I threw this little dish together for lunch today and it was so tasty I thought I’d share it with my readers. I just love one-pan dishes. The cleanup is just as easy as the cooking. 🙂 This recipe is suitable for all phases of Atkins and Keto diets. Leave the cheese off for Primal-Paleo compliance.
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4 tsp. bacon grease
2 oz. yellow onion, sliced
5 oz. yellow squash, cut into medium chunks
5 oz. cured ham, sliced or chopped
3 oz. kale, stemmed and cut coarsely
2 oz. smoked Gouda cheese, shredded
Dash black pepper
VARIATION: Make without the ham for a lovely vegetable side dish.
INSTRUCTIONS: If you’ll soak your ham in warm water for 30 minutes, changing water at least once, this will draw out about 50% of the sodium they put in cured ham, without hurting the taste at all. Remove from water and pat dry with paper towels. Cut in small pieces. Heat bacon grease in non-stick skillet. Add onion and saute until the onion begins to caramelize. Add squash and saute, stirring often, until it is half done (no longer opaque). Add the pieces of ham and saute 2-3 minutes or until done (squash should be done by now, too). Add kale and saute 3-4 minutes, just until kale begins to wilt but isn’t overly cooked. You don’t it want to lose its pretty green color. The ham will make this dish salty enough, but add a dash of black pepper and stir one last time. If serving in the skillet, top with the shredded cheese and put lid or foil on top for a couple minutes to allow heat to melt the cheese. If serving in a pretty ceramic dish, dip up the mixture into baking dish. Then sprinkle with cheese and pop into microwave on 80% power for about 2 minutes to melt. Serve at once. This would be good with a piece of your favorite low-carb bread slathered in butter.
NUTRITIONAL INFO: Makes 3 servings, each contains:
227 cals., 15g fat, 6.63g carbs, 1.26g fiber, 5.37g NET CARBS, 16g protein, 609 mg sodium