Brats with Purple Cabbage

 

Brats with Purple Cabbage

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

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

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

INGREDIENTS:

12 oz. beef brats (4 links)

1 T. + 1 tsp. bacon grease

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

3 oz. onion, slivered thin

½ tsp. caraway seed

¼ tsp. coarse black pepper

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

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

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

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

Beef-Broccoli Pie

beef-broccoli-pie

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

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

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CRUST INGREDIENTS:

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

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

½ c. coconut oil or cold butter

¼ tsp. sea salt

1/3 c. ice water

FILLING INGREDIENTS:

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

6 large mushrooms, sliced chopped coarsely

1/3 c. red bell pepper, chopped

2 oz. onion, chopped

½ recipe Jennifer Eloff’s Condensed Cream of Mushroom Soup

½ c. drained or Greek yogurt

¼ c. cream

Dash each salt

¼ tsp. black pepper

1½ c. broccoli, raw, coarsely chopped

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

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

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

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

NUTRITIONAL INFO:   Makes 6 servings, each contains:

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

Eggplant Torte

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

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

INGREDIENTS:

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

1 lb. ground beef

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

1 c. shredded mozzarella cheese

8 basil leaves, chopped

¼ c. shredded Parmesan cheese

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

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

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

NUTRITIONAL INFO:    Makes 4 servings, each contains:

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

Peggy’s Texas Chili

Peggy's Texas Chili

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

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

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

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

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

Ancho

Guajillo

INGREDIENTS:

Serrano

3 lb. ground beef

4 oz. onion, chopped

6 cloves garlic, minced

2   4 oz. cans chopped green chiles

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

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

3 c. water

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

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

2 tsp. ground cumin

1  dried Guajillo chile pepper, seeded and chopped

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

2 tomatillos, skin removed and chopped

1 c. cilantro, chopped

1 oz. tomato paste

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

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

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

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

Eggplant-Beef Lasagna

Eggplant-Beef Lasagna

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

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INGREDIENTS:

10 oz. eggplant

1 T. olive oil

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

4 oz. mozzarella cheese, grated

4 T. Parmesan cheese

1/3 c. ricotta cheese

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

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

NUTRITIONAL INFO:   Makes 4 servings, each contains:

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

 

Beef in Mushroom Wine Sauce

beef-in-mushroom-wine-sauce

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

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

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INGREDIENTS:

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

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

2 T. tomato paste

¼ tsp. black pepper

1/8 tsp. sea salt

1½ lb. leftover cooked beef roast, sliced

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

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

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

NUTRITIONAL INFO:   Makes 4 servings, each contains:

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

Mexican Meatloaf with Creamy Chili Sauce

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

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

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MEAT INGREDIENTS:

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

1 lb. very lean ground pork

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

1/3 c. cilantro, chopped

1 large jalapeno, seeded and minced fine

½ tsp. ground cumin

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

Dash salt & black pepper

FOR THE SAUCE:

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

3 oz. cream cheese

½ c. heavy cream

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Muenster Beef Casserole

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

Many delicious low-carb recipes like this can be at your fingertips with your very own cookbooks from LOW CARBING AMONG FRIENDS, by Jennifer Eloff and low-carb friends (me included).  Chef George Stella also brings you a wealth of delicious recipes you will love!  Order yours TODAY! from Amazon  or our direct order site: http://amongfriends.us/order.php. DISCLAIMER: I do not accept payment for this book promotion. I promote the books because they are great cookbooks anyone would be proud to add to their cookbook collection.

INGREDIENTS:

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

12 oz. frozen green beans, thawed

2 oz. onion, chopped

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

4 oz. cream cheese

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

Dash sea salt

½ tsp. coarse black pepper

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

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

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

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

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

NUTRITIONAL INFO:  Makes 6 servings, each contains:

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

Eggplant Parmigiana Sandwiches

EggplantSandwich

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

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

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

INGREDIENTS:

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

1 oz. crushed pork rinds

6 oz. ground beef (or lamb)

2 slices provalone cheese

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

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

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

2 T. Parmesan cheese

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

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

NUTRITIONAL INFO:    Makes two servings, each contains:

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

 

Greek Spinach-Beef Pie

greek-spinach-beef-pie

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

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 our direct order site: http://amongfriends.us/order.php

DISCLAIMER: By personal choice, I do not accept payment for this book promotion nor for the inclusion of my recipes therein. I do so merely because they are GREAT cookbooks any low-carb cook would be proud to add to their cookbook collection.

INGREDIENTS:

1 T. olive oil + 1 T. butter

2 oz. onion, chopped

12 oz. ground beef

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

1/3 c. parsley, chopped

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

Dash each salt and black pepper

Pinch dried dill

1 oz. cream cheese

½ c. crumbled feta cheese, rinsed well in strainer

2 large eggs

1/4 c. heavy cream

VARIATIONS:  Substitute ground lamb or goat for the beef

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

NUTRITIONAL INFO: Makes 4 servings, each containing:

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

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

 

Indian Beef with Mint "Kheema Matar"

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

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INGREDIENTS:

1 lb. ground beef or lamb

1 T. olive or coconut oil

1 medium onion, chopped

1 clove minced garlic

½ tsp. minced ginger

¼ tsp. cayenne pepper

½ tsp. turmeric

1 tsp. ground coriander

¼ tsp. salt

2 plum tomatoes, finely chopped

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

1 carrot, cut into small dice

2 T. chopped cilantro

2 T. chopped fresh mint (I use spearmint)

½ jalapeno, seeded and finely chopped

1½ tsp. my Garam Masala

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

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

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

Chicken “Fried” Steak with Cream Gravy

Chicken Fried Steak

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

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

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

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

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

 

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INGREDIENTS:

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

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

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

2 oz. pork rinds, crushed fine

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

1 c. water

½ c. heavy cream

1/8 tsp. black pepper

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

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

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

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

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

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

Bacon-Wrapped Steak Logs

bacon-wrapped-steak-logs

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

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

INGREDIENTS:

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

3 oz. onion, sliced and separated into rings

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

2 T. bacon grease

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

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

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

NUTRITIONAL INFO:    Makes 8 steak logs, each contains:

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

Bunless Burgers in Mushroom-Wine Sauce

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

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INGREDIENTS:

3/4 c. zucchini, sliced

1½ lb ground beef (80% lean

2 oz. red bell pepper

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

1 large egg

Dash each sea salt

1/8 tsp.  coarse black pepper

3/4 c. heavy cream

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

12 large mushrooms, sliced

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

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

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

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

NUTRITIONAL INFO:   Makes 6 servings, each contains:

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

Tamale Pie Stuffed Peppers

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

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INGREDIENTS:

1 oz. onion, cut in chunks

5 oz. zucchini, cut in chunks

10 black olives

4 medium bell peppers

1 lb. lean ground pork

½ tsp. ground cumin

½ tsp. chili powder

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

1 Roma tomato, diced 1/2″

½ c. Monterrey Jack cheese (or mozzarella)

2 slices Cheddar cheese (or ½ c. shredded)

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

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

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

NUTRITIONAL INFO:   Makes 4 servings, each pepper contains:

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

 

 

 

Meatballs on Zucchini Ribbons

Meatballs on Zucchini Ribbons

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

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INGREDIENTS:

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

1 large egg

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

2 oz. onion, cut into chunks

8 oz. fresh mushrooms, sliced

1 c. parsley, coarsely chopped

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

1/8 tsp. sea salt

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

1 c. heavy cream

1/8 tsp. xanthan gum or your preferred thickener

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

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

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

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

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

552 calories

46.4 g fat

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

26.3 g protein

223 mg sodium

 

Steak and Onion Wrap

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

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INGREDIENTS:

ultra low-carb tortillas

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

3 oz. slivered onion

1 T. bacon grease

Salt and pepper

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

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

NUTRITIONAL INFO:    Makes 4 wraps, each contains:

385 calories

25 g fat

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

34 g protein

665 mg sodium

Chinese Beef and Celery

Chinese Beef and CeleryCelery is extremely nutritious so I have tried to increase my intake this past year.  This stir-fry combines it with dried oriental mushrooms and water chestnuts to create a very tasty dish.  This can be ready in 30-40 minutes, so it can be on your table fast to feed a hungry family.  Of course, you can change out the veggies.  I so wanted 1 sliced carrot added to this but was out.  This recipe is suitable for all phases of Atkins, Keto diets.

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NOTE:  When making the homemade Hoisin Sauce linked below, substitute a little sweetener of choice for the honey in the original recipe.

INGREDIENTS:

1 lb. lean, well-trimmed sirloin, flank or chuck steak, sliced thinly against the grain

1/4 tsp. baking soda

2 T. water

1 T. low-sodium soy sauce

1 T. sherry (optional, but only if past Induction Phase)

3 T. oil of your choice (I used 5o:50 olive & coconut oil)

4 oz. onion, sliced in thin wedges

3 stalks celery, sliced on the diagonal

5 dried oriental mushrooms, soaked 1/2 hour to re-hydrate/soften, sliced (avoid using the tough stem)

2/3 c. sliced water chestnuts, drained (I sliced in halves)

2 large cloves garlic, minced

1 tsp. fresh ginger root, minced

3/4 c. homemade beef bone broth or other available beef broth/pan juices

1-2 tsp. Sambal Oelek chili sauce or Sriracha Sauce

2 T. more low-sodium soy sauce

1 T. homemade Hoisin Sauce

OPTIONAL:  light dusting of xanthan gum to thicken if desired

DIRECTIONS:  Place the first 5 ingredients in a bowl.  Mix well with a spoon or hands to coat the meat.  Let sit for 20 minutes only!  This tenderizes tougher cuts of meat typically used in Chinese stir-fries.  In another small bowl, stir together the sauce items: garlic, ginger, beef broth, chili sauce, soy sauce and Hoisin sauce.  When meat has been tenderized for 20 minutes, you’re ready to cook!  Heat a non-stick wok or skillet over high heat.  Add cold oil and then immediately dump in the beef.  The famous saying in Chinese kitchens is “Hot Wok, Cold Fat” to avoid the meat sticking to the pan.  Stir fry only 2 minutes to seal the surfaces of the meat.  Then add the onion and celery and continue to stir-fry another 2 minutes or until they just begin to soften.  Next add the mushrooms and water chestnuts. Stir fry for 1 minute.   Add the liquid sauce ingredients and simmer 1-2 minutes.  You can thicken with 1 light dusting of xanthan gum if you like your sauces thicker, but that is optional.  Stir one minute longer to let your thickener develop and do its job.  Serve at once.

NUTRITIONAL INFO:   Makes 5 servings, each contains:

331.4 calories

20.96 g fat

8.62 g carbs, 1.48 g fiber, 7.14 g NET CARBS

26.6 g protein

519 mg sodium

 

 

Roasted Poblano & Cheese-Stuffed Meat Roll

Poblano-Cheese Stuffed Meat Roll

A Mexican version of a stuffed meatloaf!

I found a delicious way to cook and serve a ground meat “meatloaf-type” dish this past week.  In my old days, I’d have added more cheese to the top at the end of baking, but I’m really eating ultra low-carb lately (lost 13#, too!) so I decided to forego that added carb luxury on this occasion.  I was going to lay some thin slices of tomato on top, but the hubs specifically requested I not do that, so there you go.  :)  This is a large meat roll as I intended to freeze it for future meals.  This recipe is suitable for all phases of Atkins, Keto diets, and Primal followers.  Not suitable for Paleo however.

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INGREDIENTS:

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

1 lb. ground pork

1½ c. Monterrey Jack cheese (I used a mixture of Mexican queso & Monterrey Jack), shredded

2     5-6″ poblano pepper, roasted

4 oz. onion, chopped

4 tsp. bacon grease or oil of your choice

1 tsp. my Smoky Chipotle Spice Blend  (or your favorite taco seasoning)

1/4 tsp. sea salt

VARIATION:  Add 1 c. or so of a low-carb enchilada sauce to the top of the meat roll the last half of cooking.

DIRECTIONS:  Preheat oven to 400º.  Stem and seed peppers.  Cut into halves or quarters and lay in a metal pan and roast on each side for 15 minutes.   Remove from oven and slightly cool.  Lower oven to 350º.  Pull of any tough papery skin you can get off the pepper pieces and cut them into 1/4″-1/2″ strips.  Set those aside for a few minutes.

In a no-stick skillet, heat the bacon grease or oil on high heat.  Saute the onions until caramelized and tender.  Remove and set aside.

In a large mixing bowl, using your hands, mix the beef and pork well with the Chipotle Spice Blend and salt, just as you do a meatloaf.  I used a silicone sheet next but you can use parchment paper if you prefer.  Lay the silicone sheet or parchment on a large baking sheet.  Spoon the meat on top and spread it into a big rectangle about 1/2″ thick.  Spoon the Monterrey Jack cheese evenly down the side closest to you.  Nest lay the pepper strips down the meat on top of the cheese.  Finally spread the onions down the meat roll as well.  No pick up the edge of the paper or silicone sheet and begin rolling the meat over on top of the filling until it is completely rolled up, allowing it to spill over directly onto the pan.  Remove the paper or silicone sheet.

Pop into 350º oven for 45 minutes to an hour (Watch carefully the last 15 minutes as ovens vary and your roll size/diameter will impact cooking time).  If doing the variation with enchilada sauce, add it after 20-25 minutes cooking time (all along the length of the meat roll).  Pop back into oven and and cook until you deem it is done.  Slice into ten servings.

NUTRITIONAL INFO:   Makes 10 large servings (1½” thick), each contains:  (does not include optional sauce)

435 calories

34.6 g fat

1.76 g carbs, 0.41 g fiber, 1.35 g NET CARBS

27.4 g protein

293 mg sodium

 

 

 

Spaghetti Sauce Bolognese

Spaghetti Bolognese

Shown on spaghetti squash threads which are NOT included in the nutritional numbers below.

This is the spaghetti sauce I have been cooking for nearly 50 years and my mother for probably that long before me. 🙂 Haven’t found one I like better.  I usually double or triple the recipe and freeze some for convenience.  This recipe is acceptable for all phases of Atkins, Keto diets, Primal-Paleo as well.

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INGREDIENTS:

1 ½ lb. lean ground beef

½ c. green pepper chopped

½ c. parsley chopped

1 c. celery chopped

6 garlic cloves minced

6 oz. yellow onion chopped

2   14-oz. cans crushed or diced tomatoes (kind with no added sugars)

1   small (8 oz.) can tomato paste

½ tsp. salt

1/4 tsp. black pepper

1/2 tsp. cayenne pepper (less if you don’t like it very spicy)

1 T. dried crushed oregano

1 bay leaf

1 T. fresh rosemary (or ½ tsp. dried)

1 T. fresh basil leaves, chopped (or ½ tsp. dried)

½ tsp. fennel seed, crushed

VARIATIONS:  add diced eggplant, mushrooms, or chopped, browned Italian sausage

DIRECTIONS:  Brown meat in large stew pot.  You may need a little oil if your meat is real lean.  Chop all veggies and add to meat and stir well.  Now add garlic, seasonings, tomatoes and tomato paste.  Simmer covered for 1½-2 hours on lowest heat possible.  Will yield about 8-9 cups of sauce, or 8-10 servings, depending on how saucy you like things and how you plan to use the sauce.

NUTRITIONAL INFO: Serves 10, each serving has: (excluding any added items mentioned in VARIATIONS)

295.3 calories

20.75 g  fat

13.18 g  carbs, 4.48  g  fiber, 8.7 NET CARBS

18.3 g  protein

116 mg. sodium

Chicken Lasagna Strips

Chicken Lasagna StripsThese miniature lasagne delights were so good, my husband said I could fix them again any time!  And they were so easy!  In the oven in minutes and ready in 45 min baking.  They were like eating lasagna, too!  You could use thinly sliced beef pounded to tenderize in this recipe instead of the chicken if you prefer.  Suitable for all phases of Atkins, Keto diets, and Primal folks who eat dairy.

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INGREDIENTS:  

1 medium zucchini or Mexican zucchini, sliced into 12 thin lengthwise slices (about 12 oz)

1½ chicken breast, boneless, skinless

1/3 c. ricotta cheese

1 c. shredded mozzarella cheese

3/4 c. shredded Parmesan cheese

3/4 c. Lucini low-carb spaghetti sauce (or other low-carb sauce)

VARIATION:   Use thin slices pounded turkey or beef instead of chicken.

DIRECTIONS:  Cover a baking sheet with foil.  Preheat oven to 350º.  Slice chicken into 12 thin, long, lateral slices.  Pound with the flat side of a meat tenderizer.  Set aside.  Slice zucchini lengthwise into 12 thin slices.  I used a knife to do this, but if you have a mandolin or tool that will do it, go for it.  You want 12 slices total.  Place slices on the pan and avoid them touching.  Lay a strip of the pounded chicken on top of each.  With the back of a teaspoon, spread 1 tsp. ricotta down each chicken strip. Dot each strip with 1 T. of the sauce.  Sprinkle 1 T. mozzarella shreds on next.  Finally sprinkle each with 1 T. of the Parmesan shreds.   Lay a sheet of foil loosely over the top to avoid cheese over-browning while cooking.  Bake for about 30 minutes.  Remove and ever so slightly slightly tilt pan over sink to allow any water bleeding out to drain off the pan.  Replace in the oven and bake 15 more minutes.  Serve at once with your favorite salad or green veggie.

NUTRITIONAL INFO:   Makes 12 Lasagna Strips, each contains:  (We found 3 filled us up)

130 calories

6.78 g fat

2.92 g carbs, 0.65 g fiber, 2.27 g NET CARBS

13.9 g protein

315 mg sodium

Grilled Sriracha-Butter Burgers

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Shown on my Gluten-Free bun (link below)

I have to say these burgers go down in the annals of our 45 years or grilling burgers as the  absolutely BEST burger I have ever EVER tasted, anywhere.  The grass-fed beef gives them a vibrant, rich beefy flavor.  Then the marinade mixture I blended into the meat took them to sheer hamburger Nirvana.  To put that comment into perspective, I do not put condiments on my burgers: I only use lettuce and tomato on them, so the flavor of the meat REALLY comes through on my burgers.  My husband, who puts EVERYTHING on a burger, said he couldn’t taste the marinate so much, only the smoke taste.  Mustard can be a powerful thing (why I don’t like it).  So hubby left the mustard off his second burger and then he agreed with me……. the taste of the meat was incredible. That would indicate this recipe will make incredible bunless grilled meat patties, perhaps wrapped in bacon, to serve with your favorite sides.

You can serve your burgers on your favorite low-carb buns.  I served mine on my new Gluten-Free Grain-Free Hamburger Buns.  They are neutral-tasting like high-carb white bread buns, soft, moist, yet sturdy enough to hold up to the juiciness of the meat and tomato.  If you are still in Atkins Induction, I recommend these buns for your burgers. They, too are sturdy enough to take the heat of your meat. 🙂

These burger patties are suitable for Atkins Induction Phase, Keto diets, Primal and Paleo if eaten either without a bun or a plan/phase suitable bun.

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INGREDIENTS:

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

3 T. butter or ghee, melted (less if using fattier meat)

1 tsp. Sriracha chili sauce (more if you like ’em spicy!)

3/4 tsp. homemade Montreal Steak Seasoning (or your favorite burger seasoning)

¼ tsp. onion powder

¼ tsp. garlic powder

VARIATION:  Use ground lamb instead of beef

DIRECTIONS:  Melt the butter in a saucepan and stir in the remaining ingredients.  Pour over the ground beef or lamb in a medium mixing bowl. Mix well with a fork, cover.  Marinate in the refrigerator for 4 hours.   When ready to cook the burgers, prepare a hot charcoal fire and grill the burgers as usual (about 7 minutes on a side for medium).  The butter in the meat will make them flare up, so don’t walk away to fix that adult beverage while these babies cook.  :)  Serve on your favorite low-carb buns along with your favorite condiments and side dishes.

NUTRITIONAL INFO:  Makes four 3½-oz. cooked patties, each contains (not including your bun):

297 calories

24.7 g  fat

0.97 g  carbs, 0.02 g  fiber, 0.95 g  NET CARBS (plus whatever bun you use)

20 g  protein

247 mg sodium

Brats with Purple Cabbage

 

Brats with Purple Cabbage

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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Still on the stove

VARIATION:  Substitute your favorite smoked sausage for the brats.  You can use green cabbage also, as it really doesn’t taste any different than the purple.

INGREDIENTS:

12 oz. beef brats (4 links)

1 T. + 1 tsp. bacon grease

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

3 oz. onion, slivered thin

½ tsp. caraway seed

¼ tsp. coarse black pepper

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

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

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

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

Beef Oxtail Stew

Beef Oxtail Stew

Shown in cooking pot before thickening

Beef oxtail is just what its name implies.  There is not a lot of meat on the tail of the animal, but like beef shank, it is very tasty meat when stewed or braised in liquid.  It is fairly tough, so it must be stewed for about 3 hours.  This would be a perfect dish to cook in a slow cooker I think.  I don’t own one, but if you follow directions for stew, the meat should get fall-off-the-bone tender for you.

Many add carrots and or rutabaga (potatoes if not low-carbing) to the pot, but I like to add mushrooms, celery and onion only, making this almost like Boeuf Bourguignon.  This delicious recipe is acceptable for all phases of Atkins, Keto diets and Primal-Paleo as well.

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INGREDIENTS:

2 T. oil of your choosing

1 beef oxtail (around 2#), cut into 2″ sections

2 oz. onion, cut in large chunks

2 large stalks celery (I include leaves), cut in large chunks

1 fresh large mushrooms

½ c. red wine (burgundy or claret), omit if still on Induction

3 small bay leaves

½ tsp. dried thyme leaves

4 cloves garlic, peeled and chopped

¼ tsp. sea salt

½ tsp. black pepper

2 c. homemade chicken stock

water just to cover pot contents by ½”

DIRECTIONS:   Place oil in stew pot.  Heat over high flame.  Add meat and brown pieces, turning as needed with tongs to brown all sides.  Add onion and celery to the pot.  Add all remaining ingredients EXCEPT the mushrooms (if adding rutabaga, add the last hour of cooking).  Allow to come to a boil and then lower to lowest setting on the burner.  Cover with tight lid.  Stir occasionally while you cook the stew for 2½ hours.  Add mushrooms (and carrots, if adding) and cook for 30 more minutes.  Thicken if desired with your favorite thickener.  I use a light dusting or two of xanthan gum, stirring until it thickens up to desired thickness.  Serve at once with your favorite vegetables or salad.

NUTRITIONAL INFO:    Makes 3 servings, each containing: (does not include optional carrots or rutabaga)

409 calories  (less, if all liquid is not consumed)

22.8 g fat

8.10 g carbs, 1.93 g fiber, 6.17 g NET CARBS

32 g protein

210 mg sodium

Salisbury Steak

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This Atkins Induction-friendly dish is delicious!  It is also acceptable for you Keto dieters.  It is VERY easy to prepare and when I was still teaching, I would often cook this when I came home particularly tired, or had a lot of papers to grade that night.  I have also done this recipe chopping up the mushrooms real fine and adding to the patties themselves.    It’s very good done that way, too.

VARIATION:  Add 1 T. finely minced red bell pepper to the meat for a slightly different taste.

This entree pairs nicely with butter-rich mashed cauliflower and a green vegetable of your choice.

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INGREDIENTS:

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Before adding cream.

½ lb. ground beef

½ lb. ground pork (or more ground beef)

2 T. finely minced yellow onion

1 T. chopped parsley

1 beaten egg

½ c. crushed plain pork rinds (add not salt to the meat or sauce as these are salty enough)

1/3 c. sliced fresh mushrooms (or small can with juice)

½ c. canned low sodium beef bouillon (or homemade beef stock)

¼ c. heavy cream (omit for for non-dairy version)

1 T. olive oil

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

Dash each celery seed, onion powder, black pepper

OPTIONAL:  Some chopped celery added to the pan after browning meat.

DIRECTIONS:  Mix the meats, parsley, onion, pork rinds and egg together in a bowl with your hands.  Form into 4 patties.  Coat non-stick skillet with olive oil and brown patties over medium heat.  Lower heat to low and add bouillon and cream.   Slice mushrooms and add to skillet.  Add seasonings and celery if using.  DO NOT SALT as the pork rinds will give enough salt to this dish.   Cover and cook about 20 minutes longer, turning patties once during coking to ensure even cooking.  Uncover and simmer to reduce cream to thicken.  If not thick enough, dust on a couple light dustings of xanthan gum or guar gum.  Stir after each addition to prevent lumps.  Great with mashed cauliflower and some green vegetable.

NUTRITIONAL INFO:  Makes 4 servings, each contains:  (not including optional celery)

451.75 Calories

34.28 g  fat

2 g  carbs, 0.25 g fiber, 1.83 NET CARBS

31.23  g  protein

3 g   alcohol

Beef & Bacon Stuffed Squash

Beef-Stuffed Spaghetti Squash

This delicious dish is so rich and creamy you’re going to love it!  Not a lot of ingredients but a nice combination of flavors in this one.  This recipe is suitable for all phases of Atkins, Keto diets, and Primal diets.

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INGREDIENTS: 

1½ c. cooked spaghetti squash threads (I used a 6″ squash which was perfect.)

2 slices thick bacon, chopped coarsely

10 oz. ground beef (I used 90% lean grass-fed)

3/4 tsp. Victoria Gourmet No-Salt Lemon Pepper(I actually did 1 with lemon pepper and 1 with homemade Montreal Seasoning.  Both were quite tasty!)

2 large green onions, chopped

2 oz. (4 T.) cream cheese

¼ c. shredded mozzarella cheese

VARIATION:  Use another seasoning of your choosing to change this up.

DIRECTIONS:  Cut squash in half lengthwise and invert in a shallow dish with a little water.  Microwave on HI for 13 minutes. Remove and fork out the threads into a waiting bowl, being careful so as not to tear the outer shells that will become their own “bowl”.  You will only be using 1½ c. of the threads.  Reserve the rest for another use.

In a non-stick skillet or wok over high heat, fry the bacon.  When partially cooked, add the beef, breaking it up with your spoon as you cook the two completely until completely done.  Add the seasoning you have chosen and the green onions.  Just saute until onion is slightly softened.  Add the cream cheese and stir until it is uniformly melted and blended with the meat mixture.  Remove from heat.  Spoon the meat mixture onto the spaghetti squash threads and stir to blend well.   Spoon half the mixture into each empty squash shell.  Sprinkle 2 T. mozzarella shreds over each filled squash half.  Pop into 350º oven for around 20 minutes or until cheese is melted on top and slightly beginning to brown.  Serve at once with a salad or green veggie.

NUTRITIONAL INFO:   Makes 2 adult servings, each contains:

627 calories

43.6 g fat (reduce bacon and/or cut mozzarella cheese to lower fat)

10.8 g carbs, 2.25 g fiber, 8.55 g NET CARBS

46.2 g protein

1100 mg sodium

Sriracha Brisket with Pepperoncini

Sriracha Brisket with Pepperonci Peppers.IMG_5185A perfectly delicious way to braise a piece of beef brisket in the oven.  This dish really cooks itself!  And boy does my husband ever love this one!  Cooked low and slow will renders the final roast so tender!  The onions, peperonicini peppers and Sriracha sauce play so well together.  I’m certain your family will love this roast.  I don’t like my food to spicy so I only used 3 peperoncini peppers.  You might want to use more it you like to spice things up. I want the flavor but not the “heat”.  I don’t trim the fat from my brisket before cooking as the fat bastes it to keep in moist.  You can trim it first if you prefer.🙂

This recipe is suitable for all phases of Atkins, Keto diets.  Just omit the Sriracha for Primal-Paleo (unless you make your own homemade, which is way more trouble in the kitchen than I’ll do).

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INGREDIENTS: 

2½ lb. piece of beef brisket (or chuck roast).  (I used 1/3 of a large brisket)

1½ oz. onion, sliced

3 pickled peperoncini peppers, stemmed and slivered or sliced (or more for spicy)

2 tsp. Sriracha sauce

¼ tsp. coarse black pepper

¼ tsp. each dried thyme leaves, onion powder, garlic powder

2 sprigs parsley, chopped

4 T. (½ stick) unsalted butter

DIRECTIONS:    Preheat oven to 325º.  Place brisket in baking pan, fat side down.  Mix pepper, thyme, onion powder and garlic powder in a saucer and stir.  Sprinkle over all surfaces of the meat (I don’t bother with the fatty side that is down). Spread the onion slivers over the top surface.   Next lay the slices of peperoncini peppers on top.  Drizzle the Sriracha sauce sort of zig-zag over the top, like chefs do dessert sauces on a dessert plate. You can add a dash of salt last, but I find it is actually not needed on this roast.  Dot the top of the roast with the butter.  Cover pan with foil and pop into 325º oven for a total of about 3 hours.  As the roast cooks, the butter melts into the pan juices, using a brush, baste the meat gently with the pan juices every hour and right before serving. If the pan juices are evaporating, add a dab of water to loosen all that flavor goodness to make your pan juices come alive again.  Pairs nicely with a bowl of cauliflower mash and green beans.  I’m talking comfort food here, folks.🙂

NUTRITIONAL INFO:   Makes 6 servings (approx. two ¼” slices each).  Each serving contains approximately:

470 calories

31.43 g fat

1.71 g carbs, 0.20 g fiber, 1.51 g NET CARBS

43 g protein

155 mg sodium

 

Topless Tamale Pie

Topless Tamale PieA quick and delicious meal for a week night or ANY night!  Who needs those high-carb cornmeal toppings from the past?  or those low-carb fake cornmeal toppings?  Both low-carb topping trials I’ve created have been mediocre at best: one was too dry; the other was tasteless to me.  So I checked out the Great Value brand no-salt added canned corn not long ago at Walmart.  Lo and behold, it only has 9g carbs per ½ c. minus 2g fiber or 7 net carbs per ½ cup.  Spread out in an entire recipe like this, if not still in Induction, you can use half a can (3/4 c.) in a recipe and get the real flavor of corn for little carbs per individual serving.  Check out the numbers below.  And is this dish ever yummy!

This recipe is only suitable for Induction if you omit the corn.  It’s OK for other phases of Atkins however and Keto diets if the carbs will fit your daily limits.

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INGREDIENTS:

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

2 oz. chopped onion

1 jalapeno, seeded and chopped

½ tsp. chili powder

1 tsp. ground cumin

½ tsp. granulated or garlic powder

3/4 c. Great Value canned corn, drained (omit if on Induction)

2.25 oz. can sliced black olives

4 slices American Deluxe cheese

1/3 cup shredded cheddar cheese

½ c. Great Value canned diced tomatoes (no-salt)

DIRECTIONS:  Preheat oven to 300º.  Cook ground meat over medium heat until no longer pink.  Add onion and jalapeno and cook until onion is softening.  Add all spices and stir.  Add tomatoes, corn, olives and the shredded Cheddar cheese.  Stir and simmer for 4-5 minutes.  The cheese will begin to get sticky and bind the mixture a bit.  Top with the 4 slices of American cheese.  Pop in a 300º oven for 5-8 minutes just to melt the cheese.   Serve directly in the baking pan or dish up onto a serving platter.  Pairs nicely with a guacamole or green salad of choice.

NUTRITIONAL INFO:    Makes 4 servings.  Each serving contains:

493 calories

31.5 g fat

10.1 g carbs, 2.4 g fiber, 7.7 g NET CARBS

39.8 g protein

882 mg sodium

 

Indian Muthi Kebabs

Indian Muthi Kebabs

I have been wanting to try my hand at the muthi kebabs that are often served with a Mixed Grill at Indian restaurants.  So I tinkered around with my Garam Masala spice blend and a few other common Indian seasonings and grilled the final result.   I managed to get my recipe pretty darn close to the taste I’m so familiar with.  This has since become my go-to Indian kebab recipe.  I like to serve these with various grilled vegetables, usually including onions, but sometimes with grilled tomatoes or grilled yellow squash.  Also pictured are dry-griddled Mission Carb Balance whole wheat flour tortillas (3 net carbs per tortilla) for a very similar taste to Indian whole wheat chapatis. 🙂

These kebabs can be made with either beef or lamb.  And although you can skillet cook or broil them indoors, grilling them over charcoal will achieve a flavor so similar to those done in a tandoori oven that once you’ve done them that way, you’ll not want them any other way.  Of that I am certain!  I have tried to mold these on skewers before, but I have never had much luck with that.  Gravity kicks in and mine drop off the skewer before I can even get the skewer to the grill, so we just do them in little patties instead.  :)    This recipe is Atkins Induction friendly and is also suitable for Keto, Primal and Paleo.

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Shown in the traditional shape

INGREDIENTS:

24 oz. ground beef or lamb (not too lean, or add some fat)

4 oz. onion, minced fine

2-3 T. cilantro, chopped

1 jalapeno pepper, seeded and chopped fine

½ tsp. ginger root, minced

1 tsp. Garam Masala

¼ tsp. turmeric

¼ tsp. salt

1 small egg, beaten

Dash black pepper and cayenne pepper

DIRECTIONS:   I have a food processor, so I throw all the ingredients in and process until all veggies are minced fine and blended well into the smooth meat.  Form into 8 equal patties.  I actually weigh mine and make them 3 oz. raw mixture for each patty.   Prepare charcoal fire and grill over hot coals for about 10 minutes on a side (will vary depending on how hot your fire is and how far the meat is from the coals).   I like to serve these kebabs with my Indian Creamed Spinach , assorted grilled veggies or my Roasted Shawarma Vegetables .  Mmmmm. Good Eats!

NUTRITIONAL INFO:   Makes 8 patties, each contains:

237.6 calories

15.2 g  fat

1.46 g  carbs, .29 g fiber, 1.17 g  net carbs

22.5 g  protein

418 mg sodium

 

Beef & Turnip “Hash”

Beef Hash Yet again my husband, the walking paradox, demonstrated tonight I don’t think he knows WHAT he likes and doesn’t like when it comes to food.  He always tells me he hates turnips.  When we used to belong to a vegetable coop in Galveston, he said “I hope nobody buys carrots when it’s their turn to be buyer.  And don’t YOU bring a case of them home either!”

Well, I whipped up a batch of hash for dinner tonight from leftover beef brisket  and 3 small turnips I had in the fridge and it was so good, he PIGGED OUT on this stuff!  He ate two big helpings!  And he knew it was turnips!  I had forewarned him he might prefer to make himself a sandwich for dinner as he probably wasn’t going to like the dinner I prepared, seeing as it had turnip in it.

I have to say, the turnips almost tasted exactly like potatoes in this to me.  Just slightly sweet, but that may have been my caramelized onion and not the turnips at all. :)  I added the slice of bacon for added flavor, as that’s not enough to make this a high-sodium dinner.  I really have to watch my sodium intake as I’m quite sensitive to it.  Of course, you can add more bacon if you wish.  Cut back on the added bacon grease if you do.

This delicious dish is suitable for all phases of Atkins, Keto diets, Primal and Paleo as well.

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DISCLAIMER: I do not accept payment for this book promotion. I promote the books because they are GREAT cookbooks anyone would be proud to add to their cookbook collection.

INGREDIENTS:

1 thick (or 2 thin) slice bacon, coarsely cut up

2 T. bacon grease (omit if using extra bacon)

8 oz. leftover beef roast, cut in ½” cubes (with leftover gravy if any. I had just 1/4 cup)

3 small turnips (about 6 oz.), peeled, cut in ½” cubes

3 oz. onion, chopped

½ bouillon cube dissolved in ½ c. water if you have no gravy or not enough.

Pinch of coarse black pepper

DIRECTIONS:  Chop meat, turnips and onion on cutting board and set aside.   Place chopped bacon in non-stick pan and begin to fry to a half-cooked stage on high heat.  Add the bacon grease when the bacon is half done.  Add the turnips and stir-fry until they begin to brown.  Add diced roast and onion last and saute until all is browning and getting pretty much done.   You want ½-3/4 c. gravy/broth total.  When hash is nearly done, lower heat to medium-high and add about 1/3 of the gravy/broth mixture to the pan.    Simmer turning often until that has nearly evaporated. Add another 1/3 of the gravy/broth mixture and again simmer and turn hash until most of it has evaporated.  Add the last of the liquid mixture only if you feel the hash needs further cooking.  All should be fully cooked through and the flavors well co-mingled.  Sprinkle with coarse black pepper and serve at once with your favorite green side dish.  I served mine with a small spinach salad.

NUTRITIONAL INFO:   Makes 4 servings, each contains:  (using 1 slice bacon)

283 calories

21 g fat

4.45 g carbs, 1.0 g fiber, 3.45 g NET CARBS

17.5 g protein

130 mg sodium

 

Grass-Fed Roast Beef Pumpkin-Seed Salad

Roast Beef-Pumpkin Seed SaladIMG_5120A delicious, light lunch or dinner, complete with healthy nutrients found in pumpkin seeds and grass-fed roast beef (although you can use regular beef if you prefer).  Grass-fed beef has a richer, stronger flavor than grocery store beef and I found served this way, it tasted milder to me.  I think because of the vinaigrette.  You need to leave off the pumpkin seeds if you are still in Atkins Induction.  Keto diets, Primal and Paleo can enjoy this delicious salad as well.

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INGREDIENTS:

3½ oz. leftover roast beef, sliced thin (I used grass-fed beef)

1 T. butter

1 c. shredded lettuce of your choice (I used curly leaf)

4 cherry tomatoes, sliced in half

1 small green onion, cut to your preference

1 T. raw or roasted pumpkin seeds (I used raw)

1½ T. my Balsamic Vinaigrette

DIRECTIONS:  Tear lettuce onto a serving plate.  Add green onion and tomatoes.  Set aside.  In a small non-stick skillet, melt the butter and saute the beef for a couple minutes until it just begins to brown.  Remove from heat. Drizzle dressing over salad and sprinkle on your pumpkin seeds.  Dip the meat and butter over the salad and serve.

NUTRITIONAL INFO:   Makes 1 serving which contains:

521 calories

38.1 g fat

6.9 g carbs, 2.1 g. fiber, 4.8 g NET CARBS

38.2 g. protein  (use less meat if you are restricting your protein)

85 mg sodium  (I added a sprinkle at the table, too, which is not included)

Iranian Kubideh (ground meat kebabs)

 

Iranian Kubideh 2

When I was 10 years old, my family lived in Teheran, Iran.  Dad, USAF,  was  teaching their  then fledgling air force,  to fly F-86 jets.  Our motor pool driver, Reza, loved good food and sometimes would cook for us to show off his skills in the kitchen.  Kubideh was one of his favorites.  Although I don’t have his actual recipe (which he cooked simply as small meat patties), my creation evokes the flavor of his specialty.  The jalapeno is not traditional but I like it in these.  It does not make these spicy “hot”, just adds a nice flavor layer in my opinion.

These kubideh can be made with the more traditional lamb, but I prefer using ground beef.  Unless I can have mild Iranian lamb, which is highly unlikely now, I will not eat lamb in the States.  Just tastes awful to me.  When grilling your kubideh, you want them somewhere between the done stage between these two photos.  I like them as shown upper left; the hubs likes them as shown lower right.    The other skewers in the photo are some lamb kebabs we grilled to freeze for a future meal.  :)  This recipe is suitable for all phases of Atkins, Keto diets, Primal and Paleo.

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INGREDIENTS:

1 lb. ground beef or lamb (mine is 90% lean; omit bacon grease below if using fattier meat)

1 egg, beaten

¼ c. parsley

1 oz. onion, minced as fine as you can get it

1 clove garlic, minced

1/8 tsp. ground cinnamon

¼ tsp. ground cumin

¼ tsp. black pepper

Optional:  ½ jalapeno, seeded and minced fine

Optional:  1 T. bacon grease if your meat is very lean

DIRECTIONS:   Soak wooden skewers for 20-30 minutes (if using).  This retards scorching of sticks during grilling.  Mix all ingredients well in a bowl with a fork or your hands like you would a meatloaf.     Dry off the skewers.  Form hot-dog like meat shapes on the wooden skewers, pressing the meat on tightly and as evenly as possible.   Set them on a platter as you form them. Prepare a hot charcoal fire.  Gently place the skewers of meat on your charcoal fire, disturbing the skewers as little as possible until the first side is lightly browned.  Carefully, with a large spatula, flip the skewers over.  If you use tongs, they are likely to tear up on you.  The voice of experience here.  Brown the second side of the kubideh.    Serve at once with a nice creamed spinach, a cucumber-tzatziki or sour cream mint salad or perhaps a quinoa side.  ENJOY!🙂

NUTRITIONAL INFO:   Makes 4 kubideh, each contains:

371 calories

30.4 g fat

1.95 g carbs, 0.40 g fiber, 1.55 g NET CARBS

21.4 g protein

93 mg sodium (I prefer to add salt to meat at the table so as not to dry it out)

Meatballs & Smoked Gouda on Zucchini Noodles

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.

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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

Italian Spinach Casserole

Italian Spinach Casserole

Italian Spinach Casserole

This casserole comes out scrumptious every time!  The night I created it, I just kept throwing more stuff onto the browned ground beef and the end result got a fantastic reaction from both me and my husband.  Very much like lasagna.  The leftovers freeze nicely, too!

The key to throwing something like this together easily is having the homemade spaghetti sauce at the ready in your freezer.  I try to keep a big batch frozen in smaller portions for just such purposes.  My own homemade meaty spaghetti sauce is what I used for this tonight.  Just made a 5X batch this week, in fact.

Because of the ricotta cheese, this recipe is not suitable until you get to the “more dairy” level of the Atkins OWL ladder.    There’s way too much cheese in this for Paleo folks, but Primal followers might like to try it on for size.

My spaghetti sauce has ground meat in it, so if substituting a sauce without meat, you will want to increase the meat called for by another ½ pound or your dish won’t be quite as good, in my opinion.    Get a load of the nutritional info for this recipe!  A very nutritious meal indeed. It was sooooooo good I’ll be making this one again and again! 🙂

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INGREDIENTS:

1 lb. 90% lean ground beef

2 c. my meaty spaghetti sauce (https://buttoni.wordpress.com/2009/08/13/peggys-spaghetti-sauce/)

12 oz. frozen spinach, thawed, drained and squeezed out all moisture

1   6.5-oz can sliced mushrooms, drained

12 black olives, sliced

½ tsp. fennel seed, crushed

¼ c. Parmesan cheese

2 c. mozzarella cheese, grated

½ c. ricotta cheese

4 black olives sliced for top garnish

4 leaves fresh basil, chopped

VARIATION:  Use 1# Italian Sausage for the ground beef in this recipe.

DIRECTIONS:  Preheat oven to 350º.  Brown the meat in a non-stick skillet.  Sprinkle evenly into a 8″x12″ greased casserole dish.  Crumble the well drained and squeezed spinach evenly over the top of the meat.  Sprinkle with all the Parmesan cheese.  Next spread the mushrooms and olive slices evenly over the mixture.  Now spread the spaghetti sauce over all without disturbing the lower layers too much.  Sprinkle with the crushed fennel seed and chopped basil leaves.  Dot the surface intermittently with the ricotta cheese and sprinkle the mozzarella evenly over the top of the casserole.  Garnish the surface with the 4 sliced olives.  Cover with foil and bake at 350º for 30 minutes.  Uncover and bake for about 30 more minutes or until bubbly all over.  Allow to cool 5-6 minutes before attempting to dip it up or the servings won’t be so pretty.  It’ll still taste good, however.  Serve with a nice green salad and your favorite low-carb garlic bread.

NUTRITIONAL INFO:  Makes 6 servings, each contains:

530 calories

36.6 g  fat

12.77 g  carbs, 4.03 g  fiber, 8.74 g  NET CARBS

38.33 g  protein

500 mg sodium

Greek Souvlaki and Grilled Vegetables

Greek Souvlaki and Grilled Vegetables

I love Middle Eastern food and so much of it is Atkins friendly! I’ve been making this for years and thought I’d share with my low-carbing friends.  This dish is suitable for Induction, too!  By the way, this marinade is surprisingly good on chicken and fish, too!  This is suitable for all phases of Atkins, Keto diets and Paleo-Primal as well.

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INGREDIENTS:

12 oz. trimmed pork, steak or lamb, cut into 1½” cubes
4 oz. red bell pepper in 1½” pieces
4 oz. green bell pepper in 1½” pieces
2 small onions (1½” diameter or less)
8 oz. yellow squash(1½” thick slices)

MARINADE:

3 T. extra virgin olive oil
juice of 1/2 lemon (about 1/2 T.)
1 T. white vinegar
2 small cloves minced garlic
1 tsp. dried oregano
2 small crushed bay leaves

Marinate meat in fridge in plastic bag/container 4-5 hours in the marinade. Stir occasionally or hand manipulate the bag to coat all pieces well. When ready to cook meal, parboil peppers 1 minute, squash 2-3 minutes, onions 3-4 minutes. Lift each type veggie out of water at appropriate number of minutes. I find veggies won’t get done as fast as the meat does if not parboiled.

For better cooking control, we like to skewer veggies on their own skewers. Baste veggies in 1 T. more EVOO and a pinch of oregano or 1/4 tsp. Cavender’s No-Salt Greek Seasoning.

Now skewer meat on 5 long skewers.  Pieces can be pretty close together on the skewers. Grill over hot charcoal fire for approximately 10-12 minutes on a side, positioned VERY close to coals.  Voila! Dinner for three. If you have enough skewers (this amount takes 5 long skewers), this is a real easy company dinner served with a Middle Eastern cucumber, sour cream, mint salad.

NUTRITIONAL INFORMATION:  Makes 3 servings, each contains:

492.7 calories

35.43 g. fat

10.7 g. carbs, 2.93 g. fiber, 7.77 NET CARBS

33.1 g. protein

Ribeye Steak in Tequila Cream

Taken stove-top, which has yellowish lighting

Taken stove-top, which has yellowish lighting

I’ve never cooked with tequila before, but I like margaritas, so I thought it was high time I give it a whirl.  This rib steak, which I was originally just going to butter sear tonight, transformed in my skillet into a delicious, saucy dinner my husband and I just loved!  I served this with steamed cauliflower and fresh green beans.  Omit the tequila if still in the initial Inducation phase of Atkins.  Suitable for all other phases of Atkins and Keto diets.

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Taken in normal lighting

In normal lighting (truer sauce color)  🙂

INGREDIENTS:

16 oz. rib-eye steak, cut into three portions (or other tender cut of beef)

1 clove garlic

3 T. unsalted butter

2 T. canned green chiles, undrained

1 c. rich beef broth

1/3 c. heavy cream

Dash each salt and coarse black pepper

1 oz. tequila (I used Hornitos)

¼ c. chopped cilantro

DIRECTIONS:   Mince garlic and rub both sides of the meat with it.  Melt the butter in a large, non-stick skillet.  Sear the steaks on both sides until done to your liking.  Add all remaining ingredients except cilantro.  Remember to omit the tequila if still in Induction.  Reduce to low heat and simmer about 5-7 minutes for flavors to blend. Add cilantro and simmer 1 minute longer.  Remove meat to temporary plate.  Pour sauce into a serving platter.  Place meat on top and serve at once.

NUTRITIONAL INFO:   Makes 3 servings, each contains:

443 calories

34 g  fat

1.13 g  carbs, 0.4 g fiber, 1.9 g  NET CARBS

48.1 g protein

443 mg sodium

 

Pesto Mini Meatzas

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These are incredibly quick, incredibly easy and incredibly good!  I keep all the ingredients made up in my freezer and refrigerator so that such lunches are a snap for me!  These little gems can’t be picked up and eaten like regular pizza as they are too wet/messy, so get out a fork to enjoy these.  This recipe is not suitable until you reach the nuts rung of the Phase 2 OWL carb ladder.  They are OK for Primal diners, but not Paleo. These would be lovely served with a nice green salad.  These can also be made with ground beef, or with a bit of shredded, cooked chicken.

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INGREDIENTS:

12 oz. breakfast sausage (I make homemade sausage)

1 egg, beaten

¼ tsp. each fennel seed and dried oregano leaves (or ½ tsp. Italian seasoning)

¼ c. low-carb spaghetti sauce (I use Lucini basil pesto sauce)

¼ c. pesto sauce (or use commercial pesto)

1 c. grated mozzarella cheese (about 4 oz.)

½ oz. thin sliced red or green bell pepper, cut into strips

DIRECTIONS:   Preheat oven to 350º.  In a medium mixing bowl, well mix the sausage, egg, fennel and oregano with a fork or your hands.  Spoon about 1 tablespoon of meat into each of 12 muffin cups and press down with the back of the spoon.  I used a silicone muffin pan.  Pop into your 350º preheated oven for 15 minutes.   Remove, tilt and blot off excess grease with paper toweling. Top each meat pattie evenly with 1 tsp. spaghetti sauce.  Next spread 1 tsp. pesto sauce on top.  Sprinkle each with about 1T. of the mozzarella cheese, going back and using it all up evenly.  Top with a piece of bell pepper.  Pop back into oven and bake for an additional 10-15 minutes.   Cool slightly and gently lift them out with a fork onto your serving platter.

NUTRITIONAL INFO:  Makes 12 mini-meatzas, each contains:

161 calories

13.4 g  fat

1.44 g  carbs, .36 g  fiber, 1.08 g  NET CARBS

8.5 g  protein

136 mg sodium

 

Mexican Stuffed Peppers

Mexican Stuffed Peppers

Mexican Stuffed Peppers

Yet another stuffed pepper recipe, but this one has a Mexican flair to it.  If you’re not familiar with them, Guajillo chiles (pronounced gwa-hee-yo) are dried and usually sold in bags or on a string in most grocery stores.  They look like this when dried:

Guajillo Chiles

The Guajillo, though not really hot, adds a very nice flavor to Mexican food.  Since discovering Guajillos, I put them in most all of my Mexican dishes.  Love that taste!  Though tough and leathery when you buy them, they will soften as they absorb moisture from a recipe.  Some people re-hydrate them in a dish of hot water for 15 minutes before using, but I find that unnecessary.  These stuffed peppers are chock full of nutrients! If you use ½ unsweetened Muffin-in-a-minute for the low-carb biscuit, these would be acceptable for Induction even.

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INGREDIENTS:

2 large red bell peppers (or green is fine)

12 oz. ground beef

Pinch each onion powder, garlic powder, and chili powder

Pinch salt and black pepper

6 oz. zucchini grated

½ c. green onion, chopped

1 leftover low-carb biscuit or slice of bread (I used one of these:  http://genaw.com/lowcarb/cq_cheddar_bay_biscuits.html

8 oz. Monterrey Jack Cheese (or mixture of jack and cheddar if you prefer)

1/2-1 whole dried Guajillo Chile, seeded and chopped (These are not hot!)

DIRECTIONS: Preheat oven to 350º.  Cut the stem and seed out of two large peppers.  Cut peppers in half lengthwise.  Place in pot of boiling water and parboil for a few minutes, until just beginning to slightly soften.  Remove and drain on towel.  Place cut-side up in a greased glass dish.  Set aside while you make the filling.

Brown crumbled ground meat in a non-stick skillet.  When done, add green onion and grated zucchini and continue sauteing until zucchini is beginning to get done.  Add all spices, salt and pepper, and the chopped Guajillo chile.   Crumble up the low-carb biscuit into the meat mixture and stir well.  Now add about half of the cheese and stir so it melts and bounds with the meat, somewhat.  Spoon 1/4 of the filling into each pepper half.  Top with remaining cheese.    Bake at 350º for 30 minutes or until cheese is melted and bubbly on top.  I serve these with a nice guacamole salad.

NUTRITIONAL INFO: Makes 4 serving, each contains:

488 calories

34.9 g  fat

11.85 g  carbs, 5.18 g  fiber, 6.67 g NET CARBS

37.8 g  protein

357 mg sodium

Greek Stefado

Greek Stefado

Greek Stefado  (shown with my Spanakopita Pie)

This delicious Greek stewed beef recipe has been a favorite in our house for a long time and I made it again tonight for dinner.  The recipe has been on the blog, but I’d not posted a photo for it yet.  :)  Rather than serving  atop traditional rice, this can be served on a bed of steamed cauliflower or by itself if you like.  It is suitable for the OWL phase of Atkins and beyond.  If you leave out the wine, it just won’t be as good but those on Induction can do so if they really want to have this dish.

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INGREDIENTS:
1/4 c. olive oil
2 lb. beef (any lean cut, I used rich-flavored grass-fed beef), cut into 1½” cubes
8 oz. baby whole onions or large wedges of larger onion
2 cloves minced garlic
1/2 c. dry red wine
1 tsp. ground cinnamon or a 2″ cinnamon stick
pinch allspice
pinch each black pepper and salt
1 large or 2 small bay leaves
1 T. malt vinegar
2 T. tomato paste
2-2½ c. water (to cover meat)

Heat oil in a large stew pot over high heat.  Brown onions on the surface to caramelize them. Remove to a plate. Now add meat cubes to the pot and brown WELL on all sides. If you don’t brown the meat pretty dark, the gravy will not be dark brown as shown.  Add all remaining ingredients (except the onions) and add water to just cover meat.  Bring to boil and immediately reduce to a simmer on low heat. Simmer covered for 1 hour to tenderize meat.  Stir occasionally during cooking to prevent pan scorching.  Add more water if appropriate.

After 1 hour, lift lid and remove cinnamon stick (if used) and bay leaves.   Now add back the browned onions. Simmer another 15 minutes or until onions are nice and tender but not disintegrating into the sauce.  Although traditionally served with rice, it goes nicely with salad, broccoli, or atop a bed of steamed cauliflower.

NUTRITIONAL INFORMATION:  Makes 6 servings, each contains:

445 Calories
27.6 g Fat
7.4 g carbs, 0.86 g Fiber, 6.54 g  NET CARBS
35.2 g. Protein

Sorry, I don’t have the actual sodium count for this recipe.

Stuffed Focaccia

Stuffed Focaccia

Stuffed Focaccia

I wanted something Italian tonight, but not pizza and not pasta.  So I decided to try a stuffed focaccia.  GOOD decision, as this came out VERY good!  Possible variation, add a few sliced black olives, but I didn’t have any on hand.

Before Cutting

Before Cutting

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INGREDIENTS:

1 lb. lean ground beef (I used grass-fed for its stronger flavor)

½ tsp. total Italian Spice blend

½ c. almond flour

¼ c. golden flax meal

¼ c. plain whey protein powder

1 tsp. baking powder

3 T. cream cheese, softened

2 large eggs, beaten

1½ c. shredded white mild cheese (I used a combo of Monterey Jack & Mozzarella)

1 tsp. cider vinegar

1 T. heavy cream

1 T. water

1 tsp. yeast dissolved in another 1 T. warm water (optional, for flavor)

FILLING:  6 oz. sliced mozzarella cheese + 1/4 tsp. Italian Spice Blend

TIP:  If you are not gluten-free, I find 1 T. oat fiber added improves this bread’s texture greatly.  But remember, oat fiber is NOT 100% gluten-free.

DIRECTIONS:  Preheat oven to 350º.  Brown the beef in a skillet.  Add half of the Italian Spice and a dash garlic powder if you like.  Stir well, remove from heat and set aside.

Soften cream cheese in medium mixing bowl in microwave.  Beat in the eggs, cream, water, vinegar, both cheeses and dissolved yeast (if using).  Measure and add in all the dry ingredients and stir well with a rubber spatula. Line an 8 x 11 pan (I used metal) with parchment paper or silicone sheet.  Spoon up around 1/2 of the batter onto the paper and spread to a thin layer with a fork. Batter will be about ¼” thick.

Drain meat of any excess grease and spread evenly on bottom layer of batter.  Place the shredded mozzarella cheese on next.  Sprinkle with the rest of the Italian Spice blend.  Dot with the remaining batter, spreading with a fork as best as you can, but it doesn’t have to be perfect coverage.  as it will spread out a bit during baking.  Pop into 350º oven and bake for about 20 minutes or until dry to the touch in the center and lightly browned.  Cool 3-4 minutes and cut into 6 equal portions.  Lift carefully with spatula, avoiding parchment on bottom and serve with a nice green salad on the side.  Store leftovers covered in the pan or in a plastic bag in your refrigerator.

NUTRITIONAL INFO:   Makes 6 large slices, each contains:

487 calories

37 g  fat

5.61 g carbs, 2.43 g fiber, 3.18 g NET CARBS

36.3 g protein

558 mg sodium

Flank Steak in Mushroom Wine Sauce

Flank Steak with Mushroom Sauce Another quick dish that almost cooks itself.  My kind of cooking.  I used grass-fed flank steak, but any lean cut of steak like round, sirloin, or chuck will do and it need not be grass-fed meat.  You need to omit the wine if still on Induction, but this can be enjoyed (with that 1 omission) at all phases of Atkins, Keto programs, Primal and Paleo (if coconut milk is used in lieu of the cream).

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INGREDIENTS:

16 oz. lean beef flank, sirloin, chuck or round steak

1/3 c. oat fiber  (only a small portion of it is consumed)

2 T. palm, coconut or olive oil

Dash salt and black pepper

½ c. tap water

½ c. heavy cream

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

1 4-oz. can of mushrooms with juice

¼ tsp. coarse black pepper

DIRECTIONS:  Place the oat fiber in a paper or plastic bag.  Add a dash of salt and black pepper and stir or shake to mix.  Cut the meat into 4 portions and pound with a cleaver to tenderize.  While doing this, heat the oil in a non-stick skillet on high.  Dredge the meat by dropping 1 piece at a time into the bag.  Close bag and shake to coat well.  Place meat into hot oil in pan and brown nicely on both sides.  When well-browned, lower heat to medium.  Add the water and de-glaze the pan to get all the tasty brown bits off the bottom.  Add the wine, black pepper and mushrooms with juice.  Slow-simmer for about 30 minutes or until meat appears to be tender.  Add the cream and simmer to thicken up.   Use a bit of your favorite thickener if it seems too thin to you.  Serve at once with your favorite side dishes.

NUTRITIONAL INFO:     Makes 4 servings, each contains:

315 calories

22 g fat

3.97 g carbs, 1.67 g fiber, 2.30 g NET CARBS

25.7 g protein

370 mg sodium

Swiss Steak

Swiss SteakSwiss Steak is something my mother fixed often when I was young and I just LOVED it! She was inclined to serve it with traditional carb-y mashed potatoes or rice, but I serve mine now with a mash of seasoned cauliflower.  Just as good in my opinion.  Mom didn’t put the red wine in her Swiss Steak either, but I think it transforms the ordinary into something special.  You should omit the wine if still on Atkins Induction.  You can use cubed steak, round, flank, chuck, sirloin or I even 20-21 oz. raw beef shank (5 oz. worth of marrow bone must be trimmed out).  I like to pound whatever meat I use for this with a cleaver to tenderize it a bit.  The oat fiber (mostly deductible fiber) I dredge over this meat before browning isn’t necessary, but it only adds .25 net carbs per serving and tends to make a much browner, tastier gravy. Your call on that one. You can just brown the meat directly in the oil and save the fraction of a carb from each serving, if you don’t have oat fiber or prefer to not use it.  This extremely nutritious dish is Atkins Induction friendly if you omit the wine and resistant starch coating.  Check out the stats below!  You’ll notice a bit of grease around my sauce.  The extra nutrients people pay big bucks for in grass-fed beef lives mostly in the FAT, so I don’t drain that off.  If you use regular beef, yours won’t have that.

INGREDIENTS:

16 oz. beef cube steak, round, chuck or sirloin (I used grass-fed flank steak)

1 T. oat fiber (optional for dredging meat)

2 T. coconut or olive oil

4 oz. sliced onion

1 large green bell pepper, sliced

3 Roma tomatoes, cubed large

Dash each salt and black pepper

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

2 c. water (or beef broth)

Small amount of favorite thickener (optional)

DIRECTIONS:  Cut meat into 4 portions.  Pound meat on both sides with a cleaver to tenderize it a bit. Dredge both sides of each piece with the oat fiber.  Heat oil in non-stick skillet and brown over high heat until nicely browned on both sides.  If you prefer, you can omit the oat fiber and sear the meat directly.  The gravy won’t get as brown, but will taste OK.  Add onion and brown a minute or two.  Add bell pepper and tomato, the water (or broth) and wine.  Lower heat to a simmer, cover and cook about 45 minutes to 1 hour.  you want the meat to get tender, but not to cook the veggies to death.  If I can remember, I wait 15-20 minutes into the simmering before adding the bell pepper so it doesn’t totally fall apart.  If needed, thicken gravy with a sprinkle of thickener, but I find it is rarely necessary when properly cooked down.  Serve topped with a generous portion of the veggie sauce.  This is nice with mashed cauliflower or zucchini noodles.

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

352.3 calories

15.75 g  fat

8.3 g  carbs, 3.28 g  fiber, 5.02 NET CARBS

40 g  protein

97 mg sodium

Open-Faced Sriracha-Bacon Burger

Open-Faced Sriracha-Bacon BurgerThis was truly one of the most delicious low-carb burgers I’ve made in a long time.  Not at all “hot” from this small amount of the Sriracha sauce.  They were moist and flavorful and VERY filling!  This recipe is suitable once you get to Phase 2 OWL of Atkins (those still on Induction need to use an Induction-friendly bread like this one), Keto diets, and Primal followers as well.  Paleo folks should use coconut milk instead of cream, but otherwise this is quite acceptable for that eating plan if served without toasted bread or atop a plan-suitable bread.

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INGREDIENTS:

1 lb. grass-fed ground beef (or regular ground beef)

3 T. unsalted butter

4 slices bacon, chopped

1 tsp. Sriracha chile sauce

Dash each black pepper and onion powder

½ c. heavy cream

½ c. tap water

1 green onion, chopped very fine

5 slices of my Gluten-Free Focaccia (or other low-carb bread)

DIRECTIONS:  Brown the bacon until lightly browned and drain on paper towels.  Break up the meat into a medium mixing bowl.  Add the bacon, Sriracha, black pepper and onion powder.  Work the meat mixture together with fork or your hand much like you would if making a meatloaf.  Divide meat into 5 equal parts.  They will weigh about 4.3 oz. each and cook out to about 3 oz.  Form into five patties and brown on both sides in a skillet over medium-high heat.    Remove meat from pan to a paper plate.  Spoon off all grease but about 1½ tablespoons.  Add cream and water to the pan.  Lower heat to very low and de-glaze/scrape the tasty brown bits off the bottom of the pan with a spatula, which will brown and season the cream nicely.  Should be no need to add more salt or pepper.   Now add the white part only of the chopped green onion to the sauce, stir and let cream thicken.  Add a light dusting of of xanthan gum if you want it thicker.

Meanwhile, toast the 5 slices of low-carb bread and place on serving plates.  Place a burger atop each piece of toast and finally, pour 1/5 of the sauce over each, garnishing with the green part of the green onion you chopped.  ENJOY!

NUTRITIONAL INFO:    Makes 5 “burgers”, each contains:

502 calories (or use less butter)

43 g  fat  (or use less butter)

4.10 g  carbs, 1.60 g  fiber, 2.50 g  NET CARBS

29 g protein

357 mg sodium

Bacon Smothered Burger

BaconSmotheredBurger-1

This delightfully easy dish makes a great lunch, dinner, or even breakfast.  It’s quick to make and very nutritious.  Note the nutritional stats below!  Of course, it goes without saying this it Induction friendly.  This is Paleo suitable if you use the coconut milk rather than the cream and it is suitable for all phases of Atkins.   This is just as good, perhaps even better, served over a ground pork patty sprinkled with a pinch of thyme (had it that way today!!) or a couple regular pork sausage patties.  🙂

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INGREDIENTS:

6 oz. raw ground beef (cooks out to about 4-4¼ oz)

3 slices bacon, chopped fine

1 green onion

¼ c. heavy cream (coconut milk for Paleo)

½ c. water

Pinch salt (omit if you are sodium sensitive)

Cracked fresh pepper to taste

DIRECTIONS:  Form a meat patty with meat and brown it in a non-stick skillet until done.  Drain and set on a serving plate.  Cook bacon in same skillet, drain on paper towel.  Chop green onion and add to pan.  Lower heat to lowest setting and  add water and cream.  Stir until onion is soft.  Thicken with your favorite thickener if not naturally thick enough for you after it reduces a minute or two.  Add bacon, salt, pepper and dip over meat and serve.  Goes nice with a green salad at lunch or some scrambled eggs if serving at breakfast.

NUTRITIONAL INFO:   Makes 1 serving which contains:

633 calories

50.5 g  fat

3.8 g  carbs, .7 g  fiber, 3.1 g  NET CARBS

39.8 g  protein

1055 mg sodium (depends on your bacon)

Steak-Stuffed Baby Eggplant

Steak-Stuffed EggplantWe don’t eat as much at a meal as we once did when we were younger.  So we often have some steak leftover for other uses.  This week’s leftover steak went to the baby eggplant we bought at the farmer’s market this week. We both love eggplant, so just about anything I do with it is greatly enjoyed.  This creation was no exception.  This recipe is suitable for All phases of Atkins and Keto diet programs.

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INGREDIENTS:

3 T. bacon grease, or you could chop/fry 3-4 slices of bacon.  (not included in protein count below)

3 oz. onion, chopped

2 oz. green bell pepper, chopped

¼ c. parsley, chopped

½ tsp. my homemade Montreal Steak Seasoning

2 slices my Gluten-Free Focaccia bread, crumbled (or equivalent of favorite low-carb bread)

1/8 tsp. salt

¼ c. heavy cream

3  six-oz. baby eggplant

12 oz. leftover steak, chopped (or use ground beef)

DIRECTIONS:  Slice eggplant in halves lengthwise.  Scoop out most of the flesh and chop into ½” dice.  Preheat oven to 350º.  Heat bacon grease in medium non-stick skillet.  Saute onion and bell pepper until half tender.  Add salt, steak, seasoning blend, and eggplant.  Continue to saute until nearly tender but not breaking down.  Add parsley,  crumbled focaccia and cream.  Stir.  Place eggplant into baking dish with a little water in the bottom.  Fill each with 1/6 of the mixture.  Pop into hot 350º oven and bake for about 30 minutes or until shell flesh is tender with knife-tip test.  Serve with a green or cucumber salad.

NUTRITIONAL INFO:    Makes 6 halves, each contains:

309 calories

23 g  fat

6.95 g  carbs, 3.23 g  fiber, 3.72 g  NET CARBS

20 g  protein (more if you use whole bacon)

407 mg sodium

“Loaded” Meatloaf Casserole

Meatloaf Casserole

“Loaded” Meatloaf Casserole

Sometimes you have a little meatloaf leftover, but not quite enough for another meal or or quite enough for everybody to make a lunch sandwich either.  Last night I found the perfect solution for a measly 6 oz. of leftover meatloaf.  It was so good my husband said “You can make that again anytime.”  It really was delicious!  Few ingredients but lots of flavor.   If sodium is an issue for you, the only way to reduce that would be to eliminate some of the cheese in this.  This recipe is suitable for Atkins Induction and Keto diets.  Primal folks will want to cut back on the cheese probably.  This is not suitable for Paleo.

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INGREDIENTS:

1   5-inch head of cauliflower, cut into flowerettes

1 oz. cream cheese

6 oz. leftover meatloaf, chopped up (I use this meatloaf recipe)

1 c. green onion, chopped

4 slices American Deluxe cheese

1 c. shredded Cheddar cheese

3 slices bacon, chopped and cooked

DIRECTIONS:  Chop and brown the bacon.  Drain on paper towels.  Boil cauliflower just until tender.  Preheat oven to 350º.  When cauliflower is tender, drain off water and place the cauli back in the pot.  Slightly mash it with a fork into smaller bits.  Add cream cheese and stir in to melt.  Add the diced meatloaf and green onion. Stir again to distribute all uniformly.  Lightly grease large casserole dish.  Spoon up half the mixture into the baking dish.  Tear the American slices into 3 long strips and arrange 2-slices worth of it evenly on top.  Sprinkle with half the Cheddar cheese.  Spoon the rest of the cauliflower mixture on next and top with the remaining two slices of stripped American cheese.  Top with the rest of the cheddar.  Pop dish into hot oven for about 20-25 minutes or until the cheese in nicely melted.  ENJOY!

NUTRITIONAL INFO:   Makes 6 servings, each contains:

285 calories

19.6 g  fat

9.26 g  carbs, 3.10 g  fiber, 6.16 g  NET CARBS

19.3 g  protein

681 mg sodium

Lasagna

3" x 4" Serving

3″ x 4″ Serving

Still Cooling before Slicing

Still Cooling before Slicing

I finally got around to trialing my Einkorn Dumplings dough rolled into lasagna noodles and IT WORKED!  I rolled with a sheet of silicone on the bottom and a piece of plastic on top.  Peeled the plastic off, gently cut 1″ wide and lifted the silicone off the counter to “tip” the noodle off into my free hand.  Worked like a charm! :)  A double recipe of the dough makes exactly 12 long lasagna noodles about 1″ wide (6 per recipe), rolling it the thickness of pie crust (1/8″ thick).  This lasagna was intended to be TWO meals, so I made a huge old batch of 8 servings so I could freeze half.  I had already tried freezing my dumpling dough so I knew that would work, too. This is so delicious I’m only sorry I waited so long to try it!!  This recipe is suitable for all phases of Atkins and Keto diets, but not for Primal and Paleo.  I’m certain you’re going to be as amazed at how much like real lasagna noodles this is, too.  I purposely chose my Einkorn recipe for the dumplings as those are slightly chewier than my original recipe dumplings, but either recipe should work OK.  Even my picky husband said he was astounded how good this was.

I like really meaty lasagna, but you can cut calories cutting back some on the meat.  You can also cut fat and carbs some reducing the cheeses.  But it was just perfect as written in my opinion. I truly know now this dough is really magical and WILL cook properly in a moist enough recipe like this.  I wanted to use 1c. frozen chopped spinach up and put it on the bottom of my lasagna, which you can see if you look closely at my photo above, but I have not included it in the ingredients as it was too little to taste really.

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INGREDIENTS:

2 lb. lean ground beef

2½ low carb spaghetti sauce of your choice (I used Lucini “Tomato Basil” Walmart carries)

1 tsp. dried oregano leaves (or 1 T. fresh, chopped)

8 oz. shredded mozzarella cheese

½ c. grated Parmesan

3/4 c. ricotta cheese (or 3/4 c. cottage cheese, or 3 oz. cream cheese)

Optional:  1 cup frozen, chopped spinach (but not calculated in below)

2 recipes of my Einkorn Dumplings dough

DIRECTIONS:  Brown the ground beef (drain off 1-2 T. grease into your 9 x 13 baking pan to grease it well).  Stir in the sauce and oregano and simmer for 5 minutes.  Remove from heat.  Make a double recipe of the dumplings dough per that recipe’s instructions (linked above).  Place dough on a silicone sheet (or plastic wrap on a moistened counter).  Place a sheet of plastic wrap on top of the dough and press out a bit with your hands.  Then with a rolling pin, roll dough into a rectangular sheet about 1/8″ thick roughly the length of your baking pan.  Gently with the back of a knife bland (so you won’t cut your silicone sheet) cut into twelve roughly 1″ wide noodles.

Now to construct your lasagna.  Preheat oven to 350º so it can be getting hot while you construct the dish.  Spoon about ¼ of the meat sauce evenly into the bottom of the greased baking pan or glass casserole dish in a dotting manner.  If using any spinach, dot it on top of the sauce now.  To remove noodles one at a time, slide your left hand under the silicone to lift and “tip” 1 noodle into your right hand.  Do this ever so gently trying not to tear them.  You will put 4 noodles on each layer, so place 4 noodles at this time lengthwise  on top of the casserole (there will be space between them.

The noodles require moisture to cook properly, so next spoon ¼ of the meat sauce over the top in a dotting motion again.  “Spreading evenly” is just not crucial with lasagna really😉.  Now sprinkle ½ of the mozzarella followed by ½ of the Parmesan cheese.  Dot with half the ricotta cheese.

Now position 4 more noodles on the casserole.  Spoon on ¼ of the meat sauce next.  Place the final 4 noodles on next.  Sprinkle the remaining mozzarella and Parmesan cheese. Dot with the remnants of the Ricotta cheese.  Dot the casserole with the remaining sauce.

Cover tightly with foil and bake at 350º for about 40-50 minutes.  Uncover and bake another 15-20 minutes until top is just beginning to brown and the edges are getting bubbly.  Cool for at least 10 minutes before attempting to cut and serve.  As always, lasagna pairs nicely with a lovely green salad and low-carb garlic bread as well, if you can afford the extra carbs.

NUTRITIONAL INFO:   Makes eight 3″x4″ rectangular servings, each contains:

545 calories

36 g  fat

11.5 g  carbs, 5.13 g  fiber, 6.37 NET CARBS

45 g  protein

1176 mg sodium (less cheese & meat if you must lower)

Beef-Broccoli Pie

beef-broccoli-pie

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

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

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CRUST INGREDIENTS:

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

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

½ c. coconut oil or cold butter

¼ tsp. sea salt

1/3 c. ice water

FILLING INGREDIENTS:

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

6 large mushrooms, sliced chopped coarsely

1/3 c. red bell pepper, chopped

2 oz. onion, chopped

½ recipe Jennifer Eloff’s Condensed Cream of Mushroom Soup

½ c. drained yogurt (I used Fage 2%)

¼ c. cream

Dash each salt

¼ tsp. black pepper

1½ c. broccoli, coarsely chopped (I used mostly flowerettes)

DIRECTIONS:  Make the blender soup (linked above) per that recipe’s instructions.  You will only use half of this soup. Store the remaining half in your refrigerator for another use.  Set aside what you will be using for now.

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

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

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

NUTRITIONAL INFO:   Makes 6 servings, each contains:

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

Sloppy Joes

Sloppy Joes

Sloppy Joes

Sloppy Joes have always been a comfort food for me and my husband.  These came out great!  I just started throwing things into the pot because I wasn’t sure what all to add, since I used to use one of those envelope seasoning mixes in my former life to make my Sloppy Joes.  Well, I guess I grabbed the right things, because my husband gave these Sloppy Joes a two thumbs up.  Not too juicy; respectable enough carb count to have them on the rare occasion.

Now I didn’t exactly use the lowest carb bun recipe I have for these.  You can trim the carbs a bit using a lower carb bun than the Einkorn Sandwich Buns we used tonight.  It’s what I already had baked and ready to eat.  For this reason, I’m providing nutritional info for the meat mixture separately.  This would only be suitable for Atkins Induction if you use a Flax bun or a Muffin in a Minute (without sweetener and cinnamon, of course).  Ok for Keto Diets on a plan-suitable bun, provided you can fit the carbs into your daily limit.   Only Paleo-Primal suitable on a plan acceptable bun and if you use honey instead of the sweetener.

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MEAT MIXTURE INGREDIENTS:

2 lb. ground beef (I used 1# grass-fed beef 90% lean + 1# regular beef, as I ran out of grass-fed beef)

3 oz. onion, chopped

1  6-oz. can tomato paste

1 c. water

¼-½ c. apple cider vinegar (or whatever you have)

½ c. red bell pepper, chopped

1 tsp. your favorite sweetener

¼ tsp. sea salt

¼ tsp. black pepper

Dash cayenne pepper

½ tsp. paprika

NOTE: You will need 8 of my 3″ Einkorn Sandwich Buns (linked in paragraph above) or 8 buns of your choosing.

DIRECTIONS:  Brown the ground beef over high heat in a large non-stick pan (I used a non-stick wok).  Add the onion and bell pepper and saute the two together until meat is browned and veggies are pretty tender.  Drain grease off if excessive (I did not have to).  Add tomato paste and stir in until evenly distributed.  Add water and stir.  I suggest adding half the vinegar to start out as you may not like yours as tangy as we do.  Stir well.  Add all the spices and lower heat to lowest setting.  Simmer with a lid on the pot, stirring often to prevent sticking.  Only add remaining vinegar if you like things tangy.  Low simmer for about 30 minutes for vinegar to develop fully and flavors to co-mingle.

I like to split and toast my buns and spoon the meat mixture over both halves.  Your call on whether you want to toast or not toast.  Dip about 2/3 cup meat mixture over each bun/serving.

NUTRITIONAL INFO (Meat Mixture alone):  Make 8 portions 2/3 cup each.  Each portion (1/8 batch) has:

246 calories, 15.4 g  fat, 5.65 g  carbs, 1.23 g  fiber, 4.42 g  NET CARBS, 22 g  protein, 301 mg sodium

NUTRITIONAL INFO (Meat + Einkorn Bun):  One complete Sloppy Joe contains:

493 calories, 32.4 g  fat, 21.65 g  carbs, 12.41 g  fiber, 9.24 g  NET CARBS, 32.3 g  protein, 609 mg sodium