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Low Carb Sausage Crust Pizza

Sausage Crust PizzaSausage Crust PizzaIt’s not that I don’t have pizza once in a blue moon because I do. I have always used either Basic Pizza Crust and once with the new recipe for Carbalose Italian Parmesan Garlic Knots dough.  This Sausage Crust Pizza recipe uses neither.  In the old days, when I ordered pizza with anyone else I used to fight over what the toppings would be, usually ending up with a ½ & ½ of kinda sorta what I wanted.  Don’t need to fight anymore.  I can have what I want-well not really because I like way too many toppings so I have whittled it down to my faves.  I had zero idea if this would even work but…as you can see…it did.  The really cool thing is that everyone can have their own faves because for most people (excluding maybe small children) this could be a single serving.  Yeah and I’m lying here.  I originally thought I could eat the whole thing but quickly realized it was not happening.  I had my choice of either a 7″ shallow pan or 7½” deeper cake pan and I opted for the larger for one reason-so that I could get more of my faves including lots more cheese in it.  Could I eat all of it?  Umm no, because my eyes have always been bigger than my stomach and as I have aged, none of that has changed.  Along with a small Canlis Salad & a few raspberries with Crème Fraîche, I only ate ½ of the pizza so this is very easily sharable.

Something else pretty cool in the second picture.  I have always used fresh basil when making pizza.  When I went into the grocery they were out of every different kind of fresh basil except a live basil plant and so, with Ann’s encouragement, I bought one.  Whoa, I don’t think I will ever use freshly packaged basil again.  One of the first things I thought about was it didn’t look like enough.  Not only was it enough, I still have tons left over and my kitchen smells heavenly.

I don’t often show a BS reading after a meal but this one was too good to pass up.  My goal is to always be under 100 about 1½-2 hours after dinner so as you can see this was pretty good.  I never can seem to outdo my friend Steve Cooksey but hey Steve, this one’s for you.

No fathead pizza dough here.  I have met & spoken with Tom Naughton so no offense here Tom, but I have a gazillion recipes using cauliflower and this just isn’t one of them.

I am listing my favorite toppings which you can certainly follow or…you may use you own faves.

As I am a Type II diabetic, all recipes on this website are low carb and diabetic friendly.

Sausage Crust Pizza
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Ingredients
  1. ¾ Lb Sausage
  2. ½ t Ground Fennel (Optional But, It’s What Makes Pizza Sausage Well, Taste like Pizza Sausage)
  3. 2 Oz Sautéed Mushrooms
  4. ¼ Small Onion Sautéed
  5. Handful Fresh Basil
  6. 2 Oz Good Quality Ham (Sliced Or Chunked)
  7. 3 Oz Mozzarella Cheese
  8. 1 T Tomato Paste
  9. 3 T Water
  10. ½ t Crushed Garlic
  11. 1 t Italian Herbs
Instructions
  1. Heat oven to 350°
  2. Mash sausage on bottom and up sides of a small cake pan and bake for 10-15 minutes. If using fennel sprinkle all over the top of raw sausage.
  3. Prep all the rest of the meats and vegetables.
  4. Mix tomato paste, garlic and Italian herbs and spread onto sausage crust.
  5. Lay down onions, ham, basil, mushrooms and then cheese.
  6. Bake an additional 15 minutes until cheese is well melted. If you like crusty cheese broil for 1-2 minutes.
  7. 2 Servings
  8. 652 Calories, 45.9g Protein, 48.3g Fat, 6.8g Carbs, 1.5g Fiber, 5.3g Net Carbs
  9. 1 Serving
  10. 1304 Calories, 98.1g Protein, 96.6g Fat, 13.6g Carbs, 3.1g Fiber, 10.5g Net Carbs
Notes
  1. No wonder I could only eat half of this puppy. Holy Smokes. Look at the fat & protein grams. My opinion: Only a lumberjack could eat a whole one of these.
  2. I used my local grocery sausage as it’s made with zero sugar.
  3. As you can see in the picture the crust shrinks and I did have lots of melted fat in the bottom of the pan so, you can either leave it in there or drain it, your choice.
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Low Carb Tomato Basil Bruschetta

Tomato Basil BruschettaTomato Basil BruschettaTomato Basil BruschettaTomato Basil BruschettaThis is my low carb version of Tomato Basil Bruschetta originally made by Julia Child and made famous in the movie Julie & Julia.  I can say that I never had Julia’s recipe but I have a pretty good imagination when it comes to what food might taste like and these are so seriously tasty as to boggle even my mind.

There are no fancy ingredients here except you will need a loaf of Carbalose Flour Bread.  In the movie the bread was fried (I assume in olive oil) and so is mine.  The color and evenness of frying is clearly evident as well as making it extremely crispy. You can use regular tomatoes which will weep a little as they marinate but the juices will not be used as only a hint of balsamic vinegar is needed anyway and that’s if you even decide to use it at all.  I originally made this awhile ago and I didn’t have fresh basil.  When I buy fresh basil, and don’t use all of it, I douse it with olive oil and freeze for later use in a sauce of some kind.  So-I am showing both the old picture and the new one using fresh basil which I happen to have left over from making Green Beans Zucchini Basil Verde.  I’m not even sure balsamic vinegar is original to the recipe so leave it out if you wish. I didn’t use it in my first version and did the second time.  I personally think it’s better without it.  I also think it would be better to have mixed the basil in with the tomatoes but since I love to eat it fresh, I piled it on top.  Either way…

All my other Carbalose Recipes are listed at the bottom of the Carbalose Informational Page.

As I am a Type II diabetic, all recipes on this website are low carb and diabetic friendly.

Tomato Basil Bruschetta
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Ingredients
  1. 2 Pieces Carbalose Bread
  2. 3-4 T Olive Oil I Used 3 T Total But Don't Worry If You Have It Leftover (You Want It Fried)
  3. 1 Large Or 2 Small Seeded & Chopped Roma Tomatoes
  4. ½ t Crushed Garlic
  5. 1 t Balsamic Vinegar (Optional)
  6. ¼ t Salt
  7. 4-6 Leaves Basil Coarsely Chopped
Instructions
  1. Slowly fry bread in olive oil, drain allowing it to cool, & it will not take long.
  2. Dice tomato and put into a small bowl.
  3. Mix in garlic and vinegar if using.
  4. Spread tomatoes over toast, sprinkle with salt, and top with basil.
  5. 2 Servings
  6. 281 Calories, 6.6g Protein, 25.9g Fat, 11.8g Carbs, 5.4g Fiber, 6.4g Net Carbs
Notes
  1. Nutritionals include 1 slice Carbalose bread.
  2. You can double or triple the recipe ad infinitum.
  3. You want to fry your bread to the color you see in the pictures making sure they are just normal sized thickness. Any thicker and they will not be completely crispy.
  4. I'm not kidding, this is as good as it looks.
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Low Carb Duck Rillettes

Duck RillettesDuck RillettesDuck RillettesDuck Rillettes. Some time ago I did a recipe for Pulled Pork Butter Rillettes and this is nearly, if not identical.  The ingredients are almost the same and so are the instructions.  Only the names have been changed “to protect the innocent”.  A couple days ago I tweeted out some pictures saying I was fixing a duck because I need more…duck fat for cooking.  To buy Duck Fat is about $13.50 for an 8 oz. jar (if the stuff is even in stock) and if I can get 2 cups of fat from one duck…well, you can see the advantages.  Literally, two jars of duck fat is more than I paid for the whole duck.  Not only do I get the duck skin candy and two meals from one duck, I also have enough fat (two cups) and meat to make this Duck Rillettes with fat left over. What’s not to like?  It really makes the 2 duck meals + the fat FREE, and I am all in when it comes to FREE.  So I hope you make this often as your meals are FREE.  The recipe is only ½ the amounts of the pork rillettes as you will not have 1 lb. of meat left after your duck dinner for two.  Take a good look at the picture of my fat in its container and you will readily see why D’artagnan calls it liquid gold.

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Duck Rillettes
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Ingredients
  1. 8 Oz. Duck Meat
  2. ¾ C Rendered & Melted Duck Fat (Divided)
  3. ¼ C Chicken Broth
  4. 5 Crushed Juniper Berries (I Used My Mortar & Pestle To Really Break These Up)
  5. 1 Bay Leaf
  6. 1 T Grated Shallot (Or Onion)
  7. ½ T Brandy
  8. ½ t Salt (More To Taste)
  9. ½ t Crushed Thyme (More To Taste)
  10. ¼ t Crushed Garlic
  11. ⅛ t Pepper
  12. ⅛ t Crushed Red Pepper
  13. Pinch Allspice
  14. Pinch Coriander
Instructions
  1. Chop or put duck in processor, pulse several times & put into mixing bowl. You don’t want mush but you do want to shorten the longer strands. I actually do a coarse chop and then hand pull it. Chopping is easiest and you won't need to clean your processor...one more time after cooking...and this is a good thing but...it will be a bit chunkier which is fine.
  2. On low heat put ½ C duck fat & then rest of ingredients into small skillet and simmer until the shallots/onions are pasty and it will not take long.
  3. Remove bay leaf.
  4. Add to duck meat and mix well.
  5. Divide and put into 2 ramekins leaving enough room to cover each with additional fat.
  6. Seal each ramekin with 2 T melted fat.
  7. Serve at room temperature.
  8. 4 Servings
  9. 619 Calories, 55.2g Fat, 14.1g Protein, .5g Carbs, 0g Fiber, .5g Net Carbs
Notes
  1. For my chicken broth I use ¼ C water and 1 t chicken base.
  2. I know at the end of meal it is difficult to do much more than the dishes but if you pull your left over duck meat while it's warm it will make things easier all the way around.
  3. Duck fat does not solidify at room temperature so it is best to make sure the rillettes are refrigerator cold, spoon on the final layer of fat, and refrigerate again until ready for service.
  4. Always bring back to room temperature before eating.
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Low Carb Oysters Rockefeller

Oysters RockefellerOysters RockefellerThis is the way I have made Oysters Rockefeller forever.  It is not traditional in some ways but it sure is good.  It may look right to you, but a few of the ingredients are not necessarily traditional in any…traditional way.  I use a lot of herbs & spices and have tons of small liquor bottles that are tucked away upstairs.  For many years I collected mini bottles from all over the country and at some point I was going to sell the collection when I ended up in Oregon which has some strange old laws, one of which is;  you can’t sell any bottle of liquor, no matter the size.  Something to do with trafficking illegal liquor and probably protecting liquor store operators. Yes, sadly, the only way to get liquor here is through a “state run” store which mean no “free enterprise” here either. But I digress.  I probably do have Pernod in a mini but I have never used it and I sure didn’t want to fish it out of the attic just for this recipe and anyway, I also don’t drink the stuff.  If you blow up the picture you can see little flecks around the spinach and it’s ground anise seeds which are as close to licorice as I want to get.  I know the French love & make Pernod, and I do love & make lots of French food but hey, I’m not French and I just don’t like the stuff. Of course that yellow blob on top of each oyster is Hollandaise Sauce and you will need a recipe of it.

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Oysters Rockefeller
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Ingredients
  1. 1 Hollandaise Recipe
  2. 12 Large Oysters (I Gently Poached Mine In Water & Then Drained On A Paper Towel)
  3. 12 Oz Finely Chopped & Squeezed Spinach (Frozen Works Quite Well)
  4. ½ C Heavy Cream
  5. 4 Oz Grated Raclette Or Gruyere Cheese (Yes, Swiss Works But It Is Not As Tasty)
  6. ½ C Very Finely Chopped Onion
  7. 1 T Butter
  8. 1 t Chicken Base
  9. 1 t Ground Anise Seed (Optional)
  10. 2 T Parmesan Cheese (Optional)
  11. Salt & Pepper To Taste
Instructions
  1. Poach oysters in gently simmering water for about 30 seconds, turn and repeat. Drain
  2. Melt butter in sauce pan, add onions, and sauté until translucent.
  3. Add spinach, chicken base & heavy cream and reduce a little. Take off heat, add cheese, & mix thoroughly.
  4. If making whole recipe put spinach into an 8x8 baking dish, sprinkle with anise, nestle in the oysters, top with hollandaise and put under broiler until hollandaise just begins to brown slightly.
  5. If using Parmesan, sprinkle over hollandaise which will help keep it from browning.
  6. 4 Servings
  7. 403 Calories, 24.7g Protein, 27.1g Fat, 8.8g Carbs, 1.4g Fiber, 7.4g Net Carbs
  8. 6 Servings
  9. 269 Calories, 16.5g Protein, 18.1g Fat, 5.9g Carbs, .9g Fiber, 5.0g Net Carbs
Notes
  1. As you can see, little miss piggy ate three oysters but two would have been plenty enough.
  2. Surprisingly 2g carbs come from each oyster.
  3. You can sprinkle a little Parmesan cheese over the top but I rather like all my flavor coming from everything else in the recipe.
  4. Notice I did not broil my oysters when topped with the hollandaise. I simply do not like cooked hollandaise and it's your choice.
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Low Carb Green Beans Zucchini Basil Verde

Green Beans Zucchini Basil VerdeGreen Beans Zucchini Basil VerdeThere are probably hundred of recipes for a green verde sauce and this Green Beans Zucchini Basil Verde is another.  Verde can have a mixed and varied set of ingredients but it mostly seems to have capers and lemon juice which makes pretty much anything piquant.  The idea is to feature the meat, vegetables, or a combination of both without overpowering them and hopefully what this verde is doing here.

As I am a Type II diabetic, all recipes on this website are low carb and diabetic friendly.

Green Beans Zucchini Basil Verde
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Sauce Verte
  1. ⅓ C Fresh Chopped Basil
  2. ½ C Chopped Green Onion Tops
  3. 1 T Dried Parsley
  4. 2 T Capers
  5. 1 T Lemon Juice
  6. 2 t Dijon Mustard
  7. 2 t Dried Mint
  8. 1 t Crushed Garlic
  9. ¼ C T Olive Oil
  10. ½ t Salt
  11. ½ t Pepper
  12. More Salt & Pepper To Taste
Vegetables
  1. 1 Lb Green Beans Cut In Half Diagonally
  2. ¼ C Olive Oil (Divided)
  3. ¾ C Water (+ More As/If Needed)
  4. 1 Lb Zucchini Cut Into About ¾”x2-2½” Pieces (I Cut Mine Into Wedges)
Sauce
  1. Put first 8 ingredients into processor, pulsing until everything is pretty well sticking to the sides.
  2. Scrape down sides, add olive oil, and process to a paste. Add more olive oil as/if needed to make a thick slurry.
Vegetables
  1. To large sauté pan, add water, 2 T olive oil & green beans, toss to coat, cover and simmer until beans are tender, water has evaporated, and to your liking. Set aside.
  2. Add last 2 T olive oil to sauté pan turn heat to medium and sauté uncovered until tender and they have reached a medium brown color.
  3. Add back beans, add sauce verde, and heat to serving temperature.
  4. 6 Servings
  5. 208 Calories, 2.3g Protein, 18.8g Fat, 10.8g Carbs, 4.7g Fiber, 6.1g Net Carbs
Notes
  1. Don't worry if your green beans wrinkle-it's perfectly normal. I actually let mine brown (caramelize) for a little added flavor.
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Low Carb Marriage Chicken

Marriage ChickenMarriage ChickenMarriage ChickenNo not me, I am not getting married and this Marriage Chicken is not for anyone’s wedding, but it was, at one time.  Got a pretty good story here.  Naomi Pomeroy is a native Oregonian who owns the restaurant Beast, (Don’t ya just love the name?) and it does kind of tell the story of the meat centric food and which is literally up and around the corner from when I live in NE Portland. I have eaten at this restaurant and it is almost a surreal experience.  This was The Menu for the weeks of November 8th & November 15th.  After two weeks, the menu goes POOF and is gone forever, only to be replaced with another-equally as spectacular.  The set price is $125. per person, for a six-course meal and some of the courses may be one, or at the most, two bites. They have only two seating an evening, the tables are communal, you can watch everyone running around cooking, and there are kitchen timers going off constantly.

Anyway, this Marriage Chicken recipe is inspired by Naomi.  It was the recipe she made up for her wedding and appropriately named Wedding Chicken.  I’ve called mine Married Chicken so as to not confuse the two.  I am not of the caliber cook (chef) Naomi is by a long shot, and would never pretend to be.  She is a James Beard recipient which is a pretty hard thing to come by.  This is Naomi’s Original Recipe featured in Bon Appetite Magazine that she came up for her…what else…wedding…and you can see how I tweaked it for low carb.  Tweaked or not this chicken is to die for and any marriage that can survive this garlicky dish is headed for success.

As I am a Type II diabetic, all recipes on this website are low carb and diabetic friendly.

Marriage Chicken
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Ingredients
  1. 8 Skin-On Bone-In Chicken Thighs
  2. ¾ C Olive Oil
  3. ½ C Tamari Sauce
  4. ¼ C Apple Cider Vinegar
  5. ¼ C Just Like Sugar Brown (Or Sweetener Of Choice)
  6. 3 T Fish Or Oyster Sauce (I Used Oyster Because It Is What I Have)
  7. 3 T Lemon Juice
  8. 2 T Crushed Garlic
  9. 2 t Powdered Ginger
  10. 2 t Salt
  11. 1½ t Dried Thyme
  12. 4 Jalapeno Peppers Seeded & Sliced (I Used Pickled Jalapenos-They're Easier)
Instructions
  1. Excluding chicken & olive oil, put rest of ingredients in a small mixing bowl and stir until salt & Just Like Sugar are dissolved then, add oil. (Salt does not dissolve well in oil of any kind).
  2. Put chicken into a plastic bag, pour in marinade and refrigerate for 12-24 hours. (I save every produce plastic bag I ever get and use them to marinate all kinds of things. Waste not want not.
  3. Preheat oven to 450°.
  4. Pour off marinade into a saucepan and heat thoroughly.
  5. Lay chicken skin side up on a foil lined sheet pan and cook until crispy on the top-About 30-35 minutes.
  6. To serve, spoon marinade over chicken with a little extra to dip into.
  7. 8 Servings
  8. 436 Calories, 21.1g Protein, 37.3g Fat, 2.5g Carbs, .5g Fiber, 2.0g Net Carbs
Notes
  1. Make sure your oven is hot enough. You want to cook the thighs quickly and to also crisp the skins.
  2. I cannot describe the garlic smell these thighs will produce.
  3. If after 30 minutes the skins are not crisp, put them under the broiler for a minute or two.
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Low Carb Provençal Relish

Provençal RelishProvençal RelishProvençal RelishProvençal RelishSo, a very dear friend took me out for dinner to Laurelhurst Market restaurant on my birthday. On their menu there was/is a Bone-in NY Steak with Padron Peppers & Provençal Relish and a Ribeye with Avocado Puree & Candied Jalapenos.  Being picky I wanted…the Ribeye with the Provençal Relish which had no sugar and…because I have eaten at this particular restaurant many times, I was accommodated without question.  Yeah, yeah, I don’t go out to dinner very often anymore but this is in my top five restaurant picks here in foodie town Portland, Or.

The meal was of course terrific but the steak, nestled in the Provençal Relish, was out of this world.  My picture is exactly as it was served except they actually sliced the steak.  I brought some of it home to analyze it and have tried to recreate it.  Try to picture an old woman picking through a cardboard box of leftover relish, tasting & savoring each little bite.  The relish tastes great with a little finishing heat from the Padron peppers which I did not have. Since I didn’t want to wait to see if my grocery even had them, I used jalapeno peppers instead.  Mine is not exactly the same but boy, it sure is good.

The relish can be served warm or cold but it absolutely begs to be left in the refrigerator for several days to marry all those wonderful flavors. If you decide to serve it cold you will need to let it sit on the counter to let the olive return to a liquid and it will be quite crunchy.  If heated, it will soften things a bit.  To test the recipe, I only made half of it and it easily and amply would have served four people so…I have lots leftover to accompany other meals.  I was so hot to make and eat the dish that I ate the relish raw and next, I will take the time to heat it.

As I am a Type II diabetic, all recipes on this website are low carb and diabetic friendly.

Provençal Relish
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Ingredients
  1. 1-1½ C Olive Oil
  2. 2 Roma Tomatoes Seeded & Finely Diced
  3. 1 C Yellow Pepper Finely Diced
  4. 1 C Red Pepper Finely Diced
  5. 1 C Red Onion Finely Diced
  6. 1 C Olives Finely Chopped
  7. 2-3 T Capers
  8. 2 t Crushed Garlic
  9. 2 t Anchovy Paste
  10. 1½ t Dried Basil
  11. 1½ t Dried Thyme
  12. 2 T Jalapeno Peppers (I Used Pickled Jalapenos)
  13. ½ t Liquid Smoke (Optional But Good)
  14. ½ t Pepper
Instructions
  1. Pretty easy.
  2. Just chop & dice all veggies, add rest of ingredient, mix thoroughly and refrigerate for at least 24 hours and a couple of days would be even better.
  3. 8 Servings
  4. 293 Calories, 1.2g Protein, 29.8g Fat, 7.0g Carbs, 1.6g Fiber, 5.4g Net Carbs
Notes
  1. Padron chile peppers individually are unique though similar in shape and size with curved and grooved furrows along their skin. Young Padrons are crisp, the color of limes, roughly two inches in length and their flavor savory, grassy, piquant and peppery. It is not uncommon to find a firey chile in the mix (roughly 1 in 10), making for a bit of Padron roulette.
  2. My dish was pretty spicy so maybe I got lucky and got 2 out of 10 hot ones.
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Low Carb Carbalose Soft Pretzels

Carbalose Soft PretzelsCarbalose Soft PretzelsCarbalose Soft PretzelsCarbalose Soft PretzelsCarbalose Soft PretzelsCarbalose Soft PretzelsThere are quite a few recipes out there for soft pretzels made with all kinds of ingredients but these Carbalose Soft Pretzels are going to be the closest you get to the real deal.  I have also included a recipe for a delicious simple mustard dipping sauce and of course they can be eaten plain or with a plain spicy Dijon or German mustard. In my opinion, these are also a perfect low carb game day snack-and maybe…with a beer.  If you like these you may also like the Carbalose Italian Parmesan Garlic Knots.  Totally different but melt in your mouth good.  Sorry, I forgot to get a picture of the twisting but I’m guessing you know how to twist a rope.  As I look at the pretzels on the cooling rack I notice 3 are twisted one way and 3 the other way.  I think they call that being ambidextrous. My mother and I are both left-handed and she was ambidextrous too.

All my other Carbalose Recipes are listed at the bottom of the Carbalose Informational Page.

As I am a Type II diabetic, all recipes on this website are low carb and diabetic friendly.

Carbalose Soft Pretzels
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Pretzels
  1. 1¼ C Carbalose Flour
  2. 2 T Wheat Gluten
  3. 2 T Coconut Flour
  4. 2 T Golden Flaxseed Meal
  5. ½ t Salt
  6. ⅛ t Guar Gum
  7. ⅛ t Xanthan Gum
  8. ½ C +3 T Warm Water
  9. 1 T Yeast
  10. ½ t Sugar
  11. 2 T Melted Coconut Oil
  12. 3 Drops Liquid Sucralose
  13. ¼ C Water
  14. 1½ t Baking Soda
  15. Kosher Salt
Mustard Sauce
  1. 6 T Dijon Mustard
  2. 2 T Just Like Sugar Brown (Or Your Favorite Sweetener)
Instructions
  1. Bloom yeast & sugar in warm water for 10 minutes or until foamy.
  2. Put first 7 ingredients into food processor.
  3. Add liquid Sucralose & olive oil to top of bloomed yeast and with machine running add to processor.
  4. Run processor for at least a minute and probably a little longer adding any additional water if/as needed 1 T at a time.
  5. You want to make sure there is enough water. Dough should hold together, have a loose consistency and should not be sticky on your hands. At this point the dough should have the same look and feel of regular bread.
  6. Form into a ball and put in un-greased bowl and cover with film for about 30 minutes until almost doubled.
  7. Divide dough into 6-2¼-2½ oz. pieces and form individual balls.
  8. Preheat oven to 425°.
  9. Working quickly take each ball and roll into a 9" rope. (See Picture) By the time they are all finished (resting) begin again and roll into 18” ropes.
  10. Shape ropes into a U on work table. Pick up ends, make a complete twist and bring around to bottom of U and secure. Place on sheet pan making sure they are shaped like a pretzel.
  11. Brush generously with soda water and sprinkle with Kosher salt.
  12. Allow to rise about 20 minutes and pop them into the oven until golden brown or about 14-15 minutes.
  13. 6 Servings
  14. 138 Calories, 9.3g Protein, 8.0g Fat, 13.2g Carbs, 7.9g Fiber, 5.3g Net Carbs
Notes
  1. Don’t over salt your pretzels as the soda water will add a salty twang of its own but...if you like salty pretzels by all means go for it.
  2. The pretzels look a little wrinkly and that is perfectly normal.
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Low Carb Melba Panna Cotta

Melba Panna CottaMelba Panna CottaMelba Panna CottaNot quite peach melba but this Melba Panna Cotta is a danged fine facsimile.  One of my all-time favorite desserts used to be peach melba.  I loved it so much that it was even on my restaurant menu so I could have it anytime I wanted it.  Though I have of course not been able to have it for many years, making an almond raspberry panna cotta is as close as I can get.  I also do not eat peaches so that part is out completely.  Although I could probably have ¼ peach for this Melba Panna Cotta, this does not need it.  And I don’t mean I had fresh peaches either.  I used free-stone peaches from a can and spooned the sugary juice on with abandon.  Well that was then and this is now.  I imagine I could use a sugar-free peach syrup of some sort, as it is available, but for the number of times I would ever use it, it would mostly go to waste.  Traditional melba has always been served with a raspberry syrup or coulis and topped with toasted almonds and I’m using raspberries and almond here anyway.  The really nice thing is that if you have never had peach melba you do not have a basis of comparison so all you will do is enjoy this.  If you have a sweetie then you can make it in one larger mold (the second picture is for two) to get close, and share.  Just don’t squabble over who gets the most. All I did was cut the recipe 75% for the two servings.

Normally, in the restaurant, I used some watered down raspberry jam but not here.  We eat whole raspberries so why not just mash up some of them?  In fact all I did was mash them a little before adding the water.  So, if you want a plain Panna Cotta then here ya go because you definitely can do your own thing on a clean slate.

As I am a Type II diabetic, all recipes on this website are low carb and diabetic friendly.

Melba Panna Cotta
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Ingredients
  1. 3 C Heavy Cream
  2. 1 C Water
  3. 2 Packages Knox Gelatin
  4. ¼ C Just Like Sugar
  5. 6 Drops Liquid Splenda
  6. 1 t Vanilla Extract
  7. 1 t Almond Extract
  8. ¾ C Fresh Raspberries
  9. 5-6 T Water
  10. 3-4 Drops Liquid Splenda (Or To Taste)
  11. ½ C Toasted Almonds
Instructions
  1. Sprinkle gelatin over water in a wide mouth ceramic bowl and let sit 5 minutes. (This is called blooming the gelatin).
  2. Begin heating heavy cream & sweeteners.
  3. Pulse water-gelatin mix in microwave at 5 second intervals 3-4 times until just clear, (do not over heat) add to heated cream, add vanilla & almond extracts, and thoroughly mix.
  4. Pour into ½ C ramekins, cover and refrigerate 3-4 hours.
  5. To unmold, put ramekin in hot water almost to rim for about 5-10 seconds. If it does not release carefully run a small knife around edges. Place plate or bowl on top and invert.
  6. Mash raspberries, add water & Splenda and mix.
  7. Spoon about 1½ T raspberries over panna cotta and sprinkle with toasted almonds.
  8. 8 Servings
  9. 416 Calories, 1.6g Protein, 39.8g Fat, 2.9g Carbs, 1.0g Fiber, 1.9g Net Carbs
Notes
  1. Make a slurry of strawberries & water, add 1 T orange extract, sweeten to taste, and spoon over panna cotta. No nuts required.
  2. I actually have a medium fluted ring mold that would be perfect and would make a beautiful centerpiece for any table. Long ago I used to use it for monkey bread and it has been in my cabinet for many years. If I used it for this recipe I would have to eat the whole thing-Oops.
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Low Carb Marinated Greek Ribeye Steak

Marinated Greek Ribeye SteakLong ago and far away I worked in a seafood house in Virginia owned by of all people a Greek.  The restaurant was known far and wide for it’s seafood but I actually thought the best thing on Saki’s menu was a Marinated Greek Ribeye Steak and I mean it was to die for.  I ate it every time I went in there and it absolutely never disappointed.  This is my rendition and it is exactly as I remember it…and we know how memories can fade and change sometimes.  Sadly, the restaurant burned to the ground in 2013, never to be resurrected which is sad because the food was that good.  This is also the same restaurant that I based my Tartar Sauce recipe on and you can see why the recipe was so large.  Now of course Saki was marinating scores of steaks at any given time but this recipe is for only 4 steaks and I see another seriously cut-down recipe in the works.  Saki used to stack his steaks in several deep bus-tubs at a time and allow them to marinate for several days.  You can do this too-if you can wait that long.  This marinade can also be used with pork & chicken so it’s quite versatile.  The little adjunct vegetable  doesn’t have a recipe, it’s just a fried Japanese eggplant with a few seared tomatoes.

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Marinated Greek Rib Eye Steak
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Ingredients
  1. ½ C Olive Oil
  2. 2 t Crushed Garlic
  3. 1 t Onion Powder
  4. 1 t Dried Thyme
  5. 1 t Dried Crushed Oregano
  6. 1 t Marjoram
  7. 1 t Dried Crushed Parsley (Yes, I Used Dried)
  8. ½ t Dried Crushed Rosemary
  9. ½ t Basil
  10. ½ t Salt
  11. ¼ t Pepper
Instructions
  1. Whisk all ingredients together.
  2. Add marinade to a one gallon plastic bag and add 4 boneless rib eye steaks.
  3. Massage the marinade into the steaks and refrigerate.
  4. Take steaks out of the fridge 2-3 hours before preparing on your grill on in a pan.
  5. Serves 4
  6. 696 Calories, 51.2g Protein, 66.6.1g Fat, 1.4g Carbs, .4g Fiber, 1.0g Net Carbs
Notes
  1. Rosemary grows like a weed here in Pacific Northwest and I have several friends I get mine from. The bushes get quite large and the dried leaves can sometimes be a little tough so after I dry it I put a bunch of it in my spice grinder and nearly powder it. Rosemary has volatile oils and a little goes a long way. I DO NOT like sticking my mouth with a rosemary "spear".
  2. The herbs can be added more or less to your tastes.
  3. Nutritionals do include an 8 oz. ribeye steak.
  4. My steak did have a bone in it.
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Low Carb Chicken Fricassee

Chicken FricasseeChicken FricasseeChicken Fricassee. I don’t know exactly how many dishes I have based on French peasant food but I know it is more than a few and both Pulled Pork Butter Rillettes  & Ratatouille comes to mind first.  The French seem to always have been able to take nearly nothing by adding wine, butter & herbs and make something out of it, and this is not much different.  Now, they would have probably taken a skinny scrawny old rooster or hen that was long past its prime eating and by braising it, bringing the thing back to life…with taste galore.  Today we have bred the crap out of chickens and ended up with monsters.  Yes, there is a chicken thigh under all those creamed mushrooms and wine sauce.

I spatchcocked and roasted a duck not long ago and from that duck, not only did I get two glorious meals, I also got two cups of duck fat. (In the sour cream tub in the upper right next to the wine).  Now sometimes a lot of duck fat can be used in the blink of an eye but when you use it for sautéing this & that, it easily lasts a very long time.  The flavor of duck has no comparable; It is a flavor unto itself.  I also cut off the skin from the backbone and roasted it too.  When finished it is like eating candy which for low carbers is the best thing ever, ever.

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Chicken Fricassee
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Ingredients
  1. 4 Large Boneless Skinless Chicken Thighs
  2. 2 T Duck Fat Or Smaltz If You Have Them Otherwise Fat Of Choice (Butter Works)
  3. Salt & Pepper
  4. 2 Shallots Thinly Sliced
  5. ½ T Duck Fat Or Smaltz If You Have Them Otherwise Fat Of Choice (Butter Works)
  6. 1 Lb Sliced Mixed Mushrooms
  7. 2 T Duck Fat Or Smaltz If You Have Them Otherwise Fat Of Choice (Butter Works)
  8. ½ C White Wine
  9. 1 C Water + More As Needed
  10. ⅓ C Heavy Cream
  11. 1½ t Chicken Base
  12. 2 t Dried Tarragon Leaves
  13. Freshly Ground Pepper
Instructions
  1. Heat 2 T fat to medium high.
  2. Pound room temperature thighs to even thickness.
  3. Season thighs with salt & pepper, add to the skillet, sautéing over moderately high heat, turning once until browned-about 3 minutes per side. Set aside.
  4. Add ½ T fat to pan and gently cook shallots. Set aside.
  5. Add last 2 T fat and sauté mushrooms. Set aside.
  6. Add wine, water, heavy cream, tarragon, & chicken base to pan and simmering, reduce to about ¾ original.
  7. Add back chicken, shallots, & mushrooms and simmer until warmed and chicken is finished cooking.
  8. 4 Servings
  9. 379 Calories, 27.8g Protein, 23.2g Fat, 5.8g Carbs, 1.3g Fiber, 4.5g Net Carbs
Notes
  1. The reasons I love duck fat for sautéing are as noted above 1.) the flavor and 2.) it will not burn under high heat the way butter can. Now I do eat a lot of browned butter but just not for this.
  2. This is a pretty intensely filling meal but if you can eat two of them-I could not-so be it. It will not break any carb banks.
  3. Absolutely not needed but I put a bed of spinach under my Fricassee and it was delicious.
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Low Carb Cajun Cauliflower Rice Hash

Cajun Cauliflower Rice HashCajun Cauliflower Rice HashThere are days (many of them) that after I go to the grocery, I have purchased way too many vegetables.  As I am an avid carnivore I end up kind of eating vegetables as an afterthought and adjunct to my meat.  I do love Ginger Curry Sweetened Cauliflower Rice and oops, I bought too large a cauliflower and I had a little less than 2 cups left over.  Riced cauliflower will last quite awhile in the fridge but there comes a time to either use it or lose it and trust me, I am not into losing food (of any kind).  Hence this recipe for Cajun Cauliflower Rice Hash.  When training, and working in any kitchen, the one thing that is pounded into you everyday is NEVER EVER WASTE FOOD.  At the time something goes into the garbage, it has become 100% food cost and it is NOT cool.  Not for the owner of the restaurant and if you’re the owner…NOT cool for you.

Cooking, for me, is second nature.  I don’t much think about it and probably miss many opportunities  to make a recipe post because of it.  I just throw this and that together and come up with something.  No recipe, no nothing.  After I made this, I decided to take a couple of pictures and do this post.  It is so simple it’s ridiculous but if you don’t know to do it, you’ll never taste it and…  Since I ended up prepping so much food today and knowing I wouldn’t be eating it for several more days I wanted an easy dinner with maybe some eggs and sausage and this is just what I came up with. So when you need an easy fix..try this.  I happened to top it mine with eggs but it is also an easy side dish to almost anything.

As I am a Type II diabetic, all recipes on this website are low carb and diabetic friendly.

Cajun Cauliflower Rice Hash
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Ingredients
  1. 3 C Riced Cauliflower
  2. 3 T Butter (Divided)
  3. 1 T Olive Oil
  4. ½ C Slivered Onion
  5. ½ C Slivered Red Pepper (Cut In Half)
  6. Cajun or Blackening Spice
  7. Salt & Pepper
Instructions
  1. Put 1 T butter in pan, add onions & peppers and sauté until tender. Set aside.
  2. Add rest of butter and olive oil to hot pan add riced cauliflower and sauté until brown.
  3. Add back onions & peppers, sprinkle with salt, pepper. & Cajun seasoning.
  4. 2 Servings
  5. 260 Calories, 4.0g Protein, 23.1g Fat, 12.1g Carbs, 4.5g Fiber, 7.6g Net Carbs
Notes
  1. This makes a great side dish but I think its highest and best use is under a couple of eggs.
  2. Cheddar cheese between the hash & eggs is good and I would have done it...but I forgot.
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Low Carb Kokkari Dressing

Kokkari DressingKokkari DressingKokkari DressingI was on the internet looking for some other sauce to go with all the rack of lamb I eat, other than my own Mint Sauce, and came across this Kokkari Dressing which sounded pretty good.  I would never be without lamb in some form so I decided to try it as I found it.  It was as good as it sounded.  I also eat, from time to time, a ½ lb. ground lamb patty and it was fabulous on it too.  I did tweak a couple things from the original Kokkari Dresssing recipe and you can (compare the two). Since the recipe seems a bit  obscure I thought I would put it out there for you.  Oops, I did change a couple things since I have never used, and didn’t even know what it was, and that’s the wild Greek oregano-I just used regular ole oregano. Added a bit of dried mint because…I think mint and lamb are a match made in heaven.   Apparently, this dressing not only sets off lamb, but also beef, chicken and fish.  I think I would call this a kind of a do everything sauce and I’m sure I will eventually try it on all the above mentioned and when I do I’ll try to put up pictures.  There is certainly no doubt that a small side of Greek Tzatziki would be a great accompaniment.

As I am a Type II diabetic, all recipes on this website are low carb and diabetic friendly.

Kokkari Dressing
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Ingredients
  1. 6 T Olive Oil
  2. 2 T Lemon Juice
  3. 1 T Minced Capers
  4. 1 T Minced Shallot
  5. 2 t Dried Crushed Mint
  6. 2 t Crushed Garlic
  7. 1 t Parsley (I would Call This Optional)
  8. 1 t Dried Crushed Oregano (+More To Taste Cause More is Mostly Always Better)
  9. ½ t Salt
  10. ¼ t Pepper
Instructions
  1. Whisk all ingredients together and serve over lamb, chicken or fish.
  2. 4 Servings
  3. 65 Calories, 0.1g Protein, 6.8g Fat, 1.7g Carbs, 0.0g Fiber, 1.7g Net Carbs
Notes
  1. I would urge you to leave this on the counter for more than several hours, letting all the flavors marry & mellow.
  2. Add a little red wine vinegar and you'll have a really good salad dressing.
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Low Carb Butter Fried Squid

Butter Fried SquidButter Fried SquidOK guys, Butter Fried Squid (Calamari) tastes a lot better than it might sound.  It is infused with garlic, ginger, oyster sauce, rice vinegar, and gobs of butter.  My husband and his brothers, forever made a game of trying to find the best fried calamari in the country.  There is a Thai Restaurant up around the corner from me on Fremont by the name of Tuk Tuk that in my opinion, serves the best calamari I have ever had.  On their menu it is called Salt & Pepper Calamari and it is served with lots of fresh green onion tops.  The problem now of course is that I would no longer eat breaded anything let alone calamari soooo…this is my go-to calamari dish now.  I personally happen to like the tentacles and my grocery store happens to sell them separately, but any combination of body/tentacles is fine.

As I am a Type II diabetic, all recipes on this website are low carb and diabetic friendly.

Butter Fried Squid (Calamari)
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Ingredients
  1. 1 Lb Cleaned Squid Tentacles & Body Parts (Do Not Wash And Make Sure They Are Dry)
  2. 4 T Butter
  3. 1 C Green Onion Tops Cut about 2-2½" long
  4. 2 t Oyster Sauce (You Can Also Use Fish Sauce Or A Combination-I Happen To Have Oyster)
  5. 2 t Crushed Garlic
  6. 1 t Rice Vinegar
  7. ¾ t Powdered Ginger
  8. Salt & Pepper Only If Wanted/Needed
Instructions
  1. In hot pan melt butter adding garlic, vinegar & ginger, and sauté for 1 minute.
  2. Add squid & green onions and sauté, stirring constantly, for no more than 1-2 minutes. You DO NOT want to overcook them.
  3. 4 Servings
  4. 215 Calories, 18.2g Protein, 13.1g Fat, 4.9g Carbs, .8g Fiber, 4.1g Net Carbs
Notes
  1. No matter how dry and no matter the heat, the squid is going to give up it's liquid (liquor) and to take advantage of this it is best served in a bowl so you can get every last bit of it. Don't ever throw away any flavor.
  2. If you can get whole clean squid tubes you can cut them yourself into about ¾" pieces.
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Low Carb Simple Greek Salad

Simple Greek SaladSimple Greek SaladFor those of you who might love a Simple Greek Salad this one is as simple and easy as it gets.  The secret:  Shallots instead of purple onions.  It is said that the taste of shallots is a subtle combination of garlic and onion and people ask then why not just combine the two.  My answer is: because the combination of garlic and onion DO NOT taste like a shallot and not by a long shot.  Shallots have their own delicate taste.

I pretty much always have  the ingredients for this salad so for me it’s no sweat.  Notice the HUGE 1 gallon jug of Kalamata olives.  No I don’t go through it in a week or two but I do  probably buy 3-4 of them a year and the Puttanesca Sauce is another great recipe that uses them.  Now if you like a little more complex salad then you might like to try the Greek Salad With A Creamy Feta Dressing.  My personal preference is pretty much a peeled & seeded cucumber and this is up to you.  It has to do with the toughness of the skin which can some times accompany them and…I just don’t like it.

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Simple Greek Salad
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Dressing
  1. ½ C Olive Oil
  2. ¼ C Red Wine Vinegar
  3. 3 T Lemon Juice
  4. 2 t Crushed Garlic
  5. ½ t Dried Mint
  6. ½ t Dried Oregano
  7. ¼ t Dried Dill
  8. ¼ t Salt
  9. ¼ t Pepper
  10. 1 Drop Liquid Sucralose (To Offset The Acid In The Vinegar & Tomatoes)
Salad Guts
  1. 2 Thinly Sliced Shallots
  2. 2 C Quartered Cherry Tomatoes
  3. 1 C Halved Kalamata Olives
  4. 1 Chopped Peeled & Seeded Cucumber
  5. 2 Very Thinly Sliced Shallots
  6. 6 Oz Feta Cheese
Instructions
  1. Put all salad ingredients in a medium bowl.
  2. Put all dressing ingredients in a smaller bowl, whisking briskly.
  3. Drizzle dressing into salad blending well.
  4. 6 Servings
  5. 301 Calories, 4.6g Protein, 128.8g Fat, 7.8g Carbs, 1.3g Fiber, 6.5g Net Carbs
Notes
  1. Completed salad can be made and refrigerated for more than several days.
  2. Best served in a small bowl as you can then contain a bit of the dressing & juices with each bite.
  3. Adding a soft lettuce like bibb or butterhead will extend the number of people you can serve with this but my advice is to eat it as stated because the flavors are far more intense.
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Low Carb Dijon Rosemary Garlic Glaze

Dijon Rosemary Garlic GlazeDijon Rosemary Garlic GlazeDijon Rosemary Garlic GlazeDijon Rosemary Garlic GlazeThis Dijon Rosemary Garlic Glaze is a match made in heaven and is perfect with pork tenderloin or a big fat chop.  I have this in another post but am now putting it as a stand alone recipe.  It takes about one minute to make and has one of the most powerful punched flavors we know…garlic.  Cooked inside a tenderloin, it loses a bit of its power but used this way, as a topping the garlic loses nothing.  If you prefer it cooked then please do try the Pork Tenderloin/Dijon Garlic Rosemary Glaze, it is divine.  You are going to have to get past the glaze’s homely looks cause it’s not the looks that taste good.  The final plate?  Ooh la la.

That beautiful little tenderloin?  I get them three at a time from the Old Salt Market butcher shop just down the street from me and yes, this is the way they come trimmed; I don’t have to do a thing.  They do three half pigs every week and all I need to do is order all three tenderloins a couple of days in advance and yes, they do know me.  They are so good and so tender I just pound them a bit, and flash fry them dry, in a pan, add browned butter, and top with the glaze.  Yes, I do eat my pork medium rare and you will cook yours the way you like them.

Yes, I am going to again serve it with a tenderloin but with the sauce dabbed on the top as I really do like raw garlic…sometimes.

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Dijon Rosemary Garlic Glaze
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Ingredients
  1. ¼ C Dijon mustard
  2. 2 T Just Like Sugar
  3. 2 t Crushed Garlic
  4. ½ t Dried Crushed Rosemary
Instructions
  1. Mix all ingredients well and let sit for an hour or so to allow the flavors to "marry".
  2. 2 Servings
  3. 36 Calories, .2g Protein, .1g Fat, 1.2g Carbs, 0.2g Fiber, 1.0g Net Carbs
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Low Carb Carbalose Italian Parmesan Garlic Knots

I now have quite a collection of Carbalose Flour Recipes and Carbalose Italian Parmesan Garlic Knots is now the newest addition to that list.  There are recipes out there using Pillsbury bread sticks (that come out of a can no less) but I have never tried them.  Their label says 26g carbohydrates per/2 sticks.  If you were to eat two knots it would be about 7g carbs or about 20% of the Pillsbury stuff. It’s what I’m going to do and anyway these are very easy to make. I know the recipe looks intimidating but really, all it is, is a list of ingredients…that will make your kitchen smell heavenly.

We will be taking a combination of two recipes Carbalose Flour Bread & Italian Dipping Oil,  tweaking them a bit, & adding Parmesan cheese for our knots.  The dry dipping oil ingredients can be made ahead and just left alone until ready for use.  The recipe is for many times what we will need now.  The dry dipping ingredients are quite versatile and can be used for the base of a tasty salad dressing by adding vinegar & olive oil, or sprinkling on any number of vegetables.  I think once you have it, you will find many used for it.  The dough, all by itself, makes a great pizza base and if rolled thinly makes six large pieces.

All my other Carbalose Recipes are listed at the bottom of the Carbalose Informational Page.

As I am a Type II diabetic, all recipes on this website are low carb and diabetic friendly.

Carbalose Italian Parmesan Garlic Knots
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Knot Ingredients
  1. 1 C Carbalose Flour
  2. 2 T Wheat Gluten
  3. 2 T Coconut Flour
  4. 2 T Golden Flaxseed Meal
  5. ½ t Salt
  6. ⅛ t Guar Gum
  7. ⅛ t Xanthan Gum
  8. ½ t Dry Italian Dipping Ingredients
  9. ½ C +2 T Warm Water
  10. 1 T Yeast
  11. ½ t Sugar
  12. 2 T Olive Oil
  13. 3 Drops Liquid Sucralose
Dry Dipping Ingredients
  1. 1 T Dried Basil
  2. 1 T Garlic Powder
  3. 1 T Dried Thyme
  4. 1 T Dried Oregano
  5. 1 T Dried Rosemary
  6. 1 T Dried Marjoram
  7. 1½ t Black Pepper
  8. 1½ t Salt
  9. ½ t Red Pepper Flakes
Finishing Ingredients
  1. 3 T Olive Oil
  2. ½ T Parmesan Cheese
  3. 1 t Dry Dipping Ingredients
  4. 1 t Crushed Garlic
Instructions
  1. Mix all dry dipping ingredients.
  2. Bloom yeast & sugar in warm water for 10 minutes or until foamy.
  3. Put first 8 ingredients in processor and pulse to blend.
  4. Add liquid Sucralose & olive oil to top of bloomed yeast and with machine running add to processor.
  5. Run processor for at least a minute and probably a little longer adding any additional water as needed 1 T at a time.
  6. You want to make sure there is enough water. Dough should hold together, have a loose consistency and should not be sticky on your hands. At this point the dough should have the same look and feel of regular bread.
  7. Form into a ball and put in un-greased bowl and cover with film for about 30 minutes until doubled.
  8. Divide dough into 8 1½ oz. pieces and make individual balls.
  9. Preheat oven to 400°.
  10. Taking each ball and roll into a 6" rope. (See Picture) By the time they are all finished (resting) begin again and roll into 9" ropes and tie into knots.
  11. Cover and allow to rise about 20 minutes and pop them into the oven for 20 minutes.
  12. Cool just slightly.
  13. Mix olive oil, crushed garlic, 1 t dry ingredients, and cheese.
  14. Cool only slightly and toss to cover. I actually used my fingers and did they ever smell good.
  15. 8 Servings
  16. 153 Calories, 6.0g Protein, 12.8g Fat, 8.5g Carbs, 5.0g Fiber, 3.5g Net Carbs
Notes
  1. These go quite well as a side with many salads.
  2. I think if you made them into 2 oz. knots they could be sliced and made into slider buns.
  3. Sadly, you may have a bit of the olive oil mixture left and my suggestion is to add a little more oil and put it on some other vegetable like...broccoli... and since I was having pork tenderloin for dinner, I used it drizzle on that. Waste not-want not.
  4. Next will come soft pretzels.
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Low Carb Vinegar Pie Custard

Vinegar Pie CustardVinegar Pie CustardThe first time I heard the term vinegar pie I just about choked.  Say what pie?  Well, I decided to try making Vinegar Pie Custard since I don’t eat pie crust and would ya believe…it’s delicious, and I mean delicious.  I only made two of them because I was pretty sure I would not like it.  Well, well, well we can all be wrong and…I was.  I did taste it without vanilla and then, since I was testing, I added it at the end.  Wrong, it was much better without it so you won’t see it in the recipe.  If you decide to top it with whipped cream I would suggest leaving out the vanilla.

Apparently there are recipes on the internet for this pie and one story goes, that when you are poor as a church mouse you can make a pie from vinegar and water.  It was also a favorite in boarding houses and we pretty well know that men will eat just about anything.  Of course back then, since most people farmed for a living, they all had butter, sugar & flour. If you had a lemon you could add that and eventually this pie became the forerunner of lemon meringue pie.  Interestingly enough, even without lemon-it tastes quite lemony.  Who’d a thunk it.  Since most people had access to water, vinegar, sugar, butter and flour this pie came out of it and poor or not it is seriously good.  That’s my story & I’m sticking to it.  So I dare you to try this custard and tell me it is not good.  Strange-Yes.  Terrific-Yup.  The best part is that it is nearly zero carb.  The ramekins shown hold ¼ C , same as a traditional round one.

As I am a Type II diabetic, all recipes on this website are low carb and diabetic friendly.

Vinegar Pie Custard
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Ingredients
  1. 4 Egg Yolks
  2. ¼ C Apple Cider Vinegar
  3. 24 Drops Liquid Sucralose (Or 1 Cup Sweetener Of Choice)
  4. 1 C Cold Water
  5. 2 t Knox Gelatin Powder
  6. 4 T Chilled Butter
Instructions
  1. Beat yokes with vinegar & sweetener.
  2. Sprinkle gelatin on water and let sit a minute.
  3. Over high heat boil water & gelatin, immediately add to egg mixture & and allow to cool 3-4 min. Beat in butter 1 T at a time until completely incorporated.
  4. Put into ½ C ramekins and refrigerate for at least 6 hours.
  5. 4 Servings
  6. 163 Calories, 4.3g Protein, 16.0g Fat, 0.6g Carbs, 0.0g Fiber, 0.6g Net Carbs
Notes
  1. Very tasty with a dollop of heavy whipped cream (with no vanilla). If you opt for whipped cream what do you do with you egg whites? Why make some crackers of course.
  2. If you whip the egg whites to top it, then preheat oven to 400° and bake for 8-10 minutes. They will need to be served immediately as meringue begins to "weep" very quickly.
  3. As I said above, it has the taste & tang of lemon and if you didn't tell anyone-they wouldn't know.
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Low Carb Carbalose Butter Cream Biscuits

I have no idea why I’ve not made these Carbalose Butter Cream Biscuits until now but as they say, better late than never.  They are light as a feather and tender as a baby’s butt.  DO NOT mistake Carbalose Flour with Carbquik.  They are totally different products and  I do not use CarbquikThe only reason I decided to try them today is that I still have great end-of-season Oregon strawberries but I …gasp…ran out of Crème Fraîche and I wanted something other than plain heavy whipping cream.  Ah yes, how about some Strawberry Shortcake which then became the ultimate goal.  I couldn’t help myself and slathered one with butter and popped it like two pieces of candy. This was such a resounding success I decided to take a few pictures and just make the Post and the biscuits couldn’t be any easier.  Confession:  I have not eaten biscuits for a very long time as I have so many other wonderful low carb recipes to choose from.  If I fixed only 1 recipe per day from this site it would take me well over a year and there are so many that I like and eat repeatedly it would probably take me more like 3-4 years.  Can you see my dilemma?  And to top it off, it doesn’t take into account the plethora of foods I eat that simply don’t have or need recipes.  So, for those of you who already have Carbalose Flour-these might be for you and if you are so inclined, these are perfect with Eggs & Sausage Gravy.

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Carbalose Butter Cream Biscuits
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Ingredients
  1. 2 C Carbalose Flour
  2. 8 T Butter (1 Stick)
  3. 1 T Baking Powder
  4. ¼ t Salt
  5. ½ C+1 T Heavy Cream
  6. ½ C+1 T Water+ Any More As Needed
  7. 8 Drops Liquid Sucralose ( Or ⅓ C Equivalent Sweetener)
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 400°
  2. In a large bowl add salt & baking powder to flour and mix well.
  3. Cut in butter until about pea size.
  4. Add Sucralose to water & heavy cream and stir.
  5. Mixing with a fork begin adding cream/water to flour about ⅓ at at time until well incorporated. Once mixed, and inside your bowl, begin folding dough over itself (gentle kneading) about 10-15 times. This creates the flakiness that you need for biscuits to rise during baking.
  6. Sprinkle a little bench flour on counter-top and flatten dough to about ½".
  7. Cut as many biscuits as you can, knead dough again and cut more until you get 12 biscuits. I used a 2½ " cutter.
  8. Bake 14-16 minutes or until golden brown & delicious.
  9. 12 Servings
  10. 160 Calories, 5.2g Protein, 13.5g Fat, 8.0g Carbs, 4.8g Fiber, 3.2g Net Carbs
Notes
  1. It is my opinion that to open or "split" a biscuit properly it needs to be done gently with a fork as this process will save the biscuit from crumbling.
  2. With nutritional like this you could probably eat two of them.
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Low Carb Beef Osso Bucco

Beef Osso BuccoBeef Osso BuccoTraditionally, Beef Osso Bucco is made with a thick cut veal shank but unfortunately, the veal police got involved and it is just about impossible to find veal of any cut anymore.  This is something I have never understood as we eat little lambs by the millions but have done away with little cows.  Personally, I find lambs far more appealing than calves but that’s only this woman’s opinion.  If you are lucky enough to get veal then by all means use it.  Again traditionally when using veal, white wine was used and if you want to use red wine then use it but…I am sticking with white wine.  I am also using duck fat to sear my shanks because…I have it and duck fat with anything is always a flavor enhancer.  Be sure to get your shanks at least 1″- 1½” thick.  As you can see mine were only about an 1″ but served over Cauliflower Grits  with the rich sauce it was plenty. You could use spaghetti squash or even plain ole mashed cauliflower.

If you are an absolute veal purest then the best place in the United States to buy quality veal is from D’artagnan.  The finest restaurants buy from them and you may not have realized it, but chances are you have eaten some of their meats.  If you get to D’artagnan just be prepared for sticker shock and that’s why I used beef shanks.

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Beef Osso Bucco
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Ingredients
  1. 4-1 ½” Beef Shanks
  2. 2 T Olive Oil
  3. 1 Small Carrot Finely Diced
  4. ½ Onion Finely Diced
  5. 1 Rib Celery Finely Diced
  6. ½ t Rosemary
  7. ½ t Thyme
  8. 1½ T Tomato Paste
  9. 1½ C Water (More It Needed)
  10. ½ C White Wine
  11. 1 Can Diced Tomatoes
  12. 2 -3 t Chicken Base
  13. 2 t Crushed Garlic
  14. 2 Bay Leaves
  15. Pepper To Taste & It May Not Need It
Instructions
  1. If you have kitchen twine tie the shanks.
  2. Add oil to a blitzing hot pan and sear meat on both sides. Set aside.
  3. Turn down heat just a bit then add the onion, celery, & carrots and cook until browning.
  4. Add rosemary, thyme, & tomato paste and continue cooking another 1-2 minutes.
  5. Add water, wine, tomatoes, chicken base, & garlic stirring well.
  6. Clearing a little room, nestle in the shanks and tuck in the bay leaves making sure the liquid come up at least half way.
  7. Cover and turn down heat to low, simmering about 2-2½ hours or until tender and done.
  8. Don't forget to remove the bay leaves.
  9. 4 Servings
  10. 740 Calories, 56.5g Protein, 46.3g Fat, 11.8g Carbs, 2.9g Fiber, 8.9g Net Carbs
Notes
  1. Oohlala, think of the bone marrow you will be eating.
  2. I lost my strings while they were cooking and it didn't seem to matter. Just probably not as pretty.
  3. If I'd have thought of it I would have add some wedged daikon radish as a potato substitute but alas...I forgot, but you don't have to.
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Low Carb Onion Fennel Mushroom Soup

Onion Fennel Mushroom SoupOnion Fennel Mushroom SoupYa know, Onion Fennel Mushroom Soup isn’t the most beautiful soup in the world but the taste and flavor more than makes up its lack of looks.  I have probably made thousands of gallons of soup in my day and there are soups that people seem to order over and over-this was always one of them.  At least for me soups are one of the things I can make in my sleep as they mostly are just prep work and time and this is not much different.  If you have a large family or want leftovers this recipe can easily be doubled and beyond.  As far as I know it, most soups are better the next day anyway.  Served with one of the myriad Salads on this sight you have a complete meal.  The beautiful sheen on the surface of the soup are tiny drops of oil.  If you happen to be a fan of fennel anything then this Cream Of Fennel Soup is just terrific.

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Onion Fennel Mushroom Soup
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Ingredients
  1. ⅓ Olive Oil (Divided)
  2. 1-2 Bulbs Fennel (Depending on Size) Sliced Very Thinly
  3. 1 Onion Sliced Very Thinly
  4. 1 Lb Mixed Sliced Mushrooms (Button, Cremini, Shiitake)
  5. 2 t Crushed Garlic
  6. 1 t Porcini Dust
  7. 8-9 C Beef Stock (Chicken Stock Works As Well)
  8. ⅓ C White Wine
  9. 6 T Sour Cream (To Top And Optional)
  10. Salt & Pepper To Taste If Necessary
Instructions
  1. Heat 2 T oil and slowly caramelize onions and fennel until golden brown-About 45 minutes. Add wine, garlic, & porcini dust and simmer 2-3 minutes. Set Aside.
  2. Heat remaining oil to med-high and sauté mushrooms.
  3. Put broth into a 3 qt. stock pot and combine all ingredients. Heat to serving temperature.
  4. Only use salt & pepper as necessary and you probably shouldn't need it.
  5. 6 Servings
  6. 165 Calories, 2.2g Protein, 13.7g Fat, 7.6g Carbs, 2.2g Fiber, 5.4g Net Carbs
  7. 8 Servings
  8. 124 Calories, 1.6g Protein, 10.3g Fat, 5.7g Carbs, 1.6g Fiber, 4.1g Net Carbs
Notes
  1. Save a little of the top fennel fronds for garnish.
  2. I am not wed to olive oil to sauté veggies in. Either smaltz (chick fat) or tallow work just as well.
  3. I doubt anyone would fault the cook for adding any meat like...pulled beef or pulled pork.
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Low Carb Chocolate Mocha Mousse

Chocolate Mocha MousseChocolate Mocha MousseYou can whip up this low carb Chocolate Mocha Mousse in a snap.  It  tops off any meal for six and leftover?  No problem as it keeps in the fridge for more than several days. (But it won’t).  It only has six ingredients but flavor-wise it packs a pretty strong chocolaty coffee punch.  As the name of the chocolate bar denotes…it’s Divine.  There are recipes that use gelatin to “set” the mousse and it is something I cannot imagine doing.  Yes, on occasion I do use gelatin for things like Panna Cotta but certainly not for a mousse.

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Chocolate Mocha Mousse
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Ingredients
  1. 1 Divine 85% Chocolate Bar
  2. 4 Eggs (Divided)
  3. ⅓ C Hot Water
  4. 1½ t Instant Coffee
  5. 2 t Vanilla Extract (Divided)
  6. 1½ C Heavy Cream
  7. 12 Drops Liquid Sucralose (Or ½ C Sweetener Divided)
Instructions
  1. Grate chocolate bar. You don’t want it chunky as your chocolate mixture won’t end up being smooth.
  2. Line up 3 bowls-2 medium and 1 large.
  3. Separate eggs making sure not to get any yolk in the whites. I do try to gently take the chalazae off the yolks as I don't want hard little cooked knots in my mousse.
  4. Put whites into 1 medium bowl and yolks into the large bowl, adding coffee, water, and add 6 drops sucralose or ½ of your sweetener.
  5. On medium low and whisking constantly, cook coffee yolk mixture until pretty hot. Don’t worry, the eggs shouldn’t scramble because of the water content but you need it hot enough to eventually melt the chocolate.
  6. When yolk mixture is warm enough, add 1 t vanilla, add grated chocolate all at once stirring to cover all chocolate, let it sit a minute or so and mix until all chocolate is melted. Allow mixture to mostly cool and it shouldn’t take too long.
  7. Meanwhile, back at the ranch, first beat egg whites to stiff peaks. Making sure chocolate is cooled, FOLD in egg whites ½ at a time until well incorporated.
  8. In second medium bowl, beat whipping cream. Add vanilla & last 6 drops of sucralose or the other ½ of your sweetener.
  9. Now FOLD in ⅔ of whipped cream into mixture, cover, and refrigerate.
  10. Cover and refrigerate remaining whipped cream.
  11. When ready for service place mousse into small bowl and put a good dollop of whipped cream on it.
  12. 6 Servings
  13. 384 Calories, 6.3g Protein, 34.7g Fat, 6.5g Carbs, 2.5g Fiber, 4.0g Net Carbs
Notes
  1. Make sure you beat and fold in egg whites first. After whipping, if not used immediately, they will get watery and begin to break down.
  2. I said it was low carb-not low calorie.
  3. I have tried more than several bars to make this mousse and the Divine bar seems to be the easiest to not only melt but give a great smooth mouth-feel. If you have your own favorite 85% bar then by all means use it.
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Low Carb Avocado Cilantro Cream

Avocado Cilantro CreamAvocado Cilantro CreamThis Avocado Cilantro Cream is probably good with all kinds of other foods but for our purposes we are going to use it to dress Fried Oysters.  The oysters recipe is new and of course goes perfectly with Remoulade and I hope you will try them this way too as it is so good.  Just a couple other recipes it would be good with are Fish Tostadas On Cheese Crisps  and Seafood Cerviche. You can easily use Crème Fraîche in place of the sour cream here but again sour cream is going to be easy.

As I am a Type II diabetic, all recipes on this website are low carb and diabetic friendly.

Avocado Cilantro Cream
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Ingredients
  1. Recipe For Fried Oysters
  2. 1 Avocado Cut Into Small Chunks
  3. ½ C Chopped Cilantro
  4. ¼- ⅓ C Sour Cream
  5. 2 T Lemon Or Lime Juice (Your Choice)
  6. 1 t Crushed Garlic
  7. ½ t Red Pepper Flakes
  8. ½ t Salt
  9. ¼ t Pepper
Instructions
  1. Probably the easiest way to make this is to put all ingredients into a processor but I do it a bit differently.
  2. I use my stick blender because it makes the creamiest avocado ever and to me it is also the easiest way.
  3. Since you are putting this on delicate fried oysters you don't want chunky avocado.
  4. This is the same way I make guacamole but leaving out the tomatoes and green onions and then blending them in with a little salt.
  5. Whole recipe for 24-30 oysters.
  6. 6 Servings
  7. 73 Calories, 1.0g Protein, 6.5g Fat, 3.7g Carbs, 2.4g Fiber, 1.3g Net Carbs
Notes
  1. You need a dollop of cream on each oyster and then just pop it into your mouth and better yet, have a little more to dip into in case you love it that much.
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Low Carb Beef Rouladen

Beef RouladenThe meat you see in the picture for this Beef Rouladen came sliced this way right from the butcher’s case.  There is really no reason to pound it for a couple of reasons.  Each piece is plenty large enough for one person (slightly more than ⅓ lb.) which means just about the best size possible with no pounding necessary.  Unless you are eating raw beef (think Carpaccio) it will tend to do a lot more shrinking when cooked than it naturally would anyway.  I would not suggest trying to cut the meat by yourself but instead, if you can’t find it this way, have your butcher slice it for you.  That way you are assured of relatively evenly matched pieces.

Rouladen is an easy dish to make with not a lot of prep.  Most of the time used is in the braising of it.  Those little pieces that look like potatoes are really Daikon radish wedges as I had Just the right size chunk in the fridge.  They are a great low carb substitute and take on the flavor of the broth.  The absolute best accompaniment to this is Spaetzle sautéed in butter and make no mistake, you are going to end up with 6 little fat rats of goodness.  That wine?  It’s what I have a glass of everyday.

Have fun making and eating these.

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Beef Rouladen
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Ingredients
  1. 6 Large No More Than ¼” Slices Top Round Steak (About 2-2 ½ Lbs)
  2. 1 Lb Thick Cut Bacon or 12 Pieces
  3. 1 Large Onion Caramelized
  4. ½ Medium Onion
  5. 6 Quartered Dill Pickle Spears
  6. Dijon Mustard
  7. 2 T Butter (Divided)
  8. 2 T Olive Oil (Divided)
  9. ½ C Good Red Wine
  10. Water About 2 C
  11. Beef Base To Taste (Don't Overdo It As You Can Add More At The End)
  12. Salt & Pepper
  13. Kitchen Twine Or Toothpicks If You Have To
  14. Guar Gum
  15. Xanthan Gum
Instructions
  1. Slowly caramelize onions in 1 T butter & 1 T olive oil.
  2. Lay out beef, salt & pepper each piece, and smear with Dijon mustard.
  3. Place bacon strips.
  4. Sprinkle with onions and place pickle spears as shown.
  5. Roll tightly and secure with twine or toothpicks.
  6. In last 1 T butter & 1 T olive oil sear meat rolls.
  7. Leave rolls in pan, add wine, beef base, chopped onions and enough water to come up about ½-⅔ of the way.
  8. Cover lightly, turn to simmer and braise for about 1½- 2 hours turning after an hour.
  9. Plate rouladen & don't forget to cut off the string.
  10. Sprinkle guar gum/xanthan gum into gravy until desired thickness is reached and it shouldn't take too much.
  11. 6 Servings
  12. 644 Calories, 41.9g Protein, 44.5g Fat, 5.2g Carbs, .7g Fiber, 4.5g Net Carbs
Notes
  1. I caramelized the onion for two reasons: They add flavor and they are much easier to roll. I never worry about too many onions, only too little. Too many means I have them already cooked to use with something else.
  2. You will find kitchen twine easier to use when frying and then braising as there is nothing sticking out to prevent an even sear.
  3. If you don't want to use guar gum or xanthan gum as a thickening agent then serve it in a bowl with lots of the juices and eat it with a spoon-yum.
  4. I used top round meat because it is a more tender cut than bottom round and either one works well, but bottom round will take a little longer to cook. You know those great big “Barons Of Beef” that are served on so may buffets? This is the "big" cut of the cow.
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Low Carb Fajitas

FajitasYou know, Fajitas can be made and served a jillion ways and this is the way I do them. We are going to do beef and you can certainly use chicken (thighs as the meat is so much better).  I used a flat iron steak for a couple of reasons.  It is quite tender and it slices well for fajitas.  You will not see any green peppers in mine because um, I simple don’t like them and if you do, then please use them.  Of course what makes these low carb is using a cheese tortilla instead of the high carby ones you most often see in your grocery store. Who needs an additional 25g carbs (50g for two which is what is most often served)?   If you don’t want to go to the trouble of even making the cheese tortilla (they are good though) then you can just pile your ingredients on the plate.  If you like fajitas well enough then double or triple the dry mixed spices and you will have them for next time.  I serve mine with Pico de Gallo, a dollop of Crème Fraîche or sour cream, and guacamole to the side and what could could be better?

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Fajitas
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Ingredients
  1. 12 Oz Grated Cheddar Cheese
  2. 1 lb Good Steak Meat Cut Into ¼” Pieces (I Used A Flat Iron Steak)
  3. 1 Onion Sliced Into Slivers
  4. 1-1½ Lbs Red, Yellow, Or Orange Pepper Seeded And Slivered (I Mix Mine If I Have Them)
  5. 3 T Olive Oil (Divided)
  6. 1 T Lime Juice
  7. 1 t Crushed Garlic
  8. ½ t Chili Powder
  9. ½ t Cumin
  10. ½ t Oregano
  11. ½ t Pepper Flakes
  12. ½ t Salt
  13. ½ t Pepper
Instructions
  1. In large bowl mix 1½ T oil, lime, garlic, and all spices/herbs. Add meat, massaging mix into the meat.
  2. Using 2 oz cheese, make you tortillas by sprinkling into a medium sauté pan until done. Lay on flat surface until cooled and it does not take long. These can be made ahead as they take a bit of time to make.
  3. Add rest of oil to sauté pan and cook peppers & onions until softened. Reserve.
  4. Add meat to sauté pan and quickly cook only until just browned. Over cooking meat will always toughen it. Add peppers and onion back to meat just to heat.
  5. Scoop onto cheese tortilla and if not using then just plate.
  6. 6 Servings
  7. 440 Calories, 30.7g Protein, 30.9g Fat, 9.8g Carbs, 2.7g Fiber, 7.1g Net Carbs
Notes
  1. Cheese tortilla is included in nutritionals.
  2. If possible, please try to grate your own cheese. Processed grated cheeses have some kind of crud mixed in to keep the cheese from clumping.
  3. I used a flat iron steak for a couple of reasons. It is quite tender and because of its thickness each ¼” piece can be cut lengthwise to get the strips you are looking for.
  4. This an easy prep ahead meal.
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Low Carb Fried Oysters

Fried OystersYes, it’s true that I like oysters anyway I can get them.  I eat Fried Oysters, raw oysters, poached oysters, Oysters Rockefeller, and even on occasion I eat oysters from a can with hot sauce.  I have a LOT of recipes using my own popped and ground pork rinds from Willies Pork Rind Pellets or if you don’t want to pop your own you can buy Pork Dust here. So why not use them for fried oysters and eat them with a really good low carb Remoulade.  Not only are they good..they are great and here they are with Avocado Cilantro Cream.

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Fried Oysters
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Ingredients
  1. 24-32 Large Oysters
  2. 2½-3 Cups Pork Rind Dust
  3. 1 Beaten Egg
  4. 1 T Sour Cream
  5. Oil Of Choice and I Used Leaf Lard
Instructions
  1. Heat oil to hot.
  2. Dump pork rind dust onto a large plate.
  3. Beat egg and sour cream until well incorporated. I use my stick blender.
  4. Drain as much oyster liquid as you can (do not wash) and dunk oysters into egg mixture.
  5. One at a time, and letting egg mixture drain as much as possible, dredge in pork rinds.
  6. Fry until golden brown & delicious.
  7. 4 Servings
  8. 267 Calories, 14.8g Protein, 20.9g Fat, 4.5g Carbs, 0.0g Fiber, 4.5g Net Carbs
Notes
  1. I normally advocate that all meats be at room temperature before cooking but for this particular recipe the oysters should be just out of the fridge. Reason: Oysters cook quite quickly and you want to get your pork rind dust crispy.
  2. You are probably only going to get about 8 oysters at a time in the pan so they will have to be done in batches. Of course a bit or the pork rinds will come off in the oil and no biggie. When you are finished just strain it...and reuse it.
  3. Most of the carbs in this recipe?...Come from the oysters.
  4. They say true confessions are good for the soul and yes, I did eat all 12 of those puppies on that plate...but it was all I ate.
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Low Carb Lemon Tahini Mint Salad Dressing

Lemon Tahini Mint Salad DressingLemon Tahini Mint Salad DressingYou may have noticed that I seem to go in cycles with some of the recipes I post and this Lemon Tahini Mint Salad Dressing is now another in my tahini series.  I LOVE tahini and have been known to eat it by the spoonful.  It can be used on any salad and the picture is just taken from stuff I already had in the fridge with artichoke hearts, daikon radish, orange pepper, cucumber and tomatoes.  The micro greens in the center are daikon radish sprouts and are also an ingredient in the dressing.  They are an additional bit of heat and piquancy.  The other funny looking little black seeds are just that:  black seeds (AKA nigella sativa seeds) and not to be confused with black sesame seeds.  Black seeds are unto themselves with a flavor all their own.  I really don’t know how to describe or compare them to anything else, only to tell you Just how wonderful a pinch can be.  They are available in any Middle Eastern market as well as on the internet.  I pretty much eat them every day and it is said they help with blood sugar.  Don’t know if it’s true but they have been used all over the world for over 3,000 years.  If you are interested, you can read more here: The Blessed Seed and here is what Wellness Mama has to say regarding the black seed oil.  If you want some really serious, in depth reading then check this out from the National Institutes of Health.  Again, I don’t know about all the claims made, but I do know I love them and if they are helping me; then so be it.  Anyway…they are not listed in the recipe as an ingredient, just thought you might like to know.

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Lemon Tahini Mint Salad Dressing
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Ingredients
  1. ¼ C Tahini
  2. ¼ Cup Chopped Daikon Radish Sprouts (or any Other Bitterish Lettuce Like Arrugla or Watercress)
  3. ⅓ C Water (More Or Less Depending On What You Will Be doing With It)
  4. 2 T Dried Mint
  5. 2 T Lemon Juice
  6. 2 T Olive Oil
  7. 1 T Apple Cider Vinegar
  8. ½ t Crushed Garlic (More To Taste)
  9. ¼ t Salt
Instructions
  1. Put all ingredients in either a blender or small food processor.
  2. Refrigerate for a couple of hours.
  3. Toss with your favorite salad ingredients.
  4. 8 Servings
  5. 78 Calories, 1.3g Protein, 7.5g Fat, 2.2g Carbs, .7g Fiber, 1.5g Net Carbs
Notes
  1. This recipe can also be used as a crudité dip by leaving out some of the water to the thickness you want.
  2. May easily be doubled or tripled.
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Low Carb Tahini Cookies Atop Peanut Butter Cake

Tahini Cookies Atop Peanut Butter CakeTahini Cookies Atop Peanut Butter Cake is really a combination of two recipes already on the site. It is ½ a recipe of Peanut Butter Cake/Peanut Butter Icing and ½ a recipe Tahini Almond Butter Chocolate Walnut Balls done with a #100 (very tiny) scoop. For perspective: the plate on the bottom right is 5″ and the scoop is 1⅛”.  The “tiny cookie” part of this recipe equals about 4½ cookies per 1 of the larger balls.  Anyway they are insanely delicious and as you only need 10 small balls to top the cake you should have about 18 leftover to pop in your mouth or…to make those cake pops that seem to be so popular.  As comparison: they are about the size of an old tootsie roll pop.  I happen to have three 7” cake pans that I bought at a restaurant supply store 20 years ago and I used two of them so I could get a little more frosting in the center.  Yeah, the icing is that good.  If you don’t happen to have a #100 scoop then make rounded teaspoonsfuls in your hands. How about the word teaspoonsfuls? (I had to look it up and it still shows as a misspelling).  If you don’t have two 7″ cake pans then use one 8″ round pan. The cake is extremely high fat. (See Nutritionals inside the recipe).  I use Byrd Mill Peanut Flour .

This can be a bit time consuming but can easily be divided into a two-day affair.  1st day make the cookies and the 2nd day make the cake, frosting and decorate it.  One thing you will need to be careful with is eating the cookies before you get the cake made or you will be back to square one.  Good idea to look at both recipes before you begin but this is pretty straight forward.  I have divided the whole recipe into two parts so it is easy to follow.  If you have a family of 5 this will last for two servings each or…it makes for a great dinner party dessert.

Now I know some of you “guys” out there are going to, or might, be a little squeamish while we discuss ball sizes and you are going to have to get over it.  We aren’t talking about men, we are talking cookies here.

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Tahini Cookies Atop Peanut Butter Cake
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The Cookies
  1. ¼ C Almond Butter
  2. ¼ C Tahini
  3. 1 Egg
  4. 1 T Cocoa Powder
  5. 1 T Peanut Flour
  6. 1 T Water
  7. 1 T Melted Butter
  8. ⅓ C Just Like Sugar
  9. 1 t Vanilla
  10. 1 t Baking Soda
  11. 2 Drops Liquid Sucralose
  12. ⅓ C Chopped Walnuts
The Cake
  1. 1¼ C Almond Meal
  2. ¼ C Arrowroot
  3. 2 t Baking Powder
  4. ½ C Melted Butter
  5. ¼ C Just Like Sugar Brown
  6. ¼ C Sugar Free Maple Syrup (Or Sugar-Free Simple Syrup)
  7. 6 T Peanut Butter (I Use Freshly Ground Smooth)
  8. 2 Eggs
  9. 2 T Heavy Cream
  10. 2 T Sour Cream
  11. 1½ Vanilla Extract
  12. 4 Drops Liquid Sucralose
The Frosting
  1. 3 Oz Cream Cheese
  2. ¼ C Peanut Butter
  3. 2 T Heavy Cream
  4. 2 T Just Like Sugar Brown
  5. 2 Drops Liquid Sucralose
  6. 1 t Vanilla Extract
  7. 1 T Softened Butter
The Cookies
  1. Preheat oven to 375°.
  2. Minus the walnuts dump everything else into a mixing bowl and thoroughly combine with an electric mixer.
  3. Beat in nuts.
  4. Using a #100 scoop, or a rounded teaspoon (or with your hands) form 28 equal size balls.
  5. Bake 6-7 minutes. You can’t tell when they are done but better a bit underdone than a bit overdone if you want them to be fudgy.
  6. 28 Cookies and if you only eat the cookies, or use them for cookie pops, the nutritionals are just below.
  7. 78 Calories, 1.2g Protein, 7.1g Fat, 2.5g Carbs, 1.7g Fiber, .8g Net Carbs
The Cake
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Lightly butter sides of one "8" or two 7" cake pans. Line bottom with parchment paper rounds to fit.
  3. Mix first 3 dry ingredients.
  4. Beat butter, Sucralose, & Just Like Sugar, beat in maple syrup (simple syrup), add peanut butter, add the eggs one at a time then add vanilla, sour cream & heavy cream.
  5. Add wet ingredients to dry and mix thoroughly.
  6. Pour the batter into the pan and smooth the batter until it is evenly spread.
  7. For two rounds bake for 18-20 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean when tested. When very slightly brown on top they should be done.
  8. For one round bake 22-24 minutes.
  9. Remove the cake from the oven and cool completely.
The Frosting
  1. While cake is baking, beat all ingredients.
  2. Frost cake, top with 10 evenly spaced cookies around perimeter and slice into 10 wedges.
  3. 10 Servings
  4. 413 Calories, 10.1g Protein, 38.8g Fat 12.4g Carbs, 4.3g Fiber, 8.1g Net Carbs
Notes
  1. Nutritionals include all ingredients for cake, frosting, and cookies.
  2. If you are using your hand to form your balls they will stay the shape and be smooth instead of craggy looking in the pictures.
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Low Carb Warm Eggplant Feta Salad

Warm Eggplant Feta SaladWarm Eggplant Feta SaladYou can call this Warm Eggplant Feta Salad a salad, or you or you can call it a side vegetable, I don’t care, but I do care that you call it great…or very different…or…insert the adjective.  Look at the ingredients and see for yourself.  Middle Eastern ingredients that all compliment  each other and themselves.  Very easy to make and any leftovers…deliciously devine.  As you can see I used Japanese eggplant because they were so gnarly I couldn’t resist buying them.  Yeah, Yeah, and you can use any ole eggplant you want as it will all taste the same.

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Warm Eggplant Feta Salad
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Ingredients
  1. 1½ Lb Eggplant (I Used Japanese & Globe Work Just As Well) Cut Into 1” Chunks
  2. 1 Large Bell Pepper (Red, Orange, Or Yellow) Cut Into ¾” Chunks
  3. ½ C Olive Oil (Divided)
  4. 3 T Lemon Juice
  5. 1 T Balsamic Vinegar
  6. 2 T Capers Lightly Chopped
  7. 1 t Crushed Garlic
  8. ¾ t Salt
  9. ½ t Pepper
  10. 1 Large Tomato Cut Into ¾” Chunks
  11. ½ C Chopped Green Onion Tops
  12. 3 Oz Feta Cheese
  13. 3 T Dried Mint (Spearmint)
  14. More Salt & Pepper To Taste
Instructions
  1. Sauté eggplant in 3 T olive oil and put into large bowl.
  2. Sauté (or blister) peppers in 2 T olive oil and add to eggplant.
  3. Add tomato, green onion tops, and feta cheese to eggplant and sprinkle mint over all.
  4. In a smaller bowl whisk rest of oil, lemon juice, vinegar, garlic, and salt & pepper. Blend in capers.
  5. Pour vinaigrette over all, and blend well.
  6. Serve just warmed.
  7. 8 Servings
  8. 150 Calories, 1.1g Protein, 14.2g Fat, 7.0g Carbs, 2.2g Fiber, 4.8g Net Carbs
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Low Carb Fijian Cerviche

Fijian CervicheFijian CervicheNo secret that I like Cerviche and this Fijian Cerviche (Kokoda) is no different.  I love the freshness of fish or shrimp cooked in acids and then eaten immediately.  This has some of the same ingredients in Seafood Cerviche with the surprising addition of cucumbers and coconut cream.  One of the other things I like about a cerviche is, except for grains which I pretty much do not eat anyway is, it has protein by way of the fish and lots of low carb fruits and vegetables with healthy coconut cream as kicker.  On a hot summer day sittin’ on the porch, this may be the perfect answer for not having to heat your oven or yours house.

Fijian Cerviche can easily be served as an appetizer but my personal problem is that I love it so much an appetizer is not enough.  We all have our priorities.

As I am a Type II diabetic, all recipes on this website are low carb and diabetic friendly.

Fijian Cerviche
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Ingredients
  1. 1 Lb Fish Tilapia Or Halibut Work Nicely As Does The Addition Of Shrimp
  2. 2 Limes Juiced
  3. 1 Can Coconut Cream (5.4 Oz Or ⅓ Cup)
  4. 1⁄4 C Finely Chopped Cilantro
  5. ¼ C Green Onion Tops
  6. 1 Large Seeded And Finely Chopped Roma Tomato
  7. 3⁄4 C Finely Diced Red Bell Pepper
  8. 3⁄4 C Finely Diced Orange Or Yellow Bell Pepper
  9. 1 C Peeled And Seeded Cucumber
  10. ½ Cup Finely Diced Red Onion
  11. 1 Lime Cut Into 4 Wedges As Garnish
  12. Salt And Pepper To Taste
  13. 4 Servings
Instructions
  1. Marinate fish in line juice for not more than 30 minutes, mixing occasionally, drain, retaining juice.
  2. Combine all ingredients with fish.
  3. Blend coconut milk with 4 T of drained lime juice and mix into rest of ingredients.
  4. Serve immediately with wedge of lime.
  5. 4 Servings
  6. 209 Calories, 25.8g Protein, 6.2g Fat, 11.9g Carbs, 3.6g Fiber, 8.3g Net Carbs
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Low Carb Fish Spread

Fish SpreadMore than likely any Fish Spread will be low carb and the best way to keep it this way is to eat it with vegetables rather than high carby crackers.  I do have a couple of good low carb cracker recipes on the site and the best one might be the Sour Cream & Chive Crackers.  If you feel particularly daring, you might also try it with toasted Carbalose Bread which has only 2.9g carbs per slice.

As I am a Type II diabetic, all recipes on this website are low carb and diabetic friendly.

Fish Spread
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Ingredients
  1. 1 Lb White Fish (Tilapia or Rockfish Work Very Well)
  2. 1 T Butter
  3. ½ Cup Mayo
  4. ½ C Sour Cream (Or Crème Fraiche)
  5. ⅓ C Lemon Juice
  6. ¼ C Minced Onion
  7. ¼ C Minced Green Onion Tops
  8. 1 Stalk Celery Minced
  9. 1 Tiny Jalapeno Pepper Seeded & Minced
  10. 1 T Horseradish Cream
  11. 2 t Tabasco Sauce
  12. 1½ t Dijon Mustard
  13. 1 t Paprika
  14. 1 t Liquid Smoke
  15. ½ t Worcestershire Sauce
  16. ½ t Salt
  17. Pepper To Taste
Instructions
  1. Cook fish in butter then cool and flake well like kind of mash it up including any butter you may have left over.
  2. Mix rest of ingredients, add macerated fish and refrigerate for at least several hours.
  3. Add pepper to taste.
  4. 8 Servings
  5. 144 Calories, 12.8g Protein, 9.4g Fat, 2.2g Carbs, .4g Fiber, 1.8g Net Carbs
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Low Carb Warm Daikon Radish German Potato Salad

Warm Daikon Radish German Potato SaladWarm Daikon Radish German Potato SaladOne of the things that happens for me, when I am doing a new recipe with any particular ingredient is; my mind goes nuts as I think of the other things I can also do with that same ingredient which is the case for this recipe.  When I finished the Daikon Radish Dill Pickle Egg Potato Salad I realized I could do a lot more with daikon radishes.  When cubed, it looks like potato and when cooked and with other things added it tastes pretty much like a potato so why not try a Warm Daikon Radish German Potato Salad with it.  Guess what, low and behold it tastes just like you’d think it should.  And now I will probably come up with even more uses for this very under-appreciated vegetable.  They can be pickled, used in stews, grated for use in a salad, and sliced into disks as a low carb dipping veggie.  As you can see in one of the pictures it is the perfect accompaniment to a good Weisswurst sausage with a spicy mustard.

As I am a Type II diabetic, all recipes on this website are low carb and diabetic friendly.

Warm Daikon Radish German Potato Salad
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Ingredients
  1. 1 Lb Wedged Daikon Radish Wedges (About 3-3½ Cups)
  2. ½ Lb Bacon Diced & Sautéed (Save All The Grease & You May Need More)
  3. 1 C Peeled & Seeded Cucumber (⅔ to 1 Cucumber Depending On Size)
  4. ¾ C Dilled Pickle Wedges (No Garlic)
  5. ½ C Minced Purple Onion
  6. ½ C Green Onion Tops
  7. 6 T Bacon Grease (This Is Why You Never Throw Away Bacon Grease)
  8. 2½ T Cider Vinegar
  9. 1½ T Water
  10. 1½ t Dijon Mustard
  11. 2 Drops Liquid Sucralose (Or 2 T Just Like Sugar To Keep It Paleo)
  12. ½ t Salt
  13. ½ t Pepper
Instructions
  1. Gently boil daikon radish for about 30 minutes.
  2. While radish is cooking prep all veggies and put into a large mixing bowl
  3. In a small bowl combine and mix last 6 listed ingredients (The Dressing).
  4. Drain radish, and add to veggies.
  5. Dress and mix all and let sit at room temperature until ready to serve.
  6. 6 Servings
  7. 232 Calories, 4.6g Protein, 22.0g Fat, 4.4g Carbs, 1.6g Fiber, 2.8g Net Carbs
  8. 8 Servings
  9. 174 Calories, 3.4g Protein, 16.4g Fat, 3.3g Carbs, 1.2g Fiber, 2.1g Net Carbs
Notes
  1. All I can say is this is really tasty.
  2. If you opt to use Just Like Sugar be sure to dissolve it in the water and vinegar first.
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Low Carb Daikon Radish Dill Pickle Egg Salad

Daikon Radish Dill Pickle Egg SaladYou know, even I can get a little tired serving cauliflower yet one more way (and I already eat a lot of cauliflower as evidenced by the number of recipes on this site) which is why I decided to try making this Daikon Radish Dill Pickle Egg Salad recipe. Looks like potato salad, tastes like potato salad but…no potatoes. Back in my Colorado days I had an older friend who, when she had me over for dinner, I ask her nicely to make “her” potato salad.  I think there are a couple of reasons I loved this:  1.)  I loved Elva and 2.) I love dilled pickles. Now yes, in those days I did eat it as a real potato salad.  Do Daikon radishes taste like potatoes?  No they don’t, but the great news is, when cooked they really don’t taste like much of anything and take on beautifully any flavors you are adding to them, kinda like German Potato Salad if made properly.  So, if you like dilled pickles the way I do, then this is a terrific way to eat a very low carb “potato” salad and which would be perfect with Southern Deep Fried Chicken on a picnic or when you are having fun and grilling steaks.

As I am a Type II diabetic, all recipes on this website are low carb and diabetic friendly.

Daikon Radish Dill Pickle Egg Salad
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Ingredients
  1. 1 Lb Or About 3 Cups Peeled & Chopped Daikon Radish Cut Into bite Size Pieces (2-3 Radishes Depending On Radish Size)
  2. 4 Chopped Hard-Boiled Eggs
  3. ½ C Finely Chopped Dill Pickles (No Garlic)
  4. ½ C Finely Chopped Celery
  5. ¼ C Finely Chopped Purple Onion
  6. ½ C Mayo
  7. 2 T Yellow Mustard
  8. ½ t Paprika
  9. ¼ t Dried Dill
  10. ½ t Salt
  11. ¼ t Pepper
  12. ¼ C Finely Sliced Green Onion Tops (For Garnish)
  13. More Freshly Ground Pepper To Taste
Instructions
  1. Boil radish pieces 15-20 minutes or until fork tender. Cool in cold water & drain.
  2. Add radish, pickles, celery & purple onion to large mixing bowl.
  3. In a smaller bowl add next 6 ingredients, mixing thoroughly.
  4. Plate, top with green onions.
  5. Pepper to taste.
  6. 6 Servings
  7. 189 Calories, 4.9g Protein, 16.6g Fat, 4.3g Carbs, .6g Fiber, 3.7g Net Carbs
  8. 8 Servings
  9. 141 Calories, 3.7g Protein, 12.4g Fat, 3.2g Carbs, .6g Fiber, 2.6g Net Carbs
Notes
  1. Since daikon radishes are shaped like a really big carrot, I start cutting off the tapered end, then chop off another 2”-3” and cut into 2 pieces and so on until at the fat end I am cutting into 6 pieces.
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Low Carb Yogurt Dill Cucumber Soup

Yogurt Dill Cucumber SoupYogurt Dill Cucumber Soup is certainly good on any of the warm lazy days of summer but when it comes to health any day of the year is a good day for this Middle Eastern, Mediterranean dish.  I might describe this soup as  kind of a blended salad because it contains um…salad ingredients.

You will need a blender or an emersion stick to make this and the rest of the ingredients are all readily available.

As I am a Type II diabetic, all recipes on this website are low carb and diabetic friendly.

Yogurt Dill Cucumber Soup
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Ingredients
  1. 3 C Peeled & Seeded Rough Chopped Cucumber (About 2½-3 Cucumbers Depending On Size)
  2. 2 C Plain Full Fat Yogurt (Labne Is Best)
  3. ½ Medium Minced Red Onion
  4. 2 T Dried Dill
  5. 2 T Dried Parsley
  6. 2 t Dried Tarragon (Or More To Taste And Remembering Tarragon Is A Potent Herb)
  7. 1½ t Crushed Garlic
  8. ¾ t Salt
  9. ¼ t Pepper (White Pepper Might Be Best)
  10. ¼ C Lemon Juice
  11. 6 T Olive Oil
  12. ½ C Peeled & Seeded Finely Diced Cucumber (To Be Used As Garnish)
  13. 1 Minced Shallot (To Be Used As Garnish)
  14. More Salt & Pepper As Needed & To Taste
Instructions
  1. Put first 10 ingredients in a blender until smooth.
  2. Refrigerate at least 4-6 hours.
  3. Pour into bowls, garnish with diced cucumber & minced shallots, and drizzle with olive oil
  4. 6 Servings
  5. 172 Calories, 5.4g Protein, 14.8g Fat, 6.5g Carbs, 1.6g Fiber, 4.9g Net Carbs
Notes
  1. This will last more than several days in the fridge and of course this gives plenty of time for the marriage of flavors. My best guess it will not last that long.
  2. I have shown a small picture of the Labna that I use as it is so much thicker than regular yogurt but unless you live in a metropolitan or Middle Eastern area, it will probably not be available to you.
  3. I think a little added mint might be a good addition.
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Low Carb Tahini Almond Butter Chocolate Walnut Balls

Tahini Almond Butter Chocolate Walnut BallsThese Tahini Almond Butter Chocolate Walnut Balls are simply melt in your mouth to die for.  Yes, mine are muchly altered but I really need to give credit to Kyndra Holley for her original Flourless Chewy Double Chocolate Chip Cookies .  I do not use erythitol for reasons explained here:  Sugar Alcohols (Polyols) And Why I Don’t Use Them but her cookies looked so good I needed to do my own recipe.  I was going to make Kyndra’s recipe subbing and adding several ingredients.  I found I did not have enough almond butter and I always have enough tahini for things like Baba Ganoush, Tahini Dip, and to a lesser extent Maple Pecan Tahini Candy, so what better substitution than tahini.  Do take a good look at Kyndra’s pictures because her cookies in no way resemble mine.  If you read the notes I said I was going to try making a peanut butter cake  with a cream cheese frosting and I have now made it-Um Yum.  Tahini Cookies Atop Peanut Butter Cake.  and I use Byrd Mill Peanut Flour.

I haven’t done many cookies or desserts in a very long while and I think these are so good (not to mention healthy), I am posting them.  They are quite large and at least to me they look just a little like some kind of mocha colored coconut meringue cookie.  When first baked and out of the oven, they have a pleasant crunchy exterior and a fudge-like interior.  As they sit (which shouldn’t be long with any kind of family, let alone a husband) they take on an allover softness with that same fudgy interior.

They are very easy to make as everything is just dumped into a bowl and beaten.  The dough is quite thick and holds the shape you deposit onto your bake pan so if you want a flatter cookie (no don’t do it) you will need to flatten them before putting into the oven and lowering the cooking time by 2-3 minutes if you still want the fudgy center.

I subbed walnuts for the chocolate chips for one reason.  Chocolate chips do not melt anymore.  When I was a little kid, Toll House Cookies were the bee’s knees and when you bit into them, or broke one apart, the chocolate was an ooey gooey experience.  Now there is far less cocoa butter, and they are filled with so many stabilizers and soy lecithin, that they stay tighter than a tick so…if I want a little crunch in my cookie…I’ll just have nuts.

I have always liked using a scoop to portion cookie dough because the end product is always the same so those of you who have scoops the one I used is a #30.  For these particular cookies I also like the rather rugged look of the tops.  If you don’t have scoops don’t dispair just make them into 12 equal 2″ balls.  As you can see in the picture the cookies do get larger.

As I am a Type II diabetic, all recipes on this website are low carb and diabetic friendly.

Tahini Almond Butter Chocolate Walnut Balls
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Ingredients
  1. ½ C Almond Butter
  2. ½ C Tahini
  3. 2 Eggs
  4. 2 T Cocoa Powder
  5. 2 T Peanut Flour
  6. 2 T Water
  7. 1 T Melted Butter
  8. ⅔ C Just Like Sugar
  9. 2 t Vanilla
  10. 1 t Baking Soda
  11. ½ C Chopped Walnuts
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350°.
  2. Minus the walnuts dump everything else into a mixing bowl and thoroughly combine with an electric mixer.
  3. Fold in nuts.
  4. Using a #30 scoop (or with your hands) form 12 equal size balls.
  5. Bake 11-12 minutes. You can’t tell that they are done but better a bit underdone than a bit than overdone if you want them to be fudgy.
  6. 12 Servings
  7. 183 Calories, 5.9g Protein, 16.6g Fat, 5.9g Carbs, 2.8g Fiber, 3.1g Net Carbs
Notes
  1. If your almond or tahini butters need it, remix the oils into them. I know it sounds strange that the cookies do not spread with as much oil as they have in them but they do not.
  2. If you really think you want flatter cookies then bake them 9 minutes and at the most, 10 minutes.
  3. It just occured to me as I am doing this recipe that if you made you balls smaller you could put them atop a cake as decoration...maybe I will have to try it...one day. I have a terrific recipe for Peanut Butter Cake with a Peanut Butter Cream Cheese Frosting and smaller balls of these cookies would be perfect on top. I think I might drizzle a little ganache on them too. You know, like to guild the lily for special company. (or family)
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Low Carb Mint Sauce

Mint SauceMint SauceI think probably just about everyone has had the (not so fabulous anymore) Cross & Blackwell Mint Jelly at some point or another and my Mint Sauce is a terrific facsimile.  No, it is not bright (fake) green and smooth like C&B and it isn’t made with mint “flavored” “apple jelly” but taste wise, it is pretty close.  If you decide to use fresh mint (spearmint) then you will use about 3-4x the dried mint listed below in the recipe.  I have newly found a fabulous source for dried mint from a Middle Eastern market here in Portland and of course if you have access then by all means get it.  Until making my Mid East market find, I used Spice Hunter very successfully but this new mint is not only greener, it is also more finely ground, thus more Surface Area, thus more intense flavor.  The picture to the left is the new mint and in the 2nd picture I was using my old mint. The chops were served with Lemon Thyme Cauliflower Quinoa and also pair quite well with Cauliflower Tabbouleh (not pictured).

This recipe couldn’t be any more simple & should be ready in about 5-6 minutes start to finish.  It can also be made more or less sweet according to your taste buds.

Confession:  I cut my chops with a knife & fork BUT…I use a spoon to dip each bite into the mint sauce, eating all of it and yes…it’s that good.

As I am a Type II diabetic, all recipes on this website are low carb and diabetic friendly.

Mint Sauce
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Ingredients
  1. ½ C Apple Cider Vinegar
  2. ¼ C Distilled Vinegar
  3. ¼ C Water
  4. 3-4 T Dried (Spear) Mint Leaves
  5. ¼ C Just Like Sugar Baking or 5-6 Drops Liquid Sucralose (Depending On Degree Of Sweetness Desired)
  6. ⅛ t Combined Guar Gum & Xanthan Gum (I Mixed Mine 50/50 Long Ago)
  7. 6 Servings
  8. 3 Calories, 0.0g Protein, 0.0g Fat, .7g Carbs, 0.0g Fiber, .7g Net Carbs
Instructions
  1. Combine all ingredients, bring to simmer, take off heat, and quickly whisk in gums. It will thicken as it sits.
Notes
  1. Sadly, Cross & Blackwell is now owned by Smuckers. Carbs? 13g per T.
  2. Check out my nutritionals. The tiny amount of carbs? They come from the mint and that's for over 2½ T. Pretty cool huh?
  3. Refrigerated mint sauce will far outlive your ability to not eat it.
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Low Carb Ginger Curry Sweetened Cauliflower Rice

Ginger Curry Sweetened Cauliflower RiceGinger Curry Sweetened Cauliflower RiceOne of my favorite all times dishes ever is Spatchcocked Chicken A l’Orange and this Ginger Curry Sweetened Cauliflower Rice is the perfect accompaniment as it has many of the same spices yet is so easily made.  I don’t so much do a lot experimenting anymore as I have a quite large repertoire of recipes, and then there are the things I eat which have no recipe you know, like steak etc.  but I riced a particular large head of cauliflower, had quite a bit left over, decided to just try this and man oh man, what a pleasant surprise.  Not too sweet and just a terrific side dish.

As I am a Type II diabetic, all recipes on this website are low carb and diabetic friendly.

Ginger Curry Sweetened Cauliflower Rice
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Ingredients
  1. 4 C Riced Cauliflower
  2. ½ C Water
  3. ½ C Heavy Cream
  4. ¼ C Sliced Green Onions (Divided)
  5. 1 t Chicken Base
  6. 1½ t Orange Extract
  7. 1½ t Ground Ginger
  8. 1½ t Curry Powder
  9. ¼ t Pepper
  10. 6 Drops Liquid Sucralose
Instructions
  1. Put all ingredients except 2 T green onions in sauce pan and slowly reduce unto desired consistency and cauliflower is tender.
  2. Serve, sprinkling with remaining green onions.
  3. 6 Servings
  4. 98 Calories, 1.3g Protein, 8.0g Fat, 3.0g Carbs, 1.5g Fiber,1.5g Net Carbs
Notes
  1. There would be several variations for this veggie so play around with it and see what you can come up with.
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Low Carb Banh Mi Sandwich

Banh Mi SandwichSo, as I am from the mountains of Colorado, there were no Thai restaurants hence nary a Banh Mi Sandwich in sight.  As a diabetic I had never had nor tasted one and really had no basis of comparison but the ingredients that go into one are all ingredients I am quite familiar with, love, and use all the time. I do have lots of friends who have not only eaten them but raved about them so I thought, since I use and make all the ingredients in a Banh Mi, and yes I do even have maggi sauce, why not just try it.  Well, I am here to tell you this baby is ridiculously good.  It is not the largest sandwich at 6 inches but it does pack unbelievable flavors in those 6”.  I do want to say your small baguettes will not be as crispy as a traditional one.  I did use a small amount of butter to toast it and that’s about as good as it gets.  If you look carefully, you can see all the layers of goodness.

If the average 6″ Banh Mi sandwich has 70g-75g carbs I’m not sure where else you could get a sandwich with all the stuff piled in a bun and have it under 17g carbs so, when you have nothing else better to do, please try it.  You will need the recipes for Carbalose Flour Bread, Chicken Liver Pate, and Maggi Mayo which is best made a day or two ahead anyway and which means you can make this in stages.

I have included a picture of the bun top’s guts hollowed out and which weighs about an ounce because not only is it not needed, it allows more room for other stuff.  If you decide to hollow out the top it will also reduce your final carb count by about 1g.

The picture to the left is my very first Banh Mi (bunless of course) that I had while on a recent trip to Seattle to see old friends.  Notice the egg which was an add on.  I have to say it really was divine and though quite piquant with the jalapeno peppers, I am positive it had a bit of sugar in it.

 

I’m really sorry I did not have any pork skins to eat with my sandwich as they would have been a perfect accompaniment but ate the last of what I had and hadn’t popped any replacements.

All my other Carbalose Recipes are listed at the bottom of the Carbalose Informational Page.

As I am a Type II diabetic, all recipes on this website are low carb and diabetic friendly.

Banh Mi Sandwich
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Ingredients
  1. 1 Recipe Carbalose Bread
  2. 1 Recipe Chicken Liver Pate
  3. 1 Recipe Maggi Mayo
Guts
  1. 12 Oz Warmed Pulled Pork
  2. 1 C Apple Cider Vinegar
  3. 1 C Water
  4. 3 Drops Liquid Sucralose
  5. 1 Grated Medium Carrot (Or About 1 Cup)
  6. 1 Grated Jicama (Or About 1½ C)
  7. 1 Medium Cucumber Sliced Lengthwise
  8. 8 T Pickled Jalapenos
  9. 8 T Coarsely Chopped Cilantro
  10. 8 t Butter
Instructions
  1. Combine water, vinegar, & Sucralose and add grated veggies. Refrigerate and marinate at least a couple of hours.
  2. Slice bun in half (carefully scooping out top of bun if wanted you can use it later for bread crumbs), thinly spread butter on top & bottom and toast in heated skillet.
Working up
  1. Spread chicken liver pate on each bottom.
  2. Divide and place pork on top of pate.
  3. Add drained veggies.
  4. Add sliced cucumber.
Top
  1. Spread with maggi mayo.
  2. Evenly distribute jalapenos.
  3. Cover with cilantro.
  4. Close, cut and serve.
  5. 4 Servings
  6. 795 Calories, 48.1g Protein, 41.5g Fat, 37.7g Carbs, 21.2g Fiber, 16.5g Net Carbs
Notes
  1. Nutritionals include bread, maggi mayo and pate as well as the rest of the ingredients.
  2. I marinated my cucumber but I think it would be much crunchier just sliced and un-marinated.
  3. If you like, have and use pickled red onions they might be another good addition but are not authentic to the sandwich.
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Low Carb Maggi Mayo

Maggi MMaggi Mayoayo and yeah I know, it’s a play on the old Rod Stewart song but the name is so apropos.  As its name implies, it is made with mayonnaise and Maggi seasoning sauce.  Now who has a jar of Maggi in their pantry?  Um, I do. If and after you are to acquire it you will find many other uses for it.  As a seasoning a little goes a long way and you can make as much or as little as needed.  I use this mayo in the Banh Mi Sandwich.  It can be slathered on a bun-less hamburger and the Maggi sauce by itself can be used in soups & stews.  I’m pretty sure you will find lots of uses.

Here are some interesting facts about Maggi:  1.)  It is sold in a dark brown bottle with a yellow label. The colour of the bottle cap changes from country to country: a red cap is used in Switzerland, Germany, Canada and France; a yellow cap is used in China and the Netherlands. Most Americans see the yellow cap.  I don’t begin to remember where I got mine but notice it has a red cap and lucky me.  2.)  Maggi is a dark, strong, concentrated seasoning sauce, that is produced commercially and sold in bottles and 3.)  It is a thin sauce, with the consistency of soy or Worcestershire, which it looks like but definitely doesn’t taste like.  Well, who knew?  Just took a good look at my bottle and apparently I bought it at Pacific Market here in Portland which specializes in Asian foods.  As I said I don’t remember buying it but I would easily have gone there just to look and how ridiculous and since when would I go into any market just to look?  If you enlarge the picture it says:  Imported From Europe.

It takes very little Maggi seasoning for use in anything and that’s also the case here but my oh my the umami flavor is so good.  The only other thing that comes close is Porcini Dust which I use in lots of recipes.  I’m feeling long-winded and wait till you see the actual recipe.  If nothing else, it should make you laugh at its brevity.

As I am a Type II diabetic, all recipes on this website are low carb and diabetic friendly.

Maggi Mayo
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Ingredients
  1. ½ C Mayonnaise
  2. ½ t Maggi Seasoning Sauce
Instructions
  1. Thoroughly mix.
  2. 4 Servings
  3. 180 Calories, 0.0g Protein, 20.0g Fat, 0.0g Carbs, 0.0g Fiber, 0.0g Net Carbs
  4. 8 Servings
  5. 90 Calories, 0.0g Protein, 10.0g Fat, 0.0g Carbs, 0.0g Fiber, 0.0g Net Carbs
Notes
  1. A zero carb condiment-pretty cool huh?
  2. This stuff is good, good, good.
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Low Carb Carbalose Bread

Carbalose BreadCarbalose BreadCarbalose BreadThere are many of you who don’t have the same (rather odd) size loaf pan that I used to develop the original Carbalose Flour Bread so this slightly smaller loaf of Carbalose Bread is for you.  I recently bought a standard size 4”x8” loaf pan, adjusted the ingredients, and it did indeed turn out perfectly.  Do not use a larger pan for this as it will not work.  As you look carefully at the pictures notice I did use my electric knife and I did get 18 slices+2 heels.  Each slice weighs on average about 32g, some a little larger and some a little smaller and those heels?…I save and freeze to either make bread cubes or crumbs.  If you are going to make rolls, buns, or baguettes then use the original recipe as the nutritional calculations below are for the slightly larger dough amounts.

Don’t despair if you do not have an electric knife but you will probably not be able to make a less than ½” cut the way I can.  I would think on average and if cut with a good bread knife, you should be able to get 14-15 slices which is completely acceptable.

You can do all the same things with this slightly smaller loaf that can be done with the only slightly larger loaf so have at it and have fun with it.

DO NOT USE CARBQUIK-IT WILL NOT WORK.

Nutritionals are below the recipe.

  • Equipment Needed:
  • Large Cuisinart or other Large Food Processor
  • Electric Knife
  • Small Cutting Board
  • 4” x 8” x 2 ½” Loaf Pan (Non-Stick)

If you use a larger loaf pan then your bread will be longer, not rise as high, and will be wider that the picture above.

Use for Stuffed Strawberry Cream Cheese French Toast and the dough may also be used for rolls, buns, individual baguettes, and whatever else you might imagine.  Also makes great bread crumbs and yes, even Basic Pizza Crust.  A roll, hot out of the oven?  Slathered with butter?  Heavenly.

For many other Carbalose Flour Recipes please see All Things Carbalose informational page.

If you will just make 3 loaves of this, one for bread, one for croutons, and one for crumbs, I doubt you will ever want to be without them.

  • Carbalose Flour may be purchased in 3 lb. bags from www.netrition.com
  • Complete Nutritionals for rolls, buns, baguettes, cubes and crumbs are below recipe.

As I am a Type II diabetic, all recipes on this website are low carb and diabetic friendly.

Carbalose Bread
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Ingredients
  1. 2 C Carbalose Flour
  2. 3½ T Wheat Gluten
  3. 3½ T Coconut Flour
  4. ¾ t Salt
  5. ¼ t Guar Gum
  6. ¼ t Xanthan Gum
  7. 3½ T Golden Flaxseed Meal***
  8. ¼ C Warm Water***
  9. 2 T+½ t Melted Coconut Oil
  10. 1 C Water + (Only If Needed)
  11. 1½ T Yeast
  12. ½ t Sugar
  13. 6 Drops Liquid Sucralose*
Instructions
  1. Bloom yeast & sugar in 1 cup warm water for 10 minutes or until foamy.
  2. Add flaxseed to ¼ C warm water for 10 minutes. (It will become quite gelatinous)
  3. Put first 6 ingredients in processor and pulse to blend.
  4. Add flaxseed mixture to dry ingredients and pulse to blend.
  5. Add liquid Sucralose and 2 T coconut oil to bloomed yeast and with machine running add to dry ingredients.
  6. Run processor for at least a minute and probably a little longer adding any additional water as needed 1 T at a time.
  7. You want to make sure there is enough water. Dough should hold together, have a loose consistency and should not be sticky on your hands. At this point the dough should have the same look and feel of regular bread.
  8. Form into a ball and put into un-greased bowl and cover with film for about 20-25-30 minutes or until slightly less than doubled. If over-proofed it will not rise well the second time and will more than likely "fall", leaving a less that desirable looking loaf.
  9. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  10. Take dough out of bowl and knead (very gently) until you are sure ALL air pockets are out.
  11. Form gently into loaf rolling so the seam is on the bottom, put into greased (remaining ½ t coconut oil) pan, very loosely cover with film and let rise for 25-30 minutes. Do not over proof as it will raise a bit more in the oven.
  12. Bake 45 minutes.
  13. Rest the bread in the pan at least 10 minutes.
  14. Make sure bread sides are not sticking to pan, remove gently, put on wire rack, and cool completely.
  15. Slice bread with an electric knife.
  16. 16 Servings
  17. 80 Calories, 6.3g Protein, 4.2g Fat, 8.0g Carbs, 4.7g Fiber, 3.3g Net Carbs
  18. 18 Servings
  19. 71 Calories, 5.6g Protein, 3.7g Fat, 7.1g Carbs, 4.2g Fiber, 2.9g Net Carbs
Notes
  1. Please note the use of *Sucralose in each of the recipes using Carbalose is only to negate the bitter taste of the flour and DOES NOT make the recipe “sweet”.
  2. Slice size is equivalent to a normal slice of pretty much any other normal bread.
  3. ** I plugged all the ingredients (except the Carbalose Flour) into a food database to get the figures below and added them to the Carbalose figures to get my Totals Per Loaf.
  4. If at any time after the loaf is form and touched, the indentation will remain even after baking and the same thing when taking out of the pan until the loaf in completely cooled. This is the reason I keep using the word gently.
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It took me many tries to get the original  Carbalose Flour Bread recipe  just right and I paid nearly $700.00 to have it tested through Exova Laboratories so I know all the figures are correct.  The figures below are only slightly off as this recipe uses a bit less ingredients than are listed in the original and I am not going to the trouble of changing them all.

  • Carbalose Flour                                   
  • Calories           Carbohydrate             Fiber               Protein            Fat
  • 675                  108g                            65g                  70g                  25g
  • Rest of Ingredients**
  • 705                    37g                            21g                  29g                  53g
  • Totals Per Loaf
  • 1380                145g                            86g                  99g                  78g
  • Divided by 16 Slices=42g slice             
  • 86                        9g                              5g                    6g                    5g
  • Divided by 18 Slices=37g slice          
  • 77                        8g                              5g                    6g                    4g
  • 16 Slices/Loaf
  • 86 Calories, 6g Protein, 5g Fat, 9g Carbs, 5g Fiber, 4g Net Carbs
  • 18 Slices/Loaf
  • 77 Calories, 6g Protein, 4g Fat, 8g Carbs, 5g Fiber, 3g Net Carbs
  • Bread Cubes 11 Cups/Loaf
  • 125 Calories, 9g Protein, 7g Fat, 13g Carbs, 8g Fiber, 5g Net Carbs
  • Bread Crumbs 8 Cups/Loaf
  • 175 Calories, 12g Protein, 10g Fat, 19g Carbs, 11g Fiber, 8g Net Carbs
  • 12-2 oz. Rolls/Recipe
  • 115 Calories, 8g Protein, 7g Fat , 12g Carbs, 7g Fiber, 5g Net Carbs
  • 12-2 oz. Buns/Recipe
  • 115 Calories, 8g Protein, 7g Fat , 12g Carbs, 7g Fiber, 5g Net Carbs
  • 2-12 oz. Baguettes
  • 690 Calories, 50g Protein, 27g Fat , 73g Carbs, 43g Fiber, 30g Net Carbs
  • 3-8 oz. Baguettes
  • 460 Calories, 33g Protein, 18g Fat , 48g Carbs, 29g Fiber, 19g Net Carbs
  • 6-4 oz. Baguettes
  • 230 Calories, 17g Protein, 9g Fat , 24g Carbs, 15g Fiber, 9g Net Carbs

Low Carb Chipotle Mayonnaise

Chipotle MayonnaiseYeah, Yeah, I know there are several recipes similar to this low carb chipotle mayonnaise & after reading the ingredients list I hope you will think it sounds good enough to make.   I love this stuff as it is good on/with so many things and certainly a requirement for Bacon Wrapped Mean Dogs.  It can be used as a vegetable dip and is especially good with fried pork skins.  There is no mayonnaise only sour cream and actually, I used Crème Fraîche in mine.  I like that smooth special twang it gives.  Many years ago at a food show in Seattle, there was this new product being sampled called Chipotle Mayo and was available by the gallon to restaurants.  I thought it was so good that I designed a pulled pork sandwich around using it and gads, people loved it.  There was also a restaurant in Everett, WA called Alligator Soul and they also served this same chipotle mayo with many of their dishes.  Turns out it was the restaurant’s recipe licensed and being sold to other restaurants.  At the time I had never had anything so tasty and have been chasing the recipe ever since (and that’s another story).  To the right is a picture of a small still unopened jar I have that is probably at least 9-10 years old.  Hard to believe I still have that jar today and of course it would be totally inedible.  The restaurant closed in 2010 but I listened to a lot of live zydeco music and ate a lot of good Cajun “soul food” there before it did.

As I am a Type II diabetic, all recipes on this website are low carb and diabetic friendly.

Chipotle Mayonnaise
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Ingredients
  1. ¾ C Sour Cream (I Used Crème Fraîche)
  2. 1-2 T Chipotle Peppers In Adobo (Depending On Hotness Desired & I Used 2)
  3. 2 T Finely Chopped Cilantro
  4. 1 T Lime Juice
  5. ½ t Crushed Garlic
  6. ¼ t Liquid Smoke
  7. 1-2 Drops Liquid Splenda (Optional)
Instructions
  1. Macerate chipotle peppers.
  2. Add rest of ingredients, mix well, and refrigerate.
  3. Will be thin and will tighten a bit in the fridge.
  4. 4 Servings
  5. 165 Calories, .1g Protein, 18.1g Fat, .6g Carbs, .0g Fiber, .6g Net Carbs
Notes
  1. Splenda not only gives it a kiss of sweetness, but also rounds out the flavor. It is not necessary and yes, I did use it. Use 1 drop to start and another if you think it needs it.
  2. As I said I used crème fraîche to make mine and sour cream would have a bit more carbs.
  3. With the addition of crumbled bacon this makes a great salad dressing.
  4. Also terrific on pulled pork.
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Low Carb Bacon Wrapped Mean Dogs

Bacon Wrapped Mean DogsBacon Wrapped Mean Dogs?  Many times it’s fun to come up with a tricky name.  Probably not so smart as you don’t want to confuse people but in this case it seems appropriate.  I doubt anyone will mistake a bacon wrapped anything without thinking of food.  Diddling around in the kitchen is fun (at least for me).  You will need both the Pico de Gallo and Chipotle Mayonnaise recipes for final assembly but this are so easy and quick to make and I thought the name Mean Dogs was perfect as they are a bit spicy and can be adjusted to make them even more so.  I showed a picture with two dogs because…I ate them both and…it was all I had for dinner…except a small bowl of raspberries.

As I am a Type II diabetic, all recipes on this website are low carb and diabetic friendly.

Bacon Wrapped Mean Dogs
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Ingredients
  1. 4 Beef Hot Dogs (I Use Hebrew National)
  2. 4 Slices Thick Bacon
  3. Toothpicks
  4. 1 Recipe Pico de Gallo
  5. 1 Recipe Chipotle Mayo
Instructions
  1. Wrap hot dogs with bacon, stretching if necessary to cover, and secure with toothpicks.
  2. Pan fry or grill.
  3. Put on plate, spoon on Pico de Gallo, spoon chipotle mayo over all and enjoy.
  4. 4 Servings
  5. 365 Calories, 32.7g Fat, 10.0g Protein, 8.0g Carbs, .8g Fiber, 7.2g Net Carbs
  6. 2 Servings
  7. 730 Calories, 64.4g Fat, 20.0g Protein, 16.0g Carbs, 1.6g Fiber, 14.2g Net Carbs
Notes
  1. Nutritionals are for total dish and include mayo & pico.
  2. You will probably only use about ½ the pico de gallo.
  3. That little blob of green stuff at the back of the plate? It’s sugar-free bread & butter pickles.
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Low Carb Cold Stuffed Jalapeño Peppers

Cold Stuffed Jalapeño PeppersThe cold stuffed jalapeño peppers come a little later. Nearly 40 years ago as a young lass of 27 in Denver CO, I was hired as the 1st woman trainee for management by Furr’s Cafeterias.  Now of course today, I know you are laughing yourselves silly but back in 1977 this was a big deal, I mean a huge deal.  It was 6 months of really intense training.  6 weeks with the first cook or “chef”  6 weeks in the bakery 6 in salads etc.  In case you are wondering yes, I did go on the be the 1st woman manager of what was at the time, the smallest cafeteria in the company in Arvada, CO.  They subsequently built a much larger Arvada store and mine was closed.  (Long after I had left)

I am here to tell you that not only did I learn to cook in a different way than I was used to but I also quickly learned the business side of a restaurant too.  Sadly, all but a handful of around 70 cafeterias have closed and those that are left are all in TX.  I think their Millionaire’s Pie is the only recipe they ever released and by the way, it was delicious & I used to loved it.

Meanwhile, back at the farm, these stuffed jalapeño peppers can be spicy unlike like their rather tame Baked Stuffed Jalapeño Pepper  cousins.  They are rawness at it’s best.  We used to make them at Furr’s and they sold like hotcakes.  If you don’t like hot then these may not be for you but put them out for a bunch of men, and sit back to watch the fireworks.  Men will make it a contest to see who can eat the most.  Think I’m kidding?  Try it.  You can control the heat a bit by by de-seeding but leaving the veiny innards and using chipotle powder, hot sauce or a combination.  As you can see to the left, jalapeño peppers are way down on the Scoville Heat Chart.

As I am a Type II diabetic, all recipes on this website are low carb and diabetic friendly.

Cold Stuffed Jalapeño Peppers
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Ingredients
  1. 4 Jalapeño Peppers Stems Off, Cut In Half, And Seeded & Deveined (Wear Gloves)
  2. 4 Oz. Grated Cheddar Cheese
  3. 2 Oz Room Temperature Cream Cheese
  4. 2 Oz Drained Pimentos
  5. 2 T Mayonnaise
  6. 1 T Butter
  7. 1 T Lime Juice
  8. 1 T Heavy Cream
  9. ⅛ t Salt (More To Taste)
  10. Ground Cumin
  11. Chipotle Powder (Optional But Really Good)
  12. Hot Sauce (Optional)
Instructions
  1. Beat cream cheese, butter, mayonnaise & lime juice.
  2. Blend in heavy cream.
  3. Add grated cheese, pimentos, & salt and mix well.
  4. Generously fill pepper halves & sprinkle on ground cumin.
  5. Refrigerate, but bring to room temperature before serving.
  6. 4 Servings
  7. 255 Calories, 8.5 g Protein, 23.8g Fat, 2.4g Carbs, .6g Fiber, 1.8g Net Carbs
Notes
  1. I only had 3 peppers and as you can see I had enough to do 1 more.
  2. You can easily multiply this recipe as many times as you want.
  3. If you veined your peppers it will be a good idea to use a hot sauce as they can be pretty tame.
  4. What you see on the appetizer plate are mine sprinkled with not only cumin but also chipotle powder which imparts that smoky flavor that jalapeños are so famous for.
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Low Carb Italian Dipping Oil

Italian Dipping OilItalian Dipping Oil is kind of hard to show a picture of since it’s just a bunch of herbs all mixed together in olive oil but this is so good on so many things.  Its original intended use was as a dip for breads. Obviously if you use Carbalose Flour Bread great, and I use this oil on all kinds of vegetables. I love it on broccolini and the other picture is Cauliflower Grits.  Most often when used with bread, it also calls for the use of Parmesan cheese but since you will most likely be using it with vegetables then the obvious thing to do is to use that Parmesan on the vegetables too and it’s what I do.  How many ways can you think to use it?

As I am a Type II diabetic, all recipes on this website are low carb and diabetic friendly.

Italian Dipping Oil
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Ingredients
  1. 1 T Dried Basil
  2. 1 T Garlic Powder
  3. 1 T Dried Thyme
  4. 1 T Dried Oregano
  5. 1 T Dried Rosemary
  6. 1 T Dried Marjoram
  7. 1½ t Black Pepper
  8. 1½ t Salt
  9. ½ t Red Pepper Flakes
  10. 3 T Crushed Garlic
  11. 2¼ C Olive Oil
Instructions
  1. Combine all dried herbs & spices.
  2. When ready to serve combine 2 t spice blend & 1 t crushed garlic (or more to taste) with ¼ C olive oil, mix well, and put on a small plate. Dip your brains out.
  3. 36 Servings
  4. 121 Calories, .1g Protein, 13.5g Fat, .2g Carbs, .0g Fiber, .2g Net Carbs
Notes
  1. You WILL NOT use all of this at once as the recipe makes quite a bit. (About 9 times for 4 servings) Just save herbs and spices in a small jar and when you want them, you have them.
  2. If you want to test before making the full recipe (you'll be sorry) use 1 t of each herb and ½ t each salt & pepper with a pinch of red pepper flakes
  3. Makes a great salad dressing.
  4. Lots of fat and nearly zero carbs.
  5. The serving sizes are approximate. Some may dip more and some may dip less.
  6. This is a very garlicky dip so enjoy it with good friends.
  7. I would suggest making a batch of this ahead of time to let all the herbs soften and flavors marry. I just leave mine on the counter until it's gone. No need to refrigerate.
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Low Carb Steak Salad

Sometimes in the day-to-day humdrum of life it’s easy to forget some of the simpler ways to eat and a low carb steak salad might be one of them. It has everything in it with balanced, healthy meats, fats, and yes a few carbs sprinkled in because even lettuce has carbs.  The Denver steak below is the same one I use for Chicken Fried Steak.

I eat this as a complete meal and it’s terrific for the warm days of summer and when the grilling of steaks happens frequently.  Pretty easy to make your steaks a bit larger and have leftovers for a salad the next day.  Steak, when reheated takes on a rather crummy taste and the beauty of this salad is that the meat is never reheated.  I actually use Denver steak specifically for this and refrigerate it overnight, but that’s just me.  As this recipe is a complete meal I suggest using at least 6 oz. of beef and more if you can eat it.  The recipe is for one and may be multiplied as needed for more.

As I am a Type II diabetic, all recipes on this website are low carb and diabetic friendly.

Steak Salad
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Ingredients
  1. 6-7 Oz. Good Quality Steak ( Used Denver Steak)
  2. 3 C Chopped Romaine Lettuce
  3. ½ C Chunked Tomato (Cherry Tomatoes Work As Well)
  4. ½ Small Avocado Cut Into Chunks
  5. 1½ Oz Blue Cheese (Optional But Really Good)
  6. 3 T Olive Oil
  7. 1 T Lemon Juice
  8. 1 t Dijon Mustard
  9. 1 T Minced Shallots
  10. ½ t Garlic
  11. ¼ t Salt
  12. Freshly Ground Pepper
Instructions
  1. Dry sauté in hot pan or grill steak to desired doneness Rare to medium-rare is best.
  2. Toss lettuce, avocado & tomatoes in ⅔ of the dressing and plate.
  3. Put steak down and then blue cheese if using.
  4. Drizzle rest of dressing over meat & cheese.
  5. 1 Serving
  6. 896 Calories, 44.2g Protein, 72.5g Fat, 15.8g Carbs, 6.6g Fiber, 9.2g Net Carbs
Notes
  1. I use Denver steak because it has lots of fat laced in the meat (see picture) with no surrounding gristle.
  2. If you like a particular steak spice then by all means use it. Herbs? Of course.
  3. Denver steaks are not usually very large and you may need two of them to get to 6-7 oz. They are typically about ½" thick and cook very quickly so be sure to use a blazing hot pan if you are sautéing. The steak is self-basting.
  4. Avocado would be a really good addition and I would have used it but...didn't have one...and I ran to the store and now I do.
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Low Carb Shrimp & Smoked Sausage Jambalaya

Shrimp & smoked Sausage JambalayaGoodbye, Joe, me gotta go, me oh my oh.

Me gotta go, pole the pirogue down the bayou.

Jambalaya and a crawfish pie and filé gumbo,

Son of a gun, we’ll have big fun on the bayou.

A few of the words from the famous song and this is my low carb rendition of Shrimp & Smoked Sausage Jambalaya.  You will absolutely need a recipe of Cauliflower Grits as it is part of the recipe that makes it low carb.  To tell you the truth, I no longer mash cauliflower.  I much prefer the grits as they do not “weep” after freezing and have nearly zero liquid in them.  They truly are the consistency of grits and I am hoping after you make them you will agree and you will see lots of associated recipes listed there and this one will be soon.

As I am a Type II diabetic, all recipes on this website are low carb and diabetic friendly.

Shrimp & Smoked Sausage Jambalaya
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Ingredients
  1. 12-16 Oz Smoked Sausage (Andoille Is Best)
  2. 12-16 Shrimp Or About ½ Lb (More Is Always Better)
  3. ¼ C Olive Oil (I Use Lard)
  4. 1 Medium Onion Diced Small
  5. 1 C Chopped Green Peppers Diced Small (I Used Red)
  6. 2 Stalks Celery Diced Small
  7. 2 t Crushed Garlic
  8. 1½ Cans Diced Tomatoes
  9. 1 C Water + More If Needed
  10. 1 T Creole Seasoning (Your Favorite)
  11. 2 T Chicken Base
  12. 1-2 t Filé Gumbo (Not Necessary But Has A Subtle Sassafras Flavor & Helps Thicken)
  13. ¼ C Finely Sliced Green Onions
  14. ½ C Cauliflower Grits
  15. Salt & Pepper As Needed But Taste First
Instructions
  1. Cut shrimp into 3-4 equal segments and slice or chunk sausage.
  2. Sauté sausage in dry pan until browned and set aside.
  3. Add oil to medium low pan then add onion, peppers, celery, and cook until veggies are softened.
  4. Add garlic & Creole seasoning and cook additional minute.
  5. Add diced tomatoes, water, & chicken base and simmer about ten minutes.
  6. Add back sausage and shrimp and cook until shrimp is finished or about 5-6 minutes.
  7. Taste and correct any seasonings.
  8. Take off heat, stir in filé gumbo, and let rest a minute or two.
  9. In large bowl place warmed grits in center and ladle jambalaya around them drizzling a bit of sauce on them.
  10. Sprinkle green onions on.
  11. 4 Servings
  12. 466 Calories, 29.5g Protein, 29.2g Fat, 15.4g Carbs, 5.8g Fiber, 9.6g Net Carbs
Notes
  1. Cauliflower Grits are included in the nutritionals.
  2. Good luck finding a sugar free sausage. Even the Andoille I use and get from Louisiana has 2g carb per 4 oz. but it’s way better than most. Be careful as a lot of smoked sausages even have corn syrup in them.
  3. If you want your Jambalaya a bit spicier add ½ t cayenne or hot sauce of choice and I like chipotle powder.
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Low Carb Spaghetti Squash 101

Spaghetti Squash 101Somewhere on what has become this ridiculously large website, there is a place where I talk about the way I had always cooked spaghetti squash-which was almost never anyway because, gasp, I didn’t eat it much.  But I eat it all the time now and I have so many recipes using it I am going to list them at the bottom of the post.  So let’s get on to spaghetti squash 101.

The biggest difference is how it is cut.  Anywhere and everywhere you go people are saying and showing how to cut the squash and I believe it is wrong.  After baking, the squash whole, it should be cut as shown it my picture and this is the reason why:  The strands of the squash go around and around and around.  If you cut the squash lengthwise you are cutting every strand in half.  Does that make sense?  I don’t have the foggiest idea how to tell you the number of servings per squash as there are so many variables.  As you can see I did two medium squashes at a time but I sometimes package them for freezing in differing weights so that depending on what I use them for, I have what I need when I need it.

I do 5 oz. portions for a stand alone vegetable, and 6-7 oz. for various other recipes, let alone some of you have bigger families with younger or larger (husbands) members.  For myself, I got nine 5 oz. servings from those two squashes and you will probably configure yours differently.  Remember:  It takes the same amount of electricity to cook two or three squashes as it does for one so plan accordingly. Mine were cooked for 1½ hours at 350°.  I scoop out the seeds and then with a large spoon, I go between the outside shell and the flesh around until most (and you can’t get it all) of it comes out in one lump. The picture above is simply squash with butter and poppy seeds-so easy-so good.

At this point in my life I cook two at a time for several reasons, time savings and as I said, I do not want to run out.  So there you have it.  Listed below are all the spaghetti squash recipes on the site and the squash freezes beautifully.

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Low Carb Chicken Fried Steak

Chicken Fried SteakMy use of Pork Dust Rind Breadcrumbs has almost gotten to the ridiculous…but not quite.  This chicken fried steak is so easy and nearly zero carbs.  When I was a kid my mom used to fix us minute steaks, minus any gravy, and today you can’t even find minute steaks.  I finally ended up with a ¼ lb “Denver Steak” whatever the heck that is.  I lived in Denver, Colorado and there was certainly no such steak when I was there.

A Denver steak is taken from the fattiest part of the chuck and definitely not cubed nor could I get my market to cube it.  It seems like a ploy to get more money for a traditionally tougher cut of beef.  They didn’t have the equipment to cube my expensive steak so…I did it myself with my Norpro Meat Pounder and Dough Docker.  You know, if some kitchen gadget has only one use I don’t want it, if it plays with a couple of different hats then maybe, and if it does three jobs…then sign me up.

I thought ¼ lb of meat wouldn’t be enough but all the other stuff I had coupled with the high fat content of the heavy cream, was plenty enough.

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Chicken Fried Steak
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Ingredients
  1. 2 ¼-⅓ Lb Denver, Cube, Or Minute Steak
  2. 1 Egg
  3. 2 T Sour Cream
  4. ¾-1 C Pork Dust
  5. 3-4 T Fat (I Used Lard)
  6. ⅔ C Heavy Cream
  7. 1 t Chicken Base
  8. ½ t Pepper
Instructions
  1. Whip egg and sour cream and put on large plate.
  2. Put smaller amount pork dust on another large plate.
  3. Heat fat to medium, medium high.
  4. Dredge both sides of meat in egg then into pork dust. Repeat. If you need more dust add the last ¼ C.
  5. Lay into fat, sauté until blood comes to top, turn and finish. Plate.
  6. Add heavy cream, chicken base, and pepper to pan and reduce slightly. More pepper to taste.
  7. 2 Servings
  8. 916 Calories, 26.2g Protein, 73.4g Fat, .7g Carbs, 0g Fiber, .7g Net Carbs
Notes
  1. If you used a cube or minute steak DO NOT pound it as they are usable from the git-go. They will also take less time to cook.
  2. Because I ended up with a tender piece of meat (the Denver steak) I did not wait for the tell-tale blood to come to the surface. Since I like my meat rare it turned out about medium rare which was perfect.
  3. Lord forbid I was out of mashed cauliflower so I paired spaghetti squash mixed with butter & poppy seeds and what a great combo it turned out to be.
  4. Very high fat but less than 1g carbs.
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Low Carb Chicken Bog

Chicken BogChicken bog is a very regionalized dish of the South, specific to South Carolina but akin to Perlo and I’ll be danged if I can see any difference.  It calls for rice which I don’t eat but it doesn’t mean I can’t have its essence and jazz it up a little.  Gads, this is really good and you can almost feed an army with it.

It also does not take the time traditional chicken bog does because there is no cooking of any rice.  It takes more time to cut & chop the vegetables as it does to actually cook it.

As I am a Type II diabetic, all recipes on this website are low carb and diabetic friendly.

Chicken Bog
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Ingredients
  1. 1 Lb. Poached & Pulled Chicken
  2. 12-16 Oz Smoked Sausage (Your Favorite)
  3. ½ Lb Sauteed Mushrooms
  4. 8 C Cauliflower Rice (About 1 Medium-Large Core Included)
  5. ¼ C Fat Divided (I Used Lard)
  6. 1 C Onion
  7. ½ C Finely Diced Carrot (For Color Only)
  8. ½ C Stalk Celery
  9. ½ C Red Bell Pepper (Optional For Color)
  10. ¼ C Green Onions (For Color)
  11. 1 T Garlic
  12. ½ t Thyme (Optional)
  13. ½ t Liquid Smoke
  14. ¼ t Crushed Red Pepper (Optional-But Do Use If Meat is Kielbasa)
  15. 2 C Heavy Cream
  16. ½ C Water
  17. 1-1½ T Chicken Base Or To Taste
  18. 6 T Parmesan Cheese (Optional & Nice To Serve To The Side)
  19. Salt & Fresh Ground Pepper To Taste
Instructions
  1. Poach & pull chicken.
  2. Sauté mushrooms in 2 T fat.
  3. Chunk chop sausage, barely brown in 1 T fat and add to pulled chicken. Add rest of fat and sauté onions, carrots, red pepper, & celery until soft. Add garlic, thyme, (crushed red pepper if using) and cook another minute or two. Add liquid smoke.
  4. Mix meats and cauliflower into veggies, add heavy cream & chicken base and reduce cream until desired thickness. If it gets too thick either thin with a little more water or...add more heavy cream.
  5. Taste and season accordingly. If you are using chicken base it should be enough salt.
  6. 6 Servings
  7. 725 Calories, 27.3g Protein, 59.7g Fat, 13.9g Carbs, 4.9g Fiber, 9.0g Net Carbs
  8. 8 Servings
  9. 544 Calories, 20.5g Protein, 44.8 g Fat, 10.4g Carbs, 3.7g Fiber, 6.7g Net Carbs
Notes
  1. If you have a special herb or spice you like-add it.
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Low Carb Shrimp Scampi

Shrimp ScampiI have eaten shrimp scampi since time immemorial and this is the way I have always fixed it.  It does NOT have lemon in it.  It has garlic and lots of it.  If anyone tries to tell you there is lemon in it there isn’t.  If you want to serve lemon on the side then cool and OK.  Yeah, I also used to sop up the butter with lots of French bread and now…I eat it with a spoon.. with absolutely zero regrets.

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Shrimp Scampi
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Ingredients
  1. 1½-2 Lbs Raw Shrimp
  2. 2 T Butter Divided
  3. 1½ Sticks Butter
  4. 2 T Dried Chives
  5. 4 t Crushed Garlic
Instructions
  1. Peel & dry shrimp.
  2. Begin melting sticked butter and when completely melted add garlic, chives, mix, and remove from heat. As you cook garlic it begins to “sweeten” and you want the strongest punch you can get from it. Think of this as melted compound butter.
  3. Heat 1 T butter in sauté pan until it begins to start browning . Better to be more brown that not or you will end up stewing you shrimp and you don't want that.
  4. Add ½ of the shrimp and cook, turning once. Repeat.
  5. Making sure to keep butter stirred, divide into 4 dipping bowls.
  6. Plate and enjoy.
  7. 4 Servings
  8. 602 Calories, 46.6g Protein, 44.1g Fat, 3.0g Carbs, .1g Fiber, 2.9g Net Carbs
Notes
  1. Yes, that really is 3 T butter per person. If you don’t want or don’t think you can eat that much then cut it down to 2 T.
  2. Substitute olive oil for some of the butter. It will alter the taste if you sub too much but...olive oil and garlic is marriage made in heaven.
  3. I actually do eat mine with a spoon. I cut the shrimp in half, put it into the butter, and scoop up all that goodness.
  4. Put this over spaghetti squash for a complete dinner.
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