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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!

Many more delicious low-carb recipes can be at your fingertips with your very own copy of our cookbooks  LOW CARBING AMONG FRIENDS.  Volume 8, by Jennifer Eloff, Chef George Stella of Food Network fame, and myself, is almost exclusively comprised of my recipes with some new creations by Chef George Stella and Jennifer Eloff.  Order your copy (or any of our  cookbooks) from Amazon  or our direct order site: amongfriends.us/order.php.

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

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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!.

Many more delicious low-carb recipes can be at your fingertips with your very own cookbooks from LOW CARBING AMONG FRIENDS, Volume 8, by Jennifer Eloff, Chef George Stella of Food Network fame, and myself.  Volume 8 is almost completely comprised of my recipes! Chef George Stella and Jennifer Eloff are also including several tasty new delights in Vol.  8! Order yours (or any of our earlier cookbooks) from Amazon  or our direct order site: amongfriends.us/order.php.  Remember, they make GREAT birthday or holiday gifts!  If you’ve already purchased a book, the team would appreciate it if you would please take a moment and drop by our Amazon page to leave your personal review.  🙂

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

 

 

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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.

Many more delicious low-carb recipes can be at your fingertips with your very own cookbooks from LOW CARBING AMONG FRIENDS, Volume 8, by Jennifer Eloff, Chef George Stella of Food Network fame, and myself.  Volume 8 is almost completely comprised of my recipes! Chef George Stella and Jennifer Eloff are also including several tasty new delights in Vol.  8! Order yours (or any of our earlier cookbooks) from Amazon  or our direct order site: amongfriends.us/order.php.  Remember, they make GREAT birthday or holiday gifts!  If you’ve already purchased a book, the team would appreciate it if you would please take a moment and drop by the our Amazon page to leave your personal review.  🙂

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

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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.

Many more delicious low-carb recipes can be at your fingertips with your very own cookbooks from LOW CARBING AMONG FRIENDS, Volume 8, by Jennifer Eloff, Chef George Stella of Food Network fame, and myself.  Volume 8 is almost completely comprised of my recipes! Chef George Stella and Jennifer Eloff are also including several tasty new delights in Vol.  8! Order yours (or any of our earlier cookbooks) from Amazon  or our direct order site: amongfriends.us/order.php.  Remember, they make GREAT birthday or holiday gifts!  If you’ve already purchased a book, the team would appreciate it if you would please take a moment and drop by the our Amazon page to leave your personal review.  🙂

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

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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).

Many more delicious low-carb recipes can be at your fingertips with your very own cookbooks from LOW CARBING AMONG FRIENDS, Volume 8, by Jennifer Eloff, Chef George Stella of Food Network fame, and myself.  Volume 8 is almost completely comprised of my recipes! But George Stella and Jennifer Eloff are also including several tasty new delights to try in this latest Volume 8! You’ll LOVE these delicious recipes, so order yours (Volume 8 or ANY of our cookbooks) from Amazon  or our direct order site: amongfriends.us/order.php.  For a limited time, there is free shipping if you order 2 or more cookbooks on the same order.  Remember, they make GREAT birthday or holiday gifts!If you’ve already purchased a book, take a moment and drop by the our Amazon page and  leave your personal review on the latest book.  Inquiring minds want to know. 🙂

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

 

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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..

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

INGREDIENTS:

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

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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.

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

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

 

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