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If you’re a mushroom fan you MUST try these.  You can use either breakfast bulk sausage or Italian sausage to make them.  They will be delicious either way.  My Homemade Italian Sausage is what I used, as it is low in sodium or you can use my Homemade Breakfast Sausage for a different flavor.  If you use commercial sausage, bear in mind the sodium count will be much higher than shown below.   For the breadcrumbs, I used a slice of my homemade Grain-Free Fluten-Free Focaccia because I have it currently made and on hand.  Using other low-carb bread for your bread crumbs will also impact numbers and require recalculations be done. This recipe is suitable once you are at Phase 2 Atkins.

INGREDIENTS:

4 Portobello mushroooms (about 4 oz. each)

3 T. olive oil

14 oz. ground Italian (any casing removed) or bulk breakfast sausage, crumbled

1/3 c. chopped red bell pepper (or green)

2 oz. onion, chopped

1 clove garlic, minced

¼ c. chopped parsley

¼ tsp. dried oregano, crushed

1/8 tsp. dried basil

1/8 tsp. each sea salt and coarse black pepper

¼ tsp. Sriracha sauce (or 6-8 drops Tobasco)

1 slice low-carb bread (I used my gluten-free focaccia)

1 beaten large egg

4 oz. mozzarella cheese shreds

¼ c. grated Parmesan

DIRECTIONS:  Preheat oven to 350º.  Wipe mushrooms clean with a dry, clean cloth.  Stem and with a spoon, scoop out and discard black gills in center.  Chop stems and set on paper plate.  Chop/mince all listed vegetables and add to that same paper plate.  Heat olive oil over medium-high heat.  Brush mushroom cap domed sides with olive oil and place on baking sheet.  In remaining oil saute the sausage crumbles, breaking up smallish.  Add all listed vegetables, including the chopped mushroom stems, cooking until all are tender.  Turn off heat.  Add all spices shown and the Sriracha sauce (or Tobasco).  Crumb your low-carb bread and add to the mixture.  Beat the egg in a small bowl and add.  Stir the finished filling mixture well so all gets moistened with the egg.  Fill each of the mushroom caps with 1/4 of the filling.  Sprinkle 1 T. Parmesan on top of each mushroom.  Finish with 1 T. mozzarella shreds sprinkled on top.  Pop pan into preheated 350º oven.  Bake 20-25 minutes.  Enjoy with a lovely green salad or green side of your choosing.

NUTRITIONAL INFO:  Makes 4 servings, each contains:

522 cals, 40g fat, 10g carbs, 3.37g fiber, 6.63g NET CARBS, 32.3g protein, 316 mg sodium

 

 

 

 

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This is a variation on the popular taco salad we all know and love.  Constructing it with pork and chorizo, along with the spices and sofrito I included, was quite delicious and a pleasant change of pace.  I didn’t have an avocado in the house or else a layer guacamole would have been added under the cheddar cheese.  You might want to consider adding one mashed up with a pinch of garlic powder.  🙂  This salad is suitable for all phases of Atkins and Keto diets.

INGREDIENTS:

8 oz. lean ground pork

2 oz. chorizo sausage, removed from casing and crumbled

Dash ground cumin

¼ tsp. garlic powder

1-2 tsp. my sofrito sauce (optional, but real good in this)

1/8 tsp. my Smoky Chipotle Spice blend

2 c. Romaine lettuce, chopped

2 c. endive or curly leaf lettuce (green or purple), chopped

½ c. tomato, chopped

2 slices Monterrey Jack Cheese

½ c. shredded Cheddar Cheese

DIRECTIONS:  Have two plates ready by the stove.  If using guacamole layer as suggested above, make that now.  Brown ground pork in a non-stick skillet, along with the crumbled chorizo until they are done.  Add salt, cumin, smoky chipotle blend, sofrito and garlic powder.  Stir often as the meat browns.  Remove from heat when done.  Mix the two types of lettuce in a bowl and plate half on each of two plates.  Add half the chopped tomato on top of each.  Place 1 slice of jack cheese in the center of each stack of greens.    Top each with half the hot meat.  The heat should melt the jack cheese nicely.  If using guacamole, add it now.  Top each with ¼ c. of cheddar shreds.   Serve at once.

NUTRITIONAL INFO:    Makes 2 salads, each contains:  (does not include guacamole)

597 cals, 46.7g fat, 6.95g carbs, 2.2g fiber, 4.75g NET CARBS, 37g protein, 748 mg sodium  (coming from the chorizo and cheese)

 

 

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We recently grilled some delicious German Beef Brats I get from my grass-fed beef supplier. The seasoning blend in his sausages is simply delicious!  Very heavy with black pepper, but we like that.  With the 3 leftover links I defrosted tonight, I created a quick, stir-fried dish that’s both tasty, satisfies and yet stays low in carbs, despite all the vegetables in it. This recipe is suitable for all phases of Atkins, Keto, Paleo and Primal nutritional programs.  You could also make this using any type of brats, smoked sausage or Kielbasa with equally good results.

INGREDIENTS:

2 T. bacon grease

8 oz. German beef brat sausages (or any lean link sausage), precooked & sliced

1 c. frozen green beans

4 oz. onion, sliced thinly

4 oz. green cabbage, sliced

1 large clove garlic, minced

4 oz. red bell pepper, sliced

4 oz. sliced mushrooms, drained

Dash each salt and black pepper

¼ tsp. Sriracha chili sauce

DIRECTIONS:    Heat the bacon grease in a non-stick wok or skillet.  Saute the green beans and onion until it begins to wilt.  Add the cabbage and garlic next and continue sauteing until it just begins to soften.  Add the bell pepper, stirring as it softens just a bit (but isn’t mushy).  Add sausage, mushrooms, salt, pepper and Sriracha sauce and stir well for 2-3 minutes for flavors to blend. Remove and enjoy.   I ate mine plain, but it would be good on brown rice for non-low-carb guests.

NUTRITIONAL INFO:   Makes 4 servings, each contains:

274 cals, 22.5g fat, 10.1g carbs, 3.05g fiber, 7.05g NET CARBS, 8.7g protein, 384 mg potassium, 725 mg sodium

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We’ve all tasted and love that well-known hash brown casserole.  I certainly see no reason we low-carbing folks can’t still have it even though we can’t eat those real hash browns.  The only changes needed here were substituting cauliflower for the potatoes and a low-carb mushroom soup for commercial soup, thus making it OK for Induction.  This is also great with crumbled, cooked pork sausage on top!  I keep a double batch of this soup made up in my freezer all the time, frozen in plastic drink cups in 1 cup amounts.  It’s awfully convenient to just pop one out and defrost or put it right into the simmering pot.  Here’s my recipe with necessary low-carb changes.  This is Induction friendly, too!  Sometimes I add 1 lb. browned pork sausage to this and turn it into a main dish (as shown above)  No meat is calculated into the nutritional info below, however.  This is such a large recipe I cook a half recipe unless I have company.

INGREDIENTS:

1 c.  finely chopped green onion

1 c.  (4oz) grated cheddar cheese

2 T.  butter melted

1/4  tsp. pepper

1 head fresh cauliflower, cooked & chopped (or 3 10 oz. pkgs. frozen, thawed, drained, coarsely chopped)

1/2 c. sour cream

1 c.  Dottie’s Mushroom Soup for Recipes

OPTIONAL GARNISH:  sprinkle top with paprika before baking

DIRECTIONS:  Thaw the frozen (or cook the fresh) cauliflower & drain well.  Preheat oven to 350º.   If adding sausage, brown it in a skillet.  Mix first 7 ingredients in a bowl and stir in the sausage if using. Spray glass baking dish.  Pour mixture into greased dish and bake at 350º for 30 minutes or until bubbly and “hash browns” are tender but not reduced to mush.

NUTRITIONAL INFO:  Makes 9   1-cup servings, each has:  (does not include sausage)

190   calories, 15.94 g  fat, 7.36 g  carbs, 2.78 g  fiber, 4.58 NET CARBS, 6.28 g  protein

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

The Mexican Poinsettia stuck onto my guacamole was an afterthought, but I thought it came out very pretty!    I quartered 2 San Marzano tomatoes and 1 thin slice of jalapeno pepper for my flower.  This recipe is suitable for all phases of Atkins and other Ketogenic diets, but is not suitable for Primal-Paleo.

INGREDIENTS:

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

2 tsp. bacon grease

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

4 oz. chopped ham

¼ c. red bell pepper, chopped

½ c. chopped cilantro

2 oz. American Deluxe or cheddar cheese, shredded

2 oz. Monterrey Jack Cheese (2 slices)

VARIATION:  Use bacon in place of the ham.

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

NUTRITIONAL INFO:    Makes 2 servings, each contains:

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

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Southern girl that I am, I get a hankering for fried chicken liver every once in awhile and today was my day.  This is not a food I’ve tried to low-carb before now.  Frankly, I didn’t think they would come out very good without the crispy traditional flour coating they are often made with. My grocery store has taken to carrying their chicken livers in a huge 1.25# cartons instead of the 1# carton they have stocked in the past.  My husband doesn’t like chicken liver, so I alone (or my puppies are most eager to) must polish off any leftovers.  So it looks like I’m going to have 5-6 oz. leftover every time I bake my homemade dog treats with the size carton they sell them in now.  Now I have a way to quell my fried chicken liver craving that crops up once in awhile.

Since this coating has worked well on everything I’ve tried it on to date, I thought I’d give it a go and these came out REAL good!!  These are suitable for any phase of Atkins.  They are also suitable for Paleo-Primal, if you occasionally eat pork rinds (otherwise, coat with almond flour).

VARIATION:  Add some grated Parmesan cheese to the coating.  Substitute or add in some chicken gizzards or hearts, if available and you like them.

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INGREDIENTS:

5 oz. raw chicken livers

½ c. homemade mayo

4 oz. plain pork rinds, crushed fine

1/4 tsp. spice blend of your choice (I used my Cajun Seafood Spice blend)

DIRECTIONS:  Preheat oven to 425º.  Place chicken livers on paper toweling and pat them with more paper towels to get as much moisture off as you can. Cut the really large ones in half for more even cooking.  Pour mayo onto a paper plate.  Place crushed rinds and spices onto a second paper plate and stir well.  Dip livers into the mayo to coat both sides, then drop into crushed rinds.  I curl the paper plate to facilitate rolling the rinds up over the tops of the livers.  Place coated livers onto a non-stick cookie sheet (sided, to catch grease).   Pop into 425º oven for 10 minutes.  Turn gently with tongs and cook an additional 10 minutes.  They should be done in 20 minutes and browned nicely on both sides.  Enjoy quickly so they will still be crispy!  Serve with your favorite sides.

NUTRITIONAL INFO:   Makes 3 servings, each contains:

526 cals, 43g fat, 0.53g carbs, 0.03g fiber, 0.5 NET CARBS, 32.5 g  protein

488 mg sodium

These delicious dinner croquettes were quite a surprise, considering I just started throwing stuff from the fridge into the skillet, having forgot to defrost any major meat for dinner.  Today, I had chosen working in my garden over cooking/planning and then I collapsed from fatigue.  My husband loved these and ate three!  We both agreed this one’s a keeper for a simple, quick meal.  There’s just enough cheese in these to pull all the flavor layers together and to facilitate browning but you can use less if you need to pull the sodium down a bit.  These have a hint of Cajun seasoning, but you could use another favorite seasoning blend if you prefer.  These tasty patties are suitable for all phases of Atkins, Keto diets and Primal Blueprint followers.  With the cheese, they are not acceptable for Paleo.

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INGREDIENTS:

2 c. cooked spaghetti squash threads (half medium squash)

6 oz. smoked sausage (I use Burton’s)

2 slices thick-slice bacon

1 tsp. bacon grease  (if bacon too lean)

1 oz. each red and green bell pepper

1½ oz. yellow onion

1 clove garlic, minced

Dash black pepper

3/4 tsp. my Cajun Seafood Spice Blend (or your preferred blend)

2T. + 1 tsp. golden flax meal

1 large egg, beaten

1½ c. shredded Monterey Jack cheese (or mozzarella)

VARIATION:  Use different cheese of choice; use diced shrimp.

DIRECTIONS:  Cook the squash with your preferred method.  You will only be using half the squash for this recipe, so reserve the rest in the fridge for another use.  I cut the stem end off my squash, cut the squash in half lengthwise and microwave face down in a dab of water for about 13 minutes.  With a towel, hold the cooked squash in one hand and fork out the threads onto a cutting board.  Chop, place into a medium mixing bowl and set aside.

On a cutting board chop the onion, red pepper & green pepper fairly small.  Next chop the sausage & bacon into 1/4″ dice.  Over medium-high heat, cook the bacon & sausage in a skillet until nearly done.  Add chopped veggies to the pan and cook all until thoroughly cooked and veggies are softened.  I had to add 1 tsp. bacon grease to the pan (included in the fat number below) as my bacon was so lean.  You can leave that out if your bacon is fatty enough to fry the mixture properly.   Remove from heat and spoon over the squash threads in your bowl.  Add garlic, pepper and Cajun Seafood Spice Blend and stir to mix.  Add the cheese shreds and beaten egg and again stir to blend well.  Let mixture rest a few minutes for the egg and flax to properly set up.

Heat a lightly oiled griddle to medium-high.  Using a serving spoon, spoon out 8 fairly equal portions of the mixture on the hot griddle.  Slightly press the mixture piles flatter.  DO NOT move these around as they are quite fragile until they are browned on one side.  When the first side is browned upon peeking, quickly flip them to the other side and brown as shown in the photo.  You don’t want to under-brown these as it is the browning of the mixture at pan contact that helps them taste their best.  I served these with a bowl of buttered broccoli, but they would be nice with any green vegetable or a lovely salad.

NUTRITIONAL INFO:   Makes 8 croquettes, each contains:

191 cals, 14g fat, 5.75g carbs, 2.11g fiber, 3.64g NET CARBS, 11.7g protein, 484 mg sodium

 

I was digging around in my freezer for something to put together for lunch today and forgot I’d made a small turkey at Easter.  I had the torso part of the carcass still left in a bag and decided on some sort of soup.  Then when I went to the fridge to get some other veggie ingredients, I saw the highly smoked, dry-cured sausage my husband gets when he’s at his convention and thought I’d mix the two meats.  I don’t think ordinary smoked sausage would do well here, so if you don’t have a meat market that dry-cures their own smoked sausage, I’d just omit it altogether.   Then I tossed in some chopped Zeroodles Shiritaki Noodles with Oat Fiber, a bit of fresh spinach leaves, a little of this and that and ended up with a DELICIOUS soup!  This recipe is suitable for all phases of Atkins and most Keto diets.  It’s very low in carbs yet so rich in flavor layer.  Hope you’ll give this one a try!

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INGREDIENTS:

½ meaty turkey carcass, 1 chicken carcass or 2½ c. diced cooked turkey meat

4 oz. highly smoked, dry-cured beef/pork sausage (see comment above)

6 cups water (if using diced turkey, I would use chicken/turkey broth for more flavor)

2 oz. onion, chopped

1 c. celery, chopped

1 clove garlic, minced

1 tsp. fresh ginger, minced

1 14-oz pkg. Zeroodles Shiritake Rice-Shape noodles (or other shape, chopped up)

1 tsp. Sambal Oelek chili sauce (or few drops Sriracha, or 1 tsp. Thai red curry paste)

1 T. low-sodium soy sauce

2 T. rice wine vinegar

1 c. dried shitake mushrooms, broken into small pieces

2 c. fresh spinach leaves (added at very last)

OPTIONAL:  ½ tsp. toasted sesame oil

DIRECTIONS:  Into a 5 qt. soup pot, place the turkey or chicken carcass.  Add the sausage and water to the pot.  Add celery, onion, garlic and ginger next.  Add rice-shaped or chopped up shiritake noodles and shitake mushrooms next.  Bring this mixture to a boil over high heat.  Lower heat and simmer covered with lid 30 minutes, or until veggies and mushrooms are fully tender.  Remove carcass to a cutting board, cool and strip meat off bones.  Chop meat into bite-size pieces and add back to the soup pot.  Add all remaining ingredients listed above but the spinach leaves.  Simmer about 15 minutes more to blend flavors.  Finally add the spinach leaves cooking just until it is barely done, or about 5 minutes.  Serve soup at once.

NUTRITIONAL INFO:  Makes 6 large servings, each contains:

205 cals, 9.85g fat, 6.33g carbs, 3.46g fiber, 2.87g NET CARBS, 20.8g protein, 486 mg sodium

This tasty dinner sure went together easily and FAST!  I would have used prosciutto in this if I had any in the house, but I used a locally made, highly-smoked dry-cured pork-beef sausage my husband brought home from Austin that served as a good stand-in.  I would NOT recommend using regular smoked sausage for this recipe.  I think it would NOT be very good.  Bacon would do in a pinch, but a totally different taste there.  I used Classico brand of sun-dried pesto sauce as it is only 7 net carbs per ¼ cup, spread out among the 4 servings.  I have calculated nutritional stats as if I had used the prosciutto, however.  This was outstanding!  My husband said I could make it again any time and I enjoyed it as well.  This recipe is suitable once you get to phase 2 of Atkins, but those still on Induction wanting to try it need to leave out the white wine.

INGREDIENTS:

2 T. unsalted butter

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

4 slices prosciutto (or highly smoked dry-cured meat like bacon)

1 Roma tomato, coarsely diced

½ c. canned sliced mushrooms with liquid (or 4-5 fresh medium, sliced)

10 black olives, sliced into 3 pieces

½ c. parsley, chopped

½ c. white wine (omit if still on Atkins Induction)

Dash red pepper flakes

¼ c. sun-dried tomato pesto sauce (I used Classico brand from a jar)

½ c. heavy cream

11 oz. Zeroodles “Penne” noodles with oat fiber (or 4 servings your preferred noodle alternate like zucchini noodles)

DIRECTIONS:   Melt butter in medium non-stick skillet over medium-high heat.  Saute until tender.  Add all remaining ingredients but the cream and noodles.  Lower heat to medium and add cream.   Simmer until it begins to thicken up a bit.  Add the noodles and toss well to coat.  I let mine simmer for about 5 minutes longer.  Serve at once with a nice green salad.

NUTRITIONAL INFO:  Makes 4 servings, each contains:

276.3 cals, 20.2g fat, 12.2g carbs, 5.92g fiber, 6.28g NET CARBS, 6.75g protein, 586 mg sodium

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Skillet Pizza (for 1)

I’m currently revisiting Atkins Induction for a “reset” and remembered this delicious recipe that literally got me through Atkins Induction 10 years ago.  I’ve tried so many of the popular low-carb pizza crust recipes and just don’t like but a few that I have developed or tried in the interim.  A lot of sodium in pizza toppings.  Even this amount of sausage and cheese packs a whopping amount of sodium, as seen in the nutritional stats below!  But hey, when you’re still on Induction and craving pizza, this’ll do occasionally.  Best of all, it can be ready in 10-15 minutes!  Moreover, I don’t end up with “sausage fingers” and swollen ankles the next day from water retention due to the sodium in most low-carb crust recipes.  I’m so sodium sensitive, I leave off pepperoni from my pizzas as a rule.  Just increase ingredients accordingly if you need more servings.

Now this “pizza” isn’t one you can pick up and eat with your hands.  Even as it cools a bit and the cheese firms up, you’ll still have to eat with a fork.  So I don’t do this recipe for company.  🙂  But I find not being able to pick it up and eat by hand doesn’t bother me one bit.  This tastes just like the best sausage, mushroom, bell pepper pizza I ever had in any Italian restaurant or pizza parlor!  You may prefer to use all sausage or all beef, your call, but nutritional info is for the recipe as written.  If watching your sodium intake on doctor’s orders, using all ground beef and also lowering the cheese to 2 oz. would be wise choices.

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INGREDIENTS:

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Ready to dig in!

2 oz. pork sausage (breakfast or Italian)

1 oz. ground beef (or more pork sausage)

¼ tsp. fennel seed

Dash oregano

Sprinkle of garlic and onion powder

1/3 can drained, canned mushrooms (or 2 fresh, sliced)

2 oz. bell pepper

3 T. low carb spaghetti sauce (I use Bello Vita)

2 oz. grated mozzarella cheese

DIRECTIONS: Brown meat in no-stick skillet on medium heat.  Add veggies and continue to cook until pretty tender, about 5 minutes.  Add spices and stir.  Using spoon or spatula, neatly push ingredients away from the edges of the skillet as shown in picture.  Dot the surface with the tomato sauce but no need to stir.  Top with the cheese, trying to keep it pretty much on the ingredients.  Cover and lower heat to lowest setting and heat long enough to melt cheese.   Should be ready in just a few minutes.  Allow to cool a couple minutes so cheese will firm up a tad before attempting to “slice” into two slices.  Using a broad spatula, slide a portion out of the skillet onto the serving plate (or toasted French bread, for non-Atkins eaters). Enjoy!

NUTRITIONAL INFO: Serves 1 and contains:

531 cals, 39.3g fat, 11.2g carbs, 2.9g fiber, 8.1g NET CARBS, 34 g  protein, 1312 mg sodium

What a tasty surprise!  I’m a bachelorette for the day and had not yet washed the skillet I fried bacon in this morning.  So I thought I’d stir-fry me a quick lunch of smoked sausage and cabbage.  I had just made a fresh batch of my Sofrito for freezer keeping and was smitten with the idea of breaking off a little piece from my freezer block and putting a little in my lunch skillet.  What a great idea this turned out to be! And what a simple, quick meal to prepare on a week night when you come home from work really tired.

Earlier in the week I had pulled off the outer leaves of a cabbage for stuffing but changed my mind.  So I wanted to use those leaves up quickly before they dried out.  This final dish turned out to be delicious and much better than I anticipated!  But then I really just love this Sofrito and use it on/in so many different recipes now.  If you like it, you’ll become addicted to the stuff, I’m certain. Haven’t used it in or on anything to date I didn’t like.  This recipe is naturally Atkins Induction friendly and suitable for Keto, Paleo and Primal lifestyles.

INGREDIENTS:

8 medium cabbage leaves, stemmed & sliced ½” (or equivalent)

8 oz. Burton’s Smoked Sausage (or other brand), sliced ¼”

2 tsp. bacon grease

2 T. my Sofrito

VARIATION:  Use halved small red radishes or daikon radish slices instead of cabbage

DIRECTIONS:  Cut cabbage and sausage as instructed above.  Add bacon grease to a skillet and head on medium-high.  Add sausage to the pan and brown slices on both sides lightly.  Add cabbage and stir-fry a few minutes until cabbage begins to soften.  Add the sofrito herb mixture and continue stir-frying until cabbage is done to your liking. Serve at once.

NUTRITIONAL INFO:   Makes 2 servings, each contains:

350 cals, 27g fat, 6.2g carbs, 2.55g fiber, 3.65g NET CARBS, 23.4g protein, 1050 mg sodium (reduce sausage to reduce sodium)

I was craving some good old sausage cheese balls for lunch today, but realized I’m out of bulk breakfast sausage.  But I did have a 6-oz. piece of smoked sausage in the fridge.  Wasn’t sure how all that would bind together with the change in meat, so I added 2 eggs, some cream and baked my ball-shaped lunch in to Twinkie® shapes instead.  Wow!  These were amazingly good, and not at all heavy like one would think.  I ate 3 of these things and am pleasantly full.  My husband won’t be home from Waco until dinner, so I’ll let him try them for a late snack perhaps.  I just KNOW he’s going to love these delicious treats!

INGREDIENTS:

2 c. Carbquik Bake Mix (or other low-carb mix)Smoked Sausage Twinkies (2)

1 c. shredded Cheddar cheese

6 oz. Burton’s Smoked Sausage (or any brand you have), chopped

2 large eggs, beaten

½ c. heavy cream

VARIATION:  Add a little minced green onion to the batter.

DIRECTIONS: Preheat oven to 350º.  Using a brush, oil a non-stick twinkie-shape pan (12-slot).  I used a food processor to chop up my sausage, but you could finely dice with a knife if you prefer.  Scrape into a medium bowl.  Add all other ingredients and stir until uniformly moistened and blended.  Spoon the stiff batter into the 12 slots of the twinkie pan.  Batter will be nearly to the top of each slot.  Slightly press batter down to eliminate air holes.    Pop into 350º oven for 18-20 minutes or until lightly browned as shown above.  Remove from oven.  Cool 3-4 minutes before attempting to loosen and lift out of the pan of they may break apart.  Serve warm and enjoy!

NUTRITIONAL INFO:   Makes 12 Twinkies®, each contains:

123 cals, 11.2g fat, 4.81g carbs, 3.5g fiber, 1.31g NET CARBS, 7.46g protein, 296 mg sodium

Sausage Tarragon Cream on Toast

It’s what I had for breakfast today!  This dish evolved from my Eggs with Tarragon Cream recipe but I added some sausage.  This is Atkins Induction friendly and a tasty change of pace for breakfast when you just don’t feel like eggs.  My husband scrambled up an egg and placed on his toast before adding his gravy mix.  Nice variation on a theme.  This dish is also good as a lunch or evening meal served alongside a lovely green salad.  It truly is one of my favorite breakfasts!  This one is Atkins Induction Friendly, too!

INGREDIENTS:

2 Revolution Rolls (also known as Oopsie Rolls or Cloud Bread)

4 oz. pork breakfast sausage, browned (or whatever brand you prefer that has minimal sugar added)

1/3 c. green onion, chopped

1 Roma tomato, coarsely chopped

¼ tsp. dried tarragon (or ½-1 tsp. fresh)

Dash salt and black pepper

¼ c. heavy cream

1 c. water

DIRECTIONS:  Brown sausage in non-stick skillet over medium-high heat..  Add chopped green onion and chopped tomato and saute until onion is softening a bit and the tomato is just barely beginning to soften, but is not cooked to mush.  Lower heat to low.  Add seasonings, cream and water.  Simmer to thicken.  If not thick enough to suit your preference, sprinkle a tiny bit of your favorite thickener and stir until it has thickened up.  Toast the Revo Rolls and spoon the sausage cream over the toasted rolls and serve at once.

VARIATION:   Add scrambled egg before topping with sausage gravy. 

NUTRITIONAL INFO: Makes two servings, each contains (not including egg):

330 Cals, 26.7g fat, 4.3g carbs, 0.8g fiber, 3.5g NET CARBS, 17.5g protein, 522 mg sodium

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Southern girl that I am, I get a hankering for fried chicken liver every once in awhile and today was my day.  This is not a food I’ve tried to low-carb before now.  Frankly, I didn’t think they would come out very good without the crispy traditional flour coating they are often made with. My grocery store has taken to carrying their chicken livers in a huge 1.25# cartons instead of the 1# carton they have stocked in the past.  My husband doesn’t like chicken liver, so I alone (or my puppies are most eager to) must polish off any leftovers.  So it looks like I’m going to have 5-6 oz. leftover every time I bake my homemade dog treats with the size carton they sell them in now.  Now I have a way to quell my fried chicken liver craving that crops up once in awhile.

Since this coating has worked well on everything I’ve tried it on to date, I thought I’d give it a go and these came out REAL good!!  These are suitable for any phase of Atkins.  They are also suitable for Paleo-Primal, if you occasionally eat pork rinds (otherwise, coat with almond flour).

VARIATION:  Add some grated Parmesan cheese to the coating.

INGREDIENTS:

5 oz. raw chicken livers

½ c. homemade mayo

4 oz. plain pork rinds, crushed fine

1/4 tsp. spice blend of your choice (I used my Cajun Seafood Spice blend)

DIRECTIONS:  Preheat oven to 425º.  Place chicken livers on paper toweling and pat them with more paper towels to get as much moisture off as you can. Cut the really large ones in half for more even cooking.  Pour mayo onto a paper plate.  Place crushed rinds and spices onto a second paper plate and stir well.  Dip livers into the mayo to coat both sides, then drop into crushed rinds.  I curl the paper plate to facilitate rolling the rinds up over the tops of the livers.  Place coated livers onto a non-stick cookie sheet (sided, to catch grease).   Pop into 425º oven for 10 minutes.  Turn gently with tongs and cook an additional 10 minutes.  They should be done in 20 minutes and browned nicely on both sides.  Enjoy quickly so they will still be crispy!  Serve with your favorite sides.

NUTRITIONAL INFO:   Makes 3 servings, each contains:

526 cals, 43g fat, 0.53g carbs, 0.03g fiber, 0.5 NET CARBS, 32.5 g  protein

488 mg sodium

I recently bought some Palmini canned “noodles”, which are made from Hearts of Palm.  To date, I’ve only used Hearts of Palm in salads.  Some pickle them.  I tried them with a meaty Bolognese Italian meat sauce recently and didn’t much care for them that way as the taste of the Hearts of Palm came through in my final spaghetti.  But today I decided to experiment with them in a soup and this application was a success.  We both liked this soup.  Simple to put together, too.  Can’t wait to do a chicken noodle soup with these!  This recipe is suitable for all phases of Atkins and other Keto diets.  Paleo and Primal folks can enjoy this recipe, too!

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INGREDIENTS: 

1 lb. pork bulk breakfast sausage

3/4 c. celery, chopped

2 oz. onion, chopped

1 oz. red bell pepper, coarsely chopped

2 oz. green bell pepper, coarsely chopped

½ c. parsley, chopped

¼ tsp. my Seafood Spice Blend

1/8 tsp. coarse black pepper

¼ tsp. crushed dried thyme

1/4 tsp. Chipotle Tobasco Sauce (or 1/8 tsp. regular Tobasco)

1 Roma tomato, coarsely diced

3 c. chicken broth, (more if you like greater ratio liquid to solids in soup)

1  14-oz can Palmini “noodles”, drained & rinsed (I actually used 2/3 can)

DIRECTIONS:  Brown pork sausage in a 4 qt. saucepan or soup pot.  Add celery, onion, bell peppers and saute until the veggies begin to wilt.  Add all remaining ingredients but the noodles and bring to a low boil.  Lower heat to a simmer and cook 30-45 minutes or until flavors have developed.  Add noodles toward the end of cooking (earlier if you want them softer, last 5 minutes if you want them firmer or “al dente”).  Fat will eventually cook out of the sausage into the soup stock and give it a very deep, tasty flavor.  If you like more liquid in your soup, add a little more broth or a little bit of water and simmer a little longer.  Serve hot.  Leftovers should freeze well.

NUTRITIONAL INFO:   Makes 6 large bowls, each contains:

316 cals, 23g fat, 4.95g carbs, 2.88g fiber, 2.07g NET CARBS, 19.3g protein, 627 mg sodium

 

Southwest Ham-n-Cheese Squash

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

The Mexican Poinsettia stuck onto my guacamole was an afterthought, but I thought it came out very pretty!    I quartered 2 San Marzano tomatoes and 1 thin slice of jalapeno pepper for my flower.  This recipe is suitable for all phases of Atkins and other Ketogenic diets, but is not suitable for Primal-Paleo.

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INGREDIENTS:

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

2 tsp. bacon grease

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

4 oz. chopped ham

¼ c. red bell pepper, chopped

½ c. chopped cilantro

2 oz. American Deluxe or cheddar cheese, shredded

2 oz. Monterrey Jack Cheese (2 slices)

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

NUTRITIONAL INFO:    Makes 2 servings, each contains:

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

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This is what I’m making for dinner tonight as it’s so cold out today.  Predicting possible winter mix.  I used Sam’s smoked sausage this time but it’s equally good with breakfast sausage.   I have made this many times before, but change it up every time as to what seafood I throw in the pot.  Tonight I plan to add 12 oz. crawfish tails to the mix.  This hearty soup is just the thing for a chilly day.   This recipe is Atkins Induction suitable if you skip the flour/roux step.  You can always just thicken it with xanthan gum.  Not quite as good, but still tasty results. If you omit the roux making, just omit the olive oil used to make that step.

A teacher I used to work with taught me how to make “roux” and a good gumbo.  She was born and raised in Louisiana and cooked gumbo for a teachers’ holiday social gathering once years ago.  Though she used smoked sausage instead of bulk pork breakfast sausage, I find I like breakfast sausage a little better in gumbo.  Two things I have added to the recipe are the stick of butter and the parsley.  She used chicken stock and I prefer seafood stock I get from boiling the shrimp shells for 10 minutes in 1½ quarts of water and freeze in 1 cup portions.  Be sure to adjust the nutritional info below if you make changes in the seafood you use.

INGREDIENTS:

2 T. Carbalose flour (or oat fiber for lower carbs)

2T. olive oil

1 stick butter (1/2 c.)

½ c. chopped onion

½ c. chopped parsley

3 cloves minced garlic

6 oz. crumbled breakfast sausage (or sliced smoked sausage if you prefer)

3/4 c. chopped green bell pepper

½ c. chopped celery

3 Roma tomatoes, coarsely chopped (or a 14-oz. can diced tomatoes)

4 small bay leaves

2 tsp. thyme

10-15 drops Tobasco

¼ tsp. salt

1/4 tsp. cayenne pepper (or more if you like things spicier)

2 lb. shrimp in their shells, heads on (I often do half shrimp and half crawfish tail meat)

1qt. (4 c.) seafood stock made from shrimp shells (or chicken stock)

1½ c. frozen okra slices  (added last 5 minutes)

1 tsp. gumbo file powder (added last 5 minutes)

OPTIONAL:  Add 1-2 tsp. my Seafood Spice Blend

VARIATION:  Add 1 can smoked oysters well-rinsed of oil or 1 c. fresh oysters (if available).  Add 12 oz. crawfish tail meat.  You can also add chunks of fish filets, but do so at the very last 10 minutes of cooking so they don’t fall apart from overcooking.

DIRECTIONS:  First make the seafood stock by boiling the shrimp shells in 1½ qts. water in a large cooking pot for about 10 minutes.  I make seafood stock ahead and keep extra in my spare freezer in 1 cup portions in plastic tubs for such uses.  Then I can just pop one out and add to the pot for soups, gumbos and etouffees.  Scoop out shells with slotted spoon and discard.  Pour stock into bowl and set aside.   Wipe moisture out of pot.

Chop all your vegetables and have them at the ready by the stove top, because once you start to make the roux, you can’t stop to cut them up.

Now you’re ready to make the roux and start the gumbo.  The roux imparts a nutty, browned flour taste to the broth of this dish and if this step is bypassed, you will merely be making an ordinary fish soup with much less depth of flavor.

There is an art to making roux with respect to knowing when to “kill” the browning action just short of it burning, which gives it an unpleasant, bitter taste.  If it burns, you just have to toss it out and start again and you’re butter is wasted.  I’ve burned it one time in hundreds and hundreds of batches.  Once you get the hang of it, it’s really quite easy!

Heat oil and add Carbalose flour (or oat fiber for lower carbs) and whisk constantly on high heat.   You want to brown the roux as dark as you can get it without it getting black. I shoot for chestnut horse color myself.  If you see black bits of burned bits that look like pepper in it, it’s ruined and willl spoil your gumbo.  Start again and whisk constanly.  This can burn in the blink of an eye, so absolutely do not get distracted or walk away from the stove while making a roux!    The second it gets to a dark brown color, immediately dump the chopped vegetables in the pan to drop the temperature of the roux and halt further browning.  Lower heat to medium.  Now add the stick of butter, relax and continue sauteing the vegetables for 5-10 minutes until they wilt and begin to caramelize.  If still on Induction,  thicken with xanthan gum or your favorite thickener instead.  You won’t get that nutty flavor browning the flour gives to the final dish, but it will still be a good seafood stew.

If on Atkins Induction and omitting the roux, just begin by melting the butter and sauteing the veggies until tender.  Now add all remaining ingredients (except the gumbo file), including the seafood stock.  Simmer covered on lowest heat for about an 1-1½ hours to allow flavors to mellow.  Add okra and Gumbo File powder and simmer 5-7 minutes longer to let okra get just tender.  Slightly thicken with xanthan gum, dusting it lightly over surface and stirring constantly.  Repeat xanthan gum additions until gumbo reaches desired thickness (takes about 1/4 tsp or so total).  Serve with a nice salad.

NUTRITIONAL INFO: As a full meal, this recipe should serve 6 people a large bowl of gumbo.  If serving a small cup of gumbo as an appetizer to another entree, it will make about 10 servings.

6 Servings: each contains 450 calories, 30.28 g fat, 7.83 g carbs, 2.23 g fiber, 36.45 g protein, approx. 96 mg. sodium 5.6 NET CARBS

10 Servings: each contains 272 calories, 18.17 g fat, 4.7 g carbs, 1.34 g fiber, 21.87 g protein, approx. 58 mg. sodium, 3.36 NET CARBS

This chowder is super yummy and ever so easy to whip up.  We drove over to Killeen to a big Asian grocery this week and I picked up a couple daikon radishes.  They make a wonderful potato sub in soups.  A cold front is moving through today so soup just sounded good for lunch.  I always keep a couple cans of clams around, so a no-brainer.  This recipe is suitable for all phases of Atkins and other Keto diets if the macros will work for you.

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INGREDIENTS: 

4 oz. bacon, coarsely chopped

3 oz. onion, chopped

10-oz can of clams, with juice

1 c. daikon radish, peeled and chopped

½ c. parsley, chopped

1/8 tsp. coarse black pepper

1/2 recipe Jennifer Eloff’s homemade Condensed Mushroom Soup

½ c. heavy cream

1 cup water (more if too thick for you)

DIRECTIONS:  Make Jennifer Eloff’s homemade Condensed Mushroom Soup recipe by her instructions at the link above.  Reserve half in your refrigerator for some other use and use just half the batch for this chowder recipe.

Chop bacon, onion, daikon and parsley and set each aside.  Brown bacon over medium high heat in a 4-quart saucepan.  When it is brown, add the onion and black pepper and saute to allow it to begin to brown/caramelize.  Add the clams, daikon radish and parsley.  Stir well.  Add the mushroom soup concentrate, the cream and water.  Bring to low boil and lower heat to a simmer about 30-40 minutes or until daikon is tender.  Stir occasionally during cooking to prevent scorching on bottom of the pan.  Add more water if it gets too thick for your liking.  Serve at once.

NUTRITIONAL INFO:    Makes five 1½c. large bowls (as shown above).  Each bowl contains:

274 cals, 20g fat, 7.38g carbs, 1.08g fiber, 6.3g NET CARBS, 13.9g protein, 434 mg sodium

My husband had to go have some lab work done for his doctor this morning so he volunteered to get my groceries on the way home.  Of course, it started raining, is a might chilly out as well, so when I asked him what he wanted for lunch today, I wasn’t surprised he said soup!  Well, since I’m always trying to use up leftovers and one-of’s in the fridge, I put together what turned out to be a very tasty soup!  My husband was doubtful when I said what all I was throwing into the pot, but ended up eating TWO bowls of it, so clearly not a problem for his palate.  LOL

What I had to work with was a small piece of a smoked sausage rope, 1 baked chicken thigh, half of a large yellow squash, and some fresh kale.  Also had in my freezer the cooking pan juices from my last batch of Montreal Baked Chicken (I always save it for just such uses) and homemade chicken broth that is always in my freezer.   VOILA!  A delightful lunch fit for a chilly, rainy day that you can have once you get to phase 2 of Atkins.

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INGREDIENTS:

3 T. unsalted butter

2 oz. onion, chopped

1 c. chicken meat, pre-cooked, chopped

4″ piece smoked sausage (beef or pork), sliced

1 can Eden soy black beans, with juice (not regular, high-carb black beans!)

2 large kale leaves, stemmed, rinsed and chopped

3 oz. yellow summer squash, diced or sliced

3 c. homemade chicken broth (mine is just chicken boiled in water)

¼-½ tsp. my homemade Montreal Steak Seasoning

¼-½ tsp. Sriracha Chili sauce (or other hot sauce to taste)

DIRECTIONS:  Melt the butter in a soup pot over high heat and saute the onions until they begin to brown.  Add the sausage and squash and saute until all are partially cooked.  Add all remaining ingredients and bring to just a simmer for about 15 minutes or just until the kale is just done.  Add salt to taste only if the sausage hasn’t already made the soup salty enough for your palate.

NUTRITIONAL INFO:    Makes 4 servings (large bowls), each contains:

385 cals, 27 g fat, 12.25g carbs, 6.27g fiber, 5.98g NET CARBS, 21.4g protein, 485 mg sodium

 

 

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We just love eggplant and I like to stuff them with all sorts of tasty protein sources.  Tonight I used pork breakfast sausage as the meat, rather than my usual seafood treatment of this wonderful vegetable.  This is delicious and provides a good deal of your daily nutritional needs.  Check out the stats below!  I usually serve this with a tossed green salad.  This dish is suitable for Induction provided you use an Induction-suitable  bread for the bread crumbs. It is great for Keto followers as well.  It is not suitable for Primal-Paleo as-writtten, but could be with minor tweaking.

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VARIATION:  Use 1/2 lb. cleaned small shrimp instead of sausage.  Seafood and eggplant are a flavor pairing made in heaven. 😉 

INGREDIENTS:

1  10-oz eggplant

1 slice bacon, finely chopped

8 oz. pork bulk sausage (preferably homemade), crumbled (or Italian sausage)

2 oz. onion, chopped

2 oz. red bell pepper, chopped

½ c. parsley, chopped

1 slice my Gluten-Free Focaccia Bread, crumbled

¼ c. heavy cream

1/8 tsp. your favorite spice blend for pork

1 large egg, beaten with the heavy cream above

DIRECTIONS:  Preheat oven to 350º.  Cut stem off eggplant and cut in half lengthwise.  Carefully remove the flesh with a knifef, leaving ¼” on the skin to support the filling.  Chop the eggplant into ½” dice.  Brown bacon in non-stick skillet.  Add sausage, crumbling with your spoon as it cooks. Add onion, eggplant, red pepper, parsley and spice blend you have chosen to use.  Cook until vegetables are tender. Turn off heat.  Crumbled slice of bread into the pan, Add the cream/egg mixture and stirl all together well. Fill each half of the eggplant with 1/2 of the filling. Press it down slightly with your spoon or hands.  Place filled eggplant halves into a baking pan filled with ¼” water.  Pop pan into oven and bake for about 45 minutes.   The filling should be done and the flesh that was left on the eggplant should be done as well.  Carefully lift them out onto your serving platter using two large cooking spoons.  Serve with a green veggie or tossed salad.

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

737 cals, 61g fat, 12.4g carbs, 4.7g fiber, 7.7g NET CARBS, 35g protein, 550 mg sodium

I broke my run on salads this week, OH MY!  I just wasn’t hungry for breakfast this morning, so I just had a cup of coffee.  The hubs took his usual Sunday hobby trip to Austin and it was just me and Button left to our own devices.  By 10:00 I was feeling a might peckish, so I ate brunch.  With just one last psyllium flat bread in the fridge, this is what I came up with.  A couple meats, a dash of fresh spinach and a bit of cheese to bind it altogether and man, was this ever tasty and filling!   This would be great breakfast, brunch or lunch!  I’ll need to get in the kitchen later today to make some more of my flat breads!  This recipe is not suitable until you get to the flour/grains carb re-introduction level (Phase 2) of Atkins due to the very healthy Einkorn flour and CarbQuik bake mix in the ingredient list for the flat bread.

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INGREDIENTS FOR EACH BURRITO:

1 Flat Bread round

3 oz. bulk pork breakfast sausage

2 slices thick pepper bacon

3/4 c. fresh baby spinach leaves

2 T. shredded Monterrey Jack Cheese

DIRECTIONS:  Lay the cooked flat bread on a serving plate and set aside the stove top.  In the middle of a small skillet, using your fingers, form the sausage into an oblong, half-moon shape the size of one half of the bread round.  Lay each strip of bacon along the outer edges of the skillet.  Over medium-high heat, brown until all the meat is thoroughly cooked on both sides.   With your spatula, set the sausage on one side of the bread round.  Lay the two strips of bacon on top of the sausage.  Now wilt the sausage right in the grease remaining in your skillet.  When wilted/cooked lift it onto the burrito atop the bacon.  Sprinkle the 2T. cheese on top and fold the other side of the flat bread over all, securing with a toothpick.  Place plate in microwave at 30% power for about 3-4 seconds so the cheese will melt.  Remove and serve at once.

NUTRITIONAL INFO:   Makes 1 burrito which contains:

670 cals, 60g fat, 18.5g carbs, 10.1g fiber, 8.4g NET CARBS, 33.4g protein, 1417 mg sodium

Carbs can be lowered serving open-faced on only 1/2 bread round; sodium and fat can be lowered making your own lean sausage homemade.

Sausage Donuts

An interesting approach for a crustless quiche creation.  These rose halfway up the sides of the little pans and each one was a perfect portion for an adult!  And they were delicious! If you don’t like mushrooms, you can just omit them (carbs will go down a wee bit).  This recipe is suitable for all phases of Atkins and Keto diets if you can fit the numbers into your daily routine.  They are suitable for Paleo-Primal folks if you substitute coconut milk for the cream.

INGREDIENTS:

5 oz. pork bulk sausage

4 medium mushrooms, chopped

1 green onion, chopped

3 medium eggs, beaten

¼ c. shredded Monterrey Jack or Mozzarella cheese

1 c. heavy cream

¼ tsp. dried tarragon

Dash each salt, pepper and cayenne pepper

1/8 tsp. xanthan gum or your favorite thickener

OPTIONAL:  Chopped parsley to garnish

DIRECTIONS:  Preheat oven to 350º.  Crumble and cook the sausage, green onion and mushrooms over medium-high heat.  Spoon 1/4 of the mixture into two non-stick mini angel food cake pans.  If you don’t have those, use a donut pan (you will have to spread mixture and cheese out over 4 donut wells instead of 2 pans as I used).  Alternately, you could fill 2 large muffin pan wells or use two mini-loaf pans.   Sprinkle 1 T. cheese over each one.  Spoon in the remaining 1/4 mixture into each pan again.  Again, sprinkle 1 T. cheese over each one.  All filling and cheese should be distributed now.

Beat the eggs in a small bowl.  Slowly drizzle the egg mixture over all the “donut” shapes you are making.  If you need more egg using different pan, beat up another egg and finish filling them up to 1/2 the height of your well shape.  Pop pan into hot 350º oven and bake for around 10-12 minutes, watching closely so as not to overcook them.  Will be dry to the touch on top when done.

While they are cooking, make the sauce.  Heat the cream in a skillet over medium heat.  Add the tarragon, salt (omit if very sensitive to salt), pepper and cayenne.  Dust your preferred thickener over the top and stir until it thickens up for you.   When you remove the cooked donuts from the oven, tip them out of the pans onto your serving platter, using a knife tip to help removing them.  Spoon the sauce over the top and garnish with chopped parsley if desired.  Serve at once.

NUTRITIONAL INFO:  Makes 2 servings, each contains:

810 cals., 75.1g fat, 6.25g carbs, 0.85g fiber, 5.4g NET CARBS, 29.15g protein, 870 mg sodium

Since you may use different pan, I am providing the numbers for the entire recipe below.  Simply divide these numbers by the number of portions you made to get the values for one of YOUR servings.

ENTIRE RECIPE CONTAINS:  1621 calories, 150.2g fat, 12.5g carbs, 1.7g fiber, 10.8g net carbs, 58.3g protein, 1740 mg sodium

Smoky Kale-Squash-Ham Casserole

I threw this little dish together for lunch today and it was so tasty I thought I’d share it  with my readers.  I just love one-pan dishes.  The cleanup is just as easy as the cooking. 🙂  This recipe is suitable for all phases of Atkins and Keto diets.  Leave the cheese off for Primal-Paleo compliance.

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INGREDIENTS:

4 tsp. bacon grease

2 oz. yellow onion, sliced

5 oz. yellow squash, cut into medium chunks

5 oz. cured ham, sliced or chopped

3 oz. kale, stemmed and cut coarsely

2 oz. smoked Gouda cheese, shredded

Dash black pepper

VARIATION:  Make without the ham for a lovely vegetable side dish.

INSTRUCTIONS:  If you’ll soak your ham in warm water for 30 minutes, changing water at least once, this will draw out about 50% of the sodium they put in cured ham, without hurting the taste at all.  Remove from water and pat dry with paper towels.  Cut in small pieces.  Heat bacon grease in non-stick skillet. Add onion and saute until the onion begins to caramelize.  Add squash and saute, stirring often, until it is half done (no longer opaque).  Add the pieces of ham and saute 2-3 minutes or until done (squash should be done by now, too).  Add kale and saute 3-4 minutes, just until kale begins to wilt but isn’t overly cooked.  You don’t it want to lose its pretty green color.  The ham will make this dish salty enough, but add a dash of black pepper and stir one last time.  If serving in the skillet, top with the shredded cheese and put lid or foil on top for a couple minutes to allow heat to melt the cheese.  If serving in a pretty ceramic dish, dip up the mixture into baking dish.  Then sprinkle with cheese and pop into microwave on 80% power for about 2 minutes to melt.  Serve at once.  This would be good with a piece of your favorite low-carb bread slathered in butter.

NUTRITIONAL INFO:    Makes 3 servings, each contains:

227 cals., 15g fat, 6.63g carbs, 1.26g fiber, 5.37g NET CARBS, 16g protein, 609 mg sodium

 

This is one of those concoctions that doesn’t photograph too well, but it sure tasted good!  I had a small piece of smoked sausage leftover in the fridge I wanted to use up for our lunch today and this is what I came up with.  I went kind of light on spices, but it still had a distinct, yummy Mexican flair from the chili powder and cumin.  We both enjoyed this and I will make this one again.  It sure went together fast.  This recipe is suitable for all phases of Atkins and other Keto diets.  Primal and Paleo devotees can also enjoy this one!

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INGREDIENTS:

1 T. bacon grease

2 oz. onion, chopped

6 oz. smoked sausage, sliced

8 oz. zucchini, sliced (I used calaba squash, zucchini’s cousin)

2 oz. red bell pepper, sliced

1 Roma tomato, diced coarsely

1/8 tsp. each chili powder, garlic powder & cumin

½ c. each Monterey Jack and Cheddar cheese

½ c. cilantro, chopped

VARIATION:  Substitute 1/2 lb. ground beef or crumbled breakfast sausage for the smoked sausage and you will have two totally different ways to prepare this dish. 

DIRECTIONS:   Preheat oven to 350º.  Melt bacon grease in skillet over high heat.  Add onion and saute until begins to brown.  Add squash slices and stir-fry until it, too, is beginning to brown.  Add the sausage slices, bell pepper and tomato.  Lower heat and add the spices and stir well.  Saute just a few more minutes and remove from heat.  You can bake/serve in this skillet or you can transfer to a lightly oiled baking dish.  Sprinkle the cilantro and both cheeses evenly on top.  Pop into hot 350º for about 20 minutes or until cheeses are melted and flavors have melded well.  Remove and serve at once.

NUTRITIONAL INFO:   Makes 3 servings, each contains:

335 cals, 25.5g fat, 7.83g carbs, 2.1g fiber, 5.73g NET CARBS, 20g protein, 889mg sodium

I tried a new gnocchi dish tonight for dinner with my dumpling recipe.  Wasn’t sure how it would taste with smoked sausage, but we both really liked it.  I just love gnocchi in creamy sauces!  These soft pillows of yummy texture came out perfect once again.  It’s simple to put together, but you do have to watch two pots at the same time, which is always a juggling act.  I’ve made my dumplings recipe so many times now, I could make them blindfolded, so I managed this just fine.  This recipe is suitable for all phases of Atkins provided those still on Induction omit the white wine.  I found a bottle or Reisling in the fridge so that is what I used tonight in this creamy sauce.  Mmmm, with a nice green Italian salad, this was marvelous!.

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INGREDIENTS:

1 recipe Peggy’s Original Dumplings dough

10 oz. smoked sausage, sliced

3 oz. yellow onion, sliced

1 c. parsley, chopped

1 small can (about 1/2 c.) sliced mushrooms, with juice

2 T. tomato paste

1 tsp. my Homemade Montreal Steak Seasoning

1/8 tsp. coarse black pepper

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

1 c. heavy cream

VARIATIONS:  Instead of smoked sausage, use sliced Italian sausage, little balls of browned breakfast sausage, or grilled/baked chicken chunks would also be delicious in this sauce.

DIRECTIONS:  It is key to have all ingredients prepared and right by the stove ready.  As I said above, you have to watch two pots at the same time for this recipe.  🙂  Prepare the Dumplings recipe wet and dry ingredients in separate containers as specified in that recipe.  Place a piece of plastic wrap or silicone sheet by them.   Stir the dry into the wet ingredients with a fork and rubber spatula.  When the dough has formed a ball and has thickened up nicely, make 20-24 small balls of dough about the size of a marble in the palms of your hands (I got 22 but mine could have been a tad smaller 😉 ), roll and set down on silicone/plastic sheet.  Press them slightly flat.  Let them just rest until water comes to a boil.  Place a 4 qt. saucepan of water on to boil.

While it is coming to a boil, in a skillet lightly brown the sausage and onion over medium high heat.  Add the wine, parsley and mushrooms with juice.  Add pepper and Montreal Steak mix.  Simmer as you wait for that water pot to come to a boil.  Lower heat to lowest setting possible and add cream.  It will simmer and reduce, thickening it a bit.  Add a light dusting of your favorite thickener if you want your thicker.  I did not.

Water should be boiling by now.  Carefully (lest it splatter on your arms) drop the flattened gnocchi into the water.  That will usually cool the water down to a simmer, but also lower heat so it is definitely at a very gentle simmer.  Cover tightly and set a timer for exactly 10 minutes. DO NOT LIFT THE LID for this 10 minutes or the gnocchi will get what I call “packy” or dense/hard.  When the timer goes off, remove lid and with a slotted spoon, gently lift and drain them off (I tap spoon on paper toweling) and then add to your sauce skillet.  Stir gently once or twice and serve at once.  Alternately, you can dip the gnocchi into a large, deep serving platter and spoon the sauce over them if you prefer.

NUTRITIONAL INFO:   Makes 5 servings (about 1c. each), each contains:

377 cals. , 33g fat, 9.16g carbs, 4.1g fiber, 5.1g NET CARBS, 12.3g protein, 475 mg sodium

 

 

jalapeno-meatloaf-burgers

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

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INGREDIENTS:

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

8 oz. lean ground pork (or more beef if you prefer)

1 oz. red bell pepper, chopped

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

2 oz. onion, chopped

1 large stalk celery, chopped fine

2 T. olive oil

½ c. parsley, chopped

¼ tsp. dried oregano

1/8 tsp. black pepper

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

2 large eggs

¼ c. grated Parmesan cheese

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

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

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

Here’s a new and scrumptious use for my new Mozzy Dough.  I had some hesitation on this creation when I started making dinner last night, but it came out truly delicious!  The hubs said I could “make this one again any old time”.  🙂  It was colorful, flavorful and just as tasty as it could be.  So simple to make, too.    This recipe is not suitable until you have reached Phase 2 Atkins.  It will be OK for Keto diets if you can fit the carbs into your daily limits; not suitable for Paleo.

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INGREDIENTS:

2/3 recipe my Mozzy Dough

1/8 tsp. cayenne pepper (optional)

8 oz. smoked sausage, sliced

1 oz. each red, yellow and green bell pepper, cut up coarsely

1 plum tomato, seeded and cut up coarsely

3/4 c. heavy (whipping) cream

3/4 c. tap water

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

¼ c. parsley, chopped

¼ tsp. my Homemade Cavender’s Greek Spice Blend

¼ tsp. coarse black pepper

¼ tsp. onion powder

1/8 tsp. xanthan gum (or your favorite thickener)

DIRECTIONS:  Preheat oven to 350º.  Make up the Mozzy Dough per that recipe’s instructions, adding the 1/4 tsp. cayenne to the dry ingredients.  When dough is formed and pulling away from the bowl,  shape into a big log and cut off 2/3 of it for this recipe.  Place the rest in a plastic baggie and refrigerate/freeze for another use.  Divide dough into four equal portions. Press each portion of dough into four slots of a shortcake pan (if you have one), or you could use 4 mini pie pans, or four cups of a large muffin cup pan.  Press the dough evenly and up the sides of the slots a bit.  Bake at 350º for about 15 minutes or until puffed up and lightly browned.  Remove from oven until filling is ready.

For the filling, place the sausage in a skillet and brown over medium-high heat.  Remove with slotted spoon and brown the chopped peppers and tomato in the sausage grease until tender but not mushy.  Spoon onto a paper plate for now.  Remove most of the remaining grease from the pan.  Add to the skillet the onion powder, black pepper and Cavender’s blend.  Reduce the heat to low and add the parsley.  Add the water, cream and wine to the pan last.  Simmer a few minutes for flavors to blend.  Dust the xanthan gum in stages over the surface, stirring constantly for 3 minutes between additions, scraping down the sides of the pan frequently.  Do not overuse xanthan gum or your sauces will get slippery, which is quite off-putting.   When the sauce thickened to your liking, stop adding the thickener.  Invert the shortcake shells (don’t invert the shells if you used mini pie pans or muffin cups) each of the pastry shells onto plates, spoon about 1/2 cup of the sauce atop each and top with the sausage and pepper mixture.  Serve at once.

NUTRITIONAL INFO:    Makes 4 servings, each contains:

642 calories, 55 g fat, 14.95 g carbs, 6.97 g fiber, 7.98 g NET CARBS, 31.6 g protein, 1255 mg sodium

Pasta Fagioli Soup

This soup was super yummy at lunch today.  Saw the can of Eden Black Soy Black Beans and knew I had some bulk pork sausage in the refrigerator.  Standing in for the pasta in classic Pasta Fagioli Soup, is thinly sliced yellow summer squash.  If you are at Pre-Maintenance or Maintenance levels of Atkins, instead you could break up one serving (2 oz. uncooked) Al Dente brand Carba Nada Egg Pappardelle noodles in place of the squash for a more authentic look.  Doing so adds about 2 net carbs per serving, whereas the squash only adds about 1/2 net carb per serving.   Another option would be to chop up some of those tofu-based Miracle Noodles (if you like them), for virtually no extra carbs!  The squash, I have to admit, was a tasty as well as colorful stand-in for traditional pasta in this fagioli soup, but that’s your call.  This recipe, as written, is suitable once you get well into Phase 2 Atkins (remember, it has beans in it).

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INGREDIENTS: 

2 T. bacon grease

2½ oz. onion, chopped

1 c. celery, chopped

4 oz. pork breakfast sausage, shaped into mini meatballs

2 oz. cured ham, chopped (or 4 slices bacon)

1½ c. homemade chicken broth

4 c. water

2 Roma tomatoes, cut in chunks

1 c. cilantro, chopped (use 1/2 c. parsley if not a fan)

1 medium yellow summer squash, cut lengthwise and then sliced

¼ c. rice wine vinegar  (optional, but really adds flavor)

½ tsp. coarse black pepper

1 can Soy Black Beans (not the same as high-carb black beans!)

DIRECTIONS:  Heat bacon grease over high heat and saute onion and celery until translucent.  Add mini sausage balls and ham/bacon to pot and stir very gently to cook the sausage without breaking it apart.  Add all remaining ingredients to the pot.  There’s enough salt in the ham and sausage I don’t think you’ll need to add extra salt to this soup.  When it comes to a light boil, lower heat to a simmer.  Simmer until squash is tender, or for about 30 minutes.  Serve with your favorite low-carb garlic bread and a nice green salad.

NUTRITIONAL INFO:   Makes 8 bowls (about 1½ c. each), each bowl contains:

161.5 cals., 10.52 g fat, 5.77 g carbs, 3.48 g fiber, 2.29 g NET CARBS, 10.5 g protein, 235 mg sodium

 

Collards and Chickpea Soup

I wanted to cook up a big pot of chickpeas today to have some in my freezer for convenience in making recipes that call for them.  I really don’t like to use the canned if I can avoid them.  I usually simmer 2 pounds at a time and then freeze them in 1-cup packages for use in other recipes like this soup.  They have a much lower glycemic index than most beans, but more importantly,  are so much lower in the actual glycemic load (impact on your blood glucose) than their canned cousins.  Clearly soy beans, lentils and chickpeas have the least deleterious effect on our metabolism.  So although chickpeas are quite carb-y, they are a healthy legume choice since they don’t make your blood sugar spike, perpetuating  any existing insulin resistance and metabolic syndrome.   I made this incredibly delicious soup for lunch today with some of these beans.  You can lower the carb count on this soup by using fresh cooked soy beans if you like.  This soup really isn’t suitable until you are nearly at goal weight as it is high in carbs with chickpeas..

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INGREDIENTS:

2 links smoked sausage, sliced thinly (4″ links, about 4 oz.)

3 oz. onion, sliced

1 c. collard green leaves, sliced and stems removed

3/4 c. red bell pepper, coarsely chopped

4 c. clear homemade chicken broth

2 c tap water (or 2 c. more broth for richer soup)

2 tsp. Sriracha sauce (optional)

3 c. cooked chickpeas (soy black beans will give lower carb count)

Dash black pepper

DIRECTIONS:   Lightly saute the sausage in a soup pot over medium-high heat until done and it has given off its grease.  Add onion and cook until it begins to brown. Add chopped collard greens and red bell pepper.  Saute until they begin to wilt.  Add broth and water to the pot and bring to a boil.  Lower to a simmer and add Sriracha and black pepper.   Simmer until collards are done to your liking, or about 20 minutes.  Remove from heat and serve at once.  The sausage is salty enough we didn’t need added salt.  You may want to add some.

NUTRITIONAL INFO:   Makes 8 cups of soup, each cup contains:

214 calories, 8.48 g  fat, 19.37 g  carbs, 5.22 g  fiber, 14.15 g  NET CARBS (soy beans yields lower carbs), 12.6 g protein, 278 mg sodium

Spinach Mayonado (optional meatballs)

Thought I’d post a few of my “staple” veggie recipes today.  This one is essentially a creamed spinach dish, but made with a very different and very special cream foundation.  I decided to not stir it altogether as that does not photograph so prettily.  The flavor of this creamy spinach dish will blow you away.  It’s sinfully rich and ever so good!  So good, in fact, I lick every bit of the sauce off the spoon and food processor bowl.  Seriously good eats.

Of course, you can always stir the sauce right into the spinach in the traditional way in it served. It certainly ends up mixed on my plate while I’m eating it.  🙂  It’s just not too photogenic that way.   To be quite honest, ANY meat, seared chicken breast strips, beef or pork meatballs or smoked sausage would be good alongside (or on top as shown) this extremely nutritious dish.

This recipe is Atkins Induction friendly, as well as being suitable for Keto diets, Primal and Paleo diets as well.

VARIATION:  This makes a great side dish without meat.  In fact, that is the first way I ate it when I created this creamy sauce.

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INGREDIENTS:

5 oz. lean pork bulk sausage (I use homemade sausage but any low-carb sausage will do)

6 T. my Shawarma Homemade Mayonnaise

1 avocado

16 oz. bag of frozen, chopped spinach

Water to cover spinach

DIRECTIONS:  Place spinach in large saucepan, cover with water and bring to boil and cook per package directions, about 5 minutes.  When done, drain spinach in strainer pressing out excess water as best you can.  Set aside while you make the rest of the dish.

While spinach is boiling, roll sausage into 6 small meatballs and brown in a non-stick skillet over medium-high heat, turning and rolling them frequently to brown all sides.  Cook until fully done (about 10-15 minutes, turn off heat remove and drain meatballs on paper towels.

In a bowl of a food processor (or blender), process the avocado with the 6 T. homemade mayo until fairly smooth.  You can also just mash it well with a fork, as it doesn’t have to be perfectly smooth.  Add a few drops of lemon juice (to prevent darkening) and pulse.

Spoon the spinach into your serving dish, Add the thick, creamy mayonado sauce to the top as shown (or stir into the spinach if you prefer) and top with your cooked meatballs.  ENJOY!

NUTRITIONAL INFO:  Makes 3 servings, each contains:

468 calories, 48 g  fat, 12.03 g  carbs, 8.66 g  fiber, 3.37 g  NET CARBS, 15.2 g  protein, 453 mg sodium

 

Bacon RisottoThis delicious low-carb version of risotto was ready for our lunch in about 30 minutes flat.  Really nice flavor and I could not taste “cauliflower” in this AT ALL.  Next time I think I’ll try it with crumbled Italian sausage, but bacon was all I had to work with today. This recipe is suitable for all phases of Atkins, Keto diets, Primal-Paleo as well.

INGREDIENTS:

1 medium 5-6″ head of cauliflower, leaves & stem removed

3 oz. raw bacon, chopped (3 thick or 4 thin slices)

1 c. green onion, chopped

1 tsp. lemon pepper (I use this one: http://www.vgourmet.com/no-salt-lemon-pepper)

1 oz. cream cheese

3/4 c. shredded Parmesan Cheese

VARIATION:   Substitute yellow or white onion for the green.  Other tasty variations:  use crumbled Italian sausage or regular smoked sausage chopped in lieu of the bacon.

DIRECTIONS:  After removing stem from cauliflower, cut up into uniformly small flowerettes, placing them into a food processor bowl.  Pulse until it is fine like rice.  An alternate method is to grate it with a box grater but that can really get messy.  A blender will work but in small batches.  Set the cauliflower “rice” aside for now.

In a large non-stick wok or skillet, fry the bacon until done over high heat.  Add the green onion and stir fry until the onion wilts.  Lower heat to medium and add lemon pepper and stir.  Now spoon in the riced cauliflower.  Stir fry until cauliflower no longer smells raw (3-4 minutes) stirring often.  If it is browning, your heat is too high.  When it appears to be fully cooked but before it is cooked to mush, dot with the cream cheese and sprinkle the Parmesan evenly over the top of the mixture.  Stir to melt and uniformly blend both cheeses throughout the dish.  Serve at once with your favorite green salad.

NUTRITIONAL INFO:    Makes 5 servings, each contains:

194 calories, 14 g fat, 8.44 g carbs, 3.40 g fiber, 5.04 g NET CARBS, 10.8 g protein, 426 mg sodium

 

triple-pork-rolls

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

I opened the refrigerator to decide what to have for lunch on this chilly day and my bag of two remaining leeks was laying right beside my package of bacon.  Sounded like the makings of a good, hearty creamed soup to me!  Thus this simple dish was thrown together in under 30 minutes.  This recipe is suitable once you are past the Atkins Induction phase.   It is not suitable for Induction due to the quantity of cream in it.  Paleo-Primal followers will want to use coconut milk or coconut cream to make this recipe.

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INGREDIENTS:

5 slices low-sodium bacon, sliced

2 leeks, (white and green part) washed well, sliced thinly

2 c. homemade chicken broth

2 c. water

2 c. heavy cream (or coconut milk, coconut cream or any combination)

¼ tsp. each salt and black pepper

your favorite thickener (if needed)

DIRECTIONS:  Brown the bacon in a large soup pot.  When done, add the sliced leeks.  Saute for a couple minutes, stirring several times.  When the leeks begin to wilt, add the chicken stock, water, salt and pepper. Lower heat and simmer for 5-10 minutes to allow ingredients to fully cook and flavors to mingle.  Add the cream and allow to get fully hot.  Simmer a few minutes.  If not thick enough for you, thicken with a few dustings of your favorite thickener.

An alternate method is to puree the onion/broth mixture with a stick blender after simmering and not add the cooked bacon until after pureeing, right before serving.  If you puree the leek broth, thickening will definitely not be needed.  Either method is tasty and attractive when served.

NUTRITIONAL INFO:   Makes 6 large bowl servings, each contains:

377 calories, 37 g  fat, 5.58 g  carbs, .6 g  fiber, 4.98 g  NET CARBS, 6.1 g  protein, 211 mg sodium

Calico Sausage

This scrumptious cabbage creation will really surprise you.  It is actually SWEET!  My husband swears he does not like cabbage yet he dipped up seconds!  Man, he’s a walking paradox when it comes to food.  However tonight, he was a seated gobbling turkey scarfing this stuff down!  After chopping the ingredients, this takes only 5-8 minutes to get it on the table for your hungry family.  Can’t beat THAT! I am particularly fond of Burton’s brand of smoked sausage as it has no fillers or sugar added.  My local Walmart is carrying this brand now.  🙂  What I like about it is it is light on the garlic, which I do not like in smoked sausage if they use too much.  Any brand you like will do for this tasty, colorful dish.

This recipe is suitable for all phases of Atkins, Keto diets, Primal and Paleo as well.  If you like things spicy, increase the jalapeno a bit.

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VARIATION:    Use previously grilled (over charcoal) sausage in this and take it to a whole new level.  Even more delicious!

INGREDIENTS:

4 c. cabbage, coarsely chopped

3 oz. onion, sliced large (I used a purple onion)

2 oz. red bell pepper, diced large

2 oz. green bell pepper, diced large

½  large jalapeno, seeded and slivered thin (more if you want any real “heat”)

12 oz. Burton’s smoked sausage, sliced (no sugar added)

Dash coarse black pepper

DIRECTIONS:  Chop all your ingredients and have them ready by the stove-top.  In a non-stick skillet over medium-high heat, stir-fry the sliced sausage first, just until the edges begin to brown.  Add 1 T. oil if the sausage didn’t render out much grease, but that is not included below.  I did not have to add any.  Add the onion, red and green pepper and jalapeno too the skillet.  Saute all, stirring as you cook, until onion wilts & begins to brown.  Add the cabbage and just stir fry until the cabbage wilts.   Sprinkle with a dash of black pepper and serve at once.

NUTRITIONAL INFO:    Makes 4 servings, each contains: (not included optional olive oil)

231 calories, 15.2 g fat, 8.52 g carbs, 3.07 g fiber, 5.45 g NET CARBS, 18.12 g protein, 784 mg sodium

 

 

Rather than go with an ordinary bacon gravy on toast today, I decided to cut up one of the leeks I have in the fridge and add to the party.  These two flavors are always a winner in my book.  This tasty dish, served on toasted slices of this Einkorn flour bread recipe (made up in a sheet of 12 slices, rather than dinner rolls) was absolutely delicious this morning.   This would also make a nice brunch or lunch dish.  This recipe is suitable for all phases of Atkins and other Keto diets, provided those still on Induction use an Induction suitable bread (toasted flax bread).

INGREDIENTS:

6 slices low-carb bread of choice, toasted (numbers below based on linked bread recipe)

6 slices bacon, chopped

½ leek washed of dirt hiding in leaves, sliced thinly

1 c. heavy cream

½ c. water

Few shakes each salt and black pepper

Dash xanthan gum or your preferred thickener to thicken gravy

DIRECTIONS:   Chop bacon and leek.  Add bacon to non-stick skillet and brown.  Do not drain.  Add leek and saute just until tender.  Add cream, water, salt and pepper and simmer a few minutes to slightly thicken.  Two or three light dustings of xanthan gum stirred in (allow each addition to thicken to avoid getting too much) or use your preferred thickener to thicken gravy a bit more.  Plate up the toast and dip gravy on top, dividing the skillet contents as equally as possible (about 1 generous cooking spoonful each).  Serve at once.

NUTRITIONAL INFO:    Makes 6 servings, each contains:

275 calories, 23.2 g fat, 803 g carbs, 4.16 g fiber, 3.89 g NET CARBS, 8.4 g protein, 565 mg sodium

 

Spinach Mayonado (optional meatballs)

This is essentially a creamed spinach dish, but with a very special cream indeed.  I decided to not stir it altogether as that does not photograph so prettily.  The flavor of this creamy spinach dish will blow you away.  It’s sinfully rich and ever so good!  So good, in fact, I lick every bit of the sauce off the spoon and food processor bowl.  Seriously good eats.

Of course, you can always stir the sauce right into the spinach. It certainly ends up mixed on my plate while eating it.  🙂  To be quite honest, ANY meat, seared chicken breast strips, beef or pork meatballs or smoked sausage would be good alongside (or on top as shown) this extremely nutritious dish.

This recipe is Atkins Induction friendly, as well as being suitable for Keto diets, Primal and Paleo followers as well.

VARIATION:  This makes a great side dish without meat.  In fact, that is the first way I ate it when I created this creamy sauce.

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INGREDIENTS:

5 oz. lean pork bulk sausage (I use homemade sausage but any low-carb sausage will do)

6 T. my Shawarma Homemade Mayonnaise

1 avocado

16 oz. bag of frozen, chopped spinach

Water to cover spinach

DIRECTIONS:  Place spinach in large saucepan, cover with water and bring to boil and cook per package directions, about 5 minutes.  When done, drain spinach in strainer pressing out excess water as best you can.  Set aside while you make the rest of the dish.

While spinach is boiling, roll sausage into 6 small meatballs and brown in a non-stick skillet over medium-high heat, turning and rolling them frequently to brown all sides.  Cook until fully done (about 10-15 minutes, turn off heat remove and drain meatballs on paper towels.

In a bowl of a food processor (or blender), process the avocado with the 6 T. homemade mayo until fairly smooth.  You can also just mash it well with a fork, as it doesn’t have to be perfectly smooth.  Add a few drops of lemon juice (to prevent darkening) and pulse.

Spoon the spinach into your serving dish, Add the thick, creamy mayonado sauce to the top as shown (or stir into the spinach if you prefer) and top with your cooked meatballs.  ENJOY!

NUTRITIONAL INFO:  Makes 3 servings, each contains:

468 calories, 48 g  fat, 12.03 g  carbs, 8.66 g  fiber, 3.37 g  NET CARBS, 15.2 g  protein, 453 mg sodium

 

jalapeno-meatloaf-burgers

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

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INGREDIENTS:

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

8 oz. lean ground pork

1 oz. red bell pepper, chopped

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

2 oz. onion, chopped

1 large stalk celery, chopped fine

2 T. olive oil

½ c. parsley, chopped

¼ tsp. dried oregano

1/8 tsp. black pepper

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

2 large eggs

¼ c. grated Parmesan cheese

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

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

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

Southwest Ham-n-Cheese Squash

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

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

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INGREDIENTS:

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

2 tsp. bacon grease

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

4 oz. chopped ham

¼ c. red bell pepper, chopped

½ c. chopped cilantro

2 oz. American Deluxe or cheddar cheese, shredded

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

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

NUTRITIONAL INFO:    Makes 2 servings, each contains:

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

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

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INGREDIENTS:

10 oz. breakfast sausage

3 oz. onion, chopped

3/4 c. red bell pepper, chopped

3 c. homemade chicken broth

1 c. water

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

¼ c. cilantro, chopped (optional)

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

1 clove garlic, minced

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

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

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

NUTRITIONAL INFO:    Makes 8 cups, each cup containing:

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

Cheese

Shown with sausage added

We’ve all tasted and love that well-known hash brown casserole.  I certainly see no reason we low-carbing folks can’t still have it even though we can’t eat those real hash browns.  The only changes needed here were substituting cauliflower for the potatoes and a low-carb mushroom soup for commercial soup, thus making it OK for Induction.  This is also great with crumbled, cooked pork sausage on top!  I keep a double batch of this soup made up in my freezer all the time, frozen in plastic drink cups in 1 cup amounts.  It’s awfully convenient to just pop one out and defrost or put it right into the simmering pot.  Here’s my recipe with necessary low-carb changes.  This is Induction friendly, too!  Sometimes I add 1 lb. browned pork sausage to this and turn it into a main dish (as shown above)  No meat is calculated into the nutritional info below, however.  This is such a large recipe I cook a half recipe unless I have company.

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INGREDIENTS:

1 c.  finely chopped green onion

1 c.  (4oz) grated cheddar cheese

2 T.  butter melted

1/4  tsp. pepper

1 head fresh cauliflower, cooked & chopped (or 3 10 oz. pkgs. frozen, thawed, drained, coarsely chopped)

1/2 c. sour cream

1 c.  Dottie’s Mushroom Soup for Recipes

OPTIONAL GARNISH:  sprinkle top with paprika before baking

DIRECTIONS:  Thaw the frozen (or cook the fresh) cauliflower & drain well.  Preheat oven to 350º.   If adding sausage, brown it in a skillet.  Mix first 7 ingredients in a bowl and stir in the sausage if using. Spray glass baking dish.  Pour mixture into greased dish and bake at 350º for 30 minutes or until bubbly and “hash browns” are tender but not reduced to mush.

NUTRITIONAL INFO:  Makes 9   1-cup servings, each has:  (does not include sausage)

190   calories, 15.94 g  fat, 7.36 g  carbs, 2.78 g  fiber, 4.58 NET CARBS, 6.28 g  protein

Creamy Italian Sausage Soup

This soup is similar to Zuppa Toscana at Olive Garden restaurants, but mine has diced cauliflower standing in for potatoes.  I tend to use ground pork rather than Italian sausage, as I can control spices and salt doing that.  You just need to add oregano, fennel and garlic really.  But you can certainly substitute in commercial Italian sausage if you prefer for convenience.  It will almost DOUBLE the sodium and increase carbs though.   Just be aware of that.  This soups is delicious and we both gave it a resounding thumbs up.  It will make the rounds at our house. 🙂

VARIATIONS:  Substitute 1/2 c. chopped parsley for the kale; substitute diced rutabaga for the cauliflower.

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INGREDIENTS:

6 slices bacon, cut into 3/4″ bits

12 oz.  lean ground pork, coarsely broken up to 1/2″ chunks

2 oz. onion, chopped

1 clove garlic, minced

1½ c. coarsely chopped kale (about 3 leaves after stemming)

3 oz. cauliflower, diced to ½”-3/4″ pieces

1 oz. pimiento (half a 2 oz. jar)

3 large mushrooms, sliced or cut however you like (optional)

4 c. homemade chicken broth (32 oz.)

1 c. water

1 c. heavy cream

Dash black pepper

Dash crushed red pepper

3-4 drops Tobasco (or other hot sauce)

¼ tsp. dried oregano leaves

½ tsp. fennel seed, crushed

VARIATION:   Use ground Italian sausage (removed from casing) instead of the ground pork.  If you do this variation, omit the fennel seed shown. 

DIRECTIONS:  In a large dutch oven over high heat, cook the bacon.  Add the pork, onion and garlic and saute until meat is no longer pink.  Lower heat to medium.  Add all remaining ingredients but the cream.  Simmer 5 minutes.  Add cream and simmer 5 more minutes.  Thicken with xanthan or gum if desired.   Serve at once.

NUTRITIONAL INFO:   Makes six 1-1¼c. servings, each contains:

356 calories, 30.5 g fat, 5.51 g carbs, 1.08 g fiber, 4.43 g NET CARBS, 15.6 g protein, 865 mg sodium

 

Meatballs & Smoked Gouda

More sauce added AFTER photo was taken

Not your usual meatball dish, but man, was this ever good!   I used just enough Smoked Gouda to be a subtle background taste, but you can add more if you prefer.  This recipe makes 24 meatballs and I found 4 per serving filled us right up, in fact 3 filled me up and I put one back into the pot.  I have another meal or two leftover for my freezer!  🙂  This recipe is suitable for all phases of Atkins (but omit wine if still in Induction) and Keto diets if the carbs will fit into your day.  Use a plan suitable bread in the meatballs and omit cheese to make this Primal or Paleo suitable.

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MEATBALL INGREDIENTS:

1 lb. lean ground beef

2 links Italian sausage, casings removed

2 eggs, beaten

1 slice my Flax-Whey Protein Bread (or low-carb bread equivalent)

¼ tsp. garlic powder or granulated garlic

1/8 tsp. onion powder

¼ chopped parsley

¼ tsp. coarse black pepper

2 T. grated Parmesan cheese

SAUCE INGREDIENTS:

1½ c. chicken broth

3/4 c. dry white wine (omit if still in Induction)

8 mushrooms, sliced

1 oz. red bell pepper, diced

Dash black pepper

1/8 tsp. xanthan gum or favorite thickener

3 oz. Smoked Gouda cheese, shredded

5   4″-5″ zucchini (makes about 6 cups “noodles”)

DIRECTIONS:  Mix all meat ingredients in a bowl using a fork or your hands.  Form twenty-four 1-1½” meatballs.  Heat non-stick skillet over medium heat (high will cause them to stick badly, but adjust heat as your stove requires).  If your beef is very lean, oil the skillet a bit.  Not necessary if meat is 20%-30% fat.  Brown meatballs on all sides, handling them very gently with tongs as you turn and brown them. Remove balls to a paper plate or platter.  Add mushrooms and brown just a bit over medium heat until no longer opaque.  Add red bell pepper and wine to skillet and scrape free the brown bits stuck to the pan.  This is what makes your gravy taste so good.  Add chicken broth, dash pepper.  Dust the xanthan gum over the sauce and stir to blend.  Lower heat to lowest setting.

Heat a second skillet over medium heat for cooking your zucchini noodles (yes, you’ll have to juggle both skillets here.  Keep an eye on the sauce, stirring a time or two as it thickens).  Add just a splash of oil to coat the noodle pan.  Add zoodles and stir gently to begin cooking and stir-saute just until they lose their opaqueness and begin to soften.  Remove from fire for plating.

Dip up about 3/4-1 cup zoodles onto each plate.  Top with a light sprinkle of Smoked Gouda shreds so it will begin melting.  Place 4 meatballs on top.  Spoon on about 1/6 of the sauce (1 nice cooking spoon worth) over each serving.  Sprinkle with a bit more of the Gouda to garnish.  Serve at once & ENJOY!

NUTRITIONAL INFO:   Makes 6 servings, each contains: (I only cooked 2 servings of noodles for us and we ate 2 servings.  Froze the remainder of the meatballs and sauce for two future easy meals.)

451 calories, 29 g  fat, 11.13 g carbs, 3.76 g fiber, 8.37 g NET CARBS, 34.3 g  protein, 863 mg sodium

Calico Sausage

This scrumptious cabbage creation will really surprise you.  It was actually SWEET!  My husband swears he does not like cabbage yet he dipped up seconds!  Man, he’s a walking paradox when it comes to food.  However tonight, he was a seated gobbling turkey scarfing this stuff down!  After chopping the ingredients, this takes only 5-8 minutes to get it on the table for your hungry family.  Can’t beat THAT! I am particularly fond of Burton’s brand of smoked sausage as it has no fillers or sugar added.  My local Walmart is carrying this brand now.  🙂  What I like about it is it is light on the garlic, which I do not like in smoked sausage if they use too much.  Any brand you like will do for this tasty, colorful dish.

This recipe is suitable for all phases of Atkins, Keto diets, Primal and Paleo as well.  If you like things spicy, increase the jalapeno a bit.

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INGREDIENTS:

4 c. cabbage, coarsely chopped

3 oz. onion, sliced large (I used a purple onion)

2 oz. red bell pepper, diced large

2 oz. green bell pepper, diced large

½  large jalapeno, seeded and slivered thin (more if you want any real “heat”)

12 oz. Burton’s smoked sausage, sliced (no sugar added)

Dash coarse black pepper

DIRECTIONS:  Chop all your ingredients and have them ready by the stove-top.  In a non-stick skillet over medium-high heat, stir-fry the sliced sausage first, just until the edges begin to brown.  Add 1 T. oil if the sausage didn’t render out much grease, but that is not included below.  I did not have to add any.  Add the onion, red and green pepper and jalapeno too the skillet.  Saute all, stirring as you cook, until onion wilts & begins to brown.  Add the cabbage and just stir fry until the cabbage wilts.   Sprinkle with a dash of black pepper and serve at once.

NUTRITIONAL INFO:    Makes 4 servings, each contains: (not included optional olive oil)

231 calories, 15.2 g fat, 8.52 g carbs, 3.07 g fiber, 5.45 g NET CARBS, 18.12 g protein, 784 mg sodium

 

 

kielbasa-with-cabbage-kaleHaving made keilbasa and cabbage many a time I don’t know WHY it took me so long to  throw in a little kale into the skillet.  Once I did, there was no turning back.  This combo is so tasty!  Even my husband wolfed this down and he’s not a fan of either cabbage or kale!  So it sounds like a keeper to ME.  🙂 The onion brings a slightly sweet edge to the dish, which is quite nice.

I used Burton’s brand of sausage (newly discovered at HEB stores in Texas).  I always like a brand that  has much less garlic than most.  Many companies just get way too much garlic in their smoked sausage for my palate.    This hearty, delicious dish is suitable for all phases of Atkins, other Keto diets and Primal-Paleo as well.

INGREDIENTS:

2  T. bacon grease

4 links your favorite smoked sausage, sliced ¼”

3 c. chopped green cabbage

2 c. chopped kale (larger stem parts removed)

2 oz. slivered sweet yellow onion

¼ tsp. coarse black pepper

VARIATION:  Add a splash of your favorite vinegar to the skillet for the last few minutes of cooking for a more Polish or Czech-style of this famous dish. 

DIRECTIONS:   Heat  bacon grease in a non-stick wok or skillet over high heat.  Add sausage and stir fry until it begins to lightly brown. Add the onion and saute until starts to wilt and caramelize. Add cabbage and chopped kale, sauteing  just until cabbage begins to wilt.   Sprinkle with the black pepper and serve.

NUTRITIONAL INFO:     Makes 4 adult servings, each 1½-cup  serving contains:

266 calories, 21 g fat, 9.37 g carbs, 2.5 g fiber, 6.87 g NET CARBS, 11.1 g protein, 378 mg sodium

Eggplant Crust Pepperoni Pizza

This Eggplant Parmigiana like dish if fun to serve in individual slices.  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

 

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)

spaghetti-squash-with-italian-sausag

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, garlic powder, oregano and parsley. 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

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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

kielbassa-cabbage

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

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


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