Einkorn Blueberry Crumble

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My husband pointed out today we had a carton of blueberries beginning to dry out a bit at the back of the fridge.  So I decided to make some sort of simple crisp or crumble fruit baked dish.  My husband set the oven, greased my baking dish and rounded up the ingredients from my pantry for me.  What a sweetheart!

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

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

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INGREDIENTS:

1½ c. fresh blueberries

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

2 T. Einkorn flour

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

2 T. oat fiber

1 large egg

3 T. butter

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

NUTRITIONAL INFO:   Makes 4 servings, each contains:

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

Mexican Squash and Tomatoes

This makes a quick and delicious side dish for any roasted, grilled or fried meat entree you like: beef, pork, chicken, even fish.  It is ready in under 10 minutes and will be a hit with your family, I’m certain. This recipe is suitable for all phases of Atkins, Keto diets Primal and Paleo as well.  Calaba or Mexican Squash tastes just like zucchini, but the flesh is slightly yellower and it has less water in it.  I actually prefer it to traditional zuccini for the latter reason, as well as the fact it is consistently cheaper than its darker green cousin.

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INGREDIENTS:

10 oz. Mexican Calaba squash, ¼” slice. (two medium 5-6-oz squash)

2 oz. onion, sliced thinly

3 T. olive oil (or your preferred oil)

2 Roma or 3 Campari tomatoes, coarsely chopped or sliced

1/2 tsp. dried oregano leaves (or 1 tsp. fresh)

1 clove garlic, minced

Dash pepper and salt to taste

VARIATION:   Sprinkle on a little fresh grated Parmesan when served. 

DIRECTIONS:  Heat the olive oil in a non-stick skillet or deep wok.   Add the onion and saute until it begins to go limp.  While it sautes, stem and cut the squash lengthwise in half and cut those halves lengthwise again.  Slice the quarters into ¼” slice (click photo to enlarge).  When the onion is softened, add the squash to the skillet.  Saute, stirring constantly until squash is tender but not too soft yet.  Add the tomato slices, oregano, garlic, salt and pepper and saute just until tomato softens.  Squash will likely be plenty tender and done by then.  Serve with your favorite entree.

NUTRITIONAL INFO:    Makes 4 servings, each contains:

114 calories, 10.3 g fat, 5.22 g carbs, 1.52 g fiber, 3.7 g NET CARBS, 1.27 g protein, 92 mg sodium

Cheesy Crawfish Casserole

 

Cheesy Crawfish Casserole

This was a quick and delicious way to put crawfish together for a casserole dinner.  My husband loves casseroles.  You know me……always looking for easy.  It’s cheesy, buttery and full of good veggie nutrition as well.  If your family loves seafood, give this a try!  It’s sure to please.  🙂   You can substitute shrimp or 1 lb. crab meat in this recipe if you prefer, but of course, each has a slightly different taste.  This recipe is suitable for all phases of Atkins.

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INGREDIENTS: 

½   medium (5-6″ head cauliflower, cooked

1  c.  yellow summer squash, ½” dice (I used a small 5″ squash)

4 T. unsalted butter

1 stalk celery, chopped

2 oz. bell pepper, chopped (I cross sliced mini bell peppers I had on hand)

2 oz. onion, chopped

1 clove garlic, minced

½ c. chopped green onion

¼ c. chopped parsley

½ tsp. my Cajun Seafood Spice Blend

1/8 tsp. cayenne (optional)

12 oz. crawfish tail meat, rinsed well (or cleaned, peeled shrimp)

1 c. shredded Cheddar cheese

1 c. shredded Monterrey Jack Cheese

Topping:  Mix ¼ c. shredded Parmesan with 5 well-crushed pork rinds

VARIATION:  Use 1 lb. cleaned shrimp or 1 lb. cooked crabmeat instead of crawfish

DIRECTIONS:  Break cauliflower into flowerettes and cook by your preferred method until nearly tender.  Drain well, dice coarsely and set aside.  Dice squash and other veggies.  Melt butter in non-stick skillet or wok over high heat.  Preheat oven to 350º.  Saute squash and all other vegetables until nearly tender or about 5 minutes.  Add parsley, spices and crawfish.  Stir in cauliflower.  Reduce heat to medium and saute all for about 5 minutes stirring several times, to allow flavors to meld.  Mix the Cheddar and Jack cheese in a bowl and sprinkle half over the crawfish mixture.  Stir all well.  Now put remaining cheese on top evenly.  Sprinkle with the Parm-pork rind topping and pop into 350º oven for 30 minutes.  I garnished with slices of mini bell peppers.  Pairs nicely with your favorite low-carb dinner roll and a lovely green salad.

NUTRITIONAL INFO:   Makes 6 servings, each contains:

296 calories, 20.7 g fat, 7.16 g carbs, 2.0 g fiber, 5.16 g NET CARBS, 21.1 g protein, 509 mg sodium

Tandoori Cornish Hens

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I love tandoori chicken so much and there are so many recipes out there for the spice blends for it, I never tire of trying new ones!  This one is my latest experiment.  It was a recipe I found in a magazine a long time ago and finally got around to making it, with a couple of modifications.  If you bake this recipe in your oven, rather than grilling over charcoal, I like to put some sliced onions in the bottom of the pan with some olive oil the last half hour of baking and de-glazed the pan brown bits with some water over stove-top burner on low for a nice sauce.    This can also be done with regular cut-up chicken pieces or just wings (which will cook much faster!).   To be more traditional, if your way of eating allows it, add 2-3 drops of food coloring to the marinate, for the traditional red hue in the picture, but this step is optional.  This is not necessary for the flavor to be spot on, however.

This chicken pairs nicely with Indian Creamed Spinach (Saag Paneer) and my Indian Cauliflower.

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INGREDIENTS:

2 Cornish hens (about 1¼ lb. each) or 8 cut pieces of chicken

½ tsp. cayenne pepper

1/8 tsp. salt (optional but included in stats below)

Pinch black pepper

1 T. fresh lime juice

½ c. sour cream or plain yogurt

1 large clove minced garlic

1 tsp. minced fresh ginger

¼ medium onion, chopped

½ tsp. cumin seed (or ¼ tsp. ground)

½ tsp. ground turmeric

DIRECTIONS:  Split the Cornish hens into halves or cut up 4 of your desired whole chicken pieces.  You can skin the chicken if you like, but I never do.  I LIKE the skin!  Poke holes randomly in the skin, piercing through into the flesh as well.  Mix salt, pepper and cayenne with lime juice and rub onto the pieces of meat.   Set aside while you do the next step.

In a blender or food processor, puree the yogurt, garlic, ginger, onion,  and remaining spices.  Add optional 2-3 drops red food coloring (if using). Spoon into gallon plastic zip bag and add chicken to the bag.  Zip bag and mix to coat meat pieces by manipulating with your hands.  Refrigerate for 6-8 hours, manipulating occasionally during this period.

Tandoori Chicken, in India, is cooked in a Tandoori clay oven, which I certainly do not have.  However a medium-hot charcoal fire will do nicely.  But if neither is available, preheat your indoor oven to 400º.  Place hen quarters skin up onto grill surface or on a rack in a roasting pan.  Brush or spoon the yogurt marinate evenly over the pieces of meat.  Depending on your charcoal fire, distance from coals to meat, or your oven accuracy, size of birds…….these hens will take about 45 minutes to an hour to get done.  Test the thigh joints for internal temp of 180º on a meat thermometer or until juices are clear and not pink.

NUTRITIONAL INFO: Serves 4, each serving contains:

381 calories, 23.4 g  fat, 9.2 g  carbs, 0.4 g  fiber, 8.8 g  NET CARBS, 31.83 g  protein, 377 mg  sodium

Beef Patties with Sriracha Cream Sauce

A quick, delicious meal for week nights when you’re tired.  These meat patties and sauce will only take 30 minutes to prepare!   And is this ever good!  This recipe is one you’ll find yourself making again and again.  There’s not enough Sriracha in the sauce to make this too hot for most people, but add it last and taste as you go to be certain you get it just right for your taste.  This recipe is suited to all phases of Atkins, Keto diets, and Primal Blueprint.  Use coconut milk instead of the cream if you follow Paleo.

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MEAT INGREDIENTS:

16 oz. lean ground beef (I used grass-fed 90%)

6 oz. breakfast pork sausage

1 tsp. my homemade Montreal Steak Spice Blend

1 tsp. no-salt lemon pepper (I use Victoria Gourmet brand)

1/4 tsp. Dad’s Poultry Seasoning (or your preferred brand)

SAUCE INGREDIENTS:

4 T. butter, melted

½ c. heavy cream

½ c. water

¼ tsp. xanthan gum (or your preferred thickener)

1/3 c. green onion, chopped fine

2 tsp. Sriracha sauce

Salt to taste

DIRECTIONS:  In a large bowl, mix the two meats and 3 spices listed.  Form into 4 patties and place in a hot non-stick skillet over medium-high heat.  Brown nicely on both sides.  Wile they cook, in a small saucepan, melt the butter, add the cream, water and green onion and bring to a light simmer.  Dust with the xanthan gum and whisk it in, simmering on low heat until the sauce thickens.  Add the Sriracha gradually and taste as you go, stopping when it is spicy to your liking.  Serve patties with 1/4 of the sauce over each serving.

NUTRITIONAL INFO:   Makes 4 adult servings, each contains: (form 5 patties to lower cals. & fat)

575 calories, 50.7 g fat, 2.65 g carbs, 0.62 g fiber, 2.03 g NET CARBS, 29.3 g protein, 440 mg sodium

 

Crawfish-Stuffed Spaghetti Squash

Creamy Crawfish-Veggie Squash

What a pleasant surprise!  I just started throwing leftovers together and added some homemade mushroom soup and Cheddar cheese and BAM!  A tasty, creamy seafood dinner!  And so nutritious, too!  You really NEED to try this!  This recipe is suitable for all phases of Atkins provided you omit the wild rice.  If you look closely, you may notice some grains of rice.  I had about 1/2 cup cooked wild rice in my freezer and I threw that in, too.  You could omit that for lower carbs, but it sure added a nice nutty taste to the dish.  Lower-carb hemp hearts would be a better choice for that nutty flavor when I make this next time.

This recipe is suitable once you get to Phase 2 of Atkins.   Suitable for Induction without the wild rice addition.  Paleo-Primal followers will also need to make dairy modifications to enjoy this.

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INGREDIENTS:

4 T. unsalted butter

½ c. green bell pepper, chopped

3/4 c. celery chopped

2 oz. onion, chopped

1½ c. small Japanese eggplant, sliced  (the purple kind, although the black can be diced and used instead.)

1½ c. cooked spaghetti squash threads (the threads of one half a 6″-7″ squash)

6 oz. cooked crawfish tail meat

4 green onions, chopped

1/8 tsp. salt (omit if you used salted butter above)

1/4 tsp. my Seafood Spice Blend

½ batch (store the rest for another casserole) Jennifer Eloff’s low-carb Condensed Cream of Mushroom Soup

¼ c. heavy cream

½ c. cooked wild rice (or hemp hearts for lower carbs & those still on Atkins Phase 1 Induction)

1 c. shredded Cheddar cheese

DIRECTIONS:  Preheat oven to 350º.  Melt butter over high heat in large non-stick pan.  Add the celery, onion and bell pepper.  Saute until nearly tender.  Add the eggplant and saute until half cooked. Stir in the spaghetti squash threads, crawfish and green onion.  Cook a couple minutes only.

Add the salt and spice mix.  Stir in the soup, cream, wild rice (if using) and finally the cheese.  Scoop into a greased baking dish or back into the spaghetti squash shells if you want to.  Bake at 350º for 30 minutes and serve with a nice salad.

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

298 calories, 23.8 g  fat, 10.68 g  carbs, 2.46 g  fiber, 8.22 g  NET CARBS, 11.1 g  protein, 574 mg sodium

Loaded Chicken Wraps

My husband came home from Sam’s with a roasted chicken a couple nights ago.  We only ate the leg quarters.  Tonight, I used up the two breast pieces in a delicious, stupidly simple dinner that was just DELICIOUS!  I’ll be making THESE again and often!  I use HEB Carb Sense whole wheat flour tortillas at 3 net carbs per tortilla.  I always have some in the fridge, so this meal of leftovers was super easy!  This recipe is not suitable until you are farther along in your Atkins weight loss journey, as flour product isn’t allowed until you have traversed all the rungs of the carb reintroduction ladder.  That said, these are only 4.85 net carbs per wrap, so you decide. 🙂  Together we ate four of the six wraps this made, but I was stuffed at just 1½ wraps; the hubs ate 2½ of them and gave them a resounding stamp of approval.  I didn’t use any sour cream; the hubs liked it on his.

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INGREDIENTS:

6 low-carb flour tortillas (mine were 3 net carbs per)

2 small chicken breasts, pre-cooked & cut into strips

6 slices bacon, cooked, drained (I use thick slice)

2½ slices American Deluxe cheese, tear the whole slices into halves

1 c. shredded Cheddar cheese

½ c. green onion, chopped

OPTIONAL:  6 dollops sour cream (not calculated in numbers below)

DIRECTIONS:   Line a cooking sheet with parchment.  Cook the bacon in a skillet until done but not too crisp.  Drain on paper towels.  Preheat oven to 325º.  Lay the flour tortillas on the pan.  Place the cooked chicken evenly on half of each tortilla.  Next tear each slice of bacon in half and lay the two halves diagonally over the chicken meat.  Now place ½ slice American cheese on top of the bacon for each wrap.  Next sprinkle the Cheddar shreds evenly over the bacon.  The final touch is to sprinkle the green onion over each and fold the other side of the wrap over to form a half moon shape.  Press firmly with your hand.  Loosely cover the pan with foil but do not seal it up or it will sweat during cooking.  Pop into 325º oven for 15 minutes to just melt the cheeses.  Serve at once with dollop of sour cream if desired.  I served mine with a small green salad on the side.

NUTRITIONAL INFO:    Makes 6 wraps, each contains:

308 calories, 15.5 g fat, 15.06 g carbs, 10.21 g fiber, 4.85 g NET CARBS, 27 g protein, 795 mg sodium

Strawberry Mug Cheesecake

If you love cheesecake but want it FAST, this is your recipe!  I had the tail end of a bag of strawberries in my freezer that needed using so I whipped up this delicious quick cheesecake for dinner last night.  Of course, you could use other fruits and berries, but you’d have to recalculate the serving numbers for those changes.  My husband just loved this!  Said I could make it again just any old time!  🙂  This recipe is suitable once you get to the first, nuts and berries level of Atkins (Phase 2 OWL).  It is also suitable for other Keto diets and Primal Blueprint.

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INGREDIENTS:

1 c. frozen strawberries, thawed and drained of juice

3 oz. softened cream cheese

2/3 c. sour cream

1 c. heavy whipping cream

liquid Splenda (or sweetener of choice), to taste (about 10 drops)

DIRECTIONS:   Soften cream cheese on a paper plate either in microwave or at room temperature.  Place into food processor bowl.  Add the drained berries, sour cream and Splenda.  Process until smooth.   In a separate bowl, whip the cream until it forms soft peaks.  Scrape the strawberry mixture onto the whipped cream and fold the two together until well-blended.  Taste and adjust sweetener to taste.  Spoon equally into 6 serving mugs, ramekins, or dishes of choice.  Chill for 1 hour and serve.  This will firm up when the cream cheese re-chills.

NUTRITIONAL INFO:    Makes 6 servings (approx. 1/2 c.), each contains:

253 calories, 25 g fat, 5.93 g carbs, 0.76 g fiber, 5.17 g NET CARBS, 2.83 g protein, 71 mg sodium

 

 

Smoked Gouda Stuffed Beef Roll

This beef roll was scrumptious!  We both gave it a thumbs up!  Very simple to put together, too.  When I make such dishes, I tend to make enough for 2 meals so I used 2# of lean, grass-fed ground beef.   You could vary the meat and use some lamb or pork if desired.  Of course, the flavor will change a bit with meat changes.   This roll was in the oven in about 5 minutes flat and it cooked itself.  I served with steamed cauliflower and green beans.  This recipe is suitable for all phases of Atkins, Keto diets and Primal Blueprint plans.

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VARIATION:  Use other seasoning of your choosing.  The sky is the limit.  You can also make this a cheesier roll by increasing the cheese, but be sure to add in the nutritional numbers for additional cheese used.

INGREDIENTS:

5 oz (8 slices) sliced bacon

2 lb. lean ground beef (or meat of choice)

½ tsp. my Homemade Montreal Steak Seasoning

4 oz. smoked Gouda cheese (I buy mine at Sam’s Club)

½ c. chopped parsley

DIRECTIONS:  Preheat oven to 350º.  With your hands or a fork, in a large mixing bowl, mix the meat with the Montreal Steak Seasoning (or whatever seasoning blend you prefer).   If your seasoning contains no salt, you may wish to add a little.  My stainless meat roasting pan is 16″ long, but you could probably use a 9″ x 13″ pan for this recipe.  Tear off a piece of parchment paper as long as your baking pan and lay it on your counter.  Lay the slices of bacon side-by-side, touching but not overlapping, on the parchment.  Spread the seasoned beef mixture on top pressing it evenly over the bacon with your fingers (forming a rectangle layer of meat).  Along the long edge, lay the Gouda cheese the entire length of the meat layer.  Mine was in ¼” sticks, but slices can be cut or rolled instead.  Sprinkle the parsley all over the rest of the meat layer.  Picking up the parchment as a lifting/rolling tool, carefully roll the bacon/meat over like one forms a cake roll until it is one long, roll/log.  You want to end with the seam down.  Lift it over to your baking pan (using the parchment to help you), placing the seam down onto the baking pan (leave the parchment there for cooking).  Pop into hot 350º oven for about 45 minutes or until a meat thermometer reads 130-140º and the bacon is browning.  Cut into 8 slices neatly between the bacon slices.

NUTRITIONAL INFO:  Makes 8 servings, each contains:

349 calories, 28 g fat, 1.05 g carbs, 0.18 g fiber, 0.87 g NET CARBS, 25 g protein, 416 mg sodium

Hasselback Chicken Breast in Pesto Cream

Hasselback Chicken Breast in Pesto Cream

This simple-to-put-together dish was delicious beyond words and prep time was about 5 minutes!  I’ll be honest……….I was apprehensive at first, as to whether I would be able to handle it as fresh basil sometimes upsets my stomach.  But the amount here was small enough, that usual effect didn’t occur.  This was so good my husband practically “inhaled” his dinner tonight!   The chicken came out so tender and moist.  It practically cooks itself, so this one’s a keeper for us!  Suitable for all phases of Atkins, Keto diets and Primal followers, this one is sure to please your family.

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INGREDIENTS:

2 medium chicken breasts (skin on preferred, so it will baste and create pan juices)

3 1/3 slices of Provalone cheese, cut the whole,round slices into 3 strips

2 T. pesto sauce (I used my homemade Pesto Sauce)

5 T. heavy cream (whipping cream)

3 T. additional heavy cream for final sauce

1 Roma tomato, cut crosswise into 6 slices

1/8 tsp. xanthan gum or preferred thickener (optional)

Sprinkle of Italian Seasonings (optional)

DIRECTIONS:  Preheat oven to 350º.  With a sharp knife, make 5 cuts all the way to the bone in your chicken breasts.  Place them in a metal baking pan (I used 8″ square).  Deeply poke a strip of Provalone cheese into each slit in the chicken.  Top each of the chicken breasts with 3 slices of Roma tomato. Set pan aside for a few minutes.  Place the pesto sauce in a small skillet over medium heat.  Add 5 T. heavy cream, stir well to heat the initial sauce.  Spoon this down the center of the chicken breasts, trying to get some into each cheese-stuffed slit.   If using, sprinkle with Italian Seasoning blend.

Pop pan into 350º oven and bake for about 1 hour or until the meat reaches 170º on a meat thermometer.  Remove from oven and with a long spatula, remove them to a serving platter.  Add the remaining 3 T. cream to the pan juices and heat over medium-high heat, mashing any melted cheese bits up as you stir to thicken.  If you want it thicker, dust lightly with xanthan gum or your favorite thickener and allow it to develop/thicken.  Pour sauce into a serving dish or spoon it directly over and around the chicken breasts if you prefer.  ENJOY!  Did I not promise this was easy and delicious?  🙂

NUTRITIONAL INFO:   Makes 2 adult servings, each contains:

800 calories  (skin chicken to lower about 100 cals. ), 57.8 g fat, 4.8 g carbs, 0.95 g fiber, 3.85 g NET CARBS, 64 g protein, 1107 mg sodium  (use half cream and half water to lower)

 

Individual “Irish” Chocolate Cake

Individual "Irish" Chocolate Cake

Just in time for St. Patrick’s Day!  A tasty, quick dessert to top off that corned beef and cabbage on St. Patrick’s Day.  Tasty and quite easy, too!  The cake goes together in minutes, microwaves in 1 minute and the icing is just as easy.  And boy, oh, boy, is this icing ever delicious!  This cake is moist and has just the right amount of whiskey flavor.

I normally bake this cake for 1 minute in a glass dish in the microwave.  But when I want to use a very large, metal shamrock cookie cutter, I bake it in the regular oven (15 min 350º), using foil to form a “bottom” for the cookie cutter.  I would recommend baking this either as 4 cupcakes or as I usually do other times of the year, in a 5″ square or round baking dish.  You could also use two small “mini-cake pans.  If doing cupcakes, fill them evenly, which will be about 3/4 full.  Don’t worry, this batter doesn’t rise too much during baking.

This recipe is not suitable until Phase 2  of Atkins.  Those on other Ketogenic diets may get bumped out of ketosis consuming alcohol, but there is very little in this, so that might not happen.   Of course, you should omit the booze if in the first 2 weeks Induction phase.

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CAKE INGREDIENTS:

1 tsp. vanilla extract

1 T. butter, melted

4 pkts. stevia (I use Sweet Leaf)

¼ c. erythritol

2 large eggs, beaten

1 T. Irish Whiskey (I used Powers)

¼ c. cocoa powder, sifted

1½ tsp. baking powder

1 tsp. glucomannan (konjac) powder

1 tsp. oat fiber

CAKE DIRECTIONS:   Spray or grease your dish(s) or pan(s) with coconut oil or oil of your choosing.  Melt the butter and place in a medium glass bowl.   Add the stevia, erythritol and stir well.  Next beat in the two eggs.  Add the vanilla and Irish Whiskey, stirring once again.   Sift the cocoa on top and measure the remaining dry ingredients in next.  Stir gently to incorporate the dry into the wet ingredients.  Beat the batter with a spoon until it is smooth.    Pour into greased glass or ceramic pan(s) and bake for 1 minute on HI.   If using metal pans or conventional oven, bake at 350º about 13-15 minutes or until dry to the touch in the center.  Remove, cool completely and ice.

FROSTING INGREDIENTS:  

1 oz. cream cheese, softened

1 T. softened butter

2 tsp. Irish Whiskey (I used Powers)

¼ tsp. vanilla

2 T. plain whey protein powder (I use NOW brand)

2 pkts. stevia

3 T. powdered erythritol (I just powder it in my food processor)

FROSTING DIRECTIONS:  Soften the butter and cream cheese in a small bowl.  Add the protein, whiskey and vanilla.   Stir well until smooth.  Begin adding the sweeteners slowly, tasting as you go and STOP when it’s sweet enough for you, or add more if needed.  Everybody is different on sweetness preferences.    You can use food coloring to make your frosting green if you like (about 13-15 drops).  Frost the cooled cake(s) and serve at once or chill and then cover with plastic wrap if you must hold them over.

NUTRITIONAL INFO:    Makes 2 large servings, each contains:

316 calories, 23 g  fat, 11.2 g  carbs, 5.1 g  fiber, 6.1 g NET CARBS, 13.5 g  protein, 434 mg sodium

Steak Diane with a Twist

I had two New York Strip steaks I thawed tonight and decided to make my Steak Diane recipe, but decided a bit of creamy cheese on top might be nice.  GOOD decision, as it was indeed a delicious addition to the wonderful flavor of parsley and mushrooms.  I served roasted asparagus on the side.  A meal fit for a king, it was.  This entree goes together so fast (a wonderful week-night dinner!), I actually had to wait a few minutes on my asparagus to get tender which caused some of my liquid in the griddle to evaporate.  Could have added a little water of bouillon, but instead melted a wee bit more butter, which did the trick.  If the calories and fat numbers below are too high for your diet, use smaller portions of meat and less butter when preparing this tasty dish.   This is suitable for all phases of Atkins provided you omit the wine for Induction Phase.  It is suitable for Keto diets and Primal as well.  Omit cheese for Paleo.

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INGREDIENTS:

20 oz. lean, trimmed steak (I used NY Strip Steaks)

2 T. unsalted butter

1  4-oz can sliced mushrooms, undrained

¼ c. white wine (omit if still on Induction)

2-3 shakes each sea salt and coarse black pepper

3/4 c. parsley, chopped

Sprinkle fresh lemon juice (maybe 1 tsp.)

6 T. shredded white cheese (I used Monterrey Jack)

VARIATION:  Make classic Steak Diane by omitting cheese.  For a totally different dish, make Chicken Diane using seared, skinless/boneless chicken breasts instead of beef.

DIRECTIONS:  Trim outer fat off the steaks.  Laterally slice them into 4 thinner  pieces.  Pound on both sides to tenderize a bit.  In a griddle or skillet, melt 2 T. of the butter over high heat.  Sear the meat on both sides until done and browned to your liking.  Remove meat to a waiting platter.  In the hot griddle, add the rest of the butter to melt, the mushrooms with their liquid, parsley, lemon juice, wine, salt and pepper. Simmer just until parsley goes limp.  Place steak strips back in the pan a couple minutes and sprinkle about 1½ T. cheese over each.  The heat of the meat will melt by the time it is at table.  When serving, dip 1/4 of the parsley-mushroom mixture/sauce over each portion.  Serve with your favorite green side dish.

NUTRITIONAL INFO:  Makes 4 servings, each contains:

569 calories, 47 g fat, 2.72 g carbs, 1.10 g fiber, 1.62 g NET CARBS, 30.4 g protein, 417 mg sodium

Spaghetti Squash Lasagna

The hubs is out of town today so I tend to eat sandwiches or scrounge around and use up leftovers when he is gone.  Since I had a sandwich for lunch, I decided to use some of the open Classico spaghetti sauce in the fridge with a half pound of ground beef.  I knew I had some frozen spaghetti squash threads int he freezer (be sure to wring them out in a towel after defrosting if using frozen squash) and some ricotta as well.  Bingo!  Sounded sort of like lasagna to me.  I quickly defrosted ½ lb. ground beef in my microwave and browned it.  then I just layered and VOILA!  A delicious lasagna-like dish that would have served two.  I used a 6″ square baking dish for this, but a loaf pan will work as well.  This recipe is suitable for all phases of Atkins, Keto diets and Primal if you indulge in dairy.  IMG_5725

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INGREDIENTS:

1/3 c. Classico or Lucini prepared spaghetti sauce (use more if you like, but it will be “soupier”)

8 oz. ground beef (browned)

1 c. spaghetti squash threads (cooked and squeezed of all water)

4 oz. shredded Mozzarella cheese (about 1 cup)

3 T. grated Parmesan cheese

½ c. Ricotta cheese

1/8 tsp. dried oregano leaves (or ½ tsp. fresh, chopped)

DIRECTIONS:   Cook spaghetti squash using your preferred method.  I halve it, place face down in 1/2″ water and microwave for 13 minutes.  I then scrape out and discard the seeds and fork out the threads.  Place threads in clean kitchen towel and wring out any water over your sink……especially if using previously frozen squash!).  Set aside 1 cup for this recipe and save the remainder for another use or freeze in baggies.  Preheat oven to 350º.

Brown the ground beef, leaving it in fairly chunky bits.  Spread the meat undrained into a glass loaf pan.  I used a 6″x6″ square baking dish, but a loaf shaped pan or small round baking dish will work.  The meat grease oils your baking dish quite nicely. 🙂  Shred half of the spaghetti squash threads on top of the meat.  Sprinkle 1/3 of the Mozzy and 1 T. Parm cheese on next.  Spoon on half the spaghetti sauce, spreading evenly.  Dot with half of the ricotta and spread it out a bit with the back of your spoon.  Lightly sprinkle with oregano.  Next top with  1/3 more of the Mozzy and another tablespoon of the Parm cheese.  Add the remaining sauce and spread evenly.  Dot with remaining Ricotta and spread with back of your spoon again.  Sprinkle on the remaining Mozzy and last tablespoon of Parm cheese.    Sprinkle with oregano lightly again.  Pop into 350º oven. Bake 30 minutes or until bubbly.   Allow to cool 5-6 minutes to set up before attempting to dip up.

NUTRITIONAL INFO:   Makes 2 adult servings (double ingredient for a larger pan to serve 4).  Each serving contains:

623 calories, 40 g fat, 12.5 g carbs, 1.85 g fiber, 11.65 g NET CARBS, 54 g protein, 1300 mg sodium  (to lower these figures, cut this into 3 servings. 🙂  )

 

Mushroom-Spinach Stuffed Chicken Breasts

Mushroom-Spinach Stuffed Chicken Breasts

This dish was simply delightful!  The hemp hearts adds a slight nutty taste with virtually no carbs.  We both gave it two thumbs up in the flavor department!  It was simple, in the oven in 15 minutes and bakes itself to perfection!  This will definitely make my regular chicken recipe rotations again!  It made, as you can see in the photo, lovely pan juices for basting during cooking and drizzling over the meat when done.  This recipe is suitable for Phase 2 of Atkins once you have reached the grains level of the plan, as it has half of a Joseph’s pita bread in the ingredients line-up.  You could use flax meal instead of the 1/2 pita and enjoy this recipe by the nuts and seeds level of Phase 2.  This recipe is not suitable for Atkins Induction or Primal-Paleo followers.

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INGREDIENTS:

2  medium chicken breasts, skin on but rib frame removed (boil the ribs for delicious stock!)

2 T. unsalted butter

4 large mushrooms, chopped or sliced

2 c. spinach, chopped (1 c. packed)

2 T. Boursin soft cheese, garlic and fine herb variety

3 T. shredded Monterrey Jack

1/2 Joseph’s Flax and Oat Bran Pita Bread, softened with water (or 1 low-carb flour tortilla)

2 T. hemp hearts

Dash coarse black pepper

DIRECTIONS:   Preheat oven to 350º.  Run a sharp knife between the rib bones and the chicken meat to remove the rib bones from the breast.  Boil them down for delicious chicken stock for future uses.  I freeze mine.   With a large knife, laterally slice the breast 3/4 of the way through making a pocket or shelf for the filling.  Place them in a lightly oiled baking dish and set aside.   In a non-stick skillet, heat the butter and saute the mushrooms until no longer opaque.  Add the spinach and saute just until it is limp.  Stir in the Boursin and Jack cheese.  Turn off heat.  Add the hemp hearts and stir filling well to blend the cheese.  With your fingers, mush up the softened bread and add it, stirring again.  Spoon half the mixture into each breast and fold the skin half over the filling.  Press lightly and sprinkle with pepper.  Pop the pan into a 350º oven and bake for about 1 hour (less time for small breasts, more for large ones).  When the skin has browned nicely on top, they should be done.   Serve in the baking dish pan so the pan juices can be dipped over the top if desired. 🙂

NUTRITIONAL INFO:   Makes 2 servings, each contains:  (adjust ingredients for more servings)

478 calories, 33 g fat, 5.90 g carbs, 2.85 g fiber, 3.05 g net carbs, 39.35 g protein, 645 mg sodium

 

 

 

Creamy Dreamy Chicken-Broccoli Casserole

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

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

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

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INGREDIENTS:

2 c. cooked chicken meat, diced large

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

5 oz. cream cheese, softened

3 T. melted butter

½ c. heavy cream

½ c. shredded Parmesan cheese

3 T. mayonnaise (I use homemade)

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

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

Dash black pepper

1 c. cooked wild rice (you could substitute hemp hearts to lower the carbs)

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

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

NUTRITIONAL INFO:   Makes 6 servings, each contains:

485 calories,  39 g  fat, 9.70 g  carbs, 1.30 g  fiber, 8.4 g  NET CARBS, 25 g  protein, 597 mg sodium

Mr. Matthews’ Omelet

mr-matthews-quicheIn 1980 we took a 6-weeks driving tour of Great Britain that was truly the trip of a lifetime.  Planned our route for months.  We put over 6,000 miles on a brand new Volkswagon “Golf” we rented just outside London, where our epic journey began.  Drove all the way to Edinburgh by way of Berwick-on-Tweed, back down through the Lake District, over into Wales, Down the west coast to Tintagel in Cornwall, stopping over at Clovelly a day, a dip down to Lynton-Lynmouth and finally back to London by way of a B & B just down the road from Paul McCartney’s famous Windmill home.  The car dealer rep was honestly gob-smacked when we turned the car back in and he took note of the odometer that had read nearly zero when he handed the car over to us.  🙂

My husband, a retired World History teacher, just had to see Hadrian’s Wall, near Corbridge, so we picked a lovely little country cottage from our AA Farmhouse Guide whose description was idyllic and which turned out to be the most memorable one we stayed it during out 6-week tour of the UK. The proprietor was a stout, soft-spoken, distinguished, silver-haired gentleman named Mr. Matthews.  The approach to the establishment was through a circular drive in a lovely garden.  Once inside the cottage (more a mansion almost) we look up to see the massive staircases that encircled each end of the main room. We looked at each other and our eyes said “Picked a good one, this.”

The very formal dining room had a massive picture window that looked onto a huge garden lined in pink honeysuckle!  Mr. Matthews, assisted by a lovely daughter, served dinner that night himself, as he was inordinately proud of his B & B.  It was a non-fancy meal, but typical, hearty country fare: ham, greens, potatoes and baked beans.  The British, you see, ate a lot of canned beans throughout WWII (beans on toast, my father said, was a favorite when he was stationed there in 1943).  To this day, beans are still a staple in their diet and served in ways we “colonials” would never dream of…………that turn out to be quite tasty.One of the side dishes on the plate was baked beans which were tasty with his ham.

At breakfast the next morning, our omelet was again served by Mr. Matthews, presented with great pride.  He was beaming when he said “You don’t get an omelet like THAT in just any B & B”.  We smiled to show how eager we were to try his special omelet that clearly had everything in it that was leftover from our dinner the night-before.  It was cooked to perfection and man, I’m here to tell you that his was one of the best omelets I ever ate!

Well, I ramble on in a sea of nostalgia, so I’ll get back to the matter at hand, the recipe and prep.  I’m such a lousy omelet cook I invariably tear them up rolling the sides over, so I prefer to bake them like a quiche to avoid that issue.    This recipe is not suitable until you reach the legumes level of the Atkins carb reintroduction ladder well into the OWL (Ongoing Weight Loss Phase).  It is not suitable for Primal-Paleo unless you omit the beans, but that’s really what makes this recipe so special.  But a bacon-onion quiche, although a horse of another color, is always good. 🙂

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INGREDIENTS:

5 slices lean “streaky bacon” as Mr. Matthews would call it (regular bacon ion the States)

2 oz. chopped yellow onion

½ c. well-rinsed pork ‘n beans (from a can)

3 extra large eggs, beaten (more if you want a thicker, heftier, more eggy quiche)

DIRECTIONS:  Preheat oven to 350º.  Coarsely chop the bacon into 3/4″ dice.  In a non-stick skillet, brown the bacon but stop before it is crisp.  Chop the onion and add to the pan and saute/cook until the two are brown and tender.  Drain off the excess grease.  Sprinkle the beans evenly on top.   Drizzle the beaten eggs evenly over the mixture.  Pop into 350º oven and bake for 10-15 minutes or just until the center is set to the touch.  Cut into 4 portions and serve.

NUTRITIONAL INFO:    Makes 4 servings, each contains 136 calories, 6.9 g fat, 4.70 g carbs, 0.95 g fiber, 3.75 g NET CARBS, 9.77 g protein, 2261 mg sodium

Lemon Tart

Lemon Tart

I recently modified a lemon pie recipe to come up with a quite tasty lemon dessert Atkins OWLers can enjoy.  Those still on Induction could make it crustless for an Induction-friendly baked lemon custard.  🙂  The crust, BTW, would make an excellent all-purpose pie crust for other pies.  It didn’t get soggy on the bottom even after 4 days!  Really tastes like a traditional flour pie crust to me!  Two large lemons should yield enough juice and peel for this recipe.

For those more fond of lime, like my husband, try my Lime Tart.

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INGREDIENTS:

1 T. lemon zest, grated

¼ c. lemon juice

¼ c. water

2/3 c. granular Splenda

6 T. unsalted butter

3 whole eggs

3 egg yolks

1 prebaked “Peggy’s Pie Crust”:   https://buttoni.wordpress.com/2009/12/17/peggys-pie-crust/

DIRECTIONS:  Whisk the eggs, egg yolks and Splenda together in medium saucepan.  Add lemon zest, juice and water.  Whisk again to blend.  Cook over medium-low heat until mixture thickens, about 5 minutes.  Remove from heat and stir in remaining butter, stirring until melted.    Pour into pre-baked pie crust and cook 10-15 minutes at 350º until set in center.  Remove from oven, cool and serve.  Can be eaten as is or topped with whipped cream (cream not included in nutritional info below).

NUTRITIONAL INFO: Makes 8 servings, each containing:  (This info includes counts for crust as well)

310 calories, 28.7 g  fat, 10.1 g  carbs, 5.45 g  fiber, 4.65 g  NET CARBS, .1 g  protein, 88 mg. sodium

Lime Tart

Lime Tart

I duplicated my Lemon Tart today using lime juice and zest and it came out DELICIOUS!     This one is OK for those who have reached Phase 2 Atklins OWL.  The crust makes an excellent all-purpose pie crust for other pies as well.  It didn’t get soggy on the bottom even after 4 days!  Really tastes like a traditional flour pie crust to me!  Two large limes should yield enough juice and peel for this recipe.

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INGREDIENTS:

1 T. lime zest, grated

¼ c. lime juice

¼ c. water

2/3 c. granular Splenda, erythritol (or other sweetener to equal 2/3 c. sugar)

6 T. unsalted butter

3 whole eggs

3 egg yolks (in addition to the whole eggs above)

Couple drops blue food coloring (Trust me, it will be green when stirred in)

1 prebaked  “Peggy’s Pie Crust”

DIRECTIONS:  Whisk the eggs, egg yolks and Splenda together in medium saucepan.  Add lemon zest, juice and water.  Whisk again to blend.  Cook over medium-low heat until mixture thickens, about 5 minutes.  Remove from heat and stir in remaining butter, stirring until melted.    Pour the filling into your pre-baked tart crust (I use a removable bottom non-stick tart pan) and cook 10-15 minutes more until set in center.  Remove from oven, cool and serve.  Can be eaten as is or topped with whipped cream (cream not included in nutritional info below).

NUTRITIONAL INFO: Makes 8 servings, each containing:  (does not include whipped cream topping)

310 calories, 28.7 g  fat, 10.1 g  carbs, 5.45 g  fiber, 4.65 g  NET CARBS, 9.1 g  protein, 88 mg. sodium

Jicama Cajun “Fries”

Jicama Fries

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

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

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What a Jicama looks like

For those unfamiliar with what jicama is.

INGREDIENTS:

8 oz. jicama, peeled and cut into fries

2 T. homemade mayo

2 oz. plain pork rinds, crushed

1/2 tsp. my Seafood Cajun Spice Blend

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

DIRECTIONS:  Preheat oven to 450º.  Peel and cut jicama into stick shapes.  Place in bowl and brush well with the homemade mayo.  Make certain you haven’t missed any spots or they won’t get coated at those spots. You want total coverage for the pork rinds to adhere to.  Crush the pork rinds in processor/blender.  Add spice blend to crushed pork rinds in a small bowl and stir well.  Now drop mayo-coated jicama (a few at a time) into the seasoned rinds and shake to coat well.   Alternately, you can use a plastic bag and shake them to coat.  Place fries directly on oiled or non-stick metal baking sheet.  A word of experience, DO NOT BAKE THESE ON SILICONE SHEETS, as they will not brown and crisp up properly on the bottom.  I found this out the hard way.  Bake for 10 minutes until tops are nicely browned.  Turn them and bake about 10 more minutes.  They brown best where they actually touch the metal pan.

NUTRITIONAL INFO: Makes 4 servings each contains:

165 Calories, 11.4 g  fat, 5.50 g  carbs, 2.78 g  fiber, 2.22 NET CARBS, 11.2 g  protein, 276 g  sodium

“Ravioli” Bites

ravioli-bites

Here is an exciting and delicious way to use my incredible glucomannan dumpling dough!  Man, are these ever good, and for only 1.28 net carbs per bite!  Can’t beat that.  Picture a platter full of these for Super Bowl next year!  And guilt free!  Very similar to Totino’s Pizza Rolls in taste but even better!   The cooking is a two-step process, but necessary for the dough to fully cook all the way through.  These are suitable for all phases of Atkins and Keto diets.  Omit the bit of flour, subbing in oat flour (slightly higher carbs), and these are suitable for Primal-Paleo as well!   An added note, I reheated the leftovers in the oven for lunch today (350º for 15 minutes) and they were GREAT!  I suspect these would freeze nicely, too, as the dumpling dough has proven, after simmering in sauces, to freeze well.

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INGREDIENTS:

2 recipes my Peggy’s Original Dumplings dough

2 T. finely grated Parmesan cheese

2 T. total Einkorn flour or oat flour (from certified gluten-free oats if required)

1 tsp. olive oil

6 oz. Italian sausage, cut into 3/8″ slices

½ c. low-carb spaghetti sauce (I use Lucini or Classico Italian)

DIRECTIONS:  Preheat oven to 350º.  Make the double batch of dumpling dough (adding the Parmesan and 1 T. of the flour to the dry ingredients) per that recipe’s instructions.  When the dough has firmed up nicely, divide into eighteen equal balls around 1½” round.  Dust the counter with the remaining flour and pat your fingers in it frequently to keep them  from getting sticky as you pat/work each ball of dough into a small 2″ round on your fingers.  You’re not looking for perfection here.  This soft dough is very difficult to roll, so I just do this in my hands.  Again, keep touching the flour with your fingers and patting onto the dough surface as you work so your fingers don’t get sticky as you work.   Place a slice of sausage on one side of each circle of dough, fold the other side on top and very gently press the edges together to close it up.   Repeat for all 18 ravioli.  Set on counter or paper towel.  When all 18 are made, heat oil on griddle and brown each side lightly.  With tongs, gently lift them onto a parchment lined pan and pop into 350º oven for about 5-10 minutes to finish baking and browning.  Remove and serve with a cup of your favorite low-carb spaghetti sauce for a light dip.  ENJOY!

VARIATION:  Use pepperoni slices instead of the sausage.  Alternately, you can take the finished raviolis after griddle searing and just pop them into a huge pot of your favorite marinara sauce and eat them more like traditional ravioli is served.  You could also, after baking, pour some of my Pink Cream Sauce over them and garnish with parsley.  BE CREATIVE with sauces!

NUTRITIONAL INFO:    Makes 18 “ravioli”, each contains:

43 calories, 3.06 g fat, 3.15 g carbs, 1.87 g fiber, 1.28 g NET CARBS, 2.57 g protein, 188 mg sodium

Tuna Cheesies

Tuna Cheesies

I’ve been making these creamy, cheesie goodies for probably 20 years or more.  My husband just LOVES these things so I made a pan of them for our lunch yesterday.  Mmmm, I forget how good these are.  The inspirational recipe I found years ago in a newspaper used saltine crackers.  My low-carb version here uses my Almond-Flax crackers.   You could alternately use baked low-carb flour tortilla wedges or baked, low-carb pita bread wedges.   This time I cut my almond cracker recipe into 12 oblong larger rectangles as shown above (instead of my usual 48 small square crackers for the cracker recipe).  These tasty treats are suitable once you get to Atkins Phase 2.  They are OK for Keto dieters if they fit your daily macro limits.

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INGREDIENTS:

½ recipe my Almond Flax Crackers  (or 24 pre-baked low-carb crackers/chips of choice)

1   6-oz foil pouch tuna (or a 5 oz. can, drained)

1 c. shredded Cheddar cheese

2 slices Kraft American Deluxe cheese, shredded

3 T. homemade mayo (or soft butter)

2-3 shakes cayenne pepper (more if you like things “hot”)

4-5 drops Worcestershire sauce

1/8 tsp. onion powder

VARIATION:  Add a bit of chopped green onion.

DIRECTIONS:  Preheat oven to 350º.  As to making the cracker base for these, I tend to mix up a whole recipe of the cracker dough and shape it on the baking sheet into two rectangles, one on each end, not quite all the way to the edges of the pan, with a slight separation between them.  I use half the cracker recipe for these Tuna Cheesies and save the other rectangle to cut into plain crackers to have on hand for other uses.  Or if you’re having a party, you could double the topping ingredients and use the entire recipe of crackers for a total of 48 Tuna Cheesies.  They disappear fast, so make the batch of 48 for a party! 🙂

Prepare and bake the crackers by that recipe’s instructions at 350º.  Cool slightly on the pan.  If you made the full recipe of crackers, but only want 12 or 24 portions, store the rest of the crackers in a lidded container on your kitchen counter for up to 2 weeks.

While the crackers are baking, mix the tuna-cheese topping in a bowl.  When crackers are cooled and cut into the number you want, spread tuna-cheese mixture on top.  Pop back into the oven for about 5-10 minutes longer to melt the cheesy topping nicely.  Remove from the oven and enjoy!  Serve warm.  Often for parties, I’ll make two pans of 24 each, waiting untilt he first pan has been wolfed down by guests before popping the second pan in the oven.  They are definitely better hot so the cheese is gooey.  🙂

NUTRITIONAL INFO:  Makes 12 rectangular Tuna Cheesies, each contains:

147 calories, 11.83 g  fat, 3.5 g  carbs, 2.01 g  fiber, 1.49 g  NET CARBS, 7.9 g  protein, 203 mg sodium

NOTE:  If crackers cut into 48 squares and you use 24 for this recipe, divide the nutritional numbers above for by 2 to get the per serving numbers for each smaller square.

Toasted Almond Chicken Casserole

toasted-almond-chicken-casseroleMy mother made this often when I was growing up.   She LOVED the taste of toasted almonds with chicken so much!  Of course, she used canned soup and real rice in her recipe, but I use my homemade low-carb version of Cream of Chicken Soup  and cauliflower and grains instead.  Tastes every bit as good as the classic recipe of my childhood!  The hubs dipped up seconds tonight!  Neither of us miss the rice in this low-carb version of this dish.

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INGREDIENTS:

2 c. cooked chicken, diced

1 c. celery, diced fine

3 c. cauliflower, coarsely chopped around ½” dice, RAW!

1 c. heavy cream

½ recipe my low-carb Condensed Cream of Chicken Soup

¼ c. chopped pimiento

3/4 c. + 3 T. Hemp Hearts

½ tsp. onion powder

¼ tsp. salt

1/8 tsp. coarse black pepper

½ c.-3/4 c. chicken broth (use just as much as needed for thick, moist mixture)

½ c. slivered almonds, toasted in 350º oven until lightly browned

VARIATION:  If you prefer, you can put all the almonds on the top of the casserole, but I like some inside as they soak up liquid and plump up, rendering a nice texture.  Another variation is to add some chopped water chestnuts if you like.  This can be made with leftover turkey meat as well.

DIRECTIONS:  Make the homemade cream of chicken soup.  Place 1/2 recipe in a large bowl.  Save the balance for another use.   Preheat oven to 350º.  Stir in all remaining ingredients, reserving a few of the almonds for topping.  Toss the ingredients in the bowl until all is moistened, adding just enough of the chicken broth for a nice, moist mixture.   Pour into lightly oiled casserole dish.  Pop into 350º oven for 35 minutes.  Sprinkle with remaining toasted almonds and continue to bake around 15-20 minutes longer or until bubbling around the edges.  Remove from oven and allow to “set up” 5-6 minutes (grains will continue to absorb excess liquid during this wait.  Serve with your favorite green vegetable and ENJOY!

NUTRITIONAL INFO:   Makes 7 servings, each contains:

507 calories, 40 g fat, 9.61 g carbs, 4.95 g fiber, 4.66 g NET CARBS, 23 g protein, 479 mg sodium

Spicy Cheese Thins

Spicy Cheese ThinsThis recipe is a variation of an Almond Thin cracker recipe posted on Low Carb Friends forums.  It was originally posted there by a member known as Miredkitty, but am not sure if it is in fact Miredkitty’s own recipe.   It has been tweaked by so many good cooks they have come up with a ton of wonderful savory and sweet variations.

I took the basic almond flour thins recipe, doubled it, omitted the Splenda and then added cheese and one of my favorite seasoning combinations to come up with a spicy little snack cracker reminiscent of Cheez-its or Pepperidge Farm Goldfish.  These are very thin and VERY crispy if you allow them to brown a bit!  They are good alone or they are delicious with soup! You can eat five of these crackers for under 2 net carbs!!   My kind of cracker!  These are not suitable until you get to the nuts and seeds rung of the Atkins OWL ladder.

VARIATION:  For an even cheesier taste, you can add 2 T. Nutritional Yeast to the dry ingredients when mixing the dough. 🙂

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INGREDIENTS:

2 c. almond flour

2 egg whites from large eggs

¼ tsp. onion powder

1/8 tsp. cayenne pepper (optional) [use more if you like)

1/8 tsp. chili powder

1 c. grated Cheddar cheese (more if you want them cheesier)

¼ tsp. salt (optional)

DIRECTIONS:  Preheat oven to 325º. Cut parchment paper to fit exactly the bottom of an 11″ x 16½” sheet pan.  Just set the paper on your kitchen counter for now.  Mix almond flour and seasonings in a bowl.  Add egg whites and stir with a fork.  Add cheese and continue stirring until it forms a moist dough.  Spoon (or crumble with your hands) the dough evenly onto parchment working from the center out. Cover the dough blobs with a sprayed/oiled sheet of waxed paper the same size.  Using a rolling pin, roll dough into a single, smooth rectangular sheet of dough the size of the parchment.  Be careful to not let the dough exceed the piece of parchment paper. If it does, put those bits back into the sheet and roll smooth again.  You definitely want this dough to go all the way to the edges of the parchment paper so the crackers will be thin enough to be crisp.

Slowly and carefully lift off the waxed paper.  Use the tip of a pointed knife to lift up two corners and with your hands, applying tension to keep the sheet stiff, carefully lift parchment, dough and all onto the baking sheet.  If you cut it the right size, it should sit right down on the bottom nicely.  Using your sharp knife, carefully (and gently since the dough is fragile) score the dough into cracker shapes (8 x 10, making 80 crackers total).  Pop into your preheated 325º oven and bake for about 10-11 minutes or until lightly browned.  The outer rows brown faster, so you will likely need to remove outer rows as soon as they are browned so those don’t get over-browned while  the center ones finish cooking.  Cool a few minutes and separate into separate crackers along your score lines.  Store in an airtight container or ziploc bag.  NOTE:  If these lose their crispness on day 2 or 3 (due to high oil content of cheddar cheese) re-crisp on a baking sheet in a 325º in the oven for about 10 minutes.

NUTRITIONAL INFO:  Makes 80 crackers, each cracker contains: (using 1 c. cheese only)

23.5 calories, 1.98 g  fat, .64 g  carbs, .3 g  fiber, .34 g  NET CARBS, 1.12 g  protein, 20.4 mg sodium

Jalapeno Meatloaf Burgers

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I wanted a quick meal last night as I had been gardening most of the day and was tired.  I basically started with my meatloaf recipe (know it by heart) and added half of a  huge jalapeno.  Ate them on a Carb Smart Bun.  DEEEEEliscious!  Not quite the same as a meatloaf sandwich (without the tomato sauce topping), but super tasty!  Will do these again, that’s for sure!  These are not suitable until late in Phase 2 Atkins OWL unless you substitute a phase approved bread to sub in for the Joseph’s pita called for below.  These will fit a Keto diet if the carbs will fit your daily limits.

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INGREDIENTS:

1 lb. lean ground beef (I used grass-fed with a stronger flavor)

8 oz. lean ground pork

1 oz. red bell pepper, chopped

½ large jalapeno, chopped fine (use the whole thing if you like “spicy” food)

2 oz. onion, chopped

1 large stalk celery, chopped fine

2 T. olive oil

½ c. parsley, chopped

¼ tsp. dried oregano

1/8 tsp. black pepper

1 Joseph’s Flax-Oat Fiber Pita, moistened with a little water and mushed up

2 large eggs

¼ c. grated Parmesan cheese

DIRECTIONS:  In a non-stick skillet, saute the celery, bell pepper and jalapeno in the olive oil.  When getting tender, add to a medium mixing bowl.  Add all remaining ingredients and stir well with a fork or use your hands to blend like a meatloaf.  Form into 6 patties and brown on both sides on a lightly oiled griddle until they firm up and no longer exude pink juices.  Serve on your favorite low-carb bun and ENJOY!

NUTRITIONAL INFO:   Makes 6 large burgers (we could only eat one!), each contains:

337 calories, 26 g fat, 3.08 g carbs, 1 g fiber, 2.10 g NET CARBS, 24.3 g protein, 190 mg sodium

Black Walnut-Maple Ice Cream

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This was my Dad’s favorite flavor of ice cream.  We lived in Illinois when I was a wee lass and he would, without fail, order this at our nearby ice-cream parlor.  Eventually he began to concoct it at home and the rest was history.   Black walnuts are a bit pricey unless you have a tree in your yard (Daddy did).  But the distinctive flavor for some uses is worth the price in my opinion.  I store them in my freezer so they do not go rancid.  As I rarely use them, a bag will last me a year.  I can’t believe I didn’t care for black walnuts when I was a child, but I have learned to appreciate this black walnut treat.  Now, black walnut ice cream, too, is my favorite flavor!  The hint of maple flavoring is the key.  I plan to try it with Kahlua next time to see how that comes out. 🙂  This recipe is not suitable until you reach the nuts & seeds level of Phase 2 Atkins.  With a plan suitable ice cream, it should be fine for Keto and Primal followers who indulge in the occasional dairy (might want to use real maple syrup over the extract though).  This dessert is not suitable for Paleo as I just don’t think coconut mile would be good in this.

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INGREDIENTS: 

1 recipe my Basic Vanilla Ice Cream

1 tsp. maple extract + 1 tsp. tap water (or sugar-free maple syrup)

¼ c. black walnuts, chopped (I order at nuts.com)

DIRECTIONS:  Make a batch of the low-carb vanilla ice cream (link above) by that recipe’s instructions, up to filling the molds.  Instead, scrape the ice cream into a medium bowl or loaf pan and freeze until firm but not rock hard.  Scoop out into your serving dish.  Drizzle the maple extract/water mixture on top and sprinkle the nuts on last.

NUTRITIONAL INFO:  This recipe makes 1 serving (2 small scoops).  Note: The ice cream recipe makes 10 servings, so you’ll have more ice cream for other diners or future uses)

One serving:  350 calories, 34.4 g fat, 4.7 g carbs, 2.3 g fiber (deductible only if you use Fiberfit sweetener), 2.4 g NET CARBS, 8.6 g protein.

Bacon-Onion-Smoked Gouda Chipotle Burger

bacon-onion-gouda-chipotle-burgerMan, this may just be the best burger I’ve ever eaten!  The hubs grilled the meat patties and I came up with the rest of the magic.  Mmmm……Mmmm……Mmmmm……is all I can say!

I want to take this opportunity to mention the wonderful little commercially-made low-carb hamburger buns called SMART BUNS by SmartBaking Company in my photo.  A friend over at Low Carb Friends Forums (Ouizoid is her member name) mentioned them not too long ago and I decided to order some at Netrition.com).  They are just marvelous in neutral flavor and texture!  You’ll swear you’re eating a regular high-carb bun!  And there is a bit of deductible sugar alcohol in them that, along with a hefty measure of fiber, makes them zero carb.  Only 4 net carbs even if you don’t deduct the sugar alcohol!  The bag says gluten-free, but most will tell you Oat fiber isn’t 100% gluten-free, so Celiacs will not be able to enjoy these most likely.  I have no such issues, so I will be ordering these regularly to be used exclusively for burgers, as they are a little pricey to use for everything bread-related.  I will continue to bake my own low-carb breads for other uses.   Charcoaled burgers are pretty darn special at our house and worthy of the extra expense, not to mention the time savings. 🙂

These burgers, due to grain product in the buns, are not suitable until you are past Atkins Induction Phase.  They are suitable for Keto diets, but unsuitable for Primal-Paleo.  But you folks can certainly use a plan-suitable bun and enjoy this delicious recipe.

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INGREDIENTS: 

1 lb. ground beef

4 slices bacon, cut into large pieces

2 oz. onion, slivered in thin wedges

2 oz. shredded Smoked Gouda cheese (or cheese of choice)

4 T. my Chipotle Mayonnaise  (I added more at the table to mine)

4 Smart Buns (or low-carb buns of your choice)

DIRECTIONS:  Form four patties with your hamburger meat and grill as usual to desired doneness.  While those are being cooked, brown the bacon and onion until the onion is beginning to brown and caramelize.  With your spatula, divide the mixture into 4 equal groups in the skillet.  Place 1/4 of the cheese atop each group.  This will “bind” it together as the cheese melts so it will stay put on your burger while you eat it.  Place lid on skillet and turn off heat.  In a minute or so the cheese will be melted.  Place a patty on each bun bottom.  With your spatula, carefully dip up each portion of the bacon-onion topping onto each burger patty.  Squirt (from a mustard squirt bottle if you have one) or dip your mayo equally onto the four burgers and top with bun top.  Finally, CHOW DOWN on these tasty wonders!

NUTRITIONAL INFO:   Makes 4 burgers.  Each contains:

469 calories, 36.6 g fat, 17.5 g carbs, 12.2 g fiber, 5.3 g NET CARBS, 35.3 g protein, 562 mg sodium

Shrimp Putanesca on Zoodles

shrimp-putaneseca-on-zoodlesIf you want a QUICK and tasty dinner, try my Shrimp Putanesca!   It’s a low-carb version of a classic Italian dish.  It is simply delicious and ready in about 20 minutes total!  If you are still on Atkins Induction Phase, omit the white wine to be safe.  This recipe (with that modification) is acceptable for all phases of Atkins, Keto diets, Primal and Paleo as well.  I have owned/used several different noodling tools, but most recently I invested in a Vegetti and find it the easiest to use as well as being the most compact for storage.

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INGREDIENTS:

12 oz. zucchini, cut into noodles

3 T. olive oil total

20 large shrimp, shelled and deveined

3 Roma tomatoes, coarsely chopped

3/4 c. parsley, chopped

1 large clove garlic, minced

Dash black pepper

1/8 tsp. red pepper flakes

¼ tsp. sea salt

15 pitted black olives, cut into halves

¼ tsp. anchovy paste or 1 anchovy, mashed (optional but very good in this dish)

¼ c. white wine (I used Chardonnay), omit if still on Induction

DIRECTIONS:   Coarsely chop the tomatoes and set aside.  Halve the olives and set aside.

Cut the zucchini into long spaghetti-type noodles.  Heat 1 T. olive oil in a non-stick skillet and saute zoodles on low heat for a few minutes, stirring and tossing them just until they “green up” and are no longer opaque.  Turn off heat so they will not cook further.  In another non-stick skillet on high heat the remaining olive oil.  Saute the shrimp until opaque.  Add the tomato and stir/saute just until it begins to soften.  Add parsley, red and black pepper, salt and olives, anchovy paste (if using) and stir.  Add white wine and lower heat to medium.  Simmer just 3 minutes tops.  If you prefer your tomato to be less cooked in such dishes, add them last.  Dip mixture over the cooked zoodles or stir it together.  Either presentation will look nice. 🙂

NUTRITIONAL INFO:   Makes 4 servings, each contains:

160.8 calories, 10.9 g fat, 5.52 g carbs, 1.6 g fiber, 3.92 g NET CARBS, 8.25 g protein, 208 mg sodium

 

Peggy’s Original Pizza Crust

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This is my first pizza crust recipe and this is the only one I have been willing to put my stamp of approval on.  This is the one I keep coming back to with consistent results.  My Gluten-Free crust recipe is good, don’t get me wrong, but it doesn’t get quite as crisp as this one.  I prefer a crisper crust.  The all-cheese crusts get crisp, but frankly are just to “salty” for my taste.  This one is just right in my opinion.  None of my other experiments with crusts have WOW’ed me quite like this one.  This tastes like pizza parlor “crisp crust” to me.   The inspirational recipe I tweaked to arrive at this one was Sherrielee’s Artisan Flatbread.

This crust is not acceptable until the grains rung of OWL, however.  Please be aware that although Carbquick is low in carbs, it still has some real wheat flour in it.  If you cannot do flour, you will want to use all gluten-free mix or try my Gluten-Free Pizza Crust recipe instead.

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INGREDIENTS: 

4 oz. cream cheese, softened

2 beaten eggs

½ c. Jennifer Eloffs Gluten-Free Bake Mix

¼ c. CarbQuick bake mix (or more of the above gluten-free mix if you need gluten-free)

½ tsp. baking soda

½ tsp. baking powder

½ c. grated mozzarella cheese

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2 T. Parmesan cheese

DIRECTIONS:  Line a 13-16″ pizza pan (mine has holes in the bottom)  with parchment paper.  Soften cream cheese and beat in the eggs.  Add the dry ingredients and cheese in the order listed above.  Stir, beating until batter is smooth.  Evenly spread onto parchment paper with a rubber spatula, trying to keep the thickness even throughout.  Bake in preheated 350º oven for about 15-20 minutes until just done in the center to the touch, but not really browned yet.  Remove from oven, cool a few minutes and then slide parchment out from under the crust like a magic demo man jerks the table cloth out from under the set table without jostling the dishes (mine comes out just fine each time).  Now top your partially cooked crust with sauce, spices, cheese and toppings of your choice. Bake another 15 minutes or so to melt cheese and meld flavors.

NUTRITIONAL INFO:  Makes 8 slices, each contains: (not including your toppings)

147 calories, 12.3 g  fat, 3.51 g carbs, 1.73 g  fiber, 1.78 g NET CARBS, 8.94 g  protein, 244 mg sodium

Hearts with Strawberry Sauce

hearts-with-strawberry-sauceI made some little heart-shaped cakes with strawberry sauce for my hubby’s sweet tooth this Valentine’s Day.   He ran an errand in town and this little surprise was waiting for him when he walked in the door.  He was MOST pleased.  🙂  I have to say, they were quite tasty.  I doubled an existing small cake recipe so there would be a few leftover.  This is the silicone pan I used, but any cupcake shape will work:  heart-mini-cake-panThis recipe is not suitable until you reach the grains level of Phase 2 Atkins.  Many delicious low-carb recipes like this can be at your fingertips with your very own cookbooks from LOW CARBING AMONG FRIENDS, by Jennifer Eloff and low-carb friends (me included).  Chef George Stella also brings you a wealth of delicious recipes you will love!  Order yours TODAY! from Amazon  or our direct order site: amongfriends.us/order.php.

INGREDIENTS:

2 recipes my Einkorn Individual Vanilla Cake

1¼ c. whole, frozen strawberries (no sugar added)

¼ tsp xanthan gum (or your favorite thickener)

4 drops liquid sweetener of choice (I used EzSweets)

VARIATION:  You can puree the sauce with your stick blender if you prefer. 

DIRECTIONS:   Make the cake batter per that recipe’s instructions, but add 1/4 c. of the strawberries to the batter.  Beat with a stick blender until smooth.  Fill mold slots half full, which made 8 little cakes for me (with other size molds, your mileage may vary).  Microwave on HI for 2 minutes or until center is dry to the touch.    Tip out of molds with the tip of a knife onto a waiting platter or service plates.  When cool, top with sauce made as follows:  Heat over medium heat the remaining strawberries, any juice and the sweetener.  When it begins to simmer, stir in the xanthan gum and stir constantly until thick.

NUTRITIONAL INFO:   Makes 8 small cakes, each contains:

113.6 calories, 8.33 g fat, 7.50 g carbs, 2.0 g fiber, 5.50 g NET CARBS, 4.57 g protein, 63 mg sodium

Banana-Coco-Nutty Candy

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I don’t eat many sweets, but when I do, it’s usually candy or pure chocolate.  I got to thinking about my Peanutty Coconut Candy yesterday and wondered what it would be like with banana in it.  So I mashed one of the beautiful bananas I bought at the store yesterday morning and just took equal amounts of the main ingredients I wanted to include and formed some of the tastiest candies!  They are very filling, too!  Just one takes the edge off my occasional sweet tooth.  I think I may even like this version better than the original peanut-coconut version!  After popping the candies out of the mold slots, I decided to store them in a zip-loc bag in the freezer.  They don’t get hard, just firm and chewy, so they can be eaten right out of the freezer!

I used 1″ square silicone candy molds to make mine,  but you could also just roll into balls and if desired, coat with more dessicated coconut.  You could also roll into balls and flatten into hockey puck disks.  Or you might roll then into little logs and coat with finely chopped peanuts!  HAVE FUN SHAPING THEM or use whatever shape candy molds you may have!

These are not suitable until the higher fruit rung of the Atkins Pre-Maintenance or Mainitenance Phase.  They are suitable for Keto diets as well.   The sweetener would have to be modified for this to be acceptable for Primal-Paleo.

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INGREDIENTS: 

1     6-oz. banana, mashed

1 c. dessicated coconut (unsweetened)

1 c. natural peanut butter (I use Laura Scudder)

3/4 c. erythritol (or other sweetener to equal 3/4 c. sugar)

2 pkts. stevia (I used NuNaturals)

DIRECTIONS:   Using a fork, mash the banana in the bottom of a mixing bowl.  I added the juice of a wedge of lemon to prevent darkening, as candy is slow to be eaten in my house.  Add the peanut butter and stir well to blend.

Add coconut and blend it into the mixture until all ingredients are uniformly mixed.  Add sweeteners last and stir.  Press into silicone molds, pressing down firmly.  Set mold on a flat pan and place in freezer for about 2 hours.   The mixture will make 28 small 1″ candies of about 1½-2 T. of the mixture.   Your numbers may vary, so I will provide the nutritional values for the entire recipe so you can calculate your per piece figures from the number you get.

NUTRITIONAL INFO:    (does not include any additional coconut/peanut coating)  Entire recipe contains 3,034 calories, 239 g  fat, 133 g. carbs, 48.3 g fiber, 84.7 g. NET CARBS, 95.7 g. protein.

If yield is 28 pieces, each piece contains:

108 calories, 8.55 g  fat, 4.75 g  carbs, 1.72 g  fiber, 3.03 g  NET CARBS, 3.41 g  protein, 37 mg sodium

Bacon-Onion Heart Quiche

img_5611These are phase 1 of our Valentine’s Day celebration today……..Bacon-Onion Heart Quiches.  They were very tasty and the hubs was quite pleased. 🙂  I’m making him Strawberry Heart Mini Cakes for his dessert tonight  (we’re eating Indian food out for dinner).  These were made in a fun little pan I found somewhere years ago I just had to have.  The slots are only 3/4″ tall, so it makes individual portion cakes (or whatever).  heart-cake-panThese tasty breakfast “hearts” are as easy as pie to make.  You can use any shaped pan molds, silicone molds or regular cupcake pans (or whatever you have available).  There is nothing sacrosanct about the shape here.  This recipe is suitable for all phases of Atkins, Keto diets.  Primal-Paleo will need to use a plan-suitable bread at the bottom.

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INGREDIENTS:

4 slices bacon, chopped fine

2 oz. onion, chopped fine

1 slice low-carb bread (I had this on-hand focaccia bread)

3 extra-large eggs (or 4 large), beaten

DIRECTIONS:  Preheat oven to 350º.  Using a brush, oil your baking pan slots with a dab of olive oil.  Crumbled the bread evenly into the bottoms of the slots.  Pour the beaten egg mixture into the slots.

In a non-stick skillet, brown the bacon.  When it is done but not quite crisp, add the onion and saute until the bacon is browned and onion is beginning to brown as well.  Sprinkle about 1 T. of the bacon-onion mixture over the tops of each portion.  Pop pan into 350º oven for about 13-15 minutes or until egg is set up in the center when touched with your finger.  Do not over cook lest they dry out.   Lift them out gently with the tip of a knife and serve at once.

NUTRITIONAL INFO:   Makes 5 Heart Quiches, each contains:

146.4 calories, 11.8 g fat, 1.74 g carbs, 0.40 g fiber, 1.34 g NET CARBS, 9.14 g protein, 225 mg sodium

Bacon Wilted Salad

Bacon Wilted Salad

This was the very first salad I was willing to eat for my Mother and to this day, is my favorite.  I do this one often with grilled steaks.  For years  I didn’t like anything with vinegar in/on it! But of course, the rest of the family added a splash of red wine vinegar in varying amounts.   That was their personal preference, but my preference was just the warm bacon grease on this.  This makes a lovely lunch all by itself, with a little extra bacon on it perhaps.  It is suitable for all phases of Atkins and Primal-Paleo as well.  It’s a great way to boost your day’s fat macros, too!!

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INGREDIENTS:

3 slices thick slice bacon, chopped

2 c. salad greens of your choosing (spinach, lettuce, arugula, radicchio,etc)

6 slices cucumber

Sprinkle of green onion, chopped

3 cherry tomatoes, sliced in half

OPTIONAL:  Splash of vinegar of your choice

DIRECTIONS:  Prepare the plate of salad greens, adding the cucumber slices and tomatoes on top.  Brown the bacon over high heat in a medium skillet.  Do not drain unless there is more than 3 T. grease in the pan.  Pour bacon with 3 T. of hot bacon grease over the greens to wilt them.  Serve at once with a heavy sprinkle of coarse black pepper and some nice grilled steaks.

NUTRITIONAL INFO:  Makes 1 serving which contains:

504 calories, 49 g fat  (use less bacon/grease to reduce fat), 7.6 g carbs, 3.8 g fiber, 3.8 g NET CARBS, 8.2 g protein

Southwest Ham-n-Cheese Squash

Southwest Ham-n-Cheese Squash

Once again, the Queen of Leftovers creates a surprisingly delicious dish with a bit of “this and that” she has been staring at the last few days in the fridge.  One small piece of thick ham steak, half a spaghetti squash and an avocado getting way too ripe on my kitchen counter.  Just sounded like a Mexican meal in the making to me!  This creation sort of reminds me of Ham-Mac-and-Cheese.  But the generous handful of cilantro really takes it to a different flavor level.  For those that don’t like cilantro, just leave it out and sub in a little chili powder.  This dish will be nearly as good without it, I’m sure.

The Mexican Poinsettia stuck onto my guacamole was an afterthought, but I thought it came out very pretty!    I quartered 2 San Marzano tomatoes and 1 thin slice of jalapeno pepper for my flower.  This recipe is suitable for all phases of Atkins and other Ketogenic diets, but is not suitable for Primal-Paleo unless you sub in coconut cream for the cheeses (might also require a little chili powder to kill the coconut taste.).

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INGREDIENTS:

1/2 of a medium, 7-8″ long spaghetti squash (about 1¾ c. threads)

2 tsp. bacon grease

2 oz. onion, chopped (I used red onion)

4 oz. chopped ham

¼ c. red bell pepper, chopped

½ c. chopped cilantro

2 oz. American Deluxe or cheddar cheese, shredded

2 oz. Monterrey Jack Cheese (I used 2 slices)

DIRECTIONS:  Preheat oven to 350º.  Place the half squash cut-side down in a dish with ½” water and microwave on HI for 13 minutes.  Fork the threads into a bowl and save the shell to stuff.  While it is cooking, Melt the bacon grease in a skillet and saute the onion until tender.  Add the ham and bell pepper and saute until they are done/tender respectively. Turn off fire and stir in the cilantro.  Add half the ham mixture to the bowl of squash and stir well.  Add the American or cheddar cheese shreds and stir again.  Spoon into the squash shell.  Top with the 2 slices of Jack cheese any way you want to arrange/cut and place it.  Top with the remainder of the ham mixture and pop into the 3350º oven just long enough to melt the Jack cheese, or about 15 minutes.  Remove and scoop half the squash contents onto each plate and serve with guacamole or a green salad.

NUTRITIONAL INFO:    Makes 2 servings, each contains:

399 calories, 26.5 g  fat, 14.45 g  carbs, 2.65 g  fiber, 11.80 g  NET CARBS, 26 g  protein, 1600 mg sodium (soak ham in water for 1 hour before frying to lower sodium)

Blueberry Pie

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We have company in from Dallas tonight and I made a blueberry pie to serve using my new Einkorn flour-Almond flour pie crust.  I wasn’t exactly sure I was going to pull the top crust off, as low-carb pie dough is so fragile, but with much care I managed to get it onto the berry-filled bottom crust just fine.  It sliced nicely, tasted wonderful and will be a lovely dessert to serve my company. This recipe is one of the carbiest on my website and is therefore not suitable until you reach the berry rung of the Atkins Phase 2 OWL carb reintroduction ladder, and it would probably be wise to wait until you are nearly at goal weight for enjoying this one.  The higher carb count is mostly attributable to the berries themselves, as the crust is only responsible for around 7 of the 17.7 net carbs.   So I’m afraid the only way to cut carbs on this would be to cut the pie into smaller pieces.   This pie is not suitable for Primal-Paleo followers unless you use a plan-suitable crust.

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INGREDIENTS:

2 lb. frozen blueberries, unsweetened

¼ c. erythritol (or equivalent sweetener to equal ¼c. sugar)

¼ tsp. glucomannan powder (or your preferred thickener)

2 recipes my Einkorn-Almond Flour Pie Crust

DIRECTIONS:   Preheat oven to 350º.  Make a double recipe of the pie crust as instructed in the recipe linked above.   Divide the dough in half and form into balls.  Chill for 30 minutes.  Take one of the portions from the refrigerator and place it on a piece of parchment paper.  Lay a piece of plastic wrap on top and using a rolling pin, roll it into a circle slightly larger than you pie plate.  Invert the plate centered over the dough and grabbing plate, dough, paper and all, flip the plate back upright with the sheet of dough now on top.   I find gravity pulls the the dough right down into the pie plate.  Gently peel off the parchment paper.  If crust tears, just press it gently with your fingers to “mend the cracks”.  🙂  Crimp the edges decoratively however you like.  Pop into a preheated 350º oven for 10 minutes, precooking just to the stage the dough feels dry on the surface (half cooked, but not brown yet).

While the bottom crust is cooking, place blueberries in a medium bowl.  Sprinkle with the erythritol and glucomannan powder (or whatever thickener you prefer).  Stir them every few minutes to allow the filling to begin thickening (though it will not be fully thickened until it has baked and cooled).  Remove the bottom pie crust from the oven as soon as it is dry to the touch.  Cool it a few minutes and then stir the berries one last time and fill the bottom crust, spreading the berries evenly in the pie shell.

Remove the remaining dough from the fridge.  Run a damp sponge over your counter and place a piece of plastic wrap on it so it is smooth.  The water keeps it from sliding around.  Place the chilled ball of dough on top.  Lay a second piece of plastic wrap on top and roll it just the size of your pie plate.  Slide the crust, plastic and all onto a sheet pan or the back of a cake pan lid and set in the refrigerator to chill 15 minutes.  Remove from the fridge and carefully remove the top sheet of plastic wrap.  Quickly flip the crust onto your left hand that is centered right over the bottom crust, simultaneously sliding your left hand out from under it as you let the crust fall onto the pie below.  Remove the remaining piece of plastic wrap carefully.  Crimp the top crust and bottom crust together along the edges as best you can.  Pop the assembled pie into a 350º oven for about 35 minutes or until the top crust is browned in the center. The very center of mine was SLOW to brown (not sure why), thus, as you see in the pics, mine browned a bit too much on the edges.  Next time I will definitely use my metal crust protector ring so that won’t happen.  You might want to use foil to protect the edge of your pie from browning so much.

NUTRITIONAL INFO:   Makes 8 servings, each contains:

318 calories, 25 g  fat, 29.32 g  carbs, 11.57 g  fiber, 17.75 g  NET CARBS  (14.2 net carbs per serving if cut into 10 slices), 7.07 g  protein, 161 mg sodium

Blueberry Pancakes

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I created these for our Christmas morning breakfast.  Mmmm.  They sure came out light and fluffy.  Very tasty with sugar-free blueberry syrup.  I basically took my Nectarine Pancake recipe, added 1T. flax and subbed blueberries for the nectarines.  If you don’t have blueberry syrup, make your own using a few berries, mashed and heated up with a bit of water, some sweetener and thickener of your choice.  Sorry, but these pancakes are not Induction friendly.  You must wait until the grains rung of the OWL ladder to enjoy these due to the oat flour in them.

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INGREDIENTS:

3 eggs, beaten

¼ c. heavy cream

¼ c. water

¼ tsp. vanilla extract

6 drops EzSweets liquid sweetener

½ c. Jennifer Eloff’s Splendid Gluten-Free bake mix:  http://low-carb-news.blogspot.com/2011/04/im-very-excited-to-unveil-my-splendid.html

½ c. Carbquick bake mix (or more of above mix for gluten free version)

2 tsp. baking powder

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

1 T. flax meal (preferably golden)

3/4 c. frozen blueberries

1/2 tsp. glucomannan powder (optional volumizer)

DIRECTIONS:  Beat eggs in a medium mixing bowl.  Add cream, water, sweetener and vanilla.  Stir well.  Add all dry ingredients.  Gently fold in berries and let batter sit a bit while griddle is heating on medium-high heat.  Oil griddle with your preferred oil.  Using a ¼ c. measuring cup, dip batter onto greased griddle.  When 1st side is brown, flip and brown 2nd side.  This batter will make eight 4-4½” pancakes.      Top with sugar-free blueberry or maple syrup and enjoy!

NUTRITIONAL INFO:   Makes 8 pancakes, each contains:

92.63 calories, 6.94 g  fat, 8.83 g  carbs, 5.09 g  fiber, 3.74 NET CARBS, 7.38 g  protein, 202 mg sodium

Mashed Cauliflower (Foolproof!)

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I can’t believe I have been managing this blog since mid-2009 and I have never posted my Mashed Cauliflower recipe!  Since I often make these for either Thanksgiving or Christmas dinner, I thought they would make a nice addition to my Holiday posts this week.  I only recently discovered a way to really firm up this ever-popular dish with low-carbers.  That secret ingredient is glucomannan powder, derived from the konjac tuber.  Although a bit pricey, a bag of this stuff will last you a year (or longer!), as you use such tiny amounts in cakes, cookies and puddings for thickening or texture enhancing of your baked goods.  In this recipe, only ¼-½ tsp. is needed to do the job.  Glucomannan is what they make shirataki noodles from if you do not know this factoid.  I purchase mine at Netrition.com.  It’s pure fiber and will do wonders for your mashed cauli if you have problems with moisture bleeding out of the cauliflower after whipping, resulting in a “soupy” batch.

This recipe is suitable for all phases of Atkins and Keto diets.

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INGREDIENTS:

1 medium head cauliflower

4 T. butter

2 T. cream cheese

1/8-¼ tsp. sea salt

¼-½ tsp. glucomannan powder

VARIATION:   Add 2-4 T. heavy cream for even richer results

DIRECTIONS:   Stem and cut up cauliflower into flowerettes.  Place in 4-qt. saucepan, cover with water and bring to boil.  Lower heat to medium and cook until very tender when poked with a knife or fork.  Drain off water in a colander or sieve.  After water is drained, using the back of a spoon, press the cauliflower against the wall of the colander or sieve to press out even more water until most appears to be released.  Spoon back into the saucepan.

Add the butter cheese and salt and whip with a hand mixer or stick blender until very smooth.  Add ¼ tsp. of the glucomannan and pulse the blender/mixer a few seconds.  If still a pretty loose mixture add the rest of the gluc powder, whipping once again to incorporate it throughout the mixture.  The mixture will continue to firm up a little more more as it sits on your table.  You don’t want to overdo gluc powder, as it will REALLY get stiff if you put too much!  Any leftovers on this dish are fantastic great reheated with a bit of chopped green onion and cheese on top. 😉

NUTRITIONAL INFO:   Makes 6 servings, each contains: (not including any heavy cream)

109 calories, 11.36 g fat, 5.26 g carbs, 2.45 g fiber, 2.81 g NET CARBS, 2.35 g protein, 96.33 g sodium

Tuna-Cauli Cakes

Cheesie Tuna-Cauli Cakes

These came about for lunch today from a lone half cup of leftover buttered, steamed cauliflower.  I added one of the small 2.5-oz pouches of tuna, some Smoked Gouda cheese and a bit of onion and VOILA!  A delicious lunch!  That’s sauteed kale (cooked exactly 1 minute in bacon grease) on the side of the plate.  The sliced steamed carrots were good with these, too!  These tuna cakes are simply DELICIOUS!  Of course, you can sub in other cheeses, but the Smoked Gouda really makes these different and quite special. Smoked Cheddar would be just as good in this recipe, I believe.  I’ll be making this recipe regularly with leftover dabs of cauliflower from now on.  Such a tasty way to keep from wasting event he smallest amounts of pricey vegetables.  This is suitable for all phases of Atkins if you use flax meal in lieu of the small amount of low-carb breadcrumbs.

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INGREDIENTS:

2.5 oz.  tuna

3 oz. Smoked Gouda cheese, shredded

2/3 c. steamed cauliflower, mashed with a fork

1 medium green onion, chopped fine

2 T. low-carb bread, crumbed (or 1 T. flax meal)

1 large egg, beaten

Dash black pepper

Dash Cajun spice blend or my Seafood Spice Blend

1 T. coconut oil (or your preferred oil) for frying

DIRECTIONS:  Mix all ingredients but the coconut oil in a medium bowl.  Stir well with a spoon.  Heat the coconut oil in a non-stick skillet over medium-high heat These are inclined to stick to the pan, so do not flip them to side two until they have browned well on the first side, and don’t over handle them with your spatula.  Section off the mixture into 6 equal portions in your bowl. Dip 1/6 of the mixture up and drop onto the hot pan, spreading into a 2½” patties.  When the first side is browned nicely for all the cakes, flip them quickly and carefully.  Brown the second side and when done, transfer to serving plate.  Serve hot with green veggies or a nice green salad.

NUTRITIONAL INFO:    Makes 6 cakes, each contains approximately (varies slightly with your personal choice of low-carb bread or flax):

118.5 calories, 9.16 g  fat, 2.31 g  carbs, 1.11 g  fiber, 1.2 g  NET CARBS, 7.65 g  protein, 325 mg sodium

Curried Meatballs and Cauliflower

curried-meat-balls-and-cauliflowerMy husband wanted something “Indian” for dinner tonight.  I had thawed a pound of ground pork and also had half a pound of lean ground beef in the fridge.  We both love those tiny meatballs that appear on Indian restaurant buffet tables, so I decided to give them a stab and see what I ended up with.  Using what veggies I had on hand, this was the final dish and brother was it ever good!  Not at all spicy, so double the jalapeno if you’re into spicy, or add a dash of cayenne pepper.  For the non-low-carbers at the table, this would be delicious served with basmati rice, but it was pretty darn good just as is, quite honestly.  This dish is suitable for all phases of Atkins, Keto diets, and would be OK for Primal-Paleo using coconut milk for the cream.

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INGREDIENTS:

½ medium head cauliflower, cut into flowerettes

1 lb. lean ground pork

½ lb. lean ground beef

1 egg, beaten

2 oz. raw onion

2 cloves garlic

2 tsp. ground ginger root

1 tsp,. total Garam Masala

1 jalapeno, seeded and coarsely chopped (use 2 for spicier dish)

¼ c. cilantro for meat

¼ tsp. ground turmeric

¼ tsp. salt

2 plum tomatoes, coarsely chopped

½ c. cream + ½ c. water

1-2 T. more chopped cilantro for sauce

Dash curry powder

2 T. coconut or olive oil for browning meatballs stove-top (or bake them on non-stick pan)

VARIATION:  Add ¼-½ tsp. crushed dried mint to meat mixture (or 6 fresh leaves chopped).  you can also use ground lamb in this recipe for a more intense meat flavor.

DIRECTIONS:  Cut up cauliflower and partially cook in boiling water until just half tender.  You want it under-cooked as it will cook more once in your skillet sauce.  Drain and set aside for now.

In a food processor, pulse to a smooth mixture both meats, the egg, onion, garlic, ginger, jalapeno, ¼ c. cilantro, turmeric, salt and ½ tsp. of the Garam Masala spice blend.  Heat coconut oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat (medium if not using a non-stick pan).  You can also bake the meatballs if you prefer to eliminate the need for any coconut oil (for about 20 minutes at 350º).  Form into twenty 1½” meatballs. Brown them rotating gently as they brown.  Spoon/drain off excess grease, if any.

When meatballs are nice an golden and almost done through, add the cream and water to the pan.  Using a silicone spatula, scrape up any brown bits off the pan so it will make the sauce richer.  Add chopped tomato, the final bit of the cilantro (and dried mint if using), dash curry powder and the rest of the Garam Masala spice.  Gently stir in the cauliflower chunks, coating each with sauce.  Simmer on low heat until thick to allow flavors to meld together nicely.  If the sauce is not thick enough for your taste, dust with the tiniest dusting of xanthan gum or your preferred thickener.  Work it into the sauce with your spatula until it has done a proper thickening job.  It will not take much at all.

NUTRITIONAL INFO:  Makes 5 servings (4 meatballs each with 1/4 cauli/sauce mixture).  Each serving contains:

428 calories, 33 g fat, 9.36 g carbs, 3.64 g fiber, 5.72 g NET CARBS, 25.5 g protein, 258 mg sodium

Broccoli and Mushrooms al Pesto

Broccoli & Mushrooms al PestoI decided to take some of my low-carb glucomannan dumplings and add some pesto sauce recently and was that ever good!  I need to post that gnocchi recipe, too, soon.  We had a few gnocchi leftover so I created this tasty way to serve broccoli tonight.  Simple really and quite tasty with baked chicken.  Just a little caramelized onion, mushrooms and cream and VOILA, a tasty side!  It was so good with chicken, next time I think I’ll saute cut-up bite-size chicken bits and add it right into the dish for a casserole, with some fresh Parmesan cheese grated over it for a binder!   This dish is suitable for all phases of Atkins, Keto diets.  It is not suitable for Primal-Paleo due to dumpling ingredients.

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INGREDIENTS:

1/4 recipe my Dumplings made into small gnocchi

1 oz. slivered onion

2 T. butter

4-oz. can sliced mushrooms, undrained

2 T. heavy cream

1/8 tsp. xanthan gum (optional to thicken sauce slightly)

10 broccoli flowerets

1½ T. pesto sauce (or a commercial sauce is OK)

Dash each salt and black pepper

DIRECTIONS:   Make a batch of my dumpling dough in a small bowl, stirring ½ tbsp. pesto sauce right into the batter.  Cook according tot he directions in that recipe (linked above).  You will only need a small part of it for this vegetable dish.  Roll ¼ of the pesto-flavored dough into a ½” “rope.  You can make up the rest of the dough into more gnocchi or larger dumplings for a soup or other meal.  Cut the “rope” into small bites about ½” balls, allowing the cut off pieces to land on a silicone sheet, Silpat® or waxed paper.  These DO swell up and will almost double in size when gently simmered.  When the dumplings are done cooking dip out of the water with a slotted spoon and drain on paper towels until ready to serve.

In a medium ceramic vegetable dish, steam the broccoli in a bit of water until nearly done (about 3-4 minutes on HI in your microwave).  Drain off water.  Stir in the cream, xanthan gum, mushrooms with their liquid (or drain if you prefer), the remaining pesto sauce, salt and pepper and set aside.

Now melt the butter in a small skillet and saute the onion until it begins to brown.  I didn’t brown mine quite enough and will do so next time.  🙂  Remove onions from heat.  Stir the pesto gnocchi into the broccoli-mushroom mixture.  Finally spread the caramelized onions on the top.  You can add fresh grated Parmesan cheese to the top if you like, but I have not included that in my numbers below.  You can serve at once (which I did) or pop into an oven for 15-20 minutes to allow flavors to mellow even more.  ENJOY!

NUTRITIONAL INFO:   Makes 3 servings, each contains:

168 calories, 15.8 g  fat, 5.73 g  carbs, 2.06 g  fiber, 3.67 g  NET CARBS, 3.73 g  protein, 248 mg sodium

Broccoli with Creamed Onion Sauce

Broccoli with Cream Sauce

If you’re tired of the same old steamed broccoli, the usual cheese sauce and the not so unusual broccoli casseroles, give this recipe a whirl.  It’s easy and ready in minutes.  The sauce really smooths out the broccoli flavor.  This is Atkins Induction friendly and suitable for other Keto diets.  Primal-Paleo followers will want to sub in coconut milk for the cream.

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INGREDIENTS:  

9 oz. broccoli, cut up into large pieces or small spears

2 T. butter or ghee, unsalted

2 oz. yellow onion, sliced thin

½ clove garlic, minced

½ c. heavy cream

½ c. water

Dash pepper

1 T. grated Parmesan cheese

DIRECTIONS:  Cook broccoli stems until completely done and drain well a few minutes.  Lay broccoli stems  decoratively on your serving dish.  In non-stick skillet over med-high heat, saute onion and garlic in butter until the onion begins to brown and caramelize.    Lower heat and add cream and Parmesan.  Add pepper and taste.  Add pinch of salt if needed.  Simmer a few minutes and it will slightly thicken.  Add water.  Simmer a few more minutes.  Should be the right thickness when done.  If the water made it too thin, add a bit of your favorite thickener.  Dip or pour over broccoli and serve.

NUTRITIONAL INFO:  Makes 3 servings each containing:

164 calories, 13.1 g  fat, 9.4 g  carbs, 2.57 g fiber, 6.83 g  NET CARBS, 4.5 g  protein, 73 mg sodium

Cherry Topping

Shown on Einkorn Vanilla Cake

         Shown on Einkorn Vanilla Cake

I keep a couple cans of Oregon® Red Tart Cherries (water pack) in my pantry at all times.  The hubs likes cherry desserts.  Cherries are fairly high in carbs, so I can’t join him in such desserts very often.  But for a real treat or special occasion we sometimes make a cherry topping for vanilla cake (as shown above), for spooning on vanilla cheesecake, for brandy-laced Cherries Jubilee over vanilla ice cream (a favorite dessert of mine) or for when I make my Black Forest Cake on Valentine’s Day.   This only takes a few minutes to make, too!  this topping is not suitable until you are at Atkins Pre-Maintenance or Maintenance or have reached the final rung of the carb ladder (higher-carb fruits) of your carb re-introduction process in your Ketogenic diet.  Clearly if you are Primal or Paleo, you need to use some other sweetener and perhaps a chia gel made with the cherry juice to thicken.

INGREDIENTS: 1  14.T oz. can of red tart cherries (water pack)

2 T.  erythritol (or sweetener equivalent to 2 T. sugar)

1 T. granula splenda (or other sweetener equivalent to 1 T. sugar)

¼ tsp. xanthan or guar gum to thicken

DIRECTIONS:  Using a small saucepan, stir all ingredients together gently.  Place over medium-high heat and bring to a simmer, stirring, until it slightly thickens.  Remove and allow to cool on the counter. Spoon over your cooled cheesecake, ice cream or cake and serve.

NUTRITIONAL INFO:   Makes 5 servings if you spoon the topping over desserts.  But up to 8 servings, obviously, if you spread the topping onto an 8″ cheesecake and then cut into 8 slices.  I’m providing numbers for the entire recipe and you’ll need to divide the numbers below by the number of servings you get/serve. Also be sure to add in the carb count for the cake, ice cream or cheesecake you serve this on!

NUTRITIONAL INFO:  This entire batch of topping contains:  (Determine your per serving carbs based on how many servings you get for your particular application.

98 calories, 0.0 g  fat, 23.3 g  carbs, 4.0 g  fiber, 19.3 g  NET CARBS Remember, this number is for the entire batch!  1.5 g  protein, 16 mg sodium

Greek Stuffed Peppers

Greek Stuffed Peppers

When I can find them, I buy the really big bell peppers for stuffing.  Usually a recipe of my filling using 1 lb. of ground beef will make four stuffed peppers for me.  The two colossal specimens shown in the photo above were SO ginormous, the two of them ALONE used up ALL the filling!!  Now that RARELY happens, but on this occasion, this was the honest truth!

I didn’t have any kind of recipe  when I created these.  I just decided to take some ground meat, cheese it up with several cheeses (including feta of course), add some typical Greek seasonings and see what resulted.   Glad I did, as these came out GREAT!!  Then, after dinner, I Googled “Greek Stuffed Peppers” and indeed, they do make something similar in Greece, but with rice added to the filling, which I can’t eat on a low-carb diet.  These are only Induction friendly if you omit the red wine.

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INGREDIENTS:

4   3-oz. bell peppers, any color (try to select peppers with fairly flat bottoms)

16 oz. ground beef (or ground lamb)

2 oz. onion, chopped fine

1 Roma tomato, chopped

1 T. tomato paste

1/3 c. water

¼ c. red wine (omit if on Induction)

1 large clove garlic, minced

1/8 tsp. cinnamon

¼ tsp. crushed dried oregano

¼ c. parsley, chopped

½ c. feta, rinsed in strainer under cold water

½ c. Monterrey Jack cheese

2 tsp. Parmesan

VARIATION:  Use some dill weed in place of the cinnamon

DIRECTIONS:   Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Cut the tops off peppers and save for some other use.  Remove seed core.  Boil the main pepper bottoms 3-4 minutes to begin to tenderize them a bit, which will greatly shorten overall baking time on this dish.    Remove and drain and place in baking dish.  Preheat the oven to 350º at this point.  Next brown the ground meat in a non-stick skillet.  Add onion, garlic, tomato, tomato paste, wine and water.  Next add the parsley and spices.  Simmer about 10 minutes, stirring, until tomato and onion are fully tender and the liquid is evaporating nicely. Add feta and Jack cheese.  Stir to blend and melt.  Remove from heat.  Stuff the peppers and sprinkle the tops with the Parmesan cheese.  Pop in preheated 350º oven for 30-35 minutes or until pepper shells are tender,  but not overcooked and falling apart.  Serve with a nice Greek salad.

NUTRITIONAL INFO:   Makes 4 stuffed peppers, each contains:

370 calories, 23.18 g  fat, 8.15 g  carbs, 2.1 g  fiber, 6.05 g  NET CARBS, 29 g  protein, 720 mg sodium

Kale and Cabbage Medley

Kale & Cabbage (with peppers)

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

 

Apple Cinnamon Pancakes

Apple Cinnamon PancakesThese were certainly a pleasant change from my usual plain pancakes, and not too bad in carbs to have a whole apple in them!  I’m far enough along in my diet now to be able to add the occasional bit of fruit to my diet once a week. Today was the day.  I grated an extremely small apple, which yielded about ½ cup apple shreds and added them to my “Pork Rind French Toast Cakes” recipe, along with a bit of spice, sweetener, vanilla and a dab of baking powder.  Voilà!  A delightful breakfast and it only took 2 to fill me up.  Good thing, because hubby eagerly ate the other four with NO PROBLEM!  🙂  This recipe is not suitable until you are nearly to maintenance, on the fruit rung of Atkins Phase 2 OWL.

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INGREDIENTS:

1½ oz. pork rinds, crushed

2 T. golden flax meal

2 T. coconut flour

½ tsp. baking powder

½ pkt. stevia (I use SweetLeaf)

1 small 2″ apple, grated

2 eggs, beaten

¼ c. cream

2 T. DaVinci vanilla sugar-free syrup (or 1/4 tsp. vanilla)

¼ tsp. cinnamon

Pinch nutmeg 2

T. water

DIRECTIONS:  Measure the dry ingredients into a mixing bowl.  Add wet ingredients, stir well and let batter set for about 2-3 minutes and to get thick.  Dip the batter onto an oiled, hot griddle, pancake style, forming into six round 4″ pancakes with the back of your spoon.  Brown on first side and when puffed up a bit, flip them over.  When both sides nicely browned, serve with your favorite low-carb syrup (I use Cary’s  sugar-free maple) and breakfast meat.  I think these would also be nice served with some diced, spiced and slightly thickened saucy apples and a dollop of whipped cream for a desert!

NUTRITIONAL INFO:  Makes six 4″ pancakes, each contains:

113 calories, 6.78 g  fat, 5.55 g  carbs, 2.12 g  fiber, 3.43 g NET CARBS, 7.73 g  protein, 233 mg sodium

Cinnamon Coffeecake

cinnamon-coffeecakeThis light, fluffy coffeecake was a BIG hit with the hubs this morning.  I used an old tried and true bread recipe and topped it off with a classic cinnamon-butter topping.  DELICIOUS!  You can use a  smaller pan to allow it to rise even higher if you like!  May take a bit longer to cook if you do that.    This one’s a keeper for us!  Hope you’ll try it soon!  This is not suitable until you are well past the Induction phase of Atkins due to the CarbQuik in it, which contains a small amount of real wheat product.

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TOPPING INGREDIENTS:

¼ c. Splenda

¼ c. erythritol

1 T. quality cinnamon

4 T. unsalted butter, melted

BATTER INGREDIENTS:

1 recipe Peggy’s Sliced Bread

2 T. warm tap water

1 tsp. dry yeast + ¼ tsp. sugar

VARIATION:  Add so chopped nuts to the top before baking.  If you like things sweeter, you can make a low-carb glaze and drizzle over the top (we prefer less sweet coffeecakes).

DIRECTIONS:   Preheat oven to 350º.  Line a 9 x 13″ pan with parchment, oiling the pan sides not covered with parchment.  Mix cinnamon, Splenda and erythritol in a small bowl and set aside.  Melt butter in small saucepan over low heat and then stir just HALF of cinnamon mixture into the butter.  Remove from heat.  Set both the dry and wet toppings aside for now.

Dissolve the yeast and sugar in the warm tap water in a small bowl.  Make the Peggy’s Sliced Bread per that recipe’s instructions (click link above), adding the yeast mixture to the softened cream cheese and egg mixture.  Whip these wet ingredients with a whisk until smooth.  Add the dry bread ingredients on top and stir well with a rubber spatula.  With your rubber spatula, scrape the batter into the prepared pan and spread the batter evenly. Sprinkle on the dry half of the cinnamon-sweetener mixture evenly.  Pop pan into 350º oven for 20 minutes.  Remove cake gently and drizzle butter-cinnamon mixture over the top and return to oven.  Bake for approximately 10-15 minutes longer or until that mixture appears to be being absorbed and is pretty dry to the touch on top in the center of the pan.  Cake should be done by then.  Ovens vary, so watch it on the second half of baking.  Enjoy hot with your favorite tea or cup of java.

NUTRITIONAL INFO:   Makes 8 servings, each of which contains:  (not including optional nuts or glaze)

272.6 calories, 24.6 g fat, 10.8 g carbs, 5.43 g fiber, 5.37 g NET CARBS, 13.6 g protein, 354 mg sodium

Eggplant Focaccia

Eggplant Focaccia

This is a fairly easy dish to throw together and it is quite tasty.  Any leftovers can be reincarnated the next day by adding some browned Italian sausage and mushrooms or some super thin slices of green pepper and seeded tomato.  My husband is a hearty eater and had 3 slices.  It took only 2 to satisfy me.  Not suitable until Atkins Phase 2 OWL unless you use a different, Induction-friendly bread instead of the bread mentioned below.  I added 2 sausage patties to the focaccia pictured above, because that’s what I had cooked, leftover in the fridge.  Next time I’ll use 4 patties.  If you add sausage, be sure to add that to the nutritional info shown below.

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INGREDIENTS:

1 batch of Artisan Flat Bread  (use Jen Eloff’s Gluten-Free mix in this bread for gluten-free version)

8 oz. unpeeled, eggplant (sliced thin, about 1/8″-¼” thick)

2 T. extra virgin olive oil

1 T. chopped fresh rosemary

¼ tsp. crushed dried oregano

Pinch each onion powder and garlic powder

3 oz. Havarti, Emmentaler, Swiss or Jack cheese, shredded

1 oz. Parmesan cheese for final topping

VARIATION:   Add a little cooked crumbled pork or Italian sausage crumbles to crust before layering with eggplant. 

DIRECTIONS:  Slice eggplant and spread onto paper towels and lightly salt.  Let sit 10 minutes and pat the water off tops.  Repeat for other side of eggplant.

Preheat oven to 350º.  While eggplant is “bleeding” out its water, make the Artisan Flat Bread per recipe instructions.  I always use mozzarella cheese where the recipe says Italian blend cheese. Spread batter onto parchment-lined 13×15 pan.  You can spread batter all the way to the edges and make the sheet rectangular, or make it oval like I did in the picture below.   Sprinkle rosemary, oregano and onion and garlic powder on top.  Now evenly spread half the grated cheese onto the batter.  If adding sausage, do it now.  Arrange eggplant slices in 1-2 slightly overlapping layers evenly on top.  Sprinkle with remaining grated cheese.   Finally, top with the Parmesan. Drizzle with the olive oil and bake for 30 minutes at 350º or until eggplant is done.  Remove from oven and slice into 12 pieces.  Serve immediately.  This is nice with a green or tomato salad.  Easiest eaten with your hands like pizza.

Shown with a little cooked sausage added under eggplant layers.

NUTRITIONAL INFO:  Makes 12 servings.  Excluding any added sausage, each serving contains:

238.5 calories, 19.7 g  fat, 4.76 g  carbs, 2.34 g  fiber, 2.42 g NET CARBS, 14.1 g  protein

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

Chicken-Eggplant Parmigiana Casserole

Chicken-Eggplant Parmegiana Casserole

If you love Italian food, you are really going to LOVE this dish!  So tasty!  This casserole  was created with leftover cooked chicken breast meat I had in the refrigerator and a small amount of cooked spaghetti sauce and some commercial no-sugar sauce I wanted to use up.  I bought a beautiful eggplant yesterday and some mushrooms, so I created a quick Parmigiana casserole.  This recipe is suitable for all phases of Atkins and Primal followers that eat occasional cheese.  This meal would not be suitable for Paleo diners.

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INGREDIENTS:

8 oz. cooked chicken meat, cut in bite size pieces

2 T. olive oil

6 oz. mushrooms, sliced

5 oz. eggplant, sliced 1/4″ thick (I do not peel)

¼ c. low-carb spaghetti sauce (I use Lucini with no added sugar)

3/4 c. homemade spaghetti sauce   [you could use all homemade or all Luccini sauce]

6 oz. Mozzarella cheese, grated

½ c. grated Parmesan cheese

½ tsp. dried oregano (or 1 tsp. fresh, chopped)

¼ tsp. dried basil (or 1 tsp. fresh, chopped)

¼ tsp. dried rosemary (or ½ tsp. fresh, chopped)

DIRECTIONS:  Preheat oven to 400º. Use a small amount of the oil to grease your casserole dish and a small baking sheet.  Place eggplant on baking sheet and bake at 400º for about 15 minutes, turning once during this pre-cooking.  Remove from oven and lower temperature to 350º.

In a non-stick skillet, saute the mushroom slices in the rest of the olive oil. Place eggplant in a single layer on the bottom of your greased casserole dish.  Top with the shredded chicken meat.  Spoon half the spaghetti sauce over the meat. Sprinkle on half the Parmesan and half the mozzarella cheese.  Sprinkle with half the spices.  Spoon on the remainder of the sauce. Sprinkle on the rest of the two cheeses and the last of the spices.  Top with the sauteed mushroom and pop into your 350º oven for about 30-35 minutes or until cheese is melted and the casserole is hot hot in the center.  Serve with your favorite salad or green vegetable and some garlic bread made with low-carb bread.

NUTRITIONAL INFO:  Makes 4 servings, each contains:

427 calories, 26.1 g  fat, 10.4 g  carbs, 2.98 g  fiber, 7.42 g  NET CARBS, 38 g  protein, 270 mg sodium

Creamy, Smoky Chicken Casserole

creamy-smoky-chicken-casserole

This delicious casserole evolved from several packages I call “last of this vegetable” that were staring at me in the fridge when I went to start making dinner.  Despite that fact, this was an amazingly good dinner!  It’s also very nutritious with the kale added, which was an after thought, actually.  Since I was afraid this dish wouldn’t be very photogenic, I decided at the last minute to make my Savory Casserole Topping for the top.  GOOD decision, as it also added flavor to the simple flavor profile of this dish!  This recipe is suitable once you get to phase 2 of Atkins.  Omit the topping and you Induction folks can enjoy this as well.  This recipe is not suited for Primal or Paleo followers due to the dairy in it.

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INGREDIENTS:

½ medium head cauliflower, stemmed and chopped to 3/4-1″ pieces (about 2½ cups)

2 T. coconut oil

3 oz. onion, chopped

2 large carrots, sliced or chopped

1 c. my low-carb Condensed Cream of Chicken Soup

2 T. cream cheese

3/4 c. heavy (whipping) cream

2 c. cooked chicken meat, chopped (I left skin on mine)

3 oz. Smoked Gouda cheese, shredded

Dash black pepper

1 leaf raw kale, stemmed, chopped fine (about 3/4 c. loose-pack)

½ recipe of my Savory Casserole Topping

DIRECTIONS:  Make the casserole topping per that recipe’s instructions (click blue link above).  Set aside. Preheat oven to 350º.

In a medium saucepan, cover cauliflower with water and boil only until half tender.  While it is cooking, heat oil over high heat in non-stick large skillet (I use a non-stick wok), add onion, carrot and saute until half-tender also.  Lower heat to medium, add cream cheese and heat until melted.  Lower heat to lowest setting and add the soup, cream, half the shredded Gouda, the pepper and chicken meat.  Stir lightly to mix well.  Drain water off cauliflower when half tender and add to the skillet mixture.  Stir again.    Add the raw, chopped kale and stir one last time.  Sprinkle remaining Gouda over the top and then add the crumble topping evenly over the top.  Cover with foil and bake at 350ºfor 20 minutes.  Remove foil and bake 20 minutes longer or until topping is golden brown.

NUTRITIONAL INFO:   Makes 8 servings, each contains:

390 calories, 30.7 g fat, 8.73 g carbs, 2.55 g fiber, 6.18 g NET CARBS, 17 g protein, 539 mg sodium

Chipotle-Pork Soup

chiptle-pork-soupMan, to have so few ingredients, this soup was amazingly full-flavored!  DELICIOUS! The hubs is down in Georgetown today, so he won’t get to taste it until reheated tomorrow.  This is one of those foods that I just know is going to get even tastier upon re-heating.   I am out of Eden soy black beans, so I had to use pintos, which are much carbier.  So to lower the carb count shown below, use soy black beans with only 1 net carb per 1/2 cup rather than the pinto beans and you have a delicious, low carb soup.  The count isn’t terribly bad having used pintos, but I would have preferred to use soy black beans.    This soup is not suitable until you are farther along in your weight-loss journey.  Those still in Atkins Induction Phase need to omit the beans and add 1 c. more water, as I think you will find it too rich without the extra water).  Primal-Paleo followers will want to substitute chick peas or lentils for the beans.

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INGREDIENTS:

10 oz. breakfast sausage

3 oz. onion, chopped

3/4 c. red bell pepper, chopped

3 c. homemade chicken broth

1 c. water

1 c. canned pinto beans, drained (can use soy black beans, chickpeas or lentils)

¼ c. cilantro, chopped (optional)

1   7-oz. can Herdez Salsa Verde  (or 1/2 c. mixture of tomatillos & mild, canned green chilies)

1 clove garlic, minced

1/3 tsp. each regular chili powder, mild Ancho chile powder and Guajillo chile powder)

Dash smoky, dried chipotle chile powder (the hottest of them all)

DIRECTIONS:  Brown sausage in medium soup pot over high heat until no longer pink.  Add onion and bell pepper.  Add chicken broth, cilantro, Herdez Salsa Verde, garlic, chile powders and beans.  When it all comes to a boil, reduce heat to a simmer and cook for about 15 minutes or until onions are tender and flavors have mellowed.  You Paleo-Primal folks will want to cook until lentils are done.  You will not need added salt in this recipe as the sausage and Herdez have plenty between the two (too much for my taste, in fact, but I’m a very light salt user.).  Serve and enjoy!

NUTRITIONAL INFO:    Makes 8 cups, each cup containing:

191 calories, 11.5 g fat, 7.36 g carbs, 1.91 g fiber, 5.45 g NET CARBS, 10.9 g protein, 589 mg sodium