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Low Carb Kung Pao Riced Cauliflower

Low Carb Kung Pao Riced CauliflowerLow Carb Kung Pao Riced CauliflowerLow Carb Kung Pao Riced Cauliflower. I think I could eat just about anything Asian and this low carb Kung Pao Riced Cauliflower does not disappoint. Kung pao chicken is probably one of America’s favorite Chinese recipes and is eaten thousands of times each day in restaurants across the country.  This has all the recipe elements & taste and none of the sugar or starches associated with Kung pao. You will need a recipe of Hoisin Sauce to complete the dish and trust me once you have tried the hoisin sauce you will quickly want to make yourself some Peking Duck or Chinese BBQ Pork Loin as hoisin is absolutely and utterly divine.  You may certainly add a bit more sauce, add chicken or shrimp and make this a complete meal.  Enjoy.

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Kung Pao Riced Cauliflower
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Ingredients
  1. 1 Medium Head Riced Cauliflower (About 5-6 C)
  2. 4 Slices Bacon Cooked & Crumbled (Reserve Fat)
  3. 2 T Sugar Free Rice Wine Vinegar
  4. 2 T Tamari
  5. 2 T Water
  6. 1 T Cooking Sherry
  7. 1 T Hoisin Sauce
  8. 2 t Just Like Sugar Brown
  9. 3 T Olive Oil (Divided)
  10. 2 t Red Pepper Paste + More To Taste
  11. 1 Chopped Jalapeno Pepper
  12. 1 T Chopped Ginger Paste
  13. 2 t Crushed Garlic
  14. ¼ t Red Pepper Flakes
  15. ½ C Finely Sliced Green Onion Tops
  16. ¼ C Crushed Peanuts
  17. Sesame Seeds (Optional)
Instructions
  1. Cook and crumble bacon, reserving the fat. Set aside.
  2. In a small bowl whisk wine vinegar, water, tamari, Just Like Sugar, cooking sherry, hoisin sauce, ginger, garlic, pepper paste, pepper flakes, jalapeno pepper, 1 t olive oil, and set aside.
  3. In remaining olive oil and reserved bacon fat on medium high heat, sauté cauliflower and red peppers, stirring occasionally, until browned and beginning to soften or about 8-10 minutes. This is like sautéing hash browns. Mix in crumbled bacon and ¼ C green onions.
  4. Add reserved sauce to cauliflower and heat thoroughly.
  5. Transfer to a platter and sprinkle with remaining green onions and peanuts.
  6. 6 Servings
  7. 224 Calories, 7.4g Protein, 19.0g Fat, 6.5g Carbs, 3.1g Fiber, 3.4g Net Carbs
Notes
  1. It does not matter what kind of red pepper paste you use. Mine happens to be a Middle-Eastern mild pepper paste and the recipe is based on that. If you have Korean paste please, use it and I assume you know how much heat you want your dish to have. Remember this is not baking and you can adjust any of the flavors you want.
  2. I didn't show bacon in the picture but I had it, used it and..it was good...especially with the bacon fat.
  3. I ultimately ended up using ½ C minced red peppers if for no other reason than for color.
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Low Carb Spicy Thai Pea Eggplant Curry

Low Carb Spicy Thai Pea Eggplant CurryLow Carb Spicy Thai Pea Eggplant CurryLow Carb Spicy Thai Pea Eggplant CurryLow Carb Spicy Thai Pea Eggplant CurryLow Carb Spicy Thai Pea Eggplant CurryLow Carb Spicy Thai Pea Eggplant CurryLow Carb Spicy Thai Pea Eggplant Curry.  I have said I have a little family owned Thai market I frequent most every week for all things Asian and they always have these beautiful little pea eggplants.  One of the first things I check in the produce department are the marked down items.  I rarely buy the regularly priced Japanese eggplant because in most peoples eyes they go bad so quickly but…there is never anything wrong with them. This bag of pea eggplant was marked down to $1.00 and I swear, there is nothing wrong with them either. I think they look like tiny watermelons outside and juicy figs inside but…good grief they sure don’t taste like watermelons or figs.

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Spicy Thai Pea Eggplant Curry
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Ingredients
  1. 16-18 Thai Pea Eggplant (Quartered-And Globe Eggplant Works As Well)
  2. 1 Medium Onion (Slivered And Cut To about 1½-2” Pieces)
  3. 1 Large Red Bell Pepper (Slivered And Cut To about 1½-2” Pieces)
  4. 1 C Snow Peas Cut On The Diagonal
  5. ¼ C Coconut Oil (Divided)
  6. 2 T Crushed Garlic
  7. 1½ T Powdered Ginger
  8. 2 t Ground Coriander
  9. 2 t Turmeric
  10. Pinch Red Pepper Flakes
  11. 3 T Lime Juice
  12. 1 T Fish Sauce (Optional But Really Good)
  13. 1-1½ t Chili Garlic Paste (Depending On Heat Wanted)
  14. 1 14 Oz Can Coconut Milk (Or Cream)
  15. 1 C Thai Basil Leaves (Divided)
  16. 1 T Fish Sauce (Optional But Really Good)
Instructions
  1. Sauté eggplant in 2 T coconut oil.
  2. Add remaining T oil while adding onion, red pepper, & snow peas and continue sautéing until nearly tender.
  3. Add all spices and cook for 2-3 additional minutes.
  4. Add all liquids and cook until a bit thickened. Mix in ¾ C basil or mint.
  5. Put into large serving bowl, sprinkle on remaining basil or mint.
  6. 6 Servings
  7. 108 Calories, 1.4g Protein, 8.3g Fat, 7.1g Carbs, 2.4g Fiber, 4.7g Net Carbs
Notes
  1. If you can’t get Thai basil sub it with fresh spearmint leaves or even dried spearmint as the sweet basil you use in Italian cooking is not for use here. I used both basil and mint.
  2. If you want to add shrimp or chicken this will make a dinner for four.
  3. Peel and cubed regular globe eggplant will work as well.
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Low Carb Carbalose Kimchi Fritters

Low Carb Carbalose Kimchi FrittersLow Carb Carbalose Kimchi FrittersLow Carb Carbalose Kimchi Fritters. I walked into my local neighbor Beaumont Market to talk to a friend and the only way to go in is left by the cheeses and some odd refrigerated items.  A jar of kimchi with a REDUCED sticker on it caught my eye immediately.  Gads, $2.00? For a fermented food?  It’s never going to go out of date so I grabbed it as quickly as I could.  Now, I eat kimchi relatively regularly so this is nothing out of the ordinary.  I ate a serving with Kassler Rippchen and still had enough left over to make these low carb kimchi fritters.  The thing I didn’t realize as I picked up the jar was; the word MILD on part of the label.  I have never heard of “mild” kimchi so I had to go with flow and added some garlic chili paste. Assuming you know what you are doing, unlike myself, you will buy a spicy flavorful kimchi.  I have it pictured with Asian Dipping Sauce because they go so well together and you can certainly use anything you would like or…just eat them plain. If you want the simplest dip…naw ya don’t.  I didn’t plan it but I thought you might like to see a bit of chicken p**p that can often accompany a pastured egg.

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Kimchi Pancakes
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Ingredients
  1. 1 Egg
  2. 3-4 T Water
  3. 2-3 T Juice From Kimchi
  4. 2 T Tamari
  5. 1½ C Finely Chopped Kimchi
  6. ¾ C Carbalose Flour
  7. ½ C Green Onion Tops (Divided)
  8. ¼ C Olive Oil + More If Needed
Instructions
  1. Beat egg, tamari, water, & kimchi juice.
  2. Chop kimchi and add.
  3. Slice onions and add ½ reserving the rest for garnishing.
  4. Heat large sauté pan to medium, add about 2 T oil and when hot, drop batter into oil. Immediately spread with the back of your spoon to size (About a 3½” diameter).
  5. Don’t get ahead of yourself-be patient. These take a little time to brown and set before you flip them-at least 4-5 minutes. Turn and finish cooking. You should be able to get 4 pancakes per cooking, so repeat.
  6. Garnish.
  7. Serve at room temperature on a platter with several small dishes of dipping sauce and allow people to dip…or not.
  8. 8 Servings
  9. 107 Calories,4.3g Protein, 8.6g Fat, 5.9g Carbs, 3.4g Fiber, 2.5g Net Carbs
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Low Carb Broccoli With Brown Butter Fish Sauce

Low Carb Broccoli With Brown Butter Fish SauceLow Carb Broccoli With Brown Butter Fish SauceLow Carb Broccoli With Brown Butter Fish SauceLow Carb Broccoli With Brown Butter Fish SauceLow Carb Broccoli With Brown Butter Fish SauceLow Carb Broccoli With Brown Butter Fish Sauce. I have broken down. I purchased fish sauce. I have used other ingredients in its place for too long and I can’t do it any longer.  It seriously has such an “its own umami flavor” and is so ubiquitous to so many ethnic cuisines that I want to post I just had to have some.  As you can see, I bought a tiny tester bottle but I can assure you I will be buying a bigger bottle next time because I plan to use it more.  One of the things I learned from the verbal tutorial at my local Thai market is that the fish sauce needs to be clear and free from anything floating around in it.

Low Carb Broccoli With Brown Butter Fish SauceIf you see dark glass with fish sauce in it-don’t buy it on general principals.  It may be fine but dark glass may be trying to hide things as well and something else I learned is the lighter the color the better so I think I will be buying either Squid, Three Crabs or Red Boat the next time and Red Boat 40°N is pretty much rated as the Ferrari of fish sauces and like most people-I dream of driving a Ferrari. I have since purchased a bottle of Red Boat 40°N and to even my plebian Asian tastes, the Red Boat is better. Fish Sauce should have only two ingredients: Anchovies and Salt.

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Broccoli With Brown Butter Fish Sauce
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Ingredients
  1. 1 Lb Fresh Broccoli
  2. 1 Medium Julienned Red Onion
  3. 3 T Olive Oil
  4. ¼ C Butter
  5. 2 T Capers
  6. 2 t Fish Sauce
  7. Pepper
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 500°.
  2. Line a sheet pan with foil.
  3. Toss the broccoli and red onion with the olive oil and spread on foil seasoning lightly with pepper.
  4. Bake, without remixing, about 15-20 minutes or until broccoli begins to brown.
  5. Transfer to larger bowl.
  6. Meanwhile in a small sauté pan, cook butter over moderate heat, stirring occasionally, until the it begins to brown, about 5-6 minutes.
  7. Remove from heat and stir in the capers & fish sauce.
  8. Drizzle the brown butter sauce over the vegetables and serve.
  9. 4 Servings
  10. 240 Calories, 1.7g Protein, 22.0g Fat, 8.0g Carbs, 2.9g Fiber, 5.1g Net Carbs
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Low Carb German Red Cabbage

Low Carb German Red CabbageLow Carb German Red CabbageLow Carb German Red CabbageLow Carb German Red CabbageLow Carb German Red CabbageLow Carb German Red CabbageLow Carb German Red Cabbage.  When I was a kid my mom made German red cabbage for us every once in a while because it went so well with schnitzels like pork and veal but somewhere along the line the veal (baby cows) police got a hold of the market and it is almost impossible to find veal anymore-hence calves liver which we had a lot of too.  I hated liver as a kid but certainly learned to love it and still do if I can get it.  As far as I’m concerned, a German meal of low carb Veal/Pork/Chicken/ Schnitzel ala Holstein, Beef Rouladen, or Pork Schnitzel coupled with Spaetzle & this red cabbage recipe is one of those perfect low carb meals, and you can get all the recipes on this site.  Happy German Eating.

You know, sometimes you coulda had a V-8 but this time I caught it in time.  Not only do I eat raw jicama as a side snack to dinner, I use it in all kinds of other things.  It is terrific as any dip partner Creamy Smooth Guacamole and fabulous in salads like Brussels Sprouts Jicama Salad and Jicama Strawberry Cucumber Salad. and even Saucy Crunchy Peanut Salad.  It is one of the best crudité veggies for dips that I know. I pretty much always either have one on the counter or cut up in the fridge so…while I bought the apple specifically to make this cabbage dish I scrapped it after seeing the jicama sitting there.  I already had the group picture and just added the jicama pics.  A couple of the wonderful things regarding jicama are; they have the texture of apples, a slight sweetness of their own, about ⅓ the carbs of an apple, and enough fiber to choke a dog it that’s what you want.  Bottom line: I scratched the apple in the picture and used my jicama instead and now you know.

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German Red Cabbage
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Ingredients
  1. 1¼ -1½ Lbs Red Cabbage Thinly Sliced
  2. 3-4 C Grated Jicama
  3. 1 Medium Onion (Julienned Or Chopped)
  4. ¼ C Butter
  5. ½-¾ Cup Water
  6. ⅓ C Red Wine Vinegar
  7. 2-3 T Just Like Sugar (Or To Taste)
  8. 1½ t Chicken Base
  9. 1 t Salt
  10. ¼ t Ground Clove Powder
  11. 6 Smashed Juniper Berries
Instructions
  1. You are going to need a large pot to begin with so if you have a Dutch oven it’s perfect. The cabbage will cook down but until it does…
  2. Melt butter and cook onions 6-8 minutes until just beginning to color yellow.
  3. Turn to low, add rest of ingredients except cabbage & mix well.
  4. Add cabbage, stir as best you can, cover and simmer, stirring every once in a while for about an hour or until cabbage is tender.
  5. Taste and correct any seasoning.
  6. 8 Servings
  7. 90 Calories, 1.5g Protein, 5.9g Fat, 9.2g Carbs, 3.3g Fiber, 5.9g Net Carbs
Notes
  1. I absolutely guarantee no one will never know you subbed jicama for apple.
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Low Carb Loaded Hasselback Potatoes

Low Carb Loaded Hasselback PotatoesLow Carb Loaded Hasselback PotatoesLow Carb Loaded Hasselback PotatoesLow Carb Loaded Hasselback Potatoes.  Is a daikon radish a potato?  Well no, of course not, but they make a spectacular stand-in many cases and this is another one of those cases.  I have not had many hasselback potatoes in my life but on those few occasions, at least to me, they seemed kind of like thick horizontal loaded potato chips. These are very easy assuming you have any or all the “loaded” ingredient toppers.  The biggest thing is to get a 9″-10″ long piece of daikon radish (which you will cut in half) and as close to a cylinder of 2½” as possible.  Now daikons are vegetables and as we all know, vegetables do not always cooperate but get as close as you can and go with it.

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Hasselback Potatoes
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Ingredients
  1. 9"-10" Piece Of Daikon Radish Peeled & Cut In Half
  2. ¼ C Softened Butter
  3. ¼ C Sour Cream
  4. ¼ C Green Onion Tops
  5. ¼ C Crumbled Bacon Bits
  6. Cheddar Cheese (Optional & I Didn't Use It)
Instructions
  1. Put pieces of radish in simmering water for about 20-25 minutes.
  2. Run under cold water until you can handle them.
  3. Preheat oven to 375°.
  4. With a ¼"-⅜" dowel on either side of daikon tubes and with a thin knife, cut 14-16 slices. The dowels will stop the cut.
  5. Line your pan with foil and place daikon onto it uncut side down.
  6. Spread each piece with 2 T butter.
  7. Place daikon in oven and bake 25-30 minutes or until starting to brown.
  8. If they are not brown turn on the broiler for a minute or so. If you opt to use cheese put that on too.
  9. Remove from oven, cut each piece in half, and top with sour cream, bacon bits and green onions.
  10. 4 Servings
  11. 186 Calories, 4.2g Protein, 16.5g Fat, 4.6g Carbs, .8g Fiber, 3.8g Net Carbs
Notes
  1. Daikon will begin to spread after it has been in the oven a while.
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Low Carb Mushroom Cobbler

Low Carb Mushroom CobblerLow Carb Mushroom CobblerLow Carb Mushroom CobblerLow Carb Mushroom CobblerLow Carb Mushroom CobblerLow Carb Mushroom CobblerLow Carb Mushroom Cobbler.  Whew dogie this savory cobbler is so good and a perfect accompaniment to a good steak dinner. The flavors will depend somewhat on the mushrooms you use but it is my opinion that porcinis should be part of the mix and they are readily available as dried and if you have the dried version Pistol River Porcini Mushrooms and a spice grinder you can make your own Pistol River Porcini Dust and I use both.  Porcinis are very expensive but not if you buy them from the linked company located right here in Oregon.  I would not recommend Olive Nation, available on Amazon, because they use B grade and you definitely want A grade mushrooms.  Soooo, if you are going to do some of the recipes on this site you might as well break down and buy at least the mushrooms because I use both the powder and dried in many of my recipes and here are just a few of them.  Cauliflower & Porcini Mushroom Risotto, Creamed Hungarian Mushrooms, Porcini Wine Cream, Vegetable Calzones, and there are more.  You will just have to poke around to find them. Once you have used porcinis in one form or another you’ll ask yourself where have they been and why you didn’t know about them.

I  had a savory cobbler crust but for me, the crust sort of overwhelmed the delicacy of the mushrooms.  Not that is wasn’t good-it was-but not the best it could be and now the recipe is much more simple and even better.  I liked the name so I stuck with it and anyway, it is very like a cobbler.

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Mushroom Cobbler
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Ingredients
  1. 2 Lbs. Assorted Sliced Mushrooms (Any Or All Of These-Porcini, Portobello, Cremini, Shiitake, Button, Oyster To Name A Few & I Used A Portobello, Oysters, Buttons, Dried Shiitakes, & Dried Porcinis)
  2. ½ Medium Onion Small Diced
  3. 3 Butter (Divided)
  4. 3 T Olive Oil (Divided)
  5. 1½ C Heavy Cream
  6. 1 t Crushed Garlic
  7. 1½ t Porcini Dust
  8. 2 t Chicken Base (This Is Your Salt)
  9. ½ t Pepper
  10. ½ t Thyme
  11. Additional Salt & Pepper To Taste Only If Needed
  12. ½ C Ground Pork Skins
  13. ¼ C Parmesan Cheese (Optional)
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350°.
  2. Sauté all fresh mushrooms in a mixture of ½ &½ butter & olive oil. If you don’t use it all it’s OK. Set aside.
  3. Sauté onions until transluscent. Set Aside.
  4. Gently heat heavy cream, add everything except onions & mushrooms and barely simmer a couple of minutes.
  5. Add back mushrooms & onions to heat, transfer to 8”x8” baking pan.
  6. If using, mix cheese with pork skins & top mushrooms.
  7. Bake about 30-35 minutes or until cream is thickening & bubbly and pork skins are browning. If it looks finished and the pork skins need a little more color put under broiler for only 30-40 seconds or so as they can burn very easily.
  8. 8 Servings
  9. 292 Calories, 3.2g Protein, 28.2g Fat 2.8g Carbs, 1.2g Fiber, 1.6g Net Carbs
Notes
  1. It may seem a little goopy to begin with but after baking the heavy cream will thicken.
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Low Carb Sautéed Bok Choy

Low Carb Sautéed Bok ChoyLow Carb Sautéed Bok ChoyLow Carb Sautéed Bok Choy.  This was actually my first Bok Choy recipe and I am just now getting it posted. It’s very easy assuming you have washed and dried your baby Bok Choy.  Other than that, it’s very smooth, fast sailing. The first was a Bok Choy Cucumber Salad which is to die for if you are looking for a really different cold salad. Bok Choy is one of those veggies you can brag about to your friends because they have probably barely heard the name, let alone ever eaten or used it.

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Sautéed Bok Choy
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Ingredients
  1. 4-6 Individual Baby Bok Choy (Depending On Size)
  2. 1 Head Garlic Peeled and Coarsely Chopped
  3. 2 T Olive Oil (Divided)
  4. ¼ C Tamari
  5. 1½ T Oyster Sauce
  6. 1 T Toasted Sesame Seeds (No, They Don't Need To Toasted)
  7. 4-6 Sautéed Shitake Mushrooms
Instructions
  1. Trim ends leaving Bok Choy whole then wash thoroughly by swishing in cold water several times.
  2. Wrap in towel and put to dry thoroughly. Set aside.
  3. Rough chop garlic and sauté in 1 T hot oil stirring constantly until beginning to change color and getting crispy. (This is a very quick process). Remove from oil and set aside.
  4. Sauté mushrooms and set aside.
  5. Mix tamari and oyster sauce.
  6. Sauté Bok Choy in 1 T hot olive oil until well browned, turn & repeat. (They might spit depending on how well you dried them).
  7. Plate Bok Choy, sprinkle with mushrooms, crispy garlic, sesame seeds, and drizzle with sauce.
  8. 6 Servings
  9. 112 Calories, 4.0 Protein, 8.3g Fat, 7.7g Carbs, 1.8g Fiber, 5.9g Net Carbs
Notes
  1. This can also be served family style on a platter to let people serve themselves because it is such a lovely looking dish.
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Low Carb Stir Fried Snow Peas

Low Carb Stir Fried Snow PeasLow Carb Stir Fried Snow PeasLow Carb Stir Fried Snow PeasLow Carb Stir Fried Snow PeasLow Carb Stir Fried Snow Peas.  Super, super easy peazy. I didn’t decide to make this recipe, I was just looking for something to go with my Thai sausages and Asian Oyster Sauce. I had the peas in the fridge and just grabbed some, along with a few pine nuts I had in my freezer and went with the flow.  I think one of the biggest misconceptions about snow peas is they are so easily confused with snap peas or (sugar) snap peas. Fresh snow peas should be small and very flat whereas snap peas actually have small peas inside them and…not to be confused with green peas which to my mind are pretty high carby.

Peas, peas, peas, peas.  I say eat the lower carb ones and eat the ones you like.  Me, I just happen to love snow peas because you can do more things with them and in many cases they can be a part of a crudité.  They do have invisible strings on the sides of them and if they drive you nuts then they are easy to pull off.  I find if I am able to get the smaller snow peas the strings just kind of go away in your mouth and are not to be noticed-especially when cooked.  I am now going to an Asian market to buy most of my veggies and the quality is so much better than what’s available in a regular grocery it’s not even funny.  But I’ll tell you what is funny.  Have you ever listened to an angry Asian woman?  You do not need to understand the language to know they are angry about one of two things. Either the price or the quality and it can get to both. Probably best to carry really good produce at good prices.  I am sure we sound the same way to them and we have all done it at one time or another but when it is in a language you don’t understand…it magnifies.

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Stir Fried Snow Peas
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Ingredients
  1. 4 C Snow Peas
  2. 2 T Olive Oil
  3. 2 T Pine Nuts
  4. 2 t Sesame Seeds
  5. 1 t Salt
Instructions
  1. Toast nuts in 350° oven until beginning to brown.
  2. Heat oil to medium high and add peas. They will cook quickly so you need to keep tossing them.
  3. Add pine nuts, sesame seeds, and salt and give a couple final stirs.
  4. 4 Servings
  5. 59 Calories, 2.7 Protein, 3.5g Fat, 5.7g Carbs, 2.2g Fiber, 3.5g Net Carbs
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Low Carb Spinach Bhaji

Low Carb Spinach BhajiLow Carb Spinach BhajiLow Carb Spinach BhajiLow Carb Spinach Bhaji.  Bhaji is a vegetable East Indian concoction and can be make with all kinds of various low carb vegetables, even mixing and matching 5 or 6 different veggies but the common theme is mostly garlic, cumin and garam marsala with the additional use of curry sometimes.  I chose fresh spinach because of the ease of using it but you can also successfully use eggplant which only takes a tiny bit longer time to cook.  It is not as pretty to look at but oh boy, eggplant sure is good too. Enjoy as this is not only easy, it is also very piquant.  I served it with a mayo pork rind encrusted piece of Islandic Cod Fillet which had lots of lemon juice on it & which when mixed into the Bhaji and was divine.

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Spinach Bhaji
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Ingredients
  1. 10-12 Oz Fresh Raw Spinach
  2. 1 Small Julienned Onion
  3. 3 T Butter Divided
  4. 1 t Crushed Garlic
  5. 1 t Ground Cumin
  6. 1 t Garam Marsala
Instructions
  1. Add 1 T Butter to large pan on low heat. Add dry spinach, sprinkle with 2 T water, toss, cover & heat until spinach is just barely wilted-set aside. At this point you do not want any water in the spinach.
  2. Add 2 T butter to pan and barely saute onion-only until limp.
  3. To onions add garlic and cook a minute or two.
  4. Add cumin & garam marsala and saute another minute or so.
  5. Add back spinach and mix well.
  6. 4 Servings
  7. 99 Calories, 1.4g Protein, 8.7g Fat, 4.1g Carbs,1.5g Fiber, 2.6g Net Carbs
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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.

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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 Provençal Relish

Low Carb Provençal RelishLow Carb Provençal RelishLow Carb Provençal RelishLow Carb Provençal RelishLow Carb Provençal Relish.  So, 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.

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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 Cajun Cauliflower Rice Hash

Cajun 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.

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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 Warm Daikon Radish German Potato Salad

Low Carb Warm Daikon Radish German Potato SaladLow Carb Warm Daikon Radish German Potato SaladLow Carb Warm Daikon Radish German Potato SaladLow Carb Warm Daikon Radish German Potato SaladLow Carb Warm Daikon Radish German Potato Salad. One 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 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.

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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 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 Loaded Celery Root Home Fries

Celery Root Home FriesOh baby oh baby are these Loaded Celery Root Home Fries good.  You can certainly play doctor here as you can put your own ingredients in them. This sister’s recipe is plain Celery Root Hash Browns. The little circles of meat you see in each corner is fried chorizo and of course you can make this a completely vegetarian meal minus meat and every once in awhile I have this as a complete dinner.

 

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Celery Root Home Fries
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Ingredients
  1. 1 Large Celery Root (About 1-1½ Lbs Cleaned)
  2. 6 T Oil + More If Needed For Frying (I Use Lard Or Tallow & Sometimes Both)
  3. ½ Medium Onion
  4. 1 C Julienned Red Pepper
  5. ½ Lb Sauteed Mushrooms
  6. 1 C Shredded Cheddar Cheese
  7. ¼ C Sliced Green Onion Tops
  8. ¼ C Sour Cream
  9. ¼ C Salsa
  10. Other Topping Options Might Include: Bacon, Ham, Spinach etc.
  11. Salt & Pepper Fried Celery Root To Taste
Instructions
  1. Peel and cut into ½” x 1½” rectangles.
  2. Put celery root in water to cover and cook until just tender 10-12 minutes. Drain well.
  3. Heat oil and sauté until golden brown.
  4. Remove cooked root, plate, leaving at least several tablespoons of oil in pan.
  5. Add onions & peppers and sauté. Top celery root.
  6. Sauté Mushrooms.
  7. Add onions, peppers and mushrooms to top of celery root.
  8. Top with cheese and microwave until cheese melts.
  9. Mix sour cream & green onions and top cheese.
  10. Drizzle with salsa.
  11. 4 Servings
  12. 351 Calories, 11.g Protein, 14.9g Fat, 15.7g Carbs, 3.3g Fiber, 12.4g Net Carbs
  13. 6 Servings
  14. 187 Calories, 7.3g Protein, 9.9g Fat, 10.5g Carbs, 2.2g Fiber, 8.3g Net Carbs
Notes
  1. Nutritionals are for listed ingredients.
  2. Other Topping Options Might Include: Bacon, Ham, Spinach etc.
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Low Carb Celery Root Hash Browns

Celery Root Hash BrownsSo the story behind hash browns or hashed brown potatoes goes something like this:  A potato that has been shredded or riced (usually from leftover baked potatoes) and fried in a pan with some kind of oil or butter.  About the only difference I can make out between hash browns and home fried potatoes is the shape of the cut and what you can do with them.  Since I do not eat potatoes in any form but I do like to have breakfast for dinner once is awhile these celery root hash browns are just the ticket.  Yes, you can doctor up hash browns and serve eggs atop but they are usually served kind of plain Jane and so are these.   Super easy  to fix in a pinch when you don’t know what else to do for a last minute meal.  If you want to play doctor here is the recipe for Loaded Celery Root Home Fries and here is another other recipe using celery root Dilled Celery Root which also makes an easy side dish and is a great accompaniment to Stuffed Shrimp.

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

Celery Root Hash Browns
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Ingredients
  1. 1 Large Celery Root (About 1-1½ Lbs Cleaned)
  2. ¼ C Butter
  3. Salt & Pepper To Taste
Instructions
  1. Shred celery root in processor.
  2. Heat butter to fragrance, add celery root, fry until dark golden brown, turn and fry on other side.
  3. Salt and Pepper to taste.
  4. 4 Servings
  5. 144 Calories, 1.6g Protein, 11.5g Fat, 9.0g Carbs, 2.0g Fiber, 7.0g Net Carbs
Notes
  1. The celery root will not stick together very well as it has very little starch but it will cook down quite a bit as it does have moisture in the form of water. No, it should not spit at you.
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Low Carb Dilled Celery Root

Dilled Celery RootDilled Celery Root. There is a pretty cool story behind the very simple recipe for these dilled “potatoes” and Spoiler Alert:  These are made with celery root.

 

Back in the summer of 1987 Bill Graham, the then manager of the Grateful Dead and who owned a home in Telluride, CO was driving up the box canyon road when he saw the sign that said “Dead End”.  Of course always thinking, thinking, thinking it occurred to Bill that Telluride would be a great place for a concert with his band.  Now I can say I have lived in many places during my lifetime and Telluride is definitely one of the most beautiful.

I lived on the third floor of a condominium directly overlooking town park and didn’t even need to buy tickets.  Just opened the windows and let the music flow in.  Oh yeah, and Mrs. Magnanimous rented out a spare lock-off bedroom to 10 people from California for the weekend for then kingly sum of $300.  Just to make myself feel good about charging so much I included breakfast  for two mornings.  After all was said and done they turned out to be 10 of the coolest people I had ever met…ever.  The whole 36 hr weekend was magical.  It was said that there were 10,000 people who descended on T-ride from all over the US which may not seem so many by today’s concert standards but remember, the whole of the Telluride population was probably shy of 2,000 residents.  I hear tell there were tents set up for miles and miles in the fields leading into town.

That same summer we were ambling through town and there was a new French restaurant that had open and which is still there to this day.  La Marmotte Sample MenuLa Marmotte New Years Eve 2017 Menu.  The weather was spectacular and there were tables set up all over the expansive lawn so we sat down to have lunch.  I have no recollection of what the main course was but whatever it was did not compare to the dilled potatoes sitting on my plate.  They were perfectly fried in gobs of butter  in a very Julia Child fashion.  They were simply swimming in butter with a little salt & pepper.

My absolute favorite food combination from this website is Stuffed Shrimp paired with this dilled celery root.

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Dilled Celery Root
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Ingredients
  1. 1 Large Celery Root (About 1-1½ Lbs Cleaned)
  2. 6 T Butter
  3. ¾ t Dried Dill Weed + More To Taste
  4. Salt & Pepper To Taste
Instructions
  1. Peel and cut into ½” x 1½” rectangles. (See Picture)
  2. Put celery root in water to cover and cook until just tender 10-12 minutes. Drain well.
  3. Melt butter and gently stir into butter.
  4. Slowly sauté until golden brown.
  5. Sprinkle with dill weed, salt & pepper and serve.
  6. If your celery root is not swimming in butter then add some more.
  7. 3 Servings
  8. 245 Calories, 2.3g Protein, 23.0g Fat, 9.2g Carbs, 2.0g Fiber, 7.2g Net Carbs
Notes
  1. Most people will tell you to use dill rather sparingly but this dish is predicated on the flavor of the dill so don’t be skimpy.
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Low Carb Scalloped Ham And Celery Root

Scalloped Ham And Celery RootThis Scalloped Ham And Celery Root recipe is a take on one of my old (cheap) college favorites.  Back in the day and in my case the late 60’s, one of the least expensive foods you could buy was potatoes.  At the time potatoes were about .49 for a 10 lb. bag and ham was about .49 per lb.  So if you think about it this recipe was a really inexpensive way to serve 4-6 hungry college students.

I have substituted celery root in place of the potatoes and used heavy cream in place of a roux made with flour and added milk.  In my world, today, this tastes so much better and of course back then not many people had ever thought about thickening with heavy cream much less heard of it…and celery root?…celery what?  The water injected crud that passes for ham today?..didn’t exist. So get yourself a nice fat-rat celery root and above all good quality ham that has not been injected with some saltwater crapola.

I think this dish has lots less than ¼ the carbs that it does when made with potatoes.  If you have a mandoline for slicing then I would suggest using it as celery root is very difficult to cut by hand and the mandoline will make short work of it.  If you don’t have one a great place to look, if you have one in your area, is a used restaurant supply house.  In fact if you can get to a restaurant supply house be careful, as it is quite easy to go nuts in them.  If you are going to invest in a mandoline I would suggest an adjustable bladed one as you can easily set the thickness of anything you wish to slice/cut.  Yes, you can of course cut it by hand by cutting it half and laboriously use a chef’s knife.  One last way would be to use the slicing blade on your food processor and the only problem may be that your processor may cut it too thin or thick.

Update:  Though I really like the flavor of celery root another very good vegetable to use is diakon radish.  Just peel and slice thinly into rounds.

If you want to add ½ C green peas for color then go ahead and it is simply for color and absolutely not needed.  My other name for peas is little sugar bombs.

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Scalloped Ham And Celery Root
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Ingredients
  1. 1 Medium Celery Root Halved & Sliced About ⅛” Thick (About 1-1½ Lb Cleaned)
  2. ½ Lb Good Quality Diced Ham ½” Cubes (Or Whatever Shape You Want)
  3. 1 T Butter
  4. ½ Onion Small Dice
  5. 1½ C Heavy Cream (Remember I Use 40% Heavy Cream)
  6. 1½ t Dry Mustard Powder
  7. 2 t Chicken Base
  8. ½ t Pepper
  9. 2 C Grated Cheese (I Use Gruyere & Sometimes Mixed With Cheddar)
  10. ½ C Green Onion Finely Chopped (These Add Additional Color & Virtually No Carbohydrate)
  11. 2 T Parmesan Cheese (Optional)
Instructions
  1. Put celery root in water to cover and cook until tender 10-12 minutes. I can’t describe how tough these babies are to cut and how quickly they become tender. This is unknowable stuff. Put in large mixing bowl.
  2. Preheat oven to 325°
  3. Meanwhile sweat onions in 1½ t butter until tender and add to celery root.
  4. Add remaining butter, increasing heat, sauté ham chunks & add to celery root & ham.
  5. Slowly heat heavy cream, add chicken base, mustard powder, pepper and reduce slightly.
  6. Add cheese & green onions until cheese is just barely melty. Pour over celery root mixture and blend thoroughly.
  7. Put into glass baking dish and top with Parmesan cheese.
  8. Bake until bubbly and then if Parmesan cheese has not browned, broil for about a minute.
  9. 6 Servings
  10. 483 Calories, 19.2g Protein, 40.5g Fat, 4.5g Carbs, .6g Fiber, 3.9g Net Carbs
  11. 8 Servings
  12. 362 Calories, 14.4g Protein, 30.4g Fat, 3.4g Carbs, .4g Fiber, 3.0g Net Carbs
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Low Carb Collard Greens With Smoked Pulled Pork

Low Carb Collard Greens With Smoked Pulled PorkLow Carb Collard Greens With Smoked Pulled PorkLow Carb Collard Greens With Smoked Pulled Pork. Perhaps if you didn’t grow up in the South you mightn’t have been exposed to Collard Greens let alone with smoked pulled pork.  I did not grow up in the South either but my mother was a woman of many talents, one of them was cooking, and she did make collard greens & a smoked ham hock for us once in awhile.  She made it like most people with bacon grease, which was fine by us as we all loved bacon.  So this is my own rendition using collard greens & smoked pulled pork.  Same greens, same animal just with a little twist.  There are a couple of different ways to use this recipe:  1.) As a dinner side dish (on left) and 2.)  As a filling & hearty soup (on right)  Not sure why most every other greens recipes include so much sugar and I doubt you’ll miss it here since I’m pretty sure the people coming to this site are not looking for sugary recipes.

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Collard Greens With Smoked Pulled Pork
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Ingredients
  1. 2-2½ Lbs Collard Greens (Remember You Loose Weigh With The Unusable Ribs)
  2. 1 Lb Pulled Pork
  3. 1 Small Onion Dice Small
  4. 2 T Bacon Grease (Or Lard)
  5. 1 T Crushed Garlic
  6. 3 T Apple Cider Vinegar (You Can Also Use Unsweetened Rice Wine Vinegar)
  7. ½ t Red Pepper Flakes
  8. 1 T Chicken Base
  9. ½ t Liquid Smoke
  10. 1 t Butter Per Serving (Optional But Good)
  11. 2 C Water For Side Dish 4 C Water For Soup
Instructions
  1. Heat grease in pot large enough to pack in the greens.
  2. Slowly sweat the onions, then mix in garlic.
  3. Making sure collards are grit-free cut the center rib out of each stalk.
  4. Cut into 1½" strips, turn and cut about 2" pieces.
  5. Mix water, chicken base, pepper flakes, & vinegar and pour over greens.
  6. Cover and slowly simmer for 2-2½ hours or until greens are tender.
  7. Add pork and heat thoroughly.
  8. 4 Soup Servings
  9. 419 Calories, 32.0g Protein, 14.4g Fat, 10.3g Carbs, 5.8g Fiber, 4.5g Net Carbs
  10. 6-8 Side Servings
  11. 210 Calories, 16.0g Protein, 7.2g Fat, 5.2g Carbs, 2.9g Fiber, 2.3g Net Carbs
Notes
  1. I do add butter to mine whether I make soup or a side. There is something about the way butter enriches anything.
  2. As a side dish it is best to put into its own container as you will want to eat (drink) the juices.
  3. If your pulled pork strands are too long, chop them a little. You want the pork recognizable but not so long they are a pain to eat or drip from the bowl to your mouth.
  4. If you like your greens a little less tender, cook maybe ½ hour less.
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Low Carb Fried Cauliflower Tater Tots

Low Carb Fried Cauliflower Tater TotsLow Carb Fried Cauliflower Tater Tots. Since I made that fatal mistake ending up with Cauliflower Grits instead of mashed cauliflower I have gone nuts making new recipes with it and these fried cauliflower tater tots are one of the results.  Cauliflower Polenta Cakes is another.  Is that ketchup in that bowl you may be asking?  Why yes it is.  Not regular high carby ketchup but Sugar-Free Ketchup.  I can’t imagine eating tater tots without at least a little ketchup.

There are recipes everywhere for oven baked/fried tater tots but they are nothing like these fried puppies and when eaten, there is zero cauliflower taste.  For all the world you will think you are eating real potato tots. Now we know that potatoes fry really well (the Maillard reaction) and/but so do Pork Rinds and we also know how crunchy pork rinds are and these babies are covered with them. My oil of choice was duck fat because if you have ever had french fries done in duck fat you would know why.

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Fried Cauliflower Tater Tots
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Tots
  1. 1½ C Cauliflower Grits
  2. ¾ C Parmesan Cheese
  3. ¾ t Garlic Salt
  4. ¾ t Pepper
  5. ⅜ t Onion Powder
  6. 3 T Beaten Egg Wash
  7. 1½ C Crushed Pork Rinds
Egg Wash
  1. 2 Eggs
  2. 2 T Sour Cream
  3. Oil For Frying.
Instructions
  1. Mix first 6 tot ingredients thoroughly.
  2. Using 2 shallow bowls and l larger plate, put the remaining egg mixture in one bowl and the pork rinds in the second.
  3. Using a 1 T scoop make 36 balls for tots. Form each into a tiny football. Gently put into egg wash and then into pork rinds.
  4. Heat oil to between medium and medium high, cook 12 tots at a time and repeat.
  5. 6 Servings
  6. 243 Calories, 16.7 g Protein, 17.5g Fat, 6.4g Carbs, 2.6g Fiber, 3.8g Net Carbs
Notes
  1. You may have left over egg mix and you can save it for another use.
  2. I have included 2 T fat in the nutritionals.
  3. As I said I used duck fat to fry these.
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Low Carb Cauliflower Grits

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Low Carb Cauliflower Grits. Came upon this recipe in a rather unusual way.  All I really needed was some mashed cauliflower but I didn’t want to go to the trouble of squeezing all the water out of it so I decided to see if I slowly baked a whole head at 275° that maybe most of that water would evaporate.  That part of it worked really well although I did have to bake it for a long time.  I covered it with foil and just forgot about it for more than several hours.  Because of this little find I no longer even make mashed cauliflower as this is so much easier and faster.

Since it turned out to be much drier than I thought it would be, instead of using my stick blender I put it is my processor.  Well dang…it DID NOT mash…at all.  Then I put it in a bowl and used the stick blender and that was a no-go too.  It really ended up looking like kinda dry cooked grits with a few specks from the roasting process which actually prompted me to make the Polenta Cakes recipe instead.  So I got to thinking what else I could do with this and my mind began to ran amuck. Since I had leftovers from the polenta cakes I froze the rest of it.  You can use this instead of mashed cauliflower in Grillades & Cheesy Cauliflower “Grits” or any other recipe that calls for mashed cauliflower and there are a lot of them on this site.  It can be used under Beef & Blue Cheese Parmesan Bake with Swiss Cream Steak or Braised Short Ribs and the list could go on and on.  I’m even thinking you might make a warm breakfast cereal with a little cinnamon, Just Like Sugar Brown and heavy cream, or maybe plain with some butter, toasted pecans and Sugar-Free Maple Syrup drizzled on it and here it is Cauliflower Grits Cereal.  Only thing I didn’t use was butter (I forgot).

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Cauliflower Grits
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Ingredients
  1. 1 Head Cauliflower
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 275°.
  2. Clean off leaves and end of core.
  3. Tent with foil and bake 2-3 hours depending of how large your head is.
  4. Cut into florets including the core, let cool completely, and process.
  5. 5-6 Servings
  6. 14 Calories, 1.1g Protein, .3g Fat, 2.7g Carbs, 1.3g Fiber 1.4g Net Carbs
Notes
  1. The sky's the limit with this.
  2. I used a rather large head and got 6 servings and of course that will vary depending on head size.
  3. You can easily do 2-3 heads at a time, portion it out and freeze it for later use. If you do this I would turn oven down to 250° and let 'em go for at least 3-3½ hours.
  4. That is my ½ cup scoop in the picture.
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Low Carb Cauliflower Polenta Cakes

Cauliflower Polenta CakesCauliflower Polenta CakesCauliflower Polenta CakesCauliflower Polenta Cakes are definitely not what I started out to make-Oops.  All I needed was some mashed cauliflower.  Since we all know that Mashed Cauliflower, when done improperly, can be pretty watery I decided to see if I slowly baked a whole head at 275° that maybe most of the water would evaporate. Well that part of it worked really well although I did have to bake it for a long time.  I covered it with foil and just forgot about it for more than several hours.

Since it turned out to be much drier than I thought it would be, instead of using my stick blender I put it is my processor.  Well dang…it DID NOT mash…at all.  I put it into a big bowl and then used the stick blender but no matter how long I tried to get it mashed, it still had the texture of polenta so I decided to punt and as you can see it turned out really, really well.  I have said elsewhere that I use (very) old tuna cans as my Ring Molds and there they are for all to see.  Eating the first one just plain Jane fried & covered with a little browned butter and the second one I froze and plan to serve on a base of Tomato Basil Cream and I think it may be spectacular.

I can now think of lots of ways to use these polenta cakes let alone the baked cooked cauliflower. How about as the muffin for eggs Benedict?  Or the “grits” in the Grillades & Cheesy Cauliflower “Grits” recipe?  How about  under a pile of Creamed Hungarian Mushrooms?  Or with mozzarella cheese topped with marinara sauce?  OK, OK, I’m making myself nuts.

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Polenta Cakes
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Ingredients
  1. 1½ C Ground Pork Rinds
  2. 1½ C Baked & Processed Cauliflower (Yes, Including The Core)
  3. ¾ C Parmesan Cheese
  4. 1 Beaten Egg
  5. ¾ t Pepper
  6. ¼ C Butter For Sautéing
  7. 1-2 t Butter To Grease Rings
Instructions
  1. Bake a tin foiled medium sized cauliflower at 275° until tender. It may slightly brown which only adds to the flavor.
  2. Cut into smaller pieces and process. You will have extra for other recipes.
  3. Put into mixing bowl, add egg, parmesan cheese, & pepper and mix thoroughly.
  4. Generously grease rings.
  5. Spread pork rinds on large flat surface and seat rings into rinds.
  6. Divide mixture, pressing into rings and they should be about ½” thick.
  7. Now take remaining rinds and cover top of polenta cakes.
  8. Do not try to remove the rings...yet.
  9. Heat butter.
  10. Gently slide each ringed cake into one hand then slide them into butter. Cover and let them cook about 6-7 minutes.
  11. Now you can take off rings. If they stick (and they might) using a blunt utensil, release them.
  12. Turn and cook remaining side for another 6-7 minutes or until rinds are well browned.
  13. 6 Servings
  14. 234 Calories, 14.8g Protein, 19.4g Fat, 1.6g Carbs, .7g Fiber, .9g Net Carbs
Notes
  1. I know you could cut up the cauliflower before baking it and at this point, I don't think enough of its water would evaporate so my advice is just do it low and slow for the best results. If anyone comes up with a better way please, let me know.
  2. I got 3 cups of "gritty" cauliflower and using a ½ cup scoop, I froze the rest of it for later use.
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Low Carb Creamed Onions

Low Carb Creamed OnionsLow Carb Creamed Onions. No, not those old Thanksgiving day only creamed onions, I’m talking serious onions here. I’m talking several kinds of onions and not a pearl onion in sight. This recipe should easily replace the creamed onions of yesteryear cause…this is today. I use a LOT of onions in various recipes on this site and they don’t seem to particularly affect my blood sugar so thought this does not have a high carb count check your blood sugar just to make sure you are OK.

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Creamed Onions
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Ingredients
  1. 2 Lg or 3 Smaller Leeks
  2. 1 Large Julienned Yellow Onion
  3. ¼ C Butter
  4. 2-3 T Water
  5. 1 T Dried Chives
  6. 2 t Chicken Base
  7. ½ t Dried Thyme
  8. ¼ t Nutmeg
  9. ¾ C Heavy Cream
  10. ¼ C Green Onion Tops
  11. Freshly Ground Pepper
Instructions
  1. On medium-low heat large sauté pan with butter and water.
  2. Cut off ends, cut leeks in half, cut into ¼" slices put into cold water, swish them around to clean out grit and put into pan with the julienned onion. Don't worry about any residual water in the leeks as it will evaporate.
  3. Cover and slowly cook down until tender.
  4. Uncover, add rest of ingredients and reduce heavy cream.
  5. Blend in green onions at very end.
  6. Grind in lots of pepper.
  7. 6 Servings
  8. 237 Calories, 22.5g Fat, 1.6g Protein, 8.9g Carbs, 1.3g Fiber, 7.6g Net Carbs
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Low Carb Creamed Vegetables

Creamed VegetablesLow Carb Creamed Vegetables. If you can make a creamed soup you can make creamed vegetables.  There’s no getting around it, these are good.  If you want to make a complete meal with this put it over a cup of cooked spaghetti squash just as you would for Traditional Spaghetti Squash/Tomato Sauce and add some shredded cheese on top.  It is pretty easy to see if you have looked at many of my recipes that I do not use green peppers.  The reason is simple:  I  don’t like them.  I can eat them in a pinch and when cornered but I try never to let myself get stuck in a corner. To get yourself ahead of the game this is what I do.  I have already done some Future Cooking by Sauteing Mushrooms & Vegetables and about every other week I do a LOT of Blistered Bell Peppers & Onions and if you do this you are already halfway home.  You will notice the absence of peas and corn because both are nothing but little sugar bombs and not good for a diabetic.

Mini Mozzarella BallsIf you want to razzle dazzle company you can put Au Gratin Casserole Topping on it but it certainly is just fine to go with only the Parmesan, maybe some crushed pork skins or your own favorite cheese.  I actually mixed in some mini mozzarella cheese pearls…oh the gooeyness of cheese. You may see a few okra chunks peeking here and there in the picture because…uh…I forgot to buy an eggplant.

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Creamed Vegetables
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Ingredients
  1. ½ C Steamed Broccoli Florets
  2. ½ C Steamed Cauliflower Florets
  3. ½ C Diced Cooked Carrots
  4. ½ C Peeled & Quartered Roma Tomatoes
  5. ½ C Sliced Green Onions
  6. ½ C Halved Raw Snow Peas (Will Give Some Nice Added Crunch)
  7. ½ C Chopped & Sautéed Onions
  8. ½ C Chopped & Sautéed Red Peppers
  9. ½ C Chopped & Sautéed Mushrooms
  10. ½ C Peeled, Cubed & Sautéed Eggplant
  11. ¼ C Olive Oil (Divided)
  12. 1½ C Heavy Cream
  13. 2 t Chicken Base
  14. 1 t Porcini Dust
  15. 1½ t Pepper
  16. ⅛ t Nutmeg
  17. ½ C Parmesan Cheese (Or Your Favorite)
Instructions
  1. Divide olive oil to do the various sautéing and put all vegetables in a mixing bowl.
  2. In same sauté pan put the heavy cream, chicken base, porcini dust, pepper, nutmeg, reduce to about a medium thickness, remembering it will thicken more in the oven, and pour over vegetables.
  3. Put mixture into a baking dish and top with cheese.
  4. Bake at 350°-375° for 10-15 minutes or until warmed and cheese is browned. If you have opt to use a different cheese other than Parmesan, finish to your own liking. I will say that gruyere is very good on this.
  5. 6 Servings
  6. 354 Calories, 5.9g Protein, 8.8g Carbs, 2.5g Fiber 6.3g Net Carbs
  7. 8 Servings
  8. 273 Calories, 4.4g Protein, 6.6g Carbs, 1.8g Fiber 4.8g Net Carbs
Notes
  1. If you decide you are feeling bold-skip the Parmesan and sprinkle some ground pork skins on top before baking. Um Yum.
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Low Carb Vegetable Drizzle

Vegetable DrizzleVegetable DrizzleThis Vegetable Drizzle is an extension of Leek Salad/Egg/Dijon Mustard Sauce.  The only change I made was to switch out the white wine vinegar with balsamic vinegar. I haven’t tried it on everything…yet, but I am pretty sure this could be drizzled on just about any vegetable and me?…I love it on hard boiled eggs and if you have asparagus with the eggs, oh boy is it good on that too.  It of course makes a terrific salad dressing with the addition of a minced shallot, a little garlic and whatever your favorite herbs de jour may be.  Add some Italian Grinder and put it on Cucumber Tomato & Red Onion Salad for a little extra zip.  So have at it as you can doctor this basic drizzle any way you want to.

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Vegetable Drizzle
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Ingredients
  1. 3 T Olive Oil
  2. 1 T Dijon Mustard
  3. 1 Tablespoon Balsamic Vinegar
  4. Pinch Kosher Salt
  5. 2 t Dried Chives
  6. Fresh Ground Pepper
Instructions
  1. Briskly whisk first 5 ingredients.
  2. 4 Servings
  3. 94 Calories, .0g Protein, .5g Carbs, 0g Fiber, .5g Net Carbs
Notes
  1. This is also wonderful on hard boiled eggs.
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Low Carb Vegetable Bundles

Vegetable BundlesLow Carb Vegetable Bundles.  I have been making these Vegetable Bundles for many years and mostly for dinner guests. They are as good as they are elegant and I guarantee they are well worth it.   One nice thing about them is that they can be made ahead and kept in the fridge until ready for your guests.  I’ve seen some pretty innovative ways of tying vegetables together and a lot of people tie them with bacon which seems a good idea for green beans, except in this case the flavor of bacon might clash with the delicate flavor of the herbs.  You may have your own favorite vegetable combination and that’s really what cooking is all about-making something your own. So have fun with this recipe and do yourself proud.

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Vegetable Bundles
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Ingredients
  1. 1 Large Peeled Carrot
  2. 1 Large Peeled Rutabaga (Or Parsnip)
  3. 1 Leek
  4. 4 Long Green Onion Strips
  5. 4 T Butter
  6. 1 Minced Shallot
  7. ½ t Dried Tarragon
  8. ½ t Dried Dill Weed
  9. Fresh Pepper
Instructions
  1. Bring a skillet of water to simmer.
  2. Cut carrot and rutabaga/parsnip into 4-4½” strips a little bigger that a julienne or about the size of a skinny french fry.
  3. Trim bottom of leek and make a cut 4½” kind of like a fat cigar and cut in ½. You should end up with pieces that look like a long half circled tube.
  4. Add carrot and rutabaga strips to simmering water for 2-3 minute, remove and drain.
  5. Add 12 tubes leeks to water for 1 minute, remove and drain. They will flatten.
  6. Add 4 green onion strips to water for 1 minute or until limp and pliable.
  7. Lay out green onion.
  8. Stack 3 pieces leek, add ¼ veggies and gently tie green onion in a knot-don't break it.
  9. Repeat for rest of bundles.
  10. Heat butter, shallot, tarragon, & dill until shallot is soft. Add veggie bundles, cover and heat for 3-4 minutes on low.
  11. Plate, spoon butter sauce over each bundle, and add pepper.
  12. 4 Servings
  13. 145 Calories, 1.0g Protein, 10.3g Carbs, 2.2g Fiber 8.1g Net Carbs
Notes
  1. You can easily enough not tie your veggies into bundles, saute them, and they will taste exactly the same.
  2. I had leftover leeks so I steamed them and with the addition of gruyere cheese and bacon I made scrambled eggs the next night and for all the world it tasted just like quiche.
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Low Carb Baked Cabbage Steaks

Baked Cabbage SteaksBaked Cabbage SteaksBaked Cabbage SteaksThere are just days I like messing around in the kitchen dabbling with this and that.  I was standing there staring at a cabbage thinking I might make some Cheesy Creamed Cabbage & Bacon when this came to mind and I’m saying why not.  We all know what a good beef steak is but Baked Cabbage Steaks?  I love coming up with new descriptions of food and it comes from my restaurant background.  It is always a challenge to name menu items or daily specials and for me it’s fun (and I am definitely all about fun).

These are easy and the ingredients can be made ahead with the final assembly later just before popping them into the oven.  Since tasty cabbage recipes are such a sought after low carb item this will fill the bill nicely.

If your cabbage is large enough the recipe should easily feed 8-10 people but choose the size most appropriate for your family.  These are so good some people may want seconds and leftovers?…no problem. Pictured was a very small cabbage making 6 servings. Looking at two of the pictures reminds me a little of the old game Ms Pac-Man.

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Baked Cabbage Steaks
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Ingredients
  1. 1 Large Head Cabbage
  2. 2 T Olive Oil
  3. ⅔ C Mayonnaise
  4. ¼ t Dried Oregano
  5. ¼ t Dried Basil
  6. ¼ t Garlic Salt
  7. ¼ t Pepper
  8. ¼ t McCormick Italian Grinder
  9. ⅛ t Celery Salt
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 400°
  2. Slice cabbage into six ¾" steaks.
  3. Wedge out the core of the two center steaks.
  4. Drizzle oil on a foil lined sheet pan and put down steaks.
  5. Mix all remaining ingredients.
  6. Evenly blob mayo in center of each steak and smear completely over the top. More on the larger steaks and less on the smaller ones.
  7. Bake 20-25 minutes or until well browned on the top.
  8. The larger steaks can easily be cut in half to serve two people.
  9. 6 Servings
  10. 250 Calories, 3.2g Protein, 11.6g Carbs, 4.8g Fiber, 6.8g Net Carbs
  11. 8 Servings
  12. 187 Calories, 2.4g Protein, 8.8g Carbs, 3.6g Fiber, 5.1g Net Carbs
  13. 10 Servings
  14. 150 Calories, 1.9g Protein, 7.1g Carbs, 2.9g Fiber, 4.4g Net Carbs
Notes
  1. As I said the two large center steaks can be cut in half to make 4 servings.
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Low Carb Blistered Bell Peppers And Onions

Low Carb Blistered Bell Peppers And OnionsLow Carb Blistered Bell Peppers And Onions. This post now becomes the most ridiculous recipe I have done to date and I am seriously embarrassed by it.  But the deal is, not only is it easy…it is silly good.  If you follow any of my recipes then you know they can sometimes seem a bit daunting with so many ingredients and I am hoping you find this not only easy but also tasty.  It has three ingredients: blistered peppers, onions, and olive oil.  If you ever get to the Firehouse Fresh Steak Chili recipe this is great in the chili base. With eggs for breakfast?  Oh yea.

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Blistered Bell Pepper And Onions
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Ingredients
  1. 2 Red Bell Peppers
  2. 1 Yellow Bell Pepper
  3. 1 Orange Bell Pepper
  4. 1 Medium Onion
  5. 3 T Olive Oil
  6. Salt & Pepper To Taste
Instructions
  1. Cut peppers and onions in about 1" pieces.
  2. Heat oil to very hot and add peppers with as many as possible skin side down. Do not disturb until they are well on their way to blistering. Turn as possible and blister underside.
  3. Add onions, reduce heat a bit and the onions should caramelize as they finish cooking.
  4. 6 Servings
  5. 81 Calories, .7g Protein, 4.8g Carbs, 1.2g Fiber, 3.6g Net Carbs
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Low Carb Green Bean Mushroom & Bacon Casserole

Green Bean Mushroom & Bacon CasseroleThis Green Bean Mushroom & Bacon Casserole is recipe I have wanted to post for a long time.  Some of you know by now that most of my recipes are not for the faint of heart but this is so very easy.  When we think of green bean casserole the natural inclination is to see the Thanksgiving feast in front of us but this is a dish to eat year round.  The “mushroom soup” is from scratch and believe me there is a big difference. This is the list of ingredients in Campbell’s Cream of Mushroom Soup and, at least to me, it reads like a horror movie:  WATER, MUSHROOMS, VEGETABLE OIL (CORN, COTTONSEED, CANOLA, AND/OR SOYBEAN), MODIFIED FOOD STARCH, WHEAT FLOUR, CONTAINS LESS THAN 2% OF: SALT, MONOSODIUM GLUTAMATE, SOY PROTEIN CONCENTRATE, DEHYDRATED CREAM (CREAM [MILK], SOY LECITHIN), YEAST EXTRACT, FLAVORING, DEHYDRATED GARLIC.

So here ya go and this is a dish you can be proud to serve your family.

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Green Bean, Mushroom & Bacon Casserole
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Ingredients
  1. 2 Cans Frenched Green Beans ( 4 Cups Of Fresh Are Even Better)
  2. ½ Lb Bacon
  3. 3 Thinly Sliced Shallots (About ½ C)
  4. ¼ Lb. Sliced Button Mushrooms
  5. ¾ C Heavy Cream
  6. 1 t Porcini Dust
  7. 1½ t Chicken Base
  8. ½ t Pepper
Instructions
  1. Drain, drain, drain green beans and put in mixing bowl.
  2. Fry bacon & add to beans. Reserve ¼ C grease.
  3. Sauté mushrooms, chop & add to beans.
  4. Lightly sauté shallots & add to beans.
  5. Put rest of ingredients in pan and reduce on low heat until thick.
  6. Blend cream mixture into beans and put in casserole dish.
  7. Microwave until very warm and serve.
  8. 6 Servings
  9. 295 Calories, 5.6g Protein, 6.7g Carbs, 1.8g Fiber, 4.9g Net Carbs
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Low Carb Zucchini Cheese Latkes

Zucchini Cheese LatkesLow Carb Zucchini Cheese Latkes.  If you don’t have much time for that dinner vegetable then these are for you. They are so good and so, so easy to make at the last minute and…they go with about anything.

 

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Zucchini & Cheese Latkes
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Ingredients
  1. 2 C Finely Shredded Zucchini
  2. 2 T Finely Minced Green Onions
  3. 2 T Grated Onion
  4. 1 Beaten Egg
  5. ¼ C Parmesan Cheese
  6. ¼ t Crushed Garlic
  7. ¼ C Sour Cream
  8. ¼ t Dill
  9. 2 T Butter
  10. 2 T Olive Oil (I Use Tallow-Heavenly)
  11. NO SALT Until After Cooking
  12. Freshly Ground Pepper
Instructions
  1. Mix first 6 ingredients & heat oil.
  2. If you don’t have a fine grater for the zucchini you can process or chop it a bit after grating. The idea is to not have long strands.
  3. Using your trusty #30 2 T scoop put 4 blobs in oil and gently pat down.
  4. Fry until crispy brown, turn, & repeat.
  5. NOW you can salt them.
  6. Mix sour cream & dill, and garnish each latke.
  7. 4 Servings
  8. 201 Calories, 5.0g Protein, 3.5g Carbs, .8g Fiber, 2.7g Net Carbs
Notes
  1. The Parmesan cheese already has salt in it and too much salt will make the zucchini "weep" as you are waiting to do your second 4 latkes. Once they are cooked you are safe to salt as necessary.
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Low Carb Spaghetti Squash Latkes Lemon Sage Butter

Spaghetti Squash Latkes Lemon Sage ButterI made Traditional Spaghetti Squash/Sauce last night for dinner and because it was a pretty good sized squash I had some left. These Spaghetti Squash Latkes Lemon Sage Butter is just one of the recipes I make with leftover spaghetti squash and there are several of them. These are very easily made as the leftover squash is already in the fridge. Here is another recipe that uses 2 cups.  Spaghetti Squash Pastitsio.

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Spaghetti Squash Latkes/Lemon Sage Butter
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Ingredients
  1. 2 C Cooked Spaghetti Squash
  2. 2 T Finely Minced Green Onions
  3. 2 T Grated Onion
  4. 1 Beaten Egg
  5. 4 T Parmesan Cheese
  6. ¼ t Pepper
  7. 3 T Butter (Divided)
  8. 3 T Olive(Divided)
  9. 2 T Lemon Juice
  10. ¼ t Ground Sage
  11. ¼ C Sour Cream
  12. 2 T Minced Green Onions To Garnish
Instructions
  1. Mix first 6 ingredients.
  2. Heat 2 t oil+2 t butter.
  3. Using your trusty #30 2 T scoop put 4 blobs into fat and gently pat down.
  4. Fry until crispy, golden brown, turn, & repeat.
  5. To any residual fat add the rest of the butter & oil and heat to browning.
  6. Add lemon juice, sage and swirl pan to mix.
  7. Plate latkes, top with small dollop sour cream & green onions and drizzle sage butter over all.
  8. 4 Servings
  9. 261 Calories, 4.9g Protein, 7.2g Carbs, 1.3g Fiber, 5.9g Net Carbs
Notes
  1. Serve 2 latkes per person.
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Low Carb Fried Cauliflower Rice And Kale

Low Carb Fried Cauliflower Rice And KaleLow Carb Fried Cauliflower Rice And KaleLow Carb Fried Cauliflower Rice And Kale. This is such a totally easy recipe.  A little riced cauliflower, a little cooked kale, a couple other ingredients and voila-dinner vegetable Fried Cauliflower Rice and Kale is ready.  I buy a large head of cauliflower every week, rice it, and use it in all kinds of recipes.

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

Fried Cauliflower Rice & Kale
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Ingredients
  1. ½-¾ Lbs Kale (One Large Bunch)
  2. 4 C Riced Cauliflower
  3. 2 T Butter
  4. 2 T Olive Oil
  5. ¼ C Lemon Juice
  6. ¼ C Capers
  7. ½ Salt
  8. ½ Pepper
Instructions
  1. Clean, de-rib, chop, cook and squeeze kale.
  2. Heat butter and olive oil to medium and add riced cauliflower. Leave it alone until it browns, turn and repeat until thoroughly browned.
  3. Add kale and mix well.
  4. Add lemon juice, capers, salt & pepper and again mix well.
  5. 4 Servings
  6. 162 Calories, 2.3g Protein, 6.6g Carbs, 2.8g Fiber, 3.8g Net Carbs
Notes
  1. You might try adding some sauteed onions, or mushrooms, or some bacon and...all three sound good to me.
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Low Carb Eggplant Zucchini Cauliflower Stew

Low Carb Eggplant Zucchini Cauliflower StewLow Carb Eggplant Zucchini Cauliflower StewLow Carb Eggplant Zucchini Cauliflower StewLow Carb Eggplant Zucchini Cauliflower Stew

 

 

Low Carb Eggplant Zucchini Cauliflower Stew is the first “stew” I have had in well over 4 years.  It has all the accompanying cast of characters that make a good stew and it is delish. Not much else to say except that it was fun to make and I hope you have a good time with it too. You will need the following recipes minus the capers & lemon juice & your potatoes could also very easily be Brabant “Potatoes” or chunks of daikon radish.

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Eggplant/Zucchini/Cauliflower Stew
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Ingredients
  1. 1 Large Eggplant Peeled & Cubed 1” Caramelized
  2. ¼ C Olive Oil
  3. 1 Medium Head Cauliflower Deep Fried (Or Baked Until Browned)
  4. 2 Large Zucchini Cut Into Small Chunks Caramelized
  5. 2 T Olive Oil
  6. 1 Medium Onion Chopped & Sautéed
  7. 1 T Butter
  8. 1 Lb Sautéed Quartered Medium Button (Or Crimini) Mushrooms
  9. 2 T Butter
  10. 2 Rib Celery Thinly Sliced On The Bias
  11. 2 Carrots Finely Chopped
  12. 2 C Water
  13. 1 Can Diced Tomatoes
  14. 2 t Crushed Garlic
  15. ½ t Crushed Dried Rosemary
  16. ¼ t Dried Thyme
  17. 2 Bay Leaves
  18. ½ C Good Red Wine
  19. 1-1½ C Water
  20. 2 T Beef Base+More To Taste As Necessary
  21. 2 T Tomato Paste To Finish
  22. Pepper To Taste
Instructions
  1. Heat ¼ C olive oil to medium high, “caramelize” eggplant & set aside.
  2. Deep fry cauliflower & set aside.
  3. Caramelize zucchini in 2 T olive oil & set aside.
  4. Sauté mushrooms in 2 T butter & set aside.
  5. Chop carrots, slice celery, cover, simmer in 2 C water until tender & turn off heat. Do not drain.
  6. In very large skillet dump in diced tomatoes, herbs, wine, water, beef base, cover and simmer about 20 minutes.
  7. Uncover, add all vegetables including carrot water and simmer 20-30 minutes more.
  8. Mix in tomato paste to finish and it will thicken the broth.
  9. Serve in bowls with freshly ground pepper.
  10. 6 Servings
  11. 311 Calories 8.3g Protein, 20.6 Fat, 26.2g Carbs, 8.3g Fiber, 17.8g Net Carbs
Notes
  1. This stew certainly stands alone served in a bowl but here are a couple suggestions.
  2. Since it already has cauliflower in it another way to serve it is might be over sautéed spinach-yea-one more vegetable.
  3. If you opt to use the "Brabant Potatoes" then you could then serve over mashed cauliflower.
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Low Carb Cauliflower & Porcini Mushroom Risotto

Low Carb Cauliflower Porcini Mushroom RisottoLow Carb Cauliflower Porcini Mushroom RisottoLow Carb Cauliflower Porcini Mushroom RisottoLow Carb Cauliflower Porcini Mushroom Risotto. You know it has always amazed me that nearly all high carby foods can be made to be lowcarb and this is such a good example.  It’s creamy, rich and I actually cannot detect even a hint of the taste of cauliflower.  Now here’s the deal.  I don’t know it you use porcini mushrooms but if not you are missing out on probably one of most intense flavors in the food world.  I use them extensively which you would know if you have looked at very many of the recipes on this site.  Porcini mushrooms can enhance many sauces & vegetables but they can also be expensive if you don’t know how to buy them…so…I am going to tell you how I get mine. I get them from www.pistolrivermushrooms.com/ right here in Oregon and as far as I am concerned these are as good as they get.  Once you have used them you’ll wonder how you ever lived without ’em. They have both dried mushrooms and the powder and both are used in this recipe.  Unlike risotto made with rice this does not require you to stir it constantly, only once is awhile.  This may (or may not) be the best vegetable recipe I have posted, although I have to say there are some other dandies. You will also need Porcini Dust

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Cauliflower Porcini Mushroom Risotto
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Ingredients
  1. 4 C Cauliflower Rice (About 1 Small Head)
  2. 1 C Heavy Cream
  3. ⅔ C Water
  4. 1 T Chicken Base
  5. 1 t Porcini Dust
  6. ½ C Broken Pieces Dried Porcini Mushrooms
  7. ½ C Hot Water
  8. ½ C Minced Onion
  9. ½ t Pepper
  10. ¼ C Parmesan Cheese
  11. 2 Oz Shredded Gruyere Cheese (Optional And It Will Make It Gooey & Good)
Instructions
  1. Put dried porcinis in hot water and let soak for 10 minutes to soften. DO NOT throw any liquid away.
  2. Put riced cauliflower, heavy cream, water, chicken base, onions, and porcini dust to large saucepan.
  3. Heat to simmer and stirring once in awhile, cook until most of the liquid has evaporated. Add mushroom pieces and stir. You don't want it completely dry so if necessary add water 1 T at a time.
  4. If using Gruyere add with Parmesan & pepper and stir until melted.
  5. 6 Servings
  6. 206 Calories, 6.0g Protein, 4.7g Carbs, 1.1g Fiber, 3.6g Net Carbs
Notes
  1. Gruyere cheese is included in nutritionals.
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Low Carb Creamed Brussels Sprouts With Jowl Bacon

Creamed Brussels Sprouts With Jowl BaconCreamed Brussels Sprouts With Jowl BaconCreamed Brussels Sprouts With Jowl BaconCreamed Brussels Sprouts With Jowl Bacon. So, I took my brother to a restaurant here in Portland the other night and since I use a lot of heavy cream and I love brussels sprouts I ordered this as a side dish. Well, let me tell you it came with a super surprise as Creamed Brussels Sprouts With Jowl Bacon. Guanciale (Gwan Cha Lay) known as Italian spiced un-smoked but cured jowl bacon had also been added to the creamed sprouts. OMG and what a treat. The city of Portland, OR has a great number of restaurants with their own in-house butchers, this is one of those restaurants and…it is only 5 blocks north of me on my street. They also have their own butcher case full of pastured aged beef and some of the best pork anywhere I have ever found. This is also where I buy my beef and pork fat which I render into my own tallow and lard.

Jowl BaconNow, if you are lucky enough to find guanciale or jowl bacon have them slice it about ¼” thick and be sure to cut off the rind. You will never want to be without it again and it freezes perfectly. Two slabs of this stuff? Pure heaven and this product is what the Italians use in Carbonara. With all that said you will probably end up using ham or regular bacon because this stuff is hard to find unless you somehow hit the jackpot.

Talk about Portland farm to table restaurants check out this menu, but no in-house butcher. http://urbanfarmerportland.com/portland-steakhouse-menus/

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Creamed Brussels Sprouts/Jowl Bacon
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Ingredients
  1. 16-20 Brussel Sprouts (4-5 Per Person Depending On Size)
  2. 2 Slices Cubed Guanciale Or 4 Slices Crumbled Thick Bacon Or 4 Oz. Cubed Ham
  3. 2 Slivered Shallots
  4. ½ C Heavy Cream
  5. Chicken Base To Taste (Don’t Go Nuts As The Meats Can Be Salty)
  6. Pepper
Instructions
  1. Clean and blanch brussels sprouts. Drain.
  2. Fry guanciale or bacon and set aside.
  3. Add shallots to grease, sauté until translucent and add to bacon.
  4. Cut brussels sprouts in half and put cut side down in grease, cover, and cook until nicely browned.
  5. Add back bacon & shallots, add heavy cream and reduce to desired consistency.
  6. Taste, add chicken base & pepper.
  7. 4 Servings
  8. 207 Calories, 5.9g Protein, 7.6g Carbs, 2.2g Fiber 5.4g Net Carbs
Notes
  1. I buy bunches of brussels sprouts when then are in season and blanch & freeze them but to make life easier, you can buy frozen brussels sprouts year round.
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Low Carb Creamed Kale

Low Carb Creamed KaleLow Carb Creamed Kale. The darker the leaf the healthier the greens and besides maybe spinach, kale has the darkest leaves and is super good for you. This creamed kale is about as easy & tasty as it gets but you can also add whatever else you want. Additions might be bacon, jowl bacon, onions, shallots, mushrooms, cheese, etc. The recipe is plain and you can do the rest.

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Creamed Kale
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Ingredients
  1. ½-¾ Lbs Kale
  2. 1 C Heavy Cream
  3. 1 t Chicken Base
  4. ⅛ t Nutmeg
  5. Pepper To Taste
Instructions
  1. Bring a large pot of water to boil.
  2. Swish kale in water to remove any dirt.
  3. Fold each leaf and cut off ribs.
  4. Chop kale into about 1-1½ pieces and put into boiling water and cook until tender then drain well.
  5. Begin heating cream, chicken base, & nutmeg and add kale.
  6. Reduce cream slightly & add pepper.
  7. 4 Servings
  8. 233 Calories, 3.1g Protein, 7.1g Carbs, 2.0g Fiber, 5.1g Net Carbs
Notes
  1. Now how easy is that?
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Low Carb Brabant Potatoes

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Low Carb Brabant Potatoes. I think one of the things most diabetics or people going low carb for the first time miss are potatoes.  Though I have never eaten tons of potatoes I certainly like them and these  are a terrific substitute and easy, easy, easy.

Brabant potatoes are nothing more than deep fried cubed potatoes.  The only thing we are doing is cubing celery root (or diakon radish) instead. Now celery root is just about the ugliest, toughest, veggie ever to deal with but is so worth the little time it takes and once you have made them you will knock yourself in the head and say “I could have had a V-8”.  If celery root doesn’t trip your trigger then daikon radish is another easy alternative.

Cut differently and still deep fried, they make a great french fry substitute, and sliced thinly on my mandoline I also make fabulous “potato” chips with them.  Use your favorite oil and I use my own rendered tallow.  The flavor? OMG and good grief.  This barely needs a recipe it is so easy. Can substitute these for Caramelized Zucchini in Chicken Tchoupitoulas.

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Brabant "Potatoes"
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Ingredients
  1. 1 Large Celery Root (Celeric)
  2. Favorite Oil for Frying
  3. Salt
Instructions
  1. Cut off end and roots, & peel celery root.
  2. Cut into approximate ¾" cubes.
  3. Fry in 365-375 degree oil until dark brown & crispy.
  4. Drain on paper towels and immediately salt.
  5. 4 Servings
  6. 32 Calories, .8g Protein, 5.9g Carbs, 1.4g Fiber 4.5g Net Carbs
Notes
  1. Make sure your oil is hot enough.
  2. The small amount of oil adds a few calories but...on this site we do not care about good fats and good grief, your kids can even put sugarfree ketchup on them.
  3. It is OK to crowd them assuming your oil is hot enough as they will shrink a bit.
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Low Carb Deep Fried Cauliflower Capers Lemon Juice

Deep Fried Cauliflower Capers Lemon JuiceDeep Fried Cauliflower Capers Lemon Juice

 

 

 

 

 

I have to say Deep Fried Cauliflower Capers Lemon Juice is so simple and I wish I had thought of it myself…but I didn’t.  We have a restaurant here in Portland that serves (ed) it.  I just looked at their menu and no longer see it listed and how sad because it is so, so good. The first thing I did was to go home and try making it myself and we have been eating it regularly ever since.  I fry this in my own rendered tallow but you may certainly use your favorite oil. I save my oil and then use it to make Southern Fried Chicken as the oil is totally clean when I finish with it. Tallow is such a stable oil that it can easily be reheated and will not break down like most other oils.  Don’t not make this because you don’t have tallow-it’s just what I use.  The best thing about this is you can fry everything but the leaves.  Yep, the core too.  In addition to the recipe below I do drizzle a little Asian Dipping Sauce on it because I pretty much always have it in the fridge but the recipe stands totally by itself.

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Deep Fried Cauliflower/Capers & Lemon Juice
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Ingredients
  1. 1 Large Cauliflower Room Temperature
  2. ¼ C Lemon Juice
  3. ¼ C Capers
  4. Oil For Frying
Instructions
  1. Core and cut large florets about 1-1½" (They will shrink as they fry).
  2. Cut core into good size chunks.
  3. Heat oil to very hot-about 375-385 degrees and maintaining high heat fry in batches until dark golden brown.
  4. Plate and drizzle with 2 t capers & 2 t lemon juice.
  5. Salt & pepper if wanted and I do not.
  6. 6 Servings
  7. 39 Calories, 3g Protein 8.4g Carbs, 3.7g Fiber, 4.7g Net Carbs
Notes
  1. That's it and how easy.
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Low Carb Caramelized Zucchini

Low Carb Caramelized ZucchiniLow Carb Caramelized ZucchiniLow Carb Caramelized Zucchini. Sounds kind of strange doesn’t it?  Caramelized vegetables?  We think of caramelized onions or sugar easily enough, but not most other veggies. No, not lettuce silly, but seriously you can cook a lot of vegetables this way.  All vegetables have some carbs and since carbs are starch/sugar you can caramelized some of them.  What you are doing is “burning” their sugar.  Caramelization=flavor & taste.  This is so easy you will wonder why you never thought of it and this is how it came to me.  Yes, another happy mistake.  I was making Ratatouille one Sunday.  I was on the internet (probably lost in space working on another recipe) and I thought I had “burned” the eggplant during the “browning” process. I think I said (yelled) something like “oh crud”.  My husband called out from the living room and said why?  Men don’t like you burning their food so I probably answered something like “oh nothing”.  When I finished with it, I tasted it and it was really good, and I mean really, really good.  We loved it and now I often fix it just by itself with a little salt & pepper and maybe a sprinkle of Parmesan cheese.  My next experiment was zucchini and voilà same thing.  Recipe is for zucchini and just do the same thing with eggplant.

Figure one small to medium zucchini per person or one medium eggplant for two-three people because as they cook they also lose their moisture and shrink. So stay with it and even though you think you are burning them you are not.  Have faith and your time will be well rewarded. Once finished, it’s katy-bar-the-door with its versatility and you can spice it to your hearts content.

The absolute secret to this is maintaining a medium-high heat, don’t mess with them until they have begun to brown and then stick with it until they are just this side of “blackened”.  They may go through a kind of “mushy stage” if you don’t keep up the heat so at this point don’t mess with em.

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Caramelized Zucchini
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Ingredients
  1. ¼ C Olive Oil
  2. 4 Medium Zucchini Room Temperature
  3. Yep-That's All
  4. No Salt-Until Finished Cooking
  5. No Pepper-Until Finished Cooking
Instructions
  1. Cut each zucchini in half and turn to flat side. Now cut each half into 3 spears angling in toward center. Turn and cut every ¾”. The pieces should approximate a triangle.
  2. Using a large saute pan heat olive oil to hot and put in zucchini. Now just wait at least 5-7 minutes then toss or turn every 3-4 minutes until you think your going nuts waiting. If they are cooked properly it will take about 30-35 minutes.
  3. 4 Servings
  4. 137 Calories, 6.5g Protein, 3.4g Carbs, 1.4g Fiber, 2.0g Net Carbs
Notes
  1. There are seriously a lot things you can do with this and simply served plain with salt and pepper is only one.
  2. Another? A very simple tomato basil cream.
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Low Carb Spanish Rice

Enchiladas2Spanish RiceDo you miss rice?  Well, you are not alone and this low carb Spanish Rice may just do it for you. It is an easy recipe and the absolutely perfect accompaniment to Chicken Enchiladas. Complete meal & done.

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Spanish Rice
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Ingredients
  1. 4 C Riced Cauliflower
  2. 4 T Butter Divided (Lard Is Better)
  3. ½ Finely Diced Medium Onion
  4. 1 Finely Chopped Small Jalapeno Pepper* (Optional But Good)
  5. ½ Can Small Dice Tomatoes (I Freeze The Other ½)
  6. 1 t Chicken Base
  7. ¼ t Cumin
  8. ¼ t Chili Powder
  9. ¼ t Crushed Garlic
  10. ½ C Cheddar Cheese
  11. ¼ C Sour Cream
  12. Chopped Cilantro For Garnish (Optional)
Instructions
  1. Sauté riced cauliflower in 3 T butter and if you have lard it will taste even better. Set aside.
  2. Sauté onions and jalapeno in 1 T butter.
  3. Add back cauliflower.
  4. Add tomatoes, chicken base, cumin, chili powder & garlic and simmer until most (but not all) of the moisture has been soaked in.
  5. Plate and quickly sprinkle cheese to melt.
  6. Add dollop sour cream.
  7. 4 Servings
  8. 230 Calories, 6.8g Protein, 10.0g Carbs, 3.4g Fiber, 6.6g Net Carbs
Notes
  1. Don’t worry if you have leftovers. Just reheat, add a couple eggs on top and eat for breakfast.
  2. I use pickled jalapenos*-that way I don't have to touch them. This is what I do to cut them. Open the jar and stick scissors in and just keep cutting until you get to the desired size.
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Low Carb Fauxroni & Cheese

Fauxroni & CheeseLow Carb Fauxroni & Cheese. What a delightful side dish to any meal.  You might add Au Gratin Casserole Topping  but it is certainly not necessary.  It stands alone quite nicely.

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Fauxroni & Cheese
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Ingredients
  1. 1 C Broccoli Florets
  2. 1 C Cauliflower Florets
  3. 1 C Heavy Cream
  4. ¼ C Chopped Shallots
  5. 6 Pieces Crumbled Bacon
  6. ½ t Dry Mustard Powder
  7. ½ C Cheddar Cheese (I Use ½ Cheddar & ½ Gruyere)
  8. 2 t Red Wine Vinegar
  9. 1 Drop Sucralose (To Counteract Vinegar)
  10. ½ t Salt
  11. ¼ t Pepper
  12. ½ C Parmesan Cheese (More If You Want)
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  2. Blanch broccoli & cauliflower and drain, drain, drain, put in a bowl and add crumbled bacon.
  3. Very slowly heat heavy cream, shallots, & mustard until slightly thickened (about 3-4 minutes) as it will thicken when cooking.
  4. Remove cream from heat, add cheese and stir until melted, add rest of ingredients and mix into veggies.
  5. Put into 8” glass baking dish, sprinkle with parmesan cheese.
  6. Bake about 15 minutes or until parmesan begins to brown.
  7. 8 Servings
  8. 223 Calories, 9.3g Protein, 3.0g Carbs, .6g Fiber 2.4g Net Carbs
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Low Carb Creamed Hungarian Mushrooms

Creamed Hungarian MushroomsLow Carb Creamed Hungarian Mushrooms.  I really don’t have much to say about this dish except to let the ingredients speak for themselves.  If this isn’t a list of goodness, I don’t know what is.

 

 

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Creamed Hungarian Mushrooms
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Ingredients
  1. 1 Medium Onion Slivered
  2. 2 T Butter
  3. 1 t Crushed Garlic
  4. 2 Lb. Assorted Sliced Mushrooms (Any Or All Of These-Porcini, Portobello, Cremini, Shiitake, Button)
  5. 6 T Butter
  6. 1½ t Porcini Dust
  7. ¼ C Cooking Sherry Or Madeira
  8. ½ C Heavy Cream
  9. 1 C Sour Cream
  10. 1 t Paprika
  11. 2 T Tamari
  12. 2 t Dried Dill
  13. 1 t Chicken Base
  14. ½ t Pepper
  15. ¼ t Nutmeg
  16. 2 T Dried Chives
  17. Additional Salt & Pepper To Taste
Instructions
  1. Saute onion in butter, add crushed garlic, & set aside.
  2. Saute Mushrooms in butter, add back onions, add sherry and reduce.
  3. Add heavy cream, porcini dust, spices, coconut aminos, chicken base, and reduce.
  4. Blend in sour cream, plate and garnish with chives.
  5. TaDa…done.
  6. 4 Servings As A Meal
  7. 845 Calories, 9.2g Protein, 10.4g Carbs, 2.2g Fiber, 8.2g Net Carbs
  8. 8 Servings As A Side
  9. 243 Calories, 3.6g Protein, 5.2g Carbs, 1.1g Fiber, 4.1g Net Carbs
Notes
  1. Need I say this is good over mashed cauliflower?
  2. If you decide to use dried porcini mushrooms-skip the dust.
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Low Carb Flaxseed Meal Crêpes

Low Carb Flaxseed Meal CrêpesLow Carb Flaxseed Meal Crêpes. Super easy to make and I try to always have some in the freezer as they thaw in about 10-15 minutes.

Low Carb Flaxseed Meal CrêpesJust plain, we tear them and use as a scoop instead of bread for Baba Ganoush or Tzatziki and as breakfast pancakes once in a while but my favorite way to use them is filled with cream cheese sweetened with liquid sucralose and pureed strawberries, blueberries, or raspberries. They make an elegant low carb dessert for dinner guests. Raspberry Almond Crêpes

Depending on what you intend to do with these versatile little puppies you can add flavoring extracts to the mix. Examples: 1 t orange extract if making strawberry crepes, or 1 t almond extract if making raspberry crepes. Experiment and come up with your own combos.  Here’s one dessert recipe Tiramisu Torta and here is an appetizer Crab Rangoon Bundles/Asian Drizzle

They can be just as good as a savory crêpe by adding your own herbs & spices, as a stuffed tortilla…for Chicken Enchiladas, or…an egg stuffed breakfast burrito. Seriously, the sky’s the limit.  Here is the latest recipe made with these crêpes Mushroom Ham Cheese Quesadillas

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Flaxseed Meal Crêpes
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Ingredients
  1. 4 Eggs
  2. 1 C+6 T Water (More To Thin If Necessary)
  3. ¾ C Golden Flaxseed Meal
  4. ⅓ C Melted Coconut Oil
Instructions
  1. Beat all ingredients together. Batter will be very thin.
  2. Let batter rest at least 10 minutes (it will thicken) and then add more water only if necessary.
  3. Make sure you keep your mixture stirred as you make each crêpe and you may (or may not) need to add a bit of water.
  4. Put 6”-7" non-stick pan on medium low-medium heat. Put about ¼ cup in center of pan and swirl to make a “crêpe”. Cover until dry on top-I let mine get a little darker brown and curled on the edges. Do not try to turn. When dry, gently slide out of pan onto counter to cool. If they fold a little don't touch them until they are cool-they will unfold. You can also just flip the pan quickly onto the counter. If you have a crêpe pan all the better-I do not.
  5. 12 Servings
  6. 108 Calories, 3.6g Protein, 2.1g Carbs, 2.0g Fiber, .1g Net Carbs
Notes
  1. Crêpes are very "tender" when hot so treat them gingerly. Once cooled they are easy to work with.
  2. As you can see these have nearly 0g carbs and are healthy, healthy, healthy as compared to any regular crêpe at 10.8g carbs. I mean seriously-WOW.
  3. If all you have is the darker flaxseed meal not to worry they will be just as good and just as healthy but they will not "look" quite like a crêpe.
  4. For my dinky family I put these 4 at a time in food wrap.
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Low Carb Mushroom Ragout Over Mashed Cauliflower

Mushroom Ragout Over Mashed CauliflowerMushroom Ragout Over Mashed CauliflowerMushroom Ragout Over Mashed Cauliflower. When I was a little girl growing up in Ohio, and maybe 7 or 8 years old, I was out playing in the yard and literally, over night, there were about 8 or 9 puffballs all within close proximity of each other.  I ran in the house and got my mom to show them to her. Well, she picked one with a diameter of about 6 inches, took it into the kitchen, sliced it in ½” pieces and fried it in butter. OMG it was delicious. Well, I had two younger brothers and when they found the puffballs they kicked them to smithereens like all goofy little boys would do. My mom was angry and really what could she do? It was the first and only time they ever came up and I feel lucky that at least once, I got to eat a puffball.

Besides their general appearance, they are called puffballs because of the clouds of spores that “puff” out when they burst open or when ready, are hit with the impact of falling rain.

Alas, there are no puffballs in this recipe; I just thought you might be interested. However, if you are ever lucky enough to find one as Andrew Zimern would say…eat it.

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Mushroom Ragout Over Mashed Cauliflower
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Ingredients
  1. 3 T Olive Oil
  2. 3 T Butter
  3. 2 Lb Sliced Mixed Mushrooms (Portobello, Cremini, Shiitake, Button)
  4. ¾ C Small Dice Onions
  5. 1 T Butter
  6. 1 T Crushed Garlic
  7. 1 t Dried Thyme
  8. 1 t Dried Oregano
  9. 1 Can Petite Diced Tomatoes (Otherwise Regular Diced Tomatoes)
  10. 1 T Tomato Paste
  11. 2 C Chicken Stock (Make Your Own & Skip The Salt)
  12. 1½ t Porcini Dust
  13. 1½ t Salt
  14. ½ t Pepper
  15. 4 C Mashed Cauliflower
  16. ½ C Parmesan Cheese
  17. 6 T Thinly Sliced Green Onion Tops (Dried Chives Also Work Well)
Instructions
  1. Place a large skillet over medium heat with 1 T butter and sauté onions until translucent, 3-4 minutes.
  2. Add garlic & cook an additional minute. Set aside.
  3. If using portobellos, scoop out the black gills.
  4. Turn up heat to at least medium high, add ½ the olive oil & butter to pan and when the butter is brown, add ½ the mushrooms & sauté. Set aside and repeat.
  5. Add back the mushrooms, onions, add the thyme, oregano, diced tomatoes, tomato paste, and stock, bring to simmer stirring occasionally, and until the liquid has reduced and thickened just a bit, about 10 minutes.
  6. Add more stock as/if needed/wanted. Correct any seasoning.
  7. Plate cauliflower and top with the ragout. Garnish with the Parmesan and green onions, and…chow down.
  8. Serves 6
  9. 155 Calories, 6.2g Protein, 10.1g Carbs, 4.4g Fiber, 5.7g Net Carbs
Notes
  1. I like mine with a bit more liquid/stock because the mashed cauliflower tastes great as it soaks it up.
  2. Serve with a salad & small dessert and BOOM-A fabulous meatless meal.
  3. This dish can easily be converted to serve as an appetizer for 10-12 people.
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Low Carb Sausage Spinach Stuffed Portobello Mushrooms

Sausage Spinach Stuffed Portobello MushroomsEverybody has their own favorite stuffed mushroom recipe and this Sausage Spinach Stuffed Portobello Mushrooms is only mine.  They are good & good for you. Serve 1 as an appetizer or side vegetable and 2 as a main course. I guarantee these are very filling.

 

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Sausage Spinach Stuffed Portobello Shrooms
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Ingredients
  1. 4 Large Portobello Mushrooms
  2. ¼ Lb Ground Sausage
  3. ¼ C Minced Onions
  4. ½ C Chopped Spinach
  5. 4 Oz Sautéed & Chopped Mushrooms
  6. 4 Oz Grated Gruyere Cheese
  7. 1 T Butter
  8. ½ t Porcini Dust
  9. ½ t Salt
  10. ¼ t Pepper
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350°
  2. With a small spoon carefully scoop out black gills and if you can, buy mushrooms that are still curled on the edges as these are the most fresh.
  3. Twist out stems, chop finely, add to other chopped mushrooms & sauté in butter.
  4. Cook sausage, retain fat, and sauté onions.
  5. Put sautéed veggies in bowl with rest of ingredients and mix well.
  6. Mound ¼ mixture into each portobello cap and bake until caps are just tender-about 25-30 minutes.
  7. 4 Servings
  8. 297 Calories, 16.7g Protein, 7.3g Carbs, 2.1g Fiber, 5.2g Net Carbs
Notes
  1. You may also sprinkle a couple teaspoons of Parmesan cheese on top before baking.
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Low Carb Warm Green Beans With Blue Cheese

Low Carb Warm Green Beans With Blue Cheese Low Carb Warm Green Beans With Blue CheeseThese Low Carb Warm Green Beans With Blue Cheese this can be served as a side salad and warmed as a vegetable accompaniment. No comments to make on this recipe as the ingredients should speak for themselves.  They are delicious.

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Warm Green Beans/Blue Cheese
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Ingredients
  1. 1 Lb Green Beans
  2. ¼ C Toasted Sliced Almonds
  3. 4 Pieces Bacon
  4. 2 Oz Good Quality Meltable Blue Cheese
  5. ½ C Slivered Shallots
  6. 3 T Olive Oil
  7. 2 T Red Wine Vinegar
  8. ½ T Dijon Mustard
  9. ½ t Salt
  10. ¼ t Crushed Garlic
  11. Fresh Cracked Pepper
Instructions
  1. Cook bean in boiling water until barely tender-about 5-6 minutes, drain, put in large bowl.
  2. Cut and cook bacon until crispy, add to beans, reserving the fat.
  3. Sauté shallots in bacon fat, add to beans.
  4. Toast almonds. I do mine in the same sauté pan on the stove-top with a small amount of bacon grease. Add almonds to beans.
  5. Whisk mustard, garlic, salt, & vinegar, whisk in olive oil, add blue cheese and heat slowly just until cheese begins to melt.
  6. Dress the beans.
  7. Serve with lots of cracked pepper.
  8. 6 Servings
  9. 136 Calories, 5.9g Protein, 6.1g Carbs, 2.5g Fiber, 3.6 Net Carbs
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Low Carb Macaroni And Cheese

Low Carb Macaroni And Cheese. TLow Carb Macaroni And Cheesehis is a no messin around real Macaroni & Cheese with real low carb pasta.  You will need a recipe of low carb Spaetzle  as your pasta and this should yield about 3 cups.  This is a super easy recipe to make including the Spaetzle.  If you want to gild your lily put a recipe of Au Gratin Casserole Topping on top.  This will add 1.5g net carbs per serving.

I use Gruyere cheese in mine but of course any good cheddar, Swiss or combination of cheeses will work.  If you can’t tell from some of my other recipes; Gruyere is definitely my cheese of choice.  My husband says I use too much of it (and yes, it is expensive) and I have to keep telling him to get over it.  I also happen to like a really creamy mac & cheese and if you don’t then use ½ C less cream.  Sprinkle some crumbled bacon on and Ooh La La.

This is extremely filling due to its high fat content.

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

Macaroni & Cheese
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Ingredients
  1. 1 Recipe Spaetzle
  2. 2 T Butter
  3. 1⅔ C Heavy Cream
  4. 2 t Mustard Powder
  5. 2 t Chicken Base
  6. ½ t Pepper
  7. ½ t Paprika
  8. 1 C Grated Cheese (About 3 oz)
  9. 2 T Parmesan Cheese
Instructions
  1. Sauté spaetzle in butter until golden brown spots begin to appear. Take out of skillet, put in 6"x6" casserole dish, and sprinkle with cheese.
  2. On medium, begin heating heavy cream, add mustard, chicken base, pepper, & paprika and thicken slightly.
  3. Pour over pasta, top with Parmesan and bake in 350 degree oven for about 15-20 minutes.
  4. If you opt to top with bread crumbs put them on before baking and omit the Parmesan.
  5. 6 Servings
  6. 434 Calories, 12.1g Protein, 10.4g Carbs, 3.2g Fiber, 7.2g Net Carbs
Notes
  1. This is how I do it if I'm heating it later. I microwave everything on low until just warm. This way the cheese does not curdle and it takes far less time to cook overall.
  2. OK, now you can mess around a bit. You can add tuna or anything you want before you begin heating this dish and it will probably take an extra ¼ C of cream.
  3. If you like a crustier mac & cheese save some cheese for topping.
  4. Recipe easily doubles or triples.
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Low Carb Spaetzle Pasta/Noodles

Low Carb SpaetzleLow Carb SpaetzleLow Carb Spaetzle. Oh good grief-this is the first pasta/noodles recipe I have tried to make with Cabalose and it is fantastic.  If you have never had spaetzle you are in for a treat.  Please pardon my description but they look kinda like little white rabbit turds gone wrong.  I know, I know, sorry but the taste will more than off-set the description.

It seems just about every country in the world has its own way of making pasta and this is the way the Germans make theirs.

After you have made these once or twice your mind will go nuts with the things you can put/do with them.  Fried in butter with poppy seeds, with chives, with mushrooms, Parmesan cheese, your favorite sausage, under a light marinara sauce or a robust Puttanesca Sauce, Tomato Sauce loaded with full fat mozzarella, Tomato Basil Cream, heavy cream & Porcini Dust, mixed with spinach & gruyere, a few carmelized onions, any cold pasta salad, and gads, these are just a few quick things I can think of.  Here is the recipe for Macaroni & Cheese  Anything you can do with pasta you can do with this recipe.

Spaetzle1You will need an old fashioned large holed cheese grater or if you actually have a spaetzle grater all the better (I do not).  I am of the Alton Brown school of though regarding kitchen tools.  If it only does one job I don’t need it.  Two is iffy but three or more…sign me up.  If you have a potato ricer (again I do not) this will give you a longer skinnier spaetzle which is good for soups like the pic to the right.

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.

Spaetzle
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Ingredients
  1. 1 C Carbalose Flour
  2. 2 Eggs
  3. 6 T Heavy Cream
  4. 6 T Water
  5. ½ t Salt
  6. ¼ t Pepper
  7. ⅛ t Guar Gum
  8. ⅛ t Grated Nutmeg
  9. 2 Drops Liquid Sucralose
Instructions
  1. Bring a pot of water to simmer.
  2. Put flour & spices together and stir.
  3. Beat eggs then add water, heavy cream, & Sucralose and add to flour.
  4. Batter should be of a medium thick consistency.
  5. Using an old fashioned large holed grater, put about ½ C batter on top, and with grater over the water, run your index finger gently over the dough and let it drop into the water. It will sink and almost immediately float. Cook about 2 minutes.
  6. Remove with a small strainer or spider.
  7. Repeat until finished.
  8. 4 Servings
  9. 201 Calories, 10.9g Protein, 12.2g Carbs, 7.3g Fiber, 4.9g Net Carbs
  10. 6 Servings
  11. 136 Calories, 7.3g Protein, 8.1g Carbs, 4.9g Fiber, 3.2g Net Carbs
Notes
  1. If you think your batter is a bit too thin, add a tad more flour.
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