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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.

MEATBALL INGREDIENTS:

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.

MARINARA SAUCE INGREDIENTS:

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.

Plate about 1 cup zoodles on each person’s 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 cals, 23 g  fat, 1.18g carbs, 0.8g fiber, 0.38g NET CARBS, 20g protein, 155mg 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

If you’re a mushroom fan you MUST try these.  You can use either breakfast bulk sausage or Italian sausage to make them.  They will be delicious either way.  My Homemade Italian Sausage is what I used, as it is low in sodium or you can use my Homemade Breakfast Sausage for a different flavor.  If you use commercial sausage, bear in mind the sodium count will be much higher than shown below.   For the breadcrumbs, I used a slice of my homemade Grain-Free Fluten-Free Focaccia because I have it currently made and on hand.  Using other low-carb bread for your bread crumbs will also impact numbers and require recalculations be done. This recipe is suitable once you are at Phase 2 Atkins.

INGREDIENTS:

4 Portobello mushroooms (about 4 oz. each)

3 T. olive oil

14 oz. ground Italian (any casing removed) or bulk breakfast sausage, crumbled

1/3 c. chopped red bell pepper (or green)

2 oz. onion, chopped

1 clove garlic, minced

¼ c. chopped parsley

¼ tsp. dried oregano, crushed

1/8 tsp. dried basil

1/8 tsp. each sea salt and coarse black pepper

¼ tsp. Sriracha sauce (or 6-8 drops Tobasco)

1 slice low-carb bread (I used my gluten-free focaccia)

1 beaten large egg

4 oz. mozzarella cheese shreds

¼ c. grated Parmesan

DIRECTIONS:  Preheat oven to 350º.  Wipe mushrooms clean with a dry, clean cloth.  Stem and with a spoon, scoop out and discard black gills in center.  Chop stems and set on paper plate.  Chop/mince all listed vegetables and add to that same paper plate.  Heat olive oil over medium-high heat.  Brush mushroom cap domed sides with olive oil and place on baking sheet.  In remaining oil saute the sausage crumbles, breaking up smallish.  Add all listed vegetables, including the chopped mushroom stems, cooking until all are tender.  Turn off heat.  Add all spices shown and the Sriracha sauce (or Tobasco).  Crumb your low-carb bread and add to the mixture.  Beat the egg in a small bowl and add.  Stir the finished filling mixture well so all gets moistened with the egg.  Fill each of the mushroom caps with 1/4 of the filling.  Sprinkle 1 T. Parmesan on top of each mushroom.  Finish with 1 T. mozzarella shreds sprinkled on top.  Pop pan into preheated 350º oven.  Bake 20-25 minutes.  Enjoy with a lovely green salad or green side of your choosing.

NUTRITIONAL INFO:  Makes 4 servings, each contains:

522 cals, 40g fat, 10g carbs, 3.37g fiber, 6.63g NET CARBS, 32.3g protein, 316 mg sodium

 

 

 

 

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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.

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 cals, 46.7g fat, 6.95g carbs, 2.2g fiber, 4.75g NET CARBS, 37g protein, 748 mg sodium  (coming from the chorizo and cheese)

 

 

A simple, 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 to taste, as always.  This recipe is suited to all phases of Atkins, Keto diets, and Primal Blueprint.  Use coconut milk instead of the cream if you follow a Paleo lifestyle.

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 or your favorite thickener 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

 

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.

INGREDIENTS:

2  medium poblano peppers, stemmed, 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 cals, 39.3g fat, 5.4g carbs, 1.3g fiber, 4.1g NET CARBS, 41.7g protein, 239 mg sodium

 

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.

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

 

If you love those ribs on a classic Chinese Pu-Pu Platter you will want to give these a try.  They are not too sweet but have that sweet edge and Asian spices to make them a nice addition to your next stir-fry dinner!  Or have them as snacks or appetizers.  These are suitable once you get past the first 2 week Induction Phase of Atkins and are OK for most Keto diets if the will fit into your daily macro limits.

INGREDIENTS:

1½ lb. pork spareribs (I used the point end of a rack with little bone)

10 drops liquid smoke

2 cloves garlic, minced

1 tsp. ginger root, peeled & minced

2 T. low sodium soy sauce

1/8 tsp. coarse black pepper

1 tsp. rice wine vinegar

1/8 tsp. dry mustard

1 T. molasses

1 T. my homemade Hoisin Sauce

¼-½ tsp. Sriracha sauce

1 T. dry sherry (or dry white wine which helps tenderize meat)

2 T. tap water

DIRECTIONS:  Cut ribs along bones.  If using the point end of a rack of ribs, that is almost totally boneless, cut any wider strips of boneless meat into strips about 3/4″ wide, or roughly the  size of the bon-in ribs.  Set them aside for a few minutes.  In a large mixing bowl, measures out all other ingredients.  Stir to blend well.  Add meat and toss well to coat.  Cover and chill for 1-2 hours.  When ready to cook, preheat oven to 400º.  Line a baking sheet with foil and place marinated meat strips onto pan making sure they are not touching.  With a brush baste lightly with marinade.  When oven is hot, place in oven and cook for about 20 minutes.  Turn and baste the other side of the meat pieces and cook another 15-20 minutes.  When browned nicely on both sides, remove meat to a platter and serve with whatever other Asian fare you like or enjoy these as an appetizer.  Be forewarned this is finger food and they are a little sticky & messy to eat, so have plenty of napkins on hand. 🙂

NUTRITIONAL INFO:   Makes 4 servings, each contains:

515 cals, 40g fat, 6.17g carbs, 0.27g fiber, 5.9g NET CARBS, 29.7g protein, 428mg sodium

This soup I made for our lunch today came out so good!  It reminds me so much of Hot and Sour soup served in Chinese restaurants, all but the tofu.  I try to avoid soy as much as possible and used bean sprouts in place of tofu, but if you consume it, add about 1 c. small french-fry strips to the pot for a more authentic soup.  This recipe is suitable for Atkins, ketogenic diets, Primal and Paleo as well.

INGREDIENTS:

5-6 oz. piece of pork loin, trimmed of all fat, slivered thin

1 T. olive oil

4 c. pork or chicken broth (I use homemade)

1½ c. bean sprouts, fresh (or canned, drained)

1 large green onion, chopped

1 bok choy leaf (green part only), or 1 leaf kale, chopped

4 oz. red bell pepper, sliced (not authentic, but very good)

¼ c. dried sliced shitake mushrooms (equivalent of 2 mushrooms)

½ c. dried clour ear fungi/mushrooms

sesame oil (my bottle says toasted)

¼ c. rice wine vinegar (no substitutions)

½ Tamari or soy sauce

2 cloves garlic, minced

1 tsp. Sambal Oelek chili sauce (more if you like real spicy)

1 c. water (as needed)

½ tsp. xanthan gum to slightly thicken

Dash toasted sesame seeds

VARIATIONS:  Add 1 c. chopped tofu (french-fry shape).  You can also sub in slivered canned bamboo shoots for the bean sprouts for a different look but taste won’t be greatly changed with that sub.

DIRECTIONS:  Brown slivered pork in the tablespoon of olive oil in the bottom of a 4 qt. saucepan.  Add all remaining ingredients but the last 3 (water, xanthan gum & toasted seeds).  Bring to a boil over high heat, then lower heat and simmer just until red pepper is starting to soften (but is not mushy, limp), or about 5-6 minutes.  Bok choy (or kale) will be done by then.  Taste broth.  If too salty for you add the water slowly until to your desired salty level.

I use a salt shaker for my xanthan gum.  Lightly dust it over surface and stir in.  Simmer a couple minutes to let it take action.  Repeat until soup is thick enough (or until all used).  This should be enough thickener even if you add the cup of extra water.  Add sesame seeds and stir or you can serve them with the soup at table, letting diners sprinkle seeds on their own.

NUTRITIONAL INFO:  Makes 4 servings, each contains:

251 cals, 18g fat, 9.87g carbs, 4.85g fiber, 5.02g NET CARBS, 18.5g protein, 1207 mg sodium (Use low sodium soy sauce to reduce, but I was out of it.)

 

 

These were some small 4-oz. pieces of pork loin I took out of the freezer tonight and I wanted to try my latest spice creation on them.  I chose to do these in my air fryer, but am sure they would be even better done on the charcoal grill.  Tomorrow is another day :).  Man, were these ever tasty!  Much better than the jerked chicken I had one time in a little cafe here in town (that has since folded, maybe that’s why).  I see much many Jamaican Jerk meats in my future with my toned-down version of Jamaican Spice.   This recipe, with the typical brown sugar eliminated from my version of the spice, should be suitable on any eating program, ketogenic or otherwise.

INGREDIENTS:

4   4-oz. pieces boneless pork loin

¼ c. light olive oil

2 T. my Homemade Jamaican Jerk Seasoning Blend

1 oz. onion, minced fine (I used red onion)

DIRECTIONS:   Pour the olive oil into a marinating dish.  Add the spice blend and minced onion to the dish.  Stir.  Dip each “chop” into the mixture, using it all up, trying to get the minced onion evenly onto all sides of the meat.  Cover and marinate for 1 hour in the refrigerator.

To air-fry, preheat your fryer to 375º for 3 minutes.  Open and place meat in the basket so they do not touch.  Cook at 375º for about 12 minutes.  Turn and if any left in the marinating pan, brush any marinade remainders onto the exposed side.  Raise fryer to 400º and cook for another 3-4 minutes.  As fryers vary, check before time is up to be sure yours doesn’t cook hotter than mine.  If charcoal grilling, have your coals very hot and place meat on the grate and grill for about 15 minutes on each side or until thoroughly done but not dried out.

NUTRITIONAL INFO:   Makes 2 adult servings (shrink to about 3.2 oz. cooked ad they are so lean to begin with). Two chops contain:

578 cals, 40g fat, 6.9g carbs, 1g fiber, 5.9g NET CARBS, 49.1g protein, 204 mg sodium

My husband raved about our Char Siu tonight!  Throughout the meal he just wolfed it down saying “Yes!” over and over again, ending the meal with “You can make those again any time!”.  LOL  I have to admit, it did come out pretty darn tasty.  I had thawed 4 small pieces of lean pork loin, but when I decided to do an Asian grilled dinner, I thawed two more pieces so there would definitely be some leftover.  The marinade I came up with basically has all the usual things I like to put in my Chinese stir-fries.  I wanted a sweet edge, so other than the plum flavor in the hoisin sauce, all I had on hand was canned pineapple juice or fresh-squeezed orange juice.  But after seeing the carb count for both, I decided to go another route for the sweet factor needed:  diet orange drink and maple extract.  If you use the actual fruit juice, know your carbs will go up to around 8.5 net carbs per serving with the orange juice and around 10 net carbs with pineapple juice.

The vegetable combination in the side stir-fry was stellar with this delicious smoked meat.  If you don’t own a grill, you CAN bake this meat on a metal sheet pan in a 400º oven for about 30 minutes, but we don’t think kebabs of any sort are as tasty cooked inside.  🙂

MEAT:  1½ lb. boneless pork loin (leave bit of fat on edges), cut 3/4″ strips

VARIATION:  Substitute strips of chicken meat for the pork

MARINADE INGREDIENTS:

3 cloves garlic, minced

1½ tsp. fresh ginger root, peeled and minced

2 T. my Homemade Hoisin Sauce

3 T. soy sauce (I use low-sodium)

1 T. rice wine vinegar

2 T. toasted sesame oil

2 T. dry sherry (or white wine)

¼ c. diet orange soda (Zevia® brand with stevia) (or squeezed from orange)

½ tsp. maple extract

¼ tsp. each black and cayenne peppers

VEGGIE STIR-FRY SIDE:

3 T. light olive oil

2 oz. onion, sliced

3 oz. red bell pepper, diced to 3/4″

2 c. bok choy (2 stalks)

Remainders of meat marinade

DIRECTIONS: Cut boneless pork loin into 3/4″ strips and set aside.  Measure up all marinade ingredients into medium mixing bowl.  Stir well and add pork.  Stir, cover and refrigerate for at least 6 hours.  Stir contents every 2 hours to be sure all meat is getting a good soaking in the marinade flavors.  Also soak your wood skewers in water (to prevent catching fire during cooking) while your meat is marinating.

When ready to prepare meal, set meat out on counter to come to nearly room temperature. While meat is sitting, cut up the onion, red bell pepper and have ready by the stove.  Next cut leaves off the bok choy stems and cut or tear them into large pieces.  Cut the white bok choy stems separately into ½” slices.  Have all veggies at the ready by the stove.

Now go over and skewer the pork as evenly as possible onto your skewers (I do mine like a “Z” or snake, piercing meat 2-3 times for stability during grilling).  I put 2 long strips on each skewer (3 smaller pieces on a couple skewers) using this “Z” method.  I do make every attempt to put equal portions of meat on each skewer.

Prepare charcoal fire in your outdoor grill. When your coals are white hot, place skewers of meat directly over coals.  Reserve the marinade for final recipe step.  If coals are plenty hot, this meat will only take 2-3 minutes on a side to get done, provided it was cut as directed.

While someone is cooking/watching the meat outside, prepare the veggie stir-fry at your stove-top.  Heat olive oil in skillet or wok over high heat.  Add onion, cut up white bok choy stems and diced red bell pepper.  Stir-fry until all just begin to soften.  Add bok choy leaves last and cook the veggies until bok choy leaves just go limp.  Finally, add in the reserved marinade, stir-frying, stirring continuously, long enough to insure the marinade juices are thoroughly cooked, for health reasons.  Raw meat juices in the marinate MUST be fully cooked to be safe to eat (about 3-4 minutes).  Plate the veggies alongside the grilled meat on your serving platter and serve.  This would be tasty with some favorite low-carb dinner roll or bread.

NUTRITIONAL INFO:  Makes 8 skewers.  Each 2-skewer serving with 1/4 of veggie stir-fry contains:

437.5 cals, 26.3g fat, 8.35g carbs, 1.82g fiber, 6.53g NET CARBS, 39.72g protein, 561 mg sodium

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

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

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

24 oz. (1½ lb.) lean ground pork

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

2 oz. onion, finely minced

1/3 c. cilantro leaves, chopped

½ jalapeno, seeded and minced

2 cloves garlic, minced

2 large eggs

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

1/8 tsp. sea salt

1 tsp. Garam Masala Spice Blend

½ tsp. curry powder

¼ tsp. ground turmeric

½ tsp. ground cumin

¼ tsp. coarse black pepper

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

CURRY/GRAVY INGREDIENTS:

2 c. homemade chicken broth

¼ c. heavy cream

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

¼ cilantro leaves, chopped

½-1 tsp. Garam Masala

1 tsp. curry powder

1/8 tsp. ground turmeric

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

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

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

½ tsp. sea salt

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

These plump, juicy chops were the most moist pork I have cooked in a long time.  I had to keep checking them as I didn’t know how long to cook them, but eventually reached the internal temp of 150º I was wanting.   I’m really having fun experimenting with my new air fryer (Power XL 7 qt.)!  These were sooooo easy to make!  Actually, I don’t know why I haven’t thought to try something like this recipe with Montreal seasoning before now, but I’m here to tell you these chops came out really moist!  Flavor was nice, too.  My husband and I both said this one is a keeper.

I used 1″ extra thick, boneless pork loin, each weighed 5 oz. raw (4 oz. after cooking).  You could certainly use bone-in chops, or thinner cut chops, but you will have to play around with your time, as those variables (ant the variances in air fryers themselves) will require close watching to be sure they do not overcook.

INGREDIENTS:

3   1″ thick pieces boneless pork (about 5 oz.)

2 T. olive oil (I cook with extra light)

2 T. Sukrin Gold (or other plan-suitable low-carb brown sugar sub)

2 T. my Homemade Montreal Steak Seasoning

VARIATION:  Baste at the turning point with 1-2 T. melted butter with minced garlic in it. 

DIRECTIONS:  Coat chops on all surfaces with olive oil.  I poured into shallow dish and dipped them in it, being sure to get the edges, since mine were so thick.  Mix the Sukerin Gold and Montreal Seasoning on/on a paper plate or little cup.  Sprinkle the seasoning mixture evenly over all surfaces of the three chops, using it ALL up.  Preheat your air fryer for 2-3 minutes.  Cook chops at 400º for 16 minutes, turning them over at the 8 minute mark.  As with all air fryer cooking, check them a few times during cooking to be sure they are not burning.  Use a meat thermometer to check internal temp (desired 150º) to make sure they are done, cooking a couple minutes longer if needed.

NUTRITIONAL INFO:    Makes 3 servings, each contains: 123.7 cals, 8.8g fat, 4.73g carbs, 2.23g fiber, 2.5g NET CARBS, 7.86g protein, 216 mg sodium

 

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Mediterranean Meat Wraps (using low-carb Flour tortilla)

These wonderful little meat patties can be ready in just 15 minutes!  I most DEFINITELY like the flavor and confess ate two of them on my wrap.  Delicious!  I served them with some tzatziki yogurt sauce and a lovely Greek salad.  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 cals. 19g fat, 1.65g carbs, 0.33g fiber, 1.32g NET CARBS, 15g protein, 155 mg sodium

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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

 

 

 

 

 

 

When I find a great deal on pork ribs, I just can’t pass them up.   Our Aldi’s grocery store had them on sale this week so we BBQ’d two racks.  Might as well do two, my husband always says:  “One for now and one I don’t have to cook later in the month.”

I’ve never liked beef ribs done on the grill quite as much as I like BBQ pork ribs.  Must be because I was born in North Carolina.  But being a naturalized Texan now, by virtue of marriage and living here for 50 years, I do like a slightly sweeter sauce on my BBQ than the typical vinegar sauces of North Carolina.  I take a full bottle of G.Hughes low-carb BBQ sauce and cut it with 1/2 c. vinegar and 1/2 c. water to thin its consistency and sweetness.  This recipe is suitable of all phases of Atkins and keto diets.  It is suitable for Paleo if a plan-suitable BBQ sauce is used.

INGREDIENTS:

1  rack of pork spare ribs (silverskin/membrane removed from back side)

1 c. diluted G.Hughes BBQ sauce, diluted as stated above

DIRECTIONS:  Preheat oven to 325º.  Using a sharp knife, lift and remove the silverskin/membrane from the concave back side of the rack of ribs.  If done right, you can pull it all off the bones with one steady pull.  Place rack of ribs into a large baking pan that will hold them completely.  Pop into 325º oven., cover with foil and bake 1 hour only.  This is done to to pre-cook them a bit to speed up grilling time and also to facilitate ultimate tenderizing for tooth-tender eating.   If done this way you can cook a rack of ribs, start to finish, in just 4 hours.  If you cook them entirely on the grill, requiring multiple charcoal additions during cooking time, ribs take about 6 hours cook time to get to that tooth-tender, not quite slide-off-the-bone stage of doneness.

When your charcoal fire is hot, push coals to one side of the grill.  Lay the rack of ribs on the other side of the grill, away from the coals.  You will need to grill them for a total of 3 hours.  Using a brush, sauce the rack of ribs lightly on both sides.   After one hour cooking, sauce again with the brush and turn the rack over (sauce the cooked side up again, too).  At two hours cooking, turn the meat and sauce the side that is up again.  At 3 hours, sauce the bottom side one more time and allow to cook just until the sauce has caramelized.   Remove the ribs to a serving platter and cut them apart between the bones to serve with additional sauce at table.  Sides that compliment this are a lovely green salad, coleslaw, my Mexican Bean Casserole or Sweet Green Cabbage.

NUTRITION:   Contains 14 ribs, each rib contains approximately:

170 cals, 11.4g fat, 5.5g carbs, 0.1 fiber, 5.4 NET CARBS, 10.8g protein, 405 mg sodium

I have cooked this recipe three times now and my husband and I just LOVE it!  It’s so simple and the mystery added ingredient to what is basically the Crack Slaw recipe, makes all the difference in the world!  The BBQ sauce is the KEY INGREDIENT, so don’t omit that for the true flavor impact of this dish.  Doing so would make it pretty much just an ordinary Crack Slaw in my opinion.  Carb count is a little high on this dish, but it is all in the healthy vegetables in it.  This recipe provides your daily requirements for Vitamins B6, C, iron, manganese, niacin, phosphorous and thiamin.  So the carbs are well worth the carbs in nutrition alone!

This recipe is suitable for all phases of Atkins and most Keto programs.  Paleo/Primal Blueprint folks must use a plan-acceptable BBQ sauce.

INGREDIENTS:

3 T. bacon grease

8 oz. cooked cured ham, cut in small strips

2 oz. red bell pepper, cut in small strips

1 leek (12 oz.), washed, sliced ½” (or 1 lg. yellow onion)

12 oz. green cabbage, cut in ½” stir-fry slices

¼ c. low-carb BBQ sauce (I use G.Hughes, thinned with vinegar & water)

Dash of coarse black pepper

VARIATIONS:  Instead of ham, use thinly-sliced smoked sausage, leftover grilled pork meat, breakfast sausage mini-meatballs, or grilled chicken meat.  Brown all meats first as was done with the ham in the directions.

DIRECTIONS:  In a large non-stick wok or skillet, melt the bacon grease over high heat.  Add cut-up ham and stir-fry to caramelize and lightly brown it for about 3 minutes.  Add the red bell pepper next and saute until just barely starts to soften.  Add leeks and stir-fry until it just begins to go limp (about 4-5 minutes).   Add the cut-up cabbage and cook all together just until cabbage begins to soften.  Drizzle the water/vinegar- diluted BBQ sauce over the top and turn off heat.  Stir to mix the sauce to coat all ingredients with its smoky, sweet goodness.  Sprinkle top of mixture with a quality coarse black pepper.  At this juncture, you have two choices.  You can either serve the dish at once if you like your cabbage to still be a bit crunchy.  Or you can pop it into a 350º oven for 15-20 minutes for flavors to develop further and for veggies to get a bit softer.  Your call.

NUTRITIONAL INFO:  Made with leek rather than yellow onion, makes 5 servings, each contains:

199 cals, 11.72g fat, 12.02g carbs, 2.78g fiber, 9.24g NET CARBS (only 7.5g NET CARBS using yellow onion), 11.78g protein, 768 mg sodium

This quick lunch came about when I pulled some leftover Pork Patties and Dipping Sauce out of the freezer to have for lunch today.  But I instead decided to take them into a new direction and the result was quite tasty and most filling.  Needed to use up half a head of bok choy in the refrigerator, so this dish was born as my mind wandered.

Although this dish uses leftover meat patties cut up, you could also just make up a batch of the sauce and cook the base dish using thinly sliced, lean pork rather the cut-up leftover meatballs I used.  Your call there, bit I do think the seasonings in the meat mixture does considerably improve the overall flavor profile of the final dish.  This recipe is suitable for any phase of Atkins or other Keto plans.

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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

4 T.  bacon grease (or oil of choice)

2 oz. onion, slivered in thin wedges

2 c. bok choy, coarsely chopped

12 oz. shiritaki noodles spaghetti shape

1/3 c. chicken broth (preferably homemade)

SAUCE INGREDIENTS:

2 tsp. sesame oil

1 tsp. creamy natural peanut butter (omit if on Atkins 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:  Mix sauce in small bowl and set aside.  Mix meat ingredients in medium bowl.  Form into very small meatball shapes and set aside.  Open and drain/wash off noodles in strainer under running cold water.  Set aside for now. Cut bok choy coarsely, separating white stem from green leaves (leaves cook faster).  Set that aside for now.  Have all these items by stove at the ready.

In large skillet, melt the bacon grease.  Add meatballs and brown all sides.  Add onion and allow to brown.  Add white stems of bok choy and stir-fry just until slightly soft.  Now pour the sauce over the ingredients.  Then add the chicken broth.  Add green leafy parts next and stir for just a minute to allow then to go limp.  Stir in the drained noodles and toss well.  Continue to simmer and stir 2-3 more minutes to properly heat the noodles, to blend flavors, as well as to dry out the mixture a bit.  Serve at once.

NUTRITIONAL INFO:  Makes 4 large adult servings, each contains:

367 cals, 30.5g fat, 8.02g carbs, 5.25g fiber, 2.77g NET CARBS, 12.32g protein, 232 mg sodium

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Montreal BBQ Sauce (shown on grilled pork ribs)

This is a wonderful BBQ sauce for grilled pork and I’m having my husband grill 1/2 pork loin for dinner tonight.  So I thought I’d re-share this tasty sauce and marinade.  It is equally good on fish, chicken and shrimp.  I use this buttery BBQ sauce regularly on grilled pork, but also for inside baked chicken!  It is simply delicious!  And so simple to make!  It is certainly Atkins Induction friendly.  You can also use this as a marinade for grilling or baking fish filets.  Marinate for an hour in a [plastic bag in the refrigerator and then grill the meat or seafood as you do usually.  I always reserve some of the mixture for basting during cooking and a bit for table basting.  The pork ribs in the photo above are shown with Linda Genaw’s Just Like Stuffed Baked Potatoes recipe, a delicious side for any meat!

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INGREDIENTS: 

2 tsp. “Montreal Steak” seasoning (recipe below)

1 stick butter, UNSALTED since the above spice has salt (but luckily no sugar!) (4 oz.)

1-2 tsp. red wine vinegar

1/8 – ¼ tsp. cayenne pepper

DIRECTIONS:  Melt butter, add Montreal Steak spice, vinegar and cayenne.   Simmer on lowest heat for 2 minutes.  Remove and use as grilling baste.  If marinating meat first in this, set a little aside for a final basting right before serving meat at table.

My Homemade Montreal Steak Seasoning: 

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

NUTRITIONAL INFO:  Makes around 8 tablespoons sauce.  Should be enough to marinate and baste 10 pieces (1 whole chicken cut up), a full rack of pork ribs, 8-10 fish filets, 4# shrimp or a 5-6 lb. pork roast.  Each tablespoon of this sauce contains:

103 cals, 11.5g fat, 0.26g carbs, 0.1 g fiber, 0.16g NET CARBS, 0.12g protein, 48 mg sodium

My husband was down in Austin today and said he would stop by a BBQ place on his way home to bring some sliced brisket for our supper tonight.  Then at 5:30, he called and announced they were closed!  Luckily I had thawed some ground pork for tomorrow night and got to work creating something quick for dinner.  This dish was quite tasty and we will definitely fix it again.  I had my doubts about using ground pork rather than sliced pork, my preference for stir fires, but it was pretty good in this!  I’d sure do it with the ground pork “in a pinch” again.  🙂

This dish is suitable for all phases of Atkins.  Those still on Induction or who are doing Paleo should leave out the sherry.  It is OK for Keto diets and Primal diets as well.

INGREDIENTS:

1 lb. ground pork

3/4 c. carrot, peeled, sliced or diced

1 stalk celery, sliced thinly

1½ c. cabbage, sliced thinly

½ c. green onion, chopped

1 clove garlic, minced

½ tsp. ginger root, minced

½ tsp. Sambal Oelek chili sauce

1/8 tsp. coarse black pepper

Dash salt

1 T. sherry (optional, omit for Induction or Paleo)

1 T. low-sodium soy sauce

1 pkg (14 oz)  Zeroodles shirataki rice-shape noodles with oat fiber, drained, rinsed

DIRECTIONS:  Drain and rinse noodles in sieve and set aside.  Heat wok or large non-stick skillet.  Add oil and then ground pork.  Brown over high heat.  Do drain off some of the fat if excessive (but not all of it), but I did not have to, as my meat was pretty lean.   Add carrots and celery and continue stir-frying until carrots nearly tender.  Add cabbage and green onion next, stir-frying until cabbage is getting limp.  Add all remaining ingredients, including “rice” noodles and lower heat to medium.  Allow to simmer, stirring frequently, for five minutes longer, allowing flavors to blend and mellow. Serve at once with Sambal Oelek chili sauce and soy sauce at table for those that like more of these.

NUTRITIONAL INFO:  Makes 4 servings, each contains:

412 cals, 31 g fat, 9.55g carbs, 5.82g fiber, 3.73g NET CARBS, 22.2g protein, 288 mg sodium

 

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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 have a very delicate flavor, despite the fact that the ingredients have pretty strong flavors.  I recommend serving with steamed cauliflower and green beans.

Made even smaller and served with toothpicks, these would be great party food or a first course when entertaining.  Substituting an phase-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 another nut butter in lieu of the peanut butter.  🙂

DIPPING SAUCE:  Sauce I used to go with these tasty morsels is in this recipe.

MEAT 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

DIPPING SAUCE INGREDIENTS:

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

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(On a homemade 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 cals, 19g fat, 1.65g carbs, 0.33g fiber, 1.32g NET CARBS, 15g protein, 155 mg sodium

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

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

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

24 oz. (1½ lb.) lean ground pork

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

2 oz. onion, finely minced

1/3 c. cilantro leaves, chopped

½ jalapeno, seeded and minced

2 cloves garlic, minced

2 large eggs

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

1/8 tsp. sea salt

1 tsp. Garam Masala Spice Blend

½ tsp. curry powder

¼ tsp. ground turmeric

½ tsp. ground cumin

¼ tsp. coarse black pepper

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

CURRY/GRAVY INGREDIENTS:

2 c. homemade chicken broth

¼ c. heavy cream

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

¼ cilantro leaves, chopped

½-1 tsp. Garam Masala

1 tsp. curry powder

1/8 tsp. ground turmeric

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

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

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

½ tsp. sea salt

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

My husband raved about our Char Siu tonight!  Throughout the meal he just wolfed it down saying “Yes!” over and over again, ending the meal with “You can make those again any time!”.  LOL  I have to admit, it did come out pretty darn tasty.  I had thawed 4 small pieces of lean pork loin, but when I decided to do an Asian grilled dinner, I thawed two more pieces so there would definitely be some leftover.  The marinade I came up with basically has all the usual things I like to put in my Chinese stir-fries.  I wanted a sweet edge, so other than the plum flavor in the hoisin sauce, all I had on hand was canned pineapple juice or fresh-squeezed orange juice.  But after seeing the carb count for both, I decided to go another route for the sweet factor needed:  diet orange drink and maple extract.  If you use the actual fruit juice, know your carbs will go up to around 8.5 net carbs per serving with the orange juice and around 10 net carbs with pineapple juice.

The vegetable combination in the side stir-fry was stellar with this delicious smoked meat.  If you don’t own a grill, you CAN bake this meat on a metal sheet pan in a 400º oven for about 30 minutes, but we don’t think kebabs of any sort are as tasty cooked inside.  🙂

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MEAT:  1½ lb. boneless pork loin (leave bit of fat on edges), cut 3/4″ strips

VARIATION:  Substitute strips of chicken meat for the pork

MARINADE INGREDIENTS:

3 cloves garlic, minced

1½ tsp. fresh ginger root, peeled and minced

2 T. my Homemade Hoisin Sauce

3 T. soy sauce (I use low-sodium)

1 T. rice wine vinegar

2 T. toasted sesame oil

2 T. dry sherry (or white wine)

¼ c. diet orange soda (Zevia® brand with stevia) (or squeezed orange juice)

½ tsp. maple extract

¼ tsp. each black and cayenne peppers

VEGGIE STIR-FRY SIDE:

3 T. light olive oil

2 oz. onion, sliced

3 oz. red bell pepper, diced to 3/4″

2 c. bok choy (2 stalks)

Remainders of meat marinade

DIRECTIONS: Cut boneless pork loin into 3/4″ strips and set aside.  Measure up all marinade ingredients into medium mixing bowl.  Stir well and add pork.  Stir, cover and refrigerate for at least 6 hours.  Stir contents every 2 hours to be sure all meat is getting a good soaking in the marinade flavors.  Also soak your wood skewers in water (to prevent catching fire during cooking) while your meat is marinating.

When ready to prepare meal, set meat out on counter to come to nearly room temperature. While meat is sitting, cut up the onion, red bell pepper and have ready by the stove.  Next cut leaves off the bok choy stems and cut or tear them into large pieces.  Cut the white bok choy stems separately into ½” slices.  Have all veggies at the ready by the stove.

Now go over and skewer the pork as evenly as possible onto your skewers (I do mine like a “Z” or snake, piercing meat 2-3 times for stability during grilling).  I put 2 long strips on each skewer (3 smaller pieces on a couple skewers) using this “Z” method.  I do make every attempt to put equal portions of meat on each skewer.

Prepare charcoal fire in your outdoor grill. When your coals are white hot, place skewers of meat directly over coals.  Reserve the marinade for final recipe step.  If coals are plenty hot, this meat will only take 2-3 minutes on a side to get done, provided it was cut as directed.

While someone is cooking/watching the meat outside, prepare the veggie stir-fry at your stove-top.  Heat olive oil in skillet or wok over high heat.  Add onion, cut up white bok choy stems and diced red bell pepper.  Stir-fry until all just begin to soften.  Add bok choy leaves last and cook the veggies until bok choy leaves just go limp.  Finally, add in the reserved marinade, stir-frying, stirring continuously, long enough to insure the marinade juices are thoroughly cooked, for health reasons.  Raw meat juices in the marinate MUST be fully cooked to be safe to eat (about 3-4 minutes).  Plate the veggies alongside the grilled meat on your serving platter and serve.  This would be tasty with some favorite low-carb dinner roll or bread.

NUTRITIONAL INFO:  Makes 8 skewers.  Each 2-skewer serving with 1/4 of veggie stir-fry contains:

437.5 cals, 26.3g fat, 8.35g carbs, 1.82g fiber, 6.53g NET CARBS, 39.72g protein, 561 mg sodium

I fell asleep in my chair in front of the TV yesterday afternoon and it was 6:30 when I woke up.  I’m dealing with a cold at present.  I had thawed 3 small pieces of pork loin but didn’t have the foggiest idea what I was going to cook us for dinner.  Well, a stir fry was all I could think of I could pull off fast.  This dish erupted in my head when I saw the fresh, small head of cabbage sitting right by the pork.  So I proceeded, almost as if in cruise control, when I pulled off the 3 outer leaves of the cabbage to shred up what I wanted in a Chinese stir fry.  Folks, I have no idea where that was coming from, as I was not fully awake yet.  I sure know we both loved this final dish!  My husband said to be sure and upload this one to my blog, but I had decided to do that after one bite!  This dish may sound spicy upon first reading, but I assure you, it was not, as I don’t care for overly spice food.  You will never find overly spicy food on my site for this reason.  Many of you will want to increase the Sambal Oelek, or even double the jalapeno!  There was just a tingle on my tongue and that’s all I want.

As I began preparation, I knew it would be too rich without something “bland” to stand in for rice.  Then I remembered a little of our cauliflower mash leftover from a couple nights ago.  What a great idea!   I seasoned it with my Sambal Oelek chile paste and voila!  A miracle that disguised any cauliflower taste.  It really complemented melange of flavors!  This recipe is suitable for Atkins Phase 2 and beyond as well as other ketogenic diets.  Omit the sherry and those on Atkins Induction can also enjoy this delightful concoction.

INGREDIENTS:

3 T. coconut oil (or your preferred oil)

9 oz. pork loin, trimmed of all fat, sliced julienne-style

3 T. total dry sherry

3 T. total low-sodium soy sauce, tamari or coconut aminos

2½ finely shredded green cabbage

½ c. green onions, chopped (I used the white ends only)

1 large jalapeno, seeded and chopped

1 tsp. fresh ginger, minced

2 cloves garlic, minced

1/8 tsp. sea salt

2¼-2½ c. leftover, butter-seasoned cauliflower mash

1 tsp. Sambal Oelek chile paste (any brand is fine)

½ small carrot, peeled and shaved into long thin strips with carrot peeler

VARIATION:  Use lean beef instead of pork.

DIRECTIONS:  Place julienned pork in a bowl with 2 T. of the sherry and 1½ T. of the soy sauce.  Mix with your hands and let marinate about 10 minutes while you cut up the other ingredients.

Peel off 3 outer leaves of cabbage and dunk in boiling water for 2-3 minutes to slightly soften.  If you want to actually eat the serving leaf, cook them a bit longer.  Remove from water and set on serving platter (mine, as you can see, is shaped like a giant lotus petal, hence the recipe name).  Discard water.

In a small non-stick skillet, mix the leftover cauliflower mash with the tsp. of Sambal Oelek.  It will turn the cauli pink when uniformly stirred.  Turn heat on low and warm while you do the stir-fry.

In a heated wok, melt the coconut oil over high heat.  Add the julienned pork and stir-fry until it begins to brown.  Add cabbage, green onion, jalapeno, ginger and garlic to the wok and continue to stir-fry.  Sprinkle the mixture with the sea salt, add the strips of carrot you have made with the carrot peeler and stir a couple times to let the carrot slightly cook. Add the remaining tablespoon sherry and the remaining 1½ tablespoons soy sauce.

To serve, spoon 1/3 of the pink cauliflower mixture onto each leaf of cabbage and spread out a bit, leaving the dark edge of the leaf exposed.  Then spoon on 1/3 of the meat mixture on top of the cauli mixture and serve your family and guests at once.  I found one of these filled me up like a tick, as we say in the South.  My husband did eat two of them, gluton that he is.  ENJOY!  🙂

NUTRITIONAL INFO:   Makes 3 servings, each contains:

439 cals., 26.7g fat, 13.93g carbs, 6.0g fiber, 7.93g NET CARBS, 23.3g protein, 1178 mg sodium

 

To be so simple to prepare, these boneless pork loin chops were both delicious and especially tender.  My husband just loved these tonight and said to “please do these often!”  A quick pan dinner for a busy week-night when you’re tired, for sure.  Simply sear, simmer and EAT!  This recipe is not suitable until Atkins Phase 2 due to the wine, but subbing in chicken stock would allow this for those still in Atkins Induction Phase.

INGREDIENTS: 

2 boneless pork loin chops (or bone-in chops)

¼ tsp. my Homemade Montreal Steak Seasoning

3 T. butter

6 large mushrooms, cut into quarters

1 clove minced garlic

Dash black pepper and sea salt

¼ c. white wine (I used Riesling)

DIRECTIONS:  Melt butter in skillet over medium-high heat.  Sprinkle Montreal Steak Seasoning on both sides of the pork.  Sear both sides of the meat until light brown.  Lift meat out to a plate when both sides are golden (meat will not quite be done).  Add garlic, mushrooms, black pepper and sea salt.  Saute  mushrooms until nearly tender, push them to the outside of the pan and replace meat in pan.   Lower heat to medium-low. Add wine to both de-glaze the brown bits from the pan bottom and to continue cooking the meat.  Simmer over low heat about 5-7 minutes or until meat is firmed up and fully done.  Remove from stove and serve at once with you favorite sides.

NUTRITIONAL INFO:   Makes 2 servings, each contains:

443 cals, 31g fat, 3.3g carbs, 0.65g fiber, 2.65g NET CARBS, 33g protein, 143mg sodium

 

 

What a pleasant surprise our lunch was today!  It was ready in under 30 minutes and DELICIOUS!  My husband isn’t as fond of kale as I am yet he dipped up seconds on this dish!  That tells you how well smoked sausage and kale taste together.  A flavor combination you really must try!  The addition of leeks and yellow onion, with their sweet edge, really mellowed the kale’s “greens” taste as well!  This quick and tasty dish is suitable for all phases of Atkins, Keto diets, Primal and Paleo programs as well.

INGREDIENTS:

4 c. curly leaf kale, stemmed and cut into large pieces (3/4 bunch)

2 T. bacon grease

3 oz. yellow onion, cut up in wedges

1 leek, well-washed and chopped large

6 oz. smoked pork sausage

Dash salt

Coarse black pepper to taste

DIRECTIONS:  Melt bacon grease in large pot over high heat.  Add yellow onion and saute until it caramelizes.  Add stemmed and washed kale to the pot.  Add salt and pepper as well.  Add enough water to just cover the kale.  Bring to a boil and then lower heat to medium-low.  Simmer for 10 minutes or until kale is softening.  Add the chopped leek and continue simmering for only about 10 more minutes.

While the greens are cooking, cook the sausage in a separate skillet.  I like to slice my links as shown above so the meat cooks more quickly and more evenly.  Brown lightly on both sides over medium heat and remove when done.  When the meat is done, the greens should also be done, as they won’t take long.  Overcooked kale is not only unappealing in color (brownish-green) but they are both strong and bitter.  I’m certain, such overcooking is why many people do not like them. They only take about 15-20 minutes TOTAL to get tender, keeping their mild, delicate flavor.  Any longer on the heat and they are simply inedible, in my opinion.  Remove from heat at 20 minutes, drain and plate 1/4 of the greens on each plate.  Add 1/4 of the sausage on top of each serving of greens as shown above.

MY PERSONAL NOTE:  Be sure to get a small bite of sausage with each bite of greens, you’ll be amazed at the almost sweet taste the flavor combo has in your mouth.  

NUTRITIONAL INFO:   Makes 4 servings, each contains:

307 cals, 22g fat, 11.45g carbs, 1.92g fiber, 9.53g NET CARBS, 19g protein, 809mg sodium

jalapeno-meatloaf-burgers

I wanted a quick meal last night as I had been doing lots of housecleaning and was really 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.  DEEEEElicious!  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.

INGREDIENTS:

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

8 oz. lean ground pork (or more beef if you prefer)

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

Slow-cooked & fork-tender!

I’ve been meaning to make some carnitas for some time so I recently bought some pork tenderloins on sale so that’s what I used to make these for dinner tonight.  Of course, you can use fattier cuts of meat, like pork butt or shoulder roast (some people actually prefer the fattier cuts for this recipe).  Your choice on cut.  carnitas (wrapped ready to eat!)

This recipe can be done in your oven on low temp (275º-300º), in a roaster oven low setting, in your crock pot, just as you would any slow-cooked roast or pulled pork recipe.  I actually like to cook mine stove-top, in a lidded stew pot, on the lowest burner setting.  Any method will render fork-tender, delicious shredded meat for eating in flour tortillas with your favorite sides.  I just had a guacamole salad on the side; the hubs spooned his guac right into his tortillas along with the meat filling!  Made them a little messier to eat, but that didn’t slow him down.  These were delicious!One filled me up; the hubs had two.

This recipe is suitable for all phases of Atkins, but if still on Induction, you need to sub in meat broth for the wine.

INGREDIENTS:

½ c. fresh-squeezed orange juice

Juice of 1 lime

Juice of 1 lemon

4 cloves garlic, minced

1 T. fresh spearmint, chopped (optional)

¼ c. cilantro, chopped (omit if you’re not a fan)

¼ dried ancho chili pepper, seeded & chopped

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

1 tsp. ground cumin

1 T. onion powder

1 tsp. garlic powder

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

¼ tsp. chili powder

1/3 c. olive oil

OPTIONAL:  ½ tsp. sea salt, but I like the sweet edge of the citrus and didn’t use any

DIRECTIONS:  Use with this sauce, your choice of pork tenderloin, boneless pork loin, pork shoulder or butt roast.  Heat olive oil in a stew pot on high heat.  Sear your pork (whole) on all sides until brown.  Add rest of ingredients to the pot.  When it comes to a boil, lower heat to a simmer and tightly lid the pot.  Simmer for 3-4 hours or until meat is falling off the bones or a fork slides right into it easily.  Check every hour and add a bit of water to the pot if all your liquid is cooking away too fast before meat is fork tender and fully done.  Remove from heat and set meat on a cutting board or platter.  Using 2 forks, pull the meat off the bone, separating into shreds.  Slide the meat shreds back into your pot and stir well to coat with remaining juices/sauce.  Serve at once with warm low-carb flour tortillas (I use HEB’s “Carb Sense”) and a nice guacamole salad.  I like to serve some chopped lettuce, tomato and fresh cilantro at table as well.  Cilantro (if you like it) is really good added right before eating.

NUTRITIONAL INFO:  Makes about 1 cup sauce or 16 tablespoons.  Each 2 T. serving of sauce (sauce only!) contains:

FYI:  2 oz. pork will add about 5g. fat, 115 cals and 16g protein.  My HEB tortillas are 3 net carbs each.

116 cals, 9.1g fat, 5.11g carbs, 0.48g fiber, 4.63g NET CARBS, 0.57g protein, 4.37 mg sodium (more if you add the optional salt)

I haven’t cooked a pork tenderloin in ages and picked up a couple twin-packs at the store this week on sale.   I prefer mine pan-seared for sandwiches, but decided to roast a couple tonight for a change of pace.  Just started putting things on top and popped them in the oven.  They were done in 25-30 minutes flat as they were fairly small tenderloins (from a small pig)!  My kind of quick meal prep!  I served these with a combo of butter-sauteed red radishes and onion along with some some green beans seasoned with ham drippings from my Christmas ham.  We loved this particular seasoning tonight!  This recipe is suitable for all phases of Atkins and Keto programs provided the wine is omitted for those still in their first 2 weeks of Induction.

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INGREDIENTS:

2-2½ lb. pork tenderloin (mine weighed 2#)

2 T. any dry red wine (optional, omit for Atkins Induction)

1 T. low-sodium soy sauce

½ tsp. onion powder

1/8 tsp. garlic powder

¼ tsp. coarse black pepper

1½ T. sliced fresh shallot

½ c. homemade pork or chicken broth (as needed)

1-3 T. olive oil (optional)

DIRECTIONS:  Preheat oven to 375º.  Place the two pork tenderloins on an appropriate size baking pan (I used metal, but any oven-proof pan will do).  Stir the onion and garlic powders with the black pepper in a little saucer.  Holding each piece of meat up for easy handling, sprinkle this mixture on both sides of meat and lay them back down on the pan.  You can sear off the meat in a hot skillet of oil first if you prefer.  I did not, but did pop mine into the boiler for 5 minutes at the end of cooking.  Sliver the shallot and lay separated slices atop each piece of meat.  Mix ½ c. of the broth with the wine and soy sauce and baste each strip of loin.  Drizzle meat with olive oil if desired (I did).  Pop in 375º oven and bake for about 25-30 minutes or until meat thermometer reads 130º-140º.  Check pan halfway through cooking and gently pour the broth mixture around the outside of the pan.  Remove when meat reaches temperature.  Broil 5 minutes if you prefer yours browner.  Rest the meat on a cutting board with a piece of foil laying on top (to retain heat) for 5-8 minutes.  This wait will help retain the juices in your meat.  Slice on the diagonal about 3/4″ thick.  Baste slices with any pan juices and serve at once with your favorite sides.

NUTRITIONAL INFO:  Makes 5 adult servings, each contains:

231 cals, 6.3g fat (more if you use olive oil drizzle), 1.26g carbs, 0.08g fiber, 1.18g NET CARBS, 38.9g protein, 228 mg sodium

These meatballs are fantastic!  Love the allspice and nutmeg that is typically used in these.  We always have some when we shop at IKEA.  My husband just loves these things.  This is a very BIG recipe, so either make a half recipe or just freeze any leftover.  These are suitable for Atkins Induction ONLY if you omit the white wine in the sauce and use an Induction approved bread like this one in the meatballs.

MEATBALL INGREDIENTS:

1¼ lb. (20 oz) 80% ground beef

4 oz. pork breakfast sausage meat (or plain ground pork)

3 oz. onion

¼ c. parsley

Dash each salt and black pepper

¼ tsp. each nutmeg and allspice

2 large eggs

2 low-carb tortillas (HEB Carb Sense have 3 net carbs)

SAUCE INGREDIENTS:

1 c. beef broth

½ c. heavy cream

½ c. white wine (omit if still in Induction Phase)

4 oz. can sliced mushrooms with juice

Few sprinkles xanthan gum to thicken (if needed)

Dash coarse black pepper

½ c. chopped parsley

DIRECTIONS:  Preheat oven to 350º.  You can brown your meatballs in a skillet if you prefer, but baking is so much simpler.  Place all meat ingredients in food processor and pulse until it it well blended and onion is well-chopped.  With your hands, form into 28 meatballs (about 1½”) and place on large parchment-lined baking pan (close together but not touching).  Bake at 350º for about 30 minutes or until they begin to brown nicely.  Remove pan from oven and using parchment to facilitate, lift the meatballs over to an awaiting large skillet.  Turn heat to high and allow to brown a little more in their pan juices, shaking skillet to roll them around a bit.

Add all sauce ingredients to the pan and let meatballs simmer in the gravy to allow flavors to co-mingle and to be sure meat is fully done.  Only thicken with xanthan gum or your preferred thickener if you feel the sauce is too thin.  Serve at once with your favorite green side dish (I served with buttered, steamed broccoli).

NUTRITIONAL INFO:   Makes 28 meatballs.  Allowing 4 meatballs per serving, so this should serve 7 people nicely.  Each serving contains:

452 cals, 36g fat, 7.58g carbs, 3.61g fiber, 3.97g NET CARBS, 21.6g protein, 362 mg sodium

This was a super quick and easy dish to prepare I think my readers will enjoy.  I’ve made Chicken Florentine for many years but never thought to do a florentine rendering with pork.  Well, I should have tried it years ago!  This was a delicious dinner tonight.  I served it with some buttered, “candied” carrots which complimented the meal nicely.  This recipe is not suited for those still in the initial 2-week Induction phase (unless you leave out the wine) but can be enjoyed anytime after your Induction period.  This dish should me fine for those on most Keto diets as well.  This recipe can be stretched easily for 4 portions if you add 2 more portions of pork to the recipe (carb count would go slightly down since sauce would be distributed among 4 servings).  There was ample sauce to do this.  Alternately, you can reduce the chicken broth, cream, wine and peppers to just 2 slices for less sauce on just 2 servings.  We’re creamy sauce lovers, so we ate all the sauce!

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INGREDIENTS:

2   4-5 oz. pieces boneless pork loin

1 T. each unsalted butter and olive oil

½ c. heavy (whipping) cream

½ c. white wine (I used Chardonnay)

1½ c. chicken broth (I use homemade, virgin broth)

1 c. frozen leaf spinach

Dash coarse black pepper

Dash red pepper flakes

2 oz. red bell pepper, sliced crosswise into 4 slices

1/8 tsp. xanthan gum or preferred thickener

DIRECTIONS:  Pound the two pieces of pork with a meat tenderizer.  Place butter and olive oil in skillet over high heat and sear the pork on both sides.  Remove to a paper plate while you construct the sauce.  Add the cream, chicken broth, wine, spinach, black and red pepper flakes to the pan.  Sprinkle the thickener over the sauce now.  Simmer the pan contents a couple minutes until until spinach is cooked and sauce has begun to thicken.   Add the red pepper slices around the outside of the pan.  Place the chops back on top of the sauce in the center and simmer just until red pepper slices are softened but not falling apart.  Serve pork with an ample serving of the sauce and pepper slices on top.

NUTRITIONAL INFO:  Makes 2 servings, each contains: (numbers go down with 4 portions of meat)

631 cals, 44g fat, 8.3g carbs, 3g fiber, 5.3g NET CARBS, 37g protein, 142 mg sodium

 

 

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

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

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

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

MARINADE INGREDIENTS:

¼ c. mushroom soaking liquid

4 T. my homemade Hoisin Sauce

1 T. rice wine vinegar

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

1 tsp. toasted sesame oil

3 cloves garlic, minced

1 tsp. Sambal Oelek chili sauce

¼ tsp. xanthan gum or preferred thickener

FILLING INGREDIENTS:

2 large eggs, scrambled

1 T. butter (to cook eggs in)

8 oz. lean only pork loin, slivered thin

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

½ c. cabbage, slivered thin

4 large dried shitaake mushrooms, soaked

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

1 c. fresh bean sprouts

¼ c. canned bamboo shoots, julienne  slivered

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

My husband had to go have some lab work done for his doctor this morning so he volunteered to get my groceries on the way home.  Of course, it started raining, is a might chilly out as well, so when I asked him what he wanted for lunch today, I wasn’t surprised he said soup!  Well, since I’m always trying to use up leftovers and one-of’s in the fridge, I put together what turned out to be a very tasty soup!  My husband was doubtful when I said what all I was throwing into the pot, but ended up eating TWO bowls of it, so clearly not a problem for his palate.  LOL

What I had to work with was a small piece of a smoked sausage rope, 1 baked chicken thigh, half of a large yellow squash, and some fresh kale.  Also had in my freezer the cooking pan juices from my last batch of Montreal Baked Chicken (I always save it for just such uses) and homemade chicken broth that is always in my freezer.   VOILA!  A delightful lunch fit for a chilly, rainy day that you can have once you get to phase 2 of Atkins.

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INGREDIENTS:

3 T. unsalted butter

2 oz. onion, chopped

1 c. chicken meat, pre-cooked, chopped

4″ piece smoked sausage (beef or pork), sliced

1 can Eden soy black beans, with juice (not regular, high-carb black beans!)

2 large kale leaves, stemmed, rinsed and chopped

3 oz. yellow summer squash, diced or sliced

3 c. homemade chicken broth (mine is just chicken boiled in water)

¼-½ tsp. my homemade Montreal Steak Seasoning

¼-½ tsp. Sriracha Chili sauce (or other hot sauce to taste)

DIRECTIONS:  Melt the butter in a soup pot over high heat and saute the onions until they begin to brown.  Add the sausage and squash and saute until all are partially cooked.  Add all remaining ingredients and bring to just a simmer for about 15 minutes or just until the kale is just done.  Add salt to taste only if the sausage hasn’t already made the soup salty enough for your palate.

NUTRITIONAL INFO:    Makes 4 servings (large bowls), each contains:

385 cals, 27 g fat, 12.25g carbs, 6.27g fiber, 5.98g NET CARBS, 21.4g protein, 485 mg sodium

 

 

I bought a whole pork loin this week and cut the point end off for making a pork roast one night.  Tonight was the night!  I have fresh mushrooms in the fridge so I decided to stuff it.  A little cream cheese and smoked Gouda to bind and for added flavor.  Man, oh, man, was this ever good, even if it spattered making for a less than stellar photo.  I know it sounds rich, but it really wasn’t!  This recipe is suitable for all phases of Atkins and Keto diets.

My roast was just a little 1¼ lb. tip end of the loin, so I had some stuffing leftover.  Your roast may be larger and accommodate all the stuffing nicely.  If not, just heap it up at the front of the cut end much like a Thanksgiving cornucopia, “spilling out”.  We spooned some of the extra stuffing onto our portions!  🙂

INGREDIENTS:

1-1¼ lb. small pork loin roast

2 slices bacon, chopped

5 medium mushrooms, chopped

2 oz. onion (I used red), chopped fine

1 oz. cream cheese

1 oz. Smoked Gouda cheese, shredded

3/4 c. parsley (loosely packed), chopped

Dash each sea salt and coarse black pepper

2 T. hemp hearts

DIRECTIONS:  With a large kitchen knife, cut a pocket into the pork roast, being careful not to go all the way through on any sides.  Spread apart and set on baking pan to receive stuffing.

Preheat oven to 350º.  In a skillet over medium-high heat, brown the bacon.  Add the onion, salt and pepper and saute until onion is tender.  Add all remaining ingredients, mashing up the cream cheese until it is fully melted and well-blended.  Remove from heat and stuff into the slit in the pork roast.  Pack it in well, allowing any overage to spill out onto the baking pan.  Cover front side where stuffing is with a piece of foil to prevent over-browning during cooking (removed when nearly done).  Pop into 350º oven and bake for about 1-1¼ hours, or to internal temperature of 160º.  I used my convection setting, so my roast only took around 45 minutes to get done.  Remove from oven and serve in baking dish or remove to a platter carefully.  I added a couple tablespoons of water to the pan to de-glaze the tasty brown bits to make a thin natural gravy to spoon up over the slices of meat when serving, but this is not necessary.  I’m just a gravy addict.

NUTRITIONAL INFO:   Makes 4 servings, each contains:

492 cals., 34g fat, 3.5g carbs, 1.25g fiber, 2.25g NET CARBS, 41.3g protein, 504mg sodium

I wanted to try baking my wonderful glucomannan dumplings recipe into a casserole tonight, something Italian, but not quite lasagna.  This delicious dish was born!  My husband dipped up seconds, so I  KNOW he liked it (as did I).  Super yummy!!  It only took 20 minutes to put together, as I had the spaghetti sauce in my freezer which I had thawed in the morning.  I’ve made my dumplings so many times I can make that dough almost blindfolded in 5 minutes flat!  This dish is suitable for all phases of Atkins, Keto and Primal diets alike, however it’s not suitable for Paleo due to the heavy dairy.

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INGREDIENTS: 

1 recipe my Peggy‘s Original Dumplings

2 c. low-carb spaghetti sauce with meat (I used my bolognese sauce)

8 oz. cream cheese, softened

2 beaten eggs

2½ c. French-style frozen green beans

2 c. shredded mozzarella cheese

3 links Italian sausage (12 oz.), cut into chunks

DIRECTIONS:  Preheat oven to 350º.   Lightly oil a square glass/ceramic baking dish (mine was Pyrex 8″).  Be sure your dish is as deep as a Pyrex dish as this casserole is “tall” in the pan.

In a medium bowl, make the dumpling dough per that recipe’s instructions and let cough sit on a sheet of plastic wrap or a pliable silicone sheet for 3-4 minutes.  Roll dough between plastic sheets or pliable silicone sheets (1/8″-3/16″ thick) to the shape of the bottom of your dish.  Remove top plastic/silicone sheet.  Carefully pick up and lay dough in the bottom of your baking dish.  Slowly remove the remaining piece of plastic.  NOTE:  You can cut your dough to fit the pan bottom exactly and freeze any cut off bits in plastic for making little dumplings to toss in your next pot of vegetable soup!  That is what I actually did, but there was only about 2-3 T. cut away. 

In a medium saucepan, bring green beans to a boil in water, lower to a simmer and just half cook them.  Drain off all water you can, slightly squeezing the beans.  Set aside when done.

Spoon the spaghetti meat sauce evenly onto the layer of dough in the pan.  In a small bowl, soften the cream cheese in the microwave to a very soft stage.  Whisk in the eggs until fairly smooth.  Spoon that mixture onto the meat sauce layer.  Now spread the green beans on top of the cream cheese layer.  Next add the mozzarella cheese.

In a skillet, lightly brown the sausage chunks and remove from heat.  Place the “meatballs” atop the casserole.  Cover tightly with foil and pop into 350º for 1 hour.  Remove foil and bake another 10-15 minutes or until the mozzy is beginning to brown and the tops is bubbling.  Serve at once with you favorite garlic bread and/or green salad.

NUTRITIONAL INFO:   Makes seven 1-cup servings, each contains:

500 calories, 37.4g fat, 12.9g carbs, 4.32g fiber, 8.58g NET CARBS, 30g protein, 659 mg sodium

Pork on Lotus Petal

This dish came to mine when I saw the small head of cabbage sitting right by the pork in my fridge today.  I haven’t made this in over a year and it just sounds good for dinner tonight.  We both loved this dish that I have only made two times, I believe.  My husband made sure I uploaded this one to my blog, but I had decided to do that after one bite!  This dish may sound spicy upon first reading, but I assure you, it is not, as I don’t care for overly spice food.  You will never find overly spicy food on my site.  Many of you will want to increase the Sambal Oelek, or even double the jalapeno!  There was just a tingle on my tongue and that’s all I like.

Here I use mashed cauliflower in lieu of rice and season it with a little Sambal Oelek chile paste and voila!  A miracle flavor that disguised it was cauliflower and it so complemented the stir-fry!  This recipe is suitable for Atkins Phase 2 and beyond as well as other ketogenic diets.  Omit the sherry and those on Atkins Induction can also enjoy this delightful concoction.

INGREDIENTS:

3 T. coconut oil (or your preferred oil)

9 oz. pork loin, trimmed of all fat, cut into julienned strips

3 T. total dry sherry

3 T. total low-sodium soy sauce, tamari or coconut aminos

2½ finely shredded green cabbage

½ c. green onions, chopped (I used the white ends only)

1 large jalapeno, seeded and chopped

1 tsp. fresh ginger, minced

2 cloves garlic, minced

1/8 tsp. sea salt

2¼-2½ c. leftover, butter-seasoned cauliflower mash

1 tsp. Sambal Oelek chile paste (any brand is fine)

½ small carrot, peeled and shaved into long thin strips with carrot peeler

VARIATION:  Use beef instead of pork.

DIRECTIONS:  Place julienne pork strips in a bowl with 2 T. of the sherry and 1½ T. of the soy sauce.  Mix with your hands and let marinate about 10 minutes while you cut up the other ingredients.

Peel off 3 outer leaves of cabbage and dunk in boiling water for 2-3 minutes to slightly soften.  If you want to actually eat the serving leaf, cook them a bit longer.  Remove from water and set on serving platter (mine, as you can see, is shaped like a giant lotus petal, hence the recipe name).  Discard water.

In a small non-stick skillet, mix the leftover cauliflower mash with the tsp. of Sambal Oelek.  It will turn the cauli pink when uniformly stirred.  Turn heat on low and warm while you do the stir-fry.

In a heated wok, melt the coconut oil over high heat.  Add the julienned pork and stir-fry until it begins to brown.  Add cabbage, green onion, jalapeno, ginger and garlic to the wok and continue to stir-fry.  Sprinkle the mixture with the sea salt, add the strips of carrot you have made with the carrot peeler and stir a couple times to let the carrot slightly cook. Add the remaining tablespoon sherry and the remaining 1½ tablespoons soy sauce.

To serve, spoon 1/3 of the cauliflower mixture onto each leaf of cabbage and spread out a bit, leaving the dark edge of the leaf exposed.  Then spoon on 1/3 of the meat mixture on top of the cauliflower mixture and serve your family and guests at once.  I found one of these filled me up like a tick, as we say in the South.  My husband did eat two of them, glutton that he is.  ENJOY!  🙂

NUTRITIONAL INFO:   Makes 3 servings, each contains:

439 cals., 26.7g fat, 13.93g carbs, 6.0g fiber, 7.93g NET CARBS, 23.3g protein, 1178 mg sodium

 

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

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

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INGREDIENTS:

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

¼ c. coconut or olive oil

10 oz. eggplant, skin on, cubed large

4 Roma tomatoes, cubed large

1 c. homemade chicken broth

4 oz. sliced yellow onion

1 c. frozen spinach, broken apart

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

1 tsp. ground cinnamon

1 tsp. fresh ginger, minced

1 cl. garlic minced

1/2 tsp. coarse black pepper

1/4 tsp. salt

½ c. chopped cilantro

1 tsp. my Garam Masala

2 dried prunes (I use Delmonte brand), chopped

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

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

NUTRITIONAL INFO:   Makes 4 servings, each contains:

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

jalapeno-meatloaf-burgers

I wanted a quick meal last night as I had been doing lots of housecleaning and was really 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.  DEEEEElicious!  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 (or more beef if you prefer)

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

Here’s a new and scrumptious use for my new Mozzy Dough.  I had some hesitation on this creation when I started making dinner last night, but it came out truly delicious!  The hubs said I could “make this one again any old time”.  🙂  It was colorful, flavorful and just as tasty as it could be.  So simple to make, too.    This recipe is not suitable until you have reached Phase 2 Atkins.  It will be OK for Keto diets if you can fit the carbs into your daily limits; not suitable for Paleo.

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INGREDIENTS:

2/3 recipe my Mozzy Dough

1/8 tsp. cayenne pepper (optional)

8 oz. smoked sausage, sliced

1 oz. each red, yellow and green bell pepper, cut up coarsely

1 plum tomato, seeded and cut up coarsely

3/4 c. heavy (whipping) cream

3/4 c. tap water

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

¼ c. parsley, chopped

¼ tsp. my Homemade Cavender’s Greek Spice Blend

¼ tsp. coarse black pepper

¼ tsp. onion powder

1/8 tsp. xanthan gum (or your favorite thickener)

DIRECTIONS:  Preheat oven to 350º.  Make up the Mozzy Dough per that recipe’s instructions, adding the 1/4 tsp. cayenne to the dry ingredients.  When dough is formed and pulling away from the bowl,  shape into a big log and cut off 2/3 of it for this recipe.  Place the rest in a plastic baggie and refrigerate/freeze for another use.  Divide dough into four equal portions. Press each portion of dough into four slots of a shortcake pan (if you have one), or you could use 4 mini pie pans, or four cups of a large muffin cup pan.  Press the dough evenly and up the sides of the slots a bit.  Bake at 350º for about 15 minutes or until puffed up and lightly browned.  Remove from oven until filling is ready.

For the filling, place the sausage in a skillet and brown over medium-high heat.  Remove with slotted spoon and brown the chopped peppers and tomato in the sausage grease until tender but not mushy.  Spoon onto a paper plate for now.  Remove most of the remaining grease from the pan.  Add to the skillet the onion powder, black pepper and Cavender’s blend.  Reduce the heat to low and add the parsley.  Add the water, cream and wine to the pan last.  Simmer a few minutes for flavors to blend.  Dust the xanthan gum in stages over the surface, stirring constantly for 3 minutes between additions, scraping down the sides of the pan frequently.  Do not overuse xanthan gum or your sauces will get slippery, which is quite off-putting.   When the sauce thickened to your liking, stop adding the thickener.  Invert the shortcake shells (don’t invert the shells if you used mini pie pans or muffin cups) each of the pastry shells onto plates, spoon about 1/2 cup of the sauce atop each and top with the sausage and pepper mixture.  Serve at once.

NUTRITIONAL INFO:    Makes 4 servings, each contains:

642 calories, 55 g fat, 14.95 g carbs, 6.97 g fiber, 7.98 g NET CARBS, 31.6 g protein, 1255 mg sodium

Although there are many Ranch pork recipes on the Internet, I put this together a little differently from most of them.  I put the seasoning on the meat surfaces, as most do, but then added a crunchy topping with even more seasoning.  The onion sauce was quite nice with these tender “chops” as well.   You can certainly use pork chops with bone-in rather than pork loin for this recipe, but boneless loin was what my husband brought home from the grocery store today.  This recipe is suitable for all phases of Atkins and Keto plans if the numbers fit your daily carb limits.

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INGREDIENTS:

3  4-oz. pieces boneless pork loin

1 tsp. my Ranch Dressing Powder Blend

2 T. unsalted butter

3 oz. sliced yellow onion

Cheese Puffs (or 1/4 c. crumbs from any leftover low-carb biscuit or bread)

½ c. chicken stock (preferably homemade)

½ c. heavy cream

½ c. water (or white wine if you are past Atkins Induction Phase)

1/8 tsp. xanthan gum (only if needed to thicken to your desired level)

VARIATION:   In lieu of pork loin, use butterflied, boneless chicken breasts. 

DIRECTIONS:   Preheat oven to 350º.  Pound the 3 pieces of pork loin with a meat tenderizer on both sides.  Using only 1/2 tsp. of the Ranch seasoning, sprinkle over all sides of the meat.  In a hot skillet, melt the butter and add the meat, searing on both sides until golden.  Remove from the pan to a plate.  Add the sliced onions to the pan and saute until they caramelize.  Add the stock, cream and water and set the chops gently on top of the onion-liquid mixture.  Rubbing between your hands or in a food processor, crumble the cheese puffs or bread adding the remaining Ranch seasoning.  Sprinkle 1/3 of the seasoned crumbs on top of the meat portions.  Gently set the pan in a hot 350º oven to finish cooking for about 40 minutes or until the crumb mixture is golden brown.  Remove from oven.  Thicken the onion sauce with a couple light dustings of xanthan gum (only if you feel it is not thick enough already).  Serve at once with your favorite side or salad.

NUTRITIONAL INFO:    Makes 3 servings, each one contains:

427 calories, 32.3 g fat, 5.83 g carbs, 1.36 g fiber, 4.47 g NET CARBS, 28.5 g protein, 471 mg sodium

 

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Honestly, the wonderful flavor profile 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 is grilling season!  Tonight 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 ever made!  Hubby grilled them to perfection with some soaked hickory chips added to the fire.

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.

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

Pasta Fagioli Soup

This soup was super yummy at lunch today.  Saw the can of Eden Black Soy Black Beans and knew I had some bulk pork sausage in the refrigerator.  Standing in for the pasta in classic Pasta Fagioli Soup, is thinly sliced yellow summer squash.  If you are at Pre-Maintenance or Maintenance levels of Atkins, instead you could break up one serving (2 oz. uncooked) Al Dente brand Carba Nada Egg Pappardelle noodles in place of the squash for a more authentic look.  Doing so adds about 2 net carbs per serving, whereas the squash only adds about 1/2 net carb per serving.   Another option would be to chop up some of those tofu-based Miracle Noodles (if you like them), for virtually no extra carbs!  The squash, I have to admit, was a tasty as well as colorful stand-in for traditional pasta in this fagioli soup, but that’s your call.  This recipe, as written, is suitable once you get well into Phase 2 Atkins (remember, it has beans in it).

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INGREDIENTS: 

2 T. bacon grease

2½ oz. onion, chopped

1 c. celery, chopped

4 oz. pork breakfast sausage, shaped into mini meatballs

2 oz. cured ham, chopped (or 4 slices bacon)

1½ c. homemade chicken broth

4 c. water

2 Roma tomatoes, cut in chunks

1 c. cilantro, chopped (use 1/2 c. parsley if not a fan)

1 medium yellow summer squash, cut lengthwise and then sliced

¼ c. rice wine vinegar  (optional, but really adds flavor)

½ tsp. coarse black pepper

1 can Soy Black Beans (not the same as high-carb black beans!)

DIRECTIONS:  Heat bacon grease over high heat and saute onion and celery until translucent.  Add mini sausage balls and ham/bacon to pot and stir very gently to cook the sausage without breaking it apart.  Add all remaining ingredients to the pot.  There’s enough salt in the ham and sausage I don’t think you’ll need to add extra salt to this soup.  When it comes to a light boil, lower heat to a simmer.  Simmer until squash is tender, or for about 30 minutes.  Serve with your favorite low-carb garlic bread and a nice green salad.

NUTRITIONAL INFO:   Makes 8 bowls (about 1½ c. each), each bowl contains:

161.5 cals., 10.52 g fat, 5.77 g carbs, 3.48 g fiber, 2.29 g NET CARBS, 10.5 g protein, 235 mg sodium

 

Eggplant-Sausage RollatiniThese little Italian delights were fun to make and absolutely delicious!  They would be a great dinner party choice as you can make them completely and just pop into the oven and let them bake themselves so you can enjoy your guests.  They have a rich, creamy, cheesy lasagna-like flavor with a little spinach thrown in for some added nutrition.  I served this with a lovely green salad and two filled us right up!  Vegetarians can leave the meat out entirely and this is still a delicious dish.  🙂  Suitable for all phases of Atkins and other Keto diets.  Paleo followers will need to leave the cheeses out.

INGREDIENTS:

1  medium (12 oz) eggplant

¼ c. olive oil

3  links Italian sausage, casings removed (4″ links)

3/4 c. Classico Spaghetti Sauce with Basil (or other low-carb sauce)

1 oz. baby spinach leaves

4 oz. cream cheese

3/4 c. shredded Mozzarella cheese

1/4 c. shredded Parmesan cheese

1 Roma tomato, sliced into 8 thin slices

1/4 tsp. crushed dried basil leaves

DIRECTIONS:  Preheat oven to 375º.  Cut the stem and bottom bits off the eggplant and slice lengthwise into 8 long 1/4″ slices.  Brush both sides with the olive oil and place on parchment lined baking sheet. Pop into hot oven and bake 10-15 minutes.  Turn and bake on the other side for 15 minutes.  You’re not looking for brown here, just softened (partially cooked).  🙂  Remove and cool for handling.  Lower oven to 350º.  Spoon 4 T. of the spaghetti sauce onto a ceramic baking dish and spread thinly to prevent sticking.

While the eggplant is baking, remove casings from sausage and using your hands as with meatloaf, mix the meat up into a single log.  Divide the log into 8 equal portions and shape into smaller thumb-size logs.  Lightly brown them in a skillet and then remove from heat.  When eggplant has cooled enough to handle, place a log of sausage, 1 T. cream cheese, 4-5 baby spinach leaves, a tiny bit of the Mozzarella (about 2 tsp.) on one end of each eggplant slice.  Carefully roll them as tightly as you can and place seam down into the baking dish.  Spoon the remaining spaghetti sauce evenly over the tops of the rolls.  There won’t be much sauce, but these are so rich, you won’t need any more!  Sprinkle the Parmesan over the tops of the rolls.  Next sprinkle remaining mozzarella cheese on top.  Slice the tomato into 8 thin slices and place one on each roll and dust with the dried basil leaves.

Cover with foil and bake in a 350º oven for 30 minutes.  Remove foil and baked about 15-20 minutes more or until bubbly and cheese appears to be all melted on top.  Dip up with a spatula so as to get the sauce off the bottom of the pan with each serving.  Serve with a nice green salad and ENJOY!

NUTRITIONAL INFO:  Makes 8 rollatini, each contains:

280 cals. 23.3 g fat, 5.97 g carbs, 2.0 g fiber, 3.97 g NET CARBS, 12.5 g protein, 465 mg sodium

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

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 (use coconut milk for Paleo/dairy-free version)

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

This delightfully tasty salad was what we had for lunch today.  It was filling yet light.  I was out of my homemade Italian sausage so I had to use some commercial from Sam’s I had in the freezer.  This is the time of year we like to eat light like this for lunch.  Too hot in Central Texas to be cooking at noon time. 🙂  This recipe is suitable for all phases of Atkins.

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INGREDIENTS:

2 links Italian sausage

4 c. fresh raw baby spinach leaves

2 oz. red onion, sliced as thin as possible

1 Roma tomato, cut into pieces

6 black olives, cut into halves

¼ c. my Shawarma Mayo Salad Dressing

2 T. shredded Parmesan cheese

Dash each coarse black pepper and salt

DIRECTIONS:  Place 2 cups spinach leaves on each of two serving plates.  Sliver up the onion and sprinkle evenly over both salads.  Slice and add half the olives to each plate.  Cut the tomato into wedges and those in half and add half of the tomato to each plate.  Sprinkle 1 T. shredded Parmesan atop each salad.  Set aside for now.  Brown the sausage links in a skillet over medium-high head until fully done. Slice them and place slices on each of the salads equally.  Drizzle half the salad dressing on top of each salad and serve at once, allowing each person to salt and pepper to their taste at table.

NUTRITIONAL INFO:   Makes two servings, each contains:

642 calories, 62.1 g fat, 9.2 g carbs, 2.45 g fiber, 6.75 g NET CARBS, 23.25 g protein, 845 mg sodium

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This delicious Atkins Induction-friendly dish is also acceptable for you Keto dieters.  It is VERY easy to prepare.  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 no salt to the meat or sauce as these will provide 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, wine 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

Made a very simple pizza this evening with my gluten-free pizza crust and half a jar of Bertolli Alfredo Sauce leftover from a zucchini noodle dish we had earlier this week.  Sure came out tasty and reminded me of the last deep-dish pizza we ordered out in our high-carb eating hey-day.   This was not as heavy and rich as Alfredo dishes usually are, which pleased me greatly.  This pizza is not suitable until you reach Phase 2 Atkins.   It will fit other Keto diets if the numbers will keep you within your daily limits.

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INGREDIENTS:

1 recipe my Gluten-Free Pizza Crust

6 oz. pork bulk sausage

1 tsp. fennel seed, crushed

¼ c. parsley chopped

½ tsp. dried oregano (I used 2 T. fresh leaves, chopped)

Dash crushed red pepper flakes

½ c. Bertolli Alfredo sauce with Parmesan Cheese

2 c. shredded mozzarella cheese

4 oz. canned mushroom slices, drained (use slivered bell pepper if not a fan of mushrooms)

DIRECTIONS:  Make the crust dough per that recipe’s instructions.  Pop into 350º oven and bake 10 minutes or until very lightly browned only.  Remove and set aside.  While it is baking you can brown the sausage in a skillet over medium-high heat with the fennel, parsley, oregano and red pepper flakes.  Turn off heat as soon as it is no longer pink (drain off any excess grease if needed).  Next spoon the Alfredo sauce thinly over the entire crust with the back of a spoon.  Sprinkle on half the mozzarella cheese.  Evenly sprinkle the sausage over the pizza and top off with the mushroom slices.  Sprinkle the remaining mozzarella on top and pop into 350º oven for about 15 more minutes to melt the cheeses and finish browning the crust.  Serve with a nice green salad for a complete meal.

NUTRITIONAL INFO:  Makes 8 slices, each contains:

319.3 calories, 23.9 g fat, 5.60 g carbs, 2.08 g fiber, 3.52 g net carbs, 20.2 g protein, 387 mg sodium

This tasty creation was simple yet had a very sophisticated sauce we both just loved.  This dinner can be ready in about 45 minutes and really delivers on flavor.  If still on Atkins Induction, you will have to omit the wine.  Paleo followers will want to use coconut milk in lieu of the cream.  This is suited, as written, for all other phases of Atkins and Keto diets if this will fit your daily nutritional limits.

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INGREDIENTS:

1 lb. pork chops or steaks, cut into 3 portions, deboned

2 thick slices bacon (2.5 oz), chopped

3/4 c. parsley, chopped

½ c. mushrooms, canned with liquid

¼ tsp. coarse black pepper

4 oz. white wine (I used Chardonay)

3/4 c. heavy cream

¼ tsp. onion powder

DIRECTIONS:   Brown bacon over high and remove to paper towel.  Debone pork and pound with a meat tenderizer.  Lightly pepper the pork pieces and brown in bacon fat in skillet over high heat.  Remove meat to a plate.  Lower heat to medium and add back the bacon to the skillet.  Chop and add the parsley to pan.  Also add in mushrooms (with juice from can), wine, rest of black pepper and onion powder.  Simmer sauce on low heat until it begins to thicken a bit (about 5 minutes).  Set browned pork on top of sauce in skillet and lower heat to lowest setting possible.  Cook until meat is done or around 15-20 inutes.  Plate and with your favorite veggie side, spooning 1/3 of the parsley-mushroom-bacon sauce over each portion.

NUTRITIONAL INFORMATION:   Makes 3 servings, each contains:

733 calories, 54 g fat, 5.23 g carbs, 1.16 g fiber, 4.o7 g NET CARBS, 47.3 g protein, 940 mg sodium.

I wanted something that would incorporate a half recipe of pastry I had in the freezer.  My ground beef/ground pork combo turned into this delicious dish!  All-in-all, pretty simple and they cooked fast.  We both LOVED these!  This dish is not suitable for Atkins Induction unless you prepare it without the crust on top.   Then it’s a tasty bunless burger!  To lower calories and fat grams, reduce cheese in each (or eliminate entirely).

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INGREDIENTS: 

1 lb. ground sirloin or chuck (I use 90% lean)

½ lb. ground pork

½ tsp. my Montreal Steak Seasoning

9 large mushrooms, sliced

3 oz. onion, sliced

2 T. parsley, chopped

2 T. bacon grease

½ c. heavy cream

Several shakes each salt and black pepper

4 slices Swiss cheese (or other white cheese of your choice)

½ recipe my “Flour” Pie Crust

VARIATIONS:  Use all beef, or use all ground pork, or use ground lamb.

DIRECTIONS:  Using your hands or a fork, in a medium bowl, mix the two meats  together in a bowl with the Montreal spice mix.  You will need a 9 x 13 or larger baking pan (I used metal).  Divide the meat mixture into 4 equal portions and shape into a thick patty on the baking pan.  Using your fingers, make a large “well” in the middle for your filling (shape it like a meat “bowl”, in other words).  The “walls” of mine were about 3/4″ tall.   Set aside for now.

Slice the onions and quickly saute in the bacon grease over medium high heat until translucent.  Add the mushrooms and continue to saute until those are also slightly translucent.  Add parsley, salt and pepper and stir.  Add cream and simmer a few minutes to allow it to slightly thicken up.  Turn off heat.  Spoon 1/4 of the mushroom/onion mixture into each meat “well”.  Top each portion with 1 slice of the cheese, torn as needed to fit inside the depression in the meat.  Set aside for a few minutes while you make the crust “hat”.

Preheat oven to 350º.  Mix up the pie crust by that recipe’s instructions (linked above). Save 1/2 of the pie dough for some other use, as you will only need half of it here.  I freeze the leftover portion of dough in a sandwich baggie for up to a month.  Divide the remaining half of the dough into four equal balls.  Roll each ball between two sheets of plastic wrap just until it is the size of your meat “pies” in size.  Remove the top plastic and lay each “cap” of dough atop one of your mushroom-filled meat pies.  Pop pan into hot 350º oven for about 30 minutes or until lightly brown on top as shown in the photo.  Meat should be thoroughly done by then.  Serve at once with a green veggie or salad.

NUTRITIONAL INFO:  Makes 4 meat “pies”, each contains:

744 calories, 57 g fat, 14.8 g carbs, 8.82 g fiber, 5.98 g NET CARBS, 51 g protein, 415 mg sodium


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