Irish Whiskey Bacon-Cranberry Chutney

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

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

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

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

INGREDIENTS:

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

2 medium onions (8 oz.), chopped

4 cloves garlic, minced

½ c. apple cider vinegar, preferably raw,unfiltered

½ c. water

½ c. Irish Whiskey

¼ c. fresh squeezed orange juice

¼ c. my sugar-free Orange Marmalade

½ c. erythritol

¼ c. sugar-free maple syrup

3 jalapenos, seeded and chopped fine

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

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

Add the vinegar, water, Irish Whiskey and fresh orange juice.  Stir to mix. Now stir in the erythritol and maple syrup.  I using dried cranberries, add then now!  Reduce heat to lowest setting and simmer uncovered until it the chutney begins to thicken up a bit as some of the moisture evaporates.  That will be about 1-1½ hours.  Now add the raw cranberry halves.  Simmer just until the berries slightly soften, or 3-4 minutes.  Add the remaining jalapeno and simmer 1-2 more minutes.  This final jalapeno will NOT lose it’s bite as it is virtually uncooked).  Turn off heat.  Best served warm with any meats or wild game you like.

If any leftover, when cooled, spoon into tightly-lidded jars and store in the refrigerator until ready to serve.  Should keep about a month in the refrigerator and should freeze nicely for several months, although I have not yet frozen any of this.  Reheat over low heat or in the microwave on DEFROST just before serving.

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

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

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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

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

Pumpkin Cake

pumpkin-cakeThis moist, delicious pumpkin cake, inspired by a recipe I saw at Fabulous Foods.com, came out simply wonderful.  It cooked perfectly and has a lovely smooth texture.  I don’t care for the texture of cakes made exclusively with almond flour, so I subbed 1/3 whey protein powder into her recipe for a smoother texture.  I also chose to use fresh pumpkin rather than canned.  I reduced the butter called for by 25% as well.  This one’s a keeper for our holiday baking, for sure!  This recipe is suitable for all phases of Atkins, Keto diets and Primal as well.  The cream cheese knocks this out of suitability for Paleo, unless there is a suitable substitute that meets that program’s requirements.

Many delicious low-carb recipes like this one 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 c. almond flour

1 c. plain whey protein powder

1 c. Splenda or equivalent sweetener of choice

2 tsp. baking powder

1/8 tsp. salt

1 T. + 1 tsp. cinnamon

1 tsp. ground cloves

½ tsp. nutmeg

8 oz. cream cheese, softened

3/4 c. (1½ sticks) butter, softened

1 c. fresh cooked pumpkin, mashed well

4 large eggs

½ c. sugar-free maple syrup or caramel sugar-free syrup

1 tsp. vanilla

DIRECTIONS:  Preheat oven to 350º.  Line the bottom of a tube with parchment cut-to-fit, or use a lightly oiled non-stick bundt pan.  Oil the sides and post of your tube pan as well.  In a medium bowl, soften cream cheese and butter.  With electric mixer, blend them well.  Add eggs, syrup, pumpkin and vanilla.  Whip on high until very smooth.  In a separate bowl, measure out all dry ingredients and stir well to blend to a uniform mixture.  Add to the wet ingredients and beat with the electric mixer until a smooth batter is achieved.  With a rubber spatula, scrape the batter into the cake pan spreading it as evenly as possible.  Bake at 350º for 50-55 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean and dry.  Cool almost totally before loosening with a knife and tipping onto a cake plate for serving.   You can top with dollop of fresh whipped cream if you  like.

VARIATION:  Use lightly oiled silicone muffin pans for a muffin version.  Should make 12 large muffins that will take about 20-25 minutes to bake at 350º.

NUTRITIONAL INFO:  Makes 14 slices, each contains:

295 calories, 25.8 g fat, 7.28 g carbs, 2.30 g fiber, 4.98 g NET CARBS, 12.4 g protein, 287 mg sodium

Raspberry Cream Cheese Coffeecake

Raspberry Cream Cheese Coffeecake

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

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

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INGREDIENTS:

2½ c. almond flour (total)

½ c. hazelnut flour (total)

2 T. flax meal

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

3 eggs

1 tsp. baking powder

½ tsp. baking soda

1/8 tsp. salt

¼ c. butter, unsalted, only slightly softened

1 tsp. cinnamon

1/2 c. sour cream

2 tsp. vanilla extract

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

4 oz. cream cheese, softened

1 c. fresh raspberries (or frozen)

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

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

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

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

NUTRITIONAL INFO: Makes 16 servings, each containing:

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

Gingerbread “Bigfoot”

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

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

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

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

INGREDIENTS:  

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

2½ c. almond flour

2 pkts. stevia

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

1 tsp. each cinnamon and ginger

½ tsp. nutmeg

1/8 tsp. sea salt

1 tsp. baking soda

¼ c. backstrap molasses

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

1 T. white vinegar

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

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

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

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

Einkorn Apricot-Cherry-Brazil Nut Bread

Einkorn Apricot-Cherry-Brazil Nut Bread

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

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INGREDIENTS:

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Slight rise in 8″x5″ loaf pan.

1/3 c. coconut flour

1/3 c. almond flour

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

¼ tsp. sea salt

1 T. glucomannan powder

1½ tsp. baking powder

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

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

1 tsp. vanilla

8 large eggs, beaten

½ c. chopped dried apricots

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

½ c. chopped Brazil nuts.

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

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

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

Irish Whiskey Bacon-Cranberry Chutney

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

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

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

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

DISCLAIMER: I do not get paid for this book promotion or for the inclusion of my recipes therein.  I do so merely because they are GREAT cookbooks any low-carb cook would be proud to add to their cookbook collection.

INGREDIENTS:

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

2 medium onions (8 oz.), chopped

4 cloves garlic, minced

½ c. apple cider vinegar, preferably raw,unfiltered

½ c. water

½ c. Irish Whiskey

¼ c. fresh squeezed orange juice

¼ c. my sugar-free Orange Marmalade

½ c. erythritol

¼ c. sugar-free maple syrup

3 jalapenos, seeded and chopped fine

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

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

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

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

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

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

Rum Balls

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

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.

VARIATION:  Use bourbon instead of rum.

INGREDIENTS:

¾ c. almond meal

¼ c. unflavored whey protein

1 c. finely chopped walnuts or pecans

½ c. cocoa, sifted

¼ c. erythritol, sifted

4 T. melted butter

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

2 T. rum

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

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

NUTRITIONAL INFO: Makes 18 balls, each containing:

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

Dad’s Peppered Rib Roast

Dad's Peppered Rib Roast

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

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

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

1/2 tsp. garlic powder

1 tsp. paprika

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

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

1 T. tomato paste

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

DIRECTIONS:  Pound the coarse ground black pepper over all surfaces of an 8 rib roast using the butt of your palm or the smooth side of a meat cleaver. Use less pepper if doing a smaller piece of meat. Place meat in glass dish. I drizzle marinate every half hour (as often as you can remember to stop and do it) most of a day (minimum 6 hours). Most efficient way to marinate without disturbing pepper coating is to use a basting brush. Do not touch the meat with your brush, or you’ll wipe all the pepper off! Hold it over the meat and let it drip off the brush. When surface is soaked, put in refrigerator to marinate between “bastings”.  I baste hourly until cooking time.

COOKING:

This recipe really is not good cooked inside in your oven. Not sure why, but it just isn’t.  It seems it is the marriage of the marinade with smoke that makes this taste indescribable.  You need to grill the 8 lb. rib roast for about 2 hours over medium coals (using a rotary spit if you own one).  If you don’t have one, like me, just turn the meat every half hour to sear all surfaces nicely. Best if not cooked past medium to medium rare stage.  I take mine off when my meat thermometer reads 120º degrees and set it on my cutting board for another 10 minutes to “rest”.  A piece of meat this large will continue to climb to around 130º while resting. That’s usually a nice pink medium-rare inside.

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

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

NUTRITIONAL INFORMATION:

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

The entire batch of marinade has:

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

1070 mg. sodium

Chipotle-Lime “Sweet Potatoes”

Chipotle-Lime Sweet Potatoes

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

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

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

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

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INGREDIENTS:

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

½ c. heavy cream

4 T. butter

¼ tsp. salt

2 T. fresh lime juice

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

½ c. granular Splenda

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

1 tsp. cinnamon

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Roasted Lemon-Garlic Duck

RoastedLemon-GarlicDuck

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

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INGREDIENTS: 

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

4 T. my Lemon-Parsley-Garlic Butter

3 cloves garlic, minced

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

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

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

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

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

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

NUTRITIONAL INFO:   Makes 4 servings, each contains:

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

Baked Sweet Potato Halves

Mom's Favorite

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

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

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INGREDIENTS:  

1    medium 6-oz sweet potato, washed

2 T. melted butter

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

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

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

NUTRITIONAL INFO:  Makes 2 servings, each contains:

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

Einkorn Cranberry Walnut Cake

Einkorn Cranberry Walnut Cake

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

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

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INGREDIENTS:

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

1/3 c. heavy cream

3 large eggs, beaten

3/4 c. erythritol sweetener

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

1 c. fresh or frozen cranberries, coarsely chopped

½ c. walnuts, coarsely chopped

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

NUTRITIONAL INFO:   Makes 6 servings, each contains :

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

Chia-Chai Chewies

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

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

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INGREDIENTS:

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

2 T. almond butter

1 T. vanilla extract

1 egg, beaten

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

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

1½ c. almond flour

¼ c. + 3 T. hemp hearts

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

½ c. coconut flour

1 T. oat fiber

1 tsp. glucomannan powder (or xanthan gum)

1/8 tsp. salt

½ tsp. baking soda

1 T. erythritol

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

2 tsp. my Chai spice blend

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

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

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

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

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

Curried Fruit and Sweet Potatoes

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I’ll just say right up front that this Holiday recipe is probably the highest carb recipe on my website.  Now that I have that unpleasant admission out of the way.  But during the holidays, I’m willing to scrimp on carbs elsewhere so that I can enjoy a dish my entire family associates it with the holiday feasts.  This dish was a favorite of my Dad’s and continues to be a hit with guests whenever I serve it.  Ways you can lower carbs a bit here:  ditch the maraschino cherries and use fresh; ditch the sweet potatoes and use chunks of fresh pumpkin.

This side is a lovely complement to roast turkey, baked chicken, roast duck, goose and other game meats as well.  I usually use Sharwood’s or Sri Lankan curry powder, but any brand will do here.  If you’ve never had curried fruit, I’m certain you’re in for a treat with this. This is not suitable until the “higher-carb fruits” rung of the Atkins OWL carb re-introduction ladder or when you have reached the Pre-Maintenance or Maintenance phase of the plan.

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INGREDIENTS:

2 T. unsalted butter, melted

1 T. curry powder

Sweetener of choice to equal 1/4 c. sugar

½ tsp. maple extract

1 T. erythritol (or 1 packet stevia)

6 pear halves, natural juice pack, drained & cut in half

4 slices pineapple, natural juice pack, drained and cut into thirds

6 oz. nectarine or peach, sliced (I don’t peel)

10 maraschino cherries (or fresh, pitted)

5 oz. sweet potato, peeled (or fresh, cooked pumpkin chunks)

DIRECTIONS:  Preheat oven to 350º.  Peel sweet potatoes, cut into medium-size chunks and boil in sauce pan for 4-5 minutes only. You just want to half cook them.  Alternately you can use fresh pumpkin chunks instead to lower carbs.  Drain and set aside.  While they are boiling, melt butter in baking dish in oven.  Remove and stir in extract, curry powder and sweeteners. Slice nectarine into the butter/curry mixture.  Add pear quarters and pineapple pieces.  Add whatever cherries you’re using next (pit them if using fresh).  Last add the partially cooked sweet potatoes.  Toss gently with a large serving spoon so as to get some of the seasoned butter to coat each piece.  Pop into a 350º oven and bake for around 35-45 minutes, tossing the fruit in the sauce once during baking.  Serve hot with your favorite roast fowl or game.  Leftovers reheat nicely (I dot with more butter when re-heating).  You’ll be glad to know this dish is one of those that taste even better the second time around!

NUTRITIONAL INFO:   Makes 6 servings, each contains:

124.8 calories, 4.15 g  fat, 22.32 g carbs, 3.23 g  fiber, 19.09 g  NET CARBS, 1.13 g  protein, 16 mg sodium

Judy’s Parmesan Baked Yellow Squash

Judy's Parmesan Baked Yellow SquashI just love yellow summer squash (the slim, soft-skinned variety) and have cooked it a ton of different ways over the years.  But honestly, this recipe is by far the best way I’ve ever eaten it.   It’s so good, I make it often during the Holiday Season!  It goes so nicely with turkey and dressing in my opinion.  This is a recipe of a friend I used to work with years ago.  Parmesan is not usually the cheese people put on yellow squash dishes, but I’m here to tell ya this is an OUTSTANDING flavor combination.  And the sweet caramelized onions just bring so much to the combo.  I just use the Parmesan in the green canister we all are familiar with, as a rule, for this dish.  But you can use whole, grated Parmesan if you prefer. This recipe is OK for all phases of Atkins, Keto and Primal Blueprint programs.

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INGREDIENTS:

6 yellow summer squash (medium, about 6″ long)

6 oz. yellow onion

1 Flax Sandwich Bun, crumbled (or other low-carb biscuit or bread)

1/2 c. grated Parmesan cheese

Dash of Salt and Pepper

3 T. butter

DIRECTIONS:  Slice onion into thin slivers and saute in butter in no-stick skillet.  Cook until they begin to brown, as the caramelizing is essential to the flavor of this dish.  Turn off heat and let them cool.

Now grease a 9×13 glass casserole pan with butter.  Slice the squash laterally/lengthwise into 1/4″ slices (or thinner if you want to speed this dish up a bit).  This goes together in lasagna-type layers.  First sprinkle 1-2 T.of the flax bun crumbs on the bottom of the pan.  These will soak up moisture that bleeds out of the squash during cooking.  Now place a single layer of squash slices in the pan.  Jimmie them around, switching ends of slices so the pan is pretty much filled without gaps.  Top with 1/4 of the browned onions.  Next sprinkle 1-2 T. Parmesan cheese.  Repeat these steps until all ingredients are used, ending with onion on top.   Cover pan tightly with foil and bake 30-40 minutes at 350 º.  Uncover, add 2-3 T. water if there is no moisture left in the bottom of the pan.  Bake another 20-30 minutes (uncovered) or until squash feels tender when knife is stuck into it and onions on the top are toasty brown.  Toast top in broiler if need be.  You want the top layer of onion to be attractively toasted. This dish is a big hit every time I make it and it goes nicely with your holiday turkey dinners.

NUTRITIONAL INFO: Makes 6 servings, each containing:

150 calories, 10.35 g  fat, 9.88 g  carbs, 3.0 g  fiber, 6.88 NET CARBS, 7.2 g  protein, 26 g sodium

Roaster Oven Turkey

Roasted Turkey (done in a roaster oven)

One year my oven died right before Thanksgiving and my roaster oven was my savior that Holiday.  The new oven wasn’t to arrive and be installed until December.  So I had to roast my Thanksgiving Turkey in my roaster oven that lives out on my patio.    If you don’t own a roaster oven, they are excellent for extra oven space when you entertain or during holiday gatherings and your oven is full to the brim.  They also come in handy used outside when the summer heat is oppressive, as it is here in Texas, and you just don’t want to heat up your kitchen or feel that blast of hot air using your regular oven.   They bake beautiful cakes, muffins, cookies, and meats wonderfully.  An added boon, they are getting so cheap, one can be had for under $30 around Christmas time!

I had done a turkey in my roaster oven before on this particular holiday, but probably not in 25 years or so.  But I went about it pretty much as I would for roasting the bird in my regular oven, other than the fact that I covered my wing tips and drumstick tips with foil when I first put it in the oven.  The bird came out delicious, moist and tender.  More moist that my usual conventional oven cooked birds, in fact!   Didn’t get quite as crispy skin, but it was crisp enough.

I used a Riverside turkey on this occasion.  I have cooked them many a time and had good luck with them.  Honeysuckle is another good brand of turkey that cooks consistently.  Frankly, I’ve never had a Butterball come out that I was very happy with, so I just don’t buy them anymore, although I prefer their marketed whole breasts over the off-brands.  Of course, this recipe is suitable for all phases of Atkins, Keto, Primal and Paleo diets alike.

INGREDIENTS:

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

4 T. melted butter

Dash each of salt and black pepper

4 small pieces of foil

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

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

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

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

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

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

Mesquite Cranberrry-Orange Brandy Cake

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This moist cake can be a marvelous addition to your Holiday celebrations.  It reminds me a little of my grandmothers fruitcake, just not with all the high-carb candied fruit bits.  This cake has been modified several times now and I think I’ve finally gotten the ingredients just about right.  Even my husband thought this cake had a nice texture and deep, rich flavor (thanks to the slight “smoky” taste of mesquite flour).  And trust me, he is NOT a fan of cakes with this much fruit and nuts in them.

Mesquite flour has a hint of a smoky taste to me, although you might not find is so.  This cake is light and fluffy, and not dense at all like traditional fruitcakes.  I think the addition of the oat fiber plays a major role in texture here, so don’t omit that. I order oat fiber from Honeyvillegrains.com.  I order my mesquite flour direct from Casa de Fruta http://store.casadefruta.com/mesquite-sale-c74.aspx.   Nuts.com also carries mesquite flour and this is yet another source:  http://www.mesquiteflour.com/. This recipe is not acceptable until the grains rung of OWL.  This cake was baked in an 8½” x 3″ round silicone cake pan shown below:

INGREDIENTS:

7/8 stick butter (7 T.)

1 ¼ c. granular Splenda

¼ c. brandy

¼ c. DaVinci coconut or vanilla sugar-free syrup

4 beaten eggs

½ c.  coarsely chopped fresh cranberries

2 T.  grated orange rind

3/4 c. chopped pecans

¼ c. unsweetened coconut

2 T. oat fiber

1 3/4 c. CarbQuick bake mix (or Jennifer Eloff’s Gluten Free Bake Mix for gluten-free)

4 T. mesquite flour

1 tsp. baking powder (yes, even though CarbQuick has some in it!)

DIRECTIONS:  Preheat oven to 350º.  Pour brandy over cranberries to soak while mixing up the cake.  Chop nuts.  Soften butter and beat with Splenda until smooth.  Add eggs beating well after each one.  Mix all dry ingredients in separate bowl and slowly add to egg mixture,  Stir well.  Now add in cranberry mixture, brandy and all, and the nuts.  Be sure batter is well-blended.  Pour into a sprayed round, deep cake pan (I used a small silicone sunflower-shaped pan that is about 3″ deep).  Bake in a preheated 350º oven for 50 minutes.  It is done when toothpick stuck in center comes out dry/clean.  Cake will be mounded in the middle at first fall back level as it cools.  Turn cake onto cake plate when fully cooled.  As with most low-carb baked goods, store leftovers in the refrigerator to avoid spoilage.

NUTRITIONAL INFO:  Serves 12, each serving contains:

203 calories, 18 g  fat, 15.75 g  carbs, 9.62 g  fiber, 6.13 g NET CARBS, 6.1 g  protein, 239 mg. sodium

Bourbon-Pecan Cranberry Sauce

cranberry-sauceWhat Holiday feast would be complete without a bowl of fresh cranberry sauce?  Most often I make cranberry sauce in the traditional manner, no frills, as shown in the photo above.  But occasionally, I like to add a touch of Bourbon and pecans, turning it into almost a chutney, which certainly takes it up a notch or two in flavor!  It’s delicious made this way so I hope you try it some time.  It has proven to be very popular with my holiday guests. This recipe is not suitable until you reach  Atkins Phase 2 “OWL”, when alcohol, nuts and berries are permitted.

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INGREDIENTS:

½ c. water

1 c. fresh cranberries

½ c. granular Splenda (or equivalent sweetener of choice)

½ stick cinnamon or ¼ tsp. ground

1½ tsp. orange zest/peel

1 T. bourbon

½ c. (about 20 halves) pecans, coarsely chopped

DIRECTIONS: Cook all ingredients but the nuts over medium heat until all berries’ skins have popped open.  Remove from heat, stir in the nuts and chill until ready to use.  Remove and discard cinnamon stick just before serving.

NUTRITIONAL INFO: Makes about 2 cups or 16 servings.  Each serving has:

16 calories, 1.28 g fat, 1.03 g carbs, 0.48 g fiber, 0.55 g NET CARBS, 0.19 g protein and negligible sodium

 

Einkorn Sausage Balls

Einkorn Sausage-Cheese Balls

This is an ever-popular Holiday appetizer that never goes out of style or favor with your holiday guests.  And they are so easy to make ahead, heat and serve.  I have another Sausage Cheese Ball recipe on my website that rings in at only 1 net carb per ball.  But I like this one a bit better and it’s easier to put together, with fewer ingredients.  This recipe features my convenient homemade Einkorn Low-Carb Bake Mix (similar to Bisquick and Carbquick) and have come up with what I think is an even tastier, more moist Sausage-Cheese Ball.  And this improved recipe only rings in at 1.76 net carbs per ball.  Not bad for the convenience of just reaching for 3 ingredients in lieu of a whole bunch of ingredients.   These are not suitable until the grains rung of the carb re-introduction ladder of Phase 2 OWL.  They are OK for Keto diets if you can fit them into your daily carb limits.  They would be totally unacceptable for Primal-Paleo due to grain.

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INGREDIENTS:

12 oz. breakfast sausage (I used my homemade breakfast sausage recipe)

1 c. shredded cheddar cheese

2 c. my Einkorn Bake Mix  (For gluten-free version, use Jennifer Eloff’s Gluten-Free Bake Mix or another GF mix of your choice)

DIRECTIONS:  Preheat oven to 350º. Mix the above ingredients in a medium bowl with your hands as you would a meatloaf mixture.  When thoroughly blended, form into 30 1″ balls and place on non-stick baking sheet or one lined with parchment or silicone sheet for ease of clean-up. Bake for 15-20 minutes until lightly browned.  Remove to paper towels to drain off any excess grease (mine had none actually).  Serve warm and ENJOY!

NUTRITIONAL INFO:  Makes 30  1″ balls, each sausage ball contains:

95 calories, 7.81 g  fat, 2.4 g  carbs, .64 g fiber, 1.76 g  NET CARBS, 4.82 g  protein, 81 mg sodium

Chipotle-Lime “Sweet Potatoes”

Chipotle-Lime Sweet Potatoes

In keeping with my Holiday Recipe Posts I want to share the best sweet potato recipe I have EVER had.  I  clipped a high-carb recipe out of the Houston Post many years ago, but I have low-carbed it so that I can now have this heavenly dish without breaking my daily carb bank.  I have personally never been very fond of sweet potatoes, unless baked into pies, cakes and muffins.  But ever since finding this recipe, I just love them!  Wouldn’t even consider a Thanksgiving or Christmas celebration without these.  It’s so good, I make this recipe year-round now.

These are certainly NOT your granny’s sweet potatoes!  Chipotle peppers are highly smoked jalapenos and taste nothing like green jalapeno peppers, in my opinion.  They, in combination with the lime zest, add a most unique “smokey twist” to an ever-popular vegetable most commonly seasoned with orange rather than with lime.

My late brother was an Executive Chef at Top of the Mark in San Francisco for a number of years and when I served these to him one Christmas, he just raved on and on!  He went on to serve these often to his own dinner guests and said he always got the same positive reaction.  In substituting freshly baked pumpkin for sweet potatoes, you tremendously lower the carb count per serving without changing the flavor much at all actually.  This time of year, small pie pumpkins are so plentiful, but if you can’t get fresh pumpkin, for whatever reasons, I recommend substituting in butternut squash.   Not quite as good, but fairly close I think.  Whatever you do, DO NOT use acorn squash (which tasted awful in these).  Also, do not use canned pumpkin, which just doesn’t look too good visually or taste the same for some reason.  Been there; done that.  You simply will not end up with the same dish.

I find this dish is particularly tasty with baked, fried or grilled seafood, grilled meat, especially wild game, BBQ, baked ham and of course Christmas or Thanksgiving turkey. The flavor combination here is a real winner!  To make this dish Atkins Induction acceptable, I have substituted 100% fresh cooked pumpkin flesh for the sweet potatoes.  Can hardly tell it isn’t sweet potatoes, other than the color is more golden than orange (why I add red food coloring).  Absolutely DO NOT SUBSTITUTE CANNED PUMPKIN in this recipe or you are going to be extremely disappointed.  Just not the same dish.  Once you reach the starchy veggie rung of OWL and can afford a few more carbs,  I would recommend using just 1½ lb. pumpkin and adding 1 lb. cooked, mashed sweet potato (2 medium) for both flavor, color and a much creamier texture.  You will of course need to adjust nutritional info if you make that change as my numbers are for pumpkin only.

This dish (many savory pumpkin dishes, in fact) does not freeze too well.  As a matter of fact, in my opinion, pumpkin flesh does not freeze well in bulk either, as its water separates out in the bottom of your baking pan upon thawing.  That can really ruin the texture and appearance of some dishes.  More than once has this happened to me and ruined my favorite baked pumpkin dishes when serving to company!  If you freeze cooked, cubed pumpkin, I highly recommend draining awhile in a sieve over the sink before using in recipes.  Even when you do this, I have had it just keep on bleeding out more water after constructing the recipe and baking.  Totally spoils it for me, so I just avoid freezing pumpkin period! Pumpkin baked goods, on the other hand, freeze beautifully.  Go figure!

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INGREDIENTS:

2½ lb. cooked fresh pumpkin

½ c. heavy cream

4 T. butter

¼ tsp. salt

2 T. fresh lime juice

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

½ c. sugar equivalent of your favorite sweetener

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

1 tsp. cinnamon

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

OPTIONAL:  2-3 drops red food coloring to achieve orange color

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

These little chipotle peppers (smoked jalapenos) are very HOT, so special handling is recommended.  Either wear plastic gloves (homemade  “sandwich bag gloves” will do) or be sure you wash your hands well after handling.  Take 1 chipotle pepper (about 1½” long) out of the can.  Stem, rinse, remove seeds and ribs with a knife.  Finely mash/chop the pepper almost into a puree on a flat wooden board.  Add in small increments to the pumpkin mixture, tasting as you go to be safe, and stir well.  Let it sit a few minutes and taste again to see if hot enough for your palate.  You don’t want to get this dish too hot, but a little tingle on the tongue is what you’re looking for.  If you want even more smoky taste or a spicier dish, carefully repeat adding ¼ pepper at a time, re-tasting after each addition so you don’t overdo the “heat” level.   TIP:  If you always add hot peppers in stages, tasting as you go, to all your recipes with fully-cooked ingredients, you will never ruin an entire batch getting a dish too hot (I did one time).   Never lose sight of the fact that individual peppers in the same can can vary widely in size and how hot they are, and that not everyone likes things as hot/spicy as you do.  Just sayin’.

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

NUTRITIONAL INFO:  Serves 8, each serving contains: (using pumpkin alone, no sweet potato!)

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

Green Bean Casserole

Green Bean Casserole

In keeping with my Holiday Recipe posts, this tasty recipe is my best green bean casserole attempt to date.  My husband even said “This one is your best so far”!   So I make this version exclusively now.

I owe many thanks to Jennifer Eloff for her foundation recipe:  Casserole Topping, to which I made a few additions.  I finally got around to trying it, Jen, and it really does work with cheese and bake mix!  I had visions of it sinking down into the bean mixture during baking, but it didn’t!  I added even more crunch with the addition of a few pork rinds, which I couldn’t even taste in the final casserole. 🙂

I also used her homemade Condensed Cream of Mushroom Soup for this dish, which I adore for so many things.  If you haven’t tried it yet, you simply MUST!    This delicious recipe is not suitable until you have gotten to Atkins Pre-Maintenance or Maintenance because of the grain in the bake mix.  Sub in coconut flour in the mix if you avoid grains.

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INGREDIENTS:

3 c. frozen green beans, regular or French style

½ recipe Jennifer Eloff’s low-carb, homemade Condensed Cream of Mushroom Soup

1  6-oz. can sliced mushrooms, drained (about ½ c.)

Dab olive oil to grease dish

1 recipe crumble topping (see below)

CRUMBLE TOPPING:

½ c. shredded Monterrey Jack cheese

1/3 c. Jennifer Eloff’s Splendid Low Carb Bake Mix

2 T. cold unsalted butter

10 medium pork rinds

1 T. toasted, dehydrated (or fresh) shallots

¼ tsp. my Cajun Seafood Spice Blend

1 T. hemp hearts (optional, adds a nutty flavor)

DIRECTIONS:  Oil a 2-qt. baking dish.  Preheat oven to 350º.  Place defrosted beans (uncooked), soup and mushrooms in a large bowl and toss well to coat.  Scrape the mixture into your lightly oiled baking dish.

To make topping, toss all ingredients into a food processor or blender and pulse a few times to make a crumbly mixture.  Sprinkle topping over the green bean mixture and pop into 350º oven for about 30 minutes or until golden brown.  Serve at once.

NUTRITIONAL INFO:  Makes 5 servings, each contains:

237 calories, 18.3 g fat, 9.52 g carbs, 3.32 g fiber, 6.2 g NET CARBS, 10.3 g protein, 294 mg sodium

Smoked Gouda Cauliflower

Smoked gouda Cauliflower

This recipe is so good, I serve it at almost every holiday celebration now.  It was inspired by one I saw in Dana Carpender’s 500 Low-Carb Recipes. Most people do not cook cauliflower casseroles with this particular cheese as it doesn’t melt easily (why it is mixed into the dish here rather than being spread on top).  But once it DOES eventually melt, it truly transforms the ordinary into  the sublime.  In my opinion, it is the smoked Gouda that truly sets this dish apart from all the other cauliflower casseroles I have ever eaten.  I served it to my brother, who was once an executive chef at Top of the Mark in San Francisco and he RAVED about it!  It’s Atkins Induction friendly, too!

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INGREDIENTS:

1 medium large head cauliflower

6 oz. cream cheese, softened

4 oz. Smoked Gouda cheese, grated

¼ tsp. coarse black pepper

Dash salt

Optional:  chopped chives or green onion to garnish the top and enhance flavor.

DIRECTIONS: Cut up cauliflower into manageable pieces and boil or steam until tender.  Drain off any water and mash the chunks up slightly with a fork (do not puree, however).   Stir in softened cream cheese until it is melted and blended well.  Grease glass casserole dish and spoon half the cauliflower mixture in.  Sprinkle with half the grated smoked Gouda.  Spoon remaining cauliflower into dish and top with rest of Gouda cheese.   Sprinkle with just a dash of salt, as the cheese has a lot of sodium.  If you are sodium sensitive, I wouldn’t add ANY salt.   Sometimes I add some chopped chives or green onion to the top, but this is not in the nutritional info below.  Bake at 350º for 20-30 minutes or until bubbly.

NUTRITIONAL INFO: Serves 6, each serving contains:  (you may get up to 8 servings and that will lower the net carbs even more)

190.3 calories, 15.22 g  fat, 6.17 g  carbs, 2.4 g fiber, 3.77 g  NET CARBS, 8.77 g  protein, 312 mg  sodium

Sherry-Pecan-Bacon Stuffing

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Photo courtesy of Hank Shaw on Simply Recipes (cranberry and mushroom variation)

It’s getting closer to Thanksgiving so I have begun to post my favorite holiday recipes over the next few weeks.  I don’t discriminate and often prepare these for Christmas feasts as well.  This particular stuffing is a low-carb modification of famed Chef James Beard’s wild rice stuffing I’ve been making for many, many years.  It is outstanding with with venison, wild game, roasted chicken or turkey.  The inspirational recipe is made with 2 cups of cooked wild rice, so clearly not for those still in Atkins Induction. However those in Atkins maintenance who can eat such things, could certainly make this using a quality wild rice.  Admittedly, these modifications make my low-carb version a little different, but not so much as you might think.  I sometimes compromise and use half bread cubes with half wild rice and I get the best of both worlds without too many carbs for a once-a-year treat.  🙂

This dish is not acceptable before the grains rung of OWL as written.  You could sub in a Muffin in a Minute toasted for the Artisan Flatbread and have this at the nut rung of OWL. I do not stuff my turkeys, but prefer to bake my stuffing in a separate pan so the top can get toasty.  The toasting of the sherry-soaked bread cubes  is essential to the  overall taste and texture of this dish.  When I was in high school, I’d always pick those out and eat them, as I carried the dish to the dining room table.  Annoyed my mother to no end.  But they were sooooo good!  A lush at 17, yet ironically I hardly drink at all as an adult.  I DO cook with wine a great deal, however.

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INGREDIENTS:

½ c. sweet onion, chopped

½ stick unsalted butter

1 lg. stalk celery, chopped

2 c. jicama, peeled and grated

¼ c. parsley, chopped

½ c. pecan halves

4 slices bacon, coarsely chopped, cooked and drained

¼ tsp. dried tarragon

¼-½ black pepper

2 c. Artisan Flatbread, cubed and toasted (or 1 c. bread + 1 c. cooked wild rice)

4 T. sherry

HOLIDAY VARIATION:  Add a few dried, sugar-free cranberries or mushrooms to the stuffing

DIRECTIONS:  Make Artisan bread per that recipe’s instructions in a 13×15″ pan.  Cool and cut into 12 “slices”.  It should take two slices to produce the required 2c. of cubes. Put remaining slices into a gallon zip-lock bag and store your refrigerator for sandwiches or whatever.  BTW this makes great bread for serving with Italian foods.  It keeps very well in the fridge, too.  Toast the 2 c. of cubes on the same pan in your oven, stirring several times as they dry out and get toasty.

Coarsely chop up and fry bacon in a skillet. If you have one, doing this in a large wok will eliminate the need to transfer to a large bowl later (saves on dirty dishes).   Drain bacon on paper towels.  Pour off grease for another use.  Now melt butter in same skillet/wok and saute the onion and celery until tender.  Next add grated jicama and continue to saute until jicama is tender.  Add parsley, tarragon and pepper and stir well.  Turn off heat and pour mixture into a large bowl, if required, to facilitate stirring.  Mix sherry with water.  Bunch the bread cubes together on their baking sheet  and drizzle the sherry water  over them, tossing once, trying to be sure each cube gets a bit of the liquid and that all liquid is absorbed.    Now add the bread cubes and pecans to the veggie mixture and give it a final stirring to blend all ingredients.

Grease a large casserole dish with butter and pour dressing into the pan.  If you can afford the calories, dot with 2 T. butter.  Bake at 350º for about 20-30 minutes until bread cubes on top are toasted a bit.

NUTRITIONAL INFO: Serves 6, each serving contains:

230 calories, 20g  fat, 6.17g  carbs, 2.67 g  fiber, 3.5g NET CARBS, 4.6g  protein, 195 mg. sodium

Chia-Chai Chewies

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The name of these cookies may appeal to children, but this may not be a cookie that children like as much as their parents do.  Chai tea spices are unusual to the immature palate.  That said, I think they taste FANTASTIC! Sort of like an oatmeal cookie with a “twist”.  They just seem to mellow and get tastier every day they sit in your fridge or freezer.  This recipe is going into my Holiday cookie rotations. I know it’s a lot of ingredients, but OH, SO WORTH EVERY ONE OF THEM.  These are marvelous and the very best low-carb cookie I’ve developed!  🙂

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

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INGREDIENTS:

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

2 T. almond butter

1 T. vanilla extract

1 egg, beaten

¼ c. sugar-free honey (I buy HoneyTree brand at Walmart)

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

1½ c. almond flour

¼ c. + 3 T. hemp hearts

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

½ c. coconut flour

1 T. oat fiber

1 tsp. glucomannan powder (konjac powder)

1/8 tsp. salt

½ tsp. baking soda

1 T. erythritol

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

2 tsp. my Chai spice blend

VARIATION:  You can just use 2 tsp. ground cinnamon if you are not fond of Chai spice flavors

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

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

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

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

Tuna-Cheese Stuffed Mini Peppers

Tuna-Cheese Stuffed Mini Peppers

I have been seeing mini bell peppers of late in the stores and find them so cute and colorful I decided to buy some this week.  Decided on a tuna stuffing for them.  The tuna and cheese flavors here play nicely with the sweet edge of the peppers.  The touch of cayenne pepper give them just a little bite.  Omit that if you don’t like spicy food, but this amount isn’t very hot to me, as I don’t like real spicy foods myself.   These are suitable for all phases of Atkins and Keto diets if the carbs will fit your daily limits.

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INGREDIENTS: 

14  small sweet mini bell peppers (red, yellow, orange)

1½ c. shredded Cheddar cheese (I used a mixture of Cheddar and American Deluxe)

3 oz. softened cream cheese

1/8 tsp. red cayenne pepper

6.2 oz. tuna, oil pack (I use the foil pouch)

VARIATION:  Instead of cayenne, use 1 tsp. Tobasco brand Chipotle Hot Sauce

DIRECTIONS:  Bring a 4 qt. pot of water to boil.  Cut stem end off peppers and seed with the point of a knife. Cut in halves lengthwise.  Plunge them in the boiling water for 2 minutes just to soften just a bit.

Line a baking sheet with parchment.  Preheat oven to 350º.  In a medium bowl, soften cream cheese on a covered paper plate in your microwave set on defrost for about 20 seconds.   Add the Cheddar cheese, cayenne and tuna.  Mix well, blending with a fork.  Using your fork, fill each half with about 1-1½ tablespoons of the filling.  Place them on the paper covered pan.  Pop pan into 350º oven for about 10 minutes just long enough to melt the cheese and they barely begin to brown.  Serve hot!

NUTRITIONAL INFO:   Makes 28 pieces, 4 pieces per serving and each serving contains:

202 calories

14.14 g fat

3.98 g carbs, 0.67 g fiber, 3.31 NET CARBS  (just under 1 carb per piece!)

14.3 g protein

267 mg sodium

Smoked Gouda Cauliflower

Smoked gouda Cauliflower

This recipe was inspired by one in Dana Carpender’s 500 Low-Carb Recipes. Most people do not cook cauliflower casseroles with this particular cheese and it doesn’t melt easily (why it is mixed into the dish rather than being spread on top).  But once it DOES melt, it truly transforms the ordinary into  the sublime.  In my opinion, it is the smoked Gouda that truly sets this dish apart from all the other cauliflower casseroles I have ever eaten.  I served it to my brother, who was an executive chef at Top of the Mark in San Francisco and he RAVED about it!  It’s Atkins Induction friendly, too!

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INGREDIENTS:

1 medium large head cauliflower

6 oz. cream cheese, softened

4 oz. smoked Gouda cheese, grated

¼ tsp. coarse black pepper

Dash salt

Optional:  chopped chives or green onion to top

DIRECTIONS: Cut up cauliflower into manageable pieces and boil or steam until tender.  Drain off any water and mash the chunks up slightly with a fork (do not puree, however).   Stir in softened cream cheese until it is melted and blended well.  Grease glass casserole dish and spoon half the cauliflower mixture in.  Sprinkle with half the grated smoked Gouda.  Spoon remaining cauliflower into dish and top with rest of Gouda cheese.   Sprinkle with just a dash of salt, as the cheese has a lot of sodium.  If you are sodium sensitive, I wouldn’t add ANY salt.   Sometimes I add some chopped chives or green onion to the top, but this is not in the nutritional info below.  Bake at 350º for 20-30 minutes or until bubbly.

NUTRITIONAL INFO: Serves 6, each serving contains:  (you may get up to 8 servings and that will lower the net carbs even more)

190.3 calories

15.22 g  fat

6.17 g  carbs, 2.4 g fiber, 3.77 g  NET CARBS

8.77 g  protein

312 mg  sodium

Baked Sweet Potato Halves

Mom's Favorite

My Mom just loved baked sweet potatoes with nothing but butter.  Me, I like to dress them up with a hint of cinnamon. This method of preparing them is effortless and only takes 1/2 hour to bake, unless the potatoes are REAL big.  Now sweet potatoes aren’t something a low-carber should be eating daily, mind you.  But as you near goal weight you can allow yourself the occasional sweet potato. They are so nutritious and have a fiber deduction on the carb count as well, unlike white potatoes (a real no-no on low-carb).  These are not suitable until you are in Pre-Maintenance or have reached goal weight.  They are wonderful with baked fish, pork or BBQ.

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INGREDIENTS:  

1    medium 6-oz sweet potato, washed

2 T. melted butter

1/8-¼ tsp. cinnamon (I use Vietnamese cinnamon, said to be the best, from Penzey’s)

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

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

NUTRITIONAL INFO:  Makes 2 servings, each contains:

175 calories

11.5 g  fat

17.35 g carbs, 2.7 g fiber, 14.6 g  NET CARBS  (use smaller potatoes to lower)

1.54 g  protein

48 mg sodium

Strawberry Chocolate Torte

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I’m not a big sweets eater, as many of my readers and forum acquaintances know.  But my husband IS!  And since he’s Type 2 diabetic, I do try to fix him low-carb treats so he won’t go and buy the awful junk at the grocery store and bakery that is laden with flour and sugar.   This dessert I created for his Valentine’s Day treat some years back and thought I’d share it again since Valentine’s Day is just around the corner.

The basic chocolate cake batter in this recipe is actually not my recipe.  My inspiration was a recipe posted by a wonderful cook on LowCarbFriends forums named Gwen, known there as “The Chicken Lady”.  This cake is a testimonial to her incredible cooking skills. I’m very pleased with this chocolate cake!  And I can’t say that about many low-carb chocolate cakes I’ve tried. Despite it looking sinfully rich, it was very light.   I have made no changes to her original cake recipe.  🙂

I did bake my cake in ONE 9″ round cake (wax-paper lined) cake pan that is unusually deep (2½”) and the cake rose nearly to the top!  It would bake OK in two standard shallow 9″ cake pans also, but reduce the cooking time if you make that pan change.  You’ll have more trouble slicing it into 4 layers, and might prefer to just do a two-layer final cake instead of three.  Or you could bake the cake in a wax-paper lined stew pot/dutch oven.  That has worked for me many a time.  This cake is not suitable until the berries rung of the Atkins OWL carb reintroduction ladder.  Due to the artificial sweeteners and dairy, this dessert is not be suitable for Paleo-Primal followers without considerable modification.

VARIATION:  Substitute raspberries for the strawberries.

This cake is fairly carb pricey, but if you can’t afford the carbs, you could cut it into 12 pieces.  That’s a wee bit better.  This should be considered a very special occasion treat because it IS so carb pricey.  Be sure if substituting other than liquid sweeteners, to add in those carbs!

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CAKE INGREDIENTS: 

4 c. almond flour
liquid sweetener to equal 2 c. sugar
½ c. granular erythritol (or equivalent of 1/3 cup of sugar)
4 pkts. stevia (equivalent for 8 tsp. sugar)  
½ c. cup cocoa powder
2 t. baking powder
2 t. baking soda
½ t. salt
1 Tbsp. vanilla
1/3 c. butter or coconut oil, melted
4 eggs, beaten
1 c. sour cream

FROSTING INGREDIENTS:

2½ c. heavy cream, whipped

Pinch (less than 1/16 tsp.) glucomannan powder, dusted over cream as you whip it (optional, to help firm up the whipped cream)

14 oz. frozen whole strawberries, thawed and drained of juice, chopped

1 c. fresh strawberries, chopped (or 1 c. more frozen berries, or use all fresh berries)

Sweetener of choice to taste

DIRECTIONS: Preheat oven to 350º.   Mix and beat the wet cake ingredients in a large mixing bowl.   If your almond flour isn’t room temperature, make it so and press out any lumps.  Measure and add in all dry ingredients to the bowl and stir well. Line your cake pan(s) with waxed paper or parchment.  Grease the sides of the pan(s) well.  Pour batter into pan spreading it evenly with a rubber spatula. Tap pan on counter to eliminate air pockets and pop into 350º oven.  Bake for about 60 minutes if using one, very deep pan like I did.  If using two 1″ x 9″ round cake pans, they will cook much faster, in about 25-30 minutes or so.   Toothpick test the center.  It should come out clean and dry when the the cake is done.  Completely cool before attempting to tip cake out onto a board to cut it into layers.  This cake can also be made in a rectangular 9 x 13″ pan, cut in half and each half then sliced laterally to form 4 layers (reserve 1 layer for another use as you only need 3 layers for this cake).  All sorts of possibilities with that cake size.

While cake is in the oven, make the frosting:  Whip the cream until thick.  Run the berries through a food processor (or chop coarsely) for a few seconds, but leave them coarse.  Fold the berries into the whipped cream. Dust the pinch of glucomannan powder over the mixture slowly, folding after each addition, until all of it has been incorporated.  Taste for sweetness and add your favorite sweetener to taste.  Chill frosting until cake is totally cool.

Next cut the cake layers:  I sliced the completely cooled cake very carefully with a long-bladed knife, using a piece of cardboard covered with foil to gently slide each layer onto to set aside while I filled/frosted the final creation.  This cake has a firm texture and is not as crumbly as some almond flour cakes.  All good, but you still need to be careful, as even firm cakes can break.

Place about 1¼ c. of the frosting on the bottom layer of the cake.  Spread evenly with a rubber spatula, going almost to the edges.  Place the second layer of cake gently on the top and press slightly.  Put another 1¼ c. frosting on this layer and spread it out evenly.  Place the top cake layer on the stack, press slightly and spread all remaining frosting on the top and sides. OPTIONAL GARNISH:  Decorate the top of your cake with fresh strawberry slices, a few strawberry leaves  or perhaps a sliced and “fanned out” single strawberry at the center.  Chill in the refrigerator with plastic wrap on top until ready to cut and serve.

This cake was simply DELICIOUS and I will definitely be making it again!   My thanks to The Chicken Lady for her wonderful chocolate cake recipe.  It truly made my Valentines treat a success!

CONFESSION TIME:  The reason I used both frozen and fresh berries in the topping is I only had one 14 oz. bag of the frozen diced unsweetened berries in my freezer.  I thought that would make enough frosting.  But 1½ c. cream and those berries didn’t make enough frosting to frost the sides of the cake!  So I had to whip up a little more frosting real quick with another cup of cream and berries, so the last batch of frosting had to be made with what fresh berries I had on hand.

NUTRITIONAL INFO:   Makes 10 servings, using the sweeteners specified, each serving contains:

632 calories

57.8 g  fat

20.4 g  carbs, 7.05 g  fiber, 13.35 g  NET CARBS     (17.0 carbs, 5.87 fiber, 11.12 NC if cut into 12 slices)

15.2 g  protein

521 mg sodium

 

Individual Pumpkin Pies

Individual Pumpkin Pies

Individual Pumpkin Pies (baked in 4″ Calphalon pans

This is my favorite traditional pumpkin pie filling recipe.  I have been baking this recipe of my mother’s for many years now.  It is very light and fluffy as the egg whites are whipped separately.   Of course, those still on Induction will need to bake and serve this crustless.  Those that are already to the OWL Phase 2 level of Atkins can pour this filling into an uncooked low-carb pie crust of your choice and then bake.  Mine are shown on my “Flour” Pie Crust.  With that crust recipe, each pie (minus topping) contains 9 net carbs. It looks a little dark because I was out of golden flax meal and had to use my 50:50 mixed flax meal.   I usually use canned pumpkin for this but tried it with fresh today and it was delicious, although a tad milder in flavor I think.    This recipe is suitable for Induction if made crustless.  All other phases of Atkins and Keto diets can enjoy these small pies.

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INGREDIENTS:

1/2 c. granular Splenda (or equivalent sweetener of your choice)

1 T. erythritol (or pinch stevia extract)

1 tsp. cinnamon

1/2 tsp. nutmeg

1/4 tsp. ground cloves

1/4 tsp. ground ginger (optional)

1/8 tsp. salt

1 c. canned or fresh baked pumpkin flesh (NOT pumpkin pie filling!)

1/2 c. heavy cream

3 large eggs, separated per directions below

DIRECTIONS:  Break and beat one whole egg in a medium mixing bowl.  Take out another medium mixing bowl.  Separate the two remaining eggs, putting the yolks into your first bowl with the whole beaten egg.  Put the whites in a clean, dry, separate bowl.

In the bowl with the 1 whole egg and 2 yolks, add all other pie ingredients.  Beat will with a stick blender or hand mixer until smooth, especially if using fresh pumpkin, as it can be lumpy.  Slowly stir in the cream and blend until smooth.

Beat the 2 egg whites to “stiff peak” stage using an electric mixer.  With a rubber spatula, fold the beaten whites into the pumpkin mixture.  When all is incorporated well, pour the mixture into 4 mini pie crusts.  For the crustless version, pour into a buttered baking dish.  For the large pie version, pour into an uncooked, prepared 9″-10″ low-carb pie crust positioned in your pie plate.

IMPORTANT:  For the large pie version, if you use an 8″ pie plate, this amount of filling will likely overflow during baking.  If that’s the only size pie plate you have, only fill the prepared crust 3/4 full.  Put remaining filling into a buttered small dish to bake separately for the kids, who often don’t like crust anyway.

Bake at 350º for 40-45 minutes.  Filling will puff way up during cooking and then fall level when removed from the oven and cooled.  When totally cooled, Serve with a dollop of whipped cream sweetened with the sweetener of your choice.

NUTRITIONAL INFORMATION:   Makes 4 servings, each contains:  (Does NOT include topping or crust)

191  calories

15 g.  fat

9.52 g.  carbs, 2.2 g.  fiber, 7.5 g  NET CARBS

6.06 g.  protein

72 mg. sodium

Judy’s Parmesan Baked Yellow Squash

Judy's Parmesan Baked Yellow SquashI just love yellow summer squash (the soft-skinned crookneck variety) and have cooked it a ton of different ways over the years.  But honestly, this recipe is by far the best way I’ve ever eaten it.   This is a recipe of a friend I used to work with years ago.  Parmesan is not usually the cheese people put on yellow squash dishes, but I’m here to tell ya it is an OUTSTANDING combination added with the sweet caramelized onions.  I just use the Parmesan in the green canister we all are familiar with, as a rule, for this dish.  But you can use whole, grated Parmesan if you prefer. OK for Induction.

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INGREDIENTS:

6 yellow summer squash (medium, about 6″ long)

6 oz. yellow onion

1 Flax Sandwich Bun, crumbled (or other low-carb biscuit or bread)

1/2 c. grated Parmesan cheese

Dash of Salt and Pepper

3 T. butter

DIRECTIONS:  Slice onion into thin slivers and saute in butter in no-stick skillet.  Cook until they begin to brown, as the caramelizing is essential to the flavor of this dish.  Turn off heat and let them cool.

Now grease a 9×13 glass casserole pan with butter.  Slice the squash laterally/lengthwise into 1/4″ slices (or thinner if you want to speed this dish up a bit).  This goes together in lasagna-type layers.  First sprinkle 1-2 T.of the flax bun crumbs on the bottom of the pan.  These will soak up moisture that bleeds out of the squash during cooking.  Now place a single layer of squash slices in the pan.  Jimmie them around, switching ends of slices so the pan is pretty much filled without gaps.  Top with 1/4 of the browned onions.  Next sprinkle 1-2 T. Parmesan cheese.  Repeat these steps until all ingredients are used, ending with onion on top.   Cover pan tightly with foil and bake 30-40 minutes at 350 º.  Uncover, add 2-3 T. water if there is no moisture left in the bottom of the pan.  Bake another 20-30 minutes (uncovered) or until squash feels tender when knife is stuck into it and onions on the top are toasty brown.  Toast top in broiler if need be.  You want the top layer of onion to be attractively toasted. This dish is a big hit every time I make it and it goes nicely with your holiday turkey dinners.

NUTRITIONAL INFO: Makes 6 servings, each containing:

150 calories

10.35 g  fat

9.88 g  carbs, 3.0 g  fiber, 6.88 NET CARBS

7.2 g  protein

26 g sodium

Raspberry Mousse

Raspberry Mousse

Raspberry Mousse

This is a variation on Linda Genaw’s Cheesecake Pudding recipe.  I have been in love with her vanilla version for years now.  But it’s absolutely yummy with raspberries and a splash of rum. 🙂  This recipe is not suitable for Atkins Induction.  But you can enjoy it after the initial 2 week period.  🙂

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INGREDIENTS:

8 oz. cream cheese, softened

1 c. sour cream (8 oz.)

Sweetener of choice to equal 3/4 c. sugar.  If you use Splenda or sweetener with carbs, you will have to add those carbs in below.

1 tsp. vanilla

2 c. frozen raspberries (thawed)

1 c. whipping cream, whipped until thick

1 T. rum (optional)

DIRECTIONS:  In a medium bowl, whip the cream until thick and set aside.  Next, on a paper plate, soften cream cheese in your microwave.  Blend/process or stir the cream cheese with the sour cream.  Add sweetener, rum and vanilla. Add berries and pulse 2-3 times only.  Using a rubber spatula, scrape mixture into the bowl of whipped cream.  Fold the two together gently until well blended.  Using a 1/4 cup measuring cup or spoon, dip the mousse evenly into 10 half-cup ramekins or pretty serving dishes and chill 1 hour or longer.

NUTRITIONAL INFO:   Makes 10 servings (about ½ cup each).  Each contains:

225 calories, 21.8 g  fat, 8.26 g  carbs, 3.25 g  fiber, 5.01 g  NET CARBS, 3.5 g protein, 89 mg sodium

Cookie Bouquet

Cookie Bouquet

Cookie Bouquet

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

Close Up View

Close Up View

INGREDIENTS:

1 stick softened butter, unsalted

¼ c. granular Splenda

2 T. granular erythritol

1 beaten egg

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

1 c. almond flour

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

1 T. coconut flour

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

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

Nordic Mini Cake Bites

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

105 calories

10.3 g  fat

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

2.15 g  protein

9.13 g  sodium

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

Chocolate Blueberries

Chocolate Blueberries

Chocolate Blueberries

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

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

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INGREDIENTS/NEEDS:

Some toothpicks

Fresh blueberries (pick the biggest ones in the carton)

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

1 c. sugar free chocolate chips

1 square unsweetened baking chocolate

¼ c. melted butter

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

6 drops liquid Splenda or other liquid sweetener

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

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

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

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

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

19 calories

1.79 g  fat

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

.2 g  protein

 

Einkorn Apricot-Cherry-Brazil Nut Bread

Einkorn Apricot-Cherry-Brazil Nut Bread

Einkorn Apricot-Cherry-Brazil Nut Bread

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

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INGREDIENTS:

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Slight rise in 8″x5″ loaf pan.

1/3 c. coconut flour

1/3 c. almond flour

1/3 c. Einkorn flour

¼ tsp. sea salt

1 T. glucomannan powder

1½ tsp. baking powder

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

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

1 tsp. vanilla

8 large eggs, beaten

½ c. chopped dried apricots

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

½ c. chopped brazil nuts.

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

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

122.3 calories

8.59 g  fat

8.9 g  carbs, 1.96 g  fiber, 6.94 g  NET CARBS

5.64 g  protein

124 mg sodium

Pumpkin Cheesecake with Pecan-Chia-Flax Crust

Pumpkin Pecan Cheesecake

Pumpkin Pecan Cheesecake

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

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CRUST INGREDIENTS:

Pumpkin Cheesecake with Pecan-Chia-flax Crust

Before Cutting

4 T. cold unsalted butter

2 c. pecan halves

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

¼ c. ground chia seeds

1 tsp. cinnamon

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

FILLING INGREDIENTS:

1 envelope unflavored gelatin

1 c. simmering water

1/2 tsp. vanilla

1 15-oz can pumpkin puree

8 oz. cream cheese, softened

¼ c. erythritol

¼ c. Splenda

1 tsp. cinnamon

½ tsp. ground nutmeg

¼ tsp. ground cloves

OPTIONAL:   Sweetened whipped cream to top

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

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

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

323 calories

30 g  fat

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

.71 g  protein

49.33 mg sodium

Kirschwasser Cherry-Walnut Tart

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Kirschwasser Cherry-Walnut Tart

I had a half recipe of my “Flour” Pie Crust made up in the fridge and decided to put the filling to my mini Black Forest Cake to a totally new use this morning.  Added some walnuts and baked it 20 minutes and voilà, a fun new dessert that features a delightful nutty, fruity filling.  I suspectt his would be delightful with sliced peaches instead of cherries and plan to try that one day. 🙂  This recipe is not suitable until the grains rung of OWL.  Man, was this ever GOOD, even on day two!  I’ll definitely be fixing this for my holiday table in future.

NOTE:  The quiche pan pictured above is only 6″  in diameter so this recipe only serves 4 people, possibly 5 if some enjoying it are children.  Double the filling recipe and use a whole recipe of the pie crust if you want a standard-size pie that will serve 8 people.

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INGREDIENTS:

½  can (14.5 oz.) sour cherries, packed in water

¼ tsp. xanthan gum (or your favorite thickener)

1½ tsp. Fiberfit sweetener (or sweetener of your choice to taste)

¼-½ tsp. almond extract

1 T. Kirschwasser (cherry brandy)

½ recipe my “Flour” Pie Crust:  https://buttoni.wordpress.com/2010/12/02/peggys-flour-pie-crust/

1 c. walnuts, coarsely broken into large pieces

DIRECTIONS:  Preheat oven to 350º.  Make the pie crust as directed in that recipe.  Separate out 1/2 of the dough and place in ziploc bag and refrigerate for another use.  Roll the remaining dough between plastic and lift/place into an 8″ ceramic quiche or tart pan.  Crimp the edges a bit over the top to avoid slippage downward during baking. Bake in a pre-heated 350º for about 15 minutes JUST until it ever so slightly begins to brown on the edges.  Remove shell from oven carefully so as not to break the edges with your potholder (been there, done that).  Cool while you make the filling.

Drain the juice off the cherries into a small saucepan.  Add xanthan gum and cook over medium heat to slightly thicken.  Stir in the cherries, almond extract and add sweetener slowly to taste.  Add brandy.  Taste again and adjust sweetener to suit your preference. Chop the walnuts and toss nuts and cherry mixture together in a bowl.  Pour into shell and bake at 350º for about 20 minutes or until crust has turned a nice golden brown. Remove and cool completely.  I would serve with a generous dollop of sweetened whipped cream or low- carb vanilla ice cream sprinkled with a few finely chopped walnuts and a drizzle of Kirschwasser.  Be sure it it totally cooled or chilled before serving or it is a bit difficult to dip up in tact.  Here’s what a slice looks like if cooled properly before attempting to dip up:

NUTRITIONAL INFO:  Makes 4 servings, each contains (not including any topping):

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A slice ready to dig into!  Mmm.

304.8 calories

27.1 g  fat

18.83 g  carbs, 11.38 g fiber, 7.45 NET CARBS (even less if you cut into 5 servings)

8.25 g  protein

83 mg sodium

Individual “Irish” Chocolate Cake

Individual "Irish" Chocolate Cake

Individual “Irish” Chocolate Cake

Today I offer my readers a delicious, 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 tasty!  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 and stir 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

Dad’s Peppered Rib Roast

Dad's Peppered Rib Roast

Dad’s Peppered Rib Roast

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

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

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

1/2 tsp. garlic powder

1 tsp. paprika

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

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

1 T. tomato paste

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

DIRECTIONS:  Pound the coarse ground black pepper over all surfaces of an 8 rib roast using the butt of your palm or the smooth side of a meat cleaver. Use less pepper if doing a smaller piece of meat. Place meat in glass dish. I drizzle marinate every half hour (as often as you can remember to stop and do it) most of a day (minimum 6 hours). Most efficient way to marinate without disturbing pepper coating is to use a basting brush. Do not touch the meat with your brush, or you’ll wipe all the pepper off! Hold it over the meat and let it drip off the brush. When surface is soaked, put in refrigerator to marinate between “bastings”.  I baste hourly until cooking time.

COOKING:

This recipe really is not good cooked inside in your oven. Not sure why, but it just isn’t.  It seems it is the marriage of the marinade with charcoal smoke that makes this recipe taste divine.  You need to grill the 8 lb. rib roast for about 2 hours over medium coals (using a rotary spit if you own one).  If you don’t have one, like me, just turn the meat every half hour to sear all surfaces nicely. Best if not cooked past medium to medium rare stage.  I take mine off when my meat thermometer reads 120º degrees and set it on my cutting board for another 10 minutes to “rest”.  A piece of meat this large will continue to climb to around 130º while resting. That’s usually a nice pink medium-rare inside.

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

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

NUTRITIONAL INFORMATION:

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

The entire batch of marinade has:

131 calories

.7 g. fat

18 g. carbs, 4.6 g. fiber, 15.4 NET CARBS (entire batch)

5.5 g. protein

1070 mg. sodium

Spiced Roasted Parsnips & Carrots

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Spiced Roasted Parsnips & Carrots

I absolutely LOVE the Middle Eastern Spice Bland known as Baharat.  The hint of cinnamon and cloves (or allspice) enhances so many foods in that part of the world!  It’s used on many chicken, duck, pheasant and fish dishes of the region.  But I’ve discovered it is wonderful on vegetables as well.   Tonight I tried it on some roasted vegetables and the final dish, simple as it was, far exceeded my expectations.  This would be wonderful to serve alongside your Holiday turkey or baked ham!

Parsnips and carrots are both a little high in carbs, but it’s what I had on hand.   I’ve been a little under the weather and need to get to the grocery store soon. Subbing in fresh pumpkin or winter squash chunks for the carrots and cauliflower or turnips for the parsnips would greatly reduce the carb count for this a dish, and likely be just as good.  This recipe is not suitable for Atkins Induction.  You should wait until Pre-Maintenance or Maintenance, or until you reach goal weight on your Keto program before enjoying this dish.  This dish is perfectly suitable for Primal-Paleo devotees.

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INGREDIENTS:

1½ c. carrots, peeled, cut into ¼” slices (or cubes)

1½ c. parsnips, peeled, cut into ¼” slices (or cubes)

4 oz. onion, slivered thinly

4 T. olive oil

Dash black pepper

1 tsp. my Baharat Middle Eastern Spice Blend

DIRECTIONS:  Preheat the oven to 400º.  Cut up the vegetables and place in a baking dish.  Sprinkle with the spice blend and black pepper and toss well.   Drizzle with the olive oil and stir several times to distribute the oil to all pieces.  Place the baking dish in the preheated oven and bake for about 45 minutes, stirring twice during the baking.  Serve with your favorite  meats.  I served mine with a seared sirloin strip and some Brussels sprouts.

NUTRITIONAL INFO:  Makes 5 servings, each contains:

149 calories

11 g fat

12.6 g  carbs, 3.5 g  fiber, 9.1 g  NET CARBS

1 g  protein

31 mg sodium

294 mg potassium

44% RDA Vitamin A, 8% B6, 13% C, 8% copper, 16% E, 16% manganese

Perfect Rib Roast

The Perfect Rib Roast

The Perfect Rib Roast

Well, I made it through yet another Christmas feast!  Now, my husband is sound asleep in his favorite chair so I thought I’d post my favorite method for cooking rib roasts that I used tonight.  It’s how my mother roasted them for years and years and folks, it just doesn’t get any easier or any tastier! This method has never, EVER failed me.  This recipe is suitable for all phases of Atkins, Ketogenic diets and Primal-Paleo if you use coconut aminos.

My roasts are usually bone-in as I think they cook more evenly with the bones in them.  But I do remove them after cooking to make slicing the meat easier.  I served my roast tonight with French-style green beans and a tasty cauliflower mash along with a lovely Grand Marnier fruit salad on the side.  All I can say is……………Mmm. Mmm. Mmm.

We like rib roast medium rare and you can see, it cooked perfectly for me as always.  My roast was 4.5 pounds and after removing the bones, I got 8 nice 8-oz. servings (3/8″ thick slices) from the hunk of lean meat remaining.   My little rat terrier got one of the meaty bones for her Christmas dinner.  She was in sheer heaven.  🙂  No doubt, my husband will eat the other one for lunch tomorrow.  He just loves to gnaw the bones.

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Prime Rib Christmas Dinner 2014

Prime Rib Christmas Dinner 2014

INGREDIENTS:

4½ pound beef rib roast (I usually buy bone-in and allow 1# to serve 2 people when buying)

1 T. coconut aminos, tamari or low-sodium soy sauce

½ clove garlic (or 1/4 tsp. garlic powder

¼-1/3  tsp. coarse cracked black pepper

DIRECTIONS:  Preheat the oven to 325º.  Place the roast on a cutting board or right in your roasting pan if you prefer.  If using fresh garlic, the first step is to cut your clove in half and rub the cut surface all over the surfaces of the meat (all sides, including the bony side).   If not using fresh garlic, step 1 is to drizzle the coconut aminos or soy sauce over the meat surfaces and rub it in with your fingers.  Step 2 is to sprinkle the garlic powder on the meat surfaces.  Last, sprinkle the black pepper all over the meat surfaces.  Place roast bone side down in your roasting pan.  Roast at 325º for 15 minutes to the pound.

Check center of the roast with a meat thermometer (be sure the thermometer tip isn’t touching bone).  The meat is rare at an internal temperature of 115º; medium rare at 120º; well done at 125º and probably overcooked and thoroughly “dead” (dry and tough) at 130º or higher.   I personally think it is a crime to eat such a wonderful cut of meat well done, but to each his own preference.    Since we like our rib roast medium rare, I always take it out of the oven when it reads (115º rare) as it will continue to cook as you let it sit on the counter for 5-10 minutes before carving.  You don’t want to bypass the sitting period or the minute you start slicing, all the wonderful juices will ooze out onto the cutting board and be wasted.  Carve off the bones and set aside.  Carve up 8 nice 3/8″ slices and serve at once.

I like to deglaze the roasting pan with a dab of water over low heat while the meat is “sitting”. Just stir to get up all the brown bits to make your “au jus” sauce.  Add a dash of salt and pepper to the juice if needed.  Serve your roast with horseradish sauce if desired.  My recipe for that sauce is here:  Horseradish Sauce

NUTRITIONAL INFO:   Makes eight 8-oz.servings (plus the meaty bones leftover).  Each 8-0z. slice contains:

846 calories

69 g  fat (less if you trim all visible off as you eat)

.7 g  carbs, .2 g  fiber, .5 g  NET CARBS

52 g  protein

209 mg sodium

Rum Balls

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Low-Carb Rum Balls

I have modified my traditional rum ball recipe I always do for the holidays and the low-carb version is VERY tasty.  These can also be made up as Bourbon Balls. I was amazed that they taste just like my tried-and-true original recipe!  They were a regular in my house when I was a child and they’ll make a wonderful addition to your Holiday candy tray! These are not acceptable for Atkins Induction Phase.  They are OK for all other phases and for Keto dieters as well.

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INGREDIENTS:

¾ c. almond meal

¼ c. plain whey protein

1 c. finely chopped walnuts or pecans

½ c. cocoa, sifted

¼ c. powdered erythritol, sifted

4 T. melted butter

14 drops liquid sweetener (I use EZSweets in the large bottle)

2 T. rum

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

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

VARIATION:  For Bourbon Balls, use an equivalent amount of bourbon for the rum.  🙂

NUTRITIONAL INFO: Makes 18 balls, each containing:

136 calories

12 g  fat

3.75 g  carbs, 1.71 g  fiber, 2.04 g  NET CARBS

3.21 g  protein

4 mg. sodium

Southern “Cornbread” Stuffing

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Southern “Cornbread” Stuffing

If you’re looking for a low-carb version of Mom’s cornbread stuffing, you need look no further.  Southern girl that I am, I’m pretty fussy about cornbread stuffing!  I had about given up on finding a way to make it with low-carb breads and get MY definition of stuffing heaven. However………. this recipe is a great imitation of cornbread heaven for me.   It will grace your holiday bird, baked chicken, roasted pork or stuffed chops and make you PROUD!  It is hands down THE very best stuffing I’ve made since I began low-carbing over 4 years ago.   The bread in this recipe brings a slight corn taste to the stuffing (even if made without the corn flavoring!) that none of my previous trials have been able to achieve.  This is so close to my traditional buttermilk cornbread recipe, I’ll never make the higher-carb version again,……………not even for guests!

I’ve managed to trim down the carbs to make it acceptable for those following a low-carb lifestyle, something traditional cornbread stuffing can never do.  This recipe is NOT acceptable for Atkins Induction. If you are still in the Induction Phase of Atkins, or on an ultra-low-carb phase of Keto diets, try instead my Induction-friendly Eggplant-Jicama Stuffing.  By the way, this stuffing freezes well, as I have frozen it many times.  So you will be able to make your holiday stuffing ahead of time as long as you don’t actually stuff the bird cavity.  Just thaw and reheat your stuffing the day you plan to stuff or roast your meat.  TIP:  When baking and freezing stuffing ahead, slightly under-cook it so that when it is reheated and browned, it doesn’t dry out too much.

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INGREDIENTS:

1 recipe of my Jalapeno Cheese Bread

6 oz. chopped onion

6 oz. chopped celery

1 stick unsalted butter (8 T.)

1 c. chopped parsley

4 tsp. Dad’s Poultry Seasoning (or whatever poultry seasoning you prefer)

½ tsp. black pepper

2 c. chicken broth, preferable homemade (best if 1 cup of this is pan juices from your turkey roasting pan)

DIRECTIONS: Cook the cheese bread (omit jalapenos if you prefer, but I don’t) exactly as instructed in that recipe.  When completely cooled, coarsely break it up into a large bowl  Add the parsley and stir. Set aside for now.  When ready to put stuffing together, preheat the oven to 350º.

Melt the butter in a skillet and saute the celery and onion until very tender.  I do NOT like crunchy bits in my stuffing! 🙂  Add the sauteed veggie mixture, butter and all, to the dry ingredients in the bowl.  Add seasonings and finally the broth.  You may have to add more broth if the resulting mixture is not fairly wet (but not soupy).  Stir well to blend all ingredients.  Pour into a buttered 9×13 baking pan or two round pans.  I personally like to drizzle 1-2 T. more melted butter on top, but that isn’t necessary or included in the numbers below. Bake at 350º for about 30-40 minutes or until golden brown on top.

NUTRITIONAL INFO: Makes 12 servings (approximately 3/4 c. each).  Each serving contains:

282 calories

26 g  fat

7.16 g  carbs, 3.16 g fiber, 4 g NET CARBS

9.1 g  protein

190 mg sodium

Irish Whiskey Bacon-Cranberry Chutney

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

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

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

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INGREDIENTS:

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

2 medium onions (8 oz.), chopped

4 cloves garlic, minced

½ c. apple cider vinegar, preferably raw,unfiltered

½ c. water

½ c. Irish Whiskey

¼ c. fresh squeezed orange juice

¼ c. my sugar-free Orange Marmalade

½ c. erythritol

¼ c. sugar-free maple syrup

3 jalapenos, seeded and chopped fine

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

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

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

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

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

92 calories

5 g  fat

3.26 g  carbs, .63 g  fiber, 2.63 g  NET CARBS

3.36 g  protein

197 mg sodium

Low-Carb Tartlet Shells

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Tartlet Shells

Remember the “Fool Proof Pie Crust” recipe that was so popular in the 80’s?……the one with the egg and a bit of lemon juice or vinegar?  Well, I just tweaked and low carbed it!  Got the idea from Georgene on Low-Carb Friends forums, but tweaked her version a bit more. The final recipe is only loosely similar to the original Fool Proof Pie Crust recipe, most notably it doesn’t have nearly 2 cups of FLOUR!  Mine is more of a shortbread type of crust.  I’m so pleased with how these came out, because the Fool-Proof crust was always my favorite pie crust recipe before I began my low-carb adventures.

Today I made the tastiest strawberry jam and homemade loquat jam tartlets! The dough will make 27 tartlet shells or 1 large single-crust pie shell.  These shells can also be used for savory fillings like chopped sauteed mushrooms, onion and parsley with a bit of cream cheese.  Mmmm. This recipe is not suitable until Atkins Phase 2 OWL nuts and seeds rung of the carb ladder.  It would be suitable for Primal but not Paleo diners. The nutritional counts below are for the empty shells only.  Be sure to add in the carbs for your fillings for a total count for your final tartlets.  I order my coconut flour and oat fiber from Honeyvillegrains on-line and I use NOW brand of whey protein and egg white protein.  My glucomannan powder I order from Netrition.com.

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INGREDIENTS:

1/3 c. + 1 T.  coconut flour

1/3 c. + 1 T. oat fiber

2½ T. egg white protein

2½ T. plain whey protein powder

1½ tsp. baking powder

1½ tsp. glucomannan powder (konjac powder)

¼ c. + 3 T. palm shortening (or cold butter)

1 small egg

1 tsp. lemon juice or apple cider vinegar

2 T. water

DIRECTIONS:  Measure all dry ingredients into a medium mixing bowl.  Stir well.  Add shortening (or butter) and stir (cut in) to blend evenly into the dry ingredients. Make a well in the center of the mixture.  Add the egg, water and 1 tsp. lemon juice.  Beat them in the well and then slowly incorporate the dry ingredients into the egg mixture with a fork until it is pretty well blended.  It will not form a single ball of dough like a traditional flour pie crust, but it will come together in a fairly stiff, malleable dough you can handle without it sticking to your hands.  If it is too dry to do this, add 1 T. more water slowly as you incorporate it; if it is too wet, a sprinkle the tiniest bit more oat fiber in and blend well.  You want it to be almost as moist as regular pie dough, so you can work with it with your fingers.

At this point, preheat your oven to 350º.   If using silicone pans, support with a metal pan.  Spoon about 1 T. into each of 27 tartlet mold slots.  Press the dough into the bottom and walls of the slots with your fingers.  Fill with 1 teaspoon of your favorite pie fillings, jams, preserves, creme fillings, pecan pie filling, pumpkin pie filling, or whatever you like that will cook thoroughly in about 18 minutes.   Pop pans into 350º oven for 17-18 minutes or until the crust is beginning to brown lightly and filling is done.  Cool a few minutes and gently pop them out of the pans by pushing up from the bottom if using silicone, by using a knife tip if using metal mini muffin pans.  This is the Wilson silicone pan I use (I have 2):

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NUTRITIONAL INFO:   Makes 27 mini tartlet shells, each contains: (unfilled)

43 calories

4.1 g  fat

2.21 g  carbs, 1.69 g  fiber, .53 g  NET CARBS

.95 g  protein

18 mg sodium

12 mg potassium

< 10% RDA all macronutrients

Gingerbread “Bigfoot”

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

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

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

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INGREDIENTS:  

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

2½ c. almond flour

2 pkts. stevia

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

1 tsp. each cinnamon and ginger

½ tsp. nutmeg

1/8 tsp. sea salt

1 tsp. baking soda

¼ c. backstrap molasses

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

1 T. white vinegar

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

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

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

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

Cran-Orange Acorn Squash

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I’m avoiding sugar/sweeteners right now, so I’m trying to use just fresh fruit for the occasional sweet need.  When I decided to bake an acorn squash tonight to go with my pork loin and cabbage, I thought I’d include two classic holiday flavors, cranberries and orange, to see how that would come out.  I traditionally used maple syrup or brown sugar in this recipe.  Well, sadly, to be honest, it just wasn’t sweet enough for me with just fruit and no sweetening agent.  But flavor-wise, it was still as good as this always is to me. But my husband said his half, which was sweetened with 3 drops of liquid stevia extract was just right for him.  This is a pretty high-carb dish, so it should not be enjoyed until Atkins Pre-maintenance or Maintenance phases.  It is also suitable for Paleo-Primal dining.  This was lovely with pork!  This is also very good with a holiday turkey or wild game.

INGREDIENTS:

1   5″ diameter acorn squash

½  naval orange, peeled and chopped

1/3 c. fresh cranberries, chopped

½ tsp. cinnamon

Sweetener of your choice (I used liquid stevia extract)

4 tsp. unsalted butter or ghee

DIRECTIONS:   Preheat oven to 350º.  Using a large knife, cut the squash in half.  Scoop out and discard seeds. Place a little water (1/4″) in a shallow quiche dish.    Place squash cut side down in the water and microwave on HI for about 8-10 minutes or until it is beginning to get tender inside but is not falling-apart mushy.  Remove from oven and drain off water.  Turn squash cut side up and set aside while you make the filling.  In a small bowl, place the chopped orange, chopped cranberries, cinnamon and if using, the sweetener.  Stir well.  Fill each squash cavity with half the mixture.  Top with 2 tsp. butter/ghee each and bake in preheated 350º oven for about 20 minutes.  I sometimes sprinkle with chopped nuts to dress it up, but didn’t tonight.

NUTRITIONAL INFO:   Makes 2 servings, each contains: (not including any nuts used on top)

188 calories

8.4 g  fat

30.7 g  carbs, 5.8 g  fiber, 24.9 g  NET CARBS

2.3 g  protein

8 mg sodium

Curried Fruit and Sweet Potatoes

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I’ll just say right up front that this Holiday recipe is probably the highest carb recipe on my website.  Now that I have that unpleasant admission out of the way……….this dish has been a favorite of mine and my mother’s for many, many years.  Despite its higher carbs, I do plan to make this for Christmas or Thanksgiving this year.    To low-carb the original recipe, I switched to artificial sweeteners, maple extract for a brown sugar flavor, and slightly reduced the amount of fruit.  If you ditch the maraschino cherries (which are very good in this) you will save 2.8 net carbs per serving; if you ditch the sweet potatoes, making it just a curried fruit dish, (the potatoes were not in Mom’s original recipe), you will save an additional 4 net carbs per serving.  Your decision there.  Fresh cherries would be a better option, of course, but I had none tonight so I just  used the maraschino cherries we keep around for mixing drinks for visitors.  You can also use chunks of fresh, cooked pumpkin to pull the carbs down a lot on this dish.  This side is a lovely complement to roast turkey, baked chicken, roast duck, goose and hooved wild game as well.  Tonight, I used a Sri Lankan curry powder, which is “hotter” than my Sharwood’s brand, but it was delicious!  If you’ve never had curried fruit, I’m certain if you like the taste of curry powder, you will absolutely love this dish!  This is not suitable until the “higher-carb fruits” rung of the Atkins OWL carb ladder, when you have reached the Pre-Maintenance phase.

INGREDIENTS:

2 T. unsalted butter, melted

1 T. curry powder

20 drops liquid sucralose (or 1/4 c. granular)

½ tsp. maple extract

1 T. erythritol (or 1 packet stevia)

6 pear halves, natural juice pack, drained & cut in half

4 slices pineapple, natural juice pack, drained and cut into thirds

6 oz. nectarine, sliced (I don’t peel mine)

10 maraschino cherries (or fresh, pitted)

5 oz. sweet potato, peeled

DIRECTIONS:  Preheat oven to 350º.  Peel sweet potatoes, cut into medium-size chunks and boil in sauce pan for 4-5 minutes only. You just want to half cook them.  Alternately you can use fresh pumpkin chunks instead to lower carbs.  Drain and set aside.  While they are boiling, melt butter in baking dish in oven.  Remove and stir in extract, curry powder and sweeteners. Slice nectarine into the butter/curry mixture.  Add pear quarters and pineapple pieces.  Add whatever cherries you’re using next (pit them if using fresh).  Last add the partially cooked sweet potatoes.  Toss gently with a large serving spoon so as to get some of the seasoned butter to coat each piece.  Pop into a 350º oven and bake for around 35-45 minutes, tossing the fruit in the sauce once during baking.  Serve hot with your favorite roast fowl or game.  Leftovers reheat nicely and this dish tastes even better the second time around!

NUTRITIONAL INFO:   Makes 6 servings, each contains:

124.8 calories, 4.15 g  fat, 22.32 g carbs, 3.23 g  fiber, 19.09 g  NET CARBS, 1.13 g  protein, 16 mg sodium

Gingerbread #2

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These are moist, delicious and my husband’s favorite bar cookie I have created.  I have made a few changes from the original recipe I worked up, but the changes have only improved these.  These are not suitable for the Induction Phase of Atkins.

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2/3 c. oat flour (for gluten-free, be sure to grind from 100% certified gluten-free oats)

1 c. unsweetened, unflavored whey protein powder

2 tsp. cinnamon

3/4 tsp. baking powder

¼ tsp. glucomannan (konjac) powder

¼ tsp. salt

1/8 tsp. each allspice & nutmeg

1 tsp. ginger

1 T. molasses

1 T. coconut oil

3/4 c. granular Splenda (or equivalent liquid sweetener)

¼ c. granular erythritol

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

1 T. flax meal

4 egg whites (I use carton whites)

2   4-oz. jars baby food carrots (I use Gerber)

DIRECTIONS:  Preheat oven to 350º.  Grease bottom and sides of a medium baking pan (I used 7″x 12″ ceramic) or line bottom with parchment paper and grease the sides only.

Measure out dry ingredients into medium mixing bowl.  Stir well.  Beat in the egg whites and pureed carrots, blending well.  Baby food carrots can vary with brand on water content.  If your batter is stiff, add 1 T. water.  I don’t have to do this with Gerber brand of carrots; I do with other brands.  Batter is thin if you use carton egg whites, but it will all cook up just fine.  Pour batter into prepared pan and bake at 350º for about 20 minutes or until a toothpick stuck into the center comes out dry and clean.  Remove from oven, cool and cut into 16 equal pieces.  Larger pans will yield thinner bars; smaller will yield a taller, cake-like bar.

You can serve this as a cake if you prefer, topped with fresh whipped cream.  I love to do this during the Christmas Holidays.

NUTRITIONAL INFO:  Makes 16 bars, each contains:

58 calories, 1.82 g fat, 7.0 g carbs, 1.24 g fiber, 5.77 g net carbs, 4.8 g protein, 118 mg sodium