Eggplant Parmigiana “Pizza”

Eggplant Crust Pepperoni Pizza

This tastes more like Eggplant Parmigiana than a pizza to me, but one never knows when one starts out creating.  I LOVE how the eggplant crust came together.  Just as crunchy as classically prepared Parmigiana.  Couldn’t even taste the pepperoni though.  Won’t bother or will put more next time.  What I do know is this was extremely filling and truly DELICIOUS!  I’m going to make Eggplant Parmigiana (this minus the pepperoni) more often from now on.  Pork rinds are just wonderful as a stand-in for breadcrumbs in Italian cooking.  If you keep some of the Lucini sauce in your freezer, it can be defrosted quickly int he microwave for such recipes.  Makes prep time a cinch!  This recipe is suitable for all phases of Atkins, Keto diets and Primal Blueprint.

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VARIATION:  Increase recipe, omit the pepperoni and make a full casserole pan full of these slices for classic Eggplant Parmigiana. 🙂

INGREDIENTS:

2   slices eggplant, unpeeled, about 3/8″ thick

1½ T. homemade mayonnaise

1½ oz. pork rinds (2 handfuls) crushed

Dash your favorite seasoning blend

Dash Italian spice blend (or oregano)

1½ oz. shredded mozzarella (about 5 Tbsp.)

4 T. spaghetti sauce (I use Lucini brand I buy at Walmart)

½ oz. green bell pepper, sliced extremely thin

5 slices pepperoni, chopped a bit

2 T. Parmesan, grated

DIRECTIONS:   Preheat oven to 450º.  Line baking sheet with parchment.

Slice off eggplant slices and brush both sides with mayo.  Crush pork rinds and stir in spices. Sprinkle them onto both surfaces with pork rind crumbs, coating well.  Place slices onto parchment lined pan and bake at 450º for about 15 minutes.  No need to turn during baking.  Remove from oven and lower to 350º.

Sprinkle each slice with 2 T. mozzarella cheese.  Dot each with 2 T. sauce.  Place bits of green pepper next.  Evenly space the pepperoni bits.  Sprinkle each with Parmesan cheese and the remaining 1T. mozzarella.  Bake at 350º for 5-10 minutes to melt the cheese.  Serve and ENJOY!

NUTRITIONAL INFO:   Makes 2 slices, each contains:

310 calories, 23.1 g fat, 7.0 g carbs, 3.1 g fiber, 3.9 g NET CARBS, 18.9 g protein, 700 mg sodium

Creamy Chipotle-Lime Scampi

Creamy Lime Scampi

This delicious fare was what I served for dinner last night.  We just LOVE this dish that literally goes together in about 15-30 minutes flat!  My kind of recipe!  The addition of cream makes this a slightly different shrimp scampi creation from the norm.  This recipe and other shellfish recipes is the reason I use unsalted butter exclusively.  Since shrimp has a lot of natural sodium in it, I find adding any pushed is over the top in salinity for me.  This recipe is acceptable for all phases of Atkins and other Keto diets.  When you get to Phase 2 “OWL” (Ongoing Weight Loss), 2 T. of a nice dry white wine added to this is divine!

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INGREDIENTS:

1 lb. shrimp, peeled and cleaned

2-3 cloves minced garlic (I use 3)

½ stick unsalted butter

Juice of 2 limes (about 2-3 T.)

1/4 c. finely chopped parsley

1/8 tsp. smoked chipotle powder (if you can’t get it, use cayenne pepper)

¼ c. heavy cream

Sprinkle of xanthan gum to slightly thicken

2 c. spaghetti squash threads (½ c. per serving)

DIRECTIONS: Cut a medium spaghetti squash in half, remove seeds and put cut side down into shallow dish filled with 1/4″ water.  Microwave on HI for 13 minutes.  Drain and fork out threads and put in serving bowl with tight cover so squash will stay hot while you cook the shrimp topping.  In a non-stick skillet, melt butter.  Add minced garlic and saute until cooked but not burned.  You don’t want a raw garlic taste to dominate the final dish.  Add chipotle powder and shrimp and saute until shrimp curl and are opaque.  Add parsley and lime juice and immediately lower heat to lowest setting.  Add cream and stir well.  Dust lightly with xanthan gum and stir until slightly thickened.  Serve over spaghetti squash threads with a nice green salad!

NUTRITIONAL INFO: Makes 4 servings, each containing: (includes spaghetti squash)

303 calories, 19.2 g  fat, 9.15 g  carbs, 1.38 g  fiber, 7.77 g  NET CARBS, 24.4 g  protein, 194 mg sodium

Broiled Salmon with Tarragon Crab Sauce

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This simple fare is rich, delicious and only takes about 30 minutes to put together.  The sweet tarragon is so nice in the pink cream sauce.  Make half the recipe if you only need two servings.  This is suitable for all phases of Atkins, Keto Diets and Primal followers.

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INGREDIENTS:

12 oz. fresh salmon filets

2 T. unsalted butter, melted

Dash of my Seafood Spice Blend or Emeril’s seasoning

2 T. more butter, melted (for the sauce)

2 oz. yellow or white onion, slivered thin

3/4 tsp. sweet dried tarragon

15 grape tomatoes, cut into halves

3/4 c. heavy cream

3 T. white wine (I used Chardonnay)

Dash salt

Dash xanthan gum (optional)

8 oz. picked crab meat  (I used a pouch of Blue Star Brand)

DIRECTIONS:  Preheat your broiler.   Cut the salmon filets into 4 equal portions.  Baste with the melted butter and sprinkle on the Seafood Spice Blend.  Broil until done or about 10 minutes, until salmon is firmed up in the center.

While the fish broils, melt the remaining butter in a skillet and brown the onion until it begins to brown.  Add the tomato halves and saute until they just begin to soften a bit.  Add the cream, tarragon, crab and wine and simmer about 3-4 minutes.  Don’t be too rough with the crab meat.  Add salt to taste and a light dusting of xanthan gum on the top and stir sauce until it thickens up.  Dip the crab sauce equally over the four portions of fish and serve with your favorite sides.  My husband likes green peas with seafood, but that isn’t the best low-carb choice.  Broccoli or steamed green beans would be a better choice.

NUTRITIONAL INFO:   Makes 4 servings, each contains:

430 calories, 33.7 g  fat, 4.07 g  carbs, .62 g  fiber, 3.45 g  NET CARBS, 25.75 g  protein, 277 mg sodium

Brats with Purple Cabbage

 

Brats with Purple Cabbage

A simple, quick meal for after your Black Friday shopping spree.  This hearty meal is just what you need when there is a chill in the air but you’re too tired to go all out cooking dinner after your mall hopping.

I’ve made this dish for years, but I have always made it with regular smoked sausage.  Thought I’d try it with brats this time.  Good decision!  It was quick, simple and very tasty.  The caraway seed is optional, but adds a lot to the overall flavor of this delicious dinner dish.  This pairs nicely with my cool, Mint Cucumber Salad. If I have a salad, one serving fills me right up because I find brats to be quite rich.  The hubs eats 2 links however. ;)  This recipe is suitable for all phases of Atkins, Keto diets, Primal and Paleo as well.

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VARIATION:  Substitute your favorite smoked sausage for the brats.  You can also substitute in green cabbage for an equally delicious dish.  It really doesn’t taste any different than the purple.

INGREDIENTS:

12 oz. beef brats (4 links)

1 T. + 1 tsp. bacon grease

4 c. purple cabbage, cut up coarsely (or green cabbage will do)

3 oz. onion, slivered thin

½ tsp. caraway seed

¼ tsp. coarse black pepper

DIRECTIONS:  In a small non-stick skillet, cook the sausage until browned on all sides.  I like to start out with ½” water in the pan and basically let the brats boil in that water, covered with a lid, until they are totally gray and pretty firm and done.  Then I pour off the water, pierce them with a knife or fork to allow grease to exude and brown them slowly in their own grease, rotating several times, until golden on all sides.  Using a lid during browning will reduce spattering of grease a little.

While they cook, add the bacon grease to a large non-stick skillet or wok over high heat.  Add the onion, and stir-fry until it begins to brown and caramelize.  Add cabbage and caraway seed.  Lower heat to medium.  Stir fry until the cabbage is wilted to the stage you like, but not completely or it will get quite strong tasting, in my opinion.  You want a little crunch and natural sweetness left in it.  Top with the browned brats and serve at once.

NUTRITIONAL INFO:  Makes 4 servings, each contains:  Men will eat 2 servings, women only 1

354 calories, 28.5 g fat, 9.37 g carbs, 2.20 g fiber, 7.17 g NET CARBS, 14.5 g protein, 802 mg sodium (all from the brats, unfortunately)

Beef-Broccoli Pie

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I adore broccoli steamed, but I’m frankly not too fond of it added to casseroles.  It invariably cooks too long and gets bitter.  So I had strong misgivings about adding it in this recipe.  I think I must have used just the right amount of broccoli, because I LOVED this final dish and the broccoli didn’t get strong-tasting!!  My husband, when he carried his plate to the kitchen sink, after having wolfed down seconds, said “You can add THAT one to your regular rotations.”  That’s always a pretty good sign from him. ;)  The filling was quite creamy yet not overly wet.  Having used grass-fed beef for this, the beef flavor was rich indeed. Give this one a try! I’m certain you’re going to like it.  Although not suitable until you are closer to goal weight, this one is well worth the wait.  If you use Induction suitable biscuit dough (like flax muffin batter) and not do a bottom crust, those still in the initial Atkins Induction phase could still enjoy this recipe.🙂

VARIATION:  You lamb fans could use ground lamb in this pie for a very nice variation.

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CRUST INGREDIENTS:

1 1/3 c. CarbQuik bake mix (use a gluten-free bake mix for a gluten-free version)

¼ c. oat flour (from certified gluten-free oats if you require that)

½ c. coconut oil or cold butter

¼ tsp. sea salt

1/3 c. ice water

FILLING INGREDIENTS:

1 lb. ground beef (I used 90% lean grass-fed)

6 large mushrooms, sliced chopped coarsely

1/3 c. red bell pepper, chopped

2 oz. onion, chopped

½ recipe Jennifer Eloff’s Condensed Cream of Mushroom Soup

½ c. drained or Greek yogurt

¼ c. cream

Dash each salt

¼ tsp. black pepper

1½ c. broccoli, raw, coarsely chopped

DIRECTIONS:  Make the blender mushroom soup (linked above) per that recipe’s instructions.  You will only use half of this soup for this recipe. Store the remaining half in your refrigerator for another use.

Measure out the dry ingredients for the crust in a medium mixing bowl.  Stir well.  With a fork or pastry cutter, blend in the coconut oil or cold butter until the mixture resembles coarse cornmeal and visually appears to be uniformly blended.  Add the ice water slowly and with your fork, stir until it forms a solid ball of dough.  I had to knead mine 4-5 times to facilitate that. Divide dough into a chunk of 2/3 of the dough for the bottom crust and 1/3 of the dough for the top crust.  Roll bottom crust between 2 sheets of plastic wrap until 1-1½” larger than your baking dish.  I used a 7 x 11 ceramic dish.  Remove top plastic and lift the dough, plastic and all and gently tip it onto the pan, centered.  Remove plastic and press it in the bottom and along the sides of your baking dish.  If there are any tears, just press it together.  Perfection here is not an issue.  Set aside while you cook the filling.

Preheat oven to 350º.  Brown the meat in a non-stick skillet (mine is ceramic) over medium-high heat.  Add the onion and bell pepper.  Saute until veggies are nearly tender.  Add the chopped mushrooms and saute the mixture just until they are no longer opaque.  Stir in the condensed soup, yogurt and cream until they are uniformly blended.  Stir in the raw broccoli, salt and pepper last.  Only saute 1 minute as you DO NOT want the broccoli really cooked much.  That happens in the oven.

With a rubber spatula, scrape filling into the crust.  Now roll out the remaining dough to roughly the size and shape of your dish (again between plastic wrap) and top the pie with it.  Seal the edges of the top and bottom crust crimping in any fashion you like. Make some vent holes with a knife tip or fork.  Pop into 350º oven for about 1 hour or until dough is golden brown.

NUTRITIONAL INFO:   Makes 6 servings, each contains:

340 calories, 33 g  fat, 19.83 g  carbs, 11.26 g  fiber, 8.57 NET CARBS, 10 g  protein, 353 mg sodium

Eggplant Torte

eggplant-torte-before-slicing-2I’m always fascinated by layered tortes when the chefs press them into terrine pans on television cooking shows.  Thought I’d try it with eggplant last night for dinner.  I used a non-stick meatloaf pan that is extra long (12″ x 4″).  I debated on whether to use spaghetti sauce or a beaten egg-cream mixture and opted for the red this time.  I will be trying the other version soon though. :)  I used “Classico” brand Tomato & Basil spaghetti sauce (6 NC per ½ cup) and used VERY little of it between each layer of the torte to avoid it being “soupy”.  This recipe is suitable for all phases of Atkins, Keto diets and Primal Blueprint.

VARIATIONS:  Omit the pound of ground beef for a more dominant eggplant-tasting dish.  Another variation would be to omit the red spaghetti sauce and use a sauce of 4 eggs beaten with 1/4 c. heavy cream spread between the layers.  You will need to recalculate carbs with these variations.

INGREDIENTS:

12 oz. eggplant, sliced thin 1/8″ thick (allow more time for thicker slicing)

1 lb. ground beef

1 c. low-carb  meatless spaghetti sauce of your choice

1 c. shredded mozzarella cheese

8 basil leaves, chopped

¼ c. shredded Parmesan cheese

DIRECTIONS:    Preheat oven to 350º.  Oil a terrine pan or meatloaf pan lightly and set aside.  Stem and cut the eggplant lengthwise into 1/8″ thin slices (for fastest cooking time).  Set aside.  In a skillet brown the ground beef.  Add the basil and stir until it is wilted.  Remove from heat.

To construct the torte, place a single layer of eggplant slices on the bottom of the oiled pan.  Dot with about 3 T. sauce and spread evenly with the back of your spoon. This is not much sauce, but you do not want this torte to come out soupy, so this is intentional. Top with about ¼ of the meat.  Sprinkle with ¼ c. mozzarella.  Place another layer of eggplant on the top.  Press all down firmly with your fingers to compact.  Repeat with the sauce, ¼ of the meat and cheese.  Place the third single layer of eggplant slices and again press down firmly.  Repeat with the sauce, ¼ of the meat, and cheese. Place the final layer of eggplant on top, the rest of the sauce, the last of the meat and the last of the mozzarella shreds. Press down again to compact the layers.

eggplant-torte-before-slicing-1If you should have any unused eggplant slices,  you can either decorate a final layer as shown (left) if serving to company, save the remaining eggplant for another day’s soup or chop it up for a future casserole.  Sprinkle the top of the torte with the ¼ c. Parmesan cheese and cover tightly with foil.    Bake at 350º for 45 minutes,then remove foil and bake another 10 minutes or until lightly browned on top.  If knife goes into center easily, it is completely done.  Thicker eggplant will require probably 15 more minutes cooking time.    Remove from oven and let sit for 5 minutes before attempting to cut into four equal servings.

NUTRITIONAL INFO:    Makes 4 servings, each contains:

445 calories, 31 g fat, 10.15 g carbs, 3.92 g fiber, 7.23 g NET CARBS, 30.6 g protein, 516 mg 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

Peggy’s Texas Chili

Peggy's Texas Chili

Since chili has to simmer quite awhile for the flavors to blend, I like to make big batches.  This recipe makes 8 large bowls.  The nutritional info is calculated with the can of Eden black soy beans, making the recipe as written unacceptable for Induction.  If you omit the beans, as many may prefer, this chili recipe is perfectly OK for Atkins Induction!  I’ve never had a die-hard Texas back away from my chili, so I hope you’ll give this one a try.🙂

You non-bean chili folks, here’s one reader’s story I think you’ll appreciate:

It cracks me up every time I hear someone say that real Texas Chili doesn’t have beans and/or tomatoes in it. My granddaddy was a true old world cowboy, he did one of the last real cattle drives from South Texas up into Nebraska and I well remember him talking about the food that their “Texan” Cookie served and chili WITH beans was a mainstay on the trail. Tomatoes were added when available.

I use several different chile peppers in this recipe, but each has a distinctive flavor they bring to the chili, in my opinion.   Of course, you can change the peppers called for herein, if you can’t get some of them, but in doing so, you will definitely change the final flavor.

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Here are some pics of the peppers I use in my chili:

Ancho

Guajillo

INGREDIENTS:

Serrano

3 lb. ground beef

4 oz. onion, chopped

6 cloves garlic, minced

2   4 oz. cans chopped green chiles

1  10 oz. can tomatoes with green chiles (I use Rotel mild)

1  14.5 oz. can diced/crushed tomatoes, no-salt

3 c. water

1 T. chili powder (I use ½ Bolner’s Fiesta and ½ Chimayo pictured below right)

½ tsp. ancho chili powder (or ¼ dried ancho pepper, seeded, chopped) 

2 tsp. ground cumin

1  dried Guajillo chile pepper, seeded and chopped

1 Serrano pepper, seeded and chopped (or Jalapeno pepper)

2 tomatillos, skin removed and chopped

1 c. cilantro, chopped

1 oz. tomato paste

1  14.5 oz. can Eden Black Soy Beans with liquid (optional, OMIT for Induction)

DIRECTIONS: Over medium-high heat, brown meat and onion in large stew pot.  When done, add all remaining ingredients.  After the chili comes to a boil, reduce fire to lowest setting, cover tightly and simmer for 1-2 hours (the longer the better, so the tomatoes literally cook apart into the liquid).  Stir often to avoid scorching on the bottom of the pan.

NUTRITIONAL INFO: Makes 8 servings, each contains:  (these numbers include the optional beans, as I don’t care for chili without them)

540 calories, 32 g  fat, 10.6 g carbs, 4.73 g fiber, 5.87 g NET CARBS (less without the beans), 49.5 g protein, 935 mg sodium

Thai Chicken-Pumpkin Soup

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When there’s a chill in the air I find myself wanting things made with pumpkin.  It’s also a time of year I love making new soup recipes.  For this delicious soup, I just need a couple things in my pantry.  I use Sam’s “Daily Chef” canned chicken meat as it only has chicken, salt and water in it.  No modified food starch or other junk ingredients.  I always have some homemade chicken stock in my freezer, so this is an easy lunch for me.  This soup came out quite tasty and it turns out it’s very nutritious, too.  I went for a Thai flavor today.  GOOD choice for my key ingredients!  This recipe isn’t suitable until you reach the nuts and seeds rung of Atkins Phase 2 OWL carb ladder.  It is perfectly suited to other Keto diets and Primal-Paleo as well.

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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:

1  15-oz. can pumpkin puree (do not use pumpkin pie filling!)

1  13.5-oz. can coconut milk

3 c. homemade chicken broth

¼ c. packed, chopped fresh cilantro

¼ tsp. salt

Dash black pepper

¼ c. green onion, finely chopped

1 tsp. Thai Red Curry Paste (or to taste)

1 tsp. coconut aminos or low-sodium soy sauce

½ tsp. Thai fish sauce (I use Thai Kitchen found at Walmart)

2 cloves garlic, minced

1  13 oz. can chicken breast meat (with broth)

Sprig of fresh cilantro or my 8-seed Spice Blend

DIRECTIONS:   Basically, place all ingredients into a large soup pot, stir well and bring to a boil and then lower heat.  Simmer for 15-20 minutes.  Although not absolutely necessary, use a stick blender to puree the soup if desired.

NUTRITIONAL INFO:  Makes five 1½ c. servings, each contains:

273 calories, 19.2 g  fat, 10.2 g  carbs, 2.6 g  fiber, 7.6 g  NET CARBS, 13.66 g  protein, 432 mg sodium

519 mg potassium, 97% RDA Vitamin A, 39% copper, 55% iron, 19% magnesium, 41% manganese, 22% niacin, and 21% phosphorous  (nice nutrient profile on this one)

Porcini-Portobello Braised Chicken

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Oh my goodness, did my husband ever like last night’s dinner creation.  If the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach, I locked it up last night.  This recipe is a little on the carb-y side as I added 1½ cups  AlDente brand “Carba Nada” low-carb fettucini noodles to the pan.  They soaked up the the rich broth flavors quite nicely.  Clearly that makes this recipe unsuitable for Atkins Induction.  But you could certainly cook some zucchini noodles on the side for a lower-carb option and enjoy this dish once you get to Phase 2 (due to the wine, which is not allowed until Phase 2).  You could even go a step farther and substitute more chicken broth for the wine and enjoy this during Induction Phase!  Won’t be quite as good, but doable early in the diet.  :)  This dish has stellar flavor and I hope my readers will try it sometime.  We both have always enjoyed the flavor affinity of wine and thyme on chicken and beef dishes.  And this is yet another wine + thyme success. 🙂

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INGREDIENTS:

5-6 dried Porcini mushrooms, rehydrated in very hot water

2 large chicken breasts (or choice of chicken pieces for 4 portions)

¼ tsp. each coarse black pepper, salt, Spanish paprika and onion powder

2 T. unsalted butter

1 T. olive oil

3 oz. onion, slivered or chopped

2 cloves garlic, minced

4 oz. can sliced mushrooms, drained of liquid

1 c. chicken broth (-preferably homemade)

½ c. dry white wine (I used Chardonay)

1 tsp. dried thyme leaves (1 T. fresh, chopped)

¼ tsp. xanthan gum (or your favorite thickener)

1½ c. raw AlDente “Carba Nada” egg fettuccini noodles”  (about 1/3 of bag) [or use 4 c. zucchini noodles]

DIRECTIONS:  Soak the Porcini mushrooms in a small bowl of very hot water for about 30 minutes or until soft.  When soft, slice them, cutting away any tough stems.  Boil the Carba Nada noodles in a medium saucepan until tender but not quite done.  Drain water off noodles and set aside while you prepare the main dish.  Butterfly the chicken breasts so they will cook faster and to create 4 portions of meat.

Mix the black pepper, paprika and onion powder on a paper plate.  Sprinkle the chicken pieces on all sides with the spice mixture.  Heat a large skillet over high heat, melting the butter and oil together.  Sear the chicken pieces on all sides until golden (it will not be done yet).  Remove chicken temporarily to a plate.  Add the onion slices to the skillet and allow it to caramelize in the hot oil.  When the onion is softening and browning, next add the drained canned mushrooms, garlic, chicken broth, wine and thyme to the pan.

Bring to a boil and immediately lower heat to lowest setting so the contents of the pan are just simmering.    Whisk in the xanthan gum and let it begin to thicken for a couple minutes.  Gently stir in the partially cooked, drained noodles (if using), replace the chicken on top, cover pan with a lid and simmer for about 30 minutes on lowest heat possible or until chicken is done and noodles have absorbed most of the liquid (internal temp of 170º).   Remove lid and let dish breathe and moisture to evaporate from atop the chicken.  If substituting zucchini noodles, prepare those while the main skillet is in this final stage of cooking and add their value to the lower nutritional numbers below.   Serve with a nice green salad and enjoy!

NUTRITIONAL INFO:    Makes 4 servings, each contains (calculated using chicken breasts):

With Noodles:  412 calories, 19g fat, 13.75 g carbs, 4.27g fiber, 9.38g NET CARBS, 39.8 g protein and 714 mg sodium

Without Noodles:  377 calories, 18.5 g fat, 7.75 g carbs, 2.87 g fiber, 4.88 g NET CARBS, 36.8 g protein, 709 mg sodium

Spaghetti Squash with Italian Sausage

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A delightful new stuffed spaghetti squash graced our dinner table last night. It was creamy yet not too heavy.  The overall flavor is Italian with the Italian Sausage in it.  But you can substitute regular breakfast sausage and totally change the flavor outcome.  Unless you grow them yourself, it’s very hard to get small enough spaghetti squash to make a half shell serve just one person.  So in this recipe, each half serves TWO people.  :)  This delicious and very filling dish will make your family smile and ask for an encore performance!  This dish is suitable for all phases of Atkins, Keto and Primal diets but would not be acceptable for Paleo due to the two cheese in it.

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INGREDIENTS:

1  medium spaghetti squash (or 2 small 5-6″ small ones if you can find them)

12 oz. mild Italian Sausage, removed from casings (preferably homemade)

2 oz. onion, chopped

1/3 c. red bell pepper (coarsely chopped)

2 oz. cream cheese

½ tsp. dried oregano leaves

2 T. parsley, chopped

Dash each onion and garlic powder

1 c. shredded mozzarella cheese

VARIATION:  Use “regular” breakfast sausage instead of Italian sausage for a distinct flavor change.  Using “Hot” sausage or “Hot” Italian sausage will also change things up considerably, but be careful there. 🙂

DIRECTIONS:   With a large kitchen knife, cut the spaghetti squash in half lengthwise, place cut-side down in a baking dish with ½” water.  Microwave on HI for 13 minutes.  Remove and cool a bit for handling.  With a fork, scrape out the squash threads onto a paper plate or bowl.  You will be using 2-2½ cups of the threads for this recipe and reserve the rest for some other use.  Preheat oven to 325º.  Set the shells (used as bowls) onto a baking pan or dish.

Remove the sausage from the casings and place in skillet over medium-high heat to brown, crumbling it up with your spatula as it cooks.   Add the onion and red bell pepper and cook until they are tender.  Stir in the cream cheese until it is melted and uniformly distributed.  Add onion and garlic powder as well as the oregano. Stir well.  Add about 2 cups of spaghetti squash threads and stir well.  Only add more if you think you need more to fill up your hungry family, but be sure to recalculate the nutritional info if you increase the squash.  Spoon the mixture into the two large shell halves (or 4 smaller ones).  Top each portion with and equal share of the mozzarella cheese.  Pop the pan into a 325º oven for 30 minutes to blend flavors and melt cheese.   Serve with a nice green Italian salad.

NUTRITIONAL INFO:   Makes 4 servings.  With 2 c. squash threads, each serving will contain:

473 calories, 38 g fat, 9.55 g carbs, 1.8 g fiber, 7.75 g NET CARBS, 23.9 g protein, 465 mg sodium

Induction Chicken and Dumplings

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Man, this Induction-friendly dish is real Fall and Winter comfort food for us.  It tastes even better than it looks!  Just what you need on a chilly day.  A cyber friend said it is snowing today where she is this week!  So I thought I’d repost this Phase 1 recipe for those just starting out on their low-carb program can also enjoy this winter.  It’s a marvelous use of Oopsie Rolls and I was astounded they held up to 20 minutes of broth simmering!  The spongy, egg-like quality of Oopsie Rolls is just perfect for this application.  You can also cut the rolls up into smaller pieces for adding “dumplings” to other soups at the last minute.   :)   If you want to double or triple this recipe, it definitely freezes well.

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INGREDIENTS:

1 chicken breast (large, about 8 oz.)

2 c. low-sodium chicken broth (plus enough water to cover chicken well if needed)

3 drops yellow food coloring (optional)

3 large stalks celery, chopped coarsely

1 chicken bouillon cube

Dash black pepper

2 Oopsie Rolls (also called Improved Revolution Rolls)

¼-½ tsp. xanthan gum to thicken

DIRECTIONS: Cut chicken breast in half for two servings.  Place in stew pot.  Cover with all remaining ingredients except Oopsie Rolls and xanthan gum.  Bring to a boil, lower to a gentle simmer and cook for 30 minutes.  Break or cut up rolls into quarter-sized “dumplings” and drop into broth.  Continue to simmer for 15-20 more minutes.  Do not disturb with spoon too much and the “dumplings” will not fall apart at all.  Right before serving, dust xanthan gum over surface and gently stir, waiting between successive dustings to allow to thicken.  When you get to the desired thickness, remove from heat and serve.

NUTRITIONAL INFO: Makes 2 servings, each contains:

350 calories, 16.2 g  fat, 5.9 g  carbs, 3.5 g  fiber, 2.4 g  NET CARBS, 41.5 g  protein, 1500 mg sodium

Shrimp-Stuffed Eggplant

Shrimp Stuffed Eggplant

One of my favorite ways to serve eggplant is to do a meat stuffing.  Seafood and eggplant go so well together, this is by far my favorite recipe.  This dish is a bit higher in net carbs than most of my dishes, but it packs so many nutrients into these little packages, it’s worth every single carb.  A good bit of your daily veggie requirements in one meal!   This dish is suitable for all phases of Atkins, Keto diets and Primal-Paleo if you leave off the Parmesan.  You can eat the entire thing, too, filling and shell.  The shell will be so tender by the time it’s done you won’t find it offensive at all!

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INGREDIENTS:

10 oz. peeled shrimp, cut into thirds

1 whole 10 oz. eggplant, stem cut off

3 T. unsalted butter

1 c.love minced garlic

2½ oz. each onion, celery and red bell pepper, chopped

1/3 c. chopped parsley

2 slices bacon, chopped

10 drops Tobasco (or 2-3 shakes of cayenne pepper)

¼ tsp. my Seafood Spice Blend (optional)

1/2 Flax Sandwich Bun, crumbled (or 1 T. flax meal + 1T. water)

1 T. Parmesan cheese, grated, for topping

DIRECTIONS: Preheat oven to 375º.  Fill baking dish with ½” water.  Cut eggplant in half lengthwise and place cut side down in water.  Bake for about 30 minutes until flesh is tender.  Cool slightly, carefully scoop out pulp, leaving about 1/4″ flesh attached to skin for better support of the filling.  Try not to tear/cut outer skin when scooping out the pulp.  When cool, chop the scooped out eggplant pulp and set aside.  Pour off any remaining water from the baking dish, lightly grease and place the empty shells right back in the same pan.

Brown the bacon in a skillet over high heat.  Drain off bacon grease for other use.  Melt butter in the skillet and add garlic, chopped onion, celery and red bell pepper.  Saute until vegetables are tender.  Add parsley, spice blend, Tobasco and the crumbled sandwich bun.  I also like to add a shake or two of cayenne pepper.  Add chopped eggplant pulp, shrimp and stir well.  Fills shells (will be mounded quite a bit), sprinkle with Parmesan cheese and bake at 350º (lowering the oven from where it was baking the eggplant halves) for about 30 minutes.  Serve with a nice green salad.

NUTRITIONAL INFO: Serves 2 adults.  Each stuffed half contains:

513 calories, 31.5 g  fat, 19.3 carbs, 8.35 g  fiber,  10.95 g  NET CARBS, 40.8 g  protein, 571 mg sodium

Lobster Bisque

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Whenever I buy lobster (which I often do at Christmastime), I invariably have a tail or two leftover, as I tend to overbuy by 2 tails to be sure I have enough for the number of people eating.  The lobster tails I bought this year were so large, the two leftover weighed in at 17 oz.  So I made one of my favorite lobster dishes for dinner tonight, Lobster Bisque.  I added the leek as an after thought, but it was actually quite good in it.  I had 1/3 of a huge head of cauliflower I needed to use up, so I cooked and pureed to add as thickener for my bisque.    Still had to use a bit of xanthan gum to get it as thick as I like.   If you want to trim the carb count on this, you could increase the lobster broth and decrease the cream, but I promise it won’t be as rich or good.  But that is certainly an option if you’re about out of carbs for the day.  One of the reasons the carb count is a bit high on this is that lobster itself has carbs!  This is not suitable for Induction unless you leave out the sherry and reduce the cream.  Sadly it just won’t be as good without it, but it’ll be OK🙂.  Those still on Induction would also need to reduce the cream to 1 c. and increase the stock to 4 cups.

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INGREDIENTS:

16 oz. boiled lobster tail meat (4 small or 2 large tails), reserve 4 bites for garnish

4½ cups water

¾ leek, rinsed, sliced thin (optional, but quite good.  Green onion is a good substitute)

1/3 large head cauliflower, cooked

2 c. heavy cream (to cut calories & carbs, use 1 c. cream + 1 cup more seafood broth)

2 oz. tomato paste

3 oz. sherry (or white wine)

plan suitable thickener (I use ¼ tsp. xanthan gum)

1/2 stick ( 4 T.) unsalted butter

DIRECTIONS: Boil or steam cauliflower until tender.   Drain well and puree in blender or food processor.  Boil lobster tails in 4½ cups water for about 1 minute per tail oz. (4 minutes for small tails; 7-8 minutes for large tails). Reserve all stock for your bisque soup.  Remove lobster tails and pull meat from shells.  On cutting board, chop coarsely, reserving 6 bites for garnish.  I like to replace the shells back in the broth and simmer, with lid, for another 30 minutes to make the stock even richer from the oil and flavor in the shells.  Remove shells with slotted spoon when ready to proceed making the bisque. There should be about 4 c. lobster stock left in the pot if you simmer the shells an additional 30 minutes, but add water to make 4 cups total if not. Turn off heat from stock pot and discard shells.

In a skillet, saute the sliced leeks in the butter until tender.  Add to the stock pot over high heat.  Add all remaining ingredients, including the cauliflower puree to the stock pot and stir well to be sure you diffuse the tomato paste.  Once the mixture comes to a light boil, reduce heat to a simmer and cover.  Simmer for 20-30 minutes for flavors to develop.  Right before serving, thicken the bisque by lightly dusting your favorite thickener on the surface and stir it in, waiting a minute or two to let it develop.  Repeat 2-3 times, waiting a couple minutes between additions, and stop this process when desired thickness is achieved.  Ladle the bisque into serving bowls and garnish each with a chunk of lobster.  As you can see, I forgot to do the garnish the day I took this photo, but it does ad to the visual appeal.😉

NUTRITIONAL INFO: Makes 6 servings, each containing:

221.3 calories, 10.53 g  fat, 9.98 g  carbs, 1.60 g  fiber, 8.38 g  NET CARBS, 19.2 g  protein, 615 mg sodium

 

Eggplant-Beef Lasagna

Eggplant-Beef Lasagna

I keep big batches of my meat spaghetti sauce frozen in my freezer at all times.  When I have an eggplant on hand, this recipe is often one I turn to.   So easy to put together if the sauce is already made.  :)  It’s delicious beyond words and even better, knowing it is so much lower-carb than traditional lasagna.   I find with the cheese, this dish is salty enough without added salt. This is not a particularly large recipe, so if you want extra so there will be leftovers for freezing, I would recommend doubling the recipe.  This recipe is not suitable until Atkins Phase 2 OWL since it has ricotta cheese.  Keto folks can enjoy this if you can fit the carbs into your daily limit.

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INGREDIENTS:

10 oz. eggplant

1 T. olive oil

1 c. low-carb spaghetti sauce with meat  (I use my own recipe:  https://buttoni.wordpress.com/2009/08/13/peggys-spaghetti-sauce/)

4 oz. mozzarella cheese, grated

4 T. Parmesan cheese

1/3 c. ricotta cheese

4 fresh basil leaves, chopped (or ¼ tsp. dried)

DIRECTIONS:  Preheat oven to 400º.  Stem the eggplant and slice into ¼” slices.  Oil sheet pan with olive oil and place each slice on sheet, coating both sides of them with oil as you go.  Bake until eggplant is nearly done, turning once (takes about 8-10 minutes on a side.  Remove from oven and lower heat to 350º.  Layer half the eggplant slices on the bottom of a well oiled baking dish.  Spoon half the spaghetti sauce over the top.  Evenly spread all the ricotta cheese on next.  Now sprinkle on half the mozzarella followed by 2 T. of the Parmesan.  Spread the chopped basil on next.  Now place the remaining slices of eggplant on top, reserving out one nice slice to decorate the top of the dish.  Add the remaining sauce. Sprinkle on the remaining mozzarella and then the Parmesan cheese.  Place the last slice of eggplant center dish and pop into 350º oven for around 30 minutes, until hot and bubbly.  Garnish with colorful fresh basil leaves if desired.

NUTRITIONAL INFO:   Makes 4 servings, each contains:

294.3 calories, 19.7 g  fat, 11.13 g  carbs, 3.65 g  fiber, 7.48 g. NET CARBS, 19.2 g  protein, 250 mg sodium

 

Thai Fish Cakes

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This little experiment was a delightful flavor surprise! Both I and my husband (who isn’t very fond of fish) really liked these tasty little fish cakes.  It has become a regular for my menu rotations.  Though some will likely sub in salmon or tuna,  milder fish like Tilapia, white fish, swai and cod allow the spices to really come through.  The spices in these are quite a nice flavor combo.  This dish is super fast to whip up and makes eight 3″ fish cakes (2 per serving).  This dish is suitable for all phases of Atkins and Keto diets.  They are also acceptable for Primal or Paleo regimens.  They are great by themselves or add your favorite Asian soy sauce-based dipping sauce!

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INGREDIENTS:

20 oz. boneless mild white fish filets

1 beaten egg

3 T. cilantro, chopped

1 ½ oz. yellow onion, chopped

1 T. jalapeno pepper, seeded and chopped

1 ½ oz. red bell pepper, chopped

1 T. fresh lime juice

½ tsp. Thai red curry powder

½ tsp. Thai blend (I use Cost Plus World Market brand, or just add ¼ tsp. more red curry powder + pinch cinnamon and nutmeg)

1 T. Thai fish sauce

1 cl. garlic, minced

Dash each salt and black pepper

1  T. coconut oil for browning

DIRECTIONS:   Place all ingredients into a food processor or blender and pulse a few times to reduce the fish to small bits (but not a paste).  Heat coconut oil in very large non-stick skillet over medium-high heat. Spoon mixture onto heated pan, spreading slightly with back of spoon into 3″ cakes.  Brown nicely on both sides.  Serve with nice green salad or your favorite green vegetables.

Optional Dipping Sauce:

2 T. lime juice

2 T. rice vinegar

2T. + 2 tsp. sesame oil

1 tsp. hot sesame oil

3-4 drops liquid sweetener

3 T. low-sodium soy sauce or coconut aminos

1 tsp. minced fresh ginger

½ fresh jalapeno, seeded and chopped

NUTRITIONAL INFO:  Makes 8 fish cakes or 4 servings.  Each 2-cake serving contains (These numbers DO NOT include the dipping sauce):

143.25 calories, 7.98 g  fat, 1.63 g carbs, 0.73 g  fiber, 0.9 NET CARBS, 18.15 g  protein, 119 mg sodium

Beef in Mushroom Wine Sauce

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I love to make this recipe whenever I have a sizeable portion of a very large chuck or sirloin roast leftover. It’s very tasty, rich and a great way to tenderize that meat even further.  Whenever I make a beef roast, I always save any leftover gravy or roast meat broth/drippings, no matter how little that may be.  I invariably find many uses like this recipe for using it up.  I freeze it in ½-cup and 1-cup blocks and once frozen, pop them into a gallon zip-loc bags for soups, casseroles and recipes like this that just need a little broth or gravy.  I can then thin the gravy to use as beef broth.🙂

This delicious dish can be enjoyed by all phases of Atkins provided those still on Induction omit the red wine.  This is suitable for Keto diets, Primal and Paleo as well.

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INGREDIENTS:

1½ c. rich beef gravy or roast drippings (or beef broth + ¼ tsp. xanthan gum (to thicken)

2  4-oz cans mushrooms, drained (liquid reserved)

2 T. tomato paste

¼ tsp. black pepper

1/8 tsp. sea salt

1½ lb. leftover cooked beef roast, sliced

¼ c. dry red wine (I used zinfandel, but any dry red will work) [omit for Induction]

VARIATION:  Add 1/2 c. chopped parsley  (I was out, or I would have used it here)

DIRECTIONS:   In a large skillet over medium heat, add the beef gravy or beef stock.  If using beef broth instead of gravy, whisk in xanthan gum to blend.  Add the tomato paste and whisk again to blend well.  Add salt and pepper and stir.  If using, add parsley and red wine.  Allow to simmer covered on LOW heat for 15 minutes.  Remove lid and simmer 5 minutes longer.  If gravy is too thick, add a bit of the mushroom liquid back to the pan; if too thin, add more xanthan gum (or your preferred thickener) in very light dustings on the surface, stirring in and allowing each addition to develop and thicken before adding more. You do NOT want to overdo xanthan gum lest the sauce get slippery in texture.  Serve at once with you favorite green vegetable or side dish.

NUTRITIONAL INFO:   Makes 4 servings, each contains:

255 calories, 6.9 g fat, 387 g carbs, 1.40 g fiber, 2.47 g NET CARBS, 40.3 g protein, 417 mg sodium

Clams in Sofrito Sauce on Black Bean Noodles

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My husband was out of town today and I knew he’d get home around 6:30, provided there was not too much traffic coming out of Austin on I-35.  One little wreck can slow him down an hour!  So I chose to whip up a simple dinner from a can of whole clams that I knew I could cook from start to finish in 30 minutes after he got home.    This was a real treat and quite delicious.

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Check out my latest pasta discovery!  Black bean spaghetti that I stumbled upon at Thrive Market on-line.  It’s organic, is certified gluten-free, high in fiber and protein!  It has more carbs than zucchini noodles, but is a nice alternative to spaghetti squash and zucchini squash all the time.  For lowest carbs, serve over 20 oz. of pre-cooked zucchini noodles.   The verdict on the black bean noodles:  both I and my husband liked them in taste and texture.  They didn’t really taste of beans and reminded me of regular whole grain pasta in flavor.  Texture was like any al-dente thin spaghetti.  The color is black before they are cooked.  After cooking they are an off-putting gray, so they are not something I’d ever serve to company, or that I chose to use in my feature photo above.  I took a snapshot of them below so you can see the gray color after cooking.  Only 11 net carbs per 2-oz serving, which is lower than Al Dente brand Carba Nada Noodles!  Only listed ingredient is black beans.

Their gray color will elicit all sorts of comments from the kids.  I will definitely buy and cook these tasty noodles again.  Color doesn’t bother me at all.   img_5523Of course, as I said above, you can serve this clam dish over zucchini noodles to cut carbs.  I am posting nutritional info for methods of serving.

This recipe is suited to Atkins Phase 2 and beyond (make without wine and with zucchini noodles if you are still in Induction Phase).  This can be enjoyed on Keto diets if you use zucchini noodles and Paleo-Primal provided you use the zucchini noodles as well.

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INGREDIENTS:

1   8-oz. box of black bean spaghetti

4½ oz. raw bacon, chopped

3 oz. red onion, slivered

3 oz. leek, chopped (or green onion)

2 T. my Sofrito sauce

1 clove garlic, minced

3 plum tomatoes, seeded and coarsely chopped

1  10-oz. can whole clams (with juice)

¼ c. dry white wine  (omit for Atkins Induction)

Dash of your preferred thickener (I used 1/4 tsp. xanthan gum)

OPTIONAL:  Sprinkle with grated Parmesan cheese (not calculated in below)

DIRECTIONS:   In large pot of boiling water, cook the noodles for 6-8 minutes per box directions.  Heat large skillet over medium-high heat and brown chopped bacon.  When nearly done, add the red onion and chopped leeks and saute until tender.  Add sofrito sauce, minced garlic and chopped plum tomatoes.  Add white wine.  Stir as the mixture cooks for about 5-7 minutes.    Add thickener and stir over low heat until it has begun to slightly thicken.  Drain noodles when done cooking and spoon them onto a serving platter.  Top with the clam mixture, a sprinkle of grated Parmesan if you like,  and serve with a nice green salad.

NUTRITIONAL INFO:  Makes 4 servings, each contains:

USING BLACK BEAN NOODLES:  484 calories, 18.8 g fat, 33.25 g carbs, 13.87 g fiber, 19.38 g NET CARBS, 4.05 g protein, 471 mg sodium

USING 20 oz. ZUCCHINI NOODLES:  293 calories, 22 g fat, 15.32 g carbs, 3.72 g fiber, 11.6 g NET CARBS, 18.2 g protein, 470 mg sodium

Zucchini Pesto Quiche

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I found a new pesto sauce recently and wanted to try it out in a recipe tonight.  It is Sundried Tomato Pesto Italian Pasta Sauce by Santini (imported).  This quiche, complete with a low-carb cust, was delicious!  This recipe can also be made crustless if you are still on Atkins Induction phase.  Using mozzarella instead of Monterrey Jack cheese is always an option.  Adding some Parmesan is another possible addition.  Both my husband and I really liked this pie and found it very filling.  Leftovers reheated nicely too.

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INGREDIENTS: 

Peggy’s Improved Pie Crust (or your fav low-carb pie crust)

12 oz. zucchini, sliced

3 oz. onion, chopped

10 oz. pork sausage

2 T. olive oil

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3 oz.  pesto or sundried tomato pesto sauce

6 oz. Monterrey Jack Cheese

Dash each salt and pepper

1 beaten egg

½ c. cream

DIRECTIONS:   Make the pie crust per that recipe’s instructions and bake for just 15 minutes until barely cooked and remove from oven.  In large non-stick skillet, saute the zucchini on both sides in two batches.  Remove from skillet to a plate and in the same skillet, saute the sausage, onion, salt and pepper until the sausage and onion are done.  Drain off any excessive grease.   Layer ½ of the zucchini in the bottom of the cooling pie crust.  Dot with ½ the pesto sauce.  Put ½ the cheese on next.  Sprinkle half the meat/onion mixture on next.  Layer the rest of the zucchini slices on next, dot with remaining pesto sauce, then the meat mixture and finally the last of the cheese.  In a saucer beat the egg with the cream and drizzle over the entire pie evenly.  Bake in a 350º oven for about 20 minutes or until egg/cheese mixture appears fully done.  Serve with a nice green salad.

NUTRITIONAL INFO:    Makes 6 servings, each contains:

646 calories, 56.67 g  fat, 17.2 g  carbs, 9.07 g fiber, 8.13 g  NET CARBS, 6.5 g  protein, 747 mg sodium

Chicken Bolognese

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This dish is very easy to prepare (provided you have the spaghetti meat sauce on hand) and quite tasty!  It can either be served as shown above, over a bed of zucchini or shirataki tofu noodles.  This extremely nutritious dinner is suitable for your Induction menu rotations provided you omit the bit of red wine. Each serving consists of 5 oz. raw chicken breast, which cooks down to about 4.5 oz.  Of course, you may choose to use larger portions of chicken, and I did for my husband.  But the smaller portion filled me up quite nicely.

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INGREDIENTS: 

20 oz. deboned chicken breast, skinless (5 oz. per serving)

1 c. low-carb spaghetti meat sauce (I used spaghetti meat sauce)

4 basil leaves, chopped

4 oz. shredded mozzarella cheese

½ c. grated Parmesan cheese

1 oz. (2 T.) red wine (omit for Induction compliance)

2 T. olive oil

DIRECTIONS:  Preheat oven to 350º.  Pound the chicken breasts with a meat cleaver between two sheets of plastic wrap until they are just about ¼-3/8″ thick.  Heat the olive oil in a non-stick skillet and sear the chicken on both sides until golden and nearly done.  Turn off heat.  Spoon ¼ c. meat sauce over each of the four pieces of browned chicken.  Next drizzle ½ T. red wine over each serving.   Next sprinkle ¼ of the chopped basil on each piece, followed by 1 oz. of mozzarella on each.  Finally sprinkle the top of each portion with 2 T. Parmesan.    Pop that skillet into your preheated 350º oven.  Bake 20 minutes to finish off.  Serve with your favorite green vegetable or a nice green salad.  If I have some Oopsie Rolls in the fridge, I love to make some low-carb garlic bread to serve with this.

NUTRITIONAL INFO:   Makes 4 servings, each contains:

475 calories, 28.4 g  fat, 6.4 g  carbs, 1.3 g  fiber, 5.1 g NET CARBS, 45.7 g  protein, 702 mg sodium

Kielbasa and Cabbage Bake

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This is my variation on a theme.  I had this dish a number of times when I was growing up but I was not very fond of it back then, as Mom always got hers too tart with vinegar for my palate.  This recipe is just right on the tang and spice combination. And the onions in mine add a sweet edge as well!  We have made it this way several times now and we both just love this dish now!  This recipe is suitable for all phases of Atkins, Keto diets, Primal and Paleo programs as well.

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INGREDIENTS:

5 links Kielbasa or smoked sausage, sliced (I use Meyer’s from Elgin, TX)

3 ox. slivered yellow onion

¼ c. my homemade Shawarma Mayo

¼ c. my Balsamic Vinaigrette (or Italian dressing)

6 c. green cabbage, chopped coarsely

1/8 tsp. coarse black pepper

DIRECTIONS:   Preheat oven to 350º.  In a large skillet over high heat, partially brown the sausage slices. When almost done, add the slivered onion and saute until the onion softens a bit and releases its sugar.  Turn off heat.  Chop the cabbage and stir it into the meat-onion mixture.  In a small bowl, mix the mayo and vinaigrette, stirring well to blend.   Using a rubber spatula, scrape the mayo mixture onto the cabbage.  Add a couple shakes coarse black pepper and stir to blend well.  I positioned the sausage above for photographic impact, but that is not necessary.

Cover tightly with foil and pop skillet into oven for 30 minutes.  Remove foil and bake for about 15 more minutes until just slightly brown on top.  I think you will love this dish as much as we do!  I like to serve this with a tomato-cucumber salad or broiled tomatoes.

NUTRITIONAL INFO:   Makes 4 servings, each contains:

438 calories, 45 g fat, 10.17 g carbs, 3.95 g fiber, 7.22 g NET CARBS, 17.3 g protein, 566 mg sodium

Bacon-Shawarma Salad

shawarma-bacon-saladThis was what I fixed for lunch today and it was delicious.  It combines two of my very favorite things:  bacon and my Shawarma Salad Dressing.  This yummy, filling salad can be enjoyed at all phases of Atkins, Keto diets and Primal-Paleo as well!  Nutritional numbers are approximate, as I can’t know how much of the greens you will put into each salad bowl.   Salads aren’t an exact science in my opinion. Most of the calories and fat are, as you might expect, in the dressing.

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INGREDIENTS:

6 oz. raw bacon, cut into 1/2″ pieces

Enough greens for 4 salads:  romaine or lettuce of choice, green onion, celery, bell pepper

1 small carrot, peeled and slivered with peeler

8 cherry tomatoes, sliced in halves

6 slices cucumber, sliced again into halves

4 T. my Shawarma Salad Dressing

3 T. hot bacon grease

DIRECTIONS:  Prepare the salad greens in a large salad serving bowl.  Set aside.  In a skillet, brown the bacon until fully done to your liking.  Dip bacon onto paper towels to drain.  Turn off heat and let skillet cool a few minutes.  Drain off for some other use all but 3 T. of the bacon grease. You only want 3 T.  left in the skillet.  Add the shawarma mayo to the skillet grease and stir quickly.  Pour over the salad greens and top with the cooked bacon.  Serve at once as this salad is supposed to be slightly warm at serving.

NUTRITIONAL INFO:   Makes 4 salads, each contains approximately:

409 calories, 43 g fat, 6.45 g carbs, 2.75 g fiber, 3.7 g NET CARBS, 4 g protein, 380 mg sodium

Spicy Boursin Chicken

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A little Boursin cheese (also known as Gournay), salsa and the right spices mixed with chicken creates a wonderful combo.  We both really liked this new creation!  This dish is quite rich, so one bundle is all I could eat.  Calories can be reduced doing this with fish filets rather than chicken.  This dish freezes well, too!  This dish is suitable for all phases of Atkins, Keto diets, but not well-suited to Primal-Paleo due to the dairy.

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INGREDIENTS:

16 oz. boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into six portions

12 oz. frozen chopped spinach

3 oz. red bell pepper, finely chopped

3 T. Herdez canned “hot” red salsa, drained solids only (drained RoTel will also work)

5 oz. package Boursin Cheese with garlic and herbs

¼ tsp. my Seafood Spice Blend:  https://buttoni.wordpress.com/2009/08/20/my-seafood-spice-blend/

Dash black pepper

Available in the specialty cheese bin at Walmart and other grocery stores.

3 T. melted butter

VARIATION:  Use fish filets for the chicken.

DIRECTIONS: Preheat oven to 350º.  Defrost and squeeze the frozen spinach to remove water and set aside, allowing it to continue draining in a colander or sieve while you prepare the chicken.  Diagonally slice the chicken into 6 thin filets.  Place plastic wrap on top and pound chicken quite thin (without tearing apart) using a mallet.   Now place the spinach in a mixing bowl and add in the Boursin cheese, bell pepper, salsa and black pepper.   Stir well to blend ingredients.  Spoon evenly onto the center of the 6 flattened pieces of chicken and fold the meat over the top.  Place seam side down in baking dish.  Sprinkle well with the spice blend and with a brush, baste each bundle with melted butter.  Pop into hot oven and bake for 30-35 minutes or until meat is golden brown (fish will cook faster, say in about 20 minutes). Spinach/cheese mixture will spill out of the bundles, but not in a messy way, as you can see in the pic above.

NUTRITIONAL INFO: Makes 6 servings, each contains:

323 calories, 27.3 g  fat, 4.48 g carbs, 2.05 g fiber, 2.43 g NET CARBS, 26.5 g protein, 580 mg sodium

Mexican Meatloaf with Creamy Chili Sauce

mexican-meatloaves-with-creamy-chili-sauceMy husband REALLY liked this dinner creation tonight!  Especially the sauce on top, and he’s not a big sauce person!  Very simple dish to put together, too!  These little meatloaves were good on their own merit, so you could form this into a large meatloaf for slicing and not serve the sauce at all.  It would, of course, take longer to cook if made into a single large loaf.

This recipe is suitable for all phases of Atkins and Keto diets, however not suited to Primal or Paleo diners unless the sauce is omitted.

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MEAT INGREDIENTS:

1 lb. 90% lean ground beef (I used grass-fed)

1 lb. very lean ground pork

¼ c. + 2 T. Herdez Mild Red Salsa (from jar) [has no vinegar or added sugar]

1/3 c. cilantro, chopped

1 large jalapeno, seeded and minced fine

½ tsp. ground cumin

1 T. chia seeds, ground & soaked 10 min. in 2 T. water

Dash salt & black pepper

FOR THE SAUCE:

½   7-oz can Herdez Green Tomatillo Salsa (1/4 cup)

3 oz. cream cheese

½ c. heavy cream

1/3 tsp. chili powder (I used my Smoky Chipotle Spice Blend)

Little water if needed (only if sauce gets too thick as it simmers)

Pinch stevia only if tomatillo salsa is very “acidic” tasting (tomatillos can be sometimes)

DIRECTIONS:   Preheat oven to 350º.  Soak the chia seed in the water in a small dish to form a gel-like slurry.  While it is soaking, in a large mixing bowl, using a fork or your hands, mix all the listed meatloaf ingredients along with the soaked chia gel and mix well. Form into 4 oval mini meatloaves and place on a non-stick or greased baking dish.  Pop dish into 350º oven for about 35-40 minutes.  While they are baking, in a non-stick pan over medium heat, warm up the Herdez green salsa.  Add the cream cheese and with a rubber spatula, blend in the melting cream cheese until it is smooth mixture.  Add the cream and chili powder. Stir well and lower heat to lowest setting.

When meat is done (130º on meat thermometer), remove from oven and lift meatloaves onto serving platter.  Thin the sauce, if necessary, with a dab of water and pour into a sauce/gravy boat for table serving alongside the meatloaves.

NOTE:  If making one single large meatloaf, it will take about an hour (maybe a bit longer, as ovens vary) to reach 130º in the center with a meat thermometer.

NUTRITIONAL INFO: Makes four 6½-0z mini loaves, each contains:   (make 5 smaller loaves to lower stats)

656 calories, 53 g fat, 3.30 g carbs, 0.37 g fiber, 2.93 g NET CARBS, 41 g protein, 662 mg sodium

Muenster Beef Casserole

muenster-beef-casseroleThis was sure a pleasant surprise I made for dinner tonight.  Not a fancy dish, but a nice, quick week-night meal that practically cooks itself. I rarely cook with Muenster cheese, but my husband bought a large quantity this week and I decided to give it a whirl on this beef creation that was formulating in my head around 4pm.  Got the ratios just right on these ingredients and it came out delicious!  One I’ll be making again, for sure!  This dish is suitable for all phases of Atkins and most Keto diets.  It is not suitable for Primal or Paleo due to all the dairy.

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INGREDIENTS:

12 oz. ground beef  (use a full pound if you prefer)

12 oz. frozen green beans, thawed

2 oz. onion, chopped

½ c. canned mushrooms (4 oz. can, drained)

4 oz. cream cheese

¼ c. homemade mayo (I used my Shawarma Mayo)

Dash sea salt

½ tsp. coarse black pepper

5 oz. (5 slices) Muenster cheese, torn into quarters

DIRECTIONS:   Preheat oven to 350º.  Grease a casserole dish lightly with coconut or olive oil and set aside.

Heat a non-stick skillet over high heat and brown the ground beef stirring frequently. Add the onion mid-cooking so it will get tender.  Add green beans and let them cook a bit, too, stirring for about 5 minutes.   Dot with cream cheese, add the mayo and stir to allow them to melt and blend evenly in the meat-bean mixture.  Add salt and pepper, stir again and remove from heat.

Spoon half the mixture evenly into the oiled baking dish.  Layer half the cheese on top.  Spoon remaining mixture on top evenly.  Layer the remaining cheese on top.  Cover casserole with foil and bake at 350º for 30 minutes.  Remove foil and bake another 15-20 minutes or until bubbly in the center.  I served this with a nice green tossed salad.

NOTE:  To speed this up on cooking time, you can pre-cook the green beans in water.  That is the item that will take longest to cook if still virtually frozen.

NUTRITIONAL INFO:  Makes 6 servings, each contains:

463 calories, 39.8 g fat, 7.18 g carbs, 2.01 g fiber, 5.17 g NET CARBS, 19 g protein, 337 mg sodium

Pork Chops with Smoked Sausage-Green Chilies Gravy

pork-chops-with-smoked-sausage-green-chile-gravyThis simple dish came about from a can of green chilies sitting in my fridge that I opened a couple nights ago and then decided not to use them in a recipe.  Really wanted to use them up and created a tasty dish that takes just 30 minutes to prepare.  Brown the chops, sausage, make the sauce and YOU’RE EATING!  My husband really liked the bit of sausage in the gravy.  Not so much as to make it salty though. This recipe is suitable for all phases of Atkins, Keto diets, and Primal followers.  Paleo followers will want to use coconut milk in lieu of the cream.

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INGREDIENTS:

2 tsp. bacon grease (or oil of choice)

4  4-oz. pork chops

4 oz. lean smoked sausage (2 links), diced small

1 c. rich pork broth (I save drippings from roasts and freeze for such uses)

3/4 c. heavy cream

4 oz. canned mild green chilies

¼ tsp. coarse black pepper

OPTIONAL:  1/4 tsp. xanthan gum or your favorite thickener for thicker sauce

DIRECTIONS:    Dice the sausage.  I sliced and then cut those slices into quarters.  Set aside.  Heat the bacon grease in a skillet and sear the pork chops on both sides until nearly done.  Remove to platter.  Add the smoked sausage to the pan and saute until done, or a couple minutes.  Add the pork broth and bring to a full simmer.  Lower heat and add cream and green chilies (I did not drain).  Finally add the black pepper and simmer on lowest heat for about 5 minutes to allow the cream to reduce & slightly thicken up.  Add back the chops.   Add a dusting of xanthan gum, whisking it into the sauce, allowing to develop and thicken further, if not thick enough for you.  Remove from heat and serve with your favorite sides.

NUTRITIONAL INFO:   Makes 4 servings, each contains:

374 calories, 30.5 g fat, 1.85 g carbs, 0.20 g fiber, 1.65 g NET CARBS, 22.9 g protein, 405 mg sodium

 

 

 

Chinese Chicken with Peppers & Bokchoy

chinese-chicken-with-peppers-bokchoyThis colorful dinner creation came out delicious and much lighter than I expected.  Once you have all the sauce ingredients handy and the veggies cut up, you can be eating this tasty meal in 15 minutes!  We ate it as is since rice isn’t allowed on a low-carb regimen.  This recipe is suitable for all phases of Atkins, Keto diets, Primal-Paleo as well, provided you omit the xanthan gum or use a plan suitable thickener.

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INGREDIENTS:

1 large chicken breast, de-boned and skinned (boil skin & bones for broth), cut into small pieces (mine was huge and yielded 10 oz. meat)

3 T. coconut oil

3 oz. yellow or white onion, sliced in wedges

1 medium carrot, peeled and sliced thin

3 oz. red bell pepper, cut into small pieces

2 cups bokchoy, sliced (keep white & green part separate as you will add to wok separately)

½ c. canned mushrooms, drained  (or 1 cup fresh, sliced)

¼ c. green onion tops, chopped ½”

2 cloves garlic, minced

2 tsp. minced ginger root

1 c. chicken broth  (or rich leftover roasted chicken drippings from your freezer.  I save for Chinese fare)

2 T. low-sodium soy sauce

½-3/4 tsp.  Sambal Oelek chili paste  (or ½ tsp. Sriracha sauce)

¼ tsp. xanthan gum or your favorite thickener

OPTIONAL:  Sprinkle of sesame seeds for flare.

DIRECTIONS: In a medium bowl, stir the soy sauce, Sambal Oelek, garlic, ginger root and xanthan gum into the chicken broth/drippings.  Set aside while you do the stir-frying.

Heat a wok over high heat a couple minutes.  Add the cold oil and chicken immediately before the oil heats.  The Chinese cook’s saying is “Hot Wok, Cold Fat”.  This method prevents meat from sticking to the pan. Stir-fry until chicken is no longer pink.  Add the yellow onion and carrots.  Continue stir-frying until they just begin to soften a bit but are still quite firm.   Add red pepper and white stem part of the bokchoy next.  Stir fry until they are just slightly softened.  Add mushrooms and green onion next, stirring a few times.    Lower heat to medium-high and add the sauce to the wok.  Add the bokchoy green leafy part and simmer just long enough for it to go limp, or about 2 minutes.  If using, add sesame seeds and stir once. During this simmer stage, the flavors will co-mingle nicely.  Serve at once.

NUTRITIONAL INFO:   Makes 4 large adult servings, each contains:

250 calories, 13.2 g fat, 9.30 g carbs, 2.92 g fiber, 6.38 g NET CARBS, 25 g protein, 712 mg sodium

Eggplant Parmigiana Sandwiches

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I’m planning on making these tomorrow night for dinner.  This recipe is deep in my blog archives so I thought I’d re-post it for my readers that love Italian food.  This recipe is inspired by a dish my mother used to make when I was growing up.  Of course, she used bread crumbs and not the pork rinds I used in mine to keep them lower-carb.  Her dish didn’t have meat in it, just the eggplant.  However this recipe takes it to a complete meal!  This is a delightful lunch or dinner entree and is quite filling!  It goes nicely with a tossed green salad.  This dish can also be made with ground lamb if you prefer.  It is suitable for Induction, too.  Despite their name, it takes a fork and knife to eat these “sandwiches”.

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INGREDIENTS:

½  recipe of my Oven-Fried Eggplant (adding the 1 oz. crushed pork rinds below to coating)   

1 oz. crushed pork rinds

6 oz. ground beef (or lamb)

2 slices provalone cheese

2  1-oz. slices mozzarella cheese (or grated)

½ c. low-carb spaghetti sauce  (I used this:  https://buttoni.wordpress.com/2009/08/13/peggys-spaghetti-sauce/ )

2 fresh basil leaves, chopped (or ¼ tsp. dried)

2 T. Parmesan cheese

VARIATION:  Use ground lamb instead of ground beef for a Greek twist, subbing in feta cheese for the provalone.

DIRECTIONS:  Preheat oven to 450º.  Make ½ recipe my Oven Fried Eggplant per instructions for that recipe, with the one addition of 1 oz. crushed pork rinds to the coating mixture.  This takes about 20 minutes to bake at 450º.  While this is baking, form two nice beef patties from the meat and brown them in a non-stick skillet.  When eggplant is browned nicely, remove from oven (remember, it will be browner on bottom than on top).  Lower oven to 350º.  Place 2 T. spaghetti sauce atop each of two slices (the other two slices will form the second layer of these stacks).      Next place a browned meat patty on them.  Top them with a slice of provalone cheese and ½ T. of the Parmesan.  Sprinkle on half the basil.  Now place another slice of eggplant on top.  Spoon 2 more tablespoons of sauce on top.  Top each with 1 oz. grated or sliced mozzarella.  Top each with half the remaining Parmesan and basil.  I had one small slice of eggplant leftover and laid it on top of the serving simply for photographic impact, but I don’t usually do this.   Sauce and cheese are usually the final layer.  Pop sandwiches back into oven at 350º for about 5-10 minutes to melt cheeses. If the tops slide off, just push them back on top before serving.  :)  Happens all the time to me.  Cheese is slippery.🙂

NUTRITIONAL INFO:    Makes two servings, each contains:

502 calories, 31.7 g  fat, 8.1 g  carbs, 3.4 g  fiber, 4.7 g  NET CARBS, 44.4 g  protein, 1144 mg sodium

 

Greek Spinach-Beef Pie

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I got to thinking today about those wonderful Spanakopita spinach-stuffed phyllo pastries they serve at Greek restaurants and decided that’s the taste I want today.  I thawed ground beef and just threw together my typical ingredients for Spanakopita and made a “pasty-less” version.  It  came out just about as good as my traditional Spanakopitas, just without the phyllo pastry.  We had it for lunch and I’ll probably freeze the leftovers for warming up one night later int he week. This is a particularly healthy entree with all the nutrients in spinach.   This dish is suitable for all phases of Atkins and Keto diets.  It can also be enjoyed by Primal followers.

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INGREDIENTS:

1 T. olive oil + 1 T. butter

2 oz. onion, chopped

12 oz. ground beef

10 oz. frozen chopped spinach (cooked per directions, strained & squeezed dry to make about 1 c.)

1/3 c. parsley, chopped

1 tsp. dried mint (or 2 T. fresh)

Dash each salt and black pepper

Pinch dried dill

1 oz. cream cheese

½ c. crumbled feta cheese, rinsed well in strainer

2 large eggs

1/4 c. heavy cream

VARIATIONS:  Substitute ground lamb or goat for the beef

DIRECTIONS: Preheat oven to 350º.  Melt butter and add olive oil to medium non-stick skillet.  Add onion and saute over medium heat until it begins to brown and caramelize.   Add ground meat and cook until done.  Lower heat and add spinach, herbs, spices and cheeses.  Mash cheeses with back of spoon to blend well into meat mixture, stirring to blend well.  In a small bowl, beat the eggs with the cream and drizzle it evenly over the meat mixture.  Tilt pan to spread egg evenly over the top.  Pop into 350º oven for about 20 minutes just until egg is set in the center.  Serve with a nice Greek green salad.

NUTRITIONAL INFO: Makes 4 servings, each containing:

428.3 calories, 31.9 g  fat, 4.95 g  carbs, 1.55 g  fiber, 3.4 g  NET CARBS, 30.38 g  protein, 656 mg sodium

Shrimp Stir-Fry on Shirataki Noodles

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I’ve been occasionally using the opaque, tofu variety of shirataki noodles (made from the konjac tuber) and I am definitely liking them much better than the translucent variety.  I need my noodles to be opaque.  The tofu shirataki noodles definitely LOOK like flour-based noodles, but are fairly tasteless on their own.  Instead they take on the taste of whatever sauce/foods you put over the top of them or cook them in.  And that’s OK with me.  They at least allow me noodles on my low-carb journey. 🙂 Served on the shirataki noodles, this dish is OK for all phases of Atkins provided those still on Atkins Induction omit the sherry/wine.

This dish tonight got a two thumbs up from my husband.  Whenever he gets this excited about a recipe, I definitely like to share it here with my readers.  This dish has few ingredients and goes together in about 10 minutes. The nutritional values show how healthy this dish is!  I’m honored the nice folks at Konjac Foods chose this recipe to showcase amongst a number of other tasty-looking recipes on their recipe feature page!  🙂

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INGREDIENTS:

24 medium shrimp, peeled and deveined

2   8-oz. packages of tofu shirataki noodles (Konjac noodles)

1½ T. coconut oil

2 oz. onion, slivered into thin strips

2 oz. red bell pepper, slivered into thin strips

1 very large jalapeno, seeded and slivered into thin strips

1 clove garlic, minced

¼ tsp. ginger root, peeled and minced

1 T. sherry or white wine (omit if on Induction)

1 T. low-sodium soy sauce

Pinch sesame seed seasoning (or toasted sesame seeds)

1 c. chicken broth (homemade) or 1 cube in 1 c. water

1/8 tsp. xanthan gum

DIRECTIONS:  Open bags of noodles and rinse them for 3-4 minutes under hot water to get the fishy odor off of them. Drain on paper toweling.  Trust me the shrimp topping will kill any remaining odor on the noodles after rinsing. Set aside. Prepare all the vegetables and have them at the ready by the stove.  Crumble the bouillon cube into the hot water.  Add soy sauce, garlic and ginger.  Heat coconut oil in a non-stick wok or skillet.  Stir-fry the onion, red pepper and jalapeno until just begins to get tender.  Add shrimp and saute until they are curling and opaque.  Pour chicken bouillon mixture into pan and saute 1-2 minutes.  Sprinkle xanthan gum over top of mixture and stir/saute 1-2 minutes or until it begins to slightly thicken the sauce and the liquid is adhering to the shrimp and veggies, turn off fire.  Plate half the noodles on each of two dinner plates and dip half the shrimp mixture up over the noodles.  Serve with a lovely green salad.

NUTRITIONAL INFO:  Makes 2 adult servings, each contains:

237 calories, 13.15 g  fat, 11.7 g  carbs, 4.1 g  carbs, 7.6 g  NET CARBS, 17.8 g  protein, 1135 mg sodium

Triple Pork Rolls

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My roll of Smoked Gouda cheese caught my eye when I reached for my two pork chops to sear for dinner.  I had thawed some ground pork for another use and BINGO!  This idea came to me!  And what a good idea it turned out to be!  I’ve seen cheesy low-carb meat rolls wrapped in bacon many times on the internet, but none to date using my favorite cheese, Smoked Gouda.  Well, I’m here to tell ya these were GREAT!   And I don’t usually like a lot of cheese with my meat dishes.  So I got the amount just right!  This recipe is suitable for all phases of Atkins, Keto and Primal folks on the occasional dairy day.  It would not be suitable for Primal followers unless you omit the cheese.

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INGREDIENTS:

2 pork chops, de-boned (or 4 oz. boneless pork loin)

8 oz. ground pork

2 oz. Smoked Gouda cheese

4 thick slices of bacon

DIRECTIONS:  Preheat oven to 350º.  Pound the pork chops with a meat tenderizer and cut each into two pieces, ultimately to make four rolls.  Shred the cheese into a medium mixing bowl.  Add the ground pork and mix well with a fork or your hands.  Form into 4 small logs.  Place a log of the ground mixture onto each piece of pork chop and roll.  Finally, tightly roll 1 slice of bacon around each of the four rolls and place seam down in a baking pan (I used a metal pan).  Pop into 350º oven for about an hour and lightly browned or until internal meat temperature reaches 160º.  Serve with your favorite sides.

NUTRITIONAL INFO:   Makes 4 servings (these are so rich 1 will fill you up), each contains:

283 calories, 0.20 g  fat, 0.52 g  carbs, 0 g  fiber, 0.52 g  NET CARBS, 23.3 g  protein, 284 mg sodium

Indian Kheema Matar (Beef with “Peas” and Mint)

 

Indian Beef with Mint "Kheema Matar"

This dish can be made with either ground lamb or ground beef and is equally good with both.  This Indian dish is traditionally cooked with peas and served atop basmati steamed rice.  But I have I found it is just as good with small cut frozen green bean pieces served on shredded, sauteed cabbage and found it even tastier than served over rice!    The nutritional info below does not include the cabbage.  My husband and I found my first attempt at Kheema Matar, which we have often had at Indian restaurants, to be pretty darn good!  It has rapidly moved into my quick and easy recipes category.

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INGREDIENTS:

1 lb. ground beef or lamb

1 T. olive or coconut oil

1 medium onion, chopped

1 clove minced garlic

½ tsp. minced ginger

¼ tsp. cayenne pepper

½ tsp. turmeric

1 tsp. ground coriander

¼ tsp. salt

2 plum tomatoes, finely chopped

½ c. frozen cut green beans, cut again into halves

1 carrot, cut into small dice

2 T. chopped cilantro

2 T. chopped fresh mint (I use spearmint)

½ jalapeno, seeded and finely chopped

1½ tsp. my Garam Masala

DIRECTIONS:  Place carrots and green bean pieces in small amount of water in saucepan and cook just until tender crisp.  Add oil to large skillet.  Brown chopped onion.  Add meat and break apart as it browns.  Add garlic, tomatoes, jalapeno and all spices except mint and cilantro.  Lower heat to simmer, cover and cook 15-20 minutes until tomatoes and onion well cooked.  Now add the drained carrot/bean mixture, cilantro and mint and stir well.  Cover again and cook additional 5-10 minutes or so for flavors to blend well.  Serve atop bed of shredded stir-fried cabbage or basmati rice.

NUTRITIONAL INFO: Serves 4, each serving contains: (does not include cabbage base)

187 calories, 23.8 g  fat, 7.55 g carbs, 2.38 g fiber, 5.17 NET CARBS, 23.8 g  protein, 620 mg sodium

Chicken “Fried” Steak with Cream Gravy

Chicken Fried Steak

I live in Texas and man, I have been missing classic Texas chicken-fried steak with cream gravy!!  Well no more yearning for a long-lost love!  I just created a low-carb CFS that’s pretty dang close to the real deal!  I’ve had such good luck with my mayo-pork rind coating for “fries”, numerous veggies, fish filets and chicken, I thought today “Why not give it a whirl for chicken fried steak”? Well, IT WORKED!

My first thought on how to go about this was that the beef would exude too much moisture during baking, if I just coated it raw, even if I patted it very dry with paper towels.  Didn’t want the pork-rink coating to get “soggy”, so I decided to sear the meat first to seal in those juices before I began the coating process.  That turned out to be a VERY good decision!!  This came out FANTASTIC!  And the gravy was SUPER, even without the usual browning of flour.  The natural caramelized meat juices deglazed from the skillet made a DELICIOUS cream gravy without one bit of flour!

I served this alongside a saute of radishes and onion and steamed broccoli. I got distracted cooking the radishes and almost browned my meat TOO much, at least browner than I usually do chicken fried steak.  But it was STILL GREAT!  Timing can be merciless in the kitchen. 🙂

You can use round steak for this dish if you prefer, but I have always preferred chuck or sirloin for my CFS.  Much better taste in my opinion.  I’m just not very fond of round steak.  This recipe is suitable for all phases of Atkins, Keto diets and Primal-Paleo if you eat pork rinds.

One reader’s comment:

Just made this and it is great! My 3 year old grandson ate it all and never knew that it wasn’t “real” chicken fried steak!

 

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INGREDIENTS:

1 lb. trimmed chuck, round or sirloin, sliced ½” thick, pounded to tenderize

1/3 c. homemade mayonnaise (if commercial mayo, may require more)

1 T. coconut oil (or oil of your choice)

2 oz. pork rinds, crushed fine

½ tsp. seasoning of your choice, I use my Seafood Spice Blend

1 c. water

½ c. heavy cream

1/8 tsp. black pepper

DIRECTIONS:  Crush pork rinds fine and stir in spice seasoning.  Place into shallow bowl with a spoon for applying and set aside while you prepare the meat.  Trim meat of all visible fat and gristle along the edges.  If using chuck or sirloin that is very thick, slice it laterally if need be to to create pieces about ½ thick.  Preheat oven to 425º. Cut meat into 4 portions and pound the pieces with a meat cleaver or mallet to tenderize it a bit.  Heat oil in skillet and sear meat on both sides until lightly browned, sprinkling lightly with black pepper as it sears.  DO NOT SKIP THIS STEP AND ATTEMPT TO COAT MEAT RAW DIRECTLY WITH COATING.  TRUST ME ON THIS ONE, YOU WILL NOT BE PLEASED WITH YOUR SOGGY RESULTS!  You don’t want to cook the meat DONE, just sear the surface to seal in the juices.   Remove from heat.

Pour mayo into a saucer and using a brush, holding the HOT meat on one tip with tongs or a fork (I use tiny ice bucket tongs), coat both sides of each piece of meat well with mayo (don’t miss any spots!).  Then move over to the bowl of crushed pork rinds and using a spoon, spoon the rinds over both sides of the meat.  You’ll get decent coverage without any one piece getting excess.  I have found that if you just dip the meat into the rinds, it “grabs” more coating than is necessary, resulting in not having enough rinds to finish the job at hand and you will then have to crush more (been there; done that) and increase calories. :)  Place the coated meat directly onto a METAL baking sheet, preferably non-stick.  DO NOT line with silicone sheet or use a glass dish it won’t crisp properly. Pop into preheated 425º oven and bake about 20 minutes or until browned to your liking.

As the meat is cooking, make your cream gravy.  Add 1 c. water to the skillet you seared the meat in and over low heat, over low heat, completely de-glaze all the tasty brown bits off the bottom of the skillet by scraping with a spatula.    Add the cream and simmer over very low heat to reduce and thicken.  This adds both color and flavor to your gravy.  Add a dash of black pepper and salt to taste.  If you prefer a thicker gravy, you can slightly thicken with your preferred thickener, like a light dusting of xanthan gum whisked in.

Serve with gravy dipped over meat.  This goes well with many of your favorite vegetable dishes.  I hope you enjoy this “national” staple of Texas!

NUTRITIONAL INFO:  Makes four 4-oz servings, each contains:

471.3 calories, 30.8 g  fat, 1.9 g  carbs, .03 g  fiber, 1.87 g  NET CARBS, 45 g  protein, 356 mg sodium

Greek Chicken Spanako

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This chicken I’ve made for years, but I recently got the idea to add bacon to this dish and we really liked that addition!  This goes well with a Greek salad or broccoli and particularly well (for non-low-carbers at the table) with classic roasted lemon-oregano potatoes.  I make my own Cavender’s Greek Seasoning, but you can use Cavender’s no-salt Seasoning if available.  Otherwise, just black pepper, thyme and oregano.  This recipe is Induction friendly.

This dish doesn’t freeze too well as the homemade mayo tends to separate upon freezing and reheating.

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INGREDIENTS:

4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts

10 oz. pkg. frozen spinach

½ c. Feta cheese, crumbled and rinsed well with cold water in strainer.

2 oz. onion, chopped

¼ Parmesan cheese

pinch dill

1 c. total my homemade mayonnaise:  https://buttoni.wordpress.com/2009/07/27/homemade-mayonnaise/

4 slices finely chopped bacon

½ tsp. my homemade Cavender’s Greek Seasoning

½ c. crushed plain pork rinds

DIRECTIONS:  Preheat oven to 400º.  Cut chicken breasts in half, making 8 pieces.  Using 1/4 c. of the mayo, baste each piece of chicken on both sides and set aside.  If using whole pieces of bone-in chicken, make several slits in the flesh with a knife first to speed up cooking time.  In a medium bowl, stir spinach, Feta cheese, chopped onion, dill and Cavender’s seasoning.  Add 3/4 c. of the mayo and stir well.

Pour spinach mixture into baking dish (no need to grease pan).   Now place chicken pieces on top of the spinach mixture.  Sprinkle the pork rinds and Parmesan cheese over the pieces of chicken.  Place the finely chopped bacon over entire dish, being sure some gets on each piece of chicken.    Place in 400º oven and bake for about 1 hour 15 minutes.   For a faster-cooking dish that will be ready in only 45 minutes, pound chicken breasts with mallet before brushing with mayo.   This dish is chock full of nutrients, including 168% of selenium, 129% vitamin B12, 110% riboflavin recommended daily requirements!  And lots more other good stuff!

NUTRITIONAL INFO: Makes 4 servings of 2 pieces of chicken each.  Each serving contains:

734 calories, 63.5 g  fat, 5.25 g  carbs, 2.75 g  fiber, 2.40 g  NET CARBS, 46.6 g  protein, 655 mg. sodium

Chipotle Jicama Hash

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If anyone had told me what I concocted one day for lunch would have been as good as it was, I would have said “Noooooo, Waaay”. But I’m here to tell you it was just DELICIOIUS!  I’ll be making this dish often.  So easy, so quick and so good!  My husband liked this, too, and he’s not so fond of jicama. This dish reminds me a little of German Potato Salad, but jicama is somewhat crunchy.  Jicama, although lower in carbs than potatoes, is still fairly carb-y.  Substituting rutabaga will eliminate the crunchy quality jicama has if that bothers you, but will make the dish higher in carbs.  Using diced turnips will pull down the carbs even lower and remain soft.   In all honesty, the pièce de resistance here wasn’t the hash itself, but the chipotle mayo that went on top!  I daubed 2 T. over the top of my serving of hash and just sort of spread it around with my fork.  You could of course toss the entire batch in a large bowl with the 4 T. of mayo if you prefer.  But I feared that wouldn’t take as pretty a picture here.  Because this dish is slightly higher in carbs than most of my entrees, it may be difficult to fit this in to your menu during Atkins Induction.  However all foods in it are suitable for Induction.  It would perhaps be better to wait and have this when you get to Phase 2 OWL. This dish meets Paleo & Primal guidelines.

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Chipotle mayonnaise

INGREDIENTS: 

4 slices bacon, chopped coarsely

12 oz. jicama, peeled and diced small

4 oz. purple onion, chopped

1 oz. green bell pepper (or poblano), seeded & chopped

4 T. my Chipotle Mayonnaise

DIRECTIONS:  Brown the bacon in a non-stick skillet over high heat.  Remove solids to paper toweling to drain.  In the remaining bacon grease, saute the chopped onion and jicama until the onion is tender, caramelizing and the jicama is browning (the jicama will remain somewhat crunchy).  Add the bell pepper toward the end of cooking and cook the hash just until the bell pepper is tender.  Plate the hash onto 2 plates and serve each dabbed with with 2 T. chipotle mayo.  If you prefer more mayo on your portion, you will need to recalculate the stats below to include any additional mayo used.

NUTRITIONAL INFO:   Makes 2 servings of hash, each contains:

547 calories, 48 g  fat, 21.15 g  carbs, 9.4 g  fiber, 11.75 g  NET CARBS, 3.8 g protein, 482 mg sodium

Mexican Turkey-Squash Soup

mexican-turkey-squash-soupSometimes dishes I create evolve from what I have leftover or “open” in the refrigerator, especially soups.  I do like to use up leftovers promptly.  When I opened the fridge at 11:00, I saw half a can’s worth of Rotel tomatoes and green chilies, and a bag of leftover turkey meat we just thawed last night. So this soup was born from that.  Took about 30 minutes to cook.  We both loved the taste and it was very light yet satisfying.  You can, of course, use chicken meat in this recipe.  This recipe is a great way to use up some of your Thanksgiving turkey this year!  It is not suitable until you are well into Phase 2 Atkins at the legumes rung of the carb re-introduction ladder, but those on Induction can just leav the refried beans out.  It is suitable for other Keto diets, but not Primal-Paleo unless the re-fried beans are omitted.

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INGREDIENTS:

3 c. cooked turkey meat, chopped (I used 2c. white & 1c. dark)

4 c. homemade chicken broth

2 c. tap water

1   16-oz. can re-fried beans (omit if still on Induction)

1½ c. yellow summer squash, chopped  (1 medium)

3/4-1 c. Ro-Tel tomatoes with chilies (half of a 14-oz can)

4 oz. onion, chopped

½ tsp. each ground cumin and chili powder (or 1 tsp. taco seasoning)

½ dried, mild guajillo (or ancho) chile pepper, seeded & chopped

1 clove garlic, minced

Salt to taste (omit if broth has sodium)

1/4 c. cilantro chopped (omit if you’re not a fan)

DIRECTIONS:   Chop turkey into 3/4″ pieces.  Add turkey to a large soup pot and add broth, water and Rotel tomatoes.   Chop squash, onion and cilantro and also add to the pot.  Seed and chop the guajillo (or ancho) pepper and add to the pot, along with the taco seasoning and minced garlic.  Spoon the refried beans into the pot in small increments.  Turn on heat to high and bring to a boil.  Lower heat to medium, stir well to be sure beans have diffused into the broth and simmer for 20-30 minutes or until squash is just tender.    Spoon into bowls and garnish with chopped cilantro if desired.

NUTRITIONAL INFO:   Makes about 10 cups, each contains:

160 calories, 5.5 g fat, 8.30 g carbs2.53 g fiber, 5.97 g NET CARBS, 16.4 g protein, 329 mg sodium

 

Bacon-Wrapped Steak Logs

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My husband has been in the hospital the last few days for some tests.  Running back and forth, I’ve been eating pretty simply most nights.   I had thawed half a sirloin the morning he went in, and just HAD to cook it tonight.  So this quick, effortless dinner was what sounded good tonight.  Not what I had originally planned to do with the sirloin (cube and add to a leftover pot of chili), but this just sounded better for some reason.  So I thought I’d share this “recipe”, if you can call it that, with my readers.   This dish is suitable for all phases of Atkins, Keto diets, and Primal-Paleo as well.

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Note:  I ate 3 of these with the guacamole shown, but I had not eaten all day long and was ravenous when I got away from the hospital today.  Probably most would only need two of these to fill up, especially if serving with a more substantial side veggie. 

INGREDIENTS:

1 lb. lean raw beef sirloin (or chuck or round steak)

3 oz. onion, sliced and separated into rings

8 slices low-sodium thick-slice bacon (I use Walmart’s ‘Great Value’)

2 T. bacon grease

DIRECTIONS:   Preheat oven to 375º.  After trimming all visible fat from the edges of the piece of meat, cut the lean muscle meat into 8 long strips.  Mine ended up being about 1/2″ wide and 4-5″ long, although all were not all perfectly equal in size/weight.  Life is not so perfect. 🙂

Melt 1 T. of the bacon grease in a pan over high heat.  Sear both sides of the meat quickly until they begin to brown.  Remove the pieces to a waiting plate.  In the same skillet, melt the remaining tablespoon bacon grease over medium to high heat.  Make 1 cut in each of the onion rings so they will be long, snake-like pieces when cooked.  Place the onions in the hot skillet of bacon grease and brown them, stirring often, until they begin to caramelize.  Turn off heat.

Working on a cutting board or counter, take 1 piece of meat, lay 1-2 long slices of onion on top and angle wrap the piece with bacon.  I did this by laying the meat on the board, topped with the onion pieces, and then started the bacon wrap at one end on top and slightly lifting the “log” with onion just enough to bring the bacon underneath the log.  Then I pulled the bacon around the top again, then underneath again and so on until the steak log was wrapped.  I did not secure the bacon with toothpicks, but you can if you prefer.  If you try to just roll the bacon on the outside of the meat, the onion will keep trying to fall off as you roll (which I discovered the hard way).  Place the wrapped log so the bacon end(s) are face down if possible, onto a waiting baking pan that is lightly oiled (or use parchment or a silicone sheet).    Repeat for the other 7 steak logs, placing them on the baking pan as well.  Pop into 370º oven for about 30 minutes, but watch them!  Ovens vary.  Yours may take 5 minutes less or 5 minutes more cook time.  Remove and serve with a nice guacamole salad as shown or your favorite veggie side.

NUTRITIONAL INFO:    Makes 8 steak logs, each contains:

145 calories, 8.72 g fat, 0.85 g carbs, 0.11 g fiber, 0.74 g NET CARBS, 15.22 g protein, 124 mg sodium

Chicken Diane

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My mother used to make the best Steak Diane and mashed Potatoes when I was growing up.  It was one of her recipes I just had to copy when I left home.  This recipe is my creation with chicken and the rest of her recipe is untouched.  Man, is this ever good.  And it’s so easy to make, you can be eating it in no time! It is suitable for all phases of Atkins (omit the wine if still on Induction), Keto diets, Primal and Paleo as well, again, if you omit the wine.   It can be made with raw chicken, or with de-boned already cooked chicken.  You can even sear whole chicken breasts or other pieces for a fancier presentation for company.  Cooked, baked chicken is what I used in the picture above.  But I have done it with cut-up raw chicken as well.  I do NOT remove the skin from my chicken.  Way too much flavor there to do that.   This is best served with or atop mashed, well-seasoned cauliflower, but it is also delicious on zucchini noodles.  Your non-low-carbing guests will LOVE it over real mashed potatoes.🙂

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INGREDIENTS:

1 oz. slivered yellow onion

1 T. olive oil

10 oz. de-boned, chicken breasts, pre-cooked chicken meat or whole chicken pieces

1 clove minced garlic

4 large mushrooms chopped

1/4 c. chopped parsley

1 tsp. lemon juice

2 T. butter

2 T. white wine (omit if still in Induction)

2 T. heavy cream

Dash salt and pepper

Xanthan gum (optional, to thicken if desired)

DIRECTIONS:  Cut up chicken meat into 1-2″ pieces.  It’s up to you whether you skin it or not but I rarely do so.  Most of the flavor is in that skin!  I’ve done the dish both ways before.  Melt the butter in anon-stick skillet and saute the onion, garlic and mushrooms until done.  With slotted spoon, remove onion/mushroom mixture to a plate.  Add olive oil to skillet and get hot.  Sear chicken pieces until thoroughly done and browned a bit. Add parsley and lemon juice.  Saute 1-2 minutes longer. Lower heat and add wine and cream. If you like a saucier dish, add ½ cup chicken broth, but be sure to add to nutritional info below if you do.  Stir scraping the bottom of the pan allowing cream and wine to de-glaze the skillet a few seconds. Return chicken to pan but just set pieces gently atop the sauce, allowing the browned skin (if you leave it on) to remain exposed (makes for nicer presentation).

NUTRITIONAL INFORMATION:  Makes 2 servings, each contains:

421 calories, 30.9 g fat, 4.6 g carbs, 0.9 g fiber,  3.7 g NET CARBS, 28.9 g protein, 75 mg. sodium

Chicken Artichoke Casserole

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I have had a can of artichoke hearts in my pantry that have been there for months.  Since I was making chicken tonight, I decided to get creative.  I threw this simple dish together in 10 minutes, baked it 1 hour while we watched the evening news.  Was it EVER delicious!  Even my husband liked this!!  And he’s not even fond of artichokes!  Refuses to eat them boiled with butter when I make them.  But when he was finished wolfing this down at dinner, he volunteered “Be sure to post this on your blog.”  That’s the best compliment I can get.  It truly was delicious and the key ingredient, the Shawarma Spice Blend in the mayo, adds so much to this dish.  This recipe is suitable for all phases of Atkins and other Keto diets.  With all this dairy, it would not be suitable for Primal-Paleo, however.

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NOTE:  I just discovered that the reheated leftovers are even tastier than on first baking!! So this dish, if serving to company, might be better made a day ahead, only partially cooking/browning the chicken for 35 minutes and removing from oven. Refrigerate overnight and allow it to finish cooking/browning the next day as it is warming up. :) 

INGREDIENTS:

3 large chicken thighs

3 large chicken drumsticks

5 oz. cream cheese, softened

½ c. sour cream

¼ c. + 2 T. my Shawarma Mayonnaise

½ c. parsley, chopped

2 oz. yellow onion, chopped fine

1 can artichoke hearts, drained or 1 c. marinated salad artichokes, cut in halves, rinsed well

Dash sea salt

¼ tsp. coarse black pepper

3 T. melted butter for basting

DIRECTIONS:  Remove the chicken from the bones, leaving the skin on as it adds so much flavor.   You can boil the bones for some great stock for future use.  I cut each piece of the meat into two smaller pieces.  Set meat aside for now.  Preheat oven to 350º and lightly oil a ceramic 9×13 baking dish.

Soften the cream cheese by your preferred method.  I nuke mine in a glass mixing bowl on DEFROST for 2-3 seconds.  Stir in sour cream and mayo and blend well with a rubber spatula. Add chopped parsley, onion, salt and pepper and stir again.  Fold the chopped artichoke hearts gently into the creamy mixture.  Spoon the artichoke mixture into the oiled baking dish and spread evenly.  Place the pieces of chicken, skin side up, on top of the mixture.  Mine were slightly touching in my dish, but they shrink during cooking.  Using a brush, baste meat with a bit of the melted butter.  Sprinkle with another dash of salt and black pepper.  Pop into 350º oven and bake for 1 hour.  Baste again with melted butter at the 20 minute mare and again at 40 minutes cook time.  Remove from oven at the 1 hour mark when chicken should be golden brown.  Serve with your favorite green salad or green veggie side dish.

NUTRITIONAL INFO:   Makes  5 servings, each contains

529 calories, 50 g fat (reduce dairy items a bit to lower fat), 6.68 g carbs, 2.00 g fiber, 4.68 g NET CARBS, 22 g protein, 468 mg sodium

Pork Chops in Creamy Sofrito Sauce

Pork Chops in Creamy Sofrito SauceYet another delicious dish I’ve created using my amazing Puerto Rican (Caribbean and Spanish as well) Sofrito as the key flavoring.  I just can’t say enough about how good this flavor ingredient is.  For this recipe I used seared pork chops s the foundation, but I have done this also with seared chicken breasts. This sauce is used in extensively in Spain and throughout the Caribbean, almost as much as soy sauce is used in Chinese cuisine.  Once you taste it, you’ll see why!  I can’t begin to tell you how many creations this sauce has gone into in my kitchen now in the few years I’ve become familiar with it!  PilotGal, a member at Active Low Carber Forums posted her personal recipe for this condiment and from then on, it became a staple in my house as it is hers, although I make it a bit different than she does. :)  This is marvelous on meat sandwiches and wraps!!  Kind of reminds me of the olive relish used on classic New Orleans Muffaletta sandwiches.  and I maty be trying my hand at THAT soon with it, too.  Stay tuned! 🙂

This dinner can be ready just as fast as you can fry up those chops!  Takes all of about 30 minutes, start to finish if the Sofrito is already made up.  This stuff is so addictive I keep a big batch in my freezer in a flat ziploc bag and just break off as much as I need for a recipe without even thawing first.  I highly recommend double bagging it as the aroma can escape in your freezer if you do not. 🙂

This recipe is suitable for all phases of Atkins, Keto diets and Primal-Paleo if you substitute coconut cream for the heavy cream.  That will impart a slightly different flavor to the final dish, but the Sofrito flavor is so intense it will greatly disguise the taste of coconut and have no negative impact.

Note:  You can cut fat number below by using a mixture of 50:50 water and cream instead of all cream

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INGREDIENTS:

1 lb. pork chops or boneless pork loin slices (4 portions)

1 T. bacon grease for searing

2 oz. cream cheese, softened

1 c. heavy cream (coconut milk for Primal-Paleo version)

¼ c. Sofrito sauce

¼ c. parsley, chopped fine

1-4 T. tap water to thin sauce (only if needed) if gets too thick waiting for chops to finish cooking

Dash salt and pepper

DIRECTIONS:   Heat bacon grease in a non-stick skillet or griddle over high medium-heat.  Brown nicely on both sides to fully-done state.

While they are cooking, in a separate small skillet over medium-low heat, add the soft cream cheese and stir to get it warm.  Slowly add the cream in small increments and stir with a rubber spatula to blend after each addition.  Add Sofrito sauce and stir.  Next add  half of the chopped parsley and couple dashes salt and pepper to the sauce.  Stir well to blend. Lower heat to lowest setting possible until meat is fully cooked.  Line the pork chops on a serving plate.  If sauce has thickened up too much, thin with a few tablespoons water and stir.  Using a rubber spatula, scrape the sauce out and down the middle of the lined up chops on your serving plate.  Garnish the dish with the remaining chopped parsley.  I served these with seared San Marzano tomato halves as shown (my husband loves them) and a side of buttered cauliflower.  Broccoli would also pair well here.

NUTRITIONAL INFO:  Makes 4 servings, each contains: (does not include the seared tomatoes shown).  Assumption: 1/4 of the sauce is served with each chop

413 calories, 35 g. fat, 3.2 g carbs, 0.37 g fiber, 2.83 g net carbs, 21.7 g protein, 194 mg sodium

 

 

 

 

Thai Turkey Soup

Thai Turkey SoupI roasted a turkey recently that was one of those “injected with up to 5% solution” because my husband picked it up for me and didn’t think to check.  Those are a bit sodium-laden for this sodium-sensitive girlie.  I froze the carcass for a pot of soup anyway thinking soup with no added sodium was do-able with it.   I made a soup with the meat off that carcass today for lunch that was SCRUMPTIOUS!  I used common Thai seasonings with the mild taste of coconut in the background as is so typical of so many of their soups!  You non-coconut fans or those allergic can sub in heavy cream instead, but I’d only use 1 cup since I find it richer.  You’ll want to recalculate your nutritional numbers for that or other changes.

I didn’t thicken this soup, but you could, with a plan-suitable thickener, if you wish.  Chicken can be substituted in this recipe for turkey, but the carcass will not yield as much meat for your soup, so plan on adding some cooked chicken meat to have a total of 3 cups.  Omit the wild rice if you’re still on Induction.  Wild rice is the lowest carb rice their is, which is why I am willing to occasionally put a very small amount in recipes for its nutritional value and texture, but that isn’t suitable until you get much closer to goal weight on the Atkins program.  This recipe would be OK for Keto diets and for Primal-Paleo if you just omit the rice).

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INGREDIENTS:

1 turkey carcass

10 c. tap water (or chicken/turkey broth, if available)

1 c. celery, chopped

2 oz. onion, chopped

1½ c. green cabbage, thinly sliced

2 oz. red bell pepper, slivered or chopped

3/4 c. cilantro, chopped

1 tsp. fresh ginger root, minced

2 cloves garlic, minced

1/2 tsp. Thai fish sauce (I use Thai Kitchen brand)

1 tsp. chili paste (I use Sambal Oelek)

1½ c. coconut milk (1 standard can)

¼ tsp. black pepper

¼ c. wild rice (omit for Induction and Primal-Paleo)

2 T. coconut oil

VARIATION:  1) Use chicken instead of turkey.  2) use fish stock and 3 c. cubed mild fish added last 10 minutes cook time in lieu of turkey.  3) Use heavy cream instead of coconut milk.

DIRECTIONS:  Place first 4 ingredients in a large soup pot.  I find breaking the carcass in half allows me to get one into my largest soup pot.  Add 10 c. water or broth, bring to a boil over high heat.  Reduce to a simmer and simmer 30 minutes so meat begins to pull away from the bones.  Remove carcass to a cutting board or your counter to cool.  Strip meat off the bones and chop to desired size.  The average turkey carcass will yield about 3 c. meat.  Put the meat back into the pot of broth and discard bones (unless you wish to freeze them to use in your next pot of bone broth for added flavor and nutrients. :)  Add all remaining ingredients to the pot (but the cilantro) and simmer for 45 minutes.  Add cilantro last and cook 3-4 minutes longer.  Thicken with your favorite thickener only if desired (I did not).  If serving for company, a sprig of cilantro to garnish is nice.

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

149 calories, 9.46 g fat, 5.20 g carbs, 0.84 g fiber, 4.36 g NET CARBS, 11.6 g protein, 208 mg sodium

Momma’s Baked Chicken

Momma's Baked ChickenThis was the baked chicken I was raised on.  Throughout my childhood, I disliked intensely the taste of vinegar.  Wouldn’t eat pickles, wouldn’t eat pickled vegetables, wouldn’t eat salads or even condiments that contained vinegar.  But man, when my mom made this baked chicken, I just could not believe I watched her douse it with such an “evil” ingredient  and LIKED IT!!!  The natural red grape sugar in the red wine vinegar caramelizes under high heat and gives the chicken skin such a sweet, tangy taste.  The pan juices make a lovely gravy/baste for the drier breast meat.   Fortunately, my taste has changed over the years and I will now consume vinegar without hesitation, provided the food isn’t drowning in vinegar. 🙂

This recipe can be used on a split/butterflied/spatchcocked chicken as pictures, or you and cut the chicken up into pieces.  This method is delicious on Rock Cornish Hens, too.  It is also excellent for BBQ’ing of the chicken, and even for BBQ pork.  This recipe is perfectly suited to all phases of Atkins, Keto diets, Primal and Paleo as well.

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SAUCE INGREDIENTS:

6 T.  melted butter

3 T. red wine vinegar

1/4 tsp. salt (omit if using salted butter)

1/4 tsp. coarse black pepper

THAT’S IT!!

DIRECTIONS:  Preheat oven to 400º.  Place butter in baking pan (I use a metal pan) as the oven is heating up.  Remove pan and add red wine vinegar to the butter, as well as the salt and pepper.  Prepare the chicken.  You can either split the chicken up the back with kitchen shears and spread it out as shown above, or cut the bird up into quarters or single pieces.  Using a brush, baste the pieces of chicken all over.  Sprinkle lightly with the salt and pepper and pop into hot oven for about an hour (less time for smaller birds, a little more for the butterflied bird shown) or until golden brown and reaches internal temp of 170º at the joint where the thigh meets the torso and in the thickest part of the breast.  I like to baste the chicken once or twice during cooking for the tastiest result on the skin.  I’m a skin fan, so that’s real important to me.  My husband just rips it off and hands it to me.  That works out just great, huh? 🙂 Remove from oven and serve at once with your favorite sides.  Be sure to put a spoon or brush into the pan for diners to baste their meat with the buttery juices if they wish (or pour the juices into a gravy boat).

NUTRITIONAL INFO:  These numbers are for the baste/sauce only.  You will have to add in the values for whatever pieces of chicken you eat.  Makes enough for 10 pieces of chicken (1 whole l cut-up chicken).  Each portion of the sauce, assuming you even eat that much of the sauce, has:

62 calories, 6.9 g fat, 0.02 g carbs,  0.00 g fiber, .02 g NET CARBS, 0.13 g protein (add in your piece of chicken)

Bunless Burgers in Mushroom-Wine Sauce

Bunles Burgers in Mushroom-Wine SauceThis delicious dinner creation came about from having leftover zucchini pulp from today’s stuffed zucchini lunch.  these were delicious and so simple to make.  Ready in about 30 minutes flat with the help of my food processor.  This recipe is not suitable for induction unless you leave out the wine.  It is acceptable for other Keto diets as well as Primal-Paleo if you you sub in coconut milk for the cream.

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INGREDIENTS:

3/4 c. zucchini, sliced

1½ lb ground beef (80% lean

2 oz. red bell pepper

1 tsp. minced dehydrated onion (or 2 oz. fresh, chopped)

1 large egg

Dash each sea salt

1/8 tsp.  coarse black pepper

3/4 c. heavy cream

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

12 large mushrooms, sliced

¼ c. parsley, chopped (or 2 tsp. dried parsley)

Light dusting or two of xanthan gum (optional for thicker sauce)

DIRECTIONS:    Place zucchini and red pepper in food processor.  Pulse 4-5 times to reduce to fine dice.  Add onion, egg, salt and pepper.  Pulse 1-2 more times times.  Add meat and process until well-blended.

Heat a large non-stick skillet over medium-high heat.  Form meat mixture into 6 patties about 5 oz. each.  Place on hot skillet and brown to golden on both sides (center will not be fully done though).  With a spatula,, remove from the pan to a plate or piece of foil.  In the oil and juices left in the pan, saute the mushrooms and the parsley just until the mushrooms are no longer opaque.  Place the meat patties back in the pan.  Add the wine and simmer 4-5 minutes.  As it simmers, scrape up the brown bits off the bottom of the pan as there’s where all the flavor is.  e gentle with the spatula so you don’t break up the meat patties.  Add cream around the meat, stir well and let simmer for and additional 5 minutes.  Thicken with xanthan gum only if desired, as the cream will thicken on its own a little bit.  Serve 1 patty with a generous spoonful of the mushroom sauce on top to each person.

NUTRITIONAL INFO:   Makes 6 servings, each contains:

436 calories, 34.7 g fat, 4.7o g carbs, 1.10 g fiber, 3.6 g NET CARBS, 22.8 g protein, 154 mg sodium

Bacon Boats

Bacon BoatsThese Bacon Boats made for a delicious and filling lunch.  As this was my entree and nothing else was served with this,  we each ate two of the filled zucchini “boats” halves.  If serving this as a side dish to a meat entree, I would use 4 smaller, 3-4″ zucchini and make 8 servings from this recipe.  This recipe is suited for those who have reached the nuts and seeds rung of the Atkins OWL (Ongoing Weight Loss) carb re-introduction ladder.  this dish would work nicely in any Keto diet and for Primal diners.  You would have to omit the cheese for Paleo adherence.

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INGREDIENTS:

2 medium-large 6-7″ zucchini (mine weight 270 grams each)

5 slices thick bacon, chopped (I used uncured, low-sodium)

3 T. hemp hearts

4 medium green onions, chopped

1 large egg, beaten

1 cup Monterrey Jack Cheese

1/8 tsp. coarse black pepper

VARIATIONS:   Use breakfast sausage, Italian Sausage, ground beef or ground lamb (4 oz.) in lieu of the bacon.

DIRECTIONS:  Preheat oven to 450º.  Stem and slice the zucchini lengthwise.  Scoop out the majority of the pulp, leaving only about 1/4″ on the skin.  Place the scooped out pulp in zip-loc bag and save for another use like meatloaf filler or zucchini bread/muffins.  Place in baking dish and bake for about 30 minutes at 450º to partially cook the squash.  Remove from oven and lower heat to 350º.

For the filling:  Cook the bacon over medium-high heat until lightly browned.  Remove from heat and drain off grease for another use.  When pan has cooled down, remove half the bacon for garnish.  Add the green onion, hemp hearts,  and black pepper to skillet and stir to mix.  Add the beaten egg and cheese.  Stir well to allow the cheese to begin to melt.  Add about 1/4 of the filling to each squash “boat” and top with the reserved bacon crumbles.  Pop back into 350º oven and bake for 10-15 minutes to allow the egg to cook.  Remove and serve at once.

NUTRITIONAL INFO:    Using 2 large squash, each of the four Bacon “Boat” half contains: (halve these numbers to get values for each half if you use 4 baby squash and get 8 pieces)

230 calories, 17.25 g fat, 5.85 g carbs, 2.30 g fiber, 3.35 g net carbs, 15.37 g protein, 353 mg sodium

 

Mushroom-Spinach Stuffed Chicken Breasts

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

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INGREDIENTS:

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

2 T. unsalted butter

4 large mushrooms, chopped or sliced

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

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

3 T. shredded Monterrey Jack

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

2 T. hemp hearts

Dash coarse black pepper

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

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

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

 

 

 

Tamale Pie Stuffed Peppers

Tamale Pie Stuffed PeppersThis tasty version of stuffed peppers was scrumptious!  I had a can of black olives open in the fridge and 1 medium zucchini.  the hubs bought 4 beautiful peppers at the store this week so I decided to bring all that together with some ground pork and make a new stuffed pepper recipe.  This recipe is suitable for all phases of Atkins, Keto diets, and Primal Blueprint.  Omit the cheese for a Paleo version.

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INGREDIENTS:

1 oz. onion, cut in chunks

5 oz. zucchini, cut in chunks

10 black olives

4 medium bell peppers

1 lb. lean ground pork

½ tsp. ground cumin

½ tsp. chili powder

¼ tsp. dried, seeded guajillo chile peppers (or ancho peppers)

1 Roma tomato, diced 1/2″

½ c. Monterrey Jack cheese (or mozzarella)

2 slices Cheddar cheese (or ½ c. shredded)

VARIATION:   Use ground beef instead of ground pork or a mixture of pork and breakfast sausage.  Another variation would be to use 4 ears canned baby corn instead of the zucchini, chopping in the food processor with the onion and olives, which will add a mild corn taste typical of tamale pie.  Baby corn is much lower in carbs than regular kernel corn.  You’ll need to recalculate nutritional info if you make this change, but each serving would get 1 ear and that would add 1.29 net carbs to each serving.

DIRECTIONS: Cut tops off peppers, trimming off any salvageable flesh of the pepper for future use.  Cut thin slice off bottoms of peppers ONLY IF NEEDED TO LEVEL THEM.  Place peppers standing upright in a ceramic baking dish and set aside.  Next place the first 3 ingredients into a food processor and pulse 4-5 times to chop small.  If you prefer, you can slice the olives and not process them with the zucchini.  Set this mixture aside.

Preheat oven to 350º.  Heat non-stick skillet or wok over high heat and brown pork until not pink.  Add spices and zucchini mixture from the food processor bowl.  Saute 1-2 minutes, stirring.  Add chopped tomatoes and stir.  Turn off heat and stir in the Jack cheese which will serve as a filling binder.  Fill each pepper with 1/4 of the meat mixture.  Cover pan tightly with foil and bake at 350º for 40 minutes.  Water bath isn’t needed if covered tightly.  Moisture will cook out of the peppers, zucchini and tomatoes.  Remove foil and top with the slice or shredded Cheddar.  Return to oven without foil and bake about 8-10 or just until cheddar is melted.  Serve and enjoy!

NUTRITIONAL INFO:   Makes 4 servings, each pepper contains:

417 calories, 31 g fat, 10.15 g carbs, 3.27 g fiber, 6.88 g NET CARBS, 25 g protein, 350 mg sodium

 

 

 

Meatballs on Zucchini Ribbons

Meatballs on Zucchini Ribbons

I made this tasty dish tonight as meatballs, but you could just as easily make it up as mini patties if that’s easier.  This goes together fast and your family will LOVE it, as we did.  My husband said “You can fix this again any time!”  If you’re not a mushroom fan, leave them out of the sauce.  But we thought the mushrooms and parsley just “made” this dish.  This recipe is suitable for all phases of Atkins, Keto diets, and Primal diners.  Paleo folks will want to use coconut milk instead of cream and water volume.

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INGREDIENTS:

1 lb.   80%-90% lean grass-fed ground beef

1 large egg

1 small jar pimiento (about 2 T.), with its juice

2 oz. onion, cut into chunks

8 oz. fresh mushrooms, sliced

1 c. parsley, coarsely chopped

1/8-¼ tsp. black pepper (I like a lot)

1/8 tsp. sea salt

1 c. tap water (or use 2 c. coconut milk and no cream shown below)

1 c. heavy cream

1/8 tsp. xanthan gum or your preferred thickener

5 cups zucchini noodles/ribbons  (about four 6-oz. raw squash)

VARIATIONS:  Use ground lamb or pork instead of beef.  Use 4 slices lightly browned bacon or chopped green onions instead of mushrooms in the sauce. 

DIRECTIONS:  Place the first 4 ingredients into a food processor and process to chop/blend all smoothly.  Remove lid and form mixture into 8 equal meatballs (about 1 3/4″ in diameter).  Brown meatballs over medium-high heat in a non-stick skillet.  If using 90% lean beef, lightly oil the pan first.  They will not be fully done in the center when browned.  Add the water to the pan and slightly lower heat.  Using a spatula, de-glaze the brown bits form the bottom of the pan to make a light brown liquid.  Add the cream, mushrooms and parsley.  Add salt and pepper.  Simmer on lowest heat for about 10-15 minutes to let flavors mellow and meat to finish cooking done.

While the meat and sauce simmers, cut your zucchini into noodles or ribbons and saute in 2 T. olive oil until just gets limp.  Slightly thicken by dusting xanthan gum over sauce surface and stir well as it thickens up.    Serve 1 cup zoodles on each of 4 plates, place 2 meatballs on top of each and spoon ½ c. sauce over each serving.  this is not intended to be a real saucy dish, but you can certainly double the sauce ingredients if you wish,  re-calculating nutritional info if you do.  Serve at once.

NUTRITIONAL INFO:  Makes four 2-meatball servings, each contains:

552 calories

46.4 g fat

13.4 g carbs, 3.87 g fiber, 9.53 g NET CARBS

26.3 g protein

223 mg sodium

 

Pork & Chorizo Bake

Pork & Chorizo BakeYou know me, I just love Mexican foods.  I especially love the spice blend typically used in chorizo.  My husband and I always find chorizo to be heavy-tasting if too much is used in a recipe.  I got just the right amount in this new dinner creation.  Man, was this dish ever quick and easy to put together!  We were eating in in under an hour start to finish. This recipe is suitable for all phases of Atkins, Keto diets, and Primal followers.  Omit the cheese if following a Paleo regimen.

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INGREDIENTS:

1 lb. ground pork

3 oz. chorizo sausage

3 oz. onion, chopped

1 poblano pepper, cut in 3/4″ pieces

1 c. diced tomatoes (I used canned, no-salt, well-drained)

½ tsp. ground cumin

¼ tsp. smoked chipotle chili powder  (regular chili powder will do, but not quite as good)

¼ c. chopped cilantro (optional)

16 pitted black olives (sliced or whole)

1 c. shredded colby-jack cheese

DIRECTIONS:  Preheat oven to 350º.  Brown the pork and chorizo together over medium-high heat in a non-stick skillet.  Add pepper chunks and onion.  Saute, stirring constantly until they are tender.  Spoon or drain off as much grease as you can.  Add all remaining ingredients but the cheese and lower heat to medium low.  Cook, stirring often for a few more minutes.  Spoon meat mixture into a baking dish and top with shredded cheese.  Cover loosely with foil and bake at 350º for 20 minutes.  Remove from oven and serve with a guacamole salad, as the two go SO VERY WELL together.

NUTRITIONAL INFO:   Makes 4 generous servings, each contains:

530 calories

43 g fat

6.40 g carbs, 1.52 g fiber, 4.88 g NET CARBS

29.2 g protein

558 mg sodium

Creamy Chicken Cabbage Casserole

Creamy Chicken Cabbage Casserole

My husband isn’t crazy about cooked cabbage, but he actually likes this dish.  The low-carb mushroom soup, onion and bacon tone the cabbage down.  Dishes like this one are so simple to make when you can whip up this soup in the blender and have it ready to go.  This dish is OK for Induction and most Keto diets.

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INGREDIENTS:

4 boneless chicken breasts

5 thick slices of bacon (can be omitted from this recipe if desired)

4 oz. chopped yellow onion

1/2 recipe (about 1½ c.) Jen Eloff’s homemade Condensed Cream of Mushroom Soup

20 oz. coarsely chopped green cabbage (1″-2″ chunks)

¼ tsp. salt

¼ tsp. black pepper

VARIATION:   This is excellent made with pork chops instead of chicken.  Another nice variation is to add a few pieces of chopped broccoli.

DIRECTIONS:  Chop bacon into ½” pieces.  Brown in skillet.  Then add the onion and saute until onion begins to soften.  Add cabbage and continue to saute 2 minutes only.   Add mushroom soup and stir to mix all ingredients.  Pour into glass casserole dish greased with bacon grease.  Wipe out skillet with paper towel and rub with dab (really minimal) bacon grease.  Sear meat on both sides and then place the pieces atop cabbage.  Bake at 350º for 40 minutes.

NUTRITIONAL INFO: Serves 4, each serving containing:

408 calories

24 g  fat

12.22 g  carbs, 4.07 g  fiber, 8.15 g  NET CARBS

786 mg. sodium

34.4 g  protein

Steak and Onion Wrap

Steak & Onion WrapsWhen I was growing up, whenever there was steak leftover, we could count on these the next day at lunch.  I considered this quite a treat, too!  Of course, back then, before anyone ever hardly heard of low-carbing, she served these on a good piece of French bread.  How I loved these sandwiches then and still make them today.  Just this week in fact.  My recent ultra low-carb tortilla recipe discovery at Low Carb Maven’s site makes these not only possible, but low-carb to boot!  They came out quite good!  You could use any low-carb tortilla, but the carb count will go up accordingly.  I just recently discovered that HEB grocery here in Texas makes their Carb Sense tortillas with only a 3 net carb count!  And they are as good as any of the 4 NC tortillas out there!  These wraps are suitable for all phases of Atkins, Keto diets, Primal and Paleo as well.

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INGREDIENTS:

ultra low-carb tortillas

10 oz. leftover steak, sliced thinly  (I have done these with only 8 oz.)

3 oz. slivered onion

1 T. bacon grease

Salt and pepper

VARIATION:   Add 1 slice of cooked bacon to each wrap.  Mmmm.

DIRECTIONS:    Make the tortillas by the linked recipe above.  Set them aside to cool down.  Next, heat the bacon grease over high heat in a non-stick skillet.  Add onion and saute to slightly brown.  You want the edges browned and the onion to have begun caramelizing.  Add the steak, dash of salt and black pepper and saute just until the steak is no longer pink and slightly browned.  Dip 1/4 of the mixture onto each of the tortillas, fold and serve at once.  ENJOY!

NUTRITIONAL INFO:    Makes 4 wraps, each contains:

385 calories

25 g fat

2.15 g carbs, 1.05 g fiber, 1.10 g NET CARBS

34 g protein

665 mg sodium