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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.

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

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 Mongolian Beef And Broccoli

Low Carb Mongolian Beef And BroccoliLow Carb Mongolian Beef And BroccoliLow Carb Mongolian Beef And BroccoliLow Carb Mongolian Beef And BroccoliLow Carb Mongolian Beef And Broccoli. Probably most every recipe you see involving a sauce of some kind in an Asian dish calls for cornstarch as the thickener and I don’t use cornstarch anymore to thicken anything.  But…I have a little trick (that a secret friend told me about long ago) that works like a charm and it’s in that little shaker in the last picture.  It’s a combination of ½ xanthan & ½ guar gum.  It takes very little to thicken a sauce, has nearly zero carbs and especially in the amounts we will be using.  The reason it’s in that little shaker is because you can control it so well and even for this it takes less than ¼ t for the whole recipe.

I blanch and freeze broccolini so I have it when I need it and yes, I  Clean My Own Beef Tenderloin so I always that that at my disposal too.  Both of these food items come in handy when making this very simple dish. I know you probably will not clean a whole tenderloin or even use broccolini but of course fresh broccoli works or a 10 oz package of frozen works too.  I don’t know if you can see it or not but I put my beef & broccolini over some cauliflower rice fried in a little butter & olive oil combo and it’s just peeking out in the front & lower right.

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Mongolian Beef And Broccoli
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Meat & Marinade
  1. 2 lbs Beef Tenderloin Thinly Sliced
  2. 3 T Water
  3. 1½ T Soy Sauce
  4. 1 T Sugar-Free Rice Wine Vinegar
Sauce
  1. ½ C Soy Sauce
  2. ⅔-1 C Beef Broth (Depending Whether You Plan To Use Anything Additionally Under Your Broccoli & Meat
  3. ⅓ C Just Like Sugar Brown
  4. 3 T Oyster Sauce
  5. 3 T Crushed Garlic
  6. 1 T+1 t Powdered Ginger
  7. ¼ t Red Pepper Flakes
  8. ⅛-¼ t-Xanthan-Guar Gum Mix
Stir Fry
  1. ¼ C Olive Oil
  2. 1 Head Broccoli Cut Into Small Florets
  3. ½ C Green Onion Tops (Divided)
Meat & Marinade
  1. Bring meat to room temperature, lightly sprinkle with mixture of ½ xanthan & ½ guar gum. Mix thoroughly into wet ingredients & set aside.
Sauce
  1. Mix all ingredients. Start wth ⅛ t xanthan-guar mix and add more if needed at the end.
Stir Fry
  1. Heat oil to medium-hot and fry meat quickly. Set aside.
  2. Add broccoli and fry until just barely tender.
  3. Add sauce ingredients and heat until beginning to thicken.
  4. Add ¼ C green onions, add back meat and bring to temperature. If it needs more thickening power now is the time to add more and remembering is will also thicken as it begins to cool.
  5. 6 Servings
  6. 498 Calories, 34.2g Protein, 36.5g Fat 6.3g Carbs, 2.0g Fiber, 4.3g Net Carbs
Notes
  1. Don't overuse the xanthan-guar gum. You can always add more if needed.
  2. Slicing beef while still semi-frozen will make the job a LOT easier and allows for thinner slicing.
  3. As I said I put fried cauliflower rice under mine but use your imagination or just serve it plain with a side salad and/or another vegetable and you should be good to go.
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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…and not only does it taste great, it is really easy to make.  grain-free, 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.

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

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 Spicy Korean Chicken Wings

Low Carb Spicy Korean Chicken WingsLow Carb Spicy Korean Chicken WingsLow Carb Spicy Korean Chicken WingsLow Carb Spicy Korean Chicken WingsLow Carb Spicy Korean Chicken Wings.  These are killer wings and you can make them as spicy or mild as you wish. I like mine kinda medium to spicy but that plate of 12 wings you see there? I ate them. All. By. Myself.  All I had for dinner with the wings were the few jicama sticks in the back of the plate.  They can be eaten as an appetizer or a dinner and only depends on how many you can put away and what else you serve with them.  I just happen to like mine for dinner.  Of course a huge platter of these on game day is perfect and actually can be served on a platter for any communal eating.  Put these in front of a bunch of hungry men and watch them disappear as if by magic, so have fun as they are easy peasy.

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

Spicy Korean Chicken Wings
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Ingredients
  1. 5-5½ Lbs Split Chicken Wings At Room Temperature (About 48-56 Pieces)
  2. ¼ C Olive Oil
  3. Salt
  4. Pepper
  5. 1 C Sugar-Free Ketchup
  6. 1 C Sugar-Free Rice Wine Vinegar
  7. ½ C Soy Sauce
  8. 2-2½ T Just Like Sugar Brown
  9. 2 T Oyster Sauce
  10. 1 T Chili Garlic Sauce (+ More If You’re Brave)
  11. ¼ C Thinly Sliced Green Onions (Garnish)
  12. ¼ C Chopped Cilantro (Garnish)
  13. 2 T Toasted Sesame Seeds (Garnish)
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 375°.
  2. Foil-line two large sheet pans.
  3. Dump chicken wings into a large bowl and massage in olive oil.
  4. Put wings on sheet pan, lightly salt & pepper and put into the oven for 30 minutes, take out of oven & increase temperature to 450°.
  5. In medium size sauce pan mix ketchup, vinegar, soy sauce, Just Like Sugar Brown, oyster sauce and chili garlic sauce. Set on medium low and simmer for 10-15 minutes. Do this as wings are in oven for first time.
  6. Toast sesame seeds if toasting.
  7. Cut green onions and cilantro.
  8. Using same large bowl, put back cooked wings, dump in sauce, mix thoroughly, put wings back onto pan, and put back into oven for 15 minutes and cook until dark brown.
  9. Plate or put on a platter and garnish with sesame seeds, green onions, and cilantro.
  10. 8 Servings As Appetizer
  11. 357 Calories, 25.7g Protein, 20.4g Fat 3.3g Carbs, .4g Fiber, 2.9g Net Carbs
  12. 4 Servings For Dinner
  13. 713 Calories, 51.4g Protein, 40.8g Fat 6.6g Carbs, .7g Fiber, 5.9g Net Carbs
Notes
  1. If you are lucky enough to have one of those new-fangled restaurant size ovens (I do not) then you’re in business as you can fit all the wings on one full size sheet pan and then…if you are really lucky & you have a 16½”x24½” Silpat to fit, you are really in business because you will not need any foil to line your pan. Otherwise you are going to have to use 2 baking pans on two shelves in the oven.
  2. If you haven't made a mess of the foil you can wrap the bones in it & pop them in a plastic bag for disposal.
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Low Carb Guacamole

Low Carb GuacamoleLow Carb GuacamoleLow Carb GuacamoleGuacamoleGuacamoleGuacamoleLow Carb Guacamole. I have long wanted to make this post and from time to time it seemed kind of dumb with only 4 measly ingredients.  There are probably hundreds of recipes for guacamole on the internet and what would make mine anything but special. Actually, I think there are two thing that set mine apart.  That it tastes the way should.  I have always though of guacamole as a side salad/condiment and not necessarily a dip.  Do I use it as such? Yes I do, and I also use it to go with other things like Cheese Tortilla Fajitas, Mexican Cheese Taco Salad, or Fish Tostadas On Cheese Crisps. The second thing that sets mine apart is the creaminess of the avocado itself. Yeah, it has the traditional green onions and diced tomatoes but the avocado is as smooth as a baby’s butt which make the mouth feel the consistency of soft butter. How do I get the avocado to that consistency?  With an immersion blender plain and simple.  No smashing with a fork or potato masher which will not give you much of anything but chunky and no processor to clean.

I don’t use any extraneous ingredients in my guacamole;  just avocado, green onions, tomatoes, & salt.  It isn’t suppose to blast you with heat or flavors that don’t go together, it is a palate cleanser and cooling agent after eating spicier foods. How often do I make guacamole?  More than I like to think about which is probably once very 1-2 weeks. And the good news? It’s healthy.

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

Creamy Smooth Guacamole
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Ingredients
  1. 1 Medium To Large Avocado
  2. ⅓ C Small Cut Green Onion Tops
  3. ⅓ C Diced Tomato (About ½ A Medium Tomato)
  4. ¼ t Salt+More To Taste If Necessary
Instructions
  1. Dice tomato.
  2. Cut green onions.
  3. Cut avocado into smallish chunks and add to small bowl.
  4. With your immersion blender push down into the avocado and pulse. Continue the up and down until all chunks have been drawn down and thru the head of the blender.
  5. Turn off blender and try to get as much mashed avocado out of it as possible.
  6. Sprinkle in salt, add onions and tomatoes and with a large spoon, blend until mixed.
  7. Eat immediately.
  8. 2 Servings
  9. 173 Calories, 2.6g Protein, 14.2g Fat, 10.8g Carbs, 7.9g Fiber, 2.9g Net Carbs
  10. 4 Servings
  11. 85 Calories, 1.3g Protein, 7.3g Fat, 5.4g Carbs, 3.9g Fiber, 1.5g Net Carbs
Notes
  1. Let's get real here. It would probably be impossible for one person to eat all this but shared by two people, watching a game-oh-yeah. Unless you have small kids, 4 servings is out of the question.
  2. My bowl was too big but my two smaller metal bowl were in the fridge with something or another in them.
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Low Carb Korean Ginger BBQ Sauce

Low Carb Korean Ginger BBQ SauceLow Carb Korean Ginger BBQ SauceLow Carb Korean Ginger BBQ SauceLow Carb Korean Ginger BBQ SauceLow Carb Korean Ginger BBQ Sauce. This sauce was first featured as Rack Of Lamb With Korean Ginger Sauce but it is so good I ate it the following night with a beef tenderloin and a little steamed Bok Choy and the next night with plain old raw Bok Choy as a salad. Sorry, I didn’t get a picture of the salad but trust me, it was good.  Seems this stuff is so terrific I can’t stop eating it.  I’m betting it will become a sauce staple in my house to put on lots more things like mung bean sprouts etc. etc. etc.  The rack of lamb was so good I just decided to make this a stand-alone recipe.  Hope you enjoy it.

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Korean Ginger BBQ Sauce
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Ingredients
  1. ⅓ C Finely Cut Green Onion Tops
  2. ¼ C Olive Oil
  3. ¼ C Minced Shallots
  4. 3 T Minced Cilantro
  5. 3 T Oyster Sauce
  6. 2 T Tamari
  7. 2 T Water
  8. 1½-2 T Just Like Sugar Brown (Or To Taste)
  9. 2 t Crushed Garlic
  10. 2 t Powdered Ginger
Instructions
  1. In small saucepan combine all ingredients and heat gently for about 5-8 minutes or until thickened just a little.
  2. It's now ready to serve with anything hot and if you want to use it as a dressing for a salad refrigerate for at least several hours.
  3. 4 Servings
  4. 94 Calories, 1.1g Protein, 9.4g Fat, 3.0g Carbs, .3g Fiber, 2.7g Net Carbs
Notes
  1. You can either serve sauce directly on meat or vegetables or in a small condiment dish to the side. A little goes a long way.
  2. The green onions and red peppers in the second picture are things I always have and they were so good with the lamb I repeated myself with the steak. They are certainly not called for every time you use the sauce.
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Low Carb Rack Of Lamb With Korean Ginger Sauce

Low Carb Rack Of Lamb With Korean Ginger SauceLow Carb Rack Of Lamb With Korean Ginger SauceLow Carb Rack Of Lamb With Korean Ginger SauceLow Carb Rack Of Lamb With Korean Ginger SauceLow Carb Rack Of Lamb With Korean Ginger Sauce.  In my humble opinion this sauce is one of the best on the website.  That I did it with a rack of lamb seems almost immaterial. It is going to be good on a steak and the fourth pic is with beef tenderloin, or a pork tenderloin. It is just thick enough to stick to a chunk of meat and just thin enough to drizzle on vegetables.  I am calling it Korean Ginger Sauce because it has Just Like Sugar Brown in it, which is a paleo, zero-carb, zero-calorie sweetener.  When push comes to shove it is hands down the best and my favorite diabetic sweetener.

Once you have made and eaten the Korean Ginger Sauce with the lamb you will come up with lots of other ways to use it and the sauce should stand alone as its own recipe. Korean foods are well known for their colors and this had colors alright, lots and lots of bold beautiful colors.

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Rack Of Lamb With Korean Ginger Sauce
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Ingredients
  1. 1 Rack Of Lamb-8 Ribs-Should be about 1¼-1½ Lbs
  2. ⅓ C Finely Cut Scallions
  3. ¼ C Olive Oil
  4. ¼ C Minced Shallots
  5. 3 T Minced Cilantro
  6. 3 T Oyster Sauce
  7. 2 T Tamari
  8. 2 t Crushed Garlic
  9. 2 T Water
  10. 1½-2 T Just Like Sugar Brown (Or To Taste)
  11. 2 t Powdered Ginger
  12. Steamed Bok Choy (Optional But A Perfect Accompaniment & Spinach May Also Work Well)
  13. ¼ C Julienned Red Peppers to Garnish (Optional)
  14. ¼ C Additional Longer Cut Green Onions (Optional)
Instructions
  1. In small saucepan combine all ingredients except lamb and Bok Choy (if using) mixing well. As your lamb is cooking and just before serving, heat gently for about 5 minutes.
  2. Cooking the rack of lamb and this is how I do it. First, make sure it is at room temperature. I take mine out of refrigerator at least 3 hours to make sure and I only do a half rack at a time. The last thing you want is a cold lamb rack going into a hot oven. You may think it’s done but it could end up really rare in the center. While I eat my lamb very rare, not everyone does so, decide how you want to cook it and always use room temperature meat.
  3. Preheat oven to 400°
  4. Sear rack in hot pan fat side down until fat is dark brown. Turn and sear the other side. Since the bones are curved it will get the opposite end too. Cook to desired doneness. I do 10 minutes for rare and it only takes several more minutes to get to well-done and not more than 16-18 minutes.
  5. Let rest 5 minutes to distribute the juices and cut into 8 chops.
  6. Serve the lamb chops around the Bok choy and garnish with additional scallions and bell pepper.
  7. Nap each chop with the sauce or for company, divide and serve sauce in small dishes to the side.
  8. If using Bok choy steam 6-8 minutes or until stems are tender.
  9. 4 Servings Without Optionals
  10. 443 Calories, 36.3 Protein, 31.9g Fat, 3.0g Carbs, .3g Fiber, 2.7g Net Carbs
  11. 4 Servings With Optionals
  12. 456 Calories, 37.7 Protein, 32.1g Fat, 5.1g Carbs,1.3g Fiber, 3.8g Net Carbs
Notes
  1. You can either serve sauce directly on the meat or in a small condiment dish to the side.
  2. I had Bok Choy in the fridge so I used it and um, it was the right choice. You should have plenty of sauce to drizzle on it too.
  3. Nutritionals include everything but the optional items and if you were to add all of them you I have given them too and they don’t add much.
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Low Carb Sautéed Bok Choy

Sauteed Bok ChoySauteed 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.

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

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

Stir Fried Snow PeasStir Fried Snow PeasStir Fried Snow PeasStir Fried Snow PeasStir 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 Chicken Schnitzel a la Holstein

Chicken SchnitzelChicken SchnitzelLow Carb Chicken Schnitzel. Whew doggie is this ever easy assuming you have Pork Dust Rind Breadcrumbs, eggs, capers, and salt & pepper. I used thigh meat because I much prefer it to drier white meat although, the pork rinds keep just about anything quite moist. I fry most (no, not all) of my foods in duck fat which I did here but olive oil works just great and I know most of you will olive oil anyway.  When I need more duck fat I just buy a fat-rat duck, get 2 cups of fat and…have duck dinner for two.  For me, the taste of duck fat is incomparable. I had most of the fat left in the pan so I spooned it around the chicken thigh but if you are not into fat the way I am then please, leave it in the pan. A lot of that fat went into the eggplant served with it and it made it terrific too.

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Chicken Schnitzel
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Ingredients
  1. 4 Small Chicken Thighs-Pounded To A Thin Even Thickness
  2. 5 Eggs
  3. 4 t Butter
  4. 3-4 C Ground Pork Rinds
  5. ¼ C Capers
  6. Salt & Pepper
  7. ¼ C Olive Oil
Instructions
  1. If you have the ground pork rinds great, otherwise grind what you need. I actually keep a bag of ground rinds because I use so much of it.
  2. Beat 1 egg for dredging into.
  3. Heat oil to medium-medium high.
  4. Salt & pepper each side of chicken.
  5. Dredge into egg and then into pork rinds.
  6. Carefully put chicken into sizzling oil, fry until crunchy on bottom, turn and finish.
  7. In a separate smaller pan heat 1 t butter, fry eggs to over easy and top chicken.
  8. Top with capers, and more fat is wanted.
  9. 4 Servings
  10. 596 Calories, 56.9 Protein, 26.2Fat 0.6 g Carbs, 0.0g Fiber, 6.6g Net Carbs
Notes
  1. As you can see I ate two eggs with mine and of course you can eat as many eggs as you want.
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Low Carb Bok Choy Cucumber Salad

Bok Choy Cucumber SaladBok Choy Cucumber SaladLow Carb Bok Choy Cucumber Salad.  This salad is quick, easy, pretty, different and piquant due to the dressing.  Be sure to pick baby bok choy or you won’t be able to eat the crunchy stems which of course would be a shame.  I bought white bok choy which I was told was better than the green stemmed Shanghai variety but at any rate make sure they are babies as you absolutely want to eat the stems.  The dressing could probably be used for many other vegetables like maybe cooked spinach, kale, or broccoli but it is just so good on a salad.

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Bok Choy Cucumber Salad
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Salad
  1. 6-8 C Chopped Bok Choy (About ½ Lb)
  2. 1½ C Cut Cucumber Sliced In Half
  3. 1 C Thinly Sliced Red Pepper Cut In Half
  4. 1 C Snow Peas Deveined and Cut On The Bias (Optional)
  5. ½ C Chopped Cilantro
Dressing
  1. 3 T Olive Oil
  2. 2 T Oyster Sauce
  3. 2 T Tamari Sauce
  4. 2 T Sesame Seeds
  5. 1 t Rice Wine Vinegar (Sugar-Free)
  6. ½ t Crushed Garlic
  7. No Salt Or Pepper Should Be Needed
Instructions
  1. Cut off the bottoms of the bok choy to release the leaves. Swish in cold water, drain and dry leaves. They often have grit wedged in the bottom just like a leek.
  2. Chop to bite sized pieces. If you are going to use in a day or two the leaves can easily be put into a plastic bag and refrigerated until ready to assemble salad.
  3. Combine salad ingredient in large bowl.
  4. In small bowl, add dressing ingredients stirring briskly with a whisk. Add to salad ingredients, tossing well.
  5. 6 Servings
  6. 110 Calories, 4.2 Protein, 7.9g Fat, 7.7g Carbs, 3.2g Fiber, 4.5g Net Carbs
Notes
  1. Yes, you can use any wrinkly lettuce you want and I might use kale instead. A smooth lettuce will not hold the dressing as well.
  2. Don't worry when any of your veggies turn brown and look like they might be pickled. It is caused by the darkness of the dressing.
  3. I put the snow peas in mine because I happened to have them, they are totally optional, but they do add a nice crunchiness and they are included in the nutritionals.
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Low Carb Islandic Cod Fillets

Low Carb Islandic Cod FilletsLow Carb Islandic Cod FilletsLow Carb Islandic Cod Fillets.  Whew you would think I might be a little embarrassed by putting up this recipe, but I am not.  It is so ridiculously easy, let alone good I couldn’t help myself.  I was originally going to use pili nuts as my topping and I will at some point but while I was making it, I decided to use pork rind dust and never looked back.  I had it the week and it was so good I got another piece of it yesterday and just had it again today. I don’t know if you use or eat pili nuts or not as they are not only the best nut health-wise for you, they are very expensive too. I don’t eat them so often but I do everyone in a while toast some and eat them.

The reason I say I’m embarrassed by the post is the ease of the recipe and I guess everybody and their brother uses and makes this although maybe not with pork dust or pili nuts.  Awhile ago I bit the dust and ordered Duke’s Mayo and have never looked back.  As I know it, Duke’s is the only sugar-free mayonnaise made and with that said, it is also the best tasting mayo every.  I do have to order it from the company in South Carolina, but as I said it is well worth it.  If you live in the South then you can buy it anywhere.  This recipe is for one of those days when you are bone-dog tired and want dinner on the table in 30 minutes.  So easy even a caveman could make it and no wonder it is such a popular dish.

In case you’re wondering that gorgeous spinach veggie on the plate with the cod? is called Spinach Bhaji which is also a new recipe.

Islandic Cod Fillets
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Ingredients
  1. 6-8 Oz Room Temp. Cod Per Person (I Used An 8 Oz Piece)
  2. 1½ T Room Temp. Butter
  3. 1½- 2 T Mayo
  4. 2 T Pork Rind Dust
  5. Salt & Pepper
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350°
  2. Spread butter on the bottom of baking dish.
  3. Place fish on butter and add salt & pepper.
  4. Spread mayo over fish.
  5. Sprinkle with pork dust.
  6. Bake 8-10 minutes and put under broiler until pork dust gets really crispy.
  7. 1 Serving
  8. 619 Calories, 49.7g Protein, 47.7g Fat, 0.0g Carbs, 0.0g Fiber, 0.0g Net Carbs
Notes
  1. One of the nicer things about this fish is its tendency to release a bit of liquid which when mixed with the butter & mayo makes it quite moist while continuing to eat it.
  2. If you end up with the flatter portions of the tail of the cod they tend to overcook.
  3. I did get the large ends both times but the second time I ask for a flatter large end. The first time I made it, as soon as I put it under the broiler my mayo slide off so the second time I ask for a flatter large end and had pretty good success.
  4. If you add 1 T lemon juice it will add 1g carb or...and I do...add it.
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Low Carb Asian Oyster Sauce

Low Carb Asian Oyster SauceLow Carb Asian Oyster SauceLow Carb Asian Oyster SauceLow Carb Asian Oyster SauceLow Carb Asian Oyster SauceLow Carb Asian Oyster SauceLow Carb Asian Oyster Sauce. There is not much to not love about almost any Asian Sauce and this one is no different except for one thing, it is sugar-free and you will not notice any difference.  I was not going for sweet, I was going for Umami and this is it in spades. Umami sort of captures all the flavors in one.  This Asian Oyster Sauce will either go with meats, fish or vegetables and is ridiculously easy to prepare-2-3 minutes at the most but oh, the flavor.  The three pictures are all with a whole pork tenderloin, pulled pork, and Thai sausages but as I said it literally goes with just about anything.  That small amount of sauce is for 2 people but the recipe is for 4 and can easily be doubled. They say dynamite comes in small packages so don’t let the small amount of sauce fool you as it has enough flavor to practically coat the planet.  Not really, but I hope you get the idea.  I pound my tenderloins to about ¾”, saute it in a tiny amount of fat, until medium rare, slicing it on the bias and getting 8 nice medallions.

I have recently found a(nother) terrific Asian market here in Portland going by the name Lily’s.  It has been owned by the same family for 35 years and it shows bu the way it is being taken care of.  Everyone of the owners in interested in making sure you find what you need and in my case a lot more stuff that I didn’t even know I wanted.  I went in looking for a particular brand of oyster sauce to replace the one I have had forever and the woman took me to the oyster sauces and picked up the one I was looking for, telling me it was the best.  Interestingly, oyster sauce is used sparingly like ½-1-2 t at a time so it lasts a very long time and you will need it for this recipe. Now, if you have fish sauce and not oyster sauce then you can sub it but rest assured they are not one & the same.  If I had my choice between the two I would hands down pick oyster sauce.

I’m thinking this might make a terrific & simple coleslaw with maybe some black seeds.

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Asian Oyster Sauce
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Ingredients
  1. ¼ C Olive Oil
  2. ¼ C Green Onion Tops
  3. 2 t Oyster Sauce
  4. 2 t Powdered Ginger
  5. 2 t Chili Garlic Sauce
  6. 2 t Sugar-Free Rice Vinegar (Yes, You Can Sub With Distilled Vinegar If Necessary)
Instructions
  1. Mix all ingredients together and refrigerate until ready for use. Serve at room temperature.
  2. 4 Servings
  3. 123 Calories, .1g Protein, 14.0g Fat, .5g Carbs, .2g Fiber, .3g Net Carbs
Notes
  1. I promise, after you have eaten this even once you will figure out how to use it over and over again.
  2. If you want it a bit thinner just all a little more olive oil but as I said above it is very powerful.
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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 Giant Ginger Cookies

Low Carb Giant Ginger CookiesLow Carb Giant Ginger CookiesLow Carb Giant Ginger Cookies. I have often wondered why it seems so difficult to get a crispy low carb cookie and now I know-it is.  This is my first attempt at making cookies with Carbalose flour so I have no basis of comparison but I know this: there is no almond flour and no coconut flour.  Don’t know for sure but this must be some kind of secret.  Anyway, these are delicious & crispy and every once in a while, crispy is good.

They say true confessions are good for the soul so here goes another one:  I did not have the right Just Like Sugar.  I had the Baking but not the Granular since I don’t use much of it and there is a difference so…use the right product for the job…but the taste-ooh la la.

Down below in the notes I said I would be testing another recipe using these cookies and it didn’t take me long to come up with these Ginger Cheesecake Tarts

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

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Giant Ginger Cookies
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Ingredients
  1. 2¼ C Carbalose Flour
  2. 3 Sticks Butter
  3. ½ C Just Like Sugar Brown
  4. ½ C Just Like Sugar +
  5. ⅓ C Just Like Sugar
  6. ¼ C Molasses
  7. 1 Egg
  8. 1 T Dried Ginger
  9. ¾ t Cinnamon
  10. ½ t Dried Clove Powder
  11. ½ t Mace Or Nutmeg
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350°
  2. With electric mixer begin to very slowly cream butter, sugar, Add egg & molasses until well incorporated. Mixture will be thick.
  3. In larger bowl mix all dry ingredients. Add wet to dry and with same mixer mix until completely incorporated. It will take a bit of time but it needs to be done.
  4. Use a 2” scoop or make 15 2” balls and place evenly on a parchment papered cookie sheet pan. I have a sheet pan that I could fit all 15 cookies on. Using a flat disc (I used my Norpro pounder) to flatten the balls to about ¼'. Carefully peel from pounder and place back on pan.
  5. Sprinkle on last ⅓ C Just Like Sugar on cookies. Best to use the granular.
  6. Cook no more than 9-10 minutes, leaving on sheet about 10 minutes before putting onto cooling racks.
  7. Cookies should be surprisingly nice and crispy.
  8. 15 Servings
  9. 146 Calories, 5.2g Protein, 11.2g Fat, 10.9g Carbs, 4.5g Fiber, 6.4g Net Carbs
Notes
  1. Based on the crumb of these cookies I'm going to make a prediction here. I think if you ground them and added enough melted butter, they would make a kick butt base for a cheesecake or anything else you needed a cookie base for. I will be testing this in the future but...you can test it now...if you want.
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Low Carb Cleaning Beef Tenderloin 101

Low Carb Cleaning Beef Tenderloin 101

In all the years I have been cooking I have cleaned many a Beef Tenderloin.  I think the idea of it intimidates most people but I l also think if they know how simple it is do it a lot more would at least give it a try and it’s really almost full-proof. Yeah, it can be messed up but only by a little and even that can be fixed.  Buying your Beef tenderloin is the easy part.  There is no rocket science to it.  You go into a trusted market and making sure it is a Choice slab of meat-buy it.  By the time we are finished we will have eaten everything.  The strap or chain meat all the way through the silver-skin which is usually  considered unusable scraps and to be thrown away.  Well, not this chicky.  I use and eat it all-with relish. From time to time you can will see that scrap pile get larger in the pictures.Low Carb Cleaning Beef Tenderloin 101

I didn’t show how to cut the silver-skin but I can only do so many things at once and using a knife and taking a picture is not possible for me.  The whole top of the tenderloin is encased in silver-skin which needs to be gotten to to begin your project. It is thin just like fish skin is and it is gotten rid of the same way.  The only difference is you can remove a fish skin with one swipe of your trusted flexible filet knife or chef’s knife, and because the tenderloin is rather round it must be done in more that several cuts (passes).  Always blade toward the large end of your tenderloin to keep from tearing the delicate flesh.  Yep, it may take a little time the first time you do this, but the satisfaction of finishing the job is extremely high.  Stick your knife between the silver-skin and the meat and cut upward, following the meat. Make as many passes as it takes but the idea is remove as much as possible and taking as little meat as possible. The pic below has a couple of tiny flecks of silver skin and they will have zero effect.  The slimey stuff on the side will come off by pulling it off with your fingers-it is not silver-skin.Low Carb Cleaning Beef Tenderloin 101

To clean the chain side meat.  OPPOSITE that little nugget of meat (the wing muscle) at the larger end of the tenderloin there is a natural side of fattty looking stuff. To separate it from the tenderloin follow with your fingers and then carefully following the side of the tenderloin,pull it straight back toward you. At both ends you will need to finish cutting it.  Believe it or not, depending how you cut it there are two good sized long rolled steaks and most restaurants (sensibly) use it for Beef Stroganoff.  I use them for 2-3 more steaks or cut up for Steak Tartare, or maybe even Grillades for Grillades & Cheesy Cauliflower “Grits”. I often enough cut some for Beef Blue Cheese Parmesan Bake.

Low Carb Cleaning Beef Tenderloin 101Now for the tricky part of that chain and once you have done it you’ll get it.  Cut off any fat off and put it in your scrap heap.  Now, there is some pretty tough stuff inter-twined in the chain (I just call it more silver-skin) which need to be scraped out.  So, you have to find it and…scrape it out.  Again, like taking fish skin off.  Starting at one end grab the offending skin and start pulling the meat off until you come to the other end.  My chain is still intact and ready to be cut any way I want to.  In this case I cut it into 2 6 oz. pieces to make 2 steak dinners.Low Carb Cleaning Beef Tenderloin 101

Turn your tenderloin around to the wing muscle.  This is a choice little one piece roast and perfect for two people.  Again, following the natural shape just gently pull it from the main tenderloin.  You will need to cut through that natural line until completely separated.Low Carb Cleaning Beef Tenderloin 101

Whew, an easy cut.  Nothing more with that baby.  Now you can finish any trimming of silver-skin and you are ready to begin cutting steaks etc. It is difficult for me to tell you how large to make your steaks, I can only tell what I do which is mostly 4 oz. steaks, the two chain pieces, 4-2 oz. pieces Carpaccio twice, 2-4 oz. packs for Tartare, maybe a 4 oz. package for Stroganofff  and lastly,  that sweet little wing roast.  Sometimes, the very ends can have a bit of embedded silver-skin that’s tough to get to so that’s what I may use for the Stroganoff.Low Carb Cleaning Beef Tenderloin 101 I couldn’t get all my cuts into the picture but for me, it was 22 total meals.  The tenderloin was 6.25 lbs. which means $2.84 per portion.  Again, for me and I told you I used everything which you will see below.  You will have some people with larger appetites than mine and then again, sometimes 4 oz will feed two people or like that gorgeous wing roast for two. A 5-6 oz filet is a pretty big steak and if you like them cooked any more than medium you may want to butterfly them.  That is all up to you.  You will not get what I did but it does show one thing, beef tenderloin is not nearly as expensive as you might think.

In the picture above I want you to look at that scrape heap in the back of the pic next to the scale. it’s now time to fix it.  The pan is probably 40 years old and has been pretty will dedicated to fat rendering for that long.  This is really fun.  Put all the scraps into the pan, lightly salt & pepper it, turn your oven to 350° and just put the pan into the cold oven. But wait..there’s more…                           

Cook for maybe 25-30 min. stir well, turn heat to 400° and cook until they turn into crispy critters. But wait, wait…there’s even more…

Appetizer for two

And then you hit gold-the rendered fat.  And there you have it.  No wasted tenderloin-at all.

Cleaning Beef Tenderloin 101
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Ingredients
  1. Recipes are scattered throughout the post for ways to use this.
Instructions
  1. None
Notes
  1. None
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Low Carb Sausage Crust Pizza

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

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

Low Carb Sausage Crust PizzaLow Carb Sausage Crust PizzaLow Carb Sausage Crust PizzaSo what’s up with the next 3 pictures?  I only thing I did was use a 12″ pizza pan with 1 Lb. of sausage and a hair more of each ingredient and got a pizza for 4 with 8 healthy slices.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 Marinated Greek Ribeye Steak

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Simple Greek Salad
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Dressing
  1. ½ C Olive Oil
  2. ¼ C Red Wine Vinegar
  3. 3 T Lemon Juice
  4. 2 t Crushed Garlic
  5. ½ t Dried Mint
  6. ½ t Dried Oregano
  7. ¼ t Dried Dill
  8. ¼ t Salt
  9. ¼ t Pepper
  10. 1 Drop Liquid Sucralose Or Not (To Offset The Acid In The Vinegar & Tomatoes)
Salad Guts
  1. 2 Thinly Sliced Shallots
  2. 2 C Quartered Cherry Tomatoes
  3. 1 C Halved Kalamata Olives
  4. 1 Chopped Peeled & Seeded Cucumber
  5. 2 Very Thinly Sliced Shallots
  6. 6 Oz Feta Cheese
Instructions
  1. Put all salad ingredients in a medium bowl.
  2. Put all dressing ingredients in a smaller bowl, whisking briskly.
  3. Drizzle dressing into salad blending well.
  4. 6 Servings
  5. 301 Calories, 4.6g Protein, 128.8g Fat, 7.8g Carbs, 1.3g Fiber, 6.5g Net Carbs
Notes
  1. Completed salad can be made and refrigerated for more than several days.
  2. Best served in a small bowl as you can then contain a bit of the dressing & juices with each bite.
  3. Adding a soft lettuce like bibb or butterhead will extend the number of people you can serve with this but my advice is to eat it as stated because the flavors are far more intense.
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Low Carb Dijon Rosemary Garlic Glaze

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Have fun making and eating these.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Me gotta go, pole the pirogue down the bayou.

Jambalaya and a crawfish pie and filé gumbo,

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Low Carb Shrimp Scampi

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

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

Giant Baked MeatBalls

 

 

Giant Baked MeatBalls. Meatballs conger up many things to many people which is why there are so many different meatball recipes and I don’t really mean many, I mean 1,000’s & 1,000’s.  Every Italian son thinks his mother makes the best meatballs and that is only the Italians. There are the Swedes, the Vietnamese, and the whole of The Middle East, let alone Europeans like the Poles, the Germans (don’t forget the French) and for heaven’s sake even the Mexicans have meatballs and…trust me they all think theirs are the best.  Well, I do not presume to say or think mine are the best baked meatballs, I can only say that they are really good, I love them, and they are extremely versatile.  They are larger than most balls and at 7-7½ oz each and one is plenty enough as a single serving coupled with however or whatever you decide to serve them with.  The picture above is with Porcini Cream, is best with beef, and I think it looks like one of those Famous NYC Black & White Cookies.

When most people think “meatballs” they think balls swimming in some kind of red sauce, but you can put whatever sauce you want on these or just eat them plain and simple.  This is a relatively easy recipe in that I do not use many spices & herbs which means you can sauce or flavor them as you wish. Whatever other herbs or spices you may decide to put into meatballs, at least in my opinion, kind of determines what sauce you plan to use.  Here are a few suggestions:  Porcini Wine CreamPrimal Keto GravyBasic Cream GravyTomato Basil Cream,  sounds strange but Huli BBQ Sauce is terrific and lastly, it’s red and the best of ’em all.  Puttanesca Sauce served over the meatball with about 4 oz. of spaghetti squash.

It’s pretty hard to make meatballs or meatloaf without breadcrumbs for several reasons and the biggest is that they retains the moisture and fat inside the ball instead of in/on your pan. (Think my Hot Crossed Bacon Meatloaf for the purists among you).  That recipe calls for no breadcrumbs and in my opinion leaving animal fat of any kind is a food sin.  Not only does fat make things taste good, it’s good for you, and makes your pants fall down.  If you have your own low carb bread crumbs then my suggestion is use them.  If not Carbalose Flour Bread makes fabulous crumbs.  I keep a bag of them in my freezer at all times.  I don’t use them often but when I need them, they are there.  They are NOT in this recipe:  See Below.

An Experiment:  Based on my test of ¼ C ground pork rinds with 2 T melted lard I thought this should work and voilé…it worked perfectly.  For the 2 Lbs. ground meat you will need 1 C Pork Dust Rind Breadcrumbs and it seems to be the same ratio as breadcrumbs and after all that, it makes the recipe paleo and Whoopee.  I pop and grind my own pork dust and it’s what in the bag to the right and oh, did I mention the taste?  My, My, My.

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Giant Baked Meatballs
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Ingredients
  1. ⅔ Lb. 20% Ground Beef
  2. ⅔ Lb. Ground Pork
  3. ⅔ Lb. Ground Lamb
  4. 1 C Pork Rind Dust (See Above)
  5. 1 Egg
  6. ½ Medium Onion Minced
  7. ½ T Garlic Salt
  8. 2 t Salt
  9. ¾ t Pepper
Instructions
  1. Heat oven to 350°
  2. Have all ingredients at room temperature.
  3. Beat egg and add onions, salts & pepper.
  4. Sprinkle pork rind dust onto meats, add egg stuff and gently blend.
  5. Divide equally into 6-8 parts and gentle form large balls.
  6. Place into muffin tin and bake for 18-20 minutes. They don't take long.
  7. Let sit for 5 minutes in tin, then remove.
  8. 6 Servings
  9. 451 Calories, 30.9g Protein, 14.7g Fat, 1.6g Carbs, .5g Fiber, 1.1g Net Carbs
  10. 8 Servings
  11. 338 Calories, 23.2g Protein, 11.3g Fat, 1.6g Carbs, .5g Fiber, 1.1g Net Carbs
Notes
  1. Not sure how to tell you portion for either 6 or 8. As you can see, my balls clocked in at 7½ oz before cooking and 6¼ oz after cooking or about 1 T per ball fat lose. If you portion into 8 you still end up with nearly 5 oz of cooked meat.
  2. If your meatball mixture seems a bit dry to begin with, fear not. By the time the pork skins start to sop up the fat after cooking they will end up very moist and with the fat inside the meatballs instead of in your muffin pan
  3. These meatballs are really good served with any of the above named sauces and maybe with a little spaghetti squash under them.
  4. To be on the safe side put another pan under your muffin tin for any spill-over grease remembering lamb and pork have a LOT of fat.
  5. Best to use a larger muffin tin than I did. I don't, and have never made muffins for the home so, this was the only tin I had.
  6. Strike that last sentence. I bought a large 6 hole tin and it was...perfect.
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Low Carb Seafood Cerviche

Seafood CervicheSeafood Cerviche, pronounced sa vee chay or sa vee chee and even sa-beachy.  No matter how you pronounce it, this is a really good, clean, fresh food.  Every time I see cerviche on a menu, which is not all that often, I order it and it is never the same twice as so many different combinations of seafood can be used.  Food lore says it originally came from Spain to Ecuador or Peru but from wherever, as I said, it is really good.

It is most often made with shrimp but I am using more than several different seafoods here because when I was visiting my brother in NC we ate in a restaurant that served it this way…and this is as close to that recipe as I can get.  The secrets to making cerviche are:  Cutting the seafood pieces pretty close to the same size, not letting it “cook” in the marinade any longer that 30 minutes as it will turn the seafood either rubbery (the shrimp) or mushy, (the fish) and blending in the vegetables just before serving.  And please, if you are going to go to the cost and trouble of making this with anything other than shrimp, which works quite well, buy fresh fish and make the dish the same day if possible.  One of the reasons I like using a little crab in my cerviche is its ability to help bind everything together as you see in the picture.  You can see my now famous 30 yr. old tuna can (PVC pipe works well too) for my molding and anyway you present it is OK.  A little Crème Fraîche would be good as well.

You are going to get a great mixture of not only flavors but also textures.  The wonderful feel of firmed fish and the crunch of vegetables.  This can be a complete meal if desired and I have given the nutritionals as an appetizer and dinner.  This is a picture of cerviche served as soup and eaten with a spoon.  Directions for the soup are in the notes below.

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Seafood Cerviche
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Ingredients
  1. ¼ Lb. Each Halibut, Shrimp, Large Scallops, & Crab (Your Crab Will Already Be Cooked)
  2. ½ C Lime Juice
  3. 1 Small Avocado Cubed Into ½” Pieces
  4. 1 Small Jalapeno Diced Very Small
  5. ½ Small Diced Tomato (I Use Regular Tomatoes Because I Like The Bit Of Juice I Get)
  6. ½ C Seeded Cucumber Diced Small
  7. ½ C Small Diced Orange Pepper
  8. ¼ C Small Diced Purple Onion
  9. ¼ C Celery
  10. ¼ C Minced Green Onion Tops
  11. 2 T Very Finely Chopped Cilantro
  12. 1 T Olive Oil
  13. 1 Lemon (Wedged And Served To The Side)
  14. Salt & Pepper
Instructions
  1. Cut halibut into ½” cubes, depending on size cut shrimp into 3 or 4 sections and quarter the scallops. The idea is to have all seafood close to the same size and vegetables a bit smaller.
  2. Put seafood into glass or stainless bowl, mix in lime juice and let sit 15-20 minutes. Stir occasionally. Drain lime juice unless making the soup version.
  3. Meanwhile cut all vegetables, ending with avocado and put into another bowl. Add Crab, olive oil and blend.
  4. Mix vegetables into seafood and let sit 5 minutes. Taste and salt & pepper as wanted.
  5. Divide mixture into 8 equal portions. If using a mold placed on serving dish and making sure the lime juice has been left in the bowl and mold it pressing down firmly. Gently lift the ring off and go on to the next one.
  6. If serving in some kind of glass container it is not necessary to drain lime juice and a martini glass makes a very nice presentation as does any bed of lettuce.
  7. Serve with a wedge of lemon.
  8. 8 Servings as an appetizer
  9. 101 Calories, 11.25g Protein, 4.2g Fat, 3.1g Carbs, 1.2g Fiber, 1.9g Net Carbs
  10. 4 Servings as an entrée
  11. 202 Calories, 22.5g Protein, 6.4g g Fat, 6.1g Carbs, 2.4g Fiber, 3.7g Net Carbs
Notes
  1. If you want to serve this in a cocktail glass you do not need to drain the liquid. If molding, the way I did it, it needs to be drained so the ingredients will “stick” together and hold their form. Some places even serve this quite soup-like as a good hangover cure. That’s probably on a beach someplace where it’s party time any time. If you decide to make this as a soup, (see picture) you can skip the jalapeno and add spicy tomato juice to it or...leave in the jalapeno and add some diced or crushed tomatoes...or put half of the vegetables in your blender and puree to desired consistency.
  2. If you’re feeling a bit frisky you can add a few squid rings too.
  3. Crab is NOT marinated in the citrus. I used Dungeness crab as it is what’s abundant here in the Pacific NW. Good quality canned crab is fine and just be sure to drain it. I don’t use it but I also think imitation crab would work as well.
  4. If you like the flavor of orange with seafood but do not want to use orange juice as the acid add ¼ t orange extract to lime juice.
  5. I have had Cerviche with garlic in it and didn’t like it. If I am going to eat the expensive ingredients in this dish I want to be able to taste them.
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