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Zaatar Yogurt Dip

Zaatar Yogurt DipZaatar Yogurt DipZaatar Yogurt Dip …with Mint. I eat this certainly more than from time to time and it is a knockout for breakfast, so sorry, I have never put it up as a recipe.  I will use any excuse to use za’atar and this simple Zaatar Yogurt Dip is one of mine (excuses).  I call this a yogurt dip but you will seriously either need to get a very thick yogurt or simple make your own.

I do not advocate any of the commercial yogurts because they have thickeners and stabilizers in them.  I do make my own Strained Yogurt but as I have gotten older I have begun mostly using Karoun Kefir Cheese Labne.  I can only tell you how fabulous it is …you will actually need to buy it to try it.  I guarantee you will never go back no matter how you eat yogurt.  Does it have things in it that my yogurt doesn’t have?  Yes, maybe one or two, but the bottom line is that it has a very high fat content with a lower carb count.  The Aleppo pepper in the ingredients list is something I use a lot and is not listed in the recipe card. If you have it, please use it. The picture of the White Mountain Bulgarian Yogurt is an exception and if you want the absolute best yogurt you have ever tasted this is it.  Comes in a glass jar, is made with whole milk, with no fillers or thickeners of any kind and the only other ingredients are (4) four live cultures.  I don’t think it is suitable for this recipe because it is not strained and would be too liquidy with the added lemon juice in this particular zaatar yogurt dip but I do make Doogh with it.

Like za’atar and want more?  Chicken With Sumac & Za’atarEggplant SoupZa’atar Salad,  and Za’atar Sumac Eggplant.

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Zaatar Yogurt Dip
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Ingredients
  1. 1 C Good Quality Thick Yogurt
  2. 1 T Za’atar (Divided) + More To Taste
  3. ¼ t Garlic Paste
  4. ½ T Dried Mint
  5. 1 T Lemon Juice
  6. ½ t Salt
  7. ¼ t Pepper (If Not Using Aleppo Pepper)
  8. 2-3 T Olive Oil To Drizzle
Instructions
  1. Mix yogurt, garlic, lemon juice, and ½ T za’atar until smooth.
  2. Smear on plate, sprinkle with salt, mint, rest of za’atar, and Aleppo pepper (If using).
  3. Drizzle on olive oil.
  4. Serve with cucumber coins, Kalamata olives, or any other low carb vegetables.
  5. 4 Servings
  6. 193 Calories, 2.1g Protein, 20.0g Fat, 2.7g Carbs, 0.2g Fiber, 2.5g Net Carbs
Notes
  1. Best refrigerated for several hours before service.
  2. Perfect as side sauce with rack of lamb or chicken.
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Keto Zaatar Salad

Keto Zaatar SaladKeto Zaatar SaladKeto Zaatar Salad.  Many times it is not a recipe per se that is from a particular region of the world, but the spices that go into it that make it.  If you knew just some of the main Middle Eastern spices, tasted this, you might guess the salad came from somewhere in Africa or the Middle East.  In this case it is the za’atar that gives it away.  Yes, it is a spice blend but it is also a condiment on every table.  It is dipped into and sprinkled on everything.  It is also baked into breads, put into dips and sprinkled on eggs, and used as a rub on meats. Sumac is another oft used Middle Eastern spice.  It is a beautiful dark red in color with the taste of a kind of tart lemon.  Black seeds (Nigella Sativa) and not to be confused with black sesame seeds, are another to die for condiment on African and Middle Eastern tables and if you happen to have them they are perfect sprinkled on this salad. Pine nuts are a symbol of love and care for the people being fed as well as showing that the husband is capable of caring for his family.  Yes, pine nuts are expensive all over the world.  I try to eat zaatar 4-5 times a week and this keto zaatar salad is only one of them.  I most often put in on eggplant.

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Zaatar Salad
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Ingredients
  1. 4 C Chopped Lettuce (Your Choice & Mix & Match If/As Desired)
  2. 1 C Fresh Diced Tomatoes (About 2-3 Romas)
  3. 1 C Diced Cucumbers
  4. ½ C Thinly Sliced Red Onion
  5. 1 T Dried Mint
  6. ¼ C Olive Oil
  7. ¼ C Lemon Juice
  8. 2 Tablespoons Za’atar
  9. 1 T Crushed Garlic***
  10. 4 t Aleppo Pepper (If You Happen To Have It)
  11. 4 t Pine Nuts For Garnish (If You Happen To Have Them)
Instructions
  1. Place the first 5 ingredients in a large salad bowl (romaine through mint) and toss.
  2. Squeeze lemon juice & olive oil into a small bowl.
  3. Add garlic paste, 1½ T za’atar and whisk briskly.
  4. Drizzle salad with dressing mixture, then sprinkle with more za’atar, Aleppo pepper, & pine nuts.
  5. 4 Servings
  6. 162 Calories, 1.7g Protein, 15.2g Fat, 7.4g Carbs, 2.8g Fiber, 4.4g Net Carbs
Notes
  1. There are zero carbs in Aleppo peppers and pine nuts will only increase the fat as there are 92g fat per cup. Yikes.
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Keto Caramelized Vietnamese Chicken

Keto Caramelized Vietnamese ChickenKeto Caramelized Vietnamese Chicken.  I have done this with boneless skin-on chicken thighs which are my favorite parts of a chicken but any part(s) will work.  I can easily bone my own thighs because I want the skin on but it’s totally not necessary.  I also shop in a grocery that will de-bone them for me at no extra charge so to save work I am now having that done.  Bottom line:  You want skin-on thighs and it does not matter if the bone is still in.

This is a pretty good example of what Asians call balanced as it is, salty, sour, sweet, and spicy yet, it is very easy to make and fun to eat.

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Caramelized Vietnamese Chicken
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Ingredients
  1. 8 Chicken Thighs Brought To Room Temperature
  2. 1 Large Thinly Cut Lightly Caramelized Onion
  3. 1 T Olive Oil
  4. ½ C Water
  5. 4 t Garlic Paste***
  6. 1 T Powdered Ginger
  7. ½ C Just Like Sugar Brown***
  8. 3 T Sugar Free Rice Wine Vinegar
  9. 2 T Fish Sauce
  10. 1 T Minced Pickled Jalapeno Pepper +1 t Juice
  11. ½ C Cilantro For Garnish
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 450°.
  2. Put room temp. chicken thighs in large glass baking dish and cook about 40-45 minutes or until skin is very dark brown and crispy.
  3. Add olive oil to small pan on low heat, add onions and cook to a light golden brown. (About 25-30 minutes).
  4. Add rest of ingredients down to cilantro to a small saucepan and simmer about 5-10 minutes or until just slightly beginning to thicken. You can always add more water.
  5. Add onions to sauce.
  6. Spoon sauce on each thigh and garnish with cilantro.
  7. 8 Servings
  8. 280 Calories, 19.6g Protein, 20.0g Fat, 3.0g Carbs, 0.3g Fiber, 2.7g Net Carbs
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Keto Crack Pie

Keto Crack PieKeto Crack PieKeto Crack Pie or maybe we should call this Keto Crack Pi. You know, I have so many keto~low carb~diabetic friendly recipes on this site that it is now fun to take some ridiculously high carb dish and ketofy it and this is one of them.  I was watching a series on Netflix called Chef’s Table and two of the (many-30?) chefs highlighted are David Chang & Christina Tosi.  If you want the whole story you will have to watch it on Netflix but I will say the whole series has been an absolute knockout.  Does Keto Crack Pie taste like the famous Momofuko or Milk Bar crack pie?  I don’t know because I have never had it for comparison but as far as keto goes this is good and I mean really good and it takes such a small piece to satisfy any sweet tooth.  From some of the reviews of the original pie people say it is ridiculously sweet so I have toned that down but the essence is still there. Before I could even think about trying to make this I had to get coconut milk powder to replace regular milk powder which I wouldn’t use in a million years.  Good heavens, by adding water it’s like drinking a candied broth.  About the only things my Keto Crack Pie have in common with the original are egg yolks, butter, heavy cream, and vanilla extract.

I did not do well with dinner the day I made this.  As soon as I had taken the pics I could use, I ate that piece of pie.  It was about 1:30 in the afternoon and the stupid thing was so good and beyond my expectations that…I ate another piece and boom~I was a goner.  Had a glass of wine and called myself good to go.

How it looks and tastes:  I hope you can see how it looks. Color is a bit darker that a pumpkin pie. The filling is a very intense brown sugar flavor and not too unlike my Walnut Pecan Tart but maybe “lighter”?  I guess my best description can only be~heavenly.  Oh, did I mention, it’s easy?  Yeah well, it’s easy too. Update:  After having been in the refrigerator a little over 24 hours the pie has become very dense and not too unlike a thick New York Cheesecake.  Still tastes like a seriously rich and fabulous caramelly brown sugar pie.

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Keto Crack Pie
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Crust
  1. 1 C Almond Flour
  2. ⅓ C Ground Pecans
  3. 3 T Just Like Sugar Brown*** (For Paleo) Or 5 Drops Liquid Sucralose***
  4. ¼ C Melted Butter
Filling
  1. ½ C Softened Butter
  2. ⅔ C Just Like Sugar Brown***
  3. 3 Drops Liquid Sucralose*** (Just Omit To Keep it Paleo)
  4. 2 T Coconut Milk Powder
  5. ½ C Heavy Cream or Coconut Cream (Paleo)
  6. ¾ t Vanilla Extract
  7. 4 Egg Yolks
Crust
  1. Preheat oven to 350°.
  2. Put almond flour into a medium bowl.
  3. In a small processor add pecans and Just Like Sugar Brown and process until pecans are ground.
  4. Add pecan mixture to almond flour and mix in melted butter.
  5. Press into an 8" glass pie dish. Blind bake crust 12-15 minutes at 350° and then “tamp down” as it will puff up. Return to oven for about 5 additional minutes or until it starts to just turn slightly brown.
  6. Cool Crust
Filling
  1. Cream butter, mix in heavy cream, coconut milk powder, vanilla extract and Sucralose (if using).
  2. Slowly add Just Like Sugar.
  3. Add egg yolks all at once and mix just to blend.
  4. Mixture will be very thick, almost like a mousse.
  5. Spread evenly into cooled baked crust.
  6. Bake 20 minutes, turn down the oven to 325° and bake another 10 minutes or until very puffy and light crusty brown on top. Turn off oven, leaving pie in for 5-10 more minutes. Don't worry it will collapse as it cools.
  7. Cool completely and refrigerate at least a couple of hours. If you can leave it alone, overnight is even better and uh, good luck on that one.
  8. 8 Servings
  9. 369 Calories, 5.2g Protein, 37.4g Fat 4.5g Carbs, 2.0g Fiber, 2.5g Net Carbs
Notes
  1. The original pie is dusted with powdered sugar and I just used a little bit (about ½ t) of the coconut milk powder.
  2. I have now made this pie for a second time using coconut cream and although it is good, the heavy cream wins-hand down.
  3. I use the ingredients that I feel are the best available, for me personally. If you decide to make this (and I sure hope you do) I am unable to vouch for substitute sweeteners. I have multiple reasons for NOT using eryritol, oligosaccharides or food grade glycerin(e) and one of them is they are not as low in carbs as you may think.
  4. I do occasionally used EZ-Sweetz liquid Sucralose as it adds a different depth of sweetness rather than leaving something one dimensional and neither of the products used here have any carbs in them no matter how much you use.
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Low Carb Black Beanless Soup

Low Carb Black Beanless SoupLow Carb Black Beanless SoupLow Carb Black Beanless Soup.  Finding myself a bit under the weather and not wanting to come up with a dinner, I decided to try to come up with a new soup.  Whoever knows what appeals to someone who is miserable but black bean soup came to mind and the idea of my having black beans, or any other beans for that matter was a joke but I wanted something with a strong cuminy flavor.  I already had all the common vegetables in the fridge so…I got them out and started this so easy low carb black beanless soup recipe.  If I had half a brain the day I did this I would have put some shredded pork into it but since the brain had gone missing, I missed my opportunity.  It is however something I would highly recommend and will not add any carbs. Not many calories but the flavor is…terrific.

This is going to make a pot-load of soup so either make ½ the recipe or make it for a large crowd.  Remember, I made this because I was sick and going to eat it for more than several days and…I only made a ½ recipe.

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Black Beanless Soup
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Ingredients
  1. 4 Slices Bacon (About ¼ Lb) Sautéed & Crumbled (Reserving Bacon Grease In Pan)
  2. 2 C Riced Cauliflower
  3. 1 C Finely Chopped Celery (About 2 Large Ribs)
  4. 1 C Finely Chopped Red Pepper
  5. ½ C Finely Chopped Onion
  6. ½ C Finely Chopped Carrot (About 1 Small)
  7. 4 C Water (Or Chicken Stock)
  8. 1 T Chicken Base***
  9. 1 T Cumin + More To Taste
  10. 1 T Pickled & Chopped Jalapenos
  11. 1 T Pickled Jalapeno Juice
  12. 2 t Crushed Thyme
  13. One Can Small Diced Tomatoes
  14. 1 Sliced Avocado (Garnish)
  15. Green Onion Tops (Garnish)
  16. Lime Wedges (Garnish)
  17. Cilantro (Garnish)
  18. Dollop Crème Fraiche Or Sour Cream (Optional As Garnish)
  19. Freshly Ground Pepper
Instructions
  1. In a large pot sauté bacon, remove, reserving grease.
  2. Add celery, red peppers, onions, carrots, & thyme and sauté 8-10 minutes.
  3. Add water, chicken base, (or stock) riced cauliflower, cumin, jalapenos & juice, and the juice from the tomatoes + ½ of the tomatoes, reserving the rest.
  4. Bring to simmer and cook until vegetables are soft.
  5. Take out about ½ of the vegetables, add back bacon, and with a stick blender, blend until mostly pureed. Add back vegetables and reserved diced tomatoes, bring to temperature, and garnish as desired.
  6. 8 Servings
  7. 65 Calories, 3.5g Protein, 2.6g Fat, 7.1g Carbs, 2.2g Fiber, 4.9g Net Carbs
Notes
  1. For added fat, drizzle a little olive oil over soup.
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Low Carb Coffee Laced Chocolate Cake

Low Carb Coffee Laced Chocolate CakeLow Carb Coffee Laced Chocolate CakeLow Carb Coffee Laced Chocolate Cake.  No, not a coffeecake,  a low carb coffee laced chocolate cake with a coffee whipped cream icing.  I made a high carby version of this cake for many years but that all stopped abruptly when 9½ years ago I was handed the diagnosis of diabetes and life was suspended…for about a day.  I am so lucky to have worked in kitchens all over the country and coupled with my (at the time) knowledge of what the Atkins Diet had been back in the 70’s (I lived it) I have been able to pull this website together with over 550 Keto~Paleo~Low Carb~Diabetic Chef’s Recipes.  I have mostly chosen to concentrate on things not related to desserts but this cake is so good and so easy I have decided to post it and yes, I do have other desserts and here are just three:  Pecan Sandy BarsCinnamon Flan, and Butter Pecan Mousse which actually tastes exactly like the ice cream of the same name.

Anyway, I digress.  This is a super easy cake to make assuming you have the ingredients.  I used to make this in round pans with the frosting in between split layers but again, for ease I have put it into a square pan and only frosted the top. You may do it as you wish.

I want to take a minute to remind you that if you are going to do much baking, it is important to use professional pans.  I use the pan sizes listed here and they are one of the best kitchen and baking investments you will ever make. If, you decide to test some of the baked items on this site by making a ½ recipe here is a little trick and um yes, I do it all the time.  Example: If a recipe calls for a 10”x10” Pan which has 100sq” then the half pan would be the 7”x7” at 49sq”

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Chocolate Coffee Cake
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Cake
  1. 2 C Finely Shredded Zucchini
  2. ½ C Coconut Flour
  3. ½ Cup Cocoa Powder
  4. 1½ C Just Like Sugar Brown***
  5. ¼ C Hot Water
  6. 2 t Coffee Powder
  7. 2 t Baking Powder
  8. ¼ C Melted Butter
  9. ¼ C Melted Coconut Oil
  10. 4 Eggs
  11. 2 t Vanilla
  12. ¼ C Sour Cream
Topping
  1. ½ C Heavy Whipping Cream
  2. 1 t Vanilla Extract
  3. 2 Drops Liquid Sucralose*** (Or Sweetener of Choice)
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350°.
  2. Mix coconut flour, cocoa, and baking powder.
  3. Beat eggs, sour cream, coconut oil, and butter.
  4. Mix hot water with coffee powder.
  5. Beat in Just Like Sugar Brown, vanilla, and coffee water until well blended and mix into dry ingredients.
  6. Quickly stir in zucchini and pour into a buttered 8”x8” pan.
  7. Bake for about 35-40 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out cleanly.
  8. Cool completely.
  9. Whip cream, add vanilla extract and sweetener and top cake.
  10. Dust with a bit more coffee powder.
  11. 12 Servings
  12. 183 Calories, 4.0g Protein, 15.9g Fat, 6.5g Carbs, 3.4g Fiber, 3.1g Net Carbs
Notes
  1. Don't dilly dally around after you have added the zucchini. Get it into your pan and into the oven quickly.
  2. If your zucchini begins to give up some of it's liquid after you have grated it, then squeeze it as best you can before adding it to the cake batter. I just wait to grate mine until I'm ready to fold it into the batter.
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Low Carb Chicken Soup

Low Carb Chicken SoupLow Carb Chicken Soup. There is not anything much more satisfying than a bowl of low carb chicken soup after a hard day’s work and this will not disappoint.  It’s hearty, stick to your ribs, has all the flavors, and none of the carbs, and made rich with the addition of heavy cream.  This has been a restaurant trick for a long time but I think because of the fat fear mongering that is going on to this day, people have been afraid to use it and happy to not think about it when served in a restaurant.

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Chicken Soup
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Ingredients
  1. 1 Whole Poached & Pulled Chicken (Or Pulled Cooked Rotisserie Chicken)
  2. 3 T Butter
  3. 1 Cup Sliced Mushrooms
  4. ⅓ C Water (Or Chicken Stock)
  5. 1 C Diagonally Thinly Cut Celery
  6. ½ C Finely Chopped Carrot (Mostly For Color)
  7. ½ C Finely Chopped Onion
  8. ⅓ C Chopped Roast Red Pepper
  9. 2 T Green Onion Tops
  10. 2 T White Wine
  11. 1 t Poultry Seasoning
  12. 2 t Chicken Base***
  13. 2 C Heavy Cream
  14. 3 C Water (Or Chicken Stock)
Instructions
  1. In large pan, sauté mushrooms in 2 T butter. Set Aside.
  2. Melt last 1 T butter, add liquid, wine, carrot, onion, celery, chicken base, & poultry seasoning and cook until tender 5-7 minutes. Add more stock as necessary.
  3. Add roasted red pepper, green onion tops, mushrooms & heavy cream and bring to simmer.
  4. Add chicken & dumplings and simmer until hot.
  5. Thin with liquid (stock) as necessary.
  6. Serve with lots of freshly cracked pepper.
  7. 8 Servings
  8. 312 Calories, 3.2g Protein, 29.6g Fat, 2.7g Carbs, 0.8g Fiber, 1.9g Net Carbs
Notes
  1. If using a commercial chicken stock only add chicken base to taste as the stock will probably have lots of salt.
  2. Now that you have the basic recipe you can delete and/or insert you own herbs to suit your tastes.
  3. And oh yeah, leftover frozen turkey works just as well for this dish.
  4. If you poach and pull 2-3 chickens at once you will save a lot of time when next you want to make this or any other dish calling for pulled chicken.
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Low Carb Crispy Pork Belly

Low Carb Crispy Pork BellyLow Carb Crispy Pork BellyLow Carb Crispy Pork BellyLow Carb Crispy Pork BellyLow Carb Crispy Pork Belly. When eating keto or zerocarb actually leads to crunchy. Oh, I don’t mean a bit of crunch, I mean probably the crunchiest food on earth-Pork Skin. The first time I ever had this most exquisite of foods was about 30 years ago.  We were on Vancouver Island in the Chinatown area of Victoria and ducked into some funky little hole in the wall restaurant.  You know how it is, nobody speaks English, I’m just trying to find out what this pork belly stuff is before I order some of it.  One thing led to another and with zero understanding of what I was ordering, I pulled down my pants, took a chance, closed my eyes, and ordered it anyway.  I am here to tell you that to this day I have never had anything that compared to that first bite of low carb crispy pork belly.  I truly thought if there was a heaven, I had just entered the kingdom.  So…life happens and though from time to time I would try to find this pork belly again, I never did until one day…I decided to make my own. 

Now I have had and made my own chicharrones but they are not the same.  They are of course fabulous in their own right but absolutely not the same as a low carb crispy pork belly even though they are both made with the same product.  Since I had come up with my own Hoisin Sauce a while ago this had been percolating and I have had it more than a couple of times now.  Because I can, I serve it with hoisin but I wanted to not only make it very easy for you but to also give you the authentic Chinese version which is the easiest way imaginable.  And this is maybe one of the best things of all here:  These succulent little bits of goodness can be…gasp…eaten with your fingers. If you don’t have the same Norpro tenderizer I have then you can use a fork to pierce the skin and it will just take a bit more time and elbow grease and some say you don’t even need to pierce the skin.

I have shown it with 3 pieces as an appetizer and 6 pieces as a dinner.  If you think you can eat more than 6 pieces, I would advise trying 6 pieces to begin with and then going for more.  It is tempting to eat more but an hour or two later they will sneak up on you and you will feel full beyond belief.  I mean let’s face it, you will be eating nearly all fat.

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Crispy Pork Belly
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Ingredients
  1. 1½ Lb Slab Of Pork Belly (I Get Mine In A Vietnamese Grocery)
  2. ½-1 t Five Spice Powder
  3. ½-1 t Salt
Instructions
  1. With skin up and using the tool shown or a sharp fork, pierce the skin many times.
  2. Turn belly skin side down and score into what will be 24 pieces. Not only does scoring aid in portion control, (who needs that anyway)? It also keeps it from humping or twisting.
  3. Mix, spread, & rub salt & powder into cuts over bottom only of belly.
  4. Make an envelope out of foil and place belly skin side up inside. DO NOT COVER.
  5. Making sure skin is dry, dry, dry, put into refrigerator, again uncovered, for 24 hours. You may sprinkle salt on the top for drying but it is not necessary.
  6. When ready to begin cooking put belly on counter for 2-3 hours and bring to room temperature.
  7. Heat oven to 450°.
  8. Place belly into oven for 35 minutes and DON'T open the door.
  9. Turn down heat to 350° and continue cooking for another 30-40 minutes. Again DON'T open the door.
  10. Turn off oven and leave belly alone for another 15 minutes.
  11. Remove from oven and with skin side down and using a large knife, (chef's knife is best) begin cutting through the scores and into the skin. You are going to need a little pressure to push through the crispy skin.
  12. 8 Servings As Appetizer
  13. 240 Calories, 13.0g Protein, 21.0g Fat, 0.0g Carbs, 0.0g Fiber, 0.0g Net Carbs
  14. 4 Servings As Dinner
  15. 480 Calories, 26.0g Protein, 42.0g Fat, 0.0g Carbs, 0.0g Fiber, 0.0g Net Carbs
Notes
  1. Don't go nuts with the five spice powder or salt. A little dab will do ya.
  2. If by some chance the skin is not totally crispy don't worry as all is not lost. You can turn on the broiler and broil for 1-2 minutes but be careful because at this point it is easy to scorch it.
  3. The belly available to me is very thin skinned so if all you can get is a thicker skinned belly then I would add 5-10 minutes of cooking time.
  4. Of course you can use a larger slab of belly for more people.
  5. If you think you want the Norpro tenderizer, I ordered it through my local hardware store for &7.00. Not a well know item but I think most any hdwe. store can order it for you.
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Low Carb Roasted Tomato Bisque

Low Carb Roasted Tomato BisqueLow Carb Roasted Tomato BisqueLow Carb Roasted Tomato Bisque. Not much food evokes the memories of childhood better than tomato soup and low carb roasted tomato bisque will do the trick. That little blob of white in the soup is Crème Fraîche because I had it and a dollop of sour cream does the trick too.  One of the nice things about this low carb roasted tomato bisque is the way you can “soup” it up.  It can be plain Jane or you can add herbs and spices for a variety of different flavors.  Have it plain the first day and with basil or Italian Herbs with garlic the next. There are unlimited possibilities.

See that little hank of green stuff?  I was in the produce department at my local grocery and my friend David was trimming the tops off the fennel into a a box so, I ask him if I could have a little of the gargage.  He looked me straight in the eye and said “Deborah, call it what it really is and by its proper name.  We call it compost.”  So there it is, my soup is garnished with “compost”… and it was delicious.

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Tomato Bisque
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Ingredients
  1. 1 C Finely Chopped Onion
  2. 1 C Finely Chopped Carrot (About 1 Medium)
  3. 1 C Finely Chopped Celery (About 1 Large Rib)
  4. ¼ C Butter
  5. 4 C Water
  6. 1 T Chicken Base***
  7. Two Cans Diced Fire Roasted Tomatoes
  8. ½ C Heavy Cream
  9. Freshly Ground Pepper
  10. 8 T Olive Oil
  11. Parmesan Cheese (Optional As Garnish)
  12. Dollop Crème Fraiche Or Sour Cream (Optional As Garnish)
Instructions
  1. Add butter to pot, melt, add all vegetables, and sweat for about 8-10 minutes.
  2. Add water & chicken base, cover and simmer until vegetables are soft.
  3. Add tomatoes and heat.
  4. With an immersion blender, whiz until smooth, add heavy cream and bring to temperature.
  5. Drizzle 1 T olive oil each cup soup and garnish as wanted.
  6. 8 Servings
  7. 263 Calories, 1.1g Protein, 25.8g Fat, 6.7g Carbs, 2.2g Fiber, 4.5g Net Carbs
  8. 6 Servings
  9. 350 Calories, 1.5g Protein, 34.4g Fat, 8.9g Carbs, 2.9g Fiber, 6.0g Net Carbs
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Low Carb Lemon Bacon Scallops

Low Carb Lemon Bacon ScallopsLow Carb Lemon Bacon ScallopsLow Carb Lemon Bacon ScallopsLow Carb Lemon Bacon ScallopsLow Carb Lemon Bacon Scallops.  If there is one driving force in any restaurant, it is to get and keep repeat customers by making drool worthy food which will bring them back with the memory of that food.  These low carb bacon lemon scallops are one of those foods and yes, they are truly drool worthy, extremely easy to make and easy to impress with.  I have listed them as an appetizer and 5-6 of them make a terrific lowcarb keto dinner.

Here in Portland, OR I have had more than several restaurants that have done this to me and guess what.  I return-again and again and again.  In my case it is usually a sauce that goes with a steak.  Of course it’s not the steak that’s memorable but the sauce that showcases the steak and maybe think a simple Béarnaise or a lemony Buerre Blanc.  The next time I return they have some equally different sauce and I am hopelessly hooked.

I showed you the label from my scallops packaging because I always find it rather amusing that I live on the Left Coast and (all) the scallops here come from the East Coast and if I were to eat totally locally, I would never get these succulent morsels of delight.

An important note about scallops:  Don’t be afraid to ask if they are DRY or “soaked” (wet) because it makes all the difference in the world.  Yes, they are expensive, but DRY scallops are the only thing to buy. Soaked, as denoted by the name, have been subjected to sodium tripolyphosphates (STTP) for several reasons but the biggie is additional profit. Scallops are naturally about 75% water by weight and by adding an additional 10%-12% water & chemicals, at least to this person’s senses, is out-and-out cheating let alone rendering them uselessly mired in a milky water and which makes them impossible to sear.  I don’t know about you but I am not interested in paying $20.-$25. per pound for water and chemicals.  The same goes for most commercial chicken.  It has also been injected with sodium tripolyphosphate, is watery, and can’t be fried very successfully as it sputters and spatters when the water hits the hot frying oil.  If you are interested, here is a good read about Sodium Tripolyphosplates and how you may be being cheated.  It may not be much in one little shrimp or one little scallop but when taken in the totality of the whole of the fishing and poultry industries it is probably in the billions of dollars per year. Scary.

Lastly, I would advise always buying fresh, never frozen, scallops because freezing and thawing will form ice crystals drawing out natural liquids and make them difficult to cook properly.  Nature has a way of taking care of itself, if left to its own devices, and freezing them is not natural.  Buy what you need and don’t ever freeze them.

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Lemon Bacon Scallops
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Ingredients
  1. 8-12 Room Temperature Large Scallops Or About 1 Lb.
  2. 1 T Butter
  3. 4 Slices Cooked & Crumbled Bacon (Save Fat For Another Use)
  4. ½ C Heavy Cream
  5. 2 T Lemon Juice
  6. 2 T Parmesan Cheese
  7. 1 T Dried Chives (Yes, Fresh Are Terrific Too)
  8. 1½ t Chicken Base*** (Your Salt)
  9. 4 Thinly Cut Lemon Slices
  10. Freshly Ground Pepper At Service
Instructions
  1. Cook and crumble bacon. Set aside. (Save Fat For Another Use)
  2. Bring butter to beginning to brown in a hot sauté pan, place scallops in butter, and depending on size, sear about 1½-2 minutes without moving them.
  3. Turn, sauté another 1½-2 minutes, and immediately plate with a slice of lemon.
  4. Turn down heat, add heavy cream, lemon juice, chives, bacon, & chicken base and reduce slightly.
  5. Mix in Parmesan cheese.
  6. Drizzle sauce over scallops and serve with freshly ground pepper.
  7. 4 Servings
  8. 241 Calories, 11.7g Protein, 19.2 Fat, 1.7g Carbs, 0.g Fiber, 1.7g Net Carbs
Notes
  1. Make sure you have everything ready, including the bacon, as this goes very quickly.
  2. If you are using larger scallops then two per person might be enough (As an appetizer). I am a piggy when it comes to scallops so I ate three of them. As you can see in the dinner pic I scaled down to five because I also ate other things with them and yes, of course they make a drool worthy dinner too.
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Low Carb Cilantro Lime Dressing

Low Carb Cilantro Lime DressingLow Carb Cilantro Lime DressingLow Carb Cilantro Lime DressingLow Carb Cilantro Lime DressingLow Carb Cilantro Lime Dressing. This is of course delicious on any salad as a dressing but it is also good on tomatoes, avocados, and surprisingly, on strawberries which probably explains why the Strawberry Salsa is so good. It has many of the same flavors.

Not much to talk about here except to say the dressing will last a lot longer in the fridge than it will on your table.

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Cilantro Lime Dressing
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Ingredients
  1. 2 C Packed Chopped Cilantro
  2. ½ C Olive Oil
  3. 3 T Lime Juice
  4. 2 T Water
  5. 1 T Apple Cider Vinegar
  6. 2 t Just Like Sugar Brown***
  7. 1 t Garlic Paste***
  8. 1 t Dried Oregano
  9. ¼ t Salt
  10. Freshly Ground Black Pepper
Instructions
  1. Put all ingredients in a small processor and process until cilantro is pulverized.
  2. 8 Servings
  3. 129 Calories, 0.3g Protein, 14.2 Fat, 0.7g Carbs, 0.4g Fiber, 0.3g Net Carbs
Notes
  1. Depending on how you use (drizzle) this dressing, it may yield more than 8 servings which is about 2 T per person. This may not seem like a lot but I don't think I used that much on either of the pictures shown.
  2. Refrigeration should solidify you olive oil so take it out before using, stir it, and leave it on the counter for ½ hour or so.
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Low Carb Buerre Blanc

Low Carb Buerre BlancLow Carb Buerre BlancLow Carb Buerre BlancLow Carb Buerre Blanc. This is an elegant, spiffy, easy little sauce that goes particularly well with just about any meat depending on the herbs used.  I used tarragon/tarragon vinegar for use on a ribeye but changing to thyme/rosemary makes it good on poultry of any kind or use lemon juice for seafood. Think a steak with a little crab & asparagus. Very simple to make but oh, so flavorful.  Though the recipe may look a bit reminiscent of a Béarnaise, this has no egg yolk.  It instead relies on a touch of heavy cream and the sauce is strained making it smooth as silk. The next time I fix it, it will probably be for a calamari steak and a little goes a long way. If you have leftovers? Put it on your breakfast eggs. Yum.

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Buerre Blanc
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Ingredients
  1. 3 T Tarragon Vinegar
  2. 3 T White Wine
  3. 2 T Minced Shallots
  4. ¼ C Heavy Cream
  5. 12 T Cold Butter
  6. Salt & White Pepper To Taste When Finished
Instructions
  1. Put shallots, wine, and vinegar in a small saucepan. On very lowest setting reduce, until you have about 2 T liquid left. The idea is to soften the shallots to extract their flavors.
  2. Strain out shallots and (tarragon) & add heavy cream to vinegar mix.
  3. When all is warm, begin adding butter 1 T at a time, mixing until nearly incorporated, then add the next 1 T butter until all butter has been used.
  4. Serve immediately.
  5. 8 Servings
  6. 185 Calories, 0.2g Protein, 20.3g Fat, 0.4g Carbs, 0.0g Fiber, 0.4g Net Carbs
Notes
  1. If you don’t have tarragon vinegar then use white wine vinegar and 1 t dried tarragon.
  2. As you can see if you are keto this is nearly an all fat condiment.
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Low Carb Carbalose Flour Dumplings

Low Carb Carbalose Flour DumplingsLow Carb Carbalose Flour Dumplings.  I have had a lot of people over the years who have either Googled or emailed me about low carb carbalose flour dumplings and I really didn’t have a recipe per se except for the dumplings in my Creamy Chicken & Dumplings so I thought I would do a plain version of them just in case you don’t want the herbs/spices.  My personal opinion is that they go quite well with a gravy like Basic Cream Gravy or the Keto Primal Gravy.

Sautéed in a bit of butter? With gravy?  Yep, they make a great side dish to many meals and this is a really easy way to get dumplings for anything you might want them for.  I have a sneaking suspicion these are going to be a big hit and I believe, if you don’t tell anyone, they’ll not know the difference so…Don’t tell.   No, these are NOT, I repeat NOT, made with Carbquik.

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

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Carbalose Flour Dumplings
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Ingredients
  1. 1 C Carbalose Flour***
  2. ½ t Baking Powder
  3. ¼ t Pepper
  4. ⅛ t Guar Gum
  5. ⅛ t Grated Nutmeg
  6. 2 Eggs
  7. ⅓ C Heavy Cream
  8. ⅓ C Hot Water
  9. 1-1½ t Chicken Base*** (This Is Your Salt).
  10. 2 Drops Liquid Sucralose*** (Only If Flour Tastes Bitter To You And WILL NOT make it sweet).
  11. More Freshly Ground Pepper To Taste
Instructions
  1. Beat eggs.
  2. Mix hot water & Sucralose, add chicken base until dissolved, add to eggs and beat, add heavy cream and mix. Add to dry ingredients and beat until smooth.
  3. Using a two teaspoon scoop (about the size of a small melon baller #100 size scoop) drop dough into water (don't crowd) and cook for about 3-4 minutes or until they are no longer doughy. They will float almost immediately so that is not any indication of doneness. Also if you make them larger they will also need a longer poaching time.
  4. Drain and repeat until all dough is used.
  5. You should get about 32-34 good size dumplings. (About 1-1½” in diameter)
  6. 8 Servings-4 Dumplings Each
  7. 87 Calories, 5.5g Protein, 6.3g Fat, 6.1g Carbs, 3.6g Fiber, 2.5g Net Carbs
Notes
  1. You only see 15 dumplings in the picture because I only made a ½ recipe and...I popped one into my mouth before I got it into my soup. Oops.
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Low Carb Cuban Beef

Low Carb Cuban BeefLow Carb Cuban BeefLow Carb Cuban BeefLow Carb Cuban Beef or its Spanish name Ropa Vieja. Cuban Beef is considered by most as the national dish of Cuba and I am imagining it made with pork too.  I know the list of ingredients is long but it goes together very quickly and assuming you have a crock pot it is pretty much a dice, cut, and dump recipe. I do what I call Future Cooking (my meat) so I already have it when I need it for all kinds of things. This is what I did here, it is a bit different than the directions, and the outcome is exactly the same. I would suggest you sear your meat as the end product will be more flavorful but with all the great ingredients it’s flavorful on its own. Since I don’t do rice it is perfect served with some sautéed cauliflower rice.

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Cuban Beef
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Ingredients
  1. 2-2½ Lbs Thick Cut Chuck Roast
  2. 1 Thinly Sliced Onion
  3. 1 Thinly Sliced Red Pepper (Or Orange Or Green)
  4. 1 Thinly Sliced Yellow Pepper
  5. 2 T Garlic Paste***
  6. 1 T Paprika
  7. 1 T Dried Oregano
  8. 2 t Ground Cumin
  9. ⅛ t Allspice
  10. ⅛ t Ground Clove
  11. 1 t Pepper
  12. ½ C White Wine
  13. 1 C Water (+ More As/If Needed)
  14. 1 T Chicken Base*** (+More To Taste)
  15. 1 Can Small Diced Tomatoes
  16. 2 T Tomato Paste
  17. 2 Bay Leaves
  18. 1 Carrot Split
  19. 1 Stalk Celery Split
  20. 1 C Green Olives
  21. ½ C Roasted Red Peppers
  22. 2 T Capers
  23. 1 Cup Cilantro (Divided)
Instructions
  1. Sear room temperature meat. Set aside.
  2. Slice all vegetables, put into pot, reserving olives, roasted red peppers, capers, and cilantro.
  3. Sprinkle in spices and bay leaves.
  4. Pour in all liquids including tomato paste.
  5. Put meat into pot and cook on high for 3-4 hours or until beef pulls apart.
  6. Remove carrot and celery pieces then add olives, roasted red peppers, capers, ¼ C cilantro and bring to temperature.
  7. Serve either on a plate or in a bowl and garnish with remaining cilantro.
  8. 8 Servings
  9. 403 Calories, 33.2g Protein, 23.8g Fat, 6.6g Carbs, 1.7g Fiber, 4.9g Net Carbs
  10. 6 Servings
  11. 537 Calories, 44.3g Protein, 31.7g Fat, 8.9g Carbs, 2.2g Fiber, 6.7g Net Carbs
Notes
  1. I used pitted Castelvetrano olives because my grocery store sells them on their olive bar but whatever you buy, just be sure you get "pitted" olives.
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Low Carb Cauliflower Couscous

Low Carb Cauliflower CouscousLow Carb Cauliflower CouscousLow Carb Cauliflower Couscous.  Don’t think anyone can pinpoint the origins of couscous but it is generally thought to come from the North Western areas of Africa and the Moroccans like to call it their national dish.  I doubt many people make couscous from scratch any more and we all may have had couscous by a company call Near East at some time or another.

Now, a lot of couscous has dried fruits in it because they are predominate to the region. Well, I don’t eat much fruit and dried fruit is mostly just concentrated sugar so I did the next best thing which was to spice it and add nuts.  It is a very easy recipe and can be on your table in about 25-30 minutes. I used slivered almonds and they are totally interchangeable with pine nuts.

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Cauliflower Couscous
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Ingredients
  1. 1 Head Riced Cauliflower Or About 5-6 C
  2. ¼ C Olive Oil+More If Needed
  3. 1 T Garlic Paste***
  4. 1 T Dried Thyme
  5. 1 T Cumin
  6. ¼ C Lemon Juice
  7. 2 T Za’atar (Garnish)
  8. ¼ C Pine Nuts Or ¼ C Slivered Almonds (Garnish)
  9. ½ T Sumac (Garnish)
  10. ½ t Salt
  11. ¼ t Pepper
Instructions
  1. Toast nuts in a dry pan until beginning to brown in spots.
  2. In large skillet heat and mix olive oil, garlic, thyme, and cumin.
  3. Add room temperature riced cauliflower and sauté until turning a light golden brown. You only need to stir every once in a while.
  4. Drizzle lemon juice over cauliflower, sprinkle with salt & pepper and give it one last good mixing.
  5. Put cauliflower in serving bowl, sprinkle with sumac, then za'atar and (Aleppo pepper flakes if using) and top with toasted nuts.
  6. Garnish with cilantro if wanted.
  7. 6 Servings
  8. 176 Calories, 2.7g Protein, 15.0g Fat, 6.9g Carbs, 2.6g Fiber, 4.3g Net Carbs
Notes
  1. Pine nuts would be indigenous to the dish but are expensive and I think toasted slivered almonds are a really good sub.
  2. I also used Aleppo pepper flakes because it adds a bit of wonderful zing but is not necessary.
  3. Heavenly.
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Low Carb Cucumber Lime Mignonette

Low Carb Cucumber Lime MignonetteLow Carb Cucumber Lime MignonetteLow Carb Cucumber Lime MignonetteLow Carb Cucumber Lime MignonetteLow Carb Cucumber Lime Mignonette.  This low carb Cucumber Lime Mignonette is good with pretty much any seafood.  If you like raw oysters, and I do, it is perfect doused on them.  The second time I made it, and when I was sure I liked the balance, I did it with a flash-fried calamari steak, hence the picture.  I know it’s good on shrimp but I didn’t take pictures so the next time….and now done.  I most often do not eat oysters at home as they are such a treat on the rare occasion that I eat out, but I will now buy some soon, just to pig out on them.  I have had some really good mignonettes and I have also had some pretty tasteless ones so you will have to decide which you think this is.  There’s a Bonus:  It also makes a fabulous salad dressing with the addition of olive oil.  You can’t see much of it but you sure will taste it.

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Cucumber Lime Mignonette
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Ingredients
  1. 3 T SugarFree Rice Vinegar
  2. 2 T Fish Sauce
  3. 1 T Lime Juice
  4. ¼ C Minced Cucumber
  5. ¼ C Minced Purple Onion (Or Shallots Are Great Too)
  6. 2 T Minced Jalapeno Pepper
  7. 2 T Just Like Sugar Brown***
  8. 1 T Jalapeno Juice
  9. 1½ t Garlic Paste***
  10. Freshly Ground Pepper If Desired
Instructions
  1. In small bowl mix all liquid ingredients then add garlic and Just Like Sugar Brown.
  2. Mince all appropriate veggies and add to liquids.
  3. Refrigerate for at least several hours.
  4. 6 Servings
  5. 6 Calories, .4g Protein, 0.0g Fat, 1.1g Carbs, 0.1g Fiber, 1.0g Net Carbs
  6. 8 Servings
  7. 4 Calories, .3g Protein, 0.0g Fat, 0.8g Carbs, 0.1g Fiber, 0.7g Net Carbs
Notes
  1. You are probably going to find yourself slurping any leftovers.
  2. The first time I made this I peeled the cucumber and the second time I did not. Do as you wish but it is much prettier with the peel left on. (See Pictures)
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Low Carb Za’atar Sumac Eggplant

Low Carb Za'atar Sumac EggplantLow Carb Za'atar Sumac EggplantLow Carb Za'atar Sumac EggplantLow Carb Za'atar Sumac EggplantLow Carb Za’atar Sumac Eggplant.  I love eggplant…any way I can get it.  I might guess, in some fashion or another I buy 2-3 lbs of eggplant a week and often just cube and sauté it in olive oil, and it is why you see it as a side dish on many of my dinner plates.  Both za’atar and sumac are readily available on the internet and always, always in a Middle-Eastern grocery store.  I use what’s called an “Aleppo” blend za’atar but the BIGGEST thing to look for is that it does not have wheat in it.  Wheat is only a filler, is not original, and definitely not needed. There is what’s called “green za’atar and for what ever it’s worth I don’t like it.  There are nearly as many za’atars as there are cooks in the Mid-East because it is served at every meal in some fashion or another and every woman has her own secret recipe. The Za’atar I use is pictured below.

You can dip vegetables, olives, and bread in it, you can sprinkle it atop labne, in dips (hummus) and it goes as well with meats and baked vegetables etc.  I use it liberally with my Lemon Chicken With Sumac & Za’atar. and it divine sprinkled on soups like Eggplant Soup and African Peanut Soup.  Anyway, I believe after you have gotten and had some of it you might wonder how you ever did without it.  Those bright red dots you see on the finished eggplant are Aleppo pepper flakes and again, now that I have them I put them on a LOT. OF. STUFF.  Oh, and one other thing.  You can see that the eggplant is cross-hatched so that each little diamond is its own succulent bite.

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Za'atar Sumac Eggplant
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Ingredients
  1. 2 Smallish Eggplants
  2. 6 T Olive Oil + More As/If Needed
  3. 2 T Za’atar +More To Taste
  4. 2 t Sumac
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 425°.
  2. Without trimming ends cut eggplants in half.
  3. With small paring knife and without cutting the side skin, make 1” crosshatch marks to bottom, again without cutting into skin bottom.
  4. Put olive oil into a small bowl and brush onto each eggplant half.
  5. Sprinkle ½ t sumac on each half.
  6. Sprinkle ½ T Za’atar on each half + more if wanted.
  7. Place on foil lined pan and bake about 30-35 minutes or until tender.
  8. 4 Servings
  9. 220 Calories, 1.3g Protein, 21.2g Fat, 7.8g Carbs, 3.1g Fiber, 4.7g Net Carbs
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Low Carb Garlic Mint Snow Peas

Low Carb Garlic Mint Snow PeasLow Carb Garlic Mint Snow PeasLow Carb Garlic Mint Snow Peas.  These could not be much easier but they do pack a great flavor punch and slivered on the diagonal they cook very quickly.  I left these plain Jane but with the addition of a number of things you can change the flavor significantly.  Add a splash of tamari or fish sauce or maybe just something you have and like.  And if you happen to have Pili Nuts they are a great replacement for pine nuts with the same buttery high fat content.

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Garlic Mint Snow Peas
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Ingredients
  1. 4 C Snow Peas
  2. 3 T Olive Oil
  3. 3 T Pine Nuts
  4. 1 T Crushed Garlic***
  5. 1 T Dried Mint
  6. Salt To Taste
Instructions
  1. Sliver snow peas on the bias.
  2. Add olive oil & garlic to hot pan, stir to mix and immediately add snow peas & pine nuts.
  3. Fry until beginning to brown.
  4. Plate or place in serving bowl, sprinkle with mint and salt to taste.
  5. 4 Servings
  6. 163 Calories, 3.0g Protein, 15.1g Fat, 6.6g Carbs, 2.3g Fiber, 4.3g Net Carbs
Notes
  1. This takes almost no time at all to sauté so best to do it last minute.
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Low Carb Red Pepper Walnut Relish

Low Carb Red Pepper Walnut RelishLow Carb Red Pepper Walnut RelishLow Carb Red Pepper Walnut Relish.  Muhammara In Arabic, and this is the 2nd recipe I am posting using Aleppo Pepper Paste and also where I will attempt to explain it a bit more than in the Yogurt Walnut Dip.  Originally, Aleppo Peppers were grown and came from Aleppo, Syria and the picture on the right is a true pepper.

In Syria, with hundreds of thousands dead and livelihoods destroyed by the conflict, the loss of a spice might not seem like a big deal, but it’s not just a flavor, it’s history. “The Syrians are so accustomed to conflict, and at the same time so determined to maintain their traditions, they create spaces in their homes where they keep supplies. Most households retain a small supply of seeds, too.”  You can get what is call Aleppo pepper but it is not coming from Aleppo and almost certainly not even from Syria.  They are now mostly grown in Turkey and you know how it works.  They are going to probably crossbreed on their own (peppers tend to do that) and flavors will change depending on the soil they are grown in.

The Aleppo pepper has a moderate heat level of about 10,000 on the Scoville scale, with some fruitiness and mild, cumin-like undertones. Its flavor is similar to the ancho chile, but oilier and slightly salty as salt is often used in the drying process which I explained elsewhere and yes, don’t not make this because you don’t have access to a Middle-Eastern market.  Ancho chili powder makes a good stand-in with a near Scoville heat of a mildish jalapeno pepper. If you belong to Amazon you can get it there and also through Penzey’s Spices.

See Note Below:  I just bought some ancho chile powder, made a paste with it and whoa, it is pretty spicy so if you end up using it, try using only ½ T to begin with, taste, and add more if wanted.

 

You will need bread crumbs made from the Low Carb Carbalose Bread recipe and if you have never made it, now may be the time.  Nutritionals do include bread crumbs.

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Red Pepper Walnut Relish
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Ingredients
  1. 1 C Toasted Then Ground Walnuts
  2. ½ C Carbalose Bread Crumbs
  3. 2 T Mild Red Pepper Paste (Or Equivalent)
  4. 1½ T Lemon Juice
  5. 1½ T Olive Oil
  6. 1 T Just Like Sugar Brown***
  7. 1 t Balsamic Vinegar
  8. ¾ t Cumin
  9. ¼ t Paprika
  10. ¼ T Salt
  11. 1 T Olive Oil (For Drizzling)
  12. ½ T Toasted Pine Nuts (Garnish)
  13. Assorted Low Carb Veggies
Instructions
  1. Toast and cool walnuts.
  2. Put first 10 ingredients into your processor and grind until fine and turns into a stiff mix. If it needs more olive oil drizzle more a bit at a time until desired consistency is reached.
  3. Press onto plate or into serving dish, drizzle with more olive oil and garnish with pine nuts.
  4. Serve with veggies and a small spreading knife.
  5. 4 Servings
  6. 262 Calories, 6.3g Protein, 24.7g Fat, 8.1g Carbs, 3.9g Fiber, 4.2g Net Carbs
Notes
  1. I wish you could have seen the two of us in the kitchen making this relish. I wanted to do it, scratch out the recipe on paper, and it was a little of this and a little of that until I finally got it. She is just as meticulous and picky about her food and I am about mine and she had zero problems correcting me. Whatever happened to respect for the elderly?
  2. If you end up using ancho powder add a little water & oil to make a paste and you can buy the paste-just make sure it does not have garlic in. I don’t have the paste (but then again I have the real deal) and apparently you can use it in all kinds of stuff.
  3. Nutritionals include bread crumbs.
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Low Carb Yogurt Walnut Dip

Low Carb Yogurt Walnut DipLow Carb Yogurt Walnut DipLow Carb Yogurt Walnut DipLow Carb Yogurt Walnut Dip. Another Middle Eastern food dish at its best. A friend from Dubai was staying with me for several weeks. One day we got in the kitchen and made 3 dishes and this low carb yogurt walnut dip was one of them.  In the Middle East it is customary to eat communally and not uncommon for there to be many smaller dishes in which everyone at the table gets only 2-3-4 bites of 7-8-9 different foods.  It is an absolutely lovely way to eat and…you get to taste many foods at one sitting.  Each woman is complimented on not only how good the food tastes but how beautifully it is decorated.  The plate was a gift and I am now using it a lot.  My first thought when I saw it was; holy smokes, it has such a busy pattern you won’t be able to see the food.  You can see what a dufus I am. Not only does the food look great, it is enhanced by the plate and seriously how in heaven’s name would I know more than centuries of women before me. Duh.  The one slice of bread is a piece of my Low Carb Carbalose Bread.  I was out of my own Low Carb Yogurt the day I made this and which is why I used the labne.

It is also customary to have more food than the numbers of people are able to eat so you can imagine the leftovers which…are eaten the following morning and then into the next meal and so it goes, on and on.  The people are incensed when there is not enough food so I guess as they say;: Better Safe Than Sorry.  Not our custom here in the US but, I don’t think we necessarily have a corner on anything.

The ingredients are simple and the taste is complex.  That pepper sauce you see is Aleppo Pepper and…as this is already too long, its description is told in the Red Pepper Walnut Relish.

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Walnut Yogurt Dip
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Ingredients
  1. ¾ C Full Fat Yogurt (Or Labne If You Can Get It)
  2. 6 T Toasted Small Chopped Walnuts (Divided)
  3. 2 T Aleppo Pepper Paste
  4. ¼ t Salt
  5. ⅛ t Crushed Garlic Paste***
  6. 2-3 T Olive Oil
Instructions
  1. Toast chopped walnuts.
  2. In medium bowl mix yogurt, red pepper paste, salt, garlic, and 5 T walnuts.
  3. Smear on serving plate and place last T walnuts in center.
  4. Drizzle generously with olive oil.
  5. Serve with plate of low carb veggies and bread if using.
  6. 6 Servings
  7. 144 Calories, 2.2g Protein, 14.9g Fat, 2.4g Carbs, 0.6g Fiber, 1.8g Net Carbs
Notes
  1. Please do take the time to toast the walnuts as it makes a huge difference in the end product.
  2. I doubt you have access to Aleppo Pepper Paste and a really good substitute is Ancho Chile Powder with a bit of salt. It has about the same heat profile (not hot).
  3. If you do end up with the chili powder add two parts powder to one part water or olive oil, mix, and allow to sit until it thickens. Include a bit more salt in the recipe as Aleppo pepper is dried with salt.
  4. Recipe easily doubles.
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Low Carb Cowboy Butter

Low Carb Cowboy ButterLow Carb Cowboy ButterLow Carb Cowboy Butter. There are days, and I mean many of them, that I can barely wait to have dinner, and eating anything with this low carb cowboy butter sauce is one of them. It should not be hard to imagine how good this sauce is.  All you have to do is look at the ingredients and let’s face it, butter and garlic are good on a brick but it really will go with about anything you want to dip into it.  Vegetables, breads, steak, chicken, seafood…I used chicken tenders for this go-round but um, you really can’t beat a great steak. Everything about this sauce is appealing.  Ingredients are not so different than a complex compound butter but a heck of a lot easier to fix.  No molding the butter or rolling it is film and waiting for it to get firm enough to slice.  This is pretty immediate gratification.

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Cowboy Butter
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Ingredients
  1. 6 T Butter
  2. 2 T Crushed Garlic***
  3. 1 T Dijon Mustard
  4. ⅛ t Cayenne Pepper
  5. ¼ t Paprika
  6. 1 T Dried Parsley
  7. 1 T Dried Chives
  8. 1 t Dried Thyme
  9. ¼ t Red Pepper Flakes
  10. ¼ t Salt
  11. ¼ t Pepper
  12. 1 T Lemon Juice (Only For Seafood)
Instructions
  1. Slightly melt butter.
  2. Add all ingredients to a small bowl and mix well.
  3. Serve in small individual dipping bowls.
  4. 4 Servings
  5. 166 Calories, 0.5g Protein, 17.3g Fat, 1.7g Carbs, 0.2g Fiber, 1.5g Net Carbs
Notes
  1. I serve this just barely warmed so most of it will stick to the food I am dipping into it.
  2. Add ½ T lemon if serving with fish.
  3. Yes, you can also just spoon it on before service.
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Low Carb Pecan Maple Brandy Bars

Low Carb Pecan Maple Brandy BarsLow Carb Pecan Maple Brandy BarsLow Carb Pecan Maple Brandy Bars.  I doubt you can truly get good perspective on the size (I did a 12 cut) of these Pecan Maple Brandy Bars but the taste? Holy Moly Batman, to die for.  I am getting sick of ruining my dinners.  Certainly one of the things we as bloggers need to do it taste a new recipe and for some reason, which probably has to do more with my prefrontal cortex, I am unable to wait until after my dinner to try a dessert.  Come on, I am 71 years old and I’m still acting like a child but I do have to say that most times it’s worth it and this was one of the times. A touch of brandy, a touch of maple and ooh la la.  They are enough to make you dance in the streets. Sheesh, I have 60 lowcarb, keto, and paleo dessert recipes on this site and I have had a lot of good high carby desserts in my time but, these low carb pecan maple brandy bars have gone to the top of my favorites list.  Oozy, gooey, goodness.

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Pecan Maple Brandy Bars
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Crust
  1. 2¼ C Almond Flour
  2. ¾ C Ground Pecans
  3. ½ C Just Like Sugar Brown***
  4. ¾ C Melted Butter
Filling
  1. 2 Eggs
  2. ¾ C Just Like Sugar Brown***
  3. ½ C Melted Butter
  4. ¼ C SugarFree Maple Syrup***
  5. 2 T Heavy Cream
  6. 1 t Vanilla Extract
  7. 2 T Brandy
  8. 1¼ C Chopped Pecans
Crust
  1. Preheat oven to 350˚.
  2. Mix all ingredients and press well into an 8"x8” cake pan.
  3. Blind bake crust 12-15 minutes and then “tamp down” as it will puff up. Return to oven for about 5-10 additional minutes or until it starts to turn just ever so slightly brown. If it has puffed up again knock it back down.
  4. Leave oven on.
Filling
  1. Add eggs, Just Like Sugar Brown, syrup, melted butter, vanilla to medium bowl & beat until smooth.
  2. Add heavy cream & brandy, and mix thoroughly.
  3. Fold in nuts, pour into pan, and bake for 25-30 minutes. Bars will puff up and then fall when removed from the oven and should just giggle ever so slightly in the center.
  4. Put on rack and cool completely.
  5. For the very best results cover and refrigerate for at least 4-5 hours as the bars will get really chewy, thick and dense.
  6. 16 Servings
  7. 325 Calories, 5.5g Protein, 33.0g Fat, 5.3g Carbs, 2.9g Fiber, 2.4g Net Carbs
  8. 12 Servings
  9. 433 Calories, 7.3g Protein, 43.9g Fat, 7.0g Carbs, 3.9g Fiber, 3.1g Net Carbs
Notes
  1. Bars are as chewy and dense as the best brownie you have ever eaten.
  2. Absolutely no need to grease pan as the crust has so much butter in it. The bars will come out slicker than a whistle.
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Low Carb Smoky Eggplant Dip

Low Carb Smoky Eggplant DipLow Carb Smoky Eggplant DipLow Carb Smoky Eggplant Dip.  We all pretty much know about the famous eggplant dip Baba Ganoush but this is a horse of a different color and just as healthy as its cousin.  Interesting in that it has many of the same components but tastes completely differently.  An eggplant dip would normally be smeared around on a plate and served with veggies and with pita or many of the specialty breads made in the Middle East.  I have shown it both with veggies and kalamata olives not only because they are traditional, but they are all also low carb. If you happen to make my Naan Flat Bread it is can also be another perfect low carb accompaniment.

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Smoky Eggplant Dip
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Ingredients
  1. ½ C Baked Drained & Mashed Eggplant (About 1 Small)
  2. ½ C Labne (Sour Cream Or Yogurt Work Well Too)
  3. 2 T Lemon Juice
  4. 1 T Grated Shallot (Onion)
  5. ½ t Liquid Smoke
  6. ½ t Salt
  7. ¼ t Pepper
  8. ¼ t Crushed Garlic***
  9. 2-3 T Olive Oil For Drizzling
  10. 2 t Dried Mint (Garnish)
Instructions
  1. Bake, drain, and mash eggplant. Put into small bowl and mix in rest of ingredients except olive oil and mint.
  2. Put onto plate, drizzle with olive oil and garnish with mint.
  3. Serve vegetables, olives, and (bread) for scooping.
  4. 6 Servings
  5. 89 Calories, 1.0g Protein, 8.7g Fat, 2.8g Carbs, .7g Fiber, 2.1g Net Carbs
Notes
  1. To make this easier you can also buy jarred already cooked eggplant. A friend gave a large jar of it to me, I used it for this recipe, and I have to say it was quite good. I will probably use the rest of it for my eggplant soup.
  2. If using whole eggplant and once it is baked, I prop up the pan, split the eggplant on one side from top to bottom, let it cool a bit and then with a fork try to push out as much of the juice as I can.
  3. Recipe easily doubles.
  4. You can use minced onion instead of grated but you will not get the flavor or the smooth consistency it should have.
  5. I didn't want to overwhelm the look of the dish but I am positive, and if you have it, that za'atar would be spectacular sprinkled on the final plate.
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Low Carb Shrimp & Grits

Low Carb Shrimp & GritsLow Carb Shrimp & Grits.  Shrimp and grits began as a simple low country southern  dish.  Shrimp was plentiful and so was hominy. It has been refined over the years and has now become a staple on Southern tables and restaurants everywhere but really took off in the mid 1980’s when Chef Bill Neal brought it to new heights.  Mine is no different and only a reminder that there are low carb versions of almost anything.  I have to say that I just happen to like my own low carb version best.  We (at least I) pretty much eat low carb shrimp & grits for dinner but it was originally eaten as a big hearty breakfast before going out to a day of fishing.  It make’s sense to use the bacon grease instead of draining it and then using seed oil and in fact I have not had a seed oil in my house for 9 years and it makes me sick to think I, like most everyone, believed the poison for so many years.

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Shrimp & Grits
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Ingredients
  1. 1 Lb Large Shelled Shrimp
  2. 1 Head Riced Cauliflower
  3. ½ Lb Bacon
  4. ½ C Minced Onions
  5. 4 Oz Shredded Cheddar Cheese
  6. ¼ C Heavy Cream
  7. Water To Consistency
  8. 2 T Lemon Juice
  9. 2 t Crushed Garlic***
  10. 2 t Chicken Base***
  11. ¼ C Green Onion Tops
  12. Salt & Pepper Only If Needed
  13. Old Bay (Optional & I Did Not Use It)
  14. Parmesan Cheese (Optional & I Did Not Use It)
Instructions
  1. Cut bacon into small pieces & cook to render fat. Leaving fat in pan, remove bacon & set aside.
  2. Remove enough fat (2-3 T) to a separate skillet to sauté shrimp.
  3. Add onion to remaining fat and cook until translucent then add in cauliflower, heavy cream, chicken base, and bacon & cook until tender. (5-6-7 minutes).
  4. Remove from heat, blend in cheese and add enough water, if needed, to bring to creamy consistency.
  5. Sauté shrimp in bacon fat, adding crushed garlic and lemon juice.
  6. Put grits into bowl, arrange shrimp and sprinkle with green onions.
  7. 4 Servings
  8. 582 Calories, 41.8g Protein, 40.5g Fat, 12.7g Carbs, 4.4g Fiber, 8.3g Net Carbs
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Low Carb Walnut Pecan Tart

Low Carb Walnut Pecan TartLow Carb Walnut Pecan TartLow Carb Walnut Pecan TartLow Carb Walnut Pecan TartLow Carb Walnut Pecan Tart.  WOWIE.  It has long been a dream of mine to make this walnut pecan tart and for many reasons it has not happened until now.  I lived at an altitude in excess of 10,000 in Colorado that simple would not permit it.  No matter what you did the filling would actually boil out of the shell you know, kind of like; a volcano. I have a cook book that I have had for a gazillion years which has a recipe for the Walnut Pecan Tart which I have made, but not for maybe 28-30 years and for sure not successfully.  My memory is that it was to die for and let’s face it we all have fears and mine was failing to make a recipe LCHF and keto for diabetics that would even work.  Then, I kinda forgot about it until a couple of weeks ago when I made a Basic Pie Crust just to have on hand and take fresh pictures of.  I stuck it in the freezer and then began stewing on how to maybe make that danged low carb walnut pecan tart.  I did try to make a low carb pecan pie a couple of years ago using another low carb-keto blogger’s recipe that said to use glycerin and it was a disaster.  The glycerin jacked my blood sugar through the roof and I can assure you, this one does not and if you are diabetic I urge you to always check your blood sugar levels.  I now have a sister recipe to this one called Keto Crack Pie  (yes, an homage to the famous Momofuko crack pie in NYC) and it is to die for.  Same crust, no nuts and tastes like a brown sugar pie.

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Walnut Pecan Tart
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Smaller Crust 8”
  1. 1¾ C Almond Flour
  2. ½ C Ground Pecans
  3. 6 T Just Like Sugar Brown*** (Paleo) Or 9 Drops Liquid Sucralose***
  4. ½ C Melted Butter
Filling
  1. 2 Eggs
  2. ¾ C Just Like Sugar Brown***
  3. ½ C Melted Butter
  4. ¼ C SugarFree Maple Syrup***
  5. 2 T Heavy Cream
  6. 1 t Vanilla Extract
  7. 2 T Brandy (Optional)
  8. ½ C Chopped Walnuts
  9. ½ C Chopped Pecans
Crust
  1. Preheat oven to 350˚.
  2. Mix all ingredients and press into an 8"x1¼” removable bottom cake pans or corresponding sized spring-form pan.
  3. Blind bake crust 12-15 minutes and then “tamp down” as it will puff up. Return to oven for about 5-10 additional minutes or until it starts to turn just ever so slightly brown. If it has puffed up again knock it back down.
  4. Leave oven on.
Filling
  1. Add eggs, Just Like Sugar Brown, syrup, melted butter, vanilla to medium bowl & beat until smooth.
  2. Add heavy cream and brandy, if using, and mix thoroughly.
  3. Fold in nuts, pour into pie shell, and bake for 25-30 minutes. Tart will puff up and then fall when removed from the oven and should just giggle a little in the center.
  4. Put on rack and cool completely.
  5. For the very best results cover and refrigerate for at least 4-5 hours as the tart will get really thick just like any other pecan pie.
  6. Serve with a dollop of whipped cream.
  7. 10 Servings
  8. 415 Calories, 7.3g Protein, 42.2g Fat, 6.5g Carbs, 3.5g Fiber, 3.0g Net Carbs
Notes
  1. Nutritionals include crust.
  2. For a pecan tart or pie, substitute the walnuts for more pecans.
  3. Don’t think your crust will be dry. The filling soaks into it and it becomes just as dense and chewy as the filling.
  4. Nuts will not float to the top but stay nicely placed throughout the tart. (See Picture)
  5. Absolutely no need to grease pan as crust has so much butter in it. Each wedge will come out slicker than a whistle.
  6. Don't ask me how you can turn the ingredients listed into an absolutely fabulous low carb walnut pecan tart. It is beyond me and with a keto fat ratio of 91%.
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Low Carb Broccoli & Thai Peanut Sauce

Low Carb Broccoli & Thai Peanut SauceLow Carb Broccoli & Thai Peanut SauceLow Carb Broccoli & Thai Peanut Sauce. Not really sure how to describe the flavors of this fabulous dish except to say…well…it’s fabulous. No, not some ole limpy, watery, broccoli but charred broccoli.  I love charred broccoli as in Broccoli With Brown Butter Fish Sauce and probably just about any other way someone would serve it to me, and broccoli with a piquant peanut sauce is over the top and here is yet another Sweeter Spicier Thai Peanut Sauce.

I wouldn’t want you to think that broccoli is the only thing you can use this Thai peanut sauce on because that wouldn’t be true.  It is wonderful on sautéed eggplant and as a salad dressing on boiled mung bean sprouts with other Asian vegetables.  And I am sure you will come up with many other ways to use it.

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Broccoli & (Another) Thai Peanut Sauce
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Ingredients
  1. 1½ Lbs Fresh Broccoli
  2. 3 T Olive Oil
  3. 2 T Smooth Peanut Butter
  4. 2 T Coconut Milk
  5. ½ T Tamari
  6. ½ T SugarFree Rice Wine Vinegar
  7. ½ T Just Like Sugar Brown***
  8. 1 t Fish Sauce
  9. 1 t Lime Juice
  10. ½ t Crushed Garlic***
  11. ⅛ t Crushed Red Pepper
  12. ¼ C Crushed Peanuts (Garnish)
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 500°
  2. Cut broccoli into bite-size spears and yes, the stems too. (Not the woody stuff but at least 4”-5”)
  3. Line a baking pan with foil, add broccoli, drizzle with olive oil, and toss well.
  4. Put into oven and cook about 20 minutes or until they are darkened and charred.
  5. Meanwhile mix rest of ingredients except peanuts into a thin slurry. If too thick add water 1 t at a time.
  6. Put into serving bowl, drizzle with peanut sauce, and sprinkle with crushed peanuts.
  7. 4 Servings
  8. 234 Calories, 8.8g Protein, 18.8g Fat, 12.3g Carbs, 6.1g Fiber, 6.2g Net Carbs
Notes
  1. I don’t buy great big whole heads of broccoli as any grocery store selling it this way is cheating and charging you for what should be THEIR wastage-not yours.
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Low Carb Carbalose Flour Scones

Low Carb Carbalose Flour SconesLow Carb Carbalose Flour SconesLow Carb Carbalose Flour Scones.  I once did the overnight shift (1:00am-9:00am) working for a catering company/restaurant as one of two bakers.  I absolutely loved the job as I was by myself until 6:00am.  It was quiet and I could just work at my own (then) frenetic pace.  One of the many things I made, and mostly for the restaurant, was scones and during my stint there, I made 1,000’s of them. Great big whoppers. Not sure if I have made any since then but I had someone ask me if I had a recipe and I had to tell her no so…I thought I would put one out.  I mostly made fruit scones but you can do that yourself if you wish.  This is just a basic low carb Carbalose Flour Scones recipe and I have to say, they are good warmed, slathered with butter along with a good cup of afternoon coffee or tea.  I personally do not eat afternoon anything except dinner but these were pretty tempting and um, I broke down and ate two of them-thus ruining my dinner plans.  Remember I’m pretty old and simply can’t eat as much as I used to.  I added almonds and a little almond extract but the recipe can be made plain or with any of your own additions.  A little sugarfree raspberry jam?  Oh yeah, and everybody knows raspberries and almonds are a marriage made in foodie heaven. Of course in my haste to eat them…I forgot I even had the raspberry jam but…there will be a next time.

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Carbalose Flour Scones
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Ingredients
  1. 1 C Carbalose Flour***
  2. 2 T Just Like Sugar Brown***
  3. 2 T Crushed Sliced Almonds
  4. 2 t Baking Powder
  5. ¼ t Nutmeg (Or Mace)
  6. 3 T Cold Butter Cut Into Small Chunks
  7. 1 Eggs
  8. 2 Drops EZ-Sweetz Liquid Sucralose***
  9. ¼ C Sour Cream
  10. 2 T Heavy Cream
  11. ¼ t Almond Extract
  12. ½ t Vanilla Extract
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 375°F.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, salt, sugar, nutmeg, and baking powder.
  3. Work in the butter, using your fingers, a fork, or a pastry blender.
  4. In a smaller bowl, whisk eggs, sour cream, heavy cream, Sucralose and extracts.
  5. Stir the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients & mix well.
  6. Using a 3 T or #24 scoop, place 6 evenly sized scones on a baking pan.
  7. Bake the scones for 20 minutes, until they're light golden brown.
  8. Allow to cool slightly.
  9. Serve warm, or at room temperature and yes, they can be frozen.
  10. 6 Servings
  11. 165 Calories, 7.0g Protein, 13.3g Fat, 9.3g Carbs, 5.2g Fiber, 4.1g Net Carbs
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Low Carb Pecan Sandy Bars

Low Carb Pecan Sandy BarsLow Carb Pecan Sandy BarsLow Carb Pecan Sandy Bars.  To set the stage:  The day before Christmas I was making a Pie Crust, taking pictures as replacement, and had quite a bit left over so I threw it into a container and then into the freezer.  Several hours later, and realizing how wonderful the pie crust is, it came to me that perhaps with little to no changes I could make kind of a shortbread cookie with it so I hauled it out of the freezer to thaw and proceeded from there and like wow, these are ridiculously good.  I know there are other recipes for pecan cookies but my adage has been and remains that for maximum flavor you need to take advantage of Surface Area and what better way to do this than to grind an ingredient. Now, I do have a Carbalose Duck Fat Shortbread Cookies recipe but these Pecan Sandy Bars don’t have any grains in them so they are totally keto ~ paleo. Oh, and did I mention they have fat in them?  Yeah, lots & lots & lots of fat.

When I was diagnosed with diabetes on September 17, 2010 my first thought was probably the same as most diabetics:  Uh oh, I am never going to be able to again have______fill in the blank and I now realize that is such baloney. Examples: The recipe that eventually launched this site Carbalose BreadButter Pecan Ice Cream, and this recipe for Low Carb Pecan Sandy Bars.  Gads, I can go to nearly any country in the world and enjoy low carb version of their foods.

So, we all have inspirations from time to time and these low carb pecan sandy bars are one of mine.  I am inspired by fabrics and colors and textures hence Kingsize Quilts and for 40+ years as a chef, I have been inspired by foods and their ingredients.

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Pecan Sandy Bars
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Ingredients
  1. 2¼ C Almond Flour
  2. 1¼ C Pecans
  3. ½ C Just Like Sugar Brown***
  4. 1 T Flaxseed Meal
  5. 1 T Ground Chia Seeds
  6. ¾ C Melted Butter
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350°.
  2. Put almond flour in large bowl.
  3. Add pecans, just like sugar, flaxseed meal, & ground chia seeds in processor and grind all together until pecans are finely done. Add to almond flour and mix thoroughly.
  4. Add melted butter and mix really well.
  5. Spread evenly in 10”x10” baking pan and press well making sure to press the sides and corners.
  6. Taking a knife (or better yet a bench scraper) cut to bottom of pan (scoring) to get either 12 or 16 cuts.
  7. Bake 25-30 minutes until barely beginning to color on top.
  8. Remove from oven, allow to cool 10 minutes. re-cut scores, and cool completely.
  9. 16 Servings
  10. 186 Calories, 3.9g Protein, 18.3g Fat, 4.3g Carbs, 2.5g Fiber, 1.8g Net Carbs
  11. 12 Servings
  12. 248 Calories, 5.2g Protein, 24.4g Fat, 5.8g Carbs, 3.3g Fiber, 2.5g Net Carbs
Notes
  1. Bars should tamp to about ½" thick. If you use a smaller pan than suggested yes, they will be thicker but will need a time & temperature adjustment.
  2. No need to grease pan as they will come out quite easily.
  3. When cooled the bars will be very crunchy and melt in your mouth…just like the original pecan sandies. I didn't try it because these are so good on their own but maybe ½ C of sugar-free desiccated coconut and ¼ C more butter might be pretty tasty too.
  4. I grind lots of chia seeds in my spice grinder and since it never takes much of it, I do a lot at one time and keep them in the freezer for future use. Again going back to surface area and why it is so important.
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Low Carb Kugelis

Low Carb KugelisLow Carb KugelisLow Carb KugelisLow Carb Kugelis. The only question here is:  Do you like bacon? This is an old Lithuanian/Polish dish and is probably made differently by as many people as there are who make it.  Originally a peasant dish made with bacon, grated potatoes, and onions with lots of eggs and milk, it is still made (mostly) the same way today.  Yes, I have onions in mine but have subbed daikon radish for the high carby potatoes and heavy cream for milk and in one word it…is…delicious.  With the invention of some modern appliances like a food processor this is pretty easy to make, it makes a lot and I think I know why.  Way back when as mostly people lived on farms and had lots of little mouths to feed, Kugelis could feed a small army of (children) farm workers and…all the ingredients were not only inexpensive, they were readily available on any farm.  I can’t imagine this this but the women grated the potatoes and the onions on the smallest holes on probably what was some really old grater.  It will look like a pudding before you cook it but rest assured it is not after it has baked.

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Kugelis
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Ingredients
  1. 2 Lbs Daikon Radish (Or About 8 Cups Shredded)
  2. 1 Lb Bacon
  3. 1 Medium Grated Onion (Shallots)
  4. 6 T Melted Butter
  5. 8 Beaten Eggs
  6. ½ C Heavy Cream
  7. 1 T Flaxseed Meal
  8. 1 T Ground Chia Seeds
  9. 2 t Salt
  10. 1 t Pepper
  11. ½ t Nutmeg (Optional But Good)
  12. Sour Cream (Garnish)
  13. Green Onion Tops (Garnish)
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 350°.
  2. Sauté the bacon leaving all fat in pan. Crumble cooled bacon and put into a large bowl.
  3. Grate onion in processor on smallest grate possible. Add to bacon.
  4. Peel, grate, & rinse daikon radish squeezing out all excess water. Add to bowl.
  5. Add melted butter & bacon fat to bowl.
  6. Add heavy cream, rest of ingredients and mix well.
  7. Pour into ungreased 10”x10” or 9”x13” pan and bake for 50-60 minutes.
  8. 12 Servings
  9. 284 Calories, 10.4g Protein, 24.2g Fat, 4.8g Carbs, 2.0g Fiber, 2.8g Net Carbs
Notes
  1. If you don’t have a small hole grater then process by pulsing for 3-4 seconds twice which ought to get you what you want for texture.
  2. Wait until you smell your kitchen as this cooks…unbelievable.
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Low Carb Bacon Thyme Cauliflower Rice

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Bacon Thyme Cauliflower Rice
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Ingredients
  1. 1 Medium Head Riced Cauliflower (Always Include The Core) (About 4-5 C)
  2. 2 Thinly Sliced Shallots (Or Medium Onion)
  3. ½ Lb Bacon
  4. 2 T Olive Oil
  5. 2 t Dried Thyme
  6. Salt & Pepper To Taste
Instructions
  1. Fry bacon reserving fat in the pan.
  2. Crumble bacon and set aside.
  3. Turn down heat, add shallots & thyme and cook to translucent. Set aside.
  4. Turn up heat to medium, add olive oil to remaining bacon grease, add cauliflower and fry until beginning to brown.
  5. Add back bacon and shallots and heat to temperature.
  6. Add salt & pepper to taste.
  7. 6 Servings
  8. 149 Calories, 7.3g Protein, 11.5g Fat, 6.0g Carbs, 2.6g Fiber, 4.4g Net Carbs
Notes
  1. I don't know about you but if you buy your cauliflower already riced, and I do not, this is about as simple as it gets.
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Low Carb Crustless Mushroom Pie

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Crustless Mushroom Pie
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Ingredients
  1. Crustless Mushroom Pie
  2. 1 Lb Portobello Mushrooms (About 3)
  3. ½ Lb Button Mushrooms
  4. 2 Oz Dried Porcini Mushrooms***
  5. 2 Oz Dried Trumpet Mushrooms
  6. Hot Water To Hydrate Dried Mushrooms
  7. 4 Oz Squeezed Spinach
  8. 1 Medium Onion
  9. ¼ C Olive Oil
  10. 2 T Butter
  11. 8 Oz Shredded (Grated) Gruyere Cheese
  12. 3 Beaten Eggs
  13. 1½ C 40% Heavy Cream
  14. ½ t Porcini Dust***
  15. 1 T Sherry
  16. 1 t Salt
  17. ½ t Pepper
  18. ½ t Dried Thyme
  19. ½ t Nutmeg
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350°.
  2. Mix dried mushrooms and add just barely enough very hot water to moisten them.
  3. Clean gills out of portobello mushrooms. Slice into very small pieces. Set aside.
  4. Slice button mushrooms, add portobellos and chop vigorously into very small pieces. This can also be done by pulsing in a food processor. You do not want it pulverized but you do want it chopped pretty finely.
  5. Add 3 T olive oil to medium high large pan and cook mushrooms until they just begin to brown. After cooking you should end up with about two cups of mushrooms. You may have to cook these in two batches. Set aside.
  6. Finely chop onion, turn down heat, add 1 T butter to pan and slowly cook onion to just beginning to caramelize.
  7. Grate Cheese.
  8. In medium mixing bowl add beaten eggs, sherry, thyme, porcini dust, salt & pepper, nutmeg, heavy cream, and mix well.
  9. Liberally butter dish glass pie pan with 1 T butter.
  10. Sprinkle onions on bottom, then spinach, ½ cheese, all the mushrooms, ½ cheese again, and slowly pour cream mixture over all.
  11. Put into oven for 15 minutes then turn oven down to 325° and cook additional 20-25 minutes or until pie is finished cooking and has just begun to brown on top.
  12. Put on counter until well cooled. It needs to be cool to cut. If you are in a hurry no problem, but it will begin to run.
  13. 8 Servings
  14. 408 Calories, 12.4g Protein, 36.2g Fat, 4.6g Carbs, 1.6g Fiber, 3.0g Net Carbs
  15. 6 Servings
  16. 545 Calories, 16.5g Protein, 38.6g Fat, 6.1g Carbs, 2.1g Fiber, 4.0g Net Carbs
Notes
  1. The idea of the mushrooms is to end up with 2 full cooked cups. It doesn't really matter what kind you use but of course the different varieties add a more complex overall flavor and the porcini are a kiss from heaven.
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Low Carb Asian Slaw

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Asian Slaw
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Ingredients
  1. 3 C Shredded Chinese (Napa) Lettuce
  2. 1 C Shredded Jicama
  3. 1 C Shredded Daikon Radish
  4. 1 C Slivered Snow Peas (On The Bias)
  5. 1 C Slivered Red Pepper
  6. 1 C Slivered Purple Onion (Or Shallots)
  7. 1 C Boiled Sprouts (Drained Well And Cooled To Cold)
  8. 1 C Finely Chopped Cilantro
  9. ½ C Green Onion Tops
  10. 3 T Tamari
  11. 2 T Rice Wine Vinegar
  12. 2 T Lime Juice
  13. 4 t Just Like Sugar Brown***
  14. 2 t Ginger
  15. 2 t Crushed Garlic***
  16. 2 t Fish Sauce (Optional But Really Good)
  17. 2 t Dried Mint (Again, Optional But Really Good)
  18. 2 t Sesame Seeds
Instructions
  1. Combine all vegetables in a large bowl.
  2. Mix rest of ingredients except sesame seeds in a small bowl and add to vegetables.
  3. Toss well and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes.
  4. Toss again.
  5. Put into a large serving bowl and sprinkle with sesame seeds.
  6. 8 Servings
  7. 37 Calories, 2.3g Protein, 0.2g Fat, 7.3g Carbs, 2.4g Fiber, 4.9g Net Carbs
Notes
  1. If you think it seems dry, it is not. It will get juicier as it sits and the vegetables wilt a bit.
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Low Carb Pancetta Sprouts

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With all that said, if you can’t find pancetta, bacon makes a good stand-in so don’t not make this because you can’t find or get pancetta.

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Pancetta Sprouts
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Ingredients
  1. ½ Lb Pancetta (Or Bacon)
  2. 1 Lb Boiled Sprouts
  3. 2 T Crushed Garlic***
  4. Freshly Ground Pepper
Instructions
  1. Bring large pot of water to a boil, dump in sprouts, turn to simmer and cook for 4-5 minutes.
  2. Drain sprouts well.
  3. Sauté pancetta until just beginning to crisp. DO NOT drain fat.
  4. Add garlic, sauté 1 minute, and add in drained sprouts to heat.
  5. Serve with lots of freshly ground pepper.
  6. 4 Servings
  7. 270 Calories, 12.7 Protein, 22.1g Fat, 6.2g Carbs, 1.1g Fiber, 5.1g Net Carbs
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Low Carb Butter Pecan Mousse

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Low Carb Butter Pecan MousseLow Carb Butter Pecan Mousse.  If you like butter pecan ice cream you are going to love this low carb butter pecan mousse. Let’s face it, just about every can of anything available today is not the right size anymore for many traditional recipes.  A can of pumpkin that used to be 16 oz. is now 15 oz. and the next thing you know they will be 14 or 14½ oz.  Certainly the larger cans are even worse.  Instead of doubling 15 oz. they are only…29 oz.  Yikes, what the heck do you do with the leftovers after making a Crustless Cream Cheese Pumpkin Pie?  Well, my answer is to make this Low Carb Butter Pecan Mousse.  It has virtually no carbs and is delicious.

When I was a little girl my favorite ice cream flavor was butter pecan.  I don’t really know that it was my favorite but it was what my dad ate and I wanted to be just like my dad. If the truth be known, and sometimes it is hard to tell it, when I whipped up this little dandy…I forget to throw in the spices and guess what…I didn’t even notice it until I was looking at my handwritten list.  And you what else?  It is absolutely delicious without them and without the spices, but with the Sugar-Free Maple Syrup it actually looks and tastes (at least to me) just like butter pecan ice cream.  If you believe in divine intervention, this is one of those times. So, the spices, put ‘em in or leave ‘em out, no biggie.  From the time I started this until I put into the glass containers was about 20 minutes.

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Butter Pecan Mousse
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Ingredients
  1. ¾ C Left-Over Pumpkin Purée
  2. 6 Oz Softened Cream Cheese
  3. ¼ C Sour Cream
  4. ¼ C Just Like Sugar Brown***
  5. ½ C Heavy Whipping Cream
  6. ¼ t Vanilla Extract
  7. 3 Drops EZSweetz***
  8. ¾ C Toasted Pecans
  9. SugarFree Maple Syrup***
  10. 1 t Cinnamon (Optional)
  11. ¼ t Ground Ginger (Optional)
  12. ⅛ t Ground Cloves (Optional)
  13. ⅛ t Mace Or Nutmeg (Optional)
Instructions
  1. Beat cream cheese, sour cream, and Just Like Sugar Brown until smooth.
  2. Mix in pumpkin purée (and spices if you are using them).
  3. Whip heavy cream, add vanilla extract, and EZSweetz.
  4. Gently blending, add ½ whipped cream into pumpkin mixture until well incorporated. Add second ½ cream.
  5. Spoon into serving glass or bowl until ½ full, drizzle with maple syrup (if using) and top with 1 T nuts.
  6. Repeat until full, topping with more syrup and nuts.
  7. Your dessert should look like a fancy nutty parfait if you use a clear container.
  8. 6 Servings
  9. 260 Calories, 3.2g Protein, 25.5g Fat, 5.2g Carbs, 2.7g Fiber, 2.5g Net Carbs
Notes
  1. This is definitely Not A Holidays Only Dessert. This seriously does taste like butter pecan ice cream and uh, what's wrong with that?
  2. If you opt to add the spices it will taste more like a pumpkin pie mousse…but really good.
  3. Yes, if you decide to only make this mousse you can freeze the remaining pumpkin in an ice cube tray to make it again. If some of the liquid separates, drain it well and proceed.
  4. Tip: If by chance your pumpkin (or sour cream for that matter) is particularly loose or watery this little trick will keep you mousse holding its shape. Take 2 T of cold water and sprinkle ½ t of gelatin over it. Let sit for 5 minutes, put in microwave and pulse 1-2 times for 5 seconds until it turns clear. Beat it into your whipped cream and voilà, it will certainly hold for several days in the fridge. (Like it’s ever gonna last that long).
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Low Carb Crustless Cheesecake Pumpkin Pie

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So, we all know stuff happened and it happened with the piece of pie on the plate.  I had taken the pic but was not ready to eat the pie so I was putting it in the fridge for later and…boop, boop, boop, it tumbled out of my hand and onto the floor.  We have the five-second rule in this house and more time if needed, and I did.  I picked it up and it was such a mess I had to put it on a larger plate and the last pic is what I eventually ate.  Taste?  Fabulous.  Want an even easier pumpkin recipe?  You might try the Butter Pecan Mousse which is made with the leftover ¾ C of pumpkin purée you will have-and don’t know what to do with.

It is a rather sad set of circumstances that I even did this recipe.  Two days before Thanksgiving a friend of mine was asking for an easy low carb recipe for pumpkin pie for a mutual (diabetic) friend of ours and I really didn’t have an answer for her as the key word was “easy”.  Of course I know the woman she was asking for and first off, you have to have the right products to make even a rudimentary pie and I didn’t have the answer until I came up with this.  I know she does not have Just Like Sugar*** but I could easily enough suggest erythritol and she would be good to go.  There are reasons I do not use erythritol but certainly in the case of a big time diabetic I would suggest it.  So this pie is for Libby (no relation to Libby Pumpkin Purée)

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Crustless Cheesecake Pumpkin Pie
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Ingredients
  1. 8 Oz Room Temperature Cream Cheese
  2. 6 T Sour Cream
  3. ½ C Just Like Sugar***
  4. 2 Room Temperature Eggs
  5. 1 C Pumpkin Purée (Not Pie Filling)
  6. ¾ t Cinnamon
  7. ¼ t Ground Ginger
  8. ⅛ t Ground Cloves
  9. ⅛ t Mace Or Nutmeg
  10. ⅛ t Ground Cloves
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350°.
  2. Beat cream cheese, sour cream and sweetener until smooth.
  3. Add eggs on low 1 at time and blend only until mixed. (The idea is to NOT beat air into it and yes, it will be inevitable).
  4. Reserve ½ C cream cheese mixture.
  5. Add pumpkin, cinnamon, ginger, and cloves to remaining cream cheese mixture and blend.
  6. Pour into very lightly buttered 9” pie dish.
  7. Take reserved cream cheese mix and dot the pie generously 1 T at a time.
  8. Use the tip of a toothpick to ‘swirl’ the dots.
  9. Bake 30 minutes or until just barely set in center.
  10. Remove from oven, cool completely, cover, and refrigerate at least several hours and until ready to serve.
  11. Serve with a dollop of whipped cream.
  12. 8 Servings
  13. 97 Calories, 3.4g Protein, 8.2g Fat, 3.3g Carbs, 1.3g Fiber, 2.0g Net Carbs
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Low Carb Asian Lime Fish Sauce

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Asian Lime Fish Sauce
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Ingredients
  1. 3 T Lime Juice
  2. 2 T Fish Sauce
  3. 1½ T Finely Chopped Cilantro Stems (Yes, The Stems)
  4. 1 T Just Like Sugar Brown***
  5. 1 t Crushed Garlic***
  6. ⅛ t Red Chili Flakes (Or 1 t Jalapeno Pepper Juice Or...Both)
  7. Chopped Cilantro (Garnish)
Instructions
  1. In a small bowl, mix all ingredient well.
  2. 4 Servings
  3. 9 Calories, 0.5g Protein, 0.0g Fat, 0.6g Carbs, 0.0g Fiber, 0.6g Net Carbs
Notes
  1. Where in heaven's name are you going to get the flavor you get from this anywhere else?
  2. Another one of my favorite ways to use this is a dipping sauce for boiled shrimp. Oh. My. Yes.
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Low Carb African Peanut Soup

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African Peanut Soup
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Ingredients
  1. 2 T Olive Oil
  2. 2 Small Chopped Onions
  3. 1 Lb Daikon Radish
  4. 2 Cans Diced Tomatoes (Including Juice)
  5. 2 T Curry Powder
  6. 2 T Crushed Garlic***
  7. 7 C Water
  8. 2 T Chicken Base***
  9. 1 t Cayenne Pepper
  10. 1½ C Smooth Peanut Butter (Sugar Free)
  11. Large Can Coconut Milk (Divided Added Last And Swirled In As Garnish)
  12. Chopped Cilantro (Garnish)
  13. Chopped Peanuts (Optional And Not Necessary)
  14. Salt & Pepper If Needed (Taste First)
Instructions
  1. Finely slice and chop radish.
  2. Heat olive oil in a large stock pot. Add curry & onions and cook, for about 1 minute.
  3. Add water, chicken base (or stock), garlic, cayenne, radish, & diced tomatoes, and bring soup to a boil.
  4. Turn down heat, cover , and simmer for 45-60 minutes or until daikon is very tender.
  5. Add peanut butter, salt (if needed) and stir well to combine.
  6. Remove from heat and with an immersion blender on high, blend until completely smooth.
  7. Mix in ½ can of coconut milk.
  8. Put in bowl, drizzle on more coconut milk and garnish with cilantro and chopped peanuts.
  9. 10 Servings
  10. 223 Calories, 7.8g Protein, 16.1g Fat, 11.9g Carbs, 4.1g Fiber, 7.8g Net Carbs
Notes
  1. Be careful as the amount of this soup can easily get away from you.
  2. Do not boil coconut milk as there is plenty of residual heat to make it hot.
  3. If you let the soup sit for any length of time stir it before service.
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Low Carb Eggplant Soup

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Low Carb Eggplant SoupLow Carb Eggplant Soup.  Rich, thick, eggplant soup with lots of olive oil and even more flavor. This soup has it all. Bottom center is how I usually sauté my eggplant so please pardon me, but I had to show off my deluxe 12″ aluminum foil sauté pan cover.  I made it about 6-7 years ago and have kept and used it over and over again because…it works.  Some of you may laugh, and rightly so, but I consider myself a minimalist when it comes to kitchenware and this is just a good example.  Where do I store it?  Glad you asked and it rests in my dishwasher along with various other things because in over 12 years…I have never actually used the dishwasher for its intended purpose.  Yep, I’m one of those rare nut cases that actually loves to do my own dishes.  If you want to see another oldie pan I bought for .10 at a garage sale check out the Carbalose Flour Butter Cream Biscuits recipe.  That baby is about 25-30 years old and I am not about to ever let it go.  I later found out it originally went inside a toaster oven and I barely knew what a toaster oven was, let alone owned one.  Bottom right is how I ate it again with za’atar and black seeds. No one expects you to eat it this way as almost no one has these very Middle-Eastern/African/Greek spices but if by some chance you do, use them as they are the absolute perfect topping for this soup.

Of further interest, this soup is good either cold, warm or hot just like Low Carb Vichyssoise.

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Eggplant Soup
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Ingredients
  1. 2 Eggplants Peeled And Sliced Lengthwise
  2. ¼ C Olive Oil
  3. 1 Chopped Medium Onion
  4. 5 Celery Stalks Finely Chopped
  5. 5-6 C Water (Or Chicken Stock)
  6. 3-4 t Chicken Base*** (Or To Taste If Using Stock)
  7. 1 Can Diced Tomatoes
  8. ¼ C Dried Parsley
  9. ¼ C Cilantro Stems
  10. 2 T Crushed Garlic
  11. 1½ t Thyme
  12. 1-1½ t Ground Cumin
  13. ¼ t Cayenne Pepper
  14. ½ C Chopped Cilantro Leaves (Garnish)
  15. ¼ C Olive Oil (Garnish)
  16. 1 Tomato Cut Into Small Dice (Optional)
  17. 1-2 t Liquid Smoke (Optional)
  18. Salt & Pepper To Taste
Instructions
  1. Cook your eggplant anyway you wish to get it very soft. (See Notes) I added about ¼ C of oil to mine.
  2. Put 2 C water (or stock) with celery and onion into a good-size deep pan, cover, and simmer until celery is tender. Including eggplant, dump in rest of ingredients down to cilantro & olive oil garnish, and bring to hot. My pot is an old 3 qt. Revereware which I don't think is even available anymore.
  3. Remove from heat and with emersion stick, blend until relatively smooth and thick.
  4. Taste and season if necessary.
  5. Put into large bowls, add small diced tomato of using, place cilantro, and drizzle with olive oil.
  6. 8 Servings
  7. 169 Calories, 2.0g Protein, 14.2g Fat, 10.4g Carbs, 3.6g Fiber, 6.8g Net Carbs
Notes
  1. I used about a T of reserved diced tomato as garnish under the cilantro and it was surprisingly tasty so I would suggest you do the same.
  2. There are several other ways to cook your eggplant. One is to peel, chop, and sauté it in olive oil. I ended up having to cut it up anyway or, you can bake it peeled in the oven until soft and squeeze out the guts. I find that you lose a bit of eggplant by doing it this way.
  3. If you are using plain chicken stock, you will definitely have to use more salt.
  4. You may make this thinner by adding a little more stock or water as it is naturally very thick on its own.
  5. I did not add liquid smoke originally and if you don't have it don't worry as it is not an essential ingredient. It just goes well with eggplant. I tried it the next day in another bowl and I would now always use it.
  6. If you don’t have an emersion stick or a large blender do not attempt to make this soup as it is my belief if you put it into a processor it might make a mess…and I could be wrong but better wrong than sorry.
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Low Carb Shrimp Étouffée

Low Carb Shrimp ÉtoufféeLow Carb Shrimp Étouffée.  Ah Yes, Étouffée.  Another Louisiana classic.  There are always alternatives to a high carby roux and we are going to kind of go the in-between route here in that I am not using any flour but I am using tomato paste.  Many an expert you might care to name, says a good low carb shrimp étouffée is not only made with, duh shrimp, but also with a stock made from the shells and this couldn’t be easier as you’ll see in the directions below. Since we are not making a roux there is no laborious stirring and waiting for it to turn dark brown.  We are also not using traditional rice but instead using either riced cauliflower or a Cauliflower Grits recipe which can easily be made days in advance and frozen for later use.

Some of you may look at the list of ingredients here but I would bet most of you have them in your pantries.  Including making the stock, from start to finish, it takes only about 1½-2 hours and that’s while you can be doing other things.  Once you have made it you may say; that was really easy-everybody loved it so…I think I’ll make it again.

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Shrimp Étouffée
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Shrimp Stock
  1. 2 T Olive Oil
  2. Reserved Shells From 2 Lb Peeled Shrimp
  3. ½ Medium Onion Chopped
  4. 1 Rib Celery Rough Chopped
  5. 3 Bay Leaves
  6. 3-4 C Chicken Stock
Cauliflower
  1. 1 Medium Head Cauliflower Rice (Yes And Including The Core)
  2. Reserved Bacon Grease
  3. 2-3 T Olive Oil
Étouffée
  1. 6 Slices Cooked And Crumbled Bacon (Reserve Fat)
  2. 1½ Sticks Butter
  3. 1 Diced Medium Onion
  4. ½ C Bell Pepper
  5. 3 T Crushed Garlic***
  6. 1½ T Cajun Seasoning
  7. 2 t Crushed Dried Thyme
  8. 1 t Chili Garlic Paste
  9. 1 Small Can Tomato Paste
  10. 2 Celery Ribs Sliced Thinly On The Bias
  11. 1 C Green Onion Tops (Divided)
  12. 2 pounds Large Shrimp, Shelled And Shells Reserved
  13. 1 T Lemon Juice
  14. 2 T Dried Parsley (Yes, Fresh Works Too)
  15. Salt (Only If Necessary)
  16. Freshly Ground Pepper
  17. Lemon Wedges to Garnish
Shrimp Stock
  1. In large sauce pan heat olive oil, add shrimp shells stirring for several minutes.
  2. Add rest of ingredients, cover, and simmer 45 minutes. Turn off heat, allow to sit another 30 minutes, strain, Set aside.
Cauliflower Rice
  1. In large sauté pan, cook and crumble bacon, reserving fat. Set bacon aside.
  2. Add 3 T olive oil to bacon fat, dump in riced cauliflower and sauté until just beginning to turn golden brown. Set aside in large bowl and keep warm.
Étouffée
  1. On medium low in same sauté pan add butter to melt, then add garlic, onion, bell pepper, Cajun seasoning, thyme, chili garlic paste, and gently cook while stirring, until onion become translucent. 10-15 minutes.
  2. Stir in celery.
  3. Add tomato paste and cook for 3-4 minutes until mixed well.
  4. Add lemon juice and parsley then begin adding stock about 1 C at a time stirring and until well mixed. Repeat until all stock is used or until desired consistency is reached.
  5. Add lemon juice and shrimp and gently poach until shrimp is barely cooked. The time will depend on how large your shrimp are but it will not take long.
  6. Taste and add any salt if needed.
  7. Divide cauliflower rice into bowls, spoon étouffée to the side, and garnish with remaining green onions.
  8. Fresh pepper to taste and it may not need any.
  9. Serve wedge of lemon to the side.
  10. 6 Servings
  11. 532 Calories, 29.7g Protein, 40.7g Fat, 15.1g Carbs, 7.4g Fiber, 7.7g Net Carbs
Notes
  1. I am here to guarantee that you will never miss the high carby floured roux or rice. You just won't.
  2. Nutritionals include 5 T olive oil, cauliflower head, reserved bacon fat, and 8 medium shrimp per person.
  3. Yes, you can skip making the shrimp stock and just use a good purchased chicken stock.
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Low Carb Asian Beef Eggplant Zucchini Stew

Low Carb Asian Beef Eggplant Zucchini StewLow Carb Asian Beef Eggplant Zucchini StewLow Carb Asian Beef Eggplant Zucchini StewLow Carb Asian Beef Eggplant Zucchini StewLow Carb Asian Beef Eggplant Zucchini StewLow Carb Asian Beef Eggplant Zucchini Stew.  Now you can call this a stew or you can call this a soup but whatever you call it, it is good, hearty, and healthy.  Depending on how you spice this you can eat in Italy, Japan, Thailand, China and yes even in America.

I personally like the flavors of Asia so that is what we are doing here and if this is successful, I may post the same recipe using different spices and adding other ingredients.  This is very easy to make assuming you have the spices and get yourself some mung bean sprouts.  Yes, I garnished mine with a few enoki mushrooms but it is absolutely not necessary.  If you decide to use them they take about 15-20 seconds in a tiny amount of steaming water to cook.  I added some fried garlic and green onions in olive oil to the enokis I had left over and they were terrific with a rather sweetish flavor.

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Asian Beef Eggplant Zucchini Stew
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Ingredients
  1. 2 C Small Dice Daikon Radish
  2. 2 C Cooked Mung Bean Sprouts
  3. 1 C Sautéed Medium Globe Eggplant
  4. 1 C Sautéed Zucchini
  5. 1 C Sautéed Mushrooms
  6. ½ Lb Very Thinly Sliced Good Quality Beef
  7. 6 T Olive Oil (Divided)
  8. 5-6 C Water (+ More If Wanted/Needed)
  9. ½ C Tamari Sauce
  10. Beef Base
  11. 2 t Crushed Garlic***
  12. 1 t Chili Garlic Sauce
  13. 1 t Powdered Ginger
  14. ¼ t Dried Chili Flakes
  15. ½ C Minced Green Onion Tops (Garnish)
  16. ½ C Cilantro (Garnish)
  17. Fish Sauce (Garnish)
  18. Enoki Mushrooms (Optional Garnish)
Instructions
  1. Put water and beef base to taste in saucepan-add tamari. If using beef broth just add tamari.
  2. Add diced daikon radish to broth, cover, and simmer for 25-30 minutes.
  3. Drain radish, retaining broth and put radish into a medium mixing bowl.
  4. Add sprouts to broth, simmer 5-7 minutes, drain, & add to radish.
  5. Add crushed garlic, chili garlic sauce, ginger and dried chili flakes to broth. Add more water as some will have evaporated and keep on simmer. Jack up the heat when ready to serve.
  6. Individually sauté eggplant, zucchini, and mushrooms in olive oil and as each is finished add to rest of ingredients.
  7. Slice beef as thinly as possible. (I used flat iron steak).
  8. Gently fold all ingredients in mixing bowl, divide, and add to serving bowls.
  9. Lay raw steak slices on top of veggies and pour piping hot broth over all. The steak will cook as the hot liquid hits it.
  10. Sprinkle with green onions, garnish with cilantro and enokis (if using).
  11. Put the bottle of fish sauce on the table for individual use.
  12. Serve In A Large Bowl
  13. 6 Servings
  14. 253 Calories, 9.1g Protein, 21.3g Fat, 7.1g Carbs, 3.0g Fiber, 4.1g Net Carbs
Notes
  1. This makes a large bowl of stew and what you see was my meal.
  2. Nutritionals include everything but the enoki mushrooms garnish.
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Low Carb Rocket Fuel

Low Carb Rocket FuelLow Carb Rocket FuelLow Carb Rocket Fuel.  This not all my recipe and I even took the name because it seemed so apropos.  It is not so killer spicy hot that it’s only good for a few people, but rather designed to add heat to your liking.  Of course I changed some of the recipe to reflect low carb like the pear and the sugar, and yes I even omitted a couple of ingredients like Tabasco but the absolute essence of the recipe still remains intact. For comparison, here is the original recipe and even they took it from a restaurant.  The second picture is to show it accompanying my dinner and you can see how little it takes.

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Rocket Fuel
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Ingredients
  1. 1 C Drained Sliced Jarred Hot Jalapenos
  2. ¼ C Jalapeno Juice (From The Same Jar)
  3. 2 T Chopped Cilantro (More If Wanted)
  4. 1 T Just Like Sugar Brown***
  5. 1 T Lime Juice
  6. 2 t Fish Sauce (Optional & I Used It)
  7. 2 t Crushed Garlic***
  8. 1 t Chili Garlic Paste
  9. ¼ t Cayenne Pepper
  10. ¼ t Cumin
  11. ¼ t Crushed Oregano
  12. ¼ t Ginger Powder
  13. 1 Cup Finely Chopped Daikon Radish
  14. Water To Consistency Desired (Saved From Daikon Cooking)
Instructions
  1. Chop daikon radish and simmer in 1 C water until very soft.
  2. In bowl large enough to hold at least 3 cups (or a small processor) add rest of ingredients.
  3. Drain and rinse cooked daikon radish, add to rest of ingredients, process to a fine consistency adding water as necessary. I used my stick blender because for this particular job it was the best tool.
  4. 12 Servings
  5. 4 Calories, 0.1g Protein, 0.0g Fat, 0.2g Carbs, .01g Fiber, 0.1g Net Carbs
Notes
  1. As you can see this is basically a zero carb food so...eat it with abandon.
  2. Want it hotter? First be sure you use hot jalapeno peppers & juice and a sure fire way to get it hotter is to use (a little) more chili garlic paste.
  3. Since I was testing this for the first time I used raw jicama which stayed a little chunky and which is why I am suggesting simmered daikon radish.
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Low Carb Mung Bean Sprouts Carbonara

Low Carb Mung Bean Sprouts CarbonaraLow Carb Mung Bean Sprouts Carbonara.  Yes, you can have an Italian dinner this evening.  No, you don’t need to go to the Olive Garden to get it.  Pasta carbonara is one of the truly classic Italian dishes and it does not need to be made with high carby pasta.  We are going to use mung bean sprouts instead and by the time we are finished, I doubt you will be able to tell much difference.  Traditionally, carbonara does not have cream in it but no fear, it is really good and does make the meal more hearty.  Hopefully you can find a good pancetta but if not, a good quality smoked bacon will work as a decent stand-in.

This is an extremely low carb but more importantly, high fat recipe.  This is keto at its best and In my humble opinion, very healthy trading about 50g carbs in a pasta for about 7g in sprouts so, the choice is yours. That big beautiful display of basil?  I kid you not, I. Ate. It. All.

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Mung Bean Sprouts Carbonara
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Ingredients
  1. 1 Lb Sprouts
  2. 10-12 Oz Pancetta Or Bacon
  3. ¾ C Heavy Cream
  4. ¼ C Water + More If Necessary
  5. 3 Egg Yolks
  6. 1 C Parmesan Cheese
  7. ¼ C Chopped Basil
  8. 1 t Chicken Base***
  9. Lots Of Freshly Ground Pepper
Instructions
  1. Sauté bacon or pancetta in large pan then drain all but ¼ C fat. Set aside.
  2. Bring pot of water to just under boiling, dump in sprouts and simmer about 5-6 minutes or until just beginning to turn limp. Drain, reserving 1 C liquid.
  3. Mix heavy cream and egg yolks and add to reserved fat.
  4. Add ¼ C reserved water, Parmesan cheese, chicken base and heat.
  5. Add sprouts and bacon to heat.
  6. Add more water to desired consistency.
  7. Plate, garnish with basil, a little more cheese and tons of freshly ground pepper.
  8. 4 Servings
  9. 591 Calories, 28.9g Protein, 47.6g Fat, 8.4g Carbs, 1.6g Fiber, 6.8g Net Carbs
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Low Carb Italian Parmesan Garlic Wings

Low Carb Italian Parmesan Garlic WingsLow Carb Italian Parmesan Garlic WingsLow Carb Italian Parmesan Garlic WingsLow Carb Italian Parmesan Garlic WingsLow Carb Italian Parmesan Garlic Wings.  What kind of combo is Parmesan & garlic?  My taste buds say they are a marriage made in heaven and if you already have the dry herb ingredients used in Italian Dipping Oil you are in the home stretch.  These wings could not be much easier to make and most of your time will be spent waiting for them to finish in a hot oven.  I have listed the ingredients below so you have the whole recipe all together. I served mine with Brianna’s Asiago Caesar Dressing to dip into but they really didn’t need it as they are fabulous on their own.

The dry herb & spice mixture can just sit in a jar until further use.  I use it in Traditional Spaghetti Sauce over squash or mung bean sprouts, sprinkled on top of an occasional low carb pizza, on all kinds of vegetables, and any other thing you can think of where Italian herbs are called for. Think Ham & Cheese Pinwheels and maybe even some Carbalose Italian Parmesan Garlic Knots. This is an extremely easy and useful herb/spice blend.

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Italian Parmesan Garlic Wings
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Ingredients
  1. 3 Lbs Split Chicken Wings
Dry Ingredients
  1. 1 T Dried Basil
  2. 1 T Garlic Powder
  3. 1 T Dried Thyme
  4. 1 T Dried Oregano
  5. 1 T Dried Rosemary
  6. 1 T Dried Marjoram
  7. 1½ t Black Pepper
  8. 1½ t Salt
  9. ½ t Red Pepper Flakes
Finishing Ingredients
  1. ½ C Olive Oil
  2. 2 T Parmesan Cheese
  3. 1 T Crushed Garlic
Instructions
  1. Bring chicken wings to room temperature.
  2. Preheat oven to 425° .
  3. Line wings on a sheet pan(s) (on a Silpat if you have one) and put into hot oven.
  4. Bake 40-45 minutes.
  5. Combine all dried herbs & spices.
  6. When ready to serve wings combine 1 T spice blend, 1 T crushed garlic (or more to taste) with ½ C olive oil and 2 T Parmesan cheese, mix well, and put into a large bowl. Put wings into bowl and mix well-making sure all wings are well coated.
  7. 8 Servings As Appetizer
  8. 350 Calories, 21.4g Protein, 29.4g Fat, .7g Carbs, 0.0g Fiber, .7g Net Carbs
  9. 4 Servings As Dinner
  10. 702 Calories, 42.7g Protein, 58.8g Fat, 1.5g Carbs, 0.1g Fiber, 1.4g Net Carbs
Notes
  1. You WILL NOT use all the herb mix as the recipe makes quite a bit. Just save herbs and spices in a small jar and when you next 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. This is a very garlicky so enjoy it with good friends.
  6. I guarantee the dry mix ingredients are FAR superior to a packaged mix and yours will have zero sugar in it.
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Low Carb Mint Caper Sauce

Low Carb Mint Caper SauceLow Carb Mint Caper SauceLow Carb Mint Caper Sauce.  I’ve not made it a secret that I love, love, love lamb and that I am always looking for a new sauce to go with it.  We have a new grocery store here in Portland and I have been buying most of my meats there now because 1.) It is all Willamette Valley Grass Fed Organic and 2.) It is by far, less expensive than the New Seasons store I have been shopping in for the last 13 years.  Thus far EVERYTHING I have purchased from them has been fantastic and I feel fortunate in that they are nearly in my backyard. As we know Portland, OR is a pretty good size city. I bought ½ lb. of ground lamb which I love all my itself but I thought it might be fun to try a new sauce with it.  The recipe below is not anything unique but it is different. Here are several other lamb sauces you might try:  A more traditional Low Carb Mint Sauce and an absolutely wonderful Garlic Rosemary Aioli.  All three of these recipes are really good with lamb and all three recipes feature lamb in their pictures.  Did I say I LOVE lamb?

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Mint Caper Sauce
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Ingredients
  1. 6 T Olive Oil
  2. 1 T Anchovy Paste
  3. 3 T Capers
  4. 3-4 T Minced Shallots
  5. 1 T Distilled Vinegar (Apple Cider Works As Well)
  6. 2 t Dried Mint
  7. ½ t Crushed Garlic***
Instructions
  1. Add all ingredients to small (mini) processor and pulse to desired chunkiness.
  2. Cover lightly and allow to sit on countertop for several hours.
  3. 4 Servings
  4. 193 Calories, .8g Protein, 21.7g Fat, 1.2g Carbs, .2g Fiber, 1.1g Net Carbs
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Low Carb Ginger Green Onion Garlic Sauce

Low Carb Ginger Green Onion Garlic SauceLow Carb Ginger Green Onion Garlic SauceLow Carb Ginger Green Onion Garlic SauceLow Carb Ginger Green Onion Garlic Sauce.  Often enough I don’t have much to say about a recipe and this is one of those times.  It’s just one of those sauce recipes that should be cycled through your repertoire every once in a while for something a little different.  It is piquant and goes with just about any meat or fish and as it packs a punch, it does not take much of it.

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Ginger Green Onion Garlic Sauce
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Ingredients
  1. ½ C Sliced Green Onion Tops
  2. 2 T Minced Shallots
  3. 2 t Crushed Garlic
  4. 1½ t Powdered Ginger
  5. ¼ C Olive Oil
  6. ½ t Salt
  7. Pepper To Taste And Remembering that Ginger Can Be A Bit Spicy
Instructions
  1. Cut green onions.
  2. Mince shallot.
  3. Add all ingredients to a small processor and pulse to desired consistency and it should not be pulverized.
  4. Allow ingredients to marry on the counter for at least several hours and do not refrigerate.
  5. 4 Servings
  6. 132 Calories, .05g Protein, 14.1g Fat, 2.5g Carbs, .5g Fiber, 2.0g Net Carbs
Notes
  1. Ooh, I just love easy tasty recipes and this is one of them.
  2. It will get better the longer you let it sit on the counter.
  3. Depending on what you are serving this with, you might add as a table condiment, some tamari, or fish sauce.
  4. I put mine with chicken thighs so I didn't use either of them.
  5. Add a little sugarfree rice wine vinegar and you have a really good salad dressing.
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Low Carb Ethiopian Cabbage

Low Carb Ethiopian CabbageLow Carb Ethiopian CabbageLow Carb Ethiopian CabbageLow Carb Ethiopian Cabbage.  I had my first Ethiopian dining experience the other day and it was a dandy.  I shared the plate to the right with someone and it was literally to die for.  Small dribs and drabs of this & that all on top of Ethiopian bread made with teff, which to my knowledge, is the highest carb grain there is.  It was all spectacular but the thing that struck me the most was the cabbage. It was creamy and rich and for whatever reason and I do not know why, it did not have any potatoes in it which would be traditional.  And it case you’re curious, no, neither of us ate the bread.  This is very easy to make and you can be doing other things while it simmers.

I started out and had planned to make about 4 servings and you know what they say about the best laid plans…so, the recipe is for eight people but…you will wish you had even more of it.  Those little pie shaped thingies are thinly sliced daikon radish rounds.

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Ethiopian Cabbage
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Ingredients
  1. ⅓ C Olive Oil
  2. 1½ Lbs Cabbage
  3. ½ C Chopped Carrots (I Used 1 Smallish Carrot)
  4. ½ Lb Daikon Radish
  5. ½ Thinly Sliced Onion
  6. 1½ t Turmeric
  7. 1 T Crushed Garlic
  8. 1 t Salt +More As Needed
  9. ½ C Water Then As Needed
Instructions
  1. Chop cabbage into small pieces.
  2. Chop carrots into small pieces.
  3. Slice daikon radish into very thin rounds and then into wedges.
  4. Julienne Onion.
  5. On med-low in a large sauté pan add olive oil & turmeric, then add cabbage, daikon, onion and salt & mix well.
  6. Add water, cover and cook for 15-20 minutes.
  7. Put carrots into a small sauce pan and simmer until tender-about 10-12 minutes.
  8. Add garlic and carrots to cabbage and and additional water as necessary.
  9. Cook until everything is tender and water is all but evaporated.
  10. Taste and correct any seasoning.
  11. 8 Servings
  12. 111 Calories, 1.8g Protein, 9.1g Fat, 7.7g Carbs, 2.8g Fiber, 4.9g Net Carbs
Notes
  1. Don't ask me why this is so good because I don't know. I just know it is.
  2. Daikon is best sliced on a mandoline.
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Low Carb Beef Fajita Crêpes

Low Carb Beef Fajita CrêpesLow Carb Beef Fajita CrêpesLow Carb Beef Fajita CrêpesLow Carb Beef Fajita CrêpesLow Carb Beef Fajita Crêpes. So, if you can have Low Carb Fajitas on a large cheese tortilla why couldn’t you have it inside a zero carb crepe?  I hope this is proof that you can.  All the flavor and none of the carbs in a flour tortilla and they are very easy to make.  If you happen to end up with any  of the meat-pepper mix, it makes a terrific breakfast with an egg or two on top and if truth be told, I try to always make a little extra to have a couple of days later for dinner.  You will need one recipe of 12 Flaxseed Meal Crêpes.

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Beef Fajita Crêpes
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Ingredients
  1. 1 Recipe Flaxseed Meal Crêpes
  2. 1 Lb Good Steak Meat Cut Into ¼” Pieces & Then Into Thin Strips. (I Used A Flat Iron Steak)
  3. 1 Onion Sliced Into Slivers
  4. 1-1½ Lbs Red, Yellow, Or Orange Pepper Seeded And Slivered (I Mix Mine If I Have Them)
  5. 3 T Olive Oil (Divided)
  6. 1 T Lime Juice
  7. 1 t Crushed Garlic
  8. ½ t Chili Powder
  9. ½ t Cumin
  10. ½ t Oregano
  11. ½ t Pepper Flakes
  12. ½ t Salt
  13. ½ t Pepper
Instructions
  1. In large bowl mix 1½ T oil, lime, garlic, and all spices/herbs. Add meat, massaging mix into the meat.
  2. Add rest of oil to sauté pan and cook peppers & onions until softened. Set aside.
  3. Add meat to sauté pan and quickly cook only until just seared. Over cooking meat will always toughen it. Add peppers and onion back to meat just to heat.
  4. Lay out crêpes, add meat-pepper mixture and roll.
  5. Serve with side condiments of your choice.
  6. 6 Servings 2 Each
  7. 486 Calories, 31.7g Protein, 35.3g Fat, 11.4g Carbs, 6.0g Fiber, 5.4g Net Carbs
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Low Carb Spinach Mushroom Bacon Crêpes

Low Carb Spinach Mushroom Bacon CrêpesLow Carb Spinach Mushroom Bacon CrêpesLow Carb Spinach Mushroom Bacon CrêpesLow Carb Spinach Mushroom Bacon CrêpesLow Carb Spinach Mushroom Bacon Crêpes.  I am having so much fun doing this series of crêpe recipes, I can’t even tell you.  Not only do I make them, I get to eat them- so, it’s a best of both worlds kind of scenario.  The combination of ingredients in these particular crêpes is that of a good quiche so maybe, since real men don’t eat quiche-you can get them to eat these. You will need one recipe of 12 Flaxseed Meal Crêpes.

I have quite a few new crêpes recipes now and to see a few of them check these out too.  Crab Rangoon Bundles With Asian DrizzleStrawberry Orange Crêpes  and there are now many more-some savory and some for dessert.

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Spinach Mushroom Bacon Crêpes
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Ingredients
  1. 1 Recipe Flaxseed Meal Crêpes
  2. 12 Oz Shredded Swiss Cheese (I Used Gruyere)
  3. 10-12 Oz Bacon
  4. 10-12 Oz Packaged Frozen Spinach
  5. ½ Medium Onion Minced
  6. ¾ Lb Sautéed Chopped Mushrooms -Reserve ½ C
  7. 1 Cup Heavy Cream
  8. 1 t Porcini Mushroom Dust***
  9. Salt & Pepper
Instructions
  1. Sauté and crumble the bacon, reserving the fat.
  2. Cook the onion in fat until trasluscent. Set aside.
  3. Finely chop the mushrooms and lightly sauté in bacon grease reserving ¼ C for gravy.
  4. Squeeze out some of the moisture from the spinach.
  5. Combine bacon, mushrooms, spinach, & onions mixing & heating. Add salt & pepper to taste.
  6. In separate pan heat heavy cream, porcini dust and reserved chopped mushrooms until just barely beginning to thicken. Salt & pepper to taste.
  7. Lay out crêpes and sprinkle with cheese.
  8. Put warm spinach mixture on cheese and roll.
  9. Spoon heavy cream mushroom sauce over all.
  10. 6 Servings 2 Each
  11. 545 Calories, 22.6g Protein, 45.4g Fat, 6.0g Carbs, 4.6g Fiber, 1.4g Net Carbs
Notes
  1. May also be dusted with a little parmesan cheese on top.
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Low Carb Beef Burrito Crêpes

Low Carb Beef Burrito CrêpesLow Carb Beef Burrito CrêpesLow Carb Beef Burrito Crêpes.  These Burrito crêpes are a very quick dinner and always a hit with children.  One of the great things about kids is when they are young they don’t have any preconceived ideas about the way something should be or look.  Think about this; if these burritos were the first ones they had ever had, they might think Taco Bell’s burritos were a little strange so…context is everything.  These are very easy to make even if you don’t have any of what you see on the plate.  I served mine with Pico de GalloCreamy Smooth Guacamole and sour cream and of course these items can also be purchase at you local grocery store.  The Flaxseed Meal Crêpes are zero carb which makes the burritos nearly zero carb too. To make them you will need one recipe of the crêpes.  I also of course used my own Taco Seasoning but you may use your own or again, something you can buy in the grocery.

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Beef Burrito Crêpes
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Ingredients
  1. 1 Recipe Flaxseed Meal Crêpes
  2. 1½ Lbs Good Quality Hamburger Meat (At Least 15% Fat)
  3. 1½ Lbs Finely Shredded Cheese
  4. 1 Medium Onion Sliced Thinly Into About 1-1½” Strips
  5. 1½-2 T Taco Seasoning (More Or Less To Your Personal Taste)
Instructions
  1. Put onions and ground beef in pan set to medium-low and slowly brown meat and until onions are transluscent.
  2. Spread 1 oz. shredded cheese on each crêpe.
  3. Divide meat & onion mixture onto each crêpe and roll.
  4. Top each two crêpes with 2 oz. more cheese. You may need to nuke then to completely melt the cheese.
  5. Garnish as desired.
  6. 6 Servings 2 Each
  7. 914 Calories, 57.4g Protein, 72.4g Fat, 6.1g Carbs, 4.5g Fiber, 1.6g Net Carbs
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Low Carb Tahini Almond Butter Walnut Brownies

Low Carb Tahini Almond Butter Walnut BrowniesLow Carb Tahini Almond Butter Walnut BrowniesLow Carb Tahini Almond Butter Walnut BrowniesLow Carb Tahini Almond Butter Walnut BrowniesLow Carb Tahini Almond Butter Walnut BrowniesLow Carb Tahini Almond Butter Walnut BrowniesLow Carb Tahini Almond Butter Walnut Brownies. I have, over the last eight years, tried more than several “supposed” low carb “moist brownies” only to be sadly disappointed one more time.  A while ago I posted a Tahini Almond Butter Walnut Balls cookie recipe using this exact same batter and the cookies, if not over done, were like fudge in the center. Thinking if the cookies were so fudgy what if I tried the same batter for brownies.  Did it work…Oh yeah, it sure did. The only other brownie recipe you will find on this site are Mocha Zucchini Brownies-Mocha Ganache but the reason these brownies might be so much better is that it is a dump & mix recipe and there are not many of them unless you do some kind of boxed mix. (Ugh)  This was just the first time I tried making these but the next time (if there is one) I am going to put the coffee ganache on them instead of the plain ole ganache I made.  I hope you can tell from the picture above how seriously moist these look because they are as stick-to-the-roof-of-your-mouth as any other really good brownie and I think the secret is all the oils in almond butter and tahini, I mean, come on.

I did make a batch of mocha brownies so I added a couple more pics.  Notice the nooks & crannies after baking which are filled with the ganache and I also allowed the ganache to drip over the edges which in my opinion keeps these moist brownies even more so.

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Tahini Almond Butter Walnut Brownies
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Brownies
  1. ½ C Almond Butter
  2. ½ C Tahini
  3. 2 Eggs
  4. 2 T Cocoa Powder
  5. 2 T Peanut Flour
  6. 2 T Water
  7. 1 T Melted Butter
  8. ⅔ C Just Like Sugar
  9. 2 t Vanilla
  10. 1 t Baking Soda
  11. ½ C Chopped Walnuts
Ganache
  1. ½ C 40% Heavy Cream
  2. ⅓ C Good Chocolate Bar Cut Into Small Pieces.
Instructions
  1. Minus the walnuts dump everything else into a mixing bowl and thoroughly combine with an electric mixer.
  2. Fold in nuts.
  3. This batter is so thick you will need to push it into a paper lined 8x8 pan with a couple of fingers.
  4. Bake 12-13 minutes and no longer. You can’t tell that they are done but better a bit under-done than a bit over-done if you want them to be fudgy.
Ganache
  1. Heat heavy cream to simmer and keep your eyes on it-you don't want to boil it or you will have a huge mess on your hands.
  2. I put my chocolate into the microwave on med-low for 20 sec, stir, and repeat until it is just beginning to melt.
  3. Add hot heavy cream to chocolate and stir constantly until all chocolate is melted and incorporated.
  4. Let brownies cool just a bit, cover & spread with ganache and cool in the refrigrator until ganache is set.
  5. Carefully lift brownies out of pan, cut & serve. You're in for a treat.
  6. 12 Servings
  7. 233 Calories, 6.9g Protein, 21.7g Fat, 7.1g Carbs, 3.5g Fiber, 3.6g Net Carbs
Notes
  1. I used Endangered Species 88% chocolate bar in my ganache.
  2. Notice that the fat content is 195 of the 233 calories.
  3. If you want mocha brownies add ½ t instant coffee to mix and then add 1 t to ganache. I also added 2 drops EZSweetz into ganache with the coffee.
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