Cream of Leek Soup

Cream of Leek Soup

Cream of Leek Soup

I had a huge leek I wanted to use up today and decided upon soup.  We just LOVE soup in the winter.  In fact, I’m pretty crazy about soups year ’round!  This one was quick and incredibly tasty.

Funny story on this one.  I hollered to the back side of the house today where my husband was hand painting his little lead toys.  “I’m trying a cream of leek soup today.  Do you want that or do you just want to make a sandwich?”  He answered “Sure!” because he loves my soups. I set about my task.

Well, we sat down at the table, he dipped his up, tasted it with a look of trepidation.  He said it was good, to which I replied, “I haven’t made Cream of Leek Soup in ages!”  He looked up, smiled and said “I thought you said we were having cream of WHEAT soup!”  He went on to say he thought that rather odd, but added, “You always make soups I like and I knew better than to question what you had chosen to serve.”  Not sure whether I feel complimented or insulted?  LOL   We pondered over the notion of “Cream of Wheat” soup, laughed a lot and wondered what that might actually taste like.  :)

Anyway, this was truly delicious and on the table in 30 minutes flat!  This recipe is suitable for Atkins Induction phase, Keto diets and Primal fans.  Paleo followers will want to use coconut milk instead of the cream.

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INGREDIENTS:

3 oz. bacon (about 3 slices)

3 c. leeks, diced, loosely packed (this was 1 large one)

3½ c. homemade chicken broth

1 c. water

1 c. heavy cream

¼ tsp. sea salt

1/8 tsp. black pepper

Dash of your favorite thickener if not thick enough for you

DIRECTIONS:  Brown the bacon in a 4 qt. soup pot.  Remove bacon to paper towel.  Crumble when cooled. Add the leeks to the hot bacon grease and stir-fry until they are tender (about 5 minutes).  Add the chicken broth and water.  Next add salt and pepper.  Bring to boil and lower to a simmer for 10 minutes to allow flavors to co-mingle.  Add the cream.  Either using a blender/food processor or stick blender, pulse/puree almost to a smooth cream.  The cream when whipped will likely thicken right up.  If not, dust in a wee bit of your favorite thickener and stir a few minutes to allow it to thicken on up.  I used a very light dusting of xanthan gum.  When it has thickened up, serve with some of the bacon crumbles on top.

NUTRITIONAL INFO:   Makes approximately six 1½ c. servings, each contains:

280 calories

23 g  fat

7.66 g carbs, 0.96 g  fiber, 6.70 g  NET CARBS

7.16 g  protein

239 mg sodium

 

Breakfast Sticks

Breakfast Sticks

Breakfast Sticks

This recipe has garnered more Facebook fans than any other recipe I have ever posted there.  Simply amazing!  Thanks to all my regular followers and FB fans for making this recipe a hit!  It has left my Lebanese Baked Chicken in the dust.  :)    CaptureRealized I hadn’t used my “protein bar” molds in a long time and decided to shape this morning’s breakfast in a new way.  You can use the bottom of muffin cups for these or muffin-top pans as well.  These came out delicious.  Just the right amount of cheese to make them a bit creamy without it being overpowering.  These are suitable for all phases of Atkins, Keto diets and Primal.  Omit the cheese for Paleo adherence.  Below is a photo of the pan I used.  Although they still make it (BTW, it is rimmed in metal framing for support, which i really like), it is difficult to find on the internet.  I stumbled upon two of them in a Tuesday Morning store several years ago and snatched them up. :)  Other companies make similar pans:  http://www.amazon.com/Purple-Silicone-Sponge-Finger-Bakeware/dp/B00AFRALOS

Bar Mold

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INGREDIENTS:

1 T. oil of choice

2 slices bacon, chopped

3 oz. breakfast sausage

2 large green onions, chopped

4 large eggs, beaten

1 oz. (¼ c.) shredded Monterrey Jack or Mozzarella cheese

DIRECTIONS:   Preheat oven to 350º.  Oil your muffin/pan slots with oil using a brush and set aside.  Beat the eggs with the shredded cheese in a medium mixing bowl and set aside.  Using a non-stick skillet, brown the bacon. Add the sausage crumbled, stirring and cooking until it is no longer pink.  Add onion and saute just until onion begins to cook/wilt.  Remove from heat and cool 1-2 minutes.  Add the meat mixture to the egg mixture and beat together well with a spoon.  Using a ¼c. measuring cup, scoop up ¼ c. of the mixture into each of 8 slots.  Pop into preheated 350º oven for about 18-20 minutes until just set and barely beginning to brown on tops.  Remove from pans/slot with a knife tip and serve at once.

NUTRITIONAL INFO:   Makes 8 Breakfast Sticks, each contains:

142.4 calories

12.3 g  fat

0.73 g  carbs, 0.16 g  fiber, 0.57 g NET CARBS

7.16 g  protein

220 mg sodium

Beef and Leek Pie

Beef and Leek Pie

I braised a pot roast this week and had quite a bit leftover. Had over a cup of the gravy/juices left, too.  With some fresh leeks and mushrooms on hand, I was craving something with a pastry on top and came up with this simple recipe.  it took under 30 minutes to prepare and another 30-40 to bake.  And was this pie ever delicious!  To have had so little inside, it was almost like eating beef hash with a crust on top. Yummy!  This recipe is not suitable for Induction due to the Carbquick and oat fiber.  But look what you have to look forward to once you get to phase 2 of Atkins!  It is suitable for Keto if you can fit the carbs into your daily limits.  This is not suitable for Primal-Paleo

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INGREDIENTS:

12 oz. diced, well-trimmed leftover beef roast (about 1¾c.)

about 2 c. leftover beef gravy/juices (I only had 1½ but it needed more)

2 T. butter or bacon grease

1 leek, cut in ½” slices

5 oz. fresh mushrooms, quartered

1/8 tsp. salt

¼ tsp. coarse black pepper

1 recipe my Peggy’s Flour” Pie Crust

DIRECTIONS:  Make the pie dough per that recipes instructions.  Roll between two sheets of plastic. Set aside while you make the filling.

Cut the root tip off the white part of the leek. Cut any bad part off the green tops.  Slice the leek in half lengthwise.  Carefully wash out any dirt that is hiding between the layers, especially the outer leaves where most of it will be hiding.  When well rinsed of dirt, shake out the water in the sink and slice leek into ½” slices.

Melt the butter/bacon grease in a deep skillet or wok.  Add the leeks and saute until medium soft.  Add the diced meat and brown, stirring for a few minutes. Add the mushrooms and continue to stir fry until they are about no longer opaque.  Add the gravy and if you like (I do) a dash of thyme.  If not on Induction, a tiny splash of white wine is good in this.  Stir to blend well and remove from heat.

Preheat oven to 375º.  Grease a quiche pan or glass pie plate.  Scrape the filling into the dish with your cooking spoon.  Go over and pull the top plastic film off the crust gently.  Pick up the crust with the bottom film  with both hands and carefully tip it onto the meat filling.  Remove the top plastic carefully.  Push down the edges inside the lip of the quiche pan or crimp the edges decoratively if you are using a pie plate.  Place pie in a 375º oven for about 30 minutes or until browned to your liking.   ENJOY!

NUTRITIONAL INFO: Makes 5 servings, each contains:

268 calories

19.34 g  fat

17.64 g  carbs, 13.4 g  fiber, 4.24 g  NET CARBS

21.6 g  protein

268 mg sodium

 

 

Spaghetti Squash Carbonara

Spaghetti Squash Carbonara

Spaghetti Squash Carbonara

I decided tonight we haven’t had Spaghetti Carbonara in years and I wanted to give it a try with spaghetti squash.  Good decision, as it came out delicious!  I think my husband liked it even more then me!  And he usually doesn’t care for spaghetti squash.

Unfortunately, I was out of black olives, and classic carbonara usually has a few slices.  I tossed in a small can of drained mushrooms instead and this dish just came out GREAT!  This recipe is a little high in carbs because the spaghetti squash itself if a bit carb-y.  But it’s all healthy carbs, so you can eat this guilt-free. :)  This recipe is suitable for all phases of Atkins, Keto diets, Primal and Paleo folks will want to use coconut milk for the cream.

I wish I could get smaller squash, but our stores only seem to stock them 3# and larger as a rule. It would be so pretty to serve a half on each plate.  But I’ve only found a small one one time in the 12 years I’ve lived here.

NOTE:  If you can get smaller squashes, or grow your own, I would use two smaller 1-1½# squashes for serving 4 people and place one half on each plate.

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INGREDIENTS:

3 lb. raw weight spaghetti squash (yields 4 cups cooked threads)

1 c. chopped low-sodium bacon

2 oz. red onion, chopped coarsely

1 oz. red bell pepper (or any color)

1 clove garlic, minced

½ c. parsley

¼ c. heavy cream

1 egg yolk

¼ c. shredded Parmesan cheese

VARIATIONS:  Add a few sliced black olives for a more authentic dish (I was out); or toss in a small can of drained mushrooms (or 4 fresh ones sliced, added to the saute pan with the onion).

DIRECTIONS:  Cut off squash stem.  Cut squash in half lengthwise.  Place face down in dish with 1/2″ water and microwave on HI for about 25 minutes (only 13 minutes if you do them one at a time).  When done, drain off water, scoop out seeds and discard.  Fork out the threads into the baking dish and set aside.  Preheat oven to 350º.  Place the squash shells in a baking pan.

Mix the cream, egg yolk and Parmesan in a dish and beat with a fork to blend well. Set aside for a few minutes.

In a skillet, brown the bacon.  Add onion and saute until tender.  Add red pepper and garlic and saute a couple minutes.  Stir in the parsley and let it wilt a couple minutes as well.  Lower heat.   Stir in the egg-cheese mixture.  Stir the squash threads in now.  Spoon the filling back into the shells and pop the pan into your preheated oven.  Bake for 30-40 minutes or until cheese-egg mixture appears done.   Each filled half will probably feed two people, especially if you have a salad or other vegetable with this.

NUTRITIONAL INFO:   Makes 4 servings, each contains:

237 calories

25 g  fat

13.35 g  carbs, 2.87 g  fiber, 10.48 g  NET CARBS

10.72 g  protein

867 mg sodium

 

Hotsie-Totsies

Hotsie-Tots

Hotsie-Totsies

Another fun breakfast-on-the-go possibility.  And are they tasty!  Fun for the kiddoes, too!  These are suitable for Atkins Induction, Keto diets and Primal followers.  Omit the cheese if Paleo.  I have a Chicago Metalic dessert bar pan, but other companies make them, too:  http://www.amazon.com/Purple-Silicone-Sponge-Finger-Bakeware/dp/B00AFRALOS

INGREDIENTS:

5 small eggs (had a carton of larges that were all quite small!)

1 medium jalapeno, seeded (more if you want them really spicy)

4 oz. smoked sausage, cut into 1″ chunks

½ c. shredded cheese (I used cheddar)

2 T. olive oil to oil pan

DIRECTIONS:   Preheat oven to 350º.  I used a silicone breakfast bar pan, but a muffin pan, Twinkie® pan, or a muffin-top pan will work just fine.  You can even use an 8×8″ square pan or loaf pan and cut into 9 portions.  Oil 9 slots of your pan with the olive oil using a basting brush.  Set aside.  In a food processor, blender or bowl, pulse about 10 pulses (or chop by hand) the sausage and jalapeno.  My sausage and jalapeno were fairly fine.  Add eggs and pulse a couple times.  Stir in the cheese.  I actually forgot my cheese and just sprinkled it on top after I had filled the pan.  Either way will work.

Distribute the mixture evenly in 9 of the pan slots (about 3 T. per slot).  Mine were about half full and rose nicely to the top during cooking.  Pop into 350º oven for 18-19 minutes or until firm to touch in the center.  Remove and cool a bit in the pan.  Then with a knife tip, gently loosen each end and lift them onto your serving platter.

These should freeze OK.  I would recommend thawing/rewarming on a DEFROST 10-20 seconds in your microwave to just warm them and avoid overcooking to a state of tough and rubbery.  I’m personally not too fond of freezing egg, but many people do and don’t mind their results. :)

NUTRITIONAL INFO:   Makes 9 Hotsie-Totsies, each contains:

135 calories

11.5 g  fat

0.9 g  carbs, 0.04 g  fiber, 0.86 g  NET CARBS

6.92 g  protein

180 mg sodium

Crawfish-Cod Chowder

Crawfish-Cod Chowder

Crawfish-Cod Chowder

This is a little chowder I put together for lunch today.  Had a little baby asparagus in the fridge and a half package of crawfish in my freezer leftover from a recipe last week.   Along with a couple fish filets also in the freezer, this went together nicely and quite quickly.  It’s delicious and quite filling.  This is suitable once you are out of the initial 2 weeks of low-carb Induction and for keto dieters.  Also suitable for Primal followers.  The wine makes it unacceptable for those still in Atkins Induction or for Paleo followers.  Omit the wine (or substitute coconut milk for the cream) and anyone can enjoy this recipe!

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INGREDIENTS:

4 slices bacon, chopped

2 oz. onion, chopped

½ c. celery, chopped

1 c. asparagus, chopped

1 c. homemade seafood stock

2 c. homemade chicken stock

½ c. heavy cream

1/8 tsp. ground thyme

Dash each black and cayenne pepper

¼ tsp. salt

6 oz. cooked crawfish tail meat

12 oz. fish of your choosing (I use Swai or Cod), cut into bite-sized pieces

¼ tsp. xanthan gum or any plan-suitable thickener

DIRECTIONS:  Brown the bacon in a large soup pot.  When browned, add the onion, celery and chopped asparagus.  Saute until they are tender.  Add the seafood and chicken stock and bring to a boil.  Lower heat to a simmer.  Add all spices.  Simmer for 1o minutes for flavors to mingle.  While it simmers, coarsely chop the fish into 1/2″-3/4″ bite-size pieces. Add fish and crawfish to the pot.  Add the cream and stir/simmer just until fish is opaque and done.  Lightly dust your thickening agent over the soup surface as it is simmering and stir.  Allow time for it to slightly thicken.  Serve at once with a garnish of parsley or bits of red and green pepper if desired.

NUTRITIONAL INFORMATION:   Makes six 1½ cup servings, each contains:

247 calories

16.83 g  fat

2.23 g  carbs, .38 g  fiber, 1.85 g  NET CARBS

17.31 g  protein

354 mg sodium

Einkorn Cranberry Walnut Cake

Einkorn Cranberry Walnut Cake

Einkorn Cranberry Walnut Cake

This little snack or breakfast coffeecake is delicious.  I was looking at clafouti recipes today and one for a cherry clafouti caught my eye.  I decided that since I have never cared for the eggy, wetness of clafouti, I’d try it as a straight cake instead and toss in some walnuts for good measure. Good decision!  It came out GREAT!  I used cranberries I had previously frozen in the bag, but you could use fresh as well, or sugar-free dried berries if you make your own.

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 low-carb bake mix of your choice for lower carbs)

1/3 c. heavy cream

3 large eggs, beaten

3/4 c. erythritol sweetener

Dash of stevia (I used 1/8 tsp. KAL stevia)

1 c. chopped fresh or frozen cranberries

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 (not including whipped cream):

264 calories

23 g  fat

9.25 g  carbs, 3.01 g fiber, 6.24 g  NET CARBS  (lower with other low-carb bake mix)

9.81 g  protein

97 mg sodium

Pineapple Bars

Pineapple Bars

Pineapple Bars

I made a delicious cake-like bar that can be eaten at breakfast or enjoyed as an afternoon snack.  Hot, it will need to be eaten with a fork on a plate; cooled you can pick them up and eat with your hands.  These would be a nice treat for a child’s school lunchbox.

This recipe is not suitable until the higher-carb fruits rung of the Atkins Phase 2 OWL carb reintroduction ladder.

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INGREDIENTS:

1 T. warm water

1 tsp. dry yeast

¼ tsp. sugar (consumed by the yeast)

½ c. almond flour

1 T. oat fiber (omit for a 100% gluten-free version)

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

¼ c. golden flax meal

¼ c. plain whey protein powder

1 tsp. baking powder

3 T. cream cheese, softened

2 large eggs, beaten

1½ c. shredded Monterrey Jack or mozzarella cheese

1 tsp. cider vinegar

1 T. heavy cream

1  20 oz. can of pineapple chunks, drained and chopped coarsely

STREUSEL TOPPING:  2½ T. cold butter, 1 T. cinnamon, 2 T. erythritol or Splenda, ¼ c. chopped walnuts (or other nuts) and ¼ c. flax meal

DIRECTIONS:  Preheat oven to 350º.  Grease an 8″ square metal baking pan and set aside. Dissolve the yeast with the warm water and sugar in a small saucer.  Set aside for now.

Soften cream cheese in medium mixing bowl.  Beat in the eggs, cream, vinegar, shredded cheeses and stir well until smooth. Add the proofed yeast mixture and stir again. Finally add the pineapple and stir.  Measure all the dry ingredients on top of the wet and stir with a rubber spatula to blend until you have a uniform mixture.  Scrape the batter into the prepared pan, spreading it evenly.

For the topping, using a fork, blend the cold butter, erythritol, 1 T. flax meal and cinnamon in a small bowl until it is a coarse, crumbly mixture.  Add the nuts, stir well.  Sprinkle evenly over the batter and pop pan into 350º oven.  Bake for about 35-40 minutes or until dry to the touch, firm in the center and lightly browned around the edges.  Cool a few minutes and cut evenly into 9 squares.  Serve warm on a plate with breakfast coffee or tea.   Store leftovers in a plastic bag in your refrigerator.

NUTRITIONAL INFO:   Makes 9 servings, each contains:

235 calories

20 g fat

4.48 g  carbs, 2.48 g  fiber, 2 g NET CARBS

11.8 g  protein

265 mg sodium

 

Cookie Bouquet

Cookie Bouquet

Cookie Bouquet

Just in time for Valentine’s Day.  I modified my regular sugar cookie recipe, adding oat fiber, coconut flour and changing up the sweetener, to come up with these tasty blossoms.  My husband doesn’t like icing much so I didn’t bother.  The flower detail would be totally lost if iced anyway.  These have a very nice texture and flavor, somewhere between a sugar cookie and shortbread.  These are not acceptable until the nut rung of the OWL ladder.    I don’t think this batter is suitable for rolling and making cut-out cookies as even when well-chilled, it gets soft and difficult to work with almost immediately once taken from the fridge.  So I recommend sticking with simple round cookies or molds of some sort.

Close Up View

Close Up View

INGREDIENTS:

1 stick softened butter, unsalted

¼ c. granular Splenda

2 T. granular erythritol

1 beaten egg

1 tsp. vanilla (almond extract is good for variety)

1 c. almond flour

2 T. oat fiber (or 2 T. more almond flour for 100% gluten-free version)

1 T. coconut flour

DIRECTIONS: Cream butter and sweeteners until smooth.  Add beaten egg, vanilla and beat well.  Add all dry ingredients, blend well and chill batter for 1 hour.  Spoon up a rounded teaspoon of dough, roll into a ball of dough and place onto parchment and press slightly to a round cookie (or drop into your mold slots).  If using molds, press slightly flat to fill mold bottom.   I use Nordicware’s “mini flower” bundt pan (shown below with 1½” slots).  Other silicone candy molds could be used.  The 15 slots are nearly full with batter before baking, slightly rising out of the slot while they cook and settling back level when cooled.  If baked round on a sheet pan, these don’t spread out much so ½” between is adequate spacing.  I get 15  cookies from this recipe.  YMMV: your mileage may vary.  Just gently poke a kebab stick in each and place in a vase.  I anchored mine in some play sand I have, but a floral foam block for flower arrangements will work, too,

Bake at 350º for 18 minutes.  Do not over brown.   FAIR WARNING:  Allow to completely cool before attempting to remove from the pan with a knife tip or spatula.  They will definitely tear up on you if handled while the slightest bit warm.

Nordic Mini Cake Bites

NUTRITIONAL INFO:   Makes 15 cookie “flowers”, each contains:

105 calories

10.3 g  fat

2.98 g carbs, 1.62 g  fiber, 1.36 g  NET CARBS

2.15 g  protein

9.13 g  sodium

ENTIRE RECIPE CONTAINS:  1581 calories, 154g fat, 44.8g carbs, 24.4g fiber, 20.4g net carbs, 32.3 g protein (provided should your cookie count come out different)

Raspberry Banana Jello®

Raspberry Banana Jello®

Raspberry Banana Jello®

This was my Dad’s favorite way to eat Jello® and certainly one of mine.  Although I don’t think of this as a “recipe” in the creative sense, I thought I’d share it with you as it is indeed very tasty if you’ve never had it before.

I was rummaging around in  my freezer today deciding what to fix for dinner and saw the tail end of a bag of frozen raspberries I had totally forgotten was in there.  You know how that is with a big chest freezer.  I just then remembered I had bought quite a lot of sugar-free Jello last week at the store and luck would have it, I had 2 packages of raspberry in the batch!.  I haven’t made Jello in ages, and when I realized I also had one banana left on the counter, Dad’s favorite immediately came to mind.

This is so good, the usual whipped cream I have on Jello just isn’t needed to enjoy this.  Funny how sometimes the simplest of desserts can still be very satisfying.  This recipe is not suitable until you get to the higher fruits level in Phase 2 of Atkins.  You can enjoy this on Keto diets if you can fit the carbs into your daily carb limit.

INGREDIENTS:

2 small 4-serving boxes sugar-free raspberry gelatin

2 c. boiling water

1 cup ice water (2 c. cold water if you need 8 servings or want less intense/tart flavor)

1 cup frozen, unsweetened raspberries (use less for lower carbs)

1   7″ banana sliced (use less for lower carbs)

DIRECTIONS:  Bring a kettle of water to boil.  Place gelatin powder in a serving dish.  Pour 2 cups boiling water over the gelatin and stir until the gelatin is totally dissolved.  Add the frozen berries and stir until they have defrosted.  Add the cup of ice water.  Stir again.  Slice the banana into the jello as evenly as you can get the slices.  Be sure each slice is submerged in the gelatin to seal if from air and darkening.  Place dish in refrigerator.  In 30 minutes, go back and push the banana slices down again to be sure they stay submerged (I get mad at myself when I forget to go back and do that, which I have done often).  When dessert is totally gelled, in about 2-3 hours, serve in individual cups or bowls.  although the gelatin boxes say this serves 8, I don’t think those serving sizes are realistic for adults, so I have calculated this recipe at 6 servings.

NUTRITIONAL INFO:    Makes 6 servings, each contains:

50 calories

.33 g  fat

9,.63 g  carbs, 3.21 g  fiber, 6.42 g  NET CARBS  (4.81 NC if you made 8-svg. method)

2.6 g  protein

80 mg sodium

Einkorn Bacon-dogs

Einkorn Bacon-dogs

Einkorn Bacon-dogs

I was wanting something cheesie and bacon-y yesterday for breakie, but just didn’t want eggs.  Having made a new version of my Einkorn bread the day before, I decided to pull it together into a tasty breakfast that even my husband gave a thumbs up to.  This is a little carb-y with the Einkorn roll, but you can use some other low-carb bread and pull the carbs down on this.  You won’t get the chewy quality these have, but they will perhaps be adequate for you. This recipe as-written would not be suitable until Pre-Maintenance or Maintenance phases of Atkins or Keto.  There is Einkorn wheat flour in the bread, folks, so definitely not gluten-free either.

These are extremely filling, the bread being made with psyllium.  You will probably find one will feed 2 children.  Those we reheated the next day, again in the regular oven, were as delicious as they were on the first day.

INGREDIENTS:

1 recipe my Einkorn-Arrowroot Sandwich Buns

5 oz. cheddar cheese (1 slice per “dog”)

10 slices low-sodium thick bacon, cooked (2 per “dog”)

DIRECTIONS:   Make the bread as instructed in that recipe, rolling the 5 portions into 6″ “ropes” and slightly pressing them flat before baking.  Remove from oven but don’t turn the oven off.  When totally cooled, slice the buns, open out and set aside.

While the bread is cooling a bit, fry the bacon until done but not overly crisp.  Drain and place 2 slices bacon into each sliced bun.  Cut and arrange the cheese on each bun.  Close the bun and set them back onto your bread baking sheet and replace in a 350º oven for 5-7 minutes just to melt the cheese. Remove from oven and ENJOY!

NUTRITIONAL INFO:  Makes 5 Bacon-dogs, each contains:

528 calories (use 1 slice bacon to lower calories)

40.9 g  fat (use 1 slice bacon to lower fat)

21.4 g  carbs, 10.1 g  fiber, 11.3 g  NET CARBS

27.5 g  protein

735 mg sodium

 

 

Chocolate Blueberries

Chocolate Blueberries

Chocolate Blueberries

There’s no law says you have to do chocolate covered STRAWBERRIES for your honey on Valentine’s Day.  Other berries will work, too!  Today, I had big, plump blueberries in the fridge :).

This recipe makes a pretty big batch of the chocolate sauce, around 1¼ cups, so I’m providing the per teaspoon nutritional info.  One teaspoon will definitely coat 1 blueberry, maybe even two.  This recipe is suitable once you reach the berries level of Phase 2 Atkins or for Keto diets as well.

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INGREDIENTS/NEEDS:

Some toothpicks

Fresh blueberries (pick the biggest ones in the carton)

Half lemon, orange or apple for your serving “holder”

1 c. sugar free chocolate chips

1 square unsweetened baking chocolate

¼ c. melted butter

1 T. coconut oil (or 1 T. more butter)

6 drops liquid Splenda or other liquid sweetener

DIRECTIONS:  First, push a toothpick through the number of berries you want to make.  Push through the stem scar but not quite all the way out the top.  Lay them aside until the chocolate sauce is made.  Set the lemon half on your serving plate and set aside also.

CHOCOLATE SAUCE:  In a small saucepan, melt the butter and coconut oil in a double boiler over medium heat or use a makeshift double-boiler, where you put your saucepan down in a skillet of 1″ boiling water (that’s all a double boiler really is anyway).  Add the square of chocolate and melt slowly in the hot melted oil/butter.  Add the chocolate chips, stirring constantly so the chocolate will stay smooth.

ASSEMBLY:   Take each berry pick and dip the berry just deep enough into the chocolate sauce to coat the berry.  Lift carefully straight up and let it drip, rolling to even the chocolate as evenly as you can get it.  When it appears to be stopped dripping, carefully poke the berry pick into the lemon half.  Repeat for all berries.  It will take about ½ tsp. chocolate sauce to coat each berry. Refrigerate any leftover sauce for future use on more berries or for a chocolate shell coating for vanilla ice cream bars.  Pop the plate into the refrigerator for about 10-15 minutes so the chocolate can harden.  When the chocolate is hard to the touch, ENJOY!  These should pretty much go from fridge to mouth or they will melt, so it’s not really a good party food to sit around for long on a buffet table.

VARIATIONS:   Big fresh strawberries, pineapple chunks, or orange segments with outer skin/membrane removed.

NUTRITIONAL INFO (sauce only):  Makes about 1¼ cups sauce (20 T.= 60 tsp.).  Each tsp. should coat 1-2 berries.  The berry will add another .2 net carbs.  Each tsp. of sauce contains

19 calories

1.79 g  fat

.55 g  carbs, .21 g fiber, .34 g NET CARBS (the blueberry adds .2 g net carbs, so one berry treat has .56 NET CARBS total)

.2 g  protein

 

Einkorn-Arrowroot Sandwich Buns

Einkorn-Arrowroot Sandwich Buns

Einkorn-Arrowroot Sandwich Buns

I continue to improve my Einkorn Sandwich Bun recipe in an attempt to make it whiter and to eliminate the “damp” feeling on the inside.  Suffice it to say I’m getting there.  With today’s experiment I got rid of the “slightly damp” interior that bothered my husband.  When cooled, these were not damp feeling inside (they are when hot however).  The coconut flour addition corrected that issue.

Also they are now lighter in color with the addition of a little bit of arrowroot powder.  Now I admit freely that this isn’t the lowest carb bread recipe out there folks, and clearly not suitable until you’re at or near goal weight.  But if you’re looking for a better low-carb yeast-tasting bread that is really, really good, you NEED to try this recipe. :)   Even my husband ate one and said he could learn to eat this bread regularly.    Not suitable until Pre-Maintenance or Maintenance of the Atkins or Keto programs when slightly higher carbs are permissible.

For hot-dog buns, roll the 5 portions of dough into 6″ “ropes” and slightly press flat on the pan before baking.

Interior view

Interior view

INGREDIENTS: 

1 tsp. dry yeast

1/3 tsp. real sugar (consumed by the yeast)

¼ c. very warm tap water

1½ c. almond flour

4 T. psyllium husk powder

2 tsp. baking powder

¼ tsp. sea salt

3 T. Einkorn flour

1 T. arrowroot powder

1 T. coconut flour

3 egg whites (I use ½ c.+1 T. carton variety)

2½ T. cider vinegar

½ c. boiling water (in addition to the warm water listed above)

DIRECTIONS:   Preheat oven to 350º.  Put a kettle of water on to boil.  In a small bowl dissolve the yeast, sugar and warm tap water.  Set aside while you continue.  Mix all the dry ingredients in a medium mixing bowl.  Stir well to be sure it is uniformly mixed.  Mix the egg whites and vinegar in a small bowl with a fork, add the proofed yeast mixture, stir to blend and add the mixture all at once to the dry ingredients.  Stir quickly with the fork, to make a uniform thick dough.  Now pour 1/2 cup boiling water over the top of the dough and with the fork, stir very quickly until it comes together into a uniform consistency.  Switch to a rubber spatula and continue to stir and fold as it thickens up to form a single ball of dough.

Spread evenly in the bottom of the bowl and with your rubber spatula portion off 5 equal portions (by eyeball) of dough. Scoop up each portion and roll in your palms into a round ball.  Place each ball on a non-stick, silicone-lined or oiled baking sheet.  Press them down slightly to about 1″ thick.  They don’t spread much during cooking.

Pop into preheated 350º oven and bake for about 45 minutes.  Cool partially before attempting to slice or they will get pack-y inside just like regular flour bread when sliced too hot.  Like all low-carb cakes and breads, I store these in gallon ziploc bags in the fridge. :)

NUTRITIONAL INFO:    Makes 5 buns, each contains:

250 calories

17.24 g  fat

19.98 g  carbs10.12 g  fiber, 9.86 g  NET CARBS

10.46 g  protein

309 mg sodium

 

 

Berry Breakfast Bites

Strawberry Breakfast Bites

Strawberry Breakfast Bites

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Nordicware mini muffin pan

These tasty 2-bite morsels are a slight variation of my Strawberry Egg Puffs recipe.  These were a cinch to make and so good my husband just couldn’t stop.  These would be a tasty Valentine’s Day treat for your family.  :)  They will be delightful with morning coffee or sprinkle with powdered sweetener and serve them as a dessert with afternoon tea.   These are suitable once you get to the berries rung of the Atkins Phase 2 OWL ladder. They are also OK for Keto diets.  Primal and Paleo followers will want to use only almond flour or coconut flour and change the sweetener, but are do-able I think.

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NOTE: If you are gluten free, use all gluten-free mix, as my Einkorn mix is not gluten free.

INGREDIENTS:

4 large eggs, beaten

¼ c. Jennifer Eloff’s Gluten-Free Bake Mix

¼ c. my Einkorn Bake Mix (or more Jennifer’s mix for gluten-free)

1 c. frozen strawberries, drained and chopped (or other berries)

2 T. erythritol

2 T. Splenda, granulated

1/4 tsp. vanilla extract

1 T. + 1 tsp. coconut oil

DIRECTIONS:  Preheat oven to 350º. Melt coconut oil in your mini muffin baking pan and brush 24 slots well with oil.

Beat the eggs in a small mixing bowl.  Add the bake mix.  You can use any low-carb bake mix you prefer.  Add sweeteners, vanilla and chopped berries.  Fold all together until smooth.   Using a 2 T. measuring cup, spoon batter into mini pan slots.  They will be nearly full to the brim.  Don’t worry, Mine didn’t overflow in the pans, although they do temporarily rise above the top like a souffle…..and then fall a bit when done and cooled.

Pop into oven and bake for 16-18 minutes or until risen and firm in the center.  Remove, cool a couple minutes and with knife tip, lift them out and serve while warm.

NUTRITIONAL INFO:  Makes 24 Berry Bites or “mini muffins”, each contains:

32.3 calores

2.4 g  fat

1.55 g  carbs, .37 g  fiber, 1.18 g  NET CARBS

1.67 g protein

16 mg sodium

 

 

 

Lobster Cakes with Tarragon Sauce

Lobster

I’ve made crab cakes, tuna cakes, salmon cakes and fish cakes over the years.  Tonight I decided to thaw two small lobster tails and try my hand at a delicate lobster cake.  Turned out to be a real good idea!  The sauce was an afterthought as I was cooking the vegetables, but it, too, came out quite good and enhanced the lobster cakes.  Since there are only two of us, I had some cakes and sauce leftover.  These should freeze well, but I’ll probably just eat them for lunch in a day or two.  I’ll probably put the sauce over some scrambled eggs in the morning. :)

This recipe is suitable for all phases of Atkins, Keto diets and Primal-Paleo provided you omit the sauce or make it with coconut milk instead.  I am providing nutritional info for these items separately in case you want to use the sauce for other uses.  :)

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INGREDIENTS: 

3 T. unsalted butter

1½ oz. onion, chopped very fine

1   7″ stalk celery, chopped very fine

1 oz. red bell pepper, chopped very fine

¼ c. parsley, chopped

1/8 tsp. thyme

Dash cayenne pepper

Dash sea salt

2 large eggs

2 small 4-oz. lobster tails, shell removed, chopped

½ c. low-carb bread crumbs (I used Joseph’s Pita Oat-Flax Pita)

1 T. olive oil

DIRECTIONS:   Melt butter in non-stick skillet.  Saute onion, celery and bell pepper until tender.  Add parsley, thyme, pepper, salt.   Add lobster meat.  Stir and continue to saute for 1-2 more minutes or until lobster is opaque.  Remove from heat and scrap into a bowl.  Add bread crumbs and stir.  Add egg, beat and combine all with a spoon until well-blended.

Make the sauce over low heat now (recipe below).  Stir often while lobster cakes are browning.

Wipe out skillet with paper towel and add the olive oil. Heat to medium-high.  Mark off the mixture in the bowl into 6 equal portions.  Dip up each portion successively, forming them into patties in your palms and gently place them the skillet.  do not disturb until the first side is set up and lightly browned.  Flip them and brown the second side.  Serve with the Tarragon Sauce.

NUTRITIONAL INFO: (cakes) Makes 6 cakes, each has:

136.7 calories

10 g   fat

3.03 g  carbs, 1.03 g  fiber, 2.0 g  NET CARBS

9.26 g  protein

316 mg sodium

TARRAGON SAUCE

4 oz. melted cream cheese (use microwave or small saucepan)

½ c. heavy cream

1/3 c. water

2 tsp. red wine vinegar

2 tsp. plan suitable mayonnaise

¼ tsp. tarragon (more if you like)

Dash black or red cayenne pepper

On a paper plate, soften or melt the cream cheese in the microwave (or in saucepan over lowest heat).  Place cream cheese in saucepan and add the cream and water, whisking together.  Add vinegar, mayo and spices.  Whisk a couple minutes to blend to a very smooth sauce.  Add additional water by tablespoons if it gets too thick, as it will thicken as it simmers.  Spoon 2 T. over each patty.  If there is any sauce leftover is GREAT on scrambled eggs in the morning.  :)

NUTRITIONAL INFO:  Makes 10 servings of 2 T. each.  Each serving of sauce contains:

67 calories

6.9 g  fat

.53 g  carbs, .01 g fiber, .52 g  NET CARBS

1 g  protein

41 mg sodium

 

 

 

 

Curried Carrot Soup

Curried Carrot Soup

Curried Carrot Soup

To have been so simple today’s lunch creation was so tasty!  I used 3 cans of carrots drained of all their water.  I really wanted to clear them out of my pantry.  If I could just get the hubs to stop buying canned veggies I’d be ever so happy, but he has incredible memory lapses when he’s at the store shopping alone.  I cooked a lovely chicken stew night before last and the leftover stock was so rich, that went into this soup pot with my carrots.  The spices below speak for themselves.  Carrots are not as low carb as some veggies, but I will consume them from time to time.  Not as high as you would think really.   This soup is suitable once you are out of the first two week Induction phase of Atkins or keto diets.  Primal followers can enjoy this but Paleo should sub in coconut milk for the cream, which would be very good I think.

INGREDIENTS:

3   15-oz cans of carrots, no salt added, drained (or 6 c. “loosely filled” fresh sliced carrots)

1 qt. (4 c.) rich chicken stock

1½ tsp. curry powder (any brand will do, I used “hot” but the soup wasn’t too spicy)

1 tsp. Garam Masala Spice Blend

½ tsp. sea salt

Dash black pepper

½ c. cilantro

½ c. heavy cream

DIRECTIONS:  Bring the stock to a boil. Add canned carrots.  If using fresh carrots, simmer them until very tender.  Add all other ingredients (but the cilantro and cream) as the carrots are simmering.  When the carrots are very tender, puree them with a stick blender.  If you don’t yet own one, you really ought to ask Santa for one if you do many pureed soups.  They are so cheap and so much nicer for pureeing right in your cook pot rather than pureeing in small batches in a blender or food processor and having to return each batch back into the soup pot.  Return all your pureed carrots to the pot. Stir in the chopped cilantro and cream and simmer for 1-2 more minutes.  Serve garnished with a cilantro leaf and a sprinkle of Garam Masala.

NUTRITIONAL INFO:    Makes seven 1-cup servings, each serving contains:

143 calories

8.27 g  fat

9.97 g  carbs, 2.91 g  fiber, 7.06 g  NET CARBS

4.8 g protein

238 mg sodium

 

 

 

 

Breakfast Sticks

Breakfast Sticks

Breakfast Sticks

Realized I hadn’t used my “protein bar” molds in a long time and decided to shape this morning’s breakfast in a new way.  You can use the bottom of muffin cups for these or muffin-top pans as well.  These came out delicious.  Just the right amount of cheese to make them a bit creamy without it being overpowering.  These are suitable for all phases of Atkins, Keto diets and Primal.  Omit the cheese for Paleo adherence.  Below is a photo of the pan I used.  Although they still make it (BTW, it is rimmed in metal framing for support, which i really like), it is difficult to find on the internet.  I stumbled upon two of them in a Tuesday Morning store several years ago and snatched them up. :)  Other companies make similar pans:  http://www.amazon.com/Purple-Silicone-Sponge-Finger-Bakeware/dp/B00AFRALOS

Bar Mold

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INGREDIENTS:

1 T. oil of choice

2 slices bacon, chopped

3 oz. breakfast sausage

2 large green onions, chopped

4 large eggs, beaten

1 oz. (¼ c.) shredded Monterrey Jack or Mozzarella cheese

DIRECTIONS:   Preheat oven to 350º.  Oil your muffin/pan slots with oil using a brush and set aside.  Beat the eggs with the shredded cheese in a medium mixing bowl and set aside.  Using a non-stick skillet, brown the bacon. Add the sausage crumbled, stirring and cooking until it is no longer pink.  Add onion and saute just until onion begins to cook/wilt.  Remove from heat and cool 1-2 minutes.  Add the meat mixture to the egg mixture and beat together well with a spoon.  Using a ¼c. measuring cup, scoop up ¼ c. of the mixture into each of 8 slots.  Pop into preheated 350º oven for about 18-20 minutes until just set and barely beginning to brown on tops.  Remove from pans/slot with a knife tip and serve at once.

NUTRITIONAL INFO:   Makes 8 Breakfast Sticks, each contains:

142.4 calories

12.3 g  fat

0.73 g  carbs, 0.16 g  fiber, 0.57 g NET CARBS

7.16 g  protein

220 mg sodium

Ranch Mayonado Dip for Raw Vegetables

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Ranch Mayonado Dip for Raw Vegetables

Nothing like coining your own words!  I’ve read recipes for mayonnaise with avocado added to it before but have never taken the plunge with the addition of Ranch® style flavorings added.  Man, is that ever good!  It is good on cucumber slices, for dipping cherry tomatoes, raw cauliflower, broccoli flowerettes, sliced yellow squash or zucchini, carrots, celery.  The shawarma spice really adds something special!  This recipe is Atkins Induction friendly.

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INGREDIENTS:

1 small avocado, peeled and pitted

6 T. homemade mayonnaise (I use 1 whole egg to 1 c. oil)

1 tsp. Shawarma spice blend (optional)

1 oz. yellow or white onion

Dash salt

few drops lemon or lime juice to prevent discoloring of the avocado

1 T. my Ranch Dressing Powder Blend

DIRECTIONS:  Peel and seed the avocado.  Place the flesh into a blender or processor with all the other ingredients.  Pulse until it it smooth.   Serve any of the above mentioned ways or get creative and think of new applications for this delightful concoction!

NUTRITIONAL INFO:   Makes about 10 T.  Each tablespoon contains:

90.4 calories

9.2 g  fat

4.29 g  carbs, 2.08 g  fiber, 2.21 NET CARBS

.62 g  protein

19 mg sodium

 

Eggplant Spread

Eggplant al Pesto

Eggplant Spread

This recipe is a delicious new use of one of my other very popular recipes (Eggplant al Pesto). This is served as a spread on your favorite low-carb crackers rather than as a layered vegetable dish or meat-added casserole. :)  Prep is only slightly changed.  This recipe is suitable for all phases of Atkins, Keto diets and  Primal guidelines.  Omit the cheese for Paleo adherence.

I’m here to tell you this was one of the very best eggplant dishes I’ve done in a LONG time!  I use just a hint of pesto sauce to make the flavors pop in this.  This is one of those dishes that isn’t so pretty, but it makes up for this weakness in flavor!  DELICIOUS, this one!  It will go fast at parties, so make a double or triple batch for a big crowd.  :)

NOTE:  If you use a regular skillet to saute your eggplant, you will need this amount of olive oil.   Using a non-stick skillet will allow you to use less oil to cut calories and fat.  Your call. As an alternative, you could lightly grease a baking sheet, bake slices of the eggplant for about 20 minutes at 375º and just before assembling this dish, chop it and add.  the end spread will taste the same regardless of your prep choice.

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INGREDIENTS:  

8 oz. eggplant, peeled, chopped into ½” dice

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

1 T. my pesto sauce (or any commercial plan-suitable pesto sauce)

½ c. low carb spaghetti sauce (sometimes I use Lucini Basil Sauce in a jar)

1 T. Parmesan cheese, grated

1/3 c. mozzarella cheese, grated

DIRECTIONS:   Preheat oven to 350º.  If baking eggplant, follow the directions in red above, remove from oven and chop.  Spread it out evenly in a pretty oven-proof serving dish. If sauteing eggplant, heat oil in skillet and saute the eggplant, turning often with a spoon, sauteing until it is completely translucent (will be nearly done at this point).  When eggplant is done, place in a pretty oven-proof serving dish.  There’s no need to grease the baking dish ans the eggplant will have absorbed most of the olive oil.  Dot the eggplant evenly with the spaghetti sauce.  Then dot evenly with the pesto sauce.  Sprinkle on the Parmesan and finally spread the mozzarella evenly on top.  Pop into a 350º oven for about 10-15 minutes to thoroughly melt the cheese and to allow flavors to blend. Remove and serve on a food warming element or tray with your favorite low-carb crackers.  My favorite Almond Arrowroot Crackers with black pepper are outstanding with this spread.

NUTRITIONAL INFO:   I can’t possibly know how much 1 individual will eat of this, so I’ve calculated 1/4 of this recipe is an adult serving and that amount contains (numbers do not include crackers):

214.5 calories

18.5 g  fat

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

7.08 g protein

71 mg sodium

141 mg potassium

Lobster Andouille Jambalaya

Lobster Andouille Jambalaya

Lobster Andouille Jambalaya

This recipe came out beyond delicious and I really wasn’t expecting to like the cauli-rice with this.  To date, I’ve only used cauli-rice as a side dish and not in or underneath foods as shown above.  But this was just marvelous!  Andouille is Cajun smoked sausage.  I find it not terribly different from regular smoked sausage so that is a good substitute.

This recipe is a little higher in carbs than most of my entrees, due to all the veggies in it and the veggie underpinning, but they are so healthy and so needed for the right flavor here.  If you need to cut carbs a bit on Induction Phase, trim off a little of the andouille, breakfast sausage and a little of the red or green pepper (or eat smaller servings).

This recipe is suitable for all phases of Atkins, Keto diets and Primal-Paleo as well.  Shrimp can be substituted in this jambalaya but I would use more like 1/2 lb. of shrimp as it is milder in taste.

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INGREDIENTS:

2 slices bacon, chopped (around 2-3 oz)

6 oz. Andouille sausage, sliced (or any smoked sausage)

3 oz. breakfast sausage, crumbled into large bits

3 oz. onion, chopped

1 oz. each red and green bell pepper (or all one color)

2 large stalks of celery chopped

4 oz. lobster tail meat, chopped coarsely (more if you want)

½ c. parsley, chopped

3 Roma tomatoes, diced large

1 tsp. my Seafood Spice Blend

Dash each thyme and black pepper (DO NOT SALT)

Few drops Tobasco or Sriracha sauce

1 large head worth of my cauliflower rice

DIRECTIONS:  Make the cauli-rice per that recipe’s instructions.  Set aside.  In a non-stick wok or large skillet over high heat, brown the bacon.  Add the andouille and crumbled pork sausage and cook until sausage is no longer pink.  Add the Holy Trinity, as Cajun cooks refer to the tree veggies they put in just about everything but ice cream:  celery, bell pepper and onion.  :)

Saute until the veggies are tender.  Add the tomatoes  and just cook until they are softened a bit, stirring often.  Add the lobster, parsley and all spices and Tobasco. Simmer for about 5-10 minutes, stopping when the tomatoes are still discernible as such.  You don’t want to overcook this dish.  :) Arrange the cauli-rice on a serving platter and top with the seafood mixture and serve.  Goes nicely with a salad and your favorite low-carb bread.

NUTRITIONAL INFO:  Makes 6 large adult servings, each contains:

250 calories

14 g  fat

13.4 g  carbs, 4.65 g  fiber, 9.7 g  NET CARBS

16.3 g  protein

479 mg sodium

Cauli-Rice

Cauli-Rice

Cauli-Rice

Many low-carbers complain they can’t get their riced cauliflower to come out to their liking.  Some steam it over water, but that tends to overcook it and make it too “wet”.  Some attempt sauteing it in oil, but again, it tends to overcook that way.  My preferred way to cook it is in the microwave and it comes out perfect every single time!  Here is how I do it:

INGREDIENTS:

1 large head cauliflower (about 6½-7″ in diameter

DIRECTIONS:   Remove the leaves and with a heavy large knife, cut the flowerettes off the stalks.  Place them in a food processor and pulse 8-9 times or enough to reduce the flowerettes to little “pellet” like pieces.  I do not use the stalks as that doesn’t chop up so nicely, but you can.  If you do, I would process them by themselves first a couple pulses  Me, I usually eat those while I’m cooking dinner.  I simply LOVE raw cauliflower. ;)

Scrape the riced cauliflower into a medium-large bowl.  DO NOT ADD ANY WATER!  Cover with a microwave dome or loose fitting plate or microwaveable paper plate.  Microwave on HI a total of 3 minutes, stirring completely after each minute.  The stirring is essential!  Remove, taste and if not quite done to your liking (microwaves vary), cook 1 minute longer.  If going to use your cauli-rice IN a casserole, do not cook it at all before constructing your casserole.  Add it to the casserole raw.  If using in a casserole type goulash, stir the meat mixture after cooking right into the cooked cauli-rice and serve at once.  If making a seafood goulash-type dish like Jambalaya or Spanish Chicken & “Rice”, just stir the chicken/seafood/vegetable mixture into the cauli-rice and serve.  If you like, you can also dip the entree mixture (or whatever) on top of the cauli-rice like I have shown in this photo:

Shown with Cajun Lobster Andouille on top.

Shown with Cajun Lobster Andouille

Note:  If serving to company, stirring this cauli-rice into your meat or seafood mixture is not as attractive on the plate as when the pièce de resistance is served on TOP of the cauli-rice until served, allowing your guests to dip it up and mix it up on their plates as they wish.

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NUTRITIONAL INFO:  Makes approximately 6 servings of 1 loose cup of “rice” each (slight variables: exactly how big your head of cauliflower is and whether you riced the stalks or not).

Each serving contains: 34 calories

.13 g  fat

7.41 g  carbs, 3.5 g  fiber, 3.91 g  NET CARBS

2.76 g  protein

42 mg sodium

Chicken Eggplant Parmegiana

Chicken Eggplant Parmegiana

I have a Chicken Parmegiana Casserole (with mushrooms) on my blog already, but these individual portions are so pretty and nice to serve to company. :)  I happened to have two large slices of my Oven-Fried Eggplant leftover this week and thought they were just perfect for individual portions of Eggplant Parmegiana.  So I thawed two chicken breasts night before last and in no time, we were eating these delicious piles of deliciousness with a lovely green salad and garlic bread for the hubs.  This dish is suitable for all phases of Atkins, Keto diets and Primal Blueprint followers as well.  The cheese makes these unsuitable for Paleo folks.

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INGREDIENTS:

2  ¼” thick long slices cooked eggplant (oven-fried/baked or pan seared)

2  8-oz chicken breasts

1 T. butter

½ c. your favorite low-carb spaghetti sauce (I use Lucini “Basil”)

4 oz. mozzarella (4 slices)

½ c. shredded Parmesan cheese

Dash each oregano and basil (or Italian Seasoning blend)

DIRECTIONS:  Debone and remove skin from chicken breasts (if desired).  Slice each laterally into two thinner filets.  Pound with tenderizer to speed up cooking.

Preheat oven to 350º.  Melt butter in non-stick skillet.  Sear the four chicken portions on each side until nearly done through and golden brown. Arrange the filets evenly in the skillet. Top each with 2 T. of the spaghetti sauce and spread over entire surface. Place 1/4 of the mozzarella on top of each filet evenly. Cut the two eggplant slices in half and lay one piece across the top of each chicken filet.  Sprinkle 2 T. of the shredded Parmesan on top.  Pop pan into preheated oven and cook about 10 minutes just until cheese is melted.  If you use a baking dish, you can melt the cheeses in the microwave instead if you prefer.  When hot and bubbly, serve at once with a lovely green salad and low-carb garlic bread if you wish.  This dish freezes well.

NUTRITIONAL INFO:   Makes 4 portions, each contains:

462.5 calories

27.15 g  fat

5.32 g  carbs, 1.5 g  fiber, 3.82 g  NET CARBS

48.5 g  protein

888 mg sodium

Bacon Chipotle Lettuce Wraps

Bacon Chipotle Lettuce Wraps

Bacon Chipotle Lettuce Wraps

This quick lunch yesterday was delicious!  I’m sodium sensitive so I only used one thick slice of bacon on each lettuce wrap.  You might want to use two. :)  These are suitable for all phases of Atkins, Keto and Primal-Paleo followers as well.

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INGREDIENTS:

1 leaf romaine lettuce

.5 oz. red bell pepper, cut into strips

.5 oz. onion, cut into strips

.5 oz. poblano pepper, cut into strips

1 tsp. bacon grease

1 piece thick-sliced bacon (or 2 thin slices)

2 T. chipotle mayonnaise (see below)

CHIPOTLE MAYO:  2T. homemade mayonnaise + ½ chipotle pepper in adobo sauce, seeded and mashed well.  Puree or mash these two ingredients together with a fork until a smooth mixture is formed.

DIRECTIONS:  Cook the slice of bacon in a skillet over medium high heat.  Add the extra tsp. of bacon grease (if needed).  Add pepper and onion strips and sear/saute until they begin to soften and lightly brown.  Lift the peppers and onions onto the lettuce leaf.  Add the bacon.  Spread or squirt the chipotle mayo onto the “sammie”.  Pick up with your hands closing the lettuce leaf and chow down!

NUTRITIONAL INFO:   Makes 1 lettuce wrap which contains:

156 calories

13.21 g  fat

9.98 g  carbs, 6.01 g  fiber, 3.97 g  NET CARBS

9.7 g  protein

144 mg sodium

 

Cranberry Walnut Pancakes

Cranberry Walnut Pancakes

Cranberry Walnut Pancakes

Here’s a variation on my Fluffy Pancakes I think you’ll like.  These were delicious with just regular sugar-free maple syrup, but you could also simmer some berries in water or cranberry DaVinci syrup, sweeten and thicken to taste and have a cranberry syrup if you prefer.    These are not suitable until you are in Phase 2 OWL of Atkins or well on your way to reaching goal.  They are delicious and I think you’ll be glad you tried them.

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INGREDIENTS:

3 eggs, beaten

¼ c. cream

¼ c. water

¼ tsp. vanilla extract (optional)

6 drops EzSweets (small bottle) liquid sucralose

½ c. Jennifer Eloff’s Splendid Gluten-Free Bake Mix

½ c. Carbquick bake mix (or ½ c. more Jennifer’s gluten free mix for 100% gluten free version)

2 tsp. baking powder

2 tsp. oat fiber (omit if gluten free)

1 T. flax meal

½ c. sugar-free dried cranberries, chopped coarsely

½ c. walnuts, chopped coarsely

DIRECTIONS:  Beat the eggs and wet ingredients (first 5 items) in a bowl.  Measure the dry ingredients on top and stir.  Add the cranberries and walnuts and stir gently to mix well.  Heat and lightly oil a griddle and using a 1/3 c. measuring cup, scoop the batter onto the griddle and slightly spread it out to around 4″ circles of batter.  Brown lightly.  Flip and brown the other side.  Serve with sugar-free maple or homemade sugar-free cranberry syrup.

NUTRITIONAL INFO:  Makes seven 4½” pancakes, each contains:

121 calories

7.2 g  fat

16.4 g  carbs, 9.4 g  fiber, 7 g NET CARBS

9.70 g  protein

180 mg sodium

 

Eggs Poblano with Bacon

 

Eggs Poblano with Bacon

Eggs Poblano with Bacon

These can be baked in two mini-casserole dishes (mine are 6″ long) or you can do it right on the serving plates.  The flavor on these was absolutely scrumptious!   I will definitely be making THIS again!  One of the best egg dishes I’ve EVER created!   Didn’t really taste the poblano as such either, although not sure why.  For some bizarre reason I kept tasting POTATO in this!  ??  When I started making these two breakfasts, my husband was willing to try it (he’s not fond of peppers).  But when it came time to construct them, he came in the kitchen and announced a change of mind, so the toppings, so as not to be wasteful, went all on the one dish in the photo.  Then when he tasted mine, he LIKED IT!  We agreed double toppings was way too much, but said he WOULD eat this recipe in future just as I made it. Don’tcha just love when you can win them over?  :)

This recipe is suitable for all phases of Atkins and Keto diets as well as Primal.  Paleo folks naturally need to omit the cheese.

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INGREDIENTS:

4 slices bacon (weighed 4 oz), chopped

1 oz. onion, chopped

2 oz. poblano pepper, chopped

Tiny Dash of chipotle powder  (chile powder or taco seasoning will work)

2 T. chopped cilantro

¼ c. shredded Monterrey Jack Cheese

2 T. unsalted butter

4 large eggs, beaten

DIRECTIONS:  Brown the bacon in a non-stick skillet. Add the onion and poblano pepper.  Saute until slightly browned.  Add cilantro and spice.  Turn fire off and spoon out mixture onto a paper plate.  Wipe out skillet with paper towel and melt the butter in the pan next.  Add the beaten eggs and scramble/saute as usual. Spoon half the eggs into each of two small individual casserole dishes (or directly onto their plates).  Sprinkle half the cheese over each.  Spoon half the bacon-pepper mixture on top of each.  Pop them into microwave and heat for 1-2 minutes on a LOW setting just long enough to melt the cheese well.  Or you can use a regular oven at 350º.  Serve at once and ENJOY!

NUTRITIONAL INFO:   Makes 2 servings, each contains:

408 calories

34.5 g  fat

3.3 g  carbs, .65 g  fiber, 2.65 g  NET CARBS

22.6 g  protein

480 mg sodium

 

 

 

Lentil-Chorizo Stew

Lentil-Chorizo Stew

Lentil-Chorizo Stew

This recipe is clearly not suitable until you are at or near goal weight (Atkins Maintenance or Pre-Maintenance).  Lentils are fairly high in carbs but are quite high in fiber as well and known (also true of chickpeas) to have little impact on blood glucose levels.  Both in fact, are recommended to diabetics as a means of having a very positive impact on glucose levels. Since they are so nutritious, I choose to eat them once in awhile and often add just a few to soups for their added health boost.  :)

This delicious soup got not one, not two, but 4-5 “This is really good, hon” from my husband (and he doesn’t even like chorizo!)  :)  I think this recipe’s a keeper. I liked it, too!

INGREDIENTS:

2 lb. lentils

3 oz. yellow onion, chopped

16 oz. chorizo sausage

½ tsp. salt

Optional:  1 c. ham drippings/broth from a baked ham, if available or homemade chicken stock

Water to fill your soup pot virtually full

1 c. cilantro

DIRECTIONS:  Pick through the lentils to remove any pebbles if you want to avoid broken teeth.  Not in them too often, but it DOES happen.  Dump the lentils in a large 8 qt. dutch oven/soup pot.  Remove chorizo casings and dice chorizo into smallish bits.  Add to lentils in the pot.  Add the onion and salt.  Add ham drippings or chicken stock if using.  Cover with water, bring to a boil and then lower to a simmer.  Cook for about 45 minutes, stirring every 10 minutes or so to be sure they are not sticking to the bottom of the pan. Add more water and maintain water level to within 1/2″ of the top of the pot at all times.  The lentils will swell up a bit as they cook.  Add the cilantro to the pot and simmer 2-3 more minutes.  Stir one last time and serve at once.

NUTRITIONAL INFO:  Makes 15 1-cup bowls of stew, each contains:

304 calories

9.45 g  fat

37.2 g carbs, 18.52 g  fiber, 18.68 g  NET CARBS

NOTE: add more water to make thinner lentil soup (rather than a stew), with more servings in the pot. Each 1-cup serving would then have a lower carb count since there would be fewer “solids” in each serving after thinning). 

18.07 g  protein

274 mg sodium (less if thinned with extra water)

 

NUTRITIONAL INFORMATION

I calculate my nutritional stats at Fitday.com, which utilizes the USDA Foods Database.  Foods that are not in their database, I key into an additional personal database of custom foods the data that appears on the Nutritional label on the food package/can/jar/bottle itself.   When I list nutritional info for my recipes, as a rule, I only include calories, fat, carbs, fiber, net carbs, protein and sodium.  I used to calculate other macronutrients  but it just got to be too time consuming to calculate and type them all out.  And so many readers have told me they don’t really look at that kind of detail anyway.

 

Zucchini Pepperoni Pizza Bites

Zucchini Pepperoni Pizza Bites

Zucchini Pepperoni Pizza Bites

My husband wanted a snack last night so I made him some little “pizzas”…..well, sorta.   I used zucchini for my “crust”, added lots of cheese and 1 slice of pepperoni per “slice” and they came out DELICIOUS!  Didn’t have the usual watery issues I typically have with zucchini, either. That really surprised me, especially since I used a silicone sheet underneath them to prevent cheese sticking to the pan.  Those sheets tend to promote moisture sweating issues. These cooked up beautifully!  This snack is suitable for all phases of Atkins, Keto diets, Primal, but not good for Paleo due to the cheese.

NOTE:  If you’re not particularly sodium sensitive, you could use 2 slices of pepperoni on each squash slice, leaving them whole.  But be aware that’s going to be a very high sodium intake which will make you retain fluids and cause “sausage finger” syndrome.  LOL

Zucchini Pepperoni Pizza Bites

Zucchini Pepperoni Pizza Bites

INGREDIENTS:

16 oz. zucchini (I used 2 medium calaba squash, it’s close cousin)

½ c. your favorite low-carb pizza sauce (I use Lucini basil spaghetti sauce)

6 oz. shredded mozzarella cheese

½ c. Parmesan cheese

28-30 slices pepperoni, torn in halves

DIRECTIONS:  Line a cookie sheet with either a silicone sheet or parchment.  You could also use a non-stick cookie sheet if you have one.  Slice zucchini (skin on) as thinly as possible (I got 28 slices using a Rival slicer).  Preheat oven to 350º.  Place zucchini slices side-by-side in the lined pan.  Using a brush, brush each slice of the squash with a wee bit of the pizza/spaghetti sauce.  There should be just enough sauce to lightly coat each slice (you do not want too much or these will be “soupy”).  Sprinkle mozzarella cheese evenly on the tops of the slices.  Next sprinkle the Parmesan evenly on top.  Tear the pepperoni slices in halves and place 2 halves on each slice of zucchini.  Pop into preheated 350º oven and bake for about 30 minutes or until cheese and pepperoni are just lightly browned.  If you sliced your zucchini thin enough, it will also be done.  Remove and serve at once, as they cool off quickly.

NUTRITIONAL INFO:  Makes 28 slices or fourteen 2-slice servings.  Each serving:

112.4 calories

8.1 g  fat

2.69 g  carbs, .74 g  fiber, 1.95 g  NET CARBS

7.23 g  protein

376 mg sodium (cheese & pepperoni are VERY high in sodium)

Smoky Ham and Eggs

Smoky Ham & Eggs

Smoky Ham and Eggs

This breakfast egg creation was delicious!  Just a hint of Smoked Gouda, some Monterrey Jack cheese and some smoked ham and you have wonderful!  Ham and cheese are all high in sodium, so I can’t eat stuff like this too often.  But it sure was good!  :)   This is suitable for all phases of Atkins and Keto diets.  Primal folks can enjoy this as well but it is not suitable for Paleo without omitting the cheeses.

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INGREDIENTS:

3 large eggs, beaten

2 oz. smoked ham (about 4-5 thin slices)

1 oz. Smoked Gouda cheese

2 oz. Monterrey Jack Cheese

1 green onion, chopped

1 tsp. bacon grease

DIRECTIONS:   Preheat oven to 325º.  Grease a 5″ x 7″ (or about that size) with the bacon grease.  Lay half the ham on the bottom of the baking dish.  Sprinkle half of each cheese on next.  Lay the remaining slices of ham on top and the remaining cheese over that.   Beat the eggs in a bowl and pour them slowly and evenly over the top to moisten all.  Top with the chopped green onion.  Pop into oven & bake for about 20 minutes or until center is set.  Serve at once.

NUTRITIONAL INFO:   Makes 2 servings, each contains:

315 calories

23.1 g  fat

2.7 g  carbs, .7 g  fiber, 2.0 g  NET CARBS

23.7 g  protein

834 mg. sodium

 

 

 

Cranberry-Orange Ladyfingers

Cranberry Orange Ladyfingers

Cranberry Orange Ladyfingers

WOW!  Did these ever come out tasty!  And they just get better and better each day.  They’re gluten-free, if you leave out the oat fiber.  :)  Hubby really liked these and he’s not really a fruit and nut man.  If you don’t have a twinkie baking pan, just make 12 small muffins, a round flat circle you will cut into 12 scone wedges or a single cake using a loaf pan.  These are not suitable for Atkins Induction on several levels.  They are suitable for Phase 2 and above and Keto diets as well.

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INGREDIENTS:

½ c. almond flour

¼ c. flax meal (I use 50:50 gold and dark)

¼ c. plain whey protein powder

1 tsp. baking powder

1 T. oat fiber (omit for gluten free version)

1 c. shredded Monterrey Jack cheese

3 T. softened cream cheese

2 beaten large eggs

1 tsp. cider vinegar

1 T. heavy cream

2 T. fresh squeezed orange juice

1 T. warm tap water

1 tsp. yeast dissolved in the warm water above

½ c. cranberries (fresh or homemade sugar-free dried)

½ c. slivered almonds

1 oz. orange peel

DIRECTIONS:  Preheat oven to 350º.  Lightly oil a non-stick pan of your choice (discussed above) and set aside.

Measure out the first 6 (dry) ingredients into a medium mixing bowl.  In a separate small glass bowl, soften the cream cheese either at room temp or in your microwave on defrost.  Dissolve the yeast in the tablespoon of warm water in a saucer and add to the cream cheese.  Stir. Beat in the eggs well. Add the cider vinegar and cream.  Add the creamy mixture to the dry ingredients bowl and stir.

Trim off 1 oz of orange peel from an orange.  You want to get as little white, bitter membrane as possible.  Cut into approximately 1″ pieces.  Place in food processor or blender.  Add cranberries and nuts to the bowl and pulse it all together about 10 times or so, to a coarse chop.   Add the fruit/nut mixture to the batter.  Stir. Finally squeeze/measure out the orange juice. Stir well one last time to incorporate all to achieve a uniform distribution of the fruit/nuts.

Dip into/onto your chosen pan, distributing the batter evenly into 12 muffin cups, 12 twinkie slots or a round circle about 1/2″ thick for scones.  Pop into 350º oven and bake for  20 minutes until lightly browned.  Allow to cool a bit before lifting with the assistance of a knife tip.  If making a loaf, bake around 35 minutes or until the center passes a dry toothpick test.

NUTRITIONAL INFO:  Makes 12 portions (whatever shape you make), each contains:

160 calories

12.64 g  fat

6.53 g  carbs, 2.71 g  fiber, 3.82 g  NET CARBS

8.3 g protein

266 mg sodium

Einkorn Pizza Crust

Einkorn Pizza Crust

Einkorn Pizza Crust

Today I took my Einkorn Sandwich Bun bread dough and rolled it into a pizza crust.  The flavor was great, as expected.  The texture was great.  I had to use two hands to hold it for the first couple bites of the slice but then I could hold it in one hand for the balance of the slice.  But we liked this crust enough to definitely make it again.  Tastes like real yeast pizza crust!  Smells like it cooking, too!  :)  It browned nicely on the bottom and almost too much on the edge.  But that was my fault as I was trying my new convection oven and had it set too high on the crust pre-cook phase.  Next time I’ll use my conventional oven and it won’t brown that much.  This recipe is not suitable until you get close to goal weight and in Atkins Pre-Maintenance or Maintenance Phase.

I order my Einkorn Flour from Jovial Foods.com.  I order my NOW brand psyllium husk powder from Netrition.

NOTE:  For a lower carb crust, use my Gluten-Free Pizza Crust recipe instead

INGREDIENTS:  

1½ c. almond flour

5 T. psyllium husk powder

2 tsp. baking powder

¼ tsp. sea salt

1 tsp. dry yeast

¼ tsp. sugar (consumed by yeast)

¼ c. Einkorn Flour

2½ T. apple cider vinegar

3 egg whites

3/4 c. boiling water

DIRECTIONS:   Preheat oven to 350º.  Mix all the dry ingredients in a medium mixing bowl.  Stir well to be sure it is uniformly mixed.  Mix the egg whites and vinegar in a small bowl with a fork.  Add the boiling water and stir.  Add all the wet ingredients all at once to the dry ingredients.  Stir quickly with the fork, to make a thick dough.  Transfer to using a rubber spatula and continue to stir and fold as it thickens up.   Roll the dough between two silicone sheets or 2 sheets of parchment paper.  I did this right on my pizza pan.  Remove top piece of silicone or parchment.  Pop into preheated oven and bake for about 10 minutes to dry off the surface of the bread and partially cook it.  Remove and top with your favorite toppings.  Place back in oven and continue baking for about 20 minutes. Cut into 8 slices.

NUTRITIONAL INFO:  Makes 8 slices, each contains: (numbers are for crust only!)

156 calories

10.6 g  fat

13.13 g  carbs, 6.98 g  fiber, 6.15 g  NET CARBS

6.53 g  protein

193 mg sodium

 

 

Einkorn Cinnamon Rolls

Einkorn Cinnamon Rolls

Einkorn Cinnamon Rolls

I’ve been wanting to start some experimenting with my best bread dough to date.  That is a dough inspired by Maria Emmarich’s Healthified Sub recipe (scroll down her page).  I eliminated the coconut flour and added Einkorn flour to her recipe instead. I decided today was a GOOD day for baking and here are the fruits of my labors!  Made some delicious cinnamon rolls for breakfast and even my picky husband enjoyed them!!  Not quite as good as all-flour buns, but it came in a close second!  :)

Man, the house smelled like a bakery while these were baking!!…..you know that yeast-y smell?  These rose nicely, have a chewy crust and a soft texture inside.  I squirted a cream cheese glaze  on them, but you could also spread that around more like a frosting.  These were simply DELICIOUS!!  I got 8 cinnamon buns from this recipe.   Being made with psyllium, these are VERY filling and you will likely find one is all you can eat. I see that as a GOOD thing! built-in portion control. :)

It goes without saying this recipe is not suitable until you reach the grains rung of the Atkins carb reintroduction ladder in  Pre-Maintenance or Maintenance due to the Einkorn Flour.

I order my Einkorn Flour from Jovialfoods.com.  I order my NOW psyllium husk powder from Netrition.  It bakes up a darker final baked good than Jay Robb psyllium that Maria uses.  But I’m a tightwad and won’t spend $30+ when I can spend <$10 for something that works and tastes just fine to me.

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

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BASIC INGREDIENTS:  

1½ c. almond flour

5 T. psyllium husk powder (I used NOW brand)

2 tsp. baking powder

¼ tsp. sea salt

1 tsp. dry yeast

1/8 tsp. sugar  (consumed by yeast)

¼ c. Einkorn Flour

2 T. apple cider vinegar

3 egg whites (I use the kind in carton: ½ c.+1 T.)

3/4 c. boiling water

CINNAMON MIX:  Mix in a small bowl the following and stir well.

1 T. ground cinnamon

2 T. granular Splenda

2 T. erythritol

Dash stevia extract

GLAZE/DRIZZLE:

3 oz. cream cheese, softened

2 T. melted butter

2 T. Splenda (I used granular)

3/4 tsp. vanilla

Dash stevia extract

DIRECTIONS:   Preheat oven to 350º.  Mix all the dry ingredients (dry yeast too) in a large mixing bowl.  Stir well to be sure it is uniformly mixed.  Mix/whisk the egg whites and vinegar in a small bowl with a fork. Add boiling water and stir again. Add wet ingredients all at once to the dry ingredients, stirring quickly with the fork as you do so. As it begins to thicken up into a solid dough, switch to a rubber spatula and scrape down sides of bowl into the ball of dough, folding the dough several times to blend it well.  Roll dough between 2 silicone sheets or or 2 parchment sheets roughly into a rectangle that is 10 x 13″.  Gently with a knife, cut the rectangle into 8 long strips of dough without removing them from their position.  Brush strips with some water to moisten them (or butter if you’re feeling totally decadent, but water is calculated in numbers below) and sprinkle on all the cinnamon mixture as evenly as possible.  Now roll each strip into a tight, coil-like roll and set them cut side down onto a non-stick or lightly greased baking pan.   Pop pan into preheated oven and bake for about 40-45 minutes.  They don’t spread much but will rise quite a bit and then fall a bit when cooled.  Not to worry, this happens every time.  Drizzle glaze on tops with piping bag or sandwich bag with tiny hole cut in the corner.  If preferred, spread the glaze smooth like frosting with the back of a spoon.

NUTRITIONAL INFO:  Makes 8 iced cinnamon rolls, each contains:

262 calories

21.6 g  fat

14.61 g  carbs, 7.9 g  fiber, 6.71 g  NET CARBS

7.48 g  protein

226 mg sodium

 

 

 

Einkorn Apricot-Cherry-Brazil Nut Bread

Einkorn Apricot-Cherry-Brazil Nut Bread

Einkorn Apricot-Cherry-Brazil Nut Bread

To give credit where it is due, this basic 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.  The texture of this batter is quite nice and very moist.  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.

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

DISCLAIMER: I am not paid for this book promotion nor for the inclusion of my recipes therein.  I do so merely because they are GREAT cookbooks any low-carb cook would be proud to add to their cookbook collection.

INGREDIENTS:

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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

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

Cream Cheese Tea Cakes

Click to enlarge (with my lime frosting + food coloring)

Click to enlarge (with my lime frosting + food coloring)

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This recipe evolved from an accident in preparing a recipe for cream cheese sugar cookies.  I changed up the flours quite a bit, doubled the cream cheese and molded them into little Christmas Tree- shaped tea cakes.  They were WONDERFUL!  They reminded me of the  traditional cream cheese brownies in texture.  This recipe is not suitable until the grains rung of OWL.   Unfrosted, these would be great served warm with some jam, marmalade or preserves and a nice cup of tea or coffee at breakfast.

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INGREDIENTS: 

2 sticks unsalted butter, softened

8 oz. cream cheese, softened

1 large egg

1½ tsp. vanilla extract

¼ tsp. salt

¼ c. Jennifer Eloff’s Splendid Low Carb Bake Mix 

1½ c. Carbquick bake mix (or 1½ c. more of the Mix above)

3 T. coconut flour

2 T. oat fiber (not oat flour or oat bran)

1 c. granular Splenda (or equivalent sweetener)

2 T. erythritol

Frosting, preserves or jam of your choice (optional)

DIRECTIONS:   Preheat oven to 350º.  In large mixing bowl, cream together the softened cream cheese, butter, Splenda, erythritol and egg until smooth.  Add salt and vanilla.  Add Carbquick, Jen’s low-carb mix, coconut flour and oat fiber and stir into a smooth dough-like batter.  Using either mini-muffin pans or silicone molds, spoon mixture into molds, tamping down level with a small spoon or your finger.  I used two Wilton silicone molds, slightly overfilled and then raked the straight side of a knife over the top to smooth them even with the pan surface.  These rise only slightly above the original dough level:  (this pan is 5/8″ deep).  I got mine at Tuesday Morning, but they are available here:  http://search.yahoo.com/search?p=christmas+tree+silicone+mold&ei=UTF-8&fr=chrf-yff13 and possibly other sources.Set silicone pans on a baking sheet and bake in preheated 350º oven for about 18 minutes or until they are beginning to lightly brown.  Allow to cool slightly and “set up” before pushing them gently up and out of the silicone pans.  If using mini muffin tins, fill about 3/4 full.  These are so buttery the pans will not need greasing.  They should tip out just fine with the assistance of the tip of a knife.   Serve warm with marmalade or jams or cool with your favorite frosting.

NUTRITIONAL INFO:  Makes 36 tea cakes, each contains:  (does not include frosting or toppings)

84 calories

8.54 g  fat

3.65 g  carbs, 2.83 g  fiber, .82 g  NET CARBS

2.0 g  protein

65.8 mg sodium

Cajun Shrimp Stir-Fry

Cajun Shrimp Stir-Fry

Cajun Shrimp Stir-Fry

This simple dish with a Cajun flavor can be ready in 30 minutes, so its a good one to make on a weeknight when you’re tired after a long day at work. It’s delicious, nutritious and very filling.  It is suitable for all phases of Atkins, Keto diets, Primal and Paleo as well.  Another method of construction would be to make “noodles” of the zucchini using a julienne peeler or noodler tool and serve the other on top.  Your call.  Flavor will pretty much be the same either way you make it.

INGREDIENTS:

3/4 lb. peeled shrimp

4 oz. bacon chopped coarsely

10 oz. zucchini, quartered lengthwise and sliced

2 oz. onion, sliced

3 oz. bell pepper (any color will do)

5 fresh mushrooms, sliced

1 T. butter

½ tsp. my Cajun Seafood Spice Blend

Dash salt

DIRECTIONS:   Brown bacon over high heat in a non-stick skillet.  Add the onion and saute until it slightly softens. Add the squash and saute until it is beginning to look translucent.  Add the bell pepper and mushrooms.  Stir and saute a couple minutes.  Add Cajun Seafood Spice Blend along with the shrimp. Stir and saute just until the shrimp are opaque and have curled, or about 3-4 minutes.  Serve at once.

NUTRITIONAL INFO:   Makes 4 large servings, each contains:

276 calories

17.6 g  fat

6.75 g  carbs, 1.57 g  fiber, 5.18 g  NET CARBS

23.5 g  protein

387 mg sodium

Spicy Zucchini Cakes

Spicy Zucchini CakesI created these to have with a baked ham tonight.  These were delicious and will make a lovely, delicious side dish to go with so many different meat entrees: roasted meats, baked chicken or broiled seafood.  They are simple to make and will be ready in minutes.  This would therefore be a good recipe for busy week nights.  As written, these are not suitable for Atkins Induction, but if you use an Induction-friendly One Minute Muffin for the breadcrumbs instead of the biscuit listed, they would be OK for Induction.  They are a go for Keto diets and Paleo or Primal if you use plan suitable bread and hot sauce.

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INGREDIENTS: 

15 oz. grated zucchini (3 small zucchini)

1½ oz. onion, grated fine

2 eggs, beaten

1 plan suitable biscuit or piece of bread, crumbled (or ½ c. crushed pork rinds)

Dash of salt

Dash of black pepper

2 tsp. Sriracha chile sauce (or plan suitable hot sauce)

1 T. oil of your choice (I used palm shortening)

DIRECTIONS:  Grate the zucchini over a clean kitchen towel.  Lightly salt with the dash of salt and let it sit there while you work.  The salt will draw out the water from the zucchini while you are mixing everything else.

In a medium mixing bowl, beat the eggs.  Grate the onion into the eggs and add the black pepper, Sriracha sauce and bread crumbs (or crushed pork rinds, if using).    Stir to mix well.

Roll the zucchini in the towel so you can wring/squeeze out any remaining water over your sink.  Open towel over the bowl and scrape the zucchini into the egg mixture.  Stir well with a spoon.

Heat the oil in a non-stick skillet over high heat.  Using a ¼-cup as a scooper, scoop ¼ cup mixture into the hot oil and let it spread a bit so it is flat.  Cook until first side is golden brown.  Do not disturb these excessively as they are cooking.  When the first side is brown, flip with a spatula and cook the other side to a golden brown.  Remove to a paper towel to drain excess grease.  Transfer to serving platter and serve at once.

NUTRITIONAL INFO:   Makes 9 cakes, each contains: (will vary slightly with your choice of bread or crumbs)

68.4 calories

5.46 g  fat

2.58 g  carbs, .78 g  fiber, 1.8 g  NET CARBS

3.55 g protein

70 mg sodium

Chickpea Collard & Sausage Soup

Collards and Chickpea Soup

Chickpea Collard & Sausage Soup

I wanted to cook up a big pot of chickpeas today to have some in my freezer for convenience in making recipes that call for them.  I really don’t like to use the canned if I can avoid them.  I usually simmer 2 pounds at a time and then freeze them in 1-cup packages for use in other recipes like this soup.  They have a much lower glycemic index than most beans, but more importantly,  are so much lower in the actual glycemic load (impact on your blood glucose) than their canned cousins.  Clearly soy beans, lentils and chickpeas have the least deleterious effect on our metabolism.  So although chickpeas are quite carb-y, they are a healthy legume choice since they don’t make your blood sugar spike, perpetuating  any existing insulin resistance and metabolic syndrome.   I made this incredibly delicious soup for lunch today with some of these beans.  You can lower the carb count on this soup by using fresh cooked soy beans if you like.  This soup really isn’t suitable until you are nearly at goal weight as it is high in carbs with chickpeas..

Chart excerpt courtesy of Harvard Medical School.  Full food chart here:

Left Column=glycemic index; Right Column-glycemic load (impact on blood glucose); the 150 represents 100 grams or around 2/3 cup.

Left Column=glycemic index; Right Column-glycemic load  150 represents 150 grams  of food tested (approx. 2/3 cup)

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INGREDIENTS:

2 links smoked sausage, sliced thinly (4″ links, about 4 oz.)

3 oz. onion, sliced

1 c. collard green leaves, sliced and stems removed

3/4 c. red bell pepper, coarsely chopped

4 c. clear homemade chicken broth

2 c tap water (or 2 c. more broth for richer soup)

2 tsp. Sriracha chile sauce (optional)

3 c. cooked chickpeas

Dash black pepper

DIRECTIONS:   Lightly saute the sausage in a soup pot over medium-high heat until done and it has given off its grease.  Add onion and cook until it begins to brown. Add chopped collard greens and red bell pepper.  Saute until they begin to wilt.  Add broth and water to the pot and bring to a boil.  Lower to a simmer and add Sriracha and black pepper.   Simmer until collards are done to your liking, or about 20 minutes.  Remove from heat and serve at once.  The sausage is salty enough we didn’t need added salt.  You may want to add some.

NUTRITIONAL INFO:   Makes 8 cups of soup, each cup contains:

214 calories

8.48 g  fat

19.37 g  carbs, 5.22 g  fiber, 14.15 g  NET CARBS (use soy beans for much lower carb count)

12.6 g protein

278 mg sodium

Roaster Oven Roasted Turkey

Roasted Turkey (done in a roaster oven)

Roasted Turkey (done in a roaster oven)

As my readers know, my oven is out until my new one arrives Dec. 13th.  So I had to roast my Thanksgiving Turkey in my roaster oven out on my patio.  If you don’t own one, they are excellent for extra oven space when you entertain or during holiday gatherings and your oven is full to the brim.  They bake cakes, muffins, cookies, and meats just beautifully!  And they are getting so cheap, one can be had for as little as $29 this year!  I paid $60 for my first one, when $60 was worth a lot more than it is today!

I have done a turkey in my roaster oven before, but probably not in 25 years or so.  But I went about it pretty much as I would for my regular oven, other than the fact that I covered my wing tips and drumstick tips with foil when I first put it in the oven.  Came out delicious, moist and tender.  More moist that my usual inside oven turkeys in fact!   Didn’t get quite as crispy skin, but it was crisp enough.

I used a Riverside turkey as I have cooked them many a time and had good luck with them.  Honeysuckle is another good brand of turkey that cooks consistently.  From my personal experience on one occasion only, absolutely do not buy an Armour turkey, as the injected seasoning broth in them, to my way of thinking, is just AWFUL!  They inject a clear broth in the meat and I find theirs to be the least offensive of all non-Butterball brands.  Frankly, I’ve never had a Butterball come out that I was very happy with, so I just don’t buy them anymore.  Turkey is suitable for Atkins, Keto, Primal and Paleo diets alike.

INGREDIENTS:

1  12-13 lb. turkey, thawed (follow chart on wrapper for a larger bird)

4 T. melted butter

Dash each of salt and black pepper

4 small pieces of foil

DIRECTIONS:   Preheat oven to 325º.  Open turkey wrapper and remove bird to a clean sink.  Remove the leg binding gadget.  Remove giblets and set aside for making your gravy.  I only use the neck meat for gravy and my dog usually gets the liver, heart and gizzard in her dinners over a week or so.   I like to eat them; I just don’t like them in my gravy much.

I like to rinse out the inside of the bird.  Pat the exterior dry with paper towels.  Melt the butter in a small saucepan or in the microwave.  Place turkey, breast side up in a pan large enough to hold it.  Baste with the butter all over on the outside and inside with a basting brush, using half the butter.  Sprinkle bird inside and out with salt and pepper.  I cook my dressing outside the bird as I like it to brown.  You can add some chunks of celery, onion and parsley if you like to the cavity, but I do not.  Your call there, but be sure to add those carbs below if you do. Cover wing tips and leg knuckles with foil so they will not burn.

Place pan with bird into the roaster oven, cover with lid and cook, for 1½ hours.  Open oven and baste with remaining butter.  Recover and cook for 1 hour and check for doneness with a meat thermometer in the thickest part of the breast and around the thing-leg joint (slowest area to get done).  You want the thermometer to read 170º.  Cook for another 30 minutes or so, checking with thermometer every 10-15 minutes now so as to not over cook.  Remove when it has reached 170º internal temperature. Set on cutting board for 15-20 minutes before attempting to carve to avoid tearing up the meat and all the juices running out.  You want those juices to STAY in the meat.  This turkey should be extremely moist.  Roaster ovens do an incredibly good job at moist heat roasting.

NUTRITIONAL INFO:   I can’t know what pieces or amount you will eat, so I’ll provide some numbers for both white meat and dark meat.

4 oz. dark meat contains:  250 calories, 13 g  fat, 0 carbs, 0 fiber, o net carbs, 31 g  protein and 269 mg sodium

4 oz. white meat, skin eaten contains:  222 calories, 9.4 g  fat, 0 carbs, 0 fiber, 0 net carbs, 32.3 g   protein and 255 mg sodium

Pumpkin Cheesecake with Pecan-Chia-Flax Crust

Pumpkin Pecan Cheesecake

Pumpkin Pecan Cheesecake

I can’t take full credit for this recipe.   As my filling inspiration I used SugarFreeMom.com‘s no-bake pumpkin cheesecake slightly modified.  I changed up the filling sweeteners a bit and totally eliminated the coconut.   I’m not too terribly fond of coconut in desserts unless coconut is the “focal” flavor, as in coconut pie, coconut custard, coconut cake.  So I had to eliminate the coconut flour in the filling and didn’t want it in my crust at all. Instead of a sunflower seed and coconut crust, I switched to a pecan-chia-flax crust.  Man, this was DELICIOUS!   And just the thing for my Thanksgiving dinner with my oven out of commission this year.  This recipe was every bit as tasty as the popular Jody’s Pumpkin Bake recipe I’ve been baking the last few years.  But this recipe caters to my lazy cook side, as it requires NO BAKING!  This is not suitable until the nuts and seeds level of Phase 2 Atkins OWL carb ladder.  This recipe is OK for Keto diets if you can fit the carbs into your daily limits.

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CRUST INGREDIENTS:

Pumpkin Cheesecake with Pecan-Chia-flax Crust

Before Cutting

4 T. cold unsalted butter

2 c. pecan halves

¼ c. flax meal (I used 50:50 dark and white mixed)

¼ c. ground chia seeds

1 tsp. cinnamon

½ c. erythritol (or sweetener to equal ½ c. sugar)

FILLING INGREDIENTS:

1 envelope unflavored gelatin

1 c. simmering water

1/2 tsp. vanilla

1 15-oz can pumpkin puree

8 oz. cream cheese, softened

¼ c. erythritol

¼ c. Splenda

1 tsp. cinnamon

½ tsp. ground nutmeg

¼ tsp. ground cloves

OPTIONAL:   Sweetened whipped cream to top

DIRECTIONS:  Pulse the butter in a food processor or blend until it it finely crumbled.  Add the flax, ground chia seeds, cinnamon, sweetener and pulse a couple times.  Add the pecans and just pulse until they are coarsely ground. Pour into an 8″ square or oval casserole dish.  Press the crust into the bottom and partially along the sides of the pan with your hands. Set aside for now.

Bring water to a boil and lower to a simmer and dissolve the gelatin in it, stirring constantly.  Set aside to cool as you mix up the rest of the ingredients.  In a medium mixing bowl, whip the softened cream cheese with an electric mixer.  Add the pumpkin and mix until smooth.  Add the gelatin and vanilla and mix some more to blend well. Add all the spices and mix until smooth.  Gently pour or spoon the pumpkin mixture into the crust.  Decorate with a few pecan halves if you like and cover with plastic wrap.  Chill for several hours until firmly set.  Cut into 9 squares and serve with whipped cream if you like.

NUTRITIONAL INFO:  Makes 9 servings, each contains: (does not include any topping)

323 calories

30 g  fat

11.23 g  carbs, 6.34 g  fiber, 4.89 g  NET CARBS

.71 g  protein

49.33 mg sodium

Bacon Gravy with Kale

Bacon Gravy with Kale

Bacon Gravy with Kale

I felt like eating bacon gravy for breakfast today, rather than my usual sausage gravy.  And as I knew neither lunch nor dinner tonight would involve any Vitamin K for my hubby (he has to eat a little bit of Vitamin K each day), I decided to throw in a bit of finely chopped kale to see what that was like.  Well, it was delicious, although the kale took a rear seat to the bacon and green onion flavors. I would definitely make this new breakfast gravy again and it’s sooooooo nutritious with that little bit of kale thrown in the mix.  Hubby gave it a thumbs-up, too!  I served it at breakfast over toast, but I see potential for this being served over baked or broiled fish or chicken as well.  :) this recipe is suitable for all phases of Atkins (using an Induction-friendly bread) and for Keto diets.  Primal diners could enjoy this occasionally as well.  Paleo folks will want to sub in coconut milk or almond milk for the cream.

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INGREDIENTS:

1/3  lb. bacon (about 6 slices)

3/4 c. kale (1 medium leaf), stemmed and chopped fine

2 large green onions, chopped

1 c. heavy cream

1 c. water

Dash salt and black pepper

xanthan gum or your favorite thickener (optional)

DIRECTIONS:   Coarsely chop the bacon and brown in a non-stick skillet.  Add the kale and saute over high heat until it begins to get limp (about 2 minutes).  Add the green onion and saute 1 minute to soften. Reduce heat to medium and add the cream, water and seasonings.  As it simmers, lightly dust the surface with xanthan gum and wait to allow it to thicken.  Dust again if necessary to get it as thick as you like, waiting a minute between additions.  Less is always better when it comes to xanthan gum, lest you end up with a slimy gravy.  ;)  Serve at once over low-carb toast as shown, or low-carb biscuits.

NUTRITIONAL INFO:    Makes 4 generous servings, each contains: (numbers below DO NOT include the toast, biscuit or whatever meat/recipe you serve this on)

387 calories

39 g  fat

4.12 g  carbs, .6 g  fiber, 3.52 g  NET CARBS

6.2 g  protein

382 mg sodium

 

Cream of Celery Soup

Cream of Celery Soup

Cream of Celery Soup

A simple soups is often all I’m looking for and I occasionally would fix myself a can of Cream of Celery Soup when I was growing up.  But that had lots of carbs and junky ingredients.  I’ve made a low-carb version that is much healthier.  This recipe is suitable for all phases of Atkins and Keto diets.

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INGREDIENTS:

12 stalks celery, chopped coarsely (an entire small bunch)

Water to cover celery in a soup pot

2 c. homemade chicken broth

¼ tsp. salt

4 oz. softened cream cheese

1 c. heavy cream

1/8 tsp. glucomannan powder or your favorite thickener

VARIATION:  Add a light sprinkling of onion powder

DIRECTIONS:  Cut up the celery and add to a pressure cooker or large stew pot.  Cover with water and chicken broth.  Bring to pressure/boil, lower heat and cook/simmer until celery is tender or about 20 minutes (about 10 in a pressure cooker).  Bring down pressure and open pot slowly.  Replace on burner, add the glucomannan powder and using a stick blender, puree the celery in the broth.  If you don’t own a stick blender, transfer to a blender or food processor (DO NOT OVERFILL or it will rise and overflow).  Add glucomannan and pulse to puree and blend in the glucomannan to a smooth mixture.  Add back to the soup pot and stir in cream and cream cheese.  Simmer 2-3 minutes and serve with a salad or by itself.

NUTRITIONAL INFO:    Makes eight 1-cup servings, each contains

180.5 calories

16.8 g  fat

2.98 g  carbs, .96 g fiber, 2.02 g  NET CARBS

3.6 g  protein

175 mg sodium

 

 

Einkorn Crackers

Einkorn Crackers

Einkorn Crackers

I wanted to see what a little Einkorn flour would do for my best cracker recipe and it definitely makes them crisper.  I also slightly reduced the flax meal and omitted the arrowroot powder totally.   They are still as delicious as ever but a bit crisper in my opinion and my husband’s opinion.  The jockeying around of ingredients from the inspiration cracker (.64 g net carbs) has maintained a .66 g net carb count per cracker.   NOT BAD!  So the “expense” of adding a little Einkorn to this recipe was not detrimental to the stats at all really.  These are clearly not suitable until the grains level of the Atkins Phase 2 OWL carb reintroduction ladder.  FYI:  I order my Einkorn flour from Jovial Foods.

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INGREDIENTS:

2 c. almond four, lightly packed

1 c. Einkorn flour

½ c. flax meal

2 tsp. baking powder

1 tsp. salt

1 tsp. onion powder

2 tsp. coarse black pepper

2 T. oat fiber

¼ c. grated Parmesan cheese

3/4 c. tap water

2 T. olive oil

DIRECTIONS:  Line two 11×17 sheet pans with parchment, cut to fit.  I use plastic food-service gloves to press dough into pans.  You can use a third sheet of parchment if you don’t have any or a plastic sandwich bag on your hands.  Preheat oven to 350º.

Stir warm water and olive oil together in a small bowl.  In a large bowl, measure out all the dry ingredients and stir with a fork.  Add the water and oil mixture and stir well with fork to moisten the dough.  It will be clumpy and crumbly.   Divide the dough roughly into two portions and using hands crumble half the dough over each pan.  Press or roll the dough all the way to the edges.  It will seem like it won’t be enough to get it all the way to the edges, but until you do, they aren’t thin enough. Trust me, the dough WILL go to the edges of the pans with effort. With a long-bladed knife, score pressed dough gently into rows of 6 x 8 crackers, or 48 in a pan).  Lift the knife blade slowly to avoid messing up the crackers.  Pop into 350º oven for about 18-20 minutes. Ovens vary.  You don’t want to brown them too much.  I even take out individual crackers early if they are getting too brown.  The ones around the edges brown much faster.  Remove the pans and cool.  Separate into crackers with the same knife you scored them with.   These crisp crackers are better when they are 100% cool, even better on day two.

NUTRITIONAL INFO:     Makes 96 crackers, each contains:

20.1 calories

16.8 g  fat

1.19 g  carbs, .53 g  fiber, .66 g  NET CARBS

.75 g  protein

24.6 mg sodium

 

 

Chicken-Spinach Parmesan

Chicken-Spinach Parmesan with Mushrooms

Chicken-Spinach Parmesan

Having 1 huge baked chicken breast in my refrigerator the other night, I created a tasty Italian dish with it.  With some spinach mushrooms, cheese and sauce this was simple as can be to make.  This recipe is suitable for all phases of Atkins and Keto diets if the numbers will fit into your daily limit.   Note:  I use some of my homemade beef spaghetti sauce as that’s what I had available, but I didnt’ care for the beef in it, so I’m recommending you use a meatless sauce for this recipe and have calculated stats as though I used my favorite sauce, Lucini  with basil in it.

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INGREDIENTS:

10 oz. cooked chicken breast meat

8 oz. frozen whole leaf spinach

2  4-oz. cans sliced mushrooms, drained (omit if you don’t like)

1½ c. Lucini Spaghetti Sauce (or your favorite brand low-carb sauce)

2 c. shredded mozzarella cheese

½ c. Parmesan grated cheese

½ tsp. dried mixed Italian seasonings or 1 T. fresh (your choice: basil, oregano, crushed fennel or any combination)

DIRECTIONS:  Preheat oven to 350º.  Grease a casserole baking dish lightly.  Squeeze water out of the spinach and evenly place the uncooked spinach in the bottom of the dish.  Tear chicken breast into bite-size pieces and spread it evenly on the spinach. Sprinkle half the Parmesan and half the mozzarella cheese on next.  Drain and add the mushrooms next.  Spoon on the spaghetti sauce and Italian seasonings.  Finish off with the rest of the two cheeses.  Bake at 350º for about 30 minutes.  Serve with a nice green salad and perhaps your favorite low-carb bread or garlic bread.

NUTRITIONAL INFO:   Makes 6 servings, each contains:

276 calories

14 g  fat

8.35 g  carbs, 2.63 g  fiber, 5.72 g  NET CARBS

29.5 g  protein

841 mg sodium  (use less mozzarella to lower this number)

 

 

 

 

 

Fluffy Pumpkin Pancakes

Pumpkin Pancakes

Fluffy Pumpkin Pancakes

I took my Fluffy Pancakes recipe to a whole new level today.  I added pumpkin and cinnamon.  That’s all, and man, oh, man, were these ever good!  Light, fluffy and not grainy at all.  So often, coconut flour and almond flour pancakes are grainy and we just don’t like that mouth feel!  My husband said one of the very best pancakes he’s eaten on low-carb.  He likened them to Bryce’s Sweet Potato Pancake Mix we bought years ago, but mine don’t have all the sugar, flour and junk in them.  :)  These are not suitable until the grains rung of the Atkins Phase 2 OWL carb reintroduction ladder.

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INGREDIENTS:

3/4 c. pumpkin puree

3 large eggs, beaten

¼ c. heavy cream

½ c. water

½ tsp. vanilla extract

1 pkt. Sweet Leaf stevia

½ c. Jennifer Eloff’s Gluten-Free Bake Mix

½ c. Carbquick (or more of the above mix if you require gluten free)

2 tsp. baking powder

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

1 T. flax meal

Dash salt

¼-½ tsp. cinnamon

DIRECTIONS:   Measure out the dry ingredients into a medium mixing bowl.  Stir well.  Beat in the eggs, pumpkin, cream, water and vanilla.  Beat to blend into a smooth batter.  Add 1-2 T. more water if batter is too thick. Using a 1/3 c. measuring cup, dip batter onto oiled hot griddle over medium-high heat.  Spread with the back of the cup to a 5″ circle. Brown on first side, but allow them undisturbed to firm up and you see holes almost beginning to appear on the surface before attempting to flip.    Brown on the second side to your liking and serve at once with butter and maple syrup. ENJOY!

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

127 calories

10.2 g  fat

10.13 g  carbs, 5.97 g  fiber, 5.29 g  NET CARBS

8.64 g  protein

216 mg sodium

 

Kale Cabbage Medley

Kale & Cabbage (with peppers)

Kale Cabbage Medley

I love braised kale and braised cabbage, but tonight’s creation with the two together was just amazing!  Combining with my ingredient lineup totally changed the flavor profile of BOTH vegetables.  Therefore this might be a good dish to try on those kale and cabbage haters among you, as neither tasted like themselves.  This vegetable side is a little carb-y, but all those carbs are in the incredibly nutritious kale and cabbage, so they’re all GOOD carbs!    This dish is suitable for all phases of Atkins and Keto diets if you can fit the carbs into your daily allowance.  This recipe is also OK for Primal-Paleo diners.

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INGREDIENTS:

1 bunch of kale (about 4 cups stemmed and coarsely cut up)

2 c. cabbage, coarsely cut up

2 oz. yellow onion, sliced

3 oz. bell pepper, cut into medium-sized pieces (your color choice)

1/2 tsp. sea salt

Dash black pepper

1 T. Sriracha chili sauce

Water to cover all (I also added 3/4 c. baked ham broth/drippings)

1 T. bacon grease

DIRECTIONS:  Melt the bacon grease over high heat in a large stew pot and saute the onion until caramelized.  Add the stemmed, cut up kale, cabbage and water to cover.  Add bell pepper, salt, pepper and Sriracha sauce.  Bring to a boil and lower heat to medium and simmer for about 30 minutes.  Serve at once.  This broth makes a tasty and nutritious base for soups, so I store mine in containers in my freezer.  :)

NUTRITIONAL INFO:   Makes 5 servings, each contains:

70 calories

3.04 g  fat

9.92 g  carbs, 2.42 g  fiber, 7.5 g  NET CARBS

2.48 g  protein

60 mg sodium

 

Scrambled Eggs with Sausage Refogado

Scrambles Eggs with Portuguese Refogado

Scrambled Eggs with Sausage Refogado

Portugal is enamored of refogado sauce (onion and tomato sauteed in olive oil).  So am I actually.  They put it on/in EVERYTHING!  This sauce is to Portugal what Sofrito is to Spain and Puerto Rico!  I decided to take it to a new level and add some hot pork sausage and green onion to have with my morning eggs yesterday. Man, oh man, was that ever good!  My readers know by now I’m not too fond of eggs for breakfast and now I have another new way to disguise their heavy taste!  The sweetness from the Roma tomato and the spiciness of the sausage just played so nicely together with my buttery eggs.  This recipe is suitable for all phases of Atkins, Keto diets and Paleo-Primal followers as well.  I hope you’ll try this delicious way to prepare eggs.

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INGREDIENTS:

4 large eggs

1 T. butter

4 oz. hot pork breakfast sausage

1 oz yellow onion, chopped

1 green onions, chopped

1 Roma plum tomato, cut into fairly large chunks

Dash black pepper (dash salt if desired)

OPTIONAL:  1 T. olive oil for authentic flavor

DIRECTIONS:   Brown the sausage in a non-stick skillet. Add the yellow onion and saute until it is tender.  Add the tomato and green onion and saute just until the tomato begins to break down but is not reduced to mush.  If using, add 1 T. olive oil, but I did not bother as my sausage made enough grease for me.  In a separate skillet, melt the butter and scramble the eggs to your liking.  Spoon half the eggs onto each of two serving plates.  Spoon half the sausage refogado onto each plate as well.  Serve at once.

NUTRITIONAL INFO:    Makes 2 servings, each contains:

401 calories

31.9 g  fat

4.15 g  carbs, .9 g  fiber, 3.25 g  NET CARBS

24.3 g  protein

570 mg sodium

Puerto Rican Stuffed Zucchini

Puerto Rican Stuffed Zucchini

Puerto Rican Stuffed Zucchini

I had one pretty big calaba squash (cousin to zucchini) in the fridge today and decided to stuff it.  I browned the meat and veggies but when I tasted, it lacked something.  Then I remembered I had some Sofrito made up in the freezer.  That was just exactly what this needed!  This is delicious and perfectly suitable for all phases of Atkins and Keto diets.  Primal folks might want to enjoy this once in awhile.  Paleo devotees will want to leave off the cheese.

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INGREDIENTS:

1   12-oz zucchini or calaba summer squash

8 oz. lean ground beef

1½ oz. onion, chopped

1½ oz. bell pepper (any color)

3 T. my Sofrito sauce

1 beaten large egg

Dash black pepper

1/8 tsp. sea salt

2 oz. shredded Monterrey Jack cheese

DIRECTIONS:  Preheat oven to 350º.  Cut stem and tip end off squash.  Cut in half lengthwise.  Scoop out the flesh leaving ¼” or less intact on the shell for support.  Place the shells into a pot of boiling water and parboil for 2-3 minutes to begin the cooking process.  When you bypass this step, the shells don’t get as done in the oven.  Remove, discarding the water and place the squash shells onto a baking dish.

Now dice the flesh you scooped out into ½” dice.  Brown the ground beef. When no longer pink, add the squash, onion and bell pepper.  Add salt and pepper.  Saute until vegetables are tender.  Remove from heat.  Beat and stir in the egg, the sofrito sauce and mix well.  Spoon the filling into the two shells.  Top each with 1 oz. of the cheese.    Pop into 350º oven for 35 minutes.  Remove from oven and top each half with 1 oz. of the cheese.  Pop back into the oven for about 15 minutes to melt the cheese.   Serve immediately.   Place a little more sofrito in a dish for folks to add at the table if they want more of that flavor (I did).   This paired nicely with a green salad.

NUTRITIONAL INFO:   Makes 2 servings, each contains:

522 calories

35 g  fat

10.3 g  carbs, 2.9 g  fiber, 9.40 g  NET CARBS

41.4 g  protein

876 mg sodium

Middle Eastern Stuffed Eggplant

Middle Eastern Stuffed Eggplant

Middle Eastern Stuffed Eggplant

This tasty stuffed eggplant will fill you right up! It has a lot of flavor layers going on and will excite your palate.  It’s actually quite easy to make, too.  It’s a little carb-y, but that’s because of the eggplant itself.  No empty fillers in this recipe.  This recipe is suitable for all phases of Atkins and Keto diets if you can fit the carbs into your daily limits. It is also suitable for Primal and will even work for Paleo if you sub in chia gel or an extra egg for the ricotta cheese.

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INGREDIENTS:

2 T. coconut oil

1  16-oz. whole eggplant, stemmed and cut in half lenghtwise

10 oz. ground beef (or lamb)

2 oz. onion, chopped

¼ tsp. sea salt

Dash black pepper

1 tsp. ground cinnamon

½ tsp. ground cumin

1 Roma tomato, chopped coarsely

1 clove garlic, minced

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

2 beaten eggs

1/4 c. ricotta cheese (use chia gel or an extra egg for a Paleo version)

DIRECTIONS:  Melt the oil in a very large skillet over high heat.  Place eggplant in the pan cut-side down.  Brown the cut surface, pressing the eggplant halves down with your hand as they cook.  Cook them for about 10-15 minutes.  Remove them to a cutting board to cool a bit.

Add the meat to the skillet and brown over medium-high heat.  Add the onion toward the end of the browning process and cook until pretty tender.  Add the seasonings next.  Lower heat and simmer 5 minutes or so to let the spices mingle in the meat nicely.  Turn off heat.

Preheat oven to 350º.  Using a knife slice or scoop out most of the eggplant flesh from the halves, leaving about 1/2″ of the flesh intact on the skin for support during baking.  Place the two hollowed out shells in a baking pan.

Next, chop the scooped out eggplant flesh into ½” dice and add back into the meat mixture in the skillet.  If the eggplant is still opaque in places (likely it is not fully done), turn the fire on to medium and stir/simmer the meat-eggplant mixture until the eggplant is pretty tender.  Turn off heat.

Stir the beaten eggs into the ricotta and add to the meat mixture and mix well to bind and moisten the filling.  Spoon half the mixture into each eggplant shell.  Pop the pan into your preheated oven and bake for about 35-40 minutes or until the shells appear to be fully cooked.  Pairs nicely with a sour cream/mint cucumber salad as shown.

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

467 calories

42 g  fat

19.85 g  carbs, 9.25 g  fiber, 10 g  NET CARBS

38.4 g  protein

499 mg sodium

Einkorn Crumb Topping

Einkorn Crumb Topping for Baked Fruit

Einkorn Crumb Topping for Baked Fruit

If you love baked fruit cobblers like I do, sometimes making a full crust you have to roll out………some days that just takes more energy than you have to give.  That’s when crumb topping comes to the rescue.  This one uses my new Einkorn Bake Mix and I’m very pleased with the crumb topping it created for my blackberry applications yesterday.  Not sweet and just crunchy enough to tone down those often-tart blackberries.  You can add some sweetener to your crumb topping if you prefer.  This recipe is not suitable until you are at or near maintenance weight as it has grain in the mixture.

TIP:  To lower carbs on this topping you can just add ¼ c. Einkorn flour and increase oat fiber and almond flour by 2 T.  each to compensate (drops it to 10.56 carbs, 5.66 fiber and 4.9 NC with that change).

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INGREDIENTS:

Here ya go!

Here ya go!

1 c. almond flour

½ c. Einkorn Bake Mix

1/8  tsp. sea salt

2 T. oat fiber

1 egg white

For a sweeter version, also add 1-2 T. erythritol or equivalent

DIRECTIONS:   Measure the dry ingredients (and sweetener if using) into a small mixing bowl.  Blend well with a fork.  Whip the egg white in another bowl until frothy. Add the egg white to the dry ingredients.  Work the crumbly dough with a fork until all dry ingredients are moistened with the egg white.  Using your hands, crumble over your already prepared fruit cobbler filling.

NUTRITIONAL INFO:  Makes 6 servings, each contains:

116.5 calories

8.68 g  fat

11.76 g  carbs, 4.06 g  fiber, 7.7 g  NET CARBS (4.9 net carbs using TIP above)

5.6 g  protein

61.8 mg sodium

Spicy Cream of Broccoli Soup

Cream of Broccoli soup

Spicy Cream of Broccoli soup

I just love creamed soups and decided to make one from a head of broccoli yesterday.   I usually make a broccoli and cheese soup that is a bit chunkier and cheesier tasting, but I was actually shooting for a “spicy” soup with less cheese taste.  If you don’t like spicy foods, you can leave the Sriracha sauce out of this recipe entirely for a more typical creamed broccoli soup.  I used water making my soup and it was delicious, but using homemade chicken broth will make it even tastier, if you have it on hand.  We actually liked the little bit of bite the Sriracha brought to the flavor profile.  This recipe is suitable for all phases of Atkins and Keto diets.  I don’t add salt to recipes with cheese, as there is so much sodium in most cheeses and I am very sodium sensitive.  If sodium is also an issue for you, you can always cut back on the cheese in this recipe.  :)

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INGREDIENTS:

20-oz. head of broccoli, cut into chunks

Water to cover nicely, (about 3-3½ cups)

¼ tsp. coarsely black pepper

2 tsp. Sriracha chili sauce (optional, or use more if you like things real spicy)

½ tsp. onion powder

10 oz. shredded or sliced Cheddar cheese or a mixture of American Deluxe and Cheddar (I did the latter)

1 c. whipping cream

DIRECTIONS:  Cut up broccoli into chunks, stems and all.  Place in a large soup pot.  Cover with water or homemade broth, if you prefer a richer soup.  Add salt, pepper, onion powder and stir.  Next add the Sriracha sauce (if using).  Bring to a boil and then lower heat to medium-low.  Simmer until the broccoli is quite tender and then remove from heat.  You can either process the broccoli in batches with a bit of the broth in your food processor/blender (do not over fill when pureeing hot foods!).  OR, if you own a stick blender, you can wait to do this step.  Add the processed broccoli back to the pot and place back over a very low fire.   Add the cheese, stirring to facilitate melting and blending.  If the fire is low enough, it should not stick to the bottom of the pot. Once the cheese appears to be fully melted, add the cream and stir until it slightly thickens.   Place your stick blender in the pot and pressing down on the broccoli chunks throughout the pot, begin to pulse/break them up a bit.  Then blend in a continuous blending motion throughout the soup mixture until you have a uniformly smooth mixture.  This creates a small bit of “foam” on the surface but that settles down with a few minutes of waiting and gentle stirring.   If not thick enough for you,  thicken with a light dusting or 2 (or 3) of xanthan gum (or your preferred thickener).   Thickening will tend to eliminate that “foaming” issue caused by the stick blender.  Serve with your favorite low-carb rolls or crackers. :)

NUTRITIONAL INFO:    Makes 6 large servings, each contains:

315 calories

26.4 g  fat

9.96 carbs, 2.49 g  fiber, 7.48 g  NET CARBS

11.86 g  protein

500 mg sodium (from all that cheese)