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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 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 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 Pancetta Sprouts

Low Carb Pancetta SproutsLow Carb Pancetta SproutsLow Carb Pancetta Sprouts.  I have a friend whose birthday is the same day as mine and as a treat, I took her to The LaurelHurst Market for dinner.  Along with the birthday stuff they gave me, I also purchased ¼ lb of pancetta and some of their Chicken Liver Paté.  I think mine is better but theirs was just starring me in the face, begging me to buy some…so I did.  The paté and birthday bacon are long gone but I stuck the pancetta in the freezer.  I pretty much always have boiled mung bean sprouts in the fridge as I eat them in different ways as a side dish 3-4 times a week.  So just to do something a little differently I decided to do a pot-load of garlic with my pancetta and some of the sprouts.  Wow was it good.  It was so good, I decided to post a recipe with it.  Here are some of the other things I do with sprouts and these do not count the sauces I put on them or adding to salads.  Puttanesca Over Mung Bean SproutsMung Bean Sprouts Carbonara, and Chicken Parmesan Over Sprouts.  Sprouts are a terrific substitute for high carby pasta and can be used in most any of your pasta recipes, and the most ridiculous part of all this is that the recipe has a measly three ingredients.  Yup, that’s just three. Actually, four If you count the pepper.

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 Crustless Cheesecake Pumpkin Pie

Low Carb Crustless Cheesecake Pumpkin PieLow Carb Crustless Cheesecake Pumpkin PieLow Carb Crustless Cheesecake Pumpkin PieLow Carb Crustless Cheesecake Pumpkin PieLow Carb Crustless Cheesecake Pumpkin PieLow Carb Crustless Cheesecake Pumpkin PieLow Carb Crustless Cheesecake Pumpkin Pie.  This is the same basic recipe as my Cheesecake Pumpkin Pie…but…without a crust and it is ridiculously easy to make. This will make a 9” pie suitable for 8 people. and topped with whipped cream Ooh la la. Yes, without a Low Carb Pie Crust you will save a couple of carb grams but, as I said, the great thing about this is that it is so, so easy (when you don’t drop it)-See Last Pic Above.

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 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 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 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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Low Carb Cinnamon Walnut Roll Crêpes

Low Carb Cinnamon Walnut Roll CrepesLow Carb Cinnamon Walnut Roll Crêpes. If you can make Carbalose Flour Cinnamon Walnut Rolls why can’t you put the same tastes into a crepe?  Well you can.  I just love that every little bite looks like a cinnamon walnut roll.  Again, very easy and fast to make and you will need a recipe of Flaxseed Meal Crêpes.

 

It is always fun to come up with something new and this was no exception but the bottom line question is always; will they taste good.  I’m glad you asked and well yes, they do and…they are a lot easier than the walnut rolls, and I mean a lot.

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Cinnamon Walnut Roll Crêpes
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Ingredients
  1. 1 Recipe Flaxseed Meal Crepes
  2. 1½ C Small Chopped Walnuts (Pecans Work Just As Well)(Save A Little Nut Dust For Garnish)
  3. 2 t Cinnamon
  4. ¾ C Just Like Sugar Baking*** 18 Drops Liquid Sucralose*** Or Your Own Favorite Sweetener
  5. 12 Oz Softened Cream Cheese (Divided )
  6. 1 t Vanilla Extract
  7. ¼ C Heavy Cream + More If Needed To Make A Thin Drizzle
Instructions
  1. Add nuts and cinnamon to a small processor and chop until relatively small. (See Picture). You don’t want to grind it just a fine chop. If you overdo it, don’t worry and the final product would probably look about the same. Reserve 2 T.
  2. Beat cream cheese, Just Like Sugar*** or 12 Drops Liquid Sucralose*** or your favorite sweetener, and vanilla.
  3. Mix in heavy cream and reserve ¼ C.
  4. Lay out crepes, smear with thin layer of the cream cheese mixture.
  5. Top with 2 T nut mixture and roll crepe.
  6. Add enough heavy cream (or water) to thin remaining ¼ C cream cheese mixture and drizzle onto crepes.
  7. Sprinkle with remaining 2 T nuts.
  8. 12 Servings
  9. 330 Calories, 8.0g Protein, 37.4g Fat, 5.3g Carbs, 3.0g Fiber, 2.3g Net Carbs
Notes
  1. I got so excited to try these that I didn’t get enough heavy cream as a thinning agent in the drizzle so I just kind of frosted them but for you? It should be thin enough to drizzle so if you need more heavy cream by all means use it.
  2. Hope you can see the size of the nut grind. You don’t want nut dust just very small and I have a mini processor that has a chop speed which I pulse with until I get what I want.
  3. If you only have Just Like Sugar Brown*** it works quite well in place of the Baking*** but will color the cream cheese without much color delineation between the layers of the crepes.
  4. Nutritionals include crepes.
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Low Carb Puttanesca Over Mung Bean Sprouts

Low Carb Puttanesca Over Mung Bean SproutsLow Carb Puttanesca Over Mung Bean SproutsLow Carb Puttanesca Over Mung Bean Sprouts.  I’m going out on a limb with this recipe but as I have eaten and cooked with mung bean sprouts, I realize what a truly versatile vegetable it is.  It has virtually no flavor of its own so it takes on the flavor of whatever it is cooked with and of course we see this time and again in Asian cuisine.  Why not use it as your “noodle” or pasta for pretty much anything and with this recipe, it is exactly what I have done.  I am pairing it with a zesty Puttanesca Sauce and in one word it is delicious.  If you have your own favorite tomato based marinara sauce then by all means use it but Puttanesca is not just any normal red sauce.  As far as I’m concerned, mung bean sprouts could replace pasta in many, many other dishes. Not all but again, many.  Other sprouts recipes include Mung Bean Sprouts SaladStir Fried Mung Bean SproutsChicken Parmesan, and they play a small role in the Vietnamese Shrimp Bowl.

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Puttanesca Over Mung Bean Sprouts
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Ingredients
  1. 1 Lb Mung Bean Sprouts
  2. 2 T Olive Oil
  3. 1 Medium Yellow Onion Small Chopped
  4. One Can Anchovies Packed In Oil
  5. 2 T Crushed Garlic
  6. 2 T Tomato Paste
  7. 2 16 Oz Cans Diced Or Crushed Tomatoes
  8. ¼ C Drained Capers
  9. ½ C Rough Chopped Kalamata Olives
  10. ½ t Crushed Red Peppers Flakes
  11. 2 T Fresh Chopped Basil
  12. Parmesan Cheese (Omit For Paleo)
  13. Salt & Pepper To Taste
Sprouts
  1. Simmer sprout 4-5 minutes or until just beginning to turn translucent, and drain well.
Sauce
  1. Put olive oil in a sauce pan over medium heat, add onions, stir occasionally, and cook until soft.
  2. Add anchovies & garlic cooking and stirring until the anchovies disintegrate.
  3. Stir in tomato paste, add the tomatoes, capers, olives, & red pepper flakes.
  4. Cover pan, turn down heat, simmer gently, and cook, stirring occasionally, until thick and saucy.
  5. Blend in basil, taste, and adjust flavors to your liking.
  6. Serve over whatever you choose. I have always used spaghetti squash but the mung sprouts are terrific and fewer carbs.
  7. 6 Servings
  8. 129 Calories, 3.7g Protein, 19.2g Fat, 8.9g Carbs, 1.4g Fiber, 7.5g Net Carbs
  9. 4 Servings
  10. 193 Calories, 5.6g Protein, 13.8g Fat, 13.3g Carbs, 2.2g Fiber, 11.1g Net Carbs
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Low Carb Chicken Parmesan Over Sprouts

Low Carb Chicken Parmesan Over SproutsLow Carb Chicken Parmesan Over SproutsLow Carb Chicken Parmesan Over Sprouts. A pretty study in the Italian flag colors of red, white, and green.  It is ridiculous that I have never posted a recipe for Chicken Parmesan but I am only human and as I was doing the Puttanesca Over Mung Bean Sprouts I realized instead of doing this over something like spaghetti squash why not also make Chicken Parmesan Over Mung Bean Sprouts too. Heaven only knows how many recipes I have replaced flour using pork skins but this is at least the latest.  You need to trust me on this, fried pork skins keep EVERYTHING moist.  I have said I fry my own pellets but you can easily enough buy pork skins and even buy the ground Pork Dust here.  This is a very simple & easy recipe and I can’t imagine what the carb difference would be between real pasta and mung bean sprouts but I do know this, I can eat sprouts and I can’t eat pasta.

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Chicken Parmesan Atop Mung Sprouts
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For The Chicken
  1. 6 Boneless Skinless Chicken Thighs (Room Temperature)
  2. 2 Eggs (Room Temperature)
  3. ¼ C Sour Cream (Or Yogurt)
  4. 1 C Parmesan Cheese
  5. 1 C Ground Pork Skins***
  6. 1 T Garlic Powder
  7. ¾ t Pepper
  8. ¼ C Olive Oil For Shallow Frying + More If Needed
  9. 1 Lb Shredded Mozzarella Cheese (To Top)
  10. Fresh Chopped Basil (Garnish)
For The Sauce
  1. 2 Cans Plain Good Quality Tomato Sauce
  2. 2 T Good Red Wine+More To Taste
  3. 2 t Crushed Garlic
  4. 2 t Dried Italian Herbs
  5. 1 t Salt
  6. ½ t Pepper
For The Mung Bean Sprouts
  1. 1 Lb Fresh Bean Sprouts
  2. Boiling Water
For The Chicken
  1. Flatten thighs a bit but not too thin.
  2. Beat eggs and sour cream.
  3. Mix Parmesan cheese, ground pork skins, garlic powder, and pepper well.
  4. Add ½ of your oil to large sauté pan and heat to between medium and Medium-high. Do not smoke the oil.
  5. Add 3 thighs, cooking until crispy and juices come to the top, turn, and finish cooking.
  6. Cook remaining thighs repeating same steps.
For The Sauce
  1. Dump all sauce ingredients in medium sauce pan and heat.
For The Mung Bean Sprouts
  1. Boil water, dump sprouts in, turn to medium, simmer 4-5 minutes and drain well.
  2. Place sprouts on plate, top with chicken, immediately followed by the cheese to melt.
  3. Garnish with basil and ring the meat with sauce.
  4. Drizzle with additional olive oil if wanted and I did.
  5. Alternately, you can put all thighs on a sheet pan, top with sauce & cheese. and broil until melted. It’s what I do. I also top with a little extra Parmesan cheese.
  6. 6 Servings
  7. 501 Calories, 41.0g Protein, 33.6g Fat, 10.3g Carbs, 1.5g Fiber, 8.8g Net Carbs
Notes
  1. Depending on the quality and thickness of the tomato sauce you use, you may need to thin it a bit with water. I use Kirkland organic tomato sauce and I did need to thin mine.
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Low Carb Cinnamon Flan

Low Carb Cinnamon FlanLow Carb Cinnamon FlanLow Carb Cinnamon FlanLow Carb Cinnamon FlanLow Carb Cinnamon Flan. I had a really hard time naming this concoction but finally came up with the word “Flan” because it has a sugar-free syrup served with it which is a little reminiscent of a real flan. Doesn’t really matter what you call it, it is delicious.  I can already think of a couple variations and one might be with raspberries and a couple of drops of almond extract as the two flavors go so well together.  Very, very easy to make.  It can be eaten as breakfast or dinner, which I did with a sausage patty and small salad or just as a really low carb dessert.  Anyway you cut it, it’s good, it’s easy and…your kids will love it.

I have started using Ceylon “True” Cinnamon and what a difference it makes.  I will be using the rest of the small bag and have purchased a one lb. bag which should last well beyond me and I am thinking of sharing it with someone I already have in mind.  Ceylon Cinnamon is kind of a taste altering experience if you have never had it, and I personally would never go back.  It is available on Amazon (not my favorite place to shop) as well as other places.  There is no mistaking it for regular cinnamon as it is MUCH lighter in color with a more subtle flavor. Recipes I have already used it in are the Carbalose Cinnamon Walnut Rolls but hey, I just got the stuff so give me a little time.

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Cinnamon Flan
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Ingredients
  1. 6 Oz Cream Cheese ROOM Temperature
  2. 6 T Barely Melted Butter + 2 t Smeared In Bottom Of Baking Dish
  3. 6 Eggs ROOM Temperature
  4. ¼ C Just Like Sugar Brown (Paleo)
  5. ¼ t Cinnamon
  6. 12 Medium Strawberries Cut Into At Least 8-12 Pieces Each
  7. 2 T Sugar-Free Syrup Per Person
Instructions
  1. Beat room temperature cream cheese, cinnamon and Just Like Sugar.
  2. Slowly add melted butter and mix until smooth, scraping as necessary.
  3. In a separate bowl, beat eggs then slowly add to cream cheese, scraping bowl several times, and making sure there are NO lumps.
  4. Begin heating oven to 375°.
  5. Grease 8”x8” glass baking dish with 2 t butter and put into oven. You want the butter just beginning to brown and the dish hot. Watch it closely or it will blacken and burn.
  6. Pour into heated 8”x8” baking pan and bake for 22-24 minutes. It will not happen immediately but IF your batter was at room temperature it should puff up like a balloon like Yorkshire Pudding only---it might not collapse.
  7. Your finished product should have the color and texture of a firm flan.
  8. 8 Servings
  9. 182 Calories, 5.7g Protein, 16.0g Fat, 2.0g Carbs, 0.3g Fiber, 1.7g Net Carbs
Notes
  1. Nutritionals include all ingredients listed.
  2. I'll update if it freezes well if, I can get some in the freezer.
  3. Just Like Sugar tabletop would be fine instead of the Brown. Just a slightly different flavor and it will not turn your flan that soft brown color.
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Low Carb Umami Mayo

Low Carb Umami MayoLow Carb Umami MayoLow Carb Umami MayoLow Carb Umami MayoLow Carb Umami Mayo.  Mine has just four ingredients and two of them are what I believe to be two of the most powerful umami flavors available without the use of MSG. Many of us may have heard the word umami and maybe not understand what exactly it means.  Well join the club.  I want you to know I do not, nor have I ever, had a problem with using MSG.  It occurs in nature including cheese, tomatoes, grapes, and mushrooms to name just a few so…you have probably eaten it in small amounts your whole life and most likely not known it.  It is in fruits, vegetables, fowl, meats and fish. There is enough crap on the internet to fill a book and wad a shotgun about MSG and in my humble opinion much of it is bunk.  As I have always understood it, MSG does nothing to “flavor” food, it affects your taste buds.  If you want to test it take ¼ C of water and put a pinch of MSG in it.  As we know, water doesn’t have much flavor to it but a small pinch of MSG will give it a taste.   Add more-more taste.  Wait several minutes and your taste buds with continue with the effects of the MSG long after you have stopped drinking flavorless water.  Often, the term “natural flavor” refers to ingredients containing MSG so when you see it in print on some crappy food packaging you may be looking at it referring to MSG.  I found this interesting article via Twitter on Food Facts the other day and it is well worth reading.

Here is a short list of products using the term “natural flavor” and I’m betting there would be lots less people claiming to be allergic to MSG if they realized how ubiquitous it is in packaged foods.

1.Doritos, 2. KFC Fried Chicken, 3. Pringles, 4. Hidden Valley Ranch, 5. Seaweed Salad, 6. Cheetos 7. Boars Head Cold Cuts, 8. Parmesan Cheese, 9. Gravy, 10. Protein Powders, 11. Pepperoni, 12. Popcorn, 13. Potato Chips.

The best thing about this umami mayo is:  it’s zero carb and…high fat and…it is good with so many things.  It is fabulous as a dip with zero carb pork skins or low carb crudité veggies, and wonderful on a hamburger. You will need Umami Powder to make this four ingredient recipe and of course you can add any other herbs or spices you want to. The sky’s the limit baby.

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Umami Mayo
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Ingredients
  1. 1 C Mayonnaise
  2. 1 t Umami Powder
  3. ½ t Five Spice Powder
Instructions
  1. Mix all ingredients thoroughly.
  2. 8 Servings
  3. 200 Calories, 0.0g Protein, 24.0g Fat, 0.0g Carbs, 0.0g Fiber, 0.0g Net Carbs
  4. 4 Servings
  5. 400 Calories, 0.0g Protein, 48.0g Fat, 0.0g Carbs, 0.0g Fiber, 0.0g Net Carbs
Notes
  1. Don't think you can just pig out on this mayo because it you try you, may(o) get way too full. The fat content is very high and along with that comes a high satiety level. Oh, you may be able to eat more than ¼ cup of it but...you won't eat much more for at least several hours.
  2. Taste before adding any other herbs or spices and if you really think it needs more then go for the gusto. If you love the flavors as is, you can add ¼ t of both powders but I would let it sit in the fridge for several hours before adding more.
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Low Carb Asian Cucumber Salad

Low Carb Asian Cucumber SaladLow Carb Asian Cucumber SaladLow Carb Asian Cucumber SaladLow Carb Asian Cucumber Salad.  Do not attempt to make this very easy recipe unless you have either a spiralizer or a mandoline as it would be neigh onto impossible to slice the cucumbers as thinly as they should be.  That said, this is an easy, easy recipe.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Low Carb Spatchcocked Chicken A l’Orange. Spatchcocking is a fancy name for cutting out the backbone of a Cornish hen, chicken, or duck then flattening it. It is best done with kitchen shears and can certainly be done with a good boning or chef’s knife.  For obvious reasons the smaller the bird the easier it is to cut through the bones. The reason I like and use this method is that the bird will cook more quickly & more evenly.  The smaller the bird the less time it takes to cook & the higher the oven temperature should be.

Spatchcocked Chicken A l'OrangeSpatchcocked Chicken A l'OrangeA little story here.  I have both of the cookbooks to the right and have probably had them since about 1970 or 1971.  The meats book was published in 1964 and the foreign foods in 1970. In ’64 I was a goofy sophomore in high school but was married by ’70.  My one and only cookbook at the time was the 1968 edition of the Joy of Cooking and I wanted to expand my horizons a bit so I got both these books.  As I look back and through them they do indeed seem a bit antiquated but then…so am I.  All the recipes are from servicemen’s wives with the first three from Mrs. Lyndon B. Johnson, Mrs. John F. Kennedy, and Mrs. Robert S. McNamara.  Whoa have things changed.  It’s like these women didn’t have first names.  My absolute favorite vegetable accompaniment is Ginger Curry Sweetened Cauliflower Rice because the flavors are so similar.

So here’s the deal.  This particular recipe was so good that I continued making it through the years.  Not only for myself but in the restaurant as well.  As a half chicken is often served at catered affairs this was easy to fix for 40-50 people.  Just sheet pan after sheet pan in a large convection oven.  I have not had this for over 4 years because the original recipe not only called for brown sugar but also a cup of orange marmalade-Oops.

The original recipe on page 280 of the Meats book called for Cornish hens but one of the “problems” that has occurred over the years is that Cornish game hens have gotten larger and larger.  At one time they were a mere 12-14 oz. and could be eaten by one person. Today’s hens are 24 oz. and will serve two.  Get this-apparently Perdue has one that clocks in at 32 oz. which is the USDA maximum.  OK, with all this blathering I suggest if there are two of you then use one Cornish hen and if there are more of you I would do a chicken.  The sauce is enough for 4 hens (8 people) or 1 chicken (4 people) and if you have leftover sauce it will easily freeze for the next time.  I have changed the sauce as little as possible and for a diabetic or low carber I think I nailed it pretty danged well as it is close to zero carbs.

Now I have prepared Duck A l’Orange table-side but…that’s another story.

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Spatchcocked Chicken A l'Orange
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Ingredients
  1. 1 Whole Chicken Or 4 Cornish Game Hens
  2. 2 T Melted Butter
  3. ¼ C Just Like Sugar Brown***
  4. 1 C Water
  5. 3 T Red Wine Vinegar
  6. 2 t Worcestershire Sauce
  7. 1½ t Orange Extract
  8. ½ t Powdered Ginger
  9. ½ t Curry Powder
  10. ¼ t Salt
  11. ⅛ t Pepper
  12. 12 Drops Liquid Sucralose
  13. ⅛ t Xanthan Gum (Or Less Sprinkled A Little At A Time At The End)
Instructions
  1. Making sure birds are room temperature, preheat oven to 375° for chicken or 400° for smaller hens.
  2. Except chicken, butter, and xanthan gum, put rest of ingredients in small sauce pan, mix, and heat to simmer for 4-5 minutes. Whisking briskly, sprinkle slowly with xanthan gum until it begins to thicken very slightly.
  3. Spatchcock bird(s), brush with butter, and put on a shallow foil lined sheet pan.
  4. Brush each bird with sauce.
  5. Cook chicken for about 50-60 minutes or until skin is very crispy and beginning to darken.
  6. Cook hens for about 45-50 minutes or until skin is very crispy and beginning to darken.
  7. If the cooking time is about done and your birds are not dark put them under the broiler for a couple of minutes.
  8. Remove from oven and allow to rest at least 5 and preferably 10 minutes.
  9. Pour any fats and bird juices into sauce and reheat.
  10. Split hens or divide chicken into 4 pieces and plate.
  11. Spoon sauce over meat.
  12. 4 Servings Whole Chicken
  13. 375 Calories, 29.6g Protein, .3g Carbs, .0g Fiber, .3g Net Carbs
  14. 8 Servings Cornish Hens
  15. 307 Calories, 27.0g Protein, .3g Carbs, .0g Fiber, .3g Net Carbs
Notes
  1. DO NOT use too much xanthan gum as you will end up with a slimy mouth feel. A little dab will do ya.
  2. I didn't do it but you could also leave out the xanthan gum and substitute maybe 1-1½ t cornstarch to thicken the sauce just a little. This would need to be done at the end while reheating as cornstarch is not particularly stable as it is reheated.
  3. I have never done these on an outdoor BBQ grill but I am guessing it could be done and very well.
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Low Carb Spaghetti Squash With Traditional Tomato Sauce

Low Carb Spaghetti Squash With Traditional Tomato SauceLow Carb Spaghetti Squash With Traditional Tomato SauceLow Carb Spaghetti Squash With Traditional Tomato Sauce. This is about as low carb as you can make spaghetti squash with tomato sauce. Tomatoes, if using enough to make a sauce, inherently have carbs and for that matter so does spaghetti squash.  I do not eat this often nor do I eat any more than one serving but it is so, so good and if you happen to have the Italian Dipping Oil Herbs you are already halfway home. One half order actually makes a very nice dinner side accompaniment. The sauce is also very good on Spaetzle.

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Traditional Spaghetti Squash With Tomato Sauce
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Ingredients
  1. 2¼ C Cooked Spaghetti Squash
  2. 1 Can Diced or Crushed Tomatoes (I Use Diced-I Like It Chunky)
  3. ½ C Slivered Onions
  4. ½ C Sauteed Mushrooms
  5. ½ C Water
  6. 2 T Good Red Wine
  7. 1 t Crushed Garlic***
  8. 1 t Dried Italian Herbs
  9. ¼ t Dried Basil
  10. ½ t Salt
  11. ¼ t Pepper
  12. Sprinkled Guar Gum (Trust Me It Doesn't Take Much)
  13. 2 T Olive Oil
  14. 2 T Parmesan Cheese
Instructions
  1. Excluding squash dump first 10 ingredients in sauce pan, cover and bring to very low simmer for at least an hour and/or until onions are totally translucent.
  2. Sprinkle a very tiny amount guar gum to thicken sauce. (I use an old salt shaker)
  3. Top squash with sauce, drizzle with 1 T olive oil, & sprinkle with 1 T Parmesan cheese.
  4. Eat it up.
  5. 4 Servings
  6. 113 Calories 1.25g Protein, 11.2g Carbs, 2.5g Fiber, 8.7g Net Carbs
  7. 2 Servings
  8. 225 Calories, 2.5g Protein, 22.3g Carbs, 5.0g Fiber, 17.3g Net Carbs
Notes
  1. To extend this dish a bit add ¼ lb. hamburger to sauce or top with meatballs which will add no additional carbs.
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