Bacon Wilted Salad

Bacon Wilted Salad

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

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INGREDIENTS:

3 slices thick slice bacon, chopped

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

6 slices cucumber

Sprinkle of green onion, chopped

3 cherry tomatoes, sliced in half

OPTIONAL:  Splash of vinegar of your choice

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

NUTRITIONAL INFO:  Makes 1 serving which contains:

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

Southwest Ham-n-Cheese Squash

Southwest Ham-n-Cheese Squash

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

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

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INGREDIENTS:

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

2 tsp. bacon grease

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

4 oz. chopped ham

¼ c. red bell pepper, chopped

½ c. chopped cilantro

2 oz. American Deluxe or cheddar cheese, shredded

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

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

NUTRITIONAL INFO:    Makes 2 servings, each contains:

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

Mashed Cauliflower (Foolproof!)

mashed-cauliflower

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

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

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INGREDIENTS:

1 medium head cauliflower

4 T. butter

2 T. cream cheese

1/8-¼ tsp. sea salt

¼-½ tsp. glucomannan powder

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

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

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

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

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

Broccoli with Creamed Onion Sauce

Broccoli with Cream Sauce

If you’re tired of the same old steamed broccoli, the usual cheese sauce and the not so unusual broccoli casseroles, give this recipe a whirl.  It’s easy and ready in minutes.  The sauce really smooths out the broccoli flavor.  This is Atkins Induction friendly and suitable for other Keto diets.  Primal-Paleo followers will want to sub in coconut milk for the cream.

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INGREDIENTS:  

9 oz. broccoli, cut up into large pieces or small spears

2 T. butter or ghee, unsalted

2 oz. yellow onion, sliced thin

½ clove garlic, minced

½ c. heavy cream

½ c. water

Dash pepper

1 T. grated Parmesan cheese

DIRECTIONS:  Cook broccoli stems until completely done and drain well a few minutes.  Lay broccoli stems  decoratively on your serving dish.  In non-stick skillet over med-high heat, saute onion and garlic in butter until the onion begins to brown and caramelize.    Lower heat and add cream and Parmesan.  Add pepper and taste.  Add pinch of salt if needed.  Simmer a few minutes and it will slightly thicken.  Add water.  Simmer a few more minutes.  Should be the right thickness when done.  If the water made it too thin, add a bit of your favorite thickener.  Dip or pour over broccoli and serve.

NUTRITIONAL INFO:  Makes 3 servings each containing:

164 calories, 13.1 g  fat, 9.4 g  carbs, 2.57 g fiber, 6.83 g  NET CARBS, 4.5 g  protein, 73 mg sodium

Kale and Cabbage Medley

Kale & Cabbage (with peppers)

I love braised kale and braised cabbage, but tonight’s creation with the two together was just amazing!  Combining with my ingredient lineup totally changed the flavor profile of BOTH vegetables.  Therefore this might be a good dish to try on those kale and cabbage haters among you, as neither tasted like themselves.  This vegetable side is a little carb-y, but all those carbs are in the incredibly nutritious kale and cabbage, so they’re all GOOD carbs!    This dish is suitable for all phases of Atkins and Keto diets if you can fit the carbs into your daily allowance.  This recipe is also OK for Primal-Paleo diners.

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INGREDIENTS:

1 bunch of kale (about 4 cups stemmed and coarsely cut up)

2 c. cabbage, coarsely cut up

2 oz. yellow onion, sliced

3 oz. bell pepper, cut into medium-sized pieces (your color choice)

1/2 tsp. sea salt

Dash black pepper

1 T. Sriracha chili sauce

Water to cover all (I also added 3/4 c. baked ham broth/drippings)

1 T. bacon grease

DIRECTIONS:  Melt the bacon grease over high heat in a large stew pot and saute the onion until caramelized.  Add the stemmed, cut up kale, cabbage and water to cover.  Add bell pepper, salt, pepper and Sriracha sauce.  Bring to a boil and lower heat to medium and simmer for about 30 minutes.  Serve at once.  This broth makes a tasty and nutritious base for soups, so I store mine in containers in my freezer.  🙂

NUTRITIONAL INFO:   Makes 5 servings, each contains:

70 calories, 3.04 g  fat, 9.92 g  carbs, 2.42 g  fiber, 7.5 g  NET CARBS, 2.48 g  protein, 60 mg sodium

 

Chicken-Eggplant Parmigiana Casserole

Chicken-Eggplant Parmegiana Casserole

If you love Italian food, you are really going to LOVE this dish!  So tasty!  This casserole  was created with leftover cooked chicken breast meat I had in the refrigerator and a small amount of cooked spaghetti sauce and some commercial no-sugar sauce I wanted to use up.  I bought a beautiful eggplant yesterday and some mushrooms, so I created a quick Parmigiana casserole.  This recipe is suitable for all phases of Atkins and Primal followers that eat occasional cheese.  This meal would not be suitable for Paleo diners.

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INGREDIENTS:

8 oz. cooked chicken meat, cut in bite size pieces

2 T. olive oil

6 oz. mushrooms, sliced

5 oz. eggplant, sliced 1/4″ thick (I do not peel)

¼ c. low-carb spaghetti sauce (I use Lucini with no added sugar)

3/4 c. homemade spaghetti sauce   [you could use all homemade or all Luccini sauce]

6 oz. Mozzarella cheese, grated

½ c. grated Parmesan cheese

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

¼ tsp. dried basil (or 1 tsp. fresh, chopped)

¼ tsp. dried rosemary (or ½ tsp. fresh, chopped)

DIRECTIONS:  Preheat oven to 400º. Use a small amount of the oil to grease your casserole dish and a small baking sheet.  Place eggplant on baking sheet and bake at 400º for about 15 minutes, turning once during this pre-cooking.  Remove from oven and lower temperature to 350º.

In a non-stick skillet, saute the mushroom slices in the rest of the olive oil. Place eggplant in a single layer on the bottom of your greased casserole dish.  Top with the shredded chicken meat.  Spoon half the spaghetti sauce over the meat. Sprinkle on half the Parmesan and half the mozzarella cheese.  Sprinkle with half the spices.  Spoon on the remainder of the sauce. Sprinkle on the rest of the two cheeses and the last of the spices.  Top with the sauteed mushroom and pop into your 350º oven for about 30-35 minutes or until cheese is melted and the casserole is hot hot in the center.  Serve with your favorite salad or green vegetable and some garlic bread made with low-carb bread.

NUTRITIONAL INFO:  Makes 4 servings, each contains:

427 calories, 26.1 g  fat, 10.4 g  carbs, 2.98 g  fiber, 7.42 g  NET CARBS, 38 g  protein, 270 mg sodium

Beef in Mushroom Wine Sauce

beef-in-mushroom-wine-sauce

I love to make this recipe whenever I have a sizeable portion of a very large chuck or sirloin roast leftover. It’s very tasty, rich and a great way to tenderize that meat even further.  Whenever I make a beef roast, I always save any leftover gravy or roast meat broth/drippings, no matter how little that may be.  I invariably find many uses like this recipe for using it up.  I freeze it in ½-cup and 1-cup blocks and once frozen, pop them into a gallon zip-loc bags for soups, casseroles and recipes like this one that just needs a little bit broth or gravy.  I can then thin the gravy to use as beef broth. 🙂

This delicious dish can be enjoyed by all phases of Atkins provided those still on Induction omit the red wine.  This is suitable for Keto diets, Primal and Paleo as well.

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INGREDIENTS:

1½ c. rich beef gravy or roast drippings (or beef broth + ¼ tsp. xanthan gum (to thicken)

2  4-oz cans mushrooms, drained (liquid reserved)

2 T. tomato paste

¼ tsp. black pepper

1/8 tsp. sea salt

1½ lb. leftover cooked beef roast, sliced

¼ c. dry red wine (I used zinfandel, but any dry red will work) [omit for Induction]

VARIATION:  Add 1/2 c. chopped parsley  (I was out, or I would have used it here)

DIRECTIONS:   In a large skillet over medium heat, add the beef gravy or beef stock.  If using beef broth instead of gravy, whisk in xanthan gum to blend.  Add the tomato paste and whisk again to blend well.  Add salt and pepper and stir.  If using, add parsley and red wine.  Add beef next.  Bring to a simmer and simmer covered on LOW heat for 15 minutes.  Remove lid and simmer 5 minutes longer.  If gravy is too thick, add a bit of the mushroom liquid back to the pan; if too thin, add more xanthan gum (or your preferred thickener) in very light dustings on the surface, stirring in and allowing each addition to develop and thicken before adding more. You do NOT want to overdo xanthan gum lest the sauce get slippery in texture.  Serve at once with you favorite green vegetable or side dish.

NUTRITIONAL INFO:   Makes 4 servings, each contains:

255 calories, 6.9 g fat, 387 g carbs, 1.40 g fiber, 2.47 g NET CARBS, 40.3 g protein, 417 mg sodium

Creamy Broccoli and Mushrooms

Creamy Broccoli and Mushsrooms

This dish is a variation on a broccoli dip a friend of many years often served at parties.  I didn’t chop my broccoli as fine as she did, and there was no cheese in her dip.  Mine instead is made with a delicious low-carb soup.  The flavor was so memorable I decided to try and reproduce it as a vegetable side dish today.  It came out delicious!  Just as good as her dip, maybe even better with my addition of cheese!  This recipe is suitable for all phases of Atkins, Keto diets but not acceptable for Primal or Paleo.

VARIATIONS:  Add 1 c. cooked leftover chicken or 1 cup cooked shrimp for a complete meal

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INGREDIENTS:

½ bunch broccoli, stems and flowerettes cut into medium chunks (about 3 cups)

1 oz. onion, chopped

6 large mushrooms, sliced (or a 4-oz can sliced mushrooms, drained)

1 T. olive oil

½ recipe Jennifer Eloff’s Condensed Cream of Mushroom Soup

½ c. shredded Monterrey Jack Cheese

¼ c. heavy cream

Dash black pepper

DIRECTIONS:  Preheat oven to 350º.  Lightly grease a medium casserole or vegetable dish and set aside. Make a recipe of the mushroom soup.  You will only use half of it for this recipe.  The remaining soup should be reserved for some other use.  It will keep a week in the refrigerator.  Chop and steam the broccoli over water or in your microwave just until tender crisp.  Heat the olive oil in a medium skillet and brown the onion and mushrooms until nearly tender.   Turn off heat.    Toss the broccoli into the skillet and toss lightly.  Stir the cream into the soup mixture and blend well.   Spoon it over the broccoli-mushroom mixture, add the cheese and stir gently with a spoon to mix. Sprinkle with black pepper and bake at 350º for 30 minutes or until hot and bubbly.  ENJOY!

NUTRITIONAL INFO:    Makes 4 servings, each contains: (does not include optional meat)

215.5 calories, 18.35 g  fat, 7 g  carbs, 2.22 g  fiber, 4.78 g  NET CARBS, 6.45 g  protein, 348 mg sodium

Chocolate Shell

chocolate-shell-coating

This recipe is ideal for making a chocolate shell for ice cream bars and a variety of chocolate candies.  The sky is the limit on how it can be used for candy making, including multi-layer candies.  Pictured above are bite-size sweets made with (left) peanuts, (center) coconut-pecan, and (right) almond-dried cranberries.  Since what you add to your chocolate will vary, the nutritional information will vary.  Therefore I am providing just the counts for the chocolate coating mixture.  you will then have to add the nuts or fruits you add to each piece for an accurate count. This recipe is chilled to set, but it keeps at room temperature for a fairly long period, so you can serve these creations at parties without fear they will melt on the plate. Just pop any leftovers back in the fridge for longer term storage.  They should freeze OK, too.  🙂

This recipe is suitable (as written) for all phases of Atkins.  Once you reach Atkins Phase 2 OWL, you can add nuts, coconut meat, fruit bits or whatever is allowed on your eating plan to your candies.

INGREDIENTS FOR CHOCOLATE SHELL COATING:

1 c. sugar free chocolate chips (I use Hershey’s)

1 square unsweetened baking chocolate (or 4 squares Lindt 90% chocolate)

¼ c. melted butter

1 T. coconut oil (or 1 T. more butter)

6 drops liquid Splenda (or 2 tsp.vanilla sugar-free syrup)

DIRECTIONS:  Set silicone candy molds on a sheet pan.  Place your nuts, coconut, or fruit bits into each of 48 silicone candy form cups.  Next, in double boiler or a small saucepan over another pan containing boiling water, melt the butter and coconut oil.  Add the square of chocolate and melt slowly.  Add the choco chips, stirring constantly so the chocolate will stay smooth.  It should make a smooth, silky (not lumpy) chocolate sauce.  Dip 1 tsp. of sauce onto each candy mold slot.  There should be enough to do all 48 slots.  Then go back and put any remaining sauce as equally on the 48 candies as possible, using it all up.  The chocolate will run down around the nuts/fruit and make a solid piece of candy once chilled.  If making a smaller batch, refrigerate (or freeze) any leftover sauce in a ziploc plastic bag for future use.  Pop the sheet pan into the refrigerator for about 15-30 minutes.  When the chocolate is hard to the touch, pop ’em out from the bottom and ENJOY!  The chocolate will not totally melt if at room, but don’t leave them out for hours.  The chocolate WILL melt under the heat of your fingers if held too long.

NUTRITIONAL INFO FOR SAUCE:  Makes about 1¼ cups or 20 T. (60 tsp.).  This will be enough for 48 1″ candies.  Each tsp. contains:

19 calories, 1.79 g  fat, 0.55 g  carbs,0 .21 g fiber, 0.34 NET CARBS, 0.20 g  protein, < 1 mg. sodium

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Cheesy “Hash Browns”

Cheese

Shown with sausage added

We’ve all tasted and love that well-known hash brown casserole.  I certainly see no reason we low-carbing folks can’t still have it even though we can’t eat those real hash browns.  The only changes needed here were substituting cauliflower for the potatoes and a low-carb mushroom soup for commercial soup, thus making it OK for Induction.  This is also great with crumbled, cooked pork sausage on top!  I keep a double batch of this soup made up in my freezer all the time, frozen in plastic drink cups in 1 cup amounts.  It’s awfully convenient to just pop one out and defrost or put it right into the simmering pot.  Here’s my recipe with necessary low-carb changes.  This is Induction friendly, too!  Sometimes I add 1 lb. browned pork sausage to this and turn it into a main dish (as shown above)  No meat is calculated into the nutritional info below, however.  This is such a large recipe I cook a half recipe unless I have company.

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INGREDIENTS:

1 c.  finely chopped green onion

1 c.  (4oz) grated cheddar cheese

2 T.  butter melted

1/4  tsp. pepper

1 head fresh cauliflower, cooked & chopped (or 3 10 oz. pkgs. frozen, thawed, drained, coarsely chopped)

1/2 c. sour cream

1 c.  Dottie’s Mushroom Soup for Recipes

OPTIONAL GARNISH:  sprinkle top with paprika before baking

DIRECTIONS:  Thaw the frozen (or cook the fresh) cauliflower & drain well.  Preheat oven to 350º.   If adding sausage, brown it in a skillet.  Mix first 7 ingredients in a bowl and stir in the sausage if using. Spray glass baking dish.  Pour mixture into greased dish and bake at 350º for 30 minutes or until bubbly and “hash browns” are tender but not reduced to mush.

NUTRITIONAL INFO:  Makes 9   1-cup servings, each has:  (does not include sausage)

190   calories, 15.94 g  fat, 7.36 g  carbs, 2.78 g  fiber, 4.58 NET CARBS, 6.28 g  protein

Mega Meatballs

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Browsing my favorite food blogs, I came across a lovely picture of meatballs, something I’ve not made in ages.  I decided it was high time I did some meatballs for dear hubby and I love them, too!   The dish I came up with is not classic “saucy” spaghetti and meatballs, as actually very little sauce is put on each serving.  But an adequate tomato-y edge was there and made this a delightful dinner.

I’m providing the nutritional information for the individual parts of this, as many will use this meatball recipe with other sauces, serve it over other bases than the zucchini noodles and will use this thick veggie-heavy marinara sauce for other applications.  This dish is not suitable until Phase 2 Atkins due to the ricotta.  It is OK for Ketogenic diets.  It is however not acceptable for Primal-Paleo.

I like to make large batches of meatballs and freeze the extras for quick uses later on.  This recipe makes 20 meatballs or 10 servings of two meatballs.  Adjust your recipe as your needs dictate.

I absolutely love the Lucini “Rustic Tomato Basil Sauce” (no added sugar or bad ingredients) that I found at my local Walmart.  It’s made with all natural ingredients, has a lovely taste and I buy it for quick sauces and us it for quick pizza sauce.  It’s a great flavor foundation to build on.  🙂   It costs somewhere around $3.99/jar if I remember right.

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MEATBALLS:

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

1 lb. ground pork

2 beaten eggs

½ c. ricotta cheese

4 oz. cream cheese, softened

¼ tsp. each onion powder, garlic powder, crushed fennel seed and dried basil

½ tsp. dried oregano, crushed

¼ c. Parmesan cheese

MEATBALL DIRECTIONS:  Preheat oven to 350º.  Measure out all ingredients into a large bowl and mix together with fork or hand until well blended.  Form large 1½” balls by rolling in your palms.  Place them on either a non-stick baking sheet or one with a silicone sheet liner.  Bake at 350º for 30-40 minutes or until lightly browned and no longer oozing pink juices.

QUICK MARINARA SAUCE:

3 T. olive oil

½ c. celery, chopped

4 oz. onion, chopped

¼ c. bell pepper, chopped

5 large mushrooms, chopped

1  25.5 oz. jar (3c.) Lucini “Rustic Tomato Basil Sauce”, all natural ingredients with 4 NC per ½c. serving

2/3 c. parsley, chopped

3/4-1c. water, as needed

DIRECTIONS FOR SAUCE:  Heat oil in skillet or large saucepan.  Add celery, onion and bell pepper and saute until nearly tender.  Add mushroom and saute until translucent. Add Lucini sauce, parsley and bring to a simmer on very low heat.  Cook on lowest setting while meatballs are baking.  Stir often, adding water, as needed, to prevent scorching on the bottom of the pan and to maintain a thin marinara sauce consistency.

ZUCCHINI NOODLES “Zoodles”:    VARIATIONS: Serve over spaghetti squash.           

3 medium zucchini (about 10 oz. each)

1 T. olive oil

DIRECTIONS FOR NOODLES:   Cut the zucchini into noodle shapes either with a hand held julienne peeler, a Vegetti, or a spiralizing tool like the counter-top Spirooli  that I used to use, but whose handle broke off.  Heat olive oil in non-stick skillet over medium-high heat.   Add zucchini threads to the pan and lightly saute just until they become translucent.  DO NOT OVERCOOK them or they will get mushy.

FINAL PLATING:  Plate about 1 cup zoodles on each plate.  Top with 1/2 c. sauce.  Place 2 meatballs on top and if desired, garnish with a sprinkle of grated fresh Parmesan.

MEATBALL NUTRITIONAL INFO:  Makes 20 very large meatballs.  Two per serving.  Each 2-meatball serving contains:

290 calories, 23 g  fat, 1.18 g  carbs, .8 g  fiber, .38 g  NET CARBS and 20.2 g  protein, 155 mg sodium

SAUCE NUTRITIONAL INFO:  Makes ten 1/2 c. servings of sauce.  Each serving contains:

97 calories, 7.2 g  fat, 7.27 g  carbs, 1.93 g  fiber, 5.34 g  NET CARBS, 2.24 g  protein

ZUCCHINI NOODLES NUTRITIONAL INFO:  Makes 10 servings of noodles.  Each 3 oz serving contains:

59 calories, 4.7 g  fat, 4.2 g  carbs, 1.4 g  fiber, 2.8 g  NET CARBS  1.5 g  protein

Beef Chile Relleno Casserole

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I just love chile rellenos, but I don’t like all the fuss of actually stuffing them.  So I just make the dish up in a layered casserole.  Tastes exactly the same, but it’s much less trouble to put together.   My last similar recipe was with chicken.  This is how I make this dish with beef.   This recipe is Induction friendly and Primal diners who eat cheese can also enjoy this dish. It would not be suitable for Paleo followers.

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INGREDIENTS: 

3 poblano peppers (mine weighed 2-2.5 oz. each)

12 oz. lean ground beef

2 oz. onion, sliced

½ tsp. dried guajillo chile, seeded and chopped fine (optional)

¼ tsp. dried ancho chile powder (optional)

¼ tsp. chili powder  (use ½ tsp. if guajillo and ancho above are omitted)

¼ tsp. garlic powder

3/4 c. Ro-Tel tomatoes and green chiles, solids only (the mild ones unless you like “hot”)

¼ c. cilantro, chopped (optional)

6 oz. Monterrey Jack cheese, grated

DIRECTIONS:   Preheat oven to 450º.  Roasting your peppers will make them milder and sweeter, so don’t bypass this step.  Cut tops off poblano peppers and remove seed cluster.  Cut in halves, lay the halves on a non-stick baking sheet and roast in 450º oven for about 15-20 minutes, turning once during roasting.  Remove and cool.  Lower oven to 350º. Peel tough skin gently off the peppers.

While they are roasting, heat ground beef in non-stick skillet over high heat.  When meat is no longer pink, add onion and saute until tender.  Add all remaining ingredients except the cheese.  Simmer 3-4 minutes for flavors to meld together.  Lay the skinned poblano pepper pieces in the bottom of 3 individual casserole dishes or one larger casserole dish if you prefer.  Top the peppers in each serving dish with 1 spoon of the beef filling.  Spread 1/3 of the cheese equally over the top. Place the remaining beef filling evenly next.  Top with the remaining cheese.  Pop into a 350º oven for about 20 minutes or until bubbly and the cheese is melted.  Serve at once with a nice guacamole salad (and if you are in Pre-Maintenance or Maintenance, this is nice with a ½ c. of heated refried beans).

VARIATION:  If your are at goal weight and you can afford the extra carbs, a thin layer of refried black soy beans is delicious on this (I usually start out with the bean layer, or you can dot them on top before adding the final cheese).  

NUTRITIONAL INFO:   Makes 4 servings, each contains:

412 calories, 27.7 g fat, 6.72 g carbs, 2 g fiber, 4.72 g NET CARBS, 32.6 g protein, 897 mg sodium

(adding ½ c. mashed soy black bean layer increases carbs to 10.7 g, fiber 5.5 g, net carbs 5.22 g).

Pumpkin Cake

pumpkin-cakeThis moist, delicious pumpkin cake, inspired by a recipe I saw at Fabulous Foods.com, came out simply wonderful.  It cooked perfectly and has a lovely smooth texture.  I don’t care for the texture of cakes made exclusively with almond flour, so I subbed 1/3 whey protein powder into her recipe for a smoother texture.  I also chose to use fresh pumpkin rather than canned.  I reduced the butter called for by 25% as well.  This one’s a keeper for our holiday baking, for sure!  This recipe is suitable for all phases of Atkins, Keto diets and Primal as well.  The cream cheese knocks this out of suitability for Paleo, unless there is a suitable substitute that meets that program’s requirements.

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INGREDIENTS:

2 c. almond flour

1 c. plain whey protein powder

1 c. Splenda or equivalent sweetener of choice

2 tsp. baking powder

1/8 tsp. salt

1 T. + 1 tsp. cinnamon

1 tsp. ground cloves

½ tsp. nutmeg

8 oz. cream cheese, softened

3/4 c. (1½ sticks) butter, softened

1 c. fresh cooked pumpkin, mashed well

4 large eggs

½ c. sugar-free maple syrup or caramel sugar-free syrup

1 tsp. vanilla

DIRECTIONS:  Preheat oven to 350º.  Line the bottom of a tube with parchment cut-to-fit, or use a lightly oiled non-stick bundt pan.  Oil the sides and post of your tube pan as well.  In a medium bowl, soften cream cheese and butter.  With electric mixer, blend them well.  Add eggs, syrup, pumpkin and vanilla.  Whip on high until very smooth.  In a separate bowl, measure out all dry ingredients and stir well to blend to a uniform mixture.  Add to the wet ingredients and beat with the electric mixer until a smooth batter is achieved.  With a rubber spatula, scrape the batter into the cake pan spreading it as evenly as possible.  Bake at 350º for 50-55 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean and dry.  Cool almost totally before loosening with a knife and tipping onto a cake plate for serving.   You can top with dollop of fresh whipped cream if you  like.

VARIATION:  Use lightly oiled silicone muffin pans for a muffin version.  Should make 12 large muffins that will take about 20-25 minutes to bake at 350º.

NUTRITIONAL INFO:  Makes 14 slices, each contains:

295 calories, 25.8 g fat, 7.28 g carbs, 2.30 g fiber, 4.98 g NET CARBS, 12.4 g protein, 287 mg sodium

Zuppa Toscana

Creamy Italian Sausage Soup

This 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 (or other 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

 

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.  Use a plan suitable bread in the meatballs and omit cheese to make this Primal or Paleo suitable.

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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

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

 

 

Kashmiri Mushrooms (Hedar)

Kashmiri Mushrooms We love Indian food and they often have a mushroom curry on the buffet table at our favorite Indian restaurants.  This is a recipe I’ve been cooking for some time now.  In its original form, it appears in Neerja Matoo’s cookbook  Kashmiri Cooking. I’ve made quite a few changes and this is how I prepare this dish.  This is great with charcoal-grilled beef, lamb, chicken or your favorite curry recipe.  This recipe is Atkins Induction friendly and suitable for Keto diets as well. Use coconut milk for an acceptable Primal-Paleo version.

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INGREDIENTS: 2 c. mushrooms, wiped and halved (leave whole if small ones)

2 T. butter, unsalted

2 oz. yellow onion, cut in thin slivers

2 cloves minced garlic

¼ tsp. cayenne pepper

Pinch black pepper

Pinch turmeric

½ tsp. my Garam Masala spice blend

Pinch Sharwood’s red-label Tandoori Spice (or regular mild curry powder if unavailable)

2 T. chopped fresh cilantro

¼ c. heavy cream

¼ c. chicken or beef broth/bouillon (preferably homemade)

DIRECTIONS: Wipe mushrooms clean of any dirt with a soft, clean dish cloth or paper toweling.  If you wash mushrooms, they do not saute as nicely.  If washed and then stored in the fridge, they will get slimy and rot faster. Remember:  dry mushrooms are delicious mushrooms.  🙂 

Halve the mushroom if extremely large, otherwise leave whole.  Set the cleaned mushrooms aside.  Melt butter in a skillet.  Add onion, garlic and spices and cook over medium heat for 2-3 minutes.  Add mushrooms and continue to saute, stirring until mushrooms are done (about 3-4 more minutes).  Lower heat, add bouillon and cream.   Simmer on lowest heat possible to slightly thicken.  Use your favorite plan suitable thickener if still not thick enough for your preference.

NUTRITIONAL INFO: Serves 4, each serving contains:  (this only serves 2 for hubby and I, we love it so!) 119 calories 11.5 g  fat 3.45 g  carbs, 0.7 g  fiber, 2.75 g  NET CARBS 1.88 Protein 33.6 mg. sodium

Pork in Queso Flameado Sauce

Pork in Queso Flameado

If you’ve ever ordered Queso Flameado in a Mexican restaurant, it’s a flavor you don’t soon forget. It’s a thick melted cheese fondu with chorizo crumbled in it served with flour tortillas to roll it up in. It is considered an appetizer.  It is sooo good!  Traditionally, a bit of warmed brandy is poured over the fondu and the dish is lit when served (where the name “flameado” comes from), but I dispense with that step.

Well, this new dish I created a few years back, I made again last night for dinner.  I used this tasty sauce over seared pork and it was simply outstanding!  If you love Mexican food, you’ve GOT to try this dish!  My husband just love this, as do I!   This dish is suitable for all phases of Atkins and other Ketogenic diets.  It is not, however, suitable for Primal/Paleo without revisions.

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INGREDIENTS:

12 oz. pork loin, cut into 4 portions

1 link chorizo, removed from the skin and crumbled

2 T. unsalted butter

4 large green onions, chopped

1/2 c. red bell pepper, chopped

1 c. cilantro, chopped

1/2 c. heavy cream

1/2 c. water

6 oz. Monterrey Jack cheese, shredded (or more, if you can afford the extra carbs)

VARIATION:  Use boneless chicken breast in lieu of the pork

DIRECTIONS:  Preheat oven to 350º.  Pound the 4 pieces of pork with a meat tenderizer.  Melt butter in large skillet over high heat.  Brown pork on both sides until nearly done.  Remove.  Add crumbled chorizo and brown, crumbling as small as you can as it cooks.   Add the green onions, bell pepper and saute until they are tender.  Lower heat to medium low and add cream, water and cilantro.  Simmer a couple minutes to reduce a bit. Sprinkle the cheese over the sauce and lay pork on top.  Pop into preheated oven and bake for 15 minutes or until bubbly and the meat appear to be done.  Serve 1/4 of the sauce over each portion of meat.  This pairs nicely with mashed cauliflower or a nice guacamole salad alongside.

NUTRITIONAL INFO:   Makes 4 servings, each contains:

567 calories, 45 g  fat, 4.35 g  carbs, 1.15 g  fiber, 3.2 g  NET CARBS, 36 g  protein, 654 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 anymore. I find flax meal (some dark and some light) is a good substitute for bran flavor.   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 (1 c. golden+½ c. dark for a grainier taste)

2 T. plain, unsweetened whey protein powder

7-9 light shakes KAL pure 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

Turkey Poblano “Chalupas”

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Trying to think of ways to use up some left-over holiday turkey?  This one got TWO thumbs up from my husband as well as myself!  It was amazingly simple and was ready in well under an hour total.  The example pictured has ¼ c. Eden Black Soy beans added, because my husband really wanted beans in his.  And if you’re to the legumes rung of the OWL ladder, GO FOR IT!  This recipe is only Induction friendly if you don’t use any beans in it.  But I tell ya, I didn’t mind not having them in mine at all.

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INGREDIENTS:

2 large poblano peppers, seeded (6-6½” long, 3.5 oz. each after stemming)

1 T. olive oil

8 oz. cooked, turkey breast meat

2 oz. onion, chopped or slivered

4 slices American cheese

4 oz. Cheddar cheese, grated

¼ tsp. ground cumin

½ tsp. chili powder

¼ c. cilantro, chopped

OPTIONAL:  Soy black beans, drained and mashed (3-4 T. per pepper half)

DIRECTIONS:  Preheat oven to 350º.  Cut up turkey meat and set aside.  Cut peppers in half lengthwise, removing any ribs with their seeds.  Over med-high heat, in non-stick skillet heat the olive oil and sear the pepper halves on both sides, pressing them down with a spatula.  This takes any “hotness” out of them.  If you prefer, you can roast them in the oven, but these days, in Texas triple digit heat, I don’t like to keep the oven on that long.  Remove peppers to a large oiled baking pan cut side up and set aside for now.  In the same skillet you seared the peppers in, add the onion and saute until nearly tender.  Add turkey meat, cumin, chili powder and cilantro.  Saute 1-2 more minutes, stirring several times.  Lower heat and lay the 4 slices of American cheese on top and stir in into the turkey until it melts and turn off heat.    If using the soy black beans, spoon ¼ c. evenly onto each pepper half first.  Next, spoon ¼ of the turkey mixture evenly on top.  Sprinkle the tops with the grated cheddar.  Pop into a preheated 350º oven for 15-20 minutes, just long enough to melt the Cheddar cheese.    This was delicious with a small guacamole salad on the side.

NUTRITIONAL INFO:    Makes 4 servings, each contains: (without mashed soy beans)

357 calories, 23.85 g  fat, 6.53 g  carbs, 1.13 g  fiber, 5.4 g  NET CARBS, 28.8 g protein, 651 mg sodium

Eggplant in Garlic Sauce

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This is my version of a dish called Eggplant in Garlic Sauce that we used to order regularly at Szechuan East, a Chinese restaurant that was once (and may still be for all I know) at the Galleria on Westheimer in Houston, TX.  It was truly one of the very best Chinese dishes I’ve ever eaten in my life.  All at the same time it is sweet–sour–and spicy.   One night while enjoying dinner in this particular restaurant, we saw Debra Paget (well-known 50’s actress who played Indian princesses in more than one film) enjoying a meal across the room, all alone at her table.  My husband told me her last husband was Asian, and after reading his bio , he was as well-known in his own right.  Having seen many of her films, we were quite excited to see her in person.  She was still very beautiful.  Sorry, I digress.  🙂

Though this dish is admittedly somewhat off-putting visually and texture-wise (pieces are quite slippery when properly cooked and sauced), the flavor is so delightful it continues to be a favorite in Chinese restaurants and on my table at home.  Both my husband and I can get past its down side to appreciate the subtle flavor nuances of this tasty dish.  It is traditionally served cut into the strips as shown in the photo, but if you prefer, you could slice it in rings and cut them into halves for a dish that may not be so visually off-putting.   It is typically served atop rice, but it’s not bad eaten alone or incorporated into a simple shrimp-stir-fry with some meat slices as well.  The dish is outstanding with grilled Asian Marinated meats like this recipe.  If you like eggplant and are not bothered by its sometimes slippery texture, I think you’re really going to like this dish.  🙂

VARIATION:  Add RED bell pepper strips sauteed to the mixture.  Seared, thin pork strips is another nice variation on this theme.

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INGREDIENTS:

1   1-lb. eggplant, peeled and cut into ¼” strips

4 T. olive oil

½ tsp. HOT sesame oil

½ pkt. Splenda or Stevia   

1 T. rice wine vinegar (no substitions)

1½ T. low sodium soy sauce or coconut aminos

3 small cloves garlic, minced

½ c. chicken broth

1/2-1 tsp. oriental chili paste like Sambal Oelek (or use crushed red pepper flakes)

1/8 tsp. xanthan gum to thicken

1 tsp. sesame seeds (optional and not included in numbers below)

DIRECTIONS:   Peel eggplant and cut into ¼” strips.  Heat olive and hot sesame oil in non-stick skillet or wok.   Add eggplant strips and gently stir fry.  Keep gently tossing them around on the hot pan surface and they WILL eventually get limp and soft.  When they are all starting to look translucent, add all remaining ingredients and simmer 1-2 minutes.  Add a tiny bit of your favorite thickening agent and stir well until slightly thickened.  Serve at once.

NUTRITIONAL INFO:  Makes 3 servings, each containing:

214.7 calories, 19.8 g  fat, 9.37 g  carbs, 4.77 g fiber, 4.6 NET CARBS, 2.23 g. protein, 355 mg sodium

Steamed Lobster Tails

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One of life’s culinary pleasures is lobster, in my opinion.  Only thing that comes close is a cooked-to-perfection char-broiled ribeye steak.  We love to prepare lobster at Christmas or New Years, as by then, we’re usually pretty “turkey’ed out”.   My parsley-cilantro salad dressing https://buttoni.wordpress.com/2011/08/09/parsley-cilantro-salad-dressing/  really compliments lobster nicely.  The lobster I can get locally is usually brought in from the Bahamas.   Tastes a little sweeter than cold water lobster from New England, in my opinion.   This recipe is suitable for all phases of Atkins, Keto diets, Paleo-Primal as well.

INGREDIENTS: 

1.25 lb. lobster tails (yields about 12 oz. tail meat after removing shell)

Water to boil

½ stick salted butter, melted and clarified (butter fat solids scooped off the top)

DIRECTIONS:    Put about 1½ cups water in a deep boiling pot and bring to a boil. Run two skewers from the base of the tail up the center of the belly, all the way up to the center of the thickest part.  This will keep the tail from curling so tight while cooking.  When the water comes to a rolling boil, insert skewered lobster tail up in the pot.  I usually lean the skewers out the top.  Set a lid on the pot slightly offset to reduce water evaporation, but it really doesn’t have to be 100% closed.     Lower to medium heat and let steam for 7-10 minutes.  Turn off heat, remove skewers and holding shell with one hand, with the help of a kitchen towel or mitt, cut with kitchen shears straight up the belly shell from top to base of tail. Pull sides of tail shell apart and fork out the tail meat (I like to leave the tail fins attached and in tact) right out of the shell.  Splay the tail fins out when serving lobster meat on plates or platter.  Makes for a pretty presentation with the tail fins attached!   Serve along a nice green salad and perhaps my Rosemary Onion Dinner Rolls:  https://buttoni.wordpress.com/2011/05/31/rosemary-onion-dinner-rolls/

NUTRITIONAL INFO:   Makes 2 servings and each contains (including ¼c. of the butter):

367 calories, 23.9 g  fat, 2.2 g carbs, 0 g fiber, 2.2 g NET CARBS, 34.8 g  protein, 1350 mg sodium

Roasted Shawarma Vegetables

RoastedShawarmaVegetables

If you’re a Middle Eastern food fan, this is a must try!  This dish is incredibly easy to make and is exceptionally good with charcoal-grilled meats.  Shown above with a rib-eye steak.  This flavor reminds me so much of the vegetable stew I ate when we lived in Teheran, Iran when I was a small child.  I have even been known to cook the veggies in a grilling basket right on the grill with the meat!  It’s even BETTER that way!   This dish always elicits a thumbs up from diners and definitely sits proudly amongst my very best-tasting veggie recipes.  You can certainly use other spice blends here, but the Shawarma blend is what makes this recipe truly unique!  This is an Atkins Induction friendly recipe.  If you have leftovers, I often cut up any leftover grilled meats and toss it right in the vegetables for lunch the next day.  You will find that this is one of those dishes that just tastes better every time you reheat it, assuming there ARE any leftovers! 😉

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INGREDIENTS:

1 medium yellow squash cut in 1″ chunks (or zucchini is OK)
1 small eggplant (about 10-12 oz) cut in ½” slices, then cut those in quarters
4 plum tomatoes cut into quarters
1 green, yellow or orange bell pepper, seeded and cut in 1″ chunks
1 red bell pepper seeded and cut in 1″ chunks
1 purple onion cut into ½” wedges, layers separated
12 cloves garlic (entire bulb, cloves peeled but left whole)
2 T. my Shawarma Spice Blend
¼ tsp. each salt & black pepper (opt.)

Splash of  olive oil (about 2 T., or more if you can afford the calories)

DIRECTIONS:  Preheat oven to 425º.  Cut up all veggies and place in large mixing bowl.  Drizzle olive oil over all and stir well to coat all veggies with oil and seasonings.  Toss to try and coat all veggies with oil.  Splash on the extra olive oil if using.  Pour all into glass casserole dish and bake at 425º for about 30-40 minutes, stirring every 15 minutes.

NUTRITIONAL INFO: Serves 6, each serving contains:

91 calories, 5.0 g  fat, 11.45 g  carbs, 3.48 g  fiber, 7.97 NET CARBS, 2.22 g  protein, 105  mg. sodium

Roasted Lemon-Garlic Duck

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I just love duck!  I often cook it during the holidays.  Here’s my newest recipe for preparing it that is delicious!  Although duck is very nice cooked on the grill outside, it is also good just roasted in the oven. But no matter which way you choose to cook it, it will likely be very tasty.  Duck is traditionally eaten slightly pink, but you can cook it longer if you prefer.  This VERY nutritious recipe is suitable for all phases of Atkins (use broth if still on Atkins Induction) and is suitable for Paleo-Primal followers if broth is used rather than wine.

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INGREDIENTS: 

1 c. white wine (use chicken broth if still on Induction)

4 T. my Lemon-Parsley-Garlic Butter

3 cloves garlic, minced

Dash each:  salt, black pepper, garlic powder, onion powder

1  whole 5-lb duck, neck and giblets removed for other use

DIRECTIONS:  Remove neck and giblets from duck and save for other uses.  My dog usually gets the giblets and neck meat I simmer until tender, but the neck will make great stock for soup if you want to add it to the carcass bones after dinner in a pot of water with chopped onion and carrot.  Duck stock makes delicious soup!

Butterfly (spatchcock) the duck by cutting up the backbone and spreading it out in a marinating dish.  Add wine (or broth), minced garlic and other spices.  Marinate covered in plastic on your refrigerator shelf for 2-4 hours, turning and basting 1-2 times during this period with a basting brush.

VARIATION:  Cook the marinated duck on a grill like you would grill chicken.

You’ll need to allow about 1½-2 hours to oven roast a 5# duck to internal temperature of 180º.  Duck is traditionally served a wee bit pink. When ready to cook, preheat oven to 375º.  Remove duck from refrigerator and lift out of the marinating dish. Pour marinade off into a small saucepan.  Add compound butter and simmer for 5 minutes or so to allow raw duck juices to fully cook. Place duck skin side up in a large baking pan, baste with marinade and pop in hot oven.  Using a basting brush, baste duck with marinade and pan juices every half hour.  At 1 hour cooking, remove duck and cover wing tips and leg tips with small pieces of foil so they will not over brown/burn.  Pop pan back into oven, lower oven to 350º and bake for 45 minutes to 1 hour longer (ovens will vary), or until a meat thermometer reads 180º at center thigh and center breast.   Serve at once with your favorite sides for fowl.  I served mine with steamed broccoli and broiled tomatoes.  If I had char-grilled the duck, as originally planned, I was going to grill some fresh pineapple slices to go with it.   Mmmm.   How I DOOOOOOOO love grilled pineapple!  🙂

NUTRITIONAL INFO:   Makes 4 servings, each contains:

791 calories, 65.3 g  fat (duck is much fattier than chicken), 2.4 g  carbs, 0.2 g  fiber, 2.20 g  NET CARBS, 36.4 g  protein, 485 mg sodium

Chai Tea Spice Blend

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We just love Indian Chai tea.  Having lived in Tehran, Iran for a couple of years when I was 10-12 years old, I just loved drinking their unspiced plain hot tea from the little 2″ tall sipping glasses they serve tea in there.   It always reminded me of my childhood days, playing “house” and having “tea parties” with my dolls.

In Iran, sugar was sold in huge solid blocks and they would just hammer off chunks, pop a piece into their mouths and sip the hot tea right through that sugar “cube”.  At age 10, what fun!  Pure sugar in your mouth!  🙂  What can I say?  My views on sugar sure have changed.  🙂  I very quickly learned considerable Pharci language at age 10, mostly from our maid, Fatimeh, who spoke little English.  When we would pass a tea shop in the bazaar she would make a sipping gesture and ask:  “Chai meekhawheed?” (sp?) which I quickly figured out meant “Do you want some tea?” I learned the proper response in no-time flat “Adeh, chai meekhawham” (sp?), “Yes, I want some tea!”.  I also knew in that setting, I’d get it served Iranian style, with those fun chunks of rock sugar, something my mother would never  allow at home.  Wasn’t I a naughty little 10 year old?   Mom was always worrying about that evil, Mr. Tooth Decay (those old enough, remember him from the Colgate TV commercials in the late 50’s?).  Moms always over worry, don’t they?  My teeth haven’t all fallen out after all!  LOL  Wonder if Chai tea is served with rock sugar in India?  Sorry, I digress with my boring nostalgia trip………..

Cardamom Pods, cloves, black peppercorns and cinnamon sticks

Cardamom Pods, cloves, black peppercorns and cinnamon sticks

It was not until today, looking on the internet for the origins of the word CHAI, that I learned Indian hot chai tea, infused with all its lovely aromatic spices, actually gets its name from the Persian word for tea, CHAI (pronunced in Iran with second syllable stressed  CHA – EEEEEE )   Ya learn something everyday!

I really avoid commercial spice preparations as much as I can, what with all the “extras” they add to those prepared mixes, beaucoup salt and sugar.  So I decided to take the most common spices I can taste in a cup of chai tea and just make up my own, using equal amounts (roughly) of the likely spices.  I quickly learned it needs to be a little top-heavy with cinnamon and doubled that 1 ingredient.  The final spice blend, brewed into a 2-cup pot of tea, was DELICIOUS!  So I thought I’d share my new blend here with my readers.

I’m a lazy cook by nature and don’t like the nuisance of shelling cardamom seeds from those big pods, so once I saw that Penzey’s sells it already shelled, well you know I was on that one like a fly on flypaper!  🙂  I order already shelled cardamom seeds from Penzey’s Spices on-line or their catalog.  Therefore, I have no earthly idea how many cardamom pods it will take to yield 1 tsp. seeds, but probably around 10-15?  There are about 8-10 little black seeds in the average green cardamom pod.

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INGREDIENTS:

¼” slice of fresh ginger root (about 1 tsp.)

6 black peppercorns

10 whole cloves

2 tsp. cinnamon (or 1 3″ stick broken up)

1 tsp. cardamom seeds

3/4 tsp. fennel seeds

DIRECTIONS:  Place all ingredients in a blender or spice grinder (I use a dedicated cheap coffee grinder for spices) and grind until all is pretty fine.  Store in a lidded jar in a dark cabinet or your refrigerator if you’re worried about the ginger.   To make tea from this spice blend, boil your water in a proper teakettle and add your teabag(s) or loose tea in an infuser (my pot has a built-in infuser that lifts in and out).  Add 1 tsp. Chai Spice Blend to the infuser along with your tea for every 2 cups of water/tea you want to serve.  Steep for 5 minutes with the lid on and serve in cups with milk or cream and sweetener of your choice.

NUTRITIONAL INFO:    Makes about 9 tsp. of spice blend, each teaspoon (amount to brew 2 cups chai tea) contains:

3 calories, 0.1 g  fat, 0.75 g carbs, 0.45 g  fiber, 0.3 g  NET CARBS, < 0.1g protein

“Tortilla” Soup

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Tortilla Soup is one of my favorites at Mexican restaurants, but they are not all created equal, I’ve learned.

My very first exposure to Tortilla soup was at a little place in San Antonio called El Mirador.  My Dad and Mom kept bringing up how fantastic this soup was and we finally went to try it.   What a flavor delight!  It was every bit as good as my parents had advertised!  Let me tell you, I’ve had it many places since and none shine a light to El Mirador’s rendering of it.  🙂  I know the restaurant is still there and assume they are still offering this wonderful soup, but it looks like at their website linked above, they have changed the name of the soup to Chicken Cilantro Soup.  I’m sure it’s the same soup though.  You San Antonio dwellers who were unaware of this culinary treat need to get on over to El Mirado and try it if you haven’t yet!  The rest of you might want to try my version of it.

I’ve tried to recreate that wonderful soup ever since I tasted it!  And I got pretty close, but not quite as good as theirs.  This low-carb version of my creation, without the little strips of tortillas usually found in tortilla soup, is VERY good.  If the base soup is good enough, you really don’t need the tortilla strips in this soup.  I hope you’ll give it a try, as it is simply DELICIOUS!  This recipe is Induction friendly and also suitable for Keto and Primal lifestyles.  Paleo followers will want to omit the cream or sub in coconut milk.

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INGREDIENTS:

13 oz. cooked chicken meat (canned is OK if just meat, salt and water)

1 qt. water + 2 c. chicken broth

1  oz. tomato paste

1 c. yellow squash, diced (about ½ med-large squash)

2 oz. yellow onion

2 oz. green bell pepper

1 oz. poblano pepper, seeded and chopped

1/2 tsp. chili powder

dash chipotle chile powder (smoky)

1 small Guajillo chile, seeded and chopped (these are very mild and found in most stores’ produce dept. dried, sold in a bag)

Dash cumin

1/4 c. heavy cream

DIRECTIONS:  Cut chicken meat up into small pieces.  If using canned meat, just break up the large chunks.  Put all ingredients but the cream into soup pot.  Bring to a boil and then lower heat and simmer until squash and all veggies are tender but not falling apart (about 15-20 minutes).  Turn heat to lowest setting. Now add cream and stir.  If you like, you can puree this soup with a stick blender or in small batches in your food processor. I think I like it better chunky myself.  That’s how El Mirador served theirs as well.  I’ve done it both ways though.

VARIATION:   Cut 1 corn tortilla into thin strips, bake at 350º until golden and garnish each bowl of soup right before serving.  Be sure to recalculate numbers below to add for this “carb-y” change.

NUTRITIONAL INFORMATION:  Serves 4, each serving contains:

283 calories, 15.1 g.  fat, 6.95 g.  carbs, 1.6 g.  fiber, 5.35 NET CARBS, 26.3 g.  protein, 780 mg sodium

Kielbasa with Cabbage & Kale

kielbasa-with-cabbage-kaleHaving made keilbasa and cabbage many a time I don’t know WHY it has never occurred to me before now to throw in a little kale into the dish.  Today for lunch, I did so and was it ever good!  Even my husband wolfed this down and he’s not a fan of either cabbage or kale!  So it sounds like a keeper to ME.  🙂 The onion brings a slightly sweet edge to the cabbage and kale, which is quite nice.

I used Kolbasa brand of sausage (newly discovered at HEB stores in Texas).  I always like a brand that  has much less garlic than most.  Many companies just get way too much garlic in their smoked sausage.    This hearty, delicious dish is suitable for all phases of Atkins, other Keto diets and Primal-Paleo as well.

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INGREDIENTS:

2  T. bacon grease

4 links your favorite smoked sausage, sliced ¼”

3 c. chopped green cabbage

2 c. chopped kale (larger stem parts removed)

2 oz. slivered sweet yellow onion

¼ tsp. coarse black pepper

VARIATION:  Add a splash of your favorite vinegar to the skillet for the last few minutes of cooking for a more Polish or Czech-style of this famous dish. 

DIRECTIONS:   Heat  bacon grease in a non-stick wok or skillet over high heat.  Add sausage and stir fry until it begins to lightly brown. Add the onion and saute until starts to wilt and caramelize. Add cabbage and chopped kale, sauteing  just until cabbage begins to wilt.   Sprinkle with the black pepper and serve.

NUTRITIONAL INFO:     Makes 4 adult servings, each 1½-cup  serving contains:

266 calories, 21 g fat, 9.37 g carbs, 2.5 g fiber, 6.87 g NET CARBS, 11.1 g protein, 378 mg sodium

Spicy Purple Coleslaw

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This slaw has a bit of a bite, so adjust the jalapeno to your taste. We just love this slaw!  And it’s so colorful, isn’t it?  Goes great with fried fish or BBQ.  This delicious salad is suitable for Atkins Induction and all Ketogenic diets.  It also fits a Primal-Paleo lifestyle.

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INGREDIENTS:

2 c. cut up purple cabbage (you can use green), cut real fine

½-1 whole jalapeno, seeded and slivered into ½” slices

½ oz. onion, slivered very thin (or 1 whole green onion, chopped)

4 T. my homemade mayo

¼ tsp. season salt, Emeril’s or my Shawarma Spice Blend

DIRECTIONS:   Cut up the cabbage as you usually would for coleslaw and place in a mixing bowl.  You can use a food processor for this if you prefer, but I don’t like mine as fine as my processor blade chops it.  Add all remaining ingredients and toss to coat well.

NUTRITIONAL INFO:  Makes 3 servings, each contains:

202 calories, 18.6 g  fat, 6.87 g carbs, 1.6 g fiber, 5.27 g NET CARBS, 76 mg sodium

Cheesy Green Beans

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I threw together a green bean dish that came out pretty tasty.  It has gone on to be one of the more popular recipes on my blog, in fact.  I put some mushrooms in this dish (which are visible in my photo above).  However I feel they got lost in the other flavors so I’ll omit those in future and in the ingredient listing below. This dish is Induction friendly.   Throw in some cooked ground beef or cooked chicken and it becomes a COMPLETE MEAL! 🙂

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VARIATIONS:  Add some diced, leftover chicken meat or 1 lb. browned ground beef for a complete meal.

INGREDIENTS:

2 can green beans, drained (or 3 c. cooked fresh or frozen)

4 T. butter, melted

4 oz. onion, chopped

4 oz. red bell pepper, chopped

½ c. sour cream

¼ c. heavy cream

Dash each salt, black pepper, garlic powder

¾ c. shredded Cheddar cheese + ¼ c. Deluxe American cheese, grated (or other cheese)

DIRECTIONS:  Melt butter in non-stick skillet.  Add chopped onion and red pepper and saute until tender.  Turn off heat.  Stir cream into sour cream in a small bowl and add to skillet.  Add beans and seasonings and toss together gently with a spoon.  Top with cheese(s) and bake at 350º for 20 minutes.

NUTRITIONAL INFO:  Makes 6 servings, each contains:

161 calories, 14 g  fat, , 8 g carbs, 1.87 g fiber, 4.93 g  NET CARBS, 3.57 g  protein, 240 mg sodium

Turnip-Bacon Quiche

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Ever since starting my low-carb journey, I never cease to be amazed at how many fun things you can put into a crustless breakfast quiche and end up with a MUCH tastier result than expected when starting out.  And often much better than my doubting husband, picky eater that he is, likes to admit.   🙂  This morning when I opened up the refrigerator, I saw I had one turnip smiling up at me, right on the front of the shelf, and it seemed to be saying “Eat me, Eat me”.   A visual image of  the talking plant, Audrey, in the campy musical “Little Shop of Horrors” came to mind.  🙂    Thought I’d accommodate the little guy!  🙂  This was very much like a hash brown and bacon quiche!  No turnip taste at all.  It really tasted like potatoes! This recipe is Induction friendly.

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INGREDIENTS:

3 eggs, beaten

2 oz. onion, chopped

4 slices bacon, coarsely chopped

1 small turnip, peeled and grated (about 2-2½ oz.)

DIRECTIONS:   Preheat oven to 350º.   In a non-stick skillet, cook bacon over med-high heat until nearly done.  Add onion to the residual grease and saute until union is softening a bit.  Add grated turnip and saute, stirring often until it is tender.  Beat eggs and evenly pour over flavor ingredients and pop into preheated 350º oven for about 15 minutes or until set in the center.

NUTRITIONAL INFO:    Makes 2 servings, each contains:

259 calories, 18.9 g  fat, 5.7 g  carbs, 2 g  fiber, 3.7 g  NET CARBS, 16.35 g protein, 545 mg. sodium

Broccoli Croquettes

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My mother used to make these when I was growing up, but the original recipe had mashed potatoes in it.  I suppose you could sub mashed cauliflower or turnip, but I don’t think that’s necessary really. Mom also coated hers in lots of bread crumbs and deep fried them like one does Chicken Kiev.  A lot of trouble done that way in my opinion, and they are inclined to fall apart cooked in deep grease.  Now, when I do these, I dispense with the crumb coating and shallow fry mine in a skillet.  Just as good in my opinion and much, much easier.  Induction friendly recipe if you use an Induction bread.

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INGREDIENTS:

6 oz. frozen chopped broccoli, cooked according to package and drained

2 oz. finely chopped onion

2 T. olive oil

Dash each salt and pepper

2 beaten eggs

¼ slice low carb bread or ½ low carb biscuit (or 1 T. golden flax meal)

DIRECTIONS: Cook broccoli in water per package directions until just tender.  Drain and pour into bowl.  Saute onion in non-stick skillet and 1 T. of the oil.  When tender, add onion to broccoli in the bowl.  Stir in all remaining ingredients and mix well.  Heat remaining tablespoon of oil in skillet.  Spoon broccoli into hand and attempt to form croquette (will be loose).    Gently set each of the 6 croquettes onto hot skillet and press slightly with spatula to a size of about 1/2″ thick x 2.5″ diameter.  Do not disturb patties as they brown.  When first side is set/browned, gently flip over with spatula and brown on second side.  Serve at once.

NUTRITIONAL INFO: Makes 7 croquettes, each containing:

86.17 calories, 7.0 g  fat, 2.6 g  carbs,  1.37 g  fiber, 1.23 NET CARBS, 4.23 g  protein, 69 mg sodium

Eggplant Parmigiana Slices

Eggplant Crust Pepperoni Pizza

This Eggplant Parmigiana like dish if fun to serve in individual slices.  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

Creamy Chipotle-Lime Scampi

Creamy Lime Scampi

This delicious fare was what I served for dinner last night.  We just LOVE this dish that literally goes together in about 15-30 minutes flat!  My kind of recipe!  The addition of cream makes this a slightly different shrimp scampi creation from the norm.  This recipe and other shellfish recipes is the reason I use unsalted butter exclusively.  Since shrimp has a lot of natural sodium in it, I find adding any pushed is over the top in salinity for me.  This recipe is acceptable for all phases of Atkins and other Keto diets.  When you get to Phase 2 “OWL” (Ongoing Weight Loss), 2 T. of a nice dry white wine added to this is divine!

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INGREDIENTS:

1 lb. shrimp, peeled and cleaned

2-3 cloves minced garlic (I use 3)

½ stick unsalted butter

Juice of 2 limes (about 2-3 T.)

1/4 c. finely chopped parsley

1/8 tsp. smoked chipotle powder (if you can’t get it, use cayenne pepper)

¼ c. heavy cream

Sprinkle of xanthan gum to slightly thicken

2 c. spaghetti squash threads (½ c. per serving)

DIRECTIONS: Cut a medium spaghetti squash in half, remove seeds and put cut side down into shallow dish filled with 1/4″ water.  Microwave on HI for 13 minutes.  Drain and fork out threads and put in serving bowl with tight cover so squash will stay hot while you cook the shrimp topping.  In a non-stick skillet, melt butter.  Add minced garlic and saute until cooked but not burned.  You don’t want a raw garlic taste to dominate the final dish.  Add chipotle powder and shrimp and saute until shrimp curl and are opaque.  Add parsley and lime juice and immediately lower heat to lowest setting.  Add cream and stir well.  Dust lightly with xanthan gum and stir until slightly thickened.  Serve over spaghetti squash threads with a nice green salad!

NUTRITIONAL INFO: Makes 4 servings, each containing: (includes spaghetti squash)

303 calories, 19.2 g  fat, 9.15 g  carbs, 1.38 g  fiber, 7.77 g  NET CARBS, 24.4 g  protein, 194 mg sodium

Broiled Salmon with Tarragon Crab Sauce

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This simple fare is rich, delicious and only takes about 30 minutes to put together.  The sweet tarragon is so nice in the pink cream sauce.  Make half the recipe if you only need two servings.  This is suitable for all phases of Atkins, Keto Diets and Primal followers.

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INGREDIENTS:

12 oz. fresh salmon filets

2 T. unsalted butter, melted

Dash of my Seafood Spice Blend or Emeril’s seasoning

2 T. more butter, melted (for the sauce)

2 oz. yellow or white onion, slivered thin

3/4 tsp. sweet dried tarragon

15 grape tomatoes, cut into halves

3/4 c. heavy cream

3 T. white wine (I used Chardonnay)

Dash salt

Dash xanthan gum (optional)

8 oz. picked crab meat  (I used a pouch of Blue Star Brand)

DIRECTIONS:  Preheat your broiler.   Cut the salmon filets into 4 equal portions.  Baste with the melted butter and sprinkle on the Seafood Spice Blend.  Broil until done or about 10 minutes, until salmon is firmed up in the center.

While the fish broils, melt the remaining butter in a skillet and brown the onion until it begins to brown.  Add the tomato halves and saute until they just begin to soften a bit.  Add the cream, tarragon, crab and wine and simmer about 3-4 minutes.  Don’t be too rough with the crab meat.  Add salt to taste and a light dusting of xanthan gum on the top and stir sauce until it thickens up.  Dip the crab sauce equally over the four portions of fish and serve with your favorite sides.  My husband likes green peas with seafood, but that isn’t the best low-carb choice.  Broccoli or steamed green beans would be a better choice.

NUTRITIONAL INFO:   Makes 4 servings, each contains:

430 calories, 33.7 g  fat, 4.07 g  carbs, .62 g  fiber, 3.45 g  NET CARBS, 25.75 g  protein, 277 mg sodium

Baked Italian Eggplant Stacks

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Baked Italian Eggplant Stacks

This tasty dish is incredibly easy to make!  It’s just a matter of layering the ingredients in a pan.  The really hard part is being patient while it bakes, because it smells so darn good while it’s cooking!  It takes some time for the eggplant to get tender, but it is well worth the wait.  It went very nicely with a seared pork chop and small Italian salad.  This dish is Atkins Induction friendly and Paleo-Primal friendly as well if you eat the occasional cheese.  Of course, you can add browned ground beef to this dish for a complete meal.

This recipe appears in Vol. 5 of Jennifer Eloff’s Low Carbing Among Friends cookbooks.  Be sure you add this series to your cookbook collection as it contains some of the tastiest recipes from George Stella and other very talented low-carb cooks. You can order your set (or purchase them individually) from Amazon or here:  http://amongfriends.us/.

INGREDIENTS:

1 T. olive oil

16 oz. eggplant, sliced 3/16″ thick or less

3 large Roma tomatoes, sliced thin

1 c. grated mozzarella cheese

1/3 c. shredded Parmesan cheese

4 oz. ricotta cheese

1 tsp. oregano (or Italian Seasoning blend of your choice)

½ c. low-carb sugar-free spaghetti sauce (I use homemade, Belo vita or Lucini Italia Tomato Basil)

DIRECTIONS:  Preheat oven to 350º.  Grease well a ceramic quiche or pie plate with the olive oil.  Slice eggplant and tomatoes.  I found I had enough eggplant and tomatoes for 3 layers in my pan.  Begin with a layer of eggplant on the bottom of the quiche dish.  Top with a layer of tomato slices.  Next sprinkle with 1/3 of the oregano/Italian seasoning.  Next sprinkle 1/3 of the Mozzarella and 1/3 of the Parmesan evenly on top.  Dot surface with 1/3 of the ricotta.  Repeat the layers two more times.  Spoon the spaghetti sauce evenly over the top, spreading it with the back of your spoon.  Pop into preheated 350º oven for about 1 hour 15 minutes.  Check at 1 hour with a fork.  The tomatoes and eggplant will produce a great deal of moisture during the first half of cooking (this is to be expected), but all of it will evaporate by the time the eggplant is tender.  If the fork goes into the eggplant easily, the dish is done.  If not, cook it another 15-20 minutes.

NUTRITIONAL INFO:   Makes 6 servings, each contains:

157.2 calories, 10.2 g  fat, 7.65 g  carbs,  2.78 g  fiber, 4.87 g  NET CARBS, 9.8 g  protein, 274 mg sodium

Brats with Purple Cabbage

 

Brats with Purple Cabbage

A simple, quick meal for after your Black Friday shopping spree.  This hearty meal is just what you need when there is a chill in the air but you’re too tired to go all out cooking dinner after your mall hopping.

I’ve made this dish for years, but I have always made it with regular smoked sausage.  Thought I’d try it with brats this time.  Good decision!  It was quick, simple and very tasty.  The caraway seed is optional, but adds a lot to the overall flavor of this delicious dinner dish.  This pairs nicely with my cool, Mint Cucumber Salad. If I have a salad, one serving fills me right up because I find brats to be quite rich.  The hubs eats 2 links however. 😉  This recipe is suitable for all phases of Atkins, Keto diets, Primal and Paleo as well.

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VARIATION:  Substitute your favorite smoked sausage for the brats.  You can also substitute in green cabbage for an equally delicious dish.  It really doesn’t taste any different than the purple.

INGREDIENTS:

12 oz. beef brats (4 links)

1 T. + 1 tsp. bacon grease

4 c. purple cabbage, cut up coarsely (or green cabbage will do)

3 oz. onion, slivered thin

½ tsp. caraway seed

¼ tsp. coarse black pepper

DIRECTIONS:  In a small non-stick skillet, cook the sausage until browned on all sides.  I like to start out with ½” water in the pan and basically let the brats boil in that water, covered with a lid, until they are totally gray and pretty firm and done.  Then I pour off the water, pierce them with a knife or fork to allow grease to exude and brown them slowly in their own grease, rotating several times, until golden on all sides.  Using a lid during browning will reduce spattering of grease a little.

While they cook, add the bacon grease to a large non-stick skillet or wok over high heat.  Add the onion, and stir-fry until it begins to brown and caramelize.  Add cabbage and caraway seed.  Lower heat to medium.  Stir fry until the cabbage is wilted to the stage you like, but not completely or it will get quite strong tasting, in my opinion.  You want a little crunch and natural sweetness left in it.  Top with the browned brats and serve at once.

NUTRITIONAL INFO:  Makes 4 servings, each contains:  Men will eat 2 servings, women only 1

354 calories, 28.5 g fat, 9.37 g carbs, 2.20 g fiber, 7.17 g NET CARBS, 14.5 g protein, 802 mg sodium (all from the brats, unfortunately)

Judy’s Parmesan Baked Yellow Squash

Judy's Parmesan Baked Yellow SquashI just love yellow summer squash (the slim, soft-skinned variety) and have cooked it a ton of different ways over the years.  But honestly, this recipe is by far the best way I’ve ever eaten it.   It’s so good, I make it often during the Holiday Season!  It goes so nicely with turkey and dressing in my opinion.  This is a recipe of a friend I used to work with years ago.  Parmesan is not usually the cheese people put on yellow squash dishes, but I’m here to tell ya this is an OUTSTANDING flavor combination.  And the sweet caramelized onions just bring so much to the combo.  I just use the Parmesan in the green canister we all are familiar with, as a rule, for this dish.  But you can use whole, grated Parmesan if you prefer. This recipe is OK for all phases of Atkins, Keto and Primal Blueprint programs.

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INGREDIENTS:

6 yellow summer squash (medium, about 6″ long)

6 oz. yellow onion

1 Flax Sandwich Bun, crumbled (or other low-carb biscuit or bread)

1/2 c. grated Parmesan cheese

Dash of Salt and Pepper

3 T. butter

DIRECTIONS:  Slice onion into thin slivers and saute in butter in no-stick skillet.  Cook until they begin to brown, as the caramelizing is essential to the flavor of this dish.  Turn off heat and let them cool.

Now grease a 9×13 glass casserole pan with butter.  Slice the squash laterally/lengthwise into 1/4″ slices (or thinner if you want to speed this dish up a bit).  This goes together in lasagna-type layers.  First sprinkle 1-2 T.of the flax bun crumbs on the bottom of the pan.  These will soak up moisture that bleeds out of the squash during cooking.  Now place a single layer of squash slices in the pan.  Jimmie them around, switching ends of slices so the pan is pretty much filled without gaps.  Top with 1/4 of the browned onions.  Next sprinkle 1-2 T. Parmesan cheese.  Repeat these steps until all ingredients are used, ending with onion on top.   Cover pan tightly with foil and bake 30-40 minutes at 350 º.  Uncover, add 2-3 T. water if there is no moisture left in the bottom of the pan.  Bake another 20-30 minutes (uncovered) or until squash feels tender when knife is stuck into it and onions on the top are toasty brown.  Toast top in broiler if need be.  You want the top layer of onion to be attractively toasted. This dish is a big hit every time I make it and it goes nicely with your holiday turkey dinners.

NUTRITIONAL INFO: Makes 6 servings, each containing:

150 calories, 10.35 g  fat, 9.88 g  carbs, 3.0 g  fiber, 6.88 NET CARBS, 7.2 g  protein, 26 g sodium

Scalloped Zucchini

Scalloped ZucchiniThis cheesy, delicious zucchini will make a wonderful Holiday side dish.  It is so rich and tasty!  My husband dipped up seconds and he rarely does that with vegetables!  This was delicious with baked chicken or would be delicious with grilled steaks or pork chops!  Although I used my Joyce Chen Spiralizer to make zucchini ribbons, you could use another blade for “zoodles“, or just thinly sliced zucchini if you prefer.  This recipe is suitable for Atkins Induction, Keto diets and Primal Blueprint occasionally.

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INGREDIENTS:

12 oz. zucchini, cut into ribbons or zoodles

½ T. minced dehydrated onion, toasted

1½ oz. red bell pepper, chopped

½ c. sour cream

3 oz. cream cheese

¼-½ cube beef bouillon (or granules), or 1/8 tsp. Better Bouillon Beef Soup Base

Dash coarse black pepper

2 oz. (½ c.) shredded mozzarella cheese

VARIATION:  1)   Add already cooked chicken meat, ground pork or ground beef for a meal!  2) Use finely chopped cabbage lightly sauteed in bacon grease a few minutes in place of the zucchini before constructing the dish.  Yummy and doesn’t taste like cabbage at all, so a great idea for those reticent kiddoes and hubbies (like mine) that don’t like cabbage.

DIRECTIONS:  Preheat oven to 350º.  Lightly oil a ceramic baking dish and set aside.  Place the minced onion in a baking pan and toast in the oven until lightly browned, about 5 minutes. Using your spiralizing tool, cut zucchini into ribbons, zoodles or slice very thin with a knife.  Place in large mixing bowl.  Soften cream cheese in microwave in a small bowl.  Add sour cream to the cream cheese and blend the two along with the beef bouillon base and black pepper.  Add the chopped red pepper and stir well to coat the ribbons with the liquid mixture.  Spoon half the mixture into the baking dish and top with half the mozzarella cheese.  Spoon the remaining mixture on top and spread the remaining mozzarella on top. Cover with foil and bake 20 minutes.  Remove foil and bake 15-20 minutes longer uncovered or until bubbly and beginning to lightly brown on top.  Serve while hot.

NUTRITIONAL INFO:   Makes 5 servings, each contains:

169.4 calories, 14.24 g fat, 6.04 g carbs, 1.50 g fiber, 4.54 g NET CARBS, 5.36 g protein and 205 mg sodium

Eggplant Torte

eggplant-torte-before-slicing-2I’m always fascinated by layered tortes when the chefs press them into terrine pans on television cooking shows.  Thought I’d try it with eggplant last night for dinner.  I used a non-stick meatloaf pan that is extra long (12″ x 4″).  I debated on whether to use spaghetti sauce or a beaten egg-cream mixture and opted for the red this time.  I will be trying the other version soon though. 🙂  I used “Classico” brand Tomato & Basil spaghetti sauce (6 NC per ½ cup) and used VERY little of it between each layer of the torte to avoid it being “soupy”.  This recipe is suitable for all phases of Atkins, Keto diets and Primal Blueprint.

VARIATIONS:  Omit the pound of ground beef for a more dominant eggplant-tasting dish.  Another variation would be to omit the red spaghetti sauce and use a sauce of 4 eggs beaten with 1/4 c. heavy cream spread between the layers.  You will need to recalculate carbs with these variations.

INGREDIENTS:

12 oz. eggplant, sliced thin 1/8″ thick (allow more time for thicker slicing)

1 lb. ground beef

1 c. low-carb  meatless spaghetti sauce of your choice

1 c. shredded mozzarella cheese

8 basil leaves, chopped

¼ c. shredded Parmesan cheese

DIRECTIONS:    Preheat oven to 350º.  Oil a terrine pan or meatloaf pan lightly and set aside.  Stem and cut the eggplant lengthwise into 1/8″ thin slices (for fastest cooking time).  Set aside.  In a skillet brown the ground beef.  Add the basil and stir until it is wilted.  Remove from heat.

To construct the torte, place a single layer of eggplant slices on the bottom of the oiled pan.  Dot with about 3 T. sauce and spread evenly with the back of your spoon. This is not much sauce, but you do not want this torte to come out soupy, so this is intentional. Top with about ¼ of the meat.  Sprinkle with ¼ c. mozzarella.  Place another layer of eggplant on the top.  Press all down firmly with your fingers to compact.  Repeat with the sauce, ¼ of the meat and cheese.  Place the third single layer of eggplant slices and again press down firmly.  Repeat with the sauce, ¼ of the meat, and cheese. Place the final layer of eggplant on top, the rest of the sauce, the last of the meat and the last of the mozzarella shreds. Press down again to compact the layers.

eggplant-torte-before-slicing-1If you should have any unused eggplant slices,  you can either decorate a final layer as shown (left) if serving to company, save the remaining eggplant for another day’s soup or chop it up for a future casserole.  Sprinkle the top of the torte with the ¼ c. Parmesan cheese and cover tightly with foil.    Bake at 350º for 45 minutes,then remove foil and bake another 10 minutes or until lightly browned on top.  If knife goes into center easily, it is completely done.  Thicker eggplant will require probably 15 more minutes cooking time.    Remove from oven and let sit for 5 minutes before attempting to cut into four equal servings.

NUTRITIONAL INFO:    Makes 4 servings, each contains:

445 calories, 31 g fat, 10.15 g carbs, 3.92 g fiber, 7.23 g NET CARBS, 30.6 g protein, 516 mg sodium

Smokey Gouda Brussels Sprouts

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I created this tasty veggie dish for people like me, quite frankly, who are NOT very fond of this vegetable.  And I succeeded!  I loved this smokey, cheesy rendition of this nutritious vegetable!  And I just don’t say that very often about Brussels sprouts.  We both thorougly enjoyed this and will be making it again.  A lovely side dish for your Holiday table, for sure!  This veggie dish is suitable for all phases of Atkins, Keto diets and Primal Blueprint as well.

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INGREDIENTS:

14 oz. frozen Brussels sprouts

4 slices coarsely chopped bacon

2 oz. yellow onion, chopped

4 oz. smoked Gouda cheese, shredded/grated

DIRECTIONS:  Boil Brussels sprouts for 3 minutes.  Cut them in halves or smaller if you prefer.  In skillet, brown bacon.  Add chopped onion and saute together until onion caramelized.  Toss in the Brussels sprouts and stir, cooking for just a few minutes.  Transfer to baking dish if you prefer.  Top with grated cheese and bake at 350º for 15-20 minutes.  I’ve also done this dish without the bacon:

NUTRITIONAL INFO:   Serves 4, each serving contains:

322 calories,  13.2 g  fat, 9.68 g  carbs. 3.9 g  fiber, 5.78 NET CARBS, 25.38 g  protein, 508 mg sodium

Roaster Oven Turkey

Roasted Turkey (done in a roaster oven)

One year my oven died right before Thanksgiving and my roaster oven was my savior that Holiday.  The new oven wasn’t to arrive and be installed until December.  So I had to roast my Thanksgiving Turkey in my roaster oven that lives out on my patio.    If you don’t own a roaster oven, they are excellent for extra oven space when you entertain or during holiday gatherings and your oven is full to the brim.  They also come in handy used outside when the summer heat is oppressive, as it is here in Texas, and you just don’t want to heat up your kitchen or feel that blast of hot air using your regular oven.   They bake beautiful cakes, muffins, cookies, and meats wonderfully.  An added boon, they are getting so cheap, one can be had for under $30 around Christmas time!

I had done a turkey in my roaster oven before on this particular holiday, but probably not in 25 years or so.  But I went about it pretty much as I would for roasting the bird in my regular oven, other than the fact that I covered my wing tips and drumstick tips with foil when I first put it in the oven.  The bird came out delicious, moist and tender.  More moist that my usual conventional oven cooked birds, in fact!   Didn’t get quite as crispy skin, but it was crisp enough.

I used a Riverside turkey on this occasion.  I have cooked them many a time and had good luck with them.  Honeysuckle is another good brand of turkey that cooks consistently.  Frankly, I’ve never had a Butterball come out that I was very happy with, so I just don’t buy them anymore, although I prefer their marketed whole breasts over the off-brands.  Of course, this recipe is suitable for all phases of Atkins, Keto, Primal and Paleo diets alike.

INGREDIENTS:

1  12-13 lb. turkey, thawed (follow chart on wrapper for a larger bird)

4 T. melted butter

Dash each of salt and black pepper

4 small pieces of foil

DIRECTIONS:   Preheat oven to 325º.  Open turkey wrapper and remove bird to a clean sink.  Remove the leg binding gadget.  Remove giblets and set aside for making your gravy.  I only use the neck meat for gravy and my dog usually gets the liver, heart and gizzard in her dinners over a week or so.   I like to eat them; I just don’t like them in my gravy much.

I like to rinse out the inside of the bird.  Pat the exterior dry with paper towels.  Melt the butter in a small saucepan or in the microwave.  Place turkey, breast side up in a pan large enough to hold it.  Baste with the butter all over on the outside and inside with a basting brush, using half the butter.  Sprinkle bird inside and out with salt and pepper.  I cook my dressing outside the bird as I like it to brown.  You can add some chunks of celery, onion and parsley if you like to the cavity, but I do not.  Your call there, but be sure to add those carbs below if you do. Cover wing tips and leg knuckles with foil so they will not burn.

Place pan with bird into the roaster oven, cover with lid and cook, for 1½ hours.  Open oven and baste with remaining butter.  Recover and cook for 1 hour and check for doneness with a meat thermometer in the thickest part of the breast and around the thick leg joint (slowest area to get done).  You want the thermometer to read 170º.  Cook for another 30 minutes or so, checking with thermometer every 10-15 minutes now so as to not over cook.  Remove when it has reached 170º internal temperature. Set on cutting board for 15-20 minutes before attempting to carve to avoid tearing up the meat and all the juices running out.  You want those juices to STAY in the meat.  This turkey should be extremely moist.  Roaster ovens do an incredibly good job at moist heat roasting.

NUTRITIONAL INFO:   I can’t know what pieces or amount you will eat, so I’ll provide some numbers for both white meat and dark meat.

4 oz. dark meat contains:  250 calories, 13 g  fat, 0 carbs, 0 fiber, o net carbs, 31 g  protein and 269 mg sodium

4 oz. white meat, skin eaten contains:  222 calories, 9.4 g  fat, 0 carbs, 0 fiber, 0 net carbs, 32.3 g   protein and 255 mg sodium

Eggplant-Sausage Stuffing

Eggplant-Sausage Stuffing

Since Thanksgiving is just around the corner, I thought I’d share one of my more unusual stuffing recipes with my readers.  The addition of eggplant, which serves as some of the “bread” here, really makes stuffing moist, but it does add a few carbs.  This recipe never fails me and for those not a big fan of eggplant, this seriously doesn’t taste like there is eggplant in it.

Hubs asked for asparagus but I didn’t have fresh asparagus on hand.  Luckily I found 1 can of spears in the back of the pantry I didn’t even know I had. Apparently HE bought them!  He actually prefers canned asparagus!  Not me, but hey, we all have our quirks. That one is his.  This stuffing would also be delightful to stuff pork chops with, or to serve alongside a lovely pork roast! This recipe is not suitable for Atkins Induction because of the almonds in the bread.  If still on Atkins Induction, use four OMM’s (one minute flax muffins) to make this recipe Induction compliant.  Be sure to recalculate the carbs if you make that change.  This stuffing freezes well.  🙂

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INGREDIENTS:

½ c. butter, unsalted (1 stick)

6 oz. onion, chopped

8 oz. celery, chopped  (preferable with leaves if you have center stalks)

9 oz. eggplant, peeled & diced to ½-5/8″

½ c. chopped parsley

3 tsp. homemade poultry seasoning (or whatever kind you have on hand)

¼ tsp. coarse ground black pepper

3 oz. pork sausage  (more if you like)

7 slices of my Gluten-Free Focaccia

2 eggs, beaten

1-1½ c. homemade chicken broth

DIRECTIONS:  Bake the focaccia bread by that recipe’s directions. Preheat oven to 350º.  Liberally butter a baking dish, preferably non-stick if possible, as stuffing is inclined to really stick to its pan. Set aside for now.

Melt the stick of butter in a large non-stick wok or skillet.  Add onion and celery and saute on high heat until half tender and onions are beginning to caramelize.   Add the cubed eggplant and continue to saute until it, too, is half tender.  Break up the sausage into the mix and continue stirring until it is browned and eggplant is getting quite tender now.  Add parsley, seasonings and stir well. Remove from heat.  Break up the bread coarsely into the pan on top of the vegetable-sausage mixture.  Beat in the 2 eggs and add 1 cup of the broth.  You want this mixture quite wet, about like oatmeal. Only add the other ½ c. broth if needed to make the mixture quite wet.    Spoon into your greased baking dish and pop into 350º oven to bake for about 30-35 minutes and nicely browned on top.

NUTRITIONAL INFO:    Makes eight (approx. ½ c.) servings, each contains:

314 calories, 25.8 g  fat, 7.63 g  carbs, 3.32 g  fiber, 4.31 g  NET CARBS, 14.6 g  protein, 32 mg sodium

Mashed Cauliflower (Foolproof!)

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

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

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INGREDIENTS:

1 medium head cauliflower

4 T. butter

2 T. cream cheese

1/8-¼ tsp. sea salt

¼-½ tsp. glucomannan powder

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

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

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

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

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

Chipotle-Lime “Sweet Potatoes”

Chipotle-Lime Sweet Potatoes

In keeping with my Holiday Recipe Posts I want to share the best sweet potato recipe I have EVER had.  I  clipped a high-carb recipe out of the Houston Post many years ago, but I have low-carbed it so that I can now have this heavenly dish without breaking my daily carb bank.  I have personally never been very fond of sweet potatoes, unless baked into pies, cakes and muffins.  But ever since finding this recipe, I just love them!  Wouldn’t even consider a Thanksgiving or Christmas celebration without these.  It’s so good, I make this recipe year-round now.

These are certainly NOT your granny’s sweet potatoes!  Chipotle peppers are highly smoked jalapenos and taste nothing like green jalapeno peppers, in my opinion.  They, in combination with the lime zest, add a most unique “smokey twist” to an ever-popular vegetable most commonly seasoned with orange rather than with lime.

My late brother was an Executive Chef at Top of the Mark in San Francisco for a number of years and when I served these to him one Christmas, he just raved on and on!  He went on to serve these often to his own dinner guests and said he always got the same positive reaction.  In substituting freshly baked pumpkin for sweet potatoes, you tremendously lower the carb count per serving without changing the flavor much at all actually.  This time of year, small pie pumpkins are so plentiful, but if you can’t get fresh pumpkin, for whatever reasons, I recommend substituting in butternut squash.   Not quite as good, but fairly close I think.  Whatever you do, DO NOT use acorn squash (which tasted awful in these).  Also, do not use canned pumpkin, which just doesn’t look too good visually or taste the same for some reason.  Been there; done that.  You simply will not end up with the same dish.

I find this dish is particularly tasty with baked, fried or grilled seafood, grilled meat, especially wild game, BBQ, baked ham and of course Christmas or Thanksgiving turkey. The flavor combination here is a real winner!  To make this dish Atkins Induction acceptable, I have substituted 100% fresh cooked pumpkin flesh for the sweet potatoes.  Can hardly tell it isn’t sweet potatoes, other than the color is more golden than orange (why I add red food coloring).  Absolutely DO NOT SUBSTITUTE CANNED PUMPKIN in this recipe or you are going to be extremely disappointed.  Just not the same dish.  Once you reach the starchy veggie rung of OWL and can afford a few more carbs,  I would recommend using just 1½ lb. pumpkin and adding 1 lb. cooked, mashed sweet potato (2 medium) for both flavor, color and a much creamier texture.  You will of course need to adjust nutritional info if you make that change as my numbers are for pumpkin only.

This dish (many savory pumpkin dishes, in fact) does not freeze too well.  As a matter of fact, in my opinion, pumpkin flesh does not freeze well in bulk either, as its water separates out in the bottom of your baking pan upon thawing.  That can really ruin the texture and appearance of some dishes.  More than once has this happened to me and ruined my favorite baked pumpkin dishes when serving to company!  If you freeze cooked, cubed pumpkin, I highly recommend draining awhile in a sieve over the sink before using in recipes.  Even when you do this, I have had it just keep on bleeding out more water after constructing the recipe and baking.  Totally spoils it for me, so I just avoid freezing pumpkin period! Pumpkin baked goods, on the other hand, freeze beautifully.  Go figure!

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INGREDIENTS:

2½ lb. cooked fresh pumpkin

½ c. heavy cream

4 T. butter

¼ tsp. salt

2 T. fresh lime juice

zest of 1 large lime (2 if they are real small)

½ c. sugar equivalent of your favorite sweetener

1 tsp. maple extract (or 2 T. sugar-free maple syrup)

1 tsp. cinnamon

1-2 chipotle peppers (canned, in adobo sauce) seeded, rinsed & chopped

OPTIONAL:  2-3 drops red food coloring to achieve orange color

DIRECTIONS:  Cut off stem and cut a small 4-4½ lb. pie pumpkin in half.  Remove seeds (you can roast them for snacks if you like) and turn cut side down into baking pan.  Fill pan with 1″ water and bake pumpkin at 350º until tender when fork is stuck into it (about 45 minutes).  Remove and cool enough to handle.  Scoop/scrape  the pumpkin flesh out of skin/shell and weigh. Should yield about 2-2½ lb. flesh.  Save (but do not freeze) any overage for some other use or a second batch of these, as you are GOING to want more when your guests have made them disappear.  Whip pumpkin with electric mixer or food processor to get it as smooth as possible.  Add all remaining ingredients except chipotle peppers. For the holidays or very special occasions, I will bake 2 medium sweet potatoes, scoop out flesh, mash and add also for richer flavor, but I don’t do this for everyday consumption as it ups the carbs quite a bit.  I have not included this special occasion change in the numbers below.

These little chipotle peppers (smoked jalapenos) are very HOT, so special handling is recommended.  Either wear plastic gloves (homemade  “sandwich bag gloves” will do) or be sure you wash your hands well after handling.  Take 1 chipotle pepper (about 1½” long) out of the can.  Stem, rinse, remove seeds and ribs with a knife.  Finely mash/chop the pepper almost into a puree on a flat wooden board.  Add in small increments to the pumpkin mixture, tasting as you go to be safe, and stir well.  Let it sit a few minutes and taste again to see if hot enough for your palate.  You don’t want to get this dish too hot, but a little tingle on the tongue is what you’re looking for.  If you want even more smoky taste or a spicier dish, carefully repeat adding ¼ pepper at a time, re-tasting after each addition so you don’t overdo the “heat” level.   TIP:  If you always add hot peppers in stages, tasting as you go, to all your recipes with fully-cooked ingredients, you will never ruin an entire batch getting a dish too hot (I did one time).   Never lose sight of the fact that individual peppers in the same can can vary widely in size and how hot they are, and that not everyone likes things as hot/spicy as you do.  Just sayin’.

Stir well and pour into buttered ceramic/glass baking dish.  Sprinkle with a dash more cinnamon and bake at 350º for 20-30 minutes.

NUTRITIONAL INFO:  Serves 8, each serving contains: (using pumpkin alone, no sweet potato!)

114 calories, 7.6 g  fat, 12.0 g  carbs, 4.0 g  fiber, 8g net carbs, 2.0 g  protein, 121 mg. sodium

Smoked Gouda Cauliflower

Smoked gouda Cauliflower

This recipe is so good, I serve it at almost every holiday celebration now.  It was inspired by one I saw in Dana Carpender’s 500 Low-Carb Recipes. Most people do not cook cauliflower casseroles with this particular cheese as it doesn’t melt easily (why it is mixed into the dish here rather than being spread on top).  But once it DOES eventually 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 once 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 garnish the top and enhance flavor.

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

Peggy’s Texas Chili

Peggy's Texas Chili

Since chili has to simmer quite awhile for the flavors to blend, I like to make big batches.  This recipe makes 8 large bowls.  The nutritional info is calculated with the can of Eden black soy beans, making the recipe as written unacceptable for Induction.  If you omit the beans, as many may prefer, this chili recipe is perfectly OK for Atkins Induction!  I’ve never had a die-hard Texas back away from my chili, so I hope you’ll give this one a try. 🙂

You non-bean chili folks, here’s one reader’s story I think you’ll appreciate:

It cracks me up every time I hear someone say that real Texas Chili doesn’t have beans and/or tomatoes in it. My granddaddy was a true old world cowboy, he did one of the last real cattle drives from South Texas up into Nebraska and I well remember him talking about the food that their “Texan” Cookie served and chili WITH beans was a mainstay on the trail. Tomatoes were added when available.

I use several different chile peppers in this recipe, but each has a distinctive flavor they bring to the chili, in my opinion.   Of course, you can change the peppers called for herein, if you can’t get some of them, but in doing so, you will definitely change the final flavor.

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Here are some pics of the peppers I use in my chili:

Ancho

Guajillo

INGREDIENTS:

Serrano

3 lb. ground beef

4 oz. onion, chopped

6 cloves garlic, minced

2   4 oz. cans chopped green chiles

1  10 oz. can tomatoes with green chiles (I use Rotel mild)

1  14.5 oz. can diced/crushed tomatoes, no-salt

3 c. water

1 T. chili powder (I use ½ Bolner’s Fiesta and ½ Chimayo pictured below right)

½ tsp. ancho chili powder (or ¼ dried ancho pepper, seeded, chopped) 

2 tsp. ground cumin

1  dried Guajillo chile pepper, seeded and chopped

1 Serrano pepper, seeded and chopped (or Jalapeno pepper)

2 tomatillos, skin removed and chopped

1 c. cilantro, chopped

1 oz. tomato paste

1  14.5 oz. can Eden Black Soy Beans with liquid (optional, OMIT for Induction)

DIRECTIONS: Over medium-high heat, brown meat and onion in large stew pot.  When done, add all remaining ingredients.  After the chili comes to a boil, reduce fire to lowest setting, cover tightly and simmer for 1-2 hours (the longer the better, so the tomatoes literally cook apart into the liquid).  Stir often to avoid scorching on the bottom of the pan.

NUTRITIONAL INFO: Makes 8 servings, each contains:  (these numbers include the optional beans, as I don’t care for chili without them)

540 calories, 32 g  fat, 10.6 g carbs, 4.73 g fiber, 5.87 g NET CARBS (less without the beans), 49.5 g protein, 935 mg sodium

Spaghetti Squash with Italian Sausage

spaghetti-squash-with-italian-sausag

A delightful new stuffed spaghetti squash graced our dinner table last night. It was creamy yet not too heavy.  The overall flavor is Italian with the Italian Sausage in it.  But you can substitute regular breakfast sausage and totally change the flavor outcome.  Unless you grow them yourself, it’s very hard to get small enough spaghetti squash to make a half shell serve just one person.  So in this recipe, each half serves TWO people.  🙂  This delicious and very filling dish will make your family smile and ask for an encore performance!  This dish is suitable for all phases of Atkins, Keto and Primal diets but would not be acceptable for Paleo due to the two cheese in it.

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INGREDIENTS:

1  medium spaghetti squash (or 2 small 5-6″ small ones if you can find them)

12 oz. mild Italian Sausage, removed from casings (preferably homemade)

2 oz. onion, chopped

1/3 c. red bell pepper (coarsely chopped)

2 oz. cream cheese

½ tsp. dried oregano leaves

2 T. parsley, chopped

Dash each onion and garlic powder

1 c. shredded mozzarella cheese

VARIATION:  Use “regular” breakfast sausage instead of Italian sausage for a distinct flavor change.  Using “Hot” sausage or “Hot” Italian sausage will also change things up considerably, but be careful there.  🙂

DIRECTIONS:   With a large kitchen knife, cut the spaghetti squash in half lengthwise, place cut-side down in a baking dish with ½” water.  Microwave on HI for 13 minutes.  Remove and cool a bit for handling.  With a fork, scrape out the squash threads onto a paper plate or bowl.  You will be using 2-2½ cups of the threads for this recipe and reserve the rest for some other use.  Preheat oven to 325º.  Set the shells (used as bowls) onto a baking pan or dish.

Remove the sausage from the casings and place in skillet over medium-high heat to brown, crumbling it up with your spatula as it cooks.   Add the onion and red bell pepper and cook until they are tender.  Stir in the cream cheese until it is melted and uniformly distributed.  Add onion, garlic powder, oregano and parsley. Stir well.  Add about 2 cups of spaghetti squash threads and stir well.  Only add more if you think you need more to fill up your hungry family, but be sure to recalculate the nutritional info if you increase the squash.  Spoon the mixture into the two large shell halves (or 4 smaller ones).  Top each portion with and equal share of the mozzarella cheese.  Pop the pan into a 325º oven for 30 minutes to blend flavors and melt cheese.   Serve with a nice green Italian salad.

NUTRITIONAL INFO:   Makes 4 servings.  With 2 c. squash threads, each serving will contain:

473 calories, 38 g fat, 9.55 g carbs, 1.8 g fiber, 7.75 g NET CARBS, 23.9 g protein, 465 mg sodium

Induction Chicken and Dumplings

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Man, this Induction-friendly dish is real Fall and Winter comfort food for us.  It tastes even better than it looks!  Just what you need on a chilly day.  A cyber friend said it is snowing today where she is this week!  So I thought I’d repost this Phase 1 recipe for those just starting out on their low-carb program can also enjoy this winter.  It’s a marvelous use of Oopsie Rolls and I was astounded they held up to 20 minutes of broth simmering!  The spongy, egg-like quality of Oopsie Rolls is just perfect for this application.  You can also cut the rolls up into smaller pieces for adding “dumplings” to other soups at the last minute.   🙂   If you want to double or triple this recipe, it definitely freezes well.

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INGREDIENTS:

1 chicken breast (large, about 8 oz.)

2 c. low-sodium chicken broth (plus enough water to cover chicken well if needed)

3 drops yellow food coloring (optional)

3 large stalks celery, chopped coarsely

1 chicken bouillon cube

Dash black pepper

2 Oopsie Rolls (also called Improved Revolution Rolls)

¼-½ tsp. xanthan gum to thicken

DIRECTIONS: Cut chicken breast in half for two servings.  Place in stew pot.  Cover with all remaining ingredients except Oopsie Rolls and xanthan gum.  Bring to a boil, lower to a gentle simmer and cook for 30 minutes.  Break or cut up rolls into quarter-sized “dumplings” and drop into broth.  Continue to simmer for 15-20 more minutes.  Do not disturb with spoon too much and the “dumplings” will not fall apart at all.  Right before serving, dust xanthan gum over surface and gently stir, waiting between successive dustings to allow to thicken.  When you get to the desired thickness, remove from heat and serve.

NUTRITIONAL INFO: Makes 2 servings, each contains:

350 calories, 16.2 g  fat, 5.9 g  carbs, 3.5 g  fiber, 2.4 g  NET CARBS, 41.5 g  protein, 1500 mg sodium

Shrimp-Stuffed Eggplant

Shrimp Stuffed Eggplant

One of my favorite ways to serve eggplant is to do a meat stuffing.  Seafood and eggplant go so well together, this is by far my favorite recipe.  This dish is a bit higher in net carbs than most of my dishes, but it packs so many nutrients into these little packages, it’s worth every single carb.  A good bit of your daily veggie requirements in one meal!   This dish is suitable for all phases of Atkins, Keto diets and Primal-Paleo if you leave off the Parmesan.  You can eat the entire thing, too, filling and shell.  The shell will be so tender by the time it’s done you won’t find it offensive at all!

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INGREDIENTS:

10 oz. peeled shrimp, cut into thirds

1 whole 10 oz. eggplant, stem cut off

3 T. unsalted butter

1 c.love minced garlic

2½ oz. each onion, celery and red bell pepper, chopped

1/3 c. chopped parsley

2 slices bacon, chopped

10 drops Tobasco (or 2-3 shakes of cayenne pepper)

¼ tsp. my Seafood Spice Blend (optional)

1/2 Flax Sandwich Bun, crumbled (or 1 T. flax meal + 1T. water)

1 T. Parmesan cheese, grated, for topping

DIRECTIONS: Preheat oven to 375º.  Fill baking dish with ½” water.  Cut eggplant in half lengthwise and place cut side down in water.  Bake for about 30 minutes until flesh is tender.  Cool slightly, carefully scoop out pulp, leaving about 1/4″ flesh attached to skin for better support of the filling.  Try not to tear/cut outer skin when scooping out the pulp.  When cool, chop the scooped out eggplant pulp and set aside.  Pour off any remaining water from the baking dish, lightly grease and place the empty shells right back in the same pan.

Brown the bacon in a skillet over high heat.  Drain off bacon grease for other use.  Melt butter in the skillet and add garlic, chopped onion, celery and red bell pepper.  Saute until vegetables are tender.  Add parsley, spice blend, Tobasco and the crumbled sandwich bun.  I also like to add a shake or two of cayenne pepper.  Add chopped eggplant pulp, shrimp and stir well.  Fills shells (will be mounded quite a bit), sprinkle with Parmesan cheese and bake at 350º (lowering the oven from where it was baking the eggplant halves) for about 30 minutes.  Serve with a nice green salad.

NUTRITIONAL INFO: Serves 2 adults.  Each stuffed half contains:

513 calories, 31.5 g  fat, 19.3 carbs, 8.35 g  fiber,  10.95 g  NET CARBS, 40.8 g  protein, 571 mg sodium

Creamed Kale and Spinach

creamed-kale-and-spinachThis little creation to accompany my pork chops today got a resounding two thumbs up from both of us. I’ve creamed spinach a bazillion times, but wanted to see what a little kale added to the picture would bring.  Well, I knew it would bring a marvelous macronutrient profile, but flavor wise, did not want it to dominate the final dish.  I wanted the onion and bacon to come through.  By blending the green vegetables, they were a smooth companion for the bacon-onion flavor layers.  But I added a secret ingredient, one of my favorite condiments, and THAT is what made this dish so special!  Truly!  I keep telling my readers how I love my homemade Shawarma Mayo , how it is almost addictive, and man, it really is!  It brings a creaminess and flavor layer to recipes that to my way of thinking, is just indescribable.  It scored again in this creation! 🙂

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

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INGREDIENTS:

4 oz. thick slice bacon (4 slices, coarsely chopped)

3 oz. red onion, shopped

1 large kale leaf, stemmed and chopped (2 c. total)

8 oz. frozen leaf spinach, thawed

2 T. my Homemade Shawarma Mayo

4 oz. cream cheese

DIRECTIONS:   Preheat oven to 325º.  Lightly grease/oil a medium baking dish and set aside.

In a large skillet over high heat, fry the chopped bacon until done but not crisp.  Drain on paper toweling.  In the grease, saute  the onion until tender.  Add the chopped kale and saute for 2-3 minutes or until it is getting limp.  Add the spinach and stir to blend the mixture well.   Reduce heat to medium and add the Shawarma mayo and cream cheese, stirring to melt and evenly distribute the cream cheese.  Spoon the mixture into the baking dish and top with the browned bacon.  Pop into 325º oven and bake 15-20 minutes to allow flavors to blend. Serve with your meat entree and sit back and listen to them rave about it. 🙂

NUTRITIONAL INFO:   Makes 4 servings, each contains:

328 calories, 31 g fat, 8.75 g carbs, 2.8 g fiber, 5.95 g NET CARBS, 8.9 g protein, 494 mg sodium