Creamy Sausage Herb Pasta Sauce

This dinner creation this week was quite a pleasant taste surprise!  I was expecting ordinary but got anything but.  It went together amazingly fast, too, once I cooked my zoodles.  You could also use spaghetti squash threads or even a bed of steamed riced cauliflower.  This recipe is suitable for Phase 2 Atkins (OWL) and if the wine is omitted, those on Induction can even enjoy this dish.

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Added Note:  The leftovers on this recipe were even tastier than the night I made it!

INGREDIENTS:

12 oz. smoked sausage, sliced thin (mine was all pork made locally)

3 oz. onion, sliced thin

1 clove garlic, minced

2 Roma tomatoes, seeded and cut into strips

1/3 c. parsley, chopped

3 leaves fresh basil, sliced (or ½ tsp. dried)

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

1 tsp. fresh thyme (or ¼ tsp. dried)

¼ tsp. coarse black pepper

1/8 tsp. sea salt

1 c. dry white wine (I used Chardonay)

1 c. heavy cream

4 very large mushrooms, sliced

VARIATION:  Substitute Italian Sausage for the smoked sausage

DIRECTIONS:  Slice and lightly brown the sausage in a non-stick large skillet over medium-high heat.  Add the onion and saute until it begins to brown.  Add garlic, all spices, parsley and all other listed herbs.  Add the tomato strips and mushrooms and saute until both are slightly limp.  Add the white wine and simmer on medium heat.  Lower heat to lowest setting and add cream.  Simmer until the cream slightly thickens.  If you like a thicker sauce, add a light dusting of xanthan gum (or your preferred thickener) until desired thickness level is achieved.  Serve over a bed of zucchini noodles, spaghetti squash threads or cauli-rice.

NUTRITIONAL INFO:   Makes 5 servings of sauce, each contains:  (Note, this if for the sauce only.  You must add the numbers for whatever noodles you choose)

377 calories, 29.84 g fat, 6.18 g carbs, 0.96 g fiber, 5.22 g NET CARBS, 15 g protein, 308 mg sodium

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Spinach Mayonado (with optional Sausage Meatballs)

Spinach Mayonado (optional meatballs)

This is essentially a creamed spinach dish, but with a very special cream indeed.  I decided to not stir it altogether as that does not photograph so prettily.  The flavor of this creamy spinach dish will blow you away.  It’s sinfully rich and ever so good!  So good, in fact, I lick every bit of the sauce off the spoon and food processor bowl.  Seriously good eats.

Of course, you can always stir the sauce right into the spinach. It certainly ends up mixed on my plate while eating it.  🙂  To be quite honest, ANY meat, seared chicken breast strips, beef or pork meatballs or smoked sausage would be good alongside (or on top as shown) this extremely nutritious dish.

This recipe is Atkins Induction friendly, as well as being suitable for Keto diets, Primal and Paleo followers as well.

VARIATION:  This makes a great side dish without meat.  In fact, that is the first way I ate it when I created this creamy sauce.

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INGREDIENTS:

5 oz. lean pork bulk sausage (I use homemade sausage but any low-carb sausage will do)

6 T. my Shawarma Homemade Mayonnaise

1 avocado

16 oz. bag of frozen, chopped spinach

Water to cover spinach

DIRECTIONS:  Place spinach in large saucepan, cover with water and bring to boil and cook per package directions, about 5 minutes.  When done, drain spinach in strainer pressing out excess water as best you can.  Set aside while you make the rest of the dish.

While spinach is boiling, roll sausage into 6 small meatballs and brown in a non-stick skillet over medium-high heat, turning and rolling them frequently to brown all sides.  Cook until fully done (about 10-15 minutes, turn off heat remove and drain meatballs on paper towels.

In a bowl of a food processor (or blender), process the avocado with the 6 T. homemade mayo until fairly smooth.  You can also just mash it well with a fork, as it doesn’t have to be perfectly smooth.  Add a few drops of lemon juice (to prevent darkening) and pulse.

Spoon the spinach into your serving dish, Add the thick, creamy mayonado sauce to the top as shown (or stir into the spinach if you prefer) and top with your cooked meatballs.  ENJOY!

NUTRITIONAL INFO:  Makes 3 servings, each contains:

468 calories, 48 g  fat, 12.03 g  carbs, 8.66 g  fiber, 3.37 g  NET CARBS, 15.2 g  protein, 453 mg sodium

 

Beef Patties with Sriracha Cream Sauce

A quick, delicious meal for week nights when you’re tired.  These meat patties and sauce will only take 30 minutes to prepare!   And is this ever good!  This recipe is one you’ll find yourself making again and again.  There’s not enough Sriracha in the sauce to make this too hot for most people, but add it last and taste as you go to be certain you get it just right for your taste.  This recipe is suited to all phases of Atkins, Keto diets, and Primal Blueprint.  Use coconut milk instead of the cream if you follow Paleo.

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MEAT INGREDIENTS:

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

6 oz. breakfast pork sausage

1 tsp. my homemade Montreal Steak Spice Blend

1 tsp. no-salt lemon pepper (I use Victoria Gourmet brand)

1/4 tsp. Dad’s Poultry Seasoning (or your preferred brand)

SAUCE INGREDIENTS:

4 T. butter, melted

½ c. heavy cream

½ c. water

¼ tsp. xanthan gum (or your preferred thickener)

1/3 c. green onion, chopped fine

2 tsp. Sriracha sauce

Salt to taste

DIRECTIONS:  In a large bowl, mix the two meats and 3 spices listed.  Form into 4 patties and place in a hot non-stick skillet over medium-high heat.  Brown nicely on both sides.  Wile they cook, in a small saucepan, melt the butter, add the cream, water and green onion and bring to a light simmer.  Dust with the xanthan gum and whisk it in, simmering on low heat until the sauce thickens.  Add the Sriracha gradually and taste as you go, stopping when it is spicy to your liking.  Serve patties with 1/4 of the sauce over each serving.

NUTRITIONAL INFO:   Makes 4 adult servings, each contains: (form 5 patties to lower cals. & fat)

575 calories, 50.7 g fat, 2.65 g carbs, 0.62 g fiber, 2.03 g NET CARBS, 29.3 g protein, 440 mg sodium

 

Jalapeno Meatloaf Burgers

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I wanted a quick meal last night as I had been gardening most of the day and was tired.  I basically started with my meatloaf recipe (know it by heart) and added half of a  huge jalapeno.  Ate them on a Carb Smart Bun.  DEEEEEliscious!  Not quite the same as a meatloaf sandwich (without the tomato sauce topping), but super tasty!  Will do these again, that’s for sure!  These are not suitable until late in Phase 2 Atkins OWL unless you substitute a phase approved bread to sub in for the Joseph’s pita called for below.  These will fit a Keto diet if the carbs will fit your daily limits.

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INGREDIENTS:

1 lb. lean ground beef (I used grass-fed with a stronger flavor)

8 oz. lean ground pork

1 oz. red bell pepper, chopped

½ large jalapeno, chopped fine (use the whole thing if you like “spicy” food)

2 oz. onion, chopped

1 large stalk celery, chopped fine

2 T. olive oil

½ c. parsley, chopped

¼ tsp. dried oregano

1/8 tsp. black pepper

1 Joseph’s Flax-Oat Fiber Pita, moistened with a little water and mushed up

2 large eggs

¼ c. grated Parmesan cheese

DIRECTIONS:  In a non-stick skillet, saute the celery, bell pepper and jalapeno in the olive oil.  When getting tender, add to a medium mixing bowl.  Add all remaining ingredients and stir well with a fork or use your hands to blend like a meatloaf.  Form into 6 patties and brown on both sides on a lightly oiled griddle until they firm up and no longer exude pink juices.  Serve on your favorite low-carb bun and ENJOY!

NUTRITIONAL INFO:   Makes 6 large burgers (we could only eat one!), each contains:

337 calories, 26 g fat, 3.08 g carbs, 1 g fiber, 2.10 g NET CARBS, 24.3 g protein, 190 mg sodium

Curried Meatballs and Cauliflower

curried-meat-balls-and-cauliflowerMy husband wanted something “Indian” for dinner tonight.  I had thawed a pound of ground pork and also had half a pound of lean ground beef in the fridge.  We both love those tiny meatballs that appear on Indian restaurant buffet tables, so I decided to give them a stab and see what I ended up with.  Using what veggies I had on hand, this was the final dish and brother was it ever good!  Not at all spicy, so double the jalapeno if you’re into spicy, or add a dash of cayenne pepper.  For the non-low-carbers at the table, this would be delicious served with basmati rice, but it was pretty darn good just as is, quite honestly.  This dish is suitable for all phases of Atkins, Keto diets, and would be OK for Primal-Paleo using coconut milk for the cream.

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INGREDIENTS:

½ medium head cauliflower, cut into flowerettes

1 lb. lean ground pork

½ lb. lean ground beef

1 egg, beaten

2 oz. raw onion

2 cloves garlic

2 tsp. ground ginger root

1 tsp,. total Garam Masala

1 jalapeno, seeded and coarsely chopped (use 2 for spicier dish)

¼ c. cilantro for meat

¼ tsp. ground turmeric

¼ tsp. salt

2 plum tomatoes, coarsely chopped

½ c. cream + ½ c. water

1-2 T. more chopped cilantro for sauce

Dash curry powder

2 T. coconut or olive oil for browning meatballs stove-top (or bake them on non-stick pan)

VARIATION:  Add ¼-½ tsp. crushed dried mint to meat mixture (or 6 fresh leaves chopped).  you can also use ground lamb in this recipe for a more intense meat flavor.

DIRECTIONS:  Cut up cauliflower and partially cook in boiling water until just half tender.  You want it under-cooked as it will cook more once in your skillet sauce.  Drain and set aside for now.

In a food processor, pulse to a smooth mixture both meats, the egg, onion, garlic, ginger, jalapeno, ¼ c. cilantro, turmeric, salt and ½ tsp. of the Garam Masala spice blend.  Heat coconut oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat (medium if not using a non-stick pan).  You can also bake the meatballs if you prefer to eliminate the need for any coconut oil (for about 20 minutes at 350º).  Form into twenty 1½” meatballs. Brown them rotating gently as they brown.  Spoon/drain off excess grease, if any.

When meatballs are nice an golden and almost done through, add the cream and water to the pan.  Using a silicone spatula, scrape up any brown bits off the pan so it will make the sauce richer.  Add chopped tomato, the final bit of the cilantro (and dried mint if using), dash curry powder and the rest of the Garam Masala spice.  Gently stir in the cauliflower chunks, coating each with sauce.  Simmer on low heat until thick to allow flavors to meld together nicely.  If the sauce is not thick enough for your taste, dust with the tiniest dusting of xanthan gum or your preferred thickener.  Work it into the sauce with your spatula until it has done a proper thickening job.  It will not take much at all.

NUTRITIONAL INFO:  Makes 5 servings (4 meatballs each with 1/4 cauli/sauce mixture).  Each serving contains:

428 calories, 33 g fat, 9.36 g carbs, 3.64 g fiber, 5.72 g NET CARBS, 25.5 g protein, 258 mg sodium

Chipotle-Pork Soup

chiptle-pork-soupMan, to have so few ingredients, this soup was amazingly full-flavored!  DELICIOUS! The hubs is down in Georgetown today, so he won’t get to taste it until reheated tomorrow.  This is one of those foods that I just know is going to get even tastier upon re-heating.   I am out of Eden soy black beans, so I had to use pintos, which are much carbier.  So to lower the carb count shown below, use soy black beans with only 1 net carb per 1/2 cup rather than the pinto beans and you have a delicious, low carb soup.  The count isn’t terribly bad having used pintos, but I would have preferred to use soy black beans.    This soup is not suitable until you are farther along in your weight-loss journey.  Those still in Atkins Induction Phase need to omit the beans and add 1 c. more water, as I think you will find it too rich without the extra water).  Primal-Paleo followers will want to substitute chick peas or lentils for the beans.

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INGREDIENTS:

10 oz. breakfast sausage

3 oz. onion, chopped

3/4 c. red bell pepper, chopped

3 c. homemade chicken broth

1 c. water

1 c. canned pinto beans, drained (can use soy black beans, chickpeas or lentils)

¼ c. cilantro, chopped (optional)

1   7-oz. can Herdez Salsa Verde  (or 1/2 c. mixture of tomatillos & mild, canned green chilies)

1 clove garlic, minced

1/3 tsp. each regular chili powder, mild Ancho chile powder and Guajillo chile powder)

Dash smoky, dried chipotle chile powder (the hottest of them all)

DIRECTIONS:  Brown sausage in medium soup pot over high heat until no longer pink.  Add onion and bell pepper.  Add chicken broth, cilantro, Herdez Salsa Verde, garlic, chile powders and beans.  When it all comes to a boil, reduce heat to a simmer and cook for about 15 minutes or until onions are tender and flavors have mellowed.  You Paleo-Primal folks will want to cook until lentils are done.  You will not need added salt in this recipe as the sausage and Herdez have plenty between the two (too much for my taste, in fact, but I’m a very light salt user.).  Serve and enjoy!

NUTRITIONAL INFO:    Makes 8 cups, each cup containing:

191 calories, 11.5 g fat, 7.36 g carbs, 1.91 g fiber, 5.45 g NET CARBS, 10.9 g protein, 589 mg sodium

Mega Meatballs

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Browsing my favorite food blogs, I came across a lovely picture of meatballs, something I’ve not made in ages.  I decided it was high time I did some meatballs for dear hubby and I love them, too!   The dish I came up with is not classic “saucy” spaghetti and meatballs, as actually very little sauce is put on each serving.  But an adequate tomato-y edge was there and made this a delightful dinner.

I’m providing the nutritional information for the individual parts of this, as many will use this meatball recipe with other sauces, serve it over other bases than the zucchini noodles and will use this thick veggie-heavy marinara sauce for other applications.  This dish is not suitable until Phase 2 Atkins due to the ricotta.  It is OK for Ketogenic diets.  It is however not acceptable for Primal-Paleo.

I like to make large batches of meatballs and freeze the extras for quick uses later on.  This recipe makes 20 meatballs or 10 servings of two meatballs.  Adjust your recipe as your needs dictate.

I absolutely love the Lucini “Rustic Tomato Basil Sauce” (no added sugar or bad ingredients) that I found at my local Walmart.  It’s made with all natural ingredients, has a lovely taste and I buy it for quick sauces and us it for quick pizza sauce.  It’s a great flavor foundation to build on.  🙂   It costs somewhere around $3.99/jar if I remember right.

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MEATBALLS:

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

1 lb. ground pork

2 beaten eggs

½ c. ricotta cheese

4 oz. cream cheese, softened

¼ tsp. each onion powder, garlic powder, crushed fennel seed and dried basil

½ tsp. dried oregano, crushed

¼ c. Parmesan cheese

MEATBALL DIRECTIONS:  Preheat oven to 350º.  Measure out all ingredients into a large bowl and mix together with fork or hand until well blended.  Form large 1½” balls by rolling in your palms.  Place them on either a non-stick baking sheet or one with a silicone sheet liner.  Bake at 350º for 30-40 minutes or until lightly browned and no longer oozing pink juices.

QUICK MARINARA SAUCE:

3 T. olive oil

½ c. celery, chopped

4 oz. onion, chopped

¼ c. bell pepper, chopped

5 large mushrooms, chopped

1  25.5 oz. jar (3c.) Lucini “Rustic Tomato Basil Sauce”, all natural ingredients with 4 NC per ½c. serving

2/3 c. parsley, chopped

3/4-1c. water, as needed

DIRECTIONS FOR SAUCE:  Heat oil in skillet or large saucepan.  Add celery, onion and bell pepper and saute until nearly tender.  Add mushroom and saute until translucent. Add Lucini sauce, parsley and bring to a simmer on very low heat.  Cook on lowest setting while meatballs are baking.  Stir often, adding water, as needed, to prevent scorching on the bottom of the pan and to maintain a thin marinara sauce consistency.

ZUCCHINI NOODLES “Zoodles”:    VARIATIONS: Serve over spaghetti squash.           

3 medium zucchini (about 10 oz. each)

1 T. olive oil

DIRECTIONS FOR NOODLES:   Cut the zucchini into noodle shapes either with a hand held julienne peeler, a Vegetti, or a spiralizing tool like the counter-top Spirooli  that I used to use, but whose handle broke off.  Heat olive oil in non-stick skillet over medium-high heat.   Add zucchini threads to the pan and lightly saute just until they become translucent.  DO NOT OVERCOOK them or they will get mushy.

FINAL PLATING:  Plate about 1 cup zoodles on each plate.  Top with 1/2 c. sauce.  Place 2 meatballs on top and if desired, garnish with a sprinkle of grated fresh Parmesan.

MEATBALL NUTRITIONAL INFO:  Makes 20 very large meatballs.  Two per serving.  Each 2-meatball serving contains:

290 calories, 23 g  fat, 1.18 g  carbs, .8 g  fiber, .38 g  NET CARBS and 20.2 g  protein, 155 mg sodium

SAUCE NUTRITIONAL INFO:  Makes ten 1/2 c. servings of sauce.  Each serving contains:

97 calories, 7.2 g  fat, 7.27 g  carbs, 1.93 g  fiber, 5.34 g  NET CARBS, 2.24 g  protein

ZUCCHINI NOODLES NUTRITIONAL INFO:  Makes 10 servings of noodles.  Each 3 oz serving contains:

59 calories, 4.7 g  fat, 4.2 g  carbs, 1.4 g  fiber, 2.8 g  NET CARBS  1.5 g  protein

Zuppa Toscana

Creamy Italian Sausage Soup

This soup is similar to Zuppa Toscana at Olive Garden restaurants, but mine has diced cauliflower standing in for potatoes.  I tend to use ground pork rather than Italian sausage, as I can control spices and salt doing that.  You just need to add oregano, fennel and garlic really.  But you can certainly substitute in commercial Italian sausage if you prefer for convenience.  It will almost DOUBLE the sodium and increase carbs though.   Just be aware of that.  This soups is delicious and we both gave it a resounding thumbs up.  It will make the rounds at our house. 🙂

VARIATIONS:  Substitute 1/2 c. chopped parsley for the kale; substitute diced rutabaga for the cauliflower.

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INGREDIENTS:

6 slices bacon, cut into 3/4″ bits

12 oz.  lean ground pork, coarsely broken up to 1/2″ chunks

2 oz. onion, chopped

1 clove garlic, minced

1½ c. coarsely chopped kale (about 3 leaves after stemming)

3 oz. cauliflower, diced to ½”-3/4″ pieces

1 oz. pimiento (half a 2 oz. jar)

3 large mushrooms, sliced or cut however you like

4 c. homemade chicken broth (32 oz.)

1 c. water

1 c. heavy cream

Dash black pepper

Dash crushed red pepper

3-4 drops Tobasco (or other hot sauce)

¼ tsp. dried oregano leaves

½ tsp. fennel seed, crushed

DIRECTIONS:  In a large dutch oven over high heat, cook the bacon.  Add the pork, onion and garlic and saute until meat is no longer pink.  Lower heat to medium.  Add all remaining ingredients but the cream.  Simmer 5 minutes.  Add cream and simmer 5 more minutes.  Thicken with xanthan or gum if desired.   Serve at once.

NUTRITIONAL INFO:   Makes six 1-1¼c. servings, each contains:

356 calories, 30.5 g fat, 5.51 g carbs, 1.08 g fiber, 4.43 g NET CARBS, 15.6 g protein, 865 mg sodium

 

Pork in Queso Flameado Sauce

Pork in Queso Flameado

If you’ve ever ordered Queso Flameado in a Mexican restaurant, it’s a flavor you don’t soon forget. It’s a thick melted cheese fondu with chorizo crumbled in it served with flour tortillas to roll it up in. It is considered an appetizer.  It is sooo good!  Traditionally, a bit of warmed brandy is poured over the fondu and the dish is lit when served (where the name “flameado” comes from), but I dispense with that step.

Well, this new dish I created a few years back, I made again last night for dinner.  I used this tasty sauce over seared pork and it was simply outstanding!  If you love Mexican food, you’ve GOT to try this dish!  My husband just love this, as do I!   This dish is suitable for all phases of Atkins and other Ketogenic diets.  It is not, however, suitable for Primal/Paleo without revisions.

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INGREDIENTS:

12 oz. pork loin, cut into 4 portions

1 link chorizo, removed from the skin and crumbled

2 T. unsalted butter

4 large green onions, chopped

1/2 c. red bell pepper, chopped

1 c. cilantro, chopped

1/2 c. heavy cream

1/2 c. water

6 oz. Monterrey Jack cheese, shredded (or more, if you can afford the extra carbs)

VARIATION:  Use boneless chicken breast in lieu of the pork

DIRECTIONS:  Preheat oven to 350º.  Pound the 4 pieces of pork with a meat tenderizer.  Melt butter in large skillet over high heat.  Brown pork on both sides until nearly done.  Remove.  Add crumbled chorizo and brown, crumbling as small as you can as it cooks.   Add the green onions, bell pepper and saute until they are tender.  Lower heat to medium low and add cream, water and cilantro.  Simmer a couple minutes to reduce a bit. Sprinkle the cheese over the sauce and lay pork on top.  Pop into preheated oven and bake for 15 minutes or until bubbly and the meat appear to be done.  Serve 1/4 of the sauce over each portion of meat.  This pairs nicely with mashed cauliflower or a nice guacamole salad alongside.

NUTRITIONAL INFO:   Makes 4 servings, each contains:

567 calories, 45 g  fat, 4.35 g  carbs, 1.15 g  fiber, 3.2 g  NET CARBS, 36 g  protein, 654 mg sodium

Spaghetti Squash with Italian Sausage

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A delightful new stuffed spaghetti squash graced our dinner table last night. It was creamy yet not too heavy.  The overall flavor is Italian with the Italian Sausage in it.  But you can substitute regular breakfast sausage and totally change the flavor outcome.  Unless you grow them yourself, it’s very hard to get small enough spaghetti squash to make a half shell serve just one person.  So in this recipe, each half serves TWO people.  🙂  This delicious and very filling dish will make your family smile and ask for an encore performance!  This dish is suitable for all phases of Atkins, Keto and Primal diets but would not be acceptable for Paleo due to the two cheese in it.

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INGREDIENTS:

1  medium spaghetti squash (or 2 small 5-6″ small ones if you can find them)

12 oz. mild Italian Sausage, removed from casings (preferably homemade)

2 oz. onion, chopped

1/3 c. red bell pepper (coarsely chopped)

2 oz. cream cheese

½ tsp. dried oregano leaves

2 T. parsley, chopped

Dash each onion and garlic powder

1 c. shredded mozzarella cheese

VARIATION:  Use “regular” breakfast sausage instead of Italian sausage for a distinct flavor change.  Using “Hot” sausage or “Hot” Italian sausage will also change things up considerably, but be careful there.  🙂

DIRECTIONS:   With a large kitchen knife, cut the spaghetti squash in half lengthwise, place cut-side down in a baking dish with ½” water.  Microwave on HI for 13 minutes.  Remove and cool a bit for handling.  With a fork, scrape out the squash threads onto a paper plate or bowl.  You will be using 2-2½ cups of the threads for this recipe and reserve the rest for some other use.  Preheat oven to 325º.  Set the shells (used as bowls) onto a baking pan or dish.

Remove the sausage from the casings and place in skillet over medium-high heat to brown, crumbling it up with your spatula as it cooks.   Add the onion and red bell pepper and cook until they are tender.  Stir in the cream cheese until it is melted and uniformly distributed.  Add onion, garlic powder, oregano and parsley. Stir well.  Add about 2 cups of spaghetti squash threads and stir well.  Only add more if you think you need more to fill up your hungry family, but be sure to recalculate the nutritional info if you increase the squash.  Spoon the mixture into the two large shell halves (or 4 smaller ones).  Top each portion with and equal share of the mozzarella cheese.  Pop the pan into a 325º oven for 30 minutes to blend flavors and melt cheese.   Serve with a nice green Italian salad.

NUTRITIONAL INFO:   Makes 4 servings.  With 2 c. squash threads, each serving will contain:

473 calories, 38 g fat, 9.55 g carbs, 1.8 g fiber, 7.75 g NET CARBS, 23.9 g protein, 465 mg sodium

Mexican Meatloaf with Creamy Chili Sauce

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

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

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MEAT INGREDIENTS:

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

1 lb. very lean ground pork

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

1/3 c. cilantro, chopped

1 large jalapeno, seeded and minced fine

½ tsp. ground cumin

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

Dash salt & black pepper

FOR THE SAUCE:

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

3 oz. cream cheese

½ c. heavy cream

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Pork Chops with Smoked Sausage-Green Chilies Gravy

pork-chops-with-smoked-sausage-green-chile-gravyThis simple dish came about from a can of green chilies sitting in my fridge that I opened a couple nights ago and then decided not to use them in a recipe.  Really wanted to use them up and created a tasty dish that takes just 30 minutes to prepare.  Brown the chops, sausage, make the sauce and YOU’RE EATING!  My husband really liked the bit of sausage in the gravy.  Not so much as to make it salty though. This recipe is suitable for all phases of Atkins, Keto diets, and Primal followers.  Paleo followers will want to use coconut milk in lieu of the cream.

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INGREDIENTS:

2 tsp. bacon grease (or oil of choice)

4  4-oz. pork chops

4 oz. lean smoked sausage (2 links), diced small

1 c. rich pork broth (I save drippings from roasts and freeze for such uses)

3/4 c. heavy cream

4 oz. canned mild green chilies

¼ tsp. coarse black pepper

OPTIONAL:  1/4 tsp. xanthan gum or your favorite thickener for thicker sauce

DIRECTIONS:    Dice the sausage.  I sliced and then cut those slices into quarters.  Set aside.  Heat the bacon grease in a skillet and sear the pork chops on both sides until nearly done.  Remove to platter.  Add the smoked sausage to the pan and saute until done, or a couple minutes.  Add the pork broth and bring to a full simmer.  Lower heat and add cream and green chilies (I did not drain).  Finally add the black pepper and simmer on lowest heat for about 5 minutes to allow the cream to reduce & slightly thicken up.  Add back the chops.   Add a dusting of xanthan gum, whisking it into the sauce, allowing to develop and thicken further, if not thick enough for you.  Remove from heat and serve with your favorite sides.

NUTRITIONAL INFO:   Makes 4 servings, each contains:

374 calories, 30.5 g fat, 1.85 g carbs, 0.20 g fiber, 1.65 g NET CARBS, 22.9 g protein, 405 mg sodium

 

 

 

Triple Pork Rolls

triple-pork-rolls

My roll of Smoked Gouda cheese caught my eye when I reached for my two pork chops to sear for dinner.  I had thawed some ground pork for another use and BINGO!  This idea came to me!  And what a good idea it turned out to be!  I’ve seen cheesy low-carb meat rolls wrapped in bacon many times on the internet, but none to date using my favorite cheese, Smoked Gouda.  Well, I’m here to tell ya these were GREAT!   And I don’t usually like a lot of cheese with my meat dishes.  So I got the amount just right!  This recipe is suitable for all phases of Atkins, Keto and Primal folks on the occasional dairy day.  It would not be suitable for Primal followers unless you omit the cheese.

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INGREDIENTS:

2 pork chops, de-boned (or 4 oz. boneless pork loin)

8 oz. ground pork

2 oz. Smoked Gouda cheese

4 thick slices of bacon

DIRECTIONS:  Preheat oven to 350º.  Pound the pork chops with a meat tenderizer and cut each into two pieces, ultimately to make four rolls.  Shred the cheese into a medium mixing bowl.  Add the ground pork and mix well with a fork or your hands.  Form into 4 small logs.  Place a log of the ground mixture onto each piece of pork chop and roll.  Finally, tightly roll 1 slice of bacon around each of the four rolls and place seam down in a baking pan (I used a metal pan).  Pop into 350º oven for about an hour and lightly browned or until internal meat temperature reaches 160º.  Serve with your favorite sides.

NUTRITIONAL INFO:   Makes 4 servings (these are so rich 1 will fill you up), each contains:

283 calories, 0.20 g  fat, 0.52 g  carbs, 0 g  fiber, 0.52 g  NET CARBS, 23.3 g  protein, 284 mg sodium

Pork Chops in Creamy Sofrito Sauce

Pork Chops in Creamy Sofrito SauceYet another delicious dish I’ve created using my amazing Puerto Rican (Caribbean and Spanish as well) Sofrito as the key flavoring.  I just can’t say enough about how good this flavor ingredient is.  For this recipe I used seared pork chops s the foundation, but I have done this also with seared chicken breasts. This sauce is used in extensively in Spain and throughout the Caribbean, almost as much as soy sauce is used in Chinese cuisine.  Once you taste it, you’ll see why!  I can’t begin to tell you how many creations this sauce has gone into in my kitchen now in the few years I’ve become familiar with it!  PilotGal, a member at Active Low Carber Forums posted her personal recipe for this condiment and from then on, it became a staple in my house as it is hers, although I make it a bit different than she does. 🙂  This is marvelous on meat sandwiches and wraps!!  Kind of reminds me of the olive relish used on classic New Orleans Muffaletta sandwiches.  and I maty be trying my hand at THAT soon with it, too.  Stay tuned!  🙂

This dinner can be ready just as fast as you can fry up those chops!  Takes all of about 30 minutes, start to finish if the Sofrito is already made up.  This stuff is so addictive I keep a big batch in my freezer in a flat ziploc bag and just break off as much as I need for a recipe without even thawing first.  I highly recommend double bagging it as the aroma can escape in your freezer if you do not.  🙂

This recipe is suitable for all phases of Atkins, Keto diets and Primal-Paleo if you substitute coconut cream for the heavy cream.  That will impart a slightly different flavor to the final dish, but the Sofrito flavor is so intense it will greatly disguise the taste of coconut and have no negative impact.

Note:  You can cut fat number below by using a mixture of 50:50 water and cream instead of all cream

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INGREDIENTS:

1 lb. pork chops or boneless pork loin slices (4 portions)

1 T. bacon grease for searing

2 oz. cream cheese, softened

1 c. heavy cream (coconut milk for Primal-Paleo version)

¼ c. Sofrito sauce

¼ c. parsley, chopped fine

1-4 T. tap water to thin sauce (only if needed) if gets too thick waiting for chops to finish cooking

Dash salt and pepper

DIRECTIONS:   Heat bacon grease in a non-stick skillet or griddle over high medium-heat.  Brown nicely on both sides to fully-done state.

While they are cooking, in a separate small skillet over medium-low heat, add the soft cream cheese and stir to get it warm.  Slowly add the cream in small increments and stir with a rubber spatula to blend after each addition.  Add Sofrito sauce and stir.  Next add  half of the chopped parsley and couple dashes salt and pepper to the sauce.  Stir well to blend. Lower heat to lowest setting possible until meat is fully cooked.  Line the pork chops on a serving plate.  If sauce has thickened up too much, thin with a few tablespoons water and stir.  Using a rubber spatula, scrape the sauce out and down the middle of the lined up chops on your serving plate.  Garnish the dish with the remaining chopped parsley.  I served these with seared San Marzano tomato halves as shown (my husband loves them) and a side of buttered cauliflower.  Broccoli would also pair well here.

NUTRITIONAL INFO:  Makes 4 servings, each contains: (does not include the seared tomatoes shown).  Assumption: 1/4 of the sauce is served with each chop

413 calories, 35 g. fat, 3.2 g carbs, 0.37 g fiber, 2.83 g net carbs, 21.7 g protein, 194 mg sodium

 

 

 

 

Tamale Pie Stuffed Peppers

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

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INGREDIENTS:

1 oz. onion, cut in chunks

5 oz. zucchini, cut in chunks

10 black olives

4 medium bell peppers

1 lb. lean ground pork

½ tsp. ground cumin

½ tsp. chili powder

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

1 Roma tomato, diced 1/2″

½ c. Monterrey Jack cheese (or mozzarella)

2 slices Cheddar cheese (or ½ c. shredded)

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

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

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

NUTRITIONAL INFO:   Makes 4 servings, each pepper contains:

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

 

 

 

Pork & Chorizo Bake

Pork & Chorizo BakeYou know me, I just love Mexican foods.  I especially love the spice blend typically used in chorizo.  My husband and I always find chorizo to be heavy-tasting if too much is used in a recipe.  I got just the right amount in this new dinner creation.  Man, was this dish ever quick and easy to put together!  We were eating in in under an hour start to finish. This recipe is suitable for all phases of Atkins, Keto diets, and Primal followers.  Omit the cheese if following a Paleo regimen.

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INGREDIENTS:

1 lb. ground pork

3 oz. chorizo sausage

3 oz. onion, chopped

1 poblano pepper, cut in 3/4″ pieces

1 c. diced tomatoes (I used canned, no-salt, well-drained)

½ tsp. ground cumin

¼ tsp. smoked chipotle chili powder  (regular chili powder will do, but not quite as good)

¼ c. chopped cilantro (optional)

16 pitted black olives (sliced or whole)

1 c. shredded colby-jack cheese

DIRECTIONS:  Preheat oven to 350º.  Brown the pork and chorizo together over medium-high heat in a non-stick skillet.  Add pepper chunks and onion.  Saute, stirring constantly until they are tender.  Spoon or drain off as much grease as you can.  Add all remaining ingredients but the cheese and lower heat to medium low.  Cook, stirring often for a few more minutes.  Spoon meat mixture into a baking dish and top with shredded cheese.  Cover loosely with foil and bake at 350º for 20 minutes.  Remove from oven and serve with a guacamole salad, as the two go SO VERY WELL together.

NUTRITIONAL INFO:   Makes 4 generous servings, each contains:

530 calories

43 g fat

6.40 g carbs, 1.52 g fiber, 4.88 g NET CARBS

29.2 g protein

558 mg sodium

Meatza Meatza® Breakfast Burrito

Meatza Meatza®Breakfast Burrito

I have been wanting to try my grass-fed beef supplier’s cured beef bacon one time as I’ve never eaten it before.  Got some this week and the verdict is still out for me.  The hubs likes it.  It was better today in this new burrito recipe than straight with eggs in my opinion, but still a little heavy for me.  I think I lean more toward conventional pork bacon myself.  The beef bacon is very lean and not quite as salty as regular bacon though, at least my supplier’s make of it is less salty.  It appears to be make from the lean end of brisket, so it is very lean indeed.  Here’s a photo of what it looks like if you’ve never had it:  Beef BaconI was NOT wanting eggs today, so we didn’t put any into these burritos, but you certainly can put a scrambled egg into each one and I believe that would be even better than mine above. 🙂

I have found that HEB grocery stores here in Texas have a whole-wheat Carb Sense tortilla that only has 3 net carbs (lower than the Mission or LaTortilla Factory with I believe have 4 carbs each).  Numbers below are calculated using the HEB 3 g. carb tortillas.    These are suitable for Phase 2 Atkins and other Keto diets if you can fit the carbs into your daily limits.

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INGREDIENTS:

2  oz. bulk pork breakfast sausage, formed into elongated shape

1  slice lean beef bacon

3 T. shredded Cheddar cheese

1  HEB Carb Sense brand whole wheat flour tortilla (3 g NC)

OPTIONAL:  Add an egg scrambles in 1 pat butter

VARIATION:   Add 1 T. your favorite salsa and/or a pinch of fresh chopped cilantro

DIRECTIONS:  Preheat oven to 325º.  Shape the pork sausage into an elongated shape.  Brown it and the beef bacon in a skillet or on a griddle.  Remove from heat.  Lightly oil a baking pan.  Place a tortilla on the pan.  Lift sausage and place on one half of the tortilla.  Top with the beef bacon and sprinkle on the cheese.  If using, add the scrambled egg last.  Fold other half of tortilla over all and press down.  Cover pan with loose foil and pop into 325º oven for 10-15 minutes to melt the cheese.  Serve at once.

NUTRITIONAL INFO:  Makes 1 burrito which contains:

327 calories (435 if scrambled egg added)

22 g. fat (31 if egg added)

14.2 g carbs, 10 g fiber, 4.2 g NET CARBS (4.6 NC if egg added)

17.6 g protein

792 mg sodium

Roasted Poblano & Cheese-Stuffed Meat Roll

Poblano-Cheese Stuffed Meat Roll

A Mexican version of a stuffed meatloaf!

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

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INGREDIENTS:

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

1 lb. ground pork

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

2     5-6″ poblano pepper, roasted

4 oz. onion, chopped

4 tsp. bacon grease or oil of your choice

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

1/4 tsp. sea salt

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

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

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

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

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

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

435 calories

34.6 g fat

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

27.4 g protein

293 mg sodium

 

 

 

Montreal-Chipotle Pulled Pork

Montreal-Chipotle Pulled Pork

I wanted to cook a large pork roast this week for a few meals and leftovers for snacks.   My grocery store had fresh pork picnic on sale for $.97 per# this week so I bought a 9# bone-in picnic shoulder roast.  We didn’t feel like firing up the grill for this as it is already so hot in Texas, so I just baked it low and slow inside.  Wanted it falling off the bone tender and that’s what I got!  I saved all the wonderful baking juices and froze them for future soup making.  Didn’t want the entire piece done as seasoned pulled pork, so I baked it just with salt, pepper and a little Homemade Montreal Seasoning on the surfaces.  Man, did this roast come out delicious!!  One of the best pork roasts I’ve ever done with the sauce on it.  Then I decided to put tonight’s dinner’s worth on the table as a seasoned pulled pork and went about making my sauce.  Mmmm.  Delicious indeed!  Next time we’ll perhaps do it on the grill, for that added flavor layer.  This recipe is suitable for all phases of Atkins, Keto diets, Primal and Paleo (provided you use ghee for the butter).

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INGREDIENTS:

1 pork roast (I used a 9# bone-in picnic shoulder roast, but a Boston butt, shank, or loin will do)

Sea Salt and black pepper

1 tsp. my Homemade Montreal Steak Seasoning

SAUCE:  6 T. melted butter, 1 tsp. red wine vinegar, 2 tsp. Homemade Montreal Steak Spice Blend, ½-1 tsp. Tobasco Chipotle Sauce® and 1/4 tsp. liquid smoke (any brand, but I use “Amish Meadow”.   Sorry, don’t remember where I ordered it from).

DIRECTIONS:  Preheat oven to 325º.  Place pork roast skin/fatty-side up in a 9×13 baking pan.  Coat all surfaces with Black pepper, 1 tsp. Montreal Spice Blend, and I use Pink Himalayan Sea Salt.  Cover pan tightly with foil.   Pop into 350º oven and bake for 30 minutes to allow it to heat to the center.  Reduce oven to 250º and continue slow baking (for an 8-9# bone-in roast) for about 5 hours. This could be done in a slow-cooker, but I’m not experienced with them, so check for a slow-cooker recipe on-line for guidelines for a 9# roast for setting and time.

Make the sauce in a small sauce pan over low heat, simmering the ingredients for 2-3 minutes only.  Remove from heat.

At the 5 hour mark, open oven, remove meat from oven and take foil off pan.  Slice off any thick skin and the fat layer from the top of the meat (it should almost slide right off effortlessly if meat is done properly to 160-170º internal temperature).  I freeze this for other uses and seasoning. My dog sometimes gets a bit on her dinner.  It’s very good for a dog’s coat and skin and highly digestible for dogs.

Increase oven heat to 350º and return pan uncovered to the oven.  Allow meat surfaces to slightly brown for about 30 minutes.  Remove meat from oven and cool slightly.  Shred off the meat with a fork or tongs, pulling off as much meat onto your serving platter as you think your family will consume.  Using a brush, baste the meat with the warm Montreal-Chipotle butter sauce, coating it well.  Serve at once with your favorite sides or a salad.

NUTRITIONAL INFO:   Each 3 oz. portion of meat contains:

350 calories

28.1 g fat

0.90 g carbs, 0.30 g fiber, 0.60 g NET CARBS

23 g protein

87 mg sodium

Meatza “Donuts”

Meatza BatelsI wanted to make a crustless pizza today for lunch yet didn’t want to do my usual Quick Skillet Pizza or a traditional round shape.  I thought first about my stick/bar pan, a muffin pan and then my eye caught my donut pans.  Light bulb moment.  So I decided on making Meatza “Donuts”!  They came out so cute and quite delicious as well.  These are suitable for all phases of Atkins, Keto diets and Primal.  Not suitable for Paleo unless you have a plan-suitable non-dairy cheese.   These can be refrigerated or frozen.  They would make great portable food for camping or office reheating.   Great for a meal or for a late night snack.  🙂

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VARIATION:  Add 1 tsp. pizza or meatless spaghetti sauce (lowest carb) before adding toppings.

INGREDIENTS:

1 lb. lean ground pork

1/8 tsp. garlic powder (or coarse granulated garlic)

1/2 tsp. fennel seed, crushed

¼ tsp. oregano

1 T. parsley, chopped

3/4 c. shredded mozzarella cheese

½ c. grated Parmesan cheese

3 T. thin slivers green bell pepper

12 black olives, sliced into 3-4 slices

DIRECTIONS:   Preheat oven to 350º.  Press meat into two large doughnut pan slots (total 12 slots).  It will take about 3 T. per slot and each wil be pretty full.  if using sauce, smear 1 tsp. atop each “donut”.  Add 1 tsp. mozzarella cheese atop each “donut” trying to keep in on the meat and not all over the pan.  it’s actually not easy to do.  🙂  Push any roaming bits of cheese back onto the meat. 🙂  Then put 4-5 slivers green pepper on each one.  Slice the olives into 3-4 slivers and put 3-4 slices onto each “donut”.  Finally sprinkle 1 tsp. Parmesan over each circle.  Press each on top slightly to seat the toppings well into the meat.  To maintain the donut shape, take your finger and push any cheese off the center post of each form.

Pop pan into middle shelf of oven and bake for about 20 minutes or until slightly browned on top.  Meat should also be done at that juncture.  Remove pans from oven and walk over to sink and tip each pan slightly to drain off most excess grease and juices that bled out during cooking.  Using a knife, loosen each donut with a knife point, lift out of pan and place them on your serving platter.  ENJOY!

NUTRITIONAL INFO:    Makes 12 Meatza “Donuts”, each contains:  (two filled us up nicely)

144 calories

11 g fat

0.89 g carbs, 0.21 g fiber, 0.68 g NET CARBS

9.9 g protein

158 mg sodium

Pork Chops in Mushroom-Tomato Cream

Pork Chops in Tomato-Mushroom Cream

I set out to just fry two nice pork chops for dinner but ended up de-glazing the pan of the tasty brown bits and making a lovely sauce we thoroughly enjoyed.  This delicious dish came together in about 30 minutes.  I served this with a side of seasoned French frozen green beans, but a salad would be nice with it also. This recipe 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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VARIATIONS:   Substitute 2 boneless, butterflied chicken breasts for the pork.  Add 1/4 c. white or rose wine of your choice, simmering off the alcohol at least 4-5 minutes.  Just discovered a few weeks later that 4 oz. of either lean chopped cured ham or bacon, pre-browned added is quite good in this recipe.  Chop pork before browning and serve this dish over zucchini noodles for a totally different taste.

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With cured ham added, served on “zoodles”

 

INGREDIENTS:

2   6-oz bone-in center-cut pork chops or 10 oz. boneless pork loin (yield two 5-oz. portions)

3 tsp. bacon grease for frying

¼ tsp. lemon pepper (I use Victoria Gourmet No-Salt Lemon Pepper)

½ c. water (or pork or chicken broth)

¼ c. heavy cream

1/3 c. chopped parsley

1 6-oz can sliced mushrooms, with their juice

10 cherry or San Marzano tiny tomatoes, cut in halves

Dash sea salt

1/8 tsp. coarse black pepper

1 clove garlic, minced (optional)

DIRECTIONS:  Heat the bacon grease in a skillet over high heat.  Coat the surfaces of the chops with the lemon pepper.  Sear them in the hot skillet until golden and completely done.  Lift them out onto a plate briefly.  Or you can remove the bone and chop the pork if you prefer and then sear the pieces.  I often do that if I plan to serve this on zucchini noodles. Add the water or broth to the skillet and with a rubber spatula, de-glaze the tasty brown bits stuck to the pan.  Add the cream, parsley, mushrooms with juice, salt and black pepper.  Simmer a few minutes to allow the cream sauce to thicken slightly on its own.  Add the tomatoes and simmer just until they begin to soften.  If sauce is still not thick enough for your preference, dust the smallest amount of xanthan gum lightly over the top, whisk constantly and allow time to thicken before repeating.  Place chops back in the pan and simmer just a couple minutes more.  Serve at once.

NUTRITIONAL INFO:    Makes two 5-oz. servings (adjust for more people).  Each serving contains:

448 calories, 28 g fat, 6.85 g carbs, 2.30 g fiber, 4.55 g NET CARBS, 40.99 g protein, 432 mg sodium

Pork Roll-Ups

Pork Roll-ups

Here’s something different to do with that pork you are planning to cook tonight.  This is a recipe I came up with not long ago and they were pretty tasty.  They are simple to make, too!

This recipe is not suitable for Induction unless you use pork rinds or more Parmesan cheese for the peanuts listed below.  They are OK for Keto diets as well.  Ok for Primal-Paleo if you use pork rinds in lieu of the peanuts.

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INGREDIENTS:

4 pieces of lean pork loin (about 3 oz. each)

4 oz. Monterrey Jack cheese

1 link smoked sausage

2 T. grated Parmesan cheese

2 T. crushed peanuts (for those on Induction, substitute 2 more T. Parmesan or pork rinds)

2 T. homemade mayo:  https://buttoni.wordpress.com/2009/07/27/homemade-mayonnaise/

Dash black pepper

DIRECTIONS:  Pound pork flat with a cleaver.  Cut sausage link into four long strips lengthwise.  Place one piece sausage onto each pounded piece of meat.  Next place 1 oz. strip of cheese (or grated).  Roll tightly and secure with two toothpicks.  Using a basting brush, coat each roll with a film of homemade mayonnaise.   Run peanuts and parmesan in processor or blender until quite fine and sprinkle on tops and sides of rolls.  Place on greased baking pan.   Bake at 350º for about 30 minutes.

NUTRITIONAL INFO: Makes 4 servings, each contains:

389 calories

27.9 g  fat

2.2 g  carbs, 0.6 g  fiber, 1.6 NET CARBS

33 g  protein

339 mg sodium

Salisbury Steak

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

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

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

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INGREDIENTS:

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Before adding cream.

½ lb. ground beef

½ lb. ground pork (or more ground beef)

2 T. finely minced yellow onion

1 T. chopped parsley

1 beaten egg

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

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

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

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

1 T. olive oil

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

Dash each celery seed, onion powder, black pepper

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

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

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

451.75 Calories

34.28 g  fat

2 g  carbs, 0.25 g fiber, 1.83 NET CARBS

31.23  g  protein

3 g   alcohol

Zuppa Toscana

Creamy Italian Sausage SoupThis soup is similar to Zuppa Toscana at Olive Garden restaurants, but mine has diced cauliflower standing in for potatoes.  I tend to use ground pork rather than Italian sausage, as I can control spices and salt doing that.  You just need to add oregano, fennel and garlic really.  But you can certainly substitute in commercial Italian sausage if you prefer for convenience.  It will almost DOUBLE the sodium and increase carbs though.   Just be aware of that.  This soups is delicious and we both gave it a resounding thumbs up.  It will make the rounds at our house. 🙂

VARIATIONS:  Substitute 1/2 c. chopped parsley for the kale; substitute diced rutabaga for the cauliflower.

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INGREDIENTS:

6 slices bacon, cut into 3/4″ bits

12 oz.  lean ground pork, coarsely broken up to 1/2″ chunks

2 oz. onion, chopped

1 clove garlic, minced

1½ c. coarsely chopped kale (about 3 leaves after stemming)

3 oz. cauliflower, diced to ½”-3/4″ pieces

1 oz. pimiento (half a 2 oz. jar)

3 large mushrooms, sliced or cut however you like

4 c. homemade chicken broth (32 oz.)

1 c. water

1 c. heavy cream

Dash black pepper

Dash crushed red pepper

3-4 drops Tobasco hot sauce

¼ tsp. dried oregano leaves

½ tsp. fennel seed, crushed

DIRECTIONS:  In a large dutch oven over high heat, cook the bacon.  Add the pork, onion and garlic and saute until meat is no longer pink.  Lower heat to medium.  Add all remaining ingredients but the cream.  Simmer 5 minutes.  Add cream and simmer 5 more minutes.  Thicken with xanthan or gum if desired.   Serve at once.

NUTRITIONAL INFO:   Makes six 1-1¼c. servings, each contains:

356 calories

30.5 g fat

5.51 g carbs, 1.08 g fiber, 4.43 g NET CARBS

15.6 g protein

865 mg sodium

 

Pork Chops with Roasted Poblano Gravy

Pork Chops in Poblano GravyI picked up a couple of medium-size poblano peppers at the store yesterday as I wanted to make a creamy sauce for some pretty pork chops.  I added a mashed avocado to my sauce, which added nutrients, but absolutely no flavor whatsoever and I will not add it in future.  Waste of a good avocado in my opinion.  😉

This recipe was quite tasty if you like the taste of poblanos.  As a rule, these peppers are not spicy hot, especially when you roast them as I did for this recipe.  Although there are the occasional hot ones out there.  However, that has only happened to me one time in 45+ years of cooking with them.

This recipe is suitable for all phases of Atkins, Keto diets and Primal followers.  Use coconut milk instead of the cream for Paleo dining.

Variation:  Substitute 2 portions of seared boneless chicken breast or chicken thighs for the pork.

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INGREDIENTS:

2  medium poblano peppers, stemmed and seeded, cut into halves

2   pork chops (mine were 7-oz bone-in)

1-2 tsp. bacon grease

1 clove garlic, minced

¼ c. chopped cilantro

½ c. heavy cream

½ c. chicken broth (I use homemade)

Dash each salt and black pepper

DIRECTIONS:  In a skillet, melt the bacon grease and cook the pork chops until brown on both sides and thoroughly done.  Remove to a platter for now.

Preheat oven to 375º.  Stem, seed and cut pepper into halves lengthwise.  Place cut side down on a baking pan and roast for about 20 minutes.  Peel as much of the papery skin off as you can get off. Cut into ¼” strips and set aside.

In the skillet you seared the meat in, add the garlic, pepper, cilantro, salt, pepper and saute over medium heat for a few minutes.  Add the chicken broth and reduce heat to medium-low.  Add cream and simmer for 5 minutes.  Replace chops on top and allow them to reheat on low fire.  Serve with half the gravy dipped over each chop.  ENJOY!

NUTRITIONAL INFO:   Makes 2 adult servings, each contains:

552 calories

39.3 g fat

5.40 g carbs, 1.30 g fiber, 4.10 g NET CARBS

41.7 g protein

239 mg sodium

 

Greek Souvlaki and Grilled Vegetables

Greek Souvlaki and Grilled Vegetables

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

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INGREDIENTS:

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

MARINADE:

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

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

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

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

NUTRITIONAL INFORMATION:  Makes 3 servings, each contains:

492.7 calories

35.43 g. fat

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

33.1 g. protein

Pork in Leek & Mushroom Wine Sauce

Pork in Leek-Mushroom Wine SauceWhen we grill pork chops or pieces of loin, we always throw 8 or more on the grill and freeze the extras for future use.  I made this delicious recipe with smoked pork, but it would be good made with skillet seared pork as well.  🙂  This goes together really fast and is delicious.   This recipe can also be made with grilled or skillet seared chicken breasts.  Those still in the initial 2-week Atkins Induction Phase should omit the wine.  With that caveat, this recipe is suitable for all other phases of Atkins without changes, Keto diets and Primal followers as well. Not suitable for Paleo however.

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INGREDIENTS:

16 oz. raw, lean pork loin (or pre-grilled pork chops)

1 T. butter

1 leek, rinsed well and sliced

½ c. white wine (omit if still on Induction)

1   4-oz. can of sliced mushrooms (or fresh), with juice

½ tsp. my Homemade Montreal Steak Seasoning

Dash coarse black pepper

¼ tsp. glucomannan powder (or your favorite thickener)

1 c. heavy cream

¼-½ c. water (or chicken broth for richer flavor) if more sauce needed or you get your sauce too thick.

DIRECTIONS:   In a large skillet, over medium-high heat, melt the butter.  If not using grilled pork, sear the meat on both sides to a nice golden brown and nearly done.  Add the leeks to the pan and saute a few minutes to wilt them down a bit.  Add the spice blend, pepper and wine (if using).  Simmer a few minutes.    Lower heat to lowest setting and add mushrooms with sauce and the cream.  Place lid on pan and simmer for about 15 minutes for meat to fully cook and flavors to develop.  Stir occasionally.  Spoon out about 1/2 cup of the liquid into a small bowl.  Stir the glucomannan into the bowl of sauce.  Slowly add the glucomannon paste back into the skillet gravy, stirring or whisking to prevent lumps.  Stop when it is thick to your preference.  Serve at once with your favorite sides.  I served with steamed cauliflower and green beans.

VARIATION:  Make using seared or grilled chicken breasts or fish filets instead of pork.  Just sear (or grill) in the butter first.

NUTRITIONAL INFO:  Makes 4 servings, each contains:

430 calories

31.5 g fat

5.35 g carbs, 0.62 g fiber, 4.73 g NET CARBS

25.9 g protein

106 mg sodium

Texican Pork Stew

Texican Pork Stew

Texican Pork Stew

It was 53º here at 6 am when I walked my dog today.  It was invigorating (after a 98º high yesterday) and put me in the mood for chili.  But the hubs said “You can’t call what you’re making for lunch chili if you’re using PORK and SQUASH in it!”  Since pork was what was thawed, I compromised and called this creation a “stew” to keep him happy.  😉

It had a lovely flavor and boy, was it ever tasty!  This went together in under an hour, start to finish, too!  This lazy cook’s kind of recipe!  This is suitable for Phase 2 of Atkins.  Keto followers may want to omit the soy black beans to drop the carbs low enough.

Dipped up Ready to Eat!

Dipped up Ready to Eat!

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INGREDIENTS:

1 T. bacon grease or oil of your choice

2 large pork chops, deboned and chopped coarsely (mine yielded 12 oz. meat)

3 oz. onion, chopped

1 small (2″) mild jalapeno, seeded, chopped

2 oz. poblano pepper (mild by definition), seeded, chopped

1 can mole Ro-Tel tomatoes with chiles, undrained

1½ c. homemade chicken broth  (used 1 c. broth + ½ c. baked chicken juices)

1 tsp. chili powder

Dash ground cumin

¼ tsp. chile de arbol powder (or ¼ tsp. more regular chili powder)

2 tsp. seeded and ground dried guajillo chile pepper (optional)

1 medium yellow squash, diced in ½-3/4″ pieces

1  can (15-oz) Eden soy black beans, drained (omit if still on Atkins Induction)

DIRECTIONS:  Brown the pork in the oil in a non-stick deep skillet.  Add the chopped onion, jalapeno and poblano peppers.  Stir fry with the meat until all is lightly beginning to brown.  Add the tomatoes, all spices listed and bring to a slow simmer.  Add the squash, cover with lid and let simmer stirring every 5-10 minutes until the yellow squash is just tender but still intact (about 30 minutes total.  Serve at once.  Pairs nicely with a lettuce and guacamole salad.

NUTRITIONAL INFO:   Makes 4 servings, each contains:

Without beans: 233 calories, 11.95 g fat, 8.65 g carbs, 2.52 g fiber, 6.13 g NET CARBS, 20.5 g  protein, 469 mg sodium

With beans: 271 calories, 13.5 g fat, 10.65 g carbs, 4.27 g fiber, 6.38 g net carbs, 23 g protein, 476 mg sodium

Montreal Pork “Steaks”

Montreal Pork

Montreal Pork “Steaks”

This delicious, simple entree took all of 20-30 minutes to pull off.  Just mix the ingredients and brown until 160º internal temp on your meat thermometer.  I served with buttered, mashed cauliflower and spinach.  Man were these ground meat patties ever good!  These are suitable for all phases of Atkins, Keto diets, Primal and Paleo.

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INGREDIENTS:
1 lb. lean ground pork

2 T. chopped parsley

2 T. melted butter

3/4 tsp. my homemade Montreal Steak Seasoning

Dash coarse black pepper

DIRECTIONS:  Mix all ingredients in a medium bowl with your hand or a fork like you’re making meatloaf.  Form four equal patties, slightly pressing them flat.  Brown on medium heat on both sides until they are at 160º internal on a meat thermometer or until they are no longer oozing pink fluid when pierced with a knife tip.  Serve with your favorite sides and ENJOY!

NUTRITIONAL INFO:    Makes 4 ” ground pork steaks, each contains:

350 calories

29 g  fat

0.25 g  carbs, 0.00 g  fiber, 0.25 g  NET CARBS

19.2 g  protein

204 mg sodium

Stuffed Chorizo-Pattypan Squash

Chorizo-Stuffed Pattypan SquashNormally I shy away from chorizo.   The commercial stuff can be very greasy and is usually way too heavy with spices for me.  But what I created for our lunch today with the chorizo I get from my grass-fed beef supplier (actually made by Eades Meat Market in Amarillo, TX) was anything but!  These little stuffed pattypan squash were delightfully tasty and not the slightest bit heavy with chorizo in my opinion.  This recipe will be a keeper in my house.  This can be served as an entree or a side dish.  These are suitable for Atkins once you get to phase 2 and can be eaten by Keto followers if the carbs fit your daily allowance.  Primal and Paleo folks can enjoy if you use a plan suitable bread or other filler.

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VARIATION:  A delicious party application, use yellow squash instead of pattypan.  Slice into round slices about ½” thick (less baking time will be required), topping each slice with about 1 tsp.-1T. of the filling.  Would make tasty 1-bite pieces for finger eating.  You’ll have to recalculate your nutritional info from scratch, based on how many pieces you get from the mixture, but probably around 1/4 the number value below?

INGREDIENTS: 

4 pattypan (white, scalloped) summer squash

Enough Olive oil to brush tops of squash

6 oz. chorizo sausage

1½ slices my Gluten-Free Focaccia bread (moistened with a little water and crumbled)

1 beaten egg  (or ½ c. shredded Cheddar cheese if egg sensitive, but carbs/fat go up then)

2 T. my Sofrito sauce

Dash black pepper

DIRECTIONS:  Preheat oven to 375º.  Cut the stems off the squash and level the outer bottoms with your knife so they sit flat on a pan.  Slice the pattypan squash in half horizontally, making eight lovely, scalloped pieces.  Place them on a baking sheet and lightly baste with olive oil on the tops.   Bake at 375º until half done when tested with a knife tip, or about 20 minutes.  You’ll prepare the filling while they bake.

For the filling, in a non-stick skillet over medium-hi heat, brown the chorizo lightly, crumbling as you stir it around.  If there is excess grease, spoon a little of it off.  Add a dash of black pepper, the moistened crumbled bread and the sofrito.  Stir to blend ingredients well.  Beat the egg with 1-2 T. water and stir it into the chorizo mixture to bind all together. Stir well.  Mark off the mixture in your pan into 8 portions and top each squash half with an equal portion of mixture.  When the squash is half done, remove from oven.  Lower oven to 350º, top each half with 1/8 the filling mixture.  Pop the pan back in that oven and bake another 20 minutes or until golden on top.  Squash should be fully tender when done.  Enjoy with a green salad or a guacamole salad.

NUTRITIONAL INFO:  Makes 8 stuffed halves.  I think it will take two to fill most adults.  Each stuffed half contains:

208 calories

16.5 g  fat

5.35 g  carbs, 1.63 g  fiber, 3.75 g  NET CARBS

10 g  protein

450 mg sodium (much higher with cheese instead of the egg)

Triple Pork Rolls

triple-pork-rolls

My roll of Smoked Gouda cheese caught my eye when I reached for my two pork chops to sear for dinner.  I had thawed some ground pork for another use and BINGO!  This idea came to me!  And what a good idea it turned out to be!  I’ve seen cheesy low-carb meat rolls wrapped in bacon many times on the internet, but none to date using my favorite cheese, Smoked Gouda.  Well, I’m here to tell ya these were GREAT!   And I don’t usually like a lot of cheese with my meat dishes.  So I got the amount just right!  This recipe is suitable for all phases of Atkins, Keto and Primal folks on the occasional dairy day.  It would not be suitable for Primal followers obviously.

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INGREDIENTS:

2 pork chops, de-boned, or 4 oz. pieces boneless pork loin

8 oz. ground pork

2 oz. Smoked Gouda cheese

4 thick slices of bacon

DIRECTIONS:  Preheat oven to 350º.  Pound the pork chops with a meat tenderizer and cut each into two pieces, ultimately to make four rolls.  Shred the cheese into a medium mixing bowl.  Add the ground pork and mix well with a fork or your hands.  Form into 4 small logs.  Place a log of the ground mixture onto each piece of pork chop and roll.  Finally, tightly roll 1 slice of bacon around each of the four rolls and place seam down in a baking pan (I used a metal pan).  Pop into 350º oven for about an hour and lightly browned or until internal meat temperature reaches 160º.  Serve with your favorite sides.

NUTRITIONAL INFO:   Makes 4 servings (these are so rich 1 will fill you up), each contains:

283 calories, 0.20 g  fat, 0.52 g  carbs, 0 g  fiber, 0.52 g  NET CARBS, 23.3 g  protein, 284 mg sodium

Pork and Spanish “Rice”

Pork and Spanish "Rice"

Pork and Spanish “Rice”

When I was growing up my mother made a braised chicken dish she called Chicken and Spanish Rice.  The skin-on chicken pieces were first browned in oil, the rest of the dish was put together and then the masterpiece was oven-baked in a deep, tightly-covered Dutch oven.  Man, was it ever good!  The smell drove us wild while it was cooking.  I was thinking about that today and wondering what to do for dinner with 3 pieces of pork loin I had leftover.   BINGO!  Why not Pork and Spanish Rice?  Turns out that was a GREAT decision. This came out fantastic!  I don’t know why, as this wasn’t in Mom’s original dish, but using cauli-rice in this, I thought it might need something extra……….so I added some Monterrey Jack shredded cheese on the top.  Although not offensive on this, it truly didn’t add a thing and I will not do so in future (not calculated in the nutritional stats below either.  This new recipe for pork was so good it WILL have a future in my kitchen.  🙂  This recipe is suitable for Atkins Induction, Keto diets, Primal and Paleo as well. 🙂 VARIATION:  Make it with skin on chicken rather than pork.  After heating the oil, brown the chicken over high heat on all sides.  Set on platter while you cook the rest of the ingredients in the skillet/Dutch oven.  Construct the meat/veggie mixture, stir in the cauli-rice and lay the chicken pieces on the surface evenly.  Tightly cover and bake about 45 minutes or until chicken is fully done.  The “rice” (even when I made it with real rice) is very soft in this method of preparation. Just so you know what to expect.

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INGREDIENTS:

1 lb. cauliflower, riced by hand or processor

3/4 tsp. cumin

2 T. olive oil + 2 T. chicken fat or finely diced chicken skin (or 1/4 c. olive oil)

3 oz. onion, chopped coarsely

4 oz. green bell pepper, chopped coarsely

3 cloves garlic, minced

12 oz. cooked pork loin or chops, cubed

Dash each chili powder, salt, black pepper

1/4 tsp. oregano (preferably Mexican oregano leaves if you have them)

1 can tomatoes, drained and chopped coarsely (or 3 fresh Roma tomatoes, seeded and diced)

Dash saffron threads (I used 5 threads)

2 T. cilantro, chopped (optional)

***Note:  If you don’t save chicken fat when you make homemade chicken broth (rises to top when chilled) I would highly recommend when skinning chicken pieces for recipes, freeze that skin in a plastic bag to mince fine and render it for the fat.  It adds so much flavor to recipes like this one or my Lebanese Baked Chicken recipe ;).  That is precisely why I have never bought skinned chicken parts, not in my entire life, and I won’t go into how old I am. 🙂  The skin takes just seconds to pull of the meat and freeze in a plastic bag and you’ll be so glad you saved it on down the road.  🙂

DIRECTIONS:  Dry roast the cumin in a dry skillet over medium heat until it smells toasty but is not burned.  Remove and set aside.  Rice the cauliflower either with a hand box grater or in a food processor.  I like to do the stems first and a little extra before ricing the flowerettes. Set aside for now. Preheat oven to 350º.  In a large skillet or dutch oven (One in photo is a 14″ skillet) heat the oil and chicken fat.  Add the meat and slightly brown it on the surfaces.  Add the onion, garlic and bell pepper. Saute to partially tenderize. Add roasted cumin, salt, pepper, chili powder, oregano and saffron threads.  Stir in the tomatoes.  Add the cilantro last, if using.  Stir well.  Turn off heat.  Add the cauli-rice into the pot and stir to mix it evenly into the meat mixture.  Cover the casserole pan or Dutch oven with a tight-fitting lid.  Pop into 350º oven for 35-40 minutes and allow flavors to blend.  Pairs nicely with a lovely guacamole salad.

NUTRITIONAL INFO:    Makes 6 servings, each contains:

240 calories

14.4 g  fat 8.61 g  carbs, 2.93 g  fiber, 5.68 g  NET CARBS

18.6 g  protein

166 mg sodium

Asian Meatza Pizza

Asian Meatza

Asian Meatza Pizza

I got this idea from all the meatza recipes I see on the internet.  I’m always looking for new ways to use napa cabbage (also called Chinese cabbage) and this creation just made my regular pork recipe rotations.   This was absolutely DELICIOUS!!!   One of the best Asian dishes I’ve made in a very long time!  Even my picky husband liked this and had seconds!  And it wasn’t as “heavy” as the meatzas made with beef crusts I’ve tried.  This recipe is not suitable for Induction as written.  That said, you could use pork rind “flour” or the dry ingredients for a one minute flax muffin (the recipe with no almond flour in it!) and still be able to enjoy this recipe.  Those that need it to be gluten-free can substitute in Jennifer Eloff’s Gluten-Free Bake Mix for the Einkorn Bake Mix (though mine is actually a tad lower in carbs ;).

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MEAT CRUST INGREDIENTS: 

1 lb. extra lean pork, ground

1 T. low-sodium soy sauce

1 T. Sriracha chili sauce

1 clove garlic, minced

½ tsp. fresh ginger root, minced

1 small jalapeno, seeded and minced fine

FILLING INGREDIENTS:

1/3 c. red bell pepper, chopped

1 T. olive oil

2 c. shredded napa cabbage

½ c. green onion, chopped

3 large eggs

1/3 c. sour cream

3 T. my homemade Shawarma mayonnaise (or low-carb mayo)

¼ c. my Einkorn Bake Mix (or Jennifer Eloff’s Gluten-Free Bake Mix for gluten-free version) [Use pork rind flour if still on Induction]

¼ tsp. salt

2 tsp. baking powder

DIRECTIONS:   Preheat oven to 350º.  Mix the meat crust ingredients in a mixing bowl using a fork or your hands and press into a greased tart or quiche pan.  Press evenly and up the sides of the pan about ½ inch.  Pop into oven and bake 10-12 minutes to partially cook.  Remove and gently tilt to drain off excess juices.

Shred the cabbage and place in a bowl.  Chop the green onion and red pepper.  Heat the oil in a skillet and saute red pepper until tender. Add green onion to the skillet and saute just 1 minute. Scrape this mixture into the cabbage and stir.  Add all remaining ingredient to the bowl and mix well.  Spoon the mixture into the meat “crust” and bake for 20-30 minutes longer or until center is firm and set.  Remove and cut into 8 wedges.  We each ate two wedges.

NUTRITIONAL INFO:    Makes 8 servings, each contains:

281 calories

25 g  fat

4.06 g  carbs, .91 g fiber, 3.15 g  NET CARBS

13.8 g  protein

322 mg sodium

 

Pork & Chorizo Taco Salad

Pork & Chorizo Salad

Pork & Chorizo Taco Salad

This is a variation on the popular taco salad we all know and love.  Constructing it with pork and chorizo, along with the spices and sofrito I included, was quite delicious and a pleasant change of pace.  I didn’t have an avocado in the house or else a layer guacamole would have been added under the cheddar cheese.  You might want to consider adding one mashed up with a pinch of garlic powder.  🙂  This salad is suitable for all phases of Atkins and Keto diets.

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INGREDIENTS:

8 oz. lean ground pork

2 oz. chorizo sausage, removed from casing and crumbled

Dash ground cumin

¼ tsp. garlic powder

1-2 tsp. my sofrito sauce (optional, but real good in this)

1/8 tsp. my Smoky Chipotle Spice blend

2 c. Romaine lettuce, chopped

2 c. endive or curly leaf lettuce (green or purple), chopped

½ c. tomato, chopped

2 slices Monterrey Jack Cheese

½ c. shredded Cheddar Cheese

DIRECTIONS:  Have two plates ready by the stove.  If using guacamole layer as suggested above, make that now.  Brown ground pork in a non-stick skillet, along with the crumbled chorizo until they are done.  Add salt, cumin, smoky chipotle blend, sofrito and garlic powder.  Stir often as the meat browns.  Remove from heat when done.  Mix the two types of lettuce in a bowl and plate half on each of two plates.  Add half the chopped tomato on top of each.  Place 1 slice of jack cheese in the center of each stack of greens. Top each with half the hot meat.  The heat should melt the jack cheese nicely.  If using guacamole, add it now.  Top each with ¼ c. of cheddar shreds.   Serve at once.

NUTRITIONAL INFO:    Makes 2 salads, each contains:  (does not include guacamole)

597 calories

46.7 g  fat

6.95 g  carbs, 2.20 g  fiber, 4.75 g  NET CARBS

37 g.  Protein

748 mg sodium  (coming from the chorizo and cheese)

 

 

Creamy Scalloped “Potatoes” and Pork Casserole

Scalloped "Potatoes" and Pork Casserole

Scalloped “Potatoes” and Pork Casserole

My husband has to eat some Vitamin K every single day, on his Coumadin medication.  When I started to make dinner tonight, we realized he hadn’t yet had any today.  So the casserole I planned ended up getting some thrown in as an added layer and it turned out to be quite unobtrusive, perhaps even good, in the originally-planned scalloped pork casserole!  It added nutrition but it’s so mile, not so much flavor, actually.  This casserole is DELICIOUS!  And it would be even if you decided to leave the kale out!  The daikon does not taste like radish when cooked, so if you like scalloped potatoes, I think you’ll want to try this dish!  This recipe is suitable for all phases of Atkins, Keto diets but off-limits for Primal-Paleo with all the dairy in it.

VARIATION:  The top layer of “scalloped” diakon, without the meat or kale, would make an excellent side dish on it own. 🙂

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INGREDIENTS:

1 T. bacon grease

3 oz. onion, chopped  (I used purple onion)

2 c. chopped kale, ribs removed

10 oz. cooked smoked pork loin or pork butt, cut in bite-size pieces

10 oz. daikon, peeled, sliced thin and then cut into 1″ pieces

½ c. shredded mozzarella cheese

2 oz. cream cheese, softened

¼ c. heavy cream

2 T. mayonnaise (I used my Homemade Shawarma Mayo)

1 c. shredded Cheddar Cheese

DIRECTIONS:  Grease a casserole dish and set by stove.  Preheat oven to 350º.  Heat bacon grease in non-stick skillet over high heat.  Add onion and saute until it begins to get tender.  Add chopped kale and just saute until it begins to wilt.  Spoon this mixture evenly on the bottom of the casserole dish.  Add daikon pieces to the skillet and saute until it begins to get tender.  While the daikon is cooking, soften cream cheese in a microwave in a medium bowl.  When daikon is just beginning to soften, remove from heat and add to the cream cheese in the bowl.  Add the mozzarella, cream and mayo to the bowl and stir well.  Last, add the pork to the skillet and saute (add more bacon grease if needed) a couple minutes. Layer the meat atop the kale mixture in the casserole pan.  Then evenly distribute the daikon mixture evenly on top.  Finally top with the shredded Cheddar.  Cover with foil and pop into a 350º oven foe 30 minutes.  Remove foil and bake another 10 minutes.  Serve at once.

NUTRITIONAL INFO:    Makes 6 servings, each contains:

358 calories

28 g  fat

6.91 g  carbs, 1.31 g  fiber, 5.6 g NET CARBS

22 g  protein

557 mg sodium

 

Pork in Queso Flameado Sauce

Pork in Queso Flameado

Pork in Queso Flameado Sauce

If you’ve ever ordered Queso Flameado in a Mexican restaurant, it’s a flavor you won’t soon forget. It’s a thick melted cheese fondu with chorizo crumbled in it served with flour tortillas to roll it up in. It is considered an appetizer.  It is sooo good!  Well, this new dish I created this evening is an entree with pork that features the ingredients of that popular appetizer.  If you love Mexican food, you’ve GOT to try this dish!  My husband just loved it, as did I!   This dish also sports some very impressive nutritional numbers below, so it’s a keeper in my book.  It is suitable for all phases of Atkins and other Ketogenic diets.

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INGREDIENTS:

12 oz. pork loin, cut into 4 portions

1 link chorizo, removed from the skin and crumbled

2 T. unsalted butter

4 large green onions, chopped

1/2 c. red bell pepper, chopped

1 c. cilantro, chopped

1/2 c. heavy cream

1/2 c. water

6 oz. Monterrey Jack cheese, shredded (or more if you can afford the carbs)

DIRECTIONS:  Preheat oven to 350º.  Pound the 4 pieces of pork with a meat tenderizer.  Melt butter in large skillet over high heat.  Brown pork on both sides until nearly done.  Remove.  Add crumbled chorizo and brown, crumbling as small as you can as it cooks.   Add the green onions, bell pepper and saute until they are tender.  Lower heat to medium low and add cream, water and cilantro.  Simmer a couple minutes to reduce a bit. Sprinkle the cheese over the sauce and lay pork on top.  Pop into preheated oven and bake for 15 minutes or until bubbly and the meat appear to be done.  Serve 1/4 of the sauce over each portion of meat.  This pairs nicely with mashed cauliflower or a nice guacamole salad alongside.

NUTRITIONAL INFO:   Makes 4 servings, each contains:

567 calories

45 g  fat

4.35 g  carbs, 1.15 g  fiber, 3.2 g  NET CARBS

36 g  protein

654 mg sodium

527 mg potassium

33% RDA Vitamin A, 37% B6, 33% B12, 40% c, 8% E, 5% calcium, 10% copper, 18% iron, 11% magnesium, 5% manganese, 39% niacin, 36% phosphorous, 33% riboflavin, 55% selenium, 83% thiamin, 30% zinc

Spinach Mayonado (with optional Sausage Meatballs)

Spinach Mayonado (optional meatballs)

Spinach Mayonado (optional meatballs)

This is essentially a creamed spinach dish, but with a very special cream indeed.  I decided to not stir it altogether as that does not photograph so prettily.  The flavor of this creamy spinach dish will blow you away.  It’s sinfully rich and ever so good!  So good, in fact, I lick every bit of the sauce off the spoon and food processor bowl.  Seriously good eats.

Of course, you can always stir the sauce right into the spinach. It certainly ends up mixed on my plate while eating it.  🙂  To be quite honest, ANY meat, seared chicken breast strips, beef or pork meatballs or smoked sausage would be good alongside (or on top as shown) this extremely nutritious dish.

This recipe is Atkins Induction friendly, as well as being suitable for Keto diets, Primal and Paleo followers as well.

VARIATION:  This makes a great side dish without meat.  In fact, that is the first way I ate it when I created this creamy sauce.

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INGREDIENTS:

5 oz. lean pork bulk sausage (I use homemade sausage but any low-carb sausage will do)

6 T. my Shawarma Homemade Mayonnaise

1 avocado

16 oz. bag of frozen, chopped spinach

Water to cover spinach

DIRECTIONS:  Place spinach in large saucepan, cover with water and bring to boil and cook per package directions, about 5 minutes.  When done, drain spinach in strainer pressing out excess water as best you can.  Set aside while you make the rest of the dish.

While spinach is boiling, roll sausage into 6 small meatballs and brown in a non-stick skillet over medium-high heat, turning and rolling them frequently to brown all sides.  Cook until fully done (about 10-15 minutes, turn off heat remove and drain meatballs on paper towels.

In a bowl of a food processor (or blender), process the avocado with the 6 T. homemade mayo until fairly smooth.  You can also just mash it well with a fork, as it doesn’t have to be perfectly smooth.  Add a few drops of lemon juice (to prevent darkening) and pulse.

Spoon the spinach into your serving dish, Add the thick, creamy mayonado sauce to the top as shown (or stir into the spinach if you prefer) and top with your cooked meatballs.  ENJOY!

NUTRITIONAL INFO:  Makes 3 servings, each contains:

468 calories

48 g  fat

12.03 g  carbs, 8.66 g  fiber, 3.37 g  NET CARBS

15.2 g  protein

453 mg sodium

 

Pork-Sweet Potato Cabbage “Rolls”

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Pork Sweet Potato Cabbage Rolls

This little lunch was created with leftovers from a dinner earlier this week.  It’s a wee bit carbier than many of my entrees, but I do like to incorporate healthy, low-glycemic sweet potatoes into my diet once in awhile.  I had bought a lovely head of cabbage at the store Saturday and it had particularly green, undamaged outer leaves.  Thought those pretty outer leaves sure would make some nice cabbage rolls.  So when I opened up the refrigerator at 11:00 wondering what to fix us for lunch, and with the single serving of leftover Gingerale Baked Sweet Potatoes (I’ll be posting that recipe soon, as it was soooo good!) sitting right by the single leftover pork chop, “Hello”, the light bulb went off in my head.  This is invariably why my husband calls me “Queen of leftovers”, because I can recreate them and end up with a totally different dish.   It’s my way of dealing with his personal preference of not liking leftovers.  😉   My husband does not usually eat the outer leaves of cabbage rolls as he isn’t very fond of cabbage.  The outer leaves can be really tough sometimes if the cabbage has been picked awhile or long in getting to market, even with extra boiling.  But you certainly can eat them if you blanch them a little longer than inner leaves.  We found this to be delicious and I will definitely serve this again!

This dish is not suitable for Atkins Induction due to the carb-y sweet potatoes.  It is OK for Keto diets if you can fit the carbs into your daily menu numbers.  This is not be suitable for Primal-Paleo.

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 INGREDIENTS:  

2 large outer cabbage leaves (parboiled 2-4 min., depending on how tough they seem and whether you plan to eat them)

2 slices bacon, chopped

2 oz. onion, chopped

4 oz. cooked pork chop or pork steak, cut into small strips

1 c. chopped green cabbage

1 oz. cream cheese

2 T. my Shawarma Mayonnaise (or mayo of your choice)

3/4 c. cooked sweet potato, cut into small french-fry strips (½ of a small potato)

Dash each salt, black pepper

Dash ground cumin & chili powder (I used Spanish Smoked Chili Powder)

¼ c. Monterrey Jack Cheese, shredded

DIRECTIONS:  Drop the 2 whole leaves of cabbage into simmering water and parboil for 2 minutes if you do NOT plan to eat the outer leaves;  boil for 4 minutes if you plan to eat the outer leaves.  While they are boiling, fry the bacon in a skillet over high heat.  When nearly done, add the onion and saute until tender.  Add the cooked pork to the skillet and saute until it begins to brown.  Lower heat to medium and add shredded cabbage.  Saute just until cabbage is wilted.  Add the cream cheese in dots and allow it to melt under the heat of the mixture, stirring often until it is fully melted and blended in.  Add the mayo and stir to mix well.  Finally, add the cooked sweet potato bits and all spices.  Stir to mix all uniformly.  Remove from heat and preheat your oven to 350º.

Next lay the whole cabbage leaves on an oven-proof serving platter.  Spoon half the filling along the leaf stem, in a column.  Spoon half the Jack cheese on top of the row of meat mixture.  Fold the base of the leaf inward on the other side and secure with a toothpick to close up one end, as shown in the picture.  Pop into 350º oven for about 1o minutes to melt the cheese.  Serve hot and ENJOY!

NUTRITIONAL INFO:   Makes 2 servings, each contains:

408 calories

35 g  fat

14.1 g  carbs, 3.25 g  fiber, 10.85 g  NET CARBS

16.1 g  protein

508 mg sodium

453 mg potassium

21% RDA Vitamin A, 24% B5, 24% B12, 41% C, 13% copper, 10% iron, 10% magnesium, 13% manganese, 18% niacin, 22% phosphorous, 18% riboflavin, 29% selenium, 33% thiamin and 15% zinc

By Peggy Posted in Pork

Stuffed Pork Chops

 

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Stuffed Pork Chops

Oh my, I’ve not used my Jicama-Eggplant Stuffing any way but as a side dish with a holiday turkey before.  But it makes a WONDERFUL stuffing for such things as pork chops and probably stuffed shrimp and crab, too!  Whipping this stuffing together is fast…..you just have to wait for the final stuffed chops to bake. But you can sit down and put your feet up after a long day at work and let them cook themselves.  That’s my kind of meal!  Of course, any phase-suitable, plan suitable bread can be used for your ½ slice low carb bread called for in this recipe.  I used what I had on-hand cooked, a slice of my gluten-free Individual White Bread.

This recipe is suitable for all phases of Atkins, Keto diets and Primal-Paleo programs if you use a plan-suitable bread.  It will also freeze beautifully for you.

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INGREDIENTS:

1 lb. boneless pork loin, sliced into four equal 4-oz. “chops”

1 oz. raw bacon, chopped (about 2 thin slices)

2 oz. onion, chopped fine

2 oz. celery, chopped fine

3 oz. jicama, peeled and grated (about 3/4 cup)

1 c. eggplant, cubed small

3 sprigs parsley (2 T.), chopped

Dash each salt, black pepper and poultry seasoning or thyme

1 egg, beaten

1 T. water

1 slice low carb or plan suitable bread or roll

 

DIRECTIONS:  Cook the chopped bacon until half done in a skillet over high heat.  Add onion, celery, jicama and saute until vegetables are half tender.  Add the eggplant and continue to saute until the eggplant is tender but not mushy.  Add parsley, salt, pepper and poultry seasoning.  Remove from heat.  Crumble in the slice of bread.  Beat the egg with the water in a dish and add it to the mixture and stir to moisten the entire mixture well.  It should hold together nicely, but if not, add 1-2 tsp. more water slowly as needed.   Divide it off int he skillet into 4 equal portions and set aside for now.

Preheat the oven to 350º. Cutting on the fat edge (if there is a fat edge), slice the pork chops laterally in half being careful not to quite cut them all the way through at the back edge where you will “hinge” them open to stuff.  Open each chop in one palm and with a spoon, pack 1/4 of the stuffing into it firmly.  Set it onto a greased ceramic or metal baking pan and press the top half of the meat down onto the stuffing slightly.  With a brush, baste the top layer of meat with a film of bacon grease or olive oil to keep it from drying out during baking.  Place the pan into preheated 350º oven and bake for about 1 hour.  Serve with your favorite green vegetable or salad.

NUTRITIONAL INFO:    Makes 4 large servings, each contains:

275 calories

14 g  fat

5.72 g  carbs, 2.52 g  fiber, 3.20 g  NET CARBS

32 g  protein

271 mg sodium

650 mg potassium

41% RDA Vitamin B6, 42% B12, 8% C, 7% calcium, 17% copper, 25% iron, 11% magnesium, 44% niacin, 52% phosphorous, 40% riboflavin, 82% selenium, 93% thiamin, 29% zinc

 

 

Homemade Italian Sausage

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Italian Sausage (ready for soup pot)

I’ve been making this Italian sausage for nigh on to 40 years now.  By making it yourself, you can ensure no sugar or hidden carb fillers are in your Italian sausage.   I keep some made up in my freezer all the time.  It’s so good in recipes, with Italian food, in soups or just as a SNACK!  This recipe is Atkins Induction friendly and also suitable for Keto, Primal and Paleo lifestyles.

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INGREDIENTS:

1 1/2 lb. ground pork
1/2 lb. ground beef
1/4 c. chopped parsley
1 clove minced garlic
¾ tsp. fennel, crushed
1 tsp. dried oregano, crushed
1/2 tsp. coarse black pepper
1/4 tsp. salt

Traditionally this sausage is made with veal and pork, but as veal is so pricey I just use regular 90% lean ground beef. If you have or can get veal easily, GO FOR IT, by all means! Sometimes I use all pork in this recipe.  For freezing, I like to carefully lay a sheet of plastic wrap on a sheet pan, extended longer than the pan. I prefer patty shape and set four on the plastic in pan.  Then I fold the sides over and ends up and simply accordion the four into a stack, as pictured below.  I then place these bundles into a gallon Ziploc bag and freeze.

Lined up on plastic wrap in pan

DIRECTIONS:  Mix all ingredients in a large bowl with your hands or a fork.  Do not stop mixing until the garlic, parsley and spices are WELL-blended.  Shape either into 16 patties or 16 cylindrical link shapes.  If you prefer, you can stuff casings, if you have the equipment, but that’s waaaay too much trouble for me.  😉   The patties/links will be approx. 2 oz. each. Freeze and use as needed.  For ease of defrosting, it’s essential that plastic separate each patty so you can just  pop the number you need off a stack (cutting plastic wrap if needed) and cook over medium-high heat to brown  These are great with alongside Italian dishes or sometimes I crumbled it up right into Italian casseroles.

One wrapped stack ready to freeze

NUTRITIONAL INFORMATION:     Makes 16 patties, each 2 oz. patty contains:

149.3 calories

11.88g fat

.29g carbs, .14g. fiber,  .15 NET CARBS

9.68g. protein

36 mg. sodium

Indonesian Pork Bites

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Indonesian Pork Bites

I wanted meatballs for dinner tonight but not “the usual”.  So I opened up my spice cabinet by the stove and just started throwing Asian/Indonesian ingredients into the bowl.  It never ceases to amaze me that sometimes those “no-recipe” creations end up coming out soooooo tasty!   These had a very delicate flavor, despite the fact that the ingredients have pretty strong flavors.  I guess my ingredient amounts were spot on for our taste buds as we both just LOVED these little pork bites!  I served them with steamed cauliflower and green beans.  As the raw meat mixture was quite “sticky” (not sure why) they were difficult to roll into smooth, round meatballs.  So I improvised and ended up dropping little “roundish” blobs of meat onto my hot, greased skillet and then flattened them with the back of my spatula a bit.

Made even smaller and served with toothpicks, these would be great party food or a first course when entertaining.  As I used nut-based crackers, as written, this recipe would not be suitable until you reach the nuts and seeds level of the Atkins carb ladder in Phase 2 OWL.  Substituting an Induction suitable cracker, those on Induction could also enjoy these little pork delights.  These fit a Keto lifestyle nicely, too.  Paleo-Primal followers will want to use a nut butter in lieu of the peanut butter. 🙂

DIPPING SAUCE:  If you want one to go with these morsels, the one in this recipe is very nice.

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INGREDIENTS:

1 lb. lean ground pork

1 beaten egg

1 oz. onion, finely minced

2-3 T. chopped cilantro

¼ tsp. Thai green curry powder

1/16 tsp. cayenne pepper (optional)

4 low-carb crackers of your choice (I used Almond-Arrowroot Crackers ), crushed

1 tsp. coconut aminos (or low-sodium soy sauce or tamari)

1 small clove garlic, minced

2 tsp. fish sauce (I use Thai Kitchen brand)

2 T. all natural peanut butter or other nut butter of your choice

1 T. olive oil (for frying)

DIRECTIONS:   Mix all ingredients together using a fork or your hands in a medium mixing bowl.  Heat the oil in a  non-stick skillet over medium-high heat.  Form into 13 “rough” meatball shapes, drop onto hot greased skillet, and with the back of a spatula, press them slightly to  flatten to about ½” thick.  Fry until golden brown on both sides.   This will take about 5 minutes per side.  Serve at once with your favorite Asian stir-fried vegetable dish.  ENJOY!

NUTRITIONAL INFO:   Makes 13 pork bites, each contains:

133 calories

11 g  fat

1.2 g  carbs, .4 g  fiber, .8 g  NET CARBS

7.45 g  protein

133 mg sodium

 

Pork Patties with Dipping Sauce (dumplings optional)

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Pork Patties with Dipping Sauce

Finally, a way I can have Pot Stickers on the table and EAT them, too!  But since low carbers like me can’t have the dumplings they are traditionally wrapped in,  I’ve found a way to have this tasty dish without the wrappers!   Instead, I make a batch of very small simmered dumplings that I make with glucomannan powder and eat them “along with” the meat and dipping sauce.  It’s almost like eating real steamed Chinese dumplings!!  So good!!

I’ll be trying to sear the little dumplings in a hot skillet next time, so they’ll be even closer to the “fried” Pot Stickers.  I tried a bit of red bell pepper in my meat tonight, which you can see in the pic. But that flavor definitely conflicted with the other flavors and I will not be including it again.  I therefore am not including the red bell pepper in the recipe ingredients or nutritional info below.  This recipe is suitable for all phases of Atkins, Keto diets.  To make these suitable for Primal-Paleo, omit the peanut butter in the sauce, use a plan suitable vinegar and coconut aminos for the low-sodium soy sauce.  Apologies to my readers, but I failed to get a picture of the dumplings before the meal was consumed.  I will definitely do so next time I cook them, will sear them and let you see what they look like done that way.

As promised, here’s a pic of my “fried dumplings” that mimic Asian Fried Pot Stickers when eaten with these meat patties and sauce.

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Shown with seared “Dumplings”

I formed the meat this time into 18 smaller patties.  Then I made a recipe and a half of my dumpling batter and formed that into 18 balls I then slightly flattened into little “pillows” of dough.  I simmered them for 10 minutes in SLOWLY SIMMERING chicken broth and then seared them off in a large skillet in 2 T. olive oil.  They were simply DELICIOUS and very psychologically satisfying!  Almost like eating real Pot Stickers!!

This dish is suitable for Atkins Induction if you do NOT have the “dumplings” as they have oat fiber in them (although not much).

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INGREDIENTS:

1 lb. lean ground pork

1 beaten egg

2 jalapenos, seeded, ribs removed and minced fine

2 tsp. coconut aminos (or low-sodium soy sauce)

2 cloves, garlic, minced

2 T. olive oil (for frying)

OPTIONAL:  1 recipe and a half for 3 people eating 6 small “pot stickers” per serving of my Dumplings

DIPPING SAUCE:

2 tsp. sesame oil

1 tsp. creamy natural peanut butter (I use Laura Scudder Natural, but omit if on Induction)

2 T.  rice wine vinegar

1 tsp. ginger root, minced

2 cloves garlic, minced

1 tsp. Sambal Oelek chili sauce (or Sriracha sauce)

2-3 drops liquid stevia or sucralose

1 T. low sodium soy sauce (or coconut aminos)

1 T. finely minced green onion

2 T. water

DIRECTIONS:   If you wish to serve this dish with the dumplings on the side, prepare a recipe and a half of my glucomannan dumplings at the link above according to that recipe’s instructions, simmering them in plain water that is barely at a simmer.  Be sure to make them real tiny, about ½” is what I did, as they swell to about 3/4″ during simmering.  When they are done, using a slotted spoon, dip them gently onto a plate.  With paper towels, blot away as much water from around them as you can.  Set the plate of dumplings aside for now.

Mix the dipping sauce ingredients in a small bowl and set aside.

Mix up the meat ingredients in a medium bowl with either a fork or your hands.  Heat the 2 T. olive oil in a non-stick skillet over medium-high heat.  Form into 10 patties (mine were about 1½ oz. each and about 2″ long).  Place the meat patties in the skillet and brown on both sides until golden brown, making sure pink juices are no longer coming out of the meat when slightly pressed with the edge of your spatula.  Turn off heat and dip them onto a serving platter in a circle.  If serving with dumplings, serve those in the middle of the platter.  You can rewarm the dumplings on defrost in your microwave if you feel so compelled, but I find room temperature is just fine since the meat is piping hot.  Pour the dipping sauce into 3 tiny bowls and place one at each person’s place at table.   I forked 1 dumpling with a bite of meat, dipped into the sauce and shoved the two right into my mouth!  Pure heaven it was. I swear it tasted just like steamed dumplings!  Must try to brown my little dumplings in a skillet next time!   Pic of the fried version shown above.  🙂

NUTRITIONAL INFO:  Makes ten 1½-oz. meat patties.  Each meat patty & sauce contains:  (includes 1/10th of the sauce).

NOTE:  The info below does NOT include the optional dumplings, but since they have negligible food value, I wouldn’t worry about them too much.  They are virtually pure fiber.  I get around 36-40 mini-dumplings or gnocchi out of the dumpling recipe so 3 dumplings only have around .1 net carb (or less)!  Like I said, virtually negligible. 

167 calories

14 g  fat

1.11 g  carbs, .16 g  fiber, .95 g  NET CARBS

8.7 g protein

142 mg sodium

Porc à la Mayonnaise

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I made some fresh homemade mayonnaise today not only because my jar in the refrigerator was nearly empty, but I also needed some to use on some pork loin I was planning to bake tonight.  This simple, very nutritious dish was VERY good and my husband REALLY liked it, but then he really likes any creamy pork dish.   🙂   Me, I love rosemary and onion in just about anything:  bread, crackers, pork, beef, lamb, chicken.  That is indeed a flavor match make in heaven.  This dish is easy yet really delivers on flavor.  The meat comes out tender and not the slightest dry, as pork loin can be sometimes since it is so lean.  This recipe is suitable for all phases of Atkins, Keto diets, and Primal or Paleo regimens as well.

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INGREDIENTS:

16 oz. boneless pork loin or pork steaks, cut ½”  thick

2 T. fresh rosemary (or 1 T. dried)

½ tsp. onion powder

Dash each coarse black pepper and cayenne pepper

6 T. my Homemade Mayonnaise

2 oz. onion, sliced crosswise into very thin ringlets

1 sprig fresh rosemary for garnish (optional)

DIRECTIONS:  Preheat oven to 350º.  Pound the meat on a wooden board with a meat tenderizer or mallet on both sides.  Sprinkle all meat surfaces with the onion powder and a light dusting of black pepper and ever so little cayenne pepper.  Lay the meat slices on a non-stick or oiled baking pan.   Spread the homemade mayonnaise evenly over the tops of the slices of meat.    Chop and sprinkle half the rosemary over the meat.  Slice the onion as thin as you can and separate into ringlets.  Place them evenly over the meat, overlapping as needed.  Sprinkle the remaining rosemary on top. Pop the pan into 350º oven for about 35-45 minutes or until done.  Serve with your favorite vegetable sides.  I served it with mashed cauliflower and fresh green beans.

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

386.5 calories

27 g  fat

1.52 g  carbs, .27 g  fiber, 1.25 g  NET CARBS

33 g  protein

65 mg sodium

463 mg potassium

5% RDA Vitamin A, 39% B6, 67% B12, 8% D, 21% E, 21% copper, 34% iron, 11% magnesium, 37% niacin, 51% phosphorous, 60% riboflavin, 143% selenium, 73% thiamin, 47% zinc

Mega Meatballs

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Browsing my favorite food blogs, I came across a lovely picture of meatballs, something I’ve not made in ages.  I decided it was high time I did some meatballs for dear hubby and I love them, too!   The dish I came up with is not classic “saucy” spaghetti and meatballs, as actually very little sauce is put on each serving.  But an adequate tomato-y edge was there and made this a delightful dinner.

I’m providing the nutritional information for the individual parts of this, as many will use this meatball recipe with other sauces, serve it over other bases than the zucchini noodles and will use this thick veggie-heavy marinara sauce for other applications.  This dish is not suitable until Phase 2 Atkins due to the ricotta.  It is OK for Ketogenic diets.  It is however not acceptable for Primal-Paleo.

I like to make large batches of meatballs and freeze the extras for quick uses later on.  This recipe makes 20 meatballs or 10 servings of two meatballs.  Adjust your recipe as your needs dictate.

I absolutely love the Lucini “Rustic Tomato Basil Sauce” (no added sugar or bad ingredients) that I found at my local Walmart.  It’s made with all natural ingredients, has a lovely taste and I buy it for quick sauces and us it for quick pizza sauce.  It’s a great flavor foundation to build on.  🙂   It costs somewhere around $3.99/jar if I remember right.

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MEATBALLS:

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

1 lb. ground pork

2 beaten eggs

½ c. ricotta cheese

4 oz. cream cheese, softened

¼ tsp. each onion powder, garlic powder, crushed fennel seed and dried basil

½ tsp. dried oregano, crushed

¼ c. Parmesan cheese

MEATBALL DIRECTIONS:  Preheat oven to 350º.  Measure out all ingredients into a large bowl and mix together with fork or hand until well blended.  Form large 1½” balls by rolling in your palms.  Place them on either a non-stick baking sheet or one with a silicone sheet liner.  Bake at 350º for 30-40 minutes or until lightly browned and no longer oozing pink juices.

QUICK MARINARA SAUCE:

3 T. olive oil

½ c. celery, chopped

4 oz. onion, chopped

¼ c. bell pepper, chopped

5 large mushrooms, chopped

1  25.5 oz. jar (3c.) Lucini “Rustic Tomato Basil Sauce”, all natural ingredients with 4 NC per ½c. serving

2/3 c. parsley, chopped

3/4-1c. water, as needed

DIRECTIONS FOR SAUCE:  Heat oil in skillet or large saucepan.  Add celery, onion and bell pepper and saute until nearly tender.  Add mushroom and saute until translucent. Add Lucini sauce, parsley and bring to a simmer on very low heat.  Cook on lowest setting while meatballs are baking.  Stir often, adding water, as needed, to prevent scorching on the bottom of the pan and to maintain a thin marinara sauce consistency.

ZUCCHINI NOODLES “Zoodles”:    VARIATIONS: Serve over spaghetti squash.           

3 medium zucchini (about 10 oz. each)

1 T. olive oil

DIRECTIONS FOR NOODLES:   Cut the zucchini into noodle shapes either with a hand held julienne peeler (what I use) or the more expensive tools like the counter-top Spirooli  that is designed to do this much faster. Heat olive oil in non-stick skillet over medium-high heat.   Add zucchini threads to the pan and lightly saute just until they become translucent.  DO NOT OVERCOOK them or they will get mushy.

FINAL PLATING:  Plate about 1 cup zoodles on each plate.  Top with 1/2 c. sauce.  Place 2 meatballs on top and if desired, garnish with a sprinkle of grated fresh Parmesan.

MEATBALL NUTRITIONAL INFO:  Makes 20 very large meatballs.  Two per serving.  Each 2-meatball serving contains:

290 calories, 23 g  fat, 1.18 g  carbs, .8 g  fiber, .38 g  NET CARBS and 20.2 g  protein, 155 mg sodium

SAUCE NUTRITIONAL INFO:  Makes ten 1/2 c. servings of sauce.  Each serving contains:

97 calories, 7.2 g  fat, 7.27 g  carbs, 1.93 g  fiber, 5.34 g  NET CARBS, 2.24 g  protein

ZUCCHINI NOODLES NUTRITIONAL INFO:  Makes 10 servings of noodles.  Each 3 oz serving contains:

59 calories, 4.7 g  fat, 4.2 g  carbs, 1.4 g  fiber, 2.8 g  NET CARBS  1.5 g  protein

Sriracha-Butter Pork Country Ribs

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Sriracha-Butter Pork Country Ribs

Honestly, the flavor of Sriracha sauce mixed with butter just never ceases to amaze me.  For years, when I’d eat in an Asian restaurant that had a bottle of Sriracha sauce on the table, I wouldn’t touch the stuff.  Don’t like my food too HOT!!!  I was just sure it would be too hot for me.  When I would see it in the Asian foods aisle of my grocery store, I was never tempted to buy it. Well, taste buds obviously change.  Once I finally tasted the stuff, mixed with pure butter……..that was pure heaven for me.  Somewhat different from the Sambal Oelek chili sauce I’ve been using over the years.  Sriracha has a bit of sugar in it, but what it brings to the final dish is worth the 1.5 carbs one pays for that sugar in my opinion.

This evening we grilled some voluptuously-meaty pork country ribs and once again, this tasty sauce with butter did not disappoint.  These ribs came out amazingly moist and DELICIOUS!  Perhaps the best pork ribs I’ve made in a very long time!  Hubby grilled them to perfection with some soaked hickory chips added to the fire.

I’m constantly finding new uses for this buttery sauce, whether I use Montreal Steak Spice Blend in the basic sauce, or use other favorite spice blends.   This recipe would be equally good on grilled lamb, chicken,  or seafood.  It is acceptable for all phases of Atkins and Primal-Paleo food plans as well.  Although this recipe is just for 4 ribs (half a package) you can double it for a full package of 8 ribs.

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INGREDIENTS:

4 meaty pork country ribs  (approximate yield was 6 oz. meat + fat per rib)

½ stick unsalted butter, melted (4 oz.)

1/8 tsp. garlic powder

3/4 tsp. homemade Montreal Steak Seasoning

2 T. Sriracha Chili Sauce

DIRECTIONS:  Melt the butter in a saucepan over low heat.  Pour the butter into a bowl large enough to hold the ribs.  Measure the remaining ingredients into the bowl.  Stir well.  Place ribs into the bowl and toss to coat with the mixture.  Cover and place in the fridge for about 1 hour.  When ready to cook the meat, prepare a charcoal fire in your grill. When the coals are hot, place ribs on the fire and slow cook the ribs for about 30 minutes on a side or until done.  While they are cooking, scrape the marinade left in the bowl into your saucepan and heat to cook off any raw meat juices.  Add more butter if needed/desired for adding to meat at table.  When the meat is done, take it up onto your serving platter and baste with the remaining butter sauce.  Serve at once with your favorite side dishes or salad.   Be sure to notice the health and nutrition contained in this meal, as verified by the stats below.

NUTRITIONAL INFO:  Numbers below assume that all sauce is consumed and approximately 6 oz. edible meat is on each rib (serving=1rib).  Each serving will contain approximately:

530 calories

37 g  fat

1.72 g  carbs, 0 g  fiber, 1.72 g  NET CARBS

45.4 g  protein

Mexican Pork Patties

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I created a tasty new little meat pattie tonight for dinner.  Had half a can of Rotel tomatoes I wanted to use up.  Hubby gave these a 2 thumbs up!  I’ll definitely be making these again!  I don’t think they would be as good made with beef or any other meat.  These are not suitable until Atkins Phase 2 as there are nuts in the slice of bread.  If still on Induction, you could sub in 1 c. crushed pork rinds for the slice of bread and still try these (recalculate net carbs if you do that, however).   This would be suitable for Primal diners but due to ingredients in the bread, would only be suitable for Paleo if the bread was omitted or replaced with a slice of Paleo suitable bread.INGREDIENTS:

1 lb. lean ground pork

1 slice your favorite low-carb, Paleo bread, crumbled (or 1 c. crushed pork rinds): I used:  https://buttoni.wordpress.com/2013/04/22/gluten-free-grain-free-focaccia/

1 egg

¼ c. red bell pepper, chopped

2 oz. onion, chopped

1 T. olive oil

Pinch each ground cumin, smoky chipotle chile powder, salt and garlic powder

1/3 c. cilantro, chopped

½ c. Rotel tomatoes and green chiles, solids only

DIRECTIONS:  Break up the meat into a large bowl.  Add the crumbled slice of bread, egg, spices, cilantro and Rotel tomatoes.  Set aside.  In a very large non-stick skillet, add the olive oil and heat on high.  Saute the onion and red bell pepper until tender.  Add those veggies to the meat and work it all together either with a fork or your hands like you do meatloaf.  Form into 6 equal patties and saute right in the pan you sauteed the onion/pepper in.  Brown and cook until no longer giving off pink juices, or about 10 minutes or so on each side. Serve with you favorite Mexican side dishes or a nice guacamole salad.

NUTRITIONAL INFO:  Makes 6 patties, each contains:

265 calories

21 g  fat

2.4 g  carbs, .66 g  fiber, 1.84 g  NET CARBS

15.8 g protein

202 mg sodium

309 mg potassium

23% RDA Vitamin B6, 31% B12, 18.5% C, 24% niacin, 22% phosphorous, 21% riboflavin, 41% selenium, 52% thiamin and 21% zinc

Roasted Montreal Pork Shoulder

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There’s nothing better than a juicy piece of pork shoulder roasted to perfection!  I don’t like to put much besides salt and pepper on my oven-cooked pork roasts because I don’t want to overpower that wonderful natural pork flavor it has when roasted.  But today I decided to try a little Montreal Steak Seasoning on the one shown above just to see what that would taste like.  I’m quite fond of that seasoning and have finally found some recipes to make it from scratch, to avoid the sugar and excessive salt in the commercial version.

This roast came out SUPER!  And it made the richest pan juices for gravy to have on the stuffing I served this with.  I cooked the roast long and slow and when the designated number of hours/pound had passed, the meat thermometer said it was time to dig into this beast.  Man, was it ever good with a batch of low-carb stuffing and some lovely fresh, steamed broccoli!  This preparation would be good on a loin or tenderloin, but I especially love shoulder for roasting because the fat marbled throughout the meat self-bastes it to perfection.    This recipe is suitable for all phases of Atkins and Primal-Paleo as well.  Reason I do such a large roast with just 2 of us is I can get two meals, some chopped meat for a casserole or soup and lots of great snack meat and sandwiches out of a large one.  Cooked pork freezes well, too.

INGREDIENTS:

1 large pork shoulder (mine was 10 lbs.)

½ tsp. Montreal Steak Seasoning blend (recipe I use is below)

1 clove garlic, sliced in thirds

Montreal Steak Seasoning:  (this recipe from About.com is but one of many on the internet: http://bbq.about.com/od/seasoningrecipes/r/bl80106a.htm )

  • 2 tablespoons black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons paprika
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon granulated garlic
  • 1 tablespoon granulated onion
  • 1 tablespoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 tablespoon coriander seeds, coarsely ground
  • 1 tablespoon dill seeds

DIRECTIONS:  Preheat oven to 300º.  Place roast in pan.  If you like the crispy skin, place it fat-side up; if not, either way is fine, but fat-side up will self baste the meat quite nicely and keep it more moist.  Pat the surface of the meat dry with paper toweling.  Rub the cut sides of the garlic all over the surface of the meat as thoroughly as you can. Throw the pieces of garlic into the pan so it will season the pan juices during cooking (or stud it into the meat with a knife tip if you like).  Sprinkle the steak seasoning onto the surfaces of the meat and pop uncovered into a 300º oven.   Cook about 40 minutes per pound.  The 10# roast above was cooked for 7 hours…….like I said, slow, low and long.  Though the latest thinking is that pork is OK to be eaten at 140º, I’m old school and still roast my pork to internal temperature of 160º on a meat thermometer.  I don’t want pink pork and I think it is more tender as well as tastier when cooked to 160º internal temperature.  When done, remove and let the meat sit on cutting board for 15 minutes or so before slicing.  Pork pan juices will make the most  delicious, brown gravy.  Just use your preferred thickener. I love gravy on roasted meats!

NUTRITIONAL INFO:   Given the amount of bone in a pork shoulder roast, I find a 10# roast will yield around 10-12 servings, depending on the appetites of your diners.  Each 4-oz. slice of meat alone will contain approximately:  (this does not include any pan juices/gravy you might dip over it)

266 Calories

15.5 g  fat

<.1 g  carbs, negligible fiber, <.1 NET CARBS

28.7 g  protein

645 mg sodium

392 mg potassium

24% RDA Vitamin B6, 41% B12, 16% copper, 21% iron, 7% magnesium, 35% niacin, 36% phosphorous, 38% riboflavin, 77% selenium, 65% thiamin, 59% zinc

Mediterranean Meat Wraps

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Mediterranean Meat Wraps (Flour tortilla)

These wonderful little meat patties were ready in just 15 minutes!  I most DEFINITELY liked the flavor and confess I ate two of them they were so good.  I served them with some tzatziki yogurt sauce and a lovely Greek salad.  The leftovers, 2 days later, ended up in the sandwiches you see pictured above.  The flavor of the leftover meat seemed to have improved on the refrigerator shelf!  This meat mixture would also make great meatballs and be great added to Mediterranean casserole dishes with eggplant, tomatoes and feta. I already had some low-carb no-flour tortillas made up so the sandwich you see above was on the table in no time.  This recipe can also be made with beef or lamb and is suitable for all phases of Atkins.  Primal-Paleo folks can eat this meat on a Greek salad or plan-suitable “wrap”.  When used in wraps, my delicious tzatziki sauce is also very good on these sandwiches, particularly with a little extra chopped parsley sprinkled on top!   Click here for the recipe for the tortilla wraps.

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INGREDIENTS:

1 lb. lean ground pork (ground beef or lamb are more traditional)

about 1/3 c. kale (what I could easily pick up in 1 hand with my fingertips)

about ¼ c. parsley

1 oz. onion

1 clove garlic

½ jalapeno, seeded and chopped fine

¼ c. feta cheese, crumbled

Dash each salt and black pepper

1/8 tsp. Homemade Cavender’s Greek Seasoning

1 T. my chimichurri sauce

1 medium egg

DIRECTIONS:  Place all but the meat in a food processor or blender. Pulse until fine, but don’t reduce it to paste in texture.  You want it about like pesto sauce.  Place the meat in a bowl and with a rubber spatula, scrape the spice/herb mixture on the meat.  With a fork or your hands, blend it all together like you would a meatloaf mixture.  Form into 6 equal patties.  These are traditionally cooked over charcoal on your grill, but almost as good browned in non-stick or lightly oiled skillet on each side until meat in completely cooked.  Your choice. Serve at once with your favorite sides or veggies OR let it cool off a bit, slice the patties laterally so that each one will make a Mediterranean-style wrap sandwich on your favorite plan-suitable tortilla/pita type bread.  If you are using cold, leftover meat for a sandwich the next day, after slicing the patties, I would sear a couple seconds in a non-stick skillet to warm them slightly.

NUTRITIONAL INFO:  Makes 6 patties, each contains:  (numbers are only for the meat)

240 calories

19 g  fat

1.65 g  carbs, .33 g  fiber, 1.32 g NET CARBS

15 g protein

155 mg sodium

284 mg potassium

24% RDA Vitamin B6, 30% B12, 13% C, 13% iron, 24% niacin, 24% phosphorous, 25% riboflavin, 40% selenium, 53% Thiamin, 25% zinc

Maple-Bacon-Bourbon Sauce

Shown on seared pork chops

Maple-Bacon-Bourbon Sauce (on seared pork chops)

I often make compound butters and store them in my freezer.  There are literally limitless flavorings you can blend into butter for serving on grilled meats and vegetables.  They’re quick to make and ever so when you want an exotic taste FAST!  My Maple-Bacon-Bourbon Butter is one of my favorites.  I occasionally put it to work in creamy sauces like the one pictured above.  This sauce was divine on my pork chops and it is a quick meal for weeknights!  This sauce would also be wonderful on baked or grilled chicken, steaks, lamb or wild game.  This recipe is not suitable until you reach Atkins Phase 2 (OWL) due to the bourbon.   I would likely kick Keto dieters out of ketosis unless the alcohol was eliminated.  It is not suitable for Primal-Paleo on several levels.

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INGREDIENTS:

2 slices thick-slice bacon, chopped (3 oz,)

4 large mushrooms, sliced

3 T. Bacon-Bourbon Butter

1 tsp. sugar-free maple syrup

¼ c. cream

1/3 c. water

2 T. bourbon

Dash of your favorite thickener (optional)

Dash sea salt and black pepper

1 tsp. parsley, chopped (for garnish)

DIRECTIONS:   Fry the chopped bacon in a skillet.  Remove bacon with a slotted spoon to a paper towel.  If planning to serve with skillet-seared meat, sear the meat over high heat to nearly done stage right in the same skillet in that delicious bacon grease.  Or have your spouse grill the meat outside over charcoal to the desired stage.  When skillet chops are browned and done, remove them to a plate while you put the sauce together.  Add the 3 T. Bacon-Bourbon butter to the pan juices, melt and add the mushrooms.  Saute until mushrooms are done.   Lower to medium heat and add water, cream, bourbon, salt, pepper, and maple syrup.  Stir well and lay pork chops on top of the mushroom sauce.  If doing grilled meat, you won’t do this step. Simmer sauce on low heat 5-10 minutes to reduce/thicken the cream.  If not thick enough for you, you can slightly thicken with a dash of your preferred thickener. Gently pour mushroom sauce onto serving platter and set the meat on top.  Garnish with chopped parsley.

NUTRITIONAL INFO:   Makes 2 servings, each contains: (does not include meat)

496 calories

48.2 g  fat

5.35 g  carbs, .95 g  fiber, 4.40 g  NET CARBS

7.65 g  protein

475 mg sodium

Montreal Meatloaf

Montreal Meatloaf

Montreal Meatloaf

I’ve wanted to try McCormick’s “Grillmates” Montreal Steak Seasoning in a meatloaf for some time now and I finally got around to doing that today.  I shouldn’t have waited so long!  It was delicious!  This is nothing at all like my Italian Meatloaf I’ve been making for 40+ years, but is was flavorful and a pleasant change from our norm.  I ordinarily use tomato sauce atop my meatloaves, but I happened to have some very rich, grass-fed beef gravy in my freezer from the last grass-fed brisket I cooked.  So I decided to make a delightful sauce with that, adding a dab of tomato paste and red wine.  This recipe is suitable for Phase 2 (OWL) of Atkins.  Paleo and Primal diners can also enjoy this meatloaf provided they either omit the red wine in the sauce, or substitute straight tomato sauce for the top of the loaf (adding it the last 30 minutes of cooking).

Using grass-fed beef, check out the fantastic nutritional information below for this meatloaf!

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INGREDIENTS:

1 lb. grass-fed ground beef

1 lb. ground pork (I use very lean ground loin)

2 oz. green bell pepper, finely chopped

2 oz. onion, finely chopped

1/4 c. parsley, chopped

1 T. flax meal soaked a couple minutes in 1/4 c. water

1 large egg, beaten

2 tsp. homemade Montreal Steak Seasoning

1 c. rich beef gravy

2 oz. red wine

1 oz. tomato paste

DIRECTIONS:  Preheat oven to 350º.  You can saute the onion and bell pepper in 1 T. oil first if you prefer, but I did not bother this time, as this loaf is large enough and will bake long enough to get the veggies tender without pre-sautéing.  Caramelizing these vegetables won’t have a great flavor impact here.  Your call there. In a large mixing bowl, mix all ingredients well, either with a fork or your hands.  Spoon out onto lightly greased baking pan.  Shape into long loaf about 8″x 4½” (or whatever shape you prefer).  Pop into 350º oven for about 1 hr. 20 minutes, or until meat thermometer reads 155º.

While meat is cooking, Simmer the beef gravy, wine and tomato paste over low heat until thick and smooth.  Salt and pepper to taste.  Set aside until meat is done, reheating a minute or two right before serving. Remove meatloaf from oven when it reaches 155º internal temperature and slice into 8 servings.  Spoon sauce over meatloaf and serve at once.

NUTRITIONAL INFO:    Makes 8 servings, each contains:

404 calories

27.4 g  fat

3.83 g  carbs, .75 g  fiber, 3.08 g  NET CARBS

31.88 g protein

471 mg sodium