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This dish came out so good.  Frankly, I was quite surprised!  I essentially took my method for making shrimp scampi, added some Cajun spices to take it up a notch, topped with buttery Parmesan bread crumbs and served over a bed of seasoned cauli-rice.  Man………this is definitely a keeper!  My husband just ranted about his dinner tonight!  I confess it was one of the better shrimp dishes I’ve created in quite some time!  Provided you use an Induction-friendly bread for the bread crumbs, this is suitable for Atkins Induction and all other Atkins diet phases!  Just leave out the 2 T. white wine until Phase 2, please.  🙂

BASE INGREDIENTS:

4 T. unsalted butter

2 oz. yellow onion, slivered as thinly as possible

3 cloves garlic, minced

1/8 tsp. salt (omit if using salted butter)

1/8 tsp. cayenne pepper

2 T. (1 fluid oz) white wine (omit if still in Atkins Induction Phase)

30 large peeled shrimp (I used pre-cooked, tail-on, but raw will work also)

CRUMB TOPPING INGREDIENTS:

2 slices plan-suitable low-carb bread, crumbed

2 T. grated Parmesan cheese

½ c. chopped parsley

4 T. more unsalted melted butter

‘GRITS’ INGREDIENTS:

½ small head cauliflower, cut into chunks

1 small carrot, peeled and cut into chunks

1/8 tsp. each onion and garlic powder

¼ tsp. (more if you like thinks spicy) my Cajun Seafood Spice Blend

1 c. Cheddar Cheese shreds

½ c. chopped green onions or chives

DIRECTIONS:  Begin by making the “grits” first.  Place the chunks of cauliflower and carrot in you food processor (or blender) and pulse until riced coarsely.  Scrape into microwavable bowl and cook on high for about 4-6 minutes or until no longer raw/hard (but not overly done)  Stir the spices in along with the green onions and cheese shreds.  Set aside while you make the rest of the layers.  In a large skillet (I used non-stick), over medium-high heat, melt one whole stick (8 T.) butter.  Carefully pour just half the melted butter into the bread crumb mixture and blend to moisten the crumbs evenly with the butter. Again, set the topping aside for now.

Preheat oven to BROIL.  In the 4 T. melted butter remaining in the skillet, add the slivered yellow onion and garlic.  Add cayenne and salt and continue to saute a couple more minutes to soften & caramelize them.  Add white wine and simmer 1-2 minutes only.   Spread mixture evenly in the skillet.  Scrape the cheesy grits mixture over the top of the caramelized onion mixture, spreading it evenly.  Next arrange the shrimp in a single layer, 2 concentric circles, tail out, placing shrimp fairly close together as they shrink during cooking.  If you end up with a few shrimp left out of the two circles, put those in the center, tail centered and pointing upwards.  That will look attractive for table presentation.

Sprinkle the crumb topping evenly over the shrimp.   When broiler is hot (450º-475º) pop skillet into broiler and broil until bread crumb topping is golden brown as shown above.  Shrimp cooks fast, so they should get properly done even if you are using raw shrimp. Those mounded in the center will cook the slowest, so check to insure they are properly cooked.

VARIATION:  You can construct this differently, by cooking the “grits” in a separate microwavable serving baking dish and cook the shrimp separately in the skillet.  Then simply top 1/3 portion of the “grits” on each of 3 plates and top with 1/3 the broiled shrimp mixture.  Your call on the construction method.  Will taste great either way.

NUTRITIONAL INFO:   Makes 3 servings, each contains 10 shrimp & 1/3 the grits

643.6 cals, 52.5g fat, 15.8g carbs, 4.76 g fiber, 11.04g NET CARBS, 32.3g protein, 781mg sodium.  To reduce carbs, eliminate the carrot, reduce cheese & use 1 slice bread for crumb topping………or make it stretch for 4 servings. 🙂  )

 

 

 

Indian Curry Leaf Broiled Fish on Cauliflower Pilaf

I changed up my usual Indian broiled fish recipe tonight and my husband just LOVED the new ingredient and method of serving.    This dish goes together really fast, so it is an easy meal prep during the summer when it’s hot and you don’t want the oven on long.  If you wish, you can use whole fish for this recipe, but you will want to bake at 350º rather than broil if using whole fish.  If using whole fish, cooking time will be 20-30 minutes depending on the size and thickness of your fish.  This spice mixture would also be good on flounder,  trout or bluefish filets.  This recipe is Induction friendly.

I order my curry leaf powder on-line.  Many spice vendors carry it. If you can’t (or don’t wish to) order it I would substitute 1 tsp. dried mint leaves.

INGREDIENTS FOR CAULI PILAF:

1 small head cauliflower (or 1/2 larger head)

2 T. olive oil

2 oz. red onion, finely minced

2 T. cilantro (I used the stems only)

½ tsp. Garam Masala Spice Blend

1/8 tsp. turmeric

Dash sea salt

DIRECTIONS FOR PILAF:  Cut cauliflower into chunks and pulse in food processor or blender to coarse “rice” stage.  Microwave in covered bowl for 4 minutes, stirring once before removing from microwave.  Set aside a few moments.   Heat olive oil in non-stick pan over high heat and saute onion and cilantro until nearly tender.  Add Garam Masala, turmeric and salt.  Lower heat.  Using a yellow or metal spoon (turmeric will stain white or wooden tools) gently stir in the tender cauliflower rice and mix all  until well-blended.  Turmeric will turn the mixture light yellow.  This is normal and what you want.  Let pan set over lowest heat possible for flavors to mellow while fish is broiling.

INGREDIENTS FOR FISH:

4   Tilapia filets (about 4-5 oz. each) [or fish of choice]

1 tsp. minced ginger root

1 tsp. minced garlic

1 finely chopped jalapeno, seeded and chopped

2 T. chopped cilantro

¼ tsp. turmeric

Dash each of cayenne, black pepper & turmeric

1/2 tsp. curry leaf powder  (or 1 tsp. dried crushed mint leaves)

4 T. unsalted butter, melted

1 T. tomato paste + 3 T. water (or ¼ c. tomato sauce)

FISH DIRECTIONS:  Preheat boiler. Lightly oil or parchment line a medium a baking pan large enough to hold fish in single layer.  Lay filets in the pan white side up.  Mix all other ingredients in a glass or metal bowl.  Do not use a plastic bowl (or your food processor) as the turmeric stains them yellow.  Add HALF the melted butter and mash all the seasonings to blend well in to a thick paste.  Using the back of a spoon, spread seasoning paste evenly on the tops of the 4 filets.   Broil for about 10 minutes, until thickest part of the filets is firming up.  You can bake for about 20 minutes (30 for whole fish) at 350º if you prefer, but I think broiling this is best.  Fast is goodness in my book.  When done, remove and drizzle remaining melted butter on each portion and serve with the cauliflower pilaf as a base, trying to use 1/4 of the pilaf under each of the 4 servings.  This pairs  nicely with my homemade Samosas.

NUTRITIONAL INFO: Serves 4, each serving contains:

327.25 cals, 26.15g fat, 5.62g carbs, 2.15g fiber, 3.47g NET CARBS, 24.35g protein, 84.5 mg sodium

The delicious smoke taste on this Steelhead Trout was just amazing!  I get this fish at my local Sam’s Club and just love that they are milder than regular salmon.  The buttery chipotle-lime sauce was so good on it! The flavor profile was just sublime.  This recipe goes together in just 15 minutes or so once your charcoal fire is ready.  This is one of the healthiest dinners you can have since this salmon-family fish is also very rich in Omega-3 oil.

INGREDIENTS:

2#  Steelhead Trout filet (use salmon if you can’t get the trout)

4 T. butter, unsalted

2 cloves garlic, minced

1/3 c. parsley, chopped

1 chipotle pepper (canned in adobo sauce), seeded and mashed

1 T. the adobo sauce from the can

Juice of 1 lime (about 1 T.)

DIRECTIONS:  In a small saucepan melt the butter over medium heat.  Mince the garlic and add.  Add all remaining ingredients and simmer 3-4 minutes.  Remove from heat.  Prepare charcoal fire.   With a paper towel, lightly oil te grill grate surface to help prevent sticking.  Using a basting brush, baste the flesh side of the filet.  When coals are white hot ready, place basted flesh side of the filet down on the oiled grill right over the coals.  Cook about 5 minutes.  Baste the skin side now.  With extra long spatulas, gently turn the fish over to grill the skin side next.  Basting the flesh side again.  Cook 5 minutes on this side as well.  Remove to service platter, serving the extra butter sauce at the table for each diner to brush on their serving of fish.  I served this with a cauliflower-broccoli cheesy gratin but it would be equally good with a lovely Greek Salad.

NUTRITIONAL INFO:   After cooking shrinkage this makes 4 6-7-oz servings.  Each contains:

433 cals, 25.7g fat, 2.62g carbs, 0.79g fiber, 1.83g NET CARBS, 46.7g protein, 220 mg sodium

My father introduced us to this dish when we lived in Hampton, Virginia.  Of course, we had all the fresh seafood there in the world anytime we wanted it.  What is amazing about Shrimp Scampi is how easy it is to make.  Traditionally served over white rice, as a low-carber, I decided to spoon mine over a batch of my Foolproof Mashed Cauliflower.  It was quite good actually.  I like to add a bit of my Seafood Spice Blend to most of my seafood dishes, but it is not seen in most shrimp scampi recipes.  Occasionally I like to add a splash of a couple tablespoons of white wine to this dish, but do not always do that, so I don’t show it in the ingredients below.  Your call there.  This recipe is suitable for all phases of Atkins and other Keto diets, as well as for Primal and Paleo followers.  Those still on Atkins Induction should not add the white wine here.

INGREDIENTS:

1 lb. medium-large shrimp, peeled and deveined

4 T. butter, unsalted

3 cloves garlic, minced

½ c. parsley, chopped

1/8 tsp. coarse black pepper

¼-½ tsp. my Seafood Spice Blend

1 oz. (optional) dry white wine, (Pinot Grigio, Riesling or Sauvignon Blanc are good)

DIRECTIONS:    Preheat broiler.  In a large skillet melt the butter over high heat.  Add garlic and let saute a couple minutes.  Add shrimp and saute until the begin to get opaque and golden on the edges.  Add black pepper and spice blend.  Saute couple more minutes.  Finally add parsley and stir to blend.  Remove and pop into broiler long enough for the shrimp to begin to brown just a bit.  Remove from oven and serve immediately over bed of mashed cauliflower (or rice for non low-carbers at the table)

NUTRITIONAL INFO:   Makes 3 servings, each contains:  (does not include mashed cauliflower, 1 cup of it would add around 2.8 net carbs to each serving)

306 cals, 18.1g fat, 3.73g carbs, 0.43g fiber, 3.3g NET CARBS, 31.4g protein, 233 mg sodium

 

 

I made the most scrumptious seafood bisque last night for dinner.  It was ready in just 1 hour, start to finish!  I wanted to make seafood gumbo, but I didn’t have okra in the freezer and gumbo just isn’t gumbo to me without a little okra in it.  So I pulled out my trusty gumbo recipe of many years and basically made that, less the okra.  I subbed in cream for all the canned tomatoes in my gumbo recipe to make it more like a bisque.  WOW!  We loved it!  This one is a keeper for sure!  This recipe is suitable for all phases of Atkins, provided those still on Induction omit the white wine and those on Paleo use coconut milk instead of cream.

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INGREDIENTS:

3 oz. bacon, coarsely chopped

1 c. celery, chopped

3/4 c. green bell pepper, chopped

3 oz. onion, chopped

½ c. parsley, chopped

6 oz. pork breakfast sausage

1 medium leaf kale, (about 3/4 c.), stemmed & chopped fine

2 cloves garlic, minced

¼ tsp. Cajun Seafood Spice Blend

½ tsp. dried thyme leaves

¼ tsp. black pepper

Dash cayenne pepper

22 large shrimp, (shell removed), cut in halves (12 oz tail-on pkg)

2 c. chicken broth (preferably homemade, or seafood stock)

1 c. heavy cream

¼ c. white wine

Tiny dusting of xanthan gum or your favorite thickener

11 San Marzano mini tomatoes cut into 4 pieces (or 22 cherry tomatoes left whole)

VARIATION:   Add 1 c. shelled/cleaned fresh crab meat + 1 c. extra chicken/seafood broth.  Mmmm.

DIRECTIONS:  In a large soup pot, over medium-high heat, brown the bacon.  Add the Louisiana “Holy Trinity” (celery, bell pepper and onion) to the pot and saute until they begin to soften.  Add sausage and saute, crumbling as you do so.  Add kale, garlic and the four spices.  Lower heat to medium.  Add shrimp and saute until opaque.  Add chicken (or seafood) stock, white wine, and cream.   When returns to a simmer, lower heat to lowest setting.  Add tomatoes and simmer about 10 minutes.  Some like this stage of thickening from the cream.  But if you like your cream soups a bit thicker, add the light sprinkle of xanthan gum.  Alternately, if you like more broth in your soup, or ned to stretch this out for more servings (it was a bit thick with “solids”) you can always add 1-2 more cups of chicken stock to the pot.  If you do add more broth, you will definitely want to use a thickener.  Simmer a few minutes longer for the thickener to go to work.  Pour into a soup tureen and serve at once.

NUTRITIONAL INFO:  Makes 6 servings (as written), each containing:

382 cals, 31g fat, 7.01g carbs, 1.53g fiber, 5.48g NET CARBS, 16.3g protein, 410mg sodium

Next time you’re having grilled, baked or fried fish, you are going to want to try these delicious stuffed mushrooms I cooked tonight to accompany our salmon.  The cheeses and spices made these so yummy.  They are simple to make as well, so what more could you ask for to serve such deliciousness?!  These are suitable once you reach Phase 2 of Atkins and will fit into most ketogenic diets.

INGREDIENTS:

18 oz. medium Portobello mushrooms (about 2¼” diameter)

¼ c. olive oil

1 T. unsalted butter

2 medium green onions, chopped

8 large raw shrimp, peeled, deveined and chopped

2 oz. cream cheese

1/3 c. shredded cheddar cheese

Dash each salt & pepper

½ tsp. my Seafood Spice Blend

1 low-carb roll or slice low-carb bread (I used this one)

1 T. more butter

DIRECTIONS:  Wipe mushrooms of any dirt.  Remove stems with small knife without destroying the mushroom caps.  Pour the olive oil into a medium bowl and drizzle the olive oil over them.  Toss to coat them well.  Place mushroom caps onto a baking pan and set aside while you make the filling.

Melt 1 T. butter in small non-stick skillet.  Chop the mushroom stems and add to the pan.  Chop green onion and also add to pan.  Add chopped shrimp.  Saute until they are all done.  Sprinkle a dash of salt, pepper and the seafood spice blend over the mixture.  Now add the cream cheese and mash/stir until melted and blended well.  Add cheddar shreds and stir/fold the mixture well allowing it all to heat, melt and bind together.   Turn off heat.  Now preheat your oven to 375º.

Stuff each mushroom cap with about 1 T. of the mixture to fill them to capacity using up all your filling with as even a distribution as your can.

Crumb the low-carb bread/roll with the remaining 1T. butter in a food processor, blender or crumb by hand & melt/stir them into the melted butter in a skillet.  Sprinkle the crumb topping over the 10 mushrooms.  Pop the pan into a hot 375º oven for about 20-25 minutes (watch then as ovens vary).  Larger mushrooms will take up to 30-35 minutes to get fully heated and golden on top.

NUTRITIONAL INFO:   Makes 10 pieces, each contains:

151 calories, 12.9g fat, 4.15g carbs, 1.26g fiber, 2.89g NET CARBS, 6.29g protein, 142mg sodium

If making appetizers, use 20 smaller mushrooms.  Just divide the above numbers by to to calculate the values for the smaller ones.

 

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Grilled Sriracha Shrimp is good on its own merits, but my buttery aioli sauce is a lovely compliment.  This sauce would also be delicious on grilled fish, grilled chicken or skillet seared scallops.  I wish my husband had rotated the skewers so those pictured would have charred more evenly.  But they all tasted GREAT and that’s what counts!  This recipe is suitable for all phases of Atkins and Keto diets.  It is not suitable for Primal-Paleo lifestyles unless you can find a recipe for homemade Sriracha sauce.  As I can’t know how many shrimp you will eat, I am providing nutrition information for what I felt was a satisfying serving 1/3 lb. (5 large shrimp) with numbers for  around 2 T. aioli, which is what I ate.   You will have to adjust your numbers according to how much you actually eat.  Divide the numbers for the shrimp by 5 to get the numbers for 1 shrimp.

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FOR THE SHRIMP:

1 lb. extra-large shrimp ( There were 16 in my bag), peeled, tail piece left on

½ stick unsalted butter, melted (4 oz.)

2 tsp. Sriracha sauce  (or other bottled hot sauce of your choosing)

Dash each garlic powder and onion powder

Peal the shrimp, leaving tail shell on for a “handle”.  Place on skewers and set skewers on a platter.  Melt the butter in a small saucepan and add the Sriracha sauce and seasonings.  Stir to blend and remove from heat.  With a basting brush, baste both sides of the skewered shrimp with the sauce.  Save the remaining sauce to baste the shrimp while the are being grilled.

FOR THE AIOLI:  Process the following ingredients in a food processor or blender until smooth.  Scrape into serving dish and place in refrigerator until shrimp is grilled and you are ready to serve.  (Makes about 1/2 c. sauce or about 8 T.)

½ stick butter, melted

1 jalapeno, seeded, ribs removed (omit if you prefer)

1/3 c. Homemade Mayonnaise

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   Sriracha Aioli

½ c. fresh cilantro

Juice of 1 lime

Dash each salt and pepper

½ clove garlic, minced

Dash smoked chipotle  chile powder

¼-1 tsp. Sriracha sauce (to your taste)

GRILLING THE SHRIMP:  Prepare a charcoal fire.  When coals are hot, Place skewers over coals and grill about 5 minutes on a side or until they are opaque.  Baste with extra sauce in your saucepan.  Use up all the sauce on the shrimp while grilling for best flavor.  Remove the shrimp from the grill and either remove from skewers to a serving platter, or serve on the skewers if you prefer.  Using the very large shrimp I used (16 per pound) I found 5 made a perfect serving size.  Serve the aioli sauce on the side for your diners to use to suit their personal taste.  🙂

NUTRITIONAL INFO:  Makes 3 servings (5 XL shrimp per serving) each contains:

5 X-large shrimp (1/3 lb) contain:  299 cals., 18g fat, 2.06g carbs, 0 fiber, 2.06g NET CARBS, 31g protein, 265 mg sodium

2 T. Aioli sauce contains: 231 calories, 25.4g fat, 1.5g carbs, 0.5g fiber, 1g NET CARBS, 0.6g protein, 77 mg sodium

These air-fried Parmesan-coconut shrimp came out so good tonight!  Not strong with coconut flavor, but that suits us both fine.  I would have never bought myself an air fryer, but my husband went and did so for my Christmas present, so I’m trying to learn how to cook different things in it.  I’ve seen so many recipes for coconut shrimp on the internet, but the coatings can be pretty high carb.  I have trimmed down the carbs and reached a total count of 1.8 net carbs per 6-shrimp serving!  I did this by looking to my popular Oven-Fried Fish coating and then modified it even further.    The end result will be a dish I cook again.  My husband really loved these shrimp!

INGREDIENTS FOR SHRIMP:

26 medium-large raw shrimp, peeled and de-veined

1 low-carb slice of bread or roll (I used a Smart Bun from my freezer)

½ c. pork rind crumbs (about 1 c. whole pieces)

¼ c. grated dry Parmesan

1 oz. dessicated unsweetened coconut

1/3 c. Carbquik or other low-carb bake mix

3 egg whites

¼ tsp. my homemade Seafood Spice Blend

¼ tsp. sea salt

INGREDIENTS FOR OPTIONAL BANG BANG DIPPING SAUCE: 

½ c. homemade mayo (or from jar if you prefer)

1 T. Sambal Oelek Asian chili saucebang-bang-sauce

2 tsp. Sriracha sauce

Dash each salt and pepper

DIRECTIONS:   Mix up the sauce ingredients well in a small bowl and refrigerate until ready to serve shrimp.   Drain off any water in the bag of shrimp.

In a food processor, crumb the pork rinds until fine, removing any large, hard chunks.  Add the low-carb bread/roll, Parmesan cheese, coconut, spice blend and salt.  Pulse until smooth mixture.  Pour into a medium bowl.  Break the egg whites into another small bowl.  Place the Carbquik in yet a third small bowl.  Line the bowls up beside a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper or silicone mat:   flour first, egg whites second and crumb mixture last.  Dip the shrimp first into the flour with your left DRY HAND, then drop into the egg whites.  With your right WET HAND, turn each shrimp in the egg white to coat both sides.  With the wet hand, drop the shrimp lastly into the crumb mixture without touching the crumb mixture with your WET HAND.  With your left DRY HAND, toss the crumbs up over the shrimp to also coat on the tops (will be coated on the bottom from having been dropped into the crumbs).  With your left DRY HAND, pick up and place gently on the parchment lined pan.  Repeat until all shrimp have been cooked.   If your hands get gooey/messy, just wash and dry them off mid process.

Preheat you air fryer for 3 minutes.  Also preheat your regular oven at the lowest setting or around 200º-250º.  I can do 12-13 large shrimp in my 7-qt. Power XL fryer at a time, so that means 2 batches.   Do not crowd the shrimp even if you have to cook three batches if using a smaller fryer than mine.

Fry first batch of shrimp at 370º for 4 minutes.  Gently turn shrimp over and fry 4 more minutes.    When I placed the remaining shrimp on the fryer tray and turned it on for 8 more minutes (turning at 4 minute mark), I then placed the pan with the first batch into my regular oven to keep it warm until the second batch was done.   If needed, fry your third batch similarly.  When all are done, plate and serve with the Bang Bang Sauce or other sauce of your choosing.

NUTRITIONAL INFO:   Makes four 6-shrimp servings, each contains (not including sauce):  176 cals, 10g fat, 11g carbs, 8g fiber, 3g NET CARBS, 19.37g protein, 509 mg sodium

1/4 batch sauce adds:  200 calories, 22g fat, 1.05g carbs, .02g fiber, 4.5g protein and 175 mg sodium

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(Shown on zucchini noodles)

I have always loved clam sauce on pasta and this recipe is one I often turn to when it’s late and I’ve forgotten to defrost meat for dinner.  I make sure I always have a few cans of clams in my pantry for this reason. Though you can serve this on real pasta for your non-low-carb guests, it goes nicely for low-carbers over sauteed zucchini “noodles”, as shown above, or shirataki noodles.  Allow about 6 oz. zucchini noodles per person.  The zucchini noodles soak up the sauce’s wonderful flavor.   This dish is OK for Induction if served on zucchini noodles.  I do NOT think this would be good atop spaghetti squash threads as I think the squash taste will negatively impact the overall flavor of the clam dish.  If you are already to the OWL phase of Atkins, ¼ c. dry white wine is good added to this before thickening.  You want to talk healthy?  Get a load of the nutritional info below!!  I think clams may just be the highest source of vitamin B12 in the food kingdom!  And it’s mostly in the juice!  Moral of the story:  EAT MORE CLAM LINGUINE!!  🙂

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INGREDIENTS:

2  6-oz. cans clams with juice (do not drain)

4 slices bacon, cut into ½” pieces

2 T. butter, unsalted (or olive oil)

2 oz. onion, chopped

6 medium mushrooms, sliced

2 oz. red bell pepper, chopped coarsely

¼ c. parsley, chopped fine

1 clove garlic, minced

¼ tsp. crushed red pepper flakes

Dash black pepper

DIRECTIONS:  Chop bacon and brown over med-high heat.  Add butter to melt in with the bacon drippings.  Add onion, mushrooms and garlic.  Saute until onion and mushrooms are both tender.  Add red pepper, parsley and seasonings.  Add clams with their juice and simmer 2-3 minutes to blend flavors.   Thicken slightly with your favorite thickener and serve atop zucchini noodles. Garnish plates with a few sprinkles of parsley if desired.  Serve on zucchini noodles or “zoodles” as shown above or shirataki tofu noodles.

NUTRITIONAL INFO:   Makes 3 servings, each containing:  (numbers are for sauce only, so be sure to add in your “pasta” numbers)

253 cals, 13.8g fat, 8.27g  carbs, 1.75g fiber, 6.52g NET CARBS, 23.8g protein, 330 mg sodium

011One of life’s culinary pleasures for me is lobster.  Only thing that comes close is a cooked-to-perfection char-broiled ribeye steak.  We either do lobster on Christmas or New Year’s Eve (my birthday).  This year we decided on the lobster for Christmas as we’re going out to our favorite steak house for my birthday.  Lobster is soooo good and sooooo simple to make.   The lobster I get at Sam’s Club every year is usually from the Bahamas.   The tails we bought this year weighed around 9 oz. each and all were tender as they could be.  They are, I find, a little sweeter than cold water lobster from New England, in my opinion.   This recipe is suitable for all phases of Atkins.

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INGREDIENTS: 

1.25 lb. lobster tails (yields about 12 oz. tail meat after removing shell)

½ stick salted butter, melted (clarified if you prefer, but I do not bother)

DIRECTIONS:    Put about 1½ cups water in a deep boiling pot and bring to a boil. Run two skewers from the base of the tail up the center of the belly, all the way up to the center of the thickest part.  This will keep the tail from curling so tight while cooking.  When the water comes to a rolling boil, insert skewered lobster tail up in the pot.  I usually lean the skewers out the top.  Set a lid on the pot slightly offset to reduce water evaporation, but it really doesn’t have to be 100% closed.     Lower to medium heat and let steam for about 10-13 minutes, depending on their size.  Alternately, you can use more water to cover the tails entirely and boil for 10 minutes if large 9 oz tails, or just for 6-7 minutes if they are the small 4.5 oz tails usually purchased at the grocery store.  Remove lobster tails from pot, remove skewers (if steamed) and holding shell with one hand (using tongs or a kitchen towel) cut with kitchen shears straight up the thinner belly shell (top to base of tail). Pull sides of tail shell apart a wee bit and fork out the tail meat (I like to leave the tail fins attached and in tact as shown in the photo above).  Splay the tail fins out when serving lobster meat on plates or platter.  Makes for a pretty presentation with the tail fins attached!   Serve along a nice green salad or roasted asparagus, along with perhaps my Rosemary Onion Dinner Rolls:  https://buttoni.wordpress.com/2011/05/31/rosemary-onion-dinner-rolls/

NUTRITIONAL INFO:   Makes 2 servings and each contains (including ¼c. of the butter):

367 calories, 23.9 g  fat, 2.2 g carbs, 0 fiber, 2.2 g NET CARBS, 34.8 g  protein, 1350 mg sodium

 

My grocery store had fresh whole Tilapia today.  I picked up a package of two of them.  They weighed 12-13 oz. each, perfect for individual portions.  Having lived on the Texas Gulf Coast for over 30 years, I’m very familiar with stuffing red snapper, sea trout and flounder, but I have never tried to stuff tilapia.  It was plentiful in the Gulf, but I just never bought it for a stuffing fish, or for anything for that matter, as we preferred flounder and red snapper.  Well, I discovered when I got these home the cavity in this fish does NOT lend itself to stuffing.  So for my creation tonight, I quickly decided to put the stuffing between the baking fish.  That worked out just fine though.  And man, did this stuffing ever taste good with it!  Dinner was ready in under 1 hour flat, 20 minutes to get the stuffing prepared, 30 minutes to bake the final dish.

One must eat whole fish carefully to get the bones out.  But using a fork skillfully for many years has enabled me to do this effortlessly.  Even my very detail-inept husband can do this on his own now without assistance now.  I taught him well.  🙂  This meal was absolutely yummy with a green salad.  One added note:  I ended up with slightly more stuffing than we needed (had a full serving leftover, so looks like I’ll be stuffing some jumbo shrimp next week).  So I have adjusted the ingredient amounts to reflect what you will need for just two nice 1 cup servings of stuffing.

This recipe is not suitable for Atkins Induction unless you substitute slices of an Induction suitable bread.  This recipe and many other tasty ones can be at your fingertips when you get  our LOW CARBING AMONG FRIENDS cookbooks.  Special complete set pricing going on right now. You can place your order today for one or more of our cookbooks at https://amongfriends.us/sale.php or at Amazon. After your book(s) arrive, and you’ve had a chance to try a recipe or two, do stop by and leave a review at Amazon here.

INGREDIENTS:

2   12-13 oz. whole tilapia, heads removed

½  cup (stick) unsalted butter

2/3 c. chopped celery

2  oz. onion, chopped

½ c. chopped sweet red bell pepper

1  clove garlic, minced

1  c. eggplant, peeled and cut into ½” dice

Smart Buns (or 3 slices other low-carb bread of choice), chopped coarsley

¼ tsp. sea salt

1 tsp. my Seafood Spice Blend

6 oz. crawfish tails (I used ½ bag Boudreaux)

VARIATION:  Add 2 slices chopped, cooked bacon to the stuffing just before baking.

DIRECTIONS:  Preheat oven to 350º.  At my husband’s request, I cut off the fish heads, but actually don’t care one way or the other myself.  Leave them on if you like that look on the plate.  Rinse the fish well with cold water.  Set them aside for now.  Peel and chop eggplant and set aside.  Next chop the onion, celery, red pepper and mince your garlic.  In a large skillet over high heat, melt about 5 T. of the butter.  Add the chopped onion, celery and pepper.  Saute until all is getting soft.  Add eggplant cubes and garlic and continue to saute until eggplant is also getting pretty soft.  That will take about 10 minutes.   Stir the mixture often as it cooks.  When the eggplant is nearly done, add the crawfish tails and cook 1-2 minutes longer (they are usually already fully-cooked when you buy them).  Add just 3/4 tsp. of the Seafood Spice Blend and the salt to the stuffing next and stir well to blend.  Finally add the chopped bread to the stuffing and stir well to moisten the mixture evenly.  Turn off heat.

With your spoon or rubber spatula, push the stuffing to the middle of the skillet like a long log.  It will spread out during cooking as shown in photo.   Lay the two fish along the sides of the pan, slightly leaning onto the stuffing.   In your microwave, melt the remaining 3 T. butter and add the remaining 1/4 tsp. Seafood Spice Blend.  Stir well.  With a basting brush, coat the fish with this butter mixture.  Pop skillet into 350º oven for about 30-35 minutes.  Baste again with the melted butter mixture 1-2 more times during cooking.  Remove pan from oven.  Check for opaque, flakiness with a fork tip down to backbone.  If fish is done, turn off oven.  If not, bake 5-10 minutes longer.  Ovens will certainly vary.   Serve with a nice green salad or perhaps steamed broccoli.

NUTRITIONAL INFO:    Makes 2 servings, each contains:

577.5 cals, 30.6g fat, 22.4g carbs, 14.1g fiber, 7.30g NET CARBS 67.3g protein, 635mg sodium

Shrimp Stuffed Eggplant

This dish is a bit higher in carbs than most of my dishes, but it packs so many nutrients into these little packages, it’s worth every single net carb.  A good bit of your daily veggie requirements in one meal!  Check out the nutrient info below!!  This dish is OK for Atkins Induction Phase, by the way.  You can eat the entire thing, too, filling and shell.  The shell will be so tender by the time it’s done you won’t find that skin offensive at all!   Hope you’ll try this yummy dish soon!

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INGREDIENTS:

10 oz. peeled shrimp, cut into thirds

1 whole 10 oz. eggplant, stem cut off

3 T. unsalted butter

1 c.love minced garlic

2½ oz. each of chopped onion, celery and red bell pepper

¼ oz (about 1/3 c.) chopped parsley

2 slices bacon, chopped

10 drops Tobasco

¼ tsp. my Seafood Spice Blend (optional)

1/2 flax sandwich bun, crumbled (or other low-carb bun, or 1 T. flax meal + 1T. water)

1 T. parmesan cheese, grated, for topping

DIRECTIONS: Preheat oven to 375º.  Fill baking dish with ½” water.  Cut eggplant in half lengthwise and place cut side down in water.  Bake for about 30 minutes until flesh is tender.  Cool slightly, carefully scoop out pulp, leaving about 1/4″ flesh attached to skin for better support of the filling.  Try not to tear/cut outer skin when scooping out the pulp.  When cool, chop the scooped out eggplant pulp up and set aside.  Pour off any remaining water from the baking dish, lightly grease and place the empty shells right back in the same pan.

Over high heat, brown the bacon in non-stick skillet.  Drain off grease for some other use.  Melt butter in the skillet and add garlic, chopped onion, celery and red bell pepper.  Saute until vegetables are tender.  Add parsley, spice blend, Tobasco and the crumbled sandwich bun.  I also like to add a shake or two of cayenne pepper.  Add chopped eggplant pulp, shrimp and stir well.  Fills shells (will be mounded quite a bit), sprinkle with parmesan cheese and bake at 350º (lowering the oven from where it was baking the eggplant halves) for about 30 minutes.  Serve with a nice green salad.

NUTRITIONAL INFO: Serves 2 adults.  Each stuffed half contains:

513 cals, 32 g fat, 19.3g carbs, 8.35g fiber, 10.95g NET CARBS, 41g protein, 571 mg sodium

My grocery store had fresh (never frozen) whole Tilapia today.  I picked up a package of two of them that weighed 12 oz. and 13 oz., perfect for individual portions for two.  Having lived on the Texas Gulf Coast for over 30 years, I’m very familiar with stuffing red snapper, sea trout and flounder, but I have never tried to stuff tilapia.  It was plentiful in the Gulf, but I just never bought it for stuffing, or for anything for that matter, as we preferred flounder and red snapper.  Well, I discovered when I got these home the cavity in this fish does NOT lend itself to stuffing.  So for my creation tonight, I quickly decided to put the stuffing between the baking fish.  That worked out just fine though.  And man, did this stuffing ever taste good with it!  Dinner was ready in under 1 hour flat, 20 minutes to get the stuffing prepared, 30 minutes to bake the final dish.

One must eat whole fish carefully to get the bones out.  But using a fork skillfully for many years has enabled me to do this effortlessly.  Even my very detail-inept husband can do this on his own now without assistance now.  I taught him well.  🙂  This meal was absolutely yummy with a green salad.  One added note:  I ended up with slightly more stuffing than we needed (had a full serving leftover, so looks like I’ll be stuffing some jumbo shrimp next week).  So I have adjusted the ingredient amounts to reflect what you will need for just two nice 1 cup servings of stuffing.

This recipe is not suitable for Atkins Induction unless you substitute slices of an Induction suitable bread.  This recipe and many other tasty ones can be at your fingertips when you get  our LOW CARBING AMONG FRIENDS cookbooks.  Special complete set pricing going on right now. You can place your order today for one or more of our cookbooks at https://amongfriends.us/sale.php or at Amazon. After your book(s) arrive, and you’ve had a chance to try a recipe or two, do stop by and leave a review at Amazon here.

INGREDIENTS:

2   12-13 oz. whole tilapia, heads removed

½  cup (stick) unsalted butter

2/3 c. chopped celery

2  oz. onion, chopped

½ c. chopped sweet red bell pepper

1  clove garlic, minced

1  c. eggplant, peeled and cut into ½” dice

Smart Buns (or 3 slices other low-carb bread of choice), chopped coarsley

¼ tsp. sea salt

1 tsp. my Seafood Spice Blend

6 oz. crawfish tails (I used ½ bag Boudreaux)

VARIATION:  Add 2 slices chopped, cooked bacon to the stuffing just before baking.

DIRECTIONS:  Preheat oven to 350º.  At my husband’s request, I cut off the fish heads, but actually don’t care one way or the other myself.  Leave them on if you like that look on the plate.  Rinse the fish well with cold water.  Set them aside for now.  Peel and chop eggplant and set aside.  Next chop the onion, celery, red pepper and mince your garlic.  In a large skillet over high heat, melt about 5 T. of the butter.  Add the chopped onion, celery and pepper.  Saute until all is getting soft.  Add eggplant cubes and garlic and continue to saute until eggplant is also getting pretty soft.  That will take about 10 minutes.   Stir the mixture often as it cooks.  When the eggplant is nearly done, add the crawfish tails and cook 1-2 minutes longer (they are usually already fully-cooked when you buy them).  Add just 3/4 tsp. of the Seafood Spice Blend and the salt to the stuffing next and stir well to blend.  Finally add the chopped bread to the stuffing and stir well to moisten the mixture evenly.  Turn off heat.

With your spoon or rubber spatula, push the stuffing to the middle of the skillet like a long log.  It will spread out during cooking as shown in photo.   Lay the two fish along the sides of the pan, slightly leaning onto the stuffing.   In your microwave, melt the remaining 3 T. butter and add the remaining 1/4 tsp. Seafood Spice Blend.  Stir well.  With a basting brush, coat the fish with this butter mixture.  Pop skillet into 350º oven for about 30-35 minutes.  Baste again with the melted butter mixture 1-2 more times during cooking.  Remove pan from oven.  Check for opaque, flakiness with a fork tip down to backbone.  If fish is done, turn off oven.  If not, bake 5-10 minutes longer.  Ovens will certainly vary.   Serve with a nice green salad or perhaps steamed broccoli.

NUTRITIONAL INFO:    Makes 2 servings, each contains:

577.5 cals, 30.6g fat, 22.4g carbs, 14.1g fiber, 7.30g NET CARBS 67.3g protein, 635mg sodium

I made the most scrumptious seafood bisque last night for dinner.  It was ready in just 1 hour, start to finish!  I wanted to make seafood gumbo, but I didn’t have okra in the freezer and gumbo just isn’t gumbo to me without a little okra in it.  So I pulled out my trusty gumbo recipe of many years and basically made that, less the okra.  I subbed in cream for all the canned tomatoes in my gumbo recipe to make it more like a bisque.  WOW!  We loved it!  This one is a keeper for sure!  This recipe is suitable for all phases of Atkins, provided those still on Induction omit the white wine and those on Paleo use coconut milk instead of cream.

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INGREDIENTS:

3 oz. bacon, coarsely chopped

1 c. celery, chopped

3/4 c. green bell pepper, chopped

3 oz. onion, chopped

½ c. parsley, chopped

6 oz. pork breakfast sausage

1 medium leaf kale, (about 3/4 c.), stemmed & chopped fine

2 cloves garlic, minced

¼ tsp. Cajun Seafood Spice Blend

½ tsp. dried thyme leaves

¼ tsp. black pepper

Dash cayenne pepper

22 large shrimp, (shell removed), cut in halves (12 oz tail-on pkg)

2 c. chicken broth (preferably homemade, or seafood stock)

1 c. heavy cream

¼ c. white wine

Tiny dusting of xanthan gum or your favorite thickener

11 San Marzano mini tomatoes cut into 4 pieces (or 22 cherry tomatoes left whole)

VARIATION:   Add 1 c. shelled/cleaned fresh crab meat + 1 c. extra chicken/seafood broth.  Mmmm.

DIRECTIONS:  In a large soup pot, over medium-high heat, brown the bacon.  Add the Louisiana “Holy Trinity” (celery, bell pepper and onion) to the pot and saute until they begin to soften.  Add sausage and saute, crumbling as you do so.  Add kale, garlic and the four spices.  Lower heat to medium.  Add shrimp and saute until opaque.  Add chicken (or seafood) stock, white wine, and cream.   When returns to a simmer, lower heat to lowest setting.  Add tomatoes and simmer about 10 minutes.  Some like this stage of thickening from the cream.  But if you like your cream soups a bit thicker, add the light sprinkle of xanthan gum.  Alternately, if you like more broth in your soup, or ned to stretch this out for more servings (it was a bit thick with “solids”) you can always add 1-2 more cups of chicken stock to the pot.  If you do add more broth, you will definitely want to use a thickener.  Simmer a few minutes longer for the thickener to go to work.  Pour into a soup tureen and serve at once.

NUTRITIONAL INFO:  Makes 6 servings (as written), each containing:

382 cals, 31g fat, 7.01g carbs, 1.53g fiber, 5.48g NET CARBS, 16.3g protein, 410mg sodium

I know this recipe may sound a little bizarre, but trust me, it is really, really tasty!  If you like things made with tuna or salmon, you will LOVE this interesting twist on a “pizza”.  The smoke on the fish combines so heavenly with cream cheese and green onion.   I created this for our lunch today and even my picky husband, a non-fish lover, said it was good!  And it was quite simple to put together.  I had a small piece of grilled Steelhead Trout leftover from our last grilling adventure and froze this piece.  I defrosted it and got this incredible idea as I blended it into some cream cheese.  Yummy, is all I can say.  I used my Mozzy Dough dough for the crust, but you can use whatever low-carb pizza crust you prefer.  I am providing nutritional stats for the entire recipe in case you decide to make this up as bite-size party food using a mini-muffin pan.  Just divide the “entire recipe” numbers below by the number of mini-bites you make.

This recipe is suitable once you get to phase 2 Atkins and is OK for most Keto diets provided you use a plan-suitable crust.

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INGREDIENTS:

1 recipe my Mozzy Dough

4-5 oz. grilled Steelhead Trout, salmon or other fish

25 small spinach leaves, stemmed

6 oz. cream cheese, softened

½ c. green onion, chopped

2/3 c. mozzarella shreds

DIRECTIONS:  Preheat oven to 350º. Line a pizza pan with parchment paper and set aside. Make the crust by that recipe’s instructions.  Press the dough out evenly in your pan to a 14″ diameter circle.  Pop into 350º oven for 8-9 minutes or until just beginning to brown a tiny bit.  Remove and cool 5 minutes.  Slide parchment out from under the crust so it will crisp up on the bottom for the next phase of cooking.

While crust is baking, soften the cream cheese in a bowl in your microwave set to defrost.  Remove, add green onion and trout flakes (discard skin).  Blend well with a fork.  With a rubber spatula or the back of a spoon, spread half the fish mixture evenly onto the crust to within 1/4″ of the edge.  Place the spinach leaves in a single layer evenly on top.  Carefully spread the remaining fish-cream-cheese mixture on top.  Sprinkle the mozzarella shreds on top and pop into 350º for about 10 minutes or until the edges are nicely browned and the cheese is melted.   Remove from oven and slice into 8 slices.

NUTRITIONAL INFO: Entire recipe contains 2215 cals, 177.7g fat, 77g carbs, 44.7g fiber, 32.30g NET CARBS, 151.4g protein, 2812 mg sodium 

For 8 slices, each contains:  277 cals, 22g fat, 9.62g carbs, 5.58g fiber, 4.04g NET CARBS, 19g protein, 352 mg sodium

For 6 slices, each contains:  369 cals, 30g fat, 12.83g carbs, 7.45g fiber, 5.38g NET CARBS, 25g protein, 469 mg sodium

Crawfish-Yellow Squash CasseroleThis casserole came out delicious.  The blanched kale “platters” were an afterthought, but I figured at the very least, it would  make a lovely photo.  Maybe they would even be good together.  Good decision!  Even my husband thought they complimented each other and what a lovely color contrast as well!

This dish is suitable for all phases of Atkins, Keto, and Primal as well, provided you use a phase or plan suitable bread.  You can use other spice blends, but the one called for is particularly crucial to the final Cajun flavor on this dish.  It helps to mellow any fishiness the crawfish might have.  Sometimes they can be strong.

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INGREDIENTS:

3 T. butter

1 T. olive oil

1 c. celery, chopped

¼ c. each red and green bell pepper, chopped

2 oz. onion, chopped

3 cloves garlic, minced

2 small yellow squash (about 6″ long)

¼ tsp. salt

12 oz. crawfish tail meat (I buy Boudreaux’s frozen)

2 slices my gluten-free focaccia bread (or plan/phase suitable bread)

4 slices American Deluxe cheese

2 slices Cheddar cheese, diced or shredded

1½ tsp. my Seafood Spice Blend (or Emeril’s seafood blend)

DIRECTIONS:  Cut squash lengthwise into 4 quarters.  Then slice the wedges into ½” slices.  Chop the celery, onion, red and green pepper coarsely.   Preheat oven to 350º.  In a large skillet, melt the butter with the olive oil over medium high heat.  Saute the vegetables altogether just until about half tender (they’ll finish cooking in the oven.  Add garlic, Seafood Spice Blend and salt.  Stir and saute a couple minutes longer.  Add crawfish tails, stir & turn off heat.  Crumble one of the slices of focaccia into the mixture. Stir to mix.  Place 4 slices of American cheese on the top of the mixture.  Crumble the second slice of bread over the top and finally top with the diced/shredded Cheddar.  Place lid or foil on top and pop into 350º oven for about 30 minutes or until top bread crumbs and cheese just begin to brown.   Serve directly from the skillet the casserole baked in or as I did, atop blanched leaves of kale (submerged 2 min. in boiling water, removed gently and drained on paper towels).

NUTRITIONAL INFO:    Makes 6 servings, each contains: (not including kale option)

237.5 calories

20.71 g fat

7.15 g carbs, 1.60 g fat, 5.55 g NET CARBS

19.7 g protein

724 mg sodium

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These tasty shrimp patties make a wonderful, quick lunch for 2-3 people.  We both LOVE these things served with a nice green salad.  They are suitable for all phases of Atkins and other Keto diets.

INGREDIENTS FOR SHRIMP PATTIES:

8 oz. raw, peeled shrimp
1/2 tsp. Sambal Oelek chile paste
2 cloves minced garlic
1 1/2 tsp. minced shallots or green onion
juice of 1/2 lime
3/4 tsp. dried lemon grass, ground (or 1½ tsp. fresh, finely chopped)
1/4 of a Revo Roll (Cloud Bread) crumbled  (http://www.genaw.com/lowcarb/improved_revolution_rolls.html) [or any other low-carb roll on hand]

INGREDIENTS FOR DIPPING SAUCE:
1 ¾ tsp. sesame oil
1/2 tsp. peanut butter
2 tsp. rice vinegar
1/2 tsp. grated ginger
2 cloves minced garlic
1/4 tsp. chili paste or Sriracha sauce
1 tsp. Splenda or equivalent sweetener of your choice
1 T. low sodium soy sauce

Pulse all shrimp pattie ingredients in blender or food processor until well blended. Shape into 6 small patties and brown in a lightly oiled no-stick skillet. You’ll know when they are done as they become visibly opaque.  This recipe is technically not suitable until OWL due to sauce ingredients, but the patties themselves are OK for Induction and there’s so little PB and rice vinegar in the sauce, it probably won’t cause you problems.

NUTRITIONAL INFORMATION:  Makes 3 servings, each contains:

142 cals, 6.33g fat, 3.5g carbs, 0.92g fiber, 2.58g NET CARBS, 17.6 g protein, 178 mg. sodium

Crawfish-Yellow Squash CasseroleThis casserole came out delicious.  The blanched kale “platters” were an afterthought, but I figured at the very least, it would  make a lovely photo.  Maybe they would even be good together.  Good decision!  Even my husband thought they complimented each other and what a lovely color contrast as well!

This dish is suitable for all phases of Atkins, Keto, and Primal as well, provided you use a phase or plan suitable bread.  You can use other spice blends, but the one called for is particularly crucial to the final Cajun flavor on this dish.  It helps to mellow any fishiness the crawfish might have.  Sometimes they can be strong.

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INGREDIENTS:

3 T. butter

1 T. olive oil

1 c. celery, chopped

¼ c. each red and green bell pepper, chopped

2 oz. onion, chopped

3 cloves garlic, minced

2 small yellow squash (about 6″ long)

¼ tsp. salt

12 oz. crawfish tail meat (I buy Boudreaux’s frozen at Walmart)

2 slices my gluten-free focaccia bread (or plan/phase suitable bread)

4 slices American Deluxe cheese

2 slices Cheddar cheese, diced or shredded

1½ tsp. my Seafood Spice Blend (or Emeril’s seafood blend)

DIRECTIONS:  Cut squash lengthwise into 4 quarters.  Then slice the wedges into ½” slices.  Chop the celery, onion, red and green pepper coarsely.   Preheat oven to 350º.  In a large skillet, melt the butter with the olive oil over medium high heat.  Saute the vegetables altogether just until about half tender (they’ll finish cooking in the oven.  Add garlic, Seafood Spice Blend and salt.  Stir and saute a couple minutes longer.  Add crawfish tails, stir & turn off heat.  Crumble one of the slices of focaccia into the mixture. Stir to mix.  Place 4 slices of American cheese on the top of the mixture.  Crumble the second slice of bread over the top and finally top with the diced/shredded Cheddar.  Place lid or foil on top and pop into 350º oven for about 30 minutes or until top bread crumbs and cheese just begin to brown.   Serve directly from the skillet the casserole baked in or as I did, atop blanched leaves of kale (submerged 2 min. in boiling water, removed gently and drained on paper towels).

NUTRITIONAL INFO:    Makes 6 servings, each contains: (not including kale option)

237.5 calories

20.71 g fat

7.15 g carbs, 1.60 g fat, 5.55 g NET CARBS

19.7 g protein

724 mg sodium

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I haven’t made this recipe in literally years!  Originally posted in 2010, I thought of it today and am fixing this for dinner tonight.  Can’t wait!  This dish goes together really fast, so it is an easy meal prep during the summertime when you’d rather be outdoors having fun than cooking in the kitchen.  If you wish, you can use whole fish for this recipe.  This spice mixture would also be good on flounder or trout.  This recipe is Induction friendly.  The batch pictured has 1 small Roma seeded and finely chopped.  I enjoy this entree both with and without the tomato.  I have not included the tomato in the recipe or nutritional stats, however.

INGREDIENTS:

2  Tilapia filets (about 8 oz. each), or fish of choice

1 tsp. minced ginger root

1 tsp. minced garlic

1 finely chopped jalapeno, seeded and chopped

1 T. chopped cilantro

¼ tsp. turmeric

Dash each of cayenne & black pepper

3 T. unsalted butter, melted

OPTIONAL:  2 tsp. tomato sauce smeared on fish before spices added.

DIRECTIONS:  Mix all ingredients in a glass bowl.  Do not use a plastic bowl or the turmeric will permanently stain it.  Add melted butter and mash it all up together.  Place fish on oiled, non-stick or parchment-lined pan.  Spread tomato sauce on (if using), add seasoning mixture evenly on the top of each filet.  Broil for about 10 minutes (15or so for whole fish), until thickest part of the filet is firming up.  Or, you can bake for about 20 minutes (30 minutes for whole fish, depending on size), but I personally think broiled is better.

NUTRITIONAL INFO: Serves 2, each serving contains:

327 cals, 15.5g fat, 1.6g carbs, 0.5g fiber, 1.1g NET CARBS, 45.5g protein, 123 mg sodium

I no longer live on the Texas Gulf Coast and can’t get the wonderful fresh seafood I was accustomed to for 30+ years.  Most of what I can get up here in Central Texas is either frozen or canned.  Sigh.  But you work with what you have.  I wanted to make a new seafood chowder this week so I picked up some frozen and canned seafood at the local grocery store for this purpose.  You can, of course, change out the seafood in this recipe, but you’ll need to recalculate the nutritional info if you do. Gulf Redfish, if you live on the Gulf Coast, is delicious in ANY chowder, in my opinion.

Note:  the yellow color in the photo is due to the oil the mussels were are in.  Rinse this off if the color bothers you.

This recipe is high in sodium (due to canned items and the fact that seafood lives in well…….the sea, which is salty).  To reduce the sodium load in this, drain the canned seafood juices into a large measuring cup (missing out on all that flavor, sigh).  You can even rinse the solids in a colander to lower sodium a little more.  Then just add an equal amount of homemade chicken or seafood stock for the amount of drained off seafood liquid in your measuring cup.  You can either freeze the drained off seafood juices for parceling out in future chowders or discard.  Your call.  This is not suitable for Atkins Induction Phase unless you omit the wine.

INGREDIENTS:

5 thick slices bacon (6 oz.), cut coarsely

3 oz. onion, chopped

12 oz. crawfish tail meat (use fresh if you can get it.  I used frozen)

2 small lobster tails (5.5 oz. meat) shelled, coarsely cut up

1 can whole mussels (4 oz.) (or fresh if you can get them)

2  8-oz. cans whole oysters (or fresh if you can get them)

1½ c. white clam sauce (canned, I used Progresso brand)

1½ c. homemade seafood or chicken stock

½ white wine (I used Riesling) [omit if still in Atkins Induction Phase]

3 cloves garlic, minced

½ c. parsley, chopped

¼ tsp. black pepper

Few drops fish sauce (Thai Kitchen or Red Boat)

1 c. diakon radish (or turnip or red radish), chopped

1 c. heavy cream

1/8-¼ tsp. glucomannan or your favorite thickener

DIRECTIONS: Brown bacon in soup pot over high heat.  Add onion to pot when bacon is nearly done.  Saute until onion is caramelizing.  Add all other ingredients but lobster, cream and thickener.  Bring all to a boil and lower heat to allow it to simmer for about 30 minutes.  Add cream.  Simmer 10 more minutes.  Add glucomannan slowly (I dust on with an old salt shaker), stirring to allow time to thicken up.  Remove from heat and serve with a nice salad.

NUTRITIONAL INFO:  Makes 8 bowls (about 1¼c. each), each one contains:

348 cals, 27.5g fat, 7.55g carbs, 0.60g fiber, 6.95g NET CARBS, 22.7g protein, 1049 mg sodium (use the tips I gave above recipe to lower the sodium number)

 

 

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Curry (a similar version to this made with chicken) was the very first meal I ever cooked for my husband.  He said my curry is what won his heart.  🙂  We just love Indian food and with my years of cooking it, I’m getting pretty good at it.   I recently made a delicious version with coconut milk, absent from the chicken curry I made him when we were in college.  Pretty good combination, coconut and curry.  I served my shrimp curry atop a bed of sauteed fresh spinach leaves and they were delicious together!  This Atkins Induction-friendly dish goes nicely with a cucumber mint salad or a crisp green salad.  This recipe is suitable for most Keto diets and the Primal Blueprint program.  Paleo folks will need to use all coconut milk and no cream.

INGREDIENTS:

1 lb. raw shrimp, shelled and cleaned

4 oz. onion, chopped or sliced thinly

3 T. coconut oil

4 oz. San Marzano tomatoes (8), cut in halves (or 2 small diced Romas)

1½ c. seafood broth (boil shells for 30 minutes in water and strain off broth)

1 tsp. my Garam Masala

1 tsp. curry powder

½ c. coconut milk

½ c. (4 oz.) heavy cream

½ c. cilantro leaves, chopped, loosely placed in cup

xanthan gum or glucomannan powder to thicken

DIRECTIONS: Heat a non-stick wok or large non-stick skillet over high heat.  Add oil and sliced onion.  Saute until onion begins to brown.  Add shrimp and stir-fry with onion until scrimp begins to sear on surface.  Add seafood stock, spices, and lower heat to medium-low.  Simmer for 30 minutes or until onion is totally soft.  Lower heat to lowest setting and add cilantro, tomatoes and cream and coconut milk.  Continue to simmer on low heat for 10 minutes or so.  Either thicken with several light dustings of the xanthan.  Wait a couple minutes before each dusting, as too much can get kind of slimy.  Or, you can mix a little of the curry liquid in a saucer with ¼-½ tsp. glucomannan powder.  Stir the glucomannon paste slowly into the curry sauce.  When thickened to suit your preference, remove from heat.  For anyone at the dining table NOT ON LOW-CARB, this is divine on steamed basmati rice.  Low carbers should eat it alone or over a bed of sauteed spinach or steamed cauliflower or cauli-rice.  🙂

NUTRITIONAL INFO: Makes 4 servings (about 3/4-1 c. each).  Each serving contains: (DOES NOT include spinach or cauliflower you serve this on)

438 cals, 31g fat, 7.4g carbs, 1.6g fiber, 5.8g NET CARBS, 27g protein, 331 mg sodium

Shrimp "Crowned" Swai with Creamy Cauliflower

This delightful seafood dinner was just one of those incredibly successful uses of a dab of some leftovers in the refrigerator.   You’ve had those, too, I’m sure.  My husband calls me the Queen of Leftovers!  I had a little leftover Smoked Gouda Cauliflower , exactly 1 c. to be exact.  It was right at eye level in my refrigerator today, sitting beside the two fish filets and bag of shrimp I thawed for dinner.  I had yet to decide how to prepare my fish and shrimp this evening.   I just DO NOT like storing leftovers more than 2 days.  Thus, this idea “hatched” and what a tasty “egg” it turned out to be!  I decided to serve it atop a bed of sauteed fresh spinach, but that didn’t have great flavor impact on the final dish, so I’d say the bed of spinach is purely optional here.  But since that’s how I prepared it and photographed it, I have included it in the recipe and nutritional calculations below.  This dish is perfectly suitable for all phases of Atkins and Primal diners who eat occasional dairy.  This is not suitable for Paleo due to the cheese, but a creamy homemade mayo might be subbed into the cauliflower mixture, resulting in an equally tasty and allowable dish for my Paleo readers!

INGREDIENTS:

2   6-oz. filets of mild fish of your choice

12 medium shrimp, peeled, de-veined, tails left on for visual impact

5 oz. raw spinach

1 T. bacon grease

2 T. butter

1 clove garlic, minced

1 T. lemon juice

1 c. cooked cauliflower, drained and slightly mashed with a fork

1 oz. each cream cheese (softened) and Smoked Gouda (grated)

1/8 tsp. my Seafood Spice Blend

2 tsp. parsley, chopped (for garnish)

DIRECTIONS:  Preheat your broiler. Steam or boil cauliflower, slightly mash with a fork and stir in the two cheeses so they will begin to melt.  With the cold butter (or olive oil), lightly grease 2 individual baking pans or a heat-proof baking platter (which I used).  In another small baking pan, melt the rest of the butter in your oven.  Remove, add minced garlic and Seafood spice Blend to the butter and stir.  Holding the shrimps by the tail, coat each on both sides with the seasoned butter, lay them flat in the pan and broil the shrimp just a few minutes to slightly brown. Remove shrimp from broiler and change oven setting to 350º. In a small skillet, melt the bacon grease and saute the spinach leaves just until wilted.  Place half the spinach into two lengthwise batches on your platter (or into individual serving dishes), roughly the size of your fish filets.  Lay a fish filet atop each batch of spinach.  Cook cauliflower until tender.  Drain and stir softened cream cheese and Smoked Gouda into hot cauliflower.  Neatly spoon half the cauliflower mixture down the center of each filet, pressing flat with the back of your spoon (which will allow for more even cooking of the fish).  Attractively lay 6 broiled shrimp in a row on each filet as seen int he pic above. Next, squeeze the lemon juice into the juices left in the pan you broiled your shrimp in.  Stir and drizzle over each serving.  Pop into 350º oven for about 20-30 minutes or until fish is opaque.  Shrimp should be beautifully golden now.  Remove from oven, garnish with the chopped parsley and ENJOY!  I served with a nice green salad.

NUTRITIONAL INFO:   Makes 2 servings, each contains:

435 calories, 31.6 g  fat, 7.6 g  carbs, 2.8 g  fiber, 4.8 g  NET CARBS, 34.1 g  protein

Shrimp Stuffed Eggplant

This dish is a bit higher in carbs than most of my dishes, but it packs so many nutrients into these little packages, it’s worth every single net carb.  A good bit of your daily veggie requirements in one meal!  Check out the nutrient info below!!  This dish is OK for Atkins Induction Phase, by the way.  You can eat the entire thing, too, filling and shell.  The shell will be so tender by the time it’s done you won’t find that skin offensive at all!   Hope you’ll try this yummy dish soon!

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INGREDIENTS:

10 oz. peeled shrimp, cut into thirds

1 whole 10 oz. eggplant, stem cut off

3 T. unsalted butter

1 c.love minced garlic

2½ oz. each of chopped onion, celery and red bell pepper

¼ oz (about 1/3 c.) chopped parsley

2 slices bacon, chopped

10 drops Tobasco

¼ tsp. my Seafood Spice Blend (optional)

1/2 flax sandwich bun, crumbled (or other low-carb bun, or 1 T. flax meal + 1T. water)

1 T. parmesan cheese, grated, for topping

DIRECTIONS: Preheat oven to 375º.  Fill baking dish with ½” water.  Cut eggplant in half lengthwise and place cut side down in water.  Bake for about 30 minutes until flesh is tender.  Cool slightly, carefully scoop out pulp, leaving about 1/4″ flesh attached to skin for better support of the filling.  Try not to tear/cut outer skin when scooping out the pulp.  When cool, chop the scooped out eggplant pulp up and set aside.  Pour off any remaining water from the baking dish, lightly grease and place the empty shells right back in the same pan.

Over high heat, brown the bacon in non-stick skillet.  Drain off grease for some other use.  Melt butter in the skillet and add garlic, chopped onion, celery and red bell pepper.  Saute until vegetables are tender.  Add parsley, spice blend, Tobasco and the crumbled sandwich bun.  I also like to add a shake or two of cayenne pepper.  Add chopped eggplant pulp, shrimp and stir well.  Fills shells (will be mounded quite a bit), sprinkle with parmesan cheese and bake at 350º (lowering the oven from where it was baking the eggplant halves) for about 30 minutes.  Serve with a nice green salad.

NUTRITIONAL INFO: Serves 2 adults.  Each stuffed half contains:

513 cals, 32 g fat, 19.3g carbs, 8.35g fiber, 10.95g NET CARBS, 41g protein, 571 mg sodium

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This is what I’m making for dinner tonight as it’s so cold out today.  Predicting possible winter mix.  I used Sam’s smoked sausage this time but it’s equally good with breakfast sausage.   I have made this many times before, but change it up every time as to what seafood I throw in the pot.  Tonight I plan to add 12 oz. crawfish tails to the mix.  This hearty soup is just the thing for a chilly day.   This recipe is Atkins Induction suitable if you skip the flour/roux step.  You can always just thicken it with xanthan gum.  Not quite as good, but still tasty results. If you omit the roux making, just omit the olive oil used to make that step.

A teacher I used to work with taught me how to make “roux” and a good gumbo.  She was born and raised in Louisiana and cooked gumbo for a teachers’ holiday social gathering once years ago.  Though she used smoked sausage instead of bulk pork breakfast sausage, I find I like breakfast sausage a little better in gumbo.  Two things I have added to the recipe are the stick of butter and the parsley.  She used chicken stock and I prefer seafood stock I get from boiling the shrimp shells for 10 minutes in 1½ quarts of water and freeze in 1 cup portions.  Be sure to adjust the nutritional info below if you make changes in the seafood you use.

INGREDIENTS:

2 T. Carbalose flour (or oat fiber for lower carbs)

2T. olive oil

1 stick butter (1/2 c.)

½ c. chopped onion

½ c. chopped parsley

3 cloves minced garlic

6 oz. crumbled breakfast sausage (or sliced smoked sausage if you prefer)

3/4 c. chopped green bell pepper

½ c. chopped celery

3 Roma tomatoes, coarsely chopped (or a 14-oz. can diced tomatoes)

4 small bay leaves

2 tsp. thyme

10-15 drops Tobasco

¼ tsp. salt

1/4 tsp. cayenne pepper (or more if you like things spicier)

2 lb. shrimp in their shells, heads on (I often do half shrimp and half crawfish tail meat)

1qt. (4 c.) seafood stock made from shrimp shells (or chicken stock)

1½ c. frozen okra slices  (added last 5 minutes)

1 tsp. gumbo file powder (added last 5 minutes)

OPTIONAL:  Add 1-2 tsp. my Seafood Spice Blend

VARIATION:  Add 1 can smoked oysters well-rinsed of oil or 1 c. fresh oysters (if available).  Add 12 oz. crawfish tail meat.  You can also add chunks of fish filets, but do so at the very last 10 minutes of cooking so they don’t fall apart from overcooking.

DIRECTIONS:  First make the seafood stock by boiling the shrimp shells in 1½ qts. water in a large cooking pot for about 10 minutes.  I make seafood stock ahead and keep extra in my spare freezer in 1 cup portions in plastic tubs for such uses.  Then I can just pop one out and add to the pot for soups, gumbos and etouffees.  Scoop out shells with slotted spoon and discard.  Pour stock into bowl and set aside.   Wipe moisture out of pot.

Chop all your vegetables and have them at the ready by the stove top, because once you start to make the roux, you can’t stop to cut them up.

Now you’re ready to make the roux and start the gumbo.  The roux imparts a nutty, browned flour taste to the broth of this dish and if this step is bypassed, you will merely be making an ordinary fish soup with much less depth of flavor.

There is an art to making roux with respect to knowing when to “kill” the browning action just short of it burning, which gives it an unpleasant, bitter taste.  If it burns, you just have to toss it out and start again and you’re butter is wasted.  I’ve burned it one time in hundreds and hundreds of batches.  Once you get the hang of it, it’s really quite easy!

Heat oil and add Carbalose flour (or oat fiber for lower carbs) and whisk constantly on high heat.   You want to brown the roux as dark as you can get it without it getting black. I shoot for chestnut horse color myself.  If you see black bits of burned bits that look like pepper in it, it’s ruined and willl spoil your gumbo.  Start again and whisk constanly.  This can burn in the blink of an eye, so absolutely do not get distracted or walk away from the stove while making a roux!    The second it gets to a dark brown color, immediately dump the chopped vegetables in the pan to drop the temperature of the roux and halt further browning.  Lower heat to medium.  Now add the stick of butter, relax and continue sauteing the vegetables for 5-10 minutes until they wilt and begin to caramelize.  If still on Induction,  thicken with xanthan gum or your favorite thickener instead.  You won’t get that nutty flavor browning the flour gives to the final dish, but it will still be a good seafood stew.

If on Atkins Induction and omitting the roux, just begin by melting the butter and sauteing the veggies until tender.  Now add all remaining ingredients (except the gumbo file), including the seafood stock.  Simmer covered on lowest heat for about an 1-1½ hours to allow flavors to mellow.  Add okra and Gumbo File powder and simmer 5-7 minutes longer to let okra get just tender.  Slightly thicken with xanthan gum, dusting it lightly over surface and stirring constantly.  Repeat xanthan gum additions until gumbo reaches desired thickness (takes about 1/4 tsp or so total).  Serve with a nice salad.

NUTRITIONAL INFO: As a full meal, this recipe should serve 6 people a large bowl of gumbo.  If serving a small cup of gumbo as an appetizer to another entree, it will make about 10 servings.

6 Servings: each contains 450 calories, 30.28 g fat, 7.83 g carbs, 2.23 g fiber, 36.45 g protein, approx. 96 mg. sodium 5.6 NET CARBS

10 Servings: each contains 272 calories, 18.17 g fat, 4.7 g carbs, 1.34 g fiber, 21.87 g protein, approx. 58 mg. sodium, 3.36 NET CARBS

This chowder is super yummy and ever so easy to whip up.  We drove over to Killeen to a big Asian grocery this week and I picked up a couple daikon radishes.  They make a wonderful potato sub in soups.  A cold front is moving through today so soup just sounded good for lunch.  I always keep a couple cans of clams around, so a no-brainer.  This recipe is suitable for all phases of Atkins and other Keto diets if the macros will work for you.

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INGREDIENTS: 

4 oz. bacon, coarsely chopped

3 oz. onion, chopped

10-oz can of clams, with juice

1 c. daikon radish, peeled and chopped

½ c. parsley, chopped

1/8 tsp. coarse black pepper

1/2 recipe Jennifer Eloff’s homemade Condensed Mushroom Soup

½ c. heavy cream

1 cup water (more if too thick for you)

DIRECTIONS:  Make Jennifer Eloff’s homemade Condensed Mushroom Soup recipe by her instructions at the link above.  Reserve half in your refrigerator for some other use and use just half the batch for this chowder recipe.

Chop bacon, onion, daikon and parsley and set each aside.  Brown bacon over medium high heat in a 4-quart saucepan.  When it is brown, add the onion and black pepper and saute to allow it to begin to brown/caramelize.  Add the clams, daikon radish and parsley.  Stir well.  Add the mushroom soup concentrate, the cream and water.  Bring to low boil and lower heat to a simmer about 30-40 minutes or until daikon is tender.  Stir occasionally during cooking to prevent scorching on bottom of the pan.  Add more water if it gets too thick for your liking.  Serve at once.

NUTRITIONAL INFO:    Makes five 1½c. large bowls (as shown above).  Each bowl contains:

274 cals, 20g fat, 7.38g carbs, 1.08g fiber, 6.3g NET CARBS, 13.9g protein, 434 mg sodium

This is my preferred broiled shrimp recipe now.  I thought I had posted this on the blog ages ago, but just discovered last night I had not done so to date.  Since I made these tonight (served on a taco salad,less the beef) I thought it was about time I shared this one.  I think you’ll like this simple shrimp preparation.  I served them on a taco salad, but have also served them with other sides.  However you serve them………..just SERVE THEM!  You won’t be sorry you did!  I found 1 skewer filled me up with the salad base.  My husband ate two.  I’m providing numbers for each skewer of shrimp and you can determine the serving size. 🙂

These are suitable for all phases of Atkins and other Keto diets.  If you decide to serve on a taco salad as shown, if still on Induction, save the soy black beans shown in the photo until you are farther along in Atkins Phase 2 to enjoy those on your salad.

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INGREDIENTS: 

30 medium shrimp, tail-on, peeled & veined

3 T. unsalted butter, melted

1½ tsp. my Cajun Seafood Spice Blend

VARIATION:  Use Fiesta brand Chili Lime Seasoning and garlic powder (if you like it) instead of the Seafood Spice Blend.  I’m not so fond of the popular chili-lime flavor, but many do like that combo. 

DIRECTIONS:  Preheat broiler.  Skewer 5 shrimp on each of 6 skewers as shown in the photo.  Lay them on a sheet pan.  It a little saucepan, melt the butter and stir in the spice blend.  With a brush, baste the shrimp.  Turn the skewers over and baste the other side.  Pop into preheated broiler and brown on 1st side for about 4 minutes?  Watch them, as broilers vary.  Remove and with a tool or pot holder, turn the skewers over and brown the 2nd side of the shrimp.  Remove and serve with your favorite sides or atop a lovely green or taco salad.

NUTRITIONAL INFO:  Makes 6 skewers, each contains (not including salad):

84.7 cals, 6.3g fat, 1.28g carbs, 0.0g fiber, 1.28g NET CARBS, 6.15g protein, 65 mg sodium

 

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

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INGREDIENTS:

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

12 oz. frozen chopped spinach

3 oz. red bell pepper, finely chopped

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

5 oz. package Boursin Cheese with garlic and herbs

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

Dash black pepper

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

3 T. melted butter

VARIATION:  Use fish filets for the chicken.

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

NUTRITIONAL INFO: Makes 6 servings, each contains:

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

I made the most scrumptious seafood bisque tonight for dinner.  It was ready in just 1 hour, too!  I wanted to make seafood gumbo, but I didn’t have okra in the freezer and gumbo just isn’t gumbo to me without okra.  So I pulled out my trusty gumbo recipe of many years and basically made that, less the okra.  I subbed in cream for all the canned tomatoes in my gumbo recipe to make it more like a bisque.  WOW!  We LOVED IT!  This one is a keeper for sure!  This recipe is suitable for all phases of Atkins, provided those still on Induction omit the white wine and those on Paleo use coconut milk instead of cream.

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INGREDIENTS:

3 oz. bacon, coarsely chopped

1 c. celery, chopped

3/4 c. green bell pepper, chopped

3 oz. onion, chopped

½ c. parsley, chopped

6 oz. pork breakfast sausage

1 medium leaf kale, (about 3/4 c.), stemmed & chopped fine

2 cloves garlic, minced

¼ tsp. Cajun Seafood Spice Blend

½ tsp. dried thyme leaves

¼ tsp. black pepper

Dash cayenne pepper

22 large shrimp, (shell removed), cut in halves (12 oz tail-on pkg)

2 c. chicken broth (preferably homemade, or seafood stock)

1 c. heavy cream

¼ c. white wine

Tiny dusting of xanthan gum or your favorite thickener

11 San Marzano mini tomatoes cut into 4 pieces (or 22 cherry tomatoes left whole)

VARIATION:   Add 1 c. shelled/cleaned fresh crab meat + 1 c. extra chicken/seafood broth.  Mmmm.

DIRECTIONS:  In a large soup pot, over medium-high heat, brown the bacon.  Add the Louisiana “Holy Trinity” (celery, bell pepper and onion) to the pot and saute until they begin to soften.  Add sausage and saute, crumbling as you do so.  Add kale, garlic and the four spices.  Lower heat to medium.  Add shrimp and saute until opaque.  Add chicken (or seafood) stock, white wine, and cream.   When returns to a simmer, lower heat to lowest setting.  Add tomatoes and simmer about 10 minutes.  Some like this stage of thickening from the cream.  But if you like your cream soups a bit thicker, add the light sprinkle of xanthan gum.  Alternately, if you like more broth in your soup, or ned to stretch this out for more servings (it was a bit thick with “solids”) you can always add 1-2 more cups of chicken stock to the pot.  If you do add more broth, you will definitely want to use a thickener.  Simmer a few minutes longer for the thickener to go to work.  Pour into a soup tureen and serve at once.

NUTRITIONAL INFO:  Makes 6 servings (as written), each containing:

382 cals, 31g fat, 7.01g carbs, 1.53g fiber, 5.48g NET CARBS, 16.3g protein, 410mg sodium

I went to the grocery store today and picked up two lobster tails expressly to make our lunch.  For the two of us, that just means two small lobster tails.  This salad was visually appealing and its flavor matched its attractiveness on the plate.  It was also extremely filling, so I would definitely call this one a main dish.  This recipe is suitable for all phases of Atkins and other Keto diets.  Paleo and Primal folks can enjoy this one as well!

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INGREDIENTS:

4 c. mixed salad greens

10 leaves baby spinach

4 San Marzano mini tomatoes, sliced crosswise (or use 8 cherry tomatoes)

2 oz. red bell pepper, sliced thin

½ green onion, chopped into ½” pieces

1 ripe avocado, skin & seed removed

4 T. my Shawarma Mayonnaise

2 lobster tails (10 oz. in shell, 8 oz. after shelled)

VARIATION:  Add some finely diced celery and a dash of cayenne pepper to the lobster salad mixture.

DIRECTIONS:  Bring a 4-qt. saucepan of water to a boil.  Drop in lobster tails and boil for about 8 minutes.  Remove, cool a bit and holding with a pot holder, cut the tail shell down the “belly” side and remove the meat from the shell.  Cut meat into 1/2″ bite-sized pieces and set aside for now to cool further.

While the lobster is boiling, plate your base salad greens, dividing the above vegetables equally between two serving plates.  In a small bowl, toss the cooled down lobster meat with the Shawarma Mayo and spoon half of the mixture onto the center of the greens on each plate.  You can use a plain, unseasoned homemade mayo, but the shawarma spice taste is particularly tasty with lobster.  Serve at once.

NUTRITIONAL INFO:   Makes 2 servings, each contains:

414 cals., 35.4g fat, 13g carbs, 7.25g fiber, 5.75g NET CARBS, 26.45g protein, 415 mg sodium

 

 

I came up with a delightful lunch yesterday.  Both I and my husband liked it so much!  He admitted, he had his doubts it would be like classic Mac and Cheese when he saw what I was throwing into the pan, but he had to admit it came out very tasty and quite like Mac and Cheese, just with the shrimp flavor melded into it.  This creation is definitely Induction friendly. 🙂

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INGREDIENTS:

16 oz. fresh or frozen cauliflower

4 T. butter

16 oz. peeled shrimp

2 oz. cheddar cheese, grated

2 oz. American Deluxe cheese, grated

3 oz. chopped green onion

Dash of My Seafood  Spice:  https://buttoni.wordpress.com/2009/08/20/my-seafood-spice-blend/

DIRECTIONS:  Cook cauliflower, drain well and set aside.  Melt butter in non-stick skillet and saute shrimp until just barely opaque and done.  Add green onion, cauliflower and spice and stir well.  Top with cheese and pop into 350º oven for 20 minutes.  Tilt pan and spoon out any water that has bled out of cauliflower (it always does this ……Grrrr).  Bake 10 more minutes and serve with green salad.

NUTRITIONAL INFO: Serves 4, each serving containing:

369 calories, 23.03 g  fat, 8.7 g  Carbs, 3.2 g  fiber, 5.5 NET CARBS, 32.7 g protein, 832 mg sodium

The last time we were in Sam’s Club, my eye caught what was labeled Steelhead Trout.  I was under the impression Steelhead was a type of salmon.  Well, they are in the same family as salmon, so I wasn’t totally wrong.  They begin their life as a freshwater Rainbow Trout, believe it or not.  But they then migrate to the ocean.  They live there until spawning time, when they swim back to their birth stream to procreate.  Unlike salmon, they live after spawning and I guess swim back and forth between the ocean and their spawning stream/creek.  Here’s a nice article on the Steelhead Trout’s life cycle

Well, I told my husband I’d like to try this fish that was new to me.  The flesh, when raw, was bright pink just like salmon, so I was expecting the taste of salmon as well, which I find quite strong for whole fish.  The flesh color slightly lightened up during cooking, but didn’t turn completely white.  My husband isn’t too fond of salmon, so he was reticent to buy it at all.  But I insisted.  I made a real simple butter sauce to baste it with and man, oh, man, it was the best grilled fish I have ever eaten!  The skin wasn’t as thick/tough as salmon skin either, so we ate that!  I almost fainted when my husband asked for seconds!!!  The flavor on this fish is somewhere between Rainbow Trout and Pacific Salmon…..no big surprise.  It is simply DELICIOUS!

This recipe is suitable for all phases of Atkins, all Keto diets, and Primal Blueprint as well.  Paleo followers will want to clarify the butter.   I plan to try my hand at some fish tacos tomorrow with the leftover fish, so stay tuned. 🙂

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INGREDIENTS:

1 lb.10oz. filet of Steelhead Trout

6 T. unsalted butter, melted

1/3 c. parsley, chopped

2 lg. cloves garlic, minced

3/4 tsp. my Seafood Spice Blend

VARIATIONS:  Use different spice blends.  You can also add 1-2 T. white wine to the sauce for a different flavor twist.

DIRECTIONS:  In small saucepan/skillet melt the butter.  Add garlic, spice blend and parsley.  Heat low for 2-3 minutes and remove.  Baste the skin side of the fish and let it sit on the counter while you prepare the charcoal fire.  So so as you would for grilling steaks, as you want to cook these hot and fast.  They will only take 5-6 minutes on a side.  When the fire is hot, Place the fish filet on the grate  skin side down.  Next baste the top side of the fish.  Bring leftover butter baste in the house to keep hot on the stove for serving at table with the meal.  Using an extra-long spatula gently flip the fish after 5-6 minutes.  Grill the second side of the fish for 5 minutes and it will likely be done.  You don’t want to overcook or dry it out.   Test for flakiness at the thickest part to be sure it is done.  Remove to a platter and serve with the extra sauce (melt more butter if need be) and your favorite side dishes.  My Chipotle-lime “Sweet Potatoes” go particularly well with grilled fish, as does steamed, buttered broccoli or asparagus spears.

NUTRITIONAL INFO:   Makes 4 adult servings, each contains:

358 calories, 26.1g fat, 1.32g carbs, 0.20g fiber, 1.12g NET CARBS, 29.2g protein, 80 mg sodium

Shrimp-Crawfish PiroguesThis dish was born from 1 c. of leftover Cheesy Crawfish-Squash Casserole I had in my freezer.  I bought some gorgeous large shrimp at Sam’s last week and they were right by the zip-loc bag of this leftover in my freezer.  I thought on it a few minutes and came up with this delightful dinner.  We have not had seafood in awhile, so this really sounded good and the dry ingredients for my Mozzy Dough are always made up at the ready in my pantry.  So piece of cake, as my Dad always said.

Of course, you are not going to have this Cheesy Crawfish Casserole leftover in your freezer, so you might want to make 1/3 recipe of that dish in the afternoon (or on a prior occasion) to have the 2 cups needed for this dish.

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INGREDIENTS:

2 c. (1/3 recipe) my Cheesy Crawfish-Squash Casserole (without topping)

1 recipe my Mozzy Dough

20 large shrimp, peeled and de-veined

3 T. unsalted butter

¼ tsp. my Seafood Spice Blend (homemade Emeril’s blend)

¼ c. heavy cream

DIRECTIONS:  Make the Cheesy Crawfish-Squash Dish per that recipe’s instruction only do not put the topping on it.  Dip up 2 cups of the mixture for this pirogue recipe and freeze the rest for another meal. Stir the 3 T. cream into the 2 c. of seafood mixture and set aside.

Preheat oven to 350º.  Make a recipe of my Mozzy Dough per that recipe’s instructions.  Divide the dough ball into four equal parts.  Press each portion either into the bottom and sides of an oblong, oval pirogue pan, in banana split dishes, corn-on-the-cob dishes or you can just roll out the dough into four 7″x3½” flat ovals on a parchment-lined pan if you don’t own these special-shaped pans.  Flat should still work as the filling is quite thick.  Dough will slide down in the silicone pans during cooking (at least they did in silicone), so you’ll end up with a much shallower boat than you started out with, so be sure to press the dough high up the sides to start out. Mine started out 2″ tall yet ended up about more like 1″ tall when done.  I only have 1 of the little pirogue silicone pans, so I baked my 2 shells one at a time.  No problem.  There are just 2 in my family so I halved this particular recipe for us.  Pan I used: 

Pop the pastry shells (place silicone pans on metal sheet pan for support in oven) into a preheated 350º oven and bake about 15 minutes or just until browning a bit around the edges.  Remove from oven, slightly cool and tip the shells out onto a full-sized baking sheet.  Gently fill each shell with ½ c. of the creamy crawfish casserole mixture.   Set aside while you broil the shrimp.

Turn oven up to broil.  Melt the 3 T. butter in a medium metal baking pan in the oven.  Stir in the Seafood Spice blend.  Next dip each shrimp (both sides) into this seasoned butter and spread evenly in the pan.   Pop into hot broiler and broil shrimp for about 5-7 minutes.   I don’t bother to turn shrimp during cooking.   Watch them closely after 5 minutes to be sure you don’t over brown them, as ovens can vary.  You want them just golden brown as shown above.  Remove pan from broiler and line 5 shrimp atop each pirogue.  Lower oven to 350º and pop the pan back in the oven for about 5-7 minutes just to warm it all up.  Serve at once with a green vegetable or lovely green salad.

NUTRITIONAL INFO:   Makes 4 pirogues, each contains:

679.7 cals, 55.8g fat, 18.1g carbs, 9.9g fiber, 8.25g NET CARBS, 43.5g protein, 936 mg sodium (shrimp & crawfish both have sodium and carbs!)

Shrimp "Crowned" Swai with Creamy Cauliflower

This delightful seafood dinner was just one of those incredibly successful uses of a dab of some leftovers in the refrigerator.   You’ve had those, too, I’m sure.  My husband calls me the Queen of Leftovers!  I had a little leftover Smoked Gouda Cauliflower , exactly 1 c. to be exact.  It was right at eye level in my refrigerator today, sitting beside the two fish filets and bag of shrimp I thawed for dinner.  I had yet to decide how to prepare my fish and shrimp this evening.   I just DO NOT like storing leftovers more than 2 days.  Thus, this idea “hatched” and what a tasty “egg” it turned out to be!  I decided to serve it atop a bed of sauteed fresh spinach, but that didn’t have great flavor impact on the final dish, so I’d say the bed of spinach is purely optional here.  But since that’s how I prepared it and photographed it, I have included it in the recipe and nutritional calculations below.  This dish is perfectly suitable for all phases of Atkins and Primal diners who eat occasional dairy.  This is not suitable for Paleo due to the cheese, but a creamy homemade mayo might be subbed into the cauliflower mixture, resulting in an equally tasty and allowable dish for my Paleo readers!

INGREDIENTS:

2   6-oz. filets of mild fish of your choice

12 medium shrimp, peeled, de-veined, tails left on for visual impact

5 oz. raw spinach

1 T. bacon grease

2 T. butter

1 clove garlic, minced

1 T. lemon juice

1 c. cooked cauliflower, drained and slightly mashed with a fork

1 oz. each cream cheese (softened) and Smoked Gouda (grated)

1/8 tsp. my Seafood Spice Blend

2 tsp. parsley, chopped (for garnish)

DIRECTIONS:  Preheat your broiler. Steam or boil cauliflower, slightly mash with a fork and stir in the two cheeses so they will begin to melt.  With the cold butter (or olive oil), lightly grease 2 individual baking pans or a heat-proof baking platter (which I used).  In another small baking pan, melt the rest of the butter in your oven.  Remove, add minced garlic and Seafood spice Blend to the butter and stir.  Holding the shrimps by the tail, coat each on both sides with the seasoned butter, lay them flat in the pan and broil the shrimp just a few minutes to slightly brown. Remove shrimp from broiler and change oven setting to 350º. In a small skillet, melt the bacon grease and saute the spinach leaves just until wilted.  Place half the spinach into two lengthwise batches on your platter (or into individual serving dishes), roughly the size of your fish filets.  Lay a fish filet atop each batch of spinach.  Cook cauliflower until tender.  Drain and stir softened cream cheese and Smoked Gouda into hot cauliflower.  Neatly spoon half the cauliflower mixture down the center of each filet, pressing flat with the back of your spoon (which will allow for more even cooking of the fish).  Attractively lay 6 broiled shrimp in a row on each filet as seen int he pic above. Next, squeeze the lemon juice into the juices left in the pan you broiled your shrimp in.  Stir and drizzle over each serving.  Pop into 350º oven for about 20-30 minutes or until fish is opaque.  Shrimp should be beautifully golden now.  Remove from oven, garnish with the chopped parsley and ENJOY!  I served with a nice green salad.

NUTRITIONAL INFO:   Makes 2 servings, each contains:

435 calories, 31.6 g  fat, 7.6 g  carbs, 2.8 g  fiber, 4.8 g  NET CARBS, 34.1 g  protein

This is one of my all-time favorite Cajun dishes!  I love these yummy pies best when I make them with crawfish for the rich, deep seafood flavor they bring to the final pies.  Typically they are made smaller when using high-carb flour pastry, but low-carb pastry is challenging to work with on such a small scale.  These were about 4½-5″ size, so definitely fork food.  If you choose to sub in shrimp in this recipe, your pies will definitely have a milder seafood taste than when made with the traditional “mudbugs” as they call them in the South.  These tasty pies can be enjoyed once you reach Phase 2 Atkins and can have this cheese-based dough.

This seafood filling freezes well (so does the raw dough), so if you need a smaller recipe of just 3 pies, split the filling in half and freeze in a plastic zip-bag for an easy meal in the future.  Use only half the dough for 3 pies and freeze the other half also in a plastic zip-bag.

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INGREDIENTS: 

4 T. unsalted butter

2 oz. onion, chopped

½ c. each green bell pepper and celery, chopped (I used both red and green bell pepper in mine)

¼ c. each green onion and parsley , chopped

6 oz. crawfish tails (half pouch of the frozen tail meat)

2 cloves garlic, minced

½ tsp. my Seafood Spice blend

1/8 tsp. salt

6 drops Tobasco (more if you like things real spicy)

1/4 tsp. each ground thyme and black pepper

1/3 c. homemade chicken stock

¼ tsp. glucomannan powder, xanthan gum (or your favorite thickener)

1 recipe my Mozzy Dough

VARIATION:  Sub in cooked, chopped shrimp for crawfish (6 large or 12 medium)

DIRECTIONS:  Melt the butter in a large skillet over high heat.  Saute the celery, bell pepper, onion and garlic until all are tender.  Reduce heat to medium and add in parsley, salt, thyme, black pepper and Tobasco.  Stir to blend.  Add in the chicken broth and glucomannan or preferred thickener and stir until it has done its job thickening any liquid just a bit.  Remove from heat and cool while you make the pastry.

Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.  Preheat oven to 350º.  Make a recipe of my Mozzy Dough per that recipe’s instructions.  Divide ball of dough into 6 equal smaller balls of dough.  You can either make your crawfish pies half-moon shaped or square, your choice.  Roll each portion of dough out between two pieces of plastic wrap to about a 5″ circle or square.   Remove top piece of plastic wrap.  Spoon about ¼ c. of the crawfish mixture onto one side of each circle or square of dough, leaving an edge of free dough free of filling.  Using the bottom plastic wrap to help, lift the other half of the dough up and over the filling and lay on the free edge to form a top crust.  Press the crust edges together with the tines of a fork or your fingers so the filling hopefully won’t ooze out while cooking.  Again, grabbing the bottom plastic wrap as a helper, lift each pie onto the parchment-lined pan, removing the plastic wrap from underneath.  The pies will spread little during cooking so the 6 should fit onto your baking sheet OK.  Pop pan into preheated 350º oven and bake for about 20 minutes or until golden brown.  Serve at once with a crisp green salad.

NUTRITIONAL INFO:    Makes 6 crawfish pies, each contains:

332 calories, 28.2 g fat, 12.76 g carbs, 7.1 g fiber, 5.66 g NET CARBS, 18.6 g protein, 446 mg sodium

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I buy beautiful, HUGE 3″ sea scallops (reason for cook times below) at Sam’s during the holidays so I have some to cook this way throughout the year.   If you are fortunate enough to leave near the coast, by all means, use fresh scallops.  Be sure to adjust cook times for smaller scallops.  As written, this recipe is unacceptable for Induction.  But if you leave out the wine, it is Induction friendly!    The nutritional info below reflects the inclusion of the wine.

INGREDIENTS:

16 sea scallops, approximately 3″ in diameter

2 T. unsalted butter for sautéing

2 T. more butter for sauce

1/3 c. finely chopped parsley

1 lg. clove minced garlic

1 oz. lemon juice (fresh)

¼ c. dry white wine (omit or use chicken broth if on Induction)

DIRECTIONS: Preheat oven to 400º.  Melt 2 T. butter in non-stick 14″ skillet over high heat.  Sear only 4 scallops for 3 minutes on a side (less, of course, for smaller scallops).  Do not crowd pan with more than 4 at a time or the juice they bleed out will cause them to simmer rather than sear.  Remove to a plate temporarily.  Repeat until all scallops are seared.   Replace all scallops in pan and pop into preheated oven for 10 minutes (less for small scallops).  Remove scallops to plate and put skillet on medium flame atop stove.  Add the 2 additional tablespoons of butter, lemon juice, parsley, garlic and wine.  Simmer 2 minutes longer,  add scallops back and serve with a nice green salad or your favorite green vegetable.

NUTRITIONAL INFO: Makes 4 servings (4 scallops per serving).  Each serving has:

257.5 calories, 18.6g fat, 8.33g carbs (yes, scallops have carbs!) 0.55g fiber, 7.78g  NET CARBS, 12g  protein, 339 mg sodium

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I made a lovely seafood chowder today with a handful of crawfish I had leftover in the fridge, and a large can of baby clams.  Using my last zucchini in the house for the “potatoes” in my chowder, the marriage of flavors in this soup was meant to be.  It came out VERY tasty and its extremely nutritious.   Clams are just so good for you as they are very high in Vitamin B12.  My hubby was not home today, so there is enough leftover for us to have for lunch tomorrow when he gets home.  He’s going to really like this one!  I omitted the cheese this time and added 4 slices of bacon instead.  Yum! Was that ever good in it!  This is suitable for all phases of Atkins and Keto diets.  It is not suitable for Paleo but Primal folks who eat a little dairy once in awhile can enjoy this.

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INGREDIENTS: 

2 T. unsalted butter

10 oz. zucchini, diced

1 oz. onion, sliced

4 oz. crawfish tails

1 10.5-oz can of whole baby clams with their clam juice

¼ tsp. Sriracha sauce or my Seafood Spice Blend

Dash each garlic powder and black pepper

¼ c. heavy cream

2 c. homemade seafood stock (I always boil my shrimp shells for mine and freeze)

1  4-oz can mushrooms, drained (optional)

½ c. shredded Cheddar cheese

3″ green onion, minced fine (for garnish)

DIRECTIONS:  Melt butter in medium soup pot.  Saute onion until it begins to soften.  Add zucchini and saute until just tender-crisp. Add spices, cream, crawfish and clams with their juice, the seafood stock (you can use chicken stock if you do not have any), mushrooms and Cheddar cheese.  Lower heat to medium and allow the cheese to melt, stirring often to prevent it from burning on the bottom of the pan. Cheddar does not melt easily in liquid.  Allow cream to thicken up a few minutes or you can thicken (if desired) with your favorite thickener.  Serve piping hot with a sprinkle of green onion on top for garnish.

NUTRITIONAL INFO:  Makes four 1-cup servings.  Each contains:

285 calories, 17.3 g  fat, 11.35 g  carbs, 2.42 g  fiber, 8.93 g  NET CARBS (clams are a bit carb-y), 22 g protein, 350 mg sodium

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

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INGREDIENTS:

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

12 oz. frozen chopped spinach

3 oz. red bell pepper, finely chopped

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

5 oz. package Boursin Cheese with garlic and herbs

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

Dash black pepper

Available in the specialty cheese bin at Walmart and other grocery stores.

3 T. melted butter

VARIATION:  Use fish filets for the chicken.

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

NUTRITIONAL INFO: Makes 6 servings, each contains:

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

Creamy Lime Scampi

We just LOVE this dish that literally goes together in about 15-30 minutes flat!  My kind of recipe!  The addition of cream makes this a slightly different shrimp scampi creation from the norm.  This recipe and other shellfish recipes is the reason I use unsalted butter exclusively.  Since shrimp has a lot of natural sodium in it, I find adding any pushed is over the top in salinity for me.  This recipe is acceptable for all phases of Atkins and other Keto diets.  When you get to Phase 2 “OWL” (Ongoing Weight Loss), 2 T. of a nice dry white wine added to this is divine!

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INGREDIENTS:

1 lb. shrimp, peeled and cleaned

2-3 cloves minced garlic (I use 3)

½ stick unsalted butter

Juice of 2 limes (about 2-3 T.)

1/4 c. finely chopped parsley

1/8 tsp. smoked chipotle powder (if you can’t get it, use cayenne pepper)

¼ c. heavy cream

Sprinkle of xanthan gum to slightly thicken

2 c. spaghetti squash threads (½ c. per serving)

DIRECTIONS: Cut a medium spaghetti squash in half, remove seeds and put cut side down into shallow dish filled with 1/4″ water.  Microwave on HI for 13 minutes.  Drain and fork out threads and put in serving bowl with tight cover so squash will stay hot while you cook the shrimp topping.  In a non-stick skillet, melt butter.  Add minced garlic and saute until cooked but not burned.  You don’t want a raw garlic taste to dominate the final dish.  Add chipotle powder and shrimp and saute until shrimp curl and are opaque.  Add parsley and lime juice and immediately lower heat to lowest setting.  Add cream and stir well.  Dust lightly with xanthan gum and stir until slightly thickened.  Serve over spaghetti squash threads with a nice green salad!

NUTRITIONAL INFO: Makes 4 servings, each containing: (includes spaghetti squash)

303 calories, 19.2 g  fat, 9.15 g  carbs, 1.38 g  fiber, 7.77 g  NET CARBS, 24.4 g  protein, 194 mg sodium

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This is what I cooked for dinner tonight.  I used to order this dish at a restaurant in Yorktown, Virginia while in high school.  We drove 30 miles just to eat there and this dish was the motivation.  The restaurant, Nick’s Seafood Pavilion, operated by a Greek chef and family.  His wife took it over after Nick died.  Sadly, Nick’s Pavilion no longer exists:  http://www.pbase.com/airlinerphotos/image/21276281.  I still fix Nick’s signature dish often at home, using a recipe my parents developed.  Tonight I made it with 1 large lobster tail (9 oz .) and 12 oz. of frozen crawfish.  Man, was it ever good!  My parents version is real close to what we ate so often at Nick’s restaurant.  I cannot have the rice  that is traditionally in this dish anymore as it is so high in carbs.  The original dish had 1 cup of rice (cooked in lobster or shrimp stock) stirred in just before serving.  Nowadays I serve my portion either over steamed cauliflower “rice” or sometimes atop oven-baked eggplant slices.
I get my lobster tails at Sam’s (frozen) but it works just fine in this dish.  I fix this often with just shrimp or a mixture of shrimp and crawfish, but it is best made with  lobster.  I have even made this with large sea scallops and fresh lump white crab meat (when I lived on the Gulf Coast and could get fresh Blue Crab).  As is true of most seafood dishes, this one really packs in the nutrients and it is suitable for all phases of Atkins and other Keto diets.
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Crawfish version

If you are not following a low-carb diet:  add 2 c. cooked brown or white rice that you have cooked in seafood stock instead of water (2 c. rice: 4 c. stock).  This step is essential for the best flavor profile in the final dish. Add the rice to the seafood mixture, stir gently and serve!  Mmmm…….this is my all-time favorite seafood dish EVER!  (with the rice, of course).

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INGREDIENTS:

1 lb. lobster meat cut into bite-size pieces (or shrimp, lump crab or any combination)

1 stick unsalted butter

½ c. onion, chopped

1 c. celery, chopped

1 carrot, grated

1 2 oz. jar pimiento, drained

1/3 c. parsley, chopped

¼-½ tsp. cayenne pepper

10 drops Tobasco

½ tsp. ground thyme

Salt to taste at the table, as seafood is often high in sodium

DIRECTIONS: Saute onion, celery and carrot in melted butter until onion and celery are completely tender.  Add parsley and pimiento.  Add seafood and remaining seasonings.  Simmer on low heat for 15 minutes only.  For non-Atkins diners, add some cooked rice.  For Atkins diners, serve with steamed cauli-rice, spaghetti squash, sauteed mushrooms or oven-baked eggplant slices.  (To steam cauli-rice, grate or food process raw cauliflower to fine grains and steam in microwave for 2-3 minutes, stirring every minute).

NUTRITIONAL INFO:   Makes 3 servings, each with:

465.7 calories, 33 g  fat, 9.1 g  carbs, 2.3 g  fiber, 6.8 g  NET CARBS, 32.3 g  protein, 283 g  sodium

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One of life’s culinary pleasures for me is lobster.  Only thing that comes close is a cooked-to-perfection char-broiled ribeye steak.  We try to do a really special dinner on New Year’s Eve because it is also my birthday, so this is what we had tonight.  Lobster is soooo good and sooooo simple to make.   I tested a new Parsley-Cilantro salad dressing https://buttoni.wordpress.com/2011/08/09/parsley-cilantro-salad-dressing/  which really complimented the lobster.  The lobster I get at Sam’s Club every year is usually from the Bahamas.   The tails we bought this year weighed around 9 oz. each and all were tender as they could be.  They are, I find, a little sweeter than cold water lobster from New England, in my opinion.   This recipe is suitable for all phases of Atkins.

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INGREDIENTS: 

1.25 lb. lobster tails (yields about 12 oz. tail meat after removing shell)

½ stick salted butter, melted

DIRECTIONS:    Put about 1½ cups water in a deep boiling pot and bring to a boil. Run two skewers from the base of the tail up the center of the belly, all the way up to the center of the thickest part.  This will keep the tail from curling so tight while cooking.  When the water comes to a rolling boil, insert skewered lobster tail up in the pot.  I usually lean the skewers out the top.  Set a lid on the pot slightly offset to reduce water evaporation, but it really doesn’t have to be 100% closed.     Lower to medium heat and let steam for about 10-13 minutes, depending on their size.  Alternately, you can use more water to cover the tails entirely and boil for 10 minutes if large 9 oz tails, or just for 6-7 minutes if they are the small 4.5 oz tails usually purchased at the grocery store.  Remove lobster tails from pot, remove skewers (if steamed) and holding shell with one hand (using tongs or a kitchen towel) cut with kitchen shears straight up the thinner belly shell (top to base of tail). Pull sides of tail shell apart a wee bit and fork out the tail meat (I like to leave the tail fins attached and in tact as shown in the photo above).  Splay the tail fins out when serving lobster meat on plates or platter.  Makes for a pretty presentation with the tail fins attached!   Serve along a nice green salad and perhaps my Rosemary Onion Dinner Rolls:  https://buttoni.wordpress.com/2011/05/31/rosemary-onion-dinner-rolls/

NUTRITIONAL INFO:   Makes 2 servings and each contains (including ¼c. of the butter):

367 calories, 23.9 g  fat, 2.2 g carbs, 0 fiber, 2.2 g NET CARBS, 34.8 g  protein, 1350 mg sodium

 

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I lived in Hampton, Virginia while in high school & my family often drove to Yorktown 30 miles away to eat at a wonderful restaurant called Nick’s Seafood Pavilion, operated by a Greek chef.  Sadly, it no longer exists:  http://www.pbase.com/airlinerphotos/image/21276281.  I often think fondly of one of their signature dishes, Lobster Dien Bien.  My parents managed to concoct their own version of the dish over time.  My version is similar, but I cannot have the rice anymore that is traditionally in it as   I follow a low-carb diet regimen now.  The original dish had 1 cup of rice (cooked in lobster stock) stirred in just before serving.  This dish, in some regards, is similar to Spanish paella if served with the original rice included.  Nowadays I serve my portion either over steamed cauliflower “rice” or sometimes atop oven-baked eggplant slices.
Sadly I can’t get very good lobster in Central Texas, so I fix this more often now with shrimp or crawfish.  Good in their own right, but it is best made with  lobster.  I have even made this with large sea scallops and fresh lump white crab meat (when I lived on the Gulf Coast).  As is true of most seafood dishes, this one really packs in the nutrients!  This dish is suitable for Atkins Induction and all Keto diets.
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Crawfish version

If you are not following a low-carb diet:  Add 2 c. cooked white rice stirred in.  If using the rice addition, it is essential that you cook it in seafood stock.  Use 1 c. raw rice, rinsed well in a sieve/sifter with cold water to remove surface starch.  Then bring the rice to a boil in 2 c. lobster or shrimp stock., Lower heat to lowest setting, cover pot with a paper towel followed by a tight fitting lid and steam the rice until done (about 18-20 minutes).  Add the rice to the seafood mixture, stir gently and serve!  Mmmm…….this is my all-time favorite seafood dish EVER!  (with the rice, of course).

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INGREDIENTS:

1 lb. lobster meat cut into bite-size pieces (or peeled, deveined shrimp)

1 stick unsalted butter

½ c. onion, chopped

1 c. celery, chopped

1 carrot, grated

1 2 oz. jar pimiento, drained

1/3 c. parsley, chopped

¼-½ tsp. cayenne pepper

10 drops Tobasco

½ tsp. ground thyme

DIRECTIONS: Saute onion, celery and carrot in melted butter until onion and celery are completely tender.  Add parsley and pimiento.  Add seafood and remaining seasonings.  Simmer on low heat for 15 minutes only.  For non-Atkins diners, add some cooked rice.  For Atkins diners, serve with steamed cauli-rice, spaghetti squash, sauteed mushrooms or oven-baked eggplant slices.  (To steam cauli-rice, grate or food process raw cauliflower to fine grains and steam in microwave for 2-3 minutes, stirring every minute).

NUTRITIONAL INFO:   Makes 3 servings, each with:

465.7 calories, 33 g  fat, 9.1 g  carbs, 2.3 g  fiber, 6.8 g  NET CARBS, 32.3 g  protein, 283 g  sodium

Crab-Pumpkin Bisque

I love seafood and especially a good seafood bisque.  I had a cup of picked crab meat and some fresh-baked pie pumpkin to use up and decided to make them into a crab bisque that came out delicious!  So I thought I’d share it with my readers.  This recipe is suitable not suitable for Induction unless you omit the wine.  It is OK for all other phases of Atkins and Keto diets.  Not suitable for Primal or Paleo as it is dairy heavy.

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INGREDIENTS:

3 slices bacon, chopped

1/4 c. onion, chopped

1/4 c. celery, chopped

8 oz. softened cream cheese

1 c. pumpkin (preferably the fresh)

Dash each black pepper and cayenne pepper

½ c. dry white wine (use more seafood or chicken stock if still in Induction)

2 c. seafood stock (or chicken broth)

1 c. water

½ tsp. my Seafood Spice Blend

8 oz. picked white crab meat

DIRECTIONS:  Brown bacon over medium-high heat.  Add onion and celery and saute until tender. Add white wine.  Add cream cheese and stir to blend.  Add the seafood stock and water.  Stir well.  Add pumpkin the spice blend, salt, pepper and cayenne.  Stir and lower heat to low.  Simmer for about 15 minutes.  Stir in crab and simmer 1-2 minutes longer only, or the crab will fall apart.  Serve at once with your favorite low-carb crackers.

NUTRITIONAL INFO:    Makes 6 large servings, each cup contains:

256 calories, 21.2 g fat, 4.86 g carbs, .63 g fiber, 4.23 g NET CARBS, 10.7 g protein, 550 mg sodium (use less cream cheese to lower this number)

 

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This delightful dish was a very pleasant surprise.  DELICIOUS!  And check out the amazing nutritional stats below!  Extremely healthy food, this one is!  It uses my Puerto Rican Sofrito Sauce in yet another wonderful combination of flavors and is served on a bed of zucchini noodles, known as “zoodles” in the low-carb world.  It can be served on regular pasta for your non-low-carb guests.  The dish can also be made with shrimp or lobster.   If you are not still in the Atkins Induction Phase, the addition of 1/4 c. white wine to the seafood mixture would be divine, otherwise use the stock as noted below.  As written, this recipe is suitable for Atkins Induction and most other Ketogenic  diets.  If the cheeses are omitted it would be suitable for Primal and Paleo as well.

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INGREDIENTS:

4 T. unsalted butter

1 oz. onion, sliced

2 oz. red bell pepper, sliced

½ c. parsley, chopped

¼ c. my Sofrito sauce: https://buttoni.wordpress.com/2013/05/21/sofrito/

1 T. Parmesan cheese, grated

12 oz. crawfish tails (or shrimp, or lobster chunks or any combination of seafood)

¼ c. homemade seafood stock, chicken stock or white wine (no wine if still in Atkins Induction)

1/4 tsp. salt

Dash each black pepper and cayenne pepper

1  4-oz. can of mushrooms (with their liquid)

4 T. heavy cream

Dash of your preferred thickener (if you feel it is needed, I did.)

¼ c. Monterrey Jack or other cheese (for garnish)

16 oz. zucchini, washed and julienned into long “noodle” threads

DIRECTIONS:  Melt the butter in a skillet.  Add the onion and red bell pepper and saute over high heat until the vegetables are tender.   Lower heat to medium, add the parsley, Sofrito, shellfish and stock or wine.  Add mushrooms, salt and peppers to season.  Turn heat to lowest setting, add the cream and Parmesan cheese.  Let simmer about 5 minutes, stirring several times to uniformly mix the sauce with the shellfish.  this will allow the cream to reduce and thicken the sauce just a bit.  If you want it thicker, use your favorite thickener to reach the desired thickness.  Lower heat to lowest setting while you prepare the zoodles.

Julienne the zucchini into noodle-like strips with either a hand-held julienne peeler (what I use) or if you own one, a spiral slicing machine like a Spirooli.  In a non-stick skillet over medium heat, heat 1 tsp. olive oil.  Saute and stir the zucchini noodles continuously in the heated oil just until they are softened and translucent.  Spoon 1/4 of the sauce over 1/4 of the zoodles for each serving and garnish each serving with 1 T. grated Jack cheese.  I hope you enjoy this dish as much as we did!

NUTRITIONAL INFO:  Makes 4 servings, each contains:

317 calories, 24 g  fat, 7.25 g  carbs, 2.50 g  fiber, 4.75 g  NET CARBS, 20.7 g  protein, 525 mg sodium

Tuna is always in my pantry, so I reached for some to make lunch today.   These two-bite mini-muffins I created today, honestly……..my husband had trouble stopping at SIX of them!  But he’s a big eater.  I stopped at four. 🙂  These go together fast and only took 13 minutes to bake.  I highly recommend slightly cooling before attempting to loosen them from even a non-stick pan, as baked egg tends to stick to whatever pan you use.   I’ve not had good luck baking tuna items in silicone pans.  Tuna likes browning.  I used a 24 ct. metal pan to bake these.  This recipe is not suitable until Phase 2 Atkins  when you are nearing maintenance, due to the Einkorn Bake Mix.   You can lower the carb count per muffin even more using a lower carb bake mix than mine, which has Einkorn Flour in it.  But the count is already pretty darn low in my opinion.  Those still in the initial 2-week Induction Phase of Atkins need to eliminate the bake mix entirely and increase the eggs to about 6.  The muffins will naturally have a different, and somewhat eggier texture than mine here, but should taste about the same.  These should freeze nicely for about a month.  If you do the Induction version, adding 1-2 T. flax meal to that variation would add a little firmer structure to them.

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INGREDIENTS:

4 beaten eggs

3 small pouches (7.8 oz. total) water-pack tuna

1½ c. my Einkorn Bake Mix

3/4 tsp. my Seafood Spice Blend

¼ tsp. sea salt

1 lg. 4-0z. jar chopped pimiento, drained

1 lg. green onion, chopped fine

2 2/3 slices American Deluxe or Cheddar cheese, 2 cut into 9 squares, 1 cut into 6 squares

VARIATION:   Add a few drops of Tobasco or a few shakes of cayenne pepper to the batter for a spicier muffin.

DIRECTIONS:   Preheat oven to 350º.  Beat the eggs in a medium bowl.  Add all other ingredients but the cheese.  Oil 24 slots of a mini-muffin pan.  Using a 2 T. scoop, add one level scoop to each slot.  They will be nearly full and there should be just enough batter for 24.  Place 1 square of cheese atop each and push it down slightly into the batter.  Pop into hot 350º oven.  Bake for 13-15 minutes or until they puff up and the cheese just begins to brown on top.  Remove and cool slightly.  If you try to remove while too hot, they will tear up on you.  Gently loosen with a knife tip or fork and enjoy.  A modest serving would be 4 mini-muffins.  A big eater will want 6 of these minis.

NUTRITIONAL INFO:    Makes 24 muffins, each contains:

22 calories, 0.9 g fat, 0.35 g carbs, 0.08 g fiber, 0.27 g NET CARBS, 3.22 g protein, 74 mg sodium

 

Cheesy Crawfish Casserole

This is a quick and simple dish to make.  I love Cajun food and I associate crawfish with the spice dishes in Louisiana.  My husband just loves seafood casseroles.  You know me……always looking for easy.  It’s cheesy, buttery and full of good veggie nutrition as well.  If your family loves seafood, give this a try!  It’s sure to please.  🙂   You can substitute shrimp or 1 lb. crab meat in this recipe if you prefer, but of course, each has a slightly different taste.  This recipe is suitable for all phases of Atkins.

INGREDIENTS: 

1  c.  yellow summer squash, ½” dice (I used a small 5″ squash)

4 T. unsalted butter

1 stalk celery, chopped

2 oz. bell pepper, chopped (I cross sliced mini bell peppers I had on hand)

2 oz. onion, chopped

1 clove garlic, minced

½ c. chopped green onion

¼ c. chopped parsley

½ tsp. my Cajun Seafood Spice Blend

1/8 tsp. cayenne (optional)

12 oz. crawfish tail meat, rinsed well (or cleaned, peeled shrimp)

1 c. shredded Cheddar cheese

1 c. shredded Monterrey Jack Cheese

Topping:  Mix ¼ c. shredded Parmesan with 5 well-crushed pork rinds

VARIATION:  Use 1 lb. cleaned shrimp or 1 lb. cooked crabmeat instead of crawfish

DIRECTIONS:  Dice squash and other veggies.  Melt butter in non-stick skillet or wok over high heat.  Preheat oven to 350º.  Saute squash and all other vegetables until nearly tender or about 5 minutes.  Add parsley, spices and crawfish.  Reduce heat to medium and saute all for about 5 minutes stirring several times, to allow flavors to meld.  Mix the Cheddar and Jack cheese in a bowl and sprinkle half over the crawfish mixture.  Stir all well.  Now put remaining cheese on top evenly.  Sprinkle with the Parm-pork rind topping and pop into 350º oven for 30 minutes.  I garnished with slices of mini bell peppers.  Pairs nicely with your favorite low-carb dinner roll and a lovely green salad.

NUTRITIONAL INFO:   Makes 6 servings, each contains:

296 calories, 20.7 g fat, 7.16 g carbs, 2.0 g fiber, 5.16 g NET CARBS, 21.1 g protein, 509 mg sodium

Creamy Crawfish-Veggie Squash

What a pleasant surprise!  I just started throwing leftovers together and added some homemade mushroom soup and Cheddar cheese and BAM!  A tasty, creamy seafood dinner!  And so nutritious, too!  You really NEED to try this!  This recipe is suitable for all phases of Atkins provided you omit the wild rice.  If you look closely, you may notice some grains of rice.  I had about 1/2 cup cooked wild rice in my freezer and I threw that in, too.  You could omit that for lower carbs, but it sure added a nice nutty taste to the dish.  Lower-carb hemp hearts would be a better choice for that nutty flavor when I make this next time.

This recipe is suitable once you get to Phase 2 of Atkins.   Suitable for Induction without the wild rice addition.  Paleo-Primal followers will also need to make dairy modifications to enjoy this.

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

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

INGREDIENTS:

4 T. unsalted butter

½ c. green bell pepper, chopped

3/4 c. celery chopped

2 oz. onion, chopped

1½ c. small Japanese eggplant, sliced  (the purple kind, although the black can be diced and used instead.)

1½ c. cooked spaghetti squash threads (the threads of one half a 6″-7″ squash)

6 oz. cooked crawfish tail meat

4 green onions, chopped

1/8 tsp. salt (omit if you used salted butter above)

1/4 tsp. my Seafood Spice Blend

½ batch (store the rest for another casserole) Jennifer Eloff’s low-carb Condensed Cream of Mushroom Soup

¼ c. heavy cream

½ c. cooked wild rice (or hemp hearts for lower carbs & those still on Atkins Phase 1 Induction)

1 c. shredded Cheddar cheese

DIRECTIONS:  Preheat oven to 350º.  Melt butter over high heat in large non-stick pan.  Add the celery, onion and bell pepper.  Saute until nearly tender.  Add the eggplant and saute until half cooked. Stir in the spaghetti squash threads, crawfish and green onion.  Cook a couple minutes only.

Add the salt and spice mix.  Stir in the soup, cream, wild rice (if using) and finally the cheese.  Scoop into a greased baking dish or back into the spaghetti squash shells if you want to.  Bake at 350º for 30 minutes and serve with a nice salad.

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

298 calories, 23.8 g  fat, 10.68 g  carbs, 2.46 g  fiber, 8.22 g  NET CARBS, 11.1 g  protein, 574 mg sodium

Tuna Cheesies

I’ve been making these creamy, cheesie goodies for probably 20 years or more.  My husband just LOVES these things so I made a pan of them for our lunch yesterday.  Mmmm, I forget how good these are.  The inspirational recipe I found years ago in a newspaper used saltine crackers.  My low-carb version here uses my Almond-Flax crackers.   You could alternately use baked low-carb flour tortilla wedges or baked, low-carb pita bread wedges.   This time I cut my almond cracker recipe into 12 oblong larger rectangles as shown above (instead of my usual 48 small square crackers for the cracker recipe).  These tasty treats are suitable once you get to Atkins Phase 2.  They are OK for Keto dieters if they fit your daily macro limits.

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INGREDIENTS:

½ recipe my Almond Flax Crackers  (or 24 pre-baked low-carb crackers/chips of choice)

1   6-oz foil pouch tuna (or a 5 oz. can, drained)

1 c. shredded Cheddar cheese

2 slices Kraft American Deluxe cheese, shredded

3 T. homemade mayo (or soft butter)

2-3 shakes cayenne pepper (more if you like things “hot”)

4-5 drops Worcestershire sauce

1/8 tsp. onion powder

VARIATION:  Add a bit of chopped green onion.

DIRECTIONS:  Preheat oven to 350º.  As to making the cracker base for these, I tend to mix up a whole recipe of the cracker dough and shape it on the baking sheet into two rectangles, one on each end, not quite all the way to the edges of the pan, with a slight separation between them.  I use half the cracker recipe for these Tuna Cheesies and save the other rectangle to cut into plain crackers to have on hand for other uses.  Or if you’re having a party, you could double the topping ingredients and use the entire recipe of crackers for a total of 48 Tuna Cheesies.  They disappear fast, so make the batch of 48 for a party! 🙂

Prepare and bake the crackers by that recipe’s instructions at 350º.  Cool slightly on the pan.  If you made the full recipe of crackers, but only want 12 or 24 portions, store the rest of the crackers in a lidded container on your kitchen counter for up to 2 weeks.

While the crackers are baking, mix the tuna-cheese topping in a bowl.  When crackers are cooled and cut into the number you want, spread tuna-cheese mixture on top.  Pop back into the oven for about 5-10 minutes longer to melt the cheesy topping nicely.  Remove from the oven and enjoy!  Serve warm.  Often for parties, I’ll make two pans of 24 each, waiting untilt he first pan has been wolfed down by guests before popping the second pan in the oven.  They are definitely better hot so the cheese is gooey.  🙂

NUTRITIONAL INFO:  Makes 12 rectangular Tuna Cheesies, each contains:

147 calories, 11.83 g  fat, 3.5 g  carbs, 2.01 g  fiber, 1.49 g  NET CARBS, 7.9 g  protein, 203 mg sodium

NOTE:  If crackers cut into 48 squares and you use 24 for this recipe, divide the nutritional numbers above for by 2 to get the per serving numbers for each smaller square.

shrimp-putaneseca-on-zoodlesIf you want a QUICK and tasty dinner, try my Shrimp Putanesca!   It’s a low-carb version of a classic Italian dish.  It is simply delicious and ready in about 20 minutes total!  If you are still on Atkins Induction Phase, omit the white wine to be safe.  This recipe (with that modification) is acceptable for all phases of Atkins, Keto diets, Primal and Paleo as well.  I have owned/used several different noodling tools, but most recently I invested in a Vegetti and find it the easiest to use as well as being the most compact for storage.

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INGREDIENTS:

12 oz. zucchini, cut into noodles

3 T. olive oil total

20 large shrimp, shelled and deveined

3 Roma tomatoes, coarsely chopped

3/4 c. parsley, chopped

1 large clove garlic, minced

Dash black pepper

1/8 tsp. red pepper flakes

¼ tsp. sea salt

15 pitted black olives, cut into halves

¼ tsp. anchovy paste or 1 anchovy, mashed (optional but very good in this dish)

¼ c. white wine (I used Chardonnay), omit if still on Induction

DIRECTIONS:   Coarsely chop the tomatoes and set aside.  Halve the olives and set aside.

Cut the zucchini into long spaghetti-type noodles.  Heat 1 T. olive oil in a non-stick skillet and saute zoodles on low heat for a few minutes, stirring and tossing them just until they “green up” and are no longer opaque.  Turn off heat so they will not cook further.  In another non-stick skillet on high heat the remaining olive oil.  Saute the shrimp until opaque.  Add the tomato and stir/saute just until it begins to soften.  Add parsley, red and black pepper, salt and olives, anchovy paste (if using) and stir.  Add white wine and lower heat to medium.  Simmer just 3 minutes tops.  If you prefer your tomato to be less cooked in such dishes, add them last.  Dip mixture over the cooked zoodles or stir it together.  Either presentation will look nice. 🙂

NUTRITIONAL INFO:   Makes 4 servings, each contains:

160.8 calories, 10.9 g fat, 5.52 g carbs, 1.6 g fiber, 3.92 g NET CARBS, 8.25 g protein, 208 mg sodium

 

Cheesie Tuna-Cauli Cakes

These came about for lunch today from a lone half cup of leftover buttered, steamed cauliflower.  I added one of the small 2.5-oz pouches of tuna, some Smoked Gouda cheese and a bit of onion and VOILA!  A delicious lunch!  That’s sauteed kale (cooked exactly 1 minute in bacon grease) on the side of the plate.  The sliced steamed carrots were good with these, too!  These tuna cakes are simply DELICIOUS!  Of course, you can sub in other cheeses, but the Smoked Gouda really makes these different and quite special. Smoked Cheddar would be just as good in this recipe, I believe.  I’ll be making this recipe regularly with leftover dabs of cauliflower from now on.  Such a tasty way to keep from wasting event he smallest amounts of pricey vegetables.  This is suitable for all phases of Atkins if you use flax meal in lieu of the small amount of low-carb breadcrumbs.

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INGREDIENTS:

2.5 oz.  tuna

3 oz. Smoked Gouda cheese, shredded

2/3 c. steamed cauliflower, mashed with a fork

1 medium green onion, chopped fine

2 T. low-carb bread, crumbed (or 1 T. flax meal)

1 large egg, beaten

Dash black pepper

Dash Cajun spice blend or my Seafood Spice Blend

1 T. coconut oil (or your preferred oil) for frying

DIRECTIONS:  Mix all ingredients but the coconut oil in a medium bowl.  Stir well with a spoon.  Heat the coconut oil in a non-stick skillet over medium-high heat These are inclined to stick to the pan, so do not flip them to side two until they have browned well on the first side, and don’t over handle them with your spatula.  Section off the mixture into 6 equal portions in your bowl. Dip 1/6 of the mixture up and drop onto the hot pan, spreading into a 2½” patties.  When the first side is browned nicely for all the cakes, flip them quickly and carefully.  Brown the second side and when done, transfer to serving plate.  Serve hot with green veggies or a nice green salad.

NUTRITIONAL INFO:    Makes 6 cakes, each contains approximately (varies slightly with your personal choice of low-carb bread or flax):

118.5 calories, 9.16 g  fat, 2.31 g  carbs, 1.11 g  fiber, 1.2 g  NET CARBS, 7.65 g  protein, 325 mg sodium

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After enjoying Paul Prudhomme’s Seafood Crepes at K-Paul’s Louisiana Kitchen in New Orleans (before he went up to the New York restaurant), I just had to create a low-carb version.  In those days, he would be seen sitting at the back of the dining room (when he wasn’t in the kitchen) and often came over to your table to ask if you enjoyed what you ordered.  🙂

His entree had both crab and shrimp, but crab in Central Texas leaves much to be desired, so I just use shrimp for my creation.  Man, do these ever come out GOOD!  My hubby just loves them!  These are definitely different from K-Paul’s crepes, but I think they are an equally good dish.  I don’t recall any wine in his version either, but I like a little in my creamy seafood dishes, so I added a little sherry to these.  You need to leave it out if you’re still in Atkins Induction phase.   But they’ll still be good without it! These would not be suitable for Paleo-Primal followers.

For this creation, I used Jennifer Eloff’s latest low-carb crepe recipe, with a couple changes.  That recipe is here:  http://low-carb-news.blogspot.com/2013/02/ultra-low-carb-crepes-and-another-idea.html .  I omitted the sweetener and vanilla for this savory application and I also added 1/8 tsp. salt.  I also made my crepes earlier in the evening so those would be ready to go when it was time to prepare the dish and assemble.  I just stacked the cooked crepes with plastic between each one and left on the counter.  My crepe maker is 7″ in diameter (Jennifer’s is only 5″) so I only got 5 larger crepes from the recipe.  Therefore, each of my unfilled crepes have slightly more calories and carbs:134 calories, 10 g fat, 7 g  protein, 3.56 g carbs, .28 g fiber and 3.28 g net carbs and these numbers are reflected in the recipe per serving nutritional numbers below.

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INGREDIENTS:

1 recipe crepes (five 7″ crepes, made by Jennifer Eloff’s recipe, minus the sweetener and vanilla:

FILLING:

5 oz. shrimp, peeled and chopped coarsely (leave 1 or 2 whole for garnish if desired)

3 slices low-sodium, no salt added bacon, chopped

1 large shallot, sliced thin

¼ c. red bell pepper, chopped

¼ c. parsley, chopped

¼ c. white wine or sherry

¼ tsp. my Seafood Spice Blend 

Dash each salt and black pepper

1 c. heavy cream

½ c. water

1/4 tsp. glucomannan powder (or use your preferred thickener)

DIRECTIONS:  Make the crepes ahead by that recipe’s directions.  Stack them with plastic wrap between each so they won’t stick together.  When ready to prepare meal, brown the chopped bacon over high heat in a non-stick skillet.  When it is browned, added the shallot and red bell pepper.  Saute until they are tender. Add all the shrimp, including those left whole for garnish. Remove the 2 whole garnish shrimp and set aside for now.  Add the parsley, wine (if using) and the salt and pepper to the skillet mixture. Simmer a few minutes. Lower heat to lowest setting.  In a bowl, whisk the cream, water and slowly dust the glucomannan over the liquid (or whatever thickener you’re using), whisking constantly until blended. Pour the liquid into the skillet and simmer the filling a couple minutes to meld flavors.  The sauce will turn slightly pink from the bell pepper.  🙂  Turn off heat and plate the crepes as follows:

ASSEMBLY:  Place your serving platter by the skillet and the stack of cooked crepes close at hand.  Try to visually judge in the skillet 1/5 of the filling as you have 5 crepes to fill. Using a slotted spoon, so as to get mostly just the solids, place 1/5 (about 1 cooking spoon) of the filling into one of the crepes, roll carefully and lift the filled roll onto the platter, placing seam down.  Repeat for the remaining crepes, lining them in a row.  The remaining sauce in the skillet will be dribbled over the crepes.  If you don’t have enough sauce left to do this,  add a little more cream, blend with a spoon and adjust salt if needed.  Then pour the sauce down the center of the crepes on the platter and garnish with the 2 whole shrimp you browned and a sprinkle of chopped parsley if desired.  I hope you enjoy these as much as we did!

NUTRITIONAL INFO:  Makes five servings, each contains:

371.2 calories, 30.5 g  fat, 7.06 g  carbs, .62 g  fiber, 6.44 g  NET CARBS, 15.44 g  protein, 287 mg sodium

 


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