Smoky Chicken-Squash Gratin

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When I thawed chicken this morning, I thought I was thawing 2 nice chicken breasts in those ziploc freezer bags.  However when I went to debone them, what I had thawed was two leg quarters, and not very large ones at that.  So I skinned them, deboned and switched my menu plans to a little casserole of some kind. Had a leek I wanted to use, so this dish started forming in my head.  I grabbed the bacon of the refrigerator shelf and started the creative cogs.  The resulting dish was sinfully delicious and my husband said said to be sure to put this on my website.  That’s a thumbs up in my book, as he doesn’t like spaghetti squash very much.  :)

This dish is a little carb-y, but virtually all the carbs are coming from the spaghetti squash and leek…..all healthy carbs, so I’m not worried there.  It is suitable for Atkins Induction and Keto diets if you can fit it into your daily numbers.  This would not be suitable for Primal-Paleo.  This recipe is high in sodium, from the cheese and bacon, so be forewarned.  If you are extremely sodium sensitive, you may need to cut back the cheese and bacon a bit.

INGREDIENTS:

5 oz. bacon, chopped small

5 oz. leek, chopped small

13 oz. chicken meat, cut into small pieces

¼ c. heavy cream

¼ c. water

3 oz. smoked Gouda cheese, shredded

dash of xanthan gum (or your favorite thickener) to thicken

3 c. spaghetti squash threads (this is what my half of a squash yielded)

2 sprigs fresh parsley, chopped (optional)

DIRECTIONS:  Cut your spaghetti squash in half, reserving one half for another use.  Place one half, cut side down in a baking dish with ½” water and microwave for 13 minutes on HI.  You can also bake them in your oven (which I have never done) but it will take much longer, probably around 30-45 minutes?  When tender, holding in your hand with a hot pad, fork/strip the threads out onto a paper plate and set aside.  Preheat your oven now to 350º.

While the squash is cooking in the microwave, brown the bacon in a skillet over high heat.  Remove and drain on paper towels about 2 T. of it to use for top garnish.  Add the chopped leek to the skillet along with remaining bacon and continue sauteing until the leeks are nearly tender.  Add the chicken and continue sauteing until it too is done.  Lower heat to medium and add the water, cream and most of the Gouda cheese, reserving just a little cheese (about 3 T.) to sprinkle on the top of the casserole(s).  Stir the cheese into the mixture until it begins to melt.  Move the solids to the edges of the pan and dust a wee bit of xanthan gum/thickener into the middle puddle of liquid, stirring briskly and allow to thicken up.  You don’t want this very thick, so I only dusted it one time.

I made 3 individual 6″ long oval casseroles, but you can just make one using an 8/11 baking dish you have oiled lightly.  Spoon the mixture into your oiled baking dish(es).  Top the casserole(s) with the reserved cheese and the chopped parsley (if using).  Pop into preheated oven and bake for about 20 minutes to allow flavors to meld and mellow.  Serve with a nice green salad.

NUTRITIONAL INFO:  Makes 3 servings, each contains:

569 calories

42.5 g  fat

17.23 g  carbs, 2.86 g  fiber, 14.37 g  NET CARBS

30 g  protein

1365 mg sodium

512 mg potassium

23% RDA Vitamin A, 38% B6, 23% B12, 14% C, 7% E, 23% c alcium, 21% copper, 29% iron, 16% magnesium, 21% manganese, 51% niacin, 24% riboflavin, 46% selenium, 24% thiamin, 34% zinc

 

 

 

 

 

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

Pork-Sweet Potato Cabbage “Rolls”

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This little lunch was created with leftovers from a dinner earlier this week.  I had bought a lovely head of cabbage at the store Saturday and it had particularly green, undamaged outer leaves.  Thought those pretty outer leaves sure would make some nice cabbage rolls.  So when I opened up the refrigerator at 11:00 wondering what to fix us for lunch, and with the single serving of leftover Gingerale Baked Sweet Potatoes (I’ll be posting that recipe soon, as it was soooo good!) sitting right by the single leftover pork chop, “Hello”, the light bulb went off in my head.  This is invariably why my husband calls me “Queen of leftovers”, because I can recreate them and end up with a totally different dish.   It’s my way of dealing with his personal preference of not liking leftovers.  ;)   My husband does not usually eat the outer leaves of cabbage rolls as he isn’t very fond of cabbage.  The outer leaves can be really tough sometimes if the cabbage has been picked awhile or long in getting to market, even with extra boiling.  But you certainly can eat them if you blanch them a little longer than inner leaves.  We found this to be delicious and I will definitely serve this again!

This dish is not suitable for Atkins Induction due to the carb-y sweet potatoes.  It is OK for Keto diets if you can fit the carbs into your daily menu numbers.  This is not be suitable for Primal-Paleo without modifications for the dairy.

 INGREDIENTS:  

2 large outer cabbage leaves (parboiled 2-4 min., depending on how tough they seem and whether you plan to eat them)

2 slices bacon, chopped

2 oz. onion, chopped

4 oz. cooked pork chop or pork steak, cut into small strips

1 c. chopped green cabbage

1 oz. cream cheese

2 T. my Shawarma Mayonnaise (or mayo of your choice)

3/4 c. cooked sweet potato, cut into small french-fry strips (½ of a small potato)

Dash each salt, black pepper, ground cumin and chipotle smoked chile powder (or any chili powder will do)

¼ c. Monterrey Jack Cheese, shredded

DIRECTIONS:  Drop the 2 whole leaves of cabbage into simmering water and parboil for 2 minutes if you do NOT plan to eat the outer leaves;  boil for 4 minutes if you plan to eat the outer leaves.  While they are boiling, fry the bacon in a skillet over high heat.  When nearly done, add the onion and saute until tender.  Add the cooked pork to the skillet and saute until it begins to brown.  Lower heat to medium and add shredded cabbage.  Saute just until cabbage is wilted.  Add the cream cheese in dots and allow it to melt under the heat of the mixture, stirring often until it is fully melted and blended in.  Add the mayo and stir to mix well.  Finally, add the cooked sweet potato bits and all spices.  Stir to mix all uniformly.  Remove from heat and preheat your oven to 350º.

Next lay the whole cabbage leaves on an oven-proof serving platter.  Spoon half the filling along the leaf stem, in a column.  Spoon half the Jack cheese on top of the row of meat mixture.  Fold the base of the leaf inward on the other side and secure with a toothpick to close up one end, as shown in the picture.  Pop into 350º oven for about 1o-15 minutes.  Serve and ENJOY!

NUTRITIONAL INFO:   Makes 2 servings, each contains:

408 calories

35 g  fat

14.1 g  carbs, 3.25 g  fiber, 10.85 g  NET CARBS

16.1 g  protein

508 mg sodium

453 mg potassium

21% RDA Vitamin A, 24% B5, 24% B12, 41% C, 13% copper, 10% iron, 10% magnesium, 13% manganese, 18% niacin, 22% phosphorous, 18% riboflavin, 29% selenium, 33% thiamin and 15% zinc

Stuffed Crust Chicken-Spinach Pizza

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This is one of those dishes that is MUCH tastier than it looks there in the photograph.  Even my husband had his doubts until he tasted this.  He LOVED it!

I thawed a chicken breast for dinner but my mid afternoon, still hadn’t decided what I was going to make for dinner tonight.  I looked in the fridge and saw that I had a little chive and onion cream cheese in the tub I wanted to use up.  I had thawed some frozen spinach, as my husband needed to have some Vitamin K intake.  He is on Coumadin therapy and needs to keep his Vitamin K levels consistent from day to day and I realized he had not eaten anything with K today.

As I thought about how I could incorporate spinach and chicken in our dinner, I remembered the chicken and spinach quesadillas I used to order at Pappacitos Cantina  on the Gulf Freeway in Houston years ago (in my pre-low-carb life).   Thought I might either try making something like that or an Alfredo-type pizza, but use a real simple open-faced presentation to avoid the grilling step.

At 5:00 pm, I sure didn’t feel like baking focaccia bread from scratch or making this more complicated than need be.  So I reached for the last two sheets of Joseph’s Whole Wheat, Oat and Flax Lavash bread in the refrigerator.  I opted to pre-bake the sheet that was going to be the bottom of my creation and then just started layering until I was satisfied and ready to bake the final dish.  This creation turned out quite delicious and not as “rich” as we thought it would be.  I will definitely be making this again.  The Joseph’s lavash on the bottom really crisped up nicely, too!

This recipe isn’t suitable until Atkins Pre-Maintenance or Maintenance because of the whole-wheat flour in the lavash bread.  It is low enough in carbs to be OK for Keto diets, but is totally unacceptable for Primal-Paleo.

INGREDIENTS:

2 full sheets of Joseph’s Whole Wheat, Oat, Flax lavash bread

4 T. chive & onion cream cheese, softened (or plain cream cheese + 1 T. ch. green onion)

2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese

1½ c. cooked chicken breast, shredded

1 c. frozen chopped spinach (uncooked), squeezed of all water (about ½ c. packed spinach)

½c. shredded Parmesan cheese

DIRECTIONS:   Preheat oven to 350º.  Place 1 sheet of lavash on a non-stick or parchment lined baking sheet.  Pop into hot oven and bake for about 10 minutes or until no longer soft, but not very brown or overly brittle/crisp.  Remove from oven and slightly cool.   Spread with the cream cheese.  Sprinkle 2/3 c. of the shredded mozzarella cheese evenly over the crust.  Next evenly spread the shredded chicken. Dot the chicken with half the frozen spinach. Sprinkle half the Parmesan on top next.  Next sprinkle another 2/3 c. mozzarella cheese on top.  No place the second sheet of lavash bread on top and press down with your hands.  Sprinkle the final 2/3 c. mozzarella on top of the top sheet of bread, followed by the rest of the spinach and finally the last of the Parmesan.  Pop back into the hot oven and bake for about 20 minutes or until lightly browned around the edges like pizza crust.  The top cheese should be completely melted.  Remove and cut into 6 equal slices.  Serve with a nice green salad and ENJOY!

NUTRITIONAL INFO:   Makes 6 slices, each contains:

272 calories

15.5 g  fat

7.71 g  carbs, 2.80 g  fiber, 4.91 g NET CARBS

667 mg sodium

236 mg potassium

36% RDA Vitamin A

19% B6, 46% B12, 8% C, 7% E, 34% Calcium, 8% copper, 20% iron, 13% magnesium, 11% manganese, 34% niacin, 49% phosphorous, 24% riboflavin, 34% selenium, 8% thiamin, 22% zinc

Stuffed Pork Chops

 

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Oh my, I’ve not used my Jicama-Eggplant Stuffing any way but as a side dish with a holiday turkey before.  But it makes a WONDERFUL stuffing for such things as pork chops and probably stuffed shrimp and crab, too!  Whipping this stuffing together is fast…..you just have to wait for the final stuffed chops to bake. But you can sit down and put your feet up after a long day at work and let them cook themselves.  That’s my kind of meal!  Of course, any phase-suitable, plan suitable bread can be used for your ½ slice low carb bread called for in this recipe.  I used what I had on-hand cooked, a slice of my gluten-free Individual White Bread.

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INGREDIENTS:

1 lb. boneless pork loin, sliced into four equal 4-oz. “chops”

1 oz. raw bacon, chopped (about 2 thin slices)

2 oz. onion, chopped fine

2 oz. celery, chopped fine

3 oz. jicama, peeled and grated (about 3/4 cup)

1 c. eggplant, cubed small

3 sprigs parsley (2 T.), chopped

Dash each salt, black pepper and poultry seasoning or thyme

1 egg, beaten

1 T. water

1 slice low carb or plan suitable bread or roll

 

DIRECTIONS:  Cook the chopped bacon until half done in a skillet over high heat.  Add onion, celery, jicama and saute until vegetables are half tender.  Add the eggplant and continue to saute until the eggplant is tender but not mushy.  Add parsley, salt, pepper and poultry seasoning.  Remove from heat.  Crumble in the slice of bread.  Beat the egg with the water in a dish and add it to the mixture and stir to moisten the entire mixture well.  It should hold together nicely, but if not, add 1-2 tsp. more water slowly as needed.   Divide it off int he skillet into 4 equal portions and set aside for now.

Preheat the oven to 350º. Cutting on the fat edge (if there is a fat edge), slice the pork chops laterally in half being careful not to quite cut them all the way through at the back edge where you will “hinge” them open to stuff.  Open each chop in one palm and with a spoon, pack 1/4 of the stuffing into it firmly.  Set it onto a greased ceramic or metal baking pan and press the top half of the meat down onto the stuffing slightly.  With a brush, baste the top layer of meat with a film of bacon grease or olive oil to keep it from drying out during baking.  Place the pan into preheated 350º oven and bake for about 1 hour.  Serve with your favorite green vegetable or salad.

NUTRITIONAL INFO:    Makes 4 large servings, each contains:

275 calories

14 g  fat

5.72 g  carbs, 2.52 g  fiber, 3.20 g  NET CARBS

32 g  protein

271 mg sodium

650 mg potassium

41% RDA Vitamin B6, 42% B12, 8% C, 7% calcium, 17% copper, 25% iron, 11% magnesium, 44% niacin, 52% phosphorous, 40% riboflavin, 82% selenium, 93% thiamin, 29% zinc

 

 

Salmon with Pink Tarragon Cream

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Now THAT is a plateful of nutritious food!  Just look at the nutritional info below for this recipe!  And that’s just for the fish and sauce!  Add in values for the spinach and broiled tomatoes and WOW!  It probably almost meets your entire RDA nutritional requirements for the day!  This delicious sauce I have used on so many different things.  It’s good on/with sauteed spinach.  It’s marvelous on scrambled eggs at breakfast (using diced tomato instead of tomato paste). I’m sure I’ll continue to find new ways to use this tasty sauce.

Tonight, I decided to try it on salmon and once again, it did not disappoint!  It was delicious with broiled tomatoes and some spinach sauteed in a tablespoon of bacon grease.   My husband isn’t terribly fond of salmon but he definitely liked this rendition of this very healthy fish.   This dish, in order to be acceptable for Atkins Induction must have the wine omitted.  It will still be good, just not quite as good.  Wait until you get to Phase 2 OWL to add the wine.  This recipe is suitable for Keto diets but you might want to omit the wine as it may throw you out of ketosis.  It is perfectly OK for Primal-Paleo followers if you substitute coconut cream or coconut mild for the heavy cream.

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INGREDIENTS:

12 oz. salmon filet (skin removed)

2 T. butter (I use unsalted)

½ c. heavy cream (or coconut cream or coconut milk)

½ c. water (or ½ c. more cream, if you can afford the extra carbs)

2 T. tomato paste

½ tsp. dried tarragon leaves  (or about 1½ tsp. fresh, chopped)

Dash each salt and black pepper

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

1/8 tsp. xanthan gum or guar gum (or your favorite thickener)

1 sprig parsley, chopped or more tarragon (for garnish)

DIRECTIONS:  Cut the fish into two equal servings.  Melt the butter in a large skillet.  Sear the pieces of salmon on both sides over high heat until golden and flesh is fully done (peek in the center with a fork).  This will only take a couple minutes on a side.  Remove to a platter and pop into warm oven to hold while sauce is made.  Lower heat to medium.  Add the water, cream, tomato paste and tarragon to the skillet.  Bring to a slow simmer for about 3-4 minutes.  Add salt and pepper.   Dust the xanthan/guar gum slowly, a little at a time over the sauce and whisk it into the cream mixture.  Stir constantly as it begins to thicken.  Turn off heat, plate the fish and dip sauce on top.  Sprinkle with chopped parsley or bit more tarragon.  Save any unused sauce for your scrambled eggs in the morning!  Mmmmm.

NUTRITIONAL INFO:   Makes two 6-oz. servings, each contains:  (includes half the sauce)

580 calories

43.7 g  fat

4.85 g  carbs, .6 g  fiber, 4.25 g  NET CARBS

38.8 g  protein

275 mg sodium

92 mg potassium

57% RDA Vitamin A, 66% B6, 300% B12, 7% C, 18% E, 10% D, 10% calcium, 16% copper, 19% iron, 20% magnesium, 91% niacin, 71% phosphorous, 115% selenium, 20% thiamin, 12% zinc

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Beef Pot Pie

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So far, I’ve done a Chicken Pot Pie, a Turkey Pot Pie but I’ve never done a Beef Pot Pie.  So tonight I gave it a whirl as I wanted to try some Einkorn flour in my best pie crust, slightly tweaked.   I order my Einkorn flour direct from Jovial Foods. Yes, I’ve read the books and yes, I understand what eating wheat does to us metabolically.  This is ancient wheat that has not been genetically modified and I chose to do some moderate experimenting with it.  If you do not wish to eat it, use 1/4 c. more of the bake mix in your crust.  I often serve a light cream sauce atop my pot pies and it was delicious added to this one.  But I know that’s not traditional, so I didn’t picture it that way above.

The final dish was absolutely delicious!  I decided I wanted a 2-crust pie, and I’m glad I did.  The final dish was not to wet; not too dry……just the right moisture level.  It was also a good filling-to-crust ratio!  I could even slice it like a real pie!  My husband just loved this dish.   The carb count is a little higher than I like, but not bad really, considering there is ¼ c. real flour in it!  This recipe is not suitable until you reach the grains level at Pre-Maintenance or Maintenance in the Atkins program.  This recipe is probably too high in carbs for a Keto diet unless you are at or near goal weight.  It is not suitable for Primal-Paleo, but if you sub in a plan-suitable crust you could certainly eat this. :)

DOUBLE CRUST INGREDIENTS:

½ c. Jennifer Eloff’s Gluten Free Bake Mix

¼ c. Einkorn flour (or ¼ c. more of the bake mix above)

2/3 c. golden flax meal

2/3 c. oat fiber (I order from Honeyvillegrains.com)

¼ tsp. salt

4 T. cold butter

2 eggs, beaten

3 oz. heavy cream (¼ c. + 2 T.)

MEAT FILLING INGREDIENTS:

1 lb. lean ground beef (I used grass-fed)

2 oz. onion, chopped

1 c. carrots, diced

1 c. frozen green beans, chopped small

1 c. yellow squash, diced (1 small one)

¼ c. homemade mayonnaise

2/3 c. good beef gravy (I save any leftover after cooking roasts and freeze for such uses)

1 beaten egg

Dash each salt and pepper

DIRECTIONS:   Make the pie crust dough first.  Measure all the dry ingredients into a bowl. Stir to blend. Cut in the butter until it is well blended and the mixture resembles coarse cornmeal.  Beat the eggs with the cream and work it into the crumbly mixture with a fork until it is well-blended and forms a solid ball of dough.  Set the dough in your fridge to chill while you make the filling.

Preheat oven to 350º.  Remove the pie crust from the fridge and divide it into 2 portions, one slightly larger than the other.  Take the larger portion and set it on the bottom of the pie plate or baking dish (I used a spring form pan).  Press the dough evenly onto the bottom and up 1¼” up the sides of the pie plate or whatever dish/pan you are using.  Place remaining dough back into the fridge for further chilling. Pop the bottom crust into a preheated 350º oven and bake until half done and dry to the touch but not brown (about 15 minutes).

Prepare the filling while the bottom crust is baking.  For the filling, brown the ground beef in a skillet over medium-high heat, stirring and crumbling as it cooks.  When almost done, add the vegetables.  Cook, stirring often, until the vegetables are tender, but not mushy.  Turn the heat off and stir in the prepared beef gravy, the beaten egg, dash of salt and pepper and the homemade mayo (I used my seasoned Shawarma Mayo). Set the meat mixture aside.  The bottom crust should be done now.   Remove it from the oven.  Spoon the beef filling carefully into the bottom crust.  Set aside.

Now place the remaining chilled ball of dough onto a sheet of plastic wrap on your counter.  Place a  second sheet of plastic wrap on top, press down with your hand a bit.  With a rolling pin, roll the crust slightly larger than your pie plate or baking dish.  It will be about 3/16″ thick. Remove the top piece of plastic.  You’re going to pick up and let the pastry fold downward onto itself by pick it up, plastic and all, holding it at an imaginary mid-point line, allowing it to fold downwards, plastic touching plastic.  Lay the folded crust side onto the top of the pan, lining up the fold with the mid-point of the pie plate.  Then gently unfold the other half and peel off the plastic wrap gently.   Press down the top crust onto the bottom crust to try and seal it a bit to avoid juices oozing out during baking.  If your top crust breaks apart a bit (mine did a bit), just press the portions together with a moistened finger as necessary.  Set the pan on a cookie sheet pan (to catch any that bubbles-over) and pop it into a hot 350º oven and bake for about 35-40 minutes or until browned nicely.  I served this with a tossed green salad topped with a raspberry vinaigrette.

NUTRITIONAL INFO:   Makes 8 servings, each contains:

424 calories

36 g  fat

20.42 g  carbs, 12.22 g  fiber, 8.2 g  NET CARBS

22.6 g  protein

219 mg sodium

234 mg potassium

34.5% RDA Vitamin A, 9% B12, 7% C, 18% copper, 33% iron, 15% magnesium, 23% manganese, 16% phosphorous, 15% riboflavin, 15% selenium, 20% thiamin, 16% zinc

Crawfish with Eggplant

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This would be Ecrévisses aux Aubergines in Louisiana or French-speaking Québec, but as the lion’s share of my readership is in the U.S. and Canada, I decided the title needed to be in English.  This tasty, cheesy, extremely nutritious  recipe came together as a result of a couple leftovers in my refrigerator:  ½ bag of crawfish tail meat and a few slices of eggplant,.  Both were leftover from making my  Crawfish al Pesto on Eggplant “Pillows” earlier in the week.  All the other ingredients listed below are pretty much always in my pantry and refrigerator/freezer.  Whenever I bake low-carb breads or muffins and have a couple leftover, I throw them in a plastic bag and freeze them for just such casserole “filler” use.  This recipe is suitable for all phases of Atkins and Keto diets, however it is not suitable for Primal-Paleo as written.  Be sure to notice the impressive nutritional info on this dish!

INGREDIENTS:

3 T. unsalted butter

1 T. extra light olive oil

6 oz. crawfish tail meat (I use Boudreaux’ brand, frozen)

2 oz. onion, chopped

5 oz. eggplant, diced in ½” cubes or smaller

¼ c. celery, finely minced

1/3 c. red bell pepper, chopped

1 clove garlic, minced

¼ tsp. my Seafood Spice Blend

1 small low-carb roll of your choice, crumbled (I used ½ slice of my Jalapeno Cheese Bread)

Dash each salt and black pepper

3/4 c. Monterey Jack cheese, shredded

DIRECTIONS: Preheat oven to 350º.  Melt the butter over high heat in a skillet and add the olive oil.  Sauté the onion and celery until they begins to soften a bit.  Add the eggplant and saute until the eggplant is nearly done (but not mushy).  Add the red bell pepper and minced garlic and sauté just to tenderize the bell pepper.  Next add the salt, black pepper and the Seafood Spice Blend and stir to blend. Next crumble the low-carb roll/bread into the mixture.  Stir one final time and remove from heat.  Spoon 1/4 of the mixture into 2 lightly oiled ceramic dishes.  Top each with 1/4 of the cheese.  Spoon the remaining mixture equally in the dishes and top each with half of the remaining cheese.  Pop into a 350º oven and bake for 20 minutes or until cheese is melted well and bubbly around the edges.  Serve with a green salad or your favorite green vegetable.

NUTRITIONAL INFO:   Makes two 1¼ c. servings, each contains:

538 calories

43.3 g  fat

11 g  carbs, 4.25 g  fiber, 6.75 g  NET CARBS

907 mg sodium

570 my potassium

28% RDA Vitamin A, 17% B6, 48% C, 22% E, 9% calcium, 72% copper, 25% iron, 15% magnesium, 39% manganese, 19% niacin, 45% phosphorous, 19% riboflavin, 64% selenium, 10% thiamin and 22% zinc

Crawfish al Pesto on Eggplant “Pillows”

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This recipe grew out of a delicious spaghetti squash alfredo dish I did earlier this week.  At first I had my doubts on  crawfish for this, but it came out DELICIOUS!  I made a batch of my Oven-Fried Fish coating and baked off the eggplant first, as you would for classic Eggplant Parmegiana.  The crunchy coating on the eggplant very quickly loses its crunchiness, so serve this quickly and don’t hold it over for any reason.  This sinfully rich dish was so good I will definitely be doing this again!  It freezes nicely, too, getting even tastier upon re-baking!  The eggplant will lose that crunchiness from freezing, but the dish still tastes fantastic when reheated.

This recipe is suitable for all phases of Atkins and Keto, and for Primal folks that consume occasional dairy products.  This would not be suitable for Paleo followers.

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INGREDIENTS:

12 oz. eggplant, sliced into eight ½” slices

3 oz. plain pork rinds, crushed fine

6 T. homemade mayonnaise

Dash salt

4 T. butter

1 large leek, ends trimmed off, washed well, sliced or chopped into small pieces (about 1½ cups)

¼ recipe Jennifer Eloff’s Condensed Cream of Mushroom Soup

¼ c. Parmesan cheese, grated

1½ T. homemade pesto sauce (or commercial)

8 oz. frozen crawfish tail meat, defrosted (or shrimp)

½ c. heavy cream

½ c. water

1 c. grated mozzarella cheese

2 T. chopped parsley for garnish (optional)

DIRECTIONS:  Preheat oven to 450º.  Lightly oil a baking sheet.  Cut the eggplant into ½” slices.  Baste all surfaces with the mayonnaise using a brush.  Spoon crushed pork rinds over each slice, coating well.  Place the coated slices on the oiled pan and pop into oven, baking at 450º for 20 minutes.

While the eggplant bakes, prepare the topping.  Melt the butter in a large skillet.  Add leeks and saute until tender. Lower heat to medium.  Add the mushroom soup, the Parmesan, crawfish meat, cream and water and simmer over low heat until eggplant is done.  It will thicken as it cooks. Be sure to stir the mixture often during cooking so the flavors will blend.

When the eggplant is tender, remove from oven, top each slice with 2 T. of the mozzarella and then spoon 1/8 of the topping (about 1/3 cup) onto each slice of eggplant.  I made the mistake of putting 1 T. under and 1 T. over the topping and popped the pan back into the oven while my garlic toast cooked in the broiler to melt the cheese on top.  But it didn’t completely melt by the time the toast was done.  So in future, I’ll put all 2T. of the cheese underneath the bubbly hot topping so it will melt nicely for me.  Garnish tops with chopped parsley and serve at once.

NUTRITIONAL INFO:    Makes 8 servings, each contains:

355 calories

30.5 g  fat

6.06 g  carbs, 1.88 g fiber, 4.18 g  NET CARBS

14.8 g  protein

421 mg sodium

261 mg potassium

23% RDA Vitamin A, 12% B6, 59% B12, 20% E, 10% calcium, 38% copper, 21% iron, 10% magnesium, 20% manganese, 9% niacin, 34% phosphorous, 29% riboflavin, 52% selenium, 8% thiamin, 19% zinc.

Mediterranean Baked Chicken

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I absolutely love olives but tend to think of them as a food eaten separately, or atop salads.  But when I put them into meat dishes I’m always amazed at what they bring to the final dish.  This was yet another example of a tasty surprise for me.

The Baharat spice blend I chose for this dish is prevalent in the countries along the extreme eastern shores of the Mediterranean Sea.  I think you’ll like it on chicken and it is equally good in stewed beef curries and on roasted vegetables.  I highly encourage you to give this blend it a try sometime, even if not on this particular dish.    It was incredible on the chicken tonight.   The cinnamon and cloves come through the most, but the other spices in the blend have a subtle flavor presence as well.  This dish is suitable for Atkins Induction, Keto diets, and Primal-Paleo lifestyles as well.   Be sure to use a good quality extra-virgin olive oil for this recipe.  Note the incredible nutritional stats below!  Healthy, this one!

INGREDIENTS:

3 medium chicken thighs

3 medium chicken drumsticks

3 T. olive oil

2 cloves garlic, minced

1 tsp. my Baharat Spice Blend

4 oz. purple onion, sliced lengthwise

3 plum tomatoes, each cut into 4 wedges

24 medium black olives

Dash each salt and pepper

DIRECTIONS:  Preheat oven to 425º.  Place olive oil, Baharat spice and minced garlic in a pan large enough to hold your chicken without any crowding.  Stir it well.  Take each piece of chicken and dip each side into the oil mixture.  Rub or baste each piece all over well.  Evenly space the pieces skin-side up in the pan.  Cut the tomatoes into wedges and space them evenly around the chicken in the pan, trying not to cover the pieces of chicken.  If covered, the juice from the tomato will inhibit browning of the skin.

Next place the olives evenly around the chicken pieces.   Lastly, separate the slivers of onion and spread them all around the chicken.  Dip a basting brush into the olive oil mixture and baste the olives and vegetables with the oil (add more oil if needed).  Lightly sprinkle with the salt and pepper.  Pop into a preheated hot 425º oven and bake for about 1 hour, re-basting at 30 minutes cooking time to be sure the vegetables don’t dry out.   I served this with buttered, steamed asparagus.  It would also be good with a Greek salad.

NUTRITIONAL INFO:   Makes 3 adult servings (serving = 1 drumstick + 1 thigh).  Each serving contains:

438 calories

32 g  fat

8.26 g  carbs, 2.26 g  fiber, 6 g  NET CARBS

29.8 g  protein

742 mg sodium

450 mg potassium

11% RDA Vitamin A, 32% B6, 14% B12, 14% C, 21% E, 25% copper, 36% iron, 11% magnesium, 9% manganese, 52% niacin, 31% phosphorous, 23% riboflavin, 39% selenium, 11% thiamin, 38% zinc

Fried Chicken

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You regular readers know how I hate to stand over a hot skillet of grease to fry anything.  I invariably get popped with hot grease and burned.  Thus, all the oven-fried recipes on my website.  But hubby asked me to make “real” skillet-fried” chicken for dinner tonight, and I tried to accommodate.  I wasn’t sure what to coat it with, as I’ve not been all that pleased with the low-carb coatings I’ve tried on chicken to date.  But then I suddenly remembered reading somewhere on the web about a coating that used whey protein powder, so I decided that would be my foundation ingredient.  To that I added crushed pork rinds for crunch and a touch of oat fiber for a flour-y taste.  BINGO!  The result was very close to my old flour coating!  Although I didn’t make any cream gravy with the browned skillet bits tonight, I feel certain they would have made an excellent batch of cream gravy.

I’m so pleased with this recipe!!  Great flavor!  Very crispy, and really tasted like a flour coating!  A winner in my book.  Hubby said this was the best low-carb fried chicken I have tried so far! My heretofore popular Oven-Fried Chicken, with all its spices and flavor, may have just taken a rear seat to this recipe!

Next time I plan to try oven-baking this chicken on a non-stick sheet pan and see if it crisps up as nicely as when fried.  I’ll post my findings here when I test that out.    In order for this to be suitable for Atkins Induction, you’d have to omit the oat fiber.  As I can’t know how you cut up your chicken, or what size pieces you tend to eat, I can’t really provide nutritional stats for the entire final meat dish.  Instead, I am providing nutritional info for 1/10 of the coating, as it was just enough to coat 10 pieces of chicken: 2 legs, 2 thighs, 2 wings and 4 pieces of breast as I cut them into halves to speed cooking time.

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INGREDIENTS:

3/4 c. plain whey protein

1 c. crushed pork rinds (about 2 oz.)

1 T. oat fiber (omit for Induction or gluten-free)

1 tsp. my Seafood Spice blend (or seasonings of your choice)

½ tsp. onion powder

½ c. Parmesan cheese

1/8 tsp. coarse black pepper

2 large eggs

¼ c. heavy cream

¼ c. water

Deep, hot grease (I used palm shortening)  in a large 13-14″ skillet

DIRECTIONS:  Measure out and mix all dry ingredients in a paper bag by shaking well.  In a large bowl, whisk the eggs, cream and water together.  Toss in the pieces of cut up chicken into the egg wash and turn several times to well coat each piece.   Pick each piece of meat out of the bowl and drop into the bag of seasoned “flour” and when you have 3 pieces in the bag, holding the top closed, shake the bag to coat the chicken.  Don’t put more than 3 pieces into the bag at a time or they will not coat well.    Place them into the hot grease on high heat.  Repeat with the remaining pieces of chicken.  I was only able to fry 8 pieces of chicken at a time in my largest skillet, so I saved the wings for last as I knew they would cook quite fast.  Brown the chicken well on one side disturbing as little as possible.  Turn pieces of chicken over carefully to brown the second side.   When brown and done (about 30 minutes total) remove to paper toweling to drain and finish cooking the remaining pieces.   Serve at once with your favorite sides.  Mine is shown above with leftover steamed cauliflower I topped with cheese and chives.

NUTRITIONAL INFO:  Makes enough coating for 10 pieces of chicken.  Numbers are for the coating only.  Be sure to add in the info for the chicken piece(s) you eat!  1/10 batch of the coating contains:

113.4 calories

7.26 g  fat

1.72 g  carbs, .53 g  fiber, 1.19 g  NET CARBS

12.8 g  protein

209 mg sodium

78 mg potassium

12% RDA Vitamin B12, 8% calcium, 11% phosphorous, 12% selenium

Italian Sausage

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I’ve been making this Italian sausage for nigh on to 40 years now.  By making it yourself, you can ensure no sugar or hidden carb fillers are in your Italian sausage.   I keep some made up in my freezer all the time.  It’s so good in recipes, with Italian food, in soups or just as a SNACK!  This recipe is Atkins Induction friendly and also suitable for Keto, Primal and Paleo lifestyles.

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INGREDIENTS:

1 1/2 lb. ground pork
1/2 lb. ground beef
1/4 c. chopped parsley
1 clove minced garlic
¾ tsp. fennel, crushed
1 tsp. dried oregano, crushed
1/2 tsp. coarse black pepper
1/4 tsp. salt

Traditionally this sausage is made with veal and pork, but as veal is so pricey I just use regular 90% lean ground beef. If you have or can get veal easily, GO FOR IT, by all means! Sometimes I use all pork in this recipe.  For freezing, I like to carefully lay a sheet of plastic wrap on a sheet pan, extended longer than the pan. I prefer patty shape and set four on the plastic in pan.  Then I fold the sides over and ends up and simply accordion the four into a stack, as pictured below.  I then place these bundles into a gallon Ziploc bag and freeze.

Lined up on plastic wrap in pan

DIRECTIONS:  Mix all ingredients in a large bowl with your hands or a fork.  Do not stop mixing until the garlic, parsley and spices are WELL-blended.  Shape either into 16 patties or 16 cylindrical link shapes.  If you prefer, you can stuff casings, if you have the equipment, but that’s waaaay too much trouble for me.  ;)   The patties/links will be approx. 2 oz. each. Freeze and use as needed.  For ease of defrosting, it’s essential that plastic separate each patty so you can just  pop the number you need off a stack (cutting plastic wrap if needed) and cook over medium-high heat to brown  These are great with alongside Italian dishes or sometimes I crumbled it up right into Italian casseroles.

One wrapped stack ready to freeze

NUTRITIONAL INFORMATION:     Makes 16 patties, each 2 oz. patty contains:

149.3 calories

11.88g fat

.29g carbs, .14g. fiber,  .15 NET CARBS

9.68g. protein

36 mg. sodium

Braised Beef Oxtails with Dumplings

Braised Oxtails & Dumplings

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Oxtail is a cut of beef that is usually used in soups, but it braises nicely, too.  The above dish was made with grass-fed oxtail.  I added a recipe of my Dumplings with a little parsley added.  The final dish was incredibly delicious!  The stock was very rich and didn’t even require any thickening!  This was absolutely delicious!  I’m not sure I’ve ever eaten oxtail any way but in soups before and will definitely fix them this way again!

I used my pressure cooker to speed up the cooking and tenderizing of this meat that tends to be a bit tough.  But you can slow cook them in any stew pot with success.  This dish is not suitable for Atkins Induction unless you omit the red wine.  It is OK for all other phases.

Very little of the flour clings to the meat during dredging and ends up in the stock during cooking  (I started out with 1 c. total and measured what was left in the bag and had virtually 1 c. left!).  Therefore I only calculated 1 T. of each dry “flour” in the nutritional tallies below, but I am absolutely certain even less (more like 1 tsp. each) is actually consumed. :)

INGREDIENTS:

1½ lb. bone-in beef oxtails (I used grass-fed)

2 T. olive oil

½ c. oat fiber

½ c. Einkorn flour (I order from Jovial) or oat flour

2 oz. onion, sliced or chopped

Water to cover meat

¼ c. red wine (any dry red will do) [omit for Induction]

1/16 tsp. thyme

Dash each salt and black pepper

1 recipe my Dumplings

¼ c. parsley, chopped (for dumplings)

DIRECTIONS:  Mix the flour and oat fiber in a small paper bag.  Add the oxtail pieces, close and shake to dredged the meat uniformly with the coating.  Heat the oil in your stew pot or pressure cooker over high heat.  Add dredged pieces of meat and brown well on all sides.  The browning is what gives your stock a rich, dark brown color so do not under brown it.  Cover meat with water.  Add the onion, thyme, salt and pepper.  Bring to a boil (or pressure point) and then lower heat and cook under pressure for 30 minutes.  If you don’t own a pressure cooker, simmer on low heat for about 1 hour or until meat is tender.  Add more water when the meat is done if a lot has cooked away.  You need at lease 2″ of stock to cook your dumplings in.  Lift the meat out onto a serving dish and pop into a warm oven while you make the dumplings.

Make the dumplings by that recipe’s directions, adding the chopped parsley to the dry ingredients. Form 12 ball-shaped dumplings using either your palms to roll or use 2 spoons to form dumplings.  In GENTLY simmering broth, carefully drop the dumplings. Cover the pot and simmer over low heat for 10 minutes.  Lift lid and dip the dumplings onto the meat and gently pour the stock over all.  Serve at once.  I served mine with steamed broccoli.  Be sure to note the fantastic nutritional info for this meal:

NUTRITIONAL INFO:   Makes 4 servings (3 dumplings per serving).  Each serving contains:

549 calories

32.6 g  fat

8.45 g  carbs, 5.55 g  fiber, 2.9 g NET CARBS

55 g  protein

606 mg sodium

520 mg potassium

35% RDA Vitamin B6, 174% B12, 7% C, 7% E, 30% copper, 84% iron, 14% magnesium, 6% manganese, 33% niacin, 58% phosphorous, 82% selenium, 14% thiamin, 222% zinc

Montreal Baked Chicken

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This Atkins Induction friendly recipe is very easy to prepare and has been one of the more popular posts on my blog.  The secret to the crisp skin is to bake at very high heat to start, then lower the oven temperature.  This recipe is Induction friendly and I’m proud to share that it also appears in Jennifer Eloff’s Low Carbing Among Friends, Vol. 2!  This 5-volume cookbook series (Vols. 6 & 7 coming out soon!)  is a wonderful collection of all-original recipes by some of the most talented low-carb cooks in the blogging world!  Whether you’re a sweets person or a savory fan (like me) you’ll want to grab a set of these cookbooks at Amazon or here to add to your low-carb kitchen arsenal.  :)

VARIATION:  A pinch of garlic powder and 1-2 T. Parmesan added to this is very good!

INGREDIENTS:

1 whole chicken cut up (I pull out the back, neck and fat to make chicken stock)

1 recipe my Montreal BBQ Sauce

DIRECTIONS:   Cut up the chicken (I cut breasts in half, remove back, making 10 pieces) and place pieces in a ziploc gallon bag.  Mix up the marinade and add to bag.  Manipulate well with your hands and place in refrigerator for 1 hour.  When ready to cook Preheat oven to 475º.  Place pieces of chicken on metal baking pan large enough the pieces don’t overlap, for best browning.  Bake for 30 minutes.  Remove and baste with juices in the pan.  Lower heat to 350 and continue baking for 20-30 minutes.  Time will vary due to size of chicken pieces and ovens vary.

NUTRITIONAL INFO:    Makes 10 meaty pieces or 5 servings.  It would be impossible for me to calculate the exact figures for a serving because that depends upon the pieces of chicken eaten.  But to give you a rough idea, each 2-piece serving will have somewhere in the neighborhood of 393 calories, 28 g  fat, .26 g carbs, .1 g fiber, .16 g net carbs, 33.12 g  protein, 642 mg sodium.  Basically, take the nutritional info for the particular piece of chicken and add in the nutritional info for 1T. of the sauce (.16 net carbs) shown on that recipe.

Indonesian Pork Bites

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I wanted meatballs for dinner tonight but not “the usual”.  So I opened up my spice cabinet by the stove and just started throwing Asian/Indonesian ingredients into the bowl.  It never ceases to amaze me that sometimes those “no-recipe” creations end up coming out soooooo tasty!   These had a very delicate flavor, despite the fact that the ingredients have pretty strong flavors.  I guess my ingredient amounts were spot on for our taste buds as we both just LOVED these little pork bites!  I served them with steamed cauliflower and green beans.  As the raw meat mixture was quite “sticky” (not sure why) they were difficult to roll into smooth, round meatballs.  So I improvised and ended up dropping little “roundish” blobs of meat onto my hot, greased skillet and then flattened them with the back of my spatula a bit.

Made even smaller and served with toothpicks, these would be great party food or a first course when entertaining.  As I used nut-based crackers, as written, this recipe would not be suitable until you reach the nuts and seeds level of the Atkins carb ladder in Phase 2 OWL.  Substituting an Induction suitable cracker, those on Induction could also enjoy these little pork delights.  These fit a Keto lifestyle nicely, too.  Paleo-Primal followers will want to use a nut butter and not peanut butter. :)

INGREDIENTS:

1 lb. lean ground pork

1 beaten egg

1 oz. onion, finely minced

2-3 T. chopped cilantro

¼ tsp. Thai green curry powder

1/16 tsp. cayenne pepper (optional)

Almond-Arrowroot Crackers  (or other low-carb crackers of your choice), crushed

1 tsp. coconut aminos (or low-sodium soy sauce or tamari)

1 small clove garlic, minced

2 tsp. fish sauce (I use Thai Kitchen brand)

2 T. all natural peanut butter or other nut butter of your choice

1 T. olive oil (for frying)

DIRECTIONS:   Mix all ingredients together using a fork or your hands in a medium mixing bowl.  Heat the oil in a  non-stick skillet over medium-high heat.  Form into 12 “rough” meatball shapes, drop onto hot greased skillet, and with the back of a spatula, press them slightly to  flatten to about ½” thick.  Fry until golden brown on both sides.   This will take about 5 minutes per side.  Serve at once.

NUTRITIONAL INFO:   Makes 13 pork bites, each contains:

133 calories

11 g  fat

1.2 g  carbs, .4 g  fiber, .8 g  NET CARBS

7.45 g  protein

133 mg sodium

116 mg potassium

10% RDA Vitamin B6, 12% B12, 10% phosphorous, 10% riboflavin, 18% selenium, 24% thiamin, 10% zinc

Peppered Rib Roast

Peppered Rib Roast

Peppered Rib Roast

I often make this for company and holidays.  This is truly my all-time favorite beef marinade and has been since I was in high school.  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 marinade gets strong upon reheating, in my opinion.

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, tamari or coconut aminos

1/2 c. dry red wine (burgundy or claret work nicely here)

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 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 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 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 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 as there is now raw meat juice int eh 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.

Entire batch of 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

Chicken Curry with Chickpeas

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This delicious curry recipe is very easy to put together if you have all the ingredients on hand.   It is equally delicious made with or without the heavy cream added, so you folks who must eat dairy free can still consider this curry for your table.  It’s one of my favorites!  As written, this recipe isn’t suitable until you reach the higher carb fruits rung of the carb re-introduction ladder of Atkins.   If you omit the raisins, you still need to have reached the legumes rung of the carb ladder to have this.  It is acceptable for Keto if you can fit the carbs into your day, but not suitable for Primal-Paleo.

This recipe is a bit carbier than most of mine, but if still on Induction, you could always substitute cauliflower or chunks of summer yellow squash for the chickpeas and reduce the net carb count to around 4.4!  Cauliflower is often seen in Indian curries.

INGREDIENTS:

2 T. olive oil

1 T. butter

1 tsp. cumin seed

3 chicken thighs + 2 chicken legs

3 oz. onion, sliced

1 tsp. ground cumin

1 tsp. turmeric

1/8 tsp. cayenne pepper

1 tsp. minced ginger root

1 tsp. Garam Masala

1 c. cilantro, chopped

1 c. chicken broth (preferably homemade)

3 Roma tomatoes, cut into large chunks

½ oz. raisins

2/3 c. canned chickpeas, drained

Dash salt

1/2 c. heavy cream

DIRECTIONS:   Heat a non-stick wok or skillet.  Add the cumin sead and toast until they are fragrant.  Add the oil and butter.  Place chicken pieces in hot oil and brown on both sides.  Add the onion and allow it to begin to brown, stirring it around the chicken pieces with your fork or spoon.  Add all remaining ingredients except the cream. Bring to a simmer, then lower heat, cover and simmer for about 30 minutes or until chicken is completely done (check with a knife).  Slowly stir in the cream and if desired, thicken with a light dusting of xanthan gum or your preferred thickener and whisk it in well.  Simmer 1-2 more minutes to allow your thickener to do its job and serve the curry at once.  I serve my husbands over basmati rice; mine I usually eat alone or occasionally have it with/over some steamed cauliflower.

NUTRITIONAL INFO:   Makes 5 servings, each contains:

365 calories

26 g  fat

14.1 g  carbs, 2.6 g  fiber, 11.5 g  NET CARBS  (4.4 if you omit the chickpeas)

18.74 g  protein

324 mg sodium

320 mg potassium

23% RDA Vitamin A, 26% B6, 7% B12, 11% C, 10% E, 20% copper, 28% iron, 11% magnesium, 18% manganese, 28% niacin, 22% phosphorous, 18% riboflavin, 8% thiamin, 22% zinc

Down on the Bayou ♫♫ Cajun Soup

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I found myself humming the Credence Clearwater Revival (Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young) hit “Born on the Bayou” when I started to cook this soup yesterday and quickly went and popped the tape into my player.  I was quite fond of Credence in college.  I just LOVE their rendition of this particular song.  I was really just trying to use up a leftover chicken breast and a half bag of crawfish tails in my freezer and seeing the German brats on the refrigerator shelf right by the chicken, well….. I immediately thought of a Cajun concoction.  This creation is where that thought took me.

The final soup WAS DELICIOUS!  It has been so cold lately, soup is exactly the right kind of lunch these days.  The beans make this meal a little carb-y, but you could omit those for a lower net carb count (or if you’re on Atkins Induction.  But considering how many vegetables it has, it’s not surprising it’s a bit carb-y.  As written, this is not suitable until you reach the legume rung of the carb re-introduction ladder of the Atkins plan.  Get a load of the nutritional stats on this recipe!  A bowl of this delicious soup is worth every single carb nutrition-wise!  I’ll definitely be making this one again!

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INGREDIENTS:

¼ c. olive oil

1/3 c. oat fiber

2 oz. onion, diced

1 c. celery, diced

½ c. green bell pepper, diced

½ c. chopped parsley

¼ c. unsalted butter

8 oz. skinless chicken breast, cut into bite-sized pieces

4 oz. lean smoked sausage, sliced (I used a German Bratwurst)

1 c. frozen crawfish tail meat (or shrimp)

1 tsp. my Seafood Spice Blend

Dash each salt and pepper

1 T. rice vinegar

1½ c. seafood (or chicken) stock (I used homemade lobster stock)

½ tsp. Sriracha chile sauce

1½ c. no-salt diced canned tomatoes

1 c. canned canellini beans, drained (or navy beans)

Dash each salt and pepper

DIRECTIONS:  Heat olive oil over high heat in a large non-stick pan.  Add the oat fiber.  Whisking constantly, allow the two to blend and brown to a golden maple syrup color (this is making a sort of roux).  Add the diced vegetables to cool the roux.  Add the butter now and saute until the vegetables are softening. Add the parsley and chicken and saute, stirring, until the chicken is no longer pink. Lower heat a bit and add all remaining ingredients but the beans.  Simmer for 15-20 minutes on low.  Add the beans, stir and serve at once with your favorite low-carb bread or crackers.

NUTRITIONAL INFO:   Makes 6 servings, each contains:

328.7 calories

21.6 g  fat

15.5 g  carbs, 7.95 g fiber, 7.55 g  NET CARBS

23.3 g  protein

550 mg sodium

463 mg potassium

17% RDA Vitamin A, 22% B6, 44% B12, 32% C, 15% E, 27% copper, 31% iron, 10% magnesium, 13% manganese, 47% niacin,  28% phosphorous, 12% riboflavin, 36% selenium, 7% thiamin, 12% zinc

Chicken-Brussels Sprouts Casserole

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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.

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

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

INGREDIENTS:

1 c. homemade chicken broth

¼ c. quinoa

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

German Brats and Vegetables

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We recently grilled some delicious German Beef Brats I can get from my grass-fed beef supplier. The seasoning blend in his sausages is simply delicious!  Very heavy with black pepper, but we like that.  With the 3 leftover links I defrosted tonight, I created a quick, stir-fried dish that’s both tasty, satisfies and yet stays low in carbs, despite all the vegetables in it. This recipe is suitable for all phases of Atkins, Keto, Paleo and Primal nutritional programs.  You could also make this using any type of brats, smoked sausage or Kielbasa with equally good results.

INGREDIENTS:

2 T. bacon grease

8 oz. German beef brat sausages (or any lean link sausage), precooked & sliced

1 c. frozen green beans

4 oz. onion, sliced thinly

4 oz. green cabbage, sliced

1 large clove garlic, minced

4 oz. red bell pepper, sliced

4 oz. sliced mushrooms, drained

Dash each salt and black pepper

¼ tsp. Sriracha chili sauce

DIRECTIONS:    Heat the bacon grease in a non-stick wok or skillet.  Saute the green beans and onion until to begins to wilt.  Add the cabbage and garlic next and continue sauteing until it just begins to soften.  Add the bell pepper, stirring as it softens just a bit (but isn’t mushy).  Add sausage, mushrooms, salt, pepper and Sriracha sauce and stir well for 2-3 minutes for flavors to blend. Remove and enjoy.   I ate mine plain, but it would be good on brown rice for non-low-carb guests.

NUTRITIONAL INFO:   Makes 4 servings, each contains:

274 calories

22.5 g  fat

10.1 g  carbs, 3.05 g  fiber, 7.05 g  NET CARBS

8.7 g  protein

384 mg potassium

725 mg sodium

9% RDA Vitamin A, 20% B6, 6% B12, 66% C, 15% copper, 16% iron, 8% magnesium, 14% manganese, 18% niacin, 17% phosphorous, 17% selenium, 26% thiamin, 25% zinc

Tex-Mex Beef Bone Broth Soup

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Bone broth is so very good for you!  I make it, freeze it and use it at every opportunity in my cooking.  I like to collect my grass-fed beef bones in a large plastic bag in the freezer.  Then when I have a big batch, I make extra rich bone broth from them.  I happened to have  1½ quarts of made-up broth in my freezer today and decided it was a good day for soup for lunch.   I didn’t add too much to the pot…just a few vegetables and some leftover grass-fed brisket that was also in the freezer.  I tossed in a couple things to spice it up and VOILA!  Another delicious, hearty soup for a chilly winter day.  This soup is suitable for all phases of Atkins, Keto diets and Primal-Paleo as well.

INGREDIENTS:

1½ qts. (6 cups) beef bone broth

1 c. rich, beef gravy (I used some leftover made from chuck roast pan drippings)

8 oz. cooked beef chuck or brisket, diced (I used grass-fed brisket)

½ c. Rotel tomatoes with green chilies

1 c. diced tomatoes (I used no-salt canned)

3 stalks celery, chopped

2 small carrots, chopped

4 T. my chimichurri sauce:  (or 2 T. each fresh parsley, cilantro and minced jalapeno pepper)

½ tsp. blend of your favorite chili powder blend (I used a blend of smoky chipotle, guajillo and ancho)

2 cloves garlic, minced

Dash each salt and coarse black pepper

DIRECTIONS:   Place all ingredients in a large soup pot and bring to a boil.  Simmer for at least 1 hour to cook vegetables tender and to blend the flavors together.  Serve with your favorite low-carb crackers.  I served mine with my new Almond-Arrowroot Crackers.

NUTRITIONAL INFO:   Makes 6 large bowls (about 1-1¼c. each).  Each serving contains:

228 calories

14.5 g  fat

6.01 g  carbs, 1.61 g  fiber, 4.4 g  NET CARBS

16.4 g  protein

262 mg sodium

199 mg potassium

23% RDA Vitamin A, 13% B6, 127% B12, 9% C, 7% calcium, 14% copper, 52% iron, 5% magnesium, 37% manganese, 42% niacin, 21% phosphorous, 25% riboflavin, 38% selenium, 5% thiamin, 62% zinc

Chicken-Sausage Pho Soup

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I’ve been wanting to try my hand at Vietnamese Pho as I’ve heard so much about it.  The pictures always look divine!  Today the ingredients just seemed to be lined up on the top shelf of the refrigerator:  1 cooked chicken breast, a red bell pepper, and some calabacita squash (Mexican Zucchini).  I think it was meant to be.   VOILA! my lunch pictured above went together in about 10 minutes.  It was simply delicious!  Although not exactly traditional Pho, this healthy, low-carb version  is suitable for Atkins Induction, Keto diets, Primal and Paleo as well.

VARIATION:  You could substitute shiritaki tofu noodles for the calabacita squash and lower the carbs even more!

INGREDIENTS:

8 oz. cooked chicken breast, shredded

2 oz. breakfast sausage, browned

6 oz. calabacita (or zucchini) squash, cut into noodles

2 green onions, chopped

1/3 c. fresh cilantro

2 oz. red bell pepper, chopped

3 c. chicken broth (I use homemade)

4 T. unsalted butter

1 tsp. sriracha chili sauce

1 tsp. minced fresh ginger root

1 large clove garlic, minced

1 tiny splash of fish sauce

DIRECTIONS:  Cut the calaba squash into “noodles” either with a Noodler-type tool or a julienne peeler.  Set noodles aside for now.  Brown the sausage in a soup pot.  Add shredded chicken and all other ingredients, including the calabacita “noodles”.  Simmer just until the noodles are slightly soft but not disintegrated into the broth (about 5 minutes).  Serve with extra sriracha sauce at the table for those who like to spice things up!  Salt to taste and ENJOY!

NUTRITIONAL INFO:  Makes 4 servings, each contains:

326 calories

21 g  fat

4.22 g  carbs, 1.27 g  fiber, 2.95 g  NET CARBS

500 mg sodium

527 mg potssium

19% RDA Vitamin A, 36% B6, 16% B12, 8% C, 23% copper, 19% iron, 13% magnesium, 84% niacin, 33% phosphorous, 26% riboflavin, 36% selenium, 16% thiamin and 17% zinc

Creamy Dreamy Chicken-Broccoli Casserole

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I don’t usually like broccoli cooked into casseroles because it invariably gets “overdone” by the time the dish is cooked.  But I think I’ve found a solution to that issue with the method I used to put this sinfully rich, tasty casserole together tonight.  The broccoli went into the mixture uncooked!  Voilà! Problem solved.  The broccoli was still quite firm in this final dish and for once, I actually liked this  broccoli casserole!  My husband REALLY liked this and kept dipping up more and more!  I loved it, too!  Guess this one will be a keeper for us. :)

I used precooked chicken, but you could dice up your chicken breast and sear in grease if you don’t happen to have any pre-cooked on hand.  This recipe is EASY! PEASY!  Basically you just toss the ingredients together in a bowl,  pour the mixture into a greased casserole dish, top with cheese and bake!

This recipe is not suitable for Atkins Induction unless you omit the wild rice.  Just increase the broccoli by 1 more cup and the dish will taste just fine.  This recipe, because of the small amount of wild rice in it, should not be enjoyed until you reach Pre-Maintenace or Maintenance due to the rice.  This dish is not suitable for a Primal-Paleo regimen.

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

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

INGREDIENTS:

2 c. cooked chicken meat, diced large

2 c. broccoli, cut into small flowerettes and stem pieces

5 oz. cream cheese, softened

3 T. melted butter

½ c. heavy cream

½ c. shredded Parmesan cheese

3 T. mayonnaise (I use homemade)

½ tsp. my Shawarma Spice Blend (or your favorite blend)

3/4 c. chicken broth (I use homemade)

Dash black pepper

1 c. cooked wild rice

4 oz. Monterey Jack Cheese, shredded (for topping)

DIRECTIONS:  Preheat oven to 350º.  Lightly oil a 9×13  or large oval casserole dish.  Cut up the broccoli and chicken and place in large mixing bowl.  Add the softened cream cheese and melted butter.  Stir well.  Now add all remaining ingredients except the  Monterey Jack Cheese.  Stir well to blend and pour into the greased baking dish.  Sprinkle the Jack cheese on top and bake at 350º for 45 minutes to 1 hour.  I served with a nice green salad and some garlic toast made with my favorite Gluten-Free Focaccia Bread.

NUTRITIONAL INFO:   Makes 6 servings, each contains:

485 calories

39 g  fat

9.70 g  carbs, 1.30 g  fiber, 8.4 g  NET CARBS

25 g  protein

254 mg potassium

597 mg sodium

37% RDA Vitamin A, 19% B6, 30% B12, 35% C, 12% E, 15% calcium, 12% copper, 23% iron, 11% magnesium, 9% manganese, 29% niacin, 39% phosphorous, 30% riboflavin, 40% selenium, 7% thiamin, 21% zinc

Perfect Rib Roast

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Well, I made it through yet another Christmas feast!  Now, my husband is sound asleep in his favorite chair so I thought I’d post my favorite method for cooking rib roasts that I used tonight.  It’s how my mother roasted them for years and years and folks, it just doesn’t get any easier or any tastier! This method has never, EVER failed me.  This recipe is suitable for all phases of Atkins, Ketogenic diets and Primal-Paleo if you use coconut aminos.

My roasts are usually bone-in as I think they cook more evenly with the bones in them.  But I do remove them after cooking to make slicing the meat easier.  I served my roast tonight with French-style green beans and a tasty cauliflower mash along with a lovely Grand Marnier fruit salad on the side.  All I can say is……………Mmm. Mmm. Mmm.

We like rib roast medium rare and you can see, it cooked perfectly for me as always.  My roast was 4.5 pounds and after removing the bones, I got 8 nice 8-oz. servings (3/8″ thick slices) from the hunk of lean meat remaining.   My little rat terrier got one of the meaty bones for her Christmas dinner.  She was in sheer heaven.  :)  No doubt, my husband will eat the other one for lunch tomorrow.  He just loves to gnaw the bones.

INGREDIENTS:

4½ pound beef rib roast (I usually buy bone-in and allow 1# to serve 2 people when buying)

1 T. coconut aminos, tamari or low-sodium soy sauce

½ clove garlic (or 1/4 tsp. garlic powder

¼-1/3  tsp. coarse cracked black pepper

DIRECTIONS:  Preheat the oven to 325º.  Place the roast on a cutting board or right in your roasting pan if you prefer.  If using fresh garlic, the first step is to cut your clove in half and rub the cut surface all over the surfaces of the meat (all sides, including the bony side).   If not using fresh garlic, step 1 is to drizzle the coconut aminos or soy sauce over the meat surfaces and rub it in with your fingers.  Step 2 is to sprinkle the garlic powder on the meat surfaces.  Last, sprinkle the black pepper all over the meat surfaces.  Place roast bone side down in your roasting pan.  Roast at 325º for 15 minutes to the pound.

Check center of the roast with a meat thermometer (be sure the thermometer tip isn’t touching bone).  The meat is rare at an internal temperature of 115º; medium rare at 120º; well done at 125º and probably overcooked and “dead” (dry and tough) at 130º or higher.   I personally think it is a crime to eat such a wonderful cut of meat well done, but to each his own preferences.    Since we like our rib roast medium rare, I always take it out of the oven when it reads (115º rare) as it will continue to cook as you let it sit on the counter for 5 minutes before carving.  You don’t want to bypass the sitting period or the minute you start slicing, all the wonderful juices will ooze out onto the cutting board and be wasted.  Carve off the bones and set aside.  Carve up 8 nice 3/8″ slices and serve at once.

I like to deglaze the roasting pan with a dab of water over low heat while the meat is “sitting”. Just stir to get up all the brown bits to make your “au jus” sauce.  Add a dash of salt and pepper to the juice if needed.  Serve your roast with horseradish sauce if desired.  My recipe for that sauce is here:  Horseradish Sauce

NUTRITIONAL INFO:   Makes eight 8-oz.servings (plus the meaty bones leftover).  Each 8-0z. slice contains:

846 calories

69 g  fat (less if you trim all visible off as you eat)

.7 g  carbs, .2 g  fiber, .5 g  NET CARBS

52 g  protein

209 mg sodium

671 mg potassium

35% RDA Vitamin B6, 220% B12, 23% copper, 169% iron, 15% magnesium, 59% niacin, 56% phosphorous, 40% riboflavin, 88% selenium, 15% thiamin, 163% zinc

Beer-Braised Beef Shanks with Leeks

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Bought some beef shanks recently that were too pretty and lean to pass up!  I like to braise them in beer or wine as a rule.  This is one of my all-time favorite braised beef recipes and ever so simple.  Cooks itself really, after searing the meat.   This dish is equally good made with large pieces of chuck roast or with beef short ribs, if you can’t get shanks.  The carbs are coming from the leeks but they are really good with this meat.  This dish is only Induction friendly if you omit the beer. It sports an incredible nutrient analysis.  I served mine with buttered, steamed carrots and my Seeded Dinner Rolls:  http://buttoni.wordpress.com/2012/01/25/seeded-dinner-rolls/ . My husband likes his leeks stewed to “death”, as they appear in the photo.  But I would recommend if you like yours less “dead” (as do I), wait to add them to the pot after the meat has simmered for the first hour hour.   I thicken my broth with xanthan gum, but you can use whatever thickener is acceptable for your eating plan.

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

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

INGREDIENTS:

29-30 oz.  lean, cross-cut beef shanks  (about 1 3/4 lb. raw, weighed bone in)

1 T. coconut oil

2 oz. yellow onion, sliced

3 cloves garlic, minced

1 leek, cleaned and chopped into 2″ pieces

7 oz. large mushrooms, wiped clean

12 oz. low-carb beer (I used Michelob Ultra at 2.6 carbs per bottle)

1/4 tsp. ground thyme

1½ c. rich beef broth

about 1 c. water (enough to cover meat)

thickener of your choice

DIRECTIONS:   Cut root tip and top 1″of green part off the leek.  Slice it lengthwise and wash carefully with water between layers to get all “hiding” dirt out.  Cut into 2″ pieces and set aside.  Wipe mushrooms clean with a dry cloth, cut huge ones in half, leave others whole.  Set aside.    Heat a large dutch oven or stew pot until nearly smoking and add coconut oil.  Sear the pieces of meat on high flame until they are well browned on each side.  Add yellow onion, garlic, broth, beer, water thyme, salt and pepper.  Cover and lower heat to  slow simmer.  Simmer 1 hour.   Add mushrooms and leeks, lightly stirring them into the broth.  Cover again and simmer for about 30 more minutes or until meat is very tender.  Serve with your favorite low-carb bread or dinner rolls and a salad or another vegetable if you prefer.  ENJOY!

NUTRITIONAL INFO:  Makes 4 servings, each contains: (I have calculated the stats below assuming you consume an entire 1/4 of  the thickened broth, which is probably unlikely.  Actual consumed net carbs on the broth might be less than the 6.22 g. shown below.  But the actual consumed would be difficult to calculate any other way than I have shown at 1/4 the broth, 1/4 of the meat and 1/4 of the veggies.)

310 calories

10.4 g  fat

7.55 g  carbs, 1.33 g  fiber, 6.22 g  NET CARBS

40.2 g  protein

450 mg sodium

932 mg potassium

64% RDA Vitamin B6, 240% B12, 36% copper, 62% iron, 88% niacin, 60% phosphorous, 55% riboflavin, 66% selenium and 152% zinc

Crawfish Pad Thai

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Tonight was my first attempt ever at cooking Pad Thai.  In fact, I’ve never even eaten it before!  I’ve read tons of recipes for it on the internet and have deduced that it’s apparently like gumbo, in that every recipe is a little different, but there are similar ingredients in all of the recipes.  So I went about concocting my own version, pulling from this recipe and that recipe.  I had no idea if the final dish was going to be good, and told my husband “If we don’t like it, we can just go out and eat.”  It surpassed our expectations!  Other than the fact I got it a little too hot with peppers, the overall flavor was truly OUTSTANDING!  I now see why people rant and rave about it.  I will definitely be making this dish on a regular basis in future!  I can’t wait to try it with pork, chicken and shrimp one day.

I’m showing a lesser amount of hot pepper ingredients below than went into my dinner tonight, as it was waaaaay too hot for us with 1/2 tsp. crushed red pepper AND the jalapeno.   This meal would be suitable for Atkins Induction Phase, Keto diets and would even fit a Primal-Paleo lifestyle if plan-appropriate sauce ingredients are used.

INGREDIENTS: 

3 cloves garlic, minced

3 T. rice vinegar

1 T. oyster sauce

1 T. coconut aminos, tamari or low-sodium soy sauce

1 drop or a whisper of your favorite sweetener (optional)

1 T. fish sauce

2 c. cooked spaghetti squash threads

2 T. olive oil

1 medium carrot, slivered lengthwise very thinly and cut into 2″ pieces

2 oz. purple onion

1 small jalapeno, seeded and slivered into very thin strips

1/8 tsp. crushed red pepper flakes (more if you like things HOT!)

1 c. bean sprouts (I had none on hand and used 1/3 c. slivered water chestnuts instead)

4 large green onions, chopped into ½” pieces

12 oz. crawfish tail meat, (I use cooked, frozen that I have defrost.  Or you could substitute cooked shrimp)

3 large eggs, beaten

½ c. cilantro, chopped

1 T. butter

DIRECTIONS:  Cook half the spaghetti squash by slicing in half, putting cut side down into baking dish with 1/2″ water and microwave for 13 minutes on HI.  Holding the squash half with a pot holder or towel, fork out threads from one half of the squash.  Reserve the other half of the squash for some other use.  In a small bowl, make a sauce of the first 6 ingredients.  Set aside.  Melt the butter in a non-stick skillet and scramble the beaten eggs lightly.  Chop with a knife a bit on a cutting board and set aside for now.  Cut up all the vegetables so they are ready for final cooking and assembly.  Heat the oil in a large non-stick skillet.  Add the carrot, purple onion, green onion and saute until tender crisp.  Add the cooked spaghetti squash threads, the bean sprouts (or water chestnuts) and crawfish tails (or shrimp).  Continue to stir-fry over medium-high heat for about 5 minutes, to allow flavors to blend.  Add the scrambled egg now and then the cilantro, stirring to mix them in evenly.  Lower heat.  Stir the sauce you prepared and pour it evenly over the mixture.  Stir one last time to mix everything thoroughly.  Remove from heat and serve at once.

NUTRITIONAL INFO:  Makes 6 servings, each contains:

178 calories

9.8 g  fat

8.9 g  carbs, 1.9 g  fiber, 7 g  NET CARBS

14 g protein

715 mg sodium

395 mg potassium

23% RDA Vitamin A, 15% B6, 65% B12, 11% C, 14% E, 53% copper, 21% iron, 12% magnesium, 27% manganese, 15% niacin, 33% phosphorous, 19% riboflavin, 53% selenium, 9% thiamin and 18% zinc

Smokey Hamburger-Cauliflower Casserole

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This delicious, hearty beef casserole was inspired by this very simple Hamburger Recipe .   Linda has so many delicious, simple casserole recipes and was my cooking-Bible when I began low-carbing and had no idea what I was doing.

For my final dish, I substituted a somewhat richer creamy ingredient:  Jennifer Eloff’s marvelous Condensed Mushroom Soup (scroll down on the page) .  You should omit the xanthan gum in her soup recipe, as I also add a fair amount of Smoked Gouda cheese to the recipe, which nicely takes care of thickening the liquid in this recipe.  I also greatly increased the vegetables in the recipe for deeper flavor and added parsley and cayenne pepper.

This dish is very quick to make and can even be baked in the same skillet you used for sauteing!  I’m all about easy in the kitchen!  This entree would be suitable for all phases of Atkins, Keto diets and Primal diners who eat occasional dairy.  This one is not appropriate for Paleo.

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

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

INGREDIENTS:

3/4 head (5-6″) cauliflower, cut into flowerettes, steamed or boiled

1 T. butter, unsalted, melted

1 c. celery, chopped

½ c. onion, chopped

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

½ recipe Jennifer Eloff’s Condensed Mushroom Soup: (omit xanthan gum)

¼ c. chicken broth (I use homemade)

1  4-oz. can sliced mushrooms, undrained

1/8 tsp. black pepper

Dash salt

Dash cayenne pepper (optional)

¼ c. parsley, chopped

6 oz. shredded Smoked Gouda Cheese

DIRECTIONS:  Make the mushroom soup by that recipe’s directions, omitting the xanthan gum.  You will use half for this dish and can store the balance in the refrigerator for about a week.  Set aside for now.  Steam or boil the cauliflower until tender (about 15-20 minutes).  Drain well and set aside.

Preheat the oven to 350º.   In an oven-proof skillet over high heat melt the butter.  Add the onion and celery and saute/stir until they are tender.   Crumble the meat on top and continue to cook until the meat is no longer brown.  Add all remaining ingredients but the parsley (including the condensed soup and cooked cauliflower).  Stir gently to mix well and turn off the heat.  Sprinkle the parsley on top and press slightly into the surface of the casserole.  Pop skillet into your preheated oven and bake for 30 minutes.  Serve with a green vegetable or green salad.

NUTRITIONAL INFO:  Makes 8 servings (my skillet is 15″).  Each serving contains:

267 calories

20 g  fat

6.67 g  carbs, 2.17 g  fiber, 4.5 g  NET CARBS

17 g  protein

488 mg sodium

286 mg potassium

12% RDA Vitamin B6, 37% B12, 17% calcium, 14% copper, 25% iron, 10% phosphorous, 9% riboflavin, 4% selenium

Ham-Blackeyed Pea Soup

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This is a soup I’ve made for several years now and it comes out consistently tasty even when I don’t measure a single ingredient that goes into the pot.  There’s just something magical about the flavors in this soup.  The ingredients and flavor additives just seem to be a marriage made in Heaven!  There are more vegetables in this than meat, so compared to my other soup recipes, this one’s a little carb-y, but worth every single carb in flavor and nutrition it yields!  This is not suitable for Induction unless you omit the peas.  It will work well in a Keto diet if you use soy black beans, as well as Primal-Paleo if you use a more plan-appropriate vinegar.  You can lower the per serving carb count on this soup by about 4 net carbs if you substitute soy black beans for the blackeyed peas, but the flavor will not be quite as good in my opinion.

INGREDIENTS:

1 meaty ham bone

3 c. homemade chicken, pork or beef broth (I’ve used them all successfully)

2 c. diced cooked ham (from the bone above)

1  15-oz can diced tomatoes, no salt added (about 1¼ c., or 3 diced fresh Roma tomatoes)

2 large stalks celery, chopped

3/4 c. red bell pepper, chopped

4 oz. onion, chopped

3 cloves garlic, minced

1 c. parsley, chopped (loosely packed)

Dash black pepper

½ tsp. ground thyme

½ tsp. my Seafood Spice Blend

¼ c. vinegar (rice wine vinegar is what I use, but red wine vinegar or balsamic are suitable choices)

1 tsp. Sriracha chili sauce (or sub in 5-10 drops Tobasco or other favorite hot sauce)

3/4 c. frozen cut green beans, chopped a bit more (or cut okra)

1 15-oz can blackeyed peas with their liquid (also known as cowpeas)

DIRECTIONS:  If you own a pressure cooker, that works wonderfully here.  It will see to it this soup is ready to eat in about 20 minutes.  If you don’t own one, you will need to cook your soup a little longer in order for the tougher vegetables to get completely tender. You don’t want crunchy veggies in soup.

Place the first 8 ingredients (through the garlic) into a pressure cooker, bring the pot to pressure on HIGH heat, then reduce and pressure cook for 10 minutes according to your cooker’s instructions.  If using a regular soup pot, you’ll need to simmer about 30 minutes.  Remove and bring down pressure in your pressure cooker quickly by running cold water over the top of the cooker until pressure button goes down.  Remove lid carefully to avoid a steam burn.  Using a pair of tongs, remove the ham bone to a cutting board, cool a few minutes.  Trim off all lean meat and dice.  Save the fatty/cartilage pieces for your dog or cat!  It’s real good for them and they love it so!  I usually get about 2 c. diced meat off my ham bones and that’s what my bone again yielded today.  Place the diced meat back into the soup pot and turn heat to low.  Add all remaining ingredients listed above, stir well and simmer 5 minutes longer.  Serve at once and ENJOY!  Leftovers will freeze well.

NUTRITIONAL INFO:  Makes 5 servings, each contains:

186 calories

5 g  fat

17.46 g  carbs, 4.18 g  fiber, 13.28 g  NET CARBS (about 9 net carbs if made with soy black beans)

17.6 g  protein

1160 mg sodium  (most of it is coming from the ham)

853 mg potassium

18% RDA Vitamin A, 28% B;6, 15% B12, 72% C, 9% calcium, 27% copper, 39% iron, 17% magnesium, 21% manganese, 38% niacin, 37% riboflavin, 25% selenium, 47% thiamin, 28% zinc

Creamy Chicken-Cabbage Skillet Casserole

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I can never get my husband to eat much cabbage as a separate dish, but as soon as I cheese it up, make it creamy and turn it into a casserole……..his tune changes.  I created this little quick skillet dish tonight for dinner that got my husband’s ultimate “up vote”:  “You can fix that one again ANY time!”  So it looks like this dish will be in my regular chicken recipe rotations.  :)  And what a nutritious dinner this was!!  Just check out the nutritional stats below!  Best of all, it’s super EASY!  It went together in 15 minutes and baked for just 30 minutes more.  This dish is suitable for all phases of Atkins, Keto diets but not for Primal-Paleo due to the cheese/dairy.

INGREDIENTS:

16 oz. raw boneless, skinless chicken breast, cut into four ½” thick filets

1 T. olive oil

4 c. cabbage, coarsely chopped

½ c. sour cream

½ c. my Homemade Mayonnaise

Dash each salt, black pepper and garlic powder

1/8 tsp. ground thyme

½ tsp. my Shawarma Spice Blend

½ tsp. onion powder

1 c. shredded Cheddar cheese

DIRECTIONS:  Preheat oven to 350º.  Heat olive oil in a large non-stick skillet.  Brown the four pieces of chicken on both sides over high heat (chicken will not be fully done however).  Lift them onto a plate while you put the rest of the dish together in this same skillet. Lower heat to medium-high.  Add the chopped cabbage to the skillet and stir/saute for 2-3 minutes just until it begins to wilt.  Turn off heat.  Add the sour cream and homemade mayo and stir well.  Add the spices and stir again to blend.  Top with the cheese and neatly lay the browned chicken pieces on top.  Pop the skillet into a 350º oven and bake for about 30 minutes.  ENJOY!

NUTRITIONAL INFO:  Makes 4 servings (a serving is 4 oz chicken + ¼ cabbage mixture):

533 calories

42.2 g  fat

8.47 g  carbs, 2.35 g  fiber, 6.12 g  NET CARBS

30.8 g  protein

629 mg sodium

440 mg potassium

24% RDA Vitamin A, 49% B6, 81% B12, 44% C, 8% D, 33% #, 23% calcium, 21% copper, 43% iron, 18% magnesium, 12% manganese, 71% niacin, 77% phosphorous, 69% riboflavin, 104% selenium, 17% thiamin, 38% zinc.

Shawarma “Chicken Salad”

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I was originally going to make my regular Chicken Waldorf Salad recipe for super tonight.   But my husband wanted a green salad, so we agreed to compromise and serve the Waldorf Salad basically atop a nice tossed green salad.  I used the Shawarma Mayo Dressing I usually use on my Waldorf Salad but also added a bit of the Shawarma seasoning to the chicken when I sauteed it in the skillet.  This salad is delicious!  I can get by using a little less dressing serving it this way, too.  :)  This salad is not suitable until Atkins Pre-Maintenance or Maintenance due to the apple, unless you have reached the higher-carb fruits level of the carb ladder in Phase 2.  It’s one of the carbier recipes on my website with the apple in it.

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INGREDIENTS:

3 oz. raw chicken breast, cut in bite-sized pieces

1 T. unsalted butter

1½ c. mixed salad greens

2 oz. diced apple (or you can sub in 1 oz. pomegranate kernels)

8-9 walnut halves, broken up a bit

1½ T. homemade mayo

¼ tsp. my Shawarma Spice Blend (or I like even more)

DIRECTIONS:   Mix most of the Shawarma Spice blend into the homemade mayo and refrigerate until ready to serve.  Melt the butter in a skillet.  Add chicken and sprinkle with a tiny bit of the Shawarma Spice blend as you saute it until golden brown.  Fill your salad bowl with mixed salad greens.    Top with chicken.  Sprinkle on broken up walnuts and diced apple.  Serve the Shawarma mayo dressing either in the center of the bed of greens or separately at the table.  ENJOY!

NUTRITIONAL INFO:  Makes just 1 salad, so you’ll need to adjust for more people.  Each salad contains:

587 calories

51 g  fat

14.3 g  carbs, 4.7 g  fiber, 9.6 g  NET CARBS

28.8 g  protein

165 mg sodium

213 mg potassium

18% RDA Vitamin A, 41% B6, 12% B12, 42% copper, 216% iron, 19% magnesium, 40% manganese, 79% niacin, 37% phosphorous, 14% riboflavin, 40% selenium, 13% thiamin and 19% zinc.

Sausage-Stuffed Eggplant

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We just love eggplant and I like to fix them stuffed once in awhile.  Tonight I used pork breakfast sausage as the meat, rather than my usual seafood treatment of this wonderful vegetable.  This is delicious and provides a good deal of your daily nutritional needs.  Check out the stats below!  I usually serve this with a tossed green salad.  This dish is suitable for Induction provided you use an Induction-suitable  bread for the bread crumbs. It is great for Keto followers as well.  It is not suitable for Primal-Paleo as-writtten, but could be with minor tweaking.

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INGREDIENTS:

1  10-oz eggplant

1 slice bacon, finely chopped

8 oz. pork bulk sausage (preferably homemade), crumbled (or Italian sausage)

2 oz. onion, chopped

2 oz. red bell pepper, chopped

½ c. parsley, chopped

1 slice my Gluten-Free Focaccia Bread, crumbled

¼ c. heavy cream

1/8 tsp. your favorite spice blend for pork

1 large egg, beaten with the heavy cream above

DIRECTIONS:  Preheat oven to 350º.  Cut stem off eggplant and cut in half lengthwise.  Carefully remove the flesh with a knifef, leaving ¼” on the skin to support the filling.  Chop the eggplant into ½” dice.  Brown bacon in non-stick skillet.  Add sausage, crumbling with your spoon as it cooks. Add onion, eggplant, red pepper, parsley and spice blend you have chosen to use.  Cook until vegetables are tender. Turn off heat.  Crumbled slice of bread into the pan, Add the cream/egg mixture and stirl all together well. Fill each half of the eggplant with 1/2 of the filling. Press it down slightly with your spoon or hands.  Place filled eggplant halves into a baking pan filled with ¼” water.  Pop pan into oven and bake for about 45 minutes.   The filling should be done and the flesh that was left on the eggplant should be done as well.  Carefully lift them out onto your serving platter using two large cooking spoons.  Serve with a green veggie or tossed salad.

NUTRITIONAL INFO:  Makes two large adult servings, each contains:

737 calories

61.4 g  fat

12.4 g  carbs, 4.7 g  fiber, 7.7 g  NET CARBS

35.1 g  protein

550 mg sodium

831 mg potassium

40% RDA Vitamin A, 44% B6, 92% B12, 80% C, 13% E, 11% calcium, 28% copper, 43% iron, 16% manganese, 64% niacin, 48% phosphorous, 43% riboflavin, 29% selenium, 45% thiamin and 42% zinc

Chicken Asparagus Soup with Dumplings

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It seems like no matter how much fresh asparagus I cook, there are always some spears leftover. This soup is a GREAT way to use a few spears of leftover asparagus.  Wonderful for a cold winter day or to nurse a bad cold.  Using canned chicken and having some of my little dumplings in my freezer as well, this was ready in just about 15 minutes flat!  It was delicious!  This recipe is suitable for Atkins Phase 2 OWL and Keto diets.  It is not suitable for Primal-Paleo unless the dumpling are omitted.  This is a very nutritious soup as well as being a very good one!

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INGREDIENTS:

1  13-oz can of canned chicken breast, shredded

8 thin fresh asparagus spears, cut into ½” pieces

2 c. homemade chicken broth

¼ tsp. onion powder

½ recipe my Dumpling dough  (or you can sub in well-rinsed shirataki tofu “penne” noodles)

Salt and black pepper to taste

DIRECTIONS:  Open can of chicken and shred (with the broth) in a medium soup pot.  Add the broth, onion powder and asparagus.  Bring to a boil and reduce to a simmer.  Make the dumpling dough by that recipe’s instructions.  Form into ½” balls you roll up in your palms.  You will use only half of the dumplings in this soup, so bag up the rest and store in your refrigerator for another use.  They freeze nicely, too. Drop your small dumplings into the gently simmering broth, cover and cook exactly 7 minutes.   DO NOT LIFT THE LID during this 7 minutes. The dumplings will have slightly thickened your broth for you and the asparagus should be fully done now. Remove from heat, season with salt and pepper to taste and serve.

NUTRITIONAL INFO:   Makes two 1½c. servings, each contains:

448 calories

19 g  fat

7.75 g  carbs, 4.90 g  fiber, 2.85 g  NET CARBS

56 g  protein

490 mg sodium

654 g  protein

15% RDA Vitamin A, 36% B6, 77% B12, 8% E, 35% copper, 49% iron, 16% magnesium, 62% niacin, 53% phosphorous, 41% riboflavin, 73% selenium, 14% thiamin, 65% zinc.

Pork Patties with Dipping Sauce (dumplings optional)

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Finally, a way I can have Pot Stickers on the table and EAT them, too!  But since low carbers like me can’t have the dumplings they are traditionally wrapped in,  I’ve found a way to have this tasty dish without the wrappers!   Instead, I made a batch of very small simmered dumplings that I make with glucomannan powder and ate them “along with” the meat and dipping sauce.  I would have sworn I was eating real steamed dumplings!!  So good!!  I’ll be trying to sear the little dumplings in a hot skillet next time, so they’ll be even closer to the “fried” Pot Stickers.  I tried a bit of red bell pepper in my meat tonight, which you can see in the pic. But that flavor definitely conflicted with the other flavors and I will not be including it again.  I therefore am not including the red bell pepper in the recipe ingredients or nutritional info below.  This recipe is suitable for all phases of Atkins, Keto diets.  To make these suitable for Primal-Paleo, omit the peanut butter in the sauce, use a plan suitable vinegar and coconut aminos for the low-sodium soy sauce.  Apologies to my readers, but I failed to get a picture of the dumplings before the meal was consumed.  I will definitely do so next time I cook them, will sear them and let you see what they look like done that way.

As promised, here’s a pic of my “fried dumplings” that mimic Asian Fried Pot Stickers when eaten with these meat patties and sauce.

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I formed the meat this time into 18 smaller patties.  Then I made a recipe and a half of my dumpling batter and formed that into 18 balls I then slightly flattened into little “pillows” of dough.  I simmered them for 10 minutes in SLOWLY SIMMERING chicken broth and then seared them off in a large skillet in 2 T. olive oil.  They were simply DELICIOUS and very psychologically satisfying!  Almost like eating real Pot Stickers!!

This dish is suitable for Atkins Induction if you do NOT have the “dumplings” as they have oat fiber in them (although not much).

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INGREDIENTS:

1 lb. lean ground pork

1 beaten egg

2 jalapenos, seeded, ribs removed and minced fine

2 tsp. coconut aminos (or low-sodium soy sauce)

2 cloves, garlic, minced

2 T. olive oil (for frying)

OPTIONAL:  1 recipe and a half for 3 people eating 6 small “pot stickers” per serving of my Dumplings

DIPPING SAUCE:

2 tsp. sesame oil

1 tsp. creamy natural peanut butter (I use Laura Scudder Natural, but omit if on Induction)

2 T.  rice wine vinegar

1 tsp. ginger root, minced

2 cloves garlic, minced

1 tsp. Sambal Oelek chili sauce (or Sriracha sauce)

2-3 drops liquid stevia or sucralose

1 T. low sodium soy sauce (or coconut aminos)

1 T. finely minced green onion

2 T. water

DIRECTIONS:   If you wish to serve this dish with the dumplings on the side, prepare a recipe and a half of my glucomannan dumplings at the link above according to that recipe’s instructions, simmering them in plain water that is barely at a simmer.  Be sure to make them real tiny, about ½” is what I did, as they swell to about 3/4″ during simmering.  When they are done, using a slotted spoon, dip them gently onto a plate.  With paper towels, blot away as much water from around them as you can.  Set the plate of dumplings aside for now.

Mix the dipping sauce ingredients in a small bowl and set aside.

Mix up the meat ingredients in a medium bowl with either a fork or your hands.  Heat the 2 T. olive oil in a non-stick skillet over medium-high heat.  Form into 10 patties (mine were about 1½ oz. each and about 2″ long).  Place the meat patties in the skillet and brown on both sides until golden brown, making sure pink juices are no longer coming out of the meat when slightly pressed with the edge of your spatula.  Turn off heat and dip them onto a serving platter in a circle.  If serving with dumplings, serve those in the middle of the platter.  You can rewarm the dumplings on defrost in your microwave if you feel so compelled, but I find room temperature is just fine since the meat is piping hot.  Pour the dipping sauce into 3 tiny bowls and place one at each person’s place at table.   I forked 1 dumpling with a bite of meat, dipped into the sauce and shoved the two right into my mouth!  Pure heaven it was. I swear it tasted just like steamed dumplings!  Must try to brown my little dumplings in a skillet next time!   Pic of the fried version shown above.  :)

NUTRITIONAL INFO:  Makes ten 1½-oz. meat patties.  Each meat patty & sauce contains:  (includes 1/10th of the sauce).

NOTE:  The info below does NOT include the optional dumplings, but since they have negligible food value, I wouldn’t worry about them too much.  They are virtually pure fiber.  I get around 36-40 mini-dumplings or gnocchi out of the dumpling recipe so 3 dumplings only have around .1 net carb (or less)!  Like I said, virtually negligible. 

167 calories

14 g  fat

1.11 g  carbs, .16 g  fiber, .95 g  NET CARBS

8.7 g protein

142 mg sodium

153 mg potassium

15% RDA Vitamin B6, 16% B12, 12% C, 8% iron, 15.5% niacin, 14% phosphorous, 13% riboflavin, 24% selenium, 31% thiamin, 14% zinc

Chicken with Spinach & Eggs

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My father would have been proud of my lunch today. When he was still active duty Air Force, he would often cook himself scrambled spinach and eggs for supper when he got home late at night from a flight.  He most often cooked bacon to have with it, but for today’s lunch, I wanted to use up a small bit of leftover baked chicken breast.   Man, oh, man, was the resulting dish ever tasty! I added a couple other flavor enhancers and most assuredly will make this again.   What a nice way to use up a bit of leftover chicken. This recipe is suitable for Atkins Induction, Keto diets and those Primal diners who eat occasional dairy.  However, as written, this recipe is not suitable for Paleo.   Get a load of the outstanding nutritional stats on this dish!  Not only an easy dish, but an amazingly nutritious one!

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INGREDIENTS:

1 T. unsalted butter

¼ c. red bell pepper, chopped

1/2 c. frozen, chopped spinach

1 oz. cream cheese

2 large eggs, beaten

Dash each salt and black pepper

1/3 c. cooked, chopped chicken (I used breast meat)

¼ c. shredded Monterey Jack Cheese

DIRECTIONS:  Melt the butter in a small non-stick skillet and saute the bell  pepper until tender (mine was frozen, which is already soft when it defrosts, so I was able to bypass this step).  Add spinach and saute until all water has evaporated.  Add cream cheese and allow to melt.   Add beaten eggs and cook scrambled egg-spinach mixture until eggs are set.  My spinach/egg/cream cheese mixture was actually leftover from the day before, making my final dish even easier to throw together!   Remove from heat.  Sprinkle with salt and pepper lightly.  Transfer to a serving dish or plate if desired. Arrange chicken evenly over the top and finally with the cheese.  Microwave 1 minute on high to melt cheese.  Or, if not transferring from skillet, just place lid on skillet and reheat 1-2 minutes on low heat to melt the cheese.  ENJOY!  This was quite a tasty way to use up leftovers.

NUTRITIONAL INFO:    This recipe will serve 1 person.  The entire batch contains:

556 calories

42 g  fat

7.4 g  carbs, 3.2 g  fiber, 4.2 g  NET CARBS

38.5 g  protein

856 mg sodium

654 mg potassium

123% RDA Vitamin A, 44% B6, 66% B12, 89% C, 29% E, 17% calcium, 29% copper, 55% iron, 28% magnesium, 36% manganese, 50% niacin, 54% phosphorous, 73% riboflavin, 91% selenium, 19% thiamin, 27% zinc

Spongeblob Squareburger

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You know, I don’t think I’ve ever watched that silly cartoon show my recipe title alludes to.  But I happened to be channel surfing last night and landed on that program and found myself watching for 15 minutes or so.  I guess either I’m too old, or I just don’t get the humor.  Ren and Stimpy I could watch, but not this one.  So when I was slicing up my latest tweaked version of my Induction-friendly Flax Bread today, I was reminded how the slices looked like a kitchen sponge.  Immediately I was smitten with this idea.

I had some unused grass-fed ground beef leftover from a beef-cabbage dish I made myself last night.  I added some pork sausage that was leftover as well.  That all made a nice 4.5-oz burger patty for one (luckily my hubby was off in Austin yesterday for a convention.  Then the creative cogs started clicking.  Anyhow, this little burger came together easily ans was very tasty.  It was incredibly filling with the flax bread.  I will definitely make this quick dish again!  Different butters and seasoning elements in the meat are of course possible variations.  The caramelized onions and smoked Gouda really made this dinner a success.

This recipe is suitable for Atkins Phase 2 OWL and Keto diets, however it is not suitable for Primal-Paleo due to the bit of Bourbon in the compound butter and the particular bread used.  With another compound butter and a Paleo bread, my Primal-Paleo readers could certainly give this square burger a go.  This recipe is for 1 burger, so just multiply the ingredients as needed for making more.

INGREDIENTS:

3 oz. grass-fed ground beef (mine was 90% lean)

1½ oz. bulk pork sausage (I use homemade)

2 oz. onion, sliced

1 T. my Bacon-Bourbon Butter, softened

Dash black pepper

1 oz. slice of smoked Gouda cheese

2 slices my Flax-Whey Protein Bread

DIRECTIONS:  Stack the two slices of bread on top of each other and trim off any uneven edges to get straight edges, like your Mom used to cut off the crusts fro you when you were young (my Mom made us eat the crusts, but I saw many a Mom do it!  Set aside for now.  In a small bowl, using a fork, mix the ground beef, sausage, bourbon butter and black pepper until well blended.  Using your palms and then enlisting the help or a straight-edge spatula, form a square meat patty slightly larger than your bread is cut right onto a non-stick skillet.  When you are satisfied with teh shape, turn on the heat to medium-high and brown one side.  Flip the patty over and push to one side of the skillet and saute the sliced onion along side the meat in the pan drippings, turning them several times as the meat browns. When the meat is fully cooked turn off the heat.   Place one bun onto your plate.  Set the meat on top.  Place the brown, caramelized onions in a “blob” on top of the meat.  Next place the slice of smoked Gouda on the onions and invert a bowl or small pan over the stack to allow steam to heat/melt the Gouda, but just until it slightly softens (but isn’t running all over the place).  Remove the inverted “dome” and place the top bun piece on top and serve at once.  You’ll notice in this first version I used my 8-Seed Crust mixture sprinkled on my bread when I made it.  That was quite good on this burger, too!  Kind of like a sesame bun.

NUTRITIONAL INFO:  This recipe makes 1 squareburger. Because I’m on Induction once again to break a long stall, I had to make mine with my flax bread, making this recipe pretty carb-y “as written”.  But there are breads with much lower stats you can use, like my Gluten-Free Focaccia Bread.

Made with my Flax-Whey Protein Bread: 1046 calories, 83 g fat, 26.6 g carbs, 17.4 g fiber, 9.2 g NET CARBS, 65.2 g  protein

Made with my Gluten-Free Focaccia Bread: 673 calories, 55 g fat, 10.3 g  carbs, 2.3 g fiber, 8.0 NET CARBS, 36.5 g  protien

Thai Chicken-Pumpkin Soup

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When there’s a chill in the air I find myself wanting soup for lunch.  But alas, there are absolutely NO leftovers in the refrigerator today.  OH MY!!  That almost never happens!  So I then turned to the pantry for ideas.  My stockpile of pumpkin caught my eye and there sitting right beside all the cans of pumpkin was a can of coconut milk.  I grabbed it, a can of pumpkin, a can of chicken breast meat, walked over to my freezer and took out two small jars of homemade chicken stock and went from there.  The final soup came out quite tasty and ends up it’s very nutritious, too.  I went for a Thai flavor today.  GOOD choice for my e key ingredients!  This recipe isn’t suitable until you reach the nuts and seeds rung of Atkins Phase 2 OWL carb ladder.  It is perfectly suited to other Keto diets and Primal-Paleo as well.

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

 

INGREDIENTS:

1  15-oz. can pumpkin puree (do not use pumpkin pie filling!)

1  13.5-oz. can coconut milk

3 c. homemade chicken broth

¼ c. packed, chopped fresh cilantro

¼ tsp. salt

Dash black pepper

¼ c. green onion, finely chopped

1 tsp. Thai Red Curry Paste (or to taste)

1 tsp. coconut aminos or low-sodium soy sauce

½ tsp. Thai fish sauce

2 cloves garlic, minced

1  13 oz. can chicken breast meat (with broth)

Sprig of fresh cilantro or my 8-seed Spice Blend

DIRECTIONS:   Basically, place all ingredients into a large soup pot, stir well and bring to a boil and then lower heat.  Simmer for 15-20 minutes.  Although not absolutely necessary, I used my stick blender to puree the meat up a bit for a smoother soup.

NUTRITIONAL INFO:  Makes five 1½ c. servings, each contains:

273 calories

19.2 g  fat

10.2 g  carbs, 2.6 g  fiber, 7.6 g  NET CARBS

13.66 g  protein

432 mg sodium

519 mg potassium

97% RDA Vitamin A, 12% B6, 8% C, 39% copper, 55% iron, 19% magnesium, 41% manganese, 22% niacin, 21% phosphorous, 16% riboflavin, 6% selenium, 8% thiamin, 10% zinc

Crawfish Stuffed Tilapia

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I’ve never baked whole Tilapia before tonight!  When we lived on the Texas Gulf Coast for many, many years, I usually stuffed flounder, red snapper and sea trout.  So this evening’s dinner was a learning curve for me AND my husband:  me for the cooking of it; him and I both for how to eat whole tilapia, knowing nothing about the bone arrangement in them. They certainly are not as easy to eat as whole flounder, but I didn’t find them as difficult to eat (bone-wise) as fresh trout or bluefish, so I can’t really complain.

The taste was FANTASTIC!  Much better than the frozen filets I usually buy at my regular grocery store.  I found these frozen at Sam’s yesterday and thought I’d try them out.  They came neatly cleaned, already scaled and individually frozen in plastic vacuum sleeves in a larger bag.  After thawing and washing well with cold water, I cut the usual “H” pattern down one side, slid the knife along the bones I could feel with the knife and opened them up on one side to stuff, much like I have always done flounder.  I had a half package of crawfish tail meat in my freezer, but no shrimp, so crawfish it must be for the stuffing.  The final dinner was VERY tasty.  My husband said this was so good, to be SURE and post it for my readers!  We both found whole tilapia to be ever so much better than the frozen tilapia filets I can usually get here in Central Texas.  So I hope Sam’s continues to carry this product. For this recipe to be suitable for Atkins Induction, you will need to substitute a flax-based bread like the One Minute Muffine in the stuffing.  This recipe is acceptable for Keto diets and if a Paleo-Primal bread is used (or it is omitted) this is also suitable for those lifestyles.  A  quick glance at the nutritional info will sway you to include fish and crawfish into your diets much more often than most of us do.  A very healthy meal, this one!

INGREDIENTS:

2   approx 3/4 lb. tilapia, cleaned and scaled  (yields about 7-8 oz. per fish after head, tail and bones are removed)

3 T. total, unsalted butter

5″ stalk of celery, chopped

2 oz. red bell pepper, chopped

1 oz. onion, chopped

Dash salt

¼ tsp. my Seafood Spice blend

Dash black pepper

2 slices my Gluten-Free Focaccia Bread, crumbled

6 oz. crawfish tail meat, shelled (I used frozen, already cooked)

DIRECTIONS:  Make a knife cut down the center of the fish’s side until the knife hits resistance (likely the backbone).  Next make a top and bottom crossbar cut to form an “H”.  Now, doing one side at a time, slide the knife down the left side gently, resting it on the bones as you go and free the flesh from the bones as best you can. Then slide the knife in a similar manner down the right side.  It doesn’t have to be perfect, so if this is your first time, messing it up isn’t a catastrophe.  :)  Lay the two flaps of loosened flesh back out of the way (like opening an outdoor cellar door) to form a nice little cavity inside to fill with stuffing. Lay the fish on a silicone or parchment covered pan or a well-greased one (I used a silicone sheet).  Set the pan of fish aside while you make the stuffing.

Preheat the oven to 350º.  Melt 2 T. of the butter in a skillet.  Add the Louisiana Cajun “Trinity” (celery, bell pepper and onion :)) and saute until tender.  Add the salt, black pepper and Seafood Spice blend.  Stir well to blend the ingredients.  Add the crawfish tail meat and saute a minute or so until done (if not already cooked).  Remove from heat and add the breadcrumbs.  Stir well.

Using a medium spoon, fill each fish with half the stuffing.  You will likely have to press it down firmly for it all to stay in the cavity you formed.  Fold the flesh back up over the stuffing as best you can and press again.  Place the last tablespoon of butter in the pan between the fish and pop into the 350º oven. When the butter has melted, pull out the pan and baste the outside of the fish with it and put back into oven.  Bake for about 20-25 minutes or until flesh appears opaque and flaky (not raw).  I have a super long blade spatula for lifting fish off pans, but if you do not, I recommend using two small ones to lift the fish out onto your serving platter or dinner plates.  I served mine with a lovely green salad.  I hope you enjoy this recipe as much as we did.  We haven’t had whole, stuffed fish in a very long time and we both had forgotten how much we like it.

NUTRITIONAL INFO:   Makes two individual stuffed fish, each contains:

575 calories

33 g  fat

6.5 g  carbs, 2.4 g fiber, 4.1 g  NET CARBS

65 g  protein

646 mg sodium

887 mg potassium

29% RDA Vitamin A, 28% B6, 209% B12, 50% C, 19% E, 15% calcium, 79% copper, 22% iron, 23% magnesium, 30% manganese, 60% niacin, 72% phosphorous, 19% riboflavin, 190% selenium, 12% thiamin, 26% zinc

Kale Sofrito

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Man, I’ve discovered yet another delicious use for my tasty Sofrito sauce!  If you like kale, you really need to try this recipe.  Best kale dish I’ve ever eaten!  If you’re not so fond of kale, you might just like it cooked THIS way!  One tiny little addition to my usual boiled kale and onions recipe took it to a whole new flavor level.  What a flavor transformation!  Neither the kale nor the Sofrito tastes were dominant, but they complimented each other nicely.  The Sofrito addition rounded off that cruciferous taste kale has!……… TOTALLY!!  I sometimes fix kale as a side dish with a meat entree, but sometimes I will just eat 2 servings and call it a full meal…….usually at lunch time like today!

Kale and onions alone are pretty carb-y, so you might not be able to fit this dish into your meal plan during Atkins Induction Phase, although all the ingredients are allowable during Induction.  When you take stock of the nutritional info below, you are definitely going to want to fit this into your regular recipe rounds on a regular basis once you reach Phase 2 and begin to up your carb levels a bit.  Just look at how nutritious it is!  This dish is suitable for other Keto diets and Primal-Paleo programs as well.

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INGREDIENTS:

2 slices bacon

2 oz. onion, chopped or sliced coarsely

1 small bunch kale (I forgot to weigh, but about 3-3½ cups after stemming and chopping)

2 T. my Sofrito sauce

Dash salt and coarse black pepper

Enough water to cover veggies

DIRECTIONS:  In a medium soup pot, brown the bacon partially, add the onion and saute until the onion begins to caramelize and brown.  Stem and coarsely cut up the kale leaves.  Add to the bacon and onions, along with the Sofrito, salt, pepper and cover all with water.  Bring to a boil and then lower heat to a gentle simmer for about 20-30 minutes.   I do not cover any green vegetables when cooking, as covering them makes them turn much browner or yucky green during cooking.  When done, drain off the liquid into freezing containers for future vegetable soup stock.  It’s wonderful that way plus you recapture vitamins and minerals that were lost to the  stock during cooking!    :)

NUTRITIONAL INFO:  Makes two 1-cup main dish servings, each contains: (or 4  ½c. svgs. as a side dish, but do half the stats below)

180 calories

12.3 g  fat

13.1 g  carbs, 2.5 g  fiber, 10.6 g  NET CARBS

7.3 g  protein

365 mg sodium

523 mg potassium

110% RDA Vitamin A, 20% B6, 169% C, 12% calcium, 34% copper, 22% iron, 12% magnesium, 45% manganese, 8% niacin, 9% phosphorous, 12% riboflavin, 11% Thiamin, 6% zinc

Porc à la Mayonnaise

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I made some fresh homemade mayonnaise today not only because my jar in the refrigerator was nearly empty, but I also needed some to use on some pork loin I was planning to bake tonight.  This simple, very nutritious dish was VERY good and my husband REALLY liked it, but then he really likes any creamy pork dish.   :)   Me, I love rosemary and onion in just about anything:  bread, crackers, pork, beef, lamb, chicken.  That is indeed a flavor match make in heaven.  This dish is easy yet really delivers on flavor.  The meat comes out tender and not the slightest dry, as pork loin can be sometimes since it is so lean.  This recipe is suitable for all phases of Atkins, Keto diets, and Primal or Paleo regimens as well.

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INGREDIENTS:

16 oz. boneless pork loin or pork steaks, cut ½”  thick

2 T. fresh rosemary (or 1 T. dried)

½ tsp. onion powder

Dash each coarse black pepper and cayenne pepper

6 T. my Homemade Mayonnaise

2 oz. onion, sliced crosswise into very thin ringlets

1 sprig fresh rosemary for garnish (optional)

DIRECTIONS:  Preheat oven to 350º.  Pound the meat on a wooden board with a meat tenderizer or mallet on both sides.  Sprinkle all meat surfaces with the onion powder and a light dusting of black pepper and ever so little cayenne pepper.  Lay the meat slices on a non-stick or oiled baking pan.   Spread the homemade mayonnaise evenly over the tops of the slices of meat.    Chop and sprinkle half the rosemary over the meat.  Slice the onion as thin as you can and separate into ringlets.  Place them evenly over the meat, overlapping as needed.  Sprinkle the remaining rosemary on top. Pop the pan into 350º oven for about 35-45 minutes or until done.  Serve with your favorite vegetable sides.  I served it with mashed cauliflower and fresh green beans.

NUTRITIONAL INFO:  Makes four 4-oz servings, each contains:

386.5 calories

27 g  fat

1.52 g  carbs, .27 g  fiber, 1.25 g  NET CARBS

33 g  protein

65 mg sodium

463 mg potassium

5% RDA Vitamin A, 39% B6, 67% B12, 8% D, 21% E, 21% copper, 34% iron, 11% magnesium, 37% niacin, 51% phosphorous, 60% riboflavin, 143% selenium, 73% thiamin, 47% zinc

Cheesie Crawfish-Clam Chowder

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I made a lovely seafood chowder today with a handful of crawfish I had leftover in the fridge, and a large can of baby clams.  Using my last zucchini in the house for the “potatoes” in my chowder, the marriage of flavors in this soup was meant to be.  It came out VERY tasty and its extremely nutritious. Just get a load of the macro stats below!  That is NOT a mistake on the B12.  Clams are just so good for you.  My hubby was not home today, so there is enough leftover for us to have for lunch tomorrow when he gets home.  He’s going to really like this one!  This is suitable for all phases of Atkins and Keto diets.  It is not suitable for Paleo but Primal folks who eat a little dairy once in awhile can enjoy this.

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INGREDIENTS: 

2 T. unsalted butter

10 oz. zucchini, diced

1 oz. onion, sliced

4 oz. crawfish tails

1 10.5-oz can of whole baby clams with their clam juice

¼ tsp. my Seafood Spice Blend

Dash each garlic powder and black pepper

¼ c. heavy cream

2 c. homemade seafood stock (I always boil my shrimp shells for mine and freeze)

1  4-oz can mushrooms, drained

½ c. shredded Cheddar cheese

3″ green onion, minced fine (for garnish)

DIRECTIONS:  Melt butter in medium soup pot.  Saute onion until it begins to soften.  Add zucchini and saute until just tender-crisp. Add spices, cream, crawfish and clams with their juice, the seafood stock (you can use chicken stock if you do not have any), mushrooms and Cheddar cheese.  Lower heat to medium and allow the cheese to melt, stirring often to prevent it from burning on the bottom of the pan. Cheddar does not melt easily in liquid.  Allow cream to thicken up a few minutes or you can thicken (if desired) with your favorite thickener.  Serve piping hot with a sprinkle of green onion on top for garnish.

NUTRITIONAL INFO:  Makes four 1-cup servings.  Each contains:

285 calories

17.3 g  fat

11.35 g  carbs, 2.42 g  fiber, 8.93 g  NET CARBS (clams are a bit carb-y)

22 g protein

350 mg sodium

679 mg potassium

33% RDA Vitamin A, 16% B6, 1756% B12, 20% C, 11% E, 14% calcium, 59% copper, 161% iron, 13% magnesium, 44% manganese, 22% niacin, 46% phosphorous, 30% riboflavin, 65% selenium, 17% thiamin and 30% zinc

Grilled Chicken-Cauli Bake

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Some items in the refrigerator came together to make a very tasty, quick lunch today.  As my cauliflower was leftover, prep was a cinch.  This dish took all of 10 minutes to get into the oven. If cooking your cauliflower from scratch, you’ll need to allow an extra 10 minutes to cook that.  The dish has a Latino flavor you’ll LOVE!  This dish is Atkins Induction friendly and Keto suitable as well.  It’s not however acceptable for Primal or Paleo due to the cheese and I don’t think that can be omitted here.

INGREDIENTS:

1½ c. leftover, grilled chicken, skin on (any cooked chicken is OK, but won’t have the great smoky flavor)

¼ large head cauliflower (or 2 c. cooked cauliflower)

2 T. Ro-Tel tomatoes and green chiles (solids only)

1 T. my Sofrito sauce:  http://buttoni.wordpress.com/2013/05/21/sofrito/

4 oz. Cheddar cheese, shredded

Dash ground cumin

DIRECTIONS:  Cut up or shred the chicken into small bite-sized pieces into a medium bowl.  Boil or steam the cauliflower until just tender if you don’t have any leftover on hand.  Drain your cauliflower well and add to the bowl.  Add the Ro-Tel tomatoes, sofrito and cumin.  Stir to mix well.

Lightly oil a medium baking dish (mine was 6×8).  Spoon half the mixture into the dish.   Spread half the cheese on next.  Spoon the rest of the chicken mixture into the dish and top with the rest of the cheese.

NUTRITIONAL INFO:  Makes 2 servings, each contains:

407 calories

23.2 g  fat

9.2 g  carbs, 2.9 g  fiber, 6.35 g  NET CARBS

40 g  protein

1000 mg sodium

653 mg potassium

20% RDA Vitamin A, 37% B6, 30% B12, 71% C, 28% calcium, 22% iron, 17% magnesium, 12% manganese, 60% niacin, 60% phosphorous, 36% riboflavin, 54% selenium, 35% zinc

Caribbean Shellfish on Zoodles

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This delightful dish was a very pleasant surprise. DELICIOUS!  And check out the amazing nutritional stats below!  Extremely healthy food, this one is!  It uses my Puerto Rican Sofrito Sauce in yet another wonderful combination of flavors and is served on a bed of zucchini noodles, known as “zoodles” in the low-carb world.  It can be served on regular pasta for your non-low-carb guests.  The dish can also be made with shrimp or lobster.   If you are not still in the Atkins Induction Phase, the addition of 1/4 c. white wine to the seafood mixture would be divine, otherwise use the stock as noted below.  As written, this recipe is suitable for Atkins Induction and most other Ketogenic  diets.  If the cheeses are omitted it would be suitable for Primal and Paleo as well.

INGREDIENTS:

4 T. unsalted butter

1 oz. onion, sliced

2 oz. red bell pepper, sliced

½ c. parsley, chopped

¼ c. my Sofrito sauce: http://buttoni.wordpress.com/2013/05/21/sofrito/

1 T. Parmesan cheese, grated

12 oz. crawfish tails (or shrimp, or lobster chunks or any combination of them)

¼ c. homemade seafood stock, chicken stock or white wine (no wine if still in Atkins Induction)

1/4 tsp. salt

Dash each black pepper and cayenne pepper

1  4-oz. can of mushrooms (with their liquid)

4 T. heavy cream

Dash of your preferred thickener (if you feel it is needed, I did.)

¼ c. Monterrey Jack or other cheese (for garnish)

16 oz. zucchini, washed and julienned into long “noodle” threads

DIRECTIONS:  Melt the butter in a skillet.  Add the onion and red bell pepper and saute over high heat until the vegetables are tender.   Lower heat to medium, add the parsley, Sofrito, shellfish and stock or wine.  Add mushrooms, salt and peppers to season.  Turn heat to lowest setting, add the cream and Parmesan cheese.  Let simmer about 5 minutes, stirring several times to uniformly mix the sauce with the shellfish.  this will allow the cream to reduce and thicken the sauce just a bit.  If you want it thicker, use your favorite thickener to reach the desired thickness.  Lower heat to lowest setting while you prepare the zoodles.

Julienne the zucchini into noodle-like strips with either a hand-held julienne peeler (what I use) or if you own one, a spiral slicing machine like a Spirooli.  In a non-stick skillet over medium heat, heat 1 tsp. olive oil.  Saute and stir the zucchini noodles continuously in the heated oil just until they are softened and translucent.  Spoon 1/4 of the sauce over 1/4 of the zoodles for each serving and garnish each serving with 1 T. grated Jack cheese.  I hope you enjoy this dish as much as we did!

NUTRITIONAL INFO:  Makes 4 servings, each contains:

317 calories

24 g  fat

7.25 g  carbs, 2.50 g  fiber, 4.75 g  NET CARBS

20.7 g  protein

525 mg sodium

881 mg potassium

32% RDA Vitamin A, 19% B6, 79% B12, 84% C, 13% E, 9% calcium, 82% copper, 23% iron, 22% magnesium, 39% manganese, 33% niacin, 53% phosphorous, 14% riboflavin, 59% selenium, 11% thiamin, 34% zinc

Grilled Chicken Salad

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As of this week, I have returned to Atkins Induction (four years into my Atkins journey), as my very smart, very stubborn metabolism is fighting me tooth and nail to lose my last 20 or so pounds.  I have been stalled at the same weight for precisely 3½ years, with no appreciable gains, no appreciable losses.  I need to focus on the fact that I have maintained my weight for four years!  That alone is quite an accomplishment, considering my husband is NOT low-carbing 100% with me and often indulges in verboten foods in front of me.  I should not just dwell on the fact that I haven’t lost anymore after the initial 36#.

For this reason, I won’t be (baking or) posting very many breads, cakes or desserts for awhile.  Although eating them hasn’t outwardly caused me to gain weight, eliminating them for awhile just might facilitate my beginning to lose again.  You see the most of my dairy intake is from baked goods, so in ditching them, I ditch the major intake of cream, cream cheese, hard cheese and soft cheese, which may just be an issue for my weight loss efforts.  Plus, I find when baked goods are in the house, I eat them.  Simple as that.  So for awhile, the lion’s share of my posts will be main dishes, veggies, salads, and complimentary foods like sauces, condiments and spices I create.  I hope my readers will be patient with my temporary website “detour” and hope it will not last for long.  I am the eternal optimist. :)  Fortunately, I already have lots of dessert and baked goods recipes on the site for you to browse through and try out until I can afford to start eating such things again on a regular basis. I will do a little baking during the holidays, for hubby and family, but that’s all I can really do along those lines until I get to my goal weight.  :)

The light and delicious salad shown above was what we had for lunch today.   I remembered I had a char-grilled chicken breast in the freezer I decided to thaw and slice to have atop our salads.  We both love smoked meats on green salads!  A very nice and easy lunch!   This salad keeps me easily within my max carb number for the day.  This dish is suitable for all phases of Atkins, Keto diets and Primal-Paleo consumption as well.

INGREDIENTS:

2½-3 c. loosely packed mixed salad greens of your choosing (enough to fill a dinner plate nicely)

¼ small carrot, sliced thinly (optional)

5 thin slices cucumber

3 cherry tomatoes, sliced in halves

3 oz. grilled chicken breast, sliced thin (I leave the skin on)

1½ T. my Balsamic Vinaigrette: http://buttoni.wordpress.com/2013/10/28/balsamic-vinaigrette/

DIRECTIONS:  Cut up and plate the salad greens, carrot, tomatoes and cucumbers.  Slice and add the grilled chicken.  Top with the dressing and serve.  ENJOY!

NUTRITIONAL INFO:  Makes salad for 1 person.  This salad contains:

329 calories

20.2 g  fat

8.9 g  carbs, 4.1 g  fiber, 4.8 g  NET CARBS (3.6 if you omit the carrot)

25.7 g  protein

356 mg sodium

415 mg potassium

Zucchini and Steak Bake

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This very simple tasty dish is a marvelous way to use up that 4-6 oz. of leftover grilled steak we find ourselves with occasionally.  Not a common occurrence in our household ;) , but it DOES happen from time to time.  This dish takes under 15 minutes to throw together in a skillet and bakes in about 15-20 minutes.  You can even bake it in the same skillet you saute the ingredients in.  This recipe is suitable for all phases of Atkins, other Keto diets and any Primal followers that eat occasional cheese. This is NOT suitable for Paleo devotees.

VARIATION:  You can reduce the steak and increase the bacon to 6oz.  I have even done this dish with NO steak and ALL bacon.  It’s good any way you combine the meats.  I suspect it would be good made with shrimp and bacon as well.

INGREDIENTS:

4 oz. raw bacon, cut up coarsely

2 oz. onion, sliced

6 oz. zucchini, sliced ¼” thick

6 oz. leftover grilled steak, sliced thin

1 plum tomato, coarsely cut up

Few dashes of black pepper

4 oz. shredded Cheddar cheese

DIRECTIONS:  Preheat oven to 350º. Brown bacon in skillet over high heat until nearly done.   Add onion and zucchini and saute until bacon begins to brown and squash is beginning to get translucent.  Add steak and let brown lightly.   Add tomato and stir/cook until tomato begins to get soft.  Sprinkle with black pepper to your liking.  Dip half the mixture into a greased baking dish (I used an 8″x11″ dish).  Spread half the cheese over the mixture.  Spoon the remaining mixture evenly on top and finally top with the remaining cheese.  Pop into oven just long enough for cheese to melt completely, as the mixture is fully cooked already.  Enjoy with a nice green salad.

NUTRITIONAL INFO:  Serves 4, each serving contains:

340 calories

27.4 g  fat

5.02 g  carbs, .9 g fiber, 4.12 g  NET CARBS

18.2 g  protein

566 mg sodium

400 mg potassium

11% RDA Vitamin A, 20% B6, 70% B12, 16% calcium, 12% copper, 18% iron, 9% magnesium, 9% manganese, 21% niacin, 40% phosphorous, 24% riboflavin, 31% selenium, 15% thiamin, 34% zinc

Cheesie Meatballs on Zucchini Noodles

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Browsing my favorite food blogs, I came across a lovely picture of meatballs, something I’ve not made in ages.  I decided it was high time I did some meatballs for dear hubby and I love them, too!   The dish I came up with is not classic “saucy” spaghetti and meatballs, as actually very little sauce is put on each serving.  But an adequate tomato-y edge was there and made this a delightful dinner.

I’m providing the nutritional information for the individual parts of this, as many will use this meatball recipe with other sauces, serve it over other bases than the zucchini noodles and will use this thick veggie-heavy marinara sauce for other applications.  This dish is not suitable until Phase 2 Atkins due to the ricotta.  It is OK for Ketogenic diets.  It is however not acceptable for Primal-Paleo.

I like to make large batches of meatballs and freeze the extras for quick uses later on.  This recipe makes 20 meatballs or 10 servings of two meatballs.  Adjust your recipe as your needs dictate.

I absolutely love the Lucini “Rustic Tomato Basil Sauce” that I found at my local Walmart.  It’s made with all natural ingredients, has a lovely taste and I buy it for quick sauces and us it for quick pizza sauce.  It’s a great flavor foundation to build on.  :)   It costs somewhere around $3.99/jar if I remember right.  Ingredients in Lucini Rustic Tomato Basil Sauce: Vine-Ripened Plum Tomatoes, Tomato Puree, Lucini® Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Carrots, Onions, Basil, Sea Salt, Citric Acid (naturally derived)

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MEATBALLS:

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

1 lb. ground pork

2 beaten eggs

½ c. ricotta cheese

4 oz. cream cheese, softened

¼ tsp. each onion powder, garlic powder, crushed fennel seed and dried basil

½ tsp. dried oregano, crushed

¼ c. Parmesan cheese

MEATBALL DIRECTIONS:  Preheat oven to 350º.  Measure out all ingredients into a large bowl and mix together with fork or hand until well blended.  Form large 1½” balls by rolling in your palms.  Place them on either a non-stick baking sheet or one with a silicone sheet liner.  Bake at 350º for 30-40 minutes or until lightly browned and no longer oozing pink juices.

QUICK MARINARA SAUCE:

3 T. olive oil

½ c. celery, chopped

4 oz. onion, chopped

¼ c. bell pepper, chopped

5 large mushrooms, chopped

1  25.5 oz. jar (3c.) Lucini “Rustic Tomato Basil Sauce”, all natural ingredients with 4 NC per ½c. serving

2/3 c. parsley, chopped

3/4-1c. water, as needed

DIRECTIONS FOR SAUCE:  Heat oil in skillet or large saucepan.  Add celery, onion and bell pepper and saute until nearly tender.  Add mushroom and saute until translucent. Add Lucini sauce, parsley and bring to a simmer on very low heat.  Cook on lowest setting while meatballs are baking.  Stir often, adding water, as needed, to prevent scorching on the bottom of the pan and to maintain a thin marinara sauce consistency.

ZUCCHINI NOODLES “Zoodles”:    VARIATIONS: Serve over spaghetti squash or Dreamfields pasta                           

3 medium zucchini (about 10 oz. each)

1 T. olive oil

DIRECTIONS FOR NOODLES:   Cut the zucchini into noodle shapes either with a hand held julienne peeler (what I use) or the more expensive tools like the counter-top Spirooli  that is designed to do this much faster. Heat olive oil in non-stick skillet over medium-high heat.   Add zucchini threads to the pan and lightly saute just until they become translucent.  DO NOT OVERCOOK them or they will get mushy.

FINAL PLATING:  Plate about 1 cup zoodles on each plate.  Top with 1/2 c. sauce.  Place 2 meatballs on top and if desired, garnish with a sprinkle of grated fresh Parmesan.

MEATBALL NUTRITIONAL INFO:  Makes 20 very large meatballs.  Two per serving.  Each 2-meatball serving contains:

290 calories, 23 g  fat, 1.18 g  carbs, .8 g  fiber, .38 g  NET CARBS and 20.2 g  protein, 155 mg sodium and 187 mg potassium

SAUCE NUTRITIONAL INFO:  Makes ten 1/2 c. servings of sauce.  Each serving contains:

97 calories, 7.2 g  fat, 7.27 g  carbs, 1.93 g  fiber, 5.34 g  NET CARBS, 2.24 g  protein, 306 mg sodium and 144 mg potassium

ZUCCHINI NOODLES NUTRITIONAL INFO:  Makes 10 servings of noodles.  Each 3 oz serving contains:

59 calories, 4.7 g  fat, 4.2 g  carbs, 1.4 g  fiber, 2.8 g  NET CARBS  1.5 g  protein

Grilled Sriracha Shrimp with Sriracha Aioli

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Grilled Sriracha Shrimp is good on its own merits, but my buttery aioli sauce is a lovely compliment.  This sauce would also be delicious on grilled fish, grilled chicken or skillet seared scallops.  I wish my husband had rotated the skewers so those pictured would have charred more evenly.  But they all tasted GREAT and that’s what counts!  This recipe is suitable for all phases of Atkins and Keto diets.  It is not suitable for Primal-Paleo lifestyles unless you can find a recipe for homemade Sriracha sauce.  As I can’t know how many shrimp you will eat, I am providing nutrition information for what I felt was a satisfying serving 1/3 lb. (5 large shrimp) with numbers for  around 2 T. aioli, which is what I ate.   You will have to adjust your numbers according to how much you actually eat.  Divide the numbers for the shrimp by 5 to get the numbers for 1 shrimp.

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FOR THE SHRIMP:

1 lb. extra-large shrimp ( There were 16 in my bag), peeled, tail piece left on

½ stick unsalted butter, melted

2 tsp. Sriracha sauce  (or other bottled hot sauce of your choosing)

Dash each garlic powder and onion powder

Peal the shrimp, leaving tail shell on for a “handle”.  Place on skewers and set skewers on a platter.  Melt the butter in a small saucepan and add the Sriracha sauce and seasonings.  Stir to blend and remove from heat.  With a basting brush, baste both sides of the skewered shrimp with the sauce.  Save the remaining sauce to baste the shrimp while the are being grilled.

FOR THE AIOLI:  Process the following ingredients in a food processor or blender until smooth.  Scrape into serving dish and place in refrigerator until shrimp is grilled and you are ready to serve.  (Makes about 1/2 c. sauce or about 8 T.)

½ stick butter, melted

1 jalapeno, seeded, ribs removed

1/3 c. Homemade Mayonnaise

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½ c. fresh cilantro

Juice of 1 lime

Dash each salt and pepper

½ clove garlic, minced

Dash smoked chipotle  chile powder

¼-1 tsp. Sriracha sauce (to your taste)

GRILLING THE SHRIMP:  Prepare a charcoal fire.  When coals are hot, Place skewers over coals and grill about 5 minutes on a side or until they are opaque.  Baste with extra sauce in your saucepan.  Use up all the sauce on the shrimp while grilling for best flavor.  Remove the shrimp from the grill and either remove from skewers to a serving platter, or serve on the skewers if you prefer.  Using the very large shrimp I used (16 per pound) I found 5 made a perfect serving size.  Serve the aioli sauce on the side for your diners to use to suit their personal taste.  :)

NUTRITIONAL INFO:  Makes 3 servings (5 XL shrimp) each contains:

5 X-large shrimp (1/3 lb) contain:  299 cals., 18g fat, 2.06g carbs, 0 fiber, 2.06g NET CARBS, 31g protein, 265 mg sodium, 284mg potassium, 30% RDA Vitamin A, 10% B6, 74% B1`2, 57% D, 7% calcium, 45% copper, 46% iton, 17% magnesium, 27% niacin, 45% phosphorous, 104% selenium, 21% zinc

2 T. Aioli sauce contains: 231 calories, 25.4g fat, 1.5g carbs, .5g fiber, 1g NET CARBS, .6g protein, 77 mg sodium, 30 mg potassium, 18% RDA Vitamin A, 35% B12, 19% E, 18% phosphorous , 28% riboflavin, 37% selenium

Meatloaf Sliders

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Who doesn’t love a good meatloaf sandwich?  It’s my husband’s absolute favorite sandwich after grilled burgers.  Since I had a pretty large hunk of meatloaf leftover this week, I thought I’d try this!  They came out GREAT!  These tasty sliders make a wonderful snack, lunch, picnic option, school lunch or tail-gate treat during football season!  I used my new Slider Bun recipe and leftover Italian Meatloaf.  Although any meatloaf can be used, nutritional numbers were calculated using the recipe linked below.  These nutritious meatloaf sliders (check out the stats below) are suitable once you reach Atkins Phase 2 OWL grains rung of the carb ladder or Keto diets, but are not suitable for Primal-Paleo.

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INGREDIENTS:

1 recipe my Gluten-Free Slider Buns

12 oz. leftover Meatloaf, cut into 1½ oz slices

DIRECTIONS:  Make the slider buns according to that recipes’ instructions.  Slightly cool the buns.  Cut leftover meatloaf into 1½ oz. slices. That was about ½” thick and 2″x2″.  I just cut my meatloaf square.  Place 1½ oz. meatloaf between 2 pieces of bun and serve with favorite condiments nearby for self serving if desired.

NUTRITION INFO:  Makes 8 sliders, each contains:

325 calories

24.2 g  fat

8.25 g  carbs, 5.48 g  fiber, 2.77 g  NET CARBS

23.1 g  protein

491 mg sodium

262 mg potassium

19% RDA Vitamin B6, 128% B12, 22% copper, 48% iron, 11% magnesium, 27.4% niacin, 36% phosphorous, 21% riboflavin, 31% selenium, and 68% zinc

Pork, Kale and Caramelized Onion Wrap

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This delicious, healthy sandwich was a quick and easy lunch.  I found the frozen leftover cooked pork in my freezer and defrosted it in the microwave.  Caramelized onions go well with everything, and adding kale to the show, how can you go wrong?  I try to incorporate kale anywhere I can as it has such an impressive nutritional profile (check out the stats below!).  Today’s use of this “superfood” proved to be one I’ll make again.  It is fairly carb-y, however.  You can pull the carbs down on this by reducing the amount of kale used.

This recipe is not suitable until you reach the grains level of Atkins Phase 3 Pre-Maintenance unless you use a phase-suitable wrap like this one: http://genaw.com/lowcarb/flax_garlic_onion_flatbread.html or any other wrap recipe you like that is lower-carb.

This recipe is not suitable for Primal-Paleo unless you substitute a plan-suitable wrap.

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INGREDIENTS:

1 T. bacon grease

1 oz. onion, sliced thinly

4 oz. leftover cooked pork, sliced thinly (I used roasted shoulder meat)

3/4 c. chopped kale (stems removed)

Dash each salt and black pepper

½ sheet Joseph’s Lavash Bread with flax & oat fiber (or other plan-suitable wrap of your choice)

1 T. homemade mayo (I added Shawarma Spice Blend to mine)

DIRECTIONS:  Heat bacon grease in a non-stick skillet.  Add the onion to the pan.  Brown and caramelize the onion, stirring often, until the pieces begin to actually brown.  Add meat and allow to brown a bit, stirring as it cooks.  Add the kale, salt and pepper and just cook until kale barely begins to wilt.  Do not overcook so the kale will remain sweet rather than get strong. With tongs, serve up the meat/kale mixture onto the lavash bread and serve with a side of homemade mayo to dab on top as you eat. ENJOY!

NUTRITIONAL INFO:  Makes 1 sandwich wrap which contains:

563 calories

43 g  fat

14.3 g  carbs, 4.3 g fiber, 10 g NET CARBS

35 g  protein

558 mg sodium

743 mg potassium

56% RDA Vitamin A, 45% B6, 55% B12, 84% C, 9% calcium, 33% copper, 43% iron, 15% magnesium, 24% manganese, 44% niacin, 43% phosphorous, 48% riboflavin, 75% selenium, 121 thiamin, and 63% zinc

Mexican Bean-Corn Soup

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I was reminiscing today about a Weight Watchers bean soup recipe I used to make years ago.  It was a simple concoction of chicken broth, Ro-Tel tomatoes and refried beans.  That thought quickly move to “I want some now”, a perfectly logical progression, n’est-ce pas?   So I decided that would be our lunch today.  Sadly I can’t have the warm, buttered, corn tortillas with it I love.  A girl’s got to exercise SOME control, right?  :)  Luckily, there is an alternative for low-carbers.  Baby corn has a much lower carb count than sweet kernel corn, attributed to the fact that the corn kernels are so young they haven’t yet developed their full sugar load.  This flavor addition turned out to be very good, although I have to confess, not quite as good as buttered corn tortillas would have been. :)

Even using baby corn, this soup is still quite a bit higher in carbs than most of my soup recipes.  Therefore it is not suitable for Atkins Induction.  However, if you are at near Pre-Maintenance or Maintenance, you should be able to fit this very satisfying soup into your menu once in awhile.  I hadn’t eaten any breakfast this morning (I often don’t), so this was a doable for me today.  This recipe is not suitable for Induction.  You can always use the whole can of Ro-Tel if you like things spicier, but ½ can was plenty spicy for me.  This soup is not suitable for Primal-Paleo.

VARIATION:  Fried, crisp, drained bacon bits would be a delicious addition in this soup or as a top garnish.

INGREDIENTS:

3½ c. refried beans  (two 16-oz. cans)

½ can Ro-Tel tomatoes and green chilies (drained of liquid)

1 can (12 oz.) baby corn (do not drain)

1½ c. homemade chicken stock

DIRECTIONS:  Place drained Ro-Tel tomato solids and baby corn with liquid into a food processor or blender.  Puree until smooth.  Pour mixture into a 4 qt. or larger soup pot. Now place the refried beans  and stock into the processor and puree those until smooth.  Pour that into the soup pot.  Bring the mixture to a gentle boil over medium-high heat, lower heat and simmer for just a few minutes.   VOILA!  SOUP’S ON!

NUTRITIONAL INFO:  Makes about 10 cups of soup.  Each cup contains:

80 calories

.4 g  fat

14.5 g  carbs, 3.6 g  fiber, 10.9 g  NET CARBS

4.6 g  protein

585 mg sodium

34 mg potassium

16% RDA iron, 10% calcium

Chicken & Bacon Fire-Roasted Red Pepper Sauce (for pasta)

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I apologize my pic of this dish isn’t the greatest.  The two other shots I took of the full platter of this dish came out slightly blurry.  Sometimes I don’t hold the camera still enough to get a clear shot.  I’m glad at least 1 came out OK.  Next time I cook this I’ll post a nicer pic.  Anyhow, visuals aside, this dish was simply delicious!  You’re not going to believe how a bit of leftover chicken and bacon can transform themselves into something sooooooo good.  Although I’m sure it is the smoky quality of the fire-roasted peppers that made this quick skillet sauce so tasty, there are lots of flavor layers going on here. You can serve this atop zucchini noodles, shirataki tofu noodles, spaghetti squash threads or as shown above on Dreamfields pasta if you occasionally enjoy it.  I don’t personally believe Dreamfields pasta’s low carb claim (5 NC per 2-oz. serving), and I avoid wheat as much as possible nowadays.  But I do allow myself Dreamfield’s pasta once in a rare while.  Tonight was my night to scratch that itch.  :)

This dish is not suitable for Induction unless you omit the wine.  Otherwise, it’s a go for Phase 2 Atkins and Primal followers.  This is not suitable for Paleo unless you omit the wine and substitute perhaps homemade mayo for the cream.  I do not believe coconut milk/cream would be good in this dish. ;)

INGREDIENTS:

4 oz. raw bacon, cut into 3/4″ pieces

2 oz. red onion, sliced thinly

2 cloves garlic, minced

1 c. cooked, leftover chicken breast, cut into bite sized pieces

½ c. parsley, chopped (loosely packed)

3 oz. fire-roasted red bell pepper (I used imported from a jar), sliced in strips

1 c. chicken broth, homemade with no additives

3 oz. white wine (omit if still on Induction)

¼ heavy cream

1 small, mild anaheim chile pepper, seeded and sliced thinly (or you can substitute a jalapeno)

1/8 tsp. crushed red pepper flakes (omit if you used a jalapeno above)

Dash or two of coarse black pepper

Pinch Italian seasoning

1 T. pesto sauce (I used homemade)

Sprinkle of your favorite thickener (optional)

DIRECTIONS:  Cook your noodles or alternate “pasta” and have ready, as the sauce goes together quite quickly. Over high heat, brown the bacon in a non-stick skillet or wok.  Add the onion and saute until nearly tender.  Add garlic, jalapeno or anaheim pepper, and the roasted red pepper slices.  Saute 1-2 more minutes for all to begin getting tender.   Add the parsley, chicken broth and wine.  Simmer over medium heat for about 5-10 minutes to allow the wine to cook off a bit and the flavors of the ingredients to mingle. Lower the heat to lowest setting and add the cream.  Stir well and simmer a few minutes stirring often.  When you are just about ready to serve, add your thickener to the sauce, stirring constantly (if using) and allow the sauce to thicken a couple more minutes.  Serve over your “pasta” on a large platter.

NUTRITIONAL INFO:  Makes 4 servings, each contains: (numbers are for sauce only)

308 calories

21 g  fat

5.30 g  carbs, 1.07 g  fiber, 4.23 g  NET CARBS

14.3 g  protein

382 mg sodium

291 mg potassium

20% RDA Vitamin A, 25% B6, 14% B12, 59% C, 8% magnesium, 41% niacin, 22% phosphorous, 11% riboflavin, 26% selenium, 12% thiamin and 11% zinc