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Oven-FriedEggplant-1

Without pork rinds (not as crunchy)

If you love eggplant like we love eggplant, this method of cooking it will quickly become  a favorite way to prepare it.  I fixed this again for dinner tonight and my husband said no less than 4 times now how good dinner was.  With this recipe, there’s no standing over a skillet of hot grease. This recipe is DELICIOUS, easy and is Atkins Induction friendly as well!  Could you ask for anymore?  It’s quite a bit lower in fat cooked this way, as eggplant will notoriously soak up fat in a skillet like a sponge.  Not that low-carbers worry much about fat intake.  Just sayin’.  🙂  I served this with seared pork chops and a medley of sauteed vegetables that consisted of onion, tomatoes, green beans, leftover roasted cauliflower and boy did they all go well together!

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INGREDIENTS: 12 oz. eggplant

4 T. my homemade mayo

6 T. Parmesan Cheese

¼ tsp. my Seafood Spice Blend (or seasoning of your choice)

VARIATION:  For a crunchier eggplant, use only 3 T. Parmesan and add 2 oz. finely crushed pork rinds.

With pork rinds added

With pork rinds added

DIRECTIONS:  Preheat oven to 450º.  Use a non-stick sheet pan or oil your sheet pan with olive oil.  Do not use a glass baking dish or silicone sheet or this won’t crisp up.  Been there; done that.  Trim stem/end off eggplant.  Cut into 1/4″slices.  Mix spice blend, Parmesan and crushed rinds (if using) in a dish or paper plate.   Brush one side of one eggplant slice at a time with mayo.  Coat that side with Parmesan (I use the kind in the can for this recipe) by holding the very edge of the slice over a paper plate with the cheese, dipping and sprinkling the one side, letting excess fall back into the paper plate.  I place the slices cheese-coated side down onto the oiled baking pan.  Then I brush the other sides all at once and sprinkle the remaining cheese/rind mixture carefully onto the slices.  I find this conserves coating for the second sides.  If I just dip the slices into the coating mixture in a paper plate, in invariably  run out of coating EVERY time and have to mix up more!   Bake in a hot oven (450º) for about 10 minutes, until nicely browned on bottoms.  Flip the pieces over and bake 10 more minutes.

NUTRITIONAL INFO: Serves 4, each serving contains:

183 calories, 15 g  fat, 5.5 g  carbs, 2.9 g  fiber, 2.6 g  NET CARBS, 8 g  protein, 121 mg  sodium

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A quick, simple, delicious way to prepare green beans your family is going to love.  If you have mushroom haters in your midst, just omit and double the amount of beans.  Either way, you will love these nicely seasoned, garlic-y beans.  They were a lovely side with our grilled rib-eye steaks last night.  This recipe is suitable for all phases of Atkins, Keto programs, Primal and Paleo.

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INGREDIENTS:

3 T. unsalted butter

2 c. green beans, trimmed and cut into 1½-2″ lengths

4-5 medium mushrooms, sliced

1 large clove garlic, minced

Couple shakes each sea salt and coarse black pepper

¼ tsp. my homemade Montreal Steak Seasoning

DIRECTIONS:  Place beans in saucepan with enough water just to cover.  Bring to boil and then simmer just until tender-crisp.  Drain off water.  Add butter, garlic, salt, pepper to the pan and saute beans over medium-high heat until they are just about done.  Add the Montreal Steak seasoning and mushroom slices to the pan.  Stir-fry just until mushrooms are no longer opaque, stirring occasionally.   Serve at once with grilled steak, pork,  seafood or whatever you like.

NUTRITIONAL INFO:   Makes 4 servings, each contains:

100 cals., 8.8g fat, 5.05g carbs, 2.15g fiber, 2.9g net carbs, 1.85g protein, 83 mg sodium

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I know they add pumpkin chunks to curries in India and have always wanted to try pumpkin in an Indian dish.  We love Indian food so.  So I got creative tonight for our pork loin.  Took out my last remaining quart ziploc bag of frozen pumpkin made during the holidays this winter and defrosted it in a sieve over a bowl, allowing water to drain off.  I emptied the water numerous times throughout the afternoon and removed about 2½-3 c. total.  If you don’t drain off or squeeze out the water (using a sieve or kitchen towel to wring it), your final pumpkin recipes will be ruined, as it WILL bleed out and make a wet mess of whatever you are making.  Just a fact.

Do not use canned pumpkin to make this recipe as it won’t be very good, I fear.  This tasty dish gets a two thumbs up from both of us!  The hubs said this was one he’d like again!!  I’m really getting pretty good at this Indian food thing!   🙂  I order my Indian spices from Penzey’s on-line.  This recipe is suitable for all phases of Atkins and other Keto diets.

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, by Jennifer Eloff, Chef George Stella of Food Network fame, and myself, is almost exclusively comprised of my recipes with some new creations by Chef George Stella and Jennifer Eloff.  Order your copy (or any of our  cookbooks) from Amazon  or our direct order site: amongfriends.us/order.php.

INGREDIENTS:

1 T. coconut oil

½ tsp. each: cumin seed, nigella seed, ground cinnamon and my Garam Masala

¼ tsp. each:  Asafoetida powder (or 1/2 clove minced garlic), turmeric, curry powder

3 dashes cayenne pepper (only gave it a slight bite)

2 oz. onion, chopped

Few light sprinkles of pure stevia powder (I use KAL brand), or sweetener to taste

½ tsp. maple extract mixed into 2 T. tap water (or 2 T. sugar-free maple syrup)

1/4 tsp. sea salt

3 c. pumpkin flesh, cooked (if frozen, drain in sieve for 1-2 hours over bowl)

1 c. cilantro (coriander leaves) chopped

1 lb.  boneless pork loin cut into 4 small chops

DIRECTIONS:  Either cook your pumpkin fresh or use frozen pumpkin from your freezer.  If using frozen, you will have to drain off the water for a couple hours.  I use a sieve over a bowl for this, but you can defrost and squeeze it out in a clean kitchen towel if you prefer.  Set aside.

Heat the coconut oil over medium-high heat.  Add all the spices and let them cook 1 minute.  Add the onion and saute until they are pretty soft.  Add the drained pumpkin flesh and stir the mixture well to incorporate the spices, onion and pumpkin evenly.  Add in the chopped cilantro and stir again.  Add the butter, stevia, maple flavoring and salt and stir to facilitate melting of the butter and uniform blending.  Lower heat to lowest setting and shift your attention to now browning the pork.  Occasionally, using spoon or spatula, flip or stir the pumpkin mixture several times while you brown the pork.  This will facilitate further flavor melding.

In another skillet lightly coated with oil, brown the pork on both sides until completely done, or about 7-8 minutes on a side.  I dusted mine with black pepper as well.  As I was planning to serve this meal with steamed spinach, I just made a bed of that on the bottom of my serving platter.  The spinach could be served separately as well.  Next spoon the pumpkin mixture onto your serving platter.  Lay the pork loin on top and serve at once.

VARIATION:  Cream the spinach either in the traditional manner or my linked Indian version.  

NUTRITIONAL INFO:  Makes 4 servings, each contains:

294 cals., 16.3g fat, 10.97g carbs, 2.6g fiber, 8.37g NET CARBS, 26.3g protein, 489 mg sodium

 

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Oven-Fried Okra

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This little experiment came out quite good.  I fully expected it would because this spiced coating has been good on every oven-fried vegetable I have tried it on so far.  🙂  It comes out of the oven crisp, but as with all fried okra, it doesn’t stay crisp for long, so bake these right before you plan to sit down and eat.   If you’re looking for the taste of fried okra but want an easier preparation, you might prefer my Okra Fritters (click link to see those).  This dish is Atkins Induction acceptable.

I have done this with fresh, whole okra pods, slitting them several times lengthwise to speed cooking.  The pic below lets you see how those come out: 

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INGREDIENTS:

2 c. sliced frozen okra, UNdefrosted (8 oz), or whole pods, slit

2 oz. crushed plain pork rinds

4 T. my homemade mayo

½ tsp. my Seafood Spice Blend

DIRECTIONS:  I think these cook best on a non-stick metal baking sheet.  But if you don’t have one,  lightly oil a regular sheet pan, or use parchment to line your pan.  Whatever you do, DO NOT USE A SILICONE SHEET on your pan or these will not brown and crisp up properly.  Preheat oven to 450º.  Crush pork rinds (I use a food processor).  Using a slotted spoon or small sieve, discard any hard bits that didn’t crush finely.  Pour into a medium bowl and add spice blend.  Stir well.  In a shallow dish or pie plate, pour the mayo.  Making sure each piece of okra is separated, dip about ¼ of the okra into the mayo and coat well by turning each piece gently to coat on all sides.  Lift the pieces out one at a time (I like to use my ice-bucket tongs for this)   and drop into the rinds.  Shake the bowl to coat the okra on all sides.  Using tongs, lift each piece of okra onto the baking sheet. Repeat with the next ¼ of the okra, and so on until all is done.  The reason you don’t want to put all the okra in the mayo at one time is it may not get uniform mayo coating, which is essential for the coating to stick to the okra.  Pop into the hot oven for about 15-20 minutes, remove pan and turn each piece.  Pop back into oven for another 10 minutes.  Dip onto serving platter and eat at once or it will lose its crispness.

NUTRITIONAL INFO:  Make 4 servings.  Each 2 oz. serving contains:

195 calories, 15.65 g  fat, 4.35 g  carbs, 1.25 g  fiber, 3.1 g  NET CARBS, 10 g  protein, 268 mg sodium

 

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Spicy Onion Rings

I am not so wild about onion rings, but my husband just LOVES them!  These are oven-baked instead of fried, so no greasy mess on the stove.  They came out very tasty, but not consistently as hand-holdable as batter-fried rings.  No surprise there.   But the coating does brown nicely and is very crunchy.  Just so you know, only the smallest diameter rings cut from the ends of the onion can be picked up by hand and eaten from hand.  I place the larger ones onto my plate and use a fork to eat the big ones.  These tasty rings are Induction friendly, too!

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 the cookbooks! Order your 5-volume set TODAY! (also available individually) from Amazon or: http://amongfriends.us/order.php

INGREDIENTS:

8 oz. onion cut into ½” rings

2 oz. plain pork rinds, crushed very fine

3/4 tsp. my Seafood Spice Blend

4 T. my homemade mayo

DIRECTIONS:  Preheat oven to 450º.  You will need a large, preferably non-stick baking sheet to bake these.  Slice onion and separate rings until you have 8 oz.  That’s about 16 medium ½” rings.  Parboil for 1 minute in boiling water and lift out onto paper towels to totally dry. Crush pork rinds very fine in processor, blender or by hand.  Remove any larger, hard bits that are invariably in pork rinds when you crush them.  Mix spice into crushed rinds in a small bowl.  In a shallow dish or pie plate, pour the 4T. mayo.    Slowly dip an onion ring into the mayo, coating the outside and the inside (with your finger if necessary.  Then drop them into the pork rinds and coat well outside and inside.  Lay each onto the baking sheet.     Repeat until all rings have been coated.  Pop into 450º oven for about 25 minutes.  They tend to brown more and faster on the bottom where they touch the pan, so you may want to turn them over at the 15 minute mark.  Not much grease so no draining necessary.  Lift onto serving platter and ENJOY!

NUTRITIONAL INFO:   Makes 4 servings of 2 0z. each.  Each serving contains:

196 cals., 15.6g fat, 5.1g carbs, 0.53g fiber, 4.57g  NET CARBS, 9.5 g  protein, 271 mg sodium

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This fun creation was so easy!!  You could even let your children help you grow THIS flower!    And it tastes as good as it looks!  It was ready in about 30 minutes (if you cut your zucchini very thin), start to finish, as I keep a recipe of my pesto sauce made up in the fridge at all times.  Life is just so much easier when you keep stuff made ahead.  This recipe is only  Induction friendly if you leave the nuts out of the pesto sauce.

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! Chef George Stella and Jennifer Eloff are also including several tasty new delights in Vol.  8! Order yours (or any of our earlier cookbooks) from Amazon  or our direct order site: amongfriends.us/order.php.  Remember, they make GREAT birthday or holiday gifts!  If you’ve already purchased a book, the team would appreciate it if you would please take a moment and drop by the our Amazon page to leave your personal review.  🙂

INGREDIENTS:

9-10 oz. zucchini, sliced VERY thin

3 T. pesto sauce (or commercial pesto sauce)

6 T. grated Parmesan cheese

1/3 plum tomato

Dash each salt and black pepper

¼ tsp. dried, crushed oregano leaf (or 1 tsp. fresh chopped)

1 T. olive oil (a little more if using thicker, commercial pesto sauce)

DIRECTIONS:  Preheat oven to 350º.  Grease a shallow round baking dish or pie plate with a film of olive oil.  First, slice the zucchini very thin (I used a Rival slicer on the thinnest setting).  I had a very long zucchini, so I had to cut mine in half to get slices the right length for my ceramic quiche dish.  After thinly slicing all the zucchini, pull out the prettiest, rounded-end slices for the top layer.  After all, you’re striving for a pretty flower!  🙂  Fan out a single (about 1/3 of the slices), slightly overlapping layer of zucchini in a circular fashion. radiating from the center to make the first or bottom layer of “petals” of your zucchini “flower”.   See the picture for what I’m trying to describe here.  Dot with 1 T. of the pesto thinly over this layer.  Next sprinkle with 2T. of Parmesan, salt, pepper and oregano. Now fan another layer of zucchini slices for your second layer, fanning out the outer ends a bit.  Dot with another 1T. of pesto sauce and follow with a  sprinkle on 2T. of Parmesan, salt, pepper and oregano.  Lay the final layer of “petals” of zucchini prettily in a similar fan fashion.  Sprinkle with the remaining Parmesan, salt, pepper and oregano. Strategically place the tomato slice in the middle for your flower’s centerpiece.  Drizzle the 1T. olive oil all over the final flower petals and pop into 350º oven for about 20-30 minutes or until zucchini is tender at the thickest/tallest center area when you insert a sharp knife point.  Serve at once with your favorite baked or broiled meat or fish entree.

NUTRITIONAL INFO:    Makes 4 servings, each contains:

147.25 calories, 13.45g  fat, 3.05g  carbs, 1.05g  fiber, 2.0g. NET CARBS, 5.1g  protein, 162 mg sodium

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Spaghetti Squash Parmesan Bake

This side dish is simply delicious, considering how little is in it and how easy it is to make!  The bacon and onion really GO together!  If you don’t overcook the squash and are careful when removing the threads, you can serve this right in the shell for its own “bowl” for festive occasions!   One reader suggests roasting the squash traditionally in the oven for added flavor if you have the time.  This is suitable for all phases of Atkins and Keto diets.

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 the cookbooks! Order your 5-volume set TODAY! (also available individually) from Amazon or: http://amongfriends.us/order.php

INGREDIENTS:

½ large spaghetti squash (yields about 4-5 c. cooked threads)

4 slices bacon, chopped fine

3 oz. chopped onion

1/3 c. grated Parmesan cheese

Dash salt

¼ tsp. pepper

DIRECTIONS:  Cut a large spaghetti squash in half.  Remove seeds with a spoon and discard them. Place one half of the squash face down in glass baking dish, reserving the second half for some other use.  Surround with with ½” water and microwave 13-15 minutes.  Drain off water, invert, remove/discard seeds (or feed to the birds in your yard 🙂 ) and fork out the threads into the same dish.  If you prefer to roast your squash:  after you cut and seed the squash, add 2 cups water (1/2 inch deep) to a ceramic casserole dish; add squash face up and place in a 375 degree F oven for 45 minutes.  Then cover for 10 minutes with foil.  Fork out the threads onto a plate. Meanwhile, in a non-stick skillet, brown bacon bits and onion until bacon is done and onion is tender.   Sprinkle salt, pepper and Parmesan on top of squash.  Then spoon into the empty squash shell.  Spread onion/bacon mixture evenly on top.  Microwave 5 minutes on high, or bake in oven at 350º for 20 more minutes.

NUTRITIONAL INFORMATION: Makes 4 servings each containing:

107 calories, 6.7 g  fat, 4.8 g  carbs, .8 g  fiber, 4.0 g  NET CARBS, 7.1 g  protein, 429 mg sodium

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