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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 boat 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 sided cookie sheet.   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

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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

 

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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.

Our latest three volumes of LOW CARBING AMONG FRIENDS cookbooks are calling you.  Volume 8 and Volume 9 are almost exclusively comprised of my recipes!  Included in both editions are a few tasty new creations of my dear friends George Stella and Jennifer Eloff.   Volume 10 is hot off the press with more delectable goodies.  EARLY BIRD SECRET SALE!!  Special pricing and limited-time free shipping so hurry and place your order today.  You can order these or any of our cookbooks at https://amongfriends.us/Secret-SALE.php.  When you purchase our books, we would sure appreciate you stopping by Amazon to leave a review at this site.

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 made for dinner tonight and it was one of my best batches EVER!  I used Sam’s smoked sausage this time.  I only had 1# shrimp in the freezer and no shrimp stock.  So I added 1 can rinsed smoked oysters (which were quite good in it) and had to use chicken stock.  But man, was it ever good.  Even the hubs said “One of your better gumbos.”  This recipe I have been using for decades and can now make it blindfolded without a recipe.  It’s even Induction friendly if you omit the Carbalose or oat fiber roux.  You can always just thicken with xanthan gum, but you won’t get the brown flour’s depth or flavor the roux is used for.  If you omit the roux you can also omit the olive oil, which make up the “roux”.

A teacher I used to work with taught me how to make “roux”.  She was born and raised in Louisiana and cooked gumbo for a teacher’s holiday social gathering once years ago.  Though she used smoked sausage instead of bulk pork breakfast sausage, I find I like breakfast sausage better in my 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.  Of course, you can add crab meat (and/or crawfish), but you would have to adjust the nutritional info below if you make these additions.

Our latest three volumes of LOW CARBING AMONG FRIENDS cookbooks are calling you.  Volume 8 and Volume 9 are almost exclusively comprised of my recipes!  Included in both editions are a few tasty new creations of my dear friends George Stella and Jennifer Eloff.   Volume 10 is hot off the press with more delectable goodies.  EARLY BIRD SECRET SALE!!  Special pricing and limited-time free shipping so hurry and place your order today.  You can order these or any of our cookbooks at https://amongfriends.us/Secret-SALE.php.  When you purchase our books, we would sure appreciate you stopping by Amazon to leave a review at this site.

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 cleaned crawfish tail meat)

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

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). 

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 you see black bits of burned flour that look like pepper in it, it’s ruined and you’ll have to start again.  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 burning.  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 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

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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.

Our latest three volumes of LOW CARBING AMONG FRIENDS cookbooks are calling you.  Volume 8 and Volume 9 are almost exclusively comprised of my recipes!  Included in both editions are a few tasty new creations of my dear friends George Stella and Jennifer Eloff.   Volume 10 is hot off the press with more delectable goodies.  Early orders can be delivered by Thanksgiving.  EARLY BIRD SECRET SALE!!  Special pricing and limited-time free shipping so hurry and place your order today.  You can order these or any of our cookbooks at https://amongfriends.us/Secret-SALE.php.  When you purchase our books, we would sure appreciate you stopping by Amazon to leave a review at this site .

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

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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.

Our latest two LOW CARBING AMONG FRIENDS cookbooks, Volume 8 and Volume 9 are almost exclusively comprised of my recipes!  Included in both editions are a few tasty new creations of my dear friends George Stella and Jennifer Eloff.   EARLY BIRD SECRET SALE!!  Special pricing and limited-time free shipping so hurry and place your order.  Or you can order these or any of our cookbooks at https://amongfriends.us/Secret-SALE.php.  When you purchase our books, we would sure appreciate you stopping by Amazon to leaving a review at this site

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.

Our last two LOW CARBING AMONG FRIENDS cookbooks, Volume 8 and Volume 9 are almost exclusively comprised of my recipes!  Included in both editions are a few tasty new creations of my dear friends George Stella and Jennifer Eloff.   EARLY BIRD SECRET SALE!!  Special pricing and limited time free shipping so hurry and place your order.  Or you can order these or any of our cookbooks at https://amongfriends.us/Secret-SALE.php.

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

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