Smoked Chicken-Broccoli Casserole

Smoked Chicken-Broccoli CasseroleThis recipe came about from a huge chicken breast we smoked on the grill last week that was not eaten.  This casserole is a perfect meld of flavors that is sure to please.  It is edibly rich and delicious.  My husband rants about this one when I make it.  The smoke flavor of the meat is what makes it so tasty!  This recipe is suitable for all phases of Atkins and Keto diets if you can fit it into your daily macro limits.  You can lower the nutritional numbers below by stretching this to 5 servings or reducing the heavy cream, the cream cheese but bear in mind the final dish will be somewhat “thicker” on the fork.

INGREDIENTS:

1 large grilled chicken breast, chopped (mine yielded 2½ c.)

1 stalk broccoli, stem removed, cut into small flowerets

2 T. butter, unsalted

2 oz. onion, slivered thinly

6 large mushrooms, sliced

8 oz. cream cheese

2/3 c. heavy cream

¼ c. hemp hearts (optional)

1 c. shredded Parmesan cheese

Dash coarse black pepper

DIRECTIONS:   Preheat oven to 350º.  Melt butter in skillet and saute onion & mushrooms until translucent.  While it is cooking, cut up the chicken into bite-size pieces.  Add the broccoli to the pan and saute for just 1-2 minutes.  Dot the skillet with small pieces of the cream cheese and blend to aid in melting.  Add the cream, shredded Parmesan hemp heart and fold all together lightly to blend.  Remove from heat and pour/spoon into a lightly oiled baking dish.  Pop into 350º oven for 20-25 minutes to allow flavors to meld and develop.  Remove and serve with a nice green salad.

NUTRITIONAL INFO:  Makes 4 servings each containing:

736 cals, 59g fat, 8.32g carbs, 2.15g fiber, 6.17g NET CARBS, 44.3g protein, 916 mg sodium

 

 

Chicken Chile Relleno Casserole

Chicken Chile Relleno Casserole

It’s what’s for dinner tonight.   We just love chiles rellenos, but I don’t like all the fuss of actually stuffing them.  So I just make the dish up in a layered casserole that comes out delicious every time!  Tastes exactly the same, but it’s much less trouble to put together.   This Atkins Induction friendly recipe has over a millions Facebook fans.  Primal diners who eat cheese can also enjoy this dish, though it is not suitable for Paleo followers.

INGREDIENTS: 

3 poblano peppers (mine weighed 2-2.5 oz. each)

12 oz. skinless, boneless chicken breasts, chopped into bite-size pieces

2 T. olive oil

2 oz. onion, sliced

½ tsp. dried guajillo chile, seeded and chopped fine (optional)

¼ tsp. dried ancho chile powder (optional)

¼ tsp. chili powder  (use ½ tsp. if guajillo and ancho above are omitted)

¼ tsp. garlic powder

3/4 c. Ro-Tel tomatoes and green chiles, solids only (the mild ones unless you like “hot”)

¼ c. cilantro, chopped

6 oz. Monterrey Jack cheese, grated

DIRECTIONS:   Preheat oven to 450º.  Roasting your peppers will make them milder and sweeter, so don’t bypass this step.  Cut tops off poblano peppers and remove seed cluster.  Cut in halves, lay the halves on a non-stick baking sheet and roast in 450º oven for about 15-20 minutes, turning once during roasting.  Remove and cool.  Lower oven to 350º. Peel tough skin gently off the peppers.  While they are roasting, heat oil in non-stick skillet.  Saute onion until tender.  Add chicken and saute until meat is no longer pink.  Add all remaining ingredients except the cheese.  Simmer 3-4 minutes for flavors to meld together.  Lay the skinned poblano pepper pieces in the bottom of 3 individual casserole dishes (or use one larger casserole dish if you prefer).  Top the peppers in each serving dish with 1 spoon of the chicken filling.  Spread 1/3 of the cheese over the chicken filling in each dish. Place the remaining chicken filling evenly in the dish(es).  Top with the remaining cheese.  Pop into a 350º oven for about 20 minutes or until bubbly and the cheese is melted.  Serve at once with a nice guacamole salad (and if you are in Pre-Maintenance or Maintenance, this is nice with a ½ c. of heated refried beans).

NUTRITIONAL INFO:   Makes 3 servings, each contains:

547 cals, 35g fat, 07.7g carbs, 2.23g fiber, 5.47g NET CARBS, 47.7g protein, 1194 mg sodium

Momma’s Baked Chicken

Momma's Baked Chicken

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

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

SAUCE INGREDIENTS:

6 T.  melted butter

3 T. red wine vinegar

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

1/4 tsp. coarse black pepper

THAT’S IT!!

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

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

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

Chicken in Sofrito Cream

Chicken in Sofrito CreamThis quick dish is absolutely delicious and so incredibly easy to make!  I keep the Sofrito Sauce made up in my freezer in a plastic zip bag and just break off what I need for a recipe.  Once the chicken is seared, this takes only 8-10 minutes to simmer down to delectable deliciousness.  This recipe is suitable for all phases of Atkins and Keto diets.  Primal followers can enjoy if you do dairy but Paleo folks will want to use coconut milk instead of cream.

INGREDIENTS:

1 large chicken breast, skin on (1o oz. of deboned meat)

1½ T. butter

1 c. homemade chicken stock

½ c. heavy cream (use 2 T. less if still on Induction)

Sprinkle xanthan gum

2 T. Sofrito sauce

DIRECTIONS:   Melt butter in a non-stick skillet over high heat.  Slice meat at an angle laterally into 4 smaller filets.   I pounded mine, but that isn’t necessary.  Just a habit with me and chicken.  🙂   Sear the chicken in the hot butter, both sides, until golden.  Lower to medium when both sides are golden and the meat is fully done.  Add chicken stock around the meat.  Add cream and Sofrito sauce and simmer a couple minutes.  Lightly dust with xanthan (less than 1/8 tsp.).  Simmer until it slightly thickens, stirring constantly.  Remove from heat and serve at once with you favorite sides or a nice salad.

NUTRITIONAL INFO:    Makes two adult servings, each contains:

590 cals, 46.3 g fat, 2.6 g carbs, 0.3 g fiber, 2.3 g NET CARBS, 37.4 g protein, 470 mg sodium

Baked Chicken and Vegetables

Baked Chicken with Vegatables

This dish is a “set it and forget it” kind of meal. Love to throw this in the baking pan when I’m tired and want dinner to cook itself.  This recipe delivers on that!    Doesn’t get any easier!  And it is ever so good!  This dish is simalar to my Lebanese Baked Chicken, but this one has no lemon juice in it.  The carrots make this one not suitable for Atkins Induction Phase 1, but you can increase the jicama, substitute zucchini or white pattypan squash, or just omit the carrots altogether until you get to Atkins Phase 2 OWL.  I used calaba squash (Mexican Zucchini) instead of jicama in the batch pictured above.  I change up the veggies depending on what I have on hand and what is in season.  Eggplant works well in this dish with some of my Shawarma Spice Blend (instead of the oregano).   Just so you know, the original recipe I modified for this dish calls for potato wedges instead of jicama.

INGREDIENTS:

20 oz. deboned chicken breasts, to make 4 servings

5 oz. jicama, peeled (or any veggies mentioned in VARIATIONS below)

4 oz. yellow onion

8 large cloves garlic

4 Roma tomatoes

½ tsp. oregano

2 tsp. chopped fresh Rosemary

2 tsp. Chachere’s Cajun seasoning (or 2 tsp. my Shawarma Spice Blend)

Dash salt & black pepper

3 T. olive oil

2 medium carrots (optional but included in nutritional numbers below)

VARIATIONS:  Substitute zucchini, yellow squash, turnips, red radishes or white daikon radish for the jicama.  They’re all low in carbs and wont’ greatly impact the carbs count on this dish.  Eggplant is lovely as a substitute for the jicama, but the eggplant will up the carbs a bit, but not a lot.  Use different spice blends of your choice!  Get creative!

DIRECTIONS:  Preheat oven to 425º.  Leaving skin on, place chicken on safe surface and flatten a bit with a cleaver to shorten cooking time.  Drizzle l T. of the olive oil in a large glass baking pan (9×13 or lasagna pan).  Dip skin side of chicken into olive oil in the pan, turn skin side up and arrange evenly in pan.  Next, peel and cut jicama into potato-like pieces.  Space evenly around the chicken pieces.   Peel and cut carrots into 1″ pieces and arrange around the meat also.  Next cut the tomatoes into wedges and space decoratively, skin side up,  around the pan.  Try to avoid laying the tomato wedges directly atop the chicken or the skin won’t brown as nicely. Next cut the  onion into small wedges, separate layers,  or cut into ringlets and arrange the onion over the entire pan next.   Cut garlic cloves and arrange evenly in pan, being sure to get some of that atop the chicken itself!  Now sprinkle on the spices and drizzle the remaining olive oil over all.  Try to moisten everything with oil.  Bake uncovered at 425º for about 1½ hours.  Smaller, thinner pieces of chicken, smaller dicing of veggies and varying ovens will impact cooking time, so check the dish after 1 hour if your chicken pieces are less than 6-8 oz. in size.   Voila, a meal in one pot fit for a king!  Hubby just LOVES this dish!

NUTRITIONAL INFO: Makes 4 serving, each containing:

410 cals, 21.3g fat, 9.85g carbs, 2.9g fiber, 6.95g NET CARBS, 43.3g protein, 604 mg. sodium

Southern Fried Chicken

Southern Fried Chicken

My husband asked me to make “real” skillet-fried chicken for dinner 7 years ago when I was only a few years into my low-carb adventure.  I caved that day and gave it my best stab.  Hadn’t been pleased with any of the low-carb fried chicken recipes I’d tried to date, so I decided to put on my experimenting hat and give it a whirl.

You regular readers already know how I hate to stand over a hot skillet of grease to fry anything, but what we do for love.  I invariably get popped with hot grease and get burned when frying, but ever so glad I gave it a stab back then, as it has become a staple coating for chicken and a multitude of other fried foods as well!

I really wan’t sure where to begin, but remembered reading a recipe somewhere on the web for a coating that used whey protein powder, so I decided that would be my foundation ingredient.  To that I added crushed pork rinds for crunch and a touch of oat fiber for a flour-y taste.  BINGO!  The resulting coating was the closest to my old high-carb flour coated chicken. I was astounded!  Although I didn’t make any cream gravy with the browned skillet bits, I tasted them and they would have made an excellent batch of gravy had I been in a mood for some gravy.

I’m so pleased with this recipe we make it again and again!!  Great flavor!  Crispy!  Until you try this one, you just won’t believe it tastes just like flour coated chicken!  A real keeper in my opinion!!!  It’s great leftover, cold, right out of the fridge!!  Hubby said this was the best low-carb fried chicken I have cooked to date on my low-carb journey.  My heretofore popular Oven-Fried Chicken, although very good, is just not the same as classic Southern Fried Chicken, ya know?  Not like my Granny made, at least.  This new recipe is almost exactly like my Granny’s and my mom’s fried chicken!

As I can’t know how you cut up your chicken, or what size pieces you tend to eat, I can’t really provide nutritional stats for the entire final meat dish.  Instead, I am providing nutritional info for 1/10 of the coating, as it was just enough to coat 10 pieces of chicken: 2 legs, 2 thighs, 2 wings and 4 pieces of breast as I cut them into halves to speed cooking time.

INGREDIENTS:

3/4 c. plain whey protein

1 c. crushed pork rinds (about 2 oz.)

1 T. oat fiber (omit if on Induction or for gluten-free version)

1 tsp. my Seafood Spice blend (or seasonings of your choice)

½ tsp. onion powder

½ c. Parmesan cheese

1/8 tsp. coarse black pepper

2 large eggs

¼ c. heavy cream

¼ c. water

½-3/4″ deep hot oil (I used palm shortening) in a large 13-14″ skillet

DIRECTIONS:  Measure out and mix all dry ingredients in a paper bag by shaking well.  In a large bowl, whisk the eggs, cream and water together.  Toss in the pieces of cut up chicken into the egg wash and turn several times to well coat each piece.   Pick each piece of meat out of the bowl and drop into the bag of seasoned “flour” and when you have 3 pieces in the bag, holding the top closed, shake the bag to coat the chicken.  Don’t put more than 3 pieces into the bag at a time or they will not coat well.

Heat 3/4″ deep oil over high heat.  Place the pieces closely together.  If you’re creative, you can get an entire chicken in a 14″ skillet.  Lower heat to medium-high so larger pieces don’t over-brown before done. Repeat the coating process with the remaining pieces of chicken.  I was only able to fry 8 pieces of chicken in my largest skillet at a time, so I saved the wings for last as I knew they would cook quite fast.  Brown the chicken well on one side disturbing as little as possible.  Turn pieces of chicken over carefully to brown the second side.   When brown and done (about 30 minutes) remove to paper toweling to drain.  Finish cooking the remaining pieces if you were unable to get them all in your skillet.   Serve at once with your favorite sides.  I served mine with steamed cauliflower I topped with cheese and chives.

NUTRITIONAL INFO:  Makes enough coating for 10 pieces of chicken.  Numbers are for the coating only.  Be sure to add in the info for the chicken piece(s) you eat!  1/10 batch of the coating contains:

113.4 cals, 7.26g fat, 1.72g carbs, 0.53g fiber, 1.19g NET CARBS, 12.8g protein, 209 mg sodium

Paleo Pot Pie

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Made with Chicken

I want to use up some leftover baked chicken meat for dinner tonight and my husband voted for chicken pot pie.  I have even made this recipe with leftover pork before and it is quite good as well. I have a pot pie recipe on my site already that is Atkins suitable, but that recipe has Carbquick in it and I’m trying to cut back on my use of Carbquik.  I fall back on this recipe of old and it’s just as tasty.  This should satisfy his desire for one of his comfort foods tonight.  We both just love chicken pot pies and like this recipe equally.

This dish is suitable for anyone who has reached the nuts and seeds rung of the Atkins OWL ladder or who follows a Ketogenic or Paleo-Primal program.  The nutritional stats below are very impressive, making it a most nutritious dinner! This would also be good made with turkey or even with rabbit, if you have access.

FILLING INGREDIENTS:

2 c. homemade chicken stock

1 1/3 c. carrot, diced

1 1/3 c. red radishes, diced

½ c. red bell pepper, diced

1½ c. green beans, cooked and chopped a bit

½ tsp. red palm oil (optional, this is for yellow color only)

2 c. chicken breast, cooked, diced

½ tsp. glucomannan powder (or your favorite thickener)

Dash black pepper

3 T. coconut cream

3 T. homemade mayo

Dash olive oil to grease baking dish

TOPPING INGREDIENTS:

1 c. almond flour

2 T. butter or ghee, softened

1 whole egg

1 T. coconut cream or coconut milk

DIRECTIONS:  Pour chicken stock into 4 qt. saucepan.  Add diced carrot and radish.  Bring to boil and simmer until almost tender.  Add bell pepper and cook until it is just softened a bit.  Turn off fire and add chopped green beans.  Stir in coconut cream and mayo.  Dust the glucomannan powder (or whatever thickener you prefer) evenly over the broth and stir quickly to disperse into the sauce.  Sauce should begin to thicken right up.  Add black pepper and stir to blend all ingredients.  Preheat oven to 350º. Grease an 8×11 baking dish with a bit of olive oil and pour chicken filling into the dish.  Set aside while you make the topping.

In a small bowl, measure the almond flour.  With a fork, beat in the soft butter, then the egg and finally the coconut cream or coconut milk.    It will form a medium thick dough.  With the fork and a spoon, drop small dots of the dough evenly all over the top of the chicken filling.  Pop into the preheated 350º oven for about 40 minutes or until bubbly and slightly browned on top.  This is nice served with a green salad.  ENJOY!

NUTRITIONAL INFO:  Makes 5 nice 1¼ cup servings, each containing:

426 cals, 33g fat, 12.5g carbs, 5.56g fiber, 6.94g NET CARBS, 24.3g protein, 382mg sodium, 58% RDA Vitamin A, 33% B6, 31% B12, 45% C, 15% E, 37% iron, 48% niacin, 34% phosphorous, 30% riboflavin, 48% selenium, and much more.

Indian Butter Chicken

This is my husband’s favorate Indian dish.  He always orders it when we eat Indian out, so I thought I’d try to duplicate it using my favorite chicken curry recipe as a starting point.  The flavors are very similar in my opinion, but this dish is richer (with all the butter and cream added) and it has more tomato in it than my regular curry recipe.  This is ever so easy to make once you have the ingredients on hand, and the results are simply stellar!  This dish is suitable for those still on Atkins Induction Phase and is also suitable for Primal diners.  Paleo followers will need to use coconut milk and ghee (clarified butter) instead of the cream or regular butter.  

INGREDIENTS:

1 T. whole cumin seed

2 T. olive oil

3 oz. sliced onion

2 deboned 7-8 oz. chicken breasts, cut into 1-1½” chunks

¼ tsp. salt

¼-½  tsp. cayenne pepper  (use ½ tsp. only if you like food really HOT with spice)

1 tsp. ground cumin

½ T. fresh ginger root, peeled and minced fine

¼ tsp. ground turmeric

1T. + 1 tsp. my homemade Garam Masala 

4 T. fresh cilantro, chopped

1 c. chicken broth

2  Roma tomatoes (3″) , cut into large cubes or wedges 

4 T. tomato paste (about ½ of 6-oz small can)

4 T. more butter

3/4 c. heavy cream 

DIRECTIONS:  In a dry non-stick skillet or wok, dry roast the whole cumin seed, stirring, just until they become fragrant but not burned (about 1-2 minutes).  Add olive oil and onions & saute a few minutes until onions are translucent.  Add chicken and continue to saute until chicken is no longer pink.  Add all remaining ingredients except heavy cream. Simmer covered on lowest heat setting about 30 minutes until tomatoes are tender and falling totally apart.  Some use a stick blender to puree the mixture at this point, but I personally do not do this as I like the onions to remain visible in my curry.  Your call there.  Add the heavy cream and continue to simmer (unlidded) over low heat for 5-10 minutes longer.  It should thicken right up as the cream reduces.  You can eat this as  is at this point, or…… if you prefer, you can serve it over steamed cauliflower, baked eggplant slices, or for any non-low-carbing diners at your table, over steamed basmati rice.   Those are not included below, however.  Make the necessary recalculations if you serve your Butter Chicken atop one ov these.  

NUTRITIONAL INFO: Serves 5, each serving contains:

463 cals, 35.5g fat, 7.88g carbs, 1.68g fiber, 6.2g NET CARBS, 29g protein, 530 mg. sodium (omit salt & recude cream if you are sodium sensitive)

Roaster Oven Turkey

Roasted Turkey (done in a roaster oven)

I love roasting turkey in a roaster oven.  If you don’t own one, they are excellent for extra oven space when you entertain or during holiday gatherings and your oven is full to the brim.  They bake cakes, muffins, cookies, and meats just beautifully!  And they are getting so cheap, one can be had for sometimes as little as $29 during the holiday season sales.  I paid $60 for my first one in the 60’s, when $60 was worth a lot more than it is today!  I find a roaster oven to be the most useful and versatile small appliance in my kitchen after an electric mixer.  I can carry it out onto the patio to cook outdoors in summertime, eliminating excess kitchen heat, as well.  🙂

You go about cooking turkey in a roaster oven pretty much as you would in a regular oven.  Just be sure you buy a bird that will FIT in your roaster oven!  I cover the wing tips and drumstick knobs with foil when I first put it in the oven, as the bird sits so close to the lid where heat can rise and overcook those areas.  They consistently come out delicious, moist and tender.  More moist that my usual inside oven turkeys in fact!   The skin doesn’t get quite as crispy cooked in a roaster oven, but it is crisp enough for me to get that level of moist cooking. Turkey is suitable for all phases of Atkins, Keto, Primal and Paleo diets alike.

INGREDIENTS:

1  12-13 lb. turkey, thawed (follow chart on wrapper for a larger bird)

4 T. melted butter

Dash each of salt and black pepper

4 small pieces of foil

DIRECTIONS:   Preheat oven to 325º.  Open turkey wrapper and remove bird to a clean sink.  Remove the leg binding gadget.  Remove giblets and set aside for making your gravy.  I only use the neck meat for gravy and my dog usually gets the liver, heart and gizzard in her dinners over a week or so.   I like to eat them; I just don’t like them in my gravy much.

I like to rinse out the inside of the bird.  Pat the exterior dry with paper towels.  Melt the butter in a small saucepan or in the microwave.  Place turkey, breast side up in a pan large enough to hold it.  Baste with the butter all over on the outside and inside with a basting brush, using half the butter.  Sprinkle bird inside and out with salt and pepper.  I cook my dressing outside the bird as I like it to brown.  You can add some chunks of celery, onion and parsley if you like to the cavity, but I do not.  Your call there, but be sure to add those carbs below if you do. Cover wing tips and leg knuckles with foil so they will not burn.

Place pan with bird into the roaster oven, cover with lid and cook, for 1½ hours.  Open oven and baste with remaining butter.  Recover and cook for 1 hour and check for doneness with a meat thermometer in the thickest part of the breast and around the thing-leg joint (slowest area to get done).  You want the thermometer to read 170º.  Cook for another 30 minutes or so, checking with thermometer every 10-15 minutes now so as to not over cook.  Remove when it has reached 170º internal temperature. Set on cutting board for 15-20 minutes before attempting to carve to avoid tearing up the meat and all the juices running out.  You want those juices to STAY in the meat.  This turkey should be extremely moist.  Roaster ovens do an incredibly good job at moist heat roasting.

NUTRITIONAL INFO:   I can’t know what pieces or amount you will eat, so I’ll provide some numbers for both white meat and dark meat.

4 oz. dark meat contains:  250 calories, 13 g  fat, 0 carbs, 0 fiber, o net carbs, 31 g  protein and 269 mg sodium

4 oz. white meat, skin eaten contains:  222 calories, 9.4 g  fat, 0 carbs, 0 fiber, 0 net carbs, 32.3 g   protein and 255 mg sodium

Air Fryer Whole Roasted Chicken

I finally got around to trying a whole, roasted chicken in my Power XL 7 qt. air fryer last night.  The meat of the nearly 5# bird was moist and cooked perfectly done (even at the joints).  My husband just loves chicken that is baked or roasted!  Also tried my new Peggy’s Poultry Rub on it and that was a winner, too!  I may add even more of the rub next time!  Yummy!  This recipe is suitable for all phases of Atkins and other keto diets, as well as for Paleo-Primal folks.

INGREDIENTS:

1 whole chicken (mine was 4.75 lbs)

1 t. olive oil

1 T. Peggy’s Poultry Rub (or seasoning of your choice)

DIRECTIONS:  Pat the chicken dry of any water/moisture with paper towels.  Rub olive oil all over the chicken getting all skin surfaces damp with oil.  You’ll want to wash and dry off your hands at this point.  Next sprinkle 1 tsp. of the seasoning bland over the top surfaces of the chicken.  Sprinkle 1 tsp. over the bottom surfaces of the chicken.  Invert chicken to expose the carcass opening and sprinkle the remaining spice blend as best you can inside, rubbing until it is distributed.  Although I did not do it this, next time I may make a slit into the lower leg quarter joints and rub a tad in that joint as well as a tad underneath the breast skin as I am able.

Preheat your air-fryer at 350º a few minutes (mine requires 4 min. preheat).  Open basket/drawer and place seasoned bird into the basket/drawer breast side down. Cook the bird for 30 minutes.  Then open drawer and using a heavy kitchen fork, turn the bird over, now breast up.  Cook for 20 minutes and open basket to (check leg quarter with a meat thermometer (165º internal is done).  Also check thickest part of breast.  If not to 165º yet, continue cooking another 5-10 minutes and check again.  My 4.75# bird took precisely 25 minutes on side two.  Cookers vary, so the rule of thumb with air fryers is CHECK YOUR FOOD OFTEN to avoid under cooking, or worse, over cooking and major disappointment.   Always remember that any air-fryer recipe is just a guideline and nothing more.  Cookers vary for any recipe cookbook for them to be always spot on……….even the manufacturer’s cookbook!  Food size and volume/weight impact any instructions and cooking times/temps.

ADDED NOTE:  I recommend soaking your basket in 1″ water while you enjoy your meal (for easier cleanup).  Also don’t forget when fully cooled, to wipe off (use a soapy sponge) the element at the top and back walls of cooker to get any grease splatters there.  If you don’t do that, the cooker is likely to smoke heavily at next use and you’ll think the machine is dying on you.  It just wasn’t thoroughly cleaned after roasting meat.

NUTRITIONAL INFO:  I can’t really provide that for you as I can’t know what pieces you eat, how large your bird is, nor how many pieces you will eat.  I certainly can’t know how much of the seasoning you will be ingesting on any particular piece.  Best calculation I can recommend for you is to take the stats for the piece/size of piece(s) of chicken you eat and add 1/8 tsp. of the spice blend for each piece you consume.  That said, this recipe is so low-carb…………I wouldn’t bother calculating anything but the meat itself that you consume.  One can get too anal about any diet in my opinion.  Just enjoy this delicious recipe and know that you are not breaking the carb bank doing so!

1 tsp. spice blend = 0.84g NET CARBS

Chicken-Sausage Roulades

Chicken-Sausage Roulades

This is an excellent way to use up that dab of cooked spinach that I invariably seem to have leftover every time I cook it.  This dish is quick, easy and so flavorful!  You’ll want to give this a try sometime.  It’s suitable for all phases of Atkins and Keto diets.  Primal followers can enjoy it but it is not suited to a Paleo lifestyle unless you omit the cheese or sub in a plan suitable creamy binder.

INGREDIENTS: 

9 oz, chicken breast, skinned

2 slices (1 ¾ oz.) Muenster cheese (you can use Swiss or Jack cheese)

2 oz. pork breakfast sausage (or Italian sausage)

¼ c. cooked spinach

Seasoning blend of your choice

DIRECTIONS:  Preheat oven to 350º.  Oil a small baking pan.  Pound the chicken breast between two pieces of plastic wrap with a meat mallet.  Try not to tear it and strive for ” thickness.  Remove top sheet of plastic.  Cut into 2 equal portions.  Form sausage into two flat oblong pieces and fold the cheese slices around them.  Lay those “logs” in the center of each piece of chicken.  Spoon 2 T. spinach down each “log” of cheese & sausage.  Tightly roll chicken around the log of sausage and cheese.  Lift onto the baking pan, seam down.  Drizzle the roulades with the olive oil and brush with a brush to spread it evenly on the surfaces. Sprinkle the roulades with your favorite seasoning.  I used a blend of Mrs. Dash (original), onion powder and granulated garlic.  Pop into 350º oven for 20 minutes.  Remove and baste all surfaces with the olive oil in the pan (add more if needed).  Return to oven and bake another 15-20 minutes or until firm and golden brown.  Sausage will be done by now and cheese will have begun to run out the ends.  Plate and serve with mashed cauliflower or your preferred vegetable.  ENJOY!

NUTRITIONAL INFO:  Makes 2 servings, each contains:

456 cals, 27.9g fat, 1.65g carbs, 0.95g fiber, 0.7g NET CARBS, 48g protein, 913 mg sodium

Crunchy Parmesan-Boursin Chicken Filets

Crunchy Parmesan-Boursin Chicken Filets

This simple dish will really please your family.  It’s almost effortless to make if you have some of my Shawarma Mayo made up (I always keep it on hand in my fridge).  You can use regular homame mayo, but it won’t come out quite as good, as the Shawarma mayo linked in the recipe really is quite good with Boursin cheese.  This can be ready in 30 minutes or less! Truly delicious and suitable for all phases of Atkins, Keto diets, Primal-Paleo as well.

INGREDIENTS:

24 oz. boneless, skinless chicken breast, in 4 nice portions

4 T. my homemade Shawarma Mayonnaise

4 T. Boursin Garlic-Herb cheese (or garlic-herb Alouette cheese)

1 oz. pork rinds

½ c. parsley, chopped

¼ tsp. each black pepper, garlic powder & onion powder

¼ c. Parmesan cheese (any variety will work)

DIRECTIONS:  Preheat oven to 350º.  Using the flat side of a meat tenderizer or mallet, pound the 4 breast filets between 2 sheets plastic wrap to flatten them a bit using the flat side of a meat tenderizer or mallet.  Real thin is NOT necessary here, just flatten them so they aren’t too thick for fastest baking. Place filets on an oiled baking pan making sure they are not touching.  Brush each with 1 T. of the Shawarma Mayo.  Then dot each with 1 T. of the Boursin cheese.  Place all remaining ingredients in a food processor or blender and pulse to make a nice crumb mixture.  Sprinkle this mixture evenly over the chicken filets and pop pan  in 350º oven for about 30 minutes or until golden brown.

NUTRITIONAL INFO:     Makes 4 servings, each contains:

500 cals. 29.3g fat, 1.5g carbs, 0.22g fiber, 1.29g NET CARBS, 59.5g protein, 975 mg sodium

Indian Chicken Tandoori & Roasted Vegetables (Sheet Pan)

This dish goes together in 30 minutes and can be on the table in no time with a convection oven feature on your oven.  Just marinate the chicken a half hour, cut the veggies up into your sheet pan and it cooks itself…….REALLY!  My kind of meal, as my regular readers know.  I’m such a lazy cook! This recipe is suitable for all phases of Atkins, Keto programs, Paleo and Primal Blueprint as well!  You can make it as spicy as you like, increasing the Tandoori spice and curry powder, but I’ve kept this recipe fairly “tame” as that suits my palate.

INGREDIENTS: 

2 large chicken thighs, bone-in

1 large chicken breast, cut into 3 portions (they’re so big nowadays)

2/3 c. sour cream (or yogurt)

1 tsp. each curry and tandoori powders

1/3 c. extra virgin olive oil

6 oz. sweet onion (I used yellow and red), cut into wedges

3 oz. red bell pepper, cut 1″ pieces

10 oz. eggplant, cut in large cubes (about 1-1½”)

1 very small head cauliflower (yield about 2½c. florets)

3 Roma tomatoes, cut into 4 wedges

1 tsp. minced ginger root

¼ c. cilantro chopped

Dash black pepper

¼ tsp. sea salt

2 tsp. my Garam Masala

DIRECTIONS:  In a large mixing bowl, measure out the sour cream or yogurt.  Add the tandoori and curry powders.  Stir well to blend.  Dip each piece of the chicken into the mixture, coating well on all surfaces.  Place bowl in fridge for 30 minutes.

In the meantime, Preheat convection oven to 350º (375º for a regular oven).  Place the EV Olive Oil into a large baking sheet pan.  Cut the eggplant into 1-1½” cubes (I do not peel mine) and put it in the pan.  Cut onions, separate the segments and add to the pan.  Cut red bell pepper into 1″ pieces and add to the pan.  Add the cauliflower pieces as well.  Next add the ginger, Garam Masala spice, salt and pepper.   With a spoon or rubber spatula, stir all so the vegetables get well-coated with the oil and spices.  Add the tomato wedges last and toss once or twice, very gently.  Lay the chicken pieces on top of the vegetable melange and sprinkle all with the chopped cilantro.  Pop into a hot 350º convection oven (or 375º regular oven) and bake under convection for about 40 minutes; for about 1 hour in a regular oven, or until meat is properly done.  Please check before time is up, as ovens, convection or not, can vary quite a bit.  Remove and serve with your favorite low-carb flat bread (if you can fit it into your daily number limits).

NUTRITIONAL INFO:   Makes 5 servings, each contains:

410.2 cals, 29.66g fat, 12.04g carbs, 3.96g fiber, 8.08g NET CARBS, 24.52g protein, 461g sodium

 

 

Greek Chicken & Spinach

Greek Chicken & Spinach

This chicken I’ve made for many years, but tonight I got the idea to add bacon to this dish and well,  we really liked that addition!  This goes well with a Greek salad but I have served it with broccoli and sauteed leeks as well.  I make my own Cavender’s Greek Seasoning, but you can use Cavender’s no-salt Seasoning if available.  Otherwise, just black pepper, thyme and oregano.  This recipe is Induction friendly.

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

INGREDIENTS:

4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts

10 oz. pkg. frozen spinach

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

2 oz. onion, chopped

¼ Parmesan cheese

pinch dill

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

4 slices finely chopped bacon

½ tsp. my homemade Cavender’s Greek Seasoning

½ c. crushed plain pork rinds

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

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

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

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

Indian Cashew Chicken Curry

Cachew Chicken Curry

This curry recipe is quite unique in flavor from any others I’ve made.  The fenugreek is what makes the difference.  If you’re a curry fan, you will want to give this delicious recipe a try.   I have had my jar of fenugreek for some time.  I bought it for Iranian cuisine, which uses fenugreek often.  I had this notion to try it in an Indian curry and WOW!  Great decision!  An added note:  despite the pepper(s) in this, the final dish is NOT too spicy.  As always, I don’t like food too spicy and you won’t find many on my blog that are.  Something about cooking Indian recipes seems to tone down jalapeno and cayenne in the final dish.  Not sure why, it just does.  This recipe is suitable for Phase 2 of Atkins and beyond, and Keto diets as well.  Omit cashews or use almonds for Atkins Induction folks.

INGREDIENTS:

2 T. coconut oil (or butter)

16 oz. chicken breast, boned, skin removed, cut into big chunks

4 oz. onion, sliced

1 jalapeno, seeded and slivered (will not be hot in the final dish)

2 cloves garlic, minced

1/2 tsp. black pepper (a key flavor in this recipe yet too too hot)

1/8 tsp. cayenne pepper (final dish was NOT hot)

1 tsp. fenugreek seed, ground

Dash salt

¼ tsp. my Garam Masala

Dash turmeric (1-2 shakes from a shaker)

3/4 c. heavy cream

½ c. chicken broth

2 oz. cashew nuts (raw or roasted is OK)

3 Roma tomatoes, cut in chunks

1/8 tsp. xanthan gum (optional, if you want it thicker)

Garnish with a sprig of cilantro if you like

DIRECTIONS:   Melt coconut oil over high heat in a non-stick wok or skillet.  Add chicken and saute to brown on all sides.  Add onion and saute until it, too, begins to brown.  Add slivered jalapeno and garlic.  Add all spices, cream and chicken broth, nuts and tomatoes.  Lower heat to LOW and simmer for about 10-15 minutes or until flavors have had a chance to meld.  Serve alone or over steamed cauliflower rice.  For those not low-carbing at your table, I would offer a bowl of steamed basmati rice.

NUTRITIONAL INFO:    Makes 5 servings, each contains:  (does not include cauli-rice or basmati rice)

353 cals, 19g fat, 9.40g carbs, 1.48g fiber, 8.92g NET CARBS, 34.4g protein, 457 mg sodium

Chicken Fajitas

We usually do our fajitas (chicken or beef) on the grill, but it was kind of cold out this evening and I decided not to ask my husband to light a charcoal fire for this small meal and stand out in the cold cooking these.  Just did them in my searing skillet inside.  But they came out fantastic.  I didn’t measure my spices, but estimated 1 tsp. of each one.  This recipe is not suitable until you get past the first 2-wk. Phase 1 Induction of Atkins.

INGREDIENTS:

6 low-carb whole-wheat tortillas (I use Carb Sense from HEB)

2 large chicken breasts, deboned and skinned

3 T. total extra light olive oil or coconut oil

1 tsp. quality chipotle chile powder

1 tsp. smoked Spanish paprika

1 tsp. garlic powder

1 tsp. onion powder

3 oz. slivered onion

Optional:  If you like it, some chopped cilantro (about 1/4 c)

DIRECTIONS:  A couple hours before your meal, skin and debone the chicken breasts.  Boil the bones and skin to chop up for your pet and freeze the broth for soup making and recipes downstream.  Cut the chicken into long strips no more than 5/8″ wide.  Set meat aside a few minutes.

In a gallon ziploc bag (or bowl) mix the oil and spices, stirring well.  Add the chicken pieces and toss with a spoon (or manipulate the bag with your fingers to coat the meat well.  Zip up the bar (or cover bowl with plastic wrap) and place in fridge to marinate a couple hours.

When ready to cook, warm your tortillas on defrost in the microwave for 3 minutes (or in regular oven in a covered baking dish).  While those are warming, sliver the onion and have ready by stovetop.  Heat a non-stick large pan or seasoned cast iron skillet over high heat.  Lightly oil pan with remaining 1 T. olive oil and add the meat, sauteing until browned on first side of pieces.  Turn or stir meat to brown other surfaces of meat.  When nearly done, add the onion and saute with the chicken until the onions begin to turn brown and caramelize.

Remove to table for serving with the warmed tortillas and optional cilantro.  To serve, dip some meat and onions onto a flour tortilla.  Add cilantro if you like it.  I served these with a tasty guacamole salad.  Truth be told, I actually put the guacamole inside my fajita roll before rolling and ate it altogether!  Yummy!

NUTRITIONAL INFO:   Makes 6 fajita rolls, each will contain:

168.33 cals, 10.03g fat, 14.26g carbs, 10.48g fiber, 3.78g NET CARBS, 14.4g protein, 430 mg sodium

Chicken in Sofrito Cream

Chicken in Sofrito Cream

This was absolutely delicious and so incredibly quick to make!  I keep the Sofrito Sauce made up in my freezer in a plastic zip bag and just break off what I need for a recipe.  Once my chicken was seared, this took all of about 8-10 minutes to simmer to delectable deliciousness.  This recipe is suitable for all phases of Atkins and Keto diets.  Primal followers can enjoy if you do dairy but Paleo folks will want to use coconut milk instead of cream.

INGREDIENTS:

1 large chicken breast, skin on (1o oz. of deboned meat)

1½ T. butter

1 c. homemade chicken stock

½ c. heavy cream (use 2 T. less if still on Induction)

Sprinkle xanthan gum

2 T. Sofrito sauce

DIRECTIONS:   Melt butter in a non-stick skillet over high heat.  Slice meat at an angle laterally into 4 smaller filets.   I pounded mine, but that isn’t necessary.  Just a habit with me and chicken.  🙂   Sear the chicken in the hot butter, both sides, until golden.  Lower to medium when both sides are golden and the meat is fully done.  Add chicken stock around the meat.  Add cream and Sofrito sauce and simmer a couple minutes.  Lightly dust with xanthan (less than 1/8 tsp.).  Simmer until it slightly thickens, stirring constantly.  Remove from heat and serve at once with you favorite sides or a nice salad.

NUTRITIONAL INFO:    Makes two adult servings, each contains:

590 calories

46.3 g  fat

2.6 g carbs, 0.3 g fiber, 2.3 g NET CARBS

37.4 g protein

470 mg sodium

Chicken & Italian Sausage on Zoodles

Chicken & Italian Sausage on Zoodles

Mmm, mmm, mmm.  This colorful dish was just as tasty as it looks!  And super, duper fast to get on the table for your hungry family!!  Just creamy enough without being too “heavy”.  My husband specifically asked for something light tonight since we went out for steak last night, had  oysters and the whole shebang.  🙂  He said I accomplished that goal of “light” with this wonderful new dish.  This is elegant-looking when served and most worthy of company fare.  It is suitable for all phases of Atkins, Keto diets, Primal folks who eat dairy, and Paleo followers provided you use coconut milk instead of the cream.

INGREDIENTS:

2   6-oz. zucchini (two 6″), cut into zucchini noodles or ribbons

2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts around 11-12 oz. each

2 T. total olive oil

4 T. total butter (or ghee)

1 link Italian sausage, casing removed & cut into chunks

2 oz. onion, chopped

2 cloves garlic, minced

½ c. parsley, chopped (reserve 1T. for garnish)

8 cherry tomatoes, halved (or more if you like)

Several shakes coarse black pepper

Dash salt

½ c. heavy cream

DIRECTIONS:  Place a non-stick skillet or wok on your burner.  Add 1 T. oil and coat entire pan surface.  Cut zoodles with a noodling tool, julienne peeler or ribbons using a vegetable peeler.  Slow saute over medium heat until they are no longer opaque and just barely beginning to soften.  Remove, dip out nicely onto a serving platter and keep in warming oven while you make the sauce.

Cut each chicken breast laterally into 2 thinner filets, cover with plastic wrap and pound with the flat side of a meat tenderizer or wooden kitchen mallet. I don’t pound them too thin, however.

Wipe skillet out with paper towel if any zoodles are hanging on for dear life.  🙂  Add the other tablespoon of olive oil, 1 T. of the butter and heat over high heat.  Sear the chicken breasts on both sides until golden and remove to a temporary plate.  Add remaining 3 T. butter, sausage, garlic and onion.    Saute until onion is tender and sausage is no longer pink and begins to brown.  Add parsley and tomatoes next. Saute 1 minute and tomatoes barely begin to soften.  Finally, add cream, salt and pepper.  Simmer just a couple minutes until cream thickens up for you.

Remove platter with your zoodles from warming oven.  Place chicken filets across the top.  Spoon the creamy sausage sauce on top and garnish with that reserved tablespoon parsley.  Serve at once.

NUTRITIONAL INFO:   Makes 4 servings, each contains:

531 cals, 39g fat, 7.8g carbs, 1.8g fiber, 7g NET CARBS, 38g protein, 703 mg sodium

 

Air Fryer Chicken Breasts with Sofrito Sauce

I keep seeing recipes on air fryer Facebook groups that use baking powder to coat chicken for frying.  Well, I’m here to tell you that flat WORKS!  You will simply be amazed!  I can’t convey how crisp this chicken came out.  My husband said I could “do this one again and SOON!”  I want to caution people who must restrict potassium this techniques is not for you, as 4 tsp. baking powder has 2020 mg potassium.  You could substitute 1/4 c. almond, coconut, low-carb bake mix or Parmesan cheese instead of the baking powder if you are potassium shy.  Might not come out quite as crisp, but doable.  The sauce I made for this is one I’ve used in many of my recipes, as I find Puerto Rican Sofrito to be almost addictive it is so delicious!  This dinner tonight, served with steamed cauliflower and fresh green beans, was a big hit with my husband!

Added note:  Please don’t think MORE is better when it comes to this coating.  This isn’t like flour coatings, where more may be better.  With the baking powder coating, MORE is NOT BETTER!  Too much baking powder will taste sharp, almost bitter.  Been there.

INGREDIENTS FOR THE CHICKEN: 

2 medium chicken breasts, skin left on

4 tsp. baking powder (I use aluminum free)

¼ tsp. each onion and garlic

¼ tsp. sea salt

1/8 tsp. coarse black pepper

INGREDIENTS FOR THE SAUCE:

2 T. butter, unsalted

1 T. my Sofrito Sauce

1 Roma tomato, chopped

Dash each salt and pepper

½ c. heavy cream

½ c. water

(thickener of choice if you feel a need)

DIRECTIONS:  De-bone the chicken breasts (I buy with the rib frame so I can boil the bones for broth and any bits of meat for my dog).  If your chicken breasts are quite large, often these days, slice them laterally and splay them out for more even cooking.  Measure and stir the baking powder and spices on a paper plate and coat the chicken pieces well on all surfaces.  Set aside for a few minutes.  Preheat your air fryer.  Place breasts into basket skin-side down on piece of parchment paper lining, as mine tended to want to stick to my basket.  Set fryer to 375º and cook 18 minutes skin-side down.  Open fryer, turn and cook skin-side up another 18 minutes.  Check them at 15 minutes both sides if your chicken breasts are small…….also air fryers can vary.

While they are cooking, melt the butter in a medium skillet.  Add the Sofrito Sauce and simmer on low heat for 2 minutes.  Add chopped tomato and simmer 3-4 minutes to break them down a bit.  Finally add cream and water and simmer 3-4 more minutes, allowing to reduce and slightly thicken.  If not thick enough for you preference, add a light dusting of your favorite thickener, stir and simmer 1-2 more minutes.  Serve with sauce spooned over each breast.

NUTRITIONAL INFO:  Makes 2 servings, each contains:

736 cals, 51.5g fat, 9.1g carbs, 1.9g fiber, 7.2g NET CARBS, 60g protein, 1180 mg sodium

Asian Cabbage Salad

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I love this hearty lunch salad recipe in the summertime!  So easy to throw together without heating up the kitchen.  I used Tahini (ground sesame seed paste) in the dressing when I made this originally.  It is very good in it.  But since many people don’t always have tahini on hand, I have calculated the nutritional info below without the tahini.  Remember tahini (sesame seeds) are not acceptable until OWL phase of Atkins plan). When I have a little leftover cooked chicken or steak, I like to add it to the top of this salad to make it a complete meal.  But this salad is delicious without any meat at all!  :).

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INGREDIENTS:

2 T. lime juice

2 T. rice vinegar

2T. + 2 tsp. sesame oil

1 tsp. hot sesame oil

3-4 drops liquid sweetener

3 T. low-sodium soy sauce

1 tsp. minced fresh ginger

6 c. shredded Napa cabbage

1 c. chopped fresh cilantro

1 shredded carrot

½ fresh jalapeno, seeded, sliced in small julienne strips

OPTIONAL:  2 T. peanut butter added to dressing (not calculated in below).  Leftover cooked steak (or chicken as shown above).

DIRECTIONS:  Whisk first 7 ingredients together in a small bowl for the dressing.  Set aside.  Shred/slice napa cabbage and place in large bowl.  Add grated carrot, cilantro and julienned jalapeno.  Toss well and plate servings.  You can alternately so plate directly in layers on each person’s plate if you prefer (what I in the photo above).  If adding any meat, sprinkle in equal amounts on each serving.  Provide dressing in individual small cups for each person to add as they please.

NUTRITIONAL INFO: Makes 4 large servings, each containing approximately:

95 calories, 3.6 g  fat, 2.9 g  protein, 13.5 g  carbs, 5.0 g  fiber, 8.5 g  NET CARBS, 350 mg sodium

Indian Baked Chicken

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I recently created a  tasty baked Indian chicken dish similar to tandoori chicken in flavor.  Typically I would just take Indian spices and marinate the meat for 1 hour using some yogurt or sour cream, but I had neither dairy product on hand and tried using heavy cream.  The cream worked just fine.  This simple dish is delicious with a piece of my Flat Bread.  We LOVE this recipe now and bake it often.  It is even better grilled over charcoal for that true tandoori smoke flavor to enhance the spices.   If baked indoors, the pan dripping are delicious basted up over the meat when serving, so don’t throw that away!  This recipe is suitable for all phases of Atkins, Keto diets, and Primal as well.  Paleo followers will need to use coconut milk in lieu of the cream.

INGREDIENTS:

1 large chicken breast, skin on, cut in half crosswise

2 chicken leg quarters, cut apart at joint

1/3 c. heavy cream, (or yogurt, sour cream or coconut milk)

1 tsp. tandoori spice blend (I use Sharwood’s brand)

¼ tsp. turmeric

1 large clove garlic, minced

1 tsp. ginger root, peeled, minced

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

Juice of ½ lime

VARIATION:  Instead of indoor baking, prepare a hot bed of coals in your charcoal grill and cook about an hours until done.  Then it will taste a lot like classic restaurant Tandoori chicken.

DIRECTIONS:  Place cream in large marinating bowl.  Add all spices, ginger, garlic and onion.  Add lime juice and then the 6 chicken pieces.  Toss to coat well and refrigerate for 1 hour, turning once during marinating.  When ready to bake, preheat oven to 375º.  Place chicken pieces on a large baking pan (I used metal pan).  Spread the marinating mixture atop each piece.  Pop into 375º oven and bake for 1 hour or until 170º on a meat thermometer and browned nicely.  Serve with your favorite side dishes.

NUTRITIONAL INFO:    Makes 3 adult servings (2 pc. each).  Serving contains approximately:  (using heavy cream)

465 cals, 28.3g fat, 2.93g carbs, 0.40g fiber, 2.53g NET CARBS, 47.4g protein, 694 mg sodium

 

 

Chicken Tenders with Bang Bang Sauce

My husband asked me to make some chicken tenders recently.  I have developed a great Southern Fried Chicken coating recipe and just took that to a new level, serving as tenders with a dipping sauce with a “bite”.  This particular coating has been my best to date and it didn’t fail me on the tenders.  I’m so pleased with this recipe!!  It’s my first time to try a spicy sauce with tenders and we loved it! The hubs said please make these again!  They were nice and crispy!  By the way, chicken coated with this coating is great leftover, cold, right out of the fridge!!  It also reheats nicely (crispy) in the oven at 350º for about 20 minutes.

As I can’t know how you cut up your chicken strips, it’s not possible to really provide nutritional stats per serving.  Instead, I am providing nutritional info for 1/10 of the coating, as I cooked 10 nice-sized strips of chicken breasts (off 2 large breasts I de-boned).  There was at least 1-1½c. coating and some egg/cream mix that didn’t get used, so this recipe would coat quite a few more tenders if you have a big family.  No need to double the recipe for say 15-18 tenders.  Therefore, the carb numbers are actually even lower than shown below.  Woo! Hoo!

INGREDIENTS:

3/4 c. plain whey protein

1 c. crushed pork rinds (about 2 oz.)

1 T. oat fiber (omit if on Induction or for gluten-free version)

1 tsp. my Seafood Spice blend (or seasonings of your choice)

½ tsp. onion powder

½ c. Parmesan cheese

1/8 tsp. coarse black pepper

2 large eggs

¼ c. heavy cream

¼ c. water (or more heavy cream if you prefer)

½-3/4″ deep hot oil (I use coconut oil) in a large 13-14″ skillet

OPTIONAL BANG BANG SAUCE: ½ c. homemade (or regular) mayonnaise, 1 T. Sambal Oelek chili paste, 2 tsp. Sriracha, dash each salt and black pepper.  Stir all in a small bowl.  Sauce adds approximately 0.35 net carbs for each serving (1 serving = 1 T.).

DIRECTIONS: Preheat holding oven to 350º.  Measure out and mix all dry ingredients in a paper or plastic bag by shaking well.  In a large bowl, whisk the eggs, cream and water together.  Cut chicken breast meat into long strips about 4″ x 1″.  Dip each one into the egg mixture and turn several times to well coat each piece.  Pick each piece of meat out of the bowl and drop into the seasoned “flour” in the bag.  This makes coating easier and less messy.  When you have 3 pieces in the bag, holding the top of the bag closed, shake the bag to coat the chicken with the dry mix.  Don’t put more than 3 pieces into the bag at a time or they will not coat well.

Heat 3/4″ deep oil over high heat.  Remove the coated chicken strips carefully from the bag and place the pieces closely together in the skillet of hot grease.  If you’re creative, you can get about 8 strips in a 13″ skillet.  Repeat the coating process with the remaining pieces of chicken.  Brown the chicken well on one side disturbing as little as possible as they cook.  With a fork, flip pieces over gently to brown the second side.   When brown on both sides they should be done (about 15 minutes total) remove to paper toweling to drain and if still frying more pieces, place the platter of first-cooked tenders in your preheated oven until all meat has been fried.  When you have finished cooking all pieces of chicken, serve at once with the Bang Bang dipping sauce.

VARIATION:  Serve with a good homemade cream gravy rather than the Bang Bang Sauce. 

NUTRITIONAL INFO: Makes enough coating for more than 10-15 tenders of chicken.  Numbers are for the coating only. Be sure to add in the info for the chicken piece(s) you eat and whatever dipping sauce you use!  1/10 batch of the entire coating recipe contains:

113.4 cals, 7.26g fat, 1.72g carbs, 0.53g fiber, 1.19g NET CARBS (less if not all coating and egg wash used), 12.8g protein, 209 mg sodium (sauce adds little to these numbers (mostly fat grams) and is nearly impossible to provide a per serving figure for as that would be person dependent in how liberally they used the sauce.

Turkey Day Feast

Roasted Turkey (done in a roaster oven)
Roaster Oven Turkey

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I’m fond of turkey roasted in my roaster oven as they always come out so moist done that way.   This year I’m actually doing a duck for Thanksgiving rather than turkey, so it will be interesting to see if those come out nicely roasted this way.  If you don’t own a roaster oven, they are really getting cheap and around Christmas, can be had for around $25-$29.  They are excellent for extra oven space when you entertain or during holiday gatherings and your oven is full to the brim.  They bake cakes, muffins, cookies, and meats just beautifully!

And what turkey would be complete without a good batch of stuffing?  This recipe, modified to be low-carb, has been in my family for years.  I think you’ll like it.  I like to bake my dressing separately from the bird as I like the crusty bits on top:

Southern Cornbread Dressing or Stuffing

Although we debate on what side dishes we want to have “this year” with the two basics above, we keep coming back to these two recipes:

Green Bean Casserole

 

Smoked Gouda Cauliflower

And of course, there must be a sweet, tangy cranberry sauce to top things off.  And why not spike it a bit?:

Bourbon-Pecan Cranberry Sauce

To top it all off, a lovely dinner roll is in order for the holiday table:

Einkorn Dinner Rolls

That just brings us to the pièce de résistance, dessert.  Oh, the dilemma!  If I do my Black Forest Cake, a cheesecake, I have learned that most guests are full to the brim before dessert time.  So I usually decide on light rather than rich and heavy and go with Mom’s light, fluffy, and tasty Pumpkin Pie baked off in a low-carb pie crust.  My biggest decision then is simply whether to make a single large pie or individual serving pies. 🙂

Mom’s Light Fluffy Pumpkin Pie

At a time to be thankful for family, friends and good food to share with them, I can’t imagine a more bountiful meal to serve.  May all my readers be blessed with a lovely holiday celebration this year.

 

Chicken-Guacamole Salad

I had one leftover baked chicken breast in the fridge (didn’t even use it all, in fact) and 2 avocados that were at the peak of ripeness calling out to be used today, so I dreamed up this delicious little salad for lunch.  Pretty, isn’t it?  It rings in at just 4.95 grams net carbs (mostly the avocado), is very filling, ever so nutritious for your family, not to even mention it was delicious!

This simple-to-put-together dish can be enjoyed at all levels of Atkins and Keto diets if it fits your daily numbers limits.  This one would be suitable for Primal-Paleo as well.

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INGREDIENTS:

5 leaves romaine lettuce, chopped

1 Roma tomato, diced

1/3-1/2 jalapeno, seeded and chopped fine

2 avocados, skinned and seeded

1/8 tsp. garlic powder

4 oz. cooked chicken meat (more if desired, but adjust numbers below)

4 shakes/dashes of sea salt (1/16 tsp.)

VARIATION:  Instead of chicken, use 4 oz. leftover bits of grilled steak.

NUTRITIONAL INFO:  Makes 2 servings, each contains:

406 cals, 30g fat, 18.45g carbs, 13.5g fiber, 4.95g NET CARBS, 21.4g protein, 497 mg sodium

Asian Cabbage Salad

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I love this hearty lunch salad recipe in the summertime!  So easy to throw together without heating up the kitchen.  I used Tahini (ground sesame seed paste) in the dressing when I made this originally.  It is very good in it.  But since many people don’t always have tahini on hand, I have calculated the nutritional info below without the tahini.  Remember tahini (sesame seeds) are not acceptable until OWL phase of Atkins plan). When I have a little leftover cooked chicken or steak, I like to add it to the top of this salad to make it a complete meal.  But this salad is delicious without any meat at all!  :).

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INGREDIENTS:

2 T. lime juice

2 T. rice vinegar

2T. + 2 tsp. sesame oil

1 tsp. hot sesame oil

3-4 drops liquid sweetener

3 T. low-sodium soy sauce

1 tsp. minced fresh ginger

6 c. shredded Napa cabbage

1 c. chopped fresh cilantro

1 shredded carrot

½ fresh jalapeno, seeded, sliced in small julienne strips

OPTIONAL:  2 T. peanut butter added to dressing (not calculated in below).  Leftover cooked steak (or chicken as shown above).

DIRECTIONS:  Whisk first 7 ingredients together in a small bowl for the dressing.  Set aside.  Shred/slice napa cabbage and place in large bowl.  Add grated carrot, cilantro and julienned jalapeno.  Toss well and plate servings.  You can alternately so plate directly in layers on each person’s plate if you prefer (what I in the photo above).  If adding any meat, sprinkle in equal amounts on each serving.  Provide dressing in individual small cups for each person to add as they please.

NUTRITIONAL INFO: Makes 4 large servings, each containing approximately:

95 calories, 3.6 g  fat, 2.9 g  protein, 13.5 g  carbs, 5.0 g  fiber, 8.5 g  NET CARBS, 350 mg sodium

Chicken “Risotto”

This tasty dinner came together in under an hour, start to sitting down to table.  I always buy chicken breasts with bones, as I stew the bones to strip for adding those bits of meat to my dog’s food and making chicken broth.  But you can certainly use boneless breasts for this dish if you wish to speed up this quick meal even more.  This risotto-like dish is very psychologically satisfying, as well as being literally quite filling.  My husband and I felt like we were eating a real rice or cous-cous dish!  It is extremely low-carb and suitable for all phases of Atkins, other Keto diets, Primal Blueprint and if the wine and cheese are omitted, it is also acceptable for Paleo followers.

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INGREDIENTS:

5 T. butter, unsalted

20 oz. boneless, skinless chicken breast, cut into strips

½ tsp. my Seafood Spice Blend (or seasoning of your choice)

¼ tsp. black pepper

1 clove garlic, minced

3/4 c. chopped parsley (I used flat leaf, but either type will work)

2 T. white wine (optional)

¼ tsp. sea salt

1 pkg (14 oz) Zeroodles brand Shirataki Rice-Shape Noodles w/ oat fiber

4 T. grated Parmesan Cheese (added at table)

DIRECTIONS:  Melt butter in large skillet over high heat.  Add chicken strips and begin to brown.  As it is browning, sprinkle with half the Seafood Spice Blend, salt and black pepper. Turn the pieces of meat over and brown the other side.  Sprinkle remaining spices on the side of meat now up.  When meat has nicely browned a bit on both sides, add in the parsley, garlic and wine (if using).  Lower heat to medium and stir occasionally as it simmers for about 5-10 minutes.  Open noodle package and drain in a sieve under running cold water to rinse.  Pour noodles into skillet and stir to blend ingredients well.  Continue cooking another 10 minutes and remove from heat.  Serve at table allowing each serving to receive 1 T. grated Parmesan on top.

NUTRITIONAL INFO:   Makes 4 servings, each contains:

365.3 cals, 22.9g fat, 5.95g carbs, 4.42g fiber, 1.53g NET CARBS, 31.1g protein, 590 mg sodium

 

 

Asian Turkey-Sausage Soup

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

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INGREDIENTS:

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

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

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

2 oz. onion, chopped

1 c. celery, chopped

1 clove garlic, minced

1 tsp. fresh ginger, minced

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

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

1 T. low-sodium soy sauce

2 T. rice wine vinegar

1 c. dried shitake mushrooms, broken into small pieces

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

OPTIONAL:  ½ tsp. toasted sesame oil

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

NUTRITIONAL INFO:  Makes 6 large servings, each contains:

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

Momma’s Baked Chicken

Momma's Baked Chicken

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

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

SAUCE INGREDIENTS:

6 T.  melted butter

3 T. red wine vinegar

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

1/4 tsp. coarse black pepper

THAT’S IT!!

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

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

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

Chicken Tenders with Bang Bang Sauce

My husband asked me to make some chicken tenders tonight.  I have developed a great Southern Fried Chicken coating recipe and just took that to a new level, serving as tenders with a dipping sauce with a “bite”.

This coating has been my best low-carb chicken coating to date and it didn’t fail me on these tenders tonight.  I’m so pleased with this recipe!!  It’s my first time to try a spicy sauce with tenders and we loved it! The hubs said please make these again!  They were nice and crispy!  By the way, chicken coated with this coating is great leftover, cold, right out of the fridge!!  It also reheats nicely (crispy) in the oven at 350º for about 20 minutes.

As I can’t know how you cut up your chicken strips, it’s not possible to really provide nutritional stats per serving.  Instead, I am providing nutritional info for 1/10 of the coating, as I cooked 10 nice-sized strips of chicken breasts (off 2 large breasts I de-boned).  There was at least 1-1½c. coating and some egg/cream mix that didn’t get used, so this recipe would coat quite a few more tenders if you have a big family.  No need to double the recipe for say 15-18 tenders.  Therefore, the carb numbers are actually even lower than shown below.  Woo! Hoo!

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INGREDIENTS:

3/4 c. plain whey protein

1 c. crushed pork rinds (about 2 oz.)

1 T. oat fiber (omit if on Induction or for gluten-free version)

1 tsp. my Seafood Spice blend (or seasonings of your choice)

½ tsp. onion powder

½ c. Parmesan cheese

1/8 tsp. coarse black pepper

2 large eggs

¼ c. heavy cream

¼ c. water (or more heavy cream if you prefer)

½-3/4″ deep hot oil (I use coconut oil) in a large 13-14″ skillet

OPTIONAL BANG BANG SAUCE: ½ c. homemade mayonnaise, 1 T. Sambal Oelek chili paste, 2 tsp. Sriracha, dash each salt and black pepper.  Stir all in a small bowl.  Sauce adds approximately 0.35 net carbs for each serving (1 serving = 1 T.).

DIRECTIONS: Preheat holding oven to 350º.  Measure out and mix all dry ingredients in a paper or plastic bag by shaking well.  In a large bowl, whisk the eggs, cream and water together.  Cut chicken breast meat into long strips about 4″ x 1″.  Dip each one into the egg mixture and turn several times to well coat each piece.  Pick each piece of meat out of the bowl and drop into the seasoned “flour” in the bag.  This makes coating easier and less messy.  When you have 3 pieces in the bag, holding the top of the bag closed, shake the bag to coat the chicken with the dry mix.  Don’t put more than 3 pieces into the bag at a time or they will not coat well.

Heat 3/4″ deep oil over high heat.  Remove the coated chicken strips carefully from the bag and place the pieces closely together in the skillet of hot grease.  If you’re creative, you can get about 8 strips in a 13″ skillet.  Repeat the coating process with the remaining pieces of chicken.  Brown the chicken well on one side disturbing as little as possible as they cook.  With a fork, flip pieces over gently to brown the second side.   When brown on both sides they should be done (about 15 minutes total) remove to paper toweling to drain and if still frying more pieces, place the platter of first-cooked tenders in your preheated oven until all meat has been fried.  When you have finished cooking all pieces of chicken, serve at once with the Bang Bang dipping sauce.

VARIATION:  Serve with a good cream gravy rather than the Bang Bang Sauce. 

NUTRITIONAL INFO: Makes enough coating for more than 10-15 tenders of chicken.  Numbers are for the coating only. Be sure to add in the info for the chicken piece(s) you eat and whatever dipping sauce you use!  1/10 batch of the entire coating recipe contains:

113.4 cals, 7.26g fat, 1.72g carbs, 0.53g fiber, 1.19g NET CARBS (less if not all coating and egg wash used), 12.8g protein, 209 mg sodium (sauce adds little to these numbers (mostly fat grams) and is nearly impossible to provide a per serving figure for as that would be person dependent in how liberally they used the sauce.

Chicken & Bacon Fire-Roasted Red Pepper Sauce (for pasta)

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This week-night easy-prep dish was simply delicious!  You’re not going to believe how a bit of leftover chicken and bacon can transform themselves into something sooooooo good.  Although I’m sure it is the smoky quality of the fire-roasted peppers that made this quick skillet sauce so tasty, there are lots of flavor layers going on here. You can serve this atop zucchini noodles, shirataki tofu noodles or spaghetti squash threads.

This dish is not suitable for Induction unless you omit the wine.  Otherwise, it’s a go for Phase 2 Atkins and Primal followers.  This is not suitable for Paleo unless you omit the wine and substitute perhaps homemade mayo for the cream.  I do not believe coconut milk/cream would be good in this dish. 😉

INGREDIENTS:

4 oz. raw bacon, cut into 3/4″ pieces

2 oz. red onion, sliced thinly

2 cloves garlic, minced

1 c. cooked, leftover chicken breast, cut into bite sized pieces

½ c. parsley, chopped (loosely packed)

3 oz. fire-roasted red bell pepper (I used imported from a jar), sliced in strips

1 c. chicken broth, homemade with no additives

3 oz. white wine (omit if still on Atkins Induction)

¼ heavy cream

1 small, mild anaheim chile pepper, seeded and sliced thinly (or you can substitute a jalapeno)

1/8 tsp. crushed red pepper flakes (omit if you used a jalapeno above)

Dash or two of coarse black pepper

Pinch Italian seasoning

1 T. pesto sauce (I use my homemade pesto)

Sprinkle of your favorite thickener (optional)

DIRECTIONS:  Cook your noodles or alternate “pasta” and have ready, as the sauce goes together quite quickly. Over high heat, brown the bacon in a non-stick skillet or wok.  Add the onion and saute until nearly tender.  Add garlic, jalapeno or anaheim pepper, and the roasted red pepper slices.  Saute 1-2 more minutes for all to begin getting tender.  Add all remaining ingredients but the cream.  Simmer over medium heat for about 5-10 minutes to allow the wine to cook off a bit and the flavors of the ingredients to mingle. Lower the heat to lowest setting and finally add the cream.  Stir well and simmer a few minutes stirring often.  When you are just about ready to serve, add your thickener to the sauce, stirring constantly (if using) and allow the sauce to thicken a couple more minutes.  Serve over your “pasta” on a large platter.

NUTRITIONAL INFO:  Makes 4 servings, each contains: (numbers are for sauce only)

308 cals, 21g fat, 5.3g carbs, 1.07g fiber, 4.23g NET CARBS, 14.3g protein, 382 mg sodium

 

Chicken-Pizza Logs

I created a delicious lunch today with half a baked chicken breast that was leftover from dinner last night.  Man, did these come out ever so good!  I basically took my Cheese Thin Buns recipe, subbed in mozzarella cheese for the Cheddar and added just a pinch of crushed oregano to the batter.  Added my flavorings and baked 12 minutes!  These are so filling with glucomannan (pure fiber) just 2 will be an ample serving for most people.  Men might be able to eat 3, but I could not.  All I can say is lunch tasty, filling and not as heavy as regular pizza can be to me.  You could also make these as bite-size  treats using a mini-muffin pan.  Just spread out into 24 slots and using ½ slice pepperoni atop each mini.  This recipe is suitable for all phases of Atkins, Keto and gluten-free diets.  Clearly it is not suitable for Paleo due to the cheese.

INGREDIENTS: 

4 T.  plain whey protein powder (I use isolate)

1 T.+1 tsp. glucomannan powder

1 T. baking powder

1/4 tsp. garlic powder

3 eggs, beaten

1 T. olive oil

1/4 c. tap water

1 c. shredded mozzarella cheddar cheese for the batter

4 oz. cooked chicken meat, cut into 12 strips (or 24 bits for minis)

12 slices pepperoni

1/3 c. shredded mozzarella to top (more if you add carbs to numbers below)

DIRECTIONS:  Preheat oven to 350º.  Oil a Twinkie® or baking log pan with your preferred oil (or line large baking sheet with parchment paper).   If you don’t have a Twinkie® pan, but you still want to try this, just make round ones using a regular muffin pan.   They just won’t be “logs”. 😉

On a paper plate, measure out dry ingredients and stir.  Set aside a moment.  Break eggs into medium bowl and add oil and water.  Beat with whisk to blend well.  Using a rubber spatula next, slowly dust in or sprinkle the dry ingredients over the top and stir rapidly to blend.  Add the 1 cup mozzarella shreds, stirring and folding batter over and over to allow the glucomannan to thicken up.  It will be a pretty thick like bread batter in just a couple minutes.  When all nice and thick, spoon about 1½ T. batter into each of 12 oiled Twinkie® pan slots.

If batter seems a bit thin, let it set up a couple minutes longer.  Stir several times more.   If still too thin, I fear you’ve added too much water and need to add a teensy bit more glucomannan powder.   When batter is fairly thick, use the side of your rubber spatula to dip into the Twinkie® slots of your pan, or into your muffin cups.  Or you can spoon batter into 24 oiled mini-muffin cup slots for a bite-sized version of these that would be nice for entertaining.   Top each “log” with a small strip of the chicken meat (around 2″x½” strip or equivalent morsels of meat) until all meat is used up.  Then top with a slice of pepperoni (I sliced mine in half to spread it out).  If not sodium sensitive like we are, you may want to increase pepperoni to 2 slices per log, but alter numbers below accordingly.  Last, sprinkle a few of the extra mozzy shreds atop each log.  Pop pan into hot oven and bake for 9-12 minutes or until lightly browned on top.  Keep an eye out so you don’t over brown these or they may dry out.  To avoid tearing them up, slightly cool before removing from pans to a serving plate.  I used a mini rubber spatula to help lift mine out of the pans.

NUTRITIONAL INFO:  Makes 12 pizza logs, each log will contain:

137.25 cals, 10.6g fat, 1.75g carbs, 0.71g fiber, 1.04g NET CARBS, 9.93g protein, 397mg sodium

(Divide numbers by 2 if you make the mini-muffin version)

 

 

Indian Meatballs in Curry Gravy

This delicious curry draws  much of its flavor from the dried fenugreek leaves.  I can’t really describe the flavor of fenugreek, other than it is similar to dried parsley with a musty, somewhat earthy taste.  Although it is available in whole seeds and powder, I prefer using the dried leaf form of this spice in curries.  Widely used in Iranian, and Indian cuisine, it is a nice backdrop flavor that adds something special to the other spice profile of this dish.  I order mine on the internet, but if you’re lucky enough to have an Indian or Middle Eastern grocery in your city, they will surely have it.  You can make this recipe without it, but it won’t be quite as unique in flavor, more like a lot of other curries you’ve had before………good, just not AS good.  🙂

I like to make meatballs in big batches and freeze the leftovers for quick, easy meals in the future.  Although this recipe of meatballs makes thirty 1½ meatballs, I only cooked 9 tonight in my gravy and found that 3 (plus 2 large spoons of gravy) made a nice serving over some cooked cauliflower “rice”.  My husband ate 4 meatballs.    The two leftover (with a couple spoons of sauce) will make a nice lunch one day for someone.

MEATBALL INGREDIENTS (makes 30, some for future use):

24 oz. (1½ lb.) lean ground pork

18 oz. chicken breast (weighed before boning, removing skin and grinding)

2 oz. onion, finely minced

1/3 c. cilantro leaves, chopped

½ jalapeno, seeded and minced

2 cloves garlic, minced

2 large eggs

½ sheet Joseph’s Lavash Flax & Oat Fiber flatbread (omit if still on Atkins Induction Phase)

1/8 tsp. sea salt

1 tsp. Garam Masala Spice Blend

½ tsp. curry powder

¼ tsp. ground turmeric

½ tsp. ground cumin

¼ tsp. coarse black pepper

VARIATION:  Use ground beef or lamb for a change in flavor!

CURRY/GRAVY INGREDIENTS:

2 c. homemade chicken broth

¼ c. heavy cream

½ c. tomato sauce (or 2 T. tomato paste)

¼ cilantro leaves, chopped

½-1 tsp. Garam Masala

1 tsp. curry powder

1/8 tsp. ground turmeric

1 T. crushed, dried fenugreek leaves (or 1 tsp. ground seed)

1/3 tsp. nigella seed (optional), also called Charnushka or Kalongi

1/8 tsp. coarse black pepper (or cayenne if you like curry spicy)

½ tsp. sea salt

¼ c. frozen peas (or frozen green beans to lower carbs)

3 Roma plum tomatoes, cut into chunks (added at very last of cooking)

Optional:  1/2 cup coconut milk for richer gravy (adds 1 more net carb than shown below)

DIRECTIONS: Mix all meatball spices in a bowl and set aside a moment.  Wet the bread with water to soften.  Squeeze out water and break/mush it up in a medium mixing bowl.  Add meat(s) and all other meat mixture ingredients to bowl.  Mix with a fork or your hands (like you do meatloaf) until all ingredients are uniformly blended into one mass of meat.  Using your palms, form thirty 1½” meatballs placing them on a non-stick or parchment-lined sheet pan.  I actually skillet browned the nine I was cooking for tonight’s meal.  Pop into 350º oven for about 30 minutes or until lightly browning.  Remove.

While the meatballs are cooking, if you skillet-browned tonight’s meatballs, in that very same skillet, add all listed gravy ingredients (except the tomatoes) and bring to a boil over high heat.  Lower heat to a simmer and simmer for about 20 minutes.  Add the tomatoes and meatballs back into the skillet at this juncture.  Continue simmering about 10 more minutes to reduce liquid and blend flavors.  The gravy will slightly thicken as it cooks down (keep simmering it too watery.  It WILL thicken up).  If you like your curry gravy thicker, add a light dusting of your favorite low-carb thickener and simmer 1-2 minutes to set up. Serve at once with green side, salad or if preferred, a prepared bed of cooked cauliflower rice.

TIP: Freeze the surplus meatballs for future Indian curry recipes.  Just make up any of your favorite curry gravies and drop the still frozen meatballs, simmering all long enough to gently thaw them and compose you new dish!  A quick week-night meal at the ready in about 30 minutes with pre-cooked meatballs!

NUTRITIONAL INFO:   (meat will make 30 meatballs total).  Using just 9 of them for this meal.  3= 1 serving.  Each serving plus 2 large cooking spoons of the curry/gravy will contain:

349 cals, 21.47g fat, 9.93g carbs, 2.08g fiber, 7.85g NET CARBS, 26.55g protein, 670 mg sodium

 

Spinach Parmesan Bake

 

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Spinach Parmesan Bake

This has been a very popular side dish on my blog.  It is simple to make and I’m very please with the resulting flavor profile.  It went very nicely with our boneless baked rosemary-onion pork steaks tonight.   I did put 3 large sliced mushrooms in this, but they added absolutely nothing to the flavor impact, so I won’t include them again and I’m not including those in my recipe here.  This dish is Induction acceptable.  Popeye himself would brag on the nutritional stats for a serving of this spinach dish!

INGREDIENTS:

2 T. olive oil

2 oz. onion, chopped

Dash salt

10 oz. box frozen spinach, thawed and drained

2 oz. cream cheese

2 oz. heavy cream

1/3 c. homemade mayonnaise

2 large eggs

3/4 c. grated Parmesan cheese

With Chicken Added for a meal!

VARIATION:   Add 2 c. chopped raw, boneless chicken meat to the skillet with the onion and turn this side dish into a delicious meal.

DIRECTIONS:  Preheat oven to 350º.  Heat olive oil in non-stick skillet over med-high heat.  Add onion and salt and saute the onion until tender.  Add the drained spinach and cook a few minutes, stirring several times.  Lower heat to medium.  Cut the cream cheese into little chunks and melt and stir it into the warm spinach.  Add mayonnaise and stir well.  Turn off heat.  Beat the eggs in a bowl with the cream and pour it evenly over the top of the spinach.  Top with Parmesan and bake for 20-25 minutes at 350º.

NUTRITIONAL INFO:  Makes 4 servings, each contains:

420 calories, 38 g  fat, 6.78 g  carbs, 2.75 g  fiber, 4.03 NET CARBS, 15.28 g  protein, 622 mg sodium

Indian Chicken-Eggplant Curry

Water/broth version.

This particular base curry recipe is the one I keep coming back to again and again.  One can substitute tomato paste or sauce in the gravy, rather than whole tomatoes, but I prefer the fresh tomatoes in my curry. This is easy to make and incredibly delicious!  This dish is OK for Induction and is also suitable for Primal diners.  Paleo followers need to use coconut milk instead of cream, but coconut milk is GREAT in Indian curries!  The sky’s the limit on what vegetables or meat you use in this basic curry recipe.

Cream-based version

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INGREDIENTS:

1 T. cumin seed (or 2 tsp. seed + 1 tsp. ground)

2 T. each olive oil and butter (or any combination of same)

3 oz. sliced onion

2 deboned 7-8 oz. chicken breasts, cut into 1-1½” chunks

¼ tsp. salt

¼-½  tsp. cayenne pepper  (use ½ tsp. only if you like it HOT)

1 tsp. ground cumin

½ T. minced fresh ginger

½ tsp. ground turmeric

1 T. my homemade Garam Masala 

4 T. fresh cilantro, chopped

1½ c. chicken broth

2 Roma tomatoes (3″) , cut into 1″ cubes (use 1 Tbsp. tomato paste for a redder Butter Chicken look and taste)

10 oz. eggplant, cut into 1½” large cubes

1 jalapeno, seeded and slivered very thin

¼ c. heavy cream (Paleo-Primal folks should use coconut milk)

VARIATION:  Omit cream or coconut milk in the sauce and have what is called a “water-based” curry gravy. 

DIRECTIONS:  In a dry non-stick skillet or wok, dry roast the whole cumin seed, stirring, just until they become fragrant but not burned (about 1-2 minutes).  Add olive oil, butter and onions & saute a few minutes.  Add chicken, turmeric and continue to saute until chicken is opaque.  Add all remaining ingredients except heavy cream (if using). Simmer covered on lowest heat about 30 minutes until tomatoes are tender but not falling totally apart.  Add heavy cream and continue to simmer 5-10 minutes longer.  If desired, slightly thicken with a few successive, light dustings of xanthan gum or glucomannan powder, whisking or stirring vigorously between additions to allow it to “develop/thicken”.  Optional:  serve over steamed cauliflower or basmati rice for non-low-carb dinner guests.

NUTRITIONAL INFO: Serves 5, each serving contains: (includes cream, but not suggested cauliflower or rice “bed”.

425 cals, 34.3g fat, 7.7g carbs, 2.64g fiber, 5.06g NET CARBS, 21g protein, 404mg sodium

 

Asian Cabbage Salad

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This was our lunch today.  I love this recipe in the summertime!  So easy to throw together for lunch without heating up the kitchen.  To clear out the last of some Tahini I had on hand, I added it to the dressing this time and that is the dressing in the picture.  It was good, but since I don’t usually do this, I have calculated the nutritional info below without the tahini.  Despite the small amount of tahini (sesame seeds, not acceptable until OWL) each serving would get, I think you could enjoy this on Induction without doing irreparable damage to your weight loss program When I have a little leftover cooked chicken or steak, I like to add it to the top of this salad to make it a complete meal.  But this salad is delicious without any meat at all!  :).

INGREDIENTS:

2 T. lime juice

2 T. rice vinegar

2T. + 2 tsp. sesame oil

1 tsp. hot sesame oil

3-4 drops liquid sweetener

3 T. low-sodium soy sauce

1 tsp. minced fresh ginger

6 c. shredded Napa cabbage

1 c. chopped fresh cilantro

1 shredded carrot

½ fresh jalapeno, seeded, sliced in small julienne strips

OPTIONAL:  2 T. peanut butter added to dressing (not calculated in below).  Leftover cooked steak (or chicken as shown above).

DIRECTIONS:  Whisk first 7 ingredients together in a small bowl for the dressing.  Set aside.  Shred/slice napa cabbage and place in large bowl.  Add grated carrot, cilantro and julienned jalapeno.  Toss well and plate servings.  You can alternately so plate directly in layers on each person’s plate if you prefer (what I in the photo above).  If adding any meat, sprinkle in equal amounts on each serving.  Provide dressing in individual small cups for each person to add as they please.

NUTRITIONAL INFO: Makes 4 large servings, each containing approximately:

95 calories, 3.6 g  fat, 2.9 g  protein, 13.5 g  carbs, 5.0 g  fiber, 8.5 g  NET CARBS, 350 mg sodium

Moo Shu Pork

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The filling

We were  introduced to Moo Shu Pork by a friend in Houston many years ago.  We fell in love with it at first bite!  There’s something about the unusual ingredients and the sweet, tangy plum sauce that is a flavor marriage made in heaven, in my opinion.  As with any Chinese food, more time is spent in the preparation than the cooking, but this one is so worth the time!

I line up paper plates by my stove and get each ingredient chopped and onto a plate, ready to add to the wok at the right moment.  I soak the Tiger Lily Buds and mushrooms first.  Make the marinade next.  Scramble the eggs and chop next.  Chop/slice my veggies last.  Then I’m ready to cook!

This recipe is slightly higher in carbs than many of mine and not suitable until you are closer to goal weight, but again, it’s a treat not meant to be indulged in often.  Moreover, I consider any recipe below 10g net carbs a serving to be A-OK, as that is so much lower than the average fare on the Standard American Diet (SAD) of my past.  🙂

NOTE:  Shitaake mushrooms, Cloud Ear Fungus (also called wood ear mushroom) and Tiger Lily Buds are essential to traditional Mu Shu Pork classic flavors.  If omitted, you aren’t eating true Moo Shu.  Asian groceries will all carry these items.  I order mine on-line.

MARINADE INGREDIENTS:

¼ c. mushroom soaking liquid

4 T. my homemade Hoisin Sauce

1 T. rice wine vinegar

1 T. fish sauce (I use Thai Kitchen brand) [or use oyster sauce]

1 tsp. toasted sesame oil

3 cloves garlic, minced

1 tsp. Sambal Oelek chili sauce

¼ tsp. xanthan gum or preferred thickener

FILLING INGREDIENTS:

2 large eggs, scrambled

1 T. butter (to cook eggs in)

8 oz. lean only pork loin, slivered thin

3 T. peanut or olive oil (or your preferred oil)

½ c. cabbage, slivered thin

4 large dried shitaake mushrooms, soaked

3 large green onions, slivered thinly lengthwise, cut 1″ pieces

1 c. fresh bean sprouts

¼ c. canned bamboo shoots, julienne  slivered

½ c. dried Cloud Ear Fungus strips, soaked (if using whole, slice them)

½ cup (small handful) Tiger Lily Buds, cut in half, soaked

8 low-carb flour tortillas (I use La Banderita at 5 n.c. per piece)

Extra hoisin sauce to “dress” before eating (not calculated into stats, as amount used varies)

VARIATION:  Use slivered chicken in lieu of pork for a Moo Shu Chicken version

DIRECTIONS:  In 3 small bowls, soak mushrooms, Tiger Lily Buds and Clour Ear in very hot water until soft.  You want to save the mushroom liquid and just lift them out of that “stock”.  Cut out the tough mushroom stems and slice the mushroom flesh.  Place on paper towels to dry off for now.  Discard water off the Cloud Ear Fungus.  If using whole ones, chop or slice and paper towel dry.  If using pre-cut strips just set them on paper towel to dry.  Discard water off the Tiger Lily Buds and chop them in half.  Dry on paper towels.  Set these 3 ingredients near the stove.

Mix all marinade ingredients in the small bowl.  Add ¼ c. of the mushroom soaking water.  When well-mixed, pour half the marinade into medium bowl and add the sliced meat.  Toss the meat with your hands to coat meat well and let it marinade while you continue your prepping.  Remaining marinade will be added to the wok at the end of cooking.

Scramble the eggs over medium in the butter until set.  Remove from heat and chop into medium bits (but not too fine).  Set those aside by stove so they are at-the-ready.

Now you’re ready to cook.  Heat a dry wok or large skillet.  Chinese cooks have a saying:  “Hot Wok; Cold Fat.”  If you do it this way, the meat does not stick to the pan.  If you heat the oil as you heat the wok,  the meat almost invariably sticks to the pan!  When the steel is VERY HOT, quickly dump in the oil and promptly the meat into the cold oil.  Don’t worry, the oil will get hot quick when it hits the hot metal.  Stir-fry with spoon until meat is no longer pink.  Add in cabbage and Cloud Ear Fungus next.  Stir-fry until they just barely begins to go limp.  Next add the bean sprouts & scallions and cook those just 1 minute.  Add the mushrooms, bamboo shoot slivers and Tiger Lily Buds next, cooking the mixture 2-3 minutes.  Pour in the remaining marinade and stir well so all filling is now moistened.  Cook another minute or so for the thickener in the marinade to do its job.   Add the egg to the wok last, during the final minute of cooking, and stir just to mix.  Remove wok from heat.

Serve the filling at the table (I like to do t right in the wok so it stays warm) with low-carb tortillas and more hoisin sauce.  I haven’t gotten around to creating a Chinese-style pancake, but give me awhile and I may do that one day.  Place about ½-3/4 c. filling on the tortilla down the center.  Dab a little extra hoisin sauce down the filling edge (as shown above) and fold the bottom edge up (to catch juices as you eat).  Then fold the sides of the tortilla inward like a burrito and pick up and eat it with your hands, like a burrito.  Moo Shu Pork is traditionally eaten with hands and is rather messy to eat with a fork, quite honestly.

NUTRITIONAL INFO:   Makes 8 servings, each contains:  (Includes wrapper but does not include hoisin sauce)

216 cals, 12.4g fat, 24.35g carbs, 13.72g fiber, 10.63g NET CARBS (plus any added hoisin), 13.7g protein, 814mg sodium (and that’s using low-sodium soy sauce!)

 

Spicy Boursin Chicken Breast

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

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INGREDIENTS:

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

12 oz. frozen chopped spinach

3 oz. red bell pepper, finely chopped

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

5 oz. package Boursin Cheese with garlic and herbs

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

Dash black pepper

Find it in the specialty cheese bin at most grocery stores.

3 T. melted butter

VARIATION:  Use fish filets for the chicken.

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

NUTRITIONAL INFO: Makes 6 servings, each contains:

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

Chicken Kiev

I haven’t made this Induction-friendly dish in years.  I re-worked my original recipe to be low-carb and thought I’d share it for anyone who has ever had this tasty dish before or who might like to try it.  The rolls of filled meat can be prepared ahead of time so this is a nice dish to do for company.  Just pop in the oven and bake for 30 minutes when you’re ready to serve.   Chicken Kiev is traditionally coated with a bread crumb mixture and they are deep fried, but I’m substituting crushed pork rinds to keep it Atkins-friendly.  I also prefer oven frying to using the deep oil frying method.  The butter melts inside the chicken “packets” during baking and will ooze out onto your plate when you cut into these tasty mini “roulades” it at table!  Some may get lost in “cracks in the dam” and end up in the baking pan.  Not to worry, just pour it up over the servings on the serving platter.  Waste not, want not, when it comes to delicious butter, I always say. You’ll love this incredibly easy-to-preoare classic dish!  My mother first made it when I was in high school and I have never forgotten how good it was.  It is suitable for all phases of Atkins and other Keto diets as well.

INGREDIENTS:

6 boneless, skinless chicken breasts (5 oz. each)

¼ c. unsalted butter (½ stick), softened

1 T. chives, minced

1 clove garlic, minced

2 oz. pork rinds (plain), crushed

2 T. parsley, minced

½ t. paprika

Dash coarse black pepper

1 oz. Parmesan cheese (kind in shaker can is fine)

1 beaten egg

DIRECTIONS:  In a small bowl combine softened butter, chives, garlic and parsley.  Shape into a rectangle about 3″x2″ on a piece of plastic wrap.   Wrap it up and freeze.  Now flatten chicken breasts with meat mallet to ¼” thickness.  Remove butter from freezer and cut into 6 equal portions.  Place one piece of butter in center of each flattened breast.  Fold meat over butter, folding up the ends and secure all with several toothpick(s) to prevent butter from oozing all out.

Process pork rinds and Parmesan, or just stir them into a shallow dish once crushed well.  Add paprika, pepper and Parmesan for coating and blend well.  In another dish, beat the egg.  Dip chicken rolls into egg wash (or brush it onto them) coating as completely as possible.  Sprinkle well on all surfaces with the Parm-rind mixture assuring it covers all surface area.  Place rolls in greased 9″x13″ metal pan (toothpick side up).  Bake uncovered at 350º for about 30 minutes or until no longer pink on bottoms.  Serve with your favorite vegetable side dishes.  It goes without saying, either remove toothpicks before serving (or remind diners to do so).

NUTRITIONAL INFO: Makes 6 servings each containing:

460 cals, 24 g  fat, 0.63 g carbs, 0.1g fiber, 0.53g NET CARBS, 51g protein, 816 mg sodium (to lower sodium, replace some of the pork rinds with low-carb bread crumbs)

Smoked Chicken-Broccoli Casserole

Smoked Chicken-Broccoli CasseroleThis recipe came about from a huge chicken breast we smoked on the grill last week that was not eaten.  This casserole is a perfect meld of flavors that is sure to please.  It is edibly rich and delicious.  My husband rants about this one when I make it.  The smoke flavor of the meat is what makes it so tasty!  This recipe is suitable for all phases of Atkins and Keto diets if you can fit it into your daily macro limits.  You can lower the nutritional numbers below by stretching this to 5 servings or reducing the heavy cream, the cream cheese but bear in mind the final dish will be somewhat “thicker” on the fork.

INGREDIENTS:

1 large grilled chicken breast, chopped (mine yielded 2½ c.)

1 stalk broccoli, stem removed, cut into small flowerets

2 T. butter, unsalted

2 oz. onion, slivered thinly

6 large mushrooms, sliced

8 oz. cream cheese

2/3 c. heavy cream

¼ c. hemp hearts (optional)

1 c. shredded Parmesan cheese

Dash coarse black pepper

DIRECTIONS:   Preheat oven to 350º.  Melt butter in skillet and saute onion & mushrooms until translucent.  While it is cooking, cut up the chicken into bite-size pieces.  Add the broccoli to the pan and saute for just 1-2 minutes.  Dot the skillet with small pieces of the cream cheese and blend to aid in melting.  Add the cream, shredded Parmesan hemp heart and fold all together lightly to blend.  Remove from heat and pour/spoon into a lightly oiled baking dish.  Pop into 350º oven for 20-25 minutes to allow flavors to meld and develop.  Remove and serve with a nice green salad.

NUTRITIONAL INFO:  Makes 4 servings each containing:

736 cals, 59g fat, 8.32g carbs, 2.15g fiber, 6.17g NET CARBS, 44.3g protein, 916 mg sodium

 

 

Chicken-Kale Salad

We baked chicken this week and earlier in the month as well, therefore I had quite a bit of leftover chicken meat in the freezer.  I decided to make an interesting salad with it for lunch today.  I’ve discovered I quite like raw kale in salads.  It’s not bitter or strong when used raw and in moderation.  But if you’re totally hung-up on not eating kale, you can certainly substitute fresh baby spinach leaves in this salad.  I would leave the baby spinach leaves whole and pinch off the stems.  This salad was surprisingly delicious and very filling.  If you are farther along in your weight-loss journey, you can add more chopped prune if you like a fruitier chicken salad.  I think it would be good with more prune, to be honest.  I always put some onion in the processor when making my homemade mayo, but if you do not, you might want to add a bit of slivered red onion to this salad.  This salad is not suitable until you are in phase 2 of Atkins.

INGREDIENTS:

1 large (or 2 small) leaves curly-leaf kale (about 1 c. chopped)

4 c. cooked chicken meat, cut in ½” dice

¼ c. homemade Shawarma Mayonnaise

2 dried prunes, chopped (Del Monte=no added sugar), chopped

OPTIONAL:  8 black olives, chopped, 8 walnut halves broken up, some red onion

VARIATION:  Instead of 2 prunes, sub in ½ c. diced apple (careful, as it’s very carb-y!).  Instead of kale, you could use fresh spinach leaves.

DIRECTIONS:  Stem and coarsely chop kale and place in medium bowl.  If you prefer to use baby spinach, stem and leave leaves whole.  Add 4 c. chopped chicken meat to the bowl.  Next add the homemade Shawarma mayo.  Chop prunes small and add to the bowl.  I actually did add the optional black olives to this at my husband’s urging, but thought they added nothing and may just leave them out next time.  I’m not fond of them thrown into as many dishes as he is.  😉  Add walnuts if using.  Using a large spoon, toss all ingredients to coat well with mayo dressing.  Spoon into a serving dish and serve at once.

NUTRITIONAL INFO:  Makes 4 servings, each contains:

447 cals., 33g fat, 4.8g carbs, 0.92g fiber, 3.88g NET CARBS, 37.6g protein, 624 mg sodium

Asian Cabbage Salad

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This was what we had for lunch today.  I love this recipe in the summertime!  So easy to throw together for lunch without heating up the kitchen.  When I have a little leftover cooked chicken or steak, I like to add it to the top of this salad to make it a complete meal.  But this salad is delicious without any meat at all!  🙂 .  This can tasty dish be enjoyed by people on all phases of Atkins and Keto diets.  It is suitable for Primal-Paleo followers as well.

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INGREDIENTS:

2 T. lime juice

2 T. rice vinegar

2T. + 2 tsp. sesame oil

1 tsp. hot sesame oil (or ¼ tsp. Sriracha sauce)

3-4 drops liquid sweetener

3 T. low-sodium soy sauce

1 tsp. minced fresh ginger

6 c. shredded Napa cabbage

1 c. chopped fresh cilantro

1 shredded carrot

½ fresh jalapeno, seeded, sliced in small julienne strips

OPTIONAL:  2 T. peanut butter added to dressing (not calculated in below).  Leftover cooked steak (or chicken as shown above). Adding ½ c/ chicken to each serving adds about 150 calories, 9g fat, 18g protein to each serving.

DIRECTIONS:  Whisk first 7 ingredients together in a small bowl for the dressing.  Set aside.  Shred/slice napa cabbage and place in large bowl.  Add grated carrot, cilantro and julienned jalapeno.  Toss well and plate servings.  You can alternately so plate directly in layers on each person’s plate if you prefer (what I in the photo above).  If adding any meat, sprinkle in equal amounts on each serving.  Provide dressing in individual small cups for each person to add as they please.

NUTRITIONAL INFO: Makes 4 servings, each containing approximately:

95 calories, 3.6 g  fat, 2.9 g  protein, 13.5 g  carbs, 5.0 g  fiber, 8.5 g  NET CARBS, 350 mg sodium

Mediterranean Roasted Chicken and Cauliflower

I just love roasted vegetables and this combination is a new one for me.  First time I’ve roasted cauliflower.  Very tasty!  Not sure it’s my personal favorite way to have cauliflower, but it was certainly delicious.  I know many just rave about roasted cauliflower, so this recipe should be their cup of tea.  And it’s so easy.  The luscious, garlic-y aroma from the kitchen while it bakes really gets your appetite going!  This recipe is suitable for all phases of Atkins, Keto diets and Primal/Paleo as well.

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INGREDIENTS:

6 pieces of chicken, your choice (1 lg. breast, halved, 2 drumsticks, 2 thighs)

2 large plum tomatoes, cut in wedges

6 large flowerets cauliflower (I used 1 small head cut in 6 pieces)

4 oz. yellow onion, sliced lengthwise

6 cloves garlic, chopped coarsely

½ tsp. oregano leaves, dried, crushed

1/8 tsp. coarse black pepper

¼ c. extra virgin olive oil

OPTIONAL:  Juice of 1 small lemon

DIRECTIONS: Preheat oven to 375º.  I actually roasted mine on “convection/roast”.  Place chicken pieces on large baking pan with space between the pieces.  Place tomato wedges between the chicken pieces.  Add the cauliflower chunks evenly in the pan.  Finally poke the garlic between items.  Lay the slices of onion among and on top of the meat pieces.  You want a few of those to brown off while cooking, for the rich flavor they will acquire in browning.  Drizzle the olive oil and lemon juice (if using) evenly over everything in the pan.  Sprinkle evenly with the pepper and oregano.  Pop pan into 350º oven and bake/roast for about 1 hour – 1hr. 10 minutes or until chicken pieces are fully done.  If you’ll make a cut into the thickest parts of the chicken pieces, they will cook faster and take only around 45 minutes.  Ovens vary, so keep and eye out and lower temperature to 350º if you think the food is browning too much way before the meat is done.  Remove and serve with a fresh green salad topped with an Italian or Greek dressing.

NUTRITIONAL INFO:   Makes 4 servings, each contains:

385 cals., 39g fat if all pan juices consumed (unlikely), 8.46g carbs, 1.93g fiber, 6.53g NET CARBS, 43g protein, 610 mg sodium

 

Grilled Chicken Salad

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Grilled Chicken Green Salad (shown with my Balsamic Vinaigrette)

The light and delicious salad shown above makes a complete meal.  I’ve eaten it both for lunch or dinner.   It’s one of my favorite ways to use 1-2 pieces of leftover grilled chicken if that doesn’t go into a sandwich first.  I like to have my husband grill a few extra pieces of chicken and freeze for a quick thaw and quick lunch like this.  I remembered today I still had a char-grilled chicken breast in my freezer and decided to thaw and slice it to have atop our salads.  We both love smoked meats, and to go on green salads……well how can you go wrong?  A very nice and easy meal, this one!   This salad can easily help you stay within your carb limits!  This salad is suitable for all phases of Atkins, Keto diets and Primal-Paleo consumption as well.

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INGREDIENTS:

2½-3 c. loosely packed mixed salad greens of your choosing (enough to fill a dinner plate nicely)

¼ small carrot, sliced thinly (optional)

5 thin slices cucumber

3 cherry tomatoes, sliced in halves

3 oz. grilled chicken breast, sliced thin (I leave the skin on)

1½ T. my Balsamic Vinaigrette

DIRECTIONS:  Cut up and plate the salad greens, carrot, tomatoes and cucumbers.  Slice and add the grilled chicken.  Top with the dressing and serve.  ENJOY!

NUTRITIONAL INFO:  Makes salad for 1 person.  This salad contains:

329 cals., 20.2g fat 8.9g carbs, 4.1g fiber, 4.8g NET CARBS (3.6 if you omit carrot), 25.7g  protein, 356 mg sodium

Creamy Sausage and Gnocchi

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

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INGREDIENTS:

1 recipe Peggy’s Original Dumplings dough

10 oz. smoked sausage, sliced

3 oz. yellow onion, sliced

1 c. parsley, chopped

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

2 T. tomato paste

1 tsp. my Homemade Montreal Steak Seasoning

1/8 tsp. coarse black pepper

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

1 c. heavy cream

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

Asian Chicken Salad with Peanut Dressing

 

Asian Chicken Salad with Peanut Dressing
Asian Chicken Salad with Peanut Dressing

This recipe is an older one on my site, but it is so good and has been so popular, I thought I’d re-share it for those who missed it the first time around.  I love this recipe in the summertime!  It’s so easy to prepare and simply DELICIOUS!  Best of all, no oven required to heat up your kitchen.  Summer in Texas forces us to think about such things.  We’re already averaging 98º-100º daily! Lord what will July and August be like this year in Central Texas?  I don’t mind doing a quick skillet sear, but don’t want to turn that oven on very often in summer.   This salad is is just perfect for Texas summer weather and is suitable for all phases of Atkins and Keto diets as well.

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INGREDIENTS:

1 large chicken breast, skinned (8 oz.)

1 T. butter

2 T. lime juice

2 T. rice vinegar

1 T. olive oil

1 tsp. sesame oil

1 tsp. hot sesame oil (or 1/8 tsp. Sambal Oelek chili sauce, or Sriracha)

2 drops liquid stevia

1/2 tsp. low-sodium soy sauce, tamari or coconut aminos

1 T. peanut butter

4 c. Napa cabbage, shredded (or mixture of lettuce or cabbage slaw mix)

½ c. fresh cilantro, chopped

2 large green onions, chopped

½  carrot (5″) shredded with a carrot peeler

1  fresh jalapeno, seeded, sliced in thin strips 1″ long

DIRECTIONS:  Slice chicken diagonally into smaller pieces for quickest cooking.  Heat butter in skillet and sear chicken well on all sides.  Remove and slightly cool.  Alternately, you can use leftover grilled chicken as I did in photo above.  Slice into smaller slices if desired.

For the dressing, whisk the next 8 ingredients together in a small bowl and set aside for flavors to develop.

In a large bowl or on your cutting board, shred cabbage and place in large bowl.  Add grated carrot, cilantro, green onion and chopped jalapeno.  Toss well and plate greens equally on two plates.  Top each with half the chicken meat.  Provide dressing in individual cups on the plate for each person to add as they please.

NUTRITIONAL INFO: Makes 2 large servings, each contains:

450 calories, 25.5g fat, 10.2g carbs, 3.35g fiber, 6.85g NET CARBS, 39.5g protein, 632mg sodium

 

Chipotle-Jack Chicken Cutlets

There was such a ginormous chicken breast in the package my husband brought home yesterday, the one alone would feed 4 people.  So this is what I made for lunch today with the monster.  I wanted a Mexican food flavor, so I came up with these tasty cutlets.  This dish is quick to make and your family will love it!  If you’re not a fan of pork rinds, substitute almond meal instead.  This recipe is suitable for all phases of Atkins and other Keto diets.  Paleo followers would have to delete the cheese.

INGREDIENTS:

12 oz. boneless, skinless chicken breasts (four)

1 tsp. my Smoky Chipotle Spice Blend

2 oz. crushed pork rinds (about 1½ c.)

2 T. unsalted butter

3 oz. pepper jack cheese (3-4 slices)

OPTIONAL SAUCE:   Some homemade mayo with a bit of the chipotle spice blend stirred in, to be served at table.

DIRECTIONS:  Preheat oven to 350º.  Crush pork rinds (or use almond meal) in a blender, processor or in a plastic bag.  Remove any big, hard bits.  Add the spice blend and mix well.  I used one single, huge chicken breast and cut up into 4 equal portions.  If you buy the ready-cut boneless, skinless breasts (I never have), probably 4 of those will serve 4 people nicely.  Sprinkle the spice-crumb mixture evenly on both sides of the chicken.   Heat a skillet over medium-high heat and melt the butter.  Add the chicken pieces and brown nicely on all sides.  Chicken will likely be nearly done by then.

You can bake this dish in the skillet if it has a heatproof handle or you can place the pieces of chicken into a baking dish.  Top the meat decoratively with the pepper-jack cheese and pop into a 350º oven for about 15-20 minutes or until cheese is well-melted.  Chicken should be fully done by then.  Serve with a green salad or your favorite guacamole.  I added a top dressing to my chicken made of homemade mayo stirred up with a bit of the chipotle spice blend.  It was VERY good on top of my chicken.  That sauce also makes a tasty salad dressing for a green salad. 🙂

NUTRITIONAL INFO:   Makes 4 servings, each contains:  (does not include optional mayo sauce)

324 calories, 18.8g fat, 1.225g carbs, 0.22g fiber, 1.03g NET CARBS, 35.6g protein, 835mg sodium

 

 

Chicken Enchiladas

I made a batch of my Low-Carb Corn Tortillas this afternoon so that I could make some chicken enchiladas.  My dog Button is over 14 years old now and I spoil her terribly in her remaining years.  She adores chicken over all other meats, so I boil her a thigh or leg once in awhile and she loves a few bits of it added to her kibble with a splash of the chicken broth to moisten.  She flat licks the stainless right off that stainless steel bowl, let me tell ya.  It was time to cook her some chicken again, so I decided to just go ahead and boil enough to make two recipes of enchiladas: one for dinner and one to freeze.  I have never frozen my Low-Carb Corn Tortillas so I’ll get to find out how they freeze & reheat now.  They’re not bad in flavor and certainly better than no corn tortillas at all. I’m just not as fond of using the low-carb flour tortillas for enchiladas, frankly.  They’re OK, but I only use those when I’m in a rush.

This recipe is not suitable until you are at the end of Atkins Phase 2 On-Going Weight Loss (OWL).

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INGREDIENTS:

3/4 recipe  Low-Carb Corn Tortillas (using only 6 for this recipe)

1 chicken thigh + 2 lg. drumsticks, boiled

1 T. my Sofrito sauce (or 2 T. chopped cilantro + 1/2 clove minced garlic)

1 c. tomatoes and green chiles, drained (about 2/3 can)

3 slices Deluxe American or Cheddar cheese (for inside enchiladas)

5 slices Deluxe American or Cheddar cheese (for topping)

½ c. red mild enchilada sauce (homemade, preferably)

Optional:  1½ oz. chopped onion browned in bit of oil (adds 1/2 net carb to each enchilada)

DIRECTIONS:  Lightly oil a baking dish and set aside.  Make the tortillas per that recipe’s instructions.  Set them aside, reserving 2 of the 8 for another use, as you only need 6 for this recipe.  Boil chicken until done (about 1 hour), cool and de-bone.  At this point, preheat your oven to 350º.  Shred the chicken meat into a bowl.  Add the drained tomatoes with green chiles, sofrito sauce (or cilantro option offered above) and the browned onion (if using).  Stir to mix all well.  Spoon 1/6 of the chicken mixture down the center of 1 tortilla.  Place ½ slice cheese inside in any fashion you like (or shred it up).  Roll gently the tortilla over the filling and place enchilada seam side down in the baking dish.  Repeat for the other 5 enchiladas.  Spoon or drizzle the enchilada sauce over the enchiladas.  FYI, I make my homemade enchilada sauce from 1 small can tomato sauce, a few slices cheese, some chili powder and garlic powder.  If you use canned enchilada sauce, now add the remaining 5 slices of cheese atop the enchiladas. You can shred the cheese if you prefer.  Cover pan with foil and bake at 350º for 15 minutes.  Uncover and bake another 15 minutes.  Remove from oven and serve with a lovely guacamole salad.

NUTRITIONAL INFO:    Makes 6 enchiladas, each contains:

347 calories, 27g fat, 7.83 g carbs, 1.7g fiber, 6.13g NET CARBS, 19.25g protein, 734 mg sodium (mostly from cheese)

 

Gosht with Pork (or lamb, beef, chicken)

The aromas in the kitchen when I make Gosht (a dish similar to Rogan Josh) evoke so many memories of Iran.  We had two different maids over the two years we lived there when I was growing up.  Fatimeh, a Muslim, did not eat pork.  However Pari, our first maid, was raised in a Christian orphanage and did cook pork regularly for us.  She made the best Gosht (stew) with eggplant and pork.  Fatimeh, of course, made it with lamb or beef.  I have even made this recipe with cut up chicken thighs and drumsticks and it, too, was yummy.  Your choice on the meat.  It’s the rest of what goes into the skillet that really makes this a wonderful, out-of-the-ordinary dinner.  If you want to cut carbs a bit, eliminate the dried prunes completely.  If you can afford the extra carbs, add a couple more of them!  They are delicious in this recipe and fruit is traditionally added to such stews in Iran! I serve this either on a bed of steamed cauliflower, or with rolled up Joseph’s Flax & Oat Fiber Lavash bread (1/2 sheet per person)

This recipe is suitable once you reach Phase 2 Atkins and Keto programs if the numbers fit your daily limits.

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INGREDIENTS:

12 oz. lean pork loin (or lamb, beef or 4 chicken pieces), trimmed of fat

¼ c. coconut or olive oil

10 oz. eggplant, skin on, cubed large

4 Roma tomatoes, cubed large

1 c. homemade chicken broth

4 oz. sliced yellow onion

1 c. frozen spinach, broken apart

1 T. Rogan Josh spice powder (I order from Penzy’s on-line)

1 tsp. ground cinnamon

1 tsp. fresh ginger, minced

1 cl. garlic minced

1/2 tsp. coarse black pepper

1/4 tsp. salt

½ c. chopped cilantro

1 tsp. my Garam Masala

2 dried prunes (I use Delmonte brand), chopped

DIRECTIONS:  Heat oil over high heat in a wok or large skillet.  Add the eggplant to the pan and stir until it begins to brown.  Add the onion and meat and brown them as well.  Add all remaining ingredients and stir well.  Lower heat to low and simmer with lid on the pan for about 30 minutes.  Eggplant will break down and slightly thicken the stew, but if you like, you can slightly thicken with your favorite thickener.  Serve over steamed cauliflower or with ½ sheet of Joseph’s Lavash Bread per person.

VARIATIONS:  Add 1 c. heavy cream or if beyond Induction, 1/2 c. yogurt for a richer sauce.  

NUTRITIONAL INFO:   Makes 4 servings, each contains:

282 calories, 18.49 g fat, 13.77 g carbs, 5.57 g fiber, 8.20 g NET CARBS, 16.9 g protein, 181 mg sodium

Middle Eastern Chicken Wraps

I have always loved Middle Eastern food, probably because when I was 10-12 years old, my father was stationed in Teheran, Iran.  I just love Greek tabouleh and hummus and prepare these simple dishes often.  Last week we had some leftover grilled chicken and I decided to make a delicious wrap for our lunch.  We were eating these in under 30 minutes!  Due to the Joseph’s Lavash Wraps having four product, this recipe is not suitable for Atkins Induction.

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INGREDIENTS:

1  sheet Joseph’s Flax Oat Bran Lavash Bread

1/2 c. chunks or grilled chicken

8 black olives

4 T. hummus (commercial or my homemade for lowest carbs)

1/2 c. tabouleh salad

Dash salt

DIRECTIONS:   Cut lavash sheet in half and plate.  Spoon 2 T. hummus down the center.  Next spoon on about 3-4 T. tabouleh salad.  Place 1/2 c. chicken meat on top of the hummus.  Top with 4 sliced olives.  Roll tightly and serve.  I like to serve with ice cold tea.

VARIATION:    Make with grilled beef strips or ground beef logs seasoned with a Shawarma spice mix.

NUTRITIONAL INFO:   Makes 2 sandwiches, each contains.

161 calories, 8.4 g fat, 8.2 g carbs, 2.8 g fiber, 5.4 NET CARBS, 13.7 g protein, 373 mg sodium

 

Chicken Breast in Shawarma Cream Sauce

Chicken in Shawarma Cream SauceThis moist, delicious, quick dinner was all that I hoped it would be.  I seared off butterflied chicken breasts in butter and made a delicious sauce of a cream reduction of a mixture of cream and homemade mayonnaise along with some of my tasty Shawarma Spice Blend.  This simple recipe is perfect for a week night when you’re tired from a hard day at work.  But it would be good enough to serve guests as well!  And of course this is suitable for all phases of Atkins, Keto diets, Primal and even Paleo if you sub in coconut milk for the cream.

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INGREDIENTS: 

2   8-10-oz.  boneless, skinless chicken breasts, butterflied

2 T. unsalted butter

Dash each coarse black pepper and sea salt

½ c. heavy cream (coconut milk for Paleo version)

1/3  c. homemade mayonnaise

½ tsp. my Shawarma Spice Blend

Water (just a bit, if needed to thin sauce if too thick)

DIRECTIONS:   Butterfly the chicken laterally almost through, spreading the two halves of each breast out to form 4 smaller, thinner fillets.  Alternately, you can leave them butterflied and whole and let your diners cut them as they wish at the table when serving themselves. Melt the butter in a large non-stick skillet over high heat.  Sear the chicken on all sides until the meat is no longer bleeding out pink juices and is done.  Remove meat to your serving platter while you make the sauce.

Lower heat to lowest setting and add the cream, homemade mayo and Shawarma spice blend.  Sprinkle on a dash of coarse black pepper and sea salt.  Allow to simmer stirring constantly, to de-glaze any brown bits off the pan into the sauce. Pour sauce carefully around (and a little bit down the middle of) the chicken fillets and serve at once with your favorite green veggies.

NUTRITIONAL INFO:    Makes 4 servings, each contains (using 10-oz breasts):

385 calories, 31 g fat, 1.07 g carbs, 0.30 g fiber, 0.77 g NET CARBS, 26 g protein, 374 mg sodium