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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

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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!

Many more delicious low-carb recipes can be at your fingertips with your very own copy of our cookbooks  LOW CARBING AMONG FRIENDS.  Volume 8 is almost exclusively comprised of my recipes with some new George Stella and Jennifer Eloff creations.  Volume 9, due out in October, has mostly my recipes once again.

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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

 

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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

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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

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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.

Many more delicious low-carb recipes can be at your fingertips with your very own cookbooks from LOW CARBING AMONG FRIENDS, Volume 8, by Jennifer Eloff, Chef George Stella of Food Network fame, and myself.  Volume 8 is almost completely comprised of my recipes! But George Stella and Jennifer Eloff are also including several tasty new delights to try in this latest Volume 8! You’ll LOVE these delicious recipes, so order yours (Volume 8 or ANY of our cookbooks) from Amazon  or our direct order site: amongfriends.us/order.php.  For a limited time, there is free shipping if you order 2 or more cookbooks on the same order.  Remember, they make GREAT birthday or holiday gifts!  If you’ve already purchased a book, take a moment and drop by the our Amazon page and  leave your personal review on the latest book.  Inquiring minds want to know. 🙂

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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