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I went to make a little spinach pizza today and decided to make a couple minor tweaks (less cheese and less oil) to my versatile Mozzy Dough recipe.  Good thing!  These minor changes really improved it!  Those changes have been post to the original post now, with adjustments to the nutritional stats that reflect those changes.  I think you will be pleased with my changes next time you bake that dough.  We sure were.  Anyhow, these little lunch treats were quite tasty.  I ate 2; the hubs ate 3.  I think 1 tsp. jar low-carb Alfredo sauce on the dough before adding the cheese/spinach toppings would be a plus, but I didn’t have any in the house.  I’m going to add a dab next baking.  🙂  And there will be a next baking!  Of that I am certain!  These gems are not suitable until you reach Phase 2 of Atkins.

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INGREDIENTS:

1 recipe my Mozzy Dough

1 scant cup (14 Tbsp.) Parmesan cheese shreds

3 oz. frozen chopped spinach

DIRECTIONS:  Boil the spinach 1-2 minutes, drain and dry on paper towels.  Set aside for now.  Make the Mozzy Dough by that recipe’s instructions.  Divide dough into 7 equal portions (a ball about 1½” round).  Press each portion of dough evenly either into 7 slots of a muffin-top pan, a similar ebelskiver pan, or on a parchment-lined baking sheet to about 2-3″ in diameter.  Top each crust with 1 T. Parmesan shreds.  Evenly distribute the spinach on the 7 pizzas.  Finally, sprinkle 1 T. Parmesan shreds on the top.  I thought about some mozzarella at this point, but there is so much in the dough itself, none is really needed on the tops.  Pop pan into a 350º oven and baked for about 15-18 minutes or until golden around the edges.  Serve at once.

VARIATION:   Make these up even smaller, in 28 slots of mini-muffin pans for bite-size party/appetizer version.  Just distribute the toppings out over the 28 equally as possible and divide the numbers below by 4 to get the stats fsor 28 bite-size morsels.

NUTRITIONAL INFO:   Makes 7 Spinach Mini Pizzas, each contains:

202 cals, 15.8g fat, 9.02g carbs, 5.8g fiber, 3.22g NET CARBS, 15.9g protein, 400 mg sodium

 

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Right out of the oven.

Shells reheated for Tacos/Chalupas.

Cheese Crisps that are somewhere between a browned pie crust, a cracker and a tortilla in texture.  Useful as a corn tortilla substitute.  They were quite tasty with our chili at lunch today, as well as those eaten alone with a smear of butter on top.   As you can see in the photo, they can be folded over nicely for a “taco shell” while still warm, but are ever so slightly chewy in the very center 1″(from the psyllium, no doubt).   You could try browning them more for a crisper center, but be aware the edges are likely to over-brown and taste burned if you cook too long.  I plan to do some further experimenting with this concept when I get to goal weight, adding a bit of cornmeal and Fresh Corn flavoring, but I personally think the cornmeal will jack up the carb count too much and probably not be enough corn flavor to mimic a real corn tortilla for that dear increase in carbs.  🙂

FYI, I fried half of mine in ½” oil but quite frankly, those didn’t look or taste one bit different, were still able to be folded, but were greasier (as you would expect) on the surface from the frying.  So my preference is to bake them and not have to stand over a hot skillet of oil.  This recipe is not suitable for Atkins Induction.

Cheese Crisps

Can be hand-held for Chalupas!

Our latest two LOW CARBING AMONG FRIENDS cookbooks, Volume 8 and Volume 9 are almost exclusively comprised of my recipes!  Included in both editions are a few tasty new creations of my dear friends George Stella and Jennifer Eloff.   EARLY BIRD SECRET SALE!!  Special pricing and limited-time free shipping so hurry and place your order.  Or you can order these or any of our earlier volumes at https://amongfriends.us/Secret-SALE.php.  When you purchase our books, we would sure appreciate you stopping by Amazon to leaving a review at this site.

INGREDIENTS:

Perfect with chili!

1 c. shredded mozzarella cheese

1 c. shredded Cheddar cheese

1 T. olive oil

1 egg, beaten

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

½ c. Carbquik

1 T. oat fiber

1½ tsp. psyllium husk powder (I use NOW brand)

We used a spoonful of this for our tacos! Yum!

Dash each onion and garlic powder (optional)

DIRECTIONS:  Line two large sheet pans with parchment paper.  Place mozzarella and Cheddar shreds in a large glass or ceramic bowl and microwave on HI for about 2 minutes to thoroughly melt.  The key to success with this dough is to work quickly every step of the way, while the cheese is soft and pliable.  Remove bowl from microwave and quickly blot excess grease (from Cheddar) off the top with paper towels.  Stir quickly with a fork to blend together to blend.  Add the olive oil and stir again.  Add the dry ingredients and then beaten egg last.  Quickly stir to bring the wet cheese and flours to form a ball of dough, making sure to scrape all cheese/dough off the sides of the bowl as you do so.  Knead with your hand 5-6 times right in the bowl to be sure all ingredients are uniformly mixed.  When it is a smooth ball of dough, form a large log of the dough.  Divide the log in half.  Divide each half in half once again.  And finally, those pieces into halves making a total of eight (hopefully equal) balls of dough about 1½” round.  Roll and press onto your parchment-lined pan, pressing with the butt of your palm to about a 5″ circle (you want it very thin but not tearing anywhere).  Pop pans onto two racks in a 350º oven for about 7-10 minutes or until browned as shown above in the photo.  Remove from oven and allow to cool a few minutes.  These were great with chili at lunch today.  Just a hint of cheese taste, but any more and I don’t think you could form this into a workable dough, quite frankly.  You can go down that experiment road if you feel inspired.  FYI, cheddar is much harder to work with than mozzy in what is essentially a modification of the Fathead Pizza Dough recipe.  So if you increase cheese, my recommendation would be to increase the mozzy and not the Cheddar.

NUTRITIONAL INFO:   Makes 8 Cheese Crisps, each contains:

164 cals, 13g fat, 8.15g carbs, 4.92g fiber, 3.23g NET CARBS, 12g protein, 287 mg sodium

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Herb BiscuitsThese biscuits were inspired by a recipe for Garlic Butter Keto Bread at Eatwell101.com. I made some changes in ingredients, amounts and how I baked them.  The final product was so good I felt compelled to post it on my blog for you all to try some time.  This recipe with my modifications is not suitable until you are adding back grains during Atkins Phase 2.  These were very filling and we could only eat one, which is good, because they are a little higher in carbs than most of my breads.  But they were delicious!  I served them with lobster tails and salad tonight.

Our latest two LOW CARBING AMONG FRIENDS cookbooks, Volume 8 and Volume 9 are almost exclusively comprised of my recipes!  Included in both editions are a few tasty new creations of my dear friends George Stella and Jennifer Eloff.   EARLY BIRD SECRET SALE!!  Special pricing and limited-time free shipping so hurry and place your order.  Or you can order these or any of our cookbooks at https://amongfriends.us/Secret-SALE.php.  When you purchase our books, we would sure appreciate you stopping by Amazon to leaving a review at this site.Herb Biscuits - up close

INGREDIENTS:

2 T. butter

2 T. parsley, chopped

2 cloves garlic, minced

1 tsp. poppy seeds (optional)

1½ c. almond flour

2 T. Einkorn flour (omit for slightly lower carbs)

1½ tsp. baking powder

1 tsp. psyllium husk powder

2 oz. cream cheese

2½ c. shredded mozzarella cheese

3 large eggs, beaten

DIRECTIONS:  In a small bowl, melt the butter in the microwave for 1 minute.  Stir in the parsley, garlic and poppy seeds (if using).  Set aside for now.  Preheat oven to 350º.

Lightly oil a 9″ cast iron skillet (I used an ebilskiver pan) or 7 slots of a large-muffin pan.  Beat the eggs in a small bowl and set aside.  On a paper plate, measure out the dry ingredients and stir.  Set aside.  In a large glass bowl, place the mozzarella and cream cheese.  Microwave the cheeses on high for 1-2 minutes to melt well. Remove and stir well with a fork.  Add the eggs and dry ingredients all at once and stir rapidly to mix the dry ingredients with the eggs and cheese.  Knead a few times if needed to blend well.    Spoon up about 1/2c. dough and slightly roll.  Place a ball of thick dough into each of seven slots of your pan. Press smoothly down into the slots.  If using a cast iron skillet, place 6 of the biscuits around the outside of the oiled skillet.  Place the 7th roll in the center.  They will be touching when done if not before cooking.

With a fork, dip the melted butter-parsley mixture onto each roll top, pressing slightly down into the rolls with the tines of the fork.  Pop into a 350º oven and bake for 20 minutes.  Turn oven up to 450º and bake for another 5-6 minutes to brown the tops to your liking.  Remove and serve hot with butter.

NUTRITIONAL INFO:    Makes 7 biscuits, each contains:

354 cals, 28.4g fat, 9.55g carbs, 3.14g fiber, 6.41g NET CARBS, 19.4g protein, 355 mg sodium

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Cheese Thin Buns

Ages and ages ago I saved a recipe for cheese bread from the Low Carb Friends recipe forums (which sadly shut down permanently June 1st, 2018).  A member there named Marcea posted her cheese bread recipe made from glucomannan (no flour) and it intrigued me.  I tried it and found it indeed tasty, but the texture left me wanting.  So I tweaked the recipe just a bit.  Now my husband and I find it more bread-like with GREAT flavor!  These made delicious sausage, egg, breakfast sandwiches this morning, shown above.  These are so filling with glucomannan in them, sliced super thin is the way to go for an adult “sammie”.  One will sure fill you right up!  The hubs wanted an extra slice of cheese on his breakfast treat, but I did not add extra to mine.  All I can say is breakfast was delicious!  This gluten-free bread is a keeper.  Going to make it up as hot dog buns next time.  Or you could make mini treats for snacking.  This recipe is suitable for all phases of Atkins, Keto and gluten-free diets.  Clearly it is not suitable for Primal/Paleo due to the cheese.

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INGREDIENTS: 

4 T.  plain whey protein isolate (I use NOW brand)

1 T.+1 tsp. glucomannan powder

1 T. baking powder

1/4 tsp. garlic powder

3 eggs, beaten

1 T. olive oil

1/4 c. tap water

1 c. shredded cheddar cheese

DIRECTIONS:  Preheat oven to 350º.  Measure all wet ingredients and add eggs to a medium mixing bowl.  Beat with hand or electric mixer.  Leaving mixer on as you work, with your free hand, slowly dust in or sprinkle the glucomannan onto the wet ingredients until it forms a smooth waffle-like batter.  Will lump a bit with first addition but will quickly smooth out.  Do not rush this step.  When all glucomannan powder is incorporated, turn off mixer and remove/scrape down beaters.  Add in baking powder, garlic powder, shredded cheese and whey protein powder.  Stir well with rubber spatula to blend uniformly.   Now it should be a pretty thick bread batter.  Scrape down the sides of the bowl of batter as you go.

Line a baking sheet  or pan with parchment.  Spoon batter onto sheet in 6 equal 4″ mounds.  I flatten mine out a bit with the spatula to get this size and to eliminate a thick mound in the middle.  If you are making snack bites rather than buns, spoon your batter onto the parchment in 12 smaller mounds (no need to flatten).    Pop pan into 350º oven and bake the larger buns for around 15 minutes; smaller ones take around 9-10 minutes.  I don’t over brown these or they dry out.  Slightly cool and slice them in half laterally to make your favorite lunch or breakfast sandwiches.

NUTRITIONAL INFO:  Makes 6 large buns or 12 snack cheese bites.

Larger buns each:  139 calories, 10.55 g fat, 5.33 g carbs, 3.36 g fiber, 1.97 g NET CARBS, 10.5 g protein, 522 mg sodium

Smaller bites each:  70 calories, 5.27 g fat, 2.66 g carbs, 1.68 g fiber, 0.98 g NET CARBS, 5.25 g protein, 261 mg sodium

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This recipe is a slight modification of my new Toasting Bread recipe.  I merely added some psyllium to the original batter.  They came out soft, neutral in flavor and resilient to handling.  Made GREAT roast beef sandwiches for our lunch today.  The hubs said that was the best roast beef sandwich he had enjoyed on low-carb bread in years!  So a two thumbs up on this one from both of us.  This recipe is not suitable until you are in Pre-Maintenance or Maintenance on the Atkins plan.

Many more simple, tasty low-carb recipes can be at your fingertips with your very own copy of our cookbooks  LOW CARBING AMONG FRIENDS.  Volume 8 & 9 (due out in October) are almost exclusively comprised of my recipes with some new George Stella and Jennifer Eloff creations.  EARLY BIRD SECRET SALE!!  Order here for estimated October delivery:  https://amongfriends.us/Secret-SALE.php  Order any of the team’s cookbooks from AmazonLIMITED TIME SPECIAL OFFER:  Currently we have a special offer on a bundle of all 8 previous volumes that reduces their individual price to only $13.22!  Don’t miss out on this incredible bargain if you’ve held off and would like to purchase the complete series!  And please, if you’ve already bought Volume 8, we sure would appreciate your taking a moment to stop by this page and leave your personal review:

INGREDIENTS:

8 oz. cream cheese, softened

4 large eggs, beaten

1 c. my Einkorn Bake Mix or Jennifer Eloff’s Gluten-Free Bake Mix

½ c. CarbQuik Bake Mix

½ tsp. each baking powder & baking soda

1½ tsp. psyllium husk powder (I use NOW brand)

1 T. olive oil

DIRECTIONS:  Preheat oven to 350º.  Line two sheet pans with parchment paper.  Set aside.  Prepare the batter. Soften cream cheese in a medium glass mixing bowl in microwave.  Beat with a whisk until smooth.  Add in eggs and olive oil and whisk until smooth.  Add in the rest of the dry ingredients listed and whisk smooth.  Scrape down the bowl with a rubber spatula.  I didn’t use a measuring cup, but used my spatula to spoon up about into 4 well-spaced piles on the papered pans.   If more batter left, evenly distribute into the 8 piles total.  Smooth out fairly thin with your spatula or back of a spoon.  Aim for roughly 4″ rounds with 3/4″ space between them.  Pop into 350º oven for 15-20 minutes or until golden.  I intentionally under-browned one pan of mine so that I could re-heat them without overly drying them out or over-browning.  Ovens vary, so keep an eye out!  When as golden as you like, remove pans from oven and cool.  Enjoy with your favorite sandwich fillings.  Store extras in a plastic bag in the refrigerator.

NUTRITIONAL INFO:   Makes 8 thin round breads.  Each bread round contains:  Takes two to make a sandwich as I find them too thin to slice, so each person is eating 8.3 net carbs plus your sandwich fillings.

195 cals, 15g fat, 11.02g carbs, 6.87g fiber, 4.15g NET CARBS, 11.7g protein, 219 mg sodium

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Toasting Bread

I believe this is the very best bread for toasting I have made to date.  The one in my Grilled Cheese Sandwich is still good, mind you, but this one tasted more like regular white bread toast of times past.  Both I and my husband thought so.  So this one is going to earn the name of Toasting Bread, and rightfully so, until I find/create one that is better.  So this is where I’m stopping on “toast” for now.  I can’t wait to try this for grilled cheese sandwiches!  This recipe, although very tasty, must be delayed until you reach Atkins Pre-Maintenance Phase 3, the grain level of carb reintroduction.  But it is certainly worth the wait.  Depending on whether you slice your breads into 2 or 3 slices, these tasty, filling breads topped with warm butter and marmalade make a delightful breakfast for you morning coffee, and for only 4.1 net carbs (plus the topping you use)!  By the way, buttered as a muffin, unsliced, these make pretty darn tasty biscuits, too!

Many more simple, tasty low-carb recipes can be at your fingertips with your very own copy of our cookbooks  LOW CARBING AMONG FRIENDS.  Volume 8 is almost exclusively comprised of my recipes with some new George Stella and Jennifer Eloff creations.  Volume 9, due out in October, once again has mostly my recipes with a sprinkling of George Stella’s and Jennifer Eloff delights.  EARLY BIRD SECRET SALE!!  Order here for estimated October delivery:  https://amongfriends.us/Secret-SALE.php  Order any of the team’s cookbooks from Amazon  or here: amongfriends.us/order.phpLIMITED TIME SPECIAL OFFER:  Currently we have a special offer on a bundle of all 8 previous volumes that reduces their individual price to only $13.22!  Don’t miss out on this incredible bargain!  And please, if you’ve already bought Volume 8, we sure would appreciate your taking a moment to stop by this page and leave your personal review:

INGREDIENTS:

8 oz. cream cheese, softened

4 large eggs, beaten

1 c. (see note below) Jennifer Eloff’s Gluten-Free Bake Mix

½ CarbQuik Bake Mix

½ tsp. each baking powder & baking soda

1 T. olive oil to grease pan slots

NOTE:  I was nearly out of my made-up batch of Jen Eloff’s bake mix, and in a hurry this morning, decided to just go on and use ½ c. her mix and ½ c. my at-the-ready Einkorn Bake Mix.  No difference in carb counts for ½ c. of both mixes.  Therefore you could use all my Einkorn Bake Mix if you prefer.  🙂  As to whether that change made the bread toast better?  Who knows?  I plan to try it with all Jen’s mix next time and see.  I’ll post back my findings. 

DIRECTIONS:  Preheat oven to 350º.  I bake these in 8 12 oz. canned chicken cans I have been saving for some time.  You can use mini round cake or pie pan tins.  Last resort, you could use the oversize muffin pans, but it will take 8 slots/portions (probably two separate bakings unless you have two of the 6-slot large-muffin pans) in order for the numbers below to be accurate. With a brush, lightly oil the bottoms and sides of your pans.  Mine did not stick, but if you’re worried, cut some small parchment rounds for the bottoms of your pans.

Soften cream cheese in a medium glass mixing bowl in microwave.  Beat with a whisk until smooth.  Add in eggs and whisk until smooth.  Add in the rest of the dry ingredients and when whisked smooth, scrape down the bowl with a rubber   spatula.  I didn’t use a measuring cup, but used my spatula to spoon up around ¼ cup of batter and fill each of the 8 oiled round pans.  I distributed the remaining batter as evenly as I could among the 8 pans.  Tap each pan on the counter to eliminate bubbles/air holes.  Set pans on a baking sheet and pop into 350º oven for 20 minutes.  Ovens vary, so keep an eye out.  Remove pan from oven and cool a minute or so.  Run a knife tip around the sides, lifting the bread as you do so.  Invert and tip the bread out of pan (only 1 of mine tried to stick to the pan).  Slice laterally into 2 or even 3 thinner slices and toast lightly in your toaster.  Serve with soft butter and the jams/jellies of your choosing.

NUTRITIONAL INFO:   Makes 8 round breads.  Each whole bread (unsliced) contains:  (Divide  these numbers by 2 or 3, depending on how you slice them for toasting.)

195 cals, 15g fat, 11.02g carbs, 6.87g fiber, 4.15g NET CARBS, 11.7g protein, 219 mg sodium

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I miss not having any flat bread when I serve Middle Eastern and Indian foods.  This recipe I have been working on is finally where I want it both in texture (very chewy) and flavor (no coconut taste).  It is excellent hot with just butter, will work well with your favorite curry recipes, or for rolling or dipping into some hummus or Syrian Za’atar herb/oil mixture well-known throughout the Middle East.  I think any way you decide to serve it, this bread will come very close to your expectations.

This recipe is not suitable until you are at the grains rung of the Atkins carb re-introduction ladder as there is flour product in it.  But I found this necessary as all trials for such flat breads using coconut flour alone, almond flour alone or any combination thereof just has not done it for me.

Although this can be used as an Indian chapati substitute (flavor is very similar), I’m presently working on a chapati recipe that will cook up even thinner and have more of a whole wheat taste, hopefully.  Stay tuned!

Many more delicious low-carb recipes can be at your fingertips with your very own copy of our cookbooks  LOW CARBING AMONG FRIENDS.  Volume 8 is almost exclusively comprised of my recipes with some new George Stella and Jennifer Eloff creations.  Order your books from Amazon  or our direct order site: amongfriends.us/order.php. If you’ve already purchased a copy, I sure would appreciate your taking a moment to stop by and leave a review of any recipe you’ve tried:  https://www.amazon.com/Atkins-friendly-Wheat-free-Sugar-free-Gluten-free-Cookbooks/dp/099829974X/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1523112817&sr=1-1&keywords=Low-Carbing+Among+Friends+Volume-8

INGREDIENTS:

Spread with Za’atar Herb Oil

1 c. low-carb CarbQuik bake mix (I order at Netrition)

1 c. almond flour

½ c. Einkorn flour (I order from Jovial Foods)

3 T. psyllium husk powder (no substitute available)

1½ tsp. baking powder

¼ tsp. sea salt

2 T. olive oil

1¼ c. boiling water (added slowly, as all may not be needed)

1 T. olive oil for browning on griddle

DIRECTIONS:   Bring a kettle of water to boil and pour off 1¼ c. into a measuring cup (preferably one with a pour spout) and have by your work bowl.  Measure dry ingredients into a large mixing bowl and stir well to blend ingredients evenly.  Drizzle the 2 T. olive oil over the dry ingredients.  With water in your left hand and a fork in your right, slowly pour most of the water (1 c.) over the dry ingredients whisking with your fork continuously as you do so.  All should begin to come together into a single mass of dough.  It will firm up as you work the dough.  Only add the remaining water (in small increments) if the mass of dough seems too dry to knead.  Dough will be a little sticky at first, but it dries slowly as you work it.  Use a silicone spatula to help you work the dough into a contiguous ball of dough and to scrape down the sides of the bowl to get all the dough.  Let dough sit on counter for 12-15 minutes or until you can hand knead it.

Knead the dough 8-10 times.  You can dust your hands with some low-carb flour to help you with handling if need be, but if the dough has set long enough, it should be getting dry enough extra flour dusting should not be necessary.

Set dough ball on a silicone sheet (or a piece of plastic wrap “glued” to your counter with a swipe of water), form a log shape with the dough.  Cut the log into 8 equal pieces.  Roll each into a smooth ball of dough with your palms and set on the edge  of your silicone sheet while you work.  Cover with a clean kitchen towel if you are a slow worker so it won’t dry out.  Heat a non-stick griddle to medium-high heat.  The remaining 1 T. olive is for oiling the griddle.  with your spatula, dot the griddle lightly between batches as you cook the breads, much as you do when making pancakes.

I cook 2 flat breads at a time on my griddle (spans 2 stove burners).  Using your palms and fingers, press 1 ball of dough on your silicone sheet into a 5-5½” circle.  Again, you can dust your hands with low-carb flour if need be, but I found it wasn’t necessary.  Lifting the silicone sheet, tip the flat dough round onto your free hand and transfer to hot, oiled griddle (toward the back).  Repeat for 2nd ball of dough on the front of the griddle.  Brown them to a golden color on both sides.   Remove to a serving platter and set near stove to keep warm while you cook the remaining 6 breads.  Serve at once with butter, za’atar herb/oil mix or your favorite Middle Eastern foods.

NUTRITIONAL INFO:  Makes 8 flat breads, each contains:

157 cals., 13.8g fat, 16.7g carbs, 9.62g fiber, 7.08g NET CARBS, 6g protein, 224mg sodium

 

 

 

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