Salisbury Steak

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This Atkins Induction-friendly dish is delicious!  It is also acceptable for you Keto dieters.  It is VERY easy to prepare and when I was still teaching, I would often cook this when I came home particularly tired, or had a lot of papers to grade that night.  I have also done this recipe chopping up the mushrooms real fine and adding to the patties themselves.    It’s very good done that way, too.

VARIATION:  Add 1 T. finely minced red bell pepper to the meat for a slightly different taste.

This entree pairs nicely with butter-rich mashed cauliflower and a green vegetable of your choice.

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INGREDIENTS:

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Before adding cream.

½ lb. ground beef

½ lb. ground pork (or more ground beef)

2 T. finely minced yellow onion

1 T. chopped parsley

1 beaten egg

½ c. crushed plain pork rinds (add not salt to the meat or sauce as these are salty enough)

1/3 c. sliced fresh mushrooms (or small can with juice)

½ c. canned low sodium beef bouillon (or homemade beef stock)

¼ c. heavy cream (omit for for non-dairy version)

1 T. olive oil

2 T. white or red wine (omit if still in Atkins Induction)

Dash each celery seed, onion powder, black pepper

OPTIONAL:  Some chopped celery added to the pan after browning meat.

DIRECTIONS:  Mix the meats, parsley, onion, pork rinds and egg together in a bowl with your hands.  Form into 4 patties.  Coat non-stick skillet with olive oil and brown patties over medium heat.  Lower heat to low and add bouillon and cream.   Slice mushrooms and add to skillet.  Add seasonings and celery if using.  DO NOT SALT as the pork rinds will give enough salt to this dish.   Cover and cook about 20 minutes longer, turning patties once during coking to ensure even cooking.  Uncover and simmer to reduce cream to thicken.  If not thick enough, dust on a couple light dustings of xanthan gum or guar gum.  Stir after each addition to prevent lumps.  Great with mashed cauliflower and some green vegetable.

NUTRITIONAL INFO:  Makes 4 servings, each contains:  (not including optional celery)

451.75 Calories

34.28 g  fat

2 g  carbs, 0.25 g fiber, 1.83 NET CARBS

31.23  g  protein

3 g   alcohol

Beef & Bacon Stuffed Squash

Beef-Stuffed Spaghetti Squash

This delicious dish is so rich and creamy you’re going to love it!  Not a lot of ingredients but a nice combination of flavors in this one.  This recipe is suitable for all phases of Atkins, Keto diets, and Primal diets.

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INGREDIENTS: 

1½ c. cooked spaghetti squash threads (I used a 6″ squash which was perfect.)

2 slices thick bacon, chopped coarsely

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

3/4 tsp. Victoria Gourmet No-Salt Lemon Pepper(I actually did 1 with lemon pepper and 1 with homemade Montreal Seasoning.  Both were quite tasty!)

2 large green onions, chopped

2 oz. (4 T.) cream cheese

¼ c. shredded mozzarella cheese

VARIATION:  Use another seasoning of your choosing to change this up.

DIRECTIONS:  Cut squash in half lengthwise and invert in a shallow dish with a little water.  Microwave on HI for 13 minutes. Remove and fork out the threads carefully so as not to tear the outer shells that will become their own “bowl”.  You will only be using 1½ c. of the threads.  Reserve the rest for another use.

In a non-stick skillet or wok over high heat, fry the bacon.  When partially cooked, add the beef, breaking it up with your spoon as you cook the two completely until completely done.  Add the seasoning you have chosen and the green onions.  Just saute until onion is slightly softened.  Add the cream cheese and stir until it is uniformly melted and blended with the meat mixture.  Remove from heat.  Spoon half the mixture into each empty squash shell.  Sprinkle 2 T. mozzarella shreds over each filled squash half.  Pop into 350º oven for around 20 minutes or until cheese is melted on top and slightly beginning to brown.  Serve at once with a salad or green veggie.

NUTRITIONAL INFO:   Makes 2 adult servings, each contains:

627 calories

43.6 g fat (reduce bacon and/or cut mozzarella cheese to lower fat)

10.8 g carbs, 2.25 g fiber, 8.55 g NET CARBS

46.2 g protein

1100 mg sodium

Upside-Down Spinach Omelet

IMG_5201Upside Down Spinach OmeletAnother inverted omelet.   I love ’em!  This breakfast creation came together with a little leftover spinach from last night’s dinner.  Many of my breakfast creations involve dinner leftovers.  Not fond of keeping leftovers lolling around in my refrigerator for over a day. 🙂   This one was particularly tasty and the hubs volunteered “Be sure to post this one to the blog.”  He isn’t usually vociferous about what he eats so I really take note when he is.  This recipe is suitable for all phases of Atkins, Keto diets, Paleo and Primal as well.

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INGREDIENTS:

2 slices bacon, chopped

2 small slices cured ham, chopped (I used Cure 81)

¼ tsp. onion powder

½ T. unsalted butter

½ c. cooked spinach, drained

1 oz. shredded Monterrey Jack cheese (about ¼ c.)

3 extra large eggs, beaten (or 4 smaller ones)

Pinch homemade Cavender’s Greek Seasoning

DIRECTIONS:  Preheat oven to 350º.  In a 7″ non-stick skillet over high heat, fry the bacon and ham until nearly done.  Add the onion powder and stir.  Add butter and melt.  Using your spatula, distribute the meat mixture evenly on bottom of skillet.  Evenly dot the surface with the spinach.   Sprinkle the top with the cheese.  Beat the eggs in a bowl with the pinch of Cabender’s spice and pour them slowly over the top disturbing the spinach-meat mixture as little as possible (for the prettiest final result).  Pop into 350º oven for about 15-17 minutes or until set but not actually browning.  Remove, loosen edges by running a spatula around the omelet rim.  With one hand, invert a plate (centered) over the skillet.  With both hands, pick up the skillet and flip the pan to allow the omelet to drop onto the serving plate, hopefully in the center.  If your skillet handle prevents centering (like mine), push the omelet on the plate with your spatula to try centering.  Cut into 4 wedges.

NUTRITIONAL INFO:  Depends on how you cut/consume this, but assuming this is for 2 adults, each serving will contain:

402 calories

31.9 g fat

3.45 g carbs, 1.05 g fiber, 2.40 g NET CARBS

26.55 g protein

1013 sodium (from the meats)

 

3-Cheese Fish Florentine

3-Cheese Fish FlorentineTonight’s baked fish dinner was delicious!!  My husband isn’t a big fish fan and he said I could fix this one again any old time.   This was so yummy!  I confess I had misgivings about whether it would have enough flavor, but it DID!  The ricotta and mozzarella mellowed the fish taste; the Parm cheese and the particular brand used of No-Salt Lemon Pepper by Victoria Gourmet was just the pizazz it needed.  Her blend has a trace of sugar in it, but the flavor is so much superior to any brand I’ve ever tasted, I’ll pay that price.  This blend has 0 carbs per tsp. so the amount is clearly waaay less than 0.5g sugar (considering it also has zest and herbs) for them to be able to round total carbs down to 0. This recipe isn’t suitable until you reach Phase 2 (OWL, Ongoing Weight Loss) of Atkins.  It is suitable for Keto diets and those primal followers that eat dairy occasionally.

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INGREDIENTS:

2   6-oz. fish filets (flounder, Blue fish, or whatever is available to you)

½ c. ricotta cheese

½ c. shredded mozzarella cheese

1 small clove garlic, minced

½ tsp. No-Salt Lemon Pepper by Victoria Gourmet

1 c. frozen chopped spinach, cooked, drained well

2 T. grated Parmesan cheese

3 cherry tomatoes, halved

DIRECTIONS:  Preheat oven to 350º.  Lightly oil a baking pan.  Boil the spinach and drain.  Either press the liquid out using a sieve and the back of a large spoon or squeeze the moisture out with your hands or a clean kitchen towel.  Set spinach in a small bowl and stir in the minced garlic.

Pat dry the fish fillets with paper towels and lay them on the pan so that they are not touching each other.  With the back of a spoon thinly spread the ricotta evenly on each fillet almost out to the edges, but not quite.  Sprinkle 2 T. mozzarella shreds on top of each fillet.  Slightly press it into the ricotta with your fingertips.  Evenly line up the spinach down the center of each fillet as shown in the photo.  Top each row of spinach with 1 T. grated Parmesan cheese.  Place 3 tomato halves down the center of the spinach hill cut side down.  Pop into 350º oven for about 30 minutes or until it begins to brown just a bit.  Remove and serve at once with your favorite side dish or a lovely green salad.

NUTRITIONAL INFO:    Makes 2 servings, each contains:

335 calories

17.5 g fat

8.65 g carbs, 2.50 g fiber, 6.15 g NET CARBS

38.5 g protein

620 mg sodium

Baked “Potato”

Baked Potato

Shown with an Achiote (also called annatto) Mexican spiced beef patty and steamed squash with onions (my husbands favorite)

I wish I could take credit for this recipe, but another low-carber brought this cooked wonder up on one of my low-carb forum discussions.  I like to use moderately large turnips for this recipe.  Man, oh man!  This tastes JUST like a sweet, baked red-skinned potato!  No taste of turnip to me at all!  Now this comment is coming from someone who for YEARS picked the turnips out of the turnip green pot; who didn’t care for turnips stir-fried much either, because the bitterness often seen in turnips came out more in boiling and frying methods of cooking, in my opinion.  But I tell you, the way to cook these things is to microwave them!!!  No taste of turnip at all!   Just the creamy, sweet taste of a buttery red potato!

I did not care for these baked in a conventional oven.  And my husband, who detests turnips even agreed they don’t taste like turnips cooked this way!  So now you can have a baked “potato” with those grilled steaks!  I’m soooooo delighted to have discovered this method of cooking turnips!  This “potato” recipe is Induction friendly!

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NOTE:  You DO NOT want to eat the turnip peeling.   They are quite bitter.  You just eat the soft inside part of this “potato”. 🙂

INGREDIENTS:

4  whole 4-5 oz. turnips (or two larger ones if you can find them)

8 tsp. butter (2 tsp. allowed for each turnip/serving) (more if you like)

DIRECTIONS:

Wash and scrub the turnips under running water.  Trip the stem end flat and cut the point off the tip of the turnip as well.  Poke the turnip skin several times to avoid rupturing during cooking.  Place on microwave turntable.  Cook on HI for about 3 minutes.  Turn over and cook on HI for about 3 more minutes.     They should be thoroughly soft when done.  Split and place 2 tsp. butter on each turnip (or more if you can afford the fat grams).  You can also add the traditional baked potato toppings like sour cream, cheese, bacon bits and chives/green onion.  Those additions, however, are not calculated in the nutritional info below.

NUTRITIONAL INFO: Serves 2, each serving contains:

230 calories

20.5 g  fat

11.2 g  carbs, 4.4 g  fiber, 6.8 g NET CARBS (not bad for a baked “potato” with your steak!)

1.7 g  protein

60.2 mg sodium

Iranian Sabzi Wraps

Iranian Sabzi Wraps

Before a meal in Iran, an herb platter known as Sabzi Khordan is often served as a salad or first course.  It is served with their wonderful open-fire baked sheet bread.  Herbs are said to be an appetite stimulant, but they also complement many Iranian foods.  Sabzi is to Iranian meals what salsa is to Mexican cuisine.  It is added to many foods as well as being eaten alone. They will continue to pick more of the herbs off the platter throughout the meal, as they complement their stews, curries and grilled kebabs so nicely.  It’s similar to Tabouleh salad in flavor.  I have never liked it alone, but prefer it served with hummus to mellow the intense flavors.  The resulting combination is a horse of another color and altogether seriously delicious!!

Sadly I can’t get the wonderful sheet bread they made over there, baked on open ovens  directly over hot scorching pebbles.  So I serve mine on the closest thing I can find to Iranian sheet Noon bread:  Joseph’s Flax & Oat Fiber pita breads (the smallest ones they make), sold in a plastic blister pack covered with a plastic bag.  The ones sold in just the plastic bag much like flour tortillas are sold are a little larger and carry a heavier “price” on the carb count.

This is a GREAT dish for you vegetarians, too, so be sure to share with your vegetarian friends!  This dish is not suitable during Induction due to the chickpea flour.  The filling for these wraps, served as a side dish or as a curry or kebab complement, is suitable for Phase 2 (OWL, Ongoing Weight Loss) of Atkins.  But the wraps are would not be suitable until you reach the grains level of Phase 2 when you are much closer to goal weight.

VARIATION:  Add a few sprigs of fenugreek leaves, chopped.  I have them dried, but not quite as good in this. You want the fresh if possible.

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INGREDIENTS:

1½ c. parsley, chopped

½ c. spearmint, chopped

1 large green onion, chopped

2 sprigs cilantro, chopped

¼ c. chickpea flour

¼ c. whey protein powder (WPP) (unflavored and unsweetened)

2 T. tap water

1 clove garlic, minced

3 T. hemp hearts

1 T. fresh lemon juice

2 T. olive oil

½ – 1 tsp. glucomannan powder (only use if needed to thicken a bit)

1-2 small slices tomato for each wrap

4 Joseph’s Flax-Oat Fiber Pita (the small ones), or ½ sheet of Joseph’s lavash sheet bread

DIRECTIONS:  In a small bowl, mix the chickpea flour, WPP, garlic, water, olive oil  and lemon juice.  Beat with a whisk until smooth.  If not very thick, add the glucomannan powder and let sit 5-10 minutes.  In a medium mixing bowl, place the chopped herbs and green onion. Add the hemp hearts and herb mixture and stir. Place 1/4 of the mixture on half of the pita, top with 1-2 slices tomato, fold and close with a toothpick.  Kalamata olives and a bit of feta cheese pair nicely with these wraps.

NUTRITIONAL INFO:    Makes 4 wraps, each contains: (includes bread)

216.3 calories

13.0 g fat

16.02 g carbs, 7.02 g fiber, 9.0 g NET CARBS

15.2 g protein

315 mg sodium

Whey Protein Pancakes

Whey Protein Psylllium Pancakes

I’m following a dietary protocol that requires I consume a scoop of whey protein powder each day.  Yet I’m not too fond of shakes and smoothies.  So I decided to try my hand at a protein powder pancake.  I’ve made some before, but with flax meal added for the whole-wheat, nutty pancake flavor that yields.  This time I wanted a “white” pancake and created one I think I can like for getting down that protein powder with more variety.

These are suitable for all phases of Atkins, Keto diets and dairy-eating Primal Blueprint folks.

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INGREDIENTS: 

½ c. whey protein powder  (I use NOW brand, unsweetened, unflavored)

1 tsp. psyllium husk powder

1/9 tsp. salt

2 T. CarbQuik bake mix (or other low-carb bake mix)

2 large eggs, beaten

2 T. water

½ T. coconut oil

1 T. butter (or coconut oil) to cook

DIRECTIONS:  Beat the eggs, water, ½ T. coconut oil in a medium bowl.  In a small bowl, mix the dry ingredients together.  Add the dry ingredients to the egg mixture and whip with a whisk until smooth of lumps.  Heat griddle or skillet over medium heat.  Add the 1T. butter or oil for cooking.  Spoon this not-too-thick batter onto hot griddle into 3 equal puddles, as evenly as possible.  Patience, as they WILL rise, but not immediately.  When they begin to bubble on the top and bottoms are golden, flip and cook another minute until second side is golden.  Serve with your favorite sugar-free maple syrup or blended berry puree.

NUTRITIONAL INFO:     Makes 3 pancakes.  These are so filling, trust me, 1 will fill you up.  Psyllium swells in your tummy.  My husband had trouble eating his second one. Each pancake contains:

195.7 calories

14.4 g fat

4.30 g carbs, 2.63 g fiber, 1.67 g NET CARBS

20.43 g protein

347 mg sodium

 

Iranian Mint-Cucumber Salad

Iranian Cucumber Salad

This is one of those recipes I make so often, I no longer even think of it as a recipe.  I keep saying I’m going to upload it to the blog, but frankly, keep forgetting to do it.  I think it’s high time I shared this with my readers because it’s so darn good!

When I lived in Iran as a child, our maid Fatimeh made this salad often for us.  She preferred it with traditional Iranian sheep or goat yogurt but my mother preferred it with sour cream, as did the rest of us.  But Greek yogurt makes this salad nicely as well.  This is absolutely delicious with baked or grilled meats, grilled fish and all Middle Eastern food.  We find it is even good with Indian food, as it is similar to Raita.  It is suitable for all phases of Atkins, Keto diets and Primal Blueprint if you eat sour cream or yogurt.

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INGREDIENTS:

1   8″ long cucumber, peeled or not, your preference

¼ c. sour cream or Greek yogurt (or a mixture of the two)

2 tsp. crushed dried spearmint (or 1 T. fresh finely chopped)

VARIATION:    Add 1 T. finely minced onion

DIRECTIONS:  Peel cucumber if that is your preference.  Cut into slides not too thin and place in a bowl of ice water.  Chill there for 15-20 minutes.  Strain off water and ice and dump the slices onto some paper towels.  Pat them dry with more paper towels and place in a medium mixing bowl.  Finely crush the mint between your palms and add to the bowl.  Add the sour cream (or yogurt) and dash of salt.  Stir until all sides of the cucumbers are coated with sour cream and mint.  Place in a pretty serving bowl.   Garnish with mint or tomatoes if desired and serve right away or the dressing will get watery from the bleeding moisture of the cucumbers.  When I serve this for company, I toss the sour cream on at the very last minute before serving.🙂

NUTRITIONAL INFO:    Makes 4 small servings, each contains:

40 calories

3.15 g fat

2.25 g carbs, 0.57 g fiber, 1.68 g NET CARBS

1 g protein

87 mg sodium

 

Sriracha Brisket with Pepperoncini

Sriracha Brisket with Pepperonci Peppers.IMG_5185A perfectly delicious way to braise a piece of beef brisket in the oven.  This dish really cooks itself!  And boy does my husband ever love this one!  Cooked low and slow will renders the final roast so tender!  The onions, peperonicini peppers and Sriracha sauce play so well together.  I’m certain your family will love this roast.  I don’t like my food to spicy so I only used 3 peperoncini peppers.  You might want to use more it you like to spice things up. I want the flavor but not the “heat”.  I don’t trim the fat from my brisket before cooking as the fat bastes it to keep in moist.  You can trim it first if you prefer.🙂

This recipe is suitable for all phases of Atkins, Keto diets.  Just omit the Sriracha for Primal-Paleo (unless you make your own homemade, which is way more trouble in the kitchen than I’ll do).

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INGREDIENTS: 

2½ lb. piece of beef brisket (or chuck roast).  (I used 1/3 of a large brisket)

1½ oz. onion, sliced

3 pickled peperoncini peppers, stemmed and slivered or sliced (or more for spicy)

2 tsp. Sriracha sauce

¼ tsp. coarse black pepper

¼ tsp. each dried thyme leaves, onion powder, garlic powder

2 sprigs parsley, chopped

4 T. (½ stick) unsalted butter

DIRECTIONS:    Preheat oven to 325º.  Place brisket in baking pan, fat side down.  Mix pepper, thyme, onion powder and garlic powder in a saucer and stir.  Sprinkle over all surfaces of the meat (I don’t bother with the fatty side that is down). Spread the onion slivers over the top surface.   Next lay the slices of peperoncini peppers on top.  Drizzle the Sriracha sauce sort of zig-zag over the top, like chefs do dessert sauces on a dessert plate. You can add a dash of salt last, but I find it is actually not needed on this roast.  Dot the top of the roast with the butter.  Cover pan with foil and pop into 325º oven for a total of about 3 hours.  As the roast cooks, the butter melts into the pan juices, using a brush, baste the meat gently with the pan juices every hour and right before serving. If the pan juices are evaporating, add a dab of water to loosen all that flavor goodness to make your pan juices come alive again.  Pairs nicely with a bowl of cauliflower mash and green beans.  I’m talking comfort food here, folks.🙂

NUTRITIONAL INFO:   Makes 6 servings (approx. two ¼” slices each).  Each serving contains approximately:

470 calories

31.43 g fat

1.71 g carbs, 0.20 g fiber, 1.51 g NET CARBS

43 g protein

155 mg sodium

 

Breakfast Chalupas

Breakfast ChalupasThese simple chalupas were what I made for breakfast today and they were so yummy the hubs said “You ought to upload these to the blog.”  I was hungry today and wanted breakfast fast, so I just grabbed the Mission low-carb whole wheat tortillas and created these with what I saw in the fridge.  I was out of bacon but had some thin-sliced Cure81 ham, so easy decision there.  The little bit of jalapeno in these was quite tasty without being too spicy.  I’m not a big fan of overly spicy food.  Give these a try!  You palate, tummy and family will be happy!   Adjust recipe for more than 2 chalupas.

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INGREDIENTS:

2 Mission brand whole-wheat Carb-Balance flour tortillas (6″ diameter)

1 T. unsalted butter

2.6 oz. lean cured ham

1 green onion, chopped

½ jalapeno, chopped

3 large eggs, beaten in a small bowl

¼ c. shredded Cheddar Cheese

VARIATION:  Use bacon or browned breakfast sausage instead of ham.🙂

DIRECTIONS:  Chop the ham small and green onion and have ready.  Heat a non-stick skillet over medium-high heat and dry griddle the flour tortillas, slightly toasting both sides until they begin to brown.  Remove to an oven-proof serving platter.

In the same skillet, melt half the butter over medium heat and lightly brown the onion, jalapeno, green onion and chopped ham.  Saute just until the vegetables start to wilt and remove to a paper plate.  Preheat oven to 300º.

Wipe skillet with paper towels.  In the same skillet over medium neat,  melt the rest of the butter and add the eggs.  Scramble to your preference.  I like them still moist if a dish is going to go in the oven also.

Set half the eggs evenly on each toasted flour tortilla.  Evenly top with half the ham/onion mixture.  Top with 2 T. cheese over each.  Pop into 300º oven for 5-8 minutes just to melt the cheese.  Garnish with a halved cherry tomato if serving to company.🙂

NUTRITIONAL INFO:    Makes 2 chalupas, each contains:

330 calories

20 g fat

14.15 g carbs, 8.40 g fiber, 5.75 g NET CARBS

22.4 g protein

870 mg sodium

Topless Tamale Pie

Topless Tamale PieA quick and delicious meal for a week night or ANY night!  Who needs those high-carb cornmeal toppings from the past?  or those low-carb fake cornmeal toppings?  Both low-carb topping trials I’ve created have been mediocre at best: one was too dry; the other was tasteless to me.  So I checked out the Great Value brand no-salt added canned corn not long ago at Walmart.  Lo and behold, it only has 9g carbs per ½ c. minus 2g fiber or 7 net carbs per ½ cup.  Spread out in an entire recipe like this, if not still in Induction, you can use half a can (3/4 c.) in a recipe and get the real flavor of corn for little carbs per individual serving.  Check out the numbers below.  And is this dish ever yummy!

This recipe is only suitable for Induction if you omit the corn.  It’s OK for other phases of Atkins however and Keto diets if the carbs will fit your daily limits.

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INGREDIENTS:

1 lb. ground beef (I used 90% lean grass-fed)

2 oz. chopped onion

1 jalapeno, seeded and chopped

½ tsp. chili powder

1 tsp. ground cumin

½ tsp. granulated or garlic powder

3/4 c. Great Value canned corn, drained (omit if on Induction)

2.25 oz. can sliced black olives

4 slices American Deluxe cheese

1/3 cup shredded cheddar cheese

½ c. Great Value canned diced tomatoes (no-salt)

DIRECTIONS:  Preheat oven to 300º.  Cook ground meat over medium heat until no longer pink.  Add onion and jalapeno and cook until onion is softening.  Add all spices and stir.  Add tomatoes, corn, olives and the shredded Cheddar cheese.  Stir and simmer for 4-5 minutes.  The cheese will begin to get sticky and bind the mixture a bit.  Top with the 4 slices of American cheese.  Pop in a 300º oven for 5-8 minutes just to melt the cheese.   Serve directly in the baking pan or dish up onto a serving platter.  Pairs nicely with a guacamole or green salad of choice.

NUTRITIONAL INFO:    Makes 4 servings.  Each serving contains:

493 calories

31.5 g fat

10.1 g carbs, 2.4 g fiber, 7.7 g NET CARBS

39.8 g protein

882 mg sodium

 

Shortbread

Shortbread

This is a modification (of another low-carber’s modification) of a Michelle Obama Shortbread recipe found on the internet.  I found the original recipe with 3 sticks of butter to be way too greasy with butter, quite frankly, and the shortbread was entirely too crumbly with 3c. almond flour and only 2 egg yolks to hold it together.  The first batch I made literally fell apart in my hand when I tried to eat them, with huge bits falling onto the floor for my puppies to enjoy.😦 So I made another batch with several changes and those came out much better.  So my recipe below reflects those changes.  Not acceptable until OWL.

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INGREDIENTS:

2½ sticks (1¼ c.) unsalted butter, softened

1 c. granular Splenda (or equivalent sweetener of choice)

1 pkt. stevia sweetener

3 beaten eggs

3 c. almond flour

1 T. coconut flour

½ tsp. vanilla extract

¼ tsp. salt

1/3 c. oat fiber (do NOT use oat bran, as it it much higher in carbs)

DIRECTIONS: Preheat oven to 325º.  Line a sheet pan with parchment paper.  Cream butter, Splenda and stevia together until smooth.  Add 3 beaten eggs and vanilla extract, whipping to combine well.  Add almond flour, coconut flour, oat fiber and salt.   Stir well to a smooth batter.  Spread dough evenly onto parchment-lined pan.  You can use your fingers moistened with cold water to do this or use plastic gloves if you ave some.  Batter will spread to about ¼” thickness.  Poke holes into shortbread with tines of a fork about every 2″.  Bake at 325º for 25 minutes or just until it begins to brown lightly on the edges.  You don’t want this to get over-browned!  Cut carefully into 32 pieces while still slightly warm.  I am storing these in the freezer and find that firms them up a bit for easier, less-crumbly handling. 🙂

NUTRITIONAL INFO: Makes 32 rectangles of shortbread, each contains:

135 calories

12.9 g  fat

4.09 g  carbs, 2.10 g  fiber, 1.99 g  NET CARBS

2.99 g  protein

30 mg sodium

Chicken & Italian Sausage on Zoodles

Chicken & Italian Sausage on Zoodles

Mmm, mmm, mmm.  This colorful dish was just as tasty as it looks!  And super, duper fast to get on the table for your hungry family!!  Just creamy enough without being too “heavy”.  My husband specifically asked for something light tonight since we went out for steak last night, had  oysters and the whole shebang.  :)  He said I accomplished that goal of “light” with this wonderful new dish.  This is elegant-looking when served and most worthy of company fare.  It is suitable for all phases of Atkins, Keto diets, Primal folks who eat dairy, and Paleo followers provided you use coconut milk instead of the cream.

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INGREDIENTS:

2   6-oz. zucchini (two 6″), cut into zucchini noodles or ribbons

2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts around 11-12 oz. each

2 T. total olive oil

4 T. total butter (or ghee)

1 link Italian sausage, casing removed & cut into chunks

2 oz. onion, chopped

2 cloves garlic, minced

½ c. parsley, chopped (reserve 1T. for garnish)

8 cherry tomatoes, halved (or more if you like)

Several shakes coarse black pepper

Dash salt

½ c. heavy cream

DIRECTIONS:  Place a non-stick skillet or wok on your burner.  Add 1 T. oil and coat entire pan surface.  Cut zoodles with a noodling tool, julienne peeler or ribbons using a vegetable peeler.  Slow saute just over medium heat until they are no longer opaque and just barely beginnint to soften.  Remove, dip out nicely onto a serving platter and keep in warming oven while you make the sauce.

Cut each chicken breast laterally into 2 thinner filets, cover with plastic wrap and pound with the flat side of a meat tenderizer or wooden kitchen mallet. I don’t pound them too thin, however.

Wipe skillet out with paper towel if any zoodles are hanging on for dear life.  :)  Add the other tablespoon of olive oil and 1 T. of the butter and heat over high heat.  Sear the chicken breasts on both sides until golden and remove to a temporary plate.  Add remaining 3 T. butter, sausage, garlic and onion.    Saute until onion is tender and sausage is no longer pink and begins to brown.  Add parsley and tomatoes next. Saute 1 minute and tomatoes barely begin to soften.  Finally, add cream, salt and pepper.  Simmer just a couple minutes until cream thickens up for you.

Remove platter with your zoodles from warming oven.  Place chicken filets across the top.  Spoon the creamy sausage sauce on top and garnish with that reserved tablespoon parsley.  Serve at once.

NUTRITIONAL INFO:   Makes 4 servings, each contains:

531 calories

39 g fat

7.8 g carbs, 1.8 g fiber, 7.0 g NET CARBS

38.1 g protein

703 mg sodium

 

Indian Muthi Kebabs

Indian Muthi Kebabs

I have been wanting to try my hand at the muthi kebabs that are often served with a Mixed Grill at Indian restaurants.  So I tinkered around with my Garam Masala spice blend and a few other common Indian seasonings and grilled the final result.   I managed to get my recipe pretty darn close to the taste I’m so familiar with.  This has since become my go-to Indian kebab recipe.  I like to serve these with various grilled vegetables, usually including onions, but sometimes with grilled tomatoes or grilled yellow squash.  Also pictured are dry-griddled Mission Carb Balance whole wheat flour tortillas (3 net carbs per tortilla) for a very similar taste to Indian whole wheat chapatis. 🙂

These kebabs can be made with either beef or lamb.  And although you can skillet cook or broil them indoors, grilling them over charcoal will achieve a flavor so similar to those done in a tandoori oven that once you’ve done them that way, you’ll not want them any other way.  Of that I am certain!  I have tried to mold these on skewers before, but I have never had much luck with that.  Gravity kicks in and mine drop off the skewer before I can even get the skewer to the grill, so we just do them in little patties instead.  :)    This recipe is Atkins Induction friendly and is also suitable for Keto, Primal and Paleo.

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Shown in the traditional shape

INGREDIENTS:

24 oz. ground beef or lamb (not too lean, or add some fat)

4 oz. onion, minced fine

2-3 T. cilantro, chopped

1 jalapeno pepper, seeded and chopped fine

½ tsp. ginger root, minced

1 tsp. Garam Masala

¼ tsp. turmeric

¼ tsp. salt

1 small egg, beaten

Dash black pepper and cayenne pepper

DIRECTIONS:   I have a food processor, so I throw all the ingredients in and process until all veggies are minced fine and blended well into the smooth meat.  Form into 8 equal patties.  I actually weigh mine and make them 3 oz. raw mixture for each patty.   Prepare charcoal fire and grill over hot coals for about 10 minutes on a side (will vary depending on how hot your fire is and how far the meat is from the coals).   I like to serve these kebabs with my Indian Creamed Spinach , assorted grilled veggies or my Roasted Shawarma Vegetables .  Mmmmm. Good Eats!

NUTRITIONAL INFO:   Makes 8 patties, each contains:

237.6 calories

15.2 g  fat

1.46 g  carbs, .29 g fiber, 1.17 g  net carbs

22.5 g  protein

418 mg sodium

 

Chicken-Squash-Poblano Casserole

Chicken-Squash-Poblano Casserole (2)

Just in time for Cinco de Mayo!  This simple and tasty casserole is pretty quick to prepare and get into the oven on a week night.  It could even be prepared ahead, frozen and just topped with the cheese and baked the day of serving.  This recipe is suitable for all phases of Atkins, Keto diets, and Primal if you eat a little cheese (although there’s not that much of it in this recipe).

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INGREDIENTS:

2 T. coconut oil or oil of choice

12 oz. boneless, skinless chicken, cut bite-size

Calaba Squash

Calaba or Mexican Zucchini

4 c. diced Mexican zucchini (shown right, or use regular zucchini)

2 oz. onion, chopped

1½   5″ poblano peppers (or 2 small ones)

¼ canned diced tomatoes (solids only)

¼ c. heavy cream

2 oz. cream cheese

1/8 tsp. regular chili powder

1/8 tsp. chipotle chile powder (or 1/8 tsp. more regular chili powder if unavailable)

1 clove garlic, minced

½ c. homemade chicken broth

2 oz. Monterrey Jack cheese (or mild Cheddar)

DIRECTIONS:   Seed and stem the poblano peppers.  Cut one in half and reserve half for another recipe.  Cut the whole one in half.  Lay the 3 pieces in a baking pan and roast at 400º until browning.  Turn them over and roast until other side is browning. Remove from oven.  When able to handle, peel the papery skin off them and chop.  Lower heat to 350º.

While the poblano peppers are roasting, cut up the chicken, squash and onion.  Heat oil over high heat in a large non-stick skillet or wok.  Saute chicken until opaque and starting to brown.  Add onion and squash to the pan.  Saute, stirring constantly until they are about half done.   Add the garlic, spices and stir.  Lower heat to medium and add cream cheese, stirring until it is melted and evenly distributed in the mixture.  Add tomatoes and chicken broth.  Add the diced poblano peppers and stir.  Lastly, add the cream, stirring in well and turn off heat.

You can bake this dish in the same skillet if just serving family or transfer to a lightly greased attractive baking dish for more formal service.  Sprinkle the Jack cheese down the middle and pop into 350º oven.  Bake for 20-30 minutes or until bubbling on the edges.  Remove from oven and serve with a nice guacamole salad or veggie of your choice.

NUTRITIONAL INFO:  Makes 4 servings, each contains:

291 calories

19.45 g fat

10.87 g carbs, 3.25 g fiber, 7.62 g NET CARBS

18.55 g protein

250 mg sodium

 

Beef & Turnip “Hash”

Beef Hash Yet again my husband, the walking paradox, demonstrated tonight I don’t think he knows WHAT he likes and doesn’t like when it comes to food.  He always tells me he hates turnips.  When we used to belong to a vegetable coop in Galveston, he said “I hope nobody buys carrots when it’s their turn to be buyer.  And don’t YOU bring a case of them home either!”

Well, I whipped up a batch of hash for dinner tonight from leftover beef brisket  and 3 small turnips I had in the fridge and it was so good, he PIGGED OUT on this stuff!  He ate two big helpings!  And he knew it was turnips!  I had forewarned him he might prefer to make himself a sandwich for dinner as he probably wasn’t going to like the dinner I prepared, seeing as it had turnip in it.

I have to say, the turnips almost tasted exactly like potatoes in this to me.  Just slightly sweet, but that may have been my caramelized onion and not the turnips at all. :)  I added the slice of bacon for added flavor, as that’s not enough to make this a high-sodium dinner.  I really have to watch my sodium intake as I’m quite sensitive to it.  Of course, you can add more bacon if you wish.  Cut back on the added bacon grease if you do.

This delicious dish is suitable for all phases of Atkins, Keto diets, Primal and Paleo as well.

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INGREDIENTS:

1 thick (or 2 thin) slice bacon, coarsely cut up

2 T. bacon grease (omit if using extra bacon)

8 oz. leftover beef roast, cut in ½” cubes (with leftover gravy if any. I had just 1/4 cup)

3 small turnips (about 6 oz.), peeled, cut in ½” cubes

3 oz. onion, chopped

½ bouillon cube dissolved in ½ c. water if you have no gravy or not enough.

Pinch of coarse black pepper

DIRECTIONS:  Chop meat, turnips and onion on cutting board and set aside.   Place chopped bacon in non-stick pan and begin to fry to a half-cooked stage on high heat.  Add the bacon grease when the bacon is half done.  Add the turnips and stir-fry until they begin to brown.  Add diced roast and onion last and saute until all is browning and getting pretty much done.   You want ½-3/4 c. gravy/broth total.  When hash is nearly done, lower heat to medium-high and add about 1/3 of the gravy/broth mixture to the pan.    Simmer turning often until that has nearly evaporated. Add another 1/3 of the gravy/broth mixture and again simmer and turn hash until most of it has evaporated.  Add the last of the liquid mixture only if you feel the hash needs further cooking.  All should be fully cooked through and the flavors well co-mingled.  Sprinkle with coarse black pepper and serve at once with your favorite green side dish.  I served mine with a small spinach salad.

NUTRITIONAL INFO:   Makes 4 servings, each contains:  (using 1 slice bacon)

283 calories

21 g fat

4.45 g carbs, 1.0 g fiber, 3.45 g NET CARBS

17.5 g protein

130 mg sodium

 

Einkorn Dinner Rolls

Einkorn Dinner Rolls (2)

I needed to bake a loaf of bread today and decided to make a double recipe and make a batch of nice dinner rolls.  GOOD DECISION!  My best dinner rolls!  Soft inside; slightly chewy crust and a marvelous flavor.  And they rose up nicer than any I’ve made before!

My husband even said these were quite good hot out of the oven with butter, and he’s hard to please low-carb wise.  These have a nice mouth feel one finds in a good traditional yeast bread.  I even included some dissolved yeast but that’s just added for flavor.

These should make very nice sliders, too.  Here’s a close-up on the smooth texture:

I order my non-GMO Einkorn flour direct from Jovial Foods.  Some have found it at Safeway and other stores, but I’ve not been so lucky.  Einkorn is real, ancient wheat, that has not been hybridized.  I use only the tiniest amounts in the occasional baked goods recipes.  It brings so much texture and flavor for little carbs if used sparingly to enhance alternate flours.  This recipe is not suitable until you are near goal weight (Pre-Maintenance).

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

DRY INGREDIENTS:

½ c. almond flour

2 T. Einkorn flour

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

2 T. oat fiber

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

 

Spinach and Eggs

Spinach Scrambled Eggs OMG, much to my surprise, I just discovered this morning that after 7 years of low-carb food blogging, I’ve never put my Dad’s and my favorite way to fix eggs on the blog!!  He was a fighter pilot and this is what he always cooked himself when he came home late-night after one of his TDY flights and dinner was long over.  :)  I have my Chicken with Spinach Cheese and Eggs uploaded………..but not the base recipe!  Shame on me.  So I’m adding it to the collection for anyone who has never cooked or experienced this delicious way to eat eggs.  You may like more spinach in yours, but I like it kind of light so the eggs “shine through” with their flavor.  This recipe is suitable for all phases of Atkins, Keto diets, Primal and Paleo as well.

If using frozen spinach, you will only need 1/2 cup, thawed, squeezed in a towel to remove water.

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INGREDIENTS:

5 large eggs, beaten

1 T. unsalted butter

1 packed cup spinach leaves, coarsely chopped

DIRECTIONS:  Melt butter in 7″ non-stick skillet over medium heat.  Add spinach and saute gently, stirring with rubber spatula, just until leaves and stems are wilted a bit.  Spread spinach evenly over bottom of the pan.  Slowly pour beaten eggs evenly over the spinach trying not to disturb the spinach.  Slowly slide the setting-up part of the eggs to the center of the pan.  Repeat that sliding in to the middle with your spatula until most of the mixture in no longer pure liquid but still quite moist.  Flip chunks of the nearly finished eggs over (I do it in four motions/quadrants of the skillet) to the other side and cook until all egg white spots appear to be set and no longer gelatinous.  Serve at once with tasty BACON!!!

NUTRITIONAL INFO:    Makes 2 adult servings, each contains:

233 calories

18.25 g fat

1.5 g carbs, 0.7 g fiber, 0.8 g NET CARBS

16.2 g protein

165 mg sodium

Calico Cabbage

Calico Sausage

This scrumptious cabbage creation will really surprise you.  It was actually SWEET!  My husband swears he does not like cabbage yet he dipped up seconds!  Man, he’s a walking paradox when it comes to food.  However tonight, he was a seated gobbling turkey scarfing this stuff down!  After chopping the ingredients, this takes only 5-8 minutes to get it on the table for your hungry family.  Can’t beat THAT! I am particularly fond of Burton’s brand of smoked sausage as it has no fillers or sugar added.  My local Walmart is carrying this brand now.  :)  What I like about it is it is light on the garlic, which I do not like in smoked sausage if they use too much.  Any brand you like will do for this tasty, colorful dish.

This recipe is suitable for all phases of Atkins, Keto diets, Primal and Paleo as well.  If you like things spicy, increase the jalapeno a bit.

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INGREDIENTS:

4 c. cabbage, coarsely chopped

3 oz. onion, sliced large (I used a purple onion)

2 oz. red bell pepper, diced large

2 oz. green bell pepper, diced large

½  large jalapeno, seeded and slivered thin (more if you want any real “heat”)

12 oz. Burton’s smoked sausage, sliced (no sugar added)

Dash coarse black pepper

DIRECTIONS:  Chop all your ingredients and have them ready by the stove-top.  In a non-stick skillet over medium-high heat, stir-fry the sliced sausage first, just until the edges begin to brown.  Add 1 T. oil if the sausage didn’t render out much grease, but that is not included below.  I did not have to add any.  Add the onion, red and green pepper and jalapeno too the skillet.  Saute all, stirring as you cook, until onion wilts & begins to brown.  Add the cabbage and just stir fry until the cabbage wilts.   Sprinkle with a dash of black pepper and serve at once.

NUTRITIONAL INFO:    Makes 4 servings, each contains: (not included optional olive oil)

231 calories

15.2 g fat

8.52 g carbs, 3.07 g fiber, 5.45 g NET CARBS

18.12 g protein

784 mg sodium

 

 

Banana “Bran” Muffins

(in taste)

These delicious banana muffins are reminiscent of the banana bran muffins I grew up on.  But wheat bran is just to high in carbs to use it now. But flax meal is a good substitute.   This recipe was inspired by a recipe of BigDumbBear on the old Atkins forums.  I finally tried them BDB and they are a wonderful way to get 9 muffins at a time.  I added some whey protein powder, some banana and banana flavoring and VOILA!  A tasty morning or afternoon tea muffin that is only 1.87 net carbs!  And so nutritious, these.   This will make 6 larger muffins, but I used a silicone pane with smaller cups and I got 9 out of this batter.  Numbers are calculated for 9 small muffins.  This recipe is not suitable for Induction unless you omit the banana and double the flavoring extract.  It is suitable once you begin to re-introduce the higher carb fruits like bananas.  It is suitable for Keto diets as well.

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INGREDIENTS:

½   a 6″ small banana, mashed (omit for Induction)

4 extra large eggs, beaten (or 5 large)

2 T. coconut oil (or oil of choice)

1 tsp. banana emulsion or extract (2 tsp. if still in Induction & omitting the real banana)

1½ c. golden flax meal

2 T. plain, unsweetened whey protein powder

7-9 light shakes KAL stevia (around 1/8 tsp.)

couple dashes salt

1½ T. baking powder

DIRECTIONS:  Preheat oven to 350º.  Using a brush, oil the slots of a muffin pan with a dab of oil in each.  I used a silicone pan and only 9 of the slots.  Peel and mash the half banana in a medium mixing bowl.  Add beaten eggs, oil, banana emulsion/extract and stir well.  Measure the dry ingredients on top and beat to a smooth batter.  Let sit a couple minutes as it will swell a bit.  Dip  evenly into the 9 (or 6 larger) slots of your muffin pan.  Pop into 350º oven and bake for around 20 minutes or until lightly browned and dry to touch in the center. Remove from oven and let them sit a couple minutes.   Pop out and serve hot or at room temperature.

NUTRITIONAL INFO:  Make 9 small muffins, each contains:

59 calories

13.4 g fat

7.21 g carbs, 5.24 g fiber, 1.87 g NET CARBS  (2.8 net carbs if you only make 6)

7.43 g protein

116 mg sodium

Chicken in Chipotle Sauce

Chicken in Chipotle SauceThis delicious and very simple-to-put-together dish is full of Mexican flavors and is sure to please your family.  It has both dried chipotle chili powder and a smoked chipotle pepper canned in adobo sauce.  I don’t like my food to spicy hot, so this is not as hot as some people like their Mexican food.  Increase the chili powder or add 1 tsp. of the adobo sauce if you like things spicier.  I highly recommend using a non-stick skillet to sear the chicken, as the skin on mine was inclined to stick to my regular stainless steel pan.  This dish is suitable for all phases of Atkins and Keto diets.  Primal and Paleo followers can enjoy this if you use coconut cream for the sour cream.

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INGREDIENTS:

3 T. palm shortening or oil of your choice

2 chicken thighs

2 chicken drumsticks

1 small chicken breast, cut in half

1 c. chicken broth (I use homemade)

1 clove garlic, minced

½ c. canned diced tomatoes

¼ tsp. chipotle smoked chili powder

¼ tsp. regular chili powder

Dash salt

½ c. sour cream

1 small chipotle pepper (1½” long), seeded and minced fine

¼ c. chopped cilantro

1/8 tsp. xanthan gum

VARIATION:  Add shredded cheese of your choice 10 minutes before removing from oven. Cheese is not included in numbers below.

DIRECTIONS:  Heat oil over high heat.  Sear chicken on both sides to a golden color.  Chicken will not be done inside, however.  Remove chicken to a temporary plate.

Preheat oven to 350º.  Add chicken broth to the skillet and lower heat to medium.  De-glaze the pan of any brown bits from the chicken.  Add garlic, tomatoes, seasonings, sour cream and minced chipotle whole pepper.  Stir in sour cream until well-blended in the mixture.  Whisk in the xanthan gum so it will thicken during baking. Add cilantro last if using (I actually had every intention of using some, but completely forgot it until we were in the middle of eating dinner).  Place chicken pieces back in the pan, skin side up.  Pop into a 350º oven for 30-40 minutes.  It should slightly thicken during baking.  Serve with a nice guacamole salad or other favorite side.

NUTRITIONAL INFO:  Makes 3 servings, each contains approximately (depending on pieces eaten):

457 calories

34.76 g fat

3.56 g carbs, 0.46 g fiber, 2.10 g NET CARBS

30.76 g protein

5.93 g sodium

Broiled Shawarma Tomatoes

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I decided to do my broiled tomatoes a bit different tonight, with some of my homemade shawarma mayo in lieu of the crushed pork rinds on top.  Came out VERY tasty this way!  This dish is nice with baked or broiled seafood or steak.  This recipe would also be good cooked on top of a bed of fresh spinach that was first sauteed in butter, for an even more nutrient-dense  dish!

VARIATION:  Omit the mayo and spice blend, sprinkle some oregano and crushed pork rinds on the tops before baking for an Italian version.

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INGREDIENTS:

4 large Roma tomatoes (or 5 small), sliced 1/2″ thick

¼ c. my homemade mayo

½ tsp. Shawarma Spice Blend

1/3 c. green onion, finely chopped

¼ c. grated Parmesan cheese

Pinch salt and black pepper

2 tsp. olive oil (to grease pan)

DIRECTIONS: Slice tomatoes about ½” thick.  Place on non-stick pan oiled with the 2 tsp. olive oil.  These tend to stick badly, even on Teflon, thus the oil.  Next, stir the spice blend into the mayo and brush each slice with seasoned mayo.   Sprinkle with salt and black pepper.   Next sprinkle the chopped green onion over all.  Finish with the Parmesan cheese.  Broil until bubbly and browning or bake at 350º for about 20 minutes until they begin to get tender.  Don’t cook these too long as the natural sugar tends to make them burn fast.

NUTRITIONAL INFO: Serves 4, each serving contains:

190 calories

17.7 g  fat

3.53 g  carbs, 1.28 g  fiber, 2.25 NET CARBS

7.03 g  protein

125 mg sodium

 

Chicken Pot Pie

chickenpotpie

You can recreate a popular comfort food in low-carb version with this recipe.  This recipe will amaze you.  I’ve made it numerous times now and it’s consistently tasty and reminiscent of the little frozen pies I was raised on.   The crust is fantastic!on this meat pie.  It would also be good for making sweet empanadas with their fruit or traditional sweet potato fillings.  This recipe is not suitable for Induction and should not be eaten until the grains rung of OWL.  Substituting daikon white radish for the rutabaga will cut the carbs a bit on this dish.  You can also substitute half a recipe of my homemade low-carb Condensed Cream of Chicken Soup in place of the broth, cream and xanthan gum listed if you have that made up.

VARIATIONS:  Instead of chicken, use turkey.  Instead of chicken use 1 6.5 oz. pouch tuna instead of the chicken.

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CRUST:

2/3 c. CarbQuick bake mix (use Jennifer Eloff’s Gluten-Free Bake Mix for gluten-free)

1/3 c. golden flax meal

1/3 c. oat fiber (or 1/3 c. more of Jennifer’s gluten-free mix)

Pinch salt

2 T. cold butter

1 egg

3 T. cream

FILLING:

12 oz. cooked chicken meat, chopped (or turkey)

6 oz. diced rutabaga (use daikon radish or turnips for lower carbs)

3 oz. diced carrot (use less or omit for lower carbs)

1 oz. chopped leeks (or 1 green onion)

3 oz. frozen green peas (use frozen green beans to lower carbs)

1 c. cream

2 c. low sodium chicken broth

1/2 tsp. xanthan gum

1-3 drops yellow food coloring

pinch salt and pepper

DIRECTIONS: Preheat oven to 350º. In a small saucepan, boil diced rutabaga, carrot, leeks and peas (beans) in water until just tender.  Drain and pour into large bowl and set aside.  In another bowl, mix all dry crust ingredients together.  Using a pastry cutter or fork, cut in cold butter until the mixture resembles coarse cornmeal.  Add beaten egg and cream and mix well.  Using hand, knead into a ball of dough and place on plastic wrap.  Place another piece of plastic on top and with a rolling pin, roll dough to slightly larger than the size of pan you are using.  I use an 8″ square Pyrex glass dish that is greased with butter. Let rolled dough set while you mix the filling.

Placed chopped turkey into the large bowl where you placed the veggies. Stir in chicken broth, cream, xanthan gum,  food coloring, and salt and pepper.  Pour filling into butter-greased pan.  Now pull the top plastic off the rolled crust.  Grabbing the bottom plastic, pick up the crust at the midpoint (plastic and all), let it fold gently in the middle and place the fold at the pan midpoint.  Gently lift the other half of the dough over onto the pie and remove the plastic carefully.  Finish by folding the excess crust edges inside the pan rim and crimp decoratively if you wish.  Poke 3-4 holes in the top of the crust with a fork and bake in a 350º oven for about 30-35 minutes or until crust is nicely browned.

NUTRITIONAL INFO: Makes 4 servings, each contains:

442 calories

28.2 g  fat

30.2 g  carbs, 19.55 g  fiber, 10.65 g  NET CARBS (around 8.0 carbs if using grean beans)

36 g protein

510 mg sodium

Chicken Florentine

Chicken Florentine

This has become one of the most popular recipes on my website.  Sometimes we food bloggers get so wrapped up in creating new dishes, we can easily get lost in that quest and forget some of the old favorites.  I like to revisit this dish occasionally.

This recipe takes a mere 20-30 minutes to pull together.  It’s amazingly tasty and worth every one of those minutes.  So attractive on the platter, too!  And better yet, it’s Induction friendly!  The creamy spinach-mushroom topping compliments the seared chicken so nicely and is also good on seared salmon!  If in Atkins OWL Phase 2, adding 2 T. white wine to the spinach mixture is very, very good! 🙂 Who says low-carb eating is boring?

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INGREDIENTS:

3 large chicken breasts, deboned and skinned (I used 30 oz.)

1 T. unsalted butter

½ lb. fresh mushrooms sliced thick

1 clove minced garlic

Pinch salt and pepper

6 oz. fresh spinach (3-4 oz. if using frozen)

1/3 c. heavy cream

1/4 c. chicken broth

3 T. grated Parmesan

2 T. white wine (optional)

Pinch xanthan gum (if needed to thicken)

DIRECTIONS:  If using frozen spinach, cook in water as directed on package in a saucepan and drain well.  Set aside.  Now slice each chicken breast diagonally into 3-4 thinner slices to speed up cooking.  Melt butter in non-stick skillet and saute the chicken slices or “filets”, as I call them,  until lightly browned and thoroughly cooked (medium-high heat).  This won’t take long at all, which is precisely why I like to slice them.  Remove chicken to serving platter.  Add mushrooms to the same skillet and saute until done.   Add fresh spinach and garlic.   Saute until spinach is wilted.  Lower heat and add cream, broth, wine and cheese to spinach/mushroom mixture in skillet.  Add pinch of salt and pepper.  Lightly dust with xanthan gum 2-3 times, stirring between each addition to slightly thicken sauce.   Pour sauce over chicken.  Garnish with a sprinkle of parsley if desired.

NUTRITIONAL INFO: Makes 4 servings each with:

436 calories

23 g  fat

6.8 g  carbs, 2 g  fiber, 4.8 g  NET CARBS

49 g  protein

200 mg sodium

Upside-Down Bacon-Onion Omelet

Upside-Down Bacon-Onion OmeletThis is a scrumptious, quick and easy omelet that is made flat in a pan and baked in the oven.  I love to make omelets this way as I think they cook so evenly.  I’ve messed up more than one folded omelet cooked stovetop.  I find the eggs don’t get quite done enough in the center for my liking.   Besides, I think eggs are pretty served up this way, too!  This delicious recipe is suitable for all phases of Atkins, Keto diets, Primal and Paleo.🙂

INGREDIENTS:

6 thin (or 3 thick) slices bacon, diced large

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

4 large eggs

DIRECTIONS:    Preheat oven to 350º.  In a good non-stick skillet or wok, cook the bacon until nearly brown.  Add the onion and saute until the bacon is fully browned and the onion is getting soft and also beginning to caramelize/brown.   In a bowl, using a fork, beat the eggs well.  Slowly pour the eggs over the bacon-onion mixture so as not to disturb the mixture much.  Pop the pan into a 350> oven for 10-12 minutes or until eggs are just dry to the touch in the center.  Try not to brown the top of the flat omelet, as that just overcooks the eggs making them dry and rubbery.  Remove from oven.  Place a large plate (larger than your pan in diameter) over the plate and lifting skillet with one hand and holding the plate over it with your other hand, flip is quickly.  The grease from the bacon should allow it to drop right out of the pan.  Cut into 3 wedges and serve.

NUTRITIONAL INFO:    Makes 3 adult servings

231 calories

19.4 g  fat

2.13 g carbs, .16 g fiber, 1.97 g NET CARBS

11.8 g protein

331 mg sodium

 

 

Zuppa Toscana

Creamy Italian Sausage SoupThis soup is similar to Zuppa Toscana at Olive Garden restaurants, but mine has diced cauliflower standing in for potatoes.  I tend to use ground pork rather than Italian sausage, as I can control spices and salt doing that.  You just need to add oregano, fennel and garlic really.  But you can certainly substitute in commercial Italian sausage if you prefer for convenience.  It will almost DOUBLE the sodium and increase carbs though.   Just be aware of that.  This soups is delicious and we both gave it a resounding thumbs up.  It will make the rounds at our house.🙂

VARIATIONS:  Substitute 1/2 c. chopped parsley for the kale; substitute diced rutabaga for the cauliflower.

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INGREDIENTS:

6 slices bacon, cut into 3/4″ bits

12 oz.  lean ground pork, coarsely broken up to 1/2″ chunks

2 oz. onion, chopped

1 clove garlic, minced

1½ c. coarsely chopped kale (about 3 leaves after stemming)

3 oz. cauliflower, diced to ½”-3/4″ pieces

1 oz. pimiento (half a 2 oz. jar)

3 large mushrooms, sliced or cut however you like

4 c. homemade chicken broth (32 oz.)

1 c. water

1 c. heavy cream

Dash black pepper

Dash crushed red pepper

3-4 drops Tobasco hot sauce

¼ tsp. dried oregano leaves

½ tsp. fennel seed, crushed

DIRECTIONS:  In a large dutch oven over high heat, cook the bacon.  Add the pork, onion and garlic and saute until meat is no longer pink.  Lower heat to medium.  Add all remaining ingredients but the cream.  Simmer 5 minutes.  Add cream and simmer 5 more minutes.  Thicken with xanthan or gum if desired.   Serve at once.

NUTRITIONAL INFO:   Makes six 1-1¼c. servings, each contains:

356 calories

30.5 g fat

5.51 g carbs, 1.08 g fiber, 4.43 g NET CARBS

15.6 g protein

865 mg sodium

 

Cabbage Pie

Middle Eastern Cabbage Pie 2

Is there such a think as Persian-Indian fusion cuisine?  :)  I think this delicious and slightly sweet cabbage recipe would need that descriptor.  My inspiration was this recipe over at Lea’s Cooking blog.  I found the recipe a couple years ago and saved it to try.  Just now got around to taking a closer look at it and decided to make it to go with some leftover grilled Middle Eastern meat in my freezer.  But by the time I got through tweaking the recipe, I doubt it tasted anything like the inspirational recipe, but I do like the idea of baking cabbage into a “pie”.  🙂

I have a lot of spices going on in mine, making this taste nothing like cabbage at all!  Seriously, because my husband doesn’t like cabbage but LOVED this dish!  I gave it a two-thumbs-up, too.  This recipe is suitable once you are out of Atkins Induction, and is OK for Keto diets.  It would not be suitable for Primal-Paleo folks without changes.

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INGREDIENTS:

2½  c. cabbage, shredded (or the bagged cabbage is fine)

¼ tsp. sea salt

1  jalapeno, seeds and ribs removed, chopped

1 green onion, chopped

3 large eggs

1/3 c. sour cream

¼ c. my homemade Shawarma mayonnaise

¼ c. plain whey protein powder

2 T. Jennifer Eloff’s Gluten-Free Bake Mix

1 tsp. baking powder

Dash my Garam Masala Indian Spice Blend

DIRECTIONS:    Preheat oven to 350º.  Grease a pie plate or line a round cake pan or springform pan with parchment and grease the sides.  Set aside.

Shred the cabbage and place in a medium mixing bowl.  Finer is better than coarser I think.  Mine was a little too coarse for easy slicing.  Sprinkle with the salt and work it around to get any moisture to bleed out you can.  Dry with paper towels on your counter.  Place cabbage back in the bowl.  Add the chopped jalapeno and green onion and stir. Next  add the eggs, sour cream and mayo.  Beat this mixture into the cabbage until it is well-blended.  Add the bake mix, protein powder and baking powder last and blend into a smooth batter-like mixture.

Pour mixture into greased pie plate and bake at 350º for about 30 minutes.  It will be dry to the touch in the center when done.  Remove from oven and loosen the edges with a knife or spatula like you would a cake.  Cut into 6 slices and serve.  This incredibly complements Middle Eastern or Indian meat entrees.

NUTRITIONAL INFO:   Makes 6 servings, each contains:

182 calories

18 g fat

4.21 g carbs, 1.28 g fiber, 2.93 g NET CARBS

8.8 g protein

215 mg sodium

 

 

 

 

Pimiento Cheese Cauliflower

Pimiento Cheese CauliflowerI was thinking about pimiento cheese today but didn’t have any low-carb bread made up.  So I grabbed the half cauliflower head in my refrigerator and turned it into a pimiento cheese delight.  Looking for a different taste for your baked cauliflower next time?  TRY THIS!   Only change I might make next time is I used only 1 oz. pimiento (half the 2-0z jar I had on hand).  Next time I think I’ll use the entire jar and have entered 2 oz. in the ingredients and calculated the numbers below for that recommendation.  I would have like a wee bit more pimiento taste, personally.

This is a small recipe, so double it for a big family.  :)  This recipe is suitable for all phases of Atkins, Keto diets, and Primal.  Not suited for Paleo.

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INGREDIENTS:

11 oz. cauliflower, cut into flowerettes

2 slices American deluxe cheese, broken into small pieces (or Cheddar)

1 oz. cream cheese

1    2-oz. jar of pimiento, drained

DIRECTIONS:  Cook the cauliflower in boiling water until just tender.  Preheat oven to 350º.  Drain cauliflower well in a colander.  Slightly press on it to squeeze all the moisture out.  Pour it into a medium bowl and add the two cheeses and drained pimiento and stir gently until they are pretty much melted evenly (but it doesn’t have to be totally creamy).  Try not to rough up the cauliflower too much as you stir, but partially mashed will be OK.  Pour into a square 5″-6″ greased baking dish.  Bake at 350º for 15-20 minutes or until top is lightly browned and edges are bubbling.  Serve at once.

NUTRITIONAL INFO:   Makes 3 servings, each contains:

116 calories

8 g fat

7.76 g carbs, 3.03 g fiber, 4.73 g NET CARBS

6.1 g protein

230 mg sodium

Chicken in Sofrito Cream

Chicken in Sofrito CreamThis was absolutely delicious and so incredibly quick to make!  I keep the Sofrito Sauce made up in my freezer in a plastic zip bag and just break off what I need for a recipe.  Once my chicken was seared, this took all of about 8-10 minutes to simmer to delectable deliciousness.  This recipe is suitable for all phases of Atkins and Keto diets.  Primal followers can enjoy if you do dairy but Paleo folks will want to use coconut milk instead of cream.

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INGREDIENTS:

1 large chicken breast, skin on (1o oz. of deboned meat)

1½ T. butter

1 c. homemade chicken stock

½ c. heavy cream (use 2 T. less if still on Induction)

Sprinkle xanthan gum

2 T. Sofrito sauce

DIRECTIONS:   Melt butter in a non-stick skillet over high heat.  Slice meat at an angle laterally into 4 smaller filets.   I pounded mine, but that isn’t necessary.  Just a habit with me and chicken. 🙂   Sear the chicken in the hot butter, both sides, until golden.  Lower to medium when both sides are golden and the meat is fully done.  Add chicken stock around the meat.  Add cream and Sofrito sauce and simmer a couple minutes.  Lightly dust with xanthan (less than 1/8 tsp.).  Simmer until it slightly thickens, stirring constantly.  Remove from heat and serve at once with you favorite sides or a nice salad.

NUTRITIONAL INFO:    Makes two adult servings, each contains:

590 calories

46.3 g  fat

2.6 g carbs, 0.3 g fiber, 1.3 g NET CARBS

37.4 g protein

470 mg sodium

Grass-Fed Roast Beef Pumpkin-Seed Salad

Roast Beef-Pumpkin Seed SaladIMG_5120A delicious, light lunch or dinner, complete with healthy nutrients found in pumpkin seeds and grass-fed roast beef (although you can use regular beef if you prefer).  Grass-fed beef has a richer, stronger flavor than grocery store beef and I found served this way, it tasted milder to me.  I think because of the vinaigrette.  You need to leave off the pumpkin seeds if you are still in Atkins Induction.  Keto diets, Primal and Paleo can enjoy this delicious salad as well.

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INGREDIENTS:

3½ oz. leftover roast beef, sliced thin (I used grass-fed beef)

1 T. butter

1 c. shredded lettuce of your choice (I used curly leaf)

4 cherry tomatoes, sliced in half

1 small green onion, cut to your preference

1 T. raw or roasted pumpkin seeds (I used raw)

1½ T. my Balsamic Vinaigrette

DIRECTIONS:  Tear lettuce onto a serving plate.  Add green onion and tomatoes.  Set aside.  In a small non-stick skillet, melt the butter and saute the beef for a couple minutes until it just begins to brown.  Remove from heat. Drizzle dressing over salad and sprinkle on your pumpkin seeds.  Dip the meat and butter over the salad and serve.

NUTRITIONAL INFO:   Makes 1 serving which contains:

521 calories

38.1 g fat

6.9 g carbs, 2.1 g. fiber, 4.8 g NET CARBS

38.2 g. protein  (use less meat if you are restricting your protein)

85 mg sodium  (I added a sprinkle at the table, too, which is not included)

Cheesy Crawfish-Yellow Squash Casserole

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

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

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INGREDIENTS:

3 T. butter

1 T. olive oil

1 c. celery, chopped

¼ c. each red and green bell pepper, chopped

2 oz. onion, chopped

3 cloves garlic, minced

2 small yellow squash (about 6″ long)

¼ tsp. salt

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

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

4 slices American Deluxe cheese

2 slices Cheddar cheese, diced or shredded

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

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

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

237.5 calories

20.71 g fat

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

19.7 g protein

724 mg sodium

Salmon Galette

Salmon GaletteThis was how I put two items in my freezer together for lunch:  leftover salmon patties and a frozen ball of pie dough.  Mmmm, did it ever taste good, too!  This recipe is a great way to use up a few leftover salmon OR tuna cakes.  This is not suitable until you are out of the Induction phase of Atkins.  If you don’t have any leftover cooked cakes, just mix up the salmon or tuna mixture and spread it evenly on your galette crust, add the cheese and bake it.  All will cook properly.

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INGREDIENTS:

4 leftover salmon (or tuna) cakes

1 recipe my “Flour” Pie Crust

5 oz. mozzarella cheese shreds (5 slices)

DIRECTIONS:  Make the pie crust by that recipe’s instructions, but roll it into a 8″x12″ rectangle instead of a circle.  Preheat oven to 350º.  Remove top piece of plastic wrap from the crust.  Crumble (or spread, if yet uncooked) the fish cake mixture onto the dough, leaving 1″ dough uncovered on all 4 sides.  Sprinkle 4 oz. of the cheese on next.  Using the plastic wrap to assist, lift the 1″ edge and fold it over onto the filling forming a sort of rolled edge.  Press the edge slightly and seal the corners by pressing them a bit more.   Pop pan into 350º oven and bake until crust is nearly browned on the edges and center is dry to touch.  Remove pan and sprinkle on the last ounce of cheese and pop back into oven just long enough to melt the cheese.  Remove from oven and serve at once.

NUTRITIONAL INFO:    Makes 4 servings, each contains:  (lower carbs by cutting into 5 servings)

461 calories

38.45 g fat

21.15 g carbs, 16.45 g fiber, 4.7 g NET CARBS

28.7 g protein

476 mg sodium

Blueberry Scones

Blueberry Scones

Decided to re-work my new Cranberry Scones recipe using wild blueberries from my freezer.  I increased the fruit by 2 T. and the sweetener a tad.  I think I like this version best.  These were yummy indeed!  The frosting is optional and not included ion the numbers below.  These didn’t really need it, unless you just like frosting.  :)  These scones are not suitable for Atkins Induction.

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INGREDIENTS:

2½ c. almond flour

½ c. plain whey protein powder

¼ c. Splenda

3 T. erythritol

1 T. coconut flour

¼ tsp. salt

1¼ tsp. baking powder

2 eggs, beaten

¼ tsp. lemon or vanilla extract

½ c. + 2 T. tiny wild blueberries

DIRECTIONS:   Preheat oven to 350º.  Line baking sheet with silicone or parchment.  Measure all the dry ingredients into a medium mixing bowl.  Stir well.  Add in the wet ingredients.  With a rubber spatula, stir and blend the wet and dry ingredients into a uniform, very thick dough.   Divide mixture into 7 equal parts and roll into roughly 2″ balls.  Place on the baking sheet, pressing them slightly flat so they are about 3/4″ thick.  OR you can form into a large round disk of dough about 3/4″ thick and cut into 7 wedges, which is the more typical shape for scones.  You can sprinkle them with a dusting of erythritol if desired.  Bake for around 15 minutes at 350º or until firm in the center and lightly browned.  Remove, cool and enjoy. Ice if you wish, but that is NOT included in the numbers below.

NUTRITIONAL INFO:   Makes 7 scones, each contains: (not including frosting)

199 calories

14.44 g  fat

9.92 g carbs, 4.27 g fiber, 5.65 g NET CARBS

12.8 g protein

138 mg sodium

 

Spinach Cheese Bread

Spinach Cheese BreadAt 11:00 today I started thinking about that wonderful Spinach Pizza I used to get at Mazzio’s.  But I didn’t want to make a pizza today per se.  I got out my best pizza crust recipe, modified it a wee bit, added more cheese and some spinach and MAN!  Was this ever good.  And look how low-carb it is!!!!!    Even my husband said “This is really good, Peggy!  Be sure to upload this on to the blog!”   And it was so easy, we were eating it at straight up noon!  This is not suitable for Induction but OK for Atkins Phase 2 and beyond.

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INGREDIENTS:

½ c. almond flour

¼ c. whey protein powder, unflavored

¼ c. golden flax meal (or more whey protein powder)

1 tsp. baking powder

2 T. oat fiber (not the same thing as oat bran!)

4 T. (2 oz) cream cheese, softened

2 eggs, beaten

1 tsp. apple cider vinegar

1 T. heavy cream

1 tsp. dry yeast, well-dissolved in 2 T. warm water

2 c. shredded Monterey Jack or Mozzarella cheese

1 c. frozen chopped spinach (I did not thaw)

VARIATION:   Remove from oven before fully done, spread a few tablespoons Alfredo sauce and some more sprinkles of spinach on top.  Dust with Parmesan and pop back into oven for more of a true spinach pizza result.  (variation not figured in the nutritional numbers below)

DIRECTIONS:  Preheat oven to 350º.  In a medium mixing bowl, measure out all dry ingredients but the yeast.  Stir well.  Dissolve the yeast in the 2 T. water.  Add to bowl with dry ingredients.  Add in the beaten eggs, cream, vinegar and softened cream cheese.  Beat the wet ingredients into the dry a few strokes.  Add the Jack or mozzy cheese shreds and un-defrosted spinach (break up clumps as you go) and stir to form a thick batter.  Line a 9″ x 12″ sheet pan with silicone or parchment.  Spread batter evenly to fill the pan.  Pop into 350º oven for about 20 minutes or until lightly browned and dry to the touch in the center.  Remove and cool a few minutes.   Cut into 12 pieces and serve.  If you eat it real hot, you will need a fork.  It gets easier to hold in your hand (and tastier) as it cools off. 🙂

NUTRITIONAL INFO:   Makes 12 servings, each contains:

154 calories

12.3 g fat

3.75 g carbs, 2.49 g fiber, 1.26 g NET CARBS

9.5 g protein

232 mg sodium

 

Shallot-Herb Baked Chicken

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This easy dish takes very little effort to put together.  Just make the marinade and it takes care of itself from there!  It is, of course, Induction acceptable.  This is nice served with a nice green vegetable and my Jicama Eggplant Stuffing.  Suitable for all phases of Atkins, Keto diets, Primal and Paleo.

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INGREDIENTS:

2 tsp. my Herb Spice Blend (or your favorite herb blend)

3 T. olive oil

1 T. balsamic or red wine vinegar

2 T. shallots, finely chopped

16 oz. boneless chicken breast

DIRECTIONS:  Place first four ingredients in plastic quart zip bag or dish large enough to hold the chicken.   Add chicken, zip bag closed and manipulate marinade around the chicken well with your fingers.  Place in refrigerator for a couple hours.  When ready to cook, preheat oven to 475º.  Place chicken breasts onto baking pan.  Using a fork, dip the solids out of the marinade and spread evenly over the meat.  Pop into preheated oven and bake for about 30 minutes.  Should brown very nicely in that amount of time.  Ovens will vary, so check meat at 20 minutes. If using other cuts of chicken, you will need to allow more cooking time and will probably want to turn oven down to 350º after the first 30 minutes to avoid over browning.

NUTRITIONAL INFO:  Makes 4 servings, each containing:

319 calories

18.9 g  fat

1.68 g  carbs, .03 g  fiber, 1.65 g  NET CARBS

33.7 g  protein

500 mg sodium

 

Indian Cashew Chicken Curry

Cachew Chicken Curry

This curry recipe is quite unique in flavor from any others I’ve tasted.  The fenugreek is what makes the difference.  If you’re a curry fan, you will want to give this delicious recipe a try.   I have had my jar of fenugreek for some time, but I bought it for Iranian cuisine, which uses fenugreek often.  I had this thought of using it in an Indian dish and WOW!  A great decision!  An added note:  despite the pepper(s) in this, the final dish is NOT too spicy.  As always, I don’t like food too spicy and you won’t find such on my blog.  Something about cooking Indian recipes seems to tone down jalapeno and cayenne in the final dish.  Not sure why, it just does.  This recipe is suitable for Phase 2 of Atkins and beyond, and Keto diets as well.

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INGREDIENTS:

2 T. coconut oil (or butter)

16 oz. chicken breast, boned, skin removed, cut into big chunks

4 oz. onion, sliced

1 jalapeno, seeded and slivered (will not be hot in the final dish)

2 cloves garlic, minced

1/2 tsp. black pepper (a key flavor in this recipe yet too too hot)

1/8 tsp. cayenne pepper (final dish was NOT hot)

1 tsp. fenugreek seed, ground

Dash salt

¼ tsp. my Garam Masala

Dash turmeric (1-2 shakes from a shaker)

3/4 c. heavy cream

½ c. chicken broth (I use homemade)

2 oz. cashew nut halves  (I used raw, but you can toast if you prefer)

3 Roma tomatoes, cut in chunks

1/8 tsp. xanthan gum (optional, if you want it thicker)

Garnish with a sprig of cilantro if you like

DIRECTIONS:   Melt coconut oil over high heat in a non-stick wok or skillet.  Add chicken and saute to brown on all sides.  Add onion and saute until it, too, begins to brown.  Add slivered jalapeno and garlic.  Add all spices, cream and chicken broth, nuts and tomatoes.  Lower heat to LOW and simmer for about 10-15 minutes or until flavors have had a chance to meld.  Serve alone or over steamed cauliflower rice.  For those not low-carbing at your table, I would offer a bowl of steamed basmati rice.

NUTRITIONAL INFO:    Makes 5 servings, each contains:  (does not include cauli-rice or basmati rice)

353 calories

19 g fat

9.40 g carbs, 1.48 g fiber, 8.92 g NET CARBS

34.4 g protein

457 mg sodium

Cranberry Scones

Cranberry Scones

I haven’t baked anything for my husband in awhile.  Decided on scones for breakfast. I think I’ve finally developed a scone we BOTH liked.  My prior attempts were a little too dry, or a little too damp for us. These were just right and yummy indeed!  The frosting was already in my freezer and quite honestly, an afterthought.  I just wanted to see how they would be with frosting.  The verdict, good with or without frosting. Scones aren’t usually very sweet, so I probably won’t ice them in future.  By the way, these just get better with aging, both in texture and flavor!  These are not suitable for Atkins Induction.

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INGREDIENTS:

2½ c. almond flour

½ c. plain whey protein isolate powder

¼ c. Splenda

2 T. erythritol

1 T. coconut flour

¼ tsp. salt

1¼ tsp. baking powder

2 eggs, beaten

¼ tsp. lemon, orange or vanilla extract

½ c. sugar-free dried cranberries (I dehydrate mine now & keep some in my freezer all the time)

DIRECTIONS:   Preheat oven to 350º.  Line baking sheet with silicone or parchment.  Measure all the dry ingredients into a medium mixing bowl.  Stir well.  Add in the wet ingredients.  With a rubber spatula, stir and blend the wet and dry ingredients into a uniform, very thick batter.   Divide mixture into 7 equal parts and roll into roughly 2″ balls.  Place on the baking sheet, pressing them slightly flat so they are about 3/4″ thick.  OR you can form into a large round disk of dough about 3/4″ thick and cut into 7 wedges, which is the more typical shape for scones.  Bake for around 15 minutes at 350º or until firm in the center.  Remove and cool. Ice if you wish, but that is NOT included in the numbers below.

NUTRITIONAL INFO:   Makes 7 scones, each contains (not including frosting)

267 calories

20.7 g  fat

10.34 g carbs, 4.35 g fiber, 5.99 g NET CARBS

15.5 g protein

229 mg sodium

 

Smoked Gouda Cauliflower

Smoked gouda Cauliflower

This recipe was inspired by one in Dana Carpender’s 500 Low-Carb Recipes. Most people do not cook cauliflower casseroles with this particular cheese and it doesn’t melt easily (why it is mixed into the dish rather than being spread on top).  But once it DOES melt, it truly transforms the ordinary into  the sublime.  In my opinion, it is the smoked Gouda that truly sets this dish apart from all the other cauliflower casseroles I have ever eaten.  I served it to my brother, who was an executive chef at Top of the Mark in San Francisco and he RAVED about it!  It’s Atkins Induction friendly, too!

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INGREDIENTS:

1 medium large head cauliflower

6 oz. cream cheese, softened

4 oz. smoked Gouda cheese, grated

¼ tsp. coarse black pepper

Dash salt

Optional:  chopped chives or green onion to top

DIRECTIONS: Cut up cauliflower into manageable pieces and boil or steam until tender.  Drain off any water and mash the chunks up slightly with a fork (do not puree, however).   Stir in softened cream cheese until it is melted and blended well.  Grease glass casserole dish and spoon half the cauliflower mixture in.  Sprinkle with half the grated smoked Gouda.  Spoon remaining cauliflower into dish and top with rest of Gouda cheese.   Sprinkle with just a dash of salt, as the cheese has a lot of sodium.  If you are sodium sensitive, I wouldn’t add ANY salt.   Sometimes I add some chopped chives or green onion to the top, but this is not in the nutritional info below.  Bake at 350º for 20-30 minutes or until bubbly.

NUTRITIONAL INFO: Serves 6, each serving contains:  (you may get up to 8 servings and that will lower the net carbs even more)

190.3 calories

15.22 g  fat

6.17 g  carbs, 2.4 g fiber, 3.77 g  NET CARBS

8.77 g  protein

312 mg  sodium

Iranian Kubideh (ground meat kebabs)

 

Iranian Kubideh 2

When I was 10 years old, my family lived in Teheran, Iran.  Dad, USAF,  was  teaching their  then fledgling air force,  to fly F-86 jets.  Our motor pool driver, Reza, loved good food and sometimes would cook for us to show off his skills in the kitchen.  Kubideh was one of his favorites.  Although I don’t have his actual recipe (which he cooked simply as small meat patties), my creation evokes the flavor of his specialty.  The jalapeno is not traditional but I like it in these.  It does not make these spicy “hot”, just adds a nice flavor layer in my opinion.

These kubideh can be made with the more traditional lamb, but I prefer using ground beef.  Unless I can have mild Iranian lamb, which is highly unlikely now, I will not eat lamb in the States.  Just tastes awful to me.  When grilling your kubideh, you want them somewhere between the done stage between these two photos.  I like them as shown upper left; the hubs likes them as shown lower right.    The other skewers in the photo are some lamb kebabs we grilled to freeze for a future meal.  :)  This recipe is suitable for all phases of Atkins, Keto diets, Primal and Paleo.

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INGREDIENTS:

1 lb. ground beef or lamb (mine is 90% lean; omit bacon grease below if using fattier meat)

1 egg, beaten

¼ c. parsley

1 oz. onion, minced as fine as you can get it

1 clove garlic, minced

1/8 tsp. ground cinnamon

¼ tsp. ground cumin

¼ tsp. black pepper

Optional:  ½ jalapeno, seeded and minced fine

Optional:  1 T. bacon grease if your meat is very lean

DIRECTIONS:   Soak wooden skewers for 20-30 minutes (if using).  This retards scorching of sticks during grilling.  Mix all ingredients well in a bowl with a fork or your hands like you would a meatloaf.     Dry off the skewers.  Form hot-dog like meat shapes on the wooden skewers, pressing the meat on tightly and as evenly as possible.   Set them on a platter as you form them. Prepare a hot charcoal fire.  Gently place the skewers of meat on your charcoal fire, disturbing the skewers as little as possible until the first side is lightly browned.  Carefully, with a large spatula, flip the skewers over.  If you use tongs, they are likely to tear up on you.  The voice of experience here.  Brown the second side of the kubideh.    Serve at once with a nice creamed spinach, a cucumber-tzatziki or sour cream mint salad or perhaps a quinoa side.  ENJOY!🙂

NUTRITIONAL INFO:   Makes 4 kubideh, each contains:

371 calories

30.4 g fat

1.95 g carbs, 0.40 g fiber, 1.55 g NET CARBS

21.4 g protein

93 mg sodium (I prefer to add salt to meat at the table so as not to dry it out)

Ham-Spinach Alfredo Pizza

Ham-Spinach Alfredo PizzaI’m taking a lot of shortcuts in the kitchen these days dealing with back issues that make it difficult to stand for long periods of time.  So today’s lunch, a quick and simple pizza, was made with a Joseph’s Flax-Oat Bran Pita bread, at 4 net carbs per piece.  They make pretty good pizza crusts but I’d not used one for a crust in a pretty long time.  I forget how good they are.  Of course, making one of my own pizza crusts would be a few less carbs, but like I said, I’m taking short cuts these days.    This pizza was quite tasty, with just a hint of basil.  Fresh basil doesn’t agree with my stomach, so I can’t use more than 1 leaf in anything, but it was quite good here.   This pizza isn’t suitable until you get to the grains level of the Atkins carb reintroduction ladder.

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INGREDIENTS:  

1   Joseph’s Flax Meal and Oat Bran Pita bread round

1 T. cream cheese, melted

1 oz. mozzarella cheese shreds

1 T. grated Parmesan cheese

¼ c. chopped spinach leaves

1 basil leaf, chopped

½ oz. red onion, sliced as thin as possible

1 oz. cured ham (I used ½ slice of Cure 81 ham)

DIRECTIONS:  Preheat oven to 350º.  Place pita on a baking sheet lined with silicone or parchment.  With the back of a spoon, smear the melted cream cheese onto the crust.  Sprinkle with Parmesan and most of the mozzarella shreds.  Evenly spread the spinach on top.  Then add the red onion and finally, the ham.  Sprinkle basil on top.   Finally sprinkle the rest of the mozzarella on top.  Pop into 350º oven for about 15 minutes to allow all the cheeses to melt and flavors to blend.   Serve at once.

NUTRITIONAL INFO:    Makes 1 pizza which contains:

277 calories

16.6 g fat

11.1 g carbs, 4.9 g fiber, 6.8 g  NET CARBS

23 g protein

985 mg sodium

 

 

Eggplant Parmigiana “Pizza”

Eggplant Crust Pepperoni PizzaThis tastes more like Eggplant Parmigiana than a pizza to me, but one never knows when one starts out creating.  I LOVE how the eggplant crust came together.  Just as crunchy as classically prepared Parmigiana.  Couldn’t even taste the pepperoni though.  Won’t bother or will put more next time.  What I do know is this was extremely filling and truly DELICIOUS!  I’m going to make Eggplant Parmigiana (this minus the pepperoni) more often from now on.  Pork rinds are just wonderful as a stand-in for breadcrumbs in Italian cooking.  If you keep some of the Lucini sauce in your freezer, it can be defrosted quickly int he microwave for such recipes.  Makes prep time a cinch!  This recipe is suitable for all phases of Atkins, Keto diets and Primal Blueprint.

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VARIATION:  Increase recipe, omit the pepperoni and make a full casserole pan full of these slices for classic Eggplant Parmigiana. 🙂

INGREDIENTS:

2   slices eggplant, unpeeled, about 3/8″ thick

1½ T. homemade mayonnaise

1½ oz. pork rinds (2 handfuls) crushed

Dash your favorite seasoning blend

Dash Italian spice blend (or oregano)

1½ oz. shredded mozzarella (about 5 Tbsp.)

4 T. spaghetti sauce (I use Lucini brand I buy at Walmart)

½ oz. green bell pepper, sliced extremely thin

5 slices pepperoni, chopped a bit

2 T. Parmesan, grated

DIRECTIONS:   Preheat oven to 450º.  Line baking sheet with parchment.

Slice off eggplant slices and brush both sides with mayo.  Crush pork rinds and stir in spices. Sprinkle them onto both surfaces with pork rind crumbs, coating well.  Place slices onto parchment lined pan and bake at 450º for about 15 minutes.  No need to turn during baking.  Remove from oven and lower to 350º.

Sprinkle each slice with 2 T. mozzarella cheese.  Dot each with 2 T. sauce.  Place bits of green pepper next.  Evenly space the pepperoni bits.  Sprinkle each with Parmesan cheese and the remaining 1T. mozzarella.  Bake at 350º for 5-10 minutes to melt the cheese.  Serve and ENJOY!

NUTRITIONAL INFO:   Makes 2 slices, each contains:

310 calories

23.1 g fat

7.0 g carbs, 3.1 g fiber, 3.9 g NET CARBS

18.9 g protein

700 mg sodium

Avocado Salad with Orange Vinaigrette

Avocado Salad with Orange VinaigretteI keep Spring Mix salad greens in my refrigerator fairly regularly.  Had a fresh carton I bought at the store yesterday and made myself one delicious salad for lunch today.  Avocados, although a little carb-y, add so much flavor and nutrients, I decided to splurge.  Since my husband cut an orange last night to make Pimm’s Cup cocktails for us, I decided to make an orange vinaigrette for my dressing.  It was very GOOD with avocado!  This salad is suitable for all phases of Atkins, Keto diets, Primal and Paleo as well.

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INGREDIENTS:

2 c. Spring Mix or salad greens (mine had some spinach in it)

2-3 cherry (or 1 slice) tomatoes

1 raw mushroom, sliced

½ avocado, sliced

1/3 recipe my Orange Vinaigrette

DIRECTIONS:   Place 2 c. salad greens on a large plate.  Slice and arrange the tomato, mushroom and avocado on top. Spoon about 2 T. orange vinaigrette dressing on top and ENJOY!

NUTRITIONAL INFO:    Makes 1 salad which contains: (includes dressing)

298 calories

26.4 g  fat

15.6 g carbs, 9.0 g fiber, 6.6 g NET CARBS

2.1 g  protein

111 mg sodium

Pork Chops with Roasted Poblano Gravy

Pork Chops in Poblano GravyI picked up a couple of medium-size poblano peppers at the store yesterday as I wanted to make a creamy sauce for some pretty pork chops.  I added a mashed avocado to my sauce, which added nutrients, but absolutely no flavor whatsoever and I will not add it in future.  Waste of a good avocado in my opinion. 😉

This recipe was quite tasty if you like the taste of poblanos.  As a rule, these peppers are not spicy hot, especially when you roast them as I did for this recipe.  Although there are the occasional hot ones out there.  However, that has only happened to me one time in 45+ years of cooking with them.

This recipe is suitable for all phases of Atkins, Keto diets and Primal followers.  Use coconut milk instead of the cream for Paleo dining.

Variation:  Substitute 2 portions of seared boneless chicken breast or chicken thighs for the pork.

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INGREDIENTS:

2  medium poblano peppers, stemmed and seeded, cut into halves

2   pork chops (mine were 7-oz bone-in)

1-2 tsp. bacon grease

1 clove garlic, minced

¼ c. chopped cilantro

½ c. heavy cream

½ c. chicken broth (I use homemade)

Dash each salt and black pepper

DIRECTIONS:  In a skillet, melt the bacon grease and cook the pork chops until brown on both sides and thoroughly done.  Remove to a platter for now.

Preheat oven to 375º.  Stem, seed and cut pepper into halves lengthwise.  Place cut side down on a baking pan and roast for about 20 minutes.  Peel as much of the papery skin off as you can get off. Cut into ¼” strips and set aside.

In the skillet you seared the meat in, add the garlic, pepper, cilantro, salt, pepper and saute over medium heat for a few minutes.  Add the chicken broth and reduce heat to medium-low.  Add cream and simmer for 5 minutes.  Replace chops on top and allow them to reheat on low fire.  Serve with half the gravy dipped over each chop.  ENJOY!

NUTRITIONAL INFO:   Makes 2 adult servings, each contains:

552 calories

39.3 g fat

5.40 g carbs, 1.30 g fiber, 4.10 g NET CARBS

41.7 g protein

239 mg sodium

 

Chicken Sofrito

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This delightful dish, which uses sofrito, a Puerto Rican/Spanish  condiment, goes together in about 30 minutes start to finish if your sofrito mixture is already made up.  My kind of dinner.  Just sear the chicken, the bacon, layer it all and pop in the oven for 15-20 minutes.  Very easy; very tasty!  This dish is not suitable for Paleo due to the cheese.  This is acceptable for all phases of Atkins and Keto diets.

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INGREDIENTS:

2   5-oz. boneless, skinless chicken breasts

1 tsp. olive oil

1 tsp. butter

2 slices bacon, chopped (I used thick slices)

2 oz. Monterrey Jack Cheese, grated

2 T.  sofrito:  https://buttoni.wordpress.com/2013/05/21/sofrito/

DIRECTIONS:  Preheat oven to 350º.  Slice breasts laterally not quite cutting in two.  Lay them out flat and pound a bit with a meat cleaver or rolling pin so they are thinner, to speed up cooking. Heat olive oil and butter in a skillet over high heat. Sear meat on both sides.  When nearly done, push chicken to the side of the skillet and add chopped bacon.  Let it brown, stirring as it cooks.  When both are fully done, turn off heat.  Carefully place evenly 1 oz. cheese on each breast.  Top each evenly with half the bacon.  Finally, evenly dot 1 T. prepared sofrito on top of each serving. Pop skillet into preheated oven for about 20 minutes or until cheese is melted.    Serve with a nice guacamole salad or sides of your choice.

NUTRITIONAL INFO:  Makes 2 servings, each contains:

367 calories

23.5 g  fat

1.15 g  carbs, 0.25 g fiber, 0.9 g  NET CARBS

36 g  protein

770 mg sodium

Turkey & Sausage Dressing Casserole

Turkey & Dressing CasseroleI went rummaging in my freezer for an easy dinner last night and found a turkey thigh and drumstick, some leftover Christmas stuffing.  I had forgotten the turkey was even in there.  Decided to turn it into a casserole of some sort.  I grabbed a small bag of frozen green beans and this is what I came up with.  It reminds me of green bean casserole, so I decided to bake off a pan full of onion rings, knowing the rest wouldn’t go to waste as the hubs loves them for a snack.  The final dish came out really tasty! I’ll have to remember this recipe next Christmas for my leftovers.  This recipe is not suitable for Atkins Induction.

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INGREDIENTS:

4 oz. bulk pork breakfast sausage

3 c. turkey meat, diced large

2½ c. leftover Cornbread Stuffing

6 oz. thawed frozen green beans (or pre-cooked fresh, cut)

½ recipe Jennifer Eloff’s blender Cream of Mushroom Soup (scroll down page)

1 serving (2 oz) my Spicy Oven-Fried Onion Rings

DIRECTIONS: Preheat oven to 450º.  Slice the onion for the onion rings REAL thin.  Separate the rings in a bowl and add the homemade mayo.   Stir to coat well.  Crush the pork rinds in your food processor or a plastic bag, season and add the onion rings, a few at a time, to coat.  Place on a parchment-lined metal baking sheet and bake until they are browned, or about 15 minutes.  Remove and cool.  Set aside while you cook the casserole mixture.  Lower oven to 350º.

Brown the sausage over medium-high heat just until pink is gone.  Add turkey and saute a few minutes.  Add the green beans and crumbled up stuffing.  Turn off fire.

Make the soup in your blender as instructed in the linked recipe.  Save half for some other use, as you only need half the recipe for this casserole.  Stir half the soup mixture into the skillet until it has moistened all ingredients. You can transfer to a baking casserole if you prefer, or bake it right in the skillet you sauteed the mixture in. Top with ¼ of the onion rings (more if you like).  Pop casserole into 350º oven for about 20 minutes or until golden on top and the flavors have co-mingled.

NUTRITIONAL INFO:    Makes 6 servings, each contains:

396 calories

28.6 g fat

7.16 g carbs, 2.43 g fiber, 4.73 g NET CARBS

28.2 mg protein

569 mg sodium

 

Red Radish Cottage Fries

Red Radish Cottage FriesI’ve been making hash browns with onion and bacon grease pretty much all my life.  My Southern roots grow deep.  When I learned (making Chinese stir-fries) that radishes taste totally different when cooked (not bitter as when raw), I had a light bulb go off.  Daddy’s hash browns!! They’re GREAT for breakfast with your eggs and bacon; GREAT as a potato side at dinner!

You will just be amazed how close to red potatoes red radishes taste like when fried this way.  For me, the key here is the onion and bacon grease.  Just not as good done in olive oil.  :)  Do try this some time if you haven’t yet.  The carb count is astounding compared to real potatoes!  This recipe is suitable for All phases of Atkins, Keto diets and Primal-Paleo as well.

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INGREDIENTS: 

15 medium radishes, cut in large pieces

2 oz. yellow onion, sliced

2 T. bacon grease

Dash each salt and coarse black pepper

DIRECTIONS:  Heat skillet over medium-high heat.  Add bacon grease.  Toss in the onion and saute until it begins to get soft and brown/caramelize on the edges.  Add radishes, salt and pepper and continue stir-frying until radishes are no longer opaque.  You want them to just begin browning so the skins will stay a pretty reddish color. 🙂

NUTRITIONAL INFO:   Makes 3 servings, each contains:

87 calories

8.9 g fat

2.26 g carbs, 0.56 g fiber, 1.70 g NET CARBS

0.30 g protein

75 mg sodium

Meatballs & Smoked Gouda on Zucchini Noodles

Meatballs & Smoked Gouda

More sauce added AFTER photo was taken

Not your usual meatball dish, but man, was this ever good!   I used just enough Smoked Gouda to be a subtle background taste, but you can add more if you prefer.  This recipe makes 24 meatballs and I found 4 per serving filled us right up, in fact 3 filled me up and I put one back into the pot.  I have another meal or two leftover for my freezer!  :)  This recipe is suitable for all phases of Atkins (but omit wine if still in Induction) and Keto diets if the carbs will fit into your day.

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MEATBALL INGREDIENTS:

1 lb. lean ground beef

2 links Italian sausage, casings removed

2 eggs, beaten

1 slice my Flax-Whey Protein Bread (or low-carb bread equivalent)

¼ tsp. garlic powder or granulated garlic

1/8 tsp. onion powder

¼ chopped parsley

¼ tsp. coarse black pepper

2 T. grated Parmesan cheese

SAUCE INGREDIENTS:

1½ c. chicken broth

3/4 c. dry white wine (omit if still in Induction)

8 mushrooms, sliced

1 oz. red bell pepper, diced

Dash black pepper

1/8 tsp. xanthan gum or favorite thickener

3 oz. Smoked Gouda cheese, shredded

5   4″-5″ zucchini (makes about 6 cups “noodles”)

DIRECTIONS:  Mix all meat ingredients in a bowl using a fork or your hands.  Form twenty-four 1-1½” meatballs.  Heat non-stick skillet over medium heat (high will cause them to stick badly, but adjust heat as your stove requires).  If your beef is very lean, oil the skillet a bit.  Not necessary if meat is 20%-30% fat.  Brown meatballs on all sides, handling them very gently with tongs as you turn and brown them. Remove balls to a paper plate or platter.  Add mushrooms and brown just a bit over medium heat until no longer opaque.  Add red bell pepper and wine to skillet and scrape free the brown bits stuck to the pan.  This is what makes your gravy taste so good.  Add chicken broth, dash pepper.  Dust the xanthan gum over the sauce and stir to blend.  Lower heat to lowest setting.

Heat a second skillet over medium heat for cooking your zucchini noodles (yes, you’ll have to juggle both skillets here.  Keep an eye on the sauce, stirring a time or two as it thickens).  Add just a splash of oil to coat the noodle pan.  Add zoodles and stir gently to begin cooking and stir-saute just until they lose their opaqueness and begin to soften.  Remove from fire for plating.

Dip up about 3/4-1 cup zoodles onto each plate.  Top with a light sprinkle of Smoked Gouda shreds so it will begin melting.  Place 4 meatballs on top.  Spoon on about 1/6 of the sauce (1 nice cooking spoon worth) over each serving.  Sprinkle with a bit more of the Gouda to garnish.  Serve at once & ENJOY!

NUTRITIONAL INFO:   Makes 6 servings, each contains: (I only cooked 2 servings of noodles for us and we ate 2 servings.  Froze the remainder of the meatballs and sauce for two future easy meals.)

451 calories

29 g  fat

11.13 g carbs, 3.76 g fiber, 8.37 g NET CARBS

34.3 g  protein

863 mg sodium

Italian Spinach Casserole

Italian Spinach Casserole

Italian Spinach Casserole

This casserole comes out scrumptious every time!  The night I created it, I just kept throwing more stuff onto the browned ground beef and the end result got a fantastic reaction from both me and my husband.  Very much like lasagna.  The leftovers freeze nicely, too!

The key to throwing something like this together easily is having the homemade spaghetti sauce at the ready in your freezer.  I try to keep a big batch frozen in smaller portions for just such purposes.  My own homemade meaty spaghetti sauce is what I used for this tonight.  Just made a 5X batch this week, in fact.

Because of the ricotta cheese, this recipe is not suitable until you get to the “more dairy” level of the Atkins OWL ladder.    There’s way too much cheese in this for Paleo folks, but Primal followers might like to try it on for size.

My spaghetti sauce has ground meat in it, so if substituting a sauce without meat, you will want to increase the meat called for by another ½ pound or your dish won’t be quite as good, in my opinion.    Get a load of the nutritional info for this recipe!  A very nutritious meal indeed. It was sooooooo good I’ll be making this one again and again! 🙂

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INGREDIENTS:

1 lb. 90% lean ground beef

2 c. my meaty spaghetti sauce (https://buttoni.wordpress.com/2009/08/13/peggys-spaghetti-sauce/)

12 oz. frozen spinach, thawed, drained and squeezed out all moisture

1   6.5-oz can sliced mushrooms, drained

12 black olives, sliced

½ tsp. fennel seed, crushed

¼ c. Parmesan cheese

2 c. mozzarella cheese, grated

½ c. ricotta cheese

4 black olives sliced for top garnish

4 leaves fresh basil, chopped

VARIATION:  Use 1# Italian Sausage for the ground beef in this recipe.

DIRECTIONS:  Preheat oven to 350º.  Brown the meat in a non-stick skillet.  Sprinkle evenly into a 8″x12″ greased casserole dish.  Crumble the well drained and squeezed spinach evenly over the top of the meat.  Sprinkle with all the Parmesan cheese.  Next spread the mushrooms and olive slices evenly over the mixture.  Now spread the spaghetti sauce over all without disturbing the lower layers too much.  Sprinkle with the crushed fennel seed and chopped basil leaves.  Dot the surface intermittently with the ricotta cheese and sprinkle the mozzarella evenly over the top of the casserole.  Garnish the surface with the 4 sliced olives.  Cover with foil and bake at 350º for 30 minutes.  Uncover and bake for about 30 more minutes or until bubbly all over.  Allow to cool 5-6 minutes before attempting to dip it up or the servings won’t be so pretty.  It’ll still taste good, however.  Serve with a nice green salad and your favorite low-carb garlic bread.

NUTRITIONAL INFO:  Makes 6 servings, each contains:

530 calories

36.6 g  fat

12.77 g  carbs, 4.03 g  fiber, 8.74 g  NET CARBS

38.33 g  protein

500 mg sodium

Indian Oven-Fried Fish

Indian Oven-Fried Fish

Most of my readers know I’m very fond of Indian food. This tasty, crunchy approach to preparing fish for dinner would do justice to any Indian sides.  I added any leftover mayo mixture to my creamed spinach and it was delicious!  Any mild fish will do for this recipe.   If you don’t want to make up the homemade mayo for this, just use your regular mayo.  It is thicker, so it may take more of it.  You need total coverage!  This fish is delicious and is suitable for all phases of Atkins, Keto diets, Primal and Paleo as well. 🙂

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INGREDIENTS:

4 T. homemade mayo

2 oz. onion

2 cloves garlic

1 large jalapeno, seeded & diced

1 tsp. ginger root, minced

1 tsp. Garam Masala Spice Blend (I make it at home)

¼-½ tsp. turmeric

1/8-¼ tsp. ground cayenne pepper

14 oz. mild boneless fish (I used Swai filets)

2 oz. pork skins, crushed finely

DIRECTIONS: Preheat oven to 450º.  Line a baking sheet with parchment or lightly oil the pan.  DO NOT USE A SILICONE PAN LINER OR THESE WILL NOT BROWN/CRISP PROPERLY.  Been there; done that.

Crush pork rinds, place in shallow bowl and add all spices.  Stir to mix well.  Set aside.  In your food processor or blender, puree the mayo, onion, garlic, jalapeno and ginger until they form a thick paste.  Open and scrape down sides of the bowl several times if needed. If you like things real spicy, you might want to use the full ¼ tsp. cayenne.  I used 1/8 and my filets didn’t come out very spicy.

Most important step here:  Pat surfaces of fish dry with a paper towels! Then brush each fish filet on both sides with the mayo-onion mixture, getting 100% coverage.  There doesn’t have to be a LOT of mayo, but the entire surface must be moistened with it for the crunchy coating to adhere.  If you substitute a commercial mayo, you will have more difficulty getting good coverage, as it is so thick.  Add more mayo if needed for coverage.

Holding the filets up (one at a time) by the tips, between your index finger and thumb in one hand, and with your other hand, spoon the seasoned coating over one of the filets on both sides. I find if you just dip them into a plate full of the coating, you will run out of coating.  Lay coated filet on parchment-lined pan.  Repeat for second filet. Place in hot 450º oven.  Bake for about 20 minutes or until crispy on top. There’s actually no need to turn the filets over during cooking as the bottoms usually brown enough without flipping.

NUTRITIONAL INFO: Makes 2 servings, each contains:

491 calories

27 g  fat

4.55 g  carbs, 0.90 g  fiber, 3.55 g  NET CARBS

53.8 g  protein

690 mg. sodium  (from the pork rinds)