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Moo Shu Pork

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I was introduced to Moo Shu Pork by a friend in Houston many years ago.  I fell in love with my 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 ingredients chopped and onto a plate, ready to dump into 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.

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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


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:  (does not include added hoisin when rolling)

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!)



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Chicken Florentine

This has become one of the most popular recipes on my website.  Sometimes we food bloggers get so wrapped up in creating new dishes, we can easily get lost in that quest and forget some of the old favorites.  I like to revisit this dish occasionally.

This recipe takes a mere 20-30 minutes to pull together.  It’s amazingly tasty and worth every one of those minutes.  So attractive on the platter, too!  And better yet, it’s Induction friendly!  The creamy spinach-mushroom topping compliments the seared chicken so nicely and is also good on seared salmon!  If in Atkins OWL Phase 2, adding 2 T. white wine to the spinach mixture is very, very good!  🙂

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3 large chicken breasts, deboned and skinned (I used 30 oz.)

1 T. unsalted butter

½ lb. fresh mushrooms sliced thick

1 clove minced garlic

Pinch salt and pepper

6 oz. fresh spinach (3-4 oz. if using frozen)

1/3 c. heavy cream

1/4 c. chicken broth

3 T. grated Parmesan

2 T. white wine (optional)

Pinch xanthan gum (if needed to thicken)

DIRECTIONS:  If using frozen spinach, cook in water as directed on package in a saucepan and drain well.  Set aside.  Now slice each chicken breast diagonally into 3-4 thinner slices to speed up cooking.  Melt butter in non-stick skillet and saute the chicken slices or “filets”, as I call them,  until lightly browned and thoroughly cooked (medium-high heat).  This won’t take long at all, which is precisely why I like to slice them.  Remove chicken to serving platter.  Add mushrooms to the same skillet and saute until done.   Add fresh spinach and garlic.   Saute until spinach is wilted.  Lower heat and add cream, broth, wine and cheese to spinach/mushroom mixture in skillet.  Add pinch of salt and pepper.  Lightly dust with xanthan gum 2-3 times, stirring between each addition to slightly thicken sauce.   Pour sauce over chicken.  Garnish with a sprinkle of parsley if desired.

NUTRITIONAL INFO: Makes 4 servings each with:

436 cals, 23g fat, 6.8g carbs, 2g fiber, 4.8g NET CARBS, 49 g protein, 200 mg sodium

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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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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

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I haven’t made this Induction-friendly dish in years.  Re-worked my original recipe to be low-carb some 10 years ago.  I made it again tonight and thought I’d re-share it in case you weren’t on-board back in 2009.  The rolls can be prepared ahead of time (all but the baking step) 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 and choose to bake mine.   The butter will melt inside the chicken “packets” during baking and will ooze out onto your plate when you cut into 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 easy dish!  It is suitable for all phases of Atkins and other Keto diets as well.

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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)

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This recipe came about from a huge chicken breast we smoked on the grill last week that was not eaten.  I froze it unsure of what I would do with it.  I pulled it out to defrost and made tonight’s dinner with it.  I had a lovely head of broccoli in the fridge, so I decided to go from there.  The end result was incredibly rich and delicious.  My husband ranted about this one, so I’ll be making it again.  The smoke flavor of the meat made it most 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.

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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



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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.

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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 (Del Monte has no added sugar), chopped

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

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

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It’s what’s for dinner tonight!  This simple baked chicken recipe delicious and a wonderful choice when you don’t feel much like cooking. Those are the nights I tend to bake chicken as simply as possible.  The seasoning flavor profile is subtle here and once you try it, you’ll be baking this bird again.  I usually serve this tasty dish with an avocado/green salad and ½ roasted sweet potato.  This recipe is suitable for all phases of Atkins, Keto diets and also for Paleo-Primal diners.  Clarify the butter if you follow a Paleo diet.

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1 whole chicken, butterflied

4 T. unsalted butter, melted

½ tsp. guajillo chile powder (or 1 seeded, ground whole dried guajillo chile)

¼ tsp. smoky chipotle powder (or 1 rinsed, seeded & mashed/minced canned chipotle in adobo sauce)

¼ tsp. garlic powder

¼ tsp. onion powder

Dash of salt

DIRECTIONS:  Preheat oven to 450º.  Cut up the back of the chicken (butterfly or spatchcock).  Melt the butter in your baking pan (I prefer metal pans for roasting meats) and brush over all chicken surfaces.  Mix the spices in a small saucer or paper plate and sprinkle over the chicken.  Sprinkle with a dash of salt to facilitate browning.  Pop pan in the oven and in 15 minutes, take it out.  Using a brush, baste the chicken with the melted butter.  Return to the oven and bake at 450º for around 20 minutes.  Remove and lower heat to 350º.  Baste again with buttery pan juices and return to hot oven.  Bake an additional 30 minutes or until a meat thermometer stuck into the leg/thigh joint and breast reads internal temp of 170º.  Baste one last time with pan juices and serve with a nice guacamole or green salad and/or your favorite, low-carb vegetable(s).

NUTRITIONAL INFO:  I will provide the nutritional info for 1/10th of the basting marinade as I get 10 pieces of chicken from a whole bird.  Bear in mind the pan juices are not all consumed, but there is no other way to break this down as it is dependent upon how much of those you actually eat.  You will need to add in the info for the specific piece(s) of chicken eaten.

Makes 8-10 servings; One serving contains: (does not include the particular pieces of chicken each person eats.  Add meat values to these baste numbers)

46.3 cals, 5.1g fat, 0.31g carbs, 0.08g fiber, 0.23g NET CARBS (sauce alone), 0.07g protein, trace sodium

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