Applesauce Cake

One of my doctors put me on a special diet for 3 days recently that included applesauce.  Well, I told him I was a low carber and that wasn’t such a good food choice for me, but he insisted I needed to incorporate some every day.  We went out and bought some unsweetened Motts applesauce and I have a fair amount leftover.  Today’s sweet treat was a delicious, pleasant way to use some of it up!  I basically started with my Pumpkin Cake recipe, changed the spices and subbed in applesauce for the pumpkin.  This recipe is not suitable until you reach the fruit rung of the carb re-introduction ladder of Phase 2 Atkins (OWL).  I had 1 apple I wanted to use up, so the loaf in the photo has the diced apple.  This cake improves after overnight refrigeration:  gets denser; gets tastier as the flavors mellow.  🙂

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INGREDIENTS:

8 oz. cream cheese, softened

3/4 c. (1½ sticks) butter, softened

1 c. unsweetened applesauce

½ c. sugar free maple syrup

4 large eggs, beaten

1 tsp. vanilla extract

2 c. almond flour

1 c. plain whey protein powder

1 c. Splenda (or equivalent product of your choice to equal 1 c. sugar)

2 tsp. baking powder

1/8 tsp. sea salt

1 T. ground cinnamon

OPTIONAL:  1½ c. peeled, diced apple

DIRECTIONS:  Line 2 loaf pans with parchment paper on the bottom.  Lightly grease the sides of the pan with a little coconut oil.  Set prepared pans aside. Preheat oven to 350º.

Soften butter and cream cheese in a large mixing bowl.  Whip with electric mixer until smooth.  Add applesauce, syrup, eggs, vanilla and continue beating with the mixer until smooth throughout.   Add all the dry ingredients, beating between each one you add to the bowl.  Beat with the mixer for 2-3 minutes or until batter is very smooth.  With a spoon, stir in the diced, peeled apple if using.  Using a rubber spatula, scrape half of your batter into each pan.  Pop pans into preheated 350º oven and bake for about 40-45 minutes.  Watch the tops as you near end of time, as ovens can vary.  Remove and slightly cool.  Slice loaf into 8 slices.  Do not slice if freezing the loaves.  I freeze my cakes in gallon freezer plastic bags.

NUTRITIONAL INFO:  Makes 16 servings/slices, each contains:

Without diced apple: 261 cals., 22.5 g fat, 7.43 g carbs, 1.98 g fiber, 5.45 g NET CARBS, 10.75 g protein, 250 mg sodium

With diced apple:  267.4 cals. 22.5 g fat, 9.05 g carbs, 2.26 g fiber, 6.79 g NET CARBS, 10.78 g. protein, 250 mg sodium.

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Creamed Artichokes and Mushrooms

This creamy artichoke side is a marvelous flavor pairing for seared or grilled pork.  If you love artichokes, you’re going to LOVE this recipe.  My husband doesn’t even particularly like artichokes, yet he really enjoyed this dish with our pork this week.  This recipe is suitable for all phases of Atkins and most Keto diets as well.

We made an interesting discovery with the 3 leftover servings of this tasty dish.  I made a batch of zucchini lasagna later in the week and added the leftovers of this dish in the middle of my lasagna in lieu of ricotta cheese (I didn’t have ricotta on hand) and it was scrumptious!  My husband told me after dinner (he dipped up seconds) he was quite apprehensive of the concoction I described I was putting together 2 nights later with these leftovers but was truly AMAZED at how good this was in lasagna. Love when I  surprise him like that with a food he’s not all that fond of.  🙂

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INGREDIENTS: 

½ recipe of Jennifer Eloff’s low-carb Condensed Cream of Mushroom Soup

3 oz. cream cheese, softened

1 can sliced mushrooms, drained (or 4 large fresh ones, sliced and sauteed)

1   14-oz. can artichoke hearts in brine, drained

Dash each sea salt and coarse black pepper

DIRECTIONS:  Preheat oven to 350º.  Soften the cream cheese on a paper plate, scrape into a medium mixing bowl and whisk.  Add the low-carb mushroom soup and stir well to blend.  Add the mushrooms, artichoke hearts, salt and pepper.  Stir again.  Pour mixture into a buttered medium casserole dish and bake at 350º for about 30 minutes or until bubbly.  Enjoy with grilled or fried pork chops or a nice steak.

NUTRITONAL INFO:   Makes 6 servings, each serving contains:

144 calories, 11.85 g fat, 6.7 g carbs, 2.65 g fiber, 4.05 g NET CARBS, 3.56 g protein, 352 mg sodium

Kale-Leek Bake

I was cooking pork steaks this week and created two new veggie sides that were delicious with the pork.   At the left in the photo is the Kale-Leek Bake.  The Creamed Artichoke dish on the right will be posted on the site next as soon as I can work it up.  This kale dish is not only nutritious, but is packed with flavor.  If you’re not a fan of kale, you could substitute cabbage or spinach, but understand this will result in a totally different dish and flavor.  This recipe is suitable for all phases of Atkins and most Ketogenic diets.

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INGREDIENTS:

3 oz. raw bacon, chopped

3 c. curly-leaf kale, stemmed and chopped

1 c. leek, well-washed, chopped

1 c. shredded Monterrey Jack or other mild white cheese

DIRECTIONS:   Preheat oven to 350º.  Chop bacon and partially cook in skillet over medium-high heat.  Add the leeks and stir fry a few minutes.  Add kale and stir/saute until it just goes limp (do not get distracted as kale is bitter when overcooked).  Top with the cheese and pop pan into oven for about 15 minutes to finish cooking and flavor melding.  Enjoy with your favorite pork chops or ham.

NUTRITIONAL INFO:    Makes 6 servings, each contains:

161 calories, 12.3 g fat, 5.66 g carbs, 0.93 g fiber, 4.73 g NET CARBS, 7.3 g protein, 295 mg sodium

Bacon-Leek Gravy on Toast

Rather than go with an ordinary bacon gravy on toast today, I decided to cut up one of the leeks I have in the fridge and add to the party.  These two flavors are always a winner in my book.  This tasty dish, served on toasted slices of this Einkorn flour bread recipe (made up in a sheet of 12 slices, rather than dinner rolls) was absolutely delicious this morning.   This would also make a nice brunch or lunch dish.  This recipe is suitable for all phases of Atkins and other Keto diets, provided those still on Induction use an Induction suitable bread (toasted flax bread).

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INGREDIENTS:

6 slices low-carb bread of choice, toasted (numbers below based on linked bread recipe)

6 slices bacon, chopped

½ leek washed of dirt hiding in leaves, sliced thinly

1 c. heavy cream

½ c. water

Few shakes each salt and black pepper

Dash xanthan gum or your preferred thickener to thicken gravy

DIRECTIONS:   Chop bacon and leek.  Add bacon to non-stick skillet and brown.  Do not drain.  Add leek and saute just until tender.  Add cream, water, salt and pepper and simmer a few minutes to slightly thicken.  Two or three light dustings of xanthan gum stirred in (allow each addition to thicken to avoid getting too much) or use your preferred thickener to thicken gravy a bit more.  Plate up the toast and dip gravy on top, dividing the skillet contents as equally as possible (about 1 generous cooking spoonful each).  Serve at once.

NUTRITIONAL INFO:    Makes 6 servings, each contains:

275 calories, 23.2 g fat, 803 g carbs, 4.16 g fiber, 3.89 g NET CARBS, 8.4 g protein, 565 mg sodium

 

Einkorn Tuna Pimiento Cheese Muffins

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

Smoked Sausage Breakfast Pizza

This was a very tasty treat this morning!  I remembered I had Joseph’s Oat Fiber-Flax Pita Bread in the fridge and decided to do my scrambled eggs a little differently today.  Didn’t want too many busy flavors competing, so I only added green onion to the meat and cheese, and limited the cheese at that!  These got a thumbs up from both of us and I’ll be making them again!  They are suitable once you get to the grains level of Atkins (close to Maintenance).  If you use a low-carb bread like cloud bread, even those in Phase 1 can enjoy these “pizzas”.

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INGREDIENTS: 

2 Joseph’s Oat Fiber-Flax Pita Bread rounds

½ c shredded Mozzarella (or other cheese if you prefer)

3 large eggs, beaten with the onion below

1 large green onion, chopped fine

6 oz (3 links) smoked sausage, sliced thin

DIRECTIONS:  Preheat oven to 350º.  Place the pita breads on a broiler pan with holes, a pizza pan with holes or a parchment lined baking sheet.  Sprinkle each “crust” with a quarter of the mozzarella cheese (about 2 T. per pita).  In a non-stick skillet, lightly cook the sausage over medium-high heat for a couple minutes.  Remove slices to paper towel to drain.  In the sausage grease remaining, lightly scramble the egg-onion mixture, turning off the heat just when the eggs are no longer runny, but not quite done.  Spoon the eggs evenly over the two loaves.  Top each with the remaining mozzy cheese.  Pop into oven for about 10-15 minutes just to set up the eggs and melt the cheese.  Crusts will get almost crisp enough to pick up and eat with hands, else use a fork and knife to eat these.  ENOY!

NUTRITIONAL INFO:   Makes 2 servings, each contains:

416 calories, 29 g fat, 6.1 g carbs, 1.8 g fiber, 4.3 g NET CARBS, 36 g protein, 1125 mg sodium

Creamy Sausage Herb Pasta Sauce

This dinner creation this week was quite a pleasant taste surprise!  I was expecting ordinary but got anything but.  It went together amazingly fast, too, once I cooked my zoodles.  You could also use spaghetti squash threads or even a bed of steamed riced cauliflower.  This recipe is suitable for Phase 2 Atkins (OWL) and if the wine is omitted, those on Induction can even enjoy this dish.

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Added Note:  The leftovers on this recipe were even tastier than the night I made it!

INGREDIENTS:

12 oz. smoked sausage, sliced thin (mine was all pork made locally)

3 oz. onion, sliced thin

1 clove garlic, minced

2 Roma tomatoes, seeded and cut into strips

1/3 c. parsley, chopped

3 leaves fresh basil, sliced (or ½ tsp. dried)

1 T. fresh oregano, chopped (or ½ tsp. dried)

1 tsp. fresh thyme (or ¼ tsp. dried)

¼ tsp. coarse black pepper

1/8 tsp. sea salt

1 c. dry white wine (I used Chardonay)

1 c. heavy cream

4 very large mushrooms, sliced

VARIATION:  Substitute Italian Sausage for the smoked sausage

DIRECTIONS:  Slice and lightly brown the sausage in a non-stick large skillet over medium-high heat.  Add the onion and saute until it begins to brown.  Add garlic, all spices, parsley and all other listed herbs.  Add the tomato strips and mushrooms and saute until both are slightly limp.  Add the white wine and simmer on medium heat.  Lower heat to lowest setting and add cream.  Simmer until the cream slightly thickens.  If you like a thicker sauce, add a light dusting of xanthan gum (or your preferred thickener) until desired thickness level is achieved.  Serve over a bed of zucchini noodles, spaghetti squash threads or cauli-rice.

NUTRITIONAL INFO:   Makes 5 servings of sauce, each contains:  (Note, this if for the sauce only.  You must add the numbers for whatever noodles you choose)

377 calories, 29.84 g fat, 6.18 g carbs, 0.96 g fiber, 5.22 g NET CARBS, 15 g protein, 308 mg sodium

Refrigerator Pistachio-Rosewater Cookies

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My family lived in Teheran, Iran when I was 10-12 years old and I just loved the wonderful pastries and baked goods in the Iranian and German bakeries there.  Rosewater is a commonly used flavoring in the Middle East.  One sugar-type cookie we used to get there, made with pistachio nuts, was one of my favorites.  I decided today I would try my hand at a basic refrigerator sugar cookie recipe, using alternate flour ingredients and artificial sweeteners, of course.  The result was quite nice.  As the roll of dough will keep for a long time in the refrigerator or freezer, you can slice off and bake just as many as you like.  The total recipe of dough will make about 4 dozen cookies, if they are sliced about ¼” thick.   This recipe is not suitable until the grains rung of OWL.  This basic dough, minus the pistachios and rosewater, would make an excellent plain refrigerator cookie, using 1½ tsp. vanilla instead of rosewater.

This is my first experiment using the bake mix of a former member of Low Carb Friends forums, KevinPa.  Sadly, Kevin passed away and his baking expertise is sorely missed by folks like me who greatly admired his culinary prowess.  The various bake mixes and flour substitutes called for in this recipe can be varied with likely the same good result.  So if you don’t have the ingredients for Kevin’s bake mix, you could just use all Jennifer’s mix and get about the same result.

This roll of batter can also be frozen.  Just remember to thaw a short amount of time so slicing is possible.

INGREDIENTS:

2 sticks butter, unsalted, softened

2 small or 1 large egg

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¼ tsp. salt

2 oz. pistachios, coarsely chopped

1 T. + 1 tsp. Rosewater (I use Sadaf brand, from Middle Eastern grocers or on-line suppliers)

½ c. granular Splenda¼ c. erythritol

1 c. KevinPa’s Bake Mix, Peggy’s Version (see below)

½ almond flour

½ c. Jennifer Eloff’s Splendid LowCarb Bake Mix: http://low-carb-news.blogspot.com/2008/08/bake-mix-substitutions-to-customize-to.html

2 T. Carbquick Bake Mix

1 T. oat fiber

DIRECTIONS:  In a medium bowl, soften the butter and beat the egg into it well.  Add the salt, nuts, sweeteners and rosewater.  Measure and mix in each of the bake mixes.  Mix well and shape into a log on waxed paper.  Roll the log up snugly and chill for about 2 hours.  Preheat oven to 350º.  Slice off in ¼” slices and place on silicone or parchment lined baking sheet (these don’t spread much during cooking.   Bake for 10-12 minutes (don’t let get too brown) and remove to cool.  Ice with your favorite cream cheese frosting with 1/2 tsp. rosewater added and sprinkle with some finely chopped pistachios, if desired.

NUTRITIONAL INFO:   Makes about 48 cookies, each contains (does not include icing or nut garnish):

63.63 calories

5.68 g  fat

2.10 g  carbs, 1.10 g  fiber, 1.0 NET CARBS

1.83 g  protein

19.9 mg sodium

13.7 mg potassium

Kevin’s Bake Mix (MY version of it):

½ c. Carbalose flour

¼ c. wheat protein isolate 5000

1 T.  wheat protein isolate 8000

1½ T. almond flour

1½ T. resistant WHEAT starch (Kevin used resistant corn starch)

1¼ tsp. Splenda

½ tsp. xanthan gum (Kevin used Not/Sugar)

Lemon-Coconut Fat Bombs!

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This recipe was inspired by a Lemon Fat Bomb recipe posted by Widget over on LowCarbFriends forums:  http://www.lowcarbfriends.com/bbs/lowcarb-recipe-help-suggestions/795430-lemon-fat-bomb.html. I subbed in coconut cream for the sour cream; subbed in lemon zest for the extract.  I added coconut, and also increased lemon juice quite a bit, as I wanted them pretty tart!  These have a WONDERFUL punch of lemon and a subtle flavor of coconut.  They are a delightful sweet treat for any low-carber!  My thanks to Widget for this idea!  These will make my regular dessert recipe rotations.  Not acceptable however until the nuts and seeds rung of the Atkins OWL carb ladder.  I had to use a larger than usual mold to make these tonight, so it made 12  logs that were 2½” x 1″.  My smaller candy mold was in the freezer with a chocolate version not yet set.   I will not make these treats that large in future as they are pretty rich.  I will make the smaller squares.  I have therefore worked up the nutritional information for 24 pieces (not the 12 shown above) as that size is an adequate portion of these rich, delicious goodies. I see a lime-coconut version next time…..or cherry, or rum-raisin, or lime, or……………….! 🙂

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INGREDIENTS:

1 stick (4 oz.) unsalted butter

3/4 c. coconut oil

1 oz. unsweetened, shredded coconut

zest of 2 small lemons

juice of 2 small lemons

4 oz. cream cheese

¼ c. coconut cream (kind with no added sugar)

sweetener of your choice  to taste

DIRECTIONS:   Soften cream cheese however you prefer to do that.  Set aside.  Melt butter and coconut oil in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Add zest and lemon juice and stir.  Add coconut.  Add coconut cream and finally, the soft cream cheese.  Whip all ingredients with a whisk until as smooth as you can get it.  Don’t worry if the cream cheese appears to separate, as that will not be noticed in the final frozen candies.  Slowly add your sweetener tasting as you do so until you get it as sweet as you like such things.  Remember if you use sweeteners with carbs, you must add those to the numbers below.  Using a 2 T. measuring cup or spoon, dip mixture evenly into 24 candy mold slots (if using silicon molds, set them on a metal pan so the liquid will not spill when lifted) or into paper or foil liners designed for making candy.  Transfer to the freezer for 30 or more minutes, seeing that the mold is level in the freezer.    Pop them out when set and ENJOY right from the freezer!  Store the leftover candies in a plastic bag in your freezer until ready to eat.  These are suitable once you have reached Atkins Phase 2 and for most Keto diets.

NUTRITIONAL INFO:   Makes 24 small candies about 1½” x 1½”, each one will have:

122 calories, 13.7 g  fat, 0.91 g  carbs, 0.29 g  fiber, 0.62 g NET CARBS, 0.5 g  protein, 15.3 mg sodium

(For those interested, entire recipe contains 2929 calories, 329 g  fat, 21.8 g  carbs, 6.9 g  fiber, 14.9 g  net carbs, 12 g protein)

Spinach Mayonado (with optional Sausage Meatballs)

Spinach Mayonado (optional meatballs)

This is essentially a creamed spinach dish, but with a very special cream indeed.  I decided to not stir it altogether as that does not photograph so prettily.  The flavor of this creamy spinach dish will blow you away.  It’s sinfully rich and ever so good!  So good, in fact, I lick every bit of the sauce off the spoon and food processor bowl.  Seriously good eats.

Of course, you can always stir the sauce right into the spinach. It certainly ends up mixed on my plate while eating it.  🙂  To be quite honest, ANY meat, seared chicken breast strips, beef or pork meatballs or smoked sausage would be good alongside (or on top as shown) this extremely nutritious dish.

This recipe is Atkins Induction friendly, as well as being suitable for Keto diets, Primal and Paleo followers as well.

VARIATION:  This makes a great side dish without meat.  In fact, that is the first way I ate it when I created this creamy sauce.

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INGREDIENTS:

5 oz. lean pork bulk sausage (I use homemade sausage but any low-carb sausage will do)

6 T. my Shawarma Homemade Mayonnaise

1 avocado

16 oz. bag of frozen, chopped spinach

Water to cover spinach

DIRECTIONS:  Place spinach in large saucepan, cover with water and bring to boil and cook per package directions, about 5 minutes.  When done, drain spinach in strainer pressing out excess water as best you can.  Set aside while you make the rest of the dish.

While spinach is boiling, roll sausage into 6 small meatballs and brown in a non-stick skillet over medium-high heat, turning and rolling them frequently to brown all sides.  Cook until fully done (about 10-15 minutes, turn off heat remove and drain meatballs on paper towels.

In a bowl of a food processor (or blender), process the avocado with the 6 T. homemade mayo until fairly smooth.  You can also just mash it well with a fork, as it doesn’t have to be perfectly smooth.  Add a few drops of lemon juice (to prevent darkening) and pulse.

Spoon the spinach into your serving dish, Add the thick, creamy mayonado sauce to the top as shown (or stir into the spinach if you prefer) and top with your cooked meatballs.  ENJOY!

NUTRITIONAL INFO:  Makes 3 servings, each contains:

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

 

Einkorn Dinner Rolls

Einkorn Dinner Rolls (2)

These will make a lovely addition to your next dinner party table.  I like to double this recipe and make a loaf of bread as well as a batch of rolls.  This will freeze nicely for about a month. 🙂  These are, bar none, my best low-carb rolls to date and this is now my go-to bread recipe!  Soft inside; slightly chewy outer crust and a marvelous flavor and texture.  They rise up nice, too!

My Inspiration for these is a bread recipe of Maria Emmerich.  I made several changes and am quite pleased with my results. My husband even said these were quite good and he’s very picky about his bread.  So good hot out of the oven with butter!  I think you’ll find these have the kind of mouth feel one finds in a good traditional yeast bread.  I include some dissolved yeast but that’s just added for flavor.

These make make very nice sliders, too.  Click the close-up so you can see the smooth texture:

I order my non-GMO Einkorn flour direct from Jovial Foods.  Some have found it at Safeway and other stores, but you won’t find it in many stores yet.  I think the Jovial folks are expanding their market base slowly, so stay tuned.  Einkorn is an ancient form of wheat, that has not been hybridized.  I use only the tiniest amounts in recipes to bring the improved texture and flavor for as few carbs as possible.  This recipe is not suitable until you are near goal weight (Pre-Maintenance on Atkins).

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VARIATION:   Sprinkle and press on some of my 8-Seed Blend on the tops of the rolls before baking:

DRY INGREDIENTS:

½ c. almond flour

2 T. Einkorn flour (use 2 T. more almond flour for gluten-free version)

½ c. egg white protein powder (I use NOW brand)

2 T. oat fiber (use 100% certified gluten-free oat flour for gluten free version)

2 T. coconut flour

1 T. baking powder

2 T. golden flax meal (dark flax or a mixture can be used for a darker, nuttier-tasting bread)

¼ tsp. sea salt

3 T. psyllium husk powder (I use NOW brand)

WET INGREDIENTS:

1 tsp. dry yeast dissolved in 2 T. warm water + pinch sugar (consumed by yeast)

5 large eggs, beaten

3 T. olive oil

¼ c. egg whites (I used the ones in a carton)

½ c. boiling water (added last)

DIRECTIONS:  Preheat oven to 350º.  Grease or oil a standard muffin tin and set aside.    Dissolve yeast in 2 T. warm water and add a tiny pinch sugar.  Set aside.  In a large mixing bowl, measure out all dry ingredients.  Stir well.  In another medium bowl, add the first 5 wet ingredients (all but the boiling water) and beat with a fork.  Add the dissolved yeast mixture to the wet ingredients and stir.   Now add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and beat well using a rubber spatula. Slowly add the boiling water to the batter and stir to blend. Batter will be lumpy.  Now, using a whisk, beat until batter is smoother (about 15 times is all it should take).  Spoon batter into greased muffin tin cups 3/4 full evenly distributing the batter as best you can.  I actually used a silicone muffin pan.  Bake at 350º for around 30 minutes, but check them at 20 minutes as ovens vary. If not firm and dry to touch on tops, cook 5 or so minutes longer.  Remove from oven and in a few minutes, lift out with knife tip or tip onto board to finish cooling.  Serve warm.

NUTRITIONAL INFO:   Makes 12 dinner rolls, each contains:

123 calories, 8.56 g fat, 6.53 g carbs, 3.93 g fiber, 2.6 g NET CARBS, 4.85 g protein, 222 mg sodium

Einkorn Blueberry Crumble

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My husband pointed out today we had a carton of blueberries beginning to dry out a bit at the back of the fridge.  So I decided to make some sort of simple crisp or crumble fruit baked dish.  My husband set the oven, greased my baking dish and rounded up the ingredients from my pantry for me.  What a sweetheart!

This was my first time using Swerve® sweetener and I was at a loss there.  It didn’t have any funny aftertaste sampled on my finger, nor in the final crumble dish that I could detect.  It is worthy of further experimenting in my opinion.  Just followed the info on the back of the packaging and it came out pretty close to my taste preference.  But honestly, it wasn’t quite sweet enough with 2 Tbsp. and I have therefore adjusted the recipe below for what should be better next baking.  The crumble topping was successful and the final dessert came out quite tasty.

Blueberries are a little higher in carbs, so if you are still in the Induction phase of the diet, use strawberries instead. To lower carbs further, omit the Einkorn flour totally.  I simply adds a nice flour taste and pastry texture that almond flour alone can’t do.   🙂  This recipe is not suitable until you have reached the nuts and berries level of Phase 2 Atkins.  It’s a little high carb for Keto diets.  This is not suitable for Primal-Paleo plans.

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INGREDIENTS:

1½ c. fresh blueberries

3/4 c. Jennifer Eloff’s Splendid Gluten-Free Bake Mix (or other low-carb mix)

2 T. Einkorn flour

3 T. Swerve® sweetener (or equivalent sweetener to equal 3 T. sugar)

2 T. oat fiber

1 large egg

3 T. butter

DIRECTIONS:  Preheat oven to 350º.  Rub butter lightly on a 6″ square baking dish and fill with the blueberries.  Set dish aside.  Put rest of the butter in a medium bowl.  Add all the dry ingredients on top of the butter.  Using a fork or pastry cutter, cut the butter into the dry mixture until it resembles coarse cornmeal.  Add the egg on top, beat it with a fork and slowly work it into a dough with the dry ingredients.  Using a fork or your fingers, crumble the dough evenly on top of the fruit.  Pop into preheated 350º oven and bake for about 20-23 minutes or until lightly browned on the top.  Slightly cool and enjoy warm.

NUTRITIONAL INFO:   Makes 4 servings, each contains:

240 calories, 18 g  fat, 20.25 g carbs, 7.12 g fiber, 13.13 g NET CARBS (half the carbs are from the blueberries alone, so use raspberries for a lower carb dessert), 13 g protein, 46 mg sodium

Mexican Squash and Tomatoes

This makes a quick and delicious side dish for any roasted, grilled or fried meat entree you like: beef, pork, chicken, even fish.  It is ready in under 10 minutes and will be a hit with your family, I’m certain. This recipe is suitable for all phases of Atkins, Keto diets Primal and Paleo as well.  Calaba or Mexican Squash tastes just like zucchini, but the flesh is slightly yellower and it has less water in it.  I actually prefer it to traditional zuccini for the latter reason, as well as the fact it is consistently cheaper than its darker green cousin.

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INGREDIENTS:

10 oz. Mexican Calaba squash, ¼” slice. (two medium 5-6-oz squash)

2 oz. onion, sliced thinly

3 T. olive oil (or your preferred oil)

2 Roma or 3 Campari tomatoes, coarsely chopped or sliced

1/2 tsp. dried oregano leaves (or 1 tsp. fresh)

1 clove garlic, minced

Dash pepper and salt to taste

VARIATION:   Sprinkle on a little fresh grated Parmesan when served. 

DIRECTIONS:  Heat the olive oil in a non-stick skillet or deep wok.   Add the onion and saute until it begins to go limp.  While it sautes, stem and cut the squash lengthwise in half and cut those halves lengthwise again.  Slice the quarters into ¼” slice (click photo to enlarge).  When the onion is softened, add the squash to the skillet.  Saute, stirring constantly until squash is tender but not too soft yet.  Add the tomato slices, oregano, garlic, salt and pepper and saute just until tomato softens.  Squash will likely be plenty tender and done by then.  Serve with your favorite entree.

NUTRITIONAL INFO:    Makes 4 servings, each contains:

114 calories, 10.3 g fat, 5.22 g carbs, 1.52 g fiber, 3.7 g NET CARBS, 1.27 g protein, 92 mg sodium

Cheesy Crawfish Casserole

 

Cheesy Crawfish Casserole

This was a quick and delicious way to put crawfish together for a casserole dinner.  My husband loves 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.

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INGREDIENTS: 

½   medium (5-6″ head cauliflower, cooked

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:  Break cauliflower into flowerettes and cook by your preferred method until nearly tender.  Drain well, dice coarsely and set aside.  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.  Stir in cauliflower.  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

Tandoori Cornish Hens

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I love tandoori chicken so much and there are so many recipes out there for the spice blends for it, I never tire of trying new ones!  This one is my latest experiment.  It was a recipe I found in a magazine a long time ago and finally got around to making it, with a couple of modifications.  If you bake this recipe in your oven, rather than grilling over charcoal, I like to put some sliced onions in the bottom of the pan with some olive oil the last half hour of baking and de-glazed the pan brown bits with some water over stove-top burner on low for a nice sauce.    This can also be done with regular cut-up chicken pieces or just wings (which will cook much faster!).   To be more traditional, if your way of eating allows it, add 2-3 drops of food coloring to the marinate, for the traditional red hue in the picture, but this step is optional.  This is not necessary for the flavor to be spot on, however.

This chicken pairs nicely with Indian Creamed Spinach (Saag Paneer) and my Indian Cauliflower.

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INGREDIENTS:

2 Cornish hens (about 1¼ lb. each) or 8 cut pieces of chicken

½ tsp. cayenne pepper

1/8 tsp. salt (optional but included in stats below)

Pinch black pepper

1 T. fresh lime juice

½ c. sour cream or plain yogurt

1 large clove minced garlic

1 tsp. minced fresh ginger

¼ medium onion, chopped

½ tsp. cumin seed (or ¼ tsp. ground)

½ tsp. ground turmeric

DIRECTIONS:  Split the Cornish hens into halves or cut up 4 of your desired whole chicken pieces.  You can skin the chicken if you like, but I never do.  I LIKE the skin!  Poke holes randomly in the skin, piercing through into the flesh as well.  Mix salt, pepper and cayenne with lime juice and rub onto the pieces of meat.   Set aside while you do the next step.

In a blender or food processor, puree the yogurt, garlic, ginger, onion,  and remaining spices.  Add optional 2-3 drops red food coloring (if using). Spoon into gallon plastic zip bag and add chicken to the bag.  Zip bag and mix to coat meat pieces by manipulating with your hands.  Refrigerate for 6-8 hours, manipulating occasionally during this period.

Tandoori Chicken, in India, is cooked in a Tandoori clay oven, which I certainly do not have.  However a medium-hot charcoal fire will do nicely.  But if neither is available, preheat your indoor oven to 400º.  Place hen quarters skin up onto grill surface or on a rack in a roasting pan.  Brush or spoon the yogurt marinate evenly over the pieces of meat.  Depending on your charcoal fire, distance from coals to meat, or your oven accuracy, size of birds…….these hens will take about 45 minutes to an hour to get done.  Test the thigh joints for internal temp of 180º on a meat thermometer or until juices are clear and not pink.

NUTRITIONAL INFO: Serves 4, each serving contains:

381 calories, 23.4 g  fat, 9.2 g  carbs, 0.4 g  fiber, 8.8 g  NET CARBS, 31.83 g  protein, 377 mg  sodium

Beef Patties with Sriracha Cream Sauce

A quick, delicious meal for week nights when you’re tired.  These meat patties and sauce will only take 30 minutes to prepare!   And is this ever good!  This recipe is one you’ll find yourself making again and again.  There’s not enough Sriracha in the sauce to make this too hot for most people, but add it last and taste as you go to be certain you get it just right for your taste.  This recipe is suited to all phases of Atkins, Keto diets, and Primal Blueprint.  Use coconut milk instead of the cream if you follow Paleo.

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MEAT INGREDIENTS:

16 oz. lean ground beef (I used grass-fed 90%)

6 oz. breakfast pork sausage

1 tsp. my homemade Montreal Steak Spice Blend

1 tsp. no-salt lemon pepper (I use Victoria Gourmet brand)

1/4 tsp. Dad’s Poultry Seasoning (or your preferred brand)

SAUCE INGREDIENTS:

4 T. butter, melted

½ c. heavy cream

½ c. water

¼ tsp. xanthan gum (or your preferred thickener)

1/3 c. green onion, chopped fine

2 tsp. Sriracha sauce

Salt to taste

DIRECTIONS:  In a large bowl, mix the two meats and 3 spices listed.  Form into 4 patties and place in a hot non-stick skillet over medium-high heat.  Brown nicely on both sides.  Wile they cook, in a small saucepan, melt the butter, add the cream, water and green onion and bring to a light simmer.  Dust with the xanthan gum and whisk it in, simmering on low heat until the sauce thickens.  Add the Sriracha gradually and taste as you go, stopping when it is spicy to your liking.  Serve patties with 1/4 of the sauce over each serving.

NUTRITIONAL INFO:   Makes 4 adult servings, each contains: (form 5 patties to lower cals. & fat)

575 calories, 50.7 g fat, 2.65 g carbs, 0.62 g fiber, 2.03 g NET CARBS, 29.3 g protein, 440 mg sodium

 

Crawfish-Stuffed Spaghetti Squash

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.

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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

Loaded Chicken Wraps

My husband came home from Sam’s with a roasted chicken a couple nights ago.  We only ate the leg quarters.  Tonight, I used up the two breast pieces in a delicious, stupidly simple dinner that was just DELICIOUS!  I’ll be making THESE again and often!  I use HEB Carb Sense whole wheat flour tortillas at 3 net carbs per tortilla.  I always have some in the fridge, so this meal of leftovers was super easy!  This recipe is not suitable until you are farther along in your Atkins weight loss journey, as flour product isn’t allowed until you have traversed all the rungs of the carb reintroduction ladder.  That said, these are only 4.85 net carbs per wrap, so you decide. 🙂  Together we ate four of the six wraps this made, but I was stuffed at just 1½ wraps; the hubs ate 2½ of them and gave them a resounding stamp of approval.  I didn’t use any sour cream; the hubs liked it on his.

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INGREDIENTS:

6 low-carb flour tortillas (mine were 3 net carbs per)

2 small chicken breasts, pre-cooked & cut into strips

6 slices bacon, cooked, drained (I use thick slice)

2½ slices American Deluxe cheese, tear the whole slices into halves

1 c. shredded Cheddar cheese

½ c. green onion, chopped

OPTIONAL:  6 dollops sour cream (not calculated in numbers below)

DIRECTIONS:   Line a cooking sheet with parchment.  Cook the bacon in a skillet until done but not too crisp.  Drain on paper towels.  Preheat oven to 325º.  Lay the flour tortillas on the pan.  Place the cooked chicken evenly on half of each tortilla.  Next tear each slice of bacon in half and lay the two halves diagonally over the chicken meat.  Now place ½ slice American cheese on top of the bacon for each wrap.  Next sprinkle the Cheddar shreds evenly over the bacon.  The final touch is to sprinkle the green onion over each and fold the other side of the wrap over to form a half moon shape.  Press firmly with your hand.  Loosely cover the pan with foil but do not seal it up or it will sweat during cooking.  Pop into 325º oven for 15 minutes to just melt the cheeses.  Serve at once with dollop of sour cream if desired.  I served mine with a small green salad on the side.

NUTRITIONAL INFO:    Makes 6 wraps, each contains:

308 calories, 15.5 g fat, 15.06 g carbs, 10.21 g fiber, 4.85 g NET CARBS, 27 g protein, 795 mg sodium

Strawberry Mug Cheesecake

If you love cheesecake but want it FAST, this is your recipe!  I had the tail end of a bag of strawberries in my freezer that needed using so I whipped up this delicious quick cheesecake for dinner last night.  Of course, you could use other fruits and berries, but you’d have to recalculate the serving numbers for those changes.  My husband just loved this!  Said I could make it again just any old time!  🙂  This recipe is suitable once you get to the first, nuts and berries level of Atkins (Phase 2 OWL).  It is also suitable for other Keto diets and Primal Blueprint.

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INGREDIENTS:

1 c. frozen strawberries, thawed and drained of juice

3 oz. softened cream cheese

2/3 c. sour cream

1 c. heavy whipping cream

liquid Splenda (or sweetener of choice), to taste (about 10 drops)

DIRECTIONS:   Soften cream cheese on a paper plate either in microwave or at room temperature.  Place into food processor bowl.  Add the drained berries, sour cream and Splenda.  Process until smooth.   In a separate bowl, whip the cream until it forms soft peaks.  Scrape the strawberry mixture onto the whipped cream and fold the two together until well-blended.  Taste and adjust sweetener to taste.  Spoon equally into 6 serving mugs, ramekins, or dishes of choice.  Chill for 1 hour and serve.  This will firm up when the cream cheese re-chills.

NUTRITIONAL INFO:    Makes 6 servings (approx. 1/2 c.), each contains:

253 calories, 25 g fat, 5.93 g carbs, 0.76 g fiber, 5.17 g NET CARBS, 2.83 g protein, 71 mg sodium

 

 

Smoked Gouda Stuffed Beef Roll

This beef roll was scrumptious!  We both gave it a thumbs up!  Very simple to put together, too.  When I make such dishes, I tend to make enough for 2 meals so I used 2# of lean, grass-fed ground beef.   You could vary the meat and use some lamb or pork if desired.  Of course, the flavor will change a bit with meat changes.   This roll was in the oven in about 5 minutes flat and it cooked itself.  I served with steamed cauliflower and green beans.  This recipe is suitable for all phases of Atkins, Keto diets and Primal Blueprint plans.

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VARIATION:  Use other seasoning of your choosing.  The sky is the limit.  You can also make this a cheesier roll by increasing the cheese, but be sure to add in the nutritional numbers for additional cheese used.

INGREDIENTS:

5 oz (8 slices) sliced bacon

2 lb. lean ground beef (or meat of choice)

½ tsp. my Homemade Montreal Steak Seasoning

4 oz. smoked Gouda cheese (I buy mine at Sam’s Club)

½ c. chopped parsley

DIRECTIONS:  Preheat oven to 350º.  With your hands or a fork, in a large mixing bowl, mix the meat with the Montreal Steak Seasoning (or whatever seasoning blend you prefer).   If your seasoning contains no salt, you may wish to add a little.  My stainless meat roasting pan is 16″ long, but you could probably use a 9″ x 13″ pan for this recipe.  Tear off a piece of parchment paper as long as your baking pan and lay it on your counter.  Lay the slices of bacon side-by-side, touching but not overlapping, on the parchment.  Spread the seasoned beef mixture on top pressing it evenly over the bacon with your fingers (forming a rectangle layer of meat).  Along the long edge, lay the Gouda cheese the entire length of the meat layer.  Mine was in ¼” sticks, but slices can be cut or rolled instead.  Sprinkle the parsley all over the rest of the meat layer.  Picking up the parchment as a lifting/rolling tool, carefully roll the bacon/meat over like one forms a cake roll until it is one long, roll/log.  You want to end with the seam down.  Lift it over to your baking pan (using the parchment to help you), placing the seam down onto the baking pan (leave the parchment there for cooking).  Pop into hot 350º oven for about 45 minutes or until a meat thermometer reads 130-140º and the bacon is browning.  Cut into 8 slices neatly between the bacon slices.

NUTRITIONAL INFO:  Makes 8 servings, each contains:

349 calories, 28 g fat, 1.05 g carbs, 0.18 g fiber, 0.87 g NET CARBS, 25 g protein, 416 mg sodium

Hasselback Chicken Breast in Pesto Cream

Hasselback Chicken Breast in Pesto Cream

This simple-to-put-together dish was delicious beyond words and prep time was about 5 minutes!  I’ll be honest……….I was apprehensive at first, as to whether I would be able to handle it as fresh basil sometimes upsets my stomach.  But the amount here was small enough, that usual effect didn’t occur.  This was so good my husband practically “inhaled” his dinner tonight!   The chicken came out so tender and moist.  It practically cooks itself, so this one’s a keeper for us!  Suitable for all phases of Atkins, Keto diets and Primal followers, this one is sure to please your family.

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INGREDIENTS:

2 medium chicken breasts (skin on preferred, so it will baste and create pan juices)

3 1/3 slices of Provalone cheese, cut the whole,round slices into 3 strips

2 T. pesto sauce (I used my homemade Pesto Sauce)

5 T. heavy cream (whipping cream)

3 T. additional heavy cream for final sauce

1 Roma tomato, cut crosswise into 6 slices

1/8 tsp. xanthan gum or preferred thickener (optional)

Sprinkle of Italian Seasonings (optional)

DIRECTIONS:  Preheat oven to 350º.  With a sharp knife, make 5 cuts all the way to the bone in your chicken breasts.  Place them in a metal baking pan (I used 8″ square).  Deeply poke a strip of Provalone cheese into each slit in the chicken.  Top each of the chicken breasts with 3 slices of Roma tomato. Set pan aside for a few minutes.  Place the pesto sauce in a small skillet over medium heat.  Add 5 T. heavy cream, stir well to heat the initial sauce.  Spoon this down the center of the chicken breasts, trying to get some into each cheese-stuffed slit.   If using, sprinkle with Italian Seasoning blend.

Pop pan into 350º oven and bake for about 1 hour or until the meat reaches 170º on a meat thermometer.  Remove from oven and with a long spatula, remove them to a serving platter.  Add the remaining 3 T. cream to the pan juices and heat over medium-high heat, mashing any melted cheese bits up as you stir to thicken.  If you want it thicker, dust lightly with xanthan gum or your favorite thickener and allow it to develop/thicken.  Pour sauce into a serving dish or spoon it directly over and around the chicken breasts if you prefer.  ENJOY!  Did I not promise this was easy and delicious?  🙂

NUTRITIONAL INFO:   Makes 2 adult servings, each contains:

800 calories  (skin chicken to lower about 100 cals. ), 57.8 g fat, 4.8 g carbs, 0.95 g fiber, 3.85 g NET CARBS, 64 g protein, 1107 mg sodium  (use half cream and half water to lower)

 

Individual “Irish” Chocolate Cake

Individual "Irish" Chocolate Cake

Just in time for St. Patrick’s Day!  A tasty, quick dessert to top off that corned beef and cabbage on St. Patrick’s Day.  Tasty and quite easy, too!  The cake goes together in minutes, microwaves in 1 minute and the icing is just as easy.  And boy, oh, boy, is this icing ever delicious!  This cake is moist and has just the right amount of whiskey flavor.

I normally bake this cake for 1 minute in a glass dish in the microwave.  But when I want to use a very large, metal shamrock cookie cutter, I bake it in the regular oven (15 min 350º), using foil to form a “bottom” for the cookie cutter.  I would recommend baking this either as 4 cupcakes or as I usually do other times of the year, in a 5″ square or round baking dish.  You could also use two small “mini-cake pans.  If doing cupcakes, fill them evenly, which will be about 3/4 full.  Don’t worry, this batter doesn’t rise too much during baking.

This recipe is not suitable until Phase 2  of Atkins.  Those on other Ketogenic diets may get bumped out of ketosis consuming alcohol, but there is very little in this, so that might not happen.   Of course, you should omit the booze if in the first 2 weeks Induction phase.

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CAKE INGREDIENTS:

1 tsp. vanilla extract

1 T. butter, melted

4 pkts. stevia (I use Sweet Leaf)

¼ c. erythritol

2 large eggs, beaten

1 T. Irish Whiskey (I used Powers)

¼ c. cocoa powder, sifted

1½ tsp. baking powder

1 tsp. glucomannan (konjac) powder

1 tsp. oat fiber

CAKE DIRECTIONS:   Spray or grease your dish(s) or pan(s) with coconut oil or oil of your choosing.  Melt the butter and place in a medium glass bowl.   Add the stevia, erythritol and stir well.  Next beat in the two eggs.  Add the vanilla and Irish Whiskey, stirring once again.   Sift the cocoa on top and measure the remaining dry ingredients in next.  Stir gently to incorporate the dry into the wet ingredients.  Beat the batter with a spoon until it is smooth.    Pour into greased glass or ceramic pan(s) and bake for 1 minute on HI.   If using metal pans or conventional oven, bake at 350º about 13-15 minutes or until dry to the touch in the center.  Remove, cool completely and ice.

FROSTING INGREDIENTS:  

1 oz. cream cheese, softened

1 T. softened butter

2 tsp. Irish Whiskey (I used Powers)

¼ tsp. vanilla

2 T. plain whey protein powder (I use NOW brand)

2 pkts. stevia

3 T. powdered erythritol (I just powder it in my food processor)

FROSTING DIRECTIONS:  Soften the butter and cream cheese in a small bowl.  Add the protein, whiskey and vanilla.   Stir well until smooth.  Begin adding the sweeteners slowly, tasting as you go and STOP when it’s sweet enough for you, or add more if needed.  Everybody is different on sweetness preferences.    You can use food coloring to make your frosting green if you like (about 13-15 drops).  Frost the cooled cake(s) and serve at once or chill and then cover with plastic wrap if you must hold them over.

NUTRITIONAL INFO:    Makes 2 large servings, each contains:

316 calories, 23 g  fat, 11.2 g  carbs, 5.1 g  fiber, 6.1 g NET CARBS, 13.5 g  protein, 434 mg sodium

Steak Diane with a Twist

I had two New York Strip steaks I thawed tonight and decided to make my Steak Diane recipe, but decided a bit of creamy cheese on top might be nice.  GOOD decision, as it was indeed a delicious addition to the wonderful flavor of parsley and mushrooms.  I served roasted asparagus on the side.  A meal fit for a king, it was.  This entree goes together so fast (a wonderful week-night dinner!), I actually had to wait a few minutes on my asparagus to get tender which caused some of my liquid in the griddle to evaporate.  Could have added a little water of bouillon, but instead melted a wee bit more butter, which did the trick.  If the calories and fat numbers below are too high for your diet, use smaller portions of meat and less butter when preparing this tasty dish.   This is suitable for all phases of Atkins provided you omit the wine for Induction Phase.  It is suitable for Keto diets and Primal as well.  Omit cheese for Paleo.

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INGREDIENTS:

20 oz. lean, trimmed steak (I used NY Strip Steaks)

2 T. unsalted butter

1  4-oz can sliced mushrooms, undrained

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

2-3 shakes each sea salt and coarse black pepper

3/4 c. parsley, chopped

Sprinkle fresh lemon juice (maybe 1 tsp.)

6 T. shredded white cheese (I used Monterrey Jack)

VARIATION:  Make classic Steak Diane by omitting cheese.  For a totally different dish, make Chicken Diane using seared, skinless/boneless chicken breasts instead of beef.

DIRECTIONS:  Trim outer fat off the steaks.  Laterally slice them into 4 thinner  pieces.  Pound on both sides to tenderize a bit.  In a griddle or skillet, melt 2 T. of the butter over high heat.  Sear the meat on both sides until done and browned to your liking.  Remove meat to a waiting platter.  In the hot griddle, add the rest of the butter to melt, the mushrooms with their liquid, parsley, lemon juice, wine, salt and pepper. Simmer just until parsley goes limp.  Place steak strips back in the pan a couple minutes and sprinkle about 1½ T. cheese over each.  The heat of the meat will melt by the time it is at table.  When serving, dip 1/4 of the parsley-mushroom mixture/sauce over each portion.  Serve with your favorite green side dish.

NUTRITIONAL INFO:  Makes 4 servings, each contains:

569 calories, 47 g fat, 2.72 g carbs, 1.10 g fiber, 1.62 g NET CARBS, 30.4 g protein, 417 mg sodium

Spaghetti Squash Lasagna

The hubs is out of town today so I tend to eat sandwiches or scrounge around and use up leftovers when he is gone.  Since I had a sandwich for lunch, I decided to use some of the open Classico spaghetti sauce in the fridge with a half pound of ground beef.  I knew I had some frozen spaghetti squash threads int he freezer (be sure to wring them out in a towel after defrosting if using frozen squash) and some ricotta as well.  Bingo!  Sounded sort of like lasagna to me.  I quickly defrosted ½ lb. ground beef in my microwave and browned it.  then I just layered and VOILA!  A delicious lasagna-like dish that would have served two.  I used a 6″ square baking dish for this, but a loaf pan will work as well.  This recipe is suitable for all phases of Atkins, Keto diets and Primal if you indulge in dairy.  IMG_5725

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INGREDIENTS:

1/3 c. Classico or Lucini prepared spaghetti sauce (use more if you like, but it will be “soupier”)

8 oz. ground beef (browned)

1 c. spaghetti squash threads (cooked and squeezed of all water)

4 oz. shredded Mozzarella cheese (about 1 cup)

3 T. grated Parmesan cheese

½ c. Ricotta cheese

1/8 tsp. dried oregano leaves (or ½ tsp. fresh, chopped)

DIRECTIONS:   Cook spaghetti squash using your preferred method.  I halve it, place face down in 1/2″ water and microwave for 13 minutes.  I then scrape out and discard the seeds and fork out the threads.  Place threads in clean kitchen towel and wring out any water over your sink……especially if using previously frozen squash!).  Set aside 1 cup for this recipe and save the remainder for another use or freeze in baggies.  Preheat oven to 350º.

Brown the ground beef, leaving it in fairly chunky bits.  Spread the meat undrained into a glass loaf pan.  I used a 6″x6″ square baking dish, but a loaf shaped pan or small round baking dish will work.  The meat grease oils your baking dish quite nicely. 🙂  Shred half of the spaghetti squash threads on top of the meat.  Sprinkle 1/3 of the Mozzy and 1 T. Parm cheese on next.  Spoon on half the spaghetti sauce, spreading evenly.  Dot with half of the ricotta and spread it out a bit with the back of your spoon.  Lightly sprinkle with oregano.  Next top with  1/3 more of the Mozzy and another tablespoon of the Parm cheese.  Add the remaining sauce and spread evenly.  Dot with remaining Ricotta and spread with back of your spoon again.  Sprinkle on the remaining Mozzy and last tablespoon of Parm cheese.    Sprinkle with oregano lightly again.  Pop into 350º oven. Bake 30 minutes or until bubbly.   Allow to cool 5-6 minutes to set up before attempting to dip up.

NUTRITIONAL INFO:   Makes 2 adult servings (double ingredient for a larger pan to serve 4).  Each serving contains:

623 calories, 40 g fat, 12.5 g carbs, 1.85 g fiber, 11.65 g NET CARBS, 54 g protein, 1300 mg sodium  (to lower these figures, cut this into 3 servings. 🙂  )

 

Mushroom-Spinach Stuffed Chicken Breasts

Mushroom-Spinach Stuffed Chicken Breasts

This dish was simply delightful!  The hemp hearts adds a slight nutty taste with virtually no carbs.  We both gave it two thumbs up in the flavor department!  It was simple, in the oven in 15 minutes and bakes itself to perfection!  This will definitely make my regular chicken recipe rotations again!  It made, as you can see in the photo, lovely pan juices for basting during cooking and drizzling over the meat when done.  This recipe is suitable for Phase 2 of Atkins once you have reached the grains level of the plan, as it has half of a Joseph’s pita bread in the ingredients line-up.  You could use flax meal instead of the 1/2 pita and enjoy this recipe by the nuts and seeds level of Phase 2.  This recipe is not suitable for Atkins Induction or Primal-Paleo followers.

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INGREDIENTS:

2  medium chicken breasts, skin on but rib frame removed (boil the ribs for delicious stock!)

2 T. unsalted butter

4 large mushrooms, chopped or sliced

2 c. spinach, chopped (1 c. packed)

2 T. Boursin soft cheese, garlic and fine herb variety

3 T. shredded Monterrey Jack

1/2 Joseph’s Flax and Oat Bran Pita Bread, softened with water (or 1 low-carb flour tortilla)

2 T. hemp hearts

Dash coarse black pepper

DIRECTIONS:   Preheat oven to 350º.  Run a sharp knife between the rib bones and the chicken meat to remove the rib bones from the breast.  Boil them down for delicious chicken stock for future uses.  I freeze mine.   With a large knife, laterally slice the breast 3/4 of the way through making a pocket or shelf for the filling.  Place them in a lightly oiled baking dish and set aside.   In a non-stick skillet, heat the butter and saute the mushrooms until no longer opaque.  Add the spinach and saute just until it is limp.  Stir in the Boursin and Jack cheese.  Turn off heat.  Add the hemp hearts and stir filling well to blend the cheese.  With your fingers, mush up the softened bread and add it, stirring again.  Spoon half the mixture into each breast and fold the skin half over the filling.  Press lightly and sprinkle with pepper.  Pop the pan into a 350º oven and bake for about 1 hour (less time for small breasts, more for large ones).  When the skin has browned nicely on top, they should be done.   Serve in the baking dish pan so the pan juices can be dipped over the top if desired. 🙂

NUTRITIONAL INFO:   Makes 2 servings, each contains:  (adjust ingredients for more servings)

478 calories, 33 g fat, 5.90 g carbs, 2.85 g fiber, 3.05 g net carbs, 39.35 g protein, 645 mg sodium

 

 

 

Creamy Dreamy Chicken-Broccoli Casserole

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I don’t usually like broccoli cooked into casseroles because it invariably gets “overdone” by the time the dish is cooked.  But I think I’ve found a solution to that issue with the method I used to put this sinfully rich, tasty casserole together tonight.  The broccoli went into the mixture uncooked!  Voilà! Problem solved.  The broccoli was still quite firm in this final dish and for once, I actually liked this  broccoli casserole!  My husband REALLY liked this and kept dipping up more and more!  I loved it, too!  Guess this one will be a keeper for us. 🙂

I used precooked chicken, but you could dice up your chicken breast and sear in grease if you don’t happen to have any pre-cooked on hand.  This recipe is EASY! PEASY!  Basically you just toss the ingredients together in a bowl,  pour the mixture into a greased casserole dish, top with cheese and bake!

This recipe is not suitable for Atkins Induction unless you omit the wild rice.  Just increase the broccoli by 1 more cup and the dish will taste just fine.  This recipe, because of the small amount of wild rice in it, should not be enjoyed until you reach Pre-Maintenace or Maintenance due to the rice.  This dish is not suitable for a Primal-Paleo regimen.

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INGREDIENTS:

2 c. cooked chicken meat, diced large

2 c. broccoli, cut into small flowerettes and stem pieces

5 oz. cream cheese, softened

3 T. melted butter

½ c. heavy cream

½ c. shredded Parmesan cheese

3 T. mayonnaise (I use homemade)

½ tsp. my Shawarma Spice Blend (or your favorite blend)

3/4 c. chicken broth (I use homemade)

Dash black pepper

1 c. cooked wild rice (you could substitute hemp hearts to lower the carbs)

4 oz. Monterey Jack Cheese, shredded (for topping)

DIRECTIONS:  Preheat oven to 350º.  Lightly oil a 9×13  or large oval casserole dish.  Cut up the broccoli and chicken and place in large mixing bowl.  Add the softened cream cheese and melted butter.  Stir well.  Now add all remaining ingredients except the  Monterey Jack Cheese.  Stir well to blend and pour into the greased baking dish.  Sprinkle the Jack cheese on top and bake at 350º for 45 minutes to 1 hour.  I served with a nice green salad and some garlic toast made with my favorite Gluten-Free Focaccia Bread.

NUTRITIONAL INFO:   Makes 6 servings, each contains:

485 calories,  39 g  fat, 9.70 g  carbs, 1.30 g  fiber, 8.4 g  NET CARBS, 25 g  protein, 597 mg sodium

Mr. Matthews’ Omelet

mr-matthews-quicheIn 1980 we took a 6-weeks driving tour of Great Britain that was truly the trip of a lifetime.  Planned our route for months.  We put over 6,000 miles on a brand new Volkswagon “Golf” we rented just outside London, where our epic journey began.  Drove all the way to Edinburgh by way of Berwick-on-Tweed, back down through the Lake District, over into Wales, Down the west coast to Tintagel in Cornwall, stopping over at Clovelly a day, a dip down to Lynton-Lynmouth and finally back to London by way of a B & B just down the road from Paul McCartney’s famous Windmill home.  The car dealer rep was honestly gob-smacked when we turned the car back in and he took note of the odometer that had read nearly zero when he handed the car over to us.  🙂

My husband, a retired World History teacher, just had to see Hadrian’s Wall, near Corbridge, so we picked a lovely little country cottage from our AA Farmhouse Guide whose description was idyllic and which turned out to be the most memorable one we stayed it during out 6-week tour of the UK. The proprietor was a stout, soft-spoken, distinguished, silver-haired gentleman named Mr. Matthews.  The approach to the establishment was through a circular drive in a lovely garden.  Once inside the cottage (more a mansion almost) we look up to see the massive staircases that encircled each end of the main room. We looked at each other and our eyes said “Picked a good one, this.”

The very formal dining room had a massive picture window that looked onto a huge garden lined in pink honeysuckle!  Mr. Matthews, assisted by a lovely daughter, served dinner that night himself, as he was inordinately proud of his B & B.  It was a non-fancy meal, but typical, hearty country fare: ham, greens, potatoes and baked beans.  The British, you see, ate a lot of canned beans throughout WWII (beans on toast, my father said, was a favorite when he was stationed there in 1943).  To this day, beans are still a staple in their diet and served in ways we “colonials” would never dream of…………that turn out to be quite tasty.One of the side dishes on the plate was baked beans which were tasty with his ham.

At breakfast the next morning, our omelet was again served by Mr. Matthews, presented with great pride.  He was beaming when he said “You don’t get an omelet like THAT in just any B & B”.  We smiled to show how eager we were to try his special omelet that clearly had everything in it that was leftover from our dinner the night-before.  It was cooked to perfection and man, I’m here to tell you that his was one of the best omelets I ever ate!

Well, I ramble on in a sea of nostalgia, so I’ll get back to the matter at hand, the recipe and prep.  I’m such a lousy omelet cook I invariably tear them up rolling the sides over, so I prefer to bake them like a quiche to avoid that issue.    This recipe is not suitable until you reach the legumes level of the Atkins carb reintroduction ladder well into the OWL (Ongoing Weight Loss Phase).  It is not suitable for Primal-Paleo unless you omit the beans, but that’s really what makes this recipe so special.  But a bacon-onion quiche, although a horse of another color, is always good. 🙂

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INGREDIENTS:

5 slices lean “streaky bacon” as Mr. Matthews would call it (regular bacon ion the States)

2 oz. chopped yellow onion

½ c. well-rinsed pork ‘n beans (from a can)

3 extra large eggs, beaten (more if you want a thicker, heftier, more eggy quiche)

DIRECTIONS:  Preheat oven to 350º.  Coarsely chop the bacon into 3/4″ dice.  In a non-stick skillet, brown the bacon but stop before it is crisp.  Chop the onion and add to the pan and saute/cook until the two are brown and tender.  Drain off the excess grease.  Sprinkle the beans evenly on top.   Drizzle the beaten eggs evenly over the mixture.  Pop into 350º oven and bake for 10-15 minutes or just until the center is set to the touch.  Cut into 4 portions and serve.

NUTRITIONAL INFO:    Makes 4 servings, each contains 136 calories, 6.9 g fat, 4.70 g carbs, 0.95 g fiber, 3.75 g NET CARBS, 9.77 g protein, 2261 mg sodium

Lemon Tart

Lemon Tart

I recently modified a lemon pie recipe to come up with a quite tasty lemon dessert Atkins OWLers can enjoy.  Those still on Induction could make it crustless for an Induction-friendly baked lemon custard.  🙂  The crust, BTW, would make an excellent all-purpose pie crust for other pies.  It didn’t get soggy on the bottom even after 4 days!  Really tastes like a traditional flour pie crust to me!  Two large lemons should yield enough juice and peel for this recipe.

For those more fond of lime, like my husband, try my Lime Tart.

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INGREDIENTS:

1 T. lemon zest, grated

¼ c. lemon juice

¼ c. water

2/3 c. granular Splenda

6 T. unsalted butter

3 whole eggs

3 egg yolks

1 prebaked “Peggy’s Pie Crust”:   https://buttoni.wordpress.com/2009/12/17/peggys-pie-crust/

DIRECTIONS:  Whisk the eggs, egg yolks and Splenda together in medium saucepan.  Add lemon zest, juice and water.  Whisk again to blend.  Cook over medium-low heat until mixture thickens, about 5 minutes.  Remove from heat and stir in remaining butter, stirring until melted.    Pour into pre-baked pie crust and cook 10-15 minutes at 350º until set in center.  Remove from oven, cool and serve.  Can be eaten as is or topped with whipped cream (cream not included in nutritional info below).

NUTRITIONAL INFO: Makes 8 servings, each containing:  (This info includes counts for crust as well)

310 calories, 28.7 g  fat, 10.1 g  carbs, 5.45 g  fiber, 4.65 g  NET CARBS, .1 g  protein, 88 mg. sodium

Lime Tart

Lime Tart

I duplicated my Lemon Tart today using lime juice and zest and it came out DELICIOUS!     This one is OK for those who have reached Phase 2 Atklins OWL.  The crust makes an excellent all-purpose pie crust for other pies as well.  It didn’t get soggy on the bottom even after 4 days!  Really tastes like a traditional flour pie crust to me!  Two large limes should yield enough juice and peel for this recipe.

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INGREDIENTS:

1 T. lime zest, grated

¼ c. lime juice

¼ c. water

2/3 c. granular Splenda, erythritol (or other sweetener to equal 2/3 c. sugar)

6 T. unsalted butter

3 whole eggs

3 egg yolks (in addition to the whole eggs above)

Couple drops blue food coloring (Trust me, it will be green when stirred in)

1 prebaked  “Peggy’s Pie Crust”

DIRECTIONS:  Whisk the eggs, egg yolks and Splenda together in medium saucepan.  Add lemon zest, juice and water.  Whisk again to blend.  Cook over medium-low heat until mixture thickens, about 5 minutes.  Remove from heat and stir in remaining butter, stirring until melted.    Pour the filling into your pre-baked tart crust (I use a removable bottom non-stick tart pan) and cook 10-15 minutes more until set in center.  Remove from oven, cool and serve.  Can be eaten as is or topped with whipped cream (cream not included in nutritional info below).

NUTRITIONAL INFO: Makes 8 servings, each containing:  (does not include whipped cream topping)

310 calories, 28.7 g  fat, 10.1 g  carbs, 5.45 g  fiber, 4.65 g  NET CARBS, 9.1 g  protein, 88 mg. sodium

Jicama Cajun “Fries”

Jicama Fries

Man, I tried these on a whim and they were FANTASTIC!  And best of all, you don’t have to stand over a skillet of hot grease!  I’ve tried making fries from turnips, eggplant, daikon, rutabaga and all sorts of veggies on my low-carb journey.  But I have to admit, these are really my favorite.  The Seafood Spice blend in the coating takes away the inherent sweet edge jicama has, without dominating the final fries.  So don’t side-step this part of the recipe.  It’s essential for best results.  Other spices and blends could be substituted in if you prefer.  The coating really browned nicely and stayed crispy even as the fries cooled off!  Even my picky hubby gave these a thumbs up, and at first, he wasn’t even going to taste them!  These are Induction friendly, too!

Some may be tempted to just use spicy/BBQ pork rinds and omitting the seasoning blend in the recipe.  Please bear in mind the flavored pork rinds are laden with sugar and sometimes modified food starch as well……not acceptable ingredients for us low-carbers.  Be sure you read the ingredients listed if you don’t believe me.  In fact, you should ALWAYS read ingredients listings, for ALL processed foods.  The net carb count just isn’t the whole picture!

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What a Jicama looks like

For those unfamiliar with what jicama is.

INGREDIENTS:

8 oz. jicama, peeled and cut into fries

2 T. homemade mayo

2 oz. plain pork rinds, crushed

1/2 tsp. my Seafood Cajun Spice Blend

Oil to coat baking pan if not using non-stick sheet pan

DIRECTIONS:  Preheat oven to 450º.  Peel and cut jicama into stick shapes.  Place in bowl and brush well with the homemade mayo.  Make certain you haven’t missed any spots or they won’t get coated at those spots. You want total coverage for the pork rinds to adhere to.  Crush the pork rinds in processor/blender.  Add spice blend to crushed pork rinds in a small bowl and stir well.  Now drop mayo-coated jicama (a few at a time) into the seasoned rinds and shake to coat well.   Alternately, you can use a plastic bag and shake them to coat.  Place fries directly on oiled or non-stick metal baking sheet.  A word of experience, DO NOT BAKE THESE ON SILICONE SHEETS, as they will not brown and crisp up properly on the bottom.  I found this out the hard way.  Bake for 10 minutes until tops are nicely browned.  Turn them and bake about 10 more minutes.  They brown best where they actually touch the metal pan.

NUTRITIONAL INFO: Makes 4 servings each contains:

165 Calories, 11.4 g  fat, 5.50 g  carbs, 2.78 g  fiber, 2.22 NET CARBS, 11.2 g  protein, 276 g  sodium

“Ravioli” Bites

ravioli-bites

Here is an exciting and delicious way to use my incredible glucomannan dumpling dough!  Man, are these ever good, and for only 1.28 net carbs per bite!  Can’t beat that.  Picture a platter full of these for Super Bowl next year!  And guilt free!  Very similar to Totino’s Pizza Rolls in taste but even better!   The cooking is a two-step process, but necessary for the dough to fully cook all the way through.  These are suitable for all phases of Atkins and Keto diets.  Omit the bit of flour, subbing in oat flour (slightly higher carbs), and these are suitable for Primal-Paleo as well!   An added note, I reheated the leftovers in the oven for lunch today (350º for 15 minutes) and they were GREAT!  I suspect these would freeze nicely, too, as the dumpling dough has proven, after simmering in sauces, to freeze well.

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INGREDIENTS:

2 recipes my Peggy’s Original Dumplings dough

2 T. finely grated Parmesan cheese

2 T. total Einkorn flour or oat flour (from certified gluten-free oats if required)

1 tsp. olive oil

6 oz. Italian sausage, cut into 3/8″ slices

½ c. low-carb spaghetti sauce (I use Lucini or Classico Italian)

DIRECTIONS:  Preheat oven to 350º.  Make the double batch of dumpling dough (adding the Parmesan and 1 T. of the flour to the dry ingredients) per that recipe’s instructions.  When the dough has firmed up nicely, divide into eighteen equal balls around 1½” round.  Dust the counter with the remaining flour and pat your fingers in it frequently to keep them  from getting sticky as you pat/work each ball of dough into a small 2″ round on your fingers.  You’re not looking for perfection here.  This soft dough is very difficult to roll, so I just do this in my hands.  Again, keep touching the flour with your fingers and patting onto the dough surface as you work so your fingers don’t get sticky as you work.   Place a slice of sausage on one side of each circle of dough, fold the other side on top and very gently press the edges together to close it up.   Repeat for all 18 ravioli.  Set on counter or paper towel.  When all 18 are made, heat oil on griddle and brown each side lightly.  With tongs, gently lift them onto a parchment lined pan and pop into 350º oven for about 5-10 minutes to finish baking and browning.  Remove and serve with a cup of your favorite low-carb spaghetti sauce for a light dip.  ENJOY!

VARIATION:  Use pepperoni slices instead of the sausage.  Alternately, you can take the finished raviolis after griddle searing and just pop them into a huge pot of your favorite marinara sauce and eat them more like traditional ravioli is served.  You could also, after baking, pour some of my Pink Cream Sauce over them and garnish with parsley.  BE CREATIVE with sauces!

NUTRITIONAL INFO:    Makes 18 “ravioli”, each contains:

43 calories, 3.06 g fat, 3.15 g carbs, 1.87 g fiber, 1.28 g NET CARBS, 2.57 g protein, 188 mg sodium

Tuna Cheesies

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.

Toasted Almond Chicken Casserole

toasted-almond-chicken-casseroleMy mother made this often when I was growing up.   She LOVED the taste of toasted almonds with chicken so much!  Of course, she used canned soup and real rice in her recipe, but I use my homemade low-carb version of Cream of Chicken Soup  and cauliflower and grains instead.  Tastes every bit as good as the classic recipe of my childhood!  The hubs dipped up seconds tonight!  Neither of us miss the rice in this low-carb version of this dish.

This recipe is suitable once you reach the nuts and seeds level of Phase 2 Atkins.  Keto folks can enjoy it if it will fit into your daily carb limit.  This would not be suitable for Primal-Paleo followers.  Many more delicious low-carb recipes like this can be at your fingertips with your very own cookbooks from LOW CARBING AMONG FRIENDS, by Jennifer Eloff and low-carb friends (me included).  Chef George Stella also brings you a wealth of delicious recipes you will love!  Order yours TODAY! from Amazon  or our direct order site: amongfriends.us/order.php.

INGREDIENTS:

2 c. cooked chicken, diced

1 c. celery, diced fine

3 c. cauliflower, coarsely chopped around ½” dice, RAW!

1 c. heavy cream

½ recipe my low-carb Condensed Cream of Chicken Soup

¼ c. chopped pimiento

3/4 c. + 3 T. Hemp Hearts

½ tsp. onion powder

¼ tsp. salt

1/8 tsp. coarse black pepper

½ c.-3/4 c. chicken broth (use just as much as needed for thick, moist mixture)

½ c. slivered almonds, toasted in 350º oven until lightly browned

VARIATION:  If you prefer, you can put all the almonds on the top of the casserole, but I like some inside as they soak up liquid and plump up, rendering a nice texture.  Another variation is to add some chopped water chestnuts if you like.  This can be made with leftover turkey meat as well.

DIRECTIONS:  Make the homemade cream of chicken soup.  Place 1/2 recipe in a large bowl.  Save the balance for another use.   Preheat oven to 350º.  Stir in all remaining ingredients, reserving a few of the almonds for topping.  Toss the ingredients in the bowl until all is moistened, adding just enough of the chicken broth for a nice, moist mixture.   Pour into lightly oiled casserole dish.  Pop into 350º oven for 35 minutes.  Sprinkle with remaining toasted almonds and continue to bake around 15-20 minutes longer or until bubbling around the edges.  Remove from oven and allow to “set up” 5-6 minutes (grains will continue to absorb excess liquid during this wait.  Serve with your favorite green vegetable and ENJOY!

NUTRITIONAL INFO:   Makes 7 servings, each contains:

507 calories, 40 g fat, 9.61 g carbs, 4.95 g fiber, 4.66 g NET CARBS, 23 g protein, 479 mg sodium

Spicy Cheese Thins

Spicy Cheese ThinsThis recipe is a variation of an Almond Thin cracker recipe posted on Low Carb Friends forums.  It was originally posted there by a member known as Miredkitty, but am not sure if it is in fact Miredkitty’s own recipe.   It has been tweaked by so many good cooks they have come up with a ton of wonderful savory and sweet variations.

I took the basic almond flour thins recipe, doubled it, omitted the Splenda and then added cheese and one of my favorite seasoning combinations to come up with a spicy little snack cracker reminiscent of Cheez-its or Pepperidge Farm Goldfish.  These are very thin and VERY crispy if you allow them to brown a bit!  They are good alone or they are delicious with soup! You can eat five of these crackers for under 2 net carbs!!   My kind of cracker!  These are not suitable until you get to the nuts and seeds rung of the Atkins OWL ladder.

VARIATION:  For an even cheesier taste, you can add 2 T. Nutritional Yeast to the dry ingredients when mixing the dough. 🙂

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INGREDIENTS:

2 c. almond flour

2 egg whites from large eggs

¼ tsp. onion powder

1/8 tsp. cayenne pepper (optional) [use more if you like)

1/8 tsp. chili powder

1 c. grated Cheddar cheese (more if you want them cheesier)

¼ tsp. salt (optional)

DIRECTIONS:  Preheat oven to 325º. Cut parchment paper to fit exactly the bottom of an 11″ x 16½” sheet pan.  Just set the paper on your kitchen counter for now.  Mix almond flour and seasonings in a bowl.  Add egg whites and stir with a fork.  Add cheese and continue stirring until it forms a moist dough.  Spoon (or crumble with your hands) the dough evenly onto parchment working from the center out. Cover the dough blobs with a sprayed/oiled sheet of waxed paper the same size.  Using a rolling pin, roll dough into a single, smooth rectangular sheet of dough the size of the parchment.  Be careful to not let the dough exceed the piece of parchment paper. If it does, put those bits back into the sheet and roll smooth again.  You definitely want this dough to go all the way to the edges of the parchment paper so the crackers will be thin enough to be crisp.

Slowly and carefully lift off the waxed paper.  Use the tip of a pointed knife to lift up two corners and with your hands, applying tension to keep the sheet stiff, carefully lift parchment, dough and all onto the baking sheet.  If you cut it the right size, it should sit right down on the bottom nicely.  Using your sharp knife, carefully (and gently since the dough is fragile) score the dough into cracker shapes (8 x 10, making 80 crackers total).  Pop into your preheated 325º oven and bake for about 10-11 minutes or until lightly browned.  The outer rows brown faster, so you will likely need to remove outer rows as soon as they are browned so those don’t get over-browned while  the center ones finish cooking.  Cool a few minutes and separate into separate crackers along your score lines.  Store in an airtight container or ziploc bag.  NOTE:  If these lose their crispness on day 2 or 3 (due to high oil content of cheddar cheese) re-crisp on a baking sheet in a 325º in the oven for about 10 minutes.

NUTRITIONAL INFO:  Makes 80 crackers, each cracker contains: (using 1 c. cheese only)

23.5 calories, 1.98 g  fat, .64 g  carbs, .3 g  fiber, .34 g  NET CARBS, 1.12 g  protein, 20.4 mg sodium

Jalapeno Meatloaf Burgers

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I wanted a quick meal last night as I had been gardening most of the day and was tired.  I basically started with my meatloaf recipe (know it by heart) and added half of a  huge jalapeno.  Ate them on a Carb Smart Bun.  DEEEEEliscious!  Not quite the same as a meatloaf sandwich (without the tomato sauce topping), but super tasty!  Will do these again, that’s for sure!  These are not suitable until late in Phase 2 Atkins OWL unless you substitute a phase approved bread to sub in for the Joseph’s pita called for below.  These will fit a Keto diet if the carbs will fit your daily limits.

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INGREDIENTS:

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

8 oz. lean ground pork

1 oz. red bell pepper, chopped

½ large jalapeno, chopped fine (use the whole thing if you like “spicy” food)

2 oz. onion, chopped

1 large stalk celery, chopped fine

2 T. olive oil

½ c. parsley, chopped

¼ tsp. dried oregano

1/8 tsp. black pepper

1 Joseph’s Flax-Oat Fiber Pita, moistened with a little water and mushed up

2 large eggs

¼ c. grated Parmesan cheese

DIRECTIONS:  In a non-stick skillet, saute the celery, bell pepper and jalapeno in the olive oil.  When getting tender, add to a medium mixing bowl.  Add all remaining ingredients and stir well with a fork or use your hands to blend like a meatloaf.  Form into 6 patties and brown on both sides on a lightly oiled griddle until they firm up and no longer exude pink juices.  Serve on your favorite low-carb bun and ENJOY!

NUTRITIONAL INFO:   Makes 6 large burgers (we could only eat one!), each contains:

337 calories, 26 g fat, 3.08 g carbs, 1 g fiber, 2.10 g NET CARBS, 24.3 g protein, 190 mg sodium

Black Walnut Ice Cream

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This was my Dad’s favorite flavor of ice cream.  We lived in Illinois when I was a wee lass and he would, without fail, order this at our nearby ice-cream parlor.  Eventually he began to concoct it at home and the rest was history.   Black walnuts are a bit pricey unless you have a tree in your yard (Daddy did).  But the distinctive flavor for some uses is worth the price in my opinion.  I store them in my freezer so they do not go rancid.  As I rarely use them, a bag will last me a year.  I can’t believe I didn’t care for black walnuts when I was a child, but I have learned to appreciate this black walnut treat.  Now, black walnut ice cream, too, is my favorite flavor!  The hint of maple flavoring is the key.  I plan to try it with Kahlua next time to see how that comes out. 🙂  This recipe is not suitable until you reach the nuts & seeds level of Phase 2 Atkins.  With a plan suitable ice cream, it should be fine for Keto and Primal followers who indulge in the occasional dairy (might want to use real maple syrup over the extract though).  This dessert is not suitable for Paleo as I just don’t think coconut mile would be good in this.

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INGREDIENTS: 

1 recipe my Basic Vanilla Ice Cream

1 tsp. maple extract + 1 tsp. tap water (or sugar-free maple syrup)

¼ c. black walnuts, chopped (I order at nuts.com)

DIRECTIONS:  Make a batch of the low-carb vanilla ice cream (link above) by that recipe’s instructions, up to filling the molds.  Instead, scrape the ice cream into a medium bowl or loaf pan and freeze until firm but not rock hard.  Scoop out into your serving dish.  Drizzle the maple extract/water mixture on top and sprinkle the nuts on last.

NUTRITIONAL INFO:  This recipe makes 1 serving (2 small scoops).  Note: The ice cream recipe makes 10 servings, so you’ll have more ice cream for other diners or future uses)

One serving:  350 calories, 34.4 g fat, 4.7 g carbs, 2.3 g fiber (deductible only if you use Fiberfit sweetener), 2.4 g NET CARBS, 8.6 g protein.

Bacon-Onion-Smoked Gouda Chipotle Burger

bacon-onion-gouda-chipotle-burgerMan, this may just be the best burger I’ve ever eaten!  The hubs grilled the meat patties and I came up with the rest of the magic.  Mmmm……Mmmm……Mmmmm……is all I can say!

I want to take this opportunity to mention the wonderful little commercially-made low-carb hamburger buns called SMART BUNS by SmartBaking Company in my photo.  A friend over at Low Carb Friends Forums (Ouizoid is her member name) mentioned them not too long ago and I decided to order some at Netrition.com).  They are just marvelous in neutral flavor and texture!  You’ll swear you’re eating a regular high-carb bun!  And there is a bit of deductible sugar alcohol in them that, along with a hefty measure of fiber, makes them zero carb.  Only 4 net carbs even if you don’t deduct the sugar alcohol!  The bag says gluten-free, but most will tell you Oat fiber isn’t 100% gluten-free, so Celiacs will not be able to enjoy these most likely.  I have no such issues, so I will be ordering these regularly to be used exclusively for burgers, as they are a little pricey to use for everything bread-related.  I will continue to bake my own low-carb breads for other uses.   Charcoaled burgers are pretty darn special at our house and worthy of the extra expense, not to mention the time savings. 🙂

These burgers, due to grain product in the buns, are not suitable until you are past Atkins Induction Phase.  They are suitable for Keto diets, but unsuitable for Primal-Paleo.  But you folks can certainly use a plan-suitable bun and enjoy this delicious recipe.

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INGREDIENTS: 

1 lb. ground beef

4 slices bacon, cut into large pieces

2 oz. onion, slivered in thin wedges

2 oz. shredded Smoked Gouda cheese (or cheese of choice)

4 T. my Chipotle Mayonnaise  (I added more at the table to mine)

4 Smart Buns (or low-carb buns of your choice)

DIRECTIONS:  Form four patties with your hamburger meat and grill as usual to desired doneness.  While those are being cooked, brown the bacon and onion until the onion is beginning to brown and caramelize.  With your spatula, divide the mixture into 4 equal groups in the skillet.  Place 1/4 of the cheese atop each group.  This will “bind” it together as the cheese melts so it will stay put on your burger while you eat it.  Place lid on skillet and turn off heat.  In a minute or so the cheese will be melted.  Place a patty on each bun bottom.  With your spatula, carefully dip up each portion of the bacon-onion topping onto each burger patty.  Squirt (from a mustard squirt bottle if you have one) or dip your mayo equally onto the four burgers and top with bun top.  Finally, CHOW DOWN on these tasty wonders!

NUTRITIONAL INFO:   Makes 4 burgers.  Each contains:

469 calories, 36.6 g fat, 17.5 g carbs, 12.2 g fiber, 5.3 g NET CARBS, 35.3 g protein, 562 mg sodium

Shrimp Putanesca on Zoodles

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

 

Peggy’s Original Pizza Crust

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This is my first pizza crust recipe and this is the only one I have been willing to put my stamp of approval on.  This is the one I keep coming back to with consistent results.  My Gluten-Free crust recipe is good, don’t get me wrong, but it doesn’t get quite as crisp as this one.  I prefer a crisper crust.  The all-cheese crusts get crisp, but frankly are just to “salty” for my taste.  This one is just right in my opinion.  None of my other experiments with crusts have WOW’ed me quite like this one.  This tastes like pizza parlor “crisp crust” to me.   The inspirational recipe I tweaked to arrive at this one was Sherrielee’s Artisan Flatbread.

This crust is not acceptable until the grains rung of OWL, however.  Please be aware that although Carbquick is low in carbs, it still has some real wheat flour in it.  If you cannot do flour, you will want to use all gluten-free mix or try my Gluten-Free Pizza Crust recipe instead.

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INGREDIENTS: 

4 oz. cream cheese, softened

2 beaten eggs

½ c. Jennifer Eloffs Gluten-Free Bake Mix

¼ c. CarbQuick bake mix (or more of the above gluten-free mix if you need gluten-free)

½ tsp. baking soda

½ tsp. baking powder

½ c. grated mozzarella cheese

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2 T. Parmesan cheese

DIRECTIONS:  Line a 13-16″ pizza pan (mine has holes in the bottom)  with parchment paper.  Soften cream cheese and beat in the eggs.  Add the dry ingredients and cheese in the order listed above.  Stir, beating until batter is smooth.  Evenly spread onto parchment paper with a rubber spatula, trying to keep the thickness even throughout.  Bake in preheated 350º oven for about 15-20 minutes until just done in the center to the touch, but not really browned yet.  Remove from oven, cool a few minutes and then slide parchment out from under the crust like a magic demo man jerks the table cloth out from under the set table without jostling the dishes (mine comes out just fine each time).  Now top your partially cooked crust with sauce, spices, cheese and toppings of your choice. Bake another 15 minutes or so to melt cheese and meld flavors.

NUTRITIONAL INFO:  Makes 8 slices, each contains: (not including your toppings)

147 calories, 12.3 g  fat, 3.51 g carbs, 1.73 g  fiber, 1.78 g NET CARBS, 8.94 g  protein, 244 mg sodium

Hearts with Strawberry Sauce

hearts-with-strawberry-sauceI made some little heart-shaped cakes with strawberry sauce for my hubby’s sweet tooth this Valentine’s Day.   He ran an errand in town and this little surprise was waiting for him when he walked in the door.  He was MOST pleased.  🙂  I have to say, they were quite tasty.  I doubled an existing small cake recipe so there would be a few leftover.  This is the silicone pan I used, but any cupcake shape will work:  heart-mini-cake-panThis recipe is not suitable until you reach the grains level of Phase 2 Atkins.  Many delicious low-carb recipes like this can be at your fingertips with your very own cookbooks from LOW CARBING AMONG FRIENDS, by Jennifer Eloff and low-carb friends (me included).  Chef George Stella also brings you a wealth of delicious recipes you will love!  Order yours TODAY! from Amazon  or our direct order site: amongfriends.us/order.php.

INGREDIENTS:

2 recipes my Einkorn Individual Vanilla Cake

1¼ c. whole, frozen strawberries (no sugar added)

¼ tsp xanthan gum (or your favorite thickener)

4 drops liquid sweetener of choice (I used EzSweets)

VARIATION:  You can puree the sauce with your stick blender if you prefer. 

DIRECTIONS:   Make the cake batter per that recipe’s instructions, but add 1/4 c. of the strawberries to the batter.  Beat with a stick blender until smooth.  Fill mold slots half full, which made 8 little cakes for me (with other size molds, your mileage may vary).  Microwave on HI for 2 minutes or until center is dry to the touch.    Tip out of molds with the tip of a knife onto a waiting platter or service plates.  When cool, top with sauce made as follows:  Heat over medium heat the remaining strawberries, any juice and the sweetener.  When it begins to simmer, stir in the xanthan gum and stir constantly until thick.

NUTRITIONAL INFO:   Makes 8 small cakes, each contains:

113.6 calories, 8.33 g fat, 7.50 g carbs, 2.0 g fiber, 5.50 g NET CARBS, 4.57 g protein, 63 mg sodium

Banana-Coco-Nutty Candy

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I don’t eat many sweets, but when I do, it’s usually candy or pure chocolate.  I got to thinking about my Peanutty Coconut Candy yesterday and wondered what it would be like with banana in it.  So I mashed one of the beautiful bananas I bought at the store yesterday morning and just took equal amounts of the main ingredients I wanted to include and formed some of the tastiest candies!  They are very filling, too!  Just one takes the edge off my occasional sweet tooth.  I think I may even like this version better than the original peanut-coconut version!  After popping the candies out of the mold slots, I decided to store them in a zip-loc bag in the freezer.  They don’t get hard, just firm and chewy, so they can be eaten right out of the freezer!

I used 1″ square silicone candy molds to make mine,  but you could also just roll into balls and if desired, coat with more dessicated coconut.  You could also roll into balls and flatten into hockey puck disks.  Or you might roll then into little logs and coat with finely chopped peanuts!  HAVE FUN SHAPING THEM or use whatever shape candy molds you may have!

These are not suitable until the higher fruit rung of the Atkins Pre-Maintenance or Mainitenance Phase.  They are suitable for Keto diets as well.   The sweetener would have to be modified for this to be acceptable for Primal-Paleo.

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INGREDIENTS: 

1     6-oz. banana, mashed

1 c. dessicated coconut (unsweetened)

1 c. natural peanut butter (I use Laura Scudder)

3/4 c. erythritol (or other sweetener to equal 3/4 c. sugar)

2 pkts. stevia (I used NuNaturals)

DIRECTIONS:   Using a fork, mash the banana in the bottom of a mixing bowl.  I added the juice of a wedge of lemon to prevent darkening, as candy is slow to be eaten in my house.  Add the peanut butter and stir well to blend.

Add coconut and blend it into the mixture until all ingredients are uniformly mixed.  Add sweeteners last and stir.  Press into silicone molds, pressing down firmly.  Set mold on a flat pan and place in freezer for about 2 hours.   The mixture will make 28 small 1″ candies of about 1½-2 T. of the mixture.   Your numbers may vary, so I will provide the nutritional values for the entire recipe so you can calculate your per piece figures from the number you get.

NUTRITIONAL INFO:    (does not include any additional coconut/peanut coating)  Entire recipe contains 3,034 calories, 239 g  fat, 133 g. carbs, 48.3 g fiber, 84.7 g. NET CARBS, 95.7 g. protein.

If yield is 28 pieces, each piece contains:

108 calories, 8.55 g  fat, 4.75 g  carbs, 1.72 g  fiber, 3.03 g  NET CARBS, 3.41 g  protein, 37 mg sodium

Bacon-Onion Heart Quiche

img_5611These are phase 1 of our Valentine’s Day celebration today……..Bacon-Onion Heart Quiches.  They were very tasty and the hubs was quite pleased. 🙂  I’m making him Strawberry Heart Mini Cakes for his dessert tonight  (we’re eating Indian food out for dinner).  These were made in a fun little pan I found somewhere years ago I just had to have.  The slots are only 3/4″ tall, so it makes individual portion cakes (or whatever).  heart-cake-panThese tasty breakfast “hearts” are as easy as pie to make.  You can use any shaped pan molds, silicone molds or regular cupcake pans (or whatever you have available).  There is nothing sacrosanct about the shape here.  This recipe is suitable for all phases of Atkins, Keto diets.  Primal-Paleo will need to use a plan-suitable bread at the bottom.

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INGREDIENTS:

4 slices bacon, chopped fine

2 oz. onion, chopped fine

1 slice low-carb bread (I had this on-hand focaccia bread)

3 extra-large eggs (or 4 large), beaten

DIRECTIONS:  Preheat oven to 350º.  Using a brush, oil your baking pan slots with a dab of olive oil.  Crumbled the bread evenly into the bottoms of the slots.  Pour the beaten egg mixture into the slots.

In a non-stick skillet, brown the bacon.  When it is done but not quite crisp, add the onion and saute until the bacon is browned and onion is beginning to brown as well.  Sprinkle about 1 T. of the bacon-onion mixture over the tops of each portion.  Pop pan into 350º oven for about 13-15 minutes or until egg is set up in the center when touched with your finger.  Do not over cook lest they dry out.   Lift them out gently with the tip of a knife and serve at once.

NUTRITIONAL INFO:   Makes 5 Heart Quiches, each contains:

146.4 calories, 11.8 g fat, 1.74 g carbs, 0.40 g fiber, 1.34 g NET CARBS, 9.14 g protein, 225 mg sodium

Bacon Wilted Salad

Bacon Wilted Salad

This was the very first salad I was willing to eat for my Mother and to this day, is my favorite.  I do this one often with grilled steaks.  For years  I didn’t like anything with vinegar in/on it! But of course, the rest of the family added a splash of red wine vinegar in varying amounts.   That was their personal preference, but my preference was just the warm bacon grease on this.  This makes a lovely lunch all by itself, with a little extra bacon on it perhaps.  It is suitable for all phases of Atkins and Primal-Paleo as well.  It’s a great way to boost your day’s fat macros, too!!

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INGREDIENTS:

3 slices thick slice bacon, chopped

2 c. salad greens of your choosing (spinach, lettuce, arugula, radicchio,etc)

6 slices cucumber

Sprinkle of green onion, chopped

3 cherry tomatoes, sliced in half

OPTIONAL:  Splash of vinegar of your choice

DIRECTIONS:  Prepare the plate of salad greens, adding the cucumber slices and tomatoes on top.  Brown the bacon over high heat in a medium skillet.  Do not drain unless there is more than 3 T. grease in the pan.  Pour bacon with 3 T. of hot bacon grease over the greens to wilt them.  Serve at once with a heavy sprinkle of coarse black pepper and some nice grilled steaks.

NUTRITIONAL INFO:  Makes 1 serving which contains:

504 calories, 49 g fat  (use less bacon/grease to reduce fat), 7.6 g carbs, 3.8 g fiber, 3.8 g NET CARBS, 8.2 g protein

Southwest Ham-n-Cheese Squash

Southwest Ham-n-Cheese Squash

Once again, the Queen of Leftovers creates a surprisingly delicious dish with a bit of “this and that” she has been staring at the last few days in the fridge.  One small piece of thick ham steak, half a spaghetti squash and an avocado getting way too ripe on my kitchen counter.  Just sounded like a Mexican meal in the making to me!  This creation sort of reminds me of Ham-Mac-and-Cheese.  But the generous handful of cilantro really takes it to a different flavor level.  For those that don’t like cilantro, just leave it out and sub in a little chili powder.  This dish will be nearly as good without it, I’m sure.

The Mexican Poinsettia stuck onto my guacamole was an afterthought, but I thought it came out very pretty!    I quartered 2 San Marzano tomatoes and 1 thin slice of jalapeno pepper for my flower.  This recipe is suitable for all phases of Atkins and other Ketogenic diets, but is not suitable for Primal-Paleo unless you sub in coconut cream for the cheeses (might also require a little chili powder to kill the coconut taste.).

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INGREDIENTS:

1/2 of a medium, 7-8″ long spaghetti squash (about 1¾ c. threads)

2 tsp. bacon grease

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

4 oz. chopped ham

¼ c. red bell pepper, chopped

½ c. chopped cilantro

2 oz. American Deluxe or cheddar cheese, shredded

2 oz. Monterrey Jack Cheese (I used 2 slices)

DIRECTIONS:  Preheat oven to 350º.  Place the half squash cut-side down in a dish with ½” water and microwave on HI for 13 minutes.  Fork the threads into a bowl and save the shell to stuff.  While it is cooking, Melt the bacon grease in a skillet and saute the onion until tender.  Add the ham and bell pepper and saute until they are done/tender respectively. Turn off fire and stir in the cilantro.  Add half the ham mixture to the bowl of squash and stir well.  Add the American or cheddar cheese shreds and stir again.  Spoon into the squash shell.  Top with the 2 slices of Jack cheese any way you want to arrange/cut and place it.  Top with the remainder of the ham mixture and pop into the 3350º oven just long enough to melt the Jack cheese, or about 15 minutes.  Remove and scoop half the squash contents onto each plate and serve with guacamole or a green salad.

NUTRITIONAL INFO:    Makes 2 servings, each contains:

399 calories, 26.5 g  fat, 14.45 g  carbs, 2.65 g  fiber, 11.80 g  NET CARBS, 26 g  protein, 1600 mg sodium (soak ham in water for 1 hour before frying to lower sodium)

Blueberry Pie

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We have company in from Dallas tonight and I made a blueberry pie to serve using my new Einkorn flour-Almond flour pie crust.  I wasn’t exactly sure I was going to pull the top crust off, as low-carb pie dough is so fragile, but with much care I managed to get it onto the berry-filled bottom crust just fine.  It sliced nicely, tasted wonderful and will be a lovely dessert to serve my company. This recipe is one of the carbiest on my website and is therefore not suitable until you reach the berry rung of the Atkins Phase 2 OWL carb reintroduction ladder, and it would probably be wise to wait until you are nearly at goal weight for enjoying this one.  The higher carb count is mostly attributable to the berries themselves, as the crust is only responsible for around 7 of the 17.7 net carbs.   So I’m afraid the only way to cut carbs on this would be to cut the pie into smaller pieces.   This pie is not suitable for Primal-Paleo followers unless you use a plan-suitable crust.

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INGREDIENTS:

2 lb. frozen blueberries, unsweetened

¼ c. erythritol (or equivalent sweetener to equal ¼c. sugar)

¼ tsp. glucomannan powder (or your preferred thickener)

2 recipes my Einkorn-Almond Flour Pie Crust

DIRECTIONS:   Preheat oven to 350º.  Make a double recipe of the pie crust as instructed in the recipe linked above.   Divide the dough in half and form into balls.  Chill for 30 minutes.  Take one of the portions from the refrigerator and place it on a piece of parchment paper.  Lay a piece of plastic wrap on top and using a rolling pin, roll it into a circle slightly larger than you pie plate.  Invert the plate centered over the dough and grabbing plate, dough, paper and all, flip the plate back upright with the sheet of dough now on top.   I find gravity pulls the the dough right down into the pie plate.  Gently peel off the parchment paper.  If crust tears, just press it gently with your fingers to “mend the cracks”.  🙂  Crimp the edges decoratively however you like.  Pop into a preheated 350º oven for 10 minutes, precooking just to the stage the dough feels dry on the surface (half cooked, but not brown yet).

While the bottom crust is cooking, place blueberries in a medium bowl.  Sprinkle with the erythritol and glucomannan powder (or whatever thickener you prefer).  Stir them every few minutes to allow the filling to begin thickening (though it will not be fully thickened until it has baked and cooled).  Remove the bottom pie crust from the oven as soon as it is dry to the touch.  Cool it a few minutes and then stir the berries one last time and fill the bottom crust, spreading the berries evenly in the pie shell.

Remove the remaining dough from the fridge.  Run a damp sponge over your counter and place a piece of plastic wrap on it so it is smooth.  The water keeps it from sliding around.  Place the chilled ball of dough on top.  Lay a second piece of plastic wrap on top and roll it just the size of your pie plate.  Slide the crust, plastic and all onto a sheet pan or the back of a cake pan lid and set in the refrigerator to chill 15 minutes.  Remove from the fridge and carefully remove the top sheet of plastic wrap.  Quickly flip the crust onto your left hand that is centered right over the bottom crust, simultaneously sliding your left hand out from under it as you let the crust fall onto the pie below.  Remove the remaining piece of plastic wrap carefully.  Crimp the top crust and bottom crust together along the edges as best you can.  Pop the assembled pie into a 350º oven for about 35 minutes or until the top crust is browned in the center. The very center of mine was SLOW to brown (not sure why), thus, as you see in the pics, mine browned a bit too much on the edges.  Next time I will definitely use my metal crust protector ring so that won’t happen.  You might want to use foil to protect the edge of your pie from browning so much.

NUTRITIONAL INFO:   Makes 8 servings, each contains:

318 calories, 25 g  fat, 29.32 g  carbs, 11.57 g  fiber, 17.75 g  NET CARBS  (14.2 net carbs per serving if cut into 10 slices), 7.07 g  protein, 161 mg sodium

Blueberry Pancakes

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I created these for our Christmas morning breakfast.  Mmmm.  They sure came out light and fluffy.  Very tasty with sugar-free blueberry syrup.  I basically took my Nectarine Pancake recipe, added 1T. flax and subbed blueberries for the nectarines.  If you don’t have blueberry syrup, make your own using a few berries, mashed and heated up with a bit of water, some sweetener and thickener of your choice.  Sorry, but these pancakes are not Induction friendly.  You must wait until the grains rung of the OWL ladder to enjoy these due to the oat flour in them.

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INGREDIENTS:

3 eggs, beaten

¼ c. heavy cream

¼ c. water

¼ tsp. vanilla extract

6 drops EzSweets liquid sweetener

½ c. Jennifer Eloff’s Splendid Gluten-Free bake mix:  http://low-carb-news.blogspot.com/2011/04/im-very-excited-to-unveil-my-splendid.html

½ c. Carbquick bake mix (or more of above mix for gluten free version)

2 tsp. baking powder

2 tsp. oat fiber (omit for gluten free version)

1 T. flax meal (preferably golden)

3/4 c. frozen blueberries

1/2 tsp. glucomannan powder (optional volumizer)

DIRECTIONS:  Beat eggs in a medium mixing bowl.  Add cream, water, sweetener and vanilla.  Stir well.  Add all dry ingredients.  Gently fold in berries and let batter sit a bit while griddle is heating on medium-high heat.  Oil griddle with your preferred oil.  Using a ¼ c. measuring cup, dip batter onto greased griddle.  When 1st side is brown, flip and brown 2nd side.  This batter will make eight 4-4½” pancakes.      Top with sugar-free blueberry or maple syrup and enjoy!

NUTRITIONAL INFO:   Makes 8 pancakes, each contains:

92.63 calories, 6.94 g  fat, 8.83 g  carbs, 5.09 g  fiber, 3.74 NET CARBS, 7.38 g  protein, 202 mg sodium

Mashed Cauliflower (Foolproof!)

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I can’t believe I have been managing this blog since mid-2009 and I have never posted my Mashed Cauliflower recipe!  Since I often make these for either Thanksgiving or Christmas dinner, I thought they would make a nice addition to my Holiday posts this week.  I only recently discovered a way to really firm up this ever-popular dish with low-carbers.  That secret ingredient is glucomannan powder, derived from the konjac tuber.  Although a bit pricey, a bag of this stuff will last you a year (or longer!), as you use such tiny amounts in cakes, cookies and puddings for thickening or texture enhancing of your baked goods.  In this recipe, only ¼-½ tsp. is needed to do the job.  Glucomannan is what they make shirataki noodles from if you do not know this factoid.  I purchase mine at Netrition.com.  It’s pure fiber and will do wonders for your mashed cauli if you have problems with moisture bleeding out of the cauliflower after whipping, resulting in a “soupy” batch.

This recipe is suitable for all phases of Atkins and Keto diets.

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INGREDIENTS:

1 medium head cauliflower

4 T. butter

2 T. cream cheese

1/8-¼ tsp. sea salt

¼-½ tsp. glucomannan powder

VARIATION:   Add 2-4 T. heavy cream for even richer results

DIRECTIONS:   Stem and cut up cauliflower into flowerettes.  Place in 4-qt. saucepan, cover with water and bring to boil.  Lower heat to medium and cook until very tender when poked with a knife or fork.  Drain off water in a colander or sieve.  After water is drained, using the back of a spoon, press the cauliflower against the wall of the colander or sieve to press out even more water until most appears to be released.  Spoon back into the saucepan.

Add the butter cheese and salt and whip with a hand mixer or stick blender until very smooth.  Add ¼ tsp. of the glucomannan and pulse the blender/mixer a few seconds.  If still a pretty loose mixture add the rest of the gluc powder, whipping once again to incorporate it throughout the mixture.  The mixture will continue to firm up a little more more as it sits on your table.  You don’t want to overdo gluc powder, as it will REALLY get stiff if you put too much!  Any leftovers on this dish are fantastic great reheated with a bit of chopped green onion and cheese on top. 😉

NUTRITIONAL INFO:   Makes 6 servings, each contains: (not including any heavy cream)

109 calories, 11.36 g fat, 5.26 g carbs, 2.45 g fiber, 2.81 g NET CARBS, 2.35 g protein, 96.33 g sodium

Tuna-Cauli Cakes

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

Curried Meatballs and Cauliflower

curried-meat-balls-and-cauliflowerMy husband wanted something “Indian” for dinner tonight.  I had thawed a pound of ground pork and also had half a pound of lean ground beef in the fridge.  We both love those tiny meatballs that appear on Indian restaurant buffet tables, so I decided to give them a stab and see what I ended up with.  Using what veggies I had on hand, this was the final dish and brother was it ever good!  Not at all spicy, so double the jalapeno if you’re into spicy, or add a dash of cayenne pepper.  For the non-low-carbers at the table, this would be delicious served with basmati rice, but it was pretty darn good just as is, quite honestly.  This dish is suitable for all phases of Atkins, Keto diets, and would be OK for Primal-Paleo using coconut milk for the cream.

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INGREDIENTS:

½ medium head cauliflower, cut into flowerettes

1 lb. lean ground pork

½ lb. lean ground beef

1 egg, beaten

2 oz. raw onion

2 cloves garlic

2 tsp. ground ginger root

1 tsp,. total Garam Masala

1 jalapeno, seeded and coarsely chopped (use 2 for spicier dish)

¼ c. cilantro for meat

¼ tsp. ground turmeric

¼ tsp. salt

2 plum tomatoes, coarsely chopped

½ c. cream + ½ c. water

1-2 T. more chopped cilantro for sauce

Dash curry powder

2 T. coconut or olive oil for browning meatballs stove-top (or bake them on non-stick pan)

VARIATION:  Add ¼-½ tsp. crushed dried mint to meat mixture (or 6 fresh leaves chopped).  you can also use ground lamb in this recipe for a more intense meat flavor.

DIRECTIONS:  Cut up cauliflower and partially cook in boiling water until just half tender.  You want it under-cooked as it will cook more once in your skillet sauce.  Drain and set aside for now.

In a food processor, pulse to a smooth mixture both meats, the egg, onion, garlic, ginger, jalapeno, ¼ c. cilantro, turmeric, salt and ½ tsp. of the Garam Masala spice blend.  Heat coconut oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat (medium if not using a non-stick pan).  You can also bake the meatballs if you prefer to eliminate the need for any coconut oil (for about 20 minutes at 350º).  Form into twenty 1½” meatballs. Brown them rotating gently as they brown.  Spoon/drain off excess grease, if any.

When meatballs are nice an golden and almost done through, add the cream and water to the pan.  Using a silicone spatula, scrape up any brown bits off the pan so it will make the sauce richer.  Add chopped tomato, the final bit of the cilantro (and dried mint if using), dash curry powder and the rest of the Garam Masala spice.  Gently stir in the cauliflower chunks, coating each with sauce.  Simmer on low heat until thick to allow flavors to meld together nicely.  If the sauce is not thick enough for your taste, dust with the tiniest dusting of xanthan gum or your preferred thickener.  Work it into the sauce with your spatula until it has done a proper thickening job.  It will not take much at all.

NUTRITIONAL INFO:  Makes 5 servings (4 meatballs each with 1/4 cauli/sauce mixture).  Each serving contains:

428 calories, 33 g fat, 9.36 g carbs, 3.64 g fiber, 5.72 g NET CARBS, 25.5 g protein, 258 mg sodium

Broccoli and Mushrooms al Pesto

Broccoli & Mushrooms al PestoI decided to take some of my low-carb glucomannan dumplings and add some pesto sauce recently and was that ever good!  I need to post that gnocchi recipe, too, soon.  We had a few gnocchi leftover so I created this tasty way to serve broccoli tonight.  Simple really and quite tasty with baked chicken.  Just a little caramelized onion, mushrooms and cream and VOILA, a tasty side!  It was so good with chicken, next time I think I’ll saute cut-up bite-size chicken bits and add it right into the dish for a casserole, with some fresh Parmesan cheese grated over it for a binder!   This dish is suitable for all phases of Atkins, Keto diets.  It is not suitable for Primal-Paleo due to dumpling ingredients.

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INGREDIENTS:

1/4 recipe my Dumplings made into small gnocchi

1 oz. slivered onion

2 T. butter

4-oz. can sliced mushrooms, undrained

2 T. heavy cream

1/8 tsp. xanthan gum (optional to thicken sauce slightly)

10 broccoli flowerets

1½ T. pesto sauce (or a commercial sauce is OK)

Dash each salt and black pepper

DIRECTIONS:   Make a batch of my dumpling dough in a small bowl, stirring ½ tbsp. pesto sauce right into the batter.  Cook according tot he directions in that recipe (linked above).  You will only need a small part of it for this vegetable dish.  Roll ¼ of the pesto-flavored dough into a ½” “rope.  You can make up the rest of the dough into more gnocchi or larger dumplings for a soup or other meal.  Cut the “rope” into small bites about ½” balls, allowing the cut off pieces to land on a silicone sheet, Silpat® or waxed paper.  These DO swell up and will almost double in size when gently simmered.  When the dumplings are done cooking dip out of the water with a slotted spoon and drain on paper towels until ready to serve.

In a medium ceramic vegetable dish, steam the broccoli in a bit of water until nearly done (about 3-4 minutes on HI in your microwave).  Drain off water.  Stir in the cream, xanthan gum, mushrooms with their liquid (or drain if you prefer), the remaining pesto sauce, salt and pepper and set aside.

Now melt the butter in a small skillet and saute the onion until it begins to brown.  I didn’t brown mine quite enough and will do so next time.  🙂  Remove onions from heat.  Stir the pesto gnocchi into the broccoli-mushroom mixture.  Finally spread the caramelized onions on the top.  You can add fresh grated Parmesan cheese to the top if you like, but I have not included that in my numbers below.  You can serve at once (which I did) or pop into an oven for 15-20 minutes to allow flavors to mellow even more.  ENJOY!

NUTRITIONAL INFO:   Makes 3 servings, each contains:

168 calories, 15.8 g  fat, 5.73 g  carbs, 2.06 g  fiber, 3.67 g  NET CARBS, 3.73 g  protein, 248 mg sodium