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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.
  3. CAVEAT: 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 have been lead to believe.
  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. None of the above mentioned can begin to say that which is why you see a nutritional label for 1 t or God forbid ½ t.
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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 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

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

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

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

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

Thai Salad With Spicy Sweet Peanut SauceThai Salad With Spicy Sweet Peanut SauceThai Salad With Spicy Sweet Peanut SauceLow Carb Thai Salad With Spicy Sweet Peanut Sauce. This is a refreshing salad to throw together any time of year. We have a wonderful Thai restaurant down and around the corner from us who sells a Thai salad and it is the inspiration for this one.  The lovely thing about this restaurant is that because they know I am diabetic they let me bring in my own sugar-free peanut sauce. I put a lot of different ingredients in mine but again, it’s a salad and you can put just about everything but the kitchen sink in one and it will be good.  They use iceberg lettuce which is what I get when I go there, but I sub Bok Choy here and it is so good.  Remember, the darker the leaves in a lettuce, the better nutritionally it is so Bok Choy is a much better choice anyway and in this case it’s not particularly the ingredients in the salad (yes it is) as it is about the spicy sweet peanut sauce as it’s to die for good. Hope you can see how pretty this salad is because I couldn’t get a shot of everything together with the Peanut Sauce stuff so…this one’s in two pieces.  If you end up wanting to make just the Sweet Spicy Thai Peanut Sauce, it’s here.

When I make this, I always double the recipe for the sauce because as we know it goes so well with a chicken, beef, pork or shrimp satay, let alone on vegetables, and the list is almost endless.

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Thai Salad With Spicy Sweet Peanut Sauce
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Salad
  1. 4 C Smaller Chopped Bok Choy
  2. ½ Large Tomato Cut Into Small Chunks Or Wedges (Cherry Tomatoes Also Work Well)
  3. 1 C Mung Bean Sprouts
  4. ½ C Sliced Cucumber Quartered To Smaller Pieces
  5. ½ C Rough Chopped Cilantro
  6. ½ C Green Onions Tops Only
  7. ½ C Red Bell Pepper
  8. ½ C Snow Peas Cut On The Bias
  9. ¼ C Red Onion Slivered
  10. ¼ C Peanuts Rough Chopped
  11. 4 Large Mushrooms Cut Into Smaller Chunks
Peanut Sauce
  1. ¼ C Peanut Butter
  2. 1½ T Hot Water
  3. 1½ T Tamari
  4. 1 T Apple Cider Vinegar
  5. ¾ t Ginger Powdered
  6. ¾ t Red Pepper Flakes
  7. ½ t Hot Sauce (Your Choice)
  8. ¼ t Crushed Garlic
  9. 6 Drops Splenda Liquid
  10. Additional Water Only If Needed
Instructions
  1. Chop and cut all salad ingredients.
  2. Bring peanut butter to room temperature, add hot water & mix thoroughly. Add rest of ingredients and again mix well.
  3. Can be refrigerated until ready for service and after that-almost indefinitely-but I guarantee it will not last long.
  4. 6 Servings
  5. 169 Calories, 8.9g Protein, 34.9g Fat 11.1g Carbs, 4.6g Fiber, 6.5g Net Carbs
Notes
  1. Bring peanut sauce to room temperature before dressing cold vegetables salad.
  2. I always make a double batch of the peanut sauce as it last forever in the fridge and I eat it a lot.
  3. Beware, this can be one of those salads that grows out of control very quickly and not to fear as it is so low carb who’s to know + if you don’t eat all of it, it will last until the next day.
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Low Carb Sautéed Bok Choy

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

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

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

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

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Bok Choy Cucumber Salad
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Salad
  1. 6-8 C Chopped Bok Choy (About ½ Lb)
  2. 1½ C Cut Cucumber Sliced In Half
  3. 1 C Thinly Sliced Red Pepper Cut In Half
  4. 1 C Snow Peas Deveined and Cut On The Bias (Optional)
  5. ½ C Chopped Cilantro
Dressing
  1. 3 T Olive Oil
  2. 2 T Oyster Sauce
  3. 2 T Tamari Sauce
  4. 2 T Sesame Seeds
  5. 1 t Rice Wine Vinegar (Sugar-Free)
  6. ½ t Crushed Garlic
  7. No Salt Or Pepper Should Be Needed
Instructions
  1. Cut off the bottoms of the bok choy to release the leaves. Swish in cold water, drain and dry leaves. They often have grit wedged in the bottom just like a leek.
  2. Chop to bite sized pieces. If you are going to use in a day or two the leaves can easily be put into a plastic bag and refrigerated until ready to assemble salad.
  3. Combine salad ingredient in large bowl.
  4. In small bowl, add dressing ingredients stirring briskly with a whisk. Add to salad ingredients, tossing well.
  5. 6 Servings
  6. 110 Calories, 4.2 Protein, 7.9g Fat, 7.7g Carbs, 3.2g Fiber, 4.5g Net Carbs
Notes
  1. Yes, you can use any wrinkly lettuce you want and I might use kale instead. A smooth lettuce will not hold the dressing as well.
  2. Don't worry when any of your veggies turn brown and look like they might be pickled. It is caused by the darkness of the dressing.
  3. I put the snow peas in mine because I happened to have them, they are totally optional, but they do add a nice crunchiness and they are included in the nutritionals.
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Low Carb Cleaning Beef Tenderloin 101

Low Carb Cleaning Beef Tenderloin 101

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Appetizer for two

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

Cleaning Beef Tenderloin 101
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Ingredients
  1. Recipes are scattered throughout the post for ways to use this.
Instructions
  1. None
Notes
  1. None
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Low Carb Cheesy Creamed Shrimp

Low Carb Cheesy Creamed ShrimpLow Carb Cheesy Creamed ShrimpLow Carb Cheesy Creamed Shrimp. It can be a lot of fun turning a recipe I wouldn’t eat in 1,000 years, into something low carb that I can pig out on and Cheesy Creamed Shrimp is one such recipe.  It has more cheese in it than you can shake a stick at and in my opinion, shrimp is a terrific substitute for pasta.  As you look at the recipe, it’s really kind of a cheese fondue over shrimp.  Pretty sure you all know this but restaurants, and of course the junk-food pushers, all realize how much less expensive it is to fill you with bread, rice, potatoes and pasta, thus having to serve you lots less meat as a main course.  I have never said that low carb is inexpensive although it is what I do believe.  Over the course of a lifetime there is the old pay-me-now or pay-me-later adage.  If you eat a lifetime of healthy food you will more than likely save yourself from many of the ills (and healthcare costs) that accompany the eating of junk food and old age.

I had a small amount of 5 different cheeses and I wanted to use a couple of them up but the idea here is to use about 4 cups mixed cheeses total being sure to at least include brie.

I love and eat a lot of raclette cheese. Every once in a while I eat it for breakfast but also mixed in with other cheeses, it is heavenly.  Not only does raclette have great meltability, it stays melty even as your food begins to cool.  I know there are tons of wonderful cheeses, many of which I have tried but for everyday eating raclette (and Gruyere) are second to none.

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Cheesy Creamed Shrimp
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Ingredients
  1. 1 Lb Shelled Shrimp Sautéed & Cut Into Bite Size Pieces. (Depending On Size I Cut Into 3-4 Chunks)
  2. 2 T Butter
  3. 2½ C Heavy Cream
  4. ⅓ C White Wine
  5. 1 t Chicken Base
  6. ¾ t Dried Thyme
  7. ¼ t Nutmeg
  8. 1½ C Gruyère Cheese Grated
  9. 1½ C Brie Cheese Chopped Finely (No Rind)
  10. 1 C Grated Cheddar Cheese
  11. (Various Cheeses To Use: Gruyère, Brie, Cheddar, Raclette, Mozzarella)
  12. ½ C Sliced Green Onion Tops (Divided) (Optional)
  13. ¼ C Parmesan Cheese (Optional)
  14. ¼ C Pork Dust (Optional)
  15. Freshly Ground Pepper
Instructions
  1. In large pan, sauté shrimp pieces quickly in butter. Set aside.
  2. Mix all cheeses. Set aside letting them come to room temperature.
  3. Add heavy cream, wine, chicken base, thyme, nutmeg, and ¼ C green onions to pan and begin to reduce slightly remembering the cheese will tighten things considerably.
  4. Remove from heat and slowly stir in cheeses until melted.
  5. Add back shrimp and mix thoroughly.
  6. Mix Parmesan cheese and pork dust.
  7. Put shrimp into appropriate size baking pan 8”x8”, sprinkle with Parmesan cheese & pork dust and broil until golden brown.
  8. Sprinkle with last of green onions and serve with lots of cracked pepper.
  9. 6 Servings
  10. 934 Calories, 57.0g Protein, 71.8g Fat, 3.6g Carbs, 0.3g Fiber, 3.3g Net Carbs
Notes
  1. So, we have now NOT eaten: 1 Lb. Pasta-339g carbs, 1½ C Breadcrumbs-117g carbs, ¼ C Flour-24g carbs, and used 2½ C Heavy Cream instead of 4 C Milk-48g carbs for a grand total of 528g carbs or 88g carbs per serving. You just traded 88 carb grams for a mere 3.3g carbs. and…look at that fat content.
  2. Just because a recipe ingredient says optional doesn't mean if you leave it out the dish will taste the same because it won't. So give it consideration when choosing to omit something that says "optional". If you don't have pork dust at least use the Parmesan cheese.
  3. I used a larger boat dish for an individual serving but since most of you will not have these any glass baking dish will work. I happen to like being able to eat this with a spoon so I don't miss any of the sauce.
  4. It's pretty difficult to "cut" brie cheese so you may have to kind of mush it with your fingers. Do use fresh brie as it tends to mold as it ages and DOES NOT taste good.
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Low Carb Green Beans Zucchini Basil Verde

Low Carb Green Beans Zucchini Basil VerdeLow Carb Green Beans Zucchini Basil VerdeLow Carb Green Beans Zucchini Basil Verde. There are probably hundred of recipes for a green verde sauce and this Green Beans Zucchini Basil Verde is another.  Verde can have a mixed and varied set of ingredients but it mostly seems to have capers & lemon juice which makes pretty much anything piquant.  The idea is to feature the meat, vegetables, or a combination of both without overpowering them and hopefully what this verde is doing here.

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Green Beans Zucchini Basil Verde
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Sauce Verte
  1. ⅓ C Fresh Chopped Basil
  2. ½ C Chopped Green Onion Tops
  3. 1 T Dried Parsley
  4. 2 T Capers
  5. 1 T Lemon Juice
  6. 2 t Dijon Mustard
  7. 2 t Dried Mint
  8. 1 t Crushed Garlic
  9. ¼ C T Olive Oil
  10. ½ t Salt
  11. ½ t Pepper
  12. More Salt & Pepper To Taste
Vegetables
  1. 1 Lb Green Beans Cut In Half Diagonally
  2. ¼ C Olive Oil (Divided)
  3. ¾ C Water (+ More As/If Needed)
  4. 1 Lb Zucchini Cut Into About ¾”x2-2½” Pieces (I Cut Mine Into Wedges)
Sauce
  1. Put first 8 ingredients into processor, pulsing until everything is pretty well sticking to the sides.
  2. Scrape down sides, add olive oil, and process to a paste. Add more olive oil as/if needed to make a thick slurry.
Vegetables
  1. To large sauté pan, add water, 2 T olive oil & green beans, toss to coat, cover and simmer until beans are tender, water has evaporated, and to your liking. Set aside.
  2. Add last 2 T olive oil to sauté pan turn heat to medium and sauté uncovered until tender and they have reached a medium brown color.
  3. Add back beans, add sauce verde, and heat to serving temperature.
  4. 6 Servings
  5. 208 Calories, 2.3g Protein, 18.8g Fat, 10.8g Carbs, 4.7g Fiber, 6.1g Net Carbs
Notes
  1. Don't worry if your green beans wrinkle-it's perfectly normal. I actually let mine brown (caramelize) for a little added flavor.
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Low Carb Marriage Chicken

Low Carb Marriage ChickenLow Carb Marriage ChickenLow Carb Marriage ChickenLow Carb Marriage Chicken. No not me, I am not getting married and this Marriage Chicken is not for anyone’s wedding, but it was, at one time.  Got a pretty good story here.  Naomi Pomeroy is a native Oregonian who owns the restaurant Beast, (Don’t ya just love the name?) and it does kind of tell the story of the meat centric food and which is literally up and around the corner from when I live in NE Portland. I have eaten at this restaurant and it is almost a surreal experience.  This is A Sample Dinner Menu .  After two weeks, the menu goes POOF and is gone forever, only to be replaced with another-equally as spectacular.  The set price is $125. per person, for a six-course meal and some of the courses may be one, or at the most, two bites. They have only two seating an evening, the tables are communal, you can watch everyone running around cooking, and there are kitchen timers going off constantly.

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

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Marriage Chicken
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Ingredients
  1. 8 Skin-On Bone-In Chicken Thighs
  2. ½ C Tamari Sauce
  3. ¼ C Olive Oil
  4. ¼ C Apple Cider Vinegar
  5. ¼ C Just Like Sugar Brown (Or Sweetener Of Choice)
  6. 3 T Fish Or Oyster Sauce (I Used Oyster Because It Is What I Have)
  7. 3 T Lemon Juice
  8. 2 T Crushed Garlic
  9. 2 t Powdered Ginger
  10. 2 t Salt (Omit If Using Fish Sauce)
  11. 1½ t Dried Thyme
  12. 4 Jalapeno Peppers Seeded & Sliced (I Used Pickled Jalapenos-They're Easier)
Instructions
  1. Excluding chicken & olive oil, put rest of ingredients in a small mixing bowl and stir until salt & Just Like Sugar are dissolved then, add oil. (Salt does not dissolve well in oil of any kind).
  2. Put chicken into a plastic bag, pour in marinade and refrigerate for 12-24 hours. (I save every produce plastic bag I ever get and use them to marinate all kinds of things. Waste not want not.
  3. Bring chicken to room temperature for at least 3-4 hours.
  4. Preheat oven to 450°.
  5. Pour off marinade into a saucepan, add olive oil, and heat thoroughly.
  6. Lay chicken skin side up on a foil lined sheet pan and cook until crispy on the top-About 30-35 minutes.
  7. Add juices from chicken to heated marinade.
  8. To serve, divide and spoon marinade over chicken.
  9. 8 Servings
  10. 218 Calories, 11.2g Protein, 17.6g Fat, 2.7g Carbs, .5g Fiber, 2.2g Net Carbs
Notes
  1. Make sure your oven is hot enough and the thighs are at room temp. You want to cook the thighs quickly and to also crisp the skins.
  2. I cannot describe the garlic smell these thighs will produce.
  3. If after 30 minutes the skins are not crisp, put them under the broiler for a minute or two.
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Low Carb Provençal Relish

Low Carb Provençal RelishLow Carb Provençal RelishLow Carb Provençal RelishLow Carb Provençal RelishLow Carb Provençal Relish.  So, a very dear friend took me out for dinner to Laurelhurst Market restaurant on my birthday. On their menu there was/is a Bone-in NY Steak with Padron Peppers & Provençal Relish and a Ribeye with Avocado Puree & Candied Jalapenos.  Being picky I wanted…the Ribeye with the Provençal Relish which had no sugar and…because I have eaten at this particular restaurant many times, I was accommodated without question.  Yeah, yeah, I don’t go out to dinner very often anymore but this is in my top five restaurant picks here in foodie town Portland, Or.

The meal was of course terrific but the steak, nestled in the Provençal Relish, was out of this world.  My picture is exactly as it was served except they actually sliced the steak.  I brought some of it home to analyze it and have tried to recreate it.  Try to picture an old woman picking through a cardboard box of leftover relish, tasting & savoring each little bite.  The relish tastes great with a little finishing heat from the Padron peppers which I did not have. Since I didn’t want to wait to see if my grocery even had them, I used jalapeno peppers instead.  Mine is not exactly the same but boy, it sure is good.

The relish can be served warm or cold but it absolutely begs to be left in the refrigerator for several days to marry all those wonderful flavors. If you decide to serve it cold you will need to let it sit on the counter to let the olive return to a liquid and it will be quite crunchy.  If heated, it will soften things a bit.  To test the recipe, I only made half of it and it easily and amply would have served four people so…I have lots leftover to accompany other meals.  I was so hot to make and eat the dish that I ate the relish raw and next, I will take the time to heat it.

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Provençal Relish
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Ingredients
  1. 1-1½ C Olive Oil
  2. 2 Roma Tomatoes Seeded & Finely Diced
  3. 1 C Yellow Pepper Finely Diced
  4. 1 C Red Pepper Finely Diced
  5. 1 C Red Onion Finely Diced
  6. 1 C Olives Finely Chopped
  7. 2-3 T Capers
  8. 2 t Crushed Garlic
  9. 2 t Anchovy Paste
  10. 1½ t Dried Basil
  11. 1½ t Dried Thyme
  12. 2 T Jalapeno Peppers (I Used Pickled Jalapenos)
  13. ½ t Liquid Smoke (Optional But Good)
  14. ½ t Pepper
Instructions
  1. Pretty easy.
  2. Just chop & dice all veggies, add rest of ingredient, mix thoroughly and refrigerate for at least 24 hours and a couple of days would be even better.
  3. 8 Servings
  4. 293 Calories, 1.2g Protein, 29.8g Fat, 7.0g Carbs, 1.6g Fiber, 5.4g Net Carbs
Notes
  1. Padron chile peppers individually are unique though similar in shape and size with curved and grooved furrows along their skin. Young Padrons are crisp, the color of limes, roughly two inches in length and their flavor savory, grassy, piquant and peppery. It is not uncommon to find a firey chile in the mix (roughly 1 in 10), making for a bit of Padron roulette.
  2. My dish was pretty spicy so maybe I got lucky and got 2 out of 10 hot ones.
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Low Carb Cajun Cauliflower Rice Hash

Low Carb Cajun Cauliflower Rice HashLow Carb Cajun Cauliflower Rice Hash. There are days (many of them) that after I go to the grocery, I have purchased way too many vegetables.  As I am an avid carnivore I end up kind of eating vegetables as an afterthought and adjunct to my meat.  I do love Ginger Curry Sweetened Cauliflower Rice and oops, I bought too large a cauliflower and I had a little less than 2 cups left over.  Riced cauliflower will last quite awhile in the fridge but there comes a time to either use it or lose it and trust me, I am not into losing food (of any kind).  Hence this recipe for Cajun Cauliflower Rice Hash.  When training, and working in any kitchen, the one thing that is pounded into you everyday is NEVER EVER WASTE FOOD.  At the time something goes into the garbage, it has become 100% food cost and it is NOT cool.  Not for the owner of the restaurant and if you’re the owner…NOT cool for you.

Cooking, for me, is second nature.  I don’t much think about it and probably miss many opportunities  to make a recipe post because of it.  I just throw this and that together and come up with something.  No recipe, no nothing.  After I made this, I decided to take a couple of pictures and do this post.  It is so simple it’s ridiculous but if you don’t know to do it, you’ll never taste it and…  Since I ended up prepping so much food today and knowing I wouldn’t be eating it for several more days I wanted an easy dinner with maybe some eggs and sausage and this is just what I came up with. So when you need an easy fix..try this.  I happened to top it mine with eggs but it is also an easy side dish to almost anything.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Low Carb Avocado Cilantro CreamLow Carb Avocado Cilantro CreamLow Carb Avocado Cilantro CreamLow Carb Avocado Cilantro Cream is probably good with all kinds of other foods but for our purposes we are going to use it to dress Fried Oysters.  The oysters recipe is new and of course goes perfectly with Remoulade and I hope you will try them this way too as it is so good.  Just a couple other recipes it would be good with are Fish Tostadas On Cheese Crisps  and Seafood Cerviche. You can easily use Crème Fraîche in place of the sour cream here but again sour cream is going to be easy.

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Avocado Cilantro Cream
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Ingredients
  1. Recipe For Fried Oysters
  2. 1 Avocado Cut Into Small Chunks
  3. ½ C Chopped Cilantro
  4. ¼- ⅓ C Sour Cream
  5. 2 T Lemon Or Lime Juice (Your Choice)
  6. 1 t Crushed Garlic
  7. ½ t Red Pepper Flakes
  8. ½ t Salt
  9. ¼ t Pepper
Instructions
  1. Probably the easiest way to make this is to put all ingredients into a processor but I do it a bit differently.
  2. I use my stick blender because it makes the creamiest avocado ever and to me it is also the easiest way.
  3. Since you are putting this on delicate fried oysters you don't want chunky avocado.
  4. This is the same way I make guacamole but leaving out the tomatoes and green onions and then blending them in with a little salt.
  5. Whole recipe for 24-30 oysters.
  6. 6 Servings
  7. 73 Calories, 1.0g Protein, 6.5g Fat, 3.7g Carbs, 2.4g Fiber, 1.3g Net Carbs
Notes
  1. You need a dollop of cream on each oyster and then just pop it into your mouth and better yet, have a little more to dip into in case you love it that much.
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Low Carb Warm Eggplant Feta Salad

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

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

Low Carb Ginger Curry Sweetened Cauliflower RiceLow Carb Ginger Curry Sweetened Cauliflower RiceLow Carb Ginger Curry Sweetened Cauliflower Rice. One of my favorite all times dishes ever is Spatchcocked Chicken A l’Orange and this Ginger Curry Sweetened Cauliflower Rice is the perfect accompaniment as it has many of the same spices yet is so easily made.  I don’t so much do a lot experimenting anymore as I have a quite large repertoire of recipes, and then there are the things I eat which have no recipe you know, like steak etc.  but I riced a particular large head of cauliflower, had quite a bit left over, decided to just try this and man oh man, what a pleasant surprise.  Not too sweet and just a terrific side dish.

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Ginger Curry Sweetened Cauliflower Rice
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Ingredients
  1. 4 C Riced Cauliflower
  2. ½ C Water
  3. ½ C Heavy Cream
  4. ¼ C Sliced Green Onions (Divided)
  5. 1 t Chicken Base
  6. 1½ t Orange Extract
  7. 1½ t Ground Ginger
  8. 1½ t Curry Powder
  9. ¼ t Pepper
  10. 6 Drops Liquid Sucralose
Instructions
  1. Put all ingredients except 2 T green onions in sauce pan and slowly reduce unto desired consistency and cauliflower is tender.
  2. Serve, sprinkling with remaining green onions.
  3. 6 Servings
  4. 98 Calories, 1.3g Protein, 8.0g Fat, 3.0g Carbs, 1.5g Fiber,1.5g Net Carbs
Notes
  1. There would be several variations for this veggie so play around with it and see what you can come up with.
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Low Carb Carbalose Bread

Low Carb Carbalose BreadLow Carb Carbalose BreadLow Carb Carbalose BreadLow Carb Carbalose Bread.  There are many of you who don’t have the same (rather odd) size loaf pan that I used to develop the original Carbalose Flour Bread so this slightly smaller loaf of Carbalose Bread is for you.  I recently bought a standard size 4”x8” loaf pan, adjusted the ingredients, and it did indeed turn out perfectly.  Do not use a larger pan for this as it will not work.  As you look carefully at the pictures notice I did use my electric knife and I did get 18 slices+2 heels.  Each slice weighs on average about 32g, some a little larger and some a little smaller and those heels?…I save and freeze to either make bread cubes or crumbs.  If you are going to make rolls, buns, or baguettes then use the original recipe as the nutritional calculations below are for the slightly larger dough amounts.

Don’t despair if you do not have an electric knife but you will probably not be able to make a less than ½” cut the way I can.  I would think on average and if cut with a good bread knife, you should be able to get 14-15 slices which is completely acceptable.

You can do all the same things with this slightly smaller loaf that can be done with the only slightly larger loaf so have at it and have fun with it.

DO NOT USE CARBQUIK-IT WILL NOT WORK.

Nutritionals are below the recipe.

  • Equipment Needed:
  • Large Cuisinart or other Large Food Processor
  • Electric Knife
  • Small Cutting Board
  • 4” x 8” x 2 ½” Loaf Pan (Non-Stick)

If you use a larger loaf pan then your bread will be longer, not rise as high, and will be wider that the picture above.

Use for Stuffed Strawberry Cream Cheese French Toast and the dough may also be used for rolls, buns, individual baguettes, and whatever else you might imagine.  Also makes great bread crumbs and yes, even Basic Pizza Crust.  A roll, hot out of the oven?  Slathered with butter?  Heavenly.

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

If you will just make 3 loaves of this, one for bread, one for croutons, and one for crumbs, I doubt you will ever want to be without them. Many other recipes are built around this basic recipe using more or less some of the same ingredients.

  • Carbalose Flour may be purchased in 3 lb. bags from www.netrition.com
  • Complete Nutritionals for rolls, buns, baguettes, cubes and crumbs are below recipe.

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Carbalose Bread
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Ingredients
  1. 2 C Carbalose Flour
  2. 3½ T Wheat Gluten
  3. 3½ T Coconut Flour
  4. ¾ t Salt
  5. ¼ t Guar Gum
  6. ¼ t Xanthan Gum
  7. 3½ T Golden Flaxseed Meal***
  8. ¼ C Warm Water***
  9. 2 T+½ t Melted Coconut Oil
  10. 1 C Water + (Only If Needed)
  11. 1½ T Yeast
  12. ½ t Sugar
  13. 6 Drops Liquid Sucralose*
Instructions
  1. Bloom yeast & sugar in 1 cup warm water for 10 minutes or until foamy.
  2. Add flaxseed to ¼ C warm water for 10 minutes. (It will become quite gelatinous)
  3. Put first 6 ingredients in processor and pulse to blend.
  4. Add flaxseed mixture to dry ingredients and pulse to blend.
  5. Add liquid Sucralose and 2 T coconut oil to bloomed yeast and with machine running add to dry ingredients.
  6. Run processor for at least a minute and probably a little longer adding any additional water as needed 1 T at a time.
  7. You want to make sure there is enough water. Dough should hold together, have a loose consistency and should not be sticky on your hands. At this point the dough should have the same look and feel of regular bread.
  8. Form into a ball and put into un-greased bowl and cover with film for about 20-25-30 minutes or until slightly less than doubled. If over-proofed it will not rise well the second time and will more than likely "fall", leaving a less that desirable looking loaf.
  9. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  10. Take dough out of bowl and knead (very gently) until you are sure ALL air pockets are out.
  11. Form gently into loaf rolling so the seam is on the bottom, put into greased (remaining ½ t coconut oil) pan, very loosely cover with film and let rise for 25-30 minutes. Do not over proof as it will raise a bit more in the oven.
  12. Bake 45 minutes.
  13. Rest the bread in the pan at least 10 minutes.
  14. Make sure bread sides are not sticking to pan, remove gently, put on wire rack, and cool completely.
  15. Slice bread with an electric knife.
  16. 16 Servings
  17. 80 Calories, 6.3g Protein, 4.2g Fat, 8.0g Carbs, 4.7g Fiber, 3.3g Net Carbs
  18. 18 Servings
  19. 71 Calories, 5.6g Protein, 3.7g Fat, 7.1g Carbs, 4.2g Fiber, 2.9g Net Carbs
Notes
  1. Please note the use of *Sucralose in each of the recipes using Carbalose is only to negate the bitter taste of the flour and DOES NOT make the recipe “sweet”.
  2. Slice size is equivalent to a normal slice of pretty much any other normal bread.
  3. ** I plugged all the ingredients (except the Carbalose Flour) into a food database to get the figures below and added them to the Carbalose figures to get my Totals Per Loaf.
  4. If at any time after the loaf is form and touched, the indentation will remain even after baking and the same thing when taking out of the pan until the loaf in completely cooled. This is the reason I keep using the word gently.
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It took me many tries to get the original  Carbalose Flour Bread recipe  just right and I paid nearly $700.00 to have it tested through Exova Laboratories so I know all the figures are correct.  The figures below are only slightly off as this recipe uses a bit less ingredients than are listed in the original and I am not going to the trouble of changing them all.

  • Carbalose Flour                                   
  • Calories           Carbohydrate             Fiber               Protein            Fat
  • 675                  108g                            65g                  70g                  25g
  • Rest of Ingredients**
  • 705                    37g                            21g                  29g                  53g
  • Totals Per Loaf
  • 1380                145g                            86g                  99g                  78g
  • Divided by 16 Slices=42g slice             
  • 86                        9g                              5g                    6g                    5g
  • Divided by 18 Slices=37g slice          
  • 77                        8g                              5g                    6g                    4g
  • 16 Slices/Loaf
  • 86 Calories, 6g Protein, 5g Fat, 9g Carbs, 5g Fiber, 4g Net Carbs
  • 18 Slices/Loaf
  • 77 Calories, 6g Protein, 4g Fat, 8g Carbs, 5g Fiber, 3g Net Carbs
  • Bread Cubes 11 Cups/Loaf
  • 125 Calories, 9g Protein, 7g Fat, 13g Carbs, 8g Fiber, 5g Net Carbs
  • Bread Crumbs 8 Cups/Loaf
  • 175 Calories, 12g Protein, 10g Fat, 19g Carbs, 11g Fiber, 8g Net Carbs
  • 12-2 oz. Rolls/Recipe
  • 115 Calories, 8g Protein, 7g Fat , 12g Carbs, 7g Fiber, 5g Net Carbs
  • 12-2 oz. Buns/Recipe
  • 115 Calories, 8g Protein, 7g Fat , 12g Carbs, 7g Fiber, 5g Net Carbs
  • 2-12 oz. Baguettes
  • 690 Calories, 50g Protein, 27g Fat , 73g Carbs, 43g Fiber, 30g Net Carbs
  • 3-8 oz. Baguettes
  • 460 Calories, 33g Protein, 18g Fat , 48g Carbs, 29g Fiber, 19g Net Carbs
  • 6-4 oz. Baguettes
  • 230 Calories, 17g Protein, 9g Fat , 24g Carbs, 15g Fiber, 9g Net Carbs

Low Carb Bacon Wrapped Mean Dogs

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

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Bacon Wrapped Mean Dogs
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Ingredients
  1. 4 Beef Hot Dogs (I Use Hebrew National)
  2. 4 Slices Thick Bacon
  3. Toothpicks
  4. 1 Recipe Pico de Gallo
  5. 1 Recipe Chipotle Mayo
Instructions
  1. Wrap hot dogs with bacon, stretching if necessary to cover, and secure with toothpicks.
  2. Pan fry or grill.
  3. Put on plate, spoon on Pico de Gallo, spoon chipotle mayo over all and enjoy.
  4. 4 Servings
  5. 365 Calories, 32.7g Fat, 10.0g Protein, 8.0g Carbs, .8g Fiber, 7.2g Net Carbs
  6. 2 Servings
  7. 730 Calories, 64.4g Fat, 20.0g Protein, 16.0g Carbs, 1.6g Fiber, 14.2g Net Carbs
Notes
  1. Nutritionals are for total dish and include mayo & pico.
  2. You will probably only use about ½ the pico de gallo.
  3. That little blob of green stuff at the back of the plate? It’s sugar-free bread & butter pickles.
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Low Carb Spaghetti Squash 101

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

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

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

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

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Low Carb Loaded Celery Root Home Fries

Celery Root Home FriesLow Carb Loaded Celery Root Home Fries. Oh baby, oh baby are these Loaded Celery Root Home Fries good.  You can certainly play doctor here as you can put your own ingredients in them. This sister’s recipe is plain Celery Root Hash Browns. The little circles of meat you see in each corner is fried chorizo and of course you can make this a completely vegetarian meal minus meat and every once in awhile I have this as a complete dinner.  If celery root doesn’t trip your trigger then daikon radish is a more-than-perfect stand in.

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

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

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

Low Carb Lemon Thyme Cauliflower QuinoaLemon Thyme Cauliflower QuinoaLow Carb Lemon Thyme Cauliflower QuinoaLemon Thyme Cauliflower QuinoaLow Carb Lemon Thyme Cauliflower Quinoa. As any of you who frequent this site know, it is no secret that I use a lot of cauliflower and this Lemon Thyme Cauliflower Quinoa is another.  It actually can be used as a cooled side salad or a warm side dish.  It is extremely easy to make and quite piquant so, get ready for tasty.  Take a good look at the last picture.  See that little disk in the back on the right? That’s what I don’t use on a whole cauliflower and only because it’s the scab of the core. Yes, I even use the leaves.  After the florets are cut from the core I chop it pretty finely, process it first, then add the chopped florets. I do make them smaller than shown but I wanted you to see the cut-up core too so if you are not using the whole cauliflower you are putting money into the garbage.  I weighed it at 4 oz. and at $2.00 a lb…well you do the math.  I seriously don’t know how many cauliflowers I go through in a year but it’s a pot-load and I guarantee you, throwing money down the drain is, and never has been, part of my plan.  For one more really good cauliflower salad/vegetable please see Ginger Curry Sweetened Cauliflower Rice.

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Lemon Thyme Cauliflower Quinoa
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Ingredients
  1. 3 C Riced Cauliflower
  2. 2-3 Good Sized Minced Shallots
  3. 1 T Olive Oil
  4. 2 T Butter
  5. ¼ C Minced Parsley (I Cheated And Used 2 T Of Dried Parsley)
  6. 1 t Dried Thyme
  7. Juice 1½ Lemons
  8. Salt & Pepper
Instructions
  1. Add olive oil and butter to skillet and sweat shallots for about 8-10 minutes.
  2. Add cauliflower, sprinkle with parsley and thyme, drizzle in lemon juice, mixing well. If serving warm only heat for 1-2 minutes as the cauliflower will cook very quickly.
  3. Remove from heat and if serving as a salad refrigerate for an hour.
  4. 4 Servings
  5. 110 Calories, 2.0g Protein, 9.3g Fat, 6.5g Carbs, 1.6g Fiber, 3.9 Net Carbs
  6. 6 Servings
  7. 73 Calories, 1.3g Protein, 6.2g Fat, 4.4g Carbs, 1.0g Fiber, 3.4 Net Carbs
Notes
  1. If you are planning on serving this later, as it is easily made ahead, then take off heat immediately, refrigerate and reheat if using as a side dish.
  2. I most often eat this as a cold salad.
  3. 1 T dried mint is also terrific.
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Low Carb Collard Greens With Smoked Pulled Pork

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

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

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Low Carb Hot Crossed Meatloaf.  Have you heard of hot cross buns?  Well, this is my version of Hot Crossed Meatloaf.  That beautiful bacon is courtesy of Ben Meyer butcher/owner of The Old Salt Marketplace restaurant here in Portland and right down the street from me.  You won’t know this but I took a pig butchery class and my partner (lucky me) was Ben.  I have, over the last several years, become more and more dependent on getting my meats from their butcher shop.  I can’t begin to count the times I have had dinner with friends there and I have NEVER had anything that wasn’t to die for good. Their jowl bacon?-don’t even get me started.  I had the bacon  custom cut to ¼ inch thick and actually finished it with my torch.  Whoa, what flavor.  You will probably finish yours under the broiler but torched?  Oh boy is it good.

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Hot Crossed Meatloaf
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Ingredients
  1. ½ Lb 20% Hamburger
  2. ½ Lb Ground Pork
  3. 4 Slices Bacon
  4. 1 Egg
  5. ½ C Minced Onion
  6. ¼ C 40% Heavy Cream
  7. ¼ C Water
  8. 1 T Garlic Salt
  9. 1 t Salt
  10. ½ t Pepper
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350°.
  2. Mix egg, onion, heavy cream, water and spices in a bowl.
  3. Sprinkle in both meats and mix thoroughly.
  4. Mound the meat mixture into a 1½”x7” round pan. (Square will work as well)
  5. Begin tucking one piece of bacon, then another until you have what looks like a spoked wheel.
  6. Put into oven and bake 30-35 minutes.
  7. Your bacon may not be crisp and if not, turn on the broiler and broil until you get desired crispness.
  8. 4 Servings
  9. 453 Calories, 34.0g Protein, 32.4g Fat, 2.1g Carbs, .4g Fiber, 1.7g Net Carbs
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Low Carb Chocolate Almond Butter Fat Bombs

Low Carb Chocolate Almond Butter Fat BombsLow Carb Chocolate Almond Butter Fat Bombs. A year ago I said I was not going to post any further desserts for a variety of reasons and I do not consider Chocolate Almond Butter Fat Bombs, or any other fat bomb for that matter, a dessert.  Yes, that is the category they are listed under and they do have a bit of sweetness to them but they are so healthy I really discount them as desserts.  You can substitute peanut, macadamia, walnut,  pecan, hazelnut, cashew, tahini, or any other nut butter you wish.  And the part about not putting any other Low Carb Desserts up?  It has gone by the wayside.

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Chocolate Almond Butter Fat Bombs
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First: Chocolate Layer
  1. 2 T Coconut Butter
  2. 2 T Coconut Oil
  3. ⅓ C Almond Butter
  4. ¼ C Cocoa Powder
  5. ¼ t Vanilla Extract
  6. 5 Drops Liquid Sucralose
Second: Almond Butter Layer
  1. 2 T Coconut Butter
  2. 2 T Coconut Oil
  3. ⅓ C Almond Butter
  4. ¼ t Vanilla Extract
  5. 5 Drops Liquid Sucralose
Instructions
  1. In two separate bowls heat coconut butter & coconut oil together mixing well.
  2. In fist bowl add almond butter, cocoa powder, vanilla, sweetener and mix well.
  3. In second bowl add almond butter, vanilla, sweetener and mix well.
  4. Line up 10-12 mini muffin cups, fill each with about 2½ t of the chocolate mixture and freeze for about 20 minutes.
  5. Line them up again and top with additional 2½ t of almond butter mixture and refreeze.
  6. Cover and keep in the refrigerator.
  7. I am going to say, depending on the size of your mini cups, you should get 10-12 bombs and I have listed nutritionals for both.
  8. 10 Servings
  9. 184 Calories, 17.5g Fat, 3.3g Protein, 6.1g Carbs, 3.1g Fiber, 3.0g Net Carbs
  10. 12 Servings
  11. 154 Calories, 14.6g Fat, 2.8g Protein, 5.1g Carbs, 3.1g Fiber, 2.0g Net Carbs
Notes
  1. As I said above these can be made with the nut butter of your choice.
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Low Carb Crispy Chicken Under Onion Shroom Cream

Low Carb Crispy Chicken Under Onion Shroom CreamLow Carb Crispy Chicken Under Onion Shroom Cream. No white meat here but instead  crispy thigh meat and it’s a match made in heaven.  We are going to combine some of the recipes found on this site, add a few ingredients and oh well, you’ll see.  Not sure about all of you out there but for me I can get tired making some of the old recipes month after month and then year after year.  I like to mix things up making different tastes and this is one of those mix-mash-ups.  My gravies never have flour in them and they are pretty much very high fat as I use reduced 40% heavy cream.

You will need the recipe for Crunchy Deep Fried Chicken Chips and then we’ll make the gravy.  You can mix up the mushrooms you use and at least for me, and because I have them and grind my own dust, I will be adding porcinis as dust.

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Crispy Chicken Under Onion Mushroom Cream
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Ingredients
  1. 1 Recipe Crunchy Deep Fried Chicken Chips
  2. 1 Large Slivered Onion
  3. 1 T Butter
  4. 1 T Olive Oil
  5. ½ Lb Mushrooms
  6. 2 T Butter
  7. 2 T Olive Oil
  8. 2 C Heavy Cream
  9. 2 t Chicken Base
  10. 1½ t Porcini Dust
  11. 1 t Pepper
Instructions
  1. Slowly caramelize onions in butter/oil mix. Remove and set aside.
  2. Sauté mushrooms in butter/oil mix. Remove and set aside.
  3. Add rest of ingredients reducing cream slightly, add back onions, mushrooms and heat.
  4. Top chicken chips.
  5. 6 Servings
  6. 919 Calories, 44.6g Fat, 40.6g Protein, 5.8g Carbs, .7g Fiber, 5.1g Net Carbs
Notes
  1. Nutritionals include the chicken chips.
  2. Want a more herby sauce? Add the ones you like.
  3. Want wine? Add it.
  4. Like bacon? Crumble some in.
  5. Rather have the sauce with pork? Go for it.
  6. Rather have the sauce on a steak? Use a steak.
  7. Your kids like meatballs? Yep, great with meatballs too.
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Low Carb Cauliflower Cajun Dirty Rice

Low Carb Cauliflower Cajun Dirty RiceThis Low Carb Cauliflower Cajun Dirty Rice might actually be a Creole dish without any spices in it.  I like the taste with spices and I have added them.  I haven’t made it a secret on this site that I absolutely love Cajun and Creole food and this is an extension of it.  Take a good look at the picture and you can see little chunks of Tasso.  Number 1.)  because I love it and Number 2.)  because I pretty much always have it on hand in my freezer.

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Cajun Dirty Rice
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Ingredients
  1. 4 C Riced Cauliflower
  2. 2 T Butter
  3. 1 T Olive Oil
  4. ¼ Lb Chicken Livers
  5. 2 T Butter
  6. ¼ Lb Ground Pork
  7. 2 T Butter
  8. ½ C Finely Chopped Onions
  9. ½ C Finely Chopped Celery
  10. ½ C Finely Chopped Red, Orange, Or Yellow Bell Pepper
  11. ½ C Water
  12. 1½ t Chicken Base
  13. 1½ t Crushed Garlic
  14. ¼ C Green Onion Tops
  15. ¼ C Chopped Parsley (Optional)
  16. 1 T Favorite Cajun Or Creole Spice
  17. Pepper As/If Wanted
Instructions
  1. Briefly sauté cauliflower in butter and olive oil and set aside.
  2. Sauté chicken livers in butter, mash or cut ‘em up a bit and add to cauliflower.
  3. Cook sausage, leaving any grease in pan and add to cauliflower.
  4. Sauté onions, celery, & diced pepper in butter until softened, then add water, garlic, chicken base, spices and parsley if using.
  5. Add back cauliflower mixture and blend well cooking until most of the water has been cooked off.
  6. Add green onions, mix and serve.
  7. 6 Servings
  8. 239 Calories, 18.7g Fat, 11.6g Protein, 7.5g Carbs, 3.2g Fiber, 4.3g Net Carbs
Notes
  1. If you have Andoille sausage this is another great addition and depending on how spicy it is, adjust your added spices accordingly.
  2. For a complete meal add some sautéed shrimp.
  3. Have giblets? Cook ‘em, chop ‘em up and throw them in.
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Low Carb Mexican Cheese Taco Salad

Low Carb Mexican Cheese Taco SaladLow Carb Mexican Cheese Taco Salad. You are looking at is a tortilla shell made completely out of cheddar cheese and it is the base of this Mexican salad.   Once you have made the “tortillas” you are home free.  The rest of the ingredients are simple enough and easy to find.  Not only is this pretty simple to make it is also a great visual mix of colors.  If you want to use my recipe for Creamy Avocado Dip  which will add a taste of cilantro it won’t hurt my feelings any, but Guacamole is certainly just as good.  The recipe is for one person so if you are making this for more than two people the cheese tortillas can be made ahead and filled later.  For that full Mexican experience you may want to add Mexican Cornbread as a side to your salad.

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Mexican Cheese Taco Salad
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Ingredients
  1. 1 Cheese Tortilla Made With 2½ Oz. Grated Cheddar Cheese (Or Your Choice)
  2. Good Size Handful Of Torn Lettuce Greens
  3. ¼ Lb. Pulled Chicken Meat
  4. ⅓ C Diced Tomatoes
  5. ½ Diced Avocado
  6. 2 T Chopped Black Olives
  7. 2 T Chopped Green Onion Tops
  8. 2 T Minced Red Onion
  9. 1 Oz Grated Cheddar Cheese
  10. 3 T Salsa Or Picante Sauce
  11. 2 T Sour Cream
  12. 2 T Creamy Avocado Dip Or Guacamole
Instructions
  1. Begin heating a medium size non-stick skillet and sprinkle the grated cheese evenly on bottom letting it go for awhile. It will begin to bubble all over and continue to cook until it begins to hold its structure at the edges. Let it cook another 2-3 minutes. You should end up with about 2 t of cheese oil and you can drain this off before forming into the bowl or...drizzle in on your lettuce.
  2. Working quickly and expecting it to be very hot put into bowl pushing to form a center dish. (Indentation) The tortilla will cool very quickly. If you fail at this the first time all is not lost. Just leave it in the bowl and nuke it for 30 seconds and it will soften again enough to form it.
  3. Put lettuce on bottom, chicken next and kind of start layering upward. Drizzle salsa over salad and top with dollops of sour cream and guacamole.
  4. 1 Serving
  5. 761 Calories, 52.8g Fat, 58.5g Protein, 14.3g Carbs, 4.1g Fiber, 10.2g Net Carbs
Notes
  1. This is a substantial all in one meal.
  2. This is the first recipe I have listed fat grams and I will continue to do so. You can see I am not kidding when I say my recipes are high fat. This one is 62%.
  3. Personally I like a couple tablespoons of chopped pickled jalapeno peppers to zip things up a little.
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Low Carb Vegetable Drizzle

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

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

Low Carb Sautéed Chicken In Buttery VinegarLow Carb Sautéed Chicken In Buttery Vinegar. Interesting story here.  I first made sautéed chicken in buttery vinegar somewhere in about 1993.  Back then it was with turkey medallions but my recipe is the same otherwise.  I made it over and over because not only was it fantastic, it was also very easy.  The only recipe I was able to find was Saveur Magazine’s Grilled Turkey With Cracked Pepper, Caramelized Onion, & Vinegar who gave credit to chef Mary Sue Milliken of the TV program Two Hot Tamales fame and who can remember everything?  I may have seen the recipe on the show.  I would never question the origins of this recipe and I am putting it up because it is so good.  I am subbing chicken for turkey and of course if you want to use turkey-go for it.  The cool thing is, I wasn’t thinking about low carb well over 20 years ago but sometimes…I was eating that way.

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Sautéed Chicken In Buttery Vinegar
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Ingredients
  1. 6 Large Boneless Chicken Thighs (Pounded To Flatten)
  2. 2 T Olive Oil
  3. 8 T Cold Butter Divided
  4. 2 Medium Onions Thinly Slivered
  5. 1½ C Water
  6. 1 C White Vinegar
  7. 2 t Chicken Base
  8. Fresh Cracked Pepper
Instructions
  1. Put olive oil in skillet over medium heat, add onions and cook until beginning to turn golden brown.
  2. Add vinegar, bring to a boil, & reduce by half. You should end up with something like an oniony sludge.
  3. Add water and chicken base & reduce a bit more.
  4. Remove from heat and 1 T at a time, swirl in 6 T butter until sauce has thickened.
  5. Add lots of cracked pepper.
  6. Meanwhile in a large skillet heat 2 T butter to nearly brown and quickly sauté chicken.
  7. Plate, spoon sauce over chicken and yes, add more cracked pepper.
  8. 6 Servings
  9. 371 Calories, 39.5g Protein, 3.7g Carbs, .7g Fiber, 3.0g Net Carbs
Notes
  1. You may easily substitute chicken breast medallions but in my opinion, dark meat is much better than white.
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Low Carb Fried Okra Sticks

Low Carb Fried Okra SticksLow Carb Fried Okra SticksLow Carb Fried Okra Sticks? What? Yes, and they are not only good they can also be extremely functional.  This isn’t so much a recipe as a how to do it.  The secret to these is to get them just this side of burned and I mean dark, dark.  They are of course good anyway but the darker the better as they get very crispy and can be used to scoop things like Baba Ganoush or Caramelized Onion Dip or… you can eat them like french fries.

Purple OkraSeveral months ago I visited my brother and sister-in-law on their farm in VA and as you could imagine they have a HUGE garden.  One of the things they grow is okra.  Not the stubby ones you might (if you are lucky) see in a grocery, but big long, both green and purple ones-some 5-6 inches long.  Wendy then proceeded to cut them in the traditional 1″ rounds and fried them in olive oil (just for me).  She didn’t just saute them-she fried them until they were blackened and super crispy.  She fried tons of ’em and I ate ’em all.  No salt, no pepper, just plain.  I was on the phone with her a couple of weeks ago and she suggested I try cutting them lengthwise.  Being the skeptic I am, I scoffed at the idea and then bit the bullet and tried it.  Well, this is the result.

Most people think of okra as slimy and indeed they can be but fixed in this fashion they are anything but.  Now unless you shop the farmers markets these puppies are hard to find fresh and I am using the whole frozen stubby green ones.  As you can see from the picture I fried them in very shallow olive oil and had to turn them several times but the next time I am going to deep fry them in tallow. Now doesn’t that sound good?  If you look at the blown up picture on the stove don’t pay attention to the spattered olive oil, it’s only a figment of your imagination.  Hint:  No it isn’t and that’s why I will be trying to deep fry them the next time.

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Fried Okra Sticks
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Ingredients
  1. 1 Lb Frozen Whole Okra (Fresh Is Always Best)
  2. ¼ C Olive Oil (Can Of Course Use Tallow Or Lard)
Instructions
  1. Barely cut the heads off okra and slice down center lengthwise.
  2. Heat oil in large saute pan, lay okra cut side down and fry until very, and I mean very dark brown. They should actually look burned but they won't be.
  3. Turn and repeat.
  4. You will have to then repeat frying process as they will not all fit at one time.
  5. 4 Servings
  6. 65 Calories, 2.2g Protein, 8.0g Carbs, 1.7gFiber, 6.3g Net Carbs
Notes
  1. I have only included 1 T of olive oil in the nutritionals because almost none of it will be absorbed.
  2. If using frozen cut okra and I do, it is really good sprinkled with Parmesan cheese.
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Low Carb Hollandaise Sauce

Low Carb Hollandaise SauceLow Carb Hollandaise Sauce. Hollandaise is considered one of the 5 “mother” sauces from which others can then be made. It is considered an “emulsion” of butter and egg yolks just as mayonnaise is an emulsion of oil and egg yolks. There are several ways to make hollandaise and I will give you both.  One is pretty foolproof (in a blender) and the other is easy too (on the stovetop) but you do have to give it your full attention.

ChalazaeThe chalazae are those nauseating little short twisted white cords (#’s 3&4) wrapped around the yolk to keep it in place which always seems to be in the way and difficult to remove.  I don’t know about you but biting into a chunk of cooked chalaza in an otherwise smooth product is a total turnoff. The reason many recipes call for straining is to remove them but I think it is much simpler to get rid of them before they are incorporated and cooked.

Let’s face it this sauce is so versatile and good on so may things it’s pathetic and the most common is over eggs benedict (on tomato and no muffin thank you), salmon, asparagus, broccoli,  tuna, salmon cakes, and in my world oysters Rockefeller.

 

 

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Hollandaise Sauce
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Ingredients
  1. 3 Large or 4 Smaller Egg Yolks
  2. 1 Stick +3T Butter
  3. 2 T Lemon Juice
  4. 1½ T Dry White Wine
  5. Good Pinch Cayenne Pepper
  6. ¼ t Salt Or To Taste
Instructions
  1. Same ingredients no matter which method you choose.
  2. Method 1: Blender (Small Cuisinart)
  3. Start to slowly clarify butter-if you do it slowly it will not sputter & spatter and as it begins to clarify swirl the saucepan several times allowing the milk solids and salt to drop to the bottom. Take off heat and immediately strain into a glass measuring cup.
  4. Put room temperature egg yolks (minus the chalazae), wine, & lemon juice into blender, turn on and drizzle butter until thickened. This method needs to be done quickly as the butter will begin cooling as you strain and then pour it. Add cayenne, taste and add salt as necessary.
  5. Method 2: Stovetop
  6. Start to slowly clarify butter-if you do it slowly it will not sputter & spatter and as it begins to clarify swirl the saucepan several times allowing the milk solids and salt to drop to the bottom. Take off heat.
  7. Over very low heat put room temperature egg yolks (minus the chalazae) and white wine in small bowl and begin whisking briskly. As eggs begin to pale in color start adding butter a little at a time while continuing to whisk until butter is all used. If it begins to thicken before all butter is incorporated, take it off the burner to finish. Take off heat and continue whisking for a minute or two. Immediately add lemon juice, salt, and cayenne. If it seems a little thick you can add water 1 T at a time.
  8. 4 Servings
  9. 331 Calories, 2.3g Protein, 35.0g Fat, 1.0g Carbs, 0.0g Fiber, 1.0g Net Carbs
  10. 6 Servings
  11. 221 Calories, 1.6g Protein, 23.3g Fat, 0.7g Carbs, 0.0g Fiber, 0.7g Net Carbs
Notes
  1. If you like a very lemony sauce, add more lemon.
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Low Carb Blistered Bell Peppers And Onions

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

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

Low Carb Lemon Velvet ChickenLow Carb Lemon Velvet Chicken. Don’t you kinda get that warm fuzzy feeling thinking about velvet? This low carb Lemon Velvet Chicken will leave you with this feeling long after you have finished it as it has such high fat content, because all the ingredients are so good by themselves, and because they all go so well together.

 

Blue PlateI used to sell this chicken as a “Blue Plate Special” in the restaurant and it always sold out. Did I really have blue plates? Yes, I really did. There were times when I didn’t particularly like the way a dish looked on a blue plate but it is what customers came to expect so I continued the practice. I used to serve it over mashed potatoes (back then everything was served with or over mashed potatoes) but not anymore and I think you will like it over the spinach and of course you can serve it over mashed cauliflower.

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Lemon Velvet Chicken
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Ingredients
  1. 8 Bone-in Chicken Thighs
  2. ½ Lb Sauteed Mushrooms
  3. 6 T Butter Divided
  4. 2 t Crushed Garlic
  5. 2 C Heavy Cream
  6. 1½ t Chicken Base
  7. ¼ C Grated Parmesan
  8. Juice 1 Lemon
  9. 1 t Dried Thyme
  10. 24 Oz Squeezed Chopped Spinach
  11. Pepper
Instructions
  1. Bring 3 T butter to browning and sauté mushrooms. Set Aside.
  2. Put skillet on medium, heat remaining butter until it begins to brown, add chicken thighs, and sauté 5-6 minutes per side depending on size. Put chicken aside.
  3. Add heavy cream, garlic, thyme, lemon juice, & chicken base to skillet, and reduce slightly, add back mushrooms & cheese. Add back chicken & bake for 10-15 minutes.
  4. Meanwhile warm the chopped spinach.
  5. Plate spinach & place a thigh on top.
  6. Spoon sauce over top.
  7. 8 Servings
  8. 778 Calories, 38.3g Protein, 9.0g Carbs, 3.0g Fiber, 6.0g Net Carbs
Notes
  1. Easy enough to make this with boneless thighs and even white meat breasts but my preference is the bone-in thighs.
  2. Now if you can eat two of these then go for it, but I think one is just right.
  3. Can be made ahead and slowly reheated.
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Low Carb Green Bean Mushroom Bacon Casserole

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

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

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