper or silicone sheet.  Scrap the batter onto the prepared pan, spreading it as evenly as possible with the spatula into a rectangle that is roughly 10″x13″.  Batter will be about ¼” thick.  Sprinkle on spices if using any.  Pop bread into 350º oven and bake for about 20 minutes or until done to the touch in the center and lightly browned around the edges.  Cool a few minutes and cut evenly into 9 “slices.  When totally cool, store in plastic bag in your refrigerator.

NOTE:  This can also be baked in a small 8×4 loaf, which will take about 30 minutes to cook: 

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Made up as a loaf for slicing or dipping

NUTRITIONAL INFO:   Makes 9 large slices, each contains:

149 calories

11.5 g  fat

3.5 g  carbs, 2.1 g  fiber, 1.4 g  NET CARBS

10.1 g  protein

204 mg sodium

65 mg potassium

12% RDA Vitamin B12, 10% calcium, 18% phosphorous, 10% selenium.

Strawberry Chocolate Torte

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I’m not a big sweets eater, as many of my readers and forum acquaintances know.  But my husband IS!  And since he’s Type 2 diabetic, I do try to fix him low-carb treats so he won’t go and buy the awful junk at the grocery store and bakery that is laden with flour and sugar.   This dessert I created for his Valentine’s Day treat.

The basic chocolate cake batter in this recipe is actually not my recipe.  My inspiration was a recipe posted by a wonderful cook on LowCarbFriends forums named Gwen, known there as The Chicken Lady.  This cake is a testimonial to her incredible cooking skills. I’m very pleased with this chocolate cake!  And I can’t say that about many low-carb chocolate cakes I’ve tried. Despite it looking sinfully rich, it was very light.   I have made no changes to her original cake recipe.  :)

I did bake my cake in ONE 9″ round cake (wax-paper lined) cake pan that is unusually deep (2½”) and the cake rose nearly to the top!  It would bake OK in two standard shallow 9″ cake pans also, but reduce the cooking time if you make that pan change.  You’ll have more trouble slicing it into 4 layers, and might prefer to just do a two-layer final cake instead of three.  Or you could bake the cake in a wax-paper lined stew pot/dutch oven.  That has worked for me many a time.  This cake is not suitable until the berries rung of the Atkins OWL carb reintroduction ladder.  Due to the artificial sweeteners and dairy, this dessert is not be suitable for Paleo-Primal followers without considerable modification.

VARIATION:  Substitute raspberries for the strawberries.

This cake is fairly carb pricey, but if you can’t afford the carbs, you could cut it into 12 pieces, which drops the calories to 527, carbs to 16.88, fiber to 5.88 and net carbs to 11.1.  That’s a wee bit better.  This should be considered a very special occasion treat because it IS so carb pricey.  Be sure if substituting other than liquid sweeteners, to add in those carbs!

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CAKE INGREDIENTS: 

4 c. almond flour
liquid sweetener to equal 2 c. sugar
½ c. granular erythritol (or equivalent of 1/3 cup of sugar)
4 pkts. stevia (equivalent for 8 tsp. sugar)  
½ c. cup cocoa (I used Hershey’s)
2 t. baking powder
2 t. baking soda
½ t. salt
1 Tbsp. vanilla
1/3 c. oil of your choice or melted butter
4 eggs, beaten
1 c. sour cream

FROSTING INGREDIENTS:

2½ c. heavy cream, whipped

1/16 tsp. glucomannan powder, dusted over cream as you whip it (optional, to help firm up the whipped cream)

14 oz. frozen whole strawberries, thawed and drained of juice, chopped

1 c. fresh strawberries, chopped (or 1 c. more frozen berries, or use all fresh berries)

Sweetener of choice to taste

DIRECTIONS: Preheat oven to 350º.   Mix and beat the wet cake ingredients in a large mixing bowl.   If your almond flour isn’t room temperature, make it so and press out any lumps.  Measure and add in all dry ingredients to the bowl and stir well. Line your cake pan(s) with waxed paper or parchment.  Grease the sides of the pan(s) well.  Pour batter into pan spreading it evenly with a rubber spatula. Tap pan on counter to eliminate air pockets and pop into 350º oven.  Bake for about 60 minutes if using one, very deep pan like I did.  If using two 1″ x 9″ round cake pans, they will cook much faster, in about 25-30 minutes or so.   Toothpick test the center.  It should come out clean and dry when the the cake is done.  Completely cool before attempting to tip cake out onto a board to cut it into layers.  This cake can also be made in a 9×13 pan, cut in half and each half then sliced laterally to form 4 layers (reserve 1 layer for another use as you only need 3 layers for this cake).  All sorts of possibilities with that cake size.

While cake is in the oven, make the frosting:  Whip the cream until thick.  Run the berries through a food processor (or chop coarsely) for a few seconds, but leave them coarse.  Fold the berries into the whipped cream. Sprinkle the glucomannan powder over the mixture slowly, folding after each addition, until all of it has been incorporated.  Taste for sweetness and add your favorite sweetener until it is to your taste.  I can’t begin to tell you how much, because that depends on your berries’ sweet/tartness level.  Chill frosting until cake is totally cool and you have cut it into layers.

Next cut the cake layers:  I sliced the completely cooled cake very carefully with a long-bladed knife, using a piece of cardboard covered with foil to gently slide each layer onto to set aside while I filled/frosted the final creation.  This cake has a firm texture and is not as crumbly as some almond flour cakes. This pleased me very much.  But you still need to be careful, as even firm cakes can break.

Place about 1¼ c. of the frosting on the bottom layer of the cake.  Spread evenly with a rubber spatula, going almost to the edges.  Place the second layer of cake gently on the top and press slightly.  Put another 1¼ c. frosting on this layer and spread it out evenly.  Place the top cake layer on the stack, press slightly and spread all remaining frosting on the top and sides. OPTIONAL GARNISH:  Decorate the top of your cake with fresh strawberry slices, a few strawberry leaves  or perhaps a sliced and “fanned out” single strawberry at the center.  Chill in the refrigerator with plastic wrap on top until ready to cut and serve.

This cake was simply DELICIOUS and I will definitely be making it again!   My thanks to The Chicken Lady for her wonderful chocolate cake recipe.  It truly made my Valentines treat a success!

CONFESSION TIME:  The reason I used both frozen and fresh berries in the topping is I only had one 14 oz. bag of the frozen diced unsweetened berries in my freezer.  I thought that would make enough frosting.  But 1½ c. cream and those berries didn’t make enough frosting to frost the sides of the cake!  So I had to whip up a little more frosting real quick with another cup of cream and berries, so the last batch of frosting had to be made with what fresh berries I had on hand.

NUTRITIONAL INFO:   Makes 10 servings, using the sweeteners specified, each serving contains:

632 calories

57.8 g  fat

20.4 g  carbs, 7.05 g  fiber, 13.35 g  NET CARBS     (17.0 carbs, 5.87 fiber, 12.87 NC if cut into 12 slices)

15.2 g  protein

521 mg sodium

192 mg potassium

52% RDA Vitamin A, 18% B12, 35% C, 10% D, 21% calcium, 40% iron, 11% manganese, 28% phosphorous, 20% riboflavin and 14% selenium

Dumplings

dumplins

For those who miss dumplings and noodles, here ya go!  Only took me 4 years to develop these! This one’s for you Dano!  :)

When you can’t have flour, it’s really really hard to make dumplings that will hold together during cooking. I’ve used almond flour, coconut flour, flax meal and a variety of alternate flours.  You name it and I’ve probably tried that alternate flour to make a dumpling.  This is no easy low-carb feat.  I wanted a similar taste and similar mouth feel as the dumplings I made before my low-carbing days.  All attempts thus far have been mediocre, at best.

Somewhere on the net a year or so ago, on some forum (probably Low Carb Friends, but not sure), someone mentioned they made dumplings with glucomannan powder.  Not being at all familiar with this product, I ordered some from Netrition.com and began to experiment.  Its gel-like, fibrous qualities lend themselves to a dumpling, providing structure and texture.  It is also useful for thickening gravies, sauces and puddings.  I’ve even found a tad of this stuff enhances low-carb cake, cookie and bread baking results, both in volume and texture.  I’d love to give credit to my inspiration on this recipe, but I must admit I failed to write down the name of the person who’s ingenious idea this really was.  But I’m thankful they triggered off some experimentation that has paid off!

If you’re not familiar with glucomannan powder, it comes from the Konjac tuber, and is used to make shirataki noodles seen in Asian menus.   It can be used as a binding agent in some recipes.  It is virtually a zero carb food, in that the fiber content is so high, it virtually negates the few carbs it contains as fiber is indigestible and passes right out of the system with zero blood sugar impact.   Most importantly, glucomannan adds the structure and elasticity needed for dumplings and noodles.  So I began experimenting.

I’m getting more comfortable using this tricky ingredient and have finally come up with a “dumpling” that feels and almost tastes like my dumplings of old.  This will now be my go-to low-carb dumpling recipe.  As you can see in the pic above, they hold together nicely during very gentle simmering (unlike all previous attempts), and the gluc powder also slightly releases in to the broth to thicken it as well!  NICE!

These were the best low-carb chicken and dumplings I’ve had in 4 years!  My husband gave these dumplings two thumbs up today, and he’s pretty picky.  They don’t have much taste, but pick up the flavor of whatever broth you cook them in.  The carb count for these dumplings is simply amazing!  Guilt free dumplings at last!!  YAAAAAAY!

The recipe posted elsewhere on my site for chicken and dumplings is good, don’t get me wrong.  But you have to bake the rolls separately for that recipe.   With this dumpling recipe, I can stir the ingredients together, drop them into the broth, and the dumplings are simmering immediately!  Much easier!  And you regular readers know I’m really in to EASY cooking.

These made up smaller work nicely in  soups and I have made small, oblong shapes for marvelous gnocchi served in rich cream sauces.  Some more adventurous cooks at Low Carb Friends forums are even using pasta extruders and coming up with all kinds of noodle shapes for this dough!  But I don’t own an extruder and probably wouldn’t go to that much trouble for noodles.  Just being very honest.  I’m a lazy cook. :)

These dumplings are not suitable until the grains rung of the Atkins OWL ladder due to the oat fiber, but omitting it is just not an option for good results.   I’m very proud to have developed a dumpling recipe that many who have tried freely admit fills a dumpling/noodle void in their low-carb lifestyles.  :)  This recipe isn’t 100% gluten-free and thus does not appear in Jennifer Eloff’s wonderful Low Carbing Among Friends cookbooks.  You’ll find many tasty and easy to cook recipes in her cookbooks any hostess would be happy to serve to family or guests. Click here for a photo preview of some of those tasty dishes here:  LCAF Cookbook Facebook Page.  Order your 5-volume set TODAY! (also available individually) from Amazon or: here

INGREDIENTS:

3/4 tsp. baking powder

1½ T. glucomannan powder (Konjac powder)

1½ T. oat fiber (For gluten-free version, try substituting oat flour ground from 100% gluten-free oats.  Carbs will be slightly higher.)

1/8 tsp. salt

¼ c. +2 T. water

1 extra large or jumbo egg, beaten

If you prefer a firmer dumpling, either reduce the baking powder to 1/2 tsp or add 1/2 tsp. coconut flour to the dry ingredients.  I cooked one batch using coconut flour and it did have this effect.  But I prefer softer dumplings so I make mine as written above.

VARIATION:  Add 1-2 T. finely chopped parsley to the dry ingredients

DIRECTIONS:   Beat the egg in a small bowl with a fork.  Add the water and beat until well blended.  On a paper plate or in another bowl, mix the dry ingredients well.  Slowly sprinkle the dry ingredients into the wet, stirring with a fork or whisk.  Switching to a rubber spatula, stir and begin to fold the slowly thickening mixture over and over itself until it is a contiguous batter and eventually turns into a thick, almost dry dough.  I let mine sit by the stove 2-3 minutes.  Then, using a teaspoon, dip 3/4″-1″ dollops of the dough into your palm.  This step is important:  roll them gently in your palms into a ball shape.  I set the balls on my counter or a silicone sheet until all are made.  If you just drop them directly into the broth from the spoon without rolling, they tend to fall apart in the broth during cooking, invariably.  Or using your hands, roll the dough into ropes on plastic wrap and cut into short lengths for gnocchi, if that’s your pleasure.

Drop the dumplings/gnocchi into boiling broth or soup.  Cover with tight lid.  Reduce heat immediately to medium.  This is IMPORTANT, as you don’t want to “rough up” these delicate babies. From the time you cover the pot, set timer for exactly 10 minutes for dumplings (8 minutes for gnocchi).  I like to remove chicken, meat or large chunks of vegetables to a platter while the dumplings are simmering to allow ample room for the dumplings to rise and swell up. DO NOT LIFT THE LID or disturb the pot during cooking.  After 10 minutes  (8 minutes for gnocchi), lift the lid and VOILA!!  They’re done!  You may have to thicken the stock further depending on your personal preference, but the dumplings themselves usually take care of thickening.

NUTRITIONAL INFO:  Makes 12 medium-large 1½” dumplings (24 gnocchi), each contains:  (halve the numbers for each gnocchi)

7.17 calories

.49 g  fat

1.38 g  carbs, 1.29 g  fiber, .1 g  NET CARBS  (hardly worth counting :) )

.61 g  protein

55 mg sodium

Jalapeno Cheese Bread

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I’ve been wanting to try my hand at a low-carb jalapeno cheese bread and finally got around to it.  I must say my first experiment turned into a delightfully tasty bread!  For some reason, this bread is better when completely cooled rather than right out of the oven.  Not sure why, but many low-carb baked goods just are!  This bread is not suitable until you reach the nuts and seeds rung of the Atkins OWL phase.   It is acceptable for Keto diets. It is suitable for Primal diners, if you eat occasional dairy, but not acceptable for Paleo.

This makes up nicely as muffins, too, as the crust is very nice on this bread.  I discovered that leftovers make an outstanding cornbread stuffing!!  Muffins will only take about 15-20 minutes to cook.

I chose to use fresh jalapeno, but will try my next batch using pickled jalapenos to see which I like best.  Those that like their jalapeno bread “hotter” may want to use 2 jalapenos.  My husband and I don’t like it too hot.  :)

The corn flavoring I used to buy was Superior Products brand, which I last bought direct from Superior Products.  Sadly they have gone out of business or sold out.  Only places I’ve seen corn flavoring since is either at Select Products (where I order it and love the flavor) or at Naturesflavors.com (but I haven’t tried their’s yet).

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INGREDIENTS:

1½ c. almond flour

2 T. coconut flour

¼ c. golden flax meal

1 3/4 tsp. baking soda

1 c. shredded cheese  (I used Monterey Jack, but mozzarella or cheddar will work, too)

1  jalapeno, seeded, finely chopped (I use fresh, but pickled is fine)

5 eggs, beaten

2 T. coconut oil, melted

2 T. olive oil

1 T. cider vinegar

1 T. Fresh Corn flavoring (optional) Source:  selectflavors.com  (scroll down the alphabetical flavors to see Fresh Corn)

DIRECTIONS:  Preheat oven to 350º.  Lightly grease a loaf pan and set aside.  I use an unusual shaped loaf pan, non-standard, that is 4½” wide, 2½” deep and 12″ long.  So I can easily get 10 very thick slices out of a loaf.

click to see in my 4x12" x-long loaf pan

click to see in my 4×12″ x-long loaf pan

Measure all dry ingredients and cheese into a medium measuring bowl, stir and set aside.  Seed and finely chop jalapeno and add. Add cheese and stir all dry ingredients together to blend.   Add all liquid ingredients to the mixing bowl and stir to blend.    Using a rubber spatula, scrape batter into greased loaf pan and pop into preheated oven for 30 minutes.  Ovens vary, so check with toothpick test.   Remove and cool in pan a few minutes.  Run sharp knife around edges to loosen and gently tip out onto a cutting board. Slice into 10 servings and serve warm.

SPECIAL NOTE:  This bread makes an outstanding “cornbread” stuffing for your holiday turkey as well, with or without that corn flavoring!

NUTRITIONAL INFO:  Makes 10 large slices, each contains: (calculated using 1 c. cheese only)

242 calories

21 g fat

6.2 g  carbs, 3.2 g  fiber, 3.0 g  NET CARBS

9.95 g  protein

386 mg sodium

85 mg potassium

18% RDA Vitamin B12, 11% calcium, 19% iron, 17% phosphorous, 16% riboflavin, 19% selenium

Best Banana Bread

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Best Banana Bread

To give credit where it is due, the basic sweet bread batter that inspired this creation was a  recipe at Sugar Free Low Carb Recipes.  I changed it up by adding vanilla, sweetener, baking powder and glucomannan powder.  I believe the smooth texture is now the perfect foundation for my favorite sweet breads.

This morning, I added 2 mashed bananas for a lovely banana bread (cut into 18 slices) that only has 3.74 g. net carbs per slice!  The texture of this batter is amazingly smooth and moist.  No crumbling!  The basic batter only has 1.08 g. net carbs (cut into 18 slices), so conceivably you could add any variety of fruits, dried fruits, nuts and flavorings for an endless variety of breakfast/dessert sweet breads.  Be sure to add in the added carbs for any nuts you add and recalculate your new per-serving numbers, because the numbers below only reflect the basic batter and 2 mashed bananas.  This is suitable for Atkins OWL or above and I believe for Paleo-Primal adherence as well.

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INGREDIENTS:

1/3 c. coconut flour

2/3 c. almond flour

¼ tsp. sea salt

1 T. glucomannan powder

1 tsp. baking powder

Sweetener equivalent for ½ c. sugar (I used ¼ c. Steviva)

1 stick unsalted butter, melted

3 T. coconut oil, liquified

½ tsp. vanilla

8 eggs, beaten

2 mashed bananas

DIRECTIONS:  Preheat oven to 350º.  Grease a loaf pan with a bit of coconut oil or butter.  I use an odd-size loaf pan 4″x 2½x 10″ that allows me to get 18 smaller slices from my loaf.  Using a standard loaf pan, you may only get 9 slices and have to cut them in half to get the carb values shown below for each of my 18 slices.  Mix dry ingredients in a small mixing bowl. In a larger bowl, beat or whip all wet ingredients.  Add the dry items to the wet and whip with a whisk or electric mixer until smooth. Fold in your desired fruit, nuts or flavorings and stir well.    Spoon batter into greased pan, level with a spoon and bake at 350º for 40-45 minutes or until a toothpick stuck into center comes out dry/clean.  Cool a bit, slice into 18 servings (or 9 cut in halves) and serve warm.

NUTRITIONAL INFO:  Makes 18 servings, each contains: (2 bananas calculated in below, but no nuts)

141 calories

12 g  fat

5.61 g  carbs, 1.87 g  fiber, 3.74 g  NET CARBS

4.24 g  protein

90 mg sodium

78 mg potassium

10% RDA Vitamin A, 12% B12, 11% iron, 10% phosphorous, 10% riboflavin and 13% selenium

Bacon-Cheese Bread

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Bacon-Cheese Bread

I’ve been wanting to try out the Paleo Bread recipe on Elana’s Pantry blog and finally got around to it.  But of course, I tweaked it up front, as I always do bread recipes, adding 3 flavor ingredients that turned it into a delightfully tasty breakfast!  Hubby and I both liked this new morning treat.  I did eliminate the honey in the original recipe, as I didn’t want any sweetness to the bread at all.  I also increased the baking soda slightly and eliminated the salt, as cheese and bacon have enough in them I felt.  Otherwise, the basic batter was the same as her version.  Adding the peppered bacon and cheese makes this so delicious.  This bread is not suitable until you reach the nuts and seeds rung of the Atkins OWL phase.   It is suitable for Primal diners, if you eat occasional cheese.   Omit the cheese to make this suitable for Paleo.  This batter cooks up nicely as as biscuits or muffins, as the crust is particularly nice on this bread.  Muffins or biscuits will only take about 15-20 minutes to cook.

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INGREDIENTS:

1½ c. almond flour

2 T. coconut flour

¼ c. golden flax meal

1 3/4 tsp. baking soda

1 c. grated cheese

4 oz. lean bacon, chopped

Coarse black pepper

5 eggs, beaten

2 T. coconut oil, melted

2 T. olive oil

1 T. cider vinegar

DIRECTIONS:  Preheat oven to 350º.  Grease a loaf pan and set aside.  I use a non-standard size non-stick loaf pan that is 4½” wide, 2½” deep and 12″ long.

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Measure all dry ingredients and cheese into a medium measuring bowl, stir and set aside.  Chop bacon and brown in skillet with black pepper shaken all over it (I didn’t measure the pepper, but I’d guess about ¼ tsp. total).  When bacon is done, set aside to cool a few minutes.  While it cools, add all liquid ingredients to the mixing bowl and stir to blend.  Add cooked bacon and stir one last time to blend bacon evenly throughout batter.  Using a rubber spatula, scrape batter into greased loaf pan and pop into preheated oven for 30 minutes.  Ovens vary, so check with toothpick test.   Mine took an additional 5 minutes to get done in the center.  Remove and cool in pan a few minutes.  Run sharp knife around edges to loosen and tip out onto a cutting board. Slice into 10 servings and serve warm.

NUTRITIONAL INFO:  Makes 10 large slices, each contains:

293.6 calories

26.0 fat

6.16 g  carbs, 3.18 g  fiber, 2.88 g  NET CARBS

11.24 g  protein

481 mg sodium

106 mg potassium

Almond-Flax Crackers

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I came across a cracker recipe on Food Lover’s Kitchen website recently that I wanted to try:  http://beta.primal-palate.com/recipe/herb-crackers/.    I baked them first as written and didn’t care for the oregano or the cumin in them.  They were also way, way too salty for us.  Flax itself carries a sodium load and I rarely have to add salt to anything made with flax.  Texture was overall very good for these crackers.  Brittle and crisp, especially the browner crackers that were around the outer edges of the pan. But even those in the center of the pan were pretty crisp.

I decided to bake a second batch, majorly reducing the salt and substituting finely chopped dried rosemary for the oregano and cumin.  VOILA! Those were magical for MY palate.  Not too salty either.  I’m very pleased these will stay crisp all week long just in a ziploc bag on the counter!

Today, I baked them a third time, again leaving out the herbs and spices, just using the onion powder and less garlic powder, allowing the black pepper flavor to really come through.  I REALLY think this will be a more versatile, more neutral low-carb cracker for me, that will not “conflict” with spices in soups and entrees I might be having them with.  I’ve baked so many different cracker recipes that mix almond flour and flax meal, but this ratio on those two key ingredients is JUST RIGHT!  I can see this recipe is going to be one I have again and again (I’ve already baked it 3 times in two weeks!!).   I’m so glad my non-low-carb, non-paleo husband likes these also!  So my sincere thanks to Primal Palate for sharing this basic recipe.  These crackers, excellent with cheese, butter, soup or whatever, are suitable for Paleo, Primal and are suitable for Atkins diners once you reach the OWL (on-going Weight Loss) phase.

INGREDIENTS:

2 c. almond flour

1 c. flax meal (I use a 50:50 mixture of dark and golden)

2 tsp. onion powder

½ tsp. garlic powder

¼ tsp. salt

2 tsp. coarse black pepper (this is the magical ingredient that makes these so good)

2 T. Extra Virgin Olive Oil

2 eggs, beaten (or 3 egg whites if you prefer a crisper cracker)

VARIATIONS:  Any herb(s) you like along with onion and garlic powder, any combination of grated cheeses with or without onion/garlic powders, rosemary and onion powder, just onion powder, just garlic powder, onion powder and cayenne, onion powder and smoky chipotle powder and any combination of these things that suits your fancy.  I’m looking forward to trying out all these possibilities over time.   :)

DIRECTIONS:   Preheat oven to 350º.  Line a sided sheet pan with parchment.  Mine is 11½ x 17″.  Measure all dry ingredients into a large mixing bowl.  With a fork, beat in the two eggs and olive oil until the mixture is moist throughout.  Crumble the dough evenly over the parchment lined pan.  Then, using plastic gloves or baggies on your hands press the dough evenly into the pan, trying to achieve the same thickness throughout.  If you have a straight sided glass, you can even roll the dough out for a smoother surface, but this isn’t really necessary.  This will take you a few minutes. Score into 48 crackers (8 x 6) with a straight edge knife.  Pop into preheated oven and bake for 15-16 minutes.  They will brown around the edges of the pan faster and you may have to remove outer crackers as they bake.  Don’t over brown as flax products can get a burned taste real fast if over-browned.    Cool and break apart along score lines.  When thoroughly cool, store in ziploc bag at room temperature.

NUTRITIONAL INFO:   Makes 48 crackers, each cracker contains:

33.2 calories

2.84 g  fat

1.37 g  carbs, .93 g  fiber, .44 g  NET CARBS

1.1 g  protein

15.2 mg sodium

23.3 mg potassium

Paleo Pot Pie

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Paleo Pot Pie

I was wanting to use some leftover baked chicken breast meat for dinner tonight and my husband voted for chicken pot pie.  I have a pot pie recipe on my site already that is Atkins suitable, but that recipe has Carbquick in it and I’m trying to eliminate Carbquick from my diet now.  I thought about it a few minutes and realized I just might be able to pull it off so that it would be tasty, satisfy his desire for one of his comfort foods and meet my dietary requirements.  We both just love chicken pot pies and found this one to be simply delicious.  Made this again just a couple weeks ago and again, we are just loving this recipe.  :)

This dish is suitable for anyone who has reached the nuts and seeds rung of the Atkins OWL ladder or who follows a Ketogenic or Paleo-Primal program.  The nutritional stats below are very impressive, making it a most nutritious dinner! This would also be good made with turkey or even with rabbit, if you have access.

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FILLING INGREDIENTS:

2 c. homemade chicken stock

1 1/3 c. carrot, diced

1 1/3 c. red radishes, diced

½ c. red bell pepper, diced

1½ c. green beans, cooked and chopped a bit

½ tsp. red palm oil (this is for yellow color effect only)

2 c. chicken breast, cooked, diced

½ tsp. glucomannan powder (or your favorite thickener)

Dash black pepper

3 T. coconut cream

3 T. homemade mayo

Dash olive oil to grease baking dish

TOPPING INGREDIENTS:

1 c. almond flour

2 T. butter or ghee, softened

1 whole egg

1 T. coconut cream or coconut milk

DIRECTIONS:  Pour chicken stock into 4 qt. saucepan.  Add diced carrot and radish.  Bring to boil and simmer until almost tender.  Add bell pepper and cook until it is just softened a bit.  Turn off fire and add chopped green beans.  Stir in coconut cream and mayo.  Dust the glucomannan powder (or whatever thickener you prefer) evenly over the broth and stir quickly to disperse into the sauce.  Sauce should begin to thicken right up.  Add black pepper and stir to blend all ingredients.  Preheat oven to 350º. Grease an 8×11 baking dish with a bit of olive oil and pour chicken filling into the dish.  Set aside while you make the topping.

In a small bowl, measure the almond flour.  With a fork, beat in the soft butter, then the egg and finally the coconut cream or coconut milk.    It will form a medium thick dough.  With the fork and a spoon, drop small dots of the dough evenly all over the top of the chicken filling.  Pop into the preheated 350º oven for about 40 minutes or until bubbly and slightly browned on top.  This is nice served with a green salad.  ENJOY!

NUTRITIONAL INFO:  Makes 5 nice 1¼ cup servings, each containing:

426 calories

33 g fat

12.5 g  carbs, 5.56 g  fiber, 6.94 g  NET CARBS

24.3 g   protein

382 mg sodium

475 mg potassium

58% RDA Vitamin A, 33% B6, 31% B12, 45% C, 15% E, 16% copper, 37% iron, 11% magnesium, 13% manganese, 48% niacin, 34% phosphorous, 30% riboflavin, 48% selenium, 17% zinc

Almond Butter Cookies

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Almond Butter Cookies

Made my hubby some delicious cookies this afternoon.  They came out kind of chewy and are still like that after they cooled off.  I got this base batter idea from the chocolate chip cookie recipe on the back of the Honeyvillegrain Blanched Almond flour bag.  I made some drastic changes to their basic dough, however.  They used all almond flour in their recipe and I’ve added some ingredients I find improve low-carb baked goods.  I’m very pleased with the chewy texture of these and will likely use this cookie dough for many variations in the future.  So far I have done variations with fresh cherry, pineapple and pecan, dried prune , currant-spice, pumpkin, and chia-chai .  All have been delicious.  If you’re tired of cake-y or dry/brittle cookies and and seek a low carb cookie that is moist and chewy cookie, this one you really need to try!  They really deliver!  They also freeze well and are even chewier when eaten right out of the freezer!!  These are not suitable until the nuts and seeds rung of the Atkins Phase 2 OWL carb reintroduction ladder.

DO NOT SUBSTITUTE OTHER SWEETENERS FOR THE SUGAR-FREE HONEY IN THESE OR THEY WILL NOT COME OUT CHEWY!  Real honey will work but will also jack up the carbs considerably!

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INGREDIENTS:

2 c. almond flour

½ c. coconut flour

1 T. oat fiber (substitute gluten-free oat flour for gluten-free version)

1 tsp. glucomannan powder (konjac powder)

1/8 tsp. salt

½ tsp. baking soda

½ c. coconut oil, grapeseed oil or softened butter, if you prefer)

2 T. almond butter

1 T. vanilla extract

½ c. granular Splenda

1 T. erythritol

1 egg, beaten

¼ c. sugar-free imitation honey (no substitutions, unless it’s REAL honey)

DIRECTIONS:  Preheat oven to 350º.  In a large mixing bowl stir the almond butter and oil together until smooth.  Beat in the egg, vanilla and imitation honey.    Measure in all dry ingredients on top and stir well to form a smooth dough.   If your dough seems very dry or stiff (coconut flours vary), add in ½ beaten egg. Roll dough into 1″ balls and place them onto parchment lined baking sheet.  Leave 1″ space between cookies.  Press balls down slightly flat and pop pan into preheated oven.  Top with chopped, sliced almonds if desired, but this really doesn’t impact flavor, just the look.  Bake for about 7 minutes.  Do not over brown these cookies or texture will be drier and less chewy.  Remove from oven and cool on the pan a few minutes before removing with a spatula.  These are delicate while hot but “firm up” nicely when they cool. Store in an airtight container.

NUTRITIONAL INFO:   Makes 28 cookies, each contains:

105.5 calories

9.1 g  fat

4.12 g  carbs, 2.07 g  fiber, 2.05 g  NET CARBS

2.05 g  protein

48.2 mg sodium

11.75 mg potassium

HOMEMADE IMITATION HONEY: If you don’t want to run to the store for sugar-free honey, but also don’t want to use all real honey because of the carbs, I have a homemade reciep you might want to try.  This was inspired by a recipe of Birgit Kerr on Birgitkerr.blogspot.com.  Boil for 2-3 minutes: ¼ c. erythritol, 2 T. + 1 tsp. real honey and 1 pkt. stevia (or Splenda).  Cool (thickens as it cools) and put in airtight jar.  If it crystalizes over time in your pantry, just soften in the microwave on DEFROST for 1  minute or plunge into a pot of slow simmering warm water a minute or so before using.

Fluffy Pancakes

Peggy's Fluffy Pancakes

Fluffy Pancakes

This is basically my Blueberry Pancake recipe minus the blueberries.  I can clearly see that this will now be my go to low-carb pancake recipe.  Even my picky husband says this tastes just like the real deal.  I might add this is my lowest CALORIE pancake recipe, for those watching caloric intake closely like I do now to get my last 20 pounds off.   These rise nicely and come out light and fluffy, hence their name.  This recipe is not suitable until you reach the grains rung of Atkins OWL Phase 2.

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INGREDIENTS:

3 eggs, beaten

¼ c. cream

¼ c. water

¼ tsp. vanilla extract (optional)

6 drops EzSweets (small bottle) liquid sucralose

1 c. Jennifer Eloff’s Splendid Gluten-Free Bake Mix (FYI: I actually use ½ c. + ½ c. Carbquick, but I do not have gluten issues)

2 tsp. baking powder

2 tsp. oat fiber (omit if gluten free)

1 T. flax meal

DIRECTIONS:   Measure and mix well all dry ingredients in a medium bowl. Beat in eggs and other liquid ingredients.   Dip by ¼ c. scoops onto heated, oiled hot griddle or skillet.  When bubbles form on top, flip and brown second side. I get seven 3-4″ pancakes out of this batter.  Serve with your favorite sugar-free maple syrup (I use Cary’s).

NUTRITIONAL INFO:  Makes 7 pancakes, each contains:

95 calories

7.24 g  fat

9.44 g  carbs, 6.73 g  fiber, 2.71 NET CARBS

7.74 g  protein

174 mg sodium

484 mg potassium

26% RDA phosphorous

Sock-It-To-Me Cake

 

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Sock-It-To-Me Cake

This is my mother-in-law’s favorite cake.  While still living in her own home, she made it every year at Christmastime.  What didn’t get eaten at Christmas Eve dinner, was finished off with breakfast coffee Christmas morning.  She always made hers  with 1 c. chopped pecans, but I leave them out as my husband isn’t so fond of nuts.  To be more authentic, you could substitute sour cream in for the heavy cream, but carbs will be  a tad higher if you do. This recipe is not suitable until the grains rung of Atkins OWL (Ongoing Weight Loss) carb ladder.  Carbquick, much like Bisquick, has some flour in it, albeit specially processed to reduce the carb load. I order my Carbquick at Netrition.com, but you might be able to buy it at your local health food store.

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INGREDIENTS:

2 T. granular Splenda

2 tsp. cinnamon

1 c. Jennifer Eloff’s Splendid Low Carb Bake Mix (for gluten free, use her Gluten-Free Bake Mix)

1½ c. CarbQuick bake mix (for gluten free cake, use 1½ c. more of Jennifer’s Gluten-Free mix)

½ c. plain whey protein

2 T. golden flax meal

1 T. coconut flour

1 tsp. baking powder

½ c. + 2 T. erythritol

3 large eggs, beaten

3 T. sugar-free maple syrup

1/4 tsp. maple extract

4 T. melted butter, unsalted (for batter)

2 T. melted butter, unsalted (to drizzle on cake)

1 tsp. vanilla extract

liquid Splenda to equal 1/3 c. sugar (about 20 drops)

2 T. water

¼ c. + 1 T. heavy cream

DIRECTIONS:  Preheat oven to 350º.  PLEASE NOTE THIS IS NOT A FULL-SIZED 9″ CAKE.  Grease an 8″ round, deep cake pan or 8″ round ceramic baking dish (the Corning “French” vegetable dish I used is 8″ in diameter, 3″ deep and the cake rose all the way to the top without overflowing).   Mix 2 T. granular Splenda with cinnamon (and nuts, if using) on paper plate and set aside for now.  In a large mixing bowl,  measure and mix all the dry ingredients. In a separate mixing bowl, microwave melt the 4 T. butter.  Beat in egg and add all other wet ingredients and whisk until fairly smooth.  Stir wet ingredients into dry.     Blend well.   Drop approximately 1/3 of the batter onto bottom of baking dish by tablespoons sort of randomly.  Sprinkle with about 1 T. of the cinnamon topping.  Drop another layer of 1T. blobs of batter on top.  Again sprinkle with about 1 T. cinnamon topping.  Drop the final 1/3 of the batter on top in 1T. blobs and sprinkle with remaining cinnamon topping.  Drizzle 2 T. melted butter across top of cake evenly.  Pop into 350º oven and bake for about 30 minutes.  Gently remove from oven and check for doneness with toothpick stuck in center.  Mine took exactly 40 minutes.  It is done when toothpick stuck in center comes out completely dry.  Cool 5-8 minutes before tipping out onto serving platter.  Can be enjoyed either warm or cooled.

NUTRITIONAL INFO:  Makes 8 slices, each contains:

250 calories

20.7 g  fat

14.23 g  carbs, 9.96 g  fiber, 4.27 NET CARBS  (4.6 NC if you add 2 oz. chopped pecans)

18.49 g  protein

218 mg sodium

 

Blackberry Ice Cream

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Blackberry Ice Cream

I tried my hand at blackberry ice cream tonight. I put 2c. in the batch pictured, but it was too tart/intense with the berry flavor for me (but not too tart for my husband).  Just not quite creamy enough for me!  So I’m lowering the amount of berries next time and have reflected that in my recipe below.  That said, YOU and YOUR family might not find it too intense on flavor/tartness with that many berries.  So you’ll have to experiment a bit with the amount of berries.

This is one I’ll definitely be making again!  My husband ate two servings with the higher amount of berries!   That’s as good as a thumbs up from him, as he’s a real ice cream lover.  :)  This recipe is not suitable until the berries rung of the OWL ladder.  If you don’t have the blueberry or blackberry syrup, you could sub DaVinci Vanilla  or French Vanilla and just omit the vanilla extract.

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INGREDIENTS:

1 c. blackberries, frozen, unsweetened (Do Not Defrost!)

1¼ c. heavy cream

1/8 tsp. vanilla

4 T. DaVinci blueberry or Monin Blackberry sugar-free syrup

12-16 drops liquid Splenda (or your favorite sweetener to taste)

2 tsp. food grade glycerine (optional, but keeps it a bit softer)

¼ c. powdered erythritol  (or reduce granular to a powder in processor)

DIRECTIONS:  Place erythritol in processor and reduce to powder.  Place all remaining ingredients in the processor and pulse until berries are broken up and mixture is fairly smooth.  Scrape out into dishes for a soft serve; freeze for 30 minutes for a firmer ice cream.  ENJOY!

NUTRITIONAL INFO:   Makes 4 servings, each contains:

282 calories

27.7 g  fat

8.25 g  carbs, 1.9 g  fiber, 6.35 g  NET CARBS

1.98 g  protein

 

Fluffy Cheddar Biscuits

fluffycheddarbiscuitsThese are incredibly light, fluffy and just melt in your mouth!  Rich enough they don’t NEED butter!  These are not the slightest bit dense or hard like many low-carb biscuits.  And they are just cheesy enough!  These are not suitable until the grains rung of OWL due to the bake mixes.  These kept just fine in plastic in the fridge for a couple days and rewarmed at 300º sliced with sausage sandwiched in them for wonderful Sausage Cheese Biscuits!  :)

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Baked in muffin-top or ebelskiver pan

Here’s what they’ll look like made in a 3″ hole Ebelskiver pan or muffin type pan:

INGREDIENTS: 

4 oz. cream cheese, softened

2 eggs, beaten

½ c. Jennifer Eloff Gluten-Free bake mix

¼ c.+2T. CarbQuick bake mix (substitute more of Jennifer’s bake mix for gluten free version)

1 T. Parmesan cheese

1 c. grated cheddar cheese

½ tsp. baking soda

½ tsp. baking powder

¼ tsp. salt

pinch garlic or onion powder (optional)

DIRECTIONS:  Preheat oven to 350º.   Soften cream cheese in a mixing bowl.  Add and beat in the dry ingredients.  Add beaten eggs and stir well.  Add grated cheeses.  Stir again to blend.  Spoon out onto greased or non-stick pans into 10 equal mounds.  I don’t flatten mine at all and they will spread a bit during cooking, so I find it takes a large sheet pan to do these.  Bake at 350º for about 13-14 minutes or until browned to your liking.  Do not over brown or they will dry out.

NUTRITIONAL INFO:  Makes 10, each containing:

142.5 calories

12.6 g  fat

4.56 g  carbs, 2.40 g  fiber, 2.16 g  NET CARBS

8.2 g  protein

306 mg sodium


Strawberry German Pancake

Strawberry German Pancake

Strawberry German Pancake

When I opened the refrigerator this morning, two things called to me: a cut spaghetti squash half and a few remaining red strawberries in the carton.  It immediately brought to mind a couple of very old recipes of mine, pre-low-carb days.   I wondered how I might low-carb it into something for a late breakfast.  BINGO, I’ll put the pancake and pie recipes I was thinking about together to create something new.  So that’s what I did!

This is my low-carb version of my old German Pancake recipe, although mine has less egg in it than is typical (I’m not too fond of eggs). This came out delicious and my husband, who dislikes all things spaghetti squash, could NOT tell it was in the dessert I served him for brunch!  Don’t ya just love when you fool someone’s taste buds that way?  :) Unable to find my old recipe, I just started without one. I first cooked the squash and forked out 1 c. of the threads for this recipe, storing the rest in the freezer for another use.   Then I started throwing things on top of that into the bowl.   Sometimes the ingredients just click!  :)  This is not suitable until the berries rung of the OWL ladder.  Anyway, I think you’ll like this should you decide to give it a go.

VARIATION:  Use fresh peaches and sugar-free peach jam instead of the strawberry flavor theme. (will be higher carbs)

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INGREDIENTS FOR PANCAKE: 

1 c. cooked spaghetti squash threads

1 oz. cream cheese

2 T. butter, unsalted

2 beaten eggs

1½ pkt. Truvia sweetener, or equivalent sweetener of your choice

2 tsp. DaVinci Vanilla sugar-free syrup (or ¼ tsp. vanilla extract)

2 T. golden flax meal  (or 2 T. almond flour, or 1 T. coconut flour)

1 T. sugar-free strawberry preserves

3 oz. sliced strawberries

WHIPPED CREAM TOPPING:  1/3 c. cream, whipped.  Add 1/8 tsp. vanilla & 3 drops liquid sweetener. Stir.

DIRECTIONS:  Microwave on HI a seeded spaghetti squash half cut-side down in ½” water for 13-15 minutes.  Fork out 1 c. of the threads into a mixing bowl.  Store the rest in your fridge or freezer for another use.  Preheat oven to 350º.  While still hot, mix in the cream cheese and butter to melt.  Stir well.    Add eggs, sweetener, DaVinci, flax meal and sliced strawberries.  Stir well and pour into buttered pie plate or quiche dish.  Bake at 350º for about 20-25 minutes or until center is set.  Remove and cool almost completely (top layer cannot be even warm really, but bottom one will still be) or the whipped cream topping will melt and be a runny mess, spoiling visual appearance greatly.  Cut into quarters and carefully lift 1 quarter out onto each of 2 serving plates.  Spread half the strawberry preserves on each in a thin layer.  Place another quarter of the pancake nicely on top and top with half the whipped cream topping.  Serve at once and ENJOY!

NUTRITIONAL INFO:    Makes 2 servings each containing:  (calculated using flax meal):

356 calories

29 g  fat

12.5 g  carbs, 4.85 g  fiber, 7.65 g  NET CARBS

10.5 g  protein

217 mg sodium

314 mg potassium

 

Grilled Cheese Sandwich

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Grilled Cheese Sandwich

This sandwich everyone already knows how to make!  So why in the heck would I be posting a “recipe” for a grilled cheese sandwich!!!?  Well…………sadly, most low-carb breads made with alternate flours simply do not toast well.  They just won’t get (or stay) toasty!!!  :(

This bread recipe I’ve developed is particularly suited for grilling as it toasts up better  than any other low-carb bread I’ve tried in 5 years of low-carbing and bread experimenting. Not sure which ingredient is facilitating that quality, likely the oat fiber, but am VERY glad whatever, it seems to work!  The fruits of your labor here are an amazingly toasty grilled cheese sandwich reminiscent of the ones you grew up on.  Don’t go off on me on my nutritional numbers.  I have rechecked them twice since original posting and they ARE correct.  We just have to accept it folks, grilled cheese sandwiches are high in calories!!  I mean it IS cheese and butter and bread.  Pray tell, how could it NOT be high in calories?  Go do the math on MFP or Fitday and you’ll see my numbers are right here.  :)

You can bake this in any microwaveable square container.  I have a plastic one, but usually use my square glass dish.  I have not tried baking this bread in a conventional oven, but suspect it would need 350º for around 10-15 minutes or so.  One recipe can be sliced laterally into two thinner slices after cooling and that is what is shown to create 1 sandwich in the pic above. This recipe is suitable for all phases of Atkins and Keto diets.  It is not suitable for Primal-Paleo lifestyles.

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INGREDIENTS:

¼ c. + 1T. flax meal, preferably golden flax meal

1 T. butter + 1T more for grilling final sandwich

2 T. sour cream

1 egg, beaten

½ tsp. baking powder

2 tsp. oat fiber (omit for gluten-free)

Pinch salt

1 slice American Deluxe cheese

DIRECTIONS:   Melt 1 T. of the butter in microwave in a small mixing bowl.  Add beaten egg and sour cream. Add all dry ingredients and stir well.  Dip into a 5″ square microwaveable container and microwave on HI for 70 seconds or until dry to touch in center. Cool a minute and tip out onto cutting board.  Laterally slice as evenly as possible with a long knife.  Melt a little butter on non-stick griddle and baste one side of each slice of bread.  Place one slice on griddle, buttered side down.  Add 1 slice of your preferred cheese (I use American or Swiss) and top with second slice of bread, buttered side up.  Brown well on both sides.  The browner it is the crisper it will get.

NUTRITIONAL INFO:  Makes 1 sandwich which contains:

617 calories

56.1 g  fat

17.7 g  carbs, 13.2 g  fiber, 4.5 g NET CARBS

19 g  protein

756 mg sodium

 

Oven-Fried Summer Squash

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Oven-Fried Summer Squash

This dish is super easy and super good!  No standing over a skillet of hot grease either!  So good, it was impossible to refrain from having a second serving!  :)  I had zucchini, yellow and calaba squash in the refrigerator but decided to use the calaba today.   Calaba and zucchini are in the same family of vegetables and very similar in appearance and flavor.  However calaba is usually shorter, lighter-skinned, has less water content, has yellower flesh and is usually much cheaper.  I think it tastes a bit better than the longer, darker-skinned type of zucchini.

This coating works nicely on a variety of sliced vegetables.  I’ve even oven-baked okra, onion rings, and eggplant with it.  It’s very tasty on all of them!  It cooked fully inside in the 20 minutes without pre-boiling the squash.  The pork rinds make it crunchy on the outside and will satisfy your desire for crunchy, fried food.  This dish is Atkins Induction friendly.

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DO NOT USE A SILICONE SHEET to bake this squash or it will not brown properly.  Bake them directly on a non-stick or lightly oiled metal pan. 

INGREDIENTS:

16 oz. zucchini, calaba (its cousin) or yellow squash

2 oz. pork rinds, plain, finely crushed

1/3 tsp. my Seafood Spice Blend

6 T. my Homemade Mayonnaise

DIRECTIONS:  Preheat oven to 450º.  Crush rinds and add spice blend on a paper plate or saucer and mix well.  Dip out mayo onto another paper plate or saucer.  Cut stems and bottom tip off squash and cut into ¼” slices lengthwise.  Lay the squash slices on paper towels to blot off all water they bleed. When they are no longer bleeding their water, holding the very tip of each piece with one  hand, with a basting brush in your other hand, baste both sides of the squash slices with a coating of mayo.  Set brush down and  with your now free hand, sprinkle rinds on both sides of the squash and then place on a non-stick sheet pan.  Repeat for each piece.  I’ll tell ya up front, if you just dip these babies down into the rinds (more will stick on) you ARE going to run out of rinds before you’ve coated all the squash.  Been there; done that;  :)   So trust me on this one…….just sprinkle it onto each side, letting the excess fall back into the plate and you should have enough for the entire batch.  Place each coated piece of squash on a lightly oiled metal pan. Pop into a 450º oven for 20 minutes or until nice and brown.  No need to turn during baking as the bottoms get nicely browned where they touch the pan. ENJOY!

NUTRITIONAL INFO:  Makes 4 servings, each contains:

245.3 calories

21.3 g  fat

4.18 g  carbs, 1.25 g  fiber, 2.93 g  NET CARBS

10.8 g  protein

250 mg. sodium

45% RDA Vitamin B12, 25% B6, 21% E, 27% C, 20% phosphorous, 50% riboflavin, 55% selenium, 18% zinc, 18% copper, 23% iron, 10% magnesium, 13% manganese

Eggplant al Pesto

Eggplant al Pesto

Eggplant al Pesto

We had pork chops for dinner tonight and I wanted something nice to have with them besides the fresh steamed broccoli I was planning.  I grabbed a Japanese eggplant in the refrigerator.  Sitting right beside it was my jar of freshly made pesto sauce and thawed spaghetti sauce for tomorrow night.  Voila!  This delightful dish emerged in my head!  I wasn’t sure how the pesto would be and whether I would like it, because fresh basil often doesn’t agree with my stomach.  But I’m here to tell you this was one of the very best eggplant dishes I’ve done in a LONG time!  I used just a hint of pesto sauce.  This is one of those dishes that isn’t so pretty, but it makes up for this weakness in flavor!  DELICIOUS, this one!

This recipe is suitable for Induction and it freezes well, too!  It is a fairly small side dish recipe, so double for a large family.  This serves 4 as a veggie side. With the addition of a layer of pre-browned ground beef or ground Italian Sausage, this would make a delightful entree for 2 people.

NOTE:  If you saute your eggplant, the oil will bleed out onto the bottom of the casserole dish.  As an alternative, you can lightly grease a baking sheet with less oil than indicated, and pre-bake the eggplant before assembling this layered dish, rather than sauteing.  Your call there

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INGREDIENTS:  

8 oz. eggplant, peeled, sliced ¼” thick and then cut into smaller pieces about 1″ in size

3 T. olive oil  [see note in red above]

1 T. my pesto sauce

½ c. low carb spaghetti sauce

1 T. Parmesan cheese, grated

1/3 c. mozzarella cheese, grated

DIRECTIONS:   Preheat oven to 350º.  If sauteing eggplant, heat oil in non-stick skillet and saute the eggplant, turning often with a spoon, until it is completely translucent (will be nearly done at this point).  If pre-baking your eggplant, lightly oil a pan and bake/broil the slices on a baking sheet at 350º about 10-20 minutes.  When nearly done, place the eggplant in a small casserole-type baking dish (no need to grease the baking dish).  Dot the eggplant evenly with the spaghetti sauce first.  Then dot evenly with the pesto sauce.  Sprinkle on the Parmesan and finally spread the mozzarella evenly on top.  Pop into a 350º oven for about 30 minutes.

NUTRITIONAL INFO:   As a vegetable dish, this serves 4 (will only serve 2 as an entree with meat added).   Each serving, without meat, contains:

214.5 calories

18.5 g  fat

6.3 g  carbs, 2.63 g  fiber, 3.67 g NET CARBS

7.08 g protein

71 mg sodium

141 mg potassium

Rosemary-Onion Dinner Rolls

Rosemary-Onion Dinner Rolls

Rosemary-Onion Dinner Rolls

These little rolls are a variation on a Paleo Flax Bread recipe I saw somewhere on the net.  They came out quite light and tasty.  They are very nice with butter.  These are not suitable until you get to the Atkins OWL nuts and seeds level of the carb re-introduction ladder.  This batter can be baked as a single loaf as well, but allow longer (about 30 minutes) for baking time if you do.  I found they were good at room temperature, sliced and used to make min- sandwiches and sliders, too!

VARIATION:  Omit rosemary & onion powder and instead use dill weed or seed along with lightly toasted minced dehydrated onion.  Or use any other favorite seasoning blend.  Be CREATIVE!!  :)

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INGREDIENTS: 

2 T. coconut flour

2/3 c. almond flour

1 c. + 2 T. flax meal

¼ tsp. salt

2½ tsp. baking powder

1 tsp. onion powder

1½ tsp. crushed dried rosemary (or 1½ T. fresh, chopped fine)

4 eggs, beaten

¾-1 c. water

4 T. olive oil

DIRECTIONS:  Preheat oven to 350º.   Grease loaf pan or muffin pan with some olive oil.  Beat the eggs, 4 T. olive oil and 1/2 c. of the water in a large mixing bowl.  Measure all dry ingredients on top of the egg mixture and stir/beat well.  Batter will be quite stiff.   Gradually add more water in small increments and beat after each addition until batter is smooth/soft enough to be spooned into muffin pans.  I used a square muffin pan making these.  You want it fairly thick!  Spoon into muffin cups nearly full, as these don’t rise too much. I actually used a square muffin pan, with 1″ deep wells.

Optional:  Before baking, sprinkle a few poppy seeds or crushed minced onion on top.

Pop into 350º oven for about 20 minutes (30-40 minutes for a single loaf of bread).  Cool slightly before attempting to remove them from the pan.

NUTRITIONAL INFO:  Makes 1 loaf cut into 12 slices or 12 dinner rolls, each roll/slice contains:

154 calories

12.8 g  fat

5.83 g carbs, 4.43 g fiber, 1.4 g  NET CARBS

5.71 g protein

83 mg sodium

 

Spicy Boursin Chicken

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Spicy Boursin Chickan

A little Boursin cheese (also known as Gournay), salsa and the right spices mixed with chicken (or fish) creates a wonderful combo.  We both really liked this new creation!  This dish is quite rich, so one bundle is all I could eat. This recipe is quite suitable for Induction.  Calories can be reduced doing this with fish filets rather than chicken.  This dish freezes well, too!

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INGREDIENTS:

16 oz. boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into six portions (or mild fish filets)

12 oz. frozen chopped spinach

3 oz. red bell pepper, finely chopped

3 T. Herdez canned “hot” red salsa, drained solids only (drained RoTel will also work)

5 oz. package Boursin Cheese with garlic and herbs

¼ tsp. my Seafood Spice Blend:  http://buttoni.wordpress.com/2009/08/20/my-seafood-spice-blend/

Dash black pepper

3 T. melted butter 

DIRECTIONS: Preheat oven to 350º.  Defrost and squeeze the frozen spinach to remove water and set aside, allowing it to continue draining in a colander or sieve while you prepare the chicken.  Diagonally slice the chicken into 6 thin filets.  Place plastic wrap on top and pound chicken quite thin (without tearing apart) using a mallet.   Now place in a mixing bowl and add in the Boursin cheese, bell pepper, salsa and black pepper.   Stir well to blend ingredients.  Spoon evenly onto the center of the 6 flattened pieces of chicken and fold the meat over the top.  Place seam side down in baking dish.  Sprinkle well with the spice blend and with a brush, baste each bundle with melted butter.  Pop into hot oven and bake for 30-35 minutes or until meat is golden brown (fish will cook faster, say in about 20 minutes). Spinach/cheese mixture will spill out of the bundles, but not in a messy way, as you can see in the pic above.

NUTRITIONAL INFO: Makes 6 servings, each contains:

323 calories

27.3 g  fat

4.48 g carbs, 2.05 g fiber, 2.43 g NET CARBS

26.5 g protein

580 mg sodium

63% Vitamin A, 37% B6, 10% B12, 42% C, 14% E, 10% Calcium, 14% copper, 25% iron, 24% manganese, 71% niacin, 26% phosphorous, 21% riboflavin, 40% selenium, 13% zinc

“Flour” Pie crust

FlourCrust

This  pie crust is great for baked meat pies, Mexican empanadas and pretty much any dessert pie.   It is somewhere between a “short” crust” and a “flaky” crust.  There is absolutely no “Carbquick taste” in this crust, either, thanks to the oat fiber. :)  This recipe is not suitable until the grains rung of the OWL ladder.   The funny dimples on the bottom seen in the pic are caused by ceramic pastry weights I use for baking all my pie crusts.  Keeps them from creating air pockets and forming a big hump in the middle.  :)  Here’s what they look like if you’re not familiar with them:

Ceramic Pastry Weights

INGREDIENTS:

2/3 c. CarbQuick bake mix (substitute Jennifer Eloff’s Gluten-Free Bake Mix for a gluten-free version)

1/3 c. golden flax meal

1/3 c. oat fiber (do not sub oat bran or oat flour, which are higher carb)

Pinch salt

2 T. cold butter

1 egg

3 T. cream

DIRECTIONS: Preheat oven to 350º.   In a medium mixing bowl, mix all dry crust ingredients together.  Using a pastry cutter or fork, cut in cold butter until the mixture resembles coarse cornmeal.  Add beaten egg and cream and mix well.  Using hand, knead into a ball of dough and place on plastic wrap.  Place another piece of plastic on top and with a rolling pin, roll dough to slightly larger than the size of pan you are using.  Now pull the top plastic off the rolled crust.  Grabbing the bottom plastic, pick up the crust at the midpoint (plastic and all), let it fold gently in the middle and place the fold at the midpoint of your pie/pie plate.  Gently lift the other half of the dough over onto the pie/pie plate and remove the plastic carefully.  Finish crust by folding the excess crust edges inward and crimp decoratively if you wish.  Poke 3-4 holes in the crust with a fork and bake in a 350º oven for about 30-35 minutes or until crust is golden.

NUTRITIONAL INFO: Makes 8 servings/slices of pie crust, each serving contains:

76.5 calories

7.53 g  fat

8.83 g  carbs, 7.98 g  fiber, .85 g  NET CARBS

3.3 g  protein

81 mg sodium

Individual Pumpkin Bread

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Individual Pumpkin Bread

By tinkering around with the MIM (Muffin in a Minute) or OMM (One Minute Muffin) recipe that is so well-known to low carbers, I have come up with a mini pumpkin bread  that is much improved in texture, flavor and moistness over my previous pumpkin bread experiments with this basic muffin recipe.  Smearing it with my Lime Frosting is fantastic!   http://buttoni.wordpress.com/2010/10/16/lime-frosting/ .  I keep this frosting made up and in the freezer in a ziploc bag all the time so I can defrost and smear it on these, sugar cookies,  cake or fresh strawberries without having to go to the trouble of making it from scratch each time I want some.  Then I just break off a chunk and let is soften a few minutes.  It also keeps a long time just in the fridge.

A serving of this pumpkin bread provides many of your required nutrients.  So all in all, a very nutritious treat!  Probably OK for Induction, even with the oat fiber, as the deducted fiber zeros out the carbs.

VARIATION:   If beyond Atkins Induction Phase 1, you could add 1 T. chopped nuts, or 1 T. crushed pineapple or 1 T. chopped prune.

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INGREDIENTS:

1 T. butter, melted

1 egg, beaten

4 drops liquid Splenda

1 pkt. stevia sweetener

2½ T. canned pumpkin puree (be sure it’s not pie filling)

4 T. flax meal (I use half brown and half golden)

½ tsp. baking powder

1 T. oat fiber (optional, but it’s what makes this special in texture.  Omit for gluten-free version.)

½ tsp. cinnamon

Pinch each of cloves and nutmeg

1 T. heavy cream

DIRECTIONS: Melt butter in microwave in a small bowl or mid-size ramekin.  Add egg, pumpkin, cream and liquid Splenda and beat until smooth.  Add flax meals, spices, baking powder and stevia and stir to blend well.     Microwave on HI for about 1 min 20 seconds.  If dry to the touch in the center, it’s done.  Remove, cool a minute and using knife tip, gently tip it out of the ramekin/bowl.  Can be eaten as is or you can ice with my Lime Frosting or any favorite topping.

NUTRITIONAL INFO: Makes 1 serving which contains:

361 calories

30.4 g  fat

20.1 g  carbs, 15.8 g  fiber, 4.3 NET CARBS

12.4 g  protein

274 mg sodium

 

Jicama “Fries”

Jicama Fries

Jicama Fries

Man, I tried these on a whim and they were FANTASTIC!  And best of all, you don’t have to stand over a skillet of hot grease!  The Seafood Spice blend in the coating took away the sweet edge jicama has, without dominating the final fries.  So don’t side-step this part of the recipe.  It’s essential for the best results.  Other spices and blends could be substituted in if you prefer.  The coating really browned nicely and stayed crispy even as the fries cooled off!  Even my picky hubby gave these a thumbs up, and at first, he wasn’t even going to taste them!  These are Induction friendly, too!

Some may be tempted to just use spicy/BBQ pork rinds and omitting the seasoning blend in the recipe.  Please bear in mind the flavored pork rinds are laden with sugar and sometimes modified food starch as well……not acceptable ingredients for us low-carbers.  Be sure you read the ingredients listed if you don’t believe me.  In fact, you should ALWAYS read ingredients listings, for ALL processed foods.  The net carb count just isn’t the whole picture!

VARIATION:   Substitute turnip for the fries and brown a bit more than shown for crisper turnip fries.

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INGREDIENTS:

8 oz. jicama, peeled and cut into fries

What a Jicama looks like

What a Jicama looks like

2 T. homemade mayo

2 oz. plain pork rinds, crushed

1/2 tsp. my Seafood Spice Blend

Oil to coat baking pan if not using non-stick sheet pan

DIRECTIONS:

Preheat oven to 450º.  Cut jicama and place in bowl.  Brush well with mayonnaise, making certain you haven’t missed any spots. You want total coverage for the pork rinds to adhere to.  Crush the pork rinds in processor/blender.  Add spice blend to crushed pork rinds in a small bowl.  Now drop mayo-coated jicama (a few at a time) into the seasoned rinds and shake to coat well.   Place directly on oiled or non-stick baking sheet.  Bake for 20 minutes until tops are nicely browned.  I like to turn them mid-baking for more even baking, but that is not necessary.  Bottoms will be even browner than the tops!  A word of experience, DO NOT BAKE THESE ON SILICONE SHEETS, as they will not brown and crisp up properly on the bottom.  I found this out the hard way.

NUTRITIONAL INFO: Makes 4 servings each contains:

165 Calories

11.4 g  fat

5.50 g  carbs, 2.78 g  fiber, 2.22 NET CARBS

11.2 g  protein

276 g  sodium

Scrambled Eggs with Tarragon Cream

ScrambledEggswithTaragonCream

Served with 2 oz. ham added

I’m not terribly fond of eggs just scrambled or fried.  I have to “doctor them up” quite a bit to not get totally turned off on eating them day in and day out for breakfast.  This is one way I’ve succeeded in making eggs not taste so much like eggs, to be quite honest! It’s sinfully rich and Induction friendly!  It is also suitable for Primal diners, but not Paleo. You can play around a bit with this recipe, too, adding other things to the sauce like sausage, sliced mushrooms, onion slivers, black olives or any combination of those. :)  Tarragon is a sweet, delicate spice with a slight licorice taste.   If you put too much in the sauce, you’ll probably not be happy.  With tarragon, more is NOT better!  If serving to guests, (or you want to boost your vegetables for the day) this is very pretty and tasty served over a bed of steamed spinach.  Served with spinach, this makes a very nice brunch or lunch entree.  If in Atkins Phase 2 OWL, 1-2 T. sherry or white wine is also good added to this sauce.

INGREDIENTS:

1 Roma tomato, seeded and chopped

Without the 2 oz. ham (my preferred way to serve this)

Without the 2 oz. ham (my preferred way to serve this)

1 tsp. olive oil

6 T. heavy cream

1/3 c. water

¼ tsp. crushed tarragon

Pinch onion powder

1 T. butter

4 large eggs, beaten

1/16 tsp. xanthan gum (only if you want it thicker)

DIRECTIONS:  In small non-stick skillet, saute chopped tomato in olive oil.  When tender but not reduced to mush, lower heat and add water, cream, tarragon and onion powder.  Simmer a few minutes and it will thicken up on its own.  Only add the xanathan gum if you want it thicker.  In separate non-stick pan, melt butter and add beaten eggs and cook scrambled just until done.  Plate 1/2 the eggs with 1/2 of the cream sauce on two serving plates.

NUTRITIONAL INFO: Makes 2 servings, each containing:

354 Calories

32.3 g  fat

3.3 g  carbs, .4 g  fiber, 2.9 g  NET CARBS

13.85 g  protein

236 mg sodium

Smoked Gouda Cauliflower

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This recipe was inspired by one in Dana Carpender’s 500 Low-Carb Recipes. Most people do not cook cauliflower casseroles with this particular cheese and it doesn’t melt easily.  But once it DOES melt, it truly transforms the ordinary into  the sublime.  In my opinion, it is the smoked Gouda that truly sets this dish apart from all the other cauliflower casseroles I have ever eaten.  I served it to my brother, who was once an executive chef at Top of the Mark in San Francisco and he RAVED about it!  It’s Atkins Induction friendly, too!   This recipe also appears in Volume 1 of Low Carbing Among Friends (click for more) by best-selling author Jennifer Eloff and other talented chefs.  There are 5 volumes already released and two more due out soon!  More info on their Facebook page here:    You can order Vol. 1 or the entire set from here or at Amazon.com.  These cookbooks are filled with easy, gluten-free, tasty low-carb creations by a group of very talented cooks. GET YOURS TODAY!

INGREDIENTS:

1 medium large head cauliflower

6 oz. cream cheese, softened

4 oz. smoked Gouda cheese, grated

¼ tsp. coarse black pepper

Dash salt

Optional:  chopped chives or green onion to top

DIRECTIONS:

Cut up cauliflower into manageable pieces and boil or steam until tender.  Drain off any water and mash the chunks up slightly with a fork (do not puree, however).   Stir in softened cream cheese until it is melted and blended well.  Grease glass casserole dish and spoon half the cauliflower mixture in.  Sprinkle with half the grated smoked Gouda.  Spoon remaining cauliflower into dish and top with rest of Gouda cheese.   Sprinkle with just a dash of salt, as the cheese has a lot of sodium.  If you are sodium sensitive, I wouldn’t add ANY salt.   Sometimes I add some chopped chives or green onion to the top, but this is not in the nutritional info below.  Bake at 350º for 20-30 minutes or until bubbly.

NUTRITIONAL INFO: Serves 6, each serving contains:  (you may get up to 8 servings and that will lower the net carbs even more)

190.3 calories

15.22 g  fat

6.17 g  carbs

2.4 g fiber

3.77 g  NET CARBS

8.77 g  protein

312 mg  sodium

Coconut Crust Fruit “Pizza”

CoconutFruitPizza

This is an old recipe of mine I modified so it is now suitable for Atkins low-carb.  It’s a pretty dessert that impresses company and yet it is so easy to make!  You make the crust a day ahead and put it all together right before serving.  The crust is very dense (not at all crumbly) and is  easiest eaten with your hands just like pizza rather than a fork!  This recipe is not acceptable for Atkins Induction, but you can enjoy it once you get to the nuts and seeds level of Atkins Phase 2 OWL.  Softening 1-2 oz. cream cheese and blending into the whipped cream is a good variation for this.  But that is not calculated in the nutritional info below.

My favorite version of this dessert is one made with fresh peaches and a few drops of almond extract added to the whipped cream.  Sooooo good!

VARIATION:  Use sliced fresh peaches, use raspberries, use blueberries.  You can also add softened cream cheese to the creamy filling and reduce the whipped cream. :)

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CRUST INGREDIENTS:

1  c. unsweetened coconut

1/2 c. chopped almonds

1/3 c. Splenda (or equivalent liquid sweetener)

2 ½ T. low carb bake mix or almond flour (or 1 T. coconut flour)

2 egg whites lightly beaten with a whisk until frothy

1 tsp. almond extract

TOPPING INGREDIENTS: 1 c. heavy cream, 1T. s/f syrup like DaVinci or Torani and 1 pt. fruit

DIRECTIONS: Line a pizza pan with foil.  Grease with butter a 9-10″ circle.  Combine all crust ingredients in a bowl and stir well.  Using fingers, spread and press firmly the coconut crust mixture into a 9-10″ circle on a greased sheet pan.  Bake at 325º for 20-25 minutes or until lightly browned.  Cool on a wire rack.  Refrigerate overnight.

The day you want to serve, place crust on flat cake plate.  Whip cream with a splash of vanilla and sweetener of your choice (I like coconut or vanilla DaVinci sugar free syrup). I always add a dusting of glucomannan powder to my whipped cream when I need it to “firm it up” for things like this, but this is not absolutely necessary if you don’t have any.  Spread whipped cream evenly over coconut crust and top with raspberries, sliced strawberries or if on the fruit rung of OWL, this is good with thinly sliced peaches.  Chill for an hour and then cut into 8 wedges and serve.

NUTRITIONAL INFO: Serves 8, each serving (using strawberries) contains:

273 calories

25 g  fat

12 g  carbs

5.1 g  fiber

6.9 g  NET CARBS

5 g  protein

43 mg sodium

Peggy’s Spaghetti Sauce

Peggy's Spaghetti Sauce

Peggy’s Spaghetti Sauce

This is the spaghetti sauce I have been cooking for nearly 50 years and my mother for that long before me.  :) Haven’t found one I like better.  I usually double or triple the recipe and freeze some for convenience.  For a change of pace, I sometimes add diced eggplant, or mushrooms, occasionally BOTH!  But those additions are not calculated in the nutritional info below.  This is acceptable for the Atkins Induction Phase.

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INGREDIENTS:

1 ½ lb. lean ground beef

½ c. green pepper chopped

½ c. parsley chopped

1 c. celery chopped

6 garlic cloves minced

6 oz. yellow onion chopped

2   14-oz. cans crushed or diced tomatoes (kind with no added sugars)

1   small (8oz) can tomato paste

½ tsp. salt

1/4 tsp. black pepper

1/2 tsp. cayenne pepper (less if you don’t like it very spicy)

1 T. dried crushed oregano

1 bay leaf

1 T. fresh rosemary (or ½ tsp. dried)

1 T. fresh basil leaves, chopped (or ½ tsp. dried)

½ tsp. fennel seed, crushed

DIRECTIONS:

Brown meat in large stew pot.  You may need a little oil if your meat is real lean.  Chop all veggies and add to meat and stir well.  Now add garlic, seasonings, tomatoes and tomato paste.  Simmer covered for 1½-2 hours on lowest heat possible.  Will yield about 8-9 cups of sauce, or 8-10 servings, depending on how saucy you like things and how you plan to use the sauce.

NUTRITIONAL INFO: Serves 10, each serving has:

295.3 calories

20.75 g  fat

13.18 g  carbs, 4.48  g  fiber, 8.7 NET CARBS

18.3 g  protein

116 mg. sodium

Lebanese Baked Chicken (Frarej)

Lebanese Baked Chicken

Lebanese Baked Chicken (Frarej)

This recipe has been one of my most popular and most visited recipes to date.  Our best friends in Dallas have taken us several times to a wonderful little Lebanese restaurant over in Ft. Worth named Hedary’s.  Family-operated for many years, I can say their tabouleh  salad and kebabs are to die for!  So is their slow-roasted baked lemon chicken known as Frarej.  For those tables positioned close enough to do so, they used to serve their fresh-baked pita bread all the way from behind the counter on long, paddled poles.   Don’t know if they still do that, but is sure was fun to watch!  Next time you’re in Ft. Worth, give Hedary’s a try!  But in the meantime…………………..experience their delicious baked chicken at home!

This Induction friendly version of their ever-popular lemony chicken dish is slightly changed.  The original dish has potato wedges, so I always substitute rutabaga or turnip wedges to keep the carbs reasonably low.  I did not include the root vegetables in the nutritional info below as I don’t always include them in the pan.  I tend to vary the vegetables I use based on what I have on hand.  So be sure to calculate the veggies you add (and consume) over and above what I consider to be the base recipe of onion, garlic and tomatoes.  If you have family that are not on Atkins, I would definitely use a few wedges of potato for them, as they soak up those tasty pan juices like a sponge and are sooooooo tasty.

My rendition is very close to the inspirational dish from Hedary’s, though I must confess, not QUITE as good.  This meal is easy to prepare and the oven basically does the work for you!  Gives a whole new meaning to “Set it & forget it”.  :)

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INGREDIENTS:

4 T. olive oil

1 cut up whole chicken or 8 pieces

4 oz. onion cut into wedges (separate layers)

2 Roma tomatoes cut into wedges

6-10 cloves garlic, (leave half of them whole, mince the rest)

½ tsp. oregano

Juice of 1 lemon

Dash salt and pepper

OPTIONAL: Carrots and wedges of rutabaga or turnips (for non-low-carbers, potato wedges)

DIRECTIONS:  Preheat oven to 500º.  Cut up chicken into separate pieces making 8 pieces in all.   I never use the back as I simmer that for broth to freeze for other purposes or it becomes dinner for my dogs.  :)  Drizzle 1 T. of the olive oil on the bottom of a very large baking/roasting pan (I use a 12 x 15 stainless steel metal pan).   I do not recommend glass/ceramic wre for such high temperature cooking.  If you don’t yet have a really large, good quality stainless steel roasting pan, I think it is one of the single most important investments you can make in your cooking tools.  Place chicken skin side up  in the pan.  You don’t want any overlapping or crowding.  I do not recommend using a glass or ceramic baking dish at the very high temperature called for in this recipe.  Glass can be unpredictable, can even break, above 450º.  Crowding of this chicken and the surrounding veggies will result in deeper pan juices around them and that will impede crisping of the chicken.  Place tomato wedges around and in between chicken pieces.  Do the same with the onion pieces and add the garlic.  If using the root vegetables, cut them up and place them evenly around the chicken.  Squeeze the lemon over everything in the pan.  Drizzle remaining olive oil over the pan contents as well.   Lightly sprinkle some oregano over all (about 1/4-½ tsp, I don’t measure it).   Bake 30 minutes at 500º.  Baste with pan juices, lower heat to 350º and bake another 20 minutes or to internal temperature of the chicken is 170º on a meat thermometer.   Baste with pan juices just before serving if desired.  I like to place the juices in a gravy boat and have it on the table for basting the drier breast meat.  If there are any juices leftover, I freeze them and add them to the bottom of the pan next time I make this recipe (which is often!).  I like to serve this with a Tabouleh parsley salad.

NUTRITIONAL INFO: (does NOT include the optional potato, turnips or carrots).
Please note, these numbers are only approximate, because the actual counts will vary depending on which pieces of chicken and which roasted veggies you eat.

Serves 4, each 2-piece serving contains:

447 calories

30.4 g  fat

7.98 g  carbs, 1.1 g fiber, 6.88 g  NET CARBS

34.8 g  protein

approx. 39 mg. sodium

Peppered Rib Roast

Peppered Rib Roast

Peppered Rib Roast

Peppered Sirloin Steak

We love to do this for Christmas dinner, because we are usually turkey-and-stuffing’ed out by then.  This recipe will make enough marinade for an 8 lb. boneless rib roast for large gatherings, which will serve 12-16 nice servings, with some leftover for the most delicious cold roast beef sandwiches you ever had.  I do not recommend reheating this meat, as the marinade gets strong, almost bitter upon reheating.  Instead I always eat the leftovers cold, in a sandwich.

In the beginning, I only made this roast for large dinner parties and holidays. Not because it was hard to make, but because that’s when I tend to serve rib roasts. But I realized this marinade could be used on other cuts of beef.  More often now I do it for a  3-4 lb. rib roast, or sometimes just use a lean chuck or sirloin roast or individual steaks. It’s a wonderful marinade and sure is Atkins friendly, just not Induction friendly, because of the wine.  Leaving out the wine just isn’t an option for this recipe, so wait until the Atkins OWL (Ongoing Weight Loss) phase to enjoy this wonderful dish.

MARINADE INGREDIENTS:

1/2 tsp. garlic powder

1 tsp. paprika

1/8 c. tamari (or low-sodium soy sauce)

1/2 c. dry red wine (I usually use burgundy or claret)

1 T. tomato paste

1½ T. coarse ground black pepper (or enough to entirely coat your meat on all sides)

DIRECTIONS:

Pound the coarse ground black pepper over all surfaces of an 8 rib roast using the but of your palm. Use less if doing a small piece of meat. Place meat in glass dish. I drizzle marinate every half hour (as often as you can remember to stop and do it) most of a day (minimum 6 hours). Most efficient way to marinate without disturbing pepper coating is to use a basting brush. Do not touch the meat with your brush, or you’ll wipe all the pepper off! Hold it over the meat and let it drip off the brush. When surface is soaked, put in refrigerator to marinate between “bastings”.  I baste hourly until cooking time.

COOKING:

This recipe is not good done in the oven. It’s the marriage with charcoal smoke that makes this recipe divine.  You charcoal the 8 lb. rib roast for about 2 hours over medium charcoal fire, using a rotary spit. If you don’t have one, like me, just turn the meat every half hour to sear all surfaces. Best if not cooked past medium-medium rare stage.  I take mine off at 120º degrees on my meat thermometer and set is on my cutting board for another 10 minutes.  A piece of meat this large will continue to climb to around 140º while setting. That’s usually a nice pink medium rare inside.

If doing chuck roast or individual rib steaks with this, cook a 3-4 lb. chuck about 20 minutes on a side for medium rare. Cook the steaks as you usually would.

This is a most unusual taste when grilled outside. It always gets the WOWS when served. Hope you folks will try it. I think you’ll find you won’t be sorry you did! The outside slices are so good we always fight over them at home.  :)

NUTRITIONAL INFORMATION:

The marinade is discarded when you cook the meat.  No further basting should be done while cooking.   Therefore calculating how much is consumed becomes difficult.  It would also be impossible for me to know how many servings you are able to get out of your roast.  So I’m providing the totals for the entire batch of marinade and you will have to see how much it makes and how much is left in the pan before discarding to determine roughly how much is staying on the meat and thus consumed by how many people you are serving.   Most of the sauce goes down the drain, to be perfectly honest, so you’re getting mostly sodium from the soy sauce and a few carbs from the wine and tomato paste (a little more if you get the end slices).  The figures below DO NOT INCLUDE THE MEAT.

Entire batch marinade has:

131 calories

.7 g. fat

18 g. carbs

4.6 g. fiber

5.5 g. protein

approx. 1070 mg. sodium

15.4 NET CARBS