Chimichurri Sauce

Chimichurri Sauce (shown with chicken quesadillas)

        Shown in my Chicken Quesadillas

This wonderful blending of herb flavors is a favorite of mine. You just can’t go wrong with cilantro, jalapeno and parsley in my book.  I just throw in the kale (or occasionally fresh spinach leaves) because it is so darn good for you and can’t be tasted as such in this sauce!  I don’t always include the vinegar usually found in Chimichurri Sauce…..it kind of depends how I’m going to use the sauce (on meat or seafood).  I usually do add some wine vinegar if it’s destined for grilled meats; I omit the vinegar for lots of other uses of the sauce like my Chicken Quesadillas.  I like to freeze any leftover sauce in a flattened ziploc bag so I can just break off a small piece for use in recipes.   This is suitable for all phases of Atkins, Paleo and Primal fare as well.

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INGREDIENTS:

1 c. loosely packed kale (or fresh spinach leaves),  stemmed

½ c. curly leaf parsley

½ bunch cilantro

1 clove garlic

½ seeded jalapeno

Dash sea salt

¼ c. extra virgin olive oil

OPTIONAL:  2 T. red wine vinegar and dash of crushed red pepper flakes

DIRECTIONS:  Place all the ingredients into a food processor or blender and blend until well-mixed.  Serve with your favorite Mexican dishes or in recipes that call for Chimichurri herb mixture.

NUTRITIONAL INFO:   Makes about 10 T., each tablespoon contains:

52.3 calories, 5.48 g  fat, .85 g  carbs, .33 g fiber, .52 g  NET CARBS, .34 g  protein, 21 mg sodium

Shrimp Crepes

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After enjoying Paul Prudhomme’s Seafood Crepes at K-Paul’s Louisiana Kitchen in New Orleans (before he went up to the New York restaurant), I just had to create a low-carb version.  In those days, he would be seen sitting at the back of the dining room (when he wasn’t in the kitchen) and often came over to your table to ask if you enjoyed what you ordered.  🙂

His entree had both crab and shrimp, but crab in Central Texas leaves much to be desired, so I just use shrimp for my creation.  Man, do these ever come out GOOD!  My hubby just loves them!  These are definitely different from K-Paul’s crepes, but I think they are an equally good dish.  I don’t recall any wine in his version either, but I like a little in my creamy seafood dishes, so I added a little sherry to these.  You need to leave it out if you’re still in Atkins Induction phase.   But they’ll still be good without it! These would not be suitable for Paleo-Primal followers.

For this creation, I used Jennifer Eloff’s latest low-carb crepe recipe, with a couple changes.  That recipe is here:  http://low-carb-news.blogspot.com/2013/02/ultra-low-carb-crepes-and-another-idea.html .  I omitted the sweetener and vanilla for this savory application and I also added 1/8 tsp. salt.  I also made my crepes earlier in the evening so those would be ready to go when it was time to prepare the dish and assemble.  I just stacked the cooked crepes with plastic between each one and left on the counter.  My crepe maker is 7″ in diameter (Jennifer’s is only 5″) so I only got 5 larger crepes from the recipe.  Therefore, each of my unfilled crepes have slightly more calories and carbs:134 calories, 10 g fat, 7 g  protein, 3.56 g carbs, .28 g fiber and 3.28 g net carbs and these numbers are reflected in the recipe per serving nutritional numbers below.

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INGREDIENTS:

1 recipe crepes (five 7″ crepes, made by Jennifer Eloff’s recipe, minus the sweetener and vanilla:

FILLING:

5 oz. shrimp, peeled and chopped coarsely (leave 1 or 2 whole for garnish if desired)

3 slices low-sodium, no salt added bacon, chopped

1 large shallot, sliced thin

¼ c. red bell pepper, chopped

¼ c. parsley, chopped

¼ c. white wine or sherry

¼ tsp. my Seafood Spice Blend 

Dash each salt and black pepper

1 c. heavy cream

½ c. water

1/4 tsp. glucomannan powder (or use your preferred thickener)

DIRECTIONS:  Make the crepes ahead by that recipe’s directions.  Stack them with plastic wrap between each so they won’t stick together.  When ready to prepare meal, brown the chopped bacon over high heat in a non-stick skillet.  When it is browned, added the shallot and red bell pepper.  Saute until they are tender. Add all the shrimp, including those left whole for garnish. Remove the 2 whole garnish shrimp and set aside for now.  Add the parsley, wine (if using) and the salt and pepper to the skillet mixture. Simmer a few minutes. Lower heat to lowest setting.  In a bowl, whisk the cream, water and slowly dust the glucomannan over the liquid (or whatever thickener you’re using), whisking constantly until blended. Pour the liquid into the skillet and simmer the filling a couple minutes to meld flavors.  The sauce will turn slightly pink from the bell pepper.  🙂  Turn off heat and plate the crepes as follows:

ASSEMBLY:  Place your serving platter by the skillet and the stack of cooked crepes close at hand.  Try to visually judge in the skillet 1/5 of the filling as you have 5 crepes to fill. Using a slotted spoon, so as to get mostly just the solids, place 1/5 (about 1 cooking spoon) of the filling into one of the crepes, roll carefully and lift the filled roll onto the platter, placing seam down.  Repeat for the remaining crepes, lining them in a row.  The remaining sauce in the skillet will be dribbled over the crepes.  If you don’t have enough sauce left to do this,  add a little more cream, blend with a spoon and adjust salt if needed.  Then pour the sauce down the center of the crepes on the platter and garnish with the 2 whole shrimp you browned and a sprinkle of chopped parsley if desired.  I hope you enjoy these as much as we did!

NUTRITIONAL INFO:  Makes five servings, each contains:

371.2 calories, 30.5 g  fat, 7.06 g  carbs, .62 g  fiber, 6.44 g  NET CARBS, 15.44 g  protein, 287 mg sodium

 

Raspberry Cream Cheese Coffeecake

Raspberry Cream Cheese Coffeecake

I created a delicious coffeecake early on in my weight-loss journey.    It’s very filling with my addition of a flax topping.  This will be something I only make on very special occasions as it’s a little carb pricey.  I’ve only made it 2-3 times in 5 years I think.  But is sure was GOOD!   Thumbs up from hubby, too!  Made it again for company at Christmas so I thought I’d share it again with my readers who haven’t seen this one.

This recipe is not suitable for Atkins Induction.  Blueberries would do nicely in this for a nice variation. 🙂  You can pull the carb count down on this coffeecake using liquid Splenda in the cake and cream cheese layer, but I had none on hand the day I made this.  I would definitely stick with the granular erythritol or Splenda for the streusel topping, however.

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INGREDIENTS:

2½ c. almond flour (total)

½ c. hazelnut flour (total)

2 T. flax meal

1½ c. granular erythritol or Splenda (or sweetener of your choice to equal 1½ c. sugar)

3 eggs

1 tsp. baking powder

½ tsp. baking soda

1/8 tsp. salt

¼ c. butter, unsalted, only slightly softened

1 tsp. cinnamon

1/2 c. sour cream

2 tsp. vanilla extract

2 T. oil of your choice (coconut, melted butter, extra light olive oil)

4 oz. cream cheese, softened

1 c. fresh raspberries (or frozen)

DIRECTIONS:  Preheat oven to 350º and grease 8″ square or deep round cake pan (this cake rises up nicely)

In a medium mixing bowl, add 2 cups of the almond meal, 1 T. of the flax meal, baking powder, baking soda, salt, 3/4 c. sweetener and mix well.  Add sour cream, oil, extract and 2 of the eggs.  Beat by hand until well blended.  Spread evenly into greased cake pan and set aside.

Now soften the cream cheese and add the 3rd egg.  Beat until smooth with a spoon.  Add 1/4 c. sweetener.  Carefully pour this evenly over the cake batter.  Try not to disturb cake batter too much as you try to get this evenly over the cake.  Next evenly place the raspberries on top of the cream cheese layer.

Make the streusel topping by mixing ½ c. almond meal, ½ c. hazelnut meal and 1 T. flax meal, the cinnamon, ½ c. sweetener and the ¼ c. butter.  A fork is easiest to do this with.  Try to break up the butter in the crumbly mixture as best you can.  You can add a few chopped nuts as well to this streusel (pictured but NOT included in nutritional info below).  With hands, sprinkle all the topping on top of the cake (looks like a lot but use it all, trust me).  Bake for 40 minutes or until done in center   Cut into 16 servings.

NUTRITIONAL INFO: Makes 16 servings, each containing:

217 calories, 19.5 g  fat, 12.56 g  carbs, 3.13 g  fiber, 9.43 g  NET CARBS, 5.7 g  protein, 92.8 mg sodium

Kale-Turnip Soup

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I needed to add some green to the day’s menu plan so I whipped up a batch of soup today with what I had in the fridge……..kale and 2 turnips.  It was a simple soup, quick to make and very tasty!  This soup is suitable for all phases of Atkins, Keto diets, Primal and Paleo as well.

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INGREDIENTS:

12 oz. pork breakfast sausage

3 oz. red onion, sliced or chopped

2 c. turnip, cut into large cubes

1 medium stalk celery, sliced coarsely

1½ c. kale leaves, stemmed, coarsely cut up

6 c. homemade chicken broth

Dash each sea salt and coarse black pepper

DIRECTIONS:  Coarsely crumble the sausage into a soup pot and lightly brown with the onion.  There should be enough grease in the sausage to accomplish this.  Add all remaining ingredients.  Bring pot to a boil and lower heat, simmering just until turnip pieces are tender but not falling apart.  Kale sill be fully cooked at this juncture.  Serve at once.

VARIATION:  Add 3 T. rice wine vinegar to the pot during simmering for a slightly different taste. Another variation would be to use ground beef instead of pork sausage.  Again, a slightly different taste.  🙂

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

243 calories, 19.2 g fat, 5.75 g carbs, 1.35 g fiber, 4.40 g NET CARBS, 18.2 g protein, 495 mg sodium

 

Kale-Orange-Walnut Salad

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I bought a lovely bunch of kale at the store today and decided rather than cook it all, I’d like to try a salad with part of it.  Since kale is a bit strong to me, I thought a bit of fruit might round it out.  And it did!  The earthy taste of the walnuts and walnut oil playing off the citrus in the orange vinaigrette are what make this for me.  This salad is delicious alone, but would be delightful with boiled or grilled shrimp added as well, or some cooked bits of white chicken meat, making it a complete meal.

This recipe is not suitable until you reach the the higher fruit level of the Atkins OWL carb ladder (Phase 3).  It is perfectly OK for Ketogenic diets (although you may want to use lower-carb berries rather than oranges).  It is also suitable for Primal and Paleo as well.

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BASE SALAD:

1½ oz. kale leaves, stems removed, sliced thinly  (this was 2 large leaves for me)

2 oz. raw onion, sliced thinly (I only had white on hand, but red onion would be perhaps even better)

½ oz. walnuts, coarsely broken apart  (about 7 halves)

2   ½”-slices of orange, cut into thirds

ORANGE VINAIGRETTE:

1 medium orange (you will only use part of it for this recipe)

2 T. walnut oil (important not to substitute other oils here)

2 tsp. balsamic vinegar

2 T. orange juice (fresh squeezed)

Dash each salt and coarse black pepper

Dash garlic powder (optional)

DIRECTIONS:  Cut the orange in half across the segments.  Peal one half of the orange with your knife.  Cut away 2 slices about the size of two large sections and cut the two into about 6 bite-sized pieces.  Set aside.  In a small bowl, squeeze out 2 tablespoons of orange juice from the uncut half.  to the orange juice, add the walnut oil, balsamic vinegar, salt, pepper and if using, the garlic powder.  Stir and set aside.

Remove the tough stems from the kale.  Wash and dry the leaves.  Julienne slice the kale (thinly) and place into a medium salad serving bowl (unless you plan to plate the salads individually). In that case, you can use any old bowl large enough to toss this in.  Add the thinly sliced onion, walnuts and pieces of orange.  place the bowl of greens and fruit in your refrigerator until ready to serve.

The final step right before serving is to pour the orange vinaigrette over the greens and toss well to coat.  If you wish to plate it, place half the salad onto each of two individual serving plates. Garnish with a slice of orange if desired.  I didn’t have any tonight, but a sprinkle of pomegranate kernels would be delicious as well as pretty on this salad.  🙂

NUTRITIONAL INFO:   Makes 2 servings, each contains:

206 calories, 18.4 g  fat, 9.85 g carbs, 3.20 g  fiber, 6.65 g  NET CARBS, 2.3 g protein, 90 mg sodium

Einkorn Blueberry Crumble

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I’m having some back issues of late.  Can’t stand up for very long, so my time-consuming baking efforts will likely wane for awhile.  But I have a kitchen island with comfy bar chairs and I can sure sit and cook, have the hubs put the pan in the oven and pull it out when it’s done!  I don’t need any assistance with eating my fair share though.  😉

My husband pointed out today we had a carton of blueberries beginning to dry out a bit at the back of the fridge.  So I decided to make some sort of simple crisp or crumble fruit baked dish.  My husband set the oven, greased my baking dish and rounded up the ingredients from my pantry (bending and stooping is an issue, too). I was able to do most of the rest, with the added help of regular heavy doses of ibuprofen all week long.

This was my first time using Swerve® sweetener and I was at a loss there.  It didn’t have any funny aftertaste sampled on my finger, nor in the final crumble dish that I could detect.  It is worthy of further experimenting in my opinion.  Just followed the info on the back of the packaging and it came out pretty close to my taste preference.  But honestly, it wasn’t quite sweet enough with 2 Tbsp. and I have therefore adjusted the recipe below for what should be better next baking.  The crumble topping was successful and the final dessert came out quite tasty.

Blueberries are a little higher in carbs, so if you are still in the Induction phase of the diet, use strawberries instead. To lower carbs further, omit the Einkorn flour totally.  I simply adds a nice flour taste and pastry texture that almond flour alone can’t do.   🙂  This recipe is not suitable until you have reached the nuts and berries level of Phase 2 Atkins.  It’s a little high carb for Keto diets.  This is not suitable for Primal-Paleo plans.

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INGREDIENTS:

1½ c. fresh blueberries

3/4 c. Jennifer Eloff’s Splendid Gluten-Free Bake Mix (or other low-carb mix)

2 T. Einkorn flour

3 T. Swerve® sweetener (or equivalent sweetener to equal 3 T. sugar)

2 T. oat fiber

1 large egg

3 T. butter

DIRECTIONS:  Preheat oven to 350º.  Rub butter lightly on a 6″ square baking dish and set dish aside.  Put rest of the butter in a medium bowl.  Add all the dry ingredients on top of the butter.  Using a fork or pastry cutter, cut the butter into the dry mixture until it resembles coarse cornmeal.  Add the egg on top, beat it with a fork and slowly work it into a dough with the dry ingredients.  Using a fork or your fingers, crumble the dough evenly on top of the fruit.  Pop into preheated 350º oven and bake for about 20-23 minutes or until lightly browned on the top.  Slightly cool and enjoy warm.

NUTRITIONAL INFO:   Makes 4 servings, each contains:

240 calories, 18 g  fat, 20.25 g carbs, 7.12 g fiber, 13.13 g NET CARBS (half the carbs are from the blueberries alone, so use raspberries for a lower carb dessert), 13 g protein, 46 mg sodium

 

 

 

Einkorn English Muffin

Einkorn English Muffin

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

As with all my Einkorn experiments, they are not suitable during Atkins Induction phase.  Wait until you are nearly to or at goal weight.  Keto dieters can have these occasionally if the day’s menu allows the carbs.  These would not be suitable for Primal-Paleo folks.  If you’re wondering, I order my Einkorn flour from Jovial foods.com.  Some people are able to buy it in local grocery stores, but I am not.

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INGREDIENTS: 

1½ T. unsalted butter

¼ c. egg whites (I used the ones in a carton)einkorn-by-jovial

2 T. very hot water

3 T. almond flour

1 T. Einkorn flour (for gluten free, use 1 T. oat flour ground from 100% certified gluten-free oats)

1 tsp. oat fiber (for gluten-free, use oat flour ground from 100% certified gluten-free oats)

¼ tsp. baking powder

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

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

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

NUTRITIONAL INFO:    Makes one muffin.  Entire recipe contains:

314 calories, 26.5 g  fat, 12.2 g  carbs, 7.1 g fiber, 5.1 g  NET CARBS, 11.1 g  protein, 354 mg sodium

Crumble Topping

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I love working with oat fiber.  It brings to low-carb baked goods what flour used to bring, a flour-y taste and flour-y texture.  This tasty crisp made with apple was just DELICIOUS!  I had 4 Gala apples I had bought for my husband (that he wasn’t eating)  that were going to go bad and were really past the crisp, eating stage.  So this is how I used those up!  My typical apple filling:  4 peeled, sliced apples tossed with a few tablespoons of water, a sprinkle of xanthan gum tp thicken, 1/4 c. Splenda or erythritol, along with a pinch of cinnamon and nutmeg.  Pour into non-stick pan or baking dish and dot with 2T. butter.

I made the crumble topping below and sprinkled HALF the crumble mixture over the fruit.  I zipped the other half up in a baggie and freeze for another use. Will keep frozen for 1 month. This is not Induction friendly, so wait until you reach Phase 2 of Atkins to enjoy this.  To make this MUCH lower carb, you could instead use peeled, grated jicama, sliced zucchini or chayote squash for half, or even all the apples in this, but cooking time will increase if you do.

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INGREDIENTS:

1½ c. CarbQuik baking mix (or other low-carb bake mix)

½ c. (45 g) oat fiber (DO NOT use high carb oat flour! Not the same thing!)

2 T. cold butter

pinch salt

1/4-1/2 c. water, added slowly

1-2 T. granular erythritol

OPTIONAL:  ½ tsp. cinnamon

DIRECTIONS:  Preheat oven to 350º.  Into a medium bowl, measure out bake mix, oat fiber and salt.  Stir.  Using a fork, cut in the cold butter until crumbly and well incorporated into dry ingredients.  Slowly add 1/4 c. water and work in with fork.  Add more water by tablespoons, stirring after each addition until mixture begins to hold together into pea-sized clumps. When all appears to be mixed well, spoon out half the mixture into a ziploc bag and freeze for future use.  Using fingers, crumble the remaining topping onto your fruit crisp filling mixture.  Bake at 350º for about 30 minutes or until apples are tender and topping is browned nicely.  Serve hot or cold.

NUTRITIONAL INFO FOR TOPPING ONLY: Recipe makes enough for TWO 9″ round pans of apple or berry crisp. I get 4 servings from a 9″ pan.  (8 total servings in both pans).

Total recipe contains:  374 calories, 47g fat, 75.7g carbs, 67.7g fiber, 8 NET CARBS, 24g protein

1 single serving of topping (1/4 of 1 pan) contains: 45.5 cal, 3.1 g fiber, 9.5 g carbs, 8.5 g fiber, 1 NET CARB, 3 g protein

FOR THE CURIOUS: 1 Serving with apple filling made as described above:  219 calories, 18g fat, 39.4 g  carbs,  20.3 g  fiber, 19.1 g NET CARBS, 6.4 g  protein.  Yes, it’s really high carb using real apples, so you might prefer to cut the majority of carbs out and use berries or apple substitutes like jicama, chayote squash or zucchini in your filling!  Just sayin’ that most of the carbs here are in the filling, not the crumble topping. 😉

Calico Cabbage

Calico Sausage

This scrumptious cabbage creation will really surprise you.  It was actually SWEET!  My husband swears he does not like cabbage yet he dipped up seconds!  Man, he’s a walking paradox when it comes to food.  However tonight, he was a seated gobbling turkey scarfing this stuff down!  After chopping the ingredients, this takes only 5-8 minutes to get it on the table for your hungry family.  Can’t beat THAT! I am particularly fond of Burton’s brand of smoked sausage as it has no fillers or sugar added.  My local Walmart is carrying this brand now.  🙂  What I like about it is it is light on the garlic, which I do not like in smoked sausage if they use too much.  Any brand you like will do for this tasty, colorful dish.

This recipe is suitable for all phases of Atkins, Keto diets, Primal and Paleo as well.  If you like things spicy, increase the jalapeno a bit.

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INGREDIENTS:

4 c. cabbage, coarsely chopped

3 oz. onion, sliced large (I used a purple onion)

2 oz. red bell pepper, diced large

2 oz. green bell pepper, diced large

½  large jalapeno, seeded and slivered thin (more if you want any real “heat”)

12 oz. Burton’s smoked sausage, sliced (no sugar added)

Dash coarse black pepper

DIRECTIONS:  Chop all your ingredients and have them ready by the stove-top.  In a non-stick skillet over medium-high heat, stir-fry the sliced sausage first, just until the edges begin to brown.  Add 1 T. oil if the sausage didn’t render out much grease, but that is not included below.  I did not have to add any.  Add the onion, red and green pepper and jalapeno too the skillet.  Saute all, stirring as you cook, until onion wilts & begins to brown.  Add the cabbage and just stir fry until the cabbage wilts.   Sprinkle with a dash of black pepper and serve at once.

NUTRITIONAL INFO:    Makes 4 servings, each contains: (not included optional olive oil)

231 calories, 15.2 g fat, 8.52 g carbs, 3.07 g fiber, 5.45 g NET CARBS, 18.12 g protein, 784 mg sodium

 

 

Grilled Chicken & Spinach Pizza

Grilled Chicken-Spinach Pizza

This pizza was absolutely delicious.  I call it my white pizza.  It’s so different from classic red-sauced pizzas.  I’ll definitely add more spinach next time as it was so good on this pizza.  I used ½ cup on this one but will use 3/4 c. next time and have calculated for that below.  The red onion is key to the flavor so wait until you can get a red one for this recipe.  They have a sweeter, fruitier taste than other onions.

This recipe is not suitable for Atkins Induction but will be OK for all other phases.  The carb count is certainly low enough for most Keto diets.

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INGREDIENTS:

1 recipe my Gluten-Free Pizza Crust

1½ c. grilled chicken meat, chopped (skin on)

3/4 c. (3 oz) shredded Monterrey Jack Cheese

3/4 c. (3 oz) shredded Mozzarella Cheese

3/4 c. baby spinach leaves

¼ tsp. dried oregano leaves, crushed  (or 1 tsp. fresh, chopped)

Pinch garlic powder (optional)

1 oz. red onion, slivered as thinly as possible

2 oz. heavy cream

2 T. Parmesan cheese (kind in green canister is fine)

Pinch (about 1/16 tsp.) glucomannan powder (to thicken Alfredo sauce)

DIRECTIONS:  Preheat oven to 350º.   Make the pizza crust by that recipe’s instructions, on a 16″ pizza pan (preferable pan with holes) lined with parchment.  Remove crust from oven.  Evenly spread the Jack cheese on the crust.

For your Alfredo sauce, mix the cream, Parmesan and glucomannan in a saucer and let it sit for a few minutes.  Should thicken up a bit.  When it appears thicker, spread it on the top disturbing the Jack cheese as little as possible.  Go almost to the edges of the crust with the sauce.  Next spread the Mozzarella cheese evenly on top.  Sprinkle with the oregano.  Sprinkle with a bit of garlic powder if you like also.

Now evenly top the pizza with spinach leaves. They may overlap if need be.  Next evenly place the diced chicken meat on the pizza and the final topping will be the wafer thin onion slivers.  Pop into the still hot oven and cook until the cheese appears to be melted and the onion is cooked, or about 15-20 minutes.    ENJOY!

NUTRITIONAL INFO:   Makes 8 slices, each contains:

321 calories, 23.5 g  fat, 4.0 g  carbs, 1.7 g  fiber, 2.3 g NET CARBS, 23 g  protein, 281 g  sodium

Kashmiri Mushrooms (Hedar)

Kashmiri Mushrooms We love Indian food and they often have a mushroom curry on the buffet table at our favorite Indian restaurants.  This is a recipe I’ve been cooking for some time now.  In its original form, it appears in Neerja Matoo’s cookbook  Kashmiri Cooking. I’ve made quite a few changes and this is how I prepare this dish.  This is great with charcoal-grilled beef, lamb, chicken or your favorite curry recipe.  This recipe is Atkins Induction friendly and suitable for Keto diets as well. Use coconut milk for an acceptable Primal-Paleo version.

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INGREDIENTS: 2 c. mushrooms, wiped and halved (leave whole if small ones)

2 T. butter, unsalted

2 oz. yellow onion, cut in thin slivers

2 cloves minced garlic

¼ tsp. cayenne pepper

Pinch black pepper

Pinch turmeric

½ tsp. my Garam Masala spice blend

Pinch Sharwood’s red-label Tandoori Spice (or regular mild curry powder if unavailable)

2 T. chopped fresh cilantro

¼ c. heavy cream

¼ c. chicken or beef broth/bouillon (preferably homemade)

DIRECTIONS: Wipe mushrooms clean of any dirt with a soft, clean dish cloth or paper toweling.  If you wash mushrooms, they do not saute as nicely.  If washed and then stored in the fridge, they will get slimy and rot faster. Remember:  dry mushrooms are delicious mushrooms.  🙂 

Halve the mushroom if extremely large, otherwise leave whole.  Set the cleaned mushrooms aside.  Melt butter in a skillet.  Add onion, garlic and spices and cook over medium heat for 2-3 minutes.  Add mushrooms and continue to saute, stirring until mushrooms are done (about 3-4 more minutes).  Lower heat, add bouillon and cream.   Simmer on lowest heat possible to slightly thicken.  Use your favorite plan suitable thickener if still not thick enough for your preference.

NUTRITIONAL INFO: Serves 4, each serving contains:  (this only serves 2 for hubby and I, we love it so!) 119 calories 11.5 g  fat 3.45 g  carbs, 0.7 g  fiber, 2.75 g  NET CARBS 1.88 Protein 33.6 mg. sodium

Pork in Queso Flameado Sauce

Pork in Queso Flameado

If you’ve ever ordered Queso Flameado in a Mexican restaurant, it’s a flavor you don’t soon forget. It’s a thick melted cheese fondu with chorizo crumbled in it served with flour tortillas to roll it up in. It is considered an appetizer.  It is sooo good!  Traditionally, a bit of warmed brandy is poured over the fondu and the dish is lit when served (where the name “flameado” comes from), but I dispense with that step.

Well, this new dish I created a few years back, I made again last night for dinner.  I used this tasty sauce over seared pork and it was simply outstanding!  If you love Mexican food, you’ve GOT to try this dish!  My husband just love this, as do I!   This dish is suitable for all phases of Atkins and other Ketogenic diets.  It is not, however, suitable for Primal/Paleo without revisions.

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INGREDIENTS:

12 oz. pork loin, cut into 4 portions

1 link chorizo, removed from the skin and crumbled

2 T. unsalted butter

4 large green onions, chopped

1/2 c. red bell pepper, chopped

1 c. cilantro, chopped

1/2 c. heavy cream

1/2 c. water

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

VARIATION:  Use boneless chicken breast in lieu of the pork

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

NUTRITIONAL INFO:   Makes 4 servings, each contains:

567 calories, 45 g  fat, 4.35 g  carbs, 1.15 g  fiber, 3.2 g  NET CARBS, 36 g  protein, 654 mg sodium

Lemon Cheesecake

Lemon Cheesecake

This is an easy cheesecake to whip up since it’s a no-bake cheesecake.  When it comes to sweeteners I would recommend not putting all the sweetener in all at once and TASTING after adding all ingredients adding sweetener to taste. Everyone’s taste on sweeteners is just so highly personal.  I like things much sweeter than my husband.  As always, I recommend only adding sweeteners slowly and tasting, say only ½ c. of the granular (or 20 drops) and then TASTE before adding any more.  Sweeteners vary; taste varies.  Cheesecake is always lovely with a Raspberry Sauce or Blueberry Sauce, as shown in the linked danish recipe.  This cheesecake is not suitable for Induction unless you make it without a crust.

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INGREDIENTS:

2   8-oz pkgs. cream cheese, softened

38 drops liquid sucralose (or other sweetener to equal 1½ c. sugar)

1 pkt. unflavored gelatin

lemon zest from 2 lemons

lemon juice from 2 lemons)

1 tsp. vanilla

1 c. cream, whipped

1 baked, cooled Pecan Crust 

DIRECTIONS:   Pour gelatin onto the lemon juice in a small saucepan and heat on lowest heat, stirring until dissolved.  Whip cream cheese in a large bowl with sweetener until smooth.  Add lemon juice, zest and vanilla.  Beat until smooth and well blended.  I like to use my food processor to achieve the smoothest mixture possible.   In another bowl, whip the cream with an electric mixer until quite stiff (but not butter!).   Fold whipped cream into cream cheese mixture.  When well incorporated, pour into cooled pie crust.   Chill several hours and serve.

NUTRITIONAL INFO:  Makes 8 servings, each serving (filling AND crust) contains:

370 calories, 35.2 g  fat, 6.34 g carbs, 1.99g fiber, 4.35 NET CARBS, 10 g protein, 188 mg sodium

Chicken Brussels Sprouts Casserole

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A mere magazine photo of a creamy chicken and rice 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 nutritionally that I like to include in my diet once in awhile.  If you are still on Induction or wish just to lower the carb count for this dish, you can omit the quinoa.  🙂  Hemp hearts are a good lower-carb substitution for the quinoa, but those are only susitable if you are out of Atkins Induction phase.

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INGREDIENTS:

1 c. homemade chicken broth

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

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

4 slices bacon, chopped

2 T. butter

1 c. celery, chopped

2½ oz. onion, chopped

1/2 recipe Jennifer Eloff’s low-carb 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)

VARIATION:  Substitute some of that leftover Holiday turkey you froze for the chicken.  🙂

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, 880 mg sodium

Banana “Bran” Muffins

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These delicious banana muffins are reminiscent of the banana bran muffins I grew up on.  But wheat bran is just to high in carbs to use anymore. I find flax meal (some dark and some light) is a good substitute for bran flavor.   This recipe was inspired by a recipe of BigDumbBear on the old Atkins forums.  I finally tried them BDB and they are a wonderful way to get 9 muffins at a time.  I added some whey protein powder, some banana and banana flavoring and VOILA!  A tasty morning or afternoon tea muffin that is only 1.87 net carbs!  And so nutritious, these.   This will make 6 larger muffins, but I used a silicone pane with smaller cups and I got 9 out of this batter.  Numbers are calculated for 9 small muffins.  This recipe is not suitable for Induction unless you omit the banana and double the flavoring extract.  It is suitable once you begin to re-introduce the higher carb fruits like bananas.  It is suitable for Keto diets as well.

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INGREDIENTS:

½   a 6″ small banana, mashed (omit for Induction)

4 extra large eggs, beaten (or 5 large)

2 T. coconut oil (or oil of choice)

1 tsp. banana emulsion or extract (2 tsp. if still in Induction & omitting the real banana)

1½ c. golden flax meal (1 c. golden+½ c. dark for a grainier taste)

2 T. plain, unsweetened whey protein powder

7-9 light shakes KAL pure stevia (around 1/8 tsp.)

couple dashes salt

1½ T. baking powder

DIRECTIONS:  Preheat oven to 350º.  Using a brush, oil the slots of a muffin pan with a dab of oil in each.  I used a silicone pan and only 9 of the slots.  Peel and mash the half banana in a medium mixing bowl.  Add beaten eggs, oil, banana emulsion/extract and stir well.  Measure the dry ingredients on top and beat to a smooth batter.  Let sit a couple minutes as it will swell a bit.  Dip  evenly into the 9 (or 6 larger) slots of your muffin pan.  Pop into 350º oven and bake for around 20 minutes or until lightly browned and dry to touch in the center. Remove from oven and let them sit a couple minutes.   Pop out and serve hot or at room temperature.

NUTRITIONAL INFO:  Make 9 small muffins, each contains:

59 calories, 13.4 g fat, 7.21 g carbs, 5.24 g fiber, 1.87 g NET CARBS  (2.8 net carbs if you only make 6), 7.43 g protein, 116 mg sodium

Turkey Poblano “Chalupas”

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Trying to think of ways to use up some left-over holiday turkey?  This one got TWO thumbs up from my husband as well as myself!  It was amazingly simple and was ready in well under an hour total.  The example pictured has ¼ c. Eden Black Soy beans added, because my husband really wanted beans in his.  And if you’re to the legumes rung of the OWL ladder, GO FOR IT!  This recipe is only Induction friendly if you don’t use any beans in it.  But I tell ya, I didn’t mind not having them in mine at all.

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INGREDIENTS:

2 large poblano peppers, seeded (6-6½” long, 3.5 oz. each after stemming)

1 T. olive oil

8 oz. cooked, turkey breast meat

2 oz. onion, chopped or slivered

4 slices American cheese

4 oz. Cheddar cheese, grated

¼ tsp. ground cumin

½ tsp. chili powder

¼ c. cilantro, chopped

OPTIONAL:  Soy black beans, drained and mashed (3-4 T. per pepper half)

DIRECTIONS:  Preheat oven to 350º.  Cut up turkey meat and set aside.  Cut peppers in half lengthwise, removing any ribs with their seeds.  Over med-high heat, in non-stick skillet heat the olive oil and sear the pepper halves on both sides, pressing them down with a spatula.  This takes any “hotness” out of them.  If you prefer, you can roast them in the oven, but these days, in Texas triple digit heat, I don’t like to keep the oven on that long.  Remove peppers to a large oiled baking pan cut side up and set aside for now.  In the same skillet you seared the peppers in, add the onion and saute until nearly tender.  Add turkey meat, cumin, chili powder and cilantro.  Saute 1-2 more minutes, stirring several times.  Lower heat and lay the 4 slices of American cheese on top and stir in into the turkey until it melts and turn off heat.    If using the soy black beans, spoon ¼ c. evenly onto each pepper half first.  Next, spoon ¼ of the turkey mixture evenly on top.  Sprinkle the tops with the grated cheddar.  Pop into a preheated 350º oven for 15-20 minutes, just long enough to melt the Cheddar cheese.    This was delicious with a small guacamole salad on the side.

NUTRITIONAL INFO:    Makes 4 servings, each contains: (without mashed soy beans)

357 calories, 23.85 g  fat, 6.53 g  carbs, 1.13 g  fiber, 5.4 g  NET CARBS, 28.8 g protein, 651 mg sodium

Eggplant in Garlic Sauce

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This is my version of a dish called Eggplant in Garlic Sauce that we used to order regularly at Szechuan East, a Chinese restaurant that was once (and may still be for all I know) at the Galleria on Westheimer in Houston, TX.  It was truly one of the very best Chinese dishes I’ve ever eaten in my life.  All at the same time it is sweet–sour–and spicy.   One night while enjoying dinner in this particular restaurant, we saw Debra Paget (well-known 50’s actress who played Indian princesses in more than one film) enjoying a meal across the room, all alone at her table.  My husband told me her last husband was Asian, and after reading his bio , he was as well-known in his own right.  Having seen many of her films, we were quite excited to see her in person.  She was still very beautiful.  Sorry, I digress.  🙂

Though this dish is admittedly somewhat off-putting visually and texture-wise (pieces are quite slippery when properly cooked and sauced), the flavor is so delightful it continues to be a favorite in Chinese restaurants and on my table at home.  Both my husband and I can get past its down side to appreciate the subtle flavor nuances of this tasty dish.  It is traditionally served cut into the strips as shown in the photo, but if you prefer, you could slice it in rings and cut them into halves for a dish that may not be so visually off-putting.   It is typically served atop rice, but it’s not bad eaten alone or incorporated into a simple shrimp-stir-fry with some meat slices as well.  The dish is outstanding with grilled Asian Marinated meats like this recipe.  If you like eggplant and are not bothered by its sometimes slippery texture, I think you’re really going to like this dish.  🙂

VARIATION:  Add RED bell pepper strips sauteed to the mixture.  Seared, thin pork strips is another nice variation on this theme.

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INGREDIENTS:

1   1-lb. eggplant, peeled and cut into ¼” strips

4 T. olive oil

½ tsp. HOT sesame oil

½ pkt. Splenda or Stevia   

1 T. rice wine vinegar (no substitions)

1½ T. low sodium soy sauce or coconut aminos

3 small cloves garlic, minced

½ c. chicken broth

1/2-1 tsp. oriental chili paste like Sambal Oelek (or use crushed red pepper flakes)

1/8 tsp. xanthan gum to thicken

1 tsp. sesame seeds (optional and not included in numbers below)

DIRECTIONS:   Peel eggplant and cut into ¼” strips.  Heat olive and hot sesame oil in non-stick skillet or wok.   Add eggplant strips and gently stir fry.  Keep gently tossing them around on the hot pan surface and they WILL eventually get limp and soft.  When they are all starting to look translucent, add all remaining ingredients and simmer 1-2 minutes.  Add a tiny bit of your favorite thickening agent and stir well until slightly thickened.  Serve at once.

NUTRITIONAL INFO:  Makes 3 servings, each containing:

214.7 calories, 19.8 g  fat, 9.37 g  carbs, 4.77 g fiber, 4.6 NET CARBS, 2.23 g. protein, 355 mg sodium

Steamed Lobster Tails

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One of life’s culinary pleasures is lobster, in my opinion.  Only thing that comes close is a cooked-to-perfection char-broiled ribeye steak.  We love to prepare lobster at Christmas or New Years, as by then, we’re usually pretty “turkey’ed out”.   My parsley-cilantro salad dressing https://buttoni.wordpress.com/2011/08/09/parsley-cilantro-salad-dressing/  really compliments lobster nicely.  The lobster I can get locally is usually brought in from the Bahamas.   Tastes a little sweeter than cold water lobster from New England, in my opinion.   This recipe is suitable for all phases of Atkins, Keto diets, Paleo-Primal as well.

INGREDIENTS: 

1.25 lb. lobster tails (yields about 12 oz. tail meat after removing shell)

Water to boil

½ stick salted butter, melted and clarified (butter fat solids scooped off the top)

DIRECTIONS:    Put about 1½ cups water in a deep boiling pot and bring to a boil. Run two skewers from the base of the tail up the center of the belly, all the way up to the center of the thickest part.  This will keep the tail from curling so tight while cooking.  When the water comes to a rolling boil, insert skewered lobster tail up in the pot.  I usually lean the skewers out the top.  Set a lid on the pot slightly offset to reduce water evaporation, but it really doesn’t have to be 100% closed.     Lower to medium heat and let steam for 7-10 minutes.  Turn off heat, remove skewers and holding shell with one hand, with the help of a kitchen towel or mitt, cut with kitchen shears straight up the belly shell from top to base of tail. Pull sides of tail shell apart and fork out the tail meat (I like to leave the tail fins attached and in tact) right out of the shell.  Splay the tail fins out when serving lobster meat on plates or platter.  Makes for a pretty presentation with the tail fins attached!   Serve along a nice green salad and perhaps my Rosemary Onion Dinner Rolls:  https://buttoni.wordpress.com/2011/05/31/rosemary-onion-dinner-rolls/

NUTRITIONAL INFO:   Makes 2 servings and each contains (including ¼c. of the butter):

367 calories, 23.9 g  fat, 2.2 g carbs, 0 g fiber, 2.2 g NET CARBS, 34.8 g  protein, 1350 mg sodium

Gingerbread “Bigfoot”

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Sorry, I just couldn’t resist when I named this Christmas creation. 🙂  I bought the pictured 14″ tall Wilton Gingerbread Man cookie pan a couple years ago and haven’t really used it with any of my low-carb gingerbread recipes to date.  But I came across a recipe on Robb Wolf’s website, posted by a Kim Ludeman, that inspired me to test this “behemoth” pan.

I changed up the sweeteners considerably to lower carbs and also added currants and raisins for decoration.  Original recipe had no flaxmeal and used all almond flour.  My longtime favorite gingerbread recipe has a bit of vinegar in the dough, so I also added a tablespoon to this recipe (don’t worry, you won’t taste it).  I think it is for improving rise, but this stiff dough did not rise much during baking, so I may need a little more.  I’ll try 2 T. next time.  The resulting gingerbread cookie was sort of cake-like and sort-of chewy on the edges, and most DEFINITELY tasty!!  I’ll be trying this as individual cookies next baking, as I liked the chewy browned edges.

This recipe is fairly carby, since it has molasses in it, so I would not indulge in these unless you are in Atkins Pre-Maintenance or Maintenance phase.  You can eliminate the raisins/currant decoration and also decrease the molasses and increase the sugar-free maple syrup by that amount to reduce carbs.  My Paleo-Primal subscribers will of course want to use REAL maple syrup instead of the sugar-free maple syrup.  The Steviva called for is a blend of erythritol and stevia and is about twice as sweet as sugar, but you could use another sweetener (2 T. sugar equivalent) if you prefer.

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INGREDIENTS:  

½ c. flax meal (I use 50:50 golden and dark mixed)

2½ c. almond flour

2 pkts. stevia

1 T. Steviva (a blend of erythritol and stevia)

1 tsp. each cinnamon and ginger

½ tsp. nutmeg

1/8 tsp. sea salt

1 tsp. baking soda

¼ c. backstrap molasses

¼ c. sugar-free maple syrup (or regular maple syrup, or omit and use ½ c. total molasses for Paleo/Primal version)

1 T. white vinegar

DIRECTIONS:  Lightly grease or line a cookie sheet with coconut oil.  Preheat oven to 350º.   Beat all wet ingredients in a medium mixing bowl.  Measure the dry ingredients on top.  Slowly stir the dry into the wet below until smooth.  Dough will be fairly stiff.  If making a giant single cookie, spread the dough evenly onto the baking pan using plastic gloves or baggie “gloves”.  My gingerbread man pan is approximately 14″ tall x 9″ wide.   Use raisins for eyes and button, currants for his nose and mouth.  Pop into preheated 325º oven for about 18-20 minutes.  Do not overcook so you should remove from oven when the cookies are just browning a wee bit around the edges.  Cool and enjoy.

If making individual round cookies, this dough should make about 24 small 1½ round cookies.  I would roll dough into 1″ balls and then press flat into 1½-2″ cookies with your fingers or the bottom of an oiled glass.   The individual cookies should only require 10-12 minutes to get done.

NUTRITIONAL INFO:  Makes 1 huge gingerbread man or twenty-four  1½-2″ round cookies, each round cookie or approximately 1/24 of the giant cookie has: (calculated using sugar-free maple syrup).  If making smaller gingerbread men, this recipe (I’m guessing) would probably make 12 of them.

107.8 calories, 8.73 g  fat, 6.18 g  carbs, 2.08 g  fiber, 4.1 g  NET CARBS, 2.96 g  protein, 76.5 mg sodium

Einkorn Apricot-Cherry-Brazil Nut Bread

Einkorn Apricot-Cherry-Brazil Nut Bread

I’m planning on making this again for my Christmas dessert tray this year.  One of my mother’s favorite recipes. To give credit where it is due, this basic low-carb sweet bread batter was inspired by a Basic Quick Bread recipe at Sugar Free Low Carb Recipes website.   I added vanilla, sweetener, baking powder and glucomannan powder and I believe the smooth texture is now perfect.  No crumbling!  You can vary the fruit, berries and nuts in this but you will have to recalculate the carbs for any changes.  This recipe is suitable once you get to  Atkins Phase 2 OWL or farther.  If you require gluten-free, you will have to omit the Einkorn and sub in the same amount of “oat flour” ground from 100% certified gluten-free oats.

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INGREDIENTS:

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Slight rise in 8″x5″ loaf pan.

1/3 c. coconut flour

1/3 c. almond flour

1/3 c. Einkorn flour (or low-carb bake mix if unavailable)

¼ tsp. sea salt

1 T. glucomannan powder

1½ tsp. baking powder

Stevia equivalent for ½ c. sugar (I used ¼ c. Steviva, a blend of erithritol & stevia)

1 stick (1/2 c.) unsalted butter, melted

1 tsp. vanilla

8 large eggs, beaten

½ c. chopped dried apricots

½ c. unsweetened dried cherries, chopped (I dehydrate my own)

½ c. chopped Brazil nuts.

DIRECTIONS:  Preheat oven to 350º.  Grease a loaf pan.  I use a standard aluminum loaf pan.  I can get fourteen approximately ½”slices out of the loaf.  Mix dry ingredients in a medium mixing bowl. Melt butter and add to bowl.  Also add vanilla and the eggs and beat until you have a smooth batter.  Use an electric mixer if necessary, but I did not find I needed to do that.  Fold in your desired fruit, nuts or flavorings and stir well.   Spoon batter into greased pan, level with a spoon and bake at 350º for 40-45 minutes or until a toothpick stuck into center comes out slightly damp (this cake is THAT moist), but clean of any batter.  Cool a bit, slice into fourteen ½” slices (or to lower carbs, cut into 16 slices for 6.23 net carbs per slice).

NUTRITIONAL INFO:  Makes 14 servings, each contains: (numbers are specific for apricots, cherries and brazil nuts.  Recalculate for other additives).  Cutting into 16 slices reduces count to 6.23 g. net carbs.

122.3 calories, 8.59 g  fat, 8.9 g  carbs, 1.96 g  fiber, 6.94 g  NET CARBS, 5.64 g  protein, 124 mg sodium

Irish Whiskey Bacon-Cranberry Chutney

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This delicious sauce was inspired by a recipe I saw on Rhubarbandhoney.com.  http://rhubarbandhoney.com/2013/03/17/drunken-irish-bacon-jam/ .  The 3 key ingredients of my recipe are the same, but there my version parts paths with the inspirational recipe.  I quadrupled the Irish Whiskey, introduced orange marmalade and fresh orange juice, used fresh jalapenos rather than jalapeno jelly and I added fresh cranberries.  My method of preparation was stove-top since I don’t own a crock-pot.  I don’t care for the visual appearance of the processed jam, and preferred to leave mine chunky so the cranberries show up nicely.

I can’t wait to try this chutney on my holiday turkey this year, my next roasted duck or with my next pork roast!  This would probably go well with lamb chops, as well!   It has a simply wonderful sweet and tart taste with a bit of a jalapeno bite that really delivers on flavor!  My thanks to Kimberly for this lovely idea.  It will definitely be in my regular holiday menu from now on, as I’m not so fond of traditional cranberry sauce.  🙂

This recipe is not suitable until Atkins Pre-Maintenance or Maintenance due to the orange ingredients.  Keto devotees can enjoy this as the carbs are pretty low, but it would not be appropriate for Primal-Paleo without several changes, lie using molasses instead of the sugar-free syrup and using a plan-acceptable orange marmalade.

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INGREDIENTS:

1½ lb. bacon (about 16-18 slices), chopped into ½” pieces

2 medium onions (8 oz.), chopped

4 cloves garlic, minced

½ c. apple cider vinegar, preferably raw,unfiltered

½ c. water

½ c. Irish Whiskey

¼ c. fresh squeezed orange juice

¼ c. my sugar-free Orange Marmalade

½ c. erythritol

¼ c. sugar-free maple syrup

3 jalapenos, seeded and chopped fine

1 c. raw cranberries, cut in halves (or ½ c. sugar-free dried berries, but add those before the long simmer so they will get tender)

DIRECTIONS:  Cut the bacon, onion and jalapenos and set them aside.  Mince the garlic and set aside. In a large non-stick skillet or wok, brown the bacon until it is medium brown but not real crisp. Drain on paper towels.  Pour off and store for other use all the grease but 2 T..  In the remaining 2 T. grease, saute the onion, garlic and half of the chopped jalapeno until the onion is tender.  The jalapeno will lose most of its bite during the cooking.  If you don’t like hot jalapeno flavor, you might want to add ALL the jalapeno now.  Stir in the orange marmalade.

Add the vinegar, water, Irish Whiskey and fresh orange juice.  Stir to mix. Now stir in the erythritol and maple syrup.  I using dried cranberries, add then now!  Reduce heat to lowest setting and simmer uncovered until it the chutney begins to thicken up a bit as some of the moisture evaporates.  That will be about 1-1½ hours.  Add the remaining jalapeno (this jalapeno will NOT lose it’s bite as it is virtually not cooked at all).     Now add the raw cranberry halves.  Simmer just until the berries slightly soften, or 3-4 minutes.  Turn off heat.

Serve immediately or when cooled, spoon into tightly-lidded jars and store in the refrigerator until ready to serve.  Should keep about a month in the refrigerator and should freeze nicely for several months.  Reheat over low heat or in the microwave on DEFROST just before serving.

NUTRITIONAL INFO:   Makes 1 quart (4 cups) or sixteen ¼c. servings.  Each ¼ c. serving contains:

92 calories, 5 g  fat, 3.26 g  carbs, .63 g  fiber, 2.63 g  NET CARBS, 3.36 g  protein, 197 mg sodium

Rum Balls

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I modified my mother’s favorite rum ball recipe that I have always made for the holidays.  My new low-carb version is quite tasty!  They look and taste just like the originals, in fact.  These tasty treats are not acceptable for Atkins Induction unless you leave out the rum, which sort of takes away the best flavor, sadly.  But as a chocolate/nut confection, they are still a treat……..just not spiked.  🙂

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VARIATION:  Use bourbon instead of rum.

INGREDIENTS:

¾ c. almond meal

¼ c. unflavored whey protein

1 c. finely chopped walnuts or pecans

½ c. cocoa, sifted

¼ c. erythritol, sifted

4 T. melted butter

14 drops liquid sweetener of your choice (I use EZSweets)

2 T. rum

FOR OUTER COATING: 2 T. more erythritol + ½ c. more finely chopped walnuts or pecans mixed together in a small bowl.

DIRECTIONS: Mix first 5 dry ingredients in a medium bowl.  Add liquid sweetener and rum to melted butter and stir into batter until well mixed.  It should begin to form a smooth batter.  Spoon up and using hands, form into eighteen ¾-1″ balls.  To finish them off, roll around in pecan coating (I found I had to press firmly onto surface) for as even a coating as you can get.  Store in air-tight container with wax paper between layers.  Store in refrigerator until ready to serve.  These can be frozen.

NUTRITIONAL INFO: Makes 18 balls, each containing:

136 calories, 12 g  fat, 3.75 g  carbs, 1.71 g  fiber, 2.04 g  NET CARBS, 4 mg. sodium

Dad’s Peppered Rib Roast

Dad's Peppered Rib Roast

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

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

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MARINADE INGREDIENTS: (remember, it is not all consumed)

1/2 tsp. garlic powder

1 tsp. paprika

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

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

1 T. tomato paste

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

DIRECTIONS:  Pound the coarse ground black pepper over all surfaces of an 8 rib roast using the butt of your palm or the smooth side of a meat cleaver. Use less pepper if doing a smaller 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 smoke that makes this taste indescribable.  You need to grill the 8 lb. rib roast for about 2 hours over medium coals (using a rotary spit if you own one).  If you don’t have one, like me, just turn the meat every half hour to sear all surfaces nicely. Best if not cooked past medium to medium rare stage.  I take mine off when my meat thermometer reads 120º degrees and set it on my cutting board for another 10 minutes to “rest”.  A piece of meat this large will continue to climb to around 130º while resting. That’s usually a nice pink medium-rare inside.

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

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

NUTRITIONAL INFORMATION:

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

The entire batch of marinade has:

131 calories, 0.7 g. fat, 18 g. carbs, 4.6 g. fiber, 15.4 NET CARBS (entire batch), 5.5 g. protein,

1070 mg. sodium

Roasted Shawarma Vegetables

RoastedShawarmaVegetables

If you’re a Middle Eastern food fan, this is a must try!  This dish is incredibly easy to make and is exceptionally good with charcoal-grilled meats.  Shown above with a rib-eye steak.  This flavor reminds me so much of the vegetable stew I ate when we lived in Teheran, Iran when I was a small child.  I have even been known to cook the veggies in a grilling basket right on the grill with the meat!  It’s even BETTER that way!   This dish always elicits a thumbs up from diners and definitely sits proudly amongst my very best-tasting veggie recipes.  You can certainly use other spice blends here, but the Shawarma blend is what makes this recipe truly unique!  This is an Atkins Induction friendly recipe.  If you have leftovers, I often cut up any leftover grilled meats and toss it right in the vegetables for lunch the next day.  You will find that this is one of those dishes that just tastes better every time you reheat it, assuming there ARE any leftovers! 😉

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INGREDIENTS:

1 medium yellow squash cut in 1″ chunks (or zucchini is OK)
1 small eggplant (about 10-12 oz) cut in ½” slices, then cut those in quarters
4 plum tomatoes cut into quarters
1 green, yellow or orange bell pepper, seeded and cut in 1″ chunks
1 red bell pepper seeded and cut in 1″ chunks
1 purple onion cut into ½” wedges, layers separated
12 cloves garlic (entire bulb, cloves peeled but left whole)
2 T. my Shawarma Spice Blend
¼ tsp. each salt & black pepper (opt.)

Splash of  olive oil (about 2 T., or more if you can afford the calories)

DIRECTIONS:  Preheat oven to 425º.  Cut up all veggies and place in large mixing bowl.  Drizzle olive oil over all and stir well to coat all veggies with oil and seasonings.  Toss to try and coat all veggies with oil.  Splash on the extra olive oil if using.  Pour all into glass casserole dish and bake at 425º for about 30-40 minutes, stirring every 15 minutes.

NUTRITIONAL INFO: Serves 6, each serving contains:

91 calories, 5.0 g  fat, 11.45 g  carbs, 3.48 g  fiber, 7.97 NET CARBS, 2.22 g  protein, 105  mg. sodium

Chipotle-Lime “Sweet Potatoes”

Chipotle-Lime Sweet Potatoes

I clipped a high-carb recipe out of the Houston Post many years ago that has since become a holiday tradition at our house.  I low-carbed it so that I can enjoy it without breaking my daily carb limits.  I have personally never been very fond of sweet potatoes, unless baked into pies, cakes and muffins.  But ever since finding this recipe, I just love them!  I bake this recipe OFTEN, and with a wide variety of meats!

This is NOT your granny’s sweet potatoes!  Chipotle peppers are highly smoked jalapenos and taste nothing like green jalapeno peppers, in my opinion.  They, in combination with the lime zest, add a most unique “twist” to a popular vegetable more commonly seasoned with orange.  My brother was an Executive Chef at one time and just raved about this dish when I served it to him!  He went on to serve it often to dinner guests and said he always got the same reaction.  FANTASTIC!  It has become tradition in our house at the holidays when fresh pumpkin is so plentiful.  When I can’t get fresh pumpkin, I have been known to use butternut squash in this recipe in a pinch, but in all honesty, it’s not quite as good.  This recipe does not work well with acorn squash, as I tried that one time and didn’t care for it at all.

I find this dish is particularly tasty with baked, fried or grilled seafood, grilled meat, especially wild game, Texas-style BBQ and of course that Christmas or Thanksgiving turkey or ham.  The flavor combination of lime, smoky chipotles and maple extract (¼ c. very high carb packed brown sugar in the original recipe) is a real winner!  To make this dish Atkins Induction acceptable, I have substituted 100% fresh cooked pumpkin flesh for the sweet potatoes.  Could hardly tell a difference, other than the color is more golden than orange, thus the addition of red food coloring to correct color aesthetics.  Absolutely DO NOT SUBSTITUTE CANNED PUMPKIN or you are going to be extremely disappointed.  Just not the same dish.  Once you reach the starchy veggie rung of OWL and can afford a few more carbs,  I would recommend using just 1½ lb. pumpkin and adding 1 lb. cooked, mashed sweet potato (2 medium) for both flavor, color and a much creamier texture.  You will of course need to adjust nutritional info if you make that change as my numbers are for pumpkin only.

This dish does not freeze too well.  As a matter of fact, in my opinion, pumpkin flesh does not freeze well in many dishes, as its water separates out in the bottom of your baking pan upon thawing.  That can really ruin the texture and appearance of some dishes.  More than once has this happened to me and ruined my favorite baked pumpkin dishes when serving to company!  No matter if you try to drain that water off, it just keeps bleeding out more water!  Totally spoils it for me, so I never freeze pumpkin. Pumpkin baked goods, on the other hand, freeze beautifully.  Go figure!

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INGREDIENTS:

2½ lb. cooked fresh pumpkin (DO NOT USE CANNED PUMPKIN.  It’s horrible in this!)

½ c. heavy cream

4 T. butter

¼ tsp. salt

2 T. fresh lime juice

zest of 1 large lime (2 if they are small)

½ c. granular Splenda

1 tsp. maple extract (or 2 T. sugar-free maple syrup)

1 tsp. cinnamon

1-2 chipotle peppers (canned, in adobo sauce) seeded, rinsed & chopped

few drops red food coloring to achieve orange color of sweet potatoes (optional)

DIRECTIONS:  Remove stem and cut a small 4-4½ lb. pumpkin in half.  Remove seeds (you can roast them for snacks) and turn cut side down into baking pan.  Fill pan with 1″ water and bake pumpkin at 350º until tender when fork is stuck into it (about 45 minutes).  Remove and cool enough to handle.  Scoop/scrape  the pumpkin flesh out of skin/shell and weigh. Should yield about 2-2½ lb. flesh.  (freeze any overage for future use).  Whip pumpkin with electric mixer or food processor to get it as smooth as possible.  Add all remaining ingredients except chipotle peppers. For the holidays or very special occasions, I will bake 2 medium sweet potatoes, scoop out flesh, mash and add also for richer flavor, but I don’t do this for everyday consumption as it ups the carbs.  I have not included the sweet potatoes in the numbers below.

These little chipotle peppers (smoked jalapenos) are very HOT, so special handling is recommended.  Either wear plastic gloves (homemade  “sandwich bag gloves” will do) or be sure you wash your hands well after handling.  Take 1 chipotle pepper (about 1½” long) out of the can.  Rinse, and remove seeds and ribs with a knife.  Finely mash/chop the pepper almost into a puree on a flat wooden board.  Add to pumpkin mixture, stir well and taste to see if this is hot enough for you.  You don’t want to get this dish too hot, but a little tingle on the tongue is what you’re looking for.

If you want even more smoky taste or a hotter dish, carefully repeat ½ pepper at a time, re-tasting after each addition.   If you add pepper in stages like this, you won’t ever ruin the whole batch getting it too hot (I did one time).  Never forget that not everyone at your dinner table or social occasion will like things as hot as others.

Stir well and pour into buttered ceramic/glass baking dish.  Sprinkle with a dash more cinnamon and bake at 350º for 20-30 minutes.

NUTRITIONAL INFO:  Serves 8, each serving contains: (does not include the 2 sweet potatoes!)

114 calories, 7.6 g  fat, 12.0 g  carbs, 4.0 g  fiber, 8g net carbs, 2.0 g  protein, 121 mg. sodium

Roasted Lemon-Garlic Duck

RoastedLemon-GarlicDuck

I just love duck!  I often cook it during the holidays.  Here’s my newest recipe for preparing it that is delicious!  Although duck is very nice cooked on the grill outside, it is also good just roasted in the oven. But no matter which way you choose to cook it, it will likely be very tasty.  Duck is traditionally eaten slightly pink, but you can cook it longer if you prefer.  This VERY nutritious recipe is suitable for all phases of Atkins (use broth if still on Atkins Induction) and is suitable for Paleo-Primal followers if broth is used rather than wine.

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INGREDIENTS: 

1 c. white wine (use chicken broth if still on Induction)

4 T. my Lemon-Parsley-Garlic Butter

3 cloves garlic, minced

Dash each:  salt, black pepper, garlic powder, onion powder

1  whole 5-lb duck, neck and giblets removed for other use

DIRECTIONS:  Remove neck and giblets from duck and save for other uses.  My dog usually gets the giblets and neck meat I simmer until tender, but the neck will make great stock for soup if you want to add it to the carcass bones after dinner in a pot of water with chopped onion and carrot.  Duck stock makes delicious soup!

Butterfly (spatchcock) the duck by cutting up the backbone and spreading it out in a marinating dish.  Add wine (or broth), minced garlic and other spices.  Marinate covered in plastic on your refrigerator shelf for 2-4 hours, turning and basting 1-2 times during this period with a basting brush.

VARIATION:  Cook the marinated duck on a grill like you would grill chicken.

You’ll need to allow about 1½-2 hours to oven roast a 5# duck to internal temperature of 180º.  Duck is traditionally served a wee bit pink. When ready to cook, preheat oven to 375º.  Remove duck from refrigerator and lift out of the marinating dish. Pour marinade off into a small saucepan.  Add compound butter and simmer for 5 minutes or so to allow raw duck juices to fully cook. Place duck skin side up in a large baking pan, baste with marinade and pop in hot oven.  Using a basting brush, baste duck with marinade and pan juices every half hour.  At 1 hour cooking, remove duck and cover wing tips and leg tips with small pieces of foil so they will not over brown/burn.  Pop pan back into oven, lower oven to 350º and bake for 45 minutes to 1 hour longer (ovens will vary), or until a meat thermometer reads 180º at center thigh and center breast.   Serve at once with your favorite sides for fowl.  I served mine with steamed broccoli and broiled tomatoes.  If I had char-grilled the duck, as originally planned, I was going to grill some fresh pineapple slices to go with it.   Mmmm.   How I DOOOOOOOO love grilled pineapple!  🙂

NUTRITIONAL INFO:   Makes 4 servings, each contains:

791 calories, 65.3 g  fat (duck is much fattier than chicken), 2.4 g  carbs, 0.2 g  fiber, 2.20 g  NET CARBS, 36.4 g  protein, 485 mg sodium

Southern Fried Chicken

Southern Fried Chicken

My husband asked me to make “real” skillet-fried chicken for dinner recently, so I caved and gave it a try.  Haven’t been pleased with any of the low-carb fried chicken recipes I’ve tried to date, so I decided to put on my experimenting hat.

I honestly wasn’t sure what to coat it with, but remembered reading a recipe somewhere on the web for 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 resulting coating was the closest to my old high-carb flour coated chicken I was astounded!  Although I didn’t make any cream gravy with the browned skillet bits, I tasted them and they would have made an excellent batch of gravy had I been in a mood for some gravy.

I’m so pleased with this recipe!!  Great flavor!  Crispy!  Until you try this one, you just won’t believe it tastes just like flour coated chicken!  A winner!!!  And it’s great leftover, cold, right out of the fridge!!  Hubby said this was the best low-carb fried chicken I have cooked in my 5 years of low-carbing! My heretofore popular Oven-Fried Chicken, although very good, is just not the same as classic Southern Fried Chicken, ya know?  Not like my Granny made, at least.  This new recipe is almost exactly like my Granny’s chicken!

In order for this to be suitable for Atkins Induction, you’ll need 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 if on Induction or for gluten-free version)

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

½-3/4″ deep hot oil (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.

Heat 3/4″ deep oil over high heat.  Place the pieces closely together.  If you’re creative, you can get an entire chicken in a 14″ skillet.  Lower heat to medium-high so larger pieces don’t over-brown before done. Repeat the coating process with the remaining pieces of chicken.  I was only able to fry 8 pieces of chicken in my largest skillet at a time, 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) remove to paper toweling to drain.  Finish cooking the remaining pieces if you were unable to get them all in your skillet.   Serve at once with your favorite sides.  I served mine with 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

Blueberry Scones

Blueberry Scones

Decided to re-work my new Cranberry Scones recipe using wild blueberries from my freezer.  I increased the fruit by 2 T. and the sweetener a tad.  I think I like this version best.  These were yummy indeed!  The frosting is optional and not included ion the numbers below.  These didn’t really need it, unless you just like frosting.  🙂  These scones are not suitable for Atkins Induction.

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INGREDIENTS:

2½ c. almond flour

½ c. plain whey protein powder

¼ c. Splenda

3 T. erythritol

1 T. coconut flour

¼ tsp. salt

1¼ tsp. baking powder

2 eggs, beaten

¼ tsp. lemon or vanilla extract

½ c. + 2 T. tiny wild blueberries

DIRECTIONS:   Preheat oven to 350º.  Line baking sheet with silicone or parchment.  Measure all the dry ingredients into a medium mixing bowl.  Stir well.  Add in the wet ingredients.  With a rubber spatula, stir and blend the wet and dry ingredients into a uniform, very thick dough.   Divide mixture into 7 equal parts and roll into roughly 2″ balls.  Place on the baking sheet, pressing them slightly flat so they are about 3/4″ thick.  OR you can form into a large round disk of dough about 3/4″ thick and cut into 7 wedges, which is the more typical shape for scones.  You can sprinkle them with a dusting of erythritol if desired.  Bake for around 15 minutes at 350º or until firm in the center and lightly browned.  Remove, cool and enjoy. Ice if you wish, but that is NOT included in the numbers below.

NUTRITIONAL INFO:   Makes 7 scones, each contains: (not including frosting)

199 calories, 14.44 g  fat, 9.92 g carbs, 4.27 g fiber, 5.65 g NET CARBS, 12.8 g protein, 138 mg sodium

 

Chai Tea Spice Blend

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We just love Indian Chai tea.  Having lived in Tehran, Iran for a couple of years when I was 10-12 years old, I just loved drinking their unspiced plain hot tea from the little 2″ tall sipping glasses they serve tea in there.   It always reminded me of my childhood days, playing “house” and having “tea parties” with my dolls.

In Iran, sugar was sold in huge solid blocks and they would just hammer off chunks, pop a piece into their mouths and sip the hot tea right through that sugar “cube”.  At age 10, what fun!  Pure sugar in your mouth!  🙂  What can I say?  My views on sugar sure have changed.  🙂  I very quickly learned considerable Pharci language at age 10, mostly from our maid, Fatimeh, who spoke little English.  When we would pass a tea shop in the bazaar she would make a sipping gesture and ask:  “Chai meekhawheed?” (sp?) which I quickly figured out meant “Do you want some tea?” I learned the proper response in no-time flat “Adeh, chai meekhawham” (sp?), “Yes, I want some tea!”.  I also knew in that setting, I’d get it served Iranian style, with those fun chunks of rock sugar, something my mother would never  allow at home.  Wasn’t I a naughty little 10 year old?   Mom was always worrying about that evil, Mr. Tooth Decay (those old enough, remember him from the Colgate TV commercials in the late 50’s?).  Moms always over worry, don’t they?  My teeth haven’t all fallen out after all!  LOL  Wonder if Chai tea is served with rock sugar in India?  Sorry, I digress with my boring nostalgia trip………..

Cardamom Pods, cloves, black peppercorns and cinnamon sticks

Cardamom Pods, cloves, black peppercorns and cinnamon sticks

It was not until today, looking on the internet for the origins of the word CHAI, that I learned Indian hot chai tea, infused with all its lovely aromatic spices, actually gets its name from the Persian word for tea, CHAI (pronunced in Iran with second syllable stressed  CHA – EEEEEE )   Ya learn something everyday!

I really avoid commercial spice preparations as much as I can, what with all the “extras” they add to those prepared mixes, beaucoup salt and sugar.  So I decided to take the most common spices I can taste in a cup of chai tea and just make up my own, using equal amounts (roughly) of the likely spices.  I quickly learned it needs to be a little top-heavy with cinnamon and doubled that 1 ingredient.  The final spice blend, brewed into a 2-cup pot of tea, was DELICIOUS!  So I thought I’d share my new blend here with my readers.

I’m a lazy cook by nature and don’t like the nuisance of shelling cardamom seeds from those big pods, so once I saw that Penzey’s sells it already shelled, well you know I was on that one like a fly on flypaper!  🙂  I order already shelled cardamom seeds from Penzey’s Spices on-line or their catalog.  Therefore, I have no earthly idea how many cardamom pods it will take to yield 1 tsp. seeds, but probably around 10-15?  There are about 8-10 little black seeds in the average green cardamom pod.

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INGREDIENTS:

¼” slice of fresh ginger root (about 1 tsp.)

6 black peppercorns

10 whole cloves

2 tsp. cinnamon (or 1 3″ stick broken up)

1 tsp. cardamom seeds

3/4 tsp. fennel seeds

DIRECTIONS:  Place all ingredients in a blender or spice grinder (I use a dedicated cheap coffee grinder for spices) and grind until all is pretty fine.  Store in a lidded jar in a dark cabinet or your refrigerator if you’re worried about the ginger.   To make tea from this spice blend, boil your water in a proper teakettle and add your teabag(s) or loose tea in an infuser (my pot has a built-in infuser that lifts in and out).  Add 1 tsp. Chai Spice Blend to the infuser along with your tea for every 2 cups of water/tea you want to serve.  Steep for 5 minutes with the lid on and serve in cups with milk or cream and sweetener of your choice.

NUTRITIONAL INFO:    Makes about 9 tsp. of spice blend, each teaspoon (amount to brew 2 cups chai tea) contains:

3 calories, 0.1 g  fat, 0.75 g carbs, 0.45 g  fiber, 0.3 g  NET CARBS, < 0.1g protein

Crawfish Dumpling Stew

Crawfish Dumplings

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

This recipe will be a keeper for sure! For those still on Atkins Induction, omit the wine and substitute 1/2 c. seafood stock or chicken stock in your sauce.  This recipe is suitable for Atkins OWL Phase 2 or beyond and Keto diets as well if it fits your daily carb limits.  You’d have to make the sauce with coconut milk for it to pass Primal-Paleo muster, but that’s doable.  By the way, these freeze beautifully and tasted even better than the first night they were made!  🙂  I was only able to eat two dumplings (they are very filling) so my number of servings below reflects that fact.

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

DUMPLING INGREDIENTS:

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

4 T. butter, unsalted

2 oz. celery, chopped

2 oz. green bell pepper, chopped

2 oz. yellow onion, chopped

½ c. green onion, chopped

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

1 clove garlic, minced

1 tsp. my Seafood Spice Blend

2 recipes my glucomannan Dumplings batter

 

SAUCE INGREDIENTS:

4 T. unsalted butter, melted

6 oz. remaining crawfish

½ c. white wine (omit for Induction)

1 T. lemon juice

3 T. parsley, chopped

½ c. heavy cream

½ c. water

1 small clove garlic, minced

Dash each salt and black pepper

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

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

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

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

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

258 calories, 20.4 g  fat, 10.55 g  carbs, 5.96 g  fiber, 4.59 g  NET CARBS, 13.25 g  protein, 481 g  sodium

 

 

 

“Tortilla” Soup

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Tortilla Soup is one of my favorites at Mexican restaurants, but they are not all created equal, I’ve learned.

My very first exposure to Tortilla soup was at a little place in San Antonio called El Mirador.  My Dad and Mom kept bringing up how fantastic this soup was and we finally went to try it.   What a flavor delight!  It was every bit as good as my parents had advertised!  Let me tell you, I’ve had it many places since and none shine a light to El Mirador’s rendering of it.  🙂  I know the restaurant is still there and assume they are still offering this wonderful soup, but it looks like at their website linked above, they have changed the name of the soup to Chicken Cilantro Soup.  I’m sure it’s the same soup though.  You San Antonio dwellers who were unaware of this culinary treat need to get on over to El Mirado and try it if you haven’t yet!  The rest of you might want to try my version of it.

I’ve tried to recreate that wonderful soup ever since I tasted it!  And I got pretty close, but not quite as good as theirs.  This low-carb version of my creation, without the little strips of tortillas usually found in tortilla soup, is VERY good.  If the base soup is good enough, you really don’t need the tortilla strips in this soup.  I hope you’ll give it a try, as it is simply DELICIOUS!  This recipe is Induction friendly and also suitable for Keto and Primal lifestyles.  Paleo followers will want to omit the cream or sub in coconut milk.

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INGREDIENTS:

13 oz. cooked chicken meat (canned is OK if just meat, salt and water)

1 qt. water + 2 c. chicken broth

1  oz. tomato paste

1 c. yellow squash, diced (about ½ med-large squash)

2 oz. yellow onion

2 oz. green bell pepper

1 oz. poblano pepper, seeded and chopped

1/2 tsp. chili powder

dash chipotle chile powder (smoky)

1 small Guajillo chile, seeded and chopped (these are very mild and found in most stores’ produce dept. dried, sold in a bag)

Dash cumin

1/4 c. heavy cream

DIRECTIONS:  Cut chicken meat up into small pieces.  If using canned meat, just break up the large chunks.  Put all ingredients but the cream into soup pot.  Bring to a boil and then lower heat and simmer until squash and all veggies are tender but not falling apart (about 15-20 minutes).  Turn heat to lowest setting. Now add cream and stir.  If you like, you can puree this soup with a stick blender or in small batches in your food processor. I think I like it better chunky myself.  That’s how El Mirador served theirs as well.  I’ve done it both ways though.

VARIATION:   Cut 1 corn tortilla into thin strips, bake at 350º until golden and garnish each bowl of soup right before serving.  Be sure to recalculate numbers below to add for this “carb-y” change.

NUTRITIONAL INFORMATION:  Serves 4, each serving contains:

283 calories, 15.1 g.  fat, 6.95 g.  carbs, 1.6 g.  fiber, 5.35 NET CARBS, 26.3 g.  protein, 780 mg sodium

Quick Danish

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Blueberry version shown above

I discovered a wonderful new way to use my Peggy’s Sliced Bread recipe! TIP:  I keep some sort of plain, unflavored low-carb sheet bread cooked and at the ready in a gallon Ziploc bag in my refrigerator at all times, so making this for breakfast takes about 10 minutes total!

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

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

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

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Pineapple Quick Danish

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

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Blackberry Quick Danish

BLUEBERRY or BLACKBERRY VERSION:  Mash 2 oz. berries with a fork in a saucepan with 1-2T. water, pinch of stevia + 2 drops liquid Splenda and a sprinkle of xanthan gum to thicken.  Cook on medium heat a couple minutes until thick.  Slice bread laterally and place 1 thin slice on a plate.  Spoon half the berry mix onto it.  Top with about ½ T. cream cheese. Placed second half-slice bread and add remaining berries to top and dot with cream cheese.  Mmmmm.   this recipe is not suitable for Atkins Induction.

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

256 calories, 21 g  fat, 16.2 g  carbs, 3.7 g  fiber, 12.5 NET CARBS, 8.5 g  protein, 243 mg sodium

Strawbery Version:  Use 3 medium strawberries sliced:  5.3 NET CARBS

Blackberry Version:   Use 1/4 c. frozen blackberries: 7.3 NET CARBS

Cherry Version:  Use 1/4 c. canned tart cherries:  10.9 NET CARBS

Blueberry Version:  Use 1/4 c. fresh blueberries: 7.6 NET CARBS

 

Gluten-Free Grain-Free Hamburger Buns

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I think these are my best low-carb hamburger buns yet!  They are very neutral in flavor and will definitely not drown out the lovely flavor of your charcoal-grilled burgers like many low-carb breads will.   They are so sturdy not a single crumb or piece fell off my burger, despite the heat of the meat patty.   But they achieve this sturdiness NOT at the price of “moist”.  They are not the slightest bit  “dry” or difficult to swallow.  Tasted like I was eating a REAL and very SOFT hamburger bun!

For those familiar with my Gluten-Free Grain Free Focaccia Bread recipe, that’s what these are made with.

SPECIAL NOTE:  For bigger buns (shown above), make a double batch of batter (which doubles the carbs to 3.06 per larger bun).  

These buns are not suitable for Atkins Induction, but are acceptable once you get to Phase 2 OWL nuts and seeds level.  They are also suitable for Ketogenic diets and Primal folks if dairy is occasionally consumed.  These buns are not suitable for a Paleo lifestyle.

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INGREDIENTS:

½ c. almond flour

¼ c. golden flax meal

¼ c. plain whey protein

1 tsp. baking powder

0013 T. cream cheese, softened

2 large eggs

1½ c. Monterrey Jack cheese, shredded

1 tsp. cider vinegar

1 T. heavy cream

1 T. water

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

Poppy or Sesame seeds (optional)

DIRECTIONS:  Preheat oven to 350º.  Soften cream cheese in medium mixing bowl in microwave.  Beat in the eggs, cream, water, vinegar, both cheeses and dissolved yeast (if using).  Measure and add in all the dry ingredients and stir well with a rubber spatula. Grease your metal molds well with oil.

I actually baked my buns in empty 13-oz cans (top and bottoms removed) that cooked chicken breast meat comes in.  Those cans are the perfect diameter and I have saved 8 of these over the past year so I would have them for this purpose.  They don’t appear to be lined, so I think it’s OK to bake in them.  After baking these, I located some mini cake pans that are just the right shape for making my hamburger buns in future.  A large round metal cookie cutter would work, too. Muffin-top pans would be OK I suppose, but will make smaller buns.  You can even free-hand shape them on a silicone or parchment lined cookie sheet.  But be warned, they will spread out as they cook and you may be unhappy with their final shape.

Using a ¼-cup measuring cup, scoop up ¼ c. batter and fill your molds, spreading the batter evenly with the back of a spoon.  If you doubled the batter for the larger buns, use a ½-cup measuring cup to fill your molds.  Batter will be about ½” thick in the molds and there should be enough batter for 7 buns. Sprinkle on sesame or poppy seeds if desired.  Pop buns into a 350º oven and bake for about 18-20 minutes or until done to the touch in the center and lightly browned around the edges.  Cool a few minutes.  Slide knife around edges of buns to loosen and carefully remove them to a cooling rack or cutting board. When totally cool, slice them laterally and they are ready to use for your grilled burgers or other sandwiches.  Store any leftover in a plastic bag in your refrigerator.  Please note these buns boast some impressive nutritional stats below.

NUTRITIONAL INFO:   Makes seven small buns you then slice laterally to create a “top” and “bottom” of your bun. Each 2-part hamburger bun contains: (doesn’t include sesame or poppy seeds if you use them).  Double these numbers if you double batter for larger size burger buns.

197 cals., 16g  fat, 3.5g  carbs, 1.97g  fiber, 1.53g NET CARBS, 12.7g  protein, 288 mg sodium

Kielbasa with Cabbage & Kale

kielbasa-with-cabbage-kaleHaving made keilbasa and cabbage many a time I don’t know WHY it has never occurred to me before now to throw in a little kale into the dish.  Today for lunch, I did so and was it ever good!  Even my husband wolfed this down and he’s not a fan of either cabbage or kale!  So it sounds like a keeper to ME.  🙂 The onion brings a slightly sweet edge to the cabbage and kale, which is quite nice.

I used Kolbasa brand of sausage (newly discovered at HEB stores in Texas).  I always like a brand that  has much less garlic than most.  Many companies just get way too much garlic in their smoked sausage.    This hearty, delicious dish is suitable for all phases of Atkins, other Keto diets and Primal-Paleo as well.

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INGREDIENTS:

2  T. bacon grease

4 links your favorite smoked sausage, sliced ¼”

3 c. chopped green cabbage

2 c. chopped kale (larger stem parts removed)

2 oz. slivered sweet yellow onion

¼ tsp. coarse black pepper

VARIATION:  Add a splash of your favorite vinegar to the skillet for the last few minutes of cooking for a more Polish or Czech-style of this famous dish. 

DIRECTIONS:   Heat  bacon grease in a non-stick wok or skillet over high heat.  Add sausage and stir fry until it begins to lightly brown. Add the onion and saute until starts to wilt and caramelize. Add cabbage and chopped kale, sauteing  just until cabbage begins to wilt.   Sprinkle with the black pepper and serve.

NUTRITIONAL INFO:     Makes 4 adult servings, each 1½-cup  serving contains:

266 calories, 21 g fat, 9.37 g carbs, 2.5 g fiber, 6.87 g NET CARBS, 11.1 g protein, 378 mg sodium

Spicy Purple Coleslaw

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This slaw has a bit of a bite, so adjust the jalapeno to your taste. We just love this slaw!  And it’s so colorful, isn’t it?  Goes great with fried fish or BBQ.  This delicious salad is suitable for Atkins Induction and all Ketogenic diets.  It also fits a Primal-Paleo lifestyle.

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INGREDIENTS:

2 c. cut up purple cabbage (you can use green), cut real fine

½-1 whole jalapeno, seeded and slivered into ½” slices

½ oz. onion, slivered very thin (or 1 whole green onion, chopped)

4 T. my homemade mayo

¼ tsp. season salt, Emeril’s or my Shawarma Spice Blend

DIRECTIONS:   Cut up the cabbage as you usually would for coleslaw and place in a mixing bowl.  You can use a food processor for this if you prefer, but I don’t like mine as fine as my processor blade chops it.  Add all remaining ingredients and toss to coat well.

NUTRITIONAL INFO:  Makes 3 servings, each contains:

202 calories, 18.6 g  fat, 6.87 g carbs, 1.6 g fiber, 5.27 g NET CARBS, 76 mg sodium

Cheesy Green Beans

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I threw together a green bean dish that came out pretty tasty.  It has gone on to be one of the more popular recipes on my blog, in fact.  I put some mushrooms in this dish (which are visible in my photo above).  However I feel they got lost in the other flavors so I’ll omit those in future and in the ingredient listing below. This dish is Induction friendly.   Throw in some cooked ground beef or cooked chicken and it becomes a COMPLETE MEAL! 🙂

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VARIATIONS:  Add some diced, leftover chicken meat or 1 lb. browned ground beef for a complete meal.

INGREDIENTS:

2 can green beans, drained (or 3 c. cooked fresh or frozen)

4 T. butter, melted

4 oz. onion, chopped

4 oz. red bell pepper, chopped

½ c. sour cream

¼ c. heavy cream

Dash each salt, black pepper, garlic powder

¾ c. shredded Cheddar cheese + ¼ c. Deluxe American cheese, grated (or other cheese)

DIRECTIONS:  Melt butter in non-stick skillet.  Add chopped onion and red pepper and saute until tender.  Turn off heat.  Stir cream into sour cream in a small bowl and add to skillet.  Add beans and seasonings and toss together gently with a spoon.  Top with cheese(s) and bake at 350º for 20 minutes.

NUTRITIONAL INFO:  Makes 6 servings, each contains:

161 calories, 14 g  fat, , 8 g carbs, 1.87 g fiber, 4.93 g  NET CARBS, 3.57 g  protein, 240 mg sodium

Sausage Cheese Biscuits

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How about a pan of these delicious biscuits for breakfast in the morning?  They are real tasty, very light and are not at all crumbly.   Better yet, very simple to make!  If you tolerate whey protein, this is certainly a breakfast treat suitable for Atkins Induction or other Keto diets.

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INGREDIENTS:

3/4 c. whey protein, unflavored, unsweetened

1 c. shredded cheddar cheese

4 oz. pork breakfast sausage, cooked

2 tsp. baking powder

1/4 tsp. baking soda

1½ tsp. coconut flour

1 T. almond flour

1 T. oat fiber (for gluten-free biscuits, omit or substitute 1 T. certified gluten-free oat flour)

Pinch garlic powder

1 egg, beaten

¼ c. melted butter, unsalted

3 T. cream

DIRECTIONS:   Preheat oven to 350º.  Brown sausage in non-stick skillet, crumbling it up well.  Melt butter in mixing bowl in microwave.  Add cream and beaten egg.  Add sausage and cheese and stir.  Measure out all dry ingredients on top and stir all together just until ingredients are well mixed.  Using a 2T. measuring cup, scoop out rounded scoops (about 3T.) into 8 greased muffin cups.  If any batter is left in the bowl, top each off equally with the remaining batter.  I used a square muffin pan and this amount of batter made eight that rose nearly double, but did not mound very high, as you can see in the pic.  Bake at 350º for about 10 minutes, but check at 8 minutes as ovens vary.

NUTRITIONAL INFO:  Makes 8 biscuits, each contains:

106 calories, 8.6 g  fat, 2.06 g carbs, .84g fiber, 1.12 g  NET CARBS, 8.79 g  protein, 189 mg sodium

Turnip-Bacon Quiche

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Ever since starting my low-carb journey, I never cease to be amazed at how many fun things you can put into a crustless breakfast quiche and end up with a MUCH tastier result than expected when starting out.  And often much better than my doubting husband, picky eater that he is, likes to admit.   🙂  This morning when I opened up the refrigerator, I saw I had one turnip smiling up at me, right on the front of the shelf, and it seemed to be saying “Eat me, Eat me”.   A visual image of  the talking plant, Audrey, in the campy musical “Little Shop of Horrors” came to mind.  🙂    Thought I’d accommodate the little guy!  🙂  This was very much like a hash brown and bacon quiche!  No turnip taste at all.  It really tasted like potatoes! This recipe is Induction friendly.

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INGREDIENTS:

3 eggs, beaten

2 oz. onion, chopped

4 slices bacon, coarsely chopped

1 small turnip, peeled and grated (about 2-2½ oz.)

DIRECTIONS:   Preheat oven to 350º.   In a non-stick skillet, cook bacon over med-high heat until nearly done.  Add onion to the residual grease and saute until union is softening a bit.  Add grated turnip and saute, stirring often until it is tender.  Beat eggs and evenly pour over flavor ingredients and pop into preheated 350º oven for about 15 minutes or until set in the center.

NUTRITIONAL INFO:    Makes 2 servings, each contains:

259 calories, 18.9 g  fat, 5.7 g  carbs, 2 g  fiber, 3.7 g  NET CARBS, 16.35 g protein, 545 mg. sodium

Broccoli Croquettes

broccoli-croquettes

My mother used to make these when I was growing up, but the original recipe had mashed potatoes in it.  I suppose you could sub mashed cauliflower or turnip, but I don’t think that’s necessary really. Mom also coated hers in lots of bread crumbs and deep fried them like one does Chicken Kiev.  A lot of trouble done that way in my opinion, and they are inclined to fall apart cooked in deep grease.  Now, when I do these, I dispense with the crumb coating and shallow fry mine in a skillet.  Just as good in my opinion and much, much easier.  Induction friendly recipe if you use an Induction bread.

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INGREDIENTS:

6 oz. frozen chopped broccoli, cooked according to package and drained

2 oz. finely chopped onion

2 T. olive oil

Dash each salt and pepper

2 beaten eggs

¼ slice low carb bread or ½ low carb biscuit (or 1 T. golden flax meal)

DIRECTIONS: Cook broccoli in water per package directions until just tender.  Drain and pour into bowl.  Saute onion in non-stick skillet and 1 T. of the oil.  When tender, add onion to broccoli in the bowl.  Stir in all remaining ingredients and mix well.  Heat remaining tablespoon of oil in skillet.  Spoon broccoli into hand and attempt to form croquette (will be loose).    Gently set each of the 6 croquettes onto hot skillet and press slightly with spatula to a size of about 1/2″ thick x 2.5″ diameter.  Do not disturb patties as they brown.  When first side is set/browned, gently flip over with spatula and brown on second side.  Serve at once.

NUTRITIONAL INFO: Makes 7 croquettes, each containing:

86.17 calories, 7.0 g  fat, 2.6 g  carbs,  1.37 g  fiber, 1.23 NET CARBS, 4.23 g  protein, 69 mg sodium

Eggplant Parmigiana Slices

Eggplant Crust Pepperoni Pizza

This Eggplant Parmigiana like dish if fun to serve in individual slices.  I LOVE how the eggplant crust came together.  Just as crunchy as classically prepared Parmigiana.  Couldn’t even taste the pepperoni though.  Won’t bother or will put more next time.  What I do know is this was extremely filling and truly DELICIOUS!  I’m going to make Eggplant Parmigiana (this minus the pepperoni) more often from now on.  Pork rinds are just wonderful as a stand-in for breadcrumbs in Italian cooking.  If you keep some of the Lucini sauce in your freezer, it can be defrosted quickly int he microwave for such recipes.  Makes prep time a cinch!  This recipe is suitable for all phases of Atkins, Keto diets and Primal Blueprint.

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VARIATION:  Increase recipe, omit the pepperoni and make a full casserole pan full of these slices for classic Eggplant Parmigiana.  🙂

INGREDIENTS:

2   slices eggplant, unpeeled, about 3/8″ thick

1½ T. homemade mayonnaise

1½ oz. pork rinds (2 handfuls) crushed

Dash your favorite seasoning blend

Dash Italian spice blend (or oregano)

1½ oz. shredded mozzarella (about 5 Tbsp.)

4 T. spaghetti sauce (I use Lucini brand I buy at Walmart)

½ oz. green bell pepper, sliced extremely thin

5 slices pepperoni, chopped a bit

2 T. Parmesan, grated

DIRECTIONS:   Preheat oven to 450º.  Line baking sheet with parchment.

Slice off eggplant slices and brush both sides with mayo.  Crush pork rinds and stir in spices. Sprinkle them onto both surfaces with pork rind crumbs, coating well.  Place slices onto parchment lined pan and bake at 450º for about 15 minutes.  No need to turn during baking.  Remove from oven and lower to 350º.

Sprinkle each slice with 2 T. mozzarella cheese.  Dot each with 2 T. sauce.  Place bits of green pepper next.  Evenly space the pepperoni bits.  Sprinkle each with Parmesan cheese and the remaining 1T. mozzarella.  Bake at 350º for 5-10 minutes to melt the cheese.  Serve and ENJOY!

NUTRITIONAL INFO:   Makes 2 slices, each contains:

310 calories, 23.1 g fat, 7.0 g carbs, 3.1 g fiber, 3.9 g NET CARBS, 18.9 g protein, 700 mg sodium

Creamy Chipotle-Lime Scampi

Creamy Lime Scampi

This delicious fare was what I served for dinner last night.  We just LOVE this dish that literally goes together in about 15-30 minutes flat!  My kind of recipe!  The addition of cream makes this a slightly different shrimp scampi creation from the norm.  This recipe and other shellfish recipes is the reason I use unsalted butter exclusively.  Since shrimp has a lot of natural sodium in it, I find adding any pushed is over the top in salinity for me.  This recipe is acceptable for all phases of Atkins and other Keto diets.  When you get to Phase 2 “OWL” (Ongoing Weight Loss), 2 T. of a nice dry white wine added to this is divine!

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INGREDIENTS:

1 lb. shrimp, peeled and cleaned

2-3 cloves minced garlic (I use 3)

½ stick unsalted butter

Juice of 2 limes (about 2-3 T.)

1/4 c. finely chopped parsley

1/8 tsp. smoked chipotle powder (if you can’t get it, use cayenne pepper)

¼ c. heavy cream

Sprinkle of xanthan gum to slightly thicken

2 c. spaghetti squash threads (½ c. per serving)

DIRECTIONS: Cut a medium spaghetti squash in half, remove seeds and put cut side down into shallow dish filled with 1/4″ water.  Microwave on HI for 13 minutes.  Drain and fork out threads and put in serving bowl with tight cover so squash will stay hot while you cook the shrimp topping.  In a non-stick skillet, melt butter.  Add minced garlic and saute until cooked but not burned.  You don’t want a raw garlic taste to dominate the final dish.  Add chipotle powder and shrimp and saute until shrimp curl and are opaque.  Add parsley and lime juice and immediately lower heat to lowest setting.  Add cream and stir well.  Dust lightly with xanthan gum and stir until slightly thickened.  Serve over spaghetti squash threads with a nice green salad!

NUTRITIONAL INFO: Makes 4 servings, each containing: (includes spaghetti squash)

303 calories, 19.2 g  fat, 9.15 g  carbs, 1.38 g  fiber, 7.77 g  NET CARBS, 24.4 g  protein, 194 mg sodium

Rosemary-Onion Dinner Rolls

Rosemary-Onion Dinner Rolls

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

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

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INGREDIENTS: 

2 T. coconut flour

2/3 c. almond flour

1 c. + 2 T. flax meal (use golden flax for the lightest roll)

¼ tsp. salt

2½ tsp. baking powder

1 tsp. onion powder

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

4 eggs, beaten

¾-1 c. water

4 T. olive oil

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

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

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

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

154 calories, 12.8 g  fat, 5.83 g carbs, 4.43 g fiber, 1.4 g  NET CARBS, 5.71 g protein, 83 mg sodium

 

Broiled Salmon with Tarragon Crab Sauce

broiled-salmon-with-tarragon-crab-sauce

This simple fare is rich, delicious and only takes about 30 minutes to put together.  The sweet tarragon is so nice in the pink cream sauce.  Make half the recipe if you only need two servings.  This is suitable for all phases of Atkins, Keto Diets and Primal followers.

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INGREDIENTS:

12 oz. fresh salmon filets

2 T. unsalted butter, melted

Dash of my Seafood Spice Blend or Emeril’s seasoning

2 T. more butter, melted (for the sauce)

2 oz. yellow or white onion, slivered thin

3/4 tsp. sweet dried tarragon

15 grape tomatoes, cut into halves

3/4 c. heavy cream

3 T. white wine (I used Chardonnay)

Dash salt

Dash xanthan gum (optional)

8 oz. picked crab meat  (I used a pouch of Blue Star Brand)

DIRECTIONS:  Preheat your broiler.   Cut the salmon filets into 4 equal portions.  Baste with the melted butter and sprinkle on the Seafood Spice Blend.  Broil until done or about 10 minutes, until salmon is firmed up in the center.

While the fish broils, melt the remaining butter in a skillet and brown the onion until it begins to brown.  Add the tomato halves and saute until they just begin to soften a bit.  Add the cream, tarragon, crab and wine and simmer about 3-4 minutes.  Don’t be too rough with the crab meat.  Add salt to taste and a light dusting of xanthan gum on the top and stir sauce until it thickens up.  Dip the crab sauce equally over the four portions of fish and serve with your favorite sides.  My husband likes green peas with seafood, but that isn’t the best low-carb choice.  Broccoli or steamed green beans would be a better choice.

NUTRITIONAL INFO:   Makes 4 servings, each contains:

430 calories, 33.7 g  fat, 4.07 g  carbs, .62 g  fiber, 3.45 g  NET CARBS, 25.75 g  protein, 277 mg sodium

Baked Italian Eggplant Stacks

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Baked Italian Eggplant Stacks

This tasty dish is incredibly easy to make!  It’s just a matter of layering the ingredients in a pan.  The really hard part is being patient while it bakes, because it smells so darn good while it’s cooking!  It takes some time for the eggplant to get tender, but it is well worth the wait.  It went very nicely with a seared pork chop and small Italian salad.  This dish is Atkins Induction friendly and Paleo-Primal friendly as well if you eat the occasional cheese.  Of course, you can add browned ground beef to this dish for a complete meal.

This recipe appears in Vol. 5 of Jennifer Eloff’s Low Carbing Among Friends cookbooks.  Be sure you add this series to your cookbook collection as it contains some of the tastiest recipes from George Stella and other very talented low-carb cooks. You can order your set (or purchase them individually) from Amazon or here:  http://amongfriends.us/.

INGREDIENTS:

1 T. olive oil

16 oz. eggplant, sliced 3/16″ thick or less

3 large Roma tomatoes, sliced thin

1 c. grated mozzarella cheese

1/3 c. shredded Parmesan cheese

4 oz. ricotta cheese

1 tsp. oregano (or Italian Seasoning blend of your choice)

½ c. low-carb sugar-free spaghetti sauce (I use homemade, Belo vita or Lucini Italia Tomato Basil)

DIRECTIONS:  Preheat oven to 350º.  Grease well a ceramic quiche or pie plate with the olive oil.  Slice eggplant and tomatoes.  I found I had enough eggplant and tomatoes for 3 layers in my pan.  Begin with a layer of eggplant on the bottom of the quiche dish.  Top with a layer of tomato slices.  Next sprinkle with 1/3 of the oregano/Italian seasoning.  Next sprinkle 1/3 of the Mozzarella and 1/3 of the Parmesan evenly on top.  Dot surface with 1/3 of the ricotta.  Repeat the layers two more times.  Spoon the spaghetti sauce evenly over the top, spreading it with the back of your spoon.  Pop into preheated 350º oven for about 1 hour 15 minutes.  Check at 1 hour with a fork.  The tomatoes and eggplant will produce a great deal of moisture during the first half of cooking (this is to be expected), but all of it will evaporate by the time the eggplant is tender.  If the fork goes into the eggplant easily, the dish is done.  If not, cook it another 15-20 minutes.

NUTRITIONAL INFO:   Makes 6 servings, each contains:

157.2 calories, 10.2 g  fat, 7.65 g  carbs,  2.78 g  fiber, 4.87 g  NET CARBS, 9.8 g  protein, 274 mg sodium

Brats with Purple Cabbage

 

Brats with Purple Cabbage

A simple, quick meal for after your Black Friday shopping spree.  This hearty meal is just what you need when there is a chill in the air but you’re too tired to go all out cooking dinner after your mall hopping.

I’ve made this dish for years, but I have always made it with regular smoked sausage.  Thought I’d try it with brats this time.  Good decision!  It was quick, simple and very tasty.  The caraway seed is optional, but adds a lot to the overall flavor of this delicious dinner dish.  This pairs nicely with my cool, Mint Cucumber Salad. If I have a salad, one serving fills me right up because I find brats to be quite rich.  The hubs eats 2 links however. 😉  This recipe is suitable for all phases of Atkins, Keto diets, Primal and Paleo as well.

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VARIATION:  Substitute your favorite smoked sausage for the brats.  You can also substitute in green cabbage for an equally delicious dish.  It really doesn’t taste any different than the purple.

INGREDIENTS:

12 oz. beef brats (4 links)

1 T. + 1 tsp. bacon grease

4 c. purple cabbage, cut up coarsely (or green cabbage will do)

3 oz. onion, slivered thin

½ tsp. caraway seed

¼ tsp. coarse black pepper

DIRECTIONS:  In a small non-stick skillet, cook the sausage until browned on all sides.  I like to start out with ½” water in the pan and basically let the brats boil in that water, covered with a lid, until they are totally gray and pretty firm and done.  Then I pour off the water, pierce them with a knife or fork to allow grease to exude and brown them slowly in their own grease, rotating several times, until golden on all sides.  Using a lid during browning will reduce spattering of grease a little.

While they cook, add the bacon grease to a large non-stick skillet or wok over high heat.  Add the onion, and stir-fry until it begins to brown and caramelize.  Add cabbage and caraway seed.  Lower heat to medium.  Stir fry until the cabbage is wilted to the stage you like, but not completely or it will get quite strong tasting, in my opinion.  You want a little crunch and natural sweetness left in it.  Top with the browned brats and serve at once.

NUTRITIONAL INFO:  Makes 4 servings, each contains:  Men will eat 2 servings, women only 1

354 calories, 28.5 g fat, 9.37 g carbs, 2.20 g fiber, 7.17 g NET CARBS, 14.5 g protein, 802 mg sodium (all from the brats, unfortunately)

Beef-Broccoli Pie

beef-broccoli-pie

I adore broccoli steamed, but I’m frankly not too fond of it added to casseroles.  It invariably cooks too long and gets bitter.  So I had strong misgivings about adding it in this recipe.  I think I must have used just the right amount of broccoli, because I LOVED this final dish and the broccoli didn’t get strong-tasting!!  My husband, when he carried his plate to the kitchen sink, after having wolfed down seconds, said “You can add THAT one to your regular rotations.”  That’s always a pretty good sign from him. 😉  The filling was quite creamy yet not overly wet.  Having used grass-fed beef for this, the beef flavor was rich indeed. Give this one a try! I’m certain you’re going to like it.  Although not suitable until you are closer to goal weight, this one is well worth the wait.  If you use Induction suitable biscuit dough (like flax muffin batter) and not do a bottom crust, those still in the initial Atkins Induction phase could still enjoy this recipe. 🙂

VARIATION:  You lamb fans could use ground lamb in this pie for a very nice variation.

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CRUST INGREDIENTS:

1 1/3 c. CarbQuik bake mix (use a gluten-free bake mix for a gluten-free version)

¼ c. oat flour (from certified gluten-free oats if you require that)

½ c. coconut oil or cold butter

¼ tsp. sea salt

1/3 c. ice water

FILLING INGREDIENTS:

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

6 large mushrooms, sliced chopped coarsely

1/3 c. red bell pepper, chopped

2 oz. onion, chopped

½ recipe Jennifer Eloff’s Condensed Cream of Mushroom Soup

½ c. drained or Greek yogurt

¼ c. cream

Dash each salt

¼ tsp. black pepper

1½ c. broccoli, raw, coarsely chopped

DIRECTIONS:  Make the blender mushroom soup (linked above) per that recipe’s instructions.  You will only use half of this soup for this recipe. Store the remaining half in your refrigerator for another use.

Measure out the dry ingredients for the crust in a medium mixing bowl.  Stir well.  With a fork or pastry cutter, blend in the coconut oil or cold butter until the mixture resembles coarse cornmeal and visually appears to be uniformly blended.  Add the ice water slowly and with your fork, stir until it forms a solid ball of dough.  I had to knead mine 4-5 times to facilitate that. Divide dough into a chunk of 2/3 of the dough for the bottom crust and 1/3 of the dough for the top crust.  Roll bottom crust between 2 sheets of plastic wrap until 1-1½” larger than your baking dish.  I used a 7 x 11 ceramic dish.  Remove top plastic and lift the dough, plastic and all and gently tip it onto the pan, centered.  Remove plastic and press it in the bottom and along the sides of your baking dish.  If there are any tears, just press it together.  Perfection here is not an issue.  Set aside while you cook the filling.

Preheat oven to 350º.  Brown the meat in a non-stick skillet (mine is ceramic) over medium-high heat.  Add the onion and bell pepper.  Saute until veggies are nearly tender.  Add the chopped mushrooms and saute the mixture just until they are no longer opaque.  Stir in the condensed soup, yogurt and cream until they are uniformly blended.  Stir in the raw broccoli, salt and pepper last.  Only saute 1 minute as you DO NOT want the broccoli really cooked much.  That happens in the oven.

With a rubber spatula, scrape filling into the crust.  Now roll out the remaining dough to roughly the size and shape of your dish (again between plastic wrap) and top the pie with it.  Seal the edges of the top and bottom crust crimping in any fashion you like. Make some vent holes with a knife tip or fork.  Pop into 350º oven for about 1 hour or until dough is golden brown.

NUTRITIONAL INFO:   Makes 6 servings, each contains:

340 calories, 33 g  fat, 19.83 g  carbs, 11.26 g  fiber, 8.57 NET CARBS, 10 g  protein, 353 mg sodium

Cranberry-Orange Nut Bread

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I love to make this delicious sweet bread for the Holidays without fail, but it’s good at other times of the year, too! It’s one of my oldest low-carb sweet bread recipes.  I started with a basic coconut flour bread recipe and made a few alterations and additions to transform it into a traditional cranberry orange nut bread.  This bread is quite good and will freeze nicely for up to 1 month.  This recipe is not suitable for Atkins Induction.

It is the coconut flour in this recipe that dictates so many eggs.  It’s one of the reasons I prefer to use other low-carb flour substitutes.  If you reduce the coconut flour and sub in some almond flour for part of it, you could then reduce the number of eggs needed.  I would recommend making the flour substitution and mixing the batter with all the other wet and dry ingredients first, then add the eggs LAST, one at a time and stirring well between additions, only using the number needed for a thick bread batter the consistency of muffin batter.  You will have to recalculate the carbs in making such a drastic change to the recipe, however.

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INGREDIENTS:

8 eggs

½ c. heavy cream

½ c. unsalted butter, melted

1 tsp. vanilla

1/4 tsp. Boyajian orange oil (or 1 T. grated orange zest)

½ tsp. salt

½ c. + 3 T. coconut flour

1 tsp. baking powder

½ c. Splenda + 2 T. erythritol (or a combination of other sweeteners to equal 2/3 c. sugar)

1 c. fresh cranberries, chopped

½ c. walnuts or pecans

DIRECTIONS: Chop the raw cranberries and nuts using a processor or blender.  Set aside for now.  For the batter, crack and beat the 8 eggs in a bowl.  Add cream, melted butter, vanilla and orange oil/extract.   If you have no orange oil/extract, you can substitute 1-2 tsp.grated orange zest.  To the wet ingredients, begin adding the dry ingredients in the order listed above.  Stir after each addition to well blend all  ingredients.  Gently fold in the chopped cranberries and walnuts.  Pour into a greased or non-stick loaf pan and bake at 350º for 50-60 minutes.

NUTRITIONAL INFO: Entire loaf has 2506 calories, 186.9g fat, 127.1g carbs, 64.0g fiber, 63.1 net carbs, 86.5g protein, 2458 mg sodium.  Handy info to have if cutting into a different number of slices than I do.

If cut into 10 slices, each slice will have:

250.6 calories, 18.7 g  fat, 12.7 g  carbs, 6.4 g  fiber, 6.3 NET CARBS, 8.65 g  protein, 245 mg sodium

Baked Sweet Potato Halves

Mom's Favorite

My Mom just loved baked sweet potatoes with nothing but butter on them.  Me, I like to dress them up with a hint of cinnamon and a hint of brown sugar.  So I have blended her favorite way to cook them along with mine for this creation.  This method of preparation is effortless, fast and you can make a lot of them for a crowd at one time using a larger baking pan!   I just love to have any leftover halves for breakfast the next day, dotted with more butter and cinnamon. 🙂

Now sweet potatoes aren’t something a low-carber should be eating daily, mind you, but for the Holiday table, I will spring for these tasty treat!  They are so nutritious and have a fiber deduction on the carb count as well, something white potatoes can’t really boast about.  These are not suitable until you are in Pre-Maintenance or have reached goal weight.  Added note:  these are wonderful with baked fish, pork or BBQ beef.

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INGREDIENTS:  

1    medium 6-oz sweet potato, washed

2 T. melted butter

1/8-¼ tsp. cinnamon (I use Vietnamese cinnamon from Penzey’s)

OPTIONAL:  few drops maple extract stirred into the melted butter for brown sugar flavor

DIRECTIONS:  Wash potato and cut tips off each end.  Cut in half lengthwise.  Turn oven on to 400º.  Melt the butter in pan as the oven preheats, right in your metal baking pan. Remove pan from oven and stir in the cinnamon and maple extract, if using.   Now rub the cut side of the potato in the cinnamon-y butter.  With cut side of the potatoes still down, place pan back in oven and bake at 400º for about 30 minutes (longer for larger potatoes).  When a knife tip can be inserted easily, they are done.  Remove, serve and enjoy!

NUTRITIONAL INFO:  Makes 2 servings, each contains:

175 calories, 11.5 g  fat, 17.35 g carbs, 2.7 g fiber, 14.6 g  NET CARBS, 1.54 g  protein, 48 mg sodium

Einkorn Cranberry Walnut Cake

Einkorn Cranberry Walnut Cake

The flavor combo of walnuts and cranberries is hard to beat in my book.  This application of that flavor affinity is simply delicious.  So simple to make and what a lovely addition to your Holiday dessert offerings!

This recipe isn’t suitable until you reach the nuts and berries rung of the Atkins Phase 2 OWL carb ladder.

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INGREDIENTS:

1 c. my Einkorn Bake Mix (or use a lower-carb bake mix)

1/3 c. heavy cream

3 large eggs, beaten

3/4 c. erythritol sweetener

1/8 tsp. KAL stevia (or sweetener of choice to equal 1/4 c. sugar)

1 c. fresh or frozen cranberries, coarsely chopped

½ c. walnuts, coarsely chopped

DIRECTIONS:   Preheat oven to 350º.  Grease a baking pie plate or quiche dish with coconut oil and set aside.  Chop the berries and walnuts coarsely (I did so in my food processor pulsing a few times).  Add the bake mix and sweeteners and stir/pulse until blended.  Add the eggs and cream and pulse 1-2 more times to mix well into a chunky batter.  Scrape batter into prepared dish, spreading evenly.  Pop into 350º oven for 35-40 minutes or until center passes a toothpick test.   Slice into 6 servings and serve warm with coffee or cool and add a dollop of sweetened whipped cream when serving if you like.

NUTRITIONAL INFO:   Makes 6 servings, each contains :

264 calories, 23 g  fat, 9.25 g  carbs, 3.01 g fiber, 6.24 g  NET CARBS, 9.81 g  protein, 97 mg sodium (use a lower carb bake mix without Einkorn flour in it to pull net carbs down)

Chia-Chai Chewies

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These spice cookies will appeal to the chai tee lovers out there and be a hit on your Holiday dessert table.  They will certainly be on my Thanksgiving dessert tray this year.  These are sort of like an cinnamon oatmeal cookie with a “twist”.  Nice thing about them, they just seem to mellow and get tastier every day they sit in your fridge or freezer.  I know there are a lot of ingredients, but it’s why they are so good and  SO WORTH EVERY ONE OF THEM.  These are truly the best low-carb cookie I’ve developed!  I do hope you’ll try this one.  🙂

You might want to add chopped pecans or walnuts to these, but my husband doesn’t like nuts much and I also wanted to post just a basic recipe with the dried prunes (a great raisin replacement for lower carbs).  I have added nutty-tasting hemp hearts (shelled hemp seeds) and some chia seed for the bit of crunch and nutrition these two ingredients bring to these cookies.   The sugar-free honey is essential for these to be chewy, so do not sub out this honey with any other sweetener or you are NOT going to get a chewy cookie (trust me, been there, done that).   This recipe is not suitable for Atkins Induction.  Wait until you are nearing Pre-Maintenance to enjoy these, as they are a little higher carb than most of my cookies, having prunes in them.

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INGREDIENTS:

½ c. coconut oil (preferably not in liquid form, so do not melt)

2 T. almond butter

1 T. vanilla extract

1 egg, beaten

¼ c. sugar-free honey (I can buy it at Walmart)

4 dried prunes, chopped (DelMonte brand has no added sugar)

1½ c. almond flour

¼ c. + 3 T. hemp hearts

1 T. ground chia seeds (I use 50:50 white and black)

½ c. coconut flour

1 T. oat fiber

1 tsp. glucomannan powder (or xanthan gum)

1/8 tsp. salt

½ tsp. baking soda

1 T. erythritol

½ c. granular Splenda or equivalent sweetener to equal ½ c. sugar

2 tsp. my Chai spice blend

VARIATION:  You can just use 2 tsp. ground cinnamon if you are not fond of Chai spice flavors.  Another delicious variation would be to use dried cranberries for the prunes in these. 🙂

DIRECTIONS:  Preheat oven to 350º.  Measure all the wet ingredients into a small bowl.  Beat with an electric hand mixer until smooth.  Stir in the chopped prunes and if using nuts, add them now.  In another bowl, measure out all the dry ingredients and stir well.  Slowly add the wet ingredients to the dry and stir until all are uniformly mixed into a solid cookie dough.  It will be pretty thick and stiff if your coconut oil wasn’t liquid.   Form into 24 roughly 1″ balls (I use a scooper to be sure they are all about the same size) and set on parchment lined cookie sheets about 3/4″ apart.  These don’t spread much during cooking.

Pop into preheated oven for about 12-13 minutes.  Ovens can vary, so yours may take a little less or a little more time.  They will be slightly firm to the touch in the center when done, and just beginning to brown a bit on the edges.  Remove and DO NOT REMOVE FROM PANS UNTIL COMPLETELY COOLED.  These are quite fragile when hot and will break apart if not cooled completely before handling.  When fully cool, remove from pans and ENJOY!  Store remainders in a lidded container.

NUTRITIONAL INFO:   Makes 24  2-inch cookies, each cookie contains:

126 calories, 10.9 g  fat, 5.44 g carbs, 2.38 g fiber, 3.06 g  NET CARBS, 3.36 g  protein, 53 mg sodium