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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!)

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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!

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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 (I use unsalted)

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.  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

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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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     Seared Sea Scallops in Wine Sauce

I bought some beautiful, HUGE sea scallops (reason for cook times below) during the holidays and cooked them up this way tonight for dinner.  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.

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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 5-8 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, 18.6 g  fat, 8.33 g  carbs (yes, scallops have carbs!) .55 g fiber 7.78 g  NET CARBS, 12 g  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.

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 chefs to bring you a wealth of delicious recipes you are going to want to try.  Even a few of my recipes are in her cookbooks! Order your 5-volume set TODAY! (available individually) from Amazon or: http://amongfriends.us/order.php

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

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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!

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.  Even a few of my recipes are in each of the 5 volumes! Order your set TODAY! (also available individually) from Amazon or: http://amongfriends.us/order.php

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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