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I love quesadillas and thought this morning “Why not make a breakfast version?”  These were quite tasty and neither of us could even eat a whole one.  So this recipe of 3 whole quesadillas will actually serve 4 adults (3 pieces per serving).  I use HEB Carb Sense whole-wheat tortillas, which are the lowest carb tortillas I have found to date, at 3 net carbs per tortilla).  Numbers have been calculated with that particular brand tortilla.  These are suitable once you get to Phase 2 of Atkins and most Keto diets.

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INGREDIENTS:

6 small low-carb tortillas (I used HEB Carb Sense)

1 T. unsalted butter (for cooking)

3 oz. pork breakfast sausage

1 oz. red onion, chopped

3 large eggs, beaten

6 oz. shredded Monterey Jack or mozzarella cheese

OPTIONAL:  1 small jalapeno, seeded and chopped fine

DIRECTIONS:  Place griddle on stove burners and melt the butter over low heat.  Turn fire off for now.  Lay 3 tortillas on top of the griddle but do not turn the fire on yet.  If you don’t own a griddle, you will have to construct and cook each one separately in a skillet.  In a medium skillet over medium-high heat, brown the sausage and onion together until done and onion is soft.

Now you’re ready to construct the quesadillas.  Sprinkle 1/2 of the cheese shreds evenly on the top of the 3 tortillas on the griddle.  Spoon 1/3 of the meat-onion mixture atop each tortilla next.  If using, sprinkle jalapeno on next.

Now, using the same skillet you browned the sausage in, scramble the beaten eggs until just set.  Spoon 1/3 of the eggs atop each tortilla spreading them out nicely to cover the full size.  Sprinkle remaining cheese on next.  Press another tortilla on top firmly and turn on the griddle heat to medium.  You want to brown these slowly so the cheese has time to melt and bind the ingredients together.  When first side is nice and brown, flip them over (holding top with your hand) and brown the second side.  When browned to your liking, turn off heat.  With a large knife, cut quesadillas into four quadrants for a total of 12 pieces.  Serve at once.

NUTRITIONAL INFO:   Makes 12 pieces.  Each 3-pc. serving contains:

430 cals, 28.3g fat, 20.82g carbs, 15.15g fiber, 5.67g NET CARBS, 23.7g protein, 733n mg sodium

 

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I keep Boursin soft cheese “Garlic and Fine Herbs” flavor in the door of my refrigerator almost always.  Not something I like to run out of.  I keep finding interesting things to try it in or on.  It reminds me a lot of cream cheese, but much more intense flavor.  I find it way too heavy all by itself, as a dip or spread.  But I am really starting to like it in small amounts in a variety of odd places.  If you haven’t yet tasted this cheese, or tried this egg recipe, you really must!  The flavor is just amazing!  Very tasty and it did not get the usual frowns and winces from my husband (who prefers plain eggs).  So I thought I’d share this Induction friendly recipe with you today.  Boursin cheeses are usually found in the deli or specialty cheese section of your grocery store.

 

INGREDIENTS:     

2 T. butter, unsalted

4 large eggs, beaten

1½ T.  Boursin cheese, (I used Garlic and Herb flavor)

2 T. parsley, chopped

DIRECTIONS:   Melt butter in a non-stick skillet over medium heat.  Add Boursin cheese and stir to dissolve.  Cheese will look like it’s curdling, but don’t worry, not a problem.  Add all the parsley but 1 tsp. reserved for garnish.  After 1 minutes, add beaten eggs and cook until done.  Serve with garnish of remaining parsley.

NUTRITIONAL INFO:    Makes 2 servings, each contains:

262 cals, 23g fat, 1.2g carbs, 0.15 g fiber, 1.0 g NET CARBS, 13g protein, 165 mg sodium

If you’re not familiar with Boursin cheese, it’s a soft cheese that comes in a foil wrapper in a little box that looks something like this: HerbBoursin

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A delicious way to use up a leftover low-carb sandwich bun, roll or biscuit.  I used one of my new Einkorn-Carbalose Sandwich Buns (because it is all I had baked on hand this morning) for this breakfast creation.  That explains a little higher carb count on this breakfast than if I had used one of my other low-carb breads/buns.  These little piles of breakfast deliciousness I will be making again.  This was very tasty indeed!  This recipe is suitable for all phases of Atkins provided you use a phase-suitable bun on the bottom.   For those still on induction, I would recommend toasting a one-minute-muffin (the original recipe minus the cinnamon and sweetener) to meet Induction guidelines.  That will also lower the carb count (see below).

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INGREDIENTS:

1 low-carb bun of your choosing, sliced laterally, toasted

4 large eggs, beaten

2 T. (total) unsalted butter

2 leek leaves, well-washed, sliced thin

½ c. heavy cream

½ c. tap water

Dash salt

1/8 tsp. coarse black pepper

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

DIRECTIONS:  Wash leeks to rid them of any dirt.  Slice thinly crosswise.  In a medium skillet over medium-high heat, saute leeks in 1 T. of the butter until soft.  Add cream, water and bring to simmer.  Add salt and pepper and slowly dust xanthan gum on top, whisking continuously until sauce thickens up to your liking.  Turn off heat.

In a small egg skillet, melt the other tablespoon butter and scramble the eggs as you usually do.  Spoon half the scrambled eggs atop each half of the toasted bun.  Top with half the leek cream sauce and serve at once.

NUTRITIONAL INFO:   Makes 2 servings, each contains:

438 cals, 40g fat, 11.15g carbs, 3.35g fiber, 8.8g NET CARBS, 10.6g protein, 508 mg sodium  (The particular bun I used because it is what I had baked up and on hand, has 5.8 NC per half.  A lower carb bun like a one-minute muffin toasted would lower carbs to 5.75 net per serving).

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I bought a new silicone hoagie roll pan (made by Tescoma) to make hotdog buns with and tried them for making our breakfast this morning.  I call these “pirogues” because they are in the shape of little boats to me.  These are simple to make and were quite tasty.  These are suitable for all phases of Atkins and other Keto diets.  They fit a Primal Blueprint program but not paleo with the cheese in them.

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INGREDIENTS:

4 large eggs, beaten

2/3 c. cooked pork sausage crumbles

1 c. total Cheddar cheese (or cheese of choice)

½ c. green onion tops, chopped

VARIATION:  You could spoon a small amount of low-carb bread batter in the bottom of the pans first for a “boat shell” for a change of pace.  They will likely take maybe 5-7 minutes longer cooking time if you do this variation.

DIRECTIONS:  Preheat oven to 350º.  Place a hotdog bun or hoagie roll silicone pan on a baking sheet for support and baking.

Beat the eggs in a medium bowl.  Set aside for a moment.  Sprinkle half the cheese in the bottom of a silicone hoagie/hotdog bun pan.  Using a 2-T. scoop, spoon the eggs as equally as possible (start with 2 T. per slot) into the 6 slots of your pan.   Even out the rest of the beaten eggs evenly in the 6 slots until all used up.  Sprinkle the chopped green onion over each pirogue.  Top with the rest of the cheese.  Pop into 350º oven and bake for about 15 minutes or until dry to the touch on top.  Serve at once.

NUTRITIONAL INFO:   Makes 6 pirogues, each contains:

167 cals, 12.5g fat, 2.1g carbs, 0.23g fiber, 1.87g NET CARBS, 11.4g protein, 389mg sodium

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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 dealership was honestly gob-smacked when we turned the car back in and the agent 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 elderly 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. One of the side dishes on the plate that night was baked beans, which were quite 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 in 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 medium skillet ( I prefer non-stick for omelets), brown the bacon but stop BEFORE it is very crisp.  Chop the onion and add to the pan.  Saute until the two are browned and tender.  Drain off any 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

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Well, I guess I was hungry this morning, because I sliced off a portion of my breakfast egg dish before I got my camera out to take a picture!   I call this a “pancake” because it was quite thin, with only 3 eggs in it.  But then I’m not terribly fond of eggs, so are you surprised?  If you prefer more of a frittata, just increase the eggs to 4 or 5.  This was prepared with precooked bacon, something I never have around as a rule.  I don’t like the taste of precooked bacon so much.  But I bought and rendered out a 3# box of bacon ends and pieces this week and these cooked lean crumbled bits of various shapes and sizes I saved for such recipes as this one.  Worked out fine in this dish, as it was delicious.  This breakfast or brunch dish is suitable for all phases of Atkins and Keto programs.  It passes muster for Primal and Paleo diners as well, provided you clarify the butter, of course.

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INGREDIENTS:

4 T. unsalted butter

6 medium mushrooms, sliced

2 oz. cooked bacon pieces (weighed after cooking)

3 large eggs, beaten

DIRECTIONS:   Preheat oven to 350º.  In a 10″ skillet melt the butter over medium-high heat and saute the mushrooms in the pan until tender and no longer bleeding moisture into the pan.  Turn off heat.  Spread the bacon pieces on top evenly.  Drizzle the beaten eggs over the top of the bacon-mushroom mixture, trying to moisten the entire contents with the egg.  Pop skillet into 350º oven for about 7-10 minutes or until eggs are just done in the center.  Remove from oven and run a spatula under the “pancake” to slide it onto a serving platter.  SErve at once.

NUTRITIONAL INFO:    Makes 4 servings, each contains:

213 cals, 18.4g fat, 1.37g carbs, 0.27g fiber, 1.1g NET CARBS, 10.9g protein, 382 mg sodium

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Upside-Down Bacon-Onion OmeletThis is a scrumptious, quick and easy omelet that is made flat in a pan and baked in the oven.  I love to make omelets this way as I think they cook so evenly.  I’ve messed up more than one folded omelet cooked stovetop.  I find the eggs don’t get quite done enough in the center for my liking.   Besides, I think eggs are pretty served up this way, too!  This delicious recipe is suitable for all phases of Atkins, Keto diets, Primal and Paleo. 🙂

Our last 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.

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INGREDIENTS:

6 thin (or 3 thick) slices bacon, diced large

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

4 large eggs

DIRECTIONS:    Preheat oven to 350º.  In a good non-stick skillet or wok, cook the bacon until nearly brown.  Add the onion and saute until the bacon is fully browned and the onion is getting soft and also beginning to caramelize/brown.   In a bowl, using a fork, beat the eggs well.  Slowly pour the eggs over the bacon-onion mixture so as not to disturb the mixture much.  Pop the pan into a 350> oven for 10-12 minutes or until eggs are just dry to the touch in the center.  Try not to brown the top of the flat omelet, as that just overcooks the eggs making them dry and rubbery.  Remove from oven.  Place a large plate (larger than your pan in diameter) over the plate and lifting skillet with one hand and holding the plate over it with your other hand, flip is quickly.  The grease from the bacon should allow it to drop right out of the pan.  Cut into 3 wedges and serve.

NUTRITIONAL INFO:    Makes 3 adult servings

231 cals, 19g fat, 2.13g carbs, 0.16g fiber, 1.97g NET CARBS, 11.8g protein, 331 mg sodium

 

 

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