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Low Carb Shrimp Pecan Truffles

Low Carb Shrimp Pecan TrufflesLow Carb Shrimp Pecan TrufflesLow Carb Shrimp Pecan Truffles. Clearly, the toasted pecans may look like the star of this show but all of the ingredients go so well together using the cream cheese as glue. We mostly think of truffles as some type of chocolatey confection and in my lifetime I have eaten and loved many of them but that is not the case here as these shrimp truffles are savory.

I doubt many of you know this but after mostly retiring from the restaurant biz in 2002-03, I began making & selling quilts, many of which can be seen here.  People told me I was nuts as you could barely give away a quilt let alone sell them but I showed them that they were so wrong. I ended up selling quilts to people all over the world let alone all over the U.S.  During the time I was teaching myself to quilt, I was also watching a program on PBS called Cooking In Quilt Country with Marsha Adams.  I don’t know if Marsha was Amish in Ohio or even if she ever made a quilt or not but man, could she cook.  The program was a marriage made in heaven for a gal like me.  And so, these low carb shrimp pecan truffles are an homage to Marsha.  The recipe is hers and as she made them.  The only thing I don’t know is how large they were so I have made them bitesize, eminently poppable, and…probably easy to overeat but, have no fear as they are so low carb it just doesn’t matter.

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Shrimp Pecan Truffles
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Ingredients
  1. 8 Oz Cream Cheese
  2. ¾ Lb Finely Minced Or Ground Cooked Shrimp (Squeezed & Minced Small Bay Shrimp Are Great For This)
  3. 2 t Dried Parsley
  4. 2 t Dijon Mustard
  5. 2 t Lemon Juice
  6. 2-3 Drops Hot Sauce
  7. Pinch Onion Powder
  8. ¼ t Salt
  9. ¼ t Pepper
  10. 1 C Finely Chopped & Toasted Pecans
  11. Toothpicks
Instructions
  1. In a medium bowl combine all ingredients except the nuts & refrigerate overnight.
  2. Place the toasted nuts in a shallow dish.
  3. Form the cheese & shrimp mixture into ¾” balls or use a #100 scoop.
  4. Roll the balls in the nuts and refrigerate again until serving time.
  5. Stick in some toothpicks with more to the side.
  6. 36 Servings
  7. 47 Calories, .7g Protein, 4.7g Fat, 0.8g Carbs, 0.5g Fiber, 0.3g Net Carbs
Notes
  1. I pulsed the shrimp in my small processor.
  2. Don't forget to toast your pecans and I pulsed them in my processor too.
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Low Carb Asian Cucumber Salad

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Asian cucumber salad is pretty close to most other Asian recipes in that it is a little sour, a little sweet, a little heat, a little salty, and a lot good. I do like to refrigerate mine for at least several hours but/and it is also good right after making.  The big difference is that the cucumbers will soften and, in my opinion be a little easier to eat. Don’t make the mistake of thinking there can’t possibly be enough sauce for all the sliced cucumbers as it is plenty.  As it sits, the salt in the tamari will draw out juices-be calm-it will be fine and the peanuts will add the final touches of salt.

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Asian Cucumber Salad
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Ingredients
  1. 2 Very Thinly Sliced Medium Size Cucumbers
  2. ¼ C Shallots Very Finely Diced (Or Minced)
  3. 3 T Sugar Free Rice Wine Vinegar
  4. 1 T Olive Oil
  5. 1 T Tamari
  6. 2 t Sesame Seeds
  7. 1 t Just Like Sugar Baking
  8. ⅛ t Red Pepper Flakes (Or A Good Sized Pinch)
  9. ¼ C Chopped Or Crushed Salted Peanuts
Instructions
  1. Slice cucumbers as thinly as possibly while making sure they will still hold their shape.
  2. In a small bowl mix rest of ingredients excluding the peanuts.
  3. Rest in fridge 2-3 hours.
  4. Serve in large bowl and sprinkle with peanuts.
  5. 6 Servings
  6. 39 Calories, .2g Protein, 2.8g Fat, 3.2g Carbs, 1.1g Fiber, 2.1g Net Carbs
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Low Carb Vietnamese Shrimp Salad

Low Carb Vietnamese Shrimp SaladLow Carb Vietnamese Shrimp SaladLow Carb Vietnamese Shrimp SaladLow Carb Vietnamese Shrimp SaladLow Carb Vietnamese Shrimp Salad With Fish Sauce Dressing.  So many subtle differences between the foods of the Thai, Japanese, Korean, Vietnamese,  South, East, and confusing it all there are Southeastern Asians yet they also have so many things in common and one of those things is major flavor.  Some are predominantly salty, some are fiery, some are sweet, and many are a combination of all three.  This Vietnamese Shrimp Salad With Fish Sauce Dressing is a bit of all three.  There is a lot more to the geography of Asia and it can be pretty complicated so, if you want more geographical information check the internet and you can start here and if you are interested in a 13 bottle comparison of fish sauces you can see this very interesting read here.

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Vietnamese Shrimp Salad/Fish Sauce Dressing
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Fish Sauce Dressing
  1. ¼ C Fresh Lime Juice
  2. ¼ C Fish Sauce
  3. ¼ C Cilantro
  4. 2 T Just Like Sugar Brown
  5. 2 T Finely Diced Purple Onion Or (I Used Shallots)
  6. 1 T Sugar-free Rice Wine Vinegar
  7. 2 t Tamari
  8. ¼ t Red Pepper Flakes
  9. 1 t Crushed Garlic
  10. ½ t Ginger Powder
Salad Guts
  1. 1 Lb Shrimp (And The Small Salad Shrimp Are Just Fine Too)
  2. 4 C Chopped Bok Choy
  3. ½ C Chopped Cilantro
  4. ½ C Diagonally Slices Snow Peas
  5. ½ C Julienned Jicama
  6. ½ C Green Onions
  7. ½ C Julienned Cucumber
  8. ½ C Julienned Red Peppers
  9. ¼ C Crushed Peanuts (Garnish)
  10. ½ t Mint (Optional Garnish)
Instructions
  1. Mix all fish sauce dressing ingredients.
  2. Cut, chop, and julienne all salad ingredients, toss with dressing and plate.
  3. Top with shrimp and garnish with crushed peanuts & mint if using.
  4. 4 Servings
  5. 206 Calories, 28.9g Protein, 5.6g Fat, 9.8g Carbs, 3.6g Fiber, 6.2g Net Carbs
Notes
  1. Nutritionals include all ingredients listed yes, the dressing too.
  2. Minus the shrimp, peanuts, and mint I eat the guts of this salad probably 3-4 times a week just with different dressings.
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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 Pork Loin With Asian Lime Fish Sauce

Low Carb Pork Loin With Asian Lime Fish SauceLow Carb Pork Loin With Asian Lime Fish SauceLow Carb Pork Loin With Asian Lime Fish SauceLow Carb Pork Loin With Asian Lime Fish SauceLow Carb Pork Loin With Asian Lime Fish Sauce. One of the things it seems I have always been able to do is “smell” ingredients and know if I want to use it or not to make something.  I don’t mean eggs or meats but I do mostly mean spices & herbs.  I am able to do the same thing visually in the grocery store.  I can kind of look at foods and decide what I might want for dinner and then I might need this and this…  There can be problems with this system as I can tend to over-buy as I see lots of things I might want and which is why I always go with a list.  For sure I get the listed items and then…I can…get so sidetracked.  It is rare the shopping day that I go into the isles.  I do go into the bulk spice isle and rarely into any of the other one.  I start in the meat department and mostly go directly to produce with perhaps a stop at dairy if I need sour cream. I do have about about 6-7 places I go but always to the same departments in each one.  I am lucky in that I live in one of the foodie towns USA so everything is available to me within about a 20 minute drive and..I don’t even need to go across the “river” (that would be the Willamette) to get to any of them.  There are meat markets, produce markets, Asian markets, & Middle Eastern markets which are plenty enough to feed my little soul.

Boneless Pork LoinThis is the way I like my pork loin to look in the center.  Still pink and juicy.  In the second picture with the halibut I added a few red pepper flakes & the jalapeno juice and they are both keepers.  Sauteed the fish in butter cause…it’s what I always use and that’s the way like it.

This is basically a zero carb meal.

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Pork Loin With Asian Lime Fish Sauce
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Ingredients
  1. 1½ Lbs Boneless Loin Roast
  2. 1 t Olive Oil
  3. 3 T Lime Juice
  4. 2 T Fish Sauce
  5. 1½ T Finely Chopped Cilantro Stems (Yes, The Stems)
  6. 1 T Just Like Sugar Brown
  7. 1 t Crushed Garlic
  8. ⅛ t Red Chili Flakes (Or 1 t Jalapeno Pepper Juice Or...Both)
  9. Chopped Cilantro (Garnish)
  10. Fresh Pepper (If Wanted)
Instructions
  1. Set meat on counter to room temperature at least 2-3 hours.
  2. Turn oven to broil and let heat for 5 minutes.
  3. Rub meat with olive oil.
  4. Lay foil on sheet pan, place meat, put under broiler about 10" below heat (middle oven shelf) for 5 minutes, turn, broil 5 more minutes, turn over once more for another not more than 5 minutes for a total of about 15 minutes broiling.
  5. Set on counter, cover and let rest 15 minutes. I do not cover mine because I want it just pink instead of taking the chance of ending up with shoe leather. It can only take an extra minute or so, so...
  6. DO NOT overcook.
  7. In a small bowl, starting with lime juice and thru chili flakes an/or jalapeno juice mix all well.
  8. Slice pork & serve with sauce to the side for dipping into.
  9. 4 Servings
  10. 358 Calories, 51.9g Protein, 14.0g Fat, .6g Carbs, 0.0g Fiber, .6g Net Carbs
Notes
  1. If you plan to dip other things except the meat, I would suggest doubling the sauce. If I don't use all mine...I slurp what little is left.
  2. I suggest cutting pork loin in half lengthwise (mine was) as it is easier to slice and eat but I leave that up to you. Asians make smaller portions to use chopsticks and will dip then take a bite etc.
  3. As noted by picture of fish this sauce is good on just about everything that swims, crawls or grazes and yes, even vegetables.
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Low Carb Chinese BBQ Pork Loin

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Low Carb Chinese BBQ Pork Loin. (Char Siu) Many years ago when I landed in the Pacific Northwest from the mountains of Colorado, one of the first things I was introduced to was Chinese BBQ Pork.  Someone I met, who subsequently became a very good friend, shared some with me and it was another “love at first bite” moment.  I had never had anything like it but I knew one thing, I was going to eat it again and again and again…that was, until I couldn’t eat sugar anymore.  But…with the figuring out of my new Hoisin Sauce recipe used for making Peking Duck, I can make this BBQ sauce basically sugar-free and it is exactly as I remember it.  Hoisin Sauce is only one of the ingredients and is needed to complete the dish, but this is a relatively easy appetizer to make so hold onto your hats because the ride is well worth the trip.

Imagine my anticipation when I realized I could make this low carb Chinese BBQ Pork (Char Siu in Chinese).  I had to buy a whole pork loin roast (about 4 lbs.), cut it into quarters, make the sauce, marinate the meat overnight (not necessary), cook it, wait for it to cool completely, slice it, take pictures and then for the first time since 2002 finally have it again.

I normally eat once a day in the afternoon about 3:30-4:00pm and if you think I was going to wait that long-think again.  As soon as I had everything set up and sliced the meat for the final pictures…I pigged out on it and I mean PIGGED OUT at 11:00am. It is was exactly as I remembered it.  Did I eat it all?  No, it was even too much for me but great thing?…I can have it again tomorrow.

I have given you the recipe for the Chinese mustard the way I like it.  If you aren’t used to it, it may still blow your head off but it is a little different than that crud you get with Chinese take-out.  Remember, once you have made something it is much easier to make it again…and again…and I will.

If you want to impress your sports fans on game day this is one of the ways to do it.

This recipe makes enough for 8 as an appetizer (5 pieces) or dinner for 4 (10 pieces).  If you do it as an appetizer you can make and then freeze what you don’t need and then think how easy it will be the next time you want it.  I’m kidding, you WILL eat every bit of this.

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Chinese BBQ Pork Loin (Char Siu)
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Ingredients
  1. 2 Lbs Boneless Pork Loin (About 7" Long)
  2. ¼ C Tamari
  3. 2 T My Low Carb Hoisin Sauce
  4. 2 T Oyster Sauce
  5. 2 T Sugar Free Rice Wine Vinegar
  6. 2 T Just Like Sugar Brown
  7. 1 t Crushed Garlic
  8. ½ t Five Spice Powder
  9. 10 Drops Red Food Coloring (Optional But Traditional)
  10. Sesame Seeds
  11. Chinese Hot Mustard (Recipe Below)
Chinese Mustard Recipe
  1. 2 T Mustard Powder
  2. 2 t Tamari Sauce
  3. 2 t Sugar Free Rice Wine Vinegar
  4. 2 t Dijon Mustard
  5. 2 t Water+Additional To Dilute If Wanted After It Rests
Instructions
  1. Cut pork loin in half. Pieces should look like picture. A whole pork loin can weight up to 10-11 lbs but is normally sold as a 2 lbs-4 lbs package so plan accordingly.
  2. Put into double plastic bag.
  3. Combine next 8 ingredients, mix well and spoon scant ½ into pork pieces, massaging into meat. Don't overdo the marinade into the pork as it will be less than you need for dipping.
  4. Roll up bag, put into a metal bowl (for safety) and refrigerate overnight.
  5. Take meat out of fridge at least 4 hours before cooking.
  6. Turn oven to broil and let heat for 5 minutes.
  7. Discard any used marinade.
  8. Lay foil on sheet pan, place meat, put under broiler about 10" below heat (middle oven shelf) for 5 minutes, turn, broil 5 more minutes, turn over once more for another not more than 5 minutes for a total of about 15 minutes broiling. If it chars all the better as it tastes wonderful.
  9. DO NOT overcook.
  10. Leaving it uncovered, letting it sit on counter 15 minutes. Continue leaving it uncovered and put in refrigerator to cool-to-cold-thoroughly.
  11. Make mustard sauce and let sit at least 10-15 minutes.
  12. Slice cold pork very thinly and as you can see I got 20 slices from 1 lb. of pork.
  13. Arrange on a large platter, putting 3-4 small dipping bowls of mustard, sesame seeds, and the remaining marinade sauce. This will give you two flavor profiles. 1.) spicy hot-dipped into mustard & then seeds and 2.) sweet dipped into the marinade.
  14. 8 Appetizer Servings
  15. 302 Calories, 27.7g Protein, 18.6g Fat, 4.9g Carbs, 1.2g Fiber, 3.7g Net Carbs
  16. 4 Dinner Servings
  17. 550 Calories, 52.7g Protein, 33.2g Fat 7.6g Carbs 1.8g Fiber, 5.8g Net Carbs
Notes
  1. I bought a 4 lb. roast as I wanted to try some other different things with it. If you buy about 7"-8" of whole roast and cut it in half you should be good to go.
  2. If you do it carefully, cooking the meat should work well on an outside BBQ grill.
  3. This is another great communal dining experience.
  4. Do not attempt to use a Pork Tenderloin as it would cook far to quickly to get a char and would end up like shoe leather. My opinion is that the loin is the perfect meat.
  5. Please DO NOT try to cook the pork loin whole-it will not work-it needs to be cut into the 2 pieces.
  6. Nutritionals include everything seen.
  7. Geez Louise, this is such good eats.
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Low Carb Bulgogi

Low Carb BulgogiLow Carb BulgogiLow Carb BulgogiLow Carb Bulgogi. Bulgogi is a rather sweet & spicy Korean dish and a favorite among restaurant goers.  The good news is you can have it both low carb and sweet.  It is fried in a blitzing hot pan and perfect for cast iron either in the kitchen or on the grill.  It is prepped quickly and cooked very quickly so is ideal for the busy cook.  Bulgogi is often referred to as a Korean BBQ but to my mind it is not.  The meat used should be a high quality nearly slivered, if not shaved steak and I hope you can see the slicing I did in the picture.  It’s less than ⅛”  thick which is perfect.  Now don’t attempt to cut any thawed steak as it WILL NOT WORK.  In order to slice meat thinly, it needs to be almost frozen and after slicing let it come to room temperature, especially for low carb bulgogi since you will be frying it very quickly.  The idea is to still have crunchy veggies when you are finished cooking it.

I have included vegetables into mine and I used top of the line meat with Beef Tenderloin.  To make this low carb bulgogi more or less spicy, use more or less chili garlic sauce which I neglected to include in the picture as I though garlic and red pepper flakes would be enough. Oops, wrong.

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Bulgogi
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Ingredients
  1. 1-1¼ Lb Beef Tenderloin Or Other Quality Steak Meat Very Thinly Sliced (Nearly Shaved)
  2. 1 Medium Red Pepper Thinly Sliced (Cut Into 1½” Bite Size Pieces)
  3. 1 Small Onion Thinly Sliced (Julienned)
  4. ⅓ C Just Like Sugar Brown
  5. 1 T Crushed Garlic
  6. ¼ C Tamari Sauce
  7. 2 T Water
  8. 2 T Olive Oil (Divided)
  9. 1 t Powdered Ginger
  10. 1 T Chili Garlic Paste
  11. ½ t Red Pepper Flakes
  12. ½ C Green Onion Tops Cut Into 1” Pieces
  13. ¼ C Thinly Sliced Green Onion Tops (Garnish)
  14. 1 T Sesame Seeds (Garnish)
Instructions
  1. Combine all ingredients (except garnish & 1 T olive oil) into a medium bowl, mix thoroughly, and allow to sit on counter for at least 1 hour and longer if wanted, tossing occasionally. You want it all at room temperature.
  2. Drain well, reserving liquid.
  3. Heat large pan to hot, drizzling in a bit of olive oil, and add about ¼-⅓ of mix. Fry each batch very quickly, reserve, bring pan back to hot, and add next batch until finished.
  4. Add back drained juices and cooking very quickly, bring to temperature and pour over meat.
  5. Serve immediately.
  6. 4 Servings
  7. 451 Calories, 30.4g Protein, 33.3g Fat, 7.0g Carbs, 2.1g Fiber, 4.9g Net Carbs
Notes
  1. You will need to do this in batches about ¼-⅓ at a time as the idea is to cook it very quickly in a blazing hot pan.
  2. If possible have your butcher cut your meat for you.
  3. Serve on a large platter with green onions and sesame seeds on top for a communal affair.
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Low Carb Seafood Chowder

Low Carb Seafood ChowderLow Carb Seafood ChowderLow Carb Seafood Chowder.  I don’t have any idea how many 1,000’s of gallons of soup I have made and served over the last nearly 50 years but I know it has been a lot and each time I make anything, no matter what it is, I try to do it better than the last time.  This low carb fish chowder is not only very easy to make, it has tons of flavor.  One of the truly wonderful things about low carb cooking, and again at least for me, is the opportunity to make so many different, yet familiar dishes.  In my high carby soup days creamed soups were made with the same ole crappy oils & flour roux and it kind of dulled the flavors of things.  Now, using water and heavy cream, lard, duck fat, & bacon grease the flavors are allowed to shine. Yes, they have herbs and spices but not so much is necessary with the actual flavors of real foods coming through.

Had a Twitter friend ask the other day what people thought about opening a low carb food truck.  Personally I like the idea and if I were younger I might try it myself but…I don’t think I would use any terms like low carb or sugarfree or healthy or any of the catch words we use today.  I think I would just let the food speak for itself and it sinks or swims on it’s own.  I believe the quality of the food would be recognized and word would get around.  Portland, OR is foodie town central and people may not exactly recognize what you are doing but they know what they like and at least the people I know, like the food I fix for them (assuming they aren’t lying to me which may be the case) but, they keep coming back for more.  (Gluttons For Punishment)?

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Seafood Chowder
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Ingredients
  1. 1-1¼ Lb Mixed Seafood (Scallops, Shrimp, Tilapia, And Crab All Work Well)
  2. 3 C Daikon Radish Cut To Small Bite Size
  3. 4 Strips Cooked Crumbled Bacon (Reserve ¼ C Fat)
  4. ½ Small Onion Finely Diced
  5. 1-2 Stalks Finely Diced Celery
  6. 2 C Water (Or Clam Juice If You Have It)
  7. 2 C Heavy Cream
  8. ⅓ C Sherry
  9. 1 T Chicken Base
  10. Pepper To Taste
  11. Chives, Parsley, Or Green Onions To Garnish (Or Not)
Instructions
  1. Peel and cut daikon radish, put into about 2½ C water, cover and simmer 30 minutes or until tender. Just let sit until ready to put soup together.
  2. Cut seafood to small bite size pieces.
  3. Saute bacon, set aside, reserving ¼ cup.
  4. Saute celery and onions in reserved bacon fat until tender.
  5. Put above cooked ingredients (thats's everything except the seafood) into a 3-4qt. sauce pan, add radish & rest of ingredients, bring to low simmer until slightly thickened.
  6. Add seafood & heat until just cooked and it only takes a couple of minutes.
  7. Freshly ground pepper to taste.
  8. Garnish.
  9. 8 Servings
  10. 385 Calories, 23.0g Protein, 27.2g Fat, 3.3g Carbs, 1.1g Fiber, 2.2g Net Carbs
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Low Carb Strawberry Salsa

Low Carb Strawberry SalsaLow Carb Strawberry SalsaLow Carb Strawberry Salsa.  I personally think salsa or a good Pico de Gallo of any kind, in small amounts can enhance any number of dishes.  They almost always have cilantro and jalapeno peppers and what could really go wrong?  Nothing, and it’s true of this low carb strawberry salsa too.  This is as easy to make as it looks and can be in the fridge or on the table in about 5 minutes…10 tops if you’re interrupted though I do like to refrigerate mine a bit. The most time will be spent hulling and cutting the strawberries.  If you opt to refrigerate it, the juices will come out just a little which is something I like so this is definitely a personal decision.

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Strawberry Salsa
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Ingredients
  1. 2 C Chopped Strawberries (Or A Little Over A Pint)
  2. ¼ C Diced Red Onion
  3. ¼ C Minced Cilantro
  4. 2 T Green Onion Tops
  5. 1 Minced Jalapeno Pepper
  6. 2 T Lime Juice
  7. 1 T Olive Oil
  8. Pinch Salt
Instructions
  1. Dice, mince, and cut all ingredients and mix thoroughly with olive oil.
  2. Refrigerate for at least a couple of hours (or not) and dig in.
  3. 6 Servings
  4. 44 Calories, .9g Protein, 2.5g Fat, 5.5g Carbs, 1.9g Fiber, 3.6g Net Carbs
Notes
  1. If you think you need it sweeter add 1 drop EZSweetz.
  2. I use jarred jalapenos and stick scissors into it to cut them. This way I keep the juice off my hands.
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Low Carb Green Peppercorn Sauce

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Green Peppercorn Sauce
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Ingredients
  1. 1 C Heavy Cream
  2. ¼ C Minced Shallots
  3. ¼ C Cognac Or Brandy
  4. 1 t Butter
  5. 1 T Peppercorn Brine
  6. 4 t Green Peppercorns
  7. ¼ t Dried Crushed Thyme
  8. Beef Base To Taste
Instructions
  1. Heat butter and begin cooking shallots until soft.
  2. Add cognac, peppercorns, juice, & thyme and reduce by ½.
  3. Add heavy cream, beef base to taste and reduce slightly.
  4. Serve over steak, chicken, or fish.
  5. 4 Servings
  6. 277 Calories, .4g Protein, 25.0g Fat, 2.8g Carbs, .5g Fiber, 2.3g Net Carbs
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Low Carb Fermented Black Bean Shrimp

Low Carb Fermented Black Bean ShrimpLow Carb Fermented Black Bean ShrimpLow Carb Fermented Black Bean ShrimpLow Carb Fermented Black Bean ShrimpLow Carb Fermented Black Bean Shrimp.  It is difficult to describe this very unusual dish if you have not had whole fermented black beans.  Yes, it is a form of edamame in that they are soy beans, but they have been salted and fermented-sometimes for many years. I showed you a picture of the ones I bought at my local Thai grocery and they are extremely inexpensive at $1.89 for a one lb. package.  Since the beans are use sparingly they last forever-literally. The jar I showed in a picture of the making of my low carb Hoisin Sauce is, I am embarrassed to say, 30 years old and as good as the day I bought them in Rose’s Victorian Market in Telluride, CO.  I bought new fermented beans because they were sooo inexpensive and I would never get rid of my China Bowl beans. I will now be using my new beans for other recipes. They will probably be thrown away when I croak but I have loved looking at that orange bottle all these years, never realizing they were still as good as the day I bought them.  I have no idea when, but the company went out of business with the dinosaurs I think.  The interesting thing is that both beans taste exactly the same and go figure. When the beans are fresh they are a bit larger, and slightly less wrinkled but with the same texture as a currant.  Be careful because it is easy to start eating them and difficult to stop.  They are little edamame flavor bombs.  If you are interested in further reading about fermented black beans please read here.  I put spaghetti squash under mine and it was fabulous as the extra sauce soaked into it.  I think there are any number of veggies you could put under it and olive oil sautéed cauliflower rice comes to mind. This recipe is easy and comes together very quickly.

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Fermented Black Bean Shrimp
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Ingredients
  1. 1½ Lbs Or 24 Peeled Large Shrimp
  2. 3 T Olive Oil
  3. 1 T Crushed Garlic
  4. 2 t Powdered Ginger
  5. ¼ C Fermented Black Beans (These Are Fermented Black Soybeans)
  6. 2 T White Wine
  7. 2 T Unsweetened Rice Wine Vinegar
  8. 1 T Just Like Sugar Baking
  9. ¼ C Tamari
  10. 2 T Water
  11. 2 T Butter
  12. ¼ C Green Onions
Instructions
  1. Put beans, white wine, vinegar, Just Like Sugar, tamari, and water to steep. I do this in the morning & leave it on the counter. The beans will plump a bit.
  2. Peel room temperature shrimp.
  3. Put olive oil to medium low heat, add crushed garlic and cook a minute or so.
  4. Add ginger and cook another minute.
  5. Turn up heat to medium, add shrimp, cook 2-3 minutes, turn, and cook additional 2-3 minutes. Remove from pan to plate or bowl (best).
  6. Add pan back to heat, add steeped beans and simmer 2-3 minutes. Add butter 1 T at a time, swirling so the sauce does not break, and put evenly on top of shrimp.
  7. Garnish with green onions.
  8. 4 Servings
  9. 357 Calories, 38.1g Protein, 20.0g Fat, 4.9g Carbs, 1.0g Fiber, 3.9g Net Carbs
Notes
  1. If you add ½ C spaghetti squash, you can add another 4g net carbs and this a completely filling meal.
  2. Not always, but sometimes when I am doing a recipe and it is so good, I will make it again several days later and this was the case here. I used spinach under it the second time which means so could you. I'm betting, broccoli or rapini would be good too.
  3. This is best served in a bowl as shown.
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Low Carb Peking Duck

Low Carb Peking DuckLow Carb Peking DuckLow Carb Peking DuckLow Carb Peking DuckLow Carb Peking DuckLow Carb Peking DuckLow Carb Peking Duck. This may be a little repetitious as some of it is shown in the Hoisin Sauce recipe but I thought I would walk you through this utterly delicious and addictive low carb meal. If you really want something spectacular to wow dinner guests this is the meal to serve and the good news is; you can use a larger roast chicken which will more than likely serve 6 people and is less expensive than duck.  You will be able to feed 4 people with one large duck so plan accordingly. I am also adding the Hoisin Sauce recipe below so you have it all in one place.

Peking Duck is a guest do-it-yourself meal once the meat is separated from the bone, cut into smaller pieces and put on a platter in the center of the table.  Same with the lettuce, green onions, and same with the hoisin sauce so yes, there is a little prep for the cook and the good news is; then you can sit down and eat with everyone else.  Since this is a Chinese dish I might suggest serving the Bok Choy Cucumber Salad with  your meal and that should probably be all you need.  Dessert would be optional but you will get a bit of sweetness with the duck and the salad.  Also want to note that the skin should be cut into small pieces as a little should go into each wrap or taco.  Each is made kind of one or two at at time.  It can be made into a small open-ended package or left totally open to hold like a taco so you will at least have to show people once and then leave them to their own devices.

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Peking Duck
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Ingredients
  1. 1 Large Duck
  2. 2 C Sliced Green Onion Tops
  3. 1 Head Butter Lettuce Leaves
Hoisin Sauce
  1. ¼ C Tamari
  2. 2½ T Just Like Sugar Brown
  3. 3 T Smooth Peanut Butter
  4. 1 T Tahini
  5. 1 T Rice Wine Vinegar (Sugar-Free)
  6. ½ t Chili Garlic Sauce
  7. ¼ t Crushed Garlic
  8. ¼ t Five Spice Powder
  9. ¼ t Crushed & Grind Fermented Black Beans To A Powder (I Did Mine In The Mortar & Pestle & Then In The Spice Grinder With The 5 Spice Spice Powder-Much Faster)
Instructions
  1. Thaw duck, cut out the backbone, and flatten to butterfly.
  2. Place duck on a foil lined sheet pan and let sit uncovered for 3½-4 hours.
  3. Heat oven to 350° and put duck into oven for about 2-2½ hours or until skin is quite crispy. You will get lots of fat and for Pete's sake save it to use for frying. It is the best fat ever.
  4. Let duck sit on counter until you can just barely touch and begin to deal with de-boning it.
  5. Cut in half and then into quarters. Carefully take breast meat off bones, keeping in one piece if possible. Bone the thighs and legs, keeping all the skin. Slice the breasts into ½" pieces with skin left on each slice. Arrange meat and lettuce on a platter with onions and hoisin sauce to the side.
  6. Lay out one lettuce leaf, smear with hoisin, sprinkle with green onions, top with a small amount of duck and including a small piece of skin. Easiest way to eat this little packages of wonder is to fold like a burrito. If you don't fill them too full they are easy and fun to eat. I got 24 usable leaves (some a bit smaller) so each person should get 5-6 Peking Duck taco wraps.
  7. 4 Servings
  8. 470 Calories, 26.3g Protein, 36.1g Fat, 8.1g Carbs, 4.6g Fiber, 3.5g Net Carbs
Notes
  1. Nutritionals include 4 oz. duck with skin and yes, even the lettuce & green onions have a few carbs in them.
  2. If you decide to use a roast chicken double the hoisin sauce recipe and you will need two heads of butter lettuce.
  3. Don't forget, there is additional meat (no skin) on the wings so get that too.
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Low Carb Warm Paleo Cereal

Low Carb Warm Paleo CerealLow Carb Warm Paleo CerealLow Carb Warm Paleo CerealLow Carb Warm Paleo Cereal.  I have made and eaten this from time to time and really, I should eat more of it but the problem is, I have so many things I should eat more of. This low carb paleo cereal is definitely different in that it has no almond flour and no coconut flour. I guess the closest thing I can think to compare it with is cream of wheat, malt-o-meal, and maybe even oatmeal. It can be finished in a multitude of ways, and I have tried to show several of them.  I think the secret is the way it is finished and…though it has no coconut flour, it has the divine essence of coconut via the dried desiccated coconut in it. The ways in which this cereal can be made and sweetened are probably infinite and these are 4 ways I make it:  1). With 40% Heavy Cream 2). With 2 T Heavy Cream & 1 drop of EZ-Sweetz 3. 2 T Yogurt & Berries 4).  ½ T Just Like Sugar Brown, 1T Butter, & 2 T 40% Heavy Cream or Coconut Milk.  After that, you can probably come up with your own combinations and any one of my combos end up LCHF and yes, it is both good and fast just plain too.  When I was a kid I loved oatmeal with butter, brown sugar and a little milk so #4) is definitely my favorite but for variation, I eat it every way listed.

I am giving this recipe as a single unsweetened serving so you can try it once and if you love it (you will) I have also given you a recipe for about 24-25 servings.  If you want to feed your children a healthy stick-with-you until noon breakfast, this is what you will want to give them this and probably best to make it in bulk. Better not to tell the low carb police cause they would have a cow.  And then again for kids, you can add a bit of maple syrup or honey and more fruit if wanted. For you low carb adults, if you like maple you might try this Sugar-Free Maple Syrup.

Bulk Nut Sources: Pecan Meal Guildry Organic Farms or BarryFarm.

Bulk Nut Sources: Walnut Meal Nuts or Oh Nuts and if you are a serious buyer Honeyville.

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Warm Paleo Cereal
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1 Serving
  1. 2 T Desiccated Coconut
  2. 1½ T Ground Walnuts
  3. 1½ T Ground Pecans
  4. 1 T Ground Flaxseed Meal (Doesn't Matter What Color And I Used Golden)
  5. ¼ t Ground Chia Seed
  6. ⅛ t Cinnamon Powder
  7. ⅓ C Hot Water
24-25 Servings
  1. 2¼ C Desiccated Coconut
  2. 1¾ C Ground Walnuts
  3. 1¾ C Ground Pecans
  4. 1 C+2 T Flaxseed Meal
  5. 1 T Ground Chia Seed
  6. 2½ t Cinnamon Powder
Instructions
  1. Dump nuts, ground chia seeds, flaxseed meal and cinnamon into processor and give it 10-12 pulses to break up the larger nuts. Now give it 10-12 longer pulses and check the consistency. If the nut pieces are still too large continue longer pulses until quite fine. The secret to not turning your nuts into butter is to put them in the processor with the ingredients listed.
  2. Put into large mixing bowl and bend in the coconut, stirring until well incorporated.
  3. Measure ⅓ C dry mix, put into a cereal bowl large enough to add anything additional you may wish, add ⅓ C HOT water, stir well and allow to sit 3-4 minutes. It will thicken.
  4. 1 Serving
  5. 174 Calories, 3.1g Protein, 12.1g Fat, 4.1g Carbs, 3.2g Fiber, .9g Net Carbs
Notes
  1. Each one serving is equal to ⅓ C of cereal and ⅓ C HOT water so if you end up making it in bulk that's the ratio you use per one serving.
  2. If you make this in bulk you can buy ground pecans and ground walnuts in 1 lb. bags which seems the easiest way to go. If purchased this way I would keep the nuts frozen before and after each use because as we know, the oils in nuts will go rancid after a while. There should be approx. 3½ C per 1 lb. nuts.
  3. If wanted add a little more cinnamon.
  4. With any size family at all making this in bulk is the only way to go. Put into appropriate sized container, cover, and enjoy anytime. I guarantee you, it won't last very long.
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Low Carb Hoisin Sauce

Low Carb Hoisin SauceLow Carb Hoisin Sauce.  For more years than I almost care to admit I ate a LOT of Peking Duck.  It’s a very simple dish to make and I was seriously addicted to the whole combination of roast duck, hoisin sauce, & green onions all wrapped inside a Mandarin pancake.  If you have ever had Moo Shu Pork, which you probably have, it is also made with hoisin sauce.  I made it all from scratch, including the Mandarin pancakes and excepting the Koon Chun brand hoisin sauce, which I bought in HUGE cans.  The really nice thing about that sauce is that it didn’t need to be refrigerated…ever. Now, there is hoisin and there is real hoisin and Koon Chun hoisin is considered THE best and used in most restaurants. It has been so many years, even before my diabetes diagnosis, since I have eaten Peking duck that all I have is a vague memory of it.  Besides loving it I remember it as rather sweet, very smoother, dark and somewhat thick.  I’ve not made it a secret that I make and eat a lot of roast duck.  Not only do I love the duck, I also get about 2 cups of duck fat gold which I use to sauté things with and it is by far my favorite fat flavor.

So, by making this sugar-free low carb hoisin sauce I am going to be able to have my beloved Peking Duck (minus the pancakes and who needs them anyway) for the first time in many, years. Whoopee. Given my memory, the sauce is not as dark as the Kung Chun in looks but for taste? NAILED IT.  Oh Yeah, it is danged near perfect. First I’m going to try it with just duck, green onions, and sauce and the next time maybe using butter lettuce as a wrap.  I got so excited about this I went back to the grocery store and got myself a head of butter lettuce so, it’s now in the picture.  I could go on and on about my love of duck but I’ll leave it alone for now.  Next thing up will be a recipe for Peking Duck and it is easy, easy.  I do, probably, have a top 10 favorite meals and Peking Duck is maybe number 2 or 3.  I think my favorite might still have to be Stuffed Shrimp.

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Hoisin Sauce
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Ingredients
  1. ¼ C Tamari
  2. 2 ½ T Just Like Sugar Brown
  3. 3 T Smooth Peanut Butter (No Salt No Sugar Added)
  4. 1 T Tahini
  5. 1 T Rice Wine Vinegar (Sugar-Free)
  6. ½ t Chili Garlic Sauce
  7. ¼ t Crushed Garlic
  8. ¼ t Five Spice Powder
  9. ¼ t Crushed Fermented Black Beans (I Did Mine In The Mortar & Pestle & Then In The Spice Grinder With The 5 Spice Spice Powder-Much Faster)
  10. 4 Servings
  11. 110 Calories, 5.3g Protein, 8.1g Fat, 4.3g Carbs, 1.4g Fiber, 2.9g Net Carbs
Instructions
  1. Put all ingredients into a small bowl, mix well and refrigerate. It will seem thin and will thicken in the fridge.
Notes
  1. My sauce is lighter in color because of the absence of molasses and it has tiny chunks of peanuts because though I grind my own peanut butter, it is not really that smooth. I have & use molasses in small quantities on occasion but I didn’t want any added carbs.
  2. Sauce is best made a day or so ahead of time as all the tastes marry with time. It will also last many weeks in the fridge but once you've had it-you'll just want more of it.
  3. As you are making and tasting your sauce, and if it tastes salty to you, remember that it should be going with totally unsalted items which are then also spiced by the sauce. If it still seems too salty then use a lighter sodium tamari or soy sauce.
  4. This sauce is certainly not limited to only duck. It can of course be used with roast chicken, pork, and in stir fries, of any strip.
  5. Hoisin will darken and tighten a little in the fridge so bring it to room temperature before using.
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Low Carb Kimchi Daikon Radish Soup

Low Carb Kimchi Daikon Radish SoupLow Carb Kimchi Daikon Radish SoupLow Carb Kimchi Daikon Radish Soup.  Now here is a healthy little soup number if ever there was one.  I use daikon radish in so many things I can hardly begin to name them but here are just a few:  Daikon Radish Dill Pickle Egg Potato SaladDaikon Clam ChowderDaikon Radish Hasselback Potatoes, and as you can see, I use them in place of potatoes all the time.  If you are not familiar with this extremely versatile vegetable it’s time to begin the introduction.  There are no thickeners, no sugar and no grains in this soup and I hope you are pleasantly surprised by the ease in which it is made.  I’m thinking you might call it a “dump”, heat, and eat soup.  Kimchi is just about one of the healthiest foods on the planet as a leader of fermented probiotics.  I happen to be lucky to live close to a restaurant owned and run by a couple of Korean women. Long ago I used to eat there for breakfast once in a while but after looking at the Cameo Café Menu you can readily see why that had to stop.  But, I have always loved their kimchi which they make in-house, and is what I used for the soup. The short trip was worth it.

WildbrineI do have a recipe for Kimchi Chicken Thighs and when I was eating tons of kimchi I was buying (and still do from time to time) WildBrine brand which if you can get it, I think, is the best on the market.  I still try to do lots of research before I put something in my mouth.

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Kimchi Daikon Radish Soup
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Ingredients
  1. 8 Oz Daikon Radish Cut To Bite Size
  2. 1 C Kimchi (Juice Included And Cut To Bite Size)
  3. 1 T+1 t Chicken Base
  4. 5 C Water
  5. 3 T Tamari Sauce
  6. 1 T Chili Garlic Sauce
  7. 1 T+1 t Crushed Garlic
  8. 2 t Powdered Ginger
  9. ½ C Green Onion Tops (Cut And Divided)
Instructions
  1. Put all ingredients except a reserved ¼ C green onions into medium size pan, bring to simmer , cover, and let cook for 30-40 minutes or until daikon radish is tender.
  2. Garnish soup with remaining green onions.
  3. 6 Servings
  4. 40 Calories, 3.0g Protein, 0.0g Fat 6.1g Carbs, 2.3g Fiber, 3.8g Net Carbs
Notes
  1. Pretty simple.
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Low Carb Italian Coleslaw

Low Carb Italian ColeslawLow Carb Italian ColeslawLow Carb Italian Coleslaw. Most of my friends are pretty old now cause uh…I’m old.  An old friend of mine ask me to please witness her medical advanced directives and so, along with another old woman we know,  we took an afternoon to get this taken care of.  We ducked into some “food joint” that Libby knew of because she had not eaten lunch and wanted a tuna sandwich.  They had some coleslawy looking stuff in the case, I ask what it was, and the girl said it really didn’t have a name but they just called it Italian Coleslaw.  I asked if they made it, did it have sugar in it, and what else was in it and she told me yes they made it, no to sugar and that it had ham and salami-hence the name Italian Coleslaw. Well, it didn’t even taste like coleslaw let alone Italian.  Hard to explain but it was…tasteless…so…I set out to make my own because I liked the idea of it.  Since I live in a big city with many local butcher shops I knew I could get good ham and salami and I do know how to use spices so here ya go. Not only does it taste great, it is really easy to make and sugar-free.

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Italian Coleslaw
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Ingredients
  1. 1 Small Cabbage Head Or About 1½-1¾ Lbs
  2. 8 Oz Good Quality Ham Shaved (If You Can Get It)
  3. 8 Oz Good Quality Salami Shaved (If You Can Get It)
  4. 1 C Mayonnaise+More As Needed
  5. 2½-3 t Finely Ground Italian Herbs+(More To Taste)
  6. ¼ t Salt+(More To Taste)
  7. ¼ t Pepper =+(More To Taste)
Instructions
  1. Shred cabbage as finely as possible and a mandoline is perfect for the job.
  2. Dice ham and salami into smaller than bite size pieces.
  3. Mix salt, pepper, and Italian herbs into mayo.
  4. Mix ham & salami into cabbage and dress with mayo, mixing well.
  5. 12 Servings
  6. 215 Calories, 10.5g Protein, 18.4g Fat, 3.6g Carbs, 1.8g Fiber, 1.8g Net Carbs
  7. 10 Servings
  8. 258 Calories, 12.6g Protein, 22.1g Fat, 4.3g Carbs, 2.2g Fiber, 2.1g Net Carbs
Notes
  1. As this sits in the fridge the mayo will soak into it so you might need more than you think.
  2. This will very much taste Italian.
  3. If you opt to use any precut meats that are not shaved, then cut your pieces into smaller that bite-size.
  4. Notice the fat surrounding the ham and in the salami. It all went into the coleslaw which gives it a great mouthfeel.
  5. If wanted please, make adjustments to meats, herbs etc. and make it your own.
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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, or 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 Chicken With Sumac And Za’atar

Low Carb Chicken With Sumac And Za'atarLow Carb Chicken With Sumac And Za'atarLow Carb Chicken With Sumac And Za'atarLow Carb Chicken With Sumac And Za’atar. Or it’s Arabic name, Musakhan. This dish, when fixed properly, is a sign of great love and respect for relatives and special friends.  It shows that not only that the woman spent time preparing a meal but also that her husband provided money for the pine nuts that top the dish and alas yes, pine nuts are expensive worldwide.  I am hoping  this looks well worth your effort and that you get your hands of some sumac and za’atar to make it.  They are both spices used extensively in Middle Eastern cuisine and staples in every home with many families making their own za’atar from scratch.  Sumac by itself in quite piquant and lemony so the addition of more lemon is really only an esthetic one and for decoration only. I have both these spices/herbs because I cook Middle Eastern foods like Cauliflower Tabbouleh,  Tzatziki,  Lemon Thyme Cauliflower Quinoa,  Lemon Mint Tahini Salad DressingTahini Dip,  Baba Ganoush, and more since I have family in Dubai.  The dish is usually made with crispy pita bread under the chicken and with more pita served to the side but for obvious reasons and to keep it low carb…

This dish may be done with whole roasted chicken and should go with lots of other side dishes because in the Mid-East people tend to have larger families which include parents and grandparents and since we here in the US tend not to eat so communally, I just did thighs instead.  Not much of a secret that I like dark meat chicken as a lot of my recipes reflect it.  FYI Middle Eastern chickens are much, and I do mean much smaller than the over-sized monstrosities we breed here.  We would call theirs a small Cornish game hen.  The emphasis of the meal is not necessarily meat centric but is only a part of the aggregate so, if you are eating 3, or 4 other smaller items with your meal, one large thigh should be plenty enough and anyway, two thighs is not many carbs.

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Chicken With Sumac And Za'atar
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Ingredients
  1. 8 Large Chicken Thighs Bone-In Skin On
  2. 2 Large Onions Thinly Sliced (Julienned)
  3. 2 T Sumac
  4. 1 T Crushed Garlic
  5. ⅓ C Olive Oil + More For Drizzle
  6. 1½ t All Spice
  7. 1½ t Cinnamon
  8. 1¼ C Water
  9. 2 t Chicken Base
  10. 1½ t Salt
  11. 1 t Pepper
  12. 3 T Za’atar+More If Wanted
  13. ½ T Butter
  14. ⅓ C Pine Nuts
  15. 1 Lemon Thinly Sliced Into 8
Instructions
  1. Mix and divide in half and put everything into two large resealable plastic bag except the onions, za’atar, butter, and pine nuts and refrigerate for at least several hours and overnight is great.
  2. Bring chicken to room temperature before attempting to cook it.
  3. Preheat oven to 425°
  4. Arrange chicken skin side up along with marinade arranged around the chicken in a large 9"x13" baking pan.
  5. Roast for 40-45 minutes or until chicken skin is cooked, crispy, and darkened.
  6. Meanwhile, melt butter over medium heat, add pine nuts and stirring almost constantly, sauté until golden brown. Be careful not to burn them. Remove from pan and set aside.
  7. Sprinkle chicken liberally with za'atar, top with onions, then with pine nuts. If desired, use more sumac & za’atar. It’s pretty hard to overdo either one of them.
  8. Put a slice of lemon to the side as garnish. (I forgot mine).
  9. Let anyone who wants to drizzle additional olive oil, to do so.
  10. 8 Servings
  11. 555 Calories, 33.3g Protein, 44.0g Fat, 5.6g Carbs, .9g Fiber, 4.7g Net Carbs
Notes
  1. Traditionally za’atar, sumac, & olive oil once used by the cook, would also be served in their own small dishes for people to pinch, drizzle, or dip pita bread into.
  2. I personally would serve this on a platter and let people serve themselves but that’s just me.
  3. The sumac in the left picture is the bright red and the za'atar is the greenish brown mixture with sesame seeds spread all over the chicken and plate.
  4. To add complexity and tradition, the onions would be caramelized but for ease of the recipe I baked mine with the chicken which worked really well.
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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.

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

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 Tahini Almond Butter Chocolate Walnut Balls

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

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

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

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

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

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

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